Carlingford High School
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|Carlingford High School|
Carlingford, New South Wales
|Motto||Adventure in Learning|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue, Sky Blue|
|Website||Carlingford High School|
The decision to build a new high school at North Carlingford was made in early 1967. Though the decision was originally not well received by the community, especially parents who lived in close proximity to Cumberland High School and whose children were already being sent by bus to Pennant Hills High School, building of the new school commenced in the Autumn. The contractor, A.V Jennings, was to complete sufficient of the building to enable the school to open on the first school day in 1968.
In October, the first Principal, Mr M. J. Maiden, met 165 students who were in first form at Pennant Hills High School and who were destined for the new school, known officially at this stage as "Carlingford North High School". The students were dressed in school uniform designed by a committee of parents appointed by Mr R. Stacey, principal of Pennant Hills High School. A further meeting was held with the parents where a motion was carried that the Department of Education be asked to name the school "Carlingford High School".
Two more meetings were held with the committee prior to the beginning of the new school year. At these meetings, finalized arrangements for the first school day of 1968 were made, along with the establishment of a school badge and motto. Much thought went into the latter with a view to linking the badge with the name "Carlingford". From Mr H. Frater, former Headmaster of Carlingford Rural School, informed the committee that Carlingford was named after Carlingford in Ireland. Mr Maiden, wrote to the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra and received information about Irish Carlingford. It was then decided to design a badge and motto that would incorporate the "Venturegameness" of the Vikings and the idea that education should be an adventure. The design of the badge would be in keeping with the design of the school and with an Australian flavour, hence the square, severe line of the badge and the boomerang on which the motto appears. Several different designs were worked on by artists at "Perfection Plate" and indeed the Maiden family also worked on the design. The committee finally reached a decision with the agreed motto "Adventure In Learning" put forward by the appointed Deputy Principal Mr. N. Leeder and the badge design created by Mr Maiden's wife.
Carlingford High was the first NSW school to have a student council rather than prefects, an innovation of Mr Maiden. <interview with former student Diane Isaacs, now Di Bartok NewsLocal journalist, published in Northern District Times circa 1974>. As late as the Thursday before school was to resume it was by no means certain that the school would be open due to inclement weather. Fortunately though the weather cleared and concrete was poured on the Friday and the school was officially opened on Tuesday 31 January 1968.
This school is currently located on North Rocks Road between two primary schools, Roselea Public School and St Gerard's Primary Catholic School, near the Plympton Rd shops.
Currently 1086 students attend this school.
The school has a numerous number of musical ensembles. They are:
- Concert Band 1
- Concert Band 2
- Stage Band 1
- Stage Band 2
- String Ensemble
- Vocal Ensemble 1
- Vocal Ensemble 2
Carlingford High School has four main sports houses, inspired by Norse mythology:
- Aegir (Red), God of the ocean
- Odin (Blue), All-father of the gods
- Freya (Yellow), God of love
- Thor (Green), God of thunder
- Peter Thomson Crawford, Member of the Legislative Assembly in NSW
- Jason Smith, Australian Actor, starred in Home and Away
- Amanda Keller, Australian Journalist, Radio Presenter, and Media Personality.
- Tim Brunero, Big Brother Contestant
- Stephen O'Doherty, Journalist, Politician.
- Victor Mishalow, Musician, Muscologist.
- Timmy Trumpet, Musician, DJ.
- Jamie Parker, Politician, Greens MP
- David Spicer, ABC Journalist
- Nick Tabakoff, Walkley Award winning Journalist
- Sally McManus, Secretary of the ACTU