Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS


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Western Australia


(P)+61 8 9314 9393


Important News

Important News

Year 10 Long Tan Award

Sophia Ammali  was presented with the 2017 Applecross Senior High School Year 10 Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award at a recent assembly.  Mr Lilleyman, Deputy Principal, nominated Sophia for this prestigious award.  She received a certificate and will also receive $250.

Novelists in the Making

As part of the Academic English Extension course for Year 10, each student in either Mrs Moss or Mrs Darling’s class was required to complete an extended piece of writing in the form of a Novella, or a “baby” novel.  From Fantasy to Peanut allergies, Coming of Age stories, Road Journeys, Environm


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Recently, a number of our Year 7 students had the opportunity to work with Miss Robinson to learn about science inquiry skills by completing a low altitude launch with our Sphero balls.

More photos can be viewed on our Facebook page.



Congratulations to Felix Sutton from Year 7, who has been selected to represent two Western Australian Sports!  Felix will be participating in:

WA Men's Singles Figure Skating at 

Australian Figure Skating Nationals

in Brisbane 2 to 7 December 2017


WA Short Track Ice racing at

Australian Open Short Track Championships

in Melbourne 8 to 10 December 2017


This term is coming to an end so quickly. It has been a busy and productive one.  I have added some important messages below. Please take the time to read them:

Farewell to Year 11 and 12s

Wishing all our Year 11 and 12 students a happy, healthy and restful break and a happy Christmas with your family and friends. Looking forward to seeing the Year 11 cohort refreshed and back in 2018.

Good Mental Health Tips

Eat Well Some studies suggest that what you eat affects your mood. A good balanced diet will make sure you have all the essential nutrients needed for your brain to function well, helping to keep you both physically and mentally healthy.

Get Involved Get involved with things. Do volunteer work, get a hobby, join a club or committee, play sport, join a meditation group, go snorkelling with a group of people, socialise or do a short course. The more things you do, the more connected you feel to the world around you.

Give a Compliment Give a compliment and allow yourself to feel good for making someone else feel good.

Build friendships Keep in touch- invite a friend to lunch. Encourage new friendships-ask your friend to bring someone you have never met.

Share and Create Positive Relationships Close relationships have a huge impact on how we feel on a daily basis. A phone call, a couple of emails or a few texts, can help us feel connected to those we love Sharing thoughts and feelings with friends, family or a counsellor. Talking your problems through as soon as they appear can really help relieve stress and anxiety.

Reduce Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Drug Use Some people make the mistake of thinking that taking drugs can help get them through tough times. Drugs including alcohol, can contribute to, or trigger, mental health problems in people. Mental illness linked to drug use includes anxiety, depression, paranoia, panic attacks, and psychosis.

Help Others Do something to help someone else. Acts of kindness help other people but also makes us feel good. We are often happiest when doing something for others

Practice Skilful Conflict Resolution Conflict is difficult for most people. There are times where it may not be possible to avoid. Practising skilful conflict resolution can make a difference and, with the skills gained, may have additional benefits. Conflict does not have to be aggressive, discussing and talking through issues can benfit your own well being.

Play Play is important for staying mentally healthy. Devoting time to just having fun can recharge your battery, revitalise your social networks, and reduce stress and anxiety.

For more information, to find your nearest headspace centre or for online and telephone support visit

Help lines and websites for adolescents

How do I get help?

Sometimes, when you’re worried about something or feeling down, it feels like you’re all alone. It can seem like your other friends and family members have ‘normal’ lives, and they don’t understand why you’re worried.

Besides the phone lines and websites below, there are some people that you can talk to who may also be able to help you and refer you to the appropriate place for help. These are: the school psychologist, the school nurse, your GP, your local hospital or health centre nearest to you.  There is always someone that you can go to for help so please don’t feel like you have to face things alone.


  1.  – a website for young people to improve their mental health.  Also provides information & opportunities to connect with other young people
  2. – It is a national, independent organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety & substance misuse disorders for young people.  You can talk with others, share your story and read about other people’s experiences.
  3. - has online chat and support or you can call the closest centre to you to make an appointment for free counselling.
  4. - offers web counselling, email counselling or phone counselling (1800 55 1800)
  5. – this is the national mental health information and referral service from Lifeline
  6. - this is a magazine that is published 3 times a year and provides mental health information to all sections of the WA community.

Phone numbers:

Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800 (free call from a land line; 24 hours)

Youthline (Suicide) – 1800350670

Samaritans (Suicide) – 1800 198 313

Lifeline - 13 11 14 (cost of a local call; 24 hours)

Mental health direct- 1800 220 400

Mental health emergency response line – (24 hr) 1300 555 788

Health direct – 1800 022 222

Domestic violence helpline – 1800 656 463

Mission Australia helpline – 1300 886 999

Headspace – 93356333 (Fremantle office)

The Young Carers Program provided support to young carers who might be at risk of not completing their education or the vocational equivalent. There are a range of support options, and also funding to give them a break.

The Program can help young carers under the age of 25 years who are providing significant care and support for a parent, child, partner, relative or friends who has a disability, is frail aged or who has a severe mental or physical condition.

Free call for young carers - 1800 052 222

Email -

Website - <

Free Mobile App

Legal Aid WA, in conjunction with other legal aid commissions, has launched a new, free mobile phone app - Below the Belt: Sex, Selfies and Cyberbullying. This app will help young people understand the law about three major issues facing them: sexting, cyberbullying and the age of consent.

Below the Belt: Sex, Selfies and Cyberbullying contain fun and interactive tools to help young people learn about the law and support their friends. Users can send an e-postcard to their friends to ward off unwanted requests to send someone a selfie. The app explains the legal consequences of consensual sexting and also what to do if someone distributes an image of them without permission or sends them an unwanted sext. The app also allows young people to quickly resolve any questions that they might have about the age of consent.

The app also provides links to support agencies if young people need more help.

For information about how to download the app click here <,SelfiesandCyberbullying.aspx> .

Currently the app is only available to Android users. If you have an Apple device you can have a look at the app content by linking through to the following webpages:

* sex and consent <

* selfies <

*  cyberbullying <> .

Deodorant Spray

Reminder to parents and students that deodorant aerosol sprays are NOT allowed to be brought into school and used. If deodorant is needed at school please bring in roll on or pump pack deodorant. Applecross Senior High school in an Asthma Friendly School and acute asthma attacks can be triggered off by deodorant sprays. If student/s are caught with a deodorant spray it will be confiscated and the student will be referred to the Year Coordinator/ Head of Student Services. \

Updating Contact Details

Can families please ensure the school is notified as soon as possible if any contact details change?  This includes home, mobile and emergency contact phone numbers and email addresses.  Email:

Unwell Students

If your child is unwell and needs to go home a parent or someone known to your child must come and pick up your child and take them home. I do not like to send unwell students home either walking or via community transport as I have a “Duty of care”. Thanks for your support in this matter.


Parents and students are reminded that the nurse is NOT allowed to give panadol or other medication to students. Parents/Students are reminded that they can bring a dose of 2 x panadol to school to take if you have pain. E.g. Headache, period pain, toothache etc.

Dental Services

The School Dental Service (SDS) provides free dental health check-ups to students attending a Department of Education recognised school from five to 17 years of age or to Year 11, whichever comes first. For more information please call 9313 0555 or visit  Students are encouraged to attend their primary school dental service.  This is:

Mt Henry Dental Health Service for Adults and children

Emergencies only and please phone first before attending.

  Telephone: 9313 0552

Open all through the December and January school   holidays excluding public holidays

  Monday – Friday 8.15am – 4.30pm

Raising Children Network

Children are as individual and as different as their parents and making decisions about what’s best for raising children is very personal.

The Raising Children Network provides information that can help parents with the day-to-day decisions of raising children.  It also provides information to help parents and carers look after their own needs. The information is based on the best science in parenting, child health and development, presented in language we can all understand.

The Raising Children website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety.

This is a website for Australian mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children.

Sun safety with the hot weather approaching

It is important to talk to your children about sun safety and teach them good sun protection habits.

  • slip on some sun-protective clothing, that covers as much skin as possible;

  • slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun;

  • slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears;

  • seek shade;

  • slide on some sunglasses. Make sure they meet Australian Standards; and

  • extra care should be taken between 10am and 3pm when UV levels reach their peak.

For more information see the Cancer Council website:

Talk soon. Talk often.  Talking to your child about sex

Parents often feel uncomfortable raising this topic with their children, but young people need accurate information about sex and sexuality in order to be able to negotiate sexual relationships safely and responsibly, and to become sexually healthy adults. Your child will hear information from many sources, but as the most influential role model in your child’s life you have an important role to play in ensuring that your child receives the information that allows them to make safe and healthy choices.

Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex is an excellent book that will help you with tricky conversations.

Get your copy at:

With the summer weather finally here, it is a fantastic time to get back into swimming. This year we will be starting our school swimming training earlier, in the hope of improving our performances at the A Grade Swimming Carnival in March next year.

We have enlisted the help of Chris Twomey this year who is a professional swimming coach and the head swimming coach at South Shore Swimming Club (SSSC), who train at LeisureFit Booragoon. Chris has years of experience of coaching novice to elite swimmers and has previously coached Iona College to become IGGSA Champions, was the head coach of Barker College in Sydney for three years, and achieved 3rd place in IGGSA for Santa Maria last year.

Many of our more accomplished swimmers currently train under Chris at SSSC and he hopes to grow participation and performance in swimming at Applecross Senior High.

Our first training session will be next Monday from 3-4pm. Anyone who is interested in competing for the school is invited to participate.

Our Year 11 Physics Students recently studied the effect of weight on the frictional force created on the Science block carpet. They used ramps to create a known starting speed, which they could calculate. This way each trolley started at the same speed – a controlled variable.

The students then loaded up the carts with different masses, measuring the distance each trolley travelled once it landed on the carpet. Knowing the starting speed and the distance it travelled until it stopped, they could calculate the average frictional force on the trolleys (and thereby also the coefficient of rolling friction between the trolley and the carpet).

Many groups were surprised to find that the mass in the trolley didn’t make much difference to the stopping distance of the trolley. This is because the frictional force is proportional to the mass of the trolley, so although the frictional force goes up with more mass, so does the force needed to slow the trolley, so the two effects effectively ‘cancel out’.

Damen Bradbury, Science Teacher

To view more photos, please go to our Facebook page


A huge congratulations go to Kitman Yeung, Sophie Tomic and Lauren Hawley on successful entries to next year's Year 12 Perspectives show at the Art Gallery of WA. The show features the best Year 12 work that all WA schools have to offer and it's a real honour to be selected. Well done, girls!

"Year 12 Perspectives is your yearly taste of art by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in the State. An annual barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling, it is also a rich celebration of the role the arts play in the development of individual identities." -AGWA

17 March – 16 July 2018

Fleur De Campi, Gifted and Talented Visual Art Co-ordinator


Milan was chosen to represent Western Australia in the State Schools 12s Netball team competing in Adelaide in December. Best of luck Milan!


The Year 7 students have been learning about Place and Liveability in Geography. In the Academic Extension class we are about to start designing our own ‘future cities’ that are both sustainable and meet all of the key factors for a liveable city. As part of that, the students on Friday went on a virtual excursion. Using Virtual Reality headsets they visited some of the most liveable cities in the world and explored the features that make these cities so great. The students worked in groups and assessed each of the cities as they went around the world. Cities such as Vienna, Singapore, Melbourne, Toronto and Hamburg have inspired the students to now go on and begin the design process.

Cassy Don, HASS Teacher

For more photos, please go to our Facebook page

Unfortunately the weather is not playing in our favour tonight's concert, it has been necessary to make a decision today so that all of the concert logistics can be planned and changed accordingly.  Based upon the information currently available to us, we need to cancel the outdoor picnic component of the concert and move it indoors.  This is to ensure safety for all and protect our students’ instruments and electrical equipment.  If we were to delay the decision until tomorrow and it does rain, we would be faced with a bill of nearly $4000 for staging equipment and lighting that would no longer be required and couldn’t be refunded.

All tickets purchased through TryBooking to date will be fully refunded.  There is no need for you to do anything, we will arrange this automatically via TryBooking.

A new ticketing link is available at  Tickets are now $10 each and are strictly limited to two tickets per performer. 

We sincerely apologise that we must restrict tickets and completely understand the disappointment that many families will feel, however in order to accommodate enough tickets for every performer this is our only option.  We know how hard the performers have all been working toward this concert and we don’t wish to pursue any options that would see the concert being cancelled completely.

We have approximately 200 performers and a maximum of 200 seats in the Performing Arts Centre.  By splitting the concert into two performances we will be at maximum capacity with the two ticket limit.  (Mr Stapleton will be in contact with those families who have performers in both concerts.)

We ask that you please consider all of our music students and other families when booking your tickets and adhere to the 2 ticket limit. 

(Regrettably, we must refuse the purchase of additional tickets beyond the limit of 2 per performer in all circumstances.)

We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets via TryBooking before the concert, particularly as there will now be allocated seating.  However if you do intend purchasing your tickets at the door please note that we can only accept cash.  No eftpos or credit card facilities are available.

Just as a reminder, the concert format will be as follows:

Concert 1             6:30pm to 7:45pm

Combined Guitar Ensembles

Cygnet Strings

Guest Act 1 (Eloise & Hannah)

Concert Band 2

Concert 2             8:00pm to 9:30pm

Jazz Band

Chamber Choir

Guest Act 2 (Karyn & Lisa)

Scimitar Strings

Concert Band 1

Please ensure that you select the correct performance i.e., Concert 1 or Concert 2 when booking your tickets.

We thank all of those people who have volunteered to help the concert.  As we are now indoors, we will no longer require our Grounds Ushers.  We do still require the following roles:

Stage Crew (for both concerts);

Front of House (for both concerts i.e., at 6:00 and 7:30);

Selling Drinks and Snacks in between the two concerts (i.e., between 7:45 and 8:00 – approximately 5 people); and

Clean Up

We currently have volunteers who have nominated for all of the above roles.  If you are still able to assist, that would be great!  If you are no longer able to assist, can you please advise Cath Standing via email at as soon as possible so that we can put the word out for additional helpers.

We thank you for your understanding and wish that circumstances would have seen us enjoying our annual music sojourn under the stars.  If you have any queries, please contact Cath Standing on 0418 914 424 or via .

We have been maintaining a very careful watch on the weather forecast for our Under the Stars Picnic Concert on Friday evening. Unfortunately the prediction is not looking to be in our favour. At present the forecast is for a 90% chance of showers (of between 3-10mm) and possible storms. We have everything crossed that this weather may blow over or arrive after Friday evening. In the event that it doesn’t, we will be putting our concert contingency plan into place.

As per the Newsletters that have been distributed to all performers, we will have to abandon the picnic component of the evening and move the performances into the Performing Arts Centre (PAC). In order to accommodate all families with performers, we will only be able to provide tickets for two family members for each performer. All other tickets pre-purchased for additional family and friends will be refunded. As a result of this, we have made a decision to halt all TryBooking ticket sales at this time until we get closer to the performance time. If the weather turns in our favour we will re-open the booking site and we will put on additional volunteers to assist with door sales on the evening.

The concert will be split into two performances as follows:

Concert 1 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Combined Guitar Ensembles

Cygnet Strings

Guest Act 1 (Eloise & Hannah)

Concert Band 2


Concert 2 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Jazz Band

Chamber Choir

Guest Act 2 (Karyn & Lisa)

Scimitar Strings

Concert Band 1


Audience members arriving for the second performance will need to wait on the verandas of the Central Quad East until the first performance has finished (unless your child is appearing in both performances).

The final decision regarding the impact of the weather on the concert will be made by 10:00am on Friday morning. Communication will be made via the following:

- Applecross SHS Website

- Applecross SHS Official Facebook Page

- Recorded phone message on 9314 9335 (NB: Please do not leave a message on this number as we will not be able to reply – please contact Cath Standing on 0418 914 424 if you have any queries)

- Email to all Music Families and via Connect

- Sign outside the Performing Arts Office

If you have any queries, please direct them to our Music Support Group Convenor, Cath Standing, on 0418 914 424 or via