Tag: Year 09

  • As you know, your son has been participating in NAPLAN Online during this and the previous week. Regrettably, there were some connectivity issues that disrupted your child’s experience during testing. Understandably, some students may have been impacted to an extent that affected their performance in the assessment.

    The connectivity issues were reported to the national education testing authorities responsible for NAPLAN Online, who have now decided that eligible students will have the opportunity to re-sit the tests on Tuesday 28th May.

    In your son’s case, he is able to re-sit the writing test.

    Re-sitting the NAPLAN writing test is entirely optional, and your son does not have to participate if you do not wish him to do so. In considering whether your son should re-sit the test, please be aware that only the result of the second test will be recorded as your son’s result for NAPLAN 2019.

  • 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).

  • Our students of Year 9 engaged in a Robotics class,learning about a very powerful and engaging tool - 'The working and programming of the Edison Robot'. The students got a hands on experience and since the Robots are modular and expandable using log bricks, it enriched the students education experience. Students used their Higher Order thinking skills to solve the challenges that they encountered with Edison Robot.
    Congratulations Year 9!

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • As part of our year 9 Food Technology Curriculum, my class and I got the opportunity to learn, bake and design decorative cupcakes with the assistance and guidance of our phenomenal educator Ms Hovardas. We produced extra-ordinary cupcakes to 'wow the crowd'.

    To myself, personally making cupcakes was like a creative writing where we tried to make something from the raw. Like books are with ideas and words; our cupcakes were with eggs, flour and decorations.

  • During Term 3, on 7-9 August, a group of 32 Year 9 students had the privilege to attend the Snowy Mountains Camp for three days. On Monday we had to be at school at 6.00 pm sharp to depart to Canberra. At Canberra, we visited very memorable places like the Australian War Memorial, located opposite Parliament House. We had a very interactive experience learning using 3D video clips and observing the fascinating objects from WWI and WWII. We had a guided tour of many parts of Parliament House including the House of Representatives, Senate Chamber and Parliamentary exhibits. We also visited NASA-Deep Space Communication Network which was a very educational and enjoyable experience. We learned of the benefits of space exploration, new technologies and international cooperation. After all these places we visited all the boys were exhausted and but we very excited to ski the next day. On Monday night we arrived at the ski hire store and we were fitted out in ski gear. We then went to out lodges for the night.

  • Elective Subject Selection for 2018
    A parent/guardian and student information evening and a year 8 assembly were held in the School Hall respectively on Thursday 24th of August 2017 and Tuesday 29th of August 2017 to clarify the process and help students to make their decisions. The decision needs to be made by the student’s entire family as they will all be affected by the decision.

    What does it mean at Homebush Boys High School?

    Students entering Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10) of their schooling are beginning a two-year course of study which leads to the award of the Record of School Achievement (ROSA). Students will undertake a combination of compulsory (core) subjects and elective subjects in Stage 5.

  • Last term, a group of year nine and ten boys participated in the AFL skills program. The program was run by the AFL (Sydney Swans) and supported by Western Suburbs Junior Australian Football Club. The program took place during period four Tuesdays for five weeks on the Western grass.

    Over the course of five weeks, we learnt and developed different skills such as kicking, handpassing, marking and evading. We did so using drills, competitions and games, incorporating skills that we had learnt.

    The skills we learnt are beneficial, providing us with necessary skills to play AFL for a local club or even in other sports.

  • During the school holidays, Liam McRae spent four days immersed in the world of Historically Informed Performance (HIP). 47 students from 22 schools throughout Sydney and beyond came together in the beautiful Santa Sabina College to play Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ Symphony. Musicians of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra tutored the students in rehearsals, sectionals, and workshops, applying musical stylistic practices from Mozart’s time. Students were able to experience period instruments and learn about how European musical styles have changed through time. Finally, the Haffner Symphony was brought to life in an exceptional performance for friends and family which showcased the abilities of our Young Mannheim Symphonists.

  • Last Thursday, on the 1st of June, a group of ten year nine boys including myself and Ms M. Kaur travelled to the Concourse, Civic Pavilion in Chatswood, to take part in Altitude day. Altitude day is a one-day event created by yLead to empower year 9 students in this important stage of our school journey. Altitude day incorporates multiple activities that force us out of our comfort zone, memorable advice about unlocking potential and achieving our goals and inspirational speeches by remarkable guest speakers to teach us about developing into young, passionate leaders.

    The day was run by yLead’s CEO, Matt Kershaw. Once we arrived at the Civic Pavilion, we were handed booklets containing quotes and activities for the day, before we immediately underwent a challenge. The challenge was called; “Offline social networking challenge”, in which you had to find a person from a different school, introduce yourself and tell them about your interests, and vice versa, before departing that person and meeting someone new.

  • I am pleased to inform you that all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are now enrolled in a literacy on-line program. It is a wonderful year-long course which students will be encouraged to work through predominantly as homework. For students in Years 8 and 9 this involvement in a continuation of last year’s program.

    The program, WordFlyers (www.wordflyers.com.au), is a product developed by Blake Education, the same company that has developed the popular Reading Eggs in primary school. Each student will be working at his own pace and each student will start at his own ability level.

  • This year in Year 9 Graphics Technology we have been focusing on the software program Adobe Photoshop. Our teacher Ms Dorman, taught us a number of skills and techniques which enabled us to create simple two dimensional logos. We did several projects over the period of two terms where we learnt about the skills needed for the Graphic Design Industry. Expanding on these skills we then learnt how to animate our logos. We applied these techniques to the Homebush Boys High School logo and William Ma, Jia Huang and Usman Hanif’s animated logos were selected from the entire class to be featured on the school website! In conclusion, in the Year 9 Graphics Technology course we were able to learn essential animations skills required for the graphics industry. 


  • On the evening of the 11/08/16, the team at HBHS created and ran (with huge success) what is soon to be, one of the biggest events run at the school. The purpose of this night was to rejoice fathers and sons’ connection to each other, as well as join them with the community of Homebush Boys High School. The evening ran smoothly and exceptionally well, with over 45 people in total attending, including guest speakers Tevita Ofa Amone, Gandhi Sindyan and Sheikh Wesam Charkawi. The esteemed speakers spoke on topics relevant to families and their own lives, giving inspiration to the young men and the fathers present, as well as providing them with helpful information for future references.

  • Homebush Boys is looking to support the strengthening of relationships not only between our boys and their fathers, but also between their fathers and the school.

    We are holding an introductory event that will be a pre-cursor to a more extensive program for the future.

    What: An evening of welcoming our fathers into the school community
    When: Thursday 11th August 2016 – 6pm
    Where: Homebush Boys High School hall
    Who: Fathers and father-figures (uncles, grandfathers, older brothers) of our year 9 and 10 students
    Cost: Free

    The evening will comprise of guest speakers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and will be followed with refreshments. The evening will provide you with an opportunity to make a connection with the school away from the regular meetings.

  • I would like to thank all year 9 students for a smooth start to the 2016 school year. Term 1 was an excellent beginning step in the students’ 5th stage of schooling and the year is shaping up to be a very exciting one, full of challenges for both the students and their parents.

    At the beginning of the year, the students tried to establish good habits. These habits will pave the path of success, both throughout this year, and for the future. I would like, through this message, to reinforce the benefits of these habits, and hope that you all continue to display them.

  • The Premiers Reading Challenge (PRC) is a long standing initiative that aims to encourage students, from kindergarten to Year 9, to read. It has encouraged countless students to value reading as a life-long activity both for enjoyment and personal development.

    Students are able to now registeronline (https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html) using their DEC emails and passwords. Participants then read books from a list that is available on the website and/or books of their own choice. These books are then logged online and certified by teachers or parents. Students have up to late August to register the books they have read. Certificates are then awarded depending on how many books have been read and how many years each student has participated in the PRC.

  • WordFlyers – Use it 30 minutes a day for Literacy development!

    All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are now enrolled in the online literacy program called WordFlyers. This is the second year that the English Faculty has endorsed this wonderful initiative. Whilst students will work on it in class as part of the curriculum, the real benefits will be realised through daily use by the students at home. Half-an hour each night will help each student develop his reading, writing and comprehension skills enormously.
    All students have been registered and they have log-ins and passwords to access the program NOW. The program caters for each student as all the activities are specific to student’s needs.
    Please encourage your child to use it, ask him about the activities he is completing and the levels he is up to in the program.
    Any queries can be addressed to Mr Elaro in the English Faculty.

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    The Programme's logo is the tree of life bearing five fruits, each used to represent a value. These symbols are particularly effective when used with young children who find them easy to remember: