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DecemberReturn to top

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

MHS to help Bear Cottage

Bear cottage is the only children's hospice in New South Wales, aiming to provide care for children with terminal illnesses and their families. Currently they are aiming to hold a Christmas party for these children in order to make their last Christmas a warm and loving one. Unfortunately, they are struggling to raise funds for this very special and important event. Our aim as the Student Executive is to give back to the community around us. Christmas is a time of giving and spending time with our loved ones. Bear Cottage Mufti Day (pdf 74 KB... 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

P&C Elections

Please come along to our next P&C meeting when we will hold our elections. This is done in November each year so that the new committee can be all ready to start work after the AGM which is held in February. All positions will be declared vacant so please think about where you could lend a hand. If you would like to nominate for a position,download this nomination form (pdf 209 KB) which can be filled out and handed in at the front office before the meeting. Alternatively, you may email your nomination to Read more

OctoberReturn to top
Red Cross

NSW BUSHFIRES - Disaster Relief and Recovery @ MHS

NSW BUSHFIRES Disaster Relief and Recovery MUFTI DAY AT MUIRFIELD Many people have been affected by the devastating effects of the bushfires that are currently raging in NSW. You can help . Thursday 24 October 2013 is your chance to do a positive thing. Bring a gold coin to support those who have been affected by the bushfires. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Bushfire disaster response via Coles at North Rocks. Coles is matching our donation, dollar for dollar. This will make your donation go even further. So, do the generous... 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

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

What a success! Our joint P&C Meeting.

On Wednesday 11 September MHS hosted a joint P&C meeting with our partner primary schools, North Rocks PS, Baulkham Hills North PS and Murray Farms PS. It was great opportunity for all three schools to come together and listen to the School Counsellortalk about the "Teenager I Love". Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and the opportunity to meet new members of our wider community. The summary notes of the presentation have been included (see below) for your perusal or for those who wish to share them with their friends. ... Read more

Muirfield HS Student - Up & Coming Director

"Indie film festival puts spotlight on western Sydney students" - Read the article in The Hills News about our Year 7 student, William Bryant and the success he has had in making it into the Indie Film Festival. Congratulations William and we all wish you the best of luck!... 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

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

Subject Selection Evening

Year 8 Subject Information Evening at 5 - 6.30pm on Monday 5 August 2013. Year 10 Subject Selection Evening at 7 - 8.30pm on Monday 5 August 2013... 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

Position Vacant - Uniform Shop Manager

POSITION VACANT UNIFORM SHOP MANAGER (JOB SHARE) Casual Position The MHS P&C is looking for an additional Uniform Shop manager to assist our current shop manager. The position is a job share position requiring approximately 1-2 hours per week, with more hours available in busy times such as Orientation Day and upon return to school in January. Duties include opening the shop during lunchtime on the allocated day, ability to operate a cash register and EFTPOS facilities and perform banking duties. You will also be required to assist with... 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
Theatre Sports

Theatre Sports 2013

Twice a Treat in Theatresports By Valerie Miller On Thursday 6 June the Intermediate Theatresports team – Ellen Houghton, Lara Newman, Courtney Painter and Stephanie Vorreiter set out to compete in the Wild Card Heat at Canterbury Girls High. Out of the eight schools only one would continue onto the semi-finals. It was a wet and cold night but the team was in great spirits; they were excited and raring to go. These girls had one thing on their mind – to have fun, and fun they certainly had. All their hard work, commitment and dedication paid... 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

MADD Night

MADD @ THE RIVERSIDE 2013 Every year Muirfield High School holds an evening of performances showcasing the work of the CAPA department over the past 12 months. The Concerts are called the MADD concerts M usic, Art, Dance and Drama This year we are extending it to two evenings on the 17th and 18th of July 2013 at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. Tickets are on sale now and are $23 for adults and $18 for children, students and pensioners. Please check with your child to find out which evening he/she is performing before buying a ticket as... 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

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

P&C Fundraising Activities

Muirfield HS P&C Car Boot Sale! Our Car Boot Sale (pdf 169 KB) to be held on Saturday 25th May is fully booked with over 40 stallholders attending. So come along and grab a bargain! We also have the BBQ, Coffee Cart, Cake Stall & Lolly Stall all operating to raise money for our school. Click on the following link to add your name/s to the Roster: 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

The Dobell Drawing School

Read about two of our talented Year 11 Visual Arts students that were selected to participate in a secondary school program at The Dobell Drawing School, in the National Art School, Darlinghurst.Full article click here (pdf 1099 KB)... 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

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

MHS makes the SMH

Read about MHS quest for a blue ribbon at the Royal Easter Show in either the egg-laying or chicken-meat competitions for schools. Read 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

Our Leaders

Our Leaders

Visit the Hills News web-site and see what our school leader's have to say . They all have some very interesting and unconventional suggestions about what they would introduce into the school if they were our school Principal.... Read more

School Canteen Volunteers Needed!

Do have a couple of spare hours in your day? Would you like to meet other parents? Would you like to give back to your community? Muirfield High School's canteen would love to have your help. On the P&C page of the school's website (under" Our School" tab) there is an online roster that you can lock in a time that you are available. Any help will be appreciated.... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

P&C Annual Meet & Greet

Muirfield High School P&C Would you like to know more about your child's school? Join us for the annual P&C Meet and Greet! When: February 20th at 7.30pm Where: Staff Common Room Everyone welcome - experienced and new parents, young and old! This is an informal gathering of our Muirfield Community.... 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

Stop the Press!

Muirfield HS are participating in the Royal Agricultural Society competitions on raising hen laying chickens and meat chickens. The Ag Society invited representative from Muirfield HS promote the competition in the Daily Telegraph. You can read more here.... Read more

Open Evening

Muirfield High School's Open Evening for prospective students & their parents will be held on Thursday 7th March, 5pm—7.30pm. For more information click on the here (pdf 640 KB)... Read more

Canteen Volunteers Needed

Canteen Volunteers Need - Can you help out? Do you a couple of hours to spare during the week? The Muirfield HS Canteen Committee is looking for some more volunteers. Contact Lynda Rosevear, Canteen Manager, for more information.... Read more