- From the Principal
- Huonville High School Acceptable Uniform - Changes in Term 4
- Off and Away All Day - A Reminder
- World's Greatest Shave
- For Your Entertainment ...
- Emily and Stella Shoot Up The Charts
- TAFE Taster Course
- Woodwork Project
- Music Excursion to Hobart College
- Letter of Congratulations to the Zayed Huon Energy Futures Team
- Reporting of bullying ... and more
- eSafety Tips for Parents
- Supporting Young People in the Huon Valley - Online Session, Thursday, 17th September
- Get Job Ready! Friday, 18th September
- Be You Inc. School Audition Grants - Applications Close 20th September, 2020
- Scholarship Opportunity for Grade 8 Girls
- New Horizons Tasmania
- Coder College School Holiday Program
- Young Leaders Camp for 15-19 year olds
HHS Visioning Parent and Community Forum
As an action from the 2019 External School Review, Huonville High School was tasked with creating a new vision statement that would guide and inform our practices over the next few years. In late 2019 we started this process with an end goal being the launch of the 2020 HHS Vision.
With the interruption of COVID-19 creating limitations on how we could conduct forums, this was subsequently put on hold until we were sure we could engage in face to face sessions, COVID-19 conditions being taken into account.
In establishing our futures or vision statement, it is critical to hear the voice of not only parents but the broader Huon community. We will also work with our students to gain their input. HHS is a significant provider of education for young people in the Huon Valley and what we do impacts upon the future of the region. One of the advantages we have as a school community, is that we are big enough to offer a range of opportunities and learning experiences for the young people of the Huon, but significantly, we are small enough to really know our learners, their needs and their families.
As the main public provider for Huon Valley students, our commitment is that we will provide the optimum learning for all, without compromise. Our focus is to provide learning that isn’t just good enough, but that every learner leaves having had opportunities to become the best they possibly can be, that their literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge have set them up for their futures. Through this, we are also preparing them to be worthwhile members of the community, who contribute to the well-being of the Huon Valley, as well as its social and economic viability.
We can’t do this alone, hence the importance of involving the wider community. Through understanding each of our roles within this community, we will then be able to articulate what this school needs to be, to improve the future of the region.
Thank you to everyone who gave up their evening last night - your input will help the defining of a clear vision, and through that, a pathway to ensure the young people of the region are best prepared for life beyond school. As a roaming participant, it was exciting to hear the diverse range of thoughts from the 30 or so community members, thoughts that already have helped prioritise what we should focus on in developing our final statement. Particular thanks go to the facilitators led by Wendy Spencer and Kate Grady from the Department of Education, Mayor Bec Enders, Principal of Huonville Primary School, Ian Thomas, School Improvement, Leader Deb Day, and staff from the school itself.
“The world is moving at a tremendous rate; going no one knows where.
We must prepare our children, not for the world of the past, not for our world,
but for their world – the world of the future.”.
John Dewey, radio broadcast, early 1940s.
Dear Huonville High School community,
From the start of Term 4, the uniform policy for HHS students in grades 7 to 10 will be changing slightly. Now that soft-shell jackets are available to students, we will be removing the black puffer jacket option.
This means that acceptable uniform tops for year 7 to 10 students will be the items sold from the school uniform shop that display the school logo.
We will continue to offer the uniform library to students who, for whatever reason, are not in school uniform.
All of the acceptable uniform items are shown below. Thank you for your support.
Personal Technology Policy – 2020
A small number of students are beginning to forget about the “Off and Away All Day” requirement for mobile phones and any device that has internet capability.
Please remind your student that the device being off and away all day
is a requirement, and if they need to contact you urgently,
or you need to contact them, the school office (6264 0800)
is the best way to do so.
Two students from Huonville High School went into the office of Millingtons Funeral Services and Millingtons Cemetery Services, looking for donations for the World's Greatest Shave.
Each month “Huon Funerals” gift $500 through their Community Grants Program to successful applicants. This month they decided to donate the grant to Huonville High School for the World's Greatest Shave, with Travis Tann, General Manager, saying it was "A great cause and congrats to those brave enough to shave. Well Done!"
We appreciate all those who donated to this great cause and also for those who participated on the day.
Below: students, Tais, Caitlin, Aisha, Lucas and Jack, along with teachers, Richard Cowlard and Jason Lunden, were among those who took part in the World's Greatest Shave:
Huonville High School/Huon Valley Trade Training Centre, in partnership with TasTAFE, are running a "Trades Taster Program", which is designed to give Year 9/10 students an experience across three areas of trade: construction, automotive and engineering at an industry level.
Students participate in three ten-week programs in each area. Students will be assessed, and with competency, gain four units toward a full qualification.
Richard Blackwell, from TasTAFE, is currently working with the students in engineering.
The Program will be rolled out across other schools in the State in 2021.
Below: students involved in the program - (top photo) John Wilson, (bottom photo) Nathan Coles, Sam Kile and Austin Thayer.
What happens next?
- Notification received;
- All information and details sent on to the most appropriate person;
- Follow up as required, including any reporting or case management.
Limiting your child's exposure to harmful content online
eSafety has developed a series of tips for parents and carers to help limit young people’s exposure to harmful content online:
- Engage in your child’s online activities – ask what apps, sites and games they’re using and make sure they’re age-appropriate
- Use parental controls on devices to help limit what your child is exposed to
- Help them report and block upsetting content they see on social media sites or apps
- Let them know they can come to you about anything upsetting they see online
For more advice on apps, social media and online safety issues, head to eSafety below:
You're invited to join our free webinar
Get in quick!
A reminder to join the last session of our live parent and carer webinar.
The webinar is free and focuses on popular apps used by young people, covering case studies,
research and targeted advice, so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.
Wednesday, 7th October, 2020, at 12:30pm
The Beacon Foundation, in partnership with Huon Valley Council and UTAS, will be hosting an online event on Thursday, 17th September, 2020, from 11.30pm to 2.00pm (RSVP is essential).
The aim of the event is to help you to support young people in the Huon Valley to understand key industries in Tasmania and the career opportunities they provide.
Content for the session will include:-
- Online industry exploration – interviews and industry footage showcasing the workforce and the variety of job opportunities within a single industry and the associated educational and training pathways.
- Work readiness education - activities will be shared around building young people’s aspirations, confidence and skill identification.
- Live industry involvement – Local business and industry representatives will be sharing their insights on employer expectations.
You can attend the event at an online hub at The Huonville Trade Training Centre (ph. 6264 0888), Dover District School (ph. 6298 1312), or Geeveston Community Centre (ph. 6297 1616).
If you are unable to attend the event at one of these hubs, please contact Ebony Bridle (Beacon Foundation) on 0438 561 196 or email email@example.com
Be You Inc. is a not-for-profit performing arts organisation that provides opportunities for young artists to perform alongside and learn from industry professionals - among other things. They are the company behind the popular variety Music Theatre show Broadway Unplugged which saw collaboration with some of Australia’s top music theatre performers.
In light of recent events in the theatre industry surrounding racial discrimination and white washed casting, Be You Inc. have fast tracked the launch of a new initiative they've had in the pipe line: a grant for young people who are looking to audition for drama school/performing arts tertiary programs, but aren’t able to cover the costs of the application fee. Performing arts programs currently charge around $75 per application per school per person which provides a significant financial barrier for many young POC and financially disadvantaged artists.
Be You Inc. set up a Go Fund Me page and shared it amongst friends in the performing arts industry who have generously donated so that they now have over 100 grants to give away. In addition; because the project has grown so rapidly, Be You Inc. have had highly esteemed professionals in the industry reach out and offer further support for those who receive grants. A mentorship program is being set up to run concurrently with the gran which would be to further assist the grant recipients throughout their audition journey and support them through what can be a very nerve-wracking experience.
The following link is to the application page which has further information about the grant and application process.
The link below is a promotional video where you can see the faces behind the project and learn a little more:
**TAS Scholarship Applications extended until 16th October**
NEW DATE, SAM
E SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship is worth $20,000 over 4 years. This includes a laptop, high speed internet, face-to-face and online tutoring, subject and career guidance, mentoring and financial support to help cover the costs of uniforms, books and school expenses.
Applications close Friday, 16th October, 2020
If you have any questions about Harding Miller Education Foundation and our Scholarships, please contact us on:
1300 103 896 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please go to our website for any more details regarding the Scholarship: