Kent Street Senior High School
|Kent Street Senior High School|
|East Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Colour(s)||Red, blue & white|
|The Admin Block of Kent Street Senior High School.|
Over 50 percent of students attending Kent Street live in neighbouring or other school districts. This is largely due to Kent Street's specialist programs (Aeronautics, Cricket, Fashion & Design).
The Western Australian Parliament received many proposals for a high school to situated south of the river through the 1920s but a lack of funds mostly due to the depression meant that the school did not eventuate. In 1932 a survey was conducted finding that 410 post primary age children were living in the South Perth and Victoria Park areas. Construction of the first building commenced in 1939 and the school commenced operations known as Kent Street Central School in 1940 with 354 students.
The buildings of the school are heritage listed and described as a complex of inter-war Free Classical style brick and tile buildings and grounds.
The school has a notable cricket heritage. School teams have entered Australian 5 Highs Cricket carnival, winning at Brisbane 1994, and at Melbourne 2000 and 2005. The school hosted the carnival in 1996, 2001 and 2006.
The School is based primarily on its 10-acre (4.0 ha) campus on Kent Street in East Victoria Park. The campus of the school is divided into three levels, because of its sloping hill it was positioned on. The school has no breaking in age groups except for a Canteen Quad for lower-school students and an Upper School Quad of upper-school students.
The school began to offer a course in Aviation to Year 11 students in 1979. The first class was composed of 27 students. In 1988 the course was opened for lower school students to enrol in. Fundraising was required to purchase some of the equipment required and Joan Terry, wife of the late Paul Terry, donated an aircraft hangar in 1994. By 2000 the school had developed a partnership with Edith Cowan University to promote aviation education in Western Australia. The aviation course was one of the courses trialed in the Courses of Study roll-out in 2004 and became a TEE equivalent course.
In 2008, the school joined a partnership with Skywest Airlines, a Western Australian based regional airline. With this partnership, aviation students can now undertake work experience and Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) at Skywest Airlines, assisting Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAME's) to undertake maintenance on Fokker 50 and Fokker 100 jet aircraft. In addition, upper school aviation students are able to undertake return flights with Skywest pilots. Students work with the pilots to determine the weight and balance of the aircraft, decipher complex meteorological data and apply navigation principles relevant to these sophisticated jet aircraft.
Rotary Residential College
The Rotary Residential College is on land leased from Kent Street Senior High School. The idea of the college was generated by the constant requests to metropolitan Rotary clubs for accommodation for high school students wanting to study special courses only provided at city based high schools. With the help of Federal, State and Local Governments, the corporate sector and guided by some Individual Rotary Clubs, this project is now a reality and has been operating since 1991.
Over the past twelve years some 450 boarders have availed themselves of the accommodation and they have come from nearly 100 country towns.
The Kentian Society promotes social ties between the school's past and present members, and supports the school by providing scholarships, bursaries and prizes through the Kentian Scholarship Foundation. All past students and staff of Kent Street Senior High School and their families are eligible for membership.
Incorporated in 1992, the Society was the first ex-students and staff association of a Western Australian government high school. It was formed in the wake of the school's highly successful 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1990.
- Bradd Dalziell - AFL, Brisbane Lions 2008-2009, West Coast Eagles 2010–Present.
- Tendai Mzungu - AFL, Fremantle Dockers 2011-Present
- Michael Dighton - Cricket, Western Warriors, Tasmanian Devils Football Club
- Michael Jeffery - AC, CVO, MC, Governor General of Australia; Governor of Western Australia; Major General Australian Army
- Rod Marsh - Australian Test cricketer
- Chris Mayne - AFL, Fremantle Football Club
- Marcus North - Cricket, Western Warriors
- Phillip O'Hara - Professor of Political Economy, Curtin University
- Luke Pomersbach - Cricket, Western Warriors
- Luke Ronchi - Cricket, Western Warriors
- Duncan Spencer - Cricket, Kent County Cricket Club, Western Warriors;
- David Taylor - Cricket, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Worcestershire County Cricket Club
- Ashley Thorpe - Cricket, Durham County Cricket Club
- Andrew Vlahov - NBL, Perth Wildcats, Australian Boomers, 4-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
- Ray Wardrop - General Manager of Channel Seven Perth
- Christine Wheeler - Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
- Shane Woewodin - AFL, Melbourne Football Club, Brownlow Medalist 2000, Collingwood Football Club
- "Ministerial Media Statements Kent Street Senior High School". 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Department of Education - Specialist Programs". 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Heritage Council of WA - Register of Heritage Places". 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Adelaide High School - Australian 5 Highs' Cricket Carnival". 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Steve Irons MP - Kent Street Senior High School". 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- "Kent Street Senior High School & Skywest Partnership". 2008.
- "About Us". Kentian Society website. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
- Ex-Principal, Rod Breseford
- History of Kent Street Senior High School, written by past staff in 1985.
- Student Records located in the School Science Block.