24th March 2023
As we draw closer to the end of term, it is satisfying to reflect on such a positive and productive start to the year, with all our established commencement events completed, and some innovative and exciting experiences added for the first time to enrich our students’ learning. These include our Years 7 and 8 Camps, Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN, several inter-school sports events, some excellent community-building action happening in the Middle Years, and the end of the first Progress Reports cycle rounding off the start to the academic year. In this issue we have lots to share about this busy and enjoyable term. Thanks to all our amazing staff for making Kyneton High School such a great place to learn! Our high-quality learning programs are enabled by dedicated professionals who also volunteer a huge amount of time to enrich students’ learning experiences through co-curricular activities outside the classroom. Thanks also to our School Captains for the inspiring start to your leadership roles this year; and congratulations to all our Student Leadership Team members on your selection for your various leadership roles. We have, staff and students alike, a lot of which to be proud in the way we have engaged in school this term.
Having completed interviews and finalised a team, the Kyneton High School Student Leadership Team of 2023 is very excited to have begun official meetings. Over the past few weeks, we have had our first meetings as a whole group – these take place on Monday lunchtimes in the Student Leadership Lounge, and we welcome other students to attend if they are interested, or have something they would like to raise with the group.
This year, the student leadership team consists of School Captains and Vice Captains, Values Captains, and Year Level Leaders in Years 7-11. It has been fantastic to have new students join the team, and to welcome back previous members into continuing roles. We look forward to continuing to work together as a team!
Harmony Week takes place from 20th-26th of March every year, it’s a time in which we as a nation celebrate the diversity that brings together all Australians. To raise awareness for harmony week, students encourage one another to add orange to their uniform on Harmony Day which is the 21st of March.
On Tuesday our Student Leadership as well as Andrea the school nurse went around to classes and provided students with a piece of string which students could tie around their wrist to show support for inclusivity, respect and equality.
and the Leadership Team
Harmony week is about being inclusive, respectful and celebrating a sense of belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural background and differences.
From the oldest indigenous culture of our first Australians to our newest arrivals from around the world, our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are.
Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world! Harmony week recognises and celebrates this cultural diversity.
Year 7 Humanities
If it’s Term 1, it must be Learn About Ancient Egypt time for Year 7. They’ve been busy making Egyptian artefacts and mummifying each other in class.
Year 7 Camp
The 8th of March saw our whole Year 7 cohort head to the beautiful Yarra Valley for our camp. Students participated in a variety of fun outdoor activities. They did archery, a low ropes course, the flying fox, canoeing, a rock wall and many bonding activities. We were very lucky with the weather, which made the waterslide and other swimming activities really enjoyable. It was wonderful to see so many new friendships formed.
The aim of our year 7 camp is for our students to get to know their classmates and the broader year level. Our students really got out of their comfort zones and it was truly awesome to see so many students give everything a go! There were many happy (but tired) faces each evening.
We’d like to thank the wonderful teachers that came on camp to make it a truly wonderful experience! Thank you to Ms Ford, Mr Mulvaney, Ms Scott, Ms Simpson, Mr Andrea, Ms Wallace, Mr Brohm, Ms De Moel and our fantastic ES staff member, Matt.
Please take the time to have a look at the wonderful photos that sum up this great camp!
Cassi Gunter and James Turnbull
What the Year 7’s thought about the whole thing:
I personally enjoyed Year 7 camp, I made new friends and felt like I connected with the people there. My favourite activity would have to be gaga, a very fun game where everyone jumps in the octagon and hits balls at each other, a very fun experience. I made a damper in camp cooking, I felt like superman on the zipline, I got dunked in canoeing, I jumped off the ledge in the activity tower, I got a score of 19 in archery and overall really enjoyed the entire experience! I would totally recommend Year 7 camp to anyone who is feeling too scared to go.
Archie Sheawick 7D
I really enjoyed my time at Year Seven camp at Yarra Valley. I had lots of fun at all the activities and met new people. My favourite activity was probably archery. My group was really supportive and fun, so everyone contributed to most activities. My second favourite activity was the water slide. I liked this one because I could do it multiple times and it was warm outside so it was a nice way to cool down. I also liked the hut building activity. I liked this one because we could work in teams to get it done quickly and efficiently, and because the water test was a good way to test its durability and practicality. But out of them all my favourite activity was easily the karaoke night. I had the best cabin, it was filled with all my friends and it was chaotic. We all had so much energy that we could barely contain it and we found ourselves jumping from bed to bed. It was easily the best camp I have been to.
Tiana Cardinal 7D
I enjoyed going to Year 7 camp because it was an overall great experience. My personal favourites were the water slide, archery, and the moving rock climbing wall. The rock climbing wall was fun because it moved while you were climbing it and would increase speed as you were on it longer. Doing archery was fantastic because you got to use the bow a lot and they didn’t baby us while we were using it. My overall favourite though, was the water slide. It went down a massive hill and I got a speed of 32 k’s an hour plus some airtime. I made new friends while playing gaga during the free time periods that we received, it is a really fun game. The food was also really good and they catered to my dietary requirements perfectly. All in all, I really enjoyed Year 7 camp and look forward to Year 8 camp next year.
Austin May 7D
WHAT’S ON IN THE SCHOOL GARDEN
Chicken Club is now running with our fabulous parent volunteer, Amanda May! We meet at recess on Tuesdays (11-11:40 in the school garden).
Paddock to Plate is a Year 9 elective subject that spends time each week working in the garden, with the goal to use produce to cook in their classes.
What we have been working on recently:
– capsicums are ripe for the picking
– sunflowers are sunning themselves
– lots of kale, spinach, rocket and herbs have been planted
– the chicken house has had a clean out
– composting beds have been started
Do you have a passion for working with young people, an interest in gardening or are just keen to help out? We would love some more our of school community to come in and volunteer in our school garden. Must have a current Working with Children Check. Jobs may include, chicken coup management, weeding, planting, composting, planting, fixing things.
Contact Caroline Sharpe
Paddock To Plate
Our Food classes have continued this year from the old Drama room. We are eagerly waiting and counting down the days until the new kitchens are ready.
The Paddock to Plate class have been busy learning about the benefits of growing seasonal produce. We have made apple crumble, pancakes with macerated strawberries and Caesar salad. Well done class!!
Year 8 Camp
If you think Year 8 Camp is like everybody lounging around in tents, watch THIS!
Video by Kiky Amelia
On the 15th of March our Year 8s headed off on the long journey to Gippsland to The Summit Camp. The aim of the camp is to really stretch and challenge our students and help them reach their full potential. Each and every one of our Year 8s pushed themselves to their limits! We were so proud of their tenacity, strength and teamwork.
Their activities included the giant swing, walking on nails, laser tag, flying fox, high wire and rock climbing wall. They also participated in many team building exercises. The highlight of the camp was the ‘mud run’ which the students did on the Thursday. In groups they had to complete a massive circuit that involved gruelling challenges along the way. They crawled through mud, lugged tyres over the whole course, swam through dank rivers, slid down mud banks and had to do it all as a team. They encouraged and cajoled their teammates to do their best.
Each student before an activity had to decide on their target, stretch and super stretch. Our Year 8s became experts at having confidence in themselves and really giving things a go!
A huge congratulations to our Year 8s for making us very proud! Another huge congratulations and thank you to our wonderful staff who accompanied them. Thank you so much to Ms Sharpe, Mr McCabe, Ms Quynh, Mr Eddy, Mr Bedford, Ms Swinden, Ms Bone, Kiky and our ES staff member, Shell.
Cassi Gunter and Geoff Comben
On Monday the 20th of March the Year 11 Vocational Major students caught the train down to Zone Bowling in Watergardens where we went Ten Pin Bowling. This excursion was for the class to generate and use our scores in our upcoming numeracy assignment.
We were separated into 3 groups, and played two games each vs. our teachers; Miss Rantal, Miss DeMoel and Gareth. We all had a good time travelling to and from, as well as playing our games. The highlights of the day were competing against each other and the teachers, and of course…. KFC.
Tyler Clapham & Kya Smith
Year 7 Digitech
Year 7 Digitech have been learning about Games and Scratch programming. The final project for Cycle 1 was for students to develop their own game programmed in Scratch. All students produced engaging, fun games and here are some exceptional examples. You can click on each to play!
The first is The Evolution Game, designed by Lillian Anstey-Sprigg (7A):
Below is Funky Monkey Dance Party brought to you by Noah Dixon (7A):
And this one is Potatogotchi! by Zaya Francis (7C):
If you’re wondering how the kids can make such amazing fun stuff, you can read all about Scratch over on the Wikipedia.
On Friday 10th March, Ms Cox and Ms Swinden took 10 students to Broadmeadows to participate in Divisional Swimming. We had a great day out with a lot of student success. Jack Denton came first in freestyle and Angus Hoyne came first in breaststroke.
All other students came top 4 in their respective events on the day. To finish off a successful day, Jack, Angus, Lennox and Henry competed in the 50m relay and came first! These students have all been invited to compete at the regional swimming event next week. We wish them all the best!
Physics In Action
Year 11 Physics have completed their Area of Study 1 – Heat and Light and for their final practical task used their new understanding to use common materials in building two devices – an efficient thermos to retain the heat of boiling water, and a heat sink to dissipate the heat of boiling water as quickly as possible.
On Tuesday 07/03, for the first time in years, Kyneton High had a senior rugby team that competed in interschool sports!
On this day the Senior Team went to brand new fields in Broadmeadows. We played three 20-minute games against Copperfield, Melton and Point Cook.
First game against Point Cook was tough. This was our first proper game after all our training and games over the last year at school. Charlton Kenton-Barnes was best on ground, he took on most tackles and scored 1 try. The Point Cook Team was very friendly and respectful and gave us props for giving it a shot. In the second game against Melton and being one of the best teams we put them under pressure and they started to fumble and make mistakes. Also everyone started to contribute together and work as a team and Liam Gilbert scored 1 try off their fumbles. The ref congratulated us on how well we played against a top team.
The final game against Copperfield was a very tight match with us nearly winning. Devin Spear scored a whopping 2 tries running down the wing through their defence. Also in this game Copperfield was getting frustrated with us playing a better game than they thought we could. They were getting lippy and wanted to start a fight. We as a team kept our cool and as a result they had a player sent to the sin bin.
Overall, we had our best crack and we thank Mr. Spencer for coaching us and also for pushing us really hard. In fact Mr. Spencer said “ that we blown his expectations!”
Starting from a group of Year 11 boys in VCAL PDS in 2022, Aidan L, Billy S and Kayden D got rugby going at recess and lunch times as one of their PDS projects. We were practicing skills, training and playing a couple of friendly matches with each other all throughout last year. This project started in Semester 1 2022 and they kept it going every week.
As we had shown the commitment and were able to get enough players, Mr Hill and Mr Eddy came through with their promise to get us into interschool. We had an amazing time and our work was a terrific success. We hope we have inspired some of the juniors to get involved and continue what we have started with rugby.
All students have been having a great time learning the fundamentals of tennis on the Kyneton Tennis club outside courts. A few lessons have had to be inside due to Kyneton’s drizzly start to Autumn. Overall it has been a great program!
This week and next the Year 7 & 8s are participating in a tennis program run by Liam from Elite Tennis. We (Mr Eddy) were lucky enough to secure funding from Sporting Schools Victoria.
After lots of planning, getting permission and fundraising, the PE department has been able to create a pit on school grounds making access to practicing these athletic skills much more accessible for all students.
We would like to make a special mention to Banjo Jones and his family for volunteering their time and excavator to dig the pit out for us. It was very much appreciated. We would also like to thank Mr Romer and Ms Cox’s classes for helping to flatten out the dirt and sand. It’s been a great team project.
We have our own long jump and triple jump pit!
Testing the new jump
Onwards And Upwards
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
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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 27th March||Year 7&9 NAPLAN catchups|
|Thursday 30th March||VM & Applied Grand Prix excursion|
|Tuesday 4th April||Athletics Carnival|
|Thursday 6th April||End of Term 1|
2.30 pm finish
|Friday 7th April||Good Friday public holiday|
|Monday 24th April|
Term 2 begins
Pupil free day
|Tuesday 25th April||Anzac Day public holiday|
|Wednesday 26 April||Parent teacher interviews|
|Monday 1st May||Year 7 immunisations|
|Friday 5th May||Interschool sport cross country|
|Tuesday 9th May||Year 8 Live4Life launch|
|Friday 12th May||Year 11 senior ball|
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