09 February 2015 ryan.chadwick | Curriculum |

Houses are based around Home Rooms

There are 4 houses in the School:

 

Hayes Crest Vaughan Crest Greening Crest Howe Crest
Hayes (Red) Vaughan (Blue) Greening (Green) Howe (Yellow)
Home rooms 1 - 18 Home rooms 19 - 35 Home rooms 36 - 53 Home rooms 54 - 75

 

All students are placed in a house on enrollment and houses compete with one another, on the sports field and in the swimming pool.  They are also competing on some citizenship initiatives.

 
27 May 2014 ryan.chadwick | Technology |

Homebush Boys High School in conjuction with Arinum Solutions have recently developed a Free School App which an be downloaded for both iOS & Android. 

iOS: 
https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/homebush-boys-high-school/id650717985?mt=8

Android: 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.homebushbops.com&hl=en

Cost: $0

There is a username/password which will need to be entered once you have downloaded and run the app for the first time:
Username: community
Password: homebushbohs

 

This App has 4 core functionalities:

1) Active Academic & Activities Calendar: The calendar functionality of the App has all the events of the school broken down by grades and terms. This will replicate the school community calendar available on our website.

2) Instant Push Notifications: This is an amazing feature which will allow the school to push notices or urgent messages to users.

3) Photo Gallery: Photos from school events will be published instantly and the users can share these photos with family and friends straight from their personal mobile device or just save these memorable photos on their device.

4) News: Used to distribute newsletters and news items to the community. Accessible almost in every part of the world, it reduces paper usage, carbon footprint and there's nothing extra to carry.

 
08 April 2014 ryan.chadwick | Technology |

At Homebush Boys we have 8 computer labs.  We make sure they are well maintained so that students and staff have access to reliable and fast computers kitted out with the latest software.

We have two types of labs:

1:1 Student to Computer

In these labs each student has their own computer.  These labs are good for self paced study to allow students to develop essential computer skills, explore and experiment and develop a solid foundation on using technology.

2:1 Student to Computer

In these labs students typically work in pairs at the computers.  This teaches students how to work together and has many benefits including allowing them to share and learn from each others experiences and strengths.  They also learn how to teach others and get a deeper understanding of the social implications of technology.  This model is similar to Pair Programming, a method regularly used in Agile Programming which is a popular programming approach.

 

We have found that the combination of these, in conjunction with extensive integration of classroom technology supports a robust learning environment whilst also teaching students how to use technology well to achieve amazing outcomes.