News briefs

Back to school

Public school pupils across NSW returned to the classroom last week — all 760,000 of them.

Advice for parents is available on the Department of Education and Communities website,, covering videos for students starting high school, sun safety and uniforms, homework tips and term dates.

A back-to-school hotline is open between 8.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays until February 14.

Details: Back-to-school hotline 1300 738 338 or go to

Free recreation

Winning Wednesdays is a monthly program for high school students to gather and meet new people while enjoying free recreational activities.

This month the activity will be playing board games and trivia.

The next meeting is tomorrow (February 5), 4-5.30pm at the Mount Druitt Hub.

No bookings are required.

Details: 8886 2000.

Internet safety

Max Webber Library, with ThinkUKnow Australia, invites residents to attend a free presentation on internet safety next Tuesday (February 11), 6-7pm.

ThinkUKnow raises awareness of issues youth face online.

Bookings are essential.

Max Webber Library Function Centre, Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blacktown.

Details: 9839 6649.

This story News briefs first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.