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Katherine High School Principal Report


Congratulations to all the staff and students who were involved in the KHS Film Festival. It was a fantastic example of some of the great work being done by our staff and students. A friendly reminder that all year levels are required to attend school until the end of Term 2. We ask that Parents/Guardians support the school by ensuring your children attend classes right up until the end of Week 10. Racheal Watson Acting Principal

Science Update

Science students in the Senior School had their mid-year examinations during week 7 and in the Middle School they will be held in weeks 9 and 10. Students involved in Agricultural Science have been busily preparing projects for the Katherine Show. Big Science Competition It was an enriching experience for around thirty students who chose to take part and be challenged by the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition. Results are expected by the end of July this year and students stand a chance to win exciting prizes and certificates from Rio Tinto. Australian Science Olympiad Exams Designed to challenge the brightest science students in Years 10 and 11, the Australian Science Olympiad Exams are challenging tests in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students can be selected to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads in 2013. Please contact the school for registrations. Future exam dates Chemistry: 8 August 2012 Biology: 13 August 2012 Physics: 15 August 2012 Roy Joseph Science Faculty Senior

Knowledge, Honour, Success

Year 10 Update

What a busy and productive Term and Semester it has been. Throughout the school the Year 10 students are proving that they are ready to step up to the plate as our new seniors. I have seen some great leadership skills amongst the Year 10’s and they have set a strong example to the junior students. Great work is being produced in classes. The inclusion of Media Studies to the Year 10 curriculum has proven to be a success. Many of our students are tapping in to newly found skills and interests. During this time of media production, some of our students have posted their class work on YouTube to share it with the rest of the digital world. Year 10 students have well and truly begun the journey to the final years of their schooling as they have just completed their first exams as senior students. I am waiting to read over the student’s reports to see how each student has performed throughout this Term and Semester. I am glad to be these student’s Year Coordinator as they are all unique and bring a great mix to our school. Keep up the great work Year 10 and let’s finish off this busy Semester and begin the next on the front foot. Rod Cremona Year 10 Coordinator

Contact details

Are your contact details up to date? Reports will be mailed out at the end of this Term, please ensure your details are up to date by filling out a change of detail form available from the front office.

TERM 2, WEEK 7-8 June 8, 2012

Key Dates

School Holidays Week 9 • Public Holiday School Closed Monday June 11 • Australian Theatre for Young People Workshops Week 9 • Year 12 Half Year Celebration Tuesday June 12 • VETiS Work Placements June 12 - 22 • Year 8 Camp Kununurra June 12 - 15 Week 10 • VETiS Work Placements June 12 - 22 • Australian Theatre for Young People Evening Performance June 20 • Whole School Assembly KHS Gym Thursday June 21 8:20 am All Welcome Mid Year Break • June 25 - July 19 • Katherine Regional Show July 20 - 21 Term 3 Week 1 • School Resumes Monday July 23 • Year 9 Canberra Melbourne Trip July 27 - Aug 5

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

Athletics Carnival

• Jodie Locke (KHS Council Chairperson)

May 23 The annual Katherine High School Athletics Carnival was held on the school grounds again this year. Disappointingly, we had a significant drop in attendance. However, the students that did attend had a fabulous, fun filled day of traditional athletic and novelty events. Students participated well and particularly enjoyed the 100m sprint races and relays at the end of the day. A reminder to all parents and carers that the swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals are all compulsory school days and add to the cohesiveness of our school. Thank you to all staff and students for their efforts and participation. Freya Mason Sport Coordinator

Perception Survey

Reconciliation Week

This week has been National Reconciliation week. The Tier 2 girls made feet and stuck them in the ground to show support for National Sorry Day which was on the 26th May. On Tuesday 29th Clontarf and the Stronger Smarter Sisters put on a BBQ and games on the oval to celebrate the week. Reconciliation remembers the Stolen Generation, The National Apology by Kevin Rudd, The 1967 Referendum and the High Court of Australia recognising Native Title. Rae Brown SSS Coordinator

Elite Netball Class

Over the last few weeks the Year 9/10 Elite Netball Class has been working hard to develop their skills as coaches. They made their own class plans for approximately 15 students from MacFarlane Primary School. As part of this the 9/10 Elite Class had to choose games to play with the primary students that will teach them new skills in relation to netball. During the sessions, the Elite Netball Class did a high quality job with all of the students participating fully, getting along with each other and having fun. It was so much fun that the teacher joined in with some of the games. As the weeks go by, more and more students will deliver their own lessons plans to the MacFarlane students. Joanne Morrison Elite Netball Class Student

Katherine High School will be collecting teacher, student, parent and guardian perceptions of the High School this year. Information collected through this survey will influence future planning. Parent/Guardian Perception Surveys can be completed online at The link is also available on our school website. Alternatively paper copies can be obtained by contacting the front office. The survey will close on Friday the 22nd of June 2012. It is important to the school that we collect as much information as possible from the community so that we can continue to Star Employee make informed decisions about Bronwyn Barrow Congratulations and thank you the direction of the school. for all the work you do around Kylie Murphy the school with students and Specialist Teacher Numeracy families to improve student attendance.

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Katherine High School Community Notices VIBE Dance Classes

Katherine Regional Arts is holding in the June/July Holidays Dance Classes for kids. The “Vibe Dance Classes” will be held at St Joseph’s College Dance Hall, on Tuesday 10th Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th of July 2012. The dance styles conducted in the classes will be Jazz/ Funk/ Contemporary/ Latin with 2 instructors. Classes will be in 2 sessions with the first session commencing at 9am – 10:15am. Morning tea supplied between 10:15am – 10:45am and the second session from 10:45 – 12noon. Limited numbers, booking essential. Call Nicki @ KRA 8971 0928.

Earn & Learn 2012 Katherine Regional Arts Inc.

Greensnaps Photo Exhibition June 8 at 6pm Greensnaps Photographic Exhibition & Competition, is currently being exhibited at the Katherine Public Library . This year we have had an enormous response with over 130 entries, including nearly 60 youth entries. The entries came from all over the Katherine Region capturing amazing examples of our beautiful country. On Friday 8th June at 6pm the winners will be announced and presented School Bus their prizes at the Katherine Information Public Library in conjuncFeedback can be lodged via any tion with World Environment of the following methods: Day. • Online Feedback Link: Barunga Sports and Cultural general Festival June 8 - 10 • Friday June 8 • Phone: (08) 8924 7096 6.30 pm Disco featuring In• Fax: (08) 8924 7841 •Post: GPO Box 2520, Darwin NT, digenous Hip Hop Project 0801 For more contact information Saturday 9th June please visit the Public Transport 8:00 am Sports Program - all Contact Us page: http://www. day 10:00 am Cultural Program – all day tacts/index.shtml When providing feedback about 11.00 am Official Festival bus services please note the follow- opening by the Honourable ing information assists in actioning Chief Minister Paul Henderson your feedback. 4:30 – 6pm Road Safety • Bus Route number Song Competition • Event date and time 6:00pm – 7pm Opening Ceremony with traditional & RIVERS SSNT contemporary dance Congratulations Congratulations to James Bell who 7:00pm – 11pm Main Conwas selected at the Rivers Rugby cert featuring Spring Water League Championships for the NT Band Warren H. Williams Squad. James will be representing B2M the Northern Territory in Queen- Sunday 10th June sland later this year. Well done 9:00 – 4pm Sports Program continues James. No fuel on sale so make sure you fuel up in Katherine!

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. In 2011 our school earned valuable learning resources - just by shopping at Woolworths. This year we hope to do even better. Thank you for your ongoing support with this program. If you have any questions, please contact the school or visit the Woolworths website,

Camp Quarter Horse 2012

June 28 - 30 Thursday June 28 - Saturday June 30 at Robbie Robbins Reserve, with an accredited interstate Clinician and Judge. Camp Quarter Horse is an activity conducted by the Northern Territory Quarter Horse Association (NTQHA). The aim of the camp is to provide young people (members and non-members) with an opportunity to be involved with one of the best equestrian experts in Australia while exploring many different aspects of horsemanship. Everyone is welcome regardless of how well or how long they have ridden, you don’t have to own a quarter horse, any breed of horse is welcome. Everyone will learn something and have a lot of fun while they are doing it. The youth camp this year is on 28-29 Jun 12, the adult camp is on 30 Jun 12 and the culmination for all participants is the show being held on 01 Jul 12. For all enquiries please contact Peter Norris 0409 897 039, Michelle Irwin 8983 1263 or email

Proudly Supported by Katherine Regional Community Bank ® Branch

LEADERSHIP Katherine Academy April, 2012

Master Chef Michael Words by Matthew Hamdorf Photos by Matthew Hamdorf/Tommy Cameron

Michael Sarriago joined the Katherine Academy in 2011 and has become a major part of our middle school program. In that time Michael has been on numerous camps and been involved in many other Clontarf Activities. Michael has taken to the kitchen with enormous enthusiasm. Michael is the first to put his hand up for the cooking duties and the food that is served up is always appetising. Michael and a chef’s apron go hand in hand. Week 8 of Term 1 saw Michael named captain of the Katherine Karracks football side for the first time, as well as demonstrating great leadership skills off the field to his fellow Academy members on a recent trip to Darwin. With Michael leading the way a group of 18 boys headed off to Darwin to take on Roseberry in a game of AFL. Before the footy kicked off we headed off to the wave pool. Dylan Cameron took to the waves like world champion surfer Kelly Slater. Dylan even managed to get up onto his knees and ride the waves all the way into the bank. It was then time to head to the Palmerston Tavern where the boys enjoyed a fantastic parmigiana and chips. With our stomachs full we headed off to enjoy a movie on the big screen. The next day saw us venture down to the Palmerston Indoor sports centre. The boys quickly showed that AFL is not the only game we from Katherine are good at. We enjoyed cricket, soccer and finished off with a great game of beach volleyball. It was then time to head back down the Highway to the Territory Wildlife Park. We were given a tour of the park as well as getting an up close look at the various animals and the habitats they live in. That night arrived and it was time to enjoy the Darwin sights on the Double Decker bus tour. The boys enjoyed the music and took in the sights of Darwin like never before. After a quick thank you to Matt O’Rielly from Jaiyah Burrows for taking us around Darwin it was time for dinner. This is where Michael and his apprentices Dylan Cameron and Jaiyah Burrows showed that not only can they handle the heat on the football field they can also handle the kitchen utensils. With these boys putting on a great feed it was time for some well earned rest. The next day saw us finish the trip with some lunch and a swim at Florence falls in Litchfield National Park. Well done to the boys who had worked hard so far this term and had earned the right to attend this trip. A big thanks must go out to the Roseberry Academy for their hospitality.