Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS


Links Road
Western Australia


(P)+61 8 9314 9393


Important News

Important News

Health Centre News

Important message for Year 12 Students doing their WACE Exams


Year 12 Final Assembly

Today we held our Final Assembly for our Year 12 students. Congratulations to those students who won subject awards today.

Interschool Athletics Carnival News

Applecross SHS took 108 students to the B Division Interschool Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 17 Oct and competed well to finish in 6th place out of 9 Schools. This result was a commendable achievement considering we were elevated from C Division last year.


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Hi, I am the new Chaplain at Applecross Senior High School. My aim in the coming weeks is to be involved in as many events and class activities and make myself known to parents/guardians and the wider community. If you have any ideas or any other things you would like to talk about, I am here to listen.  I will endeavour to continue with many of the programs that the previous Chaplain developed, such as the mentoring program, whilst also creating some innovative projects. I will be available Wednesday 4th May from 1:30pm at the School’s Open Day.

I have moved from Geraldton, just four hours north of Perth, where I worked at Dongara District High School as a Chaplain. Dongara is a very small school in comparison, as there are around 420 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. My qualification is Bachelor of Social Science with a major of Youth Work, which is where my passion with young people has been developed.

I do love the beach, as I have been raised on a coastal town, I enjoy netball and volleyball, which I aim to get involved whilst living in Perth. I also enjoying watching basketball, I have watched one wildcats game, football (I will save which team is the best for another communication) and tennis.  I also love a range of music, live events and gigs. I am a huge animal lover, so feel free to show pictures of your beloved pets.

Karina Tester - School Chaplain

Please join us tonight Wednesday 9th March at 7.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre as Mr Tim Stapleton, Teacher in Charge of Music at Applecross SHS will provide you with an overview of the music program for students studying at Applecross in 2016 followed by a brief performance from current Applecross SHS music students.
Mrs Cath Standing, Convenor of the 2015 Music Support Group will then hold the Applecross SHS Music Support Group AGM for 2016.
The Music Support Group is a volunteer organisation which relies on music parents joining up each year to assist our Music Department staff in providing the best possible musical experience for your child.
We have a great team of people every year forming the Music Support Group, however this year many of our volunteers no longer have children studying music and we are therefore in urgent need of new volunteers to fill the various roles on the Music Support Group Committee.


Congratulations to the following students have been elected onto the Year 7 Student Council.

Alison Cameron

Harrison Edgar

Adeline Tiong

Joshua Trainer

Evelyn Ong

Chyna Johnson

Isabella Saad

Neve Mayhew

The top academic students from Year 7 2015 met with their Program Coordinator, Ms Jan Michell, last week to form a group that could support each other with maintaining, or improving, their impressive academic record. These 17 students achieved 7 or more A grades, out of a minimum of 9, in Semester 2 last year.

The students were asked to list the strategies that they used to assist in their success, but also what they needed to do this year.

These lists were collated and provided to this select group through their Connect page, giving them insight into how others work, and maybe some strategies that they could try.

Some students also mentioned help that they may need from the staff to assist them during the year.

This group will meet twice per term to chart their progress.


The first round of the Mock Trials were held on Wednesday March 2nd at the Supreme Court in Perth. All students prepared very thoroughly and represented Applecross in a way that was consistent with the school values of Personal Best and Mutual Respect. The Gold Team was narrowly defeated but performed admirably as two of their key members had to be replaced due to illness. The reserves for that team stepped up and their efforts were greatly appreciated. The Blue, Red and Green Teams also competed exceptionally well and were able to defeat Aquinas College, Trinity College and Southern River College respectively. 

It was heartening to see the strong support from parents on the night as well as by the reserves from each team. Special thanks to Mrs Adam for getting the uniforms organised and to Mr Dickson, Ms Don and Mr Silberstein for their help with individual teams. We do not know the details of the Round 2 Cases as yet. They will be held sometime during the three week period from May 2nd to May 19th. Judging from the enthusiasm shown during the first Mock Trial, students will be looking forward to competing again. With four teams entered, Applecross has experienced rapid growth since we started with one team in 2012. We have the second most number of teams in the government sector and there is only a handful of private schools that have more competitors in the 130 team competition.

Keila Johnstone who is a second year law student at UWA and an Applecross SHS Mock Trial participant in Year 10, 11 and 12 is now assisting with coaching one of our teams.

Brad Snell – Teacher Humanities and Social Sciences.

Eleven Year 9 students of Japanese were fortunate to be able to meet real Japanese samurai on Friday 26 February. Eight representatives of the Kuroda Bushi Association of Harima in Hyogo Prefecture were in Perth to celebrate 35 years of the sister-state relationship between Hyogo and WA.

Our students, accompanied by Japanese language teacher Ms Nishikawa, were able to meet the visitors at the Hyogo  Prefectural Government Cultural Centre. The director of the centre, Mr Onishi, taught the students about the history of samurai. Students listened to a traditional Noh song and observed a traditional dance. Then they learned the traditional Tanko Bushi Bon Odori dance. 

Students Lexy Latto and Yee Hern Kim were dressed as samurai and got to pose with a real samurai, Mr Takehiro Ohtsuka. Yee Hern was amazed at how heavy the armour is. He said that the warriors would have to have been very strong to fight in that armour. This was a rare opportunity to learn about an aspect of Japanese culture that even many Japanese people do not have these days.

Ms S. Rose - Head of Languages Learning Area

Former Applecross Senior High School student and current tennis specialist teacher Mr Lance Hinds is excited about the six new tournament-quality tennis courts new gymnasium and fitness centre.

“The new courts mean that students have the opportunity to train on the same surface that the majority of tournaments around Australia are played on,” he said.

Read more here about this exciting development


New students to Applecross Senior High school in 2016 were treated to a lunch this week to introduce members of the Executive and Student Services staff. While they munched on hotdogs, fruit and sandwiches, they were given the opportunity to let Student Services know how they have settled in, ask any questions they might have about the school and meet some other new people in our school community. It was a great chance to meet new faces and monitor how our students feel about their new school.


Enter to win one of 12 S.C.C.E Annual Exchange scholarships. Open to students currently enrolled in Year 9 – 12.

The Scholarship is an essay writing competition. At school you write an essay in English and you’ll receive a mark, and hopefully a good one. With Southern Cross Cultural Exchange, if you write the winning essay in 1000 words or less, we will send you to the country of your choice for 2, 3, 5 or even 10 months – for free or half! It is well worth applying for this fantastic prize!  To apply online - Check out our scholarships page at and follow the instructions. Very easy.

Students and parents are invited to attend a S.C.C.E Public Information Session, Tuesday 8th March at Perth Ambassador Hotel, 196 Adelaide Terrace Perth 7pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your parents to learn more about SCCE scholarships. Students, the world really is your oyster. You might think “Why would I go on exchange?. But my question today is “Why NOT go on exchange?”. Think outside the square. Broaden your horizons. Make friends for life and Experience your world!

We also offer our Inbound programs and are currently looking for volunteer host families in WA.  Hosting an international student is a fantastic way to prepare for your exchange and really get a feel for what it’s like to arrive in a new country.  If you are a little young, or not quite ready to go overseas, hosting an international student brings another culture into your home and a great way to make new friends. Your family would choose the student who comes to stay with you, the country they come from and the duration of their stay.  If your family is keen to get involved, we would LOVE to hear from you. Questions may be sent to Good Luck