Newsletter Term 3 – Week 4

Important Dates

Monday August 8 – Friday August 12Year 12 HSC Trials
Thursday August 11Year 11 Study Skills
Monday August 15 – Friday August 19Year 12 HSC Trials
Wednesday August 17Science Day and Evening Expo
Friday August 19Stephen Herrick, Author/Poet
Monday August 22 – Wednesday August 24Snow Trip
Wednesday August 24Year 8-9 Subject Selection Evening
Laycock Street Theatre, Music Performance

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STEM and Subject Selection

From the Principal

It’s great to be back, recharged and revitalised, from an extended break and I am excited to begin working with our school community on planning for the 2017 school year.

I would like to say a very public thank you to all staff who stepped up, or just stepped in to help, during my absence. In particular, to the senior leadership team of Scott White, Lidia Jeffrey and Jacqui Matthew for their hard work and expertise in making the hard decisions when required and creating the opportunities for students and staff to thrive.

One of the aspects of my role that I have missed whilst away has been the opportunity to speak with parents about what we already do, what we have planned and what we can envision as a result of our partnership with the school community and knowledge of the new directions in education and technology.

I have just returned from an international conference on STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) and will share some of that learning with you in a future newsletter and at a P&C meeting. Current changes that are being made to our courses will be informed by cutting edge research and supported by long standing principles of quality teaching practice, firmly embedded in a climate that builds supportive relationships. I almost wish, at times, that I could be a student again because of these possibilities and opportunities!

An update on subject selection: I am looking at enrolment numbers now and we should be able to progress to the next stage of Yr 11 choices in the near future. Stage 5 subject choices will also be finalised in the next few weeks.

Ms Anne Vine, Principal

Driving ReminderSafe Driving Reminder

We ask that all students driving to school have a signed note from parents (available from the office). This allows us to monitor student safety and passengers allowed in the car, with parent knowledge.

Students ARE NOT PERMITTED to leave the school grounds in the middle of the day. There are grave concerns about safety and this is substantiated by calls we get from members of the public about students taking risks with driving.

Please, support us in keeping your child safe, both as a driver or passenger, and insist on this form to help with monitoring and identification.


Steven Herrick – Visiting KMHS Friday 19 August



The programme features a brief talk on being and author/poet and then a 45 minute performance. If you are interested please return your note and $4 to the front office as soon as possible.

Note: Payment can also be made online using our POP (Parent Payments Online) facility.

From the Deputy

Last Tuesday, approximately 40 students took advantage of a free dental service. Dental assessments and teeth cleaning were performed. This was an excellent opportunity that may be offered again later in the year and I encourage families to take advantage of this.

The University of NSW will be conducting a survey of some of our students in regards to their perception of needs. My Year 9 Senior Start and Year 7 Technology classes will be involved. Permission and explanation notes will be sent home soon. After the data is collected and analysed, we will be given feedback from the researchers which may help us address specific welfare issues that we may not be aware of.

On Wednesday last week, we hosted our partner schools for the LMG Day of Excellence as part of Education Week. Students from four of our partner schools and our students performed several items. Performances included singing, band, dance and choir. Activities such as this help the younger members of our educational community to transition into high school. Everyone who attended enjoyed the morning and special thanks must go to Mr Kane Burns and his team for the excellent organisation and functioning of the event.

Last Tuesday was my last day relieving as Principal and I have to say it has been an enjoyable experience. Getting to see our students, staff and whole school operations in a different light was very rewarding. I would like to thank everyone for their support and welcome back Ms Vine. Special thanks to Ms Jeffrey, Ms Matthew and Mrs Ayres and her team for their tireless efforts and support during this time.

Mr Scott White, Deputy Principal

Looking to a Future in Fashion

Congratulations to two former KMHS students, Maria Ganeko and Thup-Tim Clark, who have been selected to travel to the US for a month-long tour in the name of fashion.

The trip will give them a real insight into the fashion world, with visits planned to magazines and fashion companies.

The Express Advocate published a story about Maria Ganeko, as she excitedly prepares for her journey to the Big Apple in September.

Both Maria and Thup-Tim graduated from Kariong Mountains High School last year. It brings us great joy to see former students embracing dreams and going forward into their new adult ventures with leaps and bounds.

Tuesday Specials at the Canteen

On Tuesday 16 and 23 August, you can get Tandori Chicken on a crusty roll or on a bed of steamed rice for just $3.50


KMHS Website Guide

The school website offers a wide selection of information for our students, parents and members of the community. To assist you in finding your way around, we have included this little guide with clickable links:

School NewslettersSchool Newsletter

This section includes all the latest newsletters; available to read online and also download as PDF.


Contact KMHSContact the School

Bookmark the school contact details or use the online form to send us your feedback or enquiry.


Curriculum and LearningKey Learning Areas

Discover course information relating to the 12 KLA subjects offered at KMHS.


AwardsHall of Fame

Updated annually, this page showcases special achievements by our students.


Information for Parents and Caregivers

Handy links and resources for parents and caregivers are grouped together in this section of the website.


Information for Students

Aimed at students, this section includes information on programs and opportunities available to students.


Photo Gallery

A selection of recent photos from around the school can be viewed on this page.


Site Map

The sitemap contains clickable links to every page on the website; grouped for easy navigation.


Sentral Education Portal KMHSParent & Student Portal

The portal provides easy access to student reports, attendance, timetables, permission notes and more. Access the login page by clicking the logo on the left.


parent online paymentsParent Online Payments – POP

Never miss a payment with our new POP (Parent Online Payments) facility. Click the logo on the left to find out more and access the secure payment gateway.