Hunter River High School is a comprehensive, co-educational secondary school situated on the Hunter River at Heatherbrae, just south of Raymond Terrace. In May, 2005, the school officially changed the name it had had for almost fifty years, Raymond Terrace High School, to Hunter River High School. This move was made to reflect the geographically widespread and diverse communities the school serves, from Hexham in the south, to North Arm Cove in the north, and from Lemon Tree Passage in the east, to beyond Seaham in the west. Approximately 85% of students travel to and from our school each day by bus.
The school has approximately 700 students. The school has significant Student Support Services facilities, including classes for students with a mild intellectual disability (IM), other disabilities (MC) and a Tutorial Centre for students with behaviour difficulties.
The school aims to give each one of its students the opportunity to reach the highest possible outcomes in all aspects of their education and training – academic, personal, social, sporting and civic. To achieve this, the school offers a curriculum which includes strong academic programs and a wide range of Vocational Education and Training opportunities. In 2010, Hunter River High School became a Trade School specialising in Metals and Engineering; the school has taken possession of a new commercial kitchen; and upgraded science laboratories.
The School has two mottos. The traditional motto appears on our school’s crest and is the French word “Essayez”, meaning “test yourself”. This is reflected in our ongoing belief that none of us will ever know just how much we can achieve unless we are willing to push our own boundaries forward and try new things. More recently the school has adopted a second motto, “Quality Relationships – Quality Learning”, because we believe that quality educational outcomes will be achieved when all partners in the educational process are working together in a supportive, harmonious environment. These beliefs are put into everyday practice through: our positive welfare structure and special whole-school programs which aim to create a warm, caring and safe environment; our commitment to whole school community participation in decision making; processes we have implemented to allow the staff to work together to improve student outcomes; the provision of programs which allow students, staff, parents and community members to work together to cater for the academic, sporting, cultural, social and vocational needs of our students; our commitment to developing positive links to the Aboriginal community; and the close involvement of parents of students with special needs in the implementation of quality programs.
36 Elkin Avenue
PHONE: 02 4987 2306
Fax: 02 4987 4076
Mailing address: PO BOX 716, Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324