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School uniforms

P & C school uniform initiative

At the last P&C meeting there was a request for the sale of second hand uniforms. We are now looking for donations of good condition uniform items that have been outgrown so we can provide this service. The washed and good condition uniforms can be handed in at the school office. They will then be on sale on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3.00pm to 3.30pm, inside the school gate on O'Sullivan Ave-nue (beside the office). Uniforms will be sold for $3.00 per item with all money raised going to new equipment for the students. As we are... Read more

Students at the I-Manifest film launch

Students attend i-Manifest film launch

19 students attended the launch of the I-Manifest Creative Industries film at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday 5th December. The event was attended by various NSW government organisations, Beacon and United Way representatives. The film launch highlighted many misconceptions about creative careers, the facts being that NSW is home to 40% of the creative industries workforce with exports of over $1.4 billion contributing to the local economy. The website is fully interactive and anyone interested in careers in radio, screen, the... 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

End of year assembly

End of Year Ceremonies

As the year draws to a close it is time to celebrate the achievements of our students. We have two events over the next 2 weeks. The details are as follows: Friday 13th December 2013, 1pm: Year 10 Graduation Ceremony Year 10 students will be graduating from the junior school. They will receive a certificate acknowledging their graduation and their school report at this ceremony that will be held in the school hall. Other special awards will also be presented. The formalities will be followed by light refreshments in the school courtyard.... Read more

Blood donations

Giving blood for life

7 year 10 and 11 generous students travelled to the Mascot Mobile Blood Donation unit to donate blood. Each blood donation can save up to 3 lives. We are very proud of our students who volunteered to give this very important gift back to our community! Thankyou to Ms Corlija for organising the trip.... Read more

Drama students

Drama students perform at the opening of festival

On Monday 25 a group of talented year 11 actors accompanied by Ms. De Paor headed to Daceyville Public School to perform their playbuilt piece ‘Sushi' for the opening of the Daceyville Creative Life Festival. Their performance was a huge hit with the audience which consisted of students from the school, parents, school staff and the Regional Directors of Education. These actors received a very warm reception for their work and proved themselves to be wonderful ambassadors of our school.... Read more

White Ribbon Day

SSHS Supports White Ribbon Day

It was great to see SSHS students and staff supporting the message behind White Ribbon Day that 'family violence has no place in Australian society'. A group of South Sydney HS students marched from Randwick's High Cross Park to Coogee Beach on Monday 25thNovember as part of national White Ribbon Day celebrations. In a ceremony led by the state's police commissioner, Andrew Scipione, participants swore not to commit, excuse or remain silent about domestic abuse. Mr Scipione says violence against women is a "scourge" on the community that has... Read more

School uniform

Uniform shop holiday opening times

For your convenience the uniform shop will be open during the school holiday period on the following dates and times: Tuesday 14 January 8am - 12pm Friday 17 January 12pm - 6pm Tuesday 21 January 8am - 12pm Friday 25 January 12pm - 6pm In addition, it will open the week that school returns on the following dates and times: Tuesday 28 January - Friday 31 January 8am - 10am The uniform shop will then be open each Tuesday and Friday morning from 8am - 10am for the rest of the term.... Read more

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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

Toys and Tucker appeal

Giving back to the community at Christmas time

South Sydney High is participating in the Anglicare Toys ‘n' Tucker campaign. It's wonderful to see students donate toys and tins of food that disadvantaged families will be able to enjoy at Christmas time. We are doing this every Tuesday in November. Please help us if you can by sending in some toys and gifts for these families. We encourage the spirit of giving and generosity at South Sydney High so we ask if our parent and caregiver community can lend a hand. We will continue this campaign until the end of November. Many Thanks Helen Stell... Read more

Group session about time management

Year 11 Study Skills Day

A special study skills day was organised for year 11 which was specially tailored to them helping them to prepare for their HSC year. It was held on Monday 11th November at the Maroubra Surf club. It was a great day where the students had the opportunity to able to develop skills in planning, organisation, reflection and study skills as well as looking at stress management and coping skills for their final year of study at high school. It was held at Maroubra Surf Club and started with a session on stress management and coping skills by... Read more

Open night at South Sydney High School

Year 6-7 Transition Events

We have been working very hard with our feeder schools to ensure that our Year 6 students will experience a smooth transition to High School. There are a number of activities planned, such as a Singles Morning on the 28th November, where students can meet and get to know each other. We are also introducing family interviews on Thursday 21st November, where each new family is invited to attend an interview with a key member of staff and spend time sharing information about individual strengths, talents and learning needs of the child. We look... Read more

Student athletes

Success for SSHS athletes!

A number of students from South Sydney High School competed at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships between the 10th of October and the 12th of October. These were held at SOPAC, Homebush. These students performed well with some excellent results: In the 16 Year Girls Montana Walters placed 2nd in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m. Courtney Young had an outstanding result in the 16 Year Girls Long Jump, winning with a jump of 5.48m. Taylor Minslow competed in 2 events, coming 2nd in the 16 Girls Shot Put and also placing 2nd in the... 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

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Year 10 students

KEEPING THE LAW REAL IN YEAR 10 COMMERCE

On Friday the 18th of October Officer Rachel Delucyk delivered a memorable talk about the role of the police in NSW to our Year 10 Commerce class. We are currently studying the Legal system and believed that Officer Delucyk would offer a first-hand perspective on working in the Police Force. Concepts that were discussed and captured the great interest of the class included the: Young Offenders Act, the increase in domestic violence, police force as a possible career, and various other typical experiences that occur in the police force. The... Read more

Formula 1 car

Formula 1 School's Challenge

South Sydney High School has taken the "F1 in Schools Technology Challenge" and entered the competition for the second year in a row. The F1 Challenge is a nationwide technology program engaging over 40,000 students each year. Students design, test and make miniature Formula 1 cars capable of achieving speeds in excess of 70km/h. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills. Check out a video here. Five F1 teams, involving 12 Year 9... Read more

Number crunchers award winners

Number Crunchers

The Number Crunchers Cluster Final, a year 6,7 competition for mathematical excellence among schools in our region was held on Thursday 10 October. The purpose of this competition was to find three outstanding maths students who will go on to represent our cluster at the State Final to be held at the Powerhouse Museum. Teams made up of students from the following schools took place in this competition: Kensington PS, Banksmeadow PS, Randwick PS, Daceyville PS, Alexandria Park Community School, Gardeners' Road PS as well as our own South... 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

Students working with the robots

Robotics Workshop at University of NSW

On Tuesday September 17th16 students from Years 9 & 10 participated in a robotics workshop and team challenge at the University of NSW. The workshop was run by a group of senior Engineering students in one of the School of Engineering Computer Labs. During the workshop mixed teams of four students worked together to program a robot to move in certain ways. Each step was assessed by having the team's robot complete a task. These tasks included programming for a sequence of moves and being placed in a confined space and having to move... 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

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Beacon students building conversational skills

Polish Program at the Crowne Plaza

On September 13 2013 Beacon participants were taken to the Crowne Plaza Coogee and taught the do's and don'ts of etiquette in the work place. This included how to shake hands; how to introduce yourself; what not to wear; and what to wear; how to eat properly and how to do a tie. It was a very valuable learning experience. Thank you Beacon, and thank you to Crowne Plaza. See some more photos here. Ms Stell & Ms Brooks... Read more

Year 12 students at their graduation assembly

Congratulations Year 12!

The graduation of the year 12 class of 2013 was held on the 19th September 2013. It was a wonderful night celebrating the achievements of the year 12 group. Guest speaker Daniel Kelty, former South Sydney High student and recent contestant on Masterchef 2013 gave an entertaining and inspiring speech. Year 12 music students gave 3 outstanding performances showcasing their talents. Graduation portfolios were presented to the year 12 students, and a number of special awards were presented. Congratulations to the year 12 students, and we wish... Read more

Montana on the podium

SSHS Sports Stars

Montana and Taylor (year 10 students) have bright futures in their respective sports after winning medals at the recent NSW Combined High School Athletic Championships held out at Homebush. Monatana won the 15 years 100 and 200m, while Taylor gained 2ndplace in the Shot and 5thin Discus in the 16 years. Well done girls!!... 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

CAPA showcase flyer

CAPA Showcase- Year 7-11 Work

South Sydney High School would like to invite you to the Year 7-11 CAPA Showcase to be held on Tuesday 10th September, 6-8pm in the School Hall. Year 7-11 students will be showcasing their works in Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Digital Media and Industrial Technology.... Read more

Forming the guard of honour at the game

SSHS students form guard of honour at Souths Game

Our principal Ms Matthews, Ms Wilson, Ms Baseley accompanied our South Cares 'School to Work' Students: Emily Cooley, Hayden Towns, Brent Newport, Lee Porter and Keira-Lee Dobbie to Gosford to see South Sydney Rabbitohs defeat Manly. These Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal students have been a part of a Schools to Work Transition program as a part of our partnership with Souths Cares. They were fortunate to participate in the guard of honour before the match for the players. Once again, these students were great ambassadors for South Sydney High... Read more

Students working on their story

Year 8 hit the Sydney Story Factory

On Monday, Year 8 English Violet took a trip to ‘The Martian Embassy', a façade for the Sydney Story Factory. The building had an interesting interior, decorated with Martian statues, pictures and strange items to make it look authentic. In the Story Factory, we began brainstorming ideas for a Choose Your Own Adventure story. The whole class wrote the first page, then we gradually split into groups for the diverse story options until there were groups of two for the endings. Overall it was a fantastic experience and at the end of the session... Read more

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Students receiving awards

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony

The Year 12 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday 19th September. Here are the details: VENUE: School Hall, South Sydney High School DATE: Thursday, 19th September TIME: Seating at 6PM, Ceremony starts at 6.30pm and will go for approximately 1 hour. WHO ARE INVITED? The Graduates, the Graduates' parents and the Staff of South Sydney High School. DRESS: Dress for Graduates is full School uniform and for parents/guests is Smart Casual. FORMAT: Graduates will be presented to the Principal in the School Hall. Outstanding graduates will... Read more

Year 11 students at camp

YEAR 11 CROSSROADS AND PDHPE CAMP

From Monday 5thAugust to Thursday 8thAugust, approximately 70 Year 11 students went to the Outdoor Education Centre at Morisset for the Year 11 Crossroads and PDHPE camp. They were accompanied by Mr Wood, Mr Wagg, Miss Baseley and Ms West. Students were involved in a range of educational and adventure activities throughout the 3 day and 4 day program. While the education focused on sexual health education and risk taking behaviours, the highlights of the week were definitely the practical activities which included; Mud World Adventure, High... Read more

Students at the Sydney Drama Festival

Sydney Schools Drama Festival at NIDA

On the 20thand 21stAugust, a talented group of year 11 and year 9 South Sydney drama students attended the Sydney Schools Drama Festival at NIDA. Having been selected for this prestigious festival through a rigorous audition process this was a celebration for these talented actors of the wonderful work they are producing in the drama classroom. The professionalism with which they conducted themselves, both behind the scenes during rehearsals as well as on the stage of NIDA's Parade Theatre, as accomplished performers provided an inspiring... Read more

Year 8 students

Year 9 Information Night

A Year 9, 2014 Subject Selection Evening has been organised by the school for Tuesday 20th August 2013 from 6.30 – 7.30 pm. The evening is to support parents and their children, current Year 8 students, to choose the most suitable elective subjects for 2014. It will be held in the school Common Room. It is important that these decisions best suit your child's needs and fit into an overall plan for future study and/or career aspirations. This usually means choosing subjects that they have an interest in and that they will enjoy.... 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

Students in the Dress for Success program

Recent BEACON events

Dress for Success Tuesday 6thAugust 2013. Eleven lucky year 10 girls were invited to take part in a workshop including preparing for an interview, makeup, grooming and fashion for the workplace. All the girls had individual stylists to help them with their choice of clothes which they were given as a gift from the amazingly generous team led by Lyn Vicary. Beacon/SSHS Polish Program, Monday 17th June 2013. A selected group of year 10 students participated in The Polish Program sponsored by United Way and Glenworth at their offices in North... Read more

Students at the Crowne Plaza

Visit to Crowne Plaza Coogee

A Hotel Uncovered Event A Beacon event was held at Crowne Plaza Coogee on the 30th July 2013. A group of students were taken there and were introduced to behind the scenes tour and workshops led by the team at Crowne Plaza learning the many and varied career paths in the industry. Lesley Borenstein.... Read more

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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

Students at the careers expo

Careers Expo

During Term 2 South Sydney High School hosted a fantastic Careers Expo. Different Universities, colleges and organisations set up stands in our school hall and provided our students, and students from other local high schools, with an opportunity to learn about different career paths.The day was a great success and very valuble for our students who are starting to think about what comes next. Thanks to Ms Karen Brooks (our careers advisor) for organising it.... Read more

Students with their Science Competition awards

Academic Achievements in Science!

We are pleased to report some great results from the UNSW Science Competition. Students were given the opportunity to participate in the competition held during Term 2. 25 students from our school chose to participate. Liam Hillier (Year 10) and Vincent Tran(Year 8) achieved Distinction awards. Timothy Chung (Year 12), Lucas Christian and Fu Xiu Heng (Year 11), Monica Kwan (Year 10), Jack Stout (Year 9) and Maleon Johan Mosi (Year 8) all achieved Credit awards. Congratulations to these young scientists on their achievements!... Read more

Sign writing

Give it a Go Day at SSHS

During term 3 South Sydney High School hosted 'Give it a Go Day'. Different organisations came to give students a taste of different vocational education opportunities. There were lots of hands on activities and discussions about different career directions. Students from SSHS and other local high schools all attended.... Read more

Looking at art

Turner from the Tate

A busload of Visual Arts students made the day trip to Canberra on Friday 21stof June to visit the National Gallery of Australia. The major focus of the day was to see the Turner from the Tate exhibition. The students were then given a guided tour of the gallery collection by the education staff and were able to see the wide range of works on show. Sharon Hardy, Georgia Kite, Lisa Peddie (Pre-service Teacher)... Read more

Students in Parliament house

Speak Up!

On Thursday 18thJuly Students in Year 7 & 8 visited Parliament House, Sydney for a public speaking forum. The students were George Hitchings from Yr8, Kyra Banton, Victoria Wright, Isabella McKenna and Drew Scanlon from Year 7. These students had to stand up in the Legislative Assembly and present their speeches in front of their peers and other schools. Each student spoke with confidence and did themselves and the school proud.... Read more

In the stocks!

Year 8 History Medieval Day

Year 8 History students recently experienced a 'Medieval Day'. Some visitors brought their medieval artefacts including swords, helmets, armour, shields, chain mail, daggers, spears, axes and a bow and arrow. Students learnt about medieval times and the artefacts and even able to try some of it on! It was a great learning experience for all! For a full student report by Alison Karepa from Year 8 Blue- see the Term 3 Week 2 newsletter.... Read more

Update re executive staff Term 3

Robyn Matthews (relieving principal) is on leave and will be returning on Monday 5th August (Week 4). In the mean time Cathy Walton will be relieving as Principal and Brendan Benischke will be relieving as Deputy Principal (and will also be maintaining his role as Head Teacher Welfare).... Read more

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO P&C MEETING TONIGHT

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th August.... Read more

Student Medical Forms

During Terms 3 and 4 we will be updating our medical records systems to ensure we have the most up-to-date information on your child's health. If you have a child with a medical condition you will receive a copy of the new forms in the mail and will need to fill them out and return them to us as soon as you can. The good news is we have already started collecting some of this information, which means less for you to do. The new forms will help us collect your child's important medical information and the introduction of new systems will mean... 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

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Students

Parent/Teacher night survey

Parent Teacher Night was a great opportunity for many of the teachers to meet or catch up with our families and to share information about their son/daughters progress. We would love to hear about how valuable the night was to you and how we can improve the experience. Please click on the link to complete a short survey about the Parent Teacher Night 2013. ent 500 schools and 70,000 students annually... Read more

Links to Learning students infront of their beautiful wall

Links to Learning at SSHS

Year 10 students who are involved in the Links to Learning program at SSHS have recently planned and decorated a wall in the classroom B4 as a part of their program. They worked together to plan and paint the wall around the themes ‘Community' and ‘Communication'. Lizzie and Melanie, the Links to Learning leaders from the YWCA, have been working with the students weekly and helping them work towards a Certificate II in Community Services. The students are enjoying it and have been working really well.... Read more

Students working in class

Year 11 and 12 Study Skills Sessions Term 3

We have organised 2 study skills sessions for year 11 and 12 students to be run by Elevate Education for early Term 3. These sessions are being generously provided by the P & C. For each group there will be two 1 hour sessions: 'Study Sensei' and 'Ace your exams'. Study Sensei: This seminar breaks down the study techniques of the top students, providing students with a road map for what work they need to be doing across the year and how to do it. Ace your exams: This seminar outines the critical exam skills that will allow them to excel in the... Read more

Students in the DNA to the Max workshop

DNA to the Max-Science workshop

On Thursday, 20 June 2013, CSIRO Education visited our school and presented an interactive science program, ‘DNA to the Max'. Students from 9 Science Blue and 10 Science Blue had the opportunity to be a part of this innovative and entertaining science program free of charge and they were able to extract DNA from a barley sample and use gel electrophoresis to compare different barley types DNA. They also learnt about different biotechnologies and real life applications of the experiments they performed. See some photos. Thanks to Ms Parker for... Read more

Hayden Towns recieving his prize

Hayden Towns wins South Cares Prize

Hayden Towns of Year 11 has been selected to win an amazing prize from Souths Cares. Hayden was nominated by our school as a student that is compassionate and caring and always strives to do his best. He has worked consistently in Souths Cares programs as well as all aspects of his school life. He has been an excellent friend and student in the school and a great Indigenous role model. The prize was donated by All Sorts Gym in Alexandria. Hayden was awarded the prixe by Rhys Wesser from Souths Cares on Thursday 20th June. Hayden was selected... Read more

A satisfied customer

Cup Cake Day fundraiser a great success!

On Tuesday the 4th June South Sydney High School Volunteers, together with the SRC bought in cupcakes and desserts to sell to raise money for Cancer Research and for Young Care. Over five hundred dollars was raised. Our students worked hard for the very important causes. Thank you must go to South Sydney High community!... Read more

Students touching the aboriginal artefacts

Aboriginal Artefacts

On Friday 21st June 2013 year 7 and 8 students attended a presentation which gave them a visual and tactile experience of traditional technologies used by indigenous peoples across the varied environments of Australia – deserts, mountains, rivers and seashores. Naturalist Philip Green visited our school with his large collection of museum-quality artefacts which were given out in multiple touch-boxes for students to examine and handle. He also told stories and used photos in an audio-visual presentation of the native plants and wildlife used... Read more

Students

Parent/Teacher interview night

Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will be held at 3.30pm – 6.30pm on Tuesday 25thJune. You can now book interviews at times that suit YOUR FAMILY BEST. You will need to go to www.schoolinterviews.com.auand follow the simple instructions. Use the 'School Event Code' : WHT6G to log in and book your parent/teacher interviews. For more detailed instructions- go to the attached document: Instructions (docx 106 KB) BOOKINGS CLOSE MONDAY 24thof June at 3.15pm For parents that don't have access to the internet at home, at work, at a friend's... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Students involved in the I-Manifest program

Work experience at the Museum of Contempory Art

Over 30 SSHS students from year 10,11 and 12 were offered a golden opportunity during this month's Vivid Festival when they worked with artists, musicians, advertising people and designers in a four day work experience at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks. These amazing days were organised by the CEO of I-manifest Jo Prettyman, a remarkable young, vibrant woman whose passion is for high school students to have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by an array of gurus in the Creative Arts Industries. Our students certainly enjoyed... Read more

Runners at the athletics carnival

Athletics Carnival 2013

The NEW date for the Athletics carnival will be Monday 17th June. Consent form (pdf 140 KB) Venue: Hensley Athletics Field, Pagewood Date: Monday 17th June Time: 840 am to 230pm Itinerary: Arrive by 840 am. Roll call at 850am. At the Field until 230pm. Students will be dismissed from the venue. Cost: $4.00 Carnival Entry- paid at the venue to teachers collecting money. Travel arrangements: Students are to make their own way to and from the venue. Uniform: Students are to attend in House... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

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Students visiting Schenker Operations Workshop in Botany

BEACON events at SSHS

SSHS sends students to Visit Schenker and Fuji Xerox There have been a number of BEACON events recently for SSHS year 10 students. On Thursday the 23rd of May a group of lucky year 10 students were taken (thanks to our Beacon involvement) to visit two major global companies to discover what types of opportunities lay there for them Our first stop was to Schenker Operations Warehouse in Botany where students were shown the high security and detailed storage and transportation systems that they use. Then it was to the Fuji Xerox Distribution... Read more

Temporary Road Closures

NOTIFICATION: TEMPORARY DETOURS AND ROAD CLOSURES Randwick city council will be undertaking civil works to improve the safety of the intersection at Walsh Ave and Wild St, Maroubra. The work will commence the week of 3rd June, 2013 and be completed within 4 weeks (weather pending) Temporary detours and traffic calming devices will be implemented during construction for the safety of the community and contractors. This will result in limited access through the intersection of Walsh Ave and Wild Street. Detours will be in place during the... Read more

World Challenge hiking group

World Challenge Training Trip

On the 6th and 7th April we took part in a two day Training Trek through Kuringai Chase as a part of training for the World Challenge Trip to Cambodia. 14 students and a staff member from South Sydney High will be travelling to Cambodia and Thailand with World Challenge in late December 2014. This amazing trip is for 28 days and the students take part in a 6 day trek, a project in a Cambodian Orphanage and several historical tours of places like ‘the Killing Fields' and the temples of Angkor Wat. The students have been working hard... Read more

Buckley Shield Rugby team

Buckley Shield Results

South Sydney travelled to Hurstville boys HS to play their round 3 knock out match in the Rugby League Buckley Sheild. It was a close match. After some ups and downs, the boys managed to square the game at 26 a piece to take it to golden point. Unfortunately, with 2 minutes to go, Hurstville scored underneath the post. Congratulations to all boys involved for their efforts on and off the field.... Read more

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

Students and their laptops

Year 9 student laptops

Year 9 students have recieved their DER (Digital Education Revolution) laptops and are starting to use them for their learning activities in the classroom. They have had some training sessions on how to use some of the many great programs they have on the laptops. The laptops will be a great tool for their learning and engagement at school.... Read more

Parents at open night

Yr 11 & 12 Parent teacher night

The evening of Monday 13th May 2013 is the Parent Teacher Evening for parents of students in Year 11 and 12 to discuss student progress with their teachers. Teachers are available for interviews between 3:45pm and 6:15pm. Year 12 half –yearly reports will be distributed on this evening. It is important that you have an opportunity early in the year to meet with your child's teachers so that we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome for your son or daughter in the HSC. Students have been given information to take home to... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

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Year 11 Drama students

Drama Students Perform

Year 11 Drama students presented 2 thought provoking plays for our school community at the end of Term 1. ‘What's the Matter With Mary Jane?' a play by the well-known writer and performer on stage and screen, Wendy Harmer, deals with a teenage girl coping with eating disorders. ‘The Stones' is a thought-provoking play which deals with the true story of two teenagers who kicked stones off a freeway overpass bridge resulting in the death of a driver. The plays were presented to a packed audience including our school principal, Ms Matthews who... Read more

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Open night at South Sydney High School

P & C Annual General Meeting 14th May

The P & C Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th May from 7.30pm in the school Common Room. At this meeting the positions President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected into the executive. Everyone is welcome to attend. The normal P & C meeting will follow the AGM and at this there will be a discussion on ideas of how to help the school. If parents have any ideas and are interested in having input, please come along!... Read more

Taylor and Zaiden Minslow- National Hammer Throw Champions

National Champions

We are delighted to report that 2 of our students- Taylor and Zaiden Minslow have recently become national champions in their sport- the Hammer Throw. They recently travelled to Perth to represent NSW in the National Athletic Championships. They were both successful and came 1st in their age groups making them Australian Hammer Throw champions! What a fantastic achievement! Taylor has also been selected for the under 17 development squad for the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Congratulations Taylor and Zaiden!... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Students hide behind a buttress root in the rainforest

Fun in Science!

Students have been busy in Science. Year 11 Biology students recently went to Mt Keira near Wollongong with Mr Szallasi and Miss Mifsud to study the rainforest ecosystem as a part of their Local Ecosystem topic. It was a very wet day but luckily the rain held off enough for the students to carry out some field study activities in the beautiful rainforest. Some students were lucky enough to have close encounters with some unique wildlife that were enjoying the wet weather- leeches! Year 7s have been learning about separating mixtures and year... Read more

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Volunteers presented with their awards

Sydney Swans congratulate our volunteers!

VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED WITH PREMIER AWARDS AND SWANS On Tuesday the 19thMarch South Sydney High celebrated the work carried out by our illustrious volunteers and it was a very special assembly. Special because parents attended, teachers attended and as a special treat renowned AFL players from the Sydney Swans were there on stage to congratulate and encourage students about the importance of giving to the community. The players were former captain Adam Goods, newcomer Dean Towers and Mike Pyke. Mike gave an inspirational talk about... Read more

Students wearing strings around their wrists to say no to bullying

Students united against bullying

The Student Representative Council (SRC) are taking a stand against bullying and are supporting the 'string movement'- a peaceful movement to disarm bullies by raising awareness. Students ran workshops on Friday 15th March- the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and encouraged students and staff to wear a piece of string tied around their wrists to represent their support of the anti bullying message . Special guest speaker Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education, visited our school and supported the message that... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

At open night

Year 7 Students 2014

Would you like to join the South Sydney High School Community? There was a great response from the local community as over 200 parents and students attended our recent Open Night. This was an outstanding showcase of the excellent teaching and learning taking place across the school, in all aspects of school life. Our visitors took part in a range of activities and learnt all about the wide range of subjects available at South Sydney High School. If you were unable to attend our Open Night, we will be organising school tours on regular basis.... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

Mario Fenech delivering the anti-bullying message to our students

SOUTHS players visit our school to spread the anti bullying message

Former Rabbitohs player and Rugby League Ambassador Mario Fenech and current players Michael Crocker and Nathan Peats visited our school on Tuesday 26/2/13 to deliver the NRL's anti-bullying message. The NRL's "Tackle Bullying" campaign has seen players tour the country and even abroad for the past month to help children understand there is no room for bullying both on and off the field. See a video and article on the South Sydney Rabbitoh's website. Another article.... Read more

School captains running the assembly

Recognising our student leaders

Our student leaders were recognised at a Leadership Assembly on 27/2/13. The school captains, house captains, prefects, student representative council, BEACON ambassadors were all inducted and acknowledged as student leaders in our school. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in the life of the school in leadership positions from year 7 through to year 12. We are very proud of the students who are getting involved. The high achievers of 2012 year 12 were also recognised for their achievements. Guest speaker and DUX of... Read more

Theresa Coyle- DUX of 2012

Theresa Coyle- DUX of 2012

At our recent Leadership Assembly, we were lucky to have the Dux of 2012 Theresa Coyle as a guest speaker address the students, staff and parents. Theresa was one of the high acheivers of our year 12 group of 2012 achieving an ATAR of 99.25 and being the recipient of the Premier's award for achieving a Band 6 in all of her subjects. She thoroughly deserved these great results and they were a testament to her hard work and great capabilities. Theresa is a fantastic young woman who was highly involved in the life of the school in so many ways... Read more

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Students with new sports equipment from the Coles Sports For Schools initiative

COLES Sports for Schools at SSHS

Thank you to all the families and friends of SSHS for their support in the Coles' Sport For School's initiative. Stephanie and Marko of Yr 8 show off some of the equipment purchased with our school's vouchers The school recently received its delivery of sports equipment purchased through Coles' Sports For School's initiative. While it might seem like a small amount of equipment, the ability to add extra resources to the PDHPE and Sport's departments is always invaluable. This extra equipment has already been added to the storeroom and... Read more

Parent survey on the one to one laptop program

2013 DER-NSW Parent Survey Dear Parent/Guardian, We seek your views on the NSW one-to-one laptop program. A formal evaluation of the program is being undertaken by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training in collaboration with the University of Wollongong. It is an effort to determine how the DER-NSW program may impact on learning and teaching education across the state. The evaluation has taken place over 4 years. Please go to the link below and complete the 2013 survey. It won't take you too long. Laptop survey To access... Read more

Year 7 student on the high ropes course

Year 7 Camp 2013

The new year 7 students travelled up the coast to Tea Gardens in February to attend their year 7 camp. Accompanied by Mr Tipple, Mr Szallasi and Mrs Wilson, they participated in many fun and challenging activities including canoeing, mud challenge, survivor challenge, giant swing and a high ropes course. The students had a great time, made new friends and had some great experiences where they had to challenge themselves to step outside their comfort zone. Photos.... Read more

Swimming Carnival 2013

The South Sydney High School annual swimming carnival will be held on Thursday 21st February. The details are as follows: Venue: Botany Aquatic Centre, Jasmine St. Botany. Time: 8.40am-2.30pm Interary: Arrive by 8.40am. Roll call at 8.50am. At the pool until 2.30pm. Students will be dismissed from the venue. Cost: $5.00 Pool entry- paid at venue to teachers collecting money. Travel arrangements: Students are to make their own way to and from the venue Uniform: Students are to attend wearing House colours (Lawson: Green, Northcott: Yellow,... Read more

Students

School Photos

School photo day will be held on Thursday 14th February. Students will need to bring their completed photo order envelope with the correct change on Thursday to give to the photographers. Each year will go up separately to have their group and individual photos taken.... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more