Tag: Year 10

  • Presentation Day 2020 - Broadcast

    Our annual Presentation Day Assembly had to be held in a different form this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, we held five separate year assemblies between Tuesday 7th December and Thursday 10th December 2020 to celebrate the achievements of students from years 7-11. To enable parents, caregivers, and the community to share in the successes of the students at Homebush Boys High School this year, each year group assembly has been recorded and is available for viewing at the links below.
    Congratulations to all on their academic, sporting and extra-curricular achievements in 2020.
    Presentation Day Video Links - YouTube PlayList
  • Cafe Courses at Wetherill Park

    Each week a group of 15 Year 10s head to Wetherill Park to do short Cafe Course. In doing so, they are pretty much running the Cafe from making coffees and other hot beverages, preparing lunch, serving the public, complying with WH&S and wetting the appetite by making Mocktails. We definitely save the best for last!​

    I always look forward to seeing them on the Monday as their enthusiasm is infectious whilst they tell me about their latest ventures and skills that they have acquired. The boys have done exceptionally well, where they step up to the plate and quickly adapt to being professional. They have done themselves, their school and their families proud. Great job guys led by a great team leader Imran Abou- Zeid who recruited very carefully.

    Look forward to hearing about your next ventures and know who I'll turn to if I ever feel like a career change - to move into the hospitality industry.

    Well done Cafe team! 

  • Years 8 & 10 Parents and Teachers Interview

    In light of the COVID Pandemic restrictions, Homebush Boys High School will be conducting Year 8 and 10 Parent and Teacher Interviews via telephone.

    The telephone Interviews have been scheduled for Thursday 15 October 2020 from 3.15pm to 6.15pm.

    Students are required to make subject teacher bookings via Moodle (through the school website) using login details – “General” – “Parent & Teacher’s Interview” or by using the link below:


    This is an opportunity for Parents to discuss how their son is progressing in his schooling. The booking system consists of a 5-minute meeting per parent per student basis. The onus is on the student to make the necessary bookings and the Parent to ensure that this occurs.

    Should you or your son have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Syarief Achmed, Deputy Principal (Year 8) or Ms Catherine Player, Deputy Principal (Year 10) on (02) 9764 3611


  • NSW Schools Vaccination Program for Year 10

    Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.
    On Friday 19 June the following vaccines will be offered to Year 10 students:

    Meningococcal ACWY

    Parent Information Kits that include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement were sent home to parents/guardians on Monday 1 June, 2020.
    To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to:

    • Read all the information provided
    • Complete the consent form
    • Return the completed consent form to their child’s school
    • Ensure that their child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic
  • UNSW Educators' Newsletter May 2020

    As we roll into the May edition of our Educators’ Monthly newsletter, we have a busy calendar of online events ahead. Our team will also be exhibiting as part of InspirED’s upcoming digital expos, beginning with the HSC & Beyond Virtual Careers Expo from the 27-31 May.

    We’re also introducing two new Media workshops for high schools as part of our interactive UNSWorkshops program, both of which can be delivered fully online or live-streamed to a classroom. Bookings for these workshops as well as our live-streamed UNSW presentations are available via our Careers Advisers Resources website.

  • Literacy & Numeracy Parental Information

    Parents & caregivers of Years 7, 9 and 10 students -

    Further to the email sent to you early in April, please note that weekly on-line literacy numeracy exercises​ for your son are now in the third week. These exercises will continue weekly until the end of Term 2, even if normal schooling resumes during this time.

    It will be remembered that, with the cancellation of the Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN tests this year, these exercises are providing important information about your son's literacy & numeracy progress. In Year 10, they are also good preparation for the Minimum Standards tests, which will now likely be held near the end of this Term.

  • Visit from Australian Rugby Sevens

    On the 12th of December, Year 9 and Year 10 students had the privilege of hosting a visit from two of our Australian Rugby Sevens players who will be playing at the Sydney Sevens tournament on February 1st and 2nd as well as representing our country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The boys were able to hear about the players journey and had a Q and A session as well as a meet and greet at the end of the presentation. Good luck boys at both the Sydney Sevens and Tokyo Olympics from Homebush Boys High School.


  • HBHS Artworks at the Lidcombe Center

    For the month of November, selected boys from Year 8 and Year 10 are spending their Tuesdays making artworks for the Lidcombe Center. This was a way to congratulate these students of their efforts in Visual Arts this year and to inspire them for their further studies next year. Each week the boys are making artworks that are then uploaded to the Lidcombe Centre's Facebook and Instagram pages, voted on by the public and awards of $200 and $100 will be given to the winning artworks. Working closely with the marketing manager of the Lidcombe Centre, Setty Ferdousian, we are looking forward to displaying more work in the centre, creating murals and finding news ways in which the creative arts at Homebush Boys High School can engage with its community in valuable and sustainable ways.

  • Work Experience at the RAAF

    From the 5th to the 8th of August 2019, I was fortunate to do work experience hosted by 22 Squadron’s Sergeant Gerard Harkins and Flight Sergeant Marc Werner. We were taken around the base and engaged in a variety of activities that demonstrated the different roles of units and the variety of careers that are available in the Air Force. These included activities such as flying to ground support roles as well as familiarising ourselves with military working dogs, engineering, maintenance, logistics, air traffic control, PTI’s, medical, fire and rescue and the much desired and coveted piloting career path and simulators.

    It was a week where we learnt a lot, met many new people and generally a great experience. An awesome time was had by all and I’d like to thank the RAAF for this great opportunity and Mrs Anton for her ongoing support.


    PIX U JOB is an App that assists students find jobs. It's innovative, user friendly and very quick. Throughout the last 2 weeks we have been very privileged to have a team of up to 5 people come in to present to our Year 10 cohort. The students loved it, as it is a rarity to have them use their mobile phones during class. Yes they were all on task and engaging with our presenters beautifully as they navigated through the App in an attempt to build their live profile. Some students were even awarded a gift voucher to Westfields on their IT savvy skills and their successful creation of their profile, I was so disappointed to have not be chosen.

    In any event, the students learnt, engaged and enjoyed their presentation and on behalf of HBHS we'd like to thank PIX U JOB, and in particular Karim Mousri, their Memebership Manager who reached out to us and made it all possible. We welcome any further collaboration between the 2 organisations and feel that this is a really relevant and useful platform for students to link in with potential employers.

    They have even offered internship / mentoring type of programs which I am certain that many of our boys will embrace.

    Thank you so much PIX U JOB


  • NSW School of Languages - 2020 Enrolment

    NSW School of Languages offers enrolment in the following languages:

    • Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Indonesian
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Modern Greek
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Spanish

    NSW School of Languages caters for students in Years 9 to 12 who attend a NSW or ACT Government or non-Government school which does not offer one of the above languages. Any students in Years 8 or 10 wishing to enrol to study a language not offered at Homebush Boys High should see Ms Symonds in the History Staffroom for an enrolment application.
    Application closing date: 13th November 2019.

  • Sydney Start Up Hub

    On the 23rd July 2019, a group of Year 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to visit the Sydney Startup Hub near Wynyard Station to attend a STEM course. The Startup Hub was filled with innovative people who were trying to start their own business with the help of professional business owners. These young owners had to find a niche market to launch their experimental ideas. The Startup Hub is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere and can occupy up to 2500 people.

    At the Sydney Startup Hub, we were given a lecture on starting up a business, career or job. The lecturers there were very thoughtful in educating us on what to do when we leave school or university. Following that, we were taken on a tour of the Sydney Startup Hub. At the hub, there we visited a coworking space called Fishburners. It is a non-for-profit organisation that is committed to creating startups in Australia which are got to do with technology. This is done through creativity, connection and collection to support. A generous university student gave us a tour of the Fishburners facility, explaining everything in detail and in a willingness to upskill young people. Following the fishburners, we visited the studio and cafe. At the studio, we got to visit a green screen and were told how it worked, we then visited a music production studio, one of the rooms were eerily quiet due to the acoustic studiofoam, and in the other room, all the sounds were heightened and made louder so that during production, all the singing and instruments are heard so that every aspect of the song is perfect. The studio also had its fair share of creators and new business owners.

  • Macquarie University Representatives

    Throughout the last couple of weeks we have had the pleasure of having Macquarie University Representatives present to our Year 10 students. They have inspired our students to look at post school options, regarding courses that they can pursue, scholarships to apply for and other schemes that will assist them achieve their career goals.

    Furthermore, MQU have not only been generous in their time but have been very accommodating in the sort of services that they have provided such as 1:1 consultations and are willing to work with our school to customize programs to suit our student's needs.

    On behalf of the school we’d like to thank the Student Recruitment Manager, Tristan Tulloch who was instrumental in making this happen. Also all of the student ambassadors who made multiple visits to our school and were exceptional in the support that they provided.

  • Year 9 & 10 Parent and Teacher Interviews

    Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

    School resumes on:

    • Monday 22nd July - Staff Development Day (No Students)
    • Tuesday 23rd July - First Day Back Term 3


    The Year 9 and 10 Parent and Teacher interviews are on Thursday 25th July 2019 from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm. Please click on read more to view the location of each faculty.

    Student reports will be available online through the Parent Portal from Tuesday 23rd July 2019.

    Teacher appointments can be made via Moodle. Please click on the image for instructions on how to use the booking system. 

    Please encourage your son to log onto Moodle and book teacher appointments.

    Only booked appointments will be available to parents on the 25th July 2019.

    Interpreter assistance will be provided on the night. Please email Emily Yong on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require an interpreter.

    If you have any further enquiries, please contact the school on 9764 3611.

  • Subject Selection Information Evening – Year 11 2020

    There will be a Year 10 information evening regarding the subject selection process for students entering Year 11 in 2020.

    The evening will cover the process for transition of students into Year 11 and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements. The explicit information provided will be about the subject selection process at Homebush Boys High School and NESA requirements. There will also be representatives from each faculty with information specific to particular courses offered in 2020. At the end of the NESA presentation, there will be an opportunity for questioning and meeting faculty representatives to further clarify any issues that may arise.

    Where: Homebush Boys High School Hall
    When:Monday 1st July 2019
    Time:Registration 6:00 - 6:30 pm (Presentations 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm)

    A subject information booklet will also be distributed on the night during registration, outlining the courses on offer to assist students in making informed decisions.

    This Subject Selection Evening is for students and parents. Students will participate in a one day workshop on Thursday 27th June 2019, to receive more detailed information about the courses being offered for Year 11 2020. Students and parents may opt in to be interviewed by a curriculum adviser before the subject choices are finalised and must return the slip below by Friday 21 June to Mr Achmad in the DP Office. Interviews will begin Term 2 Week 10.  

    If you have any enquiries in regards to this evening, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Achmad on 9764 3611.


  • Meningococcal Vaccination for Year 10 students

    To protect against outbreaks of infection, NSW Ministry of Health works with education authorities to offer the vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

    Information on the School Vaccination Program is available in 29 languages other than English and can be found at:

    Translated sample consent forms are included as a guide, however only original consent forms provided by the Public Health Unit should be used.

  • UNSW Days

    Business Day

    On a cold morning of the 21st May, a group of Year 10 students attended the business day at UNSW (Kensington campus) to experience what it was like to do business at university. There were many different schools attending from all over Sydney. We were greeted by a group of student ambassadors who directed us to the registration table. Soon after, we received a bag filled with UNSW merchandise (a journal, pen, water bottle, card holder that sticks to your phone and also can be used as a stand). After that we were directed into a lecture hall where the presentations began. Firstly, the Professor gave us a presentation about the introduction of what business was and the various courses involved. There were a couple of students who shared their experience with us about doing their degree at UNSW and why they chose UNSW.

    They presented us with a summary of different courses and the requirements for each course. We then split up into our allocated groups (based on the various fields of business we chose online) to attend our first workshop. The first workshop I did was about marketing. We split up into groups - consisting of I (Justin Lam), Merton Cheng, Michael Wang and Sudharshan Sundaramurthy - and we had to create a poster on a new invention that would convince the community to drink water and we had to present to the other group members. After that we had the opportunity to purchase lunch from the food court, must I say, the food their wasn’t half bad. Afterwards we were instructed to head back into the lecture hall and we had the chance to have a Q&A session with the panel (Current and past students) using online program called Slido. They presented us with very well and informative answers. We then headed to our final workshop, economics, and the professor gave us an introduction on economics, the theory behind it.

  • Sydney Story Factory in Parramatta

    On October 29th, 11 students attended the Sydney Story Factory in Parramatta (A. Hossaini, L. Goyal, N. Michael, D. Heng, V. Vinayagamoorthy, Y. Thayaparan, L. Yunus, D. Krisnapalan, G. Deepa Kumar, D. Q Mai and B. Maaliki). This writing workshop provided the opportunity for students to engage in writing poetry and explain what it means to be human. Each student worked with a volunteer and created several poems which were read aloud and recorded to accompany a video of each students’ face. Each of their poems have also been compiled into a booklet for each student to keep. The poems and video were honest and creative, making me very proud as a teacher at Homebush Boys High School. Thanks again to the Sydney Story Factory for making this possible. Below are some of their reflections of the day.
    By Ms Yong

    Last year’s November was me scooping ice-cream straight out of a two-litre box and watching ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ non-stop. How pathetic was that?

    But this year started with a good note when our Sydney Story Excursion began. The newly erected centre in Parramatta beamed Tokyo-neon coolness. And because I was a hormonally instable 16-years-old kid, I was intrigued. Mr Short, our workshop’s facilitator welcomed us in. Not only so, the room was warmed with the help of a team of devoted volunteers (please remember me, Mr John in the green shirt that films professionally).

  • Preparing for Senior Studies

    As many senior students prepare to leave school at the end of this year and embark on further education or a new career, a whole batch of students are preparing to join the ranks of the senior students next year.

    As students approach the senior years, they are expected to start taking more responsibility for their own learning. For many students part of this is a realisation that they need to do their schoolwork for their own sake, to keep options open for their own future – so they start to work for themselves, not just because their teacher or parent says they have to. Other students come to realise that in order to cope with the increased workload in the senior years, they need to work more efficiently at home and in the classroom, small changes like changing who students sit next to can make a big difference to how much work is completed in class.

    So for students who are commencing their senior studies next year, the final term this year is important in taking stock of your approach to school and your studies. Do you work well in the classroom? Who do you sit next to? What are your listening and research skills like? Do you have systems in place to manage your homework and assignments? Do you know how to study effectively and have you tried different study techniques?

  • English Excursion to Pop-up Globe Theatre to see Macbeth

    On the last day of Term 3, the year 11 Advanced English cohort, accompanied by their teachers (Ms Yong, Ms Bonis and Ms Ball) watched a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Pop Up Globe in the Entertainment Quarter. Our tickets were as ‘groundlings’, which are standing tickets in the pit below stage. While this meant standing over 2 hours we were definitely closer to the action. Performances at the Pop Up Globe are still running until December 1 and I thoroughly suggest you go experience the world of Shakespeare (https://popupglobe.com.au). The following pieces are reflections by the students of their educational, enjoyable and at times uncomfortable experiences.
    By Ms Yong