Huonville High School

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Huonville High School
Huonville, Tasmania
Type Public Secondary
Motto Forward Honourably
Established 1940
School district Huonville
Principal Geoff Williamson
Staff 30
Grades 7-12
Number of students 450+
Color(s) Red, White, Yellow and Blue
Athletics House Teams (Hakea, Banksia, Acacia, Grevillia)

Huonville High School is a public, co-educational school situated in the small town of Huonville, Tasmania, Australia. The school was founded in 1940 as the 'Huonville Area School', and was the only secondary school south of Hobart (the state capital, approximately 42 kilometres north). In 1957, the school was re-branded as a 'Comprehensive Area School', and during this time over 90% of students reached the school via bus, which portrays the importance the school played in the Huon Valley's education system.

Being part of the State Government's Department of Education, the school has often experienced tight budgets. This has resulted in a certain degree of dilapidation in parts of the school. The Science and Technology block in particular is in a state of mild disrepair. The food sciences and drama sectors have recently received impressive renovations thanks to funding raised by the Performing Arts Departments.

The school enrolled approximate 450 students in 2004, with around 100 students in each grade. Gender ratios are surprisingly equal, with almost 50/50 spreads across all grades. Approximately 15% of students identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The school boasts increasingly higher rates of college level education continuation, with almost 80% of graduating students continuing to Grades 11 and 12 over the past two years. The school also hosts a 'No Dole' charter, wherein graduating students pledge to continue through to higher education or obtain full-time work, rather than seeking government welfare, thus breaking the cycle of poverty and unemployment that pervades in the Huon.

The school uniform consists mainly of a royal blue polo shirt, navy blue wind-cheater/polar fleece jacket or a blue rugby jumper, with the choice of shoes, pants, etc. left to students. However grade 10 students in the SRC wear red polo shirts. This policy results in a higher willingness to wear the uniform, and has seen marked increase in uniform compliance over the past 5 years.

On 9 August 2011 Huonville High took a group of grade 9 and 10 students to Devonport to participate in the 2011 Tasmanian Science and Engineering (Super) Challenge, the challenge was the state final with 2nd and 1st place being invited to attend the National Challenge in Victoria. Unfortunately Huonville came 3rd place losing out to Launceston Christian School (1st) and Calvin. On the bright side Huonville was the best performing school in Southern Tasmania and was the best performing public (non private school,) additionally this was the first time that Huonville High had made a state final with organizers commenting on how well behaved the students were when compared to other schools at the challenge.

The School offers many vocational certificates and TQA accredited courses, including Maths Methods 2. A new state funded Trade Training Centre located opposite the school offers further vocational study areas throughout the duration of High School and after.