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Balgowlah Heights Public School

Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

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Learning across the curriculum

Cross curriculum content enriches and supports the learning areas and adds depth to student learning. In NSW students study a range of learning across the curriculum content.

Cross curriculum priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures 
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia 
  • sustainability

General capabilities

  • critical and creative thinking 
  • ethical understanding 
  • information and communication technology capability 
  • intercultural understanding 
  • literacy 
  • numeracy 
  • personal and social capability

Other learning across the curriculum areas

  • civics and citizenship
  • difference and diversity
  • work and enterprise.

© NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012


The school supports the concept of homework for all ages. In the beginning stages of schooling most activities will be based on home reading and simple activities related to gathering information for class discussions. Activities are age dependent and become more structured as the student moves through the different stages of their education.

Most homework activities will be related to the areas of English and mathematics, however students will receive homework from other key learning areas (KLAs) on occasions.

Eco gardens

The Eco Gardens were built in 2010 and are now being used by classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. The two gardens - one on the Eastern Campus, one on the Western Campus - provide students with the opportunity to study the environment, sustainability and healthy eating through hands-on experience. Children learn about growing seasonal fruit and vegetables using organic methods, from preparation to planting, maintenance and harvesting. Teachers also incorporate gardening into the curriculum to teach a variety of subjects from science to maths. As the gardens feature water tanks, worm farms and compost bins the students are also encouraged to be water wise and recycle waste.

The garden on the Eastern Campus is called "Binowee" which is an Aboriginal word meaning "Green Place". The garden on the Western Campus is called "Ecopod" with each letter standing for an aspect of living sustainably (E = Environmentally Friendly; C = Compost Collecting; O = Organic and Water Wise; P = Preserve Energy; O = Overall Active and Healthy; D = Develop Recycling). The names were chosen by students in a naming competition.