• Senior School Resources
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  • Student Support Programs
  • Senior School Awards

Senior School Resources

It is important that parents study this booklet closely in order to be able to guide their children effectively. Students are expected to discuss their plans with parents at each stage of their schooling at Bunbury Senior High School.

Parents are urged to contact teachers if further guidance is needed. The curriculum contains both compulsory and elective subjects which enable students to further expand in their areas of personal interest.

South Regional TAFE Training Options Bunbury Campus 2023

Bunbury Regional Trade Training Centre 2023 Prospectus

Bunbury Regional Trade Training Centre 2023 Application Form

Year 12 Important Dates 2022

SCSA Resources
Syllabus outlines for all senior course are found on the SCSA website. In addition, students can use the WACE Checker to determine whether they are on track to receive their WACE. For Year 12s the Student Portal is a crucial link to receiving the WACE, plus final results for all courses, certificates and endorsed programs at the end of the year.

SCSA Website

Senior School Assessment

Specialist VASP program

The Bunbury Senior High School Visual Arts Specialist Program (VASP) has been developed to help maximise the potential of talented students in the area of Visual Arts.

Students will have access to a unique, specialist program delivered by highly qualified staff throughout Years 7 - 12. In the Visual Arts Specialist Program students will learn through engagement in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and four-dimensional art and design practice, concept, theory, history and technique based on traditional, contemporary and commercial Visual Arts practice. To this end the program will facilitate four weekly contact hours. Two hours will be in Visual Arts, one hour in English and one hour in ICT throughout Year 7, expanding commitment and specialisation in Years 8, 9 and 10. The advanced level of skills taught will result in students being eligible for Vocational Education and Training (VET) certification in Visual Arts upon successful completion. Students will then undertake Visual Arts and/or Certificate ll and lll in Visual Arts, Applied Information Technology (AIT) and English or Literature in Year 11. Students will also be expected to attend Bunbury Regional Art Galleries for exhibitions and artist floor talks as well as other scheduled excursions.

The Visual Arts have direct relationships with other subjects and these relationships are a key aspect of this program: Visual literacy and critical literacy skills will enable students to access knowledge, make meaning, express thoughts, emotions and ideas, interact with others and participate in a range of communication activities, using a range of printed, audio, visual and digital materials. Numeracy will be an implicit component of the program as students are asked to learn, design, make, create, evaluate and complete activities that require significant numeracy skills.
Throughout the program students will develop and use advanced information communication technology (ICT) skills through forming ideas, processes and solutions to challenges or tasks. In addition to this, students will:
  • recognise the shaping role of arts in their immediate family and environment,
  • understand how different cultures and groups use arts, and how arts reinforces social diversity,
  • understand how arts confirm and change values,
  • recognise the economic significance of arts, and the environmental impact that some arts forms can have,
  • use the process of 'design, make, appraise' in the development of arts works and documentation of art making process,
  • design web sites and art works using desktop publishing and computers,
  • use language comprehensively to engage with arts experiences.
Bunbury Senior High School takes a long-term view of the involvement of students in The Arts.
In addition to any Arts-related outcomes, our students have the opportunity to participate in Senior School courses leading to University programs or to TAFE.

All students that participate in the specialist program will start their VET Certificate I in Visual Arts in Year 10 with the option of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) pathway, continuing to Certificate ll and/or lll in Visual Arts in Years 11 and 12. Students will spend four hours per week of curriculum time in the program in Years 7-10.

Students will spend four hours each week of curriculum time in the program in Years 7-10. In Years 11-12, the allocation will be a minimum 4 hours depending on student's course selections.

There is a cost associated with participating in this program. In Year 10 VASP students will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long excursion to Melbourne designed to support learning and awareness of future educational and vocational arts-related activities. Participation is non-compulsory (but highly recommended). Please see current Contributions & Charges handbook for more information on costs for the VASP Program.

Most students will enter the Program in Year 7. A small number of vacancies may occur in other year groups. A selection process will be used to identify suitable students. Consideration will be given to each student's focus on learning, perceived artistic ability and potential for role-modelling. The student’s current school may be asked to provide a reference. All students moving from primary school will be invited to a testing session held at Bunbury Senior High School.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school to clarify any aspects of the program. Direct your enquiries to Head of the Arts on 9797 8900 or by email at: bunbury.shs@education.wa.edu.au


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Specialist BEST Program

The Bunbury Elite Sports Training (BEST) Program is an endorsed Department of Education Specialist Program only available at Bunbury Senior High School. The program has been developed to help maximise the potential of talented students in the areas of sport and sport science.

BEST students participate in a 6 year program based on contemporary sport science training principles for talented junior athletes. Our commitment is to support your child to be a self-managing athlete with outstanding age-related levels of fitness and sport science knowledge.

Community sport provides excellent opportunities for children to develop their individual skills, particularly as they move into representative squads and teams. The BEST Program value-adds to this by focusing strongly on student's conditioning. Specifically, this includes development of the following aspects of performance:
  • Cardio-respiratory endurance
  • Speed (including skill and power aspects)
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Core Stability

In addition to this, students will develop their understanding of recovery procedures, nutrition planning, specific injury management, generic tactics and strategies, sport psychology, coaching and officiating.

The BEST Program won't develop students' skills in one particular sport exclusively; students will have the opportunity to work in a range of sporting contexts while in the program to develop their physical literacy. BEST involves demanding activity programs, sport and classroom lessons. While sports-minded students will find many aspects fun, the program is not designed to be fun! Our aim is ensure each student maximises their athletic potential, thereby providing them with the BEST opportunity to succeed in their sport of choice.

In addition to any sport-related outcomes, BEST students have the opportunity to participate in Senior School courses leading to University programs or to TAFE. Our cutting edge Physical Education Studies program, the availability of in-house Certificate II courses and our established links with TAFE ensure all students are given the best opportunity to succeed, whatever their chosen vocation.

Bunbury SHS is a registered Coaching and Officiating Agency through the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Australian Sports Commission, enabling us to train and accredit students in umpiring and coaching. In each year BEST students will have the opportunity to participate in camps and/or excursions designed to support their learning, performance and awareness of future sport-related opportunities.

Students will spend four hours per week of curriculum time in the program in Years 7-10. Currently this results in the completion of one less Arts and Technologies subject in Years 7-9. Students involved in BEST will not be able to participate in the school's Specialist Visual Arts Program. In Years 11-12, the course will be up to 4 hours per week which is dependant on each student's course selections.

There is a cost associated with particpating in this program. Upon enrolment, students are also required to purchase specialised clothing and replace them as necessary thereafter. Year 10 students will be offered the opportunity to travel to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for a live-in camp. This is non-compulsory (but highly recommended). Please see the current Contributions & Charges handbook for more information on costs for the BEST Program.

Most students will enter the program in Year 7. A small number of vacancies may occur in other year groups. A selection process will be used to identify suitable students. Consideration will be given to each student's history of sports achievement, perceived athletic ability, focus on learning and potential for positive role-modelling. Additionally, each student's current school will be asked to provide a reference. All students moving from primary school will be invited to a fitness evaluation. Upon completion of the application process a class of 25 students will be selected.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school to clarify any aspects of the program. Direct your inquiries to Program Coordinator of Health & Physical Education, on 9797 8900 or by email at: bunbury.shs@education.wa.edu.au


Gifted & Talented Program

Our unique academic face-to-face program provides a challenging curriculum designed to support the growth of individual students to their full potential. Students will have the opportunity to develop as self-motivated, independent learners and community leaders. Only available regionally at Bunbury Senior High School, your child will learn alongside like-minded peers and will be taught by teachers with expert skills and knowledge. Applications close 12 months in advance of the school entry year (for example, January of Year 6 for Year 7 entry). You can apply for the program regardless of where you live in Western Australia and, if successful, your child is guaranteed a place at our school.

Students within each cohort are grouped together for the learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. This allows lesson material to be targeted towards the needs of gifted students and allows students to be accelerated and/or to explore learning in more detail. Grouping gifted students together also allows them to work with like-minded others in a learning environment which is rigorous and intellectually stimulating. Collectively, students are challenged by an accelerated and differentiated curriculum that values higher order thinking and critical literacy in a student-centred environment.

Aspects of study and the complementary activities within our program are organised with a specific theme in each year. This thematic approach describes a learning journey for each student:
  • Year 7 - Discovery
  • Year 8 - Community
  • Year 9 - Diversity
  • Year 10 - Opportunity
The academically focused learning environment is intellectually challenging. It is designed to motivate students and to enhance learning skills for a lifetime of personal progress.

In addition to enrichment in the classroom, students within the program participate in a range of incursions, excursions and competitions. The activities are chosen to challenge students' thinking, expose them to new ideas and to showcase possible career options.

A range of committed staff take responsibility for ensuring each student's learning needs are met and that they are supported emotionally and socially.


Fees for classes are normally the same as those for mainstream students. A wide range of extracurricular activities, including camps, are utilised within the program to support learning, extension and enrichment. Some of these are subsidised. Full details of anticipated program costs for parents are outlined in the Financial Information for Parents document.

Selective entry testing is conducted by the Department of Education. Registrations for testing can be accessed through our school website. Note: Applications close a full 12 months in advance of the student's entry year.

Parents can find out how to apply for the program Here

Student Support Programs


We want to go even further to help our students succeed in high school, and in future academic pursuits.

That's why our homework and study support is available after the bell goes, each night and on weekends, so your child is always supported when they get stuck on a problem during moments of independent learning.

We want to provide personal help: specific to your child's questions, time of need and learning level. Studiosity is online, on-demand study help - right when you need it. As soon as your child has a question, they can connect to an expert tutor.

Many families have benefited from the schools'Studiosity service in previous years.

Studiosity website

Your child should have received their activation code from school, however if misplace please see admin for new activation code.

The Edge:
The Edge Program at Bunbury Senior High School is a series of extra learning sessions, designed to support Year 12 students in their preparation for their external Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) examinations. The Year 12 syllabus is completely covered during class time but the Edge Program occurs after school hours and/or at weekends. The teacher of the Year 12 class presents the program which aims to better prepare students for their exams.

Homework Club:
Homework Club operates on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school in the School Library until 4.15pm Tuesday afternoons offers Maths tutoring. There is also a morning session every Friday from 7:30am until 8:30am. This is an opportunity to work in a quiet environment with assistance from various subject teachers. Computers are available for students who wish to access Your Tutor. They will need their login details and password to access this service. We look forward to seeing you there!

Shedworks is an off-site school program that is highly practical and targeted to suit students who are challenged by the traditional academic setting. It is essentially a school for students for whom "normal school is not making sense anymore."

The program commenced in 2009 and was a success story since its inception. While the curriculum has always varied to meet the needs of individual students, in recent years staff have added to the complexity of the program, bringing entrepreneurial aspects that have increased the relevance of the student's work and linked the outcomes more explicitly to the world of work outside the Shedworks setting. The products of that work -furniture, decorator and other items - are all around the school and in many peoples' homes and gardens throughout the South West.

The Shedworks Program focuses on employability skills and making students future-ready. It provides students with life skills beyond the traditional curriculum content, including developing collaboration, problem solving and analytical skills, all underpinned by literacy and numeracy development. The program is a 'living version' of both curriculum innovation and differentiation in education.

Selection to the Shedworks Program is limited and is by application.

The Department of Education is providing the Connect Online Portal to allow for better communication of information to parents about their child’s education.

Connect provides secure online access for parents or responsible persons such as guardians, to teaching and learning information about their children. Parents will be able to communicate easily with teachers and stay informed with their child's learning anywhere, anytime.

Parents will be given their own secure login to Connect through the school. This will be a P-number as a user name and a starting password that can be changed. If you have multiple children you only need one login.

Connect is available on any device with an internet connection.

To see what the parent sign in pages looks like click here Connect Guide for Parents

Connect website


Aboriginal students : Follow the Dream:
The Partnerships for Success Program targets Aboriginal students with high aspirations as they commence their secondary education. Through individualised case management in the areas of academic acceleration, longitudinal subject selection, career and transition support students are encouraged to complete Year 12 and achieve results that enable entrance into tertiary studies.

The program can also include high achieving and motivated students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) school pathways, provided they meet the program selection criteria.

Program Objectives
  • Achieve a WACE and enter university;
  • Attend school regularly;
  • Achieve high school grades and have high levels of literacy and numeracy;
  • Have a broad range of post school education, training and employment options and opportunities;
  • Achieve a successful post school transition;
  • Have high self expectations; and
  • Parents and communities have high expectations, involvement and pride in the success of the students.

Senior School Awards

Senior School awards criteria

The below document outlines the criteria used for academic awards at senior school level. The tables have been split into three to indicate the progress from Year 11 to the completion of Year 12. Each year of senior schooling has its own separate criteria to recognise high academic achievement in that year. Completion of senior schooling is the higher accolade and will be presented over eligibility for Excellence in Year 12 only.

The Senior School Awards criteria can be downloaded Here

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