Taree High School

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Taree High School
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Latin: Flumen Coronent Filii
May your Sons and Daughters Crown the River
Taree, New South Wales, Australia Australia
Coordinates 31°54′35″S 152°27′49″E / 31.90972°S 152.46361°E / -31.90972; 152.46361Coordinates: 31°54′35″S 152°27′49″E / 31.90972°S 152.46361°E / -31.90972; 152.46361
Type Public, Secondary, Co-educational, Day school
Established 1908
Principal Peter Bird
Enrolment ~955 (7–12)[1]
Campus Rural
Colour(s) Black and Gold

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 1,100 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.[1] A semesterised curriculum is used at the school, providing a variety of subjects and units.[2]

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).


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.[3]

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.[3]


Taree High School is located in the centre of the rural town of Taree,[3] 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.


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.[3]

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.[3]



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.[4]
  • The school participates in NAIDOC (National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee) week events.[5]

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


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.[citation needed]


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.[6]

Performing arts[edit]

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.[7] 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.


The school produces a magazine each year, named The Torch,[8] containing student work in the form of poems, stories, artworks, and reports, etc. Students may purchase the magazine at the end of the year.


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[edit]

As with most Australian schools, Taree High School utilises a house system. The school currently has four houses, Manning, Murray, Hooke and Peel.[9]

Through this house system, students annually participate in a swimming carnival, an athletics carnival, a beach day,[9] 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.


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.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

Entertainment, media and the arts
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Taree High School". School Locator. New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Variety and Choice". Welcome. Taree High School. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "About us". Taree High School. Retrieved 2007-09-20. [dead link]
  4. ^ Greater Taree City Council - Greater Taree Youth Advisory Committee
  5. ^ Greater Taree City Council - NAIDOC
  6. ^ Australia Network - Nexus - English Bites - Taree High
  7. ^ Greater Taree City Council Calendar of Events
  8. ^ a b "Taree High, 1955-56". Les Murray. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  9. ^ a b "House System". Learning at Taree High. Taree High School. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  10. ^ "VIP Scheme". Learning at Taree High. Taree High School. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  11. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "HARMAN Grant Stewart". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  12. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "MEHIGAN (Tim) Timothy John". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  13. ^ Schultz, Phill (2001-12-24). "My Autobiography". Phill Schultz. University of Western Australia. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  14. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "DODD Peter Raymond". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  15. ^ "Nikki Bennett". The Internet Movie Database. Internet Movie Database Inc. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  16. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "BARLIN Lyndal McAlpin". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  17. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "BERRY Wayne Bruce". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  18. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "COLLINS Bruce Wilkie". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  19. ^ "Mr David Bruce COWAN (1926 - )". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  20. ^ Swift, Robert S (2000). "Maiden, Alfred Clement Borthwick (1922 - 1979)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. pp. 287–288. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  21. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "TICKNER Robert Edward, Hon.". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  22. ^ Wainwright, Robert (2005-07-16). "Surf and turf". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Digital). Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  23. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "HARMAN Allan Macdonald". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 

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