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Anaphylaxis information

The safety and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us, including where your child is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction.. It is important that parents notify the school if their child has an allergy. Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related... Read more

Year 6 Farewell Lunch

Year 6 Graduates

A luncheon with teachers, family members and class mates marked the end of the primary school years for Year 6 2012 last Monday. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful baked dinner followed by speeches and even a cleverly adapted rendition of "So Long, Farewell" from "The Sound of Music" by one of the captains, Abigail Irving.... Read more

2013 Primary Captains and Prefects

2013 Primary Captains & Prefects Announced

The votes have been tallied and the names of our 2013 prefects and captains have been announced. Eight Year 5 students will step up into prefect and captain roles next year after they have been invested with their badges at assemblies. .... Read more

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Year 7 2013

Year 7 Transition Day

Students heading into secondary school at Warren Central next year joined together last Tuesday to get to know secondary teachers and each other and to find out more about the many and varied activities they will experience next year.... Read more

Body image and girls

Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged 12 to 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. Butterfly Foundation's education manager, Danni Rowlands, goes into schools every week to talk to students about body image. In a revealing podcast, she explains to Rachel Friend what she finds when she talks to girls and young women, what's healthy behaviour and what parents should be concerned about. Listen to the podcast on the School A to Z website.... Read more


Chaplain Commences

Stephen Bignall has stepped into our newly created School Chaplain role. This two day a week position has been created due to the expansion of the Federal Government's National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. Stephen is already familiar to staff and students as he has been working one day a week in the role of Special Religious Education teacher. "My role will be one of encouraging helpful activity and good relationships, being there in times of grief and stress, trauma or trial. I will seek to gently assist and support school... Read more

School Banking to Commence

The P&C has instigated a school banking programme in which all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 may participate. The program aims to give students the opportunity to regularly save money; thereby teaching them the all important skills of money management and saving. This can empower them for financial success in the future. Not only that, the program rewards our P&C with every deposit and every new account that is opened! How to Participate Each Tuesday s end in your child's Commonwealth Bank account deposit book to school with... Read more

Equipment for Primary Students

All Students Pencil case Coloured pencils (preferably thick and/or triangular for K-2 students) Eraser Glue stick Optional but recommended: USB (thumb drive) Optional: textas Years 3,4,5 and 6 30cm ruler (with mm markings) Quality HB lead pencils Dictionary (Collins recommended) Years 5 and 6 Geometry set Pens (once pen licence is earned) NB: No white out is allowed from K - 6... Read more

How to plan a safe party

Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move from childhood to adulthood. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party here are some tips to help to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to... Read more


Humming Birds Sing!

Musical a capella quartet, "The Humming Birds", wowed our students last Friday, showcasing the music making potential of four unaccompanied harmonising voices. The female singing group was brought to the school by the Musica Viva in Schools program which has been touring live musical shows to schools throughout Australia since 1981. Over the years our students have been exposed to a variety of musical genres including French Baroque, Latin American and Jazz to name a few. This time, the Hummingbirds delivered another absorbing... Read more

Preparing for high school

What is the best way to prepare kids for high school and make the move less daunting for them – and you, their parents and caregivers? Sometimes parents think that when their child goes to high school they need to take a step back but teachers involved in the transition say it is more about a change of focus. Here are some tips: In Year 5 start thinking about which high school your child should attend. Help them become more responsible by encouraging independence and responsibility. Get into a homework and study routine. Put their school... Read more

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Western NSW Culinary Challenge Winners

Working in a situation similar to the nerve wracking "pressure tests" of reality television show "Masterchef", our team in the Western NSW Culinary Challenge emerged the winners in a field comprising teams from public and independent schools from around the western region. Molly Gough, Prue Murray, Annabelle Taylor and Meg Callander were ecstatic with their win, as was their very proud Food Technology teacher, Ms Emma Rice. The girls were required to present two dishes for judges to assess on the basis of taste, texture, creativity and... Read more

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Developing resilience in your child

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part in risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years. The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life. "Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they... Read more


Public Speaking Success

What a great achievement to see so many of our students take out places in the annual CWA Public Speaking Competition. In the secondary section, Meg Callander was placed first, speaking on the Moorambilla Music Festival. It was pleasing to see Meg continuing to "put herself out there", recognising how important it is to develop and refine public speaking skills. We are fortunate that the CWA organisation offers the students of Warren this valuable opportunity. In the primary school section, 1st place went to Max Irving, 2nd place... Read more

State High Jumper

Abigail to Head to State Carnival

Congratulations to primary school captain Abigail Irving who will compete at the NSW PSSA Athletics Championships at Homebush in October. Abigail competed in a number of events at the Western Primary Schools Sports Association Athletics Championships in Dubbo. It was her second placing in the Senior Girls High Jump that put her through to the next level. Well done Abigail!... Read more

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Cyberbullying prevention tips

While the statistics around cyberbullying are sketchy, we do know that the likelihood of children being bullied online or over the phone increases as they get older and use technology more frequently. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has created tips for parents to help keep their kids safe online and to give some direction for those who think their child may already be experiencing online bullying. They include: Talk to your child about cyberbullying before it happens. Work out strategies to address cyberbullying that both... Read more

Premier's Spelling Bee goes mobile

Looking for a great way to help your child practise their spelling? To coincide with the launch of the wordlist for the 2012 Premier's Spelling Bee, a companion app is now available for download. The app features almost 3,000 words and sentences used in the spelling bee initiative, which is aimed at primary school-aged children. The free Premier's Spelling Bee app has junior and senior primary categories with levels of spelling words that increase in difficulty. The game, which features Australian accents, randomly selects words from the... Read more


TOM a Great Experience

Four hours a week of after school work, for six weeks, plus a Saturday, didn't faze the students who participated in the recent Tournament of Minds (TOM) final in Orange. The competition is an inter-school educational program that develops students' higher order thinking, problem solving, team work, creativity and performance skills. Emily Smith, Ruth Cant, Shakira Duncan, Abigail Irving, Savannah Nielsen, Max Irving, Felix Weston and Hamish Callander were enthusiastic participants in our school team, supported by Ms Reeves. "The... Read more

Is my child ready to start school?

Starting school is such a big step. How do I know if my child is ready? The parent website School A to Z has spoken to a range of teachers about how to make the right decision for your child. Here are some of the key points and questions to ask: Children may enrol in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year. All children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Are they physically ready? Are they socially and emotionally ready? Kids don't need to read or write... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

The period leading up to the HSC can be a difficult time for parents as they try to help their teen manage the study load and stress. The parent website School A to Z has spoken to teachers about the challenges parents and students face. Here are some of the key points: You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. Make sure your teen is getting enough sleep. Good nutrition is vital. They can reduce stress by balancing study with physical activity, social life and other interests. Part-time work shouldn't be... Read more

Balance Beam Activity

Families enjoy Mini Olympics

With Education Week falling during the Olympic Games this year, a Mini Olympics afternoon provided an entertaining way to celebrate both at Warren Central. Following a family picnic and an "opening ceremony" the children participated as teams in a variety of games very loosely modelled on official Olympic competitions such as horse riding, cycling, coits, hurdles, basketball, gymnastics, swimming and hockey.... Read more

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Champion Netballers

The Warren Central School under 16's netball team had fantastic success at the recent Western Central Schools Netball Gala Day, emerging from all their games undefeated. The girls are now looking forward to competing at the State Central Schools Netball Championships later this term.... Read more


NAIDOC Day 2012

Every year NAIDOC celebrations are held across Australia to acknowledge the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Warren's celebrations were bigger than ever this year with a committee formed by Cindy Shepherd of McKillop Rural Community Services, Warren Central School's Alan Shepherd, Chris Crisp of Warren Preschool and Chris Letton of Womens' Health. Warren Shire Council and various town agencies also contributed to the day's success. The theme chosen by the National NAIDOC Committee for this year's event... Read more

New Maths Monkey’s Quest game available

School A to Z has just released an exciting, new maths game app, taking kid-friendly learning to the next level. Maths Monkey's Quest was created by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and designed for kids from Year 3 to Year 8. This new release engages children (and adults) with addition, subtraction, ratios and percentages, as they unlock new levels and strengthen their mathematical skills. At each level the Maths Monkey enters a new world of mathematical challenges, starting at the Jungle level (aimed at Years 3 and 4 students)... Read more

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Country League boys

Our Boys Make Country Rugby League Side

Three of our secondary boys have seen their sporting talent and dedication rewarded with berths in the NSW Country Rugby League Under 16's representative side. The boys were selected at the recent Country Rugby League Championship at Wyong. The NSW team will play the Queensland Maroons in Toowoomba on Saturday July 7. Good luck boys and enjoy your success!... Read more

Little A's 1

NSW Little A's Pay a Visit

This week we had a visit from NSW Little Athletics Coaching and Development staff, organised by Warren's local branch of Little Athletics. All K - 6 classes and interested secondary students participated in age appropriate skills development workshops. The sessions were very well structured and enjoyed by everyone.... Read more

Books to get kids reading again and again

There's nothing like a series to inspire the bookworm in your child. Just think of the way kids reacted to the Harry Potter novels. Establishing a good relationship with the first book in a series means children can generally be confident they will feel the same way about the rest of the series. The books in a series often become easier to read as time goes on. Once your child is familiar with the first book's characters, the landscape, style and the author's voice, they can simply sit back and enjoy all the subsequent tales. Another benefit... Read more

Year 10 subject selection tips

Should Year 10 subject selections be an opportunity for your child to get a head start on their career, or to simply to choose the electives they most enjoy? This month, School A to Z features two articles with expert advice on how to help your child choose subjects that will give them the most options later on, regardless of whether they want to go to university, or they see themselves pursuing a trade or apprenticeship . Year 10 subject selection looks at what subjects your child is most likely to succeed in, and how to help them choose the... Read more

Managing your child's weight

Your family is the best influence for showing your child how to manage their weight. That's the advice of the childhood obesity experts for keeping a child's weight down. Dr Shirley Alexander, specialist in child obesity at The Children's Hospital Westmead, says: "Try and get the whole family to develop healthier lifestyle habits and through that, hopefully get some weight-loss in the children." The most recent official figures suggest as many as one in four school-aged children fits into the category of being mildly overweight to obese. A... Read more


Artistic Talent Rewarded

Year 7 student Naomi Cant has been announced as a winner at the regional Sims Metal Waste to Art competition. Naomi's work, "Tin Dogs" won the High School – 3 Dimensional category in the Warren Shire competition and was sent on to Forbes to participate in the regional final and exhibition where it also won the section. There were over one hundred and sixty creative works across all the categories on display at the exhibition, received from participants from twenty shires. The competition aims to challenge people's perceptions about... Read more

X Country Team

Students Compete with Success

A number of our primary school students headed across to Tullamore last Friday to compete at the Gobondery/NARRAF Zone Cross Country Carnival. All the students enjoyed their day with five achieving outstanding results and progressing on to the Western Region carnival on June 13. In the 12 Years Girls, Brittaney Darcy-Hutchinson was placed second and Abigail Irving fifth. Hamish Callander was placed 2nd in the 12 Years Boys race. Max Irving was first in the 11 Years Boys race and Felix Weston close behind in second place.... Read more

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Show Day

It's Show Time!

The Warren Show is almost upon us and our students have been busily creating entries for various competitions. Adding to the sense of anticipation, primary school library classes have been featuring an endearing new Australian book entitled "Show Day." "It's a beautiful book that I've loved sharing with the children," says teacher librarian, Mrs Whittaker. "The story follows a family's preparations for an agricultural show with dad making orange marmalade, mum making scones and the children working out what they are going to enter. When... Read more

Facts about tutors

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising. If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child. It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum. Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have... Read more

Parent-teacher interview tips

Parent-teacher interviews are great opportunities to meet your child's teachers and shouldn't be missed. Here are some tips from Harrington Street Public School principal Wayne Koboroff about how to get the best out of your time with the teacher. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Because interviews usually only run 10 – 15 minutes it's good to have a reminder of the points you wanted to raise. Common questions may include: How is my child fitting in with other children?... Read more

Leadership Conference

Impact Leadership

Warren Central School's K – 6 prefect body attended the 2012 Impact Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) for primary students in DUBBO on Monday May 7. The students who attended were Abigail Irving, Jane Carey, Emily Smith, Amy Fogden, Savannah Nielsen, Francois Markgraaff and Hamish Callander. Here is a recount from one of our captains, Abigail Irving. On Monday 7 May mum drove Emily and I to the Dubbo RSL for the Impact Leadership Conference. Here we waited for Savannah, Jane, Amy, Hamish and Francois being driven by Mrs Westgarth and... Read more


A different test

Secondary students undertaking a shearing course are finding the biggest eye opener is the level of fitness required by shearers. Ten of our secondary students signed up earlier this year for a novice shearing course offered as a TAFE Outreach program one day a week. "It's been good to have a go at something different," and "everyone is enjoying it although its a bit of a challenge fitness wise," were some of the comments from the students regarding how they were finding the course. The students are learning about the basics of working in... Read more

Helping kids cope with Shakespeare

Shakespeare's reputation and language can seem daunting. So how do you make his work accessible? How do you open up his extraordinary world to your teen? Here are some tips from Bell Shakespeare's artistic director John Bell. Watch a good live Shakespeare production or DVD to get a feel for the language. Read a text that comes with a translation in modern language; it can help kids understand the language better. Suggest to your teen to imagine they are a detective who has to do some sleuth work to really understand the play. Discuss what... Read more

Mothers Day

Mothers' Day Stall

The two P&C Mothers' Day Stalls did a brisk trade and hopefully raised lots of money for our P&C's work in our school. Thank you to the mothers who gave up their time to organise and work on the stall.... Read more

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ANZAC Day visitors

ANZAC Day Commemorated

Past and present servicemen and women were honoured at the school ANZAC Day Service on the first day of Term 1. Guests included a number of Warren veterans as well as members of the No. 11 Squadron at the Edinburgh RAAF base in South Australia. After the service the currently serving RAAF visitors spoke to students about their roles in the defence force.... Read more

Homework help newsletter

You can now easily subscribe to updates from the award-winning website for parents, School A to Z. Each term you'll receive newsletters with the latest information to help you manage your child's homework and study, health, development and technology use. School A to Z has been created by parents at the education department to answer the common questions and challenges we all face as we support our kids growing up. This month's newsletter includes: a series of videos to help you when bullying becomes an issue for your child tips for getting... Read more


We Took the Science & Engineering Challenge

Students from primary and secondary took part in the Western Plains Science & Engineering Challenge, held in Dubbo last week. The Challenge is an annual outreach program conducted by the University of Newcastle. It is designed to inspire students to study science or engineering at a senior level by engaging them in various competitive activities of a scientific or engineering nature.... Read more

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MP3 players and hearing loss

An MP3 player, such as an iPod, is an essential item for many kids but listening to them for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss. And the experts say the volume doesn't have to be ear-splitting to cause damage. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Conversation is generally 60dB. Traffic noise can be around 80dB. Louder noises, such as a plane taking off, a motorcycle or firecrackers can range from 120dB to 140dB. Listening to music at levels above 80 decibels is going to damage hearing. The... Read more

Hospitality Students

A Standing Ovation for our Students

Our students and a number of volunteer staff did a magnificent job catering for the annual Rotary 9670 District Conference dinner held in Warren over the weekend, receiving a standing ovation and much praise from conference delegates. This was the first time the event has taken place outside a major city and local Rotarians were keen to ensure delegates had a memorable time visiting Warren. With her typical "can-do" attitude, our Hospitality teacher, Miss Emma Rice (pictured right) took on the 300 head, 3 course dinner and the result was... Read more

Boys at work

Carving Totems

The Year 9/10 Visual Art and Photography classes took part in an Aboriginal art workshop run by Ricky Powel recently. Ricky's focus was on engagement and he achieved this by telling stories about aboriginal totems and the systems that were used around this during traditional times. Everyone had fun involving themselves in carving totems from aerated concrete blocks. Mr Greenslade... Read more

Moorambilla Choral Workshops

Singers! Don't miss the chance to take part in the Moorambilla Music Skills Development Workshops taking place in the school hall on Thursday April 5. Moorambilla Festival Artistic Director, Michelle Leonard is touring the western region, running workshops in sixteen schools. Moorambilla Background (pdf, 162 KB) Warren Workshops (pdf, 118 KB)... Read more

Crazy Hair

Supporting the Leukaemia Foundation

Primary students had a fun day last Thursday supporting the Leukaemia Foundation. Students were encouraged to come to school out of uniform and with "crazy hair"; paying a small fine of a gold coin for the privilege. The Leukaemia Foundation helps patients living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders including with accommodation and counselling as well as reserach into better treatments and cures. Check out some photos from the day in the Photo Gallery.... Read more

Taking a stand against bullying

A new website and mobile app have been launched to help parents and students address bullying. The Bullying, No Way! website includes interactive applications, including a choose- your-own-adventure game for students to learn how to deal with bullying, and videos for parents and students. The site also includes information on: helping your child if they are being bullied identifying the signs that your child might be bullying others getting help and support. The website and the Take a Stand Together mobile app were launched to coincide with... Read more

Secondary Swimmers

Swimming Success

A solid summer of training in the pool has paid off handsomely for three of our students. Matthew Marks and Stephanie Moors of Year 7 and Felix Weston of Year 5 pulled off some fantastic swims at the Western Region carnivals last week. Matthew was first in the 100m Butterfly and second in the 100m Backstroke, Stephanie third in the 100m Butterfly. Felix was first in the 11 years 50m Butterfly, second in the 50m Backstroke and third in the 4 x 50m Individual Medley. What a credit to local coach Wendy Haywood and to the swimmers' own commitment... Read more

Join the Band

The Country Areas Program is again funding the employment of Mrs Katherine Wilson to tutor the school's concert band and all students, particularly new students, are invited to join the band. Mrs Wilson also provides private lessons as part of the Outreach program of the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo. Band and private lessons are available on Wednesdays during the school year. We have a number of instruments here at the school which may be hired so please contact the Principal, Mr William White, if you are interested in joining the band or... Read more

Permission to use Photographs

We are seeking the permission of all parents and carers to obtain and publish content that may include the image and/or name of your child in our publicly available school communications such as on this school website. If you have not already done so, please print out, complete and return this form as soon as possible to your child's teacher or the school office, indicating whether you give permission or withhold permission to do so. Authority to Publish Form (pdf, 79 KB)... Read more

Scholarship winner

Rachael wins coveted scholarship

2011 Vice Captain and Year 12 student Rachael Cooney has been named as the recipient of the Auscott Undergraduate Scholarship for the Macquarie Valley. Year 12 students from secondary schools within the Warren and Narromine Shires are eligible to nominate for this prestigious award which is valued at $11,500 per annum. Rachael is now undertaking a Bachelor of Social Science (Psych) degree.... Read more

Reading with confidence

You may have already heard of ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise' or the ‘Three Ps' as the strategy is sometimes called. These three catchy words describe a simple technique that, used well, will help your child practise their reading and develop their reading confidence. The principle of pausing, then prompting and then praising is handy to remember any time your child is reading aloud to you. Teachers and trained tutors often use a more structured version, but the following tips can help you to try out the Three Ps when reading with your child at home.... Read more

Teens, 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, ear buds 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?" Somewhere along the line we seemed to have absorbed the idea that teenagers can multi-task perfectly because they're digital natives. Perhaps we read it... Read more

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Education Tax Refund 2012

Don't forget to keep all your receipts from back-to-school expenses so that you can take advantage of the Education Tax Refund. The refund gives eligible parents and caregivers a 50 per cent refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses, including school uniforms. For the 2011-2012 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $818 for each of your primary school children – that is a refund of up to $409. Secondary school student You can claim a maximum of $1,636... Read more

Primary School Back to School Information

Please find attached the note sent home to each family at the beginning of the year. It will answer many of the questions you may have regarding commencement of classes. General Organisation Note (docx, 68 KB)... Read more

Classroom Requirements for Primary Students 2012

The following is a list of resources necessary for families to supply their children with for their studies. 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 Licence is earned Please note: NO white out is allowed from K – 6. Teachers would also appreciate each child... Read more

NRL Visit

Manly Warringah Players Visit

NSW Country Rugby League (CRL) representatives were out and about last week visiting country towns to promote rugby league and deliver a positive message about the value of education. A visit to Warren Central School kicked off the tour with CRL Development Officer, Alex Prout, introducing ex NSWRL player Ronnie Gibbs as well as two young men from the current Manly Warringah stable, Scott Blanch and Liam Higgins to the students. The message to the students was to set life goals making whatever sacrifices are necessary to achieve them. All of... Read more

Secondary Book List for 2012

Please find attached the list of purchases required for secondary students in 2012. 2012SecondaryBookList (pdf, 114 KB)... Read more

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Back-to-school support

A suite of resources, including the School A to Z website and the annual back-to-school hotline, is available to help parents prepare for the new school year. School A to Z website The School A to Z website provides you with practical help to get involved and support your children's learning and includes a webcast on the theme of ‘Getting off to a great start at school'. The School A to Z webcast answers commonly asked questions that range from how to motivate children for learning, to tips on how to manage technology use at home, bullying,... Read more