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HSC Top Achievers

Outstanding 2011 HSC Results

The 2011 HSC Class has continued the tradition of outstanding performance by Heathcote High students in the HSC. No fewer than four of our students achieved ATARs above 95 - Matthew Radandt (97.55), Peter Rundle (96.2), Rachel King (95.75) and Kevin Bragg (95.5). They were followed by a swag of other students with ATARs in the 90s and 80s. In individual subject areas too our students excelled. In all Mathematics courses eleven students achieved a top band result. This represented 8.87% of all students completing a Maths course at Heathcote,... Read more

Schools Spectacular – TV highlights

The state's most talented young singers, dancers and musicians displayed their skills during four exciting and extravagant performances at the 2011 Schools Spectacular, held recently at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you missed the live shows or if you just want to enjoy it all again, you can catch the highlights on ABC TV. Two telecasts are scheduled (check your local TV guide for confirmation): 7.30pm Sunday, 18 December on ABC1 (1hr version) 7.00pm Saturday, 31 December on ABC2 (2.5hr version). The brilliantly choreographed and... Read more

Careers advisory service

Now that you've received your HSC results, you may need help with what to do next. A free phone and email careers advisory service is available for students and their families from Thursday 15 December 2011 to Friday 6 January 2012, and is provided by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Experienced careers advisers will be available on 1300 300 687 or via the Careers Advisory Service website to answer your enquiries and provide advice about career and study options. If you need assistance in clarifying course choices, employment... Read more

What's Been Happening at Heathcote

It has been a busy time in the school over the last few weeks: More than 100 Heathcote students recently took part in friendly sporting competition with students from Blayney HS as part of our annual cultural exchange program. The Blayney exchange has run continuously for 15 years and is a fantastic way for students from two very different communities to get together. Our band joined musicians from Gymea Technology HS for a blow-in concert. 40 marine studies students visited Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef and got to swim with... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Celebrating safely

Our senior students like to celebrate their major milestones at this time of year, such as finishing exams and leaving school. We encourage parents to work with us to ensure their safety, health and wellbeing during this time. Be assured, our school doesn't allow alcohol at any student function whether held at the school or at student dances, farewells, sports events and barbecues outside the school. Celebration guides for parents and students Time to party Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for assignments. Here are ways your child can tell a good website from a bad one. With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, kids need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country-specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective The ability to question information is a vital tool for all school kids. People can publish something that looks great but is full of factual... Read more

Managing exam stress

Feeling anxious before exams is perfectly normal and can even help kids do better. The problems arise when the worry gets out of hand and prevents your child from studying effectively. While you obviously can't jump in and do the work for them, parents can help their kids manage the fear and, in the process, learn valuable skills that will be crucial in later life. Child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien says these key areas are where a little parental guidance can make all the difference: Make sure your child is eating a balanced diet with... Read more

AugustReturn to top

A Great Year of Sport at HHS

2011 has been a very memorable year for Heathcote High School on the sporting field. We have had many excellent achievements including the following: overall champion school at the Australian All-Schools Mountain Bike championships quarter finalists in the CHS Girls Rugby Union 9th in the CHS Open Boys Touch Football finalist in the CHS Girls Baseball (competition still in progress) finalist in the CHS Girls Squash championships (still in progress) finalist Rugby League Mitch Healey/Adam Dykes competition (still in progress) numerous... Read more

Textiles Students Excel

Recently the school staged its annual Designers on Parade, showcasing the creative textiles projects of our students from Years 7-12. The designs were simply stunning. It is wonderful to see so many students ‘strutting the catwalk' to display a range of products, following months of painstaking preparation. A very appreciative audience of more than 300 family, friends and community members (including locla MLA Mr Le Evans) were there to cheer them on. Most interest was focused on the eye-popping garments of the senior textiles students,... Read more

Mobile homework help

Parents can now access quality information to help with their child's homework and assignments while on the go. The School A to Z mobile app, available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, is part of a new online parent resource developed by the education department. The app features: plain-English definitions of maths, English and technology terms, including videos and help sheets information and useful links to help with common classroom assignments Maths Monkey times tables learning game Spelling Bee learning game. The Spelling Bee... Read more

New parent resource launches

Parents can support their child's learning with a new purpose-built resource that includes a website, mobile applications and social media channels. The School A to Z online school community, developed by the education department, provides practical advice about homework, tips on learning, wellbeing, technology and resources to help parents and carers support their child's social, physical and mental development. It includes a free mobile application for iPad and smartphones that features hundreds of definitions about maths and English terms,... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Practical study ideas

Many students find study a challenge, but you can help make it more rewarding for your child by encouraging them to use some of the following ideas: Keep up with assignments and assessment tasks mark key dates on a calendar make an assignment schedule for each week make daily 'to-do' lists. Review class work each day keep a notepad handy while reading to make notes or reminders create flash cards of main ideas or key points (with details on the back) make up study questions to test learning. Take breaks while studying your child will... Read more

JuneReturn to top

School holiday reading ideas

24 June 2011 Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Here are some suggestions. Books for young kids For boys and girls in Kindergarten to Year 2: The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Libby Gleeson. For boys and girls in Years 3 and 4: Ballroom Bonanza - Nina Rycroft (a fabulous rhyming alphabetical picture book) The Adventures of a Late-Night Swearer - Nette Hilton The Walk Right in Detective... Read more

Year 6 Enrichment Program

Fours years ago Heathcote High introduced a Year 6 Enrichment Class for gifted students in our partner primary schools. It has been an outstanding success. The class runs on Wednesdays during Term 2. Eligible students have the opportunity to participate in challenging activities which broaden their perspective on learning while also taking them out of their comfort zones. Our current program includes learning experiences from across the curriculum – mathematics, drama and public speaking, art, food technology, science and the physical... Read more

Education tax refund

8 June 2011 With the financial year almost over, now is the time to start collating your receipts from education expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives parents and caregivers a 50% refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. For the 2010-2011 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $794 for each of your primary school children and receive a maximum refund of $397 per primary school child.... Read more

MayReturn to top

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award program is a wonderful extra-curricular opportunity available to our students. A group of Year 9 students recently completed their first overnight expedition in the Corang area west of Jervis Bay, an important milestone in achieving their bronze award. The had to overcome some trying conditions - rain, cold nights and leeches - but emerged happy and triumphant after their three days away. Congratulations to them and to their teacher leaders, Mr Moon and Mrs Paley.... Read more

Boat Craft in the Curriculum

Marine and Aquaculture Technology has grown into one of the most popular courses at Heathcote High, with over 100 students across three years undertaking marine studies. There are many attractions in the course; four committed teachers, a new classroom facility and lots of opportunities for the students to be ‘hands-on' – learning about water safety, whale-watching, fishing and the Great Barrier Reef excursion. Recently students in Year 11 completed their boat licence certificate as part of their studies.... Read more

2011 Lions Club Scholarships

Every year the Engadine Lions Club sponsors two very generous scholarships (worth $600 each) for the two Year 12 students who can demonstrate the deepest level of commitment to citizenship and community service. These awards are given in memory of Walter Mollenhauer, a founding member of the Engadine Lions and the person most responsible for Heathcote High coming into being. The award winners for 2011 are Stacey Grapsas and Kierin Clements. Stacey and Kierin are most deserving recipients of the awards. They were two of the 25 applicants, all... Read more

Homework and multi-tasking

Can kids really do their homework and multi-task? Parents around the world are divided on this. Half watch their teenagers sitting among a pile of books, earphones in, computer on, TV humming in the background and think, "I wish I could multi-task like that". The others stride across the room, pull the plug on the distractions, and ask the age-old question: "How can you study with that on?" What does the international research reveal about multi-tasking? Here is a summary of the key findings: Teenagers might be regularly multi-tasking, but... Read more

Science help - top tips

Parents can help with their child's understanding of science and scientific principles. Here are some top tips: Encourage your child to ask questions and help them find the answers. Talk to your child about being a good problem solver. Give them increasingly difficult puzzles to solve as they develop more skills. These could be in the form of games or experiments, questions or puzzles, including those found in newspapers such as Sudoko, or physical problems such as jigsaws or 3D models. Talk to your child about basing their views on evidence... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Mosquito-borne diseases

NSW Health is warning parents and school communities about a range of health risks associated with mosquito bites. There has been a significant increase in the numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of NSW following recent heavy rainfall and flooding. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of viral infections, including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, and a large number of these infections have been reported in 2011. A rarer but more serious mosquito-borne infection called Murray Valley encephalitis has also been detected in western NSW.... Read more

It's easy being green

Reducing your family's carbon footprint at home and school is easy and can save you money at the same time. Low-waste lunches Try doing a lunch box audit with your kids to see how much packaging you use such as plastic wrap, plastic throw-away spoons, straws and plastic bags, along with pre-packaged foods. Lunch boxes with their special compartments for sandwiches, fruit, nuts and snacks are the best way to reduce additional wrapping or packaging of individual items. Chilled or frozen juice or water keeps lunch cool and fresh. Reusable drink... Read more

Getting organised for school

Children get their work done more easily if they can manage their time and their environment. Here are five great tips from experts and families to help you and your kids get organised for school. 1. Establish some routines Set up a few simple routines in your home that make things more efficient. For example, teach your kids that the first thing they do when they come in the door is empty their bag of food and notes or newsletters. 2. Manage time Talk to your kids regularly about planning how they use time for activities that need doing as... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Science Labs Upgrade Completed

The school's new science facilities are now complete. Under Phase 1 three D Block labs were handed over for use at the end of last year. We were especially happy with the changes made to one room which allowed us to reconfigure it as a Marine Studies lab. It is a fantastic learning environment. Phase 2 of the project struck a snag, with major work needing to be carried out on the flooring. That work was completed by the end of January and the two B Block labs and main Prep Room have now been finished off. The new facilities are excellent, and... Read more

Peer Mentoring Program

Our peer mentoring program is one of the school's most important student leadership initiatives. Year 11 students trained at the end of the last year as peer leaders and peer mediators to be ready to support younger students to transition to high school or to help junior students resolve conflicts in their relationships with others. The program has many benefits. Year 7 students grow in confidence as they find their feet in high school; juniors learn important conflict resolution skills as they restore their friendships; and the seniors... Read more

Healthy Kids website

Keeping kids active and healthy has been made easier with the relaunch of the Healthy Kids website. Healthy Kids is the main source of online information in NSW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity. The website's five main messages you can share with your kids are: get active each day choose water as a drink eat more fruit and vegetables eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives turn off the TV or computer and get active. The website has great information, such as lunch box... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

HSC Results 2010

Our HSC results are in and they tell a very good story about our school. Our most academically able students have done really well. Our top ATAR (university admissions index) was 99.05 achieved by Cassie Austen. She was followed by three other students who all scored ATARs above 95.00 – Harley Broer (96.60), Laura Peirce (95.40) and Frank Li (95.05). Lachlan Hay came awfully close with 94.15. Many other students achieved excellent ATARs in the 90s and 80s. Some of them also featured on our ‘distinguished achievers' list for attaining a mark of... Read more

Education tax refund

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives you refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. You can receive refunds up to a maximum of $397 per primary school student and $794 per secondary school student. Items you can claim You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and maintaining any of the following items: home computers and laptops... Read more