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Cancellation of school excursions to Sydney CBD

In view of the ongoing siege in the Sydney CBD, and the uncertainty surrounding security arrangements, all planned excursions to the Sydney CBD area are cancelled for Tuesday 16 December and until the safety can be assured within the CBD. If you are under any uncertainty about the safety of excursion plans to other areas please consult your principal. Greg Prior Deputy Secretary, Education and Communities... Read more

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Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart. A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

BYOD Information for Parents

Today in the MPC I spoke to parents of Year 7 students, 2015 about the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at this school. Further information for parents may be found on the Curriculum & Activities tab on this website. If any parent wishes to contact me about any aspect of BYOD at Singleton High School, they are welcome to do so by email at greg.norris@det.nsw.edu.au... Read more

Hosting gatecrasher-proof teenage parties

If your teen is planning an end-of-year get together with their mates, the NSW Police website MyNite.com.au has some excellent tips, including how to register your party to help prevent things getting out of hand. The number one tip is never to advertise a private party on Facebook or other social networks. Uninvited visitors are increasingly a problem at teenage parties. By giving the local police a heads-up at least 72 hours prior to the party, they'll be better prepared to help out if you need them to. There are obviously a lot of parties... Read more

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

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