KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin

25 July 2018
Issue Eleven
Message from the Principal
Message from the Head of Senior School
Message from the Chaplain
Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning
Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular
Message from the Director of Boarding
Performing Arts Updates
The Regional Engagement Enterprise
Information and Communications Technology
Sports Updates
Career News
Upcoming Events
Kinross Wolaroi School
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59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

Message from the Principal

Welcome back to Term 3.

I hope all our students return well rested, full of energy to face the challenges that the new term will present.

School’s are quiet and eerie places over the holiday period and it is wonderful to see them come alive charged with excitement and activity when the students return.

We welcome a number of new students to the school and two exchange students from Timaru Boys High School in New Zealand. I have no doubt our community will make them feel at home as they settle in to their new surrounds.

A very busy holiday break for many as they engaged in a number of school activities – Cadet Promotions Camp; ski trip to the Snowy Mountains; Senior Art camps and rehearsals for our up coming performances of ‘High School Musical’.

I was greatly impressed by the significant number of our senior students who spent the final week of the break at School participating in our hugely successful Study Camp. This has grown year on year and provides an excellent opportunity for our senior students to prepare, learn and work together in the lead up to their High School Certificate. 104 students attended the camp, 94 being from our Year 12 cohort and all were highly engaged in sessions ranging from tutorials, seminars and workshop presentations.

17 staff contributed 72 hours of first class presentations and assistance. This is a very clear demonstration of the wonderful commitment from our staff who so freely and generously give of their time during their holiday break to assist our students. I have heard that some of the presentations by our English and Maths staff were just outstanding. This preparation will lay an excellent foundation for this term for all students who attended and I commend all that were involved for their commitment to their academic work.

As I have said many times before, success is achieved through hard work, perseverance and meaningful practice.

Thank you to all the staff who contributed to the study camp and especially to Mr Yooie Choi for all his hard work and organisation in arranging the camp. We are most grateful to all staff who gave generously of their time assisting in the various activities over the break. Thank you.

International visits

During the first week of the vacation I took the opportunity to visit three of the schools in United Kingdom with whom we wish to undertake student exchanges. My first visit was to Strathallen School in Scotland where a former colleague of mine from St Edward’s School in Oxford, Mark Lauder is now Head Master. From there we journeyed to Rydal Penrhos School in North Wales and then on to one of Britain’s most famous Public Schools – Rugby School in England.

It was immensely rewarding to spend time speaking with leading educators about their hopes and aspirations for their schools and the challenges they face in their individual contexts. Like Kinross Wolaroi, each school strongly believes in the development of the whole person and provide a plethora of experiences that develop all facets of life – academic and artistic, spiritual and sporting. To look carefully at each school’s educational offering both in and out of the classroom, to see the quality of their facilities and to share our passion for the education of our students was immensely rewarding and inspiring.

I look forward to developing strong relationships with Strathallen, Rydal Penhros and Rugby School as we exchange students over the coming years. There also appears to be a number of other exciting synergies that can be developed between our schools that will open opportunities for staff and the sharing of innovative educational practices.

New Staff Appointments

Ms Sarah Cook - Rowing Coach and Athlete Development Co-ordinator

Ms Sarah Cook joins the staff as Rowing Coach and Athlete Development Co-ordinator. Sarah comes to us with a wealth of national and international experience as an athlete, coach, administrator and as a highly respected sporting identity and leader. Over the past two years the concept of an Athletic Development Unit has been explored by the Director of Co-Curricular and Head of Sport. This new initiative will oversee the wellbeing of all students engaged in the KWS sports program. The Athlete Development Unit will also strive to foster athletic excellence and will operate in close collaboration with the academic and wellbeing areas of the School to ensure a well-balanced and developmentally appropriate sporting program.

A dual Olympian in rowing, and Australian Sailing representative, Sarah has been highly involved in improving performance in sport in Australia. Through her numerous roles in high performance administration and coaching, Sarah has led the development of winning cultures and improved the development pathway for young athletes. Since her retirement from rowing following the London Olympics, Sarah has already had a significant impact in Australian sport, influencing positive outcomes through lobbying State and Federal Governments and as an advisor to state and national sporting associations.

Sarah is currently Operations Manager for Australian Sailing where her responsibilities include organisation, strategy and management of all operations and logistics for the Australian Sailing Team and their programs. As a Rowing Coach, Sarah has coached the Australian Junior Men’s Coxed Four at the World Championships, and was Head of Rowing and Coach at St Joseph’s College in Sydney. In 2016 under Sarah’s leadership, St Joseph’s experienced their most successful year in their history, achieving podium finishes in 9 of the 11 races contested and claimed the First VIII title at the GPS Head of the River.

Sarah has an outstanding record as an Athlete. From 2004 – 2012 she represented Australia in Rowing competing at two Olympic games and 7 World Championship events, winning 6 World Championship medals. She was Australian National Champion 8 times, rowing in 5 different boat classes.

Sarah is a highly acclaimed International Rowing Commentator regularly broadcasting with World Rowing, BBC, BT Sport and Fox. She is a regular contributor to national and state radio for commentary and insights on professional and Olympic sporting news and debate.

Sarah is President of the Sydney University Boat Club (the first female to hold this position), a Director of NSW Rowing and Athletes Commission Member.

Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra and University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England, Sarah is qualified to teach Science.

She has just returned from representing Australia as a delegate to the International Olympic Committee Conference in Greece.

Sarah grew up in Canberra is greatly looking forward to living in the beautiful centre of Orange. She is married to Tobias Wehr-Candler who will also be joining us to lead our Rowing Program.


Mr Tobias Wehr-Candler – Master in Charge of Rowing and Rugby

Mr Tobias Wehr-Candler joins us to lead and coordinate our rowing and rugby programs. Tobias will initially oversee Rowing and in 2019 assume the role of MIC Rugby.

Tobias comes to us from St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill where he has been Head of Rowing and has forged a reputation as an outstanding administrator and leader. He is also a gifted coach, achieving excellent results with the St Joseph’s crews.

Tobias has an impressive record as an athlete, representing New Zealand at six World Championships and five World Cup events. At the World Rowing Championship in 2009, Tobias won the Men’s Coxed Four Under 23 World Championship. From 2010 to 2014 he was the World Record Holder for the 1-hour ergometer.

Tobias has also sailed professionally and was a member of America’s Cup Challenge Team Australia in 2014.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Distinction) from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and a Masters of Business Management from the University of Sydney, Tobias has also worked as a Senior Management Consultant. He has advised educators, employers and students to achieve better outcomes from experiential learning collaboration, and in the field of design and implementation of client strategy and communication at the University of Sydney.

Tobias has been engaged as an industry facilitator for the Masters Level Entrepreneurship and Innovation course. Tobias has been an active member of the Sydney University Boat Club and led their Strategy and Operations Committee.

Having grown up in rural New Zealand, Tobias is very much looking forward to making Orange home and along with Sarah, making a significant contribution to the students and community of Kinross Wolaroi School.

New Staff Responsibilities

Acting Director of Co-Curricular

Following Mr Rowe’s departure to St Joseph’s in Sydney, Ms Heidi Anthony – Acting Director of Co-curricular Ms Heidi Anthony will fulfill the role of Acting Director of Co-curricular. She has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the school in her role as Head of Performing Arts. Heidi has directed the last three KWS Musicals, has been extensively involved in the Review of our Co-curricular Programs and has been a member of the Co-curricular Payments Committee.


Mrs Nicole Deans – Acting Head Librarian – Long Service Leave cover

Mrs Nicole Deans has accepted the role as the Head Librarian whilst Mrs Amanda Foster is on Long Service Leave for the remainder of the year. Mrs Deans has a Bachelor of Education, a Masters of Education in Librarianship and many other relevant qualifications. She also has many years of experience working in libraries, including as the KWS Preparatory Teacher Librarian since 2007.


Ms Tina Moshkanbaryans – Learning Support Coordinator – from the commencement of Term 3

This is a new position that came about as a result of the re-structure of our SAS team. Tina has worked tirelessly within the SAS team since commencing at Kinross Wolaroi at the beginning of last year. Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Sydney University and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of New England. Tina’s enthusiasm, energy and passion for the learning support our students will see her make an outstanding contribution in this area.


Mrs Annalie McRae – Head of Performing Arts

Mrs Annie McRae will cover for Heidi Anthony until a permanent Director of Co-curricular is recruited.  Mrs McRae is well known to the Kinross community, initially starting at the school in 2005. Annie has extensive experience in our Music Department and will do a great job as the Acting Head of Performing Arts.


Ms Jennifer Roberts - Music Teacher

I am delighted that Ms Jennifer Roberts has accepted the role a Music Teacher to cover some of Annie McRae’s music load, for Terms 3 and 4. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor Education from UNSW, a Master Arts from Florida State University; was awarded a Piano Restoration Fellowship in 2008 from Northwestern University, Chicago and a Graduate Fellowship from Florida State University between 2006 -2008. Jennifer comes to KWS from the Centre for Youth and Community Music at Charles Darwin University, Darwin where she was a music teacher. Prior to that Jennifer was the Senior Music Teacher at Reddam House in Wollahra. She has extensive experience teaching curriculum music and piano to students aged from 4 years through to HSC level and has experience as a HSC music (written and performance) marker. Jennifer is also a self-employed piano and harpsicord tuner.


Miss Alice Bowman – SAS – Learning Support teacher

Miss Alice Bowman has recently finished a term at Kinross covering Trin Graham’s classes as a Long Service Leave cover. Alice will start a Maternity Leave position at the end of August to cover for Jessie Lawson who will be taking Maternity Leave until July next year.


Mrs Sue-Ann Gavin – SRC Co-ordinator

Mrs Kimberley Jones stepped down from her voluntary role as the SRC co-ordinator at the end of Term 2. She has built up the SRC as we know it today, for which I am sincerely grateful. Sue-Ann Gavin will be taking on the role, commencing in Term 3 and will take on the responsibility with dedication and enthusiasm.


Mrs Nicola Harbison – Preparatory teacher

Mrs Harbison will taking the Year 5 class for the remainder of the year, as David Hazelton embarks on a teaching role in Japan. Nicola comes to us after being a Foundation Teacher at Orange Anglican Grammar School, where she has been for over 10 years. She is both a very experienced and well-respected teacher and will no doubt be a compliment our Prep school.


Mrs Lisa Savage – Preparatory teacher

We are fortunate enough to have Mrs Lisa Savage to take on Sue Houston’s Year 2 class for the remainder of 2018. Lisa is well known to the KWS community and have been with us in various roles in the Prep school since 2010.


Mrs Suzie Maslin – Preparatory teacher

Suzie joined the KWS team earlier this year and has over 20 years experience in education. Suzie will cover for Alicia Holmes’ Maternity Leave for the remainder of 2018 and will also continue teaching Year 4 in the Prep school.

Returning Staff

Mrs Trin Graham - English teacher and RE Coordinator

After a term of well-earned Long Service Leave, Trin Graham returns to us refreshed and more keen than ever. Thanks to Alice Bowman and Bruce Kerridge for covering this leave.


Returning from Maternity Leave

Mrs Alicia van den Boss and Mrs Robyn Youll.

Long Service Leave

Mrs Amanda Foster – Library

Amanda Foster will take LSL for the remainder this year, and will be covered in by Nicole Deans.

Maternity Leave

Mrs Jessie Lawson

Jessie will be taking Maternity leave from 28th August until July next year and will be covered by Miss Alice Bowman.


Mrs Alicia Holmes

Alicia will take Maternity Leave for six months, commencing in Term 3. Suzie Maslin will provide cover for Alicia’s Maternity leave for the remainder of this year. Suzie has been working part-time in the Prep school this year.


I am sure you will join with me in welcoming our new and returning staff to Kinross Wolaroi School this term.


2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award
I am thrilled to share with the school community the outstanding achievement of one of our Year 12 students, Ailish Seedsman. She has not only been nominated for, but has been successful in being one of those selected to receive the prestigious John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award. This award will be presented to Ailish by the Governor of NSW at Government House in September. Congratulations, Ailish. Your contribution to the community goes far above and beyond. It is an honour to have your contribution publicly recognised by the Order of Australia Association.


Fleece to Fashion competition

Our Year 12 Textiles and Design students entered the Fleece to Fashion competition. The selection and awards night was held in Armidale during the school holidays on July 7th . Maggie Rose Smith and Isabel Lamph were awarded the Whitehouse Institute Workshops Prize for their entries in the Secondary School section. The theme was ‘A Splash of Colour’, students were asked to design a contemporary garment using merino wool. The judges were eminent Australian designers Akira Isogawa and Charlie Brown as well as long standing Editor of The Land, Emma Downey.

This is a great accolade for Maggie and Isabel as they were two of only four students selected for awards in the Secondary Schools Section.


Yalari Award

Jade Jolliffe, a KWS Yalari scholar, received one of only two awards presented at the recent Yalari Dinner in Sydney. She received the award for resilience, testament to her ongoing focus and determination. The KWS community are very proud of Jade’s achievement.


Australian Schools Rugby Success

Over the holiday break Kinross Wolaroi was very well represented by three of our students playing Rugby in the NSW Schools Rugby teams: NSW Schools 1st XV - Donny Freeman; NSW Schools 2nd XV - Aidan Kelso and Will Smith. At the conclusion of the National Championships, won by the NSW 1st’s, the National Selectors named an Australian Schools Squad to play New Zealand and Tonga in October.

I am delighted that Donny Freeman and Aidan Kelso have been named in the National Squad for these fixtures. Congratulations to all these boys for such a strong performances.


ACIES success

Several KWS students have had success at ACIES events recently.

Charlotte Simmons won the girls 17yrs 4000m Cross Country; Sophie Martin won the girls 13yrs 3000m Cross Country. Well done, girls!

Fletcher Doyle has been selected in the boys 15yrs ACIES Touch Football team; Josie Clark has been selected in the girls 15yrs Touch Football team, and Lara Clark in the Open Girls Touch Football team. A terrific effort and experience for these students.


CIS success

Ineka Hart has been selected in the CIS Girls AFL team; Philipa Manix and Phoebe Litchfield have been selected in the girls Open Hockey team; Bella Noonan in the Open Netball team; Aidan Kelso and Nicholas Booth in the boys 15yrs Rugby League team; Charlotte Simmons, Maggie Smith and Sophie Martin have been selected for the CIS Cross Country team.


Dr Andrew Parry

Message from the
Head of Senior School

Term 3 Week 1

I trust you have all had restful and positive times with your children over the three weeks of the holidays. No doubt many of you have also put them to good use around the house and/or property! There have been many activities taking place at the school over the break, beginning with the Cadet Promotions Camp. This was an extremely successful five days of teaching and learning, drills, leadership development and camaraderie. It culminated in the parade held on the first Wednesday of the holidays; we were blessed with brilliant sunshine and a mild morning and the cadets are to be congratulated on their bearing and presentation at that parade. It was also Mrs Vernon’s last parade as the Head of Cadets; we all owe her a great debt of gratitude for the manner in which she has led the unit over many years and fostered its growth and development.

 Other activities that have taken place include a week of dedicated Year 12 Visual Arts workshops, the snow sports trip, rehearsal week for the major musical production, High School Musical, and a Stage 6 study camp. All of these have taken great commitment from the students and a very generous willingness on the part of staff to give up significant amounts of their own time to assist your children and to provide opportunities for them that they otherwise might not have had. I have always valued the dedication of teachers at KWS – it’s extremely impressive!

The Year 12 Visual Arts and Textiles exhibition will take place in the DPA on 3 August, starting at 6:00pm. Please set aside this date in your diary. The weekend prior to this sees the performance of High School Musical at the Orange Civic Theatre. Please book quickly through Ticketek; Saturday night is almost fully booked but there are still some seats available for Friday night’s performance.

Parents of Year 12 should have received an email informing you about a satisfaction survey being run by MMG Education on the school’s behalf. The feedback you give is invaluable to us so please take the time to complete it. It will take about 45 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous and confidential. Only aggregated data comes back to us so I urge you to be frank in your responses, especially in open-ended questions. You should receive the email from MMG on 27 July with a link to the survey; please contact me if you do not receive the email or have trouble completing the survey. I can then put you in touch with MMG if that is necessary. Year 12 students will also be completing a survey so we can have their input too.

The House Spectacular is being held on the 10th of August, immediately after school instead of in the evening. It will be a students-only event this year. We are trialling this new time for many reasons to do with supervision issues, reduction of conflict with evening sports matches, transport and meals for boarders, and general logistic feasibility. If you have any questions about this arrangement, please contact your child’s Head Tutor or Mrs Bylsma, Head of Student Wellbeing. There will be evening rehearsals in the week leading up to the Spec; you can expect information to come from the Head Tutor about when your child is to be at school for these.

I wish all of you a wonderful term; to those parents of Year 12 students, hang in there! Remember that it is your child’s HSC, not yours. Please don’t try to do it for them – you will cause grief for yourself and get no thanks from your child. We all look back at our own HSC and think about what we should/could have done better and the temptation is to try to get our child to make up for our own regrets in this area. My advice is to go out for dinner with your child instead – it will make you feel much better and be just as effective as nagging! And you can probably have a more relaxed conversation about their future hopes and plans than you would otherwise…


Bev West

Head of Senior School

Message from the Chaplain

The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) is a Church of visible unity in diversity.

A couple of weeks ago the triennial national Assembly of the Uniting Church was conducted. About 300 members of the UCA from congregations around Australia gathered in Melbourne to discern a number of matters of importance to the Church. Of the matters tabled, the following were discussed, debated and discerned:

Same Gender Marriage

Sovereignty for First Peoples

Domestic and Family Violence

Climate Change

People with Disability

Working and Praying for Peace in Korea


Kinross Wolaroi School is a School of the Uniting Church and you are members of our School community. It is appropriate and right that you be informed of what the Church has discerned as it may illuminate something of the School’s particular Christian ethos.

Now, I have heard it said that the Uniting Church is so inclusive that it stands for everything and risks standing for nothing. That is a clever statement: accept everything, stand for nothing. However, it ignores the truth of what the Church does in fact stand for. It can be argued that the UCA is the most inclusive of Churches. That is due to the fact that the Church appropriates the Scriptures to our contemporary context.

The UCA listens to scholarly knowledge and academia as well as experience in science, scripture and theology. For example, embracing truths such as women and men being equal in intelligence (not thought to be the case in the 1950’s) and of the same spirit (not believed to be the case scripturally), the Church has included women in ordained ministry. This inclusion of women has brought condemnation from some other Christian churches because it is contrary to Biblical instruction found in Paul’s letters. The Church acknowledges this but argues that Paul was a man of his time and was constrained by the sciences and experiences of his time. We are a Church of our time and in our pursuit of being united in Christ for the good of the world, we need to discern issues with scholarly interpretation, contemporary knowledge and scientific understanding.

The process of discernment explained above (perhaps too simply), has led to the Church’s resolution on the matter of same-gender marriage. There are plenty of words in the Bible that speak against same-sex relationships. There are also scripture scholars (such as Prof Bill Loader) who have revealed that the understanding of human sexuality held by the biblical authors was premised by the belief that all people were born heterosexual by nature and, in the case of Paul’s letters, written during a Roman culture of sexual exploitation of boys and men. People of faith believed all homosexual acts to be contrary to human nature and acts that pervert God’s creation. However, human nature is not universally regarded to be like that in contemporary times and not all homosexual acts thought to be exploitative.

All that stated, below is listed resolutions on the matters discussed at the 15th Assembly of the UCA.


Same-Gender Marriage

The Assembly resolved that Uniting Church ministers and authorised celebrants have the freedom to conduct or to refuse to conduct same-gender marriages. There are now two equal and distinct statements of belief on marriage to honour the diversity of Christian belief among its members.

The Church retains the existing statement of belief that “Marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of a man and a woman to live together for life.” It has also adopted a new definition alongside this that “Marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of two people to live together for life.”

The Church reinforced the rights of ministers and congregations who remain committed to the traditional understanding of marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. The Church holds no fear that this will put us out of step with most Christian churches in order to be Church that serves as an instrument through which Christ may work and bear witness to himself to all people and the whole of creation.


Sovereignty for First Peoples

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) – an independent, indigenous member-group of the UCA – defined sovereignty as “way in which First Peoples understand themselves to be the traditional owners and custodians of the land” and is understood to be “a spiritual notion, reflecting the ancestral tie between the land and the First Peoples.”

Members of the broader Uniting Church will also be asked to observe a Day of Mourning on the Sunday prior to the 26th of January every year, with reflection on the profound effect of invasion and colonisation on First Peoples during worship services on that day.


Domestic and Family Violence Statement

The Assembly Standing Committee was asked to create resources for distribution to the wider church to assist the Church’s continued addressing of the issue.


Climate Change

Uniting Church members and agencies, including its schools, will all be encouraged to:

  • inform themselves and their communities about climate change
  • advocate for government policies and political action
  • listen to and learn from the voices of vulnerable people across the world who are experiencing the impact
  • consider ways to reduce their own contribution to the problem
  • tell stories of best practice in remote, rural and urban areas

People with Disability

The Uniting Church will continue to advocate for justice and equality for people with disability


Working and Praying for Peace in Korea

The Uniting Church recognises and listens to its Korean congregations and the Church will continue to support moves towards a peace treaty within the Korean peninsula by prayer, and through partnership with Korean churches and the World Council of Churches. It will engage with the Australian government and the Leader of the Opposition.


Phil Worrad

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

Literacy for Life – Literacy Focus at KWS

Recently there was a great article on the BBC Website recently titled, ‘The Commas that Cost Companies Millions’. [1] The article opened a little tongue in cheek, stating that for most people ‘a stray comma isn’t the end of the world,’ but it continued to state that, for a Dairy Company in the US City of Portland, a missing comma in an employment contract meant that the company had to settle out of court at $5 million.

I am sure that we are all familiar with the humorous puns and memes regarding the comma. In stating one’s likes or hobbies, missing commas can indeed render you somewhat psychotic:

I like cooking my family and my pets.

When ignoring the use of a comma to signpost that you are addressing someone directly with a suggestion or an instruction, you may seem like a danger to society:

Let’s eat grandpa.

as opposed to

Let’s eat, grandpa.


We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids.

as opposed to

We’re going to learn to cut and paste, kids.

Indeed, if you don’t think commas are important, try forgetting the comma when you tell someone, “I’m sorry, I love you.”

This may seem silly and light hearted and yes, indeed it is, but the underlying point is actually a serious one. The incorrect use of grammar and punctuation can render our meaning and intention unclear and it can give others a bad impression of us. NAPLAN tests the effective and appropriate use of commas, as well as a whole range of literacy skills including spelling, reading comprehension, inference and deduction and writing for a specific audience and purpose.

It’s not just about NAPLAN and HSC though. Literacy is a skill for life far beyond school. Literacy is a tool for learning. If we cannot read well, how do we interpret, understand and analyse important information? If we cannot express ourselves coherently, how do we prove our understanding or put across our point of view? The 21st Century Society demands citizens who cannot only read and write, but can use these skills to evaluate and apply information gained from across a range of media. Literacy is also about developing a positive attitude towards lifelong learning and awareness of the wider world, in each individual. Our development of literacy skills lies at the centre of being able to think and express our emotions. It is central to our well-being and self-confidence within society.

Developing literacy skills not only supports learning but also enhances understanding within the curriculum area and is a key way of raising standards and outcomes in all subjects.

In the Prep School, a student’s Literacy Teacher also teaches them other aspects of the curriculum. If a student is failing to transfer their literacy skills from one subject to another, it is picked up immediately; the teacher is able to combine the delivery of literacy and subject content in a far more explicit way. As specialist teachers in the Senior School, we may not always be certain as to whether a student’s poor literacy is reflective of a genuine lack of knowledge and understanding or simply a lack of literacy transference. Maybe a student uses capital letters competently in their English but they do not make accurate and appropriate use of capital letters in Science.  If we want our students’ writing to improve, we all need to work together and demonstrate the same expectations of their literacy. This will support them in their ability to transfer their basic literacy skills from one subject to another; to recognise, for example, that an accurate and appropriate use of capital letters is as important in Science as it is in English.

As part of a wider Whole School Literacy Drive, this term sees the introduction of ‘Literacy Focus Points’. Each term, there will be a whole school focus on a very specific aspect of writing. Teachers of all subjects will make students very aware of this. The Termly Literacy Focus Points will be displayed on the FROG Student Portals.

During this term, in addition to the feedback on the subject specific literacy and subject content, all subject teachers will also specifically target errors in students’ use of the termly literacy focus point in their extended writing. Thus, on any one day during the term, a student’s misuse of capital letters, for example, will be picked up by the student’s English teacher, Science teacher, Maths teacher, History teacher, Art teacher and Music teacher. Every day during this term, all teachers of different subjects will give specific attention to the accurate use of this element of writing.

Being reminded of the importance of the appropriate and accurate use of capital letters frequently and across the curriculum will encourage a greater transference of literacy skills and expectations. The Literacy Focus Points will be rotated on a termly basis. This term, the literacy focus will be on ‘capital letters and commas.’

Over the next few terms, the Literacy Focus Points will include those areas of literacy which have been identified as in most need of attention:

  • Homophone spelling errors
  • Colons and semi colons
  • Paragraphing
  • Apostrophes
  • Conjunctions
  • Paragraphing

I will leave you with a little anecdote:

An English Professor wrote on a white board: ‘A woman without her man is nothing.’ He asked the students to punctuate it correctly.

Half of the class wrote: ‘A woman, without her man, is nothing.’

The other half of the class wrote: ‘A woman: without her, man is nothing.’

Punctuation is powerful!




Serena Lewis

Head of Teaching and Learning

Message from the
Acting Director of

Heidi Anthony appointed Acting Director of

It is with great pleasure that I write this bulletin article as I step into the role of Acting Director of Co-curricular for the remainder of the year. With my experience in directing the Performing Arts Department for the past number of years I have gained great insight into the day-to-day lives of our students, and the immense commitment of our students both inside and outside the classroom. Co-curricular involvement is such an integral part of the lives of our staff and students, and the breadth and standard of our program is truly impressive.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in camps and activities during the holidays. The Cadet students who undertook training at the promotions camp during the first week of the holidays, the students involved in the Ski trip, and also to the students in the High School Musical who spent the last week of the holidays at school preparing for their performances this week. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to pursuing your co-curricular interests. Thank you to the staff who made these camps possible. Your dedication to these programs is greatly appreciated by all.


Heidi Anthony
Acting Director of Cocurricular

Message from the
Director of Boarding

The advantage of a boarding education lies in the sense of belonging to a community and the attachment one feels to something bigger

At Kinross Wolaroi, if you ask any of the boarders whose House is best they will always respond, ‘mine’. Whether you have only just arrived in Year 7 or have come to boarding later, you should feel at home in your House. It should be a place you look forward to walking through the door, where you feel happy and free to be yourself, a place where you can escape the pressures of the classroom and other aspects of School life, a place where you can relax with friends but also a place where you can get your head down and work when you need to. Most of all, it should be home.

In boarding, we are at our strongest when we look out for each other and often, all it takes is a friendly smile, a tap on the shoulder, a look as you pass in the hallway. At Kinross-Wolaroi, we should feel comfortable celebrating our differences, comfortable in the knowledge that our diversity is what brings us together; better together and stronger as one.

As I wandered around some of the boarding houses on Monday evening, I witnessed firsthand the sense of belonging and the diversity. I was reminded of the sense of excitement and energy that accompanies the mad rush at the start of term; conversations in the corridors, close friends reconnecting after a lifetime (3 weeks!) apart, holiday tales of adventures abroad and those closer to home like a week on the coast or in QLD. Swapping stories about ski trip injuries and the near misses on the slopes, weeks spent working hard on the farm in such trying times. On my walk through I met with a few of our new students who were being looked after by their ‘buddies’; so pleasing to see. These ‘newbies’ are all ready to start their own journey, build new friendships and create shared experiences that they will look back on fondly in years to come.


This term will be another busy one! Looking at the upcoming calendar there is much going on and hard to keep abreast of it all.

The major house events this term will be the House Dinners which Heads of House are busy organising. Dates were advertised well in advance but here they are below for your confirmation. Please RSVP as soon as possible to assist catering.


Loader House – Saturday 4th August

New House – Saturday 11th August

Weymouth House/Wolaroi House – Saturday 25th August

Trathen House – Saturday 25th August

Miller House – Saturday 1st September


Other highlights for this term also include joint social events between Stuart-Douglas and Trathen Houses starting with ten pin bowling this Sunday. The Weymouth and Wolaroi boys will be gearing up for their annual rugby grudge match which takes place before their respective dinners on the 25th August. A new addition to the weekend program this term will be yoga sessions on a Sunday which take place on the PLC campus and two new fire pits for both boys and girls have been purchased so I envisage plenty of cool Saturday nights by the fire for all our boarders. The TREE program has scheduled two major cooking events this term with Cooking 101 and the Gourmet Burger competition taking place at various times. All in all, it promises to be another full and exciting term for our boarders with plenty of time for study built into the program too! The weekend activities schedule will be published shortly as details are finalised and sent out to you to help in your planning for the term ahead.

I wish all boarders and boarding families the best for the term ahead.


Matt Curran

Director of Boarding

Performing Arts Updates

Secondary Performing Arts Co-Curricular Ensembles Commence Week 2

Due to the large number of secondary music students involved in High School Musical all Secondary Performing Arts Co-Curricular ensembles will commence in Week 2A. We look forward to seeing all our music students next week in their ensembles.

AMEB Exams

This term we will see many of our music students sitting AMEB exams. The exams commence in week 3 and we wish all our students the very best of luck with their final preparation in the lead up to their exams. Thank you to all the tutors for preparing their students so well and their continued support and encouragement of their students.

Expression of Interest: Bagpipe lessons

KWS is looking to reinstate a Pipes and Drums ensemble in the near future. Initially, we are calling for expressions of interest for any students Years 5-10 who would like to learn to play the bagpipes, although all interest is welcomed and will be considered on its merits. We will be holding an information session for parents and students early in Term 3 for anyone who has registered their interest.

Please email [email protected] if you would more information, or would like to attend the information session.

High School Musical

Staff and students involved in the Secondary School production of High School Musical have had an extremely busy couple of weeks in the lead up to their performances this Thursday-Saturday night. We wish all the staff and students the very best of luck in their final preparation for what will be a wonderful, exciting and entertaining musical! Tickets are available from Orange Civic Theatre.

Prep and Secondary Performing Arts Co-Curricular Photos – Wednesday 8th August in DPA (Week 3)

Students and parents are reminded that the Performing Arts Co-curricular photos will be held on Wednesday 8th August in the DPA. Students must remember to wear their full winter school uniform, including blazers, for the photos. Students involved in cadets will need to ensure that they bring their uniform to get changed into for the photos. A timetable for the photos will be sent out to parents and students in week 2 and will be posted around the music centre.

Combined Schools Music Festival – Meeting

Could all students going to Combined Schools Music Festival please meet Ms Anthony and Mrs McRae on Monday 30th July at lunchtime in room 66. This is an important meeting where we will discuss the festival, accommodation etc. Please bring your lunch with you.

Intermediate Band: Commences Wednesday lunchtime 1st August

Students who are at a beginner-intermediate level on a band instrument are encouraged to join iBand which will commence next Wednesday lunchtime 1st August. Bring your lunch and instruments and enjoy playing some fun music! Please see Mrs McRae if you have any queries.

Important Dates for Term 3

Thursday 26th July – Saturday 28th July: High School Musical Production

Monday 6th August: AMEB exams commence

Wednesday 8th August: Prep and Secondary Performing Arts Co-Curricular Photos (please wear full school uniform)

Friday 10th August: Secondary School House Spectacular Periods 5 and 6

Thursday 16th – Monday 20th August: Combined Schools Music Festival

Thursday 30th – Friday 31st August: Orange Eisteddfod – Choirs

Wednesday 5th September: Orange Eisteddfod – Band Day

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September: Orange Eisteddfod – Strings

Week 7/8 (Date TBC): HSC Recital evenings

Week 7 (Date TBC): String Concert

Week 7 (Date TBC): Band Concert

Tuesday 25th September: Winter Co-Curricular Assembly

Wednesday 26th September: Winter Sports Day, Year 12 Farewell ceremony

Thursday 27th September: Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, last day of Term 3

Friday 28th September: Pupil Free day


Mrs Annie McRae

Acting Head of Performing Arts

The Regional Engagement Enterprise

The holidays were a hive of activity in TREE in preparation for our Term 3 projects.

This term our cattle teams will attend shows in Parkes and Manildra together with the Scone Beef Bonanza. Additionally, our inaugural Wether team will be competing in Dubbo later in August. The Coddington family has kindly offered to run a junior judging workshop at their Roseville Park property in preparation next week.

We have also been feeding our piglets from Windridge Farm which will be used by the Farmers Market Team in Term 4. They have been very popular with the students and visitors!


The beginning of the new outdoor classroom and greenhouse

The foundations for our new outdoor classroom and greenhouse have been laid in the Wolaroi plot.

This construction will finish in preparation for the warmer weather!

The Dung Beetle Palace

Year 1’s Dung Beetle Palace has been constructed in preparation for their unit on mini-beasts. The students are working with Central Tablelands Landcare to help establish dung beetle colonies using a methodology trialled in Tasmania. This is new ground for the Central West – fingers crossed our frosts don’t cause too much damage!


Year 8’s Archibull submission is a big focus for the term. Over the holidays we have managed to secure many items of wool paraphernalia to assist with our finished product. The students hope to tell the story of the wool industry from shearing shed to catwalk. If you have any old stencils, wool packs, shears etc. or anything else you think would be appropriate please do get in touch. Additionally, we are calling for yarn donations. If you could spare a ball or some leftovers to help with our giant cow-yarn bomb we would be most appreciative.

Tom Riley

Director of TREE

Information and Communications Technology

Frog Tip for the Week

How to turn on Frog Notifications

1. Click on your initials in the top right corner of the screen, then select My Preferences.

2. If you haven't already done so, nominate an email address for notifications. NB. If you wish to make this your password recovery email, this email address must be unique (not a shared email address).


There are 3 types of Notifications: Frog, Push and Email.

You will see Push Notifications as an option if you have downloaded, installed and logged onto the MyFrog App (from the App Store and Play Store). Our KWS URL is

Darryn Marjoram
Director of Information Services

Sports Updates

Rugby News

While many of us were resting up over the holidays, a few KWS boys and staff in opens and U16s have been involved in representative rugby first for ISA, then for NSW and the amazing news this week that two KWS boys have been selected in the 42-man Australian Schoolboys squad to play Tonga and NZ in October. From there a squad of 27 will be selected to tour the UK in November. 

The representative season started with selections for the ISA teams with 10 Opens and 5 U16’s being given the call up to represent the association in the NSW championships in Sydney. The boys played really well with ISA 1st grade putting in two very competitive performances against Combined High Schools (CHS) and Combined Associated Schools (CAS). KWS boys shone in poor conditions.

From the NSW Championships 3 Kinross boys, Donny Freeman, Aiden Kelso and Will Smith were selected to represent NSW at the national championships in Sydney during the holidays. NSW dominated proceedings with both NSW teams playing each other in the final. Unfortunately Donny suffered a broken collar bone in game 2 but by this point he and Aiden had done enough to satisfy the Australian selectors, with both being named in the 42-man Australian Schoolboys squad.

A list of our recent representatives is below. I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating them all on their fantastic efforts in representing KWS at a state and National level. We are all incredibly proud of them all and wish them the best of luck in the remainder of their season and careers.

ISA opens
Donny Freeman Y12
Aiden Kelso Y12
Will Smith Y11
Vincent Riley Y12
Preston Simpson Y11
Fraser Robertson Y12
Fletcher Rose Y12
Jack Jones Y12
Jock Medway Y12
Sam Ridley (Inj) Y11


ISA 1st XV Coach
Mr Huon Barrett

Donny Freeman

Aiden Kelso, Will Smith

Australian Schools 
Donny Freeman, Aiden Kelso

Cody Kelso Y10
Josh Dominello Y10 
Ed Taylor Y10
Lachie Smith Y10
Harry May Y10

NSW Gen Blue 
Lachie Smith 


U16 Coach

Rich Freeman


Rich Freeman

Master in Charge of Rugby

Swimming News

NSW Swimming Country Short Course Championships

The NSW swimming country short course championship were held over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of July. KWS had a team of 20 contesting the championships. As always Country is an incredibly competitive weekend with 81 clubs competing from all over NSW and Canberra. The goal was to make the top 10, sometimes a difficult feat with dual age groups and small teams. The team performed strongly to claim 5 gold, 6 silver, 7 bronze and finish in the top 10 in an additional 27 events. All eight relay teams finished in the top 10 with the women’s 15/over teams claiming two silver medals. Every member of the team contributed to the points tally by scoring points in an individual event or as a part of a relay team. At the end of the meet KWS finished 10th in the point score and 9th in the medal tally. Collette Lyons is to be congratulated on breaking the record for the 13yrs 100 breaststroke with an almost unbelievable swim of 1:12.80, a time that would have seen her medal in the 16yrs age group. Collette also broke the record for the 13yrs 400 IM. The coaching staff were pleased with the team performance; there was a lot of team spirit and support in the group. As always thanks to the parents for their continued support of the team.


Medals & Top 10 Results

  • Mercede Cornelius-Feltus - Silver 13yrs 100 free, 8th 13/14yrs 200 free, 6th 13yrs 100 back,
  • Brandon Fraser - 4th Open 100 IM, 8th Men’s 50 free, 4th Men’s 200 IM, 7th Men’s 200 free, 10th Men’s 100 free
  • Ben Gillham - 8th Men’s 200 IM, 4th Men’s 100 breast, 5th Men’s 200 breast
  • Josie Gillham - Bronze Women’s 50 free, Bronze Women’s 200 free, Silver Women’s 100 free, 4th Women’s 100 back
  • Kaitlyn Hinrichsen - 8th 13yrs 100 free
  • Zac Lewis - Bronze 14/U 400 free, 4th 14/U 400 IM, 7th 13/14yrs 200 free, 7th 14yrs 100 breast, 9th 14yrs 200 breast
  • Collette Lyons - Gold 14/U 400 IM, Gold 13yrs 100 breast, Gold 13/14yrs 200 breast, Silver 13/14yrs 200 IM, Bronze 13/14yrs 200 fly, 4th 13/14yrs 50 free
  • Lauren Lyons - 6th 15/16yrs 200 fly
  • Oliver McLaughlin - Bronze 15/16yrs 100 back, 6th 15/16yrs 50 free, 7th Men’s 50 back
  • Emily Nobbs - Gold 15/16yrs 100 breast, Gold 15/16yrs 200 breast, Silver 15/16yrs 400 IM
  • Men’s 12/U 4x50 Free Relay - 7th George Wakem, Oli Roach, Lazo Jalal, Tommaso Cornelius-Feltus
  • Men’s 12/U 4x50 Medley Relay - 8th 7th George Wakem, Oli Roach, Lazo Jalal, Tommaso Cornelius-Feltus
  • Men’s 13/14yrs Free Relay - 8th Zac Lewis, Max Keown, Henry Wakem, Oscar McLaughlin
  • Men’s 13/14yrs Medley Relay - 5th Zac Lewis, Max Keown, Henry Wakem, Oscar McLaughlin
  • Women’s 13/14yrs Free Relay - 4th Collette Lyons, Caitlyn Nobbs, Kaitlyn Hinrichsen, Mercede Cornelius-Feltus
  • Women’s 13/14yrs 4x50 Medley Relay - 6th Collette Lyons, Caitlyn Nobbs, Kaitlyn Hinrichsen, Mercede Cornelius-Feltus
  • Women’s 15/O 4x100 Free Relay - Silver Josie Gillham, Jade Browne, Catie Crisp, Emily Nobbs
  • Women’s 15/O 4x100 Medley Relay - Silver Catie Crisp, Emily Nobbs, Lauren Lyons, Josie Gillham

Jo Keown

KWS Swimming Coorinator

Career News

University Admissions Centre (UAC)

Dates for the Diary

These dates are the ones relevant to most students at our school. For other dates please check the UAC website.

August 1st 2018 – UAC/SRS/EAS applications open

September 28th 2018 – Early Bird UAC deadline/SRS closes

November 15th 2018 – SRS offers released

November 30th 2018 – EAS applications close

December 14th 2018 – ATAR’s released

December 20th 2018  Offers released

January 11th 2019 – Further offers released

The students will go through the application process next Week in Tutor. After the Trial HSC the computer room will be open each lunchtime for two weeks for any students who need assistance.

There is no rush to fill in the UAC 5 preferences, SRS or EAS. I suggest waiting until after the Trial HSC, so you have time to complete more research and if possible attend OPEN DAYS.

Charles Sturt University Information Evening

Get all the information you need about university to make the best decisions for your future study plans.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) representatives will also be there to advise on the best way to get into university.

Date and time: 15 August, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Orange Ex-Services Club, Tobruk Room, 231-243 Anson Street, Orange.


Finishing your HSC in 2018 and expect to be looking for work? In just 4 days you will earn the necessary skills to get that casual job in Hospitality.

Get your RSA, RCG, expresso coffee making, café beverages and food hygiene qualifications. Courses start on November 13th 2018 after the HSC. This is a fully subsidised course and costs only $100.


The information night for the amazing Gap Year program is now less than a week away!!

On this evening, you will find out more about the program, be able to put your name down for first preference of dates, meet the teachers, view the different areas in our department, see where you will be training and even taste a few samples from the kitchen while you are there... the details are as follows:

Date: Monday 30th July

Time: 6pm – (approximate finish time 7pm)

Location: Dharra Ngurang – TAFE Dining Room Orange Campus

Entrance: Via Prince Street carpark

Bring with you: USI (if you have one)

For catering purposes, please email Claire with the number in your group and she will see you on Monday.

If you are unable to attend the information night, you are definitely still able to be part of the program. Registered your interest by emailing Claire your name and contact details (if you haven’t already) and she will send you the necessary information.

More information: Claire Tuck Email:[email protected]

Australian National University

Australian National University has many scholarships that are available for students to apply to. Below is some regarding some of the scholarships available to Year 12 students who are planning on commencing university in 2019.

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Garrurru Undergraduate Indigenous Scholarship

This scholarship provides students with support to the value of $15000 per annum for the duration of a standard undergraduate program in the fields of Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, International Security Studies, and Asian and Pacific Languages.

Coral Bell Scholarship

Full tuition fees of the program plus $5000 stipend per annum will be covered by this scholarship for students enrolling in the Bachelor of International Security Studies.

ANU Joint Colleges of Science

Will you be relocating to Canberra to study a Science degree? We have two scholarships on offer to support your move to ANU.

Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences Relocation Grant

If you live outside the Canberra region, we have relocation scholarships, valued at $1000 each, for students relocating to Canberra to study Mathematical Sciences.

Northrop Grumman Viasat Optus Country Scholarship for Burgmann College

For regional and rural students interested in studying a STEM subject, we have scholarships to assist with your on-campus accommodation costs.

ANU College of Arts and Social Science

The College of Arts and Social Sciences has 21 scholarships aimed at undergraduate students across a range of disciplines, including Creative Arts, Music, Humanities, and Languages.

Whitworth Roach Scholarship

The objective of this award is to encourage and support first year undergraduate students to undertake studies in classical music performance at ANU School of Music. Available to 2 students a year for an amount of $10000.

ANU Foundation for Visual Arts

Students of Visual Art at the ANU School of Art and Design can apply for the Foundation for Visual Arts scholarship of $5000.

Rotary-Alf Gillespie Scholarship for Indigenous Australian Undergraduate Students

Aimed at Indigenous students, this scholarship encourages study of Indigenous Australian culture across archaeology, anthropology, history, and linguistics.

ANU College of Business and Economics

The ANU College of Business and Economics is proud to announce a suite of equity scholarships to help us find the next generation of future leaders.

Access Scholarship

The scholarship will assist financially disadvantaged students with the cost of studying in an undergraduate coursework program at the College.

Regional and Rural Relocation Scholarship

The scholarship will assist with the cost of relocating to study in an undergraduate coursework program at the College.

Bhavita Patel Undergraduate Scholarship

The Bhavita Patel Scholarship is a transformative scholarship established to commemorate ANU alumna and treasured Deloitte employee, Bhavita Patel.

Dixon-Walsh Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to disadvantaged students commencing undergraduate studies at the CBE Research School of Finance and Actuarial Studies and Statistics (RSFAS).

D. Brownbill Family Scholarship

The scholarship strengthens educational outcomes for students both in terms of skills development and preparation for further study or employment, and improves equity access to university in recognition of the acute disadvantage that some students face in accessing university education.

Undergraduate Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

The scholarship will assist a student from an Aboriginal or Torres Strit Islander community with the cost of studying in an undergraduate coursework program at the College.

ANU Wide

George Alexander Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to five students who are relocating to Canberra to undertake an undergraduate degree at ANU. Worth $24,000 over three years. Applications close on Friday, 31 August 2018.

UNI Open Days 2018

Western Sydney University (WSU) Open Day - WSU are planning to take a bus down to the Open Day on Sunday 19th August. Any student Years 10-12 interested please let Mrs Jones know.


Kimberley Jones
Year 12 Co-ordinator/Career Advisor


Fleece to Fashion Competition

Our Year 12 Textiles and Design students entered the Fleece to Fashion competition. The selection and awards night was held in Armidale during the school holidays on July 7th . Maggie Rose Smith and Isabel Lamph were awarded the Whitehouse Institute Workshops Prize for their entries in the Secondary School section. The theme was ‘A Splash of Colour’, students were asked to design a contemporary garment using merino wool. The judges were eminent Australian designers Akira Isogawa and Charlie Brown as well as long standing Editor of The Land, Emma Downey. This is a great accolade for Maggie and Isabel as they were two of only four students selected for awards in the Secondary Schools Section.

For more information about the Fleece to Fashion awards please follow the links below:

Penny Chandler

Textiles and Design Teacher

Webinar: Parties, gatherings and sleepovers - How can parents keep their teens safe?

Wednesday 3 October, 2018 from 6-7pm

Presented by Mr Paul Dillon

This webinar is for parents and guardians of teenagers who are looking for strategies to help keep their child safe at parties. Teenage parties provide young people with valuable opportunities to develop a range of social skills that they need to relate effectively with their peers. As they get older alcohol is more likely to become a part of these social gatherings and, unfortunately, things can go wrong. This presentation will examine what we know about school-based young people and alcohol use and its use at parties. It will also provide practical strategies and simple tips for parents considering allowing their teen to attend such events to help ensure they are as safe as possible.

This webinar will provide:

  • information about teenage parties and the involvement of alcohol
  • practical strategies and advice for parents to make sure their child is a safe as possible when attending a party

To register for the Webinar please follow the link:


Parent Lecture Series

Paul Dillon will be presenting in person at KWS as part of our Parent Lecture Series on Monday 22 October from 6pm. More information about this event will be provided later in the term.

KWS Community Cookbook

We need you!

  • Would you like to be involved in creating a cookbook? One that captures our Kinross Wolaroi community from Pre-Prep through to Year 12 and reflects the region in which our school is based?
  • Do you have any experience in publishing (editing, graphic design, art direction etc), copywriting, photography or food styling? If so please get in touch.
  • Would you like to be involved in creating a cookbook but don’t have any specific prior experience? Please get in touch too - we need people with an interest in food who can give their time to help make a book happen.

Our cookbook will be published in time for Christmas 2019 and all proceeds will go into resources for the school.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Alison Karbowiak

[email protected]

0423 053 325

Science Holiday Fun - Christmas Break

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students in 2018 program year.

​Each program is designed to provide students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.
The program takes place in over thirty-five universities and tertiary institutions, within many different laboratories and lecture theatres. Participants perform experiments in the laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers in the lecture theatres, attend site visits and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university or tertiary institution. More than 65,000 students have taken this rare opportunity, up to date.
The program also provides information about further studies in science, technology and engineering. It highlights the wide range of careers that allow students to pursue their interest and abilities in the sciences.
One aspect of the program often commented on by participants is the opportunity to meet and share ideas with students from different schools. Each program includes a BBQ or other social activity.

For more information please download the brochure at:

Catherine Litchfield

2IC Science / Co-ordinator International Student Exchange

Upcoming Events

Year 12 Visual Arts and Textiles Exhibition

Join us for our 2018 Year 12 Exhibition featuring this years Visual Arts and Textile masterpieces. 
The exhibition will be held in the Derek Pigot Auditorium. 
The evening kicks off at 6:00pm, with the Textile Parade commencing at 6:45pm. 
Come along and support our talented students. This is always a fun and exciting event, we hope to see you there!


Disney High School Musical

This year Kinross Wolaroi School presents Disney High School Musical On Stage. This musical will be on show at the Orange Civic Theatre on the 26th, 27th and 28th of July. 

Thursday 26 July - 10:00am and 7:30pm 

Friday 27 July - 10:00am and 7:30pm 

Saturday 28 July - 7:30pm

To purchase tickets for the 10:00am matinee performances, please contact the school directly on 02 6393 0300.

For evening performances, tickets can be purchased through Ticketek:


Pre-Prep Open Day

KWS Pre-Prep Open Day will be held on Friday 3 August 2018 at 9:30am. This is a great opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our Pre-Prep Program.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in our Pre-Prep Program please see the information below. We would love to see you there.


KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin