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  • HOMEBUSH BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BUSH BULLETIN Issue 5 Bridge Rd, HOMEBUSH NSW 2140 PO BOX 4159, HOMEBUSH SOUTH NSW 2140 Email: homebushbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au Ph: 9764 3611

    Email: homebushbo-h@school.det.nsw.edu.au Ph: 9764 3611

    Blue and Maroon Assembly

    U15 Rugby Premiers 2018

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  • HOMEBUSH BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BUSH BULLETIN Issue 5 Bridge Rd, HOMEBUSH NSW 2140 PO BOX 4159, HOMEBUSH SOUTH NSW 2140 Email: homebushbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au Ph: 9764 3611

    Message from the Principal Term 3 has been a busy term for staff and students with: • Staff Development Day 3 • Parent/Teacher meetings Years 9 & 10 • Subject Selection for Years 8 and 10 • The Reading Program with Homebush Primary School • Sydney Thunder Leadership Program • Winter Sport Finals and Grand Finals • Staff development Twilight evening Session 1 • Regional Athletics • Blue and Maroon Assemblies • Year 12 Trial Examinations • And too many Excursions, Activities and Events to mention.

    You will find many of these activities highlighted throughout this newsletter.

    Staff Development We began the Term with our third School Development Day, on Monday 3rd July 2018. A very successful day focussing on:

    • The new Homebush Boys High School Literary Strategy – presentation and workshop of ALARM (A Learning And Responding Matrix) for all staff.

    • Driving our School Plan – developing milestone to ensure that our targets and goals are on track. • The Teacher Quality Project – introduction, focus and our project.

    We followed this day up on Thursday 16th August with our first Twilight School Development Evening. This was the first of four Twilight School Development Evenings that we will run in Semester 2 of this year. The four Twilight sessions will replace the two School Development Day at the end of the year. The focus for this evening was further learning and practice with using ALARM to support our students. The advantage of running these sessions during the year, rather than on the last two days of Term 4, is that teachers have to opportunity of implementing the strategies learnt from these sessions immediately in their classes.

    Homebush Boys High School Literary Strategy

    We have begun implementing components of our new Literacy strategy.

    • ALARM - After running all staff through ALARM in the development sessions mentioned above, staff are now developing examples to use in class with students.

    • Year 8 Literacy-Numeracy Handbook – Year 8 boys attended an assembly on Tuesday 28 August where Mr Bawden introduced our new literacy/numeracy support program. Each Boy was given a Literacy and numeracy handbook and told to take them home and put them in a safe place so that they may refer to them as necessary. I encourage all Year 8 parents to ask your son for a quick look at the handbook.

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  • HOMEBUSH BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BUSH BULLETIN Issue 5 Bridge Rd, HOMEBUSH NSW 2140 PO BOX 4159, HOMEBUSH SOUTH NSW 2140 Email: homebushbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au Ph: 9764 3611

    • Year 8 Moodle exercises – An exercise will be put up on Moodle every week for Year 8 students to attempt, based on reading comprehension, writing or numeracy. These exercises are in addition to work completed for subjects at school and should take about 30minutes to complete. Each exercise attempted will be marked and feedback provided. Students must complete the exercise before the next Sunday, otherwise they will not be marked. The first exercise is available now and due by Sunday 9/9/18. I encourage parents to check that their son is attempting this work. Please note that this is a part of our support strategy to help prepare your son to meet the standards required to qualify for a HSC when they attempt the minimum standards test in Year 10.

    • Homework club is open on Monday and Tuesday afternoons in the Library from this coming Monday 3/9/18. All students are welcome, a teacher will be supervising to offer assistance each day for an hour after the end of school. A great time for students to catch up on work, seek assistance or access the computers for assignments.

    Outstanding Student Achievement

    Blue and Maroon assemblies

    Last Term we introduced Blue and Maroon assemblies to recognise students who consistently demonstrate outstanding effort in their studies. Last Thursday we held assemblies for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Students who are given excellent effort in all their subjects are awarded a Blue award and a Maroon Award is given to students who achieve excellent effort in all but one course. I have included a couple of photos of our award recipients on the right and on the cover, congratulations to all students who received an award.

    For those who did not receive an award this time, I encourage you to strive to get one next time.

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  • HOMEBUSH BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BUSH BULLETIN Issue 5 Bridge Rd, HOMEBUSH NSW 2140 PO BOX 4159, HOMEBUSH SOUTH NSW 2140 Email: homebushbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au Ph: 9764 3611

    I am always amazed by the breadth and depth of talent of our boys, I am proud to list some of the recent achievements here. Congratulations to:

     Bassam Maaliki who received the Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies 2018 Young Persons Award for his work with #uBelong, an organisation which Bassam established, dedicated to ensuring that all refugees and migrants, no matter their background or ethnicity or wherever they live, feel a sense of belonging in Australia.

     Amir and Nouraddine Sari who blitzed the competition at the recent SOPAC Swim Team Short Course Qualifying Meet at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic centre. Amazing results considering that they were competing with swimmers from across NSW. I was fortunate to get a picture with them with their medals after the meet, Noouraddine is pictured on my left and Amir on the right.

    The results were:

    Amir 1st 50m Breaststroke Gold Medal 1st 50m Backstroke Gold Medal 2nd 50m Freestyle Silver Medal Nouraddine 1st 50m Freestyle Gold Medal 1st 50m Butterfly Gold Medal 2nd 50m Breaststroke Silver Medal 2nd 50m Backstroke Silver Medal

     Congratulations to all our Winter Sport Grand Finalists - win or lose, it was an excellent achievement to reach the Grand Final!

    Kevin Elgood Principal

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  • HOMEBUSH BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BUSH BULLETIN Issue 5 Bridge Rd, HOMEBUSH NSW 2140 PO BOX 4159, HOMEBUSH SOUTH NSW 2140 Email: homebushbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au Ph: 9764 3611

    From the Deputy’s Desk

    Year 12 School Holiday Workshops

    Welcome back everyone from a productive holiday break. I came into school several times during the break to do a bit of work and found a number of staff and Year 12 students busy in HSC workshops. It was great to see the commitment and dedication of both the staff and students at this school. Year 12 really appreciated these valuable lessons and I would like to thank all the staff on their behalf.

    Work Health and Safety

    On Tuesday 24 July, Karla Dimeglio, our new WHS consultant, came to visit our school to advise us on some of our school’s WHS concerns. She visited room 65 in TAS first to inspect some machinery and then Mr Elgood and I took her for a tour around certain areas of the school that we have been concerned about. The tour included the front foyer, the administration area, demountables and pathways surrounding the demountables, the problem areas in the playground and some classrooms. Mr Elgood also raised a number of issues in relation to the school not effectively accommodating all staff and student needs and the huge lack of storage. She was able to advise us on a number of areas but urgently requested that we fence off the lower area under the arches as there were a number of trip hazards and areas that needed immediate attention. The school is in the process of investigating ways in ensuring that that area is safe for both staff and students.

    HBHS Subject Selection Evening Tuesday 31 July

    Year 8 – 9

    The evening began at 4:30pm for registration, however, a significant number of students and parents turned up as early as 3:30 pm, as they were very keen to find out information about their subject choices. The hall filled up very quickly by 5:00pm and parents commented on the valuable and comprehensive information they received both in the hall and during the faculty information sessions. Parents were also particularly interested in our Literacy and Numeracy focus and managed to spend quite lot of time with Mr Bawden after the presentations.

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  • HOMEBUSH BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BUSH BULLETIN Issue 5 Bridge Rd, HOMEBUSH NSW 2140 PO BOX 4159, HOMEBUSH SOUTH NSW 2140 Email: homebushbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au Ph: 9764 3611

    Year 10 - 11

    We also had the Year 10 -11 Subject Selection Evening immediately after Year 8. Once again the hall was filled by eager parents and Year 10 students. The talks in the hall provided valuable information to both students and