KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin

31 October 2018
Issue Seventeen
Message from the Principal
Message from the Head of Senior School
Message from the Chaplain
Student Wellbeing
Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning
Message from the Director of Boarding
The Regional Engagement Enterprise
Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular
Performing Arts Updates
Information and Communications Technology
Sports Updates
Career News
Upcoming Events
Notices & News
Kinross Wolaroi School
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Message from the Principal

Student Leadership

As we induct our new student leadership group, it is appropriate that we reflect upon the question “What is Leadership?” Sadly we are provided a myriad of examples of appalling leadership by many of our political caste who profess that leadership is about helping one’s self and one’s tribe. We regularly see politicians and business leaders caught with their ‘snouts in the trough’, and where the point of power and influence seems so often not to serve the people, but enjoy the power itself and its perks. Moreover, for many of the political class, leadership is about following trends in order to achieve popularity and therefore votes, rather than providing necessary and ethical leadership. Some seem devoid of an ethical compass or to be in possession of a clear set of values to guide their rhetoric and action.  Such leaders provide shocking role models for others, particularly our young, and create division and disharmony in society. This is abundantly evident in a number of regions around the world at present, particularly across the Pacific.

This approach to leadership is the exact opposite of what we desire in our leaders.  Leadership is about service, humbly giving of yourself for the benefit of others. Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.

Our incoming student leaders will therefore need to understand that their role is to serve their fellow students and the School. This is mostly done through hard work and being concerned for others. Most leadership is not glamorous. Much of it is mundane, tedious, task oriented and repetitious. For leaders to survive in such a context, they need a sense of purpose and a vision of the good which will come though their endeavours.

At our recent Leadership Induction Service, our new student leadership team were presented with their badges of office and each pledged their commitment to help our School community, to uphold the values of the School and the ethos of the Uniting Church. They will do this with integrity and honour, leading by example to the best of their ability. The School staff and students also pledged their support to our new student leadership team.

Our leaders have a wonderful opportunity to serve others and make a positive impact upon the lives of the student body. As they assume their responsibilities they need to consider the following questions:

  • How will they exercise their leadership?
  • What are their leadership aims and objectives?           
  • What do they wish to achieve as student leaders?
  • And What will their legacy be to the School?

As we move further into the 21st Century, leaders will be those who empower others. How will our new team achieve this?

As our leaders commence their leadership roles I offer them three insights to assist them on their journey:

Firstly, have fortitude.

This refers to the emotional strength that allows someone to face adversity with courage. As a leader you will meet your fair share of challenges. You will encounter obstacles and stumbling blocks and sometimes even failures. Reflect on these obstacles and failures and see them as learning opportunities for improvement. As Thomas Edison, the prolific inventor who gave us the light bulb once said:

 “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Secondly, be passionate about what you do.

Don’t undertake tasks simply for the sake of doing so, or just because it’s the ‘popular’ thing to do. Understand and believe in what you are doing.

Albert  Einstein, one of the greats of science, reflecting upon his abilities noted:

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”.

And thirdly, be relentless in your pursuit of excellence.

Don’t give up and don’t settle for mediocrity. The English crime fiction writer Arthur Conan Doyle (best known for his detective character – Sherlock Holmes) stated:

 “mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognises genius.”

I encourage our new team to remember that if what you say and do inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. Then you are a leader.

Thank you to the new student leaders who have taken the responsibility to serve others and to strive to make our School a finer place. I am very much looking forward to working with you over the coming year.

KWS Student Leaders 2018-2019

Head Prefects: Emer Spora, Stirling Taylor                             

Deputy Head Prefects: Ethan Buesnel, Jorja Griffiths                        

Senior Boarder Prefects: Jema O’Neill, Fletcher Taylor     

Senior Unit Officer of Cadets: Olivia Hilder                           

Captain of Music: Oscar Tierney                                

Service: Ben Gillham, Charlotte Haling                                                                     

Charity: Olivia Mirrington, Bradman Gavin                                                             

Mission: Hugh Aldersey, Mabel Brockmann

House Captains

Blackman House Captains: Zoe Keown, Noah Jones

Brown House Captains: Angus Smith, Mabel Brockmann

Dean House Captains:  Flinn Madigan, Charlie Wilson

Douglas House Captains: Ben Bellamy, Harriet O'Brien

Gordon House Captains: Tupou Favia, William Smith 

Mclachlan House Captains: Alex Wald, Florence Conway

Richards House Captains: Georgina Haigh, James Collett

Williams House Captains: William Brennan, Julia Williams

Boarding House Captains

Loader House Captain: Lucy Kirk

Miller House Captain: Olivia Hilder

New House Captain: Stephanie Kennett

Stuart Douglas Captain:  Harriet O'Brien

Weymouth House Captain: Henry Ponder

Wolaroi House Captain: Angus Smith

Tower House Captains: Charlie Wilson, Brendan Coffee


Dr Andrew Parry 

Message from the
Head of Senior School

Term 4 Week 3

This seems to be a particularly busy time of year! No doubt families are feeling this too as the beginning of November is upon us and Christmas things start to appear in shops and supermarkets. At school we are progressing with teaching and learning while also bearing in mind that exams will be held and students need time to revise. I encourage you all to be supportive of your children if they are feeling stressed – the main thing is for them to start their exam preparation early and to do small chunks regularly. And, of course, to get decent sleep…

On Friday it was wonderful to see the Years 9 – 11 Visual Arts and Textiles display. As a sewer myself, I really appreciate seeing the skills on display and am in awe of how creative the students can be. Their teachers, who support, encourage and guide the students, should also be congratulated. That same evening I attended the drinks function for the parents of outgoing Year 12 students. It was a time to reflect on the journey they have undertaken and, especially for parents whose last child is finishing this year, a time to feel a little nostalgia. These parents should feel especially proud of their connection with KWS.

I hope some of you have been able to catch the recent Invictus Games on ABC TV. You may also have seen the Duke and Duchess in Dubbo, which for some people was even more exciting than the games! However, the Invictus Games have been a fantastic lesson in what ordinary people, faced with extraordinary circumstances, can do and overcome. Prince Harry’s message of speaking up about and seeking help with mental health issues, particularly amongst men, also resonated. The games showed the very best of camaraderie and mutual support, again a valuable lesson for us all. Those of us with no injuries and with good health felt very humbled by the courage of the athletes.

I wish you all a great fortnight.


Bev West

Head of Senior School

Message from the Chaplain

Great Commandment

One of the scribes asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “You are right…” (Mark 12:28-32)

The above passage is part of the readings prescribed for this weekend. The question of which is the greatest commandment seems innocuous but in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) there are 613 commandments and in addition, there were a host of ‘oral commandments’ not written down. The purpose of identifying the most important was to help interpret all the others.

Jesus replies with the Schema: ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ This was and still is prayed by observant Jews each morning; except for “and with all your mind”, that was an addition by Jesus. Nevertheless, it remains the central tenant of faith. I like that Jesus added “and with all your mind.” In some Christian congregations today there is a kind of anti-intellectualism, a sense that thinking too much about the faith is dangerous.  

I was standing in a check-out line and a couple noticed the cross I was wearing. He asked if I was a Christian. (‘What was your first clue?’ I said with my in-head voice). They too were Christian. He said ‘it’s easier when you don’t think too much about the meaning of the Bible but just read it as it is’. Wow. I guess it would be, but it wouldn’t be what Jesus would be happy to hear. How can we understand the Word of God without an understanding of the times and contexts of the writings? And let’s face it, there’s an awful lot in the Bible that we don’t want to be living today. Stonings, revenge killings, amputation of limbs for crimes and the oppression of women can all stay locked into their historical past times and contexts!

Thinking about God, seriously studying the Scriptures, speaking for the truths of Christian faith in confronting the abuse of human rights and dignity, are important and necessary ways of loving God with all your mind. What greater activity is there to occupy the mind than to think God’s thoughts after him, to seek to understand the ways of God, to go as far as we can into the beauty of God’s being? But we need to do this intelligently.

An intelligent loving of God reads scripture with an exploration of the cultural contexts and the historical understandings of life from which those scriptures were written. To do otherwise implies that the scriptures are dictations of God’s speaking. This is why, for example, the Uniting Church in Australia ordains women despite the oppression of women in biblical times, why the Church works to redress the dispossession of indigenous Australian despite the absence of reference to the matter in the Bible and why the Church continues to argue support for same-gender marriage despite some Christians choosing to apply a literal, context-free interpretation of anti-homosexual references in the Bible. An intelligent reading of the Bible forms conscience and disciplines our living in the modern world.

The basic, the most important, the fundamental commandment of all is to love God.  It is not to obey God, though that is included in love. It is not to worship God, though love leads inevitably to worship. God desires our love because God is love. We were made for love. The whole universe is made from love and for love. And the greatest love of all, from which all other loves flow, is to love God. In these words Jesus opens our hearts like earth to rain. We are made for love.

The Scribe had asked for the first, the key commandment, but Jesus adds a second. “You shall love your neighbour as yourself” is a commandment from the Book of Leviticus (19:18). Jesus combines the two sets of commandments found within the Ten Commandments, those to do with God, and those to do with ‘neighbour’.

When Jesus calls it the second, he does not mean that it is secondary to the first. He closes by saying, “There is no greater commandment than these.” Notice the singular word “commandment,” and the plural, “than these.” In other words, we should think of these two commandments as one; you can’t have one without the other.

The scribe’s positive response to Jesus is also important. It demonstrates that Jesus is not proclaiming something new. Jesus may be radical in his application of the law, but he understands it deeply, affirms it and applies it intelligently and appropriately to his time. This is why we often read Jesus say; “you have heard it said… but I tell you…”.

Jesus’ response to the scribe is “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” It’s important to know and think deeply about God’s commandments. It’s certainly important to know the centrality of love in keeping God’s commandments so that we can be “not far” from the Kingdom.


Phil Worrad 

Student Wellbeing

The Peer Support Program

The Peer Support Program is a one of the key components of our KWS Wellbeing Program. The Peer Support Program provides students with a supportive environment where children and young people develop skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve their mental, social and emotional wellbeing. Positive relationships are developed across the school through a series of engaging activities with a range of students of all ages in both the Senior and Preparatory School. Peer Support Leaders who deliver the program also gain leadership skills in the process.

In the Senior School the Year 7 program supports students as they make the transition into High School. It seeks to support their relationship development and assists them organisationally. The program is run by Year 11 students and covers a variety of core skills required for high school such as developing friendships. Recently Year 10 students had the opportunity to participate in Peer Support Training and the feedback from both the students and staff was very positive!

“Peer Support involves people sharing knowledge, experience or practical help with each other. The three day Peer Support training conducted for Year 10's during the Bivouac Cadet Camp helped to further develop leadership skills for those involved. This the training involved problem solving and team building activities as well as talking about issues relating to Peer Support for the Year 7s, both current and incoming next year. Students wishing to become a Peer Support Leader had the opportunity to put themselves forward for selection and were chosen for their ability to help the Year 7's with their transition to high school and their leadership qualities.

I found the training to be both helpful and insightful, to extend my leadership skills and help my understanding of what it means to be a leader. The three days were done in a fun and exciting way that I found to be enjoyable. I look forward to the opportunity to use these skills and activities during peer support with the Year 7's this term.”

Dominic Reilly (10 Brown)

In the Preparatory School the program is also student-led. Year 6 students lead groups of multi-age students, providing a fun and engaging environment for students to address social issues. Run from the early part of the calendar year, it helps encourages peer connections throughout the school and assists students in developing practical skills to enhance social and emotional wellbeing.

Peer support was an exciting experience for everyone in Year Six. It was fun and showed us what it is like to be a teacher, having to keep all the younger children under control. We learned a lot about respect and personal values, as well as being able to teach them to others. Although it was challenging having to set-up for each lesson every week, and actually presenting it, it was always satisfying to know that the kids enjoyed the lessons. I personally found group activities the most rewarding, as we get to see how all the different kids interacted with each other, and it was fun to bounce between groups and see how they are going completing the tasks we set. Honestly, I think all the Peer Support Leaders have learnt something about personal values and goals, as well as how to teach other children.”

Molly Slack-Smith (6C)

The Peer Support Program is an invaluable component of our overall approach to wellbeing at KWS.


Mrs Emma Bylsma
Head of Wellbeing

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

‘Slam’ or ‘Traditional’
Poetry Perfected: A Celebration of Talent at KWS

In the 27th June Edition, I wrote about Year 9 ‘changing the narrative’ and discovering their ‘inner awesomeness’ as a result. Although writing poetry was outside of their comfort zone, a significant number of Year 9 students composed poetry and entered the Red Room Poetry Object 2018 Competition. Red Room Poetry is Australia’s leading organisation for the creation and commissioning of new poetry by established and emerging poets as well as students. This term, we discovered that two of our students had been shortlisted - The winners will be announced during a live-stream video event on Thursday 6 December 2018, in partnership with Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS). Winning poems will come alive in an animated short film to be screened during the Winners Announcement and released in cinemas Australia in December 2018. In the meantime, I wanted to celebrate and share with you all, the two poems that have been shortlisted – ‘Mahogany Bones’ by Maddie Hook and ‘Turning Point’ by Lila Pearce. They really are a reflection of outstanding talent but even more impressive, they are a result of the students’ real passion and perseverance – qualities that determine success.


Mahogany Bones - By Maddie Hook

When the piano-maker crafted my grandfather

Gently bending his mahogany bones

He was not constructing, he was creating

Bringing him to life,

He gave to me a guardian

With a life most complicated

Whose love never outdated

But who now lies in the ground ill-fated.


When I was young, I’d dance upon his golden feet.

Neat, petite, my path to the afterlife.

They sat there, quaint, to prolong the sound

Of the piano, but could not prolong his life.

My grandfather’s laugh roars and groans,

Rattling his mahogany bones

Like stones

And the tones of his voice echo as he sings,

The sounds flowing grandly through his strings.

Mother pats my head and smiles and says, 'My dear, Pa’s dead, you see.'

But as I close my eyes, hold his ivory hands, the music shapes his face

And I face the fact that though he’s gone, she’s wrong

He’s still here with me.


The notes he sings, changing in modulation

A complication of detailed intonations and different tongues

For the songs of others whose remain unsung.

My grandfather’s laugh roars and groans

Rattling his mahogany bones

Like stones

And the tones that he sings makes the music truly sting

I know now, he soars with new wings.


Turning Point - By Lila Pearce

a simple pile

of paper and ink

unassuming at first,

'mediocre', you think.

You’re wrong. This saga

of courage and strife

will first change your mind

and then your whole life


eight days in

you’ve finished the book

you’re a bird to the sky

a fish on a hook

and you can’t know it yet

but this is the start

of a sparkling new era

your young life’s best part


six years in

you’re smarter and sadder

the work’s a bit harder

the world’s a bit badder

but you still have your memories

through trouble and strife

when a book changed your mind

and then saved your life.


and you’re now stepping out

to a bright new day

you’ll change the world

once you know the right way

books were your refuge

your reason to live

they gave you so much

now it’s your turn to give.


Mrs Serena Lewis
Head of Teaching and Learning

Message from the
Director of Boarding

Term 4 Week 3

I had the pleasure of witnessing two special whole school assemblies this week. The first took place on Monday and centred around the induction of our newly appointed school leaders for 2018-19. Tutor House Captains, Boarding House Captains, Prefects of Mission, Charity and Service, Prefects of Boarding, Cadet SUOs and last but not least, the Head and Deputy Head Prefects themselves. I have mentioned their names in a bulletin before so I won’t dwell on it now but it did strike me as special that the majority of those appointed to the senior leadership positions are in fact, boarders. Personally, it highlights the strengths of our boarding program and the independence it fosters within our boarding community. The second special assembly which I refer to was in fact a whole school Chapel service with the focus being on NAIDOC. In an otherwise busy day, it was a delight to stand up the back of the DPA and listen to the wonderfully moving story of our guest speaker, Mrs. Mary Croker, a well-respected elder in the local indigenous community. She recounted the immeasurable sacrifice that her own mother had made in moving her young family to Orange, a strange place with no connections, and her story of determination and grit in putting the welfare and prospects of her family ahead of herself. Her story aligned, of course, quite strongly with the theme of this year’s NAIDOC week, ‘Because of her, we can’; a reference to indigenous women and the pivotal role they play within their families and wider communities. In saying all this, the highlight of the NAIDOC service was an indigenous dance routine performed by a small group of our own indigenous students. It was clear, right from the start, the level of time and effort that had gone into its’ conception and refinement. It was a fluid piece of theatre and one that our students (mostly boarders!) and community should be proud of.

The start of Term 4 has seen a renewed focus on providing a meaningful and engaging weekend program with much going on across both campuses. The yoga program at PLC has continued this term much to the delight of the PLC girls, Archery Tag has made an appearance and proved to be hugely successful, many cried at the end of the hugely emotional ‘A Star is Born’ whilst the Tower boys reveled with their new wood smoker, the customary Sunday BBQ and their new dartboard. The Trathen boys have started the term at a frenetic pace with the usual Friday night tennis and touch footy; the Wolaroi and Weymouth boys have enjoyed the chill of Mexican food and movies, Stuart-Douglas girls actually made green slime (why, I will never know!) on a Saturday night then found the time to shoot each other on the Sunday at Archery Tag. This weekend, our Year 9 and Year 10 boarders are planning a get together over at PLC with the plan involving a market garden makeover followed by bubble soccer then a BBQ to cap it all off. Hopefully, it will be a great opportunity for our boys and girls to spend some quality time together without the added social pressures that other functions bring.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Term 4 and that the weather is kind, wherever you might be.


Mr Matt Curran
Director of Boarding

The Regional Engagement Enterprise

TREE Celebration of Learning

On 17th November (5.30-7.30pm) TREE will have its Celebration of Learning for 2018. This night will showcase all of the TREE projects from K-12, our Co-curricular Enterprise Team, our Co-curricular Cattle and Sheep Teams and our Internship Program. We hope you can join us.


Scone Beef Bonanza

On Thursday 25th October 4 students (Hugo Bartlett, Hamish Macdougall, Lachlan Ferguson and Taylah Hobbs) travelled to Scone with 3 steers and 1 heifer to compete in the Scone Beef Bonanza with over 1000 school students from NSW and QLD.  This 3-day event included cattle classes, paraders, junior judging and ICMJ meat judging.

Friday started with all students participating in beef industry focused workshops including; structure, preparation, photography, steer assessment and auctions plus. That afternoon Hugo, Hamish and Lachlan went to JBS meat processors to participate in the ICMJ meat judging competition while Taylah attended a meat judging workshop back at the show.

Saturday was an early start to prepare cattle for their classes, the Kinross team were extremely successful with the heifer Bloom (led by Taylah) placing 3rd in her weight class, the 3 steers all competed in the heavy weight section with Barry (led by Lachlan) placing 4th, Brent (led by Hamish) and Buster (led by Hugo) receiving a highly commended. Barry was also awarded the heaviest steer in the competition weighing in at a massive 762kg!!

Saturday afternoon saw Taylah compete in the paraders competition where judges look for a combination of preparation, showmanship and presentation. Taylah competed against over 180 competitors and was successful in being awarded Under 13 Champion Parader! Saturday afternoon the cattle team was invited to check out the unled cattle at the Scone saleyards for judging – this was a great opportunity to judge commercial steers alongside the professional judge for the competition.

All students competed in Junior Judging competition on Sunday morning to identify and class animals according to their genetic potential as breeding stock. This was a tough competition but a great experience for all participants. Junior Judging was followed by the paraders competition for Hamish, Hugo and Lachlan. The students faced fierce competition from some very experienced paraders, however all 3 students did a fantastic job and were well presented.  Congratulations to Hamish for placing 4th and Lachlan for placing 6th in their classes. The cattle have now been sent to JBS for carcase judging, these results of which will come through towards the end of the week.

Overall this was a very successful weekend and all of the students should be very proud of how they presented themselves, their school and their cattle.



Our Year 9 TREEnglish unit finished at the end of Term 3 with the students producing some powerful and imaginative magazine articles, Ted-Ed talks and documentaries regarding sustainability in their chosen context (viticulture, paddock to plate, Orange360, regional wellbeing or agri-innovation). Below are Grace Birmili’s documentary and Abbey Thyrwitt’s Ted-Ed talks. To see more, come along to the Celebration of Learning to hear from the students presenting their work.


Co-curricular Enterprise Team

Our newly formed co-curricular TREE Team has begun in earnest. On the first Sunday of the term, our students ventured into school to work with Stefan Birmili from Cured (small goods store opposite Harris Farm). Stefan taught the students how to bone out their pork (having reared the animals throughout the year) and worked with the students to make 50kg of pork and fennel sausages. Some of these were cryo-vacuumed with the help of Mr Callaghan and others left in catering bags for events throughout the term. Stefan also helped the students to brine 10 sides of bacon in preparation for smoking and slicing. The sausages were offered, together with homemade biscotti, at the Australian National Field Days where KWS showcased our TREE program.

Come along to the Prep School Open Day to taste them for yourself!



Our Archibull submission has progressed to the next round, with guest judges to visit the school this Friday. We are also in the running for the People’s Choice Award.

To enter your vote, visit


TREE continues to passionately support Foodcare in Orange, This Monday, Foodcare held a showing of the movie ‘Foodfighter’ which gave a behind the scenes view of Ronni Khan and her mission (through her charity Oz Harvest) to reduce food waste in Australia. Ten representatives from boarding and the student representative council came along, together with five members of staff, to think about what KWS to contribute.


Mr Tom Riley
Director of TREE

Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular

A busy start to Term

During Week 1 of Term, our students were all busily involved in activities week including Cadet Bivouac, Volunteer Service, Peer Support Training or Skills training.

Cadet Bivouac

Cadets ran a bivouac camp over the three days. Year 7 students and their rank completed activities at school, and at the School farm Windemere. The School gym and pool were used for activities including abseiling, an obstacle course, swim test, and paddling skills. Activities at the farm included navigation, camouflage and concealment, ropes and lashings, and a reptile demonstration. These venues were chosen to ensure that students had an introductory experience for all of their cadet activities in a controlled environment. Students stayed overnight at the farm, and were grateful for the shelter of the sheds when the skies opened up.

The Year 8 students and their rank headed out to Top Valley station and Goobang National Park for their bivouac. Their camp primarily consisted of trekking and navigation. Students and staff braved some very wet conditions both overnight and during their trekking expeditions.

Lyn Vernon ran the camp for the last time as she is retiring at the end of the year. I would like to commend Lyn for her service and wonderful leadership throughout her tenure as leader of the Cadet program.

Year 11 Skills Training

Year 11 students completed a series of skills training activities including, White Card training, Barista training, First Aid, RSA and RCG, Safe Food handling, study skills, and job readiness sessions. External providers were engaged to run most of these courses, and students were supervised by KWS staff. These are important skills which will be very useful for our students as they explore career and future study options.

Year 10 Peer Support Training

Year 10 students completed Peer Support training during activities week. They were divided into small groups and participated in a myriad of activities during the three days. This culminated in a performance at the end of the program. I was very pleased to all of the students fully engaged in all activities. The teachers who facilitated the groups were full of praise for all students involved who far exceeded their expectations in the way they engaged with the activities.

Volunteer Service

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who are not involved in cadets undertook Volunteer service activities within the Orange community, or out in their home communities if they were boarders. We had some lovely feedback from the supervisors of our students about the way they engaged with their service activity, and contributed meaningfully to others in the community.

Thank you to all of the staff for your wonderful contribution in making these experiences for our students so meaningful.

KWS Cattle Team – Scone Beef Bonanza

Last week, our cattle team headed off to Scone to participate in the Beef Bonanza.

All of our cattle placed in their classes, with the heifer placing 3rd in her class, steers placing 4th and 2 highly- commended awards in the heavy weight class. We actually had the heaviest steer at the show! With carcass results still to come.

Taylah Hobbs was awarded Champion under 13’s Parader (she competed against over 180 other students) and Hamish Macdougall placed 4th in his Paraders class. Congratulations to these students, and the whole cattle team for their hard work in getting the cattle into such great showing condition. Also, a huge thank you to Mel Edmondson for her wonderful work with these students (and cattle).


Heidi Anthony

Acting Director of Co-curricular

Performing Arts Updates

Mrs West's Farewell - Saturday 3rd November

A reminder that Chamber Strings, Chamber Choir and Stage Band will all be performing at Mrs West’s farewell dinner this Saturday 3rd November. Students involved are required to be at the DPA for a sound check at 5:50pm and should be dressed in smart blacks. Please refer to the letter which was emailed home with further details and pick up times.

Band Concert - Tuesday 13th November 5:30pm Performance Theatre

On Tuesday 13th November we will be having a Band Concert featuring all our band ensembles from prep through to secondary including: Junior Band, Prep Band, Intermediate Woodwind Ensemble, Senior Woodwind Ensemble, Sax Ensemble, Stage Band and SWE. We look forward to seeing the progression from our prep students through to our secondary students and hearing some fun music. Family and friends are all welcome to attend! The concert will be held out the back of room 68, so please bring a camp chair/rug/cushion to sit on.

Congratulations Amelia Hall (Year 7) – Selected for the Gondwana Novus Choir

Congratulations to Amelia Hall on being selected to sing in the Gondwana Novus Choir!

Each year in January, Gondwana Voices holds a 2-week choral school. Participants must audition for selection each year, with approximately 300 students aged from 10-25 years old selected to attend. Participants live on campus at UNSW for the 2 weeks. The choral school culminates in a series of concerts, which are a wonderful experience for the students involved.

There are six choirs this year, with Amelia selected for the Gondwana Novus choir which is an incredibly exciting opportunity for her. This will be the second time Amelia has been successful in being selected to attend the choral school. Congratulations Amelia!

IMEB Speech and Drama Practical Examinations

The Speech and Drama exams were held on Friday 26th October and Monday 29th October with participating students from Year 1 through to Year 11. Students involved were examined by Dr Tim Smith, Mrs Merryl Lloyd and Mrs Clare Wheatley from the International Music Education Board (IMEB).

All candidates did very well, most gaining Honours (A) with Krishan Kandeepan (96), Lucy Kirk (98) and Toby Gough (98) all being awarded a Distinction (A+) for their efforts.

Congratulations to all the students involved and thank you to Ms Kerry-Anne Callaughan and Jacqui Paix for tutoring our students so incredibly well!

Save the Date Reminders:

Open Mic Night – Thursday 29th November

On Thursday 29th November we will be holding an Open Mic night for any students (yrs 7-11) learning an instrument, to have an opportunity to perform in a relaxed environment. The Open Mic Night will be held in the Performance Theatre at 5:30pm. Please see Mrs McRae if you would like to sign up to perform on the night.

Carol Service – Tuesday 4th December 6pm DPA

Students involved in Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Koristers will be performing at the Carol Service on Tuesday 4th December. Please save the date and look out for further information about this festive event closer to the date.


Mrs Annie McRae 
Acting Head of Performing Arts

Information and Communications Technology

Frog Login Tips 
(most also apply to other on-line Services as well)

  • Check Caps Lock key is off (Windows 10 and Windows 7 give you a hint that Caps Lock is on at the login screen).
  • Make sure your device is connected to the Internet (check you can surf to a popular website .
  • Make sure your device OS and security patches are up to date and has free resources.  You may need to install updates and/or free up some resources.  Restart the device, close some Apps, delete some videos, photos.
  • Make sure your browser has the most recent saved/stored password.  If you have changed your password recently and not asked the browser to store the new password it won’t matter what is typed into the login screen, the saved password will be the one that is used after you click the logon button.
  • The password needs to entered exactly.  Be careful with spaces, capitals, numbers and full stops and other special characters.  Best to choose a strong password (for all of your on-line accounts).  There is a good article about password strength on WikiPedia which is worth a read
  • Your Frog UserID (for parents and caregivers) must include the full stop between your first name and surnames).
  • If you have associated a unique email address with your Frog Account (Your Initials in the Top RH Corner -> My Preferences -> Email Addresses) it will be possible to self-serve a password reset via your email address without the need to contact KWS ICT team.

Security tips

  • It is good practice to change your password every 6 months or so.
  • Use a different password for different groups of services.  At least keep work services and personal services passwords different in case one is compromised.  If you use the same password for everything and that is compromised it is possible every service that uses this password may be compromised much more easily.
  • Use a strong password with mixture of capitals numbers and special characters .

Darryn Marjoram

Director Information Services

Sports Updates

Rowing – Entire team compete in Canberra at the Black Mountain Rowing Club Regatta

On Saturday 27 October, the KWS Rowing Program competed in Canberra for the first race of the season.

Despite the lack of training, due to too much wind in the weeks leading up to the regatta, the Year 7 girls and boys showed remarkable resilience, and fight to demonstrate a steep learning curve in their second 1000 metre race of the day. All of our coaches were delighted with the improvement shown by these 5 crews, and are excited by the development these crews will achieve before the next regatta.

The Year 8 & 9 crews also raced twice in quads, with crews battling tough conditions as a stiff cross-headwind picked up. The boys crews faced off against each other, with 3 KWS Coxed Quad Sculls lining up at the start, and finishing an inevitable 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. The Year 8 girls faced tough competition, but finished strongly in the Finals to record 4th & 5th placings and 2nd in the B Final. Despite only the two KWS girls crews lining up in the Year 9 Coxed Quad Sculls, the race was on a knife edge, with one crew sneaking ahead across the line in both races.

Our senior crews faced off against Radford College in the Coxed Quad Sculls, and put in a strong race, but weren’t able to hold the speed entering the last part of the race. Those races resulted in a strong learning experience as all crews rowed more efficiently in their second races and put together a stronger and most consistent race. Just as our youngest rowers are learning from each race, our seniors need to learn from every row as they hone the art of rowing.

With just over 2 weeks until the next regatta, all crews are well positioned to develop the learning from the last regatta and build into the next important event for the season.

Tobias Wehr-Candler

Basketball Reports

The Grizzlies v The Brunks

KWS won 40-24

Right from the outset the team played positively, with fluent passing to players in space being the focus. Despite having many more shots than our opponents we struggled to convert our shots into points. Our opponents were comfortable shooting from well outside the key and were more efficient in their scoring. The game was in the balance until three quarter time, at which point, concerted pressure from our team yielded numerous turnovers and we quickly added to our points. I was impressed with the rapid progress and confidence shown by Lewis and Will, who made probing passes a feature. Alex contributed well to putting close pressure on his opponent. Peter, Mitch and Lochlan controlled much of the rebounding and transitioning down the court, as well as adding to the score. Lochlan and Mitch showed some excellent positioning and timing in the defensive key, often against superior numbers. Ryan also added some deft touches in attack. All up a pleasing start to the season.

Matthew Healey

Cricket Reports

Full match results can be viewed at



Round 3 v Orange City, October 20 & 27

KWS hosted its first home game for the season against the defending premiers in a two-day fixture. The first day was highlighted by the weather, with a  few interruptions but still a full days play was possible. Encouragingly, KWS batted almost the entire day, reaching 166 on a well prepared pitch. City bowled well which made scoring difficult but Ben Ronald (40) and Phoebe Litchfield (37no) helped give KWS a decent target to defend. The second day had much better weather and some returning Kinross students, Gus Cumming (3/57) and Charlie Greer, to assist with the bowling efforts. KWS made the chase hard for City but again the pitch provided very little for the bowlers and the opposition chased the total down after 63 overs with only four wickets down.



Round 3 v Orange City, October 20 & 27

The 2nd Grade KWS cricket team saw themselves up against Orange City for the 3rd round of the competition, and the first two day game of the season. The first day proved very tough as KWS were sent in to bat in tough, wet conditions. The team tried their best to withstand Orange City’s impressive bowling, but were eventually bowled out for 98. The day was cut short due to rain, with Orange City 1/25. The second day was much nicer conditions, and Orange City were able to slowly get the runs required for first innings success. George Cumming bowling extremely well, getting 7/29 off 15 overs. KWS were sent back into bat, and showed they are not an easy team to outright; ending the day 2/98: Tom Madigan with 37 n.o.



Round 2 v CYMS

KWS 86 (C Greaves 52no) lost to CYMS 4/87

Round 3 v Orange City

KWS 88 lost to City 181 (C Greaves 3/12)



Super Kings

Round 1 v CYMS

KWS 8/277 (B O’Brien 155, F Marais 29, H Goodlet 22) drew with CYMS 0/6 (Rain interrupted play)

Round 2 v Orange City

KWS 41 (H Goodlet 15) lost to Orange City 7/183 (J Davison 3/10)

KWS Blue

Round 1 v Orange City

KWS 8/139 (D Hunter 50, H Thompson 20) defeated Orange City 8/124 (D Tucker 2/13)

Round 2 v CYMS

KWS 6/151 (NA) defeated CYMS 48 (NA)



KWS Scorches

Round 1 BYE

Round 2 v Orange City Gladiators

KWS 5/121 (J Rasmussen 51no) defeated City Gladiators 8/73 (W Englund 3/6, O Nuthall 2/9)

The Scorchers got their season off to a good start with a win against Orange City on Saturday. After being put in to bat the Scorchers mustered 121 for the loss of 5 wickets after 28 overs. The total was built around a fine 51 retired not out from Jono Rasmussen who impressed with his sound defence and ability to put the bad ball away for runs. He was well supported by Ollie Charlton who batted with great enterprise to finish undefeated on 19. The Scorchers restricted Orange City to 73 from their 28 overs and took 8 wickets in the process. Leading performers with the ball were Will Englund (3 for 6 from 4 overs), Oscar Nuthall ( 2 for 9 from 3 overs), Nelson Shepherd (1 for 3 from 4 overs) Jono Rasmussen (1 for 6 from 4 overs) and Arnie Tancred (0/1 from 4 overs). Seven of the 8 wickets taken were bowled. The remaining wicket came thanks to a stunning direct hit run out from Jono Rasmussen that plucked middle stump out of the ground. A big thankyou to all parents for their support and assistance on the day.    

KWS Heat

Round 1 v KWS Royals

KWS Heat 7/137 (J Stuart 26, H Greatbatch 23, D Tucker 22, E Shaw 2/7) defeated KWS Royals 9/104  (C Tink 39, S Buckley 2/10, A McKenzie 2/0)

Round 2 v CYMS

KWS Heat 8/112 (H Sharpe 31) lost to CYMS 7/118 (S Gee 2/19)

A close loss for the U15's Heat vs CYMS on Sat 27th at Anzac Park. KWS won the toss and chose to bowl. After 28 overs CYMS were 7-118, a target that the boys felt that they were able to chase down. There was good support for our bowlers although we need to reduce our sundries. Sam Gee collected 2-19 from 3 overs. KWS missed the opportunity to hit the loose ball early on in our innings which put pressure on the later batsmen.

H Sharpe 31

A Stanniforth 14

H Pearce 11

KWS Royals

Round 1 v KWS Heat – see result above

The U14s Royals cricket side began their campaign in the U15’s ODJCA competition with a close 33 run loss to Kinross Heat. For many of our boys it was their first game of the season without much training, so to put up a very good fight against a strong year 8 team was what many of us thought a good start to the season, despite the loss. After winning the toss, we decided to have a bowl considering the wet outfield was in play. After a shaky start, we restricted our opponents to 7/137 after 28 overs, with many of our bowlers proving they were handy with the ball. Ethan Shaw was our main star, after collecting figures of 2/7. Dudley Shepherd, Hugh Thompson, Archie Baldwinson and myself were also amongst the action all taking one wicket each. Tom Storer also providing a run out from the Keeper’s end. We began our innings with an unfortunate start, losing two wickets after only two overs. As we began to build partnerships runs began to flow, but we than started to lose quick spurts of wickets near the end of our innings leaving us 33 runs short. Our middle order was one of our strongpoints with batters from 3-6 all reaching double figures. Dudley and Harry Priest both scoring quick fire 10‘s, Hugh Thompson scoring 12 off 18 deliveries and myself scoring 39. Many of the boys have definitely gained some confidence from the match and we will look forward to hopefully carrying some of that confidence into next week’s fixture against Orange City Warriors on Sharpe Oval. Written by Charlie Tink

Round 2 v Orange City Warriors

KWS 73 defeated City Warriors 68 (H Priest 4/2, T Storer 2/11, O Wong 2/2)



KWS Sixers

Round 1 v BYE

Round 2 v Orange City Warriors

KWS 49 lost to City Warriors 3/157

KWS Girls Fever

Round 1 v CYMS Green

KWS 65 (M Murray 21) lost to CYMS Green 3/73

The KWS Fever started the season with a strong performance for the start of the season. Regardless of the weather each and every one of them banded together in what was a very entertaining but also a competitive game of cricket.

Julia Williams and Meg Murray started the day as the opening batters and both started very well playing out the first 7 overs. Meg continued to bat out the overs till drinks and unfortunately being bowled for a top score of 21 a marvelous inning for a marvellous player. On a bright note it was great for the girls to have the extras on the side with a total of 34. KWS Fever were all out for 65 in being a great start for the season. KWS Fever managed to bring in some extra fire power in Will Kerr and Will Fuller, in the 2nd ball of the innings a run out occurred giving Fever  a good start. Both Wills bowling exceptionally only letting 13 runs between each other for 1 wicket. Hannah Arundell had the time of life claiming her first wicket technically on her first ball after two no balls prior. Pantsie Dwyer impressed the team with her bowling only letting 7 runs pass by. By doing the little things the wickets came such as walking in with the bowler and encouraging everyone to be their best.

The team went down by 7 wickets but that didn’t stop the fact that everyone enjoyed the first game of the season. With some little improvements to work on, each of them will be outstanding cricketers every one of them. Congratulations to all on the first game of the season and I’m looking forward to the many games to come.

Round 2 v CYMS Gold

KWS 41 (M Murray 24) lost to CYMS Gold 1/42

The KWS Fever had a tough day in the office playing against a strong Orange CYMS side. Unfortunately, the KWS Fever were defeated by CYMS but that didn’t change the fact that everyone enjoyed playing on the day.

After learning from last week to play the ball straight all of the girls achieved that goal by not being bowled. Taya Rutherford was very unlucky getting out facing the first ball. Meg Murray continued her fine form with the bat knocking up 24 runs hitting the bowlers to different areas of the field. Meg was to be runout by a brilliant throw from fine leg. Sophie Mahlo stepped out of the shadows as she batted out the rest of the innings being 8 not out.

Being dismissed for 41 our goals for fielding innings was to bowl our right line, take catches, walking in with the bowler and keep encouraging each other. All goals were displayed in the little they had on the field. Sophie Mahlo perhaps has the catch of the season with the ball being dispatched to her at the very high speed placing one hand in the air. Caterina displayed terrific field not letting any balls go past her placing her body on the line.

Regardless of the outcome all were enjoying themselves and having fun. The KWS Fever will be determined next week with the Kinross grudge match against the U13 boys on Sally Kennett. So get down there and support our girls in what will be a very intense, dramatic and also entertaining.

Career News

Important Dates

  • Tuesday 20 November: GAP NETWORK Info Session – Library Seminar Room Lunch
  • Friday 30 November: Closing date for EAS (UAC) applications for December Round 2

Orange Job Expo

Thursday 8 November 2018
Orange Function Centre

The Expo is directly aimed at School Leavers and Job Seekers that are interested in a career in the VET Sector. There will be a number of employers and company representatives there who are interested in meeting potential apprentices, trainees and employees for their businesses, some of which will have jobs available to apply for.

For more information:

Southern Cross University

New Courses at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour

Applications are now open for a range of new and innovative courses available at Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus from 2019: Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor Social Welfare, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science and Diploma of Health.

For more information visit:


New Scholarships at Southern Cross University

SCU are proud to announce, for 2019, a new range of academic merit based scholarships. This includes their Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship worth up to $32,000, 25th Anniversary Scholarship, $7,500 and Southern Cross University Scholars, $5,000.

For eligibility details and more information, visit:

Macquarie University

Student Experience Webinar: Friday 16 November

This webinar will explain their areas of study, scholarships, early entry, adjustment factors and pathway programs; as well as exciting extracurricular activities including exchange, Global Leadership Program and the Professional and Community Engagement Program. Allow about 50 minutes, which includes a 30-minute presentation and 20 minutes for Q&A.


University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

There is more than one way to get into UTS

UTS Insearch will be hosting Pathway Information Sessions at UTS’s Info Day, Saturday 15 December. Their team will be on hand to answer questions about ATAR results, entry requirements, pathway options, applications, fees, etc. before UAC preferences close the following day. Students are encouraged to visit the UTS Insearch Info Station, which will be located on level 5 of the UTS Tower Building.

2019 Apprentice Intake
Boilermakering: Hort Enterprises & Skillset Workforce

Skillset Workforce in conjunction with Hort Enterprises are seeking applications for their new Boilermaker Apprenticeships to begin in January 2019.

This is a fantastic opportunity for applicants to join a well-known and prominent organisation whilst entering a full time, four-year placement that will provide both on the job experience and study. You will be allocated a dedicated Skillset Workforce Consultant who will support you through your Apprenticeship and at the successful completion of the role you will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification.

Please also see below the links for the online applications which close 2/11/2018:




Australian National University (ANU)

2019 Accommodation applications are now open

Applications for ANU Accommodation are now open and will close 19 December 2018. Students must submit a separate application for accommodation. Students will be guaranteed a place, following their offer, given they meet the Accommodation guarantee criteria. One application will cover all ANU residences and there is no cost to apply.

More Information


ANU College of Business and Economics Equity Scholarships

Equity scholarships are open to students in year 12 whom are wishing to study in the fields of Business and Economics at the ANU in 2019.

Access Scholarship

Regional and Rural Relocation Scholarship

Dixon-Walsh Scholarship

Undergraduate Scholarship for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Deferring University

Not all universities and not all courses at universities can be deferred. Do not assume you can defer, do some homework now and then follow the instructions provided by your university offer when it arrives. If they ask for a reason, try not to put “I want some time off to relax and travel overseas ………” It would be better to talk about the cost of moving to study and the ongoing cost you are going to have and you want to work for 12 months to get some money put aside to help with the expenses.

More info:


Change of preference for universities: Please check website for these dates.


VET Courses

Vocational Education and Training is one of the most progressive forms of education available to school leavers. It’s in touch with the realities of the current and future employment market – because it’s entirely driven by the employment market. It’s right now.


Key VET websites include:

Practical Skills for Work

VERTO Practical Skills for Work is a five-day accredited program that includes essential skills to help you get a start in the workforce. These skills will look great on your resume, help you to stand out from other applicants and ensure you can hit the ground running after completing your high school education.

On successful completion you will receive a Statement of Attainment in the Units of Competency.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. No fees apply for eligible participants.


Upcoming Events

Prep School Open Day


TREE Celebration of Learning


Band Concert


Notices & News

KWS Gets Cooking!

We are very excited to announce that we are creating our very own cookbook!

You can get involved with the project by submitting a recipe, joining the team to help with recipe testing and editing or by supporting the project through donations (in kind ingredients or skills).

For more information or to submit a recipe, please visit our website: 


If you have any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Cookbook Team via email: 
[email protected]

Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop is Australia’s No 1 website for secondhand school items.  If you are new to Sustainable Schools registration is easy and the P&F cover the cost of subscription. The KWS 2019 booklists are now up on so you can select the ones on the booklist that you are looking for. If you are interested in selling books, the sustainable school shop website provides a guide as to how much you could sell your book for, and you are not limited to selling within KWS. To register click on the link and follow the prompts.

Donna McIntyre

P&F Secretary

KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin
Sustainable School Shop.pdf
KWS Cookbook.pdf