KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin

14 November 2018
Issue Eighteen
Message from the Principal
Message from the Head of Senior School
Message from the Chaplain
Student Wellbeing
Message from the Director of Boarding
The Regional Engagement Enterprise
Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular
KWS Athlete Development and Support Program 
Performing Arts Updates
Information and Communications Technology
Sports Updates
Career News
Library News
Upcoming Events
Notices & News
Kinross Wolaroi School
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59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

Message from the Principal

Historia vitae Magistra (History, the Teacher of Life).
However, man continues to fail to learn from its lessons.

Centenary of Armictice Day 2018

Last Sunday, on Remembrance Day, many at home and across the globe paused as a mark of respect to those who died or suffered in war and armed conflict. Remembrance Day this year holds special significance.

Why – because at 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice bringing to an end the First World War.

It became known as the Great War, and for good reason. It’s scale was unprecedented. It sparked the mobilisation of 70 million people across many nations. Its violence shattered great empires. Its images have never lost their power. To a great degree those images of the muddy moonscapes of the Western front have served to define, for succeeding generations, the horror of war.

The magnitude of destruction and death that ensued had never been witnessed by the world before and its horrors led to the conflict being labelled ‘The War to end all Wars’. History has revealed how misguided this statement was, and at this very moment, parts of Europe and the Middle East are engaging in senseless armed conflicts that are resulting in tragic loss of innocent lives.

The scale of death emanating from this global carnage was immense causing great sorrow and mercilessly savaged a generation of young men. One can only be overcome with the feeling of senseless loss of life when reading the captions etched upon the gravestones of so many of those young men. Words such as Dear Son, God thought it best to take thee to heavenly rest, Greater love hath no man than this, A daily thought and an everlasting sorrow and A soldier of the Great War, known unto God.

The centenary of the Armistice of World War I affords an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the horrors of armed conflict and the great sacrifice made by so many who saw it as their duty to lay down their lives for God, King and country. The greatest sadness of all is that, one hundred years later, in 2018, such senseless killing continues and nations remain in conflict.

So what have we learned from the catastrophe of the Great War?

We have learned to honour those who fell or returned bringing with them tears of the soul that would not heal.

We have learned that Australia’s troops were equal to the world’s finest.

We learned that wars do not end wars. 21 years after Armistice Day in 1918, Germany invaded Poland and the long and ghastly sequel of the Second World War began.

I hope we have learned to put as much sweat and grit and courage into building justice and peace – because war, while occasionally unavoidable, too often represents a failure to solve problems by intelligent means.

We have learned that those who forget the lessons of history, inevitably repeat them.

I close this reflection with one of Wilfred Owen’s poem of the Great War, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, where Owen’s imagery graphically conveys the horrors of war. His words reveal that young men were not dying noble, heroic deaths; the reality was obscene, ghastly and tragic. This poem poignantly exposes Horace’s destructive lie about the value of patriotic sacrifice and has a hauntingly contemporary relevance as gas attacks against unsuspecting victims remain par for the course on the Middle Eastern battlefields, where chlorine, used to such devastating effect in World War I, continues to serve as a favourite weapon for the Assad regime and some of its opponents.

Wilfred Owen, wrote some of the best British poetry on World War I, and composed nearly all of his poems in slightly over a year, from August 1917 to September 1918. In November 1918 he was killed in action at the age of twenty-five, one week before the Armistice. Only five poems were published in his lifetime. Almost all of Owen’s poems, therefore, appeared posthumously.

“Dulce et Decorum Est,” one of Owen’s most moving poems and had its origins in Owen’s experiences of January 1917, describes explicitly the horror of the gas attack and the death of a wounded man who has been flung into a wagon. The horror intensifies, becoming a waking nightmare experienced by the exhausted viewer, who stares hypnotically at his comrade in the wagon ahead of him as he must continue to march.


Dulce et Decorum Est 

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of tired, outstripped, Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys - An ecstasy of fumbling

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling

And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime, -

Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, 

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace 

Behind the wagon that we flung him in,

And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, 

His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, 

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, -

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest 

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie: Dulce et decorum este

Pro patria mori


Dulce et Decorum Est is a Latin phrase taken from an ode by Horace meaning ‘It is sweet and right’. The full phrase that completes the poem Dulce et decorum este pro patria mori translates as ‘It is sweet and right to die for your country’, a phrase that attracted disdain after the War and came to be described by some as ‘The Old Lie’.


International Student Exchanges

Our International Student Exchange program is starting to take shape. I see this as being a very important program that will provide some fantastic life experiences for those who are selected to represent the School overseas and it will help develop within us all greater international understanding and awareness. Qualities so important in the global environment in which we live and work.

This term we welcome Mohale Mogale to Kinross Wolaroi from Michaelhouse in South Africa. Michaelhouse is a premier school in South Africa and we are delighted to have Mohale here as their representative.

Currently three of our students are in South Africa – Erin Bracks and Niamh McPhee at St Anne’s and Jack Wakem at Michaelhouse. Jetta Kennett and Hunter Rose are currently in Scotland at  Strathallen School, located one hour north of Edinburgh.  And four of our students are spending five weeks in France at Institute Saint Dominique in Pau, South West France. We are being represented by:

Adelaide Gavin and Emma Wright in Year 10 and Grace Birmilli and Molly McLean in Year 9

We wish all our representatives the best of luck and I am sure they will prove to be outstanding ambassadors for the School. We look forward to welcoming their exchange counterparts from France, Scotland and South Africa early next year.


There are a number of Student Achievements that I would like to acknowledge:

  • We have been recently informed that Owen Bloomfield has won an ICAS Medal for English. This is an international competition run by the UNSW to acknowledge Academic Excellence
  • Two of our gifted poets have been shortlisted for Poetry Object 2018. This is a prestigious poetry competition with entries coming from all over Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Both Maddie Hook and Lila Pearce have been shortlisted for publication. A fabulous effort.

In sport:

  • Fletcher Doyle played in the Lloyd McDermoth National Indigenous Under 15 Rugby Team in QLD during the October break.
  • Julia Stuart continues her success in Polocrosse, this time she was a member of the victorious NSW team at the National Championships held recently in Perth.
  • And recently, in our KWS Under 16’s cricket team that is playing in the Centenary Cup – Brad O’Brien scored an unbeaten 155 runs with the bat. Outstanding!

HSC Major Project Congratulations

This year, an incredible number of Industrial Technology students (13 to be precise) have had their Major Projects nominated for possible inclusion in the annual exhibition – InTech.

Nicholas Booth, James Commins, Hamish Corcoran, Karl Fitzalan, Ellis Hawker, Lachlan Hunt, Charles Jenkins, Jack Jones, James Moon, Timothy Mutton, Jack O'Brien, Thomas Rouse and Matthew Staniforth.

I am also delighted to announce that the Major Textiles Project designed by Jade Lefebvre has been selected for inclusion in the Texstyle annual exhibition of works by HSC Textiles and Design students.

We will be advised in early December if any of our student’s Industrial Technology and Textile and Design projects have been selected for Shape 2018, the combined exhibition of HSC Technology projects at the Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney, from 22 February to 5 May 2019.

Congratulations to all of these students on their outstanding achievements for their HSC Major Projects.


Dr Andrew Parry 

Message from the
Head of Senior School

Term 4 , Week 5B

I hope the final weeks of the school year are not proving too challenging for parents and students as they approach the yearly exams.These can seem like very big hurdles for students, and there are those who argue that exams are old-fashioned and not a good way of assessing the learning that has gone on during the year. While exams may have their drawbacks, they are certainly a way of focusing the mind for students and a method whereby teachers can assess their own effectiveness in conveying to their classes the essential content and skill base needed for future learning. It is also not such a bad thing for young people to learn what it feels like to sit still and concentrate for an extended period!

Year 11 students have started their HSC courses; I urge them and their parents to be very familiar with the assessment schedule and with the policy and procedures that go with assessment. This is especially important if you are contemplating any sort of planned absence from school – absence around or on the day of an assessment task, without due arrangements having been made, can have a serious impact on student rankings and marks.

Year 7 parents will soon be receiving an email from MMG Education inviting them to complete a survey about their own and their child’s experience of the transition to secondary school at KWS. This survey allows us to hear your voice and that of your children (they will complete the survey here at school after their exams); from this we can tailor what we do to better serve future students coming into the Senior School. Please be assured that all responses are anonymous and confidential – all we receive from MMG is aggregated data and nobody is identifiable from the feedback we get. Please be frank and honest, tell us what we have got right and wrong in your opinion, as it is only by receiving open information that we know what to keep, what to change and what not to continue to do.

After their exams are over, Years 8 and Year 10 will be doing special activities – you will be receiving more detailed information on this if you are a parent of the relevant year groups. Both programs contain excellent and productive sessions that will be of practical benefit to your child.

I wish you all the best as you prepare for the end of the school year, your holidays and the festive season. And for those about to begin their harvest, I hope the returns on your hard work, particularly in the face of such challenging weather conditions, are decent and enable you to feel hopeful and confident about the future.


Bev West

Head of Senior School

Message from the Chaplain

The Widow's Mite

A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”  (Mark 12:41-44)

I recall that in my Biblical studies, this unnamed widow was spoken of as a transitory section of the text to highlight Jesus’ own offering of ‘all he had’. That is, the widow is praise for giving “all that she had”, and this praise leads the reader to a greater appreciation of Jesus’ greater, ultimate self-sacrifice of his own life for sake of others. While this sort of analysis suits the theological ethics that scholars draw from Mark’s gospel (qualities of self-giving, generosity and purity of intent, etc.), it does, I feel, an injustice to the woman herself. I wonder what her actions are about and why a widow would perform such an act.

It would well be true that the woman’s actions are an act of genuine piety, free from political agenda. She gave to the treasury of the Temple (the holiest place of Israel; the House of God) all that she has as a contribution to upkeep of the religious institution. Perhaps she gave her coins so that others may also come to know God as she has herself knows God.

The widow’s actions may also be viewed as a symbol of the corruption of religious authority of the day. Support of this interpretation is interesting. Immediately before this story of the widow, Jesus attacks the scribes and their official establishment. “Beware of the scribes,” he says. “They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers” (12:39-40). Interestingly too, the verse that follows Jesus’ observation that “she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on,” reads “As Jesus was leaving the Temple… [he says], not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down” (13:1-2). This context suggests that scribes led the poor widow to making offerings with all she had, even though she was poor. This is a different viewpoint.

The story of the widow’s offering becomes evidence to the oppression of the scribes toward the poor and vulnerable; the very people that God commands them to protect (see Exodus 22:22-24). Hers is a sad story of the exploitation of those who should be protected. The widow’s offering, then, is not an example to follow, but a situation to avoid and Jesus’ comment about her is not praise but a lament and a condemnation of the scribes and the nature of the religious establishment. Jesus is exposing wrongdoing and abuse.

This interpretation reminds me of times of our own national shame: indigenous dispossession of land, refugee children on Nauru, child abuse in religious and civil institutions, banking royal commission. So how do I conclude this? Perhaps with the words of Jesus to his disciples: “Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved.” Hold on to the true and the good.


Mr Phil Worrad 

Student Wellbeing

2018 has been a year of Review, Keep, Try, Change for the Wellbeing Team’s in both the Senior and Preparatory Schools 

For the first 9 months, the focus has been on data collection - data collected has included:

  • Prep School Kids Matter survey (K – 6) in March;
  • Rite Journey survey of Year 9 students (pre- survey in March to be followed-up by a post survey once the course has finished in 2019);
  • Senior School Wellbeing Survey in September 2018;
  • Visits to individual Tutor groups across all year groups in the Senior School and individual classrooms in the Prep School.

The Wellbeing Teams in both the Prep and Senior School, then collectively used this data to determine the Wellbeing Strategic Objectives that will underpin our new KWS Strategic Plan, with a goal to effectively translate strategy into action.

In The Prep School most matters of student care and welfare are dealt with through the classroom teacher; they are in effect the pastoral care leader. The students participate in a number of specific wellbeing activities such as Peer Support and specific Social Emotional Learning lessons that occur once a week. Survey data clearly demonstrates that the vast majority of KWS Prep Students feel happy, connected and safe at our school.

In the Senior School our eight Tutor Houses form the basis for student welfare and behaviour management within the school. Our survey results demonstrate that overwhelmingly the House based nature of our Wellbeing Program is viewed positively by students as they clearly identified with their House and for the most part their Head Tutor and Tutor. However, the experience each student receives is based on the individual Head Tutor and Tutor teacher. The key areas of concern identified from the survey by staff and students included:

  • Increasing number of students presenting with anxiety and depression concerns.
  • Tutor program lacks consistency and depth.
  • 20 minute Tutor - too short to be effective but too long for simple roll call.

After reviewing all the data a number of changes will be implemented to maximise student wellbeing in a safe, supportive and connected learning community. From 2019 the following changes will be implemented:

  • Structured Wellbeing Scope and Sequence for each year group (K - 12).
  • Targeted programs in the areas of resilience and mental health.

In the Senior School specific changes will include:

  • Changed Tutor format for 2019. Instead of 4 x 20 minute Tutor sessions, we will now have 2 x 35 minute sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Tutor time - name change to Wellbeing time.
  • Head Tutors will be called Head of ‘Name’ House ie Head of Brown House.
  • Individual tutors will be termed Mentors.

Our school will have an evidence-based, planned approach to wellbeing that uses the Federal Governments National Safe School Framework to inform our focus and practice. Finally, I would like to leave you with our Wellbeing Team mantra.


‘Wellbeing is a collective responsibility. If we get Wellbeing right everything else gets easier’.


Mrs Emma Bylsma
Head of Student Wellbeing

Message from the
Director of Boarding

As we reach the mid-way point of the final term of the year, it is easy for some to focus on the end of the year as it is so close and in sight.

However, there is much still to come and many important things for our boarders to focus on. The Year 11s are undergoing their own transition into their final year with all subjects starting the Year 12 content and workloads and expectations starting to ramp up. For the junior years, the looming presence of the end of year exams is coming sharply into focus and minds are starting to wander to exam revision, study timetables, past papers and preparation.

I was delighted to be able to meet with all the House Captains last week for our first meeting of their new appointment. I was impressed by their energy, enthusiasm and professional approach to the meeting. It was especially pleasing that they had created and pushed their own agenda which included discussion on several matters relating to girl boarders at PLC. The first was the concept of ‘seniority’ which permeates through the senior years and exists primarily in the form of lunchtime ‘fast lanes’ for Year 12s and Year 12s getting priority on buses. These privileges were removed last week and seen as a form of punishment by some but it was merely a step taken to highlight the style of leadership that we do want at Kinross Wolaroi; servant leadership. I enjoyed the heated debate this created amongst the House Captains but equally enjoyed the open minded approach with which they viewed the situation and I believe strongly that the House Captains will prove to be great ambassadors for boarding both collectively and individually.

Whilst on the topic of buses, I am delighted to announce that we are trialing, at the PLC campus a new morning bus schedule which removes the early bus (0740) and shifts it 30 minutes later. At the same time, we have made the decision to extend the morning breakfast time for the girls so as to minimize the rush they experience and feel every morning. It is hoped that this extra time in the mornings will have a significant positive effect on our girls’ wellbeing.

The weekend activities continue apace this term with the focus squarely on getting our boys and girls together to spend some quality social time. Two weeks ago our Year 9s and 10s gathered at PLC for a variety of activities; the PLC market garden spring planting, bubble soccer, a swim in the pool and a BBQ to finish off. Replanting the market garden and restocking the chicken coop proved to be a great start to the day; indeed, there were so many who turned up that the job was done in a fraction of the time. Boys and girls then moved down to the oval where 10 giant inflatable zorbs were ready for bubble soccer. Girls and boys had a sensational time rotating every 10 minutes so everyone had a turn. It was a brilliant afternoon and enjoyed by all. Last weekend we brought our Year 7 and 8 boys and girls together at the Wolaroi campus for an action-packed of games and activities in and around the pool naturally followed by a BBQ (of course!). It is pleasing to see our boys and girls spending time together on the weekends; it has been a huge push from our Heads of House and I thank them for making it happen.

Finally, I’d like to mention once again the social media platform we use to highlight the boarding activities your sons and daughters are involved in. KWS Boarding is on Instagram at @kws_boarding so do go online and follow us for all the updates. We endeavour to take snapshots of most boarding activities, with added discretion, so you can get an extra taste of what we are up to.


Mr Matt Curran
Director of Boarding 

The Regional Engagement Enterprise

MysTREE Box Challenge

On Monday 5th November, Kinross Wolaroi held the inaugural MysTREE Box Challenge cooking competition for Orange high schools. James Sheahan Catholic High School and the Orange Christian School entered teams together with four teams from KWS. All of these students are either taking hospitality as a Stage 6 subject or Food Technology in Stage 5.

The students had to design a 3-course meal from mystery local ingredients. These ingredients were kindly donated by Farmgate Butchery, Biteriot, MSM Milling, Manildra Group Flour Mill, Carbeen Pasture Raised Organic Eggs, Trunkey Creek Bacon and Abilene Olive Grove. The morning began with a research session before the students had 3-hours to cook their meals for guest judges Michael Manners, Kate Bracks and Alison Karbowiak.

Every school and team produced some outstanding meals, especially given that there were no ovens in the DPA! The winning team of James Wright, Jema O’Neill and Flo Conway was from Kinross Wolaroi! An outstanding achievement and a brilliant day that we hope to replicate as an annual event.



Year 7 PDHPE students have recently completed their unit on Local, Healthy Foods. Within this topic they have explored food trends, the concept of Paddock to Plate and the 100-mile diet. Their assessment task required them to investigate opportunities to buy local here in Orange and to design a 3-course meal showcasing local produce.

Last term the students planted seedlings in our market garden beds and last week they harvested these. They used their bounty together with our own eggs and bacon to cook up a class meal.


PLC Planting

Year 9 and 10 boarders spend Sunday 4th November planting up a storm at PLC. The students clipped the wings of their new chooks, mulched, composted and weeded the garden beds, and planting up their seeds and seedlings ready for harvest in the new year. If you haven’t been up to check out the PLC Vege garden, make sure you go for a wonder when you are next there.


The TREE Team



Our co-curricular enterprise team have been busy selling the produce they created with local smallgoods maker Stefan Birmili. The students sold over 250 of their homemade sausages at the Prep School Open Day, have finished curing, smoking and slicing their own bacon, and have recently taken delivery of their 10 Christmas hams.
Look out for them at our Celebration of Learning Evening on Saturday!
Mr Tom Riley
Director of TREE

Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular

Band Concert

On Tuesday 13th November the Performing Arts Department held a wonderful Bands concert in which students from across the Prep and Secondary Schools came together to perform. The audience was delighted to see the progression of the students as they demonstrated the development of skill and technical ability throughout the band program from beginner age through to our advanced ensembles. It was so wonderful to see such a large number of students involved in the bands program, and wonderful for them all to be there performing for one another. A huge thank you and congratulations to all involved.

Summer Sport Captains

At our Secondary School Assembly last week I had the great pleasure of announcing the Summer Sports captains for the 2018/ 19 season. I was overwhelmed by the number of students in each sport who had applied for a leadership position. It was great to see students engaging so readily with the opportunity to be leaders within the KWS community.

During the captain selection process it was very encouraging to hear the students speak so passionately about what are important leadership qualities to them, the leaders they have been inspired by, and what they hope to achieve in their role. It is a genuine privilege to be placed in a position of leadership, and I wish all of our young leaders the very best for the season ahead as they undertake their roles.


Ms Heidi Anthony
Acting Director of Co-curricular

KWS Athlete Development and Support Program 

I am delighted to launch the long anticipated KWS Athlete Development and Support Program

This bespoke program is one of the first of its kind, and will provide a unique and important opportunity for our talented student-athletes at KWS.

The Athlete Development and Support Program has been created to support our talented student-athletes to manage their busy schedules and lives. As a former elite athlete, I understand the difficulties of balancing a high-level sporting and academic schedule. This program specifically aims to give student-athletes the tools to excel in sport and academics, through seeking excellence in all facets of life and investing in the holistic development of the individual. Through this we hope to further develop skills related to athletic performance, increase expectations and standards around sporting and academic success, learn to seek and achieve excellence on a daily basis, and to create a pathway and opportunities both through school and beyond.

My vision for the program is that we will;

Facilitate the holistic development of the individual through the pursuit of excellence in all facets of education, and use the role of sport as a school for life.

This will be achieved through offering one-on-one support and guidance, planning for success in sport and academics through the development of Individual Performance Plans, access to specialists from sport-related fields, creating opportunities and connections for post-school, communication with stakeholders, leadership training and development, access to the IOC’s Olympic Values Education program, development of life skills, and education sessions for student-athletes and parents.

This program is targeted at student-athletes from all sports, who are competing at a serious level in their chosen sport at a representative level. This program will assist those students who have significant extracurricular sporting commitments, and whose talent has been verified through selection on a representative team, for example a state/national team, state/national sporting organisation, institute or academy of sport scholarship.

Entry into the program is through application only, via the Application tab on the Athlete Development and Support page on Frog. Applications may only be submitted by the student-athletes who wish to be considered for the program, and applications completed by parents, guardians or staff will not be accepted. Applications close on Wednesday November 28, 2018. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday December 5, and the program will officially commence in Term 1, 2019.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for KWS, and I look forward to the program commencing in 2019. KWS has some amazingly talented and hardworking student-athletes, and I’m excited to work with them on their sporting and academic journeys, and to assist them to recognise their ambitions and develop the courage and skills to achieve them.


Sarah Cook

Athlete Development Coordinator

Performing Arts Updates

Band Concert - Congratulations!

Well done to all our bands; Junior Band, Prep Band, Intermediate Woodwind Ensemble, Senior Woodwind Ensemble, Sax Ensemble and SWE. The Band concert was a huge success and it was wonderful to see the progression from prep to secondary! Thank you to all the directors for their hard work and passion in leading their ensembles and thank you to everyone who came along to support our bands.

Open Mic Night 

Thursday 29 November 2018

Performance Theatre

The Open Mic Night will be held on Thursday 29th November at 5:30pm. Students who learn an instrument are welcome to put their name down to perform an item. It is a relaxed and enjoyable experience for all musicians and we encourage students to have a go and show us your talents!

Sign up sheets are on Mrs McRae’s office door. Please fill these out and return to Mrs McRae by the end of Week 6, Friday 23rd November.

Carol Service

Tuesday 4 December 2018, 6:30pm

Derek Pigot Auditorium

A reminder that the Chamber Choir, Koristers and KWS Orchestra will all be performing at the Carol Service on Tuesday 4th December. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening celebrating the festive season. Students involved in the performances must wear full school uniform and arrive promptly at 6pm.

Please bring family and friends!

Staatkapelle Berlin Orchestra - Regional Youth Orchestra

Three of our music students have a very exciting opportunity at the end of November. Tom Karbowiak (yr 11), Olivia Small (yr 11) and Owen Bloomfield (yr 10) are all members of the Regional Youth Orchestra (RYO), which is a prestigious youth orchestra in the central west. The Sydney Opera House Trust have invited the RYO to workshop and perform with the orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, who are on tour at the Sydney Opera House in November. The RYO students will work with players from the orchestra from Friday 23rd November finishing with a performance on Monday 26th November. Owen has also been selected as one of four students to be filmed and interviewed for a media release for this program.

This is a wonderful opportunity for these students and we look forward to hearing all about their experience with Staatskapelle Berlin.

Congratulations Owen Bloomfield, Year 10

Owen is to be congratulated on several successful auditions and musical opportunities. He is an incredibly talented musician!

Owen successfully auditioned for the Australian Youth Orchestra, with their Young Symphonists program as a percussionist. Young symphonists involve students aged 18 years and under. He will be involved in the program in April 2019.

Owen has also successfully been selected to enrol at the Sydney Conservatorium High School for 2019-2020, where he will have majors in percussion and composition, with a minor in piano. He has already started lessons with his piano teacher, Scott Davie. Owen has also been fortunate to start lessons with retired SSO principal timpanist, Richard Miller, who has recently moved to Bathurst with his family. Owen is thoroughly enjoying these lessons.

We wish Owen the best of luck next year, as he commences a wonderful musical journey at the Sydney Conservatorium High School! We look forward to hearing about his amazing music experiences.


Mrs Annie McRae
Acting Head of Performing Arts

Information and Communications Technology

Frog Tip - Smartphones (iPhone and Androids)

Your Smartphone/iPad is a computer with a limited amount of computing resources. You may not be able to open a lot of Apps and a lot 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 by clicking on the X in the top left hand corner of the page.

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


Senior School Exam Schedule are now on the Year Portals of Frog

Thanks to the improvement suggestions from some parents, the Senior School Exam schedules are now posted on each year portal of Frog.

Each may be downloaded via a button on each Year Portal under the Assessment Toolkit. Clicking this button downloads the Exam schedule for the respective year group.


Mr Darryn Marjoram
Director of Information Services, ICT

Sports Updates

Water Polo

Piranhas vs Sharknados​

On Thursday of Week 3, our team, including some novice players; Toby, Catie and Lara, and their more seasoned peers; Matt and Issy, Lachie, Sam and Callum played Mr Oldham’s Sharknados, our training-partners. Ours was the first match of the season for the juniors and both teams played with great enthusiasm. While the Sharknados played with heart and determination, Sam Houghton and Lachie Smith’s goals triumphed in the end. We congratulate both teams for their terrific effort. In particular Catie and Lara, both novices, are to be congratulated on their great swimming – Catie a natural starter and Lara showing considerable skill in her first attempt at Goalie. We look forward to a great season ahead.

Mrs Em Le Couteur


Barracudas vs James Sheahan
Final score: Barracudas won 13-1

The Barracudas made a great start to their 2018 season with a strong victory over James Sheahan. The Sheahan team played hard, and show the potential for great improvement in weeks and months ahead. Our challenge will be to continue to stay focused on improving our skills and game strategies too. Playing their debut games were Gordon, Ned and Brad, who threw themselves into the game enthusiastically. Digby showed great leadership, encouraging  the younger players, and setting up opportunities for most players to score a goal – as well as contributing the score line himself. Will discovered that playing water polo is like riding a bike – you never forget how to do it, as played his first game since primary school. Sam, Katie, Finn and Sophia contributed well to the team’s strong performance, passing and defending effectively.

Mrs Antonia Suthers


Dinocrocs vs Jaws

Final score: Draw 7-7

A nail-biting, heart-stopping start to the season saw the Dinocrocs get into a deathroll with Jaws, who were constantly snapping at our heels. The teams were so evenly matched that neither was able to break away from the other. The game was nevertheless played with a sense of fun and sportsmanship. Josh, Molly and Harry were our main goal scorers, while our new players, Annie and Brydee had a crash course in the fun rough and tumble nature of the game. They acquitted themselves well, being bold in defense, positioning themselves well and demonstrating good teamwork. Bella and Abbey played well in attack and defence and Hugh provided a burst of speed at times when it was most needed.

Mrs Antonia Suthers


Piranhas vs Jaws

Week 4 saw us face the wonderful Ms Gomes’ team, the frighteningly-labelled Jaws. On a stunning Orange afternoon, it was great weather to try our very best. With novice Catie Crisp again showing her significant swimming skills, the Piranhas muscled their way into a 6/2 victory over their mighty opponents. Sam Houghton, Lachie Smith and Toby Gough deserve big thanks for goal-scoring and the other members; Lara O’Brien, Matt and Issy Fox made sure that they pushed the ball to the right players for scoring.

Mrs Em Le Couteur


Barracudas vs Sharknados (8 November)

Final result: Barracudas Won

The score line in this game does not reflect the mighty effort it took to achieve it. The Sharknados have obviously been training hard, because they really pushed us to our limits. Our accuracy in passing is improving steadily, as are our defensive skills. Some great goal keeping by Digby, Sam and Will helped keep the score line reined in. Finn’s late entry into the game gave us a boost while Sophia and Katie were tenacious in defence. Gordon, Ned and Bradley are learning fast and contributing boldly to the teamwork.

Mrs Antonia Suthers


Dinocrocs vs James Sheahan (8 November)

Final result: Donocrocs won

The James Sheahan has improved impressively since playing the Barracudas last week. If they keep this up, they will soon be a force to be reckoned with. Last season KWS was a little sheltered in the Junior level, being the only school involved. Now we need to lose our complacency! This was an exciting at competitive match. Kaden made an impressive debut, having picked up the basics in training last week. Annie and Brydee clearly enjoyed themselves, and were determined defenders, while Josh and Harry were strong in attack. Hugh demonstrated a fantastic flair for turning the game around – intercepting the ball and heading it back down the pool in the right direction, where Sam was, more often than not, available to take the pass and have a shot. Thank you to the students who helped us out as subs.

Mrs Antonia Suthers


KWS Skys vs Bendigo Wildcats (30/10/2018)

Taylah Caro’s shooting was on fire. Lucy Opie took some hard hits but got many rebounds. Hannah Leisk and Annabele Bragg were tight in defence. Jess Mosely had great speed and was very fast at bringing the ball down the court. Although, Molly McLean is off on an exchange her first and last game this term proved to be a good one to watch. The girls put up a tough fight but unfortunately the score was 40-24 at the end buzzer.

Molly McLean and Annabelle Crabb


KWS Wings vs Junior Wildcats (30/10/2018)

After a tough game between KWS Wings and Junior Wildcats the final score was 50-9 to the Wildcats.It was a slow start with the first quarter closing with a score of 10 points Wildcats to 1 point Wings. One minute into the second quarter Eloise Oliver took a heavy hit and was force back onto the ground. Fortunately, she got straight back up and scored the team many, many goals: definitely top goal scorer. Lucinda Horne is always keen to run the ball down the court for the team and she made some great throw-ins and play-making feeds. Ally Birmingham used a lot of her refined ball skills: her incredibly long passes down the court were advantageous to the Wings. Thanks for Alice and Brooke for filling a few gaps. Sophie Starr’s hockey skills really don’t come in too handy but she sure plays with ferocity. In fact, after their first graded match the Wings greatest strengths appears to be spirit, soul and character.

Isabel Joseph


KWS Grizzlies v KWS Steamrollers

Final score: KWS Grizzlies lost 16-36

There were passages of time in the game where our opposition dominated, causing easy turnovers and breaking quickly down the court to score simple lay-up points. Once we slowed down our passing and became more patient with finding players in space, the gap between the teams was not so obvious. It was nice to see attempts made to set screens, provide sleight of hand passes and fake shots, to cause a degree of confusion in the opposing team. Lochlan, Peter and Mitch provided the momentum going forward, Alex and Ryan acted as pivots in attack, giving Lewis and Will opportunities to move in the spaces. We should be able to build upon this experience.

Mr Matthew Healey


Reports are for November 3-10.

All results and scores are available at


1st XI

Round 4 v Centrals

KWS 201 (M Powell 90, S Ridley 40) won on first innings versus Centrals 136 (S Crisp 3/29, H Kermode 2/14, A Cumming 2/20) and 116 (H McIntyre 4/25, W Luelf 2/6, S Crisp 2/20)

Day 1: With quite a few ex-Kinross students in the Centrals side it made this game one the Kinross 1st Grade side particularly wanted to win. Day one saw Captain Sam Ridley lose the toss and Centrals putting us onto the field, with only starts from the Centrals batsman and none of them going on to make many runs. KWS fielded well, including a direct hit run out by Ed Taylor, restricting Centrals to 136 off 60, with good bowling done by Stuart Crisp (3/29 off 13) and Angus Cumming (2/20 off 10). Needing 137 for the win, Kinross lost 4 wickets for 69 with Max Powell (23no) and Phoebe Litchfield (12no) at the beginnings of an important partnership to keep Kinross well and truly in this game. By Harry Kermode (Year 10)

Day 2: After losing Litchfield and Ronald early, Powell and Ridley steadied the ship to steer KWS past Central’s first innings total, eventually gaining a lead of 65. KWS set about winning outright with McIntyre bowling well with 4 wickets, but KWS could not get the wickets quickly enough to have a chance to chase, eventually bowling Centrals out again but shaking hands after the last wicket fell. The 1st XI were very happy to get their first win of the season and will look to build on this as they play for the Douglas Shield v Moriah College, Bonnor Cup v St Pats and normal grade game against Cavaliers in the week ahead. By Sam Ridley (Captain and Year 11)


NSW All Schools Championships v Hills Sports High School

KWS 69 (W Luelf 26) lost to HSHS 8/174 (S Ridley 3/32, H May 2/36)

KWS played host to Hills Sports High on Melbourne Cup Day on KWS Main for Round 1 of the knockout tournament. Under gloomy skies KWS bowled and fielded well, with George Cumming impressing on debut (1/15 off 10), holding HSHS at 100 off 40 overs. Unfortunately HSHS teed off and collected another 74 runs in 10 overs to finish at 8/174. After a jovial lunch with the school watching on during Cup day festivities, KWS started and finished poorly, bowled out for 69. Will Luelf (26) showed some promise but HSHS bowled far too well to qualify for the next round. The KWS players learnt plenty against a quality opposition and can use the experience to improve their performances in the Douglas Shield schools competition. By Mr B Ronald


2nd XI

Round 4 v Centrals

KWS 126 & 8/86 (W Prowse 25, J Rasmussen 21) won on first innings versus Centrals 48 & 165 (G Cumming 6/9 & 3/46, N Jones 3/10, T Madigan 2/36)

Day 1: Kinross Wolaroi won the toss and elected to bowl against Centrals. Opening the bowling were Tom Madigan and Jono Rasmussen, both getting two very early wickets starting the break through with 2/0 by the second over. Sam Hope took a ripper of a catch at fine leg in mid-air leaving Kinross re-thinking that he can catch! George Cumming ultimately led the bowling attack with 6/9 off 8 overs, stumping Centrals all out for 48. Kinross came into bat and steadily gathered the runs with Noah Jones and Jono Rasmussen the last two batters of the day staying in and getting every run they could to surpass Centrals and get Kinross to 123. Kinross started their plans for an outright win having Centrals two for not many at stumps. By Tom Madigan (Year 9)

Day 2: Thompson and George Cumming started the break through that KWS needed to have a chance of winning outright, eventually Centrals were all out for 148. Kinross needed 88 runs for the outright victory. Brad O’Brien and Tom Madigan opening the batting, with Brad getting a quick 6 and Tom getting 16. Eventually, KWS had one wicket remaining and needing two runs off the last ball of the day to win outright. If they lost a wicket we would lose outright. As it turned out the last ball was a dot and KWS had to be satisfied with the first innings victory. By Tom Madigan (Year 9)


3rd XI

Round 4: KWS 60 (J Medway 34) lost to Centrals 149 (T Gill 4/33, W Byrnes 2/11, W Smith 2/27)

Round 5: KWS 9/180 (C Greaves 79, L Smith 48no) lost to Gladstone 4/190 (J Medway 4/33)


Centenary Cup

KWS Super Kings

Round 3: KWS Super Kings 105 (F Doyle 61, J Stuart 3/6, H Gutterson 3/7, L Hunter 2/26) lost to KWS Blue (L Hunter 58, S Gee 24, C Tink 20)

Round 4: KWS Super Kings 94 lost to CYMS 3/98


KWS Blue 

Round 3: See above

Round 4: KWS Blue 9/127 (L Hunter 40, C Tink 22) defeated Orange City 123 (S Buckley 2/6, H Priest 2/7, H Sharpe 2/19)



KWS Scorches

Round 3: KWS Scorches 8/80 (J Rasmussen 24no, C Mastrangeli 3/2, W Fuller 2/1, W Pearce 2/15) tied with KWS Royals 9/80 (H Thompson 22, H Gutterson 4/6)                                                                                                  

On Saturday the KWS Cricket season was launched and the Scorchers and Royals took part in one of the most exciting games of junior cricket in recent memory. The match ended in a thrilling tie as the Royals were unable to score the three runs they needed for victory from the final over.

The Scorchers batted first and any thought they were going to compile a big score went out the window as they collapsed to a sorry 33 for 6 by drinks. Batsman after batsman fell to rash shots and the Royals held all the chances that came their way. Jono Rasmussen batting at number 8 resurrected the innings with a mature 24 not out and he got some good support from Nelson Shepherd (5) and Ollie Charlton (7) who held up their end and played well under pressure. The final score of 80 was disappointing but a lot more than seemed possible earlier and at least gave the Scorchers something to defend.

The Scorchers plan from this point was simple: bowl the Royals out for less. Nelson Shepherd made the early breakthrough that was needed in his first over but was unable to take any more wickets in the five overs he bowled after that. At the same time, he only conceded two runs from those five overs to finish with the excellent figures of 6 – 4 – 2 -1. The pressure Nelson, Jono Rasmussen (6 – 0 – 15 -1) and Arnie Tancred (5 – 1 – 17 -0) built up at the beginning of the Royals innings ended up telling in the end and had a great deal to do with the Scorchers escaping with a tie.

However it was Harry Gutterson who turned the game on its head in the 18th over. He broke the dangerous partnership between Dudley Shepherd and Hugh Thompson when he dismissed Dudley thanks to a fine catch by Gian Wynn for 15 and then, for good measure, he dismissed Hugh with his next delivery. After three overs his figures were a highly commendable 2 for 4 but more was to come.

The last over saw the Royals needing three to win. The Scorchers captain Arnie Tancred had a difficult choice to make: who was going to bowl. Nelson Shepherd and Jono Rasmussen were bowled out but in an inspired move he turned to that man, Gutterson. In the best traditions of ‘death bowling’ (does anyone remember Steve Waugh during the 87 World Cup? If not, look it up) Harry bowled full and straight and took two wickets while only conceding two runs. At the same time, there were two run outs as the Royals searched in vain for that winning run.

Mr Ronald wanted the season launch to be a memorable event and the Scorchers and Royals played their part as anyone who witnessed the game would attest. Thanks to all those who turned out to support the boys from both teams.

Finally, a big thankyou to Mr Hannelly for umpiring and Mrs Hunter and Mr Powell for scoring. This was most appreciated.  By Mr B Kerridge

Round 4: KWS Scorches 7/116 (N Shepherd 37) defeated CYMS 88 (N Shepherd 4/16, H Forsyth 2/14, A Tancred 2/16)

The Scorchers recorded another win after a hard fought game against CYMS on Saturday. Batting first the Scorchers put together 116 for 8 in their 28 overs. The highlights this week came from Nelson Shepherd who opened the innings and made a controlled 37. Jono Rasmussen chimed in with 18 and Harry Gutterson and Arnie Tancred made important contributions at the end.

The Scorchers then dismissed CYMS for 88 but the scores do not reflect how close things were. The Scorchers were able to make early inroads thanks to the leg spin of Nelson Shepherd who, once again, bowled quite splendidly to finish with 4 for 16 from 6 overs. He was well supported by Arnie Tancred who took 2 for 16.  But Henry Forsyth deserves special mention for his role in two key moments: the first was when he took a truly remarkable catch at point to give Ethan Smith a  wicket and the second was when he dismissed the dangerous Nick Murphy helped by a fine catch from Jono Rasmussen. This wicket turned the game as CYMS looked like they might have been able to stage a come from behind win with Murphy at the crease and plenty of overs to be bowled.

Thanks to everyone who came to support the Scorchers on the day and to Tom Madigan who volunteered to help out with scoring. Well done. By Mr B Kerridge


KWS Heat

Round 3: KWS Heat 4/153 (L Hunter 47, S Gee 40no) defeated Cavaliers 36 (R Hall 6/8)

After winning the toss, Sam Gee chose to bat as the previous game that these two teams had met it apparently was an easy first innings win to KWS with only a few runs to chase.

Batting first we lost our first wicket due to a run out which was a shame as we have done some work on 'calling our singles' which confirms that we still have more work to do in that regard. Luke Hunter (47) and skipper Sam Gee (40no) enjoyed the opportunity to hit 8 boundaries in total between them and a big six to Luke which kicked the score along nicely to our final total of 4-153.

Our fieldsmen were keen and were quicker on the change of overs in comparison to previous games. After the first wicket fell, Riley Hall impressed by snaring 2 wickets in his first over and at one stage was in a hat trick after an incredible diving catch to Angus Staniforth in the 'covers'. CAVS did not appear to be a strong batting team and after 13 overs were bowled out for 39. Riley finished with the impressive figures of 6-7 from 4 overs. Well done Riley!!

Thank you to those who supported us on Saturdays so far this season:- Parents, Family and Friends. The boys also appreciated the opportunity to play a game after the turf pitch on Sharpe was not suitable for play. We were very lucky to get our game in!

Looking forward to training and working hard to improve our individual skills.

By Mr P Koen (Coach 15 Heat)

Round 4: BYE


KWS Royals

Round 3: See above v KWS Scorches.

Alternative report by Tom Patton (Year 7): It was great game at the main oval of Kinross Wolaroi. The Royals were taking on the Scorchers . It was a slow out field as the night before it bucketed down rain making everyone wanting to bat first. Even though the Royals lost the toss they were all fired up and ready to give it their all.

The Scorchers wickets fell regularly because the Royals energetic fielding and accurate bowling put a lot of pressure on the Scorchers batsman. The highlight of the innings was Dan Hunter’s diving catch. The Scorchers finished with a total score of 80 runs.

With a chase of 80 runs it was going to be hard with the experience of the Scorchers team. The Scorchers kept the run rate down. The Royals picked the gaps and got lots of singles. The partnership was incredible between Hugh Thompson and Dudley Shepherd, giving them 60 runs and needing 20 runs in the last four overs. The last over saw the Scorchers get four wickets on the last four balls making it a tie.

Round 4: KWS Royals 8/94 (D Shepherd 20) defeated Orange City Gladiators 9/76 (C Tink 2/9, T Storer 2/17)



KWS Strikers

Round 3: KWS Sixers defeated KWS Fever

Round 4: KWS Sixers 8/52 lost to CYMS 1/53


KWS Fever (Girls)

Round 3: See above v KWS Strikers

Round 4: KWS Fever 7/62 lost to Orange City Warriors 3/137

A warm Saturday morning and Orange City won the toss and elected to bat first. KWS Fever started the bowling with more runs from the first few overs than expected but that was not the fact until Hannah Arundell charging in claimed the first wicket of the day. Hannah continued her bowling, with a total of only 12 runs from her 4 overs. Jo Mclachlan and Meg Muarray followed in Hannah’s footsteps putting in a wicket each to their names in spectacular fashion. Brilliant displays of fielding from Julia Williams and Taya Rutherford, letting no balls go past each other. Orange City finished their innings at 3/137 after 28 overs.

Meg and Julia started the innings but unfortunately  could not get the start they wanted after being bowled by some brilliant yorkers, with Meg out for 5 and Julia 1. Sophie Mahlo stepped up and the batted throughout most of the innings until the last wicket, with a top score of 13 runs. The KWS Fever were all out for 62 but once again like the past weeks, the girls continue to put on an entertaining game for the spectators to watch. Their effort on and off the field is tremendous and all must be commended for it.


Mr Ben Ronald

MIC Cricket

Career News

Becoming an Apprentice got 100,000 times easier

We need apprentices and a strong pipeline of skilled tradespeople. As such, the NSW Government has now made it even easier for students to become an apprentice. They’re investing over $285 million to fund the course fees for 100,000 new apprentices.

Learn more

RASF Vocational Education & Training (VET) Scholarships are Open!

The RAS Foundation is calling for applications for Vocational Education & Training (VET) Scholarships. VET Scholarships are available to students studying at, or who will enrol to study at registered training organisations including TAFE and local colleges in 2019. The scholarship aims to support individuals in NSW who demonstrate a commitment to a career in rural and regional NSW.
If you are planning to study in areas such as Agriculture, Community Services or Wool Classing this scholarship could be for you!

Scholarships of up to $6,000 for full-time study or up to $3,000 for part-time study are available in 2019.
Find out more

Scholarships Sancta Sophia College University of Sydney

Available Scholarships

Sancta accepts residential applications for undergraduate women planning to study at USyd, Notre Dame, UTS, Macquarie, UNSW and other reputable institutions based in Sydney. They can provide conditional offers prior to students receiving official admission into their preferred university.

Scholarships take the form of full or partial remission of fees and are funded either by the College or by our generous private donors. 

Students fitting one or more of the below criteria are encouraged to explore the 2019 Scholarships and Bursaries Guide.

  • Academic high performers
  • Students with financial need
  • Students with exceptional talent in sport / creative and performing arts / debating and oration and other cultural endeavours
  • Medicine students
  • Law students
  • STEM (Science/Engineering/Technology/Mathematics) students
  • Arts students
  • Veterinary Science/Agriculture/Sustainability students
  • Students with a genuine commitment to social justice and/or to the spiritual life of the College
  • Students exhibiting strong leadership skills and the capacity to contribute positively to the culture of Sancta

SAE - Creative Media Institute

Thursday 22 November - Information Night, Sydney Campus 

They are opening the doors of their state-of-the-art campus on Thursday 22 November from 6pm-8pm. If you're considering studying creative media, Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games, now is the time to speak to their experienced team and discover how you can pursue your passion.

Attend Info Sessions, tour our studios.

Register here:

Sydney Campus 39 Regent St Chippendale.

CSU Audition Dates

Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) School of Communications and Creative Industries invites interested students to audition for our performance courses.

Auditions are compulsory for the Bachelor of Theatre Media and Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance).


Where to audition:

Bachelor of Theatre Media

Register now


Bachelor of Creative Industries (Acting and Performance)

Register now

Resume Writing

Writing resumes and cover letters:

Youth Central has free resources designed to assist young people in developing resumes, cover letters and cold calling letters. Students can also get tips and information on where to find work, how to get a job, the job interview process, and starting and/or finishing a job.

UAC Information

There are lots of things to think about over the next few weeks as you wait on your results.

If you're still not sure what uni course to apply for, Course Compass can help.

This new tool draws on the experiences of over 100,000 recent UAC applicants to show you the paths taken by students just like you. And it only takes a few seconds! Click on link for more information.

They are also hosting a Facebook Live stream at 4pm on Friday 7 December to answer your questions about the ATAR, applying, offers and entry pathways.


Mrs Kimberley Jones
Year 12 Co-ordinator/Career Advisor​

Library News

International Games Week

It was International Games Week last week and on Thursday the library was declared a device free zone at lunch time. Instead the students were given the opportunity to play a range of board and card games. Lots of fun was had by all who came along, and the request was made to do it again. We are looking at doing it at least fortnightly and encourage students to request what games they would like included.

Book Tree

Come and see our ‘Book Tree’ and decorate it with a star to tell everyone what books you enjoyed reading in 2018.

Overdue Books

Students in Years 7 to 11 should have received an email if they have overdue Library books. Please return any overdue library books before the end of the school year.

Holiday Reading

Borrowing will be available to students over the Christmas Holidays as long as they have no overdue library books. We will give you a list of what you have borrowed so you can keep track of you books and they will be due on you return to school in 2019.

Don’t forget about the eBooks and audio books we have available. Instructions for their use is available on the Library Frog page or come and see the library staff and we will be happy to help you access them.

Christmas Giving

Some children and teenagers don’t have access to great books due to disadvantage or homelessness. This Christmas let’s help a child get their own book for Christmas.

  1. Bring in a new or ‘gently used’ second hand (It needs to look as good as new) book that you would like to be given.
  2. Wrap the book in Christmas wrap, or bring it to school and wrap it in the library (we will have all you need to do so here).
  3. Complete a label indicating if it is for a boy or a girl, what age and either from your first name or ‘a friend’ ( we will have labels here in the library to use).
  4. Place the wrapped and labelled book into one of the ‘Christmas boxes around our ‘Book Tree’. We will arrange for them to be given out.

Don’t forget the Library is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday for study, reading or a catch up with friends.


Mrs Nicole Deans

Acting Senior Librarian

Upcoming Events

TREE Celebration of Learning


STEM Exhibition


Christmas Carols Service


Open Mic Night


Notices & News

Textbook Lists for 2019

The 2019 Textbook lists for each year group have been released and recently emailed to all current families.

Please note the links and the timeframe for online ordering (21 December 2018) and the information to assist you with placing the order.  If you have any subject specific questions, please direct them to the relevant Head of Department and their details are located on the last page of the textbook list.

The textbook list is also located in the parent dashboard on FROG by clicking on the following:

Year Portals - Year # Portal - Assessment Toolkit tab - Textbook List.

Paul Mirrington

Director of Studies

KWS Gets Cooking!

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

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

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


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

Lost and Found

The following items have been handed in to the Front Office:

  • Prescription glasses (Country Road, dark charcoal colour, rectangle metal frames, arms have a silver fleck).
  • Prescription glasses (Converse, black rim and blue with indented star arms, wide oval frames).
  • Prescription glasses (Converse, tortoiseshell rim and purple with indented star arms, wide oval frames).
  • Bolle glasses case (found in library).
  • Silver portable charger and cord, cord probably for Apple products (found in library).
  • Four rings and a pendant.
  • Fabric glasses case.
  • Ear bud ear phones found outside Admin building at the beginning of November.

Mrs Angela Martin 

Uniform Appointments


YMCA Canberra’s Space Squad

Applications are being called for YMCA Canberra’s Space Squad in December 2018 and January 2019. This event is run over 5 days. During this time the ‘cadets’ will visit the Deep Space Centre, fly drones, experiment with robots, make a spectroscope and speak with an astronaut. This program costs $499, although there are some scholarship opportunities available. If you are interested please send Mr Healey an email at [email protected] and he will forward the details to you.

Mr Matthew Healey

Tennis Coaching Clinic

Christmas School Holidays are fast approaching. We are holding 2 Tennis Clinics in December:

Kinross Wolaroi Clinic

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December


$60 per person

Christmas Clinic 

Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December 


$75 per person (3 days) or $30 per day

Both clinics to be held at Orange Ex-services Tennis Courts.

For ages 5-16 years. 

Bookings now open! 

Call, text or message Alison on 0414 428 875 to book.

Ms Alison Seib

KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin
Wilfred Owen