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DecemberReturn to top

HSC Success!

We are very excited that the excellent work of four of our students has been recognised. Music student and guitarist Ben Corby has been nominated by examiners to be included in the ENCORE program. ENCORE is a concert, held annually in February at the Sydney Opera House, featuring outstanding performances and compositions by students from the Higher School Certificate Music examinations. Design & Technology students Travis Arnall, Andrew Price and Chevonne Willis have been nominated for inclusion in DesignTECH, the annual exhibition of... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Cybersafety resource

Brush up on the latest information about cyberbullying, sexting and rules for internet privacy with Cybersmart's new, interactive cybersafety guide. The guide has been created by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and uses videos to provide a snapshot of common scenarios, with practical tips that parents can use with their children and teenagers. These can be viewed on screen or downloaded for later use. The Cybersmart website also has six downloadable brochures for parents, covering: cyberbullying sexting socialising on the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Whooping cough alert

NSW Health is warning parents to be on the alert for whooping cough following an increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with the disease over the last few weeks. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness, and can be life-threatening for babies. Older children can bring home whooping cough from school or childcare and the infection can then be passed on to babies in the home. Boosters are important Whooping cough boosters are important for older children... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

The power of numbers

Girls listen to pop music, use the internet to stay in touch with friends and enjoy playing netball. Boys prefer rap, use the internet to play games and nominate AFL or soccer as their sport of choice. These were some of the findings of a national survey of more than 20,000 students, of which more than a quarter came from NSW. The Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool for 2010 was open to students from Years 4 to 12, with the aim to spark students' interest in statistics and to improve their statistical literacy. Striking results... Read more

Stuart Shepherd - Australian Rep

Congratulations to Year 10 student Stuart Shepherd who has been selected in the Australian U17 School Boys Hockey Team to compete in South Africa next July. Stuart was selected after playing as part of the NSW team at the Bunbury School Sport Australian Tournament in Western Australia on 14-21 August.Playing as striker, Stuart scored 9 goals and helped NSW win the final 7-3 against Victoria. NSW was undefeated, accumulating a total of 54 goals.Stuart would like to thank Mr Palmer for his tireless help with the High School hockey, South West... Read more

Science Super Challenge

Following their victory in the Southern Highlands competition our team headed to Macquarie University to compete in the Southern NSW final of the Science & Engineering Challenge. What a fantastic day it was with all of our students actively engaged in small teams on a series of challenges. They were, once again, great ambassadors for their school. After the tallying of marks the CHS team came a creditable fourth place. Congratulations to all of those Year 9 and Year 10 students involved.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Flash mobs celebrate Education Week

Communities around the state got a glimpse of the performance talent of NSW public school students who sprung into action at a series of flash mobs to celebrate the start of Education Week 2010. About 500 students descended on Sydney's Circular Quay for an energetic performance as part of a flash mob - an event where a group of people are organised to quickly assemble in a public place to do something unexpected and then disperse. Concurrent flash mobs, involving almost 200 other NSW public school students, were held at Miranda and Orange.... Read more

Shade Sails

Our shade sails have now been installed at the front of the school. Not only will these sails offer protection from the sun for our students, particularly during the summer months, but they also enhance the appearance of the front of the school. I would like to thank past and present members of the P & C for all their hard work and fundraising to support this project and their efforts in securing funding from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust to complete the project.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Your child's resilience

Next time your child is furrowing their brow and staring off into space, ask them whether they're thinking dolphin or shark thoughts. That's the advice from resilience specialist Andrew Fuller on helping your child to recognise the positive or negative approaches they may be taking on life issues. "Dolphin thinking can help you out and shark thinking can eat you up. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, they can still understand it," Andrew says. "The things that are most important are teaching children what a good life is, how to live life... Read more


Due to the fact that Term 2 was an 11 week term, we will commence Term with WEEK B. Students have been advised of this to ensure that that they have the correct workbooks for their first day back.... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Cyber-safety tools

A new cyber-safety website provides parents and teachers with easy-to-understand information about how to create safe online environments for children. The ThinkUKnow website helps parents and teachers to understand new technologies and the safety risks that the online environment can present to children and young people. The website provides interactive training and information on key topics, including the digital channels kids commonly use how to stay in control of your child's cyber activity how to report inappropriate content advice on... Read more

MayReturn to top

2009 Annual School Report

Our 2009 Annual School report has now been uploaded to our website. I urge all parents and community members to read the report as it highlights the achievements of our students in 2009 and includes extensive reports on the educational programs offered at our school. It also includes the results of the surveys completed by parents, students and staff and evaluations related to educational & management practice and curriculum. It also provides details of the learning outcomes of students drawing from the school's internal assessment information... Read more

School Development Day 7th June

Parents are reminded that the next School Development Day will be held next Monday, 7th of June (week 8). This variation has been discussed and supported by the staff and the P & C and will allow us to share an important professional development opportunity with a number of schools in the area, including Mulwaree High School and Goulburn High School. All teaching staff will be attending and parents are kindly asked to make other arrangements for their children on Monday. Please note that, as a result of this variation, we will have only one... Read more


On Sunday 25th our school was represented by 32 students and 10 staff at the Crookwell ANZAC march and ceremony. Led by our school captains, members of the SRC and students from years 7 – 12 participated on this significant day in Australia's history. Thankyou to parents who enabled the involvement of their children. Congratulations also to all our speakers and musicians who were part of our school Anzac Assembly. Stephanie Gilbert and Adam Evans led the assembly with sincerity and respect. Our guests included Mr Malcolm Barlow and Mr... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Ready, set, read!

Kids who get a head start on this year's Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) could win early bird rewards. The challenge officially runs from 1 April to 1 September, but NSW public school students can log on now and start attacking those reading lists. Each child who completes the required number of books from the PRC booklist receives a certificate signed by the Premier. The aim is that along the way they'll also enjoy discovering quality literature from a wide range of authors. They'll also find out that quality literature doesn't mean boring... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

This Week's Newsletter

Click on the link above and read our latest newsletter.... Read more

Meet Our School Captains

Our School Captains for 2010 are Travis Arnall and Stephanie Gilbert. Our vice Captains are Jenna Cartwright and Adam Evans.... Read more

Community Event of the Year!

Community Event of the Year! Crookwell High's 2009 MADD Night has won Upper Lachlan Shire's Australia Day Award for "Community Event of the Year". We all know what a great night our MADD night was back in September last year and it is fantastic that the efforts of all staff and students involved have been acknowledged in the wider community. It was most appropriate that Mrs Donna Woolley was able to accept the award on behalf of the school as she has worked hard to give our school a well deserved profile in the performing arts.... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Cool lunch ideas

Keeping your child safe from food poisoning could be as simple as packing a frozen drink in with their lunch each day. Sandwiches packed at breakfast time can sit for up five hours in a school lunchbox before the lunch break, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply - especially during the warmer months. A recent survey by the NSW Food Authority indicated only 29% of lunches were being stored safely, by using an ice brick or frozen drink which can keep lunchboxes up to 12 degrees cooler. The survey also revealed that while the majority of... Read more

My School website explained

This is a new website launched by the Australian Government on 28 January, 2010. The My School website provides a snapshot of every government and non-government school in Australia. The website offers a short description of each school and its community, the number of students and teachers, student attendance rates, and student results in new national tests in reading, writing and maths for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. These tests took place in 2008 and 2009 and are known as the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy).... Read more