A $63 million building program at Applecross Senior High School has served up world-class facilities including a new gymnasium, school library, administration building, science and home economics learning areas, art block and design and technology block.
But for Applecross Senior High School former student and current tennis specialist teacher Lance Hinds, it is the six new tournament-quality tennis courts and indoor gym and fitness rooms that are most exciting.
“The specialist tennis program at Applecross Senior High School adds to the culture and identity of the school during school hours and in the wider community,” Mr Hinds said.
Applecross Senior High School has won the WA Champion Schools tennis event for the past twenty years.
“When I was in the program, it allowed me to interact with like-minded students and provided me with opportunities to further my tennis, represent the school, understand teamwork, and gave me a break from the academic rigours,” he said.
“As a teacher I can see the positive contribution the specialist tennis students make to the school.
“It is an achievement to make it into the program and the students are expected to maintain high quality of tennis skills as well as demonstrate the school values outside of school.
Tennis coordinator Lee Jarvinen said students come from all parts of the metropolitan area, country WA, and even all the way from South-East Asia.
“The tennis program became a Department-approved specialist program in 1995 and we currently have 120 students from Years 7 to 12,” Mr Jarvinen said.
“Students from our program have gone on to play in the Davis Cup for Australia, the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
“The new courts mean that students have the opportunity to train on the same surface that the majority of tournaments around Australia are played on,” he said.