- From the Principal - Term 4 Week 10
- Wishing all of our Students and Families a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
- End of Year Awards
- School Holiday HHS Office Hours
- HHS School Association
- 2024 Levies
- Student Assistance Scheme (STAS)
- From the Grade 7 & 8 Teaching Team
- From the Grade 8 Coordinator
- Our Values
- From the Grade 9 Coordinator
- PCYC Youth Works Program
- From the Grade 10 Coordinator
- Huonville High School 2024 Grade 10 BYOL Program
- NAPLAN 2024
- Bendigo Bank Scholarships 2024
- Huon Valley Netball
- Concert Band Summer School
- Know Your Local Patch
- ADF Careers Information Sessions in January
- 2024 School Calendar
- Supporting Your Young Person During the Holidays
- Download the Schoolzine App (Szapp)
As we bid farewell to another school year, I am honoured and privileged to reflect on the remarkable journey we have shared together. Leading this school has been an incredible responsibility, and I am grateful for the collective efforts that have made this year a success.
One of the standout achievements of the year has been the completion of our Outdoor Seating Project, a venture that has transformed our school environment and provided a welcoming space for students and staff to connect, collaborate, and enjoy the outdoors. The positive impact of this project resonates throughout our school community.
This year, we underwent an External School Review, a rigorous evaluation that affirmed the dedication and excellence of our school. I am delighted to report that the results of the Staff Satisfaction Survey and Student Survey indicate significant progress. Notably, the percentage of students identifying an Important adult at school rose from 51% in 2022 to an inspiring 65% in 2023. This increase reflects the genuine connections and support our staff provide to our students daily.
I would like to express sincere gratitude to all our sponsors who generously supported the Outdoor Seating Project and contributed to the success of various awards at the end of the year. Your commitment to our school has made a lasting impact, and we are truly thankful for your partnership.
As we part ways with some beloved members of our staff, I extend heartfelt farewells to James Basser, who is heading to Claremont College, Morgan Parrott to Kingston High School, Carolyn Lutjens, who is retiring, Roy Classey who is embarking on new adventures, and Jabra Latham, who is pursuing creative endeavours in the world of music. Each of them has left an indelible mark on our school, and we wish them success and fulfillment in their future endeavours.
Reflecting on the year gone by, I am most proud of the positive change in our school culture and the resilience displayed by both our staff and students amid various challenges. The support from our community has been instrumental in overcoming obstacles and fostering a sense of unity.
As we approach the holiday season, I extend my warmest wishes to you and your families. May this time be filled with joy, relaxation, and cherished moments. Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to the opportunities and growth that the upcoming year will bring.
Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season.
Huonville High School's School Association saw out 2023 with our final meeting on the 7th December, celebrating many successes and partnerships with community sponsors, as we strive to enhance our educational community. As we gathered around our new outdoor seating in the quad, we were joined by the seating sponsors: Tassal, Bendigo Community Bank, the Lions Club of Huonville, and Duggans, with only Huon Valley Council missing from the group. Janelle Reeves regaled us in her recounting of the incredible value the new seating has added to our school learning environment and the ongoing benefit it is having on our students. The significant contributions are providing opportunities for our students today and into the coming years and we are incredibly grateful to all our sponsors. We look forward to continuing the work of improving our school community and our broader community together.
The School Association's Annual General Meeting kicked off with changes in roles, and members stepping down as their children move on to Grade 11. Our new chairperson, Rachel O’Toole is already eager to hit the ground running in 2024 to take on existing tasks and adopt feedback from staff and parents on how to craft the education at Huonville High School.
Eloise Foo steps sideways into the role of Treasurer, left vacant by the wonderful Shyamali Perera, who was instrumental in the consolidation of finances from different institutions.
Tracey Ozkilinc, one of our many amazing educators, steps into the role of Secretary, filled by Bobby-Jack Bowen Butchart since 2021. Bobby-Jack will remain as a staff member to support the transition and the community into 2024.
The role of Deputy Chair remains to be filled and if you are interested in having a voice at the table, please contact the school on 6264 0800 to express an interest in joining us.
Thank you for your support in 2023 and we look forward to working with our teachers, families, and sponsors in 2024 as the work continues to shine our school to the community.
Bobby-Jack Bowen Butchart
Past Secretary, HHS School Association
Department for Education, Children and Young People Student Assistance Scheme (STAS)
What is the Student Assistance Scheme?
The Student Assistance Scheme provides assistance for low-income families towards the cost of levies. STAS is provided through school and college resourcing rather than payment direct to families.
Who is eligible to apply?
To be eligible the parent/guardian must have a current:
- Services Australia Centrelink Health Care Card,
- Services Australia Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card,
- Services Australia Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, or
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Pension Concession Card.
Grandparents raising children are eligible to apply for and receive STAS. STAS closes to new applications in the first week of September 2024.
What will I need to provide?
- The completed application form, signed and dated.
- A copy of your Centrelink Health Care Card, or
- A copy of your Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, or
- A copy of your DVA Pension Card.
If approved for STAS, you will receive a letter of confirmation from DECYP – please forward a copy to the school in order to stop your levies invoices.
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the year, and what a good year it has been! Grade 7s and 8s have been incredibly resilient, determined, and committed to their learning.
This has been shown this Term during Home Room lessons working in Clubs on the skills of teamwork and collaboration. We have had the Grade 7s travel to Zoodoo for a Science excursion, and some Grade 8s running a Business and Economics whole-school fair.
Here are what some of our Grade 7 and 8 students have said about this year:
Cooper - I have liked my teachers because they have been really supportive.
Bella - I have liked meeting new people
Elora - I have liked how it is easy to learn new things because of the great teachers
Bianca and Jayla - The best thing about this year was the excursion to Tassal
Amelia - I have liked being more confident in going to classes
Emily - I really enjoyed writing stories in English
Hannah - I really enjoyed meeting new friends
Riley - I really liked writing my fantasy novella
Our wonderful Grade 7s and 8s are well and truly ready to be Grade 8s and 9s next year. We can’t wait to see what 2024 brings!
Grade 7 and 8 Teaching Team.
As the summer sun shines down on our small town in Tasmania, our young people are gearing up for a season of freedom and fun. While the holidays bring excitement, it's important for our teens to stay safe and make positive choices that will shape their summer experiences. On the other side we want to see all their happy faces brighten up our hallways for learning and sharing their summer experiences.
Stay Informed and Plan Together
Before diving into summer activities, it's crucial to stay informed about local events, safety guidelines, and any travel restrictions. Planning together can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that the summer is filled with enjoyable experiences.
Make Responsible Choices Together
As teens navigate socialising and independence during the summer, it's important for them to make responsible choices. Open discussions about alcohol, drugs and risky behaviours can help our young people make informed decisions that support their well-being and respect our community values.
Respect Our Community and Environment
Our town's environment is part of what makes it special. Encourage respect in our community by being mindful of those around us, keeping public spaces clean and respecting nature. Engaging in community clean-up efforts or volunteering can also foster a sense of pride and connection to our community.
Prioritize Mental Health and Well-being
Encourage teens to prioritise their mental health by taking breaks from social activities and screen time, practicing self-care by taking walks outside and being mindful. If things aren’t going well, knowing it is ok to seek support if needed by contacting your GP or accessing one of the many youth support websites.
Have Fun and Make Memories
Above all, encourage our young people to have fun and make the most of their summer by getting out and about in its wonderful natural environment. Encourage them to organise an event, explore nearby attractions, or simply enjoy the company of friends, this is a time to create cherished memories and celebrate the very best of our community.
As the sun sets on 2023, I pass one final note of appreciation to our students and families for their support throughout the year. I wish you all the best and encourage all to embrace the unique opportunities our community offers so that our young people can have a safe, fulfilling, and memorable summer that reflects the values of our close-knit community.
Bobby-Jack Bowen Butchart
Grade 8 Coordinator
Welcome to the final newsletter of 2023, it has gone so quickly!
This term students have continued to engage in content surrounding Citizenship, Resilience & Teamwork. This has included team challenges such as building towers, working with younger students, and recognising staff.
As part of this learning, eager students engaged in our culminating event, The Lost World Hike at Mt Wellington. Students were pushed out of their comfort zones, and had to band together (displaying resilience, teamwork and communication) to traverse and conquer the track. We as a teaching team were extremely proud of all students who attended.
I am confident that all students in Grade 9 are ready for the transition to leadership as they enter the senior years at High School. I believe students will be excited about their year to come as they will get their first real glimpse into future careers and passions.
I hope you and your child have a wonderful and safe holiday, and we look forward to an action-packed 2024!
Mr Riley Mislov
Grade 9 Coordinator
Huonville High is pleased to announce another 8 graduates from the PCYC Youth Works program that runs in conjunction with Tas Police.
All students in the program gained critical experiences in volunteer work and building experiences. They also gained qualifications including White Card and Workplace 2 First Aid, setting themselves up for future employment. Constable Steve Rose, who coordinates the program, congratulated the students on their application and behaviour throughout the experience.
Shayla, Maya, Amity, Kim, Jayden, Brodie, Thomas and Ben
Hello families, and welcome to the final newsletter of 2023, and for some of you, the final newsletter with your child at Huonville High School. This term has gone extremely quickly, almost to the point that I wish it would go longer. Almost.
Grade 10 students have been engaging in content that will help them transition into their next stages of learning, whether that be college, TAFE, or employment. This has included Hobart and Elizabeth College ‘Step-up’ days, Work experience, Exams and Round-table interviews. After all of this, I can confidently say that all students who have engaged in this learning will be nothing short of successful in their future endeavours.
To finish off the year, we have had events such as Activities Week – a new concept to celebrate student achievement and learning throughout their 4 high school years so far. Highlights of this were Kayaking in Kingston & Laser Skirmish at the Lea.
We also had our End of Year Ceremony which saw students receive accolades for their efforts. A special shoutout to Sunil Welling, who took out seven subject awards as well as the Grade 10 Dux.
To sign off, I’d like to say thank you for engaging in our school community and being a part of the journey in 2023. I am immensely proud of this grade 10 cohort and feel privileged to coordinate them.
Mr Riley Mislov
Grade 10 Coordinator
Due to continuing changes and development in teaching and learning practices, it is important that Huonville High School adopts pedagogy that enhances and develops student learning in a 21st Century world.
As grades 7, 8 and 9 will be working in a 1-to-1 laptop environment in 2024, it is important for us to recognise that our grade 10 students sit outside this new program. We do recognise this shortfall and acknowledge access to technology is an important tool in assisting students to achieve improved learning outcomes.
To support our grade 10 students, a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program will run in 2024, to cover the period before Huonville High School is fully 1-to-1. Students who have a laptop may, by following the information provided and returning a signed Student BYOL and Acceptable Use Agreement, use that laptop to support their learning. Importantly this will allow the school to provide support where students do not have the capacity to bring their own.
The required forms will be mailed out and sent home at the start of the 2024 school year.
Students will be sitting NAPLAN between 13 and 25 March 2024
The National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning at school. On its own, NAPLAN is not a test that can be studied for, and students are not expected to do so.
NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance; however, students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers.
This is the second year NAPLAN has been held in March, having previously taken place in May. This change was made so school systems would have access to results earlier in the school year. These can then be used to inform teaching and learning plans for the remainder of the year.
Why NAPLAN is conducted online
NAPLAN online provides a better assessment and more precise results.
One of the main benefits of NAPLAN online is that it uses tailored (or adaptive) testing. The questions a student receives depends on their answers to previous questions. This means that students answer questions better suited to their abilities, so they can show what they know and can do.
Online testing also allows us to provide a wide range of accessibility options to support students with disability to access NAPLAN.
Feedback from students is that they find the online test more engaging. Please note that students in Year 3 complete the Writing Test on paper.
Parent information brochures and other resources
A parent information brochure and questions answered on NAPLAN and what it means for your child can be found at: NAPLAN information brochure for parents and carers
The link will take you to the official National Assessment Program (NAP) website and covers a variety of topics such as the timing of the tests and how results from the assessments should be understood.
It also allows access to a Public Demonstration Site which shows the types of questions students will answer and the functionalities that are available in NAPLAN tests.
Please contact the school if you have any further queries.
Need help with Uni or TAFE costs?
Bendigo Bank are committed to supporting young Australians. Each year they award scholarships to first year tertiary students. You need to be studying at an Australian university, college or TAFE campus for the first time. Applications for the 2024 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Rural Bank, Bendigo Bank TAFE and Indigenous scholarships are now open
Bendigo Bank TAFE Scholarship for rural and regional students:
2024 Community Bank Huon Valley Scholarship for Bachelor's Degree Studies
Bendigo Bank Indigenous Scholarship Program
Rural Bank Agribusiness Scholarship
The Know Your Local Patch events are free for families.
- Thursday, 1st February 2024, 10am till 12noon This one is in Dover and has a local artist coming along to teach watercolor painting. The children will be able to take their art masterpiece home. We also have the support of TMAG who have lent some specimens for us to look up close at for inspiration. We will be painting nature in nature. This will be a special school holiday event.
- Sunday, 25th February 2024, 10am-11:30am There is also a Clean Up Australia Day event at Kingston Beach where children can become an Environmental Superhero and learn why it's so important to keep our natural places clean with interactive environmental story-telling sessions with a puppet expert and the Kingston Beach Coastcare Group.
Here is the link to Landcare's events page - all locals are encouraged to register their interest on the event page for more information:
Join one of the ADF's upcoming information sessions to find out about the 200+ roles in the Australian Defence Force. You’ll be sure to find a role that suits your skills and interests along with the excellent financial, career and lifestyle benefits on offer.
There’s a wide range of specialist military positions, support roles, trades and professions to choose from such as engineering, communications, IT & intelligence, and healthcare in the Navy, Army and Air Force.
The Australian Defence Force is a modern, people-focused organisation and one of Australia’s major employers.
ADF Careers - Army Careers Information Session
SZapp is a direct communication channel to parents and carers; a mobile app that’s free to download. SZapp allows Huonville High School to send notifications to our parents and carers at any time, as well as being a platform where the school's important information is available anywhere, anytime, on mobile devices.
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