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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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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

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as student councillors in Year 9 and 10 for 2016.

Year 9 Student Councillors

Ethan Bergersen

Perry Caswell

Mikayla Grosse

Nima Behzadi

Georgia McMahon

Sydney Roldan

Susan Van Oss

Isaac Ho

Year 10 Councillors

Abby Arnold

Maria Bautista

Kathy Deng

Ariana Keyhani

Ella O’Leary

Emile Classen

Daniel de Lima

Saeyeon Hwang

Lachlan Standing

Declan Webster


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:

Date:               Monday 29th February
Time:               3:30pm – 5:30pm (please come anytime within this period)
                         (Elevate Education 6pm – 7pm)
Venue:             Applecross Senior High School Central Quadrangle
Parking:           Carpark next to AXSHS oval, accessible via Leverburgh Street
Come and meet your child’s Year 7 teachers, HOLA’s (Head of Learning Areas), tour the Year 7 Teaching Area and listen to some wonderful musicians from Applecross Senior High School.
Afternoon tea will be provided, please RSVP for catering purposes.
The Elevate Education Seminar for parents will commence at 6pm in the Performing Arts Centre, after the Afternoon Tea should you wish to stay and attend.  This presentation is suitable for adults only.

Please RSVP to the Afternoon Tea by Tuesday 23rd February 2016 to advising the number of adults and children attending.

The Get Real Experience and Try (GREaT) Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience Program has been developed to encourage high school students to experience nursing prior to studying it with a State Training Provider or at university. The program has been developed exclusively for Year 10 high school students to experience the many aspects of nursing and midwifery in a clinical setting while observing the team in action. The students who have participated in the past have had a wonderful experience and learn a lot.

Over 5 consecutive days students will rotate through many areas previously not available to school students to find out what it’s really like to be a nurse or midwife and what nurses and midwives really do. This program provides students access to observe nurses and midwives, who are highly educated health professionals, as they lead the care provided to patients.

The following health sites are currently participating:

·        Armadale Hospital

·        Fremantle Hospital

·        King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women

·        North Metropolitan Mental Health Service (various sites)

·        Osborne Park Hospital

·        Rockingham General Hospital

·        Royal Perth Hospital

·        Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

·        South Metropolitan Mental Health Service (various sites)


2016 placements applications close 18 March 2016.    For more info:  Nurse West GREaT Work Experience Program - homepage  OR  contact Julie Reed, Work Place Learning Coordinator


This year Applecross Senior High School is one of more than fifty schools competing in the Mock Trials run by the Law Society of Western Australia. There are 122 teams and Applecross now has four teams. Students come from Year 10, and 12. They are presented with a scenario involving either a criminal or civil case and given various roles. These roles include being barristers, solicitors, witnesses and court officials. All the cases Applecross will be involved with are held at the Supreme Court in Perth in the evenings.  Students train at lunch times and after school. They can gain credits for WACE graduation by competing. Mr Dickson, Mr Silberstein and Ms Don are assisting me with the organisation of the teams. Mrs Adam in the Front Office is also generously assisting students to be measured for the formal school uniform they will use in the trial. Mr Lloyd has allocated funds from the Humanities and Social Science budget for the team fees meaning there is no cost to students.

The fixtures for the first round have been recently announced. For the first round all of our teams are on the Prosecution side. The date for the trials is Wednesday March 2nd. Students need to be outside the Supreme Court by 5.30 pm at the latest. Parents are welcomed to attend but please be advised nobody will be admitted after 6 pm and no photography is allowed inside the court. 

Applecross SHS Blue vs Guildford Grammar

Applecross SHS Gold vs Kennedy Baptist College

Applecross SHS Green vs Southern River College

Applecross SHS Red vs Trinity College

Students in the Year 10 Stagecraft class entered the Studio Underground performance space filled with boxes stacked to the ceiling. They were encouraged to explore the objects in the room, chat to others who were gathered there, open cartons and examine the contents and sit on cartons to watch the show. A very unconventional start to what was an amazing theatre experience. Solo performer  Geoff Sobelle, along with a very talented team of designers, shared with the audience a journey though some of the objects collected in the boxes, and encouraged reflection on how we value possessions and relationships. We are still in awe of the finale, an illusion that defies description. What a brilliant night it was.

Angela Zaknich
Drama Teacher





Today we had the privilege of having our new buildings officially opened by Hon. Minister Peter Collier, Minister for Education.

Our guests included Ms Sue Cuneo (South Metropolitan Regional Executive Director), Dr Dennis Jensen MP (Federal Member for Tangney), Hon. Simon O’Brien MLC (Member for South Metropolitan Region), Mayor Russell Aubrey (City of Melville), Mr Andrew Holmes (Principal Ardross Primary) and other representatives from the Department of Education, building project team and school board.

A tour took place after the opening and our guests were very impressed with our state of the art facilities being provided for our staff and students.

Once the final landscaping has taken place and the car parks are finished, we will hold an Open Day on May 4 where the community will be invited to come and see the refurbishment for themselves.

Hon. Minister for Education Mr Peter Collier
and Mr Paul Leech, Principal


Mr Myles Draper, Deputy Principal

Hon. Minister for Education Mr Peter Collier and Year 10
Students Sienna Zugaro, Niamh McConney & Tarik Basic

Hon. Minister for Education and Mr Peter Collier
and Ms Glenys Campbell, Deputy Principal

Would you like to learn how to code? How to build apps and games? How to expand your knowledge of Coding languages like Scratch, JavaScript or Python?  CoderDojo is a club that runs after school and starts on Monday 22 Feb in the Library, 2.50 – 4.20pm.  Beginners, experts, all are welcome!