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Learning for Life Scholarship - Supporting the cost of your child's education

ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH THE COST OF YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION? The Learning for Life scholarship can provide parents with two payments a year for each child (max 4 children) which can be spent on uniforms, school shoes, stationary, BYOD, excursions and all other costs related to school. (Payments are to be used for school expenses only!) You may be eligible for the scholarship if your family: holds a Pension or Health Care card attends a partner school* (enrolled in Kindy to Year 8 only) demonstrates a commitment to education (children attend... Read more

PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Student of the Fortnight

The PBL student of the fortnight is Taleea Norohna of year 8. The PBL Focus for the Fortnight is on RESPECT and speaking with kindness. We want students to speak respectfully to both teachers and their peers.... Read more

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Important Dates

The last day of Term 2 is this Friday 6 July, 2018. All students will commence Term 3 on Tuesday 24 July, 2018.... Read more

Impression of new Alexandria Park Community School

More new classrooms, preschool places and teachers in $17.3 billion education budget

NSW Budget 2018 features historic firsts for education, including record funding to expand the number of new and upgraded schools, unprecedented investment to air condition more classrooms and universal pre-school for three year olds. Above: Artist impression of the new Alexandria Park Community School. Credit: Design | TKD Architects, Visualisation | Narrative. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Early Childhood Minister Sarah Mitchell outlined a range of new initiatives funded by the $17.3 billion education... Read more

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Report shows pathways to success in brave new world

Schools will need to open their doors to stronger relationships with employers and workplaces if students are to thrive in a future world rich with artificial intelligence and disruptive technologies. The finding is contained in a report, 'Preparing for the best and worst of times', commissioned by the NSW Department of Education to examine the skills Australia's children will need as AI and other technologies "transform Australia's economy, the workplace and the community". "This report reflects the NSW Department of Education's commitment... Read more

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Gamechanger Challenge finalists announced

The 16 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Game Changer Challenge in Education Week have been announced. Superfast scooters to transport students between classes, time travel excursions to key moments in history, sustainable schools that are self-sufficient in power, water and food and real-time brain scans to track student learning and wellbeing. These are just some of the futuristic visions that helped propel 16 NSW school teams into the finals of the Game Changer Challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from... Read more

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NAIDOC week event

This week Albion Park High School had its first NAIDOC Week event to celebrate and acknowledge Indigenous people's and their amazing culture. We enjoyed a tree planting ceremony and touch football match, which the whole school was involved in. A huge thanks to all the guests from the community who came and helped celebrated this event. See more photos in the gallery.... Read more

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Year 12 HSC Trial Examination timetable 2018

Year 12 HSC Trial Examination Timetable 2018 (pdf 1235 KB)... Read more

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Southern Stars Tickets

Just a reminder to purchase all tickets for Southern Stars through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Southern-Stars-tickets/artist/2017467) or WIN (http://wsec.com.au/event/southern-stars-iconic-2018) There have been reports of scams from other ticket selling sites.... Read more

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Cultural Treasures - Saturday 23 June 2018

Cultural Treasures - Shellharbour Multicultural Festival Multicultural Food, Multicultural Music, Dance and Performances, Multicultural art and craft workshops On: Saturday 23 June 2018 At: Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra From: 11am to 3pm... Read more

PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Student of the Fortnight

The PBL Student of the fortnight is Ashlee McIntosh of Year 7. She received the highest amount of positive entries for Weeks 2-3. The PBL Focus for the Fortnight is on RESPECT and following instructions. We want students to listen to the instructions of the teacher and act promptly.... Read more

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PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Student of the Fortnight

The PBL Student of the fortnight is Remy Blackett of Year 11. She received the highest amount of positive entries for Weeks 4-5. The PBL Focus for the Fortnight is on RESPECT for our environment. We want students to care for their environment by putting their rubbish in the bin. Staff will be on the look out for those doing this, and will be rewarding students with Park Positives.... Read more

RECONCILIATION WALK

Reconciliation School Flag Walk 2018

Shellharbour City Council hosted the 2018 Reconciliation School Flag Walk at Shellharbour village. Indigenous students from years 7 & 8 participated in the walk along the Shellharbour waterfront to the village park. Community Elders led the walk with Lincoln from Oak Flats playing the Didgeridoo. Lucas Simmons from Year 7 was the APHS flag bearer. After the exchange of flags students participated in a number of workshops highlighting their culture from songs/ didgeridoo playing, painting and learning about the Indigenous tools and equipment... Read more

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Meet our new logo!

We would like to introduce you to our 'new look' logo. You will see this logo appearing on our newsletter and any letters you may receive. This logo will soon appear on new uniforms, but there is no need to update uniforms until they are needed - It is expected the process of moving to the new logo will take a couple of years.... Read more

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Indigenous art project at the Wollongong Art Gallery

Indigenous students from Albion Park High School were invited to participate in an art project at the Wollongong Art Gallery. Working alongside Aunty Lorraine Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas, Amellia Curties Henry, Keana Dobeson, Kiara Parsons and Piper Lucas worked on an indigenous ‘Art Story'. Students were shown Indigenous art styles that told a powerful story, that were on show at the gallery as part of the ‘The Gathering exhibition', where many respected Aboriginal artists had their work hung. The girls then drew an aspect of their story... Read more

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Ward hosts 8th annual Kiama Electorate student leaders forum

23 May 2018 The Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today hosted the 8th annual Kiama Electorate Student Leaders Forum at New South Wales Parliament House. Mr Ward said he was extremely proud to host local school leaders from across the region in the oldest Parliament in Australia. "Of all the events I host in Parliament, this is the one I most enjoy. The opportunity to listen, engage and talk with student leaders keeps me in touch with the views, opinions and aspirations of our most valuable asset –... Read more

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Road Safety Forum - Year 10 PDHPE

Date: Friday 25th May 2018 Time: 9:35- 10:35 Place: School Gym Come along to the forum to see what Year 10 Health classes have created in their Project Based Learning activity. Their road safety campaign will address the question of: 'How can we address the over-representation of young people in road fatalities?' RSVP by Thursday 24th May.... Read more

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Opening Ceremony of our Living Classroom

On Friday 4 May, Albion Park High School and the Skills 21 classes held an opening ceremony for our living classroom. The Men's Shed welcomed everyone by entering playing didgeridoos. There were several esteemed guests who were in attendance. The guest included: Peter McGovern – local RSL. Counsellor Peter Moran (for Maryanne Saliba) Shell City Council. Mandy Shaw – outgoing Director Education. Raechel McCarthy – incoming Director. Glenn Daniels – Principal, Albion Park Public School. David O'Connell – Principal, Mt Terry. P&C President... Read more

Seminar - Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services.

In June the school has committed to bringing in an expert in the area of learning and study skills. On 14 June all of years 10-12 are invited to be involved in a session with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services. In this session, which runs from 6-7.30pm in the school library, Dr Salter will share her experience and knowledge and research to give families strategies to enhance student study techniques. PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN YEARS 10-12 ARE INVITED TO THIS SESSION Albion Park High has expended a considerable amount of... Read more

PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Students of the Fortnight

This week the focus is commitment! Be committed to your classwork. Produce your best work by keeping focused in class! The PBL student of the fortnight is: Jane Giffiths Congratulations!... Read more

Invitation to Sorry Day Commemorative Ceremony

National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's indigenous population. You are invited to attend the Albion Park High School ‘Sorry Day' commemorative ceremony which gives all local community family and friends the opportunity to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations and their families and communities. When: Thursday 24 May Time: 9.30am – 10.10am Where: Albion Park High School Gymnasium Morning Tea: 10.10am... Read more

Are you the Game Changer we're looking for?

Education Week will be a game changer

Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination. That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018. The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year's Education Week, Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities... Read more

PBL focus – be in right place at the right time

PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Students of the Fortnight

The focus for students is 'Commitment to being in the right place at the right time'. The PBL students for fortnight for Term 1 Week 11 were: Jane Griffiths Ashlee McIntosh Amity Mayo Dylan Nguyen Congratulations!!!... Read more

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Cross Country Report - 2018

On Thursday 29 March, we held our annual School Cross Country. It was the perfect weather for a fun run and a great way to finish school before the Easter long weekend. The PDHPE faculty want to thank all students for their participation and positive behaviour during the event. Students who finished in the top 10 places for their age group have qualified to compete in the Zone Carnival.The Zone Carnival is to be held at Integral Energy Park, Tuesday 8 May, Week 2- Term 2. A special mention and congratulations goes to our age champions: 12 Yrs... Read more

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Tuning in to Teens program information

Registrations are open for the program commencing 16 May 2018.... Read more

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PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Students of the Fortnight

The focus for students is 'After a break, get to class straight away and get settled quickly. Be calm, sit down, get your equipment out and quietly wait for instructions'. The PBL students of the fortnight for Week 9 are: Emma Drinkwater and Mikala Koechel Congratulations!!!... Read more

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HSC minimum standard changes

What is the HSC minimum standard? A minimum standard of literacy and numeracy is required to receive the HSC from 2020 to reflect the importance of literacy and numeracy for success in daily life. HSC students will need to meet the HSC minimum standard in three areas – reading, writing and numeracy. The standard is set at level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), which means students will have the basic reading, writing and maths skills needed for everyday tasks and future learning after school. It includes skills for tasks... Read more

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Albion Park High School wins Aboriginal education excellence award

Read the full story here: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/5303370/albion-park-hs-wins-aboriginal-education-excellence-award/?cs=300... Read more

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The brain-changing benefits of exercise

Reference: https://www.ted.com What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page. Watch the video here... Read more

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PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Students of the Fortnight

PBL Focus for the Fortnight is around RESPECT and Following Instructions. We want to see students reacting to teacher instructions straight away and following what they have been asked to do. The PBL students of the fortnight for Week 7 are: Jane Griffiths and Keely Nolan... Read more

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NAPLAN Information - Year 7 and 9 Students

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2018 Information for parents In May 2018 the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN has the support of all State and Territory Education Ministers and will assess the literacy and numeracy skills of students across Australian schools. The NAPLAN tests will be conducted from 15-17th May 2018. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday 15th May 2018 Language Conventions (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)... Read more

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

Piper Lucas, Madison Coric, Shataya Parsons and Isabella Di Noro attended the International Women's Day Function at the Illawarra Women's Health Centre. All the women who attended the celebration were treated to a sensational high tea experience. This was a fabulous opportunity to chat over a cuppa to the many women there and hear their story. A couple of the ladies were in their nineties and chatted about their families and past memories. The guest speaker Maliha Reece was born in Hollywood to a black mother and white father. She shares her... Read more

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Right place, right time

PBL Focus of the fortnight and PBL Students of the Fortnight

The PBL Focus for the Fortnight is around COMMITMENT and BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE, AT THE RIGHT TIME. We want students responding quickly to the warning bells after lunch and recess and moving to straight to class. We also want students to get to the correct sport on time and being committed to the choices they have made for sport. The PBL Student/s of the Fortnight are: Olivia P, Jacob V and Cheyanne T. These 3 Year 7 students have all received 27 positive entries in Sentral since the start of the year. Congratulations!!!... Read more

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Study Tip of the Week - SET ASIDE HOMEWORK TIME EACH DAY

Decide with your parents how long you will set aside for homework each day – think about your goals when you're deciding what is the right amount of time for you.... Read more

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Does your Year 11 or 12 student study a VET course?

If the answer to this question is yes, then you should read on… VET courses including Business Services, Construction, Hospitality, Information, Digital Media & Technology and Metals & Engineering all have a compulsory work placement component of 70 hours over two years (mandated by NESA). Sport Coaching has 35 hours of work placement over 2 years – most of this is completed as part of the course work. In most cases students are provided with a list of employers to select from for their placement. These employers are registered with Workplace... Read more

Higher education admission information is improving!

What's happening? The Australian Government, in partnership with higher education institutions, is making changes to the way universities and other providers explain their admission processes. These changes are intended to make the processes for applying to study higher education easier for students to understand, and to compare. Some changes are already in place, with more coming in 2018, to support students enrolling in 2019. Find QUICK REFERENCE for students and parents here (pdf 383 KB) (Source:... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more

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Special Study Skills evening with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services

Hi parents, Is your child's education important to you? Do you want to help your child get the best results they can? Well here is an important date for your diaries. We are super excited to invite parents and students from years 10, 11 and 12 to a special Study Skills evening with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services. WHEN? Thursday 14th of June at 6pm Our goal for the evening is to help students cope better with the academic demands of school by building their skills around study. More information will follow in weeks... Read more

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Principals Message

Welcome back to Albion Park High School 2018, we have had an amazingly smooth and stress-free start to the new year with Year 7 settling in brilliantly and the seniors starting straight into their studies. The new black shorts look fantastic and the uptake has been great. Thank you to all of the parents who purchased the correct items. As always the BLACK LEATHER SHOES continue to be a focus for us and the vast majority of students are appropriately attired. I wish to congratulate Year 12 2017 on gaining the best HSC results in the history of... Read more

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Chicks a hit with Albion Park High School students

preparing for Sydney Royal Easter Show competition The "cutest little chicks" at Albion Park High School are a hit with students and teachers alike. But Liam Sheil and his fellow classmates are trying hard not to get too attached. This though has proven to be "almost impossible" since Steggles delivered 14 of the one-day old chicks to the school earlier this week. Albion Park HS is one of 75 NSW schools taking part in the Steggles Sydney Royal School Meat Bird Pairs Competition. Continue reading on the Illawarra Mercury wesbite here).... Read more

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Swimming Carnival Information - 2018

SWIMMING CARNIVAL 2018 Dear Parents and Caregivers Our annual swimming carnival will be held on Wednesday 7 February, 2018 from 8.30am to 2.35pm at Albion Park Pool. Students from Years 7-12 are eligible to compete but competitors must be capable swimmers. Students must swim in the age that they are turning this year. The carnival will involve the following swimming activities: • 100 metres Freestyle • 50 metres Freestyle for 12 – 17 + year olds • 50 metres Breaststroke for 12 – 17 + year olds • 50 metres Butterfly for 12 – 17 + year olds • 50... Read more

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Help for parents to help keep teenagers safe online

Technology is an integral part of life for all of us. As parents, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the constantly evolving new developments in technology that attract children and teens. While we may not always be able to keep up with every latest thing, we can introduce a framework for our family so that the younger members can develop a healthy and safe relationship with technology. Here you'll find our top tips and conversation starters to encourage your teenager to use technology responsibly. Technology is a part of life. Help... Read more