Students Calculate Another
For the third year in a row, Parramatta High School has won the Atomic
Absorption Spectro-Photometry Challenge hosted by the Lachlan Macquarie College
and University of Western
Sydney. Our team from Year 12 Chemistry competed against nine other
schools to calculate the amount of a particular ion in a popular sports
drinks. The students needed to be extremely accurate to win. This is just
one of many educational opportunities
offered to our students.
Minister's Award for Excellence
Year 7 student, Aarthiekaa, has received a Ministerís Award for Excellence
in Community Languages. Aarthiekaa and her family attended a presentation
ceremony at the University of NSW where she was one of only two students to
deliver an address. Aarthiekaa is a dedicated student committed to her
studies and is well-deserving of this recognition for her outstanding
Building Resilience in Students
World renowned motivational speaker, Kamal Sarma, recently spoke to Year
12 students about resilience. Mr Sarma usually works with leading
organisations and business leaders, so this was a wonderful opportunity for
our students. The preparations for the HSC can become quite stressful and Mr
Sarmaís helpful information on building mental resilience was welcomed. Our
sincere thanks to former student Prashanth Paramanathan, Manager, Westpac
Bank, South Parramatta Branch, for organising this wonderful opportunity for
our students and to the Westpac Banking Corporation who have supported this
Students Scoop ParraSIP Awards
Nine students from Parramatta High received awards at the recent ParraSIP Annual
Presentation Ceremony. Each student had been nominated by their work
placement employer and their teacher for an oustanding performance.
Prefects Cup Competition
The 2010 Prefects hosted a volleyball competition to encourage students to
be active and develop good sportmanship. Each sport house fielded a
selection of junior and senior team and games were played during lunchtimes.
A presentation for the winning junior and senior teams was held on
Future Leaders in Action
The Regional Student Representative Council meets once a month at
Parramatta High School. Students discuss and compare their activities and
organisation. SRC leaders are elected to organise the Regional SRC
Leadership camp and attend meetings of the Environmental Action Group.
Students conduct and chair the meetings being guided by the Western Sydney
Regional SRC Co-ordinator. This is an excellent opportunity for students to
develop leadership skills and participate in the Student Voice approach to
school planning and management.
Making the Right
The Crossroads program is a mandatory personal development and health
education course for all Year 11 students in NSW Government schools.
Crossroads aims to introduce discussion and positive choice-making for young
adults. The two themes of the program are relationships and drug issues. Our
students attended a camp in Morriset and participated in a variety of
activities including the teamwork matrix, rock wall climbing, dual flying
fox, survivor challenge and leap of faith.
Building Bridges to Understanding Through Music
Parramatta High music students recently performed with more than fifty
students from two Chinese schools at the Sydney Town Hall for the Bridges to
Understanding Concert. Our Spanish Guitar group performed an original
composition by Mr Herft and Naomi Setukavalar of Year 9 performed on violin
with the Regional String Ensemble.
Tournament of Minds Winners
Our students recently competed in the Western Sydney Region Tournament of Minds Competition winning the
Mathematics Engineering section. The students faced tough competition from
selective, government and non-government schools. They will now compete in
the State Finals to be held at the University of NSW.
Outstanding Results for Mathematics and Science
Our students recently participated in a Gifted and Talented program for
mathematics through the Lachlan Macquarie College, achieving excellent results.
This was matched by an outstanding performance in the NSW ICAS Science
competition. These are just some of the many enrichment opportunties for
students at our school. More information about our Gifted and Talented
program may be found here.
Education Week Concert a Smash Hit
350 students from the Parramatta Educational
Learning Community performed a variety of song, dance and intrumental
numbers at concert to celebrate Education Week. Family and friends filled
the hall to see the spectacle. The concerted showcased the excellent
programs and opportunities in the creative and performing arts offered by
our learning community.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales was donated to the Children's Hospital at
Westmead. Ms Michelle Morgan, Schools Liaison Offcier for the hospital,
accepted the donation.
Planting for a Greener Future
Our SRC students planted a phenomenal 560 trees in Parramatta Park along
the banks of Parramatta River for Planet Ark's National Tree Planting
Our participation in this event is one of a number of environmental
initiatives undertaken by students.
Wearing Jeans for a Good Cause
Our students wore their jeans and joggers to school and made a generous
donation to show their support for the Children's Medical Research
Foundation's Jeans for Genes Day. SRC students encouraged the local
community to join in by selling Jeans Day merchandies at the Interchange
with excellent results - over $700 was raised.
Performance Opportunities for
The first Rock Show of 2010 was an outstanding success with over 100
students performaing a variety of instrumental, song and dance numbers. This
is one of the many excellent music
opportunities for our students.
Fun with Science
Students from Year 7 have joined a new club - the Quantum Mechanics Club -
to participate in sun and interesting activities designed to challenge their
abilities and expand their knowledge of science. The club meets each month
to conduct experiments and see demonstrations of scientific phenomena.
A Bold New Plan for the SRC
Year 11 students ghave developed a bold new plan for the Student
Representative Council. They recently attended District and Regional SRC
training courses and have drafted a new constitution with important changes.
Whilst the SRC will continue its oustanding effort in funsraising and
community service, more emphasis will be placed on leadership development
opportunities for future student leaders.
Loud Shirt Day
Students dressed in bright coloured shirts in support of Loud Shirt Day
raising funds for deaf and hearing impaired children in New South Wales.
Day Ceremony 2010
A group of students from the Student Representative Council attended the
ceremony to lay a wreath at the War Memorial in Hyde Park. Students from
government, Catholic and independent schools were involved in the
2010 ANZAC Day Ceremony
Mrs Mary Milton and her husband Geoff were special guests at our 2010
ANZAC Day Ceremony. This year's ceremony focussed on the contribution of
women in War. Mrs Milton was a Leading Visual Signaller with the WRANS (Womens Royal Australian Naval
Service) and delivedred the key note address. The ceremony was hosted by our
Girls School Prefects who read accounts of women at war - from World War I
nurses to present day operations in Afghanistan, East Timor adn the Middle
Cultural Bridge to Indonesia
Parramatta High School welcomed visiting journalists from Indonesia, to
observe and interview the students and teachers who are involved in the
Australian-Indonesia Schools BRIDGE
Project. Read more about this innovative educational program here.
Year 7 Meet the Teacher
and Open Day 2010
Parents of Year 7 students had an opportunity to speak with teachers at
our Meet the Teacher afternoon. Progress Reports were issued. Later in the
afternoon, an Open Day was held for parents interested in enrolling their
child for 2011. More information about enrolment may be found here,
Empowering Young Women
Student Leaders Kimberley, Sana, Sarah and Juhi attended the 2010 Unifem
International Womens Day Breakfast held in Parramatta. The students were
inspired by guest speakers and the work of Unifem to encourage women of all
ages to become involved in global issues that effect women. This year's
event focussed on gender equity.
Prefect Induction Ceremony 2010
The 2010 School Leaders were inducted at a formal ceremony in March this
year. These students has actively particpated in school life since Year 7
through their involvement in the school's leadership development programs
and the Student Representative Council.
After making the Pledge, they sign the Prefects' Register which has been
in use since 1944. School Leaders were first introduced in 1915.
High Speed Broadband comes to Parramatta High
Year 11 students demonstrated the benefits of the new Telstra high speed
broadband connection to Telstra CEO, David Thodey and Stephen Wilson, Chief Information Officer
from the NSW Department of Education & Training, when they visited the
school recently. The new Telstra network gives students access to the same
broadband speeds as used by many of Australia's top companies. You can find
out more about the Connected Classrooms Program here.
Year 7 Live Concert
Year 7 students gave outstanding performances in music, dance and song at
a special concert. In addition to our innovative music curriculum, many of
the students also attend tuition at the school after hours. For more
information about creative and performing arts opportunities, click here or contact
Students Enjoy their New School
Our new Year 7 students are making a smooth transition to high school.
Parents have an opportunity to speak with class teachers at our Meet the
Teachers afternoon on Wedensday 10 March, 2010 at 3.30pm. A progress
report will be issued for each student.
Playing the Right Notes
Year 9 Elective Music Student, Naomi, has been accepted to perform in the
Orchestra's - Parramatta String Players. Naomi will receive
expert guidance and mentoring from the ACO and has alredy successfully
completed her 8th Grade violin exams. Congratulations Naomi!
Making a Splash at Carnivals
Brisbane House triumphed at the 2010 Swimming Carnival. The Parramatta
High Swim Team represented the school at the Prospect Zone Swimming Carnival
with good results.
Students Have a Heart
Students raised over $400 for the Oncology Unit at the Children's
Hospital, Westmead from the sale of flowers and gifts for the 2010 Prefects
Valentine's Day fundraiser.
Students on a Scientific Discovery
Talented Year 5 students from Parramatta
West, Westmead and Hilltop Road Public Schools attended a Science
Enrichment Day at Parramatta High. The students participated in a video
conference in our connected classroom, with other schools and the Lachlan Macquarie College. This was
followed by a session in our science labs where the students conducted a
number of scientific observations on light.
Students Act on Climate
School Leaders Sana, Sarah and Nic represented the school at the 350 Climate Change event
and forum, where they presented our students' entries in the poster
compeition. We won the high school section and received $200 towards our
School to High School
The 2010 School Captains, Nathan and Sarah, visited their former local
primary school - Hilltop Road - to give a student perspective of
high school to Year 5 students and answer their many questions. Nathan and
Sarah fondly remember their time at Hilltop Road - especially their
Supporting Pink Ribbon
The 2010 School Prefects wore pink to collect donations for the Cancer
Pink Ribbon Day and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. An additional $150 was
donated by the Ex- Students Association for the Jane McGrath
Foundation. We were all saddened by the recent loss of 1984 Girls School
Captain, Vicki Alderton, who succumbed to this disease.
2010 Senior Prefect Leaders
The 2010 Prefects recently attended a leadership conference focussing on
team building skills and co-operation. The Prefect Executive is elected by
the prefects and we congratulate Sarah and Nathan - School Captains; Harry
and Julie - Vice Captains; Simge and Tony - Senior Prefects.
Recognition for Students and
Western Sydney Regional Director, Mr Greg Prior, congratulated Parramatta
High School on its outstanding work in the implementation of the Positive
Behaviour and Learning program. We are a pilot school for this
innovative program for student welfare and behaviour.
Literacy and Numeracy Award Winners
Parramatta High School has been recognised for its outstanding literacy
and numeracy programs at the 2009 Western Sydney Region Awards for
Excellence. Our school was one of only three high schools in the region to
receive the dual award for literacy and numeracy.
Students Support Water for Life Program
Amidst their preparations for the HSC, graduation and school formal,
Parramatta High Year 12 students raised over $2000 for the Unicef Water for
Life program. Development Officer, Fillipa Wittenberg thanked the
students for their generosity and support of this valuable program.
Students Honour the Australian
Parramatta High School hosted the 2009 Parramatta District Schools Flag
Day Ceremony. Australian Defence Force personnel formed the Flag Escort
Party. Read more....