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NovemberReturn to top

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

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

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

First Day Term 3

Unlike a number of other Schools Plumpton High School does not have a Staff Development day on Monday 19th July. The first school day of Term 3 for all students and staff of Plumpton High School is Monday 19th July - Week B... Read more

Volleyball Girls come 3rd in NSW

Following their recent win in the Western Sydney Regional finals the Open Volleyball Girls played against the top 16 schools in NSW in the NSWCHS finals at Homebush in a two day knockout carnival that commenced on Wednesday 30th June. Throughout the two days they continued the amazing form that they had demonstrated throughout the season to reach the semi finals. Unfortunately they were defeated in a hard fought four set semi-final to West Wyalong High School. The girls then backed up to win a nail biting play off for 3rd position against... Read more

JuneReturn to top

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS

The entire staff of Plumpton Education Community attended the 4th annual PEC Conference on June 15/16, held at Panthers conference facilities. This was a very successful professional learning event for staff, featuring a live video link to the United States and other renowned guest speakers, including Trevor Fletcher (Deputy Director-General of NSW DET), Lindsay Wasson (Adjunct Professor, University of Western Sydney) and Celia Lashley who is an outstanding speaker and author from New Zealand. More pictures of the event are available in the... Read more

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

Modern History Students Excel

Mr Baker's Year 12 students have shown great initiative, producing two large colourful maps of Europe to help all students understand the key strategic battles of major world wars. Well done Jen and Igor!... Read more

Regional Volleyball Champions

On Friday 28th May the Open Girl's Volleyball team won the Sydney West Regional final against Baulkham Hills High School at Emerton Indoor Centre. It was not looking good when our team lost the first two sets but they remained determined and fought their way back to an amazing five set win. The match started at 4:00pm and didn't finish until just before 6:00pm. The match was of an extremely high standard, the atmosphere was electric with the crowd held on edge throughout the encounter.The result was even more outstanding when considering... Read more

MayReturn to top

Vampire Shield Contributions

The school received a call last week from the Red Cross blood donors manager who spoke in glowing terms about our many students who participated in the Vampire Shield. She said her workers do not usually come to her to speak about the donors, but they made an exception in this case because they were so impressed with our students. Plumpton High School students conducted themselves with style and distinction in making valuable contributions to our society. The donations of blood were much needed and greatly appreciated by our hospitals.... Read more

Army Helicoptors Visit

At Plumpton High School, we were honoured to host a visit from the Australian Army helicoptor unit based at Holsworthy army barracks. This was part of a special initiative by the army to help young people develop an understanding of their work. Students from Plumpton High School, Plumpton Public School, Glendenning Public School and William Dean Public School had the pleasure of watching the helicoptors land in the school playground, talk to the army personnel who were generous in sharing their experiences with students and then were able to... Read more

Link-Up Newsletter Now Online

Please note that the school newsletter will now be online, included as a pdf document on the school's website. Printed copies will also be available at the school's administration office.... Read more

Outstanding HSC and SC Results

Plumpton High Students Excel in 2009 HSC and School Certificate Our Year 12 2009 HSC students achieved some of the very best results ever at Plumpton High School. The stunning improvements made by the group stand out when compared with the 2008 results. Band 6 Results (scores in the 90s): 2008 HSC = 2 2009 HSC = 12 Band 5 Results (scores in the 80s): 2008 HSC = 28 2009 HSC = 60 So we have gone from having 30 HSC scores in the 80s and 90s to having a phenomenal 72 in 2009!! Our Year 10 2009 School... Read more

NAPLAN Tests for Years 7 & 9

The national tests in literacy and numeracy for Year 7 and Year 9 students will commence on Tuesday 11 May 2010 for Plumpton High School students. The tests provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills in literacy and numeracy. The results will be available to parents and the school in August. They provide valuable information for the school to support the ongoing academic development of each student.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Moodle Access: Staff & Students

Link to moodle teaching and learning website. Click on above title for moodle home page. Moodle Home page... Read more

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