2020 GSSHS Arts Showcase Exhibition Opening

You’re invited to the 2020 GSSHS Arts Showcase Exhibition Opening.

Thursday 15 October, 5:00 – 8:00pm, School Foyer

This is a free event, all are welcome.

Year 12

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Tuesday, 27 October 2020, Governor Stirling SHS will be celebrating the Year 12 Awards Ceremony at the Perth Concert Hall. Parents/guardian’s should have already received a formal invite to this evening on Connect.

The Awards Ceremony is the highlight of the school year and requires prior preparation and planning. Covered in this letter are costs associated with graduating and important dates to mark on your calendar.

To assist with the organisation and the ultimate success of the Awards Ceremony, it is imperative that Year 12 students continue to attend school for the remainder of the Year 12 school year. This will ensure various requests such as gown fittings, event rehearsal, and school photographs can be achieved within the school day. Last day for Year 12 students is Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Student Graduation Fee

Costs obtained by graduating is traditionally absorbed entirely by the graduating cohort. This year, each student is required to pay a graduation fee of $75, please view the graduating student fee break-down tabled below. Payment is made directly to the school and is due by Friday 25 September 2020. Parents/students can make this payment in person to the Front Office, via phone 62740300 or via Direct Debit Commonwealth Bank, BSB 066115, ACC 00090015 Reference – GRAD FIRST NAME LAST NAME. Payment must be made in full, sorry no part payments accepted. The school is entitled to withhold graduation portfolios from students whom have out-standing school fees.

Graduating Student Fee Break- Down

Gown hire (includes dry-cleaning) $7.00
Sash (retained by student) $27.00
Portfolio (retained by student) $13.00
Ticket $25.00
TOTAL = $75 payment, due Friday 25 September 2020

Gown Hire

To add to the prestige of the event, all students participating in the ceremony will be required to wear an academic gown. These gowns are organised through the school and are added to the final cost of the graduating student. Graduates are to leave their gown with the teacher-in-charge, at the end of the presentation, prior to leaving the venue. Furthermore, formal attire by graduates is to be worn on the evening with suitable footwear taken into consideration, as graduates will be required to walk on and off a raised platform on stage.


As a graduation momentum, each student will receive a graduation sash to wear on the evening. This sash is theirs to keep as it contains the names of Class of 2020.

Graduation Photographs

Photos will be taken on Thursday 15 of October 2020 during Period 2 at 9.50am sharp. The cost of the photo package will be distributed by Midland Photographers on the night of the Awards Ceremony. There will also be an opportunity for families to have professional photographs with their graduate on the night of the awards. The date of availability and cost of these is to be advised.


Each graduate will receive a formal graduation folder from which will retain their certificate/s, references’ and Statement of Results.


All graduates will be seated with fellow students on stage and require a ticket from which is included in the $75 student fee payable to the school.

Guest Attendance/Tickets

Each Graduate is eligible to invite a max. of 3 guests, due to the COVID Phase 4 restrictions. If restrictions change and extra seating becomes available, the school will notify parents/careers via Connect. Tickets are purchased through The Perth Concert Hall;


Important Dates to Remember

Thursday 24 September Graduation Tickets go on sale at 10 am through the Perth Concert Hall (please see formal invite for ticket details).
Friday 25 September $75 Graduation student fee due (Front Office).
TBA Academic Gown fitting.

Graduation photos P3. All students are required to wear school uniform.

Rehearsals for the awards ceremony in the gym P4.

Friday 16 October Farewell/ Reward excursion (information on Connect).
Tuesday 20 October Last day for ALL Year 12 students.

Farewell breakfast, 7.30am in the café.

Final Year 12 assembly (due to COVID, details to be advised).


Tuesday 27 October Awards Ceremony evening.


A friendly reminder that due to the excitement of the end of year activities, some students may be tempted to display unacceptable behaviour during their last days at school. Should any student place themselves in this situation, their attendance at the Awards Ceremony will be forfeited.

We greatly appreciate you sharing this information with your student and we look forward to seeing you at the Awards Ceremony.


Yours faithfully,

Andrew Davini

Year 12 Coordinator

Free WA Youth Theatre Company Classes

WA Youth Theatre Company  (WAYTCo) are now offering free drop in classes every WEDNESDAY to young people. If you have students who are interested in giving theatre or acting a try, please read on!

WAYTCo wants to make theatre as accessible as possible, which is why with the generous support of the City of Perth they have developed this free program for young people every Wednesday afternoon.

There is an exciting line up of Western Australian talent leading these one-hour workshops in theatre, performance and acting. This program is perfect for any young people who want to give performance a try, meet new people and brush up on their acting skills.

WAYTCo provides a professional community in which they encourage young people to experience theatre and share diverse stories within a positive and safe environment. For this innovative new program you can attend as many, or as few of the workshops as you like. No commitment, no fees, no pressure.

If interested, talk to Mrs Konstantouras about it.  She will help you to sign up / make your booking.


WHEN: Every Wednesday. 5pm-6pm: ages 13-17

WHERE: King Street Art Centre – WAYTCo Studio, Level One, 357 Murray St,  Perth, 6000


HOW: Book online from 9am every Monday (general public bookings open on Tuesday). WAYTCo encourages booking early as there are limited spaces.

For more details contact:

Mrs Olga Konstantouras

Acting Head of Learning Area – Arts

6274 03 00 ( front office)



Love Your Body Week for Families
Dear families
Butterfly has a fantastic new initiative for you to share with the families you work with – Love Your Body Week for Families.
It’s all about supporting Australian homes with free activities and resources to encourage acceptance, appreciation and respect for ALL bodies and to foster a body confident home environment.
We know from increases in online searching and contacts to our Helpline that body image is one of the things people have been finding tough during COVID19. What better time to inject a little positivity!
What’s Included?
•A free live webinar – Practical advice to families on promoting positive body image in the home.
•Uniquely Me Resource – Activities to boost your child’s body esteem.
•Family Pledge Cards & Posters – Download and add your family’s unique commitments to creating a body confident home.
•And more…!
Who Can Participate?
•ALL families, in All homes, Australia wide – traditional, blended and extended families & fur baby families too!
How To Get Involved?
•Please share the link to the registration/further info page for Love Your Body Week for Families with your community.
•Individual families are asked to register so we can track the reach of this new initiative.
•Registered families will be sent a link to the dedicated portal where all the fabulous Love Your Body Week for Families resources can be found.
•And of course, you can register too, and use the materials in your own work.
Love Your Body Week For Families - Butterfly Foundation
Love Your Body Week For Families – Butterfly Foundation
Term 3 Parent/Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 29th July

Dear Parents/Carers

Term 3 Parent/Teacher Interviews

The Term 1 parent/teacher interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 29th July, 2020, which is the second week of Term 3.  These interviews allow you to seek confirmation of your child’s progress during Semester 1 and arrange for a further meeting if required.  Time slots for interviews remain 5 minutes in duration and are available by appointment using a booking system.

Students are to attend school and they will be dismissed after Period 3 at 12.09pm.  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.

To book interviews please use the online booking system (SOBS).  If you do not have access to the internet please contact the school office to arrange your interview times, no later than 12 noon Tuesday 28th July.

The online procedure is as follows:
• In your web browser type www.govo.wa.edu.au and when this appears click the SOBS online booking system icon (located on the home page) and follow the link.

• The online booking system will be accessible from 12 noon Monday 20 July through to midnight Tuesday 28 July.  No interview requests will be accepted outside of these times.

Teachers may request an interview with you if they feel there is a matter of importance which should be discussed.

Semester 1 reports will be published via CONNECT at 4:00 pm on Friday 3.  If you are unable to view your report you are welcome to collect your report from Wednesday 29 July from the front Office or during the interviews outside the Physical Education Office from a Student Services representative.

Please bring your child to accompany you to the interview as this often assists the discussion and clarification of outcomes.

Yours sincerely

Steve Palandri
Vice Principal
Governor Stirling SHS

June 2020


Students are invited to participate in a design competition where the winning entrant will have their artwork professionally incorporated into promotional material for the GOVO school values.

The winning entrant will receive:

  • The opportunity to have their design used across a range of promotional applications, such as on the school website, posters, banners and design projects around the school.
  • A $200 prize.


Entries need to meet the following criteria:

  1. The competition is open to all students at Governor Stirling SHS.
  2. Design a logo for each value that symbolises its meaning and present your artwork as a complete set (The 5 separate logos need to look like they belong together).
  3. Incorporate the school colours of blue and gold somewhere in your design.
  4. Entries are to be submitted electronically or as hard copies (no photocopies or scans). Electronic submission must be provided in full resolution 300dpi at size A4
  5. A4 size only (for each value), with no added materials e.g. no glitter, no glue, no stickers, no felt or any attachments.

Each entry must be:

  • The student’s own original work (no copies, no photocopies, no use of other images (copyright regulations apply).
  • Clearly labelled with the student’s name and year level.
  • Accompanied with a brief description (up to 100 words) of how and why the design fits with the theme.
  • Accompanied by a fully completed and signed entry form.


All queries to Ms Squire, Ms Phillips or Ms Steel Fujinami.


The winning entry will be selected by a panel of staff from the Positive Schools Committee and Student Council members.


Entries must be received by 3pm, Friday 14 August (end of week 4 Term 3).

The winner will be notified by Friday 21 August by the Principal, Dr Pasco Putrino.

Pupil Free Day – Friday 3 July 2020

Pupil Free Day Reminder

Up-date also posted in the mid-term school newsletter:

The Department of Education has granted schools a replacement School Development Day (for the day at the start of the term that was taken for COVID organisation). In discussion with staff and the School Board, it was decided that the last Friday of Term 2, the 3 July will be a pupil free day, so staff can conduct important staff development activities.



Year 7 Enroll Now For Approved Specialist Programs 2021

Dear Year 7 parents,

Due to the changing circumstances around COVID19, Governor Stirling  SHS has decided to extend the application deadline for the following three Approved Specialist Programs;

  • Engineering
  • Arts Media
  • Football

The new deadline for each program is now 3:00 pm, Friday 29 May 2020.

The testing/trial requirements for each application has also been altered to abide by new social distancing rules.

Please see below the revised testing requirements and documentations required for each program submission.


Program Documentation Required by 29 May Testing/trials
Specialist AFL Progress Report 2020

Yr 5 Semester 2 report 2019

NAPLAN results 2019

Modified trials (date and time to be confirmed)
Specialist Engineering Progress Report 2020

Yr 5 Semester 2 report 2019

NAPLAN results 2019

No testing or interviews in 2020
Specialist Arts Media Progress Report 2020

Yr 5 Semester 2 report 2019

NAPLAN results 2019

You may be required to submit a Portfolio of artwork by Friday 5 June

(Dependent on application)

If you have already submitted an application please discard previous communications regarding testings and trials.

All new application can be submitted online by follow the link; https://www.govo.wa.edu.au/?p=4070

Further information and key contacts regarding our Approved Specialist Programs can also be viewed on our website home page.

We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your support during these unusual times.



Learning from home guide for parents and students

Learning from home guide for parents and students.

Guide for Students Using Office 365  
Guide for Students Using Office 365
Students have access to Microsoft Office 365 and have been provided with a range of extra cloud-base learning tools including:
OneDrive: 100 Gigabytes of online file storage per student.
Online applications: online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be accessed anywhere via a web browser.
ProPlus: download and install the full MS Office suite on up to 5 PCs or Macs and 5 tablets or smartphones.
There is no charge for using these services and once your account is set up, they are accessed via your student email address and password which are provided by your school.
Detailed guides on using the services can be found on the following Microsoft website:

OneDrive and Office Online applications: how to get started

If OneDrive and Office Online have been set up for a particular student account then they can be accessed in the same way as student email but if you have never used email, your school may need to allocate a username and password.

What you will need

 A valid student login (username and password) for the Department portal (School provided)

 A fully provisioned Office 365 account (School enabled)

 A valid student email address e.g. firstname.lastname@student.education.wa.edu.au


How to begin

  1. Log in to Connect at http://connect.det.wa.edu.au/ or into the Department Portal at: http://portal.det.wa.edu.au/

Contact your teacher/school if you do not have a username (usually firstname.lastname) and password.

  1. Click on the ‘Email and Calendar’ icon in Connect or in the portal to launch Office 365:
  2. If you have not previously used the Office365 student email service here or you are unfamiliar with the screen layout, click on the ‘App Launcher’ grid icon at top left of any screen to display and launch the available applications:
  3. When you first use these services you will be led through a setup process to configure the storage (OneDrive) and applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint for your personal use.
  4. You can now access these services through any web browser on any device with a good internet connection.
  5. Finally, always log out and close all tabs and browser windows to prevent anyone else accessing your account on that computer or tablet.

ProPlus: how to install Microsoft Office on a student’s home computer or portable device

Students can now download up to 5 free copies of the Microsoft Office Suite to their personal home computers (Mac or PC), and a further 5 copies to tablets or smartphones.

What you will need

 A valid student login (username and password) for the Department portal (School provided)

 A valid student email address e.g. firstname.lastname@student.education.wa.edu.au

 An internet connection with sufficient download allowance for over 1Gb per installation (not the school network)

What you need to be aware of

  1. The MS Office software should only be installed on personal equipment – not on computers within the school network.
  2. The MS Office software can only be downloaded over a personal, home or non-school data network and it will consume up to 1.5 Gb of data allowances in the initial install. (The MS Office download is blocked on the Department network to prevent interference with essential data traffic. If you attempt to launch the software installation while connected to a school network, it will appear to work and will proceed through a number of stages before failing and issuing an error message. There is no way round this.)

How to begin

The following information has been designed to support students with the download and installation of the MS Office Suite via a fully provisioned account. If you have any problems with this process, contact the teacher managing your portal access.

  1. Log in to Connect at http://connect.det.wa.edu.au/ or into the Department Portal at: http://portal.det.wa.edu.au/

Contact your teacher/school If you don’t already have a username (usually firstname.lastname) and password.

  1. Click on the ‘email and calendar’ icon to launch Office 365:
  2. If you have not previously used the Office365 student email service here or if you are unfamiliar with the layout, simply click on ‘Office 365’ at the top left of the screen:
  3. Clicking on the Office 365 link will display all the options available to you and you should see a screen similar to this:
  4. Click on the ‘Install Office 2016’ button near the top right of screen to launch the download and installation process.
  5. You will be asked to acknowledge various warnings and conditions and agree to allow the program to make changes. (note – you may want to un-tick the Bing and MSN homepage options when presented during the process).If, having given all the required positive answers, you encounter an error message or fail to get a message showing the progress of the installation, use the ‘Troubleshoot installation’ link if available, or else follow the links given in any error message.
  6. You may need to relaunch the installation a couple of times if it at first fails to make the required connections but, with perseverance, the process should eventually complete – as long as you are not trying to do it over the school network, which definitely won’t work.
  7. Once the installation has finished, you should have a full suite of MS Office applications available on your computer. These programs can be launched in the usual way (e.g. from the Start button on a PC)

Installing Applications on a tablet or smartphone

Navigate to the appropriate store to search for and download the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote apps:

 Android devices:  Google Play Store


 Apple devices: Apple App Store


 Windows Phone or Windows 10 device: Windows Store


Detailed guides to obtaining and installing the software on phones and tablets can be found at on the Microsoft support site (https://support.office.com/enUS/article/Office365mobilesetupHelp7dabb6cb004640b681fe767e0b1f014f).

Who can use these downloaded applications?

Once the MS Office suite is installed on a computer or tablet, it is available to any user of that device. The Department of Education’s licence with Microsoft allows for this as long as 50% or more of the usage is by a student or staff member of the Department.

When will the downloaded applications stop working?

The installed software needs to verify licensing at least once every 30 days and it does this by automatically checking online that the provisioned student continues to be listed in the Department of Education student domain. If this process fails, for example if you leave the public school system, you will see a warning message every time you launch one of the Office applications. If nothing is done about the warning, the licensed software will switch to read-only operation after 30 days and you will no longer be able to edit files with those applications. The software presents purchase and subscription options to allow all functions to be kept active or to be reactivated at a later date.