Ocean Reef Senior High School

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Ocean Reef Senior High School
Ocean Reef SHS, WA Logo.png
21 Venturi Drive Ocean Reef
Perth, Western Australia
Type Public, Secondary, Co-educational
Motto Opportunity. Challenge. Growth "Sail Forth"
Established 1983
Principal Karen Brookes
Enrolment ~1300
Campus Ocean Reef
Colour(s) Navy blue, white and light blue             
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Great Court
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Canteen area that has recently changed

Ocean Reef Senior High School is a co-educational state high school located in Ocean Reef, 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of Perth, Western Australia. Opening in 1983, the school's catchment area covers the northwestern part of the City of Joondalup and, as at Semester 1, 2011, the school has an enrolment of 1,216 students between Year 8 and Year 12.


The school first opened in 1983 with 200 students in a single teaching block (now used as the Social Studies block) with a small group of year 8 and 9 students and only 14 staff. It was formally opened by the then Education Minister, Bob Pearce, on 24 February 1984.

Over the years, the school has grown to around 10 blocks and a well equipped on-site library. The school now has a total of 92 teaching staff, 20 administration staff, 18 support staff and 1,217 students.

During a freak storm in March 2010 the school was extensively damaged by hail and torrential rain. As a result, the school was closed for a week for all students. Senior school students then returned (attending Padbury Senior High School for 2 weeks) but students from Year 8 to 10 were not allowed back until late April following the first term holiday break.[1]

In 2011, Ocean Reef Senior High School became an "independent public school" under a Liberal government initiative aimed at giving schools more flexibility in financial management, staff recruitment and other employment issues and school maintenance.[2]

Catchment area[edit]

Ocean Reef Senior High School's catchment area has been specified by the Department of Education and Training to include the suburbs of Ocean Reef, Connolly, Currambine, Iluka and Mullaloo, as well as the western part of Heathridge. Its feeder primary schools are Beaumaris Primary School, Connolly Primary School, Currambine Primary School, Mullaloo Beach Primary School, Mullaloo Heights Primary School, Ocean Reef Primary School and Poseidon Primary School.[3]

Its neighbour high schools are Kinross College to the north, Belridge Senior High School to the east and Padbury Senior High School to the south (Former). As many families in the area have above-average incomes compared with the Perth metropolitan region,[4] private schools such as Mater Dei College, Prendiville College, Lake Joondalup Baptist College and St. Mark's Anglican Community School compete for the same cohort.

Special programs[edit]

The school offers specialist programs in contemporary music, marine studies and elite soccer. Additionally, placement in the Secondary Extension And Challenge (SEAC) program is available to top academic students from years 8, 9 and 10. Students can be in all or none of these programs when attending ORSHS. Since Padbury Senior High School closure Ocean Reef has taken Marine Studies.

House Colours[edit]

These colours are named after ships that went to Australia. Blue=Cygnet Red=Success Yellow=Challenger Green=Parmelia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ABC News - Weeks off school for storm students". 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  2. ^ "The Department of Education, WA - Independent Public Schools". Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "School Education Act 1999 - Declaration of local-intake areas for schools with secondary students" (PDF). Western Australia Government Gazette. 23 December 2003. p. 5221.  Accessed 16 September 2011.
  4. ^ At the 2006 Census, Joondalup (North) SLA had a median weekly household income of $1,337, whilst the metropolitan area's median was $1,086.

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Coordinates: 31°45′36″S 115°44′17″E / 31.760°S 115.738°E / -31.760; 115.738