Tag: Extra-Curricular

  • Citizenship Ceremony Supper at Strathfield Council

    very big thank you to everyone who baked, bought or donated money towards the supper for last Thursday nights Citizenship Ceremony supper at Strathfield Council chambers. It was a very successful and happy evening. Thank you very much! As you can see from our photo, we were able to put on a very yummy table of food for the Citizenship recipients to enjoy after the formalities. (We also had some party pies, sausage rolls and pastitzi’s in the pie warmer that are not shown in the photo).

    Many thanks too to our school Captain - Fawad, prefect - Stuart and SRC rep – Ahmed, who helped us serve the hot and cold drinks cheerfully and professionally on the night. They were also wonderful helpers in setting up and cleaning up afterwards.

    Thank you office staff for holding the food for us all week.

    Our next evening will be Thursday 31st May 2018.

    We’d really appreciate any help with food again if you are able.

    Best regards,

    Amy and The CitizenshipOrganisers (Maria, Megan and Janette)


  • Peer Support - Week 3

    Peer Support utilises a strengths based approach to build social and emotional skills for adolescent development. This week students have the opportunity to explore the positive things in their lives. They identify their strengths and achievements and also the people who support them. This is intended to provide a strong sense of purpose and affirmation.
    Consideration of their character strengths helps to build a strong sense of self. Character strengths help provide accurate descriptions of their best attributes and in turn can shape how they behave towards each other. Your child may, at times, feel overwhelmed, by the expectations and broad array of relationships and situations at secondary school. Sharing some of the topics that they are doing at school can build a supportive ridge between home and school and help allay any concerns that they may have about secondary school.

    Discuss with them what they have learned during Peer Support and encourage and reinforce their character strengths. Some of these may include happiness, kindness, patience, perseverance, honesty and good judgement.

  • Girls Steal the Show!

    Burwood RSL was abuzz last night with young speakers from neighboring schools as they took part in the inaugural Speech Craft Night organised by The Rotary Club of Burwood in conjunction with Toastmasters.  Tobias Buckley and Charles McLean had a tough battle on their hands as speakers from Years 7-10 took to the stage and gave their version of, What they would do to make the world a better place.

    Unfortunately, our boys did not get placed but all the contestants received Certificates and  were given constructive feedback into how to be better Toastmasters in the future.

  • Symphonia Jubilate 5th Birthday Concert

    What: Symphonia Jubilate 5th Birthday Concert
    When: Saturday, November 18th at 5pm
    Where: Marie Bashir Public School Hall, Albert Rd, Strathfield
    Tickets: $5 for Children/Pensioners, $10 for Adults

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  • International Youth Robot Competition

    On 1st of August this year, I travelled to Malaysia in order to enter a robot competition conducted by the ‘International Youth Robot Association’. I went with my Nan, my robotics teachers and their daughters. The plane trip was around 10 hours, and once we landed it was another 4 hours trip via bus to a cable car. Since our hotel was quite high up in the mountains, the cable car ride was also roughly an hour long. It was already dark out by the time we arrived and we fell right asleep due to the lengthy trip.

    The next day, we got up early, had breakfast and the competition began. There were many competitors ranging in age from children to adults. Lots of creatively built robots were brought from all over the world to compete here. For the first 2 days I was a spectator as the part my robot competed in wasn’t on until the final day. I didn’t end up winning, however the experience was really informative and fascinating.

  • Speaking for Legacy

    Late last month, Samuel Livingston and Timothy Choong attended the local final of the New South Wales Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. These boys travelled to Sefton High School and competed against 14 students from other schools within the local area. The boys were required to present two speeches, one prepared and one impromptu, in front of an audience for a place in the regional final.

    Samuel ultimately found success, earning a place in the finals at Lewisham, which he attended on the 17th of August. This time, Samuel spoke alongside 10 of the region’s most formidable finalists, but was unfortunately bested as another student earned their place in the state finals.

    Making it to this level of public speaking is a significant achievement, and both Samuel and Timothy deserve congratulations for their efforts in representing Homebush Boys High School.

    There are no more public speaking competitions this year, but there is always next year. If you are interested in entering next year, see Ms Sahay in the English Staffroom for more information.

  • ACC Cricket Club

    Ashfield Cricket Club is a not for profit organisation which assists disadvantaged children in the community play cricket and is run entirely by volunteers.

    ACC-Cricket Club
    Ashfield Croydon Centenary CC
    Minis, Juniors & Seniors,

    Cricket with Friends

    Registrations open online from July

    Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Website: www.acc.nsw.cricket.com.au

  • Go4fun

    FREE fun program to help kids become fitter, healthier and happier!

    Do you have children 7-13 years old?
    Are you worried about their weight?

    The Go4Fun program is a free healthy lifestyle program to improve health, fitness, self-esteem and confidence in children above their ideal weight.

    Go4Fun runs for 10 weeks over the school term for children and their parents. Sessions include fun fitness, hands on activities, tips on healthy food, label reading, portion sizes plus much more!

    Join the Go4Fun program at The Dutton Centre, Strathfield every Saturday from 1pm-3pm in Term 3, starting on Saturday 19 July.

    To find out more or to register, contact 1800 780 900 or


  • Public Speaking at Homebush Boys

    On Friday, 19th May, Charlie Mclean and Tobias Buckley, two outstanding speakers in the recent John Symonds Public Speaking Competition, competed against several other schools in our Zone for the coveted local final of the Plain English Speaking Competition at Strathfield Girls High School. 

    Students were required to deliver an 8 minute prepared speech as well as a 3 minute impromptu speech with 3 minutes of preparation time.

    Both the boys presented extremely motivating speeches but they were pitted against students who were in Year 11 and 12, some of whom were studying Extension English.  Both our boys are in year 10. Taking part in this competition has no doubt given them the necessary experience to progress to the next level next year.  Great effort lads!

    The Junior Legacy competition will be held at Sefton High on Wednesday, 26th July. The boys are undergoing vigorous training for this during lunch times. We wish them every success.

  • Homebush Boys at MUNA 2017

    The annual Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) was held on Saturday, 20 May, at NSW Parliament House. Our school was represented by members of the Year 11 debating team, comprising Charles Prentice, Fawad Faheem and, myself, Khushal Dogra. Nineteen teams from various schools, each represented a nation, took part in a mock General Assembly to discuss issues relevant to the United Nation’s global interests. We were assigned the Republic of Uganda.

    We were given UN resolutions pertaining to global issues to debate and vote either in favour of or against. The resolutions were debated amongst the teams and each team expressed their allocated country’s stance on the resolutions. The resolutions regarded violence against women, the death penalty, the definition of gender and organ donation.

  • UN Youth Conference

    On the 17th -19th of March 2017, more than 200 students from across the state, met at The Collaroy Centre and took part in a global conversation. We learnt about leadership, diplomacy and advocacy that connected with issues that challenged the leaders of today and shape our national discourse. Most importantly we built friendships with a diverse array of students from all around NSW and become inspired to deliver change in our local communities, and eventually the world.

    After school on Friday the 17th of March, 11 Homebush boys’ students travelled north to the Collaroy Centre where they spent the next two days in intensive workshops and on the final day a 4 hour debate on world issues that the UN faces daily at the University of Sydney Law School.

  • Public Speaking Excellence at Homebush

    The Annual All Boys John Symond Public Speaking Competition was held in the school hall on Thursday 16 March, 2017. Twenty-five students from Years 7-11 each delivered a 4 minute speech on topics such as A Path worth Taking, The Best things in Life are Free, Technology has gone too far, The Silent Killer, The Point of No Return and Put Another Log in the Fire.

    The students competed in 2 sections – a junior section and a senior section. The competition was lively with some exemplary performances throughout the day. The chair was Tobias Buckley and the timekeeper was Rukshil Darshan. Ms Sahay was the adjudicator.

    The winners in the junior section were Timothy Choong (first), Samuel Livingston (runner up), Alve Rayan (second runner up). And Elias Mansfield was recognized with the highly commended award. In the Senior Section, the winner was Tobias Buckley, whilst the first runner up was Charles Mclean and Fawad Faheem was the second runner up. Niranjan Reghunath was highly commended for his effort.

  • Australian Business Week 2016

    ABW is a leading developer of business simulations for schools, tertiary institutions and the corporate sector. This program is being organised collaboratively every year between Homebush Boys High and the Strathfield Girls High School. This year, 52 boys from Homebush Boys High School participated and worked along with girls as a team. A total number about 230 students both girls and boys have participated and they were divided into 26 groups. ABW programs incorporate computer simulated business environments. In the safety of the virtual world, participants assume management roles in businesses and make decisions that affect business performance. Each group had to decide their General Manager and Managers for Operations, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources. Students have worked on the theme “Hospitality” and they learn to run a virtual hotel. It is amazing to see that our students have intesely engaged with their work the whole week and made so many invaluable decisions in relation to the issue of shares, dividend, assets, liabilities and so many other skills necessary to run a business as an entrepreneur. In addition to being savy business people, our boys have developed various 21st century learning skills such as communication, problem solving, analytical, teamwork and time management. These skills will allow the students to achieve academic success in their HSC as well as physical, social and psychological development.

  • RSA & RCG

    A group of boys from our school took part in a two-day course which we attained our RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) and RCG (Responsible conduct of Gaming) licenses. The first day took part on the 16th of September at our school in the ILC. The first lesson was about the RSA qualification, which advised us on the responsibilities we will have and the type of jobs we can obtain by having this qualification. This was a very interesting course as it informed myself and my fellow students about how businesses are run when they are selling alcohol and the different types of alcohol that is sold in pubs. On the second day 17th of September the students who took part in the RSA license also took part in the RCG qualification at the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL. Here we learnt how RSL and clubs are run, the responsibilities we have as individuals who work at RSL and pubs and also how we can help people who have a gambling issue.

    By obtaining the accreditation it widens our job opportunities to work at restaurants, clubs, pubs, bars and liquor stores where alcohol is sold and served.

    It was a great opportunity to gain new skills that will make us employable.

    We’d like to thank Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL for training us and Mrs Anton with her organisation of this event.

  • Symphonia Jubilate - Lights Camera Action

    Symphonia Jubilate is a symphony orchestra made up of students predominantly from primary and secondary schools in the Strathfield education area. Founded in 2013 by Tracy Burjan and Luke Wallace, the orchestra aims to provide students with an opportunity to rehearse, learn and perform quality orchestral music from a diverse range of musical styles, as well as to foster a new level of music appreciation and skill.

    Symponia Jubilate Presents - Lights Camera Action

    When: Saturday 12th November 2016

    Where: Marie Bashir Public School Hall, Albert Rd, Strathfield

    Tickets: $20 Family | $10 Adult | $7 Child or Pensioner


    For more information please contact, Tracy (0425 276 067) or Luke (0431 113 024)

  • Breakfast Club 2016

    At 7:30 every Thursday morning, twenty dedicated volunteers run the breakfast club in 66. They passionately prepare restaurant-rating food such as hashbrowns, toasted bread, a variety of cheese and tomato bread, and a wide, healthy assortment of fresh fruit for the students and teachers at our school.

  • NSW Junior Parliament Accepts Bassam Maaliki of Year 8 into Its Program

    The future of Australia rests in the hands of its young people, and one student showing an interest in shaping Australia’s future is our year 8 student Bassam Maaliki. Bassam has been accepted into the New South Wales Junior Parliament for 2016, an amazing accomplishment that will allow him to represent his community with pride. Part of this initiative will involve him spending a week, talking with like-minded students from across NSW before spending two days debating on particular issues before members of parliament.

    Bassam will be working alongside 9 other students in the Multicultural Committee, discussing ideas, issues and solutions to problems that have been identified in their communities. This is an excellent opportunity to build skills in leadership and public speaking and learn a number of other skills that will allow Bassam to demonstrate his drive to improve his community and affect the future direction of NSW.

    Homebush Boys High School congratulates Bassam for the work he has done so far in being accepted into this lucrative program and wishes him all the best as he works through the program in the upcoming weeks.

  • Interact Conference 2016

    On Monday, 2 May,Homebush BoysInteractors had the opportunity to attend the Interact Conference at the Aerial Function Centre,UTS Ultimo. This event allowed myself and fellow attendees to forge connections with other Interact Clubs from across the Western Sydney Region through. This opportunity to ‘interact’ with other clubs gave us an incredible insight into Club and event management. The congregation of Interact Clubs allowed for discussion into fundraising schemes and their effectiveness.

  • Strathfield Youth Awards 2016

    Interact Boys receive special awards

    These photos are of the boys from the Interact Club fromHBHS who received awards in the recent Community Service Awards Ceremony held by our local Rotary Club. Our teacher whoorganised us to go, MrAlbertson was there on the night to congratulate the boys; in fact MrAlbertson was instrumental in making the nominations. On the night the boys were given the awards by members of Rotary and theStrathfield Council.Dashie gave a speech to thank MrAlbertson on the work he has done for Interact and the school. On behalf of the Interact boys that attended the ceremony we thank MrAlbertson for all his hard work to help Interact with setting up pizza days and making sure we show initiative by joining our Interact meetings every Monday. We thank MrAlbertson for all the hard work he puts in to make sure we run smoothly and has given up his own hours to help out on Harmony Day and theStrathfield May Fun Fair.


  • ANZAC Day Service

    On Tuesday the5th of April, CharlieMclean and James Smith of Year 9 attended an ANZAC Day service at Hyde Park in the City to partake in the event alongside 70 other Primary and Private schools. James and Charlie were representing bothHomebush Boys High School and the Public High Schools in NSW. Here is their recount.

    We arrived at the ceremony and met with the organiser to discuss what we had to do. We were introduced to many people, some new faces and some old. Our main duties were to hand out service guides along with a Golden Star. Each star had the name of a fallen ANZAC soldier and their platoon. There were upwards of around 500 students attending the ceremony. After we finished handing out the guides and the stars, the ceremony began.