Taree High School

Taree High School

Infobox Aust school
name = Taree High School


motto = " _la. Flumen Coronent Filii"
(Latin:"May your Sons and Daughters Crown the River")
established = 1908
type = Public, Secondary, Co-educational, Day school
principal = Mr. Peter Bird
city = Taree
state = New South Wales
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
coordinates = coord|31|54|35|S|152|27|49|E|display=inline,title
campus = Rural
enrolment = ~955 (7–12)cite web|url = http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/schoolfind/locator/?section=showRecord&code=8140|title = Taree High School |accessdate = 2007-09-20|year = 2007|work = School Locator|publisher = New South Wales Department of Education and Training]
colours = Black and Gold color box|#000000color box|#FFD700
homepage = [http://www.taree-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/ www.taree-h.schools.nsw.edu.au]

Taree High School, also known as THS, is a secondary, public, co-educational, comprehensive day school, located in Taree, a city on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1908, the Taree High School is the oldest of the high schools located in the Taree area, and currently caters for approximately 1,000 students from Years 7 to 12, servicing Taree and the Manning Valley. The school is equipped with specialist facilities, and works closely with local primary schools, the business community and Taree TAFE. A semesterised curriculum is used at the school, providing a variety of subjects and units.cite web|url= http://www.taree-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/faculties.htm|title= Variety and Choice|accessdate= 2008-03-27 |work= Welcome|publisher= Taree High School]

Taree High School is a school of the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), and prepares students for the School Certificate (Year 10), and the Higher School Certificate (Year 12).

History

Taree High School is the oldest of the high schools located in the Taree area. The first building was opened in 1908, and since then the school has been expanded.

The motto adopted by Taree High is "Flumen Coronent Filii", which may be translated from Latin as "May your sons and daughters crown the river", referring to the Manning River, a feature of the town of Taree.

Campus

Taree High School is located in the centre of the rural town of Taree, approximately 300 km north of Sydney, and 15 km from the sea coast.

Current facilities of the school include a library, full-size gymnasium, drama room with lighting, sound equipment and stage curtains, canteen, Year 12 outdoor area and common room, school hall, Aboriginal resource room, agricultural farm, and a special education unit.

Curriculum

Taree High School is registered and accredited with the New South Wales Board of Studies, and therefore follows the mandated curriculum for all years.

The school has implemented a unitised curriculum involving Years 8 to 10, in order to provide students with a wide range of subject choices. As students progress through Years 8 to 10, they are offered a wider number of subject choices. In addition to the mandated, more traditional areas of study, the school offers unique study units such as Bush and Camp Crafts, Surf Survival, Ceramics and Robotics. At the completion of Year ten, students complete the New South Wales School Certificate.cite web|url = http://www.taree-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/about.htm|title = About us |accessdate = 2007-09-20|work = Taree High School]

In the senior years, students are prepared for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and may study the Board developed courses in order to satisfy requirements. Alternatively, Taree High School offers a Work Studies program involving TAFE study and work placement for those students wishing to enter the workforce upon completion of their high school education. All students have access to Vocational Education (VET) courses through both the school and TAFE.

Co-curriculum

Community

Taree High School students participate in a number of community events throughout the school year. Highlights of the community program include:
*The Vampire Shield initiative, that is run annually by the local blood bank.
*Students march at the local ANZAC Day parade that is held every year.
*SRC representatives join other local schools in discussing issues that affect all students of the local area, at Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) meetings, which are run by Greater Taree City Council. [ [http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=628&h=0 Greater Taree City Council - Greater Taree Youth Advisory Committee ] ]
*The school participates in NAIDOC (National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee) week events. [ [http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=683&h=0 Greater Taree City Council - NAIDOC ] ]

The school also caters for exchange students from around the world. Japanese exchange students are billeted by students annually through the UNESCO program.

Debating

Taree High School has three debating teams: a Years 7/8, 9/10, and a senior debating team, which made it to the regional level of the Premier's Debating Challenge NSW.fact|date=March 2008

Leadership

In order to encourage leadership skills, Taree High School has a Student Representative Council, made up of the school's captains and representatives from every year group within the school. The representatives are elected by their year group annually. School captains are also elected each year by peers and teachers.

The school holds an annual ANZAC Day assembly at the school and the captains prepare speeches for this. The SRC representatives organise school socials, write year reports for newsletters, run school assemblies, co-ordinate out of uniform days to raise money for charities, and help in the canteen to reduce waiting lines. SRC meetings are held weekly where important topical issues within the school's agenda are discussed and debated on, with SRC representatives voicing their peers' opinions and ideas. [ [http://australianetwork.com/englishbites/stories/s1612368.htm Australia Network - Nexus - English Bites - Taree High ] ]

Performing arts

A Music, Arts, Drama and Dance concert, known as MADD, is held every year at the local Manning Entertainment Centre in order to allow students to showcase their talents and perform. [ [http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/calendar/calendar.asp?MONTH=12&YEAR=2006&CATEGORY_ID=5&x=22&y=5 Greater Taree City Council Calendar of Events ] ] The MADD concert is hosted by the Year 11 Drama students and is filmed every year by students and the videos and DVDs are sold to the school community.

A Theatre Restaurant evening is now held annually, drama students perform a show throughout the night with a different theme chosen each year. The senior Hospitality students prepare and serve the three course meal.

Publications

The school produces a magazine each year, named "The Torch", containing student work in the form of poems, stories, artworks, and reports, etc. Students may purchase the magazine at the end of the year.

port

Students may represent Taree High School in various sporting events, and the school encourages these students to further their talents in areas such as Aerobics, Cricket, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Surfing, Waterpolo and countless more.

House system

As with most Australian schools, Taree High School utilises a house system. The school currently has four houses, Manning, Murray, Hooke and Peel.cite web|url= http://www.taree-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/sportingdays.htm|title= House System |accessdate= 2008-03-27 |year= 2008|work= Learning at Taree High|publisher= Taree High School]

Through this house system, students annually participate in a swimming carnival, an athletics carnival, a beach day, and cross country events. The four school houses are rewarded with points for every participant in each event, and at the completion of each carnival the house with the most points is declared the winner.

Initiatives

Taree High School has implemented a unique VIP student scheme in order to recognise the positive contribution made by students to the school. This scheme encompasses various businesses of the Taree area.cite web|url= http://www.taree-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/vip.htm|title= VIP Scheme|accessdate= 2008-03-27 |year= 2008|work= Learning at Taree High|publisher= Taree High School]

Notable alumni

;Academic
*Grant Stewart Harman - Emeritus Professor of Education Management; Authorcite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = HARMAN Grant Stewart| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Timothy John Mehigan - Professor of Languages and Head of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago, New Zealand; Former Associate Professor of German at the University of Melbourne (also attended Pennant Hills High School)cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = MEHIGAN (Tim) Timothy John| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Phill Schultz - Published Associate Professor of Mathematics (Pure mathematics), University of Western Australiacite web|url = http://www.maths.uwa.edu.au/~schultz/cv.html|title = My Autobiography |accessdate = 2007-09-20|last = Schultz|first = Phill
date = 2001-12-24|work = Phill Schultz|publisher = University of Western Australia
]

;Business
*Peter Raymond Dodd - Global Head of Corporate Finance Advisory, ABN AMRO (UK)cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = DODD Peter Raymond| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]

;Entertainment, media and the arts
*Nikki Bennett - Australian actress and cabaret performercite web|url = http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0071959/|title = Nikki Bennett |accessdate = 2007-09-20|year = 2007|work = The Internet Movie Database|publisher = Internet Movie Database Inc.]
*Les Murray - Australian poetcite web|url = http://www.lesmurray.org/lifeinprogress1.htm|title = Taree High, 1955-56 |accessdate = 2007-09-20|year = 2007|work = Les Murray]

;Politics, public service and the law
*Lyndal McAlpin Barlin AM - Member of Old Parliament House Governing Council; Former Clerk of the Australian House of Representativescite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = BARLIN Lyndal McAlpin| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Wayne Bruce Berry - Speaker in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly; Member of the Legislative Assembly (ALP) for Ginninderra ACTcite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = BERRY Wayne Bruce| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Bruce Wilkie Collins - New South Wales Queen's Counselcite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = COLLINS Bruce Wilkie| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Bruce Cowan - Former Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Member for Oxley, Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Water Resources (Country Party)cite web|url = http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/1fb6ebed995667c2ca256ea100825164/6a9018c09a696fcdca256e22001b1054!OpenDocument|title = Mr David Bruce COWAN (1926 - ) |accessdate = 2007-09-20|year = 2007|work = Former Members|publisher = Parliament of New South Wales]
*Alfred Clement Borthwick Maiden - Public servant; Former Commercial and Agricultural attaché at the Australian Embassy, Washington, Assistant-secretary of the Department of Trade, Commercial counsellor and Australian government trade commissioner (Washington), managing director of the International Wool Secretariatcite web|url = http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A150338b.htm|title = Maiden, Alfred Clement Borthwick (1922 - 1979) |accessdate = 2007-09-20|last = Swift|first = Robert S|year = 2000|work = Australian Dictionary of Biography|publisher = Melbourne University Press|pages = 287-288]
*Hon. Robert Edward Tickner - CEO of the Australian Red Cross; Former CEO of Job Futures Ltd; Federal Minister of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Member of the House of Representatives (ALP) for Hughes NSW (also attended Forster High School)cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = TICKNER Robert Edward, Hon.| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Mark Vaile - Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australiacite news| first = Robert | last = Wainwright| title = Surf and turf| url = http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/surf-and-turf/2005/07/15/1121429359389.html| work = The Sydney Morning Herald| publisher = Fairfax Digital| date = 2005-07-16| accessdate = 2007-09-20]

;Religion
*Allan Macdonald Harman - Research Professor of the Presbyterian Theological College; Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoriacite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = HARMAN Allan Macdonald| accessdate = 2007-09-20| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]

References

ee also

*List of Government schools in New South Wales

External links

* [http://www.taree-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/ Taree High School Website]
* [http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/index.php Department of Education & Training]


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