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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

Beacon Ceremony - Invitation to Parents

Heathcote high school charter signing ceremony friday 13th december 2013 9:00am – SCHOOL HALL 22 November 2013 Dear Year 10 Parents, Please join us for this important celebration of our Year 10 students' achievements throughout the year in our Beacon Programs. The Beacon Foundation is a not-for profit registered charitable trust which works with over 100 schools Australia-wide to address the issue of youth unemployment. The Beacon Foundation believe every young Australian can develop an independent will to achieve personal success for... Read more

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


'S' Class success

This year students in 7S and 8S participated in an Interdisciplinary Project. The Interdisciplinary Project is a structured cross-curricular enrichment strategy for high-ability students in Years 7 and 8. By compacting the Stage 4 curriculum in all subject areas we "buy time" from traditional subject areas, allowing students to engage in learning strategies across the curriculum. Students were given the opportunity to complete a rich task of high intellectual quality and present their findings to an audience. The project encourages a genuine... 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


Wakakirri Success!

In 2013, 45 Heathcote High School students participated in the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge in place of the cancelled Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. This presented a new opportunity for our students because Wakakirri involved the use of live singing, dancing, acting, props, lighting designs and image projections. This year, we settled on a theme of awareness-educating our audience on the awful disease that is Alzheimer's. Our story was called "Fading Memories" and told the story of a young girl who tried to help her grandmother remember... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Amplify Student Leadership Conference

Amplify Student Leadership Conference Tuesday 8th October, 2013 The Amplify Conference was organized by Sutherland Shire Council with assistance from Amnesty International. Students in Years 8 and 9 from all Sutherland Shire Schools were invited to participate. Students who attended from Heathcote High were Sean Veitch, Sage Kimber, Liam Terry, Bronte Smith. The focus of the day was to empower youth to make a difference. Students participated in a number of activities and workshops focusing on learning to lead. The workshops and sessions were... Read more

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

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


R U OK Day at Heathcote High. R U OK Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday of September each year. This year it was celebrated on the 12 September. The purpose of the day is to remind people to regularly check in with family and friends so that they feel supported and able to cope with life's pressures. The SRC ran a cake stall on the day, selling cupcakes as a fundraiser. Posters were around the school to remind the students of Heathcote High that they need to support others. The message on the day - Who will you ask R... Read more

The Teenage Brain

Getting inside the Teenage Brain! The attached flyer is information for an information session presented by Sutherland Council to support parents of Teenagers. Flyer (pdf 112 KB)... 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

Subject Selections

Years 8 and 10 students will be participating in their Subject Selections for 2014 very soon. To assist in the process, two information nights for Parents and Students have been arranged. Please refer to the attached documents for further information. Year 8 (doc 24 KB) Year 10 (docx 16 KB)... 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

Designers on Parade

The Annual 'Designers on Parade' is set to excite audiences yet again. Come to our showcase of work done by our Textiles students. This years theme is: Fabricate - making something from nothing! For further details, see the attached flyer. Designers on Parade (pdf 1476 KB)... Read more


Hitachi Omiya visit our school.

It's on again! Our annual Japanese Visit. Each year a group of students from Hitachi Omiya visit our school. This will be the 15th year of the program. Every year the program is a great success due to the generosity of our students and their families. The visit begins this year on Thursday 15th August and will conclude Tuesday morning 20th August. The students will be billeted with families and the aim of the program is just to experience family life in an Australian family and also practise their English. They do not require their own room!!... 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


It's Stocktake Time Again! FOR YEARS 10, 11 and 12 and Teachers If you're in Year 10, 11, 12 or a Staff Member with a DER Laptop all you have to do is bring your laptop into school for one day and follow these few simple steps... Stocktake instructions (docx 141 KB)... Read more

Welcome to our new Principal!

Heathcote High School welcomes our new Principal, Mr Mark Noonan, formerly of Jannali High School. He replaces Mr Geoff Dodds, who recently retired after 11 years at the school. Mr Noonan brings with him a wealth of experience and is looking forward to becoming part of the Heathcote High Community. If you wish to meet Mr Noonan, you are invited to attend the P and C meeting on the 29th May at 7.30pm.... 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

Beacon Foundation

Heathcote High School - a 'Beacon' in the Sutherland Shire! 2013 marks the start of a long-term partnership between the Beacon Foundation and Heathcote High School. The Beacon Foundation supports schools in setting up or strengthening existing partnerships with their business communities. Through these partnerships, Year 10 students, also known as Beacon Ambassadors, are provided with opportunities to explore the different options available in terms of future education, training and employment. Heathcote High Ambassadors are pictured... Read more

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


Mountain Victory!

Heathcote High School Mountain Bike team wins again! It is with great pride that we announce the 6th consecutive win by our school Mountain Biking team at the 2013 Australian MTB Inter-schools competition. Under the guidance of Mr McLean, Mr Moon, Mr Dowling and Mrs Mullins, the team blitzed the competition. Our team had many outstanding results, with the crowning of Josh Lea and Riley Lowe as Kings of the Mountain. Mr McLean had the dubious honour of being crowned the 'Princess of the Mountain' - see photo below. Congratulations to all team... 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

HSC results 2012

2012 HSC CLASS IN TOP FORM The school's very strong academic tradition has been highlighted with the release of the 2012 HSC results. Our top academic performers were Adrian Vieri-Pignatelli with an ATAR of 93.5, Matthew Christie (93.35) and Nikki Hensen (93.2). Many other students scored ATARs in the 90's and 80's. In total, there were more than 20 occasions when students achieved at least 90 or equivalent in a course. Four students, Matthew Christie, Tim Cook, Ella Nelson and Adrain Vieri-Pignatelli, gained 90 or more in at least two... Read more

Ashleigh Steeles with the NSW Governor Marie Bashir

National Youth Science Forum

Our next great Scientist? It is with great pride that we announce that outstanding achievement of one of our Year 11 students, Ashleigh Steeles. After an exhaustive selection process, Ashleigh has been selected to participate in the 2013 National Youth Science forum in Perth, Western Australia. In January, she will join a group of young scientists from around Australia and overseas to visit the University of Western Australia and laboratories to study the latest cutting edge scientific research. Read her successful speech given to the... Read more

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

Parenting help

Engadine District Youth Services is offering a parenting course for parents/caregivers seeking advice on strategies and approaches to navigating the teenage years. Please refer to the attached flyer for further information Parenting Course (pdf 1183 KB)... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Tips for a safe return to school

Welcome back to school! We want all in our school community to be safe, particularly during the school drop off and pick up times. Attached is information provided by Sutherland Shire Council to assist in this. Please read and in particular be mindful of the rules governing Bus zones. Have a great year! Safety tips (pdf 79 KB)... Read more