Balga Senior High School

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Balga Senior High School
Location
Balga, W.A, Australia  Australia
Coordinates 31°51′08″S 115°50′48″E / 31.852245°S 115.84662°E / -31.852245; 115.84662Coordinates: 31°51′08″S 115°50′48″E / 31.852245°S 115.84662°E / -31.852245; 115.84662
Information
Type Public, Co-educational
Motto Strength in Unity
Established 1970
Principal Geoffry Harris
Enrolment 433 Semester Two 2013
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Blue and White
Website

Balga Senior High School is a public co-educational high school in Western Australia. The school is located on Markham Way in the suburb of Balga.

Established in 1970,[1] the school caters for students in Year 8 to 12.

A fire was delibrately lit at the school in 2002 causing $200,000 worth of damage.[2]

Merv Hammond, the school principal from 1995 to 2006, was named Principal of the Year by the then education minister Alan Carpenter in 2002.[3] Hammond later retired in 2006 following charges of 15 counts of corruption of A$400,000 of funds being embezzled in companies associated with the Balga works Program for disavantaged youths.[4] These charges were later dropped in 2009.[5]

Enrolments in the school have remained fairly stable with 444 in 2007, 476 in 2008, 456 in 2009, 433 in 2010, 456 in 2011, 430 in 2012 and 433 in 2013. The majority of student numbers are found in the lower secondary part of the school.

In 2010, the school appeared at the bottom of the annual league tables, with only 55.17% of Year 12 students graduating. This was the lowest proportion of any school in the state.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department of Education Schools online". 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Parliamentary Hansard Tueaday 12 November 2002". 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ministerial Media Statements - Principal of the Year". 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Principal charged over Balga Works". The West Australian (Perth, Western Australia). 28 July 2007. p. 11. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "DPP drops charges against Hammond". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "WA Today - St Hilda's tops school league tables". 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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