Governor’s School STEM Award 2018

Warwick Senior High School has been awarded the 2018 Governor’s School STEM award, which is officially titled “Excellence in STEM Education”.

Warwick triumphed over other noted schools including: Comet Bay College (runner up), St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and Ashdale College.

Mr Jeremy Caspersz (Design and Technology Teacher-in-Charge and STEAM committee leader), Head Boy Caleb McKenna and

Year 7 student Bronte Scaife accompanied me to Government House for the announcement.

I am always very honoured to accept an award, but do so on behalf of the whole school and particularly the team of leaders of STEAM and our dedicated staff.

The school has conducted many activities within our school and

externally, has competed in many STEM focused events and competitions, which involved both staff and students, and has invested countless hours in our pursuit of STEM excellence (or “STEAM” at our school).

Everyone should be justly proud of Warwick Senior High School and recognise it as an acknowledged leader in STEM education.

This will benefit the outcomes of Warwick students now and well into the future.

School Review Process and Outcome

Warwick Senior High School recently had its first school review since becoming an Independent Public School (IPS) in 2015.

The review is conducted by two people: an Office of School Review Director (Mr Brett Hunt) and a selected high school principal (Mrs Eleanor Hughes, Principal Joseph Banks College).

We were required to upload data and reports into an online format to demonstrate how we believed and could prove we were an “effective” school.

This evidence is reviewed by the team and then they spend a day at the school speaking to staff to verify how the school has “rated” itself.

Twenty staff and community members took part in the interviews. I am very proud to announce we have been verified as an EFFECTIVE SCHOOL and the review team were very pleased with what the school has achieved and its future planning!

Have a safe and happy festive season

On behalf of myself, and the Executive Team (Ms Belinda Hall, Ms Robyn Cleaver, Mrs Audrey Smith, Ms Lynn Jensen) and all teachers and support staff at Warwick, can I wish everyone a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

Travel safely and I look forward to working with parents and our community again in 2019.

Sheryl Giannas

Carol Provost

Goodbye to Staff leaving Warwick

Each year we farewell a number of staff who leave our school and 2018 is no exception!

Sheryl Giannas (VET Co-ordinator – part-time)
Sheryl will retire at the end of 2018 after 21 years of service at Warwick SHS and a long and distinguished career in education. She has been a teacher in HASS (formerly Social Studies), Year Co-ordinator, and in recent years, been assistant VET Co-ordinator for one day a week. Sheryl leaves education having left an indelible mark on students and staff alike.

David Goulding (Design and Technology Teacher)
David has been at Warwick since 2015 and has taught lower school D&T and Year 11 and 12 courses and VET Certificates. David brought a wealth of very practical knowledge to his role, as significant links to business and industry, particularly metal fabrication. David has decided to retire and go camping and continue exploring Australia!

Rob Stewart (HOLA PE/HEd)
Rob will be on extended leave without pay for 2019, and has indicated he “may not be back”.  He has volunteered himself for driving PE buses on day trips and camps and bus driving in general for Warwick next year.

Carol Provost (Office Administration/Principal’s PA)
Carol will retire in 2019 and will take long service leave next year and not return. So after 30 years here, we will farewell her on Friday too!

Another group of staff will be working in other schools or places in 2019, and wish them good luck in the future and thank them for their work while they have been at Warwick SHS.

We will farewell most of them on Friday morning at recess.

They are:

  • Suzie Prendergast (English) – to Bullsbrook SHS, temporarily for 2019
  • Michelle Rechichi (Mathematics) – to Duncraig SHS, permanent
  • Kaye Treacy (Mathematics and Numeracy Coordinator) – not continuing with us, but still at Mt Pleasant PS and working for ACARA.
  • Nathan Trengove (Health and Physical Education) – looking for a role in Margaret River while his wife works at Margaret River SHS. Nathan may have two days’ work at the high school, work for the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) and Edith Cowan University. If all else fails,  grape picking in the season!
  • Stephanie Watson (Music) – seeking a position closer to her new home, south of the river.

Thank you also to George Temple, who has quietly worked as our Public Relations and Marketing person for the past six months on a casual basis.  George has been a wizard with the website, newsletter, publication revamping and the huge job as the Au Revoir co-ordination with Andrew Bell.  Thank you George!!  George is now a working for the WA Road Safety Commission, as the Engagement Manager.

Lesley Wintle