- Principal's Update
- Being COVID-SAFE at Para Hills High School
- SAASTA students explore future pathways with Aboriginal Careers Exploration program
- PHHS makes history at the inaugural SAASTA Connect Aboriginal Power Cup Carnival
- Outdoor Ed Camp
- Creative Arts
- New performing arts centre almost complete
- Material and Services Charges for 2022
- PHHS staff recognised for long service
- Para Hills Community
Dear students, parents and carers,
The end of the year is fast approaching. Our Year 12s have finished their time at the school and we are looking forward to what we believe will be an excellent set of results for our graduates. They have been working hard, and I am immensely grateful for their effort, as well as for the amazing work of our dedicated teachers. The holidays were a hub of activity at the school, with our staff and students giving up their time off to ensure the best possible learning outcomes.
At the end of term 3, in week 10, the school had an External School Review. For most schools, including us, this happens every 3 years - a review team, made up of current and former experienced Principals visit the school and over the course of 3 days tries to form a view on the strengths and areas of development of the school. If they are concerned, the Department will visit again within 12 months. If they are not, and judge that the school is on the right track, they schedule another visit in 3 years.
I am pleased to advise that we have had a very favourable visit and our External School Review Report is now also available. It highlights some of the wonderful things happening in our school and also confirms our future direction.
This term has also seen a wonderful achievement in the SAASTA space: earlier this year our students (both boys' and girls' team) won the Power Cup. Just last week, they won the SAASTA shield and Tim Tuikaba won the student of the year award. We are pretty sure that it's a first for SAASTA: one team winning most of the awards for the year, so I would love it if you joined me in thanking our wonderful Aboriginal Education team for the amazing work they have done in this space: Aunty Donna Kartinyeri, Novi Palmer-Amran (Aboriginal Education/ SAASTA Coordinator), Nathan Rotolo (Aboriginal Education teacher) and Angela Giles (Language and culture tutor). What a fantastic achievement!
I will return with our final newsletter at the end of term, taking that opportunity to say goodbye to a few much-loved staff members and also let you know how we've done in our end of year exams.
COVID-SAFE check-in and sanitiser stations are provided at each PHHS entry point for your convenience.
Term 3, week 10 saw our year 10 South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) students participate in the week-long Aboriginal Careers Exploration program (ACE) with the Workabout Centre.
Students travelled to Regency TAFE each day then moved on to various locations depending on their chosen pathway.
Students had a taste of construction at Regency TAFE, automotive at the Motor trade Association (MTA), and health and community at Tauondi College, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide Dental and Flinders Medical Centre.
As part of the health and community program, students received their first aid certificate and had a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Adelaide Hospital mortuary, heli pad and the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellness Hub.
At the Adelaide Dentist Clinic, students saw how to care for teeth and had an up-close look at how false teeth are made.
Finally at Flinders Medical Centre, students studied the process of becoming a paramedic and had a tour of the centre's high-tech simulation lab. The lab mirrors real-life situations to prepare its students for work in hospitals, surgeries, and other health care settings.
This was a great opportunity for our SAASTA students to have a better understanding of their future pathways to employment, training or university which support Aboriginal students be successful once leaving school.
On 27 October 2021, PHHS made history by taking home a first place trophy at the first ever Power SAASTA Connect carnival at Alberton Oval.
Similar to the SAASTA Power Cup held during Reconciliation Week, the Power SAASTA Connect carnival brings together SAASTA Connect students (years 8 and 9) from 14 schools across the state to compete in an AFL carnival for points. Students also accumulate points throughout the year for their school work and attendance.
Our girls team took home first place while our boys team narrowly missed out on a finals finish, coming in third!
As well competing in the carnival, students worked with local Adelaide artist Elle Campbell on a mural, combining artworks the students created individually at school after researching their own cultural background.
A careers and health expo was also held to provide students with potential pathways beyond their schooling.
Great work teams!
This Camp, students had the chance to experience some MTB and surfing down south, as well as plan and lead a walk to Victor and Goolwa Beach using their navigation skills they learnt previously. We took their devices so they were not able to google map it, if they got lost. They had to use good old navigation skills and teamwork. They did a wicked job!
All students stood up on the surfboards on the first day which was epic to see (their smiles were contagious), and persisted even with the crazy amount of crabs bitting our feet at the bottom.
Students had a cruisy ride around Middleton and Goowla, where they learnt some of the basics.
We taught one student to ride a bike, as she had never learnt previously. By the end of day 2 she was keeping up with the group, her smile was from ear to ear.
The kids took charge of the kitchen and took turns at cooking an epic meal each night. We had burgers and tacos.
Despite the freezing weather and the weather gods not turning it on for us, the students gave everything their best shot on the Thursday and Friday and were nackered after the first day, see photo.
Lastly, a huge thank you to the incredible staffing team. Without you guys the camp wouldn't have been as smooth or vibey. Thanks a million.
Students in stage 1 and 2 Creative Art have been working to complete 2 Mandala Murals for our Art space. Both Shamim and Zainab worked tirelessly on these pieces, with one layer taken near 3 hours to complete! Students were required to create a Product, with both students selecting to make mural works, developing their mandala skills through working in such a large scale. How amazing, and what a beautiful contribution to our school.
Look how far we've come!
Our new performing arts centre is almost complete, with staff and students due to move into the space next term.
The project first kicked off in late 2020 as part of a $5 million facility upgrade for the school.
Featuring a 200-seat theatre, two separate teaching areas with sprung floors and a flexible learning area, the new centre is tailor-built to the needs of our drama, dance and music students.
For more information on this project and other upgrades around the school, visit https://www.phhs.sa.edu.au/current-upgrades
Parents are advised that the proposed Materials and Services Charges for 2022 are $410.00 per student. Your attention is drawn to the 2022 Materials and Services Charges ‘Notice’ included in this Newsletter.
All parents, caregivers and independent students are invited to attend the Governing Council meeting on Monday 6th December 2021 at 6pm where the charges are to be discussed prior to final approval.
In lieu of attendance at the meeting, parents, caregivers or independent students may express their views in writing to the Chairperson of the Governing Council via firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject header “Materials and Services Charges for 2022” by 3rd December 2021.
SACE students: Have you set up your student online account?
Students Online is your first point of access to view your SACE results and to assist in planning your SACE journey.
For more information or to log into Students Online, visit https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/studying/your-sace/what-is-students-online
Last term, 3 of our amazing staff members were recognised by the Department for Education for their outstanding terms of service.
SSO’s Barb and Stam (pictured below) and home ec teacher Sandy were each recognised for completing more than 30 years of service in education.
All 3 staff members are well-known to our students and families alike and have been integral in providing quality education and support to our young people.
Many thanks to Fresh Promotions for their generous donation to PHHS for International Day of People with Disability.
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Students from our Disability Unit would like to give a special shout-out to Bunnings Warehouse - Parafield for generously donating $100 towards seedlings and gardening equipment!
As part of their Passion Project, our students have started growing an edible garden.
So far, we have peas, snap peas, lettuces and bok choy. As we move into the summer months, students are planning to grow tomatoes, basil, and other summer varieties to be harvested and used to create delicious dishes in food technology.