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The making of Hunter Sports High School

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 5:40 AM


Hunter Sports High School is located 20 minutes south of Newcastle in Macquarie Lakes’ Gateshead. This school currently has 750 students, enrolled in both mainstream and support classes.

Hunter Sports High School is a partially selective public high school that has personalised academic curriculums including:

  • Aboriginal Education
  • Big Picture Academy
  • Vocational Education
  • Talented Sports Program.


Under the leadership of Rachel Byrne, Hunter Sport High School offers a unique learning environment that caters for both academic and sporting excellence. It caters for students with special needs with a dedicated Support Unit for 38 students, as well as a world-class Big Picture Academy which has expanded this year to include students from Year 8 through to Year 12. Their senior class will be studying for their HSC via a compacted curriculum model which is delivered online with staff and students from the Cooks Hill Big Picture Campus. Further, their Talented Sports Program continues to provide elite coaching to talented athletes as well as an academic framework that enables them to reach both their academic and sporting goals.


This new school includes:

  • new state-of-the-art education facilities including a movement complex with space for assemblies and presentations
  • a canteen
  • a weights gym
  • various store rooms and amenities.
  • 26 general classrooms and 13 specialist classrooms (for food technology, wood and metal work, science, visual and performing arts)
  • front reception and administration building
  • staff offices
  • student and staff amenities
  • a library.


The school learning environments offer greater access to technology and gives students and teachers' flexibility where students can work independently and cooperatively in small or larger groups and where learning can be personalised, relationships built, and students inspired to learn.


Technologically, Hunter Sports High School are using a range of devices providing their students access to specialised sports software, eportfolios and STEM tools. Using Google as the whole-school learning platform allows students to collaborate, create and connect with each other to produce evidence of learning regardless of the learning program that they are enrolled in.


Hunter Sports High School has engaged the Foundations.T4L team to lead them in providing professional learning face to face and via Brekkie with a Tekkie sessions, ensuring staff are continuously upskilled and are supported in their technology journey. Foundations.T4L Digital Classroom Officers are also working closely with digitalising student work so that they can create interactive electronic portfolios that document their high school career.

Categories: 2019, New School, Technology