KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin

16 May 2018
Issue Six
A Message from the Principal
A Message from the Head of Prep School
P&F News
Student Awards
Prep Performing Arts Press
Prep Sports News
Sports Reports
Upcoming Events
Kinross Wolaroi School
(02) 6392 0300
59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

A Message from
the Principal

The heart of a School – its people.

Recently, I and several of our staff had the pleasure of visiting our Kinross Wolaroi communities in Dubbo and Bourke. Two excellent gatherings of current, future and past families afforded great occasion to catch up with friends and to hear a little of the many activities and developments that are taking place at the School.

Such occasions powerfully reinforce one of the very strong aspects of Kinross Wolaroi, one that greatly impressed Josephine and I on our arrival – that very rich and tangible sense of community that pervades our School. It is evident when families experience difficulties and at times of hardship, at school events and in the way so many contribute and support our school. The enthusiasm shown by a great number of our local community to support our pioneering and innovative educational program, the Regional Engagement Enterprise, our TREE initiative is a clear demonstration.

The most precious element of any school or community, is its human resources, a component of far greater worth than bricks and mortar – our built environment will ever be. This is not to say our surrounds are not important, because they certainly are, and as Sir Winston Churchill reminded us ‘We shape our buildings there after they shape us’. But a school is so much more than a collection of buildings; it is a shared collection of ideals and ideas; of values and cultural history … but most of all it is a collection of people; a community where students, teachers and parents lie at its heart.

One of the great joys of leading a school is the immense privilege of engaging staff who can inspire and motivate our students to become the very best they can be.


I am delighted to announce the following appointments who will enrich our school community and add greatly to our vibrant co-curricular offering at Kinross Wolaroi.


Ms Sarah Cook
Rowing Coach and Athlete Development Co-ordinator

Ms Sarah Cook will join the staff of KWS at the commencement of Term 3 as Rowing Coach and Athlete Development Co-ordinator. Sarah comes to us with a wealth of national and international experience as an athlete, coach, administrator and as a highly respected sporting identity and leader. Over the past two years the concept of an Athletic Development Unit at KWS has been explored by the Director of Co-Curricular and Head of Sport. This new initiative will oversee the wellbeing of all students engaged in the KWS sports program. The Athlete Development Unit will also strive to foster athletic excellence and will operate in close collaboration with the academic and wellbeing areas of the School to ensure a well-balanced and developmentally appropriate sporting program.

A dual Olympian in rowing, and Australian Sailing representative, Sarah has been highly involved in improving performance in sport in Australia. Through her numerous roles in high performance administration and coaching, Sarah has led the development of winning cultures and improved the development pathway for young athletes. Since her retirement from rowing following the London Olympics, Sarah has already had a significant impact in Australian sport, influencing positive outcomes through lobbying State and Federal Governments and as an advisor to state and national sporting associations.

Sarah is currently Operations Manager for Australian Sailing where her responsibilities include organisation, strategy and management of all operations and logistics for the Australian Sailing Team and their programs. As a Rowing Coach, Sarah has coached the Australian Junior Men’s Coxed Four at the World Championships, and was Head of Rowing and Coach at St Joseph’s College in Sydney. In 2016 under Sarah’s leadership, St Joseph’s experienced their most successful year in their history, achieving podium finishes in 9 of the 11 races contested and claimed the First VIII title at the GPS Head of the River.

Sarah has an outstanding record as an Athlete. From 2004 – 2012 she represented Australia in Rowing competing at two Olympic games and 7 World Championship events, winning 6 World Championship medals. She was Australian National Champion 8 times, rowing in 5 different boat classes.

Sarah is a highly acclaimed International Rowing Commentator regularly broadcasting with World Rowing, BBC, BT Sport and Fox. She is a regular contributor to national and state radio for commentary and insights on professional and Olympic sporting news and debate.

Sarah is President of the Sydney University Boat Club (the first female to hold this position), a Director of NSW Rowing and Athletes Commission Member.

Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra and University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England, Sarah is qualified to teach Science.

In the coming weeks Sarah will be representing the Australian Olympic Committee as a delegate to the International Olympic Committee Conference in Greece.

Sarah has a strong interest in viticulture and having grown up in Canberra is greatly looking forward to living in the beautiful centre of Orange. She is married to Tobias Wehr-Chandler who will also be joining us to lead our Rowing Program.


Mr Tobias Wehr-Chandler
Master in Charge of Rowing and Rugby

Mr Tobias Wehr-Chandler joins us to lead and coordinate our rowing and rugby programs. Commencing in Term 3, 2018. Tobias will initially oversee Rowing and in 2019 assume the role of MIC Rugby.

Tobias comes to us from St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill where he has been Head of Rowing and has forged a reputation as an outstanding administrator and leader. He is also a gifted coach, achieving excellent results with the St Joseph’s crews.

Tobias has an impressive record as an athlete, representing New Zealand at six World Championships and five World Cup events. At the World Rowing Championship in 2009, Tobias won the Men’s Coxed Four Under 23 World Championship. From 2010 to 2014 he was the World Record Holder for the 1-hour ergometer.

Tobias has also sailed professionally and was a member of America’s Cup Challenge Team Australia in 2014.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Distinction) from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and a Masters of Business Management from the University of Sydney, Tobias has also worked as a Senior Management Consultant. He has advised educators, employers and students to achieve better outcomes from experiential learning collaboration, and in the field of design and implementation of client strategy and communication at the University of Sydney.

Tobias has been engaged as an industry facilitator for the Masters Level Entrepreneurship and Innovation course. Tobias has been an active member of the Sydney University Boat Club and led their Strategy and Operations Committee.

Having grown up in rural New Zealand, Tobias is very much looking forward to making Orange home and along with Sarah, making a significant contribution to the students and community of Kinross Wolaroi School.

I am most grateful to Mr Sinisa Kosorac who stepped in with very little notice to oversee our Rowing Program for the 2017-2018 season. Sinisa’s love of the sport, hard work and highly efficient organisation has been greatly appreciated by our rowing community. We look forward to his continued involvement and contribution to Kinross Wolaroi Rowing Program. I also express sincere appreciation to Mr Richard Freeman for his skilled, dedicated and passionate approach to our Rugby program. We very much look forward to him continuing his outstanding contribution as MIC Rugby for the 2018 season.

I am sure that you will join with me in welcoming both Sarah and Tobias to the KWS Community.


Congratulations to Collette Lyons, Sasha Wilson, Oliver McLaughlin and Mercede Cornelius-Feltus who very successfully competed at the All Schools swimming carnival as members of the CIS team.  Congratulations to Collette Lyons (pictured below) who has been chosen to represent NSW in the Australian School Swimming event which will take place in Hobart in July. What a remarkable achievement for Collette!

A Message from the
Head of Prep School

Term 2 Week 3

Mrs Sue Houston, who has been teaching in the Prep School for 14 years, has been appointed to the KOC School in Turkey commencing at the end of this term.   This is a wonderful opportunity for Mrs Houston to share her expertise and knowledge.  She has been an outstanding and extremely dedicated classroom teacher as well as being heavily involved in the co-curricular program, coaching a variety of sports including soccer, cricket and tennis.  She has also been instrumental in the success of the K-2 show over many years.  Mrs Houston will be greatly missed by students, staff, parents and friends but we all wish her every success in her new appointment and look forward to learning of her experiences.  The school will advise of Mrs Houston’s replacement in the coming weeks.

Last weekend our Rugby Gala Day was another excellent demonstration of the community spirit within our school. 

I wish to acknowledge:  Prep staff for their assistance in the preparation of the day, our parent body who worked tirelessly at the canteen and BBQ, to our parents and students who refereed and to our Year 12 students who raised money for Camkids.  Also a special mention to Jarrod Rose, Siobhan Harvey and Cassie Carslake for their organisation in providing the food and the special chocolate gifts for all the mums.

Last week I was delighted to share time with our Year 3 students and their mums for a special mothers’ day breakfast.  The students were so excited and, as with all classes, presented their mums with a special gift and ‘showed off’ their classrooms.  I hope all mums enjoyed their special day.

Next Monday we are hosting an evening for prospective parents who are considering KWS Preparatory for their child’s education.  If you know of friends or family who may be interested please ask them to phone the enrolments office on 6392 0303 or the Prep School on 6392 0316 for further information.

Congratulations to all our students who competed in our Inter-House Cross Country Carnival.  In a terrific day of competitive running a team has been selected to represent us at the WAS and HICES cross country carnivals over the next few weeks. Also I wish to mention the students who competed and didn’t figure on the winning dais.

It has always been a sense of great pride at KWS where our students ‘have a go’.  Cross Country is not for everyone but the students competed up and down hills, short of breath with a few ‘stomach cramps’ but they were involved and for that they also deserve congratulations.

Students from Year 3 and Year 5 are currently sitting the NAPLAN assessments. These assessments can be valuable in providing data on students’ capabilities and we look forward to the individual results in August.

Finally our Year 6’s are off campus learning more about our democratic nation in Canberra.  This is a 4 day excursion with opportunities to explore venues such as Parliament House, Museums, Art Gallery, War Memorial, Zoo, National Archives, AIS and the electoral centre.  Thank you to all the staff who are attending.

At Assembly we acknowledged the following students:

  • Courtesy Award –Week 3 –Jack Dunworth 5M.
  • Citizenship Award – Week 3 – Jack Carslake 4P and Will Payne 3R.
  • Principal’s Award – Week 3 – Maya Bracks 5P.

Enjoy your week.

Car Park

As we are aware, the time before school and after school is a busy time in the Prep car park.  While the afternoon is moving relatively well, considering the number of cars, the time before commencement of the school day is causing some frustration.

The Kiss and Go principle means drop off your child and continue.  It is not a parking area as it prevents others finding a safe place for their child to alight from the car.  If we can all assist, the area will be safer for each and every child.
Mr Rob McLean
Head of the Preparatory School



Whether you are a parent, carer, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, it can be a difficult task keeping up with young people and technology, or even knowing when and how to start the conversation about online safety. The Office of the Safety Commissioner was established in 2015 by the Australian Government with a mandate to co-ordinate and lead the online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-for profit community. The office is committed to empowering all Australians to have a safer, more positive experiences online. The website link is below and has a range of excellent resources for educators, parents and students.

Over the last two years the Office has commissioned a number of national surveys of young people aged 8–17 in Australia examining how young people deal with the challenges they face online. (Kids aged 8 to 13 and teens aged 14 to 17). The statistics are concerning and I have included snapshots of some of the most relevant information for parents.

Social media services used in the 12 months to June 2017:

Social media management by age:

Talking to strangers online by age:

Over the coming weeks the Orange Police Youth Liaison Officer will be visiting the school to meet with Years 7, 8 and 9 to discuss digital citizenship and online safety. Each year group session will then be followed-up by conversations and activities in Tutor. The focus during Semester 2 in for these year groups will involve units of work on Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship that will take place during Tutor time. In the next Family Bulletin I will tackle the online phenomena that is the game Fortnite.

Emma Bylsma
Head of Student Wellbeing

P&F News

P&F Meeting this Wednesday evening, 16th May, 7pm

Our next P&F meeting will be held this Wednesday 16th May, commencing at 7pm in the boardroom of Wolaroi Mansion.  

One of the discussion topics will focus on generating ideas for a social get-together later in the year; please come along if you have any ideas you would like to share, or if you would like to be involved.  Ideas can also be emailed to [email protected]

For those unable to attend in person, you are able to dial in via our teleconferencing service; dial 1800 857 029 and use guest code 19137159#.  

As always, all are welcome.

Donna McIntyre

P&F Secretary

[email protected]

Student Awards

Merit Awards

KB:  Thomas Rourke, Elizabeth Harmer, Daniel Kerdic, Prayan Dulal, Jessica McGreal, Arden Rowe, Grace Lowther, Henry Sawtell, Will O’Connell, Nixie Widauer.

KK:  Archie Bylsma, Anna Kenny, Audrey Gaudin, Mya McLachlan x 2, Saxon Haynes, Harriett Johnston, Reginald Caskey, Alice Jones, Andie Zinga, Milla O’Toole x 2, Jack Caro.

1C:  Louis Blyth, James Jones, Mia Martin, Vivian Meates, Harry Price, Janette Proudford-Nalder, James Hulme, Zaro Jalal, Alby Kimmins, Samuel Marvasti, Jack Kenny, Harry Oldroyd, Chryslaide Frecklington.

IW:  Andrew Bell, Elizabeth Croft, Benjamin Knight, Luca Kotasthane, Aston Lett, Darcie Marshall, Cassandra Philippe, Grace Segger.

2E:  Jazmin Marquez, Arad Safeer, Sam Commins, Xavier Zinger, Aurora Everett.

2H:  Sophie Caro, Harrison Chapman, Lucas Choi, Anoushka de Brito, Harrison Fielding, Ella Kerdic, Eliza Lord, George Nash, Angus Sawtell, Grace Schaapveld, Timothy Edwards.

3R:  Kaydn McLachlan, Stella Madigan, Ashton Montagliani.

3S:  Trevelyan Andrew x 2, Hannah Birmili, Drew Carslake, Charles Hail, Rohan Kotasthane, Angelina McRae, Hugo O’Brien, Georgia Philippe x 2, Hamish Searle, Isabella Vangestel, Oscar Zielinski.

4F:   Ava Healey x 2, Luca Popa, Austin Schaapveld.

4P:  Samuel Balcomb, Phoebe Hunter, Lucy Reidy, Alice Scholte, Jack Steventon, Olivia Watts, Bianca Wong.

5M:  Cameron Nash x 2.

5P:  Lachlan de Vries, Koby Bryan, Isaac de Bruyn.

5W:  Aiden Button, Isabella Lloyd-George, Alice Commins, Oliver Smith, Seamus Dwyer, Grace Hansen, Krishan Kandeepan.

Courtesy Points

Lovely Manners:  Anna Kenny KK, Mya McLachlan KK, Chrysalide Frecklington 1C, Meckenzie Flowers 1W, Daisy Dwyer 2E, Daniel Rourke 2E, Lucas Choi 2H, Grace Schaapveld 2H, Charlie Charlie Kimmins 3R, Finn Price 4F, William McPhie 5M, Jack Dunworth 5M, Lucy Reidy 4P, Tessa Wong 5P, Joshua De Bruyn 5P.

Lovely Greetings:  James Hulme 1C, Izaac Lenon 3R, Harriett Sinclair 4F, Lexi Wilkin 4P, Krishan Kandeepan 5W.

Thinking of Others:  Grace Lowther KB, Jack Kenny 1C.

Excellent Behaviour:  Grace Hansen 5W, Olivia Volkofsky 5P, Isobella Montagliani 5P.

Citizenship Points

Wearing Uniform with Pride:  Harper Purvis KB, Billy Roberts 3R, Julia Bligh 4F, Ava Buesnel 5P.

Helpfulness:  Andie Zinga KK, Janette Proudford-Nalder, Harry Oldroyd, Louis Blyth, Vivian Meates 1C, Elizabeth Croft, Charlie Haydon, Andrew Bell 1W, Daniel Rourke 2E, Olivia McBeath 2E, Alexandra Whitehead 2E, Jed Volkofsky 2E, Aurora Everett 2E, Vivaan Desai 2E, McFarlane 2H, William Stratton 2H, Samuel Balcomb 4P, Finn Dwyer 4P, Isabelle Pearce 5M, William Ward 5M, Bridget Horne 5W, Isabelle Lloyd George 5W.

Role Model:  Samuel Martin 4F, Maya Bracks 5P.

Being Kind:   Archie Bylsma KK, Ashton Montagliani 3R, Olive Quigley 4F.

Excellent Behaviour:  Alice Hansen 5P.

Prep Performing Arts Press

Dates for your Diary

Friday 25 May - Musica Viva Performance by Makukuhan – Years 4-6
Friday 25 May - Percussion Ensemble performing at the IPSHA Meeting Orange – DPA (lunchtime)  
Sunday 27 May - Orange Eisteddfod Entries close (see website for details)
Thursday 14 June 5.30pm - Prep Performing Arts Concert (DPA)
Thursday 21 June 6pm - Secondary Performing Arts Festival (Civic Theatre)

Co-curricular Ensembles

All ensembles are back into the swing of things again this term. Please let directors know if students are going to be absent from rehearsals as many ensembles are working towards performance items this term.

We are looking forward to a productive term, which for several of our groups, will culminate with the Prep Performing Arts Concert on June 14. The concert will include a wonderful array of music, dance and drama displaying the fantastic talent of all of our Prep students. Ensembles involved include:

  • All stage choirs
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Koristers
  • Prep Band
  • Prep Strings
  • Six Strings
  • Junior Dance
  • Speech and drama items

Moving from Junior Ensembles

As in previous years, any students that may be eligible to move from a junior to senior prep group will be permitted to do so from Term 3. The opportunity to change groups will be a decision made by the directors of both groups, instrumental teacher and Coordinator of Prep Music.  

Year 1 Violin Class

Our first group of Year 1 violin students have finished their session of lessons with Mrs Moxey. Parents will be emailed in the coming days confirming the next group of students who will be involved with this program. They will begin next week. Information regarding the program will be included in the email.

Year 3 Instrumental Program

This program offers students in Year 3 to learn a band instrument. Tuition on several instruments is offered over Semester 2 giving students the opportunity to learn in small groups and experience playing in a larger band. Students who currently learn a band or other instrument and don’t wish to participate in this program, have the option of joining our percussion program. More detailed information will follow shortly.

Mrs K Sinclair
Prep Music Co-ordinator

Prep Sports News

Winter Sport Uniform Reminders

Training and matches for Winter Sport is well underway. Just a reminder that full school tracksuits need to be bought to school with training uniform especially when going home after sport on the bus.
Full tracksuit is required when students have PE. They must be worn to and from school on these days. Hats are also compulsory all year round.

Prep Cross Country Carnival

A wonderful day was had at the Prep Cross Country Carnival last Tuesday at PLC. As always, the set up and quality of the course was superb. The course at PLC is always challenging with the Prep students demonstrating true grit and determination. It was truly wonderful to see all the students having a go and trying their hardest. All results and details have been published on Frog.
Congratulations to the students who placed in the top 5 or top 6 for the 12 year age group. These students will compete at WAS and HICES Cross Country hosted by Orange Anglican School. WAS Cross Country is this Friday with HICES Cross Country being held on Tuesday 29 May.

Prep Cross Country Results


8/9 Years Boys - Ollie Garard, William Karrasch, Drew Carslake, Hamish Searle and Hugo O’Brien.
8/9 Years Girls - Annabel Clinton, Angelina McRae, Willa Paix, Georgia Philippe and Flossy Jackson-Le Couteur.
10 Years Boys - Hayden McKenzie, Spencer Johnston, Finn O’Toole, Jack Carslake and Will Garard.  
10 Years Girls - Lucy Reidy, Lexi Wilkin, Poppy O’Hehir-Corones, Emily Caro and Grace Bylsma.
11 Years Boys - Hugh Payne, Krishan Kandeepan, Isaac de Bruyn, Kajan Kandeepan and Ollie Smith. 
11 Years Girls - Sienna Wilkin, Pip Martin, Tessa Wong, Olivia Martin and Matilda Fabar. 
12 Years Boys - Ollie Chandler-Sullivan, Liam McKenzie, Will Knight, Jack Tink, Andrew May and Angus Pengilly.
12 Years Girls - Alice Waddell, Lottie O’Hehir-Corones, Neve Jansen, Sarah Choi, Maddie Sinclair and Emma Aldersey.

Sporting Program for K-2 Students

Starting next Wednesday, K-2 students (who are not involved in KWS sport) will have the opportunity to participate in either a NetSetGo Netball program or a Get Into Rugby program after school 3.30pm – 4.30pm. We have specialised coaches from NSW Netball and NSW Rugby coming in to deliver these programs. Both these programs are designed to introduce and develop student’s fundamental gross motor skills (catching, throwing, passing, and moving into space). Both are non-contact programs.
An email has been sent to all parents in K-2 in regards to these programs. If you are keen for your child to attend, please email or contact the Prep Office: [email protected].

Sport Dates for the Diary

18 May:  WAS Cross Country

21 May:  Prep Information Evening – Chapel 6 pm

29 May:  HICES Cross Country

18 June:  CIS Cross Country

27 July:  NSWPSSA Cross Country

Mrs Louise Barrett

KWS Prep Sport & PE Co-ordinator

Sports Reports

HICES Netball Report

On Friday 4th May eight energetic girls set off early to Hills Grammar School to participate in the HICES Netball Gala Day. After a long bus trip which included rescuing OAGS from the side of the road after they had a flat tyre we finally arrived.

The girls started strongly with wins over OAGS (12-8), Redlands (10-2), and All Saints Bathurst (14-9). Due to a delayed start our team had to play five games through without a break until lunchtime. After our positive start we faced tougher opposition in William Clarke, Central Coast Grammar, Arndell Anglican College House and Pittwater House. Our final game saw us have a convincing win against St Pauls Grammar (8-3).

After the round robin format two of our players Alice Waddell and Charli Greatbatch were chosen for the possible versus probables. These two exhausted girls then had more match play where a HICES team was chosen. Congratulations to Charli Greatbatch on her selection in the HICES netball team. She will now play in Sydney this Friday 18th May in the CIS Netball Primary Championships. We wish Charli all the best.

To get a player selected in HICES as a shooter requires a whole team effort to get the ball to them in the circle. Credit must be given to all the girls who participated as they tried their best all day, playing together for the first time and after only one brief training session. Well done to Matilda Quigley, Scarlett MacKenzie and Sophie Smith who worked tirelessly in defence, Charlotte Jones, Sarah Choi and Maddie Sinclair who worked the ball through the centre court and of course to Charli and Alice who shot well during the day.

Thanks to Darren for driving us there and back (long day for all) and for supporting us on the sidelines. Also, thanks to Tracey Greatbatch for cheering the girls on all day and slotting in as a Team Manager on the day.
Mrs Kimberley Jones

Rugby Reports 

11’s - Another great day despite a slow start from both teams. Game 1 the KWS whites were wiping the sleep from their eyes and struggled against a well drilled Emus Brown. Defeated 5-2. Game 2 saw the Whites line up against a Bathurst Bulldogs side out for revenge from the previous week. Bulldogs up 5-3.   Game 3 and the Whites faced the highly fancied Parkes Boars. They ground out a 3 all draw to end the day strongly. Outstanding performance from Koby Bryan, big improvement from Spencer Johnston and Jack Carslake.  Hugh Payne and Austen Schaapveld also work hard for their team mates. 
Mr Shannon


A huge improvement from KWS Blue this week with all the boys improving. We started with a win over Milthorpe, then came up against a very good Parkes side which defeated us. The boy’s best game was against Orange City which ended in a draw. Best on field this week were Lachie De Vries and Ollie Smith. Most improved were Jack Dunsworth and Matt Roper. Toughest was Lachie Knight. The coaches were very impressed with the whole team.
Mr Robson, Mr Goodsir and Mr Shannon


12’s - Over the last 2 weeks 12’s Rugby have participated in a 7’s Gala Day in Sydney and played Orange Emus 13’s. The Sydney trip featured 3 games against Coogee Boys, Newington (Lindfield) and Waverley College.  The boys played some outstanding running rugby, supporting each other and muscling up in defence winning all 3 games and a ‘slurpee’ from Mr Fabar! In the Emus game we reverted to 15-a-side and enjoyed a tough game against the bigger boys.  In a game where again the emphasis was on ‘running rugby’ the boys acquitted themselves very well, only tiring in the last 10 minutes when Emus ran in a number of tries.  The game was played in great spirit and we look forward to further games against the boys from Emus.
Mr Rob McLean

Football Reports

U7 Pumas – The Pumas played a great first game on Saturday. We were holding our own for the first half of the game, with Louis displaying some wonderful kicking across the field to get it down to our goal area. Then Charlie scored the first goal of the game. We also portrayed some great defence against the opposition with super fielding from Chrysalide, Grace, Vivian and Zaro. However, despite our good team work the OAGS Stars scored three goals in the second half. Well done Pumas keep up the great team work.

Charlie Haydon

We played against the KWS Leopards.  Louis almost kicked a goal at the beginning.  Mia had her first soccer match and did well.  Grace and Charlie did their best to chase down the ball and tackle the Leopards.  Chrysalide kicked our one goal for the match which was so exciting.  I tried my best to kick hard and follow through.  It was a fun match to play against our friends.
Vivian Meates


U8 Cobras – On Saturday morning, after the snow and rain, U8's KWS Cobras played Anglican Grammar at Jack Brabham.  They were a strong team and our goal keepers Jed and Pixie did a great job at protecting our goal. Lucas and Hannah were very committed to defending and George was good on attack, managing to kick two gaols. Grammar scored 4 goals.  It was a great start to our season together.
George Nash


U9 Thunder – It was an incredible first game, our goalie this week was TJ he must have been practising, and he had some amazing blocks! We played well as a team, everyone on the other team was tall so it was hard to get the ball. It was a good team effort with two goals and two for the other team that saw us end in a draw.

There is a great season ahead for Thunder thanks to Mrs Houston!

Tom Hunt

Netball Reports

U9 Doves – Under 9 Doves had a great first game against the CYMS Sparkles! We had lots of players new to netball but everyone played as a team and put in a fantastic effort.
Hannah Birmili


U10 Bluebirds – The U10 Bluebirds lost its first game of the netball season against the Hawks on the weekend.  The final score was 16 –3 however the Bluebirds got it together as the match went on, helped by the new team players Alice, Ava, Lucinda and Olivia.  Team players, Harriet and Katie helped make the match fast and fun while Mrs Seedsman gave the team some handy tips to improve their skills.
Julia Bligh


U11 Firebirds – The Firebirds had a tough game versing the OPS Popstars.  It was an unfortunate loss but we played as a team more and more during the game.  Emily scored our one and only goal, making the score 1 to 11.  The team that we played was very good at netball but we still fought our hardest to win the game.  This is only the second time we played as a team and our coach, Mrs Caro, said that we did an outstanding job.  The defenders had a very hard job trying to prevent the other team scoring, but we all gave it our best.  The attackers also had a hard job getting the ball to the goal circle.  Everybody played to the best of their ability and we had lots of fun. 
Charlotte Buckley


U12 Falcons – We did really well for our first game. The Falcons defeated the Cymsters 11 to 2. It was Helen and Molly’s first game and they played wonderfully. We supported each other and got into space to get the ball. Our shooting was good seeing that it was the first game of the season and our defence was strong. Our timing the run and getting the ball improved as the games went on. A big thank you to Mrs Aldersey and Mrs Goodsir for looking after us.
Emma Northam


U12 Hawks – KWS Hawks played the Life Studio Wildcats in round one. In the first quarter the Wildcats scored nine goals to our one. This shocked us into action and we improved both our attack and defence. For the remainder of the game we scored nine goals to the Wildcats’ two. It was disappointing to lose the game by just one point, however we had played eight games the previous day in Sydney and were exhausted.  Well done team. 

Scarlett MacKenzie


Under 12 Hawks did very well and worked together this week to win big. Mrs Jones was a great help and pushed us to do our best. After a quiet first quarter we had a cracker in the second and fourth. We came through with a great win 18-6.
Alice Waddell

Hockey Reports

Kookaburras –The Kookaburras have had a great start to the season with their first game against the Molong Zebras resulting in a tie:  2-2.  Congratulations to Bianca Wong who scored both of our goals.  Every player grew in confidence over the game with a lot more passes and dribbling happening in the second half.  We are all looking forward to the season, particularly Mrs Key’s encouragement from the sidelines! 
Audrey Blyth


Scorpions – This week we played Canobolas Lightning. We had a great game and we learnt how to pass a little more. There was some great running by Lucy Reidy and defence by the whole team. Well done to our Goalie Caitlin Reid. Hugo O’Brien and myself managed to score a goal each making the score 2 all.
Will Payne


It was a very challenging game against the other team who showed great skill. Everyone looked like they were having a good time. Will Payne scored a great goal.  The end score was 2-1 to Molong.  Thank you to Mrs Coote for being the best coach in the world.
Angelina McRae


Rhinos – We had a great first game on Wednesday night and we had a win 3-1. Our attacking was really good and we did some great passing. I can’t wait for the rest of the season.

Madison Jones

Wallabies – On the 2nd May the KWS Wallabies came up against the CYMS Strikers for our first match of the season. It felt good to be back and playing. Although we lost 2 -0, our skills were great considering some of us had never even played hockey before. A huge thank you to Mrs Barrett and Miss Butler for coaching us and we are looking forward to a fun season with you.
Amelia Hill


Unfortunately the Wallabies lost their game this week, 4-0. There were a few key players that I would like to mention. Amelia and Hannah were great at defending throughout the game.  Abby was very consistent with her defence too. Tessa did so well with her attack and Lotti regained the ball quickly on many occasions.  Well done to everyone on the team. I look forward to a good game again next week!
Lucinda Clinton


Brumbies – The Brumbies played very well against CYMS.  Even though we lost seven to zero the team co-operated very well.  There was some excellent tackles.  Our goalie Lillian Pearce tried her best to block all the goals.  Even though she couldn’t block all the goals she blocked as many as she could.  Lillian did a wonderful job!  The rest of the team was excellent! I’m looking forward to the next game!
Isabella Lloyd George


Emus – This week the Emu’s played very well.  Everyone ran fast and hit the ball hard.  Even though we played well we didn’t win. The score was 1 all but it was a good game.  Rhys did a great job at goalie as well.


Foxes - On Monday May 7, the Foxes played against CYMS. Our goalie, Lolli, didn't see much action because of our strikers and mids strong attacking play. Mrs Barrett encouraged us to play new positions and to just have fun. We did and we won 2-0.
Amelia Hill

Upcoming Events

Prep School Information Evening

An Information Evening for prospective Prep parents will be held on Monday 21 May at 6pm. If you know of a family considering enrolment at Kinross Wolaroi School, please pass on this information.


Camerata Concert

The Camerata Concert is an annual concert which showcases premier solo performances from students in years 7-12. The concert features the students who entered the Concerto Competition earlier in the year, as well as including some of our senior performers in Years 11 and 12 . 

The Camerata Concert will be held on Friday June 1st  in the KWS Chapel commencing at 6:30pm. A small supper will be provided at intermission. All welcome!



Parent Teacher Interviews

A new way of booking for Parent Teacher Interviews will be introduced to the Prep School from Term 2. Parents with students in the secondary school will be familiar with the PTO (Parent Teacher Online) system which will be introduced into the Prep School.

Parent Teacher interviews will be on Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 June and bookings can be made for 3:30 – 6:45pm on either of the days, but not both.

The PTO system will open for parents to make bookings from 12 June at 9am and will close off on Tuesday 26 June at 8am. Parents are not able to login outside of these dates and times.

Please ensure your EMAIL address is up to date in the KWS System. We have provided PTO the mother’s email address, unless there is no address and then the father’s will be used.  This is the email address that will need to be entered by you to request the login details from the PTO website.  Both parents’ email addresses will be provided in the case of parents living apart so separate logins can be requested.

NB – For class 6C parents only – Mrs Charlton will be away on Tuesday 26 June. Bookings with Mrs Charlton for Thursday 28 June can be made by logging in and booking on PTO. Mrs Charlton will do interviews on Wednesday 27 June in lieu of Tuesday but to book for this day, parents will need to email or ring the Prep Office and book with Mrs Edwards at [email protected]  or ring 6392 0316. Bookings can only be made in the same date range as for PTO bookings and no bookings will be made prior to that time. 

Mrs Ruth Edwards

Dates for your Diary

May 18:  WAS Cross Country

May 21:  Prep Information Evening – Chapel 6 pm

May 25:  Musica Viva Performance by Makukuhan – Years 4-6
May 25:  Percussion Ensemble performing at the IPSHA Meeting Orange – DPA (lunchtime)
May 27:  Orange Eisteddfod Entries close (see website for details)
May 29:  HICES Cross Country

June 14 5.30pm: Prep Performing Arts Concert (DPA)
June 18:  CIS Cross Country

June 21 6pm:  Secondary Performing Arts Festival (Civic Theatre)
July 27:  NSWPSSA Cross Country

Mrs Ruth Edwards

Rahamim Ecology Centre Film Festival

Rahamim Ecology Centre is running their Film Festival again in 2018.

If you would like to be involved, please visit:


KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin