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Covid 19 Updates

26 March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

If you can't access your Connect account to read this Notice in full, please call the school on 90 719 555 for assistance.

The school is currently operating at about 25% attendance. We are endeavouring to operate as normally as possible for students who are still attending. We have combined some classes to accommodate staff shortages and to provide time for teachers to add content to Connect and support students who are unable to attend. We have trialled some online learning with some groups. This has greatly assisted staff preparation in case the school is closed. It means we will have a clearer picture of how this would work. The Premier and the Education Minister have put out a statement today that will form the basis of our future planning.

Thank you for providing information about your child's attendance situation if you have chosen to keep them at home. 

For students who are not attending it is important that they isolate at home and use Connect to keep up with school work. Each department has put work on Connect that your child can use. It is not the same as being at school, but it is the best we can do at the moment. Please encourage your child to use Connect and contact the classroom teacher or year coordinator if there are issues.

The Department of Education has also put some work online. It can be accessed through the Learning at home website.  The website is now available and resources will continue to be added over the coming weeks. The Learning at Home website provides advice and resources for parents and carers, educators and students. This includes a wide range of resources and information related to the impact of COVID-19 on students’ health and wellbeing and the impact on families. 

This week we ran a whole school lesson through form classes to inform students about COVID 19. The lesson focused on providing factual information to students from appropriate sources. The importance of social distancing and maintaining positive mental health were also part of the lesson. It was well received by students in attendance.

Given the extensive media coverage, some children are already aware of the impact of the virus and will pick up on the concerns and anxiety of others. This could be through listening and observing what is happening online, at home and school.

 A Student Wellbeing Response, Recovery Advisory Team has been established. The team can be contacted at Please visit the information on Support for parents and carers

Parents are advised that, if they need urgent mental health advice and support for themselves or their child, there is a 24-hour crisis support line 1800 048 636.


We have employed additional cleaners who are working all day on maintaining high standards of cleanliness in toilets, checking supplies and availability of soap for students and sanitising door handles throughout the school. In addition to this, students have access to hand sanitiser and hygiene “hot-spots” like computer work stations are being cleaned and sanitised between lessons.

BYO water bottles

As per advice received from the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC), it is preferable that students bring their own individual water bottles that can be filled from the fountain as necessary. This will reduce the need for students to drink directly from fountains.

The school library remains open. Borrowing limits have been removed. We are encouraging students to borrow as many books as they like. They will be due back when students return to school. Students who are no longer attending are welcome to visit the library to borrow some books. Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind -we encourage students to read.

Progress reports

The progress reports will be emailed out to parents. Unfortunately, we have cancelled the parent nights. Please phone or email the classroom teacher your contact number if you wish to discuss the report. It will not be as efficient as a parent night. Please try to keep conversations short and to the point as some teachers have in excess of 100 students that they teach and the 5 minute conversations add up.

Lower school progress reports will be emailed this Friday 27 March.

Upper school progress reports will be emailed Tuesday the 31 March.

We will keep you informed of changes as we work through these unprecedented times together.

Esperance Senior High School is working hard to be part of a Strong and Healthy Community.


Ken Duffy
Deputy Principal
Esperance SHS



Department of Education Update 26 March 2020

26 March 2020

Dear Parents/Care Givers,

Please note the latest information relating to school teaching and learning arrangements at ESHS.  

Today, the Government has announced all public schools in Western Australia will remain open until the end of term – Thursday, 9 April 2020.

However, families are encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so.  The Department’s learning from home resources are available at: Learning at home

What this means for our school is:

  • From Monday, 30 March to Friday, 3 April all children who attend school will be taught as normal.
  • The following week (6 to 9 April) teachers and education assistants will prepare teaching programs for Term Two.
  • During this time (6 to 9 April), students who attend school will be supervised.

The Government recognises there will still be families who need to send their children to school to continue their learning during this period.  These may include:

  • Children of parents and carers who need their children to attend school to maintain employment.
  • Children who live in families with aged relatives.
  • Children where it is safer for them to be at school.

Schools have been asked to plan and prepare for a different teaching model for Term Two and beyond. I will be communicating with you all regarding the term two program of teaching and learning as soon as the Term Two program has been determined.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require clarification.


Ian Masarei


Trial of new policy

25 November 2019

Students will need to have their mobile phones "Off and away all day" for weeks 8, 9 and 10 of this term.

A letter with detailed information has been sent to all parents.

Esperance Farm Training Centre - Royal Show

Esperance Farm Training Centre - Royal Show
21 October 2019

Perth Royal Show 2019.

It was that time of the year again when a group of staff and students from Esperance Farm Training Centre travelled up to Perth to compete and show animals over ten days during the school holidays.

We had six staff members, a dozen students, nine cattle and a dozen sheep.  We left early in the morning (5:30am on Wednesday the 25th of September), we returned 10 days later, weary but proud.

The students were excellent and represented themselves and the school with aplomb. 

The first competitions were RSA Farm Skills; think the Olympics for farmers.  Students had to complete a variety of tasks; wool classing, ram judging, drafting, steer appraisal, tractor driving, first aid, GPS and weed identification just to name a few.   In total, there were 14 events to show case the varied skills of young farmers.

The rest of the show revolved around preparing the cattle and the sheep for showing.   This meant lots of early starts and long days, but our students handled this well and achieved some great results.  There is a summary listed below.  Special mention needs to be made of very own Henco Maree and Jasmine Vincent; our yr 10 Farm students who were competing in their first show, Henco  achieved a 3rd place for his age group.  In addition, our AWI team with Jordan Forbes, Jade Challinger, Lily Daw and Taia Farnham-Offer for their excellent efforts.

2019 Perth Royal Show results 

Cattle (Red Angus) 

  • Reserve Champion Heifer 
  • Reserve Champion Bull 
  • Grand Champion heavy weight led steer 
  • Reserve Grand Champion led Steer 
  • 2nd Pairs  
  • 1st Breeders  group of 3 
  • 2nd bull over 15 months 
  • 1st bull over 18 months 
  • 2nd Heifer over 18 months 
  • 3rd Heifer over 18 months 


Students Paraders

Braydon Kulker State parader’s 

Hendrik Maree 3rd   Student paraders 

Jasmine Vincent   Student paraders 


  • AWI Future Sheep Breeders Challenge –merino wether preparation): 1st  
  • AWI Future Sheep Breeders Challenge –Merino Wether Measurements- 3rd place 
  • AWI Young Sheep Producers Challenge–Ewe Selection Lily Daw received 3rd place 
  • AWI Young Sheep Producers Challenge –Wool Handling- Lily Daw and Jade Challinger received 3rd place 

A big thank to  Crystal Henderson, Vicky Hempsell, Mick Harris and  Chris Vibart who all put in extra hours to make the show such a successful event for our students.  It is great to have staff who are willing to do extra so our students don’t miss out on such amazing opportunities. 

A special thanks to Jan O’Connell who gave up her holidays, and volunteered  to support our students.     

Principal, Cathy Bamblett Retires

Principal Cathy Bamblett
25 September 2019

Ms Bamblett has been the Principal at Esperance Senior High School since 1998 (near 22 years of service).

Ms Bamblett was acknowledged at the Year 12's final assembly on Tuesday. Students presented Ms Bamblett with a donation made on her behalf for helping teachers in Cambodia.

The staff, students and parents would like to thank Ms Bamblett for her dedication to our school. She has been an amazing Principal and we will miss her.

An official farewell for Ms Bamblett will be held in the school library on Thursday at 3.15pm.

We wish her well in her retirement!

Esperance Express article

TOM State Finals

TOM State Finals
17 September 2019

Congratulations to both STEM and Language Literature Teams.  Both achieved Honours in the the competition. STEM brought home the trophy for the Highest Creativity award for Spontaneous in a Regional final.  

QLT students visit Rotary Bay

QLT students visit Rotary Bay Club
6 September 2019

The students spoke about their trip earlier this year to the Thai Burma Railway on the Quiet Lion Tour. They presented photos and talked about their emotional and inspiring tour retracing Allied forces experiences. 

Go For Gold Basketball Carnival

15 August 2019

On Wednesday the 14th of August 8 Esperance Girls Academy members competed in the Go For Gold 2019 Basketball Carnival in Kalgoorlie. Sarah May Douglas, Quawsian Thompson, Lucretia George, Taliah Lewis, Adriana Graham, Ivey Nievaart and Mikayla Lawrence were our players supported by Team Manager and Coach, Alidea Stack. The girls were undefeated throughout the day and had an exciting grand final with John Paul College who were the grand final winners by four points. The girls played a fierce game and worked beautifully together as a team and will be a force to be reckoned with this coming basketball season.

Congratulations to Mikayla Lawrence who won the Three Point Shoot Out Competition and Lucretia George who won All Star Player. We are so very proud of all our girls who represented Esperance Girls Academy and would like to thank Kalgoorlie Girls Academy for hosting such a fantastic event. A big thank you to all our parents and family members who came on the day to cheer the girls on.

WA Education Awards

Women in STEM Forum
7 August 2019

Julie does an amazing job at looking after students at our school. She coaches the Diamonds netball team, runs the Girls Leadership Program and assists our Student Services team. She thoroughly deserves this nomination!

Two panel members from the judging team in Perth visited school yesterday to conduct interviews. Throughout the day they spoke to a range of staff and students. Winners are announced on Monday 28th October at a breakfast in Perth.

Quiet Lion Tour

Quiet Lion Tour
6 August 2019

The Quiet Lion Tour journeys on the Thai Burma Railroad in the footsteps of the  prisoners of war during World War Two.  Many Australians, British, Dutch, and Thai prisoners faced horrendous conditions to build the Thai Burma Railway under Japanese control. The Quiet Lion Tour recognises these endeavours by attending many sites of POW camps and the ANZAC Day Ceremony at Hellfire Pass every year. Esperance Senior High School students take part in the wreath laying ceremony, visit the POW cemeteries and the war memorials along the route.  An unforgettably experience.