Kingswood High School
** Term 3 ~ August, 2006 **
Mr P. Erickson
• Congratulation to Mr Gregory Skeoch (Head Teacher Science, Mitchell
High) who was successful in the merit selection process for the vacant
Deputy Principal position at our school. I would also like to welcome Mrs
Tania Robson who was selected to fill the vacant Support Teacher
position and who has already commenced.
• At the beginning of Term 4 Mrs Cherine Spirou from Kingsgrove High
School will join us as our new Head Teacher Science. Many of you met
her at out Year 10 to 11 Subject Selection evening. Mrs Spirou is a very
experienced teacher who has obtained outstanding HSC results with her
students especially in Physics.
• Congratulation to all those involved in this years Rock Eisteddfod. It
was Kingswood High Schools first year in the Open division and our
students did extremely well winning five awards. It was good to see so
many parents and staff at the heats held at Homebush. I would
especially like to thank Ms. Waterson who is the schools Rock
Eisteddfod coordinator and puts in countless hours making costumes and
attending rehearsals. Other key staff members were Ms. Douglass, Ms.
Galea and Mr Kotyk but it was a whole school effort. Well done. A big
thank you to Westbus our major sponsor.
• I hope all the student and staff attending this week’s school PD/ Health
/PE ski trip have a very enjoyable and safe time on the slopes.
• The school’s History / Language trip to Italy is also getting close
departing on the 28th September.
• Congratulation to Miss Galea and the Year 12 Drama students for their
performance evening on the 8th August. I and all in attendance
thoroughly enjoyed the showcasing of our students talents.
• Year 12 and Year 10 Trials are coming around very fast (weeks 5 and 6
– 14th to 25th August) so I hope all our students are ensuring that their
revision and study notes are prepared and that they are committing the
necessary amount of time to study to give them the best possible
outcome. Good luck.
• At the end of last term we had the culmination of our joint primary
feeder schools/high school project funded by the Commonwealth
Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics
(ASISTM). This involved the training by Kingswood High staff of
primary teachers in scientific methodology, the purchase of science
equipment for the primary schools, the writing of innovative teaching
programs and following their completion a science competition. Three
winning students from each feeder school, Claremont Meadows Primary,
Kingswood Primary, Kingswood South Primary, Penrith Primary and
Orchard Hills Primary went with the winning Year 7 students from KHS
to Canberra for a two day visit to science facilities. The joint program
was an outstanding success and I would like to thank our colleagues in
each of the primary schools for their excellent support and efforts.
• On the 22nd of September we will be holding a Literacy Development
Training Day. This will involve a staff member form each faculty being
trained as a Literacy coordinator followed by an evening training
component for all staff on enhancing literacy outcome in our students.
This is part of the school Priority School Funding (PSFP) initiative.
• On behalf of the school I would like to pass on our best wishes to
Michael Hyslop who will be competing later this month in 5 individual
events in the Australian Open Short Course Swimming Championship in
Hobart. Good luck Michael.
• A reminder that all the latest school information is placed on the school
Web site www.kingswoodhigh.nsw.edu.au which is updated weekly.
Ms S. Brown
Acting Deputy Principal 8, 10, 12
Welcome back to term 3, it has been a very busy term so far and will only
continue to get more hectic in the lead up to the HSC for our year 12
The subject selection evening was very successful with a large contingent of
parents turning up to listen to guest speakers and speak to teachers about
the subjects on offer for our current year 8 and year 10 students. It is often
quite a daunting task to choose subjects, especially for our parents who are
trying to guide their child, as curriculum has undergone a dramatic change
since they were at school; however it is important that students select
subjects that they enjoy, as they are more likely to be engaged in them.
We recently hosted a group of boys from Solihull School, an independent
school in England. The group comprised of two teams (32 boys) and were on a
hockey tour of Australia and Singapore. The first team played the Sydney
West team, they displayed a high level of skill and teamwork and won the
game 4-1, the no.2 team played a Kingswood High team, with a few extras, and
played an entertaining match which ended in a 2-2 draw. At the end of the
games I spoke to the teachers from the school and discovered that the
school is quite a prestigious school and in fact has their own synthetic field!.
Just a thought for next years budget allocation!. I must say an absolutely
huge thankyou to Ms. McCullen for all her hard work in organising the billets,
Mrs Beaton for her help on the day and all the families for opening their
homes to the boys and billeting them, there were a few teary goodbyes the
next day and I am sure that the boys would have fond memories of their stay
August 13th will see the “Kingswood Kamikaze Ski Team” hit the slopes of
Perisher Blue, it is hoped that the 40 students and staff will be greeted with
powder snow and enjoy the opportunity to learn and improve their skills in
skiing and snowboarding.
Week 5 is the start of the trial HSC for our year 12 students, it is important
that the students see this as an important opportunity to hone their skills for
the Board of Studies exams later in October. Year 12 students are still
expected to attend school right up to 29th September and still be engaged in
meaningful work, ensuring that they get as much out of these last few weeks
Ms K. McKell
Acting Deputy Principal 7, 9, 11
NSW Health Vaccinations for Year 7 are coming up at the end of August. The
date is Monday the 28th of August and this is the second injection for
hepatitis B disease. If your child did not participate in the first injection
then they are not able to be vaccinated this time round. Please book in with
your family doctor if your child has missed out. This service is provided by
the NSW Health Dept not the Department of Education and Training.
Please ensure that your child is aware of “Stranger Danger”. I know that we
are a high school and this is a primary school term but sometimes our
students can forget the basic training that they received in primary school. I
was notified this week by one of the year 9 students that she was followed
by a man in a car on the way to school. Remind your child not to interact with
people they don’t know. If a car pulls up along side them and asks directions
not to get close to the driver or the car. To walk briskly to their destination
and to either tell a parent (if it is on the way home from school) or tell one of
the deputies (if it is on the way to school). The police need to know if there is
inappropriate activity happening so if you as a parent have been informed by
your child please pass this information onto the police.
Snr Constable Kristy Williams will be conducting workshops with Year 8.
Monday 11th of September will be the bullying and assault workshop with
Monday 18th of September being behaviour in a public place.
It is that time of the year again and some of our Year 11 students are looking
at the prefects’ role and putting their name in for nomination. This role in the
school is that of a school leader and we expect our school leaders to behave
in a way that brings credit to the school. These are the requirements for our
Promote the school Code of Conduct through their actions.
Maintain excellent school attendance.
Always wear school uniform and their school badges.
Be assigned a Staff Mentor who will assist in the development of
Be assigned a junior year to mentor and attend weekly assemblies.
Be present at Formal Year Assemblies.
Chair weekly school assemblies.
Meet on a regular basis with Prefect Co-ordinators.
Be actively involved in promoting and contributing to school-wide programs,
including Time Out, Anti-Bullying Programs, NIM etc.
Be willing to be trained and operate as Peer Mediators.
Complete set playground duty weekly.
Be involved in the preparation for and planning of yearly Presentation
Represent students on School Committees.
Mrs Morris has attended meetings with Year 11 and the election of our new
leaders will occur on the 23 – 25th of August. The prefects elect will then
prepare speeches to present to the Executive where the school captains are
The Safe Schools “Connectedness” Project has begun and there are
competitions happening each fortnight in roll call. Some roll call classes are
really enjoying the challenge of the quizzes and are trying hard to win the
There will be interviews with every junior student over the next couple of
weeks with regards to the Semester One reports. The interviewers will be
focusing on where to improve and the subjects in most need of improvement.
We are hoping that the students will use the information and work harder to
develop skills so that Semester Two shows a big improvement.
THE NEXT P&C MEETING WILL BE HELD ON
WEDNESDAY 16th AUGUST 2006 AT 7.30 PM IN THE
LIBRARY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING AS MANY
PARENTS AS POSSIBLE.
STAFF CAR PARK
Parents are reminded that the school car park is for staff only.
Please drop off and pick up your children in Smith Street or in
front of the school on Bringelly Road. Parents are not to drive
into or drop off students in the school bus bay. The Police
have booked parents who have illegally parked. Thanking you for
Secure Internet browsing and email for students
The following letter was distributed to all students in week two of this term.
If you have any objections to this Departmental directive please let the
school know in writing.
Dear Parent or Caregiver,
The NSW Department of Education and Training is committed to providing a secure e-
Learning environment to enrich learning opportunities for all students in NSW public
schools. During 2006 your child/children will be provided with access to secure Internet
browsing and email.
Email is a method of communicating on the Internet by sending and receiving written
messages. Your child’s/children’s email account is protected by software to block out
inappropriate messages. Your child/children will be provided with an individual username
and password to access filtered Internet browsing and email at school. Their user name
and password will ensure that they receive Internet filtering and that no one else can
access their email.
All students who use the Internet at school are taught that they must follow the code of
conduct outlined in each school’s Student Access to the Internet Policy. This policy
includes the action that may be taken by a school if students do not follow this code of
conduct. This policy also follows specific privacy guidelines which make it clear that
personal information and information that would mean they could be identified is not to
be revealed and that personal account details remain confidential. Contact the school if
you would like a full copy of this policy.
Students will be able to access their personal email from computers at home and other
locations through private Internet service providers. All Internet browsing at home will be
directed through your own Internet service provider. We recommend that you install
filtering software at home and be aware of filtering software at other locations.
As long as your child/children are enrolled at a public school or TAFE college in NSW
they will have access to secure Internet browsing and email. The NSW Department of
Education and Training respects your right as a parent to refuse your child
permission to access this facility. If you do not agree to your child having access
to this facility, you will need to provide notification in writing to the school within
2 school weeks of receiving this letter.
Parents can contact the school at any time and request for an e-Learning account to be
provided to their child/children. This request should be forwarded to the school in writing.
Further information about secure Internet browsing and email is available on the NSW
Department of Education and Training website at: www.det.nsw.edu.au or by
telephoning or emailing the school.
Rock Eisteddfod Challenge 2006
“Children of Africa”
Kingswood High School first entered the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge in 2005
and won the Small Teams Section. In 2006, we ventured into the more
challenging section of “Open Division”. Moana Waddell, Kayla Prakisch and
Sandy Makareth’s enthusiasm in organising a “Showcase of Talent” in Term 4
last year and many dance auditions, was exceptional. This inspired more than
150 students to audition for Rock Eisteddfod, with rehearsals commencing in
Term 2. Nina Milner-Peacock came on board once again as our talented
choreographer, working closely with our enthusiastic senior dancers, to
choreograph our performance. Ms. Waterson again took a major role as our
Rock Eisteddfod coordinator and in costume development. Ms. Galea in
lighting and acting. Mr Kotyk and Mr Tepper made our excellent props and
back drops which were painted by Ms. Douglas and her outstanding student
support team. Again works of art. Mr Phil Sawyers (Remote Control Recording
ph. 0438 620 314) developed our award winning sound track. Mrs Hirst, Mrs
Ford-Davis, Ms. McKell, Mr Procter, Mr Ross-New and a large team of
teachers all spent many out of school hours preparing our team of over 120
Strong linkages were made between the number of African children that
would die during our 8 minute performance due to malnutrition, military
combat, malaria and AIDS and how both poor and wealthy nations face these
challenges a contrast being drawn to the sad death of Peter Allen due to
We travelled to the State Sports Centre, Homebush on Tuesday 8th August,
where our students performed admirably and with a level of enthusiasm and
commitment not previously seen in rehearsals. Unfortunately we were not
successful in qualifying for the Sydney Grand Finals, but did extremely well
and received very positive feedback from the judges for our performance.
We received amazing support from the school and local community, through
donations of transport, money, food, fabric and countless hours of time from
teachers, parents, family and friends. We would especially like to thank
Westbus our major sponsor and Bunnings and M.P. Karen Paluzzano for their
sponsorship. It has been a great learning experience and has given many
students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and work
together as a team to produce a fantastic performance. Thank you to
everyone involved and especially parents who attended our (sewing/props)
Awards won on the night include:
• Rock Eisteddfod Challenge:
Award of Excellence for School Community Support.
• Cancer Institute of NSW:
Award of Excellence for Environmental or Social Awareness
• Australian Government, Dept of Families, Community Services and
Dept of Education, Science & Training:
Award of excellence for Concept
• Hot 30 countdown :
Award of Excellence for Soundtrack
• University of NSW :
Award of Excellence for Performance Skill
Cast and Crew
Zaynab Al-Jerman Jillian Flack Kayla Prakisch Janos Bertalan
Emily Alport Tamara Friebel Monique Quinn Jessica Brannan
Charmie Andutan Talia Gibbs Dale Rafferty- Jade Carroll
Demi Armstrong- Aaron Gilbert Tony Rakaupai Josh Davis
Rebecca Asquith Jaimi Herrick Eddie Richter Samantha Dwyer
Belinda Bartush Rebekah Hills Amanda Robar Alan Hardiman
Jody Borwell Micheal Hyslop Chontelle Roberts Lisa Mancer
Amy Borwell Wade Kaleth Matthew Russell Paul Matthews
Catherine Brain Joanna Keramidas Melissa Russell Ashley McFarland
Shalisa Brewster Urshla Kere Rebecca Ryan Amanda Moore
Jessia Burton Micheal Kuban Amy Ryan Courtney Oglesby
Rachel Carson Issac Lee Jesse Sene Lefao Katherine Olsen-Cole
Elizabeth Catlett Melinda Levinge Natasha Sesperez Daniel Pride
Cherilyn Catlett Kaylee Lonsdale Sue Sibanda Lisa Rakaupai
Mohitesh Charan Sandy Mackereth Nayasha Takayidza Taryne Rogers
Jaymi Chatto Kristen Malone Tinashe Takayidza Brad Ryan
Micheal Churchward Jelena Manojlovic Cassandra Thomas Suzanne Sene Lefao
Jade Clarke Gemma Mavo Jamie Lee Thomas Warren Wilson
Jamie-Lee Considine Jade Miller Jessica Thomas Nina Milner-Peacock
Jackie Cooper Crystal Mobbs Brian Tiki Nyree Waterson
Ben Cotterill Shardai Moukbel Elaine Tortal Belinda Douglass
Lisa Crock Prisca Moyo Tai Tuivasa Bob Procter
Shannon Crozier- Taila Murray Angelique Ulrich Andrew Tepper
Nicole Dawes Monish Naiker Greg Waddell Kim Galea
Erin Drayton Karina Osborne Joel Waddell Brandon Kotyk
Aaron Drollet Naomi Ostrowski Moana Waddell Paul Ross-New
Emma Dunn Allison Palfrey Taiana Waddell Simone McCullen
Abdullah El-Haddad Melinda Palfrey Mathew Waddington Amanda Knight
Osama El-Khatib Emma Palmer Jessica Willcocks Terry Davis
Carmina El-Khatib Matthew Palmer Denise Ford-Davis
Iris Fan Rachel Palmer Jeanette Bright
Rebecca Fan Shaun Peters Karl Erickson
Rehearsals in the Hall
Sewing Working Bee
Rock Eisteddfod Heats
State Sports Centre- Homebush
1st August 2006
Some of our stars of the performance
On Thursday 26th June the school was delighted to welcome to Kingswood High 160
students and 4 teachers from Fukushima Kogyo High School, Japan. These cultural
exchanges provide our students with a unique opportunity to interact with students
from another country and culture. A
buddy system operated with each of our
students and a student from Japan
sharing in number of activities throughout
the day. Our thanks to Ms McCullen for
organising a very successful day and to
the many teachers who organised
activities in their faculties for the various
groups. Feeding 350 students with a
BBQ lunch was quite an experience.
Zone Athletics Carnival. Kingswood High School had another exceptionally
good performance at the Werrington Zone Athletics carnival. We convincingly
won the Champion School point score, as well as the Boys title. Our Girls again
finished second behind Cranebrook. Our Age Champions were:
1st 2nd 3rd
Jasmine Pizany (12) Matthew Baso (13) Alex Murrell (12)
Mathew Brennan (14) Suzanne Sene Lefao (14) Jessica Hurst (15)
Shayne Ardle (15) Clint McGee (15) Jesse Sene Lefao (17)
Urshla Kere (16)
Kingswood won only 3 of the 12 age team point scores contested, showing that
we had good depth and high participation rates. All athletes contributed to
our win. Many students commented on how their extra training, as part of the
Targeted Sports Program, assisted them in achieving higher placings than
Regional Cross Country A large contingent of Kingswood High students
travelled to International Regatta Centre in June to compete in the Sydney
West Cross Country Championships. Unfortunately, a large number of our
students did not compete for a variety of reasons and we could only fill 4 of
the 8 teams we qualified for. Disappointingly, this cost several students a top
5 team placing.
On the bright side, we had 3 top 10 placings. Clint McGee was our best
performed athlete on the day, finishing an impressive 4th in the 15 yrs race.
Tyron Cooper also qualified for the NSWCHS Championships by finishing 5th
in the 13 yrs event. Congratulations to both of these boys. Our other Top 10
finisher was Samantha Miller who came 9th in the 17 yrs group.
In the teams event, we had two impressive Top 3 placings. Our 13 years Boys
team of Tyron Cooper, Hayden Palmer and Mitchell Miladinski finished 2nd
behind The Hills Sports High School. An excellent achievement boys! Our 16
yrs Girls team of Rebecca Pride, Sarah Hosking, Ashlee Brennan and Amanda
Roy should be extremely proud of their 3rd placing behind The Hills Sports
High and Blaxland High.
NSWCHS Cross Country Two of our athletes competed with distinction at
the NSWCHS Championships, which were held in conjunction with the NSW
All Schools Carnival. Tyron Cooper came 39th in the State. Clint McGee had a
brilliant run in difficult wet conditions and finished in an impressive 9th
position. In addition, Clint was a member of the Sydney West age team which
finished 2nd! Clint proudly accepted his Silver CHS Medal presented on
assembly. Congratulations, Clint, on a brilliant achievement!
Regional Athletics With one of our largest ever teams to compete at a
Sydney West carnival, Kingswood High had a successful two days at the
Sydney West Athletics Championships. Our school finished in 9th position out
of the 56 in the Region. This was a bit below expected and due to a number of
students not competing and not notifying the school before the event. These
students will be dealt with as per the school’s Sports Code of Conduct. It is
particularly upsetting that members of relay teams travel all the way to
Homebush to race on the International track, only to be unable to compete
due to a team member failing to arrive.
We did, however, have a couple of students who performed admirably. Karina
Osborne in the Javelin, Jasmine Pizany in the Long Jump, Adam Toms in the
1500 m Walk, Moana Waddell in the Long Jump and Greg Waddell in the
100m, will be representing Sydney West at the NSWCHS Athletics Carnival
in September. Congratulations to all and good luck! Clint McGee finished 3rd in
the 3000m beating both Hills Sports High competitors. Our 17’s Boys 4x100
m relay team finished a narrow 4th. Moana Waddell jumped into 3rd place in
the Triple Jump and Justin Miller came 3rd in the Discus. Sam Miller
completed the 3000 m Walk in 3rd place. Suzanne Sene Lefao achieved 4th
place in the Shotput just over 30 cm from the winner.
It was an excellent learning experience for all competitors and most had a
very enjoyable couple of days at the carnival.
Grade Sport. The Winter season is just past the halfway mark and
Kingswood High continues to excel. With many of our top athletes choosing
not to represent the school in Grade this season, many of our younger and up-
and-coming athletes have filled the void admirably. After Round 6 (of 10),
Kingswood High is coming 1st in 11 of the 17 Grades we have fielded. Three
teams are placed second, and another 2 are in 3rd. Hopefully our teams can
sustain their form and perform well in the upcoming finals. Our leading teams
at present are:
• Boys Basketball Grades 1,2 & 4
• Boys and Girls Hockey
• Netball Grades 1,2 & 3
• Boys Soccer Grade 1
• Yr 9+10 Rugby League
• Lawn Bowls
Buses. Students and parents are reminded to keep paying off their Thursday
Sport bus money payments. The cost of the bus ticket is for the entire
Winter sport season which runs until September. A position on the bus is
booked for each student who hands in the signed permission sheet and the
entire cost must be met whether the student is present every week or not.
Students who fall behind on payments may be removed from sports requiring
payments. You are also reminded that outstanding sports money payments
may lead to students being unable to attend end of year formals, excursions,
End-of-Year Activities, Grade sport finals and representative sporting
fixtures. Your cooperation is appreciated. Students and parents are again
asked to seriously consider sport options before choosing and signing Sport
Selection forms, especially with Term 4 activities coming up.
Knockout Sports. The Boys KO Touch team had a strong win over Ulladulla
High and have qualified for the State Top 10 playoffs at Coffs Harbour in
late August. This was an excellent team effort from the boys and we wish
them all the best in striving to become one of the best teams in the State.
Well done to Mr Edwards with his coaching of this team.
Breaking News!!! Boys Open Rugby had a win 28 v 19 over Parkes High School
and have now made the final 8 in the state. The convincing win was a team
effort with Dale Chivas scoring 2 tries and Greg Waddell and Matt Gibson 1
try each. Well done boys! and congratulations to the coach Mr Murphy.
It has been a busy time for Zone trials and Regional carnivals. A reminder
that our Zone consists of 6 High schools and that there are 56 member
secondary schools in the Sydney West Region. Congratulations to our
Taiana Waddell Touch Region Moana Waddell Touch Region
AMEER-BEG Rhys Athletics Zone McGEE Clint Athletics Zone
ANDERSEN Jack Athletics Zone McGRATH Brendan Athletics Zone
ARDLE Shayne Athletics Zone McINTOSH Laura Athletics Zone
BASO Matthew Athletics Zone McMILES Branden Athletics Zone
BETHUNE Michael Athletics Zone McNEILLY Arieta Athletics Zone
BRENNAN Mathew Athletics Zone McPHILLIPS Stephen Athletics Zone
BRENNAN Ashlee Athletics Zone MILLER Justin Athletics Zone
BUNTER Catherine Athletics Zone MILLER Jamie Athletics Zone
BURNHAM Jessie Athletics Zone MILLER Samantha Athletics Zone
CALDWELL Gemma Athletics Zone MILLER Raymond Athletics Zone
CARLSON Zach Athletics Zone MORRISON Corey Athletics Zone
FREEMAN Mazz Athletics Zone MURRELL Alex Athletics Zone
CLARKE Emma Athletics Zone O'KELLY Elise Athletics Zone
COOPER Tyron Athletics Zone ORCHER Shawn Athletics Zone
DAVIS Joel Athletics Zone OSBORNE Karina Athletics Zone
Tatjana Athletics Zone OWENS Daniel Athletics Zone
DROLLET Joshua Athletics Zone PAXTON Jessie Athletics Zone
DROLLET Aaron Athletics Zone PAYNE Daniel Athletics Zone
FAHEY Justin Athletics Zone PIZANY Jasmine Athletics Zone
FLACK Jillian Athletics Zone PRIDE Rebecca Athletics Zone
GIBSON Matt Athletics Zone RICHTER Sione Athletics Zone
HILLS Rebekah Athletics Zone ROA Joshua Athletics Zone
HOSKING Sarah Athletics Zone ROLLESTON Samuel Athletics Zone
HURST Jessica Athletics Zone ROY Amanda Athletics Zone
KERE Urshla Athletics Zone SENE LEFAO Suzanne Athletics Zone
LEITCH Joshua Athletics Zone SENE LEFAO Jesse Athletics Zone
MACHU Kurt Athletics Zone SLEWO Ashour Athletics Zone
MARSDEN Ronald Athletics Zone SMITH Joshua Athletics Zone
TAALILI Iszak Athletics Zone TUIVASA Tai Athletics Zone
TAUVAO Andrew Athletics Zone VALLETTA Sarah Athletics Zone
THOMAS Pera Athletics Zone WADDELL Taiana Athletics Zone
TOMS Adam Athletics Zone WADDELL Greg Athletics Zone
TRIBBIA Robert Athletics Zone WADDELL Moana Athletics Zone
TROVATO Stefanie Athletics Zone WHALAN Shane Athletics Zone
Karen Thomas Rugby Region Sarah Valletta Rugby Region
Renae Stubbs Rugby Region Moana Waddell Rugby Region
Tyron Cooper X-Country Region Clint McGee X-Country Region
Karen Thomas Rugby Metro Moana Waddell Rugby Metro
Urshla Kere Rugby Metro Renea Stubbs Rugby Metro
Karina Osborne Athletics Region Greg Waddell Athletics Region
Dale Chivas Softball Region Natasha Djordjevic Lawn Bowls Region
Louren Katague Lawn Bowls Region
Mr G. Holburn
Sports Program Coordinator
The following students have won awards for their efforts as ‘Writers of the
Term’ in term 2. They are:
First Place ~ Michael Morgan
Second Place ~ Elise O’Kelly
Third Place ~ Harley Costen
The prizes of shopping vouchers have been generously donated by the Parents
and Citizens Association. Participation certificates were awarded to Taylah
Crouch and Sumati Prasad.
Vampire Shield - Blood
Congratulations to all the students, staff and
family members who donated blood in the last 12 months on behalf of
Kingswood High. We made 144 donations from July 2005 to June 2006 and
surpassed 500 donations since joining the vampire shield program.
It would be great if we could continue our excellent work donating blood and
the SRC is in the process of process of organising another trip to the
bloodbank for students 16 years and older. We will be donating on Friday 1st
September. Please see Miss Cass or your SRC members if you would like to
New donors will need to complete a confidential Red Cross questionnaire;
parent consent form and all students will still require a permission note and
will need to bring ID on the day.
Anyone giving blood needs to make sure they eat and drink plenty of fluids:
water and / or juice (not coffee or soft drinks) in the morning before giving
blood, otherwise they may not be able to donate blood.
Meanwhile please remember that parents and family members are encouraged
to donate and inform the bloodbank staff that they would like their donation
to be added to the Kingswood High Vampire Shield tally.
Once again, thank you to all those who we able to give blood and we look
forward to even greater numbers in the 2006/07 Vampire Shield.
Inter – School SRC Meeting
On the Tuesday the 25th of July, Louren Katague and I participated in
a meeting for the representatives for the SRC members of the local area.
This included: Jamison High, Cranebrook, Nepean and many more. We first
held a meeting that concluded what the various SRCs had participated in term
two. This included various fundraisers and discos the schools SRCs had
We then had a lunch meal of pizza. After lunch was eaten, everyone was back
at work discussing the various pros and cons of the SRCs, this was very
interesting for myself and Louren. As we found out how some of the other
schools had developed a simple fundraising activity for a charity, into
something so huge the whole community could participate in. The charter for
improving SRCs came around and had to be filled out.
Louren and I found that not much has to be improved
with our SRC and that it runs very effectively
compared to other schools.
The day was very informative and social as we all got a
chance to catch up with the other SRC’s members
that attended. The next meeting will be held on a
Tuesday and is a full day seminar.
SRC - Year 10
OUR WORLD VISION
The SRC have continued to sponsor our
World vision child, Munni from Bangladesh.
She will be eight on the 22nd of
September. We will be sending her a
birthday card and a small gift through the
help of World Vision. We will also be
donating some extra money for a family
that requires emergency items such as
We recently received an annual report on
Munni. She is in good health and is happily
attending primary school. Her favourite
subject is Bangla (Bangladesh language).
She enjoys reading, sport and playing with dolls. She, one day, hopes to
become a teacher. We regularly write to Munni and often received letters
and drawings even though she is only in year 1. We’ve included our latest
photo of Munni.
40 hour Famine
The SRC have organised for students to participate in the 40hour Famine
this August 18-20. We aim to raise $2,500 which will be enough to feed 40
children for 1 year. All funds raised will go to childrenin East Timor and
Southern Africa. Every $40 you raise helps feed and care for 8 kids for one
whole month! So how many kids can you help?
We have prizes for the most money raised and also
other prizes for raising over $50 and $75.
If you students would like to participate, see Miss
Cass or your SRC members to collect a permission
The great thing is, you don't have to give up food.
You could give up technology, furniture or something
else you use a lot. Hope to see get involved!
SRC – Year 12
On the next page is a letter from our member for Lindsay Jackie Kelly
acknowledging our participation in the “Vampire Shield”.
As part of the subject selection process for 2007, on 2nd August, 20 year 10
students went to Nepean TAFE at Kingswood to check out the vocational
courses that can be studied as part of the HSC.
Students participated in hands on workshops in Fitness, Baking, Hospitality,
Beauty, Hairdressing, Nursing, Photography, Design and Electrotechnology.
After morning tea a compulsory workshop with careers counsellors showed
students different aspects of studying at TAFE and how to apply. A barbeque
lunch was provided by the TAFE. The day was most informative and students
now have the chance to apply for the many TVET courses on offer in 2007.
More information on courses can be found at:
Apprenticeships & Traineeships
• RTA Traineeships for 2007
The RTA is seeking enthusiastic people to undertake temporary full time
traineeships for a period of up to 1 year, students currently in Year 12 or
people who have completed year 12 previously, are encouraged to apply.
Certificate 3 Business Administration Traineeships are available at various
locations, for a Traineeship Kit and Application form please phone 1300
361 852 or email email@example.com with the applicant’s full name and
email address. Closing date 25th August 2006.
• Integral Energy Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships in the following areas are available for 2007:
System Electrician, Distribution Powerline, Instrument Fitter, Motor
Mechanic (Heavy Vehicle). We invite students from Year 10 through to
Year 12 with a reasonable aptitude in mathematics. More information on a
career with Integral can be found at our website which you will need to
visit to complete an application form and to book a place for an assessment
covering English, Maths and Science.
• Energy Australia ~ Electrical Engineering (Year 12 Students)
The traineeship combines paid part-time study for the Advanced Diploma
in Electrical Technolgy at TAFE and work experience at Energy Australia.
Attractive salary and work conditions apply. For further information about
our traineeships, please contact Sumaira Cheema on (02) 9394 6663 or at
www.energy.com.au/trainee. We seek students who enjoy maths and
physics, and show an interest in Electrical Engineering.
Applications close on Friday 29th September 2006
• All Trades Group Training ~ Apprenticeships & Traineeships
Have places now for apprentices and trainees across a wide range of
trades and industries. To register your interest book in for an assessment
and/or an information session. You need to speak to us now!! Please call now
on (02) 4732 5577
• Scholarships in Electrical Engineering (Year 12 Students)
Our Scholarship program combines University study in Electrical
Engineering and work experience at Energy Australia. For further in
formation about our scholarships please contact Sumaira Cheema on (02)
9394 6663 or at www.energy.com.au/scholarships. The value of the
scholarship over the five-year period is in excess of $90,000. The
scholarships are not awarded only on academic marks, but a combination of
academic results, personal skills and attributes. Applications close on
Friday 29th September 2006
• UTS Scholarship Program
Bachelor of Information Technology. Successful applicants receive a
scholarship of approximately $13,000 each year to study in this field.
Skills required include: - Good communication and interpersonal skills
- High achievers in activities like peer support, school council, debating
- An interest in this field
- The whole you – not just a UAI. You will be selected on a combination
of interview performance and UAI.
For more information phone (02) 9514 1803 or visit the website:
• KAZ Business Services ~ Document Preparation Clerk
This position would be suitable for Year 11 or 12 students who are looking
for a full time position. The position entails providing an excellent
document preparation service, handling in coming and out going mail and
requires the following skills:
- Strong numeracy skills and the ability to use a calculator
- Computer literate
- Attention to detail and accuracy
For more information contact Shane Saville, Team Leader at KAZ Business
Services on (02) 8837 5644
• Parramatta City Raceway ~ Customer Service / Cashiers / Food
Handling / Car Park Attendants /Cleaners.
Must be available for regular Saturday Nights between September 2006
and May 2007. Must have common sense and be willing to learn from
instruction, be honest, reliable and presentable. An information evening is
being held on Wednesday 24th August 2006 from 5.0pm – 7.00pm or for
more information phone 9637 0411 or email office@parramattacity
Applicants can apply in person on any Friday in August between 9.30am –
2.30 pm at Parramatta City Raceway 21 Wentworth Street Granville.
• Taronga Zoo’s Meet-A-Keeper Program
For students who are interested in pursuing a career in animal care or
zookeeping. This program is part of Taronga Zoo’s vocational education
program and is open to all school students 14 years and over.
When: Wednesday 20th September
Time: 10 am to 2.30 pm
Cost: $20 per student (Includes entry into the Zoo & morning tea)
To secure your place See Mrs Sargeant.
• Australian Catholic University
ACU Open Day 2006 will be held at the Sydney campuses on Saturday, 9th
September at North Sydney from 9 am to 2 pm and at Strathfield from
9 am to 4 pm. Open Day provides an opportunity for prospective students
and their families to visit the campus and find out more about the courses
• University of Western Sydney
Open Day is ideal for anyone who is consider their career and their study
When: Sunday 20th August 2006 ~ 10am – 2 pm
Where: Parramatta Campus, Crn James Ruse Drive & Victoria Road
For more information call 1800 897 669 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead presents:
Seminar Series for parents of young people aged 11 to 18 years.
Thursday 7th September & 5th October, 7 – 9 pm.
This series of seminars will answer questions most commonly asked by parents
and carers of young people, in addition to giving advice on how to raise happy and
healthy adolescents. We recommend that you register for the seminars to insure
Each seminar will run from 7.00 – 9.00 pm, staring with a presentation.
Presentations will then be followed by a panel discussion where you will be able to
also ask questions. On each evening, the panel will be Dr David Bennett
(Adolescent Physician), Andrew Wallis (Social Worker/ Family Therapist), and Dr
Jean Starling (Psychiatrist).
Great conversations – How to talk and relate to your adolescent
WHEN: Thursday 7th September 2006, 7 – 9 pm
SPEAKER: Andrew Wallis (Social Worker/Family Therapist)
Learn about how to effectively and enjoyably communicate with your adolescent. The focus of
the discussion will be on fostering positive and healthy relationships within the family, dealing
with conflict, limit setting and problem solving.
Risky business – Tackling the difficult issues for adolescents
WHEN: Thursday 5th October 2006, 7 – 9 pm
SPEAKER: Dr Jean Starling (Psychiatrist)
Learn about the common risk taking behaviours of adolescents and how to protect and support
your teenager through the experimental years. Issues covered will include substance use
(including drinking and smoking), safe partying, sexual relationships and mental health
For more information see Ms McKell or call The Education Centre of the
Children’s Hospital Westmead on 9845 3585.
At JAS Tutoring we work with the
parents, students and teachers to
create an educational boost that
your child may require in order to
achieve their optimum level in their
education. At JAS Tutoring we have
developed curriculum based books,
so that your child can have the best
possible chance at success.
Our fees start from $15 per hour and we
pride ourselves in the testing of tutors,
curriculum based books created by our
company for the tutors, and the training
we provide for our tutors.
At JAS Tutoring we also provide extended contact
hours where you can reach us until 9pm at night. We
also tutor until 8pm so if the children have after school
commitments or you don’t get home till late, we can
cater for your individual needs.
Please do not hesitate to call or email us for some more information
Tel: 0415 461 517 Email: email@example.com