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Khulan Onolbaatar: the story, thanks, and farewell for now


Last year we asked our PHSC Community to assist Khulan with international student fees after her mother’s AUSAID postgraduate study funding was withdrawn as a result of government funding changes. Khulan was half way through Year 12 and faced the prospect of not being able to complete her Year 12 studies. The PHSC community rallied to contribute the funding needed for her to stay to complete Year 12.

Khulan remained in Melbourne with her father as carer while her mother returned to Mongolia. We had some tricky times organizing visas: first a bridging visa so she could stay, then an international student visa. Many thanks to Grant McMurdo, Deb Icely and Pauline Gorrie for their assistance with this visa ‘maneuvering’.

Khulan achieved as ATAR of 92.45. She received two raw scores over 40. She achieved an outstanding 41 for EAL (English as an Additional Language) despite arriving in the country less than 2 years before with little English.

Khulan received an International Round offer to Monash Commerce. She wanted to stay here to study. However, we were unable to secure scholarships or financial support as she was not a local student or a refugee. International student education is big business and not really geared for students with financial difficulty. Monash recruitment was very helpful- investigating multiple funding options within the university.

So, in the end, the best solution appeared to be that Khulan return to Mongolia. She departed on 20 January 2017 armed with an excellent VCE result to pursue funding for tertiary study from within Mongolia. She may need to complete or partially complete her undergraduate study before she can move overseas.

From Khulan, her family and friends it is farewell for now. PHSC will keep in touch with her to follow her journey from here. Thanks again to all of you for your support.



Latrobe Vice Chancellors Excellence Award winners


La Trobe University offers a scholarship designed to reward students for outstanding academic achievement, and this year for the first time two of our Year 12 students have received this prestigious and lucrative award. Noah Duldig and Belyan Matthews have topped off a great year at Princes Hill to both be successful recipients. Noah will be undertaking an Honours degree in Psychology while Bel will be studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Both Noah and Bel will receive $6000 per year for the normal duration of their chosen (including honours) and will also be guaranteed a study abroad scholarship to the value of $1500. Students will also have access to La Trobe’s exclusive Hallmark program, which provides a range of additional benefits that include:
·special elective subjects to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills
· personalised academic coaching with access to exclusive internships
· opportunities to represent the University at student conferences, competitions and events
· an annual Hallmark symposium.
Congratulations to Noah and Bel who are deserving recipients of this fabulous scholarship.


Gretta Ray’s ‘Drive’ wins 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

The dream run continues for Gretta Ray (pictured below with Tigertown), who has taken out the top prize in the 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition with her song Drive.



Courtesy of APRA AMCOS and Alberts, Gretta received A$50,000 - the largest first prize for any songwriting competition in the world – at a special presentation in Sydney today. Gretta first had the industry buzzing after winning triple j Unearthed High in August. In-between sitting her VCE exams, Gretta took time out to accept her prize and said she was still getting her head around the win, which she described as “an incredible honour.” Gretta joins previous winners of this prestigious competition, Husky Gawenda (2014), Isabella Manfredi (2013), Kimbra Johnson (2011) and Megan Washington (2009). Listen to Drive here.




Tours of PHSC for prospective students and families for Year 7 intake 2018

PHSC is conducting tours of the school for students and families who are considering Year 7 entry for 2018. There will be 2 tours per week. Tours start at 9 am and run for about an hour. If you wish to attend a tour please click on the link associated with the dates below to book a spot. There is a limit of 30 people per tour and 2 adults per booking - no need to book for children.Tours fill very quickly so please book your spot.

Tours will be conducted:

Term 1

Week 8: 21 March, 22 March

Week 9: 29 March, 30 March

Term 2

Week 1: 20 April, 21 April

Week 2: 24 April, 27 April (note: Anzac day 25th April)

Week 3: 2 May, 4 May 

You are also invited to attend the Year 7 Transition Information Sessions on May 2nd 2017 at 5pm and 7pm. There is no need to book for these sessions.

For information about Year 7, 2018 enrolment please click here.

Congratulations to our Year 12 students of 2016

We are incredibly proud of the Year 12 VCE students of 2016. We congratulate our students on their results and thank the teachers for their work with the students this year.

 The top student scored an ATAR of 98.5. The median study score for the school is 31. The percentage of study scores 40 and over is 7.8%.

  • 13.7% of students achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, putting them in the top 10% of the state.
  • 36.3% gained an ATAR of 80 or above – the top 20% in the state.
  • 52.4% achieved an ATAR of 70 or above- the top 30% in the state.

Click here to view our destination data for students studying in 2017.

Well done everyone!


2016 La Trobe Young Writers' Awards

Congratulations to Andrea Corsini for being a finalist in the 2016 La Trobe Young Writers' Awards. He received his certificate at an awards ceremony at La Trobe University. 

Below we see Andrea reading an excerpt from his story " Murder Aboard the XM Haymaker", and chatting to Dr Alison Ravenscroft the Head of Department, School of Arts and Social Sciences afterwards.



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