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2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more


Head Teacher HSIE wins Keith Tronc Award

Shaelee Dunbar, Plumpton High School's Head Teacher HSIE, has been awarded The Keith Tronc Award for Outstanding Teacher Leadership. Shae has demonstrated outstanding practice in the classroom and as a result has made a difference to colleagues and the lives of students in their care. Shae's contribution has transcended her own classroom and made a real difference to schools across NSW. For the full story St Marys Star 17.10.2017... Read more

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Tell Them From Me Survey

An exciting opportunity to be involved in the future of OUR school and your children's learning experience. Have your say! Go to The survey will take roughly 15mins and can be completed on a mobile device or computer. There will be laptops set up in the front office for parents to use upon request. Survey closes Friday 20th of October.... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top
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HSC Minimum Standard

Students in NSW will need a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC from 2020. This change will not affect students sitting for the 2017, 2018 or 2019 HSC. Students with an intellectual disability undertaking Life Skills English or Life Skills Mathematics in Years 10, 11 and/or 12 will be exempt from the HSC minimum standard requirement. As part of a broader NSW Government strategy to boost student literacy and numeracy across the state, the introduction of the minimum standard will ensure students with a HSC have basic... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

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NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

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Principal's Voice

As principal of Plumpton High School, I would like to introduce myself and articulate our vision as a school. Plumpton believes this goal can be best realized within a supportive, innovative, creative and stimulating educational environment focused on building intellectual capacity, positive relationships and strong self-concept. Ensuring this vision is realized the school has undertaken a significant change process over the last three years. This change has been necessary to ensure students are accessing a world-class education that is... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

MayReturn to top
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Consultation Process with School Community for Engagement of Additonal Permanent DP

The school established as a pilot, a third Deputy Principal Position in Term 4, 2014. The purpose of this position was to ensure the school was able to support, to a high-level, Student Wellbeing, the development of quality teaching and learning frameworks and the administrative requirements of a school with the complexity of Plumpton. Following this successful Pilot over two years and one term the school reduced student suspensions by in excess of 55% and increased completion rates of student assessment and engagement, developed and... Read more

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Measles outbreak in Western Sydney

A measles outbreak in western Sydney has infected people including three children, with health authorities warning that the cases spent time at the Children's Hospital at Westmead while infectious. People with measles symptoms should seek medical advice as soon as possible phoning the emergency department or GP beforehand, stay home from work or school, and limit other activities to avoid exposing other vulnerable people, such as infants, to the infection. Statement from NSW Health (pdf 44 KB)... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Training brains to achieve

Decades of research show that how students perceive their abilities played a key role in their motivation and achievement. "We are hard-wiring brains that they can all achieve through challenging themselves intellectually and developing relationship skills with their peers, teachers and family," Tim Lloyd, Principal of Plumpton High School. For the full story - Blacktown Sun 7.3.2017 (pdf 355 KB)... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top
Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

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Plumpton High to launch 1st NSW journalism subject

A new opportunity will be offered from 2017 to Year 9 and 10 students with journalism potential through the new elective subject, Media Industry Studies. This course provides access to workshops, mentoring and industry partnership with ABC studios as part of the learning that students undertake to link to the real world. For the full story - MtDrtt-StMarys Std 23.11.16 (pdf 274 KB) Following are excerpts from a related article that Amanda Hoh of 702 ABC Sydney published on the 18th of August 2016. For the full story - 702 ABC Sydney News... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more