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Athletics Carnival 2018

Dear Parents/Carers, The school Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday, 15 June, 2018 at Maclean High School. All students are expected to attend. Program for the day is as follows: 8:30am 800 metres – all age groups 8.55am Roll mark at school in normal PASTORAL CARE rooms. 9.00am Students move to quadrangle – Welcome to Country. 9.15am – 12.55pm Students participate in shot, javelin, high jump, long jump, 100m, 400m and 200m. 12.55pm Des Eamens Gift Heats 1.15pm Lunch break. Students are to remain on Eastern Oval. Novelty... Read more

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Smart Arts 2018

‘Smart Arts', a showcase of all Creative and Performing Arts areas, is coming soon. On Thursday 21 June 2018 a celebration of junior visual arts, photography, dance, drama and music will be on show for the public from 4:30 until 7pm. Come along and see what talent we have up and coming from our local public high school.... Read more

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G'day USA Jan 2019 Tour

G'day USA Jan 2019 Tour – important parent progress information meeting Dear Travellers There is a parent evening meeting with Educational World Travel Representative Jennifer Mundy scheduled for Tuesday 12th June. This will be held in the School Library, 5:15 – 5:30 pm. It is very important that you attend. See you all there! C Jagoe... Read more

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Cambodia Community Service Tour – June/July 2019

Information Evening: Maclean High School – School Library Monday 4th June 6:30-7:30pm Antipodeans is excited to announce the launch of a Community Service Tour to Cambodia in June/July 2019. This Tour will give your child a life-changing experience in the world beyond the classroom. Students will travel as a team to participate in a: • Sustainable, hands-on community project • Dynamic exploration of the amazing sites of this unforgettable country • Raising funds to further support the service component of the trip As such, we strongly... Read more

Vietnam Schoolies

Schoolies Unearthed – Vietnam December 2019

Information Evening: Maclean High School – School Library Monday 4th June 6-6:30pm Schoolies Unearthed is a 10-day adventure centered around a rewarding community project in a developing country. Team members explore a new culture, get involved in awesome adventure activities and contribute to a community less fortunate than their own. We would like to invite you to an Information Evening where we will discuss the Unearthed trip and answer any questions you have. To register your interest for this evening, please follow the online link below... Read more

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Get Your Techno Power Back

MACLEAN HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MONDAY 4TH JUNE 5 PM Let's Set Some Boundaries Rachel Downie (, eSafety speaker, will be presenting important information about your child's use of technology. Having trouble managing technology? Want to know what they're really doing? Rachel will give you tips on how to manage kids' devices and help you to identify potential addiction and device usage issues in your home. Please note that students are not permitted to this session.... Read more

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River of Learning

River of Learning 2018

River of Learning exhibition in the Old Kirk at the Yamba Museum The official opening is today 29 May, at the museum and will continue until June 17. Opening hours Tues, Wed, Thurs - 10am-4.30pm Sat & Sun - 2pm-4.30pm Entry to museum and exhibition Adults $5 Children Free... Read more

MHS under 19 Futsal Team

MHS Futsal

On Monday the under 19 boys Futsal team represented Maclean High School in The Inter Schools competition in Coffs Harbour. The boys placed second after a gruelling day of round robin matches and will now move into the next competition. Well done.... Read more

CHS Boys Tennis

Combined High Schools Tennis

"Sport is not always about winning but the spirit in which the game is played". That was the jovial response from the Maclean High boy's tennis team on Thursday after their loss to Alstonville. The team consisting of Harry Pye, Luka Dalla-Libera, Clay Penman and Cameron Ryan fought defiantly through their matches but ultimately came up short in the end. All the boys thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we look forward to next year's competition. Thanks goes to Alan Jurd and the Lower Clarence Tennis Club for their support.... Read more

Canteen Open Day

Canteen Open Day

Ever thought about volunteering in the canteen, but you had concerns about what was involved and the kinds of people you would be working with? Well to help you with this, we'll be holding an open day on: Wednesday 6 June 8am-1.30pm Come along and meet the canteen manager, Danielle, and some of her lovely helpers. You can see what is involved in the day to day running of the canteen and what days are available on our roster if you would like to come in and do a trial day. There is no obligation and it is a great way for you to see what sorts... Read more

MHS Open Girls Soccer Team

Open Girls Soccer – Round 2

After a forfeit win against Woodenbong Central in round 1, the Maclean High School Open Girl's Football Team travelled to Evans Head to play Evans River K-12 for the 2nd round of the CHS knockout competition. A dominant performance in the first half, secured the girls one goal which came through Kelsey Sheehan with a brilliant strike from inside the box. Evans River came out strong in the second half and looked threatening, but Shanyn Hammond and Anika Moran held solid in the central defence and denied Evans River on every attempt. Elaina... Read more

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Year 12 Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation- Whitewater Kayaking Trip.

On Thursday the 29th of March the year 12 Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation class travelled to Nymboida to go Whitewater Kayaking. The group had a fantastic time building on their flat-water kayaking skills they learnt during an 8-week kayaking program conducted at school. The whitewater rapids ranged between class 1 and class 2. Students began the day by going through the first rapid without their kayak, this ensured students felt comfortable in the water and understood the safety procedures. The 5km journey in their kayaks wound down the... Read more

Clara and Daniel with Chris Gulaptis at Parliament

Secondary Schools Student Leadership Program at Parliament House

On 12th April, Captain's Daniel Anderson, Clara Samms and I flew from Ballina to Sydney to arrive for registration at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street. This was followed by an introduction to the NSW Parliament by Parliamentary Education and address by Members of the Parliament. Question time followed with generous discussion time allotted to each answer by various Members. Members then took this opportunity to meet with students from their communities. A visit to the public galleries of the Legislative Council Chambers was then... Read more

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Cross Country Colour Run 2018

The SRC ran their second "colour run" during the Cross country on Friday the 13th April this year. The dress-up theme was a white or black shirt for maximum effect of the coloured powders. The coloured powders were made from 100% non-toxic food coloured corn starch. There were 6 "colour stations" spread out around the course, students could chose to run through the station to be "coloured" or the run past and be competitive. Clouds of brightly coloured powders could be seen rising from each station with equally brightly coloured students... Read more

Daniel Anderson and Lauren Essex


It was lovely to see so many students attending ANZAC Day ceremonies across the Clarence Valley on Wednesday the 25th April. The threat of rainy weather did little to dampen the participation of our students. The sun eventually began to shine and the parade began in as a FA18 Hornet flew directly overhead. Our students should be very proud of their behaviour and the great amount of respect they displayed. Many students also represented other community groups, such as the Yamba SLSA. Congratulations to all students for being extraordinary... Read more


Star Wars Day

May the 4th Be With You On Friday the 4th of May 2018, the SRC had an intergalactic dress up for STAR WARS DAY. Cupcakes were sold for $2 in the quad at recess with all money raised to be used for the new water filter and more student seating. see more photos in our gallery... Read more

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Mission Australia Youth Survey 2018

Each year, students in Years 10 and 11 at Maclean High School participate in the Mission Australia Youth Survey. It gives students the opportunity to have a voice about issues that are impacting on their wellbeing. The Survey is conducted Australia wide and the results are used by policy makers and support services to make decisions that better meet Youth needs. Maclean High School also receives a report of results from our own students. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be conducted in Crossroads (Year 11) and Personal... Read more

Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

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2018 CHS Rowing Results (pdf 84 KB) See more photos in our gallery... Read more

Elisha Gavin

School Sport Australia National Triathlon Series 2018

Maclean High School student Elisha Gavin has competed on the North Coast of NSW and sometimes in QLD in Triathlon since she was 9 years old. She has accumulated a lot of wins up this way over the years but she had yet to compete in a NSW state event. So last year her parents gave her the green light to give it a crack. To build towards a competitive level for NSW All Schools in February, involved intense training sessions twice a day. Training days starting at dawn each day before returning home to have breakfast and get ready for school.... Read more

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2018 MHS Cross Country Age Champions

Age Girls Boys 12 Years Lilly Moresby Nick Connelly 13 Years Annabelle Curry Kele Jeffery 14 Years Carissa Miltiadou Kayne Wells 15 Years Millie Gyory James Forbes 16 Years Maya Johnson Kai Thomsen 17 Years Elaina Cormick Duncan Fisher 18 Years Kelsey Sheehan Bengallah Wright Winning house – Paterson Fastest Junior Boy: Kele Jeffery Fastest Junior Girl: Carissa Miltiadou Fastest Senior Boy: Kai Thomsen Fastest Senior Girl: Kelsey Sheehan... Read more

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Best Start Year 7 Trial Test

Our school will participate this year in a trial of Best Start Year 7. Best Start Year 7 is a literacy and numeracy assessment package for schools to assess literacy and numeracy within the first five weeks of students commencing Year 7 from 2019. It is designed to assist teachers to identify students who may require additional support in literacy and numeracy and to more effectively target teaching for all students. Best Start Year 7 addresses a key element in the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020 and our participation in the trial... Read more

Open Touch Football Boys and Girls

Open Touch Football: Goonellabah

On the 23rd of March the open girls and boys teams went to Goonellabah for a Touch Football tournament. Both teams performed very well on the day and the wet conditions provided some entertaining try displays. Both our Open Girls and Boys teams made the final with the open boys winning their final against Alstonville 3-1. Unfortunately the girls when down in a very tough match against Alstonville 4-2 The boy's team will now progress through to the next round of competition against Tweed River in Term 2. We wish them all the best for that match... Read more

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Yr 12 Excursion to Botero Roastery and Cafe

Botero Roastery and Cafe, owned by Jill and Danny Young, was a great choice of excursion for the Yr 12s doing Business Studies. We were taken on a pleasant experience, learning the operations of the business and how Botero is the success it is today. Jill took us on a very fascinating and educational tour of the roastery and guided us through the wholesale part of their business. We not only learned of how the coffee beans are roasted, but of how they get from where they were, and to Botero's' shelves. A lot of time and effort is put into the... Read more

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Year 12 Ecosystems at Risk Excursion

On Thursday 29th of March, members of the Year 12 Geography class were involved in a kayaking excursion on the mighty Clarence River. This was a mandatory excursion that forms part of their coursework, from the Ecosystems at risk topic. The class was taken on the excursion by licensed kayaking operator Philip Moore and their teacher, Mr Sean Crowley. Students kayaked around the estuary and were exposed to the many natural processes operating, along with the numerous human impacts the estuary has been exposed to. The students had a great day,... Read more

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Primary School - River of Learning Art Competition 2018

What to do: • Create an artwork • The theme of the artwork is 'What Country Means to Me'. • The artwork must be A4 in size only. • Your artwork can be created using any materials, free hand or digital print. Who can enter? • Open to all Primary School Year 6 students who are part of our Year 6 Transition Program at Maclean High School. Judging Criteria: • Artwork will be judged on creativity, relation to the theme and visual appeal. • Entrants must be the creator of the artwork. • All entries must have a signed and completed entry form. • All... Read more

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High School - River of Learning Art Competition 2018

What to do: • Create an artwork. • The theme of the artwork is ‘What Country Means to Me'. • The artwork may be A3 or A4 in size only. • Your artwork can be created using any materials, free hand or digital print. Who can enter? • Open to all Year 7 – Year 12 students at Maclean High School. Download and print your entry form here Judging Criteria • Artwork will be judged on creativity, relation to the theme and visual appeal. • Entrants must be the creator of the artwork. • All entries must have a signed and completed entry form. • All... Read more

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Mrs K Jurd

A Celebration of Education at Maclean High School

Maclean High School teacher Mrs Krystle Jurd was recently awarded a Recognition of Excellence in The Teaching of Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies Award 2018. Mrs Jurd had outstanding success in 2017 with two of her Aboriginal students achieving Bands 6 and 5 respectively, a first for the school. Teachers are nominated from all over the state and can only win the award if they meet specific criteria as set by the Department of Education and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. Pictured above left to right Mrs L Hamilton, Mr G Court, Mrs K... Read more

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Year 9 STEM

The Year 9 STEM elective class has started the year off exploring the topic STEM Fundamentals, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Students have been exploring how simple machines such as levers and pulleys have been used to make our lives easier. Students used sets of pulleys to see just how small an effort could be exerted to raise a load. Over the coming weeks students will design and construct a mechanical arm capable of picking up a ball, raising and dropping it into a cup. The arm will move with the power of... Read more

Heron Island


Year 10 students are being offered a special opportunity to participate in an excursion to the University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station for 4 nights from Saturday the 24th – Tuesday the 27th November (returning to Maclean on Wednesday the 28thof November). If you have any interest in attending this excursion or questions about your eligibility, you must attend the information meeting that will be held at the start of lunch on Thursday 29th March. Attendance at the meeting is compulsory if you are hoping to gain a place on this... Read more

CHS 2018 Rowing Team

2018 CHS Rowing Championships

A Road Steeped in History, Pointing to a Future Filled with Hope! Maclean High School is the second most successful school in CHS rowing history with 154 wins including 2 Boys Point Scores, 7 Girls Point Scores ad 11 Champion School titles. Over the course of the past decade Maclean High has been in the process of steadily building, retaining the Girls Point Score trophy from 2005 to 2011. Maclean High were second behind Sydney Boys High in the Boys Point Score for five of the six regattas conducted in that time. Of the 180 events run during... Read more

SRC 2018 Representatives

Student Representative Council Induction Ceremony

The SRC (Student Representative Council) Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday the 1st of March. It was a great success with over 50 parents, grandparents and special guests attending the ceremony. This year the ceremony was held in the newly carpeted Library which created an intimate setting in air-conditioned comfort. All SRC representatives, the Captains and Vice-captains were officially presented with their badges, SRC planners and took the SRC Oath. A personal touch, and my favourite part of the ceremony, was when the parents/friends... Read more

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Age Swimming Champions 2018

MHS swimming carnival 2018

The point score was close for the 2018 Maclean High School Swimming Carnival. The winning house was Kendall. Congratulations to each of the following Age Champions: Age Girls Boys 12 years lily Moresby Sam Earle 13 years Morweena Hogan Gus Gilbert 14 years Carissa Miltiadou Thomas Gallagher 15 years Lilly Johnson Jay Adams 16 years Montana Dobbin Finn O'Neill 17+ years Bronte Beresford Max Gilbert... Read more

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Maclean High School Encore Excursion 2018

On Saturday the 17th Feb, our Music staff, along with 20 Elective Music students made their annual pilgrimage to Sydney for ‘ENCORE' (The best of the 2017 Music Students performing in the Opera House). As it is such a long way to go, many other Music inspired activities were organised. The students got to take in the professional production of "Mamma Mia—The Musical" before heading to Hard Rock Café for dinner and a look at all the classic rock memorabilia. After dinner we had a ferry ride around the harbour back to the Rocks area. The... Read more

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Young Endeavour Youth Scheme

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is pleased to announce that applications are always taken for young Australians aged 16-23 to join a voyage in the national sail training ship Young Endeavour. A voyage in Young Endeavour is an exciting experience and a unique opportunity for youth to develop skills for life. Our internationally recognised development program builds self awareness, develops teamwork and leadership skills, and fosters a strong sense of community responsibility. Since the ship was gifted to Australia in 1988 more than 13,000... Read more

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Young Archies 2018

Three students from MHS entered the Junior Archies Competition, which is being held in conjunction with the travelling Archibald Prize Exhibition which is currently hanging in Grafton Regional Gallery. Brooke Orth, Max Szekely and Oscar Stephenson have submitted excellent drawings. The portraits are of someone who had an impact in their lives, and entrants were required to write a brief paragraph explaining the reasons they made the portrait of that particular person. Oscar Stephenson won the 13 -15 years category with his portrait of his... Read more

Alyssa Castle

Congratulations Alyssa

Congratulation to Year 12 student, Alyssa Castle, who has been offered a place in the 2018 NSW Arts Unit Solo Vocal Camp. Alyssa is presently studying Music at the school as part of her HSC course. Alyssa was chosen to attend the camp after the panel's thorough consideration of a number of high quality applicants and the staff and students wish her well in this endeavour.... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: Read more