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Important News

Important News

AXSHS Breakfast Club

There were plenty of hungry students at our weekly Breakfast Club today.  A big thank you must go out to Connor Horton and Jordon Crofts, who arrive early every Friday to help set up, cook and serve.  Also thanks must go to Jan Michell, Brad Snell, Andy Saxton, Angie Hooton and Jenny Casserly - w


AXSHS MakerSpace in the Library

Enthusiastic students have been developing their STEM skills learning to knit.  The Knitting Project runs every Thursday lunchtime in the MakerSpace in the Library.  The first project they work on is a bookmark.

Finalist - Francis Burt Speech & Leadership Competition

Congratulations to Year Nine student Molly Howden who has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Francis Burt Speech and Leadership Competition. Molly had to prepare a speech exploring the concept of “A Peace Building Commonwealth” and what the world can do to achieve this state.


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Students return to school for the start of Term 2 on Wednesday 26th April 2017.

On Friday the 24th of March, Year 10 students went on an excursion to the Fremantle Army Museum. Throughout Term 1 the students have been learning about World War Two with a particular focus on Australia’s engagement in the war and its impact on the home front. At the Army Museum the students had the opportunity to look at artefacts and exhibits related to what they have learnt about in class and explore the various other conflicts Australia has been involved with.

A great way of getting skills and broadening your experience is via a cadet program. Secondary school students who join a cadet program typically undertake adventurous training, camping, hiking, sporting activities and exercise their leadership potential.

Cadets WA programs

See more at the Department of Local Government and Communities.

Do you catch public transport to school?  Transperth are making changes to many bus routes as of 23 April 2017. Please check to see if the service you use has been altered.

Here I am pictured with a young fellow that I go and watch play basketball every Saturday for the school where he is a boarder. I consider him to be sort of my grandson as his dad lived at our house so he could complete school. His dad has a successful tourism business and his mum is a long term employee of a big mining company.  I have been a teacher at eight different schools and I am more convinced than ever that sticking at school and trying your best greatly increases your chances of success in life.

This is my sixth year in total at Applecross Senior High School. I have a very conscientious Year 12 Modern History class this year as well as two Year 9 classes who seem to generally like HASS and more inexplicably like the “Worst Joke Wednesday” ritual each week. I am also the Year 10 Coordinator.

Besides school teaching, my key interests are my family and my keen interest in the fortunes of the Fremantle Dockers and the East Fremantle Sharks. I previously was heavily involved in Local Government in the Pilbara over a period of 14 years where I was involved in five successful and two unsuccessful elections. My wife does relief teaching at a High School in the Northern Suburbs as well as being in charge of our home renovation project. My stepson lives and works in Geoje in South Korea. I was lucky enough to visit him last year where he is working on the construction of the world’s biggest vessel, the FLNG Prelude that will eventually arrive at the Browse Basin off the Western Australian coast.

In the school holidays, I will be taking a group of 26 Year 10 students to Canberra and am still involved in the Mock Trials at the school. Next term I will also be involved as Mr Regan’s assistant for the Year 11 and 12 boys AFL team. Applecross is an excellent school with high standards so staff, families and students should feel privileged to part of this school community.

Black Swan invites students in year 10, 11 & 12 to apply for their new work experience program.

Held on 25th & 26th August at the State Theatre Centre of WA, students will spend two days hearing from Artistic Director Clare Watson and other staff and experience three workshops with

our teaching artists. They will complete a theatre tour of the State Theatre Centre of WA and finish by attending a performance of our main stage production, Switzerland by Joanna Murray Smith.

Registration is $30 Download the application form here

Some scholarships are available. Download the scholarship application form here

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UWC Australia selects students to attend one of the 12 UWC schools and colleges around the world. They currently have scholarships available for a two-year pre-university period of overseas study from August/ September at one of the following colleges:

  • UWC Atlantic college, Wales
  • UWC Pearson College, Canada
  • UWC Waterford KamhlabA, Swaziland
  • UWC Li Po Chun UWC, Hong Kong
  • UWC Mahindra College India
  • UWC Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • UWC Maastricht, Netherlands
  • UWC Dilijan, America
  • UWC Changshu China, China

For more information visit:

Julie Reed

Workplace Learning Coordinator

A number of parent focus group meetings were conducted in 2016 and provided the school with excellent information about a range of issues from a parent’s perspective.  Participants seemed to enjoy the opportunity to meet other parents and to provide feedback both positive and negative which assists the school to be more effective. The meetings provided valuable information and resulted in a number of immediate actions as well as other issues that required further discussion and investigation.
The Focus Groups only take 60-70 minutes and participants get a nice morning or afternoon tea for their efforts.  Parents who would like to participate in these discussions can register interest by contacting Ms Claire Watkinson (Principal’s PA) at   If you cannot attend a meeting but would like to raise a concern or share something positive about the school, you can also email Claire for Principal attention.  The meetings will occur during term 2.

The West Australian Debating League’s Interschool Debating began on Wednesday 22nd March. There are representatives from Year 7 through to Year 11. The Applecross teams did very well on the night, having met several times in the prior weeks to plan their speeches. There were some postponements and the Year 11s are yet to do their debate. The Year 10s fought a valiant debate. The Year 9s had forfeiture from the opposing team and the second Year 9 team won their debate outright. The three Year 8 teams all won their debates, as did the Year 7 team. The latter groups in the novice category were debating the topic that computers should be banned in high schools. Whilst the Junior teams had the topic surrounding Wikileaks and the effect on the election. Thank you to all team members and teachers who give of their time so willingly. The next debate is on Wednesday the 5th April. Good luck, teams!

Chris Raich - AE English Coordinator

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On Friday the 24th of March, Year 12 Economics students attended a seminar at Murdoch Uni. Not only did they get to the opportunity to hear from experts about content related to the Year 12 course, but they also scored some very cool GDP t-shirts and had an opportunity to hear from and meet Steven Kemp, the chief examiner for the subject and author of the Year 12 textbook. Mr Kemp received rock star treatment, as the Year 12’s lined up to have their textbooks autographed by him!

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