KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin

17 October 2018
Issue Sixteen
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
Information and Communications Technology
Sports Updates
Career News
Upcoming Events
Notices & News
Kinross Wolaroi School
(02) 6392 0300
59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

Message from the Principal

A warm welcome back to Term 4. Another busy term ahead commencing with camps and activities and for our Year 12’s HSC Examinations.

Term 3 finished with an outstanding Year 12 Graduation Ceremony and Ball, events marking the formal conclusion of their journey at Kinross Wolaroi. Our Guest Speaker for the occasion, the world-renowned avionics systems engineer, Mr Warwick Holmes shared the inspirational story of his journey, one marked by determination, perseverance and self-belief. Lessons for us all radiate from his words as we go about our individual journeys in life. Our Year 12’s should feel very proud, of the spirited and respectful manner in which they approached their final weeks of their schooling.

Our Year 12’s now prepare for their final hurdle, their HSC examinations commencing with the English paper on Thursday morning 18th October. I was delighted to see so many of them busily engaged in Study Camp at School over the final week of the holiday period. Over 80 students worked with staff and collaborated with their colleagues. Thank you to all our staff who have been working with our senior students over the break to ensure our Year 12’s are well prepared for the challenge ahead.

Holiday Activities

Many students and staff were involved in a number of activities over the break. During the first week our Pedal Prix team competed in the University of South Australia Australian HPV Super Series. We competed in two Human Powered Vehicles each operated by pedal power. The race is a continuous 24 hour event that sees the drivers behind the wheel rotating each hour. KWS performed very well in the highly contested event that saw 207 teams from around the country compete.

34 of our Year 9 and 10 French students also ventured to Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia where they attended language classes that saw them totally immersed in the French Language. Time was also available to explore and enjoy the cultural aspects of this Pacific nation and to practice their French in the local shops and markets. 

I have received a great deal of positive feedback complimenting the behaviour and good grace shown by our students during both these tours. Both in Adelaide and Noumea we were superbly represented by our young KWS ambassadors.

Many were also involved in Cricket, Equestrian events in Tamworth and interstate, and over 100 students participated in Rowing Camp during the second week of the break. Clearly for all these activities to take place many staff generously give of their holiday time for the benefit of our students. A sincere thank you to them for going ‘above and beyond’ to ensure we can provide an outstanding rich and diverse educational experience for your children.


Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA)

At the recent ABSA annual conference Kinross Wolaroi School was acknowledged for excellence in the areas of Indigenous Education and The Regional Engagement Enterprise (TREE). The Australian Boarding Schools made an Inaugural award for excellence in Indigenous Education and Boarding this year and I am very proud to see that Kinross Wolaroi won this award. This recognition is testament to the outstanding work of our Indigenous Co-ordinator Mr Anthony Begg and our Director of Boarding Mr Matthew Curran.

Our TREE Program is also gaining wide recognition as an innovative and inspiring educational initiative and as such a photo of our boarding students engaging in the program is featured on the front cover of the ABSA magazine. Well done to our TREE team for their dynamic and visionary work in establishing this national leading educational program.

Staffing Changes

Mrs Suellen Young will act as 2IC Science while Mrs Catherine Litchfield undertakes her Kinross Wolaroi Foundation Fellowship that sees her in Europe during Term 4 undertaking research into Best Practice Teaching and Learning.

In the Prep School, Mrs Nicole Caro will covering Mrs Richelle Coote while she takes Maternity Leave and Mrs Katie O’Dea will be acting as the Preparatory Teacher Librarian during Term 4. My thanks to these staff for their willingness to assist this term.


Wishing you all a fabulous and productive term.


Dr Andrew Parry

Message from the
Head of Senior School

Welcome back to Term 4

I trust all parents have enjoyed having their children with them 24/7 for the two weeks of the recent holidays. I also hope you have had some rain – speaking to students it does appear to have been very scattered so I wish you all the best as you head into the hot weather and harvests (those who have a crop).

It seems a little odd to be starting my last term at the school – the rhythms of the KWS school year have been the shape of my life for close to forty years so it will take some adjustments for me in 2019 and beyond! It was great to be able to accompany the recent French trip to Noumea – this was my tenth trip with students and every time I arrive there I realise I’ve forgotten just what a beautiful place it is, especially at Anse Vata, the area where we stay. This time the group consisted of 34 students, the largest group we have ever taken. It was an enriching experience for the students and it was wonderful to see their confidence grow in their use of French, both in their classes and in everyday exchanges with hotel staff and shopkeepers (especially those at the ice-cream store, which is just near the hotel where we stay!) The students had four 3-hour French lessons, went to the Tjibaou Cultural Centre (which explores the Melanesian culture and history of New Caledonia) and had a day trip to Amedee Island, where they were able to snorkel, swim with turtles and experience a Pacific dancing display. There were many other activities too, but these were particular highlights. Special thanks must go to Mr Oldham, who organised the trip, and Ms Young who accompanied too and whose French fluency made a real difference for the students.

The Noumea trip caused me to think about the fact that the students who choose French as an elective are, by and large, day students. There are some boarders but, relatively speaking, very few. When I interview students and their parents prior to enrolment, the overwhelming reason given for sending their children to board at KWS is to provide “greater opportunities” than what they would have in their home community and local school. To me, this means academic opportunities too, not just co-curricular or social opportunities. My message to boarder parents is to encourage your child to think about doing a language in the elective mix – the Languages staff here are skilled, HSC results are outstanding, and having another language is an asset for the future, both in terms of employment, opening one’s eyes to the wider world, and in making travel a more enriching experience.

I am on bivouac with the Year 7 students this week – it will be terrific to see their excitement as they experience Cadets “for real” for the first time. It will be a mix of activities at school and camping at the new school property ’Windermere’, so it will be a staged introduction for them prior to Annual Camp at the end of Term 1 2019. There are many other camps and activities this week too, so the program is quite full for the whole school.

Finally, I wish Year 12 students and their parents all the very best for the HSC exams, which begin on Thursday. Most of our students have worked hard all year, have heeded their teachers’ advice and feedback, and have done a lot of practice papers. This should allow for a calm and measured approach to all papers. Plenty of sleep, some regular exercise, a good diet and sensible hours are useful during the exam period itself – and remember to leave the mobile turned off and outside the bedroom and/or study area!

All the best for the rest of this fortnight.


Bev West

Head of Senior School

Message from the Chaplain

A reflection for our incumbent Prefects and Leaders.

Courage, obedience and fear are cousins. Learn to live harmoniously with them.

This Sunday’s readings come at a time when we are about to induct the new Prefects and Leaders of Kinross Wolaroi School for the coming year. What we read in the Letter to the Hebrews (5: 5-9) and in Mark’s Gospel (10: 35-45) are powerful messages about what it is to be a true leader.

The letter to the Hebrews was in fact a sermon, not a letter. It was written sometime in the last third of the first century, around the same time as the Gospels. In this particular passage, we read the writer’s reflections on Jesus’ suffering before his arrest which inevitably led to his crucifixion.

The writer recounts that Jesus “offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death”. This took place at the Mount of Olives after the last supper. Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” In Luke’s Gospel, it is said that an angel came to strengthen him, and Jesus, “in agony, prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground”.

Those who are not familiar with the complete story of Jesus’ life and death, might be inclined to interpret Jesus’ prayer and perspiration as a lack of courage and of fear. There is no doubt that Jesus was afraid and he did want to escape what is ahead of him. Imagine yourself in the position of knowing that you were going to be betrayed, arrested, accused, tortured, humiliated and crucified while also knowing that you had done no wrong. But in this fear and desire to escape, Jesus showed extraordinary courage. Remember that he did not avoid his destiny but followed through with the cross to fulfil God’s plan. Courage is not the lack of fear, but doing what is needed in spite of fear.

Jesus’ submission to the will of God is an act of courage and obedience. The writer states that “though he was a Son, he learned obedience by the things which he suffered” (v. 8).  We are surprised to see that Jesus “learned obedience.”  Wasn’t he always obedient?

To refer to the Gospel of Luke again, we are given a glimpse of Jesus as a boy, going with Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem, where he separated himself from Mary and Joseph to amaze the teachers in the temple with his understanding.  Mary and Joseph went a day’s journey before they realized that he was missing and then they had to make the journey back to the city, worrying all the way if they would find him.

When they found Jesus, Mary asked, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Your father and I were anxiously looking for you” and Jesus cheekily replied, “Didn’t you know that I would be in my Father’s house?” It is said that from then “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men” (Luke 2:42-52). So from the beginning, Jesus had a sense of destiny but he had to grow in obedience.

Even though Jesus prayed that the Father might remove the cup of suffering from him, he did so knowing that the Father would not and could not do that without aborting the very purpose of Jesus’ incarnation. As much as Jesus sought to avoid the suffering and the cross, he was obedient and did what was required despite his fear. In the words of Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross” (2:7-8). 

It is this same courage that is put before the disciples in Mark 10: “whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” To be disciples, to change our environment, is to be courageous despite ourselves. Courage, obedience and fear are cousins.

I pray that the incoming Prefects and Leaders reflect upon the message of this week’s readings because true leaders live harmoniously with courage, obedience and fear. To transcend fear of being the voice of justice and to act in the interest of the other are the purest qualities of a true leader. It is a tough gig. May the example of Jesus be their inspiration and strength.


Phil Worrad

Student Wellbeing

Leadership plays an important role in every aspect of a student’s life

Students go through many stages in life for where they need leadership skills. In modern world, students are facing many changes: career challenges, employment problems and rapidly evolving technology. Leadership skills enable students to accept challenges and solve problems. Student leadership at KWS is driven by service to others which is a value highly respected in our whole school community. Students are encouraged to reflect on the School motto – Knowledge, Friendship, Integrity. Formal leadership roles carry significant responsibility and students who accept these roles make a commitment to be fully involved in the positive life of the School and to adhere to high expectations in their actions and interactions.

During Term 3 in the Senior School, the process of electing many of our formal leadership team has occurred: the Prefect Team, SRC Leaders, Cadet Leaders, Music Captains, Boarding and Tutor House Leaders. During Term 4, Summer Sport Captains will be elected and currently our Year 10 students are undergoing Peer Support training with Peer Support Leaders being elected after this.  However, leadership has nothing to do with a badge or a title, but everything to do with what our students can do to inspire change and add value. You do not need a badge to be a leader at KWS – many upstanding students who do not fill leadership positions also uphold the School’s core motto. Being a positive role model, upholding the School’s values, positively influencing and enabling others, and initiating change are the driving forces for our student leaders.

One of the most disconcerting phrases in todays’ rapidly changing world is “we’ve always done it this way”.  As educators, it is important to always look for opportunities for improvement. This year the Wellbeing Team made the decision to discontinue the appointment of badged Vice-Captain Positions in Tutor Houses. This decision was made as the Team felt that the focus should be on developing every student in the Year 12 Tutor group as a Leader. Traditionally each Tutor House has had a male and female Captain, but this year one of the Tutor Houses will have two female House Captains. The two elected students were the standout candidates, selected by both the students and teaching cohort. I look forward to working not only with the elected leaders but with all students to develop leadership skills as they move into adulthood.


Mrs Emma Bylsma 
Head of Wellbeing

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

Our goal at KWS?
Growing ‘Grit Savvy’ Students

Good old Aesop left a number of Fables in his wake – one of my favourites is the ‘Hare and the Tortoise’ – you remember the one: The hare, confident in his own abilities to outrun all other creatures, ridicules the poor slow moving tortoise. Sick and tired of the hare’s arrogance, the tortoise challenges him to a race. The race begins and the hare leaves the tortoise far behind. Midway through the race, the hare decides he has time to take a nap. The tortoise, just keeps plodding along, never stopping to rest. When the hare awakes, he finds that the tortoise, who has been steadily and relentlessly crawling along, has actually arrived at the finish line before him. Many believe the moral of the tale to be:

Slow and steady wins the race.

However, like many of his fables, the lesson Aesop seeks to teach us is perhaps a little more ambiguous. There are two alternative interpretations, which I favour.

Success depends on using your talents, not just having them


Perseverance beats speed.

As educators, our ultimate goal is to help our students to achieve success – to achieve their potential and to equip them with the skills to continue to strive for success and self-actualisation after school. Our goal is to nurture lifelong learners. Back in 2008, Angela Duckworth, American Academic, Psychologist and Author, delivered a TED Talk about the importance of passion and perseverance in achieving success. Throughout her numerous studies of individuals’ achievements across a variety of different social, professional and academic contexts, Duckworth found that ultimately success was determined by one thing. She discovered that it wasn’t intelligence or IQ; it wasn’t even talent. It was, what she called ‘Grit’. She defined grit as:

…passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future day in, day out. Not just for the week, not just for the month but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.’

A decade later and we still have a lot to learn from Duckworth’s findings. Over two thousand years ago, Aesop presented this same idea through the tortoise’s victory – his perseverance ensured his success.

This idea is not rocket science but it is well worth revisiting. If our students are to succeed, they need to be resilient and recognise that success is a result of hard work and effort – it has to be ardently sought for. It is not as a result of ‘luck’ or ‘fixed ability’.

Success is not a given – for anyone - no matter how talented. Success happens when mistakes are made and transformed into learning opportunities. Success happens when we are brave enough to try something, knowing we may well fail.

Do we talk about this often enough? What is more helpful in preparing our students? Rescuing them from challenges or teaching them how to face them?

Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.[1]

For many students, who have always felt like the metaphorical tortoise, the knowledge that hard work and perseverance can indeed outdo the ‘talented’ hare, is motivating. In an ATAR and assessment driven educational landscape, it is so tempting for our students to look for short-cuts to success but the truth is – there is no such thing.

It is so important that our students realise this. Grit Savvy students recognise that simply turning up to class and listening to what the teacher says, is not enough. Grit savvy students realise that learning is a very active process that requires them to fully engage. It is not something that is ‘done to them’ and it is not something that simply happens. It must involve them demonstrating long term effort and perseverance. Talent alone will not get them through.

Grit savvy students:

  • Ask questions
  • Actively seek feedback; act upon feedback and use this feedback to identify their next learning steps
  • Recognise that learning outcomes are a result of effort and hard work as opposed to luck or fixed abilities and therefore persist when the learning becomes challenging
  • Do not give up
  • See mistakes and failures as valuable learning opportunities.

Knowing how to learn and how to be successful in their learning; recognising the importance of taking ownership of their learning; being active in the process, will be every bit as important to our students as the curriculum content. Our students need to know that struggling is part of the learning process – it is not something to be feared or shied away from.

James Nottingham’s[2] analogy of the ‘Learning Pit’ is one of the best visual examples of this idea.

[3] For learning to happen, students need to experience a sense of struggle. If students are able to jump over the ‘pit’, without experiencing struggle or the need for effort and perseverance, it is unlikely that any real learning is happening! Growing ‘Grit savvy’ students is a real focus at KWS.

No grit: no pearl!


Mrs Serena Lewis 
Head of Teaching and Learning


[1] Kevin Durant – Basketball Player -



Message from the
Director of Boarding

How to Thrive as a Boarder

As we enter the final term of the year, it is always a good time to reflect on what has gone before and for our boarders, the perfect time to reflect on what this year has been like for them. It reminds me of an article I recently read in a BSA magazine which was titled, ‘How to Thrive as a Boarder’, and much of the article is relevant to all our boarders regardless of the fact that it was written many years ago. The article is below…adapted with a slight KWS slant!


Immerse yourself fully in the life of the School. It’s not just about the sport and the social life but it’s also about studying, improving academically and enjoying learning new things whether that be inside or outside of the class room. Make a point of getting involved in all House events and activities as this will help develop and nurture your sense of identity and belonging.

Take advantage of all opportunities. Fill your days and keep busy with the co-curricular activities on offer in both Boarding and the Day School. Go on trips and explore different activities. Fully immerse yourself in the outstanding opportunities on offer: The Cadet programme, The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Pedal Prix, and Debating to name but a few. Try everything, at least once!

You can be anything you want to be! Ask yourself ‘what do I want to get out of this experience?’ It’s a great opportunity to become more independent, build life-skills, develop leadership opportunities and networking skills. Evolve, create, develop, and grow.

Embrace new things. Boarding food can be tasty, but the meals might not be what you are used to getting at home. Get involved with the food committee (Yes there is one!!), or look to voice your opinions in other ways. Making a positive contribution to the menus can only serve to enhance the experience and give you a sense of ownership of the place.

Kindness, compassion, tolerance and empathy. Strong and successful boarding communities are safe, happy, kind environments, a home from home. How can you add to your community? What actions could you take on a daily basis that would make it stronger? Could you be a role model? Could you offer homework or pastoral peer support, teach a new skill, be a listening ear, a mentor, a buddy - how could you help others?

Friends for life. Make a point of getting to know people. Those who make the effort to connect and talk are always the ones we admire the most. You will find that the more effort you make the more you will get back. It is likely that your KWS friends will be your closest; boarding life is a wonderful opportunity to make friends from all walks of life.

Relaxation and resilience. You will face academic and social challenges. Most boarding houses are well equipped with a variety of stress-releasing activities: yoga, TV, break-out spaces, sport, music, Sunday BBQs, Firepits - all giving you time to ‘be!’ Talk to people - friends, Heads of House, mentors, tutors, the school counsellor, your favourite teacher (we all have one!). Everyone is there to help.

Keep it real. Don’t change your routine. Sleep well, eat well, partake in regular physical exercise and spend time relaxing with friends. Take a walk outside when things get tough. Remember, nothing lasts forever; yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a new day, so live for today and embrace all you do! Carpe Diem!

And finally…….Don’t worry, be happy! Do what makes you happy. Be yourself, and express your own individual character. This is so important in a boarding context; others will always respect you if you’re true to yourself!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the boarders and their families the very best for the final term of the year. I hope it is a successful, happy and productive one for you all.


Matt Curran

Director of Boarding

Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular

Term 4 Week 1B

Welcome back to Term 4 and the start of our Summer season of sport. We will see the season beginning for Touch Football, Water Polo, Basketball, Triathlon and Tennis in the coming weeks, with Cricket already having begun. Rowing students have had a wonderful start to their season with an intensive camp during the holidays. All the best to all of the students and coaches for the season. I am sure there will be some exciting highlights to come.

Over the break, I had the great pleasure of seeing some of our students competing at the ISHE (Inter-Schools Horse Extravaganza) in Tamworth. School students of all ages came from far and wide for the four day event which was held at the Tamworth Equestrian and Livestock exhibition centre, which is an incredible facility. Our students competed in a variety of events including the Dressage, Showjumping and Cross country. It was great to see them thoroughly enjoying themselves, and representing our School so proudly. Congratulations to all involved.  

This week all of our students will be participating in activities week. Year 7 -12 Cadet students will be engaged in activities either at School, at the School farm, or out at Top Valley Station. Year 11 students will be participating in Skills training, Year 10 students in Peer support training, with all other students undertaking Volunteer Service within the community. I am sure it will be a wonderful week for all involved.


Heidi Anthony
Acting Director of Co-curricular

Performing Arts Updates

Welcome back to Term 4!

Co-Curricular Ensembles Term 4

Please note that SWE commences rehearsals this Friday 21st October 7:45am

All other secondary ensembles will commence in Week 2. We remind all students involved in our co-curricular ensembles to be prompt to rehearsals. If a student is absent for any reason they must ensure they have let their ensemble director know prior to the rehearsal.

Upcoming Events:

Mrs West’s Farewell – Saturday 3rd November 6:30pm

A reminder that Chamber Strings, Chamber Choir and Stage Band will all be performing at Mrs West’s farewell dinner on Saturday 3rd November. Further information and timings will be sent out at the end of the week.


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. Each group will perform and we look forward to seeing the progression from our prep students through to our secondary students. Family and friends are all welcome to attend!


Annalie McRae

Acting Head of Performing Arts

Information and Communications Technology

Frog Tip for the Week

Smartphones (iPhone and Androids)

Your Smartphone/iPad is a computer with a limited amount of computing resources. You may not be able to open lots of Apps and lots of Frog pages at the same time. If you find Frog is not responding properly, try closing some Apps, and/or close some of your Frog pages.

It’s also useful practice to make sure you have free storage on your device so try deleting some videos/photos from your device if it is running slowly, having 15% of free space may help your device perform better.


Darryn Marjoram
Director of Information Services

Sports Updates

Cricket Results

Round 2:
KWS 1st XI 144 (W Luelf 28, A Brien 24) lost to CYMS 9/158 (H Kermode 3/23, S Ridley 2/24, H McIntyre 2/26)

After starting the season with a bye, the team started the season off very positively. Some tight fielding and bowling kept CYMS to a total of 9/158 off their 50 overs. Wickets were shared between Kermode, Taylor, Ridley, Luelf and McIntyre with some strong keeping from Phoebe Litchfield behind the stumps as well. KWS started the chase well with Andrew Litchfield and Will Luelf opening with a 45 run partnership before a sharp catch dismissed Luelf for 28. A batting collapse saw KWS at 9/128 after 36 overs with some poor application resulting in silly dismissals. Kermode and Taylor tried hard to grab the win for the last partnership but ended up short by 14 runs. A sound start for the first game of the season, which will only see the two blues get stronger. Next game is at KWS Main Oval vs Orange City (defending premiers) in a two-day game.


Round 1:

KWS 2nd XI 5/150 (P Litchfield 82no) defeated Waratahs 149 (E Taylor 3/14, T Madigan 2/16, J Rasmussen 2/26, H May 2/28)


Round 2 :

KWS 2nd XI 4/226 (T Madigan 59, W Prowse 59, N Rasmussen 43no, T Kiss 31) defeated CYMS 167 (R Wilson 3/28)

The 2nd XI have started the season in perfect fashion over the holidays under new player-coach Mr Walter Prowse. Both 40-over games saw KWS strangle their opponents with tight bowling and disciplined batting. The next fixture is a two-day battle against Orange City at Jack Brabham which will be a good test for the side.


Mr Ben Ronald

Career News

UCAT 2019 – Medicine/Dentistry Students for 2020

UCAT will replace UMAT in 2019.

UCAT is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes. UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test which assesses a range of mental abilities identified by universities as important to practicing in the fields of medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences.

More information at

Applications open 1st March 2019 and close 16th May 2019.

UNSW's Women in Engineering Camp 2019

Applications Open for UNSW's Women in Engineering Camp 2019

For any female student going into Year 11 or 12 in 2019 - applications for the 2019 UNSW Women in Engineering Camp are now open! The 3-day residential program will run from 7th-9th January 2019. Participants will take part in site visits, workshops, networking events and more. Head to for more info and to apply.  Applications close October 31st.

Orange Aero Club

Are you in Year 7,8 or 9 and interested in the aviation industry.

Orange Aero Club will be running its Junior Training Program during Term 4 2018, with the aim of encouraging and assisting young people to develop their interest in any facet of aviation.
 Register your interest by emailing [email protected] by 19th October 2018.

Scholarships Guide

This useful and interactive guide is aimed at all senior high school students who are starting to plan for their time after high school. There are thousands of scholarships available from a variety of universities, and we even have scholarships aimed at vocational education pathways! The Scholarships Guide includes: 

  • Search by degree/vocation, state and university
  • Interactive personality quiz
  • Student-written blogs
  • Tips and tricks for a successful application.

Go to the Scholarships Guide:
Take a look at our Scholarships Guide today, and feel free to share it far and wide. 

Farmhand Position

Available in February on a sheep, wheat and cattle family farm 60kms north of Condobolin which would suit a school leaver.

The successful applicant would be involved in all farm duties including, but not limited to:

Tractor, harvester and cropping machinery operation and maintenance, hay and earthmoving machinery operation, mustering, drafting and animal husbandry of stock, roustabout and shearing shed work, fencing, general farm upkeep and repairs.

The above position is for an initial 11 month period and would suit somebody looking for a gap year from study or a person looking to start a career in agriculture.

Potential applicants or interested people looking for more information should phone 0268937237 AH or by email at [email protected] by 2nd November to be considered for this position.


Mrs Kimberley Jones
Year 12 Co-ordinator/Career Advisor

Upcoming Events

Spring Soiree


Parent Lecture Series - Paul Dillon

Parent Lecture Series – Paul Dillon

Monday 22 October 2018

6.00-8.00pm in the DPA Chapel

Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research Training Australia (DARTA), he has been contracted by many organisations to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education

Bookings to be made via TryBooking

Year 9-11 Visual Arts & Year 9-12 Textiles Exhibition


Prep Open Day


Notices & News

Parent Teacher Interviews - Term 4, 2018

Day Students:

Parents of Years 7 to 11 Day Students only  will have access to make appointments via PTO from 9am on Monday 1 October 2018. 

  • Please ensure your EMAIL address is up to date in the KWS System.  We have provided PTO the mother’s email address, unless there is no address and then the father’s will be used. This is the email address that will need to be entered by you to request the login details from the PTO website.  Both parents’ email addresses will be provided in the case of parents living apart so separate logins can be requested.
  • Interview Dates: Tuesday 30 October 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Interviews will be held in the DPA, refreshments will be provided.

P&F - Review of IT Services and Systems

We are seeking parent input as we undertake a review of IT services and systems at KWS

NetStrategy will attend the first 45 minutes of the next P&F meeting to undertake Q&A with parents who wish to give feedback on the current review of KWS IT services and systems.
All welcome - Wolaroi Boardroom 24th October 7pm.

Siobhain Harvey

KWS Shop News

Summer Uniforms

Please be reminded that girls summer uniforms are to be worn in Term 4 (starting from 16 October). 

Summer uniform for girls includes Summer Blouse, Summer Tunic, White Socks, Straw Hat, Criss Cross Tie (Year 11-12 only), Summer A-Line Dress (Prep Girls only). For more information please contact Gail or Sharron in the Shop.

Clothing Pool

Any current school uniform items of no longer use, can be delivered to the KWS Shop to be sold on your behalf. Items need to be in good condition are of current designs and are washed or dry cleaned. With the up and coming School Orientation Day and seasonal uniform changes there is now the opportunity to have your items processed quickly.

Second Hand Blazer

The KWS Shop is seeking a size 20 or 22 second hand Prep KWS Grey Blazer.

If you have one available, please contact the school shop for more details.

Sharron Ryan
KWS Shop Assistant

Volunteers for HSC Disability Provisions

The Student Academic Services team are on a desperate search for a bank of volunteers to use for Year 12 HSC Disability Provisions in Term 4. Volunteers are required to act as readers for a number of our Year 12 students. If you are available (or know someone who might be available) to assist between 18 October and 9 November, please contact Tina Moshkanbaryans ([email protected]) at your earliest convenience.

Please note: Working with Children Check required (free for voluntary work); current Year 12 parents cannot act as readers

Tina Moshkanbaryans

Australian National Field Days

Kinross Wolaroi School will be an exhibitor at The Australian National Field Days from Thursday the 25 through to Saturday the 27 of October.

This year our focus will be The Regional Engagement Enterprise (TREE) and how our students are ‘Rethinking Learning’. The focus of TREE is to provide our students with contextual, cross-curricular, community based learning experiences. Within TREE, our students learn outside the confines of conventional classrooms,  so come along and have a look at what our students have been up too.

We will be at site K30, so feel free to come and say hello. If you have any friends or family that are interested in learning more about KWS, we would love to meet them!

DPI at the Field Days

Are you heading to the Australian National Field Days at Borenore 25-27 October?
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is excited to be the feature exhibitor this year and invites families to drop by our DPI Education Hub.
DPI will have lots of engaging hands-on activities, including the opportunity to:
  • Experience a new DPI virtual reality experience of beef, sheep, egg and dairy enterprises
  • Learn about DPI’s research projects on display and chat to the researchers
  • Explore the exhibits with the Biosecurity Warrior Passport to collect stamps and learn about your role in biosecurity
  • Discover upclose weeds and pests through microscopes and touch table
  • Give the Biosecurity Warrior a high-five who’ll make appearances throughout the day
  • Track ‘Fang’ the feral cat through his aMazing adventure
  • Plus lots more!

When: DPI Education Hub will be open from 8.30am to 5.00pm from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 October 2018

Where: DPI’s Feature Exhibit & Pavilion, Site C1-5 @ Australian National Field Days, BorenoreFor more information on ANFD visit


Be a FoodFighter in Orange!

OzHarvest is one of Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1,000 charities supporting people in need across the country. The incredible story of OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn is the focus of a film; ‘Food Fighter'. The film follows Ronni for 2.5 years on her mission to tackle food waste and feed those in need, both in Australia and abroad. Food Fighter is a powerful insight into what it takes to positively disrupt and be a change-maker for good. On behalf of FoodCare Orange; the local agency helping address the issue of Food Insecurity in Orange NSW, we are hosting a screening of Food Fighter in Orange on Monday 29th October at 6.30pm at the Odeon5 cinema.  

You are invited to join the screening. You can see the trailer and book tickets at:

After the screening there will be a short Q&A session to discuss the issues raised in the film and what we can do about it in our community.

Go on, be a FoodFighter!

KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin
Spring Soiree Invitation.pdf
Parent Lecture Series - Paul Dillon.pdf
ANFD Education - Invitation.pdf
ANFD Education - Invitation.pdf
ANFD Education - Invitation.pdf