Western Australian Youth Parliament

This year, two Cyril Jackson students, Jean Paul Niyonzima (Year 11) and Akuol Abut Deng (Year 12) participated in the 26th annual YMCA Western Australian Youth Parliament program. Youth Parliament is a program for young West Australians aged between 15-25 who are engaged in their community and want their voice to be heard.  The program involves a range of activities including a week long residential camp which Jean Paul and Akuol attended during the July school holidays.

The program offers participants a chance to meet other like-minded young people, build leadership skills, develop public speaking skills and confidence, gain an understanding of issues affecting the community, and network with current members of parliament. Both Jean Paul and Akuol had a wonderful time in the program, and learned so much about themselves, how parliament and government works, the issues faced by people in their communities, and how to address some of these issues to make their community a better place in the future.

They are very grateful to the YMCA for selecting them for the program, and also to the Honourable Minister John Quigley MLA and Ms Jessica Shaw MLA for sponsoring their participation in this program.

Congratulations Jean Paul and Akuol!

The Green Trail Project

Working together with our CJCS ArtsHouse, the Town of Bassendean invited artists to apply to be involved in creating artworks for a Green Trail project, to deliver an engaging experience along the pathway in Bassendean.

This trail has been created, with funding from the Department of Transport.  It is a series of plantings along the shared cycling and walking pathway between Ashfield train station to Bassendean train station to Success Hill train station to Kelly Park.

The project is led by local artist and creative coder Steve Berrick, together with Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Visual Arts teacher and ArtsHouse Coordinator Marie Molloy. We are delighted that the CJSC Arts and Design students have been successful in their application to participate.

Local history and archival images and stories will be the starting point for the project, utilising stories in the local studies collection and rail history museum.  The artist will create moments of engagement for the trail, as well as work with the Cyril Jackson Arts and Design students to provide professional support as they create works in response to the themes identified.

Congratulations to CJ Art students, Jessica, Jessica, Kim, PJ, Ros and Skylar, we can’t wait to see your creations.

Feast for Freedom

The Community Services class prepared a delicious dish called Kabuli Palaw (rice with chicken, carrots, nuts and sultanas) with our Ethnic Education Assistant Roya’s special Afghan family recipe.
This fund-raising project involved marketing, selling tickets, preparing and packaging take-away meals and raised a total of $215 to help asylum seekers through the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Special thanks to Roya and everyone else who supported us.
The link is still live for anyone who wishes to make a donation-  https://catherine-65839477.feastforfreedom.org.au/

Working together for the community.

On Wednesday the 17th March, our Hospitality and the Community Services students worked together to cater the International Women’s Day Morning Tea for the community members of the Town of Bassendean.
“Our Community Services students had the wonderful opportunity to network with the local community though volunteering and to work alongside Chef Neal Jackson to plate up and serve the delicious morning tea treats prepared by Cath’s students, they did a fantastic job.” Catherine Moore CJSC Teacher.
“Our hospitality students worked with 5000Meals Chef Tanya to prepare the arrangement of food, providing the industry expertise and working to industry standards, I am very proud of their efforts.” Cath MacDougall CJSC Teacher.

Future Health Professionals

During the January holidays, Leila Withrow and Behdokht Eshraghi were among thirty select students who attended Scitech’s Future Health Professionals program.

The Program provides students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field an opportunity to gain industry insight, hands-on experience and explore a variety of medical career options and pathways.

For each of the five days, an intensive 10-hour day program was jam-packed with industry talks and workshops. From practical workshops including suturing, infant emergency care and surgical scrubs, to conversations with health professionals like Prof. Fiona Wood, the students gained invaluable hands-on experience in medical health.

Application for the program was open to all WA students entering Year 11 or Year 12 in 2021, and after hearing about the program through the Campus, Leila and Behdokht submitted successful applications.

Leila says, “I found the program amazing! It was awesome to be able to explore the different roles that are available in the allied health field. It was an eye-opening experience that helped contribute to my decisions when considering future roles that are right for me.”

And Behdokht says, “Attending FHP program was such an interesting and inspiring experience. It provided us with variety of hands-on experiences and useful lectures. I highly recommend this informative program to anyone who is interested in a health career or is keen to learn more about various health professions.”

Congratulations Behdokht and Leila!


CJ students guaranteed entry to UWA

The Fairway UWA Program provides activities and workshops for year 12 students with academic potential, and guarantees graduates entry to selected undergraduate courses at UWA.

As well as running different activities and workshops, during the year, the Fairway program provides students with personalised mentoring, ATAR course revision and online tutoring, and advice about courses at UWA and applying for uni. They also have opportunities to make new friends, and meet inspiring student mentors and role models.

Shaqaiq, Sumaiya and Zakia were successful in winning places in this competitive program.

Shaqaiq is now studying Psychology, and Zakia is studying Pathology, at UWA, while Sumaiya has chosen to study Psychology at Curtin University.  Congratulations, and good luck as you step into University life Sumaiya, Zakia and Shaqaiq!

Good luck to Akuol Abut Deng, and Behdokht Eshraghiborojeni, who have been selected to take part in the 2021 program.

If you are in year 11, and if you meet the criteria, you can apply for the 2022 program. Information can be found through this link:




STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Preparing you for the workforce.

Right now employment in STEM related industries are increasing every year.

Employers now seek candidates with STEM qualifications and skills.
This month (June 2020) sees the launch of the State Government’s Take 2 STEM campaign. Such an important initiative. By choosing to take STEM courses will give you the skills and knowledge to find a great job for the future.

We have a wide range of STEM courses available for compulsory age students as well as mature age students.

Here’s a list of some of the courses you could study:

Certificate II Automotive Vocational Preparation

Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

Chemistry – General and ATAR

Human Biology – General and ATAR

Computer Science – ATAR

Physics – ATAR

Mathematics – General and ATAR

Cyril Jackson pulls together for the elderly.

The Town of Bassendean approached Cath MacDougall our Hospitality teacher to see if Cyril Jackson could help with a meal service to the elderly and vulnerable who cannot access food in the community.

Our Certificate II Hospitality students along with the Cyril Jackson Education Support students have been preparing meals to support our community members.

This is a part of the 5000meals program which is supported by Second Bite, community based organisations. In addition, these meals are being delivered by local community volunteers who come to the Campus to collect the meals and deliver them to our vulnerable community members.

Building community is a very important part of Cyril Jackson’s culture and we have been very keen to form this partnership with the Town of Bassendean, their local volunteers and the 5000meals program. Our students are learning invaluable skills towards their Certificates but more importantly, they are learning the value of volunteering and being an active member of our community in a time of great need.

Cyril Jackson has become a central hub for this initiative. Some schools who had food still in stock for their food lessons or canteens have donated excess food to the project.

We have also been privileged to have a well-known chef, Rohan Park from Fleur at the Park Royal who specialises in fine dining supporting this wonderful project. Rohan is a former student and when his employment ceased he immediately contacted us to see how he could help and use his expertise.

 Next week, former Hospitality students who are now apprentices, will also join our classes and help students and chefs in preparing meals.

A great community effort in times of need. We are proud to be a part of it!

Dr Karen Read