Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS


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Western Australia


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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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Congratulations to Ex-Gifted and Talented Art student - Annie Huang and Marcia Hadlow, our Art Department Technical Assistant, who were both recognised at the recent City of Melville Art Awards.

Click on the below link to view the full story:

The two combined classes of Year 12 Geographers took part in a full day field trip around the Perth metropolitan area on Monday 28 August 2017.  As part of their studies into planning sustainable places, we took a full day bus tour of every functional zone within the Perth area. From Kwinana industrial area to the south, new growth zone in the North East near Ellenbrook and to the far North to the end of the new extension on the Mitchell Freeway.

Several highlights included a quick tour of the Landcorp sustainable urban development in White Gum Valley and the lunch stop atop Perth’s iconic Kings Park. It was a very long day on the bus, but our students finally got to see some of the far flung places we have been speaking about in the classroom!


Friday 8th September 2017

Concert 1: 6pm - 7.30pm    

Concert 2: 8pm - 9.30pm

(Please note: the year 12 farewell will occur during concert 2)



·         Concert Band 1 

·         Jazz Band

·         Scimitar String Orchestra 

·         Chamber Choir

·         Senior Guitar Ensemble


Cost:  $12 per ticket


Applecross SHS Performing Arts Centre (entrance off Ardessie St)


You can purchase tickets at:

You can sign up to volunteer at the event via the following link:

AXSHS and @SchoolDrugEducationRoadAware are hosting a FREE ‘Talking Drugs’ information session with special guest Paul Dillon from DARTA. Come along at 6.15pm on Thursday 21 September and learn how to help keep your children safe around alcohol and at parties. For more information visit

Date:     Thursday 21st September

Time:     6:15pm - 8:00pm

Where:  Applecross Senior High School Performing Arts Centre, Ardessie Street, Ardross

RSVP:   Tuesday 19th September

To book or for more information contact Kelli Dawson at SDERA on 9402 6267 or

Last week our Upper School Ancient History students were very lucky to have Dr Alice McClymont from Macquarie University come and speak to them. Alice’s PhD thesis, titled “Reconstructing destruction: Amarna Period erasures in tombs of the Theban necropolis” relates closely to the topics currently being studied by the Year 12 students. She has also carried out fieldwork in the Theban necropolis, both as a member of the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project (directed by A/Prof. Boyo Ockinga) and independently. She was visiting Perth to present at an Ancient History student seminar and a public lecture over the weekend and came in to speak to our students. She spoke firstly to Year 10 and 11 students about the nature of sources for the 18th Dynasty in Egypt before then doing a Q&A style session with the Year 12’s. As the Year 12’s are nearing the end of their study into Egypt, it was a great opportunity for them to speak to a specialist in the field!

Book Week was a blast! When the week finishes with a student saying to you: “I don’t want Book Week to end”, and a few others asking if they can be part of a little Library Volunteer group, you know it has been a good one! We had so much on the go, which made the Library even more action-packed than usual. Some of the highlights were: Building model making (which was much more popular than we anticipated); storytelling (by students and staff, and even some in other languages); Crafty Bookmark making; fun library/literature quizzes; an amazing Wednesday Harry Potter themed dress up by staff; and, on Friday, a visit by local author Julia Lawrinson, who engaged with students across Years 7 to 10. Thanks for those who got involved, and we look forward to making it even bigger and better next year!


Tune in to Today Tonight on Channel 7 this evening at 6:30pm, the Applecross SHS Specialist Tennis program is featured.

To view the advertisement clip, please go to our Facebook page.

Anaphylaxis -  Reminder to Parents/Guardians

If your child is a known Anaphylaxis risk - please provide an updated ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis completed and signed by your child’s doctor for 2017.

Update the plan (including a photo of your child) when the adrenaline autoinjectors are renewed (usually every 12-18 months). Action Plans are available from There are still quite a few Anaphylaxis diagnosed students that need an updated Ascia Action Plan for this year.

Spine Check

The National Self Detection Program for scoliosis (NSDP) –  2017 reminds us that it is recommended that girls in Years 7 and 9 participate in the NSDP by downloading the Self-Detection Brochure for Scoliosis.  The brochure can be accessed directly via a link on the Scoliosis Australia home page  Parents can download a scoliosis self-detection brochure from this link.

Scoliosis (spinal curvature) is an important health problem for adolescent girls and 25 per thousand are at risk of developing significant spinal curve.  Three girls per thousand require active treatment (a spinal brace or surgery).  In the early stages the condition is most often asymptomatic so screening in the age range 11-14 years is a sound preventive health measure.

Vision check

Vision disorder can markedly affect academic performance, especially for those children who are struggling to learn.  It is recommended that parents take their child to have their eyes examined regularly during their school years, particularly if they have learning difficulties.

School Dental Services

The School Dental Service is a free, public, dental health program available to all children of eligible age, 5 years old and up to the end of Year 11 or 17 years of age, whichever comes first.  The service is funded by the Department of Health.

If your child is already enrolled, you can continue to go to the same centre you attended in primary school or you can contact a new centre that is more convenient.  Please advise the Dental Therapy Centre if you have changed your address so you can be posted a recall appointment.

To find out where the local School Dental Service is located, call 9313 9555 or visit Students in Year 12 and 17 year olds with a health care card are eligible for general dental care at a Public Dental Clinic.

An after-hours emergency service operates 7 days a week between the hours of 6.30pm-8.00am and can be reached on 9325 3452.  This service is only to be used for immediate and urgent dental treatment.

Raising Children Network

Children are as individual and as different as their parents and making decisions about what’s best for raising children is very personal.

The Raising Children website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning children’s development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety.

It covers grown-ups, newborns (0-3 months), babies (3-12 months), toddlers (1-3 years), pre-schoolers (3-5 years), school age children (5-9 years), Pre-teens (9-11 years) and early teens (12-15 years).

There are tips, videos and other useful resources.

The Raising Children Network provided information that can help parents with the day to day decisions to do with raising children.  It also provides information to help parents and carers look after their own needs.  The information is based on the best science in parenting, child health and development, presented in language we can all understand.

This is a website for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children.


RAISING CHILDREN NETWORK. Sample Information below taken from their website :

Screen time - limit your child’s use of TV and computer games

Children and adolescents should not spend more than two hours a day on screen based activities.  Excessive screen time often leads to poor health, poor fitness and overweight.

Activities like surfing the net, social networking, watching TV and playing screen games can be educational and fun, but all involve sitting still for long periods of time. Set family rules around screen time and encourage your child to try a range of active pastimes. 

For more information, go to

Sleep – tips for teenagers

Teenagers need about 9 -10 hours of sleep a night. Lack of regular sleep is likely to affect academic, sporting performance and behaviour. The risk of emotional problems, such as depression, may also increase in teenagers who regularly do not get enough sleep. Even getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep each night will make a difference.

The typical teenage brain wants to go to bed late and sleep late the following morning, which is usually hard to manage. You may be able to adjust your body clock but it takes time. Suggestions include:

  • Choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.
  • Avoid loud music, homework, computer games or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep–wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. Try to avoid watching television right before bed. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain.
  • Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.
  • Start your bedtime routine a little earlier than usual (for example, 10 minutes) after four weeks. Do this for one week.
  • Add an extra 10 minutes every week until you have reached your desired bedtime.
  • Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work.
  • Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference. However, it may take about six weeks of getting extra sleep before you feel the benefits.


Ms Deb Kitak – School Nurse

A survey of 1,000 respondents aged 14-25 by mental health service, ReachOut, shows that a quarter of those surveyed had been the victim of bullying over the last 12 months.  With digital devices present in almost every home, workplace and classroom, cyberbullying is becoming increasingly difficult to address.

Dan Brush of Colin Biggers Paisley Lawyers, said the offense is considered cyber bullying when it involves using the Internet or a phone in a harassing, threatening, or offensive manner. “If these devices are used to spread messages or posts which have the potential to be viewed as offensive and can cause anger, outrage, disgust or humiliation, the penalty can be up to three years in jail,” he said. Another offence includes threats or intimidation, Brush explained.

“Trying to intentionally frighten someone by using any mobile devices, emails, or online posts is considered a criminal offence. The penalty for threatening to kill someone can be up to 10 years in jail,” he pointed out. “If the threat is based on an individual’s race, transgender identity or sexual orientation, the bully may be penalised for up to six months in jail.”

Tim Falinski, consumer director of APAC for anti-virus company, Trend Micro, says better education around digital citizenship as well as the real-life consequences that cyber bullying can have are key to stamping out this problem. “We want the students to feel safe to tell staff if there is something wrong. If you notice cyberbullying occurring in the school, take immediate action and notify the respective parents,”

Doing its part to protect their children from cyber bullying, Trend Micro offers parents an option through its Home Network Security which allows the user to set individual profiles for children, helping to control the devices that they use. “This works by blocking and notifying you on inappropriate websites that they may try to visit, as well as setting time limits to how much time they can spend on the internet,” he said.  “Notifications are available to monitor kids using inappropriate apps on their smartphones and tablets. This includes enterprise grade security to protect all the connected devices in your home from cyber threats.”

Below, Falinski shares some counter-cyber bullying tips for parents:

  • Have an open two way conversation with your children about the risks
  • Try to get your kids to share their profiles and blogs with you
  • Establish some general rules: Set time limits on when they can go online and guidelines on what sites they can and can’t visit
  • Consider requiring Internet use in a high-traffic place in your home
  • Parents should be careful not to react when the kids tell them something bad – otherwise run the risk of scaring them from talking to them next time
  • Invest in a solution that offers parental controls like Home Network Security

Following on from the success of 2016, Speed Careering at Applecross SHS is on again!  Any parents/guardians willing to share their work/career experiences are encouraged to attend.


Speed Careering – Presenter information and tips

Applecross SHS Performing Arts Centre

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Session 1 : 8.30-10.30am

Session 2 : 11.15-1.15pm

Why are we doing it?

Many students have limited knowledge of the breadth of career paths available in their community post compulsory schooling. The Speed Careering event focuses on increasing student’s awareness of the career paths available to them by providing opportunities for them to interact with local business representatives.

How will it work?

The event will involve 230 students, conducted over two sessions of approximately 115 students. Each session is broken into two sections, ‘Top Jobs’ and ‘Speed Careering’. During the Top Jobs section, all presenters will have 30 seconds to explain who they are, what they do and why they think their job is a top job.

Students will then be broken into groups of 8-10 and the next section, Speed Careering will begin.

You will be assigned a group and will have 7-8 minutes to speak with the students. Students will have a question sheet to help guide their questioning. When this time is up a bell will ring and students will move to the next table.

Speed Careering is based on a similar format to ‘Speed Dating’, which means that your presentations will be short and sharp.

What is required from me?

The aim of Speed Careering is to expose students to a variety of diverse career paths, some which they may not have considered, in a short time frame.

Some topics you can cover in your session may include (but not limited to):

  • Your career story, what did you want to do when you were in high school and what happened from there?
  • What does your job involve? What does a day/week look like for you?
  • What are the everyday highlights and lowlights of the job?
  • Have you always followed this career path?
  • What have you done before?
  • Did you always see yourself doing this?
  • What have you learnt along the way?
  • What obstacles have you overcome to reach your career?
  • What’s next for you?
  • What other career paths are available in your industry?
  • Would you recommend this career path? If yes, who would it be suitable for?
  • What exciting projects have you worked on?
  • What is the average starting wage and salary range?
  • What has been your career highlight?
  • Are there any travel opportunities with your career or employer?

What should I bring?

Bringing along some equipment related your career can help start conversations and engage students.  Any visual aids/props i.e. examples of your work, equipment used on the job or written information (please be aware we have 230 students participating in this event) can be used.

What should I wear?

Dress as though you are going to work

Further information:

For further information contact Angie Hooton  ( or 9314 9353 or Rex Ellis on 93149352.