Newsletter 2017 – Term 3, Week 10

Important Dates

Friday September 8 –
Tuesday September 19
Wednesday September 20Year 12 Paintball
Thursday September 21Year 12 Slave Day
Friday September 22Year 12 Graduation Day
Last day of Term 3
Saturday September 23 –
Sunday September 24
Plant Lovers Fair at KMHS
Monday October 9Term 4 Commences – all students and staff return to school

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From the Principal

As this newsletter arrives in your email, we are due to hold our Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, farewelling and celebrating the wonderful 6 year journey that has seen our Year 12 students grow into fine young people, on the cusp of adulthood. They have reached this stage through self-discipline, dedication and with the support of their families and teachers. We are privileged to have such a strong partnership supporting education at this school.


Although they are finishing with school lessons, their teachers are still available to support them with study right up until their exams and then on to the Formal …

School Self Assessment

Over the last 2 terms, our school has been preparing its submission for External Validation which will be held on 19th October. We have been analysing our programs and practices against the “School Excellence Framework” and although not perfect, this exercise has shown that we are providing a quality inclusive education across most areas. We will use this analysis to frame our future directions in the next 3 year school plan. This will be discussed at the next P&C meeting, so I invite our parents/caregivers to come along to this meeting and participate in developing our goals and milestones.


A study by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth titled: ‘Youth Volunteering in Australia- An Evidence Review’, found that the key benefits for students are both personal and social. It can help children strengthen social relationships, develop skills and even enhance their career prospects. Kariong Mountains High School has some volunteering opportunities!

We have put a call out for students in Years 9-11 to assist as canteen helpers at break times, to help keep prices low and raise more funds for the school, as the canteen is the main fundraiser for the P&C and our numbers for parent volunteers has continued to decline in this busy world. Permission notes can be obtained from the year advisors, or see Marie, our Canteen Manager.

Additionally, the Plant Lovers Fair is being held on September 23rd and 24th. This has traditionally been one of the main fundraising events for the future Year 12, but also is a great opportunity for students to add retail and hospitality hours to their resumes. Interested? See Mr McGilvery, Ms Ayres or Ms Cutting for further information.


Life is always about change and from time to time we bid farewell to staff as they move on to new endeavours. Doctor Brooker will be leaving us at the end of the term and will be very much missed for his passionate and committed work with the TAS faculty. On behalf of the school, I wish him all the best with his future career.

Have a happy and safe holiday. I wish all our families and staff a time to relax, restore and refresh, so that we start Term 4 off with an educational bang!

Ms Anne Vine

From the Deputy’s Desk

Deputy Principal

Recently we introduced new absence notification procedures as recommended by the Department of Education auditor. The parents / caregivers of student who arrive to school late will receive a SMS noting the time arrival. For students that are absent for the whole day, parents / caregivers will receive an email on the following school day. These initiatives will save the school money and has already had a positive impact. It is essential that all students scan in of a morning. Should there be a difficulty the student must report to the front office.

STAR Awards

Nominations for STARS have been finalised and over 200 students will be recognised. Many thanks to Ms Milne for her continued hard work in organising this important aspect of our school.

A gentle reminder that students are encouraged to lock up their bikes when they ride them to school. There have been recent incidents of tampering as we cannot police their security 100%.

PBL voucher winners for the fortnight are Caitlin Fischer (9)
and Reece Alchin (10).

voucher winners Term 3 Week 10

Mr Scott White
Deputy Principal

2017 Premiers Debating Challenge

Kariong Mountains High School entered two teams into the 2017 Premiers Debating Challenge. Our teams competed as a part of the Central Coast/ Hunter region with home and away debates held in Terms 2 and 3.

We entered a Years 7 & 8 team and a Years 9 & 10 team, including Year 9 students Rhiannon and Bonny, along with Year 8 students Hayden, Nicole, Ethan and Ethan.

students debating

All the students involved consistently represented the school very well. The team members were always positive ambassadors for Kariong Mountains High School as we visited other schools; they competed fairly and were courteous and pleasant during their interactions with others. Also, the Years 7 and 8 audiences at the home debates were positive representatives of our school community, showing respect and interest in the debates.
Special mention must be made of Nicole and Hayden who represented both teams in the competition.

Two team members from the Years 9 & 10 team had to pull out early in the competition and we couldn’t get a replacement in time. Hayden and Nicole were always willing and able to do their best and went out of their way to support both teams. Ethan B and Ethan M also filled the role of chairperson and timer at the home debates and helped create a positive atmosphere.

KMHS boys at the debating table

Round One

The round one debate for the Years 7 & 8 team was against Lisarow High School, away at Lisarow. The topic area was ‘Education’ and the debate topic chosen and agreed by the teams was ‘that single sex schools should be banned.’ Kariong Mountains were the affirmative and made a good effort in developing the debate. They held a close contest with the opposition and came in second after a lengthy adjudication. Congratulations to Ethan B and Ethan M, who were involved in their first debate and showed promising signs of effective debating skills.
The round one debate for our Years 9 & 10 team verses Henry Kendall High School was held at home in the library at Kariong Mountains High. The topic area was ‘Education’ and the topic for debating selected by the opposing teams was ‘that all NAPLAN testing should be banned.’ Kariong Mountains were the negative for this debate and responded well to the opposition’s arguments on standardised testing. Another close contest saw Kariong Mountains come out winners with superior arguments, continuity and rebuttals. Special thanks to Nicole and Hayden for steeping up into the Years 9 & 10 team so we could be competitive.

All smiles from KMHS debating team

Round Two

In round two our Years 7 & 8 team was due to take on Northlakes High School at home. The debate was due to be completed by the end of week 10 in Term two. Unfortunately, due to the difficulties with logistics, schedules and the availability of adjudicators, Kariong Mountains forfeited the debate in Week 3 of Term 3.

In round two our Years 9 & 10 debate team competed against Gosford High School ‘A’ Team in the library at Kariong Mountains High. The topic area was ‘Sport’ and the topic for debating selected by the teams was ‘that we should prosecute sport people for acts of on field violence.’ Kariong Mountains were the affirmative for this debate and developed a strong argument in favour of prosecution. A difficult, but close contest saw Kariong Mountains losing to Gosford who showed particular strength in rebuttals. Special mention to Bonny and Rhiannon for leading our team in a double header challenge against Gosford.

KMHS students debating

Round Three

Round three saw our Years 7 & 8 debate team versing Narara Valley High School away at Narara. The topic area was ‘Australian Society’ and the debate topic chosen and agreed by the teams was ‘that we should reserve seats in Parliament for experienced scientists’. Kariong Mountains were the negative and developed effective arguments against the topic. They held a challenging contest with a difficult topic and lost the debate on the detail shown to support their arguments. Congratulations, and thanks to the whole team for their effort and contribution to the debating teams in 2017.
Round three saw our Years 9 & 10 debate team compete with the Gosford High School ‘B’ team. The debate was held shortly after the round two debate verses Gosford’s ‘A’ team, also in the library at Kariong Mountains High. The topic area was ‘Politics’ and the topic for debating selected by the teams was ‘that a change in Prime Minister should result in an election.’ Kariong Mountains were the negative for this debate and it appeared there was some confusion from both teams on a problematic and challenging topic. A close contest saw Kariong Mountains losing to Gosford who again showed particular strength in rebuttals. Special mention to Bonny and Rhiannon for leading and mentoring our Year 8 debaters on a big day of debating.

KMHS students debating
Thank you to all the students involved in the Kariong Mountains High School Debating Teams in 2017. We are looking forward to 2018 and developing our teams further. If you or anyone you know is interested in debating in 2018, please come and see myself or the Head teacher of English.

Mr Whitington
Debating Coordinator

Student Spotlights

Bianca performing in Kibble ParkMusic Performance

Congratulations to Bianca (Year 8); on Friday evening she performed at the International Food Markets, held at Kibble Park in Gosford. The two day pop-up event with live music and food, provided a great atmosphere for late shoppers and market dwellers alike.

Mollie in training for the Kokoda TrailKokoda Trail

Good luck to Mollie (Year 12), who has been busy preparing for her Kokoda adventure. Her training program has taken her to the gym most mornings, on 30 kilometre hikes, fun runs and walking Buddi National Park. With just over a week to go, we wish Mollie all the best on the Kokoda Trail and look forward to hearing all about her amazing adventure when she returns!

Artifact created for 7W Ancient Egypt museum projectAncient Egypt

Congratulations to 7W on all their hard work with creating an ancient Egypt museum. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents, teachers and students who attended the opening.

HSC Music

Congratulations to Year 12 Music students
on completing their HSC Practical exam and making their teacher, Mr Burns, very proud in the process!

Mr Knowles Mid-Term Escapades

Mario mascot and car
Some of our school population may already be aware we’ve had a peculiar character lurking around the TAS department this term. A five foot tall mascot from the Tile Warehouse, has been reincarnated as Mario, the theme for the Knowles’ car 54 entry in the 2017 Tek4kidz Rivers Trek adventure.

This year, students in the Year 11/12 Workstudies class, have put into practice their enterprise and team building skills, assisting me raise nearly $1000 for Starlight. These students, planned, organised and operated a Mufti-Day and Sausage Sizzle as well as washing the occasional car.

All money raised by the Trek is donated to the Starlight Foundation, whose primary goal is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children in NSW hospitals. There are currently 6 hospitals in NSW that have a Starlight room and a mobile bus that can travel to remote hospitals throughout the state. These rooms are bright and entertaining places kids can go, operated by enthusiastic Starlight staff. Here, these seriously ill kids, can escape doctors and nurses and the sterile environments associated with hospital stays and forget about their illness for a while. Starlight provide devices such as Play Stations, iPods and the like, and even TV links for the very unfortunate kids who may need to spend weeks in isolation. All these activities, are designed to assist the kids pass the time, during long stints in hospital. Starlight also grant many wishes and the $200,000 plus raised for this years Trek will provide about 30 wishes.

The 2017 Rivers Trek started from Nowra, then meandered through many a back road, visiting the Australian capital and doing a lap of Parliament House, then on to towns such as, Goulburn, Cobram/Barooga, Swan Hill, Mildura, Hay, Renmark and finishing up at Forbes seven days later. Along the way, we drove along or crossed the Murrumbidgee, Murray and Darling Rivers having a ball of a time, tackling the sometimes rugged, muddy and dusty terrain and discovering some beautiful and often hidden landscapes.

I am pleased to also add, that the efforts of both Yr10 Automotive and Yr11 Construction students, to produce the Mario Cart mascot was also well received by the Trek organisers, many a tooting motorist and the students of Wee Jasper Central School and Barham Public, that we visited along the way. We also won the Trek 2017 award for best presented vehicle.


Canteen News

See additions and changes to the canteen menu in the PDF below:

KMHS Canteen Menu – Term 3, 2017


Thank you all – Comedy Night raised $1,100 for the KMLC!