Lambton High School

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Lambton High School
Lambton High School Logo.gif
"Light The Way"
Location
Newcastle, New South Wales, AustraliaAustralia
Coordinates 32°55′8.8″S 151°43′13.5″E / 32.919111°S 151.720417°E / -32.919111; 151.720417Coordinates: 32°55′8.8″S 151°43′13.5″E / 32.919111°S 151.720417°E / -32.919111; 151.720417
Information
Type State run high school
Established 1974
Principal Mr Martin Rosser
Enrolment 1,107[1]
Campus Urban
Colour(s) Juniors-Navy Blue, Seniors-Fleece White
Website

Lambton High School is a co-educational, comprehensive, day school for students from Years 7-12 in the suburb of Lambton in Newcastle, New South Wales operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. It was founded in 1974 and its current Principal is Mr Martin Rosser.

Some of the teaching staff have received national recognition for their work. One example is Former Head Teacher Science, Mrs Carolyn Hayden (retired now part-time Environmental Coordinator). The school is notable for its traditions such as Green Day, which is held annually.

History[edit]

2007 Hunter Region and Central Coast storms[edit]

From 8–10 June 2007, storms and flooding in the Hunter Region of New South Wales affected Lambton High School. The school suffered a small amount of damage (mainly to large trees within the school grounds that had to be cleared prior to student occupation) and was closed from 11–12 June 2007. The school was re-opened on 13 June 2007 to seniors only and was opened to all years on 18 June 2007.

Community Cabinet visit[edit]

On 29 September 2008, the Federal Cabinet (including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd) attended Lambton High School as part of the Australian Government Community Cabinet Program.[2]

Gifted and Talented education[edit]

Lambton High School offers a Gifted and talented students (GATS) program to several years with Year 7 students completing a 'Master-Minds' course, Year 8 students completing an Authentic Learning Assessment, select Year 9 students being part of a semester GATS Class completing projects of their choice, and Year 10 students participating in an "Authentic Job Interview" at school. Talented students are asked whether they would like to participate in the accelerated Higher School Certificate and university courses in a wide variety of fields. Some year 10 students are also given the opportunity to participate in a 10 unit University excelleration programme where they can complete 10 units of a field of their choice (provided it is being run).

Student excellence[edit]

As part of Lambton High School's GATS program, students are encouraged to excel in all areas of their education: academic, sporting, cultural and leadership activities.[3] In 2009, Carmel Tebbutt, the NSW Minister for Education presented 40 students from all NSW public schools with a Minister's Award for Excellence. Three Lambton High School students were fortunate to receive this award, Annabel Fleming, Caitlyn Read and Leah Serafim. This was the greatest number of awards received by any one school within the state.[4]

Examination results[edit]

At the 2009 HSC, Lambton High School ranked 143rd[5] in New South Wales, up from 150th in 2008.[6] In 2008, it increased its student "All rounders" from 33 to 47.[7]

However, in 2014, Lambton High's HSC ranking fell to 388th in the state from 198th in 2013, which was the largest decline of any school in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Upper Hunter or Central Coast Region.[8]

Student leadership[edit]

Lambton High School promotes student leadership through groups such as the "Prefect Body" and the "Student Representative Council".

The Prefect Body is made of sixteen Year 12 students who are elected by peers and staff for a period of twelve months. This body is led in turn by the school captains, the vice-captains and the senior prefects. Mrs Carolyn Hayden is responsible for student leadership.

The Student Representative Council (SRC), is made up of two students from each year group (Years 7-11) and the senior prefects. This group is elected in early February each year and in turn elects its own leaders. The school principal is responsible for the SRC.

Other leadership opportunities are available through various sporting teams and environmental committees.

Green Day[edit]

The school celebrates "Green Day" - a tradition begun in the mid nineties by staff member Mr Geoffrey Badger and his first of many student/ staff green teams. The day celebrates the environment and encourages students and staff to dress in green to show support for environmental concerns. The celebration includes a concert which usually involves performances by the staff and students, competitions and a "best dressed" contest which awards prizes to the students who are wearing the most innovative green costumes. The concert always concluded with a memorable performance by the student/staff rockband, the Green Brothers, with Mr Badger on vocals. Other schools within the area have begun to embrace the Green Day tradition, making Lambton High School well known throughout Newcastle. The local ABC radio station broadcasts information about the event annually.

In 2007, the Green Day slogan was "Keep on Rockin' For a Green World" and the focus was on climate change and global warming.[9]

In 2008, the Green Day slogan was "Be Cool to Our World" focusing on issues of Waste and Recycling. Students developed their own pseudo-catchphrase for the event; "Tree on".

In 2009, the Green Day slogan was "Tread Lightly" a reference to the Australian Aborigines, particularly the Awabakal people who are renowned for caring for the local environment.

Green Day 2010 is to be celebrated on Friday 25 June. The theme is biodiversity which is to be carried by the slogan "We are all in this together".

Sport[edit]

The school also holds prestigious positioning in events such as basketball, netball and waterpolo.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School Locator: Lambton High School". New South Wales Department of Education and Training. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Community Cabinet". Government of Australia. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2008. 
    "Rudd's community cabinet meets". The Australian. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
    "Protests to greet Rudd in Hunter". The Newcastle Herald. 2008-09-28. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Lambton High School". Lambton High School. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Sandra Jones. "Minister’s Award For Excellence In Student Achievement Recipients 2009–2004" (DOC). NSW Department of Education and Training. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "School Ranking - 2009 HSC Top Achievers". Better Education Australia. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "School Ranking - 2008 HSC Top Achievers". Better Education Australia. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Alison Branley (18 December 2008). "Government high schools HSC winners". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  8. ^ http://cdn.fairfaxregional.com.au/EDDIENEWS/20-HS%20RATING.pdf
  9. ^ "Keep on Rockin' for a Green World". Lambton High School. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  10. ^ Josh Leeson (12 December 2009). "Basketball stars reach new heights". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  11. ^ James Gardiner (29 October 2009). "Ben Kantarovski's hospital drama". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  12. ^ Josh Leeson (21 January 2009). "Jessica Legge sets record pace at festival". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2009.