Who saw some of our boys on the news this week?
We were proud to have Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff at New Town High earlier in the week to launch the new mobile phone policy for Tasmanian government schools. Being able to demonstrate the success we’ve worked for and experienced at New Town through our early stance on no phones in learning areas was a highlight of the launch. Our move to ban phones in classrooms has led to students feeling safer and more focused on learning. We thank the Minister for acknowledging the hard work and dedication of staff and students in this vital area.
ABC Article can be found here.
School Association Christmas Raffle
The School Association is running a Christmas hamper raffle at New Town High. It’s full of Christmas goodies, including a half leg of ham (not pictured)!
Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5, available at the school office. Pop in a buy a few or send your son to get them for you!
Drawn Thursday 12 December 2019.
If you’ve attended some of the recent centenary events, you may have seen some merchandise available to celebrate this momentous occasion!
A group of senior students, supported through their Business Studies class, have designed and created a range of merchandise for the centenary of the school this year. Drink holders, lapel pins, magnets, mugs, pens and a special tie are all on sale now through their website, check out the link below. Shipping is available, as well as pickup from the NTHS office.
Special thanks to the Old Scholars Association who seeded initial funds to allow this excellent endeavour to be successful.
Items can be purchased here: https://newtownhighmerch.wixsite.com/merchandise
Combined Grade 10 Sport Science Class
This year, New Town and OHSTasmania have had a combined Grade 10 Sport Science class, taught by Miss Brooks.
On Tuesday of this week, the class had a visit from Ogilvie Old Scholar Jayde Richardson (Class of 2008), who recently completed a solo swim of the English Channel – England to France. With an ever-changing tide and a strong current, Jayde swam 45km in 12 hours and 29 minutes. She is just the second Tasmanian woman in history to complete this gruelling challenge.
Jayde gave our students an insight in to her physical and mental preparation in the lead-up to the swim. She showed great internal motivation and discipline to complete this long-term goal. Jayde even managed to raise $15,000 for local charity, SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.
Jayde also told us about New Town High Old Scholar Peter Tucker (Class of 1971), who swam the English Channel in August this year. Peter finished the swim in 15 hours and 38 minutes.
Congratulations Jayde and Peter!
9/10 Writers’ Workshop
On the 11th of November, Mr Howard’s 9/10 Writers’ Workshop class hit the road for a pleasant morning of creative writing at Salamanca.
Mr Howard had the boys split into small groups to attempt a series of writing-based challenges centred around nearby landmarks. The class were also given a collection of fun tasks – dubbed ‘The Salamanca Seven’ – to complete.
Most boys also took advantage of the many stores and cafes (especially the cafes!) Salamanca has to offer.
The group returned to the bus at 11 o’clock for a minute’s silence before making their way back to school.
(Post written by Troy R & Lucas L)
Prefect Flag Pole Project
A huge thank you to the Hon Elise Archer MP for her generous donation of the Tasmanian Flag and funds towards the Prefect Flagpoles project!
The school will be holding a celebration next week on Thursday 26 September to thank the generous sponsors for this project and to recognise the significant efforts of the Year 10 Prefect Board in completing this project as their gift to the school for 2019.
NBL Illawarra Hawks Visit
21 of our most passionate ballers got the chance to ‘hoop it up’ against the Hawks. They were cheered on by a crowd of over 200 students and staff in our packed-out gym.
After the full court scrimmages, students in the 9/10 Basketball Athlete Development class and all school basketball team members had the chance to meet the players, ask them questions, collect autographs and take some photos.
Thanks to the NBL for delivering this amazing opportunity to our students.
Grade 9 Leadership Skills Training
Here are some images from the two days our Grade 9 cohort recently spent at UTAS Sandy Bay to complete Leadership Skills Training.
The course, based on learning materials developed by Peer Support Australia, helps equip students with the skills and understandings necessary to be strong and effective leaders — leaders of our school, leaders of the future, and leaders of their own lives.
Passing the course made students eligible to nominate for the position of Peer Support Leader for 2020, a role in which they will be tasked with welcoming the next intake of New Town High boys to our proud school.
Hobart Fun Run
a team of 27 students and staff members took part in the Hobart Fun Run (formerly known as the Budget / Cranke Fun Run), an annual fundraiser for the Children’s Ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
In perfectly sunny conditions, Team NTHS completed the 5 kilometre run along Hobart’s picturesque waterfront. Many cheers of “C’mon, New Town!” could be heard along the course.
Our runners took out first place in the school teams event and were awarded the John Tubbs Memorial Trophy for the most successful secondary school team. This is significant to us as John Tubbs was a Grade 7 New Town High student when he passed away in August of 2000. (A plaque dedicated to John can be found in the rose garden at the front of our school grounds).
In a happy coincidence, John’s old primary school, Lenah Valley, took out first prize in their category.
We love taking part in this community fun run every year and we’re very proud to finally claim the Tubbs Trophy in memory of John.
R U OK? Day
“Are you okay?” …those words (or words to that effect) can be heard being asked of and by both staff and students alike throughout the classrooms, grounds, halls and offices of New Town High School on any given day of the school year.
Today, for R U OK? Day:
*Prefects cheerily greeted morning traffic on the Main Road,
*Grade 8s participated in a giant game of four-way flags to build House spirit,
*Grade 7s and 9s combined for joint activities,
*Staff had a morning tea ‘get together’ and bravely wore bright yellow clothing to shoe support for the R U OK? cause,
*The Grade 8s organised a sausage sizzle for students at lunch.
Posters around the school and messages on the Student Daily News bulletin also helped spread the word about how to make sure your mates are okay — and what you can do about it if you think they aren’t.
At New Town High, our goal is to make it R U OK? Day, EVERY DAY.
Science RACI Titration Competition
On Thursday 8th August Dylan Vertigan, Max Watson and James Langfellner represented our school in the RACI titration competition. They have been giving up their lunch breaks and some holiday time to practice their skills. Last year they were state champions in the high school division and went on to compete nationally ranking 21 and receiving an excellent status. This was quite commendable as they were in year 9 competing against a combination of high school and colleges nationally. Results to follow.
100 Years Of New Town High School – Merchandise Sales
New Town High School is proud to announce that we are selling merchandise for the 100 years of the school. A group of students from the 9/10 Business Studies class has taken onboard the planning, designing and selling of the merchandise to celebrate the centenary of boy’s education under The Blue Triangle!
The students have designed a variety of celebratory items including pens, magnets, mugs, ties, and lapel pins – all available from the school office. We will also be selling the 100 Years of New Town High book which will be coming out later this year.
Basketball Athlete Development
Members of the Basketball Athlete Development class hosted their counterparts from Elizabeth College for a friendly but hard-fought contest this afternoon.
The match was a reunion of sorts, with every member of the EC team having been a graduate of the NTHS Basketball Program.
The old boys secured themselves a convincing victory, whilst the 9/10 team gained valuable experience against top notch competition to help in their preparations for the high school championships in November.
Of course, Mr Howard couldn’t let the opportunity pass by without getting a photo of all the boys together. #weballforthefuture
Glenorchy Fun Run
We had 24 NTHS representatives take part in the Glenorchy Fun Run on Sunday the 28th of July.
This annual event is hosted by the awesome volunteers of the Northern Suburbs Athletics Club.
Congratulations to all members of the NTHS team:
Grade 7 – Lachlan F, Lincoln S.
Grade 8 – Riley S, Henry G, Brodie C. Nick L, Oliver C.
Grade 9 – Nick S (10km), Haney M, Leif J.
Grade 10 – Josh G, Aiden M, Thomas M, Evan S, Will O, Lindsay T, Dylan W, Josh T, Joel J, Brandon G, Bryce W.
Staff – J Brooks, G Guerzoni, W Clear.
We had four boys finish in top 20 (out of 242) in the 5km race. That is an outstanding effort! (3rd Haney M 16:14, 11th Lachlan F 18:04, 17th Brandon G 18:49, 19th Leif J 18:57).
We have just seven weeks until our next community fun run…the Cranke Hobart Fun Run.
Gold Blooded Tour
Wallabies Morgan Turinui and Steve Kefu put some of our boys through their paces last week as part of the Gold Blooded Tour. They got some insider knowledge of old scholar Adam Coleman too!
NTHS Senior Hockey Team
Yesterday marked the end of the senior hockey roster. Eight teams played in the competition, with New Town High finishing 2nd on the ladder. The team played 1st placed Taroona High in the Grand Final last night. The game finished as a 2-2 draw. Taroona were awarded the win because they had finished higher on the ladder.
Our team has been outstanding this year, with great sportsmanship and encouragement of each other. Well done to our boys. It was a fantastic season.
Well done to all of the team – Sam, Liam, Callum, Lindsay, Harris, Oliver, Oscar, Magnus, Nicholas, William, Jasper.
Year 9 – Tasmanian Under 15 AFL Representatives
Congratulations Braidy Simpson and Callum Thompson Year 9 students, on being selected to represent Tasmania in the Under 15 Tasmanian AFL team.
The boys play in the competition against Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Territory initially at the end of July to early August in Launceston, hoping to progress to the finals.
Well done Braidy and Callum and we wish them all the best.
Charlie Pilkington – State Winner Rostrum Voice of Youth
Congratulations to Charlie Pilkington on his weekend success, winning the State Junior final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition for the second year in a row. Charlie spoke on the topic ‘Timing is everything’ and will represent Tasmania at the National Competition on July 27 in Hobart. Kelly Stone was the Runner-Up in the Senior Final. Charlie’s achievement is quite something and we can be very proud of his achievements.
Australian Defence Force Visit – Year 9
ADF visit for our year 9 future pathways students, learning about the huge range of career paths and opportunities in the Australian Defence Force. The boys were very well behaved, our visitors even complimented their excellent engagement and great questions to our office staff on their way out.
LUCAS ROBINSON BOOKS AWARD
New Town High School congratulates Henry Gell and Jayden Lampkin on their success in the Lucas Robinson Books Creative Writing Competition. Henry has been awarded the Runner-Up First Prize for his story Pipes, an intriguing story with a heightened sense of drama. Jayden’s story, a western with a twist in the tail, earned him the Encouragement Award. Henry and Jayden will be presented with their awards in the upcoming Assembly
Inter High Cross Country
Our Inter High Cross Country team were very successful last week! The boys represented the school faultlessly, running hard, cheering others but also led the way with behaviour.
We’re really pleased to announce that we had a number of boys excel at the carnival, we had four students on the final podium for their age groups, and eleven top 10 finishers out of the four grades!
We’d also like to announce that due to the boys’ combined efforts we were able to win the Inter High Shield back from Taroona. This is a huge achievement and all boys should be proud of their efforts.
Outdoor Education – Panorama Track
Today the Outdoor Education class took advantage of the milder weather and higher cloud to walk the Panorama Track. The track is situated close to the summit of Mt. Wellington. It is only a short walk, but as the name suggests it has stunning views from the North right across to the Tasman Peninsula. Check it out some time!
Science & Engineering Challenge
The 2019 Science and Engineering Challenge took place on May 31. New Town High School registered a group of 18 students to take part in the day long competition that sees teams compete in a series of problem-solving trials. The challenges test student communication and teamwork skills, their ability to think creatively, and their aptitude for design and construction using common materials. It is always a fun day with a great atmosphere and a chance to meet students from other schools.
New Town High School had the top score in 4 activities during the day earning us fourth place in our heat. Southern Tasmanian schools competed at the University of Tasmania Activities Centre over 4 days. Our team ended up in a very respectable overall 7th place out of 29 competing southern schools. Congratulations to the 9/10 STEAM Team, your school is proud of you!
National History Challenge
Grade 7,8,9 and 10 students completing the National History Challenge. 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. Fantastic to see a large number of boys taking up this highly academic challenge!
Grade 9/10 Construction Class – Building for the future!
This term the Construction class have been learning real life construction skills by designing and building a kitchen. So far, they have marked out, cut and secured the floor joists to lay the timber floor. Next, they had to measure, construct and stand the stud walls in place and secure and tension them. The boys have now hung all the plaster sheets and filled in the screw holes and the joints ready for sanding. Stay tuned for the next update!
Grade 8 – 150 Years of Public Education
Grade 8 celebrated 150 years of Public Education and 100 years of education at New Town High today. We focused on My Education and our grade listened to 3 exciting entrepreneurs speak about their careers: Actor and comedian, John X, mountain bike track designer, Simon French, and technology leader/virtual reality guru, James Riggall. For the remainder of the day our students explored careers using www.myfuture.edu.au and started to develop their resume. A great success for all! Video below (NTHS segment starts at 8 minutes 50 seconds).
NTHS Rugby – Adam Coleman Cup
New Town High School has a long tradition with the sport of Rugby Union, this has been re-invigorated in recent years in work led by the principal Mr Kilpatrick. Last year NTHS formed a senior rugby union team to play against the best players from other schools in the Adam Coleman Rugby Cup. Adam Coleman is a former student, current Wallaby and Melbourne Rebels player.
NTHS won the Adam Coleman Rugby Cup and now we are affiliated with the Melbourne Rebels. This week we received a very generous donation from the Rebels of playing tops, polo tops, jackets, trousers and hoodies for our 2019 players.
The boys are now extremely excited to represent their school as part of the New Town High School Rebels. I think this photo captures the Rebels team values of Respect, Excellence, Balance, Ethos and Leadership that map perfectly with our school purpose of producing good young men.