On Tuesday 20 October the school farewelled our Year 12 students at a Presentation Ceremony held at the Octagon Theatre, University of WA. The evening celebrated twelve successful years of education for 80 students, and was an important milestone that acknowledged a new chapter in their lives.
It was a very special evening and the staff, families and friends were all united in their support of our graduates. In her Principal’s address, Helen Maitland suggested to the students that they should remember the various stages of their school days, which helped them develop into who they are today. Celebrate your future successes, whatever form it may arrive in, take opportunities in life and try to make a positive difference in the world.
Thank you to Year 11/12 Coordinator, David Curtis for putting this event together, Aliyah Nieass, Year 10 student who presented the Acknowledgement to Country and to Daniel Rees who coordinated the music performances of Callum Case-McGlade (solo guitar performance) and Lucy Scales (solo singing/guitar performance).
Thank you to our special guests, Hon David Michael MLA, Ms Joanne Harris (Assistant Regional Executive Director NMERO), Dr Peter Reynolds (Engagement and Transition Manager NMERO), Mr Peter Stewart (President of Rotary Club of WA, Osborne Park Branch), Nicolas Buchanan (Flight Lieutenant Air Traffic Controller 453 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force), Ms Dawn Brodie (Rotary Club of WA), Mr Julian Vinciullo (Principal of West Balcatta Primary School), Professor Ted Snell (Patron of our Gifted & Talented Visual Art Program), Mrs Georgie Dragicevich-Knight (P&C President) and School Board members, Anna Sanzogni, Tegan Walker, Mark Entwistle and Kevin Fraser.
The Year 12 Form teachers, Mr David Curtis (on behalf of Ms Linda Henry and Mrs Helen Bradshaw), Ms Jamie Arkeveld, Mr Iain McPherson, Ms Sharon Holmes and Mr Alex Winch gave personal speeches and presented the students with their folders.
On behalf of the entire school community, we congratulate the Subject and Special Award winners who received certificates, gift cards and financial scholarships from various contributors.
Neeyanta Nakarmi was the recipient of the Stan Perron Award presented by Mr Peter Stewart, President of the Rotary Club of WA, Osborne Park Branch. This is a new award aimed at students who have succeeded both academically and at sport, made a contribution towards School Community Service and emulates the elements of Rotary’s Four Way Test. This award has developed a relationship between the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, Rotary and Balcatta Senior High School.
Tatiana Stjepanovic was the recipient of the General Dux Award and Igor Pavkov was the recipient of the ATAR Dux Award which was presented by Mrs Helen Maitland, Principal.
Lauren Pope was the recipient of the Senior School Special Commendation Award presented by Hon David Michael MLA, Member for Balcatta.
Lily Johnston was the recipient of the NMERO Commitment to Excellence Award presented by Ms Joanne Harris, Assistant Regional Executive Director, North Metropolitan Education Regional Office.
Leann Ryle Abastillas was the recipient of the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award and Zirui Wang was the recipient of the ADF Future Innovators Award presented by Flight Lieutenant Air Traffic Controller 453 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, Nicolas Buchanan.
Lily Johnston and Leann Ryle Abastillas were nominated for 2021 John Curtis Scholarship Program. This award was presented by Dr Peter Reynolds, Engagement and Transition Manager, North Metropolitan Regional Education Office.
Year 12 Subject Awards
Ms Jamie Arkeveld, Head of The Arts presented the Arts awards to the following students:
Meg Bradsell – Visual Arts ATAR
Maddison Curry – Design – Photography General
Chloe Skordas – Dance General
Princess Kaylla Tiglao – Certificate II in Music Industry
Mrs Sharlene Sookraj, Head of English & Humanities presented the English awards to the following students:
Leann Ryle Abastillas – English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR
Kyla Nicole Mendoza – English as an Additional Language/Dialect General
Lily Johnston – English ATAR
Karma Yangzom – English General
Marilyn Jacinto – Modern History ATAR
Ms Madeline Sinagra, Head of Mathematics presented the Mathematics awards to the following students:
Igor Pavkov– Mathematics Specialist ATAR
Igor Pavkov – Mathematics Methods ATAR
Zirui Wang – Mathematics Applications ATAR
Daniel Kotronis – Mathematics Essentials General
Mr Rod Blitvich, Head of Science presented the Science awards to the following students:
Igor Pavkov – Chemistry ATAR
Zirui Wang – Human Biology ATAR
Igor Pavkov – Physics ATAR
Lily Johnston – Psychology ATAR
Jay Agostino – Psychology General
The Technologies awards were presented by Mr Matthew Witcombe (on behalf of Mrs Deb Middleton, Head of Technologies) to the following students:
Daniel Kotronis – Applied Information Technology General
Neeyanta Nakarmi – Certificate III in Business
Chloe Skordas – Certificate II in Business
Marilyn Jacinto – Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
Filip Minic – Building & Construction General
Maddison Curry – Certificate II in Hospitality
Chloe Skordas – Food Science & Technology General
Karma Yangzom - Children, Family and the Community General
The Health and Physical Education awards were presented by Mr Geoff Birkett, Teacher in Charge of Health and Physical Education to the following students:
Aaron Villota – Physical Education Studies General
Cameron Croucher – Health Studies General
Holly Fitzpatrick – Outdoor Education General
The Certificate of Commendation in Learning Support Award was presented by Ms Cathie Bonner, Associate Principal and awarded to Leroy Sassine.