Back-back fi­nals for Melville SHS

Melville Times - - News -

MELVILLE Se­nior High School’s bur­geon­ing rep­u­ta­tion as one of Perth’s lead­ing pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions has re­ceived a big boost fol­low­ing a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive fi­nal­ist berth in the WA Se­condary School of the Year award.

Prin­ci­pal Phillip White joined the school in 2008, the cat­a­lyst for an in­cred­i­ble turn­around that has seen stu­dent num­bers nearly triple from around 500 in the early 2000s to more than 1400 to­day.

Melville SHS is now ranked in the top 10 pub­lic schools in WA for ATAR re­sults, with 2016 grad­u­ate Jane Song the fifth high­est achiev­ing stu­dent from both pub­lic and pri­vate schools last year.

The school also con­sis­tently ex­ceeds the Aus­tralian av­er­ages for Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN re­sults and, prov­ing there is more than one string to its bow, is a top eight pub­lic school for swim­ming and fin­ished sec­ond in the WA pub­lic ath­let­ics carnival.

“Melville has a very strong com­mit­ment to stu­dent suc­cess in the in­tel­lec­tual, phys­i­cal, cul­tural and the cit­i­zen­ship do­mains,” Mr White said.

“While the con­tin­ual im­prove­ment of aca­demic suc­cess is and will al­ways be a key fo­cus we are also con­cerned about the so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment of all of our stu­dents and ul­ti­mately see our pur­pose as be­ing to grad­u­ate con­fi­dent, innovative and suc­cess­ful cit­i­zens pre­pared to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to our so­ci­ety.

Mr White said he could not be prouder Melville SHS had been named among WA’s best for a sec­ond straight year and that it was a priv­i­lege to lead the school.

““I love what I do, which is a re­ward in it­self, but hav­ing the school I lead recog­nised as one of the best in the state for the sec­ond year in a row is very sat­is­fy­ing for me as it should be for the wider Melville com­mu­nity,” he said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d473601

Teacher Kristy McKay, a fi­nal­ist in the Be­gin­ning Teacher of the Year cat­e­gory, with stu­dents Pa­trick Dum­frey, Daniella Ti­toko, Kin­sey Weg­w­er­mer and Tyler Hig­gins.

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