HEARING his high school named one of the top four in the state was not a surprise for John Curtin College of the Arts principal Mitchell Mackay.
WA’s only specialist art school, offering programs in ballet, contemporary dance, drama, media arts, music, music theatre and visual arts, as well as a specialist soccer excellence program, is no stranger to academic excellence.
It was ranked second last year for Year 12 students at a WA public high schools who achieved an ATAR score of more than 75.
It is a finalist in this year’s WA Education Awards.
Mr Mackay, who earlier this year was selected for the 2016 Independent Public School Principals’ Fellowship Program, said the school’s draw was that it was unique.
“We have 150 evenings of performances, our eight specialised areas cater for all students’ needs, we have a residential college and students come from everywhere in WA to be part of our community,” he said.
“Our students come to school for longer hours than a normal school day to study what they love.
“All of our students work hard to contribute to making this a safe and caring school.”
Award winners will be announced on November 28.