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  • PARKES HIGH SCHOOL Inspiration - Innovation - Inclusion

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    Phone : 6862 1844 Fax : 6862 5046 Email :

    Parkes High School, Proud to be a member of the Henry Parkes Learning Community, “Leading In Education”

    Secrets To Successful Writing - Morris Gleitzman

    On Wednesday September 12, a group of PHS Year 7 students visited Parkes Shire Library to learn about writing from one of Australia's most successful children's authors, Morris Gleitzman. Morris discussed his experiences as a writer, how his ideas develop into books, and even shared with students the secret to writing the ever-elusive first sentence of a story!

    It was an entertaining and informative afternoon, and we thank the Library for inviting us along. Mr Pinkstone and Ms Stevenson would also like to congratulate our students on their fine manners and responsible behaviour. You represented the school beautifully!

    Amazing Support From Sefton High School Parkes High Year 12 students have been sent care packages by Year 12 Sefton High School students in Sydney. Mr Brendan Atkinson, Sefton High English teacher, came up with the idea and contacted Ms Belinda Crain, PHS PDHPE teacher and Year 12 Year Advisor. Mr Atkinson discussed about how the students in Sydney wanted to do something for country students in light of the recent hardships of the drought.

    Care packages were created by the Sefton High students to help with the anguish of the drought, the upcoming HSC exams and to help with an emotional 12 months for the Year 12 students having lost their beloved Year Advisor Ms Melanie Olney. Each care package contained a personalised letter and gifts that included books, toiletries, stationary for the HSC and lollies. Some students were led to tears with the overwhelming outpouring of love and support, even Ms Crain received a care package.

    Ms Crain was very appreciative when she received the care packages from Nicole Hillier, PDHPE teacher at Sefton High. Each Parkes High student has written a letter back to the Sefton High students and thanked them for their kind gestures.

    Some of the Year 12 students are pictured above with their care packages.

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    Dancing Divas At The Disco The Parkes High School Student Representative Council (SRC) has listened to their peers and organised the first disco for Parkes High students in a long long time.

    The disco was held in the LP Johnston Hall and was attended by over 200 students, all saying they had a wonderful time. The SRC students had started lobbying to have a dance last year and this year under the supervision of Relieving Principal Mr Duane Rhall and many of Parkes High’s dedicated staff, it came to fruition.

    Parkes High Captain, Emeline Lavaka was extremely pleased with the turn out for the disco. “The kids have been asking for a disco for a long time now, so the SRC put a very detailed proposal together to Mr Rhall and he agreed. Organisation was extremely important for an event like this to work, we even met with the local Parkes police to discuss ideas to make the disco run smoothly. We don’t have much to do in Parkes, so we thought it was something important for the student body to make happen” said Emeline.

    The students were entertained by DJ Garmo for three hours of non-stop music and the SRC would like to thank him and the staff for helping make the Disco a huge success.

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    Wearing It Purple - Empower Together On Friday 31 August, Parkes High School held “Wear it Purple Day”. This year’s theme was “Empower Together”, and Parkes High took a stand for inclusion.

    Days like “Wear it Purple Day”, show young people that they all have a place, and that they are supported. Staff and students wore something purple to show their support for diversity. A small but enthusiastic group of students and teachers transformed the quad with rainbows, pictures and positive messages, creating a positive vibe throughout the day.

    Thank you to those who helped, and to those who supported the cause. We look forward to another celebration of diversity with Wear it Purple next year!

  • Uniform Pool Needs Winter Clothes Have your children grown out of their uniforms? Consider making a donation to the Parkes High clothing pool!

    We have helped over 50 students with donations of jumpers, skirts, shirts and pants. Please launder, fold and drop into the office in a plastic bag. We welcome any donations. Thank you!

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    Parkes High School ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Speci ca ons”

    Please refer to our Parkes High School website for specifications before purchasing any new

    “Bring Your Own Device” computers or tablets.

    IMPORTANT DATES Monday 15 October

    Term 4 Begins for Students and Teachers

    Thursday 18 October HSC Exams Begin

    Tuesday 23 October P&C Meeting

    7.30pm in the Conference Room

    Did you have family involved in WWI? We are seeking students to participate in the town Remembrance Day celebrations on Sunday 11 November who have family connections to the war. If you did and would like your child to be involved please contact Miss Hannah Barber through the office (02) 6862 1844.

    Sleeping Bags Found Two sleeping bags were found after the

    girls Year 8/9 Burrendong Excursion.

    If you believe they belong to you please see Miss Martin ASAP.

    Getting Active At PHS National Health and Physical Education Day was held on September 5, and Parkes High students and staff really got into the spirit of the day. Staff and Year 12 students dressed up in their finest active wear and had lots of fun while importantly sending the message that daily physical activity is extremely important.

    The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) organises the national day to bring attention to the fact that Australian school children are ranked among the worst in the world when it comes to their physical activity levels. To tackle the lack of physical activity problem, ACHPER suggests that kids need to be taught skills and have better knowledge and understanding of how to lead active and healthy lifestyles. That’s why National Health and Physical Education Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of Health and Physical Education in all schools.

    Parkes High held a teacher versus student volleyball game during lunchtime, which was quite the spectacle, with a lot of fun had by all. The important theme and message by Parkes High and in particular the PDHPE staff was to be active every day and it is hoped that all students take up the challenge and embrace being active.

    Pictured above are some of the Year 12 students with their Year Advisor Ms Belinda Crain after getting active during the National Health and Physical Education Day.

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    Brilliant Effort By All Involved Congratulations and many thanks to the dedicated parents, students, staff and future students who donated their time to tidy up around the school last Saturday. The P&C working bee was well attended and with the beautiful spring weather over the weekend they chopped, weeded and cleared up across the school.

    This was a great initiative from the P&C and with another working bee in Term 4 planned we would love to see more helpers come along and continue the work they started on the weekend.

    Again many thanks to everyone involved, your efforts are truly appreciated by the whole school community.

  • Careers - Let Your Journey Begin Here By Mr Kieran Duncan

    Please 'like' the PHS Careers noticeboard Facebook page for access to further careers information


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    YEAR 12: Best of luck with your HSC and do not hesitate to contact me for future career direction.

    Year 10 Work Experience: Students who wish to undertake work experience in Week 8 Term 4 (3 -7 December) need to submit their Applications by the end of Week 1, Term 4 Friday19 October. The application form can be found in the stu- dents Careers google classroom.

    Please note that Year 10 Career Portfolios are due by Friday 26 October (Week 2 Term 4).

    Year 12 “The Way Ahead Night”: On Monday 3 September an information night for Year 12 was held to assist students seeking application into University, TAFE, Private Institutions or full-time employment. The evening provided helpful guide- lines for parents and students once they had left school. I would like to thank the guest speakers who attended the evening. Representatives included the Roads and Maritime Services, VERTO, OCTEC, TAFE Western and Charles Sturt University.

    YEAR 9 Careers Research Project: Attention Year 9 studen


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