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Penrith Selective High School

Penrith Selective High School

Altiora Peto - Striving for the highest

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Clubs and Societies

CLUBS - 2021

 

Acts of Altruism

The Acts of Altruism Club was developed in response to the unique challenges of 2020. From the bush fires to the COVID pandemic, and ongoing socio-political tensions, at times the world has appeared to lack in positivity.  Recognising this, we have created the Acts of Altruism Club to focus on making the world a better place through small acts of purposeful kindness, selflessness, and gratitude, which will eventually ripple out through the greater community. 

Adopt-a-School

Adopt-a-School is a Penrith Selective High School initiative. The club is focused on raising awareness about the educational conditions of many students in less fortunate countries. Adopt-a-School raises necessary funds to help build, support and maintain schools and students in developing countries.

Amnesty

Amnesty is open to students in Years 7 to 12. Amnesty aims to raise awareness of human rights issues around the world. Amnesty campaigns relentlessly and give a voice to those who’ve had theirs taken away. Amnesty also supports political prisoners who have been dealt with unjustly.

Animal Welfare Club

The Animal Welfare Club is open to all students in Years 7 to 12. The aim of this club is to provide financial assistance to outside agencies who care for animals. This club also aims to contribute to those organisations which are tending to those animals recently impacted by the bushfires.

Anki Overdrive

Anki Overdrive is open to all years. Students will explore and use “Internet of Things” and Anki overdrive devices to develop an understanding of electronics, coding and problem-solving using Arduino boards. Using the overdrive cars will enable students to monitor, control, investigate and collect data using the Internet.

Art Club

The Art Club is open to students in Years 7 to 12. The Art Club is for those students who have an interest in freely exploring creative ideas and building social connections with their peers.

Aurecon

Aurecon’s Bridge Building Competition offers participants ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals. The competition is open to Years 8 and 9 students in Australia, and Years 9 and 10 students in New Zealand.

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is open to students in Years 10 to 12. Red Cross has been supporting breakfast clubs in Australia since 1991. In 2003, Sanitarium became a national partner and together with Red Cross created “The Good Start Breakfast Club” program. The program is part of Red Cross’ work to address food insecurity in Australia by ensuring that “people have enough of the right type of food every day to keep them healthy.” The Breakfast Club assists in providing a nutritious breakfast to Penrith Primary school children who may otherwise go without.

Business Society (BSOC) Club

The Business Society is open to students in Years 10 to 12, providing an opportunity to learn and develop skills in problem solving, teamwork and entrepreneurship. Every term, students have the opportunity to think innovatively to derive and develop solutions for real life problems. Students undertake intensive business start-up workshops and group tasks led by student leaders. Each term, students work towards presenting and initiating their business proposals through a pitching competition.

Chess

The Chess Club is open to all years and levels. Students will have the opportunity to compete with other high school students at a competitive level. Chess will develop a child’s logical thinking, analytical skills, forward planning, perseverance, patience and concentration.  N.B – This Club requires parent involvement with regards to transport to and from venues during competitions.

Creative Solutions Club

The Creative Solutions Club aims to develop students’ intellectual thinking skills, encouraging them to think outside the box on world issues that require urgent solutions. It also mainly provides students the opportunity to research and investigate their own strengths and interests. We provide them with published resources by professors in their specialised areas for them to get the utmost quality and resources in their area. This club guarantees developments in interested students in their work ethic, confidence and leadership skills to fuel their passion for success.

Fair Trade Club

The Fair-Trade Club is open to students in Years 7 to 12. Fair trade is an institutional arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. Members of the fair-trade movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards.

Fitness Club

The Fitness Club is open to students in Years 7-12. Fitness is about educating students in physical activities. It aims to develop students' physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety, and their ability to use these to perform in a wide range of activities associated with the development of an active and healthy lifestyle.

Game Development Club

The Game Development Club is open to all students in Years 7 to 12. Have you ever wanted to make a game but didn’t have all the skills to make one? Well here's your chance to team up with other people to make your video game dream come true. This club is for anyone and everyone who wants to help create a video game masterpiece. It's not only for people who know how to code, it's for artists, musicians, storytellers, and animators to come together as a team and make art, music, and plot to make games and have fun together. And even if you can't do any of these things, you can come along and playtest some of these games and give feedback to help and improve them! So join us, help create an awesome video game, and most of all, have fun!

Gardening

The Gardening Club is open to all years. The Gardening Club is designed for those students who wish to help with school-based projects aimed at cleaning up the grounds and maintaining our sustainable garden.

History Games Club

The History Games Club is open to students in Years 7 to 12. This group is for keen History students who are interested in exploring various events in world History. Topics will be negotiated as a group.

History Interest Group

The History Interest Group is open to students in Year 10. This group is for keen History students who are interested in real history projects. Students will work on:

●       The Principal's Photo Gallery

●       A past Captain's book- for our 70th anniversary

●       A PHS war veteran's board.

●       Constructing a scaled model of The Towers

●       Working out and marking the Towers footprint

●       A visit to a local cemetery

●       Other negotiated projects

Knitting/Crochet Club

The Knitting/Crochet club is open to students in Years 7-12. The aim of this club is to aid outside agencies who care for the homeless and the poor by making and donating blankets, beanies and scarves. The club will focus on providing support to the Volunteering and Social Justice Clubs in their initiatives as well as helping the local community.

Manga Club

The Manga Club is open to all students in Years 7 to 12. The aim of this club is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about this art form and how to draw. Students will experiment the techniques used in Manga.

Mindfulness Club

This club will assist students who are finding school a little stressful. This is an opportunity to relax and take some time out. In this club, students have a choice on their way to relax. They can choose from meditation, yoga, colouring, listening to music, board games and maybe even play a short film in the background.

Multimedia

The Stage Crew is open to students in Years 10 to 11. The Stage Crew is for those students who have an interest in lighting and sound and who would like to operate our sound/lighting system for official school functions and events. Although this is not a club that meets regularly, meetings are scheduled before major school events.

MUNA

The MUNA Club is open to students in Years 9 to 12. The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) aims to prepare students for the annual international Rotary youth program. High school students develop an awareness of the United Nations and the countries they represent at a simulated UN Assembly.  It is an excellent forum for students to develop and practise their public speaking skills whilst debating various world issues.

Philosophy

The philosophy Club is open to all years. The Philosophy club aims to provide students with stimulating philosophical questions to open up a universe of ideas from around the world. Students will develop reasoning and communication skills through critical thinking, collaborative enquiry, dialogue and reflection.

Photography

The Photography Club is open to students in Years 7 to 12. The Photography Club is for those students who have a passion for this medium and would like to take photos for official school functions and events. During the sessions, students will learn how to develop their photographic skills in a fun and supportive environment of fun, mutual respect and support.

Politics

The Politics Club is open to students in Years 10 to 12. The Politics Club provides students with an insight into the world of Politics. It allows students to develop a deeper understanding of our political system and debate decisions made by governments here and around the world.

Recycling Club

The Recycling Team is a great opportunity for students to help out around the school, as a volunteering project or for to service the environment of the school. The Team aims to meet up once a week and help to clear the recycled paper from around the school, bringing them to be recycled once more. Cooperating with other students and working together to achieve these quickly is key to the team.

Robotics

The Robotics Club is open to students in Years 7 to 12. The Robotics Club offers students the chance to program and build robots and test their coding skills on robots. Students use programs to solve interesting challenges.

Rowing

Students at Penrith Selective High School are offered the chance to participate in a Rowing program conducted by Nepean Rowing Club. A number of students enjoy this activity. It is not operated or supervised by school staff and enquiries should be directed to the Nepean Rowing Club Captain, Daniel Waddell for information and training details on info@thenepeanrowers.com

Social Justice Club

The Social Justice Club is open to all years. The Social Justice Club promotes social justice awareness through a variety of activities throughout the year. Of particular concern are issues which affect the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the local community. Some of the issues promoted in 2019 include: Asylum seekers, Mental Health Awareness, Poverty and White Ribbon Day.

Starlight Club

The Starlight Club is open to all years. It is designed to raise charity for children who are suffering with illnesses at Westmead Hospital. More so, this club aims to raise awareness to these children to encourage more fundraising. Alison and I aim to plan visits to Westmead hospital to interact with these children as we are very passionate about this cause.

Sports Club

Sports club is a group that is organized by students targeting an increase in physical activity. All students from Years 7-12 are encouraged to be active and the club introduces students to new sports.

Volunteering

The Volunteering Club is open to all years. The Volunteering Club provides a unique opportunity for students to make a difference to their local community and other communities. The club aims to develop students’ community awareness and assist in and/or lead projects which will impact positively on particular groups in our society or around the world.

Woodtech Club

The Woodtech Club is open to students in Years 7 to 12. Students work on projects for the school and it is for those students who have a passion for designing and building.