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Applications for student travel 2016

From 2 November 2015, a new online SSTS application process is being introduced for schools within the Opal network, coinciding with the introduction of the School Opal card. Schools outside the Opal network should continue to process the existing blue SSTS application forms and send them to the appropriate transport operators. Most parents, guardians and students won't need to apply for a school travel pass for 2016 if they have already been given a school student travel pass for the current year. These will be automatically sent to the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Minnis Shield public speaking stars

Minnis Shield is Duval High School's premier public speaking event. Each year students come together in a spirit of friendly competition to compete for honours in front of an excited home crowd. This year twenty-five students spoke on topics as diverse as political correctness to defence spending and Usain Bolt. Our adjudicator was ex-student, accomplished public speaker and former winner of the Minnis Shield, Lucy Eddy. Vaishnavi Pradeep won the Years 7-8 Minnis Shield with her excellent, thought provoking speech on beauty competitions. Adam... Read more

2016 school funding allocations

All NSW public schools are currently being advised of their 2016 Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding. RAM distributes funding based on individual needs of students and schools, and gives schools greater flexibility to make financial decisions. The way schools use their RAM funding will vary based on local needs. Some support will be for the entire school, and some will be for particular groups of students or individual students. There is an overview document about the RAM available on the Department of Education website. If you would like... Read more

NSW All Schools Athletics Championships

On the weekend six students represented Duval High School at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships in Sydney. There were some great results and many of these athletes gained personal best times (PB's) and will grow from the experience of competing at the higher level. These students represented our school exceptionally well, showing great sportsmanship and support and encouragement to the other athletes from the Armidale region. Stuart Geddes was selected in the NSW All Schools team to compete at the Australian All Schools Championships... Read more

Deputy Principal of Duval High School

From the Deputy

Hello again What a fantastic school community we have. It is a lovely thing to see staff, parents and students working so well together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our kids. The respect and support shown for each other in the classroom, playground, sports field and at community meetings and events testifies to a fantastic school culture here at Duval High School. From time to time all students make mistakes and it is really great to be able to separate the student from the issue, working together with parents, carers, staff and... Read more

Brilliant Public Speaking

Students are busily preparing their speeches for this year's Minnis Public Speaking Competition to be held in the Staff Common Room on Tuesday, October 20 from 10.00am to 1.30pm. Entries close on 16 October and topics - ranging from the serious to the absurd - are posted on the History Staffroom door. All entrants receive a certificate and delicious free lunch, and may even be selected as the keynote speaker for this year's Presentation Evening. We warmly welcome competitors' parents to join us on the day. Please RSVP to Ms Armstrong if you'd... Read more

Duval's Garage Sale

The Interact Club will be holding a garage sale on Saturday, 24 October from 10.00 am-2.00 pm. This is your chance to finally have that spring clean and clear out your house and garage of unwanted items. Parents and community members can sell their items for a $10 fee per table. The number of tables is limited so please ring and confirm your interest in attending the sale. Donations (please consider whether these are still useful) will gladly be accepted at the school during school hours. Contact the front office on 6772 1266 regarding your... Read more

This week's canteen specials

Monday 19/10 Tomato pasta Large $4.50 Sml $3.50 Tuesday 'Meal Deal': Hamburgers & milkshake $5.00 Wednesday Riblets & fried rice Large $4.50 Sml $3.50 Thursday Sweet chilli wraps $3.00 Friday Spring rolls $3.00... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top


300 students from around the region took part in this year's University of New England Growing Regional and Agricultural Students in Science (UNE GRASS) Science Investigation Awards held at the University on September 10. Students had to first design and conduct their investigations and on the day explain their projects to scientists from UNE. They were judged on a range of criteria including scientific accuracy, interpretation of data, and how well they presented their data. On the day students presented over 200 projects to 36 scientists... Read more

U19 Futsal team successful

Duval's U19 Boys team has successfully progressed to the National Futsal Championships, after fine performances in the NSW Champion of Champions competition in Port Macquarie on 20th August. The National Championships will be held in Queensland in early November. It will serve as a worthy finale to the leaving Year 12 players in the team. Duval's U19 Boys Futsal Team again showed why they are a team of champions. This year they first competed at Byron Bay in the Northern NSW Futsal competition. They were narrowly defeated in the grand... Read more

JulyReturn to top
school leaders

School leaders tour State parliament

Student leaders from Duval High Schools got a taste for NSW politics on the 24 June during a tour of the oldest Parliament in Australia. Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall played host to the leadership group of Eleanor Logan and Thomas Browne from Duval High. The students were in Sydney for a Secondary Student Leadership Program, conducted by the NSW Parliamentary Education Branch, which included a visit to Government House. "This program provides students with the opportunity to meet their elected representatives and to develop their... Read more

Sam Munday

Duval cyclist mixes it with the world’s best

Duval High School student and local cyclist, Sam Munday has recently returned from an amazing week in the United States where he attended a talent camp for road cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes. Held in Athens, Georgia, from June 23 – 28, Sam was one of 24 of the world's best Type 1 diabetic cyclists, who were selected to attend the Team Novo Nordisk Talent Identification Camp. Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team, with the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team. Their mission is to inspire, educate and... Read more

Exemption from School

Families will shortly receive a letter from the Principal regarding changes to the Department of Education's Exemption from School procedures. Further information on exemptions and school attendance can be found at the following links: School Attendance Policy Exemption from School Procedures... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Guys and Dolls - A message from the Creative Team

Wow! What a journey. There is nothing like a high school musical to excite and engage a school community. The response from the students, staff and community has been overwhelming in putting this project together. It has only been through this team effort that this musical has been the success that it is. A big thank you goes to the school's Parents & Citizens Association whose generous financial and logistical support has meant that we can stage a musical as big as Guys and Dolls. We look forward to working with you again on similar projects... Read more

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

2015 information for parentsand carers WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION? The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustment they are provided with. The national data collection will count students who have been identified as receiving an adjustment to address a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA). The DDA can be accessed... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

To all parents – New uniform items at Duval High School

Please note that the additional uniform items put forward by the P&C late in 2014 (uniform dress for girls and new polo shirts for all students) had not been officially endorsed by either the P&C or the school at the end of 2014. It was not intended that these items be introduced to the school uniform until this year, after the parents and community had an opportunity to discuss the proposals. Unfortunately, due to an error of communication the items were released for production to one supplier only, and this is an unacceptable situation. I... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top
2015 Year 7 Advisor

Creating an environment in which students flourish!

"I want every Duval parent to be able to engage with a person rather than the institution. I aim to provide the person-to-person contact that makes the partnership between families and school a success, for every student." Mr Chris Spencer Year 7 Adviser 2015 "The HSC years can be challenging, as part of my role I will provide advice and support to students to ensure their HSC journey is a rewarding and successful experience." Ms Cathie Simes Year 11 Adviser 2015 "I am devoted to building student confidence, nurturing passion,... Read more

Year 9 Newcastle Excursion

Newcastle was a great excursion because we went to the NBN studios and got a grand tour of the studio and behind the scenes. We also went to Nobby's Point and the RAAF fighter jets put on a show just for us. At the Newcastle baths some of us went for a swim and bumped into Adrian Madaschi (defender for Newcastle Jets) and Mike Rabbitt from NBN again. The wetlands and coastal walk was interesting, learning about water quality and regeneration of areas. The ropes course was a highlight for everyone, with most of us finishing the gruelling course... Read more

Year 10 Sydney Excursion

From 2-5 December, Year 10 went on their excursion to Sydney. The excursion started with a bang ….. the bus broke down! We were stranded for over an hour just outside Willow Tree in the hot sun. A replacement bus arrived from Tamworth and we continued onto Sydney where the fun and excitement began: Pancakes on the Rocks for dinner and a ferry ride to see the city's night lights. On the first day we went to the Justice and Police Museum, where we learnt about the Pyjama Girl Mystery and got dressed up for a mock trial. We went to Cockatoo... Read more