About Katanning SHS

Katanning is located in the heart of the Great Southern in Western Australia, approximately 300 km south east of Perth, and 180 km north of Albany. Further information is located at http://katanning.wa.gov.au and http://www.katanningwa.com.


The meaning of the School Crest

  • The three stars represent the top 3 stars of the Southern Cross and individually stand for; Integrity, Learning and Excellence.
  • The black swan represents Western Australia. The black swan was also the trademark of the Katanning Flour Mill, the first secondary industry in Katanning.
  • The school motto is We Strive to Excel. This is the same motto as Katanning Primary School, from which the High School developed in the late 1940’s.


Katanning Senior High School is a unique and distinctive secondary school located in the heart of the Great Southern region of WA. At our school your child will have the opportunity to engage in a challenging and comprehensive educational program within a caring and nurturing school. Your child’s individual academic and social needs will be met within a school that values achievement, respect, tolerance and perseverance.

Katanning Senior High School serves a cultural and linguistically diverse community including Afghani, African, Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Malay, Maori, Noongar and Thai. We celebrate and respect individual difference and work in harmony to ensure success for all students. If your child is from a non-English speaking background then additional supports are in place to ensure that they can engage successfully in our learning programs.

We are a member of the Dare to Lead program, a strategy to improve Aboriginal learning outcomes and offer the Follow the Dream tertiary aspirant program. Aboriginal boys may also join the Clontarf Football Academy to improve their educational outcomes, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects.

At Katanning Senior High Middle School students complete pathways which lead into specific courses in Senior School. In Senior School students select from a range of courses that lead to University entrance, Certificate courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and employment. A number of courses are delivered via online modes through Video Conferencing or School of Isolated and Distance Education.

Our highly professional and experienced teachers are committed to ensuring that all students strive to excel. Individual Education Plans and Alternative Education Plans are developed to increase each student’s engagement in learning. Our motto ‘Strive to Excel’ applies to all students. Homework classes and tutoring provide additional support.

Our experienced Student Services Team provides additional supports to meet each child’s social and emotional needs. This team includes a Deputy Principal, Year 7 and 12 coordinators, Student Services Program Coordinator, Student Support Officer, Student Services Teacher, Aboriginal Indigenous Education Officers, School Psychologist, YouthCARE Chaplain and School Nurse. Student health and well-being is a priority in our school where students can participate in the Resiliency Day program, Mind Matters and Youth Empowerment Programs as well as the mentoring program supporting Year 7 and 8 students. We value student leadership and provide many opportunities for students to develop these skills while at school.

An Inclusive Learning classroom caters for special needs students and offers the accredited ASDAN competency based skills based learning program. All students are integrated at a level that meets their individual learning and social needs. Students are supported by a designated Education Support teacher and a team of Education Support Assistants.

Extracurricular activities at Katanning Senior High may include Parks and Wildlife Bush Rangers, Country Week sporting carnival in Perth, opportunity to participate in the Leeuwin sailing program as well as numerous sporting competitions held in the South West or Perth.

At Katanning Senior High School the success of our students is demonstrated by direct entry into University, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment. Graduates from Katanning Senior High achieve in many different areas including business, academia, trades, teaching and human services.