Research tells us that being a part of a small school community has many benefits for young people, their family and the wider community. These include improved student achievement and satisfaction and an increase in the number of opportunities available for students to become involved in a range of extracurricular activities.
Huntingtower particularly values and embraces our school community and includes students, parents and friends in all its celebratory activities.
Open invitations are extended to everyone to attend athletic and swimming carnivals. Our House Music Festival and classical music concerts are of an exceptional standard and are open to all. Drama productions in both the Junior and Senior School provide first class entertainment for audiences of every age and the Arts in the Round Festival in October is an inspirational occasion for all concerned. In November, people come from far and wide to attend the school fete.
The Huntingtower P&F is an active group of parents and friends who are dedicated to the support of the school and to ensuring that it provides the best education for their children. They have both a fund-raising role and communication role.
HOSA (and its subsidiary, HT Grads) provide the means for ex-students to stay in touch with the school and each other. Both HOSA and HT Grads facilitate and help arrange reunions and organise events such as sports days and the famous BBQ stall at the Huntingtower fete.
HOSA's goals are:
- To promote and support social, business, and entrepreneurial networks amongst old students and supporters of Huntingtower
- To nurture the aspirations of the Huntingtower student body
- To support the strategic initiatives of Huntingtower School
Click here to visit the HT Heat website.
The HT Heat started in 1999 when a Huntingtower School parent registered an Under 16 team, formed from Year 11 students at the school in the Friday night competition of MEBA. The team had lunchtime training sessions at the school and although the Vermont Vultures convincingly defeated Huntingtower by 19 points in their first game, the boys won 9 and lost 7 in their first season.
From there the club stared to form. Leeanne Smith, Rhonda Jenkin and then Jenny Jacklin were the driving forces on the committee as the club rapidly expanded. With these three vigilant women, the club grew in numbers and success.
In 2002, Huntingtower School arranged a sports tour to its sister-school, Clairbourn in Los Angeles and it was the basketballers and families from our club who were very active in fund-raising for the trip including a ‘shoot-out’ at The Glen Shopping Centre, Glen Waverley.
However, it is from the youngest age groups that a club can truly grow, and in 2002 the first Under 8 team was formed. Bruce Mann’s coaching of Under 8 teams became legendary. Even at their age, Bruce could get the young ones playing tight defence, or what he called the “Shuffle”. His techniques are still used today.
Bruce’s son, Justin, designed the distinctive pale blue and flaming red uniform of Huntingtower Basketball Club, when he was a Year 11 student in 2004, suggesting that the name change to HT Heat in line with the logo.