Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS


Links Road
Western Australia


(P)+61 8 9314 9393


Important News

Important News

The Wheel Turns

Long ago, in the far distant times of the mid twentieth century, 1958 to be exact, the first cohort of students entered Applecross Senior High School as Year 8 students, or ‘First Years’ as they were then called.


Congratulations Neasa Flynn

Congratulations to Neasa Flynn who recently represented Western Australia in the U16 Australian Hockey Championships which formed part of the 2017 Pacific School Games.  As a result of her efforts, Neasa has been selected in the Australian U16 Girls Hockey Team, which will be touring South Africa


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Anaphylaxis Policy


Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow’s milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, sesame and certain insect stings (particularly bee stings).

The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of the student who has been diagnosed as at risk, awareness of allergens, and prevention of exposure to those allergens. Partnerships between schools and parents/guardians are important in helping the student avoid exposure.

Adrenaline given through an adrenaline autoinjector (such as an EpiPen® or Anapen®) into the muscle of the outer mid thigh is the most effective first aid treatment for anaphylaxis.


• To provide, as far as practicable, a safe and supportive environment in which students at risk of anaphylaxis can participate equally in all aspects of the student’s schooling.

• To raise awareness about anaphylaxis and the school’s anaphylaxis management policy/guidelines in the school community.

• To engage with parents/guardians of each student at risk of anaphylaxis in assessing risks, developing risk minimisation strategies for the student.

• To ensure that staff have knowledge about allergies, anaphylaxis and the school’s guidelines and procedures in responding to an anaphylactic reaction.

Individual Anaphylaxis Health Care Plans

The School Nurse will ensure that an Individual Anaphylaxis Health Care Plan is developed in consultation with the student’s parents/guardians, for any student who has been diagnosed by a medical practitioner as being at risk of anaphylaxis.

The Individual Anaphylaxis Health Care Plan will be in place as soon as practicable after the student is enrolled and where possible before their first day of school.

The student’s Individual Anaphylaxis Health Care Plan will be reviewed, in consultation with the student’s parents/guardians:

• annually, and as applicable,

• if the student’s condition changes,

• immediately after the student has an anaphylactic reaction.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to:

• provide an ASCIA Action Plan to the School Nurse, completed by the child’s medical practitioner with a current photo,

• inform the School Nurse if their child’s medical condition changes, and if relevant, provide an updated ASCIA Action Plan.


The School Nurse in liaison with the school Principal will provide information to all staff, students and parents/guardians about anaphylaxis. The School Bulletin will be used as a vehicle to communicate with parents.

The School Nurse will address students at year assemblies about the importance of washing hands, eating their own food and not sharing food.

Casual relief staff will be provided with anaphylaxis information in a communication file.

Staff training and emergency response

Teachers and other school staff receive regular training by the School Nurse. A medical alert list is distributed to all staff at the commencement of the year and is updated by the School Nurse as required.

During excursions, camps and special event days the supervising teacher has an individual health care plan for students identified at risk of anaphylaxis.

The school’s first aid procedures and student’s ASCIA Action Plan will be followed when responding to an anaphylactic reaction.

Risk Minimisation

The key to prevention of anaphylaxis is the identification of allergens and prevention of exposure to them. The school employs a range of practical prevention strategies to minimise exposure to known allergens:

In the classroom:

- Teacher identifies students at risk in their classes.

- Never give food from outside sources to a student who is at risk of anaphylaxis.

- Be aware of the possibility of hidden allergens in food technology, science and art classes (e.g. egg or milk cartons).

In the canteen:

- Canteen staff have an awareness of anaphylaxis and its implications on food handling.

- The canteen does not stock peanut and tree nut products (including nut spreads)

- Canteen staff are aware of the potential for cross contamination when storing, preparing, handling or displaying food.

- Canteen staff ensure tables and surfaces are wiped clean regularly.

In the yard:

- The student with anaphylactic responses to insects should wear shoes at all times and keep open drinks (e.g. drinks in cans) covered while outdoors.

- Duty staff will provide an emergency response to an anaphylactic emergency and School Nurse/First Aid Officer contacted.

- Adrenaline autoinjectors are located in various locations around the school.

For on-site activities:

- Latex swimming caps should not be used by a student who is allergic to latex.

- Staff must know where the adrenaline autoinjectors are located and how to access if required.

- Staff should avoid using food in activities or games, including rewards.

- For sporting carnivals, Health & Physical Education staff will have a adrenaline autoinjector available. If the weather is warm, the autoinjector should be stored in an esky to protect it from the heat. Student’s have their own autoinjector on their person or in their bag.

For off-site activities:
- When planning school excursions/camps/interstate/overseas trips, a risk management plan for the student at risk of anaphylaxis should be developed in consultation with parents/guardians and camp managers (as appropriate).

- Campsites/accommodation providers and airlines should be advised in advance of any student with food allergies.

- Staff should liaise with parents/guardians to develop alternative menus or allow students to bring their own meals.

- Use of other substances containing allergens (e.g. soaps, lotions or sunscreens containing nut oils) should be avoided where possible.

- The student’s adrenaline autoinjector and ASCIA Action Plan and a mobile phone must be taken on the excursion/tour plus a spare autoinjector in the first aid kit.

- Staff attending the excursion/camp/tour should update their training if required.

- An emergency procedure that sets out clear roles and responsibilities in the event of an anaphylactic reaction must accompany the excursion proposal.

- Be aware of what local emergency services are in the area and how to access them (as appropriate). Liaise with them before the camp.

- The student’s adrenaline autoinjector should remain close to the student at risk of anaphylaxis and staff must be aware of its location at all times. A spare may be carried in the school first aid kit,

- The student with allergies to insect venoms should always wear closed shoes when outdoors.

- Cooking and art and craft games should not involve the use of known allergens.

- Consider the potential exposure to allergens when consuming food on buses/airlines and in cabins.