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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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On the 24th of May the students in the Year 8 AE class visited the Harry Perkins Institute for a day of fun and learning. They participated in two activities:

Session 1: Human cancer cells provide the theme for “Cells Behaving Badly” session – where students worked in a PC2 certified lab to learn to handle, explore and image human cells with research grade equipment whist hearing from a cancer scientist about their work at Perkins.

Session 2: Stem Cells provided the theme for ‘Cells Behaving Brilliantly’ and involved students tackling the Perkins Amazing Race. This is a fun, competitive exploration of the BioDiscovery Centre where they build a model cell (from every - day objects) and prepare a blog page about a Harry Perkins Researcher whilst unlocking some of the secrets of stem cell research at Perkins. A highlight includes each team being challenged to get the best score in the giant floor game “Start as a Stem Cell”.

The students had all made the most of their opportunities on that day and were fully engaged, asking probing questions and experiencing life as a research scientist for the day.

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They were crushed, dissolved in acid and zapped. It sounds like a Quentin Tarantino movie.  Of course, I’m actually talking about ores, which contain precious metal-containing minerals. The students from Mr Cornish’s Year 10 Academic Extension class synthesised a pretty pink metallic substance called Copper, which retails for a princely sum per tonne. 

Separating mineral sands, using mathematical models to analyse financial data pertaining to investments and making standard solutions to create calibration curves couldn’t quite compete with the thermite reaction which had the 3000 degree Celsius iron-metal-liquid-producing wow factor, however, some of the Year 10 Academic Extension students are now contemplating careers in metallurgy, mining, mathematics, science, technology and engineering.

Using state of the art facilities, getting first hand experience with applied science, learning about mineral separation and extraction techniques and being able to talk to current PhD students provided ample context for the Year 10 students to delve into this area of science and technology and consider pursuing such tertiary study.   

Mark Cornish, Science Teacher

Joseph, Anita, Andrew, Niam, Tess - Murdoch University, June 2016

Several of our Year 8 Humanities and Social Science classes have recently accessed a workshop led by Melissa Kirkham from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions based at the University of Western Australia. Melissa was able to engage the students in content directly related to their studies of the Middle Ages and the Black Death. This enabled the students not only to reflect on the events of those times but to gain further practise in the use of primary sources. While all the classes who participated responded well, Mr Kelly’s Year 8 Academic Extension class will be working on role play activities using detailed primary sources to further enhance their skills. We look forward to further collaboration between the HASS Department and the Universities. Thanks to Ms Don for organising this activity.

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All year groups have our last interschool debate at All Saints next Tuesday, 21st June (unless we make it to Championships). Let's wish everyone luck as it has been a big commitment from students, parents and staff. The Year 7s remain undefeated and all other teams have had strong wins along the way. The skills in all year groups have improved over the semester.



2016 is 400 years after the death of William Shakespeare. A number of Academic Extension English classes in Years 8, 9 and 10 are reading his plays, which still have much to offer audiences even after so long.  On Friday afternoon of June 10th, Bell Shakespeare Company brought their Actors at Work troupe to the school and gave a performance of their version of Romeo and Juliet. The cast of four retold the love story at a rapid pace, whizzing through scenes, serious moments and parts with rapidity and dexterity. Using simple costume changes they created a range of characters. Though adding voice changes and body language, they made these characters believable and the story accessible. The final moments of the play were poignant and the students responded with the silence of absolute concentration. Bringing Shakespeare to life in the classroom is an important part of Applecross’s Academic Extension curriculum.

I was proud of the student behaviour on the day and hope they enjoyed the performance.

Veronica Lake

Head Of Learning Area English

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The UWA Future Students team will be running School Advisory Sessions in the July school holidays.

This is a chance for your students and parents to come on campus and speak directly to myself or another Future Students Adviser. The sessions will last about 30 mins each and will give a chance for the students/parents to ask any questions regarding admission into our courses, course structure and content, the TISC application process, and the new Direct Pathways and early offers for Engineering.

Details for the sessions are below. Please forward this onto your student and parent networks.

Who:        For YR10-12 students (parents/guardians are welcome to attend)

Where:    UWA Crawley Campus (exact location to be confirmed upon booking)

Dates:     Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 July

                 Monday 11 to Friday 15 July

Time:      10.00am to 4.00pm (each session is approximately 30 minutes)

Bookings are essential as sessions are strictly limited – historically these sessions are very popular so please ask students to book asap!  

To register your interest please email with your Name, School, Year Level and Preferred day/time

Commencing at 5.30pm with University Question and Answer sessions in the auditorium and course sessions commencing at 6.15 in the upstairs Science class rooms.
Programs to choose your session have been emailed to you previously, no booking necessary.
Students and parents are welcome as this will provide you with information to assist you in your course selection process.

Congratulations to Kazia Zenke and Hannah Burkhill (Year 10) have successfully qualified for a place on the Australian Junior Synchronised Swimming Team.  With this team, they will represent Australia at the Oceania Championships to be held in Fiji from Tuesday 21st of June to Sunday 26th of June.  Kazia and Hannah will also compete at the FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships which will be held from Sunday 9th July to Sunday 16th July in Kazan, Russia.

Both Kazia and Hannah are very committed synchronised swimmers training up to 20 hours a week – often twice a day.  They will join their fellow team mates based in other states for an intensive training camp on the Gold Coast and in Perth before each international competition.

As well as training and competing, Kazia and Hannah also coach younger girls for their Club, SupaNova, based at LeisureFit Booragoon alongside Deborah Tsai (Kazia and Hannah’s personal coach), Amie Thompson and Danielle Kettlewell – three members of the Australian Olympic team that will compete in Rio in August.


The Royal Commonwealth Society of Western Australia runs the Francis Burt Speech and Leadership Competition every year, where students are invited to prepare and present a six minute speech on a nominated topic. Would be competitors are asked to send a video of their speech and initial judging takes place from all submitted entries. Two Applecross students were recognised as finalists at this stage. Both Josephine Liantano and Chakris Srisuwan were invited to return to deliver that speech in person on Friday June 3rd at Melville City Council Chambers. Josephine could not attend due to examination commitments.

Chakris was able to continue in the contest and did so with confidence and aplomb. On the day he underwent an interview by the judging panel, presented his prepared speech about Diversity in the Commonwealth and then presented an impromptu speech lasting for three minutes. He spoke with eloquence and conviction and was rewarded by placing third in the group. He won $200-00 for hi efforts and is invited to become an honorary youth member of the society in the future,  and will have access to various scholarships that will be on offer. He is to be congratulated for his presentation and fine performance.

Veronica Lake

Head Of Learning Area English


If you're considering a career as a nurse, midwife or health care worker than this is a must attend expo... and it's FREE!

The Australian College of Nursing with the support of the Western Australia Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office is hosting a Nursing and Health Expo in Perth. The Expo is being held on Sunday the 19th of June 2016 from 8:30am-1:30pm at the Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Entry is FREE. The expo will provide students interested in becoming a Nurse or Allied Health practitioner with valuable information about a career in health.  It is the only event of its kind, providing visitors direct access to education opportunities within the nursing and health industries. We also have a number of free educational seminars that your students will benefit from.

The WA Nursing and Midwifery Office is very proud to partner once again with the Australian College of Nursing for the 2016 Nursing and Health Expo. We suggest your students come along to find out about:

  • The difference between nurses and midwives
  • What nurses and midwives really do – it’s not always what you think
  • Entry requirements and alternative entry pathways to a great career
  • Courses available to become a nurse or midwife – or both!
  • Employment prospects and opportunities – including some presentations on how to apply using GradConnect
  • Pay rates and other working conditions
  • The GREAT Work Experience Program for Year 10 high school students.
  • The range of specialties, hospitals and health services that nurses and midwives can work in.

The nursing and midwifery professions offer an array of interesting and diverse experiences. With these highly valued and respected skills, relevant anywhere in the world, nurses and midwives will always be in demand – in hospitals and in a range of other workplaces.

In WA, with our aging workforce, the future demand for nurses and midwives is going to be high, so considering a career in nursing or midwifery is a great idea.
Nursing and midwifery….can take you anywhere!