Tag: Community

  • uBelong and Bassam Maaliki

    During the July school holidays I hosted a flash mob choir. So what's a flash mob choir you ask?

    It is a number of people from all walks of life who come together in a hall and with the help of music conductor/composer to get a chance to sing like no one is watching or listening. You're given a song sheet have a few practice runs and then just sing your heart out. The only requirement to attend is to be equipped with enthusiasm, have any type of voice and have a passion for the cause it's supporting.

    Well in this case it was my cause UBelong, a project to help foster a culture of welcoming and inclusiveness in our community and around Australia.

    Earlier in the year I heard of a place called City Recital Hall with Richard Gill and how they have started a trend called a 'flash mob choir'. I was very interested. I sent Richard and Elaine an email not expecting a response let alone an invitation to have my own flash mob choir. I was humbly blown away!

    Richard Gill (World renowned composer), Elaine Chia (City Recital Hall CEO), the team and I had a meeting and we discussed what it involved and how honored they were to be a part of my cause uBelong.

    So the mission began....

  • Exodus Foundation

    The Exodus Foundation at Ashfield, is an organisation that meets the needs of Sydney’s poor and homeless by connecting each guest with the professional services they need to break their cycle of poverty. Their mission is to be a provider of food, primary health care and crisis support to Sydney’s homeless and aim to deliver services to the highest possible standard. Their generous and benevolent activities are supported by communities in the form of donations, volunteering and strategic partnerships.

    During term two, the SRC spoke to the school about helping this foundation. Throughout the remainder of the term, students began to provide food cans to give as donations to the organisation. Each assembly, students were also urged to donate a few dollars.

  • P & C Meeting Reminder

    The next P and C Meeting is on next Tuesday evening at 7pm in the Common Room.
    What: P & C Meeting
    When: Tuesday 15.8.17
    Time: 7 pm
    Where: Common Room
    Agenda Items:
    • Healthy Canteen Strategy
    • Principal's Update
    • Progress on Grants
  • Inner West Little Athletics Centre

    Registrations for the Inner West Little Athletics Centre 2017/2018 season are open!

    • Register online at www.iwlac.org.au/information/registration/
      • Select Inner West as your centre & follow the prompts
      • Family discounts for 2 or more children.
    • Register online, then collect your Info Pack & Season Numbers and buy uniforms on the Collection & Information nights
    • Just bring a copy of:
      • Your printed online receipt
      • Your child’s Birth Certificate or Passport (new members only)
    • Registration Pack Collection nights
      • Fridays 18th & 25th August, 6pm to 8pm St Luke’s Oval, Concord
    • Information night for New Members & Age Managers
      • Friday 1st September, 6pm to 8pm St Luke’s Oval, Concord
    • Season starts 6pm, Friday 8th September
      • For boys and girls age 4-17 – St Luke’s Oval, Concord
      • For Further information, 0469 843 096 or www.iwlac.org.au
  • Tuning in to Teens (Arabic)

    The Prosper Project Australia is running a free Tuning In To Teens in Arabic in term 3.

    Punchbowl Community Centre
    44 Rossmore Avenue Punchbowl

    Thursdays 17th August – 21st September (6 weeks) 10.30am – 12.30pm


    Please click on the Flyer on the right hand side for details.



  • #uBelong - Sydney Flash Mob Choir

    During the July School Holidays, City Recital Hall will be supporting my cause #uBelong with a special edition of their event, Sydney Flash Mob Choir.

    Sydney Flash Mob Choir is a spontaneous choir. We give you a song sheet and you sing your heart out.
    There will be a special surprise guest!!
    Be part of what could be the biggest choir you’ve ever seen.

    Like #uBelong, Sydney Flash Mob Choir, welcomes everyone and celebrates community and belonging.

    It’s free and I’d love you to come along and support #uBelong -
    "Where I am, Ubelong"

    When: Tuesday 11th of July at 1pm.
    Where: City Recital Hall - Angel Place, Sydney (just off Martin Place) 

  • Citizenship Ceremony

    The Citizenship Ceremony Supper went very well again last Thursday evening.
    Both Maria and I laid out a long table of wonderful and delicious cakes, slices, sandwiches, biscuits, sweets and savoury treats for all the recipients of the Australian Citizenship Certificates (and their families).
    Thank you to everyone who contributed their baking efforts, their shop purchased foods/biscuits and monetary donations!!
    We could not put the supper together without all your excellent help and support.

    We wish to acknowledge and thank Wilfred, Jeff and Ryan (school prefects) for their outstanding help on the night setting up and tidying up.
    Also, they all looked so smart in their full school uniforms and were very courteous and professional in their serving of hot and cold drinks.
    They definitely represented our school well and with pride.

  • HBHS P&C Meeting

    All parents and carers are invited to the first Homebush Boys High School P&C Meeting for 2017. The P&C is an organisation dedicated to enriching the educational experience of our children and fostering a sense of community, assisting the school in providing:

    • ​feedback on school policies
    • additional resources to be used to enhance student learning
    • parents and carers with opportunities to be involved in their child’s education

    Where: Homebush Boys High School, Staff Common Room

    When: Tuesday - 21/02/2017 at 7pm

    All Welcome! 

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


  • School Open Day Invitation

    Homebush High School Open Day for Year 7 - 2018

    When: Tuesday 7th March 2017

    Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

    Where: Homebush Boys High School, Bridge Rd, Homebush

    Please arrive by 9:15am


    All Welcome! 


    For more information please enquire with our Deputy Principals on (02) 97643611. 

    Mrs. Anna Paleothodoros (Deputy Principal) Ext 103

    Mrs. Matina Shadwick (Relieving Deputy Principal) Ext 102 

  • Human Appeal's Family Day Out

    We are delighted to invite you, your family and your students to an exciting upcoming event, the Human Appeal Int Australia's 25th Anniversary Family Day Out on Sunday 27 November 2016 at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park.

    Date: Sunday, 27th November 2016
    Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Picnic Area: Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
    Exhibitionand Performances: Waterview Hall
    Address: Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park
    Cost: Free

  • Homebush BHS & Northlakes HS

    Monday 7th November saw the beginning of a relationship between our school and Northlakes HS (NSW Central Coast). They made a whirlwind fact-finding mission to Homebush Boys in order to work towards improving the educational outcomes of their male students.

    We had our year 9 students buddy up and discuss life in both Homebush Boys and Northlakes. There was a lot of common ground. There were similarities in the playground with the same kinds of groups being observed.

    During the short forum, issues related to the students schooling were discussed and both schools left with some direction for the future.

    In the near future, there will be a reciprocal visit for Homebush Boys going to Northlakes.

  • P&C AGM

    Homebush Boys High School P & C - AGM

    What: General Meeting & Annual General Meeting

    When: 15th November, 7pm

    Where: Staff Common Room, Homebush Boys High School


    • Nominations for 2017 Exec & Subcommittees

    To find out more information and these positions go to P & C Federation page - FAQs or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    All Welcome! 

  • Foster Care

    What is Foster care? (Key Messages)

    Foster care gives children, who cannot live with their own families, the opportunity to live within a safe and nurturing home environment. Children in foster care are aged from 0 to 17 years.
    Depending on their circumstances, a child may be in foster care for a few days, a few weeks or for many years.

    Why do children need foster care?
    Most children who need foster care have experienced trauma and various forms of abuse and can't live with their birth family.

    Wherever possible, the plan is to get children back living safely with their birth families. Foster care is required when there isn’t an extended family member or members of a child’s community to provide for their care

    When a child has been separated from their family because of ongoing child protection concerns the Children’s Court and Family and Community Services will be involved in making the decisions about children’s care.

  • Last Citizenship Ceremony for 2016

    It has been a privilege and a pleasure being able to coordinate this wonderful event with Maria for 2016.

    Thank you to you all for the role you play in making this event such a huge success.

    If you are able to, would you please support our final Citizenship Catering for Thursday 3rd November?
    Again, if you can, please bake, buy (cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, other supper provisions) or donate (monetary contributions) to the school office beginning Monday31st October.
    Every supper item is greatly appreciated and helps us immensely with the catering.

    Please drop off your contributions by 11am of the morning of Thurs 3/11 please. Maria goes to collect the items from the office at 11am. As she is a 20min drive away from the school, she is unable to return and pick up more items.

  • P&C Meeting Tonight

    Homebush Boys High School P&C presents .. "Robotics at HBHS"

    Speaker: Mr Greg Sheath (Head Teacher, Computing Studies)

    Where: Staff Common Room

    When: Tuesday 18 October 2016, 7pm


    • Robotics & Drone flying!

    All Welcome!

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

  • Engaging Adolescents

    Learn practical skills for resolving teenage behaviour problems in modern times. Build a stronger relationship and renew your sense of confidence by equipping yourself with the skills to hold touch conversations about challenging behaviour with your teen.

    When: Saturday 22nd October 2016 9am to 4pm
    Where: The King's School, 87-129 Pennant Hills Rd, North Parramatta
    Prices: $109 one person | $189 two people

    Spaces are limited. Book early.
    Register Now: http://parentshop.com.au/kings

  • Youth Boot Camp

    Get fit and have fun at these group boot camp sessions, suitable for all levels of fitness. Sessions will involve activities such as stretching, boxing, bodyweight exercises, cardio circuits and agility training. The trainer, Kelly Jeffrey, has a strong background in fitness and has played competitive netball for over 15 years.

    Location: Airey Park, Homebush

    Dates: Every Thursday for 10 weeks commencing 13 October

    Times: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: $4 per session (this program will be ticketed).

    Boot Camp sessions are open to anyone aged 12-24. Fee must be paid prior to classes starting. Fees will not be refunded. In the event of wet weather a nutrition class will be run at Strathfield Community Centre. Sessions will be capped at 20 max.

    Please click on the image for Boot Camp Registration Form. 

  • Citizenship Ceremony!

    Once again, Maria and I would like to send you all a HUGE thank you for playing your part in the catering of last Thursday evening's supper at Strathfield Council for the Australian Citizenship Ceremony!

    Thank you office people for storing all the food and goodies.

    Thank you to everyone who provided, baked and dropped in all the yummy home baked cup cakes, packets of lamingtons, chocolates, biscuits, home made popcorn/chocolate/toffee slices, quiches, chocolate logs, mini muffins, and the list goes on! Sorry if I missed mentioning your beautiful donations.
    All the food was appreciated and was a big hit with the recipients, guests, family and friends of the new Australian Citizens. It ALL got eaten.

  • Tweens, Teens & Technology Seminar

    Feeling concerned about your child’s use of social media and technology? Want to better understand the role of technology in young people’s lives?

    Tweens, Teens & Technology is a FREE seminar aimed at parents of 9 to 17 years and provides the opportunity to explore issues and concerns about technology use.

    When: Tuesday 13 September 2016

    Time: 5:45pm to 8pm

    Location: Good Shepherd, 440 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville

    Facilitators: Carol Ashmore & Anne–Marie Taylor

    Registration: (02) 85717800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The seminar will discuss:

  • Digital Nutrition Seminar

    Seminar: The pathologisation of technology use

    When: Thursday 13th October, 2016 - 4pm-6pm

    Where: Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood


    • $20 - Students
    • $40 - Member
    • $60 - Non Member

    Registration:Trybooking - https://www.trybooking.com/198235

    Technology use, overuse and misuse had spawned a range of cognitive and social issues which are regularly discussed in the media and education circles. While the EduTech evangelists spruik digital learning for 21st Century skill development, parents and carers have difficulties balancing their children’s tech usage for learning and leisure. As psychologists in schools we’re in a unique position to both prevent and treat “digital disorders”. This seminar will explore contempory issues around the impacts of technology use and practical ideas and resources to promote “Digital Nutrition”, including how to evaluate and appraise “health apps”.

    For more information please click on the image or email the Professional Development Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.