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Newcastle Boys' High School

Newcastle Boys' High School
Turton Road, Waratah

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Coordinates32°54′23.9″S 151°43′38.5″E / 32.906639°S 151.727361°E / -32.906639; 151.727361
TypePublic, selective, single-sex, secondary, day school
MottoLatin: Remis Velisque
(With Oars and Sails
i.e. with all one's might)
Established1929; 95 years ago (1929) at Newcastle East
1934; 90 years ago (1934) at Waratah
ClosedDecember 1976; 47 years ago (1976-12)
Years offered7–12
Campus typeUrban
Houses  Hannell
Colour(s)Red and Blue
SongRemis Velisque
Communities servedLower Hunter Region
House names[1]

Entrance to the original building in 2007. The school is now known as Callaghan College Waratah Campus.

Newcastle Boys' High School was a government-funded single-sex selective high school, located in Waratah, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The school was active between 1929 and 1976, after which time it became a co-educational non-selective school.


Newcastle Boys High School was established in 1929 when the Hill High School was split into two selective single-sex schools, the other being Newcastle Girls High School. Hill High School's campus was located on Newcastle Hill, at a site now occupied by Newcastle East Public School, and was referred to as "the School on the Hill". Newcastle Girls High School moved to a new campus in Hamilton, and Newcastle Boys High School moved to a new campus in Waratah[2] in 1934, at which time Hill High School became Newcastle Junior Boys High School. Both Newcastle Boys and Newcastle Girls high schools carried on the traditions established by the original school, including use of the same motto and school colours.

Newcastle Boys High School became non-selective and co-educational in 1977 and changed its name to Waratah High School that same year.[3] Later it became Waratah Technology High School, and then Waratah Technology Campus of Callaghan College in 2000.


The Headmasters of Newcastle Boys High School were:[4][5]

  • 1930–31 Robert Frederick Harvey
  • 1932–34 Charles Herbert Christmas
  • 1935–44 Norman Ross Mearns
  • 1945–47 William Pillans
  • 1948–63 Frank Harold Beard
  • 1964–74 Leonard Thomas Richardson
  • 1975–76 Victor Huish Webber (relieving)

School song

Newcastle Boys High School continued to sing the Newcastle High School song: words by a member of staff, R. G. Henderson MA set to the tune of "D'ye ken John Peel?", chosen by competition announced in 1913 in the school journal, "Novocastrian".[6] When the boys moved to the plain at the Waratah site, they no longer climbed up The Hill and the first verse was re-written in 1943 by Mr Hodge.[7]

Science scholarships

The following Newcastle Boys' High School students won scholarships to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School:[8]

Year Schoolboy
1962 Malcolm James Williams
1964 Peter Gordon Browne
1965 Ian Donald Henderson
1966 Grahame John Edgar
1967 Michael Duncan Daffey
1968 David Ian Cocking
1969 David Bruce Williams
1969 Graeme John Williams
1971 Danny James Llewellyn
1971 Ian Allen Watson
1973 Richard Kleeman
1973 Stephen Bruce Ticehurst
1974 John Ambler
1974 Dale Kleeman

Extra-curricular activities

The following Newcastle Boys' High School boys were awarded "Blues" by the New South Wales Combined High Schools Sports Association under the system which operated from 1957 to 1980:[9]

Year Sport Schoolboy
1960 Tennis D Kelso
1960 Athletics P Langley
1961 Tennis P Marshall
1962 Basketball D Collins
1962 Soccer J Smith
1962 Soccer J Thurlow
1962 Tennis P Marshall
1963 Cricket B Gibson
1963 Tennis W Harrison
1964 Cricket I Forrester
1964 Tennis C East
1965 Athletics P Wright
1967 Baseball G Gilmour
1967 Rugby League J Davis
1967 Rugby Union J Davis
1968 Soccer R O'Hearn
1969 Cricket G Gilmour
1970 Rugby League J Shield
1970 Soccer G Valentine
1971 Basketball T Antcliffe
1974 Basketball G Logan
1974 Sailing M Long

Notable alumni

Notable teachers


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