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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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FREE HSC Enrichment Day for Students at ACU

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HSC Enrichment

Come along to our HSC Enrichment Days where you’ll have an opportunity to listen to lectures from University academics who have set and marked the HSC. Subjects include Business Studies, Economics, English and Legal Studies.

  • Strathfield campus: Thursday 2 July
  • North Sydney campus: Thursday 9 July

Event details and registrations:

University Experience

University Experience is a free program that gives you the opportunity to sample the degree of your choice. Get a taste of life at ACU by meeting academic staff and current students – and trying out the course you’re interested in. The day includes a campus tour and morning tea for parents.

  • Strathfield campus: Wednesday 8 July 2015. Subjects: Exercise Science, Psychology.
  • North Sydney campus: Friday 10 July 2015. Subjects: Business, Education, Law, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Public Health, Biomedical Science, Speech Patholoty.
    Event details & registrations:

NAPLAN 2015 - Information for Parents & Carers

Thursday, April 30, 2015

In 2015, NAPLAN tests will be held on 12-14 May.

Information specifically for parents and carers can be found in the 2015 NAPLAN information brochure for parents and carers. HERE

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Parents worry about my school accuracy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

With release of the some principals still have "strong reservations" about publishing NAPLAN scores on the My School website, while parents remain convinced that some schools ignore advice and "coach" students for the national numeracy and literacy tests, a new report reveals. 

The My School site was updated on Thursday with the latest NAPLAN results of about 9500 schools across the country, as well the finances and the demographics of public, Catholic and private schools. It also lists attendance rates and students who identify as Indigenous.


Click on image below for MySchool Website

Government funding for Catholic schools a strength for Australian education

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The significant increases in the number of students in Catholic schools, and especially the increases in the number of students with disability and Indigenous students in Catholic schools, could not have happened without “a radical – and necessary – shift in government policy on the funding of schools”, National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) executive director Ross Fox has said.                READ MORE


BOSTES Bulletin: NSW welcomes focus on Teacher Standards

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli welcomed
the Commonwealth Government's response to 
a review of teacher education.

NAPLAN changes and more ... READ

Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report Released

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers was released on 13 February 2015.

The Report focuses on changes to initial teacher education that are practical and achievable. The proposed reforms centre on five themes:

  • Stronger quality assurance of teacher education courses
  • Rigorous selection for entry to teacher education courses
  • Improved and structured practical experience for teacher education students
  • Robust assessment of graduates to ensure classroom readiness
  • National research and workforce planning capabilities

The Advisory Group’s 38 recommendations seek to achieve improvements in both the content and delivery of initial teacher education courses in Australia. 


The Australian Government has considered the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report and released its response. READ HERE.

Fact Sheet on the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group - Australian Government Response

State of Education in NSW Report Released

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Minister for Education has released       the inaugural edition of the biennial State         of Education in NSW report.

The report was prepared by the Centre         for Education Statistics and Evaluation in consultation with a cross-sectoral project reference group. 

The report and supporting materials can       be found HERE.


National Curriculum Review Final Report Released

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Australian Government has today released the Review of the Australian Curriculum.

The Government has also released an Initial Australian Government Response as a starting point for discussions with states and territories and other key stakeholders on how to strengthen and refine the Australian Curriculum.

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will take the Review and the Initial Australian Government Response to the Education Council of state and territory education ministers in December for consideration.

To view the full report click here or visit the Students First website for more info.  

Minister launches new Transition to School Statement

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, has launched a new Transition to School Statement.  This voluntary Statement is for services and families to use in communicating information to schools
in order to ease the child’s transition from early childhood to school based education. 

The NSW Transition to School Statement is a child focussed, practical and “user friendly” tool designed in consultation with professionals from the early childhood and schools sectors.  It summarises the child’s strengths, identifies their interests and approaches to learning, and suggests ways these can be supported.

The Statement is completed by the child’s early childhood educator,
in cooperation with the child’s family.  All information is provided voluntarily. The Statement is then communicated to the child’s intended school where it provides the school and teachers with information they can use in planning and preparing for the child’s arrival and transition into the new learning environment. 

The NSW Transition to School Statement links to Quality Area 6 of the National Quality Standard, which emphasises collaboration between early childhood services and other organisations and service providers in order to enhance children’s learning and well-being, 

The NSW Transition to School Statement, together with guidance materials for educators and services, families and school teachers,
can be found on the NSW Education & Communities website.