Year 10 Information Software and Technology students have been actively engaged in designing and programming lego robotics to successfully complete a series of challenges which will culminate in 'Robot Wars'. The students progression through the challenges will produce independently controlled robots which will compete for top place as the best autonomous robot.

Could this be our winning robot?

Year 8 students have been learning about smart devices, giving instructions to devices to perform specific tasks. Programming Ardiuno boards to control lights and sounds using buttons, potentiometers, light dependent resisters and buzzers.

Ardiuno board and its code below.

Year 7 and 8, Technology Mandatory have all rotated to their new context areas for Term 3. They are working on creating a skill tester. This project incorporates using different materials and electronics.

7TEC2 having fun working on their skill tester.

Year 11 students in Multimedia and Software Design and Development have been ramping up their learning, increasing their knowledge and practical skills as they near the end of the preliminary course and look forward to beginning their HSC course in term 4.


Year 12 Industrial Technology students have worked hard this year to complete their HSC projects and have recently submitted them. They form 60% of their final subject results. Projects are currently awaiting HSC marking by external NESA markers who will visit the school soon. Students have just completed trial exams and will be receiving feedback to highlight areas for revision and study leading up to their final HSC exams in term 4. In moving forward, I hope too see more HSC projects completed to such a high standard in 2024.

Year 12 students working on their final HSC project


Year 9 Food Technology have begun the topic of food for specific needs, which looks at healthy eating, life-cycle stages, religious beliefs, cultural beliefs and dietary requirements.

Year 10 Food Technology have begun the topic of food trends, where they examine how food trends influence food selection and food service and food presentation. Students explore historical and current food trends and investigate factors that influence their appeal and acceptability.

This week year 8 Technology 1 will prepare chocolate fudge flavoured with native mint.


Banora Point High School was chosen as a pilot school to run a trial placement in hospitals to determine if they would participate in a statewide work placement program. After the successful placement of two BPHS students, Miller and Marshall Dreyer, a green light was given to roll out the program statewide. A big congratulations to Miller and Marshall Dreyer.

Year 11 Cookery student Miller Dreyer completing work placement at Tweed Heads Hospital.
Year 12 students completing their second work placement.

Year 11 Cookery have commenced work placement this week and we wish them luck with their endeavours. Year 11 Hospitality Food & Beverage students are well into their course now and have completed their first round of work placements, where students attend placements from Coolangatta, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, and the Tweed Heads area. Great feedback was received from all host employers, with some students being offered casual part-time employment. Well done to all!

Year 12 Visual Merchandising photograph task. Produced using props from the school's breakfast program.

Mrs Karina Appo - Head Teacher TAS



Last week year 12 have completed their trial HSC exams. After nearly thirteen years of schooling, year 12 have only 5 weeks left of their school lives. The time spent studying, fine tuning and preparing for the HSC exams, starting October 11, over the next short period can make all the difference for students to achieve their potential. Banora Point High School wishes all year 12 students the best for their upcoming HSC.


  • Thursday August 10 - Year 12 Industrial Technology projects were completed and locked up.
  • Monday 28 August – Year 12 Visual Arts Body of Work completion and hand in.
  • Tuesday 29 August – Year 12 Industrial Technology practical examination marking 8:00am – 2:20pm.
  • Monday 4 September to Friday 15 September (school TBA) - Year 12 Music Performance examination period.
  • Monday 23 October to Friday 3 November (school TBA) - Year 12 Visual Arts practical marking period.
  • Wednesday 11 October – HSC Examinations begin. Complete timetable available via this link.


Term 4 2023 will see the introduction of the NSW Government mandate that students will be banned from using mobile phones in all schools. The ban will apply during class, recess and lunch times, as is the case in NSW public primary schools. Students will be allowed to carry their phones while travelling to and from school, but will not be permitted to use them while at school, although some exceptions will need to be considered for medical purposes.

The purpose for the ban is to clear classrooms of unnecessary distractions, create better environments for learning and improve student engagement.

What does this mean for Banora Point High School? Not a lot of change at this stage as our current policies support the mandate. However, during term 4 there will be a review to investigate if further strategies will be required.

Parents are asked to actively support this initiative and discourage their child using a mobile phone while at school. If a parent needs to contact their child during school hours they are requested to call the office and the message will be passed on.

Please follow the following links for articles on the school phone ban and other information.

Mr Rob Devoy - Relieving Principal

  • Friday 25 August - Wear it Purple Day
  • Friday 25 August - Broadway Dance Workshop @ BPHS Hall
  • Tuesday 29 August - Year 9 & 10 Commerce Excursion @ Harbour Town Shopping Centre


This term sees year 7, 8 and 9 go up against each other for the year group with the best uniform.

As I am sure you can imagine, as a Deputy at Banora Point High School I respect and value the symbolism of wearing the school uniform. I want my students to understand that when you wear our uniform you belong to a community that is bigger than you. You represent students and staff at the school, parents and local sports clubs and businesses.

I am so happy to report that there has been a vast improvement in students’ presentation of themselves and us. It makes me very proud to represent these year groups when I can see the effort and change, they are making to make their teachers, year advisers and Deputy Principal proud. Keep up the good work team.

Currently in the lead with the least Sentral entries on incorrect uniform is: Year 7. Followed by year 8 and then year 9. Come on year 8 and 9 there is not too much in it!


This Friday we celebrate WEAR IT PURPLE DAY. I look forward to seeing students acknowledge this day by wearing purple.

By wearing purple, Australians demonstrate to rainbow young people that they are seen, supported and respected, acknowledging all have the right to be proud of who they are and who they are becoming.

Originally founded by students in response to global stories of teenagers taking their own lives due to bullying and harassment, Wear it Purple Day has become an international movement of celebration and support.

The best dressed students will get a canteen voucher so make sure you are wearing purple and of course all the colours of the rainbow.


1st position - THORPE - 90 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 7

2nd position - BRADMAN - 80 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 7

3rd position - FREEMAN - 73 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 8

4th position - O’NEILL - 70 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 7 & 12

We will be confirming the total for this term at the end of week 9. The house that wins will get a treat of their choice and will be able to wear their house colours. Your chosen treat will be announced soon.

Keep up the good work!

Ms Lara Hatton - Deputy Principal (Years 7 to 9)


Exciting news! Our new school library is nearing completion. Stay tuned for the grand unveiling. We can't wait to share this exceptional space!

BOOK WEEK 2023 19 - 25 AUGUST

Book Week gives us the chance to celebrate reading, Australian literature and school libraries. The theme for Book Week 2023 is read, grow, inspire. We are celebrating all week! Look for activities organised by the english faculty.

THIS YEAR's WINNErs are...
BOOK OF THE YEAR - OLDER READERS Neverlanders by Tom Taylor, Illustrator Jon Sommariva. BOOK OF THE YEAR - YOUNGER READERS Runt by Craig Silvey.
EVE POWNALL AWARD - Deep: Dive into Hiden Worlds by Jess McGeachin. BOOK OF THE YEAR - Early Childhood Where the Lyrebird Lives by Vikki Conley, Illustrator Max Hamilton. PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR My Strange Shrinking Parents by Zeno Sworder.
For more great reads check out these other shortlisted books!

Ms Samantha Check - Librarian


As many would be aware, in 2022, the Department of Education issued a funding package to support public schools in areas affected by flooding to support their student’s education recovery. The Education Hardship fund provided $500 to each student enrolled in our school and flood affected schools at the time. This was allocated to student accounts held at the school. The funds will be available to use until the end of the 2023 school year being Tuesday, 19 December. At Banora Point High School, these funds are able to be utilised for:

  • Canteen vouchers up to a value of $200.00
  • Uniform shop orders
  • Excursion payments
  • Subject and course charges

Please note, that the Education Hardship Fund cannot be utilised for the payment of voluntary contributions such as the voluntary school contribution, the voluntary technology levy and the new P&C voluntary contribution.

The P&C have provided feedback that parents are not aware that, unless notified by a parent, the school does not allocate the Education Hardship Fund to outstanding course/subject charges. On the statement of account, the Education Hardship Fund sits next to ‘Unallocated Credit’ in the 'Amount Paid Column'. The Education Hardship Funds have not been allocated despite how the statement reads.

Therefore, if you have not previously contacted the school, either by email, by phone or in person at the school office, to advise that you would like the Education Hardship Funds allocated to course/ subject charges or in the ways as outlined above, please do so at your earliest convenience.

If you have any queries in relation to your statement of account or the hardship fund, please don’t hesitate to contact the school administration office either by phone on 07 5513 1960 or by email at banorapnt-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au


North Coast Athletics produced some amazing results from our BPHS team. Max Powell continued his high jump dominance picking up 1st again. Ryder Irvine came 1st in long jump and shot put. Jaycee Collard came 1st in shot put. All three now qualify for the Combined High Schools (CHS) Athletics later this term. Well done athletics team!

Max in action.

NETBALL - Combined High Schools U15 Knockout

In week 2 the netball team travelled to Murwillumbah to defend our Far North Coast title from last year. Unfortunately, we were missing a few players and the girls had to take the court a player down. We only had 6 players and the girls still dominated. We easily took care of Kingscliff High (35-20) in the first game to progress to round 2. Next we were up against Murwillumbah, who provided less of a challenge than the first game, our defence was so strong, they didn’t even score (35-0).

We made it to the final against a very strong Ballina team. All the girls played extremely well and are to be congratulated on their efforts. It was a close game, and we battled to the end and lost by a few points.

Our U15’s players- Audrey S, Sarah G, Lauren S, Kyra M, Skye K, Dana S. Coach Mr J Smith.

NETBALL - School Cup Team

In week 4 the netball team was at Arkinstall park for the School Cup local day. It was another title defence from last year. The girls were up against the 2 Lindisfarne teams for the first 2 games, Banora continued their dominance winning (17-9) and (14-3). Next was the local derby against Tweed, once again we proved to be too strong in attack and defence winning (16-9). Game 4 against St Josephs was a tough game, we went down by 5 points. Game 5 against Kingscliff we were back to our winning ways, taking out the game (12-8). The team finished 2nd for the day and have qualified to the next round, the Regional Finals in September at Ballina.

Our School Cup players - Jade P, Bianca S, Tiarna W, Sarah G, Audrey S, Kyra M, Skye K, Dana S, Lauren S. Coach- Mr J Smith.


Last week our Talented Athletes Program squad took part in the Play to your Strengths program with the Gold Coast Suns. The students completed a theory booklet all about leadership and becoming leaders. They were also put through their paces by members of the AFLW squad with a gym and field session.

Our TAP students hard at work during the Play to your Strengths program.

Applications for 2024 TAP squad are open and are due week 8. Please see Mr McCallie or Ms Dooley or email the school if you wish to apply.

Mr Jay McCallie - Combined High Schools Sport Co-Ordinator


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Orders can be placed online directly with Daylight Sportswear. Order forms are also available for both the BPHS Junior School (Years 7 to 10) and the BPHS Senior School (Years 11 and 12) on our website. These can be completed and given to the uniform store directly during the hours listed below. Payment can be made to the Daylight Schoolwear Store by EFTPOS/Mastercard/VISA card or cash. No cheques accepted. Payments for school uniforms can be made at the uniform shop only , not the school administration office.