KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin

04 April 2018
Issue Five
Message from the Principal
Message from the Head of Senior School
Student Wellbeing
A Message from the Chaplain
Career News
Upcoming Events
School Life Updates
Performing Arts Updates
Sports Updates
Kinross Wolaroi School
(02) 6392 0300
59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

Message from the Principal

Term 1 Week 10

After a very busy start to the year, I hope you all had the opportunity to rest and spend some quality time together. I hope too that you may have had a moment to reflect upon the great news of the Easter message.

The Gospel of St John tells us:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.  John 3:16-17

Easter is a special time to rest and reflect as we celebrate that God gave his son to die on the Cross, and who then rose again so that our sins may be forgiven. For Christians the cross of Jesus Christ is the centre of God’s offer of forgiveness to us all.

Reflection upon our Values

The disastrous Australian Cricket tour of South Africa emanating from the ball tampering incident has left us wondering how such a decision could have been made by elite players to take steps to cheat in ‘the gentleman’s game’. Cricket since its origin has prided itself on ‘fair play’ indeed the term ‘it’s not cricket’ has been readily used in various domains if conduct has been seen that is not appropriate, sportsmanlike or fair.

Without being privy to the facts of the incident I will not seek to lay blame on any particular individuals but clearly members of our national team felt it appropriate to apply sandpaper to a ball to gain an unfair advantage against their South African opposition.

How can players jeopardise the reputation of their families, themselves and their nation by undertaking such an act? How can the possible gain of such an unfair advantage be considered worthy at such a cost?

It beggars belief that such a course of action would be considered, let along acted upon.

But it happened.

Now we have a team in total disarray, players sent home, careers finished, reputations unbelievably damaged and a nation ashamed.

If only our players were able to look to their values, to use their values as their guiding compass in making decisions such a disastrous predicament would not have eventuated.

From my sideline observations it is clear our former Captain has a great love of the tradition and spirit of the game, he is a man who has immense ability – the best batsman since Bradman according to several respected cricketing pundits, but under his watch an act was committed that would incur immense damage to many reputations. It was always thought Australians played hard but fair, but no longer.

How can winning be so important? Victory can never be at the cost of our integrity, our honesty, our belief in fair play and good sportsmanship. It is so disappointing to see that a ‘win at all costs’ attitude pervades modern day professional sport. Don Bradman saw cricket as a moral lesson. Alan Border sought toughness from his team but always integrity but today we have an environment where winning at all costs is the price to be paid.

Sport at any level is worth nothing if it is based upon the betrayal of our values.

This dreadful predicament is a glaring example of the crucial importance of looking to our essential values such as Integrity, Honesty, and Respect when we are under pressure and need to make decisions.

Our values are our guiding light, our North Star and we must look to these as we go about our life journey.

Camps Week

We are soon to embark upon Camps Week, a time that sees wonderful opportunities for many of our students to engage in some of the joys and challenges of new experiences, some camping under plastic in the outdoors, others participating in service to the community; music camps or Year Group Retreats and activities. Most students who attend these camps will enjoy themselves immensely and many will grow through their experience and will find ways of helping others during the week.

Our Cadets are venturing into an environment that has an element of wilderness about it but rest assured the outdoor camps are run by people who are conscious of all the safety issues that parents would expect, and are experienced in such environments. The School has an excellent safety record due to the well-structured programs offered and the experienced and caring staff involved.

Some students can feel anxious about a camping experience, miles from home sleeping under a piece of plastic but most will enjoy it immensely and be eager to return next year. Some experiences will not be easy, they are designed to be challenging so that they can learn about themselves and grow in confidence. At times it is important that we are taken out of our comfort zone and experience a little discomfort to enable a growth in resilience, a quality sometimes in short supply among the young people of today.

May I please remind all our students of the importance of exercising responsible behaviours during camp. There are greater hazards to confront and they will be in unfamiliar surroundings so it is vital students understand the importance of co-operating fully with staff, and abiding by School rules and expectations.

Camps Week provides an excellent opportunity for us to draw upon our values and School ethos when we are confronted with unfamiliar surrounds. The experience should enable our students to grow in knowledge of themselves and of others, provide wonderful opportunity for friendships to grow and a forum to exercise integrity in decision making.

Opportunities to display physical and moral courage will present themselves to our students each day. It is for these reasons that camps form an important element of the school programs of most leading Independent Schools. It is my hope that our students will fully embrace the opportunities for personal growth before them.


Orange City Brass Band

I have received a letter of appreciation from the Orange City Brass Band who had the pleasure of hosting a Brass Celebration recently in Orange. The Bandmaster has sent a glowing reference for four Cadet students who each led a Brass Band through the main street of Orange for a historic re-enactment of a march held in 1908 – SUO Monique Worsley, 2IC Charlotte May, E Company Commander Zac Condon and D Company Commander Rex Crisp. The KWS Music department played a special part in these celebrations, as did Mrs Lyn Vernon. Well done to all of those students and teachers involved. It is wonderful to see our community spirit being extended to such a well-supported musical event in Orange.

ARU School Student Scholarship for Match Officials

One of our Year 12 students, Fraser Robertson has recently been announced as a successful recipient for an Australian Rugby Union School Student Scholarship for Match Officials for 2018. Only 14 students from NSW were selected to participate in the program which is designed to assist identified referees achieve their potential and continue refereeing after they finish school. Well done Fraser in reaching this outstanding level.

National Rowing Championships – Silver Medal

The KWS U17 Women’s VIII achieved a Silver Medal at the National Rowing Championships last week. The team consists of: Georgie Poole, Bella Scammell, Charlie Harding, Olivia Hilder Bridget Longley, Bridget Yeomans, Phoebe Lamph, Lucy Jenkins and coxswain Jetta Kennett. Three crews fought a torrid battle over the last 250 meters of the race, with the Loreto-Toorak crew beating KWS by 1.26 seconds to take the Gold medal. The PLC Perth team took the bronze coming in just 1.6 seconds behind the KWS crew. This was a great fighting result for our girls and they are to be commended on an outstanding row.

Kits Lit Quiz

Hearty congratulations to the KWS Secondary Team 1 for taking out 1st place in the first round of the International Kits Lit Competition. We were represented by Sophia Nelson, Ellie Crawford, Gordon Suthers and Emily Watt. They will now compete in the Australian final to be held in Sydney in May. Congratulations also to the KWS Prep Team 1 who came equal 1st in amongst the Primary Schools attending. We are most grateful for the wonderful work Mrs Deans contributes to the Kits Lit Quiz in her capacity as Co-ordinator for Australia.

Dr Andrew Parry

Message from the
Head of Senior School

Term 1 Week 10

I trust that all families have had a restful Easter break. With its message of forgiveness, redemption and life beginning anew, Easter is a very special time. This is helped, of course, by the gorgeous early autumn weather. We all need rain, some of us desperately, but mild sunny days and cool nights do contribute to a sense of personal wellbeing!

The Senior School has been a busy place – Year 12 exams are being returned, the cross-country has been completed and preparations are well in hand for the upcoming Camps Week, which finishes Term 1 in a really positive way. It is a time of personal challenge and discovery, essential for young people in order for them to develop resilience and self-reliance. Year 7 students have some activities here at school, followed by several days at Burrendong, Years 8 and 9 and older rank will be on Cadet Camp, Year 10s will do Community Service, Year 11s complete work experience, and Year 12s will be away on a 3-day retreat. And prior to all this, music students will go away for their camp! Parents will have received very detailed information about all these activities; if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Rowe, Director of Co-Curricular, who oversees the week’s programs.

All Senior School staff will be involved one way or another with these Camps Week activities. Part of being a staff member here is a commitment to co-curricular and other school activities; it’s a wonderful way to interact with students away from the classroom and to discover other strengths and capacities that we didn’t know they had.

On Monday of last week, the Kids Lit regional heats were held. This involved teams from many schools in our region coming together in the DPA to do a sort of trivia day on steroids! All the questions related to reading, literature, books, film adaptations, cartoons etc. Students must be no older than 13 and they compete in teams of four. At the end of the day, a KWS secondary team won the competition. They now go on to the national final in Sydney, which will be held on the 4th of May. We wish them all the very best for this next exciting opportunity and congratulate them on winning their recent ‘sport of reading’ challenge.

This will be my last message for this term. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for the school and for allowing us to bring out the best in your children. Teaching teenagers is such a privilege – they are a work in progress, which makes it all so rewarding. Next term will be winter uniform, which means blazers every day and long green socks for the girls.

I wish you a great fortnight and happy holidays. You may even wish to take advantage of Camps Week to have a couple of days to yourselves!

Bev West

Head of Senior School

Student Wellbeing

How family fun impacts student wellbeing

Taming the busyness of life is currently a hot topic in many parenting circles; both parents are often working, family responsibilities, day care, household chores, meal planning, bills, errands, health issues, school functions, sports, phone calls amongst many other things. As we look forward to the April school holidays, the importance of families having fun with one another has been highlighted in new research.  The study, by researchers from the Australian Council for Educational Research and the University of Western Australia, shows that family cohesion is a vital ingredient for early adolescents having a good life.

The report, Family fun: a vital ingredient of early adolescents having a good life  drew on responses and data from the Australian Child Wellbeing Project, which surveyed a representative sample of 5440 Australian students in Years 4, 6 and 8. The survey included questions across the domains of family, health, friends and school, including about how often students feel they have fun together with their family and whether they believe they’re living a good life.

The study identified distinct life satisfaction profiles for students in each of the target year levels.

At Year 4, family cohesion (fun) emerged as the strongest predictor of life satisfaction. More specifically, the proportion of students with higher life satisfaction was larger in the group of students who had fun with their families on a regular basis. The next strongest predictor was school and teacher support.

In contrast to Year 4 students, the variable that differentiated the most between higher and lower life satisfaction for Year 6 respondents was psychosomatic symptoms – like headaches, feeling low or irritable, or not being able to sleep. For Year 6 students who reported frequently feeling low, regular family fun was associated with an improvement in life satisfaction. Students who felt low rarely, never or every month reported higher life satisfaction than students who felt low weekly or every day. Bullying was also an issue that impacted on Year 6 feelings of wellbeing

Family cohesion (fun) emerged as the strongest predictor of life satisfaction for Year 8 students, followed by the frequency of feeling low. Bullying also came up as a factor that lowered life satisfaction.

The report findings also illustrated that children and adolescents who see schools as a place where they like to go, feel free from bullying and with teachers who believe that students can be a success, report higher life satisfaction.

As we head into school holidays it is important to find time as a family for doing activities that you enjoy together like camping, going to the beach, watching a movie together or playing an old fashioned card or board game.  

Have a lovely end to Term 1.

Emma Bylsma
Head of Student Wellbeing

A Message from
the Chaplain

We’re in Easter time...

Typically this is time marked by rest from the daily grind and an abundance of chocolate. Sometimes Jesus is thought about. Even less commonly, the meaning of Jesus death and resurrection is thought about. This isn’t a criticism but an observation in my own home.

In preparation for Easter, I asked myself; “self, there are multiple layers of meaning to why Jesus died on the cross. What was at the core of his life that was worth dying for?”

To answer my own question, I stripped away the theology of redemption, of justification and of salvation… all those theologies that Jesus would hear and say “Say what?” and exposed well quoted words of Jesus.  The teachers of the law asked Jesus; “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” and Jesus answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’

This is what we now call the Great Commandment. Did you know that Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’ is actually Jewish sacred text from the Torah? (Well, almost. Jesus used the word “mind” rather than “strength”. I’ve have to research why.)

What’s more, this extract from Deuteronomy is prayed by the Jews every morning and every evening as a devotion of God: ‘Hear O Israel, you shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.’ They continue to do so to this very day. In Hebrew, it is called the SHEMA. Jesus added to the Shema prayer “the second which is like it”; ‘love your neighbour as yourself’.

This Great Commandment is the very core of Jesus’ teaching. So let’s explore this commandment by beginning with this thing called ‘love’.

We’re called to love our God. But what does it mean to love? Love is a common word in many languages. In the Shema, the word used for this ‘love’ is AHAVAH, pronounced a-ha-vah. It refers to the kind of affection or care that one person shows another. Ahavah does not typically refer to sexual activity, they have a different word for that. Ahavah is paternal love (Abraham for Isaac) and brotherly love (Jonathan for David). It can be the love of a people for their leader (Israelites for King David). It is a love that is given freely. It is not earned. Not surprisingly then, ahavah is used to describe God’s love for his people.

In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses told the Israelites: “God showed affection for you. He chose you… because of his ahavah for you.” (7:7-8). God doesn’t love because love is earned. God loves because it simply emanates from God’s very being. It is God’s attribute, his character, to love. As stated in 1 John 4:7 “God is love.”

Now, significantly, ahavah is a verb. Love is something God does rather than just feels. This is why Moses says: “Because of his ahavah for your ancestors the LORD brought you out of Egypt with great power” (Deut 4:37). It’s something God does from love.

Just like God’s love, human love is meant to be lived in action.  Simply put, if I’m not doing love, then I’m not loving God, I’m only saying that I love God. Jesus issues a warning to such people: “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.” (Matt 7: 21).

So when Jesus instructed people to ahavah, it is explicitly about action. Hence the inclusion of the second part to the Greatest Law of God: “You shall halavah your neighbour as yourself.” In other words, we show our love for God in the way we treat others around us.

Jesus lived God’s ahavah for all to hear it and see it as the Way of God. Jesus reached out to this neighbour irrespective of ethnicity or religious affiliation or gender or health. Ahavah does not discriminate.

For us, as Easter people, it is good to remember that ahavah is a calling to action. Visiting the elderly, interfaith dialogue and fundraising for CamKids are all expressions of ahavah. However, the greater challenge is living ahavah in the ordinariness of daily living.

Have a blessed Easter Season.

Phil Worrad

Career News


Engineering is a broad area of study with many specialties. The following link gives an overview of some of the areas it can cover.


Many of our students choose to study Engineering at UNSW or Sydney University. Newcastle and Wollongong Universities are also popular. Did you know that on our doorstep CSU Engineering in Bathurst is really ‘making waves’ with their engineering program. See the attached article

Exercise Physiology

Interested in sports physiotherapy? Have you considered clinical exercise physiology as being a more suitable pathway than physiotherapy?

“Where physiotherapists assist people with movement disorders using techniques to assist muscles and joints to move to their full potential, clinical exercise physiologists use exercise to prevent and rehabilitate disease and injury in the community”.

Students will study an Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) accredited undergraduate exercise science degree followed by graduate studies in exercise physiology.

Universities that offer these courses in NSW include:

  • UNSW – Bachelor of Exercise Physiology
  • University of Sydney – Bachelor of Applied Science – Exercise Physiology
  • UNE – Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • UOW – Bachelor of Exercise Science/Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

For more information on qualifications and other universities please click the link:

Student Newsletters - NESA

Over 205,000 in NSW from Year 10, 11 and 12 students have received their first issue of NESA’s Student News for 2018 on Thursday 22 March.

Schools are requested to check that their students have read them and to look out for future editions, as they contain important information that is relevant to them.

Students who did not receive a newsletter should check the email address in their Students Online account, accessed via My Details. They will need to activate their account if they have not done so already. 

Copies of all Student News editions are available on the NESA website, including the latest editions of 2018:

University Open Days

The list of Open Days for universities in NSW has been released. Many of these Open Days fall in the weekend before or during our Trial HSC examinations. I would encourage Year 11 students to consider attending as many Open Days as possible this year as there is often a clash with our Trial HSC examinations in Year 12.

UMAT Preparation

UMAT Workshop - UMAT registrations for 2018 are now open. Senior students may need to sit this exam if they would like to apply for medicine in 2019. Seventeen universities accept school leavers directly into their medical programs. Please visit

Careers Evening 2018

Save the Date - Thursday 28 June

This evening is compulsory for all Year 10 and 12 students/optional but strongly encouraged for Year 11.

More information about this evening will be available in Term 2.


Upcoming Events

Meet the Principal

We warmly invite past, present and future KWS families to attend a function to meet the Principal, Dr Andrew Parry and Director of Boarding, Mr Matthew Curran.



Saturday 7 April 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Club Mudgee, 99 Mortimer Street



Friday 4 May 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Dubbo Milestone Hotel, 195 Macquarie Street



Saturday 5 May 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Bourke Bridge Inn, 4 Bogan Street


To attend these functions, please book online using the links above, or refer to our website. For enquiries, please phone Emma on 02 6392 0303.

If you know of any families considering KWS, please feel free to pass this information on to them.

Building Resilient Children

Peer Support Australia is inviting parent in Orange and the Central West to a free information evening, placing them face-to-face with Andrew Fuller, Australia’s leading expert in building resilience and mental wellbeing in children.


Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018 from 7pm–9pm

Location: Orange Ex-Services' Club, 231-243 Anson Street, Orange, NSW 2800


During the evening Andrew will cover:

  • The causes of anxiety, depression and stress in children
  • Methods children and parents can use to approach challenges and conflict
  • Approaches parents can take to build their child’s resilience, friendship skills, and overall happiness.

The evening will end with a Q&A session, giving attendees the chance to raise specific questions and concerns for Andrew to offer his expertise. For more information about this event or to register your attendance, please visit Peer Support Australia's event page.

School Life Updates

KWS Lit Quiz

Kinross Wolaroi School took part in the Orange heat of the 2018 Kids’ Lit Quiz on Monday 26th March in the Derek Pigot Auditorium along with 40 teams from schools throughout the Central West and the Blue Mountains. We had teams from both the Senior and the Preparatory School with four book loving students in each team, working together to answer 100 questions in 10 categories on all aspects of Children’s Literature.

The students did brilliantly well with our Secondary teams coming 1st and 4th and our Preparatory Team coming equal fifth and first out of the primary schools that took part.

The team of Ellie Crawford, Sophia Nelson, Gordon Suthers and Emily Watt, will now go on to compete in the National final against 10 other teams from Queensland, ACT and NSW on Friday 4th March at Trinty Grammar School. The winning team from the National Final as well as being recognised as National Champions will be invited to the World Final in Auckland, New Zealand in July of this year.

Well done to all the students that took part and good luck to Ellie, Sophia, Gordon and Emily at the National Final.

Nicole Deans

The Chronicle Magazine

Production of the next edition of The Chronicle Magazine is currently underway. We would love to hear from you with any news or stories of interest for inclusion. This might include achievements of current students, suggestions of ex-students that we could profile or inclusions for the births, deaths and marriages section. 

Please email [email protected] with any information or ideas.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Parent Teacher Interviews Term 2

Parents of Years 7 to 12 BOARDER students will have access to make appointments via PTO from Monday, 16 April 2018. 

Please ensure your EMAIL address is up to date in the KWS System.  We have provided PTO of 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.

Instructions were emailed to parents and caregivers on Wednesday 4th April on obtaining your Login and Password.

Interview Dates: Monday 30 April 1:30pm - 6:00pm
Interviews will be held in the DPA.
Refreshments will be provided.

Performing Arts Updates

Music Camp

A reminder to all that we will be heading off on Music Camp after school this Thursday. Students have been emailed a final details letter which outlines what they will need to bring etc. Students are allowed to get changed after school on Thursday and may leave their school uniform in a bag in the music centre, which can be picked up on Sunday when we return. Please ensure you have read all details regarding bedding etc which will be needed. Please contact the Performing Arts office if you have any questions.

Live and Local

On Saturday 24th March, the KWS Prep band students were involved in the Jam Orange ‘Live and Local’ community music event. It was the first time for this event, which saw a variety of musicians playing in various venues throughout Orange during the day. Students in the KWS Prep band joined forces with bands from Bletchington School, Calare Public School and Canobolas Public school to form a supergroup which was conducted by Mrs Christine Mickle. Students had come together for the past three weeks to learn and rehearse pieces for their performance. With over 70 students involved from various schools it was such a great experience for our band students to meet, and work with students from other schools and to perform to a very receptive and appreciative audience.

Heidi Anthony
Head of Performing Arts

Sports Updates

Basketball Report

KWS Cowgirls Vs KWS Storm Won 33-12

In the early stages the Storm threatened and they looked ominous after an opening flurry of points. The Cowgirls then turned up the tempo a notch or two and played full bore for the remainder of the match. Coaching took a backseat as the girls adapted to the fast break tactics of their opponents. I was very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the team, especially their movement off the ball into space, which appeared almost instinctive at times. With Beth and Lily unable to play the girls seized the initiative and were very supportive of each other across the court. Ella and Annabelle lived dangerously, with 4 personal fouls each, but managed to control their exuberance to remain on the court. Hopefully we can bottle this magic and utilise it in the finals series.

Matthew Healey

Football Report

KWS Open Men’s Football Trial Vs Barnstoneworth United

A Sunday afternoon trial match under black skies and on sodden fields saw the KWS Open Men’s squad challenge the might of the Barnstoneworth Club in a pre-season hitout. Barnies were placed third in the Division 1 comp last year, so this trial game would be a real test of the ability of KWS to cope with the rigours of the First Grade comp this season. The first two quarters of the match saw both teams play some most exciting football, with impressive passing combinations and determination making for some thrilling passages of play. With the score at 2-all as halftime approached, it was evident that the sublime mix of age and treachery (the older players) coupled with youth and enthusiasm (all the way down to Year 8 players) was a positive combination. The dedicated crowd were thrilled by the slick passing on display from the KWS players, with the ball often travelling from goalie, through the backfield, into the mids and then up to the forwards – with 10 or so passes being the norm. Whilst the score blew out as little late in the third quarter, there was enough on show to bring a smile to the face of coach Smedley, knowing that the team will not be out of place in Division One this year. Each and every player is to be congratulated for listening to instructions and demonstrating both skill and growth throughout the game. Things look positive for the year ahead.  

Paul Tierney, First XI Manager 2018

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