The female staff at Homebush Boys High School were presented with a special morning tea on Wednesday 8th March, courtesy of Mr Saber and his Year 10 Food Technology class. This was a surprise gesture in recognition for the contribution made by all female staff to the academic and wellbeing needs of all students. The following is a response by the Relieving Deputy Principal to Mr Saber acknowledging his efforts on International Women’s Day.
Dear Mr Saber,
On behalf of all the women who work at HBHS, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to you and your Year 10 class for providing such a beautifully presented and delicious morning tea. A true credit to you and the leadership you constantly provide for these students.
The ladies enjoyed this special treat on such an important date to make the significance women have made in our lives and in the workforce. It meant a lot to me as I'm sure it did for all other female staff.
Our school vice-captain, Ibrahim Taha was a guest speaker at a special morning tea on Wednesday 8th March 2017 hosted by the Zonta Club of Sydney West. In front of students and staff from 15 different schools, Ibrahim gave an address on behalf of our school’s promise to Speak Up Against Violence towards Women. His message was in support of this year’s International Women’s Day theme of Be Bold for Change. At the same event, Sean Mansfield of Year 10 was one of 8 boys from our local government schools to receive an award for this work and efforts with White Ribbon day 2016. Sean was also asked to participate in the annual candle ceremony which involved the dimming of all lights at the Bankstown Sports Club and Sean holding a lit candle in recognition of women less fortunate than some, honouring the women who have died as a result of violence perpetrated by those that have loved and trusted. Both students are true ambassadors of our school.
On Tuesday 14th February Homebush Boys held the 72nd annual swimming carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. It was an early morning start with students filling in the seats in the Aquatic Centre according to their houses. The seating was filled with a sea of house colours: Hayes (red), Vaughan (blue), Greening (green) and Howe (yellow). The competitive swimmers were warming up with stretches while the many spectators were finding seats and making themselves comfortable. The races kicked off and the whistles were blown. Every swimming lane was accompanied by volunteers in year 11 who were the timers. Teachers were scattered everywhere to ensure the smooth running of the event. As part of the year 12 tradition of “dressing up” to carnivals, there were a few highlights, in particular, a costume of Donald Trump which received some attention and Teletubbies.
The races were competitive and fun with long distance swims as well the 50 metre freestyle blue ribbon swim. Students who received ribbons wore them proudly, even standing up on the podium and photographs were taken professionally by Mr Letsios. The relay swimming races at the end attracted the attention of everyone in the grandstand including parents, many screaming and cheering for their houses.