Tag: Whole School

Articles relating to the whole school.

  • 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

  • National Consistent Collection of Data

    Information for parents and carers

    What is the national data collection?

    The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of reasonable adjustment they are receiving.

    The national data collection counts students who have been identified by a school team as receiving an adjustment to address a disability as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA). The DDA can be accessed from the ComLaw website at www.comlaw.gov.au.

    What is the benefit for my child?

    The aim of the national data collection is to collect quality information about school students receiving an adjustment due to disability in Australia.

  • No Payments untill 31st July

    Homebush Boys High School is currently in the process of migrating to a new Finance System. 

    We will notbe accepting any payments until the Monday 31st July.

    This includes but not limited to:

    • Online Transfer Payments
    • Cash Payments
    • Cheques
    • Credit Card Payments (phone/online)



    We apologies for any inconveniences caused and thank you for your understanding. 

  • Multicultural Day 2017

    Homebush Boys High School would like to invite parents to join us at our Multicultural Day on Friday 21/07/17.

    A stall has been provided for every cultural group for their delicious and traditional food.

    We are requesting for volunteers to make traditional meals in bulk and packed in take away containers for students and guests to purchase at lunch time.

    We request any foods and sweets must not contain nuts.

    We are unable to provide cooking facilities or heating so all donated food should be ready for purchase.

    We would love for all parents and their boys to be involved by wearing traditional dress.

    All students must come to school in full school uniform then change at performance times.

    Please call Zena or Sathya on 9764 3611, for any enquiries.

  • HBHS Bush Bulletin Term 2 Issue 2 - 2017

    Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

    School Resumes on:

    Monday 17th July - Staff Development Day (No Students)

    Tuesday 18th July - First day back, Term 3


    Please click on the image to enjoy the latest edition of our Bush Bulletin.

    For all the previous edition of the Bush Bulletin, click on the Bush Bulletin link in the Publications Box on the right-hand side of this page. 

  • SBS National Languages Competition

    SBS Radio presents the SBS National Languages Competition 2017 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia.

    We are calling out to all school students across Australia, who are learning a language other than English.

    Entires open on Monday 24th July and close on Friday 1st September 2017.

    Age Categories

    • Category A: Junior Primary (Aged 4-7)
    • Category B: Primary (Aged 8-12)
    • Category C: Junior High School (Aged 13-15)
    • Category D: Senior High School (Aged 16-18)

    How to Enter

    1. Log on to www.sbs.com.au/NLC17
    2. Fill in the entry form
    3. Upload a video (max 30 seconds) telling us "What learning a language means to you?" The video should be in a language other than English
    4. Include a written script in English, translating the video content
    5. Submit your entry


  • Special Religious Education (Scripture)

    Section 32 of the Education Act 1990 requires that ‘in every government school, time is to be allowed for the religious education of children of any religious persuasion’. The procedures for special religious education in public schools consider:

    • recommendations 36-72 of the report, Religion in Education in NSW Government Schools (1980), which were adopted by the government of the day as the basis of an agreement with the churches about the implementation of special religious education
    • Education Act 1990 Section 33A, an amendment approved in 2010 to allow the option of special education in ethics for parents/caregivers who do not wish their children to attend special religious education
    • the recommendations of the Final Report from the Inquiry into Education Amendment (Ethics Classes Repeal) Bill 2011 that were published in June 2012. 

    The provision of special religious education is not government funded.
    A special religious education program is available at the school and is run by authorised volunteers of approved religious persuasions.

    To opt out from participating in any of the above mentioned activities, a student must return the withdrawal form to Mr Abbou before the commencement of Special Religious Education.


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  • Community Links

    International Students

    At Homebush Boys High School we understand that clear communication is important for maximising student performance and improving outcomes. We have support personnel that help students access the curriculum and facilitate success.
    Here is a link to DEC International a website dedicated to support International students. http://www.decinternational.nsw.edu.au/
    The Homebush Boys High School Enrolment Information for International Students may be found at:xxxxxxxxxxx (pdfxxxx KB)

    Supporting families

    A range of services is available to support families, including translation and interpreter services, adult education, adult English programs and telephone counselling services.


    The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages see school counselling service.
    Free telephone counselling services (outside of the education system) are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

    • Lifeline - a 24 hour telephone counselling service - 131114
    • Mensline Australia - 24 hour telephone counselling service for men - 1300789978.
    • Parent line - a toll free 24 hour advice and information service - 1300130052
    • Kids Help Line-a toll free 24 hour advice and information service for young people - 1800551800
    • Head space - headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young people’s wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services - https://www.headspace.org.au/
    • Black Dog-The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. We are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education - https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

    Interpreter service

    Parents and carers who don't speak English well and deaf parents and carers who use sign language, can get assistance from the telephone interpreter service. An interpreter can be requested for school matters involving your child such as enrolment, subject choice, educational progress, attendance, welfare or behaviour. Interpreters can also be requested for parent-teacher interviews, school meetings, school council meetings, and parents and citizens meetings.

    The telephone number to call is 131 450. Ask for an interpreter for the required language and the interpreter will call our school and stay on the line to assist you with your conversation. You will not be charged for this service. Parents and carers who need an interpreter to attend a school meeting should let us know.

    Adult education


  • Aboriginial Student Support

    We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students in order to assist them to be successful learners.

    We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.

    We encourage Aboriginal students to learn how to negotiate and develop strategies by providing unique leadership opportunities.

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  • Students with Additional Needs

    We have a range of educational options to support students with special learning needs which require additional support.

    Every student is entitled to attend a NSW public school. If our school is your local school and your first preference, we suggest you talk to our principal to discuss your son's needs and options.

    Following your discussion, their learning needs will be assessed so that decisions can be made about whether they would be best suited to learning:

    • in a regular class with additional support, or
    • in a special class in a regular or special school.

    You will be involved in any decision about the type of support.

    After enrolment we will work with you and your son to continually review their learning needs at each stage of their education.

    Enrolling in school
    Starting a new school is a big step for all students and their families. If you are thinking about enrolment, we can help with your son's transition to our school. Please contact our principal to make an appointment to discuss any concerns.
    You might like to use our school locator to research regular and Special Schools or Schools for Specific Purposes which have supported classes. It is important to be aware that placement outside of our school will need to be done with the assistance of our regional team.

    Already at school
    If you have concerns about your son's development or progress at school, or if they have special learning needs which have changed, please contact the principal, so we can best cater for your needs.

    Transition planning for Year 11 and 12 students

    We provide support for students entering Years 11 and 12, through to post-school options for vocational education and training, further education or employment.

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  • Student Health

    Promoting health, supporting student health care needs and reducing health risks are important to everyone at our school.

    Prescribed Medication

    If your child is being prescribed medication that needs to be taken during the day, please inform staff at the front office so that arrangements can be made for the medication to be administered. Please read the important information about prescribed medications at school.


    If your child has been diagnosed with an allergy or allergies, it is important that you tell the principal as soon as you become aware of it, or if your child's allergy changes. If your child is diagnosed at risk of an anaphylactic reaction an individual healthcare plan is developed that includes strategies to minimise the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

    Managing Complex Health Needs

    An individual healthcare plan is developed for each student with complex health needs. The plan supports students with severe asthma, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis and those at risk of an emergency or requiring the administration of specific health care procedures.

    Infectious diseases

    There are many infectious diseases that affect children and young people. Schools and parents should contact their local health network for advice regarding infectious diseases.


    Our school's immunisation program works in cooperation with our local health network of the NSW Department of Health who deliver the NSW adolescent school-based vaccination program to high school students.

    Head lice

    Head lice outbreaks sometimes occur at school. If your child has head lice please treat your child and inform us. Daily combing of dry hair with conditioner can get rid of head lice. You should continue to send your child to school.

    Healthy eating at school

    Healthy food keeps children alert and focused and gives them the nutrition they need each day. Parents are to make sure they provide a healthy, nutritious menu in line with the current school nutrition policy.If your child brings their own lunch to school you can help by packing food that is interesting and nutritious. See lunch box ideas.

    Sun safety

    Our school takes sun safety seriously. Children learn about how to protect themselves from the sun's damaging UV rays, and our school implements a range of sun protection strategies..

    Ear infections

    Otitis media is a common middle ear infection which may cause fever or vomiting. If undetected, a child may suffer from hearing loss and their learning could be affected. Most ear infections respond readily to treatment. 

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  • Classroom Behaviour Management

    Classroom Behavior Management or Wellbeing Referral process

    All students are entitled to the right to learn in class and we work constantly to uphold a number of principles to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of all students at all times. Our students have all been introduced to our Bushy Boy Behaviours in which we have utilised the Positive Behaviours intervention Strategies framework to support and reward students for working committedly in upholding our school values.

    Bushy Boys Behavior (PBIS)


    • Show Respect
    • Be Safe
    • Value My Learning



    As a Bushy Boy, I will: 

    • Use ' please' and 'thank you'
    • Wait in line patiently for my turn
    • Use my own money 

    As a Bushy Boy, I will:

    • Only be in corridors and stairwells to:
      • Move to class promptly
      • See a teacher
    • Walk safely and quietly on the left
    • eat my food outside buildings

    As a Bushy Boy, I will:

    • Treat others with care and respect
    • Play with right games safely in the right areas
    • Place my rubbish in the bins and pickup other rubbish I see
    • Be in areas I am allowed to be in

    As a Bushy Boy, I will: 

    • Follow the Code of Behavior
    • Work together with team mates
    • Always accept the referee's decisions
    • Be on time and in correct uniform
    • Travel with my team and look after one another
    • Use transport safely and responsibly

    As a Bushy Boy, I will: 

    • Cooperate with my teachers and classmates
    • Care for the learning environment
    • Be on time and be prepared
    • Work at my best
    • Speak politely to everyone
    • Wear my uniform proudly
    • Work responsibly in the learning environment

    As a Bushy Boy, I will: 

    • Listen and respect all speakers
    • Applaud appropriately to show appreciation
    • Stay seated in my correct roll call
    • Ensure I am marked present

    As a Bushy Boy, I will:

    • Leave my bag outside
    • Work quitely
    • Look after my own valuables
    • Follow library rules
    Front Office

    As a Bushy Boy, I will: 

    • Use ' please' and 'thank you'
    • Make payments and enquiries during recess and lunch
    • Visit the sick bay only when I don't feel well
    • Follow the directions of the office staff

    As a Bushy Boy, I will: 

    • Always have an out-of-class pass
    • Use good hygiene practices
    • Return to class immediately
    • Report any damage to the front office


    At times, students of concern will be elevated through referral to a Subject Head Teacher. This staff member will either directly intervene in the students behavioural choices or refer to the appropriate next level. The following diagram demonstrates the current student referral process at our school.

    Student Referral Processes

    Any serious concerns in relations to Child Protection issues refer directly to Principal.


    Atypical Referrals to HT Student Wellbeing and Year Adviser.

    Teachers & Head Teachers can refer directly to Year Adviser when there are obvious welfare concerns.

    • Signs of neglect
    • Escalating inappropriate behaviors
    • Dramatic change in attitude or personality (depression)

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  • Roles of the Stakeholders

    Roles of the School

    At HBHS members of the school community have rights and responsibilities. Students and staff have the right to feel safe and protected from bullying and harassment. The school responds quickly and firmly against bullying wherever and whenever it occurs.

    The school is responsible for the implementation of an anti-bullying policy. The central components are strategies which are utilised for anticipated incidents. HBHS fosters a structured approach when dealing with student bullying.

    Level 1

    • an incident record is kept
    • students are interviewed to ascertain the facts. A “No Blame” approach is used.
    • students are counselled
    • relevant school-based strategy is administered

    Level 2

    • parent involvement including notification and interview
    • interventions across the school involving Deputy Principals, Head Teacher Wellbeing, Head Teachers and classroom teachers
    • use of monitoring structures
    • use of relevant support structures at school or available to the school

    Level 3

    • discipline code. Students who persist in bullying, despite counselling and support, may be suspended and ultimately excluded from school. Students may be immediately suspended or excluded from school depending on the severity of the bullying.

    Roles of School Staff

    All staff will:

    • model and promote positive relationships that respect and accept individual differences and diversity within the school community
    • be aware of their duty of care
    • ensure that bullying or threatening behaviour is not tolerated in school.
    • respond to bullying immediately
    • have knowledge of school and departmental policies relating to bullying behaviours
    • support colleagues in procedural fairness and processes
    • support those dealing with incidents and issues revolved around bullying
    • be effective role models by modelling non-bullying behaviours
    • promote a safe and caring learning environment
    • reinforce school values
    • create environments that are conducive to the minimisation and prevention of bullying and harassment
    • adopt consistency in school rules and expected codes of behaviour from the Fair Discipline Code
    • arrive at class on time and move promptly between lessons
    • actively patrol during playground duty and to be aware of potential incident areas
    • teach assertive behaviours and resilience where applicable
    • deliver Quality Teaching lessons that promote equity and engages all students
    • encourage co-operative learning and group work activities
    • foster positive and supportive relationships with the whole school community
    • communicate and collaborate with parents when dealing with issues
    • encourage tolerance and empathy among the whole school community
    • utilise aspects of the school curriculum that will assist students to deal effectively with issues of bullying by providing lessons and activities to develop relevant knowledge, attitudes and skills.

    Roles of the Parent

    Your parent /carer role is to support your child/ward and collaborate with the school to resolve any issue /s related to bullying and harassment.

    If your son is involved in bullying, either as a target or as an aggressor, communicate details to the school. Contact a Deputy Principal or Year Adviser as soon as possible.

    • Note ways and warning signs that indicate your son is being bullied.
    • Refer to the HBHS Anti-Bullying Policy, DEC website and relevant websites (see Resources).
    • If you suspect your son is involved in bullying at school encourage your son to talk to you, or a trusted adult family member, about it.
    • Tell your son you are there to help him should he need it.
    • Do NOT encourage your son to retaliate either physically or verbally.
    • Listen carefully and sympathetically. Try to get relevant detail in a calm and non-judgemental manner.
    • Describe accurately what has been happening to your son to your contact at the school.
    • Encourage your son to tell someone at school about it.
    • Stay involved in your son’s use of new technologies
    • Set rules over use of social media. Make sure your son knows what information he can share by phone or post online and which websites they can visit.
    • Discuss and negotiate the amount of time your son can spend online and ensure he maintains a balance.
    • Encourage and support your son in developing his talents and participating in extra-curricular activities or school initiatives that will build confidence and friendships.
    • Collaborate with staff in developing or utilising strategies related to building resilience in students.

    Roles of the Student

    • Behave appropriately respecting individual differences and diversity
    • Take care of school property and respect the property of others
    • Follow school rules in all school environments including excursions
    • Behave as responsible digital citizens
    • Behave as responsible bystanders
    • Do NOT harass, intimidate or bully students, staff and community members in any manner whatsoever


  • Bullying

    Definition of Bullying

    Bullying is when an individual or group with more power at the time, deliberately and repeatedly use words, gestures, actions, physical contact against another individual which causes distress and creates a risk to their wellbeing.
    Bullying is a very serious issue. It is recognised to be a prominent cause of truancy, underachievement, a decline in learning and depression.

    Bullying may:

    • be systematic and continue over time rather than a one off occurrence
    • be motivated by jealousy, distrust, fear, misunderstanding or lack of knowledge
    • make people feel threatened
    • be hidden from adults
    • continue if adults and peers take no action.
    • include any form of behaviour that is not welcome and not solicited.
    • be distressing and hurtful to the target/victim.

    Bullying can be defined as:

    • physical bullying: being hit, tripped, kicked, pinched, spat upon and similar reactions
    • verbal bullying: being called names, teased, put down, racially abused and similar reactions
    • psychological bullying: being threatened, stalked, gestures and similar reactions
    • social bullying: being ignored, having rumours spread about you, excluding someone
    • sexual bullying: unwanted touching or brushing against someone, picking on someone because of their sexual orientation, gender issues, directing sexually explicit language at someone.
    • cyber bullying: insulting someone in chat rooms, sending cruel or threatening emails/text messages; using the web, chat rooms or mobile phones to spread rumours or information about someone. Cyber bullying includes aspects of sexting and sending any form of pornography to others.

    Bullying can happen in any area of the school and community. Bullying is a difficult problem that only escalates when it is ignored. Research has demonstrated that bystanders play a significant role in bullying.

    • bystanders are present most of the time, where adults are rarely present
    • bullying behaviour is reinforced where people watch but do nothing
    • when bystanders do intervene; the bullying is more likely to stop quickly most of the time.

    Anti-Bullying Code

    Bullying interferes with learning and will not be tolerated at HBHS. It is not an acceptable part of growing up.

    • The DEC recognises bullying as an inappropriate behaviour, which can be dealt with according to the school’s discipline policy and suspension code.
    • Every student has the right to enjoy learning and leisure free from intimidation.
    • Students should support each other by reporting all instances of bullying. Saying nothing implicates a bystander as condoning or being complicit in the bullying.
    • Bullying is too important not to report.
    • Reports of bullying will be taken seriously and appropriate action will be taken.

    Each member of the HBHS community has a duty of care and shares the collective responsibility to ensure every member feels safe, supported and valued at all times. Bullying, in any form, is never acceptable.

    Tips for Students

    • Do not ignore bullying
    • Report any form of bullying to any trusted adult(s), member of staff or mentors within the school such as prefects or senior students
    • Stay calm and confident when bullied. Ignore the bully and walk away
    • Say NO if someone asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable
    • Discuss issues about bullying with a trusted adult
    • Develop strategies to address bullying with assistance from staff (such as Head Teacher Wellbeing, Year Advisor, Counsellor or parent(s)/caregiver(s)
    • Report cyberbullying to parent(s)/caregiver(s) or your social media provider
    • Stand up and speak out if you witness or know about bullying happening to a friend or another person, ask the bully to stop, support the bullied person and report the incident
    • Involve yourself in school life beyond the classroom by participating in extra curricula activities
    • Help change the school community by collaborating and working with others to stop bullying behaviours at HBHS
    • Become a positive role model by demonstrating aspects of the school’s SLR (Safety, Learning, Respect) matrix

    If You are the Bully

    • Make a commitment to change
    • Focus on empathy and responsibility
    • Resist peer pressure to bully


  • Student Safety

    We create and maintain a safe school environment by protecting the wellbeing of our students and promoting positive relationships between students.

    Child protection

    Strict safety checks are in place to protect students including criminal record checks of all permanent and casual teachers. We teach our students to recognise when they may be unsafe and how to get help.

    Internet safety

    Web filtering technology prevents students from accessing inappropriate material on the internet and email system. Please refer to our Technology Policy and BYOD policy for further details. 


    We work hard to prevent bullying in our school and we recognise that the best outcomes are achieved by school communities, parents, students and teachers, working together to help prevent and to respond to bullying.

    Our Anti-bullying Plan includes protection, prevention, early intervention and response strategies for student bullying. Any student who experiences bullying and any person who witnesses bullying should report it to a teacher or the school principal.


    Anti-racism education is taught in our classrooms and we make every effort to ensure our school is free from discrimination. Our anti-racism contact officer can help any member of the school community who wishes to raise a complaint of racism. For more information see information in community languages.
    For any concerns please contact the school’s ARCO Mr S. Prasad

    Sun safety

    We teach students about the damaging effects of the sun and promote sun safety practices. Students are expected to wear a maroon cap bearing the school crest, any non school cap is subject to confiscation under the school’s uniform policy.

    Road safety

    Road safety education is taught to all students from Kindergarten to Year 10 as part of personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE). Driver education programs are also taught as part of the PDHPE 7-10 syllabus.

    Drug education

    Drug education and understanding responsibility and relationships is taught as part of PDHPE from Kindergarten to Year 10.


    Crossroads is a course for Years 11 and 12 students. It encourages students to extend and build on the relationship and drug issues outcomes achieved in PDHPE in previous years and reflects other contemporary health issues facing young people.

  • HBHS Technology Policy

    Commencing Term 3 2017 Homebush Boys High School is introducing a Technology Policy to provide students, staff and parents with clear guidelines regarding the safe and appropriate use of technology at School.

    BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is now a compulsory policy at Homebush Boys High School. All students are required to bring their devices charged and ready for use every day. The primary purpose is to assist the teaching and learning of our students and better prepare them for the paperless workplace and society of the twenty first century, into which they will enter upon leaving school. Other reasons are the economic savings, allowing funds to be diverted to better use, and environmental sustainability. Further information on device requirements is available in the BYOD Policy.

  • Multicultural Day 2017

    Homebush Boys High School is celebrating our unity in diversity through our Multicultural Day on 21/07/17. Term 3 Week 1 Friday

    It is a whole day of celebration. The day begins with a special assembly followed by cultural performances and a special lunch with food stalls boasting a variety of cuisines from around the world.

    Main Events

    • Special Assembly 8:50 to 9:45
    • Cultural Performances in the hall 9:45 to 10:30
    • Special Lunch 1:15 to 2:20

    The school community is invited to attend the special assembly and assist with the food stalls. (If you are interested in helping on the day please contact Ms Kumaralingam / Ms Altundag/ Ms Singh)

    All parents wishing to come on this day, please go to the office to sign in when you arrive.



  • Parent Works Flyer

    ParentWorks is a freeonline program for Australian parents and caregivers of children aged 2 to 16.

    ParentWorks provides evidence-based parenting strategies to improve parenting skills and child behaviour. It is part of a research project at the University of Sydney.

    You may find this program helpful for:

    • Managing challenging child behaviours such as tantrums, aggression, noncompliance and sibling conflict
    • Increasing your confidence in parenting
    • Working as a team with your partner

    ParentWorks can be completed in your own home, at your own pace.

    Find out more at parentworks.org.au

  • CAPA & Recital Night

    HBHS’s annual CAPA Evening is this week, Thursday 22nd of June.

    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 from 5:30pm and a performance showcase will commence at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the evening.

    We hope to see you in attendance for what will surely be a highlight for the 2017 school year.


  • Ramadan Iftar Night 2017

    Once again, Homebush Boys High School has displayed the beauty of its cultural diversity and inclusion with the successful Ramadan Iftar night.

    Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, who fast from dawn till sunset in order to learn self-discipline, self-restraint and patience. It also teaches empathy for the less fortunate. With many students partaking in this holy month, Homebush Boys accepts and acknowledges the beliefs of all. Every year, an Iftar (evening meal) is hosted where Muslims and Non-Muslims break bread, share a meal and unite as a school community. This experience of coming together is much needed in our time.