Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

Telephone02 9948 2225

Emailbalgowlaht-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

What we offer

Each school in NSW offers something slightly different depending on the community. Here's what we offer for you.

Canteen

All canteens in NSW public schools must meet certain requirements. These include providing more healthy food and drink options – to make the healthy choice an easy choice for students. Visit Healthy school canteens to learn more.

Uniforms

When students wear a school uniform, they feel included in our school community.

Students, teachers, parents and carers, as well as members of our local community helped develop our school uniform to make sure it:

  • meets the requirements of occupational health and safety, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation

  • includes items that are affordable, comfortable and made from easy-care and easy-wear fabrics

  • is appropriate for the full range of school activities

  • is suitable for all body shapes.

Learn more about the NSW Department of Education’s School Uniform Policy.

Extra Curricular Activities

In addition to our classroom learning programs, we offer a range extra-curricular activities and programs to support the engagement and extension of all students. These include: 

School Provider

Choir 
The school has three stage-based choirs - Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. Being a member of a choir will enables students to build new friendships, increase their self esteem and develop personal responsibility. They will also learn a variety of fun and challenging songs and will develop their performance skills.

Dance
The school has a Stage 2 and a Stage 3 Dance Group. Auditions are held at the start of each year for each group and successful students are required to attend rehearsals twice a week.

Debating
Drama

Premiers Reading Challenge
Students Kindergarten to Year 6 are encouraged to take part in this annual event. The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.  

PSSA

Each year students in Years 3-6 are given the opportunity to participate in a number of public speaking competitions. These occasions enable students to consolidate their speech-writing and presentation skills.

Public Speaking

The Multicultural Perspectives Speaking Competition provides a forum for students to demonstrate their knowledge on global issues such refugees, belonging, multiculturalism in Australia and what it means to be an Australian.

The Bear Pit Speaking Competition, held at Parliament House, Sydney, is hosted by our local member. Topics for this competition in the past have included respect, belonging to a community, someone I'll never forget, and you can't judge a book by its cover.

Students in Kindergarten to Year 6 participate in a School Wide Speaking Competition where they deliver a speech on a topic of their choice.

In support of these competitions, students may also contribute to class-based opportunities in speaking and listening through activities such as preparing and delivering news, individual and group project presentations, drama and role-play.

Recorder Ensemble
Students interested in playing the recorder have the opportunity to participate in an emsemble. The Recorder Ensemble is open to students in Years 3-6 and typically rehearse once a week. Each year the emsemble features in a variety of school and external performances. 

Robotics

Tech Club

Tournament of Minds (TOM)
TOM offers teams of students the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork.. Challenges are set in the following disciplines... The Arts, Language Literature, Social Sciences and STEM. Through the program students develop diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment.

For more information visit the ToM website: http://www.tom.edu.au/

University of NSW Competitions
Students in Years 3 to 6 are given the opportunity to sit the following UNSW ICAS competitions:

  • Science
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • English
  • Mathematics

Participating students receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement. http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/

P&C Provider

Junior Band

Senior Band

Concert Band

Stage Band

Gardening Club

Outside Provider

Chess

Music Tutors

Flute

Clarinet/Saxaphone

Percussion

Strings

Trombone

Trumpet

The Music Bus

Science Club 

Externally delivered

Chess

Music Bus

Language

Science 

Opportunity Classes (OC)

The school offers an OC program for academically gifted students in Years 5 and 6. The program provides a forum in which students can learn to be creative and critical thinkers. In this stimulating learning environment, students are encouraged to excel in all aspects of academic, social, sporting and artistic endeavour. They develop positive relationships with like-minded peers and learn alongside others of similar ability.

Entry to the class is via assessment through the Selective Schools Unit, Sydney.  Students are required to complete an exam while in Year 4. The exam is held in July each year with the results sent to parents in October. The exam consists of an English component, mathematics and general ability components.

For information on the selection procedures and dates for this year's exam, contact the High Performing Students Unit.

Postal Address: Locked Bag 53 Darlinghurst NSW 1300  

Email:   ssu@det.nsw.edu.au

Phone: 1300 880 367                 

Website: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/learning/k-6assessments/ocplacement.php