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Welcome to Smithton High School

Nikki Clark

Smithton High School is a co-educational state school for years 7 to 12.  We are a rural high school who prides ourselves in our quality academic, cultural and sporting achievements.  We are proud of our school and our commitment of “together we inspire and support all learners to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers”.  Our school also has a Trade Training Centre and delivers VET programs.

We know that schools have the greatest impact when families and school work together.  As the only government high school in our town, we have the support of the broader community to add value to the learning of each and every student.  We are producing responsible, engaged, compassionate young adults who become active members of our society.  All classes have qualified, dedicated staff who work in teams to ensure the best outcome is achieved for each student.

Please take the time to have a look through our website, use our online contact forms, or contact the school if you would like to learn more.


Letter from the Secretary

Wednesday 1 July

Office of the Secretary
GPO Box 169, HOBART TAS 7001
Ph (03) 6165 5757
29th June 2020
Dear parents and carers
Thank you for your support and assistance during what has been a truly extraordinary Term 2. What our schools have achieved in response to COVID-19 has been nothing short of amazing, and it would not have been possible without us working closely with families to ensure our students and staff are safe and supported to continue to learn.
Since our staged approach to returning to learning at school commence on 25th May, there have been a number of changes to the way schools have operated in order to comply with Public Health advice and to limit the movement of people on our sites an din our communities. Thank you all for your cooperation with these measures; our first consideration has always been the health and safety of our staff, students and the wider community.
Schools continue to remain safe, and all students should now be learning at school unless they have medical advice for a medical condition. It is also very important to keep your child at home if they are at all unwell.
From Term 3 (21st July 2020), updated health advice and changes to national and state restrictions will mean that schools will be able to re-commence a number of school activities. Some activities are continuing to be considered. Activities that can re-commence, with relevant hygiene and health and safety requirements in place, include:
*All school sports and activities, including competitions
*Inter=school student events and competitions (eg. sport, debating, public speaking, performing arts)
*School assemblies
*Some excursions
*Launching into Learning
*School swimming pools
*Work experience for students
*VET and work placements
*Parent/teacher meetings
*Approved volunteering activities
School camps and large gatherings of adults such as parent functions and working bees are still on hold until further notice.
We value the role parents and carers play in our schools and as a critical part of their child's education, and it is important that we maintain and continue strong relationships with families and schools. While all adults must maintain physical distance from each other at all times (1.5 metres), from Term 3 parents and carers will again be able to drop off and pick up students on school grounds. Please ensure that your time on school grounds and interactions are brief.
Fore more information about these changes and detail around what Term 3 will look like, the Department has launched a handy guide for parents and carers about what to expect. This can be found on the Department of Education website at:
Thank you again for your support and cooperation during Term 2. All of the work our schools have undertaken, in conjunction with their school communities, has been truly inspiring, and we have both heard countless stories across our community from families who are so appreciative of how schools have responded to these uncertain times.
As always, our plans will remain in line with Public Health advice. We will continue to remain flexible and responsive to the situation, and will modify plans when we need to. It is wonderful to see our schools returning to their usual bustling hives of activity and learning, and we wish all our students and their families well for the remainder of 2020.
Yours sincerely
Tim Bullard Jeremy Rockliff MP

VOICE 2020

Wednesday 1 July

VOICE 2020

Congratulations to Year 7 student Shaelea for her success in last weekend’s Voice 2020, a youth public speaking competition run by UN Youth Tasmania.

Last weekend Shaelea competed online against students from across the state. The students were asked to address current global issues. Shaelea’s topic on the day was, “How can the Australian health system provide better care?”. Last night Shaelea received notification of her success in the preliminary round and was provided with valuable feedback to help her prepare for the grand final this weekend. Many of Shaelea’s fellow competitors were in Years 9 and 10, which make this achievement so much more exciting.

Well done, Shaelea and all the best for the grand final this weekend!



Mrs Lindsey Blake


Year 8 Sumo-Bot Battle

Tuesday 23 June

Year 8 Sumo-Bot Battle
We have completed our unit on Robotics in Digital Technologies with 8.3. Although COVID-19 slowed our progress, we managed to build and program 9 robots that battled it out in the ring Week 8. There were a few upsets and quite a few surprise attacks! In the end, the results were as follows:
Sumo-Bot Champions: Marshall and Tahjan
Runner Up: Nahani
Innovative Design Award: Logan and Thomas
Honourable Mention (for Design): Lucas and Tanar, Charlotte and Zarli
It was excellent to see students expand on key design principles used by students in previous years. Well done to all involved for your supportive attitudes and commitment to learning.
Mrs Sarah Prior
Digital Technologies Teacher

Term Dates

Term 1 Start: Wednesday 6 February . Term 1 Finish: Friday 12 April

Term 2 Start: Monday 29 April. Term 2 Finish: Friday 5 July

Term 3 Start: Tuesday 23 July Term 3 Finish: Friday 27 September

Term 4 Start: Monday 14 October. Term 4 Finish: Thursday 19 December