Pilbara Ports Authority Marine Cadetship Opportunity

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Pilbara Ports are offering an exciting opportunity of a Cadetship program for school leavers based in the Pilbara who have successfully completed Year 12 or TAFE equivalent, providing local young people with a viable and rewarding future marine career.

Successful cadets will receive at least two years of training, which will include a period of shore based learning prior to the opportunity to go to sea, as well as financial support towards required study.

This opportunity will provide the marine cadet with the skills and experience required for a successful and rewarding career at sea. The cadet will be mentored by world class mariners and other marine support staff throughout the cadetship, providing invaluable knowledge that will support them through their careers.

What are Pilbara Ports looking for?

You can apply if you are a school leaver that has successfully completed Year 12 or TAFE equivalent.


  • Successful completion of Year 12 or TAFE equivalent.


  • To pass a medical, including a drug and alcohol test, audio test, eye test, and chest x-ray.
  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance (NPC).
  • To apply for a Maritime Security Induction Card (MSIC) – we will help with this.
  • An Australian passport.


  • You need to show behaviours that align with PPA’s values of Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Care and Courage.
  • You should enjoy learning new things and being faced with new challenges.
  • You will need to be resilient because you will spend long periods of time away from your family and friends without access to social media or telephone communication.
  • The ability to demonstrate your understanding of what is expected of a marine cadet in the program.
  • The ability to listen, as well as communicate well so that you can work with other people.
  • Commitment to following instructions and learning new skills.

To find out more about the program and how to apply please see attached brochure below, or go to the PPA recruitment portal on PPA’s website: www.pilbaraports.com.au

PIlbara Ports Authority – Marine Cadetship Brochure

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Principal Update – School Review

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As per the connect notice sent out on February 9, 2018 regarding the School Review, we would like to update you all of a few changes that were communicated at the briefings held last week by Rod Lowther (Director- Schools Expert Review Group (ERG)) and Jo Harris (A/Regional Executive Director- Pilbara)

During the briefing, plans for the implementation of the Actions for Improvement strategies together with continued work on finalising the school business plan were flagged.

Having given careful consideration to our immediate school priorities, and with the full support of both Jo and Rod, I believe it is important to focus on the priority that matters most, the immediate need to get our students off to a strong start to the school year.

To this end, we are delaying work on the planning referred to above while we work to achieve a positive start to the school year, by getting the learning for students progressing as smoothly as possible.  While some of strategic improvement required will proceed, the bulk of the improvement planning will commence next term.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome a new addition to HSHS Leadership Team, Mr David Taylor.  David will join the Team on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  David has extensive experience in Educational Leadership spanning more than 20 years, most recently as Principal of a private K-12 school in Perth. David has also completed leadership service at Jigalong RCS and Paraburdoo Primary School in 2017. David’s appointment will extend until the end of Term One with the view of supporting the new look leadership team for 2018. We look forward to welcoming David to our School.

I would like to wish you all a great weekend

Kind Regards


Av Swami


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Hedland SHS – Schools Review Report

Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers

Rod Lowther (Director- Schools Expert Review Group (ERG)) and Jo Harris (A/Regional Executive Director- Pilbara) attended Hedland Senior High School this week to communicate findings from the review into the school’s relationships that took place by the ERG in October 2017. They met with staff and parents who had been involved as part of the review to communicate findings and to discuss the performance project for improvements moving forward.  They will be returning next week to discuss these findings with those community members who also took part in the review.

Rod and Jo advised at these meetings that the final ERG Report is now available for staff and the community to read.  Due to the sensitive nature of this document, the report will not be made available online. However, we would like to invite parents and the wider community to access the report at the school.

Those who wish to read a copy of the report are required to follow the below process.

  1. Reports will be kept at the main administration desk, 78 Hamilton Road.
  2. You will be required to sign the report in and out and to read the report at the school only
  3. The report will be available to read from 7.30am until 4.00pm Monday – Friday.

Due to the sensitivity of the report, we request that no digital captures are taken, along with no use of social media in relation to the report.

Please contact the school if you have any further queries.

Kind Regards

Av Swami

A/Principal, Hedland SHS

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P&C AGM – Save the Date Wed 14 March 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The P&C will be holding an Annual General Meeting Wednesday 14 March 2018. 

The AGM will commence at 6:00pm in the Administration Building Conference Room, Hedland SHS (78, Hamilton Road).

The P&C Committee is looking for new volunteers for 2018 and we have attached a flyer below with further details. 

Bring your ideas and energy to the AGM on Wednesday 14 March 2018.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

We hope to see you there. 


Kind Regards

Leanne Ruston, P&C President

PnC Participation Flyer

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School Cyclone Information

Dear Parents, Guardians, Carers and Students

Please find below Hedland Senior High School’s Cyclone information.

All Year 7 Students will be issued with a hard copy of this Cyclone information, as we are aware not all Year 7 parents have their Connect links set up at present.  A Flyer can also be downloaded from the Hedland Senior High School website (see link at end of this message)


Cyclone Watch/Warning:

Children are to attend school as per normal.


Blue Alert

In a blue alert the school will usually remain open.

If a Yellow Alert is predicted and likely to be declared at some time during the school day the school will not open and children are to remain at home.

If the school is to close, this information will be broadcasted via the following local radio stations.  Emergency information is broadcasted at approximately ¼ past the hour.  The frequency of the updates will depend on the type of cyclone alert.   School closure will be broadcasted between 6.15am and 7.45am.

  • ABC Radio (Official Broadcast)
  • Spirit Radio (Unofficial Broadcast)

The closure advice will be repeated each morning until the decision to re-open the school is made by the DDG (Deputy Director General) after discussion with the RED (Regional Executive Director). Principals will then by notified that a school can reopen

School buses may be affected at this stage. Any change to the bus operation will be given on the radio at the above times.

PLEASE DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL. All information and updated reports relating to the warnings and school closure ARE ISSUED ON THE RADIO. Please keep yourself informed.


Yellow Alert

If a Yellow Alert is declared during a school day, the following will occur:

Yellow Alert before 12:00

students can be picked up immediately from their classroom. The school will close at lunch time. Students will not be sent home until collected by, or instructions are received from parents.

Yellow alert after 12:00:

students can be picked up immediately from their classroom. The school will close at the usual time. Students will not be sent home until instructions are received from parents.

Yellow alert after 14:00:

If a Yellow Alert is called at or after 2.00pm schools will generally be closed the following day.  Please continue to listen to the radio to receive information as to when schools will open.

The above does not preclude immediate closure in extenuating circumstances and if deemed necessary by the Cyclone Committee.


Red Alert

The School will remain closed during a Red Alert.

  • In the event that a Red Alert is proclaimed after 2.00pm, schools will remain closed the following day.
  • In the event that a Red Alert is proclaimed after 2.00pm but subsequently cancelled, the Regional Executive Director in consultation with the Cyclone Committee has the discretion to ensure that schools open the following day.



If a Red Alert is called after 2.00pm schools will generally be closed the following day to allow for assessment and repair of serious damage. Please continue to listen to the radio to receive information as to when schools will open.

Staff and students cannot return or enter school grounds until the school has been assessed and meets all safety and health standards


Please keep yourself informed via the radio, until all threats from the cyclone is past.



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FREE Certificate in Basic Food Handling

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

Hedland Senior High School would like to extend an amazing opportunity for Years 10, 11 and 12’s to obtain a nationally recognised certificate in Basic Food Handling. 

This certificate is FREE and looks great in your resume.

The certificate is highly sought after by employers and helps with getting a job in the food service industry.  

Year 11/12 course will be run on Wednesday 21/2/18 8.05am-2:15pm

Year 10 course will be run on Thursday 22/2/18 8.05am-2:15pm

If students wish to enrol in this FREE certificate please see Christian Apedaile (VET Coordinator) in the Learning Support office (Upstairs next to science office) by Friday 16 February 2018.

For further details please contact Christian Apedaile on Tel: 9172 8000.  

Kind Regards

Christian Apedaile, VET Coordinator HSHS 

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Year 8 School Based Immunisation Program

Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers

Please be advised that the Year 8 Immunisation Program will take place at the school on Tuesday 27 March 2018 in the nurse’s office, Health and Wellbeing.

The Department of Health is offering parents of students in year 8 the opportunity to have their child vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, diphtheria and human papillomavirus (HPV).

If you would like your child to be vaccinated through the year 8 school-based immunisation program, please follow the below instructions in completing the consent form.

  1. Complete the sections “Students Details” and “Parent/Legal Guardian Details”
  2. In the consent section, specify the vaccines you would like your child to receive by placing a tick mark in the YES (green) box or NO (red) box for each vaccine on the consent form.

If you DO NOT want your child to be vaccinated through the year 8 school-based immunisation program, please follow the below instructions in completing the consent form.

  1. Complete the sections “Students Details” and “Parent/Legal Guardian Details”
  2. In the consent sections tick the RED boxes to specify that you do not want your child to receive any vaccines. Enter your signature and date at the bottom of the box.

Parents, Guardians or Carers are required to read the attached consent form and vaccine fact sheet carefully and visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/immunisation, or contact the school nurse if more information is required: Tel 9174 1307 or 9174 1306.

Fact sheets and consent form are attached below

Vaccine Information Flyer

Year 8 Immunisation Program information for Parents Flyer

Year 8 School Based Immunisation Program 2018 Form

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LEAP 2018 Applications Open

Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,

A second round of LEAP Applications is now open for the 2018 LEAP Program. All Students interested in applying can either collect an application pack from school administration or download the forms from the school website (see below).  Those students who applied in Term 4 2017 and who were accepted into the program are not required to apply again.

Ensuring excellence in learning and teaching for all students is a priority for Hedland Senior High School. It is with this focus that the school will continue the Learning Extension Academic Program (LEAP) and Academic Extension (AE) programs in 2018.

Whilst the LEAP/AE pathway will cover similar material to that covered in other MESH (Maths, English, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences) classes, students will have extension tasks within a differentiated curriculum and be given opportunities to demonstrate wider understanding and engagement with topics.

Students’ ongoing membership of a LEAP/AE class will be evaluated at the end of each semester and include criteria such as attendance, academic progress and behavioural standing. A more detailed evaluation criteria will be available when letters of offer into the program are distributed.

All students will be given the opportunity to apply for the LEAP/AE program for 2018. The selection criteria (not in order) will include:

  • Completion of a LEAP/AE application package
  • Compulsory aptitude testing at Hedland SHS (Saturday 21 October 2017- details to follow)
  • Previous academic reports
  • Student attendance
  • Behaviour reports
  • Teacher and parent feedback

Completed applications need to be returned to the school administration by the closing date 3pm Friday 16 February 2018. Testing for the LEAP program will be held at the school on Saturday 24 February and further details will be provided for this shortly. If no application is received by the closing date, your child will not be able to sit the entry testing on Saturday 24 February 2018.


Yours sincerely,


Jayne Tracey

Deputy Principal


Application Pack:

HSHS LEAPAE Prospectus 2018

LEAP – Student Application Form

LEAP – Student Written Application

LEAP – T&G Checklist

LEAP – Teacher Checklist



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Welcome Back 2018

The staff at Hedland Senior High School wish to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new and returning students for the 2018 academic year. We are looking forward to an exciting and promising year supporting our students to be successful in all of their endeavours.

During our school development days, teaching and support staff welcomed international presenter, Dr Kathy Perez, who led a two-day workshop in ‘Differentiated Instruction’. Kathy Perez has over three decades of teaching experience from the early childhood level through to graduate school. She is a professor of education, educational consultant, author and motivational speaker, specialising in instructional strategies and creative approaches to literacy and professional development. Kathy’s presentation has inspired all staff who took part and we are eager to share this passion and enthusiasm with our students.

 Once again, welcome back to 2018. Together we achieve.


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WELCOME BBQ – All New Hedland Senior High School Student Families & Year 7 Families

We would like to invite all new Hedland Senior High School Student Families and Year 7 families to attend our WELCOME BBQ on Friday 9th February, 5.30-7.00pm. 

This is a friendly and informal gathering offering the occasion to meet students’ teachers, members of the Executive Leadership Team and the School Board.  You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the year ahead and attend an optional ‘Connect’ workshop which will be commence at approximately 6.30pm.  If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Mulhare on 9172 8000, or email: sarah.mulhare@education.wa.edu.au

Friday, 9th February, 2018

Cafeteria Piazza, Hamilton Road entrance

5.30pm to 7pm

Food and refreshments will be served


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