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IO class

IO Support Unit Support Orangutan Project

Students from the IO class in the Support Unit have been learning in HSIE about the Orang-utans that live in Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia. People have damaged and removed large parts of the rainforests for farming so the orang-utans have nowhere to live. Currently there are only 12000 left in Indonesia. The IO class decided to do something about this. They asked students to give a gold coin they could donate to the Australian Orang-utan Project on behalf of Corrimal High School. The Orange class from the Support Unit raised $105.00 from... Read more

Robotics Students

Robotic Boys Do CHS Proud

The very talented Corrimal High Robotics team came away from the State Championships in Sydney held this past weekend with the judge's award for "Overcoming Adversity." Teachers Tanya Sullivan, David Jacques and Justin Vincent accompanied the team on the weekend and were delighted to see the team interviewed by "Weekend Sunrise." Their teams were highly competitive and Mr Jacques team missed out on making it to the Nationals by one point. Mr Jacques and Mr Vincent's teams were made up of year 6 students, many of whom will be attending... Read more


Corrimal High School Librarian Writes her Own Book

After many years reading other people's book, Corrimal High School's Librarian, Susan Cutsforth has written a memoir that is so engaging it will be published just before Christmas. Words have always been important to Susan, so when she and her husband Stuart made a daring decision to buy their own tumble-down farmhouse in South West France 3 years ago, Susan began recording each step of the renovation adventure. After Susan had sent a 10 page email to friends back home describing her photos of their little house in France, it came to her... Read more

Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

How to plan a safe party

Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move from childhood to adulthood. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party here are some tips to help to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to... Read more

Jack, Kaleb and Jake celebrate their win

CHS Wins UoW Science Fair Physics Award

A team of talented Year 10 students took out first place in the Physics category in this year's Illawarra Coal Regional Science Fair held Oct 31stat the University of Wollongong in the UOW Sports Hub. The team consisting of Kaleb Cox, Jake Osbourne and Jack Hummel narrowly defeated another team from Corrimal High. Their project focused on finding the force required to achieve the optimum angle that a crossbow could fire from. They proved their hypothesis that the distance a crossbow could shoot would increase up til 45o and then decrease.... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

CHS Ahead of the Times Teaching Mandarin

Language Teacher John Matthes has been teaching Mandarin to Year 7 and 8 for the past 3 years. Corrimal High is very fortunate to have this to offer local students and we are the only state school in the area to do so. See the story .The Illawarra Mercury... Read more

Hands on activities learning about teh Aboriginal culture

NAIDOC Week 2012

NAIDOC Week is a very special week held in the first week of July every year and it celebrates all the contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as well as celebrations that display the amazing cultures and cultural traditions carried out and performed. At Corrimal High School we value the contributions of all our community and celebrate NAIDOC week during week 8 of term 3 every year. During this year's NAIDOC week students got many wonderful chances to participate and learn about the contributions of others and get... Read more

Regional Performing Company Auditions for 2013

Audition Information (doc 113 KB)Here is your opportunity to be part of the Regional Performing Company. If you can sing, dance or play an instrument, why don't you audition? Forms need to be sent to DEC by Thursday 25th Oct so don't delay!... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more

Pedal Power and Racer Activities at CHS

UOW Engineering Day at CHS

On the 19th of September Corrimal High School were lucky enough to host an Engineering Day presented by University of Wollongong Engineering staff and students. Mr Foster, the organising teacher, invited Year 8, 9 and 10 students from Corrimal High School, Bulli High School, Wonoona High School and Keira High School and the response from students to attend was overwhelming. Over the course of the day students were able to complete a series of practical and theoretical applications designed by the UOW Engineering faculty to engage young... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Cyberbullying prevention tips

While the statistics around cyberbullying are sketchy, we do know that the likelihood of children being bullied online or over the phone increases as they get older and use technology more frequently. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has created tips for parents to help keep their kids safe online and to give some direction for those who think their child may already be experiencing online bullying. They include: Talk to your child about cyberbullying before it happens. Work out strategies to address cyberbullying that both... Read more

Year 10 to 11 Subject Selection Night

YEAR 10 SUBJECT SELECTION INFORMATION EVENING On Wednesday evening 1st August between 7.00pm-8.00pm there will be a Subject Selection Information evening for all Year 10 students and parent/carers in the school hall. Head Teachers, the Careers Adviser and the Principal will be present to explain Board of Studies requirements for Year 11 and 12 and to answer any questions or queries you may have for your student regarding their subject selections for Year 11. The Principal will also provide information on ROSA, (the Record of School... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

The period leading up to the HSC can be a difficult time for parents as they try to help their teen manage the study load and stress. The parent website School A to Z has spoken to teachers about the challenges parents and students face. Here are some of the key points: You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. Make sure your teen is getting enough sleep. Good nutrition is vital. They can reduce stress by balancing study with physical activity, social life and other interests. Part-time work shouldn't be... Read more

JulyReturn to top

2012 National Literacy and Numeracy Week Activities

2012 National Literacy and Numeracy Week Activities The team at Corrimal High School have been working tirelessly to host an amazing line up for this year's Literacy and Numeracy Week. This week will be very special this year with some amazing activities for Corrimal High School students as well as for student of Year 6 in our Community of Schools. Tuesday 28thAugust Students in years 9, 10 and 11 will participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate the relevance of literacy and numeracy to the workplace and daily lives, this year... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Year 10 subject selection tips

Should Year 10 subject selections be an opportunity for your child to get a head start on their career, or to simply to choose the electives they most enjoy? This month, School A to Z features two articles with expert advice on how to help your child choose subjects that will give them the most options later on, regardless of whether they want to go to university, or they see themselves pursuing a trade or apprenticeship . Year 10 subject selection looks at what subjects your child is most likely to succeed in, and how to help them choose the... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

MayReturn to top

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

Helping kids cope with Shakespeare

Shakespeare's reputation and language can seem daunting. So how do you make his work accessible? How do you open up his extraordinary world to your teen? Here are some tips from Bell Shakespeare's artistic director John Bell. Watch a good live Shakespeare production or DVD to get a feel for the language. Read a text that comes with a translation in modern language; it can help kids understand the language better. Suggest to your teen to imagine they are a detective who has to do some sleuth work to really understand the play. Discuss what... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

The newest members of the Robotics Team

SumoRobo Cup

On the 31st of March, the Corrimal HS robotics team (Ryan Foster and Jordan Foster, Jack and Kias Chalmers-Mulder, Daniel St George, Oscar McFarlane, Patrick Vallance and Kye Chamberlain) went to the University of Wollongong to compete in a robot sumo competition. Robot sumo is a challenge in which one robot tries to knock its opponent from within the playing circle. This is accomplished by the use of computer programming. It took several weeks of trial and error for the above mentioned students to create and programme the robots. The... Read more

MarchReturn to top

MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Garry Kemp at the beginning of his career becoming the teacher he was destined to become

35 Years at Corrimal High

At the end of last year, much loved Industrial Arts Head Teacher, Garry Kemp, said goodbye to Corrimal High after 35 years of continuous dedicated service to the school. Garry trained as a Mechanical and Structural Engineer but retrained at Newcastle College of Education. In 1976 he graduated and began his new career teaching many forms of Industrial Arts at Corrimal High. He quickly became involved in training soccer and baseball teams and in 1981 managed the team who were finalists in the Bill Turner Cup. Garry went on to become regional... Read more

CHS Robotics Students

Corrimal High School Lego Robotic Club

Corrimal High has a strong Robotics team. After being the only Public High School to enter a team in the Illawarra in November 2011, the team, The "Deceptagongs" won first prize in the "Innovative Solution" category and scored very highly in the robotics challenge. They were then invited to the National Finals held in December 2011. Science teacher Tanya Sullivan became interested in forming a Robo Club after receiving information about an amazing young local, Andrew Clark. Andrew was a member of the team called Project Bucephalus who beat... Read more

Teens, homework and multi-tasking

Can kids really do their homework and multi-task? Parents around the world are divided on this. Half watch their teenagers sitting among a pile of books, ear buds in, computer on, TV humming in the background and think, "I wish I could multi-task like that". The others stride across the room, pull the plug on the distractions, and ask the age-old question: "How can you study with that on?" Somewhere along the line we seemed to have absorbed the idea that teenagers can multi-task perfectly because they're digital natives. Perhaps we read it... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

P&C News

The first P&C meeting for the year was held February 13th with 9 people in attendance. Those attending heard from the Principal about school numbers, the school's focus on Respect Responsibility and Attendance and the improvement in uniform. Also discussed at the meeting were ideas for fundraising. Two ideas were sponsorship for advertising in the school's newsletter and P&C running a fund-raising BBQ at Bunning's on Sunday March 4th. Other areas of discussion included school signage, the possibility of students ID as a fundraiser, the... Read more

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

Do you love Gaming? Thought about gaming as a career?

Corrimal High School is offering a wonderful opportunity to all students to learn and create their own video games at school on 23rd February. By the time students arrive home after the event they will have learnt how to create their own commercial grade 3D world with hills, ocean, sky and trees which blow in the wind. They will also learn how to import vehicles to make a fun driving game, write simple artificial intelligence code, character animation code as well as learn the 12 most important coding concepts needed to create games for all... Read more

Corrimal High School P&C Get Cooking!!!

Corrimal Hgh School P&C will be serving up sausages at Wollongong Bunnings on Sunday the 4th of March 2012. All money raised will go to the school. Any interested helpers are asked to call the school on 42851199.... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more