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Principal's Address

Baulkham Hills High 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.

Progress at Baulkham Hills High 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.

The results of Baulkham Hills High 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 .



Being 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.




Students 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.




The 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 .

J.A Fugaccia

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P&C NEWS   (20.6.03)

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.

Indian Night

The next meeting for those interested in helping organise this night is 7:30pm Wednesday 2 July in the school library.  Tickets will go on sale after the holidays.

P&C News

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 other parents.

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

Steve Jones
President P&C

News Letter

From the principal's desk ...

Congratulations to . . .

·         ·       Min-Qing Lee, 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 Skills Championships.

·         ·       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 equipment.

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 6.30pm 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

P&C News

Sale of Land Watch 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 school  initiated 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 inconvenience.

The 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.

Subsequently, 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.  When the gymnasium was announced there was no mention of this siphoning of funds. However, the cost of the gymnasium has exceeded original estimates.

Many schools have recently sold surplus land and returned the funds generated into upgrading their facilities, Castle Hill High being a nearby example.

We believe we should retain the right to use the money to upgrade existing inadequate facilities. This was the justification for the land sale.

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 information.

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 Meeting                                                                                                           The next meeting is Tuesday 26 August in the school library. Tea and coffee will be served from 7.30pm with the meeting to start at 7.45pm .

Indian /Sri Lankan Food Night 30 August Numbers will be finalised on Tuesday 19th August. No tickets will be sold after that date. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Year 9 Parents Wine and Cheese Night                         Year 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 high school.

W Watson, Secretary

From the deputy principal

In this Newsletter you will find a uniform survey.

This 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.

Graeme Steigler-Peters

Australian Museum Eureka Awards

Tuesday 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 team members.

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 television personalities.

2003 National Chemical Analysis Competition Following the results of the Schools Titration Competition in June, two teams from Baulkham Hills High School have been invited to compete in the National Competition at the University of New South Wales on 6 September.

The invited teams are:

  Tristan Hardy, Parth Shah and Ben Fulcher

   Shweta Natarajan, Stephen Law and Cecilia Chi

C McAuliffe, HT Science

Community Announcement

‘Well Balanced and Resilient Children’

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Wednesday 1st October 2003 9am –4pm

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 family.

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.

For further information on the Forum go to


Upcoming Events



Monday 18 August


- Trial HSC


Tuesday  19 August


- Trial HSC


- Yr 9 Japanese Excursion to Tanken Language Centre


Wednesday 20 August


- Trial HSC


- All Yr 7 to Hall Period 3 – PD Incursion


Thursday 21 August


- Trial HSC


- Yr 11 Business Studies Lecture P3 & 4


- Yr 9, 10 and 11 Visual Arts Excursion


Friday 22 August


- Trial HSC

                            WEEK 6


Monday 25 August


- Work Experience


Tuesday  26 August


- Work Experience


- Yr 7 Trial SNAP Test


- P & C Meeting


- Yr 8 Parent Evening – Subject Selection – 6.30pm


Wednesday 27 August


- Work Experience


- Support Unit Excursion to ‘Mamma Mia’


Thursday 28 August


- Work Experience


- Yr 8 Japanese Excursion to Tanken Language Centre


- Yr 9 Latin to SCEGGS Redlands 7pm


Friday 29 August


- Work Experience





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