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DecemberReturn to top

Grade Sport 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Grade sport for 2015 starts on the 29th January, 2015 (the very first Thursday when school resumes). Students who play a grade sport must come prepared for competition on this day.... Read more

BYOD Parent Information Afternoon

In 2015, Heathcote High School will be introducing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. We believe that this will enhance our students' learning and will continue to develop the 21st Century learning environment experienced throughout the Digital Education Revolution. Parents are invited to attend an information afternoon on Tuesday 9th December at 3:30pm in the Tiered Learning Space (next to the library) . Please read the attached flyer for additional information. BYOD Parent Information Day (pdf 132 KB)... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

Hosting gatecrasher-proof teenage parties

If your teen is planning an end-of-year get together with their mates, the NSW Police website has some excellent tips, including how to register your party to help prevent things getting out of hand. The number one tip is never to advertise a private party on Facebook or other social networks. Uninvited visitors are increasingly a problem at teenage parties. By giving the local police a heads-up at least 72 hours prior to the party, they'll be better prepared to help out if you need them to. There are obviously a lot of parties... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
Equestrian winner

Congratulations Tanisha!

Tanisha wins the Dressage Event at the Inter-schools Equestrian Championship Over the long weekend in October, Year 8 student Tanisha Ryan and her horse Northern Lights aka "Jindy" proudly represented Heathcote High at the Berry Inter-schools Equestrian Championships. Tanisha was one of many competitors from schools over NSW who attended the event held at the Worrigee Common in Nowra. At the event Tanisha competed against other Year 8 riders in her chosen discipline of Dressage and was the overall winner for Year 8. She was also awarded the... Read more

Letter to the Leader October 2014

Kind acknowledgement for HHS teachers

A HHS parent writes to the Leader... HHS has always prided itself on its reputation and positive relationship with the parent community. This letter to the editor of the Sutherland Shire Leader, published on 14th October, 2014, acknowledges the dedicated work of our professional teaching staff. It is nice to know that we have "played a pivotal, powerful and most positive role" in the lives of the students we teach.... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Managing depression in children

One in four kids over the age of 12 has significant depressive symptoms. For girls, depression generally appears between the ages of 11 through to about 14. For boys, depression generally appears between 12 and 16. Signs your child may be suffering from depression If you see a number of these problems starting to develop, it's time to ask the question, could this be a more significant emotional disturbance than general teenage moodiness or attitude? A persistently bad, often irritable mood withdrawal not experiencing pleasure not reacting to... Read more

Alice in W

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" - HHS Production 2014

HHS School Production - "Alice's Adventure in Wonderland" Heathcote High School is proud to present the first whole-school production in over ten years, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, adapted from the original story by Lewis Carroll. Showing this November! Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as her adventure becomes stranger and stranger and her desire to go home becomes stronger as the more deranged the characters become. Alice meets the Mad Hatter and his band of merry tea-makers and, naturally, chaos ensues! All of Alice's confounding and... Read more

Step Ahead

Step Ahead Charity Walk

Step Ahead Charity Walk Step Ahead is a charity event to help raise awareness during Mental Health Awareness Week in October. This inaugural event will be held in the Sutherland Shire on Saturday 11 October and is a community walk along the beach from Don Lucas Reserve (in front of Wanda Surf Club) to Greenhills, where you can join in some fun activities and a BBQ. Cost is $25 per participant, kids under 12yrs are free! All proceeds will go to Headspace which does wonderful work for the community and schools across Australia. The goals for the... Read more

AugustReturn to top
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Get connected to Heathcote High School!

Stay in touch! Parents, carers and interested community members can now subscribe to receive Heathcote High School newsletters, notes, reminders and year specific information via email. Information can also be accessed, and push alerts received, via our app. Subscribe for email updates Click the "Newsletters and Notes" heading (top menu) on our website Click on "Subscribe to receive newsletters and notes." Under the "Subscribe" heading, tick on the "Newsletters List" and the appropriate year lists Enter in your name and email address. Click... Read more

Laguna Street Public School Carnival

Laguna Street Public School Carnival will be held on Saturday 6th September. Please see the attached flyer for further information. Laguna St Carnival Flyer (pdf 310 KB)... Read more

Managing exam stress

As students prepare for end-of-year exams, child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien, from Sydney's Quirky Kid Clinic, has some good advice to help families manage pre-exam stress. "Stress isn't necessarily a bad thing – adrenalin can be useful in helping kids stay on track, study longer and finish tasks more quickly," Kimberley says. "The problems arise when it takes over and your teenager starts to feel overwhelmed and even isolated." In a perfect world, your teenager will have organised their study and revision into manageable chunks... Read more

JulyReturn to top
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Jeans for Genes Day

HHS supports Jeans for Genes Day Jeans for Genes Day is a national day when people wear their jeans to raise much-needed funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders. The Student Representative Council (SRC) has organised for our school to be a part of this day to do our bit to help cure children's diseases. Therefore, students are asked to come in mufti and contribute a gold coin donation that will go directly to the charity. In addition, students will be able to purchase... Read more

The "How to..." Parenting Teens Program

This 6 week program will provide parents with practical, effective ways of communicating with their teens. Parenting Group Flyer (pdf 607 KB)... Read more

Refugee Camp in My School

HHS is participating in the 'Refugee Camp in my School' Project. WHEN: Monday 28 July – Thursday 31 July 2014 WHERE: C11, Common Room and C14 Project Overview The Refugee Camp in My School involves creating a partly simulated "refugee camp" display in school. A key part of the project is to train and equip students to run the event. The project seeks to educate the school community about human rights, refugee and asylum seeker issues and to dispel common myths. We also hope to recognise the amazing contribution refugees have made to our... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

HHS School Uniform

HHS Uniform Purchases

‘School Uniforms are now available through your local Lowes store or Online by clicking the link below' Read more

Wollongong University Open Day

The University of Wollongong is holding an Open Day at its Sydney Business School's Campus on 30th August 2014. Students will hear all about new degrees in banking and financial services and meet the lecturers. Students can also tour the campus, and meet students, corporate partners and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business. Open Day Invitation (pdf 147 KB)... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

School Captains in Leader

HHS School Captains are 'Leaders' in the Community

Heathcote High School prides itself in fostering the development of responsible, caring citizens. In preparation for the Sutherland Shire Mayoral Debutante Ball, school captains Brian Lieu and Rachel Cook have volunteered many hours of their time to fundraise in the community. Their exemplary efforts were showcased in the 29th May, 2014 edition of the Sutherland Shire Leader. They were interviewed and photographed during a recent visit to Sutherland Hospital's Aged Care Unit. Community work is not a new venture for Rachel who has already given... Read more

MayReturn to top

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Hello Parents and Guardians, Heathcote High School has decided to embrace the Big Morning Tea fundraiser for cancer research. Cancer has impacted our school over the last few years with students, staff and parents all being affected. This year our principal is fighting his own battle with cancer. Students should bring money to spend on the day as each activity they participate in or food purchased will cost a coin donation. We would like to ask you to consider the possibility of donating prizes, services or goods for our Mad Hatter's Tea Party... Read more

Surviving the HSC

If your child is studying for the HSC, you're probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don't want to interfere. As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family. Year 12 is often the year when students: lose interest in school develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend get their driver's licence experiment with legal or illegal drugs have a part-time job develop an eating disorder suffer from depression. If any of these... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

AprilReturn to top


Attention parents and caregivers of Years 7 and 9. Please find attached information regarding the upcoming NAPLAN tests occuring form the 13th to 15th of May. NAPLAN (pdf 68 KB)... Read more

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Homework club!

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS! Are you having trouble with your homework? Are assessments getting you down? Are you struggling to study for tests? Well, WE WANT YOU! The Homework club is now open on Wednesday afternoon in the Library until 4pm, supervised by Ms O'Brien. All are welcome... Read more


Healthy Heathcote

"Healthy Heathcote" is a year-long community challenge for 2014 initiated by Heathcote's State MP, Lee Evans. It is a pilot program for NSW which aims to encourage the community to participate in local activities, promote staying active, create & grow social networks and most importantly, to improve our health and wellbeing. Heathcote High School is registered in this program and will benefit in being kept up to date with any programs, activities or developments in the Heathcote area that will benefit our students physically and improving self... Read more

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Planning for success in 2014

Each year in high school brings new academic and personal challenges for parents and their teens. The School A to Z website has created a year-by-year guideto help you navigate the challenges and decisions your child will face as they commence Years 7,8,9,10,11 and 12. For example, if your child is commencing Year 8 or 10, they'll need to start thinking now about the electives they want to choose later in the year. All students can use a helping hand learning organisational and planning skills, regardless of whether they're settling into Year... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

School shoe offer

Human School Shoes direct are offering discounts for school shoe purchases. Please review the attached flyer for further information. (Please note: the 'Mary Jane' style girls shoe is not accepted at Heathcote High School) BTS flyer (pdf 584 KB)... Read more


Breaking news

New Girls junior uniform introduced! Heathcote High school is excited to introduce an addition to our school uniform selections. After many requests from students and parents, the new school dress will be available for junior girls from Lowes at Miranda and may be worn at the start of 2014! A school cardigan will also be available for winter.... Read more