New western suburbs school announcement

The State Government has announced that a new secondary school is to be built on the former City Beach High School site, opening for Year 7 students in 2020 and expanding to Year 12 students by 2025.

City Beach College (planning name) will significantly reduce enrolment pressure on our school, and is part of a plan to address secondary enrolment growth in the wider western suburbs.

Another part of the plan is the expansion of secondary schools in the area and includes our recently announced $49.5 million building program. Our new state of the art facilities will include new general classrooms, science, visual and performing arts, multimedia, IT and business studies classrooms, food technologies facilities and a new cafeteria. Our gymnasium will also be extended and we will have new multipurpose courts and a new technology and enterprise centre.

These facilities will provide for an additional 1000 students and increase our permanent capacity from 1600 students to 2600 students. Building is due to start in mid-2017 and expected to be completed by the start of the 2019 school year.

There will also be changes to the local intake areas of our school, Churchlands Senior High School and Mount Lawley Senior High School to accommodate a local intake area for the new City Beach College.

The new intake areas will be announced in 2017 and will take effect with the opening of City Beach College in 2020. Students enrolled at their local secondary school in 2019 will be able to complete their schooling at that school. Younger siblings of these students will be able to commence their secondary schooling at that school as long as the older sibling is also enrolled. Once commenced, siblings will be able to complete their schooling at that school.

To find out more, click on the links for the email to parents and factsheet for parents.

For more information on the western suburbs secondary schooling plan, please visit the Department of Education website.

We will keep parents and our local community informed of developments as they occur.

May Peace Prevail on Earth

At a special Peace Pole dedication ceremony on Wednesday morning, Taylor Rawson Yr 11, represented Shenton College and Subiaco’s Aboriginal culture by delivering a speech about ‘peace’, which included the words ‘Coer nagal nyjinonyj Ngulla Boodja’ (May Peace Prevail on Earth) – and did a wonderful job. Also present were the majority of our Aboriginal students, our newly crowned Head Girl & Boy as well as staff from DEC.  Languages on the Peace Pole are English, Nyungah, Japanese and Italian.

Co2 Dragster Success

Six cars  designed and produced by some of our Year 9’s students were entered into the State Co2 Dragster championship held over the weekend of the 10th and 11th September, at Lasalle College. We are proud to announce that a car designed and produced by Sean Yo reached the semifinals of the General 8-12 category.  Sean finished a very respectable 6th in the overall points and his car will be off to the the national championships held later in the month.
Raushan Singh was crowned state champion in the Outlaw category. Raushan’s car will also be off to the national championship. This is the second time in two years we have a state champion in this category, following on from our state and national championship win last year.

Shenton Junior Boys Soccer WA State Champions

On a cold Monday afternoon at Macedonia Park, Shenton College Junior Boys defeated South Coast Baptist College (football academy)  2-1, and won the ‘School Sport WA’ Champion Schools Football Grand Final.

We are blessed  with a talented, dedicated and committed group of boys that have taken us to the position of the best Year 7/8 School Football team in Western Australia.  And of course huge congratulations and thanks go to Coach Hansen, Rob Boekelaar and everyone involved who made this a day to remember  for a long time to come.

Auslan At Shenton College

Throughout Term 3, our Year 8 Auslan students worked hard on creatively translating texts into Auslan. Students were required to translate, rehearse, film, edit, and add captions, leading to the production of some excellent music videos.

Since the introduction of Auslan to our curriculum in 2014, the program has expanded dramatically, quickly becoming the most subscribed course in the school.

Leanne Potter, Principal of the Shenton Deaf Education Centre said,

One of the benefits is you don’t have to go to France or China to speak the language you’re learning, you can do it at the canteen or in class.

Available to both hearing and deaf students, our Auslan course enables students to communicate in ways they never thought possible, an opportunity Dr. Karen Bontempo, Curriculum leader and Auslan teacher at Shenton is quick to point out.

Using a visual language… you actually have the capacity to think visually and spatially. [Students] can communicate with someone who only speaks Hungarian, in a way that if you were only depending on spoken language, you wouldn’t be able to manage.

With 100 hearing students learning Auslan, Shenton College deaf students have a large peer network available to them with signing abilities, further fulfilling our vision of an inclusive schooling environment.

Congratulations to all our Year 8 Auslan students on their inspiring creative translation works. It was a tough decision with such excellent work handed in but we picked out Bea and Erin for their outstanding creative translation of Sam Smith’s song, I’m Not The Only One, featured below and on our homepage.

Congratulations to Jai Castle of Year 11

Congratulations to Jai Castle of Year 11.  Jai has been selected for the ANU-AMTT National Mathematics Summer School to be held from 8-21 January 2017.

NMSS is a two week residential school held each January at the Australian National University for mathematically gifted and talented senior high school students.  The main activity of the NMSS is an in depth study of three or four different areas of Mathematics .  Each is very challenging and competitive and very much hands- on. It is also a very social fortnight!

Only 7 students from Western Australia were selected so this is a magnificent achievement.

Thailand International Mathematics Competition 2016

Last month a team of 8 students went to Thailand to represent Shenton, Australia.

The team was: Tarrant Reimers, Tom Laslett and Sage Allen – Year 9 and Thomas Brauhart, Oscar Murat, Alexandra Truong, Rose Lin and Kailin Guo – Year 10.

While challenged by the level of maths, we are proud of their efforts – these students come from one school while other students who attended, work through national or regional systems to be selected to represent their country. However, we had Rose and Alex achieve a Merit Award – Rose was one place off a bronze medal and Thomas Brauhart made the Top 20 (out of 300) in the Puzzle Competition based on Tangrams which was a great result. Thomas was also selected as the TIMC star for his engagement and positivity throughout the competition, interviewed on Thai national television, spoke on behalf of all students at the Closing Ceremony and kept the whole group smiling even though we were exhausted.

Congratulations to our Junior Basketballers

On the 23rd August 3 teams of students went to Warwick to participate in the Northern Zone Junior (yr 7,8,9) Champion Schools basketball competition.

All the students who played were awesome.


Boys competition (10 teams)

A team – undefeated winners!

B team – 4th

Girls competition (6 teams)

Undefeated winners!

Both winning teams move to the next round of the competition.