- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT:
- ROCKS STARS:
- GRADE 7 REPORT:
- GRADE 8 REPORT:
- GRADE 9 REPORT:
- GRADE 10 REPORT:
- LITERACY LEGEND:
- COMMUNITY PARENT EDUCATION SESSION:
- TOUR OF HONOUR:
- WORKING WITH CHILDREN PLAYGROUP:
- 2021 KMHS CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL:
- HIGH IMPACT PROGRAM - POLISH:
- UPCOMING EVENTS:
- COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD:
Last week we were reminded how quickly the health and safety of a community can force us back into lockdown with the recent events in Melbourne highlighting the unpredictable nature of the current pandemic. It is important for us to not be complacent in our own prevention and management measures here in Tasmania.
Whilst we are still in the enviable position of being COVID free in our community for over 12 months, the risk of an outbreak in Tasmania is still very real.
As a school we are still asking students and families to abide by the changes we put in place in 2020 to mitigate any likelihood of community transmission. At Kings Meadows this means:
- Keep you children home if they are unwell, particularly if they exhibit respiratory like symptoms.
- Have yourselves or your children tested if you or they have any respiratory like symptoms.
- Avoid sending your children back to school if they are unwell, even if they are COVID free.
- When visiting our site please check in at the main office, maintaining physical distancing with a maximum of 11 people in our main foyer at a time.
- If on-site for events like parent teacher, cross country or sports days, please sign in using the “Check-In Tas” App. These QR codes are located around our school during parent events.
- Sanitise when entering our site.
- Students are to use sanitiser located in all our classrooms at the beginning and end of each lesson.
The Department of Education has been working on a detailed plan about what schools and schooling will look like if we have any community transmission of COVID in Tasmania again.
During these still uncertain times I ask all of our community to not be complacent about the risks caused by COVID, remember the strategies we need to use to keep each other safe and please follow all our school-based management measures if you are on our site for any reason.
We can’t stress enough the importance of following the Public Health guidelines so that we can continue to enjoy the relatively uninterrupted arrangements to daily life, that other parts of our country are unable to.
My Education Day 3
Monday saw our third My Education Day for the year and first for the term. These days are incredibly important for our students to be exposed to more career and life planning activities. These include our partnership work with the Beacon Foundation and we had one of their programs “Polish” undertaken by students on Monday with the support of industry leaders from Repco, Country Club Tasmania, Cornerstone Youth, Cumulus Architecture and Stelo Restaurant. We are very grateful for the support of Beacon and their partners. Career education is an important aspect of our curriculum scope and sequence and integral to our work at Kings Meadows High School.
Tour of Honour – Tasmanian Australian of the Year’s recipients presentation.
On Wednesday last week, Mrs Pel accompanied 6 student leaders to the Country Club to listen to the recipients of the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards. They listened to the stories from our recipients Grace Tame, Edna Pennicott, Brian Williams and Toby Thorpe.
Inter High Cross Country
We had the pleasure of hosting this years NHSSA Inter High Cross Country Carnival yesterday on site and it was fabulous to see students able to be back competing this year. Congratulations to all competitors who represented our school magnificently and we are very proud to announce we placed second overall. Well done to the Grade 7 and 8 boys teams for winning their respective divisions.
As we now embrace the colder months of the year, I would like to remind families of our clear winter uniform requirements. Students have a variety of items that are included in our Everyday Uniform to assist in keeping them warm. Grey pants are in our policy for both girls and boys and most girls who chose to wear the skirt also wear stockings to keep warm. We encourage students to layer up underneath as hoodies and non-school based jackets are not permitted. We now have school beanies which can be worn when students are outside at break times as well as before and after school.
The new addition of our school logo trackpants are only for wear during HPE activities or competitions and form part of the Sports Uniform that students can elect to wear. They are NOT part of the Everyday Uniform and have not been ratified as such by the School Association.
During the last fortnight, Grade 7 and 9 students have completed the NAPLAN testing program which will ultimately provide us with valuable information to support their learning. As many parents would be aware, NAPLAN testing is now completed online. Across our school significant planning and preparation was undertaken to ensure that the testing period would run smoothly. A huge thankyou to our staff who have been working to support this, particularly Mrs Lovitt, for her work in ensuring this has been so well organised.
It is important to remember that whilst very useful, NAPLAN provides us with one snapshot of student learning and we have many other evidences that support our understanding of student progress. I would like to commend students on their mature and focused approach to the testing period.
Reporting at KMHS 2021
The Department of Education is in the process of reviewing their Reporting to Families Policy and Procedures. This is to ensure that the process of communicating learning progress and achievement to students and families is contemporary best practice and suits the needs of all. This year KMHS mid-year reports will include subject and work habit ratings that provide information about progress and achievement. In order to provide further detailed information around progress, areas for further development and social and personal development we are inviting parents to engage in our Progress Conference opportunities towards the end of term. These conferences will allow staff to have two-way authentic communication with families about student learning rather than a brief 40-word comment. More information will be forthcoming closer to the end of term around these opportunities.
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:
Petra Bourke - For always exhibiting our ROCKS expectations.
Lewis Hazelwood - For following the ROCKS and being a mature well-mannered student.
Casey Boyer - For being resilient and responsible throughout her learning. After an injury, continuing to be willing to find another way to be productive in sport.
Harrison Boatright - For being responsible for his learning by checking in with teachers if he has missed a session and working hard staying up to date.
Makedde Brooks - For always being kind and courteous.
Eason Liu - For his extreme commitment to learning - above and beyond determination to solve mathematical problems and present in a methodical and organised manner.
Taylah Weldon - For her consitent application to all aspects of school life.
Henry McMahon - For supporting his peers in class and always willing to help out.
On 31st May we had have our first My Education Day for Term 2. My Education is a whole school approach to career and life planning. On this day, students engaged in a range of activities, including:
You as a learner - What are your strengths? What skills are you still developing upon?
Who is in your top 5? How are we influenced by others?
What do you want your life to be like in the future? A letter to your future self.
What jobs are really out there? Job awareness.
How well can you work together? Class challenges.
Our second My Education Day for Term 2 will be held on Friday 11th June. This day will focus on celebrating our differences and acknowledging the range of challenges and adversity individuals overcome.
Transition Leader applications have now closed. Mrs Wightman, Mr Hartley, Mr Withington and Miss Williams have been extremely impressed at the number and quality of applications. This is the second formal leadership opportunity for our Grade 7 students and a highly valued role within our school and wider community. Successful applicants will work alongside Mrs Wightman supporting the 2022 Grade 7 students as they transition to Kings Meadows High School.
Our grade focus continues to be organisation.
Being organised is a transferable skill that can be used in most settings. For students, being organised is particularly important since it helps them learn how to prioritise activities, set and achieve goals and reduce stress. Having good organisational skills also makes it easier to collaborate with others and helps increase opportunity for teaching and learning.
Grade 7 have undergone an organisation blitz over the past 2 weeks. This has been maintained to ensure all students are ready for learning across all subject areas. Grade 7 teachers are looking for students to:
- Arrive to class on time.
- Arrive with the correct equipment – pens, pencils, ruler, calculator, charged iPad.
- Use recess and lunch time for toilet breaks.
The Grade 7 teaching team this year consists of Mrs Katie Wightman (Junior School AP), Mr Tom Hartley (Grade 7 AST), Miss Nicole Williams (Grade Leader), Mr Stuart Withington (Grade Leader) and Class Teachers:
7A - Mr Leigh Richardson
7B - Mr Taylor Neilson
7C - Mrs Storm Pooley
7D - Mrs Rebecca Glasby
7E - Mr Sam Maddern
7F - Mr Sean Stevenson
7G - Mr Nicholas Parker
A reminder about the important contacts for Grade 8 in 2021.
Assistant Principal - Mrs Wightman firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 8 AST - Mrs Hume email@example.com
8A - Mr Chris Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
8B - Mr Matthew Chatwin email@example.com
8C - Mrs Kathleen Hodges firstname.lastname@example.org
8D - Miss Grace Bannon email@example.com
8E - Mrs Amy Jansen firstname.lastname@example.org
8F - Mrs Jessica Crawford email@example.com
8G - Mrs Tracey MacFarlane firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade Support - Mr Pedersen email@example.com
On Monday 24th May we held our annual Cross Country at Kings Meadows High School. The Cross Country is always an exciting day, as all students practice hard during PE times to try and gain much needed points for their houses. Congratulations to all Grade 8 students on their participation and fantastic efforts on the day. It was great to see all students with smiles on their faces and enjoying each other's company on what was a warm sunny day. A big congratulations to our Grade 8 winners Lucy Smith (8A) and Riley Howard (8G). Your effort and dedication to the race was excellent and your win was thoroughly deserved.
Congratulations to our Grade 8 class leaders who are taking every opportunity to be active in our Grade 8 space. It has been great to see leaders getting out of their comfort zones and speaking about the pressing issues to students in grade assemblies. Thank you for your dedication in attending scheduled meetings in lunch breaks and planning exciting events for the Grade 8 cohort. A thank you also goes out to Mr Chatwin who is doing a fantastic job with this group of students.
Well done to all our Grade 8 students on their participation and commitment to their enrichment courses so far this term. Thank you for being dedicated to your team in junior sports and to your chosen enrichment subjects. Keep up the good work.
Our grade focus over the last couple of weeks has been “respectful communication”. It has been great to see our students embracing this concept and learning how to communicate respectfully within a school setting. Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to show respect through communication by listening graciously, being courteous and valuing others' opinions. These skills will be actively displayed daily, and in particular the upcoming My Education Day where students will be completing activities in groups where communication is key to success.
We can hardly believe that we are in week 7! The term has been flying by and students have been busy with participating in their learning and extra-curricular activities. Well done to our students who have experienced success in their dancing pursuits, cross country and winter sport. We would also like to congratulate our Grade 9 Beacon Student Ambassadors and our Grade 9 Literacy Leaders; these students have been working very hard behind the scenes and their work does not go unnoticed.
Mrs Dobson is now on maternity leave and we are very excited to welcome Mr Brenton Gale! Mr Gale has joined us from Port Dalrymple School and will be our Grade 9 AST for the remainder of 2021. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to encourage our students to remember to think about the following things, before they speak with someone either face-to-face or via social media:
- Is it true?
- Is it necessary?
- Is it kind?
The last couple of weeks have gone BY in a flash in Grade 10. With the year moving along swiftly we are reminding our Grade 10 students to make the most of all opportunities as the year will pass quickly.
Last week we had our last ever school cross country event. Congratulations to Lincoln and Millie for being Grade 10 champions, with Logan, Ashton, Jess and Taylah rounding out the top three positions.
This month we have our two College open days. Our Grade 10s will be visiting Launceston College on Monday June 21st and Newstead College on Thursday June 24. At both days students will have the opportunity to choose subjects they are interested in and get a taste for what college life will be like. In My Education Days this term our focus will be around this transition and preparing our students for life beyond KMHS.
Within the classroom our Grade 10 students are continuing with their academic rigour this term. In English students have recently started a unit of work on the topic of Macbeth. In Science our students are completing a module on Physics centred around motor vehicles. HASS students are studying and focussing on the World War 2. In HPE practical lessons students are completing a team sport unit focusing on rugby. For this unit Rugby Tas will be coming in and taking some sessions. In Health lessons we are undertaking work based around mental health. Mathematics classes have our students working on equation solving and moving into quadratics.
Our student leaders continue to fulfil their roles dutifully. Our House Captains have recently helped organise and run the school Cross Country carnival, our Peer Support Leaders have supported our Grade 7 students in their My Education Days and our Beacon Leaders had their first event bringing the Polish Program to the Grade 9’s. The prefect group are working on facilitating our first whole school assembly later this term and are busy planning another full school fundraising event. Thank you and well done to all these leaders for their commitment to their roles.
During this month, we will be handing out to students their Grade 10 Agreement letter. This letter outlines the end of year activities that will be on offer for our students and the pre-requisites we require for those agreements to be met. In preparation for this agreement we have been reinforcing the high expectations we set of our students regarding uniform, academic rigour, behaviour and attendance.
Our Grade focus this term will be preparing for the transition from Grade 10 to further education.
We will be setting ourselves goals that challenge us and establishing good learning behaviours and academic rigour in all classes.
Student Name: Marcus Kelly - 9C
What can you tell us about this piece of work?
It took me a long time to come up with the concept of this story but once I got it, I was able to write it in one afternoon after taking inspiration from a music video I had watched.
What is your favourite thing about English?
My favourite thing about English is learning about the different components of creative writing.
What are you working on at the moment in English?
We recently watched a documentary called ‘Icarus’ which is about doping athletes in the Olympics.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I am reading the third instalment of ‘The Twilight Saga’ called Eclipse.
What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book is always the Hunger Games because it connects real world situations into a disturbing fictional story that is thrilling and compelling.
What are some books that you would really like to read?
Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice.
‘Don’t forget the cigarettes!’ I hear my husband boom from the living room.
‘Yep’ I say flatly, closing the front door behind me. I knew it was useless to point out he’d “quit”. I take a deep breath of the frosty, crisp autumn air and trudge across the dead lawn to the tall wooden fence, opening the squeaky gate and emerging onto the street. Cars with peeling paint jobs rumble past on the unkept bitumen, under the tunnel of red leaves formed by the trees planted on either side of the road. The sky is hidden behind a ceiling of unbroken grey clouds, from which tiny drops of rain plummet to the ground, a preview of the coming storm. A sharp, icy wind that smells like precipitation whips my auburn hair over my face and I rush to my car - a white Holden - parked on the street, climbing in quickly when it unlocks with a shrill beep. I turn the key in the ignition, listening to the engine growl into life, and flick the heat onto full blast. Then, I put on a pair of sunglasses from my handbag and pull out onto the road, heading for the grocery store.
On my way, I pass neglected, run-down houses, spotted with ugly graffiti, the result of living in a low-income neighbourhood inhabited by delinquent teenagers. It’s the kind of place most people talk about in whispers with their eyes creased in pity, or lock their doors and windows when driving through it.
Quickly, I go over my shopping list in my head, making sure to add cigarettes at the end, as per my husband’s request.
Before long, I find myself pulling into the small, empty parking lot outside the grocery store. I cut the engine, noticing the unusual quietness of the day. But it’s early, and the weekend, so everyone’s probably sleeping in. Despite this fact, I take my sunglasses off and check my appearance in the rear view mirror, grimacing at the bags under my sea green eyes. In the dulled sunlight, my light orange freckles are slightly more pronounced and my skin just a few shades paler. I pat down my navy blue windcheater and black jeans before stepping out of the car into the cold air.
The grocery store sits wedged in between two other shops, both lifeless and empty, stickered with a red “For Lease” sign on their doors. The store is made up of red bricks, with two windows stretching from ceiling to floor and nearly as wide as the shopfront itself. Through them I can see shelves of food and supplies, all just a bit too expensive for the people who live in the area to afford. The three buildings are situated on the left side of the street, which contains a few more stores and houses that have fallen into disrepair. I shiver as a bitter gust of wind hits me, and hurry to the store.
The glass door whispers open, and a short chime plays to announce my entrance.
‘Mornin’ Ellie,’ I recognise the voice of Luke, the young cashier, as he calls out from behind the checkout counter. It runs from wall to wall on the right, cluttered with advertisements and flyers and one checkout computer and scanner. Stands of chip packets rest in front of it. Behind him are the drawers, holding the cigarettes - but keeping them out of sight, as the law requires.
I’ll leave them until last. I decide.
‘Morning Luke,’ I reply, smiling.
‘You doin’ the weekly Junk Run?’ he smirks, running a hand through his short brown hair.
‘Nah,’ I say. ‘Steve and I are trying to cut back on all the unhealthy crap. It’s just the essentials today.’
Luke smiles and nods. ‘I’d say it’s already working. You don’t look a day over fifty!’
I chuckle. ‘Still a decade ‘till that day even comes, bud,’
He smiles in return.
The store resembles a gas station - three walls lined with glass front fridges full of energy drinks, a few isles nearly shoulder-high, stocked with candy, tools, cleaning supplies and other various products. The floor is checkered black and white tiles and the air inside is cool from all the fridges. Three rows of rectangular white lights are fixed overhead.
I smile once more at Luke and then turn left, moving for the back wall where the milk is. My footsteps are loud against the gentle hum of the air vents and freezers. I pass by one of the store's front windows on my way and notice a black car pulling into a parking space. When I reach the fridges, I tug open the door to the one containing milk, and grab a two-litre. Then I sigh and move to the candy aisle.
Just one treat. I decide. The candy packets are hung up on hooks and I crouch down to get a better look at the bottom selection.
That’s when another chime sounds as the shop’s door opens. I hear one set of footsteps enter. Hidden by the aisle shelves, I can’t see who it is.
Just before I reach for a packet of sour worms, a man’s ferocious shout fills the store.
‘Give me the money!’ he bellows. I stifle a scream, freezing, my heart suddenly beating rapidly.
‘I said give me the money!’ he shouts again.
‘Okay, okay,’ I hear Luke whisper shakily. My mind races and blood flows to my face as I begin to panic.
A robbery has started.
A sharp, metallic click sounds.
An armed robbery has started.
I listen closely as Luke rustles through the register, trying to take all of the cash out.
‘Hurry up!’ the robber roars. I draw in rough, jagged breaths as I attempt to stay calm, and drop to my hands and knees onto the freezing linoleum. This position means I can crawl quickly away from danger if I need to. I have no idea what to do. I look down to see my body shaking with fear and adrenaline.
‘There,’ Luke cries. ‘That’s all the money,’ I can picture his terrified face as he looks at the robber, praying that he won’t get shot.
‘Put it in a bag,’ the robber orders fiercely. ‘And throw in all the cigarettes too,’
‘What type?’ Luke asks weakly.
‘Any! Just do it!’
I flinch as the robber raises his voice again. Then, I crawl silently forward to the front of the aisle to see if Luke is in any real danger. I still hide behind the aisle shelf, but around the corner is the checkout, and the robber, pointing a black gun at Luke’s head. He’s wearing a red flannel shirt over black jeans and a balaclava hides his face. His black sneakers are worn and dirty.
Luke’s face is contorted in fear as he turns and reaches for the drawers behind him, pulling them open to reveal - what I can recall is - hundreds of cigarette packets.
‘All of them!’ The robber demands. I turn back into the isle, a fresh wave of panic rolling over me.
My phone! I think, hurriedly checking my pockets for it, wincing as the robber shouts at Luke to hurry up. But then I remember I left my phone at home…
Escape. I think. How am I going to escape? The only way out is the front door - currently blocked by the robber.
Then I do something stupid. Something “life-endangering” stupid:
I turn to look at the robber again and knock a box of chocolates off a shelf with my shoulder. It hits the ground with an audible thud. I turn back immediately.
No! I scream internally. He’s heard me. I panic. He must’ve heard me! I freeze, trying not to make any more movement or sound. I hear the robber move towards the aisle. My heart hammers against my chest, a shiver of fear climbs up my spine. Dread fills the pit of my stomach.
His footsteps come closer - so close I feel he’s about to round the corner, when Luke shouts:
I hear the robber run to him.
‘Good,’ he says. I peek around the shelf, then gasp. My eyes meet the robber’s through his thick balaclava, his gun is still pointed at Luke.
‘Who are you!?’ He thunders, beginning to move towards me, when another gun clicks. The robber pauses and turns back to Luke, who’s holding his own gun in front of him. My eyes are wide with shock. I can’t breathe. The robber growls. I feel helpless - this could end very badly for Luke. And me. One bullet and we’re dead.
An idea comes to me, and I realise I have to use it. Now. Terror rises in my throat like bile and adrenaline surges through me as I stand up swiftly and run for the robber. Screaming, I launch onto his back, holding my arm firmly against his throat in a chokehold. He yelps and thrashes wildly underneath me, dropping the gun to pry at my arm. I use all of my strength, trying to crush his windpipe, shrieking as he yanks my hair. I squeeze his neck tighter. He throws his back into my face, knocking my cheekbone hard. I cry out, dazed from the impact, feeling warm blood trickling down my skin before the pain kicks in. And, just as the robber finally frees my arm from his neck, a deafening bang rings through the air, and he stops struggling. In the silence that followed, my and Luke’s ragged breathing is the only noise. I look over to Luke, who is grasping his smoking gun so tightly his knuckles are white. Then the robber goes limp beneath me and I climb off his back right before he collapses to the ground, face first. Thick, red blood pools from the bullethole in his chest.
Luke and I stare at each other, shaking uncontrollably. With trembling hands, he reaches for his cellphone and calls triple-zero, asking for the police and an ambulance. When he hangs up he says:
‘Is he dead,’
I nod. ‘I can tell he isn’t breathing…’ we stand there for a minute, tears welling in our eyes.
‘T-that was s-so scary,’ I whisper. Luke jumps over the counter and rushes toward me, hugging me tight.
‘You saved me,’ he croaks.
‘You saved me,’ I add, my voice breaking.
We cry together, slumping to the floor, still in each other’s arms. Relief floods through me and I sob into his chest while Luke takes deep breaths, trying to calm himself, as we hear them. Faintly at first, but growing closer by the second, echoing through the streets.
The sound of sirens wailing in the distance.
A reminder of our Community Parent Education session with Paul Dillon on Monday 7 June, Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs. This event is open to all parents and guardians in the wider community and we encourage you to invite anyone you know who you feel may benefit from attending. RSVP is essential at https://www.trybooking.com/BRGHV
Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) he has been contracted by many organisations and gives regular updates on current drug trends.
On Wednesday 26th May, five Kings Meadows High School student leaders attended a Tour of Honour Q&A at the Casino. Students heard the young Tasmanian of the Year Toby Thorpe, the Australian of the Year Grace Tame as well as three other speakers. All speakers spoke about their individual success and how students of this generation have the power to positively impact our community. This was a great opportunity for our the invited students and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to be part of this event.
Finally, we held our first playgroup for 2021 with four families (five children) attending. Although it was a frosty morning, some children enjoyed playing outside in the cubby house, while others played with the cars in the hallway. Painting, playdough, drawing and dress-ups were all favourite activities. Our students had a great time assisting with the learning activities and reflected on their own learning at the end of the session.
What did you enjoy learning about today?
“Helping kids and teaching them to share”
“Different interests the kids had”
“Playing with the little kids”
“Some kids won’t do something, but then eventually does it”
In perfect weather conditions, a very successful KMHS Cross Country Carnival was held! The course was in great condition with not too much mud underfoot and this allowed for some great times in some age groups.
Continuing from their dominant performance in previous years, Esk was the winning house on the day for the fourth year in a row! They really are proving to be a dominant force in the distance running events. Congratulations to all participants from ESK house! It was fantastic to see such great participation from all houses across the age groups which a close tousle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th place between Lomond, Nevis and Tamar. Final house points were as follows:
Esk – 538
Lomond – 316
Tamar – 297
Nevis - 282
A special thanks to our parents and family members who supported all participants on the day. It was fantastic to allow spectators back into the school since our 2019 event. The House Captains are happy to report they raised over $400.00 from the BBQ which will go back into the school! A further thank you to all the student helpers through the course of the day.
Thank you to the HPE team, House Captains and other staff who helped organised the day making the carnival a positive and exciting event for all students.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING 2021 GRADE CHAMPIONS FROM OUR SCHOOL CARNIVAL.
|Grade 7 Champion||Jess Bula||Meleyah Dudman|
|2nd||Oliver Joyce||Lucy Oliver|
|3rd||Noah Colgrave||Charlotte Gray|
|Grade 8 Champion||Riley Howard||Lucy Smith|
|2nd||Lucas Freestone||Georgie Gabel|
|3rd||Jawed Abdul Hakeem||Grace Weldon|
|Grade 9 Champion||Harry Darsaklis||Bonnie Talbot|
|2nd||Lachlan Oliver||Jaslyn Freestone|
|3rd||Xavier Langerak||Klarissa Watson|
|Grade 10 Champion||Lincoln Newman-Beams||Millie Smith|
|2nd||Logan Ford||Jessica Homan|
|3rd||Ashton Peachey||Taylah Weldon|
Records set at this Carnival 2021
With a modified course all winners of events are now holding new records. Records from the old course will still exist and held in archive.
New records and times are as follows:
Grade 7 Boys: Jess Bula – new record: 8:26
Grade 7 Girls: Meleyah Dudman – new record: 10:11
Grade 8 Boys: Riley Howard – new record: 10:05
Grade 8 Girls: Lucy Smith – new record: 9:49
Grade 9 Boys: Harry Darsarklis – new record: 16:45
Grade 9 Girls: Bonnie Talbot – new record: 12:11
Grade 10 Boys: Lincoln Newman-Beams – new record: 16:48
Grade 10 Girls: Millie Smith – new record: 11.51
On the first My Education Day of the Term – Monday 31st May, the KMHS Beacon team were able to run their first major event of the year – The HIP (High Impact Program) Polish. This is aimed at Grade 9’s and follows on from the HIP Prepare Program in Grade 8.
The program has a focus on preparation for the world of work, first impressions and job interview skills. The Beacon Foundation provides a facilitator and mentors from the business community to answer students questions and then conduct mock interviews. 25 students from Grade 9 were selected to take part in the program.
One of the most exciting parts of the program is the ‘networking lunch’ which is catered by Mr Pedersen and the KMHS catering team. Whilst treated to a delicious lunch, students have the opportunity to speak to the mentors and gain advice for the future beyond school.
The Grade 9’s involved conducted themselves in a professional manner whilst working with the mentors and should be congratulated. The Beacon Student Ambassadors would also like to thank Mr Pedersen and the catering team for all of their hard work making and presenting the lunch.
It is so exciting that we have another HIP Polish Program running on the second My Education Day next week on Friday 11th June so that another 25 Grade 9 students can see the benefits of taking part in the program. Here are some ‘take aways’ that Grade 9’s reflected on at the end of the day.
“Taught me about first impressions and tangible skills for the workplace. I also learnt about what to do in an interview”
“It has been great to be prepared for future work and this program has given me a lot of helpful knowledge”
“I have learnt a lot from today and I feel much better about going for my first Job”
“I got to experience real world scenarios with real employers who gave me useful feedback”
“It was valuable because it has helped me understand that interviews are stressful but the main thing to remember is to walk in there confidently and have a conversation”
|Friday 11 June||My Education Day|
|Monday 14 June||PUBLIC HOLIDAY|
|Monday 21 June||Grade 5/6 Challenge Day 1|
|Monday 21 June||Parent Information Evening 2a 5.30-6.30pm|
|Monday 21 June||Launceston College Open Day|
|Thursday 24 June||Grade 5/6 Challenge Day 2|
|Thursday 24 June||Parent Information Evening 2b 5.30-6.30pm|
|Thursday 24 June||Newstead College Open Day|
|Friday 2 July||Last day of Term 2 - School holidays begin|
|Monday 19 July||Student Free Day|
|Tuesday 20 July||First day of Term 3 for students|