Tumut High School Newsletter

Issue 7 - Friday, 9th August 2019

Welcome to our first eNewsletter via Skoolbag App

Working Together - Achieving Together

Message from Relieving Principal Mr Taylor

As we near the end of the cooler weather my time as relieving Principal is also coming to a close. I am sure Mr Dixon will return refreshed after his 10 weeks of leave and I look forward to handing back the reins. I would like to personally thank the school community for your support over my time in the relieving Principals role and hope to one day have the opportunity again.

This term has started on a very positive note including the fantastic speech delivered by Year 12 School Captain Samantha Barton as part of the NSW Education Week launch which was held in Dubbo on Monday 5th August. Samantha was selected to give the student address at the launch due to her outstanding performance in the Plain English - Public Speaking Competition. Samantha wrote her speech on student voice and delivered it to a large audience including the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell MLC and Secretary of the NSW Department of Education Mark Scott. The launch was also broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. Tumut High School is extremely proud of Samantha and I congratulate her for being such a wonderful role model for public education students in New South Wales.

This term we have also had students compete in the FUTSAL Indoor Soccer State Championships in Sydney and students selected to represent the Riverina at the State Athletics carnival to be held later in the term. Congratulations to these students.

The last 10 weeks has seen the school undergo an extensive works program. Most notably the installation of the security fence and the demountable building that will become our Wellbeing Hub. Inside the school we have had corridors carpeted and walls painted in what we know as B and F Block. The Staff Common Room has also undergone extensive refurbishment making it a far more pleasant place for staff to enjoy break times. All of these works have been completed from department funding sources rather than school funds. Later in the year we are hoping to undertake some further works that will improve teaching and learning spaces. These works will be determined by school staff and identify areas where the greatest impact can be made.

Respect, Responsibility, Safety

Upcoming Events

P&C Meeting - Week 5


August 19, 2019 7:00 PM to August 19, 2019 8:30 PM


Tumut High School Administration Building

More information

The P&C committee would like to invite all parents/carers to attend the meeting for informal discussions on topics related to our children's education at Tumut High School.

This meeting will also host guest speaker Ms Alex Walker - Health Promotion Coordinator from Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Alex will be addressing the meeting in regards to the NSW Healthy Schools Canteen Strategy being adopted at Tumut High and discussing the promotion of healthy eating in our school.

If you would like more information on the P&C please contact President Michelle Johnson or Vice President Lexie Turner.

Senior Subject Selection Evening - Week 5


August 20, 2019 6:00 PM to August 20, 2019 7:00 PM


Tumut High School FD Purcell Centre

More information

Year 10 students going into Year 11 in 2020 at Tumut High School are encouraged to attend this information session to obtain useful information in assisting students with subject selection for their senior years.

Marine Biology Presentation


August 22, 2019 6:30 PM to August 22, 2019 8:00 PM


Montreal Theatre, Tumut

More information

Ex Tumut High School student, Scott Whiting PhD, will be treating Tumut to a presentation of his work at the Montreal Theatre. 

Scott attended Tumut High School where he was School Captain in 1987, moving to Townsville to pursue studies in Marine Biology.

The evening will include 2 presentations.

Presentation 1 – The biology of sea turtles and Presentation 2 – A life in marine science and conservation.

This is a free event hosted by Montreal Community Theatre, Tumut.

School Notices

* Students who have not yet received their Semester 1 school report can collect from the school office before or after school, at recess or during lunch. Reports will not be posted out. Parents/Carers are welcome to collect from office any time during office hours.

* WANTED: Used and clean UHT containers for the Art Department to use for printing. Examples of containers include milk, custard and soup stock. Please drop clean used containers off to office or CAPA staffroom. Thank you.

* Year 8 Kianinny Camp at Tathra notes and first instalment are now due to the office.

* Students present Tumut High School radio news each Thursday during school term on Sounds of the Mountains around 11:15am. Tune in for the latest news from THS.

* FOR SALE: Our Ag farm will soon have available in spring, ISA Brown Point of Lay pullets for $20 each. Please phone school office during school hours, on 6947 0600 and leave your name, contact details and number requested for Mrs Beale who will arrange delivery.

* Parent Teacher Interviews will be booked through Sentral Parent Portal.

What's On

Week 4 - Beginning Monday, 12th August

Tuesday, 13th August - Schools Netball Cup, Wagga Wagga

Week 6 - Beginning Monday, 26th August

Friday 30th August - Mt Selwyn Ski/snowboard Trip

Week 8 - Beginning Monday, 9th September

Tuesday 10th September - Parent Teacher interviews. Booking details will be advised closer to the date.

Creative and Performing Arts Performance 2019

Once again the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty of Tumut High School has delivered a highly engaging, thought provoking, inspiring evening of performances. With heartfelt pieces from Years 9, 10 and 11 Music students playing guitar, ukulele and piano along with the celestial voices of singers from the same years, the community enjoyed a night of soul-soothing entertainment. Drama students from Years 9, 10 and 11 presented powerful acts filled with hard-hitting messages. The foyer of the Montreal Theatre became an art gallery adorned with creative works from Years 8, 9 and 10 Visual Arts. Thank you Tumut High School for another wonderful presentation of our talented creative and performing artists and our dedicated staff!

(More photos on our website https://tumut-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/)

School Activities

Australian Mathematics Competition 2019

A record number of 45 Tumut High School students registered for the Australian Mathematics Competition this year. 

Thank you to the Maths faculty for their support and encouragement of this competition.

If any students would like assistance with their mathematics they can talk with their teacher to arrange before school tuition.

National Tree Planting Day 2019

Students from Year 9 volunteered as part of their Alternative Learning Program (ALP) to plant over 400 trees on a private property owned by Mr Will Onus, near Brungle. The four groups of students planted the trees in record time and displayed great teamwork to get the job done. Thank you to Land Services Officer, Cherie White for organising and to Mr Onus for allowing our students to work on his property and for supplying a great morning tea which was well deserved and very much appreciated.

Well done Year 9 on a great display of respect, responsibility and safety during this activity.

A message from Mrs White "Thank you for sending out your Year 9 students to help with the planting.  I really enjoyed their company, they were extremely helpful and respectful and a credit to the school."

Poultry Show 2019

During the holidays, Heidi Schorn, Bridget Symons, Chloe Manning, Lucy McGrath and Kashmir Hazell Jarrett represented Tumut High School at the Tumut District Poultry Show. For once, the sun was shining and it was a warmer than usual show. There were around 850 entries. Tumut High entered Wyandottes and Frizzles. During judging, the students were shown the attributes that a judge looks for in Soft and Hard feather categories which was excellent and valuable knowledge. Heidi and Chloe helped with stewarding.

Tumut High hospitality students, under the guidance of teacher Mrs Pearce, put on a wonderful lunch which impressed all in attendance.

Tumut High came first in Junior eggs and School Entry award, plus several awards.

Congratulations to Vince Wood (Year 12) who was awarded the overall Grand prize with his Old English Game entry - a great achievement. Chloe and Kashmir also had their own entries in the show as well as representing the school.

Thanks to the Tumut District Poultry Club for putting on such a great day and being prepared to mentor younger members either on the day or throughout the year. Thanks to year 12 Hospitality students for the impressive lunch and professionalism. Also to the parents who came along and supported their children.

Mrs Beale would also like to thank the students for making it a great day.

Sports Update

U15's Boys Basketball

Our team dominated the Riverina Gala Day playing 4 games undefeated. They defeated Young High School in the Grand Final 88-4. Our boys demonstrated excellent teamwork and delivered great sets of play showing a high level of skill on the court. They will now play an Albury team to qualify for State Championships.

Thanks to Coach Ms Buckley and Mrs Butt for transport and coaching.

Team consists of Zac Treglown, Ashton Baker, Joey Roddy, Nathan Butt, Eddie Dodds, Haiden Ings, Jed Beavan and Ben Cassidy.

Futsal State Championships

Our team competed strongly against well drilled and more experienced teams at the Futsal State Championships held in Windsor. Coach Mr Lopez encouraged the team to adapt to the fast play and new skills were developed for our team throughout the day. The team were defeated in their 4 matches but made their opponents work hard for the victory.

The team consists of Daniel Castle, Jay Casey, Elijah Baker, Ethan Parker, Ethan Watt, Andy Dodds and Megan Castle.

A special thank you to our parents for transport and cheering the team on.

Riverina Athletics

The day started off very foggy and cold at Alexandra Park, Albury for the Riverina Athletics Carnival. Our students in attendance gave it their best shot at running, jumping and throwing.

Well done to Brad Manns who came 3rd in 15yrs Javelin throwing 29.60m.

Special congratulations to our 12 year girls 4x100m relay team who came first and have now qualified for the State Athletics Championships in Sydney during Term 4.

The team consists of Valley Edwards, Lucy McGrath, Mikayla Elder and Sophie Ciganek.

More success and qualification for State Championships was earned for Mikayla Elder coming 1st in 800m and to Valley for coming 2nd in 100m. 

Thank you to the parents for transport.

U15's Girls Basketball

Our team proved to be the strongest at the Riverina Gala Day playing against Deniliquin and Albury. Coach Mr Muell was happy with the convincing wins and is looking forward to the next round. All the girls played great basketball and enjoyed the day playing the other schools. 

The team consists of Sharlie Thomas, Grace Whyte, Kasey McGrath, Ella Day, Sophie Day, Ella Bradshaw, Jazlyn Aitken and Chloe Doon.

Thank you to the parents who transported and supported the team.

Student Stories

Education Week 2019

Highlighting the 2019 Education Week theme, ‘Every Student, Every Voice’ our School Captain Samantha Barton was chosen to present the Education Week address. Samantha spoke to simultaneous Education Week launches in Sydney and Dubbo. 

In Dubbo, Samantha spoke directly to the Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell – who also graduated from a regional public high school – while the Premier Gladys Berejiklian watched from the city launch venue, St Marys North Public School. Fittingly, Samantha has been a student at both city and regional public schools. 

“A quality education has been the key for me,” Samantha told the launch audiences and the thousands of viewers watching a YouTube telecast.

 “Thankfully we in NSW are fortunate enough to be supplied with a fine set of keys for unlocking all the doors to the future. In reflection, I find myself markedly moved and shaped by the broad range of formidable characters I have met."

“I am immensely appreciative of the heart and soul that the teachers at my school pour into their work, and I see my parents, both teachers themselves, put tireless hours into the profession that they are so passionate about, with a genuine desire to work collaboratively with all their students – and to help them to be heard.” 

Samantha urged her fellow students not to be afraid to make their voice heard. “So, to all the students around the state, I reiterate: when we say ‘Every student, Every voice’ we really mean it, and we mean you,” Samantha said. 

“Your words can move mountains, and if we listen to each other, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”

The Education Week launch, including Samantha's speech, can also be viewed via our website.

William Gain (Year 12) - International Science School (ISS)

During the holidays I attended the 2019 International Science School at Sydney University. Everyday was packed with lectures and activities. We received many lecture books and also a hoodie.  My favourite lecturer was Dr Karl and I also found the Climate Change lectures very helpful. 

An activity I really enjoyed was the Sydney observatory - inside was a dome planetarium which showed planets, stars and pictures of deep space, all moving over our heads. During the tour we got to see through their new telescope which showed the moon in great detail showing Saturn and we could see its rings. Other activities included Taronga zoo trip, rock climbing and a bush dance. There was also a talent night where I performed Divenire by Einaudi on Piano.

My biggest highlight for the trip was the Science and Engineering Challenge. Our group had to participate in an all-day activity of bridge building and smaller activity rotations. My first activity was called ‘Future Power’ which involved different energy scenarios in addition to multiple power sources - we had to balance power supply, cost and efficiency through this activity. The next activity involved creating a prosthetic hand which had to move in certain ways and be able to pick up a single straw from the table. Of course, the less materials used the better and it had to look like a hand, while my team was able to pick up the single straw which was amazing, another team used less materials. After this, we moved to a lecture hall to watch the bridge building activity being judged, My team were announced the winners of the day and everyone on the team received trophies. That night all the ISS celebrated a great day with a harbour cruise where we saw the International Space Station pass over Sydney.

We were looked after by house parents and staffies who were previous scholars. So many people were from different countries and states. I hope to go back as a junior staffie in 2021 for the next top 130 ISS students.

Corey Crain (Year 11) - Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF)

On the first Sunday of the holidays, I travelled to Brisbane to attend the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF), held in conjunction with King’s College and The University of Queensland.

The five days of the forum were jam-packed with different aerospace, aeronautical and mechanical engineering related activities, tours and lectures; most notably, presentations from the likes of BOEING, The Australian Space Agency, Virgin Australia and The Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Two of the main activities that spanned across several days included balsa glider challenge and the rocket challenge. Both activities saw teams of four design and construct both a fully functional balsa glider and rocket.

My team took a different approach to others when engineering our glider, instead focusing on the balancing of our aircraft, as opposed to purely wingspan or weight. As a result, our glider, despite its weight being approximately 30% greater than all others, outperformed all other teams; with a glide distance of nearly triple the nearest competitor. Earning us the most efficient glider award.

The rocket challenge did not run quite as smoothly, with all starter motors having to be replaced across the board, however with a quick pit stop, we soon saw our creations launched close on 60 metres into the air.

One of the biggest highlights of the forum was the day spent at the AMBERLY Air Force Base, where we had several tours showcasing the engineering teams and workshops that keep much of the RAAFs fast jets in the air.

The day also included several flyovers from several F-35’s, Growlers and Super Hornets, including a set of synchronised manoeuvres as we were leaving the facility.

Overall it was a truly amazing experience had by all 60 students from across Australia, showcasing some of Australia’s best aerospace and aeronautical companies, universities and organisations and it is a trip I will never forget.

(Photo: Corey is in the middle of back row)

Ex Student Profile - Scott Whiting PhD

Scott is a Principal Research Scientist with the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (similar to Parks and Wildlife in NSW). He coordinates the long-term North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program and the Kimberley Turtle Project (Western Australia Marine Science Institution) – a project with 60 years of funding.

Scott attended Tumut High School where he was School Captain in 1987, moving to Townsville to pursue studies in Marine Biology. Scott has worked for university, non-government and government sectors across Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australian and Australian Indian Ocean Territories (Ashmore Reef and Cocos Keeling Islands). Research and management roles have included marine turtles, sea snakes, birds, dugongs and marine debris.

He is currently focused on delivering marine conservation outcomes through good science, knowledge uptake to decision makers, partnerships, capacity building and Indigenous collaborations. Scott is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (Marine Turtle Specialist Group), has been involved in the Australian marine turtle recovery process since the early 2000s and is invited on the Australia delegation to United Nations Memorandum of Understanding for marine turtles in the Indian Ocean.

Scott will be presenting his journey in Marine Biology at the Montreal Theatre on Thursday, 22nd August commencing at 6:30pm. The presentation will focus on the Biology of Sea Turtles and the amazing history and conservation work being done. It will also include a focus on opportunities based on "A Life in Marine Science and Conservation."

This is a free event supported by Montreal Community Theatre.

Clontarf Academy

Canberra Camp

At the conclusion of Term 2, a senior group of Academy members had the opportunity to attend a 4 day camp to Canberra. Well done to the boys who achieved over 85% school attendance to be eligible to attend this camp.

Some of the activities included but were not limited to : A tour of the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport),  Tent Embassy and Parliament House. Also a visit and tour of our Partner Bunnings in Belconnen. Plenty of entertainment was provided here with the boys making a tool box each at a DIY session. 

The Tent Embassy was a highlight with a great yarn from host Alwyn Doolan who gave the boys a positive message on the importance of having an education in order to make helpful decisions as you mature into adulthood.

To finish the trip the group attended the PowerKart Raceway for a match race vs Chicka and Chappy. The race highlighted the boys will need to improve on their skills when they get their drivers licence. ​

Community Announcements

Tumut Basketball Association competition

Team Nomination forms for the 2019 Spring Competition are available from Pie in the Sky Bakery and Sportspower or www.tumut.basketball.net.au. This season the committee will again be accepting Kindergarten aged children. Please note that an additional Active Kids Voucher is now available for use between July and August for all school aged children.

Team Nominations must be submitted on or before Wednesday 14th August, 4pm to 6pm at Club Tumut.

Any registration enquiries can be made to the Registrar, Debbie Webb on 0427 647027 or through Tumut Basketball Facebook page. Further information for the upcoming comp can be found on the website.

Tumut High School

We would like to pay our respects and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land

and also pay respect to Elders both past and present.

Respect, Responsiblity, Safety