Newsletter 2018 – Term 4, Week 4

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Principal’s Report

Ms Anne Vine - Principal
Mrs Matthew with Principal, receiving awardKariong Mountains High School has exceptional teachers who work passionately and collaboratively to provide quality learning for all students. I know this from working day-to-day with them and you know this as they are your child’s teachers. Sometimes, we are able to have this excellence also recognised on a broader scale. At the recent 2018 Central Coast World Teachers’ Dinner Awards, which celebrate the qualities and values of great teachers, I had the privilege of announcing the high school staff recipients who received their award from the Regional North Executive Director, Mr Tim McCallum.

It was with great pride, that I announced, Mrs Jacqui Matthew, as the recipient for our school. Her citation read:

Excellence in school leadership on improving results through analysis and reflection, leading to increased staff capacity to have a positive impact in their classrooms.

Congratulations, Mrs Matthew on receiving this prestigious award.

Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018. Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Our school will observe Remembrance Day on Monday 12th November. Staff will read a prepared script and observe one minute’s silence at 11:00 am.

This edition’s R.O.S.E goes to:

Term 4, Week 4 Rose award

Ms Anne Vine

From our Deputies

Deputy PrincipalHouse System & Rewards Day

A major component of our new House system is the Rewards Day to be held at the end of the year. Students in the house that receive the most points through positive memos and have a good behaviour record will be invited to attend. The details of the day are yet to be finalised and will be published in the near future.

Exams Years 7 to 10

Students in Years 7 to 10 will be sitting exams in a variety of subjects over the next couple of weeks. They will contribute to the overall assessment of the subject and appear on the Yearly report. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare a study timetable, as this will assist in developing good practices for their senior schooling.

HSC Policy and Assessment Schedule

Year 11 students will receive their HSC Policy and Assessment schedule this week. It is an important document for which there will need to be a signed receipt. It has all of the rules and procedures regarding the completion and submission of assessment tasks. The booklet also contains the assessment schedules with a calendar at the back. The booklet will also be made available on our website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Positive Behaviour and Learning Award

Term 4, Week 4 PBL AwardsOur most recent PBL canteen voucher winners are Elliott (Year 7), Addison (Year 8) and Kyle (Year 10).

Mr Scott White
Deputy Principal

Deputy Principal KMHS

A word from our students…

In this issue, I want to put the spotlight on our Year 7 students and share some of their thoughts on what it is like being a student at Kariong Mountains High School.

Mrs Jacqui Matthew
Deputy Principal

Quotes from Year 7 students at Kariong Mountains High School
Quotes from Year 7 students at Kariong Mountains High School

Computer Technology – Faculty Update

Minecraft for Education

Minecraft education edition bannerThis term the 9/10 STEM class has embarked on their task using Minecraft for Education. The students have been working collaboratively to complete a variety of tasks including surviving on a deserted island with limited resources, creating cryptic clues for a scavenger hunt and recreating our school within Minecraft. Students will test their creations with their classmates over the coming weeks.

Tablet view of Minecraft game

Computer technology involving minecraft assignment
View of Minecraft Education Edition on student laptop
KMHS students in classroom working on Minecraft assignment
Students busy honing technology skills at Kariong Mountains High School

First Lego League

On 21st November we have a team participating in the First Lego League competition at Gosford High. We have entered a team in this competition for the past 4 years and this year will be the final year for our Year 10 team members. We wish them all the best in the competition and thank Ms Lincoln for again mentoring the team this year.

KMHS Lego table
KMHS First Lego League table used for robotics

Laptop News

We have continued to add to the schools laptop availability this term by rolling out 3 new sets of Chromebooks. The new Chromebooks feature touch screens and have made access to research and creativity in learning faster and more accessible. The school also encourages students to bring their own devices (BYOD) as many of the learning experiences in classrooms now relate to digital cloud based work.

If you plan on buying a new laptop or desktop for your child then you don’t need to pay for subscriptions to get Microsoft Office.

All students have FREE access to Microsoft Office 365, G Suite (Google apps) and Adobe software. This free access will cover the students for all their digital learning needs whilst at school.

How times have changed …

Michael Riley
Head Teacher Technology


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