PDHS enjoys an extremely positive, productive and supportive partnership with the local community across a variety of contexts that benefit students and the school as a whole.
The school and our students benefit from the contribution of community volunteers across contexts including classroom helpers, P&C and School Board membership, helpers at Breakfast Club, Sports Carnivals and Fundraisers, and representatives from the local Arts sector working as judges at our annual Arts Festival.
Donations from the community to support PDHS are also significant in our community, with contributions made regularly to our Breakfast Club from local businesses and farms, as well as ongoing support of fundraising initiatives by our P&C.
Partnerships with our community also provide our students with enriched learning opportunities.
Every two years our Year 7/8 students attend an ‘Emergency Services Week’ where they engage with various agencies including ambulance, fire and police services.
Every year our Year 9/10 students attend a week of Work Experience with local businesses and organisations to earn points towards their WACE through our Workplace Learning Program, and some students are invited to engage in School Based Traineeships.
Our school works hard to ensure our community partnerships are reciprocal, emphasising the importance of giving back to our town.
Every year the Pemberton town ANZAC Service is hosted by our Secondary Student Council. Each year our school also works with St Joseph’s Primary School to host the Pemberton Senior Citizens Xmas Lunch.
We have also established an annual Community Week event in Term Four that sees students from across our whole school contributing to the town with activities including cleaning of emergency services vehicles, gardening at local aged care homes, clearing, maintenance and signage at the mountain bike tracks, picking up rubbish from the town centre, and repainting community facilities including the swimming pool change rooms and caravan park office.