BSHS Year 9 Canberra Tour 2019

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BSHS Year 9 Canberra Tour 2019 departed in Week 9 of Term 2, to the East coast and an early school holiday treat. Thanks to the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate, the cost of the tour is subsidised by $270 per student, enabling more students to attend this fantastic tour.

The infamous ‘red eye’ flight touched down in Sydney at 06.10 hours, and with little to no sleep at all, our last-minute stand-in leader Mr Heathcote, led 47 Busselton Senior High kids to breakfast in the picturesque Darling Harbour. From there, Circular Quay presented as a mysteriously foggy mid-winter morning cloaking Sydney Harbour Bridge before Captain Cook Cruises (who else?) guided us through the harbour, from Bennalong Point to Camp Cove, Port Jackson and Botany Bay.  Then we explored The Taronga Zoo, where we lunched alongside baby elephants, baby gorillas, baby giraffes and a gigantic Cassowary! The bird show was extraordinary ……. We bused students back to the Sydney Harbour YHA, nestled under the Sydney Harbour Bridge for our first night in the city.

We took a tour of the remarkable Opera House in all its famed glory. Such a prominent and stunning building, inside and out, not to mention the views! We strolled across Sydney Harbour Bridge just because we could, walked over to Darling Harbour for the afternoon which included Madame Tussauds and finished the day with some delicious eats and retail therapy. Another fantastic day. Off to Canberra tomorrow.

It has been super chilly, with brilliant, clear and sunny skies framing our expedition. Wayne and his sturdy coach loaded us all up before hitting the highway to our nation’s capital. It became cooler and cooler as we travelled inland to the ACT, situated 580 metres above sea level. We lunched at the beautiful Bowral where Sir Don Bradman is renowned. Canberra is surrounded by plains of limestone with impressive granite boulders peppering the crisp, dry land. We spent the afternoon enjoying Questacon before a hearty home cooked pasta meal at the Canberra YHA, we then stormed the local Bowling Alley and bowled, danced, ate ice cream and played arcade games late into the night. 

The next day encompassed the National Capital Exhibition Centre, and before touring Government House, and the High Court of Australia, we had the privilege of witnessing the 21-gun salute for the new Governor-General David Hurley at Parliament House, a rare treat. A trek back in time to the Cretaceous period at The Dinosaur Museum completed the day.

Another early start (and a frosty -8C) and the kids were up and about at 5 for a trip into the Snowy Mountains. There was ice on the windows of the bus on route to the mountain – past the Kosciusko Hydroelectric power plant -  where we applied sunscreen and sunglasses to combat the glaring sun reflecting off fresh, powdery snow!  A perfect day for chair-lift rides and carving up the slopes on skis and toboggans. 

Day 6 showed students the Australian Institute of Sport for a glimpse into Australia’s sporting elite, CSIRO for a taste of Forensic Science. BSHS were then honoured to take part in and a laying of the wreath at the Australian War Memorial – Last Post ceremony. A solemn end to another amazing day.

Day 7 and finally, we were packing to leave! We commenced the day with a leisurely stroll down the amazing Mount Ainslie to The Australian War Memorial. This extraordinary tribute to Australia’s defence force is positioned graciously at the end of Anzac parade where we showed our respect to those who died in combat.  We laid poppies at the names of our ancestors and had the opportunity to ask questions of returned Vietnam and Afghanistan veterans. All have been deeply touched by this momentous experience.  We Shall Remember Them.

 But wait! There’s more. Nola Merino, the Federal member for Forrest, invited us to her chambers at Parliament House. Nola spoke infectiously to us about following our dreams and standing up for the things we believe in.  We then sat in the gallery to view the House of Representatives, and the Senate where we had the privilege of seeing a vote on a Bill.

It must be said:  a voyage of discovery such as this is only made possible by the incredible hard work of our illustrious leader, Renay Down who planned the entire trip, and Chris Heathcote for filling in at such short notice. The comradery among the staff and students as a consequence of this trip is extra special.  A notable mention to YHA Sydney and Canberra and Wayne and the giant bus for keeping us safe, dry and well fed throughout our tour.

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