Pupil Free Day – Monday, March 17

Staff at Kapunda High School will be engaged in professional learning associated with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum for most of the day.  Additionally, there will be a session on how best to cater for students will learning difficulties and disabilities.

 

Welcome to our new Year 8s and their families

Welcome to the Kapunda High School community.

My experience is that when students commence their secondary years there is a mixture of excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and fear.  The good news is that those emotions  are normal with the overwhelming majority of students going home on their first day ‘buzzing’ – especially about the new learning opportunities.

However, while there will be lots of new experiences and ‘highs’ in those early weeks, commencing at a new school can have its challenges.  Students come to Kapunda High School from a wide range of schools and sometimes the social relationships can take a little while to settle down as students explore new friendships.  While it is natural to be a little anxious when your child reports that their life-long best friend spent recess with another group of students, assisting them to remain calm and be resilient is always a good start.

Students are organised into home classes for adminstrative matters and some classes.  However, for English and Mathematics, students are ability grouped and in practical classes such as Technology Studies and Home Economics, they will be organised into smaller classes to ensure safety.

The Year 8 Managers are Ben Dibb and Natalie Knowler.  Lee-Anne Cummins leads our Well-Being team while Elizabeth Gary-Smith (Assistant Principal) has a focus in learning support.  Feel free to contact any of those school leaders if there is specific information you need to share about your child.

In the early days, there will be many questions.  Please feel free to post questions of a general nature as a response to this blog.  Answering them publicly will no doubt support others with a similar question.  Questions specifically related to your child are best directed through a phone call or email.

 

 

 

2015 – getting off to a good start

As a child I always enjoyed returning to school after the long summer holidays.  The rituals of covering books, organising my pencil case, getting a new school bag were accompanied by a sense of anticipation about the new teachers and new subjects.

As a teacher and principal, I’ve experienced a similar sense of anticipation.  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve worked in a particular school, things are never static.  Each year we welcome a new cohort of Year 8s, take on new teaching challenges and introduce new initiatives to better support students with their learning.

What I’ve learnt as a student and teacher is that getting off to a good start is very important.  Establishing good routines around personal organisation, homework, diary use, positive behaviour for learning is critical.

My experience is that the overwhelming majority of students return to school wanting to do as well if not better than the year previous.  How we support them in the early weeks of the school year as parents and teachers goes a long way to ensuring that good intentions become good habits.

What do you do to support your child to make a good start to the new school year?  What would you like to see teachers and support staff at Kapunda High School do more of (or less of) to help your child make a positive start to 2015?

Please feel free to add your ideas to this post or email me:  kristen.masters775@schools.sa.edu.au.

Extended office hours for uniform sales

Kapunda High School will be open from 7am until 7pm on Tuesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 23.

Families are encouraged to take advantage of these extended hours to purchase uniforms, pay material and services charges and organise school card applications.

All families should have received ‘packs’ in the mail over the last few days.  These include 2014 consent forms, invoices and details re uniform requirements.

The office will be open from 9am until 3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Wide range of university and TAFE offers for KHS class of 2013

Congratulations to our 2013 Year 12 students who received TAFE and university offers recently.

Offers included: Medical Science, Human Movement and Health Studies, Engineering, Environmental Science, Journalism, Visual Arts, Psychological Science, Sport and Recreation Management, Social Work, Journalism/International Relations, Education, International Studies, Interior Architecture, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Nursing, Paramedic Science, Design, Animal Science, Law and Justice and Society.

Kapunda High School students were mainly offered their first or second preferences.