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Hunter Sports High News Term 1 - Week 11 - 2019

What's On?

  • Friday 12 April: Term 1 Formal Assembly
  • Friday 12 April: Last Day of Term 1
  • Thursday 25 April: ANZAC Day
  • Monday 29 April: Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday 30 April: Students Return for Term 2
  • Thursday 2 May: ANZAC Day Assembly
  • Friday 3 May: Year 10 Immunisations
  • Tuesday 7 May: Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Tuesday 7 May: P&C Meeting, 6pm
  • Monday 13 - Friday 24 May: NAPLAN Testing
  • Wednesday 15 May: TSP Trials (Year 6 students only)
  • Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 May: Athletics Carnival
  • Monday 27 - Wednesday 29 May: Big Picture Camp
  • Monday 27 - Friday 31 May: Reconciliation Week
  • Wednesday 29 May: ATSI Parent Meeting

Principal's message

Term One has officially flown! Our first 11 weeks have been jam-packed full of interesting and engaging lessons, educational excursions, challenging assessment tasks, opening events, information nights, carnivals, camps, fitness tests, sporting fixtures and a lot of fun! It has been such a pleasure to see our students enjoying themselves so much while they're learning and showing kindness, respect and inclusion in our playgrounds. Yesterday I even witnessed hundreds of students and staff doing the Nutbush in their lunch break as we celebrated Youth Week. Our new facilities are certainly creating a fantastic atmosphere around the school and it is great to see!

Our students have been applying themselves in the classroom and in the sporting arena and we will acknowledge their efforts tomorrow at our first formal assembly for the year. Many students will receive awards for their consistent effort and application to learning and I commend these students for their exceptional commitment to their education. We will also recognise many students for their outstanding 100% attendance rate this term. I cannot stress the importance of attendance enough - simply turning up to school each day and trying their best gives our students the best opportunity to learn and succeed in life, to work towards their dreams for the future, whatever they may be.

Our Waiyarang Community of Schools is working closely together to promote student attendance across primary and high school and we look forward to rewarding as many students as possible for their excellent attendance each term. Please note that if your child is absent from school for any reason a note/email or phone call should be made to the school explaining the absence as soon as possible on or after the date of absence. Students representing at school sporting events will be marked as on 'school business' but they must have submitted the appropriate paperwork to the school office prior to the event.

Students can maximise their potential through regular attendance at school!

This issue of our school newsletter is full of details about many of the programs and activities our students have been involved in over recent weeks including the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, Harmony Day and our annual Apology Anniversary Assembly. We've had our cross country, Passion Project marketplace and busy classrooms around the school. There's plenty coming up next term too with exams, Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 7 May, Talented Sport Program trials on 15th May and NAPLAN Online for our Year 7 & 9 students from 14-24 May. See below for more information.

I wish all our students and families a safe and happy holidays, a fabulous Easter long weekend and restful break if you're lucky enough to have one. All students return to school for Term 2 on Tuesday 30th April.

anzac day commemorations

Please note that as ANZAC Day falls during the school holidays, we will hold our school ANZAC Day Assembly on Thursday 2nd May. Our school leaders will be representing Hunter Sports High at the Belmont service this year. Students may wish to attend local services or join the Hunter Sports High group in the Belmont March (meeting at George Street Belmont at 9.15am - look for Mr Scully and our student leaders). The march commences at 9.30am and will head south along the Pacific Highway, turning right at Ada Street (Gunyah Hotel) then left into Cullen Park for a commemoration service starting at 10.00am. Please ensure students wear full school uniform if joining the HSHS group in the march.

parent teacher interviews

Parent Teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday 7th May from 5pm-8pm. This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teachers, ask questions and get an insight into your child's progress at school so far this year. Interviews will be able to be booked electronically - we will forward details and instructions for booking at the beginning of Term 2 when the booking link is live. To ensure you have access to the portal please make sure the school has your current email address and that you know your family key code. Please contact the school on 4943 5755 if you need assistance with this.

year 7 camp

Year 7 students embarked on the annual Year 7 School Camp to Myuna Bay during Week 7 this term. A record 110 students attended the camp this year and the Sport & Recreation Centre was at capacity as Hunter Sports High shared the facilities with a Year 5 group from Mudgee Public School.

The camp got off to a cracking start as students split into five groups to participate in a range of activities on the Wednesday afternoon. The Wobbegongs, with their fearless leaders Ms Rose and Ms Knight, began their stay at camp tiptoeing their way along the high ropes course. The Seahorses, headed up by Mr Tull, got to show their strength and resilience on the climbing wall. The Pelicans, suitably led by Ms Sykes, tried their hands at the giant swing which definitely wasn't for the faint hearted! The Squid group, accompanied by the Green Turtles, found themselves back in their natural habitat on the water. Mr Tait, Mr Martine and Mr Strachan led these students on a kayaking expedition like no other!

Over the next two days, each group participated in a rotation of these activities along with archery, bush walking, a challenge course and bouts of free time playing ball sports and building quality friendships. In the evenings after filling up on delicious camp food, the students participated in a games night in the rec hall and a trivia competition that involved a Vegemite-eating competition among other things!

Our Year 7 students are to be commended on the participation and enthusiasm displayed throughout the three days at camp. Let's hope the next six years will be as exciting and positive as the Year 7 School Camp was! A big shout out to our supervising teachers Mr Tait, Ms Knight, Mr Tull, Ms Rose, Mr Martine, Ms Sykes and Ms Stewart.

Mr Strachan - Year 7 Advisor

Year 7 students had a lot of fun at the recent Year 7 camp at Myuna Bay!

passion project students bring marketplace plans to life

Hunter Sports High was a hive of activity last Wednesday as our Year 7 & 8 Passion Project students brought their marketplace plans to life. Students have been working collaboratively this term to come up with ideas for market stalls. They planned their projects, defined their roles, set budgets and bought supplies to create their market day goods and services. They created advertising campaigns and marketing materials to display at their stalls and the school was abuzz with action during the lunch break as students promoted their products and put their customer service and money-handling skills into practice. The 'Hit Your Favourite Teacher with a Wet Sponge' stall was a crowd favourite, as well as the art station, tie-dye stall, hair-braiding and beauty salons and of course all the delicious food stalls.

Our junior students had a ball and learnt valuable lessons in this engaging and interactive learning experience. They tallied their takings and are excited to be able to donate their profits to a number of local charities. The Passion Project fun will continue next term and students will be given the opportunity to select from a range of interesting projects designed by staff as they explore topics in an engaging and hands-on way.

A snapshot of the Passion Project Marketplace fun!

national day of action against bullying & violence

On Friday 15th March Hunter Sports High students and staff were proud to join with schools around the country to take a stand against bullying and violence. The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is a positive day of action that brings school communities together to help find workable solutions and to encourage 'upstander' rather than bystander behaviours at school.

To mark this important day our Student Representative Council organised some fun activities in the amphitheatre during lunch breaks, encouraging cooperation, participation and kindness between all students. Our Year 8 students, who have been exploring bullying issues in PDHPE classes this term, also created an anti-bullying video (see above) based on their informed responses in a class activity. Year 10 Big Picture student EJ Clark, who has a keen interest in videography, used his specialist skills to piece the footage together into a commendable final piece of work that was played in the amphitheatre throughout the day.

Students enjoyed some fun activities organised by the SRC to mark the National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence.

Hunter Sports High students have access to an online reporting platform that allows them to address bullying concerns at school. 'The Bully Box' app allows students to safely and anonymously report incidents of bullying or other safety concerns at school. Use code 'HSHS2018' to download the app. Students can also report concerns to any teacher, year advisor or deputy principal and can collect a form from the office or download one from the school website.

Students and staff also acknowledged Harmony Day at assembly on Thursday 21st March, a day on which we celebrate Australia’s diversity and celebrate inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. A minute's silence was also observed as a mark of respect and compassion for the victims of the recent Christchurch attacks. Hunter Sports High is a proudly diverse community of students, staff, parents and carers from many different cultures who all equally belong to and enrich our school. The acceptance and respect shown to all cultures represented at HSHS is something that we should all be very proud of.

apology anniversary assembly

Hunter Sports High commemorated the 11th anniversary of the national apology to Aboriginal people.

Students and staff joined special guests earlier this term to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the government's apology to Aboriginal people. Always a special event, the Apology Assembly hosted by our Aboriginal student leaders is important for our school community to acknowledge and continue to educate our students about past injustices and to strengthen the reconciliation process. We believe that as a school with a significant percentage of Aboriginal students we play an important role in this process of educating the wider community.

Students listened intently to respected local elders Aunty Laurel Williams and Aunty Debbie Swan who shared reflections of their contributions to Aboriginal groups that worked hard to ensure a brighter future for Aboriginal people. Aunty Laurel told of her role on the commission that made recommendations to the government in an effort to ensure that the Stolen Generation would never be repeated and Aunty Deb spoke about her role as an executive member of the 'Grandmothers Against Removals' committee. We thank them both for coming and sharing their experiences with our students.

School prefects Jaycoda Simon and John Maddison summed up the importance of the Apology Assembly to our school community. "On behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Minimbah staff and the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community we would like to say thank you for the respect our school continues to show towards Indigenous issues and significant dates on our national calendar. We really appreciate your support and it gives us great pride knowing that Indigenous issues are held in such high regard here at Hunter Sports High."

parent information sessions

Parents, carers and families of our new Year 7 students and senior students joined us earlier this term for a series of information evenings to find out more about the educational opportunities and programs available to students at Hunter Sports High. Our Year 7 parents learnt all about the new 'Education Perfect' program being used in class and had an opportunity to meet teachers and ask lots of questions about camp, NAPLAN, and more! Senior students and families heard all about the support being offered by our Senior Learning Coordinator Ms Schubert as well as lots of important HSC and assessment information, university and TAFE pathways, and tips about organisation, time management and study skills. Thank you to all who came along to these informative sessions.

mosaic memorial honours redevelopment project manager

A mosaic memorial and plaque were unveiled recently in honour of the school's redevelopment project manager Jennifer Bates. Her mother, Kathryn Bennett, embraced Ms Byrne and Michelle Schmitzer from Dynamic Mosaic Supplies at the emotional unveiling afternoon tea last month.

A heartfelt and meaningful memorial to Hunter Sports High's redevelopment project manager Jennifer Bates was officially opened at the school on Tuesday 5th March. Jennifer was the driving force behind the redevelopment project from the end of 2014 up until her death in December 2016 (as a result of a road accident), just prior to the start of construction of our new school.

We were joined by Jen's husband Jordy Bates and her mother Kathryn Bennett, along with many of her family, friends and colleagues as we unveiled the memorial mosaic wall sculpture and garden in Jen's honour. The mosaic and garden, located in a quiet outdoor learning space near S Block, feature many shades of purple - Jen's favourite colour.

Jordy and Kathryn worked with Hunter Sports High students and staff under the expert guidance of Michelle Schmitzer from Dynamic Mosaic Supplies to create the mosaic memorial. We thank Michelle for her work and support throughout the project and know that our students will enjoy this special place in the school for many years to come.

Principal Ms Byrne remembers Jen fondly and says the memorial space holds special significance for her personally. "Jen was an incredible person who was very good at her job. She ensured the Project Reference Group (PRG) stayed on track and that all members felt included and given an opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas. She was a huge support for me and was always available to discuss any concerns or issues. Jen was great to work with and her influence in the new school can be seen throughout. She made a major contribution to the school as we see it now and I have no doubt that she would be incredibly proud of how everything has turned out. We are so pleased to have been able to honour her in this special way and to see the amazing legacy she has helped create for our school and local community."

naplan online testing

Our Year 7 and 9 students will be participating in NAPLAN Online testing during Weeks 3 & 4 next term, between 14-24 May.

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy – important skills that each child needs to succeed in school and life. The NAPLAN tests are designed to help us make sure students are on track with their literacy and numeracy development. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in NAPLAN tests for reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Students do not need to be computer experts to take the NAPLAN test online. Making sure students have computer skills is part of our school curriculum, and our teachers will ensure your child is familiar with the online format. To see the types of questions and interactive features of NAPLAN Online, visit the public demonstration site.

For more information please see the following links:

Canteen MENU GETS A MAKEOVER

The Hunter Sports High School canteen menu will be getting a makeover next term thanks to our new Canteen Manager Natasha Jackson. Natasha took over the reins from Mel earlier this term and will make a number of changes to the menu in line with the government's Healthy Canteens Strategy that will be fully implemented at Hunter Sports High (and all NSW schools) by the end of this year. The Healthy Canteens Strategy is part of the Premier's Priority to reduce childhood overweight and obesity by 5% by 2025.

Previous manager Mel had already started the move towards a much healthier menu to enable our students to make the healthy choice the easy choice and to provide the essential nutrients to fuel our busy students. Natasha has a wealth of previous experience in school canteens, having run the busy Newcastle High canteen and also the Ashtonfield Public School canteen. As a mum of three, she understands the importance of providing the essential ingredients for student health and wellbeing.

"I'm very excited to meet all the students and to provide them with tasty, healthy meals and snacks. I'm looking forward to introducing our new menu next term and would love to hear from any parents, carers or family members who are interested in volunteering some time to help in the canteen. It's a great way to be involved in your child's school and get to know their friends and teachers. Thank you to all the lovely students that have helped me so far."

The new menu will be available on our website early next term and we'll post it on our Facebook page and send it home too. If you would like to help Natasha by volunteering in the canteen, please contact the school on 4943 5755.

students get hands on in technology & applied studies

The introduction of the new Technology Mandatory course for Year 7 students has made for a busy first term in the TAS faculty. Students are currently studying coding and material technologies under the guidance of their teachers. Here's a snapshot of some of our students in action over the course of first term:

Our Year 12 Hospitality class under the expert guidance of Mrs Barker, catered and served at four separate functions in the school’s opening week - a business breakfast buffet; a 2 course Principal’s lunch; a cocktail event serving finger food with a professional caterer; and the school Open Day running the Hospitality Café - The Dugout! Images: Kodi serves lunch to the Principal’s; John plating Chicken Tagine for the Principal’s lunch; a group photo from the business breakfast (Calista, Shanae, Mrs Barker, John, Kodi and Shakyra)
Zac Summers working on his mobile kitchen island. Year 12 Industrial Technology (Timber) students are well on their way with HSC major works, thanks to Mr Winter’s expertise and guidance.
Year 11 Hospitality students learning to use the Espresso machine and making espresso shots with Mrs Hines.
Year 7 Passion Project students (including Evie, Clayton & Imogen pictured above) produced amazing quality food products to sell at their market stall.
Year 10 Industrial Technology Timber students making cheval mirrors under the guidance of Mr Hanlon.
Year 10 Food Technology classes are currently studying Food Product Development and Year 9 are studying Food Selection & Health. All classes, under the guidance of Mrs Carolan and Mrs Barker, have recently completed assessment theory and practical tasks.
Year 8 Technology students made delicious breakfast yoghurt pots with toasted muesli and healthy fruit and yoghurt cone snacks.

Hunter Sports High's Technology and Applied Studies Faculty (TAS) has a total of eight staff, seven teachers and an administrative support staff member. The TAS Faculty deliver six courses over Stage 4, 5 and 6, as well as three VET courses. Staff include Mrs Barker, Mrs Carolan, Mr Davies (TSP Athletics + Duke of Edinburgh Award), Mr Hanlon, Mrs Hines (Head Teacher), Mr Hogan (Careers Advisor), Mrs Poole (Kitchen Assistant) and Mr Winter (Head Teacher Administration).

LANGUAGES

こんにちは!(Hello) Language students were given the opportunity to participate in a Taiko Workshop in Week 9 where they learnt how to play the taiko as well as the importance of teamwork and manners through the energetic taiko experience. Taiko are barrel shaped drums usually played with sticks (bachi). Taiko come in a variety of sizes and during the experience our students were given the opportunity to play various taiko drums. As you can see from the photos, our students had a great time! They are all to be commended for their enthusiasm and skill. Thank you to Kiyomi from EZ Japanese for coming to our school and providing this wonderful experience.

Japanese Taiko drumming workshop

Mrs Ingram recently attended a reception held on the Japanese Icebreaker 'Shirase' on its way back to Japan carrying the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Team. This reception included speeches from the Consul General Mr Keizo Takewaka and Captain Koji Miyazaki. A ceremony known as the “kagami biraki” was performed in which the lid of a sake barrel is broken open by wooden mallets. Kagami refers to the lid of the barrel and biraki means “to open” so kagami biraki literally means opening the lid. The kagami is a symbol of harmony because of the lid's round shape, therefore, the kagami biraki represents an opening to harmony and good fortune. Students will be learning about the Shirase and the importance of the Antarctic Research Expedition in Japanese classes.

Mrs Ingram attended a reception on Japanese research ship - the Shirase!

Students have access to Education Perfect to support their Japanese study and I am pleased to report that many students' confidence in and understanding of Japanese has increased through the additional learning and revision they are completing outside the classroom.

Students have recently completed their Term 1 assessment tasks in all classes. Our Year 9 and Year 11 students had to create and present spoken dialogues as part of their tasks. Speaking in a different language is a real challenge but all students stepped up and performed exceptionally well. Years 7 and 9 completed listening components for their tasks and it was great to see students understanding authentic listening texts in Japanese.

Many students have also been trying their hand at aspects of Japanese culture like manga drawing and folding origami. I never know what creation I am going to be shown! Jye Adam from Year 7 created a very beautiful swan from folding just one piece of paper. Well done Jye!

イングラム先生 (Mrs Ingram)

Jai's origami masterpiece!

science students study disease:

One of the amazing displays at the University of NSW Museum of Human Disease

Our Year 12 Biology students saw disease first-hand on a recent excursion to the University of NSW Museum of Human Disease. The excursion provided students the opportunity to view real-life body parts and organs that have been affected by infectious and non-infectious diseases - a confronting experience for some but supporting positive educational outcomes for our students.

Students were treated to an introductory presentation by one of the on-site doctors and viewed specimens of a liver affected by cirrhosis and a diseased abdominal aorta. The presentation gave a good overview of the causes of the diseases and students were able to compare healthy tissue with diseased tissue. Students completed an electronic quiz while at the museum with questions designed to cover specific areas of the Year 12 Biology syllabus.

The excursion was a great way for students to cover key content for their Biology course and get to know their peers in a non-school setting while also getting a brief insight into university life. The students summed the day up well...

  • “It was interesting seeing so many samples of so many diseases in one place. It was good to link what we have been learning in class to the real world.” Alex Zonneveld
  • "It was fun day and I learnt a lot, 10/10.” Fossie Bradford
exploring THE LIVING WORLD

Year 7 and 8 science students have been working on a unit of work this term which focuses on the Living World. Students completed a project which encompassed the wide variety of life and how plants and animals interact together in their natural environments. This carried on from an excursion to Taronga Zoo at the end of last year where students were able to make real world connections and see the significance of looking after the world we live in.

pdhpe: an active start to 2019

What a term! Term One is always busy for the HSHS PDHPE faculty. We've had the Swimming Carnival and Cross Country as well as our Sports Coaching students involved in running our Community of Schools Cross Country. In addition to this we have also introduced a new Year 9 High Performance PASS elective which is being overseen by our Head of Strength & Conditioning Mr Trypas.

In the classroom, students are working through practical and theory lessons with many year groups and courses already given their first assessment tasks. Year 11 PDHPE and CAFS students have just completed their first task for Stage 6 with most of them realising that the bar, in terms of expectations and workload, has significantly risen. What has been pleasing from this bunch of students is the willingness to participate in their learning and seek feedback. We hope they can maintain these positive standards.

Carnivals Galore:
Our swimming and cross country carnivals have seen a big increase in participation this year and we're looking forward to another fun few days at the Athletics Carnival in Week 4 next term.

This year has seen a big increase in participation at our swimming and cross country carnivals. We were blessed with beautiful weather for both and the results were great. There was lots of school spirit with areas decorated in house colours and students encouraging each other throughout the day. It was fantastic to see students dressing up in their house colours - the pick of the dress-ups was the full morphsuit and Frankenstein mask and outfit at the swimming carnival in 35 degree heat! The cross country last week saw lots of coloured skirts, boys included, and two girls painting their arms, legs and faces green. Great effort!

Our representation at the zone swimming carnival was strong with 15 students progressing to the regional carnival and nine to state. Congratulations to all! We look forward to our Athletics Carnival on 20 & 21 May (Week 4 Term 2) to see if Rafter, Webb and Kewell can chase down current house leaders Beachley.

New High Performance PASS Subject: a point of difference
Year 9 PASS students practice lifting techniques in the new gym.

Our Year 9 elective PASS students have had a very busy first term utilising the school's brand new gym for all of their practical lessons. Students have been toiling away learning correct lifting techniques for the front squat, deadlift, pull-up, bench press, hip hinge and all their exercise derivatives. These lifts are the basis of athletic development and training and will place students ahead of the curve with their physical development. The theory components of the course focused on the musculoskeletal system and carried over to the practical lessons where students utilised this knowledge when learning the gym-based exercises. So far the course has exceeded all expectations and student engagement has been fantastic. Moving into Term 2, students will learn how to design and write a strength and conditioning program and will progress to more advanced resistance training exercises and techniques.

The PASS program was redeveloped to have a high-performance focus and enables our TSP students to add value to what they are doing on the field. It also provides non-TSP students who have elected the course to engage in strength and conditioning activities and build confidence and body control. This course adds a point of difference to what other schools can offer, particularly for developing athletes.

Sports coaching students support Community of Schools

Students from both Year 11 and Year 12 Sports Coaching classes helped to coordinate a school cross country on behalf of Windale Public School and Wiripang Public School last week. Throughout the day the students assisted with course preparation, counted laps, gave directions and most importantly gave positive reinforcement to the students as they completed their 2km and 3km runs. A big thank you to our partner primary schools for helping out with organisation and demonstrating such a passion for physical activity and health. We look forward to continuing this community partnership next year.

AROUND THE GROUNDS: SPORT NEWS

state swimming carnival
Jade and Lilee at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

A team of nine Hunter Sports High swimmers travelled to Sydney this week to compete at the NSW CHS Swimming Championships at Homebush. Ricada Jones swam in the 100m butterfly event and our Under 14 girls and Under 12 boys relay teams represented in the 4 x 50m freestyle relays. The girls' relay team came 6th in their heat and ranked 12th overall out of 29 zones at state, the boys placed 7th in their final and Ricada achieved a personal best in her race! Congratulations to these students on these excellent results and great achievements!

  • 12 Years Boys Relay Team: Noah Block, Charlie Maguire, Nathan Williams, Gus Barclay
  • 14 Years Girls Relay Team: Lilee Davis, Rochelle Clark, Ellie Baldwin, Jade Croese
netballers hitting goals
Congratulations to Kyra Powell-Caffyn, Emrah Manning, Sammie Chicken, Krystal Dallinger and Abbie Leyshon who were all selected in the Hunter Open Netball team to compete at the NSW CHS Championships at Menai in May. Our open netball team has also made it through to the Hunter finals to be contested next term. The finals are qualifiers for the CHS State Championships and we wish the girls all the best!
Congratulations to our Under 15’s netball team who won the Hunter Region netball finals held here at HSHS last week! Good luck to all the girls and their coaches at the NSW CHS Championships in Wollongong in May. Our Year 7/8 team (top right) and Year 9/10 team (bottom right) competed at the local stage of the NSW Netball Schools Cup at Charlestown courts last week, with both teams undefeated on the day! Well done to all!
A Big term for our basketballers
Our basketballers have a had a big term to start off the year!

Hunter Sports High's Basketball squad has enjoyed much success over the last month with an incredible 12 students selected to represent the Hunter Region at the NSW CHS Basketball Championships in May. The boys will head to Bathurst in Week 1 next term while the girls will compete in Sydney in Week 4. Congratulations and good luck to them all!

  • BOYS: Jai Smith-Hayes, Zac Summers, Aidon Grigor, Jesse Parker, Kaia Isaac, Lawrence Davidson & Thomas Tracey
  • GIRLS: Holly Keeble, Kayla Waldron, Zoe Simpson, Taylah Bultitude & Sophie Bultitude.

Meanwhile our open teams took out the regional knockout at the end of February to progress to the next round of the State High Schools Knockout. And to top off an amazing term for our basketball squad, two Year 10 students are heading to Townsville today to compete at the Australian Junior Basketball Championships. Congratulations and good luck to Kaia Isaac and Evan Kilminster who were selected in the U18 NSW Country Men's Team!

Squad members assisted at the Hunter Region PSSA trials at Maitland earlier this term too, doing a fabulous job to promote the Hunter Sports basketball program. They celebrated an amazing term with their traditional 'HSHS Hoops' game and a barbecue breakfast after training this week and are looking forward to the staff v students match tomorrow!

athletics achievements
Congratulations to Hannah Jarvis and Lainee Harrison on their outstanding athletics achievements over recent weeks.

Congratulations to Year 7 student Hannah Jarvis who competed and the Australian Junior Athletics Championships recently, placing 4th in the 1500m with a new PB, and 5th in the 800m also in a personal best time. Year 9 student Lainee Harrison competed in both the Australian Junior Para Championships and Australian Open Para Champs last week winning a silver medal in the junior long jump and achieving new personal best performances in the events she participated in - what a great experience to compete against paralympians. Well done Lainee!

football girls represent Australia

Year 10 student Mona Walker and ex-student Renee Pountney headed to the States this week with the Australian Schoolgirls football team to play in the Dallas Cup in Texas. The girls were selected for the team after outstanding performances at the National Championships in September last year.

Meanwhile Kirsty Fenton and Ruby Jones, both from Year 10, represented the Westfield Junior Matildas in Laos last month, helping the Aussies book their spot for September’s 2019 AFC U16 Women’s Championship in Thailand with a clean sweep against opponents Iran, Vietnam and hosts Laos. Well done girls!

rugby league season off to a great start

Hunter Sports High's Rugby League Program had a productive first term with the boys putting in exceptional efforts at training. New additions to the coaching staff, Matt Lantry and Craig Martine, have done a fabulous job in preparing the boys for competition, culminating in a narrow loss for our U13’s and a great win in Round One of the Buckley Shield against Endeavour 32 to 18. We look forward to great things in term two and can’t wait to start training on our brand new oval!

In our girls program, Hunter Sports High took out the first qualifier for the Hunter Under 16s Female Premiership in Windale yesterday, up against seven other teams before defeating St Pius X Adamstown in a close semi final. The girls are through to the grand final to be played at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday 2nd July. Great effort girls!

Through to the grand final - the HSHS U16 girls team!

2019 cross country

Some of the fun and action from our annual cross country carnival!

The whole school Cross Country was held last Thursday 4th April around the school grounds and with a few obstacles along the way. Well done to all students who competed, many seriously, and others just for fun and adding to the tremendous school spirit! Thanks to those who dressed up, encouraged each other and grabbed a few extra points for their house with their colourful costumes and thank you also to the staff who set the course, directed students, recorded results and joined in the fun! Congratulations to the following students who claimed the age champion titles on the day:

  • 12 Years: Jai Callaghan & Jassmin Daymond
  • 13 Years: Oscar Affleck & Hannah Jarvis
  • 14 Years: William Rupek & Mika Marolly
  • 15 Years: Brandon Thompson & Amy Parkinson
  • 16 Years: Caleb Trowbridge & Pani Davidson
  • 17 Years: Ayden Hutchinson & Macy Anthony

Rafter claimed the cross country house championship, just ahead of Beachley and Webb, but Beachley still lead the overall tally (after both the swimming carnival and cross country), just ahead of Rafter, with the Athletics Carnival still to come next term!

Cross Country House Points: Rafter (285); Beachley (274); Webb (265); Kewell (139) Overall Points Tally: Beachley (678); Rafter (634); Webb (496); Kewell (429)

Over a hundred Hunter Sports High athletes have qualified for the Regional Cross Country Championships which will be held at Cessnock Racecourse on Friday 31st May. Well done and good luck to them all!

2020 talented sports program trials: applications close 8th may

  • For students currently in Year 6: Wednesday 15 May
  • For students in all other years: August 26-30 (Term 3, Week 6)

student welfare news

celebrating youth week
Hunter Sports High is celebrating Youth Week this week!

Hunter Sports High is celebrating Youth Week this week, with many fun activities organised to honour this year's theme of 'Coming Together to Connect, Share, Speak Out and Celebrate'. Youth Week kicked off with a special edition of Breakfast Club, complete with bacon and egg rolls cooked by our dedicated deputy principals! A big thank you to Mount Hutton Bakers Delight who donated the rolls and Murray's Meats at Belmont City Centre for donating the delicious bacon!

After much creative consultation with our students, Youth Workers Keira and Jess have planned a fun few days of activities - a great way to round out the term and celebrate our amazing young people! There's been a fun photo booth, games and music in the amphitheatre, a student concert in the music room, and the week will culminate with a highly-anticipated Teacher v Student basketball match in the stadium tomorrow afternoon!

Meanwhile our school leaders joined students from high schools across Lake Macquarie today at the Lake Macquarie Youth Forum held at Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre. They discussed issues relevant to young people and identified what they would like to see achieved for young people of the area.

Smashed Project

Last Friday April 5th, our Year 9 students viewed a live performance of the Smashed Project, delivered by professional actors, and followed up with interactive workshops. The performance was extremely engaging and enabled students to explore the dangers and consequences of underage and binge drinking.

Year 9 students attended a live performance of the Smashed Project last week.
cyber safety

School Liaison Officer Constable Nathan Johns spoke to our Year 7 and 8 students last week about how to stay safe online. He discussed how students can protect their privacy online as well as issues and consequences surrounding social media and the distribution of images.

entertainment Books on sale

Order your 2019/20 Entertainment Book at the link below to support Hunter Sports High!

2019/20 Entertainment Books are available for purchase again with 20 per cent of all sales donated back to the school. This year's Newcastle/Hunter/Central Coast Entertainment Book contains discount vouchers for hundreds of local restaurants, cafes, and fast food outlets as well as hotel, shopping and travel deals.

You can choose the traditional book with tear-out vouchers or the popular and convenient digital membership which can be used via an app on your smartphone. Place your order via the link below to support Hunter Sports High School, or contact the school on 4943 5755.

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