Subject: Governor Stirling SHS – NAPLAN Technical issues

Dear Parents/Guardians

Unfortunately some of our Year 7 and Year 9 students were affected by technical issues whilst undertaking the online NAPLAN Writing component on Tuesday. As a result of the technical issues, some students were regularly interrupted whilst completing NAPLAN.

We have notified the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) about the situation and expressed our concern about the implications of the technical issues on the performance of our students. We have been informed that the technical issues experienced by our students were not particular to Governor Stirling SHS and that thousands of students across Australia were affected in a similar way.

SCSA are currently investigating the data from yesterday’s online NAPLAN and are considering the best way to respond to the situation. They will issue their response as soon as possible. At this stage we will continue with the implementation of the remaining online NAPLAN assessments as per our planned schedule. The school will communicate to parents any further developments regarding NAPLAN as information becomes available.

Kind Regards

Leonie Squire

Vice Principal

NAPLAN Online 2019, Year 7 & 9 Parents

Why do students do NAPLAN tests?

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. For more information please see attached brochure.

Early Close Wednesday 10 April 2019

Due to the parent/teacher interviews, students will be dismissed after Period 3 at 12.09pm on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Students are to make their way home at this time. Those who need to wait for an afternoon bus service will be required to attend a classroom during the interviews.

Term 1 Parent Teacher Interviews 2019

Specialist Programs – Apply Now

We are proud to be able to offer three specialist programs at Governor Stirling SHS that allow our students to pursue their interests and strengths in:

Department of Education Endorsed Specialist Programs

Each specialist program is delivered via 4 hours of tuition per week. These programs equip your child with in-depth knowledge and skills to pursue a career in these areas.

Applications are now open for 2020 Year 7 students and close on Friday 10 May 2019.

Application for Enrolment

OLNA Testing

The OLNA enables students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating a minimum standard of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy. The standard requires students to demonstrate proficiency in using a range of ACSF Level 3 skills in each component. The following link provides more information about the OLNA:

School Board Nominations

Please find attached a letter from Dr Putrino together with a nomination form, for parents wishing to nominate to be a part of the school board in 2019. The closing date for nominations is Friday 15 March 2019.

2018 Year 12 Performance

Congratulations to all students who graduated from Year 12 last year. Completing Year 12 is a wonderful achievement and something of which both parent and student should be proud of. Governor Stirling Senior High School sincerely wishes all 2018 Year 12 students the very best in their future endeavors.

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding performances in 2018 ATAR results.

Academic Achievement Award For achieving a ATAR score of 90 and above:

Wenyan Lin

Tyler James Pryce

Taylor Jane Pescud

Kayla Jade Centracchio

Thomas Albertsen

Alexia Datario

Shih-Yoo Tsai

Recognition of an ‘Excellent School Achievement Certificate of Distinction’ For achieving 190–200 points in the last three consecutive years of senior secondary WACE enrolment:

Wenyan Lin

Recognition of an ‘Excellent School Achievement Certificate of Merit’ For achieving 150–189 points in the last three consecutive years of senior secondary WACE enrolment:

Kayla Jade Centracchio

Taylor Jane Pescud

Tyler James Pryce

ATAR 95 Club Students of 2018:

Wenyan Lin

Tyler James Pryce

School Performance WACE Achievement:

84% (Like schools 83%)

School Attainment: 100% (Like schools 95%) (Min ATAR of 55 OR Cert II)

Median ATAR: 80.2 (Like schools 70.3)

Achieved literacy: 100%

Achieved numeracy: 100%

Students with TWO more than VET qualifications: 29

Students with a Certificate III qualification: 14

Above State Course Achievement



Mathematics Methods

Mathematics Applications


Close to State Achievement


Mathematics Specialist



Human Biology

Yr 11 & 12 Ball 2019

A reminder to Year 11 & 12 students and parents that payment for the 2019 school ball is due to the front office by 4pm Friday 15 February. Late payments will not be accepted as venue costs will be finalised soon after this date.

Year 7 Team Building Excursion

To help new studnets transition into secondary school and develope realtionships, the Year 7 students will be participating in a Team Building Excursion on Friday 8 February 2019.

Please see attached information sent home to parents. Completed consent forms are due to the front office or by email to by Wednesday 12 December 2019.