BaulkhamHillsHigh School is a selective school providing an
educationally enriched environment for academically gifted
students. Entry is by a competitive, public exam taken mid-year in
the last year of primary school.
at BaulkhamHillsHigh School depends on a willingness to
pursue excellence in studies. Students should find
satisfaction and enjoyment from working at levels in keeping
with their ability, and have a strong desire to participate
in a vigorous scholastic, cultural and sporting program.
results of BaulkhamHillsHigh School students in the Higher
School Certificate and School Certificate have been
outstanding, making it one of the top schools in New South Wales. There are 1,130 students
who come from most of the northern suburbs of Sydney.
such a large school, a wide choice of subjects is available.
In the senior years, students must study English and
Mathematics and then select from Chemistry, Physics,
Biology, Ancient History, Modern History, Economics,
Business Studies, Geography, Legal Studies, Information
Processes and Technology, Software Design and Development,
Engineering Science, Visual Arts, French, German, Japanese,
Food Technology, Music, Drama, PD/Health/PE, Accounting,
Studies in Religion and Photography.
are encouraged to be actively involved in extra-curricular
activities and sport. Extra-curricular activities include,
Duke of Edinburgh Award, National English, Mathematics,
Science and Economics Competitions, Debating and Public
Speaking, Young Achievers, Gymnastics Club, Dance Group,
Chess Club, Equestrian Club, School Bands and Ensembles,
Choir, Variety Night, Herald Young Writers Competition,
Photography, Tournament of Minds, Literary Society,
Stream-watch, Solar Energy Club, Shakespeare Festival. The
school has an excellent tradition of sporting achievements.
Wednesday afternoon is sport afternoon and inter-school
grade sport is available along with recreation sports.
school has won the Zone Swimming, Athletics and
Cross-Country Carnivals this year. The Boys Tennis Team are
the N.S.W. champions and the Girls Cross-Country Team have
represented Australia in competitions in Latvia and Turkey.
A reminder that the next P&C meeting will be
held in the library this Tuesday 24 June starting at 7:45pm.At the meeting the Principal will give a short overview of
last years HSC results.
The next meeting for those interested in helping
organise this night is Wednesday 2July in the school library.Tickets
will go on sale after the holidays.
The most satisfying development over the last
two months is the start of construction of the Multi-purpose Gym
Facility (which will serve as the School Hall). No doubt all
parents will watch with a keen sense of anticipation as the
structure progresses, with completion expected sometime in March.
The P&C will be looking for ways to enhance the usefulness and
functionality of the building through funding for additional
facilities and extras not included in the basic structure.
At recent P&C meetings, approval has been
given for funding of various items of equipment requested by the
school. Also approved has been the funding for air-conditioning of
seven classrooms and two computer rooms - this will make for
greatly improved learning environments in the upstairs rooms that
were extremely hot last summer.
An initiative that the P&C have started this
year is specific meetings for parents of students in a particular
school year. So far, there has been a meeting for parents of Year
7 students to discuss how to achieve the most from a selective
high school, and a Wine and Cheese night for parents of Year 11
students on the topic of "How to Survive the HSC". We
hope to run more of these evenings, and encourage parents to
attend the night appropriate for them. As well as hearing from
informative speakers, it is an excellent way of getting to know
Finally, if you are unable to attend P&C
meetings, but wish to keep up to date with what is happening,
please keep an eye on this website. We will be posting the minutes
of meetings one to two weeks after the meetings, so that they are
more widely available to the whole school community.
If you have any questions or comments regarding
the P&C, or any issues you would like raised, please remember
that you can contact myself or any other Executive Committee
members via the school
Jones President P&C
the principal's desk
to . . .
Jason Brun, Scotty Hatfield and Scott Newsome,
who are all competing in the NSW Junior Scrabble Championships on
31 August. Scrabble fans can see the championships at the Baulkham
Hills Community Centre throughout that day.
··Well done, also to the 131 students whose results were
at Distinction or higher in the Australiasian Schools Computer
··Well done to Rachel Tiong, Lisa Law and Janak
Ramakrishnan, who all received awards as Australia-wide
winners of the lateral thinking competition at Fox Studios
recently. In addition to impressive trophies, the winners share
$2000, with a further $2000 going to the Science faculty for
Parents of Year 8 students The school will conduct an information evening for
parents of year 8 students on Tuesday evening, 26 August, commencing at in the library. The evening will provide information
about elective choices for students entering Year 9 in 2004. A
separate invitation will be distributed with students shortly.
J A Fugaccia
of LandWatch out
in the Hills Shire Times for an article about our ongoing
discussion with DET regarding the use of funds raised from the
sale of land. As outlined in the newsletter in October last year,
several years ago the schoolinitiated
the sale of the narrow block of land from Old Northern Road to the back of the school. Provision for access to the school through
the TAFE was arranged so the change would not cause any
school planned to use the money to upgrade school facilities to
present code standards. As the school is over 30 years old there
are many areas where this money could be spent.
the Principal was advised by the DET that the proceeds of the sale
of land were to be used to offset some of the costs of the new
gymnasium was announced there was no mention of this siphoning of
funds. However, the cost of the gymnasium has exceeded original
schools have recently sold surplus land and returned the funds
generated into upgrading their facilities, Castle Hill High being
a nearby example.
believe we should retain the right to use the money to upgrade
existing inadequate facilities. This was the justification for the
P & C have taken this matter up with the last three Education
Ministers, however have not received a direct response from the
Department. The only correspondence we have received has been
through letters the Minister has directed to our local member
Wayne Merton and then this response has contained inaccurate
We would like the parent body backing in this
matter and may in future request your support in contacting
government representatives. We will keep you informed. We plan to
provide some background information on the school website under P
& C information.
Next P & C MeetingThe next meeting is Tuesday 26 August in the school library. Tea and
coffee will be served from with the meeting to start at
/Sri Lankan Food Night 30 AugustNumbers will be finalised on Tuesday 19th August. No tickets
will be sold after that date. Looking forward to seeing everyone
9 Parents Wine and Cheese NightYear 9 parents, mark 11 September in your diaries. Parents
will receive personal invitations to come along and meet other
Year 9 parents and hear about issues relevant to this stage of
the deputy principal
In this Newsletter you will find a uniform survey.
survey was developed from an issue raised by parents and students
regarding the colour, design and fabric of the PE/Sports shirt. By
completing the survey, you will assist me in collecting data which
will be used to introduce any changes.
As a parent your contribution to these negotiations is greatly
appreciated and I look forward to your input.
Museum Eureka Awards
12 August at Fox Studios was the presentation night for winners of
the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. Twenty one prizes were
awarded with a total value of over $210,000.
In the Lateral Thinking Competition a Year 11 team from Baulkham
Hills High won first prize of $4000 with a trophy for each of the
The team consisted of Janak Ramakrishnan, Rachael Tiong and
Lisa Law. They were presented with their prize in front of
an audience of over 700 people. The audience included famous
scientists from around Australia, Vice-Chancellors and representatives from every University in New South Wales,
federal and state ministers and politicians, and radio and
2003 National Chemical Analysis CompetitionFollowing the results of the
Schools Titration Competition in June, two teams from BaulkhamHillsHigh School
have been invited to compete in the National Competition at the University of New South Wales
on 6 September.
The invited teams are:
Hardy, Parth Shah and Ben Fulcher
Natarajan, Stephen Law and Cecilia Chi
McAuliffe, HT Science
‘Well Balanced and Resilient Children’
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Wednesday 1st October 2003 –
This Forum aims to provide parents and young people with some strategies
to strengthen their relationships through a series of presentations
and panel discussions. The following topics will be addressed: The
parenting balance, healthy eating and activity, creative and
academic pursuits for students and achieving a life balance for your
To reserve your seat please call Julie on 9845 3569 by 12.9.03. There is
no cost, seats will be allocated on a first come or first served
basis! Child minding facilities available for ages 1-10.