More Success for Tom Bowman

Last month Year 10 student Tom Bowman was selected to represent NSW Combined High Schools in the sport of Bowls.  As part of this State team, Tom travelled to Melbourne to play in an exchange series against a team representing Victorian schools at a three day carnival.  On the first day the two state squads were divided into teams of 5 who then played against all other teams.  After all games Tom’s team progressed through to the final, which they won to be overall champions and received the gold medal.  The second day’s competition was along similar lines with teams competing in a 4’s competition.  Again Tom’s team was successful which secured him a second gold medal.  The last day was the Triples competition where Tom’s team was placed 3rd, earning a Bronze medal.  This competition was viewed as a National Schools’ Championship which means Tom is now a dual national schools champion.

Congratulations to Tom on his ongoing dedication and success in the sport of Bowls.

State Bowls Selection

Coonabarabran High School student Tom Bowman has been selected in the NSW Combined High Schools Bowls team after competing in the state championships at Warilla.

Tom and his younger brother Sam were part of the North West team which had been selected earlier in the year. Both players performed strongly throughout the State Carnival and the North West team eventually finished in 7th position.

At the conclusion of the carnival Tom’s consistent performances were recognised with selection in the State Team. This team will travel to Melbourne in 3 weeks to play against Victoria in a series of matches. Tom has worked diligently for a number of years and his efforts are now rewarded with selection as a NSW Combined High Schools representative.

North West Athletics 2018


On Friday  10 August,  thirty-eight Coonabarabran High students made the annual trip to Tamworth for the North West Athletics Carnival. The conditions were great with the sun out and only the occasional light breeze the students were set for a good day of competition. Expectations were high and most students rose to the occasion by producing personal bests. For only the second time two Coonabarabran High students finishing first and second in a single event, the 12yrs 800m girls event, well done Emma and Claire.  We wish the best to the following students who will represent North West at the Combined High Schools Carnival in Sydney on 5 – 7  September.

  • Claire Butcher 2nd 800m
  • Alirah Watton 1st Shot Put
  • Emma West-Kuras 1st 800m
  • Madison Heywood 1st Javelin
  • Mathew Hungerford 2nd Javelin
  • Nicholas Wham-Campbell 2nd 400m
  • Jemma Worth 2nd 200m and High Jump, 1st Javelin
  • Matthew Kenyon 2nd High Jump and Long Jump
  • Niamh Whittall 2nd 1500m

Single Cup 2018

Single Cup was held in Coonamble on Wednesday 8 August with close to 100 of our students on duty to defend our title. The cup has a history that dates back to 1971 when two teachers from Coonamble High (one of whom was our ex principal Mr McEntyre) and a local businessman (Mr Ken Single) were lamenting the lack of sporting opportunities for the local school students. They contacted Coonabarabran and Gilgandra High Schools with a suggestion of a three way competition that provided competition across a range of sports. Mr Single donated the trophy and Single Cup was born.

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Coonabarabran Chess Team Wins Regional final

On Friday 6th July, members of the Coonabarabran chess team travelled to win against Inverell High in the final round of the NSW Junior Chess League Country Secondary Schools Competition for 2018.

Year 12 students Ian Whittall, Tristan Thomas, Jarrod Lambert and Joseph Samuel, have remained undefeated in competition this year, conquering all comers in the North West Region.

The students have represented Coonabarabran in the NSW Junior Chess League since Year 7. In their final year at Coonabarabran High School, the students have an opportunity to play at the peak of the competition. An equally important stage is the passing of the torch to younger chess enthusiasts at Coonabarabran High, with Year 7 student Declan Eshman playing in the penultimate round, and scoring the narrow point needed to take Coonabarabran to the final.

Our Chess Team will travel to Sydney in mid-November to compete with the other five regional winning teams for the award of Grand Champion.

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