September 5, 2023  |  News

KHS Newsletter : 5th September

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5th September 2023

From Ana - Kyneton High School - Excellence in Teaching & Learning

As we settle into our brand-new building, Ngurrak, the response from our students and staff has been fantastic.  The sense of excitement provides a fresh impetus to our learning programs which are benefiting from a state-of-the-art facility that has been designed to provide an ideal environment for learning, creativity, and collaboration.  Some of the key features that have been met with enthusiasm are the “Bleachers” where we have held our year level assemblies; the spacious classrooms; the fully equipped science laboratories; the dedicated art classrooms; the light within the building, and the outlook from the upstairs windows.  Not least of all is how thrilled the Food Technology and VET Hospitality students were in their new rooms, and the immense relief and joy felt by our Food Technology teachers to finally be in their kitchens after the demolition of their old rooms in March 2022.

Meanwhile, the building works continue! The demolition of rooms 24-26 and the art block, rooms 27-28, is now almost complete.  The refurbishment of the East Wing of the Administration Building is underway.  This will be where the new Music and Instrumental Music learning spaces will be located.

We are also excited to share the success of our recent sailing camp undertaken by our Year 9 Outdoor Education and Year 10 Outdoor Recreation students. This camp was an incredible experience, providing our students with valuable life skills and adventure in addition to learning about the fundamentals of sailing. The teachers commented on the outstanding participation and teamwork shown by the students. 

Our school review is currently underway. This week, our review panel is undertaking fieldwork, talking to students, staff, and parents to gather feedback about our school’s improvement journey.  We believe that your insights are invaluable in shaping the future of our school, and we encourage parents and carers to join us on Thursday evening at 6.30pm, either on-site at school, or by Webex link.  Please contact the General Office for details.

Finally, on behalf of Kyneton High School I would like to wish everyone in our community a happy Daffodil and Arts Festival this coming weekend.  We were delighted to be informed that our garden has won a prize this year!  Our Student Leadership Team will again be involved in what has become for them a tradition – they will be giving out daffodils to the springtime crowds at the Grand Parade on Sunday. 

Best wishes

Ana Rees – Principal

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Annual Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival Grande Parade- this Sunday!

Hi everyone! Spring has sprung and it’s that time of year again where our Student Leadership Team would like to connect with any community members that would allow us to pick daffodils this week. This is for our students to give out in the parade next Sunday.

This is a tradition that we love to keep doing especially in respect of local legend Gus Walta, who used to allow us to pick daffodils from his farm.

We are looking to pick and collect as many daffodils as we can to give out to the springtime crowds and put a smile on people’s faces. Please let us know if you or anyone you know can help us with this. Thank you 😊

Ben Hill on behalf of our KHS Student Leadership Team

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Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

The 29th of August saw the start of demolition of the old Art, Music, Textiles & I.T. rooms.

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The best view of the spectacular building-chomping action was to be had from the Boomerang Wing, and this of course proved to be something of a distraction to the junior classes during the week.

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Photos: Sharni Spear & Stephen McDonald

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Diesel – Ringside seat!
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Best free show evah

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The South Col
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The Western Massif
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The Mines of Moria
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The North Face

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Oooo… Science works much better in a shiny new lab!
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Rooms 24 to 28 – Last day before the big crunch
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Fans of great big machines chewing up buildings might like to have a look at this video!

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Meanwhile, we have quickly settled in to classes in our brand shiny big new double-storey slightly intimidating building Ngurrak.

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Ngurrak is one of the Taungurung words for ‘mountains’

A high-speed backwards run around the inside of Ngurrak. This is actually quite annoying.

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Ms Dalley asked us not to mess up our shiny new surfaces…
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…by trying to cook scones…
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…or on the floor…
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…so we’re doing our best…
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…in mid air…
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…or just not.
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Wow. Big. Shiny. Industrial. Kitchen. Of the future. Check out the Induction Cooktops.

Wear It Purple

At lunchtime on Friday 25th August, a game of netball was held to celebrate
‘Wear it Purple Day’.

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Wear It Purple Day strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for Young People who are part of the LGBTQI+ Community.
The game was dubbed a Pride Match.

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A strong team of Year 11 students competed against a team of teachers new and old to the game of netball. Some very amusing passages of play occurred, and it was a very tight finish to see the students win the game by 1 goal.

Thanks to the students and teachers who played, umpired, scored and cheered for the game.

Ms Strikland

Kyneton High School’s annual ‘Wear It Purple Day’ strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for young people who are part of the LGBTQI+ Community.

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On the day, students were encouraged to add a purple item to their uniform to show their support and solidarity to our Rainbow students and staff. During recess the Pride Crew, with the support of COBAW and Kyneton Community House, put on a free sausage sizzle. Students also had the opportunity to go purple-haired for the day with plenty of (temporary!) purple hair spray. They also collected stickers and wrist bands from the Pride Crew.

Coming Up:

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KHS Music Recital
Wednesday 13th September

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All are welcome to come and see performances by students involved in the Instrumental Music program, including members of the Marimba Ensemble, small bands and the KHS Little Big Band.

Location: School Hall

Time: 5pm

Entry: Free

Supper provided by the students of the Creative Cooking Class. 

We’d love to see you there

Juli Robinson

Year 12 Science

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Ms Quynh said we’re too old for lollipops so we chucked our teddies out of the playpen and threw a little tanty until she gave us some.

Here are some photos of Year 12 chemistry students celebrating the new space with a huge whiteboard mindmap and a colourful food science experiment, as well as bidding farewell to the old labs with activities using lollipops and leaf extracts.

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This year Kyneton High School is competing in the annual Energy Breakthrough.  Each year in November thousands of Primary and Secondary students together with their parents, teachers and support crews gather in Maryborough in regional Victoria for the Energy Breakthrough. The main event of the Energy Breakthrough is a 24 hour Endurance race where students compete as a team to drive a 3-wheeled recumbent vehicle, also known as a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) and race against other secondary colleges. Students also make presentations about sustainability, global warming, health and fitness, team selection, construction and training. As an introduction to the program KHS’s HPV Racing team will consist of both female and male students from Years 9 to 12, along with the valued support of teachers and parents, school leadership and support staff.

Click the link to see what it’s all about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T20blm5z9TM

For those interested, write your name on the Expression of Interest post in the SLC. More details to come about the various roles and team expectations.

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We are also seeking local families and businesses to support our KHS Racing team and school program to ensure the continued provision of the program that enhances student engagement, connectivity and learning. In order to develop a high standard of performance and stay in line with technological advances, we are seeking monetary sponsors or businesses who can assist with the provision of goods and materials such as safety equipment, uniforms, printing, and assistance with construction of vehicle and camping.

If you are interested or have any queries, feel free to contact Miss DeMoel via email at megan.demoel@education.vic.gov.au, or students can find her in the Maths office in the SLC outside of class times.

Miss DeMoel

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Keeping Fit

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Interschool Basketball

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The Year 8 basketball team trained hard for 4 weeks in preparation for inter school basketball. The team played three matches on the day of the event. Unfortunately, we lost all three, but we battled hard.

We unfortunately didn’t have enough numbers for a girls’ team, this didn’t stop Ella Forshaw though, she was selected on the team for a reason. Ella was exceptional over the day, she tried hard and was awarded our best player award for her 3-point shots, teamwork, and defensive skills.

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Special mention to Tate Stevens who tried hard all day and had three incredible rejections in a row. Overall, it was a great day out to represent our school. Special thank you to Ms Swinden for all her help and support at training and on the day.

Video : Year 8 on the court


Regional Athletics

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Cold, wet, and worth it!

We were lucky to take 9 students to the Regional athletics event in Epping. It was pouring with rain and very cold to begin the day. Our 9 students competed hard against other schools in the Region in their respective events. 

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Congratulations to Bryn Sawyer on coming second in the Javelin

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and Coen Poynton on coming third in the 200m sprint.

Making Regionals is a massive achievement, and I am super proud I was able to take these students to represent the school on this day, no matter the result.  Special thanks to Mr Hill for his help on the day.

Mr Eddy

Video : Athletics


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No. 4 : Big Hits

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One of the biggest hits of 1923 was “Yes! We have no bananas”. This was a novelty song, inspired (apparently) by a Greek fruit & vegetable seller who had the habit of starting his sentences with “Yes!” – even if the answer was no. The sheet music for the song (cover pictured above) was the best-selling in American history, according to Wikipedia.


If you’re curious to hear what they all found so entertaining in 1923,
click here to listen to a scratchy old 78rpm version by Billy Jones on Youtube

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The very first edition of the KHS Magazine!

100 years later, we’re gearing up to produce a special Centenary Edition,
celebrating 100 Years of telling our own story –
100 Years of Only About Us!!!

BIGGER

And because it’s such a special edition,
it comes with a commemorative hard cover.
With a VERY special image on the front.

ANNOUNCING:

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KHS YEARBOOK CENTENARY EDITION

$25

Please don’t miss out! Contact the School Office SOON to order.

The last day for orders is FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER.
We can only print copies for families who have paid by that date.

Payment can be made via BPAY or by card on 5421 1100

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School Notices

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Coming up…

Some dates for the diary

Tuesday 5th SeptemberYear 10 Holocaust Museum excursion
Wednesday 6th SeptemberKHS music recital 5pm
Wellbeing fitness program
Thursday 7th SeptemberIndigenous Literacy Day
Friday 8th SeptemberYear 8 Indonesian Gamelan incursion
Wednesday 13th SeptemberSpring Music Soiree 5pm
Thursday 14th SeptemberR U OK day
Year 11 chemistry excursion
School Council
Friday 15th SeptemberEnd of Term 3 – 2.30 finish
Monday 25th September – Friday 29th SeptemberYear 12 practice exams
Monday 2nd OctoberTerm 4 begins
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The Wiz!

Is being performed by Kyneton Theatre Company (KTC) at the Bluestone Theatre in Hutton Street, Kyneton over August and September. It should be a lot of fun!!

I would greatly appreciate if you could help promote The Wiz, being performed by Kyneton Theatre Company (KTC) in your school newsletters over August and September. It should be a lot of fun!!

School bookings are also possible.

Click here to book tickets at Trybooking.com

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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

Email: lharrison@mrsc.vic.gov.au


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