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DecemberReturn to top

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

NovemberReturn to top

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

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. 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 there are some simple ways 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 spread the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Duval High interactive initiative on the money for top award

Duval High School will be recognised with the state's top award for school achievement at a ceremony at the school next Friday - 8 November, at 12:45pm. Duval will be presented with a Director-General's School Achievement Award for our interactive website reinforcing financial literacy. Duval High is one of 16 schools and one ‘community of schools' statewide which are being acknowledged for their significant contributions to public education with a Director-General's School Achievement Award.... 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

Northern NSW Da Vinci Decathlon

Thirty two enthusiastic Duval High School students participated in the Northern NSW Decathlon event hosted by The Armidale School at the end of Term 3. We entered four teams from Year 7 to Year 10 and competed against students from as far afield as Coffs Harbour as well as teams from our local high schools. Students were required to work in their groups, completing a series of ten activities across a range of disciplines. With no teacher involvement the students needed to assign tasks amongst themselves, given each individual's strengths.... 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

SeptemberReturn to top

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

AugustReturn to top

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

Welfare and Discipline Review

As one of Duval's annual reviews we are looking at our Discipline and Welfare systems at the school. The review process uses a number of methods to gather information from all sectors of our school community including surveying the students, parents and teachers. We are also utilising interviews of focus groups and document analysis to create an accurate picture of our welfare system and what we need to do to improve the education and welfare of our students at Duval High. There is an online survey for parents which can be accessed by clicking... Read more

Tell Them From Me Survey

The Tell Them From Me Survey aims to help improve the learning outcomes of students. It measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other outcomes. It is an anonymous survey that is designed to measure, assess and report insights at the school and system levels. The focus of this NSW pilot project is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices. FAQ - Parents & Carers (pdf 391 KB)... Read more

JulyReturn to top

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

Year 8 into 9 Information Evening

Duval High School Invites Year 8 Students, Parents & Carers to our Year 8 into 9 Information Evening Wednesday 7th August at 6pm Our school values educational excellence and caters for individuals by offering a wide range of courses. In Years 9 and 10, the syllabus continues to build on students' knowledge in order to prepare students for HSC studies or training and employment. Year 9 and 10 students at Duval High School study three electives over two years. Students should identify their strengths and their areas of interest when choosing... 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

JuneReturn to top
The Duval High School Triples Lawn Bowls Team

Opposition bowled over

A s the North West Regional Champions Justin Bullen (skipper), Aaron Kelly and Matthew Carey competed over two days recently in the NSW Combined High Schools Triples Lawn Bowls Championships at the North Haven Bowling and Recreation Club. Day 1 of competition saw Duval play 3 games over 12 ends each. Game 1 against Elderslie saw Duval equal at the second last end 11-11, with Duval winning 13-11. In the second game, Duval had a comfortable win over Balranald 16-7. In the final game to decide the winner of the pool, Duval played previously... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Bakers Delight logo

Raise dough for our school

Fresh bread tastes even better when you know it's helping raise money for our school. Duval High School has signed up to the free Dough Raiser Program, and when you mention Duval High School, Bakers Delight will give a percentage of the purchase back to our school at a nominated time. In Victoria, Carnegie Primary School raised $1,200 in 2011 through their Dough Raiser partnership with Bakers Delight Carnegie. This was presented to the school as a cheque and assisted the school greatly with their fundraising needs. The more members of our... Read more

Mobile phone app available

Great News! Our school now has a mobile phone app. What's that you may ask, it is a little application that sits on your phone and gives you instant access to our school information when you click on it, 24/7. The app is going to give parents the ability to instantly access newsletters without going to the website, or to send in a sick note while you stand outside the school because you forgot to write a paper note! We will be sharing many of the other features with you over the coming weeks, but for now download it to your smartphone by going... Read more

Boys on top of the table

Starting off a great week of sport for Duval, on Monday 3 June our school table tennis team travelled to Moree to contest the North West regional final of the Combined High Schools inter-school knockout competition. The core squad of six Duval students has been training hard since March. Year 12 students Dean Heffernan, Anil Rajanathan, Sam Oliver and Alex Wojno have had to balance HSC study with multiple sporting and other commitments; whilst our younger players, Noah L'Hostis and Angus Gasbarri of Year 8, have won their places on merit,... 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

MayReturn to top

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

NAPLAN - a skills snapshot

If your child is in Year 7, or 9, they'll sit NAPLAN tests on May 14-16. And despite what you may have heard there's no need to panic or start an intensive study program with your child. NAPLAN Parent Brochure (pdf 508 KB) Find out more: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/homework-and-study/homework-tips/all-about-naplan... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

PBL Launch Day

Duval High School officially launched the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) initiative on Thursday, 28 February, 2013. Students, parents, staff and community members participated in a day of celebration to recognise this important milestone in the school's history. PBL is an initiative designed to reward students for their positive behaviour. Virtually all students display excellent behaviour and complete their high school years without ever having any disciplinary questions raised. Their behaviour helps create a safe, friendly school... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Notification of Measles and Chickenpox

Attention: Parents and Carers Please be aware that a student in our school is currently receiving treatment which results in a lowered immune system (chemotherapy - for cancer), which means the student is more prone to getting ill from infections. As cancer is not a contagious disease, it is important that he/she can actively participate in the day-to-day school program without any major limitations. A major concern, however, is that if this student develops chickenpox, measles or influenza, he/she can become seriously ill. We seek your... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Outstanding 2012 HSC Results

Duval High School congratulates Year 12 2012 for their excellent HSC results. 27% of our Year 12 2012 achieved a Band 6 and 59% of our students achieved a Band 5 or higher. Duval High school students achieved ABOVE the State average in the following subjects: Ancient History Biology Chemistry Drama English Standard English Advanced Geography General Mathematics History Extension Music 1 Music 2 Music Extension PD, Health & PE Senior Science Software Design French Continuers Business Services Hospitality ... Read more