Term 3 has started well at Warwick Senior High School. The students have returned and generally have settled in well to the second semester. As I move about the school yard and chat to students, it seems they are mostly happy to be here.

Grounds Enhancement: After feedback from parents and students in the annual feedback surveys, there have been requests for “more seating in the yard”, and “more things to do” especially from the younger students, i.e. Year 7 and 8.

Recently Warwick has gained a Department of Education grant of $30,000 for shade structures and play equipment, and the school has matched this money with school based funds. We are currently undertaking placing more shade and games areas around the school but the Year 7 area particularly as they are most active.

Year 12 students: Ms Cleaver, Mrs Kirkby, Mrs Hope and teachers of Year 12, are working very hard to ensure all of this group, gain the grades and results necessary to obtain WACE this year. I am generally pleased with the feedback about their progress, that I receive.

Excursions in Semester 2: We now have the ability to conduct excursions and incursions, under COVID Phase 4 regulations. However, we do not plan to try to conduct every event we had to cancel in Semester 1. Excursions/incursions will be conducted with consideration of maintaining the educational program and reducing interruptions to the regular timetabled classes. Also the possible burden of the cost to parents/carers.

Some of those already planned are netball carnivals, football games, the school athletics carnival, R U OK Day and Year 9 LABRATS at ECU.

Sue Ellery, Jessica Stojkovski, Mark McGowan, Lesley Wintle, Holly Dalliston, Alana Dooley

Infrastructure Upgrade: It was a welcome visit on Monday 3 August from the Premier, Mark McGowan, the Minister for Education, Sue Ellery, and our local Kingsley MLA, Jessica Stojkovski, to announce funding of 2 million dollars to revitalise the school’s performing arts studio.  This is part of the government’s WA Recovery Plan after COVID 19, and it aims to stimulate our economy by creating employment through public works projects.

We are very grateful for the investment in our rapidly growing school, I am very pleased to see a part of our school gain a major renovation.

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Lesley Wintle