Perth Modern School

I was a student at Perth Modern School 1956-1960. This is a collection of images and other data relevant to my cohort.

Reunions 1963 1995 2000 2010

Random photos

Prefects 1960


Musical productions 1959-60

See also: entrance 1955; results 1960; teachers 1950s; women in the cohort; men in the cohort; my reports. And the Sphinx 1960.

It was decided in 1958 that the school should become open entry, mainly due to the enthusiasm of T.L. Robertson, the Director of Education, who had recently returned from the USA, where everyone is equal. A few non-scholarship students entered that year, and 1960 was the first year when all entry was open. The last students with scholarships entered in 1959.

Later, it was a music specialist school. It has now again become academically selective, while continuing also to specialise in music.

From 1922, a number of new students ('new fours') were admitted (on the basis of their Junior Certificate results) in (third or) fourth year (now year 11) having come from high schools which only went up to the (second or) third year (or year 10). This was because Mod was the only high school offering (four or) five years of secondary education – until the late 1940s.

Roberts Road frontage, 1911. SLWA.

References and Links

Black, David 2005, 'Fifty years of scholarships and entrances', in Sphinx Foundation, Perth Modern School: The History and the Heritage, B+G Resources, Cottesloe: 22-50.

Bolton Geoffrey 1977, 'A local identity: Paul Hasluck and Western Australian self concept', Westerly, 4.

Douglass, Angela 1988, Perth Modern School: the first ten years, MES dissertation, University of Tasmania.

Gregory, Jenny 1990, 'Education and upward mobility in interwar Western Australia: the case of Perth Modern School', in Jenny Gregory ed., Western Australia Between the Wars, 1919-1939, Perth.

Hasluck, Paul 1977, Mucking About: An Autobiography, MUP, chapter 7, 'Secondary School': 67-73.

Laing H.B. 1960, 'When Modern School was exclusive', West Australian, 3 March 1960.

McColl, Judy 1993, 'Perth Modern School 1954: gender, self esteem and academic achievement', Studies in WA History, 14.

Reid, Ellen 1995, Talk given to the reunion of year-of-1960 women.

Sphinx Foundation 2005, Perth Modern School: The History and the Heritage, B+G Resources, Cottesloe.

Spillman, Ken 1985, Identity Prized: A History of Subiaco, UWAP for City of Subiaco: 152-4.

Stubbs, Roger with Alison Woodman, Verity Albert, Sallie Davis 2016, A Celebration of Contribution: Tales of the Courage, Commitment and Creativity of Modernians 1911-1963, WA Department of Education.

Stubbs, Roger with Alison Woodman, Music at Mod, Perth Modern School Museum Association, 2023.

Woodman, Alison & Ross Staaden eds, 2011, Past, Present and Future: Celebrating 100 Years of Exceptional Education at Perth Modern School, Perth Modern School P&C Association, Subiaco (Centenary Souvenir Publication Committee of Perth Modern School).

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