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Write a Book in a Day Competition

Write a book in a day
5 August 2016

Four teams of students had 12 hours to write, edit, illustrate and submit an original story for the competition. The competition is run by the Kids Cancer Project. Teams pay an entry fee and this money, as well as any additional funds raised by the teams, is donated to the Cancer Project for research into beating childhood cancers. Students are given some parameters at the start of the day to guide their writing. It is a great challenge for the students to work as a team to achieve their goal. Award winners are announced in October.

Visiting author Dianne Wolfer

Author Dianne Wolfer
1 August 2016

Australian author Dianne Wolfer visited with Year 8 English students on Monday 1st August. Dianne's list of books includes Lighthouse Girl, Light Horse Boy and the newly released The Shark Caller. Dianne discussed the process of publishing a book from the development of an idea through to publishing. The Shark Caller was 10 years in the making! Esperance SHS was delighted to host Dianne's visit and encourage students to read her tremendous books.

Country Week

Country Week Netball Team
21 July 2016

Months of planning and training culminated in the annual Country Week competition in  Perth. Joel Waters and Ali McArthur were the student captains of the Country Week contingent. It is fitting that they were joint winners of the Ron Taylor Award for the "spirit of Country Week". Ali, Joel, Leila Ben and Simon Poole were nominated by the school as "Active Achievers". This award recognizes the contribution that students make in the school and wider community for sport.

Special thanks to community members Dave Green and Justine McDonald who again VOLUNTEERED their time to coach the boys and girls hockey teams!

Fairest and Best for each sport are as follows:

Girls Basketball – Ali McArthur
Boys Basketball – Lucas Cary
AFL – Owen Halliday
Boys Volleyball – Kurtis Andrews
Girls Vollleyball – Kate Witham
Boys Soccer – Tye Harland
Girls Soccer – Shyanne Thomas
Girls Hockey – Rachael Mcdonald
Netball- Taylor Blackham
Touch – Jessica Cassidy
Dance – Charlie Cope
Boys Hockey – Sam Johnston

Overall results:

Girls soccer 5th B Grade
Boys soccer 4th B Grade
Girls hockey 7th A Grade
Girls Basketball 5th B Grade
Boys Volleyball 1st B Grade
Boys basketball 3rd B Grade
Netball 3rd B Grade
AFL 3rd C Grade
Touch 2nd A Grade
Dance 3rd A Grade
Boys Hockey 2nd B Grade
Girls Volleyball 2nd B Grade

New Zealand Tour

19 July 2016

Students from years 7 to 11 went on the cultural tour of New Zealand. Students experienced two days of skiing on the Cardrona ski fields! Other activities included a traditional Maori Hangi, walking in the Mt Cook National Park, walking to the snout of the Fox Glacier and gold panning in Greymouth.  A particular highlight for students was the helicopter flight with a landing on the Fox Glacier - fresh, untouched snow!! Thanks to Craig Snow for organising the tour and thanks to teachers Sarah Pitchers, Paul Jefferies and Magdeline Lum who also made the tour possible. 

Library Grand Re-Opening

Cutting the ribbon
10 June 2016

We recently celebrated the completion of our Library upgrade with a “Grand Re-Opening”, that even included a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Library entrance. The Library has been re-vamped to remain relevant to our staff and students. Our focus remains on creating a welcoming space for staff and students. We have reconfigured our computer area to create a computer lab area that is easier for teachers to operate in. The students are particularly fond of our new lounge reading area that includes lots of bright ottomans for students to put their feet up on. We will continue to promote reading as the foundational skill for all other disciplines and to identifying texts that help students read more often, more complex texts and more variety. You can follow the Library’s new Instagram account. We will post pictures of Library events, Library photos and Library news. Search for Esperance SHS Library.

Quiet Lion Tour Thailand 2016

Quiet Lion Tour Thailand 2016
9 May 2016

Four teachers and 12 students attended the 2016 Quiet Lion Tour to Thailand. The tour is named in honour of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop. The students visited cultural icons of Thailand. The students on the tour were accompanied by former Prisoners of War of the Thai-Burma Railway. Students honoured the war dead by attending the dawn service at Hellfire Pass on ANZAC Day. Students also attended the morning service at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery where they laid a wreath on behalf of Esperance SHS and the Esperance RSL in honour of Ernie Redman OAM. Ernie was an honorary Esperance SHS staff member. Ernie was a former Prisoner of War. He accompanied numerous students on the Quiet Lion Tour and is remembered with great fondness.

Year 7 and 8 Swimming Carnival

2016 Year 7 and 8 Swimming Champions
5 May 2016

Students had a great day at the pool competing in both competitive swimming races and fun novelty events.

Full results for the day:

Faction results:

1st: Eyre
2nd: Rossiter
3rd: Dempster
4th: Flinders

Champion students:










The Great Gatsby School Ball

The Esperance SHS School Ball
5 May 2016

What a glamorous night! Student arrivals at the ball in an amazing variety of cars were enjoyed by the public. Emma Bailye arrived on her horse! The theme of this year's ball was "The Great Gatsby". The school ball committee worked hard to provide an elegant backdrop for the ball. Students were treated to beautiful singing performances by fellow students Leila Ben and Rachel Vibart. Many thanks to the committee and staff for their hard work to make the ball a great night. Students who attended the ball can now access copies of their photos from the school.

Microsoft Office 365 Available Free to Students

Office 365
2 May 2016

Office 365 ProPlus is available for free to students. The software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. It is licenced for up to 5 PCs or Macs and 5 tablets or smartphones. Students will need to use their school log in details to access the software. Instructions for the download are available on the Student Information page of this website. Copies of the Instructions are also available from the Front Office. Please note that students will NOT be able to download the software at school.

Athletics Carnival 2016

Athletics Carnival
11 April 2016

Athletics Carnival 2016 Results:


1st: Flinders, 1912 points
2nd: Eyre, 1791 points
3rd: Dempster, 1670 points
4th: Rossiter, 1324 points

Student Champions:

  Champion Faction Points Runner-up Faction Points
Year 7 Boys Ryan Quinlivan Flinders 74 Kaden Brown Dempster 57
Year 7 Girls Jordan Major Eyre 55 Tina Barz Dempster 51
Year 8 Boys Cameron Brown Dempster 40 Taiepa King Eyre 38
Year 8 Girls Layla Johnson Eyre 76 Willow Spicer Rossiter 66
Year 9 Boys Ryley Krul Eyre 78 Matt Rogers Rossiter 56
Year 9 Girls Ruby Hodges Eyre 52 Nataeia Smith-Reynolds Dempster 43
Year 10 Boys Lachlan McLeod Flinders 72 Dean Bonnet Dempster 60
Year 10 Girls Monique Nicoll Flinders 70 Ashlee Parker Rossiter 69
Upper School Boys Vinnie Graham Flinders 55 Jaymon Butterworth Flinders 48
Upper School Girls Sofie Hawke Eyre 68 Ashley Blyth Dempster 33