I would like to begin this article with an introduction of myself. During Week 6 of Term 1, I began my contract as the Relieving Head Teacher of Mathematics, replacing Mrs Jennifer Smith. I have over 25 years experience of teaching Mathematics and the last 20 of those have been at Farrer MAHS in Tamworth. Anyway enough of the boring stuff, what you really would like to know is more about me. After our daughter Amy completed her HSC last year, we desired a move to this beautiful area of Australia and fortunately this opportunity presented itself to accommodate our desire. When I say we, I am talking about my lovely partner Leanne and our adorable Ruby.

Mr Scott Baker and his lovely family (and how adorable is Ruby!)

I am a mad sports fanatic and will watch and have a game of anything. I enjoy jogging and look forward to participating in some park runs here in the area. The football teams that I support are the Dragons in the NRL and the Bombers in AFL. I also live for a game of golf.

I am also a passionate Mathematician, who enjoys supporting students to discover how Mathematics relates to everyday life. If you ever have any concerns with your child's progress in Mathematics, please do not hesitate to give me a call.


Multiplication made easy - well not really, but how to get better at it. I would like to show you a way that will help with your 9 and 11 times table.

9 Times Table

9 times table made easy - some of you may have seen this before... A simple way to calculate a 9 times table is to place both hands on the table. Find the number you are multiplying 9 by on your fingers, working from left to right, and hold that finger down. On the left, the number of fingers staying up is the 10s digit, and on the right is the units digit.

So, say you wanted to multiply 4 x 9. From the left you count 4 and then hold the fourth finger down. There are three fingers on the left of the finger turned down - that gives us 30, and 6 fingers on the right, which is 6.

Hence 4 x 9 = 36

11 Times Table

There is a nice property that can be used when multiplying a number by 11. Using this, students who would normally struggle with mental arithmetic are able to multiply any number up to 99 by 11 in their heads in just a matter of moments.

In order to multiply a two-digit number by 11, you add the digits together and place the answer in the middle

Excuse the use of the braces but I am trying to demonstrate how the middle number is obtained. What about when the sum (total from adding) of the digits is greater than 10? To deal with this, we still put the units number in the middle but the hundreds number will increase by 1.


In the Year 10 5.1 classes, students have been rewarded for those who have been displaying appropriate behaviour within their classes. The following students received the weekly prizes.

Congratulations also to Taj Filby for winning the Major Prize, as shown in the photo with our school Principal, Mr Randle.

Principal Mr. Randle with the winner of the Major Prize, Taj Filby


In future newsletters there will be a Problem provided that students can attempt.

By Wednesday B after the newsletter has been issued, students can present to their teachers on paper, their thoughts and solutions of the problem. On Friday B, a draw will be conducted for all students who have submitted their solution of the problem. The winning student will receive a voucher that can be used at the school canteen. This fortnights problem is as follows:

Two numbers differ by 54 and they are composed of the same two digits reversed.

  1. Find the numbers
  2. Can you find a different answer?
  3. How many answers are possible?
  4. How many answers can you find if the two numbers differ by 36?

Mr Scott Baker - Relieving Head Teacher Maths

“We foster an inclusive learning community, inspiring students to achieve their personal best by becoming lifelong learners, critical thinkers and healthy creative members of a global society.”


Our students participated in our annual Cross Country event last Wednesday. Fortunately the adjustment to the timetable aligned with the weather conditions and the event was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the students who participated in the Cross Country and for the manner in which you conducted yourself in the community during the event. I would like to make special thanks to Mr Williams and the PDHPE staff who organised the carnival and those teachers who ran the cross country with students.


Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is an international youth program which simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly by having two senior students from a number of schools represent a particular UN country. The students debate on matters of world political and social concern. The assembly aims to build goodwill, world peace and understanding through the experience of tackling issues from the viewpoint of the team’s ‘adopted’ country.

Congratulations Summah Glen, Oska Proietto and Archi Hyatt who represented the school in the Model United Nations Assembly, organised by Rotary, last Saturday. Thank you Mrs Clurey for organising and supporting our MUNA students.


Look for the COVID Safe QR code posters when you enter the school. Be sure to sign in at the school administration building according to the school’s visitor guidelines.

  • Parents, carers and relatives may enter the school to drop off and pick up students in accordance with local school COVID-safe arrangements.
  • P&C meetings and other gatherings of parents and/or community members for school events (such as working bees) can proceed. All participants must continue to comply with the gathering limits prescribed by the Public Health Orders. Physical distancing and hygiene measures should be applied where practicable.
  • All visitors to a school site must comply with sign-in arrangements. This includes the requirement to sign the school sign-in sheet where they acknowledge that they will comply with the COVID-19 requirements for visitors, contractors and service providers each time they visit. Visitors must also check in using the Service NSW QR code.
  • Schools can welcome parents, carers and relatives to attend school sporting events and activities, whether indoors or outdoors, in line with the requirements in place for other community sporting competitions and training activitiesExternal link in NSW.
  • Students are able to mix together across year groups or other cohorts for all school related activities.
  • School orientation programs can continue.
  • There are no recommended limits on the number of performers in singing groups, including for in-class educational activities such as group repetition, chanting, recitation, or singing activities.
  • Musical groups including bands and ensembles are permitted. Students and staff must comply with the Safe Health Practices infection control requirements.
  • Interstate field trips, excursions and camps can continue where interstate border requirements permit.


Last term we provided access to information about your child’s timetable when we released our parent portal access. Over the break, student timetables have been updated to reflect some changes in the school. We have also included access to daily announcements, attendance information, positive wellbeing records and an assessment calendar. To access information regarding your child, go to https://web1.banorapnt-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/portal2/#!/login

You will need the access code provided to parents/carers last term. If you have not yet received this code, please call the office on 07 5513 1960 for assistance. You will need Google Chrome or Microsoft edge browsers to access the portal.


Work has begun to prepare the site for the Commercial Kitchen demountable set to arrive onsite during term 2. The addition of this learning space to our school allows us to include the Hospitality Kitchen Operations VET course at school. Currently, we have only been able to deliver the highly popular VET Hospitality Food and Beverage course.

School works begin our our new commercial kitchen demountable


P&C are conducting a Working Bee to tidy up our gardens on SUNDAY 6th June from 9am to 12.30pm.

If you can spare a couple of hours, we would greatly appreciate your time and support.

Please register your intention to attend the Working Bee HERE

Mr Christopher Randle - Principal

  • 11 - 21 May - BPHS participating in NAPLAN Online
  • 12 May - Year 5 and 6 School Tour and Information Evening
  • 17 - 21 May - Year 9 and 10 Exams
  • 24 May to 28 May - Year 7 and 8 Exams
  • 24 May - Year 10 Vaccinations
  • 27 May - BPHS Athletics Carnival
  • 7 June - P&C Meeting




The topic of consent is a discussion that every parent needs to have at home and we want to help guide this conversation and ensure our parents feel comfortable and confident raising this critical topic with their children

The increased usage of technology and exposure to social media means that we are seeing more and more stories of children exposed to issues such as online grooming and sexualised behaviour at an early age. For that reason, we are using tools like the Safe On Social Schools Toolkit to ensure student’s online safety education and safety is a priority at school but the conversations must also extend into the home.

Together we want to ensure children are educated, supported and prepared to safely navigate these circumstances. We wanted to pass along some tips from Safe On Social about what you need to be talking about at home when it comes to the important topic of ‘consent’. From primary age all the way up to high school, open and honest conversations between kids and their parents can do wonders to build trust and pass accurate information along to your children.

6 Tips for sparking discussions at home
  1. Empower your kids from a young age to practice body autonomy and allow younger children to understand they can say no if they don’t want a hug, tickle, kiss etc.
  2. Encourage children of all ages to speak up if any behaviour they see or experience online makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. Start the conversation about following their ‘gut’ feeling and why if something feels off then it’s never silly to speak up.
  3. Educate yourself - make sure you know and understand the games your kids are using as a very first stop. Is it age appropriate, what is the rating? Remember the average age of a gamer is actually 34-36yrs.
  4. Discuss that they need to tell you or another trusted adult if anything happens online that makes them feel uncomfortable. Some examples are: Playing Roblox against someone that they have met online and they are asked to be their boyfriend or girlfriend, asked to move platforms (from Roblox to follow the person on TikTok for example), being asked for photos or being sent inappropriate images.
  5. Be brave enough to have uncomfortable conversations with your child - being proactive now is far more important than feeling like you could have done something earlier. A great conversation starter is watching TV or movies together and talking about the situations the characters are experiencing so you can get a dialogue going with real-time scenarios.
  6. Young people also need to know just because they have agreed to do something in the past, this does not mean they have to agree to do it again. They have the right to change their mind at any time…..even partway through an activity.

Talking about consent is not a one-off conversation, it’s an ongoing educational journey to help fully prepare our students to feel empowered. We hope these tips provide a way to start the discussion at home. If you’d like more advice or have any concerns about online safety or issues that your child may be facing in or out of school please let us know, we are here to help.

Exams: getting off to a good start

Learning to prepare for exams in the early years of high school can help your teen manage the exams they will have later on. You can support your teen to do their best in school exams by helping them develop strong study habits and exam techniques. Here’s how:

What are exams?

It’s a good idea to start having little discussions with your teen about exams and what they are. Explain that exams are a way of looking at their progress at school and helping them to consolidate their learning. Ask your teen about how they’re feeling about their exams and encourage them to see exams as positive experiences – they are an opportunity to demonstrate how much they have learned, and find out where they need to focus more effort.

Study tips

The early high school years are a great time for your teen to develop systems and routines for studying. Talk to your teen about planning and goal setting, the importance of revision and ways to summarise. You could also use this time to talk about techniques to help with exam stress, such as deep breathing, good nutrition, regular exercise and the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Time management

Learning how to manage their time will help your teen to achieve their learning goals. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the exams in these early years to talk about study schedules and routines with your teen.

Positive expectations

Your teen will learn and perform better when they know you believe in them. Talk positively about their exams, work on goals together and keep looking forward. Positive feedback like “You have been doing a great job in preparing for this exam – I am sure you will do well!” will boost their confidence and help them with their learning.


Congratulations to Banora Point High School on your efforts at this year’s Cross Country Carnival. The conditions were ideal for students with crisp air and a slightly damp course on offer. Staff and students pushed themselves throughout the event with our fastest male and female (Finn Price and Ellie Steel) setting blistering times across their respective divisions.

This year saw a very tight tussle for the champion house with only 13 points separating last to first.

This year’s age champions are expected to represent the school at the FNC Carnival with this years event occurring on the 21st of May at North Byron Parklands. Students need to see Mr Williams for their permission notes


Effective of Monday 19th April, all Tweed Coast school buses will have new route numbers. The new route numbers will begin with ‘S’ (for school bus), followed by a three-digit route number. For example, S100. To find the new route number of your school bus please click the button below.

For more information on school bus services, please visit transport nsw.



Pathways To Post School Life, NDIS virtual information sessions for students with disability in Years 10-11-12, their parents and carers are listed below.

These sessions will provide students and families with updated information and inspiration regarding planning for leaving school and will complement the Individual Transition Planning meetings held in your school.


Tuesday: 8.00am to 8.30am

Wednesdays: Sport Time (Senior Students Only)

Thursday: 2:30pm to 3.00pm

Mon, Tue & Thurs.: Lunch Time

Order forms for both the BPHS Junior School (Years 7 to 10) and the BPHS Senior School (Years 11 and 12) uniforms are available on the Banora Point High School website. Payment can be made to the Back to Basics School Uniform Store by EFTPOS/Mastercard/VISA card or cash. No cheques accepted. Payments for school uniforms can be made at the uniform shop only , not the school office.


The Library has revamped its selection of magazines for 2021. As well as general interest titles the Library is receiving a number of magazines to support the school’s curriculum areas. Magazines can be borrowed for the normal 2 week period.

The Library staff welcome any suggestions for additional titles.


Games are back in the Library and are available during recess and lunch.

Second Hand Saturday is an official day of garage sales across the Northern Rivers.

The aim of the initiative is to reduce the number of items going into landfill by finding them new homes whether that be furniture, clothes spare parts, tools etc.

You must register your garage sale by 7 May with the next event being Saturday 15 May 2021.