5th December 2023
We ended the 2023 academic year with Begin 2024 – a period of two weeks during which we started our 2024 timetable, marking significant transition points for students going into their middle and senior years. The feedback from staff is that it has been highly successful, with students being very focused and positively engaged in their new classes. It was particularly pleasing to see that students were making a serious effort to be well prepared and ready for learning next year. At the end of the second week the whole school participated in a fundraising event organised by the School for Student Leadership Team of 2023 – Abbie Clifford, Sarah Dillon, Peter Norris, Freya Allen, Connor Irving and Regan O’Toole. Their chosen recipient for the fundraising was the CFA, who were on hand on the day to provide a supportive presence. We were fortunate that the weather turned on such a warm and sunny afternoon for a very enjoyable event which showcased a strong sense of school pride.
As we approach the end of another incredible year and we reflect on the accomplishments of our students, I am inspired by the hard work of our staff who have encouraged our students to be resilient and to develop their passion for learning. From academic and sporting achievements to artistic activities and co-curricular participation, each success contributes to our school community. Together, we have created an environment that fosters not only academic excellence but also personal and social development.
As usual, our school magazine, Columns, has captured the highlights of this year superbly. In addition to that, 2023 is the centenary edition of Columns, and so it also reflects on Kyneton High Schools’s significant contribution to education in our community over the past 100 years. I hope you can enjoy the opportunity to obtain a copy of this important edition and extend my thanks and appreciation to our Columns editors, Stephen McDonald and Maree Jamieson.
I want to take a moment, as we bid farewell to 2023, to wish every member of our school community a joyful and restful holiday season. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to our parents and carers for your partnership and involvement in your child’s education. To our students, we hope your holiday is filled with much laughter and fun with family and friends. To our staff, enjoy your well-deserved time of relaxation and rejuvenation during the holiday break.
On behalf of the entire Kyneton High School family,
I extend warm wishes for a safe, happy, and festive Christmas and a New Year.
Ana Rees – Principal
Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
Kyneton High School held our annual Valedictory Dinner on Friday 17th November.
The Year 12 students, their families and staff had an absolutely wonderful evening celebrating the end of school life for these beautiful students. The Valedictory Dinner is the celebration of 13 years of education for our Year 12 students as one phase of their lives finishes and another begins!! There was lots of dancing and many many happy smiles.
We absolutely commend this beautiful cohort of Year 12 students. It’s been such a pleasure supporting you throughout this year!!
Also just a reminder that photos from the evening are now available on the photographer’s website. Access to these photos was provided to families on the night, and we will also send the link to families again on Xuno. They make wonderful Christmas presents for grandparents!!!
on behalf of the Senior Years Team
Year 10 Physical Sciences had a great Begin 2024! In the first week, students collaboratively built a Rube Goldberg Machine.
We split the class into small teams of two or three members and they had to design a small section of a much larger machine as well as co-ordinate the transitions from their section to the others on either side.
If you have you ever wondered why these things are called Rube Goldberg machines, click over to Wikipedia where enlightenment quite possibly awaits.
It was a fantastic demonstration of creativity and teamwork as well as an opportunity to show a very solid understanding of motion, forces and momentum!
The beast in action!
Brace yourself… this goes fast!
The new class of Year 11 chemistry students had their debut practicals during Begin.
The photos are students exploring precipitation reactions, where solid products are formed from reacting two clear solutions.
The last time we met them, they were here…
Look at them now!
KHS Students Take The Lead
Year 11 Kyneton High School students Ava Coleman, Jen Girvan and Leathan Coates (alongside another three of their peers; Gabe Weller, Caitlyn Merrall and Oliver Watt not pictured) attended the School for Student Leadership in 2021 and completed their Community Learning Project in 2022. They planned, organised and facilitated a highly successful community Family Fun Day at the Kyneton Rangers Soccer Club to raise awareness and funds for Men’s Mental Health.
The students have been waiting to identify a local charity that supports men’s mental health and have chosen to donate the $4000 they raised to HALT. They presented their donation to HALT at a men’s health workshop at Kyneton Chiropractic Life on Wednesday 25/10.
The Kyneton High School community are extremely proud of our students and their efforts. In particular, the perseverance and passion they have demonstrated to commit themselves to a goal and see it through until what they saw as successful completion. Jeremy from HALT was adamant to the students that their work and effort will save lives. Strong words yes, but the fact is, the money will ensure HALT continues their outstanding work in enabling others with the tools to enable positive mental health.
HALT events provide tradies and apprentices with the tools to start having conversations about mental health, and we encourage tradies to support their mates when they’re going through tough times.
HALT also runs a HALT-Friendly Clinics Program in order to complement their outreach work with tradies. The first of its kind the program directly links HALT event attendees with GP and psychologist clinics in their local area that have a specific interest, knowledge and skills in men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
The students’ efforts will enable HALT to work in Kyneton. If you’d like HALT to attend your workplace, club or social group, or would like to host an online or in-person HALT ‘Save your Bacon’ event, a HALT Toolbox Talk, or would just like more information on HALT and what we can offer, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0409 756 274
Ava Coleman, Jen Girvan and Leathan Coates
Mr Eddy is on the prowl for donations of golf equipment.
For more info, see the article below by Zoe Moffatt over at the Star Weekly.
Year 9 OED’s last activity for 2023: Hike / Giant Swing / Canoe (however no photos of canoe!)
The Addams Family
The Performing Arts Creative Team at Gisborne Secondary College in collaborating with Kyneton High School are very pleased to announce the 2024 Production of ‘The Addams Family’
PRODUCTION DATES – August 8-17 2024
REHEARSALS – Monday and Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm at GSC (commencing 2024). Not all students will be required both days. A calendar/roster will be provided. TRANSPORT OPTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED DEPENDING ON NUMBERS FROM KHS
STAY INFORMED – Please check you xuno messages for more information regarding audition times, rehearsals and transport options
KHS Performing Arts teacher: Alex Scott email@example.com
Gisborne Secondary College Production Manager: Mrs Skeen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see/download full information below:
Updated Student Dress Code
- All students are expected to wear the school uniform at school. School uniform items are outlined in the Student Dress Code (attached)
- There continues to be no specific ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ or ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ uniform. Students should select the items they are comfortable wearing.
- The main change to the policy is that students may now wear PE uniform items in Academic classes. From the policy:
- Students must wear sports uniform items for their practical Physical Education classes.
- They may also wear sports uniform items in their academic classes, however there is an expectation that students will change into clean uniform following practical Physical Education classes.
- Note that while students may wear runners of their choice for practical Physical Education classes, they must wear all black shoes while in other classes.
- NB. Students will still be allocated time to get changed for PE and will be expected to get changed after PE.
- Shoes or boots are to be worn as part of the school uniform and must comply with the following criteria:
- The shoe must be black, including the sole.
- The shoe fully encloses the foot, i.e., no areas of the foot not covered by the upper section of the shoe.
- No steel-capped shoes/boots.
- Work boots may only be permitted in some Year 11 and 12 VET subjects. This will be communicated to students and their families by the subject teacher.
- The main change to this part of the policy is that shoes need not have an entirely leather upper – areas of mesh/fabric are permitted as long as the entire shoe is black.
- Students must wear socks, and these should preferably be black or white. Plain black or navy tights/leggings are permitted to be worn only with the school skirt or dress.
- Changes made to wording in this section.
- Students may wear a plain black, white or navy long sleeve t-shirt or thermal top underneath their uniform shirt.
- Added Navy as an option
- Year 12 students may wear their Year 12 KHS tops/jumpers in lieu of other uniform tops.
- Leggings (unless plain black or navy and worn with the school skirt or dress)
- Non-Kyneton High School track pants
- ‘Active wear’ or ‘Athleisure’ items
- Non-uniform shoes
Buying School Uniform
Second hand items
Support for families
The Library will be closed for stocktake from Monday December 11th. This is a reminder to dig out all Library books from in lockers or under beds and return them this week so we can count them then tuck them in for a good long sleep over the holidays.
Some dates for the diary
|Monday 4th December
Year 10 Funfields excursion
|Tuesday 5th December
VHAP English masterclass 11.45-1.45
|Wednesday 6th December
|Thursday 7th December
Class parties day
|Friday 8th December
Year 7 Funfields Excursion
Year 10 last day
|Monday 11th December
Year 8 Melton wave pool excursion
VCE results released
|Tuesday 12th December
|Year 7 2024 Orientation Day
No other students at school
|Wednesday 13th December
VHAP Maths Games Day
|Thursday 14th December
Awards ceremony rehearsal
Awards ceremony (pm)
|Monday 18th December – Wednesday 20th December
|General Office closed
|Wednesday 20th December
|School’s Out For Summer!
1.30 p.m. finish
You might be interested in joining us for a screening of the documentary Equal the Contest followed by a panel discussion which includes filmmaker and football player Mitch Nivalis.
This is a free event as part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence with screenings in both Kyneton and Sunbury.
Please register to attend here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/equalthecontest
Sunbury Cobaw Community Health
We are pleased to announce the Big Summer Read is taking place at Woodend Library these summer holidays!
The Big Summer Read aims to arrest the ‘summer slide’ by engaging children and their families in a fun and dynamic campaign through public libraries, to encourage children to read and log at least 10 books!
A competitive element with prizes provides added incentive for participation, while distinctive state-wide branding encourages participation in the program, whether children are at home or on holidays elsewhere in Victoria.
The BSR runs from 1 December 2023 until 31 January 2024. Registrations can be completed online at https://plv.beanstack.org or by visiting a local public library!
For more information please contact email@example.com.
Woodend Library Team
Cnr Forrest and High Street Woodend
Phone – 54272074
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Employment Opportunity for KHS Students
The Kyneton Sports and Aquatic Centre will soon be recruiting for Lifeguards over summer, and we are always looking for Learn to Swim Instructors. This could suit some KHS students after school. We can possibly assist with funding of their courses as well.
For more information contact the KTSAC manager Luke Harrison