News from Kennedy

2022 COVID-19 Update: 1

Dear Parents/Guardians

Welcome to 2022! I trust that you have taken the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate over the holiday break.

As you will be aware, there is a great deal of uncertainty about the coming weeks as the Omicron variant of Covid spreads in Western Australia along with the changes associated with the planned opening of our borders on 5 February.

Preparing for Secondary Education – a Quick Guide for Parents

With the whirl of current Year 6 events, upcoming Christmas holidays, and thinking about Year 7 next year, children can feel very excited, but a little nervous.

The Kennedy Transition Program is designed to help students familiarise themselves with the College campus, meet their peers, Head of Year and get to know their Year 11 Student Mentors so they can look forward to their first year in secondary education.

Year 11 ATAR Art Incursion with artist Tanya Montgomery

Award-winning artist Tanya Montgomery (or “Monty” as she prefers to be called) worked with some of our Year 11 Art students during a full-day incursion. Monty is a landscape painter (previously painting in the Pilbara region), an Art educator, and also facilitates community engagement and public artworks.

‘Fading Numbers’ by Former Kennedy Student

Former Kennedy Student, Aron Attiwell’s Fading Numbers short film brings Holocaust stories to the surface.

Fading Numbers is a short film portraying stories of survival from one of history’s darkest chapters, this film is designed to educate more than entertain.

Year 11 Outdoor Education/Recreation Margaret River Expedition

The great Outdoors were explored by our year 11 Outdoor Education classes in Term 3 Week 10 and Term 4 Week 1. Students were challenged to push beyond their comfort zones in a range of disciplines.

For some, the highlight was the Mountain biking at ‘The Pines’ trailhead and along the Wandandi Track in Margaret River, for others, it was abseiling at the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs and night abseiling into Calgardup Cave.

Life in the Research and Study Centre

In the last week of last term, we had several events where we celebrated reading and research!

Firstly, we had the 11 in 7 event where over 80 students in Year 7 who have read 11 books this year enjoyed a pizza lunch – you can see how much they enjoyed it from the photos, and congratulations to those students!

Next, we had our Eight Epic Reads event – 20 Year 8 students came to our movie and Krispy Kreme donut afternoon to celebrate reading 16 books in Year 8 – congratulations to those students!

The last event of the week was the Ancient World Museum on the Thursday we had over 200 Year 7 projects on display throughout the Research and Study Centre, all on the topic of the Ancient World, which they had spent the previous weeks researching.

Kennedy Transform Centre Update

Centre 32 is open for business. Even though our kids can’t attend in person we continue to deliver our objectives of Education for our Kids, and Pastoral Care for them and their families. How we do this is continually evolving due to COVID19 constraints.

VET Voice featuring Jacob (Cert II in Electrotechnology)

The VET delivered to Secondary Students (VETdSS) program gives Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to complete a vocational certificate while still at school. In this issue we feature Jacob who is completing a pre-apprenticeship in electrotechnology (Cert II in Electrotechnology) through the College of Electrical Training (CET). We caught up with Jacob as he was installing some electrical wiring at a newly refurbished engineering firm in Henderson.

2021 NAPLAN Results

In the past week, general whole school NAPLAN data has been released to schools and it is incredibly pleasing to see how our students performed in their cohorts in comparison to the state and national data. Once again, our students have produced year group results way above the state and national means.