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DecemberReturn to top

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

Music Tuition in 2012

A number of students have taken up the opportunity over the years to undertake private music lessons with teachers who visit our school on a weekly basis. We are also able to make some instruments available for hire. If you would like your child to undertake private music lessons and be part of the school band in 2012 please contact Mr Thompson to express your interest.... Read more

arts in the dust

Ngemba Wailwan Artists Visit

Members of Warren's Ngemba Wailwan Artists Initiative spent some time at Warren Central recently. Students worked with the artists to produce their own interpretations of the ancient totems and symbols created by the Wailwan people.... Read more

ixtend certificate

Distinction for Naomi

Naomi Cant was awarded a Distinction for her work in the Western Region Department of Education and Communities i.xtend program and she recently received her certificate. Earlier this year Naomi was selected to join sixty other students from fifty schools around the region to tkae part in the enrichment program for talented middle school students. The twelve week program required Naomi to select and complete six weekly projects for a variety of curriculum areas and undertake one major project; all of which were designed to develop her... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Learn to swim

Royal Life Saving NSW has emphasised the importance of swimming and water safety education, saying 50,000 children are leaving primary school every year unable to swim. The organisation says participation in swimming lessons has been in decline for the past 10 years and many Australian children are at risk of drowning. Both Royal Life Saving and the NSW Government agency Sport and Recreation offer learn-to-swim lessons throughout the state under the Swim and Survive banner. The Sport and Recreation program caters for children aged between 18... Read more

Year 7 Transition

Transition to Secondary School

Year 6 students recently had a fun day in the secondary school in preparation for entering Year 7 in 2012. One of the students, Dwayne Forrest created this MS PowerPoint slideshow for his computer assignment to record some of what he saw. If you have MS PowerPoint simply double click on the link below then go to View then Slide Show. TransitiontoYear7 (pptx, 3033 KB) Students enjoying lunch with Year 7 2012 Co-ordinator Mr Perry.... Read more

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

Educational Purchases for 2012

The following is a list of resources parents and caregivers may wish to start purchasing in preparation for 2012. All Students · Pencil case · Coloured pencils (preferably thick and/or triangular for K-2 students) · Eraser · Glue stick · Optional: Textas Years Three, Four ,Five and Six · 30cm ruler (mm markings) · Quality HB lead pencils · Dictionary (Collins is recommended) Years Five and Six · Geometry Set · Pens as Pen License is earned Please note: NO white out is allowed from K – 6. Food and Hospitality Faculty Fees for 9-12 are... Read more

Cotton Cup

Cotton Cup Catering

Bringing the Cotton Cup to fruition each year requires a lot of behind the scenes preparation, not the least of which is in the kitchen! Anyone walking past the Warren Central School Hospitality class room during the three days prior to the Cup weekend might have assumed an episode of Masterchef was being filmed, but in fact the room was a hive of activity as students were busily preparing the food for the Calcutta and Cotton Cup luncheon. Under the guidance of the school's indefatigable teachers Ms Rice and Mrs Steele, students made... Read more

NARRAF Tennis

Tennis Tournament

Eight of our primary school students enjoyed a great day of tennis at the NARRAF/Gobonderry Tennis Tournament in Tottenham last Friday. Teams from Warren Central, Trangie Central, Tottenham Public, Tullamore Central and Narromine Public played under beautiful conditions for the coveted trophy, which we hoped to retain for another year. The girls' team comprised Kayla Higgins, Jane Carey, Scarlett Hamblin and Stephanie Moors and the boys', Daniel Stanley, Alec Brown, Hamish Callander and Hugo Weston. Warren had a margin of one point at... Read more

ATYP Visit

Drama Engages

Drama has an important role to play in the personal development of children; fostering qualities and skills that will be valuable in their adult lives. It can also be a lot of fun, as students from years 5 and 6 found last week when they had the opportunity to take part in workshops conducted by the Australian Theatre for Young People. The students had a fantastic time working through theatre games designed to reduce their inhibitions and progressively challenge them to go out of their comfort zones; building confidence in front of an... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
Mr Thompson

Draft School Plan available for comment

Relieving Principal, Mr Ian Thompson, has released a first draft of the school's Management Plan for 2012-14 and is calling for comments from anyone in the school and wider Warren community. The plan documents the school's priority areas, targets and strategies for the period. Any feedback can be directed to Ian at the school by telephone (6847 4438) or email to ian.j.thompson@det.nsw.edu.au Draft Management Plan (pdf, 1000 KB)... Read more

Adult Classes

Develop Yourself in 2012

Did you know adults can enrol in HSC subjects such as: Industrial Technology (Wood) Visual Design Ceramics Exploring Early Childhood Computing Automotives Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation Work Studies and others! Some will be offered as night classes. Expressions of interest are being taken to ascertain demand. To find out more click here: Adult Education 2012... Read more

Netball tunics

Bring on the Netball Season!

Our secondary school netball players are eagerly anticipating the 2012 netball season now that their new tunics have arrived at the school. At previous gala days the girls lamented the fact that they did not have something comparable to all the other teams and our new PE teacher, Mr Le, agreed. With some fundraising from the girls and Mrs Steele, together with Mr Le finding some money in his departmental budget, the girls will now be able to feel like winners before they even hit the court!... Read more

Girls with Di

Creative Arts Camp

Walking on stilts and learning to use "devil sticks" were just a couple of the highlights for Year 5 students Abigail Irving and Emily Smith at a recent Western NSW Creative Arts Camp. The girls attended a five day camp at Lake Burrendong with one hundred other Year 5, 6 and 7 students from as far away as Broken Hill, Bourke, Bathurst, Canowindra and Mudgee. The camp is an annual Department of Education and Communities initiative enabling students who attend to learn from tutors in the areas of dance, drama, music, singing, circus... Read more

Hospitality students

Hospitality Students Shine

Our hospitality students have established a fantastic reputation in the community, under the guidance of their enthusiastic teacher Miss Rice. This week a number of them worked at the Anglican Flower Show and this follows on from working at the Sesquicentenary Opening Art Night, a rodeo and the Showgirl Dinner, to name a few of the functions in which they've participated. The benefits of this work are numerous. The students gain valuable hands-on experience; at times donate their time to the community groups for which they volunteer and at... Read more

Year 12 Farewell

Good Luck Year 12

A week of farewell activities for the class of 2011 culminated with a graduation assembly on the last Thursday of Term 3. Farewell events included staff versus students table tennis matches, fundraising (raffles, car washes, a cake stall, an auction of teachers) as well as their formal dinner held the previous evening. We thank this fine group of young people for everything they have contributed to our school over the years and wish them all the best in the HSC. T hey are to be especially thanked for devoting their time and energy... Read more

New Website Launched

Teachers, parents and healthcare professionals have a new, user-friendly website to help them better support school children with a medical, developmental or psychological condition. Physical as anything will make finding reliable, up-to-date and useful information easy. The site taps into more than 50 articles by medical and educational experts covering more than 75 medical conditions from autism and vision impairment to cancer, depression and anxiety.... Read more

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

Encouraging your child to write

You don't have to be an expert to help your child with writing. Simply supporting your child with the areas of writing that you feel confident with will benefit them. When you're writing something down such as the shopping list, sending an email or filling in a form, talk to your child about what you're doing, why you're writing it and who you expect to read it. When writing at home, make it purposeful and interesting for yourself and your child. It's essential that kids learn that we write for a purpose It's important that your child... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top
Spelling Bee

Premier's Spelling Bee State Finalist

Year 6 student Arielle Irving was the winner in the senior primary final (years 5 & 6) of the Western Region Premier's Spelling Bee Finals held in Dubbo recently. This year there were a record 115,000 students involved in the junior (years 3 & 4) and senior competitions, with over 3000 students from 807 public schools competing at 39 regional finals across NSW. In the Western Region Junior Final Felix Weston of Year 4 made it to the top five students. Arielle will now compete at the State Final on November 16 and it will be broadcast live on... Read more

Jazz Gives a Buzz

K - 8 students at Warren Central enjoyed another musical treat last Monday when Sydney band "The World According to James" popped in for a visit. The cool sounds of jazz emanated from the school hall, led by Australia's leading jazz trombonist the affable James Greening. James and the other members of the quartet captivated students with their very engaging personalities and interactive performance. The students thoroughly enjoyed listening to the jazz, learning about musical concepts and the roles of their different instruments in making a... Read more

New Captains Elect

The captains elect for 2012 have been announced. Rebecca Murray is Captain elect and Chelsea Monkley Vice Captain elect. The two Year 11 students will be inducted into office at the 2011 Presentation Night in December.... Read more

Stephanie off to State

Stephanie Moors of Year 6 ran a fantastic 100m final at the Western Region Primary School Athletics Championships and came first! This means that Stephanie will now be part of the Western Region team at the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association Athletics Championships in mid October. This is the second time Stephanie has competed at state level this year; she was part of the contingent from Warren at the state swimming championships earlier in the year. Congratulations Stephanie!... Read more

AugustReturn to top

A Day of Celebration

Every year NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) events are held throughout the country to celebrate and create an awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. At Warren Central School this year NAIDOC Day began with the raising of the Aboriginal flag by Paige and Olivia Shepherd, followed by a Welcome to Country delivered by Will Day. An exciting morning of traditional games kept the primary school and preschool students busy, led by special guest for the day, Rick Powell. Rick told stories and... Read more

Congratulations Felix and Jane

Warren Central was proud to hear that two of our students were singled out for special mention at the recent Gobondery/NARRAF Athletics Carnival. Felix Weston of Year 4 was named Junior Boy Champion and Jane Carey of Year 5 was Runner-Up 11 Year Old Girl Champion. All our students enjoyed a great day of competition and gave their all to their events. Of particular note was the way everyone who competed in relays worked extra hard for their teams. Our Senior Boys Relay team came second and will compete at the Western Region Carnival.... 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

Mobile Phones at School????

The NSW Department of Education says that individual schools are responsible for developing their own mobile phone protocols. Warren Central School will hold a forum at the next P&C meeting where parents can share their thoughts regarding the protocol to be adopted for the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices by students during school hours. Have your say: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 7pm in the Library.... Read more

Fathers' Day Stall

Show Dad or Pop you care by purchasing a Fathers' Day gift for them at the P&C Fathers' Day Stall. It will be held on Wednesday 31 August and Thursday 1 September down under the K - 6 Shelter Shed during recess. All items will be priced between 50c and $10.... Read more

Soundscape

Another memorable musical experience was enjoyed by students from the entire school last week, this time presented by talented singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Colin Offord. Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as a 'national musical treasure', Colin delivered a unique performance that had the students enthralled. He demonstrated the range of beautiful sounds he is able to obtain from his handmade instruments which included moonbells, conch shells, mouth blows and a wedge tail eagle feather flute!... Read more

Great Engineering Challenge

Rebecca Murray, Taylor McKloskey, Sam Cleasby and Ty Arnold gained an exposure to the challenges of engineering when they attended The Great Engineering Challenge in Dubbo with their Science teacher, Selween Chandra recently. Sponsored by the Roads and Traffic Authority and run in conjunction with Engineers Australia, the day required the students to solve three real life engineering challenges utilising math and science skills. The aim of the day was to promote an awareness of engineering as a career choice for students and it was only the... Read more

Biology Excursion

The Evolution of Australian Biota is a Year 11 Biology subject worthy of some hands-on investigation and students travelled to the Western Plains Zoo recently to do just that. A tailored program was facilitated by the Taronga Western Plains Zoo Education Centre, the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens that enabled the students to examine fossils, see a range of Australian animals and have a close look at the rare Wollami Pine. They also had a look at mechanisms for flora pollination, seed dispersal and asexual reproduction found... Read more

Stock up on Gifts

Our Book Fair continues until next Tuesday, August 9, and it is a great opportunity to buy ahead, ready for Christmas, saving all that last minute rush! What better present is there for a child than a book? You'll encourage a love of reading and understanding of other people and places. Join the fun in the library any time between 8am and 3.30pm. Remember too that every sale benefits our school library as we earn a percentage from sales so we can purchase further books for our library!... Read more

Another Fantastic Book Week

The theme for this year's Book Week was "One World Many Stories" and it was great to see so many students dressed in characters from an array of great books from around the world. Some of the book characters on parade at the special whole school assembly were Laura Ingles from Little House on the Prairie, the Madhatter and Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Sunday Chutney from Sunday Chutney, Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, Wally from Where's Wally, Elizabeth Allen from the Naughtiest Girl series, Nim from Nim's Island, Fern from Charlotte's Web,... 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

Education Week/Book Week

Please join us in celebrating Education Week and Book Week 2011 Visit the school on Thursday 4 August. 11.20am - 12.15pm: Open Classrooms A chance for parents and carers to visit their children's classrooms. Please meet in the JB Renshaw Hall for a short welcome before moving to various classrooms. 12.30pm - 1.15pm: Picnic Lunch Parents/carers are invited to bring along a picnic lunch or purchase lunch from the canteen to enjoy with the children under the K - 6 shelter shed. 1.15pm - 1.30pm: Dress up time for the Book Week Character Parade... Read more

Education Tax Refund

Don't forget to keep all your receipts relating to educational expenses as you may be able to take advantage of the federal government's Education Tax Refund when you complete your tax return. The ETR gives parents and caregivers a 50% refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. Please visit: Education Tax Refund to find out more.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

School holiday adventure

When our dedicated primary school teacher Mrs Felicity Richardson proposed a school holiday adventure to the snow for students in years 5 and 6, six excited students and one mother took up the generous offer. Hamish Callender, Alec Brown, Abigail Irving, Tristan Gale, James Gough, Ben Fisk and his mother Narelle all headed off to the Department of Sport and Recreation's camp at Lake Jindabyne for a jam packed week of skiing and other exciting outdoor activities. Besides learning to ski with a qualified instructor, the children enjoyed indoor... Read more

Canadian principal visits

Warren Central School recently hosted a three day visit from Canadian school principal Mrs Melissa Nantais, as part of the Canadian/Australian program "Leading Educators around the Planet" (LEAP). The program facilitates professional development opportunities for principals in both countries. Mrs Nantais is the principal of the Vincent Massey Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario, and was billeted by WCS principal, William White. In addition to spending time with the staff at Warren Central she also spent time at educational conferences in... Read more

Kindergarten 2012

Warren Central School is now taking applications for enrolment for Kindergarten in 2012. Children born beteween 1 August 2006 and July 31 2007 are eligible for enrolment. Applications are available from the school office or can be downloaded here. If you are aware of any families contemplating enrolment in 2012 please encourage them to visit the school for further information. A parent/carer information evening will be hosted by Warren Preschool (in their current classroom location at Warren Central School) on August 10, from 6.00pm. For more... Read more

Ben's a Winner!

Year 6 prefect, Ben Fisk, has been named regional winner in the Netwaste, Waste 2 Art, Primary School 3 Dimensional Art competition. Ben is to be applauded for finding the time at home to support this worthy competition which encourages everyone to think about what we normally see as rubbish in a different way. After coming up with his idea, Ben rummaged through the shed to look for objects he could recycle to create his work of art. The finished product, entitled "Three Wise Owls" uses forks, a broken mirror, shower heads, tin lids and... Read more

Building writing skills

Here are some practical tips to help your child work out the best way to express themselves through their writing. Help your child to understand writing tasks that they may have been given for homework. Ask them to talk about what has to be done. Help your child to use reference materials such as dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopaedias, DVDs and the internet. Before your child attempts a task, help them to understand what reference materials are needed by talking about the task and asking questions which will guide the child's planning.... 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

Athletics Carnival 2011

The 2011 Athletics Carnival went really well and we had great feedback from students and parents to say they thought it was a fun day. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped out, especially the parents who helped the staff with events and Mrs Oriel in the canteen. Congratulations to MITCHELL house, the winning team on the day! Mr Le Primary Champions Junior Girls (8, 9, 10 years), Larissa Kennedy Junior Boys (8,9,10 years), Felix Weston Girls 11 Years, Jane Carey and Brittany Darcy-Hutchinson Boys 11 Years, Owen Kennedy Senior... Read more

Max off to State Cross Country

Year 4 student Max Irving made it to the top six of the Western Region 10 Year Boys Cross Country Trials and will now be participating at the State event at Eastern Creek Raceway. The top six placegetters are selected and Max came in place. Other WCS students who were part of the NARRAF/Gobondery team at the trials were: Felix Weston, 15th, 10 Years Boys Arielle Irving, 9th, 12/13 Girls Scarlett Hamblin, 30th, 12/13 Girls Hugo Weston, 24th, 12/13 Boys Daniel Stanley, 31st, 12/13 Boys Tristran Gale, 34th, 12/13 Boys Kayla Cooper, 17th, 15 Years... Read more

Wallaby Visit

Students were thrilled to welcome ex Warren boy and Australian Wallaby, Ben McCalman, to the school recently. Ben currently plays rugby union for Western Force in the international Super 14 competition and played for Australia in the 2010 Tri-Nations Competition. After a chat with the students he put some of the boys through their paces, offering training and playing tips.... Read more

Book Week is coming...

Book Week will be held in Week 3 of Term 3. Find out all about it by clicking on the OUR SCHOOL tab across the top of our website then the OUR LIBRARY section down in the side menu. Better still, just click here: Book Week Competitions and Activities You'll find competitions and activities galore! Don't forget to return all your entries to the library staff no later than 9am, Tuesday 26 July to be in the running for some great prizes!... Read more

League Great Returns

Former Kangaroo and NRL legend, Nathan Blacklock, paid a return visit to our school recently to co-deliver a workshop to improve awareness about domestic violence. Nathan is one of a number of high profile rugby league players supporting the NSW Government initiative, "Let's Tackle Domestic Violence." Also delivering the workshop to secondary students was Dixie Link-Gordon of the Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women's Centre in Redfern and mother of Penrith Panthers player Yileen "Buddy" Gordon. The students heard about the different forms of... Read more

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

Get Real about Sexting

‘Sexting' is the sending of provocative or sexually explicit photos, messages or videos usually by mobile phone. These images can also end up online on sites such as Facebook or YouTube. While seemingly innocent or flirtatious, sexting can have serious social and legal consequences for children. The Federal Government's Cybersmart program offers brochures for parents on sexting and how to manage it. The brochures are also available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese, and can be ordered free online or by calling 1800 880 176.... Read more

How Important is Sleep?

When children sleep well, they're more settled, happy and ready for school the next day. Getting enough sleep strengthens their immune systems and could reduce the risk of infection and illness. Experts believe primary school children require around 10-12 hours of sleep per night and up to half of all children and adolescents experience some problem with getting enough sleep. You can help your child to develop healthy sleep habits including: · set bedtimes and wake times - try and keep these regular · no TV/computer games one hour before bed... Read more

Warren's 150th Birthday

What a fantastic weekend! Staff and students made a wonderful contribution to Warren's sesquicentenary celebrations, under the guidance of our indefatigable library assistant, Mrs Ridley. Students from the SRC did a great job decorating the float for the street parade which featured Ms Reeves as a teacher from the early 20th century and Mrs Steele as one from the early 21st century. It was a wonderful sight, as were our maypole dancers who kicked off the proceedings at Victoria Park. In the afternoon the children in attendance enjoyed... Read more

Our Captains Visit Sydney

Our secondary captains John Ryan and Rachael Cooney recently had the privilege of travelling to Sydney as part of a Department of Education leadership program. Read all about the experience in their own words. Rachael's Story (pdf, 132 KB) John's Story (pdf, 197 KB) In front of Government House On the lawns of Government House In the Jubilee Room, Parliament House A brush with Sunrise fame!... 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

Zone Primary School X Country

The primary school cross country team enjoyed a great day in Tottenham last Friday and a number of students made it through to the next level. They will represent Gobondery-Narraf at the Western Region Trials, to be held in Wellington. 10 Years Boys 1st Max Irving, 2nd Felix Weston 11 Years Girls 3rd Brittany Darcy-Hutchinson 12/13 Girls 2nd Arielle Irving, 3rd Madeline Williams, 6th Scarlett Hamblin 12/13 Boys 3rd Hugo Weston, 4th Tristan Gale, 5th Daniel Stanley, 6th Ross Job Overall results were: 1st – Trundle Central School 5th –... Read more

Online Course and Uni Search

Myfuture is a free national online career information service aimed at anyone wishing to explore career options. It is an interactive, user-driven website that provides a range of interactive and information resources including: occupation and industry profiles labour market and salary information helpful hints and tips about writing resumes, finding a job, preparing for job interviews and changing career paths. The website has information on over 18,000 courses and 2,000 scholarships offered by Australian universities and training... Read more

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

Helping your child with maths

Success in maths in the later years of school is dependent on developing a solid understanding of the foundational concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Maths expert and parent, Associate Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney, gives her top tips on how young kids can become confident in maths. Have a positive attitude towards maths When parents tell their children that they themselves can't do it, it means they're communicating messages that it's OK not to be good at maths, which can carry all the way... Read more

Microsoft Special Offer

NSW DET has partnered with Microsoft and Simply Technology to create a one-stop shop for NSW DET & TAFE students. This exclusive WebStore lets NSW DET staff and studentst get the best price on the most popular Microsoft academic version software titles. Visit SI Group Downloads or SI Group further Info. to see what is available and to make purchases. NB: No technical support is available from the school to assist with the installation of any products purchased.... Read more

Impact Leadership

On Friday 13 May the eight K – 6 prefects (Hugo, Arielle, Daniel, Ben, Scarlett, James, Kayla, Naomi) all woke up for a cold and icy 4.30am start. We arrived in Bathurst at 9.00am eager to start the day after the long trip. Approximately 200 students from across the central west were packed into the Bathurst Entertainment Centre for the Student Leadership Conference that we were attending. We had travelled the furthest distance out of all the schools. Our first presenters, Mason and Andy, started us off with a fun game to get us energized... Read more

Board of Studies Resources

Board of Studies products for Years 7 - 10 are now available at the Board of Studies NSW Shop Online. Discover what your secondary child needs in Years 7 - 10 and how you can help at home. Visit the BOS Shop Online: https://bosho.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/links/shoponline.html... Read more

Congratulations Boys!

Thomas and Craig Field have made it through another level of trials to be selected for the Greater Western Region Under 15's rugby league team. The boys will head to Toronto at the end of May to play three days' of matches against teams from Sydney and other regions. Our fingers are crossed that they are selected for the NSW Combined High Schools team!... Read more

Education Tax Refund

The end of the financial year is looming and it's time to get all your eligible school expense receipts together to claim the Education Tax Refund (ETR). The Federal Government initiative provides up to 50% back on a range of children's education expenses, such as computers, educational software, textbooks and stationery. For the 2010-11 tax year, refunds may be as much as $397 for every child at primary school an dup to $794 for every child at secondary school. For more information and to claim online, go to: www.educationtaxrefund.gov.au... Read more

Cross Country Winners

Congratulations to Macquarie House - the winners of the school cross country carnival on 170 points. They were followed by Mitchell 158 points, Oxley 133 and Sturt 117. To find out the top four placegetters in each race, please open the attached PDF file. 2011 Cross Country Results (pdf, 35 KB) Mr James Le and Ms Jo Reeves, (Sports Organisers) would like to thank all the staff and students involved on the day.... Read more

Term 2 Canteen Roster

The new roster is now out and can be found by clicking on OUR SCHOOL then SCHOOL CANTEEN. There is a link on the left hand side to the roster. There are a couple of days still to fill so please contact Janice Oriel at the school if you can volunteer.... Read more

Secondary Principals' Council

Warren Central hosted the Western Region Secondary Principals Council for two days in early May. The group meets once a terms to discuss areas of common interest. Besides working through the items on their agenda the principals were able to enjoy a beautiful breakfast, courtesy of Miss Rice and her Hospitality students. They also injected funds into the local economy with accommodation, dinner and, for the ladies, an after school visit to Weigela Design!... Read more

Western Region U/ 15's League

Craig Field, Will Day, Thomas Field and Blake Gale, have been selected to be part of the Western Region Under 15's Rugby League team and are heading to Coonabarabran this week to play the North West team. To make this team the boys have been through two selection rounds. The first, the Western Zone Trials, was where the boys played against schools west of Wellington to Gilgandra in the north; and Parks, Forbes, West Wyalong etc in the South West. After this event our boys were selected to be part of a Western Zone team which played the... 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

NAPLAN INFORMATION

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008. On Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May, students will undertake the 2011 NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or... Read more

Arielle in Burke's Backyard

Arielle Irving has won a $500 gift voucher for our school library and is looking forward to helping to choose some fantastic new books for the shelves. The Year 6 student submitted an entry to the Burke's Backyard magazine to be a Kids' Editor by outlining what she would write about and why she would be able to do the job. She was notified that she had been selected late last year and the April edition of the magazine features the stories she wrote.... Read more

ANZAC Day Commemorated

The courage, endurance and mateship of all Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women was acknowledged at the school's annual ANZAC Day Service on the last day of Term 1. We hope to see as many students as possible represent our school at the town's ANZAC Day Service on 25 April to pay further tribute to bravery and selflessness of past and present servicemen and women. Students should be in full school uniform, including black shoes, and meet near the United Services Club between 10:30 and 10:45am.... Read more

Don't Miss Jumbunna!

Would you like to receive an email notification whenever a new edition of Jumbunna has been posted to the school website? If so, please send an email request to the website co-ordinator, including your name and email address. Email: melissa.irving@det.nsw.edu.au... Read more

Helping your child to read

Parents play an important role in developing their child's reading ability. Here are six great ways to help with this vital skill. Together find information and interesting facts about things that intrigue or interest your child in books, magazines or on the internet. Read and talk about what you find out. Provide your child with plastic letters, crayons, pencils, chalk, pens and writing paper. Make things together and ask your child to read out simple directions (eg recipes while you cook together). Suggest that your child writes simple... Read more

Jessica Wins Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Year 11 student, Jessica Clark, whose flair for poetry has resulted in her winning the Principal's Poetry Competition and the prize of a family pass to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, valued at $109. Jessica is a prolific reader and writer and hopes to study English Literature at University. "I am pleased to see Jessica's passion for poetry rewarded," commented Mr White. Due to the high calibre of entries the judges decided to award a Runner Up Award to Arielle Irving (Year 6) and Highly Commended Awards to Taylor McCloskey... Read more

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Congratulations Stephanie & Hugo

Two Year 6 students, Stephanie Moors and Hugo Weston were thrilled to be finalists at the Primary Schools Sports Association Swimming Championships held recently in Sydney. Up against students from public, Catholic and independent schools they both made it through to their 13 Years 50m Freestyle finals. In what were very exciting races for their Warren supporters, both swam hard to secure fourth places in their races. A fantastic effort and a great reward for all their hard work with local coach Wendy Haywood. Year 4 students Felix Weston... Read more

Science & Engineering Challenge

The annual Western Plains Science & Engineering Challenge was held in Dubbo recently and eighteen students from Years 5 and 6 were selected to represent our school. Our students relished the opportunity to take part in fun, practical activities that required them to use ingenuity and teamwork. Activities included: constructing a catapult to launch tennis balls constructing a vehicle to transverse an undulating surface whilst carrying an unstable load designing and building a model hand that would work in a biologically similar way to a... Read more

Annual School Report Released

Principal William White released the 2010 School Report following the Term 1 School Council Meeting. The report is available from the website by going clicking on the Our School tab then on Annual School Report from the left hand menu.... Read more

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School Holiday Fun

Did you know that the NSW Government is offering NSW primary school children free access to cultural institutions in NSW until April 26? The Kids' Adventure Passport allows access to 71 museums, galleries and art centres across the state such as: Sydney Opera House Elizabeth Farm Sydney Observatory Rouse Hill House and Farm Maitland Regional Art Gallery Powerhouse Museum Don Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. To find out what institutions are participating visit the KidsPassPort website. You will also find out how to win... Read more

Biology Excursion

Year 11 Biology students recently enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the classroom and have a close look at a local terrestrial ecosystem. Mr Chandra guided the students' observations of abiotic (non living) and biotic (living) factors that affect the environment they visited and the students made use of equipment such as a pH pen meter, turbidity tube and lux meter. Transects and quadrat methods as well as other theoretical concepts were put into practice during the field work.... Read more

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

State Swim Carnival Bound

A number of Warren Central primary school students travelled to Dubbo recently to compete in the Western School Sports Association's Swimming Trials. In what is a great credit to the skills of local coach Wendy Haywood, four of the students were successful in gaining places to attend the NSW PSSA State Carnival to be held at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre on March 28 and 29. They will be competing against students from other NSW public school regions as well as from Catholic and independent schools. The students are: Felix Weston2nd... Read more

Poetry Competition Closes Soon

Entries for Mr White's poetry competition close this Friday. Remember, the prize is a trip to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, for the whole family (2 adults and 2 children only, value $109). Topic All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 are asked to submit a poem on the theme of endangered animals. Closing Date Entries must received in the box located in the Front Office by March 25. Please include your name and class on the BACK of the poem. Remember to keep a photocopy of the poem for yourself. We thank Taronga Western Plains Zoo... Read more

Mind Challenge Workshops

Find out about these two day courses which are designed to enrich and stimulate childrens' understandings in a range of subjects and interests. Quite a few Warren Central students have attended these workshops over the past five years and found them very rewarding. Semester 1 workshops will be held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May in Dubbo. If you are interested in finding out more visit: Mind Challenge Workshops... Read more

Helmet Artwork Competition

Bicycle NSW is asking students to create the artwork for a new bicycle helmet! A winner from each region of NSW will receive a bicycle and helment. The overall winner will have their design used on a limited edition helmet that will be available Australia wide! Entries close on Friday 27 May 2011. To find out more and enter visit: BicycleNSW... Read more

New Laptops for Year 9 Students

Year 9 students received their new laptops recently as part of the Federal Government's Digital Education Revolution program. The program aims to expand students' learning possibilities in each of the key learning areas of the curriculum and to improve access to technology for students in all public schools. The laptops are custom made and are about three quarters of the size of a regular laptop so they easily fit into students' bags. They come loaded with about $5,500 worth of all the software commonly found in the modern workplace.... 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

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Swim Team Success

Congratulations to our primary school swimming team who won Gobondery/NARRAF zone carnival recently, at the Warren War Memorial Pool. Participating schools were: Warren Central, Narromine Public, Trangie Central, Yeoval Cental, Tullamore Central, Tottenham Central, Trundle Central and Peak Hill Central. Tottenham came a close second and Narromine, third. New Records Junior Boys 200m Medley – Felix Weston Senior Boys 200m Medley – Hugo Weston 10 Years Boy 50m Freestyle - Max Irving All Age Boys 100m Freestyle – Hugo Weston 13 Years Boy 50m... Read more

Presentation Night for 2010

Students, staff and families gathered in the J B Renshaw Hall to celebrate the achievements of 2010 on Wednesday evening, 23 February. The Presentation Night was postponed from December last year due to the flooding. There are more photos available to peruse in the photo album found at the bottom of the Home Page.... Read more

2011 Swimming Carnival

The 2011 swimming carnival was enjoyed by all with Mitchell House the winners on the night. There were some great swims and fantastic war cries! The house swim was a fun way to end the night for everyone. See the photo album for more photos.... Read more

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

Lunch box safety

Students are returning to school in one of the hottest months of the year and summer temperatures provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. It's important to keep your child's food cool in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Simple tips Use insulated lunch boxes or cooler bags. Keep a frozen drink or freezer brick inside the lunch box or bag. If you're making lunches the night before, store them in the fridge until leaving for school. Ask your child to store their lunch in a cool, dark place like a locker - not in direct... Read more

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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