01 June 2020 Georgia Anton | News | Year 12  

careers Expo 2020 logoA message from Tina Tollich the organiser of the Careers Expo.

In response to requests from many teachers and to assist students and teachers as you navigate a full return to the classroom over the coming weeks I will be leaving the online video seminar program up on our HSC and Careers Expo website and the Western Sydney Careers Expo website until 30 June 2020. As many teachers have advised they will be planning classes around this high quality seminar program this will ensure you and your students can access this valuable information as and when you need it. Many more new videos have been added to the program in the last couple of weeks. Video seminars on each website are similar.

These new videos include HSC subject seminars presented by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and information from Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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26 May 2020 Kevin Elgood | News | Whole School  

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For all the previous editions of the Bush Bulletin, click on the Bush Bulletin link in the Publications Box on the right-hand side of this page. 

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25 May 2020 Kevin Elgood | News | Whole School  

In line with the advice and practical guidelines provided by NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education, competitive contact sport or physical activity is restricted:

  • Inter-school sport competitions such as zone sport, state wide competitions and knockouts, gala days or inter-school carnivals are not permitted.
  • School carnivals such as athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals are not permitted.
  • Full contact and semi-contact sports are not permitted.

With continued restrictions preventing external sporting providers from operating and due to limitations to onsite space and local sporting grounds, it is not possible for HBHS to run Wednesday sport.

Students in Years 11 and 12 are encouraged to have a personalised physical activity program until we are able to resume our normal Wednesday sport program. They will be dismissed from school at 12:10pm to immediately make their way home and continue with their individual study program. Students will need to exit through the front gate between 12:10-12:30pm. If any Year 11 or 12 student would like to remain on school grounds to study in the Library, they will need to sign-in at the front office.

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22 May 2020 Catherine Player | News | Community  

Vale Arthur Summons

13 December 1935 – 16 May 2020

HBHS Alumnus – Class of ’52

Arthur James Summons was an Australian representative rugby union and rugby league player, a dual- code rugby international fly-half or five-eighth. He captained the Australian National Rugby League team in five undefeated test matches from 1962 until 1964 and later also coached the side.

Arthur was educated at Homebush Boys High School where he captained the school's first grade rugby union side. He also represented for the Combined High Schools team. Mr Summons won one of only Three School Blues awards where he was described as: “A brilliant leader and five-eighth. Possibly the finest all-round player to don a Homebush jersey.”

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22 May 2020 Kevin Elgood | News | Whole School   Community  

The Premier and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning announced this week that all students will return to full time on-site teaching and learning from Monday 25th May (Week 5 Term 2). All school activities and operations will be in line with NSW Health advice.

We look forward to welcoming all students back to school full time next week.

I thank all staff, parents and students for the amazing effort and support during the last few weeks in a time of significant stress and uncertainty.

From Monday, the primary mode of learning delivery will be face-to-face teaching, not on-line learning platforms. These platforms may still be used by teachers, but as an available tool, rather than as the primary mode.

Schools are safe and open for full time face-to-face learning. School students do not need to follow physical distancing guidelines, but should follow good hygiene practices like:

  • Regularly washing hands
  • Avoiding sharing drinks or food
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately

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19 May 2020 Department of Education | News | Whole School   Community   Coronavirus  

Students across NSW will be back in the classroom full-time from next Monday, 25 May.

The success of the phased return to face to face teaching has demonstrated the education system and community are ready for school to come back full-time.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell thanked school communities and parents for their patience during this difficult time.

Ms Berejiklian said a return to full-time face to face teaching and learning is crucial for the education progress of every child in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

“Since starting a managed return to the classroom, we have seen a strong degree of confidence from our school communities in managing COVID-19 and a clear desire for all students to be back at school,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We expect schools to stick with the health advice – increased cleaning, access to hygiene supplies and compliance with hygience practices – and look forward to seeing all students back on campus five days a week.

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19 May 2020 Department of Education | News | Year 12  

The 2020 HSC written exam timetable was released for the 75,000 students sitting the exams this year.

NESA Chief Executive Officer Paul Martin said the timetable would provide the certainty that students, teachers and parents have been looking for around the HSC.

“Students have known that the HSC would be going ahead and this timetable provides the certainty many have been seeking about when their exams will take place,” Mr Martin said.

“This timetable starts five days later giving students some extra time at school after the Autumn holiday period while keeping to the original timeframe for releasing results.

“I want to reassure parents and students that the exams will be conducted in line with the expert health advice at the time of the exams, which are still five months away.”

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19 May 2020 Georgia Anton | News | Year 10   Year 11   Year 12  

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.

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19 May 2020 Georgia Anton | News | Year 12  

Without a doubt, recent events have resulted in a lot of anxiety, particularly for young Australians.

We wanted to get in touch as ANU will be exhibiting at Year13’s Digital Careers Expo in order to help youth navigate the transitional period from high school. With the outpouring of questions and concerns from youth, parents and teachers affected by the current situation, Year13 are bringing together schools, industry and associations on a 100% online platform.

This Digital Careers Expo is up and running now, with the main events being hosted during National Careers Week, May 18-22 – all prior to ANU direct applications closing on 25 May. You can find out more at year13.com.au/expo.

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18 May 2020 Georgia Anton | News | Whole School  

HOLD THE DATE - Virtual BiG Day In

Wed 20 May 2020
@ 11.00am (AEST)

Guest speakers:
Dr Tim Kitchen, Adobe's Senior Education Specialist
Genevieve Ash, Business Analyst TechnologyOne

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