December 2020 Newsletter
|25 January 2021||School Office Reopens|
|26 January 2021||Australia Day (Office Closed)|
|28 & 29 January 2021||School Development Days (Pupil Free)|
|1 February 2021||Term 1 2021 Starts for Students|
While in many ways, 2020 has been a long year, I still marvel at how quickly it has passed. We are now into the final week of school and holidays are literally days away. In these final days, we are working hard to finish off teaching and learning programs with our students and make sure that plans for 2021 are ready to go. In closing off the academic year, I would like to touch on a few of the important celebrations and events that have kept us busy in recent weeks.
On 1st December we hosted our final event to acknowledge and formally recognise the many achievements of our Year 12s as Graduands of Pinjarra Senior High School in the Year 12 Presentation and Awards Ceremony. A full list of award recipients and prize winners is included in this newsletter. To see all of our students resplendent in their academic gowns, receiving their presentation folders in front of thrilled family and friends certainly made for a special evening. A highlight was the keynote presentation by former Pinjarra Senior High School student Kamdyn MacIntosh, who is a dual AFL Premiership player with the Richmond Football Club. Kamdyn spoke about determination in the face of adversity, describing the power of mindset in determining whether people are ‘buried’ or ‘planted’ when they fail. This message resonated with our students and audience alike against the challenging backdrop of 2020, and was indeed inspiring as we look forward to 2021.
Through our Primary Aspirant Program and transition and orientation days, we have certainly seen a bit of our incoming year 7s! Last week the students from all of our feeder primary schools attended Pinjarra Senior High School to get a real taste of what high school is all about. Year 6 students were able to meet teachers, House Coordinators, support staff, school leaders and most importantly, one another as they navigated their way around the school. The students who have joined us throughout semester two through the Primary Aspirant Program were ‘old hands’, having already spent time working in different parts of the campus during their many visits. The students involved in the current round of the program – Pinjarra Football Academy – were able to join the year 8 and 10 PFA students for their final round last week. The smiles on everyone’s faces were enough to tell us that this was a successful venture for all concerned. We will look forward to expanding and enhancing the Primary Aspirant Program in partnership with our Murray-Waroona network of schools in 2021. Thanks to all the staff and year 10 student guides who supported the newest members of our school community to feel included, safe and welcome during the transition and orientation visits. We are looking forward to seeing you all again in Pinjarra Senior High School uniforms next term.
We have also had the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the PFA students this term, with the annual PFA Awards Evening bringing together our talented football program students, their parents and families, teachers and special guests to applaud their achievements during 2020. Awards were presented to students in Year 8, 9 and 10 across several categories, including male and female Footballer of the Year, Coaches Awards, Most Improved and the special presentation of the ‘Spirit of the PFA’ award, which recognises a student who embodies the core values of the school and the program. A full list of the award winners is included in this newsletter. A very special part of the PFA Awards Evening this year was having Kamdyn MacIntosh, a graduate of the PFA program address the students about what the PFA meant to him growing up as a student at Pinjarra Senior High School. In no small part, Kamdyn reflected on the positive influence of his peers and teachers and how they assisted him to achieve his dream of playing AFL. Year 10 students Breanna Collard and Levi Martin also addressed the audience about their PFA experiences and thoughts about graduating from the program. Their recollections again spoke of the important influence of the PFA on their confidence and team work, and the powerful and lasting impact on their relationships with peers and staff. I would like to personally congratulate all award winners and the Health and Physical Education staff for their outstanding work in this specialist program that is a flagship within our school and community.
As well as the many events that we have hosted, there has been a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes to develop a new House System, to be launched to commemorate our centenary year in 2021. Most of the research and planning of this new pastoral care system has been undertaken by our fantastic student leaders, who represent our student body from year 7 to 12. This group of students have been working with Mr Pittman to devise new names, logos and colours for each of the Houses, in preparation for student, staff and School Board consultation and approval. This opportunity for student leadership has paved the way for more ‘student voice’ in decision-making and school direction going forward, which is a welcome step forward in building a strong, united school community. We anticipate that our new Houses will be introduced from the start of 2021. Students will be advised of their allocation to Houses at the start of the new year. There will also be the opportunity for students interested in becoming student leaders in 2021 to nominate for these roles. Keep an eye out for further information about nominations and elections during term one next year.
In my last newsletter I introduced Summer, our school therapy dog, who at that time was in training. She is now attending school every day and has made a wonderful, positive impact on many of our students and staff. Summer is still busy training our staff to be her handlers, but we are learning! As more people are able to take her out and about next year, she will be a regular visitor to classes, out in the yard during breaks and generally around the school. Summer has a regular group of student visitors who come to see her and have a pat every day. She is a bit of a rock star at times, but we are trying to keep her ego in check! Thanks to everyone who has supported the decision to ‘hire’ Summer and to those parents and caregivers who have provided such wonderful feedback about the positive impact Summer is having on their children’s school experience. I have no doubt that she is a fantastic asset to the health, well-being and happiness of everyone at Pinjarra Senior High School.
In closing, I would like to thank the wonderful staff, students and families that make our school community a great place to come to school, to work and to belong. Farewell to the staff who are leaving Pinjarra Senior High School at the end of this year. Thank you to you all for your contributions to our school community and support of our students during your time with us. Good luck for your future endeavours. To everyone, have a safe and happy festive season and relaxing holiday break. I will look forward to seeing you in 2021, where we will come together to celebrate the centenary year of our great school.
Year 12 Presentation & Awards Ceremony
Course Award Winners
|Certificate II in Visual Arts – Fine Arts||Shanaye Chapman|
|Certificate II in Visual Arts – Photography||Clare Bowen|
|Design Photography General||Kyla French|
|Media Production and Analysis General||Kiara Gregory|
|Drama General||Caitlin Geuer|
|DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY & ENTERPRISE|
|Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation||Joel Henderson|
|Certificate II in Engineering Pathways||Denver Warwick|
|Certificate II in Hospitality||Chevonne McNamara-Norton|
|Automotive Engineering and Technology General||Lisa Peraldini|
|Business Management and Enterprise General||Clare Bowen|
|Food, Science and Technology General||Mariah Frewen|
|Materials, Design and Technology – Metals General||Clay Salter|
|English ATAR||Emily Watson|
|English General||Lisa Peraldini|
|English Literature General||Clare Bowen|
|HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDIES|
|Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation||Adam Carter|
|Certificate II in Sport and Recreation||Phillipe Basera|
|Health Studies General||Lisa Peraldini|
|Physical Education Studies General||Callum Prowse|
|HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|Certificate II in Rural Operations||Sherridan Saul|
|Career and Enterprise General||Clare Bowen|
|Geography ATAR||Breanna Hamilton|
|Mathematics Applications ATAR||Kane Parker|
|Mathematics Methods ATAR||Amy Neve|
|Mathematics Essentials General||Clare Bowen|
|Chemistry ATAR||Amy Neve|
|Physics ATAR||Callum Prowse|
School Prize Winners
School Community Service Award
Presented by Emer. Professor David Holloway
Lions Endeavour and Citizenship Award
Presented by Mr Frank Swiderski
YouthCare School Service Award
Presented by Mr Justin Hill
Galloway’s Vocational Industry Award
Presented by Mr David Galloway
Rotary Club of Pinjarra Award
Presented by Mr Vince Costantino
Yira Yarkinny Award
Presented by Mr George Walley
ADF Long Tan Teamwork and Leadership Award
Presented by Mr Les Giles
Caltex Best All Rounder Award
Presented by Snr Sgt Ian Frances
Sportsman of the Year Award
Presented by Mr Kamdyn McIntosh
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Presented by Mr Kamdyn McIntosh
Presented by Mr David Bolt
Shire of Murray – VET Dux
Presented by Mr Tom Duxbury
Alcoa of Australia – ATAR Dux
PFA Presentation Evening Award Winners
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
|PFA Footballer of the Year||Lincoln Ray
|Coaches Award||Matthew Morrison
|Spirit of the PFA award||Lachlan Hey||Hunter Entz||Levi Martin|
|Most Improved||Conna Brown||Tahj McGrath|
NAIDOC Week: Boomerang Throwing
One of the many activities on display during NAIDOC Week was learning the art of the boomerang throw. Pinjarra Senior High School’s Year 7 cohort were privileged to learn about the traditional way to throw a boomerang as part of their Physical Education lessons over the course of the week. Led by the excellent tutelage of current Year 10 student Hayden Griffiths and previous students Blake Griffiths and Sterling Winmar, these gentlemen shared their culture with the Year 7’s before allowing them to have a go throwing the boomerang themselves.
The whole experience brought smiles to all the students and we even saw a few talented individuals succeed in getting the tell-tale arch of the boomerang as it travelled through the air. All the students found the experience highly valuable and left the lesson not only with the knowledge of a new skill but more importantly, a richer understanding and appreciation for the culture and history of the Indigenous people of Australia.
Nicholas Evernden (Health & Phys Ed)
8AEP Murdoch STEM Incursion
On November 19th, the Year 8 AEP students participated in a full day STEM incursion. Students worked in small groups to explore different careers in STEM and listened to stories of people who have used maths in creative industries. Murdoch University also came to deliver some interactive workshops, including Breakout Boxes, Business Mathematics and Communication for Scientists. This challenged the students to apply their mathematics skills in real life contexts, develop problem solving skills and grapple with trying to communicate scientific concepts to the everyday person. The students ended the day by investigating the trajectories of water rockets, by calculating angles, speed and distance. We’d like to thank all those involved in supporting this initiative.
Emma Fazzino (Mathematics)
Year 10 Personal Fitness Triathlon
On Friday (20.11.2020) The Year 10 Personal Fitness Class travelled to Doddies Beach to participate in a mini triathlon.
The Race consisted of a 200m swim, 3.6km ride and 1.8km run. All students were successful in completing the triathlon and they all really enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the staff that assisted in the running of the event; Jadon Gielingh, Emma Boyd and David Yaccob. We were all impressed with the students efforts and hope to make this an annual event.
Madeleine Pettit (Health & Phys Ed)
Planning for our Centenary Celebrations are well underway with a very active committee leading this project. Please join our alumni list (available via this link) and encourage other interested people to do so too. We are also keen to borrow any memorabilia that past students may have at home, so please contact the school if you have any items that could form part of our display during the open day to be held in June 2021.
High Cost Electives
Students have selected elective subjects for 2021. Those who have chosen high cost electives must have paid for these prior to the commencement of classes in 2021 to guarantee placement. Payment plans are available. To make payment or discuss payment options, please contact our Administration office team either at the school or on 9531 7000.
From 2020 all students are required to have a smartrider card. The initial card is free and will be automatically issued to new students. The cards are now used as a library card as well as for signing in late or signing out early during the day for appointments etc. Replacement cards must be ordered through the school library at a cost of $2.00. Further bus information can be found at: https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/timetables/results?Bus
2021 Contributions and Charges
YEAR 7 – 10 VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
We believe that the best way to provide quality education is through the provision of modern texts and equipment for students. Declining payments of voluntary contributions may result in a poorer standard of educational materials for your child. Therefore, we urge you to pay this portion to enable the school to provide your child with the education we believe they deserve to create their futures.
We urge you to start making plans now so that you are in a position to pay your Voluntary Contributions and Compulsory Charges prior to the end of Term One. However, we are aware that this can be a burden for some families and it is possible to negotiate a payment plan or please contact the payment office.
YEAR 11 & 12 CHARGES ARE COMPULSORY
Please also be reminded that Year 11 & 12 charges are compulsory and a 50% deposit is required to be paid prior to the end of Week 3 (19 March, 2021), this date has been extended.
Alternatively, to assist in lessening any financial burden a payment plan can be negotiated and is a very simple way of ensuring your child remains in their chosen course. Bank deductions can be set up and we can accept amounts as little as $10 per week. In order to arrange this, please contact the school on 95317000.
In order to remain in high cost options a 100% payment of the costs must be paid or a signed payment plan negotiated by Friday 19 February, 2021 (Week 3, Term One).
- Internet Banking: BSB: 633000 Account No: 120445655
Description: (eg Student Name (John Smith) Yr8, CC (Contributions & Charges), Yr10Camp etc).
- By telephone using credit card facilities on 9531 7000.
- In person during office hours (8.30am – 3.30pm), all EFTPOS/Credit Card options are available.
- Negotiate a Payment Plan.
- Post in a cheque.
- Centrepay – this can be set up by parents contacting Centrelink
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Pinjarra SHS P&C Association
Pinjarra Senior High School is seeking to form a Parents’ and Citizens’ Association to enable greater parent and community input into school operations to support and enhance opportunities for our students.
The role of the P & C is to support the School Board and Principal to organise events that raise the profile of our school in the community and to provide vital services to our families by overseeing the operation of our School Canteen.
While this is an aspect of the work of the P & C, it is not the only purpose of this important group. The P & C gives interested parents a place to have a voice and to positively influence the direction of our school. The time commitment is not onerous and anyone over the age of 18 if eligible to join. If you wish to get involved in the life of Pinjarra Senior High School as a parent, the P & C is a great opportunity that I hope you will consider. Interested parents should contact the office on 9531 7000.
I look forward to welcoming you to our new P & C in the near future.
2021 Secondary Assistance Scheme
Secondary Assistance Forms are available at the front office. The Education Program Allowance ($235) and Uniform allowance ($115) is available for eligible families. The close off date for applications is 1 April 2021 (No late applications can be accepted).
To be eligible for the scheme, the parent/guardian(s) must hold at least one of these concession cards:
- Centrelink Health Care Card
- Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
- Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (blue) card.
The concession card must:
- be valid for at least four weeks
- be valid for some time within Term 1 (1 February 2021 to 1 April 2021)
- have the student listed on it
- not be expired at the time of applying for SAS.
Uniforms - Available from SportsPower Pinjarra
From 1st December 2020, School uniforms will be available from Sports Power Pinjarra and not at the school.
If you claim the Secondary Assistance Scheme we recommend you tick the box on the form for the $115.00 to come directly to the school which will enable you to use this allowance to purchase uniforms immediately at Sports Power and any unused money will be held in credit for purchases throughout the year.
2021 Booklists & Stationery Requirements
Items may be purchased from Ziggies Educational Supplies or parent/caregivers have the option of shopping around. Year 11 & 12 students are to purchase text books only for the courses in which they are enrolled. If you intend using Ziggies please follow the instructions on the booklist.
Booklists (pdf format):
We made it! What a rollercoaster year!! It was great but also emotional farewelling our Year 12 students, and I’m stoked to say the Year 6-7 transition program finished on a high! We had teambuilding activities and canoeing on the Year 6 Activity Day (for the smaller primary schools), as well as two Orientation Days with 140 Year 6 students coming here to the high school. Hopefully most of the Year 6 students have now made some new friends, become a bit more familiar with the high school layout and grown in their enthusiasm levels for the big move to high school next year!
It was with great sadness that our community was dealt two recent tragedies involving our students and our hearts go out to their families and those most affected. I’ve felt very privileged supporting so many students and families who have struggled this year and I’m also really thankful to have Jackie, our other Chaplain, working alongside me. Thank you for all your support and I pray your Christmas is less full of presents and more full of presence! Presence with family and loved ones. Presence with a loving God who sent His son Jesus, whom we celebrate at Christmas, and who can give meaning, joy and hope to the lives we live. And I reckon we could all do with a dash of Peace at this time also.
Pinjarra SHS Chaplain
On behalf of the YouthCARE committee who support our local school Chaplains thank you for another great year and we pray you have a wonderful Christmas full of joy and peace!
The Pinjarra/Waroona YouthCARE Committee
Community News and Events
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Future student events at The University of Notre Dame Australia
Architecture Summer School | 11-15 or 18-22 January 2021
Ever wondered what it’s like to design cities, building and landscapes? Find out what it’s like to study, work, and create amazing built environments as an architect at Notre Dame’s Architecture Summer School. Open to students who will be in Year 11 and 12 in 2021.
Register now at notredame.edu.au/events
The HeartKids WA Gala Ball 2021
February is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Month, and HeartKids Sweetheart Day!
Why not give the gift of giving and treat your Valentine or the special people in your life to a fabulous celebration at our HeartKids Gala Ball in the
Crown Ballroom on Saturday 13th February 2021?
This is a great way to help our community by raising funds in support of families whose child is living with congenital heart disease (CHD). HeartKids supports lifesaving research, provides information, and advocates on behalf of families for this condition with no known cure.
Tickets for the 2021 HeartKids Gala Ball are now on sale: https://www.heartkids.org.au/whats-on/heartkids-gala-ball
Please contact Cecilia Donovan 0417 417 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or are interested in sponsorship or a VIP table.
Why not make it a very special weekend?
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Guests of the HeartKids Gala Ball are invited to take advantage of the special charity accommodation rates at Crown Perth. Reservations can be made by the following links.
Crown Towers :