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Ulladulla High School

Ulladulla High School

Coordinates35°21′S 150°28′E / 35.350°S 150.467°E / -35.350; 150.467
Former nameMilton Central School
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoStrive for the Summit
Established1974; 50 years ago (1974)
School districtSouth Coast; Regional South
Educational authorityNSW Department of Education
PrincipalDenise Lofts
Teaching staff91.1 FTE (2018)[1]
Age range12–18
Enrolment1,198[1] (2018)
LanguageEnglish, French, Japanese
Campus7 hectares (16.4 acres)
Colour(s)Dark green and white

Ulladulla High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in the town of Ulladulla on the south-east coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1974, the school enrolled approximately 1,200 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom seven percent identified as Indigenous Australians and seven percent were from a language background other than English.[1] The school is operated by the NSW Department of Education; the principal is Denise Lofts.[2][3]


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Ulladulla High School was opened in 1974. Since the opening of UHS, the school has undergone construction and renovation, most notably starting in 2006. This construction included new creative arts and music rooms, a kiln room, a blue room, a darkroom, several art store rooms, a sound proof band room, a sound proof piano room, and several music store rooms.

As of late 2011, the school has commenced its largest contraction project since 2006, with the commencement of the new Multi Purpose Hall which will seat in excess of 800 audience members internally, as well as several hundred more in the adjoining COLA.


Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Robin Cantrill 1989 1991 1–2 years
2 Paul Connor 1992 2002 10 years
3 Tracy Provest 2003 2012 9–10 years
4 Denise Lofts 2013 incumbent 10 years

Academic performance

The school's NAPLAN results are generally below the Australian average, but typically above the averages achieved by schools of a similar demographic.[clarification needed][4]

2012 Year 9 NAPLAN results
Reading Persuasive
Spelling Grammar and
Ulladulla average 569 529 576 571 573
Similar school average[citation needed] 559 533 562 557 565
Australian average 575 554 577 573 584


In 2012, there were numerous complaints by members of the community about students loitering in the CBD during school hours, drinking, smoking, swearing and harassing shoppers. This later sparked controversy and has called for the encouragement and support of the local community to not serve students unless they are in possession of a valid leave pass. The initiative 'you need the student pass' was implemented as of 5 June 2012.[5]

In 2011 Ulladulla High School faced criticism over its management of Special Religious Education. The then principal, Tracy Provest, was criticised by some parents for requiring non-religious students to attend scripture lessons to acquire 'non-scripture' notes, and providing minimal supervision for those 'opting out'.[6][7][8][9]

In 2009, Ulladulla High School was featured in the media for allowing the Christian-affiliated Organisation, Choices, Decisions, Outcomes to provide sex education classes to students.[10]

In 2006, the Principal, Tracy Provest, allowed students to be breathalysed at school socials, despite this being against Departmental guidelines.[11]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Ulladulla High School, Ulladulla, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Ulladulla High School. New South Wales Department of Education. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ "School Profile,". MySchool Website. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  4. ^ "NAPLAN Results". MySchool Website. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Truants may be refused service". 5 June 2012.
  6. ^ South Coast public school kids unable to opt out of scripture classes, ABC Illawarra, 3 February 2011 [1]
  7. ^ Made to Listen in on God's Lessons, The Daily Telegraph, 3 February 2011 [2]
  8. ^ Students were bullied into scripture lessons parents claim, The Daily Telegraph, 17 February 2011 [3]
  9. ^ An Unholy Argument Milton Ulladulla Times, 16 Feb 2011
  10. ^ Today's lesson: condoms in the classroom cause controversy, Heath Gilmore, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 Dec 2009, [4]
  11. ^ Breathalysed at high school, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July 2006
  12. ^ "Luke makes origin team". Milton Ulladulla Times Newspaper. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Warburton signs new NRL contact". Milton Ulladulla Times Newspaper. Retrieved 19 March 2011.

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