KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin

05 September 2018
Issue Fourteen
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
Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular
Performing Arts Updates
The Regional Engagement Enterprise
Information and Communications Technology
Sports Updates
Career News
News & Notices
Upcoming Events
Kinross Wolaroi School
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59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

Message from the Principal

‘We all deserve at a bare minimum – a little RESPECT’ (Aretha Franklin)

From time to time issues arise in society which captivate the attention of our young people on which they form strong views. In itself, this is good as we want our students to be socially engaged, to be thinkers and to contribute to the good of society. It is best that they do this in a spirit of humility, knowing that we all learn from others.

In a democracy that cherishes freedom of speech, people have the right to express a point of view without condemnation or harassment. Any disagreement should be conducted respectfully, rationally and reasonably. History provided us with a multitude of lessons where people have had to courage to speak up for the rights of others only to be persecuted or imprisoned for their efforts. Civil rights leaders such as Nelson Mandella, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Junior readily spring to mind.

I have been greatly impressed by the energy and commitment of our new Student Representative Council who are demonstrating great initiative in designing strategies to tackle a number of issues that will improve our School. We now allocate time at each School Assembly for our SRC to speak to the student body and to gather support for causes the students feel strongly about. Student voice is an important aspect within any school for if positive change to attitude and practice is to be made, the students must have ownership in the process.

In a democratic society – ideas will be contested and universal agreement is rare. This insight is particularly important for young people who bring to their opinions the passion, exuberance and idealism of youth, not always tempered by much life experience. What is important, particularly in a school setting, is that our discussions are always respectful, measured and reasonable.

I congratulate our SRC for their initiative, courage and commitment to express their desire to make KWS a finer place and for the mature and respectful manner in which they are clearly expressing their view. Well done!

The world recently lost a woman who used her marvellous talents as a singer and performer as a platform to combat injustice and disrespect in society.

During our recent School Assembly, I took a moment to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, the great African American singer who has passed away at the age of 76. For more than half a century, her music etched itself into popular culture and her talent and omnipresence earned her the title ‘The Queen of Soul’.
In the hours following her death, Presidents rushed to praise Aretha’s contribution.

But Aretha Franklin was far more than a singer. She used her magnificent voice and the platform it provided for advancing feminism and the civil rights. She was a powerful advocate for the black community and black women in particular. Aretha did not walk the middle line in an effort not to offend white sensibilities - she comfortably embraced her authentic blackness in both her music and activism. Her song choice strongly reflected this sensibility and this was at a time in 1960’s and 1970’s where women and African American people experienced great oppression and inequality.

Former American President, Barack Obama captured Aretha Franklin’s significance when he said:

“American history wells up when Aretha sings. Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African American Spiritual, the Blues, R&B, Rock and Roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”

Franklin’s first great hit RESPECT was released in 1967 and it became an instant classic. It was not the first version of the song which was originally sung by a man. She took the song and made it her own, altering some of the words and while maintaining the theme of respect shifted the focus from a woman showing respect to her man, to the respect we should all give to women.

During her life, Aretha demonstrated an unapologetic and fierce commitment to the cause of social justice in all its forms and fought for the rights of black women. She defended the oppressed and imprisoned at a time when it was dangerous to do so.

Aretha powerfully demonstrated the values that we strive to live at Kinross Wolaroi. She was a woman of courage and resilience, who valued respect and inclusiveness and displayed a commitment to the creation of a just and fair society.

Franklin’s songs were a testament to the struggles of black woman and as such were deeply political.
She will be remembered not only for her majestic voice and the power of her music but also for her shrewd political courage.

Koristers perform with Opera Australia in ‘Madame Butterfly’, by Puccini

On Tuesday 28th selected students from the KWS Koristers performed with Opera Australia in their National tour of Madame Butterfly by Puccini. The students were invited to be part of the production through the Regional Children’s Chorus program for Opera Australia. This is the third time that the Koristers have been invited to form the Opera Chorus for the Regional Tour. Our students are very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with professional cast, orchestra and crew members in a professional opera production.

The Koristers sang as part of the wedding scene and the humming chorus, and were on stage for a number of other scenes. William McPhee was chosen to play the role of ‘Sorrow’, which he played convincingly. All of the students were dressed in beautiful traditional Japanese costumes.

Our students sang beautifully on the night and were fortunate to perform to a sold-out audience. Thank you to Mrs Kate Edwards for preparing the students so well, and for her organisation of the event. Thank you also to Mr Bruce Paine, and Mrs Katie Sinclair who assisted backstage.

New Leadership Positions

Boarding House Captains:  Jema O’Neill and Fletcher Taylor

Captain of Music: Oscar Tierney and the Vice  Captain of Music is Olivia Small

Cadets:  the SUO is Olivia Hilder and the 2IC is Isaac Prince. The RSM is Katie Coleman


Julia Stuart - Junior Barbarian Polocrosse Team – success in South Africa

One of our Year 10 students, Julia Stuart was selected to play in the Barbarian Polocrosse Team made up of riders under 16 years, from Zambia, NZ, UK and Australia. Competitors played in the local Paddock Tournament before travelling north to Shongweni Polocrosse Club to compete in three days of Test matches. The Under 16’s Barbarian Team defeated South Africa 3-0; Julia won Best Overall Goal Shooter and also the Best Female Barbarian player. The horse that Julia rode was also awarded Overall Champion Horse. Congratulations, Julia!


NSW Swimming Short Course Championships

KWS students recently competed in the NSW Short Course Swimming Championships, placing 18th in the point score. An improvement on our 35th placing, last year! The team came away with 4 golds medals, 4 Silver Medals, and 14 top ten finishes. Collette Lyon’s results were as impressive winning Gold in the 200m IM, 400m IM, 100m Breast Stroke and 200m Fly, Silver in the 200m Breast Stroke and 50 Freestyle and 4th in the 100m Butterfly. Other Medal winners were Ethan Crisp who won a Silver Medal in 400m Freestyle; Mercede Cornelius-Feltus won a Silver in 200m Butterfly and Oliver McLaughlin winning Bronze in 100m Back Stroke. Really outstanding results, team. Well done and Congratulations!


Holly Gutterson – International Camp Draft Competition  (USA)

Holly Gutterson, Year 10, was recently selected as the youngest member of five in the Australian Team to compete in the American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup. Holly competed on an ‘unfamiliar’ horse chosen by ballot, in Cutting, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter under Saddle and Showmanship, receiving two positions in finals, an 8th and a 9th position. Holly was also awarded the Coaches Award at the Event Presentation, and is reported to have had ‘the most amazing experience’ at the event. Well done, Holly.

Dr Andrew Parry

Message from the
Head of Senior School

Term 3 Week 7

One of the things I am enjoying most about this year is teaching two Year 8 classes. There are some real characters in those classes and they certainly keep me grounded! I believe it’s important for everyone in middle and upper management positions in our school to take a junior class reasonably often, and preferably not a ‘top’ class. That’s when and how we find out the realities of students’ lives (because they tell us and because we experience it with them.) However, one thing I have learnt this year (and over many years) is that far too many students are their own worst enemy when it comes to learning effectively, and their main issue is lack of self-discipline. If you're looking to improve your teenager’s success in school, you might want to think about encouraging his or her self-discipline. Self-discipline not only relates strongly to school grades and results but also to positive school-related behaviours.

When we talk about "self-discipline," we're actually talking about a number of different personality factors. One element of self-discipline is low impulsivity. A student who is less impulsive is able to wait their turn, to avoid interrupting others' conversations and to stay seated and quiet when appropriate. Self-discipline also includes the ability to control one's own thoughts, emotions and actions. Finally, a child's ability to delay gratification is an important element of self-discipline. Disappointingly often I see students who interrupt other students or their teacher, who feel the need to comment about things that are not their business (usually to score points or have a laugh at someone else’s expense), or who sabotage their own progress because they can’t control themselves enough to stay focused during a lesson.

Recent studies by psychologists have shown that self-discipline is key to academic success. Children with high self-discipline also behaved differently in relation to school. In particular, they were less frequently absent, did more hours of homework, spent less time glued to a screen and began their homework earlier in the day compared to children with low self-discipline. Perhaps most interesting of all, these scientists found that self-discipline was more important than intelligence in predicting learning success.

Interestingly, the researchers also found that the ability to wait for a reward was associated with higher self-esteem. In other words, self-discipline seems to be related to many variables that are key to school success. I would suggest that success in later life, both professionally and personally, is also related to our ability to exercise self-control. Whether it’s in a social setting, behind the wheel of a car or dealing with work colleagues or family, it’s important not to act impulsively. I urge you all to think about how best you can encourage your child to exercise some self-control. It can be a challenge but the short and long term benefits are worth the effort.

On a less lecturing note (!) I had the pleasure last night of attending the Year 12 HSC Music recital evening. What a joy! The talent, hard work and sheer pleasure in making music was impressive and hugely entertaining. It was also wonderful to see such a large and appreciative audience in attendance to celebrate with these great young people, who have no doubt had to exercise enormous self-discipline over the years when they would rather have just thrown it all in and taken the easier path, thus avoiding the hours of practice involved. Instead, they stuck with it and have arrived at a place of enormous satisfaction for both themselves and for those who love and support them.

I wish you all a great fortnight.


Bev West

Head of Senior School

Message from the Chaplain

Defy Gravity

“I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.   And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees” (Ezekiel 36:27)

If you enjoy watching professional contemporary dance then Youtube, ‘Lost in Motion Guillaume Cote’. Guillaume is the Principal Dancer of the Canadian National Ballet.  The short Youtube clip begins with his walking nonchalantly onto a stage. He then reveals an extraordinary expression of life, agility and grace.  When I first watched it, I thought I heard God’s voice in the distance saying; ‘that’s what I was talking about!’

Guillaume seems to defy gravity. By contrast, at times I carry my body through the day. I suspect that this is not an uncommon experience. There are expressions enough to suggest as much: life is a drag; the weight of the world; life’s a burden. For as long as we fight the feeling of life being a burden, it will remain a burden. Put another way, sometimes we worry, I know I worry and that I ought not to worry but because I can’t help but worry, I worry because I worry. You can replace “worry” with ‘hurt’. Sometimes we are burdened by external factors: another cloudless sky, a certain work colleague or joyless routine. It weighs us down and it has the potential to turn our very hearts to stone.

Know this: constricted life of existence is not life as God intends for you. God gave humanity dance and song and heart. Life has been given to humanity in such abundance that we can transcend life itself. How? At risk of sounding ‘new age’, step outside, stand still and watch. Just watch. Observe. Do not process with questions of why. Do not ‘pathologise’ what you feel. Do not label, judge or evaluate. Just watch. Allow your spirit the chance to catch up with your body.

At work, perhaps you can watch what you are doing by way of reaction to others. Watch. Why do you feel so heavy? In reality, all that you see out in front of you is inside your head. Watch and your own nature will begin to take care of itself. You will feel your body letting go and a weight lifting from within.

The Prophet Ezekiel realised this in his own way. He said ‘let God remove your hearts of stone and replace them with hearts of flesh’.  People with hearts of flesh see the Divine within the mundane, they watch His grace at work in creation, they recognise the trogs in life for who they are, they watch with hearts that see. They do not allow things to weigh them down.

Let’s be thankful for the Guillaume’s of the world who remind us to defy gravity.


Phil Worrad

Student Wellbeing

What makes a good friend?

In my role I am fortunate enough to teach in both the Preparatory and Senior Schools; on a Monday I can co-teach Year 1 before lunch and then after lunch delve into the complexities of senior Biology with my Year 11 class. You would be forgiven in thinking that the social problems the students in each class are facing are very different, and indeed they are, but a universal issue that I deal with in my wellbeing role is the problem of friendships, or more specifically the toxic nature of friendships.

Having good friends who love and support you for who you are is really important to your happiness, no matter what age. Research has shown that the better the quality of your relationships, the more likely you are to be happy. So, being a great friend to someone and having friends support your back is good for your wellbeing. When I meet with students we often talk about what a good friend looks like and universally the students at school will tell me that a friend is there for you, no matter what; doesn’t judge you; doesn’t put you down or deliberately hurt your feelings; is kind and respectful to you; laughs with you and makes you smile.

Part of growing up is finding your place in social networks or your ‘tribe’. Children’s peers become incredibly important and there is less focus on parents and significant adults. As a result, impressing and belonging become very important. Traditionally boys jostle their way through friendship issues with physical strength and humour, whilst girls are much better at using their communication and interpersonal skills. Dealing with a toxic friendship is hard for students, no one likes the idea of losing a friend and some people deserve a second chance. As parents, dealing with your son’s/daughters toxic friendships can be even harder! However, there are things that we as parents can do.

  1. Make friendship cool. Talk about the great qualities of your friends to your kids or comment on the great qualities of your child’s friends.
  2. Explicitly teach kindness, compassion and empathy. Ensure that your child knows the importance of these traits in friendships.
  3. Explicitly teach emotional intelligence. Help children recognise who is loyal and who is safe.
  4. Teach your children to be up ‘Upstanders’, someone who will stand up to bullying or unkind behaviour.
  5. Carefully manage online activity. A lot of friendship issues happen out of school hours, in cyberspace. Kids need a break from their friendship groups.
  6. Create opportunities for children to meet lots of new people outside of school and get to know them well.

Finally, sometimes students need help to navigate the difficulties of friendships. If this is the case then speak to your child’s classroom teacher, Tutor or Head Tutor for some advice.


Mrs Emma Bylsma
Head of Student Wellbeing

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

It ain't what we do, it’s the way that we do it!
TREEnglish – making it real!

I love English! It was always my favourite subject at school and I always knew that I would be an English teacher. If I am honest, my passion to teach, sprung from my passion to share a love of books and inspire this love in others. I wanted to be an English teacher. The emphasis was on the subject rather than the teaching. I now recognise my role as a teacher is not just about teaching books and how to write; it is actually much more about teaching my students how to learn.

In a 21st Century World where assessment data threatens to become more important than the learning experience itself, it is our responsibility to transform our classrooms into learning utopias where risk taking, experimentation and creativity become second nature. English may be compulsory but some students will never love poetry or Shakespeare – no matter how hard I seek to convince them of my way of thinking! Dragging horses to water and watching them stubbornly dehydrate is not my idea of fun but it is amazing how much better that water tastes when it has been sweetened with silly stories; good humour and most importantly authenticity. Most students do not need to be dragged if you’re asking them about their lives and experiences; their opinions on issues that personally affect them. Who are they – beyond a ‘student’? What matters to them? What makes them ‘tick’?  What angers or frustrates them.

This term in Year 9 English, we have been engaged in TREEnglish – a nifty little blend of TREE (The Regional Engagement Enterprise) and English. Students were asked to choose from a number of topics, about which they would independently research and present to an audience of teachers, parents and peers, in the form of either a Documentary; a TED Talk or a mini magazine. The topics included: Regional Wellbeing; Viticulture; Paddock to Plate; Agricultural Innovation and Orange 360. A common thread, which ran through the topics was ‘sustainability’. The challenges were significant.

  1. The students were researching; investigating and studying something independently – they were not being taught about these issues. The teacher was simply the facilitator – someone to guide them and discuss ideas with them.
  2. The students were now the experts – they were the teachers – telling us all about what they had discovered and learned.
  3. The students had to think very carefully about their audience and their purpose. Who were they writing for? Who was their target audience? How would they ensure that they really engaged and informed their target audience who was no longer simply, ‘the teacher?’ Poor spelling and grammar or inappropriate colloquial expressions did not simply mean a lower mark – it meant that an important message might not be taken seriously – that they might not be taken seriously. Suddenly effective communication took on a whole new significance.
  4. Many students were writing about things very close to their hearts – For example, the drought and its impact on their families; their communities.
  5. Many students wrote and conducted interviews with family members or experts in the field.

TREEnglish has really demonstrated to the students that English matters – it matters very personally to them. To have control over their English gives them a voice; gives them choices and helps them to discover more about themselves, others, and the world around them.

Don’t just take my word for it though –
here is what some of them had to say:

Lucy Dedman:

I have really enjoyed TREE learning this term- I find the topic of Wellbeing interesting; how it affects the people around me differently, especially in times like the drought. Coming from a farming background made it an easier and more meaningful task to complete and really taught me to appreciate everything. Also making a documentary has been a really cool experience.

Chelsea Edwards:

I'm really enjoying the Regional Wellbeing topic because it's helping me find out more about my aboriginal heritage and community. Making a magazine is helping me to learn more about how to engage and inform readers through different writing styles.

Abi Tyrwhitt:

I have been loving the TREEnglish topic this term. Getting to research and prepare a talk on something that I’m really interested in, has definitely made the learning process more enjoyable. Also, being from rural, western NSW, where most conversations are about agriculture, I find it nice that English has taken a new aspect- that being farming. 

Hannah Leisk:

I’ve really enjoyed this topic over the past few weeks because I’ve been able to do something I want to do and something that actually affects me directly. I chose regional wellbeing and am focusing on the drought which is playing a huge role in my family’s wellbeing at the moment.

Fletcher Bolte:

I’m really enjoying this unit because it’s really helped me open my eyes about problems that my family experiences personally; it’s really important for me to understand this struggle. That’s a big reason why I am enjoying doing this topic in English. It has been very beneficial for me.

Jemma Luelf:

I have enjoyed doing this project; researching an illness that strikes so many people, especially in the drought, and for farmers where help isn’t as easy to get to. Also I have learnt so much about why the stigma of poor mental wellbeing impacts on so much in our lives. 

Abby Crouch:

Doing the TREE program this year has made English so enjoyable. It branches our knowledge of regional sustainability and hits close to home for many of the boarders coming from rural areas. The TREE program has so many areas to choose from and I haven’t heard a bad word about any of them. I hope that we can continue in this program next year and that future classes appreciate it as much as we do.

Max Bylsma:

I’m really enjoying TREEnglish – it is a really good way of learning about the region around us. I am doing ‘Paddock to Plate’ as my topic – it is really interesting because it gives us an idea about how fresh products are and how important that is!

Lizzie Kwa:

The TREE English has been really interesting and I have enjoyed researching and learning about my topic. As it was locally based it was great to better understand our community and to produce either a magazine, documentary or TED talk based on our chosen area of interest.


Mrs Serena Lewis
Head of Teaching and Learning

Message from the
Director of Boarding

Boarding Term 3, Week 7

With the focus of Term 3 now squarely on the academics for our senior boarders our gaze turns to leadership within the boarding community. This is the time when we appoint new Boarding Prefects and new House Captains to commence their roles at the beginning of Term 4. And so, it is with great pleasure that I am able to announce Jema O’Neill (New House) and Fletcher Taylor (Wolaroi House) as the new Boarding Prefects for 2018-19. The selection process was a difficult one with well over 20 applicants putting their names forward for the two roles but Fletcher and Jema were certainly the standout candidates and I am sure they will do a brilliant job of representing the boarding community. I was delighted with the quality and enthusiasm of those that applied. In the end, it was Jema and Fletcher’s passion for boarding, their commitment to the whole school program and their ability to articulate what boarding has done for them which saw them stand above as candidates. I am looking forward to working closely with them over the next 12 months.

This feels like the perfect time to thank our two current Boarding Prefects for their service, enthusiasm and commitment over the past 12 months. Vinnie Reilly and Rhianna Simpson have been outstanding in every respect and have certainly supported me on my arrival at Kinross Wolaroi. They are highly respected boarders across the wider school, they have actively and positively contributed to many areas of school life and in doing so, have set the bar high for those to follow. Equally, they have shown great initiative and still managed to find time for their role in the hubbub of busy daily life. Their actions speak louder than words, they have led from the front and I am grateful.

Last Saturday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Miller House Dinner at the Hotel Canobolas. This event marked the last of our House Dinners and I was fortunate to attend all but one (sorry Wolaroi!...I will be there next year!). As with each House Dinner, what was clear and evident, was the depth of feeling the students had for their Houses and their boarding staff. The boys and girls gave the departing Year 12s a fitting send off with words of true feeling affection; they also spoke highly of their house staff. Although, it is still a few months before Mrs Chappel and Mr Chapman step down in their respective roles, they both received the recognition and praise that comes with taking on the role as Head of House. Overall, I was delighted by the level of support from parents and their willingness to travel to play a part in the evening.

As we head towards the final few weeks of Term 3, we wish the Year 11s and the Year 12s the best of luck for their upcoming exams. Let’s hope that all their hard work is justly rewarded with some fine results.


Matt Curran
Director of Boarding

Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular

National Wether Challenge

On Tuesday and Wednesday 28-29th August 5 students (Charlie Coddington, Harry Thompson, Fletcher Taylor, Sophie Hamilton and Claudia Hamilton) travelled to Dubbo to compete in the Rabobank National Merino Wether Challenge. The students have been preparing their wethers for 6 months and had to research and apply knowledge of nutrition, carcass growth and development, wool quality, seasonal fluctuations and other industry techniques used to produce top quality animals. The 2 day challenge consisted of judging sections for the animals in wool, condition and carcass quality. The KWS team 1 were extremely successful, placing 6th nationally in their category for meat quality and animal presentation. Both teams of wethers scored very well in the wool quality showing, with scores of 89 and 92 which were again among the top of all entries.

Students were also required to compete individually in the judging component, for both fleece and animal, where they were required to examine 4 fleeces and 4 merino rams, analysing individual characteristics and using their knowledge of conformation, staple traits, desirable sire genetic values and calculating yield potential. Charlie Coddington was successful in moving to the second round where he had to explain to over 150 students, staff and industry experts his reasons for categorising the rams. He performed exceptionally well, placing third in the under 25 section and was the only school-aged person to place, beaten only by those already in the industry. What a fantastic achievement!!

The students were impressive in every section and as a result have been invited to compete in the follow-up competition next year in May. This is aimed at students competing at the next level and is a chance for students to be identified as potential candidates for opportunities within the industry.

Thank you to Mrs Jody Haydon for her work with these students.

AFL Victory

AFL is a game that is increasing in popularity in this region, with women’s involvement in the sport receiving national attention. Many of our students play for local AFL team, the Orange Tigers. Last weekend, in wet conditions 5 of our KWS girls were part of the Orange Tigers AFL team that defeated the Bathurst Giants in the Grand Final. They became the first ever Central West Youth Girls premieres. Congratulations to all the girls in the team, and particularly to the KWS girls involved. Libby Noonan, Ineka Hart, Sarah Chamberlain, Molly Storer and Grace McRae.  


End of Season Celebrations

Last week, 3 of our major winter sports groups had their season wrap-up and presentation events. On Thursday night, the Netball presentation was held in the common room of Wolaroi House. This was a lovely event with a wonderful turnout of parents, students and staff to celebrate what has been a wonderful netball season. Students were acknowledged for their dedication, improvement, and attitude throughout the season. It was wonderful to witness an atmosphere of support and encouragement for all involved. Mrs Sophie Fardell has made an incredible impact this year in her first year as MIC of Netball. Students and coaching staff have benefited from her extensive expertise and generosity with her time. Thank you Sophie for all you have done for Netball this year.

The annual Rugby dinner was held on Friday night in the DPA. With over 300 people in attendance, there was a lovely atmosphere of celebration and comradery. The occasion was used to farewell Mr Rich Freeman as the MIC of Rugby. Rich has made an incredible impact on the program this year, sharing his passion for the sport with all involved. In a sport like Rugby there is a great deal of organisation and co-ordination involved, and Rich has taken this in his stride. Thank you Rich for your contribution to the program, and all the very best for the future.

On Saturday morning, the Hockey brunch was held in the DPA. Again, this was an occasion for all students to be celebrated for their contribution to the sport. KWS Hockey teams have had a great season, with a number of the teams making it to finals.  It has been wonderful to see more boys participating this year, with dedicated KWS boys Hockey teams in the competition. Thank you to Mrs Jade Georgiou for her work as the MIC of the Hockey program this year. Our students and coaching staff have certainly benefitted from her extensive experience and expertise.

Thank you, and congratulations to all of the students and staff involved in these competitions. Your commitment to the KWS co-curricular program is greatly appreciated. All the best to our students who will compete in finals games in the coming weeks.


Ms Heidi Anthony 
Acting Director of Co-curricular

Performing Arts Updates

HSC Music Recital Evening 
Monday 3rd September

On Monday evening we were entertained by our talented Music 1 and Music 2 and Extension students. Our Music 1 students, Jock Pryse Jones, Isabella Emmi, Lachlan Hunt and Patrick Keirle all performed impressively in the Performance Theatre and were supported by an incredible team of music tutors including; Barry Patterson, Seb Key, Cass Key and Matt Arthur. Our Music 2 and extension students, Hannah Solari, Sophie Hoskins-Murphy and Hamish McIntyre performed challenging and inspiring programs in Room 68. Mrs Anne-Stevens accompanied Sophie and Hannah magnificently and has been an incredible support to the girls. Thanks must also go to their music tutor Lorraine Moxey who has worked incredibly hard to ensure that her students are well-prepared for their HSC and she has been such an inspiration to them both. Hamish was accompanied by his music tutor Liz Sargeant who has been a wonderful support and tutor for Hamish. The night was well supported by a large audience who were all very impressed by our talented Year 12 music students.

Thank you to Ms Heidi Anthony and Mr Seb Key for organising the evening and for all the work they have done in preparing the Year 12 music classes so well for their HSC. Thanks also to Mrs Bec Choi for all work she does behind the scene to ensure the night was so successful.

Good luck to our HSC Music students who will perform their HSC programs on Tuesday 18th September (Music 2 and Ext) and Wednesday 19th Sept (Music 1).

HSC Drama Performances 
Wednesday 5th September

Good luck to all our Year 12 drama students who have their HSC performances on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th September!

String Concert
Thursday 6th September 5:30pm

Our annual String Concert will be held on Thursday 6 September 5.30pm - 6.30pm in the KWS Chapel.

All prep and secondary string ensembles will perform on the night and I encourage all string players to attend even if they are not currently in a KWS ensemble, as it will inspire musicians at every level!

We ask that parents please bring a small plate of food to contribute to a light supper at the end of the evening.

This is a special opportunity both to farewell and thank our Year 12 students for their valuable contribution to KWS music and also to recognise the wonderful commitment of all our string players. We look forward to seeing you there!

Koristers – Opera Australia Performance
Tuesday 28th August

Koristers performed magnificently with Opera Australia last week, and it was certainly a performance they will never forget! Thank you to Mrs Kate Edwards for her incredible organisation and directing this group so well. Also thank you to Heidi Anthony, Katie Sinclair and Bruce Paine for their assistance in supervising the children on the evening.

Orange Eisteddfod Results

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements at the Orange Eisteddfod:


Owen Bloomfield – Piano

Owen performed in the "open piano- jazz solo" where he placed 2nd and in the "18 years & under piano solo" where he came 3rd.

Owen is to be congratulated on winning the "13 to 18 years Ann McFarland memorial senior pianoforte scholarship solo" which is a fantastic achievement. Owen is also participating in the 16 and 18 yrs brass solos, and the "Harry Slogget" scholarship section and we look forward to hearing his results. Congratulations Owen!


Toby Gough – Bassoon

Toby performed in the 13 to 18 years Senior Woodwind Scholarship Solo and received an encouragement award. He also came 1st in his Grade 3&4 Woodwind Solo and 2nd in the 14 Years and Under Woodwind Solo. Congratulations Toby!

Tom Karbowiak – Flute

Tom is to be congratulated on winning 1st place in the 13-18 Senior Woodwind Scholarship Solo. This is an amazing achievement!! Well done Tom!


Dates for your Diaries

Wednesday 5th September: Orange Eisteddfod – Band Day

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

String Concert: Thursday 6th September

Tuesday 25th September: Winter Co-Curricular Assembly


Mrs Annie McRae
Acting Head of Performing Arts

The Regional Engagement Enterprise


Our second instalment of land management and regeneration with Year 10 Geography took place on a bitterly cold day in Blayney recently. The students braved the cold, thanks to a number of fire bins, as they investigated significant gully erosion at our Blayney property, Leurella. David McKenzie, David Mitchell and David Harbison all kindly donated their time to give informative talks on soils, soil testing and agronomy respectively. Unlike the other half of the year who visited in Term 1, this cohort did not camp out and so on day 2 they visited our new farm Windermere. Here they conducted water testing, soil testing for salinity and revegetation plans. 


TREEnglish continues with students having visits from their local mentors. Sophie Hansen ( gave a brilliant lesson on how to use Instagram to promote local produce to our paddock to plate cohort. Additionally, Kate Bracks visited to compare the quality of local produce with large scale supermarket produce. In our Orange 360 group, CEO Caddie Thomas visited to explain the reasoning behind the recent rebrand from Brand Orange whilst James Robson of Ross Hills wine is scheduled to visit this week to help develop the projects of our viticulture cohort. 


Our Year 8 5.3 Mathematics class has begun their amazing farm race. During their visit to the farm they worked with local surveyors Matt Forsyth and Pete Willis to understand how theodolites and GPS trackers work. They compared measurements taken with these devices to ones collected first hand and those derived from analysing Avenza maps.



Our inaugural Wether team did fantastically well at their final competition in Dubbo. Despite the cold weather we have had, they managed to place 6th in National competition for meat. Additionally, Charlie Coddington blitzed the junior judging competition in coming 3rd (only beaten by two jackaroos in their 20s).



Our cattle team had a fantastic day at the Parkes show in their lead up to the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza in Scone. Taylah Hobbs won champion junior parader and Lachlan Ferguson placed second in the U15 paraders.


Gourmet Burger Comp

Boarding students from the Wolaroi and PLC sites recently participated in a burger competition as a Friday night activity. The students had a variety of local produce to choose from to make their creations. Stay tuned for our cooking 101 workshop in a few weeks!



Our Year 7 unit on local, healthy eating has begun in PDHPE. This year, the students began by planting vegetable beds in the Wolaroi agriculture plot that we will harvest and cook in Term 4. Shortly, they will study the 100-mile diet, the issue of food miles and the need to support local producers before creating a meal sourced entirely within a 100km radius.

Soil testing with Year 3

Year 3 recently visited the science labs to test the soil they collected while on their excursion to various locations on Mount Canobolas. The students learnt how to use universal indicator and barium sulphate to measure the pH of each of the 3-locations. It was pleasing to see such good quality soils from our Kinross parents of Swinging Bridge wines and Mandagery Creek Venison!


Internships and co-curricular TREE

Year 10 students have the opportunity to apply for 8 industry internships beginning in Term 4 this year. Applications are open on FROG and due by Monday 10th September. To apply, students must write a cover letter or video themselves explaining what they are passionate about, how they have demonstrated commitment and what they hope to achieve whilst on internship.


Additionally, applications are open for students to be involved in co-curricular TREE. 20 places are available for students from Years 8-11 to form our Farmers Market Team. Interested candidates should speak with Ms Toni Bilton.


Mr Tom Riley
Director of TREE

Information and Communications Technology

Frog on a Smartphone

Frog does work fine on a Smart phone browser (without an App).

… and yes there is an App (called MyFrog) from the Apple Store for iOS and Play Store for Android. 

Some people prefer to use Frog on their Smartphone browser rather than the MyFrog App.

The App askes for School URL =

And then the normal KWS Frog UserID and password

Health effects of Wi-Fi EME (Electromagnetic Energy)

The EME emitted from Wi-Fi is far less than the EME generated by mobile phones.

Please check the link below for reassurance from ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency). 

“There is no established scientific evidence that the low exposure to RF EME from wi-fi adversely effects the health of children or the general population

ARPANSA – 26 Apr 17 5 Wi-fi and health

Darryn Marjoram
Director of Information Services

Sports Updates

Football Reports 

A quick note wishing the Ladies’ First XI all the best as they play their last few rounds (with bated breath as we look towards the possibility of semi-finals). As the football season comes to a close, it is important to recognise the hard work of parents, coaches and bus drivers that have made football possible in 2018. Thank you for all of your efforts in ensuring this program has run smoothly. The Football Presentation evening will be held Thurs, 13th Sep – RSVP so that you don’t miss out. This is an opportunity for us to recognise students’ achievements on the field and also to come together as a community. I look forward to seeing both parents and students there.

Annaliese Stammer
MIC Football


KWS U13 Victory v Waratah Vikings

The final match for the U13 KWS Victory team saw them take on competition leaders and minor premiers Waratah Vikings. A quick goal from Vikings spurred some brilliant attacking combinations from KWS seeing multiple shots at goal from Victory float wide or slightly over the cross bar. Persistent forward attacks from the Vikings demonstrated their strong performance over the year only to see the KWS defence match their attack with precision defence. Whilst not coming away with a win the Victory team had every right to be extremely proud of their result having come up against a team who could possibly be the grand final competition winners.            

Nick Mastrangeli


KWS U13 Glory v Waratah Knights

Result: 0-13

After our defeat of a startled Waratah Knights in round 9, our opponents were out to atone for their sins. Today we met a team that was on fire; they moved quickly to the ball, controlled possession, marked tightly and finished off half-chances with aplomb. To put it bluntly, we were comprehensively outplayed. It was reminiscent of Germany’s dismantling of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup final. Even so, the score did not paint a true picture of the spirit and sportsmanship shown by our team. Despite watching the ball disappear into our goal too many times, the team fought on courageously. Both goalies, Dan and Sophie made great saves, with Dan performing a spectacular save that was worthy of the highlights reel from the Premier League. Ollie and Airlie paired up in the backs and provided skilful and stubborn resistance. Henry and Joe arguably produced their best performances and Will enjoyed his time up front, keeping their backs guessing. Charlize chimed in with a tricky back heel pass to confound her marker. Despite the score line the team bowed out of the competition with style and grace, finishing at 6th place out of 9 teams. Thank you for your enthusiasm and good spirit during a long and often busy season.

Matthew Healey


KWS U15 Jets v CYMS Green

Result: 0-3

A brave effort from Kinross Jets on not giving up on the game. Team members and family and friends on the day are always giving 100 percent. Up front were Nelson Shepherd, Tom Gill, George Cumming, Fergus Baldwin, William Gudgeon, Joshua Karbowiak, Griffin Robinson and Charlie Southwell. Our midfielders, Marnie Adams, Sarah Lyons, Caden Wilkin and Bryce Elsegood, were always chasing players on the field and never giving up. Our backline gave 100 percent all game. In a strong defence were Tom Kiss, William Noble, Stanley Zhang and Fraser Molloy. A big game in goal (even having a goalie run) who always plays his best was Rob Adam. A big thank you to all parents for supporting your child all season. And a big thank you to our MIC Annaliese Stammer for your support this year in everything from games, emails and new kits to jackets. Thanks. You have done a great job.

Gavin Bell


KWS U17 (double header)

Round 16 was another exciting, jam-packed soccer weekend with little success for the KWS U17 side. The Bathurst 75 side is the team to beat in the competition, and they proved this to be the case in a dominant performance against the away KWS side. KWS displayed quality defensive skills amongst the impressive offensive skills of the Bathurst side. Luc Nelson and Isaac Leisk showed huge amounts of discipline and determination to prevent scoring opportunities for the opponents. However, in the end, the Bathurst side proved too strong, and managed to place 5 goals in the back of the net.

The second game for the day was up against the Eglington side at Proctor park. Both teams were very hungry for a win. The game was a nail-biting, fast paced contest with several scoring opportunities for both teams. Some impressive shooting with seen from striker Euan Oliver who placed two early goals in the back of the net. The home side however proved just as effective with finishing their opportunities. The first half ended with the score being 4-2 to the home side. The second half was another exciting tussle, and KWS could only manage one more goal. The final score was 4-3. Despite KWS appearing like the stronger side, they couldn’t quite get the luck needed for the win. Another very enjoyable weekend of soccer.

Walter Prowse


KWS Men’s First XI v Waratahs United

Result: 4-1

A great way for the First’s Men to finish the season, with a convincing 4-1 victory. It’s been said on many an occasion, but there really was never any doubt as to the ability of the team to match it with ALL sides in the Open A grade comp, and to finish with a great win just reinforced the notion. With players from Yr 9 through to age 52 giving valuable contributions over the season, our side easily provided the most eclectic mix of talent to the competition. We were lucky enough to receive compliments from most sides we played against, and not once over the year were we on the receiving end of a ‘hiding’. Augers well for years ahead, as a great platform has been laid upon which to build. Special thanks to Ms Stammer for all of her ridiculously organised help over the course of the season, and to Mr Smedley for his expertise and unfailing positivity at each and every training session (not to mention his comedic talents and verbal contributions during games). Special mention number two goes to the group of talented superdads Mr Nelson, Dr Bloomfield, Mr McIntyre and to ex-student Tom Glastonbury, who provided backbone in defence, sting in attack, skill in goalkeeping and a good dose of ‘age and treachery’ to go with our abundance of youth and enthusiasm. A huge thank you to all the parent supporters and especially the ladies of the First XI Women’s team who were regular attendees as devotees and fans.

Yours in football, Mr Tierney.


KWS Ladies’ First XI

The First Ladies played a stellar game against an extremely strong Cowra outfit on the weekend. They played their hearts out in their last home game of the season. It was tough playing conditions with an unpredictable and slippery ball. The KWS ladies put up a good fight but went down 6-2 to Cowra. There were some spectacular shots from both sides with Reece Ryan slotting in two magnificent goals. The first, she charged through the Cowra back line scoring a beautiful goal. The second was a result of a penalty; Reece took the shot from just outside the penalty area. It flew past all the defenders slotting itself in the top corner of the goal, causing the spectators to erupt into applause.

In defence Emma Thompson was the star of the show with some incredible saves. She really put her body on the line. However, after a handball in the box resulting in a dot shot she rose to another level. The striker kicked a beautiful shot, but Emma diving for the ball just got her fingers to it popping it over the top of the goal. It was an unbelievable save and performance by the goal keeper. The girls in general played a great game with everyone putting in 100%. It was a rough game, but the girls kept their cool with some great tackles coming out of the defence. With many girls playing out of position and their comfort zone they still made the strong Cowra outfit work hard for every single goal they scored.

Ineka Hart



KWS U17 v Panorama U17

Despite an unsuccessful few weeks of round matches, the KWS U17 side saw themselves scraping into the minor semi-final against a disciplined Panorama U17 side at Proctor Park. The highly anticipated match proved to be an absolute nail biter for the first half of the game. The KWS side started off looking extremely dangerous and determined, with several very close chances going astray. Striker Jasper Mihalich’s offensive skills proved not enough to break the opposition’s defence. Nearing the end of the first half, both teams showed moments of complacency and the half ended at 1 goal apiece. Moving into the second half, the home side lifted and the KWS defence struggled under the onslaught. Panorama  scored six goals to nil in a masterful display of passing and finishing; they proved why they were one of top teams of the competition. The game finished at 7-1. KWS U17 ended the match in good spirit and their heads held high after a successful season.

Walter Prowse


NSW Short Course Swimming Championships 2018

KWS sent 14 swimmers to contest to 2018 NSW Short Course swimming championships at SOPAC. In 2017 the team finished 35th in the point score but a massive improvement in performance saw them finish 18th on the point score this year. The team picked up 9 medals and an additional 14 top ten finishes.

Medal winners included Collette Lyons who once again led from the front swimming personal best times in nearly all of her events to claim Gold in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly and 100 breast, silver in the 200 breast and 50 free and finishing 4th in the 100 Fly. Ethan Crisp picked up his first state medal winning silver in the 400 free, Mercede Cornelius-Feltus also found herself on the state podium for the first time taking out silver in the 200 fly after only just qualifying to swim this event 2 weeks ago. Oliver McLaughlin swam great PB’s all weekend and collected a bronze in his favourite event, the 100 back.

A number of swimmers finished just outside the top 10 in their events. The team achieved a PB rate of 62%, an outstanding effort as many swimmers had only recently swum PB’s in these events.

  • Collette Lyons - Gold 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 FLY, 100 Breast, Silver 50 free, 200 breast, 4th 100 fly
  • Mercede Cornelius-Feltus - Silver 200 fly, 7th 100 fly
  • Ethan Crisp - Silver 400 free, 8th 1500 free, 10th 200 free
  • Oliver McLaughlin - Bronze 100 Back, 5th 200 Back, 10th 50 free, 7th 100 free
  • Josie Gillham - 5th 100 free, 7th 50 free
  • Zac Lewis - 8th 400 free
  • Lauren Lyons - 9th 200 fly
  • Gabby Shilling - 4th 200 Back, 9th 100 Back
  • Girls 13-15 medley relay - 13th Catie, Gabby, Collette & Mercede
  • Girls 13-15 free relay - 7th Catie, Kaitlyn, Mercede, Collette
  • Women’s 16&over medley relay - 14th Josie, Julia, Lauren, Zoe 
  • Women’s 16&over free relay - 17th Josie, Julia, Tahi, Zoe

Thanks as always to the coaching team for their support on the weekend and our fabulous parents for their ongoing support and assistance.

Jo Keown

KWS Swimming Coorinator

Netball Reports

KWS Cross v CYMS Winchester

Off to a brilliant start with the first ¼ scoring a mountain of goals to complete with a 6 goal lead.  Very impressive netball and game at hand looking very good.  Erin Bracks with 100% shooting accuracy was on fire, working the circle well.  Sophie Brunner, 2IC shooter, always out strong for the intermediate pass, for the accurate toss back to Erin, or alternatively, to Emma Wright, prepared and primed to drive the ball to Erin sprinting to move under post.  After the second ¼, the CYMS were still behind on goals and KWS Cross in front with a 9 goal lead.  Confidence levels were high.  KWS Cross were pumped.  CYMS were concerned.  Centre court players covered all bases with Ebony Fisher and Isabel Joseph marking their player and closing in on the gap; Emma, moving wide and selecting strategic positions on the court, prepared for the long passes to then pass to shooters and Siobhan Finn with her dynamic leads for the centre pass could not be faulted, driving out from the line every time.  Brilliant goal circle defense by team; Adelaide Gavin and Caitlin Edmonstone; tracking dropped back shooters effectively, bang on with timing for the rebounds and intercepting balls at every opportunity.  Third and fourth quarter, the CYMS team entered the court with a completely different positional line up, and with what appeared to be the KWS game strategy all nutted out, outfoxed us cleanly at every turn.  They lead well and soared ahead with the goals with a whopping 14 in 3rd quarter and then another 15 in 4th quarter.  KWS Cross was also scoring, still with superb accuracy, but just not enough to keep the lead.  Exiting the court after the 3rd quarter with confidence levels a bit diminished, and team feeling slightly edgy; but after a bit of a serious chat amongst each other, a couple of confidence boosting high fives and encouraging gee ups; braved the court the last ¼.  Still with a determined focus to play as hard and as well as they could.   Unfortunately even with scoring of goals in the second half of the game, there was just not enough to end the season on a win.  Dang, almost had it!!  Not to be too disappointed as it was an improved game when compared to the previous match against this team.  Good job girls and thanks for a great season, it was very enjoyable.  Thanks to Caitlin and Ebony for umpiring the game before hand and thanks to Olivia Small for helping out.

Cathy Small


KWS 13As v LS Green Machine

Following on from a tight and controlled game the previous week against the LS Mikis (40-5 to KWS), the girls took the court with a determined attitude to keep control of what they knew would be a close game. The first quarter saw a lot of contested play through the mid court. Jade McLean and Jayde Caro worked tirelessly to deliver the ball to the circle, where Ayla Ryan and Evie Hall were kept on their toes. Prue Donnelly and Lily Robson kept the pressure on the LS shooters, picking up any loose ball to send back down the court. Heading into the second quarter with a 2-point lead inspired the team to make the most of any opportunity. Greta Bourne, Lily Robson and Tanisha Mundy were outstanding in defence. They kept a relentless pressure on their opposition and turned over many of the LS centres. Sophie Martin and Jade McLean created space to pass to and were patient in their delivery of passes through the mid court. With some impressive passages of play and accurate shooting, the lead was extended to 15-8. All players continued to play with the same intensity for the third quarter. Lily Robson held together the centre court and Jade McLean stepped into GS to contribute to a 22-13 lead heading into the final quarter. The final quarter continued to see all players focused, shortening their distance on their players to defend the space and turn the ball over. No one let up until the final whistle blew. The end score was 28-16, securing a spot in the Grand Final on the 15th September where there will be some more fine netball on display. Thank you to parents and friends on the sideline for your support and encouragement.

Mrs Rebecca Whiteley

Career News

Dates for the diary

  • Thursday 6th September – Wayne Erickson – Principal St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney - Library Seminar Room Lunchtime     
  • Friday 28th September – UAC Early Bird Applications close/SRS closes

Orange Agricultural Institute

OPEN DAY – Saturday 22nd September 2018

1447 Forest Road 9.30am-3pm

Displays from Central Tablelands Local Land Services, WaterNSW, Primary Industries including Climate Unit, Vertebrate Pests and Weeds Unit and many more.

Gap Year Opportunities

Webster Pastoral Company 

Webster Pastoral Company is a family operated business running approximately 15,000 acres over 5 properties in the Cowra and Reids Flat District. They are looking for new members to join their team. If you are looking for a career in Agriculture, then this opportunity may be for you. Employment commences in January and is for a minimum 12 months.
Call or email today: 
Phone  02 6345 2290 

Email  [email protected]


Bush Recruitment 

  • Places people in rural positions Australia wide.
  • Provides a niche service to employers and employees.
  • Only recruit for ethical employees who mentor staff.
  • Has an intimate knowledge about employers staffing needs.
  • Has established connections within the sheep, cattle and grain industries.
  • Recruits for some of the largest private cattle producers in Australia.
  • Recruits very high-quality staff with a 96% staff retention rate.
  • This year has placed over 140 recruits across Northern Australia.

For more information contact Dugald Storie 0427 299 172 or visit their Facebook page or website

Education USA

EducationUSA School Holiday Information Sessions

EducationUSA will be offering two free general information session at the U.S. Consulate General during the school holidays. Open to students, parents, coaches and teachers. The sessions are divided into two parts - the first part is relevant for all students and addresses general guidance on U.S. undergraduate study, including university application procedures and standardized testing, the second part will focus on information for students-athletes. Those who are not interested in the student-athlete section will be able to leave after the first part.


Would you like to become a psychologist? You will need to start your education by studying a bachelor’s degree with an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved major in psychology. Not all psychology majors are approved by APAC, so you will need to contact the institution you would like to study at to double check.

For more information, go to

Australian National University

Guaranteed Entry Scheme – ANU offers guaranteed entry to domestic UG students. Please take note that the selection rank for 2019 entry has changed for a number of Business and Economics degrees.

For more information about ANU programs go to


Should I study pharmacy?

Where and should I study Fashion in NSW?

How to become a dentist?

Access industry insights and explore careers, courses and pathways at

MEGT - Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

If you are looking for a more hands-on approach to higher learning – or who just want to start earning but also want to get a qualification under their belt – an apprenticeship or traineeship might just be the way to go.

From online aptitude testing and career quizzes to resume templates, job hunting tips and interview advice, MEGT’s Career Hub has all the free resources you need to find the right career path, find the right opportunity, AND to show potential employers you’re the right fit for the job.

Visit their Career Hub at

UNSW - Engineering Girls Day Out

Female students in years 9-12 are invited to Engineering Girls Day Out, a one-day mini-conference to explore the different engineering disciplines, meet like-minded friends and be inspired by female role models in the industry! Friday 5 October, 9am-5.30pm at UNSW. Event details and registration:

HSC Workshops

Focused HSC Workshops in the October Holidays for Year 12 students - HSC in the Holidays UTS, Macquarie University, UOW and UON are hosting HSC in the Holidays' in-depth, subject-specific workshops in the October holidays. Improve your knowledge, skills and confidence with personalised assistance from expert teachers and markers. Workshops run 9am-5pm across 15 subjects. Find out more at or call 1300 677 336.

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

Torrens University Open Day, Saturday 8 Sept Open Day is the best way for students to see the Leura Campus and meet their community of talented students, lecturers, applied trainers and support staff. This day will give students a better idea about a hospitality management career through study with BMIHMS. Prepare to have fun.

Teaching Career

Do you want to choose teaching as a career?

The NSW Department of Education has scholarships open to HSC students who want to become teachers. You will receive a head start in your teaching career with a permanent teaching job at the end of your tertiary teaching studies! Apply before September 14th


Mrs Kimberley Jones

Year 12 Co-ordinator/Career Advisor

News & Notices

P&F News

P&F Meeting - tonight, Wednesday 5 September, 7pm in the Boardroom of Wolaroi Mansion

The P&F meet to discuss opportunities to strengthen the school community; we appreciate all ideas and support where possible.

Topics being discussed tonight: farmers and the farming community, projects to allocate funds and support for upcoming school events.

Please come along if you would like to be involved; for those unable to attend in person, you are welcome to dial in via our teleconferencing service; dial 1800 857 029 and use guest code 19137159#. 

Donna McIntyre

P&F Secretary

[email protected]

Urgent Reminder - Kilt Fittings

Current year 10 female students will require a kilt for 2019.

You are all welcome to visit the school shop for a measure and fitting.

Orders in by 7th of September.

Sharron Ryan 
KWS Shop

Cultural Immersion Tour:
East Arnhem Land 2019

After the success of the 2018 tour, KWS in partnership with Culture College will again take a group of students to East Arnhem Land to experience the world’s oldest living culture in one of its most unique environments. Arnhem Land is one of the most culturally intact and pristine regions left on Earth and is home to the Yolŋu people, they have been the traditional owners of their lands for over 50,000 years.

Tour Dates: 

Wednesday 10th April – Tuesday 16th April.


During the Cultural Immersion Program you will enjoy some of the following activities:

  • Yolŋu language, sign language and kinship structure lessons
  • Preparing dinner and making fire
  • Dreaming stories
  • Collection & preparation of pandanus leaves for basket weaving
  • Basket weaving
  • Bush tucker - gathering and preparation
  • Traditional Dancing
  • Fishing
  • Spear making
  • Yidaki (didgeridoo) finding and making
  • Making Jewellery        
  • Visit the Yirrkala Community School & Literature Production Centre and interact with local Yirrkala School students
  • Enjoy a visit to internationally renowned Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (Yirrkala Arts) Centre & Museum. See the historical artworks (including the Yirrkala Church Panels and learn the history of the bark petition)
  • Meet with the region’s famous artists
  • Make paint from clays and traditional painting brushes made from strands of hair and participate in art workshops.


$3600 – $4000 (This cost will vary dependent on tour numbers). The cost of touring to a remote location can be expensive and logistics including transport elevate this cost.


For Further Information please contact Tour Leader:

Mr Anthony Begg
[email protected]

02 6392 0300

Year 9 Commerce: Running a Business

As part of the ‘Running a business’ topic, classes from Year 9 Commerce have been demonstrating their entrepreneurial talents by creating their own businesses and selling their wares at school. The topic encourages students to work in a team, thing strategically about the target market and create real, money-making ventures. Students will be concluding their businesses at the East Orange Markets on October 21st and the community is encouraged to get behind the students as all profits go to charity. The business deemed to be most successful, creative and organised as part of their assessment will be crowned “Entrepreneurs of the Year”.

Mr Ben Ronald

Social Sciences | Dean House Tutor | MIC Cricket

AICES Newsletter

Please find below a link to view the AICES Newsletter for August 2018.

Mention is made to Phoebe Litchfield who has been selected for the NSW All Schools Open Girls Merit Hockey Team and Pip Mannix who has been selected for the All Australian School Team following her Hockey successon the Gold Coast recently.

Susan Adams
Co-curricular Administrative Assistant

Canteen News

In honour of Year 12, the School Canteen is now offering the new healthy smokey BBQ pulled pork burger with fresh coleslaw for $5 each.

We hope you enjoy! 

Stephanie Horan

Canteen Manager

Upcoming Events

String Concert


Industrial Technology Exhibition


Spring Soiree


KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin
Holly Gutterson at the Youth World Cup
AICES Newsletter - August 2018.pdf