NAPLAN 2020 – Years 7 and 9

The NAPLAN Online assessment window is open from Tuesday 12 May till Friday 22 May 2020.

Why do students do NAPLAN?

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.

The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance. NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

Please see attached Parent Information Brochure on NAPLAN 2020.

For more information, visit;

Approved Specialist Programs – Apply Now

Do you have a student interested in applying to an Approved Specialist Program for Secondary Education?

We would like to invite you to our Approved Specialist Programs Information Session on Wednesday 18 March, 6pm-7pm at Governor Stirling SHS. Hosted by the Approved Specialist Program Coordinators, you’ll be able to have one-to-one chats with a school representative, learn more about the specialist programs on offer, admission requirements and participate in a school tour.

Reserve your place now by registering today, or call 6274 0300.

What are Approved Specialist Programs?

There are programs that provide challenging and highly motivating learning opportunities to students with exceptional academic capacity or creative talent in three specialised areas;

• Arts Media

• Engineering

• AFL Football

Your child will be taught by experienced teachers with specialist knowledge who will develop their talents and help them reach their full potential.

Each specialised program is delivered via 4 hours of tuition per week. These programs equip your student with in-depth knowledge and skills to pursue a career in these areas. They will enjoy a rich learning environment that is challenging and stimulating.

Applications are now open and close on Thursday 9 April 2020, for students starting Year 7 in 2021.

Gifted and Talented Enrolments for 2021 Close Soon!

Gifted and Talented Enrolments for 2021 Close Soon!

If your child has exceptional academic ability, apply NOW for our Gifted and Talented Academic Program.

Applications close Sunday 9 February 2020. Late applications are not accepted.

The program offers a challenging curriculum for academically gifted children in four learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities.

Applications are available for any student entering Years 7,8, 9 or 10 in 2021.

Families can apply or find out more by visiting,    

Jennifer Lumia

Gifted & Talented Coordinator

URGENT – Coronovirus Up-date

The Department of Education is working with WA Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus to take the necessary precautions for students and staff.

Update – Travellers from China

From Saturday (1 February) foreign travellers who have left or passed through mainlaind China will be denied entry to Australia for two weeks.

Australian citizens, permanent residents and members of their immediate families will be exempt from the ban but are asked to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of departure from China.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has advised Australians not to travel to China. For the latest travel information visit

Update – Students who have returned from mainland China (not just Hubei Province)

As of Saturday (1 February 2020), all students arriving out of mainland China (not just Hubei Province) must self-isolate in their home for 14 days after leaving China, other than for seeking medical assistance. They are not able to attend school, school events, day care centres or residential colleges. This also applies to parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites and at school events.

The 14 day exclusion is a precaution to ensure the safest possible environment for children. After 14 days, if the student has no symptoms they may attend school.

Parents/carers should notify their school that the student will be away for the exclusion period, and confirm the date in which they were last in mainland China.

Students in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronovirus

If a student has been informed by Public Health authorities they are a close contact of a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, irrespective of whether they have developed symptoms, they cannot attend school, school events, day care centres or residential colleges until their local public health unit informs them that it is safe for them to do so. This also applies to parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites and at school events.

Parents/carers should notify their school, and evidence from the public health authority is required for the student to return to school.

The WA Department of Health has more information on the virus including factsheets for parents in English and Mandarin and access to a helpline 1800 300 243

2020 Term Dates and School Holidays

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.

2019 Year 12 Performance

2019 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 the 2019 Year 12 students the very best in their future endeavors.

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding performances in 2019 ATAR.

EXCELLENT SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT – Certificate of Distinction

Wells Elise


Adisty Savana

Ani Edgar

Brady Carly

Dann Jazmin

De Ruyter-Mason Sarah

Gardiner Abigail

ATAR 95 CLUB (students names are recognized on a school display board plus given a medallion for achieving 95 and above in their ATAR)

Wells Elise


Wells Elise

Hallam Leon

Saito-Abdullahi Asley

De Ruyter-Mason Sarah

Congratulation also to the following students for completing a VET Certificate III in 2019.

*Andrew Francis

Ani Edgar

Brady Carly

Bremmer-Bell O

*Dann Jazmin

*Dunford Emily

*Espolo Chrisa

*Estorba Jade

Harvey Jasmine

*Hughes Leon

Kaur Jashandeep

Mackenzie Skye

Me-ot Jessa Mae

*Roscoe Summer

*Scanlan Jack

*Taylor Chelcie



School 89%

Like Sch 85%

Public Sch 88%

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

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.