When the school opened in 1958, it had first year students only. Its Headmaster was S. G. Demasson and its Art Master was Ray Montgomery (also of football umpiring fame). Between them they designed the school crest. Montgomery found that at the beginning of the 20th century a Scottish baronet named Sir Alexander Matheson had acquired approximately 1, 700 acres of land in the Applecross district.
Sir Alexander’s ancestral home was called Attadale and the particular region Ardross; whilst a village there was, and is, called Applecross. Nearby in about the middle western coastal area of Scotland are such villages as Gairloch and Ullapool.
On Sir Alexander’s coat of arms was an ‘eastern’ crown out of which a hand brandished a scimitar. This became the main feature of the school’s crest; but the black swan holding a book in its beak became symbolic of this region near the river, and the purpose of this school as a place of learning. Demasson chose the motto ‘Achieve’ because he felt it fitted in with the brandished scimitar and with what could be expected of this school’s students of the future.
In 1958, Applecross High School opened its doors to cater for students south of the Swan River, and so relieve the pressure on Kent Street High School and John Curtin High School. The first students came from the contributory suburbs: Applecross, Ardross and Mount Pleasant. In addition, students came from Bicton, Como, Koonawarra, Manning, Palmyra and Willagee. On the opening day, the foundation Principal, Stanley Demasson and a staff of twenty four commenced the school year in incomplete classrooms with nearly six hundred students.
The School reached Senior High School status in 1961, and under the then Principal, William Stallwood, and a staff of sixty five, the enrolment reached 1 420. The courses of study available to Junior Certificate students were four options: Academic, Commercial, General and Technical, while a Special High School Certificate course provided for those not attempting the Junior. In this year, 101 of the 325 original Junior Certificate class returned to study for the Leaving Certificate.
From its inception, Applecross High School promoted a vigorous participation in sport and fostered drama, debating, music and dancing. The School’s choirs, brass band and orchestra performed frequently both locally and in competition. To support the sporting endeavours, the Parents and Citizen Association undertook and completed a school oval with three practice wickets and playing fields, tennis courts and basketball courts, and proposed another project, the provision of a swimming pool. This became a reality on 14 October 1963. However, the lack of a School Hall seriously hampered drama, music both vocal and instrumental, gymnastics and the social activities at the School. The Principal and the Parents and Citizens Association began the planning that eventually resulted in the present Hall-Gymnasium by late 1969. In 1978, this building was named Stallwood Hall.
In 1962, fully equipped Science rooms, a Home Economics centre, and later a Manual Arts wing were added. The Science Centre was opened on 14 October 1965 by Senator Hon. John Gorton MA. In the same year, with a population of nearly 1 600 and a staff of sixty five, Applecross became a Senior High School with Leaving Certificate classes. Almost immediately the School’s reputation for academic achievement was foreshadowed: in 1963, the second only Year Twelve class scored 113 successful passes with thirty two Commonwealth Scholarships. Furthermore, Applecross Senior High School could now compete on equal terms with other Senior High Schools, and began its long and credible record of inter-High School competition.
By 1968, it was obvious that a more spacious library was required to provide better facilities than the one room had allowed. On 10 December 1971, the new, well appointed Library opened for school use. In 1968, classes were formed in certain Western Australian schools to cater for the gifted and talented students. Applecross Senior High School provided Art as its speciality subject, and three classrooms were adapted exclusively for this purpose. Later, in 1975, a new Ceramic Art Centre expanded the School’s Art facilities.
|Stanley Demasson||BA., Dip.Ed.||Principal|
|Robert Reitze||BA||Deputy Principal|
|Irene Jones||BA., A.Mus.A., LAB||1st Mistress|
|Thomas Spencer||Senior Master|
|Christopher Thorman||BA., Dip.Ed|
|Jarome Valis||BA., LL.B|
|Year||Principal||Deputy Principal||Deputy Principal||Deputy Principal|
|2012||M. Lorimer||R. Lilleyman||G. Campbell||M. Draper|
|2011||M. Lorimer||R. Lilleyman||G. Campbell||M. Draper|
|2010||M. Lorimer||R. Lilleyman||G. Campbell||M. Draper
|2009||M. Lorimer||R. Lilleyman||G. Campbell||J. McBride
|2008||M. Lorimer||R. Lilleyman||G. Campbell||A. Papas|
|2007||M. Lorimer||R. Lilleyman||G. Campbell||A. Papas|
|R. Lilleyman||G. Campbell
|2005||D. Blake||R. Lilleyman||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|2004||D. Blake||R. Lilleyman||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|2003||D. Blake||R. Lilleyman
|M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|2002||D. Blake||S. Amin
|M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|2001||D. Blake||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|2000||D. Blake||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|1999||D. Blake||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|1998||D. Blake||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|1997||D. Blake||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|1996||D. Blake||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|1995||D. Blake||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|1994||I. Paterson||C. Pratt||M. Seotis||T. Newton|
|1993||I. Paterson||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas|
|1992||I. Paterson||J. Fisher||M. Seotis||A. Papas
|1991||P. Mony de Kerloy||F. Hoad||M. Seotis||K. Arnold|
|1990||P. Mony de Kerloy||R. Bowe||M. Seotis|
|1989||P. Mony de Kerloy||F. Hoad
|1988||P. Mony de Kerloy||T. O’Donnell||M. Seotis|
|1987||P. Mony de Kerloy||T. O’Donnell||M. Seotis|
|1986||P. Mony de Kerloy||T. O’Donnell||M. Seotis|
|1985||P. Mony de Kerloy||T. O’Donnell||E. Stamos|
|1984||P. Mony de Kerloy||T. O’Donnell||E. Stamos|
|1983||P. Mony de Kerloy||T. O’Donnell||E. Stamos|
|1982||J. Eggleston||R. Bowe||E. Stamos|
|1981||J. Eggleston||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1980||J. Eggleston||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1979||R. Stephens||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1978||R. Stephens||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1977||E. Beckwith||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1976||E. Beckwith||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1975||E. Beckwith||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1974||G. Griffiths||C. Bogg||E. Stamos|
|1973||G. Griffiths||K. Fingland||E. Stamos|
|1972||G. Griffiths||K. Fingland||E. Stamos|
|1971||G. Griffiths||K. Fingland||E. Stamos|
|1970||W. Stallwood||B. Naughton||I. Bousfield|
|1969||W. Stallwood||B. Naughton||I. Bousfield|
|1968||W. Stallwood||R. Louden||I. Bousfield|
|1967||W. Stallwood||F. Mckenzie||I. Bousfield|
|1966||W. Stallwood||F. Mckenzie||I. Bousfield|
|1965||W. Stallwood||F. Mckenzie||I. Bousfield|
|1964||W. Stallwood||A. Langley||I. Bousfield|
|1963||W. Stallwood||A. Langley||H. Hoad|
|1962||W. Stallwood||A. Langley||D. Morrow|
|1961||W. Stallwood||A. Langley||D. Morrow|
|1960||S. Demasson||G. Gregson||D. Morrow|
|1959||S. Demasson||H. Philmore||I. Jones|
|1958||S. Demasson||R. Reitze||I. Jones|
Yr 5 parents are invited to attend an information evening re Year 7 2015 on Monday 29 July @ 6.45pm
Parents are invited to attend the launch of our new policy “A Shared Concern Approach to Bullying” on Thursday 20 June @ 6.45pm in the school staff room.
RSVP to Karen.Calway@education.wa.edu.au by 17 June.
Yr 10 parents are invited to attend subject specific sessions on Tuesday 18 June @ 6.30pm
Next meeting will be held on Monday 17th June @ 7.30pm in the staffroom.
Access from Links Rd.
All new parents are encouraged to attend.
The 2013 Calendar of Events can be found in the NEWS tab.
Term 2 concludes for students on Friday 5th July. Term 3 commences for students on Tuesday 23rd July.
In Terms 2 & 3 the shop is open each Monday 1pm to 4pm, and Wednesday 8am to 11.30am.
Due to the building project the main car park is now out of use. Parents are asked to drop off & pick up either on Ardessie St or Links Rd. The front driveway is NOT a kiss & drive zone.