Education Minister visits

Published at 09:18 pm Fri, 23rd o Dec 2016

Education Minister’s Aviation Scholarship

Minister for Education, The Hon. Peter Collier,

Visits to Award Scholarships

On Friday 6th of May, The Hon. Peter Collier, Minister for Education, came to the school to award scholarships for the Minister’s Aviation Scholarship and the David Shaw Memorial Literature Award to five deserving students.

Dakota Colborne, Year 12, was awarded the Minister for Education’s Aviation Scholarship for his academic achievements, motivation and commitment to aviation.  Dakota, who hopes to become a professional pilot, started the Specialist Program in Aviation when he was in Year 8.  The scholarship comes with a monetary prize of $3000 which will help Dakota progress his training.  Dakota hopes to attend the Defence Force Academy next year.

Morley has had the aviation program at the school for three decades and it attracts students from afar. The program and its students add another dimension and colour to school life.  Many graduates are now employed in the aviation industry.  Most recently, Adam Hunter who won the scholarship in 2008 started as a pilot with Cathay Pacific flying out of Hong Kong.”

Dakota and fellow aviation students are taught by myself, Ms Brigid Tait, a qualified commercial pilot with an instructor’s rating.  Students go to Jandakot Airport every week for flying lessons.  Since 1993, the Minister for Education has awarded an aviation scholarship to the most deserving aviation student in WA.

Additionally during the April school holiday, Dakota Colborne was given the opportunity to do his initial flying training through the Australian Air Force cadets.  He joined the cadets at the end of Year 7 and continued to participate in their parades, courses and camps over the following years.  At the start of Year 11, he was selected to do his pilot training.  The training camp was an intensive week of ground briefings and flying lessons but it was all worth it as, in the end, the majority of the cadets were considered by their instructors to be competent and allowed to fly a solo circuit.  For Dakota this is the first big step towards achieving his dream of becoming a professional pilot.

Ms Brigid Tait, Aviation Teacher


the David Shaw Memorial Literature Award

The David Shaw Memorial Literature Award is in memory of Mr David Shaw who taught Literature and English at Morley Senior High School for many years.  Sadly he passed away in 2008 and his family has made a bequest in his memory.  A prize for $250.00, towards books and school fees, are awarded to two Year 10 Students choosing Literature for Year 11 each year.  This is a wonderful way to perpetuate the memory of an excellent, well respected and dedicated educator.

The winners for 2015 and 2016 were awarded their certificates and cheques by the Minister for Education at a whole school assembly.  They were unaware of their success, and were pleasantly surprised when their names were called out.

Winners were: Chelsea Ong and Nicola Kenyon from Year 12 and William MacKinnon and Akshaya Ravichandran from Year 11. Well done to all students.

Mr Jim McInerney, Head of Department, English