|Monday April 3||CHS Swimming|
|Friday April 7||ANZAC Ceremony|
Last day of Term 1
|Wednesday April 26||All students return for Term 2|
From the Principal
I recently visited the Central Vision Display at the Gosford Regional Art Gallery where we had three students work displayed amongst the 54 exhibits. This is a competitive event and to have three works on display, when we are the smallest high school on the coast, is quite impressive. Well done, to Brianna, Olivia and Maddison and their teachers on their achievement.
One of the comments that stayed with me from the opening ceremony was that such events allow students to “share their gifts with us” and I thought of the many times throughout our students’ schooling that we are privileged to be the recipients of such gifts. Our students are such talented people and we see this in the classroom, in the creative and performing arts, in technology, sport and through their interpersonal relationships and student leadership. We recognise the need to raise self esteem and build resilience in our young adults; perhaps one way of achieving this is to recognise and celebrate their gifts and then educate them in how to build upon them.
April 1st saw another successful ‘Trivia Night’ thanks to the hard work of a number of staff members. Thanks, in particular, to Sharon Partridge, Jamie Cartner and Jackie Ayres for ensuring that we had a fun night out at the Hawaiian themed ‘luau’. Thank you to community and staff that supported us on the night as we raise funds for a much needed COLA. Although our ‘in the pipeline’ staff table was not successful this year, we will be honing our trivia skills for the next time!
Ms Anne Vine
From our Deputy Principals
The following rights and responsibilities have been developed by the students of KMHS. The rights of an individual must be balanced against their responsibility to exercise their rights without infringing upon the rights of others.
|A right is something that belongs to you and cannot be taken away. We all have the same rights.|
Each person can say:
|A responsibility is something you should do automatically and relates to respecting the rights of others. We all have the same responsibilities.|
Each person can say:
|To be happy and safe||To behave in a way which also allows others to feel happy and safe at school, travelling to and from school and in the community|
|To have an opportunity to learn||To behave in a way which allows themselves and others to learn|
|To be treated fairly||To treat others fairly|
|To be treated with respect||To respect staff, students and visitors, regardless of differences|
|To have achievements celebrated||To celebrate the success of others|
Everyone has the right to be treated fairly …
The Student Welfare and Discipline Policy is one of many policies which supports the students of Kariong Mountains High School. All students and teachers have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity in an environment free from disruption, intimidation, harassment and discrimination.
Kokoda Leadership Challenge
Earlier in the term our senior students were advised of a fantastic leadership opportunity provided by the Gosford RSL. The Kokoda Leadership Challenge is a fully funded scholarship to allow a student to hike the Kokoda Track with a group of other students from across NSW. Our school’s representative is Mollie Emery of Year 12.
I had the privilege of attending the first interview at the RSL club after Mollie’s excellent application. Her performance at this interview was absolutely outstanding and I was proud to be part of the experience. As a result, Mollie has been successful in making it to the second interview, the last three in the area. The KMHS community wishes Mollie all the best at the interview which will take place this week. Whether Mollie is successful or otherwise, she is to be congratulated on being such an outstanding representative of KMHS.
BREAKING NEWS: We have just received news that Mollie’s application was a success! On behalf of the KMHS community, we are delighted to congratulate her on this outstanding achievement!
Year 12 Interviews
Over the past few weeks, I have the pleasure of interviewing Year 12 students on an individual basis. The purpose of the interviews is to discuss the proposed plans of the students post HSC, how they are currently performing, and asking how the school assist in any way. I am extremely impressed with the maturity of our students in their decision making and has also been a great opportunity to learn a little more about the lives of the students. Ms Vine and Ms Jeffrey have also interviewed students and would echo my remarks.
As part of our PBL rewards program at our school, we use a random number generator to select a student from the positive incidents on Sentral to receive a $10 canteen voucher. Week A has a draw from Years 7 to 9, and Week B for Years 10 to 12. Our two most recent recipients are Tiarri Stollery-Larkin (Year 10) and Ashleigh Green (Year 7). Congratulations, ladies.
Mr Scott White
Year 7 One Term In
It is hard to believe that Year 7 has completed one term of high school already. In speaking to students, it is obvious that they enjoy being in high school and that there are a variety of individual reasons why they enjoy it. In asking them which subjects are their favourites, there is equally a variety of responses.
Year 7 Camp
The recent Year 7 camp was extremely successful in building cohesion and furthering relationships amongst students and between teachers and students. Both staff and students had a great time!
Below are some comments by students –what they liked best/ what they got out of it:
- ‘Hanging out with my mates.’
- ‘Had lots of fun.’
- ‘Recommend it to next year’s Year 7. They would enjoy it.’
- ‘Getting to know people you didn’t know.’
- ‘All the activities. We weren’t bored at all.’
- ‘Made some new friends who didn’t go to my primary school.’
- ‘The exhilaration of the giant swing and leap of faith.’
- ‘The command’
- ‘Probably the lost island.’
The Year 7 students who did not go to camp having a great time experimenting and tinkering in the makerspace!
Many subjects have had assessment tasks due in the last few weeks.
This can create some stress for students; however, by using the skills learnt in their CELL lessons, by using their digital diaries to be organised and through the support class teachers provide to complete assessment tasks, this stress should be minimised.
The Year 7 Semester 1 Assessment Schedule, which is published on the school website, can provide you with an opportunity to talk to your child about homework and managing time lines and submission dates.
Equally, when your child gets their results from assessment tasks, there is the opportunity to see how they are progressing and to discuss this with them.
CELL – Coaching For Effective Lifelong Learning
Our final two CELL lessons this term will be focusing on ‘goal setting’ as part of the ‘Being on Track’ foundation of CELL. Students will learn why it is important to set learning goals and how to plan in order to bring those goals to fruition. They will establish a long term educational goal for the year and then break it down into smaller achievable steps.
CELL lessons provide our Year 7 students with the fundamental skills required to become successful self-directed learners.
Year 12 Post Half-Yearly Exams
Year 12 has just completed one of their three major exams for the year. The next will be their Trial HSC Examinations in Term 3, with their HSC Examinations in early Term 4.
I would like to commend the Year 12 students on their attitude and diligence during their recent exams. As I visited each exam, I was impressed by the students’ concentration and focus in writing the answers to the exam questions. Success, regardless of individual pathways, requires time, commitment and hard work. I wish them the best for their results to these exams.
While the school holidays provide the students with ‘down time’ in comparison with term time, it is important that a degree of school work is undertaken during the holidays. Using the holidays to get on top of things and organised reduces stress during term time.
Ms Lidia Jeffrey
Year 7 and Year 12
KMHS Wolves – Sporting Highlights
Girls Softball team
On March 23, KMHS Girls Softball team played McKellar Girls. Despite not coming out on top, it was a well played, friendly game. After the game, Lauren Mott was approached by the Sydney North coach for next year’s trials.
Lauren Mott, Nicole Coubrough, Kalolaine Aho, Paige Hepher Speranza Na’ati, Rachael Mortell and Kellie Coubrough and the whole team did a great job, both on and off the field. Thank you, to Lee Fischer for coaching, Ms Lincoln for organising the trip and to parents and siblings who spectated on the day.
Year 7 Rugby – Gala Day
Congratulations to our Year 7 rugby 7s team who ended the Central Coast gala day with winning the silver plate (2nd tier). Thank you to Mr Von Kotze for taking the team and well done, boys!
KMHS Girls Open Tennis
History was made for KMHS with our open girls tennis team winning round 1 of the Sydney North knockout competition against Kincumber High. Congratulations girls and all the best for round 2 against Killara!!!
2017 TRIVIA Thank You!
What a great night! Thank you to everyone who came to support the school. With your help we raised a fantastic $2759!
Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors and everyone who helped me to make the evening a great success. Special thanks to Jamie for hosting, Jackie for marking, Heather, Marie and Julie for selling raffle tickets etc. An extra special thank you to my wonderful husband and son, David and Bradley for all their help.
Trivia Night 2017 – Sponsors
- Kariong Pizza ($200 prize money + vouchers)
- Better Health Practice Kariong
- Golden Tips Hairdresser Kariong
- Kariong Chinese
- Kariong Takeaway
- Kariong Automotive
- Times Café Kariong
- Kariong Quality Meats
- Waterfall Café Kariong
- Kariong Fruit to You
- Monti’s Ashore Gosford
- Gosford RSL Club
- Glenworth Valley
- Kim Verwey (Body Shop)
- Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club
- Ryde Aquatic centre
- Mars foods
- Australian Reptile Park
- Five Star Day Spa Erina
- Central Coast Leagues Club
- Captain Cook Cruises
- Ashmore Palms Holiday Village – Gold Coast
- Marge King (Sharon’s Mum – Hand decorated bags)
- Carolyn Brierley
- Kirsten Bellemore
- Standard Commodities Australia (all the Alcohol)
- Avoca Beach Theatre
- Hoyts Erina
- Feather Touch Massages Erina
- Bunnings West Gosford
- Sorry if I have forgotten anybody!
The trivia night would not be possible without out wonderful sponsors so please support them, especially our local businesses.
Community Engagement Officer
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