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Important News

Important News

Health Centre News from Deb Kitak, School Nurse

Welcome to everyone at Applecross Senior High School and a big welcome to all our Year 7’s and any new students and families. I wish you all the very best for the year.

Canteen News

We have had the usual busy start to the year, with the new Year 7's excitedly getting to know our menu and the rest of the students welcoming back old favourites and discovering new ones.  There are new Dipping Boxes for $2.50, which includes chopped vegies and Turkish bread, along with Hommus or


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We had a Murdoch University honors student, Tarryn Coward, visit some of our Year 7 classes this week. We were looking at footage collected from the Ningaloo Reef, counting marine wildlife to then later create pie charts and bar graphs. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Stephanie Robinson, Science Teacher

To view more photos, please go to our Facebook page.



Improving Year 7 results

The incoming Year 7 data is very promising. Our current year 7’s achieved better scores than the 2016 cohort which in turn was also stronger than the 2015 cohort. All student achievement is at expected level and in the correct range.  Notable the spelling scores are a little lower than previous groups and strategies to rectify this will be needed.

Year 9 Data slight upward trend

All of the Year 9 data which is shown in the diagram below is within expected range and shows improvements in Grammar and Punctuation, Numeracy and Reading.  The school will however need to develop strategies and focus on both Spelling and Writing, which whilst still within one standard deviation of the expected range are showing a slight downward trend.

The results of our recent direction on Reading and Grammar/ Punctuation have paid off with improved results; the focus for 2018/19 will be on Writing and Spelling. This is in line with the goals in our Business plan of at least 80% of students who sit the NAPLAN test will prequalify for OLNA (Achieve Minimum of Band 8).


R U OK? Day - 14/09/17

R U OK? Day was supported by the school for the week Monday 11 to 15 September.  We provided a healthy breakfast, with information to students about mental health from Act Belong and Commit and R U OK?

Start a conversation that could change a life:

  • Who will you ask?
  • Why start a conversation?

Here are a few points from the R U OK?  Website:

  • Connection is a vital part of health and well-being. It helps in coping with challenges like stressful life events, mental health problems, relationship breakdowns and bereavement.
  • Staying connected and helping your loved ones, friends and colleagues stay connected too, is as simple as having regular, meaningful conversations.
  • Most people don’t openly share their feelings, particularly when they are struggling. Don’t wait for a sign – trust your instincts.
  • A conversation could change a life.
  • The best thing you could do is regularly ask the people you care about “Are you OK?”
  • Talking about a person’s problems and the risk that they might harm themselves actually reduces the chance of their taking their own life. It is one thing we can all do to make a real difference.
  • Asking “Are you OK?” can prevent little problems turning into big ones. So ask “Are you OK?” early, even if the person doesn’t seem to be at a high risk.
  • If they are OK, the worst thing that can happen is that they know that you care about them. If they are not OK, that conversation could change a life.

Starting a conversation is the first step:

  • Sometimes just talking about a problem can help provide the answers – or at least put the problem in perspective.
  • When you’re not OK, it’s time to take action.
  • If a loved one, friend or colleague is concerned about you, don’t turn them away. Take the hint and talk to someone who can help. Sometimes you might think your problems are too personal, or that no-one else will understand, but that’s the point of a conversation – to talk things through. There’s plenty of help and support available.
  • Have a conversation with a health professional, like a GP or a team member in a community mental health service (just check a phone book for details). You won’t be judged and you won’t be criticised.

Crisis lines like Lifeline (13 11 14) or Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467) can also help when things are very tough.

The below websites also have details about where to get help:

R U OK? Day

Lifeline Australia

Suicide Call Back Service


Reach Out

SANE Australia

Kids Helpline


How to have a positive conversation.  Lifeline has developed five top tips to help you connect with other people.

  • Be receptive Take the lead, show initiative and ask: “Are you OK?  Make it clear that “I’ve got time to talk”.
  • Use ice breakers to continue the conversation Use open-ended questions like: “So tell me about…?”
  • Practise your listening skills Listen to what the person is saying, be open-minded and non-judgmental. Avoid giving advice unless it’s wanted – sometimes people just need to talk about their concerns and know that someone cares.
  • Be encouraging When it’s appropriate, encourage the person to seek professional help from their family doctor, a support service or counsellor, or a mental health worker.
  • Be helpful It’s not helpful to pressure the person to “snap out of it” or “cheer up”, or to avoid them, or to assume that the problem will just go away.

Mental Health Week 7-14th October 2017

A national event held every October to coincide with World Mental Health Day (10 October). Mental Health week will be promoted in Term 4 through our Library displays.

Mental Health affects all aspects of our life – it’s important to look after it.

Information for Parents and Carers

Young people can go through many different changes as they grow up. Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can often be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal and an emerging mental health problem. If a young person develops a mental health problem, it is important that they get help early.

A mental illness usually develops slowly over time. Most parents know when something is really different, but here are some signs that suggest a young person might be experiencing serious problems:

  • New, noticeable and persistent changes that last at least a few weeks.
  • Behaviour:  for example, appetite, sleep, use of drugs or alcohol, avoiding school/work, poor motivation, withdrawal from people.
  • Feelings - for example, unhappiness, depression, irritability, fear, anger, loss of pleasure
  • Thinking - for example, poor concentration, a drop in school performance, constant worrying, preoccupation with some thoughts, hearing or seeing things that are not there.

For more information and to find out how to get help, visit the headspace website: Information for Parents and Carers.


Deb KITAK (School Nurse)

Year 11 students, Sam Wende and Andrew Lim were the successful candidates in a recent competitive selection process to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January 2018 in Canberra and Brisbane. The Forum includes visits to Science laboratories in top universities and private research facilities, lectures by some of our leading scientists, being exposed to cutting edge technology and carrying out high level laboratory activities.

The Rotary Clubs of Booragoon and Attadale conducted the selection process and will sponsor Sam and Andrew by contributing $1500 to each student towards the cost of the forum.


Congratulations to students and their teachers for their successful entries to the 2017 Young Originals Exhibition.

Now in its eighth year, the Opening Night was held in Gallery 25 at ECU Mt Lawley and is gathering greater recognition and prestige every year. All entries from Applecross Visual Art students were accepted at submission proving their talent and exceptionally fine abilities. The high calibre works were generously praised during the opening.  Sponsored by the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association (WASSEA) in partnership with the Edith Cowan School of Arts and Humanities, the exhibition has once again given students the opportunity to exhibit in a public gallery space and gain the recognition and experience of being included in a professional exhibition.

Well done to the below students:

Kathy Deng, Year 11

Aiden Narita, Year 11

Isabel Berecsky, Year 11

Tahleia Vanden Driesen (2 works), Year 10

Emmalyn McCaskie, Year 10

Julia Yip, Year 10

Claire Duong, Year 10

Cody Hoonhout , Year 10

Sean Cameron, Year 9

Suzan Eyssautier, Year 9

To view photos of the artwork, please go to our Facebook page.


It was an early morning start for 22 enthusiastic Drama students as the bus rolled out of Ardessie Street at 7.30am, bound for Mandurah and this year’s Youth on Health Festival. An intensive six week schedule of devising, learning lines and choreography, perfecting sheet manipulation and torch work kept the ensemble at school after hours and weekends to prepare for the competition. Students experience the Act Belong Commit ethos first hand and worked hard to be performance ready.

A crew of three students very capably provided the soundtrack, lighting and projection for the show following a very tight 30 minute technical run on the day. This crew experienced the pressure that technicians face; the stakes are definitely high!

Our exploration of this year’s theme, It Starts With Me, focused on facing our fears, whether it be in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. Shared stories of monsters under the bed, issues of self image and pressures of the workplace were explored in dialogue, verse and choreography. Tales of the Cowardly, the Brave and Steve was well received by the audience and Applecross students were awarded a Certificate of Merit for an ‘Innovative and Vibrant’ performance. We look forward to the announcement of finalists on September 20 and hope that we advance to the grand final.

Dan Jonkov and I congratulate the cast and crew on their commitment and focus on the night and in the process leading up to the performance.We are very proud of you! A huge thank you to the parents and staff that made the trek to Mandurah to support us, your applause on the night was very welcome!

Angela Zaknich, Drama teacher

To view more photos, please go to our Facebook page.


The Year 9 Table Tennis Championship has been played over the last week. With 32 initial entries and 5 rounds played, Cameron Web and Lucille Miller-Sakaguchi battled it out this afternoon at lunch time in the Grand Final.

Cameron took victory with 21 points to 9. Congratulations to Cameron and Lucille and everyone who participated.

Mr Rex Ellis, Year 9 Co-ordinator

To view more photos, please go to our Facebook page.


The People’s Pick is an opportunity for parents, students and the community to get involved in the WA Education Awards and recognise dedicated and talented staff in your school.

It's your chance to tell the world why your favourite teacher or school staff member shines.

Go to:

The message that receives the highest number of votes will become The People’s Pick and their school will be given a $1000 Modern Teaching Aids voucher.

Entries close at 5.00pm on Friday 13 October 2017. All staff recognised in The People’s Pick will be acknowledged on our website on Friday 27 October on World Teachers’ Day, along with the school receiving the $1000 voucher.



Year 7, 8 and 9 HASS Academic Extension students have spent the first half of this term working hard on their National History Challenge entries. This year’s theme was ‘Making our World a Better Place’ and the students researched people, inventions, ideas and movements that they believed made the world a better place. They could present their information in any format and created websites, wrote essays and made museum exhibits and posters. Some of the best entries have been sent off to state judging and we wish those students the best of luck! In the library we have a number of the museum exhibits, posters and dioramas on display.

To view more photos, please go to our Facebook page.

Some of our Year 9 students have had the opportunity to work on the 'Subs in Schools' project with Mr Anthony Murphy.  They have been building some mini remote controlled vehicles that they will be testing for sea worthiness later in the term. 

To view more photos, please go to our Facebook page.