Parkes High School

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Parkes High School
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Latin: Dum Vivo Disco
While I live, I learn
Parkes, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°8′20″S 148°10′50″E / 33.13889°S 148.18056°E / -33.13889; 148.18056Coordinates: 33°8′20″S 148°10′50″E / 33.13889°S 148.18056°E / -33.13889; 148.18056
Type State run High School
Established 1933
Principal Sandra Carter[1]
Enrollment ~700[2]
Campus Rural

Parkes High School is a secondary school located in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. The school offers a range of subjects in Junior (7-10) and Senior years (11-12) in accordance with a syllabus developed by the NSW Board of Studies.

Senior Courses[edit]

At Parkes High School there are numerous courses available to senior student as they work their way to attaining their Higher School Certificate.


English is a required unit of study in NSW and as such all students must complete one of these English courses: Advanced English may be completed with HSC Extension 1 English, Standard English which are Board Developed ATAR accredited courses and English Studies which is a Board Endorsed Course.


Mathematics is a very popular unit of study at Parkes High School the courses offered by the Maths Faculty at Parkes High are: General Maths, Mathematics which can be completed with HSC Mathematics 1 and HSC Mathematics 2 in Yr 12 all Mathematics courses are Board Developed and ATAR accredited courses


Science is a choice made by many students wishing to go into a field which utilises that specialised knowledge, courses offered by the Science Faculty at Parkes High are: Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Biology and Senior Science (a general look at science) are Board Developed and ATAR accredited courses.


The H.S.I.E. (Human Society in Its Environment) Faculty offer a wide variety of courses available to Senior Students of Parkes High which due to its variety is very popular. The Subjects offered by the HSIE Faculty are: Geography, Ancient History, Modern History you can complete HSC Extension History if you are completing one on the histories, Business Studies is a very popular subject due to the Cert II in Retail, Aboriginal Studies are all Board Developed Courses and ATAR accredited.


VET (Vocational Education Training) is a very practical and widely selected. VET Courses offered at Parkes High School are: Industrial Technology -Metal and Timber, Automotive, Hospitality,

Aboriginal Studies[edit]

The school has an emphasis on the teaching of Aboriginal studies wherein students focus on issues relating to Indigenous Australians. Wiradjuri, which is the indigenous language of the Aboriginal people of the same name who inhabited and continue to inhabit the area, is taught in Years 7 at the school in conjunction with the local Aboriginal community. Parkes High School in a leadership role with other high schools and primary schools in the area to continue to develop curriculum and resources for the teaching of Wiradjuri and Aboriginal languages generally.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome Back Carter". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "School Locator - Parkes High School". Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Local Language Link-ups: Developing regional networks for Aboriginal languages in NSW" (PDF). Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "iEmmy Winner". by Roel ten Cate, Parkes Champion Post. 20 March 2013.