Principals Blog 2016

principals_blog_2 I am always in awe of not just the wonderful achievements of our students but also their sense of community and pride in our school. Recently our student leaders accompanied by Ms Vidler and Mr Klein represented us at the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Hornsby and Roseville. Our Student Representative Council have also organised a special day to fundraise for one of our ex Year 12 students - Rhys who is fighting Ewings Carcinoma. Our school community does not end at our front gates. On Friday 25th November students will be permitted to wear mufti as long as it is blue. Friends of Rhys will perform at the assembly and ice creams will be available at lunch time.

There has also been a request for a slight addition to our uniform- tailored shorts for girls during the summer months. This request was taken to the P&C and met with agreement. I will work with the students and members of our community to examine the possibility.

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Ku-ring-gai HS has a focus of embedding a Culture of Thinking across our school. Our professional learning in this area has been exciting and challenging as teachers put into practice new skills in encouraging students to deeper thinking. Congratulations to our Action Research Team who have explored questions such as “How can I better engage students in their learning”. Over the last twelve months our teachers have given many nights to their professional learning and weekend workshops.

Also a big well done to Ms Davis in the library and the teachers involved in encouraging students in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Wonderful results!

Congratulations to:

Lauren Begg - Premier’s Reading Challenge Medal

Seanna Harrison - Platinum Certificate

Logan Smee - Gold Certificate

India Weddin - Gold Certificate.

Congratulations and good luck to Abigail Thornley and Sarah Playford. They will be competing in the Australian Cheerleading Nationals in QLD. Last week both girls competed in another National competition and won the right to compete in Hawaii next year.

 

 

 

Welcome

As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.

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Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.

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Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
Principal
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders

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Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School
403 Bobbin Head Rd,
Turramurra North 2074
Phone: 9144 3477 or 9144 7617
Fax: 9983 9331

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