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Year 8 Science: VALID

Year 8 Science: VALID

The Validation of Assessment for Learning & Individual Development (VALID) test for Year 8 students will be held between Wednesday 2 November and Friday 11 November 2016. The test takes approximately 70 minutes. The VALID Science 8 test is an interactive, multimedia test completed entirely on a computer.

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KidzWish and Cyrus

KidzWish and Cyrus

An unexpected bonus is coming DHS community way following the 100 Lap Challenge fundraiser for KidzWish Foundation.

Due to “outstanding fundraising efforts” (once again for a local based charity organisation), this year, Dapto High has won a prize for the highest fundraising school within the community for KidzWish – $3085 !

The prize is a visit / mini concert from X Factor winner and local resident, Cyrus! This will take place on the celebration assembly next week, along with a number of other presentations for the exceptional individual work a number of students did in fundraising over $100.

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Thanks to Mr Creighton and the team who have made this happen! It is wonderful support for a very worthwhile charity!

Year 10 Subject Market

Year 10 Subject Market

An invitation is extended to all Year 10 students and parents to attend the Dapto High School Subject Market on WEDNESDAY 3rd August 2016 in the hall between 4.30-6.30pm.

The subject market will consist of questions and answers and advice from:

  • Teachers – teaching Years 11 and 12
  • Students – Studying each subject
  • Representatives from Wollongong University andTAFE

This opportunity should NOT be missed. Visit the school between 4:30pm and 6:30pm and have your questions answered BEFORE the final subject choices.cIt is MANDATORY for all students to attend.

The Senior Handbook is available online at the DHS MOODLE site, http://web2.dapto-h.schools.nsw.edu.au . This includes courses offered at DHS, university entrance Requirements and Vocational courses requirements.

Final Subject selections will be completed online.

Parent Online Payments Now Available

Parent Online Payments Now Available

Make a payment

Did you know that you can make payments to Dapto High School online?

We have launched a new online payment portal linked to our school’s website to make it easier for you to pay for school related payments. This is a secure payment page hosted by Westpac.

The following expenses can now be paid online:
• Voluntary School Contributions
• Subject Contributions
• Excursions
• Sport
• Creative and Practical Arts
• Sales to Students
• Other

You can click on the tab “Make a Payment” or here is the direct link: http://web2.dapto-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/make-a-payment/ and follow the prompts to make a payment via Visa or MasterCard.

Part Payments

Part payments of the Voluntary School Contribution and Subject Fees are also gratefully accepted throughout the year.
Student invoices will be sent out in the coming week.

If you have any problems, please contact the School Office on 4261 1416 for assistance.

 

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Nurturing Democracy: Whitlam Forum

Nurturing Democracy: Whitlam Forum

“Our school is located in the federal electorate of Whitlam, or Throsby as it has been known since 1984, covers 1,331 sq.km in the southern Illawarra and NSW southern highlands. Along the coast it takes in all of the suburbs to the south and west of Lake Illawarra in the Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas, including Warilla, Albion Park and Dapto. The electorate also extends up the Illawarra Highway through Macquarie Pass to take in Robertson, Moss Vale, Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong.”  SOURCE

Our Nurturing Democracy Civics and Citizenship program provides practical experience with the nature of living in a democracy. Students elect their own representative by secret ballot and a team of students assist with counting using preferential voting. The Student Representative Council (SRC) act as polling officials. Students attend forums with federal politicians to propose ideas and have also influenced the local council by attending meetings with ideas to improve the local facilities. Increasingly students are participating in forums to support their personal agendas about progressive social change.

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On the 24th June, the SRC conducted our third candidate’s forum prior to a state or federal election as an important part of our Nurturing Democracy program to provide opportunities for students to practically engage with learning about civics and citizenship. Five of the six candidates, contesting the federal seat of Whitlam on the 2nd July, participated:

Tom HUNT (The Greens)
Jan MANDELSON (The Nationals)
Wayne HARTMAN (Non-Custodial Parents Party)
Stephen JONES (Australian Labor Party)
Susan PINUTI (Christian Democratic Party)

The process, based on a Danish model, is as follows:

1. The moderator explains the goals and process to the audience while introducing the panel
2. Each candidate has a maximum of 3-minutes to outline his or her vision for the electorate of Whitlam
3. Each candidate has 1-minute to make a point and ask another candidate a question.
4. There is a 1-minute response time for each question
5. The moderator calls for questions from the audience to candidates
6. Response time is 1-minute
7. The candidates make a 1-minute closing statement
8. The students then mingle with the candidates at a BBQ to ask more questions
9. Students debrief with peers, staff and family in the lead-up to the federal election on July 2nd where some of our 18 year olds are voting for the first time.

Questions from the students included:

BEN: What do you believe is the single most important issue in this election campaign for the people voting in Whitlam? Why?

TAYLOR: If elected HOW would your party protect both our local environment and World Heritage sites like the Great Barrier Reef?

EMILY: What other policy areas does the Non-custodial Parents Party feel strongly about besides the issue suggested in your party’s name?

LANCE: How will your party further the knowledge and education of students to contribute to the promotion of a smart and innovative Australia?

ALLY: This question is for all candidates and I would like a YES or NO answer rather than a 1-minute response. Do you support same-sex marriage?

ADELINA: This question is for all candidates and I would like a YES or NO answer rather than a 1-minute response. Do you support the current government’s tough policies towards refugees seeking asylum in Australia?

LUKE:This question is for all candidates and I would like a YES or NO answer rather than a 1-minute response. Does your party support the full implementation of Gonski funding for education?

TIANA: This question is for all candidates and I would like a YES or NO answer rather than a 1-minute response. Do you support Australia becoming a Republic?

SOORAJ: Climate change is mostly being influenced by human activities, what are your plans to reduce this?

TIM: With the rapid increase of car usage over the past 5 decades and the dramatically increasing negligence of our rail infrastructure, what do you plan to do to help both the public and heritage rail sectors?

PATRICK: How does the National Party differ from it coalition partner, the Liberal Party?

PAIGE: Which of the candidates do you support most in Whitlam? Can you rank them from most to least in agreement?

The YES or NO questions are quite effective in highlighting the practical implications of ideological differences in policy areas that the students can easily grasp. When the candidate says NO or YES to an area they are passionate about it helps with formulating their own political positions.

Students were interviewed by the local newspaper and ABC radio about their experience of the forum. At our candidate BBQ students discussed a range of issues raised in the forum with their friends. There was also good informal discussion with the candidates.

Taylor, our school captain, did a great job MC-ing the event and the SRC did well to organise everything so successfully.

 

 

Student Representative Council Elections

Student Representative Council Elections

Dapto High encourages students to reflect on the nature of living in a democracy as part of civics and citizenship education at the school. Good schools have good student leaders by providing plenty of opportunities for developing leadership skills.

For the last three years our Student Representative Council (SRC) has been elected by the students. The process is run very formally by the current SRC with resources supplied by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The students practically learn about how elections work including preferential voting in this process. There are many candidates who stand for the 24 positions available.

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The SRC are leading another initiative in the ‘Nurturing Democracy’ program later in the term by hosting a forum for all candidates contesting the seat of Whitlam. This will be the third time such a panel has occurred prior to a federal or state election and is an invaluable opportunity for students to ask questions about policy of the candidates.

Thanks to the team of Year Advisors who support the students. Special thank to the SRC Collaborators – Ms Jones and Mr Trist – who make the day work and Ms Robbins-Harvey who does much of the administrative and statistical work counting votes with a team of mathematicians.

Good luck to all the candidates. The principal will announce the new SRC team in coming weeks, along with captains and prefects.

Parent-Teacher Consultations

Parent-Teacher Consultations

Parent-Teacher Consultations for Year 7, 11-12 will be held on Wednesday 4th May from 2.40pm – 6.30pm in the school library and hall.

Students will be issued booking codes in Week 11 of school. Parents CLICK HERE to make bookings.

Year 12 students will receive their reports on 4th May at the consultations. Any Y12 parents unable to attend should note that reports not collected will be distributed the next day at roll call.

NB Parent-Teacher Consultations for Y 8-10 will be held on Wednesday the 27th July from 2.40 – 6.30pm in the school library and hall.

NAPLAN: Advice for Parents

NAPLAN: Advice for Parents

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

This year the dates are 10-12th May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy.

NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.

You can find an easy to understand infographic that gives useful information on the NAPLAN tests and their benefits here (PDF icon 810KB).

To get a sense of the ‘look and feel’ of the tests and to understand what types of questions are asked, a full set of example NAPLAN tests is available.

NAPLAN is not a test that children can prepare for in the same way they might prepare for an end of term test. NAPLAN tests skills that develop and improve over time. These are skills that should be continuously developed throughout the year and not just in the lead-up to NAPLAN.

The best way to get your child ready for NAPLAN is to continue to develop literacy and numeracy skills, especially by reading regularly each evening at home.

Here are links to Australian education resources tailored specifically to parents looking for information and support on literacy and numeracy development in children.

 

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