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Important News

Important News

Year 9 Netball Lightning Carnival

The Year 9 Netball Lightning Carnival was held on Wednesday 20th June at Frank Gibson Park. AXSHS had 3 teams participating in the competition.


The girls had a great day competing and the weather held out for them – we even got some sunshine in the afternoon.




Over the past week our Year 12 Human Biology students have had the opportunity to visit the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as part of the Biotechnology section of the course.


Year 9 Soccer Lightning Carnival

The girls soccer carnival proved to be a success once again this year. The heavy fog that riddled the grounds soon lifted to allow fierce competition to take its place.


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The final rounds of the W.A.D.L. were held at All Saints College on Tuesday 21st June. All teams used their persuasive language skills to uphold their case admirably.

Yr 7s: Had the topic that there should be a minimum age for pop stars. It was a close score, but unfortunately their worthy competitors were the victors. Congratulations for a strong debate.

Yr 8s: Had the same topic as the Year 7s but were fighting the negative argument. With only two points between the teams, Willetton came out on top. All Year 8s involved are to be commended.

Yr 9s: Fought valiantly against All Saints College but unfortunately didn't quite make the cut. Commendation must be given to Jacques Lee, who filled in as our third speaker at the very last minute. He did an outstanding job of rebuttal, despite having learned the topic two hours prior to the debate.

Yr 10s: Also fought valiantly against All Saints and also unfortunately suffered a defeat. All speakers were well-prepared and put up an excellent fight. They must be commended on being a very strong team all season.

Finally, a special mention must go to the Year 7 Team who has now been successful in making it into the Grand Finals. This will take place in late July. We wish them all the best of luck and congratulate them on achieving this accolade.

Chris Raich

Academic Extension Coordinator

On Wednesday 22 June the Year 9 students had their opportunity to represent the school in the annual Lightning Carnival.  Applecross SHS fielded 9 teams across 4 sports. 

The soccer girls played superbly all day and comprehensively winning “B” division (A division is exclusively for the specialist soccer schools).  Highlights were the stingy defense who didn’t concede a goal all day.  They were well organized by Ainslee and Luna pulled off some excellent saves in goal.  Other highlights included the speed up front with Bella, Neasa and captain Jessie Ellis all scoring.  Well done to all girls who participated and congratulations on your teamwork, professionalism and sportsmanship. 

The soccer boys had a challenging day on the pitch where they encountered some talented and well prepared sides. The highlight for the boys was taking a draw against Safety Bay, a specialist soccer school. Great individual efforts from Tyler Mizuhata and Bailey Bishop from the A squad and Harrison Brown from the B squad. Well done to everyone who participated.

Both the boys and girls basketball teams played against a variety of neighbouring schools such as Willetton, Melville, Leeming, Rossmoyne, Rockingham & Lakelands. The teams demonstrated impressive skills and displayed dedicated teamwork but unfortunately didn’t come away with a win. Tom Darlington, Sophia Charteris and Steph Walsh were invaluable and displayed leadership throughout the day. Most players had an excellent attitude and an enthusiastic approach towards each game and enjoyed themselves thoroughly throughout the carnival. An excellent job by the Year 11 coaches Boxiang Zhong and Wei-Wen Chong. Overall a great day had by all!

Applecross fielded netball three teams in A, B and C grades where games were played in the fun of school sport, competitively but always with a high level of sportsmanship.  The end result was two second places and one fifth place.  Congratulations to all girls and many thanks to the Year 10 coaches who assisted on the day and trained the girls leading up to the carnival.

The Year 9  AFL boys arrived  with the bare minimum of 18 players to the carnival. We struggled to compete in the tough ‘A’ grade competition and a few early injuries didn’t help.  Although we were beaten comprehensively in all games, the lads enjoyed the day. Hopefully some lessons were learnt on the day and the boys obtained some insight of what is required to play at a higher level.

A big thank you to the HPE staff who organised each sport and to the Year 10 and 11 students who coached and umpired.  These events would not happen without your support.


Students return to school tomorrow, Tuesday 19 July 2016.

The Flexible Learning Students have been really busy on Work Experience. Flexi students attend their work places one day per week.

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Cameron Price Y11, Fremantle Hospital

Kate Fletcher Y12, Thinkfield Market Research

The Year 8 students who have performed well academically in Semester 1 were rewarded with a Pizza lunch on Wednesday. The Principal, Mr Leech, addressed the students, congratulating them on their success but also urging them to remain focused and to realize their potential over the remainder of their high school lives. The students who did not do as well as in the past were reminded to look at teacher comments and work towards achieving their personal best next semester.


On Wednesday, the Minister for Education, Mr Peter Collier, the Minister for Mental Health, Ms Andrea Mitchell, and Brad Hogg, Australian cricketer and Ambassador for School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) launched the latest SDERA resource on Methamphetamines with a group of Year 10 students at Applecross SHS. The online resource has information for students and parents on the dangers of the use of Methamphetamines as well as resources that can be accessed to assist in dealing with this drug.

The students enjoyed exploring the resource as well as interacting with Brad Hogg and the Ministers.

Rio Tinto are currently seeking Expressions of Interest for their Apprenticeship Program which will commence in January 2017.  They would like to hear from students, who will be leaving school at the end of this year, and who will be 18 years of age by December 2016 and who are interested in an apprenticeship in one of the following three key trade areas:

Mobile Equipment Mechanic - heavy duty diesel mechanic

Mechanical Fitter - Fixed Plant Mechanic


Opportunities will include Fly In, Fly Out (FIFO) roles at one of RIO Tinto's15 mine site in the Pilbara.  Therefore applicants need to be 18 by the end of this year and able to manage shifts that could be include working either 8 days straight (with 6 days off work) or 14 days straight (with 7 days off work).  There would be no night shift work required for successful candidates during the first year of the apprenticeship.

Rio Tinto's flyers on the Apprenticeship Program and the 3 qualifications are attached as photos.


An Information Session will be held in July/August  - at a date to be organized for interested students and their parents/guardians. 

Interested students should register their interest by emailing:

Details of the Information Session will be forwarded to the students following receipt of their EOI.

Rio Tinto will start advertising the apprenticeship program on their website in August 2016 (

Julie Reed

Workplace Learning Coordinator



Professor Peter Klinken, the Chief Scientist of Western Australia delivered a truly inspirational presentation to our Year 12 students on Wednesday of last week. The main theme of his presentation was STEM education and future jobs in STEM. During his presentation, Professor Klinkenshared personal stories and professional experiences from his many years in medical research. The students were inspired to ask many interesting and relevant questions during the Q & A session. As a result our students and staff have greatly improved their understanding of future career options. We greatly appreciate the time he gave us from his busy schedule and would like to thank him for the great opportunity for our staff to develop a better understanding of STEM and truly make a difference in the education of our students. We hope to work with Professor Klinken in the near future at Applecross Senior High School.

Kazia Zenke and Hannah Burkhill (Year 10) have represented Australia very well in the 2016 Oceania Championships held last week in Fiji.  Both girls came home with two gold medals each for the Junior Synchronised Swimming Team and Open Age Combo events.  Kazia and Hannah also received a Bronze Medal for their duet.  It was a wonderful week of competition - highlights of which included meeting the Australian team swimmers and other competitors, being recipients of the very warm welcome and support of the Fijian organisers, being interviewed on Fiji TV in front of 20,000 viewers, having their photograph in the national newspaper and of course, watching the Australian flag being raised and singing the National Anthem while standing on the medals podium. 

The girls have a two day break before their fellow Australian Junior National team mates from other States fly in for a training camp at HBF Stadium.  They then travel to Russia on July 3 to compete in the Junior World Championships – a much tougher competition against 33 different countries including world leaders in synchronised swimming from Canada, Russia, USA, China and Egypt.  It will be a fabulous experience for Kazia and Hannah and we wish them luck.

Last Friday the Year 7 Student Council held Pink Accessory Day wear staff and students were encouraged to wear some pink and either make a donation or purchase pink accessories to raise funds for Pink Ribbon supporting Breast Cancer research.

In a great supportive environment a total of $590 was raised.

Thank you to all who supported this initiative.

Jan Michell

Program Coordinator Year 7 - 8