Perth Modern School Today
As part of the development of Perth Modern School as WA’s only academically selective secondary school, the State Government allocated over $25 million to upgrade the existing school buildings and to construct state-of-the-art new facilities to provide an outstanding learning environment for gifted and talented students.
Opened in February 2009 were the library, resource centre, lecture theatre, performing arts centre and cafeteria. In August 2009, the creative arts centre, research centre, technology centre and media studio were completed. October 2009 saw Student Services and Administration move into their newly built accommodation.
The next stage of the redevelopment sees some very outdated areas of the school which will be transformed into modern, innovative facilities that will further enhance educational programs into the future. That redevelopment is nearing completion.
Perth Modern School Today
Perth Modern School today is Western Australia’s only academically selective school where students enter a culture of achievement unmatched in the State. The school supports the growth of individual students to their full academic, intellectual, social and physical potential. It meets the needs of curious, imaginative and gifted students who enjoy learning and bring with them a range of diverse abilities and interests. The differentiated curriculum supports success beyond the school environment and provides students with unique enrichment and extension opportunities.
Current students work co-operatively in a stimulating, relaxed but structured and secure learning environment and are empowered to take their place in today’s rapidly changing world. The school provides leadership opportunities to students through public speaking, debating, community service and student representation initiatives.
Perth Modern School has an international reputation for excellence in music studies and performance. Music students take part in a dynamic program and are taught by highly skilled professional musicians.
Health and Physical Education activities are integrated into the school curriculum and these are designed to improve students’ skill levels, interpersonal abilities and general wellbeing. All students have opportunities to access a selection of sporting activities including athletics, swimming, fencing and team sports.
Teachers at Perth Modern School are merit selected and the school recruits, trains and retains the best available teaching staff who possess specialist skills and experience in teaching gifted and talented students. Included in the school’s staff are a Psychologist, Nurse, Chaplain and Career Counsellor as well as Year Co-ordinators and a Student Services Co-ordinator. These highly skilled professionals provide students with counselling, health and well-being advice, academic support and monitoring, course and career advice and mentoring.
The school is very focussed on developing synergistic community partnerships with universities, professional bodies and research organisations which will further enhance the opportunities available to today’s students.
Perth Modern School has a dedicated parent body with active representation on School Council which overviews school planning processes, priorities, budgets and advises the Principal. Parents also participate in the Parents and Citizens' Association and in a range of committees - such as the canteen, uniform, music parents and dance parents.
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