First class: Carine SHS named WA Secondary School of the Year at WA Education Awards


Carine Senior High School principal Damian Shuttleworth (front, in suit) with staff.
Carine Senior High School principal Damian Shuttleworth (front, in suit) with staff.

POSITIVITY has helped lead Carine Senior High School to become this year’s WA Secondary School of the Year.

The 44-year-old school took out the prestigious accolade at the WA Education Awards.

Principal Damian Shuttleworth, who joined the school in 2014, described the recognition as “phenomenal”.

“In the past three years our staff and students have worked exceptionally hard and strategically to raise standards and aspirations at Carine,” he said.

“Our culture is one of positivity and a ‘can do attitude’.

“As principal I am so proud of our staff, our students and our community.”

It was this sense of positivity that struck a chord with awards judge and North Metropolitan Education regional executive director Jim Webb.

“With Carine, there is such a cultural sense around school improvement and it’s performing well above expectations,” he said.

The rates of senior students completing a Certificate II or higher vocational education and training qualification has risen from one in five students to seven out of 10 in the past several years.

Mr Webb said judges had great feedback from students when they visited the school.

“What they told me is that teachers and staff really listen to them,” he said.

“The improvement is so well ingrained, the kids are saying that it’s cool to achieve.

“School planning is impressive – the students have a strong voice and the staff can articulate the school’s focus areas and their part in building the business plan.”

Mr Shuttleworth said the best part of his job was speaking with pupils.

“You know when students genuinely think a lot of who you are and what you represent,” he said.

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