King's News

22 September 2017
Issue Eight
From the Principal
Chaplain's Corner 
Junior Years
Middle Years
Senior Years
What's On
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From the Principal

Celebrating Term 3

It never ceases to amaze me how rich school life is at King’s College. As you read through this newsletter, you will get a picture of some of the activities that have occurred in the life of the College over the last month. King’s College offers some wonderful opportunities for students and it is a truly engaging environment to be part of.

 

The highlight this month would be the College production, Me and My Girl. This showcased many of our talented students, staff and musicians. Those catchy songs will no doubt be heard throughout the corridors here at school for months to come.  Many people were involved in putting this show together both behind the scenes and on the night. Congratulations in particular to, Andrew Philpot (Music Director), Jo Van Leerdam (Producer/Director) and Regina Kenna (Choreographer). Thank you to all involved, students, staff and parents.

 

Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending the Year 6 Melbourne Camp. The students visited many of our cultural and civic icons including State Parliament, the Aquarium, the Immigration Museum, the MCG and National Sports Museum. As well as spending time getting to know our Year 6 students, the other highlight would have been learning about Melbourne’s history and sailing on the Enterprize, a replica of John Pascoe Fawkner’s Schooner that sailed from Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1835 with the first permanent white settlers that started what was to become the City of Melbourne.

On Friday 8 September, Roma Britnell MP spent the morning at the College as part of the Principal for A Day program. Roma spoke that Assembly and met parents and students.  She also spoke to Year 6 students about their recent visit to Parliament and met with Middle Years student leaders about their resilience project. Through her involvement at King’s College, Roma came away with a greater understanding of Christian education.

Last week was R U OK Day, raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. Our Senior School student leaders helped facilitate the day, encouraging people to have meaningful conversations with others. Activities throughout the day included a sausage sizzle, a conversation corner and lunchtime Zumba classes. Students were encouraged to participate in the day by wearing something yellow with their school uniform.

It was great to end the term with positive highlights in the life of the College.

Allister Rouse

Principal

Satisfaction Surveys

As part of our ongoing commitment to continuously improving the College, we believe it is critical to seek each parent and student’s opinion on a range of issues relating to King’s College. Feedback is very important to us as we continue to build a successful school and strengthen our reputation as an ‘educator of choice’.  As such, we have engaged the professional services of MYP Corporation to undertake a strictly private and confidential School Results Survey on our behalf. Students in Year 5 to 12 and all parents will soon receive an email asking them to participate in this short survey. The survey should take approximately 10- 15 minutes and will need to be completed online between 9 October, 2017 and 20 October 2017. Please look out for this email and I encourage all parents to participate in this important process.

 

PE Uniform

Recently, I received a request from Year 8 Student Leaders to consider allowing students to wear their PE uniform to and from school on days when they have PE classes. The students felt that changing in and out of PE uniform each time had an impact on reducing the amount of class time for Physical Education lessons.  Students also felt that a change would assist parents with managing multiple uniforms.

 

After consideration by the College Executive Leadership Team, it has been agreed to trial a change for Term 4 this year. Under this trial we will allow students in Years 5 to 12 to:

  • Wear full official College PE uniform to school when they have a double period of PE before Recess, then change into full College uniform at Recess.
  • Wear full official College PE uniform home when they have a double period of PE after Lunch. In this case, students must come to school in full College uniform and change into PE uniform at lunchtime.

Non-official College PE uniform garments are not permitted to be worn to and from school.

 

Where students have double PE lessons between Recess and Lunch, they must come to school in full College uniform, change at Recess into PE uniform and then change back into College uniform at lunchtime.

 

If the PE uniform gets muddy during the day, students must get changed into their College uniform to go home.

 

At all other times, students must wear their full College uniform to and from school

Bring Your Own Device

As student learning needs change and as technology changes, we will be introducing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for students in Year 7 to 12 in 2018. This means that students will be free to choose, within certain specifications, a device that best suits their learning needs. The program will also allow teachers to implement the use of technology in the classroom to enhance personalised learning programs, while increasing collaboration and feedback opportunities. Under this program students will be able to choose from an Apple laptop, a PC or Surface laptop, a Chromebook or an iPad. We will be providing more detailed information about this program early in Term 4.

Chaplain's Corner 

Friendships Matter

 

As we are entering the last week of Term 3 and holidays for both teachers and students are in view, I pause to reflect on the importance of friendships.

What does it feel like, to have a friend, to be a friend, to be able to navigate through short term and unhealthy relationships and to have a strong supportive network around you?

As a parent we have a huge influence on how our child views relationships. Young babies and toddlers observe interactions visually, listening to voice tone, through play and imitation and around 2-3 years of age parallel play starts to occur. A parent’s guidance makes a positive difference in a toddlers' social skills as toddlers understand much more language than they can express. The use of simple but clear language to comment on cooperative play encourages a toddler to become more aware of their own, as well as their friend's, actions and feelings. Toddlers can be guided to undertake the passage of cause and effect when, for example, they take a friend’s toy away without first asking. Immediately either a tug of war or a loud cry of disdain from their playmate may be the reaction. Parents modeling order and sequence help toddlers with the tools to begin to take turns. How and when parents intervene can make a difference in their child learning to navigate the give and take of friendship. Giving your child the language they need to express their needs and their emotions when playing with a friend helps expand their conversations and teaches them patience during play.

Find out about your child’s friends by asking open-ended questions like, “What do you like to do with your friends?”, “What do you like about your friends?”, “What could you do, to show your friends you value their friendship?” Being interested in your child’s friendships may promote a supportive environment for your child to talk to you when problems with friends occur. Sometimes friends can do and say things that upset us. Depending on the severity and the consistency of problematic events  occurring, friendships don’t necessarily have to end. Understanding that everyone makes mistakes is an important lesson to learn. As parents, we can't 'fix' friendship problems for our child, however, we can take steps to help them learn appropriate social and coping skills. We should not expect that our children will be happy all the time. Understanding and discussing that disappointment and conflict will occur during relationships and that they can cope with life’s rough spots through conversation with their supportive network. Supportive networks can include family members, older siblings or friends, teachers and trusted adults. It is a valuable discussion to ask your child who they would tell if they had worries over conflict in relationships and for them to be aware of who they can turn to.

Through our behaviour and the time and effort we put into our own friendships our child will learn how to be a friend and have friends. How do you talk about your friends when they are not around? What would your friends say they value most about your personality?

Everyone has a need for close relationships. God created us as social, emotional beings. Our friendships influence who we are and how we act, so we want for our children to choose their friends wisely. Proverbs 13:20 says, "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm."

During these holidays, can you organise some friendship time for your child to help maintain connections and promote healthy relationships with their friends?

Camilla McLeod

Chaplain

R U OK Day

 

On Thursday 14 September 2017, Middle and Senior Year staff and students participated in activities to promote RU OK day. 
RU OK Day is an national suicide prevention awareness day raising the importance of being connected with others, looking out for each other and making time for regular, meaningful conversations. Many of the Middle and Senior Year students wore something Yellow with their school uniform.

 

At recess, staff and Year 12 students were treated to cupcakes and a 'real' coffee from baristas Mr Rouse and Mr Zeunert.
At lunchtime a sausage sizzle was on offer, a number of students participated in Zumba in the Pentagon, others discussed questions in the Conversation corner and the Laughter games area was frequented also. Thank-you to the Student Leadership group and staff for there involvement in running the activities on the day.
Remember : Four Steps for a worthwhile conversation.
1. Ask R U OK?
2. Listen without judgement
3. Encourage action

4. Check In

 

Junior Years

Joy in Junior Years

Having just returned from our two day Year 4 camp to Halls Gap, I am again reminded of the blessing and privilege it is to work with your children. It was a pleasure to introduce our year 4 students to our bus driver, staff at the Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre, Norval campsite, the Halls Gap Zoo, the souvenir shop and the famous icecream shop along the creek. In every case our students were respectful, well mannered, welcoming, appreciative and polite. Their courtesy didn’t end as we left these special places, but extended to teachers, parents and one another throughout our stay. Thank you for your consistency and dedication in working out the wise words of Proverbs 22:6, training up your child in the way he or she should go, so when they are old they will not depart from it.  Thank you for setting boundaries and teaching the truth in love, even when this means saying no, with the disapproval and disappointment this might temporarily bring. Be encouraged as you teach your children healthy ways to cope with the joys and disappointments of life, building resilience in a loving, supportive environment. The reality of parenting requires purpose and stamina in order to achieve consistency in ‘training’ our children. God’s word is the foundation needed for parenting.  As a staff, Junior Years continue to look forward to Sharon Witt’s session on ‘Raising Resilient Kids and Teens’, now postponed until a later date. We want to take every opportunity to be better equipped to partner with you in this vital area that deserves our time and focus.

Lyndell Tucker

Junior Years Team Leader

Swimming Program

Students grew in confidence and skill throughout the Junior Years Swimming Program earlier this term. We were again impressed with the level of care and expertise given by qualified instructors, who enticed and engaged students to progress from what was familiar to a new level of achievable challenge. Thank you to the many parents who ensured they were ‘WWCC ready’ and available to assist with the program. Your generous help contributed greatly to the enjoyment and success of the program. Not only do the students improve in their water safety and swimming skills, they also grow in self sufficiency and resilience as they experience new environments, care for their own belongings, work as a team in lessons and travel to and from the pool, and interact with their instructors. So much learning; physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually!

Early Years and Junior Years Assembly 

Prep hosted their first assembly to a large and appreciative audience of parents and students as Early Years combined with Junior Years for an assembly in August. Mrs Hurley and the Early Years Bees ably entertained both young and old alike with their enactment of Jonah, complete with a huge and beautifully decorated cardboard fish they had constructed. Ms Duggan and her Ants group treated the audience to three musical items including a percussion item with glow-sticks attached to the instruments they had made. Our photos show the Prep students performing their item, “I Can Make My Tummy Go” and hosting proceedings as they share about their learning and announce the next item. We were all impressed with their beautiful reading and clear voices projected from the stage. What a great achievement!

Father's Day Breakfast

A delicious breakfast with great company made a promising start to dad’s work day on September 1st. Dad’s and daughters, fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandchildren, father figures and special guests were warmly welcomed with kind words, thoughtful gestures and great food as we celebrated Father’s Day.

 

Junior Years Fun Afternoon

The seventh Fun Afternoon in our rotation through eight activities over two years, was a highlight of the term. An atmosphere of excitement and anticipation always precedes the flurry of activity, as students embrace their projects and the opportunity to meet and mix with some new friends. It was a chocolate frog day, enjoyed at afternoon recess where Mr Tucker and Mr Rouse took charge of the horde of students delighted with the opportunity to scramble over the Middle Years playgrounds. Thank you to the many parent helpers who devoted their afternoon to assist students in creating their special projects. In addition to parents of students, we also had four mums of teachers!  Miss Greene, Miss Job, Mrs Wills and Mrs Hunter appreciated the willing expertise and great company of their generous mums on this afternoon. Thank you so much to each helper who ensured the continued success of this event! 

 

Year 4 Camp

To culminate and consolidate their unit on Volcanoes, Year 4 students headed off on September 18 to explore the Kanawinka Geopark, with Mr Duffy, Mr Luciani, Mrs Zeunert and Mrs Tucker. Where does one go to see that? We live within it – the most extensive volcanic province in Australia, and third largest in the world, extending from South Australia through Western Victoria. First stop is Penshurst to visit the Volcanoes Discovery Centre and Mt Rouse before heading to the Norval Campsite in Halls Gap for our overnight stay. A walk to Silverband Falls, guided tour of the Halls Gap Zoo and an icecream by the creek are all on the itinerary. This year the order of events worked around the heavy rain experienced on day one, but all boxes were ticked. ‘Year 4’s got talent’ was the focus of a very entertaining evening program with lots of laughter and fun. It was a wonderful time of adventure and learning, enjoyed by all.

 

Across Junior Years

A few photos are included to show the amazing learning happening in every classroom and the creative skills of our students as they express their knowledge in many ways.

The Prep classroom has been transformed into a student-made nature park including pond, plants, mother duck and her many ducklings, as the children focus on literacy learning around the sentence “On the weekend the duck went back to the pond.” Yes, they really can read it and write it!

Year 1 have enjoyed learning about the characters and adventures of “Alice in Wonderland”. Their amazing permanent marker, paint and ink wash artwork is on display in the passage way outside their classroom.

Year 2 have been absorbed in a three week art project involving paint, collage, three dimensional design and meticulous care to produce their stunning “Leaping Lizards”. Brightly adorning the wall opposite their classroom, they are testimony to patience, persistence and artistic flair.

Year 3 are reading through “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with great delight. Their literature focus has extended to artwork, writing, vocabulary, character study, comprehension, lots of laughter and some impressive flow charts showing the how chocolate is made.

Year 4 are a wealth of knowledge on the subject of Volcanoes, impressing guides at the Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre during their two day camp. Their vibrant collage pictures of volcanoes show the painstaking care needed to create an accurate picture of their learning.

Coming up....

02-06 Oct    College Office Closed

09 Oct           Pupil Free Day

10 Oct           Term 4 Commences

19- 21 Oct    Year 5 &6 Production,

                          Singing in the Rain JR

19- 20 Oct    Year 3 Camp

 

Middle Years

An Eventful Term 3

 

On Friday 8 September we had a visit from Roma Britnell, the Member for South West Coast. Mrs Britnell spent a significant period of time listening to our Middle Years Leaders, hearing about their leadership project (creating a buddy bench for JY) and understanding the thoughts and ideas they offered about the future needs of our community.

Mrs Britnell and Mr Rouse worked with Year 6, about Democracy, following fast on their recent visit to State Parliament in the Melbourne Study Tour.

 One of Mrs Britnell’s encouragements to the students was to make sure that they looked to see the good things people were doing and thanked people, told them that they were doing a good job and encouraged them to continue. Too often people are looking for the negative and don’t encourage people when we see the positive.

 

 
The Middle Years Leaders were able to show how they had persevered when their leadership challenge hit roadblocks and how they had encouraged each other to continue working when the “going got tough”. The work on growth mindset which students have been pursuing in classrooms has helped with this. A mindset which says “I can, with work,” or “I don’t understand….yet,” allows students to work through troubles  and know that the challenges they meet can be overcome. Specific tools for overcoming challenges and what to do with mistakes have been helpful in allowing students to work on areas where understanding is still developing in their studies.
 
Acts 20:23-24

23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

 

Paul describes our role as Christians like running a race; persevering through challenges and training to compete. It is my sincere hope that as we talk about growth mindset we can learn to apply that to our Christian life. When it is hard to stand up for our beliefs and when the community around us confronts us, knowing that we have not only the mental tools to prepare, but the Holy Spirit to guide and instruct us allows us to stand firm as Paul did.

 

The Year 7 and 8 students certainly persevered as they worked through the rehearsals and performances in the King’s College Production of Me and My Girl. The students spent many hours mastering their lines, their songs and the dances to produce an excellent performance alongside their more senior counterparts.Well done to all for the great efforts and achievements in the show.

Louisa Doherty

Middle Years Team Leader

Production: Me and My Girl

Photos of the Production located on the

Senior Year's page. 

This year’s production was very exciting and I personally couldn't wait to get it on stage in front of an audience. One of the main reasons I enjoy participating in the King's productions is because of how fun and creative they are and that you get to miss out on class time is just a small bonus. To me the BEST! thing about production is when you have finished all your rehearsals and it's time for the real thing, you sit back stage and you listen in or watch you fellow cast performing so wonderfully well and in this time you pick up on funny jokes that you didn't in rehearsals and you hear that sensational laughter of the audience indicating that they are having a great time.

Honestly when I first found out I had to do production (in year 5) I was dreading it and thought it would be serious and boring, but it was nothing like that!  Teagan

 

This year’s production was a lot different to last year’s because it wasn't all singing like Les Miserable was so it had more acting in it. One thing I had to try hard to do this year was to stand as still as I could for over 20 minutes while on stage holding a picture frame in front of my head which was challenging for the first night but fine for the other two. I really enjoyed being in this years production as it was a great show with lots of funny jokes and also good actors to play the roles. It was actually good not having a green room because you got to be backstage singing and you got to watch the show and you were right there for when it was time for your part instead of worrying that you are going to miss it because you are in another room. Nate

 

I have definitely loved being able to be a part of production. It has been a highlight of my school year both last year and now this year. One of the things that I have loved about production is all of the time that you get to spend with the other students that are from other grades that you wouldn't usually spend time with. It's really inspiring to be able to watch all of the older kids who are lead roles go out on stage and perform all of their songs. One of the things that I found hard about production was having to attend all of the out of school rehearsals. Although, as I later found out, these rehearsals are definitely worth going to because you get so much done, and they actually weren't as bad as I expected them to be. During the weeks leading up to production you definitely have to put a lot of work in during the rehearsals, and make sure you’re watching really carefully when being taught all of the dances. Even though at the time it feels hard, in the end all of the hard work definitely pays off and you feel very accomplished once it's all over. I think that it's really good to do production because it's an awesome experience and something you'll always remember! Chloe

 

Throughout the productions of Les Miserables and Me and my girl, I've learnt that I can perform in front of other people on a stage without getting to nervous or freezing up in front of a crowd. I've also learnt that I can remember my lines and dance routines if I practise them regularly.

A main challenge of production was when I would get nervous before the actual shows because not only are you performing in front of a large audience, but if you muck up a line then you end up embarrassed when all eyes are on you. There wasn't much I did to stop the nervousness but I would always end up pushing through and continued to do my best during the production so the audience enjoyed the show and would come back for future productions. I highly recommend production because it's a great experience to learn acting and performing in front of large crowds. It's also an enjoyable experiment to do with friends, being able to spend time with them during production and simply having a good time with them. Michaela

Year 5 

Year 5 have been learning about the colour wheel. They recently made their own colour wheels in Art by mixing different primary colours together.

During Bible Study students created ‘Who Am I?’ artworks, with words and phrases about how God sees us. Some examples include, friend of God, child of God, God’s handiwork and a new creation.

In English students are writing biographies about someone significant and special in their life. This is a great opportunity to learn more about their family history and to thank those who have gone before us for what they have contributed. These projects are due on Friday 15th September. In addition, the Year 5 will be holding a celebration afternoon on Thursday 21st September to showcase their work. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Year 6 Camp

“On the 30th August 5:55 am, the 2017 Year 6 class boarded a train and headed for Melbourne. After 4 hours on a train, we grabbed our bags and started walking to City CYC, we then dropped off our bags. Once everyone had dropped their bags off, we caught a tram to the MCG. When we arrived at the MCG we went to 'Game On' an interactive games room in the MCG there were heaps of games including an interactive netball hoop and a reaction time tester. After a while everyone was tired, so we began our tour of the MCG. We even got to go in Richmond’s training room. After the MCG we at our lunch, unfortunately, Faith and I left our lunch at the accommodation, so we just had to sit there and drink water :( After everyone had eaten we caught a tram to Parliament House. Parliament House had the most beautiful furnishings. There were heaps of paintings, everything was so detailed. We got to go in the green room, red room, the library and the Queens Hall. The rooms were filled with amazing sculptures.” Tazmyn Reuel, Year 6

 

“Parliament house was next on the agenda; I think this was my favourite because we were in the room where they have all the portraits of people who were previously in power, including Queen Victoria. We also went into the red and green houses or upper and lower houses, asked lots of great questions and saw where all the parliamentarians sat with our tour guide, who might I add was very informative. Then - le pièce de résistance - the library. I will admit Taz and I was very happy about this stop on tour. It had ladders, and that's a dream of mine. To own a library, where ladders are necessary. ” Maddie Schols, Year 6

 

“On Thursday, we got up at 6:15. Miss H. Came in our room and said that we all had to have a shower and I was the only one in our room that was still asleep, so all the girls in my cabin decided to jump on me and shake me viciously till I woke up. After having bacon, eggs, and toast for breakfast, we walked to the aquarium. Miss H.‘s cousin was our tour guide, and she was the best guide ever.” Carla Van Zyl, Year 6

 

“My highlight of the camp was the Sea Life Aquarium. It was unbelievable. First, we meet our tour guide which was cool because it was Miss H’s cousin. Then we went on the tour. First, we went to see what we think this kind of fish was; it was either an Elephant shark or Elephant fish we couldn’t decide either but they looked sophisticated well that was what I thought. We went through a glass tunnel which was surrounded by water it was so amazing and scary at the same time. Taz told me my shoe was untied and it was so I knelt down and did it up when I had finished I stood up and as I did a massive stingray swam right past my face, and I got a huge fright! I started laughing because it looked like it was smiling at me.  We were given the challenge to find the biggest fish, and that certainly kept us moving around, but we still could not find him because apparently, he was hiding, but that was ok. We saw a 5.4-metre long crocodile WHICH WAS SO SCARY AND CRAZY AS WELL. Just thinking about being next to a 5.4-metre long crocodile was crazy. We got to stroke sea stars and learned that the 'friendly' sea stars are the 11 legged ones which looked not so nice and the five legged 'pest' look adorable.” Ally Thomas, Year 6

 

“Once we got to the Enterprize, they gave us a very interesting history lesson about the Enterprize and Melbourne before we got on the ship. When we got on the ship Miss H, and Mr Landreth climbed up the mast. They let us go down stairs in groups of 7 it was tiny downstairs it had a kitchen and 14 beds which were all in one room after we all had a go of seeing down stairs we were able to steer the boat. After about 2 hours we finished up on Enterprize, and next, it was time for the Eureka Skydeck.” Noah Greene, Year 6

 

“The last place we went to for the day was Eureka Skydeck, which was a lot of fun because we were so high up! We hopped into an escalator which was 88 levels high! Some of my classmates went on the Edge, which is where you go into a glass room, and you get taken out so that the city is below you. I took lots of pictures and looked through little telescopes to landmarks in Melbourne. It was a lot of fun, and there were a lot of people there. One of the cool things at the Skydeck was that you could travel to the top in 38 seconds! I also had an ice-cream at the top. After we had looked around the gift shop, we headed back to City CYC to have some dinner. We had burgers and chips which were delicious, and for dessert, we had fruit salad. After dinner, we did some games and then watched 'Bolt.' It was an excellent movie. We got to have more hot chocolate, and then we headed to bed.” Amy Ryan, Year 6

 

“In the morning we all sang Happy Birthday to Amai. After breakfast, we caught a tram to the Queen Victoria Markets and wandered around in little groups. Then we caught a tram to ACMI (Australian Centre For The Moving Image). It was fun playing with all the video games.” Jordan Draffen, Year 6

 

“We then traveled to the Shrine of Remembrance. It is a place to remember the people who went to war. We went to a service for ten minutes then Gary our tour guide took us on a tour of the Shrine. After that, we traveled to the Immigration Museum. The museum is about people from overseas that came to Australia and also has an 'Australian Rules Room,' and it is all about players who have migrated to Australia, from other countries. Their information explained why they came to Australia.” Fraser Rae, Year 6

 

“By then it was time to go back to Southern Cross station to have dinner then get onto the train. I had Red Rooster along with a lot of other people and also got a frozen sprite. After dinner, we got onto the train ready for the 3-hour trip back to Warrnambool. I sat next to Jorja and together we did word searches from her book. Near the end of the trip, Thomas Champness (a former student) came and sat in a spare seat across from us. He shared some hilarious stories about his family, and by then we had arrived in Warrnambool. My parents were eagerly awaiting my arrival at the station. When I got off the train, I got in the car and went straight home.” Mia Sharkey, Year 6

Science

Year 8 dissected sheep hearts as part of their study of human body systems (not for the faint hearted!)

 

Baking the Australian way

Our French exchange students was treated to a typical Australian baking experience with students as they prepared  and enjoyed a batch of freshly made ANZAC biscuits in Home Economics. 

 

Art

In Term 3, Year 6 students have been learning about different methods of printing. Two weeks ago the class was visited by local sculptor and print maker Merran Koren. Merran sent time showing the students her lino prints, talking about the inspiration behind her work and helped the students to create their own prints using foam blocks. A big "thank you" to Merran for taking the time to come and share with us!

 

Year 7 Physical Education

Year 7 have just concluded a unit on Gymnastics. The final week included the presentation of some ‘routines’ in small groups. Students have spent time learning various skills, including landings and balances on the equipment at the Warrnambool Gymnastics center.

 

Practical Maths

Year 7 and 8 began their unit on geometry and angles by exploring real-life angles and geometry. This co-incided with French Day, back in August.

Having now finished this unit in maths, Year 8 has gone on to some Number skills again with real-life applications of percentage and also indices.

Year 8 English

 

In English, students are studying the novel Trash, and exploring the issues surrounding what we value, the consumer society and human worth.

Operation Christmas Child

Traditionally at this time each year the Year 8 class collects and collates donations from each home room for Operation Christmas child. This year is no exception but the year 7s will also assist us. 

Donations can still be collected in the first week of term 4. Ideas and info are available from https://www.samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

The students will be boxing the donations and sending them off in Term 4 Week 2. Each box is hand delivered and costs $10 to send. If you would like to make donations towards this cost, they can be left at the office. Thank you.

Parent Webinar

Recently we provided links to parent webinars from ISCDN. This webinar is a talk by adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg

Parent Webinar 11- Student mental health and technology – Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg

How technology can help student’s mental health. This presentation demonstrates how people working with young people in health education and welfare can use new and emerging technologies to help students with depression and anxiety. Using real life examples, participants will be taken through a step by step approach how to use technology in the pre-assessment phase, for smartphones, psycho-education for the young person and their family, treatment, homework and ongoing support. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Michael is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists working in all form of media.

Middle Years Dance Academy

On Saturday 26 August, the King’s College Dance Academy attended Time to Shine Dance Competitions in Geelong at Kardinia International College. Students had an amazing experience performing and meeting students from other schools. The team received two prizes for their events, third in the Lyrical Troupe section and the second in the Musical Theatre section. Students are to be congratulated for their excellent behaviour and attitude on the day. We look forward to our next performance at the School Fair.

Coming Up...

02-06 Oct    College Office Closed

09 Oct           Pupil Free Day

10 Oct           Term 4 Commences

19- 21 Oct    Year 5 &6 Production,

                          Singing in the Rain JR

19- 20 Oct    Year 3 Camp

 

Senior Years

Face your Future with Prayer

As another term concludes, I find myself reflecting on what has been, as well as contemplating what is still ahead. Like every term, this one has been busy, productive, and rewarding as students, staff and parents worked hard to accomplish many things. VCE students working hard to finish their studies, and the wider student body coming together with parent and staff support over many weeks to produce another amazing musical, are some examples of this.

             For our year 12 students and many in year 11, final external exams loom large. These will begin three and a half weeks into term four. This period can be a daunting one for students and, I’m sure, parents as well. So much to revise and remember in what seems like so little time.

              We all have times when we wonder how we are going to manage everything we know will confront us.  If this results in us becoming anxious, we should take time to bring our situation before the one who understands completely. If anyone was under pressure to the point of despair, Jesus was. He spent his final night in the Garden of Gethsemane agonising with what he knew the next 24 hours would hold. There would be false accusations brought, a mock trial, unjust torture and an agonising death. The gospel of Matthew records Jesus’ words:  My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  What had to be done only Jesus could do. He felt alone and he wanted a way out. My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.

Jesus knows what it’s like to be confused and overwhelmed. He knows what its like to beg God to find another way only to have him answer – no. That’s the answer Jesus got to his plea and he accepted it. Yet not as I will, but as you will.

               We would do well to do the same. Bring our every situation to God in prayer and receive the peace God has for us to face the future whatever we perceive it holds.

Michael Tucker

Senior Years Team Leader

College Production, Me and My Girl

The highlight this month was our College production, Me and My Girl. Our students showcased their amazing talent and team work both on and off the stage. Well done to all involved!

 

Year 9 Carpet Bowls

On Wednesday 06 September  our Year 9 students continued their annual Carpet Bowls tradition with Good Shepherd College.  This year is was our turn to host the competition.  Our Year 9s had been refining their skills in PE lessons leading up to the event and were well prepared.  This year we enjoyed a comfortable victory.  Once again, it was great to see the good sportsmanship and fellowship on display.

Brad Zeunert 

Teacher

 

P.A.R.T.Y Program

On Wednesday 19 September our Year 10 students attended á program developed and run by the Alfred Hospital relating to preventing alcohol and risk related trauma in youth. The program was held at the Lighthouse theatre here in Warrnambool and the day’s activities included numerous sessions run by a range of health professionals, including; rehabilitation nurses, doctors, icu nurses and burns specialists. The sheer number of trauma cases seen at the Alfred hospital annually (there were 17,000 patients treated in 2016, 16,000 of whom died or have been left with lasting complications) has led to a greater education and prevention focus for the Alfred team, which includes the P.A.R.T.Y program being run in both regional and metropolitan areas.  

The aim of the program was to engage students in conversation and present information that may help young people make better decisions when it comes to alcohol and other risk-related choices in their lives. In the activity rotations, we were also privileged to meet and hear the story of Josh Hose, who was originally from Camperdown and is now an Australian Wheelchair Rugby player who won gold medals at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic games. 

 

The program proved worthwhile in helping students to understand the immediate and life-long consequences of risky behaviour choices and how these impact on others.

Melody Keath

Teacher

Coming Up...

02-06 Oct    College Office Closed

09 Oct           Pupil Free Day

10 Oct           Term 4 Commences

19- 21 Oct    Year 5 &6 Production,

                          Singing in the Rain JR

 

What's On

Parent's Club Nominations

The Parents' Club exists to support the work of the College and provide a forum for parents to meet and fellowship. Nominations are now being received for two-year appointments, beginning January 2018 for the positions of President and Secretary. To be eligible to nominate as President, you must be a regular attending, communicant member of your church and be prepared to chair meetings under the guidance of the Principal. Nomination forms are available from the Office and must be submitted to the Principal by Friday 13 October, 2017.

Parent's Club Annual General Meeting

All are invited to participate in the Parent's Club AGM on Tuesday 31 October at 7.30pm at the College. 

Don’t forget that at AMart Sports (soon to be Rebel Sports) you can nominate King’s College for their rewards program.

Japanese Homestay Program

Your child would have received an invitation from our Coordinator, Les Gardiner to experience Japan without leaving Warrnambool and to become a Host Family for a Japanese student in March, 2018. 

 

This exciting program offers your family a chance to learn more about the Japanese culture by creating new friendships and lifelong memories. Some of the nervous responses we typically receive each year are:


We don't have any room! Japanese student's are used to living in small homes and are happy to share a room. 


What will we do with our student? Students will participate in many fun activities as part of the program. Students will participate in your normal home life and enjoy the entertainment that you plan for your own children. 


We can't speak Japanese! You don't have to! Students are visiting Australia for an English experience and having your children interact with different methods of communication is beneficial for Aussie and Japanese kids alike!


We can't afford it... You will be given $400 to cover your host student's food expenses and additional activities. School activities come at no additional cost to your family. 
 

You will be guided and supported from start to finish by our  Coordinator, Les Gardiner, who has had over 13 years experience and will guarantee his support to your family. Les is happy to speak with you about the program and what it involves. Don't let a busy schedule or a language barrier get in the way of an international experience that is so beneficial to both children and parents in the long term. Les offers support and flexibility to all families who participate and join in on the fun.
This 12 day adventure takes place from 08-20 March 2018 and Japanese students are already being allocated to King's families. 

To avoid missing out, please contact Les Gardiner on 0418 519 833 or via email, [email protected] 

King's College Fair

The Fair is just around the corner!  Please keep donating to our coloured tubs in the classrooms.  Please note that in Middle Years and Senior Years, we  specifically require donations of wrapped lollies and chocolates.  Check out the specials at the Reject Shop and K-Mart!

It’s time to start thinking about preserves and relishes which sell well in our Produce Stall and we are now taking donations of secondhand books and DVDs which can be handed in to the front office.

 

We are also chasing gazebos for the Fair, so if you have any at home that you would be happy for us to use, then please contact Jade on 0407 504 604.

Save the Date

 

Coming Up...

02-06 Oct    College Office Closed

09 Oct           Pupil Free Day

10 Oct           Term 4 Commences

19- 21 Oct    Year 5 &6 Production,

                          Singing in the Rain JR

19- 20 Oct    Year 3 Camp