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NovemberReturn to top

Outdoor Education Initiatives

Heathcote High is recognised throughout the Sydney region as a 'lighthouse' school when it comes to outdoor education. For many years large numbers of our students have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Beginning in 2009 we have established a close linkage with Loftus TAFE where our students participate in exciting activities under the tutelage of TAFE trainees seeking to gain their credentials in an outdoor recreation program. In recent weeks groups of Heathcote students (under the supervision of TAFE trainees) have... Read more

Cybersafety resource

Brush up on the latest information about cyberbullying, sexting and rules for internet privacy with Cybersmart's new, interactive cybersafety guide. The guide has been created by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and uses videos to provide a snapshot of common scenarios, with practical tips that parents can use with their children and teenagers. These can be viewed on screen or downloaded for later use. The Cybersmart website also has six downloadable brochures for parents, covering: cyberbullying sexting socialising on the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Talent Storm Night Success

Heathcote High School lit up the Acer Arena stage late last month when our students performed as part of the inaugural Talent Storm competition. With the demise of the Rock Eisteddfod in 2009, more than twenty NSW schools decided to forge ahead with a new competition to take its place. While performance evening had some technical teething issues, the quality of the school entries was outstanding. Many of Rock Eisteddfod's highest profile schools appeared on stage, including Toronto, Bomaderry and Randwick Boys and Girls high schools In this... Read more

Designers on Parade a Stunner

It was all glitz and glamour at the school's annual 2010 Textiles Designers on Parade event. More than 400 enthusiastic family and friends were on hand to enjoy the stunning creations on display. Students from all years stepped onto the catwalk to show off their projects, with the Year 11 Textiles class being a particular standout. The girls modelled clothing created from recycled materials and delighted the audience with their originality and flair. The stars of the night, however, were the HSC Textiles class. Their elaborate and stylish... Read more

Whooping cough alert

NSW Health is warning parents to be on the alert for whooping cough following an increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with the disease over the last few weeks. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness, and can be life-threatening for babies. Older children can bring home whooping cough from school or childcare and the infection can then be passed on to babies in the home. Boosters are important Whooping cough boosters are important for older children... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

The power of numbers

Girls listen to pop music, use the internet to stay in touch with friends and enjoy playing netball. Boys prefer rap, use the internet to play games and nominate AFL or soccer as their sport of choice. These were some of the findings of a national survey of more than 20,000 students, of which more than a quarter came from NSW. The Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool for 2010 was open to students from Years 4 to 12, with the aim to spark students' interest in statistics and to improve their statistical literacy. Striking results... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Flash mobs celebrate Education Week

Communities around the state got a glimpse of the performance talent of NSW public school students who sprung into action at a series of flash mobs to celebrate the start of Education Week 2010. About 500 students descended on Sydney's Circular Quay for an energetic performance as part of a flash mob - an event where a group of people are organised to quickly assemble in a public place to do something unexpected and then disperse. Concurrent flash mobs, involving almost 200 other NSW public school students, were held at Miranda and Orange.... Read more

Triple M Program

Extract from The St George and Sutherland Leader Crash lesson driven home 06 Jun, 2010 04:00 AMHEATHCOTE High School students were cut out of a rusty Ford Laser at Hurstville fire station last week but not because of an accident. The teenagers took part in demonstration which taught them about the reality of car crashes. "We want them to be aware that if someone does something silly, there will be bad consequences,'' station officer Paul Shapter said. The students aged between 14 and 15 came to the station as part of a weekly program which... Read more

COSOTP Mural Project

Extract from the St George and Sutherland Leader Students team up to paint nature's wonders BY EVA TEJSZERSKI12 Jun, 2010 04:00 AM BASED on their artistic talents, students from Sutherland Shire schools were involved in the painting of a colourful mural that celebrates the importance of the natural environment. Students from 11 primary and high schools at Engadine, Heathcote, Waterfall and Helensburgh took part in the community assignment last week. In just two days, they painted a mural that represented Australia's native plants, in the hall... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Your child's resilience

Next time your child is furrowing their brow and staring off into space, ask them whether they're thinking dolphin or shark thoughts. That's the advice from resilience specialist Andrew Fuller on helping your child to recognise the positive or negative approaches they may be taking on life issues. "Dolphin thinking can help you out and shark thinking can eat you up. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, they can still understand it," Andrew says. "The things that are most important are teaching children what a good life is, how to live life... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Cyber-safety tools

A new cyber-safety website provides parents and teachers with easy-to-understand information about how to create safe online environments for children. The ThinkUKnow website helps parents and teachers to understand new technologies and the safety risks that the online environment can present to children and young people. The website provides interactive training and information on key topics, including the digital channels kids commonly use how to stay in control of your child's cyber activity how to report inappropriate content advice on... Read more

MayReturn to top

DEAS at Heathcote High

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD PROGRAM One of the school's most important extra-curricular programs is our long-running and highly successful Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Every year students from Years 9 to 11 have the opportunity to participate in overnight expeditions to remote bushland locations, seeking accreditation towards bronze, silver and gold awards. The program provides a unique opportunity for students to build character – gaining team-building and problem-solving skills, which will stay with them for life. Already in 2010 two... Read more

News story

NAPLAN TESTS TO GO AHEAD The dispute over this year's NAPLAN tests has been resolved. Last night an agreement was reached between the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Australian Education Union. Ms Gillard has agreed that a working party can be formed to look at how test results are represented on the MySchool Website. The enquiry will especially focus on how these results are misused to create league tables. As a result Heathcote High will now proceed to run the NAPLAN tests for all Years 7 and 9 students during next Tuesday,... Read more

News story

Moratorium on the Implementation of NAPLAN Principals and teachers across Australia have grave concerns about the way that data from the NAPLAN tests is being used by the Federal Government. These concerns arose last year when 2009 NAPLAN results were posted on the MySchool Website without any real attempt to put them in context. Those results were then used by the media to construct league tables of schools, with the tacit approval of the Federal Minister. The use of this kind of data to construct league tables is found in only one other... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Mountain Biking -Thredbo

During March, 40 students from Heathcote High School competed in the national downhill 4cross and cross country titles at Thredbo. Heathcote High School defended their champions title competing against competitors from 70 other schools across Australia.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Ready, set, read!

Kids who get a head start on this year's Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) could win early bird rewards. The challenge officially runs from 1 April to 1 September, but NSW public school students can log on now and start attacking those reading lists. Each child who completes the required number of books from the PRC booklist receives a certificate signed by the Premier. The aim is that along the way they'll also enjoy discovering quality literature from a wide range of authors. They'll also find out that quality literature doesn't mean boring... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Cool lunch ideas

Keeping your child safe from food poisoning could be as simple as packing a frozen drink in with their lunch each day. Sandwiches packed at breakfast time can sit for up five hours in a school lunchbox before the lunch break, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply - especially during the warmer months. A recent survey by the NSW Food Authority indicated only 29% of lunches were being stored safely, by using an ice brick or frozen drink which can keep lunchboxes up to 12 degrees cooler. The survey also revealed that while the majority of... Read more

My School website explained

This is a new website launched by the Australian Government on 28 January, 2010. The My School website provides a snapshot of every government and non-government school in Australia. The website offers a short description of each school and its community, the number of students and teachers, student attendance rates, and student results in new national tests in reading, writing and maths for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. These tests took place in 2008 and 2009 and are known as the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy).... Read more