Trainers and dogs from Assistance Dogs Australia visited the school in August. The visit was organised to supplement the students’ study in the ‘Children with Diverse Needs’ unit.
Assistance Dogs Australia is a national Charity (founded in 1996) which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence. Assistance Dogs provide support to people with disabilities such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities such as autism and mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each Assistance Dog takes two years to train at a cost of $27,000. The organisation is not given any Government subsidy and relies on donations from the public, and sponsorship from businesses to carry out its work.
Katie and Rose (trainers) were accompanied by trainee dogs Rufus and Bundy. Bundy is being trained to assist people with physical disability such as those in a wheelchair and Rufus is being trained as an autism support dog. The trainers provided an excellent information session about the role of the organisation in supporting people with disabilities. They explained how the dogs are trained and the dogs demonstrated their talents. The students were then given an opportunity to pat Rufus and Bundy.
Thank you to Assistance Dogs Australia, Katie, Rose, Rufus and Bundy for a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience.
Mr Allouche and his Yr12 Construction class continue to further improve the school environment! This time it was a concreting job for the school’s front driveway to allow for more short term delivery parking. The job was scheduled for a lovely fine day which was interrupted by an east coast low that surprised us all. However, with the boys holding on tightly to an outstretched tarp and the reappearance of the sun, embedded leaves were removed and the slab was beautifully finished to reveal another job well done.
On Wednesday, 2nd September 2015, Mr McGrath and members of the SRC represented PHHS at the ‘Battle for Australia’ World War Two Commemoration service organised by the Miranda RSL Sub-Branch at the Seymour Shaw cenotaph. In attendance were Katherine Androulis, William Cassimatis, Reece Gledhill, Daniel Gray, Rees Hopper, Amy Mifsud and Dayna Papastavros, who took part in a solemn and insightful service under sunny skies. One highlight was the speech by one WW2 veteran, now in his 90′s, who so vividly recalled his experience of the infamous Kokoda Trail and the journey back to Australia from Papua New Guinea after hearing that the war had ended. On behalf of PHHS, Amy and William then laid a wreath at the cenotaph as everyone acknowledged a momentous sacrifice with a minute’s silence. By Daniel Gray and Amy Mifsud