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A message from the Associate Principal - Senior School

Term 1 has finished with a flourish of activity!

Career Talks

The series of Career Talks with tertiary institutions (universities, TAFE) presented to Year 12s were completed. All students in the cohort were advised to attend, because as experience tells us, we do not know what we do not know! The time for completion of TISC preferences for Year 12 students occurs early in Term 3. The School believes that the more knowledge our students have as to their post-secondary direction the better.

Career Expo

All students have further opportunities to explore career directions on the first day back in Term 2 Wednesday 1 May with the annual Career Expo. This is a great occasion for students in Year 9 through to Year 12 to talk to the experts and discuss options. The Career Expo is also a great chance for parents to better their understanding as to ‘what is out there’ for their child, as parents are welcome to browse the stalls set up in the ground floor of the Doug Swingler Senior School.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Each year, at the end of Term 11 for Year 11 and Year 12 students, and at the start of Term 2 for Year 10 students, Parent Teacher Interviews are held. Many parents have their child accompany them to these meetings. Teachers are necessarily direct and honest in their assessment of progress and strategies to improve are proven and helpful.

The Year 11 and Year 12 evening was successful and it is expected that the Year 10 evening scheduled for Wednesday 1 May will be likewise. Parents are encouraged to book times with their child’s teachers promptly to ensure times that best suit their personal schedule. Note that for the Year 10 evening, there will not be early departure. Interview slots begin at 3.00 pm, with the last bookable time 8.30 pm.

As usual, parents are advised to park on the Elliston Parade side of the School (Senior School entry), with all interviews being held in the DS Senior School.

Positive Behaviours for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Peter Moyes is well regarded in educating the whole person, mind, body and spirit. During the latter half of this Term, two major events occurred which demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our students are being equipped with the skills to augment their resilience, perseverance and grit as they navigate through their teenage years towards being a productive member of society.

The first event was the Term 1 Pay It Forward Day, a concept that now has its own International Day status. Pay It Forward Day is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. It is believed that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people can literally change the world for the better. For more information visit: http://payitforwardday.com

At our School, this day is driven by the Student Leaders. Students were encouraged to pay small acts of kindness forward. During the week, each day Pay it Forward Cards were placed in Lockers. The aim was to promote doing acts of kindness to others with the hopes of passing on the good that is done to you. The Student Leaders gave out chocolates randomly during the School’s Pay It Forward Day. In House time, students created a collage of hands, each with acts of kindness written on them, demonstrating the nature of the day.  

The second event that occurred to promote protective behaviours for our Senior School students was a presentation by ySafe. Parents were sent information after the presentation, however as their website outlines…

ySafe was founded in 2013 in response to growing concerns amongst parents and school communities regarding children’s online activities, and the increasing prominence of technology-related developmental and behavioural issues. [The student session was] strategy-rich…to empower students with the tools that they need to navigate the online world safely.

For more information, see https://www.ysafe.com.au

Sporting news

This edition provides more information about our students’ fantastic results and participation in two of this Term’s sporting activities. Firstly, the ACC Division B Swimming Carnival and the Inter-House Cross Country Carnival. With the latter carnival, both Middle and Senior School students ran the Cross Country separately, before lunch. Year winners and runners-up were presented at this time. After lunch, the winning Houses in Middle School and Senior School were announced, along with the overall winning House Years 7 – 12. Congratulations to all students on what was both a great participatory and competitive day, depending on your fitness and enthusiasm!

River Cruise

The social event for Year 11 students was held in Week 9. The River Cruise was coordinated by the Heads of House, in conjunction with a keen committee of students. Again, it was affirmed that PMACS has fantastic students; the evening was a great success, students were incredibly well behaved and enjoyed themselves immensely.

Easter Chapel Service

The penultimate day of the Term saw a Years 6 – 12 Chapel service. Held in the ASC, many students participated. In Senior School, Taleisa Kuipers 10C, Amy MacDonald 10H, Atida Gohwa 10L and Lily Anderson 10F played their leading roles brilliantly and sensitively.

Term Honour Award Assembly

The final assembly for the term saw many students recognised for their efforts and achievements. The list is provided separately in this edition.

Congratulations are given to the two Term Honour Award recipients, Demi Blane 12F and Harry Walker 12H.

A special presentation was given to the Senior School’s first Japanese International student Yuika Ono 10D who leaves us after completing her term at Peter Moyes. It was a joy to have Yuika at our school. She positively embraced the cultural exchange and educational experience and participated in various elements of school life including the Senior School Pastoral Care programme, weekly Chapel, House Sport activities and Cocurricular activities. Yuika’s friendly, polite and respectful demeanour ensured that she interacted positively with her peers. She has demonstrated an enthusiastic attitude and conscientious work ethic making a concerted effort to develop her English language competency. We wish Yuika the best as she returns to her home town of Tokyo and hopes that she takes with her many happy memories of the School and her time in Western Australia.

Senior School Term 1 Honour Assembly Award Recipients & Academic, Cultural and Sport Colours and Honours:

Academic Colours

Chloe Kolzan 11L

Academic Honours

Demi Blane 12F

Cultural Colours

Darcie Mitchell 11D

Angelique O’Farrell 12 L

Maya Mence 12H

Brooke Lamb 12D

Amy Croker 12F

Cultural Honours

Yuika Ono 10D

Sports Colours

Abigail Graham 10C

Jack Hathaway 10D

Hannah Sivic 12C  

Jack Doyle 10F  

Keith Solly 12H  

Jay Solly 10H  

Sports Honours

Ella Packer 11F

Ben Mills 12L

Isla Thomson 12L

Jamie Anderson 12F

Shiven Appasamy 11H

Term Honour Award

Harry Walker 12H  

Demi Blane 12F


Written by, Natalie Shaw - Associate Principal Senior School

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