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HSC Celebration Breakfast

Muirfield staff greeted some old friends at breakfast on Thursday morning, 15 December . These old friends came in the form of very excited and anxious 2011 Year 12 students. Both staff and students enjoyed breakfast together as they waited until they could log onto the Board of Studies site to receive their ATARs. Some students just enjoyed the breakfast and catching up with staff and friends, since the pathway they had chosen did not require an ATAR. It was great to see the support that all students offered each other. Much to the... Read more

Schools Spectacular – TV highlights

The state's most talented young singers, dancers and musicians displayed their skills during four exciting and extravagant performances at the 2011 Schools Spectacular, held recently at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you missed the live shows or if you just want to enjoy it all again, you can catch the highlights on ABC TV. Two telecasts are scheduled (check your local TV guide for confirmation): 7.30pm Sunday, 18 December on ABC1 (1hr version) 7.00pm Saturday, 31 December on ABC2 (2.5hr version). The brilliantly choreographed and... Read more

Careers advisory service

Now that you've received your HSC results, you may need help with what to do next. A free phone and email careers advisory service is available for students and their families from Thursday 15 December 2011 to Friday 6 January 2012, and is provided by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Experienced careers advisers will be available on 1300 300 687 or via the Careers Advisory Service website to answer your enquiries and provide advice about career and study options. If you need assistance in clarifying course choices, employment... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Year 10 Recognition Assembly

On Friday 9 December 2011 year 10 Recognition Assembly will take place in the school hall. The assembly will start at 9am. All students are required to wear full school uniform. Morning tea will be served at the conclusion of the assembly, in the Senior Courtyard. Students have already received an invitation that has an RSVP return slip for catering purposes.... Read more

Celebrating safely

Our senior students like to celebrate their major milestones at this time of year, such as finishing exams and leaving school. We encourage parents to work with us to ensure their safety, health and wellbeing during this time. Be assured, our school doesn't allow alcohol at any student function whether held at the school or at student dances, farewells, sports events and barbecues outside the school. Celebration guides for parents and students Time to party Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for assignments. Here are ways your child can tell a good website from a bad one. With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, kids need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country-specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective The ability to question information is a vital tool for all school kids. People can publish something that looks great but is full of factual... Read more

Managing exam stress

Feeling anxious before exams is perfectly normal and can even help kids do better. The problems arise when the worry gets out of hand and prevents your child from studying effectively. While you obviously can't jump in and do the work for them, parents can help their kids manage the fear and, in the process, learn valuable skills that will be crucial in later life. Child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien says these key areas are where a little parental guidance can make all the difference: Make sure your child is eating a balanced diet with... Read more

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Premier’s Teacher Scholarship

Premier's Teacher Scholarship Winner Mr Malcher, relieving Head Teacher English, was successful in his application for a $15 000 scholarship. He was among the 31 outstanding NSW government and non-government teachers who received a scholarship in recognition of their commitment to quality education in the state. The Premier's Teacher Scholarships program will enable Mr Malcher to undertake an international study tour in vocational education. Mr Malcher, who teaches English and Drama, introduced Vocational Education and Training (VET)... Read more

Mobile homework help

Parents can now access quality information to help with their child's homework and assignments while on the go. The School A to Z mobile app, available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, is part of a new online parent resource developed by the education department. The app features: plain-English definitions of maths, English and technology terms, including videos and help sheets information and useful links to help with common classroom assignments Maths Monkey times tables learning game Spelling Bee learning game. The Spelling Bee... Read more

Comedy Night 1 August 2011

Muirfield High School's Annual Comedy Night is on 1 August 2011. Please put this date into your Diaries and come along for a good night with lots of laughs.... Read more

New parent resource launches

Parents can support their child's learning with a new purpose-built resource that includes a website, mobile applications and social media channels. The School A to Z online school community, developed by the education department, provides practical advice about homework, tips on learning, wellbeing, technology and resources to help parents and carers support their child's social, physical and mental development. It includes a free mobile application for iPad and smartphones that features hundreds of definitions about maths and English terms,... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Practical study ideas

Many students find study a challenge, but you can help make it more rewarding for your child by encouraging them to use some of the following ideas: Keep up with assignments and assessment tasks mark key dates on a calendar make an assignment schedule for each week make daily 'to-do' lists. Review class work each day keep a notepad handy while reading to make notes or reminders create flash cards of main ideas or key points (with details on the back) make up study questions to test learning. Take breaks while studying your child will... Read more

JuneReturn to top

School holiday reading ideas

24 June 2011 Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Here are some suggestions. Books for young kids For boys and girls in Kindergarten to Year 2: The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Libby Gleeson. For boys and girls in Years 3 and 4: Ballroom Bonanza - Nina Rycroft (a fabulous rhyming alphabetical picture book) The Adventures of a Late-Night Swearer - Nette Hilton The Walk Right in Detective... Read more

NSW PSVA

Justin with Daniel and Rachael with Kristie Lee "One of our core values is caring for others" Some of our Year 10 Volunteers. The following is a copy of the article that appeared in the Hills Shire Times on Tuesday 14 June about one of our linkages program with have with North Rocks PS. Year 10 Muirfield High School students have been giving their time to help year 1 students at North Rocks Public School. As part of the NSW Premier's Student Volunteering Awards, the Muirfield students are mentoring the year 1 pupils to help them improve... Read more

Education tax refund

8 June 2011 With the financial year almost over, now is the time to start collating your receipts from education expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives parents and caregivers a 50% refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. For the 2010-2011 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $794 for each of your primary school children and receive a maximum refund of $397 per primary school child.... Read more

Muirfield Knock Out Softball

Muirfield Softballers off to the Finals Playoffs Congratulations to the Girls Knockout Softball Team who were victorious in the first 4 rounds of the competition defeating Winmalee High School, Colo High School and Blacktown Girls High School to earn a place in the Final 16's playoffs. The girls will now travel to Newcastle to play against the top teams from schools around NSW on the 14th and 15th June. We wish the girls' every success in the competition. Team members are Sharna Holman (co-captain), Kate Proctor (co-captain), Kirsten... Read more

MayReturn to top

Homework and multi-tasking

Can kids really do their homework and multi-task? Parents around the world are divided on this. Half watch their teenagers sitting among a pile of books, earphones in, computer on, TV humming in the background and think, "I wish I could multi-task like that". The others stride across the room, pull the plug on the distractions, and ask the age-old question: "How can you study with that on?" What does the international research reveal about multi-tasking? Here is a summary of the key findings: Teenagers might be regularly multi-tasking, but... Read more

2011 National Age Swimming Champ

Baylee in lane 7. A great dive to start the race. Checking the results 2011 National Age Swimming Carnival was held in South Australia this year. During the second week of the Easter holidays, Baylee Forbes (Year 9) competed in the National Age Swimming Championships held in the brand new South Australian State Aquatic Centre in Adelaide. Baylee, swimming for the Hills swimming club, had qualified to compete in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly. Baylee swam well and reached the final of the Girl's U14 100m Butterfly final... Read more

Science help - top tips

Parents can help with their child's understanding of science and scientific principles. Here are some top tips: Encourage your child to ask questions and help them find the answers. Talk to your child about being a good problem solver. Give them increasingly difficult puzzles to solve as they develop more skills. These could be in the form of games or experiments, questions or puzzles, including those found in newspapers such as Sudoko, or physical problems such as jigsaws or 3D models. Talk to your child about basing their views on evidence... Read more

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Muirfield Judged Best @ Show

In 2011, the Centre for Agricultural Excellence will be showcasing the Schools District Exhibits Display Competition, along with the Champion Grains and Wools from the District Exhibits Competition. This years champion school is Muirfield High School. Our Concept Muirfield High School's theme for the Sydney Royal Easter Show's Schools District Display Exhibit Competition is 'Australian Agricultural Research Stepping up to the Challenge'. The idea for this theme came from the HSC agriculture course where one of the electives, which some of... Read more

Values @ Muirfield

Congratulations on your awards girls! The Junior Threatre Sports troupe entaintain the audience Student leaders, Louise and Max, chair the assembly. Values Celebrated at Muirfield High School's Recognisition Assembly on 8 April 2011: Cooperation, Participation and Community. It is always wonderful to publicly acknowledge the success and achievement of our students. And here at Muirfield we have many talented students – talented in the academic field, in the sporting field, in creative and performing arts and in the area of leadership. On... Read more

MarchReturn to top

International Women's Day

Members of our community coming together to celebrate IWD Three generations celebrating Women's Day: grandmother, daughters and granddaughters . Males and females, students and teachers coming together to celebrate IWD More than one hundred mothers, grandmothers and aunties joined students at Muirfield High School on Wednesday the 16th of March to celebrate International Women's Day with the school's Annual International Women's Day Breakfast. This Breakfast was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and to... Read more

Mosquito-borne diseases

NSW Health is warning parents and school communities about a range of health risks associated with mosquito bites. There has been a significant increase in the numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of NSW following recent heavy rainfall and flooding. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of viral infections, including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, and a large number of these infections have been reported in 2011. A rarer but more serious mosquito-borne infection called Murray Valley encephalitis has also been detected in western NSW.... Read more

It's easy being green

Reducing your family's carbon footprint at home and school is easy and can save you money at the same time. Low-waste lunches Try doing a lunch box audit with your kids to see how much packaging you use such as plastic wrap, plastic throw-away spoons, straws and plastic bags, along with pre-packaged foods. Lunch boxes with their special compartments for sandwiches, fruit, nuts and snacks are the best way to reduce additional wrapping or packaging of individual items. Chilled or frozen juice or water keeps lunch cool and fresh. Reusable drink... Read more

Zone Swimming Carnival

15 Girls Relay Team off to State Winners are grinners!! Zone Age Champions. 2011 Zone Swimming Carnival held at Parramatta Pool Muirfield finished 4th overall, with some outstanding performances from all members of the Muirfield team. A special mention must go to Grant Whiteley who competed in every event in his last school Zone Carnival before he graduates. Grant was also named age champion and broke a few records along the way. In a very successful year in swimming the Muirfield team broke a lot of records and had a few Age Champions. The... Read more

Visit MHS Beautiful Bovines

Beautifully created bovine entitled "Future Landscapes" The "Water for life" bovine has very appropriate horns. The rear view of "Water for Life" demonstrates the hash realities of this country. The Archibull Prize Exhibition featuring Muirfield High School In 2010 our school participated in The Archibull Prize - a program where art meets agriculture with life size fibreglass bulls as the canvas. Our beautiful bovines are now part of The Archibull Prize Exhibition. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 22nd February and runs till Thursday 17th... Read more

Getting organised for school

Children get their work done more easily if they can manage their time and their environment. Here are five great tips from experts and families to help you and your kids get organised for school. 1. Establish some routines Set up a few simple routines in your home that make things more efficient. For example, teach your kids that the first thing they do when they come in the door is empty their bag of food and notes or newsletters. 2. Manage time Talk to your kids regularly about planning how they use time for activities that need doing as... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Hills Zone Baseball

Muirfield HS representative in the Hills Zone baseball team. Hills Zone Baseball Coach - Mr. Turner On the 14th of February Tom Gosper, Daniel Furlong and Daniel Morris of Year 12, Forrest Johnson-Fischer of Year 9 and Mr Tony Turner of Year 1968, as coach, attended the Sydney West Area Baseball carnival as Muirfield's representatives of the Hills Zone team. The prospect of rain didn't stop anyone from cancelling (or postponing) their Valentine's Day plans and turning up to what was an excellent day. The Muirfield and Hills boys didn't get... Read more

Success at Muirfield

Muirfield HS has many reasons to celebrate with some excellent success stories in both the academic and sporting arenas. At the end of last year, the majority of our 12 students were beaming with the success of their HSC results. The following students, after two years of dedication and rigorous study, were very proud of their results and were more than happy to share them with our community, their outstanding HSC results and ATARs: Lindon 98.55, Brent 96.70, Jessie 95.60, Connie 94.4, Amy 87.45 Anneliese 86.20, Jenna 85.05, and Mitchell 84.60... Read more

Healthy Kids website

Keeping kids active and healthy has been made easier with the relaunch of the Healthy Kids website. Healthy Kids is the main source of online information in NSW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity. The website's five main messages you can share with your kids are: get active each day choose water as a drink eat more fruit and vegetables eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives turn off the TV or computer and get active. The website has great information, such as lunch box... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Education tax refund

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives you refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. You can receive refunds up to a maximum of $397 per primary school student and $794 per secondary school student. Items you can claim You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and maintaining any of the following items: home computers and laptops... Read more