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Report Time: Sharing your child's achievements

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Report time can be an anxious time for children and mixed feelings for you
as parents, Michael Grose offers excellent practical advice on preaparing for
reading reports with your child ...

Click to watch video and for other ways to connect with your child's learning.

Getting HSC Results

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Delivery of 2015 HSC results
HSC results will be delivered via email and text message from 6.00am on Wednesday,
16 December 2015


Concern with Global Chat Apps

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The Office of the Children’s e Safety Commissioner has become aware of two Apps that are causing some concern in school communities. These Apps are Animal Jam and Subway Surfer.

One of the main 
concerns with these Apps is that they contain an in-built global chat facility. This facility enables anyone in the world to make contact with users of the Apps. The potential for children to be exposed to phishing scams, grooming and cyberbullying is substantial.

The Office 
of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner maintains an excellent resource page that assists parents to better understand these Apps amongst a range of others. This resource may be accessed at their website

What home actvities influence children’s learning?

Friday, October 02, 2015

Another study* of Australian families has highlighted again the important role that parents play in fostering their children's early literacy and cognitive development to help them build a strong foundation for future literacy and numeracy learning in school. 

A stimulating home learning environment includes:

  • home activities, including teaching the child a song, playing games, and doing arts and crafts activities;
  • number of days per week the primary carer or an adult in the family read to the child;
  • number of children’s books in the child’s home; and
  • out-of-home activities, including visiting a library or zoo, going on picnics, and attending sporting events.

For stimulating ideas and activities for all ages visit Raising Children Network.

* The major study - Longitudinal Study of Australian children (LSAC) - is following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia. For details of the study - READ MORE


New Website: Help to choose a university or higher education institution

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website provides prospective students with relevant and transparent information about Australian universities from the perspective of recent students and graduates. Non-university higher education Institution results will be published on the site as they become available.

This student feedback is interactive and searchable containing data about student experience and graduate outcomes, ensuring information is available for students to make informed decisions about their study options.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, including this website, are funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Important HSC Information

Friday, September 18, 2015
With the HSC exams looming, the latest BOSTES ebulletin has important information for 2015 HSC students and parents including information about getting results, what to do if students are ill or can't get to exams.

New APP to help parents engage in their child’s education

Friday, August 21, 2015
While education experts all agree kids perform better in the classroom if parents take an active interest in their learning, mums and dads are increasingly finding it difficult to juggle career pressures, busy family lives and evenings consumed by extra-curricular activities.

The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today launched a new mobile app to encourage parents to get more involved in their children’s education. The app was developed by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training in consultation with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). It was informed by education policy research findings, including from the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) , as well as feedback from parents.

The free ‘Learning Potential’ app is now available to download today on iPhone or android devices.

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What is Parent Engagement?   What can parents do?

Parents, families and carers are a child’s first and most important
Parent engagement in education is about parents being
positively involved in their child’s learning and school community -
to help them learn and enjoy school. 
Read More 

Read Media Release by Education Minister Pyne or article about launch

New app to get busy parents active in their child’s education  
Herald Sun Friday 21 August, 2015 (Click on image)


NAPLAN 2015: Parents your child is one in a million

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Dear Parent or Carer,

NAPLAN 2015 student reports: your child is one in a million Each May, around one million students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests. 

NAPLAN helps you and educators to see if Australia’s children are meeting important numeracy and literacy standards. Taking NAPLAN requires less than four hours, four times in a student’s life, over seven years of schooling. From that small investment comes a wealth of student, school and national information.

You will receive your child’s Individual Student Report during August. The exact timing depends on the state or territory you live in and other factors such as distance.

Read more of the OPEN letter from the CEO of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to parents and carers of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9

From the NCEC ...

This week’s release of NAPLAN results only contains national, state and territory scores and offers no information on how different sectors have performed.

The National Catholic Education Commission has previously said that NAPLAN tests are “a valuable reference at a point in time”.

NCEC executive director Ross Fox has said that teachers and students working in partnership is the most effective way to analyse how students are developing.

“Classrooms are the front line of education and learning. Teachers, parents and the students themselves need to be constantly engaged to understand how each student is performing from week to week and from year to year,” Mr Fox said.  READ MORE

Questions?  Visit the ACARA webiste Parent / Carer Support Page 


     Watch video on Value of NAPLAN

How Parents Can Help Hope Grow in Their Teens

Friday, July 31, 2015

What makes one teen resilient and happy, and another struggle? Imagine you are interviewing each of them, and you ask them to respond to each of these six questionnaire items ...

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HSC Tips for Parents

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How to not just 'survive' your child's HSC ...

Did you know what you wanted to do before you finished high school? It's probably the question today's HSC students are asked most often and dislike the most. Everyone from relatives to strangers wants to know. 

There are many paths to a rewarding future career, be it work, an apprenticeship, travel, TAFE, university or voluntary work. There is also myriad opportunities for mature-aged students once they've gained 'real-life' experience. 

Some students need a long-term goal, others are happy to do their best anyway. You know your children – use this knowledge to find the right motivation during the HSC as it can be a stressful for a family, too.

Try to give support to your child without adding extra pressure. Encourage them to 'do their best'. School, relatives, friends, media all tell students about the 'importance' of the HSC … so they get the message. At home they need support, not added stress.

Remember that it's their HSC, not yours. Offer them healthy meals and snacks, a quiet place to study, financial support if possible so that part-time work doesn't interfere, encourage them to keep up their sport, exercise, socialising and be part of family activities when they can.

In our rapidly changing society, we need more than just technical skills and knowledge. Valued 'soft-skills' include  flexibility, adaptability, creativity, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution, communication and a positive attitude. As the parent, lead by example and reassure your young person  that an exam mark does not define them. 

The pressure of one year should never hurt their self-esteem or your family relationships. Check in with them regularly and ask them how they are doing. Reassure them that you love and support them long after the exams are over and that even if things do not go as planned, life is full of second chances.

Source: Article by the The Council of Catholic School Parents, NSW Parents Council and Federation of P and C Associations of NSW in the SMH HSC Study Guide 2015



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