Tag: Year 10

  • 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).

  • 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?

  • 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

     

  • From Monday 22nd of October to Friday 26th, twenty Year Ten students volunteered their time and energy to support over 6,000 NSW school aged children who attended the 2018 Invictus Games as part of the Education Project.

    The Invictus Games are an international adaptive sports event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service personnel. This year saw over 500 competitors from 18 nations descend upon the Homebush precinct.

    The aim of the Education Project was to highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country. The visiting school groups were able to hear from motivational speakers, participate in sports and activities and of course view the competitors in various sports.

    During the daily programs the boys escorted groups to venues throughout Sydney Olympic Park. They also assisted the school groups as they participated in sports such as wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball. The boys were on hand to collect and distribute games passes, tickets and lunches and to assist with additional needs when required. They teamed with twenty volunteers from Strathfield Girls and began their day at 7:15 am. The official volunteer duties concluded at 2pm when visiting school groups completed their final activity.

  • The year 10 Boys did their spot on cooking challenge round in their food technology practicals with only two ingredients, " Bread & Eggs". The boys did their planning within 10 minutes and produced one dish. This task enabled students to manage their time and available resources in order to produce and display a food product. Students also focused on their planning, Hygiene and safe cooking methods. The task created interest among students and involved each and every student to participate and work cooperatively.

  • What is Moodle?
    Moodle is an online platform for the setting and completing of work by students, in their own time. At HBHS, this program has been set up to provide literacy and numeracy support for students, and is complemented by after-school Homework Help classes on two afternoons (Monday and Tuesday), for one hour after school, in the library. Year 8 students have been logged in to Moodle at school.  To access this support, they will need a computer/laptop connected to the internet at home; or, they can use library computers during Homework Help. A teacher will be present at Homework Help, to provide assistance and to record student attendance. In addition, all students have been given a card with Moodle log-on instructions.

    What it is not
    Moodle literacy and numeracy support, does not replace instruction in the classroom, and is in addition to normal homework. Students are advised to pay close attention to what they are taught in class, and to seek help from their classroom teachers, as needed. Work placed on Moodle is designed to give extra practice in literacy/numeracy skills which should already have been covered in class at some point, and which are vital for credentialing, further education and life beyond school.

  • Students now need to achieve minimum literacy and numeracy standards in order to gain a Higher School Certificate. The standards are in reading, writing and numeracy, and the first chance students have to show them will be in Year 10. From Year 10, students will have two chances each year to sit for on-line tests in reading, writing and numeracy. The tests will be done at school, under supervision. Once students have achieved the minimum standard in a particular area, they don’t have to take that test again.

    Students who don’t achieve the minimum standards will still be allowed to move to Year 11 and 12, and can still sit for their HSC. But, at the end of Year 12, they will receive a Record of Achievement, not the Higher School Certificate. Even though Year 9 NAPLAN can no longer be used to gain minimum standards, it is still a very good guide. And the standard is still about Band 8 in each of reading, writing and numeracy. Even before the minimum standards were introduced, this school had a strong focus on literacy and numeracy – and this is now being strengthened. The full program is summarised on the school website.

  • Students in years 9-12 at HBHS have the opportunity to study a wide variety of languages not offered here at school, by studying with the state’s leading language educator via distance education with the NSW School of Languages, located at Petersham.

    The school offers 12 languages to students if the language is not offered at HBHS. The courses conform to NESA requirements and therefore can be studied as courses for completion of ROSA and the HSC.

    Languages available include: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Courses are at Beginners, Continuers and Extension levels.

    Student learning is provided at HBHS during the regular school day and is supported through a diverse program of written materials, telephone lessons, online activities, email, face to face study days at the Petersham campus, excursions and even overseas tours.

  • There will be an information evening regarding the subject selection process for the students going from year 8 into year 9 and students going from year 10 into year 11 in 2019.

    The evening will cover the process undergone for the transition of the students and the NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) requirements. The information given will be more about the subject selection process, rather than about specific subjects.

    Year 9 Subject Selection Details
    Where: Homebush Boys High School hall
    When: Tuesday 31 of July, 2018
    Time: Registration 4:30-5:00pm, Presentations 5:00-6:00pm

    Year 11 Subject Selection Details
    Where: Homebush Boys High School hall
    When: Tuesday 31 of July, 2018
    Time: Registration 6:00-6:30pm, Presentations 6:30-8:00pm

    A subject information booklet will also be handed out on the night to help in this decision.

     

     

  • The Year 9 and 10 Parent and Teacher interviews are on Thursday 26 July 2018 from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm.

    Student reports will be available from the School Office from 3:30 pm.

    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 26 July 2018.

    The School’s Korean and Middle Eastern liaison officers will be available to assist parents during this time.

    If you are unable to attend, student reports may be collected from the School Office only with written parental permission, from Friday 27 July 2018.

    Meeting Rooms for the day are as follows:

  • On Friday the 15th of June, around 15 Year 10 students from Homebush Boys High School attended a “Discover Engineering Workshop" in Parramatta Marist High School. It was a good experience for the boys to learn about the different engineering courses that universities had to offer and what some of our students may be dealing with when it comes to choosing engineering as a career.

    The students competed in many activities with other schools,improving their teamwork and communication skills. Not only that, the boys had a fantastic time and a majority of them are certain that engineering will be their chosen career.

    The Year 10 boys’ most memorable activity in the workshop was creating a handicap leg stick tested on one of our students, “Rishabh Somani.” This activity really got the boys engaged and worked well as a team, and most importantly, as Bushy Boys.

    We’re very appreciative of this opportunity and we’d like to thank Mrs Anton for making this happen.

    By Harry Charania, Year 10

  • On Monday the 4th of June, a group of 40 students from years 10, 11 and 12 headed to the Trades Expo at the ICC at Darling Harbour. It was a day of exploring, understanding and observing of the different types of trades in the industry. We were given a chance to explore each trade throughout the day to learn more about the pathways we could pursue to. There were trade displays which ranged from automotive, carpentry, construction, electrician, plumbing, bricklaying, commercial cookery and many more. There were also representatives from TAFE  as they showed us pathways and discussed what they offer.

    The trades were showcased by many businesses which proved to be very insightful and interesting for us. The companies who were displaying their type of trade, also gave us an opportunity to experience hands on tasks.

  • In the last weeks of term 4 the Yr10 Visual Arts class embarked on a very ambitious mural project that looked at various artists that were an inspiration during the course of the last two years in both the art making and art studying of the subject.

    The students explored artists and specific artworks of interest throughout history from a range of different genres, cultures, ideas, techniques that included both male and female artists from traditional and contemporary periods of art history.

  • Over the past term, several of our year 9 and 10 boys have been involved in the Creating Chances program. This program is aimed at developing the leadership and communication skills of select students and aims to encourage them to keep schooling as a priority.

    Each session, the students spend a period in the classroom looking at important life skills and values development. This is followed by a practical session where team-building and competitive games are played. The students have learnt several world traditional games in their practical lessons and taken away skills in communication, problem solving and resilience.

  • 3 days the boys will never forget.

    Yr 10 Camp a fun packed schedule of activities that allowed the boys to challenge themselves and grow personally as men. Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 6:45am, 80 boys arrived at school ready for an adventure and memories to be made. We hoped onto two busses for a 2 hr bus ride down to Fitzroy falls conference centre, a chance for the boys to nap and relax before 3 days of nonstop fun and adventure.

  • Ms Yong and Mr Sculthorpe took a group of Duke of Ed students on a hike to the Royal National Park, The Coast Track during Week 1 Term 4 2016. Ms Yong hiked with the Bronze Group made up of year 9 and 10 students: Anshul Trivedi, Timothy Choong, Michael Lopes, Charlie McLean, Joshua Mansfield and Peter Gock. While Mr Sculthorpe hiked with the Silver Group which consisted of Year 11 students: Joshua Anderson, Christopher Kadamani, Scott Miller, Fawad Faheem, Alfred Zhang, Shamik Patel and Charles Prentice.

  • Activity:Year 10 Challenge & Growth Adventure Camp
    Venue: Fitzroy Falls Conference & Adventure Centre
    Date: 22nd – 24th Nov 2017

    Optimum Experiences Outdoor Adventures is a mobile operator that offers various Outdoor Education Programs with a high reputation in quality, and with a team that boasts a strong background of experience and expertise in the Outdoor Education field. The Year 10 program is based at Fitzroy Falls Conference & Adventure Centre located in the Southern Highlands. The Canoeing is on the Kangaroo River whilst the Bushwalking and Mountain Bike activities are in Fitzroy Falls and the Morton National Park.

  • On the 30th of May, United States Senator John McCain gave a lecture at the State Library. Two boys from Year 10, Leon Burfield and William Ma, went along with Mr Wilson to listen to Senator McCain’s lecture. The security at the state library was tight with many prominent politician figures such as former Prime Ministers John Howard and Bob Hawke attending the lecture.

    Senator McCain was introduced by the NSW Premier, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian where she praised the trade and investment relationship between the United States and Australia. Senator McCain gave a half-hour lecture with topics spanning from the increase in Chinese influence in the region and Australia’s alliance with the United States. The main points on his speech are to guarantee the Australian people that America will not embrace isolationism and that it will continue the security relationship between the two states. In his speech he touched upon the growing threat of the North Korean Missile program. China’s growing influence in the Asia Pacific region is keynote in his lecture where he criticized China for using its influence in trade and investment “as a tool to coerce its neighbours.”

  • Parents of year 10 are invited to the 2018 Stage 6 Subject Selection Evening on Thursday 8th June. The evening will provide an outline of the Stage 6 subject selection process and requirements. Each faculty will provide a short presentation regarding their courses and parents will be given the opportunity to ask questions to the faculty representatives. A booklet containing course information will be distributed to each family.

    What: Stage 6 Subject Selection Evening
    Who: Parents of Year 10 2017
    When: Thursday 8th June 2017
    Time: 5.30pm- 8.30pm
    Where: Homebush Boys HS Hall 

  • During Term 1, a group of Homebush Boy High School Year 10 students consisted of Patrick Anderson, Nathan Au, Bryan Dao, Justin Thai, Victor Lam, Eric Su, Jay Klaithin and Joshua Ung travelled to Kirribilli Neighbourhood centre at Milsons Point to work at a café as a part of Youth Taster Program, connected with TAFE.

    When we arrived we would be split into 2 teams. One which worked in the kitchen and the other that did drinks or serving the public. During the end of the day we would help pack up and get everything ready for the next set of students to arrive on Tuesday.

    During the course we were challenged to do various tasks that are applicable to working in a normal café. Such tasks included working as a waiter, cooking in the kitchen to prepare food and putting our barista skills into practice by making many hot beverages.