Recent News & Upcoming Events



Introduction to Communication 


If your son or daughter has little or no verbal speech, this workshop will guide you through current thinking about how to best support them to communicate with others.

Areas to be covered in the workshop include: 

  • Why and how everyone can communicate, regardless of their disability
  • Your loved one’s right to be heard, listened to and responded to by others
  • Valuing all forms of communication, including those that are used instead of or as well as speech (alternative and augmentative communication – AAC)
  • Supporting communication for interaction and relationships
  • What it takes to learn to communicate in new ways (for example using a communication device)
  • Practical things we can do to support our child or loved one with CCN learn to communicate in new ways
  • What to look for when seeking therapists and other professionals to support you and your loved one on the journey to more successful communication
  • Where to find further information and support to take the next step on your communication journey with your child or loved one with CCN

2020 Pricing for this 2 Hour (9:30am – 11:30am) training session: NDIS Funded: $123.52 (GST free),  Additional family members $25.00 (inc GST)

If you do not have NDIS funding, please contact Teresa Pracilio on 9420 7230.

Location:    West Perth

Date:           27 October 2020

Presenter:  Laura Jones – Is a specialist adviser with the DDWA Advocacy team and lecturer to teachers and therapists for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Complex Communication Needs) at Edith Cowan University.


# At your NDIS Planning meeting quote the NDIS Price Guide “Training for Carers/Parents Support Item”
Ref No: 15_038_0117_1_3



Directions Class

Students from WCHS ESC are doing some great work at Chorus Rockingham and Kwinana, every Friday cleaning vehicles ready for when they transport people within the community. The staff at Chorus are very happy that their vehicles are nice and clean ready for the days work. Well done to the group of students from our Directions Class Year 13 program giving a helping hand for our local community.




Student Enterprise

One of our year 11 students has started his own business enterprise selling free range eggs from his family farm.  He has 6 chickens and is selling a dozen eggs for $5. He has plans to use the money to buy more chickens, build a bigger enclosure and grow his business.







Muisc Rocks at Warnbro ESC

Without the usual end of term concert playing it safe due to COVID19 Music Rocks decided it would be really something to record their musicians. 

Music Rocks and Warnbro ESC are so proud of our students and their music with so many challenges this term, in such unique circumstances. It has been a really big triumph!





Well done to some of our year 10 students on 100% attendance.




Media Art Class


Year 10 students have been working hard in their Media Arts class this term to complete a video project that involves choosing a topic, filming and editing the footage. The Year 10 girls chose to debate the topic of “Exercise vs Xbox” while the boys chose to produce a video depicting a lie detector test. Well done to the Year 10 students who are participating in this class and using some very complicated editing software.





The B.E.A.N Café
Belong Engage and Nourish


You may have seen in our Term 1 Newsletter that our school cafe has officially been named and branded!

The café was up and running on Wednesday the 20th of May for our staff to warm themselves up with a deliciously hot beverage.


Staff and students running the café have completed their COVID-19 Hygiene and Infection Control Training.



Senior School Games Room

Senior School students enjoying a game of Chess at Recess.



Fleur’s Channel 10 Debut!

On Thursday 30th April 2020, Channel 10 Perth aired an interview with one of our very own year 8 students.

They talked about what kind of impact The Starlight Foundation had on Fleur and her recovery.
The Starlight Foundation helps bring happiness to sick kids Australia-wide, and during the covid-19 pandemic, they’re needed it more than ever.


A Perth girl battling cancer is urging people to help a charity very close to her heart. The Starlight Foundation helps bring happiness to sick kids Australia-wide, and during the covid-19 pandemic, they're needed it more than ever. #10News

Posted by 10 News First Perth on Thursday, 30 April 2020







Yagan – UR Strong 

In the Yagan Year 9 class we have integrated our URStrong Friendship skills and our PATHS learning into a numeracy lesson filled with maths & fun games to practice these skills. We arranged teams and allocated jobs to different team members while we practice some friendship skills such as positive encouragement, patiently waiting for turns and supporting each other even if we are not the winner of a game. This is a fun way to practice all these skills in a safe, fun way.






2020 Swimming Carnival



Students from both WCHS & WCHS ESC participated in the 2020 Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 26th February. Well done to all involved in a fantastic day of swimming!








Coffee Cart 

Testing & training for the new Coffee Cart is underway! All students & staff are excited for this new enterprise to be up and running.


Stay tuned for the official naming and opening of the Coffee Cart at our Flourishing Festival in Week 10!




Directions Class 

What a great start to 2020 for the Directions Class.

The year 13 boys started their Work Place Learning at Chorus’s large car depot detailing cars inside & out.

The large fleet of cars and busses are used to transport Community Members to and from much needed appointments. 




Welcome Year 7’s! 

The year 7’s have had a wonderful start to high school and the new school year.

Students have participated in activities to build a sense of belonging and collaboration within the classrooms and as a whole year 7 group.

Some of the highlights of the first week were starting new options classes such as PE and Food Technology and also having our photos taken for our brand new smart riders and library cards.

The year 7 students and teachers are looking forward to an exciting year ahead!





Term 1 2020


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

–  Marcel Proust


What a great start to the year we have had with two rich days of learning and opportunities to ‘sharpen our focus’ on our own and the school’s development.

Having ‘new eyes’ for how we can keep improving learning and progress for students is our ongoing commitment .

Staff engaged in Professional Learning related to Mathematics with Dr Paul Swan as well as social and emotional learning curriculum. Our teachers participated in a one day Visible learning workshop focussed on improving practice and empowering students to have ownership of their own learning and progress.

Visible Learning: When teachers see learning through the eyes of the student and students see themselves as their own teachers



Congratulations to our Principal Kim McCollum who won the WAESPAA School Leader of the year award and our staff member Jacqui Jones winning the Non Teaching Secondary Award. What an amazing achievement!


WCHS ESC Reunion

On Wednesday 27th November, Warnbro CHS ESC held a reunion for ex-students and staff to attend. The reunion was a massive success with over 30 students, from as far back as 2004, attending and sharing where they are up to in their lives. We heard stories of jobs and promotions, listened to recounts of travels all over the world, celebrated engagements, marriages and children, and reminisced about the best memories we shared together. Thank you to all the ex-students who came along.







Students Donate to Charity 

On Monday 16th Sept, our wonderful student councillors presented the Salvation Army with food and clothing which had been kindly donated.  This awesome gesture provided the councillors an opportunity to demonstrate character strengths of gratitude and kindness.  Well done Student Councillors and our Youth Worker Amanda for organizing this charity collection.

Thanks to Woolworths Waikiki for their donation and Tamara for her generous time spent with the student councillors.



Camp Quality – Children’s Cancer Charity 

On the 10th September, our students were fortunate to have Camp Quality perform an Education Program at our school.  The performance was designed to help students understand what cancer is and how they can support someone dealing with it.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the interactive experience and appreciated the opportunity to ask the puppeteers questions in regards to cancer.  If you did not have an opportunity to donate to such a worthy cause below is a link to their website where you can donate any amount you choose.




Warnbro CHS ESC  Exemplary Practice Showcase and Conference Presentation

WCHS ESC presented a workshop about leading a whole school approach to wellbeing at the West Australian Principals and Administrators Conference.  We also took part in the Schools’ Showcase.  The showcase was a chance to  highlight our work  and expertise  in providing high quality educational programs  for our students. We shared information on Literacy development, Transitional Planning, the Senior School BELIEVE program and  Health and wellbeing . The response and feedback from participants was overwhelmingly  positive.



Distinguished Positive Psychologist Professor Martin Seligman, Founder of Positive Education


“Wellbeing is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment” Martin Seligman.


This week our School psychologist and Principal had the opportunity to attend an Education Department event to hear Martin Seligman speak, a world renowned Positive Psychologist and founder of Positive Education. 

Professor Martin Seligman’s message reinforced the importance of  schools supporting student wellbeing as well as academic development. 

As a Positive Education school, we have  developed a whole school social and emotional learning framework using a Positive Education Model, HAPEER. The HAPEER model is based on the premise that the key elements that enable an individual to flourish can be taught.

 The aim of Positive Education is to promote flourishing lives that help facilitate both individual and organisational wellbeing.

The HAPEER Model aligns with the 6 wellbeing domains through which an individual can maximise their potential and flourish:

Positive Health

Positive Accomplishments

Positive Purpose

Positive Emotions

Positive Engagement

Positive Relationships



Senior School Mural

Artist Paul Deej worked with students early in the term and has created a vibrant mural in the undercover area of the Endeavour Building.




Congratulations! Warnbro Community High School Education Support Centre were recent winners of the School of The Year Award at WAESPAA Education Awards. This is a fantastic achievement and acknowledgement of the whole school community and the hard work and dedication of our staff to ensuring the very best programs and education possible for our students.