Penrith Selective High School
July/August Newsletter 2021
From the Principal
Welcome to our latest newsletter. As has been the case for much of the year, the situation facing all of us changes regularly and it is testament to the skill and commitment of the staff, students and families that learning continues at such a high level. I continue to express my thanks to everyone for all that each of you do, to support the ongoing focus on learning, wellbeing, co- curricular and enrichment.
Current Return to School Dates
As I shared in last week’s family update email, the NSW Government has published the current plan for a staggered return to school. The key details are:
- From 25 October, HSC students (Year 12 and accelerated students) will have full-time access to school campuses and their teachers.
- From Monday 1 November, students in Years 2, 6 and 11 will return to school sites under Level 3 plus settings. (Level 3+ settings means a staggered return and students/staff are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors and allocated playground areas to minimising mixing)
- From Monday 8 November, students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 return to school sites under Level 3 plus settings.
- HSC exams will be delayed until 9 November with a revised timetable and guidelines for a COVID-safe HSC to be released by NESA in early September.
- Double doses of COVID vaccinations will be mandatory for any staff on school sites from 25 October and for all school staff from 8 November.
Communication remains essential, so please ensure that details are up to date so each emailed Family Update is received. As a school, we will also use zoom to share important details with students and families.
Messages of Gratitude (Students to Staff)
Two weeks ago, a 48 hour window was available for students to write messages of gratitude to their teachers and other staff who are working incredibly hard across the school. The messages were then collated and posted to the homes of staff as a surprise. 756 messages were sent from students and I know that all of the staff were very appreciative for the heartfelt notes sent by an amazing group of young people. Thank you and well done students!
Student Merit Awards
A number of merit assemblies have been held during the Learning from Home period and last week, over 600 awards were posted to students. Well done to everyone who has received a merit award for this term and thank you to our administration staff for sending these to students.
8-11 Applications for 2022
We once again had a record number of applications for placement into years 8-11. Our school was one of 10 selective high schools who were planning to share the HAST results, but this is not possible for 2022 given the lockdowns. The Principals of the schools agreed to use their own process for admission and we will revert to grading applications against our rubric to capture academic excellence and well rounded scholarship. First round offers will be made in the coming weeks. Thank you to the team of expert readers who assisted with this process and the administration team for managing the enormous task of online submissions.
Our Yarning Circle
Our school has a rich history of success achieved by our Aboriginal students and prior to lockdown, the school’s Yarning Circle was completed. The construction of that space, located at the rear of the school has been a wonderfully rich experience and I am looking forward to students returning to the site to enjoy the area and to further deepen our collective knowledge of first nations people and culture.
Former student and aboriginal woman, Divinia Eather (class of 2019) led the project through her family business (Eather Group) and the project involved 6 indigenous companies including design, landscaping, artwork, cultural consultation and labour.
A large mural project will complete the project and will involve students working with a local indigenous artist when students return to site.
Thank you to all involved and particularly, Business Manager Maria Ryan, for her coordination of many capital works around the school before trades were not allowed onsite.
The Blue Mountains Gazette published this article about the Yarning Circle: https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/7351429/yarning-circle-in-covid-lockdown/
To conclude my Principal’s message for this newsletter, I wanted to express my sincere thanks to the staff for the work they are doing in very trying circumstances. The days are long and the weeks are short and it is fair to say that the harder days are still ahead of us, but that we will get there.
Thank you also to so many of our parents who are working in front line roles in the health system. We have many parents, family members and alumni working as Doctors, Nurses, executive staff and many other roles that are getting us vaccinated and taking care of so many who are unwell. This of course brings additional stress and pressure at work and home.
Thank you to everyone for the ongoing spirit of collaboration and patience. If the school can assist at all, please reach out.
Update from the Year 7 and 10 Deputy
Thank you to all of our families and students for the many, many emails we have received filled with kind words and thanks. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful community supporting us during this time.
If there is anything we can do for you, please make sure you reach out.
A challenge to our families:
If mobile phone use is an issue in your home, I would like to share a little bit of a challenge to our Year 7 and 10 families. I recently discovered an app called ‘Flora’ which is a free app that helps manage screen time via a virtual garden. Each time you put your phone down, Flora plants a seed and a tree begins to grow. The less you use your phone, the better your garden grows. The best bit is you can use Flora with a friend or family member and grow a garden together! See below
Year 7: You have transitioned to learning from home so well! I know the way the PSHS approaches learning from home is very different than what you experienced last year. The resilience you have shown is truly remarkable. Please remember that Ms Alrubai, Mrs Kwiet and I are here if you need anything!
Year 10: I imagine by now learning from home is beginning to wear thin for many of you. It is important to remember that we are all in this together and the expectations around our school values – citizenship, courage, diligence and integrity are the same during online learning as they are when we are on-site. Please remember that Mrs Wallace, Mrs Holloway and I are here if you need anything!
Ms Jaclyn Cush
POSTPONEMENT OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON
Penrith High School's 70th Anniversary Reunion is to be postponed to Saturday 26 March 2022. Tickets already purchased will be transferred to the new date. If the new date is not suitable for you, a full refund will be made.
Venue: Penrith Paceway.
Time: 12 noon, for lunch at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets went on sale on Monday 21st June and will continue until 4th March 2022 or all sold and will cost $75 each.
Tickets are only available from Eventbrite
Thank you Derek!
Towers sat where the current carpark and A Block are now.
An early view of the school from Penrith Primary School
Term 3 has been an interesting Term and the Mathematics Staff adjusted quickly to online teaching, learning many new technology skills. Our competitions have all been moved to online platforms as well as our Term 3 Tasks. Peer Tutoring has continued to run over zoom but not at its usually full capacity. Unfortunately, we had to stop our Primary Peer Tutoring program for Terms 3 and 4. Hopefully we will be able to resume this valuable program again in 2022.
Applications to study Mathematics Extension 2 in 2022 are closing soon, please complete your forms and upload them. No late applications will be accepted.
On 9 June we had our largest group ever of 19 students participate in the annual UNSW Mathematics Competition. It is an intensive 3-hour competition, and we were fortunate enough to be able to sit it in the hall before Covid hit! There has been a delay in the papers being marked as UNSW was shut down because of COVID, but the papers have been collected by the markers now so hopefully we will get the results early in Term 4. Our team consisted of:
Timothy Gonzales Year 9
Jaide Knaus-Petrie Year 9
Hazel Malhotra Year 9
Sanskar Tibile Year 9
Satvik Warrier Year 9
Muhammad Abdullah Year 10
Muhammad Maouz Saeed Year 10
Ayaan Shaikh Year 10
Aaditya Manek Year 11
Gurveer Khalsa Year 11
Dismitha Maha Baththanaralalage Year 11
Marc Mumford Year 11
Eric Ruan Year 11
Harrison Shi Year 11
Jamieson Berida Year 12
Keeno Mendoza Year 12
Beonrik Pascual Year 12
Anaf Sayed Year 12
Samuel Tint Year 12
The Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (A.I.M.O.) will be held on Thursday 9 September, Week 9. We have seven keen students from years 9 and 10 sitting the intensive 4 hour Olympiad. They are:
Hazel Malhotra from Year 9
Muhammad Abdullah Year 10
Celis Pascual Year 10
Ayaan Shaikh Year 10
Kirk Murillo Year 10
Vedang Purohit Year 10
Siqi Wang Year 10
The Australian Informatics Olympiad (A.I.O.) was held online on Thursday 26 August. The 3-hour Olympiad Competition was run from 9 am until 12 am. We entered 12 students: eight in the Intermediate Division and 4 in the Senior Division. The students had to write computer programs to solve 6 logic problems. This year we had a team made of students from Years 7 through to 12. The team consisted of
Anoushka Singhal Year 7
Heer Panchal Year 7
Jeremy Tjiantoro Year 7
Shayaan Sayyed Year 7
Prabin Ojha Year 8
Vedang Purohit Year 10
Kirk Murillo Year 10
Prabesh Ojha Year 10
Gurveer Khalsa Year 11
Anaf Sayed Year 12
Jamieson Berida Year 12
Beonrik Pascual Year 12
The AMC – On Wednesday 4 August all of Years 7 to 10 and 25 Year 11 and 12 students participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition, AMC. This year the AMC was held online. AMC is Australia’s premier problem-solving competition. The AMC is made up of 30 questions that help students explore and develop their problem-solving skills, all of which are solved without the use of a calculator. Results should be back early next term.
The Euler, Gauss and Noether Enrichment Programs – is winding up at the end of Term 3. Application forms will be handed out mid Term 4 for enrichment in 2022. Euler is for Year 8 students, Gauss for Year 9 students and Noether for Year 10 students. It is designed to encourage students to develop their higher order problem skills. It is for the more able students. Whereas Peer Tutoring is for students in Years 7 to 11 who need help with their mathematics class work or if they would like help before the yearly exams, please email Anuja or Juveena at email@example.com and they will match you with a peer tutor who will help you with your maths for free.
The Year 9 ESSI Financial Competition – was held during weeks 6 and 7 of Term 3 for all of Year 9. The competition educated the students about budgeting, credit cards, saving money, spending money, incomes, taxes, scams. The students had to get a job, answer quizzes and complete diary entries whilst building their financial empire. At the end of the competition the winners were determined by who had the most money, answered quizzes and completed at least 3 diary entries.
The overall Year 9 winner was Dinel Perera, in second place was Reeve Dudhia and in third place was Alex Gange. These gentlemen will receive canteen vouchers when we are all back at school in mid Term 4!
The top three students from each class will receive their certificates next term. They were:
Aarush Mittal $36 521.76, Ranuga Jayaweera $35 419.15, Tishya Aggarwal $35 160. 69
Aryan Modak $35 636.42, Ken Labiga $34 468.17, Jocelyn Yunardi $33910.24
Reeve Dudhia $39 381.14, Alex Gange $37 118.68, Aariz Ahmed $36 970.16
Dinel Perera $40 689.64, Nicole Chen $32 329.73, Fernando Toenroe $27 949.73
Simardeep Bedi $35 008.73, Ronish babu $35 010.26, Aaradh Singh $33 302.69
We are looking forward to being back at school (hopefully) next term!
We will also be welcoming Mrs Norman back from maternity leave in term 4.
Mrs Sue Briggs
Head Teacher of Mathematics
Peer Tutoring Coordinator
Smoking Ceremony during NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week is nationally celebrated between the 4th-11th July which falls in our school holiday period.
Thank you to Mrs Pipio, Mrs Holloway, Mrs Wallace, Ms Ross, Ms Scardanas and Dr Katyal for working together to organise this event.
During NAIDOC Week PSHS held its annual MUticultural Day.
The students and staff came dressed in their beautiful traditional costumes and throughout the day the students had stalls selling their delicious food dishes from the different countries represented at our school.
During recess and lunch a concert took place in the hall and of course a highlight was the Year 12 dance.So entertaining!
We were extremely fortunate to have this day of celebration before we were put into lockdown.
Win at Quad Schools
On 25 June, the last day of Term 2, our school participated in the annual Quad Schools Competition with James Ruse, Baulkham Hills and Girraween High School. The competition consisted of four sports; basketball, soccer, touch football and volleyball with 3 rounds played per sport against every school.
For the first time, Penrith came in 1st with a score of 47 points. A win by just four points shows the importance of every win and tie from the 8 teams. This is the first time a school other than Baulkham Hills has won the competition and all students should be very proud of their efforts as they have trained every week over the past 3 terms.
Sydney West Cross Country
On June 9, PSHS had 14 students participate in the Sydney West Cross Country Carnival, all of whom had placed in the top 10 at the Nepean Zone Carnival in May. Nine of these students were from Year 12 and all students are to be commended on their amazing effort.
The following students participated in the Carnival
Kavin Balachandar (12)
Ryan Wen (14)
Parth Purohit (16)
Arvind Janardhan (16)
Zoe Adrienne Elizalde (17)
Sinduja Sureshkumar (17)
Alison Joseph (18)
Tamara Jaglica (18)
Minuli Nanayakkara (18)
Luke Boyes (18)
Nicholas Whelan (18)
Marco Perri (18)
Guntash Singh (18)
Siddak Kisana (18)
Congratulations to Luke Boyes, Nicholas Whelan, Alison Joseph and Kavin Balachandar who moved on to CHS Cross Country
(see photos below)
House Captains 2020/2021
Over the past year, the House Captains have worked hard to increase House spirit and sports participation. This has seen an increase in collaboration between other Student Leadership groups and Clubs, and we have had the privilege to work with the SRC, Prefects, Volunteering Club and Photography Club. In Term 3 2020, we collaborated with the Volunteering Club on a Clothing and Food Drive Competition. We did this by painting boxes in our house colours where students could place donations in their house box, allowing them to earn house points. We assisted SRC in the Pink Up Penrith by collecting money and selling nail files and wristbands. Later on, we collaborated with the Science Prefects on a House Mufti for Halloween. We had another House Mufti Day that term which raised money for great causes including a Toy Drive, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and the Rowing Club. To finish off the term, we collaborated with SRC on the PHS House Cup Competition where students could participate in novelty, sporting and intellectual activities. This event was a huge success with all students engaged in activities of their choice.
Over the past year there have been exciting new changes implemented by the House Captain group. In Term 1 we launched our House Instagram page @phshousecaptains where we have been able to post regular updates on our Intra School Competition, Quad Schools, Carnival Events and house points. This account has been an engaging way to communicate with students and provide recognition for students, including those who represented PHS at the Nepean Zone and Sydney West Carnivals. Throughout the year we ran the Intraschool and Tri-school Competition. This allowed students to participate in a range of sports including soccer, touch football and basketball with games played numerous times during the week at recess and lunch. This competition was a huge success with a large number of participants from all year groups. It has also gained much popularity amongst spectators, evident by the large number of students who watched either in the gym or on the oval. Throughout the year, we have been able to run numerous Student-Teacher games across various sports including soccer and basketball which has again been popular amongst both participants and spectators.
We were also lucky to run all three of our school carnivals including Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics after unfortunately not being able to hold them in 2020. In Term 1, we ran the Swimming Carnival and Cross Country Carnival where there was an enormous level of school spirit. During the Term 1 holidays, we launched the Minecraft Challenge where students could design the CAPA block on Minecraft with the top 3 designs recognised at assembly. These designs can be viewed on our House page. Term 2 kicked off with the Athletics Carnival which was a two day event. During this, students could participate in a range of track and field events as well as numerous relays of the 4x100m sprint that showcased the best athletes by house and age. We finished the term with Quad Schools, where our school came in 1st place. There are numerous photos from the day that can be viewed in this newsletter as well as our House Instagram page where we posted numerous score updates throughout the day and have score posts for all the games played.
These events and carnivals would not be possible without the massive participation rates from students and the incredible work of staff, particularly the PDHPE Faculty including Mr Matic, Mr Elias and Mr Rutherford. We would also like to thank our previous house coordinator Ms Alrubai who had us up to the start of Term 2 and Mr Rolls whom we had this term.
We wish all the best for the 2021/2022 House Captains!
ARTICLES FROM THE 2021/22 PREFECT INTERNS
The new Prefect Interns for 2021/2022
Athena Xin Tian Auw
Social Justice and Equality Team
Seniru De Silva
School Functions Team
Academic Prefect Interns
As Academic Prefect Interns, our main responsibilities include overseeing students from Year 7 to 12, organising study groups, peer support and the school curriculum. Since lockdown, it has been really difficult for the students to actively interact with each other, so, our team has implemented a range of initiatives to help students stay on top of their studies despite the difficult conditions. We hope that our initiatives influence students to develop positive study habits during online school and encourage constant collaboration with each other.
One of our initiatives is the “Study with the Prefects” Zoom sessions which occur on Mondays and Thursdays after school. These are designed to create an environment where students are motivated to study. It allows for junior students to ask senior students questions regarding subjects, homework, or any other questions. To encourage more participation, we integrated a point system where students can earn a point per minute after joining and engaging with the session for at least 30 minutes. Students can gain points for both individual awards and English classes (Year 7, 8, 11, 12) or Science classes (Year 9, 10). So far, the sessions have been pretty successful with both the juniors and seniors joining to study.
We recently implemented a peer tutoring system in line with our zoom sessions to allow the seniors to provide a helping hand to students in the younger grades. This peer tutoring system covers a range of subjects from Mathematics all the way to Commerce. Applications to become tutors have been sent out! If you wish to be tutored, an email was sent earlier this month with regards to it.
Athena Xin Tian Aux, Veerja Patel, Rachel Mathew, Zoe Elizalde
School Functions Prefect Interns
You might think that because of COVID-19, the School Functions team has had nothing to do during quarantine. Although it is unfortunate that many exciting events have been pushed back, we are still working hard with the rest of the prefects to push for a motivating lockdown school life for our students!
As the School Functions Prefects, our roles and responsibilities entail the organisation of initiatives and events that help us stay connected with the student body. As our current circumstances heavily restrict us, we’ve decided the best way to stay connected with the students and staff is through the media, organised and operated by our dedicated team members.
Right now, the School Functions team is collaborating with the Social Justice team in a series of “Lockdown Wellbeing Challenge” videos, where we present a handful of prefects participating in fun activities. We aim to encourage students to follow through and participate with the activities we are showcasing, provide entertainment and possibly help students gain new hobbies to stay motivated and occupied through online schooling and the tough times we’re having during COVID!
To deal with the lonely times, the Prefect Interns have worked together with the Prefect Media team to deliver Spotify playlists in several themes. These themes include workout, study, night-time playlists and more. The prefects have customised these playlists with their own personal favourites, including the songs they are currently listening to during lockdown. To resonate with the themes of the playlists, the Prefect Media team has worked to produce some of the best playlist covers!
We plan to try and stay more connected with the school through social media, and we have a lot of fun stuff planned for the future. Until then, thanks for supporting the School Functions team!
The School Functions team - Olivia Lee, Shivangi Agnihotri, Luke Byun
Enrichment Prefect Interns
As the Enrichment Prefect Interns, our main responsibilities lie in the organisation and execution of a large array of enrichment activities available to Penrith Selective High School students. Due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to online learning, the Enrichment Prefects have not been able to perform many of the tasks we usually would in a physical school setting, such as organising Duke of Ed, Penrith in Performance, and academic competitions such as ICAS. However, we have been working on a few ways to keep school fun and engaging during lockdown.
The Enrichment Prefects have been busy lately with the Prefect Olympics Competition, where students were challenged with a series of quizzes, each based on a different school faculty, starting with Science, which was followed by Maths, CAPA, and so on, for the duration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. These quizzes were a huge success, with 990 quiz submissions recorded across the 9 days that the quiz ran. After the conclusion of the Prefect Olympics, which coincided with the end of the real Olympics, the Enrichment Prefects have now set our sights on reestablishing the various peer tutoring programs run by different faculties. Expression of interest forms have been sent out to all junior students, who may wish to be tutored, and all senior students who may wish to become a tutor. These Peer Tutoring sessions will be run over Zoom during the Prefect mass study sessions, held on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:30PM.
Stay tuned for more fun events that we are planning to keep you all connected and entertained.
Joshua Gange, Eric Ruan and Papri Mallick
Faculty Prefect Interns
The Faculty Prefect Interns are a part of the Prefect Intern body for 2021/22, and we are responsible for all events and activities that involve the 9 school faculties including Science Week, Presentation Night and Parent Teacher Interviews. This term, during lockdown, we have been working with the Enrichment Prefect Interns on the “Prefect Olympics”, which is an event where students are able to participate in challenging quizzes that focus on each of the 9 faculties. This was made to boost Olympic spirit during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and to also encourage students to actively participate in school activities while also maintaining their wellbeing. As of now, we are working on many other fun and engaging activities to get the school through lockdown. We hope to release these projects soon!
Arya Chavan, Rionne Bondal, Riya Jain, Christopher Kwon, Shreya Patel.
The Social Justice and Equality Intern Prefects
On 27 August, PSHS celebrated the annual Wear It Purple Day run by the Social Justice and Equality Prefects.
This event celebrated the diversity of our school community and aims to foster a culture of acceptance and awareness for LGBTQ+ individuals. More details on the cause can be found at the following link: https://www.wearitpurple.org/
Students were invited to participate by choosing a purple zoom background, purple zoom profile picture, AND/OR wear purple clothing or accessories on Zoom. As well there was a Wear It Purple Day Kahoot on after school at 3:30, where house points were awarded for participation, costumes, and placing on the podium.
It was wonderful to see everyone's amazing costumes and decorations in recognition of this important cause.
Seniru De Silva
Shiv Nair - Lawson Vice-Captain
Arpan Bassi - Blaxland Captain
Daniella Daniels-Obiokolie - Mitchell Vice-Captain
Leah Joseph - Mitchell Vice-Captain
Zadid Syed - Wentworth Captain
Dharika Sujendran - Wentworth Vice-Captain
Updated House Points as at 17 August 2021
JBS BYOD Parent Toolkit
Parents Overview Brochure
Year 7 Visual Arts Creative Postcards
Congratulations Visual Arts Enrichment Students!
A huge congratulations to the Visual Arts Enrichment students listed below, under the guidance of Mr Iain Wallace, who have been working digitally all term (starting by 8:00am every Tuesday) on various art competitions and who have been selected for the Nagoya Art Exchange Program.
- Rachel Ding - Year 8
- Amiya Joshi - Year 9
- Saniru Dayaratne - Year 9
- Hazel Malhotra - Year 9
Amiya Joshi - Year 9
Rachel Ding - Year 8
Hazel Malhotra - Year 9
Saniru Dayaratne - Year 9
CAPA Ensemble Update
Duke of Edinburgh Update
Since the beginning of Term 3 and online learning, participants have been modifying their goals and activities to suit their individual situations. They should have completed a plan for their Award for online learning, a working document that can and will be updated as restrictions change. Students have been required to check in with their assessors and discuss the communication methods that would work best for them. Students are learning new ways of recording evidence of their hours and are still required to check in with assessors regularly, either weekly or fortnightly.
Bronze students are still meeting every Thursday recess via zoom. This term we have been working through their individualised plans whilst online learning, looking at different food options and creating a personal menu plan for their qualifying journey. More recently they have been looking at first aid prevention and treatment, as well as forming their own first aid kit. Some students have also completed one of their sections of their Award and should be commended on this huge effort.
The Silver class students have also completed their individualised plans whilst online learning. They have spent time looking at more nutritious meal and food options for their Adventurous Journey’s and experimenting with making lightweight snacks such as fruit leather. Other activities have been planning a group meal, making that meal for their families to check quantities were correct, and implementing this into their individualised menu plans. They have researched information relating to their Practice Journey, organised the logistics for this journey, all the while communicating and offering feedback to each other. Over the coming weeks they will be working through navigation and learning the skills and techniques required for bushwalking.
The Gold students have been working on their logistics for their Practice Journey, including aspects such as public transport, what they will expect to see each day and approximate distances and times. They too have been involved in looking at more nutritious food options and have been working around a group meal plan, then creating a personal menu plan. Students should be working on their individualised plans each week, for each of their sections: Skill, Service and Physical Recreation.
Adventurous Journeys are on hold for the time being and will be rescheduled to a later date. Students will only complete these journeys when it is safe to do so and the updates will be communicated with students and parents when the time comes. Students will have the opportunity to complete this section of their Award. We are all eagerly awaiting when the time comes that we can complete these journeys.
To the students who are maintaining commitment to your Award through these difficult times, well done. You should be commended on this tremendous effort.
Ms L Andreatta
Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader
Senior First Aid Course
On 26 April, 33 students from our Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, as well as a few other students from year 11 and 12, have all successfully completed our Senior First Aid Course. We chose to work through the theory section in the holidays before getting tested in a practical assessment in the form of a workshop when we returned to school. Examined under the Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA), we received workbooks, mini first aid packages, first hand lessons from representative Terry McCallum and finally our qualifications on first aid.
Covering all aspects of first aid from legal to CPR, we diligently went through all of the exercises in our workbooks. After studying each section of the text, we concluded it with a final writing test that was marked off during the workshop. This test and the practical assessment was what determined whether we would pass our course. Even now, we have access to our workbooks and all the information it provides on first aid, it is a great resource.
Then, came the day of the assessment, throughout the day, we explored several features of first aid with Mr McCallum. With his knowledge and expertise, each of us were also given the skills required to accomplish our Senior First Aid certifications. During the workshop, we completed practical applications through scenarios on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic emergency life support and first aid. These three units make up our Senior First Aid qualifications and are valid for 3 years, when we can choose to be tested again.
In spite of the hard work that was required for this course, it is with no doubt that we all had a fun time. Through this workshop, we had the chance to learn how to apply first aid in many situations. Thanks to the RLSSA we also had access to equipment like practice CPR Manikins, and triangular bandages used for slings. By allowing us to learn these things through practical execution, it was much easier to memorise and understand.
Overall, this course will be highly useful to all of us, providing some great life skills. It was a great and engaging experience for us to be involved in. From each of the 33 students, we are all greatly appreciative of the RLSSA, Terry McCallum and Ms Andreatta for organising this course. With her assistance, we all have access to first aid qualifications that will greatly benefit us in the future.
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Participant
Congratulations to those students who received their First Aid Certificate
Further Work Around the School (completed before lockdown) Check out the Before and After Photos
Seating in the Tas Area - Before
Sandstone pathway to seating in the TAS Area - After
Sandstone additions to the garden near the canteen
Garden Area near Canteen/Gymnasium - Before
Garden Area near the Canteen/Gymnasium - After
Incline up to the Basketball Courts - Before
Sandstone steps up to the Basketball Courts
Pathways near the Basketball Courts - Before
Pathways near the Basketball Courts - After
Garden Areas near the Basketball Courts - Partially Completed
Garden Areas near the Basketball Courts - After
The Area for the New Carpark - Before
The start to the new carpark near the Basketball Courts
Fencing around the Hockey Field
Pathway near the History Block out to High Street - Before
Pathway near the History Block out to High Street - After
The Area for the New Yarning Circle - Before
The New Yarning Circle
Yarning Circle Completed
Before lockdown our new Yarning Circle was completed. Making it even more special was having Alumna, Divinia Eather, and Eather Group lead and complete this whilst engaging indigenous businesses. Following on from a special Smoking Ceremony in NAIDOC Week and on Multicultural Day with Uncle Graham there will be a mural also completed when the students are back.
The Yarning Circle is based on the 2021 NAIDOC theme "Heal Country".
A 100% Indigenous-led project in the Education sector, the consultation, planning and design, resourcing, execution, clean up and quality control, was championed completely by Indigenous businesses.
Eather Group engaged five other Indigenous contractors to deliver this project namely, Muru Mittigar, Kangaroo Transport and Haulage, Yamari Ochre Signs, the Richmond franchisee of Fox Mowing and Plate Events. Furthermore, this project provided work for upwards of 12 Aboriginal people in a time of Sydney-wide job insecurity.
Eather Group are excited about the potential to use this project as a blueprint for other interested schools, as well as within other sectors.
Thank you Eather Group for completing this project in connecting students to the significance of Country.
School Captains' Book in Celebration of our 70th Anniversary
At the time of this edition being produced the first edition of the school's Captains' Book has gone to the printers.
Nonetheless, we would still like to hear further from the Captains listed below.
The Head Teacher History is gathering information about all of our past captains. The plan is to create a book which has the male and female captain for each year on a double page. There will be the name and year on each page. Each page is intended to have a school photo of the captain (when actually the captain) and a more recent photo beside it.
Underneath this will be four questions:
1. What is your best memory of Penrith High School?
2. What did you think you would be doing after you left high school?
3. What are you doing now?
4. What is the best advice you could give to current PHS students?
We may be able to get some of these responses from the profiles in the back of The Towers but would enjoy hearing from as many former captains or their families as possible.
If you were a past captain or family member could you forward a suitable photo and your responses to the four questions. This will be passed on.
If you know the contact details of any past captain could you pass this information onto the school via the school email firstname.lastname@example.org and make it attention to Clark Stone.
The intention is to present the First Edition of the Captains' Book to the school late 2021 in celebration of our 70th Anniversary with copies for sale and one to be placed in the school foyer.
We still need to hear from: Please note the asterisk means deceased
Robert Smyth 1951
Pat Parkinson 1951
Dennis Harrison* 1953
Margaret Eckford* 1953
Brian Bowles 1954
Margaret Schubach 1954
Vida Vladickaite* 1955
Kenneth Smith 1956
Suzette Brown 1956
Doug Taylor 1957
Noelene Neville 1957
Lee Carroll 1958
Aina Alnis 1958
Greg Nicholls 1960
Barbara Crossing 1961
Rex Kinder 1964
Kim Longmore* 1965
Christine Borec 1967
Darryl Honeysett 1970
Margot Jensen 1970
Anic Vasic 1972
Stephen Cowan 1976
Joanne Wickes 1976
Elizabeth Doyle 1978
Gary Smith 1979
Elizabeth Jones 1979
Glen Bootle 1981
Michael Wholohan 1983
Carol Harris 1983
Andrew Thompson 1984
Nancy Thonton 1984
Colin Gardiner 1985
Marina Marjanovic 1985
Debbie TaylorVC 1986
Amanda Gibbons VC 1986
Grant Healey VC 1987
Robert Blair-Hickman 1988
Elizabeth Gyler 1988
Adam Haines 1989
Daniel Connolly 1990
Joanne Everingham 1990
Timothy Smith 1991
Karen Miller 1991
Qinton Single 1992
Alessandria Bosso 1992
Elizabeth Marchant 1993
Chantelle Vella 1994
Erin Reimer 1996
Michael Wong 1997
Anil Mishra 2000
Rachel Rowe 2000
Jonathan Freeston 2001
Vanessa Onden Lim 2001
Renee Yates 2002
Kieran Colreavy 2003
Sarah Walker 2003
Dillon Anderiesz 2006
Matthew White 2010
Emily Stone 2010
Angelica Manlangit 2011
Jonas Thomson 2014
Grace Shalders 2014
Simone Ferreira 2015
Deaundre Espejo 2016
Abirami Raveendran 2016
Janindu Kumara-Devage 2017
Manasa Bhatt 2017
Ethan Shackley 2020
Sophia Hadjimichael 2020
Those Captains who will appear in full in the First Edition of the Captains' Book
1952 - John Day, Jill Fraser (now Farnsworth)
1954 - Margaret Schubach
1955 - James Short*
1959 - Brian Lewis, Diana Stewart (now Van Der Zande)
1960 - Barbara Fretwell (now Piirsalu)
1961 - Robert Munro*
1962 - David Henderson-Smart*, Juliet Clark (now Lloyd)
1963 - Peter Coburn, Penny Wensley
1964 - Christine Roberts (now Walker)
1965 - Gillian Anderson (now Kahl)
1966 - Ian Coleman
1967 - Ian Coleman
1968 - Paul Hansen, Prue Charlton
1969 - Gary Nelson, Linda Carr
1970 - Margot Jensen (now Legosz)
1971 - David Dunbar, Jane Reffell
1972 - Rodney Morphett
1973 - Peter Jackson, Sandra Warn
1974 - Patrick Shiels, Ann Hardy*
1975 - Michael Rosier, Kim Chandler (now Whealey)
1977 - Merrick Spicer, Manuella Pusic
1978 - Trevor Williams
1980 - Colin McDonald, Alison Monk (now Adams)
1981 - Tracey Aldred (now Lawson)
1982 - Michael Trist, Bronwyn Chalmers
1986 - David Dawson
1987 - Stephen Keens(VC), Madeleine Pusic
1989 - Donna Healey (now Fletcher)
1990 - Tara Van Dyk (now O'Connell)
1993 - Donald Frost -Last Comprehensive
1994 - David Tucker, Chantelle Vella (now Barber- photo only) - First Selective
1995 - Rajan Thangavelu, Dawn Harrison (now Comber)
1996 - Isaac Kuruvilla
1997 - Corryn McKay
1998 - Matthew McCarron, Angela Tillot
1999 - Mark McCartney, Amy Richardson (now Munro)
2002 - Anthony Samson
2004 - Nicholas Brenner, Emma Woods
2005 - Jude Holroyd, Georgina Fuller
2006 - Kirby Bryson (now Atwood)
2007 - Martin Robinson, Meg Ebelt
2008 - Stuart Bryson, Vashti Maynard
2009 - Alvin Tan, Elizabeth Cameron
2010 - Emily Stone
2011 - Geeth Geeganage
2012 - David Stone, Imogen Clark
2013 - Ross Penninkilampi, Grace White
2015 - Simone Ferreira
2018 - Adam Evans, Grace Faulder
2019 - Soham Desai, Aryenish Kavarana.
An asterisk(*) denotes deceased
Michael Handley - PHS -'85-'87 - Finished Army Service as a Lance Corporal
WERE YOU A STUDENT OF PHS WHO SERVED IN THE DEFENCE FORCE OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO DID?
Would you like to be recognised on PHS Defence Force Service Honour Board? Or, have your friend or relative recognised who attended PHS?
If you are interested please email the school on: email@example.com
Attention Cathie in the library for further details
NOTE: the school was not established until 1950 so bear this in mind
In addition, if the Alumni listed below could also reach out to update some details:
Updating Honour Boards/Sports Records
We would like to confirm the Duxes:
1.from the 50s (see below)
In Addition, we are also trying to find the Junior Sportsman and Junior Sportswoman of the year for;
If you can help please email the school on:
Attention Cathie in the library.
Recognition of the Duxes in the 1950s (according to Towers)
If you or someone you might know could elaborate further regarding the information below please contact Cathie in the school library(when we return) or via the school email:
firstname.lastname@example.org ATTENTION Cathie
Duxes in the 50s and early 60s
During the 50s the Fletcher Award was given to students in all years to encourage them
to continue their studies. It included a monetary donation.
Students in 5th Year sat for the Leaving Certificate.
In 1950 - Margaret Duncan and Alan Holswich received the Fletcher Award in 4th Year.
In 1952 - Marcia Kirkness and John Day received the Fletcher Award in 5th Year.
John Day came 2nd in the state for Physics and Chemistry and was placed
in the top 30 in the state for the Leaving Certificate
In 1953 - M. Eckford and A. Bills received the Fletcher Award in 5th Year
In 1954 - PHS held its first Speech Day in April at the Nepean Theatre
Jocelyn Cooper and Anthony Walker received Fletcher Awards
In 1955 - Jill Reid and Anthony Walker were named Duxes of 4th Year
In 1956 - Dawn Morgan and Jim Finnimore were named Duxes of 4th Year
In 1957 - Dawn Morgan and Jim Finnimore were named Best in the Leaving Certificate
In 1958 - Joyce Anderson and Robert Cuckson were named Best in the Leaving Certificate
Robert Cuckson was mentioned in the state group of the Leaving Certificate
In 1959 - Margaret Finnimore and Michael Walker were named as Duxes of the School
In 1960 - Michael Smith and Meryl White (Prox. Acc.) were named Duxes of the School
In 1961 - Bob Munro and Yvonne Fripp (Prox. Acc.) were named Duxes of the School
In 1962 - Ian Jay was named Dux of the School
In 1963 - Elizabeth Finnimore was named Dux of the School
In 1964 - Richard Douglas was named Dux of the School
In 1965 - Herman Nacinovich was named Dux of the School
In 1966 - no Dux recorded in Towers
In 1967 - Stephen Johnson and Ian Coleman named Duxes of the School