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Schools Spectacular – TV highlights

The state's most talented young singers, dancers and musicians displayed their skills during four exciting and extravagant performances at the 2011 Schools Spectacular, held recently at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you missed the live shows or if you just want to enjoy it all again, you can catch the highlights on ABC TV. Two telecasts are scheduled (check your local TV guide for confirmation): 7.30pm Sunday, 18 December on ABC1 (1hr version) 7.00pm Saturday, 31 December on ABC2 (2.5hr version). The brilliantly choreographed and... Read more

Careers advisory service

Now that you've received your HSC results, you may need help with what to do next. A free phone and email careers advisory service is available for students and their families from Thursday 15 December 2011 to Friday 6 January 2012, and is provided by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Experienced careers advisers will be available on 1300 300 687 or via the Careers Advisory Service website to answer your enquiries and provide advice about career and study options. If you need assistance in clarifying course choices, employment... Read more

Year 7 Students 2011 welcome our year 7 2012!

We welcome Year 7 for Orientation Day Monday 5th December

On Monday 5th December, our dedicated Transition Team welcome our Year 7 for 2012. We are looking forward to showing our wonderful new students the treasures at Marsden, our students, our teachers and the our fabulous grounds and classrooms. Lots of space to enjoy. See you on Monday.... Read more

SIgn Up for Our Fortnightly newsletter

Please Click Here to sign up for an emailed copy of the Marsden High School newsletter... Read more

Marsden joins Zone Grade Sport Competition for 2012

It has been over 10 years since Marsden was part of the grade sport competition and in 2012 we are back! After consultation with students, parents and the P&C, Mr King, Mr Lustica and Ms Lofts worked hard on developing a proposal to present to the Zone sports committee to allow Marsden to join the competition in 2012. Beginning next year, Marsden will enter teams into the Senior competition on Tuesday afternoons. Year 10 students will have priority selection in teams, followed by Year 11 and 12 students who have an option of playing if... Read more

Travelling to and from school in a safe manner

Over the last month we are concerned regarding safety of our students walking though the petrol garage on Victoria Road on their way home from school. This is very unsafe. Students must use the pathways to get to the bus stops. Students will not be served at either McDonalds or the Garage after 8.50am in the mornings, as our students are to arrive to school on time at 8.55am Please discuss this with your child and encourage safe and responsible behaviour when travelling to and from school.... Read more

Ms Symons and Ms Lofts

Our teachers get a Director general Award

At the North Sydney regional Education awards of excellence our wonderful Careers teacher and Head Teacher of teaching and learning received the Director Generals award for Outstanding Service to Public Education. Ms Symons, who you all know has been an inspiration to so many students at Marsden, in particular her dedication to providing such valuable advice about students and their educational future. Congratulations Ms.Symons.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Celebrating safely

Our senior students like to celebrate their major milestones at this time of year, such as finishing exams and leaving school. We encourage parents to work with us to ensure their safety, health and wellbeing during this time. Be assured, our school doesn't allow alcohol at any student function whether held at the school or at student dances, farewells, sports events and barbecues outside the school. Celebration guides for parents and students Time to party Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move... Read more

Art show flier

Local art award winners

Some talented students had their work exhibited at a local show. A group of local young people between the ages of 13-17 have created some thoughtful art works, several made from waste materials, with themes that relate to our precious natural environment... Read more

New bell times and Roll call

Good attendance and procedures positively effect overall progress and achievement. Changes in the way we do business at Marsden High in Term 4. The goal is to make improvements in student administration and support for students to achieve beyond their best. Good attendance and procedures positively effect overall progress and achievement. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;... Read more

Lithgow 2011

Lithgow Sport & Recreation Camp

Year 11 students were fortunate to be given the opportunity to participate in 10 day Sport and Rec Outdoor Recreation program TVET course endorsed by the board of studies. 20 students from Marsden High School enrolled to participate in the program. On the 23rd September 2011 we all met in the morning at Strathfield station. We travelled by train to Lithgow and met first leaders, Steve, Peta and Claire at Lithgow train station. The leaders took us back to Lithgow TAFE by bus where we packed the trailer and headed of to Lake Lyle campsite. ... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for assignments. Here are ways your child can tell a good website from a bad one. With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, kids need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country-specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective The ability to question information is a vital tool for all school kids. People can publish something that looks great but is full of factual... Read more

Managing exam stress

Feeling anxious before exams is perfectly normal and can even help kids do better. The problems arise when the worry gets out of hand and prevents your child from studying effectively. While you obviously can't jump in and do the work for them, parents can help their kids manage the fear and, in the process, learn valuable skills that will be crucial in later life. Child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien says these key areas are where a little parental guidance can make all the difference: Make sure your child is eating a balanced diet with... Read more

These students get full marks!

Congratulations Marsden High! These students get full marks Dear Sir, Last Thursday I was privileged to be invited, along with my Vice President Owen Bennett, to attend the Year 12 graduation at Marsden High School. The whole ceremony was quite revealing as to the quality of young Australians living in our community. Some rare artistic talent was exhibited, first by Naomi Sommers in singing ‘Steer', and then by Amelia Park who without any reference to sheet music played piano pieces by Chopin and Bach. The addresses by 2010 Dux Nimisha... Read more

Term starts Monday 10th October

Its back to school for all staff and students on Monday 10th. Trust you all had a fun and fruitful break over the holidays Last term of the year - good luck to all - make the most of it !... Read more

Study Skills tips for October

Study skills for October: Preparing for Senior Studies As many senior students prepare to leave school at the end of this year and embark on further education or a new career, a whole batch of students are preparing to join the ranks of the senior students at their school next year. As students approach the senior years, they are expected to start taking more responsibility for their own learning. For many students part of this is a realisation that they need to do their schoolwork for their own sake, to keep options open for their own future... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Imagination 'First'

Marsden high school undertakes the journey with the creative mind "Jason Clarke". Two of our gifted students along with 2 gifted teachers Ms. Fevzi and Ms.Hunt, the Principal, Ms.Lofts have embarked on a creative journey to unlock the gifted potential in all our students. This regional initiative will culminate in the presentation at the 2012 GATS conference. WOW, just have a look at Jason's website, its very creative. Read more

Latest Newsletter September

All the amazing achievements from out students in August & September 2011. Have a look at the flip book.Marsden Mail September 2011... Read more

Inaugural Wizards vs Warriors

This year the PDHPE department have implemented a State of Origin style series using the current house format. Bradman and Cuthbert will combine to represent the Warrior's while Konrad and Young will join forces to represent the Wizards. Once a year teachers from each house will combine their teams in a selection process to identify players who are worthy of being selected. Students will not only be selected on their athletic ability but their dedication to their team, leadership qualities, communication skills and sportsmanship. Teams will... Read more

Follow us on Twitter

Visit or use your phone application to follow us @MarsdenHS. Search MarsdenHS and view recent videos of our students in action. Visit flickr to view the MarsdenHS photo album. Keep up to date with all the events, news, video's and photo's by following MarsdenHS on Twitter, YouTube and flickr. Twitter will be updated regularly and will provide all the news and events happening around the school and in the wider school community. Student and school achievements will also be mentioned along with reminders of important dates on the... Read more

Marsden revealed

Principal's Tour Flyer (docx, 213 KB) Have your questions about Marsden answered by joining a Marsden Principal's Tour, hosted by Mrs Denise Lofts. These are held on a Thursday afternoon, twice a month, at 4pm. Come and meet our new Principal, investigate the facilities of our school, meet other interested families and students and find out about the wonderful opportunities on offer at Marsden High School. Ring Sharron Walden on 9874 6544 to register your interest. The next tour is at 4pm Thursday 15th September or Thursday 20th October, 2011.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Coles Sports for Schools

Marsden High School is involved in the Coles Sports for Schools Program again in 2011. Please collect your vouchers and return them to the office or the PDHPE department. After a fantastic program in 2010, where more than 7,600 schools participated, Coles is continuing its commitment to encouraging active, healthy lifestyles for Australian kids. Once again we've teamed up with our ambassador Cathy Freeman for Coles Sports for Schools 2011 program, providing quality fresh food for our Aussie families and sporting equipment for our Aussie... Read more

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme

GET READY Students from Year 9 and 10 Bronze and Silver Participants are gearing up for their qualifying and practice expedition to the Royal National Park in Sydney's south. This is a three day outing starting on the 31st August.... Read more

Miguel & Fiona Represent Marsden

Victory in the Pacific Day was commemorated at Ryde RSL Cenotaph in Victoria Road Ryde last Sunday with a service conducted by Ryde RSL Sub-Branch. Address was presented by Ryde RSL president Bernard Cox with the Ode offered by Ryde RSL vice president Owen Bennett. Prayer for the Fallen was presented by Marsden High School Year 11 students Fiona and Miguel who laid wreaths at the cenotaph along with Ryde Public School students Dunya and Fergus. Among the wreath layers were the Mayor of Ryde Clr Artin Etmekdjian, Ryde MP Victor Dominello, Clr... Read more

Mobile homework help

Parents can now access quality information to help with their child's homework and assignments while on the go. The School A to Z mobile app, available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, is part of a new online parent resource developed by the education department. The app features: plain-English definitions of maths, English and technology terms, including videos and help sheets information and useful links to help with common classroom assignments Maths Monkey times tables learning game Spelling Bee learning game. The Spelling Bee... Read more

Year 10 Subject Selection

Thank you to all those how have completed their subject selection. We are extending the time (Year 10) to submit your selections to Wednesday 17th August, 2011 11pm. Bring your signed parent selection form to the Careers advisor, Ms. Hart on Thursday 18th August. This extension is due to email problems.... Read more

Year 8 Subject Selection

Congratulations to all Year 8 students who have completed their subject selection online. Closing time is 11pm Monday night 15th August, 2011.... Read more

Subject Selections

Subject Selections for our Year 8 and Year 10 students are approaching fast. On the 9th of August, there will be a special Subject Selection night held at Marsden to aid the students and their parents in their choices. The teachers will be out in force with a 'market-style' approach to inform and intrigue the students and parents with the content of their subjects. The program will be as follows: 6:00-6:45pm § Year 8 parents and students arrive and go to the Common room to receive important information. § Subject selection booklets handed out... Read more

New parent resource launches

Parents can support their child's learning with a new purpose-built resource that includes a website, mobile applications and social media channels. The School A to Z online school community, developed by the education department, provides practical advice about homework, tips on learning, wellbeing, technology and resources to help parents and carers support their child's social, physical and mental development. It includes a free mobile application for iPad and smartphones that features hundreds of definitions about maths and English terms,... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Thredbo Ski Trip

35 Students will accompany Ms Bernyk and Mr King to Thredbo ski resort on Sunday 31st July for three exhilerating days of skiing and snowboarding. Students will be required to meet at the front of school at 11.00am on Sunday and will return at approximately 10.30pm on Wednesday 3rd August. Students can keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts at Thredbo's home page or by visiting Thredbo on YouTube.... Read more

Homework Club on Tuesdays

Marsden High endeavours to support all our students in their studies. As a new initiative we are operating a Homework Club on Tuesday Afternoons from 2:15 to 3:30pm after the last period of the day (During the Meeting period) in our school Library. Instead of students going home to do homework, they can stay and gain some assistance by a qualified teacher to complete their homework and assignments. Students are required to sign in at 2:15 pm and Sign out at 3:30 pm. Students are to remain in the library while the homework club is operating.... Read more

Year 12 Trial HSC Timetable

Trial HSC Exams start on Monday 1st August, 2011. 2011 Trial HSC Timetable is available and students and parents can download the attachment. The school wishes our hard working year 12 students all the very best for their upcoming Trial HSC beginning on Monday 1st August. Year 12 students are reminded about the great resources for exams on the Board of studies Students online page. This page includes all the latest news for students about the HSC. Students Online is your source for information about your... Read more

Parent Teacher Night 2nd AUGUST

Parent Teacher Night Bookings (doc, 622 KB) Parent Teacher Night is on 2nd August 4;30 till 7;00pm.Students will bring booking sheet to teachers to book parents for interviews. Please see attached booking sheet and letter.... Read more

P & C Meeting Tuesday 26th July

Please join our parent and citizens community meeting 7.30pm in the Library.With Guest speaker Mr.John Tonkin Head Teacher Mathematics.... Read more

Practical study ideas

Many students find study a challenge, but you can help make it more rewarding for your child by encouraging them to use some of the following ideas: Keep up with assignments and assessment tasks mark key dates on a calendar make an assignment schedule for each week make daily 'to-do' lists. Review class work each day keep a notepad handy while reading to make notes or reminders create flash cards of main ideas or key points (with details on the back) make up study questions to test learning. Take breaks while studying your child will... Read more

JuneReturn to top

School holiday reading ideas

24 June 2011 Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Here are some suggestions. Books for young kids For boys and girls in Kindergarten to Year 2: The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Libby Gleeson. For boys and girls in Years 3 and 4: Ballroom Bonanza - Nina Rycroft (a fabulous rhyming alphabetical picture book) The Adventures of a Late-Night Swearer - Nette Hilton The Walk Right in Detective... Read more

Education tax refund

8 June 2011 With the financial year almost over, now is the time to start collating your receipts from education expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives parents and caregivers a 50% refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. For the 2010-2011 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $794 for each of your primary school children and receive a maximum refund of $397 per primary school child.... Read more

MayReturn to top

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, earphones 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?" What does the international research reveal about multi-tasking? Here is a summary of the key findings: Teenagers might be regularly multi-tasking, but... Read more

Science help - top tips

Parents can help with their child's understanding of science and scientific principles. Here are some top tips: Encourage your child to ask questions and help them find the answers. Talk to your child about being a good problem solver. Give them increasingly difficult puzzles to solve as they develop more skills. These could be in the form of games or experiments, questions or puzzles, including those found in newspapers such as Sudoko, or physical problems such as jigsaws or 3D models. Talk to your child about basing their views on evidence... Read more

MarchReturn to top

Mosquito-borne diseases

NSW Health is warning parents and school communities about a range of health risks associated with mosquito bites. There has been a significant increase in the numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of NSW following recent heavy rainfall and flooding. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of viral infections, including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, and a large number of these infections have been reported in 2011. A rarer but more serious mosquito-borne infection called Murray Valley encephalitis has also been detected in western NSW.... Read more

It's easy being green

Reducing your family's carbon footprint at home and school is easy and can save you money at the same time. Low-waste lunches Try doing a lunch box audit with your kids to see how much packaging you use such as plastic wrap, plastic throw-away spoons, straws and plastic bags, along with pre-packaged foods. Lunch boxes with their special compartments for sandwiches, fruit, nuts and snacks are the best way to reduce additional wrapping or packaging of individual items. Chilled or frozen juice or water keeps lunch cool and fresh. Reusable drink... Read more

Getting organised for school

Children get their work done more easily if they can manage their time and their environment. Here are five great tips from experts and families to help you and your kids get organised for school. 1. Establish some routines Set up a few simple routines in your home that make things more efficient. For example, teach your kids that the first thing they do when they come in the door is empty their bag of food and notes or newsletters. 2. Manage time Talk to your kids regularly about planning how they use time for activities that need doing as... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Healthy Kids website

Keeping kids active and healthy has been made easier with the relaunch of the Healthy Kids website. Healthy Kids is the main source of online information in NSW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity. The website's five main messages you can share with your kids are: get active each day choose water as a drink eat more fruit and vegetables eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives turn off the TV or computer and get active. The website has great information, such as lunch box... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Education tax refund

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives you refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. You can receive refunds up to a maximum of $397 per primary school student and $794 per secondary school student. Items you can claim You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and maintaining any of the following items: home computers and laptops... Read more