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Sista Speak


This term our Parkes High School Sista Speak dance group were invited to be a part of Spectacular Schools Inspired - Digital Item for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Students. This involved four online workshops directed by the Bangarra Dance Theatre Youth program mentors. The Sista Speak group have been working hard rehearsing their allocated choreography. On Friday the girls attended a local property to film the dance piece. A video will be released on the Spectacular Schools – Inspired Web Platform by the end of term featuring the work of the Sista Speak group. We can’t wait to see the finished product! A big thank you to Miss Welsh for co-ordinating the girls, Mr Murray who was in charge of filming the girls with our drone and to Mrs Sutton for organising all the girls outfits.



AECG Kaldor Project

3 students travelled to Dubbo to participate in the community AECG Kaldor Project

On 25 July, students from Parkes High, Holy Family, Parkes East, Parkes Public and Middleton attended a workshop in  Dubbo as part of the community AECG Kaldor Project.

Lleah Smith (from Kaldor) ran the students through a few exercises on scale, content and different ways to complete and show artwork. The students were then given the to opportunity to get creative.

Active Citizenship Program

5 students visited Sydney as part of the Active Citizenship Program run by the Central West Police District

This year Parkes High School was lucky enough to have three students selected to participate in the 2019 Active Citizenship Program: Michael Riley, Ajay Goolagong and Emily Helm.  We also had Nicayden Greenwood and Kyah Turnbull who participated in last year’s program, invited to return this year as mentors .

The Central West Police District are running their annual Active Citizen Program for selected Aboriginal Year Ten students from Parkes, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo High Schools. It is a reward program for these eleven young people that aims to build leadership skills and awareness in being an active citizen in their community; increasing confidence and employability; and enhancing cultural knowledge.

The program commenced with a trip to Sydney, visiting the GWS Giants AFL Club and watching a training session, getting a tour of the facility at Giants HQ, meeting players and seeing a game. It was a rare opportunity, and the participants really valued the experience.

The Marine Area Command (NSW Water Police) also provided a tour of their facility and some of their boats, which included a ride on Sydney Harbour. The weather could not have been better and this was the first ‘cruise’ on Sydney harbour for most of the young people.

Cumberland Council organised a cultural experience at Pemulwuy, which is a suburb that is a practical example of reconciliation and is named after a local Aboriginal warrior – we found out about the warrior and the history of the local    area. The young people painted their first pair of clap sticks, which is a ceremonious occasion, and took part in other traditional games and activities.

“This trip was an amazing experience,” Senior Constable Daniel Greef said. “It provided a number of once in a life time opportunities for both the staff and participants.”

Throughout the rest of the program, participants take part in various local cultural activities; visiting local businesses and community groups to find out why they give back to their communities; and discovering local career opportunities that may be available to them and building up their skills. The program concludes with a leadership camp in Jindabyne and Canberra, where the participants will climb to the summit of Mount Kosciusko; visit the Royal Military Academy, Duntroon, and the Australian War Memorial, concluding with a Last Post ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Community AECG Arts Project

Kyah with her contribution of the Community AECG Art project

Four Parkes High students are taking part in a community AECG Arts project. This project is being undertaken in conjunction with Parkes Public, Parkes East, Middleton and Holy Family schools. The purpose of the first part of the project was to teach the students scale. These artworks have now been sent to a panel for judging and if successful students and school’s will then produce a major work for display in Sydney.                     


2019 NAIDOC Celebrations

Parkes High School recognised the consistent efforts of our indigenous students at a NAIDOC Assembly held on Friday 5 July. These students are to be congratulated on their efforts and are pictured below. 

This was followed by a sausage sizzle and games afternoon.

Nicayden Greenwood and Gage Kirk welcomed all to Wiradjuri country.

Tianna Simpson performed the National Athem and later entertained the audience with her rendition of City of Stars from the movie, La La Land.

Mrs Carter, Mrs Robinson and Mr Burge presented the 2019 awards to the students.

A special thank you must go to Tianna Simpson for filling in last minute to perform, Aleena Phelan for the artwork (pictured below right in front of the dias), the Office Staff, Lea and Neville for helping me cook the BBQ, Mr Bruce, Mrs Morrissey for taking the photos, Mr Reynolds and the PE Staff.

Mrs Jodie Sutton - AEO

Formal Award Recipients

Thomas Martin Memorial Shield - Nicayden Greenwood

The Thomas Martin memorial shield is presented each year to an indigenous student who involves themselves in a wide range of school activities. They are also recognised within the school community as being a role model to younger students, and willing to take on responsibilities, when required, to represent Indigenous students.


Citizenship Award - Nicayden Greenwood

The citizenship award is presented to a student who is participating well throughout the school and the community.

Marra Maldhaany Gudhi Wagadyi Yibirmanha (A Maker of Song, Dance & Paint) - Kyah Turnbull

The Marra Maldhaany Gudhi Wagadyi Yibirmanha Award is in recognition of the contributions of an Indigenous student who excels in all areas of the creative arts culture of paint, dance and song at Parkes High School.

Achievement Award - Trudy Richardson

The overall achievement award is presented to a student who consistently demonstrates a positive attitude towards their learning.

Wiradjuri Language Award - Jazlyn Greenwood

The Wiradjuri  language award is awarded to a student who shows interest, aptitude  and cultural appreciation in the language during their studies at Parkes High School.

Positive Attitude to Learning - Jordie Oraha

The positive attitude to learning award is presented to a student who has achieved positive outcomes throughout the year.

NAIDOC Sporting Award - Jamarra Goolagong

This award is presented to an Indigenous student who displays enthusiasm, leadership and team work in a range of sporting activities.

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