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Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

Parent Satisfaction Survey

We would appreciate if you would please take a few minutes to complete an on-line Parent Satisfaction Survey at the following link: School code: 8492... Read more

Updating communication links with parents

Duval High School is in the process of bringing our communication with parents and the community into the 21st Century! Very shortly we will be creating a new communications database which will help us to send information directly to parents via email and SMS. Why are we doing this? A recent P&C evaluation of communication at Duval High School clearly showed that better use of electronic communication is the overwhelming preference of all sections of the school community. Improving our ability as a school community to communicate... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more

How to plan a safe party

Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move from childhood to adulthood. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party here are some tips to help to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Gonski could be great for our school

Have your heard about the findings of the Gonski Review? Well, potentially it is very good news for our school and our students. Headed by senior businessman David Gonski, the review was the most comprehensive national investigation of school funding in almost 40 years. It found not only was the current funding system broken but Australia is investing far too little in schools. The lack of funding is having significant consequences for students with widening gaps between what students achieve in disadvantaged areas compared to those in wealthy... Read more

Drama news

Rheyanon Shields has just been offered the part of 'Jenny' in the upcoming Sydney Theatre Company/New England Project collaboration due to perform here in Armidale in October. This is a great achievement and will see Rheyanon work with writers, directors and actors from the STC. STOP PRESS!!! Duval has received three nominations for Onstage for this year's Drama HSC group: Matt Barton for his performance of 'Aston' from the 'Caretaker' by Pinter, Maddy Ryan for her performance of 'The woman' from 'A Telephone Call' by Dorothy Parker, and a... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more

Duval Minds Top Tournament

On Sunday, 26 August, Duval High School's Tournament of Minds Team won the NSW North West Regional Final of the Language Literature Discipline. The team: Katie Broomfield, Lisa Evered, Oliver Bruhl, Katie Evered, David Wilson, Isaac Clark and Neve Russoniello have spent the last six weeks creating a solution to a long term challenge entitled "What the Dickens, My Darling Beatle Bard!" The team chose slapstick comedy as its presentation genre, incorporating characters from Dickens, Shakespeare and Dahl into an entertaining performance after... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Cyberbullying prevention tips

While the statistics around cyberbullying are sketchy, we do know that the likelihood of children being bullied online or over the phone increases as they get older and use technology more frequently. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has created tips for parents to help keep their kids safe online and to give some direction for those who think their child may already be experiencing online bullying. They include: Talk to your child about cyberbullying before it happens. Work out strategies to address cyberbullying that both... Read more

60 minutes for MS @ Duval

If you like to read and think that the idea of being able to read for 60 minutes sounds like paradise, consider signing up for the '60 Minutes for MS'. It will cost $5 for you to be involved. Ms Simes, Mrs Stroud and Ms Hoddinott will provide you with a home cooked morning tea and then you can spend the next 60 minutes reading! The event is on 24 August. See Ms Simes or Mrs Stroud in the Library for more information or to sign up for the event.... Read more

The Korean ConneXion

Recently Duval High School was host to three overseas visitors from Sungduk Middle School in Daejon City located in the Republic of Korea. Mr Kim (Head Teacher of English) and school captains Po and Joon arrived in Armidale on Tuesday, 7 August and later toured Duval High School as part of the Australia-Korea ConneXion Program. In the following days both school captains experienced day to day life as a student at Duval High School, and had firsthand experience of viewing Dangar Falls on a cold winter's day and patting a kangaroo for the first... Read more

Careers Festival goes off with a bang!

The Duval Careers Festival took place in the school gym on Wednesday, 25July and was a ROARING success! The event was organised by Duval's own Mrs Lana Hardman, who worked tirelessly for four months to make this dream a reality. It is safe to say that nobody expected the Festival to be so huge. The hall and entrance were entirely transformed, with potted plants, over 240 helium balloons, BBQ, and fairy floss machines. Well over 1,000 people attended not only Duval students but also students from schools (public and private) from around... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

The period leading up to the HSC can be a difficult time for parents as they try to help their teen manage the study load and stress. The parent website School A to Z has spoken to teachers about the challenges parents and students face. Here are some of the key points: You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. Make sure your teen is getting enough sleep. Good nutrition is vital. They can reduce stress by balancing study with physical activity, social life and other interests. Part-time work shouldn't be... Read more

JulyReturn to top

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

Invitation to the Careers Festival

Duval High School Careers Festival

Duval High School's Careers Festival is a new and engaging event aimed at providing our students with the opportunities to explore vocational options and to identify future career pathways. Duval will host representatives from various local businesses, government departments and educational organisations to highlight what is available to our students beyond secondary school. There will be interactive displays where students and parents will have an opportunity to discuss careers with local employers and educational organisations. The Festival... Read more

New England Project update

Year 11 student Marni Walsh has been invited to attend the final stage of the development of the New England Project, a Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and New England Region school initiative aimed at developing links to the theatre industry and creating a NE focused production involving workshops with students and discussions with teachers from the region. In this final stage a teacher and student from each of the selected schools have been invited to attend 2 days with the STC where a number of events and workshops withll see the project... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Year 10 subject selection tips

Should Year 10 subject selections be an opportunity for your child to get a head start on their career, or to simply to choose the electives they most enjoy? This month, School A to Z features two articles with expert advice on how to help your child choose subjects that will give them the most options later on, regardless of whether they want to go to university, or they see themselves pursuing a trade or apprenticeship . Year 10 subject selection looks at what subjects your child is most likely to succeed in, and how to help them choose the... Read more

CHS lawn bowls success

NSWCHS recently held the CHS Lawn Bowls Singles and Pairs Championships at Warilla Bowling Club. Thomas Inman finished 9th in the State in the Singles. However, his Pairs performance was particularly impressive. Thomas' original partner from North West was unable to attend, so Thomas was paired up with the fifth reserve player from South Coast. Thomas played exceptionally well and he was able to win the CHS Gold medallion. Officials and many parents from throughout the state commented on Thomas positively. Congratulations to Thomas.... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more

MayReturn to top

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

Helping kids cope with Shakespeare

Shakespeare's reputation and language can seem daunting. So how do you make his work accessible? How do you open up his extraordinary world to your teen? Here are some tips from Bell Shakespeare's artistic director John Bell. Watch a good live Shakespeare production or DVD to get a feel for the language. Read a text that comes with a translation in modern language; it can help kids understand the language better. Suggest to your teen to imagine they are a detective who has to do some sleuth work to really understand the play. Discuss what... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more

Homework centre recommences

The Duval High School HOMEWORK CENTRE will be recommencing in WEEK 1, Term 2. Mr Bartlett-Taylor will be launching the Homework Centre at a special afternoon tea for parents, students and staff on Tuesday, 1 May at 3.45pm in the Staff Common Room. Mr Brian Dennison, ex-DHS student, star sportsman and manager at the Attorney Generals Department, will be our special guest at the launch. Students will have access to support with their homework from experienced teachers in a structured, supportive environment. Ms Armstrong is the coordinator.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Support Juvenile Diabetes

Hi my name is Samuel Munday, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes almost three years ago when I was only 11 years old. Since then it has been a challenging journey, with an overload of information and many insulin needles and blood tests. My dream is that one day there will be a cure for this disease that affects young people just like me. I try to never let diabetes rule my life and always make sure I still do everything that I want. One thing I love to do is run, so that is why I am running in the Canberra Run Festival. I will be racing in... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Teens, homework and multi-tasking

Can kids really do their homework and multi-task? Parents around the world are divided on this. Half watch their teenagers sitting among a pile of books, ear buds in, computer on, TV humming in the background and think, "I wish I could multi-task like that". The others stride across the room, pull the plug on the distractions, and ask the age-old question: "How can you study with that on?" Somewhere along the line we seemed to have absorbed the idea that teenagers can multi-task perfectly because they're digital natives. Perhaps we read it... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more

All round achiever

Outstanding 2011 HSC Results

Duval High congratulates Year 12 2011 for their excellent HSC results. ATAR 99.45 HSC All - round Achiever 6 Band 6s: Chemistry Economics English (Advanced) Mathematics Extension 1 Mathematics Extension 2 Physics 3 Band 6s: Ancient History Modern History Visual Arts 2 Band 6s: Music 2 Music Extension 2 Band 6s: Industrial Technology Software Design and Development 2 Band 6s: General Mathematics Personal Development, Health and Physical Education 2 Band 6s: Music... Read more