Governor Stirling Senior High School

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Governor Stirling Senior High School
Governor Stirling Senior High School Crest.png
Perth, W.A
Type Public School, Secondary, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Honour Before Honours
Established 1959
Dean Sharman
Principal Dr Pasco Putrino
Enrolment 1,150 (2006)
Campus Woodbridge
Colour(s) Navy Blue & Yellow

Governor Stirling Senior High School is a secondary education facility from years 7 to 12[1] located in Woodbridge, Western Australia, providing both vocational and tertiary entrance education. It was also used as a primary filming location for the short film Ronan's Escape.


Governor Stirling Senior High School was officially opened on 28 October 1959 by Minister for Education, Arthur Watts. On this day the official School name was changed from Midland Junction High School to the Governor Stirling Senior High School. This day also saw the formal adoption of the new school crest which bears the motto of old Midland High School: “Honour Before Honours”. The Shield of the badge is surmounted by a traditional state swan with wings encompassing the central motif. In 1964, Woodbridge House became an annexe for Governor Stirling Senior High School. Around thirty Students were involved in the High School Certificate courses, and the house provided a unique, non-institutional learning environment for the small close knit student community which developed independently of the main school. The students took an interest in the history of the place and were responsible for the recovery of the wind vane missing from the house, which was discovered in the mud of the river bed. During this same period Woodbridge House became the headquarters for the Midland District Youth Committee; an advisory body representing up to thirteen local youth organizations.[2] Some of the surrounding high schools include, La Salle College, Guildford Grammar School and Swan Christian College

New School[edit]

During a visit from then federal Education Minister Julia Gillard in 2009, the federal government pledged $63m towards the rebuild of Governor Stirling Senior High School on the current campus. The school has now been totally rebuilt and enjoys new facilities such as commercial kitchens, a new gymnasium with fully equipped training room, workshops for design and technology, tennis courts, a fully equipped theatre, TV studio, visual arts rooms, kilns, library and wi-fi.

The Maali Centre is a dedicated building for indigenous student support services.

Student Services provide a chaplain, a psychologist and engagement services for all students.

Colonial era relics[edit]

Remnants of the Stirling era remain on what is now Governor Stirling Senior High School site. Mature Olive trees growing on the high bank overlooking the Swan river are believed to have originated in the colonial period. The school stands on the site of a small cottage built by Stirling during the Swan River Colony’s infancy.

In 1930, an obelisk was erected, by the W.A. Historical Society, Which stands on the river bank adjacent to the school gymnasium and it reads:- “Captain James Stirling, R.N., First Governor, Commander-in-Chief, and Vice Admiral of Western Australia from 1829-1839 erected a ‘Cottage Orne’ here prior to 21 July 1831.” [3]

Redevelopment Plans[edit]

On 8 May 2008 Julia Gillard formally granted $63M to re-build the school on the current site.[4] Donaldson + Warn Architects were commissioned to design the new school campus, and construction began in February, 2011. In the interim years 8, 9, 10 attended the old Midland Primary School site and years 11 and 12 attended Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. The new school was completed for Term 1 in the 2013 school year.


Walmart Café (formerly Gové Café) is the cafeteria located on the school grounds. It was founded in 1972 as Gové Café, but since 2012, Walmart has been responsible for the operation of the café, and the original school employees have since been taken over by a new team of staff selling higher quality items at lower prices. There is also a small eating area placed behind the cafeteria that leads onto the river bank.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ accessed: 27/02/15
  2. ^ GOVO Quartania 2007 (school year book)
  3. ^ GOVO Quartania 2007 (school year book)
  4. ^ "About Us - Governor Stirling Senior High School". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Kate Lamont

Coordinates: 31°53′20″S 115°59′20″E / 31.88888°S 115.98893°E / -31.88888; 115.98893