Reports and Progress Conferences
All students were issued with their mid-year reports yesterday. As previously reported in newsletters 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 Kings Meadows High School mid-year reports 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 on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd June, Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July. These conferences will allow staff to have two-way authentic communication with families about student learning and future areas for growth rather than a brief 40-word comment.
Information on how to make a booking:
Making a booking
Select a session by clicking the hyperlink below for the afternoon you are making a booking. You are required to hold a SchoolZine account which you may already have or can be created during session selection. Please use the email address you have supplied the school.
When booking, you will be asked to indicate your preference for either a:
- Face to face conference: On site at Kings Meadows High School. Please allow time to sign in using the ‘Check in TAS’ Application which will be available at various locations.
- Phone conference: Teachers will call you on the number provided at the allocated session time. This call may be from 63431000 or private number. Staff will attempt contact 2 times and then leave a message if you are unavailable. You will be invited to re-schedule your booking through the original process if unavailable or make contact with staff via their email.
Bookings close 3.00pm the day prior to each session.
Monday 21st June
Tuesday 22nd June
Wednesday 30th June
Thursday 1st July
Having trouble booking?
Use the support guide found below. Alternatively, if you are experiencing a connectivity issue call Kings Meadows on 6343 1000 to make a booking.
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 choose 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. We thank families for your co-operation with adhering to our Uniform Policy Guidelines as one variable that contributes to our strong positive reputation in our community is our impeccable school uniform.
We have re-scheduled the School Association AGM and Ordinary General Meeting to Tuesday 22nd June at 5.30pm. This is to allow for parents who may be already on-site attending Progress Conference meetings to stay and attend this meeting.
Thank you to those parents who took the time to complete our School Association survey and if we have not made contact with you as yet please know you are more than welcome to attend if you indicated an interest. The survey also indicated that the most popular time for normal meetings is still 7.00pm on a Wednesday evening so we will resume these at the remainder of our meetings after next Tuesday's AGM and General Meeting.
To join via Microsoft Teams please follow the link below.
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+61 3 6169 5130,,781971921# Australia, Hobart
Phone Conference ID: 781 971 921#
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:
Holly Dunn - For always following the ROCKS.
Stephanie Watson - For always being respectful and dedicated to doing her best. Stephanie listens actively to feedback and willingly assists others within the classroom.
Georgie D'Alton - For demonstrating a consistently high level of commitment in all areas of study.
Hayden Murfett - For demonstrating a growing sense of leadership in the class environment and being a valued contributor to class discussions.
Unique Padman - For working extremely well, persevering with difficult tasks and working to the best of her ability.
Chloe Widdowson - For making positive learning choices to benefit her learning.
Paige Murray & Saxon Anderson - For their excellent work experience reports from Crisp Bros and Haywards.
Just like that, week 8 is over for Term 2. The past week saw us celebrate a number of achievements at our recent whole school assembly, followed by a thought provoking My Education Day. Our second My Education Day focussed on valuing differences. The day aimed to encourage students to reflect upon their own uniqueness and develop an appreciation for the needs of other individual's differences in both the community and workplace environments. Students engaged in reflective processes and spent time engaging in activities of their choice, connecting with students with similar interests whilst displaying their own ‘uniqueness’.
Taking control of our learning. With reports being sent home Tuesday, students and families will get a brief snapshot of academic performance and work habits. Alongside this report will come the opportunity to engage with teachers across a number of Progress Conference nights. These nights allow teachers, families and students to engage in a formal process of celebrating progress and set targeted goals for the next steps of achievements. Families and students are invited to attend these sessions together, as students take control of their learning and achievement throughout their formative educational years.
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
Congratulations to our Junior House Captains who were recognised in our recent whole school assembly. Our captains have received Student Leader badges which they are wearing with pride as part of their school uniform. Congratulations also goes to all our sporting superstars who were recognised for their outstanding efforts in swimming and cross country carnivals.
Our grade focus continues to be respectful communications. As part of this the Grade 8 team would like parents/guardians to discuss with their child the importance of communication and what topics are/are not appropriate to discuss within a school setting.
The following reminders were also discussed in this week's Grade assembly:
Lockers - Must be locked at all times.
Food/eating - Please wait until you are outside B Block before you start eating.
Breakfast Club - Food and drinks need to be consumed before entering B Block.
Loitering in Corridor - After you have accessed your locker head straight to class.
After school - Move directly to the location where your bus picks you up from (not on equipment, in the atrium etc). Also students who are walking or who catch a bus outside of the school gates need to leave the site.
Mobiles Phones - 'Off and Away' policy takes action as soon as you enter the school grounds.
Out of Class and Organisation - Make sure to have all necessary equipment for lessons. Go to the toilet in break times. Please ensure you are taking your Block 1 & 2 books and Block 3 & 4 books with you when getting organised for class.
My Education Day
On Friday 11th June, students will be completing their second My Education Day of Term 2. Following on from our “stereotypes” theme, students were engaged in important debating topics around stereotypes. Below were the learning intentions for the day:
Know: How opinions are formed based upon our experiences and values, transferrable skills are those we utilise every day and need them to be positive members of our community and contribute to society.
Understand: Transferrable skills are skills that allow us to be successful in a variety of contexts, we need these skills for work and life.
Do: Collaborate to present a debate topic to the class, reflect on their experiences (what challenges opinions?), develop collaboration, negotiation, resilience and public speaking skills, express/communicate opinions in respectful and non-judgemental ways.
I would like to start by saying thank you for the warm welcome I have received at Kings Meadows High School. Staff and students have been so helpful in assisting me in my new role, I am very grateful for the support.
Students in Grade 9 have been enjoying a range of in class and out of class experiences over the past few weeks. The Grade 9 cohort was well represented at our recent Kings Meadows High School cross country. There were some outstanding efforts on the day and the staff wish to congratulate all who participated in making the day a success. Because of a change to the course, the students who placed first in their races now currently hold course records, which is a memorable achievement.
During our recent whole school assembly, several of our Grade 9 students were formally recognised as literacy leaders. The Literacy Leaders are a select group of students who are tasked with the responsibility of mentoring some of our Grade 7 students with their literacy skills. It is a great way for our students to showcase their literacy and leadership skills. Well done to those students who are involved in this program.
A number of Grade 9 students have been selected to be involved in the Polish program. This program is coordinated by the Beacon Foundation and assists students in the transition from school through to the workplace via the development of competencies in a range of ’21 Century Skills’. The program is proving to be highly engaging and the students recognise the authentic learnings that they can take away from these sessions.
During our Grade 9 My Education Day, students participated in a range of activities that will assist them in preparing for life in the workplace. They learnt what it takes to be successful in a job interview, what employers are looking for in employees and the personal attributes and skills required to be successful on the job site. The students embraced these opportunities and saw value in these activities by making connections to their own lives.
In our recent grade meeting, we spoke about the importance of maintaining high standards. Mr Stokes spoke about our schoolwide expectations around uniform and speaking respectfully so this will be a focus for the next period of time.
With only a couple of weeks left of second term, we are fast moving to the business end of 2021. Last week saw the second of our My Education Days for Term 2. This day centred around preparing our students for their college orientation days at Newstead and Launceston Colleges as well as getting some valuable information from guest speakers Will, from the Australian Maritime College, Kate, from the Tasmanian Hospitality Industry, Madi, from the University of Tasmania Launceston Campus and Will, from Tasmanian Tafe. All our guest speakers provided us with some invaluable information which will help our students make some important decisions about their pathways post Kings Meadows High School.
At the end of this month we have our two College open days. Our Grade 10s will be visiting Launceston College on Monday June 21 and Newstead College on Thursday June 24. Last week's My Education Day allowed our Grade 10's to select subjects and courses to investigate whilst at the college. These college visits should give our students insight and information regarding possible courses for Years 11 and 12. If parents wish to gain more information about what each college offers, both colleges have websites with videos, course selection guides and information about their campuses.
Within the classroom our Grade 10 students are continuing with their academic rigour this term. In English students are continuing 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 where are undertaking work based around mental health. Mathematics classes have our students working on equation solving and moving into quadratics.
Our student leaders hosted our first full school celebration assembly last week. This required a significant amount of hard work and preparation. Thank you to all those students who prepared speeches and spoke in this assembly, you all did an amazing job. Congratulations to our assembly prefect Lachlan, for preparing the Power Point, scripts and finalising the assembly running order, your first assembly was well prepared. During this assembly our True Blue award winner for Term 1 was announced. Congratulations to Bryce Stone on a great start to the year and for winning this prestigious award.
This week our Grade 10's received their mid term reports. These reports are a progress report from the work undertaking in both Term 1 and 2. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to have Progress Conference meetings with teachers starting on 21st June. We encourage all parents to utilise this opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers.
At the end of 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.
Hasn’t 2021 gone by quickly? It only feels like yesterday that I was getting my own kids ready for the school year and now we’re talking about what we might do for the July School Holidays!
Speaking of which, Scripture Union are holding a camp during the School Holidays and I’ve attached the information flyer and registration details in this article so please take advantage of this opportunity as they are an excellent way for kids to meet new people and have a great time being involved in activities, that you don’t have to organise or think up yourself, to keep your children entertained for a few days over the holidays?
Here’s the details:
The camp is for Grade 7 to Grade 9 students at Carnacoo, Paper Beach, from 3rd to 5th July. The camp is based on the movie 'Ready Player One?' and the theme is 'Game On: Playing the Game of Life'. The main content of the camp will be about building positive relationships, positive choices and just enjoying the fun of being a teenager by games, camp-fire, craft and laser tag in the bush. There will also be some minimal Christian input which campers can opt out of should they not feel comfortable engaging with this.
There is a flyer and a registration form attached but the easiest way to register is online at:
If you would like to register but haven't got a credit card you just can enter one of the promo codes (below) at the checkout stage, the price will go to $0 and you will be allowed to finish registration.
Cash Payment: SUBeyond21Cash
Direct Deposit Payment: SUBeyond21DD
If you have any questions please contact the names listed on the flyer for clarification.
Warren Kinman (0405 326 525) or
Stephanie Sebastian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also, be sure to take some time out for yourself as the shorter days and cooler weather sets upon us for another season, because the fact is, people can get the ‘winter blues’. The following link is to a great article about this phenomenon. Seasonal affective disorder: Can winter really send you into a case of seasonal depression? - ABC News
There has been a lot of focus on the area of self-care over the past 18 months and I’ve also had to make time for ‘me’ amongst all that has been going on. I find a great way to destress or to stay sane is going for a walk to a favourite spot and taking in the sounds in a mindful way; what do I hear, what things are going on around me, is there a different flower in bloom or are there leaves on the ground, how does this make me feel? It certainly helps to view things in a calm way?
What’s your destress activity?
If you’ve never heard of mindfulness and would like to explore this concept more, or check out some ideas for mindfulness activities visit: positivepsychology.com
Take care and be kind to yourself and others.
A reminder to all junior and senior netballers and parents. The NTNA and NHSSA has amended the ruling on the taping of ear piercings/jewellery for 2021. Meaning taping is NOT allowed. ALL jewellery has to be entirely removed for a student to take the court. Because of this it is important to consider new piercings that you already have or may consider getting. If you have jewellery that cannot be removed for a certain period of time, please let your coaches know so that you can assist with scoring and other duties until you can take the court. For students and parents considering booking in for new piercings KMHS coaches would strongly urge you to consider waiting until the end of Term 3 when netball has concluded. This is because we wish your piercings to be fully healed so that you can remove and replace your jewellery safely on a weekly basis. Taping is no longer considered an appropriate or safe alternative to removing jewellery.
|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|
|Monday 21 June||Progress Conferences|
|Tuesday 22 June||Progress Conferences|
|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|
|Wednesday 30 June||Progress Conferences|
|Thursday 1 July||Progress Conferences|
|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|
|Monday 16 August||My Education Day|
|Thursday 19 August||Grade 3/4 Longford Primary Taster Day|
|Tuesday 31 August||My Education Day|
|Monday 6 September||Parent Information Evening No 3 (Grade 7 2022)|
|Friday 24 September||Last day of Term 3|
|Monday 11 October||First day of Term 4|
|Tuesday 26 October||Grade 7 & 10 Immunisations|
|Friday 29 October||Student Free Day|
|Thursday 11 November||Careers on Wheels|
|Thursday 18 November||Arts Night|
|Thursday 25 November||Grade 7 2022 Orientation Day|
|Thursday 25 November||Parent Information Evening No 4|
|Wednesday 1 December||Healthy Me Expo|
|Friday 10 December||Grade 10 Graduation Dinner|
|Wednesday 15 December||Last Day for Grade 10 students|
|Thursday 16 December||Last Day for Grade 7, 8 and 9 students|