Coming to a new school back in 2014 was exciting for Connor Lentfer, Chelsea Egginton, Ellie Jones and Thomas Tracey.
As Year 7 Hunter Sports High “freshers”, they looked up to their Year 12 leaders at the time, and quietly dreamed of following in their footsteps.
Five years down the track they are now the school leaders that the younger kids coming through look up to, at a defining moment in the school’s history.
Describe what the redevelopment means for the school?
Ellie: The redevelopment is immense for teachers, students and the community. The redevelopment gives teachers the opportunity to get the best out of their students. I know personally and on behalf of Year 12 it is inspiring. Having such a great learning environment definitely improves the drive of students.
Connor: With the completion of the redevelopment, the overall attitude of the student body was quite positive and the achievements/results in class skyrocketed. This is all backed up with evidence from the teachers.
Chelsea: The redevelopment isn’t only just a physical change, it also requires students to change their mentality towards an “open classroom” learning environment. It means we need to aim higher and grow our personal qualities and show initiative.
Tom: The redevelopment of Hunter Sports High School has changed many aspects of our schooling life, the most important of these is that it has changed the culture of the school. Every student from Year 7 to 12 is grateful for the new learning facilities, this changes their aspect on schooling as there are so many ways the teachers change up their teaching styles to make the lessons more exciting.
Outline how you feel about being the school leader at this time?
Ellie: It is really exciting to be a school leader at the time of the grand opening of HSHS. Getting to represent students who have patiently and diligently worked through a difficult construction site is really rewarding.
Connor: It’s a very positive opportunity for me and it has allowed me to help positively reflect on how the school is going when talking to groups outside of the school community.
Chelsea: Regardless of how the school is at any time, the outstanding feeling will always be there, however at this current time our leadership group has been given many opportunities that previous years haven’t, as we have more facilities. It will be interesting to see what we can do in 2019 to further improve our great school.
Tom: Being a school leader at the time of the redevelopment makes me proud. I’m proud of how far the school has come from the old classrooms to the new state-of-art facilities. I’m proud to say I am a leader of Hunter Sports High.