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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

Presentation Day 2012

An invitation is extended to all our parents to attend the Annual Presentation Day assembly to be held on Friday 14 December from 11am. Students who are receiving an award will be notified prior to the day. Reports for Years 7-10 will be handed out after this event.... 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

OctoberReturn to top

Year 12 Graduation

Another Year 12 cohort has finished 13 years of schooling and will sit the formal Higher School Certificate examinations early in Term 4. On behalf of the school, I wish them well and trust they are making the most of the opportunity to study and best prepare for the rigour of the exams. Our graduation assembly went very well with our special guests being the newly elected Mayor of Botany Bay City Council, Mr Ben Keneally, and Amy Pisani, former student and School Captain in 2008. Amy spoke of her time at school and how she changed her... Read more

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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

NAIDOC Day Celebrations at JJ Cahill

JJ celebrated NAIDOC day on Thursday 26 July 2012. It featured a formal assembly with guest speakers, Ron Hoenig (Mayor of the City of Botany Bay), Chris Ingrey (La Perouse Land and Council CEO) and Marcia Ella-Duncan (Former Australian Netballer and current WEAVE mentor). They all spoke passionately about what NAIDOC day means to them and the importance of this year's theme: the spirit of the tent embassy. Grant Mailing and Jade Morris-Ruka did a tremendous job of hosting the assembly and Tilani Hardy and Amanda Wallace provided some great... Read more

Big Night Out 2012

This year marked the fourth edition of JJ Cahill Memorial High School's premier performing arts showcase – Big Night Out. Over 400 people turned out to watch items representing dance, music and drama. Many of the concert's acts marked the culmination of much hard work in preparation for HSC major works. The Year 12 music performances were of an outstanding quality and provided clear highlights throughout the evening. While the evening heavily featured senior students, it also provided opportunities for younger students to emerge and... 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

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
Students gaining awareness and insight in to the plight  and contribution of refugees

J.J. Cahill Celebrates Refugee Week

Between the 18th and 22nd June students celebrated the enormous contribution refugees have made and are still making to Australia with a number of events. Students listened to passages read and chosen by the leaders of our Student Representative Council from prominent Australian Refugees telling their stories including Anh Do, the author of 'The Happiest Refugee.' The week culminated with a Refugee Film Festival, in which students were shown a number of short films to increase their awareness of refugees and their situation. Students... Read more

George dressed in traditional Vietnam Veteran Getup

Vietnam Veterans Visit

In early May Year 10 were offered an educational treat. On the 29May 2012 during periods 1, 2 and 3, a Vietnam veteran and his wife visited our school to give Year 10 students and their HSIE teachers an interesting and insightful talk about the Vietnam War from the perspective of someone who was THERE. Vin, an ex-infantryman, served with the Australian Army from 1967-1968 and served on the front in the Phuoc Tuy province. His personal experiences and reflections helped boost Year 10's understanding of the events of the war, and the effects... 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

In the playground!

J.J. Cahill Exhibition at Mascot Library

Make sure you pop down to Mascot Library and Museum to see works by our talented students. The exhibition features art by Visual Arts and Photographic and Digital Media students. Some of the exhibition highlights include painted surfboards produced in response to the 2005 Cronulla Riots and black & white images created with pinhole cameras which the students made. A huge congratulations must go to Ms. Wilson, the coordinator of the event and we would also like to thank all the staff at Mascot Library and Museum for making this collaboration a... Read more

Have your say on the Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is conducting consultation on the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History until 20 July 2012. ACARA welcomes and encourages feedback from the wider community on these draft curriculum materials. In order to provide feedback, please register onto the Australian Curriculum consultation website to complete the online questionnaire. You can download a printable version of the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum, or... Read more

Schoolboys Cup - Rugby League

The Opens Boys rugby league team played against South Sydney High School in the Schoolboys Cup at Nagle Park, Maroubra on 30 May 2012. It has been a few years since the two local schools played each other and both teams were pumped up for a big game! JJ started off strongly with an early try to our captain Jayden and dominated with our big props, Lincoln and Henry. The rest of the first half was a see-sawing affair with both teams trading tries and we finished behind by a try. South Sydney scored first in the second half, but we were quick... Read more

Daniel at the News Desk!

SBS Studio Visit - Creative Writing Students

Want to know what it's like to work in Television?? Thanks to Liz Deep-Jones and her amazing team at 'Mandarin News Australia', students in the creative writing class were able to get a behind the scenes experience at SBS studios in Artarmon. Students were enthralled by the stories of Media greats and swept up by the passion and dedication of the entire team. They now know where their English skills can take them!! Students had an amazing day that was capped off with a fabulous afternoon tea!! Liz Deep-Jones is a friend of the National... 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

Reggae Golf and Taylar Bull of Year 7 observing the transit of Venus across the Sun

Transit of Venus Across the Sun

On Wednesday 6thof June students from years 7 to 12 were able to witness a once in a life time event, the transit of Venus past the Sun. This opportunity was organised by Miss Laura Vasey and the Science Staff. Miss Vasey purchased a set of specialised Eclipse glasses which enabled the students to see the transit of Venus without damaging their eyes from the strong glare of the Sun. Students were then taken outside in their Science classes to witness this rare event. A Transit of a planet occurs when the planet passes directly between the... Read more

Need Parenting Help?

Struggling with a young person who you just can't seem to understand? Want to try and do the best job you can as a parent? Try this link for some helpful tips, tricks and videos from the experts!! You will be able to view an online copy of the parenting tips magazine which is a fabulous resource for any parent!!... 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

Yr. 5 & 6 Sports Gala Day

On Thursday 22 March 2012 Year 10 Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) class held a Sports Gala Day for Year 5 and 6 students from Gardeners Road Public School and Mascot Public School. They organised a fun day of touch football, netball and soccer. The future students of J.J. Cahill had a great time being taught new skills at the same time as having the opportunity to use our outstanding facilities. To cap the day off a sausage sizzle was provided for each student and a presentation was made to those that displayed sportsmanship and... Read more

2012 Poetry MasterClass Students!

Libby Hathorn's Poetry MasterClass

Gifted and Talented students and keen writers in years 8 & 9, are currently participating in a MasterClass poetry workshop series with acclaimed author and poet Libby Hathorn. Along with select schools from around the state, students are participating in a series of video conferences to perfect their skills. In between conferences students are working collaboratively on their poems with students from across the state using a cross school BLOG. Libby has been impressed with the skills and participation of our students. Keep your eyes peeled... Read more

J.J. Cahill Welcomes New School Leaders

J.J. Cahill Memorial High School would like to congratulate our new school leaders. George Dragosavljevic, Grant Maling, Lolita Pratikno and Juan-Ruan Van Den Burgh will drive the student body in achieving academic, social, cultural and sporting endeavours. These young leaders exemplify the core values of J.J. Cahill Memorial High School, acting by example in demonstrating excellence, opportunity and respect in all aspects of school life. To see the entire newspaper clipping click on the attachment below. J.J. Cahill New Leaders (pdf, 215 KB)... Read more

Students celebrating reading and writing with Liz Deep-Jones!!

Liz Deep-Jones Inspires keen readers & writers

As part of our focus on Literacy as well as developing students passion for reading and writing, students in year 7, 8 & 9 were treated to a visit from acclaimed author and broadcaster Liz Deep-Jones. Students were entranced by her stories and experiences, and saw that writing can be a career worth chasing!! We were also treated to some slides which showed Lz's extensive and exciting career in broadcasting! Students then read Liz their stories and received some feedback, she has even volunteered to correspond with the... Read more

Isaac engaging with his learning and the iPad!

iPads arrive at J.J. Cahill

The J.J. Cahill Memorial High School Library aims to provide a comprehensive range of recreational and academic resources to enhance your child's success, growth and engagement at high school. As part of this commitment J.J. Cahill has been chosen to participate in a pilot iPad tablet program during terms 1 and 2. This program will involve select classes in year 7 & 8 gaining access to iPads in their regular classes, during lunchtimes as well as during after school homework club. As part of this trial we will be observing the impact of these... 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

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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

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

Boys team in action

Open Touch Football

On Friday 23 March 2012, our opens Boys and Girls touch football teams played against South Sydney High School and Matraville Sports High School respectively. Both games were fast paced and featured lots of skill. For many of our players this was their first real game of touch football and despite their valiant efforts both teams were narrowly defeated. However all players must be congratulated for their positive and determined attitude, they never stopped trying and as a group demonstrated enormous potential for the future.... 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

Gianni Rinaldi with his family's generous donation!

Premier's Reading Challenge

The majority of students in Years 7 and 8 will soon participate in a Wide Reading Program to coincide with the Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC), The National year of Reading (2012) as well as our school's focus on literacy. As part of this program students will be reading in excess of 20 books and completing a range of activities to improve their literacy and build their love of reading. At the conclusion of the program all students who read 20 books or more will be included in the PRC Honour Roll and receive a certificate that is a... Read more

Great New Books Now available in the Library!

Woolworths Earn and Learn Rewards Learning

A huge thank you to all the families of both students and staff for contributing dockets to the Woolworths Earn and Learn promotion. Your efforts have led to a number of new titles coming in to the library, including a great new visual text by Shaun Tan, 'Tales from Outer Suburbia'. A special mention must also go to our Technical Support Officer, Fernando as well as our amazing Administrative Officer Debbie who worked well after 3.15 to ensure all our dockets were entered in!!... Read more

Reece hard at work on his DER Laptop!

2012 Laptop Rollout

Once again in 2012 the Digital Education Revolution rollout of student laptops continues. Staff at J.J. Cahill Memorial High School are very excited by the opportunities this presents and look forward to students in year 9 receiving their devices. As part of this rollout the school has provided students with an information and tutorial session on Thursday the 7th March, as they received their laptops. This session focused on students gaining experience with productivity software OneNote that students will be using across the curriculum.... 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

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

2011 HSC student leaders

J.J. Cahill Congratulates their HSC Class of 2011

Our 2011 cohort performed strongly in Advanced English, Biology, Drama and Music with 13% of students gaining Band 6 results. Other subjects contributing strongly to outstanding results were Business Studies, PDHPE and Information Technology. Of the 47 students who sat the HSC, 32 Band 5 results were achieved. That is the second highest band. These results are in light of the excellent work being done by staff in moving students from middle to top bands across both the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. With the guidance and... Read more

Fair Trading Visit

Business and Legal Students get visit from the NSW Dept of Fair Trading

Community Liaison Coordinator Lyn Wotton from the NSW Department of Fair Trading, visited the school recently to talk to students about changes to consumer laws across Australia. Students learnt about the new legislation and had discussions about misleading and deceptive advertising and conduct. One example that had us all in raptures was a story of flood affected cars being sold in Newcastle as ‘new', misleading consumers. Did you know "No Refund" signs are illegal? Did you know every product comes with a guarantee? To learn more about... Read more

Libby Hathorn and Creative students in action

Libby Hathorn Creative Writing Video Conference

Students from across all years had the opportunity to participate in a creative writing workshop with acclaimed author Libby Hathorn. Students read her book Firesong and then had a discussion about creative writing, Libby passing on some of her wisdom to students. In addition we had discussion with students from Queanbeyan High School, near Canberra, a truly statewide conference on creative writing. Libby led students through a writing journey, culminating in a short statement expressing feelings and emotions of being within a bushfire.... Read more

Welcome Year 7!

Welcome Year 7 2012

JJ Cahill Memorial High School welcomes the new Year 7 cohort for 2012. It was wonderful to see the smiling and excited faces as the students entered the school grounds, looking sharp in full JJ Cahill uniform. The morning was spent looking through their timetables and spending time with their peer support leaders, who will be their guides and mentors for Term 1. There was a buzz in the air, and we hope that we have laid to rest any fears, concerns or worries about high school. We know that this year will be a very exciting one!... 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