19 September 2018
Issue Three
Kew High School
61 3 9859 8652
1393 Burke Road
East Kew, Vic, 3102


Empowering Students at Kew High School

We are currently involved in a project entitled  'Amplify' which aims to empower students through voice, agency and leadership. The program explains the necessary conditions, practices, behaviours and attitudes to learning that are conducive to increasing student involvement.


At Kew, we already have a supportive environment with our wellbeing focus, relationships at the centre and restorative practices as our framework for interactions.


We have an established SRC and leadership group who regularly organise activities, seek student input and organise and present at Assemblies and represent the views of their peers on School Council. Our students are active participants in the Music ensembles, the sports such as Volleyball and the Drama performances. Through these activities, their initiative and drive are in evidence as they adopt various roles.  In the recent production of Grease, students competently directed and managed back stage, lighting and sound as well as acted in their roles.

We have a focus on excellence in teaching and learning and the improvement of teacher capacity. The teachers work in  teams to discuss how they teach,  high impact strategies, approaches to learning, the scope and sequence of curriculum and assessment and share ideas and resources.  


Through Amplify our vision for 2020 is that we will consciously flip the lens and focus more clearly  on the student perspective so that:

  • Students set stretch goals to progress their learning.
  • Students self regulate and proactively take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Students use critical, creative and analytical thinking.
  • Students collaborate effectively.
  • Students contribute to communities within and beyond school.

The result will be:

  • Raising academic achievement and engagement - with students actively  self managing  their learning.
  • Embedding student ideas in current practice.
  • Encouraging students to co-design curriculum and assessment.
  • The gradual release of responsibility.
  • Students managing their  own learning to a greater extent.

It will mean our world is more student centred, purposeful and participatory and there will be increasing evidence of shared responsibility. We will develop student skills, knowledge and dispositions to embed their voice, agency and leadership in our school.


It is an exciting time and we look forward to our students increasing their involvement, developing a greater connection and allowing them to have more of a say in shaping their learning.


Clare Entwisle


Events, Activities and Big Movement!

Term 3 has been a fun filled time at Kew High School.  There has been events, activities, and  big movement as the chaplain moved offices from room 105 to room 204B.


Chaplain Moves Offices into the new Wellbeing Centre

After 13 years being based in room 105 on the first floor, the chaplain has relocated to room 204B and will be based in the new Wellbeing Centre along with the School Wellbeing Coordinator and visiting psychologists and counsellors.  The new centre contains four individual offices and a large open space for programs.  An official opening will be held in the centre during the Mental Health week in term 4.


Kew CWA Generous Donation 

This term we say a big thank you to the Kew Country Women’s Association for their support of the students at Kew High School.  The Kew Branch donated $1000 to the school to be distributed by Chaplains Assistance Fund.  The assistance fund aims to support students from low income families who are struggling financially with the cost of schooling.  Applications for assistance can be made via the general office.  


Chaplaincy Second Hand Book and Uniform Shop

The shop is over flowing with clothing stock.  We all love a bargain, so drop into the shop on Tuesday’s 12:20 – 1:10pm and you will find a huge supply of stock. Before you rush out and buy that new jumper you can send your child to the shop and our parent volunteers will help them find any needed uniform from our large supply. Items can be put on hold for up to two weeks, payment can be made by cheque, cash, credit or EFTPOS. It couldn’t be easier to sort out uniforms and text books for your child at up to half the price of purchasing items new.


Volunteering in the Second Hand Book and Uniform Shop

This year we are sad to farewell a number of volunteers from the secondhand book and uniform shop.  Like all schools, our volunteers rotate on a regular basis as their children finish up and move into higher education, training or employment.  This means we are always on the lookout for new parents to help keep this fantastic school resource running.  Regular updates are posted on the compass Newsfeed about volunteering. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can support the second hand book and uniform shop please email [email protected]


Rosemary Carter

School Chaplain


Year 10 Work Experience

In the last week of Term 2, the Year 10 students set out for a week of work experience in their chosen workplaces. During the week placement, students were able to learn various skills and get a taste for the day-to-day experience of working in their chosen job. Read about some of the students experiences below.

During my work experience program, I was very lucky to be able to go to the hospital and worked with the anaesthetics team. I was in surgical theatres from the start of the day until the end. Since I was in the surgical theatre, I wasn’t allowed to do many hands-on things but I got to observe the whole surgical process. I was able to learn about the importance and the role of every person in the surgical theatre. It was an unforgettable experience. I enjoyed it a lot. - Jia Yi Ong.


For my year 10 work experience, I worked closely with a Barrister. He was part of the Victorian Bar. During the week, he gave me an insight into what life as a lawyer was like and what it involved specialising in criminal law. Early on the week we travelled to Geelong Magistrates Court as he had a case there. I got to get a good 'behind the scenes' of what went on in the courtroom. I also got to sit in on multiple conferences with the lawyer and his client, was taught a lot about how the courts work and the law systems in Melbourne. Overall, I learnt a lot and really did value my experience during this time and am so glad it is a part of our school curriculum in year 10. - Alannah Cattran.


I participated in work experience at Myer in the Melbourne Emporium for a week from Monday to Friday. I anxiously prepared myself for the first day weeks beforehand only to find out, I needed not to be so anxious at all. When I first walked through the staff entrance doors to Myer, in the city, I anticipated people to push me around or be very stern with me, but I had judged very wrongly. I was greeted with a smile and a badge and I soon met my fellow work experience mates who were all also in Year 10. Together, we all went through a safety induction, which covered how to use certain equipment, with the work experience manager who was charismatic and accepting towards all of us. It was not awkward at all and I felt welcomed and supported in the environment. For most days, I worked and helped out in the kids clothing and toys section, and got to meet my manager and other Myer employees. I helped with stacking items on shelves, putting clothing on racks in size order, and I occasionally interacted with and helped customers. Everyone I met was friendly and hospitable towards my needs as an inexperienced worker and I felt accepted into the staff community in Myer. Overall, my experience was enjoyable, valuable and definitely worth the time I spent there. - Zoe Cole.


Work experience was an awesome week and a great learning opportunity. I went to my old Primary School where I assisted and took part in the music/strings department. It was amazing to see my old teachers again and reconnect with them. The roles and responsibilities I undertook were; helping with tuning, warm up exercises, violin stance and music piece studies for both group and individual lessons. It was a great experience sharing my music knowledge with the students. In addition, I was lucky enough to be able to assist and work in administration in a Musical Theatre department. Helping and participating in workshops, open days, costume/uniform sectors, attendances and administration were some of the roles I undertook, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Work experience was an inspiring, fun week that I loved, and would do again. - Mariam Pileggi.


For work experience, I went to Peter Brown Architects pty Ltd.  It was an amazing experience as I got to work with a small group of architects and interior designers. I was able to use designing computer programs, which were fun and engaging. I helped pick products for a client’s brief, including products for their home. I also did a job for a new studio being built in the city. I had to find carpet, paint colours and fabric colours that would work with the brief given. - Nasia Ikosidekas.


Elena Tsaveas

Work Experience Coordinator

Photo: Anh Tien Huynh Nguyen 11A - Senior Winner


Photo: Anh Tien Huynh Nguyen 11A - Senior Winner

1950’s Rock n’ Roll

Earlier on the in the term we held our annual art competition. It was open to all year levels to submit artworks using any techniques or media they liked. The theme for the competition was ‘1950’s Rock n’ Roll’ to align with this years production, Grease.


I’m very excited to announce the winners and honourable mentions of our school art competition:


Junior Winner: Leo Gustavvson in Year 7.

Junior Honourable Mentions: Jin Jung and Isabella Parker both in Year 8.

Senior Winner: Anh Tien Huynh Nguyen in Year 11.

Senior Honourable Mentions: Huynh Nguyen Thuy Tien in Year 11 and Giorgia Benini in Year 12.

Congratulations to all of the winners and honourable mentions! All of the entries were put on display in the theatre lobby during the production of Grease. Everyone was blown away at how wonderful they all were.


A big thank you to everyone who took the time to create an artwork to enter. The other student leaders and I had a wonderful time looking at all the amazing, diverse entries. Selecting just two winners was a challenge!


Sophia Cleaver

Art Captain


Sell Out Shows!

During week 2 of the term, we performed the production Grease over four nights. The cast, band backstage and lighting crew were made up of students from Years 8 to 12, some teachers and previous students from Kew High School.


We started rehearsing for the show late last year after school and on the weekends. We were lucky to have the help of Sarah O’Malley and Georgia O’Malley, past Kew High School students, who choreographed most of the dances. Ella Daly (Year 10) and Charlotte Lincoln (Year 11) also helped to choreograph a few of the amazing dances in the performance.



On the Wednesday, we had a matinee show and performed to local Primary School students before the official opening night.


Every show was close to a sell out! Everyone was excited to perform in front of such a big audience.

Overall, we were so happy with how it all went. It was a fun and inclusive school production, which will be memorable for years to come. Thank you to Ms Seraya Brain, Mr Michael Brandt, Mr Stuart Crawford, Ms Judy Bartosy and Ms Kylie Kollmorgen for all of your help bringing everything together.


Joshua Ruiz

Year 10 Performer


VSC Volleyball Tournament

Early in the term, Kew High School students participated in the Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball Tournament.


We entered 13 teams into the competition and had an extremely successful weekend. Overall, nine teams played in medal matches and we came away with the following medals:


Bronze: Open Boys and Year 11 girls.

Silver: Year 8 boys, Year 9 girls, Year 7 boys Maroon.

GOLD: Year 11 boys, Year 9 boys, Year 7 girls Gold.


Will Lincoln was voted the MVP for the Year 8 boys competition and Elannah Mouzis for the Year 7 girls competition.


We were happy with how all of the teams performed. Congratulations to all those who participated. See detailed results below.








Boys Results:

Open boys - BRONZE

Year 11 boys - GOLD

Year 9 boys - GOLD

Year 8 boys - SILVER

Year 7 boys Gold - 6th

Year 7 boys Maroon - SILVER


Girls Results:

Open girls - 7th

Year 11 girls - BRONZE

Year 9 girls Gold - SILVER

Year 8 girls Gold - 7th

Year 8 girls Maroon - 6th

Year 7 girls Gold - GOLD

Year 7 girls Maroon - 4th

Louise Bates

Volleyball Coordinator


Japanese Students visit Kew High School

During Week 4 of Term, a group of Japanese students and two of their teachers visited Kew High School. The students were from Kew High School’s Sister School located in Soja City, which is in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

During the week, the Japanese students participated in normal classes such as Maths and English to gain an insight into how our classes run. They also took part in specialist classes to learn about the Australian culture such as bush dancing, Australian food cooking, Australian football and indigenous art practice.

The Japanese students stayed with host families from Kew High School. Below are some highlights and fond memories from those students who hosted a Japanese student.


I really enjoyed being able to show my Japanese student around the city and go to Bounce. Our family was very happy towards the end of the trip as her English improved a lot and she was able to communicate with us in nearly perfect English. She cooked us udon noodles. She bought the main ingredients from Japan, which was surprising and fun. We cooked together and she explained to me all the ingredients and how to cook them. – Jia Yi Ong, Year 10 Student.


My Japanese student was very kind and great company to be around. We have stayed in touch since she has gone home. My highlight was when my family took her to see an AFL game. She enjoyed it a lot. The thing I found most surprising was that she repacked her suitcase every night! – Annie Opie, Year 8 Student.


While my Japanese student was in Melbourne, I really enjoyed learning about her life in Japan. It was hard to communicate in English so my brother who speaks a small amount of Japanese had to help out. – Mimi Lye, Year 12 Student.


I had fun doing things with my Japanese student, for example, going to cafes. I would recommend the experience for others in the future, as you get to get to experience how people from Japan differ from people in Australia and you can learn different things about their culture. – Mia Sagar, Year 9 Student.


I enjoyed making my buddy feel comfortable to stay in Melbourne and keeping her busy so she wouldn’t get homesick. We ate lots of rice and meat dishes while she stayed here. – Felicia Kang, Year 9 Student.


Andrew Cerini

Japanese Teacher


Water Filtration

Over the first week in August, we were lucky enough to have all our Year 7 Science classes participate in a workshop run by the Monash University chapter of Engineers Without Borders.


Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a member-based, community organisation that creates social value through engineering. Through partnership and collaboration, they focus on developing skills, knowledge and appropriate engineering solutions particularly within third world environments. Their School Outreach Program sends teams of trained EWB volunteers into schools to run creative, hands-on workshops designed to open young people’s minds to the challenges facing developing countries. They also highlight career options available to engineers and technical professionals and the power of humanitarian engineering to create positive change.


The workshop, 'Water Filtration' - how we create clean water systems, was based on their Cambodian program and linked to an earlier unit in our school science program, Separating Mixtures. Students were assigned into teams, given a design brief and working within certain resource and budgetary constraints designed and built a simple water purification system. 

Read what the students had to say about the experience below.


Today we learnt about different engineers and what different jobs they have, and learnt a lot about other countries that cannot produce as much water as richer countries like Australia. The focus though was different filtration methods, and we had a task, which was making your own filter to make clean water, and you had to gather many materials and you were put in groups and given a certain country with a certain budget. Then you have to buy the materials and make your own filter. It was really fun and encourage you to try it out yourself. – Benjamin Wolff, 7A.


On Tuesday a couple of people from a group called 'Engineers Without Borders', came to Kew High School and talked to our class about different types of engineers and water filters. They told us about four major types of  engineers: Mechanical, Chemical, Civil and Electrical. We discussed about what each of the engineers do, study and water filtration. We then talked about homemade water filters and desalination plants, which led into a challenge to create a water filter with limited resources and money. In the challenge, we were split up into small groups and then assigned a country with a certain amount of money to spend on items to create a water filter. We had to think about what materials to use and where, for instance: I put fine substances towards the bottom of the water filtration process and larger substances at the top of the process to maximize the water filter and get the lowest possible Turbidity. “Standard units for turbidity are "nephelometric turbidity units" (NTU's) standardised against Formazin solution.” http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/water/water-monitoring-and-assessment/water-monitoring/surface-water-quality/water-parameters. Overall, this was a very fun and educational experience and I learnt a lot. – Kyan Robins-Pittock, 7E.


On the 10th of August, 7A had Engineers Without Borders or EWB come in and teach us about what they do, in a fun way. Firstly, they took us through a slide show, showing us the different ways that engineers help people around the world. After that, we did an activity where we took the viewpoint of different countries and looked at how they would filter water, by creating our own filters. We were given the resources, money and skills, similar to the country we were investigating. This helped us understand the task and help us realise the difficulties faced by some countries around the world. This interactive experience helped us all understand the work of engineers and what we can do to help other countries in need. – James Pringle, 7A.

Today we learnt about how engineers in Australia go to other countries and build things such as water filters to help less fortunate people in poorer countries have a better life with safer and cleaner water, food and lifestyle. They showed us how difficult it is for third-world countries to build water filters and how with a little bit of assistance they can build what they need to live a healthy and clean life. – Lachie Slatterley, 7C.


Dianne Keage

Science Teacher


Memorable Experience

On Friday 17th August, Year 11 students had their Formal. Students frocked up, suited up and made their way to the Regal Ballroom in Northcote for a 7pm start.


The students gathered in the Ballroom and spent the first little while mingling and having photos taken.

Not long after the entrée was served, they all moved towards the dance floor where the spent remainder of the night dancing. They then enjoyed their main meal followed by awards, which was very entertaining.


Overall, it was a joyful experience for everyone who went. We hope that it will bring many happy memories for years to come.

Sophie Richards

Publications Coordinator

Photo: Jude Harris (Year 8) - Winner of Kew's Got Talent


Photo: Jude Harris (Year 8) - Winner of Kew's Got Talent

Kew High School Definitely Has Talent

On Thursday 19 July, the school library transformed into the Hammersmith Apollo for a lunchtime, hosting the fan-favourite Kew’s Got Talent competition for the first time this year. This event has been running for several years and it is always great to see so many students showing everyone the flair and aptitude they possess.


Simon Cowell became Mr Danny Gesundheit, Amanda Holden became Ms Vicki Goodman, Alesha Dixon became Ms Sophie Richards and David Walliams became Mr Stuart Crawford — it’s safe to say we had a star-studded judging panel; a necessity for an event such as this.

The bell for lunchtime sounded after a long period 3, and there was more hysteria than the Salem witch trials. Thousands (maybe a fraction less) poured in through the library doors, eager to claim the best seats in the house to experience the school’s best of the best in terms of raw talent. Soon enough, the room was packed to the brim with people and excitement, everybody enthusiastic.


As soon as the notorious sound of microphone feedback was heard, however, this chatter died down because everyone came to the realisation that they were about to experience something spectacular. The music captains officially ‘cut the ribbon’, and applause erupted. This was it.

A wide variety of simply stunning acts followed. From Green Day covers to guitar solos to cup songs, and much more, the entire room became hypnotised by the brilliance of Kew High School’s students. The judges met together after each act, sharing their thoughts with one another to ultimately decide on a rating for all performances. This was not easy.

Seven acts performed in the concert, each showing off unique skills and talents. Really anyone could have won. In the end, however, the judges finally came up with a top 3, as follows.

  • 3rd place: Maddy Robeson Pavlova
  • 2nd place: Coby Lamont, Toby Aitken, Jude Harris and Josh Marra
  • 1st place: Jude Harris

Well done to all who had the courage to perform, and congratulations to Jude, who performed a killer drum solo that had everyone wondering what they were doing with their lives. In the end, it was a highly successful event. Really, who needs Britain’s Got Talent?


Howard Aitken

Music Captain and Kew's Got Talent Host


Junior Public Speaking Contest

The Junior Public Speaking Contest was held at school on the 7th May. This contest was open
to students in years 7, 8, and 9. We delivered a four to five minute speech on a topic relating to either social justice, voluntary service, caring, mateship, personal effort or personal sacrifice. The first four place-getter's were able to proceed to the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.


The entrants who delivered speeches at the contest were Ananya Goswami (Year 9), Max Thomson (Year 9), Robert Garner (Year 9) and James Pringle (Year 7), all of whom progressed to the Legacy contest. The speeches were all of a good quality. Ananya Goswami came first place in the Junior Public Speaking Contest and received a JB Hi-Fi voucher. Ananya talked about animal cruelty, Max talked about US gun laws, James talked about persistence and I talked about taking opportunities.


The regional finals for the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award were held in the Renaissance
Theatre on the 7th August, and featured the four entrants in the Junior Public Speaking Contest as well as students from Balwyn High School and Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School.

The contest consisted of two sections; a prepared speech section and an impromptu section. All topics had to relate to the Legacy values. The Kew High School students delivered the same prepared speeches that they gave in the Junior Public Speaking Contest. In the impromptu section, we had five minutes to prepare for a two-minute speech on the topic of ‘Choices’, which we could interpret however we liked.


All the prepared and impromptu speeches were of an exceptional standard. Ananya Goswami and Max Thomson tied as winners, enabling both of them to progress to the preliminary finals.

We had preparation sessions for both the Junior Public Speaking Contest and the Legacy
Junior Public Speaking Award. In these sessions, we wrote and practiced our speeches, looked at ways to structure both prepared and impromptu speeches, and received feedback about what we did well and what we could do to improve our speeches.

My favourite part of the process was presenting my speech. I would highly recommend the
pathway to other students who are interested. It is a great way to build up your confidence in speaking and it was fun.


Robert Garner
Year 9 Student


Congratulations Aston Key

Earlier in the year, Aston Key, a year 12 student at Kew High School, competed in the European Youth Orienteering Championships and the Junior World Championships in Europe. Aston had an extremely successful trip and achieved amazing results.


Aston won the European Youth Orienteering Championships in the Men’s Under 18 Sprint distance category in Bulgaria. This was the first time an Australian has won there and possibly the first non-European. Unfortunately, he couldn’t receive the title as he isn’t European, but they called him up during the ceremony and celebrated his success.


He then went onto Hungary where he raced in the Junior World Championships, which was for the slightly older Under 21 category. Aston placed 9th in the Sprint Distance. This was an outstanding result for an Australian out of a field of 165 athletes from about 50 different countries.

Kew High School would like to congratulate Aston and his family for his outstanding results.


This experience will have opened up many opportunities for Aston in upcoming years and we wish him all the best.


Sophie Richards

Publications Coordinator


2018 VET Snow Camp

The VCE VET class took on Mt Buller in August and I am pleased to say I think they won despite all the challenges thrown at them by the weather!

The students experienced the full range of conditions battling through snow, rain, blizzards, powder, gale forced winds as well as perfect blue skies on the Thursday. All students mastered snowboarding with some even choosing to fine tune their skiing ability as well.

Whilst on the mountain, students planned and delivered a range of night and group activities which aligned with a unit of group work that they were required to complete as part of their VET studies.


Luckily no one needed to put their previously learnt first aid skills into practice on this camp as all arrived home safe and sound on the Friday afternoon.


Dan Norton

VET Teacher


Soja School Art Activity

During the visit from the Japanese Soja Sister School we conducted an Indigenous painting session. The Japanese students learned about the Kakadu National Park, Australian Animals and the Aboriginal culture.


Students then used traditional aboriginal symbols to create their own artworks in the traditional Indigenous style.  All students (and their teachers!) created some fantastic artworks using colours, symbolism and dot painting style. 


Claire Suckling

Visual Arts Teacher



French United Nations Conference

Our Team of Year 12 students including Angela Bocquet, Andrea Marsic, Kate O’Dwyer and Nikko Riazi participated in the French Model United Nations Conference on Monday 23 July on the very important topic of Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Global Humanitarian CrisisThe event was held at Treasury Theatre in Melbourne.


The Model UN Conference is a creative simulation of the UN General Assembly in which students represented member states of the UN. Each school represented a country and tried to negotiate a new UN Resolution. The Model UN Conference was an opportunity for students to learn about the UN system, discuss global issues and practice their diplomacy skills in a fun, dynamic environment, while developing key negotiation and public speaking skills. All that speaking in French!


There were more than thirty other schools who participated and Angela, Andrea, Kate and Nikko represented Kew High School very well. Their opening statement was lauded and they made sure their voice was heard during the caucus and for the final resolution.


Well Done to the team who participated, it was a very successful day.


Xavier Ndour

French Teacher


Term 3 Snapshot

Term 3 has seen students participating in the PE program undertake a vast array of experiences. Here is a snapshot of some them!


Our Year 7 students have been focussing on Fundamental Motor Skills, in particular the kick, dodge and bounce. Through activities such as basketball, soccer and dodgeball students have been able to practice these skills in a competitive environment. Students were asked to film their performance of these skills and undergo a self and peer evaluation.


The Year 8 cohort have been undertaking a unit around ‘Net/Wall’ sports. They have developed knowledge of the skills, tactics and strategies involved to be successful in sports including table tennis, volleyball, badminton, down ball and bat tennis. All classes were lucky to have Evan Sanna, Head Tennis Coach – Kew Tennis Club, take them for a session. A great way of building links to community organisations. Evan is also a former Kew High School student, so was a pleasure to have him back!


Swimming is an important part of the Australian culture, so our Year 9 students have been undertaking an aquatic lifesaving program. All students have had the opportunity to learn basic first aid principles (including CPR) as well as water based survival skills. Students have applied these in a practical environment with some students choosing to challenge themselves by completing the Pool Bronze Medallion.


In addition, Year 9 students are beginning to demonstrate their organisation and leadership skills through the student-led Invasion Game unit. In small groups, students have planned and implemented a 30-minute session with the class based around the invasion game of their choosing. It was great to see students grasp the opportunity to take on a ‘teacher’ role and experience class from a different perspective!


As term 3 closes we look forward to another busy term 4!


Stuart Adderley

HAPE Coordinator


Ski Success for Owen

Owen Roberts from Year 8, represented Kew High School in August at the annual Interschools Alpine Event at Mt Buller. The Event is open to students from all schools, both Government and private, and for all skill levels, not merely elite skiers. 


Students from Scotch College, Geelong Grammar, Lauriston etc. had quite large contingents.  There were students representing the local Mansfield Primary, as well as De La Salle and even our local Greythorn Primary. For a number of years now, the Event has included a Multi-class section where students with disabilities can participate.  In the Multiclass event, there were participants from special schools, including Ashwood and Rossbourne, as well as a group from the Special Olympics. One of these students participated in Austria in the Winter Special Olympics last year.  They have two days of training provided by Disabled Wintersports Australia (DWA) and the ski instructors at Mt Buller.


The Opening Ceremony commenced on the Buller Plaza stairway with school groups carrying their school’s banner.  Local Winter Olympics athletes officially opened the Event which concluding with fireworks. For Multiclass athletes, Wednesday was Race Day where they go down the Giant Slalom Course on Burnt Hut. Owen collected his race bib and then with the other participants and the DWA guide, had a course inspection.


Snow began to fall as Owen prepared to leave the start hut and activated the timer.  He skied down the slalom course keeping to the left of the red gates and right of the blue ones. As Owen approached the finish line, the announcer called his name saying “Here comes Owen Roberts, representing Kew High School, with two gates to go”.

The Multiclass athletes were presented with their awards first.  Owen was pumped to receive the silver medal for his age category and when he was called up to the podium, he received a roar of cheers from the crowd. It was heart-warming to hear. 


Well done Owen!


Veronica Brunton

Manager of PSD and SWANS Programs


Year 10 University Experience

On Friday 28th July, we visited Swinburne University to learn about some special courses in the University.


At about 8:30 in the morning, our ELC class gathered with students in Year 10. We then got on the bus to go to Swinburne University. The environment of the University was every nice. There were many different teaching buildings and fully functional classrooms. There were also many kinds of plants in the University grounds. After we arrived in the main hall, we were put into groups and then we started the day's lessons.


The first lesson we attended was an IT lesson where we learnt how to use Photoshop to make changes to pictures. I think it helped me a lot because I learnt how to draw pictures on my computer. The second lesson was an engineering lesson. We followed the instructions to build a model car. It was very difficult for me. I could not finish building the model car but I loved the process of making it. In the last class we learnt about horticulture. We all got a plant to take home from the lesson.


It was a busy day. We all felt happy that we had had such an interesting day.


Shuning (Alice) Chen

Year 10 Student


Alcohol Fuelled Violence

Year 10 students watched a Play, King Hit, performed by Zeal Theatre on Monday 20th August. The play centres on an unsupervised 16th birthday party where kids are drinking alcohol. There is antagonism between the footy players and a group called the “Stoners”. This results in an ugly incident of a one punch attack with dire consequences.


The ending is then re-enacted with a more positive outcome where anger is re-directed and one group decide to leave the party. The two performers play many characters each and the play is fast paced, engaging and relevant. The topic of alcohol-fueled violence was followed up in Connect the following week.


Faye Harding

Wellbeing Coordinator


Building Fund

Our School leadership works hard to provide the best facilities possible for our students. The funds generated from voluntary donations to the Building Fund have seen improvements around Kew High to include the all-weather soccer fields, basketball courts and the running track.


Wellbeing Room

2018 has seen the installation of a dedicated Wellbeing room with offices for visiting Psychologists and Councillors. The room is also able to host presenters for small class incursions across all subjects.


Flexible Learning Space in Progress

The next project is developing a Flexible Learning Space in rooms 213 and 214.  This will include the installation of bi-folding doors (pictured leaning against a wall) – awaiting installation.  This will give the large open classroom flexibility to remain a large area or to be divided into smaller rooms.  


Terry Ryan

Business Manager

Photo: All photos taken by Alex Anderson and Seth Cascun


Photo: All photos taken by Alex Anderson and Seth Cascun

Barker House Fundraiser

On Friday the 3rd of August, Barker House had their house fundraiser ‘Jeans for Genes Day.’ All donations went to the Children's Medical Research Institute to help find cures for children's genetic diseases.


Everyone wore denim, donated a gold coin and we had a lot of participation on the catwalk that was held at lunch time. It was great to see everyone getting involved and we had a really good result raising over $800.


Thank you to all the students and staff for your support and donations.


Olivia Miller and Cody Lawson

Barker House Captains  




Debaters Association of Victoria Schools Competition

Kew High School are proud of their teams who participated in the Debaters Association of Victoria Schools Competition and celebrated six wins.  


Students met regularly to research and prepare persuasive ideas to support their team’s arguments and devise compelling rebuttal.  The five rounds of the evening contest provided practical experiences to become more persuasive speakers.


Well done to the following students who participated and represented the school with pride.


Year 12 Team - A Grade

Zac Holland

Neive Peters

Sam Pringle

Nikko Riazi


Year 10 Team – C Grade

Vincent Bethlehem

Jamie Lester

Otto Sargent

Ananya Goswami


Year 8/9 teams - D Grade

Emilo Cardamone

Robert Garner

Billy Harris

Catherine Lawson

Georgia Lindemans

Anh Nguyen

Sabrije Nuridin

Sachin Pathy

Oliver Rowland

Ben Rycroft

Sarah Son

Max Thomson


Elaine Doyle

Debating Coordinator


Visit to ACMI

The Year 12 Media class attended a lecture at ACMI on Friday 31st August on the final unit they are studying. This unit is called Agency and Control in and of the Media. They heard about a number of ethical and legal issues in the media at the moment. The lecture was held at one of the theatre’s at ACMI and was attended by many schools in Victoria. The students seemed to get something from the lecture. They might be able to use some of the examples that were spoken about in the end of year exam. Good luck folks!


Danny Gesundheit

Year 12 Media Teacher


Excursion to Australian Galleries

Year 12 Studio Arts students attended an excursion to Australian Galleries in Collingwood to view three exhibitions.

Inner Logic – A series of recent works by Dale Cox which are inspired by elements from the natural world, religious icons, popular, industrial and historical culture.


Cocktail – Dynamic paintings which explore connections or contradictions between beauty and power - Annette Bezor.


Condolence 27 Drawings – Series of wax dripped paper drawing created during the last 8 weeks of a close friends life - Peter Wegner.

The students focus was to look at how the exhibits were hung in the different gallery spaces and the conservation and cutorial considerations of each exhibition. All students then did a presentation of their visit.


Katherine Smith

VCE Studio Art Teacher


Science Week 2018

During this years Science Week, Year 7 students built houses that were (hopefully) resistant to flooding. The task was to build a model house that could withstand 5cm of "flood water" (water in a tub). However, there were only certain amounts of materials that were available for use, such as icy pole sticks, aluminium foil, plasticine, Lego bricks, grass or leaves, cling film, plastic bottles, food trays, paper straws, tree bark, mud or clay and plastic binder sheets.

Our group had used past knowledge of houses that can withstand flooding and built our house on stilts. The stilts that we used were made of plasticine, and were a height of approximately 7 cm (2cm above the water line during the flood). We used straws and plasticine to build a strong base for our house of stilts. In modern houses, wood is crossed over to make a frame for the house. We did the same, but we used straws instead of wood. Then we made a floor of popsicle sticks stuck together using a hot-glue gun. We covered the rest of the house using aluminium foil which was water proof and worked well as a roof. We forgot to add a few parts to our house, but it was still a very good model (which did resist the flood) which cost us under $400.

By the end of the activity, our group was very happy with how our design worked because it withstood the "flood". Nobody else had the idea of using stilts to raise the house above the water, this did very well compared to other groups because they tried to make the whole house sit on the bottom of the "flood-water". We enjoyed the task because it was a good engineering challenge that educated us about thinking outside the box in a fun way.

Luke Allen, Lachlan McConnell and Ketav Shah

Year 7 Students


Monash University Visit

Girls in Physics Breakfast was an event held at Monash University on the 21st of August. Five of the Year 10 girls from Kew High School participated in this event.


This event was held early in the morning. We had breakfast with Year 10 students from other schools, other physicists and also those pursuing Physics-related careers. Dr Ceri Brenner, AIP Women in Physics Lecturer for 2018, gave a very engaging presentation on the topic; Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world. This presentation widens our understanding of lasers, and how they play a role in our lives. For example, they are used in medical fields. She answered our questions about lasers and explained the science of how lasers work, and how much energy the beam delivers per second. Read about the students experiences below.


The entire experience was great in allowing us to meet other physicists. Everyone had a wonderful time at the event and was very inspired by Dr Ceri Brenner’s speech. It was truly an amazing experience! I enjoyed meeting and having a chat with other Year 10 students from other schools who were interested in Physics and also two other physicists on the same table. After breakfast, Dr Ceri Brenner, a laser physicist from the UK, had a speech. She was very engaging and good at explaining complex ideas. She was explaining the different wonders of lasers and also the most powerful laser in the world. Laser light is focused in a narrow beam and creates a very high-intensity light. The things that interest me the most from the talk was how lasers are used in the medical field. The powerful beam of light from lasers can focus very accurately on tiny areas, then be used for medical surgeries. The lasers were able to spot if the tissues were healthy or cancerous. Her speech was really inspiring and truly inspired me and my peers. We were very lucky to be able to participate in this event. - JiaYi Ong.


I had a fantastic time attending the Girls’ in Physics Breakfast! I had been situated at a table, away from my regular school peers, with girls from other schools who were also interested in Physics. I also had the incredible opportunity to have two female physicists sitting at our table ready to answer our bubbling questions. We then had Dr Ceri Brenner, another passionate female physicist, talk to us about her journey to becoming a physicist and how she, alike to myself, did not yet know exactly what she wanted to be when she was at the age of 15. She inspired me to take every opportunity that arises because she showed me that I could end up doing something that I truly love as my career. She also talked to us about lasers and the Synchrotron and how they worked, although I didn’t always quite understand what she was saying! And not to mention, the food was delicious! As a whole, my experience was worthwhile, has given me insight into what it is like to be a physicist, and has inspired me to follow my passions and dreams. - Zoe Cole.


We had really good experience going to girls in physics breakfast. It was very engaging and we got to learn quite a lot of new stuff that we never knew of. At the breakfast, students from Years 10 shared a table with two or three young women who were either in the early stages of a career in physics or were at university as an undergraduate or a postgraduate. We had a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like. We were seated with students from other schools. Dr Ceri Brenner is a physicist, using the most powerful lasers in the world to develop innovative imaging technology for medical, nuclear and aerospace inspection. Dr Brenner, was invited to speak with her and her journey study Physics. She mainly talked to us about the topic 'Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world'. I found this quite interesting to hear and it was very amusing what a small beam of laser could do. - Riya Shah.


On Tuesday, August 21, I along with 4 other year 10 girls went to the annual girls physics breakfast. It was a wonderful and rewarding experience which really encourages girls in science. When we arrived at the venue, we were placed on different tables with a few other girls from other schools and 2 people who are in the physics field. This gave us the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding on what you can actually accomplish using physics. It was a perfect casual setting where everyone was having good conversations. Then after an hour there was a guest presenter called Ceri Brenner, she is currently working with lasers in the UK. She told us how physics can bring broad and different paths. She also told us about how she got into physics, and ultimately what she does every day. It was really interesting learning about lasers and how beneficial lasers can potentially be to our society. Overall it was a fantastic experience which I would definitely do it again. - Gloria Kipleel.


I attended the Girls in Physics breakfast for 2018. I sat on table 12, and on the table there were 7 girls from different schools. As well as the girls on the table there were two other people. One lady was in her second year of University at Monash, studying physics. She talked to our table about the differences between high school and university, and what she is getting out of physics in university and what she wants to do with it. The other person on our table was a man who was a qualified physicist and he talked to us about what his career involves and that opened up a conversation about why were attending the breakfast and what we wanted to do with physics as a career. It was very interesting to hear what the other girls wanted to do. Then Ceri Brenner came up and talked about what she does, which is conducting the strongest laser in the world. This was interesting to hear because she didnt just talk at us, she made it interesting and told us how it works, opened the room up to questions. Overall, I found this experience very rewarding and fulfulling and would recommend it to any girl interested in STEM. - Ruby Quirke.


Barbara Mckinnon

Science Coordinator


Exciting New Student Resources

New technology and interesting resources are being provided to our students through generous parent donations.   


The items provided for students by these donations include the following:


Purchase of microphones – so small in size but so big in volume. Enhancing students’ performances and increasing audience enjoyment of performances. 


Science, STEM and other learning departments will benefit from the purchase of an Oculus VR Headset. The science department has purchased another through the Digital Literacy Grant. Oculus is making it possible to experience anything, anywhere, through the power of virtual reality. They can be used to enter and create virtual learning environments. 


A large variety of cameras and equipment to include Go-pros.  The Cameras give our students the “edge” when competing in the 3-in-1 competition and producing sporting flicks. Winning entries will be on display at the Art Show and at Speech Night. 


5 Forerunner GPS units and Ipads for remotely recording information and further viewing on the gym projector. Allowing student/teacher feedback when performing skills. Improving efficiency of lessons and being enjoyable too.  The recordings are also able to be linked to the gym projector.  


Our musical students have benefited with the purchase of a Marching Mellophone and a Roland Keyboard. Used in ensembles, production and across all music events. 

Library Fund

Our School leadership works hard to provide the best facilities and equipment possible for our students. The funds generated from parent payments to the Building Fund, Library Fund, Chaplaincy, Grounds and General donations makes an enormous difference to what can be achieved each year. 


Our Library has a large number of resources to include games for “Technology Free Fridays”.  Some days the Library is standing room only!  Games can have queues of students – competition is king. 

The library is home to a large range of cameras – funded over the years and used by students across all levels. The 3-in-1 film projects are developing each year into amazing productions.  Participation in this project or any others are not possible without the funding provided by donations.   


Terry Ryan

Business Manager


Improving Our Science Resources

Our Science department were successful in applying for a grant titled “The Kew High School Digital Literacy School Grant Project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Digital Literacy School Grants program.”


Some of the equipment shown includes:


A 3D Printer which has been used to build student awareness of augmented reality. Last year we created 3D images of the Primary School attendees of the Women in STEM program and they were able to print 3D Mini-Me's.


We have two 3D printers. In Year 7 Maths students alter the bias of a 3D Fidget Spinner Model and then the best designs are 3D printed (one is shown in the image attached). In Year 8 Science students create cell models and some students have elected to design their model to be 3D printed.


A Laser Cutter. The cover photo shows Bernie McGrath’s Year 10 Programming Class who write programs to produce artistic patterns which they can they laser cut onto or through various materials.


A Drone. We have used the Drone to collect some aerial photos of the school. We intend to take some footage of the green wedge behind the school to use as part of the Year 7 Ecology investigation.


We have a class set of Raspberry Pis. These are small computers that are easily configured for a range of automation or IOT (Internet of Things) applications. They are used in Year 10 technology subjects and in facilitating the Year 7 Social Engineering challenge.


We purchased two Muse EEG headsets. These measure student alpha and beta brain waves and are designed to be a mediation aid. Attached is a screen shot of a student session report form a Muse Meditation.


Bernie McGrath

Science Teacher






Bigger Than Ever!

Science Week was bigger than ever this year with activities every lunchtime! We had the student-led initiatives of Laura Cuthbert from Science Club and our STEM captain Sam Pringle as well as a double bill for the staff Science Show. Special STEM projects ran in the Year 7 and 8 science classes, and Nicholas Johnson concluded the week with a presentation for the Year 8’s – “The Bad Science Show”.


On Monday, Laura Cuthbert led students in extracting DNA from strawberries and passionfruit in room 14. Students were delighted by the simplicity of the procedure and intrigued by the white globular form of the DNA.

Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes saw the ever popular Science Show, with tea-bag rocketry, magic beakers, liquid nitrogen fun, dancing flames, balls of fire and delicious liquid nitrogen ice-cream presented by the Science team with help from the STEM captain, Sam Pringle. More than fifty students crammed into Room 11 to enjoy the show each lunchtime!

On Friday at lunchtime, the library was converted into an aircraft hangar, becoming home to a serious paper plane competition, under the supervision of Sam Pringle and Laura Cuthbert. Contestant vied to propel their planes, constructed from an sheet of paper no larger than A4, through a Hula hoop. Students from Year 7 to 12 competed fiercely for the prizes on offer.

During class time, Mr Goodridge-Kelly’s Year 7 class took up a STEM challenge and experimented with building flood resistant housing, while the year 8’s worked on earthquake proof building  design, creating prototypes using spaghetti.


The Year 8’s wrapped up the week with the “Bad Science Show” incursion by Nicholas Johnson where they were encouraged to analyse information and to make the call – good science or bad science? The show ranged from spoon bending to walking across broken glass and challenged students to think critically. The long queue of students waiting to speak directly with Mr Johnson after the show testified its success!


Barbara Mckinnon

Science Coordinator

Leo Gustafsson 7I - Junior Winner
Anh Tien Huynh Nguyen 11A - Senior Winner