Term 1 Academic Awards Presented at Assembly

Earlier today, a whole school assembly was staged in the PLHS Gymnasium to acknowledge the outstanding Term 1 efforts and achievements of many students.

The ceremony was conducted by Deputy Principal Mrs. Lesley Warren and opened with an Acknowledgement of Country from SRC reps Seth Kayser (Year 11) and Toby Harris (Year 7). Inspired by an Eleanor Roosevelt quote, PLHS Principal Mr. Todd George provided a thoughtful address to the students about the fundamental differences between great minds, average minds and small minds.

Principal Student Leader Denise Sadiwa eloquently delivered an SRC update, mainly addressing the importance of student voice – her report concluded with the wonderful news that two PLHS students have been selected as Rural Youth Ambassadors for 2023; congratulations to Prapti Pai and Seth Kayser on this outstanding recognition.

Based on the following grade point average criteria, Academic Award certificates were announced and presented by the six Year Level Managers. Congratulations to all of today’s recipients.


A grade point average (GPA) is calculated for each student of the school. A GPA score of 4 indicates an A grade for each subject. There are two categories of Academic Awards:

  • Academic Excellence awards recognise students who have achieved a GPA of more than 3.5 (with no D or E grades) across all of their Term 1 subjects
  • Meritorious Effort awards recognise students who have achieved a GPA of at least 3 (with no D or E grades) across all of their Term 1 subjects
Year 12 Academic Excellence: Denise Sadiwa, Kit West, Ella Campbell, Natalie Gibson, Tara Maitland, Jayden Kotz, Taya Watherston, Jemma Rawling & Ella Thomson

Year 12 Meritorious Effort: Amelia Stevens, Meg Wright, Myles Jarvis, Lucy Bennie, Toula Kapnistis, Adelaide Horlin-Smith, Andrea Edrosolano, Aimee Graham, Kymberly Flavel, Kahsha Judge, Aiden McGrath, Oliver Moxey, Logan McGrath & Anna Te Wano

Year 11 Academic Excellence: Georgina Millard, Ahmari Guamen, Luke Pearce, Seth Kayser, Maddison Lowe, Benjamin Gabb, Shiloh Abbott, Kalea Siegert, Zali Phillips, Prapti Pai, Sasha Noske, Tayah Liffner & Shayden Beljon

Year 11 Meritorious Effort: Hannah Moseby, Rylee Marks, Jessica Woolford, Riley Bell, Phoebe Edmonds, Lauren McDonald, Tyler Billing, Tilda Jenkins, Erin McCarthy, Erin McMillan, Cian Turner, Ashley Durdin, Sky Weir, Paige Holland, Taris Burge, Amy Ward & Christopher Berryman

Year 10 Academic Excellence: Liam Akehurst, Evan Lukin, Sophie Lang, Jevan Ambrose, Max Mitchelson, Fletcher Beard, Max Rodda & Ella Wiseman

Year 10 Meritorious Effort: Will West, Sky Keane, Tylah Hollett, Nikitah Butcher, Lilly Durdin, Delta Proude, Ethan Icasas, Macie Claughton, Rebecca Madden, Georgia Palm, Tayla Wilson, Alyssa Joniega, Zade Hearfield, Aliki Kapnistis & Starr Pedersen

Year 9 Academic Excellence: Rebekah Turner, Elke Thomas, Dakota Taferner, Kiarna Letton, Isabella Go, Stirling Carter, Isabella Wells, Maya Kennedy, Xanela Cubacub, Brayden Foote, Madison Gotch, Rhy Kayser & Jasmine Tiller

Year 9 Meritorious Effort: Kiara Tonkin, Lacie Schafer, Sophie Cheriton, Kirrally Kotz, Max Stanley, Jessica Neve, Kael Williams, Zoe Van-Overdijk, Kaden Durdin, Demi Selwyn-Shore, Ruby Gamlin, Kaden Abbott, Paige Blacksell, Airlie Hartwich, Claudia Wilks, Dusty Symonds, Jessica Ferrett, Charli Rowland, Jack Hatzimanolis, Summer Thorpe, Madyson Mills, Evie Wiseman, Jorja Defelice, Lainie Bell & Elke Russell

Year 8 Academic Excellence: Lani Cocks, Stella Franklin, Isla Nagel, Loch Osborne, Mahni Burrows, Marley Coleman, Nate Payze, Zach Hurrell, Samuel Beard, Ella Scholz & Kynan Letton

Year 8 Meritorious Effort: Alexis Anderson, Abigail Emeny-Boden, Ella Day, Sarang Treagus, Isaac Brougham, Xander Taylor, Chloe Marks, Zoe Patakakis, Isaak Cowley, Zoe Allan, Evie Gamlin, Phoebe Fisher & Ethan Skipworth-Howell

Year 7 Academic Excellence: Jarran Durdin, Charissa Go, James Murray, Lucas Dixon, Natalie Hirschausen-Burk, Kai Cunningham, Zoe Bell, Angus Rodda, Matthew Minto, Zephyr Thomson, Lily Hale & Jordy Parker

Year 7 Meritorious Effort: Jackson Anderson, Riley Hore, Sheridan Wells, Elke North, Stephanie Rocchi, Sienna Sizer, Parker Hartwich, Byron Phillis, Jarrah Barr, Chelsea Sampson, Harmony Sincock, Abi Ferrett, Emma Lienert, Sahara Treagus, Diesel Borlase, Lotti Curtis, Naekirye Porta, Rylan Tonkin, Chardae Pollard, Jekoa Allen, Ella McEwin, Trisha Farrow, Kyeson King, Jordan Billing, Tyler Poynter, Amber Phillips, Peyton Smith & Asha Clements

SSSA Athletic Certificates (these students received a place or standard certificate at the Secondary School Sport SA Track & Field Championships): Sam Beard, Deppler Clarke, Torr Clarke, Siann Cross, Ella Day, Timothy Dennis, Kaden Durdin, Christian Farrow, Toby Harris, Sky Keane, Cody Manual, Isla Nagel, Loch Osborne, Starr Pedersen, Harmony Sincock, Amelia Stevens, Orlando Wade & Sheridan Wells

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