Tag: Whole School

Articles relating to the whole school.

  • Update - Remote Delivery of Work

    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?

    • HBHS moves to remote delivery of work

      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:


      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.

    • Restrictions begin as schools move towards online learning

      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.

    • NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020

      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.

    • Schools to implement distancing measures

      The NSW Department of Education is introducing proactive measures to limit the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our schools.

      Mark Scott, Secretary of the Department of Education, announced that schools would adopt social distancing measures requiring them to cancel assemblies, excursions, travel, some events and conferences.

      Mr Scott said these measures are precautionary and designed to reduce exposure via non-essential gatherings.

      "Schools have been a focus of the community and the government as the impacts of coronavirus have developed globally," Mr Scott said.

      "From Monday onwards, I expect school assemblies and substantial gatherings to be cancelled, along with all excursions.

      "The community expects schools to be as safe as possible. We are implementing these measures to provide peace of mind for students, parents and staff."

      "These cancellations also extend to inter-school arts, sports, initiative activities and events.

    • Updated information COVID-19 – Social Distancing Measures for Sporting Activities

      NSW Department of Education have indicated a ‘phased social distancing strategy’ is to be implemented from Monday 16 March 2020. As part of this strategy 'Arts, Sports and Initiatives events will be temporarily ceased until further notice'. The Sydney North Schools Sports Association advises that the following trials/championships/knockouts will not proceed - 

      • Primary girls football trials
      • Central venue water polo days
      • Primary Australian Football trials
      • Secondary Rugby League trials
      • Buckley Shield Central venue days
      • University Shield Central venues days
      • Secondary Boys Football trials
      • Secondary Boys hockey trials
      • Secondary Girls hockey trials
      • Secondary Girls football trials
      • COVID-19 and public schools in NSW

        The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illnesses.

        1. Wash your hands
          • Clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
          • Helpful hygiene heroes Piper and Hunter are here to teach you how to wash your hands
        2. Cough etiquette
          • Cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with a tissue (and dispose of it immediately). Avoid close contact with people who are ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
        3. Stay home
          • if you are sick If your child is unwell with a respiratory illness they should remain at home until symptoms clear up.
      • Student Eyecare Program - Term 2 2020

        The school is pleased to announce that the Student Eyecare Program will be running in Term 2. An optometrist will be onsite during school hours to provide students with a free comprehensive eye examination that is covered through Medicare Australia. 1 in 6 students have eye conditions that go undetected. This is due to the high level of visual demand on their eyes from books, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Every student will receive a full report about their eye health and a prescription will be provided if glasses are required. The prescription can be taken to any optical store to get the glasses made. Don’t let your child miss out on this worthwhile health program! Please go to the front office to collect a note.

        Please click on the image to see the full details 

      • Lowes 20% Off Schoolwear Sale

        Lowes Exclusive offer to Zero & Rewards Card Holders.

        20% off schoolwear and everything else!

        In Store & Online - Thursday 12th March only.

        Offer ends midnight (AEDT) 12/03/20. Must use Zero or Rewards card to receive discount.

        For more information please contact your nearest Lowes store.

        * Excludes gift cards & schoolwear layby’s. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, no rainchecks. 


        Please click on the image to see the full details  

      • Study Skills 2020

        Information for Parents about that ELES Study Skills Website at HBHS

        The ELES Study Skills Online Handbook provides a comprehensive digital guide for students as to the study skills needed for success in high school. Homebush Boys High School will be delivering study skills sessions to Years 7 - 12 throughout 2020.

        The modules below will be delivered in workshops and year meetings. Students will also receive resources throughout the year to help keep their study skills on track.




      • Coronavirus Update - Part 2

        Update advice for Parents – 2 February 2020
        Current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health for parents in regards to the Novel Coronavirus is:

        • Any student and staff arriving in Australia from 1 February 2020 who has been in mainland China or transited through mainland China (not just Hubei province) is excluded from school and child care services for a period of 14 days from the date they left mainland China as the Novel Coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
        • Any confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return
        • Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
        • Any student and staff arriving before 1 February our previous advice remains that students and staff who were in Hubei province are excluded from school or child care services for 14 days, and those who were in the rest of China are requested not to not attend school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China.
        • More information can be found at NSW Health.
      • Coronavirus Update

        The Department of Education is currently working with the Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus situation. Advice has been distributed to NSW Public Schools in accordance with advice received from the Ministry of Health.

        There has been a small number of cases of confirmed Novel Coronavirus in New South Wales. In accordance with national public health guidelines, exclusions only apply for those who are a:

        • Confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude until medically cleared
        • Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case 

        Staff or students who have recently returned from overseas and are well, and are not close contacts of a confirmed case, are able attend work or school as normal. 

      • HBHS Technology Policy 2020

        Homebush Boys High School is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) 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, available on the school website (http://tinyurl.com/hbhsbyod).

        Following extensive community consultation, mobile phones and other non-educational electronic devices will be banned from the beginning of 2020 within the school premises, this includes classrooms, playgrounds and corridors. Prior to entering the school grounds all Mobile Phones and Non-Educational Electronic devices must be switched off and out of sight. This includes all wired and wireless headphones and speakers. The purpose is to prevent disruption to learning, protect student privacy, avoid issues of cyber bullying and promote healthy patterns of use.

      • Happy Holidays - 2019

        Wishing you holidays filled with fun and laughter, and very best wishes for a prosperous new year.


        School Resume on: 

        Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Staff Only
        Wednesday 29th January 2020 - Year 7, Year 11 & Year 12
        Thursday 30th January 2020 - Year 8, Year 9 & Year 10

      • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

        A person who attends Homebush Boys has been diagnosed with whooping cough (pertussis). I am writing to provide you with information about this illness and ask that you watch for the symptoms, especially over the next three weeks.

        Please Click Herefor the informational letter.

        If you or your child develops symptoms, please go to your local doctor as soon as possible and take this letter with you.

        What is Pertussis?
        Pertussis is an infection of the throat that often begins like a cold and cough. This can progress to bouts of coughing, and sometimes breathing difficulties and vomiting after coughing. It can be a very serious infection in small children, however older children and adults can also get pertussis and pass it on to others. People with pertussis are infectious for the first 3 weeks of their illness or until they have completed a 5 day course of the recommended antibiotics. The coughing can last between one and three months.

      • HBHS Prefect’s Instagram Account

        The Homebush Boys Prefects of 2019/20 have taken the initiative to create an Instagram page to advertise and promote prefect run events or competitions. This Instagram page will be public allowing students, parents and the members of the community to view activities taking place within the school grounds.

        This Instagram page will be monitored constantly to ensure the safety and wellbeing off all students, parents and all who visit the page.

        To follow our page, simply search up '@hbhsprefects' into the search bar and press the blue follow button. Or you can scan the Instagram nametag through your Instagram account to follow the account (name tag can be found in the attached picture).

        If you have any enquires or questions feel free to talk to any of the prefects and we will be more than happy to help.

      • Prefect Initiative – Men’s Mental Health

        The month of December is dedicated to Men’s Mental Health. This prefect initiative is celebrated in collaboration with RUOK Day. According to the Productivity Commission, every 2 out of 3 Australians suffer from mental health issues. As the school students’ leaders, the prefects held a formal assembly under the leadership of Ahmad Alameddine and Bassam Maaliki, where they worked tirelessly with our school counsellor, Ms Katherine Gudgeon and the Prefect Coordinator, Mrs Phirum Duch to raise awareness about mental health and provide strategies that can be used to assist students who suffer from either anxiety or depression to seek help. The main point of the Men’s Mental Health Initiative is that “when you have the flu or you are generally feeling unwell, you don’t question going to the doctors to seek medical advice. Let’s not place a stigma on seeking help from a counsellor or someone who you trust for mental health issues.”

      • HBHS Presentation Day - 2019

        Our Presentation Day 2019 will be held on Tuesday 10th December 2019 at the Marie Bashir School Auditorium located at 159 Albert Road Strathfield NSW.


        The ceremony will begin at 9:30 am and is anticipated to conclude by 12:00 pm. Award recipients from Years 7-11 in 2019 will receive individual letters with details about the day.

        The school day will begin with roll call at 8:50am at the Marie Bashir School.

        Attendance is compulsory as on all school days and students must wear full formal school uniform. PDHPE uniform is NOT to be worn.

      • Industrial Action - Thursday 5th December 2019

        The New South Wales Teachers Federation has called upon its members to stop work on Thursday 5 December 2019 commencing at 8.45am in order to hear the latest reports from the Presidential Officers on salary negotiations.

        Homebush Boys High School will be open and we are able to provide minimal supervision for students until 11.00am on this day. No classes will be taught during this time. Students attending during this time should report to the main quad where they will be supervised.

        Roll call will be held in homerooms at 11.00am with period 3 starting at 11.10am. Bell times will then run as scheduled. Full teaching and learning will occur as per timetabled classes from periods 3 to 5.


      • HBHS Prefect Induction Day

        On Friday 15th November, the Prefect Body of 2019-2020 was officially inaugurated into their leadership positions, marking the beginning of a new era. On this auspicious day, prefect executives, family, friends and teachers gathered to congratulate and officially welcomed the future leaders. The nervous energy grew to a climax upon singing of the national anthem, marking the beginning of the pinning ceremony. As each of the men towered over their parents, they braved the impending chance of being stabbed by their parents. Upon signing the names into the "BOOK OF LEADERS" they pondered on the countless leaders which came before them and the effect they had left on the school. The names hidden behind the pages held the legacy of this fine institution, Homebush Boys High School bearing the responsibility of not only upholding but improving the name of the school on each of our set of 21 shoulders. To conclude the ceremony, our School Captain Zain Ousmand made a speech, rousing our spirits and emphasising the importance of brotherhood and believing in oneself.

        Written by Anshul Trevedi