2nd March 2023
We had the first of our whole of school sports events last week and we were fortunate to have such lovely weather to complement an excellent program. I would like to thank our School and House Captains for their leadership on the day and encouragement of participation. I would also like to acknowledge our Sports Coordinator, Mr Ryan Eddy, and the Health and PE staff for their planning and organisation. Kyneton High School always offers an inclusive program at these whole school events where students can enjoy a range of activities eg the competitive events which included swimming as well as chess (“Thought Sports”) as well as the novelty, fun events.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Student Leadership nominations and selection interviews have been happening. Our School Captains have been working hard in this process and I am looking forward to finding out who our 2023 Student Leaders will be when they are announced at the end of this week. In our next issue of the newsletter, we will have a special feature on our Student Leadership Team.
This topic of representation brings me to my last item:
Declaration of Result of Poll – Election of parent member for Kyneton High School Council
One nomination was received by the closing date for nominations and there being one vacant parent member position to fill, it is declared that Joshua Ellis has duly been elected as a parent member of the Kyneton High School Council.
Year 7 BBQ
We hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day because we sure did. Our school unintentionally celebrated by hosting a Year 7 Family Information Night and BBQ, and we were thrilled to have so many families in attendance.
Despite a minor hiccup or two, we’re happy to report that the start of the school year has been overwhelmingly positive. Our students have shown an impressive amount of energy and enthusiasm, and we’re excited to see them continue to grow and thrive throughout the year.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Year 7 Family Information Night and BBQ. We had a blast and we hope you did too. We’re looking forward to continuing to build our school community and making this year a fantastic one for our students.
Year 9 Media
The Year 9 Media class have been demonstrating excellence by, in groups, creating a new brand or product from scratch and learning how to market it to the right demographic.
The students have created products such as hoodies, Google products, smart watches, footballs and “fancy” water. I’m very impressed with this class’s engagement and who knows, there are a few potential entrepreneurs!
Year 9 Outdoor Ed
Year 9 Outdoor Ed took part in their first activity last Friday – Canoeing. It was a hot day but all had fun and learnt some practical water skills. See some photos of the day below.
Last week, the VCE Indonesian (SL) students received a very special visit from Megan, an inspiring young woman who is passionate about learning languages. Megan graduated from Kyneton Secondary College, and continued her studies in Indonesian at Monash University. Her love of Indonesian language and culture led her to work for Koltiva, a global tech company that empowers farmers and business users in 27 countries to improve sustainable farming practices.
Megan’s dedication to her work and her studies has taken her all the way to Sciences Po University in Paris, where she is currently pursuing a major in International Management and Sustainability. Her company is sponsoring her studies, as they recognize the value of her skills and knowledge. We are grateful to Megan for taking time out of her busy schedule to inspire and motivate us. She is a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and a passion for learning. Terima Kasih, Megan!
Language Teacher (Indonesian)
Kyneton High School has this week commenced participation in the Simply Cups cup recycling program. The program aims to increase the number of single-use coffee cups ending up in appropriate recycling facilities.
One of the reasons paper cups, including coffee cups, cannot be recycled in kerbside recycling is because of their waterproof lining. Both plastic and plant-based linings cannot be recycled in traditional recycling.
While we are also encouraging teachers and students to increase their use of reusable cups, three cup-recycling receptacles have been placed around the school (in the Boomerang teachers’ office, in the staff room and in the Senior Learning Centre).
Only paper products should be placed in the receptacles, and cups need to be emptied of liquid.
Once cups are collected, we will take them to Sunbury 7-Eleven, who will transport them to a specialised manufacturing facility to turn into high-value products.
We hope that many cups can be recycled and KHS can continue in our journey to being a more environmentally conscious school.
Our annual Swimming Sports carnival was held at Woodend swimming pool on Thursday the 23rd of February. Students set off from school and arrived at the pool around 9:40am. The day began quickly with our Year 12s completing a lap of honour in their costumes, followed by a jump in the pool to start the day.
It was a warm one in Woodend so students were very eager to get in the pool. Our marshallers got our students ready for their events and we were off and running. Students showed great skills and ability in the pool and the admin table was inundated with handing out ribbons. A number of novelty events were held on the day including chess and games like limbo to get students involved.
A whole school dance party erupted when the nut bush and macarena came on over the big speakers.
At the end of the day the Year 12s organised a staff versus students relay race. Mr Brohm, Mr Romer, Mr Hill, Mr Turnbull, Ms Wallace, Ms Bone, Ms Strickland and Mr Andrea took to the pool to take on Year 12 teams. The teachers took the lead early with Ms (Flipper) Wallace flying through the water. The Year 12 team fought back hard but couldn’t keep up with Mr (Thorpey) Brohm who flew home to win for the teachers.
While the whole school was watching, the admin team worked hard to finalise House points for the day. Lauriston was leading all day but unfortunately didn’t end up the winner. The chess scores calculated changed these results. I would like to congratulate all Campapse House Members on winning the 2023 Swimming House Carnival.
A special mention needed for all staff who helped with the set up and pack up of this event, along with Ms Cox for running the BBQ. It was a fantastic day and all students looked to have enjoyed themselves. Looking forward to our Athletics Carnival.
On Wednesday the Year 9/10 girls’ volleyball team headed down to Epping. We worked really well throughout the day. Although we didn’t win any of our 3 games, we gained good communication, skills and support for each other. Overall great effort girls in Year 9 / 10 for our 2023 volleyball.
Our star servers were Luna Robert and Eden Levi. They both had a few really nice serving streaks within our games.
Our star digger was Alice Bromley. She was always the first one to the ball, and offered a really nice and high dig for the rest of us girls to work with.
Our star setter was Gussie Simpson-Purdon. She has a nice and high set which creates lots of options for those on her team to work with.
Well done to the 9/10 boys volleyball team. They put out some really tough matches against the Melbourne teams, which were really enjoyable to watch from a spectator view. Thanks to the boys for all the support when we were playing too. The chanting really lightened the nerves for us and even made us laugh a little too.
On the way home from Volleyball we were faced with our bus breaking down. The 40-minute wait in the bus was quite painful, especially when our back-up bus came to the rescue only then to drive off on us. We eventually had a bus come and pick us up. Our bus driver was quite the entertainment. We arrived at school an hour late after school had finished, resulting in a few students having to get their parents to pick them up from school, as their bus had driven off without them.
On Wednesday 22nd of February, 8 of us played tennis at the sports centre in Epping.
Everyone played really well and we all had fun.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best of luck, losing most of our matches. We did have some success with Samson and Dash.
Dash won in a tiebreaker 5-2, and Samson won 4-1. It was a fun and enjoyable day overall.
On Wednesday the 22nd of February the boy’s Year 9/10 volleyball team set off to Epping to play 2 games of volleyball. The team didn’t know much about the game and we weren’t the best at the start, but after many training sessions from Mr Swan, and Henry Goodman teaching us the team chant we were all good to go. We set off to a great start against Craigieburn winning the first round against them with some great serves from James Parnis which got us many points.
We were unfortunate to lose the second round but kept playing well in the game decider but unfortunately lost. Hume was next on the schedule, but with their amazing serves that were extremely hard to defend we lost the first round. In the second round we had to step up with some great blocks by Rocco Di Maggio and captaincy from Henry Coleman, but unfortunately Hume beat us by 2 points. It was a great day and all the boys had lots of fun.
Video of the teams in action
Our Intermediate cricket team has been training for weeks in preparation for interschool sports. These training sessions include testing out our freshly laid cricket pitch along with utilising the local cricket nets. We set off to Donnybrook on Thursday to verse our arch rival in Sacred Heart. We had been scheduled to play the one game, but this game was a 20/20 match so we were in for a long day.
Bryn Sawyer was appointed captain and elected to bowl first. Our Assistant coach Matt Black conducted our pre-game warm up and provided an award-winning speech to get the team pumped up.
Sacred Heart had a very good batting line up but we knuckled down to get some early wickets. In our second over we had a breakthrough with Aaliyah Terbeeke bowling a beauty and the batsman hit it up for a great catch by Klem Evans. We kept battling hard but the batting team kept putting runs on the board. Cooper Reed came into the line-up and got two wickets (1 caught by Klem Evans and a beauty through the stumps). Aaliyah Terbeeke then bowled another beauty which popped up for Tom Waterson to take the catch. Tom, feeling on a high, came into the bowling attack and bowled this amazing in swinger to bowl the batsman middle stump. Special mention to Sam Collard who was extremely close to taking a screamer of a catch. Sam bowled a good ball and dived across the pitch to catch it. Unfortunately, it just slipped out of his hands.
Our 20 overs were up, we had a big score to catch (approx. 190). We unfortunately were bowled all out but we showed some good batting skills. Special mention to our skipper Bryn Sawyer who top scored on 19 runs and also smacked a nice 6 over the boundary.
Our bowling specialist was awarded to Aaliyah Terbeeke and Cooper Reed
Fielding award: Klem Evans
Batting award: Bryn Sawyer
The team showed great sportsmanship and compassion and despite the loss it was a fun enjoyable day.
At Kyneton High School, our Student Excellence Program supports our high-ability students to excel through ongoing extension in the classroom, as well as extra-curricular activities.
The Victorian High-Ability Program (VHAP) allows high-ability Year 7 and 8 students to participate in a 10-week virtual enrichment program in Maths and/or English. Participants are government-selected but nominations from teachers, parents or students are also welcomed. There is no cost to families.
Click here for more information and please contact us if you’re interested.
Emerging Sciences Victoria courses are for Year 9 and 10 students with interest and/or talent in STEM subjects. Participants are self-referred or teacher-selected. Choose from:
• Medical Physics
• Alternative Energies
• Nature & Beauty of Mathematics
The courses are run by the John Monash School of Science. They are heavily subsidised – the cost to each family is just $25. Find more info here and let us know if you’re interested.
Throughout the year, high-ability students may also be invited to be part of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series and supported to reach their potential with Individual Learning Plans and goal setting.
We look forward to keeping all of our students challenged and engaged!
Alex Ashley and Camille Price
Student Excellence Coordinators
March the 2nd is
To celebrate the good Doctor’s birthday we showed “The Lorax” today for the
!!!Surprise your eyes!!! lunchtime Library crowd.
The sound was slightly out of sync (grrrr… so annoying!) but everyone stuck with it until the bell so THANKYOU EVERONE for your tolerance!
!!!Surprise your eyes!!! happens every Thursday in the Library, featuring a different video from the Library’s collection. It’s part of the school-wide Co-curricular Activities program.
The Library has been buzzing with students since the new term started. We have had many new students enjoying the Library, as a place to meet with friends, play games and borrow books, and returning students using it for distance education, VHAP, private study and quiet reading.
Some English classes have been in to take part in Book Tastings, as a way to try a variety of books of different genres, and to borrow for their silent reading in class. Some of the feedback from these sessions has been great:
“I enjoyed reading different genres”
“I think it’s good to find new books to like”
“I liked it more than actual class”
“It was really good and interesting. I found interesting a couple of the books and think some other people will enjoy them”
”I liked seeing the types of genres”
Crammed with fascinating facts and all the core curriculum topics, this physics book will have you exam-ready in no time!
Book Review Team
Our first Book Review Team get-together had some of our eager readers choosing from a wide variety of new books. Everyone left with a new book to enjoy and a chocolate cupcake! If any students are interested in joining us for first pick of new books, and to enjoy a homemade treat, keep a look out for announcements on Xuno.
More New Books
A suspenseful and atmospheric horror perfect for younger fans of Stranger Things and Neil Gaiman, from New York Times bestselling author and the Decemberists’ lead singer/songwriter Colin Meloy.
Newton’s Third Law
We went off to Wikipedia and looked up Newton’s Third Law
so you don’t have to:
“To every action, there is always opposed an equal reaction; or, the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.“
Year 10 Science harnessing Newton’s 3rd Law to build the longest possible balloon rocket line.
Year 12s converting chemicals to charged current.
It is very important that all students adhere to the road rules at all times.
It has been brought to the attention of the school that students are putting themselves in danger while crossing the roads coming to and upon leaving the school.
Students must use the crossing in Epping Street.
When crossing Ferguson Street please cross at the ‘Stop’ sign on the corner.
Do not cross between the buses.
DID YOU MISS OUT
… on Columns 2022?
Don’t cry! There are still some copies left.
100 pages of glorious memories, celebrations, events, sports, a bazillion photos, random mayhem, and magnificent creativity!
The WHOLE YEAR squeezed into a big bright bouncy souvenir.
PLUS 10 sneaky intruder sharks.
Can you find them all???
$25 while stocks last!!!
Contact the school on
5421 1100 to secure a copy.
DON’T MISS OUT ON THE 2023 EXTRA SPECIAL CENTENARY YEARBOOK!!!
To avoid CRUSHING DISAPPOINTMENT remember you need to order and pay at the office ASAP.
KHS – Useful Contacts In 2023
Year Level Leaders
|Year 7||James Shepherd-Turnbull|
|Year 8||Geoff Comben|
|Year 9||Dave Romer|
|Year 10||Tim Rickwood|
|Year 11||Rebecca Wallace|
|Year 12||Emma Nelms|
|Year 7/8 Sub School Leader||Cassie Gunter|
|Middle Years Careers||Kate Sims|
|VCE and Year 11/12 Careers||Rosemary White|
|Disability & Inclusion||Cas Tardif|
Learning Area Leaders
|Health & P.E.||Jodie Cox|
Home Group Staff
Department Of Education Privacy Collection Notice
Some dates for the diary
|Monday 6th March – Friday 10th March||VCE Checkpoint week|
Year 11/12 Family interviews
|Wednesday 8th March – Friday 10th March||Year 7 camp|
|Monday 13th March||Labour Day holiday|
|Wednesday 15th March – Friday 17th March||Year 8 camp|
Year 7&9 NAPLAN
|Friday 17th March||National Close The Gap day|
|Monday 20th March||Year 7&9 NAPLAN|
|Tuesday 21st March – Friday 24th March||Year 7&9 NAPLAN catchups|
|Tuesday 21st March||Harmony day|
|Monday 27th March||Year 7&9 NAPLAN catchups|
|Tuesday 28th March||Maths Learning Walks|
|Thursday 29th March||VM & Applied – Grand Prix excursion|
The Kyneton FIDA side promotes fitness, friendship & belonging, developing life skills, confidence & improved health. And we are on the look out for new players to join us for the 2023 Season!
So who can play?
A Player will be deemed as ELIGIBLE (E), for the purposes of participation in FIDA and the National Inclusion Carnival, if: i. the participant meets the Sport Inclusion Australia (SIA, formerly AUSRAPID) classification, or can provide evidence of this classification in the past.
• All new Players are encouraged to seek SIA classification upon registration.
A Player will be classified as ALLOWED (A) for the purposes of participation in the FIDA Football League, if: ii. the participant is declined for a SIA classification, and upon reviewing the evidence provided, FIDA determines the Player meets two (2) of the existing FIDA Player eligibility requirements:
• Attendance at a Specialist School.
• Attendance at a Mainstream School with funded Educational Support under the category of Intellectual Disability in the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) or similar.
• Proof of Disability Support Pension or NDIS registration under the category of Intellectual Disability.
• Registration with a Disability Service Provider under the category of Intellectual Disability
What is the age range?
Players under 14 are required to provide signed permission from their parents or caregivers, submitted to the FIDA Management, and may be required to meet with a member of the FIDA Executive Committee before they can play. Players over 40 are required to provide a medical clearance.
The Spirit of the Game involves showing RESPECT for:
• Your opponents and their Team Officials
• Your own captain, Coaches, and Team
• The role of the Umpires
• Supporters and spectators OF ALL AGES
• The Game’s traditional values
To find out more about FIDA, visit fida.org.au
To find out more about Kyneton FIDA, visit Kyneton FIDA Football, First Game at Tigerland – YouTube and FIDA game day on Vimeo
To register your interest to play for the mighty Tigers, please contact Debbie Fraumano
0403 343 705
We welcome all to come along and see what we are all about!
Enter Council’s art competition and help the environment
Council is inviting all school-aged and preschool-aged children to enter a competition aimed at helping raise awareness of the impact of single-use plastics on the environment. Participants are being asked to create their own unique artwork using upcycled, recycled or single-use plastic collected as litter, with examples including snack wrappers, coffee cups, straws, cotton buds, polystyrene and bread bag tags.
Winners will have their artwork displayed in the art exhibit at the Hanging Rock Reserve Discovery Centre and will also take home a worm farm or compost bin made from recycled plastic. The early learning centre or school from which the winners are from, will win a delivery of organic compost for their gardens.
The competition closes 6 April. For information, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/singleuseplasticscomp
Currently recruiting for the 2023 Season.
Please get in touch via email or phone:
0439 642 192
KYNETON HIGH SCHOOL