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|Hunter Valley School|
|Ashtonfield, New South Wales
|Type||Independent, Co-educational, Day school|
|Motto||Success Through Endeavour|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue & White
Hunter Valley Grammar School is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AISNSW) and Hunter Region Independent Schools (HRIS). The school is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) World School.
Hunter Valley Grammar School evolved from an idea by a Newcastle businessmen, to a vision, and later, a reality which provided the Hunter Valley region with its second independent, non-denominational school behind the nearby Central Coast Grammar.
Newly appointed Governor-General, The Hon. Bill Hayden, formally laid the foundation stone on July 18, 1989.
Hunter Valley Grammar School opened its doors to 110 students on January 31, 1990. Later that year, when the NSW Governor, Rear-Admiral Peter Sinclair, officially opened the School on Thursday November 8, enrolments had increased to 190.
John Weeks remained Principal for seven years before Michael Clapper was appointed in 1998. By then, the School had over 700 students enrolled. Michael Clapper, principal for 7 years, was succeeded by Geoff Millar in 2005. Geoff Millar played a role in developing the school's pastoral care system and promoting the school's values of; responsibility, integrity, respect, citizenship, courage, compassion and most recently, optimism.
After Geoff Millar's retirement, Paul Teys served as acting principal throughout 2008. He was appointed principal the following year, and in the nine years since, has increased enrolments to 1100 students.
Students have the opportunity to participate in, English, Mathematics, Science, French, Japanese, German, Humanities (History and Geography), Visual Art, Music, Drama, Technology (Engineering, Textiles, Food Technology, Design Technology, IST), and PDHPE.
HSC electives include English Advanced and Extensions 1 and 2, Mathematics General and Extensions 1 and 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Modern History, Ancient History, French, German and Japanese Continuers, Drama, Economics, Legal Studies, Business Studies, Geography, Society and Culture, Visual Arts, Photography, Music 1 and 2, PDHPE, Design and Technology and IST.
Throughout their school years, students have the opportunity to explore academic-based co-curricular activities.
The ASX Sharemarket Game, Australian Business Week, and the Online Global Challenge are run by the Commerce faculty, whilst Debating, Chess, Tournament of Minds and Mock Trialsare run through the English faculty.
Sporting opportunities include Equestrian, Taekwondo, Rugby Union, Rugby league, Touch football, Netball, Cricket, Volleyball, Athletics, Tennis, Cross Country running, hockey, Swimming, golf, basketball, aerobics, Football (soccer), Futsal and Rowing. Most of these sports are undertaken on the school premises. These include an indoor multi-purpose hall (used for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Futsal) a rugby oval, soccer oval, cricket oval, two basketball courts, tennis courts and cricket nets.
The school's rowing shed is located at Berry Park, Morpeth along the Hunter River. The rowing shed was upgraded to a two-story complex in 2015, allowing for more boats and training equipment, and improving the existing amenities. The school's annual regatta occurs at the beginning of November.
Hunter Valley Grammar School has maintained an active music program for its 25 years. It runs all Higher School Certificate (HSC) relevant music courses.
In 2010 construction was completed on the Music Centre, connected to the Year 12 lounge from above.
Students are given the opportunity to perform at the annual HRIS and HICES cultural festivals and other similar events. Co-curricular activities include: the K-6 Choir; 7-12 Choir; Senior Vocal Ensemble; Junior and Senior Concert Band; Stage Band Senior; Senior Strings; K-6 Percussion Ensemble and the 7-12 Percussion Ensemble.
Hunter Valley Grammar School offers drama as a subject for students from grades 9 to 12.
The school presents an annual drama production; alternating between musicals and plays. Throughout the years Hunter Valley Grammar has put on a variety of productions including: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oh, What a Lovely War!, The Wizard of Oz, Hamlet, Moonlight Avenue, Death by Chocolate, Blabbermouth, Friday Knight Fever, A Midsummer Night's Dream, High School Musical, Community Spirits, Peter Pan and, most recently, Beauty and the Beast.
The school participates in the Duke of Edinburgh program, and also maintains an active lions club. Run by principal Paul Teys, the club has roughly 70 members and runs school fundraisers and community programs.