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Our students performing at a Nursing Home

Spreading the Joy

On Monday the 2nd December the Chamber Choir, Flute and Clarinet Ensembles entertained the residence at Woolooware Shores Retirement Village and Miranda Nursing Home. There was some serious toe tapping, finger clicking and the occasional tear of joy. Thank you to all the students and teachers who volunteered their time.... Read more

Outstanding performances from our students

Music Night

The annual Music Night was held on Friday 22nd November. It was a fantastic night for all the students involved and a very entertaining show for all the many families who attended. All ensembles performed so well, reflecting the year's practice and the hard work at band camp in the days before. A huge thank-you and congratulations go to all the performers and the lighting and stage crews. Thank-you also to the many sponsors who provided prizes for the raffles throughout the year, the band tutors, the music teachers Mr Hooper and Mr... 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

William receiving the Prudence Award

Award Winner Australian Mathematics Competition

Recently I accompanied William of Year 8 to the awards ceremony for the Australian Mathematics Competition. William received a Prudence Award which is presented to the student in each school who scores the most consecutive correct answers within the exam. This is a fantastic achievement for William in a school with so many capable mathematicians. The State Final of the Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 9 and 10 was another great day when Anton , Luke , Paddy and Damon represented the school with distinction finishing as runners up in this... Read more

Michael and his outstanding HSC Dance performance

HSC News Congratulations

Congratulations to Michael on his outstanding performances in HSC dance which he has been studying through an external tutor. Each year the DEC presents Callback, at the Seymour Centre in February, which is a selection of outstanding performances and projects from the HSC. Michael presented three performances for his HSC and all three have been nominated for possible inclusion in Callback. This is an exceptional achievement! Congratulations to Shirley whose HSC Visual Art Major project ‘Assassin's Creed II' has been nominated for inclusion in... Read more

To Read our latest eNewsletter

Check out our latest eNewsletter visit our Archive Page here We are looking at some different formats. Let us know what you think.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

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

Students receiving their zone awards

Zone Presentation

On Wednesday October 9th Port Hacking Zone held their annual award ceremony. Seven Caringbah High students received awards for achieving the prestigious title of Zone Age Champion. In a Zone that is particularly strong this is an achievement that all seven students should be proud of. Below are our students who received awards: Alexander - Swimming Catrina - Swimming Kathy - Swimming Sarah - Athletics Christopher - Athletics Michael - Athletics Dimi - Cross Country... Read more

Students from Caringbah High School enjoying their Duke of Ed camp

Duke of Ed Walk

We woke up early on a Tuesday morning and met at the Cronulla ferry wharf. After a short wait for the ferry we arrived in the charming coastal town of Bundeena. The walk through Bundeena which left us at the start of the Coastal Track was short and filled with anticipation for the great walk ahead. The pace we set down the first section of the track was blisteringly fast and we arrived at Wattamolla in absolutely no time at all, after a quick lunch we headed back onto the track to continue our walk. We absolutely blazed down the next section... Read more

Caringbah High School student receiving The Pierre de Coubertin Award

The Pierre de Coubertin Award

This award recognises a student who demonstrates attributes consistent with the aims of the Olympic Movement such as participation and good sportsmanship. Michael is Caringbah High School's recipient this year. He has made an outstanding contribution to sport at this school in the fields of athletics, volleyball, basketball, cross country and dance. Michael attended a ceremony at Sydney Olympic Park where he and other award winners were presented their certificates by current and former Olympians.... Read more

Student playing the piano at Interlude 4 at Caringbah High School

Piano Recital

Interlude 4, held on 20th October, was in the form of a piano recital. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to perform and for lovers of piano to enjoy different genres of music, from jazz to baroque and back again; including classical, romantic and impressionist. We have extremely accomplished pianists within the school and it was indeed a privilege to listen to them all play. Thank you to all of you: Tomer, Leo, Alyse, Josh, Jayden, Chris, Alex, Eric, Matthew and Weilon. Thanks also to Mr Lim-Klumpes for treating us all to his... Read more

Social Media Reputation Management

If you are using social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, there are some simple steps you can take to manage your reputation and protect your identity. Even if you are not using these sites, it is important to manage your digital footprint and identify any false or misleading information about you online. In Social media booklet (pdf 5222 KB)you will find our top 10 tips for protecting your reputation online.... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
Our Ballistix team

F1 in Schools State Finals

Our Year 10 Graphics Technology students, Jason, Michelle, Aidan and Annie earlier this term competed at the F1 in Schools State finals against students from different schools across NSW. At the University of Western Sydney, racing over three days, teams from various school systems were put through their paces. The competition required teams to provide a series of presentations about the design of a model F1 race car, including their design process, marketing and industry collaboration. Our students also were expected to design their team logo... 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


NEW SCHOOL BELL TIMES (pdf 132 KB)... 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

SeptemberReturn to top
Year 12 dressing up in their particular colour for Colour Day

Year 12 Colour Day

On Tuesday 3rd September Year 12 continued the tradition of dressing up in the colour of their Year 7 class and competing in a series of games reminiscent of those in Year 7. While no one really remembers who won, everyone will remember the fantastic costumes. To my amazement the 150 students were then organised for a lip dub video of "All Star" by Smash mouth. Although the process involved filming the entire year group as they lip synced to the song whilst gallivanting around the school it took just 20 minutes and was a credit to how... Read more

2013 NAPLAN Results

On Thursday 5 September ACARA identified an error in the placement of the national average markers on the Years 5 and 7 NAPLAN Student Reports for Language Conventions. Importantly the NAPLAN student data is correct. ACARA made the immediate decision to halt any further packaging and distribution of NAPLAN reports while options regarding the distribution of correct NAPLAN Student Reports were considered. ACARA is working closely with Test Administration Authorities (TAAs) in every state and territory to ensure correct reports are distributed.... Read more

New Time Table for Transdev coming soon

CHANGES TO TRANSDEV NSW BUS TIMETABLES EFFECTIVE 20 OCTOBER 2013 We are writing to inform you that Transdev NSW's bus timetables will change from Sunday 20 October 2013. We will provide you with more specific details on how these timetable changes will affect your school with a follow-up letter in early October. All timetable changes will be available on our website – – by 1 October. In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate if you could advise students and their families about the October timetable change in your... 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

AugustReturn to top

Technology Students a winning combination in F1 in Schools Competition

Congratulations go to our Year 10 Graphics Technology and IT Engineering students who competed in the exciting "F1 in Schools" international competition against students from other Sutherland Shire schools. In small teams our students design and construct model F1 racing cars powered by compressed CO2. The top three teams were sent to represent our school in the regional finals held at Engadine Community Centre sponsored by Sutherland Council. Students were required to present their cars to engineers and explain their design ideas,... 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

University Open Days

University Open Days (pdf 147 KB) Attending university open days is a good start to gaining a better understanding of which course you want to embark on and an open day can give you the opportunity to speak to the lecturers and gain more information on what the course offers. On Open Day, a university opens its doors to anyone who is interested in attending their university in the future, or who would just like to know more about their institution. University open days are worth attending.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

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

JuneReturn to top
Caringbah High student talking to Dr Andrew Smith in Greenland

Connecting with Greenland

Recently a group of interested Year 9 students had to opportunity to participate in a Q and A session with Dr Andrew Smith, an ANSTO scientist who is currently living on the ice in Greenland. Dr Smith is collecting ice cores from his study area in order to measure carbon dioxide levels from the past, and his data is being used by scientists across the world to better understand global warming. Our photos show Michael and Jimmy speaking via satellite phone to Dr Smith. The topics covered ranged from technical questions about how the ice is... Read more

Caringbah High Students displaying their cup cakes

Purple for a Purpose - Interact Fundraiser

Interact held the Purple for a Purpose Cake stall and Mufti day to support Stephanie Moss, now Stephanie Ewing's, a courageous young lady, and graduate of Caringbah High to raise much needed funds for two worthy causes. The charity (Purple for a Purpose), created by Stephanie and her family raises funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation, and Cure for Life (a foundation established for the advancement of the research into brain tumours within Australia). The students and teachers at Caringbah showed their support on Tuesday 4th of June... Read more


The Port Hacking Zone Athletics Carnival scheduled for Friday 28th June has been postponed due to inclement weather. The new date for the Carnival is Friday 26th July and will be held at Barden Ridge.... 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


The Year 9 Bronze Duke of Ed walk scheduled for Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June, 2013, has been cancelled due to expected inclement weather.... 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

Visit to Government House by our School 


A visit to Government House

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a school leader is having the opportunity to meet other inspiring leaders, from other schools and the wider community. On 9th May, Mohan and I (Ashleigh)had the incredible opportunity to visit NSW Parliament house with a number of other school leaders from around the Sydney and New England Region. The day began with an address by our local member Mark Speakman and two of his colleagues from the lower house. Each Member of Parliament came from a different political party so we were able to hear a... Read more

MayReturn to top

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

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

AprilReturn to top

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


A reminder that students return to School Week 1B on Wednesday 1st May 2013... Read more

Open Day Year 5 Students (Year 7 2015)

This is an information day geared towards current year 5 students (Year 7 2015). Our Principal, Mr David Chapple, will welcome you in our Gymnasium, after which you will have the opportunity to tour our school. Students can experience our school community first hand through participation in activities held in our classrooms, as well as observing lessons at hand. Our next open day will be on: Wednesday 21st AUGUST 2013 9.30 am – 11.30 am... 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

MarchReturn to top

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

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

Chinese Parents Education Project

Chinese Parents Education Project In Mandarin An Initiative of the Caringbah High Parents & Citizens which is a two hour session program aimed at Chinese parents with 12-18 years old teenagers. Bookings are essential, ring the School on 02 9524 3859 Venue: Library Meeting Room Address: Willarong Road Caringbah Date: 8 May 2013 (Wednesday) Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm The project is designed to: Help Chinese parents to understand puberty and the rapid growth of teenagers. How teenagers are facing the he physical and emotional challenges Discuss with... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

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