The Year 12 class of 2018 certainly lived up to the school’s motto of Aspire, Learn and Grow.
62 students (89% of Year 12) achieved their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Achieving a WACE signifies that students have successfully met the breadth and depth requirements of the WACE and the achievement standards for the courses that they chose.
A new component of the WACE since 2016 is the achievement of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. Last year’s results saw:
29% of students achieve Reading
14% of students achieve Writing.
86% of students achieve Numeracy
Each student enrolled in the General Pathway completed at least one VET qualification. In fact, across the year group 19 students achieved two qualifications and 11 with an impressive three qualifications. The cohort achieved 43 Certificate II qualifications, 25 at Certificate III and three at Certificate IV.
The ATAR group achieved a median ATAR of 75.35, the highest in 15 years at the school. Exam performance by Warwick SHS students is above the Department of Education average in Chemistry, English, Human Biology, Mathematics Methods, and Mathematics Specialist.
Certificates of Merit were awarded to Rudy Bheekarry, Tessa MacNish, Sam Kearsley and Paula Nguyen by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, while Caleb McKenna received a Certificate of Distinction.
Principal Lesley Wintle recognises the success that has been achieved but acknowledges that there is still much work to do.
“The OLNA first became a requirement of the 2016 WACE requirements and we are endeavouring to support all students to achieve the standard by the time they complete Year 12.”
In 2019, Foundation courses will be conducted in both Year 11 and 12 English and Mathematics. The school has also implemented additional programs and purchased specific resources to aid students who have not yet achieved the required standard in all components of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA).
“One area where we are specifically working to see improvement is the timely submission of assessment tasks. This year, I have instructed my staff to monitor the non-submission of tasks more closely so as to minimise the last minute panic by students in completing their work.”