- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT:
- ROCKS STARS:
- GRADE 7 REPORT:
- GRADE 8 REPORT:
- GRADE 9 REPORT:
- GRADE 10 REPORT:
- HEALTHY ME EXPO:
- LITERACY LEGENDS:
- CAREERS ON WHEELS BREAKFAST:
- CHALLENGE DAY:
- ATTENTION GRADE 7, 8, 9 & 10 2021:
- PARENT INFORMATION EVENING 2 - YEAR 7, 2021:
- PROPOSED YEAR 11/12 PARENT INFORMATION SESSION:
- KMHS ROCKIN READERS:
- IMPORTANT DATES:
- COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD:
As we near the end of Term I would like to once again say a huge thank you to everyone in our school community for the continuing care, kindness and support that has been shown to each other and people in our school as we navigate through this challenging year. It has been fabulous to have students on site for the whole term engaged in learning programs and the wealth of opportunities and experiences that the wonderful team at Kings Meadows High School provide for them.
In the last couple of weeks we have seen a vast number of students participate in leadership interviews for the 2021 leadership roles for senior students (Prefects, Peer Support Leaders, House Captains and Beacon Student Ambassadors). Our school and department values of Aspiration, Courage, Growth and Respect certainly come into play here and all students should be very proud of themselves for stepping forward and stepping up applying for these positions.
Last Thursday morning the Beacon Student Ambassadors held their annual Careers on Wheels Breakfast launch at school. The BSA’s along with Mrs Selby and the catering students led by Mr Pedersen, were up bright and early and at school preparing for the breakfast for a 7.00am start. This event is a way for the BSA team to promote the upcoming Careers on Wheels event to be held at school on 14th November. On this day they invite many industry and career representatives to set up with their car mini stalls on the basketball courts. All our students then can chat with these representatives to learn more about possible career pathways for them in the future. The breakfast was a huge success with the table spanning the length of two big open classrooms. Our guests were treated to a huge spread of breakfast options prepared and served by the catering students. The BSA’s did a fabulous presentation to the guests and launched their program with confidence and professionalism. Well done to all involved.
We have had and continue to have, many excursions off campus and it is wonderful that we are in a position to be able to allow students to undertake these with Covid restrictions. We have seen:
- Dance students travel to our feeder primary schools to perform and workshop with the students.
- Hospitality students attend a work exposure session at the Country Club Casino in association with Hospitality Tasmania.
- Grade 10s recently attended their orientation days at Launceston and Newstead Colleges.
- Science and Engineering students attended the annual Challenge event yesterday at UTAS which is a wonderful event for students to stretch their STEM skills. Thanks to Mr Battle and Mrs Casey for organising and supporting the students.
- Thursday this week is Girls Gala Football day and we have 2 teams participating which is fantastic. Thanks to Mrs Elliott, Mr Bent, Mr Whitford and Mrs Hume for accompanying and coaching the teams.
- We also welcome on Thursday, the Grade 3,4 & 5 students from Longford Primary School to their “Taster Day” at Kings Meadows High School. This is a wonderful opportunity to expose students to high school and be involved in some activities to assists them in their translon to high school in a couple of years.
Grade 10 students have been undertaking exams this week in their core subject areas and the Grade 10 team have been very impressed with the way the students have committed themselves to these exams. We have exams for our Grade 10 students not only to gather more data around their knowledge skills and learnings but also as part of their preparation for further education and training. Students are all required under the Education Act to continue with their education and training and many institutions, including the Year 11/12 college system, undertake examinations as part of their testing regime. This gives our students some authentic preparation to these testing conditions which the majority will face at some stage in their near future.
Preparing for 2021
It is hard to believe that we have already started the preparation in many areas of our school for 2021. Students have already undertaken their option choices (submitting online) which will allow us to determine the staffing and timetable needs early next term. If your child has not completed their option choices for 2021 please ask them to speak to their Grade Team asap.
We are also expanding our offerings for Years 11/12 within the school and options across the greater northern region. Please see the link below to a “Sway” presentation that outlines some more options and programs for our students.
The School Association is another fabulous way to be able to have a voice and gather a better understanding of what happens at Kings Meadows High School and to be involved. The Association, in a secondary school setting, involves supporting the school in ratifying budgets, understanding the school annual improvement plan and approving the Annual Review Report. It is quite different from what many may have experienced on Primary School Associations and P&F Committees. The Committee meet once a month for approximately an hour. Last month’s meeting was due to be the Annual General Meeting but unfortunately, we did not have enough members present for a quorum, so this has been deferred until this evenings meeting. The elected office holders’ positions do not require a huge amount of work and our meetings are always friendly, fun and focussed. If you think you would like to be involved, please come along this evening 7pm in the Global Learning Centre at KMHS.
I would like to wish everyone a relaxing and safe break.
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:
Mae Gilligan - For diligently applying herself to the role of class leader.
Lucy Oetterli - For her consistent effort and application to all aspects of school life.
Kate Healer - For her positive attitude towards her learning.
Akira Stephens - For her diligent approach to her learning.
Digby Bellchambers & Thomas Murfett - For their dedication to catering for the Careers on Wheels Breakfast.
Rory Moran - For her commitment to the Primary School visits in Dance and her English lessons.
Evan Harrop - For his commitment to learning, particularly in Maths.
Mr Murray and the class leaders are supporting the Benevolent Society and have brought the can drive to Grade 7 classrooms! Non-perishable food items may be brought from home to contribute to the charity. Taking it one step further, this will be an inter-class challenge where the class teacher group whose collective items weigh the most will win a prize! Good luck to all class teacher groups and congratulations to Mr Murray and class leaders for bringing such an important charity into Kings Meadows High School.
It has been fantastic to see so many donations of non-perishable items brought into each class teacher group over the past few weeks. Just a reminder that our inter-class competition is running until the end of the term where the class teacher winner will be announced during our end of Term 3 assembly.
Our focus continues to be around our ROCKS expectations with particular attention to Keeping Safe, Sensible Behaviour and Organisation. Students are reminded every Monday in our grade assemblies about their commitment to the ROCKS. We are beginning to see improvements in student organisation and will continue to work with students around our hands-off policy. We would greatly appreciate parents having conversation at home about the dangers of play fighting and rough play.
Over the past month we have had an organisation blitz in Grade 7 where teachers have been identifying students who are either late to class or unorganised, this includes having their iPad charged ready for learning. Students who are identified as being unorganised or who are late to class are messaged on CANVAS by either Miss Males or Mrs Hume to let them know they have a lunchtime detention the next day.
We have seen some improvement with our student organisation (see table and graph below). However, have a number of students who are still struggling with having basic equipment e.g. pen, ruler, charged iPad with them during class. We would appreciate if parents/carers would discuss organisation strategies with Grade 7 students because it is important that they build good organisation habits now which will benefit them in the long term.
Grade 7 goal: No more than 15 students unorganised for class.
No. of students identified
Notable items from assembly:
- Leaving school without permission. Students have been reminded this week that once they are on school site they are not permitted to leave without permission or being signed out by a parent and the front office.
- Drawing on self. Staff have recently noticed an increase in student drawing on their bodies with pen. This is not sensible behaviour and students have been reminded of this.
- Chewing gum is not permitted at school.
- Mobile phone ‘off and away’ policy, students were reminded that mobile phones must stay in lockers and school bags. Students are permitted to briefly check their device at recess and lunchtime. If any urgent messages need to be communicated to students please contact our school office on 6343 1000.
- During HPE practical lessons students are required to have a change of clothes preferably their Kings Meadows High School sports uniform (white polo top, navy shorts or track pants). Students must come to school in full school uniform, get changed into HPE gear during their lesson at school (there is time allocated for this during the lesson) and then get changed back into their full school uniform at the end of the lesson. Students must arrive and leave school in full school uniform.
With only a few days until school holidays, students and staff in the Grade 8 team are looking forward to a well-deserved break! It has been a fantastic term, with some great learning, some team bonding experiences in our grade, and a lot of career and life planning opportunities during our My Education days.
We would like to congratulate all students who applied for the role of Beacon Student Ambassador for 2021. The panel met earlier this month to shortlist applications. This was incredibly difficult given the high calibre of all the applicants! Students who were successful in receiving interviews were then interviewed by a panel and we were fortunate enough to have Dr Catherine Hughes and Mr Ian Hart from the Rotary Club volunteering their time to be part of this process. Students were asked a series of questions about leadership and then they were presented with a scenario. By talking us through how they would approach this scenario, students provided us with an insight into the qualities and strengths they would bring to the role. Students were also asked to identify areas where they could grow or improve, to strengthen their leadership skills. In Grade 8, we believe in the motto “You don’t have to be bad, to get better!”. This means that all of us are lifelong learners and all of our life experiences provide us with the opportunity for growth, reflection and self-development.
Well done again to all of these courageous students.
Our focus for the week is finishing the term strong, calm classrooms, focused learners and positive choices.
The past two weeks at school have flown and as this article is being written we have only 7 school days left of Term 3. The focus for Grade 9 this term has been all about developing leadership in every student. We have asked our students to strive to achieve their best, to lead by example and be exemplary students of Kings Meadows High School. Last week some of our Grade 9 students were able to put their developing skills into practice acting as mentors to the Grade 6 students visiting our school for Challenge day. From all reports they did a fantastic job of making the students feel most welcome and accepted at Kings Meadows High School.
In our Learning Areas the Grade 9s have been focussing on a variety of concepts and modules. In English they are currently studying novel study. In Maths the focus in on Linear Relationships. Science are completing a unit on Chemistry focussing on Acids and Bases and HaSS has a focus on Federation studies. HPE is completing a unit on Australian Sports Culture following with Athletics in the practical component and in theory we are continuing with Respectful Relationships.
Our leadership journey for our Grade 9 students is well underway. This week students have been completing formal interviews with members of our teaching staff and this year’s leadership board students. All applicants did an exceptional job and should be congratulated on their organisation and preparation for their interviews. The next process of elimination will be a tough one. This week our students will receive a letter stating the outcome of this interview process and whether they are successful in gaining selection onto the leadership ballot paper and for speeches. We wish all of our Grade 9’s the best of luck in this process.
Our focus for Grade 9 this term continues to be developing formal and informal leadership in all of our students as we head into our final term for Grade 9. 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.
Congratulations to the Grade 10s for the way that they conducted themselves during the Grade 10 exams. The exams are an excellent way for students in Grade 10 to experience exam-like conditions, study skills and being able to communicate their understanding in a pressure situation.
The focus moving forward for Grade 10s is to finish strong. Term 4 is an extremely busy term and will go very quickly. It is important to push right through until the end and really finish Grade 10 on a high.
In Term 4, students in Grade 10 will begin the enrolment process for college. It is important for students to consider their preferred college and really think about their subject. Launceston College enrolments will take place at Kings Meadows High School on 11th November. Newstead enrolment dates are TBA.
Parent/carers are strongly encouraged to attend enrolment interviews with their child to support this process.
Student name: Ella Oliver
Student class: 10E
What can you tell us about this piece of work?
This piece of work was about exploring the various themes of Romeo and Juliet and demonstrating that it’s more than just a love story and has other key themes such as hatred, death and family honour.
What is your favourite thing about English?
I enjoy all aspects of English, but my favourite thing about English is that it gives you the ability to be creative.
What are you working on at the moment in English?
In English, we are currently analysing poems using the STEP UP process.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading The Betrothed by Kiera Cass at the moment.
What is your favourite book and why?
I don’t have a favourite book as I have read so many that it’s hard to choose just one, but my favourite genre would have to be historical fiction.
What are some books that you would really like to read?
I would like to read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, because I enjoyed the film adaptation.
Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is more than a love story. Discuss with reference to at least three central themes.
Shakespeare’s 1596 play Romeo and Juliet is the sorrowful story of two star-crossed lovers who cannot be together due to their family’s hatred, resulting in them both committing suicide. However, contrary to popular belief, Romeo and Juliet is much more than purely a love story, and has many other central themes, such as ‘love’, ‘family honour’ and ‘death’, which give significantly more depth and meaning to the play. Through exploring these three themes, it will be established that Romeo and Juliet is more than just a love story.
Although Romeo and Juliet is much more than simply a love story, ‘love’ is a fundamental theme in the play. ‘Love’ is demonstrated in the story through the romantic relationship between Romeo and Juliet themselves and in the possibility of their love ending the feud between the Capulet and Montague families. When Romeo first lays eyes on Juliet at Lord Capulet’s party, he says “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night” which shows that Romeo has instantly fallen in love with Juliet, and that he has never experienced true love until seeing her (Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 51-52). Juliet’s feelings are similar, as she too immediately falls in love. Upon learning Romeo is a Montague, she cries “My only love sprung from my only hate, too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love is it to me, that I must love a loathed enemy” (Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 146-149). This exhibits that Romeo is Juliet’s only love, and that she has fallen in love with her enemy. Shortly after meeting, Juliet confesses how profound her love is for Romeo, saying “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite” (Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 139-141). Friar Lawrence believes that Romeo and Juliet’s love could end the bloody conflict between their families, saying “For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households’ rancour to pure love” (Act 2, Scene 3, Lines 98-99). Through exploring these examples, it is clear that ‘love’ is a central theme in Romeo and Juliet.
‘Family honour’ is a key theme in Romeo and Juliet, making it more than just a love story. ‘Family honour’ is shown in the play through the fact that Romeo and Juliet are forced to hide their romance from their families due to the Capulets’ and Montagues’ strong hatred for one another, and by the conflicts between both families throughout the story. In the Capulet orchard, Juliet tells Romeo “Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 36-38). This quote exemplifies that Juliet feels her love for Romeo is passionate enough that she would choose love over her family, showing that she has chosen not to honour her family’s hatred of the Montagues. Romeo too chooses love over honouring his family, saying to Juliet “Thy kinsmen are no stop to me” (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 75). This displays that Romeo does not heed what his family thinks; his family’s hate will not prevent him from loving Juliet. ‘Family honour’ is also displayed through Tybalt’s hate for the Montague family. When Benvolio calls for peace, Tybalt replies “What, sword drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee!” (Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 72-3). This shows that Tybalt’s hatred for the Montagues is so strong that he likens it to his hate for hell, exemplifying that ‘family honour’ is very important to Tybalt. By analysing these quotes, it is established that Romeo and Juliet is more than just a love story, with ‘family honour’ being a key theme.
At first glance Romeo and Juliet is simply a love story, but ‘death’ is a central theme in the play, giving it much more depth and emotion. ‘Death’ is demonstrated multiple times throughout the story, with the most significant deaths being that of Romeo and Juliet taking their own lives at the end of the play. Just before he consumes the poison that ends his life, Romeo says “Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” (Act 5, Scene 3, Line 121). Juliet awakens shortly after Romeo’s death, and she is heartbroken when she sees his lifeless body. She says “I will kiss thy lips. Haply some poison yet doth hang on them to make me die with a restorative”, which shows that she is not afraid to die (Act 5, Scene 3, Line 170). There is not sufficient poison lingering on Romeo’s lips to kill her, so she resorts to stabbing herself. Before plunging the dagger into her own heart, she says “O happy dagger. This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die” (Act 5, Scene 3, Line 175). ‘Death’ is also displayed when Mercutio receives the fatal wound that kills him. Before he passes away, he cries “A plague on both your houses! I am sped” (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 86). ‘Death’ is then presented again when Benvolio informs Romeo that Mercutio has passed away, saying “O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead” (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 111). Romeo and Juliet is much more than just a love story, and these tragic examples of death prove that.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is more than just a love story. This is demonstrated through three of the core themes in the play: ‘love’, ‘family honour’, and ‘death’. ‘Love’ is displayed very frequently throughout the play, one example being when Romeo declares his love for Juliet as soon as he lays eyes on her. ‘Family honour’ is shown in many instances, one of the most notable being when both Romeo and Juliet decide to choose each other over honouring their family’s hatred. ‘Death’ is seen often through the play, with the most significant deaths being Romeo’s and Juliet’s. Based on these examples and those mentioned throughout the essay, it is evident that Romeo and Juliet is more than just a love story.
Luhrmann, B., 1996, Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare, W., 1596, Romeo and Juliet
Ella Oliver - 10E
The Beacon Ambassadors recently launched their 2020 Careers on Wheels event by hosting a breakfast. This event was a great success, with many business representatives coming in on Thursday 17th September to enjoy meeting the Beacon team and staff.
Kings Meadows High School catering team, led by Mr Thor Pedersen provided an amazing spread of food for hungry staff and students. The event also enabled the business representatives to improve connections between themselves and Beacon students.
It was a very early start for teachers and students to arrive on time and set up. On arrival, guests made tea and coffee and engaged with teachers and students. The breakfast allowed business representatives to gain a better understanding of what the Careers on Wheels event is and it's importance in giving students a broad view of possible future career pathways beyond Grade 10. We look forward to welcoming them back on November 12th for the event to be held on the first My Education Day of Term 4.
By Summer Kelly
Year 5/6 students from our Connect 6 Primary Schools enjoyed a very busy and exciting Challenge Day on Monday 3rd and Thursday 7th September. Students engaged in a variety of activities including Cooking, Drama, Dance, HaSS and participated in a Canvas lesson. It was the first face-to-face opportunity for the Year 6s to begin their transition into high school next year. The Year 7 Transition Leaders and Year 9 Peer Support Leaders did a fantastic job helping students throughout each day. Students asked questions, met some of their teachers for next year and started to become familiar with the school grounds. It was wonderful to meet the Year 5/6 students from each primary school and we look forward to seeing the Year 6s again for Orientation Day in Term 4!
Course Selections 2021:
All students Year 6-9 have been given their unique access code and password to log into Web Preferences online. The instructions to use the program can be watched here:
Year 7 2021 Instructional video
Year 8 2021 Instructional video
Year 9/10 Instructional video
The course selection handbook is available on the Kings Meadows High School website and in Canvas courses for each year level.
Our students have produced a quick tutorial with useful hints and tips for making good course selection decisions.
Year 7 2021 student video
Year 8 2021 student video
Year 9/10 student video
In addition to the above information at Kings Meadows High School our Year 8, 9 and 10, 2021 students have participated in a course counselling session. Students researched information about possible career pathways and the subjects they need to study.
Students print the Web Preferences receipt and take it home for parents to sign. Students will need to return the signed form to their class teacher as soon as possible.
On Monday 7th September Kings Meadows High School held the second virtual parent information evening. We recorded a series of information tutorials from the evening that can now be watched via the KMHS YouTube Channel, in the student Canvas Transition course or below from our school newsletter.
Here is the link describing Kings Meadows High School learning data:
Here is the link describing Learning Support at Kings Meadows High School:
Here is the link describing Year 7 Pastoral Care model at Kings Meadows High School:
Here is a link describing enrichment courses and flexible programs at Kings Meadows High School:
Here is the link describing the class placement process at Kings Meadows High School:
Please see below the FAQ asked during the parent information evening.
Mrs Wightman and Miss Williams.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to get the information i.e. bus timetables emailed for me because we aren’t able to access Canvas coming from a private school?
Yes. If you require information that you are unable to view in the Canvas course, please contact the main office at Kings Meadows High School.
When do students find out what house groups they are in?
Students will find out what house group they are in within the first 3-4 weeks of school during HPE lessons. Students are usually assigned to houses randomly, with the aim of balancing the houses in order to increase competition. Sometimes the assignment is based on the social and emotional needs of the student and to ensure proper peer mentoring is enhanced with the right fit of students within a house. Traditionally, however, once a student has been assigned to a house, any younger siblings he or she has may automatically become members of that house when they arrive at the school.
Is there a chess club?
We have many extra-curricular activities. Most lunch times the library is open for students to play board games, including chess. If there is enough interest from students, there would be a possibility of forming a chess club.
When are we receiving information for enrichment courses?
Primary school teachers have the log in information for choosing enrichment courses. On the Canvas page, in ‘2021 Courses’ is all of the information needed for students and their families about enrichment courses. On this page there is a very clear video explaining the process of choosing courses.
As outlined in previous newsletters, in 2021 Kings Meadows High School will be broadening our Year 11/12 offerings to include CPC20211 - Certificate II in Construction Pathways (with a focus on bricklaying and tiling) as well as Level 2 English, Mathematics, ICT and Agricultural Enterprise (with a focus on viticulture).
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.
We are looking to run a parent information session on our Year 11/12 offerings early next term and would like to ascertain numbers of parents interested in attending this session as well as best mode of delivery.
If you are a parent of a current Grade 9 or 10 student, please take the time to fill in the very short survey attached in order to help us plan for this event. ACCEPTING CHALLENGES AND EMBRACING OPPORTUNITIES.
The Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black.
With non-fiction I like contemporary and historical accuracy, so history, biographies and geopolitical books. With fiction I like cerebral, mind bending murder mysteries and horror. Both genres must be accurate in their storytelling.
Fantasy novels, romance novels, historically inaccurate.
Where/when/how I read:
When I’m relaxed or need to give my mind a break from everyday life, reading a good book gives me something to look forward to every day.
Favourite book quote:
“All we can know is that we know nothing, and that’s the height of human wisdom.” - Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey.
|Monday 21 Sept-Wednesday 23 Sept||Grade 10 Exams|
|Thursday 24 September||Girls Gala Footy Day|
|Friday 25 September||Last day Term 3|
|Monday 12 October||First day Term 4|
|Monday 19 October||RYDA - Symmons Plains - Grade 10s|
|Wednesday 21 October||Grade 7/8 Girls T20 Blast Cricket|
|Thursday 22 October||Grade 9/10 Girls T20 Blast Cricket|
|Wednesday 28 October||KMHS Athletics Carnival - Day 1 at KMHS|
|Thursday 29 October||KMHS Athletics Carnival - Day 2 at St Leonards|
|Friday 30 October||STUDENT FREE DAY|
|Thursday 5 November||Boys Cricket Gala Day at KMHS|
|Wednesday 11 November||Launceston College enrolments 9.00am|
|Thursday 12 November||My Education Day - Careers on Wheels|
|Friday 20 November||NHSSA Division 1 Athletics|
|Wednesday 25 November||Grade 6 Orientation Day|
|Wednesday 2 December||My Education 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|