Newsletter 2017 – Term 1, Week 4

Important Dates

Wednesday February 22Year 12 – Elevate Education Seminar
Boys Touch Football
Thursday February 23Girls Touch Football
Friday February 24Girls Softball
Tuesday February 28NAPLAN Practice
Tuesday Feb 28 – Wednesday March 1Year 12 Excursion – Nan Tien Temple

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From the Principal

It was a great opportunity to meet some of our new parents at the Year 7 parent evening and first P&C of the year. I know that it is sometimes difficult for parents to get to some meetings so whenever possible we will put up any PowerPoints, or similar, on our website to provide a summary of what information was given out

Of course, this may generate a quest for more facts and we ask you to contact us if you ever need further information about anything we send out.

Literacy and Numeracy Standards

2017 sees the beginning of a new government mandate on achieving minimum literacy and numeracy standards, linked to the HSC and affecting students in Year 9 and thereafter. I have included a fact sheet at the end of the newsletter about the requirements and will host an information session for parents on Wednesday March 15th at 6pm to provide further information and answer any questions.

Our teachers continue to support students to achieve or exceed the new minimum standards, as has always been the case. Can I reassure you that no student, regardless of their numeracy or literacy capabilities, will be prevented from sitting for the HSC. Even students not yet meeting the standard are entitled to complete their HSC exams.

I will be on leave from 27th February to 7th March. Mr White will be relieving Principal during that time.

Ms Anne Vine,

From our Deputy Principals

Mr Scott White

As mentioned in the last newsletter, I will outline particular aspects of our Student Welfare and Discipline policy. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Following is the rationale behind our policy.

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.

KMHS is a PBL (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school. PBL provides a framework for positive recognition and discipline on a consistent basis. The school’s core values of Unity, Knowledge, Respect are embedded into our PBL framework. Consequently, this school is committed to the provision and implementation of a broad range of systematic and individualised strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviour.

Our school is committed to promoting the highest standards of behaviour and learning. Students at KMHS are provided with a high quality education so that they can learn to the best of their ability and become self-disciplined and self-directed lifelong learners who can create a positive future for themselves and for the wider community.

This policy is consistent with legal and departmental requirements, is based on the principles of procedural fairness and developed within a framework of student welfare. Staff, parents and students have been consulted to ensure that it reflects the particular needs of our school community.

KMHS takes a positive approach to student discipline. Our policy identifies core rules and practices that support quality teaching and learning. It sets clear and consistent limits to recognise and promote positive behaviour as well as applying consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

A friendly reminder that absences from school need to be explained within seven days of the absence. A written note, phone call, email or adjustment on the Sentral portal are all acceptable. It would also be appreciated if lateness to school is also explained.

Assessment schedules for Years 8 and 9 will be posted on our website in the near future. Students are encouraged to check their applicable schedule and start planning a timetable for completion. If any students need assistance, they can see me. More comprehensive schedules have already been delivered to students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Mr Scott White,
Deputy Principal

Years 7 and 12

Mrs Lidia Jeffrey

Year 7

Year 7 Parent Information Evening

Our Year 7 Parent Information Evening held on February 15th was very successful. It provided parents/carers with an excellent opportunity to get an overview of the learning for the year in each KLA, as well as be introduced to key staff members, to ask questions and to talk to specific teachers. The PowerPoint presentation used on the night will shortly be available on our website, thus allowing those who were unable to attend to gain an insight into the evening’s content; those who attended may wish to use the PowerPoint presentation to review what was said.

A special thank you goes to our student ambassadors for the evening, who welcomed you at the gate and directed you to where the event was held. These students are Georgia Hughes (Year 10), Laura Schuman (Year 9), Peter Katrakilis (Year 8) and Finn Joyce (Year8).

Semester 1 Assessment Schedule

The first semester’s assessment schedule has been completed. The schedule outlines, subject by subject, assessment task topics, the type of assessment task, the term and week the task was issued (if relevant) and the term and week the task is due. Additionally, a table with a weekly view of tasks due in a particular week over the semester has been developed to provide an overview of what is due and when. These documents are important to both you and your child. They enable students to manage their time to complete all tasks to the best of their ability by the due date and they provide you with the information to help support your child with time management and organisational skills.

The assessment schedule will be published on our website within the next week as well being included in this newsletter.

Year 12

School Interviews and Mentoring

Ms Vine, Mr White and I are currently undertaking interviews with each Year 12 student. The purpose of the interviews is to support students to clarify their post-school goals, their progress towards these goals and what they need to do and know in order to achieve their goals. It also provides us with information on how we can assist students; for example, a number of students interviewed so far would like more information on specific careers and the pathway to that career. Our Year 12 mentoring program complements the interviews, with aspects brought up by students in the interviews being addressed, particularly those relating to goal setting, study skills and how to focus on trying to improve your results.

Elevate Education Study Skills Seminar

The one hour Elevate Education study skills seminar is being held next Wednesday from 10.10-11.15. Previous Year 12 students have found them invaluable in providing concrete information on the top strategies to use to support them in preparing for exams.

Ms Lidia Jeffrey
Deputy Principal
Year 7 and 12

Assessment Schedules, Competitions & Standards

Year 7 Assessment Schedule Semester 1 2017

Year 7 Assessment Schedule – Overview

Year 8 Assessment Schedule 2017

Year 9 Assessment Schedule 2017

NSW Educational Assessment Australia Competitions Notification

Minimum Literacy and Numeracy Standard

P&C News

P&C AGM – March 13, 2017

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In the Library (sitting on the lovely new furniture)
All parents and community members welcome!


Canteen News

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Microsoft Office 365

The enterprise agreement with Microsoft allows Students and Staff to download the full suite of Microsoft Office applications for use on their personal and BYOD devices. These complete applications will complement the provision of access to Microsoft Office 365 or “Office in the Cloud” available to both students and staff from early 2015. The software and associated mobile apps can be used on up with 15 devices owned or used by staff and students of the DEC at no charge. These initiatives align with the Department’s new Student Bring Your Own Device Policy allowing students with access to software on their personal devices to continue school work at home.

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