Last Friday, some of our Certificate II Hospitality students turned their hand to making freshly brewed coffees. Unsurprisingly, they did a great job! This year, 167 of our Year 11 students (representing approximately 70% of the cohort) are studying externally delivered certificate courses or auspice certificate courses delivered at school that include Sport Coaching, Kitchen Operations, Creative Industries, Business and – as you can see – Hospitality. The positive start to Vocational Education and Training (VET) at Harrisdale SHS this year augurs well for the future of these courses.
In 2019, a number of Harrisdale SHS Science students signed up with NASA to send their names to Mars. Their names were etched onto a microchip placed aboard the Mars 2020 rover Perseverance that was launched on its mission to Mars on 30 July 2020. The Perseverance rover landed on Mars on 18 February 2021 with the names of our students. With a mission duration of at least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days), the Perseverance rover will search for signs of past microbial life, collect rock and soil samples, and help pave the way for future exploration of Mars.
Parents and Carers, we hope your children have enjoyed their first week of the 2021 school year at Harrisdale SHS. From the staff’s perspective, they have made a terrific start to the year! With well over 1,600 students on our compact campus each day, their positive interaction with their teachers and each other in classes and in the grounds is really pleasing to see. Thank you for supporting your children’s transition back to school.
Parents and carers,
Thank you for sending your children well-prepared for Orientation Day – Day 1 of the new school year at Harrisdale SHS. Students look great in their uniforms, with our foundation Year 11s particularly distinctive in their blue upper-school shirts.
Neither wearing masks nor rainy weather has dampened the students’ engagement in Orientation Day activities. We have some images to share of activities from this morning’s program across the school. They capture:
- a Year 11 student on the milestone of Harrisdale SHS’s first day of upper-school;
- the Year 7 Welcome assembly prior to our youngest students heading off to their Homeroom groups;
- Years 8, 9, and 10 students in Homeroom groups workshopping “The Harrisdale Way”: every year we run activities to re-teach and reinforce the expected behaviours of all students and what it means to show excellence, respect, responsibility, and care both at school and in the community; and
- a Year 11 personal development and study skills program that supports our goal to provide every student a pathway to a successful future.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to advise that our school will be closed tomorrow following Premier McGowan’s announcement earlier today.
The Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions are moving to a 5-day lockdown effective at 6pm, Sunday 31 January, 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021.
This means all public schools in these regions will be closed this coming week. Our teachers and school staff will also remain at home. This will be an extension of the school holidays and no lessons or supervision will be provided.
Public schools in all other areas of the State return on Monday 1 February.
Please find further information as per the Department of Education’s webpage www.education.wa.edu.au/current-schooling-arrangements.
I will provide more information during the week about school arrangements beyond Friday.
Harrisdale’s 2020 showcase of visual and performing arts culminated with An Evening With The Arts, held yesterday. The event opened with an exhibition of art, fashion and digital technologies that attracted a large audience and elicited high praise for the creativity and talent of the hundreds of students whose work was on display. The exhibition was followed by wonderful music performances, spirited dances, and two captivating plays. For the first time, An Evening With The Arts screened some short films created by Media students - clever productions that reflected on the emerging film-makers’ passion for their art. Congratulations to the students involved, and thank you to the very hard-working and dedicated team of Arts and Technologies teachers behind An Evening With The Arts.
As the semester draws to a close, Woodwork Elective students are finalising their practical projects. Some of the beautiful examples of their finished products, shown in the images below, are proudly displayed in our school reception foyer. These pieces reflect pride in endeavour and achievement. Well done, students!