Please be advised that Tuesday the 3rd March, the day after the Labour Day public holiday, is scheduled to be a pupil free day at Margaret River Senior High School.




After a year’s break to recharge batteries, once again the Sydney-Canberra excursion has taken place for 2014, and once again, as resounding success. This year 45 students and 5 teachers jetted off, first to Sydney to take in the sights of our oldest city and then bussed down Canberra to visit our National Capital.

Co-ordinator Martin Keen, with the able support of Garrath Stewart, Craig Barnett, Sarah Goyder and Heather Sharpe, had the great pleasure of supervising a wonderful group of Margaret River students through visits to the Sydney Opera House, PowerHouse Museum, Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Park Zoo and the highlight of the Sydney leg of the journey, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb experience. This recent addition to the program achieved new heights (pun intended laugh when ready) this year with all 45 students and the 5 teachers, opting to challenge themselves to this experience. All survived and have the memento hat and pictures to prove it.

Once in Canberra the students experienced visits to both Parliamentary Houses and enjoyed a surprise visit from local member Nola Merino who took us all down into the bowels of parliament house to visit her office as Party Whip, a rare privilege. Other great venues included the Australian War Memorial, the High Court of Australia and National Archives as well as the lighter visits to Cockington Green miniature village and the social highlight of the trip, ice skating, not a common experience for Margaret River students, but all got on the ice and had a ball.

Our students once again excelled themselves in displaying an exceptional level of maturity and responsibility with many of the venues visited praising them as the best student group they had seen. A first that should be mentioned is that many of the boys this year actually went to the trouble of bringing dress shirts and ties with them (a full suit in one case) for the formal visits of the excursion. Thus giving the girls a good run for their money in the fashion stakes for a change. So unusual was this effort that the guides at both Houses of Parliament felt moved to comment that our kids were, by far, the best looking school group they had ever seen.         

From the teachers perspective special recognition goes to all the students who attended; their behaviour was exceptional this year making the trip a genuine pleasure for the teachers and reaffirming our belief that the students of Margaret River SHS really are a fine group of young adults.

Thanks from Martin Keen and Margaret River SHS go to the students and supervising teachers who attended; the many venues visited and the Federal Government for providing PACER funding of $260 per student thereby keeping the cost of this invaluable experience down for all participants.

Martin Keen; Sydney-Canberra Excursion Co-ordinator 2014



Andrew Host PrincipalPrincipal's Message

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all students, parents and staff to Margaret River Senior High School for 2015. In particular, I welcome students in Year 7 and 8 and students who are new to Margaret River Senior High School and attending for the first time. We thank you for choosing our school and hope that your time with us will be both productive and rewarding.

The beginning of the 2015 year brings exciting change to Margaret River Senior School.  Year 7 students enter high school for the first time and the school’s population will rise to 870 students. This allows us to provide a wider and more diverse curriculum with the resources that the extra students generate.

In 2014 the students at Margaret River Senior High School achieved outstanding ATAR results. The school’s median ATAR of 81.6 made Margaret River SHS the highest achieving country school, including government and non -government schools in the state in this category. As well, the school finished in the top 50 schools in the state for students who achieved a final scaled mark of 75+ (ranked 33rd) and for students who had a final scaled score in a subject above 65(ranked 24th). Margaret River SHS was the highest ranked Senior High School, in all these categories, in the Southwest.  We are very proud of the achievement of this group of students and congratulate them on their outstanding efforts.

This Year we welcome onto staff 13 new staff members who have been specifically selected by our school. Joining us in 2015 are:

  • Mrs Kylie Marsh - Deputy Principal
  • Mr Chris Bailey - HOLA society and Environment
  • Mr Shane Joyce - HOLA Physical and Health Education
  • Miss Claire Lacy  - English
  • Mr John Miller -  Society and Environment
  • Mr Mark Miolin - Maths
  • Ms Kathi Galeani - Maths
  • Ms Lisa Elliott - Maths
  • Miss Isabelle Lemon - Music
  • Mrs Amanda Gradisen -  Dance/Physical Education
  • Mr Alastair Allen - Technology and Enterprise
  • Mr Josh Hardy  - Information Technology
  • Ms Andrea West - Science

At Margaret Senior High School we encourage maximum participation from parents and guardians. We welcome your feedback and input into the decision making at the school and believe a strong partnership with our parent body is essential for students to reach their educational potential.

The 2015 year promises to be an exciting and eventful one at Margaret River Senior High School. I wish everybody the best in their endeavours to allow our students to achieve to the best of their ability.


Andrew Host

Principal- Margaret River Senior High School


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Margaret River student selected to follow ANZAC path

Margaret River Senior High School student India Stanley has knocked the socks off the judges and won a place on the 2015 12 day Premier’s ANZAC tour to Turkey.

After writing an essay on the links between the ANZAC legend to WA and West Australians today, India was placed into the finals with 57 other students.

Selected from more than 1000 year 8-11 students from across WA, India then participated in a variety of activities and a panel interview to be selected as one of the final 32 students.

These 32 students will be accompanied by five teachers from across WA to commemorate the 100 year anniversary.

Travelling through Turkey from April 16 to 27, students will study the Gallipoli Peninsula and Istanbul before attending the commemorative services on April 25.

Upon arrival home, India will act as a youth ambassador and share her experiences through out her school and community.

The school wishes to thank Martin Keen, the school’s ANZAC day coordinator, Patrick and Mishka Marzohl for helping India with interview techniques, Jason Nelson, India’s Society and Environment teacher and English teacher Heather Sharpe for their support of India throughout the process.

Augusta-Margaret River Mail



Margs' students carve a creative niche

Margaret River Senior High School’s Year 11 and 12 students will showcase creative art pieces at Jahroc Galleries for the Creating Identity exhibition this weekend.

The 19th annual exhibition showcases fine art, photography, woodwork, textiles, and metalwork as well as catering produced by students.

Visual arts teacher Caroline Juniper told the Times the aim of the exhibition was to expose students to the realities of preparing works and catering for an art exhibition.

Jahroc Galleries co-owner Jo Paris said the exhibition always showed an amazing standard of work. “The teachers manage an incredibly varied program, ” she said.

“The students get such a buzz from seeing their work in a commercial gallery.

“And they sell well, which is really great.”

The Creating Identity exhibition runs from 6.30pm tonight and will be open until 3pm on Sunday.

Augusta-Margaret River Times