Term Dates and School Holidays for 2020

Semester 1

Term 1 Mon 3 Feb – Thurs 9 April

Break Fri 10 April – Tues 28 April

Term 2 Wed 29 April – Fri 3 July

Break Sat 4 July – Mon 20 July

Semester 2

Term 3 Tue 21 July – Fri 25 Sept

Break Sat 26 Sept – Sun 11 Oct

Term 4 Mon 12 Oct – Thurs 17 Dec

Break Fri 18 Dec – Sun 31 Jan 2021

There are several school development days decided by the school, where students do not attend.

Term 1: Thursday 30 January and Friday 31 January.

Term 2 Tuesday 28 April.

Term 3: Monday 20 July.

Term 4: Friday 27 November and Friday 18 December.

Public Holidays 2020

New Year’s Day Wednesday 1 January 2020.

Australia Day Monday 27 January 2020 (actual date, Sunday 26 January).

Labour Day Monday 2 March 2020.

Good Friday Friday 10 April 2020.

Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April 2020.

Easter Monday Monday 13 April 2020.

ANZAC Day Monday 27 April 2020 (actual date, Saturday 25 April).

Western Australia Day Monday 1 June 2020.

Queen’s Birthday Monday 28 September 2020.

Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2020.

OLNA Testing – Week 7


Year 11 and 12 Period 1 – Monday in Library

Year 11 During English – Monday in Library

Year 10 BV During English Period 5 – Tuesday in Library

Year 10 OYI During English Period 1 – Wednesday in 3.17

Any catchups will need to go to 3.17 Period 1 Wednesday as there are 3 days only for Writing OLNA.

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;


Long Serving Staff Record

Our school is currently collating a record of all current and previous long serving staff of 20 years or more working at Governor Stirling SHS.

If you know of anyone who is not on our list below or notice any errors, please contact Karen Fooks on 6274 0300 or Karen.Fooks@education.wa.edu.au.

Year 12 Up-date

Year 12 Awards Ceremony 2019

On Thursday, 24 October 2019, Governor Stirling SHS will be celebrating the Year 12 Awards Ceremony for 2019. This event is to be held at the Belvoir Homestead Function Centre, located at 1177 Great Northern Highway, Upper Swan, 6:00pm-8:45pm ceremony. Tickets are on sale now to Monday 16 September, through the Front Office in person or by phoning 6274 0300.

Adventure World – Year 12 Leavers Excursion

As the Year 12 student’s time at Governor Stirling SHS draws to a close the students have elected to have their final outing at Adventure World as part of the acknowledgement for completion of their secondary schooling. This excursion is on Thursday 17 October, located at Adventure World, 351 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake, WA 6163, 9:45 am – 2:00pm. Cost payable to The Front Office by Monday 14 October 2019.

Canberra 2019 Tour Blog

The Governor Stirling Gifted and Talented tour to Canberra can be followed through the blog link below;

Canberra 2019 Tour Blog. 

Specialist Programs – Apply Now


Limited places are still available for round two submissions in our 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.

Round two applications are now open for 2020 Year 7 students and close on Friday 7 June 2019.

Testing Dates: Round 1 academic testing 28.05.2019. Round 1 Artsmedia workshop and Engineering interviews 06.06.2019. Round 2 Closing date 07.06.2019. Round 2 academic testing 11.05.2019. Round 2 Artsmedia workshop and Engineering interviews 20.06.2019. Round 2 AFL Trial 19.06.2019.

Application for Enrolment

NAPLAN Online update regarding test connectivity issues

Dear Year 7 and 9 Families

As you know, your child participated in NAPLAN Online last week. Unfortunately, there were some connectivity issues that may have disrupted your child’s experience during testing. Understandably, some students may have been impacted to an extent that may have affected their performance in their assessment. We have now been advised by the Authority, that affected students in the schools who experienced disruption will have the opportunity to re-sit the tests on Tuesday 28 May.

Full details available in the attached letter.

Leonie Squire

Vice Principal

Governor Stirling SHS

(08) 9274 0315



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.