We are now close to the end of the year and looking at planning a positive start to 2022. When reflecting on 2021, we have experienced a number of changes in our leadership team and our staffing profile. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who have stepped into leadership roles to support the operations of the school and achievement in the classroom.
Our major capital works are all but completed; we have a new middle school facility and it was amazing to be able to use this space for our year 6 transition visits recently. We have been able to use the Health and Physical Education (HPE) changeroom and storage area within the gym for the second half of the year. The air-conditioning in the gym is already making a difference and the multi-story building on the oval is just days away from completion. I would like to thank our builders, Marshall and Brougham for the way they have worked with the school to create our new learning areas.
Building A - Seniors, STEM & Music
We have welcomed two cohorts of students through our transition program recently. This involves approximately 240 students, which will see the total enrolment at Kapunda High School of around 630 students in 2022. Next year will be 100 years since the first group of secondary students began at Kapunda High School in its current location. Which is quite symbolic as it coincides with our double transition.
Across the year, I have felt a great sense of privilege to have had the opportunity to act in the Principal role. There is great responsibility in keeping a community school on track and I hope I have served the community well. We are looking forward to welcoming our new Principal, Mr David Marino, at the beginning of next year.
Mr David Marino
Senior Presentation Evening
It was great to be a part of our Senior Presentation Evening Monday evening, the focus was on our Year 11 and 12, students, which allowed families to attend and be part of the evening. Considerable work was done behind the scenes to ensure that our event was COVID-19 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, Laura Collins, who provided a reflection of her journey over the past ten years, beginning at Kapunda High School, and as she entered the world of journalism with The ABC.
Thank you, to members of the award presentations event organising team – Tab Mackenzie, Ann Richardson, Carolyn Thorne, Lee-Anne Cummins, Megan Samain and Jason Keep. 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 (Darcy Barron, Kaylee Vardon, Chloe Vanicky, Connon Shepherd, Amity Hansen and Brayden Warner), and members of the SRC who acted as ushers.
Thank you also to:
- Patrick O'Reilley and Daniel Weichert for managing the sound
- Steve O’Donnell and Mel Coulter for logistics
- Jack Mickan for managing the live stream to extended family.
Achievement awards, Owen Matz & Taya Dabrowski with Mayor Bill O'Brien
Year 12 Prize recipients: Back: Tamsin Jones, Meg Shanahan, Kayla Malkin, Tara Hayward, Jasmin Bevan, Ailee Craig, Mieka Cowling & Tess Gerhardy Front: Aidan Tagg, William Gambling, Angus Godfrey, Blake Marsden, Owen Matz, Callum Blaikie, Cameron Gerhardy, Tess Gerhardy Absent: Zoe Jenke, Ethan Parish, Skye Weaver.
VET Prize recipients: Taya Dabrowski, Abbey Menzel, Flexible Pathways Learning Pathways, Mr Jason Keep, Ethan Parish and Noah Seward
Cameron Gerhardy (recipient of AMPOL All Rounder, Subject prize: Physics, Research Project B, Design & Technology – Robotics & Electronic Systems), Barossa Coop Chairperson, Mr Neil Retallick and Mieka Cowling (recipient of Hughes Memorial Prize)
Mrs Meg Hosking, donor & Tess Gerhardy (recipient of Paul Giles Memorial Prize, Subject prize: Food & Hospitality, General Mathematics)
Endeavour award recipients, Melissa Jeffs-Pate & Jaydn Faithfull-Milera with donor, Mrs Elizabeth Gary-Smith
Brielle Bliss & Mitchell Trotta, recipients of Academic Excellence – South Australian Parliamentary Medals
Blake Marsden (recipient of KHS Sports Award, Subject prize: Design & Technology – Metalwork) with Miss Laura Collins & Kayla Malkin (recipient of Youth Opportunities Scholarship, Rotary Club of Kapunda Service to School)
Noah Seward (Kiwanis award recipient) & Rob van der Wijngaart (member of Kiwanis, Barossa)
Year 8-10 Celebration Ceremony
Once again we enjoyed a very successful celebration assembly on Tuesday morning, 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, Jessica Read, comperes, SRC, music students along with Daniel Weichert and Patrick O'Reilley(sound) for their work in making this a success.
Mrs Meagan Menzel with Youth Opportunities Scholarship recipient, Raphaella Karlsson
Year 8 prize recipients: Back: Kaylee Vardon, Callan Shepherd, Patrick O’Reilley, Flynn Moten, Max McCarthy & Alastair Vogt Front: Holly Tralaggan, Isabella Schultz, Imogen Freeling, Charlotte Crowhurst, Harrison McRiebe & Thomas Johnson.
Year 9 prize recipients: Back: Lachlan Woods, Piper Aplin, Cooper Carpenter & Caitlin Both. Front: David Johnson, Emily Warner, Lola Gardner, Amy Wilson-Hall & Ryan Isgar Absent: Chloe Vanicky, Freya Pollard & Macey Williams
Year 10 prize recipients: Back: Tyler Crease, Connon Shepherd, Riley Smith & Cooper Bliss Front: Sofie Eguchi, Chloe Isgar, Ella Johnson, Chloe McWaters & Lachlan Gambling Absent: Phoenix Frahm
Chloe Vanicky (The Barker Shield Award – Academic Achievement, Yr level prize: Academic Excellence)
Materials & Services Charge 2022
Following the poll of parents, the Materials Services and Charges for 2022 has been approved by Governing Council and will be set at $470.00.
With additional students travelling to KHS by bus, there will be some change in bus routes for 2022. Though bus routes are yet to be finalised, please check the following information and click on the link to view bus stops and times.
There will be a new bus next year, driven by Mr Lance Swan, which will travel to school from Roseworthy and through Freeling. The first bus stop will be at the park, opposite the Roseworthy Primary School and will mainly collect the 2022 year 7 and 8 students. Travelling to Freeling, this bus will then collect students at the Freeling bus shelter and continue around various Freeling township stops. Current students should get on at either their usual stop, or if a new stop appears on the list and it’s closer to their home - they should get on there. If unsure, please contact Kaye Clancy at school on 8566 2203 for clarification.
The current Freeling/Fords bus with driver, Wayne Betterman, has changed route and will be running about fifteen minutes earlier than this year. Students must ensure they arrive at their usual stop about 20 minutes earlier than they do this year.
Freeling Link SA bus driver, Andrew Mickan, is retiring as of the end of this year and we thank Andrew for his many years of service. At this stage, we do not know who will be driving this bus next year, but at this stage the Fiddlewood Drive route hasn’t changed.
The Wasleys – Templers route with driver, Chris Betterman, has changed slightly. This bus will not be collecting students from:
- the Freeling/Templers Road on the outskirts of Freeling, as the Roseworthy bus will do so.
- the Gap Road, Greenock, as the Freeling bus (driver, Wayne Betterman) will do so.
The View Street bus, with driver, Andrew Wright, will change from a small bus to a large, 57 seat bus.
The View Street bus stop will collect around 70 students. Wayne Betterman will collect students at the earlier time and Andrew Wright will collect the remainder at a later time.
Due to the considerable planning involved, students must catch the bus closest to their home, rather than choose another stop themselves.
Please be reminded, should a bus break down, students must remain at the bus stop as another bus will always come along this route to collect students.
Volunteers play an important role in our school canteen, the Kidman Kafe, being able to offer a wide variety of healthy food to our students and staff at recess and lunch times. Volunteers are encouraged to come and help in our canteen - even for an hour. Assistance during the peak preparation times, between 10:00am and 2:00pm would be most valued and appreciated. And of course, a regular commitment would enable Canteen Manager, Maree, to better plan the menu in advance.
What hoops do I need to jump through?
Yes, there is some paperwork and some legal requirements such as completing the online Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN-EC) course and having a Working With Children Check (WWCC). Mrs Sue Coppin, our Finance Officer, can assist with beginning the process of applying for the WWCC, which is free to our volunteers. There will also be a general induction with the Department for Education and we will share other important information before you begin.
School volunteers must also show evidence of COVID-19 vaccination.
Call the school and ask to speak to Maree at the canteen if you'd like to learn more about the kind of help our canteen requires, or if you're keen to begin, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Richardson, by email: email@example.com or by phoning the school.