Some of our Year 9 students being given the opportunity to study closely some of the amazing archaeological finds during the excavation of Parramatta Public School.
Good Afternoon Teachers and Students,
We’d like to thank you for giving us your valuable time. We’d also like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to be part of this program to learn how to code. This was an unbelievable experience with moments where we felt on top of the world, empowered and most of all capable at other times we felt helpless, frustrated and overwhelmed when we had to critically think and find the problems in our coding equations. We had the opportunity to visit and learn in the new Parramatta Western Sydney University campus across the road, which allowed many of us to get a glimpse of the experience of university life and one-day aspire to be learning at a tertiary level in institutions such as Western Sydney University.
We’d like to share our experience with you through the following clip created by Elif. We hope you enjoy it. Play clip
We hope that we were able to capture our experience. We learnt so much through the Codar Factory’s Nandini Nayak. Her mentoring and patience as she taught us how to code and the potential our skills could achieve was inspiring. We’d like to thank the Commonwealth Bank for providing the funding for us to learn how to code and give us inspiration to consider a future in IT as young women. Western Sydney University generously provided us with a new and amazing learning space to take our coding classes at their Parramatta campus. We’d like to thank everyone at Western Sydney University who made this possible. We’d also like to thank Dropbox and Amazon for letting us explore their offices and speak to their staff during our excursion.
Through this program we got to speak with some very inspiring and amazing people in the world of IT. We have been inspired to do better in our everyday life through coding. We would love for more people in this school to get the chance to learn to code. This experience has not only taught me about coding but I’ve become more confident, I understand what I am capable of all thanks to this program. Most of all we’d like to thank every single staff member who took part in bringing this program to life. We’d like to thank Mrs. Mc Master and deputies for allowing us to try something new.
I’d now like to share some research and statistics about women in the technology industry and how we as young women can help rectify these statistics.
Slide One: As you can clearly see there are more males working in the technology industry. On an overall basis there is only 31% of women working, while 69% are males. No career should be for a certain gender. Women in technology should be just as equal as men.
Slide Two: 56% of women who work in technology positions leave due to the following working conditions: work-life balance, lost interest in work, and company environment. These conditions not only should be looked at closely for women but for men as well. Everyone has the right to feel comfortable in where they work.
Slide Three: If the workplace is comfortable to work in we will have more women like the following. Through these coding classes what we realised is that these jobs are not impossible. Through hard work, dedication and most of all guidance these positions are surely reachable. If we had coding programs and opportunities to develop our skills in innovative technology like this regularly then more girls would be inspired to join the industry. As I have shown the technology industry clearly need more women. We can make that change.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to share our experience with us. We hope we were able to prove to you what an amazing thing this would be if it was a regular program at APHS. Once again thank you! Good Afternoon Teachers and Students,
Year 8 students in a poetry writing workshop delivered by Westwords. Final poetry pieces will be published on a locative literature application online which I'll share with you in a few weeks. Thank you to Mr Rennie and Mr Akins for organising this fantastic opportunity for some of our J.K. Rowling's of the future.
A number of girls from APHS were recently acknowledged by the University of Western Sydney for their involvement in a Coding project last year. Under the watchful eye of Ms Yassine these girls got the opportunity to understand and develop their own skills in "coding" and recognise some of the career paths that are available to them in the future.
It was fitting for these young women to receive their certificates on International Women's Day. Congratulations to all the students involved and to their "Girl Power"!
Tuesday 13th March 2018
In the School Library.
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Year 7 enjoyed spectacular Sydney weather when they were rewarded with a fun day out at Luna Park at Milsons Point on Sydney Harbour.
Travelling on public transport, students were able to take in the local sites and create a greater anticipation for the fun day ahead.
With over 20 other schools at Luna Park on the day, students averaged around 4 rides during the time we were there. Students loved the Hair Raiser, Dodgem Cars, and the old classic, the Ferris Wheel.
Supervising teachers had just as much fun as the students with one very ambitious teacher waiting an hour and a half to go on a ride!
Year 7 students have worked hard throughout the year.
APHS held its first ever book day event where students got into the spirit of dressing up as their favourite fictional character, trade new and old books with each other along with attending fun booths held by the APHS SRC.
The SRC held a Marvel booth, anime booth, horror booth and a photo booth. All equally entertaining, fitting to a specific genre of fictional literature and illustrations! Book day allowed over 1000 APHS students get into the school spirit, exhilarated by the idea of being able to express their fondness for a specific genre (fandom).
The horror booth had amazing activities such as the 'maze' where students were to crawl under a dark maze, full of jump scares, screams and eerie music, hoping and praying they would make it to the other side without being too scared!
The Marvel booth had fun activities, including dodgeball where marvel heroes fought to see who was the strongest!
The anime booth allowed our students to purchase customised t-shirts of whatever fandom they wished along with games of charades, kahoot and making your own customized keychain was available at the anime booth! And the book swap held in the main quad allowed over 100 students share, swap and buy new, old, dear and near books from others.
Book day was seen as a success, as it allowed the student body along with all the teachers bond over their shared love of literature!
On behalf of the SRC, book day was one of the nearest and dearest events APHS has run.
Its been another great year in the Mathematics Faculty with students achieving their personal best across the various facets of their Mathematics courses ( a great success for all ).
In Years 9&10, the courses offered have catered for students at different levels of Mathematics and given students an indication of their options for the senior studies in Mathematics.
Students have successfully taken part in tasks that require the development of their logical processes, practical activities and have accessed the curriculum online through programs such as Mathletics and Mathspace.
Students who have had the opportunity to participate in the Mathematics competition have achieved great results and an experience of an advanced approach to solving problems and others have had the experience of working in open learning environments, working in groups and on projects that relate to the real world. Those who have worked in the advanced courses have developed a greater insight into the algorithms that form foundations for calculations in many aspects of industry.
All students with an interest in Mathematics will have these opportunities and more as we move toward future focussed learning.
From the Maths Faculty
The Arthur Phillip High School Name the Crane challenge was open to all Year 8 students. The design brief was for students to construct a crane jib of 600mm in length. They all had 3 hrs to design and build their jib. The student crane jib were weighed before testing and build their jib.
1st Place winner was Colin Xu with a jib mass of 43.16grams and ultimate load of 1250g. He was awarded Surface Pro which is worth $1400.
2nd Place winner was Lucrecia Phung her jib weighed 37.32grams and a load of 625g. She was awarded IPAD PRO.
3rd Prize winner was Banafsha Sayed. Her jib withstood 2350grams but weighed in at 149.85g. She was awarded $250 Westfield Voucher.
There were 3 further students with commendable efforts each were awarded prizes.
All these valuable prizes were generously donated by WATPAC CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD.
Many thanks to Science teachers Mr. S. Sheriff and Ms. V. Gibbens Lab assistant Mr.B. Walters for their assistance in organising and running this event.
Further thanks to Mr. B. Main (Deputy Principal) for hosting and supporting this competition.
From the Science Faculty
On November 21st and 22nd, Miss Mercado kindly organised this excursion for Years 8, 9 and 10 SRC members.
20 students from our school were invited to attend a two day program where hundreds of other young people were brought together at Western Sydney University Bankstown for What’s Up West? Western Sydney Youth Conference 2017.
What’s up West? is an amazing event designed for young people in Western Sydney to talk about issues that matter to us. The event included many activities that informed us about important topics such as mental health, physical health, sexual health, advocacy, leadership and many more. Most sessions were divided into different rooms, each room had a certain topic that young youth discussed about. I went to sessions such as slam poetry which was one of highlights of the event for me. We had the chance to listen to other students’ slam poetry about topics that mattered to them and it was beautiful.
Many inspirational, empowered men and women talked about their experiences such as
L- fresh the lion. A rising hip hop artist from Western Sydney, he talked about his experience of creating a positive change around the world and being one of the 27 people invited to be apart of YouTube's Creator for Change program.
It was one of the events that I will never forget as a student of Arthur Phillip High school and part of this community. I felt empowered, motivated, inspired to make a change in our society.
Hoorain Wahid (SRC member, publicity officer)
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