KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin

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

A Message from
the Principal

Historia vitae Magistra (History, the Teacher of Life).
However, man continues to fail to learn from its lessons.

Centenary of Armictice Day 2018

Last Sunday, on Remembrance Day, many at home and across the globe paused as a mark of respect to those who died or suffered in war and armed conflict. Remembrance Day this year holds special significance.

Why – because at 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice bringing to an end the First World War.

It became known as the Great War, and for good reason. It’s scale was unprecedented. It sparked the mobilisation of 70 million people across many nations. Its violence shattered great empires. Its images have never lost their power. To a great degree those images of the muddy moonscapes of the Western front have served to define, for succeeding generations, the horror of war.

The magnitude of destruction and death that ensued had never been witnessed by the world before and its horrors led to the conflict being labelled ‘The War to end all Wars’. History has revealed how misguided this statement was, and at this very moment, parts of Europe and the Middle East are engaging in senseless armed conflicts that are resulting in tragic loss of innocent lives.

The scale of death emanating from this global carnage was immense causing great sorrow and mercilessly savaged a generation of young men. One can only be overcome with the feeling of senseless loss of life when reading the captions etched upon the gravestones of so many of those young men. Words such as Dear Son, God thought it best to take thee to heavenly rest, Greater love hath no man than this, A daily thought and an everlasting sorrow and A soldier of the Great War, known unto God.

The centenary of the Armistice of World War I affords an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the horrors of armed conflict and the great sacrifice made by so many who saw it as their duty to lay down their lives for God, King and country. The greatest sadness of all is that, one hundred years later, in 2018, such senseless killing continues and nations remain in conflict.

So what have we learned from the catastrophe of the Great War?

We have learned to honour those who fell or returned bringing with them tears of the soul that would not heal.

We have learned that Australia’s troops were equal to the world’s finest.

We learned that wars do not end wars. 21 years after Armistice Day in 1918, Germany invaded Poland and the long and ghastly sequel of the Second World War began.

I hope we have learned to put as much sweat and grit and courage into building justice and peace – because war, while occasionally unavoidable, too often represents a failure to solve problems by intelligent means.

We have learned that those who forget the lessons of history, inevitably repeat them.

I close this reflection with one of Wilfred Owen’s poem of the Great War, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, where Owen’s imagery graphically conveys the horrors of war. His words reveal that young men were not dying noble, heroic deaths; the reality was obscene, ghastly and tragic. This poem poignantly exposes Horace’s destructive lie about the value of patriotic sacrifice and has a hauntingly contemporary relevance as gas attacks against unsuspecting victims remain par for the course on the Middle Eastern battlefields, where chlorine, used to such devastating effect in World War I, continues to serve as a favourite weapon for the Assad regime and some of its opponents.

Wilfred Owen, wrote some of the best British poetry on World War I, and composed nearly all of his poems in slightly over a year, from August 1917 to September 1918. In November 1918 he was killed in action at the age of twenty-five, one week before the Armistice. Only five poems were published in his lifetime. Almost all of Owen’s poems, therefore, appeared posthumously.

“Dulce et Decorum Est,” one of Owen’s most moving poems and had its origins in Owen’s experiences of January 1917, describes explicitly the horror of the gas attack and the death of a wounded man who has been flung into a wagon. The horror intensifies, becoming a waking nightmare experienced by the exhausted viewer, who stares hypnotically at his comrade in the wagon ahead of him as he must continue to march.


Dulce et Decorum Est 

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of tired, outstripped, Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys - An ecstasy of fumbling

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling

And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime, -

Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, 

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace 

Behind the wagon that we flung him in,

And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, 

His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, 

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, -

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest 

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie: Dulce et decorum este

Pro patria mori


Dulce et Decorum Est is a Latin phrase taken from an ode by Horace meaning ‘It is sweet and right’. The full phrase that completes the poem Dulce et decorum este pro patria mori translates as ‘It is sweet and right to die for your country’, a phrase that attracted disdain after the War and came to be described by some as ‘The Old Lie’.


International Student Exchanges

Our International Student Exchange program is starting to take shape. I see this as being a very important program that will provide some fantastic life experiences for those who are selected to represent the School overseas and it will help develop within us all greater international understanding and awareness. Qualities so important in the global environment in which we live and work.

This term we welcome Mohale Mogale to Kinross Wolaroi from Michaelhouse in South Africa. Michaelhouse is a premier school in South Africa and we are delighted to have Mohale here as their representative.

Currently three of our students are in South Africa – Erin Bracks and Niamh McPhee at St Anne’s and Jack Wakem at Michaelhouse. Jetta Kennett and Hunter Rose are currently in Scotland at  Strathallen School, located one hour north of Edinburgh.  And four of our students are spending five weeks in France at Institute Saint Dominique in Pau, South West France. We are being represented by:

Adelaide Gavin and Emma Wright in Year 10 and Grace Birmilli and Molly McLean in Year 9

We wish all our representatives the best of luck and I am sure they will prove to be outstanding ambassadors for the School. We look forward to welcoming their exchange counterparts from France, Scotland and South Africa early next year.


There are a number of Student Achievements that I would like to acknowledge:

  • We have been recently informed that Owen Bloomfield has won an ICAS Medal for English. This is an international competition run by the UNSW to acknowledge Academic Excellence
  • Two of our gifted poets have been shortlisted for Poetry Object 2018. This is a prestigious poetry competition with entries coming from all over Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Both Maddie Hook and Lila Pearce have been shortlisted for publication. A fabulous effort.

In sport:

  • Fletcher Doyle played in the Lloyd McDermoth National Indigenous Under 15 Rugby Team in QLD during the October break.
  • Julia Stuart continues her success in Polocrosse, this time she was a member of the victorious NSW team at the National Championships held recently in Perth.
  • And recently, in our KWS Under 16’s cricket team that is playing in the Centenary Cup – Brad O’Brien scored an unbeaten 155 runs with the bat. Outstanding!

HSC Major Project Congratulations

This year, an incredible number of Industrial Technology students (13 to be precise) have had their Major Projects nominated for possible inclusion in the annual exhibition – InTech.

Nicholas Booth, James Commins, Hamish Corcoran, Karl Fitzalan, Ellis Hawker, Lachlan Hunt, Charles Jenkins, Jack Jones, James Moon, Timothy Mutton, Jack O'Brien, Thomas Rouse and Matthew Staniforth.

I am also delighted to announce that the Major Textiles Project designed by Jade Lefebvre has been selected for inclusion in the Texstyle annual exhibition of works by HSC Textiles and Design students.

We will be advised in early December if any of our student’s Industrial Technology and Textile and Design projects have been selected for Shape 2018, the combined exhibition of HSC Technology projects at the Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney, from 22 February to 5 May 2019.

Congratulations to all of these students on their outstanding achievements for their HSC Major Projects.


Dr Andrew Parry 

A Message from the
Head of Prep School

The last few weeks have seen many ‘extras’ occurring and further demonstrated the great community we have at KWS.

Last week Grandparents and Open Day saw many families visit our school looking at the wonderful work our students are involved in.

We had our Year 3 families make cupcakes which the P&F generously offered to sell and all the monies have been donated to The Kids with Cancer Project. $560 has been forwarded. Thank you.

Speaking of helping others our SRC promoted a walk-a-thon last week. The purpose was to enable our SRC to organise activities within our school. They have been very successful with the “special lunches’ and now this project. The entry was for a non-perishable item and families contributed 636 items to Let’s Make Better which is the charity arm of our local IGA store. All these items will form Xmas packages for those people in Orange who have fallen on hard times. Again thank you for an amazing contribution and well done to Mrs Essex and the SRC.

Over $7500 was raised by Oliver Garard (Year 3) for Randwick Children’s Hospital through a bike-a-thon. Over 40 of our students were involved and again evidenced of the generosity of our families. Well done.

Mr Jason Belmonte and Miss Amy Stevens have been guests of honour at our recent Sports and Performing Arts assemblies – Both are ex-students of the Prep and it is terrific to see them achieving so much in the world of sport and music.

Our recent Year 6 Council Dinner was another successful night where our student speakers Amelia Hill, Charlie Hansen and Samuel Fabar spoke very confidently illustrating how far they have developed as leaders through 2018. All the Year 6 deserve commendation for their conversation, manners and behaviour.

We look forward to our dinner dance next Monday evening when our Year 5 students farewell our current Year 6. Always an enjoyable night. Just a reminder there is NO sport next Monday. 

Our last regular Assembly for 2018 (Week 6) will be held on Monday 19 November at 12:30pm. This is a different day and time than usual so please keep this in mind if you intending to come for the Term 4 House Awards.

Our Outdoor Education week begins in 2 weeks with all our students involved in various activities. For some students there will be anxiety leading up to camp. Staff will be addressing these issues over the next and explaining to the students what is involved. For many it is the fear of the unknown.

Again, many thanks to all for your great support of the happenings at KWS. It is greatly appreciated.

At Assembly we acknowledged the following students:

  • Week 5 Respect Award - William Stratton (Year 2)
  • Week 5 Commitment Award - Harriet Johnston (Kindergarten)
  • Week 5 Principal's Award - William Knight (Year 6)

Enjoy your week.


Rob McLean

Head of the Preparatory School

A message from our Chaplain

The Widow's Mite

A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”  (Mark 12:41-44)

I recall that in my Biblical studies, this unnamed widow was spoken of as a transitory section of the text to highlight Jesus’ own offering of ‘all he had’. That is, the widow is praise for giving “all that she had”, and this praise leads the reader to a greater appreciation of Jesus’ greater, ultimate self-sacrifice of his own life for sake of others. While this sort of analysis suits the theological ethics that scholars draw from Mark’s gospel (qualities of self-giving, generosity and purity of intent, etc.), it does, I feel, an injustice to the woman herself. I wonder what her actions are about and why a widow would perform such an act.

It would well be true that the woman’s actions are an act of genuine piety, free from political agenda. She gave to the treasury of the Temple (the holiest place of Israel; the House of God) all that she has as a contribution to upkeep of the religious institution. Perhaps she gave her coins so that others may also come to know God as she has herself knows God.

The widow’s actions may also be viewed as a symbol of the corruption of religious authority of the day. Support of this interpretation is interesting. Immediately before this story of the widow, Jesus attacks the scribes and their official establishment. “Beware of the scribes,” he says. “They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers” (12:39-40). Interestingly too, the verse that follows Jesus’ observation that “she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on,” reads “As Jesus was leaving the Temple… [he says], not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down” (13:1-2). This context suggests that scribes led the poor widow to making offerings with all she had, even though she was poor. This is a different viewpoint.

The story of the widow’s offering becomes evidence to the oppression of the scribes toward the poor and vulnerable; the very people that God commands them to protect (see Exodus 22:22-24). Hers is a sad story of the exploitation of those who should be protected. The widow’s offering, then, is not an example to follow, but a situation to avoid and Jesus’ comment about her is not praise but a lament and a condemnation of the scribes and the nature of the religious establishment. Jesus is exposing wrongdoing and abuse.

This interpretation reminds me of times of our own national shame: indigenous dispossession of land, refugee children on Nauru, child abuse in religious and civil institutions, banking royal commission. So how do I conclude this? Perhaps with the words of Jesus to his disciples: “Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved.” Hold on to the true and the good.


Mr Phil Worrad 


2018 has been a year of Review, Keep, Try, Change for the Wellbeing Team’s in both the Senior and Preparatory Schools 

For the first 9 months, the focus has been on data collection - data collected has included:

  • Prep School Kids Matter survey (K – 6) in March;
  • Rite Journey survey of Year 9 students (pre- survey in March to be followed-up by a post survey once the course has finished in 2019);
  • Senior School Wellbeing Survey in September 2018;
  • Visits to individual Tutor groups across all year groups in the Senior School and individual classrooms in the Prep School.

The Wellbeing Teams in both the Prep and Senior School, then collectively used this data to determine the Wellbeing Strategic Objectives that will underpin our new KWS Strategic Plan, with a goal to effectively translate strategy into action.

In The Prep School most matters of student care and welfare are dealt with through the classroom teacher; they are in effect the pastoral care leader. The students participate in a number of specific wellbeing activities such as Peer Support and specific Social Emotional Learning lessons that occur once a week. Survey data clearly demonstrates that the vast majority of KWS Prep Students feel happy, connected and safe at our school.

In the Senior School our eight Tutor Houses form the basis for student welfare and behaviour management within the school. Our survey results demonstrate that overwhelmingly the House based nature of our Wellbeing Program is viewed positively by students as they clearly identified with their House and for the most part their Head Tutor and Tutor. However, the experience each student receives is based on the individual Head Tutor and Tutor teacher. The key areas of concern identified from the survey by staff and students included:

  • Increasing number of students presenting with anxiety and depression concerns.
  • Tutor program lacks consistency and depth.
  • 20 minute Tutor - too short to be effective but too long for simple roll call.

After reviewing all the data a number of changes will be implemented to maximise student wellbeing in a safe, supportive and connected learning community. From 2019 the following changes will be implemented:

  • Structured Wellbeing Scope and Sequence for each year group (K - 12).
  • Targeted programs in the areas of resilience and mental health.

In the Senior School specific changes will include:

  • Changed Tutor format for 2019. Instead of 4 x 20 minute Tutor sessions, we will now have 2 x 35 minute sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Tutor time - name change to Wellbeing time.
  • Head Tutors will be called Head of ‘Name’ House ie Head of Brown House.
  • Individual tutors will be termed Mentors.

Our school will have an evidence-based, planned approach to wellbeing that uses the Federal Governments National Safe School Framework to inform our focus and practice. Finally, I would like to leave you with our Wellbeing Team mantra.


‘Wellbeing is a collective responsibility. If we get Wellbeing right everything else gets easier’.


Mrs Emma Bylsma
Head of Student Wellbeing

Assembly Awards

Merit Awards

KK: Week 4 – Milla O’Toole, Archie Bylsma, Harriett Johnston, Andie Zinga.

KK: Week 5 – Mya McLachlan, Jack Caro, Reginald Caskey, Audrey Gaudin.

Courtesy Points

Lovely Manners:  Week 4 – Jack Caro, Archie Bylsma.

Excellent Behaviour: Week 4 – Georgiana Saran, Alice Jones.

Citizenship Points

Being Kind:  Week 4 – Archie Bylsma, Mya McLachlan.

School Values: Week 4 – Saxon Haynes, Harriett Johnston.

The Regional Engagement Enterprise

MysTREE Box Challenge

On Monday 5th November, Kinross Wolaroi held the inaugural MysTREE Box Challenge cooking competition for Orange high schools. James Sheahan Catholic High School and the Orange Christian School entered teams together with four teams from KWS. All of these students are either taking hospitality as a Stage 6 subject or Food Technology in Stage 5.

The students had to design a 3-course meal from mystery local ingredients. These ingredients were kindly donated by Farmgate Butchery, Biteriot, MSM Milling, Manildra Group Flour Mill, Carbeen Pasture Raised Organic Eggs, Trunkey Creek Bacon and Abilene Olive Grove. The morning began with a research session before the students had 3-hours to cook their meals for guest judges Michael Manners, Kate Bracks and Alison Karbowiak.

Every school and team produced some outstanding meals, especially given that there were no ovens in the DPA! The winning team of James Wright, Jema O’Neill and Flo Conway was from Kinross Wolaroi! An outstanding achievement and a brilliant day that we hope to replicate as an annual event.



Year 7 PDHPE students have recently completed their unit on Local, Healthy Foods. Within this topic they have explored food trends, the concept of Paddock to Plate and the 100-mile diet. Their assessment task required them to investigate opportunities to buy local here in Orange and to design a 3-course meal showcasing local produce.

Last term the students planted seedlings in our market garden beds and last week they harvested these. They used their bounty together with our own eggs and bacon to cook up a class meal.


PLC Planting

Year 9 and 10 boarders spend Sunday 4th November planting up a storm at PLC. The students clipped the wings of their new chooks, mulched, composted and weeded the garden beds, and planting up their seeds and seedlings ready for harvest in the new year. If you haven’t been up to check out the PLC Vege garden, make sure you go for a wonder when you are next there.


The TREE Team

Our co-curricular enterprise team have been busy selling the produce they created with local smallgoods maker Stefan Birmili. The students sold over 250 of their homemade sausages at the Prep School Open Day, have finished curing, smoking and slicing their own bacon, and have recently taken delivery of their 10 Christmas hams.


Look out for them at our Celebration of Learning Evening on Saturday!


Mr Tom Riley

Director of TREE

Information and Communications Technology

Frog Tip - Smartphones (iPhone and Androids)

Your Smartphone/iPad is a computer with a limited amount of computing resources. You may not be able to open a lot of Apps and a lot of Frog pages at the same time. If you find Frog is not responding properly try closing some Apps, and/or close some of your Frog pages by clicking on the X in the top left hand corner of the page.

It’s also useful practice to make sure you have free storage on your device. Try deleting some videos/photos from your device if it is running slowly, having 15% of free space may help your device perform better.


Mr Darryn Marjoram
Director of Information Services, ICT

Prep Performing Arts Press

Dates for you diary

Week 5 – Year 3 Instrumental concert – 2.35pm PT

Week 6 – Last rehearsal for co-curricular ensembles except Koristers

Week 7 – Camps Week

Week 8 – Monday December 3 - 7.45am – Koristers rehearsal for KWS Carol Service

Tuesday December 4 – Prep Celebration Assembly DPA 10am

Tuesday December 4 – KWS Carol Service, DPA 6.30pm (Koristers to arrive at 6pm)

Prep Performing Arts Assembly

Yesterday we were able to acknowledge some of the incredible work that students have been doing in the realm of performing arts this year. Students received awards for contribution to our co-curricular program, private tuition programs and our drama program. Students who undertook their AMEB and IMEB exams over the last few months also received their certificates for achieving these exams which certainly takes commitment, hard work and dedication.

Ex-KWS students Any Stevens was in attendance to hand out some of the medals and addressed the audience candidly sharing why music was important to her throughout her schooling. She spoke very passionately to encourage our young student to work hard to find something they love and work hard at it.  We were extremely fortunate to have Amy perform for us demonstrating her wonderful musicality and fascinating looping skills. It was such a treat to have Amy share her passion and talent with us and she was equally amazed at the hard work and talent of our prep school performing arts students.


Amy Stevens Speech

When I started learning the violin in kindergarten at Kinross Wolaroi School, we had no music centre. My violin teacher, John Gould (I would later learn with Lorraine Moxey in Year 10 when she came to the school), would come into the school every week and teach me in the broom closet between two classrooms. It was at this incredibly early age that I experienced the depth of passion and dedication from the teachers around me at this school, and the wider community, that would propel me into life as a professional musician.

A few years later in Year 5, I vividly remember standing on the oval before a game of infamous touch football with Mr Hordynsky, when one of the kids mentioned something about what they wanted to be when they grew up. His spontaneous response has stuck in my mind for 30 years: “do what you love, what you’re passionate about, and find a way to make a living from it”.

I had a rough emotional time when I got to high school, though I hid it really well. When your body changes and your mind is still forming, it can be hard to stay grounded and focused because life seems both incredibly exciting and daunting all at once. I quietly struggled socially in high school and didn’t realise that my sensitivity and openness would one day be the strength that now drives my creativity. Fortunately, I have two very passionate parents that lead by example and seeing them love what they do every day reminded me of Mr H’s advice.

I was never very interested in becoming a violinist when I left school but when I met the viola at the age of 22, I fell in love and my life started to make sense. I was accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and very soon I was traveling overseas for lessons and performances. I worked for an orchestra in Spain, I was paid $500 for 30 minutes with the world’s top string teacher in London, and I went for tea with the viola section of the Vienna Philhamonia, the world’s most famous orchestra. I backpacked around Europe with my viola, taking lessons and playing where I could. I spent an entire year living on a cruise ship, playing music every day, and travelling across North America, Japan, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia. Travel and music seemed to me the perfect dream, and still does.

Yet, interestingly, in between all of my travels, I returned to Orange to visit my family and keep in touch with the community here. Every time I return I’m able to remember where I’ve come from, how much I’ve grown, and be grateful for the incredibly safe, supportive environment we are so blessed to have in this country.

This last visit has been an extended one of a few years, because I’ve finally found my musical voice by combining my great love of singing and playing the viola. You see, before violin became my main musical pursuit, I loved to sing. The first major singing role I ever played was Loretta in Mr H’s production of Best Shot in The West. I won’t tell you what year that was, but it was a long time ago. And the community is still giving me endless opportunities, as I’m excited to announce that the Orange Regional Arts Foundation awarded me their inaugural Jump Start Arts grant to travel to America next year for a month to learn songwriting at the Berklee College of Music. I cannot tell you how excited I am for the future musicians at this school whose ears are listening to this story today, because they are on a journey paved with opportunity, thanks to the passion, dedication and foresight of their teachers, leaders and community organisations in the Central West. I am living proof of this, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to now give back to this community as a teacher.

Thank you to the school for inviting me here today to speak to the students, and in closing, I have a very important message:

To the future musicians, story tellers, content makers and social media influencers sitting in the audience today: your generation is going to change our world. You are learning to communicate in ways that my generation could never have imagined. Your heart and passion is very strong now and you’ll soon enter high school when things might possibly start to cloud your vision, and your passion. Stand strong in what you want to do, and don’t forget it. Listen to your parents and teachers, but don’t forget what you dreamed of during this time in your life, because it will find you again, as it found me at age of 35. Your life, our community and the world will be that much richer for you being a part of it in this way.

Amy’s song writing journey can be followed at and on Facebook & Instagram

Bands Concert

As a celebration of all things woodwind, brass and percussion, we hosted our inaugural Band Concert on Tuesday this week. The concert took place in the area outside the back of the PT which, given the beautiful evening, was a lovely place to spend an evening listening to some fantastic music. The concert involved students in Junior Band, Prep Band, Intermediate Woodwind Ensemble, Senior Woodwind Ensemble, Stage Band, Sax ensemble and SWE and included a wide range of band repertoire. It was a wonderful way to see the progression of playing from our junior ensembles through to our most experienced senior school players. We hope to have some of the photos uploaded to Frog in the coming days.

Performing Arts Assembly Awards

Music Medals

Prep Strings - Ruby Coulton

Junior Strings - Angelina McRae

Prep Band - Campbell Miller

Junior Band - Andrew Caskey

Prep Percussion Ensemble - Daisy Wilson

Koristers - Molly Slack-Smith

Junior Dance - Alice Scholte

Speech & Drama - Isabella Lloyd-George

1-2 Choir - George Nash

1-2 Choir - Eliza Lord

3-4 Choir - Lexi Wilkin

3-4 Choir - Austin Schaapveld

5-6 Choir - Charles Gill

5-6 Choir - Nina Smedley


Drama Medals

5-6 Drama 2018 - Charles Gill

5-6 Drama 2018 - Charles Hansen

5-6 Drama 2018 - Lolli-Rose Pasquali

5-6 Drama 2018 - Nina Smedley


Drama Certificates

1-2 Drama 2018 - Vivaan Desai

1-2 Drama 2018 - Ella Kerdic

1-2 Drama 2018 - Eliza Lord

1-2 Drama 2018 - George Nash

1-2 Drama 2018 - Arad Safeer

3-4 Drama 2018 - Drew Carslake

3-4 Drama 2018 - Thomas Hansen

3-4 Drama 2018 - Maddison Lawry

3-4 Drama 2018 - Alice Scholte

5-6 Drama 2018 - Maya Bracks

5-6 Drama 2018 - Angus Croft

5-6 Drama 2018 - Matilda Quigley

5-6 Drama 2018 - William Steventon

5-6 Drama 2018 - Elsie Sutherland

5-6 Drama 2018 - Lachlan Watts


IMEB Speech and Drama Certificates

Pre-Grade 1 - Nicholas Balcomb

Pre-Grade 1 - Janette Proudford-Nalder

Pre-Grade 3 - Mia Essex

Grade 1 - Hamish Buckley

Grade 1 - Anoushka de Brito

Grade 1 - Keeley O’Toole

Grade 1 - Alexandra Whitehead

Grade 2 - Sam Balcomb

Grade 2 - William Garard

Grade 2 - Olive Glover

Grade 2 - Caitlin Reid

Grade 3 - Maya Bracks

Grade 3 - Charlotte Buckley

Grade 3 - Kajan Kandeepan

Grade 3 - Krishan Kandeepan

Grade 3 - Samuel Martin

Grade 3 - Finn O’Toole

Grade 3 - Jack Steventon

Grade 3 - Olivia Watts

Grade 3 - Olivia Wilson

Grade 4 - Alice Commins

Grade 4 - Alice Hansen

Grade 4 - Isabella Lloyd George

Grade 4 - Ava Rouse

Grade 4 - Alice Scholte

Grade 4 - Lachlan Watts


AMEB Music Certificates

Preliminary - Charlotte Buckley (Piano)

Preliminary - Harry Chapman (Piano)

Preliminary - Angus Croft (Piano)

Preliminary - Austin Cutter (Piano)

Preliminary - David King (Piano)

Preliminary - Angelina McRae (Piano)

Preliminary - Thomas Robson (Piano)

Preliminary - Olivia Wilson (Violin)

Grade 1 - Kate Adams (Violin)

Grade 1 - Grace Bylsma (Piano)

Grade 1 - Seamus Dwyer (Trumpet)

Grade 1 - Thomas Goodsir (Euphonium)

Grade 1 - William Karrasch (Clarinet)

Grade 1 - Timothy Lowther (Piano)

Grade 1 - Samuel Martin (Violin)

Grade 1 - Kaydn McLachlan (Trumpet)

Grade 1 - Angelina McRae (Violin)

Grade 1 - James McRae (Piano)

Grade 1 - Georgia Miller (Horn)

Grade 1 - Isobella Montagliani (Violin)

Grade 1 - Cameron Nash (Piano)

Grade 1 - Lolli-Rose Pasquali (Violin)

Grade 1 - Matthew Roper (Trumpet)

Grade 1 - Matthew Roper (Piano)

Grade 1 - Helen Suthers (Violin)

Grade 1 - Spencer Williams (Piano)

Grade 1 - Tessa Wong (Piano)

Grade 2 - Ava Buesnel (Violin)

Grade 2 - Joshua de Bruyn (Cello)

Grade 2 - Jack Dunworth (Trombone)

Grade 2 - Finn Dwyer (Trombone)

Grade 2 - Seamus Dwyer (Trumpet)

Grade 2 - Hannah Jones (Piano)

Grade 2 - Kajan Kandeepan (Violin)

Grade 2 - Roger Kircher (Piano)

Grade 2 - Cameron Nash (Cello)

Grade 2 - Lucia Varian (Violin)

Grade 2 - Lachlan Watts (Trumpet)

Grade 3 - Ruby Coulton (Violin)

Grade 3 - Isaac de Bruyn (Violin)

Grade 3 - Krishan Kandeepan (Cello)

Grade 3 - William Knight (Violin)

Grade 3 - Olivia Martin (Trumpet)

Grade 3 - Madeline Sinclair (Violin)

Grade 3 - Molly Slack-Smith (Horn)

Grade 3 - Molly Slack-Smith (Piano)


Studio Certificates

Excellence in Strings 2018 - William Knight

Most Improved in Strings 2018 - Isaac de Bruyn

Outstanding Effort in Strings 2018 - Krishan Kandeepan

Most Improved in Strings 2018 - Cameron Nash

Most Improved in Strings 2018 - Lolli-Rose Pasquali

Excellence in Brass 2018 - Molly Slack-Smith

Excellence in Brass 2018 - Olivia Martin

Excellence in Brass 2018 - Sienna Wilkin

Most Improved in Brass 2018 - Timothy Lowther

Most Improved in Woodwind 2018 - Sarah Choi

Most Improved in Woodwind 2018 - Lara Wheelhouse

Most Improved in Woodwind 2018 - Bridget Horne

Most Improved in Woodwind 2018 - Jessica Thompson

Most Improved in Guitar 2018 - Floriana Jackson-Le Couteur

Excellence in Drums 2018 - Campbell Miller

Most Improved in Drums 2018 - William Payne

Most Improved in Drums 2018 - Oliver Roach

Most Improved in Piano 2018 - James McRae

Most Improved in Piano 2018 - Angus Croft

Most Improved in Piano 2018 - Matthew Roper

Outstanding Application & Effort to Piano 2018 - Charlotte Buckley

Outstanding Application & Effort to Piano 2018 - Spencer Williams

Most Improved in Speech & Drama 2018 - Charlotte Buckley

Most Improved in Speech & Drama 2018 - Finn O'Toole

Application and Effort in Speech and Drama 2018 - Lachlan Watts

Outstanding Effort in Speech and Drama 2018 - Krishan Kandeepan

Most Improved in Prep Strings 2018 - Bonnie McPhee

Excellence in Prep Strings 2018 - Madeline Sinclair

Excellence in Six Strings 2018 - Angus Croft

Excellence in Junior Strings 2018 - Isobella Montagliani

Most Improved in Junior Strings 2018 - Willa Paix

Most Improved in Prep Band 2018 - Jack Dunworth

Outstanding Contribution to Prep Band 2018 - Sarah Choi

Most Improved in Junior Band 2018 - Georgia Philippe

Outstanding Contribution to Junior Band 2018 - Kaydn McLachlan

Outstanding Contribution to Percussion Ensemble 2018 - Emma Aldersey

Outstanding Contribution to Percussion Ensemble 2018 - Oliver Chandler-Sullivan

Excellence in Percussion Ensemble 2018 - Matilda Quigley

Outstanding Contribution to Koristers 2018 - Elsie Sutherland

Outstanding Contribution to Koristers 2018 - Madeline Sinclair

Outstanding Contribution to Junior Dance 2018 - Lucinda Reidy

Outstanding Contribution to Junior Dance 2018 - Olivia Wilson

Most Improved in 1-2 Choir 2018 - Darcie Marshall

Outstanding Contribution to 1-2 Choir 2018 - Annabelle Maslin

Excellence in 1-2 Choir 2018 - Lucas Choi

Outstanding Contribution to 3-4 Choir 2018 - Lily Moe

Excellence in 3-4 Choir 2018 - Julia Bligh

Excellence in 3-4 Choir 2018 - Samuel Martin

Outstanding Contribution to 5-6 Choir 2018 - Helen Suthers

Excellence in 5-6 Choir 2018 - Molly Slack-Smith

Excellence in 5-6 Choir 2018 - Seamus Dwyer


Mrs K Sinclair
Prep Music Co-ordinator

Prep Sports News

Summer Sport & 2019

A reminder: next week is the last week for summer sport training 2018. There is NO training on Monday 19 November due to the Year 6 Farewell. Training will be as per normal on Wednesday though.

Next year, summer sport continues. Students stay in their groups (tennis, swimming, triathlon, cricket) with the exception of the touch football group that moves to basketball. Year 3 will stay together as a cohort to learn the skills of AFL.

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

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

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

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

For Triathlon: KWS Prep Triathlon

For Cricket: KWS Prep Cricket

Outside Sporting News

Kaydn McLachlan

Congratulations to Kaydn who has been selected to play Tennis with the Secondary School tennis team to compete in the WAS competition. Kaydn is in year 3 competing against year 7 & 8 students. He had a successful start to the season, winning both his double match and singles match at All Saints on the weekend. Well done Kaydn.

Sport Dates for the Diary

19-21 November: K-2 Swimming Program

21 November: K-2 Swim Carnival 1.30pm

21 November: Last Summer Sport training


Mrs Louise Barrett

KWS Prep Sport & PE Co-ordinator

Library News

International Games Week

It was International Games Week last week and on Thursday the library was declared a device free zone at lunch time. Instead the students were given the opportunity to play a range of board and card games. Lots of fun was had by all who came along, and the request was made to do it again. We are looking at doing it at least fortnightly and encourage students to request what games they would like included.

Book Tree

Come and see our ‘Book Tree’ and decorate it with a star to tell everyone what books you enjoyed reading in 2018.

Overdue Books

Students in Years 7 to 11 should have received an email if they have overdue Library books. Please return any overdue library books before the end of the school year.

Holiday Reading

Borrowing will be available to students over the Christmas Holidays as long as they have no overdue library books. We will give you a list of what you have borrowed so you can keep track of you books and they will be due on you return to school in 2019.

Don’t forget about the eBooks and audio books we have available. Instructions for their use is available on the Library Frog page or come and see the library staff and we will be happy to help you access them.

Christmas Giving

Some children and teenagers don’t have access to great books due to disadvantage or homelessness. This Christmas let’s help a child get their own book for Christmas.

  1. Bring in a new or ‘gently used’ second hand (It needs to look as good as new) book that you would like to be given.
  2. Wrap the book in Christmas wrap, or bring it to school and wrap it in the library (we will have all you need to do so here).
  3. Complete a label indicating if it is for a boy or a girl, what age and either from your first name or ‘a friend’ ( we will have labels here in the library to use).
  4. Place the wrapped and labelled book into one of the ‘Christmas boxes around our ‘Book Tree’. We will arrange for them to be given out.

Don’t forget the Library is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday for study, reading or a catch up with friends.


Mrs Nicole Deans

Acting Senior Librarian


Term Planner Reminders

The last of our regular assemblies for 2018 will be held on Monday 19 November at 12:30pm in the DPA, this is a variation from our usual Tuesdays and at a different time so please make a note in your diaries. The Term 4 House Awards will be presented.

K-2 classes will commence swim school on Monday 19 through to Wednesday 21 concluding with the K-2 swimming carnival from 2pm on Wednesday. All parents of K-2 students are welcome to come along.

Also on Monday 19 November, Year 5 will be hosting the Year 6 Farewell in the DPA from 6:30pm.  Please refer to the information previously sent for details for the night.

If there are any questions about any of the above events, please contact the Prep Office. 

Gail Kennewell

SRC Walk-a-thon - Thursday 8 November

For two weeks the SRC have been promoting a local charity, ’Let’s Make Better’, where the school family has been collecting food donations. The SRC was amazed with the support shown with over 630 grocery items donated. 

A sunny Thursday provided the perfect backdrop for the Prep School’s SRC to hold their final event for 2018 a Walk-a-thon.  The House flags were raised and Peer Support groups re-connected as the students studied the map ready to set off on the Walk-a-thon.

Thank you to Mrs Rochelle Ashcroft from IGA for attending the Walk-a-thon event where the SRC were able to present Let’s Make Better organisation with the many grocery items donated by our Prep School families.

The Students walked for an hour collecting house points for each lap completed. It was truly a team effort!

The final results for the afternoon were:

  • Douglas - 153
  • Gordon - 189
  • Brown - 233
  • McLachlan - 251

A huge thank you to the Staff for your help in directing the traffic and supervising the ‘rest area’. The students enjoyed themselves and more importantly got behind the ideas of their SRC. The music playing created a great atmosphere and the SRC were pleased to see all their planning fall into place.

Rebecca Essex
SRC Co-ordinator

K-2 Portrait Bags

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

Code Camp

A reminder for the Code Camp being run in the upcoming holidays with information having been emailed to parents earlier in this week.


KWS Gets Cooking!

We are very excited to announce that we are creating our very own cookbook!

You can get involved with the project by submitting a recipe, joining the team to help with recipe testing and editing or by supporting the project through donations (in kind ingredients or skills).

For more information or to submit a recipe, please visit our website: 


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

Uniform Appointments


Dates for your diary

15 Nov – 2019 New Students Orientation Day
19 Nov – Assembly – T4 House Awards
19 Nov – Year 6 Farewell
19 – 21 Nov – K-2 Swim school
21 Nov – K-2 Swimming carnival
26 – 30 Nov – Outdoor Education Week
4 Dec – Celebration Assembly
4 Dec – Prep School year finished
5 Dec – Speech Day
Gail Kennewell

Upcoming Events

TREE Celebration of Learning


STEM Exhibition


Christmas Carols Service


KWS Prep School Fortnightly Bulletin
Wilfred Owen
Guest of Honour Amy Stevens with Prep Music Leaders