New Town High School

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New Town High School is a boys-only high school located in New Town, North of Hobart. As the only all-boys’ school in the Tasmanian Government School international program, New Town High School understands how boys best learn, with programs catered for boys to encourage them to experience success academically, socially, and emotionally.

Leadership opportunities are created for each year group and 8 of the school’s past students have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. New Town High School is situated in an established community and well known for its beautiful leafy streets with architecture varying form colonial to modern.  The school is approximately 4 kilometres from the centre of Hobart and the InterCity Cycleway passes directly past the school which means students can walk or ride safely into the city. New Town High School provides recreational opportunities such as outdoor education, an annual Ski trip, golf, kayaking, World Challenge, and cultural trips. Recognised as a leading school for digital education, the school also has strong academic subjects and a strong support program for all students


Newtown high school logoAddress: 6 Midwood Rd, New Town

Year Established: 1919

Number of Students: 750

Number of international students: 9


Key Features

New Town High School has key values:

Aspiration– A culture of high expectations and high achievement

Respect – Respecting ourselves, others, our past and our environment

Courage – Accepting challenges and embracing opportunities

Growth – Improving by always learning and finding better ways to do things

With priorities being:

  • Raising the literacy standards of all the boys so they can engage productively in learning
  • Ensuring a safe orderly and productive learning environment
  • Developing young men with strong character and resilience

Academic performance

  • New Town High School has an outstanding record of developing good men who achieve amazing things in the community.
  • Approximately 95% of students continue on to year 11 and year 12. Countless young men from our school have gone on to enjoy distinguished professional careers.
  • Many New Town High School students go into trade careers with our school viewed as a great source of young men suitable for apprenticeships.
  • New Town High School’s Hall Of Excellence acknowledges the many outstanding achievements of our old scholars over the past 100 years.
  • New Town has amazing programs in Sport, Foods, Music, Drama and Performance and offer quality programs in Athlete Development, Languages and Literacy.


Students study a combination of compulsory and optional subjects designed to provide an engaging learning experience. Core subjects, which are compulsory for all students, are aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

In addition to the core program students can select from a range of optional subjects.

Grade 8 students have five compulsory core subjects and three optional subjects. Students in Grades 9 and 10 have the opportunity to choose optional subjects to complement their core subjects.

The New Town High School timetable is structured to allow flexibility and variety for student course selections. In order to maximize the variety of learning opportunities, a new structure has been implemented for 2020 which allows the school to share selected subjects with partner schools Ogilvie High School and Elizabeth College.

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 5 x 1 hour lessons
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 3 x 100 minute lessons

Elective subjects

The main elective subjects are Food, Digital, Wood & Metal Technologies, Drama, Art, Athlete Development Programs & Music. Each of these subjects branches out into other areas specific to the curriculum area.

Languages offered

Chinese, Japanese and French

Advanced Academic Programs

Maths Advanced, Writer Workshops, and Extended Science



IT Facilities

5 classrooms full of desktop computers and each compulsory subject has its own set of laptops

Specialty facilities

New gymnasium for sport, and the school is currently developing a year 11 and 12 study hub for students who are interested in learning about agriculture and digital technologies at New Town High School.

Provisions for International Students

Students at New Town High School can borrow books, music equipment, and sports equipment for their use. The student break-out room is open for all students at New Town, is supervised and a good place for Australian boys and International boys to meet and chat.

Enrichment Activities

In the context of the Australian Curriculum, teachers extend the level of challenge of every day classroom learning tasks for students. In addition to classroom activities, teachers provide specific programs designed to encourage high order critical thinking and problem solving. Many of these extra-curricular programs are designed to allow gifted thinkers to work with like-minded students in programs and projects of significance and relevance to their ability and aspirations.

These include: but are not limited to:

  • Year 9/10 Personal Research Project
  • Maths Extension Courses – Maths Methods 3, Maths Advanced & Maths Extended.
  • Plan for the Planet
  • Da Vinci Decathlon
  • Tournament of Minds
  • Debating
  • Big Science Competition
  • Science and Engineering Challenge
  • STEM Outreach Program
  • Festival of Bright Ideas
  • Brain Bee Challenge
  • ICAS Science Competition
  • COMPex – 9/10 Computer Extension Programs
  • Chinese Mentoring Program
  • Maths Relay
  • Australian Geography Competition

Student Support

The major responsibility for the learning and welfare of our students lies with classroom teachers. They are supported in this by Homeroom Teachers who are responsible for the day to day welfare of students in their Home Group.

Further support is provided by the Student Support Team which meets regularly to review the learning and social and emotional needs of students. Teachers and parents refer children to the school’s child support team.  Students with additional needs are provided with various supports and may be provided with an individual learning plan.