Balga Senior High School

Balga Senior High School is a public co-educational high day school, located on Markham Way in the suburb of Balga, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Perth, Western Australia.

Balga Senior High School
Location

Australia
Coordinates31°51′08″S 115°50′48″E / 31.852245°S 115.84662°E / -31.852245; 115.84662Coordinates: 31°51′08″S 115°50′48″E / 31.852245°S 115.84662°E / -31.852245; 115.84662
Information
TypePublic co-educational high day school
MottoStrength in Unity
Established1970; 51 years ago (1970)
Educational authorityWA Department of Education
PrincipalMark Carton
Years7-12
Enrolment433 (2013)
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Blue and white   
Websitewww.balgashs.wa.edu.au

Established in 1970,[1] the school caters for students from Year 7 to Year 12.

OverviewEdit

A fire was deliberately lit at the school in 2002 causing $200,000 worth of damage.[2]

Merv Hammond, the school principal from 1995 to 2006, was named Principal of the Year by the then education minister Alan Carpenter in 2002.[3] Hammond later retired in 2006 following charges of 15 counts of corruption of A$400,000 of funds being embezzled in companies associated with the Balga Works Program for disadvantaged youth.[4] These charges were later dropped, in 2009.[5]

Enrolments in the school have remained fairly stable with 444 in 2007, 476 in 2008, 456 in 2009, 433 in 2010, 456 in 2011, 430 in 2012 and 433 in 2013.[citation needed]

In 2010, the school appeared at the bottom of the annual league tables, with only 55.17% of Year 12 students graduating. This was the lowest proportion of any school in the state.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Department of Education Schools online". 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  2. ^ "SCHOOLS, VANDALISM" (PDF). Parliamentary Hansard. 12 November 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Ministerial Media Statements - Principal of the Year". 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Principal charged over Balga Works". The West Australian. Perth. 28 July 2007. p. 11. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  5. ^ "DPP drops charges against Hammond". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  6. ^ "St Hilda's tops school league tables". WA Today. 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2011.

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