Our wonderful Djembe Drumming Group performing at PPS International Day of Peace Ceremony. Many thanks to Ms Suar for coordinating this opportunity for our talented young musicians.
The "Rotary Youth Vocational Awards" initiative recognises the achievements of young people attending schools in the City of Parramatta local area. Last night three of our students were nominated for these awards recognising their commitment to excellence in their VET studies, attending an awards ceremony held at The Hills Sports High School. Special thanks to Ms McKenzie for her ongoing support of our VET students and to Mrs Duric for her coordination and management of VET frameworks offered at APHS.
Below is the commendations on the students certificates:
Rahma Garabey is a dedicated student who has worked hard throughout the Business Services course to complete all requirements to achieve Certificate II in Business. She is thoughtful and conscientious and has excelled in bother her workplacements, with employers acknowledging her great work ethic. Well done Rahma.
Asha Nadesanathan is a dedicated student who has worked to the best of her ability these last 2 years to achieve this award. In both practical and theory, Asha consistently showed commitment and determination to learn and improve her skills in Hospitality. Well done Asha, Arthur Phillip High School is proud of your achievement.
Ebru Sazak is extremely deserving of this award. She is a hard-working individual who has thrived in all areas of the Retail Services Course. Ebru has conducted herself with professionalism and maturity. She is a leader to her peers and always conducts herself to the highest of standards. Ebru would make an excellent addition to any workplace.
While many of our students were enjoying their lessons last Wednesday a small band of staff led by: Mrs Phipps, Mrs Coupland, Ms Karnib and Ms Jones were hosting Year 6 students from a number of local primary schools. Our Inaugural “High School Survivor Day” was a wonderful experience for all Year 6 students in attendance providing them with a realistic and invaluable taste of what high school is like.
Our “High School Survivor Day” is now a key part of our transition program for potential Year 6 students entering Year 7. Our transition program aims to provide a rich and meaningful understanding of high school life and curriculum, guiding and assisting future students to make meaningful choices about high school. As part of this day the student also undertook crucial assessment tasks, which will be used in collaboration with student’s primary schools to determine their classes for next year. Any Year 6 student who was unable to attend our survivor day needs to contact the school to arrange to complete this assessment so they can be placed in the most appropriate class for 2019.
Year 11 Preliminary Exams
Best wishes to all our wonderful Year 11 students who today commence their Preliminary exams down on the Eastern Campus. These exams are the culmination of their Year11 studies and next term they commence their HSC coursework.
Parramatta Music Festival
Congratulations to all students who did such a wonderful job representing our school at the Parramatta Music Festival. The level of sophistication that all performers showed coupled with their amazing talent, was truly inspiring. Special thanks go to Mrs Lim who has worked with our students tirelessly in preparation for this project.
The sensational performers included:
Aagney Valiyaparambil Shaji
School Captains 2019
Over the past 3 weeks Year 11 students have been involved in the election of our school leadership team for 2019. A number of very talented and committed Year 11 students stood for the position of school captain and the fact we had so many willing young people to take on the mantle of leadership at APHS is in itself, inspiring. Courtesy of a rigorous selection process managed by Ms Mercado our SRC Coordinator, the final process came down to 6 candidates on the voting form.
Congratulations go to DENIZ ALTINOK and HOORAIN WAHID who will be the school captains for APHS in 2019.
May I take this opportunity to wish all our students and their families a safe and happy holiday starting Saturday 29th September and I look forward to seeing you all back at school ready for another intense term of learning on Monday 15th October 2018.
Have a great week
It is with great pride that I write about Arthur Phillip HS staff being acknowledged at the Parramatta Public Education Excellence Awards Ceremony last night. We had 3 staff members receiving awards:
The contribution these staff members make to our school is significant and is particularly impressive when you consider the very large numbers of students in our school community. Arthur Phillip HS is an educational powerhouse driven by amazing staff.
A special thank you again to Maria Destegul one of our wonderful parents, who supplied the sausages for our Multicultural Day Barbecue from her business Rose Butchery.
The support of her business this year has been amazing. Thank you again.
This week is our opportunity as a school community to acknowledge the hard work done by School Administrative and Support Staff as part of National Recognition Week. The theme of this year’s SASS National Recognition Week, is SAS staff “Schools Need Us.”
SAS staff face new challenges every day in our schools and are constantly adapting to change. National Recognition Week is the time to reflect and say thanks to these members of our school that work diligently behind the scenes making our schools run smoothly. Whether it be through: assisting students with learning difficulties in the classroom such as helping students complete tests or assessment tasks; or the ladies in the front office who ensure the administrative and financial matters of the school are in order. There is then our wonderful General Assistant moving stores and coordinating the fixing of any damages across both school sites. Of course there is also the SASS ladies who organise the food and materials needed for practical cooking lessons and science experiments, the ladies who every day assist students who are sick or injured. There are the fantastic teacher’s aides who work full time guiding and assisting our Support Unit students as well as the ladies that work in the library, our most used school resource - our school could simply not function without these key people. They are indeed needed to ensure the quality education we provide here at Arthur Phillip HS.
Furthermore the SASS staff here at APHS play an important role in student’s learning by assisting teachers with implementing educational programs, maintaining records and liaising with parents and the local community, providing emotional and social counselling to our most needy students, coordinating the school’s laptop technology, the list goes on and on – each one of these staff members are totally committed to making our school a caring educational community and assisting in our preparations for the move to our new school. National Recognition Week is a great time to thank all of our wonderful SAS staff for their hard work and dedication this year. So thankyou: Lynn Hayes, Mary Coupland, Katrina Bowles, Natalee Mount, Jane Nicholls, Peggy Togias, Steve Morgan, Kelly Sheldon, Sandra van Poecke, Sue Shanahan, Kay Taylor, Sharon Pleffer, Cheryl Hawkins, Linda Moussa, Wendy Moy, Robyn Buckleigh, Ana Farias, Margaret Fenton, Grant Lynley, Jane MacKay, Bruce Walters, Christine Bowen, Kirsten Kane and Barry Harland – we do need you!