Mr Couzic's speech from 60th Celebration

Good Evening, I would like to formally welcome the Honourable Sue Ellery, MLC Minister for Education and Training, Department of Education Deputy Director- Mr Stephen Baxter, Regional Executive Director Mr Neil Milligan, Busselton City Mayor -Mr Grant Henley, BSHS School Board Chair- Mrs Heather Carrol, BSHS P&C President Pam Webster, our amazing staff, past staff members, current and past students, Principal Colleagues, parents and community members.  I would also like to make special mention of some other guests here tonight. Troy Buswell former Local Representative in the State Government who was head boy in 1983. Barry House former president of the Legislative Council, head boy, dux in in 1966 was also a teacher at BSHS. Finally, Alan Miles the first ever Head Boy at BSHS way back in 1958.  

A sincere welcome to you all on this auspicious occasion to celebrate 60 Years of Education at BSHS. Anniversaries are wonderful occasions for recalling the years gone by and for crystalizing a vision for the years ahead.

The advances in educational theory and practice from the 1950’s to our present day have been profound, not only in Australia, but all around the world. We now live in a global society, where information is instantaneous and the demand and expectations for high calibre educational programs and modes of delivery as a pathway to better career opportunities, and increased quality of life, has never been more in demand.

The classrooms of the yester year have dramatically changed, with significant advancements in Information Communication Technologies such as Bring Your Own Device to school; Online Assessments, Pedagogy (which is the science of teaching); National Professional Teaching Standards; Professional Learning; Performance Management; Curriculum; Access; and Equity. Long gone are the “chalk and talk days”.

But what hasn’t changed over the last 60 years is the reason why we have all come together to be here today. It is to recognize our sense of belonging or as the Aboriginal express, as our homing. We all weave our own Song lines where we connect with others to make relationships in significant times and significant places that in turn becomes our own sense of personal history.  Schools are not just physical places of learning but they are made up of that immeasurable quality within them that transforms people, so schools become key milestones in our past. Each one of us has our own learning journey to travel that is created from memories of relating to different people, understanding different cultures, exploring new opportunities to develop our talents, but most importantly schools provide a safe place to discover, practise and embrace our values in life.  Education is the powerful key, that unlocks the doors to our own individual happiness and successful futures. Lifelong learning allows us all to continually grow and discover and change who we are and what we are passionate about in life.

I hope our 60th Anniversary today provides past students, staff, parents and community members with an occasion to reconnect to people and events from your past high school years and I hope it provides our present students, parents and staff with an opportunity for you to contemplate that you are indeed making your own significant memories for your own individual histories.

Indeed, my own learning journey as a Principal of this fine school has recently been enriched with developing more candid connections in our school community during our recent adverse media reports. We all navigate and travel along our own educational song lines as we take on new roles in new places and in different times.

Busselton Senior High School has a rich and enduring history of being the inaugural high school for 60 years this town we call Busselton.   

It has always been a school with strong connections to the community linked to the Bussell family pioneers and these links continue today.  This school has always reflected its community. It is a school that has always strived to deliver a quality and innovative education to its students. It is a school that instils a sense of pride in those connected to it. I frequently tell the current students that one way we can show our pride is through wearing our school uniform and displaying the crest front and centre.

This crest was presented to the school in 1959 and is an adaption of the Coat of Arms of the Bussell Family, the original settlers of Busselton and from which the town’s name is derived.  The Bussell Coat of Arms originates from the early Middle Ages, when a Bussell knight is reputed to have revived a king, fallen in battle with water in his helmet.  Many of the heraldic embellishments have since been removed.  The casque, or knightly helmet which appeared at the top of the Bussell emblem, has been omitted because we have no claim to aristocratic descent and the winged cherub has also been removed. The three water bougets, which were featured on the Bussell crest, have been retained.  They are the three figures which resemble Arabic symbols on the shield and are the heraldic depiction of a yoke and two water skins.  Also depicted is a chevron, the “V” shaped stripe which indicates a non commissioned rank, between the three leather water carrying bougets. 

The Latin motto “Finis Coronat Opus” was adopted by the school and translates to ‘the end result justifies the work done’, and replaced the Bussell Family name on their shield.

And you all thought you came here tonight for a celebration and not a history lesson to show how mediaeval knights from England are connected to our school. My apologies. However, I have a strong belief that our crest is extremely important and relevant today as it was 60 years ago. I believe this crest is the tapestry that weaves, connects and represents who we are here at Busselton Senior High School. It is what we stand for as a school community.

Over these past 60 years at BSHS, there have been many achievements where our school has been the catalyst to launch many influential people many of who are with us today. The school has experienced many ups and downs and its share of tragedies over the years but what is rewarding to witness is the 1000s of local graduates some who still reside within our community who are now enrolling their own children or grandchildren at the school.

No matter what happens at Busselton Senior High School, it will always endure and remain strong, resilient and adaptable to any challenge in teaching not only the academics across all subject areas but also teach our core values of Respect, Empathy, Achieve and Learn. Just like the Bussell Knight who revived the king, BSHS will always find a way to correct itself, lift itself up and move on to a new and exciting pathway.

I believe that is all up to us here tonight to acknowledge this proud tradition of education at this local premier high school named after our town to ensure that this school history is not forgotten and continues being the learning institution weaving positive song lines and stories into this town, region, state and country for another 60 years.

I thank you all for your part in connecting and travelling our road and shaping our school into what is today- a rich, diverse, tapestry of learning and connection.

Please enjoy tonight, the music, catching up with friends and colleagues and sharing stories from the previous years.


Young Carers


Young carers is a term used to identify young people who look after a family member with a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, or drug/alcohol problem. Due to their situation, young carers have extra responsibilities which will necessarily impact on their home, school and social life.

In Western Australia, there is estimated to be over 40,000 young carers under the age of 26 in both metropolitan and regional or remote areas. This means that there is likely to be at least two young carers in every classroom.

They may become a young carer through someone in their family sustaining disabilities from an accident, being born with a disability, or developing a chronic illness. Alternatively, they could grow up having someone in their family with a mental illness, or drug or alcohol problem. Each caring situation is different and every young carer helps their family in different ways.

The role of caring for another person in day to day life can have both positive and negative impacts on a young person. Research has shown there to be immediate and long term effects associated with caring with young carers being more likely to suffer from the negative effects of caring if they do not have the right support.

National and international research shows that young carers rarely self-identify for a variety of reasons. They also do not respond to the term 'young carer' until after the term has been explained to them, meaning that identification can be difficult for us at school.

When recognised and supported in their role as a young carer, young people have stated that it has had a strong, positive impact on their lives. Young carers often gain useful skills, knowledge and experiences which can help them in later life.

Busselton Senior High School is partnering with Young Carers WA to provide students who are carers with extra support.

This may be in the form of counselling, vouchers for activities, camps or other support as per the need of each child. The service is completely free and confidential.  Parents or students who wish to engage with young carers may get information and a referral pack from the deputies in student services or the school nurse. The school does not need to know the reasons why someone is a young carer. We will simply provide the information for you to pursue. As such the identity of those acting in the roles of young carers will be confidential.



Principal Dainon Couzic Receives Invitation from Harvard University

Busselton Senior High School is extremely proud to be led by our Principal, Mr Dainon Couzic, for his exemplary leadership.

Mr Couzic has received a prestigious invitation from Harvard University to learn from the worlds best and participate in their leading development program in America.

Congratulations Mr Couzic!

Article Featured in Busselton Mail

Busselton Senior High School principal Dainon Couzic is on his way to Harvard University to take part in a leading development program.

Twenty independent public school principals will spend a week at the prestigious university in Boston to learn from the world's best at the Graduate School of Education.

Education Minister Peter Collier said once they have finished learning in the hallowed halls of Harvard, they go on to complete an online course through the famed university and then take on short-term change projects to reform aspects of their schools or the broader public education system.

"They, along with 20 principals currently in the program, will form a pool of highly skilled leaders who can be called on by the Department of Education for a range of roles, including acting as mentors to other principals and contributing to school leadership development programs."

Mr Couzic said while it was a surprise to be selected for the program it was recognition that the school was performing well and staff were doing a good job to make sure the students succeed.

“I am hoping to bring back some new ideas that I can bring back into the school and to improve the school even more,” he said.

“It should give me a bit of insight into high level leadership skills to make our school as best we can.

“It feels fantastic to be going to Harvard and to learn from some of the best people in the business I am excited about that.”

Schools band together in perfect harmony

BSHS Head of music - nicky hair and bshs students involved in the music group

The Geographe Bay Music Group officially launched tonight!  In a celebration of music and community, the concert showcased the talents of local schools who have come together to form this exciting collaboration.

Bringing together the music programs of Busselton Senior High School and Cape Naturaliste College, Geographe Bay Music Group also includes students from:

  • Dunsborough Primary School
  • Geographe Primary School
  • Busselton Primary School
  • West Busselton Primary School and
  • Vasse Primary School.


Read more in today's feature of the Busselton Dunsborough Times


BSHS Students Walk for a Cause

We are extremely proud of our students for embracing a worthy cause to support children in the slums of Africa and help provide them with a brighter future.  BSHS students have been raising awareness for Tenderfeet Education Centre in Kenya.  Driven by our Student Executive and Mr Holt, students participated in our annual 'Walk for Tenderfeet'. 

Read more in the Busselton Dunsborough Times article

Tenderfeet Education Centre

The Tenderfeet Education Center is a school for 125 orphans and other vulnerable children of pre-school through fifth grade age in Nairobi, Kenya.

Tenderfeet provides a warm learning environment for these extremely needy children. But it does more than just educate and teach the children to read and write. The children’s health is looked after and they get to eat twice a day. Almost all of these children are orphans or have only one caretaker. Many have lost parents to AIDS, while others were abandoned.

Learn more about Tenderfeet Education Centre