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Location(s): Ku-ring-gai High School

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies

Larissa Anthony (Year 12 and School Captain), LCDR Chris Maxworthy, and Tysha Suarez (Year 10) following the Long Tan Award ceremony at Ku-ring-gai High School. (photo: Unknown)
Larissa Anthony (Year 12 and School Captain), LCDR Chris Maxworthy, and Tysha Suarez (Year 10) following the Long Tan Award ceremony at Ku-ring-gai High School 2016.

In mid-December, naval engineering officer Lieutenant Commander Chris Maxworthy had the pleasure of a trip down memory lane, whilst taking time out to recognise students making memories of their own.

Lieutenant Commander Maxworthy joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1980 from Sydney’s northern suburbs and three and a half decades later was back as a volunteer presenter for the Australian Defence Force’s Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards, at Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School in Turramurra.

Two young women from the school were recognised for their commitment to upholding the values that are intrinsic to service in the Australian Defence Force. Year 12 student and outgoing School Captain, Larissa-May Anthony, and Year 10 student Tysha Suarez were nominated by their school.

School Principal Terrie-Anne Kamasz said the scheme actively encouraged participation in the school community.

"The Long Tan Awards have been a long-standing commitment from the Australian Defence Force to supporting and encouraging the Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School community," she said.

Lieutenant Commander Maxworthy said the awards had obviously come as a surprise to both recipients.

"Larissa and Tysha said that they were thrilled with the unexpected recognition, and I was very happy to be on hand on behalf of the Australian Defence Force," he said.

Also on hand on the day were Federal and State elected representatives: the Hon Paul Fletcher (Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, and Member for Bradfield), Mr Alister Henskens SC (State Member for Ku-ring-gai) and Mr Matt Kean (State Member for Hornsby).

The Long Tan Award is available to all High Schools that wish to participate. The Award recognises the spirit of leadership and teamwork that was evidenced 50 years ago in the battle that is commemorated by Australian forces in Vietnam.

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As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.



Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.


Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders


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403 Bobbin Head Rd,
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