Warwick student wins prestigious university scholarship

Year 12 leaver Alana Dooley has been awarded Curtin University’s most prestigious undergraduate student scholarship.

Alana received the John Curtin Scholarship and will use the funds to study a double degree in Science and Arts at Curtin University, with the goal to pursue a career in astrophysics and science communication.

Alana said she was honoured to receive the scholarship and is looking forward to starting her degree next year.

“In all honestly I was very surprised to receive the scholarship – in a good way.  I actually asked the man on the phone to repeat the news because I thought I’d misheard. I knew there was strong competition and I had prepared myself for both possible outcomes, but I’m stoked.” she said.

The John Curtin Scholarship Program invests in future leaders who intend to use their abilities and passion to lead positive change in the community.

“This scholarship values vision, leadership and commitment to community and I feel honoured that those characteristics have been recognised in me as I am very passionate about these things. The program also harnesses and develops leadership and this is a journey I am very excited to embark upon.”

The scholarship covers the cost of student fees, and provides an annual stipend of $2000 and a further $6000 towards an international study experience. In total, the scholarship is valued at approximately $45 000.

Congratulations Alana on this tremendous recognition!

My Place Writing Competition

Warwick students shone in the 2020 My Place Writing Competition.

Congratulations to Year 10 students Jiya Shukla and Claudia Claite, who placed first and third respectively in the Year 9/10 category of this national competition.

The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped our lives, and historians of the future will want to know how this looked and felt for children, their families, and their communities. Presented by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the 2020 My Place Writing Competition asked Year 3 to 10 students to reflect on this moment in time and share their thoughts, observations, and experiences through writing.

The competition received 3,200 entries from primary and secondary schools across the country.

To read Jiya and Claudia’s entries, visit:


Bronte Scaife attends ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Congratulations to Year 9 student Bronte Scaife, who attended the ConocoPhillips Science Experience (CPSE) at Murdoch University from 8 to 10 December.

Participating students engaged in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work. Students were able to broaden their experience across diverse fields of science.

Congratulations Bronte!

Follow the Dream Outreach Celebration

Four Warwick students were recognised at the Follow the Dream Outreach End of Year Celebration, held at Edith Cowan University, Monday 30 November.

Year 10 student, Trent Woods, was presented with the Endeavour Award for his perfect attendance at the weekly homework club and persistence in his effort.

Jamahl Martin received the Year 10 Leadership Award for his efforts in completing the Certificate I in Leadership and serving as a role model to other students through a number of Follow the Dream activities.

Darcy Dhu was recognised as the highest Academic Achiever for Year 11, while Alana Dooley was the recipient of the All Rounder Award.

Congratulations to all of our Year 7 to 12 Creating the Dream and Follow the Dream students for their commitment to the program in 2020. And well done to Trent, Jamahl, Darcy and Alana on this well deserved recognition!

Darcy Dhu to attend Katitjiny Boya Birrit

Congratulations to Year 11 student Darcy Dhu on his selection to attend the Katitjiny Boya Birrit, i.e. the National Indigenous Business Summer School (NIBSS) Western Australia, hosted by Curtin University, in January 2021.

NIBSS is an exciting program for Indigenous students entering Years 11 and 12 who are thinking about studying in the world of business, becoming an entrepreneur, owning a business and curious about studying at Curtin University.

Curtin University’s Focus on Mining Camp

Congratulations to Year 10 students Hai Anh Ha and Jagriti Mehta who have both been selected to attend Curtin University’s Focus on Mining Camp over the January school holidays. This five day experience, conducted by the WA School of Mines, will introduce participants from across Western Australia to the mining industry and all that it has to offer. During the camp, which is based in Kalgoorlie, students will tour operational mine sites and participate in hands on workshops.

SIDE Principal’s Award recipient

April Thompson, in Year 12, was a joint SIDE Principal’s Award recipient for 2020. The principal of SIDE, Mr Paul Matthews, will rent April’s beautiful artwork from her for a year, to display in his office. The artwork in question was made as part of April’s final unit for ATAR Visual Arts. Well done April, a great achievement!