Shaun Tan is a distinguished alumnus and ambassador of Balcatta Senior High School from which he graduated in 1991. He was a student of Balcatta’s Gifted and Talented Visual Art Program and, after school, undertook to teach himself the art of book illustration.
Whilst at school, Shaun enjoyed reading, writing and illustrating poems and stories; and spent a lot of time drawing dinosaurs, robots and space ships. He was attracted to anything about monsters, outer space or robots.
He also started painting and drawing illustrations for science fiction magazines and horror stories. He said that he was mostly influenced by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, and that visually was probably influenced more by the designs than the storyline in movies and television.
Finally, after facing some rejections, Shaun had a breakthrough and his first illustration was published in 1990 in a magazine called ‘Aurealis’.
Shaun went on to study Fine Arts, Literature and History at the University of Western Australia from which he graduated in 1995.
From 1992 to 2011 Shaun Tan was honoured with 45 awards and prizes and achieved national and international success with his work.
His illustrated work The Arrival is an international best seller and won multiple awards, including both the Western Australian and NSW Premier’s Book Awards and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year.
In 2011 he won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing, a 2011 animated film adaptation of a 2000 picture book he wrote and illustrated.
In the same year, he received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a prestigious international prize for children’s and young adult’s literature.
In 1992, he won the International Illustrators of the Future Contest, the first Australian to achieve this award.
On Friday 1 November 2019, we were delighted to have Shaun share his experiences and promote the 40th anniversary celebrations at the school during an informal interview at the City of Stirling. Shaun spoke about his years at Balcatta SHS in the Visual Art Program and how the Saturday morning art classes were a vital part of his training and skill building. He said what he gained from this was crucial in his development as an artist.
We were also very pleased that he was able to present the inaugural Balcatta Senior High School Shaun Tan Emerging Artist Award to Torren Whisson, a Year 12 student who will graduate from the school in 2019.
Torren is a creative and talented artist whose work has already received many prizes and commendations in art competitions in which she has exhibited at the local, state and national level.
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This week, the State Government announced a new Student Mobile Phones in Public Schools policy to take effect from the start of Term 1, 2020.
The policy requires all public schools to implement a ban on the use of mobile phones for all students from the time they arrive at school to the end of the school day. This extends to the use of smart watches which need to be on flight mode during this period. The policy aims to reduce distractions in class and improve student engagement.
In the policy, primary students are not permitted to have a mobile phone in their possession. If they bring a mobile phone to school, appropriate storage will be determined by the school. Secondary students are permitted to have their phones in their possession but must turn them off and keep them out of sight. This is a minimum requirement and does not preclude schools from putting in place further restrictions.
Exceptions are allowed for students who have approval from me to use a phone to monitor health conditions or where teachers give students permission to use mobile phones for a specific purpose. If a student needs to contact a parent/carer, they can do so through the school’s administration. Likewise, if a parent/carer needs to get a message to their child, they can call the school.
I will now work with staff to determine how we will implement this policy and then provide further information to you and the school community.
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the administration office by telephone on 9345 8200 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday 29 October Balcatta SHS held its annual Gifted and Talented Visual Art Exhibition.
There were a very large number of parents, families, friends, students, and staff in attendance. They were entertained by our music students and wearable art fashion parade.
Thanks to the Home Economics staff and the Year 11 Hospitality students who provided first quality food and catering.
Thanks go to Jamie Arkeveld, Sherree Tomlinson and Michelle Murning for all their hard work and hours they spent putting the exhibition together. Thanks to the many other staff members who also assisted in this great community event.
The students' artwork is of a very high quality and looks amazing.
Our patron, Professor Ted Snell and WA artist, Simon Gilby attended the event, both acknowledging the high quality of our Gifted & Talented Visual Arts Program and the relevance of art.
Simon Gilby has been commissioned for the '% for Art Project' as part of the new build.
Two of our Gifted and Talented Visual Art students, Melina Hosseinzadeh of Year 10 and Torren Whisson of Year 12 are finalists in The Lester Prize for Portraiture Youth Award.
Melina’s painting of her brother Berhad titled, ‘The Gaze’ was painted in her Saturday morning art classes with tutor Mark Tweedie.
Torren’s self-portrait, ‘Scrutinise the Surface’ was the artwork she submitted to the National Gallery of Australia for the Summer Arts Scholarship, which she attended earlier this year. Such a great achievement for both girls.
To view all selected youth finalists follow the link: https://www.lesterprize.com/index.php/gallery/youth-prize
One of our Gifted and Talented Visual Art tutors, Torsten Knorr has been selected in The Lester Prize for Portraiture Adult Award. His painting is of Jamie Arkeveld.
To view all selected adult finalists follow the link: https://www.lesterprize.com/…/the-lester-prize-for-portrai…/
The Lester Prize Main Awards Exhibition will be held in the historic Centenary Galleries at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre from 9 November to 9 December 2019.
At the end of term 3, our choir directed by our very own choir and vocals music teacher Bron Sprogowski, joined 10 other school choirs in coming together to support Mental Health Week 2019.
The students performed 'Stand By Me' which was recorded and edited professionally by the talented students at University of Western Australia.
To view the video follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkYt4q0HJi0
The Opti-MINDS state finals was held on Saturday 21 September. One of our amazing Year 9 Opti-MINDS teams was lucky to be invited as only three teams in their division were selected to participate.
Students had 3 hours to design a device that could lift 10 full tin cans using newspaper, sticky tape, skewers and string. They also had to make up a story related to the task and perform it in front of an audience. Our team managed to lift all 10 cans and put on an engaging and funny performance.
Our team performed amazingly, they didn't take out first place but they made our school proud.
The Year 10 Cafe Foods classes have been busy baking and decorating cupcakes for their Cupcake Design Challenge task. After spending the last couple of weeks researching, planning and trialing the cupcakes, each student had the opportunity to show off their creativity and skill with icing. This challenge saw many students bring in wonderful decorations, some even hand-made, to incorporate and enhance their designs into a stunning overall result. For many of the students, this was the first time they had 'piped' icing and decorated cakes. The students did an incredible job and more importantly, 'had a go'!
On Wednesday 18 September, all students thoroughly impressed our guest judges, which made for a very difficult voting process in choosing a favourite. Cupcakes were judged on creativity and presentation. The creations were judged by the Principal Mrs Maitland, Associate Principals, Ms Smith and Ms Curtis, and HoLA Technologies, Mrs Middleton.
The following students from Ms Jones's Year 10 Cafe Foods class assisted by Miss Fisher created some amazing cupcakes.
1st Place winner - Tina Li
Runners Up - Vanessa Notis and Lili Stjepanovic
The following students from Ms Holmes's Year 10 Cafe Foods class also created some amazing cupcakes.
1st Place winner - Anureet Kaur
Runners Up - Hope Baird and Zavier Pesic
Well done to both classes on your amazing and interesting creations!
We are supporting the Department of Educations public campaign No Voice to Violence.
The campaign aims to:
- raise awareness of the impact of violence on young people
- influence attitudes towards sharing violent content
- motivate parents to support their child’s good behaviour online.
Consultation has helped the Department of Education to understand what, and who, influences young people’s attitudes and behaviour towards violence in schools.
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