School Review – A letter from our Board Chair

Dear Shenton College Community

The Shenton College Board is very pleased to report that our College has secured an outstanding external review of its performance. A copy of the review report is attached.

Each Western Australian public school is reviewed every 3 years by the Department of Education, and we were extremely pleased to receive the report from Brett Hunt, the Public School Review Director, at our board meeting on Monday evening.

Brett could not have been more complimentary of the standards achieved by Shenton College across all 6 of the measured domains. He was eager to ensure that we clearly understood how our College sets an impressive benchmark for public schooling in our State. Particularly pleasing for the Board were his observations that:

  • Having assessed the College on 3 separate occasions, he considers that the standards of excellence have become culturally embedded throughout the staff and student bodies
  • High level leadership and alignment to a clear moral purpose is evident throughout all levels of the leadership hierarchy and
  • The assessment demonstrated that Shenton’s emphasis on authenticity (delivering on what is said to be important), alignment (between strategy and operational performance) and accountability (regular measurement and transparency) is paying ongoing dividends in terms of student outcomes.

The letter confirming the completion of the review from Stephen Baxter, the Deputy Director General, Schools, confirmed this theme:

The high levels of trust in the college and its leadership, founded on the authentic and consistent commitment to ‘much more than marks – learning for life’ ethos is to be commended. The strategic intent of the college is clear and enhanced by the unified purpose of leaders in a culture of continuous improvement.

The rating of “effective” is the highest rating available and provides comfort to the entire Shenton College community that our College is delivering on its commitments.

On behalf of the Board, I wish to thank Michael Morgan and the entire leadership and staff for their outstanding commitment, energy and collaboration in securing this outcome. The report is a credit to each of you, and validates that you have created a learning environment in which students are “safe to pursue their interests, both academically and creatively, in an orderly and inclusive environment.”

Congratulations all.

Mal Cooke

Shenton College Board Chair

4 December 2019

Australian Website of the Year at the Access Awards

Recently our school website was nominated as a finalist in the Education Website section of the inaugural Australian Access Awards. Our site has a number of best practice accessibility features built into it to ensure that what is often people’s first point fo contact with the school is inclusive for all members fo our community.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that last week, not only did we win the Education Website award, but we also went on to take out the national award for Accessible Website of the Year.

Game Changing Year 9s

Congratulations to our game changing Year 9s! We entered two teams into the Game Changer Awards, supported by Curtin University. One of our teams not only won the ‘Best Use of STEM’ in the Y9/10 category, they even took out the overall prize.

Our winning team of Jeremy Fox, Robert McIntyre, Jaiden Pearson and Jude Metcalf, looked to reduce the loss of life caused by tsunamis. They developed a cheap early warning system by building a simple circuit sensitive to movement and by writing code to analyse the movement to determine if it was significant. Their plans envisaged many of these circuits being deployed to the sea floor to detect movement there.

The second part of their idea was to allow their circuit to trigger a tsunami wall when seafloor movement is detected. They would place the wall along highly populated coastline. The wall remains flat flush with the ground until triggered. When flat it would be an area of public amenity but then in the case of a tsunami would be raised by hydraulics to protect the city. They boys used computer aided design to demonstrate how their wall would work and costed the materials. The boys had comprehensively researched the cost of recent tsunamis and were able to use compelling arguments when convincing the judges of the merits of their idea.