Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS


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(P)+61 8 9314 9393


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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The Term 1 Holiday break is from Saturday April 8 until Tuedsay April 25.

Monday 24th April is a student-free School Development Day and Tuesday, 25 April is Anzac Day.

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

The Year 11s came out in style last week for the final river cruise of their high school journey.  Nearly 150 students, and twelve members of staff, headed down to the Mends Street Jetty in South Perth to board the Crystal Swan for over three hours of cruising.

The Crystal Swan is a two-story boat, surrounded by glass and provides sweeping views of the foreshore and city skyline. The boat cruised to Elizabeth Quay, in a south-westerly direction past Kings Park and beyond, before turning around and returning to the Mends Street Jetty.  The students were served pizza, soft drink and dessert by wait-staff throughout the evening.

The weather may have been cool, but the dance moves were electric. There was a wide variety on show, especially from the boys who demonstrated the splits, the 1960s ‘swim’, some robotic moves and a slow motion version of Kung Fu – dance style! The Crystal Swan boat vibrated with the moshing at times. There were some cooler grooves and moves from both the girls and boys. We also had Hawaiian-clad contingent, together with their class-mates dancing up on the raised balcony. As you can tell, it was a highly entertaining evening and the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Much of the enthusiasm for dancing and the great atmosphere may be put down to our special, guest DJ. Applecross’s own Jady Ly, a Year 11 student, who played a mixture of tunes to keep the crowd satisfied. The music crossed both a range of styles and even delved into music from the previous century! This eclectic selection clearly met the students’ approval, as the dance floor remained crowded all night.

Dancing was for most, but not for all. For those who preferred, there was a calmer vibe upstairs. This was the perfect setting for the group of students who came aboard prepared for an evening of UNO! They also had a great time. 

It really was a fantastic evening. The students looked glamorous and very grown up. The music was quality, energy levels were high, and the vibe inclusive. We are all looking forward to the dinner dance at the end of the year.    

Anna Edwards - Year 11 Co-ordinator

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Keep the kids busy with our fun and interactive school holiday technologies camps, designed for kids aged 7 to 17.

Watch your creations come to life in front of your eyes with the 3D printing workshops or design your own characters and/or games as part of the Game Coding workshop.

As well as these hands-on workshops, you will have the opportunity to explore the Murdoch virtual reality suite and meet the Murdoch Information Technology lecturers and students.


Tuesday 18 April 2017 – Game Coding Camp

Wednesday 19 April 2017 – 3D Printing Camp

Thursday 20 April 2017 – Game Coding Camp

For more information and to book your place, visit the CIY Club website, or email


On Tuesday the 28th of March, Year 10 HASS students had a presentation from Phil Geia in regards to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Phil, from Palm Island in Queensland, spoke to the students about issues that will relate to their unit of study on Civil Rights movements later this year.

Furthermore, he also talked to them about the different groups in Northern Queensland and taught students how to play the didgeridoo, doing a demonstration for the students. The Year 10’s thoroughly enjoyed his enthusiasm and eagerness to share his culture with them.

This inspiring movie is based on the life of John Hull, a theologian who in the 1980’s gradually went blind. He made audio recordings of his experiences, and this is the story of how he transformed his life into “life beyond sight”.
 A special screening will be held On Monday 10th April  at 6.30pm At Hoyts Garden City
Cost is $20 per ticket (plus $1.65 booking fee)
$5 per ticket will go to Applecross District Council of Youthcare, supporting our chaplains in local schools.
Bookings can be made on line by clicking on the following link


“When you follow your passion, you want to do the best job you can and your chance of success increases” “Pursuing what your heart holds deeply is success in itself”
I am new to Applecross but have followed my passion for the past 25 years. I am trained as an Organizational Psychologist and School Psychologist with a Secondary teaching degree, amongst other therapeutic practices including Psychological First Aid, SFBT, CBT, ACT, MI, Narrative Therapy. I am a strong advocate of empowering people in my personal life and professionally. My mantra is “I can help you to help others”.
My career more recently has been in the Mid-West Education Region, as a Psychologist, Student Services Manager and progressed to Lead School Psychologist. I managed to do this for seventeen years. My experience covered managing teams – Attendance staff, Psychologists, Aboriginal staff, Behaviour Consultants, CMS and CELT consultants,
Speech Pathologists and local visiting teachers for students with disabilities, mentoring aspirant Lead Psychologists and supervising provisionally registered psychologists across 54 schools was a constant road of challenges and change.
Plans for the day often went unattended due to critical and emergency response. Whether I was supporting families, community, staff or students the overnight bag, three day bag was always packed. I often joked, the boot of my car was my wardrobe and the backseat my office.
I have returned to my home town, this year, as my three grown up children, are for now, very settled in Perth. My personal journey has included great times on the basketball court and hockey field (three years ago I won a trophy for most improved). I didn’t know I had improved, but it goes to show, growth can occur at any stage of one’s life. Sadly, injury has required retirement. I now enjoy yoga, body balance classes, group dance classes and my favourite is learning rock and roll dancing. I love live music, ADELE (was sensational), comedy and water (I’m learning to kayak, a good laugh if one is watching, I must admit I do need lots of practice).
I enjoyed my work in Mid-West and I am very pleased to be a part of your school community. I am now working in your school with the same passion, but no longer having to pack a bag, only lunch. As I am new, I am setting up a process to effectively and efficiently support you, your students, family and the staff in student services.
I can be contacted at or by phone 9314-9393

Blake attended Applecross High School for 5 years, graduating Year 12 in 2015. He studied at WAAPA in 2016 but is taking a gap year in 2017 to concentrate on producing and performing. He performed at the Year 7 Parent Afternoon Tea earlier this year, does many hours of busking in Fremantle and the city and has performed at various events including weddings.   

Since graduating he has been doing some creative things and is currently working on his original music. He has featured on 2 songs with various artists so far. One song called 'Getaway' was co-written and recorded while he was on his last trip to Los Angeles. That song was released through Sony Music Australia. In the second song, Blake teamed up with a rapper from Virginia (WOLFE) and created the song 'A-List' which was released earlier this year.

Blake has been working closely with a producer duo called ‘Bad Decisions’ and they are soon to release a song (written and sung by Blake) called 'Skins'. The group is extremely excited about this song and it's potential. Blake has just left to live in LA for 2 months for promo, music video, touring etc. This is his second trip to the states and he believes it is going to open up a lot of opportunities.

In order to raise money for this trip, as well as finally having a physical product for purchase, he has recently created an acoustic EP (hard copy only). Anyone interested in purchasing the CD can do so by emailing

UMAT is the competitive Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test for Year 12 students wanting to study medicine or dentistry. UMAT is held once a year during the peak of Year 12 studies (26th July in 2017). Registration for this coarse is already open via the ACER website.

This critical test directly measures constructs involving critical thinking &problem solving, understanding people, and abstract non-verbal reasoning.

Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) for Year 12 students wanting to study medicine or dentistry will be held on the 26th of July 2017.

For more information please use the following link.


If motor sport ignites a spark in you, the WA Sporting Car Club Young Officials Program is a great pathway for people aged 16-25 to get involved in all the speed, thrills and excitement of the track! Come along and be guided around the venue and see behind the scenes of a National Event.

There are many different roles for officials, so no matter what you’re interested in – from scrutineering vehicles and timekeeping, to flag-waving, administration, communications and everything in between – there will be a role to suit you. Motorsport officials work in circuit racing, rally, off-road, motorkhana, autocross, hill climbs, sprints, drifting and more.

This year, Young Officials will again be a big part of the Virgin Australia Supercars event at Barbagallo Raceway from 5-7 May, so why not get involved? The successful applicants will be trained in a safe and supportive environment supervised by some of Australia’s best motor sport officials.

How to get involved:

To be eligible for the 2017 Young Officials Program, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged between 16 and 25
  • Be available to officiate at the Perth Supercars event on Saturday 6th May from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Be available to attend an information session at the CAMS WA Office in Joondanna on the evening of Thursday 20th April starting 6:00pm
  • Be enthusiastic about motorsport and be a team player who’s willing to take direction and follow instructions
  • If you are under 18, have consent from a parent or guardian

 Places are strictly limited as there is a maximum number we can accommodate at the event.

To apply for the Young Officials program, please send an email to with the details below.


Date of Birth:



A brief statement why you want to take part in the 2017 Young Officials Program:

 Registrations close Monday 17th April 2017.

If becoming a motorsport official is something you’d like to do and you’re available to take part in the program, please send an email to the email address above and we’ll be in touch!

 Kind regards

Doug Bell - 2017 WASCC Young Officials Team

On Wednesday the 22nd of March, Mr Kelly’s Year 8 HASS Academic Extension class went on a field trip to Cottesloe and Scarborough beaches. These young geographers are investigating erosion, deposition and the impact of humans on these coastal environments. Whilst the weather was a bit wet and windy, the students had a great time engaging with the local community and landscape as part of their investigation assignments. Students are researching topics they developed themselves, that range from the impact of pollution on the local environment to public health, housing and the impact of shark attacks on tourism. After being spoken to by a representative from Coastcare about dune revegetation and other projects happening along the coast, the students headed off to investigate! Many of the students had surveys with them, and took the opportunity to survey tourists, local life savers and local residents. They also took photos, sketches and recorded observations related to their inquiries.

Brad Snell - HASS