THANK YOU AND FAREWELL
It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Principal of Kapunda High School for the last twelve years. It has been a labour of love and I am very proud of the improvements that we have collectively achieved – especially in raising SACE achievement.
Bringing about sustained improvements does not happen by chance nor as the result of the endeavours of one person and I have been very blessed to have worked alongside some outstanding teachers, leaders and support staff during my time here. I thank them for their professionalism, commitment, vision, inspiration, friendship and good humour. I have overwhelmingly felt supported by the school community – in both good and tough times – and especially acknowledge the contribution of the Governing Council and the myriad of volunteers to our school. I have particularly enjoyed my association with the Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation whose work in supporting our students as they transition from school is outstanding. And our students… it has been a pleasure to have been part of their journey. Seeing them arrive as 12 or 13 year olds and leaving as young adults ready to make their mark on the world is very rewarding. Given my longevity at Kapunda High School, it has also been gratifying to see what so many have achieved after completing secondary school.
As I have said to many people over the past month or so, I don’t really want to leave Kapunda High School. I love this school and am thankful for the opportunities it has offered me. However, I’ve reached the conclusion that it is time – time for me to take on a new challenge and time for Kapunda High School to have a new leader.
SENIOR PRESENTATION EVENING
Presentation Evening was somewhat different this year as has been most things!
Rather than an 8-12 evening, we focussed just on our Year 11 and 12, students, which permitted each student to bring along more guests than otherwise would have been the case if we’d maintained the usual format. Considerable work was done behind the scenes to ensure that our event was COVID safe with distances between groups of chairs carefully measured out in the days leading up to the event.
The award winners were just a fraction of the many Kapunda High School students who have been dedicated and committed to their studies this year and I congratulate all students on their perseverance and endeavour in a particular difficult year.
For our departing Year 12 students we wish them well as they await their SACE results. As a cohort they have been a friendly and positive group of young people who are now ready for the next stage of their lives.
There were many important messages from our special guest, David Giles, who is now Co-owner of the Injury Hub in Willaston. The tradition of bringing back a former student to speak at Presentation Evening is a great one.
Thank you to members of the Presentation Evening organising team – Tab Mackenzie, Ann Richardson, Carolyn Thorne, Lee-Anne Cummins, Tracy Warner and Lara Shaw. It was again a pleasure working with such a ‘can-do’ group of people.
I was once again impressed with the students who compered the evening (Kayla Malkin, Will Gambling, Connon Shepherd, Kayla Hipkiss, Piper Aplin and Freya Pollard) and the members of the SRC who acted as ushers.
Thank you also to:
Year 9 student, Daniel Weichert for managing the sound
Steve O’Donnell and Mel Coulter for logistics
Jack Mickan for managing the live stream to extended family.
Principal, Kristen Masters with Caltex All Rounder award recipient and Head Prefect, Sean Dempsey and Year 11 Barker Shield award recipient, Ailee Craig
YEAR 8-10 CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY
Once again we enjoyed a very successful celebration assembly on Tuesday morning and again it was a little different to previous years due to COVID.
Year 8 and 9 students watched the event from their classrooms via livestream to enable family members to be in the gym to celebrate with prize and certificate recipients.
Thank you to Year Level Manager, Lara Shaw, comperes, music students and Daniel Weichert (sound) for their work in making this a success.
Year 8 award recipients, (back)Amy Wilson-Hall, Myles Frencken, Caitlin Both, Macey Williams, Madison Saunders, Chloe Vanicky, David Johnson (front) Lachlan Woods, Alyssa Markwick, Courtney Edwards, Emily Warner & Ryan Isgar
Staffing for 2021 is still being concluded so things may change over the next few days and weeks.
Many thanks to the following staff who are concluding their time at Kapunda High School:
- Jill Nash
- Tony Cameron
- Bethany Trigg
- Kane Dyer
- Sumeet Kaur
- Vicki Wilson
Adele Butler and Rob Stansborough are taking long service leave for the first half of the year.
Bruce Hall is taking up a regional VET role for the same period but will be based at Kapunda High School.
Thank you also to members of the leadership team who have completed their tenures and will be returning to full-time teaching positions: Mark Leslie (Year 8 Manager), Nathan Brady (Year 9 Manager) and Lara Shaw (Year 10 Manager).
BYOD 2021 - REMINDER
Once again, all students will require a device for school. Options include:
- Recommended device (either purchase or rent to buy) – see link below
Own choice of device – see below for minimum specifications
Long term loan of school device (financial hardship)
Thank you to everyone who has supported our school in any way during 2020, I wish you all the compliments of the season.
To families who are ending their association with our school – thank you for all your contributions over the years.
Earlier in the term, I contacted the Light Regional Council to find out if they had any community projects our year 9 students could get involved with. Andrew Philpott, the Council's Environmental Officer, informed me that the Light Regional Council was in need of bird boxes for native birds in the region following the destruction of habitat from the Pinery fire. Lorinda Bayley, Youth Development Officer at the Light Regional Council, informed me that Council was happy to provide $550 for materials to fund the project.
Between my Year 9 Design and Technology woodwork class and Nathan Brady's, students made 30 bird houses of different shapes and sizes. The bird houses were built to specific guidelines provided by Andrew, to accommodate particular species of birds. Students worked together in groups and when finishing one, started another or helped another group; it was a brilliant display of comradery.
The Council will now place these bird houses in areas destroyed in the Pinery fire in an effort to provide a better habitat for native birds.
KHS has now formed a great partnership with the Light Regional Council and they look forward to working with us in the years to come.