Newsletter Term 3 – Week 8

Important Dates

Monday – Friday: September 12 – 16Year 11 Exams
Monday – Wednesday: September 14 – 16Peer Support Camp

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Future Focussed Schools

Often, in conversations with parents and students, the topic of future career aspirations arises. The students of today, more than ever, need to see the relevance of their learning and for their parents, this is the connection to job opportunities.

For the students, however, it seems to be less clear. Many students are unsure of future career directions and/or are more invested in the now than some possible future pathway. Our school’s response to this conundrum must be to explore a more future focussed approach to learning that engages students in the present.

We need to use current research, teacher expertise and our own students’ ideas to disrupt current practice and develop a model that engages, inspires and challenges. Our plan is to trial alternative future focussed learning programs from 2017. An example will be the introduction of the new Stage 5 STEM course and is indicative of the innovation agenda that I anticipate will have greater prominence in the next school plan commencing in 2018.

Even without formal programs in place, we already have amazing students who are demonstrating creative and self regulated learning skills. For example, the Year 11 students who were involved in the Max Potential program, are to be congratulated on their projects which were on display at the Gosford RSL presentation a few weeks ago. I may be biased, but I felt that the level of sophistication and authentic research were the best to be seen out of all of the schools involved. Congratulations also, to all our young scientists whose projects were sent onto the NSW Young Scientists Award. Already, we have a 3rd place for Georgia and a highly commended for Emmett.

Ms Anne Vine, Principal

Good Luck in Rio Dylan Littlehales!

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games is just around the corner and everyone at Kariong Mountains High School is excitedly waiting to cheer on Dylan in his paralympic debut.

Dylan Littlehales at the World Championships in Germany

The KMHS Cheer Squad

Dylan is about to hit the water in Rio, he is one of the youngest in the record large troupe of 169 Australian athletes who have travelled to compete at the games. At KMHS we are counting sleeps to cheer on our very own paralympian and prepared a guide to help you stay on top of all the action.

Dates – keep in mind that Rio is 11 hours behind AEST time

  • 7 – 18 September: Paralympic Games in Rio
  • 7 September: Opening Ceremony (screens live on Seven-2 from 7am on 8th September)


  • 14 September: Canoe Sprint – Heats and Semi-finals
  • 15 September: Canoe Sprint – Finals


  • Channel Seven-2 is broadcasting the games, which will include live events and daily highlights each evening (check TV guide for up-to-date programming).
  • Scheduled events and results are easy to find on The official website of the Paralympic Games


We wish you all the best Dylan and believe that cheers from Kariong, Avoca Kayak Club, the Central Coast and all of Australia will be heard across the Pacific Ocean!



KMHS Multicultural day