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It is mandatory that each school has a Student Welfare Policy.

Student Welfare:

  • Encompasses all that the school community does to meet the personal, social and learning needs of students.
  • Creates a safe, caring learning environment
  • Incorporates effective discipline
  • Incorporates preventative health and social skills programs
  • Values collaborative early intervention
  • Provides ongoing education support
  • Recognises diversity and promotes harmony
  • Provides opportunities for students to:
    • enjoy success and recognition
    • make a useful contribution to the life of the school
    • derive enjoyment from their learning

See the department Student Welfare Policy for a more comprehensive statement:

The Student Welfare Policy:

  • Has three focus areas
    • effective learning and teaching
    • positive climate and good discipline
    • community participation
  • Is concerned with effective learning and the quality of school life
  • Provides a detailed framework for the optimal participation of students
  • Is the umbrella policy for school practices relating to student well-being


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Section 32 of the Education Act 1990 requires that ‘in every government school, time is to be allowed for the religious education of children of any religious persuasion’. The procedures for special religious education in public schools consider:

  • recommendations 36-72 of the report, Religion in Education in NSW Government Schools (1980), which were adopted by the government of the day as the basis of an agreement with the churches about the implementation of special religious education
  • Education Act 1990 Section 33A, an amendment approved in 2010 to allow the option of special education in ethics for parents/caregivers who do not wish their children to attend special religious education
  • the recommendations of the Final Report from the Inquiry into Education Amendment (Ethics Classes Repeal) Bill 2011 that were published in June 2012. 

The provision of special religious education is not government funded.
A special religious education program is available at the school and is run by authorised volunteers of approved religious persuasions.

To opt out from participating in any of the above mentioned activities, a student must return the withdrawal form to Mr Abbou before the commencement of Special Religious Education.


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International Students

At Homebush Boys High School we understand that clear communication is important for maximising student performance and improving outcomes. We have support personnel that help students access the curriculum and facilitate success.
Here is a link to DEC International a website dedicated to support International students. http://www.decinternational.nsw.edu.au/
The Homebush Boys High School Enrolment Information for International Students may be found at:xxxxxxxxxxx (pdfxxxx KB)

Supporting families

A range of services is available to support families, including translation and interpreter services, adult education, adult English programs and telephone counselling services.


The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages see school counselling service.
Free telephone counselling services (outside of the education system) are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

  • Lifeline - a 24 hour telephone counselling service - 131114
  • Mensline Australia - 24 hour telephone counselling service for men - 1300789978.
  • Parent line - a toll free 24 hour advice and information service - 1300130052
  • Kids Help Line-a toll free 24 hour advice and information service for young people - 1800551800
  • Head space - headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young people’s wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services - https://www.headspace.org.au/
  • Black Dog-The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. We are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education - https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

Interpreter service

Parents and carers who don't speak English well and deaf parents and carers who use sign language, can get assistance from the telephone interpreter service. An interpreter can be requested for school matters involving your child such as enrolment, subject choice, educational progress, attendance, welfare or behaviour. Interpreters can also be requested for parent-teacher interviews, school meetings, school council meetings, and parents and citizens meetings.

The telephone number to call is 131 450. Ask for an interpreter for the required language and the interpreter will call our school and stay on the line to assist you with your conversation. You will not be charged for this service. Parents and carers who need an interpreter to attend a school meeting should let us know.

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