Crestwood High School

Vision and Progress

Telephone02 9639 7422

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

Parents, carers and the community

As a parent or carer, you are an important part of our school community. We offer a range of services to support you and your family.

Counselling for families

The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages, see school counselling service.

Outside of the education system, free telephone counselling services are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

  • Lifeline – 24-hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14.
  • Mensline Australia – 24-hour telephone counselling service for men. 1300 789 978.
  • Parent line – 24-hour advice and information service. 1300 1300 52.

Interpreting and translations

We will help you communicate with our school. If you’d like an interpreter for a school meeting, let us know and we will arrange one, if available.

If you don’t speak or understand English well and want to contact us, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will call the school and get an interpreter to help. This service is free.

For more information, listen in your language.

Visit the department’s translated documents section for important information that’s relevant for your child’s education in many languages.

Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C)

Our Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) is made up of parents and carers, teachers and community members. The P&C meets regularly to contribute to decision-making, developing policies and management plans as well as fundraising.

The P&C is funded in two main ways. Firstly a P&C levy is included with the school fee accounts that are handed out to all students at the start of the year. This gives parents and guardians the opportunity to support additional funding for the school via one direct payment.

The second (and largest) component of funds raised is via the operation of the school canteen. The profitability remains high due in no small part to the efforts of staff, students and volunteer assistants.

During the past few years the P&C has either fully funded or have contributed to the cost of:

  • completion of air conditioning to classrooms, office and the library
  • landscaping and purchase of plants to enhance the school's appearance
  • providing additional teacher support not funded by the Department of Education
  • contributed towards the shade sail between the canteen and maths block
  • purchase of additional textbooks and resources for students
  • purchase of interactive whiteboards and data projectors
  • supporting of student body projects
  • support of the performing arts, including the school band and musical
  • teacher aide support for the support unit
  • upgrade of the library
  • technology and data support throughout the school so students can use laptops, iPads and other WiFi equipment
  • purchase of a trailer for the agriculture department
  • purchase of equipment for the new technological and applied studies kitchen.

Parent portal

The parent portal is a web-based application where both students and parents are able to login with their own credentials and access confidential student information. A large amount of information is stored electronically in schools, including timetables and a calendar of the events that occur in the school during the year. You are able to access this information and more via the web on any device including your smartphone or tablet.

Parent portal log in

Parents and students can log in to the Sentral portal here.

Students can currently login using their Department of Education (DoE) email username and password. Parents that have registered and used their access key will already have complete access.

New Year 7 parents will be emailed information on how they can set up a username and password and connect their login to their child early in the new year. Families new to Crestwood High School during the school year will be issued information at the entry interview and will be able to register for the portal as soon as their child is entered onto our system.

The parent portal will provide access to your child's school timetable, school's student calendar, messages regarding whole school and individual year information as well as messages from their teachers directed to the entire class or just to your child. Parents are able to reply to these messages and initiate their own with their child's teachers.

Attendance data can be accessed, and you will be able to type an absence note within the portal. Many essential documents issued to our students can be downloaded. Parent-teacher interview evening bookings will be made through the portal. Past school records can be viewed, including report comments and NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) data.

The Parent portal is a significant place to visit and pivotal in your day to day management of your child's enrolment at our school. We look forward to the contribution this technology will make for communication between our school and parents.