Our School, Our Students

April 2, 2012

On the 15th March , our vice captain Josephine Zarka accepted an invitation to address the South Western Sydney region Aboriginal Education Seminar. She was asked to give an insight to her experiences, views and perspective as an aboriginal student in South West Sydney.

It was clear to all that our Josie is an extremely gifted student. Helen Wardega, Executive School Education Director, congratulated her on her efforts, and for having the courage and confidence to present.


43% of SJBHS students accepted into University

March 22, 2012

The University Admissions Centre (UAC) offers have come in and 22 out of our 51 mainstream HSC students in 2011 have been accepted into their chosen university courses.

Congratulations class of 2011, we are so proud of the high standards you have set for the rest of our school and wish you every success in your future studies.


Education Forum with Prime Minister Gillard

March 22, 2012

On Thursday 8th March, the Principal, Mr Mitchell, was invited to an Education Forum with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and the Minister for School Education, Peter Garret, at Penshurst Girls’ High School.  Mr Morris, representing the staff of Sir Joseph Banks High School and Mrs Krayem, representing our community, were also in attendance at the forum.

The forum, organised by the Federal Member for Banks, Daryl Melham, allowed people from within education to meet our leaders and ask them questions about the future of education in this country.

 All those present enjoyed the opportunity to hear ‘first hand’ the government’s plans to  implement fair and equitable funding for our schools over the coming years.  Our thanks go to Mr Melham for his kind invitation to such an important event.

New MAD Mag and Banksia Bulletin out now

March 1, 2012

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Congratulations To Year 12 2011

February 1, 2012

The Principal and Staff of SJBHS would like to congratulate Year12 2011 on their outstanding  HSC results. Special mention goes to the following students for their exceptional performances

  •  Anthony Quan (Dux 94.15)
  •  Zein Jomma
  •  Chams Chammsedine
  •  Ibrahim Kammoun
  •  Shirley Zhang

The school is very proud of all graduating Year 12 students and wishes you all the best for the future.

She’s leading the way

October 31, 2011

Taken from The Express

SIR Joseph Banks High School welcomed its first Aboriginal vice-captain as one of four student leaders next year.

Josephine Zarka is the first Aboriginal student to be made a student leader at the school.

But she is not alone in representing the cultural diversity of the school’s student population.

Captains Maverick Faamatuainu and Zainab Mehanna are of Samoan and Lebanese extraction, respectively, while Josephine’s fellow vice-captain, Mohamad Bazzi, is also of Lebanese extraction.

Student engagement officer Stuart Davidson said Josephine’s appointment, as with all captains, was based entirely on merit.

“Not only is she a great leader but she is perform- ing within the top three (students) in all of her subjects,” he said.

“This is a massive credit to her and her family.”

Nevertheless, he said the appointment of an Aboriginal student leader was a landmark moment for Sir Joseph Banks High School.

He also praised the efforts and leadership of the other three leaders.

Mr Davidson said their separate heritages were a reflection of Bankstown’s “melting pot” culture.

“All of these students represent the diversity of the community in Bankstown,” Mr Davidson said.

“They have all been model students for the school and are representing their communities exceptionally well.”

Sir Joseph Banks High School was founded in 1960.

Principal Brad Mitchell said the school faculty was proud of the fact that its students came from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.


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Leadership Team for 2012 announced today

September 20, 2011

School Captains

Zainab Mehanna and Maverick Faamatuainu

Vice Captains

Josephine Zarka and Mohammed Bazzi


Chloe Murray

Andrew Hunter

Ivy Ngo

Wassim Jawhra

Sophia Repousis

Hussein Haydar

Sana Mahmoud

Mahdi Hussain

Please congratulate these students when you see them. They will be presented with their badges at the Year 12 assembly.

Joeys Techno Awards Winners

September 20, 2011

Class Winnersclick here to view their works.

Best in Year 7 7E Languages, Ms Majed – Music Video

Best in Year 8 8E Drama, Ms Stajcic – Video”UnderJelly”

Best in Year 9  English, Ms Rairibi – Presi “Youth Culture”

Best in Year 10 Food Tech, Ms Battung – Video, “New Cake with cream”

Best in Year 11 Visual Arts, Ms Mitic/Ms Stajcic –  Video Slide show, Aboriginal Enrichment Day

Best in Years 11/12 Food Tech – Video Slide Show “A day at Ready Steady Cook”


Individual/Group Winners – Click here to view their works

Year 7 Alvin Santhosh and Pejwok Allahyar – Game design

Year 8 Daniel Turay – Game

Year 9 Khalid Hageobeid – Powerpoint “Obesity”

Year 10 Nikki Nguyen – Stop motion animation “Penguin Journey”

Year 11 Jan Paolo de Guzman – 3D Animation


Special Projects – Click here to view

History, Ms Hawke – Anzac Day

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Leadership opportunities for Aboriginal students

September 19, 2011

Josephine Zarka and Andrew Hunter of Year 11 have been selected from an Australia-wide field to undertake one week’s experience at Parliament House in Canberra.  The ‘Learn, Earn, Legend Program’ provides leadership opportunities for Aboriginal students and Josie and Andrew will be great ambassadors for the school during their week in the Nation’s capital in mid September.