Alumni News!


In exciting news, five ex students, playing in two separate bands, ended up recording for a French TV show, Le Petit Journal, last week. This show has a viewership of approximately one million people.  The performances were aired on consecutive days ~ What are the chances?!

The students from the first act are ex Potato Potato members Patrick Hetherington, Jules Crommelin, & Louie Swain (with Annatole Serret who attended Byron High, from the amazing band Parcels).  They are now living in Berlin and  are performing at a large number of festivals throughout Europe this summer.

The second act is Mome, featuring Merryn Jean (AKA Merryn Boller, ex Potato Potato).

Merryn recorded the song almost two years ago whilst in France with a producer she met in her travels.  The song has peaked at number eleven on the French iTunes charts, at that time, were above Coldplay and Beyonce to name a few!  The song has a collective Internet viewing of 10 million hits and will be in a French Movie.

Le Petit Journal performances

Merryn Jean Aloha Film clip


Year 9’s visit to local elderly residents


As part of the Year 9 Guardian programme, we engage in a variety of community interactions, fundraising, and participation.  On Wednesday, the class travelled to Life Care Aged Care Facility, in Suffolk Park, to perform some songs and interact with the elderly residents.

Year 9 entered the Suffolk Park nursing home with big smiles ready to sing on Wednesday 27th May.  I personally, had never visited an aged care facility, and interacted with the residents, so I was so excited to finally have this opportunity, and to bring some smiles to their faces.

We all gathered in a large lounge area, and sang four songs for them.  We then had the opportunity to go out and meet some of the residents.  For me, it was a big reality check, seeing some who could barley talk or would fall asleep midway through a conversation.  Most of the residents were easy to communicate with, had big smiles, and were ready to share some of their life stories.  I was really surprised at how open they were and it was obvious that they all really appreciated us coming in.  I really enjoyed looking around on the bus ride home, and seeing so many happy faces and hearing funny stories.  I would say that Year 9, myself included, would be keen to do this again!

When we got back to school, we participated in an art class where we made cards for the residents and wrote letters back to the residents.  This was a lovely way to complete the experience.

Year 9 had a great day!  We are really thankful for the nursing home for having us and to the teachers for making the day possible.


Don’t forget ~ Cape Byron Ensemble at Old & Gold on 11 June!

Dear school community

Our wonderful school ensemble ‘Della Mar’ will be having a fundraiser at this years Old n Gold festival at Brunswick Heads in June.
The nature of the old n gold festival is a giant whole town garage sale. Along with busking, we also aim to have a stall, so if you are having a clean up these holidays, and have any unwanted items, please think of us.

This fundraiser is to support our students for their upcoming tour to Tasmania in October.
I will send an email with Collection details for any unwanted goods after the holidays.

Any enquiries  to:

Thanks for your support, and Happy Holidays!!

Elizabeth Williams
On behalf of the ‘Della Mar’

Can you assist Andrew Rickert to build a Hangi?

Hello Parents and Friends,

I am about to start Main Lesson with Year 9 on Ecosystems and Human Culture.  I am looking for a helper who could help me with building a Hangi.  If anyone has experience and a bit of spare time for two Main Lesson slots (9-10.40am) either next week or the week after, please contact me ASAP, via the School Office.

Andrew Rickert

Student finalists at HEAD On Photography Festival

Maya Grigg and Liam O’Donnell have been nominated as finalists in the student section of the HEAD On Photography Festival held in Sydney.The Head On Foundation believes that all photo-artists need a fair chance to showcase their work. Head On has earned a reputation of operating with integrity and providing all photo-artists invaluable opportunities to exhibit in Sydney and internationally. The festival has toured in America, China, India, Europe and New Zealand.The winners are announced on the 30th April. We wish the students luck!

Head On finalists

Head On finalists 2

Traditional Totemic Heads with Year 7

Y7 has spent this term designing, drawing then carving out of stone traditional Totemic Heads.  They had to learn how to use saws, chisels sandpaper to ‘find’ the form in the stone trying not to make a wrong chip.  However any mistakes are turned into new opportunities.  After carving the white stone, smoothing it and cleaning it of all dust the traditional ancestral practice of painting with coloured oxides began.  This class has produced 28 magnificently individual sculptures beautifully decorated.  Task finished?  No!  They had to write down the exact process that was required and also let the sculpture speak what it was thinking in the way it looked and in its facial gesture.


Totemic Heads with Year 7


Milling fun with Year 9-10 Design & Technology students!

Year 9/10 Design and Technology elective had a unique experience in their woodworking class a couple of weeks ago.  We had a mobile mill come and convert a large silky oak log and a camphor laurel log that had previously been cut down on the grounds of the school.  This timber will come in good use for students projects.  In the process, students learnt about wood conversion, storage, drying, and sustainability.

Milling with Year 9-10 D&T

Milling with Year 9-10 D&T 2

Request from Kaitlyn McMurtry

Hello parents,

My name is Kaitlyn McMurtry and I am a student in Year 12 doing a major work for Society and Culture. The major work, called the PIP (personal interest project) is focused on only children, how being an only child affects someone’s identity, and how increasing numbers of only children affect Australian society.

I am looking for parents and children to be a part of a focus group. The focus group will be in the second week of the April school holidays (date to yet be decided) and will consist of 6-7 people sitting in a circle to discuss being an only child. It will be in Mullumbimby at my house and food will be provided.

If you or your child are interested please email me on: kaitlyn2016@

Kaitlyn McMurtry

Request for denim


I am upcycling denim for my Design Tech major work and creating a Haute Couture range out of it, so any denim donations would be very greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

Cally Winfield.



News from the High School

This week has been exciting in the High School. We started off the week having a well known local industrial designer, Nathan Pollock, come to the school and talk to our Design and Technology students. We also had a portable timber mill arrive at the school and demonstrate how timber is milled for use. It was noisy but fascinating! The smell of camphor cleared all our heads. Thanks to Peter Palmer for his work in bringing exciting experiences to our D & T students. 
Autumn Festival rehearsal took place on Thursday, followed by our High School Assembly which celebrated the whole High School’s participation in our Swimming Carnival. Ric was able to read out the winning house, amidst enthusiastic cheering. Sparta was declared the winner but the real winners were all the students who participated for their House. The House Captains handed out certificates to students who gained points for their house.

Tom Whitaker took his Year 12 Music students to Kadina HS for a rehearsal for the upcoming Bluesfest where our students will be performing on the Monday. At the same time, Loani and Ian accompanied the ensemble to Shearwater and Mullumbimby for some performances and fund raising for their trip later in the year.

The High School is a dynamic and enriching place offering students the opportunity to shine in their own individual fields and I applaud our wonderful teachers who, this week, have brought a variety of interesting experiences for the students. 
Katie Biggin
Deputy Principal

Class 12 rehearse for BluesFest at Kadina High

Year 12 music students went on an excursion to Kadina High School last Thursday 10 March, to participate in a rehearsal for the exciting opportunity to play at the upcoming Local High School showcase at the Blues Festival on Easter Monday at Midday!


BlueFest rehearsal at Kadina March 2016

Request from Taya Solomon from Class 11

NOTICE: Do you have an old dustpan you have been meaning to get rid of?!? 
Hello, I am a student from year 11.  For my Design & Technology project, I am raising awareness of sustainability fashion and encouraging recycling.  I desperately need dustpans for my project!  Any donations would be much appreciated, whether they are cracked or in any form of condition!
Thank you

Outstanding HSC Results 2015!

We congratulate our 2015 graduating class for achieving outstanding results in the 2015 HSC!

There has been a notable strengthening of results across every subject.  In a cohort of 24 students, there were 19 Band 6 results (over 90) and 49 Band 5 (over 80) results. Students achieved extremely strong results in Music, Drama, Extension English 1 and 2 and French.

Our vision is “to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world.”  It is wonderful to see that our students are able to step out into the world to make a positive contribution.  Some of the post-school destinations for our 2015 graduating class include:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Letters at Melbourne University – combined degree. This student also gained a full scholarship to Ormond College for her residential costs.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science at Griffith, the first year course for a medicine degree.
  • One student received a scholarship to Monash to study Law.
  • Aviation at RMIT to become a pilot.
  • Bachelor of Arts and Curatorial Studies at Monash.
  • Double degree at ACU in Paramedics and Nursing.
  • Marketing at Swinburne University for Marketing.

Many other students received offers for university places and those who did not want to study further have taken up a range of opportunities all around the world.