Perth Mod Since 2005

PERTH MOD SINCE 2005


Perth Modern School’s history dates back to 1909 when building commenced on its current site to cater for the academically gifted children of Perth who may not have had a secondary education without it. The first intake of students was in 1911.The School would become synonymous with producing some of Australia’s most well-known individuals including Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Economist Ross Garnaut, Lawyer and Feminist Margaret Battye, QC and WA Governor Malcolm McCusker, Building magnate Len Buckeridge, Business woman and philanthropist Janet Holmes à Court, plus many more.

Here we present the school’s history in detail since 2005, when the school was once again repurposed to cater for academically gifted children from throughout Western Australia.


2005

The Gallop State Government announces from 2007 Perth Modern School will become WA’s only academically selective secondary school.

Extract - From the Principal (Perth Modern School Newsletter), March 2005: As well as providing $17 million for the upgrade of the site, Year 8 students entering the school from 2007 will undergo a selection process so that by 2011 (our centenary) the school will be re-furbished and totally selective in enrolment.

European Music Tour to England (ANZAC DAY), France (ANZAC DAY) and Italy.

2006

Building of new Arts and Technology precinct, library, reception area and lecture theatre commences to provide upgraded facilities for the new intake of academically selected students the following year.

Inaugural year of the annual Pin Ceremony to welcome the new intake of students for the following year.

Last year of the Intensive English Centre at Perth Modern and it moves to Greenwood SHS.

Associate Principal Val Furphy was the first appointee to the new Gifted and Talented School.

2007

Announcement by State Government to build new stadium in adjacent Kitchener Park.

First intake of new academically-selected students into Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 at Perth Modern School.

City Beach Residential College opens to provide boarding facilities for students from the regions.

2008
European Music Tour of Perth Modern School students to Italy, Hungary and France.
2009
The first Sphinx Foundation Scholarships to prospective students awarded by the Perth Modernian Society.
2010

Renovation of Science Labs at Perth Modern School commence.

Michael Taran achieves WACE Beazley Medal.

West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE): Perth Modern achieves a total of 36 WACE awards.

2011
New Liberal government announce the new stadium will be in Burswood, not Kitchener Park. Perth Modern School celebrated its Centenary with a year-long calendar of events. Lois Joll is appointed Principal. Ms Joll was merit-selected for the position after extensive experience in senior roles in the public and private systems. As Director of Secondary Education at the Department of Education with oversight of gifted education she proposed and led the repurposing of Perth Modern School from a comprehensive to a selective academic school. Graduation of first cohort of academic selective entry students. Prime Minister Julia Gillard visits Perth Modern. Sixteen members of the Schola Cantori perform at CHOGM. European Music Tour to Hungary, England (ANZAC DAY), Belgium and France. First cohort of academically selective students to graduate since repurposing of the school. WACE: First place for government schools on the academic league table, one student achieves a 99.95 ATAR, a total of 91 WACE awards achieved including three Subject exhibitions.
2012
Launch of the ‘Building the Dream’ campaign for a new gymnasium at Perth Modern School. International tours to France, China and Japan. WACE awards: First place on the academic league table for government schools, three students achieve a 99.95 ATAR, seven General Exhibitions and five Subject Exhibitions achieved.
2013
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke AC visits Perth Modern School. International tours to the USA (NASA), Nepal, Italy and Greece/Italy. WACE awards: State’s highest median ATAR with 95.4, one student achieves a 99.95 ATAR, a total of 89 awards including six General exhibitions and four Subject exhibitions.
2014
2014 marked 100 years of the Sphinx Magazine, to be celebrated by the History Centre Inaugural Modernian Fellow Awards which were announced by the Perth Modernian Society. European Music Tour to Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium and France. International Tours to China and Japan. Jamin Wu achieves WACE Beazley Medal. WACE Awards: six General exhibitions and eight Subject Exhibitions achieved.
2015
Tyler McCusker Sports Centre opens at Perth Modern School. International tours to the USA (NASA) and Italy. Hui Min Tay achieves WACE Beazley Medal. WACE awards: first place on academic league table, six students achieve a 99.95 ATAR, a total of 79 WACE awards achieved including nine General Exhibitions and seven Subject exhibitions.
2016
Launch of the ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign for a new 700-seat multipurpose auditorium at Perth Modern School. International tours to China, Cambodia, Mongolia, Japan and Italy/Greece. Caitlin Revell achieves WACE Beazley Medal. Patrick Olofsson awarded Rob Riley Memorial Prize as highest achieving indigenous student in WA. WACE awards: first place on academic league table, three students achieve a 99.95 ATAR, nine General exhibitions and five Subject exhibitions and a total of 205 awards achieved.
2017
W.A. Labor announce they will move Perth Modern School into a high-rise building in the CBD if they win the upcoming State election in March. After appeals from members of the Perth Modern School community this decision is reversed. In June, ending months of speculation, the new State Labor Government announce that an inner-city college will be built on 1.73ha at Kitchener Park. Perth Modern School to remain the only academically selective school in Western Australia. European Music Tour to Italy, Austria, Solvakia and Hungary. International Tours to China, Cambodia, Mongolia, Japan and Italy/Greece. WACE Awards: First place on the academic league table, six students achieve a 99.95 ATAR, State record of 13 General Exhibitions and seven Subject Exhibitions.
2018
Perth Modern School celebrates 50 years of Specialist Music. International tours to China, Japan, Cambodia, France, Mongolia and USA (NASA). Pooja Ramesh achieves WACE Beazley Medal. Claudia Walton-McDermott awarded Rob Riley Memorial Prize as highest achieving indigenous student in WA. WACE awards: First on the academic league table, breaking state record for median ATAR with 97, five students achieve a 99.95 ATAR, 17 General exhibitions and nine Subject exhibitions achieved.
2019
New 700-seat multipurpose auditorium project at Perth Modern School gets approval to go to tender. European Music Tour to Italy and France. International tours to Cambodia, Greece/Italy, Italy and India. Maya Stasiuk awarded Rob Riley Memorial Prize as highest achieving Indigenous student in WA. WACE awards: First on the academic league table, four students achieve a 99.95 ATAR, 16 General exhibitions, seven Subject exhibitions and a total of 252 awards. Breaks state record with 67 students achieving an ATAR of 99+.