10 November 2023
Reward and recognition
Four public secondary schools have been recognised in the WA Education Awards for the exceptional way they prepare students for life beyond school.
Applecross Senior High School, Ashdale Secondary College, Manea Senior College, and the Western Australian College of Agriculture Cunderdin were named finalists in the excellence in teaching and learning (secondary) category.
The award acknowledges secondary schools that create outstanding learning environments to enhance student progress and achievement.
Applecross Senior High School
The teaching and learning programs at Applecross Senior High School lead to consistently high student results and achievements.
The school’s values of ‘mutual respect’ and ‘personal best’ underpin all aspects of education. The school has effective ATAR and VET pathways, a strategic approach to STEM education, and specialist arts and sports programs which enable student success.
There is also a strong emphasis on staff professional development allowing teachers to further enhance their teaching impact.
Ashdale Secondary College
Located in Perth’s northern suburbs, Ashdale Secondary College is an innovative school that has developed programs and opportunities to meet the needs of modern students.
The college is a leader in STEM education and runs successful soccer, netball, ICT, and music programs to enable students to excel in their passions and maximise their potential.
Ashdale Secondary College is also committed to professional learning for staff to build capability for teaching graduates right through to senior leadership.
As an integral school in the Ashdale cluster, the college strategically collaborates with nearby primary schools to offer students meaningful education opportunities from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Manea Senior College
Manea Senior College is the only school of its kind in WA’s South West dedicated to educating Year 11 and 12 students in a purpose-built, mature and, professional campus where they transition to the adult world.
The school is committed to providing practical, real world learning opportunities through meaningful education pathways and community partnerships allowing students to be contributing and impactful citizens.
Manea Senior College was the driving force behind establishing The South West Innovation Academy which encourages students in the region to develop creative solutions to community issues.
The college also runs WA’s only school-based health and medical specialist program, offering students a pathway to vital health-related careers.
Western Australian College of Agriculture Cunderdin
The Western Australian College of Agriculture Cunderdin offers students theoretical and practical training opportunities in agricultural and related industries.
With a 4000 hectare commercial farm and a state-of-the-art trade training centre, students are exposed to all aspects of farm practices to prepare them for future employment.
The Wheatbelt college has extensive industry partnerships allowing students to learn from experts in real-world settings.
The college’s commitment to producing highly skilled graduates is evident in its long-standing success in student achievement, training recognition, and agriculture prizes and shows.