The successes and achievements by both students and staff of the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty at Margaret River SHS are both impressive and well documented.
As an example over the past decade no less than three students and two staff members have been selected from staff and students from all private and public high schools to represent WA on the highly acclaimed and extremely competitive annual Premiers ANZAC Tours. These fully sponsored tours visit and partake in commemorate activities at sites where Australians have served and included trips to France, Belgium, Borneo, Singapore, Greece, Crete and Gallipoli. Most recently a faculty staff member was one only two teachers selected from across the state to commemorate ANZAC Day in Greece and Crete while a Year 10 student was selected to be part of the 100th anniversary tour to Gallipoli in 2015.
In addition, since 1996 when Margaret River became a senior high school, our Year 12 TEE/ATAR Humanities and Social Sciences classes have consistently achieved above state average results and on a number of occasions achieved a Top 10 ranking of all Western Australian schools for their course. Many HASS upper school graduates from Margaret River Senior High School have achieved great success both at university as well as in their chosen careers and professions in the public and private sectors within Australia and overseas.
In addition our 16 lower school Western Australian Curriculum courses; complimented by a variety of on and off site enrichment and engagement opportunities, provides students with both breadth and depth of study across all the Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines; namely History, Economics, Geography and Politics & Law.
Recent examples of where HASS students have been able to participate and achieve on a regional and state level include in the United Nations Debating Evatt Trophy winning the regional finals and went on to the state finals, others students were selected to participate in the Student CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and the last occasion we participated over 25% of our students achieved a High Distinction, Distinction or Credit in the National History Competition. Most recently; in late 2016, a team from Margaret River SHS -under the guidance of two HASS staff members – won the Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation (SCRAM) competition against some of the state’s most prestigious and successful public and private schools. In addition our second team won the SCRAM Encouragement award. The fact that this competition was actually held inside Western Australia’s Supreme Court gives a clear indication of the prestige of this event.
Furthermore in March 2017 we were once again successful in nominating one of our Year 10 students who has been selected to be part of the annual Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program conducted by Curtin University and limited to only 30 Year 10 students from public and private schools across WA.
The HASS faculty also organisers a range of guest speakers, workshop presenters and performers to complement our courses from a diverse range of local, regional, state, national and international government and non-government groups and organisations.
In addition the HASS faculty organises and conducts an annual week long excursion to Sydney and Canberra for 50 Year 10 students and an annual day long excursion to Fremantle for over 50 Year 9 students. Year 7 & 8 classes are also involved in several local incursions and excursion throughout the year.
Finally there is a wealth of teaching experience amongst the seven HASS teachers within the faculty as shown by the fact that there are state teaching awards winners, no less than three Level 3 classroom teachers, a Teacher Development Centre Consultant and authors of published curriculum materials and textbooks.
Mr Michael Caudle
Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty