Term 1 2019 has been another fantastic term for Warwick SHS.  We started the term with an increase in enrolments and having to add another class in Year 7 due to demand, which makes a total of five classes starting their high school career.  Additionally, there has been an increased demand for enrolments in every other year group, due to our recent successes in a number of areas.  Prospective parents are now more aware of all the great things that occur at Warwick SHS through our improved media presence and marketing strategy.  Parents are attracted to Warwick for its: after school clubs, STEM/STEAM skills approach to learning, its specialist and elite programs, and its overall size that is highly conducive to ensuing that all students’ needs are catered for.  Overall I am pleased with the school in this term, and how everyone has settled in well.

Successful School Review

In November 2018, Warwick SHS underwent its first Public School Review, since commencing as an Independent Public School (IPS) in 2015.  The new review process required the school to prove its effectiveness by uploading many school documents in the categories: Teaching Quality, Learning Environment, Student Achievement and Progress, Leadership, Use of Resources, and Relationships and Partnerships.  The choice of documents to up load was the decision of the school but we had to answer these questions for each category:

  • How are we going? (Making our self-judgements)
  • How do we know? (Providing our evidence)
  • What are we doing to improve? (Planning for the future)

After reviewing our submitted evidence on line, the School Review Team (comprised of two high school principals) attended Warwick for one day in mid-November, and spoke to a number of our key staff, parents and School Board members.  The purpose of the visit was to validate the school’s self-assessment through interviewing key stakeholders.  At the end of the day the Review Team met with the school Executive team and rated the school as being “Effective”, and were highly complementary about the school’s overall education program, student support mechanisms and its overall achievements.

My thanks must go to the school’s Executive team, Ms Belinda Hall, Ms Robyn Cleaver, Mrs Audrey Smith, and Ms Lynn Jensen who assisted me to gather the documentation for the review submission, and everyone who spoke to the review team.  The school will not be reviewed again until 2020.

Principal’s Absence

I will be on planned leave for the first 3 weeks of Term 2 and Ms Belinda Hall will be relieving principal.  Mr Jason Tomlinson will be Associate Principal replacing Ms Hall, and Mrs Louise Kirkby will be Head of Student Services in his place.

Lesley Wintle
Principal

School Ball Success!

Parents and carers should be very proud of their children if they attended the school ball at Joondalup Resort in late March. Nearly 200 guests attended the event, our students and partners, supervisory staff, and for the first time West Coast SESC Year 12 students and staff.

Parents and carers should be very proud of their children if they attended the school ball at Joondalup Resort in late March. Nearly 200 guests attended the event, our students and partners, supervisory staff, and for the first time West Coast SESC Year 12 students and staff.

A great night was had by everyone who attended, but I must highlight the exemplary behaviour of Warwick students.  They were so well behaved that our staff did not have to “supervise” them as such, which makes for such a pleasant night for everyone.  Students truly behaved as young adults would rather than children, and showed their maturity.

They fully embraced the West Coast students joining their big night, and a West Coast staff member expressed to me their gratitude, for our students being so inclusive of the West Coast students on the night.   I went home feeling very proud of our students. Congratulations to our Year 11/12 students.

Thank you to the organisers: Andrew Neho, Bree Barber and Joanne Hope.