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About Lesmurdie Senior High School

About Lesmurdie Senior High School

Lesmurdie Senior High School is an Independent Public School situated in the hills surrounding Perth, within the City of Kalamunda, Western Australia. Following a strong campaign by the local community, the school was established in 1981 and is still a focus of the local community maintaining an active School Board composed of community, parents, students and staff and an enthusiastic Parents and Citizens Association.

Set among natural bushland on the fringe of a residential area, the architecturally designed buildings evoke a sense of peace and space with a distinctly Australian flavour. Well maintained and technologically well equipped, the unique physical environment of our school enables our students and teachers to readily focus on education and reach one’s full potential.

The school has a strong pastoral care tradition. The provision of a respectful, caring and nurturing environment in which students can realise their potential has always been a priority at Lesmurdie Senior High School. Our school vision Thriving in a Nurturing Environment allows us to foster successful staff and students.

Our values of CARES




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support our vision and promotes excellence in all areas of the school.

Lesmurdie Senior High School enjoys a reputation within the education community for its very experienced, enthusiastic and innovative staff and quality programs across the curriculum. This is reflected in the school continuing to build on its long history of exemplary performance in a wide range of curricular and extra curricular activities.

Lesmurdie Senior High School is a full uniform school.

Our Vision

Thriving in a nurturing environment

  • Thriving – We thrive when we have a sense of accomplishment, belonging, wellbeing and joy. We challenge ourselves and support others on our journey to reach our full potential as learners, teachers, leaders and valuable members of the community. We aim to flourish and discover our talents to fulfill our purpose.
  • Nurturing – We build quality relationships between students, staff, parents and community, promoting stability, trust and a sense of belonging. Together we sustain and support each other. We all take responsibility for nurturing each other, developing our talents, and respecting difference. We champion our own successes.
  • Environment We strive to create and embrace a positive, personal and physical environment both within our school and beyond. This includes our own wellness as well as our class spaces, our school grounds and our wider bush setting. We seek to protect, respect and enhance our unique environment through awareness, education and considered action.

Lesmurdie Senior High School is a learning community committed to realizing our vision in an ever-changing global village, to thrive and nurture in our supported environment.

The Lesmurdie Senior High School Emblem

The use of local fauna and flora in our emblem illustrates the school’s stated intention to promote conservation of the environment. At an act of dedication on 18th September 1980, trees were planted on the site by students designate. The occasion was honoured by the presence of the late Dr Richard St Barbe Barker, world leader and founder of ‘Men of Trees’.





The emblem depicts a Dasyurus Geoffroii  (a western native cat or Chuditch) on branches of a Eucalyptus Marginata (Jarrah) tree. Both are indigenous to the locality, the former being in danger of extinction.

Some of the characteristics of the western native cat – its tenacity, intelligence and agility – make it particularly suitable as a school emblem. The Eucalyptus Marginata is Western Australia’s most famous tree with a strong association with the area. Some of the earliest jarrah came from Mason’s Mill in the Lesmurdie area, the cut timber being hauled down to Mason’s Landing on the Canning River from where it floated on barges downstream to the main settlement.

The combination of Dasyurus Geoffroii and Eucalyptus Marginata links Lesmurdie Senior High School both environmentally and historically to the district in which it is located.