29 Mar 2017

International scholarship is music to graduate’s ears

Hale School leaver Peter Havlat has accepted a prestigious music scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London – the only 2016 WACE graduate to achieve this special honour.

After earning 100% for the practical component of his ATAR Music exam and receiving a Subject Certificate of Excellence for Music, Peter auditioned and was offered places at several universities, including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Royal School of Music (London) and, of course, Royal Academy of Music (London), where he accepted a position on scholarship.

“The biggest scholarship I was offered was at the Royal Academy so I have taken that,” Peter said. “I really wanted to study in London as obviously the music programmes there are world class and there are so many opportunities. Also I am an English citizen as I was born there and my older brother studies piano at the Royal Academy too.”

Music is certainly in Peter’s blood. His mother taught him and his siblings piano as young children and he has also been learning the flute since he was seven years old. Amazingly, his older brother Joseph is studying piano at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship also. His younger brother Eddie (Year 12) plays violin and drums and is Hale’s Vice Captain of Music this year.

Peter was Hale’s Captain of Music last year and immersed himself in as many music opportunities as possible as a member of several ensembles: Hale’s Senior Concert Band, Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, Woodwind Quintet, Hale St Mary’s Concert Band and Hale St Mary’s Cantate. He was also a member of the School 2014 Music Tour to Vienna and has achieved an Australian Music Examinations Board Associate in Music (diploma) as well as a Licentiate in Music (diploma).

Peter plans to head to London mid-year to commence his studies in September, although he still needs to find funding for the remainder of his tuition as well as living expenses. His undergraduate degree will take four years and he would consider extending that to take on a Masters degree. Ultimately Peter hopes to play in one of the world’s top orchestras and perhaps also pursue a solo career.

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22 Mar 2017

Hale School students Have Sum Fun with maths

Two teams of Hale students have won their divisions of the annual Have Sum Fun mathematics competition, held over the last two weeks.

After losing by one point last year, both the Year 5/6 team and the Year 7/8 team turned things around to win by one point this time around in a tiebreaker round. 

Intent on not playing the bridesmaids again, the boys gave it their all to win the Year 5/6 Metro category on 18 March at Penrhos College and the Year 7/8 North Metro category on 17 March at Duncraig Senior High School.

Run by the Mathematics Association of Western Australia, the Have Sum Fun competition is an exciting mathematics initiative that uses a quiz night format. Teams of six students race against the clock to solve four intense rounds of eight challenging problems.

Year 5/6 team member William Terry said the pressure was on after another team drew with a perfect scores, taking it to a tiebreaker. “It came down to one point; it was challenging, there were three really hard questions and the tiebreaker of course,” he said. “There were all different types of problem solving, multiplication and geometry. We felt very excited to come out on top.”

Congratulations also to the Year 11-12 team who came second and the Year 9-10 team who placed fourth in the competition.

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17 Mar 2017

Vietnam-Cambodia Tour fundraising draws much support

It has been a big term of fundraising for the annual Service Learning Vietnam/Cambodia Tour with Year 11 boys 'manning' the tongs for sausage sizzle day, Junior School boys collected donations of toys for kids in need, and  free dress day takings all go towards this cause. The Vietnam/Cambodia tour supports various charities including RideAid, The Christina Noble Children's Foundation and The Kianh Foundation. 

This year, a raffle was introduced as a new initiative to raise even more funds and awareness. The winner of the Vietnam-Cambodia Service Learning Tour raffle drawn on Monday 13 March at the fundraiser dinner was Paula Buttigieg. Paula has won four nights accommodation at Tree Vue’s Yalingup. Congratulations Paul and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.


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01 Mar 2017

Congratulations to Hale’s Fogarty Scholarship winners

Congratulations to Year 12 2016 leavers Oliver Sanderson, James Dingley and Haseeb Riaz who have been awarded Fogarty Scholarships from the University of Western Australia.

Hale hade more winners than any other school, with only 11 scholarships awarded in 2017.

Oliver Sanderson, who boarded at Hale from Kalannie, has begun his Arts degree with a guaranteed pathway into Law. He said “I was pretty surprised to win it. Going to UWA and studying Law was always been the next step for me. Going to Hale absolutely helped me reach my goals; getting involved in service learning, debating, mock trials, sport and going on the Solomon Islands Tour. Boarding at Hale really provided me with a lot of opportunities.”

The UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships offer the State’s brightest and most committed students a generous scholarship for the entirety of their undergraduate degree, including honours, and a further contribution towards their postgraduate studies. These comprehensive scholarships include a tailored leadership programme for the scholar’s entire university degree that focuses on developing transformative leadership skills. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence and outstanding achievements in at least three of five categories: leadership, life skills, community involvement, the arts and sport. They must also demonstrate the seven competencies of a UWA Fogarty Scholar, including showing resilience, integrity and initiative.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater said the Fogarty Scholarships were some of the most significant scholarships offered in Australia. The winners represented the State’s most valuable resource – intellectual capital. “The winners are academic high achievers with the desire, motivation and ability to positively transform our community. Soon they will be immersed in an environment that will allow them to realise their ambitions” Professor Freshwater said.

Fogerty Scholarship winners James Dingley and Haseeb Riaz (absent - Oliver Sanderson)

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27 Feb 2017

Jose Carreras drops in at Hale

Three Hale students had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity last week when legendary Spanish tenor, Jose Carreras, rehearsed at Hale with the WA Symphony Orchestra ahead of his recent Perth concert. 

The opportunity came about as part of Hale’s partnership with WASO, which allows them to use the school’s facilities for rehearsals. Mr Carreras rehearsed for two hours at Hale ahead of the Perth concert of his final world tour.

Director of Music Mrs Su-Lyn Chong said it was a fantastic opportunity for the boys. “I guess in the opera world Carreras is a rock star. He is right up there in popular classic opera. Also in terms of longevity, he’s been at it for many, many years and to still be able to sing the way he’s singing now is phenomenal.”

If it wasn’t enough that the boys got to meet Mr Carreras, he then invited future opera stars Jetson Cook (Year 5), Lachlan Ross (Year 9), Oliver Freyne (Year 10) and Mrs Chong to his Perth show free-of-charge!

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21 Feb 2017

Qiang Li's inspiring address at the 2017 SCSA Awards Ceremony at Government House, 15 February 2017

Qiang Li, Dux of Hale School 2015, was invited to speak to an audience of 750 people including the Governor of WA, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, the Minister for Education Mr Peter Collier, MLA..

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14 Feb 2017

Hale School students serve up morning brew-ha

Come down to Scope Café at the Floreat Forum on Wednesday mornings in Term 1 and you will be helping people with disabilities as well as enjoying a great coffee! Year 11 Hale School service learning students are volunteering each Wednesday morning from 6.00am to 7.30am until the end of March to run the cafe. This includes everything from working as a barista to running meals, doing dishes and taking orders.

This annual event is sponsored by the Australian Barista Academy, which provides professional training for the students. 

Proceeds raised go to Nulsen Disability Services, which provides services and support for people with complex disabilities. On Wednesday afternoons, the same 12 boys who work at the café also volunteer with Nulsen residents. 

One of those boys, Angus Garland, said it was a privilege to be involved in the programme. “We believe it is really important to give back to the community and those organisations that help make people’s lives better and in doing this we're very grateful to be able to assist Nulsen by working at Scope Café. We know how popular a morning coffee is to everyone so we would ask that the local community visits Scope for a great coffee and a warm feeling from knowing that their purchase assists us to help the wonderful people at Nulsen.”

Scope Café owner Johny Christopoulos said he was happy to continue the initiative when he took over the café late last year. “We are proud to continue this programme with the Hale students in support of the wonderful work done by Nulsen Disability Services.”

The programme is into its seventh year and has raised over $30,000 for Nulsen.

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08 Feb 2017

TROGS 2017

More than 100 Hale School swimmers met at the crack of dawn at City Beach on Wednesday 8 February to take part in the School’s annual TROGS Ironman competition. A tradition that stretches back many years, TROGS – named after former Headmaster Dr Ken Tregonning – is a beloved ritual among the boys in the lead up to the PSA Interschool Swimming Carnival.

Students from Years 7 to 12 met at the beach at 5.45am to take part in two races: a 100m beach sprint with a ‘beach flag’ start, and a surf event comprising a 400m swim and 400m run.

Hale Swim Team Manager, Amber Levien, said it was a real community event. “It’s a big team effort. We have Old Haleians and parents life guarding, Swim Team staff swimming with the boys, jet skis, Old Haleians operating an IRB, the Swimming Parent Support Group cooking BBQ breakfast for the boys, students making and delivering coffee for the parents, and we were very fortunate to use City Beach SLSC facilities and host the event through the club.”

Hale Swim Team Captain, Ashton Brinkworth, praised the boys for showing up in less than ideal weather and giving it their all. “The annual TROGS competition is a significant event on the Hale Swim Team calendar and whilst showcasing the students’ competitiveness year after year, it also provides an opportunity for all boys to be included and to take part. It was really great to see the huge number of swimmers show up on such a cold and windy morning and even better to see a crowd of parents in support. I truly think this pays homage to the drive and desire of our swim team in the lead up to ‘Inters’ this year and as a result the morning was an enjoyable and successful one.”

The TROGS Ironman event has a significant history at Hale School. From 1924 to 1977, lifesaving was a team sport at Hale School.  In 1941 and 1942 former Headmaster Ken Tregonning was captain of the lifesaving team. In honour of Dr Tregonning and to reflect the historical importance of surf lifesaving at the School, a modified surf race event was developed and a longstanding tradition was born.

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07 Feb 2017

Back to the bush as redevelopment begins

Hale Junior School boys are rediscovering a nature play area their predecessors enjoyed decades ago with the reopening of bushland along the northern boundary, as part of the imminent redevelopment of the Junior School.

In the coming weeks, Hale will embark on a $16 million rebuild of the old Junior School, which has served the School since the 1960s. The new Junior School will include separate buildings for Pre-Primary to Year 2 (Junior Primary), Years 3 to 4 (Middle Primary) and Years 5 to 6 (Upper Primary), all nestled among natural bushland and surrounding a central Learning Hub. 

Central to the development is maintaining a connection to the natural bushland bordering the School, which has long been a drawcard for students.

“The vast majority of trees will stay in place and a large nature play space has been established by moving the fence line back along the northern boundary,” said Hale’s Head of Junior School, Alex Cameron. “We were looking at creating a nature playground more centrally within the Junior School but our landscape architect, an Old Haleian, said that you could spend thousands of dollars trying to recreate what is already on our doorstep. It was a no brainer.” 

The new bush play space opened this week and boys have been revelling in their newfound freedom, climbing trees, exploring the bushland, building huts and generally making their own adventures.

“It’s a fun, adventurous space where you can climb trees and do lots of fun things,” said Year 4 student Cameron Bowman. “You find things; it’s a big open area with good hiding spaces. There are lots of good set ups for bases.”

The Junior School redevelopment will begin within the coming weeks with the demolition of the current Junior Primary space. Stage One will see the new administration, Upper Primary, Learning Hub and canteen completed by the end of this year and the remaining buildings next year.

Mr Cameron said this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an innovative learning space for the future.

“It has been incredibly exciting to be involved in this project,” he said. “It is not often that we get the opportunity to design and build a facility that will support the philosophy of the teaching and learning in the Junior School, whilst also having the ability to adapt future educational trends over the next 50 years.”

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09 Jan 2017

Students Excel in 2016 WACE

Congratulations to all Hale School’s Year 12 students of 2016! Our Year 12 students worked very hard, showed perseverance and achieved outstanding results. Overwhelmingly, students achieved outcomes which reflected their capabilities. "Their results would not have been possible without the dedication of our exceptional teaching staff and the constant support of family members. A key factor in student achievement is the strength of the partnership between the student, the home and the school. At Hale we work constantly to maintain that partnership which underpins academic success and so much more.’’, said Acting Headmaster David Bean.
The number of Year 12 students at Hale in 2016 was 199. 181 or 91.4% students received an ATAR. 15 students received Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.

General Exhibitions are awarded to the 50 students with the highest averages from five equated examination marks in ATAR courses with at least two from each of the humanities list and the sciences/ mathematics list.
Hale School students won 6 of the 50 General Exhibitions. Max Anderson Loake ( 3rd in the state), Adi Ganguly (12th),Yang Chen (16th) Lachlan Robinson (38th) Domenic Quail (42nd) and Haseeb Riaz (49th).

Subject Exhibitions are awarded to the top examination student in the state in a particular subject.
4 of the 40 Subject Exhibitions in ATAR subjects were won by Hale students. This was the highest number won by a single school. Congratulations to Michael Dawson (Economics), James Dingley (Engineering Studies), Zane Duffield (Mathematics Specialist) and Max Anderson Loake (Physics).

19 Certificates of Excellence were awarded to Hale students for being in the top half percent of the state in a subject.

Accounting and Finance: Zachery Comiskey and James Stevenson won two of the six Certificates of Excellence
Chemistry: Max Anderson Loake and Adi Ganguly won two of the 24 awarded in Chemistry
Economics: Michael Dawson, James Stevenson and Angus Gregg won three of the 13 awarded
Engineering Studies: James Dingley, one of two awarded
English: Angus Mackintosh, one of 56 awarded
Literature: Peter Havlat and Domenic Quail, two of eight awarded
Mathematics Methods: Matthew Blacker, Zane Duffield and Lachlan Robinson, three of 20 awarded
Mathematics Specialist: Zane Duffield won one of the seven awarded
Music: Peter Havlat won one of the two awarded
Physics: Max Anderson Loake, Zane Duffield and Lachlan Robinson, three of 18 awarded

This is a new award in 2016. A Certificate of Distinction is awarded for achieving 20 A grades, or 18 A grades and 2 B grades, over Years 11 and 12, in ATAR courses.

Edward Aitken, Robert Anderson, Max Anderson Loake, Alexander Angelkov, Julian Atlas, Taran Becker, Matthew Blacker, James Blair, Ryan Cawood, Yang Chen, Alexander Clapin, Zachery Comiskey, Keir Crabbe, Ben Culloton, Michael Dawson, James Dingley, Benjamin D'Souza, Zane Duffield, Adi Ganguly, Angus Gregg, Matthew Haddon, Benjamin Hamblin, Peter Havlat, Jamie Hepburn, Clayton Herbst, Daniel Hicks, Matthew Hyde, Jamie Jongeling, James Jovanoski, Adhish Kastha, Dylan Kay, Nicholas Kelly, Massimo Kirk, Kieran Langridge, Angus Mackintosh, Joshua May, Callum Parker, Mitchell Pratt, Domenic Quail, Joshua Renshaw, Thomas Renshaw, Haseeb Riaz, Lachlan Robinson, Samuel Rooney, Oliver Sanderson, Callum Scott, Christopher Shields, James Stevenson, Timothy Stoate, James Tazewell, Oliver Tomassone, William White, William Wu and Charles Young.

This is a new award in 2016 which recognises high achievement in ATAR and/or General courses, and/or VET qualifications.

Todd Bensky, Haydn Calvert, Xavier Burton, Samuel Buckley, Joshua Carter, James Coningsby, Grae Cumming, Benjamin Davidovic, Frank Daly, Max Evangelisti, Jake Everett, Blair Harding, Thomas Hann, Fraser House, Stuart Jardine, Alexander Johnson, William Lantzke, Richard Landa, Jacob Morris, Max Mussared, James O’Brien, Lachlan Pearce, Brendan Reed, Zach Roberts, Jordan Smith, Nicholas Stanley, Corey Taylor, Kelly Thomson, Andrew Waddell, Hanrui Yu and Rhyan Zavaleta-Power.

  • Total number of Hale students with an ATAR in 2016 was 182 from a total cohort of 199. There were also 15 CareerLink (VET) students and three students in neither category.
  • 91 or 50% of our ATAR students are in the top 10% of the nation with an ATAR of 90 or above.
  • 61 or 33.5% of our ATAR students are in the top 5% of the nation with an ATAR of 95 or above.
  • 20 or 10.9% of our ATAR students are in the top 1% of the nation with an ATAR of 99 or above.
  • In 2016 the median ATAR for Hale was 89.90 and for WA, 80.85.
  • Five students achieved the ‘perfect score’ of 99.95.  They were Max Anderson Loake, Matthew Blacker, Zane Duffield, Adi Ganguly and Lachlan Robinson. In WA as a whole, 16 students scored 99.95, thus 31.25% of these were from Hale.

Our top 20 students, all of whom achieved an ATAR over 99.0, were: Robert Anderson, Max Anderson Loake, Piyavat Apisampinvong, Julian Atlas, Matthew Blacker, Yang Chen, Michael Dawson, James Dingley, Zane Duffield, Adi Ganguly, Angus Gregg, Matthew Haddon, Benjamin Hamblin, Peter Havlat, Angus Mackintosh, Mitchell Pratt, Domenic Quail, Haseeb Riaz, Lachlan Robinson and James Stevenson.

Subject Exhibition winners (left to right) Max Anderson Loake, Michael Dawson, Zane Duffield and James Dingley.

General Exhibition winners (left to right) Yang Chen, Haseeb Riaz, Domenic Quail, Lachlan Robinson and Max Anderson Loake. Absent: Adi Ganguly

Perfect Scores (left to right) Zane Duffield, Lachlan Robinson, Matthew Blacker and Max Anderson Loake. Absent: Adi Ganguly

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