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DecemberReturn to top

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

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on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, kids need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country-specific commercially motivated information.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

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

Yr 12 HSC Trial Examinations

Yr 12 HSC Trials commence on Monday 20th June. A copy of the timetable is attached for downloading (see below). It is a requirement for all students to be at the exam venue (the Performing Arts Centre in all cases except Music) at least 10 minutes prior to the starting time of each examination. Students are to ensure that they bring all equipment including calculators as required. Students who are absent from exams must complete a misadventure form. Forms can be obtained from the Head Teacher of the subject for which the student was absent... Read more

Plumpton on Facebook

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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

Chess Tournament 2011

Metropolitan Secondary Schools Chess Tournament 2011 The interschool contest has been running every Friday afternoon, for the last 7 weeks. Our two teams, junior and intermediate, have travelled far and wide to represent our school, even as far as Katoomba. It has been quite an adventure for Mrs Pitt and the boys to find their way to all the schools. The schools that we played were Nepean High School, St Clair High School and Katoomba High School, Blue Mountains Grammar and St Paul's Grammar, St Dominic's College and the Australian Islamic... Read more

Plumpton High School Staff Devel

As has been the practice in previous years Plumpton High School does not have staff development days on the first day of Term 2 & 3. These days are reserved for the first two days after the Queen's Birthday long weekend. On Tuesday 14th June and Wednesday 15th June all staff from Plumpton High School, Plumpton Public, Glendenning Public and William Dean Public will participate together in numerous professional development workshops. The keynote speaker for the event is Canadian Ms Lane Clark, an international expert on teaching and learning.... 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

Open Girls Soccer

Match Report Richmond High were a formidable outfit, with a number of their girls rep soccer players. Richmond entered the game taking Plumpton High for granted, thinking we were easy beats! Plumpton shocked Richmond with an opening goal to one of our star strikers after only 4 minutes. Plumpton received the ball after a series of nicely timed passes down the left hand side of the field and slotted the ball past the Richmond keeper. Richmond tightened their game following our goal and we entered half time 2-1 down. Plumpton was certainly... Read more

Chifley Young Leaders Award

Finalist in the Chifley Young Leaders Award announced The Minister for Youth, Hon Peter Garrett, and Member for Chifley, Hon Ed Husic yesterday announced the winners and finalists of the inaugural Chifley Young Leaders Award as part of National Youth Week. Mr Garrett said the award acknowledges the importance of young people's positive contribution to the local community. "I congratulate all the winners and entrants of the Chifley Young Leaders Award who have shown community leadership in areas like mental health, bullying, health and... Read more

Woodstock Experience Excursion

'On 21 May 2011 students from Year 10, 11 and 12 music classes went on an excursion to the Australian Institute of Music in Surry Hills to watch a concert called "The Woodstock Experience". Every performance had it's own edge to it, keeping the students entertained and once each song finished the audience applauded, in anxiety, wondering what song was next. The concert was to recreate and relive the defining decade in 20th Century popular music and culture and to also highlight the experiences of this era including the Vietnam War, the civil... Read more

2010 Annual School Report

The Plumpton High School Annual School Report for 2010 is now available from our website. The report contains details of the many highlights and achievements of what has been one of our greatest years at Plumpton High School. 2010 Annual School Report (pdf, 981 KB)... Read more

NSW Junior Chess Competition

New South Wales Junior Chess League Secondary Schools Competition 6 May - 17 June 2011 The Metropolitan Secondary Schools Teams Competition is conducted by the NSW Junior Chess League for secondary schools in the Sydney metropolitan area, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast. This year's competition has attracted entries from 305 teams representing 97 schools (in 2010 there were 291 teams from 94 schools). Another 128 secondary schools from country districts are competing in a separate NSW country competition. Plumpton High School is... Read more

NSW Vaccination Program 2011

The 2011 vaccination program will be administered at school by nurses from the Sydney West Area Health Services. This year the remaining vaccination for Year 7 is: * Monday August 29th 2011 - 3rd dose Human Papillomavirus HPV (girls only) - 2nd dose of Hep B and Varicella (Chicken Pox) If you have any concerns about the program please do not hestitate to contact the school on 9625 7020 or claire.downey@det.nsw.edu.au.... Read more

Correct School Uniform

As we approach the cooler months I want to congratulate the vast majority of the school who continue to observe correct school uniform. We have a lovely school uniform at Plumpton High and most students wear this with pride. Uniform helps to identify school students and helps to keep us all safe. We would like the assistance of all parents in supporting us by ensuring that your child is wearing the correct clothing to school. The correct uniform is: JUNIOR -Years 7-10 Girls - White PHS crested polo, black skirt, black 3/4 shorts or black... 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

AprilReturn to top

Lunch with the girls

LUNCH with the girls last week was a huge hit among Plumpton High School year 10 students. They were all amazed to hear only 20 per cent of a person's success was due to their IQ. The rest had everything to do with their attitude. It was this kind of positive message that the 19 year 10 students explored. They were joined by strong, positive female role models to inspire the young women to reach their full potential. The day was dedicated to tackling tough issues in an uplifting way. Participants were involved in self-development workshops... Read more

Plumpton High Athletics Carnival

Although the weather was an inclement on the 5th April 2011 the school athletics carnival at Charlie Bali Reserve was an outstanding success. The constant drizzling of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm or the enjoyment of the countless number of students that participated in both track and field events. The only events that had to be cancelled were the high jump and the hurdles due to safety reasons. Our sports coordinator, Mr Nicholls, has become a master of organising successful events in adverse weather conditions. Our year 10... Read more

April School Holidays

Students return - 27 April 2011. We wish all students and families have a safe and happy holiday and Easter break. Looking forward to a busy and exciting Term 2.... Read more

Basketball court resurface

The school's outdoor basketball court and cricket nets will be resurfaced during the April school holidays. The new surface will consist of a cushioned acrylic base to give students a safer and high quality learning environment.... 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

NSW CHS State Swimming Carnival

Four students from PHS are representing Sydney West at the NSW CHS State Swimming Carnival on 24-26 March 2011. Congratulations and good luck for your races. We are proud of your achievements.... 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

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

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