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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

NovemberReturn to top

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

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AIT Workshop

AIT Workshop 2014

On Friday 24th October 21 Year 9, 10 and 11 students were fortunate enough to attend an animation workshop hosted by the Academy of Information Technology. While there, students got a firsthand tour of some of the facilities offered by AIT as well as receiving information of the multitude of degrees offered in the field of IT and the high demand for individuals in that area of study. Students got some working knowledge on the background and design elements involved with creating a product for distribution. The planning stage was very in... Read more

Bubble Soccer

Year 9 Rewards Excursion 2014

Year 9 is a truly amazing year cohort. Students regularly participate in not only enhancing their academic studies but also get involved in many extracurricular activities, for example, running sports events with local primary schools, organising awareness days for cultural diversity and harmony as well as running environmental programs. That's just some of the projects they are involved in while at school and does not include their out of school commitments to local sports teams and employers. Due to these outstanding efforts and... Read more

Complete our Parent Survey

Our school is currently in the initial stages of developing the 2015-2017 School Plan. Integral to the new school plan is the opportunity for schools to work collaboratively with their staff, students, parents and the broader school community to establish school strategic directions and key educational improvements. I would like to invite parents to complete a school planning survey that will give our school valuable data to help us move forward. To assist please click on the following link and complete the survey.... Read more

Year 12 2014 Laptops

A message to all Year 12 students in the year 2014 - laptops are now needing to be unlocked and property rights transfered for use after you sign out of school. To do this you will need to come in to school prior to signing out and handin your laptop to Mr Foster in IA. You will also need to complete a property rights transfer form before the laptop is handed back. After your laptop has been unlocked you will need to active the software for use. For more information please read the student guide (pdf 219 KB) and download and compelte the... Read more

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Our First Goal is to Create Good Citizens

It is very rewarding to be able to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of Year 9 students at school, however, it is more rewarding when you see their outstanding achievements and views recognised in the great community. Check out this latest article by Jordan Foster, just published in the Illawarra Mercury. To see some of the other outstanding articles by our Year 9 students click here (pdf 2163 KB).... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Information, Digital Media and Technology

Have you ever thought about a career in computer technology, website development, app design? How about engineering, personal health, science or journalism? If you have ever thought about any degree then perhaps Computer Technology at Corrimal High School is for you. Corrimal high School offers a comprehensive syllabus that allows students the chance to study Information and Software Technology in Years 9-10 and Information and Digital Technology in Years 11-12. Both courses offer student a range of practical assignments and the know-how to... 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

Solar Car Design and Racing

Term 3 has seen 10 Science 1 taking part in the 2014 Australian Power Institute's STELR Solar Car Challenge. API supplied kits containing the chassis, gear boxes and solar panels needed to build the cars. Students built car bodies and attached them to the chassis. They need to ensure the electrical components were connected correctly and controlled the car. 10S1 also investigated different methods of improving the car's performance. Race day was Friday 8th August on the school's basketball court. After winning 3 races, there was little doubt... Read more


AIME 2014

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, AIME, believes that mentoring has to ability to overcome some of the biggest challenges of our times – connection, identity, self-worth, education. The AIME program and their mentors attempt to connect Indigenous students in a dynamic educational program that has proven to dynamically improve the chances of Indigenous student's finishing school and having a connection to culture and expanding their ideas and future prospects. Corrimal High School has been a proud supporter of AIME over many... Read more

Senior Girls Volleyball Play State Championships

Throughout Terms 1 and 2, members of the senior girl's volleyball team have been participating in a knock out tournament. This involved travelling to Bulli High School to use their indoor volleyball facilities to firstly play Kanahooka High. After a convincing win, out next school was Lake Illawarra High School. Again, we travelled to Bulli, though this time a little concerned when it was realised their coach had played volleyball at National level. No need to have worried, the girls again, won convincingly. This meant the team had made the... Read more

Shake a Leg

A Tale of a Visit

On the 29th of August Mr Monty Boori Pryor took time from his busy schedule to pay a visit to the staff and students of Corrimal High School. Over the one hour session, Boori spent time with students from years 7 telling tales and jokes to his audience. It wasn't all stories and fun though. Boori came with a message which he told all the students was one of the most important life lessons that he has learnt and wishes he learnt earlier than he did. The award winning author wanted all to know that writing and literacy are some of the most... Read more

AugustReturn to top

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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Team Members of the Team

NAIDOC Touch Football Knockout 2014

On the 22nd July 2014 seven students, Andrew Coppens, Joshua Hayles, Scott Hoskins, Sianna Dargin, Kayla Baines, Tyson Muru-Paegna and Nyeesha Clarke-Paulson, participated in the locally held NAIDOC Touch Football Knockout competition. The competition was fierce but the Corrimal high School team were up for the challenge winning their first match in the knockout 8 to 3 with some excellent skills shown by all players. Our more senior players exhibited some outstanding leadership qualities helping to direct some of the younger team members and... Read more

Talking Realities 2014

Talking Realities Year 9 2014

One of the most important facets of Corrimal High School is our dedication to our students and their education. What separates us from other schools is our focus not only instilling these education values but also educating about life choices and barriers students may face. Year 9 is committed to following the schools Anti-Bullying scope and sequence set out for all students and have, over the 24th and 25th of July, participated in the semester two module on young parenthood. Barnardos, an independent body that tours NSW to educate about... 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

JuneReturn to top
Some of the students who attended The Happiness Cycle Program

The Happiness Cycle 2014

On the 26thof June, 17 students were involved in The Happiness Cycle – a program that encourages youth fitness. This year, students from Years 9, 10 and 11 were offered the chance to register and attend the day's activities at the Snake Pit in West Wollongong. While there the students would be involved in building and servicing a pushbike with the aim of the day – fitness by biking. The students performed a range of tasks on the day, which included the construction of a pushbike to take home. This bike was provided by Coca Cola in conjunction... 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

The Team

Girl's Rugby League Gala Day 2014

On Tuesday of last week Mr Wellings and Mr Abbott had the pleasure of taking the senior girls rugby league team to a girls gala day at the Croome Rd Sporting Complex in Albion Park. It was our second time attending the event and it was by far the largest girls Gala day since the inception in 2011. We were up against some tough opposition in Kiama High School and Illawarra Sports High in the two pool games. Although we lost these games against some much stronger competition our girls never gave up and played right until the final whistle. ... Read more

MayReturn to top

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

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

MarchReturn to top
Some of the cakes

Harmony Day and National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying 2014

Corrimal High School is a comprehensive school that caters to a wide variety of student. These students come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, all of which, we believe, are important to understand and celebrate. Harmony Day is intended to show togetherness and inclusion in Australia and promote a tolerant and culturally diverse society. While National Day of Action against Violence and Bullying is designed to strengthen the community's everyday message that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time. On Friday the... Read more

Air mattress duties

Year 9 Survival Camp

On the 10th of March seven students began their journey to Jervis Bay for a three day camp. These students were 7 of 8 students that handed in their notes for the Boys Swim and Surf Safe Day late last year and were being rewarded with the camp as the day's activities did not run due to a lack of numbers. The seven students – Kye Chamberlain, Kias Chalmers-Mulder, Jordan Foster, Tristan Winter-Andrews, Joshua Reed, Brad Meades and Jye Plumb – were keen to start the camp which was targeted at developing leadership skills and self-reliance... 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

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

FebruaryReturn to top

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

Surviving the HSC

Surviving the HSC A message to all parents of Year 12 students at Corrimal High School. Corrimal High has planned an information evening to assist parents and caregivers in providing the best possible outcomes for their HSC candidate. Date: Tuesday 18th February 2014 Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Doors open at 6:15pm. Please be prompt. Venue: School's Library Please see attached Surviving the HSC (pdf 35 KB) information sheet for more details.... 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