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What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

Bus pass information

We have been advised by Hunter Valley Buses that from the start of Term 4, if a student is not able to present their bus pass, a $1.10 fare will will apply. This arrangement has always been the case, however Hunter Valley Buses has decided to be consistent in the application of this rule. Attached to this article is a flyer about the School Student Transport Scheme from TransportNSW. SSTS booklet (pdf 176 KB)... Read more

Managing depression in children

One in four kids over the age of 12 has significant depressive symptoms. For girls, depression generally appears between the ages of 11 through to about 14. For boys, depression generally appears between 12 and 16. Signs your child may be suffering from depression If you see a number of these problems starting to develop, it's time to ask the question, could this be a more significant emotional disturbance than general teenage moodiness or attitude? A persistently bad, often irritable mood withdrawal not experiencing pleasure not reacting to... Read more

School Captains 2015

The election of school captains has been completed and we are pleased to announce that the student leaders for 2015 will be: Captains: Eliza Crebert, Sam Barry Vice Captains: Teagan Lawrence, Brayden Carroll... Read more

Managing exam stress

As students prepare for end-of-year exams, child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien, from Sydney's Quirky Kid Clinic, has some good advice to help families manage pre-exam stress. "Stress isn't necessarily a bad thing – adrenalin can be useful in helping kids stay on track, study longer and finish tasks more quickly," Kimberley says. "The problems arise when it takes over and your teenager starts to feel overwhelmed and even isolated." In a perfect world, your teenager will have organised their study and revision into manageable chunks... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

SHS Wins Excellence Award!

The Dare to Lead Excellence in Leadership in Indigenous Education Awards have been presented annually since 2004. The awards recognise schools that demonstrate high levels of effective leadership, Indigenous community involvement and improvements in targeted outcomes. These schools demonstrate focused, data-driven, strategically-planned activities with measurable outcomes for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The winning schools are determined by a panel of Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators which assesses each... Read more

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

SHS P&C

P&C Clothing Pool is now online!

The Singleton High School P&C Clothing Pool is now online. Select and pay for items securely. Pickup only. SHS P&C... Read more

Smoke Free Campaign

NSW Health has advised that Phase 2 of the NSW public notice tobacco campaign to increase community awareness of smoke-free outdoor public places under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 will take place from 18 May to 30 June. Further information is available at a dedicated web page to be found at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree... Read more

Surviving the HSC

If your child is studying for the HSC, you're probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don't want to interfere. As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family. Year 12 is often the year when students: lose interest in school develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend get their driver's licence experiment with legal or illegal drugs have a part-time job develop an eating disorder suffer from depression. If any of these... Read more

Singleton Learning Community website released

The new website for the Singleton Learning Community has been released. Please visit http://www.singleton-lc.schools.nsw.edu.au/... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

Helping Households with Energy Costs

Please set the attached information regarding the $125 Family Energy Rebate. You have until 13 June to apply. Family Energy Rebate (pdf 891 KB)... Read more

Draft BYOD Policy Released

The draft Singleton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy has now been released and is available here (pdf 90 KB) . The draft policy will be presented to the P&C for discussion at the next meeting on 19th May from 7.30pm. Parents can also ask questions or comment on the policy via the blog BYOD@SHS that has been set up for this purpose. In brief, the policy provides for the following: • this is not a de facto 1:1 device program (this means that it is not intended that every student have a device that used for all of their school... Read more

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

Support Unit Garden Project

Our Support Unit was seeking significant assistance to provide a safe, tranquil, stress-free garden area for students, but we had neither the expertise nor tooling to complete this project. We sent a request (an earnest plea) to Vicki Griffin, activities organiser at Bunnings Singleton. Bunnings help local community groups by providing hands-on assistance with projects. Our application was successful and their team assisted with our garden makeover, providing DIY support and donating resources, expertise, time and an above and beyond effort... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

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