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Katherine High School Principal Report


Athletics Carnival this week was terrific. Thanks to all staff and students for making it such a fun day. As Term 2 draws to a close, all students will have a number of assessment items due. If parents have any concerns please make contact with your child’s classroom teacher. A reminder to Year 12 students that next week you are half way through your final year of school, so stay focused and seek help if required. Anne White Principal


On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Week 5, Katherine High School students in Years 7 and 9 took part in the 2012 NAPLAN testing. During the exams all students displayed exemplary behaviour and demonstrated a conscientious and mature attitude to their exams. Thank you to all students and staff. Jane Harvey de Mendez Specialist Teacher 1- Literacy

Maths Update

It is Week 16 and NAPLAN is now over for another year. Teachers’ minds will now turn to end of semester reporting and finishing off the last few items on course assessment schedules. Please don’t forget that EVERY student in Years 7,8 (and most in Year 9) have a Mathletics account paid for by the School. This is part of their homework requirement and is an excellent way for students to practice their mathematical skills (please email the teacher if you need the student login and password). For the full Maths report, please log onto the KHS website and follow the newsletter links. David Purins Math Faculty Senior

Knowledge, Honour, Success

Timetable News

TERM 2, WEEK 5-6 May 25, 2012

The Senior Years and Middle Key Dates School Holidays Years have completed subject selections for Semester 2 Week 7 • Exams 2012 and we are now in the Stage 1 & Yr 10 final process of tinkering with Tueasday-Friday class numbers and class alloMay 28 - June 1 cations. Students will receive • HPV a draft copy of their SemesImmunisations ter 2 timetable in the coming Yr 7 Girls weeks. It is important to reTuesday member that not all students 9:00-12:00 will receive all the subjects May 29 they chose, however every HPSN’s office effort is put into obtaining Lower P Block the closest fit possible. • Careers in Should students wish to make Health any changes to their draft Workshop timetable, please email the Tuesday relevant Assistan Principal 11:00-1:00 SY: nathan.baunach@ May 29 MY: john. KHS Conference outlining Room the details of your request. • SHINE Friday Senior Years Update 9:00-12:00 Best of luck to all Year 10 June 1 and 11 students who have KHS Conference Semester ending exams Room in Week 7. Exam rules and • SOLID Program schedules have been Friday emailed. Copies are also 12:00-4:00 available from your homeJune 1 group teachers or the front KHS Conference office. Room Nathan Baunach Week 8 MiddleYears Update • Film Festival KHS Gym Middle Years students should Tuesday be using class time ensuring June 5 they have completed all set 6:30-8:30 pm work for this term. Students • Outdoor Ed are encouraged to speak Excursion with their teacher about Mataranka any challenges they face June 6 in completing work. Teach• Whole School ers are currently identifying Assembly those students who they KHS Gym consider to be ‘At Risk’. This Thursday process allows us to track June 7 and monitor students with a 8:20 am view to implementing supAll Welcome port strategies in Semester • Preception 2. We encourage parents Survey to contact the homegroup Week 8 teacher should they have any concerns John Sarev

School Contact Details • Anne White (Principal) (08) 8973 8200

School Ready News

• Jodie Locke (KHS Council Chairperson)

Timetables Due to an increase in attendance in the girls’ School Ready classes we have divided them into Tier 1 and Tier 2 classes. In Term 3 we will introduce a new elective Arts and Construction class and participate in Friday afternoon activities.

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Rugby League

Athletics Day

Katherine High School’s Rugby League class travelled to Batchelor to compete in a Rugby 7s game. It was the first time our boys played in the new Katherine High School’s Rugby League set. Katherine High School won 15 -7, with Thomas Watego taking out the man of the match. The full reBoys Nitmiluk Excursion port can be found on the KHS The Tier 1 boys recently went website on an excursion to Nitmiluk NaRod Cremona tional Park with their teacher Miss Newsome. The boys have Touch Football been working hard with Miss Students from Katherine High Newsome and Clare Pearce as School competed in Darwin part of the Junior Rangers pro- at the NT Touch Football Titles gram during their Environmen- in the under 18s mixed divital Science lessons. sion. Despite a strong perforWhilst at the Gorge the boys mance, they were unlucky to were working hard on their not make the Grand Final, finstudy site project, clearing the ishing third. Congratulations to site, blocking any erosion gul- Rebecca Robins for taking out lies and spreading grass seed the coach’s award for a great for revegetation purposes. The overall tournament. Congratuboys found a native bee hive. lations also to the following stuA few tourists walked past, and dents who were named in the some of the boys approached NT Squad; Mateeka Nielson, them and asked if they wanted Ngarie Watego, Georgia Walkto taste and smell the honey. er, Megan Walker, Joanne The tourists were delighted as Morrison, Rebecca Robins, Stethe boys were so polite, well phen Fairweather, Lawrence spoken and eager to share Watego and Michael Camtheir knowledge with them; this eron. continued on for the next two Peta Newsome or three groups of tourists. The boys were all superb ambas- Year 9 Update sadors for Katherine High and a We are well into 2012 and it has great example of what young been a busy Semester for Year men in the Katherine region are 9 students. They are currently really all about. working hard to complete their Racheal Watson final assessments and are enFP Assistant Principal couraged to help each other to stay focused until the end of Star Employee Semester. Nathan Baunach At the end of the Term the Year Congratulations to Nathan 9s will have an opportunity to Baunach on the safe arrival of go away on an overnight trip Grace Marie Baunach. Best to Batchelor with their homewishes for Nathan, Emma, Kev- groups. A great way for them in and Grace for their future to- to finish off the Semester. gether. Caroline Elliot Year 9 Coordinator

Katherine High School Community Notices Health Promoting School Nurse Update

Tuesday 29th May, there will be an immunisation clinic for Year 7 girls. There will also be catch up immunisations for 15 year old Indigenous students to have their Pnuemovax vaccine. Immunisations are being done in HPSN’s office (lower P block). Lynda Leigh Health Promoting School Nurse

World No Tobacco Day

May 31 ”Quitting tobacco is not easy as tobacco dependence is a cluster of behavioural, cognitive and physiological phenomena. Very few tobacco users can successfully quit the habit in their first attempt. But the evidence is strong that it can be done. From quit lines to counselling to prescription medicines, there are numerous effective ways to quit.” (From World Health Organisation website).

Video Competition Winners

Ethan Grahek, Clarissa McLennan and Nathan Gounder won first prize in a video competition run by Neighbourhood Watch NT. Ethan Grahek also picked up second place. It is exciting to see students increasingly utilise the medium of film for creative expression. The School is beginning to offer additional elective choices to meet developing trends in this area. Congratulations to these students and we look forward to the next blockbuster releases!


Touch Football Championships Girls & Boys Championship 29th to 31st August 2012 Thursday:24th May 2012 Thursday: 31st May 2012 4.30pm to 5.30pm Katherine Town Oval 10 – 13 years of age in 2012 If you require any further information, or you are interested in playing but you are unable to attend any or all of these sessions, please call Kylie Biddle 89712643 or 0408727757.

Earn & Learn 2012

Woolworths Promotion Support Katherine High School in the 2012 Earn and Learn Program by simply collecting stickers at the checkout of any Woolworths supermarket (self-service too) until July 22nd. There’ll be one sticker for every $10 spent, excluding purchases of liquor, smoking/tobacco products and gift cards. Stickers can be collected by Homegroup Teachers or placed into a collection box, either at the front office or at our local Woolworths. The Community can also support KHS even if they don’t have any children at school, by dropping stickers into one of the collection boxes found at the front of our local Woolworths store. New Website for RIVERS In 2011 our school earned valuable learnRivers – School Sport NT now ing resources - just by shopping at Woolhas an updated website. worths. This year we hope to do even ter. Thank you for your ongoing support Once you get onto the site, with this program. If you have any quesclick on the Rivers Cluster tions, please contact the school or visit the symbol, and you can see Woolworths website, our updated website with photos, results, upcoming events etc.

School Bus Information

Feedback can be lodged via any of the following methods: • Online Feedback Link: http://www.transport. •Email:feedback.dlp@ • Phone: (08) 8924 7096 • Fax: (08) 8924 7841 •Post: GPO Box 2520, Darwin NT, 0801 For more contact information please visit the Public Transport Contact Us page: transport/public/contacts/ index.shtml When providing feedback about bus services please note the following information assists in actioning your feedback. • Bus Route number • Event date and time

Billet Accommodation 12 and Under Football Girls Championship Katherine 13th to 15th June 2012

Billet Accommodation Required!!! School Sport NT Rivers cluster is seeking the support of families in Katherine who would be able and generous enough to host students, as family members during the School Sport NT 12 and Under Girls Football Championship event. Host families will be expected to provide suitable sleeping arrangements, a nutritious breakfast and the evening meal. Lunches will be provided at the games each day, but you may need to assist with snacks.. If you are able to assist contact the School Sport NT Rivers Cluster office for more information. Kylie Biddle Mb: 0408727757 Tel: (08) 89712643

Proudly Supported by Katherine Regional Community Bank ® Branch


Implementing the Australian Curriculum in Northern Territory schools The Australian Curriculum is being introduced across all Australian schools to provide students with a consistent learning system. It will be easier for students who are mobile across schools and interstate. Timeframe All Northern Territory schools will commence teaching Australian Curriculum English and mathematics by Semester 2, 2012. Many Northern Territory schools have already commenced teaching English and/or mathematics. Teaching Australian Curriculum History and Science is to commence by Semester 2, 2013. Process and support To help Territory schools and teachers in preparing to deliver the new Australian Curriculum, the Department of Education and Training has organised for teaching materials, developed by Queensland, to be made available, including modules and learning plans. As the Northern Territory is a small system, it makes sense to take advantage of resources developed by a larger system. These materials are called Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) and are practical resources that support teachers by providing plans for teaching, learning and assessment of English and mathematics from Transition to Year 9. The C2C resources are based on the Australian Curriculum and are available for schools to adopt as is or adapt to suit the school context and needs. Schools have the flexibility to develop their own year level and classroom plans, if they wish to do so, provided the content aligns to the NT Scope and Sequence. Schools with students in Year 10 (such as senior colleges, high schools or some of our rural and remote comprehensive schools) are using teaching and assessment programs developed to ensure that the pathways for learning directly align with the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training courses for Years 11 and 12. C2C resources for Year 10 can be used as an additional resource. Support materials To support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum nationally, an amazing array of online resources are now at teachers’ fingertips. Scootle, an online resource bank, has over 1000 digital resources related to curriculum content that will engage and motivate students. The resources combine still and moving images, text, audio and animation to help create flexible, collaborative and authentic learning experiences. The Department of Education and Training Learning Links portal also contains a wealth of information, resources and professional learning modules developed in the Northern Territory by Northern Territory teachers to support teachers in implementing the Australian Curriculum. For further information or clarity contact your school principal. For more information on the Australian Curriculum, a parent information brochure is available on the ACARA website -

Australian Curriculum NT



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