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DecemberReturn to top

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

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Year 12 Formal 2013

Farewell Year 12 The Gibraltar Hotel in Bowral was the beautiful backdrop for the recent Year 12 Formal and students were treated to a fabulous meal and lots of dancing. The famous Gumnut Patisserie generously provided an amazing chocolate cake and the music of Brendan Warby kept students and teachers on their feet late into the night. Sophia Azara and her team of workers created a party atmosphere with her amazing decorations and the tables were decorated with candles and coloured jars belonging to the Harringtons. Everyone looked gorgeous on... Read more

Apprenticeship Vacancies 2014

POSITIONS VACANT The Australian Training Company in conjunction with Host Employer Boral has the following Apprenticeship Vacancies to Commence in January 2014. Engineering Mechanical Certificate III (Fitting and Machining) – Up to 3 Position Electrotechnology Electrician Certificate III (Electrical) – Up to 3 Position Positions Located at Boral's Berrima, Maldon and Marulan sites. To be considered for the above positions please send a current resume and cover Letter stating the positions you wish to apply for to Brett Dowd Account... Read more

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party there are some simple ways to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to spread the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Support Students Mock Interviews

On September 18th 2013, years 10, 11 and 12 attended Moss Vale Tafe for Mock Interviews. Leading up to this day the students were involved in writing their application letters and resumes. They were applying to a mock employment agency and positions within the agency allow the students to choose from several areas of employment. After resumes were completed students participated in practice interviews in the library with Ms Taylor and Ms Shroff. Students were presented with six questions about themselves and their skills. This is the first... Read more

Mr Staats and the Black Plague

Who better to bring History alive than our own Deputy Principal, Mr John Staats. Follow the link to see the fabulous work done by Hangouts in History, Google's Creative Lab and the real stars ... our own Bowral High students!... Read more

Angela Hughes

'Highlands Cook Off' Experience

Angela Hughes of class 7B was one of the youngest contestants in the Highlands Cook Off held as part of Bowral's Long Lunch community competition. She was awarded 2nd place overall with a trophy and signed book by Sydney chef Tony Bilson at a presentation dinner at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant hosted by the BDCU and Rotary Club. Congratulations on this excellent result.... Read more

Lillian Simpson

2013 UNSW Mathematics Competition Results

Of the 57 students who participated in the mathematics competition this year, 3 students were awarded Distinctions and 25 students were awarded Credits. Congratulations to the award winners and well done to all students who made the effort to be involved in this prestigious competition. Mr M Murton Mathematics Competitions Manager Distinction Award Winners Year 9 Lillian Simpson Rebecca Westley Julia Zhang Credit award winners Year 7 Zoe Bourrigard Matthew Bates Tomas Langley Elise Marshall Bridget Moore Alex Paviour Joshua Vincefi Year... Read more

2013 NAPLAN Results Delayed

On Thursday 5th September ACARA identified an error in the placement of the national average markers on the Years 5 and 7 NAPLAN Student Reports for Language Conventions. Importantly the NAPLAN student data is correct. ACARA made the immediate decision to halt any further packaging and distribution of NAPLAN reports while options regarding the distribution of correct NAPLAN Student Reports were considered. ACARA is working closely with Test Administration Authorities (TAAs) in every state and territory to ensure correct reports are... Read more

Nicole Reay

Nicole Reay named 2013 NSW VET Teacher of the Year

The NSW Training Awards conducted by the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and small employers. Our own Nicole Reay was announced as State VET Trainer/Teacher of the year at a ceremony held in Sydney on September 5th. She will now compete with winners from all states and territories for the Australian Training Awards in November. We are... Read more

Emma Dunn Year 12

Emma Dunn awarded the Marie Bashir Peace Award.

Emma Dunn was one of eight young women selected to receive this award in recognition of her significant contribution towards peace, harmony, social justice, leadership and community. The Marie Bashir Peace Awards, organised by the National council of women of New Wales, is in its fifth year of operation. The award was open to all year 10, 11, and 12 female students in NSW and recognises commitment and effort in promoting harmonious relationships and peace. Emma was successful for her achievements within the school, as well as the local... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Disability Provisions for Examinations

Important Information about Disability Provisions for Examinations including the HSC. Students can apply for Disability Provisions for the HSC and other school exams. Read to find out more (pdf 494 KB)... Read more

Kim Kelly receiving award

Kim Kelly receives Award for Excellence in Teaching

On Tuesday August 27 Kim Kelly, Head teacher Mathematics, was honoured with a 2013 Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching Award. Kim was nominated for the award by Linda Langton for her outstanding success in teaching Mathematics. In 2012, Kim taught Alice Kemp who was placed first in the state in General Mathematics. Every year her HSC students perform exceptionally well. Kim is also a highly effective school leader and has many whole school roles including a Positive Behaviour for Success (PBS) team member, Curriculum, Learning Support... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

MayReturn to top

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more