Tag: Community

  • Walk for Autism

    Over the month of March, staff from Homebush Boys and students from the Support Unit raised awareness about Autism. We did this by participating in Walk for Autism which required all team members to walk 10000 steps a day from March 21-28. Each day during week 9 this term, we walked as a group to raise awareness. We collaborated with another school in the local area, Strathfield South High School, for a walk one morning and cooked a BBQ at Strathfield Park on the last day. Students from the Interact Club volunteered to walk and cook the BBQ with us which was fantastic.

    The Homebush Boys team managed to raise $5016 for Aspect Australia which was an incredible achievement. Our target was $3000, so I want to thank everyone who supported us. As a school, we finished 9th overall!

  • Clean Up Graffiti Day

    Getting a bit of a Ghostbuster vibe, or does it look as though the boys have their Hazmat suits on? Close, but not quite, as our selfless volunteers were in action once again. Giving up part of their weekend to assist with the removal of Graffiti in the local community. The work that these boys do is fabulous and definitely leave their mark in the area. Once again done with the help of our friendly Rotarian Peter Smith.

    Great work everyone and thank you for being so considerate!
     

  • Bush Bulletin - Issue 1, Term 1, 2021

    Please click on the image to enjoy the latest edition of our Bush Bulletin.

    For all the previous editions of the Bush Bulletin, click on the Bush Bulletin link in the Publications Box on the right-hand side of this page.

    Note: If any parents have updated their email address, please contact the school on (02) 9764 3611, to update contact details. 

  • P & C Meetings for 2021

    Please note that the first P&C meeting this year will be held on Tuesday February 23 at 6:30pm at the School Hall. All are welcome.

    If you wish to attend the meeting, please RSVP by 5pm Monday February 22 via the P&C email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    RSVPs are essential to allow us to plan for numbers and to comply with the social distancing rules.
    (Please note this is not a parent(student) teacher interview event).

    The agenda of this meeting will include:

    • Update from Principal,
    • Preparation for our Annual General Meeting in March,
    • Financial Update, and
    • P&C Plan for 2021.
  • HBHS Reflections

    Living no more than 800m away in the mid 1970’s, Homebush Boys’ was always going to be the high school I attended. If Homebush Boys was good enough for my brother in the late 1950s and my uncle in the late 1930s then it was obvious I would be attending there also. For me and I assume other boys, school was a means to an end. It was something I had to do, and at times, endure.  It did give me however a level of education where I was able to obtain employment.
     
    Sport at Homebush Boys was a good escape for many, myself included. It was a way to forget about the classroom for one afternoon per week. Sport gave me a sense of belonging and pride: to be part of a team; and to be able to represent and compete on behalf of Homebush Boys.
     
    After leaving school I never gave much thought to what Homebush Boys had instilled in me. I didn’t hold negative feelings for the school: I was never ashamed or felt stigmatised regarding the high school I had attended. It was not until having sons of my own and having them attend Homebush Boys that I realised how important the school is to me, my family of origin and to my family now.  This was and is our school. It reflects the community: multicultural and diverse in many ways. It has given boys an education and direction. HBHS has taught us how to be in community and instilled in us an ethic to try and make a positive contribution in whatever we do.  I have been amazed at the difference I have seen in my sons from when they started high school to where they are now. Some of this can be attributed to what they have gained from being a part of Homebush Boys.
     
    To young men who are on the verge of leaving Homebush Boys and starting the next chapter of life, I hope you realise well before I did what you have gained from being part of the Homebush fraternity. At times whilst in it, things may not have been as good as hoped for, I am sure that if you consider the boy you were to the young man you are on leaving,  there have been many changes and mostly these have been for the better. Homebush has given you the chance to have a go and be involved even if at times you may have felt stretched to your limits. Homebush has prepared you for your next chapter. Go and make a positive and significant impact in your world!
     Once a Bushy Boy always a Bushy Boy.
  • Vale Donald Talbot (1933 – 2020)

    Legendary swimming coach, Don Talbot passed away this week in Queensland. Donald Malcolm Talbot AO OBE was an Australian Olympic swimming coach and sport administrator. He coached national teams for Canada, the United States and Australia.

    Don grew up in Bankstown and attended Homebush Boys High School. After almost drowning as a child he took up swimming, becoming a teacher and swim coach. He started coaching in the 1950s, discovering John and Ilsa Konrads and coaching them to swimming success. He played a pivotal part in some of Australia’s most successful Olympic campaigns as head coach of the swim team. The International Swimming Hall of Fame member first took charge of Australia’s swim team in the 1960s and held official titles at seven Olympic Games. He also enjoyed stints with both Canada and the United States and was named the inaugural director of the Australian Institute of Sport in 1980. The master strategist returned as Australian swimming’s head coach in 1989, overseeing a resurgence that culminated in 18 medals – five of them gold – at Sydney’s 2000 Olympics. He was the coach of champions such as Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, and Susie O'Neill in Sydney, and oversaw the likes of Kieren Perkins in glorious campaigns at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996. Talbot's Sydney 2000 campaign was highlighted by a boil over victory for Australian in the men's 4x100m relay, where Thorpe, Michael Klim, Ashley Callus and Chris Fydler beat the hotly-fancied USA team.

  • UNHCR 5km Challenge

    On Friday 24th July, Ms. Yong ran to school in order to complete the UNHCR 5km challenge.

    "It’s the first time I’ve run in a while due to knee injuries but it felt so good to be doing something I love while contributing to a worthy cause. I’m in a fair bit of pain today but I know this is nothing compared to what other people are experiencing across the world. This challenge asks us to donate $5 to https://run-for-heroes-aus.raisely.com/ to help protect millions of refugees from Covid-19. "

    • $5 can provide soap to 3 people to last for seven weeks
    • $10 can help provide 4 people with safe water containers
    • $25 can provide 2 urban refugees with a cash grant to buy essential hygiene items
    • $50 can provide 3 people with primary healthcare services

     

    Ms. Yong's 5 nominees to take on this challenge are:

    1. Mr Achmad
    2. Mr Howard 
    3. Ms Khan
    4. Ms Carrasco 
    5. School Captain Zain Ousmand

     

  • 2019 Annual Report

    The Annual Report for 2019 is provided to the community of Homebush Boys High School as an account of the school's operations and achievements throughout the year. It provides a detailed account of the progress the school has made to provide high quality educational opportunities for all students, as set out in the school plan. It outlines the findings from self-assessment that reflect the impact of key school strategies for improved learning and the benefit to all students from the expenditure of resources, including equity funding.

    Please click on the image to view the "2019 Annual Report"

    For previous editions of the Annual Report, click on the link below or click on "Annual Reports" link under the "School" menu at the top of this page.

    https://web3.homebushbo-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/school/annual-school-report

     

  • Phase 2: Update 21 May 2020

    The Premier and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning announced this week that all students will return to full time on-site teaching and learning from Monday 25th May (Week 5 Term 2). All school activities and operations will be in line with NSW Health advice.

    We look forward to welcoming all students back to school full time next week.

    I thank all staff, parents and students for the amazing effort and support during the last few weeks in a time of significant stress and uncertainty.

    From Monday, the primary mode of learning delivery will be face-to-face teaching, not on-line learning platforms. These platforms may still be used by teachers, but as an available tool, rather than as the primary mode.

    Schools are safe and open for full time face-to-face learning. School students do not need to follow physical distancing guidelines, but should follow good hygiene practices like:

    • Regularly washing hands
    • Avoiding sharing drinks or food
    • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately
  • Vale Arthur Summons

    Vale Arthur Summons

    13 December 1935 – 16 May 2020

    HBHS Alumnus – Class of ’52

    Arthur James Summons was an Australian representative rugby union and rugby league player, a dual- code rugby international fly-half or five-eighth. He captained the Australian National Rugby League team in five undefeated test matches from 1962 until 1964 and later also coached the side.

    Arthur was educated at Homebush Boys High School where he captained the school's first grade rugby union side. He also represented for the Combined High Schools team. Mr Summons won one of only Three School Blues awards where he was described as: “A brilliant leader and five-eighth. Possibly the finest all-round player to don a Homebush jersey.”

  • NSW students return to the classroom full-time

    Students across NSW will be back in the classroom full-time from next Monday, 25 May.

    The success of the phased return to face to face teaching has demonstrated the education system and community are ready for school to come back full-time.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell thanked school communities and parents for their patience during this difficult time.

    Ms Berejiklian said a return to full-time face to face teaching and learning is crucial for the education progress of every child in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

    “Since starting a managed return to the classroom, we have seen a strong degree of confidence from our school communities in managing COVID-19 and a clear desire for all students to be back at school,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “We expect schools to stick with the health advice – increased cleaning, access to hygiene supplies and compliance with hygience practices – and look forward to seeing all students back on campus five days a week.

  • HBHS moves to remote delivery of work

    Message from the Principal - Kevin Elgood.

    The NSW Premier today advised you to keep your children at home. We expect school attendance to decline significantly from today. The decision of an increasing number of families electing to keep their children at home has made it exceptionally difficult for teachers to run regular classes while attempting to meet the needs of learners from home.

    We support parents/carers in their choice to keep their children at home and we believe an increasing number of parents will choose to do so. It is vital that our doors remain open for those parents who work in our health system, education system, emergency services and other essential workers and who need to be able to access suitable supervision of their child’s learning on school sites.

    Please note, that parents who opt for their child to study from home do so under the understanding that they will work remotely until school resumes. It is advised that all parents must notify the school that their child will be studying from home. Parents take responsibility for the supervision of their children and ensuring that classwork is completed while at home.

    The school is committed to supporting your son’s continuous education, as such we will move to a remote learning mode of delivery from Tuesday 24 March 2020, as per the NSW Department of Education recommendation for all schools. Information about learning from home can be found on the NSW Department of Education website via the link below:

    https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-from-home/advice-to-parents-and-carers

    Homebush Boys High School will remain open and we will provide supervision for students who attend the school. All students, whether at home or at school, will be expected to complete the same online learning content supplied by their teachers. There will be no normal timetabled lessons for at least the remainder of the term.

  • HBHS P&C Meeting - Cancelled

    Homebush Boys High School P&C Meeting

    Please note all P & C Meetings have been cancelled until further notice

    Where:Staff Common Room, Homebush Boys High School

    When:Tuesday 17th March, 2020, 6:30pm

    All Welcome!

    For more details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Zonta International Women’s Day Breakfast

    On the morning of 6th of March members of the Prefect and SRC bodies, Zain Ousmand, Tom Nieser, Bassam Maaliki, Duy Quang Mai and Sreenath Didugu, accompanied by Mrs. Duch and Mrs. Paleothodoros, attended the Zonta International Women’s Day Breakfast; demonstrating our support and strengthening our longstanding relationship with the women’s advocacy group.

  • HBHS P&C Meeting

    Homebush Boys High School P&C Meeting

    Where:Staff Common Room, Homebush Boys High School

    When:Tuesday 19th November, 2019, 6:30pm

    All Welcome!

    For more details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Bushfires in NSW

    Many schools will temporarily cease operations on Tuesday 12 November due to fires.

    Keep updated at http://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety

    If you have children at non-operational schools, please do not leave them unattended at home.

     

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  • Bassam Maaliki - Finalist 2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year Award

    Congratulations to Bassam Maaliki of Year 11 for being nominated and reaching the final 4 in the category of NSW Young Australian of the Year Awards for 2020 for his work as a refugee advocate and fundraiser. Bassam is a second generation Lebanese Australian Muslim who at the age of 14 set up the #UBelong project to help all refugees, regardless of background or ethnicity, to feel at home in Australia.

    By creating and selling key-shaped badges – a symbol of belonging – Bassam has raised more than $60,000 for refugee support groups and charities. People who buy Bassam's badges can wear them in solidarity with refugees, migrants and all people seeking asylum, helping raise awareness about the challenges of refugees and the importance of multicultural inclusion.

  • HBHS P&C Meeting Cancelled

    Tuesday 15th October, 2019 P&C Meeting has been cancelled

    Next Meeting:Tuesday 19th November, 2019, 6:30pm

    Where: Staff Common Room, Homebush Boys High School

    All Welcome!

    For more details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • HBHS P&C Meeting

    Homebush Boys High School P&C Meeting

    Where:Staff Common Room, Homebush Boys High School

    When: Tuesday 17th September, 2019, 6:30pm

    All Welcome!

    For more details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • HBHS P&C Meeting

    Homebush Boys High School P&C Meeting

    Where:Staff Common Room, Homebush Boys High School

    When:Tuesday 20th August, 2019, 6:30pm

    All Welcome!

    For more details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.