KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin

02 May 2018
Issue Five
A Message from the Principal
A Message from the Head of Prep School
Staffing News
Student Awards
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

Term 2 Week 1

Welcome to the new Term. It is a beautiful time of year in Orange as the majestic colours of Autumn brighten our spirits. I hope you all were able to enjoy some special time together over the break and it is heartening to see so many of our students return excited by the challenges and opportunities before them.

Last term concluded with a highly successful Camps Week where our students engaged in a plethora of different experiences including Camps in Music, Year 7 and Cadets, Year 12 retreat, Community Service and Work Experience. I received many positive reports from staff and members of the broader community regarding the success of the activities and the positive contribution made by a number of students. A senior citizen wrote of the care and compassion shown by one of our senior students describing them as kind and considerate and an outstanding ambassador for Kinross Wolaroi.

Camps and activities provide a marvellous opportunity for students to face challenge, demonstrate initiative, responsibility and trust, to build friendships and to show care for others. I am delighted to say the very great majority of students take full advantage of this opportunity, greatly enjoying the activities and contributing to the positive experience of others.

Over the holiday period Mr Begg, along with three other members of staff, Miss Stammer, Miss Moshkanbaryans and Mr Ryan, took a group of our students to Arnhem Land – a vast wilderness area situated in the northeast corner of the Northern Territory to visit Aboriginal communities. This immensely valuable experience enabled our students to learn about the lives and culture of our indigenous Australians and will contribute significantly to their overall world view and understanding of social and cultural differences. The journey was an outstanding success and I very much look forward to our students’ presentation at Assembly in the coming weeks.

Our camps and activities demand a great deal of effort from staff who put in a considerable amount of work to arrange, manage and support these experiences. I am most grateful for their dedication and willingness to undertake these responsibilities – thank you.

During the last week of the break, our nation commemorated ANZAC Day, a day dedicated to the acknowledgement of the great sacrifice made by so many Australians and New Zealanders who served their nations in times of conflict to protect the liberty we enjoy today. Nearly 200 of our students represented KWS at the Orange Commemoration and I thank them and our staff for the manner in which they represented the School.

Across the seas, upon the foreign fields where many young men lost their lives in times of war, similar commemorations were held at ANZAC Cove and in France at Villers – Bretonneux. On April 25 Australia’s newest museum, the Sir John Monash Centre – a tribute to the men and women of World War I was opened at Villers – Bretonneux by the Australian and French Prime Ministers.

Inspiration from Monash the man and Monash the place

If the opportunity arises, I am looking forward to visiting the Sir John Monash Centre which opened in Villers-Bretonneux. Why? Because it has been designed to respectfully engage with all, especially to younger audiences with no knowledge or comprehension of the horror of World War One’s Western Front. I understand that it is told with the laconic Australian wit through the eyes of the individuals who were there. Their own voices through letters, diaries and life-size images connect them with the places where they fought and died. It is done highly effectively using an array of technology and imagery. Here at Kinross Wolaroi we continually explore the most effective approaches to teaching and learning. That’s why we have engaged a highly regarded specialist, Mrs Serena Lewis in a newly created position since the start of the School year. It is important for all of our educators to be up to date with the best approaches to engage with children and youth and accordingly we invest in the continual professional development of all of our staff.

Another reason I’m interested is because of the qualities of the man himself. He was one of the principal organisers on our annual observance of ANZAC Day and is a truly great Australian. Monash was an unlikely hero: a middle aged German Jew who fought the German army. Additionally, he had battles within his own army, one made up of egalitarian Australian volunteers seeking opportunities to undermine him because of his European heritage. Instead his personal resilience and inclusiveness of British aristocracy gave him opportunities to exhibit his skills in military strategy. As commander of the Australia Corps he is credited with the plan that led to the eventual break-through on the Western Front leading to the conclusion of war on November 11, 1918. As a tribute to his achievements and tactical success he was knighted by King George V, our Queens’ father, as well as receiving high level recognition from the British, Belgians and Americans. He epitomises the values that this School strives to instil in its students and its staff; courage, commitment, inclusiveness, resilience and respect. A small demonstration of our commitment to such values was evidenced during the recent break where all our non-teaching staff were trained in resilience but of course there are many more examples.

When he returned to Australia, Lieutenant General Sir John Monash lived in Victoria where he led the restructure on the State's electricity system, founded the first Rotary Club, and was the Vice Chancellor of Melbourne University. A man of great character and an outstanding role model; little wonder nearly 300,000 people attended his funeral in 1931!

Fundraiser for Dr Steven Paterson - MAMIL

Thursday 17th May at 6.30pm 
Many of the School community will already know that Dr Peterson was recently critically injured after his bicycle was hit by a motor vehicle. Dr Peterson is the physician who has previously provided medical services to KWS Cadet activities. The community at large have joined together with a number of fundraising events and support groups set up to assist Steve and his young family. A movie fundraiser has been scheduled for Thursday 17th May at 6.30pm at Odean 5 in Orange. A link for tickets is below:


CIS Softball

Lochlan Birchall and Jack Besgrove recently represented CIS at the NSW Schools Championships in Sydney at the Blacktown International Sports Park. Part way through the first game against Combined High Schools Lochie was sent in to play at 1st base -a position he hadn’t played for 6 years.  Later in the game Lochie and Jack played alongside each other against a team entirely made up of either Australian or NSW Representative players. I am informed that KWS has never had boys represented in CIS Softball. What a fantastic achievement, boys! Congratulations. 


CIS and AICES Hockey

Congratulations to Philippa Mannix and Phoebe Litchfield who have been selected in the Girls U16 CIS and AICES Hockey teams, and also to Jemma Luelf for her selection in the AICES Hockey team. We look forward to hearing the results after their games are played in June.

Philippa Mannix recently represented the NSW Blues Team at the Under 18 National Championships, held in Tasmania earlier last month. This is an extraordinary achievement, given that Philippa is two years under age. Well done, Philippa!


NSW Representative Hockey and Cricket

Last week, Phoebe Litchfield had reason to celebrate another achievement. She was named the Co-Captain of the NSW Under 15 Girls Field State Team and then led the team to a Gold Medal victory over their rival Victorian team. Supporters enjoyed a nail-biting match which was played in the Illawarra Hockey Stadium, Wollongong. The game ended in a sudden death goal for the NSW team. Congratulations, Phoebe on such an outstanding achievement, particularly in light of her Cricket success earlier in the year where she was Captain of the Under 15’s NSW team. The team who also won Gold at the National Championships. Phoebe was named runner up Player of the Series and was also selected in the Australian Under 15s Cricket Squad!

At the recent Opens NSW School Cricket Championships, Phoebe was selected in the Open NSW Cricket Honours Team.


Term Dates 2019


A Message from the
Head of Prep School

Term 2 Week 1

Dear Parents,

As always the students have returned refreshed and eager to start another term.  Their excitement in catching up with friends and their teacher is always a pleasure to see. 

We welcome back Mrs Richelle Coote from maternity leave on Year 1 and welcome Mrs Nicole Caro who is our Prep Librarian this term as Mrs Nicole Deans takes long service leave.

This term is short in duration but big on happenings both inside and outside of the classroom.

Winter sport begins this week with 28 teams competing across netball, hockey, football and rugby. As you can imagine this demands a great deal of organisation and to ensure its success thanks go to Mrs Lou Barrett (MIC Sport) Mrs Lisa Pengilly (MIC Netball) and Mrs Bernie Sharpe (MIC Football).  Many thanks also to our parents who are coaching and managing teams. Your assistance is pivotal to the success of sport in the Prep.

While on sport, our Inter-House Cross Country Carnival takes place next Tuesday 8th May 2018.  Parents are welcome, indeed encouraged to attend.  All information is on FROG.

Last term we finished with our Inter-House Athletic Carnival.  The students’ willingness to compete in as many races as possible, the spirit in which they competed and the support from staff, parents and students made for an outstanding carnival.  Congratulations to Mrs Barrett for again organising this event for the students.

Thanks are also extended to the students and staff who represented the school at the Anzac March and Service.  To have 87 students involved was a wonderful reflection on the importance of the day to so many Australians.  The students were excellent ambassadors in very warm conditions.  Thank you also to the parents and staff in attendance who provided regular fluid intake for the students.

Our P&F Association kindly donated funds to purchase seating for our students in the undercover and assembly areas.  These provide better seating for students, especially as winter approaches.  We greatly appreciate the generosity of the P&F and thank them for making our environment even better.

The following students were acknowledged last term:

  • Courtesy Award –Week 11 Disha Prasad (Kindergarten)
  • Citizenship Award – Week 11 – Harriet Johnston (Kindergarten)
  • Principal’s Award – Week 11 - Harper Purvis (Kindergarten)

From next Friday 11th May 2018 Mrs Kennewell will be taking a well-deserved long service leave break.  We welcome Mrs Ruth Edwards, who many of you know from the Secondary School administration.  We wish Mrs Kennewell a wonderful break and extend a warm welcome to Mrs Edwards.

Ms Ann-Margaret Gunther also takes long service leave from Monday 14th May 2018.  Ms Belinda Ferguson will step into the Director’s role while Ms Kate Walker and Ms Prue Freeth will be covering pre-prep duties.

I look forward to a most rewarding and fulfilling term.

Enjoy your week.

Mr Rob McLean

Head of the Preparatory School

Staffing News

A message from Dr Parry regarding the retirement of Bev West, Head of Senior School


Term 2 Staffing Changes

Mrs Trin Graham – Long Service Leave

During Mrs Trin Graham’s Long Service Leave in Term 2, some variation to staff arrangements will take place. Mr Bruce Kerridge will be taking on the RE Coordinator position for Term 2.


Miss Alice Bowman – Long Service Leave cover

Miss Bowman will join the Kinross Wolaroi team in taking on the teaching of Mrs Graham’s classes. Miss Bowman was identified as a Targeted Graduate, and completed her Masters Practicum in English teaching at KWS in 2015. She was awarded a Masters of Education from the University of Sydney in 2015.


Miss Sophie Fardell – MIC Netball and Basketball and PDHPE Teacher

Miss Fardell has been appointed to the position of MIC of Netball and Basketball (boys and girls). She will also be teaching PDHPE. Miss Fardell has a Bachelor of Exercise Science and is about to complete her Bachelor of Teaching. Miss Fardell is accredited to teach PDHPE, Community and Family Studies (CAFS) and Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR) and brings a wealth of experience to her MIC positions, as a current 1st grade Netball player, coach of the KWS 1sts Netball side, former coach of the Orange State League Netball side, and a former Australian Schools Netball player.


Mrs Amy Laing – Maternity Leave – from Term 2

Mrs Amy Laing will be on Maternity Leave from Terms 2 to 4, 2018. Whilst on Maternity Leave, Mrs Laing’s classes will be taken by Mrs Emma le Couteur, who will also take Mrs McCalman’s Year 10 English class. We welcome back Mrs Le Couteur, who is well known to us as she has been involved in the KWS community for many years.


Mr Bryan Thomas – Long Service Leave

Mr Thomas will be taking Long Service Leave from 14th May to 16th June. Mr Hull will be taking Mr Thomas’s classes and fulfilling the role of Acting Head Tutor of Dean House.


Miss Edwina Bishop – Admissions Officer

Prior to commencing with KWS, Miss Bishop worked as a Personal Assistant at digital design company Rufus Leonard in London. She has extensive experience in Marketing and Engagement having worked as an Account Executive at Bang Public Relations and a Marketing Assistant at Pernod Ricard Australia. Miss Bishop holds a Bachelor of Communications and Business with a major in Public Relations from Bond University.


Mrs Angela Martin – Main Office Reception

Mrs Martin has been appointed to cover the Reception duties for Term 2. Mrs Martin and her family have recently relocated from Sydney and most recently worked as an Administration Assistant for Child First Therapy in Pymble. Prior to this she held various Personal Assistant roles at PWC and Consultation Firm Spencer Stuart.

Returning Staff

Graeme Walters – from LSL 

Mr Graeme Walters returns to us from Long Service Leave. Thanks to Ms Mel Schroeder for taking Mr Walters’ classes whilst he was on leave. Thank you also to Mr Paul Tierney for covering Mr Walters’ Timetable role during Term 1.


A very warm welcome to our new and returning staff.


The Link between Wellbeing and Academic Success in Students

There is a growing body of research on the correlation between positive wellbeing and academic success in students. Recently I read an overview of a report released by PISA last year: Students’ Well-Being PISA Results 2015. This report is the first OECD PISA report that analysed students’ performance in school, their relationships with peers and teachers, their home life and how they spend their time outside of school. The report findings are based on a questionnaire that the approximately 540,000 students in 72 participating countries completed in addition to the main OECD PISA 2015 Survey on science, mathematics and reading.

For Australian students some of the key wellbeing related outcomes include:

  • 68% of Australian teenagers said they feel very anxious about tests even if they are well-prepared, compared with an average of 55.5% of students across OECD countries
  • nearly 47% of Australian students say they get very tense when they study, higher than the average of 37%
  • Girls were far more likely to experience anxiety, with nearly 74% saying they worry about getting poor grades, compared with 57% of boys.

These findings help demonstrate how important it is that schools, along with parents, help students to develop their wellbeing and resilience. Together teachers, schools and parents can make a real difference to children’s wellbeing.

However, as a parent and educator, I often find the plethora of information and resources simply overwhelming!! Below are links to three different organisations that have a range of simple to read, practical resources that may be of use.


ReachOut is Australia's leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. They offer practical support, tools and tips to help young people and their parents get through anything from everyday issues to tough times.

Our school was lucky enough to form a partnership with ReachOut at the start of this year. In March the organisation came to our school for a photoshoot and a ReachOut consultant delivered a Professional Development session to the Wellbeing Team on mental health in rural students. The link below will take you to the updated Reachout website that now features our school.


KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing initiative for primary schools and early childhood education. It is a framework that helps staff, parents and carers to work together to create settings that better support children’s social and emotional wellbeing needs. They have some excellent resources on their website and our Preparatory School currently utilises many of these in their day-to-day school activities.

Student Wellbeing Hub

The Student Wellbeing Hub provides information and resources for students, teachers and parents to assist them to create and maintain a safe and welcoming school environment. It is guided by the National Safe Schools Framework, with resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum. The Student Wellbeing Hub has been developed by Education Services Australia for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

It is my strong belief that students who feel part of a school community, who enjoy good relations with their teachers and parents, are more likely to perform better academically and be happier with their lives. I hope that you may find some of these resources useful.


Emma Bylsma
Head of Student Wellbeing

Student Awards

Assembly Awards

Merit Awards

KK: Week 11 - Andie Zinga, Benjamin Howe, Claire Harrison, Sebastian Marquez, Benny Barber, Alice Jones.
1C: Week 11 - Louis Blyth, James Jones, Vivian Meates, Harry Oldroyd, Zaro Jalal, Jack Kenny.
IW: Week 11 - Andrew Bell, Meckenzie Flowers, Charlie Haydon, Benjamin Knight, Aston Lett, Nicholas Balcomb.
2E: Week 11 - Xavier Zinga, Samuel Commins, Aurora Everett, Arad Safeer.
4F: Week 11 - Austin Schaapveld, Kaitlin Smith, Daniel Lord.

4P: Week 11 - Spencer Johnston, Caitlin Reid, Spencer Williams.
5M: Week 11 - Hannah Jones.

Courtesy Points

Lovely Manners: Week 11 - Lucinda Nash, Mia Martin, Harry Price, Elijah Cunningham, William Ward, Phoebe Hunter, Spencer Johnston, Saxon Haynes, Benny Barber, Lucia Varian, Alexandra Whitehead, Samuel Commins, Andrew Bell, Aston Lett.

Lovely Greetings: Week 11 - Maddison Lawry, Samuel Marvasti, Lara Wheelhouse, Harry Madigan, Krishan Kandeepan, Thomas McRae.

Excellent Behaviour: Grace Hansen.

Citizenship Points

Wearing Uniform with Pride: Week 11 - Samuel Martin.

Helpfulness: Week 11 - Meckenzie Flowers, James Hulme, Issac Marvasti, Archer Fielding, Caitlin Reid, Hamish Slack-Smith, William Steventon, Honor Tyrrell, Bridget Horne, Aurora Everett, Andrew Bell, Benjamin Knight.

Initiative in the Classroom: Cameron Hoskin.

Being Kind: Week 11 - Thomas Robson, Harriett Johnston, Sebastian Marquez, Isabella Lloyd-George, and Emma Aldersey.

Prep Performing Arts Press

Co-curricular Ensembles

Ensembles will resume as normal this week.

Dates for your Diary

Thurs 14 June – Prep Performing Arts Concert 5.30pm

Mrs K Sinclair
Prep Music Co-ordinator

Prep Sports News

Winter Sport

Training for Winter Sport will commence tomorrow Wednesday 2 May. All training session days and times are as per the Winter Bulletin. This is available on Frog.

Most teams will train once a week ONLY (exceptions are for U11/U12 Rugby, U11/U12 Netball).

Mondays 3.30-4.30pm: U12 Open Hockey teams. U11/U12 Rugby, U9 Rugby.

Wednesdays 3:30–4:30pm: All Football teams, All Netball teams, U12 Rugby, U11 Rugby - optional

Friday mornings 7.45-8.30am: U12 Football Mariners, Netball: U11 Kestrels, U12 Hawks, U12 Falcons & U11 Netball Firebirds - optional.

All parents will be required to fill in their children’s online sport registrations with NSW for legal and parental sign-offs (Hockey, Football, and Netball). All registrations details can be found on Team App under the relevant sports. Please see start dates below. These are also in the bulletin.


Starting match dates:

  • Football: Saturday 5th May
  • Netball: Saturday 5th May
  • Hockey: Wednesday 2nd May (Open Primary)
  • Rugby 12’s: Saturday 5th May
  • Rugby U9’s: Sunday 6th May

Team App

All parents will need to be registered with Team App as this is KWS Prep main source of communication throughout the season. This is where all draw information, draw changes, wet weather information, team selections etc will be found. Notifications can be pushed out directly to mobile phones, so is very important all parents sign up. The app is free to download from the app store. Please create an account, then look up your child’s Sport, then team and also request “parents”. No children are to sign-up.

KWS Prep Football

KWS Prep Hockey

KWS Prep Rugby

KWS Prep Netball

Prep Athletics Carnival

All results and details will be published in the next newsletter. A copy of the carnival results can be found on the Frog Prep Sport page: athletics.

Sport Dates for your Diary

8 May: Prep Cross Country Carnival

18 May: WAS Cross Country

29 May: HICES Cross Country

Mrs Louise Barrett

KWS Prep Sport & PE Co-ordinator

Upcoming Events

Pre-Prep Open Day

Our Pre-Prep Open Day is on this Thursday 3 May at 9.30am.


Prep School Information Evening

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


Meet the Principal

We warmly invite past, present and future KWS families to attend a function to meet the Principal, Dr Andrew Parry and Director of Boarding, Mr Matthew Curran.



Friday 4 May 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Dubbo Milestone Hotel, 195 Macquarie Street



Saturday 5 May 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Bourke Bridge Inn, 4 Bogan Street


To attend these functions, please book online using the links above, or refer to our website. For enquiries, please phone Emma on 02 6392 0303.

If you know of any families considering KWS, please feel free to pass this information on to them.

Building Resilient Children

Peer Support Australia is inviting parent in Orange and the Central West to a free information evening, placing them face-to-face with Andrew Fuller, Australia’s leading expert in building resilience and mental wellbeing in children.


Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018 from 7pm–9pm

Location: Orange Ex-Services' Club, 231-243 Anson Street, Orange, NSW 2800


During the evening Andrew will cover:

  • The causes of anxiety, depression and stress in children
  • Methods children and parents can use to approach challenges and conflict
  • Approaches parents can take to build their child’s resilience, friendship skills, and overall happiness.

The evening will end with a Q&A session, giving attendees the chance to raise specific questions and concerns for Andrew to offer his expertise. For more information about this event or to register your attendance, please visit Peer Support Australia's event page.



A reminder to all families with children in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 that NAPLAN tests will be held 15 May to 17 May.

Year 3 and 5 students are to follow the instruction of their teachers and Year 7 & 9 students must go promptly to the DPA at 8.45am. NAPLAN tests should be finished by recess.

Students need to ensure that they bring 2B pencils and sharpener. Year 7 & 9 students need to bring a working calculator on Thursday 17 May as well as blue/black pens for the writing task.

Students who miss the tests between 15 to 17 May will need to sit catch-up tests on Friday. No mobile phones or smart watches that can access the internet will be allowed in the testing rooms.

For more information please refer to the letter sent 12 March 2018 or get in touch with me.

Yooie Choi

Head of Student Academic Services

Parent Teacher Interviews

A new way of booking for Parent Teacher Interviews will be introduced to the Prep School from Term 2. Parents with students in the secondary school will be familiar with the PTO (Parent Teacher Online) system which will be introduced into the Prep School.
Parent Teacher interviews will be on Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 June and bookings can be made for 3:30 – 6:45pm on either of the days but not both.

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

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

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

Mrs G Kennewell

School Photo Day

The Prep School Photo Day is on Thursday May 10. All students will be photographed as individuals and in their class. The information on how to order the photos will come to you from the photographers Cliff Dykes Photography. All students should come to school in full winter uniform and bring PE clothes if required.

A family photo is optional for families who want to purchase them. Family photos are taken only of those who have returned the special Family Package Order Form with money before May 10.

The family photos will be taken during the lunch break to minimise disruption to class schedules (12:55 – 1:45 pm) and to allow siblings from the secondary school to be part of the photo. Parents are asked to organise the secondary siblings to come to the Prep School to be included in the photo during the lunch break.
Mrs Sue Houston

ICAS Competitions

A reminder that the nomination forms for ICAS were due in this week, please forward any outstanding forms prior to Friday 4 May. The competitions will take place as follows:

June 14 – Writing
July 31 - English
August 14 – Mathematics
Mr Mark Pritchard

Lego Donations

Year 3 are doing a stem unit of work on Built Environments. We would love any donations of Lego that you are no longer using to assist with our Science unit. If you have any that you would like to donate would you mind sending it into the front office, we would be extremely grateful.

Gemma Seedsman

Diary Dates

May 2 – Winter Sport training commences
May 2 – 12’s Hockey commences
May 3 – Pre-Prep Open Day
May 4 – HICES Netball Day
May 5  - 12’s Rugby
May 6  - 9’s & 11’s Rugby
May 8 – Prep Cross Country
May 9 – HICES Debating Round 4
May 10  - Prep School Photo Day
May 11 – Year 3 Mothers’ Day Breakfast
May 13 – KWS Prep Rugby Gala Day
May 15 – Assembly 3R - Gym
May 15 – 18 Year 6 Canberra excursion
May 15 – 17 Naplan Years 3 & 5
May 18 – WAS Cross Country
May 21 – Prep Information Evening
May 22  - Assembly 2H DPA
May 25 – Musica Viva Performance for Years 4-6

Mrs G Kennewell

KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin
Term Dates 2019.pdf
Letter from Dr Andrew Parry - Retirement of Head of Senior School.pdf