Applecross Senior High School
|Applecross Senior High School|
|Ardross, W.A, Australia|
|Type||Public, Co-educational, Day school|
|Enrolment||1,198 (30 June 2014)|
|Colour(s)||Black, Green, Red & White
Founded in 1958, it has traditionally been one of the top public high schools in the state of Western Australia, and consistently ranks academically within the top 10 non-selective secondary schools in the state. Applecross has produced two Rhodes Scholars.
Applecross runs dedicated art, tennis and chess programs, and has traditionally been dominant in these areas. It also runs Academic Extension classes, for those students talented in the areas of English, Maths, Science, Society and Environment, French and Japanese.
The school was opened in 1958 to service the rapidly growing south-of-the-river suburbs of the city of Perth, Western Australia. From about 1999 to 2002 the school underwent renovations to improve its structure. Today, around 1,200 students from Years 8 to 12 attend the school.
The school had a significant upgrade starting with Stage I in 2011 when the relocation of the tennis courts. Stage II commenced in February 2012 when the then education minister Elizabeth Constable officially launched the construction of a new library, visual arts block, science laboratory, a tiered auditorium, cafeteria and administration block. The upgrade will take four years to complete and is estimated to cost A$56 million.
The school crest is a combination of a black swan, signifying the proximity to the Swan River, with a hand holding a scimitar, emerging from a five-pointed crown (“issuant from an eastern crown or, a dexter hand holding a scimitar, in fess all proper”), the family crest of Sir Alexander Matheson Bt of Lochalsh, founder of the suburb of Applecross.
The school has performed consistently well in the WACE school rankings and is often the best performing amongst all of the public schools in the state.
|Year||% +75 in WACE[i]||State ranking[ii]||% +65 in WACE[iii]||State ranking||% graduation[iv]|
- Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 75 or above was achieved
- Ranking of school compared to other schools in the state
- Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 65 or above was achieved
- Percentage of Year 12 cohort that graduated with a WACE certificate
- Dean Alston - Walkley Award winning newspaper cartoonist
- Marcus Beilby - Noted realist painter, winner of Sir John Sulman Prize for Australian Genre Painting, works held by: National Gallery of Victoria; Parliament House, Canberra; National Library of Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia
- Darren Bennett - Former Australian Rules football player and American football punter in the NFL
- Jenny Boult (1951-2005)- Author and poet, won 1981 Anne Elder Award for first book of poetry
- Jim Gill AO - Chancellor of Curtin University, Western Australia, former: CEO of WA Water Corporation; WA Commissioner of Railways
- Jeanette Hacket AM - Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Western Australia (2006-2013)
- Adele Horin - Walkley Award winning columnist and reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald, previously international correspondent for the National Times.
- Bill Louden - Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Western Australia 
- Vince Lovegrove (1947-2012) Journalist, music manager, television producer, musician
- Tonya McCusker - Classical dancer, wife of Governor of Western Australia
- Vinay Menon - Rhodes Scholar, John Monash Scholar
- Graeme Robertson - Rhodes Scholar, former: Director of Muresk Institute of Curtin University; Director-General of WA Department of Agriculture 
- Diane Stone - Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK and Professor in Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest.
- Lesley Vidovich - Winthrop Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia 
- Reece Waldock - Director General of WA Department of Transport, Commissioner for Main Roads, CEO of Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. Former WA Commissioner of Railways
- Steve Ward - Boat builder, built 1983 12-metre class America's Cup winner Australia II, and challengers Australia, Australia III, Australia IV, Challenger 12 & South Australia.
- Bruce Williams - Commissioner of Fair Work Australia, former Commissioner of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Perth
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