|ARTHUR PHILLIP HIGH SCHOOL|
Congratulations Ms Marsh and Ms El Haddad and their wonderful Year 9 Commerce classes who today held their own marketplace.
Last Friday Mrs Hares took a group of our students (mostly refugee students) to the 2018 Football United Gala Day, organised by Creating Chances.
APHS dominated the competition with the girl’s team defeating Lurnea HS in the final and the senior boys team running our final winners against Fairfield HS. Our junior boys team were pipped at the post going down to Miller HS. The students were extremely well behaved and performed exceedingly well with APHS awarded the 2018 Football United Champion.
Our student representatives were:
Abhishek Saha, Arsh Diwan, Owais Khan, Marzia Nadir Hussain, Aaryan Sapkota, Raihan Sunasara, Sabera Taqizada, Tommy Tran, Rabi Tukhi, Melika Azimi, Aahana Kafle, Aisha Khan, Asma Mohammad Zada, Rodney Mwanje, Daniel Abdolhasei, Ahmad Al Moussaaoui, Ibrar Ali Jan, Mohamed Ghamrawi, Erdem Guloglu, Sina Hatami Alamdari, Iqrar Jan Salari, Hamza Khan, Slaman Khan, Anita Lealaiauloto and Yasemin Yalcin.
Many thanks to Ms Hares for coordinating our student’s participation in this Gala Day.
Semester 2 Reports for Years 7-10 will be issued to students on Friday 14th December during period 5. There will be no early issue of reports. Any student not in attendance on 14th December will have to organise to collect their report during Week 10.
Congratulations to our fantastic students who represented APHS at the Schools Spectacular on Friday at Qudos Arena Sydney Olympic Park. Every year, I am amazed at the talent levels on display and whilst the performances are dominated by students who are part of the Talented Students Performance Program; it is always heart warming to see so many different public schools participating in Schools Spectacular.
Schools Spectacular epitomises the very fundamental public education values of excellence and equity. The performances are always outstanding and every student has the chance to participate and of course our students embraced this opportunity and excelled. Many thanks to Ms Mitsopoulos and Ms Lim for their ongoing commitment to our students by encouraging our student’s involvement in this initiative, they have been working hard on preparing for the event since March of this year.
Our Dance Representatives: Sapphire Hawkins, Martin Lambert, Bryan Olorga, Elijah Beazley and Lomano Manukeu
Our Choir Representatives: Leilani Cross-Tatateo, Laarnie Baluyot, Shane Bosco Sunder Raj, CJ Caoagas, Sheana Inan, Xian Jocson, Krishna Pradeep, Florence Aggio, Elijah Beazley, Jasmine Brook-Ulugia, Tommy Chen, Victoria Lin, Inoke Liutai and Jenny Su.
Congratulations to Year 8 students, Kasey Wardle, Gabriella Abbas, Olivia Erkovska, Hanee Patel, William Lin and Dipdarshan Thapa and their teachers Ms Suar and Ms Oldfield on winning the Videos for Change "Founders Award for Indigenous Youth Voice" 2018. The students were presented with their award at a ceremony in Sydney yesterday by Lisa Wilkinson.
Their video that they designed, performed in and then produced, was a moving and evocative illustration of cyberbullying and was seen by the judges as a creative and realistic portrayal of the insidious impacts bullying can have on young lives. APHS is very proud of Kasey, Gabriella, Olivia, Hanee, William and Dipdarshan's achievements and a very special thank you to Ms Suar and Ms Oldfield who orchestrated this opportunity for their students and then worked tirelessly with them to bring their creative story to life through their video.
The school has recently had to develop both a "Personal Devices Policy" and a "Social Media Policy" to ensure that our students and staff are safe when at school and technology is being used to enhance learning, not be something that detracts from our students education. Both these policies can be found on our website but it is important for me to share with students and parents some of the consequences that have now been put in place through this policy, to ensure we are maximising our student learning outcomes and not having technology as a disruptive presence in our school.
Mobile phones, smart phones, MP3 players, tablets and similar devices are a part of modern society and the school accepts that many students will possess them. However, their application and relevance to learning are limited. Teachers and students have a right to teach and to learn in a classroom environment that is free from interruption by such devices and where learning is valued.
Personal electronic devices in schools, present a number of challenges. These include:
If parents have any concerns about their child's personal devices and how it relates to our school policy I would encourage them to contact the school and discuss it with me.
On Tuesday 6th November the school held its induction for the School Leadership Team for 2019. Congratulations to:
School Captains: Hoorain Wahid and Deniz Altinok, School Vice Captains: Letizia Phung and Irick Dawinan and Senior Prefects: Christina Kishore and Smith Wijesinghe. Many thanks to Ms Mercado for her management of the election process and her coordination of the InductionAssembly.