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Important News

Important News

ANZAC Service

Today the whole school community participated in the 2018 ANZAC service.  Special guests included students from the 1958 intake, Mr Nalder MLA and the City  Melville’s Deputy Mayor, Mr Matthew Woodall,


First Clash for 2018 Principal’s Cup

According to the score kept by Mr Lilleyman, the female Year 12 students were the unlucky losers 9 to 12 against the female staff basketball team at lunch yesterday for the first clash of the 2018 Principal's Cup. On Thursday the boys get a chance to revenge this loss.

Congratulations Madison and Ebony Firth

Congratulations Madison and Ebony Firth.  Madison received runner up in her division for her short film “To Be Honest”, in the REELise Film Festival.  She also won the People’s Choice Award.

An awesome achievement!!



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Welcome back to term 2!

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and enjoyable time with your children. We are half way through the term now and students have been focussed with exams.

Medical Conditions

If your child has or develops a medical condition, for example asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes or epilepsy please contact me/ school for an Action Plan so that we/I can manage your child’s medical condition appropriately whilst they are at school. 

Anaphylaxis Action Plan

If your child has been diagnosed with Anaphylaxis a reminder to update your child’s action plan yearly to18months when you update their Epipen.

Flu Season

It is now the time of year when children are getting lots of coughs and colds.   Parents/ Guardians please keep your child at home from school if they are unwell, and follow up with doctor if you are concerned or symptoms continue.

If your child has the flu, head cold or cough please remember to keep them home when they first get it as they are most contagious at this stage. Allow them to rest, drink plenty of water, treat the symptoms with medication if needed and follow up with doctor if no improvement.

Please advise your child to maintain a high standard of good hygiene, E.g. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose and discard your tissues in the bin and wash your hands after.  Good idea to idea to give your child a bottle of hand sanitiser so that they can carry it with them at all times. This all helps to prevent the spread of infection.

Asthma News

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects up to one in nine students up to 15 years of age and up to one in 10 teenagers and adults.  It is a common reason for school absenteeism and is a major cause of childhood admissions to hospital.  People die from asthma and more than half of these deaths are preventable.  With appropriate management the impact of asthma can be minimised.  Winter is here and people with asthma, their families and carers are urged to make sure their asthma is adequately managed. The Asthma Foundation is advising people to contact them if they or their family member does not have a written asthma action plan, have not had their asthma reviewed by their GP in the last six months, or are having asthma symptoms at least weekly. 

I urge all parents who have asthma or children or family members with asthma to visit your doctor at least every six months to check your asthma and discuss your written Asthma Action Plan. If your child has Asthma please make sure that they carry their Asthma First Aid treatment – Ventolin/Asmol with them at all times.


It has come to my attention that students are carrying heavy backpacks to school.  Carrying a backpack can injure your child’s back if care is not taken.  Here are some helpful tips for protecting young backs:

  • Make sure that your child’s backpack does not weigh more than 10% of his/her bodyweight.
  • Choose a backpack with broad shoulder straps that are well padded and adjustable so it sits comfortably on the shoulders. It should have waist and chest straps to keep the load in place and help evenly transfer the load to the hips and pelvis.
  • Encourage your child to wear both straps at all times to distribute the weight.
  • Choose a padded back-support that allows the pack to fit ‘snugly’ on the back.
  • Adjust the straps so that the backpack fits close against the child’s back.
  • Choose a backpack which fits the child. The size should be in proportion to his/her body.
  • Pack the heaviest items closest to the body and the lighter items further out.
  • Make sure that your child is carrying only what she/he really needs to carry.
  • Take notice of how your child is carrying the backpack – if your child is leaning forward to carry the backpack, tighten the straps or lighten the load.
  • When packed, ensure the backpack doesn’t sag or pull backwards.
  • Clip on the waist straps to keep the load in place when walking or cycling.
  • Do not carry the backpack for long amounts of time, take regular breaks.

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Screen time - limit your child’s use of TV and computer games

Children and adolescents should not spend more than two hours a day on screen based activities.  Excessive screen time often leads to poor health, poor fitness and overweight.

Activities like surfing the net, social networking, watching TV and playing screen games can be educational and fun, but all involve sitting still for long periods of time. Set family rules around screen time and encourage your child to try a range of active pastimes. 

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Half of our Year 10 cohort attended Curtin University on Friday, 20 May. The visit forms part of the 2016 AXSHS Career Counselling program. Students made their way around the campus under the direction of a Curtin Student Ambassador, participating in a wide range of activities designed to give a ‘taste of uni life’. All other Year 10s will get their chance on Tuesday, 31 May.

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Students from the victorious Slazenger Cup, Herbert Edwards Cup, and Mursell Shield teams were treated to lunch on the first Friday of this term by Mr Leech.

Applecross SHS competed in the School Sport WA Champion Schools tennis event once again this year and came away victorious in all age categories. Mr Leech thanked the students for their dedication to the Specialist Tennis Program and the school, and their high level of professionalism during the event.

This year marks the 30th anniversay of the Student Exchange program between our school and the junior high schools of Takarazuka City, Japan. Over that period of time, many hundreds of young people have had the opportunity to visit the other country, participate in a home stay and school visit program, and make new friends. Some of the friendships formed have lasted many years.
Applecross Senior High School will hold an afternoon tea on Saturday 30 July 2016 to celebrate this program. Anyone who has participated in, or supported this program, is invited to attend. The afternoon tea will start at 1.30 pm in the staff room at Applecross Senior High School. RSVP is essential.
RSVP essential by Friday 01 July 2016 to
Attention Susette Rose

Curtin University: Parent Information Sessions
Each year Curtin host two information sessions for parents to help demystify university preferences and the TISC process. Parents can speak with Curtin experts and find out about admissions, scholarships, university support services and facilities.

  • YEAR 12: Tuesday 7th June
  • YEAR 10: Wednesday 8th June

Both sessions take place from 5pm - 7:30pm at Building 210, room 101, Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre, Bentley Campus.
ECU Campus Tours
Wednesday 6th July, 11am - 12pm @ ECU Joondalup Campus
Wednesday 13th July, 11am - 12pm @ ECU Mount Lawley Campus
ECU Pathway Wizard
ECU has developed a site that explains the various entry pathways to university study.
Murdoch University Open Day 2016
Saturday 24th July, 10am - 4pm @ Murdoch University, South Street Campus
This is an opportunity to check out Murdoch University. Explore course and career options, see a range of demonstrations and course talks, and ask lecturers and current students questions about university life.
University of Notre Dame Course Information Evening
Last week we incorrectly provided the link for University of Notre Dame’s course information evening on Wednesday 1st June at the Freemantle campus. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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University of Western Australia: Guided Tours of the Crawley Campus
Monday 6th June, 10am @ UWA, Mt Crawley
The Prospective Students Office invites future students and their families to join them on a guided tour of UWA's Crawley campus. The tour runs for an hour and provide the opportunity to collect course information books and other brochures.
University of Western Australia: 2016 High Achievers Program
Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th July @ UWA Crawley Campus
A three-day program that provides high-achieving Year 12 students with the opportunity to experience various aspects of university life at UWA.
WA high schools are invited to nominate up to two of their highest-achieving students to attend the program.
Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine Open Day
Saturday 6th August & @ Saturday 29th October @ 862 North Lake Road, Cockburn Central
Interested in a career in Natural Therapies? This Open Day is an opportunity to speak to teachers and practitioners about a possible career.

Congratulations to Isaac Ho & Oscar Giorgio who won a silver medal on Saturday 21st May at the Table Tennis Association of WA’s Smarter than Smoking Secondary School Tournament.

Well done boys.

The Australian Performing Arts Network has just advised that Alex Shoenmaekers, who graduated from Applecross Senior High School in 2015 has been cast in Grease the Musical as a lead role. Congratulations Alex!

Grease the Muscial is a professional production staring industry leading performers such as Lynne Mc Granger (‘Irene’ in Home and Away TV Series), Carmelo Pizzino (Dancing with the Stars) and John O’Hara (Wicked, Cats).

Grease the Musical, Produced by APAN Entertainment with a Live BAND and an all Rockin’ Cast will be showing in August at the Regal Theatre.


Last Tuesday, 170 Year 8 students embarked the RV Captain Cook at Mends Street Jetty for a leisurely three hour cruise to Fremantle and return. They were accompanied by eight staff members who gave up their time to ensure the students could enjoy this evening.

The students danced the night away as well enjoying the views of Perth city from a different perspective. A highlight for the students was the delivery of 68 pizzas at the East Street jetty in Fremantle.

The students were well behaved on the night and had a great time mixing with their peers in a social environment.

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