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


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 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 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

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

Maggie Hamilton flyer

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: 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 for the latest information.... Read more

Older news »