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“Learning How to Learn” Year 7 Workshop

“Learning How to Learn” Year 7 Workshop

Year 7 students participated enthusiastically in a workshop with John Joseph this week. The focus was on “learning how to learn” and how “their brains work”.

The students dissected a brain to help them understand the different functions and how these assist their own learning. They also thought about their future careers and did some creative activities to help them think/plan.

The Year 7 Advisors – Amy Boyd and Joel Trist – were very impressed with the group’s level of participation is these challenging activities. On Monday it was particularly hot and the students showed great resilience.

This is the fifth year John has run these workshops which show students how they can maximise their learning potential. Some of the take home messages include:

1. There should be no screens in bedrooms. People who check their device instead of sleeping end up feeling unhappy and find it hard to be rested enough to learn at school. It is really important not to fall asleep watching TV too.

2. Breakfast is essential after a nine hour sleep.

3. Video games are best played on weekends or in the afternoon rather than when it gets dark as they are fun but it makes it hard to sleep.

Next year, due to requests from parents, John Joseph will run a similar workshop for adults commencing at 6.30pm.

NB There will be no dissection. ;)

Creative Dapto: Performing Arts Centre

Creative Dapto: Performing Arts Centre

Dapto High has formally commenced a campaign to have a high quality Performing Arts Centre built for our school. We plan to ask everyone who supports our school to talk up the urgency of providing Music/Drama/Entertainment/Dance with quality facilities to support our ongoing Creative Dapto initiative. This new facility would be built on the Music Lawn; 900mls above current ground level to acknowledge the occasional flood. Once built, the facility may well enhance community use. The auditorium will seat about 400+ and cost $5-6m.

How can you assist our school to turn this vision into reality?



Parents and students,

Year 7, 11 and 12 return to school Monday 30th January. Year 8, 9 and 10 come back on Tuesday 31st January.


  • Wednesday 18th January 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Thursday 19th January 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Friday 20th January 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Tuesday 24th January 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Wednesday 25th January 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Friday 27th January 8.00 am to 2.00 pm

Have a a great holiday season and wonderful New Year!


School Photos 2017

School Photos 2017

School Photos will be taking place very early in 2017, in Week 1 on Wednesday 1st Feb 2017.

Advanced Photography envelopes will be handed out on the first days back of term, however, the preference is that orders are placed online where possible.

Orders can be placed at Advanced Life with the Online Order Code HX7 WJZ 68H.


Attendance Matters – Lets go surfing!

Attendance Matters – Lets go surfing!

Congratulations are due. Thirty students have had near perfect attendance this year and are being rewarded with a FREE Learn to Surf day at Wollongong Beach. That’s right- if you have awesome attendance at Dapto High school we will reward you. On Monday the 12th of December we will be surfing.

If you think your attendance has been excellent drop in and see Mr Cattle and he will check your attendance and you could be on your way to the green room (surf talk).

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Why is this day special?

At 11.00 am on 11th November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. This first modern world conflict mobilised over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony

A Year 8 student has completed a project that has resulted in the school having a memorial to commemorate the loss of life in war. Nathan Aylett participated in the Youth Frontiers program which encourages and supports student leadership. Nathan was mentored by Stephen Targett.

The memorial plaque was unveiled by Robert Winston and Robert Turford from the Dapto RSL Sub-branch along with Gareth Ward, Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and Nathan Aylett, the student who organised the event.

Here is an excerpt from Nathan’s speech:

As a fourteen year old, it is hard to ease the pain and loss and suffering caused by the past and present conflict, or even an understanding of what it feels like. Something I can do, is show a token of my appreciation and respect, which I have done with this plaque. I have gained the opportunity to do this through a program called Youth Frontiers, a mentoring program in which young students make a positive involvement with their community, whether it be their school, town or even state. I hope to remind future students of the major sacrifice fellow Australians have made…

Remembrance Day at Dapto High

Our whole school commemorated Remembrance Day today. Mr FitzSimons and our school leaders remembered the loss of life in war by laying a wreath at our new memorial. Thanks to Mr Adam Moore and the team of students who organised the service.

The school is planning to collate the names of ex-students and staff who have served and fallen to remember their sacrifice in future years on the 11th/11th. If you have information that may assist please contact Andrew.FitzSimons@det.nsw.edu.au

Class Reading Challenge

Class Reading Challenge

DHS Library and the English faculty are working together this term to promote and support a Class Reading Challenge for year 7 & 8. The challenge involves classes competing to read more books and tick off more challenge items than the other classes in their grade. Reading for enjoyment is beneficial to students for many reasons, and this challenge aims to encourage and promote wide reading. Please offer your support to year 7 & 8 students participating in this challenge!

As the HSC exams come to an end, we look forward to seeing more students back in the library from week 4.


Mrs MacFarlane (Mon-Tues) & Mr Amuso (Wed-Fri).

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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!

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