John Forrest Secondary College

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John Forrest Secondary College
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Coordinates 31°54′14″S115°54′04″E / 31.904°S 115.901°E / -31.904; 115.901 Coordinates: 31°54′14″S115°54′04″E / 31.904°S 115.901°E / -31.904; 115.901
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Former namesJohn Forrest Senior High School, Embleton High School
Type Independent public co-educational day school
MottoCourtesy
Opened1961;60 years ago (1961)
Educational authority WA Department of Education
Specialist
  • Cricket
  • Music
  • Netball
  • Tennis
Principal Karen Read [1] [2]
Years 7-12
Enrolment1,122 [3]  (2019)
Campus type Suburban
Colour(s)Navy blue and gold   
Website www.johnforrest.wa.edu.au
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John Forrest Secondary College from Broun Avenue
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John Forrest Secondary College administration building

John Forrest Secondary College (abbreviated as JFSC) is an Independent Public secondary school in the Perth suburb of Morley, Western Australia.

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History

John Forrest Secondary College was established in 1960 as Forrest High School. In 1961, the school was renamed Embleton High School, staying that way for two years, until 1963, when it was renamed John Forrest High School. The school opened to students c.1962. On 17 October 1964, Western Australian governor Douglas Kendrew officially opened the school as John Forrest Senior High School. The school is named after the first Premier of Western Australia, John Forrest. The gymnasium was built in 1965. During its construction, the roof collapsed after the steel girders bent. [4] [5] [6]

In the late 1960s, the school became increasingly overcrowded, despite the 1966 establishment of Hampton High School nearby. In 1970, Morley High School was established, but a site had not been selected. At first, Morley High School consisted of 250 students at nine demountable classrooms on John Forrest school grounds. Morley had its own staff, principal and P&C association, but it used John Forrest's canteen, library and sporting facilities. Morley would later move out in 1973 when its own campus had been constructed. [7]

From 2008 to 2010, a trade training centre was constructed at the school at a cost of $2.6 million. The facility is shared with Mount Lawley Senior High School. [8] [9]

In 2011, it became an Independent Public School. Alongside this, the school's name was changed to John Forrest Secondary College. [10] [2] In 2015, John Forrest started accepting year 7 students for the first time, becoming a 7-12 school, alongside most other public high schools in the state.

In 2020, it was awarded "best school garden" in the City of Bayswater Garden Awards. [11] [12]

Redevelopment

During the 2017 state election campaign, the Labor Party committed $50 million to build and refurbish facilities at John Forrest Secondary College if elected. [13] Following that, the Liberal Party promised $15 million to upgrade the school if re-elected. [14] The Labor party ended up winning the election, and so planning started on the $50 million upgrade.

In July 2019, an architect was appointed. During 2020, the school's tennis courts were relocated to make way for the new buildings. [15] [16] The construction is split into three stages. The first stage involves the construction of a performing arts facility for dance, drama, media, music and visual arts, a materials technology building for building and construction, woodwork, metalwork, engineering, robotics and mechatronics, and a building for food and textiles classes, a cafeteria and an IT centre. The second stage involves the demolition of the previous materials technology building and construction of a new sports hall. The final stage involves turning the old library into a new administration area, the old sports hall into a library and various other refurbishments to old facilities. [17] Construction on the first stage started early 2021, and the final stage is scheduled to be complete by January 2024. The project will expand the capacity of the school to 1,300 students. [18]

Programs

John Forrest Secondary College offers Department of Education endorsed specialist programs in Cricket, Music, Netball and Tennis, and the college based Academic Excellence Program (AEP) and Computer Science Program. [19] [2]

Cricket

John Forrest's cricket program is endorsed by the Western Australian Cricket Association. The cricket program includes four hours per week of class time, regular competitions, interstate and international cricket tours. Students play on a turf wicket at school grounds and often travel to the WACA Ground. The program is supported by patron Bruce Reid, who was a former student. [20] [21]

Music

To gain entry to the music program, students must audition. Students in the program do music theory, weekly instrumental lessons, ensembles outside class time and various performances and concerts. The music program is open to year 6's from nearby schools, where they travel to John Forrest for an hour each week. Facilities for music are two music classrooms and four instrumental rooms. Students can choose to do Music ATAR in years 11 and 12. Ashley Smith, former student of John Forrest, and now Head of Woodwind and Contemporary Performance at UWA Conservatorium of Music is the patron for the music program. [22]

Netball

Netball students have four hours per week of class time and are involved in competitions. Jessica Anstiss, player for the West Coast Fever is the patron for the netball program. [23]

Tennis

In the tennis program, students study tennis for four hours per week and participate in competitions. [24] The tennis program does not currently have a patron. Margaret Court was previously the patron, however the school sacked her in October 2017, because her views on family and sexuality did not conform with that of the John Forrest college board, which created controversy amongst students offending different students of different beliefs. [25] [26] John Forrest was named Western Australia's most outstanding school at the 2017 WA Tennis Industry Awards Night. [27]

Local intake area

John Forrest Secondary College's local intake area covers Ashfield, Bedford, most of Bayswater (excluding north of Collier Road), part of Dianella (south of Alexander Drive, Morley Drive and Light Street), part of Embleton (south of Collier Road), part of Inglewood (north-east of Dundas Road), part of Maylands, part of Morley (south-west of Walter Road and Collier Road) and a small part of Bassendean (near Ashfield). [28] [29]

Students living in the local intake area have a guaranteed place at the school if they apply. Students living outside the local intake area may join the school if they are accepted into one of the specialist programs or after being judged on a case by case basis. [29]

Transport

John Forrest Secondary College is in a good location for public transport, being located near the Morley bus station and several bus routes. High frequency bus routes that stop nearby include the CircleRoute (routes 998 and 999), 950 and 955. [30] [31] [32] [33]

Academic results

YearRankMedian ATAR Eligible studentsStudents with ATAR% Students with ATARRef
20207478.701615232.30% [34]
20196578.701605232.50% [35]
20188277.851574729.94% [36]
201712667.001435538.46% [37]
201610977.551405237.14% [38]

Student numbers

Student numbers peaked at 1,500 in the late 1970s. [5] Student numbers have significantly increased since 2015, partially due to year 7 students being accepted and the 2014 half cohort leaving.

YearNumberRef
2006922 [39]
2007869
2008807
2009804
2010692 [40]
2011667
2012691
2013729
2014753
20151,065
20161,116
20171,134
20181,136
20191,122

List of principals

Name [5] Years
George Cullen1960 – 1969
Maurice Kelso1970 – 1978
Stefan Slusarczyk1979 – 1984
Neil Ryan1985
Stefan Slusarczyk1986
Neil Ryan1987
Stefan Slusarczyk1988 – 1990
Rose Moroz1991
Peter Tennant1992 – 1993
Larry Manno1994
Rose Moroz1995 – 1996
Alison Legg1997
Karen Wearn1998 – 2003
Phil Shea2004
Digby Mercer2005
Di Turner2006 – 2011
Judy Silsbury2012 – 2015
Melissa Gillett2016 – 2021
Karen Read 2021 – Present

Notable alumni

See also

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