Important Dates

DateEvent Name
10 OctoberFirst day of Term 4
13 OctoberYear 12 Brekky and Boast
14 OctoberYear 12 Assembly and Last Day
18-19 OctoberYear 11 Hiking Camp
18 OctoberYear 7 AEP Draft Day
21 OctoberYear 7 PFA vs Warwick
25 OctoberYear 12 Presentation and Awards Evening
28 OctoberYear 8 PFA vs Warwick
26 OctoberYear 10 Outdoor Education Camp
31 OctoberYear 9 PFA vs Warwick
1 NovemberMelbourne Cup
3 NovemberYear 10 PFA vs Warwick
11 NovemberLast day for Year 11s
11 November PFA Triathlon
5-6 DecemberYear 9/10 Summer Carnival
7-9 DecemberPFA Busselton Trip
14 DecemberPFA Awards Night
15 DecemberLast Day of Term 4

Principal's Report

Term 3 was so incredibly busy this year that we did not get around to publishing our regular newsletter before the holiday break! So many wonderful things happened throughout last term, as we continued to see the return to ‘normal’ school life post COVID 19. Many events were added – or ‘reinstated’ – to our school calendar, providing unique and exciting learning opportunities for our students.

Among the most welcome of returns was Country Week, which took place in week 7. This fantastic opportunity will no doubt be a highlight of 2022 for the students and staff who attended. Congratulations to all of our representatives, who acquitted themselves magnificently both on and off the fields of play.  Increasingly, camps, excursions, sporting carnivals and assemblies occurred as the term progressed, giving our staff and students a sense of ‘light’ at the end of the Covid 19 tunnel. Thanks to the contributions of many people including student leaders, our school P & C committee, community volunteers and our dedicated staff, we were able to host the Year 12 School Ball, themed ‘A Starry Night’, run the annual PFA Draft Day, and celebrate NAIDOC Week, all while working on Year 10 – 11 transition and Year 7 induction processes, to support students moving between phases of their schooling. All of this has been possible due to ‘many hands making light work’ of the multitude of small tasks that go into making big things possible. To everyone who contributed to the ‘big things’ that we enjoyed in term 3, my thanks for your energy and commitment to our school.

This newsletter, albeit a little late, will reflect and celebrate the many wonderful experiences that our school community enjoyed over term 3. Please take the time to appreciate the fantastic effort that our staff and students have put in to make the most of every opportunity, and to represent Pinjarra Senior High School with pride and distinction.

Term 4 will bring many more opportunities to celebrate our wonderful school community. I look forward to sharing these with you in the coming weeks. Thank you to all students, staff and parents and caregivers for your ongoing support and contributions that make Pinjarra Senior High School a great place to learn, to work and to belong.

Jan Stone


Chaplain's Column

Wow, what a full term it has been! Highlights for me have been helping out with events such as the student Health Expo, NAIDOC week celebrations, speaking to a Yr 9 HASS class about global food scarcity issues and the charity groups who offer support, and of course, Country Week! It is so good to see more of these programs and camps coming back to life in the school and I had the great pleasure of coaching a great bunch of Year 10-12 Boys at Countryweek for Basketball. The lads did really well through the week despite our lack of preparation time and training, coming third in their division with 6 wins and 2 losses. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the week with our squad of over 70 upperschool students and some of our wonderful PE staff, as we cheered each other’s teams on and did some fun activities together each evening.

Last week I was once again blown away with how well our students scrub up when I attended the School Ball. It was a picture perfect evening complete with spectacular sunset at the venue overlooking Pyramids Beach, and the students all behaved beautifully to match their elegant appearance. In contrast to fine dining and dancing, I then watched some of our Year 8 girls and Year 10 boys showing great skill and competitive spirit the following day as they played off in separate football grand finals. To finish, I just want to remind parents that Jackie and I can offer financial support with school uniforms and booklist items should you need it – please don’t hesitate to call us on 9531 7099.

Justin Hill
School Chaplain

Pinjarra/Waroona YouthCARE Supporting school Chaplaincy

Our committee continues to support our local school Chaplaincy program, if you’d like to help with our sausage sizzles etc. we’d love to hear from you! For more info please contact our Chairperson Sheryl Gangell on 0424 239 367.

The Pinjarra/Waroona YouthCARE Committee

A message from our School Psychologist

External support options for students, families and community members

As we commence term 4, we want to remind our community members of Mental Health support options available to our region. Please see the following contact numbers which are free, and you can call in emergencies, when you, or someone you know, requires Mental Health support, or if you have questions about support options. The below numbers are for adults and children, unless otherwise specified.

Urgent mental health assistance

  • If someone is at immediate risk of harm or in need of urgent medical help, call triple zero (000).
  • Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)
    • For anyone involved in a mental health emergency in the community – both members of the public and health professionals.
    • 1300 555 788 (Metro)
    •  1800 676 822 (Peel)
    • 1800 552 002 (Country/Rurallink)

Support helplines

  • Beyond Blue
    • Free online and telephone support for anyone feeling anxious or depressed.
    • 1300 224 636 (operates 24/7)
    • (offers online live chat service operating 24hrs, 7 days a week)
  • Lifeline Support
    • For anyone requiring mental health support.
    • 13 11 14 (operates 24/7)
    •​ (offers online live chat service operating 24hrs, 7 days a week)
  • Alcohol and Drug Support Line
    • Confidential telephone support for anyone concerned about their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.
    • 9442 5000 (Metro) or 1800 198 024 (Country) (operates 24/7)
    • (offers online live chat service operates Monday – Friday 7.30am – 9pm, Saturday  9am – 7pm and Sundays 11am – 6pm WAST)
  • Mensline Australia
    • Free support for men and boys dealing with family and relationship concerns, and mental health difficulties.
    • 1300 789 978 (operates 24/7)
    • (offers online live chat service operating 24hrs, 7 days a week
  • Family Counselling and Information Service (Family Helpline)
    • Free confidential telephone counselling and information service for families with relationship difficulties.
    • 1800 643 000 (operates 24/7)
  • 1800RESPECT
    • National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service
    • 1800 737 732 (operates 24/7)

Support for young people, specifically

  • Headspace Support
    • For young people aged 12 to 25, and their families. Telephone and web chat available, as well as local headspace centres.
    • 1800 650 890 (7 days: 9am – 12:30am AEST)
    • (offers online chatroom support 24/7)
  • Kids Helpline
    • Free qualified counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
    • 1800 551 800 (operates 24/7)
    • (offers online chatroom support 24/7)

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, specifically

  • 13Yarn
    • Free phone support for all ages, can discuss yourself or someone you’re worried about, to talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.
    • 139276 (operates 24/7)
  • All services listed above are all available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, however 13Yarn is specifically for First Nations People.

Additionally, always remember you can speak to your General Practitioner (GP – Doctor) for help in managing yours, or your children’s mental health.

P&C Update

The P&C would like to welcome our new Canteen Manager Ange Wilkie.  Ange has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and together with our Canteen Assistant Cathy, has been cooking up a storm. They have prepared a new Summer Menu with some yummy additions that are available in Term 4.  Our students had a wonderful surprise as one of the additions to our lunch time menu is Fruit Slushies. These have proven to be very popular and I’m sure will continue to be when the weather warms up.
The P&C were heavily involved in the 2022 School Ball.  Our Vice President Ms Nicolette Alchin spent countless hours gluing, cutting and glittering all the decorations for the Starry Night Ball.  The P&C Paparazzi were there, welcoming students on the red carpet, and keeping parents and friends at home up to date with all the ball excitement through Peek Into Pinni Facebook posts.
The P&C would like to thank the PSHS Student Leaders and Student Services Team for their support with the House Pride – Free Dress Day on Wednesday 21st September.  The money raised from the day will go towards a Sun Smart Initiative that the P&C are supporting for our students. More details about this will be released soon.

The P&C are always looking for new members.  We meet once a term and you only contribute as much as you can (you won’t be roped into hours of fundraising ?). Please contact me at or through the school on 9531 7000 if you would like more information.

Sharon Gangell
PSHS P&C President

Country Week

Country Week involves around 3500 students making their way from all over WA to compete in Perth. Country Week first began in 1924, with only Boys AFL, and Eastern Goldfields High School being the overall winners. In 1928, four schools competed – Perth Modern School, Eastern Goldfields, Bunbury and Northam. Girls Hockey was introduced in 1952, Girls Netball in 1954, Speech in 1974. Pinjarra SHS has a proud history in Country Week, our first victory came in 1985, with Natalie Gordon taking out A Division Speech. In 1986 and 1987, we won A Division Girls Basketball. In 1996, A Division Debating. In 2008, A Division Boys AFL. In 2017 and 2018, A Division Girls AFL. Between 1999 and 2002, Pinjarra SHS won 4 consecutive B Division Speech titles, Louisa Morris, Fiona Ellis, Kelly Gilbert and Kate Laurendi were the recipients. Of all of the schools that still participate in Country Week, Pinjarra SHS is the equal 4th oldest. Collie SHS, Albany SHS, Bunbury SHS and Northam SHS being the only schools that have also been around for the past 100 years.

Over the past two years, we have unfortunately had year 11 and 12 students miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Country Week consists of five straight days of sporting events, hanging out with friends, activities and meals at night. A typical Country Week day kicks off at 6:30am, with staff knocking on doors to wake everyone up, arriving at the sporting venues by 8:00am, leaving for the day at 4:00pm, back to the accommodation, heading out for dinner, bowling or some other activity, before returning to the accommodation for the around 10pm to get a good night’s rest.

We had 72 students in attendance this year, with 28 year 12s, 30 year 11s and 14 year 10 students. Despite emotions running high as the week progressed, we couldn’t be happier with the approach of our Pinjarra SHS students. Students were supportive of each other, and approached their sporting endeavours with great spirit and determination. Already we are looking forward to next year’s event, which will become available for our current year 9 students. We’d like to thank our coaches for giving up their time and we’d like to thank our squad of students, for creating memories that will last a lifetime for both themselves and the staff in attendance.

PFA Draft Day

This year our Pinjarra Football Academy Draft day was held on 22nd August.

A massive 178 male and female students tried out for the PFA on the day, and the talent of the students was exceptional.

Congratulations to those students who have been selected for the PFA in 2023. It is a fantastic opportunity and privilege to represent PSHS and yourselves in the community. We can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store!

Year 12 School Ball

The theme for this year’s School Ball was ‘Starry Night’, and that is exactly what it was!
The venue at Port Bouvard SLSC was beautifully decorated, and the sunset to open the evening was almost as wonderful as the night itself. Students had a great time on the dancefloor, in the photobooth and on the red carpet!

The awards winners on the night were;

Beau of the Ball: Anthony Hansen
Belle of the Ball: Darla Lasanas
Snappiest Dresser: Owen Thomas
Best Hair: Chantelle Alchin
Dancing Queen: Angelique Hamman
Dancing Star: Alex Ikeda
Best Couple: Hunter Brown & Taj Mills

Photos from the Photobooth and other photos taken throughout the night will be posted to the Year 12 Connect page.

Finally, a huge thankyou to Ms Gangell, the School Ball Committee and the many other staff who attended and assisted with planning the event. What a night it was!

RU OK? Day

This year we celebrated RU OK Day on Thursday 8th September. It was great to see lots of students starting these important conversations with each other.


R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life.
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.

Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in


NAIDOC week is always a special celebration in our school community and this year certainly provided our students, staff, parents and caregivers and special guests a wonderful opportunity to come together to recognise and appreciate the unique culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, Pinjarra Senior High School embraced the NAIDOC 2022 theme, ‘Get Up, Show Up, Stand Up’ by sharing in many cultural experiences designed to showcase the invaluable contributions of First Nations people.

Throughout the week, students participated in many different activities, including boomerang throwing, face painting, lessons about Aboriginal history and culture and an Art competition, wherein they represented the NAIDOC theme in their original works. Our Science teachers worked with different groups of students to use fire, kangaroo poo, grass tree resin and charcoal to make ‘roo poo glue’, which they then used to make traditional tools, and Ms Anderson led her team of helpers to make kangaroo stew and damper, which was enjoyed by everyone who tried it.

The highlight of the NAIDOC week celebrations was no doubt the NAIDOC Assembly, where we were privileged to enjoy presentations from several special guests. Ms Anderson, our school AIEO spoke about the purpose of NAIDOC and what the theme, ‘Get Up, Show Up, Stand Up’ means to her as an Aboriginal person. Tahlia Wensley, Chase Thomas, James Hill and Hayden Griffiths then presented speeches, sharing their thoughts about the NAIDOC theme and reflecting on the motivational message for Aboriginal students. Special guest former School Captain Cole Agnew attended and spoke about his journey from year 7 to year 12 at Pinjarra Senior High School and how his decisions to ‘Get Up, Show Up and Stand Up’ as a young Aboriginal person had enabled him to step confidently into his career path as a cadet police officer. We were also fortunate to have former AFL player Harley Bennell as a special guest speaker at the assembly. Harley spoke of his experiences as an elite sportsman and shared the story of winning the Polly Farmer Medal. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed these presentations.

We were also treated to some fantastic performances during the assembly, including a song from the Pinjarra Senior High School ‘Sapphires’ –  Indianna McLennan, Katie Trew and Zana-Eve Hutchinson. This was followed by an amazing dance performance from Matthew Bennell, accompanied by year 12 student Anthony Hansen, who played the digeridoo during the dancing. Matthew gave an incredibly energetic and entertaining performance, inspiring a group of proud and talented Aboriginal students to jump out of the crowd to join in. The NAIDOC assembly was a fitting celebration of the unity, sharing and respect that characterises our school community.

The NAIDOC week assembly also recognised outstanding achievement among our Aboriginal students, with awards being presented in several different categories. A list of these is included below. My personal congratulations to all students who received awards as part of the NAIDOC celebrations.


Youth Award Indianna McClennan Year 8
Sports Person Award Bailey Jokic Year 11
Vocational Award Ebony Woods Year 12
Artist Award Katie Trew Year 8
Scholar Award Katie Trew Year 8
Caring for Country Award Jayde Collard Year 9
Female Leadership Award Breanna Collard Year 12
Male Leadership Award Bailey Jokic Year 11


Every School Day Counts

Help Wanted!
Please help us to keep your child safe during school hours.
Please remind them to stay at school for the whole day, including recess and lunch times,  unless you have given permission for them to leave.  The local shops and stores are definitely off school grounds.
Department of Education regulations require every absence from school to be covered by an explanation.  If a child needs permission to go offsite a written signed note should be provided or you can contact Student Services by phone (9531 700), SMS (0407 448 244). Students are then required to sign out at the Student Services building and an ‘Official Government Leave Pass,’ will be provided.

In supporting you to follow up on these concerns, if we aware they have left school grounds without permission you will be informed by text message.  If they return to the school with food purchased offsite and without permission to leave, it will be confiscated, until the end of the school day.

Thank you for your support!

Tricia Miels
Student Services Manager

Build Update

Our new build is going full speed ahead! The steel frames have gone up and the bricks are now being laid. We expect the build to be finished in approximately February 2023, and can’t wait to be able to utilise the wonderful space!


There have unfortunately been some incidents where people have accessed the new building site out of hours and caused damage. The construction company have now installed CCTV cameras, and trespassers to the building site will be dealt with by the authorities.

In Memory of Aleetza Lymn

On 20th August, 2022, the Pinjarra Hockey Club hosted a Memorial Game for the late Aleetza Lymn who passed away tragically in November 2020.

After Aleetza’s death, Pinjarra Hockey Club introduced an Annual Memorial Match for their Men’s and Women’s teams, with a Medallion being presented to the “Most Tenacious” player on the day for each team.
Aleetza was well known for her tenacity on field and her hockey skill.
Last year we raised funds for the Local First Responders who attended the scene on the night – Coolup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade &  Pinjarra Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service.
This year Aleetza’s mum Anita has kindly requested that the funds to go to Pinjarra Senior High School and our Driver Education Program, to help promote the importance of Road Safety of young drivers.
In honour of Aleetza and to raise awareness of road safety, PHC Senior teams wore odd socks.
A fantastic amount of $806.50 was raised, for which we sincerely thank the Lymn family, members of the PHC and other donors.

Anita will be a guest speaker at the Driver Education event that will be held in Term 4.

Please take some time to click on the links below;

CME Inspiring Girls

Year 10 Alcoa Prospects students, Charlize Brookman, Bella Chalwell, Madison Hemopo, Kyah McShane and Amy-lee Moody accompanied Mrs Gray to Optus Stadium for the 2022 CME Inspiring Girls Careers Forum. The forum is an annual, unique event designed to showcase the resources industry to female secondary school students. Pinjarra SHS has for many years been funded through Alcoa. The students represented themselves with excellence and were inspired by the role models at their tables, through the presentations and during the speed careering session. The students had the opportunity to meet and talk informally with company representatives and learn more about many different career opportunities in the resources sector in the Expo area. The students worked as a team to problem solve a simulated mining activity. Although not the most successful mining lease they did find gold! The students were impressed and would recommend it for next year… in fact, wanted to attend again next year! Mrs Gray, Career Practitioner.

Alcoa Prospects Program

Year 10 Alcoa Prospects Program – The next incursion held by Alcoa for the Prospects Program was personal branding and work expectations including resume review and interview techniques. The students in the program were fortunate to be walked through Alcoa’s employment process and expectations. They were given hints for success and practiced interview techniques with Alcoa employees. Students who presented their resumes at the incursion will have them reviewed through Human Resources and feedback for improvement offered. Once again, the incursion finished through recess with Crispy Cream Donuts and chocolates.

Mrs Gray, Career Practitioner.

Jobs and Skills Centre

The Mandurah based Jobs and Skills Centre has been working with the Year 11 and Year 12 students over the last five weeks. After an initial presentation outlining what they could offer to the students, the students, via an expression of interest were involved in counselling sessions one-on-one with a career’s counsellor. 48 of our Senior School students took the opportunity to discuss their future pathways. PSHS would like to acknowledge the Mandurah Jobs and Skills staff for travelling to PSHS to work with our students.

Mrs Gray, Career Practitioner.

Get into Resources

The resource sector offers well paid jobs with great career progression and travel opportunities. The 35 students from Year 9, 10 and 11 that were selected to attend Get Into Resources were involved in:

  • Learning more about resources careers from people who actually do it every day
  • Finding out about a range of technical, professional and trade roles available
  • Interacting with people who love what they do in the resources industry
  • Networking and making quality contacts for the future.

Along with all this, students were involved in a range of hands-on activities providing immersive and fun, practical experiences.
The staff that accompanied the students, Mrs Boardman and Ms Djukic were thrilled at how eager and engaged the students were. Congratulations to all those that attended with such enthusiasm.

Mrs Gray, Career Practitioner.

PCiE LNG Exploration Day

Pinjarra SHS would like to acknowledge Chevron Australia and Australian Earth Science Education who enable students to attend the amazing PCiE LNG Exploration Day at no cost. Pinjarra SHS has been involved since the first camp and this year the Keynote address was presented by Riley Anderson (ex-Pinjarra SHS Head Boy and inaugural PCiE class member). It was wonderful to hear Pinjarra SHS singled out as having made a difference in shaping Riley’s successful career choices. The LNG Day is filled with hands on activities that reinforce concepts that the students have been studying at school. It is a full day starting in Perth at 8 am and concluding in Perth at 5 pm. RAC Arena was filled with students networking and enjoying the activities. I was extremely proud of the impeccable behaviour of the Year 11 group who demonstrated a mature approach, showed a willingness to meet and work with participants from other schools, were enthusiastically engaged in the activities and was involved all day. Congratulations to Saffire Cook and Brent Estrella who received a Chevron Way Award on the day.

Mrs Gray, Career Practitioner.

SkillsWest Careers & Employment Expo

Mrs Gray and Mr Pittman trekked with an enthusiastic group of 29 Year 9 students to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre to discover opportunities… The expo was jam packed full of advice where you can…

  • Talk with over 130 Training Organisations & employers
  • Gain free career advice
  • Discover jobs of the future
  • Learn how to write a winning resume
  • Talk with key organisations at the CTF Construction Hub
  • Enjoy the worldskills Try a Skill zones
  • Find your ideal role at the Australian Defence Force display

Just to mention a few….
The students were respectful, asked questions and were involved in uncovering information on a huge range of careers. After such a positive response, the school looks forward to taking more students next year. Year 8s stay tuned for your chance in 2023!

Mrs Gray, Career Practitioner.

Julie Gray - Trip to Canberra

I was chosen as one of ten representatives from WA to attend a two day trip to Canberra with the Defence  Forces. I would like to acknowledge Defence Force Recruiting who created this amazing opportunity to see firsthand exactly what the Forces offer and how they coordinate the opportunities within the Forces and Corporal Thomas who escorted us over the two days. Day One saw us tour The Royal Military College – Duntroon (Army officer training) with presentations about who they are, their learning culture and what they are looking for in candidates. The average age of candidates is 24 years and 15% are Women. We lunched in the mess which is very like Hogwarts – six flags, six in competition against each other with a winner each year. Some interesting legends were discussed – ask me about the skeletons. The following day was spent at the ADFA Open Day with every piece of equipment that you can think of from Tanks, Helicopters, Drones and Robots along with plane flyovers, marching and a range of demonstrations. So many interesting opportunities e.g. Certificate III Heavy Diesel Mechanics, in training, get to work on Matilda (the mean green machine I was sitting in). Please make sure you see me – Mrs Gray, Career Practitioner, if you have any questions around the Defence Forces.

South West Engineering Challenge

South West Engineering Challenge

On Monday, 1st August the Year 8 and 9 AEP classes set off for the South West Engineering Challenge with Mrs Durup and Mr Garnaut. The day begun with students arriving at the school early in the morning to get onto the bus, with a few students arriving late! Once the bus left it was a long ride where excitement grew the closer we got, and after an hour and a bit we arrived at the venue which was a recreational centre situated in Australind. We hopped off the bus and formed into our little groups of 4 which were pre-planned and colour-coded, ready to start the day.

In the building there was a court filled with all sorts of activities to test our brains to the edge, we were all placed to the side seats and waited for the rest of the schools to take their places on the seats. A few people stood up out the front and welcomed us to the event before reiterating what we would be doing. We were told we were competing to see who could complete all the events the quickest, coolest, and in the most out of the box ways we could. They proceeded to tell us that we would do these events with the people in our groups, competing against others of the same colour from different schools. (My group had pink). We were put into our groups and headed out for our activities. New speakers arrived and told us to sit down at a table with our name on it.

At the first activity, my group sat with two people on each end of the table with a black barrier dividing us down the middle. The only other thing was box with a tube the went under the black divider, connected to another tube. We were told the boxes emitted light when one of the three buttons were pressed. Our task was to convert a few symbols into a morse code. After ten minutes we did a practice test where we communicated with the other teammates to work out how everything worked. After practically everyone aced that part of the task,  we were challenged to do it for the whole alphabet out of a few symbols which we were given around half an hour to make. Each team was heard making unique and interesting ways to develop the morse language. Our team grouped a few of the letters into fours and for the three colours of red, blue and green, plus a mixture of yellow and another mixture for purple. We achieved a 98% success rate and finished first. The next challenge was an extension task to make another code for a second table made of uppercase and different symbols, where we put all the same code as before but added a first colour which would either be blue or red to decide which graph to use. We continued our winning streak before finishing and returning to our seats for around a half an hour of lunch.

After lunch we started activity two. For our group, it was a bionic hand challenge. By now, most of the teams and schools had mingled and begun making friends with each, other distracting them from the actual activities although most groups made extremely impressive hands with our assigned materials. These were popsicle sticks, straws, pvc pipe, string, scissors, and a two meter line of sticky tape. Our hand was able to lift heavy objects, but was unable to make intricate hand movements for smaller objects or hand signals. After we had finished, we waited for the rest of the groups. After that, we sat back down for the finale; the Bridge Making competition. Our school shouted to the top of our lungs to encourage our team. There were a few impressive bridges, but most were broken after being tested with a few weights. When it was our turn our bridge withstood the test of every weight until we were second, but in pursuit of first place our bridge collapsed. With ours coming second, we waited for the tallying of points hoping for for victory. We held our breath until we were called out as 5th place.

While a little disappointed, we were happy for not coming last! Although we didn’t win, it was still a victory because our group won the Morse Code challenge, gaining us scholarships to an unnamed high school in Russia! We all boarded the bus to head back home, having had a great day of STEM learning.

Taj Baird, Year 9AEP


On Friday 5th of August, we arrived at the South West Engineering Challenge to further expand our knowledge on practical experiments. We wanted to represent our school and show our current knowledge. We split into groups and worked on different activities involving STEM. Throughout the day we faced difficult challenges and competed against other schools.  The bus ride there was eventful and fun, full of laughter and excitement.

We had our first activity from 9-11. Each group had to represent and score points for their school. Our most capable group worked on the Bridge Building project for the entire day, with the competition being judged later in the day. My group’s first challenge was to make a building out of limited materials such as straws, paper and tape. It had to be at least 30 cm tall and withstand as many 2kg weights as possible.  My group’s tower held three 2kg weights and then sadly collapsed. The winner was not us.

We had a quick drink break and then got back to work on the second part of the activity. This time we had the exact same materials to build another tower. This time it had to withstand the earthquake simulator starting from level one. My team’s tower withstood level one but also collapsed on level two. We were expecting it, so we weren’t disappointed.

We had lunch and caught up with our friends in different groups. After lunch finished, we got instructions for our next activity. My team was on the Board and String activity. There were blue, red, black and blank bolts which represented towns and cities. Our task was to weave string to reach every town and city. Doubling over or missing any places was counted as penalties and cost teams a loss of points.

After, we gathered back to the grandstands and watched the Bridge competition. Sadly, we couldn’t be there for all of them but we were lucky to see ours.

At the end, the winners were announced and with our class having the most school spirit we left proudly, knowing we were the loudest. This experience was great for our students, who all enjoyed the day.

Erina Maika, Year 8AEP

Wise Women in STEM

On Thursday 30th June, Mrs Durup, Ms Klingsporn, Ms Napier and Ms Greene set off with the entire female contingent of the Years 8, 9 and 10 AEP classes to participate in Murdoch University’s Wise Women in STEM event. After excitedly meeting for an early lunch and briefing, at 1pm we set off in a very spacious bus for our adventure.  Upon arriving at Murdoch at around 2pm, the girls waited eagerly to get their room keys to their apartments at Murdoch University Village. The apartments were extremely spacious and well equipped, making it an authentic university experience.

We didn’t have much time to lounge about because we then had to head off to the University Campus for our first event.  However, before we got there the girls had an insane need to visit the campus IGA for snacks. Anyone would think that they had never seen a mini-IGA before! Once we had finally dragged the girls away from the lolly aisle we set off to various workshops on campus.

The first activity my group were involved with was coding. After a short lesson in how to code, we learnt how to program LED lights to come on and off and to change colour.  It was quite the psychedelic experience and not too difficult. This experience made me think I am in the wrong job, having recently spent a substantial sum having the LED lights in my house reprogrammed. If I’d known it was that simple, I would have done it myself!

After our lighting experience we headed off to the rocket challenge where we learnt how to make rockets and then had a competition to see who could launch them the highest.  It was great fun but left quite a mess!  After our first day of workshops, we headed to the furthest end of the university campus to a scrumptious BBQ followed by a quiz.  We then headed back to the student village, where the girls spent their time relaxing and talking on the balconies and snacking on food and lollies until the early hours, with one of the girls going full Mum mode on her roommates!

On Friday morning we were up bright and early for a breakfast of pancakes, and cereal. One of the Year 10 rooms missed breakfast altogether as they were up pretty late! After breakfast we headed off for the University to meet up with all the other delegates participating in the Wise Women in STEM event.  After the keynote address, which a lot of women spoke about their journeys to success, we divided into separate groups for more workshops. The first one was the School of Nursing where we took part in an escape box challenge, where we had to triage patients’ needs according to given scenarios.  We had to decipher hospital notes, examine x-rays and apply what knowledge we were given to gain the combination to locks which unlocked several boxes. It was definitely an ‘out of the box’ thinking activity. This activity was originally designed for Year 12s who wanted to study nursing or medicine, so the fact that one of our Year 10 groups almost completed the whole challenge was a wonderful achievement.  We then participated in a ‘Whodunnit?’ activity, where we had to figure out who had committed a crime based on the information we were given. By far, this was my favourite activity.

We then had a subway lunch on Bush Court, while all the girls raided the vending machines. The piano was a popular spot to stop at, to showcase their wonderful musical talents. After lunch we then headed back to our dorms to pack up and head back to Pinjarra. It was a relatively quiet ride back, with everyone passing out with exhaustion. I am pleased that our female students had the opportunity to experience and hope that some will themselves be ‘Wise Women in STEM’ in the future.

Ms Durup

Winston the Lamb

We would like to acknowledge the sad loss of our Winston or Winnie, our lamb.

Rural Operations student Kristyn took on the emergency care of Winston, who was the fourth lamb born to one ewe, sadly abandoned by his Mum in May this year.  Mr Spargo – with slight worry lines and “What have we done?” written all over his face –  sent Kristyn off with milk powder, instructions, and a bottle that Friday after visiting the farm and finding him abandoned. If he had been left, he would have been prey for crows, so we’re grateful to Mr Spargo for giving Kristyn the job of adopting Winston.

Over the next few months Kristyn more than stepped up to the diligent care of Winnie, meeting his every need right down to nappies and a plush bed, with the regular farm visit to remind him he was a lamb. Winnie went everywhere, all about the school and to sport days too! He loved life to the full going places any dog would and made many people smile at his cheeky personality.

Sadly, he was gone so quickly. Winston left a big hole in everyone’s lives: especially devastated was his ‘Mum’, Kristyn. He will always be remembered by us all -even down to running with toilet paper around the house or watching his fellow lambs being tagged, which he bravely followed.

A small presentation to Kristyn as a thankyou for all her hard work and early mornings looking after Winnie was made by Ms Fiona Davidson at the FLEECE compound. May the happy memories be treasured by Kristyn and us all and a big thanks to Kristyn for making Winnie’s life  short but truly amazing and filled with love.

Murders at the Maj Excursion

Who knew that murder could be so much fun?!
Year 9 Drama students were treated to a superbly crafted Theatre Restaurant, transporting them back to 1937 in “A Night At The Oscars’.  The performance was held Downstairs at His Majesty’s Theatre in the centre of Perth.  The students had searched Op Shops in preparation to find the perfect period costume to suit the night and they all looked magnificent in their selection of suits and dresses. Bonnie and Clyde (alias Harmony and Kaitlyn) were particularly notorious on the evening.  The students were treated to a sumptuous three course dinner and the performance featured characters who would mingle with the audience, spreading gossip and clues throughout the night.  Finally, death was inevitable and as the cast began to be ‘bumped off’, the conversation and accusations started to fly!  By the end of the night, each table had decided who the Murderer was, their motive, methods and each table was asked to submit their ‘deductive reasonings’.  At last the murderer was revealed and in true Agatha Christie style, the story unfolded with the host telling the story. After the show, all of the cast graciously allowed the students a combined cast and student group photo, with one of the crew remarking that “he loves shooting people!”

Ric Holster

FLEEC Sheep Sheering School

The PSHS Agriculture program had its shearing school on the 15th and 16th September. Shearers are in short supply and the school was fortunate enough to find an ex- student professional shearer available and in the district. Mitch Hancock attended the FLEEC programme in 2014 and 2015. On graduating from the program he started a job as a trainee butcher. His father and grandfather had shorn sheep and he was drawn toward the shearing industry. He has worked in New Zealand and in teams around the Brookton agricultural districts. Mitch has also had a stint in the mining sector.
The sheep were yarded up on the Wednesday afternoon and 40 “shedded” as showers were predicted for Thursday morning. Students had to be at school by 6.30am on the two days. Shearing began at 7.00am and students were back at school by 3.00pm. In the two days students were trained by Paul Lyons (TAFE teacher and registered wool classer). They were upskilled in penning up sheep, catching sheep for the shearer, wool -classing and general rouseabout duties. 112 sheep were shorn in the two days. They were then back-lined and put out to pasture with their 124 lambs. Sue Ferguson (FLEEC EA) baked a cake on the final day and we presented a Certificate of Thanks, to Mitch.
The 24year old, handsome young man with the strong physique, long blonde locks, big smile and easy going manner had an instant bond with the students. Mitch talked to the Year 12 students about the prospects of work in the farming sector, the importance of a work-life balance and gave his insight to life after school.
Most students in the class will not become shearers. However, all will be able to relate to the general work competency skills utilized at the shearing school. One of these skills is being fit enough to handle the rigours of physical work. Hauling 100 odd 70 kg sheep out of the catching pens is hard work.  Most students were asleep in the bus on the way home after two hectic days of work.

Darryl Spargo

Year 12 Outdoor Education Camp

Back in Week 5, some of our Outdoor Education students went on a 3 day hike from Redgate Beach to Hamelin Bay.

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Charges and 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.


Please be reminded that Year 11 & 12 charges are compulsory as well as Year 8-10 High Cost electives. Thank you to those that have already paid.

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 9531 7000.

Statements were sent out during the Term 3 holidays. Please contact the Front Office if you are unsure about your 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 (


  • 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.

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.

2022 Bushfire Community Day