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DecemberReturn to top
Money received

Warren's Chronically Ill Children Fund Receives Donation

The Secondary School's Student Representative Council made a welcome donation to Warren's fund for chronically ill children at last week's Presentation Night. The fund was started a number of years ago to assist families of chronically ill local children with the often significant costs associated with medical care. Mayor Rex Wilson received the donation on behalf of Warren Shire who manage the fund.... Read more

Banish sunburn

Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart. A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more

Prefects 2015

Primary school prefects announced

The 2015 Warren Central School primary captains and prefects were announced last week. Captains are Maya Barclay and Sophie Hopkin. Prefects are Haylie Hammond, Mackenzie Pardy, Chelsey Hewett and Katherine Owens. All will be inducted and presented with their badges at the school's end of year presentation night on the 11 December.... Read more

How to get your child reading this summer!

Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more

Hosting gatecrasher-proof teenage parties

If your teen is planning an end-of-year get together with their mates, the NSW Police website MyNite.com.au has some excellent tips, including how to register your party to help prevent things getting out of hand. The number one tip is never to advertise a private party on Facebook or other social networks. Uninvited visitors are increasingly a problem at teenage parties. By giving the local police a heads-up at least 72 hours prior to the party, they'll be better prepared to help out if you need them to. There are obviously a lot of parties... Read more

NovemberReturn to top
Adult Classes

Learn something new in 2015

Did you know that Warren Central School offers adults the opportunity to take part in a range of classes? People enrol in classes for a range of reasons - an interest, to learn new skills, to improve employment prospects or simply because it was a subject they wish they'd had the opportunity to do when they were at school. Course offerings in 2015 will depend on demand but at this stage there is: Ceramics and Visual Art (day class) Industrial Technology (night class) Hospitality (day class) Computing Applications (night class) Adult... Read more

What parents should know about Instagram

It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more

Advert

Develop yourself in 2015

2015 could be the year you learn a new skill or improve your education. Why not give us a call to find out how!... Read more

OctoberReturn to top
WCS SRC

Giving students a voice

Students from Cobar and Gilgandra High Schools' student representative councils, together with our own SRC members met through the week to work on solutions to issues they identified as important within their respective schools. The focus of the day was 'student voice', providing students with the opportunity to develop their problem solving and leadership skills and strategies. It was also a productive way to build connections between the schools.... Read more

Puppet Show

A Captivating Show

What a fantastic live theatre experience K-6 students enjoyed this week! Thanks to the Warren Arts Council and the Rock Surfers Theatre Co., students enjoyed a beautiful story and captivating show.... Read more

Dance class

Dance classes build more than fitness

Dancing improves strength, flexibility and stamina but students taking part in weekly dance classes are finding it offers unexpected benefits. Local dance teacher Kirby McCutcheon is running extra-curricular hip hop classes this term. "I'm sure the girls expected to be improving their physical fitness but dance is also a fantastic creative outlet for them. I can see the girls growing in self confidence as they become more at ease expressing themselves through movement and contributing their own ideas for choreography," says Kirby.... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top
Orana  Mall prizes

Thanks Orana Mall -

and thanks to Year 10 student Emily Glover who nominated our school in the Orana Mall "We Want to Give Back to our Local Schools" competition. Thanks to Emily's nomination and Orana Mall's generosity we have received over $1,000 worth of sporting equipment, including a set of custom engra ved lawn bowls, slide hockey equipment and other sporting items. For more photos visit the 'Orana Mall Dubbo' Facebook page this Friday and hear Mr Greenwood on 93.5 Star FM! D ubbo PhotoNews will also have a double page spread in their Thursday 25th... Read more

Managing depression in children

One in four kids over the age of 12 has significant depressive symptoms. For girls, depression generally appears between the ages of 11 through to about 14. For boys, depression generally appears between 12 and 16. Signs your child may be suffering from depression If you see a number of these problems starting to develop, it's time to ask the question, could this be a more significant emotional disturbance than general teenage moodiness or attitude? A persistently bad, often irritable mood withdrawal not experiencing pleasure not reacting to... Read more

When older kids struggle with reading

When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more

NAIDOC 
Aboriginal Flag raising

NAIDOC Day at WCS

NAIDOC celebrations were held at Warren Central today, providing the opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The welcome assembly drew attention to the theme for this year's celebrations which was to honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country; whether it be the warriors in the Frontier Wars to those who have served in Australia's military conflicts and engagements across the globe.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Kinder 2015 School Tour

Our next school tour for prospective Kindergarten 2015 students and their families will take place on Tuesday, 17 September, commencing at 4pm in the school library. Please come along if you would like to find out about our beautiful school.... Read more

Book Week

Connect to Reading - Book Week 2014

Book Week was celebrated in schools and libraries throughout Australia last week. At Warren Central School the week of activities included competitions and lunch time stories and culminated with the annual book character parade and assembly on Thursday. As the students filed through the school gates in the morning there were squeals of delight as they greeted friends and tried to guess who each was dressed up as. Staff shared in the excitement of the day, also dressing in character and for some there was perhaps a nostalgic thought or two... Read more

Managing exam stress

As students prepare for end-of-year exams, child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien, from Sydney's Quirky Kid Clinic, has some good advice to help families manage pre-exam stress. "Stress isn't necessarily a bad thing – adrenalin can be useful in helping kids stay on track, study longer and finish tasks more quickly," Kimberley says. "The problems arise when it takes over and your teenager starts to feel overwhelmed and even isolated." In a perfect world, your teenager will have organised their study and revision into manageable chunks... Read more

Nurturing the artist in your child

Your child may not go on to become a famous musician, actor, dancer, filmmaker or artist. But by nurturing the artist in your child you can help them grow up able to think for themselves, problem solve and work out different ways to do things. They'll also be better able to see different points of view, communicate and express their feelings in different ways. Here are some top tips: Stimulate your child's senses - Provide opportunities for your child to experience different sights, smells, sensations and sounds. These sensory activities are... Read more

Athletes

Western Region Athletics

Daniel Stanley (Year 9) and Abigail Irving (Year 8) participated in the Western Region Athletics carnival for secondary students recently. Daniel only just missed out on qualifying for the Combined High Schools state carnival in the 400m He was also competitive in a number of other events. Abigail made it to State for the 100m and for the high jump. She was third in the 200m but her time was outside the qualifying time unfortunately. It was a great day, enjoyed by all despite the bleak conditions and head wind down the straight.... Read more

Group SHot

Annabelle and Prue Secretaries for a Day

Annabelle Taylor and Prue Murray were flown to the Department of Education and Communities' head office in Sydney last week, joining eighteen other students from public secondary schools around NSW. Our students were thrilled to be chosen to be part of the presigious "Secretary for a Day" program, an important part of the department's annual Education Week celebrations. The girls spent an informative two days shadowing senior executives gaining first-hand experience of what is involved in running a NSW Government department. Prue with Grey... Read more

JulyReturn to top

New Secondary Timetables

New timetables for each secondary year are now live on the website. Click on School Years then the relevant year then timetables.... Read more

Poster

Education Week 2014

Education Week Celebrations To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Education Week in public schools we would like to welcome the community to visit us on Wednesday 30 July. Open Classrooms @ 12.30pm Family Picnic in the primary school grounds @ 1.15pm Merit Assembly in the school hall @ 2pm See you there!... Read more

Puppetteers

Promoting awareness and education about ear health

Warren Central School hosted ear health awareness and education sessions for students from Warren Central, St Mary's Catholic School and the Warren Preschool last week. Running the sessions were Rachel Mills and Donna Rees of the DEC Hearing Support Unit who are also co-ordinators of the Hear our Heart Ear Bus Project. They brought with them little friends Snotty Sam and Lucy to teach the children about the 'Breath, Blow, Cough, Wash and Chew Program'.... Read more

WCS Caterers

More accolades for our hospitality team

Building on their already outstanding reputation for events catering, Warren Central School students have been working hard again in the community, most recently preparing and serving dinner for the Silver City Bush Treadlers' send-off dinner. As always Ms Rice and Mrs Mayger volunteered their time to assist our young team of caterers on the night and were pleased to receive many compliments from the cyclists as well as from our Mayor, Rex Wilson, who also praised the students in his column in the Warren Weekly.... Read more

Musica Viva

Music in the Wind

The wind quintent, "The Chambermaids", visited as part of the Musica Viva music in schools program this week. Students learnt how the french horn, flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon work; how music can tell stories and even how to make their own back yard french horn with the help of a bit of garden hose, a tap fitting and funnel! The classically trained professional musicians all work regularly with Australia's various symphony orchestras, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and other chamber ensembles but come together as "The... Read more

Abigail

Abigail to speak at Parliament House, NSW

Year 8 student Abigail Irving is off to Parliament House NSW! Ten competitors from all over Western NSW, from both state and independent schools, competed in the NSW Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award Western NSW Final held at Narromine High School this week and Abigail took out first place. The students, aged between twelve and fourteen years, had to preapre and deliver a five minute speech on any subject. Abigail's chosen topic was "We Live in a Global Village". The students were also required to give a two minute impromptu speech with only... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

Building your child's reading skills

Here are some simple tips to encourage your child to become a strong reader and a book lover for the rest of their lives. Share a book at home Children love to hear a story read aloud. Try reading with different voices, lots of emotion, invented sound effects and funny faces. Change the tone in your voice and vary its loudness or softness. Have fun and enjoy it. It's a good idea to practise reading before sharing a book. Listen to your child talk about the story and the pictures. Try asking your child which parts of the books they found... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Too sick to go to school?

Sometimes it's hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Mondayitis. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. However, if they miraculously recover by 11:00am, ready to race around the backyard, keeping them in bed all day may send the message that staying home isn't nearly as much fun as going to school. The School A to Z website's Too Sick For School? chart will help answer your questions about common childhood illness... Read more

Open Team

State Netball Carnival in sight

The Warren Central School Open Netball team played brilliant netball to win the open division Western Region Central School's Netball Carnival last week Dubbo. "Our girls worked like a finely oiled machine; they were just so smooth," said an excited coach Gaye Rush. After three convincing wins the girls went up against Barradine Central School. In what was a nail-biting final the two teams went goal for goal for the majority of the game. In the end though, sheer determination pulled the girls through, with a four goal lead. "It was a great... Read more

Yellow band winners

PBL no "band" aid for our school

84 students had received a yellow band as at late last week. Since the introduction of the PBL band system, day one this term, we have seen an increase in positive behaviours displayed throughout our school by our students. The students are rewarded under the three PBL focus areas; Respectful, Responsible Learners by means of a teal band. Students acrew these bands for displaying positive behaviours during school. Students trade three teal bands for a pink band; three pink bands for a purple band, three purple bands for a yellow band. A... Read more

Making payments to us easier

Did you know you can now make payments to the school via this website? You can pay voluntary school contributions, subject contributions, excursions, sports, creative and practical arts, sales to students and more via a secure payment page hosted by Westpac. Payments can be made using either a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. To use our new system simply click on Make a Payment on the yellow strip above (on the Home Page) and follow the prompts to enter the student's details. These details need to be entered each time you make a... Read more

MayReturn to top

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for homework, assignments or projects. Here are ways your child can tell a good website - or any document - from a bad one. Reader beware With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, students need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective Colleen Foley is a curriculum adviser who helps school librarians with the NSW... Read more

Surviving the HSC

If your child is studying for the HSC, you're probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don't want to interfere. As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family. Year 12 is often the year when students: lose interest in school develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend get their driver's licence experiment with legal or illegal drugs have a part-time job develop an eating disorder suffer from depression. If any of these... Read more

Master Puppetteer

A visit from Indonesia

Wayang Kulit, or shadow puppet theatre, is considered a vital part of Indonesian cultural heritage and many visitors to Bali look forward to attending a performance. It's an ancient entertainment and art form thought to have existed in Indonesia for at least eight hundred years and last week students students from primary and secondary were privileged to have a master puppeteer or dalang, named Sumandi, bring the traditional performance to them. Although shadow puppetry is not specific to Indonesia, it is of huge significance to the people;... Read more

Kevin Humphries

Students meet the Minister

Warren Central School Secondary Captain Meg Callander and Vice Captain Nathan Clarke joined other school leaders from around the Barwon electorate in Sydney recently to find out about the workings of Parliament and the role of the NSW Governor. The day began at Parliament House on Macquarie Street where the Nationals MP for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, just weeks into his new portfolio of Natural Resources, Water and Lands, was on hand to welcome and address the students. Following this the students proceeded on to visit the Legislative Assembly... Read more

Social media, kids and privacy

Regardless of your child's age, the world may already know a lot more about them than you suspect. According to recent research: 92% of children under the age of two have a digital presence (it starts with proud parents posting newborn baby photos on Facebook or Instagram) a quarter of Australian children aged between eight and 12 use Facebook, despite the minimum age for a user being 13 more than 20 per cent of tweens publish photos of themselves on the photo-sharing website Instagram young people between the ages of 14 and 19 have an... Read more

What parents need to know about Kik

It seems that every few months a new social media platform or mobile app emerges and becomes popular with young people in our school community. Suddenly "everyone" is on it, according to our children. It's hard for most adults to keep up. Many parents will have recently heard about Kik Messenger and are wondering if it's safe for children. Here are some facts from the School A to Z website's technology guide: What is Kik Messenger? Kik Messenger is a free texting app available on iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch, Android, Windows, Samsung Galaxy and... Read more

Easter Hat Parade

Easter hat parade

An Easter hat parade and family picnic was enjoyed by K - 6 students and families at the end of Term 1. There were some extremely creative hats on display and a fun filled afternoon was enjoyed by all.... Read more

School ANZAC Service

ANZAC Commemorations

Our in-school ANZAC Commemoration was a moving combination of music, heartfelt speeches, stories and a special photo montage tribute to local servicemen and women.... Read more

Clock

New secondary timetable

The new secondary timetable is now in operation and may be found on our website. Go to the School Years tab then choose the relevant year for which you wish to see a timetable. Timetable files will be opened as PDFs and may be printed.... Read more

AprilReturn to top

The benefits of team sports

Winter sports are getting underway and many parents will soon be getting out of bed early on cold weekend mornings to transport their children to sports fields across town. The good news is that even if your child's team never scores goal, they're benefitting significantly from simply being active and involved. The long list of benefits for your child includes the development of: cooperation and teamwork skills leadership skills respect for teammates, opponents and officials a sense of belonging and team membership social interaction skills... Read more

MarchReturn to top
Cupcake day

Cup cakes for a cause

Students were all smiles after making their purchases from the cup cake stall held at Warren Central last week. Prefects and a number of staff cooked and decorated cakes to raise money for Stewart House, a student support facility in Curl Curl, Sydney, where around 1800 selected children visit each year for short term, respite care. Whilst at Stewart House students can receive free eye, dental and health screening and treatment as well as attend health and educational programs to boost self-esteem and promote healthy lifestyles. They... Read more

Football NSW

A visit from Football NSW

Representatives from Football NSW spent a morning working with primary school classes last week. Robert Fitzgerald, the Coaching and Development Manager, Western Branch, and Andrew Fernley, Community Game Development Officer, ran students through skills development sessions and mini games, hoping to promote football as a sport to the young girls and boys.... Read more

Meeting your child’s teacher

Meeting teachers to discuss your child's progress or behaviour can be daunting, but there's no need to feel anxious. Remember, you and the school are partners in your child's learning. Whether it's regular parent -teacher interviews or a one-off request for a chat, these useful tips will help you get the most out of your meeting. Do your homework Take a few minutes before your meeting to jot down any questions or comments you have. Go with the right attitude Try to approach the interview with a positive and relaxed attitude. Don't be afraid to... Read more

Science Challenge

Hands-On Science

A number of primary and secondary students had the opportunity to work on exciting hands-on science and design projects recently. A visit by the industrial design team Maker Machine brought an up close encounter with a 3D printer to students in years 5 and 6. They also took part in a rapid design workshop which had them involved in the whole design process from generating ideas to creating a prototype. During the same week keen secondary science students visited the annual University of Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge in Dubbo... Read more

Marks Kids

Swimmers off to State

Secondary students Matthew, Joseph and Brittany Marks have been selected in the Western Region team to compete at the Combined High Schools State Swimming Championships in early April. At the recent Western Region Carnival, the precursor to the State Carnival, Matthew came first in the 15 years backstroke, Joseph third in the 14 years 200m freestyle, third in the 100m backstroke and 2nd in the 100m breast stroke. Brittany was third in the 12 year old 100m breast stroke. Congratulations on achieving such a high level. Your hard work is a... Read more

Every School Day Counts!

Check out this powerful youtube clip: Every Day Counts... Read more

The most important skill to teach your child

One common trait all successful adults have is resilience. The ability to bounce back from disappointment is something we have the opportunity to teach our children every day. As our kids constantly remind us, life isn't always fair. Is it a parent's role to constantly try to make life fair? How do we balance the desire to shelter and protect our children with the need to teach them how to cope with life's disappointments? The School A to Z website asked top teachers all over NSW for their tips for parents on developing resilience so children... Read more

Band Camp

Students immerse themselves in music

With a program that included the dance-pop hit "Moves Like Jagger" , the flamboyant 70's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the more usual concert band repertoire, there was plenty to challenge participants at the recent Western Region Band Camp. Three of our secondary students, Courtney Graham (year 7), Emily Smith (year 8) and Abigail Irving (year 8) were selected to take part in this year's camp at Lake Burrendong, joining students from twenty-four other schools including Orange High School, Lithgow High School, Dubbo College Senior Campus and Mudgee... Read more

Reading

Premier's Reading Challenge

2014 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge – Opens 3 March The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge will open on 3 March for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9. The Challenge aims to encourage in students a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and to enable students to experience quality literature. Participation by schools and students is voluntary. To register for the 2014 Challenge, go to www.premiersreadingchallenge.nsw.edu.au .... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

P&C AGM

The P&C Annual General Meeeting will be held on 11 March @ 7pm in the staff room. Please show your support for the work of the existing members who give up their time to work for the betterment of our school and consider standing for Treasurer.... Read more

Librarian at work

Visit our Library Blog

From Mrs Whittaker School Teacher/Librarian What is a Blog? A blog (short for web log) is a personal website or web page on which an individual or group might record opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis. What's in the WCS Library Blog? Our blog contains lots of information about our fantastic library including news, happenings and samples of student work completed in library lessons. 'blogED' is the NSW Department of Education and Communities' blogging platform and provides a safe and filtered environment for... Read more

Help with your child's homework in one click

The School A to Z app has been created by the NSW Department of Education to help parents and their school-aged children, wherever and whenever they have homework and study questions. It's available free for Android and Apple mobile devices, and is an essential tool containing: English A to Z - more than 350 definitions of commonly used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with illustrations and help sheets explaining the rules of grammar. Maths A to... Read more

In the pool

Swimming Carnival Fun

Despite the heat the annual swimming carnival was a day of fun for all who had a go. It also saw a few school records broken! Results are still being finalised but will be announced as soon as possible.... Read more

Planning for success in 2014

Each year in high school brings new academic and personal challenges for parents and their teens. The School A to Z website has created a year-by-year guideto help you navigate the challenges and decisions your child will face as they commence Years 7,8,9,10,11 and 12. For example, if your child is commencing Year 8 or 10, they'll need to start thinking now about the electives they want to choose later in the year. All students can use a helping hand learning organisational and planning skills, regardless of whether they're settling into Year... Read more

Help your child plan for success this year

One of the most valuable ways you can support your child's education is to help them learn how to organise themselves and plan their time. It starts as early as Kindergarten, when they need to plan going to the toilet at lunch and recess and bring things to school for different activities on certain days. By the time they're in Year 6, they've hopefully taken on much of the responsibility of scheduling their afternoons to accommodate sports, homework and other obligations. Most children find planning easier to understand when... Read more