20 September 2017
Issue Three
Kew High School
61 3 9859 8652
1393 Burke Road
East Kew, Vic, 3102


Respect is one of our key values.

There is a culture of respect that is generally evident and I am constantly reminded of this when watching the manner in which our students treat staff and each other.


Visitors to the school often remark that the students are pleasant, polite and thoughtful, offering information, directions and holding open the doors. We receive feedback from the public that students are positive ambassadors.


As you walk into the school, you get a sense that there is respect for the environment, as the surrounds look clean and well cared for. We have an active environmental student group constantly looking for ways to enhance the school with the introduction of improved practices.


Through the work of Phillip Naughton and with the support of Ed Brown, Rotary and the Overseas Students, we have well-tended gardens. I look out my window onto the recent construction of raised beds replete with herbs and vegetables and a range of Australian natives that attract an array of birds.


Respect is demonstrated in many ways, and we continually remind our students of their responsibilities in this regard and of the behaviours that are associated with this value.


Clare Entwisle


Sister School Exchange

On Monday 17 July, a group of 10 students with their teacher, Thi Ngoc Huyen, arrived  from our sister school, Le Hong Phong,  in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  On arrival at Kew, a lunch was arranged and our Vietnamese students were introduced to their host buddies as well as the other Vietnamese students involved in our overseas program. During their stay, there were a range of classes and activities organised for them.


The exchange was successful because of the families who volunteered to be hosts and the fact that they gave freely of their time, really catered for the needs of the students in all ways. They put themselves out and ensured each student felt comfortable and at ease, had plenty to do, gained an insight into Australia and experienced Australian cuisine and traditions, while visiting important landmarks and places of interest or participating in a range of events. The students too were extremely helpful, and cared for their visitors both at school and outside. They made sure they arrived on time and were there to escort them home.


Friendships were forged and the students from Le Hong Phong are keen to host some teachers in 2018. We need to commence planning for this to happen. We will continue to communicate with the teachers and the school. We look forward to our continued association and friendship after what was a very successful exchange.


Clare Entwisle



A Fantastic Week

For work experience, I applied for and was accepted into a pet shop called Best Friends, in Northland. Work experience gave me the opportunity to develop a variety of skills such as communication, teamwork and punctuality.  However, this experience was even more valuable as it allowed me to work in a field that I am very passionate about; animal welfare.


Each day I worked with different animals including kittens and cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, fish and many beautiful breeds of birds. Each animal required a different approach, meaning I had to extend my capabilities to cater for each animal’s individual needs. Aside from this, I also learned important functional skills such as the maintenance of animal enclosures such as fish tanks. I also gained insight as to how marketing worked when I was asked to display stock prices.


Overall, work experience was a very beneficial program, which enabled me to further develop numerous key skills that will be important throughout my life.

Jemima Swan


Over the week of work experience (June 26-30) I had the pleasure of working in the office of Marshall White Hawthorn. In that week I did a variety of tasks which I thoroughly enjoyed and feel as if the tasks gave me the experience that will open the doors to my future in Real Estate.

Maximos Neveskiotis






For my work experience I worked at Andale Special School. I had a great four days of working there and meeting some new friends. I still regularly talk to them when I walk past them after school and I’m very happy I went there.

Jude Meek


My experience at work experience was incredible. It was the most fun I have had. I did work experience at Stage School Australia costume department warehouse. It was a very busy week but there was never a moment I did not have fun. The people I worked with were lovely.


Some tasks I did that week included going to the theatre to set up costumes and do costume changes. I also organised costumes in colour and size order and washed costumes that had been used for a show. I also chose costumes for people who were hiring them and got them ready for pick up. While I was doing work experience, I also got to look at how the costumes are designed and made. It was such a fantastic week and I loved every bit of it. It was a great experience and I learnt many new valuable skills. 

Gemma Penglase



Is Melbourne the world’s most liveable city?

All the year 9s participated in Q9 over the first and second week of Term 3. Students were organised into groups of four or five and were encouraged to research the most liveable cities in the world.

They discovered that Melbourne had been voted the world’s most liveable city for the sixth year in a row.  Classes  then ventured into the city to explore Melbourne as the World’s Most Liveable City. The first day was a visit to the State Library to learn about Melbourne’s history and then to the Big Issue magazine office to learn about homelessness and how selling magazines provides homeless people with  jobs.


The second day, students completed a program called Hoddle Waddle where the students had to navigate their way around the city and find certain landmarks using clues.


After the two day excursion to the city everyone came back to school and got back to work, creating  presentations on the question, “Is Melbourne the world’s most liveable city?” On the final day we presented to our teacher and class. Overall,  the city excursions were fun and learning about Melbourne as a city was quite interesting.


Jamie Lester, Sarah Christopoulos and Lily Massey

Year 9

Publications Committee Members



Term 3 in Musicland was extremely busy with many performances occurring throughout.

Two outstanding events at school were the Regional Battle of The Bands and performances by visiting Chinese students from Beijing and Chengdu.


The Regional Battle of the Bands: Bandfest was held in the Renaissance Theatre on Friday 21 July. This event was organised by the Regional Music Coordinators, staff at Kew High School and Cranbourne Music. There were seven schools competing in this all day event. Some of the schools represented were Templestowe College, Mullauna Secondary College and Glen Waverley Secondary College. We entered three bands in the senior section who did very well in their performances. The day was a great opportunity to mix with fellow music teachers and students and to see what they were doing in their schools. There was a wide variety of acts from the visiting students including folk bands, acapella groups, small rock bands and large ensembles. Due to the success of the day, we look forward to hosting this event again next year.

We were fortunate to have 130 music and dance students from China visit our school on August 2. There were four groups: one orchestra from the Middle School of Qingdao University, one all girl choir from Beijing Middle School, one dance group from Zhengzhou Middle School and the Boys Choir of Chengdu Middle School.

The Chinese students gave spectacular performances to a packed gym of year 7 – 9 students, International students and staff. The dance group wore beautiful Chinese costumes and performed a very enchanting and captivating dance; the 14 students in the boys choir sang mainly a cappella and filled the gym with their harmonies and melodies. At the conclusion of the performances, formalities followed where there was an exchange of gifts, certificates and many photos.

After the performances, the Q Network held a barbecue for the Chinese students who were really excited and enjoyed it immensely. The visiting Chinese students came with gifts for our students and, even though language was limited, there were many smiles and warm words exchanged.

To conclude the term, there was a VCE Music Performance night and our annual Jazz and Swing night. The VCE Music Performance Night enabled all the VCE Music Performance students to play pieces from their repertoire, which is their end of year exam, worth 50% of their total marks. This concert included both Solo and Group Music students as well as year 11 Music students. It was such a successful night that the year 11s are keen to do it again next year.

The Jazz and Swing Night was also a great success. It was held at Box Hill Institute this year. The Box Hill staff and students provided light, sound, music equipment and stands which made it a much more relaxed occasion for all involved. This concert focussed on The Stage Band and other ensembles and soloists who performed pieces in the style of Jazz and Swing. The audience was at capacity with students, staff, parents, guardians and families there to appreciate the many talented performers.


Judy Bartosy

Director of Music


During the July school holidays three representatives from SRC attended the Victorian SRC Congress, a three-day event at Ormond College, Melbourne University, filled with other SRC representatives from all over Victoria.

During the July school holidays three representatives from SRC attended the Victorian SRC Congress, a three-day event at Ormond College, Melbourne University, filled with other SRC representatives from all over Victoria. One of the first activities we did at the Congress was to pick an Action Group, which had a certain problem that often occurred within schools. In those three days, we came up with solutions in our Action Group to share with representatives from State government as well as other important education based organisations on July 12, at what was called the Open Market.


That’s not to say that the Congress was all intense discussion about the school system and its issues. Various games and small activities were offered, as well as free time, where everyone gathered to play table tennis or Uno. At meal times, everyone gathered in a Hogwarts-esque dining hall to eat delicious food. On the second night in that hall, a Mad Hatter’s Secret Garden Party was held, some people going wild with costumes – making a ginormous Hatter’s hat – or some being more creative, like us, wrapping teabags around our bodies and hanging a cup from our necks. The night was filled with trivia, conversation, pasta and blasting tunes.


The three days were action filled as we listened to what other schools were doing or trying to do in SRC at their schools. Our Action Groups were often filled with personal stories from people’s own experiences of their particular issue, and at Open Market it was amazing to see all these people from different schools with different experiences expressing their thoughts and solutions.


We all thoroughly enjoyed the Congress, from the spacious dorm rooms where we slept, (some even contained a queen-sized bed), to the table tennis table, to meeting different people from different schools with similar interests. Some of the people we met we will keep in contact with and remember, and we won’t forget the exciting conversation and ideas that were brought up.


Lachlan Peele, Evelyn Ranogajec, Hamish Peele

SRC Leaders


Kew High School has again benefited from volunteer work by the Yarra Bend Rotary Club.

This time a team of Rotarians worked at constructing some new steps in the grounds next to the new relocatable classrooms. The scale of this project was significant and included construction of retaining walls and landscaping  of the surrounding areas.


Our sincere thanks go to all the Rotarians involved and we thank them for their ongoing support of Kew High.


Daryl Bennett

Assistant Principal



Each Friday at lunch time, there is technology-free time for students to join in a range of games and activities.

This extremely popular club engages students in many games of strategy such as Chess, Connect 4, Battleship, Blockus and more. These help students to think outside the square.The huge jig-saw puzzles challenge groups of students over many weeks and create an enormous sense of achievement when completed. Twister has them moving in different directions and Lego encourages the budding engineers . It is a great pleasure to watch the students interacting with each other, negotiating and building their communication skills.

Everyone is welcome and the games are warmly embraced by students who revel in time away from their devices.


Dawn Morrissey and Jess Kaur help me in setting up and packing away the equipment as well as joining in some of the games.

Succulents to Grace the School

A generous mother of a student gifted the school with a tray of exquisite succulents.


Her aim was to support students who would gain confidence and a real sense of achievement in planting them around the school.

The succulents are perfect for our dry environment and truly beautify the garden beds.   


They nourish the students’ horticultural desires, and those planting them have commented that it is also a very calming exercise.


Veronica Brunton


Fifteen students and two teachers from Soja City, Japan visited Kew High School for a week in August. It was the tenth visit since the program’s inception in 2007.  


This year was another success with host families, teachers and classroom buddies coming on board to enrich the visitors’ experience. Monday’s Year 7 assembly saw students presenting a slide show about Kew High in Japanese and the school band played the Japanese and Australian national anthems. The Japanese students enjoyed spending time in regular classes as well as experiencing a didgeridoo lesson, AFL footy, an Aussie cooking class, bush dancing and aboriginal dot painting. Host families very generously took the students and teachers to AFL footy matches, trampolining and to various sights around Melbourne. School buddies also rose to the occasion to communicate with the Japanese students and to help them around the school.

The week was capped off with cultural performances by the Japanese students as a thank you and farewell to the host families, at an informal dinner in the VCE Centre. The Kew High School guitar ensemble, ‘Don’t Fret’, performed a stunning set of music which was appreciated by all. There were tearful goodbyes early on the Saturday morning.

Many a lasting friendship has come from this program and indeed many of this year’s host families continue to stay in touch with their Japanese friends. We look forward to next year’s visit and the 2018 Kew High School tour to Japan and Soja City. Thank you to everyone who made the week possible.


Andrew Cerini

Japanese Teacher


Science week is always an exciting time for teachers, students and classes.

A number of activities were held at lunchtime this year including a Bottle Toss competition run by Mr McGrath to see who could toss a bottle to land flat on the ground with the most accuracy. Students who were involved in the competition were allowed to fill their bottle with the volume of water they thought would be most accurate before competing.

The Science Spectacular was held on Thursday  at lunchtime. Science teachers prepared weeks in advance with a series of impressive science demonstrations. Our STEM captain, Sam Wakelam, also performed the Elephant’s Toothpaste to much delight. Liquid nitrogen was ordered in for the final act where Mr Maxwell and Mr Rickard made icecream from liquid nitrogen, cream and sugar for all the attendees to take with them.

Staff didn't miss out either, with a marvellous morning tea  including dissected fish  (terrine), various bodily cells (cakes) and bubble brains (strawberry crackles).


Eliza Brown

Science Teacher


Book Week

Earlier this term, we were fortunate to receive a generous grant from the City of Boroondara to host writing events to celebrate Book Week. Local, award winning writer, Melissa Keil, visited the school and gave an inspiring and thoroughly engaging talk to all Year 8 students. She gave insights into her writing process and the way the publishing industry works. Rather than just focusing on her ideas, Melissa was able to provide our students with the opportunity to view writing as an achievable and fulfilling career.

After the talk, a group of Year 8 students participated in a writing workshop with Melissa where she was able to pass on some new techniques and ways of approaching creative writing. A number of students submitted entries for the Boroondara Literary Awards and we wish them good luck.


Vicky Brahmin

English Coordinator




Photo: Boipelo Langa

Drizzle fell from the stormy clouds that filled the sky.

Breath emerged as steam from the mouths of commuters. Pavements were slick with moss and water. It was a miserable day.


Fortunately, the students who participated in the Write a Book in a Day competition didn't have to worry about something as pesky as the weather at all. Why? These students didn't have to worry about the outside world, because they were too busy building their own worlds, in the comfort of room 101.


Teams of students from Year 7 to Year 11 sculpted and shaped the lives of certain mandatory characters from a criteria sheet. A giraffe, an acrobat and a mechanic had to have their lives dictated by teams of six to ten. These fantastical lives took place in a quarry and their stories revolved around a fundraising event.


These stories also had to be illustrated, so needless to say, the students thoroughly enjoyed a day away from reality, designing hilarious plots and colourful characters.


Run and organised Ms Brahmin, the Write a Book in a Day competition was as hilarious and entertaining as it sounds. 


Lily Massey 9C



Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Global Humanitarian Crisis

The Kew High School team of Skye Laing, Danny Loats, James Reardon and Aishabella Sheikh, (Year 12) participated in the French Model United Nations Conference on Tuesday 25 July, 2017 on the very important topic: Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Global Humanitarian Crisis. The event was held at Treasury Theatre.


The Model UN Conference is a creative simulation of the UN General Assembly in which students represent member states of the UN. In teams of three or four, students try to negotiate a new UN Resolution. The Model UN Conference is an opportunity for students to learn about the UN system, discuss global issues and practise their diplomacy skills in a fun, dynamic environment, while developing key negotiation and public speaking skills - all in French.


There were more than a dozen other schools participating and Skye, Danny, James and Aishabella represented us very well. Their opening statement was lauded and they made sure their voices were heard during the caucus and for the final resolution.


Well done!


Xavier Ndour

French Teacher


Authentic French Conversation

On Friday 28 July students in years 10-12 were fortunate enough to get the opportunity to practise their French in an authentic setting. Megane, Kew High School’s French assistant, had her family visiting from France and they (her grandmother, parents and two younger sisters) came in to spend the day at the school and work with our students. First of all, they helped Year 12 prepare for their upcoming oral examination, with each posing as a different character to practise different contexts of conversation. In the afternoon, they spent time with the Year 10 class practising general conversation. The Year 10 class relished the opportunity to speak with all generations of Megane’s family and I am sure the feeling was mutual, as Megane’s grandmother did not want to leave at the end of the day!


Kathryn Sturdy

French Teacher

Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition

Six of our students were finalists in the annual Berthe Mouchette poetry competition and were invited to compete in the final at the Alliance Française in St Kilda on Sunday 6 August. We had over 150 students take part at the school level where students in years 7-9 had to recite a French poem by heart from a selection of four. Well done to all of our competitors and a special congratulations to our finalists:

Kadee GAN

Sepanta SADAFI

Emily GREY


Sarah SON

Alexandra VARVERIS

We are proud of you all and we are eagerly awaiting the final results of the competition which can be accessed via the Alliance Française website or the Berthe Mouchette facebook page. 


Kathryn Sturdy

French Teacher


Model United Nations Debating

Our Model United Nations Team of Lukas Matovinovic and Skye Laing made it through to the Evatt Model United Nations Debating Semi-Final as delegates for the United Kingdom, held at the historic Queens College. 

This is an amazingly high standard contest especially since Global Politics and Australian Politics are not part of our VCE offerings at Kew High School; students from independent schools who enter this contest are almost always students of these subjects. Our students are knowledgeable global citizens and as delegates for their countries earned their place in the semi-final of this prestigious event. 

Great communications skills and passion can take you far, our students gallantly and professionally debated, persuasively spoke, used diplomacy, negotiation skills with an in-depth understanding of current world affairs. Skye and Lukas made it through to the semi-final, the only regular entry Government School to compete on this day. 


Regional Rounds

Three teams competed in the 2017 Evatt Model United Nations Contest Regional Rounds.  Our teams were the honourable delegates for:

England -  Year 10  Aaron Korczowski and Simon Vuong 

Uruguay - Year 12   Skye Laing and Lukas Matovinovic

Kazakhstan - Year 12  Finn Byrne and Ferris Hansen


Elaine Doyle

Public Speaking Coordinator

Legacy Junior Public Speaking competition

 I took part in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking competition. It was a competition held for junior students. Five were chosen to perform in the next round. It was held throughout a whole school day and many students from different schools from our region gave speeches. It was very interesting listening to the other speeches and other points of views as well as interacting with other students I didn’t know.


There were two parts to the competition: one was where I had to give a speech that I had written prior to the competition, and the second part was when I had a certain amount of time where I had to write a speech then present it, on a given prompt. It was great fun listening to other speeches and the feedback of the judges and getting to know students from other schools.


I thank the teachers a lot for helping and supporting me throughout the process.


Ananya Goswami

Year 8



The 2017 Kew Art Competition ran from June 26 to August 7  inTerm 3. The theme for this year was Unity , which was interpreted by the students with inspiration and diversity. We had artworks ranging from the Junior School (Years 7-9) to Senior School (Years 10-12). Abilities from all year levels were displayed.


It was a successful and creative experience for those students who participated from all year levels. They were able to showcase their amazing artistic abilities including, photography, paintings, drawings, and more. All media forms and entries were encouraged and accepted.


Congratulations to all the finalists:

Junior School Runner Up: Holly Pigford

Junior School First Place: Finn Phelan-Naylor

Senior School Runner Up: Huynh Nguyen Thuy Tien

Senior School First Place: Huynh Nguyen Anh Tien


Well done to all those who submitted entries!


Chloe Kounelis

Art Captain


The English Language Centre (ELC) has entered its tenth year at Kew High School.

In July, we welcomed our nineteenth cohort of international students to the ELC, with the arrival of fourteen Year 10 students from China, Vietnam and Thailand.  Our new students are being looked after in local homestays, many of whom have long-standing relationships with Kew High School.  We are grateful for their help in orientating our new arrivals and the ongoing care our homestay families provide. Two more students will be joining this dynamic group in Term 4.


Students in the ELC follow an Intensive English Language Program for 21 weeks.  These young 15-17 year-olds are highly supported to rapidly improve their English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and develop their understanding of the language of Mathematics, Information Technology, Science and Physical Education, in readiness for VCE. Our ELC students readily embrace the values of Kew High School to Aspire, Strive and Achieve and despite their initial language challenges, the majority of ELC graduates go on to achieve high ATAR scores and carry on studying at universities here in Victoria.


As we move towards celebrating one decade of our own ELC supporting fee-paying newly arrived international students, we recognise the dedication of our International Student Coordinators, Ms Junling Yang and Ms Daveen Valentine, who guide these young and courageous students through the hardship of leaving their home-countries, family and friends and the challenges of cultural assimilation and integration.  We also thank our passionate and caring ELC teachers who patiently work through the language and cultural challenges experienced by ELC learners during this initial transition period.


Catherine Reid

ELC Coordinator


Term 3 has been a fun filled time at Kew High School.  There have been many exciting events and programs involving chaplaincy.

RUOK Day – on Thursday 14 September the school community took part in RUOK Day.  A combined effort by the SRC, Chaplaincy and Wellbeing, the students celebrated life .  The QNetwork again worked their magic on the BBQ cooking hundreds of sausages for the hungry hoards.  RUOK Day is a reminder that life can be tough for everyone so we need to get alongside our friends and family and ask them are they okay.


Jump Rope for Heart – Tuesday 5th September saw the gym turned into a skipping frenzy as an enthusiastic team of year 7 and 8 students and year 12 leaders took part in the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart.  Ropes were spinning large and small for over two hours as the students jumped their hearts out.  Together the students raised over $500.

Lunch Time Homework Group – Each Wednesday the Chaplain runs a lunchtime homework group for year 7 and 8 students in room 104.  This is a supervised session where students can get assistance.  Trish Alevizos (RMIT Youth Worker) has been assisting the students with their homework as part of her placement.


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

Chaplaincy Fundraising – Did you know that the Kew High School Chaplaincy does not receive Federal government funding?  Each year the Chaplaincy Committee and the School raise all of the funds to pay for the Chaplaincy program.  Thanks to the commitment of a wonderful group of volunteers, each year the Chaplaincy Committee raises over $38,000.


Rosemary Carter

School Chaplain


This term marked the start of Kew High School’s newest enrichment club – the Lettering Club.

More commonly known as modern calligraphy or typography, lettering is the art of drawing letters. It is a new lunchtime club run weekly for students to come and put pen to paper, and create gorgeous pieces of artwork, while meeting students from all different year levels.


It has been encouraging to see a good number of students come in and learn new skills. Everyone is encouraged to come try it out and earn their pen licence!


Paige Tan


Photo: Arena Theatre Company

TRAPPER by Arena Theatre Company - A Review

On 2 August, my year 9 drama class went to see a show by the Arena Theatre Company in the Fairfax studio underneath the Arts Centre. Christian Leavesley and Jolyon James created the play Trapper, and the four actors were: Rachel Perks, Hamish Irvine, Daniel Schlusser and Naomi Rukavina. The Fairfax studio stage and space worked really well for this show. The actors were close to the audience allowing them to have a closer view. It was my second time in this space and I feel that this performance worked better on the stage compared to the one that had more actors because it did not seem cramped.


Trapper was a play that I found to have a highly interesting plot and theme. It appears that the actors are trapped in a world that is ruled by other forces outside their control, but really, they do control their actions. I feel that the writers had points in the play that were very entertaining and intriguing, but I did not feel that they all fitted into the same theme. The actors were all showing how they individually interpreted the plot and this meant that the play seemed disjointed in parts. I felt that it was jumping around chronologically and this made the main plot less powerful. The themes in the play were hard to find, but entrenched in the dribble of some of the disjointed scenes, were strikes of brilliance. The theme of addiction was conveyed strongly in the play and it is shown when one of the characters cannot stop checking her phone. There was another strike of brilliance from the writers of Trapper, when one of the actors was talking about going on dates with road signs, I felt this to be a poetic moment in the script because it described how people can reflect their emotions directly in their mannerisms. “You’re not great at reading the signs; remember that creepy keep left guy”… “so obsessive”… “or that give way sign”…“who always said ‘fine’ when he meant ‘no’”. In this excerpt from the script it shows how the writer has used personification to convey emotion. When I read about the play, I did not expect it to be as poetic. The play explored complex ideas and made me stand up and think.


In Trapper the set was brilliant and it made the space seem synthetic and fabricated but when the poetry was added it gave off an eerie resemblance to the real world and showed how much of a machine the world can be. I feel that the play used non-naturalistic and naturalistic techniques depending on the situation. The parts in the real world used naturalistic techniques but the parts where the set became the main attraction were non-naturalistic allowing for a constantly changing performance. The two stand out performers for me were Daniel Schlusser and Naomi Rukavina because of their long string of dialogue half way through the play where they argue about individuality. They both take opposing sides that have a direct relationship to their life experiences, and their age, which I feel, made the show. In parts the performance was hard to follow and difficult to understand but I think that each actor conveyed their own separate message within the plot which somehow came together.


I found this play to be inspiring in parts but I also felt that the script could have been tighter. It should have had a more consistent story line. In the end, I did enjoy the play and the experience of seeing a professional play was inspirational. I would recommend this play to people, but only if they had seen shows before and could take something from the play. I give this show a three out of five because of the set and the brilliant moments encased within.


Finnegan Comte-Harvey

Year 9


Year 7 Mousetrap Car CAT

Every year the Year 7s undertake the Mousetrap Car CAT as part of their study of forces. The students must only use recycled materials and are given a mousetrap as a starting point. The power for their mousetrap car must come from the mechanism of the mousetrap and through this, students gain an understanding of potential and kinetic energy.


This year, the year 7 cohort did a wonderful job of designing and constructing their cars. They tested their cars on a number of different surfaces to investigate how surfaces affect the amount of friction acting on their car. They then used this information to write up a report about their findings.


Eliza Brown

Science Teacher




Term 3 has been a busy and exciting term for our HAPE classrooms.

Year 7 students have been working on their Fundamental Motor Skills in Physical Education (PE) class and learning about the changes that are occurring to their bodies in the Puberty unit in Health. To build on this knowledge, the Year 8 Health students have looked at contraception in our Sex! Life! unit and explored the tactics involved in Net/Wall sports in PE.


Our Year 9 students have been travelling to Richmond Recreation Centre to complete water-based sessions as part of their Bronze Medallion. Back at school, these same students have been developing their leadership skills by running an activity for their peers. In Health, the Year 9 students are learning about risk-taking behaviour and promoting their own and their friends’ safety in a variety of situations.


Our numerous electives at Year 10 see our students engaging in Advanced Volleyball, Sport Science and PE. All classes provide an opportunity for students to develop knowledge in specific areas and to continue improving their skill levels in more challenging situations.


Penelope Cleghorn

HAPE Coordinator



Once again, students from Kew High School performed strongly in the annual Analytics Competition at RMIT University, finishing in third place in the high school division.

In a marathon day starting at 8:00 am, the team, consisting of Howard Aitken, James Damatopoulos and Jackie Hongmung, spent the morning trawling data in relation to aged care in Australia and around the world.


Using SAP Lumira software, students created presentations that analysed the data that looked at trends and, in some cases, suggested solutions to emerging problems in this sector. One interesting aspect of the presentations was to see how each team identified different problems or proposed different solutions from the same sets of data. For example, Kew High School focussed on institutional aged care, whereas students from Box Hill High School (who won the high school division of the competition) focussed on at-home care.


By making their own presentation and watching others’, students were able to gain a deeper understanding of an emerging issue in Australia. Most pleasing was to see the smiles on the faces of the students as they left at close to 6:00 pm with comments on how much they’d enjoyed the challenging day.


Chris Paragreen

Information Technology Teacher


Sharing Our Happiness with Others

On Monday 28 August, an event called HAPPINESS HAPPENS, run by the International SRCs along with our peers’ support, was organised in the quadrangle as a fund-raising event.  We all deserve to be happy and a way to express happiness is through smiling. However, there are children who are born with cleft lips and palates who  temporarily  have their beautiful smiles  stolen. They suffer from being unable to smile, eat, drink and talk properly. By saying 'temporarily', we mean that it is possible to help those children bring back their beautiful smiles, by sharing our happiness with each other.


Operation Smile is a children’s medical charity that helps to improve the lives of children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities in developing countries. We wanted to spread the message of 'sharing is caring' and being happy across the globe so we chose Operation Smile Vietnam as the recipient of our donations.


On the day, a bake sale with variety of cupcakes was run. We also set up a station called 'Palm Painting' for students who were interested in getting their palm painted in their house colour on a canvas, to promote House Spirit - our focus for 2017.

Also, in a Year Seven Connect session, the students played 'Sticker Hunting'.  Stickers with specific labels, for example, happiness, balanced, grateful, lovely, were stuck around the school, which were to be found and written down on answer sheets by the students. Anyone who got at least 12 correct answers received a prize.


Quyen Linh LE

Year 12 International SRC Leader


Photo: Joshua Ruiz


As part of Unit 2 - Area of Study 2 (Marketing a Business) students  in Business Management worked in groups to create a school-based small business. This involved planning and running a business at school during an assigned lunchtime (Friday 8 September). Each group was responsible for the costs of running the business, and paying taxes for any marketing or equipment they used. The day was a huge success. Most groups were profitable and showed lots of enthusiasm! 


Gitana Tye

Business Management Teacher



Our annual International Student Night was held on Thursday 7 September in the VCE Centre.

We were more than happy to have many teachers, home stay families, and students to join us for the night, one in which we were able to get together as the International cohort and celebrate with performances arranged and delivered by students.


Although the weather was a little chilly, everybody enjoyed themselves with nice food and a cosy atmosphere.

The show commenced with a video that introduced the audience to all of the extracurricular activities that students are able to take part in including, the Gardening Project, EAL debating club, Music Club, and Basketball Club organised by the International Student Captains and Coordinators.


The first performance was by our International Music Club with their cover of Some Nights by Fun,  followed by a modern Korean dance cover by Sue, Kayley, Hayley, and Tammy from year 11 and 12. Vivian Jin was absolutely adorable with her song  Almost lover and her pink ukulele.

The audience was really enthusiastic and energetic, getting involved in the game of the night which consisted of two parts: Egg transporting and Wiggling . Everybody was thrilled to see a lot students as well as teachers participating in the game.


One of our international students, Christina Chen, performed at the General Assembly during Multicultural week with her Guzheng, together with Yolanda and Anna with their Pipas. They brought these to the night and shared with everybody a part of their culture with a very beautiful traditional Chinese song.

Year 12 and year 11 Vietnamese students sent to our year 12s a farewell gift with a meaningful Vietnamese song Tam Biet Nhe – See you Again  accompanied by our two guitarists and pianist.  


Next up, year 11s Stephanie, Summer, and Iris performed a medley dance cover of three songs, which ended our night with a dynamic performance that received the loudest cheer from our audience.

Despite the show concluding early, everybody had a very good time enjoying  the student performances and the games.


We would like to send a very special thank you to our International Student Coordinators Ms Yang and Mrs Valentine for  enabling us to have such a wonderful celebration every year.


Helen Vu and Gary Li

International Student Captains



Participating in the Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball tournament earlier this year was an unforgettable experience. For me, it was the first time and I had so much fun, spending the whole weekend with friends and doing something that I really enjoy, volleyball. Being a first timer, I was able to watch older year levels participate in the event and learn from them. Even though at times our team got a bit lost in the stadium, the event was still so enjoyable.

 I really liked playing other schools as I had only played teammates at practices before the tournament. All the other teams played fairly and no issues occurred during play which made the whole experience so much better. Not just playing games, but sitting on the sideline cheering on our teammates was also one of my favourite parts of the weekend. Having the support from my team made the tournament so much fun and memorable.


Playing in the VSC three-day tournament is an event that I suggest to all, as the experience is one of the best I’ve had. You have so much fun, playing volleyball with your friends and you really enjoy every second of the event. Win or lose, I had a lot of fun at this remarkable event.


Anneke Slater

Year 7