Associate Principal – Sub School Years 7 to 8
Mr Paul Currie
In my role as Associate Principal of the Year 7 and 8 Sub School at Applecross SHS, I have oversight on the social emotion and academic growth for students in years 7 to 8 sub-school. I am tasked with ensuring every Sub School student feels safe and happy at Applecross Senior High School. Our team has a strong understanding of the young adolescent phase of learning, and we work hard to ensure a smooth, seamless transition into and out of the Sub School. Students will develop very strong skills to prepare them for upper school with the capacity to focus on their appropriate pathway, study effectively and respond positively to teacher and Student Services feedback.
To achieve this, I work closely with a large Student Services and Curriculum Leaders team, ensuring that every child’s developmental needs are met. I attend the regular Student Services meetings at which all students are monitored and tracked by the team. I am also a key member of both the Whole School Literacy and the ICT committees, particularly focussing on preparing students for NAPLAN in Years 7 and 9. This large team provides a learning environment designed to specifically meet students’ needs in Years 7 and 8 as they move through this challenging stage. The Junior School program will provide students with solid educational foundations with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, to support good NAPLN achievement in Year 9. Students in the junior school will be engaged in a range of Citizenship, Academic, Sporting and Leadership opportunities
During this phase, the big challenge is for parents and teachers to work together to ensure our lower school students become skilled in self-management. Our attention to Positive Education in identifying and building on each individual’s strengths is a key ingredient in Applecross SHS’s success.
I look forward to having very positive relationships with parents. I intend to establish these through parent information evenings, parent and teacher interview sessions, and email and telephone. I believe that for any child to reach their potential in their schooling, we must have a strong and positive relationship with their parents. Therefore, I will be working with many parent focus groups to develop confidence and build positive relationships.
Associate Principal – Sub School Years 9 to 10
Mr Rex Lilleyman
The key to successful students is the establishment of positive relationships between parents, staff and students. These relationships are built upon via regular communication between all parties involved. Communication with parents will be maintained through various platforms including, parent interview sessions, email and telephone. Information for the individual year groups will be communicated through Connect, SEQTA, the Parent Update and our school Facebook page. As student progress through these middle years, they must begin to develop their self-management skills by keeping abreast of events and information relevant to their learning.
Students in Years 9 and 10, often align strongly with their peer groups and may begin to question established conventions, practices and values. Their interests extend well beyond their communities, and they begin to develop concerns about broader issues. Students’ interest in the natural, social, cultural and technological world is often related to their impact personally and can help them in their current and future lives. They also begin to develop an interest in particular fields of knowledge or endeavour for the personal satisfaction these fields provide.
As students’ grow more independent and peer-group orientation requires guidance and support by providing opportunities for them to participate in important forms of decision making within the classroom and school to enable them to work with others. Through such rich experiences, students assume increased responsibilities, develop decision-making skills, explore values and further refine their social and collaborative work skills.
A greater emphasis will be placed on differentiating learning programs to cater to the individual student to facilitate student independence. Providing opportunities for all students to investigate career opportunities, thereby enabling them to make informed choices about Senior School course selections is pivotal in this Sub School space. Students in the Year 9-10 Sub School will be exposed to Tertiary Institutions, Trade Training Centres and TAFE.
Underpinning the Year 9-10 Sub School is the ongoing social and emotional support provided by our Student Services team. Student development and wellbeing continues to be our number one school priority, and as such, significant resources have been put in place to support student growth.
Associate Principal – Sub School Years 11 to 12
Ms Toni Jones
Years 11 and 12 are exciting, challenging and, on occasion, daunting years for students and parents. It is the staff’s role at the school to support students and parents in navigating their way through the important decisions that need to be made over this period. Our goal is for students to leave Applecross Senior High School exposed to a range of appropriate and motivating choices and opportunities. We at all times would like to encourage close communication between students, parents, and teachers. We aim for the same outcome with students being as well prepared as possible for the next stage of their lives, whether further studying or entering the workforce.
The research clearly shows that success in Senior School is not entirely linked to a student’s IQ. Researchers have identified ‘grit’ as being the key determining factor in whether individuals will achieve success in any given situation. Parents play a crucial role in supporting students to develop ‘grit’. Together with staff, parents can encourage students to be accountable for their decision-making and their performance. We believe in creating a learning environment that supports and nurtures students while encouraging them to develop a growth mindset and a willingness to embrace challenges.
Students will face challenges as they navigate the final two years of their secondary schooling. The school has significant resources dedicated to supporting students through these times. Myself, the Program Coordinator and Year Coordinators for the Year 11 and 12 Sub School are all available to assist students. In addition, we have support staff such as a School Psychologist, Chaplain, and Nurse who can provide support specific to their areas of expertise. At Applecross Senior High School, we actively encourage students to take responsibility for communication with staff, meeting deadlines and, for many of our students, engaging in the workplace. This period of preparation for life after secondary education is vital in establishing positive habits and behaviours. We want students to enjoy the Upper School experience and meet all the academic expectations required during these years. Applecross Senior High School students have a long history of academic success and an enviable community service record. We believe in preparing students to succeed in life – not just in their exams.
Associate Principal – Staffing and Resourcing
Ms Glenys Campbell
As the school has grown, my involvement with students has been reduced, and the largest part of my role now revolves around the teaching staff: employment, induction, professional learning, teaching loads, etc. and the construction of the annual timetable. There is a lot of work “behind the scenes” to ensure that student learning is catered for appropriately. The school’s resources are used efficiently and equitably to maximise our capacity to achieve good outcomes for all students. Because the timetable is central to the school’s operation, I have broad involvement with all the Learning Areas and staff in the school.
I spend a large part of the second half of each year working to create the following year’s timetable; recruiting staff and managing leave. My aim is always to support our teachers so that they are given the best opportunity to work effectively with their classes. While there are many constraints to what can be done, it is always satisfying to be in a position to assist people when possible
As a school of choice, for both students and teachers, we benefit from very stable teaching staff. Over the past five years, our goal at Applecross Senior High School has been to employ the very best teachers available through a statewide selection process.
We know empirically that effective teachers directly impact student learning and the school’s Business Plan, specifically prioritises Teaching and Learning. To support this, I have a leading role in organising professional learning opportunities for our teachers. The current focus is to implement a whole school teaching framework, based around AVID principles, to maximise the capacity of our teachers to improve student learning. As such, this has been a focus in my work recently.