A Day In The Life Of A Penrith Selective High School Student | High School Guide

Curious about what a school day is like at Penrith High School? Well, in this article, current Penrith student, Jacob Lee, shares his typical day at Penrith.

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Student life is different from school to school! To help you get a sense of what day in the life of a Penrith Selective High School student is like and inform your decision making, we’ve put this article together. Here, a current Year 10 Penrith student, Jacob Lee, shares his experience at this school!


About me:


Jacob Lee

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Penrith High School


Current Subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Commerce
  • Industrial Technology – Engineering
  • Careers

Although my Year 7 performance was outstanding, I developed unhealthy study habits causing my grades to ultimately drop in Year 9.

As a current Year 10 student at Penrith High, I have hobbies such as basketball, music and gaming. I try to minimise spending time outside of school to continue these hobbies as I have a lot of content to cover after school.


My best performing subject:

I personally enjoy a range of subjects in which I perform best in. These include Mathematics, Commerce and Music.

I believe I perform best in these subjects as I have interests and have thoughts about continuing these subjects after school.


My worst performing subjects:

I personally believe that I perform the worst in subjects I do not enjoy. Subjects such as English, Geography and PDHPE.

Although I make an attempt to perform to a higher standard in these subjects, I tend to forget content or not focus during class as these subjects are not my interests.

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About Penrith High:

Penrith High ensures that all students have an equal opportunity to learn new content and ensures that students have access to a wide range of support and resources.

Our school believes that the student body should be running the school and believes in the power of students’ voice. With the motto, Altiora Peto (Striving for the highest), teachers and students believe that students should aim to achieve high.

Penrith High school has multiple facilities and areas for students to enjoy during classes and breaks.

Students have access to sporting grounds such as the hockey fields, oval and basketball courts, the quad which is made up of handball courts, chess tables and open areas to talk to peers and clubs which gives students the opportunity to interact with new students.


A day in the life of a Penrith High Student:

For most students attending Penrith High, their day starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:20pm consisting of a total of 6 periods. This structure will apply for all days excluding Wednesdays because of sport. During Wednesdays, it will start at 9:00am and end at 2:40pm with 4 periods each lasting 45 minutes and two periods of sport.

I personally try to wake up at 6:30am to ensure that I have enough time to get ready and pack my bag before I leave. For those with morning classes, they must arrive at school by 8:00am.

After school finishes, I arrive home at around 4:30pm and try to get ready to study for the rest of the day. I usually use the Pomodoro technique to ensure that I stay focused during my study sessions.

Here are our school periods:

PeriodsMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, FridayWednesday
Period 19:00 – 9:589:00 – 9:45
Period 210:00 – 10:509:45 – 10:30
Recess11:20 – 12:1210:30 – 11:00
Period 311:20 – 12:1211:00 – 11:45
Period 412:14 – 1:0411:45 – 12:30
Lunch1:04 – 1:3412:30 – 1:00
Period 51:36 – 2:261:00 – 1:50
Period 62:28 – 3:201:50 – 2:40



Extracurricular activities at Penrith High:

Penrith High believes that students should run their own clubs and gather groups of students depending on their interests. Penrith High offers multiple opportunities for students to be involved in clubs and sport.

  • Acts of Altruism
  • Adopt-a-school
  • Amnesty
  • Animal Welfare Club
  • Anki Overdrive
  • Art Club
  • Aurecon
  • Breakfast Club
  • Business Society Club (BSOC)
  • Chess
  • Creative Solutions Club
  • Fair Trade Club
  • Fitness Club
  • Game Development Club
  • Gardening
  • History Games Club
  • History Interest Group
  • Knitting/Crochet Club
  • Manga Club
  • Mindfulness Club
  • Multimedia
  • MUNA
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Recycling Club
  • Robotics
  • Rowing
  • Social Justice Club
  • Starlight Club
  • Sports Club
  • Volunteering
  • Woodtech Club
Grade Sports:

Term 1:

  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls European Handball
  • Girls Oztag
  • Boys Ultimate
  • Boys European Handball
  • Boys Touch Football
  • Boys Volleyball

Term 2:

  • Girls Netball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Touch Football
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Aussie Rules
  • Boys Soccer
  • Boys Oztag

Term 3:

  • Girls Netball
  • Girls Aussie Rules
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Ultimate Vortex
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Touch Football
  • Boys Soccer

Term 4:

  • Girls Netball
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Girls Touch Football
  • Boys Cricket
  • Boys Futsal

Social Sports:

  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Fernwood Fitness
  • Ice-Skating
  • Indoor Cricket
  • Indoor Basketball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Skating
  • Weights
  • School Table
  • Tennis
  • Six-a-side Soccer
  • Social Basketball
  • Social Netball
  • Stream Watch
  • Woodriff Tennis
  • Woodriff Table Tennis

Knockout Sports

  • Basketball
  • Bowls
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo


Study advice for Year 10 students:

I try to study every weekday and relax and bit with minimal amount of study done during the weekend. I made this decision as I have many things to do during the weekend which causes me to have limited time to study and finish off homework given during the week.

I personally do not like having a study timetable as I do not like to have organised and structured study habits. Instead, I plan to study and revise the subjects I had during the day.

This ensures that I have fully understood the content and I can revisit the sections I need more help in. I study Science at  Matrix because it helps me understand subject content before it is taught in school. This gives me the opportunity to revise or revisit my notes during class.

I try to remove all distractions before I study. This allows me to stay focused on my work.

I like to listen to music while studying as it helps me purely think about my work only.

For students in Year 10, I would like to recommend that they remove all distractions before studying and find out a study method that works for you.


For Example:

Time FrameWeekdaysWeekends
1 (45 minutes)Finish off homework from FridayFinish off homework from Friday
2 (5 minutes)BreakBreak
3 (45 minutes)Science RevisionAssessments
4 (5 minutes)BreakBreak
5 (45 minutes)Geography RevisionAssessments
6 (5 minutes)BreakBreak
7 (45 minutes)Music Revision/practiceTutoring Homework
8 (5 minutes)BreakBreak
9 (45 minutes)Mathematics RevisionTutoring Homework
10 (5 minutes)BreakBreak
11 (45 minutes)English RevisionRevision
12 (5 minutes)BreakBreak
13 (45 minutes)Commerce RevisionRevision
14 (5 minutes)BreakBreak
15 (45 minutes)Finish off homework/assessmentFinish off homework/assessment


Note: Study Timetable may different during Assessment Block




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