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Important News

Important News

2019 ANZAC Service

Mr Dickson’s Year 10 HASS Academic Extension class were the chief organisers of this year’s ANZAC Service. Students were very respectful and this is great credit to all.


House Swimming Carnival Results - 2019

Applecross SHS held its House Swimming Carnival on Fri 1st March on what was a mild and comfortable day. The participation level was outstanding and there were some keenly contested races with exciting finishes and great individual and  team efforts.



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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


Humanities and Social Science Academic Extension Year 7 students were able to visit “A History of the World in 100 Objects” on February 29th at the WA Museum. The Museum staff commented favourably on the school’s innovative approach for the Year 7’s who were mentored by some of the school’s Year 11 and 12 Ancient History students to gain a greater understanding of the exhibits. The students enthusiastically responded to the challenge of this rare opportunity provided by the organisational skills of Ms Don, Mrs Crofton, Ms Safe and Mr Cowie. 

This fascinating exhibition is usually at the British Museum and is in Perth until June. Students were able to see and feel objects dating from ancient times, right through to the 2000’s. This is consistent with one of the key aims of Humanities and Social Science, especially at Academic Extension level, of instilling a curiosity about the world in students. The students’ favourite exhibits were the Statue of Ramses II as well as the Egyptian sarcophagus. For families interested in either discussing the exhibition with your children or perhaps making a visit here is the website

Curtin University: Campus Quest Online Game

Curtin University’s Addressing Higher Educational Access Disadvantage (AHEAD) program has launched Campus Quest, an online game that gives prospective students a virtual glimpse of life at university.  Gamers juggle their allocated time, money, assignments and social life while trying to achieve good marks and have fun.

Play online:


ECU Future Student Information Evening

At our Information Evenings, you will have the opportunity to find out more about our courses, admission pathways, scholarships, support network and student accommodation.  Plus you will be able to visit, and get a feel for, the campus of your choice.

-        Tuesday 15th March, 6pm @ ECU Mount Lawley Campus


Murdoch University: Law, Business and Politics Careers Evening

Wednesday 18th May, 6pm – 7pm @ Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University 

Prospective students and their parents can meet with academics and learn about undergraduate course opportunities and careers in Law, Business and Politics. 

For more information email


Applications for the Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program will open on 26 April. The 2016 Program provides Year 12 students with the opportunity to apply for a Technology Cadetship at Westpac. On completion of their cadetship, Technology Cadets are well-placed to pursue a career in IT and in business. This year Rolls-Royce will not be offering Engineering Cadetships.  

Information on the ETCAD Program may be found at

Applications close on 17 June.


Academy of Interactive Entertainment: Online Experience Day

Thu 26th May, 6pm – 9:30pm AEST

Find out everything you need to know about studying at AIE, including course and career options, by attending this online information session.


Careers Advisors: Endeavour College of Natural Health Information Breakfast

Thursday 17th March, 7am – 8:30am @ Endeavour College Perth Campus, Level 1, 170 Wellington St, Perth

Find out everything you need to know about Endeavour College and the careers that can follow study in health and wellness. Register online:


Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for a 2017 gap year open in March 2016.

The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians who have finished year 12 or equivalent, aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training & lifestyle whilst gaining new skills over a paid Gap Year.

To apply, visit:


Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition 2016

Competition closes Tuesday 12th April. 

The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit stories up to a maximum of 600 words.  Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.

In addition to the open category, there are categories for entrants aged between 12 and 18.


Rostrum Voice of Youth

The Rostrum Voice of Youth competition is a public speaking competition for secondary students throughout Australia aged 11 – 17.

For more information contact the national coordinator, Jenny Fraser, by email:


Sheila Malady Short Story Competition

Shakespeare on the River presents a short story competition for writers all over the nation. Entrants must submit a short story not exceeding 2,000 words along with the theme of Friendship.  There is a prize for ‘A Young Writer Aged 18years and under’ with first prize being a $50 Collins Bookstore voucher.

Closing date for entries is the 23rd March and email to


The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

A competition open to all writers under the age of 18 who live in a Commonwealth country or territory. The theme for 2016 is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’. Entries are to be submitted online and close 1st May.


Women in Science Symposium

Tuesday 8th March, 9:30am – 3:30pm (AEST) @ Australian National Maritime Museum

For International Women’s Day the Australian National Maritime Museum, in partnership with UNSW, is hosting a Women in Science Symposium. Female speakers will share their experiences in a diverse range of careers, including marine science, climate, ecology and innovation.

For those that cannot be present on the day, the session will be streamed live on YouTube from 10am (AEST). Register online and receive a link on the day:


Tueday 8th March:

University of Notre Dame: Parent Information Evening


Women in the Australian Defence Force Information Session

Tuesday 8th February, 6:30pm @ Defence Force Recruiting Perth, 66 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

The Australian Defence Force offers a range of careers for all individuals. Find out more at an information session.

Book your spot by emailing your details to


Thursday 3rd March:

Police Entry Information Session


Wednesday 9th March:

Murdoch University: Science Careers Evening

Murdoch University is holding a Sciences Careers Evening on Wednesday 9th March 2016 at their South Street Campus at 6.00 - 7.30pm.

For further infomration visit the Murdoch University events page or email:

On Thursday the 18 February, the Year 8 Academic Extension English class boarded a bus bound for U.W.A. to attend the Perth Writers Festival Schools’ Day.  Three sessions were organized to attend: Sketch The Rhyme with M.C. Rapaport; World Building with Lee Batersby and Carole Wilkinson (authors), or Becky Orpin (illustrator); and Time and Place with Katherine Rundell (author).

When we arrived at the festival, we all received a “Schools’ Day” passport which had many activities for us to complete. (Teyah)

Sketch the Rhyme was where a drawing was projected on a screen and they had to make up a rap about the drawing.  As the Sketch The Rhyme session continued, the rappers started to play different games involving rap such as having to guess the name of an author (while rapping) as Sam Clouson drew them and gave hints.(Ella and True)

My favourite part of the excursion to PIAF was Sketch the Rhyme. I thought it was very clever how the rappers could think of rhyming words from the top of their heads but most of all I loved Sam Clouston’s art. When I got home I told my mum about him and the other amazing things we saw. I went on my laptop and I researched Sam and I discovered the he had won ‘Art Battles Australia’. On Youtube you can watch the videos of every round he ‘fought’ in. Overall, I loved the excursion and I am inspired to write a short story or novel. (Ethan)

We were also split into two groups where we met an artist (Becky Orpin) and two authors (Lee Batersby and Carole Wilkinson). Our second event was with two authors, Lee Battersby and Carole Wilkinson. They both had interesting things to talk about, and I found it really interesting at how Carole incorporated history into her books and did thorough research to make it as accurate as she could. (Asoka and Arya)

While we were there we drew on scales, which on Sunday, were then put on a painted dragon. This dragon represented the Chinese New Year. (Skye and Suzan)

After lunch we went to a lecture room where Katherine Rundell showed us her books and where she got her inspiration from. This session was very interesting because it gave us an idea about the life of an author. Having a chance to talk to Katherine after the lecture gave me some insight on my writing. I informed her of my ideas and she gave me some well used feedback that I’m sure we could all apply to our writing. (Nick, Widy and Emily)

Katherine Rundell showed us how easy it is to create our own story – whether short or long. She took opinions from the people attending and soon enough we developed a story. She also kept saying “what if?” which is a great way to continue your story if you can’t think of anything else to write. For example her book, The Rooftoppers, she asked herself, what if there were people living on the rooftops? What if nobody knew about them because they never looked up? This was very interesting and we can soon implement it in our own short stories, it really is a good way to continue a story if you are stumped for ideas. (Adrian)

After our last event with Katherine Rundell we all went and got her to sign our journals or books we brought with us. Katherine Rundell was really great and inspired me. (Srija)

Continue writing!

Mrs Raich

To view more images of this excursion please visit the Applecross Senior High School Facebook Page