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Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

Hosting gatecrasher-proof teenage parties

If your teen is planning an end-of-year get together with their mates, the NSW Police website has some excellent tips, including how to register your party to help prevent things getting out of hand. The number one tip is never to advertise a private party on Facebook or other social networks. Uninvited visitors are increasingly a problem at teenage parties. By giving the local police a heads-up at least 72 hours prior to the party, they'll be better prepared to help out if you need them to. There are obviously a lot of parties... Read more

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Tour 'da Country cycles through Batemans Bay

Seventeen cyclists rode into Batemans Bay Public School on their way from Wodonga,Victoria, to Wollongong as part of the third annual Tour ‘da Country. Organiser Dale Wright said the ride was about creating awareness to close the gap in indigenous health and reconciliation. "There is an 11 year life expectancy gap between a non-indigenous and an indigenous person," he said. From what started as an idea, Tour ‘da Country has turned into an annual event to promote healthy living and healthy lifestyles. "I used to drink and smoke... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more


Year 7/8 Premier’s Debating Challenge

On Wednesday 29 October our awesome Year 7/8 debating team travelled to Bomaderry High School to compete in the Premier's Debating Competition finals. There, they competed, along with seven other teams from as far away as Jindabyne, for the Zone Championship. Their first debate was a quarter final and they debated against Corrimal High School. The chosen topic was "That we should accept more migrants". Our girls were the negative and had one hour to prepare their case with nothing but a dictionary, pens, paper and their own brainpower. The... Read more

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Year 9 PASS Camp to Berry Sport and Recreation

32 students currently studying the Year 9 PASS elective ventured down to the Berry Sport and Recreation facility in Week 5. Any doubts about the comfort of our beds was soon put to rest when we were told to gather our 3-person tents and set up down by Broughton Creek. Women alongside the compost dunnies and men by the campfire with two port-a-loos. It doesn't get better than this! Before long we were thrown into our activities and over the 3-day period, we rotated through rogaining, the giant swing, orienteering and canoeing. In between, there... Read more

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Sports Committee Camp

After a term of trying to get a viable date sorted, the Sports Committee finally got to spend a solid 22 hours together at The Rose Valley Lodge, just west of Gerringong. With a packed agenda that included planning for 2015, organising our upcoming Sports Presentation Ceremony and voting in our new office bearer positions, it was difficult to find the time to eat, bond and socialise but we managed to! A lavish pasta and salad spread was laid on by some of the girls, before Mr Ford and Miss Wright arrived just in time for the night's... Read more

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Berry Sport and Rec Camp

On Monday 15 September, Mrs Hunt, Mr Bridges, Mrs Pinney and eighteen eager students from the Support Unit, set off for a three day camp at Berry Sport and Rec Centre. For Amy Todd, Jordan Evans, Jessica Hector and Mitchell Mauro, this would be their last camp as Albion Park High School students. They were graduating the day after they returned from camp, so they were more than ready for one last hoorah. After a brief morning tea stop to sing ‘Happy Birthday' to Daniel Hector (and indulge in some cupcakes) we arrived at the camp grounds. We... Read more

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Students Experience of the Japan Trip!

We departed, a very excited group, from Sydney on 19 September after a rigorous last day of Term 3. The airport was crowded with groups like ours departing for holiday adventures, so after a quick goodbye to our parents, we moved off to the departure gate. Our ten hour flight was spent eating, watching TV and supposedly sleeping. We arrived in Tokyo feeling not so refreshed, but very excited. Staff and students were greeted at the front of Omiya Kita High School on their arrival at lunchtime on Saturday and then introduced to their hosts.... Read more


Competition Finalists from 7A

7A English students, Chloe Flynn and Harry Nicholson, have been shortlisted in ‘The Red Room Poetry Competition'. Both Chloe and Harry's poems were selected from over 2550 entries! Over 1200 schools from Australia and New Zealand entered this competition, so this is a fantastic achievement for these two talented poets. 7A students maintained a writing journal over a period of five weeks. Their task was to experiment with a variety of poetic devices and use figurative language to convey the sentimental importance of a particular object. The... Read more

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Interview Day

At the end of Term 3, Albion Park High held its annual Interview Day for Year 10 students. The main element of the Interview Day was, of course, the mock interviews. Students were required to prepare for an interview based on a job advertisement. They had to conduct themselves at the interview as they would for any real job interview, so they had to dress in business attire and speak clearly and confidently about why they would be suited to the position. The interviewers for the mock interviews were Mr Farrugia and Year 10 English teachers,... Read more


ACE Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Australian College of Educators Awards, Patrice Joynson, Casie Horton, Daryll Poole and Michael Todd. We are so lucky at Albion Park High School to have such very high quality and dedicated staff who work so hard for our students.... Read more

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Gough Whitlam

Excerpt from Principal's Message from Park Press Week 4: I would like to devote this edition of my Park Press Principal's Report to the wonderful life of Gough Whitlam who reshaped the political landscape of Australia and gave my generation the gift of free university education, something for which I (the sixth child of a working class family of seven) am eternally grateful! Gough Whitlam came to power in 1972 with the most famous of all Australian political campaign slogans ‘It's Time'. I personally remember, as do many of our staff,... Read more


Max Potential Showcase

Congratulations to two of our Year 11 students, Natasha Molloy and Grace Sullivan, who have worked hard for six months and presented at the Max Potential Showcase on Tuesday. The Max Potential Program is an opportunity for students to make an impact in their region through a community project. Grace created 'The Pillowcase Project', an initiative where she created bright and colourful pillowcases, for young children in Wollongong Hospital's Children's Ward. Natasha created ‘Pocket Pal – Depression and Anxiety Self Help Kits', an initiative... Read more


Overseas excursion to Japan

For the past two weeks I have spent my holiday on the cultural school trip to Japan (Omiya Kita High School). This trip was a fabulous experience for us all. I would like to publically praise and commend the 11 students who accompanied myself, Mr Kent, Ms Poole, Mrs Joynson and Mrs Mukaji. It was an absolute joy to be associated with Albion Park High School students who were well-behaved, culturally appropriate, respectful and good humoured at all times. This week the students will be presenting a one-minute talk to the junior students about... Read more


HSC 2014: There is life beyond stress of exams

Australian media personalities and politicians reflect on their experiences during Year 12 and offer their tips about dealing with stress to students preparing for their final exams. Image: Labelled for reuse.... Read more

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End of year celebrations

With Schoolies and other end of year celebrations approaching The NSW Department of Education & Training (DET) would like to to support parents in being able to reduce the alcohol related harm for young people. The following resources and links maybe be useful. Sometimes it's difficult for parents to talk to teenager about their feelings and expectations around alcohol or drug use. The Commonwealth government has produced a fact sheet for parents- Top 10 ways to encourage your kids to talk about drugs with you to assist with these... Read more

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Brekkie Wise Program Begins With a Blast

Week 8 saw the start of the Brekkie Wise program at Albion Park High School. The aim of this program is to encourage both staff and students to start the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Research indicates that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and is linked to our ability to concentrate and perform effectively throughout the day. Brekkie Wise was developed as part of a special program involving a small group of Year 9 students. These students entered a competition run by the University of Wollongong – Centre... Read more

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Be Prepared to Believe in Southern Stars 2014

Last week our students participated in the fabulous Southern Stars show #webelieve 2014. Our APHS students were represented in dance, in choir and in drama. Not only did they have a wonderful time but they represented the school with pride. This is a tremendous opportunity for students to be part of something much bigger than themselves; be part of a small school team and also part of an extremely large team of almost 3,000 students. I encourage all parents to, in turn, encourage your young person to participate in 2015! Southern Stars... Read more



Parents may be putting their children on a path to drinking

This week there was a major release of findings about alcohol from the UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre that every parent needs to read. I personally consider this so important that I have decided to reproduce the whole article from their website: (Ms Clapham) This important research states the following: Parents are the largest supplier of alcohol to under 18s Teens three times more likely to drink full serves if parents supply Teenagers whose parents supply alcohol in early adolescence are three times as likely to be... Read more


APHS Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Year 8 families will receive a BYOD package in the mail during the last week of Term. This package will contain: 1. An explanatory letter: providing advice and times that staff will be available to discuss any issues; 2. A specifications page: what your device must be able to do, samples of devices in different price ranges that successfully connect to our system; 3. BYOD User Charter; and 4. BYOD Loan Device Request There will also be updated information on our school webpage. If you do not receive this package please contact the school.... Read more



Attendance Matters

In term 4, every student who has 100% attendance for the term will go into a draw to win an ipod nano!!! This will be drawn Monday of week 11, 8 December. You have to be in it to win it!... Read more

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Senior Science/Biology Excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens

On Tuesday 2 September our Year 11 Senior Science and Biology classes had an excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney to support the work they have been doing in class on plants and evolution. It is the largest botanic garden in Australia. Situated on former farmland, it contains remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland, a critically endangered ecological community of the region. Each class was closely guided through a set program related to their studies. The Senior Science class was lucky enough to have their lesson in the newly built... Read more

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Illawarra Trades Roadshow

53 Year 9 students took advantage of the opportunity to attend the Illawarra Trades Roadshow at the Five Islands Senior College to learn about a variety of non-university and trade career options. Students were also able to speak with qualified personnel to answer any queries they had in relation to training and job opportunities. Tradespeople and apprentices from a diverse range of trades including: Carpentry Plumbing, Electro-Technology, Mechanical Technology, Automotive, Hospitality, Bricklaying, Horticulture, Animal Science, Business... Read more

Managing depression in children

One in four kids over the age of 12 has significant depressive symptoms. For girls, depression generally appears between the ages of 11 through to about 14. For boys, depression generally appears between 12 and 16. Signs your child may be suffering from depression If you see a number of these problems starting to develop, it's time to ask the question, could this be a more significant emotional disturbance than general teenage moodiness or attitude? A persistently bad, often irritable mood withdrawal not experiencing pleasure not reacting to... Read more

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SASS Recognition Week 2014

This week is a week to say thank you and appreciate the hard work of our School Administrative and Support Staff. We have a large team of non-teaching staff who are vital to the successful operation of our school. They work efficiently in many areas including: finance, customer service, administration, grounds and maintenance, IT, library, Home Economics, Science, farm operation, student welfare and learning support. In all of these areas they show great professionalism and commitment to our students. On Wednesday Mrs Cole and her Year 11... Read more


2014 Naplan results

NAPLAN results will be issued to year 7 & 9 students this Friday 5 September period 5. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May. NAPLAN is made up of tests in... Read more


Cows Create Careers ‘Camembert in the Classroom’ project

Year 9 Food Technology students had the opportunity to spend a day making Camembert cheese as part of a State- wide school competition. Criteria for the competition was to make and mature Camembert cheese in the classroom, research the market place and then create a 60 second multimedia advertisement. Making Camembert cheese is a long process taking over 6 – 8 weeks once the cheese has formed a mould and started to mature. It is required to be turned daily and kept at 12 degrees celsius until the mould forms. It is then transferred to a fridge... Read more


Year 11 Crossroads Excursion

On Wednesday 20 August, the majority of Year 11 travelled by bus to Homebush in Sydney where they took part in a driver education day as part of their Crossroads course. Westmead Hospital held the Bstreetsmart event at Acer Arena, which had approximately 22 000 students attend. The day included an exciting combination of demonstrations, crash dynamics and rescue, vehicle stopping distances and active exhibits. The students witnessed a road accident involving young people while an ambulance officer talked the students through the emergency... Read more

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School Ski Trip

On Sunday August 17, excited Albion Park High School students met in the rain to begin their snow adventure. Some knew what to expect, returning from last year's trip, whilst others were first timers, never before seeing the snow! We arrived at Cooba Sport and Recreation Centre late Sunday evening. Students checked into their rooms and it became evident to both Mr Ridgway and Miss de Jager that this first night may be a sleepless one! Our 20 eager students, along with the students from Kanahooka and Blaxland High Schools, were keen to use the... Read more


Industrial Art News

Mr Mayo's 7tec1 and 7tec6 classes and Mr Morgan's 7tec2 class have currently completed their noughts and crosses puzzle demonstrating good techniques in its construction. To personalise their projects, students have painted and wood-burnt their own designs into the job which resulted in some very colourful and artistic finishes. Most students are now busily creating their jigsaw puzzle of a zoo animal with a focus on the drawing and colour combinations to make the puzzle fun. It's great to know a good portion of the students are creating these... Read more


Food technology - Chifley Hotel Excursion

On the 27 August a mixture of Years 9, 10 and 12 Food Technology students travelled to the Chifley Hotel for a tour behind the scenes. We started our visit, wandering through the beautiful Chifley Hotel rooms on floor 11, giving the students a brief introduction to the housekeeping services. The students were most impressed with the $450 per night room, its beautiful views and luxury spa bath. From housekeeping, the head chef presented the students with an informative talk about the latest food trends. Discussing modern trends in dining such... Read more

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Managing exam stress

As students prepare for end-of-year exams, child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien, from Sydney's Quirky Kid Clinic, has some good advice to help families manage pre-exam stress. "Stress isn't necessarily a bad thing – adrenalin can be useful in helping kids stay on track, study longer and finish tasks more quickly," Kimberley says. "The problems arise when it takes over and your teenager starts to feel overwhelmed and even isolated." In a perfect world, your teenager will have organised their study and revision into manageable chunks... Read more

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NAIDOC Touch Football Knockout 2014

The NAIDOC Touch Football Knockout was held at Illawarra Sports High School on Tuesday 22 July. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the Albion Park High team had lots of fun representing their school. We had eight Indigenous students from Years 7-9, including boys and girls on the team. They were: Jay Henry, Kade Lucas, Zac Gliddon, Dallas Harrison, Jordan Curties-Henry, Rideika Wright, Jemesha Curties-Henry and Tye West. The Albion Park High School team worked really well together as a team and played brilliantly. We played three games against... Read more

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Taste of TAFE day

Wow, what a day! Last week sixty Year 10 students attended the Taste of TAFE day held at Wollongong and Shellharbour TAFE campuses. The aim of the day was to introduce students to the variety of TAFE Vocational and Educational (TVET) courses they could undertake as part of their senior studies.TVET gives students the opportunity to complete their HSC and gain practical work skills and a TAFE NSW qualification. Students had a guided tour of both campuses and were given information about courses from teaching staff. They were also able to watch... Read more

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News from Support

Every term the Albion Park High School Support Unit participates in a team building day to solidify the bond and friendships that have been built during their time at school. On Tuesday 17 June, we embarked on an adventure to the Sydney Aquarium and the Madame Tussaud's wax museum. The day started bright and early at Albion Park train station in what we could only describe as freezing conditions. From there we caught the train to Town Hall station in Sydney. Upon arrival, we made our way down to Darling Harbour and the Sydney Aquarium. While... Read more

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Japanese Visitors

This week we have welcomed to Australia our Japanese visitors from Omiya Kita High School. It has been wonderful to see the teenagers interacting with our Albion Park High students and I know that our Japanese students are loving the English that they are learning, which is very important to them. This week they have travelled to Katoomba where they enjoyed the chill of the Blue Mountains, luckily it has been unseasonably warm. On Thursday the teachers visited a milk farm thanks to the generosity of Mrs Patrice Joynson who also organised the... Read more

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A Fitting Farewell to Mr and Mrs Clancy

Albion Park Primary hosted a beautiful memorial event to Mr and Mrs Clancy who will be missed.... Read more

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at APHS

Late last term, 47 students from our three Leadership Committees - the SRC, the Sports Committee and CAPA - were invited to attend a morning tea to raise money for the Cancer Council. This charity has grown into one of the most popular fundraisers of the year across the nation and full credit must go to our school captain, Jessica Hull, for organising this initiative again at our school this year. Students who are current members of our Leadership Committees were invited to bring a plate of food and a friend to the Common Room, with $5 from... Read more

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Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians

As a nation Australia values the central role of education in building a democratic, equitable and just society - a society that is prosperous, cohesive and culturally diverse, and that values Australia's Indigenous cultures as a key part of the nation's history, present and future. Find the full document "Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians" here (pdf 954 KB)... Read more

Memorial Service Mr Michael Clancy

Mr Michael Clancy and wife Carol's memorial Service will be held on Friday 25th 2pm at Albion Park Primary School. It is with enormous sadness that I write this message to acknowledge the tragic circumstances in which Mr Michael Clancy and his wife Carol passed away, as passengers of the Malaysian flight which was gunned down last Friday over the Ukraine. As a community we are all deeply shaken by such an unexpected and terrible event. The former Deputy (and for much time relieving Principal) of Albion Park Primary School of 22 years, was an... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

Our thoughts are with Casey-Lee's Family

From the staff and students at Albion Park High School Our thoughts are with Casey-Lee Hull's family and friends as they begin their grieving for 17 year old Casey who tragically lost her life over the weekend. Casey was an amazing young woman who was well loved by her friends at Albion Park and Oak Flats High Schools. Casey will be remembered as a bright and much loved teenager who will be tremendously missed by those who knew her. Our sincere condolences go to her family.... Read more

Gonski Animation: A quick guide to school funding

Below is the latest YouTube video which has been produced by the NSW Teachers Federation on the importance to our schools of the Gonski funding over the full six years. The animation explains in a simple and accessible way the Gonski funding model. The YouTube clip is only 1min 30 seconds long and is a good explanation of Gonski.... Read more

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Sexting – what every parent should know

Listen to child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien talking about the dangers of sexting. Download: right click and Save Link/Target As (9MB) Views expressed in interviews may not be the views of the NSW Department of Education and Communities.... At a glance Sexting involves the use of a mobile phone and the transmission of a sexual image or message between two people. Educate your child about what it is and why it's illegal. Give your child suggestions of what to do if they receive a sexting message. Discuss the consequences of sexting and... Read more

Southern Stars WIN News 2014

Our students will be involved again at Southern Stars 2014. This year is #webelieve2014 ... Click on the links below for more information. WIN NEWS Southern Stars Southern Stars Website... Read more

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APHS Environmental Group

Being not just aware of, but proactive in ensuring we are environmentally sustainable, is crucial for the 21st century and beyond. The curriculum in both Primary and High Schools has a strong environmental focus with an expectation that students know about, understand and are supportive of a sustainable world. I am extremely proud of the students who have signed up to the environmental group at Albion Park High overseen by Mr Mehdi Hassanpour. This group has recently gained a grant which saw the installation of a water meter. An article... Read more

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

Parent Teacher Night - Wednesday 11 June 2014

** Latest News ** Parent Teacher Night interview schedules are available on line now until the end of June 10th for years 7,11 , and Support students. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th June. Check here: from Friday 30th May. Parent Teacher Night Information The Parent Teacher Night for Years 7, 11, 12 and Support will be held on Wednesday 11 June, 2014. Families will receive either an email or letter that contains their unique booking code and an outline of the process. From Friday 30 May (week 5)... Read more

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Apple for the Teacher - Mr Poole is in the running

Voting is now open in Wave FM's Apple for the Teacher. It's the much talked about search for the Illawarra's favourite school teacher by Travis and Emma from Wave FM's Hot Breakfast... And NOW is the time for students, parents and teachers to vote as many times as you like for your favourite teacher. The ultimate winner scores Apple iPad Mini's for the teacher and every child in the class! (conditions apply). Wave FM's Apple for the Teacher is all thanks to Domayne Computers, Warrawong – your home of everything Apple and Illawarra Credit Union... Read more

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Healthy Schools Competition - APHS is successful

4 students in year 9 have been successful in their entry for the Healthy Schools Competition Firstly, the competition is run by the Centre for Health Initiatives at the University of Wollongong. Schools are asked to enter the competition, with two schools being selected each year to receive a prize of $2000 and access to a mentor to assist with the implementation of their initiative. The brief given to the Year 9 students was to identify a health issue within the school and then outline how to solve the identified problem using a social... Read more

Surviving the HSC

If your child is studying for the HSC, you're probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don't want to interfere. As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family. Year 12 is often the year when students: lose interest in school develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend get their driver's licence experiment with legal or illegal drugs have a part-time job develop an eating disorder suffer from depression. If any of these... Read more

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Matthew Doyle

On Thursday the 19th June Year 8 students at Albion Park High School will be lucky to participate in a performance by Mathew Doyle. Thank you to Kerina Smallhorn a member of the schools Aboriginal Leadership Team for organising this fantastic event. For more information click here (pdf 543 KB)... Read more

'FIT I a.m' - the new brekkie club at APHS

Here's the latest news on the newest Sports Committee funded program! 'FIT I a.m. starts this week on Tuesday (27.5.14) and is on every Tuesday and Friday at 7:30am for Terms 2 and 3. You will find us in the School Gym. Students get involved in the '100 Club' where they complete a 100 reps of a chosen exercise and then participate in a fun game or activity. The best thing is they get a free nutritious brekkie to start the day off! Incentives and rewards for getting involved!! See you there!!!... Read more

Free MS Office 2013 and Adobe CS6

Free MS Office 2013 and Adobe CS6 are available as a once only download for students via their portal. Instructions for this process can be found here (pdf 1323 KB). We are still awaiting the release of Microsoft 365 and will let you know as soon as it is available.... Read more

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Southern Stars 2014 - Friends of Southern Stars

Friends of Southern Stars is designed specifically for members of the general public who support the performing arts. The Management Committee would like to extend an invitation to you to join this new initiative. Membership Benefits: There are many great reasons why you should become a friend of Southern Stars. You will receive • 2 free tickets to Southern Stars the Arena Spectacular • Acknowledgement in the official program – text only • Acknowledgement in any print media – text only • Acknowledgement in Southern Stars social media campaigns... Read more

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Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week Sorry Day 26th May 2014 and Reconciliation Week 27 May 2014 to 3 June 2014 Sorry Day National Sorry Day is an event held annually in Australia on 26 May. Held since 1998, the aim of National Sorry Day is to remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of Australia's Indigenous population. This year's theme will be 'Sorry, Still Living on Borrowed Time.' National Reconciliation Week May 27 is the day that the 1967 Referendum was passed. The referendum was a national vote where more than 90 per cent of... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

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The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more


Brunch at BlueScope

On Tuesday the 11th of March, Jessica Hull, Brittany Luland, Ashley Hunt and Mrs Burling attended an International Women's Day Event Brunch at BlueScope where four local women told inspiring stories of how they achieved personal and career success. Each speaker demonstrated amazing strength of character and passion for their chosen career path and delivered an insight into how they achieved their goals, often overcoming hardship. The speakers were local businesswoman Elaine Hart, solicitor Helen Volk, University of Wollongong lecturer Dr... Read more


Relay for Life

Last weekend the Relay For Life event was held at the Albion Park Showground. This was a major event on many levels for us, for our community, for our school, for our students and staff. Firstly I wish to thank the amazing generosity of our staff co-ordinator Mrs Suzi Roth who put hours of organisational time in to ensure a team was formed. Secondly, thank you to the staff who so generously donated their own time on the weekend, including those who stayed all night: Aysha Cesco, Michael Todd, Frank and Nicole Gonzalez, Frances Cole, Amy Greig,... Read more

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Powerful picture of what it's like to be bullied

By KATE WALSH March 21, 2014, 10 p.m. - Illawarra Mercury Being bullied is like being trapped in a room with no doors, with just a few windows placed high on the walls, filled with faces looking down on you. Year 12 student Nathan Linsley shared this powerful description of how it feels to be bullied with students of Albion Park High School as part of an assembly to mark the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. More than 2000 Australian schools took part in the day on Friday. It wasn't easy for Nathan to share his... Read more

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

Close the gap

National Close the Gap Day

Around 150,000 Australians are expected to join this year's National Close the Gap Day on 20 March. You can still join them and support Indigenous health equality by registering your event. Registering your support is as easy as clicking through on the button below and then holding a small activity—perhaps a morning or afternoon tea in your home or workplace—to mark the day and discuss the issue of Indigenous health with your family or friends. You can find out more here: Support... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more


Premier’s Reading Challenge

The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge is on again for students in Years 7-9. All students have to do is read 20 books (we have a great variety from novels to picture books) between 3 March and 22 August. Fifteen books must be from either the 5-6 or 7-9 Premier's list and 5 can be personal choice books. It's that easy! From 3 March, students can register at from 3 March or see Mrs Hoole in the Library and she will do it for you. Reading for 15 minutes each day will boost your skills... Read more

Movies @ the park

The Business Services Administration students are organising a movie night as a fundraiser on Friday 28 March. It will be held on the school grass bank. The movie will be screened on a large inflatable screen. The movie "Despicable Me 2" is an animated, kids and family comedy and will run approximately for 1 hour 40 minutes. The school canteen will be open to purchase food and beverage along with The Icee Van and Normie¿s Ice Cream Van. Tickets can be purchased directly from the front office. If you have any enquiries, please ... Read more


Albion Park High School Swimming Carnival

As covered in last week¿s Park Press, the Albion Park High School swimming carnival was held on February 13 at Albion Park Pool. It was a glorious day with a great vibe created by all participants, competitors, Year 12 lap swimmers and of course the boys in bikinis! We had lots of talented competitors swim and the following students were awarded Albion Park High School Age Champion for 2014: ¿Age Girls Boys 12yrs Isabelle Ferreira Samuel Tripi & Aiden Sheil 13yrs Amber Robinson Jacob Bridgett 14yrs Rachael... Read more

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Albion Park High School VET Program

What is VET? VET stands for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Many young people now choose to study vocational educational and training while at school, with one in three students taking at least one VET course as part of their HSC each year. These are high quality industry-recognised courses mainly delivered by schools and TAFE NSW. VET in schools helps young people to get a taste of what interests them and meets their aptitudes – helping them to make career decisions, giving them a head start and making their transition into the... Read more

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Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

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Apology Anniversary

Last Thursday, February 13, 2014, marked the anniversary of a National Apology given in 2008 by then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd to Australia¿s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This apology is important to our history as it reflected on the past laws and policies of injustice and recognised the cultural impact of the Stolen Generation. In the lead up to National Sorry Day, which is held annually on May 26, it is important to acknowledge the address which has become known as the Apology Anniversary, as it carries great significance... Read more


Anti-Bullying Revamped – No Bullying at our School!

Last year, a number of students raised the issue of bullying. Despite the fact that we had procedures, it seemed that students who felt they were victims, were either unaware or unwilling to follow them. In response to the concerns, we are now embarking on a re-vamp of the policy, the procedures, the advertising of the way to deal with bullies and the support that goes with it. We have employed Mrs Erin McKinnirey one day per week for 2014 to ensure that the way in which we deal with bullies at Albion Park High is consistent and well... Read more

BYOD Year 9 and 7 – Bring Your Own Device

Sincere thanks to both Mrs Frances Cole and Mr Jayson Pencil for the work that they have done in regards to the BYOD – Bring Your Own Device program. Thank you also to the many parents of Year 9 students who came along to support their children. The Year 7 information evening is coming up soon! We recognise that we are embarking on cutting edge teaching and learning with this program and many other schools have considered it just too difficult to manage. At Albion Park High we believe that our students are worth it. To learn in the 21st... Read more

Open Night for prospective students and families

Albion Park High School welcomes all prospective students along with their parents or carers to attend the Open Evening on 4th March 2014 from 4pm-5.30pm. All faculties will have rooms open and teachers available for you to explore the wondrous opportunities for your child to excel in high school. We would be very happy to meet you and answer any questions you might have about the transition from primary school to high school. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the school library at 4pm on Tuesday 4th March.... Read more

Relay for Life

Relay For Life

Albion Park High school has once again registered a Team in this year's Relay, being held on Saturday and Sunday 22/23th MARCH 2014 at the Albion Park Showground, Tongarra Road, Albion Park. Our involvement is being organised by students from across our three committee groups and this year, their aim is to double the members and the profits! The Shellharbour Relay event commences at 10am and will conclude at 10am the following day. No students are required or expected to remain for the entire time, however, some committee members will be... Read more

Planning for success in 2014

Each year in high school brings new academic and personal challenges for parents and their teens. The School A to Z website has created a year-by-year guideto help you navigate the challenges and decisions your child will face as they commence Years 7,8,9,10,11 and 12. For example, if your child is commencing Year 8 or 10, they'll need to start thinking now about the electives they want to choose later in the year. All students can use a helping hand learning organisational and planning skills, regardless of whether they're settling into Year... Read more


Another exciting year ahead in Special Education

We finished 2013 on a high with many of our students achieving success across a range of areas. Our brilliant futsal teams won both divisions in a local futsal competition late in term four. We are incredibly proud of Jessica Hector who won VET Student of the Year in the area of Retail. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Joshua Tutureski and Mathew Vella, who have secured full time employment at Flagstaff. I wish both these young men all the best for the next part of life's journey. We have hit the ground running in 2014 and I... Read more


HSC Success

Well done to all of our 2013 HSC students who returned for a BBQ and to share their results with their Year Advisers. Albion Park High School gained a position in the top 500 schools, well done students and staff. Congratulations on the DUX of 2013 Damon Stevens!... Read more



Year 7 Information Sheet (pdf 84 KB) Year 9 Information Sheet (pdf 112 KB) Download the following information as a pdf here (pdf 98 KB) BYOD@APHS Albion Park High school held a successful device testing day on 10th December, 2013 from which the following advice has been developed: Devices operating Windows 8 need to be upgraded to 8.1. This is a free update. If you need advice on how to do this please call and ask to speak to our TSO. The size of the laptop makes an impact on the battery life. Devices that families may have at home that... Read more