Our new school captains Vithunesh Jeishankar and Prisha Lal were there to present the wreaths.
A moment to remember, honour and pay respect to those fallen....
Arthur Phillip High School was invited by the City of Parramatta RSL Sub Branch to lay wreaths at their Remembrance Day Memorial Service at Prince Alfred Square.
Our new school captains Vithunesh Jeishankar and Prisha Lal were there to present the wreaths.
A moment to remember, honour and pay respect to those fallen....
Year 12, 2017 Graduation Ceremony - Principal's Address
On this, the most important occasion on the Arthur Phillip High School calendar, I would like to acknowledge the Burramattagal people of the Darug Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we celebrate today. I would also like to pay my respect to the Elders both past and present of the Darug Nation, and extend that respect to other Aboriginals with us this morning.
I would also like to welcome:
Mr Nicholas Train, Deputy Principal
Mr George Retsos, Rel Head Teacher History and Year 12 Year Adviser
Mr Gareth Rennie, Rel Head Teacher English and Year 11 Year Advisor
Riko Truong, School Captain, Arthur Phillip High School
Steven Chung, School Captain, Arthur Phillip High School
We are honoured with your company today.
And a warm Arthur Phillip welcome to the parents, carers and families of the 2017 graduating class. This is as much a celebration for you as it is for Year 12. You have been there for them as they have grappled with assessment tasks and submitted works. Not to mention your advice, guidance and thousands upon thousands of healthy meals and warm hugs over the years. Please enjoy today. It is a very proud moment for you, as you watch your children reach an important milestone after years of support, guidance, laughter, tantrums and tears, on both sides most likely. No doubt you have been stretched to breaking point this year.
Congratulations, you have almost made it, and no matter what the final result, you will survive. In two months it will all be over, and you will be wondering what all the fuss was about. Perhaps. Please take time to celebrate your child’s achievement before the next challenge which will be just around the corner.
Year 12, before we start to talk about how wonderful you are, I would like you to stand and turn and show your heartfelt appreciation to your parents, carers and families who have been there for you, and will always be there for you, no matter what happens.
And most importantly, I would like to welcome our graduating class. Year 7, 2012 and now Year 12, 2015. A very special group of young men and women who have shone in many ways this year. A group who typically care about each other no matter how different they may be from each other and look for the positive in every experience.
Well, here you are, with just a few short hours of ‘school’ left. Your journey at Arthur Phillip High School is about to end but your smiling faces, sense of humour and bright personalities will endure. It seems impossible that just six short years ago you entered Arthur Phillip High School for the very first time. Right from the outset your teachers set you the task of being your best self at all times and making every moment, both in and out of the classroom, count. We can see now that you accepted their challenge and even though there have been some bumps in the road, I hope you feel happy and contented with the choices you have made along the way. The school is proud of you and the risks you have taken to improve your skills, challenge your learning and step outside your comfort zone. You must continue to do this always. As the immortal Dr Seuss once said ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.‘
Today, we also need to acknowledge the work of your dedicated teachers. Teachers who are passionate about your education and strive to give you the very best learning experiences, always. By setting such high expectations, focusing on exceptional standards and challenging the pedestrian, your teachers have prepared you well for the HSC exams you have already faced and those you are still to face in the next few months. And more importantly, their insistence on your personal best at all times has prepared you for a life of success.
Remember always shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars. And that’s what you are to us – you are our stars. Today and always. You are all stars who have shone in some way. Nobody is outstanding at everything but we are all brilliant at something. You, Year 12, have strengths beyond your years. Whether it is in the Chemistry classroom, on the Performance Stage, in the sporting field, behind the debating lectern or as a caring peer mediator, student leader or supportive friend. I am truly confident that all of you will make a difference in our world and find your true calling in life or as in today’s world – callings - for you can take many pathways and have many careers.
But first, you must complete the final task set for you. You must complete the HSC - striving for your personal best and we know you are more than capable of reaching such a goal. But we are not going to worry about the HSC today. Today is for celebration and remembering the joy, values and experiences you have shared with your teachers and peers at Arthur Phillip High School.
A huge thank you must go to Mr Retsos, your year adviser. He has nurtured you and wiped your tears whilst helping you to build the resilience required to sail through the rest of your lives. Well that’s the plan anyway. He has taught you that challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
There have certainly been many highlights throughout your time here. The school’s proudest moments are grounded in the fact that you care for others and work together to show gratitude for what you have been given. You accept challenges without fear of judgment, as you are all comfortable being who you are.
Your moving memorial assembly in March this year for Mrs Goodwin organised by our amazing Year 12 leaders demonstrated the compassion you have for significant people in your lives. She would be so proud of you right now.
The fantastic Multicultural Day held earlier this term is a tradition you have started at Arthur Phillip High School. A day where we all come together and recognise and celebrate the differences and similarities of many cultures. This inclusivity and diversity makes Australian society unique and very special. The true value of a comprehensive education is the opportunity to live and work with people who are very different from ourselves – they have different strengths, talents and abilities to us; many have different cultural backgrounds; but together in the same school we become friends, colleagues and collaborators. You, Year 12, learnt from each other and more importantly have built a community of harmony and inclusivity.
The wonderful way you support and praise each other on performance nights, at exhibitions and sporting events is uplifting. I know the school community feels honoured and proud to know you. I certainly do.
Because you are so important to all of us at Arthur Phillip, I urge you to continue to learn and grow into the successful and compassionate citizens Australia needs for future social, economic, academic and cultural success. You are our future. Don’t falter from your goal. Never, ever let anyone tell you that you cannot be whomever, or whatever, you please.
‘Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!’ Always move forward.
And finally, whilst on your journey to brilliance you must always remember to take care of each other and promise to be yourself, because everyone else is taken and no one but you, can do the things you do. Remember, it takes courage to grow up and become the person you really are. And NEVER FORGET, you are Arthur Phillip people. The best people.
And now, I would like to conclude with more words of wisdom from Dr Zuess:
Today you are you
That is truer than true
There is no one alive
Who is youer than you
You are off to great places
Today is your day
Your mountain is waiting
So…..get on your way.
Farewell Year 12, may fortune always follow you.
Ms Erla McMaster
21st September 2017
"Bring it On" is High School dance competition created to empower youth. This was Arthur Phillip's High fourth year in the competition and this year we were amongst 14 Sydney schools to reach the finals. Last Saturday night, the squad of 22, led by Year 11 student, Jacob Hawkins achieved first place in the competition!
The way the students supported each other and the love shown for the other schools was phenomenal.
Congratulations to all students on such an amazing achievement.
Till next time.....
Honour roll for Bring It On dancers 2017:
Shyamli Sharma Year 12
Hope Panapa Year 12
George Thomas Beazley Year 12
Jacob Hawkins Year 11
Melle Nabete Year 11
Laetitia Lett Year 11
Tumanako Paratene Year 11
Destiny Panapa Year 10
Elijah Beazley Year 10
Samantha Yang Year 10
Christina Kishore Year 10
Kai Syahin Year 10
Lomano Manukeu Year 10
Maarametua August - Unuia Year 10
Sapphire Hawkins Year 9
Sharlene Muru Tucker Year 9
Bryan Olorga Year 9
Princess Yandan Year 8
Anahera August Unuia Year 8
Adriana Papa Year 7
Talei Nawai Year 7
Esteta Manukeu Year 7
Year 8 had the opportunity to spend some quality time with their peers and just have a day of fun.
Their day was filled with teamwork. All activities encouraged students to have a resilient and confident spirit allowing them to rely on each other and just "TRUST".
In all it was a great day had by all.
Till next time....
Arthur Phillip High once again celebrated the cultural diversity of the staff and student community in their 2017 Multicultural Festival on the 27th of July. On the day, students were taken out of class to explore the student-organised events that featured performances, events and food stalls from nations all across the globe.
The opening ceremony of the Multicultural Festival featured guest speakers from Parramatta Mission and Parramatta council, along with Hoorain, the Publicity Officer of our own SRC whom shared their experience with multiculturalism inherently highlighting its importance in today’s society. The ceremony also hosted student performances which included the Haka, Filipino, Hula, Tongan and K-Pop dances. These performances were well received by both staff and student bodies. Following the Opening ceremony, a Best Dressed Competition for the student body was hosted on the stage for those that attended in their cultural outfits.
The booths and events during the Festival were wholly organised and made possible by the efforts of the Multicultural Festival Committee, comprised of both SRC members as well as volunteering students. Staff of APHS also supported the event where possible upon student request. There were various stalls and booths present on the day, such as the Henna Art service and Hair Spray booth, which were both immensely popular throughout the event. A Sumo Wrestling arena (where students wore sumo suits and protective gear!) and a Piñata room was also held, which students excitedly participated in and formed crowds outside of each booth respectively. The Arthur Phillip Amazing Race was held for the second time following last year’s festival, as there was a high demand for it to return - this is most likely due to the teamwork and cooperation the game course required, deeming it a highly engaging activity for our social student body. Some teachers also jumped in on the fun, and were seen to show their inner child selves during their participation. With the assistance of the CAPA Faculty, an Art Exhibition was also held following from last year, where the works of our talented Visual Arts students were exhibited and even voted on as a competition. Finally, a photo booth was held for students to have tangible forms of their memories with their friends at the 2017 Festival.
As for catering, the festival also bolstered a vast variety of food items found in different parts of the world. The food stalls sold finger food such as fairy bread and samosas whereas our own senior student-run cafe, with some help from the TAS staff, sold plated dishes and drinks throughout the entirety of the event. The PE staffroom helped tremendously with their participation in a good ol’ sausage sizzle and in the running of the fairy floss station. Overall food, a staple of every culture, was provided to all students supplying them with sufficient energy to explore the already discussed range of activities featured in the 2017 Multicultural Festival.
To conclude, the 2nd Multicultural Festival at Arthur Phillip High ended in a big success, having grown larger in both the extent of the event as well as in student participation. As a result of the Festival, the school spirit was tremendously raised, and the proud sight of the students from all grades cooperating together to run the event indicates high expectation for next year’s continued run.
Riko Truong & Steven Chung
APHS School Captains 2017
Art Exhibition, 2017 ‘Transition to Adulthood’
Curated by Miss Siddiqui
On 29th August, Learning Support Art Exhibition showcased year 11/12 and selected year 10 students’ work on ‘Transition to Adulthood’. Students explored the colour revolution and patterns in the modern age. Students use technology as a tool to communicate and present information. They recorded their progress and their artistic journey of creating contemporary artworks on ipads, which represent their journey into adulthood. Each student investigated new techniques and experimented with different and/or multiple materials.
The art exhibition also featured Miss Lin’s year 7/8 History ‘Tile Project’ on the Ming Dynasty. Students designed a Chinese theme - Ming Dynasty inspired ceramic tile exploring the highly popular and recognisable blue-and-white decoration. Students studied the Ming Dynasty in class and further researched popular Chinese animals such as dragons, phoenix and tiger, completed with Chinese characters. Students used stencil to transfer the images onto the tiles and incorporated the traditional blue and white palette to represent the Ming Dynasty porcelain effect.
The ‘Transition to Adulthood’ art project also had a theory component requiring students to write a short artist statement describing their artwork and explaining where their inspiration comes from, a selection of brief quotes can be seen below:
This installation explores my interest for Star Wars and how I came to love the series from a young age to an adult. I created a series of work, which explores my early memories of time spent with Dad watching the Star Wars series and these are precious memories which I can carry on to my adulthood.”
Jack Oshyer (Yr 12)
‘The Art of Star Wars’, 2017
My artwork explores the lights of Hong Kong city and it is inspired by Jackson Pollock's drip style paintings. I created six mix media paintings showcasing city of Hong Kong from my perspective as a young adult.
Rowena Wong (Yr 11)
‘Lights Of Hong Kong City’, 2017
My work is inspired by nature and being outdoors. From a young age I enjoyed playing sport outdoors especially cricket and I always admired nature. My ink prints explore the idea of “We are all connected to nature”.
Wen Bo Yu (Yr 10)
‘Falling Leaves of Autumn’, 2017
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Learning Support staff and our wonderful SLSO who made this art exhibition successful 3 years in a row. Special thanks to TAS faculty, Tech support team and our amazing executive team for their constant support and encouragement.
Important works will happen in Church Street Mall in the next week as part of construction of Parramatta Square.
What’s going on?
Walker Corporation has advised it will remove seven (7) trees in Church Street Mall on Saturday 26 August 2017.
City of Parramatta Council and Walker Corporation are working to replace all trees by the end of September 2017. Mature replacement trees will remain in temporary planter boxes during construction, and will be relocated in the Parramatta Square Public Domain, including in front of 8 Parramatta Square in Church Street Mall, upon completion.
Shading in Church Street Mall is a key consideration for Council and that’s why we’ve worked with Walker Corporation to identify suitable mature replacement trees that will provide shade.
Why are the works necessary?
The removal of the trees is in line with planning consent for DA/319/2016 approved in September 2016 and is necessary so the hoarding can be moved to enable construction work on the basement of 8 Parramatta Square. The hoarding will be moved to its new boundary once the trees are removed and will remain in place until construction finishes in 2020.
An arborist report into the health and safety of the trees - five (5) Platanus acerofolia (Plane trees) and two (2) Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese Elms) – indicated they were likely to be damaged during construction, making their removal necessary.
What does this mean for you?
Walker Corporation has advised the tree removal works will take place between 7am and 1pm on Saturday 26 August 2017.
Temporary fencing will be installed around the trees to ensure pedestrian safety. Pedestrian access through Church Street Mall will be retained during the works.
Traffic controllers will be in place during the removal of trees closest to Darcy Street to ensure vehicles can access Queensland Arcade during this time.
For specific information relating to Walker Corporation’s activities on site, please call (02) 9806 2700 or email email@example.com.
Parents of students from year 7 to 12 are invited to attend the APHS Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday 26 July from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Parents are encouraged to make a booking with teachers prior to the evening. Bookings can be made online from the school website home page. From here they log in the Student Login. Students should assist the log in process with their short name and password and select the Parent Teacher Interview option to make bookings. If you cannot use this process students can collect a paper-booking sheet from student services to book for you.
I hope to see you all at the Interview evening as teachers will discuss the recently distributed reports and provide valuable suggestions for improvement over the remainder of the year.
Please click on the letter below for an update on the Arthur Phillip Eastern Campus for Term 3:
Arthur Phillip High School will be running an after school Homework Centre in the school library on Mondays between 3:00pm - 4:30pm during Term 3.
The objective of the Homework Centre is to enhance and support student learning at Arthur Phillip High School. Math, English, Social Sciences and Science teachers will be available to assist students in their learning.
If you would like your son/daughter to attend, please send your child to see Ms Suar in the English Staffroom.
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