Southern River College

Southern River College is an independent public co-educational high day school, located on Southern River Road, Gosnells, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

The school was established in 1976[1] and caters to approximately 900 students from Year 7 to Year 12. The College became an Independent Public School in 2015 and is recognised[by whom?] as a school making a real difference to its diverse population and aspiring students. The catchment area for the school is Gosnells, Huntingdale and Southern River. Feeder schools include Gosnells, Ashburton Drive, Seaforth, Huntingdale, Wirrabirra and Southern River Primary Schools.


The school's vision is to inspire students to become confident and active global citizens by creating opportunities as they progress through educational pathways. The College promotes academic excellence and vocational aspirations for students, celebrating their diversity while inspiring their ambitions.

They are guided by the principles of:

  • Every child matters
  • Exemplary Practice
  • Quality Leadership fostering Best Practice
  • Enduring Partnerships.

Southern River College runs an academic and general education program: this includes Academic En-richment 7 to 12, ATAR and Vocational Education Pathways and STEM option programs in mechatronics and electronics. The College operates Inspire programs in Music, Netball and Soccer. At Southern River College they recognise that not all students learn at the same levels and provide support programs via their Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC), Literacy and Numeracy Development Classes and Specialist Autism Extension Program (SALP).

The College aligns itself to the resource and industry sector with a focus on Minerals and Energy and STEM understandings. They are supported by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Chevron Australia, The Smith Family, The Petroleum Club, The Beacon Foundation, Curtin and UWA Universities and local industries and businesses. They believe Partnerships help with the school grow with the greater greater community and provide unique learning opportunities for the students. Southern River College is deliberate in seeking partnerships to help enrich their learning programs and opportunities for the students to experience a global context. Embracing technologies and STEM capabilities to allows the students to understand universal shift. Student inspiration is focused through challenge and academic rigor and are committed to the ethos of a positive school environment. As an independent public school Southern River College is empowering the school community to be far more responsive to finding local solutions.

The Southern River College Leadership Team and teachers work together to improve classroom practice using best practice research to help their understanding of curriculum and how to teach content. Reflection and differentiation in the classroom setting is planned for with teachers working together to ensure they are meeting the needs of students. Staff seek to inspire and promote the fantastic work of the teachers and students while closing the gap of social equality. The aim is to create a school that has something for everyone to achieve success.

The Southern River College staff aim to build quality teachers and learning programs via explicit, visible and higher order teaching and learning. The College has been recognised for its outstanding leadership and innovation many times achieving numerous awards both at a national and local level. Southern River College is committed to making a difference to its students and community. The College has been achieving this over the last few years, creating a learning environment that understands our social context, the students’ individual needs and is working with its community to achieve positive outcomes for all.

Some of the most recent[when?] include:

  • Two Year 12 students of the College, were awarded with a Certificate of Distinction and three students received a Certificate of Merit from the for the high ATAR scores
  • The College was the runner up winner in the WA Debating League Competition in 2018
  • The College girls Australian rules football team came runner up in the 2018 Dockers Cup
  • Five talented students from the college won 5 categories in the 2018 Young Australian Art Awards, and won a fully paid trip to Melbourne to attend awards ceremony. In 2018 there were a staggering 1,355 entries to the awards and these creative young people have been lauded in five sections of the Young Indigenous Arts part of the overall awards
  • Six students also won gold medals in the Young Australian Art and Writing Awards 2018
  • The WAM Song of the Year competition aims to unearth and recognise talented Western Australian song writers, and the college was thrilled that Imogen Lau and Jade Champion, writing and performing as hachi, have had their song Timeghost come runner up in Schools 15 – 17 Years category

Artwork by talented Southern River College student Portia Reid will be soon[when?] be featured on coffee cups and other merchandise produced by leading Australian company Loop Upcycle. The company partnered with Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) program earlier this year to source suitable designs for use with their Vegware range of colouring books, compostable coffee cups and biodegradable packaging. DSG mentor Stacey Mourish sent the company designs from students Joella Flanagan, Tiniko Clements, Portia Reid and Isabella Indich and they[who?] were very impressed. They[who?] awarded all the students prizes during a recent morning tea event where they[who?] also announced that they[who?] would be printing Portia’s design on their Vegware product line. Given that Virgin Airlines is a major client of Loop Upcycle, Portia’s design will now have a global audience.[dubious ] This is an incredible accolade and we[who?] are incredibly proud of Portia’s achievement.

Funding from the State Government to enable the upgrade of the Science and Technology blocks, a new gym, Performing Arts hall, SALP (Specialist Autism Learning Program) building upgrade, an additional uncover area, lecture theatre, and new basketball and netball courts. The upgrade is expected to cost $8.4 million and completed by late 2020.


See also


  1. ^ "Department of Education Schools online". 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2011.

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