KWS Senior School Fortnightly Bulletin

13 June 2018
Issue Nine
Message from the Principal
Message from the Head of Senior School
Message from the Chaplain
Student Wellbeing
Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning
Message from the Director of Co-curricular
Message from the Director of Boarding
Performing Arts Updates
The Regional Engagement Enterprise
Sports Updates
Career News
Upcoming Events
Kinross Wolaroi School
(02) 6392 0300
59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

Message from the Principal

“Little things are big”

We have a rich and diverse educational offering at Kinross Wolaroi, an educational offering that many in society would dearly love to have the opportunity to experience. Quality teaching, a beautiful setting, a broad and engaging curriculum and a plethora of co-curricular pursuits make the advantages of such an all-encompassing education self-evident.

It is crucial that as beneficiaries of such an educational offering we are conscious of our obligations to use our gifts and opportunities for the benefit of others and make our communities better places. We must remain grounded, aware of our good fortune, be courteous, and sensitive to the needs, and feelings of others. That means avoiding a sense of entitlement. Entitlement is one of the worst potential outcomes of privilege – and it is a deeply unattractive characteristic. Entitled actions are diametrically opposed to the Spirit of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, which as a Uniting Church school should be so dear to us, the spirit which urges us all to be good citizens and to;

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can.”

A few years ago I came across the phrase, “little things are big”. It is the title of a short story written by the Puerto Rican writer Jesus Colon, about a dilemma he faced on a subway ride in New York City in the 1950’s. This was a time in the United States of great racial tension and segregation where Colon and millions of black Americans were discriminated against due to the colour of their skin.

‘Little things are big’, and he allowed something about his own self-image and others’ possible perceptions of him to squander an opportunity to behave courteously, something about which he felt great shame, resulting in a decision he regretted deeply. It was a little thing, but it was big to him.

Colon struggled with his decision not to help a young white lady who was carrying a baby and clutching a suitcase late at night at a near deserted railway station. Behind her were two young children possibly three and five years old. She obviously had her hands full and could have benefited from some help as she negotiated the many stairs at the station.

“But how could I, a Negro and a Puerto Rican, approach this white lady, who very likely might have preconceived prejudices about Negroes and everybody with foreign accents, in a deserted subway station very late at night?

What would she say? What would be the first reaction of this white American woman perhaps coming from a small town with a valise, two children and a baby on her right arm? Would she say: yes, of course, you may help me. Or would she think that I was just trying to get too familiar? Or would she think worse than that perhaps? What would I do if she let out a scream as I went forward to offer my help?

Was I misjudging her? So many slanders are written every day in the daily press against the Negroes and Puerto Ricans. I hesitated for a long, long minute. The ancestral manners that the most illiterate Puerto Rican passes on from father to son were struggling inside me. Here was I, way past midnight, face to face with a situation that could very well explode into an outburst of prejudices and chauvinistic conditioning of the “divide and rule” policy of present-day society.”

Colon passed her by and ignored her “This is what racism and prejudice and chauvinism and official artificial divisions can do to people and to a nation!” (Colon)

Little things are big. Society is presently reeling from a wave of disclosures of wide-scale, unchallenged, even institutionalised predatory behaviour, initially in Hollywood and now within business, the media and Parliament. This conduct is as far away from ‘little things’ as you can get, so what might this have to do with the experience of Colon at the subway?

Colon was telling us that by allowing ourselves small omissions or lapses, if unchallenged, can lead to a mindset or culture in which more significant and pernicious behaviour is normalised, overlooked or in some way condoned. This is why little things are big.

For this reason I feel strongly about courtesy and the importance of considering the impact of your actions on others. Every day of our lives offer us an almost limitless range of small opportunities to signal important things about ourselves: whether we are selfish or entitled or thoughtful and considerate.

Life is inherently social, and therefore offers us almost endless opportunities to display courtesy and respect. Don’t lose them. They will not always prove immediately life-changing but nevertheless, little things are big.

Jesus Colon (1901-1974) was a Puerto Rican writer of African descent who moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 16. Colon wrote about his experiences as an immigrant and discussed how racism influences American Culture.

Student Exchanges

Applications are invited for Year 10 students wishing to visit Scotland (Strathallan School), 1 boy and 1 girl. Boarders and day students may apply.

There is also an opportunity to go to South Africa (Michaelhouse – 1 boy boarder or day student).  

Applications are due Monday 18th for the Strathallan exchange and 25th June for the South African exchange.


Bridget Yeomans earned the title of ‘Astronomical Show Jumping Champion’ from a highly competitive field at the North West Equestrian Expo held in Coonabarabran last week. This is an outstanding achievement!


Dr Andrew Parry

Message from the
Head of Senior School

Term 2 Week 7

I trust you have all been able to enjoy a very relaxing long weekend with your family. Having some down-time towards the end of term, especially when exams are over, is quite therapeutic for students! For many staff however, at least some of the time will have been spent marking those exams; for families on the land, in these difficult weather conditions, it was no doubt all hands on deck with stock feeding and the like. I hope that some of you did get at least some rain.

On Tuesday this past week the NESA inspectors were in the school; I wrote about this in my last message. It is pleasing to let you all know that the school will be recommended for five years’ registration, in all areas that were assessed. This recommendation goes to the Minister for Education and we will hear officially towards the end of July. An enormous amount of work has been put in by staff across all faculties in the Senior School and the whole Preparatory School; other areas of compliance were also examined by the inspectors. I’m pleased that my successor will not have to be part of that process for at least a little while after taking up the role!

It was wonderful to attend the North-West Equestrian Expo last weekend. Although much smaller in numbers than it usually is, the event was still very busy. Our teams and individuals performed extremely well and I felt very proud of their achievements. It was also great to catch up with many parents who do a huge job supporting their children with what is a demanding sport.

This coming Friday I will be in northern NSW attending a HICES Deputies meeting at Lindisfarne School. I have found being part of the group of people in roles equivalent to mine a huge support; the issues facing KWS are the issues facing all schools and it’s useful to be able to discuss them with others who can offer advice and the benefit of previous experience. Because all the HICES schools are co-ed, we feel a special affinity and share the same sense of commitment to equality of educational opportunity for both boys and girls.

Please encourage your children not to “down tools” in this period of time between the long weekend and the end of term – there is a lot of learning to do in these few weeks!


Bev West

Head of Senior School

Message from the Chaplain

Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother

Then Jesus’ mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent word to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you."… And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother." (Mark 3:21, 31-35)

This week at the Senior School Chapel, we reflected on qualities of leadership. From this image, students recognised that leaders protect their teams from negative forces. Also seen was the need for people to take a stand against injustice. It takes a good deal of courage to stand against injustice in order to defend the vulnerable and the poor.

Some of you may be old enough to recall the momentus occasion at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when two African-American athletes stood with their fists in the air at a medal ceremony. This simple act of protest was so significant, the third person in the photo is often deleted from the shot. It is the third person, an Australian by the name of Peter Norman, whom I wish to speak of in terms of leadership.

Peter Norman won silver in the 200m sprint. He was so fast, he beat an American of African descent. He was so fast, his time in that race remains the Australia record to this day. So what do he do in terms of leadership?

To answer that, you need to know that at the 1968 Olympics there was an organisation established in America called the Olympic Project for Human Rights. It protested racism no matter in what country: America or Australia or elsewhere. Not surprisingly, most were African-American.

Carlos and Smith planned to carry their shoes to the podium in protest of the poverty and the discrimination of African-Americans and others experienced around the world. They did this. But it was Peter Norman who had the idea of the gloves. Norman had just one pair but suggested that they wear one each. When they asked if Norman wanted to be a part of the protest he did not hesitate to be part of this peaceful protest.

Another aspect to the protest was wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. An American Rower heard that a white Australian was going to be part of the protest and offered his badge to Norman. (It is the white circular badge seen on their national uniforms). Now this may not seem like much of a protest, but remember that this is 1968.

In 1968, the White Australia Policy was still in force, it was overlaid with other policies of Assimilation and Integration, but it was still being enforced against non-white persons was common. In 1968, indigenous children were still being stolen from their families.

By wearing that badge, Peter Norman was making a statement about Australia as well as America. Carlos and Smith warned Norman about expected consequences. 1968 was the year President Kennedy and Martin Luther King were shot. When Carlos recalled the conversation, he said this: “I expected to see fear in Norman’s eyes, but instead we saw love.”

Four years later, at the 1972 Summer Olympics that took place in Munich, Norman wasn’t part of the Australian sprinters team, despite having run qualifying times for the 200m thirteen times and the 100m five times. He qualified for the Olympic team 18 times but was denied a place on the team because he stood with Carlos and Smith. The repercussions did not stop there. He was shunned in Australia. He managed to sometimes work as a PE teacher and occasionally in a butcher’s shop.

He had one chance to in all the following years, to save himself: he was invited to condemn Carlos and Smith’s gesture. In exchange he would receive a pardon from the Australian Olympic Committee and he would be allowed to be part of the organization committee for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Norman   stood firm against the pressure and he never condemned the choice of the two Americans.

Even though he was one of the greatest of Australia’s athletes, he was not allowed to march in the 2000 Olympics with the other Olympic greats. In 2006, Norman died. When he was being buried, his two old friends, Carlos and Smith, carried his casket.

Finally, in 2012, the Australian Parliament apologised for the wrong done to Peter Norman by Australia in failing to send him to the 1972 Munich Olympics and belatedly recognised the powerful role that Peter Norman played in furthering racial equality.

Peter Norman was a leader: strong, quiet, never celebrated and essentially forgotten.

When asked if he held a grudge against Carlos and Smith because of what he had to endure, he said; “I could not have been more proud to be a part of that moment.”

The decision to lead and to stand against the weight of injustice needs to be made before we are confronted with the decision to do so or not. We need to decide to do the right thing before we are faced with a decision of having to choose right from wrong. This is certainly expected of those in positions of leadership, but we can all be leaders in that regard.

There is a commandment to love others; that is what it takes to be brothers and sisters of Christ, and children of God.


At the end of last year, a number of seniors travelled to Cambodia to visit the children of CCC School in Kompong Speu province. The CamKids fundraising is to raise money for these children. At present, we pay for the education, uniforms, shoes, bags, books and bicycles and bike repairs for 96 children.

Our last fundraising was the School Social on Thursday 31 May. I thank those who attended and those who supervised the evening. A special vote of thanks is especially owed to Mrs Jones and the Prefects for organizing the event. The Social raised just over $3000 for CamKids.

There will soon be expressions of interest sort from the current Year 11’s for the next trip to Cambodia which is planned to take place immediately after the end of Term 4.

If your child is in Year 11 and is interested in visiting our sponsored children, please contact either Miss Cole (Head Tutor of Douglas House) or me, the Chaplain, Mr Worrad.

Same-sex Marriage

The law has changed to allow people of same gender to marry in Australia. However, it has done little to bring peace within Church congregations about homosexuality. Each side of the conversation draws upon Scriptures to justify their stance on homosexuality. Within the Uniting Church in Australia (KWS is a School of the Uniting Church – just saying!) there is a determination to remain united, loving and respectful towards those whose opinions differ to our own. Fundamental to the discussions is an informed understanding of the relevant Scriptures. There is opportunity to hear from a world-renowned Biblical scholar on the matter.

You are invited to attend a talk by Professor Bill Loader, entitled ‘Same-Sex Relations: a first century perspective. Listening to the Biblical witness.’ It will take place on Tuesday 26th June from 7:30pm – 9:00pm in the Wesley Church, Orange (a couple of doors down from the RSL in Anson Street). Entry is free.

Prof Loader’s work on sexuality is well known and respected for its balance and respect for the ancient texts. At a recent Australian Anglican Bishops’ conference the retired conservative former Archbishop Dr Peter Jensen of Sydney Diocese observed that Loader’s presentation on the same-sex issues in the New Testament was the best he had ever heard, though he differed in how one now should apply it.


Mr Phil Worrad

Student Wellbeing

Digital Citizenships...
What does this term even mean?

In today’s rapidly evolving digital environment, students often find themselves becoming digital citizens the moment they begin using digital technologies, such as signing up for an email address, using the internet and mobile phones.  It is therefore important that students should come to recognise the value of taking responsibility for themselves and their actions, and of treating others with an appropriate standard of behaviour online.

During weeks 5 and 6, the Senior School Wellbeing team organised for the Orange Police Youth Liaison officer, Jane Heffernan, to visit the school and speak with Years 7, 8 and 9. The aim of Jane’s sessions was to empower the students with the knowledge of how their reputations can be affected by their interactions online, what language and actions are considered appropriate online, and to give them practical strategies to avoid participating in negative online behaviours. Jane discussed three main topic areas; cyberbullying, sexting and online grooming and the talks were invaluable. Below are links to two fact sheets that outlines the main point discussed in these sessions; one on cyberbullying and the other on sexting.

What can we do as parents to help guide our kids on this digital citizenship journey?

  • Stay involved in your child’s use of technology.
  • Set up your own account and learn about privacy settings so you can understand how you can best protect your child (I now have snapchat much to my eldest son’s disgust and understand what it means to be in ‘ghost mode’).
  • Show your child how to manage location services on their phone so they are not inadvertently broadcasting their location. Help them to set up alerts to let them know if they have been ‘tagged’ in photos that have been posted by others.
  • Read the ‘terms of use’ on social media services and make sure your child understands what is expected. Some sites, like Club Penguin, are created especially for children. Many, such as Facebook and Instagram, require users to be at least 13 years.
  • Ensure that your children set their accounts to private so that the only people who can view their information are those they trust.
  • Encourage children to think before they put anything online and to be respectful of others. Information posted online can be difficult or impossible to remove. An inappropriate image posted today may have a long term impact on their digital reputation. In the last two years I have had one student knocked back for an apprenticeship owing to pictures on his ‘public’ Facebook account and another student being ineligible for a Gap Year with a company due to his inappropriate email account name.
  • Finally remind children to be careful when making new friends online as people may not be who they say they are.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head Tutor or Tutor should you have any concerns about your child and their use of technology.


Mrs Emma Bylsma
Head of Student Wellbeing

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

The FROG Prince

Never before has Teaching and Learning been more exciting and more challenging. Advancing Technology means that the experience of the 21st student is changing exponentially - Our challenge is to prepare our students for an unknown world; for jobs that currently do not exist; for challenges that we can barely envisgae today – for a world that will look very different in just 5 years’ time and may well be entirely beyond our own recognition in 10 years’ time. Our students’ challenge is to develop the resilience and adaptability necessary to embrace this unknown future. This is very exciting but it can also be a little intimidating. The role of schools and teachers is to adapt intuitively to the individual needs of our students.

Decades of research have shown that parental engagement and involvement in their child’s education significantly impact positively on a student’s success. The 21st Century learner must be at the centre of a close three-way relationship between the student; their home and the school. It is the communication that allows for collaboration and it is this collaboration that is vital for each student to thrive. Semester 2 will see the launch of a new version of FROG; the school’s Learning Management System. FROG is one of the ways in which students, teachers and parents and caregivers can communicate and collaborate effectively to support the learning and development of our students. 

Through the newly created FROG Student Portals, students will be able to access simply and easily, the relevant academic information they need to study their subjects independently outside of the classroom; practising self-management and self-organisation – taking ownership of their own learning. In addition to having a yearly overview of their course, students will be able to access assessment notifications, syllabus documents, past papers, resources, links to videos and podcasts, websites, blogs and vlogs. Any information they need about Sport and other Co-Curricular activities will be posted and updated through FROG, allowing them to plan and organise their time effectively. Advice about maintaining mental health fitness and well-being and information about relevant events, competitions and excursions will be easily accessible.

There are more exciting, contemporarily relevant and personally authentic distractions for our children then there ever were for us, and we cannot simply ignore that. We have to harness and acknowledge their world in order to ‘grab’ their attention or we will lose them. If we are willing to enter and embrace their world, they will reciprocate and the learning will automatically follow. FROG is one of the ways in which we do this. It is also a great teaching and learning resource in the classroom from K-12. Educators are now realising that if we are to compete for our students’ attention, we need to offer our students an experience that motivates them to become intrinsic learners because we cannot rely on the extrinsic motivation of a predictable world. We all know what makes for great lessons: immediate feedback; challenges that increase in mastery, opportunities for group work, collaboration and class discussion; feeling safe and secure. Using FROG in the classroom can literally transform the learning environment for some of our students.

Knowing what it is that your child is studying in any subject and at any given time of the year means that you can really engage with and support your child with their learning. From Semester 2, Parents and Caregivers will be able to visit the Student Portals, which are accessible from the Community Dashboard. As a parent and caregiver, you can chat and touch base with your child in a more informed and meaningful way; FROG will equip you to more actively and explicitly support your child with their studies through enthusiastic discussion of their homework and projects.  Being able to access the Assessment Notification of your child and the nature of assessments that they have coming up, means that as parents and caregivers, you can actively offer their support whether that be literally helping them with their studies or creating the optimum environment for them in their independent study. Staff, student and parent access to the Portals also makes for more meaningful Prep time in the Boarding House as staff are able to personalise their support accordingly.

Whilst students must take ownership of their own learning – there is no doubt that the collaboration of the students, teachers and the Home environment are intrinsic to their overall success and well-being – The new FROG can facilitate this.


Mrs Serena Lewis

Head of Teaching and Learning

Message from the
Director of Co-curricular

Improving co-curricular communication

At a recent meeting of those in charge of several of our winter sports, we agreed on some basic recommendations for improving communication for all stakeholders within the various sports. Basically, there are two main ways that information will be communicated regarding each sport:

  • The School’s learning management system, Frog; and
  • Team App, an application that can be downloaded onto your mobile phone.

As Frog is being rolled out, you will notice that any information that is regarded as ‘static’ will be communicated via the various Frog pages for each sport. This would include things such as weekly draws, team lists, sporting guidelines or protocols and other general information that doesn’t change on a regular basis. Photographs, team and match reports will also be posted here.

For information that needs to be communicated quickly, such as changes to game times, draws or venues, arrival times for team busses, then Team App will be used. Team App is especially useful for ‘push notifications’, so that recipients can be kept abreast of any last-minute changes to team or sporting activities.

Cadets and Performing Arts are using Frog as the main method of conveying information and if you haven’t already visited these pages, then I would highly recommend them.

Please let me know if you have any feedback or questions regarding these two methods of communication.


Mr Charlie Rowe
Director of Co-curricular

Message from the
Director of Boarding

Student Leadership in a Boarding Community

As the eyes of the world focus on the leadership qualities of two world leaders at the US and North Korean summit, we are reminded of the challenges of modern day leadership and diplomacy. It begs the question: what does strong and effective leadership look like and are we, as individuals, all capable of being leaders?

Strong leadership is not inherited – it takes practice and is developed through experience and through positive role models and a quality education should play a significant role in developing within our children the qualities that will shape the leaders of tomorrow. When we think of leadership, and when we analyse the leadership of others we are usually drawn to leading sportsmen and women, Presidents and Prime Ministers, military heroes, film stars and celebrities. We are drawn to their magnetic personalities, their charisma, their sense of confidence and significant achievements. We naturally assume that these characters were born that way and that we as mere mortals start our own journey from a point of disadvantage. However, all of us, given the right opportunities have the capacity to be leaders in some form or other.

Leadership at Kinross Wolaroi takes many forms. In the classroom, on the sports field or in the recital room, our boys and girls are challenged to communicate, make decisions and influence. In the boarding houses, I have heard it said that leaders are forged as a by-product of the system; ‘the cream will rise to the top’. I disagree. Leadership is confidence and courage; confidence in one’s own abilities and courage to follow your heart. Leadership is also being able to listen and respect the views of others; leadership is about putting other people first. Leadership can be developed in us all given the right opportunities; opportunities to take risks, develop confidence and think critically.

The boarding community at Kinross Wolaroi should have a defining role in shaping leadership within young people with integrity, selflessness and a sense of service to the wider community. Boys and girls can thrive in quality boarding communities where the family values of mutual respect, integrity and honesty are championed, and which allow them the freedom and confidence to take risks.

As a boarding leader, I am committed to developing within our boarding students the understanding that they are contributing citizens in a global community so that they develop the capacity to serve and lead in an increasingly global world.  Through various opportunities and programs, our boarding community seeks to raise the self-worth and self-esteem of those in our care through leadership opportunities and the development of a supportive and nurturing culture where young people are encouraged to contribute and most importantly, to be themselves. One such program is happening in Weymouth House; the Wey talks (modelled on TED talks) provides an opportunity for each boy to stand up in front of his peers and engage them on a topic of his own choosing for a whole two minutes. It is a fantastic initiative and one of many that we, as a community, are looking to introduce in the coming months.

As a boarding community, we are entering a period of time where Heads of House and myself are looking to our next generation of leaders. We are looking for individuals who may not necessarily be the most popular, or be the best at sport or excel at the arts; we are looking for young people who have the courage to be themselves, who have a propensity to put others first and who have the confidence to lead by example in all that they do.

Leadership is a quality we can all aspire to and it takes many different forms. With the right opportunities and strong guidance, all KWS boarders can aspire to improving their leadership skills and maybe, one day, be in the spotlight themselves for all the right reasons.


Matt Curran

Director of Boarding

Performing Arts Updates

Camerata Concert

On Friday 1st June we held our annual Camerata Concert in the KWS Chapel. 9 Students performed on the evening, most of whom presented the concerto movement they prepared for the concerto competition in Term 1. It was a truly wonderful program with performances from students in every year from 7- 12. Mrs Anne Stevens was the accompanist for the concert, and she did an absolutely wonderful job in performing across a multitude of styles and genres. Thank you Mrs Stevens, our students are very fortunate to have someone of your calibre to accompany them. Thank you to Mrs McRae for the wonderful work she did in organising the evening, and thank you to everyone who came out to support our students.


ZEAL Theatre Performance

Last Friday we played host to the wonderful ZEAL Theatre performers who came to present their play – ‘King Hit’. Elective Drama students from Years 9-12 came to school on the pupil free day to watch the performance, and then the Year 12 students participated in a workshop for their Group Devised Performances. By all accounts it was worth coming into school on the pupil free day, as students loved the performance and gained a lot from the Q and A with the actors afterwards. The play was built around the idea of a ‘King Hit’ at a party which changed the course of many people’s lives. The actors explained that they devised the play based on real life events, hospital records, and police interviews. The most resounding element of the performance was the alternative ending that was presented as it showed how one split decision can change the course of lives so quickly. Aside from the moral and social issues explored, the students gained a great deal from watching the actors transform into many different characters with minimal costume changes. Seeing two actors portray a ‘crowded’ room at a party was quite incredible. As always, the ZEAL theatre incursion was a wonderful experience for all!

Performing Arts Festival

All students involved in the upcoming Performing Arts Festival have been sent information regarding rehearsals and the performance. There is a ‘Combined Item Rehearsal’ this Sunday 17th from 10.00 – 11.00am for all students who will be singing in the combined item (that is, all students in SWE, Stage Band, VOX, Chamber Choir, Koristers, Chamber Strings who are not in Orchestra). A reminder too that for the festival, students will need to be dressed in Performance Blacks. Students are invited to bring in a colourful scarf or tie for the finale item if they would like.  Please see the information sent home for full details, or see Ms Anthony or Mrs McRae if you have any questions.

Term 2 Key Dates for your diary

Thursday 14th June Prep Performing Arts Concert DPA

Thursday 21st June Performing Arts Festival 6.30pm OCT

Friday 22nd June Cadet Dinner (Stage Band and Chamber Strings)

Wednesday 27th June Elective Music and Drama Night


Heidi Anthony

Head of Performing Arts

The Regional Engagement Enterprise

TREE – ‘Rethinking Learning’

TREE is busily preparing for projects in Term 3 while also conducting projects in Year 1, Year 3, Information Software Technology, Industrial Technology, Art and Agriculture. The below gives you a brief update for the last two weeks. To hear more, become a follower of our blog or follow us on Instagram (tree_kws).

Tree Planting at Leurella – Year 7 and 8 Boarders

On Sunday 27th May, 28 boarding students from Year 7 and 8 headed to our Leurella property in Blayney to plant 240 trees as part of the LLS grant secured in 2017. The students worked their socks off in planting, mulching, watering and fencing the saplings into a 300m tree line. This tree line was requested by the farm steering committee to act as a windbreak. Hopefully these students can return in the years to come to reap the fruits of their labour.

Mount Canobolas ‘Then and Now’– Year 3

Year 3 spent Friday 1st June exploring the history and heritage of Mount Canobolas. They began the day at Borenore caves, investigating its indigenous heritage as a site of high cultural importance and the cave formation following the last volcanic eruption.

Following this they moved onto Swinging Bridge Vineyard, at which current parent Tom Ward taught the students about the move to viticulture related agri-tourism on the mountain. The students learnt about pruning, collected soil samples and calculated the mathematics involved in grape production.

From here they headed to Mandagery Creek Venison, where current parents Sophie and Tim Hansen educated the students about venison farming. The students observed deer in the yards, measured the heights of the unusually large fences and investigated the export market for venison. Tim was kind enough to give them all a piece of antler to take home!

Now back at school, the students are building replica models of Mount Canobolas as part of a STEM project to showcase its change of usage through the ages.

Paddock to Plate – Year 1

Year 1 spent Monday 4th June exploring the Paddock to Plate concept for Apple and Cherry Production.

They started the day with a visit to the Orange Regional Museum where students participated in activities identifying equipment and the stages involved in fruit production.

They then moved onto Balmoral Orchard where Mr and Mrs West spent time showing them what it takes to produce top quality apples. Students learned the reasons why apples are suited to our region and how apples are graded, packaged and where they finally end up (in more places than we thought!). Students left with apples in hand (and pockets) to continue their paddock to plate journey.

They then travelled to Caernarvon (Biteriot) where current parents Mr and Mrs Hall spent time showing the students their magnificent packing facility. They were introduced to new technology involving cameras that take 300 pictures of the fruit every second to decide where they will end up on the production chain. Students sampled cherry juice and learned about exports, packaging and how many people it takes to produce cherries from paddock to plate.

What a fantastic day and a great introduction to our journey of discovery into the food of our region. The students are now designing paddock to plate stories that will feature on a selection of Biteriot cherry boxes at christmas time.


Tom Riley
Director of TREE

Sports Updates


Congratulations to Charlotte Baldwin (Year 10) and Claudia Waterman (Year 9) who recently represented KWS at the Christian Schools Sports Association (CSSA) WAG State Gymnastics Competition.

Charlotte competed in Level 6 Competition for the first time and came 4th on vault, beam and floor with a 5th place overall. Claudia competed in her first Level 5 Competition hitting 4 great routines. 

 Well done girls on a great achievement. 

Pictured (L-R): Charlotte Baldwin, Claudia Waterman and Olivia Buckerfield (OCS).

Football Reports

Reports for Saturday 2 June 2018:


KWS U13 Victory Vs CYMS Gold

Result: 1-2

KWS Victory had a great start with multiple attacking runs down each wing with great play feeding out from our new goal keeper to the backs and through to the midfield. With KWS holding a 1-0 lead at half time CYMS Gold started the second half positively lifting their defensive focus and pushing forward with strong attacking play to bring the score to 1-1 from a well-constructed corner kick. Victory maintained their strong first half attacking play with several shots at goal missing the mark narrowly. A late goal in the second half saw CYMS Gold take the 2 – 1 win in a well spirited and tightly contested match.

Nick Mastrangeli


KWS U14 StrikersVs Macquarie United

Result: 1-6

The Strikers learned a valuable lesson in consistency against Macquarie United after holding the quality opposition to 1-all at half time before a change in configuration led to a change in the score line. With Charlie Willis and his defensive unit providing long-ball counter opportunities, Ben Jones made a trademark half-field run to level the scores after Macquarie had opened the scoring after just two minutes. Oliver Charlton in GK kept KWS in the game with multiple saves. At half-time the team needed to manage fitness once again but this resulted in a lack of territory and ultimately the opposition took full advantage, laying on five goals in the second half. The team showed glimpses of cohesive, attacking football but will need to put 60 minutes together to find another victory.

Ben Ronald


KWS U15 Jets Vs Abercrombie FC

Result: 0-5

An exciting game, but Abercrombie were too fast for our strikers and midfielders. Our defence had tough strikers coming through all game. It was a big relief to see William Noble building up more confidence back in goals. Keep up the good work, Jets.

Gavin Bell


KWS U15 Jets Vs Ex-Services Tigers

Result: 0-10

It was a big weekend for Kinross Jets to back up for a catch up game. It was going to be a big task playing against an Orange representative side. A big thanks from the Jets for the extra help from our under 13 and 14 Kinross players (Ben Jones, Charlie Willis, James Noble and Camryn Adams). The Ex-Services Tigers were very quick, with a lot of pace on the ball. Our backs got a work out all game - Joshua Karbowiak, Bryce Elsegood, Caden Wilkin, Rob Adam and George Cummings all played strongly and never gave up on each other in defence. In the midfield, Marnie Adams, Griffin Robinson, Camryn Adams, Charlie Willis and James Noble all worked tirelessly to defend the goal. Our strikers, Tom Gill and Ben Jones, competed in plenty of opportunities at Ex-Services’ goal but didn't hit the back net. William Noble had plenty of hard shots delivered to him in goals. Well done Jets on not giving up. A great team effort!

Gavin Bell


KWS U17 Vs Eglinton

Result: 7-0

KWS U17s played an impressive game against Eglinton, putting away a record number of goals to begin closing the goal difference in the table. In the first half of the game, Tom Cole scored a goal, only to be counted offside. The next goal was scored 5 minutes into the second half by Euan Oliver. Noah Whiteley, Luc Nelson and Will Goodlet all scored later in the match. Most Valuable Player was awarded to Jeremy L’Estrange, who assisted a goal with a crisp cross, as well as sinking an incredible shot in the top right corner of the net. Overall, I was pleased with the positivity and sportsmanship that the team displayed. Congratulations on the win!

Annaliese Stammer


KWS Men’s First XI Vs Millthorpe

Result: 1-3

The First XI continue to grow as a group of fine men and as athletes, and the challenge of the playing the hardened and highly skilled Millthorpe outfit would prove to be yet another test of mettle. To say we started like a house on fire is an understatement, as the Millthorpe team were shellshocked, seeing the back of their net rattled by a screamer from Mark Nelson with less than 2 minutes on the clock.

With the familiar faces of Ethan Jones and Joe Kocanda returning to the lineup, the team looked strong and on target to trouble the competition heavyweights. The left side in particular hit a purple patch of form and combination and augers well for the rest of the season. E matched it blow-for-blow for most of the game with Millthorpe, with the final scoreline looking more like a blowout than a true indication of the way the game was played. The determination and enthusiasm shown across the park highlighted again the claims the team has staked as a genuine contender at the First Grade level – it will be the ‘little things’, like maintaining focus for the full 90 minutes (no ‘downtime’), and showing greater wisdom and forethought in passing, running and communication that may be the difference in future wins and losses. Special mention to birthday boy Egrinya, who played his best match of the season so far.

Paul Tierney


Netball Reports

KWS 1st Vs Orange City
Final score: KWS 48 – Orange City 35

KWS 1st’s came up against Orange City in what was to be a closely contested game. The game started well with both teams playing well and minimising turn overs keeping the first part of the game goal for goal. With Gidget Hall out due to injury Jess Amos and Mabel Brockman both had tough full games ahead of them but the outstanding defence by both girls saw numerous intercepts with the ball rarely reaching the oppositions end. At half time, the girls being up, received a few motivational words from Coach Sophie to fire back up for the second half. The second half saw strong centre court defence and attack and few intercepts against the KWS girls. Imi Inder, Charlotte Haling and Flynn Madigan worked well in bringing the ball down to the shooters as well as stopping it from entering the oppositions attacking third. With quick feeds into the shooters Libby, Bella and Maggie Noonan, the team was able to work well together and secure a 48-35 victory.

Maggie Noonan


KWS 3rd Vs Hawks Ironman

The game against the Hawks Ironman started with a run of goals by the shooters, Liv Hilder and Katie Thomas, who continued to display their skills throughout the entire game earning the 3rds 74 goals in total. Lucy Payne accompanied our shooters and was placed into GS for the first time in the season, but she owned the position. Lucy also played with speed and precision in the centre court. Sarah McCaskie and Kate Payne demonstrated incredible persistence and teamwork, achieving several tricky intercepts and turnovers. Jade Jolliffe had a great game in wing and defence positions. Her passes were consistently accurate and strong, preventing the opposition from making any intercepts. Harriet Haege also played an outstanding debut game after recovering from an injury. She proved her skills in the wing and stuck to her player, blocking any possible passes and placing constant pressure onto the opposition. Accompanying Harriet in defence were Bella Harding and Ailish Seedsman. Bella and Ailish were quick to pull-in rebounds and accumulated a plethora of intercepts and deflections. Collectively, the strong mid-court and circle defence players shut down the Hawks at a total of 9 goals for the match. Overall, the 3rds played an excellent game that consisted of teamwork, speed and perseverance.  

Most valuable Player: Ailish Seedsman

Bell Harding

KWS 15Bs Vs CYMS Boost Juice

Final score: KWS 23 – CYMS 7

KWS 15Bs played strong one-on-one defence this week to win their match against CYMS Boost Juice 23 - 7. Goal Shooter and Goal Attack positions were shared by Josie Mitchell, Bella Triggs and Jess Mosely. Their strong game in attack and outstanding shooting accuracy lifted the team’s confidence and all the players really stepped up and shone on the court this week. Emma Choi and Lucinda McCarten worked well together in the midcourt and delivered effective centre passes, smooth transitions down the court and feed the ball into the shooters with confidence. Lucinda tallied the most taps and disrupted the oppositions play through the mid-court. Emma controlled the games’ speed from her position in Centre. Georgia Rackham, Annie Pattinson and Emily L’Estrange played a full match and shared the WD, GK and GD positions. The opposition was challenged to find any space in the goal circle and if the ball did get through the KWS defenders were fast to pull in the rebounds.
Most Valuable Player: Josie Mitchell

Bell Harding


KWS 15 Sparrows Vs Life Studios Lifies

A great game overall; a victory despite some challenges! The cold and unforgiving wind meant that shooting was going to be compromised anyway. Added to that, one of our shooters was out on Equestrian and another was injured half way through the game. Whilst our Shooter bravely continued for the next quarter (shooting some super goals) she had to come off for the last quarter. Building capacity for shooting will certainly be a real focus for us in future training sessions. That said, the drills of last week paid off and the girls defended beautifully – choreography at its finest!

Serena Lewis


KWS 14A’s Match Reports

Round 1: The girls had a great first game of the season. Great defensive rebounds and intercepts from many of the girls throughout the game. The hands over the ball and defence through the centre third improved as the game went on, as did patience when feeding the shooters. The final score was 22 – 15, with KWS coming out on top.


Round 2: The second game of the season was tough. OHS was very well trained and the girls knew they were in for a tough game, only having 7 of our players present. The girls improved on their drives and rebounds throughout the game and kept up with OHS throughout the game. As they fatigued in the last quarter, the score blew out a little, but overall a great game. The final score was OHS – 25 and KWS – 19.


Round 3: Another great game from the girls. With the focus being on slowing down through the centre third and patience on the feed, following a very frantic and panicked first quarter. The girls were down by two at the end of the first quarter but managed to pull together a fantastic win. The final score being 29-4.


Round 4: This week the girls started working on more complex circle defence skills. Working on switching players and communication. Our centre court players worked on control when bringing the ball down and our shooters worked on pushing their shots up nice and high. The girls played very well and managed a 23-9 win.


Round 5: This week was a tough game, playing the OHS team that we recently lost to. The girls were nervous at the start of the game because they knew it would be hard. There was great movement in our shooting circle but unfortunately the shots just wouldn’t drop. Our defence had an amazing game, getting plenty of intercepts and tips. The girls were only down by three in the first quarter and managed to keep up with OHS throughout the game. The wind made it difficult for passes to stick and put off some of our shots, so the focus was using the shorter option. For some reason, the buzzers at PCYC were playing up and the last two quarters were played as one. This made it hard for the girls as they began to get tired and the score slipped away a little. The final score was 20-11, with OHS getting the win.

Caitie Harvey


KWS 13 Swallows Vs OHS Coyotes
Final score: KWS 17 – OHS 14

In what was sure to be a tough game the KWS 13 Swallows came up against the notorious OHS Coyotes. With a quick start, it took a while for the KWS Swallows to get their heads in the game but after half time the girls, though behind, stuck to the game plan and upped the intensity. Eleanor Matterson-Clark, Simone Chawla and Daisy Jones stuck tight on their players and gained several turn overs. Our centre court of Anna, Heidi Ferguson and Isobel Edmonstone played well with strong passes and fast drives giving each other plenty of options down the court. The girls fed well into our shooters Lily Murray and Lucy Searle who worked well together in moving around the circle and beating their defenders to the ball. With impressive defence by the whole team and accurate shooting the girls were able to come away with a 14-17 win in the last quarter.

Maggie Noonan


KWS 13As Vs Life Studio Mikis

The 13A’s played a great game on Saturday, against Life Studio Mikis. We had excellent shooters and circle work, and some great defence. We worked the ball from the centre court down to the shooters well, helping us to win 25-12. The Mikis put up a great fight, making us work for our goals, especially in the second quarter. Well done to Jade McLean, who got the well-earned players player. This season has been great so far girls, keep it up.

1 point to all 7 players for listening and implementing coaching advice and for showing a calmness and maturity in the final quarter to settle the play and control passes, extending the lead.

Greta Bourne (Game captain


KWS Owls Vs Orange High School

Final score: KWS 7 – OHS 13

The Owls played well today, despite the cold and windy conditions, but were not able to beat their opponents on this occasion, losing 7-13. The Orange High School girls moved very well and intercepted too many of our passes, preventing the ball getting down to the shooters. The windy conditions also hampered some of our girls in their passing. The girl’s awareness of appropriate court position is slowly developing.

Nathan Lewis


KWS Giants Vs Orange High School

This week the KWS Giants played against Orange High. Initially, Orange High did take the lead the score in the second quarter being 24-5. Nevertheless, the Giants did not lose hope and continued to play with maximum effort. There were some fantastic goals from the shooters as well as a brilliant play from all the centre court players. In the end Orange High did end up taking the victory, despite all the girls from Giants putting their best foot forward. That being said, this loss will only serve as encouragement to the team as we continue to improve our netball skills throughout the season. A big thank you to Mr Mirrington for subbing in as our coach this week as well as all the parents who came along to support. 

Sneha Srikanth 


KWS Cross Vs CYMS Sapphires

KWS Cross showed, at times, sheer brilliance with their netball during this game. A recovered ball in defence, Adelaide Gavin (GD) and Sophie Brunner (GK) who using fast rebound work and quick intercepts, used the gain to the teams advantage. Centre court players Caitlin Edmonstone (C, WD), Emma Wright (C, GA) and Siobhan Finn (WA) were ready to receive the ball and delivered well-timed leads into spaces and then used smart, precise passing with the objective to gain court ground, into goal circle.  The ball was well received by Ella Yardley (GS) and Erin Bracks (GA), playing together as a unit and placing themselves in the ideal under post position by using well-timed movements, to score brilliantly.  It was quite exciting to watch the game running smoothly. Good to see Sophie with the back line throw in following up by running to goal third line, giving options for a second pass.  Great breaks by Adelaide, always ready, to take the back line pass.  Nice positioning by Caitlin who by intercepting passes turned the game around many times, and great dodging and weaving by Emma who never gives up and works tirelessly for every ball. Siobhan, very quick off the line for centre pass and positioned ready on goal circle for quick pass out and in. Nicely timed leading out of goal circle by Ella giving the team passing options, and nice breaking for the high pass by Erin who also moves around the goal circle deftly. A special thank you to Charlotte Jones who stepped in to play first quarter as WD, who marked her player closely, defensive arms up at every opportunity and fast out for centre passes. 

Cathy Small

Rugby Reports 

KWS First XV Vs St Augustine’s
Final Score: SAC 27- KWS 26

The KWS First XV travelled to the northern beaches to take on St Augustine College in the first game of the ISA season. The weather conditions were fierce with a southerly blowing at 40km/h. In the first half KWS had the wind at their backs and used it well kicking for field position. The St Augustine team were willing to throw the ball around and scored three quick tries and their backs were looking extremely dangerous. Aiden Kelso was outstanding in providing valuable metres running from the back of the scrum, the St Augustine forwards had great difficulty in trying to bring him to ground. Mid way through the first half St Augustine’s led 19-0. The KWS team started a comeback and dominated possession through some excellent “pick and drives” and a number of line breaks by Donny Freeman, Aiden Kelso and Lachlan Fisher. Aiden Kelso scored first for KWS and this was followed by Fletcher Rose at the half time break SAC 19- KWS 12.

The second half saw KWS running into the wind which had seemed to have picked up dramatically, however, the KWS men were up for a tough second half. Thomas Jackson scored and this was converted by Preston Simpson with a kick from the side line which scrapped over by milometers. The score was now locked at 19 apiece. Both teams battled for field possession and the defence was extremely physical. After a number of “pick and drives” Jock Medway crashed over to score and this was converted by Rhys Draper. KWS were now leading 26-19 and there was 15 minutes to play. The KWS team continued to dominate possession for the remainder of the half. St Augustine’s through some slick backline passing scored in the corner in the dying minutes of the game. SAC 24- KWS 26. Three minutes remaking in the game it was clear that the KWS boys could not let St Augustine’s get the ball and they did this well. In the last seconds of the game KWS conceded a penalty and it was converted by St Augustine’s. Final Score SAC 27- KWS 26.

It was a great performance by the First XV regardless of the outcome the Kinross men played with passion and heart and could not give any more to the game. The coaches and School are extremely proud of their efforts. The team must be congratulated in the manner in which they took the defeat, and there is no doubt that they will be stronger and better men from the experience.

Points: 3 Aidan Kelso; 2 Donny Freeman; 1 Ellis Hawker, Will Smith, Fletcher Rose, Jock Medway.

Liam Callaghan


KWS 2nd XV Vs SAC 2nd XV

Final score: KWS 0 – SAC 50

After a week of late changes due to injury the 2nd XV started slowly against a very strong St Augustine’s team. With a one-sided penalty count against them in the first half KWS could not maintain possession or prevent SAC’s from scoring as they ran in 6 first half tries to lead 36-0. The second half was a different story as the more experienced members of the 2nds took charge and began to fight back. The first 25 minutes of the second half had both sides scoreless and KWS producing try scoring opportunities by playing some courageous rugby. A lapse in tackling then saw SAC’s score 2 tries in 2 minutes to see the lead blow out to 50. This was the last of their scoring though as KWS again lifted to hold them scoreless for the final 10 minutes. Harry Jeffrey (3 points), Jack O’Brien (2 points) and Tim Mutton (1 point) were outstanding and lifted the team when the chips were down. This match showed that there is no room for scrappy play in the ISA 2nd XV competition as opposition sides are capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. It also showed the KWS 2nd’s that they can match it with the favourites for the comp even with a depleted side. The long weekend is a well-deserved break and with reinforcements returning from injury a good match against St Pius will be keenly anticipated.

Paul McRae



Final score: KWS 5 – SAC 10

Well what an incredible effort by the lads against arch rivals Auggies. Running into the wind in the first half our defensive line was led by Harry May, Ed Taylor and Lachie Smith. This let Fletcher Ryan find holes to the put likes of Hugh McIntyre through. At half time, there was no score for either side.

After half time, we had good field position with the wind at our back and in some ways we panicked and failed to convert this field position into points. Ten minutes in Auggies found some rare air and streaked away down the side line, a great chase from Liam Choi from the far side of the field saw them score in the corner making it harder for them to kick the goal. Directly after the restart we had some defensive laps and they found some more space and scored in the opposite corner. Digby Cooper and Will Waddell had some finding runs which bent their line. We managed to put some phases together before Liam Choi yet again crossed the white chalk.

A great team effort and we can only get stronger as one!

SAC 10 to KWS 5 (Liam Choi try)

3points: Hugh McIntyre

2points: Fletcher Ryan

1point: Harry May, Digby Cooper, Lachie Smith, Will Waddell

Andrew Hillan


KWS 13A Vs St Augustines College

Final score: KWS 7 – SAC 48

After a long Sydney trip to Narrabeen, the young 2 Blues were excited to be playing at Rat park.

Will Pearce was Captain for this encounter and he had a good captain’s knock, leading from the front with some tenacious tackling.

He was ably supported by Hugh Thompson, Carter Kirby, Luke Dominello and Harry Coady. Will Deshon continued to cause trouble for the St Augustine’s boys and Lachie Coleman took the line on with great gusto.

The strong breeze helped KWS to stay in the game at 15-7 just before the break. The KWS try came from a strong run from Carter, who slid through the defence.

In the 2nd stanza, St Augustine’s went up a gear, with coast to coast attack. Our fill in and sliding defence helped, but they just had too much ball.

KWS made a few basic errors - knowing what to do on a short arm penalty and our tap moves will help us be more competitive as the season progresses.

The final score of 48-7 was a blow out in the 2nd half, but the young 2 Blues learnt a lot from this game.

Watching the 1st XV was also a great experience, with the big boys showing some classy rugby skills.

We now look forward to our State of Origin game at training as well as hosting St Pius Chatswood. This is Waratah’s star - Michael Hooper’s school, which should be a great game.

Jason Smith


U/13 State of Origin #1 2018

Final score: NSW 24 – Qld 16

In a much anticipated match up, all the Under 13 players took to the field in the spirit of Origin - with everyone ready to go.

The Blues pack was ably lead by Charlie Hall, Tom Patton, Will Deshon and Harry Maslin. The Canetoads had Luke Dominello, Ned Jones, Harry Nuthall, Lachie Coleman and Jack Chamberlain to lead the Queenslanders pack, all boys had a chance to get back deep and run onto the ball hard. The early exchanges were willing, with NSW getting out to a commanding lead. Probably the most notable try was by Will Kerr, who sliced through the defence from dummy half to score adjacent to the referee’s feet!

The Canetoads hit back in the 2nd half, with some strong running from Kaden Blanksby, Carter Kirby and Bradley Kildey. However, the Cockroaches prevailed with Oscar McLaughlin, Jock Litchfield and Kelvin Tang all chipping in to get the job done.

Jason Smith

Career News

KWS Careers Evening

KWS Careers Evening: Year 10 -12

5.30pm – 7.30pm Thursday 28th June 2018

The Careers Evening will be held on Thursday 28th June 2018 from 5.30-7.30pm in the DPA. It is a compulsory event for all Year 10 and 12 students and strongly recommended for students in Year 11.

Events like the KWS Careers Evening enable students to meet representatives from different Tertiary Institutions. The night provides an opportunity to ask representatives from various universities and other institutions about courses available, course content, pathways into various courses, adjustments factors, early entry, colleges and much more. Also, in attendance will be over 75 Industry experts. They will be on-hand to discuss what they are looking for in future employees, the skills required and in-demand skills and capabilities. It will be an ideal opportunity for students to ask people working in industry what it takes to get where they are and what some of the pros and cos are of their profession.

Studies show that new graduates are far better placed to cope with the changing world around us than we ever were. It is also apparent that whilst technology disables old jobs, at the same time it also facilitates the development of new jobs. It has been reported that a staggering 65% of our students will be employed in jobs that are yet to be developed. Research also indicates that Generation Z’s will have at least 5 careers in their lifetime.

Government policies and initiatives highlight the economies increasing focus on the need for innovation; the so called ‘ideas boom’. Today’s employers are after graduates with both ‘hard skills’ and ‘soft skills’. Hard skills are the technical or discipline-specific capabilities that are usually particular to a course you are studying i.e. skills you need if you want to become a lawyer. However, increasingly it is the soft skills that employers are interested in. Skills such as communication, problem-solving, time management, entrepreneurship, innovation, team work, digital literacy and resilience. These are the skills that are transferable across industries of all kinds; skills that will secure your future.

The KWS Careers Evening is an ideal platform for students to ask questions and receive valuable information about possible career options and pathways to their future. We encourage you where possible to attend this evening with your child to help gather this valuable information and have many questions you have answered.

VOLVO Group 2019 Apprenticeship Program

Applications are now open for VGA's 2019 Apprenticeship Program!
Earn while you learn. VGA's Apprenticeship Program offers practical, on-the-job experience that lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Students would be working with a world leader in transport solutions and have the opportunity to learn from some of the best technicians in the heavy vehicle industry.
For more information, and to apply, please click here


Gap Year opportunity in 2019 - Students interested in Civil Engineering, Surveying, Draftsperson

Geolyse will be on the lookout for recent school leavers or students interested in working in the civil engineering/surveying or drafting industry in both their Dubbo and Orange offices. The successful students would need to have an interest in either or both of the core areas (civil engineering and surveying) and drafting and be enthusiastic, hardworking, willing to learn and keen to gain some experience and skills in those areas.

Whilst the positions are for 12 months there may be potential for extensions and support for further study. Award salary also applies.

Positions will commence early in January 2019, with more information to be provided at a later date.

For further information call Greg Cooper on 02 4632 6500 or visit their website

Accountancy Cadetships 2019

Pitcher Partners Cadetship Program 2019 They are committed to the development of young Accountants. As part of this commitment, they are offering Cadetships to students who are completing their Year 12 studies and are planning to study a degree with an Accounting major. Applications for the 2019 Cadet intake open on Monday 28th May and close on Friday 6th July 2018.

For more details visit:

Gap Year - Lattitude

A quick reminder that their midyear application deadline is fast approaching on the 15th of June. As you know, students who apply before this date give themselves the best chance at securing their first placement preference.  Students who apply will be interviewed within a week and the process will move on from there.  It’s important to note that they will happily accept applications all year round however after this date it will be first come first served until placements are at capacity. Placement availability will be reflected on their website for the remainder of the year.

Royal Life Saving - Pool Lifeguard Course

RLS is offering a Pool Lifeguard training course to be held in Orange during the July school holidays (21st-23rd July). You must be 16 years of age or tuning 16 before the 1st September 2018. Cost $485

With Orange, Bathurst and Blayney now boasting year-round aquatic facilities, training as a lifeguard could lead to part-time employment, and our certification also links with higher vocational qualifications which can lead to a full-time career in the aquatics industry. A lifeguard qualification is also handy for students taking a gap year overseas.

For more information – 02 63959716

Vocational Education and Training

Interested in vocational education and training (VET)? This includes – apprenticeships, traineeships and TAFE study. Did you know that 77% of VET graduates secure employment after training?

If you would like to learn more about VET go to  to check out the ‘VET. It’s Right Now’ video initiative.

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne would like to invite students to attend their Information Day for interstate students at the Parkville campus on Thursday 12 July 9:00am – 6:00pm.

The day will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition. The program will also include a campus tour followed by a free lunch at one of the residential colleges and a college tour. Optional additional accommodation tours will take place after the official program has ended.

You are also highly recommend to turn your University of Melbourne experience into a long weekend and participate in another event they are running on the following day Friday 13 July ‘A Day at Melbourne’ where you will find out about undergraduate courses structure, majors, graduate pathways, enhancement programs and activities that can be done within each faculty. To find out more about the A Day at Melbourne program go to

Event Details

Date: Thursday 12 July 2018

Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010

Register Now   

Australian National University (ANU)

Community service as important as ATAR for Year 12s in ANU overhaul

The nation's highest-achieving year 12 students will no longer be guaranteed a spot at the Australian National University under a significant overhaul of its ATAR admissions process launching in 2020.

In a new scheme designed to diversify the university's ranks, school leavers will be asked to meet a minimum threshold of community service and extra-curricular activity such as working part-time, playing sport or volunteering, on top of achieving the right score for their degree.

Read the full article here

To read more about the new admissions process, visit ANU’s dedicated website.

HSC Lectures

Free ACE the HSC Lectures in the July Holidays for Year 11 & 12 Students UTS, Macquarie University, UOW and UON are hosting free two hour lectures for Year 11 & 12 students in the July holidays. Presented by expert HSC teachers and qualified Counsellors, topics include: maintaining motivation; managing anxiety and effective study/exam strategies. Due to limited places, registration is essential. RSVP or call 1300 677 336.

Study in the USA

Secondary School Courses and Studying in the USA Internationally Educated has written a piece on Secondary School Courses and Studying in the USA. Click on the link to learn more about appropriate courses students should take if they are interested in studying in the US.

NIDA Open Day

Saturday 16th June from 9am-4pm

This free event is a great opportunity to find out more about courses, the application process and student life. Register your interest at

Charles Sturt University (CSU)

Charles Sturt University has a unique opportunity for Year 12 students.

They are setting aside 50 per cent of places in their popular Bachelor of Dental Science degree for applicants who have a rural/regional background or identify as Indigenous Australian.

How do students apply?

  1. Register for UMAT2018 (the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) before 5pm on 1 June 2018.
  2. Sit UMAT2018 on 25 July 2018.
  3. Complete and submit a Bachelor of Dental Science Rural and Indigenous Applicants Supplementary Form between 1 July and 30 September.

CSU - MyDay's

Bathurst - Friday 15 June 2018

Port Macquarie - Tuesday 19 June 2018
Albury - Wednesday 27 June 2018.

Dubbo - Thursday 5 July 2018

Wagga Wagga - Friday 6 July 2018.

Parents are very welcome. Students can register online at or contact [email protected] for more information.


Mrs Kimberley Jones
Year 12 Co-ordinator / Career Advisor


2019 Subject Information Meeting

Parents and students of Year 8 going into Year 9 in 2019 and

Parents and students of Year 10 going into Year 11 in 2019

are invited to attend our 

2019 Subject Information Meetings

in the Derek Pigot Auditorium on Friday 29 June 2018

Year 10 meeting 10:10am – 1:00pm

Year 8 meeting 1:40pm – 3:25pm

A Curriculum Handbook, an invitation and a program have recently been emailed out to parents, providing information about subject possibilities for 2019. Students will be issued their own hard copy of the Curriculum Handbook in Week 8.
Please peruse the information before the meeting.
The Curriculum Handbook, invitation and program are also available on the FROG Community Dashboard > Resources, Policies & Documents > Academic.

For further information please contact the Head of Teaching and Learning Mrs Serena Lewis 6392 0306.

Serena Lewis
Head of Teaching and Learning

Catch up Year 7 Vaccinations

Catch up Year 7 vaccinations will occur this Friday 15 June at 9am.

Please note that seniors who will be receiving a Meningococcal Vaccination must hand their consent cards in to the Main Office prior to Friday.

Kelli Radford
Health Clinic

P&F News

Reminder: the next P&F Meeting - Wednesday 20 June from 7 pm

Our next P&F meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 June 2018, commencing at 7pm in the boardroom of Wolaroi Mansion.  

The P&F continue to plan and organise activities for the benefit of the KWS community; please come along if you would like to be involved. 

For those unable to attend in person, you are welcome 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]

Upcoming Events

Parent Lecture Series - Brent Sanders

Tuesday 26 June 2018

6.00-8.00pm in the DPA

Brent Sanders is one of Australia’s most respected communicators in the field of harassment, bullying and discrimination.

In this session, Brent will talk to parents about the topics recently discussed with students about sexual crime and violence against women.

Bookings to be made via TryBooking


Prep Performing Arts Concert

The Prep Performing Arts Concert will be held on Thursday 14 June 2018 at 5.30pm. 

The concert will showcase our Prep Performing Arts ensembles including Strings, Band, Choirs, Dance, Solos and Percussion. All students will be performing and all are welcome to come along.


Scenes from Childhood

The KWS Performing Arts Department presents Scenes from Childhood - Thursday 21 June 2018 from 7pm at the Orange Civic Theatre.


Tuning into Teens

Headspace Orange and CAHMS is presenting a 6 week course on emotionally intelligent parenting for parents of children aged 11 and over. The course will be running from mid August and bookings are essential. For more information please see below.


NSW Regional Technology Expo

“Embrace Today – Explore Tomorrow”

Encouraging students to be involved with science and technology is one of the major themes of the NSW Regional Technology Expo to be held in Orange from 24-24 June 2018.

The education component of the Expo will be held at James Sheahan Catholic High School on Friday/Saturday 22/23 June and features exhibits by all local secondary schools, many visiting schools and primary schools across the Central West of NSW.

There will also be exhibits at the Orange Function Centre on Saturday/Sunday 23/24 June. One of the feature exhibitors is Jamie Gardoll from the Clever Owl in the Post Office Building in Summer Street Orange. The Clever Owl is a locally owned and operated business specialising in a range of quality toys, games, puzzles and have recently added Children’s clothing to their range.  

There is a focus on educational and scientific toys and games that educate whilst providing oodles of fun! Toys are more than just fun and games for children. Majority of toys provide an opportunity for them to learn. The best toys and games will engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others. This is the main focus of the owners of The Clever Owl to encourage “family” time and interaction with learning being added to the mix (without the child even realising).

They cover a diverse range from Construction/Physics, to Electricity/Magnetism, including Hydraulic/Pneumatic, solar, genetics, wind/chemistry all the way through to Robotics and Nanotechnology for all ages from 2 up.

They also carry a range of education and scientific board games and cognitive toys and puzzles such as

The NSW Regional Technology is presented by the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak and has the NSW Government, Orange City Council and Telstra as platinum partners.

Further information regarding the NSW Regional Technology Expo can be found at

Tickets are available for $10 per day for Saturday and Sunday for adults covering both the Orange Function Centre and James Sheahan Catholic High School. School aged children are free on both days. There is no charge to attend the education sessions at James Sheahan Catholic High School on Friday 22 June.

Orange Youth Forum

Headspace Orange is partnering with CAHMS to present the 2018 Youth Mental Health Forum for youth 12-25 year olds, parents, caregivers, family and friends.

The forum proposes to increase peoples knowledge about mental health by sharing lived experiences, collaborating with services and professionals.

The Forum will also have two guest speakers, Dan Hunt, former NRL player, having played 150 games for the St George Illawarra Dragons over 9 years. Dan will be sharing his life story, including growing up, his NRL career, injuries, addiction, his mental illness journey with bi-polar, and the strategies he found helpful in overcoming these difficulties.

Chris Fitzpatrick, suicide survivor.  When Chris's life was just about to take off, he had a false start which left him with a life altering disability. Since then he has been working hard on becoming someone that he can be proud of. It hasn’t been an easy road, but it has been worthwhile. Chris will share his story with us and some of the best lessons he's learned so far, in a very raw and honest way.

The forum will also host a Q&A Panel for participants to ask questions on the day as well as presentations from headspace, CAHMS and other service professionals.

Headspace staff will be available on the day should any one feel the need to chat with them on any of the content presented on the day.

For more information or to register contact Sharna Lord on 0428 299 158 or email [email protected]

Tickets are free and can be booked through Eventbrite,

Rebecca Anderson

School Counsellor - Registered Psychologist

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