On Wednesday 13 December, 15 of our Year nine HaSS students had a fantastic experience at the Parliament of Western Australia. Students had the opportunity to film a role play of passing a Bill in Parliament and a Division scenario. We were also fortunate to have a full tour of Parliament House and shared lunch with our Member for Balcatta Mr David Michael MLA. All students performed with the greatest dedication and professionalism and had a real fun and unique experience.
On Thursday 30 November, our Years 10 and 11 students attended a Peer Support Training Day at Warwick Stadium.
Some new faces put themselves forward to help others and stepped up with great contributions. The kids clapped and cheered each other all day. A huge thanks to our Chaplain, Matt Denholm for providing a number of the resources today and for being a great leader.
On Tuesday, 28 November, we held our Year 12 Presentation Ceremony. Thanks to Mrs Jo Keep, Year 11/12 Coordinator for her efforts in organising this special event.
Congratulations to the Subject and Special Award winners who received certificates, gift cards and financial scholarships from various tertiary institutions. Thanks to the parents and guardians who have supported their sons and daughters through their five years at Balcatta Senior High School. You should be very proud of their achievements.
The following students were presented with certificates and awards and we acknowledge them for their contribution to the school.
Sportsperson of the Year Award Jacob O'Halloran
Senior School Special Commendation Award Tyler Fleming
Caltex All Rounder Award William Chiew
ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award Domonique Barone
Commitment to Excellence Award Matthew Milner
Australian Super Award for Excellence in VET Saffron Somers
Anna Kristancic Outstanding Achievement Award Kim Nguyen
Joan Ewers Community Service Award Ari Gillespie
Edith Cowan University Scholarship William Chiew
University of Western Australia Excellence Scholarship Riya Amin
Curtin University/Principal's Recommendation Award Saraah Hashimi
Curtin University/Principal's Recommendation Award Renaz Mizori
Murdoch First Scholarship Matthew Milner
Best and Brightest VET Dux Jessica Cameron
Best and Brightest ATAR Dux Ruthvik Devarapalli
ATAR High Achievers Ruthvik Devarapalli
Visual Art ATAR Shannon Muggeridge
Visual Art General Luke Salter-Williams
Dance General Jamie Montgomery
BUSINESS EDUCATION AND COMPUTING
Certificate III in Business Giada Liberti
Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology Kobe Williams
Certificate II in Visual Arts (Wood Focus) Tyler Fleming
Building & Construction General Thulfekar Khdaier
English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR Behrad Hosseinzadeh Oroumi
English as an Additional Language/Dialect General Nuradin Hassano
English ATAR Ruthvik Devarapalli
English General Giada Liberti
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical Education Studies Jessica Cameron
Certificate II in Sport Coaching Jessica Cameron
Certificate III in Retail Marziyeh Moeinisam
Certificate II in Hospitality Phoebe-Lee Schmiedte
Food Science and Technology General Marziyeh Moeinisam
Modern History ATAR Matthew Kacki
Mathematics Methods ATAR Ruthvik Devarapalli
Mathematics Specialist ATAR Ruthvik Devarapalli
Mathematics Applications ATAR Matthew Kacki
Mathematics Essentials General Jessica Cameron
Chemistry ATAR Ruthvik Devarapalli
Physics ATAR Ruthvik Devarapalli
Human Biology ATAR Shannon Muggeridge
Psychology ATAR Phoebe-Lee Schmiedte
Psychology General Jessica Cameron
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Authority Developed Workplace Learning Endorsed Program Saffron Somers
As part of their Global Issues Unit in Science, Year 10 students were given the challenge of creating a piece of art that would not only inform, but motivate people to take action on the issue of climate change. The application of art in Science is not often utilized, but there are many people who cannot or do not want to read lengthy articles or attend scientific conferences. This S.T.E.A.M. task required the students to use other means to communicate the important issues involved with Climate Change. Paintings, sketches, comic strips, poems, collages, parodies and short digital documentaries were created and now fill our classroom gallery.
Students from Year 10 Science classes then conducted Peer Reviews of this work.
Presentation of work to authentic audiences was a highlight of this project.
Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Chief Cultural Officer at the University of Western Australia. Over the past two decades, he has contributed to the national arts agenda through roles as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Chair of Artbank, Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee and as a Board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. He is currently on the board of the UQ Art Museum, the ARC Advisory Council, Chair of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide and Chair of University Art Museums Australia. He has been a commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and is currently Perth art reviewer for The Australian and a regular contributor to local and national journals.
As well as the ongoing partnership with the School Board, Professor Ted Snell has generously offered his services as Patron of the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program.
Professor Ted Snell attended the Primary School Art Exhibition on Wednesday 13 September and presented Excellence and Commendation Awards to Year 5 and Year 6 students from our local intake primary schools. He also presented his own award, Patron of Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Award.
On Wednesday 13 September, The Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and local Member for Balcatta David Michael, visited Balcatta Senior High School.
The McGowan Labor Government is redeveloping and upgrading secondary schools in Western Australia, including a major $50 million redevelopment at 50 year 0ld Balcatta Senior High School.
An architect will soon be appointed to design the Balcatta Senior High School redevelopment with construction to start in 2018.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Balcatta Senior High School has long been in need of an upgrade to modernise its facilities and provide students with high-quality learning spaces. This is p[art of our commitment to provide outstanding education facilities that support students' educational needs and to ensure that students can learn and staff can teach in the best possible environment."
Comments attributed to Balcatta MLA David Michael:
"The school has a proud history, and its students and staff deserve facilities to match its commitment to excellence. This redevelopment will be the catalyst for re-energising secondary education in the area, providing local families with a high-quality secondary school option for their children into the future."
On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September, the World of Maths visited the school to involve our Years 7 to 9 students with hands on maths activities.
World of Maths helps develop skills necessary to work in small groups as an effective way of learning mathematics. It allowed the students to interact, which boosts their confidence and promotes positive attitudes towards mathematics.
The students had an opportunity to acquire a variety of different skills and strategies needed for problem solving and experienced mathematics related to practical and real-life situations.
What is a Zentangle?
A Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being.
Primary school students from our local feeder schools have been asked to create Zentangle artwork. The exhibition was held in our Art Gallery on Wednesday 13 September.
Professor Ted Snell AM has generously taken up the position of Patron of the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program. He kindly presented an award to Katherine Borgogno, a Year 6 student at Takari Primary School.
The following awards were also presented to students for their excellent artwork:
Certificate of Excellence:
|Simrat Birdi||Year 5||Balcatta Primary School|
|Malisha Octian||Year 6||Osborne Primary School|
|Asha Budalich||Year 6||Takari Primary School|
|Riscia Vinta||Year 6||Tuart Hill Primary School|
|Elizabe Visser||Year 6||West Balcatta Primary School|
Certificate of Commendation:
|Tiana Crompton||Year 6||Balcatta Primary School|
|Wesley Wang||Year 6||Osborne Primary School|
|Denver Scott||Year 5||Osborne Primary School|
|Katherine Borgogno||Year 6||Takari Primary School|
|Suné Nel||Year 6||Takari Primary School|
|Dristi Mahatekar||Year 5||Tuart Hill Primary School|
|Maddison Withers||Year 5||Tuart Hill Primary School|
|Eva Veljanoski||Year 5||West Balcatta Primary School|
|Lucy Becvinovski||Year 6||West Balcatta Primary School|
|Jorja Dropulich||Year 5||West Balcatta Primary School|
Merit Award Certificates will be presented to the other students who displayed their artwork at the exhibition.
Thank you to the Year 11 Hospitality students who presented the delicious array of food at the event.
This is a day for activity and fun where students and teachers get to participate in a variety of events including novelty events. The main idea is for participation and to ‘have a go’. There is opportunity for the serious athletes to challenge themselves and each other for the ultimate Champion Boy and Champion Girl awards. Students who participate, score points for their House. This day is also for Year 12s to enjoy their last carnival as they have the opportunity to express themselves by ‘dressing up’.
Results are as follow:
Champion Girls and Boys
Year 7 Tryphena Kollie and Said Ahmed Dahir
Year 8 Katerina Rufov/Tahlia Wells-Vasile and Shreyas Ganguly
Year 9 Emilie Graham and Romano Liberti
Year 10 Denielle Largo and Thomas Vlatko-Rulo
Year 11 Alicia Gregg and Robert Kollie
Year 12 Jessica Cameron and Jacob O’Halloran
World Challenge Tour November/December 2018
Expressions of Interest are open to current Year 9 and 10 students for The World Challenge Tour scheduled for November/December 2018. If you would like to know more about this tour which visits our sister school in Cambodia, please contact Mr Hal Schmiedte on 9345 8200.
There will be a meeting on Thursday 23 November at Balcatta SHS from 4.00pm to 6.30pm.