YEAR 7 2020 INFO NIGHT
If your child will be attending Kotara High School in 2020 there is an information night to be held Tuesday 2nd April at 6pm at Kotara High School. All prospective Kotara High Parents are invited to attend.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEW FEEDBACK
Thank you to all parents who met with our teaching staff over the past two weeks. Feedback from the staff has been that it was a very positive experience and gave them a lot of insight into your children. As a school we are always looking to improve what we do, if you have any suggestions we would appreciate you following this link to a very quick survey.
There have been a lot of parents nominating their children for PSSA sport trials. This week I have had communications from the PSSA president that schools are limited to nominating between 6-8 children. Zone trials in most sports are extremely competitive and only open to students in Years 4-6. If your child is not competing at a high level already it would be advisable to not nominate them for a sport.
Your child can still have the option to play ISS (Interschool Sports) in Term 2.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Year 3 to Year 6 classrooms are holding elections for the Student Representative Council (SRC) this week, with two students from each class being selected to represent their class at weekly meetings. Being a member of the SRC involves supporting students to participate in school life, developing leadership skills, and being involved in school decision making.
On the 20th of March, students will be receiving a full day of training to develop the skills and knowledge required to be an effective leader. This will include interactive activities about leadership, communication, problem solving and decision making.
We are very fortunate to have Dr Kirsten Molloy, who is the CEO of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator, to present to students at this training day and address any questions that students have about leadership.
All students in the school will have the opportunity to provide feedback to SRC members who then present and act on these ideas at the weekly meeting.
At our celebration assembly in Week 11, elected representatives will receive their badges. Current school and sports leaders will also be part of the SRC.
This is an amazing opportunity for our students to have a voice on issues which directly affect them. We already have some fabulous ideas to discuss and are looking forward to a successful year!
Last week the Starrs Planetarium attended our school to complement the work students are doing in Science. All the children had a great time learning about the solar system.
STAR LAB MARS ROVER CHALLENGE
Last week a number of our students participated in the Star Lab Mars Rover Challenge.
This was a team challenge developing robotics, a technology that required designing, constructing and operating their finished robotic product.
“It was an innovative task. It expanded our mindset on robotics and coding.” Marissa, Year 6
“It was a fun and challenging experience to engross our minds in different tasks.” Riti, Year 6
“It was collaborative and required team spirit.” Pranya, Year 6
ANTI BULLYING LESSONS
Friday 15 March 2019 will mark the ninth National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence (NDA) where schools across Australia are being called to get involved and act to help prevent bullying. The current statistics are alarming. Approximately one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (27%) reported being bullied every few weeks or more often. That’s approximately 912,000 children in Australia. Approximately one in five school students reported experiencing online bullying in any one year. An additional 100,000 school children stay home each day because they feel unsafe in school. All classes will commence specific anti-bullying lessons this week. Some of the topics that will be covered include online bullying and how to help someone that is being bullied.
ICAS AND REACH ASSESSMENTS
This year UNSW Global has reimagined the delivery of ICAS testing.
There are now two forms of testing being offered;
Reach Assessments: This series is a comprehensive set of assessments for primary and secondary students. Reach assessments provide knowledge to educators and are a powerful diagnostic tool for future planning. The assessments are based on the curricula for the relevant year. Items range from recall and routine application through to more demanding questions.
ICAS: The ICAS assessment is now online and over a shorter time frame in September. It is designed for recognising academic excellent to high potential students.
SUCCESSFUL EXPRESSION OF INTEREST MATHEMATICS
Last week our school was informed that we have been identified to take part in a state-wide numeracy project entitled “Working Deeply with the Seven Practices.” There were a large number of schools who wished to participate in this project with only a handful being chosen across the state. We will be working with leading academics to strengthen the already amazing teaching that occurs at our school.
ANZAC DAY 2019
Our students have once again been asked to participate in the ANZAC day March and Ceremony to be held at Lambton Pool. Students will march to the Bowling Club where our school captains will participate in a ceremony. Traditionally we get a large number of students participate in this event. All students are welcome to attend the service at the pool and the march. There will be more details to come shortly.
COME AND PLAY
Our school has once again nominated to participate in the State Government initiative Share Our Space. If our school’s nomination is successful it will be open during the holidays for kids and community members to utilise the facilities.
Thanks to those people who gave us leads on Graphic Designers. The school has sourced someone who will be able to assist in this area.
Enjoy your week