Castle Hill High School
|Castle Hill High School|
|Castle Hill, New South Wales
|Type||Public school, Co-educational, Comprehensive school|
|Motto||Truth is Strength|
|Deputy Principals||Andrew Mitchell / Jennifer Dane / Diana King|
Castle Hill High School, located in Castle Street, Castle Hill, New South Wales, Australia, is a co-educational and comprehensive school with students ranging from year 7 to year 12. Castle Hill High School has performed well during the 2016 HSC, students achieving 170 Band 6's as well as having 5 students that have received an all-rounders award. According to Better Education HSC rankings regarding Mathematics and English marks Castle Hill High School is ranked 103rd in New South Wales.
Castle Hill High School can be noted by their strong participation in extracurricular activities, including sport, musical production, leadership, technology and public competitions. Additionally, the school has a high level of participation and commitment to various charitable events, with a high volunteer rate in activities such as the 40 Hour Famine, Relay For life, The Salvation Army Red Shield Door Knock Appeal and the World's Greatest Shave.
Castle Hill High School holds various sporting events including Swimming, Cross-Country and Athletics Carnivals, where students can compete for participation in wider regional competitions, consisting of Zone (representing the school), Regionals (representing Hills Zone) and Combined High Schools (representing Sydney West). The school is in association with the New South Wales Combined High Schools Sports Association, meaning that it competes with other comprehensive schools around the Sydney region. Generally, the school performs outstandingly in terms of Swimming and Athletics Carnivals, usually accumulating exponential amounts of points over other schools. Castle Hill High School also participates in many other competitions and tournaments with other schools, including:
- Zone, Regional, or State Representative Teams
- The Brewer Cup, a challenge between the school and Crestwood High school involving various sporting activities
- Knockout Regional Teams (Including Hockey, Basketball, Netball, Waterpolo)
Additionally, the schools holds many sporting events within the school to encourage increased participation in physical activity including:
- Dedicating 2 periods a week solely to sport between Years 7-10, consisting of travelling to C2K, Fitness First Castle Towers, Slider Hockey, Basketball, etc.
- Castle Hill High School's 3 VS 3 Basketball Competition
In commemoration of student achievements in terms of their sporting efforts, the Physical Education faculty holds yearly excursions in the end of the year to Jamberoo or White Water Rafting to the top 50 students who achieve the most points. These points are varied in terms of the difficulty of acquiring the accolade and are determined by sporting achievements such as representing the school in State representative teams, to acquiring one of the top 30 places in the school's Cross Country.
Academic and public competitions
The school provides many avenue for students to pursue, indicating to the student their academic level, have new experiences, and improve on certain skills such as communication and public speaking. This includes:
- Moot court Trials
- Interschool Imagination Forum
- Australian Maths Competition
- UNSW Academic competitions consisting of Writing, Comprehension, Computing skills and Science
- Student Representative Council (SRC) - A group of junior students elected by their peers to represent the school and help with the organisation of events
- Peer Support Leader - Leaders in Year 10 who help new students settle into the school
- Prefects - A body of senior students who represent the school as well as organise events
- The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Music, performing and visual arts
- Annual School Musical Production
- School Concert Band
- School String Ensemble
- Rock Band
- Super band (a brass band, occasionally accompanying singers)
In addition to these groups, Castle Hill High School allows for performances such as singing, playing musical instruments and dancing during weekly assemblies.
Enrichment and welfare programs
- Various charitable events such as the Relay For Life, 40 Hour Famine and the Salvation Army Door Knock Appeal
- Japanese and French Exchange programs
- First Aid Program
- Mentoring Program
- Chess Club
- "HSC School Results". Better Education HSC School Results. Better Education Pty Ltd. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "New South Wales Combined High Schools Sports Association". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- "The Brewer Cup". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- "Extra Curricular Activities". web page. Retrieved 6 May 2012.