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Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

NovemberReturn to top


The Year 8 Quicksmart Graduation is still on in the school hall between 12 and 1pm on Tuesday 3rd December, 2013.... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. 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 there are some simple ways 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 spread the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

RYTS Youth Experience

The Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) is open to Year 11 & 12 students and is held at the Tyalgum Ridge Retreat between 30th November and 6th December, 2013. RYTS is about you as you approach a time in your life which comes with major changes in lifestyle, new freedoms and opportunities and the acceptance of more serious responsibilities. It was started in 1984 by a group of young adults sharing Rotary ideals, who felt that young people could benefit from additional life skills. It is a week of interaction with highly qualified people... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

Rubella (German Measles) Alert

The North Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of five cases of Rubella (more commonly known as German Measles) in the Northern Rivers area. Common symptoms may include rash, mild fever, runny nose and conjunctivitis. Especially dangerous in the early stages of pregnancy, Rubella is readily spread from an infected person to others by coughing, sneezing or direct contact. A complete fact sheet is available at: Read more

Latest Additions ...

Browse our 'Curriculum & Activities' section for the latest sports news and pictures, a new area dedicated to Literacy, videos, apps and much, much more. Senior students planning their futures can access an ATAR course list in our 'School Years', 'Year 12' section. Parents, don't forget to read our latest school newsletter - you'll find it here on our 'Home' page.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

New Videos!!

Two new videos are ready to watch in our 'Curriculum & Activities' section: 'The Macquarie Uni Science Experience 2013' & 'River of Learning 2012'.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

JuneReturn to top


The MHS SRC is holding a mini fete on Friday 26th July, 2013 in the Maclean High school grounds. The fete will begin at lunchtime and continue through periods five and six on the day. Each school year represented in the SRC will provide a food stall (Barbecue, Fairy Floss, Pancakes etc.) and a physical activity (Dunk Tank, Sumo Wrestling, Mini Golf etc.) to both feed and entertain the MHS masses. The day will also be a Mufti day for the entire school.... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

MayReturn to top


The MHS Athletics Carnival is on tomorrow, Wednesday 29th May, 2013. Please tune in to 2GF for details from 6am tomorrow morning.... Read more

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more


The following is a copy of Mayor Richie Williamson's official media release: Regular monitoring for E. coli bacteria in the Lower Clarence water supply system is conducted by Clarence Valley Council. Recent monitoring has shown E. coli to be present in the Lower Clarence water supply system. As a precaution you are advised that water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated. This boil water notice applies to consumers in the Lower... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

P & C 2013

For the latest news from our MHS P&C Annual General Meeting and information on membership, please click the P&C link on this page.... Read more

Annual School Report 2012

Click the following link to access the MHS 2012 Annual School Report (pdf 1648 KB). For more information on Annual School Reports and reports from past years, click the 'Our Schools' link on this page.... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

MarchReturn to top

2013 - 2014 School Plan

The 2013-14 Maclean High School Plan pdf (click the file link below) provides detailed information on targeted priority areas and practical approaches to ways in which MHS staff, parents and students may work together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. The Maclean High School priority areas for the coming year are: Leadership and Management; Curriculum and Assessment; Engagement and Attainment; Literacy and Numeracy; Aboriginal Education and Organisational Effectiveness. School Plan (pdf 536 KB)... Read more

School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

2013 Visual Art Excursion

We are very pleased to announce that the Major Visual Art excursion will be a visit to the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art to see the Asian Pacific Triennial. We have been very fortunate to secure a visit to both galleries during week 8 of this term. Held every 3 years, this amazing exhibition includes many interactive artworks and contemporary art-making workshops. Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2013 Bus leaves Maclean High School at 7am, picks up at Woombah Woods Caravan Park at 7:10am and returns to Maclean by 7:30pm.... Read more

Photos & Flash Movies

Want to see updated MHS photos and Flash video/image compilations? Browse the gallery and our Curriculum & activities pages.... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

Year 7 "Getting to Know You" BBQ

The "Getting to Know You" BBQ for Year 7 and their parents/caregivers has been postponed until March 14th, 2013.... Read more

Senior's Flood Work

Despite our school's current flood circumstances, Senior students should check their emails for work from their teachers. Revision work is also available in many subjects on this site's SCHOOL YEARS pages.... Read more

NAPLAN Practice Tests

NAPLAN testing for Years 7 & 9 students will soon be here again. Please visit the Year 7 and Year 9 School Years pages for links to helpful Language Conventions and Numeracy practice tests. If you would like to know more about NAPLAN testing, please click the following link: Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

Swimming Carnival Results

Maclean High had another successful swimming carnival at Maclean Pool on Wednesday 6th February. All seasons were experienced throughout the day – from a cool morning for the early 200m events to sunshine to heavy rain and strong winds. Thank you to John and Robyn Clarke and all the staff and parents who helped out on the day. The "All In Scamble" took place for the second year. This event is where all swimmers complete as many laps as possible in a given time. At the end of the day Gordon swam 36.5 kms, Kendall 16.6 kms, Paterson 21.7 kms and... Read more

School Bus Service

For information, bus routes, timetables etc., please visit Read more

Welcome Back!

Our 2013 school year has begun with a few interesting challenges, but we're all back into the excitement with FRESH determination and back-to-school vigour. Our website has many new and interesting links and pages, including free educational apps, classwork for students, studies for parents to read and absorb and much more (with much, much more to come). Browse the site and see what's new!... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Flood Information, January 2013

Wednesday, 30th January, 2013 (UPDATED 6:00AM): Due to rising river levels, access to MHS is very limited. According to the latest SES information, the following local roads are officially closed: Yamba Rd (at the 50kmh speed zone North of Maclean and at the Palmer's Island bridge), Gardiner's Rd (at the 50kmh speed zone in Townsend), South Arm Rd (at McFarlane Bridge), Ferry Park turn-off . The Pacific Highway is also closed. Unofficially, the following roads are either flooded or sure to flood if the projected peak occurs: Watts Lane/North... Read more