Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS


Links Road
Western Australia


(P)+61 8 9314 9393


Important News

Important News

National Summer Art Scholarship - National Gallery of Australia

Upon our return to school Perry gave us the news that he had been selected and attended the National Gal


Guest Speaker - Glen Gerreyn HOPEFUL INSTITUTE

On Friday 550 of our Year 7 and 8 students were able to be addressed by Glen from the Hopeful Institute on “Finding their Purpose”.

Year 9 and 10 Awards Assembly

Congratulations to the current Year 9 and 10 students who were recognised for their outstanding achievements in 2018.


Contact Applecross SHS

Music Program

Applecross Senior High School allows students to take their instrumental studies to the next level.  Our program encourages students to enjoy making music through engaging fully in the practical and theoretical aspects of this subject.  Our values include: creativity, cooperation, commitment, innovation and personal best.

The program is a three-part package, which consists of:

•             Class Music elective

•             Instrumental lessons

•             Ensemble membership

An important definition:  Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) is the Department of Education’s instrumental lesson program available in most government schools throughout Western Australia. You may know of it as ‘SIM’ or ‘SIMS’.


Eligibility for the Music Program

There are three ways to be eligible for Music at Applecross Senior High School:

•             Continue your IMSS instrument from your previous (government) school

•             Continue a private instrument tuition

•             For Year 7 only, participate in the IMSS Beginner Instrument Program


How to Enrol in the Music Program

The Subject Request Form found in the Enrolment Pack has a Music section that must be completed to ensure your child is allocated the Class Music elective on their timetable. If you have not received this, please contact the school for a copy.

Please Note: Music is not a way to gain entry into Applecross Senior High School. 



Lower School: Class Music is an integral and compulsory component of each student’s musical training from Years 7-10. Throughout lower school, students develop skills in listening awareness and music theory. They also express themselves through composition and arrangement activities, as well as gaining an understanding of what makes us listen to and enjoy music of different eras, cultures and styles. Practical music-making activities are integral to all music courses.

Upper School:  We offer the Music General course, which allows us the flexibility to meet a wide range of needs and interests, including those seeking a pathway to tertiary studies in music. The endorsed unit Instrumental and Ensemble Music (PIMS) is also offered.

For a description of these electives, please view the appropriate Subject Selection Handbook available at:


Instrumental & Ensemble Music

High quality in music making in a wide variety of styles is a priority at Applecross Senior High School. Our music program involves over 200 students each year being taught by 10 staff from Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) teaching most of the instruments available in the WA Government School system.


     The school has eight ensembles:

     Concert Band 1 & Concert Band 2

     Junior & Senior Guitar Ensembles

     Cygnet & Scimitar String Orchestra

     Chamber Choir

     Jazz Band



There are a variety of performing opportunities throughout the year which are a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their skills to family and the wider school commuinity in a professinal environment.

As well as concerts the Music Department regularly enters ensembles into the following festivals;

WA Schools' Concert Band Festival

WA Schools' Orchestra Festival

WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival

WA Government Secondary Schools Choral Festival

Solo Vocal Festival

WA Schools' Jazz Festival

Contemporary Music Ensemble Festival

Our ensembles consistently achieve high results in these festivals, due to the professionalism of our conducting staff and the hard work undertaken by the students.



For further information, please contact the Head of Music:- Mr Tim Stapleton      Phone: (08) 9314 9393

Further IMSS information can be found via the following link.