BSHS Winners of National VET Awards

Busselton Senior High School was announced the country’s No.1 school for Vocational Education and Training last week.

The school was the winner of the Pathways to VET Award at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney.

It was up against Sunshine Coast’s Technical Trade Training Centre and South Australia’s John Eyre High School.

The school’s VET program is a registered training organisation, with the first program offered in 1999.

It has since grown to offer qualifications in business, engineering, sport coaching and kitchen operations.

The school also boasts a fully functioning trade centre, and principal Dainon Couzic said the program’s success “lies in the quality staff that design and deliver each qualification”.

In 2017, the school achieved a 100 per cent attainment rate.

This is indicative of the high levels of support provided to students and the engaging nature of the programs.

VET co-ordinator Connie Watson said she was proud the school had been recognised as the winner of a prestigious national award.

Six other WA organisations were named winners, and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said WA’s performance at the awards proved the State’s VET sector was first-class.

“Western Australians looking to upskill, retrain or enter the workforce can do it with the confidence that they'll learn from some of the nation’s best trainers, with some of the country’s most innovative training providers,” she said.

“I’m sure these inspiring winners will motivate others to take advantage of the excellent training opportunities available in WA, ensuring they are best-placed to take on the jobs of the future.”

Young Carers

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!
 

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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:

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE
  • 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