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.