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Canteen Volunteer

Canteen Volunteer

Canteen Vol


Providing nutritious food in our canteen is a vital step in helping kids set up healthy routines and habits for life. Our canteen is run with the help of a network of volunteers from our school community working together. If you can spare any time to join our network and help prepare and serve food at our canteen, we would very much appreciate a hand. Its easy and fun work with on–‐the–‐job training and you can dedicate as much or as little time as you like.

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National Science Week Celebrated with #STEMinSchools

National Science Week Celebrated with #STEMinSchools

Friday 18th August, several TAS students from Yr 7, 9 and 10 were part of the CSIRO initiative to celebrate National Science Week in our school library. The CSIRO conducted a webinar with 6 notable space scientists talking about their work as scientists in a variety of space related fields. It was impressive that 3 of these scientists were women with the young Ms Solange Cunin really grabbing the students’ attention. She is the co-founder of Cuberider and coordinated several schools sending their science experiments into space this week.

Following this was a wonderful display of the STEM related activities our students are studying. The TAS faculty provides a wonderful opportunity for robotics and programming. Many of Mr Walker and Mr Petreski’s students capably entertained Mr Stephen Jones MP, the federal member for Whitlam. It was a wonderful showcase of engaged students working collaboratively, problem solving and coding.

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This years HSC showcase displayed the amazing talent DHS has on offer. Thanks are due to the Hospitality, Visual Arts, Music, Furnishings, Entertainment, D&T, Graphics, S&C and Extension English teachers and students.


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Parent-Teacher Consultations

Parent-Teacher Consultations

Parent-Teacher Consultations for Year 7-8 will be held on Wednesday 28th June from 2.45pm – 6.30pm in the school library and hall.

Students have been issued with booking codes. Parents CLICK HERE to make bookings.

Year 7-8 students will receive their reports two days prior to the consultations on 26th June.

NB Parent-Teacher Consultations for Year 9-11 will be held Wednesday 19th July from 2.45 – 6.30pm (the first week back in term three) in the school library and hall students will issued with booking codes next week. Students will be issued with their reports in the last week of term two.

HSC minimum standard explained

HSC minimum standard explained

As part of the lead up to this year’s NAPLAN tests, NESA has developed a range of resources to ensure students and parents have accurate information about the NSW Government’s implementation of a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy for the HSC from 2020.

You should watch the new video below and read the CEO letter to Year 9 students for a good overview


Set for success in everyday life

The standard is mapped against the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 3, a nationally agreed standard of functional literacy and numeracy.

The minimum standard is part of a broader NSW Government strategy to support students to succeed in life and work. The minimum standard complements a new cross-sectoral, statewide strategy to boost literacy and numeracy.

Students at risk of not demonstrating the standard will be identified early and supported to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Multiple opportunities to pass

Students can demonstrate they meet the standard by passing the online reading, writing and numeracy tests, which will be available for students to sit in:

  • Year 10
  • Year 11
  • Year 12
  • for up to five years after beginning their first HSC courses.

Students can access a demonstration test to find out the level of skills required for these tests.

Students will have the first opportunity to prove they meet the standard by achieving Band 8 results or above in Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests. Students who achieve Band 8 will not need to sit the online tests later in years 10, 11 and 12.

No student will be ineligible to sit for the HSC on the basis of their Year 9 NAPLAN results.

Why have a minimum standard?

The best indicators of success (employment, higher salaries and good health) rely on a student’s literacy and numeracy skills.

Without targeted intervention and support to reach the standard, some students risk missing out on skills necessary for everyday life. These skills allow students to:

  • write a job application
  • prepare an invoice
  • follow operating instructions in equipment manuals
  • compare prices and understand percentages
  • understand interest rates and lending offers
  • work out quantities and measurements
  • manage personal budgets
  • understand and write routine workplace instructions
  • navigate websites
  • take meeting notes and complete official documents.

Currently, the HSC does not directly measure students’ literacy and numeracy skills nor require a minimum standard to be met.

The minimum standard will prompt an early focus on literacy and numeracy, and help students meet progressive milestones. Advanced students will also benefit from an increased focus on literacy and numeracy by developing more sophisticated skills. For example, Western Australia recently introduced a minimum standard, which has helped lift the proportion of students in the top two NAPLAN bands.

Helping students achieve the standard

Schools will have access via Schools Online to information about Years 10-12 students who have or have not met the minimum standard in reading, writing and numeracy. This will help schools boost support for students at risk of not meeting the standard.

Support materials, including NSW Education Standards Authority resources, will emphasise early identification of students in primary and high school at risk of not meeting the standard. Teachers will have access to strategies and materials to help their students meet the standard.

Schools can deliver short courses, topics or additional tutoring in numeracy skills. Some students may continue studying mathematics as the best way to improve their numeracy skills.

The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy is a plan to ensure NSW students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need for success in learning and in life.

Literacy and numeracy skills will be described clearly, taught explicitly, assessed meaningfully and reported regularly in all schools across NSW providing early identification and support for students most at risk of not meeting the minimum standard.

Find out more about the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.

Students who don’t meet the standard

All students should complete high school with a functional level of literacy and numeracy for everyday life and employment.

Students who don’t demonstrate the standard will have five years after beginning their first HSC courses to meet the minimum standard and receive an HSC. They will receive a Record of School Achievement on leaving school.

While maths will not be mandatory for Year 11 and 12, studying Mathematics General 1 is an option for students who need to improve their numeracy skills in order to meet the minimum standard.


Disability provisions will be available for the new tests in line with existing provisions for the HSC.

Some students, including those studying Life Skills courses in English and Mathematics, will be exempt from meeting the minimum standard.

An exemptions policy will be developed in consultation with key stakeholder groups and be released in 2017.

Read more answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Read more about updating the curriculum.

Dapto High at Adobe HQ

Dapto High at Adobe HQ

Recently, Mrs Jones and Mr Toole accompanied seventeen students to Adobe HQ at Darling Harbour in Sydney.

The day focused on improving video literacy but the students also learned about what it is like to work for an industry leader in creativity and international software company. Students focused on learning how to use Premiere Pro to edit video footage. The following video story will tell you more about the day.


Adobe Day with Dapto High from CreateEDU TV on Vimeo.

“Your students and staff were all delightful, respectful and attentive. A tribute to your school…They seemed to enjoy and appreciate the experience.” Dr Tim Kitchen

Students would like to thank Dr Tim Kitchen for his guidance, kind words and support! We are all looking forward to the Adobe Day at our school on the 2nd May and seeing Tim again.

NB Students can download Adobe software for free. Click here for instructions!

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