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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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Year 11 Biology students very much enjoyed their two day camp on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th May 2017. While on camp students stayed in cottages and experienced the stunningly beautiful and unique Dryandra Woodlands, located about 2 hours drive south east of Perth.  For some of the students, it was their first immersive experience in the WA bush. They learned about the many threats to this globally significant ecosystem and they participated in some vital research to help protect it for future generations.

A special highlight of the trip occurred when students woke at 6am on Friday morning to check 20 Sheffield traps they had set the previous evening.  Everyone was delighted to discover that the traps contained 3 healthy woylies; evidence that these beautiful endangered marsupials are thriving once again after an almost catastrophic crash in their numbers.

Tragically, the news was not so good for the numbats. There is grave concern that after some initial success with captive breeding, numbat numbers are declining in the wild.  We learned that this is an ongoing “murder mystery” that needs to be investigated, with feral cats the primary suspect.  Students were given an opportunity to use radio tracking equipment and they learned how to collect vital evidence to save this species from extinction.

We also visited Barna Mia Wildlife Sanctuary for an encounter with nocturnal marsupials including bilbys, woylies and boodies and collected vegetation data that will help scientists make decisions about proscribed burning regimes within the park.

Overall, students had an amazing experience and some of them even admitted to being happy their phones didn’t work!

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On Sunday 26th March, over 80 students from the Music Department's senior ensembles traveled to Fairbridge Village (an hour south of Perth). We spent two and half days doing intensive rehearsals...and during the free time...studying, jamming, chatting, playing basketball, climbing trees and generally messing around. Most people agreed the food at Fairbridge was way better than you expect at camps. On Tuesday we got on the two coaches and traveled back to Perth and performed our first concert at Brentwood Primary School. The next day, we met again to travel around three more primary schools, presenting concerts at Mt Pleasant, Booragoon and Winthrop Primary Schools. Our Music students entertained and inspired over 1000 children at these local area primary schools. Thanks to everyone involved, including the adult volunteers: Alison Miller, Victor Yong, David Hulbert and Anna Edwards. The ensemble conductors were Paul Hines, Kirtsy Hulka, Christine Stapleton and Tim Stapleton.

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Applecross SHS will be holding their annual Autumn Music Concerts on Friday 19th May 2017

Concert 1: 6pm - 7.30pm   

Concert 2: 8pm - 9.30pm

Supper will be available between the Concerts

The concerts will be featuring:

  • Concert Band 1
  • Scimitar String Orchestra
  • Senior Guitar Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Jazz Band

Cost is $10 per ticket

Please purchase tickets via the following link:   

Sign up to volunteer at the concert:

Venue:  Applecross SHS Performing Arts Centre (entrance off Ardessie St)



This is my third year at Applecross SHS and I am very impressed and enjoy working here. The staff and students are all so friendly and supportive.

I commenced my nursing career in 1976 at Western Australian School of Nursing (WASON) and had varied experiences at different hospitals during my nursing training. I did most of my practical experience at Royal Perth Hospital.

I went to Kalgoorlie Regional hospital for my first and third year in nursing training and thoroughly enjoyed my nursing adventure in the mining/gold town.   After my general training I returned to RPH as a graduate nurse and worked in various areas of the hospital and in the staff “Pool” which was mainly in the busy areas of the hospital. I worked between Emergency, Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units and enjoyed this part of nursing and almost did my Critical Nursing Degree, but chose Midwifery in 1981 at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). This was another enjoyable part of nursing which I loved! I delivered plenty of babies at KEMH and the eldest baby I delivered is 35 years old and she is my best friends daughter and I am her Godmother!

In 1982 I commenced work at Rockingham/Kwinana District hospital (RKDH) and worked between the Emergency and Maternity departments. This was a real eye opening experience for a new graduate midwife, as on my first shift on the Maternity ward at RKDH, I had three ladies in labour to look after and one of the ladies was ready to deliver her baby! Talk about sink or swim! Luckily I had the husbands supporting their wives which helped me to triage the deliveries!!  I did survive that shift and worked at the hospital for twelve years in-between having my two sons.  My eldest Son Scott was born in 1985 and followed soon in 1986 by my second son Jarrad.

In 1990 I was offered a job at RKDH to be the triage nurse in the Emergency Department and Maternity and worked part time 6pm – midnight.   I also assisted with the Immunisation program for the Town of Kwinana on a monthly basis.  In 1998 I was asked to join the Immunisation Team for the Peel Area to do the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) program offered to all primary school children.  I took secondment from the hospital for three months and enjoyed having weekends off and NO shift work.  The Immunisation Team that I was part of  immunised 12,000 students in three months.

In 1999 I was offered a job in Community Nursing and my first High School was Rockingham Senior High. This was a real challenge for a new community nurse but again I survived and continued with community nursing.  I worked at Rockingham for 6 years and thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that faced me as a community nurse.  The staff here were very hardworking, caring and supportive in their roles and a pleasure to work with.

In 2006, I applied for the job at Rossmoyne Senior High School and worked there for nine years and thoroughly enjoyed my time there also.  I commenced here at Applecross SHS in 2015 and am really enjoying working here with staff and students and thank you all for your support.

I am married and have 2 sons, 5 sisters, 10 nieces and nephews and 4 great nieces and nephews, my father passed away in 2014 at almost 90 and my mother is 85 alive and well and keeps us all busy! I enjoy catching up with my family, big circle of friends and relatives. My husband and I enjoy dancing, travelling and socialising.

What a fantastic opening night we had for High School Musical last night. The joy generated by the wonderful cast was palpable and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show right down to the final curtain call. Tickets are still available….The show runs until Saturday night. Do yourselves a favour and go along!

Tickets can be purchased via or

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The Year 9 HASS Academic Extension class has recently been involved in the Hard Boiled Humanities Competitions. Students had to choose a historical figure that interested them and then design an egg to represent the person they had chosen. This is used as build up to the National History Challenge that is being organised by the HASS Academic Extension Coordinator, Cassy Don.  Students had a free choice over who they based their egg model on. We saw eggs based on characters as diverse as Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Tutankhamen, Elizabeth I, Ned Kelly, Beyonce, Nelson Mandela, Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, the Wiggles,  Freda Kahlo, Marie Antoinette and many more. 

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 HASS Academic Extension classes will soon begin working on the National History Challenge. Other students can also enter. See your HASS teacher or Ms Don. More information can be found at the National History Challenge website

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Our new Mural representing the six Noongar seasons has been installed in the walkway opposite the heritage classroom wall. This mural was created by aboriginal artist Peter Farmer, his wife Miranda Farmer, son Peter Farmer Jr and ten Year 10 Special Art students in the second half of 2016. The seasons are Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang and a plaque with some information about these will be installed shortly. The names of the current Year 11 students who were involved with this project will also be recorded on the plaque: a big thank you to those students for their contribution.

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The Student Council excursion was held at Mt Pleasant Bowling Club.  The excursion was aimed at improving the cohesion between the different year groups that comprise the Student Council.  There was a particular emphasis on welcoming the Year Seven councilors to the group and assisting them in their new roles. 

The day commenced with a number of activities organised by each year to encourage communication between year groups.  The lower year school councilors were then provided with guidance from the year 12 student councilors to improve their fundraising proposals. These proposals were later shared with the group as a whole, where further feedback was given from other years.

A presentation was conducted by the Student Representative Council regarding its role in the school community. The focus was then turned to a discussion of the ways in which we, as representatives of the student body, believe the school can be improved. This discussion elicited a diverse range of ideas from each year group. These ideas were collated to be examined at a later date.  

The day concluded with what is likely to have been one of the clumsiest games of duck duck goose ever to be played, though it was effective in encouraging interactions between year groups.  The excursion was a useful and fun means of introduction for the Year Seven councilors as well as great opportunity for all councilors to share ideas.

Patrick Brennan-Walker Year 12 Student Councilor

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The Year 10 Academic Extension / Special Art Trip to Canberra was a huge success. Highlights  included a trip to Parliament House that included students not only having a look around the building but also getting involved in debating a Mock Bill.  They also visited the National Capital Exhibition, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the High Court, the Australian Institute of Sport, Yarralumla and the Old Parliament House.  The students were also involved in a QR Reader challenge at the CSIRO as they learned about Australia’s achievements in the field of Science and industrial innovation as well as experimenting with 3D Models at the Ian Potter Technology Centre. Students were also able to experience first hand the works on display at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. A definite highlight of the tour was being able to attend the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day at the Australian War Memorial. A special thanks to Mrs Crofton and Mr Dickson who helped supervise the students and Mrs Watkinson and the administration staff for organising AXSHS jackets for the students to wear on the trip.  We hope to make this a regular feature of the Year 10 HASS Academic Extension and Special Art program. Students in these classes should watch for information over the coming months.

Brad Snell, Teacher / Year 10 Coordinator

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On the evening of Tuesday 2nd May, Applecross Senior High School students competed in the second round of the Mock Trials at the Supreme Court.  The Applecross Red team defeated Perth College, while our Blue team defeated Iona College. Our Green team were awarded three points as they had a bye and were able to have a practice trial against a team of Murdoch University students. In total there are 127 teams in the Mock Trial this year.   We hope a number of our current Year 10 Mock Trial students choose Politics and Law for 2018, so we can work on preparation for the Mock Trials in class.  Thanks to all the parents who attended and to Ms Don, Mr Dickson, Mr Silberstein, Mr Regan and our lawyer coach, Cory Fogliani for their hard work in preparing the students. Our thanks once again to Mrs Watkinson and the team at the front office for helping to organise the blazers. Our  next appearance will be on the 26th June 2017.

Brad Snell, HASS Teacher / Year 10 Coordinator