2021 has truly started and our staff and students are already coming to the end of their first assessment period.
Last year was jam packed with good news: it was fantastic to receive the results of our Year 12s: Zaky Afzali as Dux in 2020. Molina Lohia achieved the highest grade in a Stage 2 subject in 2020 when she was only in Year 11! Needless to say, the race for DUX in 2021 is on, with a number of contenders in the running. Congratulations to all of our SACE students: 96% completed SACE and more than half our students' grades were A and B.
Towards the end of the year a number of improvement works were started at the school: the Gym was gutted inside almost completely and it will reopen this month, with a full size basketball court, improved specialised play surfaces and a whole new set of fixtures and lights.
The Performing Arts Centre is truly underway: the precast concrete shell is now in place, so a quick walk past will give you an idea of the size of our new specialist area. Seating over 200 in the auditorium, the Performing Arts Centre will include 4 distinct teaching areas, with flexible seating, moveable walls and modern versatile spaces that can be exhibition spaces, classrooms or performance spaces. We look forward to the completion of the Centre around September 2021, ready for the arrival of a double cohort of students in 2022.
It has been pleasing to welcome an increasing number of students at the school and even more so to see how our students represent the school with pride in the community. This is reflected in greater pride in the school uniform, maintaining a clean and tidy environment around the school and valuing the improvements made to the facilities during the holidays. I thank you all, students and parents alike, for your continuous support of our school - it is a bit of a hidden gem, and the positive reputation is spreading fast.
Our latest round of parental feedback in 2020 yielded great support for our work at the school. Thank you to the 146 parents who responded to our survey in 2020. We are proud of your very high endorsement of the school - we could not have done it without you and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the years to come. We urge you to access Daymap and Schoolzine and contact us with any concerns or feedback.
A great many things are happening at PHHS in an effort to ensure it is the best possible school and an engaging, inviting space for your young people. I will highlight that for us to really be able to help, our students need to be in school at least 95% of the time. That means that they should have less than 2 days off in a year. This will help them set up good habits for life, but also make sure they do not miss out on learning and fall behind. A day here and there add up - for example, missing out just 10 days a year for 3 years can put students almost a grade behind what they should have achieved. If your young person experiences difficulties in attending school regularly, please contact us. We may be able to help. We will be in touch daily via text and phone calls, but would much rather see you at school and work together to overcome any difficulties.