Newsletter 2017 – Term 1, Week 2

Important Dates

Thursday February 9Swimming Carnival
Wednesday February 15Year 7 Parent Information Night
Thursday February 16School Photos
Wednesday February 22Year 12 Elevate Seminar

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Welcome to a new year at KMHS

From the Principal

Welcome back to the 2017 school year and the opportunity to engage in further development of lifelong learning skills. In particular, welcome to our parents and students new to the school, with a reminder that we encourage good communication between the school and home in the belief that a strong partnership facilitates success.

Once again, I am proud to congratulate our 2016 HSC students and the overwhelming majority of students who have succeeded in achieving their goals. They are set to start the next phase of their education, having achieved entry into university, TAFE and the workplace. We wish them all the best in these and future endeavours.

Each year, I stress the commitment we have to the school’s values of Unity Knowledge Respect. In reference to learning, they encapsulate the learning values that lead to fulfilment and success. Working in unity, as a community of learners, consisting of students, staff and parents, rather than a community of separate individuals, leads to more growth in learning through collaboration and problem-solving, than can be achieved when planning and reflecting, alone. You will see this philosophy reflected in our school’s professional teams, our student leadership model, our P&C and classroom learning activities. I look forward to sharing information about our learning journey throughout the year, in each newsletter.

Knowing what is going on in the school can be both informative and critical. As well as the newsletter, information can be communicated through Facebook, the school app, Sentral, the school website, our school sign, a hard copy note and/or email, parent information evenings and P&C meetings (and this list may expand!). Of course, a simple phone call or coming into the school for a visit are also available options. If you are not sure how to access some of these options, please see us for help. We want to keep you informed, knowledgeable and up-to-date.

Please contact me if you require any support, have a suggestion, or need more information on any school matter.

Ms Anne Vine,

From our Deputy Principals

Mr Scott WhiteWelcome Year 7 and welcome back Years 8 to 12. Also a warm welcome is extended to our new students. I hope all students and their families had a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Kariong Mountains High School has set itself high standards and we will continue to work hard to maintain or improve them. If all students follow the core values of Unity, Knowledge, Respect, our school will remain an excellent educational facility where quality learning will take place. All students are encouraged to set their own high standards and work hard to achieve them.

We once again have a second Deputy Principal and Ms Jeffrey will be responsible for Years 7 and 12. I will be responsible for Years 8 to 11. If you wish to discuss any issue please feel free to contact us.

Throughout the course of the year, I will remind our school community of the administrative processes to follow. I will also include elements of our Student Welfare and Discipline policy, which can be found on our website.

Last Friday, Year 8 students were given a list of stationery requirements for 2017. During Term 4, I will endeavour to provide similar requirements for Years 7 to 10 of 2018.

I am looking forward to 2017 being another great year for KMHS.

Mr Scott White,
Deputy Principal

Years 7 and Year 12 – Bookends of the high school journey

Mrs Lidia JeffreyBeing the Year 7 and Year 12 Deputy Principal for 2017 has given me pause to reflect on the incredible development that occurs over the six years that students are in high school. We, as teachers, so enjoy each new Year 7; we are invested in fostering their learning, in supporting their growth through their adolescent years and in developing positive relationships with them. For the Year 12 students, we are coming to the end of the high school road; they are the young adults whose change and growth we have witnessed over the years and with whom we have developed wonderful relationships. The end of the year, when they leave, will bring nostalgia, a sense of loss and a sense of excitement as they look forward to their post-school future.

Year 7

At the time of writing this, Year 7 has successfully completed their first week of high school! If I had any ‘words of wisdom’ at this stage for you it would be to continue to take an interest in your child’s day at school and in their education and to keep the communication lines open, not only with your child, but with the school as well. I believe the experience of parenting and having your child in high school is enhanced when positive relationships are fostered and communication is ongoing (although it’s not to say there won’t be bumps along the way).

Year 7 Parent Information Evening

There will be a Year 7 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday15th February. We welcome all parents/ carers to this event to hear more about what your child is learning and doing this year, as well as providing an opportunity for you to ask questions. A note will be going home with your child this week and is also available in this newsletter.

Looking into KMHS library – a modern hub for learning

Year 12

Year 12 is a difficult year for both parents and students. In 2016, ‘grit’ was a buzz word and I believe that the meaning of this word has application for the students in Year 12. The word means to have ‘courage and resolve; strength of character’; it is having the perseverance and stamina to see it through to the end, despite the challenges along the way. Alongside this is the ability to monitor and manage emotions so that, for example, when times become stressful, you have the ability to recognise the stress and to know how to deal with it. Having ‘grit’ and managing emotions are areas where you, as parents, and we, as teachers, play a role by teaching and guiding these young adults in this difficult year to attain these qualities.

KMHS students working together in the school library

Being in class, on time and working consistently

It is very important that students maximise their learning by being at class on time and attending all lessons. While there are occasions when a student is absent from class due to illness or for other pressing reasons, missing class or being late to class for no reason is not acceptable.

Please note that all students, including Year 12, need to follow correct procedures if they need to leave school during the school day. We cannot allow students to leave school during the day without parent/ guardian permission. Students also need to sign out at the office when leaving during the school day. These procedures are designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students at our school.

Ace Your Exams study skills seminar

This study skills seminar, delivered by Elevate Education, is specifically designed for Year 12 students to be delivered in preparation for their half-yearly exams which are held at the end of this term. The seminar is being held on Wednesday 22nd February. Students have received a note for this and the note is also included in this newsletter.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you have any questions or concerns.

Ms Lidia Jeffrey
Deputy Principal
Year 7 and 12

Upcoming Events

Access information about upcoming events in the PDF links below:

Year 7 Parent Information Evening – February 15 2017

Year 12 Elevate Seminar – February 22 2017

2017 KMHS Swimming Carnival

Dive in and earn points for your house!

The swimming carnival is a normal school day (attendance is expected). This is a FUN day, promoting water safety and healthy lifestyle choices. The swimming carnival is also a great opportunity to earn points for your sporting house and cheer on your peers. Come dressed in your house colours, or in school sports uniform. Please Note: NO FACE PAINT IS ALLOWED TO BE WORN ON THE DAY.

Venue: Gosford Olympic Pool
Transport: Bus departing from school at 8:45am – return to KMHS by 3:05pm
What to Bring: Swimmers (!), goggles, towel(s), food, water and sunscreen

Note: Students competing in early events to meet at the pool at 8:00am

Canteen News

New volunteers always welcome. If you would like to help out in the friendly school canteen, please contact Marie Connolly on 4340 0246.

2017 – KMHS Canteen Menu

Wednesday Special (15th & 22nd February):