Term 2 2022 Newsletter
|18 July||First Day of Term 3|
|1 August||NAIDOC Week Assembly|
|1-5 August||NAIDOC Week|
|5 August||Pupil Free Day|
In looking back over the past term at Pinjarra Senior High School, it is an understatement to say that we have definitely packed a lot in! Over the ten weeks, our students participated in a variety of events and activities that enabled them to work together to achieve shared goals. This is particularly impressive against the backdrop of escalating operational challenges presented by Covid, as it (hopefully) peaked during term 2. The rising number of Covid cases in our community was mirrored within our school last term, with significant increases in staff and student absence due to illness. This, along with a shortage of available relief teachers certainly added a layer of pressure for everyone in our school community. Students have largely been tolerant and understanding when their teachers have been away sick and all staff have done their best to ensure continuity of learning for classes. We knew that disruption to our regular routines would be a part of working through this phase of the pandemic, but I want to thank students, parents and staff for their efforts to adjust to the changing operating conditions throughout the term. The unpredictability we experienced day to day was not easy to manage, but as a team of staff, students, parents and caregivers, we did, even getting camps, excursions, sporting competitions and carnivals back on the term 2 calendar. The school community has come together, demonstrating our values of Tolerance, Responsibility, Unity and Embracing Opportunity, demonstrating the school ethos to “ Be True”. As we head into term 3, we are still a little way off a return to ‘normal’, but with continued cooperation to create the best learning environment possible, I am confident that our students will continue to thrive.
Despite the challenges, our students continued to strive for personal excellence through a range of different projects, competitions and representative roles over the course of the term. The PFA students led the way with Year 8 and Year 9/10 Boys teams and the PFA girls team participating in Grand Finals in the interschool competition against quality opposition from Halls Head College. Both of the boy’s teams managed to secure victories, while the girls came runners up. The outstanding achievement of all teams to play in Grand Final games is testament to their effort, skills and discipline within the AFL game. The year 10 PFA boys and girls also rose to the challenge of umpiring AFL games for 17 primary schools in a day long carnival. This included 350 students and a large contingent of enthusiastic parents; a daunting proposition for even the most experienced of officials. For many of our students it was their very first time observing the game through the ‘eye of the umpire’ and while the students started off a little nervously, they finished the day thoroughly enjoying themselves, with some even saying they ‘wouldn’t mind umpiring on weekends’. This was truly a great experience for our PFA students to be involved in an inter-school event, putting themselves out of their comfort zones and allowing them to gain a greater appreciation for umpires of any sport. Once again as players and volunteers, the PFA did our school proud and should be congratulated for their efforts.
Our Netball teams also represented the school with distinction in term 2, participating in the School Sport WA Netball Carnival in Perth. The lower and middle school teams put in particularly strong performances, progressing to the second day of competition. The motivation and team work of the players was greatly appreciated by their coaches, who spoke highly of the players both on and off the court. Many of these girls were lucky to attend a West Coast Fever game in the weeks leading up to the carnival, which no doubt inspired their efforts. Thanks to Ms Van Lit for her leadership of the netball program and to Mr Gielingh who assisted with the excursion.
The other significant sporting event to round out term 2 was the House Athletics Carnival, held in the final week of term. The competition between the Houses was lively across all events, with several star athletes managing to break records in a range of events. The House mascots were proudly on display, featuring in several races (and tumbles), and Summer our school dog enjoyed greeting students as she wore the Forrest House colours as an honorary member for 2022. We enjoyed some active participation from our staff too, with the two Mr Hughes running in a 100 meter race in full medieval knight armour, (amazingly they finished ahead of some of our Year 12 boys!), while special guests from the Pinjarra Police joined Mr Crock, Mr Pickering and Mr Garnaut in an epic tug-o-war battle against the year 8s, which they were happy to win. The police cadet from the station, Jed, also managed to take out third place in the senior boys 100 meter sprint, which delighted his colleagues and the crowd alike. The P & C cooked up a storm, providing sausage sizzles throughout the day and Mr Holster ensured a festive atmosphere as DJ for the day. At the final tally of points, Scarp House were the winner of the Athletics Carnival, with Earth in second place, River in third and Forest finishing forth. A fantastic day was enjoyed by all participants, and we extend thanks and congratulations to the Health and Physical Education staff for planning, coordinating and running such a successful event.
In the cultural learning space, students have been super active with multiple opportunities to contribute to significant arts projects within the school and wider community. These include the ‘Reclaim the Void’ weaving project and ‘Throwing of Sand’ sculptural design project, both of which connected our students to Aboriginal artists and important cultural learning. As described by the organisers, “The Reclaim the Void was born from Ngalia elders in Leonora, Western Australia, expressing their pain and grief at ‘those gaping mining holes left all over our country’. The idea was conceived to symbolically ‘seal’ one of the holes with an artwork expressing the story of country.” This project was brought to Pinjarra Senior High School by Science teacher Jo Tregonning, who saw the opportunity to link important cultural learning with themes of environmental sustainability through recycling materials. Our students participated in making handmade circular rag-rugs woven from discarded fabric, which will eventually form part of a giant textile artwork.
The ‘Throwing of Sand’ design workshop was also an important opportunity for student voice to be privileged in the design of artwork that will be part of the new Sports Hall and Performing Arts Centre building, which is currently under construction at Pinjarra Senior High School. Working with the artists commissioned for the project, Matt McVeigh and Reuben Yorkshire, students came together to develop images to be embedded in the sculptural piece, representing the culture and history of Aboriginal people in Pinjarra. The title of the artwork, ‘Throwing of Sand’, is in deference to the cultural practices that connect Aboriginal people to the land and the past to present, and is symbolic of the school being a place where all people are welcome and respected. This art installation will grace the front of the new building and will be a focal point for all those who visit our school. To have students contributing to the design is very special and we thank those who participated in the project sincerely. Special thanks also to our AIEOs Ms Vickie Anderson and Mr Merv Nannup, who worked with the students on the two respective art projects. Your guidance and support is much appreciated.
Perhaps less exciting but equally important were the milestones in the academic programs for students that took place in term 2. Year 7 and 9 students completed NAPLAN and year 11 and 12 students completed course exams and ESTs (Externally Set Tasks) as part of the learning program for semester one. While reporting processes have been different with the omission of comments, I am confident that parents and carers have been kept informed of student progress through regular communication with teachers and through the recent parent evening, where a large number of meetings were held to support student learning as we move into semester two. Additionally, information about student transition for year 9 and 10 students has been provided, with year 10s and their parents and caregivers participating in course selection interviews in weeks 9 and 10. This process of co-designing student pathways will be ongoing in term 3 to ensure that we assist every student to engage in purposeful and relevant educational options as they progress to senior schooling. Thanks to Mr Pittman and the team of course counsellors for your ongoing work to guide our students towards long term future success.
In closing, I would just like to thank our staff and students for their leadership over term 2. Whether in a formal role or task, or in the day to day way they offer a viewpoint, contribute an idea, provide a service or set an example for others, our school community has many ‘champions’ and I am grateful for them all. Through our shared sense of purpose, impossible becomes possible, ordinary becomes special and a school becomes a community. Thank you to everyone who has provided opportunities for our school community to see the best in themselves and others, and to build confidence around the fact that every person, every effort and every contribution matters. Enjoy a safe and restful holiday break. I am looking forward to seeing what term 3 will bring, but I am sure it will be awesome.
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Student Leadership Update
We are grateful for the lifting of COVID restrictions as this has provided opportunities for our student leadership team to be more actively engaged across the school and local community.
Willow Palmer (School Captain) and a group of Student Councillors represented our school by attending the Pinjarra ANZAC Ceremony. Willow made a speech which was thought provoking and very well received, and the group performed the ceremonial duty of laying of a wreath.
At the end of last term the team promoted and celebrated ‘Harmony‘ by organising a free dress event. The theme was to dress up to reflect your individual identity. It embraced the idea that our individual identities are diverse but equally important in nature. A gold coin donation was collected, and the student leadership team raised $230.00 which was donated to the victims of the NSW floods.
The student leadership team were actively involved in the democratic process of voting for a new name for our school canteen, ‘The Pinni Pantry.’ This is one example of the student leadership team activating the student voice.
During term 2 we held a team workshop and celebratory morning tea to acknowledge the importance of the student leadership team. They have been actively involved in the ideas and planning of future student events and initiatives. After feasting on the treats provided by the Pinni Pantry, they formed house groups led by their House Captains and Year 11/12 school councillors. They developed ideas on how to increase student capacity to meet expectations in relation to wearing correct uniform and being respectful. They also developed a format for the House assemblies which included them being more actively involved.
The recent House assembly led by House Captains and Student Councillors provided the opportunity to raise important questions to the student body including improvements to the school, naming of our house mascots, school uniform compliance, and school expectations. This leadership by the Student Councillors was well received and the important ideas gathered will be developed further in our next workshop.
In support of continuing to develop the House spirit we are grateful to the Metalwork students who have developed signage for each House. The signage will be on display in the library area.
As we progress into Term 3 our future direction will be to continue to build capacity to engage and share the student voice. We plan to improve the way large events such as assemblies are conducted so they are more engaging to the student body and actively involve students not only in the MC role and organisation, but also leading the delivery of key messages.
Jake Bidewell (School Captain) represented the Student Leadership team at the most recent school board meeting (15th June). He gave an update on student leadership matters which assisted to build connections and understanding across this forum. He actively engaged in sharing opinions and ideas on behalf of the student body.
We wish Jordan King (Y11) and Kayla Davey (Y11) success as they have been nominated for selection as members of the WA Student Council.
Jordan will also be very busy during the term break attending workshops on important topics (sustainability and mental health) as a member of the Young Leaders Student Council (UWA Student Guild). Jordan plans to share her knowledge with our student leadership team which will support the growth of their leadership skills and knowledge.
Plant Production Excursion
On 31 May, ten Year 11 and 12 General Plant Production students went on a long bus ride to the University of WA’s Ridgefield 2050 Future Farm in Pingelly. The farm is a profitable working farm of 1600 hectares producing sheep, wool and grain as well as looking after biodiversity.
“We spoke to Professor Lyn Abbott and Graeme Martin and they taught us about soil and plans for the farm.” (Matilda McLaren) “We went from paddock to paddock to look at the projects and experiments they have done to see what works best for each of the different soil types.” (Sydney Lucas) “A trial with plantings of native plants, including saltbush, has been used to help stop erosion and repair saline soil.” (Jaxon Fiori) “This area is also used for ewes pregnant with twins, as the shelter has reduced the death of the lambs and improved the health of the ewes.”
We took soil samples for Lyn from an area that is scalded from salt and nothing grows in the soil. We will analyse the chemical and physical properties of the soil and send our results to her.
“Although the weather was very cold it was still enjoyable, and we sheltered in the shearing shed for our lunch.” (Zakiya Bevan) “There was strong winds and lots of fog, so it felt like 10 degrees.” (Taneisha Collard) “Funniest part of the day was the leaping alpacas running towards us when we were in the bus.” (Sydney) “The excursion was good and benefited our learning.” (Zakiya)
National Careers Week
Over the week PSHS had a Guess Who on Staff Competition – looking at people’s backstories – how did they get to where they are? Students were given a class opening fun facts, stats and ‘stuff’ every period. The Pastoral Care classes incorporated careers into their sessions with videos, information and an A – Z of Jobs Competition. Mrs Gray was a walking billboard over the week and displayed around the school were Career Bullseyes with QR codes to recent information through the myfuture website https://myfuture.edu.au/. The Bullseyes, Career Ladders and pathways to careers posters will remain around the school for students to check out the 1000s of careers available. It was National Volunteer Week (Better Together) as well so tying both together – SEEK research found 95% of employers believe volunteering is a credible way to gain real world experience and 92% believe volunteering gives an advantage at job interviews… and counts for TAFE applications!
Myfuture has sections for both students and parents/carers to access. Other useful websites:
You cannot be what you do not know.
Alcoa Year 10 Prospects Program
The Alcoa Prospects program kicked off with an on-line introduction and has moved into its first face-to-face activity – Speed Careering with the opportunity to network over Krispy Kreams at the end of the session.
We were very fortunate to have 10 Alcoa employees share their stories with the Year 10s. Speed Careering is an excellent opportunity for the students to hear career back stories and find out about career progression within Alcoa and the resources sector. The information is invaluable to young, enquiring minds moving into a selection process for Senior School pathways. The sessions are supportive and allow students to build confidence and network in a safe environment.
Congratulations to the three spot prize winners and to those that asked insightful questions, were respectful, listened attentively and took the opportunity to chat over a donut.
The next event for the program, is to be held in Term 3 in Perth. Some students will get the opportunity to participate in the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) Inspiring Girls Forum.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Excellence Scholarships
Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery in partnership with Pinjarra Senior High School are excited to announce the recipients of the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Excellence Scholarship Program recipients include: Bonnie Winmar (Year 7), Tahlia Wensley (Year 7), James Hill (Year 7), Abbie Agnew (Year 7), Cameron Raabe (Year 10), Jaida Penny (Year 10), Kateeka Josephs (Year 10) Bailey Jokic (Year 11), Kayla Davey (Year 11) and Anthony Hansen (Year 12). Congratulations!
“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Excellence Scholarships are a wonderful initiative to encourage students to set aspirational goals for academic and vocational achievement. The connection of schooling to the world of work through the program will reinforce a sense of purpose for learning, which in itself is motivating for students,” Ms Stone said.
“The financial support will help to provide access to experiences that will broaden and enhance their educational landscape and future opportunities. We are excited to partner with Alcoa to offer this unique and innovative program to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.”
As part of the program, the students will learn about the employment and educational opportunities available at Alcoa and in the broader resources sector and will be better equipped to join the workforce once they finish secondary school.
Our 17 Year 11 Biology students have had the opportunity to hone their skills and understanding of conservation management strategies during May.
Students headed to the Murray River to set up drift net fencing, pitfall traps and bait Elliott and cage traps for fauna. Digging the pitfall traps into the heavy clay soil proved hard and dirty work for one group. Students bravely made up the aromatic baits of sardines, oats and peanut paste – not a pleasant task so early in the morning. They simulated catch data and analysed the results which was then applied to managing fauna populations in the wild. Students finished the mornings activities with a flora survey along a 50-metre transect using quadrats. Results indicated that large areas of the natural vegetation had been cleared along the Murray River where we were working.
The following week, students visited Ranger Reds Zoo in Pinjarra. We were greeted by an eclectic collection of native animals, farm animals and pet birds in walk through aviaries. Interacting with the animals was a lot of fun as they were all so tame. We listened to a presentation on their highly successful captive breeding program for Tasmanian Devils. The Zoo is part of a national program to conserve Devil genetics and breed them for release. This is important work, as we still do not have a solution to the transmissible cancer – Tassie Devil Facial Tumour that continues to devastate wild populations. Students were able to relate the collection of field data to management strategies that are underway to conserve Australia’s biodiversity.
2022 Contributions and Charges
YEAR 7 – 10 VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
Thank you to those families who have already paid Contributions and Charges for 2022. We appreciate your support very much. Your assistance helps us to work towards our whole school targets and priorities.
YEAR 11 & 12 CHARGES AND YEAR 8 – 10 HIGH COST ELECTIVES
Please be reminded that Year 11 & 12 charges are compulsory as well as Year 8-10 High Cost electives.
Payment options are listed below. Alternatively, to assist in lessening any financial burden a payment plan can be negotiated. 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.
Student statements will be sent out early in Term 3 if you are unsure of your current outstanding balance.
2023 Payment Plans
If you would like to look at starting deductions for next year, please contact our friendly administrative team at the school office for assistance either by phone (9531 7000) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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.
Wanted! Canteen Volunteers!
Enjoy meeting new people? Want to help the school community?
Our school canteen is in urgent need of volunteers, primarily for assistance in preparing lunches and snacks for our students.
Serving is not a necessity and lunch is provided for volunteers.
Hours are approximately 10am to 2pm, but the canteen is happy to have people offer as much time as they can spare.
For enquires, please contact:
- School Canteen: 9531 7030
- PSHS Front Office: 9531 7000
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
Uniforms - Available from SportsPower Pinjarra
Make Your Mark and Become a Part of Our Future History
To celebrate our centenary year, we have personalised brick pavers and gold seating plaques available for purchase.
The pavers will be laid between the current school office building and the new Performing Arts / Gymnasium building in 2022.
The gold seating plaques will be attached to the rear of the retractable seating in the new Performing Arts building. Money raised from the sale of plaques will be contributed towards the cost of the building.
Forms are available below:
Pinjarra SHS Centenary Merchandise
Pinjarra Senior High School Centenary merchandise is still available, however stocks are limited!
Tea towels, tote bags, and glass Keep Cups are $10 each, or all three items are available in a bundle for $25.
Our centenary merchandise is available from our front office.
Members Wanted - Pinjarra SHS P&C
The Pinjarra SHS P&C Committee is looking for more members to join their fun and friendly committee. If you are interested in having a bigger input into your child’s education, simply contact the school via phone or email.
The committee averages one short meeting a term, with little to no fundraising time involved (only what you are willing to volunteer for).
Parent and community involvment allows the school to obtain a better picture of the expectations and preferences of its broader school community and external stakeholders.
Community News, Events & Promotions
Traffic Wardens Needed!
WA Police is reporting a shortage of Traffic Wardens in the local area, and is currently looking to recruit.
To become a Traffic Warden, applicants require access to email, a full driving licence with access to a vehicle, and the ability to work 10 shifts per week. The shifts will be an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon.
If you are interested in becoming a Traffic Warden, please call 6274 8731 regarding any queries or if you would like an application pack.
North Metropolitan TAFE Courses
Want to return to work or change careers?
Want to work in a school?
There has never been a better time with unemployment under 3%.
Schools and other organisations are desperately hiring people for the following roles:
- Gardener, cleaner, administration, management, canteen, education assistants and many other roles.
Starting in July 2022, North Metropolitan TAFE are running a one-semester course on the skills required to be a successful candidate for employment in a school or elsewhere. The course aids in preparation for entry into gardening, cleaning, administration, management, education assistant and any other types of work.
We have had huge success supporting people to find work and the chances of gaining employment are strong. This course is suitable for people new to the workforce and people looking to change career or looking for a return to work.
The course includes:
- Training in skills specific to the role you are interested in e.g. IT skills
- Work experience in a school or other organisation
- Help and support to find work
- Help accessing further training as required e.g. Certificate III in Education Support
- Development of your job application cover letter, resume and help with selection criteria
- Strong work ethic
- Good oral and written communication
- Must be able to read procedures, safety sheets and chemical bottles
- Must be able to send and receive emails
- Successful completion of an entry interview
- Working With Children Check and a Department of Education Clearance
- Dates – Starts week 1 of term 3 and runs for up to 20 weeks
- Many students finish the course early because they find work
- Days – 3 days per week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15 until 2:45
- Cost – Approximately $170 (subject to change) total course fee for full 20 weeks
- Location – North Metro TAFE Leederville and on work experience
- Qualification – GATE (Gaining Access to Training and Employment) Certificate I
If you would be interested in this course then please email:
Chris Hodson at email@example.com
Disclaimer: North Metropolitan TAFE does not guarantee work after completing this course. This course supports you to find work. The course is run by North Metropolitan TAFE (RTO code: 52786) and is not endorsed by any authority or government department other than North Metropolitan TAFE.