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  • 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 are not receiving any emails please contact the school on (02) 9764 3611, to update contact details.

  • In line with the advice and practical guidelines provided by NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education, competitive contact sport or physical activity is restricted:

    • Inter-school sport competitions such as zone sport, state wide competitions and knockouts, gala days or inter-school carnivals are not permitted.
    • School carnivals such as athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals are not permitted.
    • Full contact and semi-contact sports are not permitted.

    With continued restrictions preventing external sporting providers from operating and due to limitations to onsite space and local sporting grounds, it is not possible for HBHS to run Wednesday sport.

    Students in Years 11 and 12 are encouraged to have a personalised physical activity program until we are able to resume our normal Wednesday sport program. They will be dismissed from school at 12:10pm to immediately make their way home and continue with their individual study program. Students will need to exit through the front gate between 12:10-12:30pm. If any Year 11 or 12 student would like to remain on school grounds to study in the Library, they will need to sign-in at the front office.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • HOLD THE DATE - Virtual BiG Day In

    Wed 20 May 2020
    @ 11.00am (AEST)

    Guest speakers:
    Dr Tim Kitchen, Adobe's Senior Education Specialist
    Genevieve Ash, Business Analyst TechnologyOne

  • Students begin partial return to school from 11 May 2020 in accordance with the plan announced by the NSW Premier of a phased resumption of normal schooling.

    This Information Booklet has been designed to give you important information and answer some questions you may have about the arrangements in Phase One. Click here or on the image for the information booklet. Information in the booklet includes:

     

    • Timetables for phase one
    • Department of Education information on the phases
    • Important information about school procedures during phase one
    • Frequently asked questions and answers.
    • Wellbeing Information.

    Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions or queries about arrangements.

  • IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL YEAR 7-10 STUDENTS
    As you know, students began a partial return to school today.

    All students need to bring their own device to continue their on-line learning whilst at school.

    Please ensure that your laptop is fully charged for the start of the day and bring your charger in case you need it.
    Students are reminded that mobile phones are not to be used whilst on school grounds.
    Students will continue their online lessons that have been created by their teachers and will be supervised in a classroom of no more than 15 students.
     

  • Safety

    Safety is a priority during the COVID 19 pandemic. Students will be expected to behave in a responsible way, which recognises the importance of protecting the health of themselves, their peers, and staff, who are at higher risk of COVID 19. A few teachers will be working from home due to higher levels of vulnerability to COVID 19.

    Students will be expected to:

    • Stay  home  when  unwell.  Parents  must  not  send  students  to  school  if  they  are feeling unwell. If a student is unwell during the school day, they will not be able to remain in the clinic. Parents will be expected to collect unwell students from school.
    • Assist in keeping classroom desks and school equipment clean as directed by the teacher
    • Engage in regular handwashing and sanitizing their hands, especially before eating during breaks
    • Not share drinks or food – bring a water bottle as bubblers will be out of action
    • Follow teacher’s direction about where to sit and staying safe distances apart at all times inside the classroom and in the playground.
    • Maintain  social  distancing  in  corridors  and  when  queuing  –  floor  markings  have  been created to assist.
    • Bring all their own equipment including pens, calculators, BYOD with charger, glue and anything else needed as there will be NO sharing amongst students or provided by staff
    • Cough  or  sneeze  into  their  elbows  if  necessary  to  avoid  spreading  infection.  Avoid touching face.
    • Use  soap,  sanitisers  and  other  health  items  in  a  responsible  manner  –  we encourage students to bring their own sanitiser.
    • Not participate in ball games during break times due to infection risk.
    • Come directly to school each morning, and after school go directly home – do not go home via the local shops or park

    If we all adhere to these guidelines we can be confident in this phased return to school. In addition, we have hand sanitisers in each classroom. Furthermore, additional cleaning is being undertaken with special attention to cleaning of desks, doorknobs, bathrooms and other surfaces.

    Students who do not adhere to these health and safety requirements will be reminded of our expectations and the school discipline procedures will be implemented.

  • Students in Years 7 to 11 will be required to attend one day per week during Phase 1, as outlined below:

    • Year 7students attend Monday
    • Year 8students attend Tuesday
    • Year 11students attend Wednesday
    • Year 9students attend Thursday
    • Year 10students attend Friday
    Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Year 7 8 11 9 10
    Group 12 12 12 12 12

    Timetables for Years 7-10, Year 11 and Year 12 during Phase 1

    Year 7 - 10
    8:50am - 9:00am Roll Call / Wellbeing
    9:00am - 9:55am Period 1
    Break (15 minutes)
    10:10am - 11:05am Period 2
    11:05am - 11:25am  Recess
    11:25am - 12:20pm Period 3
    Break (15 Minutes)
    12:35pm - 1:30pm Period 4
    1:30pm - 1:50pm Lunch 1
    1:50pm - 2:10pm Lunch 2
    2:10pm - 3:10pm Period 5
     
    Year 11
    8:45am - 8:55am Roll Call / Wellbeing
    8:55am - 9:45am Period 1
    9:45am - 10:35am Period 2
    10:35am - 10:55am  Recess
    10:55am - 11:45pm Period 3
    Break (5 minutes)
    11:50pm - 12:40pm Period 4
    12:40pm - 1:00pm Lunch 1
    1:00pm - 1:20pm Lunch 2
    1:20pm - 2:10pm Period 5
    Break (5 minutes)
    2:15pm - 3:10pm Period 6
     
    Year 12
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Period 0

    TBA

    Period 0

    TBA Period 0 TBA Period 0 TBA Period 0 TBA
    RollCall 8:30-8:40
    Period 1 8:30-9:30 Period 1 8:30-9:30 Period 1 8:40-9:40 Period 1 8:30-9:30 Period 1 8:30-9:30
    Period 2 9:30-10:30 Period 2 9:30-10:30 Recess 9:40-10:00 Period 2 9:30-10:30 Period 2 9:30-10:30
    Recess 10:30-10:50 Recess 10:30-10:50 Period 2 10:00-11:00 Recess 10:30-10:50 Recess 10:30-10:50
    Period 3 10:50-11:50 Period 3 10:50-11:50 Period 3 11:00-12:00 Period 3 10:50-11:50 Period 3 10:50-11:50
    Period 4 11:50-12:50 Study Period 11:50-12:50 Lunch 1 12:00-12:15 Period 4 11:50-12:50 Period 4 11:50-12:50
    Lunch 1 12:50-1:05 Lunch 1 12:50-1:05 Lunch 2 12:15-12:30 Lunch 1 12:50-1:05 Lunch 1 12:50-1:05
    Lunch 2 1:05-1:20 Lunch 2 1:05-1:20 Period 4 12:30-1:30 Lunch 2 1:05-1:20 Lunch 2 1:05-1:20
    Period 5 1:20-2:20 Period 5 1:20-2:20 Period 5 1:30-2:30 Period 5 1:20-2:20 Period 5 1:20-2:20
    After School 2:20-3:20         After School 2:20-3:20 After School 2:20-3:20

     

  • Students begin partial return to school from 11 May 2020 in accordance with the plan announced by the NSW Premier of a phased resumption of normal schooling.
    The following arrangements will apply from the start of Week 3 of Term 2, Monday 11th May:
    • Year 12 will be required to attend school daily, and resume normal timetabled face-to-face classes. To cater for COVID-19 recommendations;
      • The school will introduce alternate start, break and finish times for Year 12 to minimise interaction between students in different Years. The Year 12 day will start at 8:30 amand finish at 2:20pm. A timetable with the altered Phase 1 times is attached.
      • Students studying Extension Classes, Hospitality, IT Timber or Construction will be notified of external class times by their teachers this week.
    • Students in Years 7 to 11 will be required to attend one day per week during Phase 1, as outlined below:
      • Year 7students attend Monday
      • Year 8students attend Tuesday
      • Year 11students attend Wednesday
      • Year 9students attend Thursday
      • Year 10students attend Friday
    Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Year 7 8 11 9 10
    Group 12 12 12 12 12

     

    • On the day that students in Years 7 to 10 attend school, they will be supervised in small class groups by a teacher as they complete their online study program for that day. Students will not be pleased in their normal classes. They will not have face to face teaching lessons in any subject. They will be in rooms with a maximum of 15 students as per guidelines provided on social distancing for schools. They will remain in the same group in the same room for the day, with breaks between each period. They will have a teacher each period to check in on their wellbeing and their ability to access and participate in their online learning programs. They will have an opportunity to reconnect with peers and friends.
    • Year 11 students attend school on Wednesday, they will be following a 6-period timetable, covering each of their subjects. The class teacher will be present with their class unlessthe teacher is unable to attend school on the day. A timetable with revised times for the day is provided on the next page.
    • Parents who keep their son/s at home should contact the school to explain the absence. Students learning from home will be marked as Flexible Learning on the roll, this is not counted as an absence.
  • School operations - Updated advice to parents and carers - 23 March 2020

    Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April 2020 have been designated as staff development days to assist staff in catering for students learning from home. 

    Term 2 will begin as it finished in Term 1. The majority of NSW students will be learning from home. Schools will be open and operational for students that need to attend but where practical, parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.

    Teachers will plan the same learning for students at school and at home.

    From week three of Term 2, we will begin a managed return to school. The Premier and Minister for Education have announced a phased operating model for NSW schools during COVID-19. The new model will see students being reintroduced to some face-to-face learning on campus starting from week 3.

    More information on the new model and operational changes will be provided to teachers, parents and students before Week 3 of Term 2 begins to let you know the plan for the remainder of the term.

    Supporting continuity of learning for all students

    Our staff have been working hard to develop a suite of learning resources and options for students to undertake from home. The Department has developed and will continue to develop resources and offer professional learning to help teachers with this task. Whether your child is at school or at home, the aim is for all students to access the consistent learning content provided by our school. This may mean sending work home, either with physical materials or by email, or by making use of one of our online platforms at our school.

    Support for students at home

    I encourage you to access the Learning from Home resource which provides practical advice to parents and carers on how to best create and support a productive learning environment in the home.


     

  • NSW school students will gradually transition back to the classroom during Term 2 as the Government continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell outlined the plan for students attending NSW public schools to progressively return to face-to-face learning in week three of Term 2.
     
    Ms Berejiklian said health advice continues to be that schools remain open, and parents, teachers and students can be confident that school is a safe place.
     
    “We are grateful to all families who kept their children home from school at the end of Term 1 and to teachers who worked tirelessly to deliver education online,” Ms Berejiklian said.
     
  • The School counselling service is available to all students during school hours in Term 2. School counsellors can be contacted to schedule appointments during these times by telephoning the school. In an emergency please call 000.

    Excellent telephone and online services available for students and parents outside of school hours include:-
     
  • A digital career expo that you should consider partaking in. If so, details about registering will be provided below.
    Students do apply individually but all use the school's unique code to gain access. Once students click on the link they can create their own MyYear13 profile. The profile allows them to not only participate in the expo but also allows them to complete their skills forecast and create a career plan using our career explorer tool.

    With everything going on in the world right now we wanted to lend a hand to both students and schools and as such the expo and MyYea13 accounts are completely free! The only thing students need to be mindful of is that between now and the expo we will be releasing tools and tips to help them through this period so rather than sign up and forget, they should check in regularly to see what's going on. I might also add that this is available for students in 7 - 12, there will be something for everyone during the week. We've got an awesome line up of speakers and influencers that I'm sure will appeal to all students​.

    Please click on the image to see the full details

  • Parents and caregivers:

    The onset of the Covid-19 virus has required parents, educators and administrators to balance an assessment of health risks with the educational needs of students. In the school Years normally affected by State-wide or National testing, these considerations are especially critical.

    At time of writing, schools are open, but most learning is being conducted remotely.

    Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN tests have been cancelled for the year; however, HSC requirements for Minimum Standards in literacy and numeracy remain. Year 10 students will need to take these on-line tests (which can only be done at school) soon after normal schooling resumes this year, and Year 9 students will attempt them early next year. Those students in Years 11 & 12 who have yet to satisfy Minimum Standards requirements, will still need to do so. And in both Years 7 and 9, schools will not now benefit from diagnostic data normally provided by NAPLAN.

  • 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 are not receiving any emails please contact the school on (02) 9764 3611, to update contact details.

     

  • Message from the Principal - Kevin Elgood

    This is an update after day 1 of moving to a remote learning mode of delivery.

    It appears that some parents did not receive the Email that was sent yesterday, we are endeavouring to rectify this issue and as a safeguard I am also sending all correspondence to your son. If you son has shown you this email/message and you have not received it yourself by tomorrow morning, please contact the school so that we can check our contact information.

    We remind you that 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. Students attending school will be allocated a room where they will be supervised and can complete their work. Today 84% of students were absent.

    How will Homebush Boys High School facilitate Learning from Home?

    • 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.

    • New COVID-19 restrictions begin as schools move towards online learning.

      As confirmed last night by the Prime Minister schools will remain open, based on health advice, which has not changed.

      But from tomorrow, in NSW, for practical reasons, parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.

      "Because nearly 30 per cent of children are already being kept out of school, for practical reasons NSW is encouraging parents to keep their children at home," Ms Berejiklian said.

      "This will ensure there is only one unit of work, whether the student is at home or at school.

      "No child will be turned away from school."

      The NSW Government has taken significant new steps to increase restrictions across the state - triggering the next level of enforcement necessary to fight COVID-19.

    • Education Ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020.

      The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May.

      All Education Ministers acknowledge and thank all of our school leaders, our teachers and support staff for the essential work they do every day educating our children and young people, particularly during these challenging times.

      They are all playing a vital role in managing the response to COVID-19.

      Education Ministers reiterated that the National Cabinet has agreed, on the advice of the chief health and medical officers, that "pre-emptive closure of schools are not proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time."

      The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.