Tag: Whole School

Articles relating to the whole school.

  • Scien-terrific Achievements!!!

    Homebush Boys High school participated in the ICAS Science test in Term 2 this year. This is an initiative of UNSW Global Assessments and this test is conducted in over 20 countries globally. About ninety students from various Year groups participated in this reputed test and HBHS boys achieve very promising results.

    This includes 2 High Distinctions, 1 Distinction, 18 Credits and 19 Merits. We congratulate the HBHS community on this great success this year. I would like to thank Ms L Mathur for her efforts in orgainsing this test.

    Following is the list of our achievers:

    • Kevin Duong Year 10 (High distinction)
    • Billy Leask Year 10 (High Distinction)
    • Elias Soovoroff - Year 10 (Distinction)
  • 2018 SRC

    Yr 12

    • Gaurav Bagale
    • Eric Duong
    • Yazen Hasssan
    • Ren Hong
    • Delarn Rajaratnam
    • Wendong Zheng

    Yr 11

    • Calvin Iturra
    • Hari Kumaralingam
    • Michael Lopes
    • Charles McLean
    • Shahi Uddin

    Yr 10

    • Ahmad Alameddine
    • Bassam Maaliki
    • Tom Nieser
    • Zain Ousmand
    • Jason Qian

    Yr 9

    • Daniel Aaron
    • Haren Kumaralingam
    • Ishu Rawat
    • Sudharshan Sundaramurthy

    Yr 8

    • Rafic Fayad
    • Anargyros Kallos
    • Vasanth Kumaralingam
  • LOWES 20% OFF Everything Sale

    Lowes Exclusive offer to Zero & Rewards Card Holders.

    20%* Off Everything including Schoolwear! 

    In Store & Online - Thursday 9th August only.

    Offer ends midnight (AEDT) 09/08/18. Must use Zero or Rewards card to receive discount. 

    For more information please contact your nearest Lowes store. 

    * Excludes gift cards & all suit packages. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Floor stock only. Styles and colours may vary from store to store. No rain checks. Please choose carefully, exchanges and refunds only with docket. Includes existing 5% discount. 


  • Literacy and Numeracy

    We recognise that a student’s ability to:

    • read, and understand what he reads;

    • writeclearly and effectively; and

    • use numbersaccurately and confidently

    will determine his school results, career choices and life opportunities. In all subjects, teaching programs will incorporate these skills.

    As well, the school is currently considering a number of programs to specifically and explicitly support literacy and numeracy. These programs include….

    Homework Help after-school tutoring

    For two afternoons per week, after-school literacy and numeracy tutoring will be available in the school Library, with access to computers and online facilities.
    The sessions will run for an hour after school, with a qualified teacher. 

    On-line literacy/numeracy tutoring program

    Mainly for Year 8 and 9, this is a program of additional literacy and numeracy skills exercises, which can be accessed by students via computer in their homes or in the school Library.
    A school administrator will post new work each week, which must be completed and returned by students.
    All work will be graded, returned to students, and answers posted to the previous week’s exercises.
    These skill exercises will provide great preparation for the Year 9 NAPLAN tests, and for HSC minimum-standards tests.

    Accelerated Reader program Year 7

    This is a program of silent reading, in the Library, for three periods a cycle.
    Students are first assessed for reading levels, then matched with library books that are right for them. There’s also a “virtual library” to choose from.
    At the end of a book, students complete a quick on-line assessment, to see how much they’ve understood. 
    The program generates reports to show how each student’s reading levels are progressing.
    And students are expected to borrow books, and continue their reading at home.

    Writing Program Year 8 and Year 11

    In each Year 8 and 11 course, each Semester, one formal assessment task will require extended writing.
    Students will be prepared for these, through practice exercises before each task, so they are clear about what they are to do.
    Then, all writing is marked using the same marking scale across the school, and graded using the same standards.
    Students’ writing grades in each subject (A-E) are shown on their Semester reports.

    Timetabled literacy classes Year 8 and Year 9

    Because some students come to High School behind in their literacy levels, each Year 8 and 9 class is timetabled for three extra periods of literacy skills per fortnight.
    This acts to help “fill the gaps” that some students may have, and helps bring them to levels they will need to progress at High School.
    Additionally, a few students who are assessed to have particular “Catchup” needs, are withdrawn from some classes to have small-group, intensive tutoring with a specialist teacher.

    Literacy/numeracy tracking program

    A central tracking system will keep track of all data coming in from literacy and numeracy programs, and seek to ensure that no student “falls through the cracks”.
    As it comes in, the data will be monitored and responded to, to ensure timely intervention in the case of problems or difficulties experienced by students.
    School tracking will also include students who have already attempted the NAPLAN or minimum-standards tests, but have not yet achieved proficiency.

    Minimum Standards testing

    The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) have introduced minimum literacy/numeracy standards for all students in the graduating 2020 cohort, and thereafter, as a condition of the award of an HSC. Managing this situation effectively requires a balance of communication, expectations and support.

    Performance at the top end

    To perform at the highest levels, students need to combine writing skills with skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
    So, all Year 11 students and staff are trained in ALARM – a package which improves access to the highest bands of HSC achievement.
    Our students are thus equipped to achieve their absolute personal best at the most important stage of all.

    School communication, publications and internal assessment

    Prior to all on-line literacy and numeracy assessment (eg, NAPLAN, and the Minimum Standards tests), all students are prepared for the on-line test environment, so they will know what to expect.
    Parents will be kept informed about programs at the school, and their son’s progress, via public meetings, letters and text messages.


    The 2020 NAPLAN tests were cancelled due to Covid, but the 2019 Year 9 NAPLAN results indicated the school’s literacy & numeracy growths (in green) clearly above State levels:

    In addition, every one of our graduating 2020 Year 12 cohort satisfied all Minimum Standards in reading, writing and numeracy.

    All our programs are based on:

    • training of staff and students;

    • high-quality teaching resources, which deliver on essential literacy, numeracy and thinking skills;

    • gathering and analysing critical information about progress, giving support where it is needed, and keeping parents informed;

    • high expectations of parent support and involvement, and students taking responsibility for their own learning.

    At HBHS

    There is no greater priority than this.


    For further information about our programs
    Call the school Ph: 9764-3611, and ask to speak to Mr Bawden (Literacy/Numeracy Support Person, Tues/Thurs).

  • HBHS Bush Bulletin Term 2 Issue 2 - 2018

    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. 

  • Prefect Update - Term 2 2018

    The prefect body has been extremely busy this term, kicking off with our first meeting on Tuesday the 1st of May. Throughout the term, we have planned and undertaken many initiatives both within the school and abroad.

    During the April school holidays, many prefects were involved in attending ANZAC services to remember and commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations.

    Alfred and I attended the Homebush ANZAC Service on Sunday the 22nd of April commemorative wreath, and the majority of the prefect body attended the Burwood RSL ANZAC Dawn Service on the 25th of April and laid a commemorative wreath at the Burwood War Memorial Arch.

    Moreover, our school Captain Fawad Faheem, Vice-Captain Christopher Kadamani and Senior Prefect Ethan Tiah marched in the city with the Drum Corps. Thanks to all those prefects who sacrificed their time to represent Homebush Boys High School.

  • Multicultural Day 2018

    In the the weeks leading up to our Multicultural Day festivities many boys got busy with their pens and entered a competition to produce the best poem to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our school community. The winners were presented with their prizes on the last day of term. They have proven that a skill with words not only lifts our spirits, but it can also bring tangible rewards! One hundred and thirty five dollars worth of prizes were distributed; there will be more opportunities for boys to exercise their pens for profit later in the year. Given the standard of entries for this competition the English department are in a frenzy of expectation about the next competition!

    Congratulations to Eli Mansfield and William Knight who shared first prize. You can read their work, and see photos from the beautiful readings of the poems given on Multicultural Day. Congratulations to Darshan Neshabalan, Mohammed Hamza, Anargyros Kallos and Jay Silva who also won prizes. Many thanks to Avi Carleton and Billal Hassanzai for their beautiful readings on Multicultural Day.

  • New Lateness to School Procedure

    Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

    School Resumes on:

    • Monday 23rd July - Staff Development Day (No Students)
    • Tuesday 24th July - First Day Back Term 3


    At Homebush Boys High School we set high standards for our students and their achievement at school. An important part of this is attending school regularly and on time. In an effort to correct the behaviour of a small number of students attending school late we have put in place a new procedure.

    If a student attends school late with no acceptable explanation, they will receive a lunch time detention on the same day. In line with our school’s behaviour policy, failure to attend that detention will result in a further consequence which in this case will be an after school detention.

    Hopefully this will instil positive habits that our students can take into the workforce.


  • Transition Pathways Information Night

    The aim of the night is to present information to parents and students on the alternative pathways available. By understanding the options available to your son/s, he will hopefully be able to make the correct decision in relation to his post schooling and have a successful career. The benefits of exploring these alternative pathways will increase your son/s employability skills and get them ready for the workforce.

    Date:Tuesday 3rd of July 

    Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Location: Room 26 - 27

    Please RSVP as soon as you get this letter by signing and having your son return the RSVP slip to either Ms Anton or Mr D Carrozza.

  • Refugee Week Food Stall at HBHS

    This week Homebush Boys High School has celebrated Refugee week in many ways. We believe everyone has the right to live safely and be treated with respect, regardless of their background.

    The Social Justice Club have initiated several activities this week. Duy Quang Mai and Ben Jorgensen have designed lessons which were delivered during roll call by teachers. These lessons focused on creating awareness about refugees and how we can best create positive change. Within these lessons year 7 students and Mr Desovki made a Refugee Week video which aims to show how Homebush Boys High School supports refugees.

    On Tuesday 26th June Mrs Lipi Mathur from the Science Faculty held a food stall selling food to raise awareness about the challenges refugees face, especially when it comes to their diet. Her tremendous efforts along with members of the Social Justice Club raised hundreds of dollars which will be donated to the charity Act for Peace.

  • Refugee Week at HBHS

    On Wednesday 20th June, eleven students as members of the SRC or Social Justice Club, along with Mr Lee, went to Burwood Girls High School to take part in the Refugee Week Forum; “You Can't Ask That.” Burwood Girls had invited three refugees from various countries who now live in Australia along with a Refugee Case Worker who works to seek justice for refugees. The four guests who spoke shared their stories, explaining the hardships and adversity they have experienced and witnessed.

    Similar to the ABC show “Q and A” preselected questions written by Burwood Girls students were read out and any of the four guests could respond and answer. The questions asked included the benefits of moving to Australia, the hardships of moving to Australia (such as racism, or the dangerous journey), the reason for them fleeing their country and there were many more.

  • Study Skills at HBHS

    Years 7-12 have participated in a variety of targeted sessions in Semester One that addressed their study skills issues and concerns and enabled students to learn new ways to improve their results at school. In 2018 we have continued to deliver the quality study skills handbook by Enhanced Learning which we subscribed to for the first time in 2017.  This program provides a comprehensive guide as to the study skills needed for success in high school, with modules such as Time Management, Managing Workload, Avoiding Procrastination, Working better at Home and Preparing for Exam Blocks. Student Wellbeing is a strong focus in the ELES Study Skills Handbook, with units providing advice on lifestyle and balance, managing stress and how to stay motivated, which was of particular interest to Year 12 in their study skills session earlier this term.

  • Capa Recital Night - 2018

    Homebush Boys High School is hosting its annual CAPA Recital Night. As always, this evening is a celebration of the hard work, dedication, persistence and, above all, creativity of our students here at Homebush Boys.

    A collection of student art works will be on display and a performance showcase will be presented.

    Light refreshments will be provided throughout the evening.

    When:Tuesday 19th June 2018

    Where:Homebush Boys High School 

    Time: Art Exhibition starts at 5:30pm - Music Performance starts at 6:00pm 

    We hope to see you in attendance for what will surely be a highlight for the 2018 school year.

  • HBHS Bush Bulletin Term 2 - 2018

    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.

  • Act for Peace Ration Challenge

    Homebush Boys High School invites you to participate in Act for Peace Ration Challenge, an initiative supported by the school’s Social Justice Club to fundraise for Refugee Week. The Ration Challenge asks students, parents and teachers to eat the same rations as a refugee for a day during Refugee Week (25-29th of June) and get sponsored to do it. By putting yourself in the shoes of a refugee, we'll learn about global issues, develop empathy for others and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. The money raised will support refugees around the world.  This will take place from the 25-29th of June in celebration of Refugee Week.

    Students: If you would like to be involved please download the permission note, have your guardians sign and return to Ms Yong in the English Staffroom. Once you have returned your permission note I can set up your own personal fundraising page.
    Guardians and Teachers: If you would like to get involved please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will add you to the fundraising page. For more information please see permission note attached, recipe guide and official website - https://actforpeace.rationchallenge.org.au

  • Annual Ramadan Iftar Night at HBHS

    Homebush Boys High School, would like to invite you to attend the 9th Annual Ramadan Iftar night on Thursday the 7th of June 2018.

    The event takes place at the School Hall at 4:30pm – 8:00pm and all students and teachers are invited to the event, Muslim and non-Muslim. Students are expected to buy tickets for $15 each and will be required to show their ticket on the night. A various selection of foods on the night will be provided for the students to choose from, and there will also be desserts and drinks available.

    Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar in which people of the Islamic faith fast for approximately 30 days from sunrise to sunset, in which Muslims are not allowed to consume any food or drink. Linguistically Iftar means the breaking of the fast, and it is an Islamic tradition to break it with an odd amount of dates and some water. Ramadan is a time of the year where Muslims try to understand what the poor and needy feel in times of hunger and desperation but more importantly to reconnect to their faith and strengthen their relationship with God Almighty.

    Ramadan is a time of reflection, but also a time to enjoy and we hope you will be able to join us for the Iftar night and enjoy your time there.

    Ramadan Kareem

    Yazen Hassan

  • Multicultural Day 2018

    Homebush Boys High School would like to invite you to our Annual Multicultural Day on Friday, 22nd June, 2018.
    تدعوكم مدرسه هومبوش المتوسطه للشباب  للمشاركه في اليوم المتعدد الثقافات السنوي نهار الجمعه الموافق : ٢٢-٦-٢٠١٨
    Homebush Boys High School霍姆布什男子中学希望邀请您参加2018年6月22日星期五举办的年度多元文化日。

    We would like our parents and caregivers to support our Bushy Boys to proudly present their culture through a Cultural performance or a traditional meal. For this we need your support, we also invite you to come along and join us on this day.
    نرجوا من الأهالي ومقدمي الرعاية المشاركه لدعم برنامج شبابنا عبر مشاركتهم بأداء من وحي ثقافتهم او بالمشاركة بطبق من
    الاكلات الشعبية المعروفه لديهم.نرجوا حضوركم ومشاركتكم في ذلك اليوم .

    We ask that all students must attend school in full school uniform, and enough time will be given to change into their cultural outfits if they are performing.
    نرجوا من جميع التلامذة في ذلك اليوم الحضور للمدرسه بزيهم المدرسي الكامل حيث أننا خصصنا الوقت الكافي لهم لتبديل 
    ملابسهم قبل تنفيذ أي اداء ثقافي يرغبون في تقديمه.

  • School Photo Day - 22nd May

    School Photographs will be taken on: 

    Tuesday 22 May and Thursday 24 May

    Order now: go to www.advancedlife.com.au and enter the code: CG2 4HJ QQC

    School photographs are scheduled to be taken by advancedlife. Whilst an envelope and flyer will be distributed shortly, if possible it is our preference that ordering be completed online to reduce administration and potential security issues related to the return of cash and envelopes on photo day.

    Orders for packages and sibling photographs can be placed securely online at www.advancedlife.com.au using our school’s unique 9 digit Online Order Code. Portrait and group package orders are due by photography day.

    Should you wish to purchase a sibling photograph online, the order must be placed no later than the day before photography day. Sibling photographs will only be taken if an order has been placed.

    Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering, please direct them via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Prefect Update - Term 1 2018

    The prefect body has been extremely busy in term 1, kicking off with our first meeting on Monday the 5th of February. We immediately made our canteen and assembly rosters in this meeting. Throughout the term, we had planned and undertook many events and fundraisers.
    White Ribbon Day took place on February 23rd, during our Friday morning assembly. It was hugely successful, as the prefect body managed to raise $1007.20 for Zonta, an organisation which helps empower women through service and advocacy. We collected donations during the assembly, and then moved around to different classes throughout the first two periods.

  • HBHS Bush Bulletin Term 1 Issue 2 - 2018

    Have a safe and enjoyable holiday! 

    School Resumes on: 

    Monday 30th April - Staff Development Day (No Students)
    Tuesday 1st May- First day back Term 2


    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.