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Important News

Important News

AXSHS Breakfast Club

There were plenty of hungry students at our weekly Breakfast Club today.  A big thank you must go out to Connor Horton and Jordon Crofts, who arrive early every Friday to help set up, cook and serve.  Also thanks must go to Jan Michell, Brad Snell, Andy Saxton, Angie Hooton and Jenny Casserly - w


AXSHS MakerSpace in the Library

Enthusiastic students have been developing their STEM skills learning to knit.  The Knitting Project runs every Thursday lunchtime in the MakerSpace in the Library.  The first project they work on is a bookmark.

Finalist - Francis Burt Speech & Leadership Competition

Congratulations to Year Nine student Molly Howden who has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Francis Burt Speech and Leadership Competition. Molly had to prepare a speech exploring the concept of “A Peace Building Commonwealth” and what the world can do to achieve this state.


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Congratulations to Tara Lord, 2016 student, who completed her Certificate III in Disability Support last year whilst at school. 

It is wonderful to see Tara has been so successful.

Please review the Melville Times article for further information.

The Year 8 River Cruise was well attended by students last night.  All students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, dancing the night away and socialising with friends.  A big thank you to all the staff who attended.

Jan Michell, Year Co-ordinator

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The Interschool Cross Country competition was held on Friday 19th May 2017.  Applecross SHS were well represented in all age-groups.  It was great to see so many students support their peers and cheer each other on.

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Amity and Success Care Groups went to Curtin University with staff on Friday 19 May 2017.  The other half of the Year 10 cohort (Challenger and Investigator) remained at school and started to explore subject choices for Year 11. Students were given informative talks by several teachers, explored Career Investigator, had a chance to update their resumes and were given the opportunity to hear people from Murdoch University talk about Learning Styles. Thanks to Ms Reed, Mrs Casserly and other staff involved. Year 10 students would be well advised to discuss the information on the SCSA website for Year 10's over the next few weeks. The link to this is​.   On June 2nd Challenger and Investigator Care Groups will go to Curtin while Amity and Success students will do the Personal Best Program at school.

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The Year 7 Interschool Lightning Carnival was held on Thursday May 18, on a beautiful sunny day.  Applecross SHS was extremely well represented, with a record six teams in netball, two boys soccer and AFL teams, one girls soccer team and a girls and boys basketball team. The focus of the day was on participation and fun, this was certainly achieved. Our most successful teams were our girls soccer - who finished 1st in A2 Division and our netball team 6 - who finished in 2nd place. Well done to all participants and a special mention to our Year 9 student officials, who provided awesome assistance on the day and also leading up to the event.

Mr Blaxell, HoLA Health and Physical Education

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I began my teaching career in the 1970’s teaching Health and Physical Education at Balcatta SHS, City Beach SHS (when it still existed) and Wanneroo SHS before taking leave to have my son. I was appointed to Applecross SHS on the completion of this leave and have been here since. In fact, I am now teaching the children of some of my earlier students from Applecross!

While I have only one son of my own, I inherited 4 step-children along with 9 grandchildren and 7, soon to be 8, great-grandchildren when I married my husband in the  early 90’s. Having all of these young people around certainly keeps me busy.

Unlike many of today’s young people, I did not travel out of Australia until I was in my 30’s.  However, I have certainly made up for this. I have been fortunate to be able to travel extensively in Asia, have been to Europe twice and to the US four times. Just last year I spent some time in New York City with side trips to Niagara Falls and Philadelphia before cruising around the Caribbean for two weeks.

At the beginning of this term I took two weeks leave and visited Japan and Singapore. While in Japan I was able to meet up with Makino Sensei – one of the exchange teachers who has visited Applecross twice – and her family to spend the day in Kyoto.

Through my travels my knowledge of world history has certainly been expanded. I have visited the World War II landing sites in France, have been to Hell Fire Pass in Thailand, Changi Prison in Singapore  and was in the US during the Inauguration of President Obama. In Philadelphia we were able to visit the original building used to house the first Congress and learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While in Japan last week, we also visited Hiroshima and were able to see displays of the devastation caused by the dropping of the Atomic Bomb in 1945.

My interest in Health Education has seen me assist in trailing many new and innovative programs over the years and work with SCSA to develop the current Health Studies course in Upper School. Even when on holidays I often take photos of health related advertisements and images – such as the vending machines selling cigarettes in the streets of Japan!

I am currently the Year 8 Co-ordinator, looking after the 260 plus Year 8 students. I have worked in Student Services in various roles over the past 12 years. This is a role that I find very rewarding, getting to know and work with some amazing young people.


Well done to our Special Tennis students who came Runners Up in the 2017 Pizzey Cup held in Victoria recently. 

To view the article in the latest Melville Times, please click here

On Wednesday May 10, the interschool debating teams convened for their third round of debates. The Year 7s remain undefeated with a ‘touch and go’ moment when the debate was awarded to the wrong team, and had to be corrected. Two out of the three Year 8 novice teams won their debate.  The Year 10 team has had to withdraw from the competition, and the Year 11 team had another postponement. They begin their impromptu debates next round.  The Year 9 team fought on valiantly with only two team members present. It is that fighting spirit that we must really acknowledge and the extra time and effort all teams put in to their arguments. Well done, debaters. I am always impressed with your confidence and professionalism.

Chris Raich, AE English Coordinator


Yesterday the Year 8 Applecross SHS Tennis students analysed the serve and return patterns of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Serve/return and first shot is a theme the students have been working on this term. What better way to learn than analyse 2 of the best!

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