Newsletter 2017 – Term 1, Week 11

Important Dates

Monday April 3CHS Swimming
Friday April 7ANZAC Ceremony
Last day of Term 1
Wednesday April 26All students return for Term 2

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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:
I have the right-

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:
I have the responsibility-

To be happy and safeTo 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 learnTo behave in a way which allows themselves and others to learn
To be treated fairlyTo treat others fairly
To be treated with respectTo respect staff, students and visitors, regardless of differences
To have achievements celebratedTo 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.

PBL Awards

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.

PBL Awards Term 1 - Week 11

Mr Scott White
Deputy Principal

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.’

Student busy making things KMHS student in the library Teamwork with makerspace Year 7 student being creative in the library
The Year 7 students who did not go to camp having a great time experimenting and tinkering in the makerspace!

Assessment Tasks

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
Deputy Principal
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.

Congratulations girls!

Girl throwing ball at softball match KMHS softball team smiling on the bench

Year 7 Rugby – Gala Day

KMHS team photo of Year 7 Rugby boysCongratulations 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

KMHS tennis girls - all smiles at the netHistory 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

  1. Kariong Pizza ($200 prize money + vouchers)
  2. Better Health Practice Kariong
  3. Golden Tips Hairdresser Kariong
  4. Kariong Chinese
  5. Kariong Takeaway
  6. Kariong Automotive
  7. Times Café Kariong
  8. Kariong Quality Meats
  9. Waterfall Café Kariong
  10. Kariong Fruit to You
  11. Monti’s Ashore Gosford
  12. Gosford RSL Club
  13. Glenworth Valley
  14. Kim Verwey (Body Shop)
  15. Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club
  16. Ryde Aquatic centre
  17. Mars foods
  18. Australian Reptile Park
  19. Five Star Day Spa Erina
  20. Central Coast Leagues Club
  21. Captain Cook Cruises
  22. Ashmore Palms Holiday Village – Gold Coast
  23. Marge King (Sharon’s Mum – Hand decorated bags)
  24. Carolyn Brierley
  25. Kirsten Bellemore
  26. Standard Commodities Australia (all the Alcohol)
  27. Avoca Beach Theatre
  28. Hoyts Erina
  29. Feather Touch Massages Erina
  30. Bunnings West Gosford
  31. 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.

Sharon Partridge
Community Engagement Officer

high spirits at KMHS trivia night

plenty of colours and fun

All smiles at Hawaiian themed night

KMHS trivia night

trivia in a row

A table of matching shirts

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