An update from Michael Morgan

This year Michael Morgan, Substantive Principal at Shenton College, took up his position as Executive Principal to the Director General in the Department of Education (WA). Michael was seconded for 2016 by the Director General to support her in facilitating the Department’s Comprehensive School Leadership Strategy.

This project covers the full leadership lifecycle: identifying, nurturing, developing and supporting aspiring, beginning, current and senior leaders and will:

  • encourage principals to take responsibility for leading across the system and understand what it means to be a school leader in WA
  • build on recent reforms in WA such as IPS and Classroom First
  • encompass short, medium and long-term policies, practices and initiatives that are practical, implementable and best-suited to the context
  • bring together aspects to support school leaders and their communities and be informed by national and international education research as well as constructive, system-wide consultation

In further recognition of his skills, Michael was also this year announced as an Independent Public School Fellow.

The Independent Public School Principals’ Fellowship Program was announced  by the Minister for Education and selected 20 outstanding principals who have been providing exceptional and strong leadership in their school and community.  This program, which incorporates a short term placement at Harvard University in July this year, places a new emphasis on developing the capability of school leaders to be involved in the leadership of the whole Department of WA education system. 

As a College we are very proud of the role Mike is playing at the forefront of the developing the Department’s Leadership Strategy and we look forward to sharing more of his adventures across the year.

Fynn goes solo

Congratulations to Y11 student Fynn Evans-Ocharern who last Friday completed a solo swim crossing the Rottnest Channel.

A rather unique achievement, in that the ‘out of event’ crossing was completed from the island to the mainland, Fynn made light of the trying conditions to achieve a very creditable time of 5hours 59 minutes.  Over the last few months Fynn has been trying with her coach, Claire Evans, and world champion marathon swimmer Shelley Taylor-Smith, often swimming 25km a week to prepare herself for the event.

Fynn reports that she once she has finished Y11 and 12 she has set her sights on completing either the Manhattan Island Swim or a crossing of the English channel – maybe even both!

We applaud her dedication, effort and commitment on what is a remarkable achievement.

2016 Interstate Schools Team Racing Championships

Congratulations to the Shenton Sailing team who placed fourth at the recent Interstate Championships.

Team racing is very different to the individual format and requires hours of strategy training and strong communication skills combined with a determination to succeed.


1. Scotch – Private Boys School
2. Christchurch – Private Boys School
3. Scotch – Private Boys School
4. Shenton College – Co-educational Public School

The Shenton team comprised of:

  • Holly Hunt
  • Emilia Horn
  • Grace Marsh
  • Liam Vause
  • Caylim Vause
  • Lochlan Medd
  • Oliver Medd

Many thanks to Jennifer Medd and Katie Powers for all their assistance and our fabulous coaches, Matt Jerwood and Hayden Hunt.

Stingers stung by Churchlands

Churchlands took control of the game early, leading at half time by 13 points. The Stingers controlled the footy for extended periods of time in the first half, but couldn’t deliver going forward. Despite this, Shenton’s tackling pressure and hardness at the ball nearly won them the game, but due to lack of marks, the boys unfortunately couldn’t rebound in the second half. Churchlands increased their lead by 1 point and steadied from that point on.

There were many Shenton players that played their roles well, but only a few stung Churchlands when they were in possession of the ball.
Yr12 Brock Ward once again did a brilliant job down back, highlighted by a play where he ran from full back to the centre of the ground to overlap the opposition.

Nick Sgambelluri was arguably the best midfielder on the ground, moving the ball fast and shrugging off anyone that attempted to tackle him.
When Ben Gaspar moved out of the ruck, he went up forward to kick a goal and gave the Shenton Stingers the momentum.
Andrew Fischer also produced another great performance, producing many rebounds and defensive plays.
Josh Gentle from Yr 10 definitely wasn’t gentle as he went hard at the ball.

The final margin was Churchlands by 14 points.
Shenton 2.6 (18)
Churchlands 4.8 (32)

Mr Miles MVP: Nick S, Brock W, Callum M, Jamie F, Lewis W

Tackle of the week: Ryan Yovich

Next Game: Shenton Stingers V John 23rd
Venue: Shenton College
Date: 18th of May, Wednesday, 2016
Time: 4pm-5pm

Thanks to all the teachers, parents and students, which came along to the game to support the Shenton Stingers. Unfortunately we didn’t get the win but expect Shenton to rebound strongly next week when they play John 23rd.

Article written by Bradley Johnston (Yr11)