Churchlands Senior High School
|Churchlands Senior High School|
Aim High & Achieve
|Perth, W.A, Australia|
|Associate Principals||Paul Housley
& Bernie Dunn
|Enrolment||1566 students (20 April 2014)|
|Colour(s)||Teal, navy blue, gold and red
- 1 History
- 2 Academic status
- 3 Music
- 4 Enrolment patterns
- 5 Notable former students
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Churchlands Senior High School was founded in 1962. It has established a tradition of excellence built on the academic, musical, cultural and sporting achievements of its students. Since 1972 Churchlands has been one of the leading music schools in Western Australia and its specialist music program is highly sought after by students across the state. Principal Neil Hunt was one of 4 finalists in the 2009 WA Education Principal of the Year Awards.
Litany of tragedies
Although the school has an excellent record in education, music and sport, the school has also been hit by a series of tragedies.
On 26 May 1997, the majority of the school was burnt down in a failed attempt to destroy evidence of a break-in. The school was largely rebuilt after spending a few years using demountable classrooms.
On 14 August 2008, the administration block was badly damaged by fire as a result of arson, and demountable offices were brought in to the school. The time taken for refurbishment from the time of the fire until completion was over 13 months.
Extensive damage was caused to school property by a record breaking storm on 22 March 2010. The school was closed for 2 days while sufficient repairs were carried out. Damage included flooded classrooms, roof collapse and damage to school supplies. Other schools such as Shenton College also suffered damage and were closed until the term break.
The school was heavily vandalised by students during Muck Up Day celebrations in 2011 when the graduating Year 12 students poured fertiliser, dog food and eggs in the swimming pool, glued doors shut and sprayed cooking oil around the school. The students involved were sent home and many graduation activities were cancelled as a result.
Churchlands Senior High School holds a high standard of academic results. Students have received many major awards, including two Rhodes Scholarships and on three occasions, the Beazley Medal. In 2004 Churchlands introduced the 'Gifted and Talented' and the Accelerated Learning Programmes to reinforce the current high standards.
For the 2009 TEE, Churchlands was the highest ranked public school, based on the number of students who scored 75% or more over four subjects. For the 2008 TEE, Churchlands was the second-highest ranked public school, based on the number of students who scored 75% or more over four subjects.
|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
Churchlands Senior High School is one of three schools in Perth to offer a selective entry music program. The two other schools are John Curtin College of the Arts and Perth Modern School. The school educators teach music at an elite level, encompassing many methods of teaching. Churchlands is renowned for its music, with all ensembles being well represented at their respective festivals. The students involved in the program perform regularly for school concerts and numerous extra curricular performances. Prospective students are auditioned early in their final year of Primary School with successful students being awarded a place in the Gifted and Talented Music Program. This entitles them to individual instrumental lessons. Students who are not successful may be offered places in either the Special Music Option or General Music courses where they are provided with group lessons.
The completion of the music department has been finally approved and construction is expected to be finished by 2011. The new elements will be directly connected to the existing music building. After construction the music facility will be twice as big as the existing music building. The construction was originally intended to start in the mid-1990s.
Churchlands embarks on an international music tour every 3 years. In 2009, the group of 169 music students travelled and performed at Long Island, New York (Manhattan), Potsdam/Canton(Crane School of music), Montreal, Quebec city, the Niagara district and Toronto, Canada. The most recent tour was in 2012 where students traveled to Ireland, Belgium and France. On this tour, students represented Australia by performing at the Villers-Bretonneux ANZAC day dawn service.
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11||Year 12||Totals|
Notable former students
Academia & science
- Ian Puddey - Winthrop Professor of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia
Art, entertainment and media
- Taryn Fiebig - soprano, Opera Australia
- Neil Fisenden - flautist, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & West Australian Symphony Orchestra
- Allan Myers - clarinetist, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & West Australian Symphony Orchestra
- Michael Turkic - actor, director, & producer of musical theatre
- Christine Turpin - timpanist, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Entertainment and media
- Paul Bowen - General Manager STW-9
- Sally Carbon - radio host, journalist, & children story-book writer
- Neil Eliot (1955-2007) - press photographer, Walkley Award 1991 & Press Photograph of the Year 1992
- Christopher Malcolm - art curator, Director of the John Curtin Gallery
- Mike Fitzpatrick - Director, Rio Tinto Ltd
- John Gillam - Managing Director of Bunnings, CSBP
- Melanie Greensmith - fashion designer, co-founder Wheels and Doll Baby
- Zhenya Tsvetnenko - Chief Executive Officer of Zhenya Group of Companies (also attended Rossmoyne Senior High School)
Politics and public service
- Eric Ripper - Deputy Premier and WA Treasurer 2001-2008, Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia 2008-2012
- Kerry Sanderson - Agent-General for Western Australia in London (2008-2011), Chief Executive Office of Fremantle Port Authority (1991-2008)
- Neil Brooks - swimming, Moscow Olympics 1980 gold medal 4x100m medley relay, Los Angeles Olympics 1984 silver medal 4x100m medley relay, bronze medal 4x100m freestyle relay
- C.J. Bruton - Australian Boomer and Brisbane Bullet of the NBL
- Sharon Buchanan - hockey, Los Angeles Olympics 1984, Seoul Olympics 1988 gold medal, Barcelona Olympics 1992, Hockeyroos Captain, Champion's Trophy Player of the Tournament at Berlin 1991; Buchanan was also selected for the Australian team which boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980
- Sally Carbon - hockey, Seoul Olympics 1988 gold medal
- Mike Fitzpatrick - AFL footballer, Carlton premiership captain 1981 & 1982, captained Victoria 1982, Chairman of the AFL Commission
- Jodie Lambert - athletics, Atlanta Olympics 1996
- Richard Pengelley - water polo, Los Angeles Olympics 1984 & Seoul Olympics 1988
- Andrew Poole - cave diver & explorer, co-discovered longest cave in Indonesia, and co-discovered the remipede species L. exleyi in a sink hole near Exmouth
- Tom Stachewicz - swimming, Los Angeles Olympics 1984, Seoul Olympics 1988, Barcelona 1992 - Swimming Western Australia Hall of Fame 2009
- Christine Stanton - high jumper, Moscow Olympics 1980, Los Angeles Olympics 1984, Seoul Olympics 1988
- Department of Education Department of Western Australia, Alphabetical List of Western Australian Schools
- "Churchlands Senior High School News" (pdf). August 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- "WA Govt to examine parole of Perth High School killer". ABC online. 16 November 2002.
- "Teacher haunted by murder". PerthNow. 8 September 2010.
- Churchlands SHS fire will not affect classes: Education Department
- "School vandalised as Year 12s run amok". PerthNow. 21 October 2011.
- "Muck-up day disgrace for Churchlands". The West Australian. 21 October 2011.
- "Western Australian Rhodes Scholars". Retrieved 16 May 2010.
- Curriculum Council School Comparison Statistics
- "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- Findlay, Len (4 July 2007). "Photographer with a prize-winning touch". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- Humphreys, Bill (June 2000). "Bundera Sinkhole". Cave Divers Association of Australia. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- Main School web site
- Music Department web site
- Department of Education and Training Gifted and Talented web site