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In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Clarkson Community High School (CCHS) was awarded a TOP PUBLIC SCHOOL AWARD. In 2007 CCHS won a PRIME MINSTER'S AWARD for THE SHED. The 2008 DUX of CCHS was a recipient of TEE Curriculum Council Certificate of Excellence, the UWA Fogarty Award and the distinction award for TEE English. Other students were recipients of the Vocational Excellence Award and West Scheme Vocational and Training Award. The CCHS soccer program made it to the 2009 state championships and the team were runners up for WA. In 2010, Clarkson was a finalist in the SWAN EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS for INCLUSIVE PRACTICES (pastoral care) and PROFESSIONAL LEARNING (pedagogy).
CCHS is a comprehensive high school (Years 8 to 12) providing a high-quality education to young people in the north-western suburbs of Perth including the suburbs of Brighton, Butler, Clarkson, Merriwa, Mindarie and Quinns. The school has approximately 900 students engaged in a variety of learning programs from Years 8 to 12 and is a faculty-based school.
As a learning institution at the centre of a thriving community, the school recognises that the participation of the greater community enriches all learning opportunities. The school also actively embraces the concept of the school as a community resource by encouraging community use of school facilities.
The school has strong links with West Coast Institute of Technology in Joondalup, Edith Cowan University and a broad range of employers who provide structured-workplace learning opportunities. The school embraces the concept of a shared resource by encouraging community access to school facilities. TRADESNORTH Clarkson is co-located on the school site and was built at the cost of $26 million. This provides a state of the art facility for trades training. TRADESNORTH is complemented by a fully-equipped commercial training kitchen.
The school is involved in various mentoring and volunteer programs that enhance student-teacher relationships. There is particular value and encouragement for the relationship between the school and senior members of the community through involvement with local retirement villages. In addition, the school has very successful State Emergency Services Cadet Corps and a Bush Rangers Unit each run by members of the local community.
The ethos underpinning all aspects of structure and organisation in the school (the CODE OF CONDUCT) is that of CARE: Cooperation And Respect for Everyone. The school works towards building strong interpersonal relationships between students and teachers - founded on trust, respect and responsibility.