Newsletter Term 4 – Week 4

Important Dates

Monday – Friday, November 7-11Year 10 Exams
Monday November 7Immunisations
Tuesday November 8Year 12 Formal – The Springs: 5:30 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday November 9Year 6-7 Parent Information Evening
Tuesday November 15Year 8 Mock Interviews

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Celebrating our Passionate Teachers

From the Principal

World Teachers’ Day is recognised in NSW on the 28th October and I would like to take the opportunity, in this newsletter article, to say thank you to the staff of Kariong Mountains High School for their passion and commitment to improving student outcomes and guiding them through their high school experience, so that they leave us as confident and caring citizens, able to take on life’s many and varied challenges.

Evaluation of classroom teaching is a fundamental aspect of what teachers do to bring about positive change. I am privileged to work with a staff who are willing to reflect on their practice and take on new learning, even though it can involve risk and additional workload, because that is what is needed to deliver on our exit outcomes and core values. Kariong Mountains students are in good hands!

Thank you to our P&C for providing a morning tea to celebrate World Teachers’ Day.

Congratulation Postcards

It was really great that I had to write so many postcards to students on either achieving at a high standard or showing significant improvements in their NAPLAN results. Students who showed significant growth over the two years between testing, received a postcard to acknowledge this improvement. They may still need more support to bring them up to a higher standard, but we must validate the journey, as improving at a rate that was above that of the State average growth is something to keep striving for and will obviously lead to meeting or exceeding the State standards with time.

Reminder

Students should not be catching the afternoon bus from opposite the Shell Service Station, as it picks up from the school before stopping there. The lack of supervision, can lead to an increased risk of an incident taking place and we therefore ask parents to direct their child to stay at school and catch the bus from there.

Ms Anne Vine
Principal

From the Deputy’s Desk

Year 10 students have been issued with a timetable for their yearly exams. Most of the exams will take place in our gym and commence on Monday 7th November.

Students in Year 11 have been issued with the HSC Assessment Policy and Schedule for 2017. This is an important document that outlines student expectations and allows them to be organised for pending assessment tasks. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

For the remainder of the year I will be introducing the key aspects of our Student Welfare and Discipline Policy. Students will be informed through our assemblies and parents will be informed through these newsletters.

The first aspect is that we have introduced a $10 canteen voucher draw for each week. During Week A, a student from Years 7 to 9 will be randomly drawn from the positive incidents recorded on Sentral. A student from Years 10 to 12 will be drawn during Week B. At the time of writing, four students have been given a voucher.

Mr Scott White
Deputy Principal

Sporting Highlights

Jay in Year 9 at the Touch Football Tournament in Perth, WA
Jay – at the SSA Touch Football Tournament

Touch Football Tournament

Congratulations, to Jay in Year 9, who is just back from the All Schools u15s SSA Touch Football Tournament in Perth (23-28 Oct 2016). Jay and his team flew to WA to compete for NSW and came home with a silver medal in the bag!

The team made it all the way through to the grand final, where they went down to QLD 6 to 3, which meant they took out the silver medal place. It was an awesome effort all round from the boys and a terrific week of touch football. Congratulations Jay!

 

Sporting Clay Nationals

Congratulations to Jack in Year 10, who competed at the Sporting Clays 40th Nationals competition in Brisbane over the weekend. Jack came 4th in the sub juniors class and remained very consistent over the 3 day event. Amazing effort!

 

 

Jack in Year 10, competed at the Sporting Clays 40th Nationals competition
Jack showing consistent effort at the Sporting Clays 40th Nationals competition

 

Notices

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