Progress Made

ae3b52d4-8d54-4d78-bff5-d3e293b212bcDuring the first term of each year I am expected to complete an Annual Report for the College.  The report covers the previous academic year, 2017, and looks closely at student learning data. Whilst reviewing this information, it was pleasing to see the progress made.

Across the senior years, the percentage of student’s successfully completing units of study in VCE, VCAL and VET has improved.  Additionally, there has been an increase in the proportion of students accessing University.  This is a great result and highlights what can be achieved when our students apply themselves to their studies.

While achieving good learning outcomes is important, we do not shy away from our responsibility to support students in becoming good citizens within the community.  They need to be “Socially Responsible”.

Recently, a group of students worked with the Pakenham Eels Rugby club and represented the College in an interschool rugby competition.  The young people involved represented themselves with distinction.  One of the support team from the Rugby Club wrote me a letter and said “We would like to congratulate Pakenham High School on producing such respectful, well behaved young men”. 

The school, its students and their parents have a lot to be proud of.

Ray Squires

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Important Dates Coming UpiStock-688583504

Tue 8th March – Year 8 Sport Volleyball
Tue 8th March
– Mindfulness for Senior Students
Thu 22nd March
– Year 11.5 and 11.6 Police Museum Excursion
Wed 28th March
– Australian History students Incursion: Exploring the Port Phillip District
Wed 28th March
– Regional Chess Tournament

Wed 28th March – Parent Teacher Interviews

Thu 29th March
– Athletics Carnival
Calendar updates can be found on Compass.

Year 7 Camp Success

28827198_1471368306323551_3117652387160173821_oThe Year 7s were all in a state of excitement to go on the Coastal Discovery Camp at Phillip Island. The students were split into two groups, group one going from the 5th-7th of March whilst the other half, group two, went on the 7th-9th. On each camp there were four different groups [randomly picked] to help form new bonds and friendships. Every group participated in many activities such as surfing, bike riding, geocaching, a marine discovery and initiatives. Each day we were all fed numerous meals and snacks and we got at least a good hour of free time to spend with friends. For the first camp group [which we were in] girls slept in a tent the first night whilst the boys were in cabins, we swapped over for the second night.

We had so many fun experiences like a trivia night and a movie night where we all gathered in the recreational room and enjoyed these fun activities together. We had dance battles, scoffed down bags of lollies, played volleyball and played rounds of the game Gaga! On the 7th group two came down at 10am and we got to all hang out and share our stories. Overall it was an amazing camp filled lasting memories, thanks to all the teachers that helped make this camp happen! 



GRIP Leadership Conference

IMG_2478On the 13th March, our student leadership team attended this conference, developed specifically for SCHOOL LEADERS. The style, topics, and content of this conference all focused on what the students can do RIGHT NOW. Student Kim Rueda shares his experience.

A handful of student leaders were given the opportunity to participate in the GRIP Leadership Conference that ran at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

I was lucky enough to take part in such a great chance to learn and develop my leadership skills because this conference aimed to train and develop potential student leaders into school leaders. Through a variety of guest speakers, engaging activities and lecture-style moments, we learned new ideas and concepts which has developed our understanding of what is required of leaders as well as given us ideas as to how we can improve our school community.

We are really keen to hear your thoughts and ideas regarding the school community. If you would like to take part, please come to the SLC meetings or contact any SLC member for any queries.

Kim Rueda

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HD-Logo_stacked-WHITECHAINHarmony Day: Everyone Belongs – Wednesday 21st March

Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.

Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live.

Multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Celebrated in the Library from Monday, 19th March through to Friday 23rd March, each morning before school and at lunchtimes with activities to do and music from around the world to listen to. We will also be running a competition, call into the Library for more details.

Our diversity makes our country and college a great place to live and learn. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia and Pakenham, home.

Janine Lawrence

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Guess the Easter Eggs

We have several things coming up to raise funds for the Good Friday Appeal campaign organised by the SLC. First activity is a guessing game. Can you guess how many Easter eggs in the containers? The team will be taking guesses later this week and early next week during recess and lunch outside the library. Gold coin donation.

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20180228_134512Have your children joined any clubs yet?

ART CLUB – Wednesday lunchtime – Room B16
BREAKFAST CLUB – Every day before school – Food Tech Building
CHESS CLUB – Everyday recess and lunchtime – Year 7 Centre
CHOIR – Every Monday lunchtime and Thursday recess – Music Room
GAMES CLUB – Every Wednesday lunchtime – Four Square area
HOMEWORK CLUB – Every Thursday after school until 4:30pm – Library
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CLUB – Every Thursday lunchtime – Room B2 – Contact Mr Lim for more info.

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We love to celebrate student’s achievements inside and outside the College. So if your child has done something special, let us know, so we all can celebrate together.

Send us a message through the College Facebook page.

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Mindfulness Sessions for Senior School Students

Calm vs PanicLearn how to lower your anxiety level with deep breathing, use different relaxation techniques to sleep better and improve your focus with mindfulness.

Sessions on Tuesday 20th and 27th March, during Recess at the lecture theatre.






Dr Ferghal Armstrong FRACGP

Doctors in SchoolsDr Ferdousi Akter

Did you know we have a Doctor’s office on site?
Dr Ferghal or Dr Akter and Nurse Meagan are at the College every Thursday from 9:30am – 1:30pm – students just need to come to the Log Cabin to get the forms for the clinic or pre-download them here form 1 and form 2

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Missed Immunisations?

Teenage boy getting vaccination in his armThe onsite doctor and nurse can update your child’s immunisation. They are available every Thursday from 9:30am – 1:30pm – Book through the wellbeing team at the Log Cabin

ATTENTION: Koorie Students aged 16 years and over can have an additional influenza immunisation free of charge.



5 minutes with Manny Merambeliotis, Assistant Principal

Manny1What is your role at the College?

Main role Assistant Principal looking after Years 10,11,12

Other roles include overseeing our Student Wellbeing and Student Support program. OHS Buildings and Grounds.

What is something people don’t know about you?

As I spend so much time indoors at work I love spending time outdoors

What is your most memorable moment and why?

Travelling overseas for the first time and meeting members of my extended family

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

When I first started teaching leaving a folder of corrections on the roof of the car and driving off. After a short distance I stopped and madly run around picking up papers

At school I…

Enjoy having a laugh with staff and students.

What are you looking forward to?

I always look forward to spending time with my grandchildren, family and friends.

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