Tag: Extra-Curricular

  • UN Youth Conference 2016

    On the 11th – 13th of March, the annual UN Youth State Conference for 2016 was held at the Collaroy centre. There were close to 200 delegates from a wide variety of schools across New South Wales. From this 200, there were around 20 students from both Homebush Boys High and Strathfield Girls High attending this conference.

    We arrived around 5:00pm at the Collaroy centre on the 11th where we were greeted by the facilitators, who were always helpful and kind, throughout the whole conference. The first day was mostly about getting to know one another, and we played a variety of get-to-know-you games. On the second day, we took part in three separate workshops that covered a variety of issues, with the focus being gender perspectives. These workshops offered a unique insight into issues that we don’t usually cover at school. Of particular enjoyment, was the IPS scenario, where you take part in a mock diplomatic crisis. For many, this was the highlight of the conference as it challenged us and put us in a diplomatic conflict. We ended the day, with a trivia and disco night, which we all enjoyed.

  • Year 7 - Front row seat for the Bulldogs game

    LaitheSabha, Year 7 had a front row seat as ball boy for the mighty Bulldogs as they destroyed Manly at their home ground atBrookvale Oval on the opening Friday of theNRL competition.Laithe plays Rugby League for theBankstown Bulls and has exhibited dedication and commitment since starting atHomebush Boys High School where he is a member of the 13 Years Rugby team which trains each Wednesday morning at 7.30am.

    Laithe was captain of Banksia Rd. Public School and displayed “Bushie” spirit recently when he proudly wore his Homebush Boys High School uniform when he attended a function hosted by the NSW Premier, Mr. Mike Baird. The function focussed on social inclusion and engagement by addressing the aspirations and concerns of Muslim boys.

  • Work Experience with MP by Ibrahim Taha

    JDI was fortunate to do work experience in the office of Jihad Dib MP for Lakemba. With only two staff and a large electorate to represent, I understood the busy schedule of a politician.

    I was able to travel with him in the car to events, answer long phone calls, sit in private meetings, listen during live radio interviews and saw constituents complain to him with all their problems even a tiny parking fine. No matter how small the issue, he always gave time to solve it.

  • Symphonia Jubilate Orchestras 2016 - Join in

    Symphonia Jubilate Calendar 2016Symphonia Jubilate is a collection of ensembles 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 in a friendly environment.

  • Global Dignity Day 2015

    Global DignityOn Friday 23/10/2015, I had the privilege of travelling to the NSW Parliament for Global Dignity Day, with Amaan Ansari.

    Global Dignity Day is an international event founded in 2006 by young global leaders. Global Dignity Day is recognition of our dignity, which is the foundation of our humanity.

    The day began with a keynote address from former High Court judge, Hon Michael Kirby. He spoke to year 10 high school students from across the state about the battle to achieve full rights and dignity in Australia, ranging from Women’s rights to Indigenous rights, refugees, racism and bullying. His speech was inspirational. He told us that we all have the real opportunity to build a country that ensures dignity and equality of all people.

  • Former Student Heading to Washington D.C.

    Lachlan heading to WashingtonLachlan Foster will learn first hand how the United States Congress works after being selected to take part in the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Program.

    The program, directed by former Congressional staffer Eric Federing, is available to students of 10 Australian Universities. Competition is fierce with only 14 students selected from 70 applicants. The application process requires each student to meet high academic standards, write a personal reflection essay and a statement that outlines how their interests and beliefs align with one of the prospective Congressional hosts.

  • Live and Study Overseas in 2016

    Exchange Student Flyer 2015Step out of your comfort zone.

    Be challenged!

    Click on the flyer to the right to see details of term 4 information sessions. 

    For further information visit http://www.scce.com.au or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Volunteering At St. Anne’s Primary

    On Friday, the 31st of July, Year 9 volunteers, Christopher Kadamani, Mohammad Mohaghegh, Dylan Lian, Ricky Trinh, Fawad Faheem, Vineel Repaka, Yusuf Isik and Ethan Tiah went to St. Anne’s Primary School in Strathfield South to assist with their Gameathon.

    The Principal, teachers and students of the school gave us a warm welcome. The friendly staff offered us delicious sausage rolls - moments after, the bell rang. We talked and played with the enthusiastic children and then got to work.

  • UWS Young Entrepreneurs Business Skills Day

    On Thursday, 16 July 2015 Homebush Boys High School students were invited by the School of Business at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) to attend a Young Entrepreneurs Business Skills Day. UWS were looking to work with high school students from key schools in Greater Western Sydney, to help build their business and professional capabilities, to help produce tomorrow’s business leaders.

    The UWS Young Entrepreneurs Business Skills Day offered our students a 1 day program designed for gifted Business Studies or Commerce students. The program focused on real business models and taught robust business processes aligned to the HSC curriculum.

  • Multicultural Day Success

    “Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulation, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world.”
    ― Hélder Câmara, Spiral Of Violence

    Friday the 5th June was our celebration for Multicultural Day. It was a wonderful day where all staff and students tried food from our stall holders and music from Strathfield Girls and Homebush Boys.
    A Big Thank you to all staff, community members and students who contributed to make this a successful day!

    Please click on Read More for more photos from the day.

  • Recital Night Concert & Art Exhibition

    The annual Recital Night concert was held in the School Hall on Thursday evening, 11 June. In recent years a display of student artworks has become an added feature of this school event. Art works were on display from 5.30 pm followed by the Concert at 6.30 pm.

    A cozy audience of parents, staff, local friends and students enjoyed an hour of diverse musical entertainment.

    Twenty students performed during the concerts. Items ranged from piano solos, electric guitar solo, viola solo, guitar duet, guitar ensemble and the Year 9 Elective Music class band, 4 Shades.

  • Duke of Edinburgh Tasmania

    Nine courageous young men and two adventurous teachers embarked on a once in a lifetime journey to Tasmania for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold hike.

    The trip started off with a 4:30am wakeup to catch the 7:00am flight from Sydney domestic airport to Launceston. From there, we drove to Freycinet National Park and set up camp at Richardson’s beach for the following two nights. At night the frosty winds from the sea swept across the campsite and crept into our tents, keeping virtually all of us awake! We hiked near the camp-site vicinity including Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach circuit.

  • The Premier's Reading Challenge 2015

    Premier's Reading ChallengeThe Premiers Reading Challenge (PRC) is a long standing initiative that aims to encourage students, from kindergarten to Year 9, to read. It began over 10 years ago and it has encouraged countless students to value reading as a life-long activity both for enjoyment and personal development.

    Students register online using their DEC emails and passwords (https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html). Participants then read books from a list that is available on the website and/or books of their own choice. These books are then logged online and certified by teachers or parents. Students have up to 21 August to register the books they have read. Certificates are then awarded depending on how many books have been read and how many years each student has participated in the PRC.


  • Confucius Classroom at HBHS

    The Languages Faculty is pleased to announce that we were one of 6 schools Australia wide, awarded a grant to implement a Chinese Confucius Classroom at Homebush Boys High School. This is the result of Ms June Su’s tireless efforts and vision to help support Mandarin studies and improve both resources and opportunities for all our Chinese Background Speakers and Heritage students. The project was begun in 2014, when under the guidance and support of our former Principal Mr Jurd, Ms Su diligently applied for this initiative.

    The announcement was made in early February this year and together with Bonnyrigg HS, Chatswood HS, Concord HS, Hurstville South PS and Rouse Hill PS, HBHS was approved for the establishment of a new classroom (to be located in Room 33) by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China. “The role of the Confucius Classroom is to deliver support at a local level for Chinese language and cultural education”. Such was the brief from Hanban!

    What will Room 33 look like and what does all this mean for Chinese studies at HBHS?

  • Concert Success honoured by the presence of Prof Marie Bashir

    Congratulations to the students of the Strathfield Network of Public Schools. The community orchestra known as Symphonia Jubilate performed at a brilliant end of year concert at Marie Bashir PS Hall. The concert was attended by the patron, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, former Governor of NSW and her husband Sir Nicholas Shehadie. Her Excellency is pictured here with some of the student musicians from the participating schools. Also in the picture is Homebush student leader, Luke Mansfield. Sam Mansfield was one of the chair persons of the concert on Saturday 15 November.


  • Report from MUN - Model United Nations

    Harri Jani of year 10 went to MUN. What is MUN?

    MUN-Model United Nation is a simulation The United Nations; it encompasses the crucial aspects of diplomacy necessary to form a cohesive society on a global scale. As part MUN individuals represent countries, hence they are delegates from their given nation. Throughout the day you get to learn how to be a diplomatic delegate incorporating negotiation, impromptu speeches, advocacy and diplomacy. MUN required me to create a resolution for “The depleting Oil reserves” and convince other nations that your resolution is the “way to go”. Once all the statements, speeches, debates and discussions have finished a vote is held to select the winning resolution. I was also awarded with the “best delegate award” for my diplomacy and winning resolution. MUN is a great opportunity for anyone to improve and develop their speaking, negotiation, diplomacy and advocacy skills in an engaging manner; I personally recommend it to any student willing to broaden their knowledge of the United Nations and world diplomacy.


  • Drive 2 Survive Forum

    Last Wednesday evening (22ND October), many of our year 10 and 11 students attended a road safety forum at Phil Gilbert Hyundai in Lidcombe. The evening was presented by Ian and Suzy Luff, along with their business partner Stewart Nicholls.

    Ian and Stewart are both renowned road safety expert commentators and their expertise have been used to form many road safety campaigns.

  • Symphonia Jubilate - Are you interested in musical performance?

    Symphonia Jubilate is a fun orchestra based in the Strathfield area. We have 2 orchestras, a primary school and a high school orchestra. The senior orchestra consists of talented musicians from Homebush Boys and Strathfield Girls. 

    We are looking for new members to come and join us in 2015!

    All instrumentalists welcome!

    If you would like to see what our orchestra is all about please come to our:
    What: Family Concert
    When: November 15th 5-6pm
    Where: Marie Bashir School Hall, Albert Rd, Strathfield, 
    Cost: Gold Coil donation Adults - $10, Children - $5, Family - $25

    Alternatively you are welcome to attend our rehearsal on Oct 18th or Nov 1st 4-6pm at Homebush Boys High School.

    M: 0425 276067
    (enquiries Tracy Burjan or Luke Wallace)


  • Ibrahim Speaks his Mind

    Many words are spoken at NSW Parliament House but last term it was the young giving their words of wisdom.

    Twenty four students from across the state took to the stage for the NSW semi final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.

    Ibrahim Taha, of Homebush Boys High School, spoke eloquently on his chosen topic “Books are obsolete” for the prepared five minute speech and followed up with a convincing argument for the two minute impromptu speech.

    Making it to the semi finals was a great achievement for Ibrahim as more than 425 students competed across NSW.

    The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award encourages the speaker’s use of language to convey a message or a point of view to the audience. They are judged on choice of words, intonation, articulation, pace and pausing.

    The competition is organised by the Arts Unit, within the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

    Eight students go through to the state final on October 17 at the Art Gallery of NSW.

  • China 2014 - a very successful trip

    Group Photo of  Symphonia Jubilate trip to China

    Report of the trip to China by the Symphonia Jubilate which included 12 fantastic musicians from Homebush Boys and other friends from Strathfield Girls HS .

    The Symphonia Jubilate trip to China was a huge success! The young men from Homebush Boys displayed exceptional behaviour, cultural etiquette and friendship to all on the trip. They made new and lasting friendships. We did 4 performances which were all successful. Everyone played at a top level. Some of the performances were supposed to be low key but nothing in China is "low-key". The one informal concert we had at the High School we stayed at in Nanjing ended with a huge firework display. At this concert they also had a giant panda and a giant kangaroo throw lollies into the audience.