A Window with a View
We welcomed Spring in Week 7!
At this point we again comment that the year is flying. Our Year 11 and 12 students have their trial exams over the coming week, and then Year 12, their families and the School, will celebrate their Graduation at a Ceremony on Thursday 21st September. We wish them all calm and centred thought processes as they undertake this penultimate HSC ritual.
For the past 7 weeks, the Rural Fire Brigade have been running their Cadet Program with students as a co-curricular activity on Friday afternoons. Last Friday they attended the fire station to see how their systems operate. We have commenced our bush fire season preparations at Korowal. Over the coming weeks, we will hold a bush fire drill. At this time, a portable alarm will sound, and all high school students, their teachers, as well as all visitors in the school, are to walk to the centre of the school, into the classroom near the locker room known as G1. Primary students and staff will go to their classrooms. We ask that everyone remains in those rooms for roll call, switches off student mobile phones and listens to instructions until the all clear is given to return to regular activities. We will run this drill again next term.
On Thursday, Year 8 presented our high school assembly and it deserves comment, as this event highlighted all that is unique about Korowal. We entered the hall through a rainbow pathway for it was also our day to celebrate ‘Wear It Purple Day’. Maddie and Ethan from Year 8 were our hosts, and invited students to speak on the recent Japanese school visit and the experience of hosting Japanese students then the Year 9 Camp to ‘The Crossing’ near Bermagui, a sustainable lifestyle camp with great hiking, canoeing and bike riding challenges, tree planting and cooking. We then saw and celebrated the HSC Visual Arts bodies of works which the students submitted on Monday, with hugely diverse mediums and concepts. Will Rummery of Year 8 then bravely performed a solo Bach Cello Concerto. We talked about the need now more than ever for us to be respectful, inclusive and accepting, and of the challenges some families and individuals are facing as the country moves towards the plebiscite. Sarah Keenahan spoke of her experiences at the World Dwarf Games, of being among 500 other short-statured people and of sensing what it is like for us every day, the privilege of belonging that we take for granted, and the overwhelmingly joyous experiences that the whole event provided for her. This was profound!
Throughout this assembly, the students from Years 5 through to 12 were totally engaged. You could have heard a pin drop between outbursts of laughter. It was an extraordinary experience for us all. With huge pride we thank our teachers Anne, Greg, Liz, Louise, Andrew, and Ben our tech, for supporting the students to present such a memorable event. We thank Year 8 for a great assembly. It embodied all the values we hold dear to our hearts.
We are getting much closer to the days when we farewell Kirsty and Joachim, as they move onto the next chapters of their lives at the end of this term. With these two longstanding and significant members of staff leaving us we will hold a separate farewell assembly for them on Thursday 14th September. Jason Carthew, our new Technology Teacher and IT Coordinator, will be seen about the school over these next few weeks as Joachim commences handover to him. We can also announce that Sarah Farrell Whelan will be replacing Kirsty in a slightly different role as our Wellbeing Officer.
We welcome back Caroline for two days per week from Tuesday. Next term Caroline will return to full-time work. With Term 4 so soon upon us, we are happy to announce that Lisa Taylor and Mark Thomas will be the Year Co-ordinators for Year 7, 2018. They will commence Year 6 into Year 7 interviews this week, so all Year 6 families will be formally introduced to the high school and our practices. Steve, Lisa and Mark have held the Year 10 into Year 11 subject interviews with the exception of a couple of families, and we are keen to finalise this, so please contact us for an appointment if you have missed the call so far.
Kindergarten 2018 interviews are also under way.
As we approach the end of term there are still camps, concerts, assemblies and working bees that we are attending. We have also posted our initial announcement of a ‘Korowal is 40’ Reunion Celebration to be held later in the year. The date for this reunion will be published next week.
May you stay well at this change of season!