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Riverside Girls High School

Riverside Girls High School

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Telephone 02 9816 4264

Emailriversideg-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Year 7 Orientation for 2022

Welcome to our resource hub for Year 7, 2022. We look forward to meeting you and your daughter virtually on Orientation Day Tuesday 23 November 2021.

We recommend all incoming students and parents download a copy of the Year 7 2022 Handbook (PDF 3.9MB).

We have extracted some frequently requested information from the handbook that can be accessed via these quick links:

What does a typical day at Riverside look like?

Our incoming Year 7 students often have questions about what a normal day will look like when they start at Riverside. Here is some information previous students have found useful to know before starting:

School begins at 9 am and concludes at 3:10 pm for Years 7 to 10. On Thursdays classes conclude early at 2:35 pm.

There are four periods of class each day, each period running for 75 minutes. Class periods are separated by a break. On a typical day, Recess 1 is 10 minutes, Recess 2 is 20 minutes and lunch is 40 minutes. When special events or assemblies occur, bell times will change. To see the exact times, visit our Bell times page.

Unlike primary school, in secondary school you may have a different teacher and room for each class. On your first day you will receive a copy of your timetable. This will tell you which classes occur in each period, the teacher you have and the room you will be in. You will also receive a student diary which will contain a map to show you where classrooms are located. 

Year 7 school stationery and equipment

Below is a list of the stationery and equipment each subject recommends students bring to their lessons. After the first week of classes all students are expected to bring all their equipment to each lesson.

*We encourage students to purchase the Scientific Calculator from the school so all students and teachers are using the same model. ** Available at Officeworks, Big W etc

Bring your own device (BYOD) specifications

Your daughter will need to bring her laptop every day. Therefore, size, weight, robustness and battery life are important factors.

Software specifications

Students will need to perform various tasks on the device and therefore need relevant software for each task. 

Before purchasing expensive software, please read the following:

  • Google Apps provides the ability to create and store documents, presentations and spreadsheets for free. This works ‘in the cloud’ and work can be shared across a variety of devices and operating systems. Google Suite comes at no cost as the school has proactively acquired access for all students.
  • Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite are available to students free, from the DoE Portal and are available for both Mac and Windows laptops. Students are to download independently. Instructions are on the Riverside Student Portal as well as the DoE Student Portal.

G Suite for Riverside students

All students will have access to Riverside Girls High School's own domain for G Suite for Education at no cost. This gives students an easy way to create, share and store documents, presentations, spreadsheets etc. in Google Cloud. Each student receives cloud storage and receives their own Riverside ‘riversideghs.net’ email account.

Year 7 will be setting up their Riverside G Suite account as part of their ICT lessons.

Downloading software for students

Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe software can be downloaded from the DoE Student Portal for free once a student receives their DoE account.

Each student has free access to Microsoft Office 365 and can download the software onto either a Windows or MacOS laptop. The license is valid for multiple devices, and can be revoked and added where needed. The DoE also offers One Drive and SharePoint use for all students using their DoE email account.

Students can also download an array of software from the Adobe Creative Suite such as Photoshop if they wish. However, it is not a requirement for general use in core subjects.

The devices are used across all subjects. Any specialised software for subjects such as Music, Design and ICT is available on the school’s desktop computer labs.

Want to hire a locker?

Lockers are available at Riverside Girls High School to enable the secure and convenient storage of school-related equipment and to minimise the need to carry it throughout the day.

Locker hire is $30 per calendar year or part thereof. To hire a locker, read and fill out the 2022 Locker Agreement form.

Travelling to Riverside

There are many ways to travel to and from Riverside.

Parents who drive their daughter(s) to school are asked to do so in the parking areas after the pedestrian crossing on Huntley's Point Road. The areas closer to the school are no stopping zones.

Students travelling by ferry or bus must have an opal card. Applications are open for 2022 student opal cards. If your daughter already has a student opal card, you must renew or update it before 9 December 2021 to prevent the existing card from being cancelled on 31 December 2021.

For more information about buses to and from Riverside, visit our Location and Transport page.

School Uniform Fittings

Our uniform supplier Noone is offering uniform fittings. You can visit their website here to book a fitting: https://www.noone.com.au/school/riverside-girls-high-school/stores.

For more information and pictures of the junior school uniform, visit our Uniform page.

Riverside's Music Ensembles and Orchestra

Is your daughter interested in joining a music ensemble, the orchestra, or would she like to learn to play an instrument?

Fill out the ensembles / instrumental survey here.