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ACADEMIC
At Hermit Park we focus on ensuring that every child is not only achieving their potential but also adding value to their learning. Children learn best in constructive and interactive environments, where the material they are learning is meaningful to them. Our early year’s team provides a range and balance of age-appropriate pedagogies to set our HPSS children up for success as they then move into their upper years of Primary school learning.
 Recent awards/acknowledgement include;
2016
Age Appropriate Pedagogies Pilot School
ICAS English 3 students High Distinction top 2%
ICAS Spelling 1 student High Distinction top 2%
ICAS Writing 2 students High Distinction top 2%
NAPLAN Year 5 All areas at/above 95% above NMS
NAPLAN Year 3 All areas at/above 95% above NMS
Optiminds Challenge Div 1 Language Literature – Regional Champion
Optiminds Challenge Div 1 Social Science – Regional Champion
2015
            ICAS English 5 students High Distinction top 2%
ICAS Spelling 4 students High Distinction top 2%
Microsoft in Education Showcase School
           Optiminds Challenge Div 1 Social Sciences - Regional Champion
Optiminds Challenge Div 1 Social Science – State and Australian Champion
 
2014
            Optiminds Challenge Div 1 Language/Literature Regional Champion
 
MUSIC
Hermit Park’s extensive Music Program includes a range of bands – senior, junior, string ensemble, orchestra, and senior and junior choirs.  Events occur annually where we feature performances from the school bands, choir and individual students.
Recent awards include;
2016
            Townsville Eisteddfod Band/Orchestra Champions
2015
            Townsville Eisteddfod Unison Chorus Champions
            Townsville Eisteddfod Instrumental Ensemble Champions
            Townsville Eisteddfod String Orchestra 2nd
            Townsville Eisteddfod Band/Orchestra 2nd
            Townsville Eisteddfod Percussion Ensemble 2nd
            Townsville Eisteddfod Folk Singing 2nd
2014
            Townsville Eisteddfod Primary Choral 2nd
            Townsville Eisteddfod Band/Orchestra 2nd
 
SPORTING
Hermit Park has always enjoyed and fostered a healthy, vibrant sporting culture and program.  As the school has grown in size so has its sporting achievements and programs.  Our participation in Friday block sport continues to increase and the school is participating in sports we have not previously competed in.  Last year the boys AFL team were crowned 2016 Townsville school champions in what was a highly competitive draw.  Students in years 4 to 6 can choose from a selection of sports to play at district gala days and may participate in district selection trials for cross-country, athletics, netball, softball, cricket, hockey and AFL. 2016 also saw our swim team promoted from 'C' schools to 'B' schools after a very dominant performance in the pool placing first in the 'C' schools carnival.
Recent awards include;
2016
            Townsville Primary Schools Open AFL Champions
2015
            Townsville Primary Schools Open Football Champions
ENVIRONMENTAL
Hermit Park SS has a long history of environmental awareness and are proud to have been recognized throughout the community as a leading school in this area. We have had a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who guide and encourage their students into becoming sustainable citizens. Many Townsville environmental groups such as the Townsville Gardening Club, the Townsville and District Beekeepers Club, and other schools in the Townsville region have come to visit.
As you enter the school, adjacent to the school office, you will be rewarded with the delightful sights and sounds of our famous rainforest. It was established in 1994 with the year 7 students helping the year 1 students to plant the first trees. This project was the first of many and the brainwave of our very own “environ-man”, Mr Craig Aisthorpe. Craig has also been instrumental in seeking funding, planning and implementing the many other projects you will discover as you wander through our grounds, such as the chicken coop, the Barramundi tank, the Arid garden, the salt water tank, the Aquaponics area, the windmill, the curlew habitat and many more. The school has also been a member of the Reef Guardian Program since its beginning in 2003; promoting positive action and education to effect environmental changes for the marine ecosystem.
The students are involved in each project’s conception and maintenance and are on hand to give a guided tour; proud to show off our many environmental achievements.
Recent awards include;
2016
            Comalco Green and Healthy Schools Young Legends Award
2014
            Reef Guardian Sea Stars Award
              
All of our school programs and initiatives are supported by a highly motivated and active P&C. Teachers, parents and community members are heavily involved in enriching experiences for everyone in our school and the P&C were formally recognised for their amazing work in 2015 when they were awarded the P&C’s QLD – P&C of the Year Award.