28 June 2018
Issue Two
Kew High School
61 3 9859 8652
1393 Burke Road
East Kew, Vic, 3102


Wayne Rickard

We sadly say farewell to Wayne Rickard who has recently retired after a period of leave.


Wayne had a long and successful career as a teacher, beginning at Prahran, then continuing at Brunswick High School and from 2001 at Kew High School.


Wayne was a Leading Teacher, leader of the Maths Learning Area and an experienced and extremely capable teacher of Maths. Wayne was an educational leader who had high expectations. He was innovative, prepared and documented relevant curriculum that was not dependent on text books, and he regularly challenged students to raise the bar, problem solve and acquire skills for their future. He led his team to create a wide range of resources to cater for differentiation in the classroom. He was also a major contributor to improved VCE Maths results at Kew High School and to a rise in the participation by students in Maths competitions. Wayne continually sought ways to do things better and the programs and practices initiated or amended by him in co operation with the Maths team, raised the profile of the learning area in the school and with our network of schools.


We constantly read that it is the teacher who makes the difference and Wayne proved this to be true time and time again. As a classroom teacher, Wayne worked tirelessly, offering additional support, scaffolding tasks, stretching students, giving freely of his time and encouraging and assisting them. He cared about his students, and easily formed relationships with them. He developed a rapport as he expressed an interest in them as individuals, and concern for their wellbeing and their progress.


Wayne was an active and important member of the leadership team.  While having a very clear vision of his own for Maths, Wayne was also involved in the formation of our school vision and values.  He contributed to the in depth analysis of our data and subsequent review of our achievements, our policies and procedures, and our forward planning.  He regularly provided diverse possibilities and solutions. His input was vital to the establishment of strategies to improve the outcomes of the school and his actions were integral to the growth of the reputation of the school in the community.


There are many students who have been positively affected by Wayne. He was a strong and positive role model. There are many teachers who have learnt from him, who are in the profession because of his advice and who have been mentored by him.


Wayne had a measurable and note worthy impact at the school over the years and he has left a lasting and significant legacy at Kew. We wish him well in his retirement.


Clare Entwisle


Greetings from the School Chaplain

Term 2 has been a full on 11 weeks; there have been a wide variety of programs for students to take part in.  These programs have included the Year 7 Peer Support, Respect, Empathy and Relationship Day and ANZAC day services.


Year 7 Peer Support Program

The Year 7 Peer Support Program came to a close for another year this term.  Over Semester 1, the 42 peer support leaders have worked hard to help integrate the Year 7 students into high school life.  It has been a great two terms filled with fun and friendship.  

Chaplaincy Fundraising Dinner

Thank you to everyone who supported the Annual Chaplaincy Dinner held on Friday 25th May 2018.  100 people attended the dinner which has raised just over $7000 which goes towards the costs of employing the school chaplain.  The dinner was held in the School VCE centre, an excellent location for a night of fun and celebration.  On the night, we were entertained by the Kew High School Musicians and served by students and SRC leaders.  The dinner was generously supported by the local businesses in Kew who donated thousands of dollars worth of prizes for the auction and raffle.  Thank you again to everyone who helped make the dinner a huge success, special thanks to the Chaplaincy Committee, Staff and Helen Hendley and her team who organised the hospitality for the evening.  The Dinner definitely is a wonderful evening full of music, food and community, watch out for the event next year.

KHS remembers the ANZACS

As the chaplain, I had the privilege this year to work with the school to organise a range of Anzac Commemorations.  On Friday 20th April, a group of Year 7 and 8 students attended the Legacy School Anzac ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance.  It was wonderful to see a large group of SRC leaders involved in the Kew RSL Anzac March on Sunday 22nd April.  The School Service, held on Monday 23rd April was led by School Captains Mimi Lye and Zach Holland.  The service was attended by Tim Smith State Member for Kew, Yarra Bend Rotary Club, School Council, Q Network and the Chaplaincy Committee. Finally, on Tuesday 24th our Year 7 students watched a theatre production titled a Journey of Remembrance.

Theatre Production a Great Way to Learn

This term we have had the opportunity to have a number of great productions at the school.  'Cyberia' for the Year 8 students which focused on cyber bullying, 'Wired' for the Year 11 students which focused on stress and mental illness and 'Verbal Combat' for Year 7 with a focus on bullying. Students love the experience of learning in this creative way.

If you would like to find out more about school chaplaincy, or are willing to become involved with the chaplaincy committee or as a volunteer in the second hand uniform and book shop, please contact the school chaplain.


Rosemary Carter

School Chaplain             Rosemary.Carter@kew.vic.edu.au


House Spirit

In the first week of Term 2 Kew High School set off to Doncaster Athletics Track for the annual House Athletics Competition. Students were in for a blast of a day!

Students had the opportunity to compete in any track or field event to reward points for their house throughout the day.


The events ran smoothly by staff and the students showed good sportsmanship and performed to the best of their abilities.

There was an outstanding number of students who participated. Students wore their house colours and VCE students dressed up in costume to show their house spirit.

It was fantastic to see a number of students break previous school athletics records.


Later on in the term, on the 31st August, selected students went on to compete for the school at the Division Athletics Competition.


Well done to all those students who participated. 


Sophie Richards

Publications Coordinator


Queenscliff Camp

On Thursday 22 March, 23 Year 11 Biology students and 9 staff headed off to Queenscliff for an overnight camp focused on a range of activities coordinated by the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre. This education facility is an initiative of Fisheries Victoria and provides a range of tailored programs beyond the scope of the regular classroom. Specifically, the camp enabled our students to meaningfully fulfil the fieldwork component of their course, and in so doing, add valuable data to the Centre’s longitudinal study of population changes in the marine ecosystem of Swan Bay.


Our 2-day program was very full. Students needed to be at school by 7 am as due to the tides, our first activity started at 10 am on the beach at Barwon Heads. Under the guidance of centre staff, students spent a very busy 2 hours carrying out a variety of sampling techniques aimed at collecting data on plant and animal distribution.

After a very quick lunch, we moved onto the laboratories at the Marine Studies Centre. Here students rotated through two laboratory-based activities investigating a range of reproductive and structural adaptations and then a guided tour of the Centre's aquarium culminating with an opportunity to handle a number of organisms in their touch tank. Having this laboratory experience heightened student appreciation of what had been learnt during the morning’s fieldwork, and so a deeper understanding of this central idea in biology – the relationship between structure and function.

By late afternoon, we were back on the buses heading to our accommodation. After a long and tiring day, students appreciated settling into their rooms and exploring all our accommodation had to offer; heated pool and spa, trampoline area and the onsite coffee shop. When it came to dinner time, we travelled back into Queenscliff. Fortunately, it was a lovely late summer evening, perfect for sitting outside enjoying a pizza or fish and chips.


The next morning was another early start as by 7.30 am students needed to be back on the bus having had breakfast, packed and cleaned up their rooms. Students had the choice of a snorkelling trip or a marine studies cruise. The snorkelling group went out to Popes Eye, a unique area within the Marine National Park that offers a rich community of plant and animal life.The marine studies cruise travelled out on the bay to observe a colony of Australian Fur Seals and a colony of Australasian Gannets. Along the way a small sledge was deployed which sampled material from the bottom of the bay enabling students to observe a range of bottom dwelling organisms like crabs, sea-stars, seahorses, sponges, some fish and lots of seaweeds.

The snorkelling and boat cruise were our final activities, so keeping our fingers crossed for a smooth run home, bearing in mind it was a Friday afternoon and Grand Prix weekend, we headed back to Kew.


On return to school, students analysed their data and in conjunction with further research, presented their finding as a poster. They selected one organism viewed over the 2 days, identified a range of its adaptations and linked these adaptations to the organism’s survival in its habitat – that is “how can the organism live where it does”. As can be seen by the samples pictured with this article, many of the posters this year were truly outstanding. A very talented and hard working group of students.

The Unit 1 biology teachers (Matthew Goodridge Kelly and Di Keage) along with the students, would like to say a big thank-you to the staff who came along to ensure the success of the camp, by driving the buses, organising the allocation of rooms, and getting breakfast on the table; Louise Bates, Tom Williams, Junling Yang, Kerry Power, Judy Finger and Dawn Morrissey. A very special thank-you must go to Mark Bretnall, although now retired from Kew for over 3 years, Mark came back to drive one of the buses. Great effort.


Students were asked to complete a feedback sheet on their return with agreement that the camp was a success – the highlight being the snorkelling (and the very nice accommodation!) If parents have any suggestions, we would be delighted to hear from you.


To end, here is a reflection from one of our International students Ngoc Binh Hiep Le that very nicely illustrates the value of field-based learning.


For me, 2018 Biology Camp is a memorable experience because I not only learnt more about the subject but also I had an opportunity to make friends. I was taken to the beach and the ocean to explore the habitats and adaptations of marine life. The part I liked most was learning about the adaptations of marine organisms such as whales, sea stars, seahorses, and so on. I could touch and have a close look at the animals, which I thought I would never see in real life. Their adaptations to the living environment are amazing. For instance, a very small animal like a seahorse can protect itself from predators by camouflage. Moreover, the accommodation and food there was very good. I will never forget this meaningful camp. It is practical and helpful.


Dianne Keage

Biology Teacher


An Incredible Feat

This year saw more than 130 students from all year levels participate in the annual 3in6 Film Competition. It was the largest number of participants in the competition’s history. Over thirty films were submitted by the end of the day. An incredible feat.

The competition asks students to make a 3-minute film in a school day. They have to include two clues in their film, which were revealed at the beginning of the day. The clues this year were DOUBLE AGENT and BOOK. Like in previous years, the school was turned into a makeshift movie studio.

Students found pockets and corners to shoot their scenes. By the end of the day, they were frantically editing so they could have their films finished. This year’s judges included Sue DeLeon, Huu Tran, Frank Ferretti, Daryl Bennett, Stuart Crawford, Karen Lynch and Danny Gesundheit.


A big thank you to the judges and Ms Entwistle for continuing to support this competition. The winning films were announced at a lunchtime screening in the library on Friday 8th June. The winners and runner’s up were:

Senior school (11 and 12)

WINNER – OUT OF SIGHT – Kurtis Grimes & Hamish Peele

RUNNER UP – ANIME – Lucas Candido, Joel Ong & Lyn Hirai Grey


Middle school (9 and 10)

WINNER – UNDEAD – Fynlee Hardiman, Kristina Gjorgiev, Georgia Lindemans & Bishaaro Faarax

RUNNER UP – NOBODY – Gemma Luff , Sarah O’Dwyer & Dylan Lumsden

PROMISING FILM MAKER AWARD – ABDUCTION 3 – Jack Chenoweth, Elton Paraha & Marko Babusku

PROMISING FILM MAKER AWARD – MATHS IS COOL – Max Thomson, Billie Harris& Frankie Hartley

PROMISING FILM MAKER AWARD– GREY’S ANATOMY – Lily Massey, Lana Blackwell, Tori Lawson & Jamie Lester


Junior school (7 and 8)

WINNER – PASSED THE TEST – Darcy Honey, Tehya McHugh, Leona Hristovska, Arabella Lowe

RUNNER UP – (No name) Kiki Slater, Hope Hewitt, Shikha Raina, Zoe Cork

RUNNER UP – ORIGINAL CONTENT – Mae Czechovski, Emma Wells, Holly Pigford, Macie McEvoy, Jin Jung


Danny Gesundheit

Media Teacher



A Great Year for Science

We have had a busy semester in Science with excursions, the Big Science Competition and the everyday buzz of science at Kew.


The laboratory prep area is constantly overflowing with trolleys laden with equipment and materials in preparation for lessons, where students build their scientific thinking skills doing experiments and investigations alongside the study of theory and models. We are so fortunate to have our dedicated lab support team led by Judy Finger, who make such a rich experience of science in the classroom possible.

Students have had the opportunity to attend a wealth of excursions chosen to enrich the curriculum. The Year 10 Forensic Science classes visited the Police Museum and the Year 10 Science for Life students went to Latrobe University for a special genetics workshop “Get into Genes”.

The Year 10 Earth and Space Science students experienced the wonders of IMAX and the Planetarium at Scienceworks. Year 12 Physics made their annual pilgrimage to Luna Park to experience the physics of vertical and horizontal circular motion.

The Year 12 Biology students investigated the immune system at the “Flu Attack” workshop at Latrobe University while the Year 11 Marine Studies Biology camp was a great success – despite the nerve-wracking last minute cancellation of one of the buses. The Year 11 Physics students visited Swinburne University of Technology to experience a 3D Astrotour and an introduction to gravitational waves at the OzGrav centre, as well as to visit cutting edge research facilities.

Year 11 female Physics students got up very early in March for a “Girls in Physics” breakfast at the Hawthorn Town Hall with 100 other female physics students and young women working in Physics-related fields or studying Physics at University. Breakfast was followed by a short, inspiring talk by Dr Sue Birtle, the chief scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology. The girls enjoyed the experience of being with so many other girls who are studying physics and speaking directly with women who are pursuing careers in physics.


Kew High School participated in the Big Science Competition, an international competition consisting of a 50 minute, 30 question multiple choice test for students from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Of the 273 students from Year 7–10 who competed, four students achieved High Distinctions, meaning that that their score was in the top 5% of students. 26 achieved Distinctions (top 10 – 15%) and 49 achieved a Credit (top 25 – 30%). The questions are designed to test analytical thinking as well as science knowledge and a number of students commented on how much they had enjoyed the competition!


Science Club has begun at Kew. Happy lunch hours have been spent testing various hovercraft designs, exploring the “Yanny versus Laurel” phenomenon and more recently building batteries, following in the footsteps of the inventor of the battery, Alessandro Volta. The batteries have been a precursor to the “Keeping the Lights On” micro power-generation challenge, where students will design and build innovative power sources, such as batteries based on soil, that can power a set of fairy-lights. Next semester, Science Club will take place on Wednesday lunch times to enable a closer collaboration with the STEM cell. Some students are already thinking ahead about activities for Science Week in August next term.


2018 – a great year for science at Kew High School!


Barbara McKinnon

Head of Science


A Mid-Year Note from Musicland

This semester has been a very busy and productive one for all who dwell in Musicland.


We were involved in many performances in and out of school, and had a most successful Mid-Year concert in June and Music Camp in May.

The Music camp had a number of visiting tutors, amongst them being very well known musicians: Geoff Achison and Adam Simmons. Geoff work-shopped blues songs with the guitar, bass and drum students while Adam worked with the Chinese Ensemble creating music for saxophone and Chinese instruments.

We were also involved in many excursions and performances in Musicland as listed below:

  • Chaplaincy Dinner
  • Anzac Day Ceremony
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital Well-Being Festival: Chinese Ensemble, String Orchestra and Advanced Guitars
  • A number of year level and whole school assemblies.
  • Lunchtime concerts
  • The Mid-year, Half-Time Concert
  • Grade 6 Parent Information Night: Senior Concert Band and the String Orchestra
  • Students performing at the North Eastern Region combined schools concert at Hamer Hall

Next term we will be busy with the school  production of Grease, as well as a number of other performances and events.


Judy Bartosy

Director of Music


Kinglake Ranges Wilderness Camp

In week five of Term 2, the Year 8 students spent three days away at camp. The camp took place at Kinglake Ranges Wilderness Camp in Kinglake.


Throughout the camp, the students participated in a range of activities with the purpose of building teamwork skills and new friendships. Group activities including the Leap of Faith, Free Fall, Giant Seesaw, and Interpretive Walk. These activities challenged the students to work together as a team, encourage one another, overcome fears and rely on one another’s strengths.

Each day the groups participated in an ‘About Me’ session, which was led by the camp facilitators. This session focused on discussing the student’s individual strengths and each other’s strengths.


Another few highlights from camp included the Hunger Games held on the first night. The Hunger Games were a series of challenges that the groups had to complete before entering into the final winning challenge called ‘Balance’ whereby two students stood on small planks of wood and competed in a tug-of-war.

On the final day of camp, the students worked together in their teams for the last time to compete in a wilder gaining challenge. The students were given a map and a series of clues to find numbered blocks scattered around the mountain bush. This was an exhilarating and exciting challenge for everyone involved.

Here are some student memories and highlights:


'The leap of faith was fun, scary and exciting.' Cooper Robley.


'The leap of faith was a thrilling experience.' Sam Diviny.


“Bada Bing Bada Boom”. Joshua Chivers.


'Staying awake in our cabins and talking about things with mates.' Ben Tatham.


'My favourite memory from camp would have to be the wilder gaining. Working together with my group was a bit of a struggle at times but we soldiered on and ending up winning.' Megan Pappas.


'My favourite memory or experience on camp was the drumming workshop. I loved learning about the instructor’s culture.' Holly Boucher.


'I enjoyed having fun with my friends and becoming closer to them.' Ruby Rigoni.


'My favourite thing about camp was the free fall. I was able to bring back new friendships.' Lana Le Dinh.


'My favourite thing that happened on the camp was doing the free fall and standing up. I was very proud of myself because I don’t usually do things like that. I also bought back new friendships.' Christina Tran.



Melbourne Magistrate's Court Excursion

Year 10 'You Be The Judge' students, as part of their study of the Victorian Court Hierarchy, attended the Melbourne Magistrate's Court in May to view the workings of the court first hand. Students were able to view a number of criminal cases in various courts and observe the process of dealing with criminal disputes and bail applications. They were able to witness the role of various personnel involved with the court and go through the extensive security measures required on entry to the court. 


Natalie Kotaidis

Humanities Teacher

Photo: http://filmblerg.com/2014/12/20/film-review-edward-scissorhands-1990/


Photo: http://filmblerg.com/2014/12/20/film-review-edward-scissorhands-1990/

Year 7 English Excursion

The day started with a large group of excited Year 7's waiting at the tram stop outside the school; each and every student was chatting to their friends about the thrilling events to come. The tram ride was an enjoyable experience, giving the students a sense of independence too.


Once the tram pulled to a halt in the city, everyone raced each other to get off the tram and get the first look of the huge buildings and all of the people bustling about. Once we had all grouped back together, the teachers explained that we would be making our way over to ACMI to see the screening of Edward Scissorhands. We started making our way over to ACMI, everyone ecstatic to watch the movie.


As soon as we entered the ACMI building we were rushing to get to the cinema, we split into our little groups and pairs and hurried to find the best seats. Whilst we waited for the movie to start, we all chatted about the movie and what we would do afterwards. Finally the screen lit up, the lights dimmed and everyone fell silent.


Throughout the movie there was laughter, clapping and even some sadness. Once the movie finished we all filed out of the cinema and found a meeting spot where we would meet after we bought our lunch. After a quick talk about boundaries and when to meet back at the spot, everyone ran to the places where the delicious smells were coming from. Everyone could agree that it was special treat to have lunch in the city.


After lunch we went back to ACMI where an awesome exhibition called 'Screen Worlds' was; it was full of cool gadgets and gizmos that amazed everyone.


On the tram ride home everyone was comparing what they got for lunch and reflecting on the movie. Once we got back to school every student left the school grounds with a smile on their face.


All together, the excursion was extremely fun and a great experience.


Dezi Pehlivan

Year 7 Student


Humanities Incursion

Year 8 enjoyed a day of medieval activities for their History topic ‘The Middle Ages’ in May. The activities ranged from Weapons and Armour, Crime and Punishment, The Role of Dance, Fashion and Dress to Tournament.


The day was a full one with each of the five areas seen by the cohort in a rotation schedule of independent lessons. They were exposed to all sorts of new ideas about the Middle Ages, some of which were disturbing, such as Crime and Punishment, where one punishment included a person being thrown into water. If they sunk then this was proof of their innocence as they had been embraced by the water, and therefore embraced by God. If they floated, then they were deemed guilty as the water, and therefore God had rejected them. The duration of the sinking (drowning) was at the discretion (and timing- not too much, not too little) of the town sheriff. Of course they were to enjoy more severe punishments for their crimes if found guilty.


The students participated in dance, where they learnt that the role of dance during the fallow winter months was used for more than just social diversion.

Among the other highlights was the Tournament, where those students brave enough to volunteer, encountered the brute strength of a knight in full armour pitting their wits against his in strategy and delivery (not many managed to get a strike at the knights armour).


Some of the students’ comments about the day are as follows:


'I found the weapons and armour very insightful and really portrayed what life back then was like. I found the person presenting was very knowledgeable about the given topic. I liked how he involved people from the audience. I learnt that as the years went on, uses for knights became less and less.' Mia.


'Tournaments: trying to hit the guy without being hit was difficult. Especially with a giant sword, it was heavy and hard to control. It was the most fun out of all of them.' Anastasia.


'My favourite lesson of the day was by far the tournament. We had a once-in-a-lifetime-chance to learn of weapons and how knights trained for battle. But, the best part was the privilege to hit a teacher! I also enjoyed learning of the weapons and armour that knights used during battle.' Huy.


'The experience of medieval day for me was insightful and I learnt a lot. It was fun and inclusive, it was also interactive in the way that there were multiple things that we could try ourselves. I learnt lots of things like how people were treated in those days, what people wore, what people would do to pass time and exercise and what was going on in the world of warfare back then. I felt excited on the day and I always looked forwards to the next period/lesson.' James.

Elaine Horton

Humanities Teacher

Photo: https://doxa.org.au/exploring-kakadu-with-young-indigenous-crew/


Photo: https://doxa.org.au/exploring-kakadu-with-young-indigenous-crew/

Entertaining and Meaningful Experience

The experience at the RYPEN camp was nothing else but the perfect place to understand yourself in ways that you can’t even imagine. The activities that we had done at Doxa throughout the weekend were all well thought through and provided us with the best, most entertaining and meaningful experience.


The camp was nothing like I had originally expected and really pushed everyone’s limits both physically and mentally, where we were able to adapt to the different situations and learn from them. This camp has provided me with a completely different view of the world and leads me to really think about what change I could do, however small in the community to make a real difference.


The entire experience was great in allowing me to meet with new people and make new friends that really pushed me outside my box while having a completely different attitude to myself and the people back at home. I would definitely recommend this camp to those that are interested in applying.

Vincent Bethlehem

Year 10 Student



Chess Tournament and Connect 4 Championship

On 25th May, the Games Club held its Chess Tournament and Connect 4 Championship. It was a wonderful occasion with many students anxious to challenge the reigning “Grand Master” of Kew High Games Club, Connor Senn-Sangar.

Many students displayed strategies and knowledge well above their age. Connor won the day and retained his Grand Master title. He has held this title for the past three years. Connor said that it was a very close contest with Xavier Aitkin from 8G proving to be a fine contender.


The Connect 4 Championship was won by our Games Captain, Robert Garner.  Melissa Dalrymple from 7C almost snatched the title from Robert in a close and exciting finish.   

Fourteen students joined in the Chess Tournament and eight in the Connect 4 Championship. The contestants were cheered on, albeit quietly, by many other students.


The Games Club is run every Friday at lunch time. It is a technology-free zone with many board games and other activities.

Jigsaw Puzzle

Euian Kim and Sugi Kumpiranon, both of year 7A, spent several lunch times in Games Club creating this amazing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.


The puzzle pieces are small and with not very much contrast in colour, making it really difficult.  The Solar System came up beautifully.

The boys are to be congratulated for their persistence in working on this complex jigsaw.


The puzzle has since been dismantled waiting for the next student or group to take up the challenge. Great job Euian and Sugi!


Veronica Brunton

Games Club Coordinator


Tutankhamun's Tomb

Students in Year 7 Humanities, as part of their assessment task on Ancient Egypt, were required to select an artefact from Tutankhamun's tomb to research and present their findings on what the object tells us about the beliefs, values and practices that influenced life in ancient Egypt. Students were also required to re-create a model of their chosen artefact to present to a class exhibition.


This was a valuable lesson whereby students were able to share their findings and learn from one another.


Natalie Kotaidis

Humanities Teacher



VET Warm up and Cool Down With Richmond Football Club

On Tuesday 29th May, the Year 12 VET Sport and Recreation headed to Tigerland to find out some of their trade secrets. The focus of the visit related to a unit of competence they were studying title warm up and cool down programs.


The visit started with the class watching Dimma Hardwick taking the lads for some skills session out of the ground. We then headed into the inner sanctum spending some time in the players lecture theater. A couple of students sat in Dusty Martins seat whilst hearing from one of the club officials about what it takes to be a premiership team! 

The students then headed up the road to one of the training facilities used by the club where they undertook a fitness session in the altitude room which focused on warm up and cool down programs. Unfortunately, we ran short of time so students were unable to get in the ice baths!


A good time was had by all students and we hope the Tigers continue to do well this season... but not too well! Go the Kangaroos! 


Dan Norton

VET Sport and Recreation Teacher


An Inspiring Presentation

On Friday 27th April our Year 7 students experienced an inspiring presentation with Martin Heppel from The Resilience Project. Martin delivered a message that everyone can be happier, more resilient and less likely to experience mental health issues if we all practice recognised and evidence based strategies.


The Resilience Project uses the acronym GEM, which translates to Gratitude, Empathy ( and Kindness) and Mindfulness. They also have an App which provides a daily well-being journal.


The students were fully engaged in Martin’s presentation and we held a follow up session in Connect on the following Monday.


Faye Harding

Wellbeing Coordinator


Girls Physical Education

These activities were great fun! We went off campus to participate in a range of sport/leisure activities that are available in the local community, with the aim of trying something new and extending our comfort zones and building resilience. Activities included ice skating, archery, and rock climbing.


There was also the added benefit of raising awareness of physical activity options in our community so that we can continue to participate in physical activities in a social manner with friends, now that many of us have ceased regular high school physical education.


Many of the activities such as ice skating and rock climbing required us to conquer our fears – fear of the unknown, fear of heights (well, not conquer exactly but still attempt the activity even though you were terrified!). It was a big achievement to know you could still accomplish your goal even though you were afraid!


Being in an all girls environment also helped to overcome your fear of failing or embarrassing yourself. It is okay to make mistakes, that’s how we improve and overcome some of those fears. Everyone supported and encouraged you to have a go and do your best even though your heart was pounding and your brain was telling your body not to let go of the wall when ice skating or to take another step up those wobbly green pylons at Clip n Climb!


Year 10 PE Student



A Fantastic Experience

On the 22nd of May a group of year seven students represented Kew High School at the DaVinci Decathlon held at MLC. We participated in several sessions that included ten activities, including Maths, English, Ideation and Cartography.


We split into small groups throughout these sessions to solve the tasks. It was a great time! We got to work with people we might not have before, and we all had a go whilst helping each other with our tasks. With amazing teamwork and persistence we managed to come third out of all the schools in the task of General Knowledge.

Most of the activities were similar to general school worksheets. But, there were some fantastic exceptions, like when we created a play about the key values of #love, hurt or God. Ultimately, the DaVinci Decathlon was a fantastic experience for all of us and we would recommend it to everyone and anyone. 


James Pringle

Year 7 Student


Discussing Youth Issues

On May 15th, Banyule Council held their biennial Youth Summit. Over 120 young people attended and engaged in passionate discussion around topics of interest to them. 


Banyule Youth Summit was a great experience for youth to get their message out into the community. Teens need to have more of a say in the community and the summit was a great way to discuss issues that impact teenagers and help improve those issues using the council to help get there.


Overall, I enjoyed the day. It had great food, great staff who were helping us throughout the day, great presenters. Overall, I thought it was a great day. I learnt a lot about the outer community and how people can relate to the issues among us.


Harry Annesley

Year 10 Student



A Fantastic Achievement

On the 25th and 26th of May, myself, and my classmates Tasha Kay, Lindsey Dang, Sam Pringle, Giorgia Benini and Sophia Cleaver attended the 2018 World Scholars Cup.


The event was held at Genazzano and consisted of four different events including debating, essay writing, the Scholar’s Challenge and the Scholar’s Bowl. The debating was self-explanatory, but was really fun. It was the first time that I’ve enjoyed doing debating before, since the topics were really interesting. For the essays, we had to choose one of six topics to write about. In our two teams, all of us managed to each write on a different topic because they were all so different but suited us so well. The Scholar’s Challenge was a multiple-choice test on the topics that we had studied, although that was the hardest as we had to work alone. The Scholar’s Bowl was similar to the Scholar’s Challenge, except we were all together in the auditorium, and the questions were put up on the screen while we clicked the correct answer on our own “clickers”.


After this, there was a talent show where we watched our fellow scholars show off all the amazing skills they have, including Sam, who tap danced! We were all, of course, given a plush llama each, which was obviously the highlight of the day! At the end of the day, we were all awarded medals for our achievements in the different events. One of our teams won two trophies and ranked fourth overall! All of us also qualified to participate in the next round! 


It was a really fun and amazing day. Thank you to Ms Tucker and Ms Brahmin for organising it and being there.


Maddy Swan

Year 12 Student


Photo from left to right: Ms Tucker, Sophia Cleaver, Sam Pringle, Maddy Swan, Lindsey Dang, Giorgia Benini, Tasha Kay.


House Dodge Ball Competition

In week 7 of this term, we had the annual House Dodge Ball competition. Three competitions ran throughout the week, including the Junior, Middle and Senior School comps. Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8's who had the most number of participants in the competition.

The week wrapped up with the Student versus Teacher competition at Friday lunch - no surprise to see the students smash the teachers who seemed a little worse for wear after the comp! 


Thank you to all students who played and especially to those who came down to support throughout the week. Stay tuned for the next House competition. 


Cate Riddington and Jack Paraha

Sport Captains


Wilsmere House Fundraiser 

On Thursday 31 May 2018, we hosted a Bake Sale for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea raising $500 for the Cancer Council of Australia. Thanks to all who supported us by baking delicious brownies, cakes and biscuits and thanks to our Wilsmere house leaders for helping us out with the organisation of the event.


Thank you also to the whole school community for getting behind us and coming on down to support on the day.


Sarah Galligan and Annabel Wilkinson

Wilsmere House Captains



Big Day In

Students studying Programming, Robotics and Computing in Year 10 and VCE attended the Big Day In. This IT Careers conference highlighted a number of career pathways available, technology and showcased some emerging technologies including Cyber Psychology, Augmented Reality and SCADA compromise. Beyond promoting specific IT disciplines many of the presentations focussed on the skills and dispositions required for twenty-first century careers.


Monash University Big Data Challenge

During the Term holidays five students attended the Big Data Challenge at Monash University. They worked in teams to solve problems related to Business Analytics, Econometrics and Actuarial Science. They considered case studies varying from pedestrian optimisation and climate trends to biscuit production. The majority of the day was spent coding, analysing data and forming and presenting solutions. Congratulations to Kelly Dao who was a member of a winning team.


Bernie Mcgrath

Digital Technologies Teacher


International Students Garden Program

The International Students directed by Ms Junling Yang and led by the International School Captain have over the past two years met on a Thursday or Friday morning to assist with garden maintenance. This has involved caring for the ELC library space and pruning the trees. They help keep the Kitchen Herb Garden weeded and change over the plants as needed. The garden east of the VCE Centre has been transformed with seven raised boxes for growing vegetables.


The students gathered for a produce lunch last term to celebrate the end of season harvest. The school staff and I appreciate the involvement of the students on a regular basis as it provides a focus for continually maintaining these areas for the enjoyment of the school community.



Phillip Naughton

Kew High School Maintenance


Drama Victoria Theatre Festival

On the 4th of June, twenty one Year Nine Drama students took part in the annual ‘Drama Victoria Theatre Festival’ at Xavier College. The festival, which is in its fourth year, is open to year Nine and Ten students across the state, and is designed as a forum to discuss and engage in drama and performance in a professional setting.


The students begun their journey by working with a number of other schools at Monash University at the beginning of the term.  The students then worked diligently for seven weeks to devise and create an original theatre piece inspired by Candy Chang’s global art installations titled ‘Before I die…’ (http://candychang.com/work/before-i-die-in-nola/)

Up against some tough competition, (we were the only state school involved in this part of Melbourne!) the students piece, entitled ‘Fulfilment’ focused on satire and humour, provoking the audience to question how dreams are achieved and how our society inhibits and undermines our ability to fulfil our goals.


The students final piece was ultimately the most positive and genuinely funny of the cluster. As the largest group competing, we managed to balance the inclusion of a spectrum of ideas as well as providing a clear message firmly centred on the stimulus. An excellent outcome for a talented and vibrant group of students!


Stuart Crawford

Drama Teacher




The Annual Alliance Française French Film Festival Excursion

In March, all of the Year 9, 10 and 11 French students attended a viewing of the film School of Life (L’Ecole Buissonnière) at Balwyn Palace Cinema. The students enjoyed the opportunity to purchase snacks and really enjoyed the immersion in French language and culture for the morning. The film got rave reviews from both students and staff alike.


All Kew High French students are actively encouraged to watch French Films to further their knowledge of the culture of the language they are studying. Thanks to all the students and staff for a fantastic day out!

Kew French Club

This term saw the start of KFC (The Kew French Club that is) at school. Francophile students from all years have been coming along to share their passion of all things French and to talk about the wonderful experience of taking part in an exchange. All welcome in room 106 Wednesday lunchtimes.


Les Trois Petits Cochons (The Three Little Pigs)

After only two terms at Kew High School, all Year 7 French students have put on small group performances of the play they have been studying entirely in French! We are very proud of all our Year 7 French students who never fail to amaze us with their enthusiasm for learning French! Keep it up!


Kathryn Sturdy

French Teacher


Gnurad-Gundidgj Community Learning Project

In term 1 of 2018, myself and seven other Year 9 students from Kew  High School were selected to attend Gnurad-Gundidgj School for Student Leadership.


The aim of the school was to teach us skills that we would not otherwise learn in a mainstream school. At the school we learnt about social and self awareness, meta cognition, decision making, and cultural diversity.


As part of our time at Gnurad-Gundidj, we were set the challenge to design our own project to run in our communities called a Community Learning Project or 'CLP'.


For our project, on Friday 25th of June, our team went to Kew Primary School for an afternoon to teach the Year 3 and 4 students new or unknown sports. The sports we taught them were ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, athletics and t-ball.

The afternoon was a chance for us to use the leadership skills that we had learnt while we were away and it was great to see all our planning coming together to run a fun afternoon.

William Davey

Year 9 Student