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Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

NovemberReturn to top
Motivation Class

Motivation Class

The Year 7 Motivation Class recently presented their projects to the school community. Their projects reflect both the commitment and passion of the students. As well as providing the students with an opportunity to showcase their talents and interests, the skills that are developed throughout the term spent on this project, are ones that vital for success in life-long learning. These include: research, communication skills, time management skills, and a focus on the drafting and editing required to produce quality work.... Read more

2014 School Captains

Corrimal High School Captains 2014

Corrimal High School is pleased to present the school captains for 2014. Isabel Connelly (VC), Noor-ul-ain Zafar (C), Oscar Corby(C) and Jackson Williams (VC) The role of school captain is a prestigious, significant one and highly-sought after one. The selection to these roles, by both staff and peers, is a reflection of the democratic process and diversity that underpins life in a school such as Corrimal High.... Read more

Susan Cutsforth

Corrimal High’s Published Author.

Librarian Susan Cutsforth has excelled herself again with the release in print of her memoir, "Our House is Not in Paris". Her story about the trials, tribulations and rewarding times renovating an ancient farm house in France was released digitally last year. It was so successfully reviewed on Amazon, including by our students and their parents, that Melbourne Books decided to go to print. A second memoir, "Our House is Certainly Not in Paris" will be available as an ebook in November. By writing a review on Amazon, book two may also go to... Read more


Art Students Shine

Year 12 Art students have completed their major works and they are now on display in the Library. They are a stunning collection of creativity and talent. The major works represent both the quality teaching and learning that takes place at Corrimal High School. Priha King: Collection of Works "Colours" Celia Lowrie: Drawing "Tatoo Designs" Melinda Nutter: Collection of Works "Landscapes" Tai Opeta: Drawing "Strength" Hayley Smith: Collection of Works ‘Swimming" Amy Walker: Painting Untitled. Tyla Evans: Drawing Untitled Georgina Trotti:... Read more

Year 7

The Year 7 and 8 Laser Skirmish Positive Behaviour End of Year Excursion

One of the many great tasks that a Year Adviser takes on when they become a Year Adviser is to look at some of the many amazing students that we have in our year group and the positive things they have done throughout the year. This year I found not just some amazing students but tonne of them – students who had represented the school at many events, students who have had positive behaviour throughout the year and students who always strive to achieve their best. Because there were just so many students it was decided to offer a reward... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. 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 there are some simple ways 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 spread the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more


NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee and has been a national significant day for several decades. Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July. All Australians are encouraged to participate. As Corrimal High School staff and students are on break during NAIDOC week the school's Aboriginal... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

JuneReturn to top
Kiara and Bridie at the workshop

Girls Day Out - Empowerment Workshop

On Tuesday the 18th June, the year 8 girls were lucky enough to take a ride to the Nan Tien Temple in Berkley fir a girl's day out. Lucky for us Mr Foster and Ms Cutsforth were also able to enjoy the amazing day with us. Once there, many year 8 girls from different schools all sat in a seated hall where the amazing Danielle Isdale talked to us about many interesting things where we got a chance to hear her amazing story. She used her life story to discuss important topics like respecting others and ourselves and to look out for the difference... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Students at WOT Opera

WOT Opera 2013

WOTOPERA: Wollongong original operas meaningful to the lives of young people WotOpera unlocks the creative potential of young people. Over eighty students from four Wollongong high schools have written four operas that showcase their creativity, talents and boundless imaginations, the participating schools are: Corrimal High School Kanahooka High School Keira High School Smith's Hill High School The students collaborated to produce their own stories, then composed the music and designed and painted their sets in a series of four... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

MayReturn to top

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

Emma McLeod

Wests Illawarra Youth Achievement Awards

On the evening of Friday May 3rd, Principal Mark King accompanied students from Corrimal High as they attended the Wests Illawarra Youth Achievement Awards. It was a wonderful evening and all who attended were overwhelmed by the amazing talent and citizenship shown by so many young people from across the region. Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by our school: Daniel St George: Sports Achievement Kosta Kamaris: Sports Achievement Georgia Hughes: Citizenship Emma McLeod: Special Achievement Principal Nomination. We... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more