About Us

Governor Stirling Senior High School

Welcome to Governor Stirling Senior High School

At Governor Stirling Senior High School we believe in an educational experience that promotes respect, hard work and achievement where every child is encouraged to become a person of honour and integrity.


Our school aims to provide students with a well-balanced education within a supportive learning environment designed to unlock their individual potential.


To enrich the learning experiences of each child the school offers a range of programs including:
• Department of Education Gifted and Talented Education Program in Mathematics, Science and Humanities from Year 7
• Approved Specialist Program in Engineering
• Approved Specialist Program in Artsmedia, Certificate II in Creative Industries
• Approved Specialist Program in Australian Rules Football, Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
• Academic extension
• School based programs in netball and music
• Italian and Indonesian languages
• Nationally accredited vocational certificate programs for senior students
• Aboriginal academic program Follow the Dream with dedicated staff


Our teaching and support staff have been selected for their ability to lead, encourage and teach students to imagine the possibilities, create opportunities and achieve their dreams.


We have a proud history that includes an alumni of Olympians, football stars and State champions, entrepreneurs and authors, parliamentarians and community leaders, who have all shaped the future of this state.


In 2013 we began another exciting chapter in the life of Governor Stirling Senior High School. Having now settled into the new $63 million dollar state-of-the-art campus, we will strive to continue our proud history of producing young men and women who believe in the value of respect, hard work and achievement.


“Honour Before Honours”

Our Staff – Executive Team

Principal Leo Surjan


Deputy Principal: Lee Barclay


Deputy Principal: Leonie Squire


Deputy Principal (Acting): Tom Jones


Danielle Altinier: Manager Corporate Services

Heads of Learning Areas

English (Acting): Ross Hamilton


Mathematics: Vashti Sims


Science: Shuan Barton


Physical and Health Education: Natalie Tempone


The Arts: Olga Konstantouras


Humanities and Social Science and LOTE: Jaclyn Pitchford


Technology and Enterprise: David Scuderi

Wellbeing Support Team

Psychologist 6274 0330


Nurse 6274 0328


Chaplain 6274 0329


Program Coordinators

Monique De Jonghe


Samantha Lee


Diane Thorn

Honour before Honours

Governor Stirling Senior High School

School History

Guildford’s significant history as one of the founding centres in the establishment of the Swan River Colony has always included a strong educational foundation. Guildford was established, in the rural centre as an important market town and inland port, along with Fremantle and Perth, which were designated the port and administration centres respectively.


In 1834 the Government established the first schools within the Colony (5 years after the establishment of the Swan River settlement in 1829), with three teachers appointed, one for each of the founding centres. Since the establishment of these first colonial educational institutions, there has always been a strong sense of school tradition within the region.


Governor Stirling Senior High School was established in 1958 in its present location situated on the picturesque banks of the Swan River in Woodbridge. It was officially opened on 28 October 1959 by the then Minister for Education, Mr A.F.Watts GMG MLA, at which time the school officially changed its name from the former Midland Junction High School.

Built on the actual site of Governor James Stirling’s country retreat, a small cottage which he named ‘Woodbridge’ after his wife’s family home, (not the present Victorian-era Woodbridge House built in 1883–5 just west of the original, by Charles Harper, a successful local businessman and parliamentarian).


The school crest of Governor Stirling Senior High School recognises its heritage through the motto of the former Midland Junction High School ‘Honour Before Honours’, and the traditional State swan.


Governor Stirling Senior High School holds significant ties to Western Australia’s historical educational foundations through our long tradition of outstanding academic and sporting excellence.

Current Long Serving Staff

Henry LipiecJan-7941 years
Rose BabijJanuary 1984 (Left Semester 2 1994 Ð 1996)36 years
Jennifer LumiaMay-8535 years
Kevin PetersonJan-9030 years
Jules ZaffinoJan-9030 years
Kevin IrelandFeb-9129 years
Frank CavicchioFeb-9327 years
Heather BainbridgeAug-9525 years
Ruth OÕHalloranFeb-9426 years
Jennifer LakerJan-9525 years
Joe PelicanJan-9723 years
Brian OwenJan-9822 years
Andrew DaviniApril 1997 (Prac Student), February 1998 Ð current. Left 2000 Ð 2002, returned 200322 years

Previous Long Serving Staff

Bruce ArnellJanuary 1972 – December 201139 years
Brian Crisp1964 – 199935 years
Linda LockyearSeptember 1985 – July 201732 years
Margaret MatthewsOctober 1987 – December 200832 years
Ian BradfordJanuary 1980 – July 201131 years
Kevin ElphickJanuary 1984 – January 201430 years
Eleanor JonesAugust 1978 – September 200830 years
Leonie BoysJanuary 1991 – January 201827 years
Kay JonesJanuary 1977 – March 200427 years
Garry GardnerFebruary 1990 – December 201626 years
Carol HootonMarch 1984 – May 201026 years
Alexander MorozJanuary 1990 – December 201626 years
Constance RapsonNovember 1991 – December 201524 years
Suzanne ReynoldsDecember 1996 – January 201823 years
David ShepherdJanuary 1990 – January 201323 years
Dr Picasso ArtNovember 1995 – January 201823 years
Erica PhillimoreJanuary 1996 – January 201822 years
Jennifer LucasNovember 1997 – August 201922 years
Sue ZarropJan-9822 years
Miriam FawcettJanuary 1995 – April 201621 years
Rodney KempJanuary 1983 – March 200421 years
Al BabijDecember 1997 – November 201720 years
Quita BenyJanuary 1987 – December 200720 years
Glenys HydeFebruary 1984 – March 200420 years
Sarah MircoJanuary 1994 – December 201320 years
Sue ModraApril 1999 – January 201920 years

Alumni Database 1956-Present

The school endeavours to keep an up-dated contact list of all our Alumni’s for the purpose of events, reunions and community engagement.

If you are a past student of this school and you would like to add your contact details or up-date your contact details,

Please email the school on GovernorStirling.SHS@education.wa.edu.au

Finding Your Way…