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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

2017 Penrith Selective High School- Open Night

Members of the public are invited to the 2017 Penrith Selective High School Open Night. The evening will showcase the school and give new students and families the chance to meet with staff, students and explore the programs available at the school. The evening begins at 6:30pm in the school hall and will conclude at 8pm. We hope to see you then.... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

A student's view on 2017 Reconcilliation Week

A copy of the speech given by Year 10 Aboriginal Student, Divinia Eather at last week's assembly. As you may or may not be aware, this week is Australia's National Reconciliation Week which really is an important celebration for all Australians. Unfortunately though, I realise many of us have never heard of not only this week, but of reconciliation as a whole. In the context of Australia's history, reconciliation has been a journey of improving relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and non-indigenous Australians... Read more


Follow PSHS on Facebook or up to date news

Please follow the school on our Facebook page for up to date news and pictures about all of the great things happening. You don't need a Facebook account to access our page, just search for A reminder, that our newsletters are sent out via email. Please ensure that your email account is correct so that you receive the latest copy.... Read more

2017/2018 P&C Details

Penrith Selective High School P & C promotes the interests of the school by providing opportunities for parents to learn more about the running of the school, to contribute their ideas and share in decision making, and to offer practical assistance. Some meetings include presentations about school curriculum changes, student well-being initiatives and other important aspects of school life. Membership costs $2. Members are entitled to vote on motions and to receive Minutes of the meetings. All parents and community members are welcome to... Read more


Year 11 Penrith Selective High School student Jennany Jeyakumar has been selected to attend the UBS Young Women's Leadership Academy, recognising her leadership potential and individual achievements. Jennany is one of 40 female students selected from public high schools across NSW for a 4 day residential program at Women's College, University of Sydney. The academy aims to offer young female leaders the opportunity to build confidence, learn leadership skills and business knowledge as well as raising awareness of rising social issues. UBS... Read more

Tickets Available! Students perform in the Blue Mountains

Some of the most talented performers from Blue Mountains high schools will be presented in a Youth Week 2017 showcase at a special concert at Blaxland High School on Thursday 6 April. The Youth Week celebration will showcase to celebrate the high quality of performance arts by Blaxland, Penrith, Springwood and Winmalee High School students, in partnership with the Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Blue Mountains City Church and Blue Mountains City Council. Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, who will open the Youth Week concert, said, "Young people... Read more

Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

Sinduja Sureshkumar from Year 7

Student Achievement - Sinduja Sureshkumar

Sinduja Sureshkumar from Year 7 has led her scout patrol to first place in a state wide Camp Competition. Congratutalions to Sinduja and her patrol. Sinduja has also excelled in cricket. Well done!... Read more

Swimming Carnival Plans- Tomorrow

Dear parents, Please see your email for details about the changes to the Swimming Carnival tomorrow. The extreme weather means that the day will be competitors only. Full details are available through your email. Students were informed at a special assembly today. Thank you.... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more

Summer Holiday Update

Happy New Year. We wanted to share some updates for 2017. Deputy Principal and HT Social Science After the two panels in the final week, it is exciting to share that the new Deputy is Mrs. Tracey Cunningham and the new Head Teacher Social Science is Mr Joel MacRae. Tracey's most recent position was with BOSTES, leading the professional learning and initial teacher education portfolios. She has also completed roles as the Quality Assessment officer for consistency of ROSA grades across all subjects and was a member of the national ACACA body... Read more

2016 Sydney West Junior Debating Team

2016 Junior State Debating Championships

Recently, I was lucky enough to be selected to compete at the Junior State Debating Championships at Sydney Uni as a representative of the Western Sydney Region. On this team there were also four other students from James Ruse, Glenwood, Crestwood and Nepean CAPA. Between the 28th-30th November, we had three high intensity debating days, made up of both debating and workshops with international debaters from Sydney University. In our round robin, we won 3/4 of our debates and this placed us as 2nd overall within our pool. With the Sydney... Read more

Presentation Day and Stop Work Meeting

The 2017 Penrith Selective High School Presentation Day will proceed on Thursday 8th December. The two assemblies will be held in the school hall with the following starting times. Years 7, 8 and 9 - 11am start (Parents seated by 10:45am) Years 10 and 11- 12:30pm start (Parents seated by 12:15pm) Our Annual Presentation Night will be held on Monday 12th December at the Joan Sutherland Centre. (7pm start) The stop work meeting on Thursday will mean that the school will offer minimal supervision and roll call will be held at 10:30am. Parents are... Read more

P&C Meeting- Tuesday Night 25/10/2016

Please be advised that our October P&C meeting will be held this coming Tuesday night. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm in the Staff Common Room. Topic for discussion include: P&C President Update School Canteen Invitation to parents to participate in School Committees and Improvement Strategies Principal's Report. We hope you can join us for the meeting.... Read more

2016 Osaka Gagugei Visit

Students from Osaka Gagugei Secondary visited our school on Monday 17th October. The visit was a great way to help both students of Penrith High and Osaka Gagugei Secondary school to develop an appreciation for other countries and cultures. The students of Osaka Gagugei Secondary school were directed towards the school gym, where introductory speeches were delivered and a selection of students engaged in musical performances. After the brief orientation, students assembled into their specified groups (Echidna, Emu, Goanna, Kangaroo, Koala,... Read more

2017 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more

Farewell and Thank you- Mr Steve Duclos

On Friday 14th of October, we farewelled a Penrith legend, Mr Steve Duclos. Mr Duclos has been teaching at Penrith Selective High School for 20 years and will be sorely missed. We wish him all the best in retirement. Below is a summary of his incredible career. Steve Duclos' career Commenced teaching at Whalan High School in 1978, as a reserve teacher for 3 months. Became a permanent teacher on the ANZAC Day weekend of 1978 at Shalvey High School. Moved to Cambridge Park High School in 1984, where he was a teacher, year adviser, sports... Read more

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