|Tuesday February 27||Volleyball Boys Open 9:30am|
|Thursday March 1||VET Whitecard Course|
|Wednesday March 7||Boat Smart Program|
|Thursday March 8||BW Zone Swimming Carnival|
|Friday March 9||Year 11 SLR – Woodport Carnival|
Note: Day changed from Monday to Friday
|Tuesday March 13||Year 7 Immunisation|
OSSA – Years 9, 10 & 11
|Wednesday March 14||Legal Studies Lecture|
|Thursday March 15||OSSA – Years 9, 10 & 11|
From our Principal
Tests/Results and other Academic Information
Although we have just started back, I would like to keep parents/carers on top of what is ahead in the school year, with respect to external examinations.
Students in Years 7 and 9 will be sitting an online version of NAPLAN, the first time this has been introduced into NSW. There will be a practice session in late March to assist with students acclimatising to the system and our technology has already been tested and is fit for purpose, barring the internet going down (yes, there is a protocol for this built into the testing, but we hope that does not eventuate).
I believe that our broad use of technology across the school and our dedicated Stage 4 technology program has placed our students into a strong position with respect to working effectively in the online environment. Our staff continues to work with students on improving their literacy and numeracy, as a part of our core business each and every day.
Minimum Standards – Year 10 Online Literacy and Numeracy Tests
I have attached an information sheet about these tests to this newsletter. Only students who did not achieve a Band 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN – reading, writing or numeracy have to participate. We have a structured, strategic plan in place to assist students in being successful in these tests and as such, not all students will sit the Term 1 test, instead waiting until after further learning support has been in place. Parents will receive information about this testing program later in the term.
And whilst on the topic of external tests …
Our wonderful 2017 HSC students have been translating their great results into exciting future learning opportunities. Our data so far, shows that the number of students having been accepted into tertiary institutions is at a high percentage, considering the size of our school compared to the larger schools on the Coast.
I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate our 2017 Dux – Adam Schuman on his outstanding achievement in the HSC, being a ‘Distinguished Achiever’ in five subjects! He is to be congratulated for his hard work and determination to succeed and we look forward to hearing about his year, post school Presentation Evening.
Congratulations, also to Amber Brierley, Brittni Nicol, Clare Ashby, Darnell Jenkins, Kate Ward and Teahna Watson on also making the ‘Distinguished Achievers’ merit list. All of these students have been great role models for the students in younger years and we now look forward to the great accomplishments to be made by the 2018 HSC cohort.
Ms Anne Vine
From the Deputy’s Desk
Throughout the year I will include an aspect of our Student Welfare and Discipline Policy in the newsletter. The first mention is our canteen voucher reward process.
On each Wednesday assembly a student is rewarded with a $10 canteen voucher. The lucky recipient is randomly drawn from our Sentral database of positive memos. Students from Years 7 to 9 are eligible for Week A and Years 10 to 12 in Week B.
Our final timetable for this year began this week and elective changes for Years 9 to 11 are now finalised. Any further changes will only be considered for exceptional circumstances. Any timetable concerns are to be directed to me in the first instance. Students in Years 10 and 11 will soon be asked to check and sign their NESA confirmation of entries.
Mobile Phones at School
A friendly reminder that mobile phones are to be switched off or put on silent and kept in bags during class time. Parents and caregivers are also asked not to ring students during these times, urgent matters can be communicated through our front office.
Our canteen voucher winners for the start of the year are Tahlia Dickerson (8), Laura Scarr (8) and Matthew Slaven (10).
Mr Scott White
A minimum standard of literacy and numeracy is required for your child to receive their Higher School Certificate (HSC). Meeting the HSC minimum standard will mean that your child has the literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for success in learning and life after school. Please click on the following link to access the full PDF information booklet: Parent Advice of Year 10 Students
Using Technology Responsibly – Some Tips for Parents/Carers
Technology is an integral part of life for all of us. As parents, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the constantly evolving new developments in technology that attract children and teens. While we may not always be able to keep up with every latest thing, we can introduce a framework for our family so that the younger members can develop a healthy and safe relationship with technology.
Here you’ll find our top tips and conversation starters to encourage your teenager to use technology responsibly.
- Technology is a part of life. Help your child recognise that it’s a privilege to have this ‘tool’ and that they should use it responsibly. That means sticking to the rules you set up for its use.
- It’s an important lesson to learn that online material is forever. How does your child want to be seen in the world – not just now, but when they’re an adult looking for a job?
- Respect is key. Teach your child not to say or do anything online that could hurt or humiliate anyone, just as you would expect them to behave in real life.
- They must only make friends with people they know in real life and should not do anything that they know you would be unhappy with, such as forwarding material that would hurt or embarrass someone else.
- If they ever receive material that is private, such as personal or explicit photos or videos, they should delete them immediately. Failure to do this could have very real consequences.
Bioscience Faculty News
7C have been busy in their horticulture unit in Bioscience. Last Friday, the students planted over 100 seeds and seedlings for the upcoming Mother’s Day stall. The students will attend to the plants over the coming weeks in readiness for sale at the stall:
Swimming Carnival 2018
On Thursday 8th February we had our 9th KMHS swimming carnival. Everyone looked sensational dressed in a wide range of colours and characters supporting their house. It was great to see all our Year 12 students supporting their houses and encouraging the team spirit with the younger year groups. We had a fantastic participation rate for the day and had many records broken. Congratulations to everyone who attended, and everyone who participated in an event.
It was a close battle for champion swimming house this year. Congratulations to Popran, the winning house of the carnival.
- Popran – 1586 points
- Dharug – 1391 points
- Bouddi – 1212 points
- Girakool – 1102 points.
Records and Age Champions
Outstanding individual achievements in the pool saw school records broken by the following students:
- Nicole M: 200 IM, 100 Freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly
- Samantha S: 200 IM, 200 Freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly
- Caitlin F: 100 Freestyle
- Nicole C: 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 50 butterfly
- Cody M: 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 50 butterfly
- Rachael M: 50 Breaststroke
- Charlotte T: 50 Butterfly
2018 Swimming Age Champions
- 12 Years Lily D, Cody M
- 13 Years: Ruby R, Tyler H
- 14 Years: Kellie C, James B
- 15 Years: Nicole M, Hayen W
- 16 Years: Samantha S, Aaron B
- 17+ Years: Nicole C, Harrison T
KMHS P&C News
We are fundraising with Entertainment Membership’s again this year and they will be launching shortly. This year, Entertainment is only printing a limited run of the physical books so I would highly recommend that you pre-order your book to ensure you get one. Exciting new content for the Central Coast includes: Mi Cantina, The Dam Hotel, Roll’d, The Lakehouse, Carls Junior and many, many more! You may pre-order your book or digital membership by early to mid-March as our page is active via the following link: www.entbook.com.au/381s61
Next P&C Meeting: Monday March 12, 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the school library. All parents and community members welcome!
KMHS is registered for the Coles Sports for Schools program. You can support your school by collecting vouchers and placing them in the collection boxes at the front office.
Seven new School Zone Traffic Offences
To help schools keep the school zone safer for all pedestrians and drivers there are seven new traffic infringements with new fines. None of the seven offences attract demerit points when committed elsewhere on the road, but in a school zone they each come with two points.
The changes are:
- Stopping in intersection – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
- Stop within 20m of intersection (traffic lights) – Under the change if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
- Stop within 10m of intersection (no traffic lights) – Under the change if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
- Stop near bicycle crossing lights – Under the change if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points.
- Obstruct access to ramp/path/passageway – Under the change if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $330 and 2 demerit points.
- Not parallel park in the direction of travel – Under the change if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $330 fine and 2 demerit points.
- Parallel park close to dividing line – Under the changes if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $330 fine and 2 demerit points.
All updated school zone offences can be located through Roads and Maritime: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/roads/safety-rules/demerits-school.pdf