KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin

28 November 2018
Issue Eighteen
A Message from the Principal
A Message from the Head of Prep School
A message from our Chaplain
Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning
Assembly Awards
The Regional Engagement Enterprise
Information and Communications Technology
Prep Performing Arts Press
Prep Sports News
Upcoming Events
Kinross Wolaroi School
(02) 6392 0300
59-67 Bathurst Road
Orange, New South Wales, 2800

A Message from
the Principal

Showcase Events

We have recently staged two outstanding Showcase evenings that have featured presentations and exhibitions of some remarkable Year 10 iSTEM major works and projects undertaken in the TREE program.

iSTEM Exhibition

The exhibition of our Year 10 iSTEM projects displayed the work of our inaugural class in the subject, one that is seen as highly relevant for our students in the 21st Century. iSTEM (Innovation, Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is seen as an excellent vehicle to develop skills our students will need as they embark upon their careers in a rapidly changing professional landscape.

As national and global economies experience change and significant digital disruption, as technology and automation reshape industry and employment, our students must be equipped with the skills for this Brave New World that they will encounter. Research from Oxford University and Price Waterhouse Coopers shows that 44 percent (5.1 million) of current Australian jobs are at high risk of being affected by computerization and technology over the next 20 years. For our national economy to be productive and meet the needs of Australians, we need a skilled and innovative workforce fit for the future.

 iSTEM fosters the broad skills to equip our students for this challenge. Critical thinking and problem solving, analytical capabilities, curiosity and imagination, all of which have identified as critical survival skills for the future were amply evidenced in our student projects.

The evening was a marvellous success and the quality of design, creativity and skill demonstrated by our students was outstanding. Many staff, students and parents attended and all were greatly impressed by the quality and diversity of the projects on display. Well done Year 10 and a special thank you to their teachers Mr David de Bruyn and Mr Tony Zola for what was a superb exhibition.

TREE Celebration of Learning

A fabulous event was recently held in the DPA to show-case the myriad of TREE projects that have been undertaken in every subject in the School over 2018. Our ‘student interns’ also presented their learning and engagement to the gathering of over 180 members of our community, who enjoyed some or our school grown fare – including ham, sausages, omelettes and salads. Our Show teams were on deck speaking about their experiences with the Cattle and Sheep teams and it was tremendous to see their enthusiasm and hear of the great understanding and knowledge they possess in their chosen field. I for one learned a great deal from our students during the evening. TREE had a project in every year and subject for K-Yr 11 and there were only five school calendar days in 2018 that did not have a project running.

The passion and joy of our students explaining and showcasing their work highlighted what a marvellous success this program has been. It is quite remarkable what has been achieved in the first 18 months and testament to the outstanding leadership of the program Director, Tom Riley and his team. I congratulate our students and staff for so enthusiastically embracing this nation leading educational initiative and to the TREE team of Mr Tom Riley, Mrs Jody Haydon, Mrs Mel Meek, Mrs Robyn Youll and Mrs Toni Bilton thank you for your marvelous enthusiasm hard work and passion for the project. The manner in which TREE has been embraced by the teaching staff reveals their drive for innovation, creativity and strong desire to assist our students in their learning. It is a great credit to them.

Parents’ and Friends’ Association

There are opportunities for our parents and caregivers to be involved in many of the rich and varied experiences we offer at Kinross Wolaroi. One of these opportunities exists through serving our P and F Association.

This association enables parents and caregivers to be involved with school events and initiatives, whilst providing a platform for involvement within the Kinross Wolaroi community. Our families of Kinross Wolaroi are an essential part of our School community and I would encourage anyone, if they are able, to take part in the rich life of the School.

At present, the P and F team are working on our very own ‘Kinross Wolaroi School Cookbook’. This is a fantastic social and community enterprise bringing our entire school community, both past and present together. If you would like to be involved, whether that may be by submitting a recipe, offering your professional or personal skill set, or even assisting with recipe testing, please copy the following link into your web browser for more information:


2018 has been a highly productive, busy and successful year for KWS, one that has seen considerable review and implementation of new programs.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope you are able to spend some special time with family and friends. Christmas affords a special opportunity to remember the Christmas story, the story about the birth of Christ and the hope he brings to the millions who follow him. St John tells us that in this man was life. And that his life was the light for all mankind, and that he came with grace, truth and love.

Have a wonderful holiday.
Merry Christmas.


Dr Andrew Parry 

A Message from the
Head of Prep School

Term 4 Week 7

The students are most excited this week leading to the various camps. While some are a little fearful of the unknown once the activities start and they experience the fun and enjoyment of outdoor education the fears will have been but a distant memory.

Next week is our final week of the term with our Celebration Assembly on Tuesday December 4 and Speech Day on Wednesday the 5th.

For Celebration Assembly the children can arrive at normal time or arrive at 9:40 with their parents.

This is our final Prep assembly for the year where we reward effort across academic, citizenship and courtesy while also announcing our Prefects, House Captains for 2019 and the Speech Day winners.

Our Strings and Band along with the 5/6 choir will perform as well as a special farewell song from Year 6 – you’ll love it!

The Celebration Assembly will finish at about 11:30am which concludes our year in the Prep School except for the Speech Day recipients who must attend on the Wednesday to receive their prize. This is a K-12 assembly again starting at 10am and will finish around 11:45am. This event is only compulsory for those in the Prep receiving awards.

Should you have any queries please contact the Prep Office for details.

Reports will be sent home at the end of next week with details about classes for 2019 following soon after.

May I take this opportunity to thank each and every family for their support of the Prep this year. It is greatly appreciated and without your support we would not have such a great school. Thank you


Enjoy your holidays.


Mr Rob McLean

Head of the Preparatory School

A message from our Chaplain

Christ the King

This liturgical feast day is celebrated on the last Sunday of the Church calendar. Next Sunday is the start of Advent, a time of preparing for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Christ the King has never really done much for me. I’ve never been a monarchist so that could explain it. Nevertheless, Christ the King was instituted in 1925 when post-WWI Europe was becoming powerfully secular and atheist. The feast day was to remind people that their loyalty was owed in the first place to God.

The Book of Revelation is not an easy book of the Bible to understand on account of its cosmic, apocalyptic visions. It begins as a letter addressed from “him who is and who was and who is to come” and from “Jesus Christ… the rulers of the kings of the earth.” It then launches into a prediction of the second coming at which time all people will recognise the true God. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” If my students wrote an opening paragraph as engaging I’d be stoked.

The other reading for Christ the King is from the Gospel of John. It is the exchange between Pilate and Jesus. Jesus claims that his kingdom is not of this world. If it were, he says, “my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over.” On the surface, Jesus’ kingdom present no threat to Pilate or Roman governance. The truth was, however, that the kingdom was, in part, already in existence. That is why in the same conversation Jesus states “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world.”

The passages of scripture were selected in 1925 for a particular reason. For the post-WWI people, they are reminders of loyalty to God rather than to earthly powers and the oppression of nihilistic philosophy. For the early Church in the opening centuries of Christian living, they convey encouragement, strength and certainty in God in a time of persecution by the Romans authorities. For us, it is a reminder that we belong to the Truth and to listen to His voice over the din of media sensationalism and deceit. In our multicultural, multi-faith, global nation, we are encouraged to answer the call of the one God “who was, is and will be” to restore humanity and heal our environment. The kingdom is subversive and it grows through our individual efforts.

Although the feast of Christ the King concludes the liturgical year, may the message of these readings provide for you a context for Christmas. The birth of Jesus is the beginning of the narrative, not the narrative in itself. May the celebration of God’s Word being incarnate in order to enter our history, be a celebration of all that God has called us to be.  


CamKids is the name given to the School’s major social justice fundraising initiative. Raised funds are given to The Cambodian Children’s Charity (CamKids). Camkids works with local communities in Cambodia offering support to families through the provision of nutritional, medical and educational support. Each year, students of Kinross Wolaroi aim to raise US$10,000 for CamKids to ensure the ongoing education of 96 children who attend school in the impoverished province of Kampong Speu. For further information about the charity and the work they do, view their website:

Earlier in the Term, Sally Uttley and her friends (Yr11) saw the opportunity to run a Fundraising BBQ in a family’s garden during the Millthorpe Garden Ramble. The beautiful sunny days meant lots of people were out and about and the students did a fantastic job feeding the many garden ramblers. By the end of the second day $1270.00 was raised for Camkids.

This tremendous outcome would not have been possible without the assistance of the Uttley family, Sally, and her host of volunteers: Bella Adams, Declan Kelly, Ethan Rutherford, Felix Mitchell on the Saturday and Georgie Haigh, Gidget Hall and Lew Connick on the Sunday. Paul Tierney (KWS Head of McLachlan) and Steve Harris (KWS parent) were also generous with their time at the bbqs. 

The appreciation of CamKids for the efforts of the School community is not insignificant. The BBQ has enabled the School to meet its target despite the drought and the low currency exchange rate against the US dollar. The funds raised go directly to CamKids. There is no middle-man or administration costs. Money will purchase for students, uniforms, shoes, bags, resources (such as they are!), teachers’ salaries, bicycles for students who need them, spare parts and repairs for the next school year.

At the end of this Term, twelve students of the new Year 12 cohort and two staff (Ms Cole and Mr Whitehead) will visit Cambodia. They will spend a week at the CamKids school in Kampong Speu teaching English, Art and Sporting Activities. They will tend the School garden and contribute to work around the School as required. Due to changes in the climate, the rice crop that supplies the staff’s annual staple is late in maturing, so it appears that our students will be spared of harvesting the rice this year.

On behalf of CamKids, I extend my thanks to all who have contributed to the raising of funds over the course of 2018 for this worthy act of mission, charity and service.


Pastor Phil Worrad 


Managing grief in the Festive Season

For many families the festive season is a time when we traditionally come together with family and loved ones, but for some this time emphasises the people missing, as much as those who are present. Managing grief in young children and/or adolescents during this period can be challenging, particularly as the prevailing mood all around is one of festivity and joy. While every child/adolescent reacts differently, a lot of children find this time difficult. This may have been a time they usually spent with the person they have lost, so it’s completely normal for them to feel sad.

There are things that you as an adult can do that might help:

  • Allow your child some time out to feel sad and think about the person they loved.
  • Spend some time thinking about all the things you both liked about the person and perhaps write a list.
  • Do something that you used to do all together.
  • Help your child to write a letter to that person.
  • Revisit a favourite spot where you all spent time together.
  • Share some of the family’s memories. Good memories of someone can give everyone strength at this difficult time.
  • Finally Seek help – if your child’s or adolescents feelings impact on their day-to-day life, their ability to ability to carry out normal tasks, you may want to consider seeking professional support.

The year has gone unbelievable fast and this will be the last Family Bulletin for 2018. I wish you all a safe and happy festive season and am really looking forward to working together with everyone in 2019.


Mrs Emma Bylsma 
Head of Student Wellbeing

Message from the Head
of Teaching and Learning

Orange 360 to Orange 2050

30 years ago, I was a teenager living in a ‘not so nice’ part of Kent in the UK. I attended a very large Comprehensive School and was studying really hard. I wanted to be an English Teacher. I assumed that I would finish school, go to University and come back to Kent – maybe even teach at the school in which I was enrolled as a student.

Fast forward 30 years, I am teaching English – but I’m not in Kent – I’m not even in England. I am in Australia – Orange to be precise – a beautiful city – but one I had never even heard of 30 years ago.

My point? A lot can happen and change in 30 years. 30 years ago, I had to use the family telephone if I wanted to chat to a friend – given that it was situated in the middle of the house there was no such thing as a private conversation! We had two televisions in the house and there was a total of 4 TV channels! This was pre the internet so there was no email; no social media; no Google; no YouTube. Where am I going with this – is it just nostalgia?

As part of the Regional Engagement Enterprise, (TREE), at the end of this year, our Year 8 Students will be embarking on a 4 day cross-curricular and soft-skill-building learning opportunity – Orange 2050. Working in their Tutor Groups, the students will be tasked with presenting a Showcase of their vision of what Orange will look like in 2050. What will it be known for? What will it look like in terms of population, business, leisure, recreation, residential? Will it still be a tourist destination? Of course, in order to really envisage what it might look like in 30 years’ time, our students will have to research where we have come over the last 30 years. What has changed in and about Orange since 1988? The students will need to engage in developing a range of really important skills – soft skills that will be very important in setting themselves up for their next 30 years!

They will need to work as a team and delegate responsibilities according to individuals’ and groups’ skill-sets; they will need to engage in some critical and creative thinking in both the nature of their research and the way in which they decide to present their ideas; they will need to organise their time and work their way through tasks sequentially and efficiently. This is going to be a real challenge for them, and their success will rely on their perseverance and persistence – their ‘grit’ as a Tutor Group. Did I mention that this was also a competition? House Dignity will be at stake!

In addition to these important life skills, the students will need to revise their curriculum skills and knowledge and ascertain how best to apply them as part of the problem solving. The most successful Tutor Groups will be those who most effectively utilise all of the skills amongst their teams. Creative Arts, Performing Arts. English, Maths, Science and Technology, Geography and History and even French, will all be part of the rich educational mix.

So, if you are the parent of a Year 8 student this year and you have some history with Orange, be prepared – be very prepared – you may be asked a few questions.


Mrs Serena Lewis
Head of Teaching and Learning

Assembly Awards

Merit Awards

KK: Week 6 - Benjamin Howe, Audrey Gaudin, Saxon Haynes, Claire Harrison, Milla O’Toole, Archie Bylsma, Harriett Johnston, Georgiana Saran.  

2H: Week 6 – Harrison Chapman, Anoushka de Brito, Ella Kerdic x 2, Eliza Lord, Charlotte Williams, Mitchell Perizzolo, Grace Schaapveld x 2, Sophie Caro, Lucas Choi, Harrison Fielding, Timothy Edwards, George Nash.

4P: Week 6 – Samuel Balcomb, Alice Scholte, Lucinda Reidy.

6H: Week 6 – Emma Aldersey, Charles Hansen, Simon Livermore, Lucia Varian, Daisy Wilson.

Courtesy Points

Lovely Manners: Week 6 – Alice Jones, Grace Schaapveld, Charlotte Williams, Elizabeth Croft, Luca Kotasthane, Simon Livermore.

Lovely Greetings: Week 6 – Mitchell Perizzolo, Charli Greatbatch.

Thinking of Others: Week 6 – James Hulme, Jessica McGreal, Disha Prasad.

School Values: Week 6 – Archie Bylsma.

Citizenship Points

Wearing Uniform with Pride:  Week 6 – Daniel Kerdic, Daisy Wilson.

Initiative in the Classroom: Week 6 – Zaro Jalal, Nina Smedley.

Being Kind: Week 6 – Mya McLachlan, Lucas Choi, Sophie Caro, Chloe Caro, Nicholas Balcomb, Aston Lett.

School Values: Week 6 – Harriett Johnston, Oscar Pigot.

The Regional Engagement Enterprise

It was great to see so many members of the community at our Celebration of Learning last week.

To find out more about the goings on in TREE please visit our blog or our Instagram page.

Instagram: Follow us @tree_kws

Year 4 Plastics and Sustainability

Year 4 have been studying plastics and sustainability for the past term. They have learned about the different types of plastics, what can be recycled and the danger of microplastics in our environment. Guest speaker from Envirocom, Chris Dart, provided a fun, interactive way for students to learn about reusing and recycling. The students then used this information to make models out of plastic and other rubbish to depict the problem of them on our marine wildlife and landfill issues in our world.


Year 5 Water Reticulation Project

Year 5 have spent the year learning about water. This recently ended in project-based learning activity where they had to design a reticulated water system that included a water catchment operation, filtration column and solar purifier for the plastic bottle greenhouse. Head down to the Prep School to see it in action!


Year 6 Managed Systems, Vertical Farming and Digital Technologies

Year 6 have spent Term 4 learning about managed systems, vertical farming (mealworm and cricket farming – protein for human consumption) and digital technologies. They have designed a managed system, tasted mealworms and crickets, and looked at the merits of water and resource management in integrated farming systems. Their unit finished with them coding soil moisture sensors with Year 9 IST students as an example of monitoring a controlled/managed system.

Mr Tom Riley 
Director of TREE

Information and Communications Technology

Frog Tip

What can I do when Frog says “You cannot run more than 4 applications concurrently”?

When you see this message (below) on your iPad/iPhone, click the quick launch icon (9 dots in the top RH corner of the screen), this will display all open Frog Windows plus some other features):

After clicking on the Quick Launch you will see at the bottom of the group of icons your open Frog Windows.  Click and hold the window you want to close, after about 1-2 seconds it will give you an option to close it.

Mr Darryn Marjoram
Director of Information Services, ICT

Prep Performing Arts Press

Dates for your diary

Monday 3 December 7:45am – Koristers rehearsal for KWS Carol Service                              

Tuesday 4 December 10am – Prep Celebration Assembly in the DPA

Students please note rehearsal times for the Celebration Assembly:

  • Prep Band – rehearsal in the DPA – 9am
  • Prep Strings – rehearsal in the DPA – 9.30am

Tuesday 4 December 6:30pm – KWS Carol Service in the DPA (Koristers to arrive at 5.30pm)

Term 1 2019

Week 2 Tuesday 5 February at 3.30pm - Prep chamber string group auditions (Year 5 & 6 only)
Students will be required to play a prepared piece and perform a sight-reading exercise. More details in Week 1 Term 1.


Week 3 – All Co-curricular groups to resume for the year.


Mrs K Sinclair
Prep Music Co-ordinator

2019 draft timetable for Prep and Secondary Performing Arts ensemble rehearsals

For selective ensembles: Students must attend the sign-up afternoon on Monday 4th February 2019 at 3.30-5pm in order to be placed in their relevant ensembles (senior musical auditions are in the weeks following).

Mrs Rebecca Choi
Performing Arts Administration

Prep Sports News

Summer Sport & 2019

Next year, Summer sport continues. Students stay in their groups (tennis, swimming, triathlon, cricket) with the exception of the touch football group that moves to basketball.

All touch football shirts need to be returned before students go on holidays. Years 3-5 return shirts to Mrs Fatai and Year 6 students to Mr Hordynsky.

Year 3 will stay together as a cohort to learn the skills of AFL.

Cricket resumes the first week back at school, U11 play 31 January. U12 & U13’s re-commence Saturday 2 February.

Training for all groups will commence on Monday 5 February, 2019.

All Summer Sport information and a copy of the bulletin can be found on FROG (Prep Sport / Summer Sport tab).

Parents are asked to sign up to TEAM APP

All the latest information and wet weather changes will be pushed out through this app. As most parents already have an account set up, go to FIND A TEAM and look up the following groups.

For Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football: KWS Prep Summer Sport

For Triathlon: KWS Prep Triathlon

For Cricket: KWS Prep Cricket

Sport Dates for your Diary

15 February: Prep Swimming Carnival

28 February: WAS Swimming Carnival, KWS Pool

6 March: HICES Swimming Carnival, SOPAC

20/21 March: CIS Swimming Carnival, SOPAC (tbc)

12 April: Prep Athletics Carnival


Mrs Louise Barrett

KWS Prep Sport & PE Co-ordinator

KWS Junior Swimming Squad

Registration for the KWS Junior Swimming Squad in 2019 are now open.

All new and existing members of the Junior Squads are required to complete the Registration Form below and return to the School prior to the start of Term 1 2019.

The form can be returned to the Learn to Swim Office or emailed to [email protected] .

The form must be signed by both the Student and Parents/Caregivers.

Jo Keown
KWS Swimming Co-ordinator

Swimming during the Holidays

KWS Squad Swimming for 2018 will cease on the 6th of December 2018, except the Performance Squad and the Challenge Squad, who have representative duties.  On December the 6th there will be only one squad session that will be in the morning. The Performance and Challenge programs will continue as normal until the 14th December – State Champs.

Following State Champs, all squads will break until the 8th of January 2019.  From the 8th to the 12th squads will be at 5:45am in the mornings and 4pm in the afternoon. There will be NO Transition or Pathways during this week. From the 14th January 2019 Performance and Challenge squad will be as normal, i.e.: 5:45am and 4:45pm.

From Monday the 14th January the Pathways squad will be swimming at 3.30pm on Monday to Thursday afternoons only. 

From Monday the 21st January, both Transition and Pathways will be swimming at 3:30pm, only.

Jo Keown
KWS Swimming Co-ordinator


Support for families during the Holiday break


ParentWorks is a free online program for Australian parents and caregivers of children 2 to 16.

It provides evidence-based parenting strategies to improve parenting skills, confidence and child behaviour. This means that the strategies in the program have been tested and found to work.

Parents and caregivers may find this program helpful for:

  • Managing challenging child behaviours such as tantrums, aggression, noncompliance, inattentive or hyperactive behaviour, sibling conflict, getting ready for school and/or bed, and behaviours outside the home, such as problems in the supermarket
  • Increasing their confidence in parenting
  • Working as a team with their partner

ParentWorks has been developed by a team of psychologists and researchers at the University of Sydney. For more information, visit website:


10 Tips to Stress Less during the holidays

Holidays are a time of festivities and good cheer. Many people look forward to spending time with loved ones and friends and sharing celebrations. For others this can be a time of stress, unhappiness and loneliness. The attached resource from Way Ahead, the Mental Health Information Service covers topics including managing relationships and stress.

Bec Anderson

School Counsellor - Registered Psychologist

Year 5 Carnivale

On Monday December 3, Year 5 will be hosting a Carnivale to raise money for Cancer Research. Children need to bring in loose change (no more than $5) if they would like to participate in the fun games and activities that Year 5 have created. Students are to wear sports uniform for this day.
Lisa Pengilly

K-2 Portrait Bags

There are a couple of bags available for sale if you missed out! $20 to Mrs Key and you can secure one of these limited edition items.
Carolyn Key
K-2 Co-ordinator

P&F News

Tonight Wednesday 28 November, 7pm in Wolaroi Mansion, is the last P&F meeting for 2018; please feel free to bring along something to celebrate!

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#.  [email protected]

Donna McIntyre

P&F Secretary

[email protected]

Uniting Out of School Hours Care 

Uniting Care will run Vacation Care for KWS parents over the holidays. Attached is an outline of the schedule and the dates available.

Also as the conclusion of our Celebration Assembly on Tuesday December 3 marks the end of the Prep year Uniting will have child care from 12pm on that day.

If you wish to register or would like more information please contact the supe

rvisor Tammie McClements on 0427 290 761 or [email protected]


Dates for your Diary

26 – 30 Nov – Outdoor Education Week
4 Dec – Celebration Assembly
4 Dec – Prep School year finished
5 Dec – Speech Day
30 Jan – 2019 Classes commence
Gail Kennewell

Shop News

We would like to encourage families to make their uniform appointments as soon as possible.

We would also like to wish our Students, Parents and Guardians a safe and happy holiday.

Merry Christmas!

Gail and Sharron in the KWS Shop

KWS Cookbook - Submit your recipes now!

We are so excited to be creating our very own cookbook and thank those who have already submitted their recipes and offered their support to the project! 

You can get involved with the project by submitting a recipe, joining the team to help with recipe testing and editing or by supporting the project through donations (in kind ingredients or skills).
With the festive season fast approaching, many of us have meal planning at the forefront of our minds - we encourage you to submit a recipe of your own via our website: 

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

Alison Karbowiak 

Canteen Sale

Please be advised that on Friday 30th November, Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December the Canteen is having an end of year sale on selected  food to run down the canteen stock items, as the 2018 school year is coming to a close.

Stephanie Griffiths

Upcoming Events

Christmas Carols Service


KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin
2019 Performing Arts Cocurricular Rehearsal Timetable.pdf
Swimming Timetable for January 2019.pdf
KWS Junior Squad Registration Form 2019.pdf
KWS Cookbook (December 2018).pdf
10 Tips to stress less in the Holidays.pdf
Uniting Enrolment Forms 2018.pdf
Uniting Vacation Care Nov 2018.pdf