The school of champions

From a Commonwealth Games gold medalist to the winner of the US Snowboarding Nationals, how does a tiny bush school produce so many star athletes?

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How does this tiny bush school produce so many sporting superstars?

Introducing Narooma High School of Champions:

  • Jack, 12 – World Karate Championships
  • Ella, 15 – State Equestrian Champion
  • Liam, 16 – Greater Western Sydney Giants Aussie Rules (U17)
  • Banjo, 14 – third, CHS Gymnastics Championships
  • Tailem, 18 – State U25 Dairy Judging Champion
  • Elli, 13 – athletics champion, competing in Canada 2018
  • Lilly, 17 – gold medal, Rugby 7’s, 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games
  • Valentino, 12 – overall champion, US Snowboard Nationals

Andrew Thomas, Deputy Principal, Narooma High School

We have a vast array of talented students drawn from a very small pool of people.

In the 202 school days we would run almost 600 excursions.

Tailem

Well the principal, he's an amazing man; he's always taught us to respect, support and make us responsible.

We talk to our teachers about things we're passionate about.

Liam

They respect us they know that what we're doing is a hard thing.

Andrew Thomas

They know that there is a very high expectation of them when they arrive here.

What makes me proud of students is their attitude – whether they are experiencing difficulties in the classroom, through to the elite athletes that we have.

Those students aim very high.

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Faces of Education

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