Newsletter Term 4 – Week 2

Important Dates

Monday October 17Luna Park excursion

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An Amazing Start to Term 4

From the Principal

What an amazing start to Term 4. We celebrated the consistent and high standard of learning of our students across Years 7-11 at the STARS assembly and once again the number of students eligible for the award is of no surprise to me. We have great students and staff at this school and I appreciate every opportunity that we have to reaffirm this.

The STARS assembly was followed with our inaugural Multicultural Day event where we put on display the large number of cultures represented in the school – featuring aspects of their food and culture. Thank you to our Community Engagement Officer Sharon Partridge and our administrative staff (who took on the organisation as their 2016 Learning project) for working on this event throughout the year. Teaching staff co-ordinated by Ms Taylor, ensured that there was wide involvement and engagement of students and community members during the afternoon.

October 13th saw the start of the 2016 HSC. We wish all our Year 12 students the best of success and the wise advice of “keep calm and study”. Do not let one exam determine the course of all of them, but prepare as well as you can for each, with a confident and fresh approach in the lead up. Remember, your teachers are still available for help if needed.

As this is the first newsletter since the graduation ceremony at the end of last term, I would like to reaffirm how proud we are of the fine young people our Year 12 students have become throughout their journey with us over the last six years. I have no doubt that they will go on to do great things. Thank you to our Year 12 parents for their support over the years.

Congratulations to the 2016 Academic Honours students: Sarah Bennett, Kallen Farley, Ciara Hamilton and Dan Matthew.

Ms Anne Vine

From the Deputy’s Desk

Welcome back to all students. As usual we are in for a busy term with end of year assessments approaching fast.

Thank you to everyone who completed the Mind Matters surveys. The data will be analysed and this will dictate how we approach mental health concerns in our school.

Our Year 11 students participated in a Road Safety program last Wednesday. Hansen Transport, in association with local Police and RMS officers, conducted this highly worthwhile session. Students gained insight on perspectives of different road users and how individual actions can affect the lives and safety of others. Our school would like to thank the presenters and our students were also appreciative and gained a lot from it.

Last Wednesday we held our inaugural and highly successful Multicultural Day. An incredible amount of hard work went into this day and the atmosphere and appreciation was absolutely fantastic. A large number of people made significant contributions, including students, teachers, ancillary staff, parents and community members. Thank you very much to all who contributed to this fantastic event.

Two people deserve special mention and thanks. Chef Daniel, from the Kariong Deli Fork’n’Knife, devoted an enormous amount of time (days) and effort in ensuring the culinary aspects of the day were outstanding. The knowledge he imparted and his cooking demonstration was amazing. Sharon Partridge was the driving force and chief organiser of the day. Several months of meticulous planning resulted in an afternoon enjoyed and appreciated by all who had the fortune to participate. The feedback from students, staff and community members was overwhelmingly positive. Personally, I cannot wait for the next one!

Mr Scott White
Deputy Principal


Year 11 students participating in the Road Safety Program
Year 11 students participating in the Road Safety Program

Multicultural day – October 12 – 2016

What a great day! Fun was had by staff, students and members of the community. The food was outstanding thanks to Chef Daniel, Rosie Na’ati and our clever students and staff. We got to watch Chef Daniel create his wonderful Paella and taste it after. YUM! We were entertained by Gavi and Bruce from Bara Barang and our talented students and staff.

So many people contributed to making this event such a success. I will try to name them, all but I apologise now if I left you out.

Chef Daniel from My Little Deli at Kariong | Heather Dunston | Petra Horwood | Julie Kellner | Eliza Dowse | Vicki Roper | Jackie Ayres | Michelle Bennett | Kirstyn Taylor | Rosie Na’ati | Speranza Na’ati | Seilala Na’ati | Ben Abolins | Kalolaine Aho | Toutain Aho | Sabine Burn | Mackenzie Ross | Shani Loveday | Sandra Mackay | Christine Dougherty | Year 11 Food tech students | Kane Burn | Josie Tyndall | Michelle and Michael Marquez | James Kinnersley | David Partridge | Bradley Partridge | Kirsten Bellemore | Margi Henderson | Mel Rose | Chris Whitington | Jodie Lincoln | Monica Pallas | Brenton Remington | James Treece | Peta Werlemann | Kim Skerrit

Sharon Partridge
(Community Engagement Officer)

Multicultural representation at KMHS 36 flags
36 nations from around the world were represented at our multicultural day: Australia, Indigenous Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, France, Germany, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malta, Netherlands, UK, New Zeeland, USA, China, Phillipines, Poland, Samoa, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga & Turkey

Photos from our Multicultural Day

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Sporting Highlights

Congratulations, to Nick in Year 12 who just came 1st at NSW All Schools in the hammer throw with a distance of 52.29m. Nick has secured his spot to Australian All Schools Championships in December. Fantastic work, Nick. We wish you all the best for your future competitions!

Nick celebrating his first place in hammer throw at All Schools

Congratulations, to Ella in Year 8. On the 1st of October, Ella competed at the Gymnastics NSW Country Championships. She placed 2nd on vault, 3rd on bars, 4th on floor and finished 3rd place overall for level 5. A fantastic achievement Ella, we are all so proud of you!

Ella celebrating her outstanding performance in Gymnastics
Ella celebrating her outstanding performance in Gymnastics