- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT:
- ROCKS STARS:
- GRADE 7 REPORT:
- GRADE 8 REPORT:
- GRADE 9 REPORT:
- GRADE 10 REPORT:
- GRADE 7 2021:
- PARENT SURVEY:
- 2020 MISSED SCHOOL IMMUNISATIONS:
- YEAR 11/12 AT KINGS MEADOWS HIGH SCHOOL - 2021:
- NCCD ANNUAL DATA COLLECTION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
- IMPORTANT DATES:
- COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD:
Dear Parents and Families
Welcome to Term 3 and it has been lovely to start the term with all our students on deck. It will also be wonderful to be able to have sport back for our students, some excursions and whole school assemblies again in the gym. Unfortunately, we are still limited with regard to the number of adults we are permitted to have on site for activities and events due to COVID restrictions but are allowed to invite speakers and guests in if they are core to student learning programs. We have been able to resume our Breakfast Club due to our fabulous volunteers who attend bright and early every Tuesday and Thursday to assist Paul, our Chaplain, with the running of this valuable program.
Last week we also had an onsite visit from Mathew Scrimgeour (Apprentice Program Manager - Fairbrother) and Mitchell Harvey (Apprentice Builder) representing the Master Builders Association and they spoke to 20 of our students interested in understanding more about a career in the building and construction industry. Their insights were valuable and student feedback has echoed this. Thank you to Mr Glenn Wood for arranging the visit.
Mr Wood will be teaching our Year 11/12 course VET Cert 11 - Construction Pathways (with a specific focus on bricklaying and tiling) in 2021 and we are very excited about our 11/12 scope of courses growing next year. As a school we have been very strategic and careful with our implementation plan over the past 2 years and have worked collaboratively with the Launceston region secondary schools and college teams (Northern Urban Collective) to ensure what we offer for the students of Launceston and surrounding regions is catering for student needs and interest but also aligning to growth industry and career pathways for our students. We need these programs to be based on this evidence and as such are very fortunate to be in the position to offer this course for existing Kings Meadows High School students along with any student in the region who may wish to undertake this course. We will also be in a position to offer a program of Year 11/12 courses to our existing students who may wish to remain at Kings Meadows High School for their 11 and 12 education and/or have a combined dual enrolment with one of the colleges. This flexibility will now allow schools to be able to really tailor their programs and support that is needed to ensure our students remain engaged in learning programs until they finish Year 12, which is now required by law.
We have been thrilled to learn over the holiday break that the submission for more funding to allow for a purpose built 11/12 Teaching and Learning Facility has been successful and we will begin planning for this facility this term. We received $800,000 which will certainly allow us to continue to redevelop our school in this space. Currently we have builders on site reconfiguring part of D Block to allow for our growth across the school which has seen a 23% growth in 4 years in numbers. This new space will house the current 11/12 classroom and a Wellbeing space with offices for some of our support staff.
Last week I received our Direct Retention Data from TASC which highlights the number of students who transition from Kings Meadows High School to Year 11/12 and the outcomes from the next 2 years. Our data has shown significant growth in the number of students who are reaching a TCE (Tasmanian Certificate of Education) achievement 16% increase in 3 years and those achieving an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) result which allows entry to university and tertiary education programs. We have seen a growth of 19% in 3 years here as well. This is outstanding data and indicates that we are certainly equipping our students well in terms of their ability to continue with high level learning in Years 11 and 12.
The transition programs to and from high school are well underway. Late last term we conducted a Live Teams Event meeting for Grade 6 parents and family members to attend virtually online and we were very pleased with the number of participants that we had for this online meeting. This was the first of a series of information opportunities for our incoming students and families and Mrs Wightman and Miss Williams (Grade 7 Leader for 2021) will continue to liaise with our associated primary schools around these opportunities. We are hoping to be able to host onsite sessions soon for students and families. All Grade 6 students have been invited to the existing Transition Canvas Course which houses a wide variety of information already for students and families to access. Please contact your child’s primary school teacher or let us know if you need any assistance in navigating this course.
There is now a Northern Collective Transition Team with staff from both Launceston and Newstead Colleges working together to provide information for our grade 10 students around learning for them into the future. Their first meeting will be an online live event as well and they both have upcoming information evenings for families coming up.
This has and continues to be a challenging year for everyone, and we are very aware of monitoring and looking after everyone’s wellbeing. Students still have access to completing their check in surveys via their Canvas Home Room Course which helps us to confidentially monitor where they are at and what support they may need. This coming Friday we are conducting a whole school Retreat Day which has a strong focus on wellbeing and connections. Our Grade 7s unfortunately missed out on their camp experience which usually provides a wonderful opportunity for them to bond as a group and this day will enable them to get to know their classmates a little better through a variety of activities. All grades will be running their own activities throughout the day with a clear focus on wellbeing and connection.
I would like to welcome to our school Mr Jay Duggan who will be taking Mrs Liz Wilson's classes on a Friday. Mr Duggan has a background teaching and leading Science and Mathematics and we welcome him to the school community.
Thank you to those families who took the time to complete our online survey about learning from home. As previously mentioned, this provides us with valuable feedback and data to assist with compiling our narrative as a school during this time.
Schools are permitted to have their School Association meetings resume on site (ensuring adherence to COVID regulations) and we have our next meeting this evening 29th July at 7.00pm. I extend a warm welcome on behalf of the School Association to any new members who may wish to attend.
As part of our Positive Behaviour Support Program at Kings Meadows we will be acknowledging students who have been contributing positively to our learning environment. This means that they have been supporting our school wide expectations.
Respect for others, self and environment
Commitment to learning
We would like to acknowledge the following students:
Kyah Allery - For continually giving her best effort and maintaining high standards in her studies.
Harry Whyte - For consistently following the ROCKS and being a role model for other students within 7A.
Alex Hodge - For displaying a positive attitude towards his learning.
Marcus Kelly - For consistently displaying the ROCKS and for going above and beyond to help his peers.
Frances Day & Erica Kirk - For their ongoing commitment and application to their studies. Well done ladies!
Skye Lutwyche - Skye has started Term 3 with a positive and dedicated attitude towards school. She is to be applauded for her recent success in History and English.
Samuel Brophy - Sam has had a great start to the term. He has shown a dedicated approach towards his House Captain role throughout the year and has consistently applied himself to all his classes.
Grade 7 Retreat - Friday 31 July
During Week 2 our Grade 7 students will participate in their first Grade 7 Retreat Day. Our retreat experience for Grade 7 is planned so that it will emulate experiences that students would have had on Grade 7 camp. Students will be placed in groups that are mixed across the grade so that they can connect with others who are not in their normal friendship circles. As a Grade 7 Team we understand that many students have expressed recently that they feel less connected to school and their peers due to the uncertain nature our society is currently experiencing. The retreat experiences will allow students the time and place to make those connections with peers, teachers and will challenge them in different ways helping them to grow as a young person.
Our retreat experience aims to promote and develop
- Building and developing trust
- Strengthening relationships
- Make new connections across the grade
- Socialisation skills
- Team building
- Personal Growth
A letter was emailed to parents outlining the program, expectations and aims for the retreat day. We know that both staff and students are looking forward to these experiences and hope that they approach activities with a positive mind set and willingness to have a go. Our Grade 7 Team are looking forward to running these activities and seeing our student be challenged in different ways throughout the day.
At the end of Term 2, our Grade 7 class leaders hosted their first whole grade assembly. We would like to congratulate them on their hard work and adaptability as it was unsure as to whether the assembly would be held face-to-face or online due to COVID-19 restrictions in schools. Our Grade 7 class leaders spoke with confidence and articulated each section of information to a high standard. Well done class leaders and Mr Murray on a well organised and smooth assembly to finish off an out of the ordinary Term 2.
During this assembly we recognised the hard work and consistency of a number of students through presenting certificates for those who had received a ROCKS Stars award in newsletters throughout Term 1 and 2, Class Teacher Awards to recognise students who had been exceptional in their approach to learning and everyday school life and also those students who were successful in their application for Transition leader 2020.
Class Teacher Award recipients:
7A - Harry, Anneka
7B - Casey, Riley
7C - Nikki, Jonte
7D - Alissia
7E - Cobi, Charli
7F - Zeynab, Zahra
7G - Mia, Thomas
Transition Leaders 2020
Ryan, Charli, Nikki, Stella, Amy, Grace, Stella, Poppy, Zak, Hallianna, Mia, Lily, Ava, Jenna, Zeynab, Lucy, Jakob, Georgie, Addison, Casey, Riley, Jonte, Matilda.
Our Grade focus for the remainder of the term is students following our ROCKS expectations consistently both in class and in the yard. We understand that students have spent much time away from our school environment and need time to adjust back to the expectations of school life. By remembering and practising our ROCKS every day and using them as a guide for their behaviour will enable them to get the most out of their learning environment.
R - Respect for themselves, others and then environment
O - Organisation
C - Commitment to learning
K - Keeping Safe
S - Sensible Behaviour
We would like to encourage our parents and carers to discuss the ROCKS with our Grade 7s on a regular basis to reinforce messages and behaviour guidelines that they are receiving at school.
Grade 7 Gratitude Project
‘Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart’
See below some images from our Grade 7 Gratitude Project.
We would like to congratulate students on a positive and settled start to Term 3! After a very busy and unprecedented Term 2, it has really struck us how much we can often take the little things for granted. Starting Term 3 with smiling faces in classrooms and the sounds of laughter and fun in the corridors has been such a joy and we are so grateful to be here learning together. It has also been pleasing to see our Grade 8 students regularly sanitizing and washing their hands in order to keep our grade healthy and safe.
As a Grade 8 team, we have been very impressed with how well students have been wearing their uniforms, despite the colder weather. We encourage students to continue their fantastic approach to following our ROCKS as the term progresses. Let’s make Term 3 the best one yet!
‘Leadership’ is a word which has been used a lot in Grade 8 recently and there have been many fantastic discussions around what it means to be a leader. Students have the exciting opportunity of applying for the role of Year 9 Beacon Student Ambassador, a prestigious position on the student leadership board. A Beacon Student Ambassador helps students to make connections between what they are learning at school, and the ever-changing world of work that awaits. They work with community members, business owners, further education providers and industry representatives to provide students at KMHS with work exposure opportunities to broaden their horizons. All Grade 8 students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Sometimes, applying for leadership positions can be daunting, especially when you may not have a lot of experience in leadership roles. Being a Class Leader is an excellent step to gain valuable leadership experience. Students are currently in the process of applying for the role of class leader, and applications are due this Friday 31st July. Students are encouraged to apply for this position for the following reasons:
- To develop leadership skills, especially for students who are considering applying for the role of Beacon Student Ambassador, or a student leadership position for Grade 10.
- To build confidence – being a class leader is a great way to build up your confidence and become more comfortable with speaking in front of peers and teachers
- To strengthen organisational skills!
- To have your voice heard and to represent the voices of the people in your grade
- To work with different people
- To have fun – organising the end of term assembly is always a great opportunity to be creative!
The Grade 8 team look forward to reading student applications! We will leave you with this quote from the wonderful Simon Sinek to reflect on this week…
Back to school is in full swing as we finish our first week back at Kings Meadows High School for Term 3. A lot has been happening within our classes this week. Our teachers have hit the ground running ensuring that students have started the term on the front foot and been given opportunity to develop their learning in core areas.
Term 3 has the following focuses for our subjects: HPE is focussing on Dance and Respectful Relationships, English is undertaking Literature Circles, HASS is studying Making of a Nation – Development of Australia, Mathematics is delving in to a Trigonometry Unit and Science is undertaking Chemistry. We are very much looking forward to seeing what work our students can produce in these units of work.
Terms 3 begins the start of our Leadership journey for our Grade 9 students. This week we have had Grade 10 student leaders visit our classes to speak with us about the leadership process, their roles and answer any questions our students may have about running for Leadership 2021. We thank these leaders for their valuable input and time. Their insight into the process and their positions has been invaluable to our students. Applications are now open for our leadership positions for 2021. These forms can be accessed from the Grade 9 staffroom or by seeing Grade 9 Class Teachers. Students have until Friday 7th August to have these completed and submitted to the main office.
This process is a very exciting one, but also a time of extra pressure and stress on our students. We have acknowledged this and will do our utmost to ensure all students are supported fully during this process. Students who would like some extra support in completing these applications will be able to do so in a practical session on our Retreat Day. Our information newsletter will have details about timeframes, processes and election dates. We wish all of our Grade 9s the best of luck in this process and ask that they consider carefully the decision to run for student leader in 2021.
Our focus for Grade 9 this term will be developing formal and informal leadership in all of our students. We will be continuing to apply good learning behaviours and academic rigour, ensuring that deadlines are being met and that we have caught up on anything we are behind in.
The second half of the year in Grade 10 is a busy one indeed. Many students are beginning to think about their transition to College, apprenticeships or entering the work force. The major focus for My Education Days this term will be around transition and helping our students make informed choices about their next steps. We encourage all of our our Grade 10s to make the most of the opportunities and the time that they have left with us at Kings Meadows High School. This is the time for our students to be future focused, thinking about their goals, aspirations and dreams and working out a plan of how they can achieve them, but it is also a time for them to reflect on how far they have come and take hold of the opportunities and place that they are currently in.
Orientation Days and Information
Transition is certainly a ‘buzz word’ in Grade 10 at the moment! It is important that students prepare themselves for next year by approaching transition opportunities with a growth mindset. Students must ensure that they fully engage with opportunities to connect and explore various pathways that may be possible for them to take next year. This will enable them to be able to make an informed decision on what pathway is going to be best for them so that they can achieve their goals and aspirations. We would encourage our Grade 10 students to discuss their future pathways with their friends, family and Grade 10 staff. Through discussion students will gain ideas about pathways that they may not have considered before and will then be able to make a more informed decision and be prepared as they can be so that they can decide where is going to be the best fit for them in 2020.
Orientation Days to Launceston and Newstead College will look very different this year compared to years prior. Grade 10 students will still be provided with modified orientations days to allow them to make an informed decision about where they would like to attend in 2021.
Below is a video link that helps to explain some of the possible pathways students may like to take and introduces some of the languages, such as ATAR Scores, that may be relevant to some students.
Other Grade 10 News
Leavers Hoodies and T-Shirts.
Planning is underway for the design and process for the 2020 leavers hoodies and tshirts. Students will be provided with more information about design, process, sizes and how to order over the next few weeks.
The 2020 Prefect Board will be hosting a Red Nose Day on 14th August. There will be items available for purchase on this day as well as an additional fundraiser for this worthy cause. Be sure to get behind your student leaders and support them with this event.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your attendance Tuesday 30th June, 2020 at our first virtual Grade 6 Transition Information Evening. We will have two more parent information evenings this year. In the meantime if you would like to watch a small excerpt from the first evening you may watch the videos now live in the Kings Meadows High School Youtube account, students Canvas course and available in the links below.
As promised we have collated your questions from the parent information evening and have put in writing the answers shared. Please find attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that we will also make available in the students Canvas Course.
Also if you are wondering how to access your childs Canvas course for Transition please find attached instructions to download the app or login via the web.
This week we enter our formal conversations with each Primary School about the social, emotional and learning needs of all students. The information shared will assist us to develop a transition program that meets the differentiated needs of all students. If you have any questions about the next steps for transition please contact the KMHS school office.
Transition Co-Ordinator/Junior School Assistant Principal
Here is the link to the video Welcome to KMHS
Here is the link describing Canvas at KMHS
Here is the link describing our school structure at KMHS
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there Teacher Aides for students with learning difficulties and what supports do you offer for children with extra learning needs?
At Kings Meadows High School we pride ourselves on delivering a differentiated curriculum and providing a range of supports for students who have additional learning needs. Through differentiated classroom practice, teachers understand the value of differences in learning, they get to know their students as individuals and where they are up to in their learning and respond proactively to cater for students' needs, strengths and interests.
We have a specialised support teacher in Year 7 and Year 8 who constructs teacher aide timetables, ensuring that students receive extra support in a range of learning areas. The learning support teacher works with classroom teachers to write learning plans and ensures that families are part of the conversation and construction of the document.
Each Canvas page has individual ‘extend me’ or ‘strengthen my understanding’ buttons that provide access to differentiated learning. All teaching units are designed and taught with differentiated content to ensure learning needs and are being met. Our teacher aides are part of the canvas courses and can work with students to support them to navigate the content.
Kings Meadows High School has a range of flexible and extension programs for students in Years 7-10. Our evidenced based reading program is just one example where we see students experiencing significant gains, increased self-esteem and learning success.
Significantly we offer a boutique program for transition. Primary schools are the first point of referral to our differentiated suite of transition programs. Parents are welcome to contact Kings Meadows High School to arrange an appointment to discuss the specific transition needs of students enrolling with us for Year 7, 2021. When we know the needs, we can match the student to a program or develop a program for transition that is differentiated to meet the needs of individuals.
Can iPads be taken home?
Yes, iPads can be taken home. At the beginning of the school year, students will sign a user agreement for their iPad. Students will be able to take their iPad home after school, for the weekend and during the Term 1, 2 and 3 holidays. iPads are collected before the end of Term 4 each year. We clean, update and store the iPad ready for the following school year. The same iPad is issued to each student from year to year.
It is a responsibility of each student to ensure they bring their iPad fully changed to school each day.
Are there other devices for students to use as part of blended learning?
At Kings Meadows High School we are very fortunate to have computer labs available for students to use. Some learning areas have also purchased their own desk top computers, laptops and iPads for students use.
Can students bring their own device to school?
We encourage students to bring their own device to school when required. We are also very fortunate to have 1:1 iPad for our students. Mobile phones should be ‘off and away’ during the school day as per the Department of Education policy.
What anti-bullying strategies are in place at Kings Meadows High School?
At Kings Meadows High School, we are guided by the DoE Respectful Student Behaviour Policy and Process. In addition, we have a school-specific Respectful Students Behaviour Policy. Respectful Schools is a school wide approach to developing and maintaining a supportive school community. This includes our approach to behaviour management that focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. Our school wide expectations for learning behaviours, our ROCKS (Respect, Organisation, Commitment to learning, Keeping Safe and Sensible behaviour) underpins our daily interactions. Our work aligns with the DoE values (Aspiration, Respect, Courage and Growth) and reflects our commitment to ensure the values are reflected in all policy and processes.
One of our School Improvement Priorities: Respectful Schools. Positive School Culture guides our work. Kings Meadows High School uses Restorative Practices to repair harm and help re-build trust between students when things go wrong. Pastoral Care is central to our daily work. Class Teachers meet with students each morning as the first point of call for every student. We have a check in survey that students can access 24/7 to indicate to their class teacher if they need assistance. The answers in the survey are private from the rest of the class. Class Teachers can triage students to the Year Leader and senior staff for more serious ongoing matters.
We have a high functioning support and wellbeing team (including a Social Worker, School Psychologist, School Health Nurse, Chaplain and support teacher staff) that meets regularly to discuss caseloads and priorities for action. This team together with class teachers, Year leaders and senior staff works with students and their families to ensure the conditions are right for learning, for example, that students feel safe.
Is there much homework set in Year 7?
There is no set amount of homework for Year 7 students. Teachers may decide to set homework tasks. Canvas allows students, and parents, to access work from home, ensuring that students can stay up to date in their learning.
How often is the school uniform reviewed?
The school uniform can be reviewed within our School Association meetings. The meetings are once a month on site at Kings Meadows High School during the evening. If you would like to have input in these meetings relating to uniform and other school matters you are more than welcome to join the Association. Please contact the office and they can put you in contact with the School Association Chair.
Does the school have a uniform option to cater for gender diversity?
At Kings Meadows High School we pride ourselves on being inclusive and valuing gender diversity. We have a range of gender-neutral uniform options available for students.
How many students will be in Year 7, 2021?
At the time of publication, July 2020 we have 135 students enrolled, however this is subject to change.
What is size of Year 7 classrooms?
We are very fortunate at Kings Meadow High School to have wonderful 21st century classrooms. Over the past three years, classrooms have been re-developed into modern spaces to optimise learning. The Year 7 area and classrooms have been developed into large, flexible spaces. Between the classrooms there are break out rooms to allow for small group work and to flexibly organise students undertaking a range of learning tasks.
Does the Kings Meadows High School Canteen follow the Eat Well Move Well program?
Healthy eating is encouraged at Kings Meadows High School. We believe our canteen to have a central role in the education and health of the students we serve. Specifically, our canteen staff, breakfast program volunteers, foods and health and physical education teachers work hard to help ensure students learn about being healthy and active and that the food served is healthy. While the Move Well Eat Well framework, resources and recognition for promoting messages around healthy eating and physical activity to support good health is for Primary Government schools at KMHS our menu is informed by healthy options and serves a large variety of healthy and nutritious items. Each day the specials on the menu change and our students enjoy the delicious food provided.
Is wellbeing explicitly taught through timetabled classes and how much time is devoted to this curriculum area?
Wellbeing is a major focus at Kings Meadows High School. Throughout Health and Physical Education lessons, wellbeing content is explicitly taught, with a focus on anti- bullying and positive relationships in Year 7. Each week there are three hours of Health and Physical Education lessons. In addition Class Teacher period is an opportunity each morning to discuss wellbeing. Class Teachers invite students to participate in a check-in survey where students can privately rank their mental health and wellbeing on a Likert scale. Class Teachers are responsible for monitoring this survey and speaking with the Grade Leader and AST if there are any concerns. When necessary, senior staff make referrals to our Social Worker or School Psychologist.
What additional costs are involved in Year 7 next year? Eg: camps?
At this stage, due to the recent changes in the Education Act there will be no additional costs for Year 7.
Your feedback about the way we teach your children is important to us. We would appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey below to guide our work as we move forward.
For any students that have missed their immunisations earlier in the year when Council visited the school, you are able to catch up any that are now due at the weekly Wednesday Immunisation clinic which has now been moved back to Town Hall as of 1st July 2020. (Temporarily held at Tram Sheds and is stated on correspondence sent home).
There is now a booking system in place to help comply with the Covid19 social distancing rules.
You can book your time slot online via the link below or contact staff at City of Launceston on 6323 3208.
Year 11/12, 2021 Update
For the past 2 years, Kings Meadows High School have been offering the TASC course Agricultural Enterprise 2, with a focus on Viticulture through a shared enrolment with Launceston and Newstead Colleges.
We are excited to announce that in 2021, as part of the Northern Urban Collective, we will be significantly broadening our scope and offering more courses for Year 11/12 students across the region. Students can study full time at Kings Meadows High School or through a shared enrolment with one of the colleges or another extension high school as part of the Northern Urban Collective.
Why should I choose to study at Kings Meadows High School?
Kings Meadows High School is a great choice for students who have a particular interest in construction, particularly in the fields of bricklaying or tiling, as well as students who are interested in agriculture with a focus on Viticulture. Students who are currently enrolled in Packages of Learning (POL) Architecture and Construction will find that this course is an excellent foundation for the Certificate II in Construction Pathways VET course. However, it is not necessary for students to have undertaken POL in order to enrol in the Cert II.
The smaller size of the school means that students can connect more closely with their peers, teachers and the wider school community. Smaller class sizes also afford students more 1:1 time with their teachers, allow teachers to cater for different learning styles to ensure that students stay engaged and understand what is being taught and give more opportunity for teachers to individualise feedback.
Year 11/12 Offerings
In 2021, we will be offering, CPC20211 - Certificate II in Construction Pathways (with a focus on bricklaying, and tiling) as well as Level 2 English, Mathematics, ICT and Agricultural Enterprise.
VET Course CPC20211 - Certificate II in Construction Pathways (with a focus on bricklaying and tiling)
Certificate II in Construction Pathways gives students opportunities to learn through making as well as providing them with practical DIY skills in the allied trades. It also provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship and this Certificate II allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations in general construction.
VET courses are designed to prepare students for the workplace or further education. These courses may be particularly suited to students who are eager to gain employment and enjoy practical skills, authentic and real-life learning.
Enrolment in this VET course is subject to expression of interest and interview.
Why focus on bricklaying and tiling?
This focus is unique to Kings Meadows High School and has been chosen due to the high demand for these skills and to complement the focuses of the other colleges.
Brick and block laying is a craft that takes time and skill to master. Bricklaying is a structural trade where students work with bricks, blocks and mortar to create structures. Bricklaying provides pathways for students to work for themselves or for a building company and can be the first step towards becoming a builder.
Tiling is one of the finishing or allied trades and there is high demand in Tasmania and beyond for people who are qualified in the allied trades. Allied trades provide a pathway for students to work in or own a small business or to become a construction or project manager. The allied trades include plastering, painting and decorating, glass and glazing, tiling and flooring technology.
Agricultural Enterprise (with a focus on Viticulture)
Agricultural Enterprise with a focus on Viticulture gives students opportunities to learn both through theory and through doing, utilising the onsite vineyard to develop students’ understandings of grape cultivation and harvesting. This designed learning program complements the Agricultural VET courses and TASC subjects currently offered by the colleges and other extension high schools.
What is Viticulture?
Viticulture is a branch of agriculture that specifically focuses on the scientific study and production of grapes. It involves the cultivation of grape vines, generally for making wine, though viticulturalists also produce high quality table grapes.
Viticulture can provide a range of future pathways from grape pickers and vineyard workers, through to fully qualified agricultural scientists and viticulturists.
Further study in the area of viticulture can be completed at both TAFE and University level. Viticulture also offers pathways for students interested in Horticulture, Tourism, Business and Marketing.
Why focus on Viticulture?
The Viticulture focus of this learning program is unique to Kings Meadows High School and has been chosen due to the significant growth in this industry and the breadth of future pathways associated with it.
Australia is the fifth largest exporter of wine and there are estimated to be163,790 full and part-time employees across 65 winegrowing regions in Australia, contributing over $45 billion annually to the Australian economy (https://www.wineaustralia.com/market-insights/australian-wine-sector-at-a-glance). In 2019, Tasmania alone harvested 17, 180 tonnes of grapes, producing almost 15 million bottles of wine. (https://winetasmania.com.au/news/2019-tasmanian-wine-grape-harvest)
This program is for anyone interested in:
Viticulture, horticulture, agriculture, tourism, hospitality, business or marketing.
CLP205118 – Career and Life planning
The Career and Life Planning course is compulsory for college students. This course will provide opportunities for learners to develop self-awareness, explore future opportunities and develop and use decision making skills to match their learning to their future needs. These will in turn enable learners to make informed career decisions and respond to changing circumstances now and into the future.
ENA215114 – English Applied
This course is designed to provide learners with the skills that will empower them to succeed in a wide range of post-secondary pathways. This course will develop learners’ language and literacy skills to enable them to communicate successfully, both orally and in writing. These skills will also allow them to enjoy and use language for practical purposes, and for leisure and pleasure. Successful completion of this subject provides students with 15 points towards their TCE and the everyday adult reading, writing and communication standard (literacy tick).
MTN210114 – Essential Skills Maths
The Essential Skills - Maths course is designed for learners who require a structured and tightly focused course to develop their numeracy skills to the standard expected by the TCE requirement for everyday adult mathematics. Successful completion of this subject provides students with 10 points towards their TCE and the everyday adult mathematics standard (numeracy tick).
MTW215120 – Workplace Maths
The emphasis of Workplace Maths is to provide learners with the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding to solve problems in real contexts for a range of workplace, personal, further learning and community settings. Successful completion of this subject provides students with 15 points towards their TCE and the everyday adult mathematics standard (numeracy tick).
How many subjects do I need to take?
Full time students must enroll in at least 4 subjects in Year 11 but may choose to take more. VET Courses are equivalent to 2 subjects. For example, a student enrolled in Certificate II in Construction Pathways could also be enrolled into Essential Skills Maths and English Applied. They may then also want to add Agricultural Enterprises, Essential Skills – Using Computers and the Internet or one of many courses offered through Virtual Learning Tasmania (VLT).
What if I want to attend full time at Kings Meadows High School but there is a subject I want to do that Kings Meadows High School don’t offer?
If a student wants to attend full time at Kings Meadows High School, rather than travel across 2 campuses, but wants to study a subject that the school does not offer, the student may enrol in that subject through Virtual Learning Tasmania (VLT).
What is Virtual Learning Tasmania?
Virtual Learning Tasmania provides students with the opportunity to complete selected subjects in an online manner, through a mix of online tutorials and materials and self-directed learning. Kings Meadows High School students are already well versed in on-line and blended learning, having used Canvas for a number of years.
If you would like to know more about Kings Meadows High School’s proposed courses or the proposed VLT courses for 2021, please contact us on 63 43 1000.
*Please note – course offerings are subject to student numbers.
If you are a parent of a child with a disability please click the below link for additional information.’
|Friday 31 July||Retreat/Wellbeing Day - All grades|
|Friday 14 August||Prefects - 'Red Nose Day' - Opt to wear red|
|Monday 17 August||My Ed Day|
|Tuesday 1 September||My Ed Day|
|Monday 21 September||Grade 7 & 10 Immunisations|
|Friday 25 September||Last day Term 3|
|Monday 12 October||First day Term 4|
|Wednesday 28 October||KMHS Athletics Carnival - Day 1 at KMHS|
|Thursday 29 October||KMHS Athletics Carnival - Day 2 at St Leonards|
|Thursday 12 November||My Ed Day - Careers on Wheels|
|Friday 20 November||NHSSA Division 1 Athletics|
|Wednesday 2 December||My Ed Day - Healthy Me Expo|
|Thursday 10 December||Grade 10 Leavers Dinner - Country Club Casino|
|Monday 14 December||Presentation Assembly (invited guests only)|
|Tuesday 15 December||Grade 10 Mystery Picnic|
|Wednesday 16 December||Grade 10 Graduation Assembly - last day for Grade 10s|
|Thursday 17 December||Last day for Grade 7, 8 and 9 students|