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Kindies come to "Big School"

On Friday 10th December Muirfield HS was lucky enough to have some special guests from North Rocks Primary School. Some very excited Kindergartens visited ‘Barclay Farm' and participated in a number of activities. These activities ranged from gumboot throwing, making wooly sheep (with wool from the farm), singing songs and sampling some of the farm's honey. The kindergarten students experienced a variety of animals, handling chickens (lots of different breeds) and patting the calves. The highlight of the afternoon was definitely the hayride... Read more

Year 10 'Get Real' Week

Day five interviews. The last day of ‘Get Real' Week saw Year 10 dressed up in business attire, resumes and portfolios in hand, ready to sit down with employers from local businesses who volunteered to give up their time to interview us. For some, the mock interview was just another one to add to their list of many previous job interviews, but for many, the exposure was a highly valued experience and learning curve in what to expect in a real-life interview.The interviewers marked us on different skills such as our presentation, ability to... Read more

Under 15 Girls' Basketball

Out Under 15s Team, along with their Coaches, Ms Nettle & Mrs Hutchens. The team consists of: Julia, Katelyn, Tanija, Justine, Renee, Cara, Emma, Amy, Nadia & Karla. On the team bus Under 15 Girls' Basketball off to Terrigal On Tuesday 26th October, the under 15 girls' basketball team flew off to Queensland to play in the next round of CHS knockout competition. We had been successful in being the Sydney West Champions and were now playing in the state qualifiers against the north-coast finalists, Lismore High School. We arrived on the gold... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Cybersafety resource

Brush up on the latest information about cyberbullying, sexting and rules for internet privacy with Cybersmart's new, interactive cybersafety guide. The guide has been created by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and uses videos to provide a snapshot of common scenarios, with practical tips that parents can use with their children and teenagers. These can be viewed on screen or downloaded for later use. The Cybersmart website also has six downloadable brochures for parents, covering: cyberbullying sexting socialising on the... Read more

Meet 2011 SRC & Prefects

Meet our new Student Representative Council and school Prefects for 2011 The Student Representative Council (SRC) consists of students elected by their peers from year 8 through to 11. The SRC aims to work towards identifying and voicing student opinions and needs within the school environment and implement solutions wherever possible. In the past, the SRC has had a major focus on raising school spirit and pride. The SRC consists of eight Year 11 Prefects. The SRC elected two year 11 students to be the Senior Leaders of the SRC and two... Read more

Stress Down Day

Stress Down Day The Higher School Certificate, exams, relationships, money, work, and yes, dying in ‘Call of Duty' all cause stress to the students of Muirfield High School. On Friday the 13th of August the students of Muirfield High School supported Lifeline's Stress Down Day by wearing their ugg boots or slippers to school. All the money raised from the day went to Australia's Lifeline. Lifeline is a 24 hour support service line which helps save those going through crisis. Throughout that week the Student Representative Council (SRC)... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Top 8 In the State!!

U15s Girls Basketball team - Top 8 in the State!! Congratulations to our Under 15s Basketball team who defeated Lismore HS on Wednesday 27 October 2010. They are now in the top 8 in the state and will be heading off to Terrigal soon to compete in the next round. Congratulations girls we are all very proud of you!! A follow up story from the girls will be coming soon.... Read more

Whooping cough alert

NSW Health is warning parents to be on the alert for whooping cough following an increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with the disease over the last few weeks. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness, and can be life-threatening for babies. Older children can bring home whooping cough from school or childcare and the infection can then be passed on to babies in the home. Boosters are important Whooping cough boosters are important for older children... Read more

News story

Walk to Cure Diabetes I'd like to say thank you to all the people who donated to Walk to Cure Diabetes on Thursday 14 October 2010, by buying lollies, sausage sandwiches or entering in the jellybean guessing competition. Thanks to your contribution we raised over $200 to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. I'd also like to say a big thank you to Miss King for organising the fundraising team and the year 8's who have supported me for the Walk to Cure Diabetes, (Euan, Adam, Tilisi, Masooma, Louise, Georgia, Jazmin, Rachel, Luke, Christian,... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

The power of numbers

Girls listen to pop music, use the internet to stay in touch with friends and enjoy playing netball. Boys prefer rap, use the internet to play games and nominate AFL or soccer as their sport of choice. These were some of the findings of a national survey of more than 20,000 students, of which more than a quarter came from NSW. The Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool for 2010 was open to students from Years 4 to 12, with the aim to spark students' interest in statistics and to improve their statistical literacy. Striking results... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Flash mobs celebrate Education Week

Communities around the state got a glimpse of the performance talent of NSW public school students who sprung into action at a series of flash mobs to celebrate the start of Education Week 2010. About 500 students descended on Sydney's Circular Quay for an energetic performance as part of a flash mob - an event where a group of people are organised to quickly assemble in a public place to do something unexpected and then disperse. Concurrent flash mobs, involving almost 200 other NSW public school students, were held at Miranda and Orange.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Your child's resilience

Next time your child is furrowing their brow and staring off into space, ask them whether they're thinking dolphin or shark thoughts. That's the advice from resilience specialist Andrew Fuller on helping your child to recognise the positive or negative approaches they may be taking on life issues. "Dolphin thinking can help you out and shark thinking can eat you up. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, they can still understand it," Andrew says. "The things that are most important are teaching children what a good life is, how to live life... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Cyber-safety tools

A new cyber-safety website provides parents and teachers with easy-to-understand information about how to create safe online environments for children. The ThinkUKnow website helps parents and teachers to understand new technologies and the safety risks that the online environment can present to children and young people. The website provides interactive training and information on key topics, including the digital channels kids commonly use how to stay in control of your child's cyber activity how to report inappropriate content advice on... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Ready, set, read!

Kids who get a head start on this year's Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) could win early bird rewards. The challenge officially runs from 1 April to 1 September, but NSW public school students can log on now and start attacking those reading lists. Each child who completes the required number of books from the PRC booklist receives a certificate signed by the Premier. The aim is that along the way they'll also enjoy discovering quality literature from a wide range of authors. They'll also find out that quality literature doesn't mean boring... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Cool lunch ideas

Keeping your child safe from food poisoning could be as simple as packing a frozen drink in with their lunch each day. Sandwiches packed at breakfast time can sit for up five hours in a school lunchbox before the lunch break, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply - especially during the warmer months. A recent survey by the NSW Food Authority indicated only 29% of lunches were being stored safely, by using an ice brick or frozen drink which can keep lunchboxes up to 12 degrees cooler. The survey also revealed that while the majority of... Read more

My School website explained

This is a new website launched by the Australian Government on 28 January, 2010. The My School website provides a snapshot of every government and non-government school in Australia. The website offers a short description of each school and its community, the number of students and teachers, student attendance rates, and student results in new national tests in reading, writing and maths for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. These tests took place in 2008 and 2009 and are known as the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy).... Read more