Tag: Year 09

  • 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.

  • Year 9 Subject Selection - 2018

    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.

  • Western Suburbs JAFC AFL High School Initiative

    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.

  • 2017 Young Mannheim Symphonists

    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.

  • Altitude Day Report

    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.

  • Word Flyers

    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.

  • HBHS Animated Logo

    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. 


  • Father and Son Evening

    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.

  • Father and Son Evening

    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.

  • Year 9 - Term 1 Report

    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.

  • 2016 Premiers Reading Challenge

    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.

  • Let your Child continue to soar with WordFlyers

    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.

  • The WATCH Program






    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:

  • Food Fads Presentations

    9PDHPEA were assigned the task of exploring the truth and falsities surrounding some common and modern food issues. They examined the Paleo diet, sport supplementation, Superfoods, Nano-technology in foods and genetically modified foods. The students developed their own questions and chose the depth to which they would explore the issue. All students that submitted the task declared that they had gained a greater understanding of food, food fads and the research process in general.

    Please click on Read More for the links to the tasks for you to enjoy.


  • Exciting Development in Literacy

    The English Faculty is pleased to announce that we have initiated the participation of all Year 7, 8 and 9 students in an outstanding on-line literacy program called WordFlyers (www.wordflyers.com.au). This program incorporates reading, writing, spelling and grammar skills that cater for each student’s needs. As well there is a component that is linked to the NAPLAN literacy exams for years 7 and 9. It is an excellent way to reinforce what is being taught, and the skills being developed, in the classroom.

  • Welcome to Year 9

    For Parents and Students of Year 9

    2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting year full of challenges for students and their parents.

    At the beginning of the year you should be trying to establish good habits which will assist in your success in the rest of the year.

    • School uniform with correct footwear is vital for all students. Please make sure you only wear sport uniform on days that this is required.
    • School Diary is compulsory and is given when fees are paid. The diary is essential for recording homework and assessment tasks. Parents should be checking the diary weekly and signing where required. Please check for teachers comments in the comment column, which may indicate if you need to contact a teacher or if an issue has arisen in a certain area. It is required for the Study Skills program.
    • 9A PDHPE: Explore Lifestyle Diseases

      Our 9A PDHPE students have been exploring the incidence of Lifestyle diseases. These include conditions such as Diabetes Type 2, Obesity and Cardiovascular disease. They also explored side issues of their choosing to do with the conditions. The students presented their findings using the GoAnimate program. Below are links to the cartoons. Have a look and a laugh.

    • Year 9 Career Program

      Year Nine are introduced to the Career Education program via a six period workshop normally in Term 4.

      The purpose of the workshop is to get students to understand the skills needed in order to start researching careers suitable to their needs and desires. As such the Workshop Booklet is designed so that students can independently continue their research into careers following the workshop. Prior to the workshop students are given a worksheet to use to interview a person about their career so that they come to the workshop with some background into why people work.

      The areas covered in the workshop are:-

      • Discovering Work

      Students are asked to write down their definition of work and from answers obtained, develop a classroom definition. Students are then invited to write down a list of careers and again the class comes up with a class list of careers. It becomes evident to students that there is whole range of careers beyond their knowledge of jobs. Students are then made aware that if they are to find the best career for themselves then they will need to undertake research of individual jobs.

      • Why Do People Work?

      From their interview worksheet students are able to come up with a list of reasons that people have given for why they work. Students write down what they want from work and a class list is developed. From this list students are invited to prioritise their wants from a career. By comparing their list with fellow students they realise that each person’s “wants” are different and therefore they must take control of their research into careers. By involving their parents in making a list students also realise that there “wants” will change and they will need to evaluate their needs continuously.

      • What Skills/Qualities Do Employers Want From Young People?

      Students are given a list of 22 Skills or Qualities taken from the School to Work Program. They are asked to choose 10 from the list that they would want from a potential employee if they were an employer looking for a young person to begin work. They are told that all Skills and Qualities are important and that there are no right or wrong answers. From surveys gained from Employers over a three year period (by students on Work Experience) students are shown the ten most important as collated from employers responses. Students are given two different careers e.g. Accountant, Graphic Designer and are asked to list the skills/qualities for each career. Students work out that different careers need different skills so identifying their skills and linking them to a career is important.

      • What are you good at and/or enjoy doing?

      Students are encouraged to record school subjects, leisure activities and skills/qualities that they are good at or enjoy. Often students can find worthwhile careers linked to these areas. They also, by doing these exercises, begin to understand their strengths and skill areas which they need to improve.

      • Basic Job Research

      Students are provided with their own CES Job Guide which they can use to research careers. They are able to do basic research as follows:-

      1. Name of Job

      2. Job Description – what the job is about

      3. What personal qualities, physical factors or skills is required e. good vision, patience, able to work in teams, creativity etc.?

      4. What level of education is needed to get into the job i.e year 10, 11 or 12?

      5. What training if any is required i.e. on the job training, apprenticeship, certificate, diploma or degree?

      6. What are the employment prospects? Where would you apply? How difficult is it to get a job? Where can you work in this job?

      7. What other jobs are related to this career?

      8. Contacts – where can I get further information regarding this career?

      • Career Builder

      Students complete their workshop by doing Career Builder, a computer assisted career exploration and guidance tool. Career Builder helps students identify their strengths and preferences and make well considered further study, career and lifestyle decisions. It is an integrated and easy-to-use computer assisted career exploration and planning process that provides students with a detailed and easy-to-follow personal Career Report at the conclusion. The Career Report also gives the students an Action Plan worksheet which allows them to record a step-by-step plan to research and achieve their goals.