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                                    Year 12 2018

Homesbush Boys High School Staff and Students wish the Graduates of
         2018 the best of luck in their future endeavours.

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Message from the Principal

Year 12 are about to reach the end of 13 years of schooling this week as they
formally finish their studies at Homebush Boys High School. They have finished
their last classes, their last school assembly and special events including: the Year
12 activity day at Sydney University sports centre, and their Graduation Assembly
- all memorable events with the emphasis on community and a celebration of a
great six years at Homebush Boys High School.

Reaching the end of formal schooling is a significant milestone. The course work, revision and HSC
preparation has now been completed in all subjects. The key to success now is for each boy to have a
study plan that he follows until the start of the HSC on Thursday 18th October.

In a very short time they will be finished and they will be facing the next challenging phase of their lives.
On behalf of the Homebush Boys High School community I wish every boy in Year 12 the very best for
their Higher School Certificate and their future endeavours. It has been a real pleasure getting to know
this Year 12 cohort in a very short time.

                                                  Introducing our new 2018/19 Student Leadership
                                                  Team
                                                  Our new Prefect body went to Leadership Camp at
                                                  Fitzroy Falls from early Sunday morning until Tuesday
                                                  afternoon this week. I was fortunate to visit and spend
                                                  time with them on Sunday and Monday morning before
                                                  returning to school. During this time they completed
                                                  activities that required team work, communication and
                                                  leadership skills. I was very impressed with their
                                                  problem solving skills and ability to work together as
                                                  team. The camp leaders were experts in this field and
ensured that all boys were active and involved for the entire 3 days and nights. Challenging physical
activities were mixed with Leadership skill and discussion sessions on a strict schedule.

On Monday before I left the camp the boys
elected our new school leaders. I am
pleased to announce that the School
Leadership Team 2018/19 is:

School Captain: Charles McLean
School Vice Captain: Michael Lopes
Senior Prefect: Shahi Uddin
Prefects: Patrick Anderson, Tobias Buckley, Daniel Galassi, Andy Georgiou, Peter Gock, Sumedha
Habakkala Hewage, Maaz Iqbal, Calvin Iturra, Zachary Jones, Felix Knight, Kajan Hari Kumaralingam, Chris
Kwon, Neeraj Mirashi, Oliver Nicholls, Jay Park, Panayioti (Peter) Vlahos, Reilly Winch.

Congratulations to these boys, I look forward to working closely with them in leading the school from the
beginning of next term and through 2019.

Thank you to Mrs Duch and Mr Abbou for all their efforts in ensuring that the camp was a great success.

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International Student of the Year
Last Tuesday night Duy Quang Mai from Year 10
was awarded the International School Student of
the Year at a very prestigious event held at the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Duy
Quang was presented with the award by the
Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair. Duy
Quang is pictured here with Mrs Anton, myself, Mrs
Elizabeth Webber (Chief Education Officer, DE
International), Mrs Horiatopoulos and Mr Peter
Smith (Strathfield Rotary) all there to support him
and celebrate with him.

StudyNSW filmed a great short video of Duy Quang being interviewed at school which can be viewed by
the link https://youtu.be/9FncQouuEbg included the following information on their website:

                           In the two years since coming to Sydney from Hanoi, Vietnam, Duy Quang has
                           become a highly respected leader in the local community. An avid volunteer,
                           the 16-year-old student has earned praise for his compassionate and giving
                           nature, and become an exceptional role model. Duy Quang teaches English to
                           younger students, assists Year 7 students via the Peer Support Program, and
                           has been instrumental in the recently formed Social Justice Club, which sees
                           students advocate for issues such as gender equality and refugee rights. The
                           broader community has benefitted from Duy Quang’s participation in the NSW
State Conference for UN Youth Australia, his volunteer work at the local Salvos Store, and his work with
the Interact Club, a school-based Rotary club. In his spare time, the Year 10 student loves to practice his
art and photography. ‘I think every small moment in life is captivating, and I want to capture them,’ he
says.

Congratulations Duy Quang Mai.

Rotary Teaching Awards
Congratulations to Mrs Annette Houvardas and Ms Annabel
Chapman who received awards for Excellence in Teaching and
Service to students at Homebush Boys
High School. The awards night was
presented by Strathfield Rotary club.

P&C

Our next P&C meeting is on Tuesday
16th October at 6pm in the
Common Room/ Learning Space. We
welcome all parents as it is a great
opportunity to meet other parents,
discuss the latest news and find out
what is happening around the
school.

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From the Deputy’s Desk
Year 8 Literacy and Numeracy Assembly

On Tuesday 28 August during Period 3 Year 8 were introduced to the online Literacy
                                          and Numeracy Program by Mr Martyrn
                                          Bawden. This fortnightly program is
                                          available to students through Moodle and
                                          they were issued a Literacy and Numeracy
                                          booklet at the assembly. Exercises will be posted and marked
                                          and          student
                                          progress will be
                                          tracked. Feedback
                                          will be provided to
                                          students and I have
already received positive, enthusiast comments from Year 8
students informing me that they have completed their first
exercise. We hope that their enthusiasm continues throughout
the year!

Year 8 Music Incursion

                                            On Thursday 30 August Year 8 students where highly engaged
                                            with the Music incursion that was held in our school hall. The
                                            students thoroughly enjoyed the musical performance by
                                            either participating in the show or dancing around in the
                                            background. We
                                            would like to
                                            thank         Mr
                                            Alexander and
                                            Mr Albertson
                                            for organising
the event and all the staff that assisted in the program. It
was great to see Year 8 enjoying this wonderful experience.

International Student Award

                                    Duy Quang Mai Year 10 has been nominated for the prestigious
                                    International Award. The film crew came out to our school and
                                    interviewed Duy Quang asking him questions about his life and
                                    achievements. It is a great honour for our school to have such a
                                    wonderful student and to receive this nomination. We wish him all
                                    the best.

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Year 12 CAPA Night

The Year 12 CAPA night was a huge success on Thursday
night as it showcased the creative talents of our Year 12
Music and Visual Arts students. It was great to see a number
of parents, staff and our SGHS colleagues attend this
magnificent event and it was a pleasure to see John
Kennedy attend once again to support our students. The
quality and standard of the artworks and musical
performances was a testament to the dedicated teachers
Mr Letsios and Mr Alexander for all their hard work this
year! Well done Ms Juska and the CAPA faculty.

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Breakfast Club

It is rare for me to visit the Breakfast club on
Thursday mornings at it is the only time I spend
with my son in the morning dropping him off to
school, however, I managed to visit this week. It
was great to see the commitment and dedication
of both the staff and students. It is always a great
opportunity to sit down and have a chat with
colleagues and students and to have time to listen
to some loud music before we head off to our
usual grind. Thank you to Mrs Anton, Mrs
Houvardas and all the students for all their hard
work and the ability to smile all the way through!

Community Liaison Officer – NSW Police Force

On Friday 14 September, Mr Gandhi Sindyan, the Community Liaison Officer based at the Campsie Local
Area Command, came to talk to some of our Year 8, 9 and 10 students. This was a great start to build
positive outcomes for our students with the wider community. I will be in discussions with Senior
Constable Anne Ferfolya and Gandhi to organise workshops for our students next term. This is a great
opportunity for our students to build positive goals for their future.

Mrs Anna Paleothodoros
Deputy Principal

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From the Deputy’s Desk

Building Strong Community Links and strengthening ties with our local
feeder school communities.
•   Transition program with Homebush Public School

                                              Our Transition program with
                                              Homebush         Public       School
                                              continues to be popular and the
                                              “talk of the town”. Many thanks to Mr Johnston and Ms Lee
                                              who put on a great “scientific show” in Week 6 this term.
                                              The boys from HPS loved the wonderful world of Science
                                              and many commented that “Science is fun” and how much
                                              they loved the lab facilities. Bone franctures versus bunsen
                                              burners…intriguing and highly entetauining for our young
                                              visitors.

•   Library Network Meeting

Many thanks to Mr Beal for coordinating and hosting
the Sydney Teacher Librarian Network Meeting in
Week 8. The day’s program was an excellent show
and tell and sharing of resources and what works
best in schools. I managed to pop into the library in
the morning and the crowd were engrossed in
metalanguage that was foreign to me. The use of
technology made me think how much I missed out on
by growing up in the 80’s and visiting Canterbury
local library……..all books, no computers to be seen!

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•    Community Reading Program.

In Week 8, Mr Howard escorted Bassam
Maaliki, Tom Nieser and Zain Ousmand of
Year 10 to the Nugent Park community
reading program at Chester Hill. As part of
the Sydney Thunder Leadership program,
HBHS is participating in a range of
leadership     opportunities      in    the
community, Bassam, Tom and Zain has the
job of reading to a group of very keen and
wide eyed 3-4 year olds at the community
fair day. From all accounts the boys had a
great time and it is always nice to receive
positive feedback from Jonathan Lees, who
is our contact liaison person in the
program. Below is a copy of the email
correspondence received from the organising officials.

Well done Boys!

Hi Mrs Shadwick and Mr Elgood,

Hope you have had a great day! Please see below some excellent feedback from the event organisers from
today’s Community Reading Day.

“Today was a great success and the weather held out just long enough, if you can pass on our thanks to
the wonderful students from Homebush Boys High for the excellent participation at the event. It was great
for the children to see such positive role models and especially boys reading as it’s not all about sports and
video games. If you can pass out thanks on to the school. Thanks for sending out a rep to play cricket with
the kids it was great and the children were having such a great time.”

Please pass on my thanks again to the students!

Kind Regards,

Jonathan Lees
Fan & Community Engagement Specialist
Sydney Thunder

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Prefects 2018-2019

Congratulations to the boys below who were elected to the position of Prefect 2019-2019. Over 300 votes
were cast from Year 11 2018 students as well as teaching and non-teaching staff members. At the time of
writing, the 2018-2019 Prefects are attending a Prefect Leadership Camp at Fitzroy Falls. One of their key
jobs during this time, is to elect the Captain, Vice-Captain and Senior Prefect for 2018-2019. The successful
students will be announced to the student body by the end of Term 3.

The Prefect 2018-2019 investiture will occur on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 9:15 am.

As always, the group of students is representative of our multicultural student population.

 Michael Lopes                        Chris Kwon                           Kajan Hari Kumaralingham
 Charles McLean                       Shahi Uddin                          Tobias Buckley
 Peter Gock                           Jay Park                             Zachary Jones
 Daniel Galassi                       Oliver Nicholls                      Panayioti (Peter) Vlahos
 Calvin Iturra                        Patrick Anderson                     Neeraj Mirashi
 Felix Knight                         Reilly Winch                         Sumedha Habakkala Hewage
 Maaz Iqbal                           Andy Georgiou

Preliminary Final Examinations

                                                 The Year 11 students have just completed 2 weeks of
                                                 Preliminary Final examinations. Thank you to all
                                                 parents for providing the stability and guidannce on
                                                 the homefront
                                                 and to all staff or
                                                 their assistrance
                                                 and feedback.
                                                 The           boys
                                                 seemed        very
settled and most controlled their nerves. Continue to maintain a

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positive attitude around the boys. The students will be receiving their results soon and this is an
opprtunity to reflect on the 10 units they may continue with for HSC 2019.

Below is a snippet from ReachOut.com https://ie.reachout.com/inform-yourself/money-work-and-
study/exams/coping-with-exam-results/

Year 11 parents- please take the time to read it with your son.

Coping with exam results
Not doing as well as you expected or hoped in your exams can be really tough.
It can also be tough if you feel you didn’t meet the expectations of others, such as family members or
teachers.

How pressure might affect you
You might be experiencing a range of feelings after receiving your results including:

    •   disappointment
    •   happiness
    •   excitement
    •   stress or anxiety
    •   anger
    •   down or depressed
    •   numbness
    •   guilt
    •   confusion
    •   sadness
    •   physical sickness
    •   hopelessness

It can be especially difficult if you’re disappointed and your friends are celebrating and are happy with
their results.
Expectations and pressure from yourself, family, teachers and friends may be a positive influence and
help to challenge or motivate you to do your best. However, too much pressure to achieve can cause you
to burn out. There are many lessons the Junior Cert can teach us, including how we manage pressure,
stress and how our own and other people’s expectations influence us. Think of this time as a good ‘life-
skill’ learning opportunity.
If you find that expectations or pressure about your results are interfering with your day-to-day life, it’s
important you talk to someone about it, such as a friend, teacher, or counsellor. Check out face-to-face
help.

Suggestions
Even though your results may not be what you were expecting or hoping for, it does not mean that your
future isn’t still really bright or you won’t be able to achieve great things. Here are some suggestions that
may help you manage the situation:

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Talk to someone outside the situation
Talking to someone outside the situation, such as a friend, teacher or counsellor, can be a great way of
expressing your feelings and exploring other options.

Talk to the person setting the unhelpful expectations
Sometimes the person might be unaware of the pressure they have put on you and how it affects you.
When you talk to them, trying how to explain how unhelpful this is, it might be helpful to use a phrase
such as “When you treat me like that, then this happens”.

Challenge and reset your expectations
Sometimes it can be helpful to re-think your own expectations. This may help you decide if they are
achievable for you. Ask yourself “What would I suggest to a friend in this situation?”

Explore other options for the future
Sometimes expectations are only focused on one outcome and so if you don’t meet them you might feel
disappointed or that you have failed.
Usually there are a number of ways to achieve a goal. It may help to talk to someone you trust about
what the different strategies might be. This may be a teacher, a friend, counsellor or family member.

Take some time to chill out
Sometimes a change of scenery can be helpful – it’s important to give yourself permission to do this. This
might include going for a walk or listening to your favourite music, reading a book, going to the movies –
whatever works for you.

Express your feelings
Writing down your feelings or keeping a journal, can be a great way of understanding a situation and
reducing the power of expectations. It can also help you think about alternative solutions to problems.
Other ways you might express your feelings in a way that won’t cause bodily damage to yourself, another
person, or your computer might include yelling, punching, or crying into a pillow, or dancing around the
room to loud music.

Look after yourself
Expectations can lead to a lot of stress. It’s important to take time out by doing something that you usually
enjoy. Even though you might not feel like it or have time, exercising and eating well can help.
Getting plenty of sleep can also help. Exercise helps stimulate hormones, such as endorphin, which help
you feel better about yourself and your life.
If you haven’t done a lot of exercise before, it might be a good idea to start doing something small a
couple of times each week, such as a 15 minute walk or two or three laps of a pool.
Visiting your GP for a general check-up can be a way of making sure there isn’t any physical problem.

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Year 9 Assembly and Year 9 High Achievers Luncheon.

Thank you to Mrs Kumaralingam, Mr Kisso, Ms Chapman
and Mr Bawden for their work with the Year 9 Assembly
and High Achiever’s Luncheon this term. I attended the
Year 9 High Achievers luncheon and was pleasantly happy
to see over 50 students recognised for their efforts in
Semester 1. A positive way to promote our students and to
left the standards. Ms Kumaralingam spoke to the boys
about setting high standards and working hard to reach
them. Ms Kumaralingam also spoke about not losing
character and using education as a way to build character
as a sign of one’s person and stance not just at school but
also in the wider community.

Year 7 Zoo Excursion

                                              The Year 7 Zoo excursion was a great way for students to
                                              explore all that Taronga has to offer and meet their
                                              Semester 2 Science outcomes. Many Year 7 science
                                              students and teachers reported that the time at the Zoo
                                              was both enjoyable and educational for the boys. Over a
                                              dozen boys saw me after the excusrion to say they did have
                                              a good time and how much theur enjoyed the educatioanal
                                              aspect of the day. One of our Year 7 boys was chosen to
                                              help with the seal show. Thank you to Ms K Kaur for her
                                                        organisation and to all the staff who ensured the
                                                        boys were kept safe at all times.

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R U Ok Day

                                                     Well done to Mr Lee and the SRC students for a
                                                     very successful R U Ok day on Friday 14 September
                                                     2018. The messages and role play on assembly
                                                     were powerful and the whole day had a feel of
                                                     support and positivity. The campaign to raise
                                                     awareness hits home for many staff and students
                                                     on the day. Every day should be an R U OK Day at
                                                     HBHS!

Staff Achievements

Good luck and good bye to Mr Peter Wilson as he embarks on his new role as Relieving Deputy Principal
at Marsden High School from Monday 24 September 2018 till the end of Term 1 2019. Mr Wilson was
successful thorough an expression of interest merit selection process and is very excited about the
adventures that lie ahead. Thank you for all your efforts as Head Teacher and teacher of History and a
leader of the school’s Student Engagement Team. On behalf of all your colleagues at HBHS, enjoy Marsden
High School. We look forward to having you back soon.

Congratulations to Ms Lidia Budanovic who was successful through an internal expression of interest
merit selection process and will relieve as Head Teacher History during Mr Wilson’s absence.

Mrs Matina Shadwick
Relieving Deputy Principal 2018

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By Satendra Prasad, Head Teacher TAS

TAS faculty is a very large, dynamic and established faculty and has an outstanding
record in academic and vocational excellence. The values of the faculty are founded
on the principles of tradition, care and innovation. The faculty’s supportive and
caring environment builds learning capacity in a wide range of academic and
vocational subjects.

The school has excellent facilities and resources, including computing Labs, Engineering Studies Lab,
Electronics, Wood and Metal workshops, Graphics Lab, VET Construction workshop and a state of the art
refurbished Hospitality kitchen, all equipped with interactive white boards and Multi-Media facilities. The
faculty’s delivery of comprehensive, inclusive, student centred programs is achieved with support from
highly skilled and committed teachers and intensive collaborative work in differentiating lessons to meet
needs of every student. Term 3 has been a busy one with Stage six HSC Trial exams, Industrial Technology
Major Projects and Year 11 Preliminary final exams. Students have been given assessment tasks to
address the directives of new NESA policy for assessment, thus variety and number of formal tasks have
changed from previous years. We have been fortunate to have a room refurbished and converted into a
Commercial Kitchen. We are excited to have an opening ceremony taking place early Term Four.

We wish all our HSC students very best in their studies and future endeavours. A reminder to the rest of
students that we still have a lot of content and formal tasks to do before the end of the year , so stay
focused and committed.

Year 12 Construction Boys doing a concrete Footpath in Senior Study area.

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The new Commercial Kitchen

                                                                       Year 8 Technology
                                                                      Mandatory Creation!

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By Daniel Carrozza, Head Teacher LOTE

NSW School of Languages
Learn locally. Communicate globally

                                   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.

Students studying languages at HBHS have their courses worked into their daily timetable here at HBHS.
Studying via the NSW School of Languages not only provides students with wonderful opportunities to
study a wide variety of languages, but also provides opportunities to develop valuable skills in time
management and independent learning.

Many HBHS students have successfully completed courses for both ROSA and the HSC via NSW School of
Languages and have found the experience enjoyable, rewarding and successful.

Applications are now open for students in Years 8 and 10 and close on 16 November 2019.

Earlier application is highly recommended to ensure availability.

Any students interested should see Ms Symonds in the History staffroom for more information and an
application form.

Information is also available on the NSW School of Languages website:

http://www.nswschoollang.schools.nsw.edu.au

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By Peter Wilson, Head Teacher History
7HIE use Minecraft to discover the pyramids of Ancient Egypt

7HE had an engaging and enjoyable lesson with Mr Beal and Mrs Symonds
demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of Ancient Egyptian pyramids
using Minecraft. Students were required to use the information learnt in class to design and label an
Ancient Egyptian pyramid and its internal chambers and passageways. Students used their knowledge,
creativity and Minecraft to bring to life the burial chambers and treasures of the great Pharaohs.

Students not only had to use prior learning about pyramids, but also skills in the use of various
technologies as they were to present their designs in Power Point and upload their finished product onto
Moodle for marking. Below are some examples of
the end product.

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By Sathya Kumaralingam, Year 9 Adviser

I am impressed by the achievements of our Year 9 Cohort in academia and in other
fields. During the last semester over fifty students received their High Achiever’s
Awards. Some students received more than one award for taking the first place in
more than one subject. Also as a cohort, they have fared well in this year’s NAPLAN
tests.
                                                     This term we had our Year Assembly in Week 7, where
                                                     students were informed about the Minimum
                                                     Standards Tests. This cohort will be sitting this test
                                                     during the first half of next year. Mr Martyn Bawden
                                                     our Literacy consultant explained,“Students who are
                                                     sitting HSC exams in or after 2020 must sit online
                                                     reading, writing and numeracy tests when they are
                                                     ready in Year 10, 11 or 12 or even after the HSC, to
                                                     receive their HSC”. Students will have two
opportunities a year in Years 10, 11 or 12 to pass these tests. They will also be able to take them for a few
years after they leave school.

This is because “From this year, Year 9 NAPLAN tests will no longer be available as an early way for
students to demonstrate the standard. This change has been made to ensure NAPLAN remains focussed
on its diagnostic purpose and to reduce unnecessary stress on young people”.

Also during the assembly our Year 9 Music students Joseph Wang and Sisitoutai Taufa displayed their skills
and were praised by our special guest Mr Bawden. Joseph Wang’s exceptional piano performance of
"Croatian Rhapsody" by Maksim was particularly praised by many staff members and enjoyed by the
students. In addition during the assembly, some of our students received Gold and Silver Awards. Well
done! Emad Fayad, Sudharshan Sundaramurthy and Krish Sethi.

Gold and Silver Award Recipients

                                                            High Achiever’s Award Recipients

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By Chris Burke, Year 10 Adviser
This term Year 10 have been working hard to develop an idea of what shape their
futures will take. Some have taken opportunities to help out in the wider community
while others have supported our teachers in trying to improve the transitional
outcomes of our Year 7 cohort. It has not been an easy term for all students and some
still choose to make poor decisions that reflect poorly on themselves and on our school,
however, these students and events do not define the Year 10 cohort. Year 10 at
Homebush Boys High School continue to demonstrate the capacity for improvement that makes our learning
environment strong.

This term our group of approximately 40 Peer Support Leaders completed the final module with Year 7. The
Values topic seeks to make students cognisant of their behaviours and their true beliefs about their role within
the school community. Our leaders have acted with maturity and have given us some valuable information
about the ongoing success of the program moving forward. We thanked the leaders with a barbecue earlier in
the term and look forward to presenting them with their well deserved badges in the early weeks of Term 4.

A large focus over the last few months has been the Year 10 subject selection process and the difficult decision
faced by Year 10 of what subjects to take in Years 11 and 12. Every attempt has been made by our timetabling
team to ensure that as many students get their preferences as is feasible under such complex constraints.
While some subjects have been unable to run as desired all subjects have been selected to run based on
student selections and we hope that all students are able to take part in the subjects they have chosen and are
passionate about. I hope that our students have taken this decision maturely as this will shape the course of
students schooling for the next two years. We held a subject selection evening earlier in the year where the
process was outlined and the relationship with NESA and the HSC examination was explained for parents.
Several interested parents even stayed behind to listen to an impromptu presentation from our Principal
regarding common misconceptions relating to HSC marking and scaling.

We have tried to strongly engage students with thoughts about their futures over this last year, looking
towards short and long term aspirations. Ms Chapman organised for students to analyse their sleeping
behaviours to try and put students in the best position to succeed in all pathways moving forward. The results
have recently arrived and we hope to discuss them with the cohort in the upcoming weeks. We recognise and
acknowledge that not all students want or plan to go to University, for these students Ms Anton has been
working hard to equip students with the skills to venture out into the workforce, many of these skills students
do not develop through the typical school curriculum. Mr Carrozza and Ms Anton have put in a great deal of
effort into organising an information evening for students to look at options outside of Year 11 and 12
schooling. Many presenters were made available and we hope students who took an interest gained the
information necessary to make an informed decision. To all staff who have taken time to support Year 10 in
developing their plans for the future I would like to give my thanks.

As we approach the end of the year I want to thank all staff for the support they give to the Year 10 group,
their time and effort is helping give our students a greater appreciation for the need for growth and maturity.
As the Year Advisor for Year 10, I often receive an interesting mix of anecdotes about the cohort and I hope
that our boys can continue to develop and grow as they transition into being a part of our senior school and
an even more integral part of our whole school community at Homebush Boys High School.

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TERM 4 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                  Oct 16
    Week 1             Year 11 Study Skills P3 and 4
      B                Prefect 2018/19 Investiture Ceremony P1
                  Oct 17
                       Summer Sport Round 5, Period Rotation 1,2,4,3
                  Oct 18
                       HSC 2018- English Standard, English Advanced, English ESL, Japanese Beginners
                  Oct 19
                       HSC 2018- English Standard, English Advanced, English ESL, Music 1
                       Year 9 English Speaking Assessment
                  Oct 22
    Week 2             HSC 2018 – Legal Studies, Visual Arts
      A           Oct 23
                       HSC 2018 – Ancient History, Financial Services (VET), Chinese in Context, Russian Continuers,
                       Tamil Continuers, Turkish Continuers
                       Year 9 and 10 Riverside Theatre Excursion
                  Oct 24
                       HSC 2018 – Biology, Construction (VET), Chinese Beginners
                       Summer Sport Round 6, Period Rotation 1,2,3,4
                  Oct 25
                       HSC 2018 – Mathematics General 2, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 2
                  Oct 26
                       HSC 2018 – Senior Science, Business Services (VET), History Extension, Chinese and
                        Literature
                       Principal for the Day
                       Year 7 Vaccinations
                  Oct 29
    Week 3             HSC 2018 – Modern History
      B           Oct 30
                       HSC 2018 – Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics Extension 1
                       Year 9 and 10 Riverside Theatre Excursion
                  Oct 31
                       HSC 2018 – Earth and Environmental Science, Information Processes and Technology, Korean
                        in Context, Korean and Literature, English Extension 1
                       Summer Sport Round 7, Period Rotation 1,2,3,4
                  Nov 1
                       HSC 2018 – Physics, Hospitality (VET)
                       Linkages Program with Marie Bashir Public School
                       Beating around the Bush
                  Nov 2
                       HSC 2018 – Business Studies, Software Design and Development
                       Year 11 Reports
                  Nov 5
    Week 4             HSC 2018 – Chemistry, Electrotechnology (VET)
      A                Minimum Standards Test open until 7 December
                  Nov 6
                       HSC 2018 – Studies of Religion 1, Engineering Studies
                  Nov 7
                       HSC 2018 - Economics
                       Summer Sport Round 8, Period Rotation 1,2,4,3
                  Nov 8
                       HSC 2018 – Geography, Industrial Technology – Multimedia Technologies, Timber and Furniture
                        Technologies
                       Citizenship Ceremony – Strathfield Council
                  Nov 9
                       HSC 2018
                       Diwali Festival Celebrations
                  Nov 13
    Week 5             Year 7 2019 Mini Orientation Day 9am – 12 noon
      B                School Council Meeting
                  Nov 14
                       Summer Sport Round 9, Period Rotation 1,2,4,3
                  Nov 15
                       Year 9 Quarantine Station Excursion
                  Nov 16
                       Year 12 return of books and equipment

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Nov 20
    Week 6             Year 7 2019 Mini Orientation Day – 9am – 12 noon
      A           Nov 21
                       Summer Sport Round 10, Period Rotation 1,2,3,4
                  Nov 26
    Week 7             Year 10 Australian Business Week
      B                Year 12 Formal – Doltone House
                  Nov 27
                       Year 10 Australian Business Week
                       P&C Meeting
                  Nov 28
                       Year 10 Australian Business Week
                       Summer Sport Round 11, Period Rotation 1,2,3,4
                  Nov 29
                       Year 10 Australian Business Week
                       Linkages Program with Marie Bashir Public School
                  Nov 30
                       Year 10 Australian Business Week
                  Dec 3
    Week 8             Year 10 Australian Business Week
      A           Dec 4
                       Year 7 2019 Orientation Day
                  Dec 7
                       Minimum Standard tests close
                       Year 11 Blue Datto Crossroads Excursion
                  Dec 11
   Week 9              Year 7-11 Presentation Day
     B
                  Dec 18
   Week 10             Year 7-10 Reports distributed by mail
     A            Dec 19
                       HSC Results released
                       Last day of Term 4

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Email: homebushbo-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au                                               Ph: 9764 3611
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