Newsletter Term 2 Week 3 2022
This week is a busy week for year 7 and year 9 as they have NAPLAN testing. NAPLAN was originally designed to be a system level test, useful to tell the Department of Education how schools are faring. We would like every child to give their very best as we use information from the tests to determine what we need to concentrate on at a school level. There is not much that students can do to prepare for NAPLAN, I believe the best preparation is to have a good sleep the night before the test, and a nutritious breakfast on the morning of the test. It is normal for students to be a little anxious over the upcoming tests, this response means that the ‘fight and flight’ hormones are being activated, and they make your heart beat a little faster, and sharpen the senses to allow you to concentrate better.
We have had a number counsellors in all last week and again this week for students and staff to access to help them through the tragic event last week. It has been wonderful to see the school gather around and support one another at this sad time. Please let us know if your child is struggling so that we can get appropriate assistance. We will also have a parent session from Lifeline for assisting parents to support grieving teens, this will be held on Monday 30th May.
I have had some suggestions from parents about wellbeing programs, it has been difficult over the past couple of years to maintain continuity with the COVID disruptions. Students have a lesson each cycle on wellbeing, and as well as this various programs run throughout the year. In term 4 of every year, the wellbeing team and year advisors have a planning day where they use the data from the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Survey, as well as data gathered from our student management systems to ensure that we have a pro-active curriculum for wellbeing.
Dates to Remember
|Tuesday 10 May - Friday 13 May||NAPLAN for Years 7 & 9|
|Monday 16 May - Tuesday 17 May||NAPLAN Catch Up Day|
|Thursday 19 May||Year 10 Vaccinations|
|Monday 23 May||P&C Meeting|
|Tuesday 24 May||Year 12 2021 High Achievers Assembly|
|Friday 27 - Sunday 29 May||Big Band Blast|
|Monday 30 May||Zone Cross Country|
|Friday 3 June||Zone Athletics|
|Thursday 16 June||Regional Cross Country|
|Monday 20 June||Group Photographs|
|Friday 1 July||Last Day Term 2|
|Monday 18 July||Staff Development Day|
|Tuesday 19 July||First Day Term 3 for Students|
Deputy Principal Report
Adolescent Grief is Different
In the past two weeks we have had specialists from Lifeline and our school counselling network to support our students to understand their grief. This grief has been sudden, but also becomes a journey that the school will continue to support students in the months to come. We as teachers are learning strategies to support students, and will also embed programs through the PDHPE and Wellbeing lessons to help students to understand their own processes of emotions and also ways that they can help their peers to seek help when it is needed.
Parents don’t usually get the training and support that teachers receive to understand teens. If you are supporting a young person who is experiencing grief, there is a helpful article that may be of assistance: https://killarney-h.schools.nsw.schooltv.me/content/blog/6-ways-adolescent-grief-different
You will find many resources to help work with teens at our School TV page which is funded by our P&C https://killarney-h.schools.nsw.schooltv.me/
Lifeline has also offered to run a parent session for our school community on supporting your child following the death of someone they love called “Seasons for Growth” which will be held on the evening of May 30. Details are on the poster below, please contact the school to advise your interest.
Deputy Principal Years 7, 9, 11
Weeks 2 – 9 Term 2
Printmaking Club kicked off on Thursday Week 2. It was nice to see so many students, ranging from Years 7-10. We also had a few teachers join us!
The theme for this term is ‘self portraits’ where students will make a body of work using a variety of printmaking techniques. This week’s printmaking focus was monoprints. Monoprinting is a one-off printing technique that uses a sheet of glass or Perspex to transfer a unique design onto a sheet of paper. Ms Burton did an informative and entertaining demonstration and students got printing! Over the term we will explore other types of printmaking such as etching and linocut.
We are looking forward to seeing this group of students further develop their printmaking skills and become confident young artists!
Ms Burton & Ms Slater
Visual Art Teachers
KHHS artists have been busy, busy, busy. Over the past few weeks many of our classes have been putting the finishing touches on artworks started in term 1. It is always so exciting to see ideas come to life.
Year 7 are in the process of constructing their Claes Oldenburg inspired burger sculpture. Judging by the noise and laughter coming from the art studios, Year 7 are having a lot of fun and enjoying this project.
Year 8 finished their Planet Pollution watercolour paintings. Students chose an animal at risk and depicted the animal in the past, at present, and what its future may look like if we don’t act now. They have now started to learn about Surrealism!
Year 9 are completing their “Digital Self” narrative works. These works are a self-portrait of their relationship with technology created with the mediums of watercolour and lino printing. Their next unit will explore Street Art.
Year 10 are in the process of glazing their ceramic vessels. Watch this space! These sculptures are a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
Year 11 finished their representations of the Australian landscape submitting an abstract representation and a realistic one.
Year 12 are in the thick of developing their HSC Body of Work. We have a lot of range of works this year with 16 students taking the course.
In week 2 of term 2, the year 11 students in Japanese Continuers visited the Nihongo Tanken Centre, located in Kirrawee. The students had the opportunity to participate in interactive activities inside a traditional-style Japanese home. Everyone enjoyed the experience, and got some great tips for improving their Japanese speaking skills ahead of their HSC next year.
Year 9 Japanese
In year 9 Japanese, we have been sharing about our daily lives with our sister school located in Hiroshima, Japan. Students have exchanged videos via Flipgrid, learning about the differences between each other's schools and cultures. We are looking forward to receiving replies from our Japanese penpals too. It's a great reminder that there are real people out there, using Japanese to communicate with us!
The First Whole School Carnival
With the wettest start of the year on record the carnival was always going to be in doubt. Year 12 decided to speak to the weather gods and make a beach theme for the athletics carnival. The attire was great, participation was up and staff were motivated by the tunes of Mr Fuller as DJ.
Long Jump and Javelin were cancelled but despite the track having some water damage some fast times in multiple events were being achieved. The results were close and this was the first carnival that I have seen that the winning house only won by two points and in fact all the houses were within 90 points of each other.
Some stand out performances were the champions of champion’s winners Jett Mc Dade and year 8 student Jasmine Rintel, also Emily Offner broke a 42 year old record in the shot put. Congratulations to all competitors and below are the overall results of another successful Killarney Heights High school day.
Overall House Points
|12 Years||Harriet Aiken||Edward Hammond|
|13 Years||Lilyana Rayner-Harvey||Mikkel Kolind|
|14 Years||Kristina Prizmic||Steffan Takianos|
|15 Years||Tahlia Russell||Ricky Li|
|16 Years||Holly Jordan||Ivan Prizmic|
|17-18 Years||Brooke Frew||Zachary Roome|
2022 Individual New Records
|Zachary Roome||17 yrs||800m||2.02.57||2.06.41 (2018)|
|Lilyana Rayner-Harvey||13 yrs||800m||2.36.60||2.37.77 (2017)|
|Ivan Prizmic||16 yrs||High Jump||1.9m||1.85m (1996)|
|Emily Offner||16 yrs||Shot Put||9.75m||9.20m (1980)|
|Conaire Boys||Senior||4 x 100 Relay||50.16||50.40 (2021)|
We are very excited that Neesha in Year 9 has successfully auditioned for the Arts Unit's Solo Vocal Camp this year. Neesha a member of one of our two elective music classes this year and is a very talented singer and pianist. In 2021, Neesha was one of the top three acts in Xmas Factor, Killarney's annual end-of-year talent competition.
The Arts Unit Solo Vocal Camp aims to develop the singing skills of students in Years 8 to 12 from NSW public schools. Students attending the camp will participate in individual and group workshops. Through these workshops Neesha will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals and members of the Schools Spectacular creative team.
She will participate in a range of workshops on vocal technique, stage presence, song interpretation, audition techniques, vocal health and styling.
At the conclusion of the camp, Neesha and the other students will showcase their performance skills as part of a group and as a soloist at a concert at the University of Wollongong in the Great Hall.
Congratulations Neesha, and all the best for your time at Solo Vocal Camp!
Music | Stage Crew | SRC
Contact Jodi.Roper@det.nsw.edu.au for further information, or call in to the Careers Office for more details.
Drafting Assistant - Full-time, entry-level position, TAFE 1 day/week.
Cert IV Engineering – Drafting Traineeship - location: Pymble
Administration Officer - Full-time, entry-level position
Cert III – Financial Services Traineeship – location : Surry Hills
Information Technology Traineeship - would suit Year 12 student interested in providing technical and user support in a school environment.
Cert III/IV – Information Technology – location: Northern Beaches
AIE | Open Day, Sydney
Saturday 14 May 2022, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Ultimo
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation, film and visual effects.
Find out more:
JMC Academy, OPEN DAY
Saturday 21st May, 10am – 2pm, Ultimo
“At JMC, it's all about exploring your passion, discovering a rewarding career and making a few life-long connections along the way. It's about helping you grow your skills, hone your creativity, and learn as much as you can about your chosen field so that you eventually land that job you’ve always dreamed of.”
ACU | Discover ACU – North Sydney
North Sydney: Tuesday 5 July 2022, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Join our free Discover ACU activities. Tailored to your study area of interest, these sessions will give you an insight into life as a uni student.
Register for North Sydney:
YEAR 10 Thinking about Subject Selection?
Try out this free quiz to give you some great subject ideas:
UAC – Year 10 Subject selection Webinar
Let the experts provide some helpful tips and bust some myths about selecting your Year 11 and 12 subjects.
Thursday 26 May 6.00pm or Wednesday 20 July 6.00pm
UTS | Year 10 Subject Selection Webinar
Wednesday 18 May 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online
Considering studying at university after the HSC? But unsure of which subjects will help you get there?
The UTS Business School Year 10 Subject Selection information session will walk you through the HSC subject selection process with tailored information and advice from UTS staff and current students so that you can make an informed decision about which subjects to study for the HSC and how your subject choices can lead to your dream degree at UTS.
University of Sydney | Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)
Wednesday 11 May 2022, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Online
Find out what’s new about the University of Sydney’s revamped Bachelor of Design, aimed to help elevate you to the leading edge of interaction design.
UAC Digital | Let’s Chat – Teaching
Wednesday 1 June 2022, 6:00 pm Online
In this session we’ll give HSC students and their parents information about applying for a Teaching degree. UAC and an expert panel from various universities will give answers to the most commonly asked questions!
MedEntry | Online UCAT Workshop
Monday 16 May 2022, 9:00 am - Wednesday 18 May 2022, 5:00 pm
Saturday 28 May 2022, 9:00 am - Monday 30 May 2022, 5:00 pm
Find out more: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat-workshop
UOW | Information Evenings
Southern Sydney: Monday 16 May 2022, 6:00 pm
Wollongong: Tuesday 17 May 2022, 6:00 pm
Sydney: Wednesday 18 May 2022, 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm
You’ll need to know where you’re going to live, how much it will cost, how will you make friends and more. We know because we asked the exact same questions when we were in year 12!
Register for Southern Sydney: https://mkto.uow.edu.au/SouthernSydney-Info-Evening-Rego-2022.html
Register for Wollongong: https://mkto.uow.edu.au/Wollongong-Info-Evening-Rego-2022.html
Register for Sydney: https://mkto.uow.edu.au/SydneyCBD-Info-Evening-Rego-2022.html
Charles Sturt | Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Online Information Night
Tuesday 31 May 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Online
Find out more: https://cvent.csu.edu.au/event/63aaa67b-b9be-4945-a809-76742b848b58/summary
University of Newcastle | Mid Year Info Session
Wednesday 1 June 2022, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Online
Find out more: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/events/future-students/mid-year-info-session4
University of Newcastle | Parents and Carers Info Session
Thursday 30 June 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online
Find out more: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/events/future-students/parents-and-carers-info-session
NSW Public Schools State Drama Camp
Sunday 26 June 2022, 9:00 am - Thursday 30 June 2022, 5:00 pm
Vision Valley, Arcadia
This camp is fully residential and aims to prepare Year 11 drama students for the upcoming HSC through specialised skills workshops and experiences with highly qualified teachers and industry tutors.
Applications close Friday 27 May 2022.
Winter Engineering School
Monday 4 – Friday 8 July for Year 11 & 12
A 5 day Engineering immersion for Year 11 students (Year 12 welcome). Learn about the huge range of areas of Engineering, the flexibility of the degree, and the amazing opportunities that lie ahead. Visit USYD, UTS, UNSW, Macquarie & Wollongong Universities; 5 Engineering projects. Meet more than 150 Engineers & undergrads! Residential & Day Registrations are available. Students receive a certificate of attainment to include with their applications for University degrees, and the residential component counts towards Gold Duke of Edinburgh Medal!