Newsletter Term 1 Week 6

Important Dates

Monday 7 MarchNew timetable commences
Year 10 & 12 Recreational Fishing
Wednesday 9 MarchYear 9 Water Safety & OSSA
Year 11 RYDA
Year 12 Study Skills
Friday 11 MarchFinal payment Year 7 Camp
Year 9 Water Safety & OSSA
Monday 14 MarchYear 7, 8, 9 & 10 Brainstorm
Thursday 17 MarchSydney North Swimming Carnival
Friday 18 MarchhYear 10 Marine Snorkelling

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Look at the preparation Year 10 Visual Arts are doing for Sculpture on the Green with Col Henry

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From the Principal

A School’s Role in Creating a Better Society

Students spend 13 years of their lives in a school environment and, although their core values come from their families, it would be naïve to say that schools don’t also have a place in challenging students to be open-minded, tolerant and kind as members of the diversified society in which we live. There are two important events that take place in March which encapsulate this thinking about how the school works to create a better future for all of its students:

1.International Women’s Day – March 8th

The 2016 theme is to progress gender parity; that is, to get rid of the glass ceiling, to have equality in career opportunities and pay, and to have equal respect for the role of women in our society. The IWD website asks that
“Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.”

At Kariong Mountains High School, we pledge to provide the opportunities, support and structure to ensure that there is gender parity. We are also working to improve our future focus, so that girls are exposed to and can aspire to those careers that will bring down the glass ceiling and/or which have been traditionally associated with males. This will be particularly important, as the careers requiring competence in the STEM subjects gain more prominence in 21st century society.

2.National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence – March 18th

The website describes the event as: “This annual day is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools, and encourages all students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond.”

This year, we plan to have some specific activities with students to reinforce that our school does not tolerate bullying behaviour, be this physical, verbal or via social media. It is never OK to be violent or advocate its use as a problem solving strategy. This is a belief that must be firmly adopted at home and at school if it is to take root and grow. Our anti-bullying message will be supported via the Brainstorm shows for students in Stages 4 and 5, taking place in March. Thank you to the P&C for subsidising these events.

Our anti-bullying plan is up for review in 2016, so I hope that we can once again have representation from students, staff and parents to develop a plan that is effective in sustaining this “bullying, no way” environment.

Some parents may have children whose friendship groups have fallen out, creating conflict amongst the group and sometimes spreading to other students connected with the members of the group in some way. Although, unfortunately, this can turn into a bullying situation, in the first instance, it is usually two students upset with each other and prone to flinging hurtful comments at each other. We have a Supervisor of Girls and a Supervisor of Boys who can assist in this situation, by co-ordinating a structured mediation that focuses on having respectful behaviour as the outcome. If your child is in a conflict situation, please ring the school as early as possible to avoid escalation and to assist them in moving beyond this conflict with confidence.

Ms Anne Vine


Brainstorm Productions are coming to KMHS on Monday 14th March for Years 7 – 10. The students will be watching a performance called Verbal Combat. Verbal Combat is a performance that discusses the issues surrounding cyberbullying, bystanders, social media and exclusion.

We believe that this will be a great opportunity for students to discuss and see the effects of cyber-bullying on others as well as discuss cyber safety. The performance is $2 a student, which will be collected at the door on the day.

Ms Monica Pallas
Head Teacher


P & C News

Parent Information:  Monday, March 14 7:00 – 7:30 pm (before P&C meeting).  In the Library. Talk by the Principal about the “School excursion code of conduct”

Next P & C meeting

P & C AGM – Monday, March 14 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  In the Library (sitting on the lovely new furniture). All parents and community members welcome.

P & C Meetings for the year

  • April – no meeting due to April school holidays
  • May 9
  • June – no meeting due to Queen’s Birthday
  • July – no meeting due to school holidays
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 5 – Christmas Dinner

Uniform Donations Needed

Please donate your second hand uniforms to the school. We particularly need skirts. Just drop them off to the office any time between 8:15 am and 3:30 pm. Thank you!