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Important News

Important News

Year 10 Long Tan Award

Sophia Ammali  was presented with the 2017 Applecross Senior High School Year 10 Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award at a recent assembly.  Mr Lilleyman, Deputy Principal, nominated Sophia for this prestigious award.  She received a certificate and will also receive $250.

Novelists in the Making

As part of the Academic English Extension course for Year 10, each student in either Mrs Moss or Mrs Darling’s class was required to complete an extended piece of writing in the form of a Novella, or a “baby” novel.  From Fantasy to Peanut allergies, Coming of Age stories, Road Journeys, Environm


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Applecross SHS were lucky to have a number of student ambassadors from Murdoch University visit us to help give our students a hands on STEAM experience in school this week. Some of our students were looking at fungi under the microscopes and learning how plasma could be used to inhibit fungal growth on food.  Students were also analysing soils and learning what gives them their properties and what makes them great at filtering and cleaning water.   There was also the opportunity for students to listen to Damien Laird about how we can make biodegradable plastic from waste and reduce our reliance on petro-chemicals. 

Staff and students have all enjoyed the new learning activities this week.

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Ancient History in Years 11 and 12 isn’t about learning names, dates and events any more. A key component of the Upper School courses is learning about how the past is investigated and the importance of these discoveries. The Year 12 students are currently learning about how the evidence from mummified bodies in Egypt can tell us a lot about the culture, religion and health of the Ancient Egyptian people. In particular they are looking at Tutankhamun’s body and how scientific techniques such as CT scans, DNA testing and facial reconstruction can assist historians. As part of this, the Upper School students had a chance to have a go at the facial reconstruction techniques used on Tutankhamun for themselves. Two forensic students from Murdoch University came out and took them through the process and students recreated the face of an Egyptian male based on just his skull. The students had a heap of fun and some of the more creative students even managed to get some expressions on their faces!

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The Yr 8 Interschool Lightning Carnival was held on Friday 11 August. The rain threatened to put a dampener on the day but fortunately held off until after the Carnival had concluded. As always the focus was on participation and fun and Applecross fielded more teams than any other school which was testimony to the keenness of our students.

It was a successful day for Applecross SHS in terms of results too with our second netball team (Div B1), boys soccer team (A2 Div)  and girls soccer team (B Div) winning their respective divisions.  Congratulations to the members of both of those teams. In other results, our C1 netball team finished in second place, B2 and C2 netball teams finished in third place, the AFL team (A Div) and girls basketball teams (A Div) finished in 4th place and our top netball (A1 Div), second boys soccer (B Div) and the boys basketball team (A Div) finished in 5th place.

Well done to all the participants and also the student officials who did a great job on the day and also leading up to the event.

Mr Blaxell, HoLA Health and Physcial Education

Our amazing Year 9 artists have created a fantastic collection of drawings/mixed media works in response to marine pollution.

To view more of the artwork on display, please go to our Facebook page.

Our Science Department has been busily preparing for Science Week, today's activities were:

Desalination and Water Security Presentation

Today as part of a suite of activities organised for National Science Week, Professor Wendel Ela from Murdoch University spoke to some of our Year 9 students about desalination and waters security for WA. The talk explored the issues associated with desalination and how we use water in our everyday lives.

Wind Turbines Presentation

Fiona and Faye from Murdoch University ran a wind turbine investigation with some of our Year 10 students as part of National Science Week. The students worked out which variables could be changed to get the maximum power output from their wind turbines.

Health of the Swan River Presentation

Our Year 10 Humanities and Social Sciences students are currently undertaking a geographical inquiry looking at the health of the Swan River.  As part of Science week, some students were fortunate enough to attend a presentation from Delphine Chabanne, a researcher at the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit.  She spoke to the students about her PhD and ongoing research of dolphins in the Swan River.  Students also heard about how professional research and citizen research can compliment each other.  The understandings about dolphins, their populations, health and behaviours gained through this co-operation between professional scientists and the citizens of Perth will hopefully have positive impacts for Perth’s dolphins in the future.  We are excited to see what kind of field work the students go on to complete themselves!

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Our Year 9 Academic Extension students from HASS and Science recently went on a camp to the Lions Village at Dryandra in the South West. Students were provided the opportunity to do field work for Science, as well as work on some Geography based work for HASS. A significant achievement by the students was planting 4000 shrubs as part of an effort to offset the greenhouse gases produced by the school. The highlight of the trip was when many of the students were able to observe the extremely rare numbat in the wild and visit Barna Mia, to view a variety of nocturnal marsupials. Students had a great time, as well as participating in a valuable learning experience. Thanks to Mrs Lancaster for organising this memorable experience as well as Mrs Loveday for accompanying the students. We also appreciate the work of Bruce Ivors and staff at Dryandra for their contributions.

Brad Snell, Year 9 HASS teacher

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On Friday 28th July, the Music Department held it's two Winter Concerts featuring Concert Band 2, Cygnet String Orchestra and Junior Guitar Ensemble. Between these ensembles, we had guest acts by JJ Toh (Year 10), Selena Tan (Year 9), Karyn Djojo Dihardjo (Year 10), Callum Vukovich (Year 10), Emma Hulbert (Year 12) & Jaicob Schott (Year 12). Altogether, well over 100 performers showcased their skills and hard work to enthusiastic audiences. Congratulations to all the performers, and a big thank you to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make the Winter Concerts such a success.

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The Year 7 Students rocked the night away Wednesday night at the Year 7 Social.  165 students attended the social in the Performing Arts Centre, then braved the chilly weather for a pizza dinner in the staffroom!  It was like an episode of ‘So you think you can dance?’, as the Year 7’s showed their surprising and impressive dance skills.

Many thanks to all the students for their excellent behaviour and outgoing spirit on the night. Also, a special thanks to the staff who attended and made the night possible.

Ms Wadham- Year 7 Coordinator

This year Applecross Senior High School has decided to turn Science week into STEAM week so we can explore the 'Theme of Future Earth' in multiple ways. Throughout the week we will be hosting a number of guest presenters and enjoying a range of hands on activities.

In preparation for STEAM week some of our year 9 Art students have been working on art pieces that  contrast the horror of the impact of plastics on our natural environment with the beauty of the images themselves.

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

On Monday 7 August, the 23 players from our school's Scimitar String Orchestra performed at the Perth Concert Hall for an audience of over 1000 people. The concert is known as OPUS, an annual showcase of the best music-making in Western Australia's government schools, organised by Instrumental Music School Services. Tim Stapleton, Head of Music at Applecross SHS coordinated a combined schools string orchestra of 42 players, which we named the Camerata Strings. We were delighted to work with students from Willetton SHS (lead by Mark Tooby) and Kalamunda SHS (lead by Tashana Tweddle). The students worked together extremely well, formed new friendships and performed at an amazing standard!

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