Our School

Renay Down

Staff

I spent the first 30 years of my life in Perth. My family had a shack at Garden Island, so I spent an idyllic childhood with my holidays and weekends snorkelling and exploring. I have lived in Busselton for the last 21 years and my three sons grew up here. One of the things I love the most is walking down the street, seeing our past students and saying hello. It is so lovely being part of this amazing community.

I have been teaching for 31 years, with 21 years of them being at Busselton SHS. I have a degree in Human Anatomy and have taught at Cyril Jackson, Mirrabooka and Duncraig SHS before moving to Busselton. I am passionate about Science and am the HOLA of Science. I have taught upper school Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and all lower school Sciences. When I first started at Busselton we had 1300 students and we had more than twelve demountables. I see myself as a life-long learner and am always up for a challenge. I am also quite competitive so watch out for me if we are at a bowling alley or in a sporting setting. I am also a very loud cheerleader, so don’t stand too close to me. I have been in Vasse faction for all of my 21 years here and was the House leader for at least 5 of those years.

I am passionate about Busselton SHS. All my sons went to our school and I taught all of them at some stage. I was banned by my eldest from being his Year Coordinator when he first started school but at some stage I was the Year Coordinator for both my eldest sons. My eldest has a degree in Sports Science and is on his second masters. My middle son is finishing a degree in Japanese and my youngest is a Chemical Engineer.  I try to inspire our students to strive to be there best and have very high expectations for all of our students. I truly believe that everyone is capable of achieving if they set goals, keep trying and don’t give up. Your first attempt at anything is hard but you won’t succeed if you don’t keep trying. I have taught so many wonderful students that have attained such amazing careers and I am always so proud of each and every one of them.

I love school camps. They are a great way to get to know our students. I have run the Canberra trip for the last five years and the Biology camp for four years. I attended the Year 10 Camp for five years and Country week for two years. I try to expose students to many opportunities through excursions and incursions. Kids don’t know what wonderful careers are out there if they don’t get exposed to them.

I am the team leader of PBS and was involved in a PHD study by Sharon Telfer on teacher observations. Mike Gray and myself undertook over 80 observations. We were invited to present to the PBS Conference in Chicago last year by Dr Tim Lewis. Mike Gray, Dainon Couzic and I went to Chicago and presented to a conference where over 5000 teachers attended. It was such an amazing experience and such a great honour. I will never forget that week and will be forever grateful for the experience. Mike and I are now published authors thanks to the wonderful Sharon Telfer.

The school has achieved so many amazing things, some of the last few being the best Vet school in Australia and all of our ATAR students getting their first choice at University last year. I truly believe we are the best school in the area as we really value add for our wonderful students. We are inclusive and give our students so many opportunities. Busselton SHS is an amazing school and I am so proud to be a member of our school community.I spent the first 30 years of my life in Perth. My family had a shack at Garden Island, so I spent an idyllic childhood with my holidays and weekends snorkelling and exploring. I have lived in Busselton for the last 21 years and my three sons grew up here. One of the things I love the most is walking down the street, seeing our past students and saying hello. It is so lovely being part of this amazing community.
I have been teaching for 31 years, with 21 years of them being at Busselton SHS. I have a degree in Human Anatomy and have taught at Cyril Jackson, Mirrabooka and Duncraig SHS before moving to Busselton. I am passionate about Science and am the HOLA of Science. I have taught upper school Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and all lower school Sciences. When I first started at Busselton we had 1300 students and we had more than twelve demountables. I see myself as a life-long learner and am always up for a challenge. I am also quite competitive so watch out for me if we are at a bowling alley or in a sporting setting. I am also a very loud cheerleader, so don’t stand too close to me. I have been in Vasse faction for all of my 21 years here and was the House leader for at least 5 of those years.

I am passionate about Busselton SHS. All my sons went to our school and I taught all of them at some stage. I was banned by my eldest from being his Year Coordinator when he first started school but at some stage I was the Year Coordinator for both my eldest sons. My eldest has a degree in Sports Science and is on his second masters. My middle son is finishing a degree in Japanese and my youngest is a Chemical Engineer. I try to inspire our students to strive to be there best and have very high expectations for all of our students. I truly believe that everyone is capable of achieving if they set goals, keep trying and don’t give up. Your first attempt at anything is hard but you won’t succeed if you don’t keep trying. I have taught so many wonderful students that have attained such amazing careers and I am always so proud of each and every one of them.
I love school camps. They are a great way to get to know our students. I have run the Canberra trip for the last five years and the Biology camp for four years. I attended the Year 10 Camp for five years and Country week for two years. I try to expose students to many opportunities through excursions and incursions. Kids don’t know what wonderful careers are out there if they don’t get exposed to them.

I am the team leader of PBS and was involved in a PHD study by Sharon Telfer on teacher observations. Mike Gray and myself undertook over 80 observations. We were invited to present to the PBS Conference in Chicago last year by Dr Tim Lewis. Mike Gray, Dainon Couzic and I went to Chicago and presented to a conference where over 5000 teachers attended. It was such an amazing experience and such a great honour. I will never forget that week and will be forever grateful for the experience. Mike and I are now published authors thanks to the wonderful Sharon Telfer.

The school has achieved so many amazing things, some of the last few being the best Vet school in Australia and all of our ATAR students getting their first choice at University last year. I truly believe we are the best school in the area as we really value add for our wonderful students. We are inclusive and give our students so many opportunities. Busselton SHS is an amazing school and I am so proud to be a member of our school community.