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Katherine High School Year Coordinators Principal’s Update

Year 7 Jenny Lloyd

Year 8 Damien Charleston

Year 9 Caroline Elliott

Year 10 Rod Cremona

Year 11 and 12 Cara Fulwood

Welcome to new and returning staff, students and parents. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday. Semester Two timetables have been distributed to all students. There is still some fine tuning to occur as some classes are at capacity. The Year Coordinators and Assistant Principals are working to address this issue. Parents are encouraged to contact the appropriate Year Coordinator or Assistant Principal if you have any concerns regarding your child’s timetable. It was great to see all our student entries at the Katherine Show and I was very pleased that Katherine High School won the Schools Aggregate Award this year. Thank you to all the students and staff who worked so hard to achieve this result. Our stall on the Yellow Brick Road was very successful and the feedback from the community was once again positive. Anne White Principal

Year 7 2013 Parent Information Evening

It was great to see many Parents and students attend the information evening for students entering Katherine High School in 2013. Families who were unable to attend or who require more information, please contact Jenny Lloyd, the Year 7 Coordinator via email on jenny.lloyd@ ntschools.net, or John Sarev, the Middle Years Assistant Principal - john.sarev@ntschools. net. The Katherine High School website now has a Transition page – watch this space for news to come as we continue to transition our next cohort of students into Year 7. Jenny Lloyd Year 7 Coordinator

School Council

TERM 3, WEEK 1-2 AUGUST 1, 2012

Key Dates

Term 3 Wednesday February 15 KHS Council meets at 7pm on Week 3 the 3rd Wednesday of every • Year 9 Canberra month. To contact KHS CounMelbourne Trip cil, add agenda items, or be July 27 - Aug 5 placed on the KHS Council mailing list please email khs. • Public Holiday Picnic Day council@ntschools.net Monday Next meeting: 15 August, August 6 7pm in the KHS conference room. All parents welcome to • Whole School Assembly attend. KHS Gym Jeans for Genes Day Thursday We are excited to be involved August 9 in Jeans for Genes Day on 8:20 am Friday 3rd August, when our All Welcome school, like many around Aus- Week 4 tralia, will be awash with den- • National im in a united stance against Science Week childhood disease. Week 4 Please make sure your child is • Cross Country wearing their favourite pair of KHS School jeans and brings a gold coin Friday donation on the day. August 17 One in 20 kids is born with a Week 5 genetic disease or congeni- • KHS School tal abnormality. By getting Council involved in Jeans for Genes Meeting Day, we are helping scienKHS Conference tists at Children’s Medical Room Research Institute to unravel Wednesday the cures to a range of childAugust 15 hood medical conditions – for 7:00 pm the benefit of children everyAll Welcome where. • Cross Country If you would like more inforKHS School mation please contact SarFriday ah Earle via email at sarah. August 17 earle@ntschools.net or visit • Careers Expo jeansforgenes.org.au. YMCA Monday School Contacts August 20 • Anne White (Principal) • Try A Trade (08) 8973 8200 Katherine anne.white@ntschools.net Training Centre • Jodie Locke (KHS Council Year 9 Chairperson) khs.council@ ntschools.net

Knowledge, Honour, Success


KATHERINE SHOW 2012

www.katherinehigh.net.au


Katherine High School Community Notices Sign up day

Saturday July 28th 8:15 am @ town ovals (YMCA) KJARFC Katherine Juniors Australian Rules Football Council PLAYERS & COACHES WANTED Katherine Auskick • For boys and girls from 5 to 8 years of age. • A weekly program that allows children to develop through skill drills followed by a modified game. Katherine AFL Juniors • For boys and girls from 8 to 13 years of age. • Weekly training session and game

RIVERS

RIVERS SSNT CRICKET - ALICE SPRINGS Girls & Boys 12 & Under Championships 19th September – 21st September 2012 Trials to be held on the following dates & times When: Monday 30th July 2012, 4.30pm to 5.30pm Wednesday 1st August 2012, 4.30pm to 5.30pm Monday 6th August 2012, 4.30pm to 5.30pm Where: Katherine South Primary School Age:10 – 13 years of age in 2012 This will be a mixed team of boys & girls If you require any further information, or you are interested in playing but Season: Every Saturday morning starting July 28th (First are unable to attend any or all of weekend back after school holidays) please contact be- these sessions, please call Daryl Grahek on 89712643 or 0400448513 low for further details. President: Shannon Dohl

Katherine Regional Arts Katherine Regional Arts will be hosting a range of events over the coming months and invite you to register your interest now. Digital Photography Competition ‘ My Place’. Photographers are invited to submit 2 high quality photos that reflect the theme ‘My Place’ in the Katherine Region. A maximum of 2 photos per category of a regular photo – and max of 2 photos that may be digitally enhanced/manipulated. The photos will be displayed on the big screen in Ryan Park Friday 24th August. Entry fee $5 adult and $2 for youth Paint and Esky Workshop: Saturday 8th September at Territory Craft. The eskies will then be displayed at the Darwin Fridge Festival in October. BYO esky and they will be returned to owners after the event. Silk Painting Workshop: in conjunction with the Paint an Esky to print fabrics that will be made into lanterns for display at the Darwin Fridge Festival and then retained by Katherine Regional Arts for decorating at future community events and festivals. All materials supplied. ‘Katherine’s Got Talent’: Katherine Regional Arts will also be hosting a ‘Katherine ‘s Got Talent’ Competition in early October. Entertainers of any genre are invited to compete – If you can sing, dance, juggle, acrobats, hip hop or have any other amazing talent then register with us asap. Mosaic Workshop: with Darwin artist Janie Andrews is planned for September to create mosaics for a mural to rejuvenate a public wall in Katherine. Fire Twirling Workshop: September and a Free Community Fire Show with Psycus Pete, the Fire B Boyz and Tiwi Island Fire Twirlers. Date to be confirmed. Fist Full of Films: Ryan Park for the Katherine Festival 17th August 2012. All events will go ahead though some dates still to be finalised. Call 8971 0928 or email projects1@kathregionarts.org.au for entry forms and details on all of the above events.

Proudly Supported by Katherine Regional Community Bank ® Branch


PISA is coming to our school! Our school has been chosen to represent Australia for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which is taking place between 30 th July and 7 th September 2012. A random sample of 15-year-old students will be part of a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent Australia in education! PISA is an international assessment, occurring every three years, which measures skills in mathematics, science, reading, problem solving and financial literacy at a point when students have almost finished their compulsory schooling. PISA helps to inform policy makers involved with education on how well schools are succeeding in helping students to acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to meet challenges beyond school. Since the first PISA assessment in 2000, the survey has continued to raise interest amongst educators and policymakers world-wide. In 2012, Australia will be one of almost 70 countries participating in PISA. More than 800 schools and over 15 000 students will represent our country in this important project. PISA is part of the National Assessment Program in Australia. Participation in these sample assessments is an obligation for government schools under the National Education Agreement between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories, and an obligation for non-government schools under Commonwealth schools funding legislation and funding agreements for 2009-2012.

What will PISA mean for our school? Sixty four students who are randomly selected from our school will be sampled to complete a two-hour paper-based assessment consisting of mathematics, science, financial literacy and reading questions. These students will also be asked to complete a questionnaire. After the paper-based assessment and questionnaire, a sub-sample of 20 students who participated in the paperbased assessment will also participate in a computer-based assessment of problem solving, mathematical literacy and reading literacy. th

Date of Assessment: 14 August 2012 PISA School Coordinator: kylie Murphy PISA IT Coordinator: Luke Drennan ACER- PISA Project Information Line: 1800 280 625

Every participating school and student has an important role in showing the rest of the world what Australia can do. ACER will provide your school and participating students with a certificate, recognising their contribution, and students will receive results from PISA. Each student will also receive a small gift in appreciation of their participation.

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