Monday, 26 June 2017

Partnerships between northern suburbs police and schools paying off

Article courtesy of North Coast TimesPictures: Martin Kennealey

SCHOOL partnerships are supporting police engagement with students at Clarkson Community High School and Yanchep District High School.

The WA Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC) is expanding its youth services into the North West Metropolitan area, using funds provided by the Department of Local Government and Communities.

Program co-ordinator Christine Howard said the service expansion would engage with local youth, with the first outreach event planned at Yanchep District High School this Friday.



Clarkson Has Talent 2017

On Thursday 1st June the roof was lifting at Clarkson Community High School. The audience was astounded with the vast array of talent exhibited on the stage and behind the scenes. The purpose of the event was to bring staff and students together to show off talent and to raise money and awareness for SAFE – Safe Animals From Euthanasia in Perth’s Northern suburbs.  The Clarkson High School Student Council arranged this.  The entry fee was a donation of pet food or a gold coin. The pet boxes were overflowing with goodies and over $180 was raised in support of the event.  The organization was happy to support the event and publicized the evening by placing it on their website.  A huge thank you to everyone for your donations and even gave more.



Adam Inder - Head of Applied Science at Clarkson writes for Education Today magazine

Education Today Staff

"With an aptitude for maths, even the hard bits, a strong ability in sciences and having been anointed head boy, school was as Adam Inder admits “a good fit” for him.

A high ATAR saw him enter uni and sail through science and engineering with a well-paid career as a chemical engineer all but locked in. Then life offered up one of its salient encounters.

Inder’s industry mentor was supposed to offer insight into what was coming for the young engineer and he did just that, but perhaps not quite in the way that was intended."

Read the full article here



An Engine of Intentionality: How Consciously Informed Agency Defies the Odds

"Socioeconomic disadvantage is identified as a large determining factor in the academic outcomes of students. Consequently, many come to the conclusion that this disadvantage is a cause to abandon the hope of any high-level academic success in disadvantaged schools, and that our effects are ultimately halted by factors out of our control.

Contemporary research such as John Hattie’s Visible Learning and William Purkey’s Invitational Education Theory form the lifeblood of decision making at Clarkson Community High School – a north metropolitan school in Perth with a low rating of socioeconomic advantage. It is argued that at the core of these informed decision-making processes is intentionality, and that a school structure underpinned by intentionality results in mitigated effects of socioeconomic disadvantage, as indicated by Clarkson’s achievements in high-stakes testing such as NAPLAN."

Read the full article here


Huge Improvements in Literacy & Numeracy

A crucial aspect of any student across WA graduating and obtaining a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is their achievement in the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA).

The OLNA is a series of standardised tests consisting of three categories – Reading, Writing and Numeracy. One requirement in order to achieve your WACE is the demonstration of competency in the three areas tested in OLNA – this is the government mandated requirement to show that a graduating student has sufficient skills in literacy and numeracy by the time they leave school.

To achieve a ‘pass’ in OLNA, there are two ways this can be done:

•    Complete OLNA in Year 10, 11 or 12 and achieve a ‘3’ in each assessment (results are scaled from 1-3, where a 3 represents the required competency level).
•    Achieve a Band 8 in NAPLAN during Year 9 in the corresponding assessment.

In 2013, Clarkson CHS had 28.10% of Year 9 students demonstrate proficiency in all three areas required due to achieving NAPLAN Band 8. By the end of 2016, the same cohort had 93.85% of students achieving the required standard. This is an impressive 65.75% of growth in cohort literacy & numeracy proficiency!

We were delighted this week to receive a letter from the Chair and CEO of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA), Mr Patrick Garnett and Mr Allan Blagaich respectively, congratulating Clarkson CHS on being placed in the top 50 schools for improvement across WA. This means that Clarkson CHS is a state-wide leader in accelerating improvement for students.

This achievement is a testament to the positive strategies we are putting in place, such as strategies based on William Purkey’s Invitational Learning Theory and John Hattie’s Visible Learning. Congratulations go out to the staff, parents and leadership that put in the time to make these achievements possible.


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