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Principals Message

Ku-ring-gai High School is a school that values and works closely with its students and families to ensure that every child has all the necessary opportunity for personal and academic achievement.

Today, the challenges for families and educators today are immense. We talk about future focussed learning at           Ku-ring-gai High School and of preparing young people for successful lives – but what does that really mean? Is it just about learning, skills and competencies or is there a little more?

From its establishment in 1965, Ku-ring-gai High School has a proud history of global connectedness and has fostered a true understanding of the meaning of the word “humanity”.  As a learning community we are more focussed than ever on ensuring that “Harmony in Diversity” remains our underpinning belief , that our school will always be a safe haven for all students and every student will be respectful of each other at all times. Therefore, our future focussed learning is strengthened by a solid ethical base. But what is future focussed learning? Young people today are citizens of a rapidly changing world. This is a world of instant answers and connectivity through technology. Our challenge as educators is to engage young people in:

Their ways of thinking: critical thinking, creative thinking, and deep thinking which encourages them to not just accept the answers they can find online but to question them and then to know what to do with the answers and information.

Working in the 21st centurydeveloping skills of communication and collaboration.

The tools necessary for working: information and technology literacies to complement numeracy and literacy skills.

Preparation for a successful and fulfilled life: an understanding of citizenship, responsibility, resilience and a strong sense of justice and equality for all.

Our Talent Enrichment Program is the epitome of future focussed and creativity in learning. Every student from years 7-10 has 4 extra hours of subjects of their choice per week. They are able to choose from a wide range of subjects including the arts, dance, drama, 3D design, animation, film making, voice, instrument, creative writing, Big History, Environmental Studies and sports options.  Each subject is focussing on problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration.

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Our expectation at Ku-ring-gai H.S. is that through personalised innovative and challenging learning programs, every student will be an effective learner, challenged in their learning and given a variety of assessment tasks that allow all students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. In guiding this learning process, students are encouraged to think critically, work co-operatively and always to reflect upon their learning.

Our learning environment fosters creativity. With the recognition that the learning environment is the Third Teacher, Ku-ring-gai High School is outstanding with its 25 acres of beautiful parkland surrounding the National Park, welcoming and flexible learning spaces and modern specialised rooms including science laboratories, commercial kitchens, and technology spaces.

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The first teacher is the parent. We work closely with families through the Parent and Citizens Committee, surveys and questionnaires so that we truly reflect the expectations of our families.

Our teachers are passionate educators who know their students and how they best learn. As a smaller secondary school, between 600 and 650 students we have the advantage of smaller classes and individual learning programs.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz

Principal

BA. Dip Ed. Honorary fellow of the College of Educational Leaders.

 

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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