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.

Australian Access Awards finalist

We are pleased to announce that our website has been judged as a finalist in the Australian Access Awards for the Educational website of the year category.

The Australian Access Awards are an annual event celebrating organisations that have successfully implemented accessibility in their digital campaigns or resources. As a proudly inclusive school we are always looking at ways to ensure that our school community is as open, welcoming and accessible as possible and supportive of all our community members. We are proud that our website has been recognised as an example of this commitment.

For more information please click the link – https://www.accessibility.org.au/awards/

Shenton College DEC Unleashed!

Congratulations to three of our Year 9/10 Deaf students who won the National $20 Boss Unleashed Awards!

Hannah Green, Kelly Tran and Tasha Moore-Grant were the worthy winners who were flown to Melbourne for the finals and to accept the award. These awards support students who design a business, design and make products and then donate the profits to charity. The emphasis is on being positive, and making a social, economic or environmental contribution to the world. The girls designed and developed dog-friendly biscuits and scarves and all the proceeds of their entrepreneurial efforts were then donated to the Shenton Park Dog’s Refuge.

Jasmine wins a Tuckwell

Jasmine Pearson is the first Shenton College student to win a Tuckwell Scholarship. This prestigious award, valued at $125,000, will enable her to study for up to five years full time at the Australian National University in Canberra.

There were only three students in WA included in the national selection of 25 Tuckwell Scholarship winners. The Tuckwell Scholarship program, established seven years ago, is renowned for its generosity, allowing students to fully focus on their studies rather than trying to make ends meet. It is regarded as the pinnacle of university scholarships in Australia.

Jasmine said the scholarship would enable her to bring to fruition her dream of moving east to study, and she plans to pursue studies in Health Science and Anthropology with a view to becoming involved in public health, particularly Indigenous health.

Young Originals from Shenton

Year 12 Visual Art student, Flynn Denby and Year 11 Design Photography student, Jacob Tompsett were accepted into the prestigious Young Originals Exhibition held at Gallery 25 on the ECU Campus Mt Lawley. The Young Originals is an art exhibition featuring the top selected artwork from students across all West Australian public schools.

Flynn and Jacob worked very hard this year to refine and develop their skills, assisting them to create a unique style that they have been able to capture in their artwork.

Ms Paschael Kee and Ms Melanie Mercury

Visual Art

Year 12 Visual Art student, Flynn Denby and Year 11 Design Photography student, Jacob Tompsett were accepted into the prestigious Young Originals Exhibition held at Gallery 25 on the ECU Campus Mt Lawley. The Young Originals is an art exhibition featuring the top selected artwork from students across all West Australian public schools.

Flynn and Jacob worked very hard this year to refine and develop their skills, assisting them to create a unique style that they have been able to capture in their artwork.

Ms Paschael Kee and Ms Melanie Mercury

Visual Art

Skiing in the Snowy Mountains

Shenton’s ski trip of a lifetime took over the snow fields of Perisher, the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. Every year 50 lucky Year 11 students get to participate in the snow tour.

This year’s group spent the second week of the July school holidays skiing or snowboarding down the slopes of Perisher in NSW, making snow angels, eating snow cones, building snow men, hanging out with their friends and generally having a wonderful time.

For the staff and students who attended the annual ski trip, the snow and the weather were absolutely fabulous – a terrific experience for everyone!