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Books to boost brains

Literacy skills often progress suddenly in leaps and bounds. The secret is to keep kids of all ages reading over the weekends and school holidays. Even 20 minutes a night can make a huge difference to their reading, comprehension and general knowledge. It's also a great way to settle their minds down before sleep (for adults too!). If your child hasn't found a book that grabs their imagination, why not try them on a series book from the Premier's Reading Challenge list? Here are top suggestions for all ages, including young adult :... Read more

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The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

Bullying. No Way!

Our school is taking a stand against bullying and violence. Our school is taking part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday, 21 March. We encourage students to behave positively and safely every day but on the National Day of Action we will be shining the spotlight on our anti-bullying strategies. On Friday, 21 March all classes K – 6 will be participating in lessons and discussions that promote appropriate social skills and aim to prevent bullying behaviour. The Bullying. No Way! website has information for... Read more

Great books for upper primary students to read

Follow the link for a list of favourite books from the Premier's Reading Challenge team that will inspire kids aged between nine and 13 to read, read, read! Find out more: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/hu/homework-and-study/english/my-book-club/helping-tweens-to-love-reading/ideal-books-for-tweens-to-read... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

Help your child plan for success this year

One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more

New Friends

When new classes are created and your kids discover they've been separated from their friends, it's normal for them to feel a little anxious. How should you react? Find out more: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/wellbeing/development/new-class-without-their-friends... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

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