Upcoming Events

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Free Parent Workshop

Free Parent Workshop

The P&C has invited John Joseph, who will present workshops* to Year 7 on how their brains work in Week 4, to speak with parents on Tuesday 20th Feb. 5.00-7.00pm. Year 7 parents are particularly invited to attend.

This is a free event.

Please email Darcy.Moore@det.nsw.edu.au if attending (for catering purposes).

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*The focus is on “learning how to learn” and how brains work. Students complete dissections** and a range of practical learning activities to complement the theory presented by Mr Joseph about happiness, brains and learning. This will be the sixth time John has presented to an incoming Year 7 cohort.

**Parents will not be doing dissections. ;)

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.



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.


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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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-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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