Tag: Year 09

  • 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
  • Message to Year 9 parents: involvement in reading and numeracy Check-in assessment

    Dear parents & caregivers,

    This Term, all Year 9 students will be involved in reading and numeracy Check-in assessment.
    Check-in assessment is a NSW Department of Education online reading and numeracy assessment available to support schools to assess and monitor student learning, following the period of learning from home. This assessment supplements existing school practices to identify how students are performing in reading and numeracy, and assists schools to respond to student needs in these areas. It compensates to some extent for the cancellation of the NAPLAN tests this year.
    This assessment is scheduled for Thursday 3rd September (Week 7 of Term). Friday 4th September will be a catch-up day.

  • 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.

  • Year 9 – First Assembly of 2020

    The students of Year 9 cohort had their first assembly of the year on 25th Feb, Tuesday.

    Mr Elgood, the school principal, welcomed the students into the brand new year of 2020 and shared his vision of work ethic, application and his expectations for them.

    The students have been touched by the unprecedented event of extreme bushfire season throughout the summer holidays and were happy to welcome Balmoral Village RFS captain, Mr Brendon O’Connor and Ms Victoria Herrera as guest speakers.

    Mr O’Connor has been with the Rural Fires Brigade for over 20 years and the last 10 years in the capacity of the captain of the base. He and his team started to fight the 2019 fires right before the winter season in the far North Coast Down. The local fires started in October in Yerrandrie, moved to Oakdale, Thirlmere and then to the Balmoral village. Balmoral village was hit by fires 10 times between 19th December and 21st December. A total of 20 houses were lost and sadly 2 firefighter volunteers who were protecting other people’s lives and properties, also lost their own lives.
    Mr O’Connor in his speech told everyone that we have just one Earth and it’s our job to look after it. We all are one inside despite our different looks on the outside. We should all join each other in protecting our environment. Every little effort counts.

  • 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.


  • My Science Initiative at Marie Bashir Public School

    As mentioned in the previous article, My Science @MQ is a Macquarie University initiative for teaching science to primary school students. In this program, students of Marie Bashir Public school were involved and were being mentored by a group of Year 9 Science A students from Homebush Boys High School. The program that was running for over 6 weeks concluded on Thursday September 12, 2019. Year 5/6 students from MBPS displayed some extraordinary science skills involving the critical thinking and hands on activities leading to collection and presentation of data. The same work will then be displayed at an annual science fair at the Macquarie University. The MBPS is highly appreciative of the support that Homebush Boys High School students have provided over the weeks. Hope such opportunities will continue to arise in future for the students to explore their skills in science and demonstrate the leadership skills. Congratulations to all the participants on the successful completion of their projects.

  • 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.

  • My Science at Macquarie University

    My Science @MQ is an initiative of Macquarie University to promote Inquiry based teaching and learning of Science to the Primary school students. In this, students from a local primary school in partnership with a local high school will participate in a three day hands on science activities involving making models, displays and other modes of practical work demonstrations in science.

    10 students from 9 Science A are representing the Homebush Boys High school to mentor the Marie Bashir Public School students. The high school students are trained by Macquarie University staff in a program called MyStic briefing. HBHS students attended this training at Strathfield Girls High school on Thursday 8 August 2019.

    HBHS boys now will be mentoring the MBPS students under the guidance of Mr Singh, on August 15 and 29 and on September 12 2019 from 9 am to 11.30 am at Marie Bashir Public school. The work of the students will be displayed at MBPS for the students, staff and the parents. This work later will be displayed at a fair at Macquarie University, in the first week of November 2019. This will be attended by the parents of the students, teachers and other members of the community. Congratulations to all the students who have participated in this project.

  • 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.

  • Year 7 & 8 Parent and Teacher Interviews

    The Year 7 and 8 Parent and Teacher interviews are on Tuesday 2nd 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 Monday 1st 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 2nd 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.

  • BGHS Year 7 & 8 Combined Disco

    The Year 7 and 8 Disco initiative that our Prefects have been busy organising has arrived. The exciting event has been scheduled for Wednesday 19th June 2019 from 6-8 pm in the Burwood Girls School Hall. Pay $10 to the front office to secure your date. Light refreshment will be served. Come along and have some fun with your friends.

    When: Wednesday 19th June, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00pm 

    Where: Burwood Girls School Hall

    Price: $10 (Front Office)


  • Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN Important Information

    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.

  • 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).

  • Year 9 - Robotics at HBHS

    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!

  • NSW School of Languages

    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.

  • Year 9 & 10 Parents and Teachers Interview

    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:

  • Creating Chances World Traditional Games Day

    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.

  • Year 9 Food Tech Cupcake Decoration

    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.

  • Year 9 Snowy Mountains Camp 2017

    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.