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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

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Planning for success in 2014

Each year in high school brings new academic and personal challenges for parents and their teens. The School A to Z website has created a year-by-year guideto help you navigate the challenges and decisions your child will face as they commence Years 7,8,9,10,11 and 12. For example, if your child is commencing Year 8 or 10, they'll need to start thinking now about the electives they want to choose later in the year. All students can use a helping hand learning organisational and planning skills, regardless of whether they're settling into Year... Read more

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What's Happening to Our Girls and Boys

A FREE talk by Maggie Hamilton for Parents of children and young adults. Maggie is an author and social researcher, she will provide tips on how to provide support to our children and a more promising future. 20/3/154 6.30PM Singleton Public Library Kathleen Ballard Head Teacher Welfare Singleton High School... Read more

Release of NSWDEC BYOD policy

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy of the NSWDEC has now been released. See here for links: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/policies/technology/computers/mobile-device/PD20130458.shtml Shortly we will begin the process of developing the local policy. Parents will be invited to have input into this process. Please refer to our blog BYOD@SHS at http://bit.ly/BYODSHS for the latest information.... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party there are some simple ways to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to spread the... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

BYOD@SHS blog

The NSW Department of Education and Communities is about to release the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. We need to engage with the Singleton High School education community about what BYOD will look like at SHS. To facilitate this, there is a blog located at BYOD@SHS blog. All members of the Singleton High School community are welcome to contribute to the blog. Posts are moderated but will be processed as quickly as possible. Please refer to this blog for updated information once the NSWDEC BYOD policy is released.... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

Bus 37 Miller Park (AM)

This is a message for all students who catch bus 37 in the morning from Miller Park. Today I have been advised that from next term, bus 37 will now depart Miller Park at 7:40am. It is scheduled to arrive at the school at 8:05am. If parents would like to discuss this with me, please ask them to contact me via email. I also welcome comments from all students on this matter. greg.norris@det.nsw.edu.au... Read more

Year 9 laptop loan 2013

All Year 9 students have been emailed instructions about the process to be followed in order to be issued with a loan DER laptop for the remainder of 2013. A copy of the letter to parents and caregivers about this process is available below. Letter to parents (pdf 132 KB)... Read more

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