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Katherine High School
 
Katherine High School (KHS) is a comprehensive high school located on Grevillea Road, Katherine East. The original buildings were completed in 1988 with W block added in the early 1990s, X Block in 2007 and the Sports Science Centre was completed in 2010 and officially opened in mid 2011.
 
KHS is a modern, attractive and well-resourced facility set on spacious grounds. It has excellent facilities including tennis and netball courts, a large air-conditioned gymnasium and undercover basketball court, networked computer laboratories and computer pods in each faculty area. There are specialist learning areas for Art, Hospitality, Technology, Science, Sport Science and Music.
 
The school serves a region larger than the state of Victoria and caters to a diverse socio-economic clientele from a range of backgrounds, RAAF, rural, public sector, business families’ children traditional and urban Indigenous students.
 
The school places emphasis on the rights of teachers to teach and students to learn with a strong commitment to social justice and we use restorative justice practices to underpin our student management practices. Our core values are Honesty, Trust, Respect.

 

 

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Term 1 Reports will be given to students at the end of the day, Thursday Week 10. If your child is not at school on this day please collect from the front office or contact us to make alternative arrangements.

Thursday, 2nd March, 2017
 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Suspensions
One of the best parts of being a new Principal is that you get to see what is happening around you from a different perspective. I have seen many examples of good teaching being presented by people passionate about what they do. I have seen many examples of students arriving to class on time, prepared and engaging in their lessons. I have seen students helping out at community events, being involved in sporting competitions, and actively participating in extracurricular activities.
I have also seen that there are a small number of students who actively seek to disrupt the learning of others. These students choose not to attend classes and consume an inordinate amount of time from teachers trying to coax them back into classes. An even smaller group are intent on inciting or participating in violence, either verbal or physical. This cannot continue to happen.
 
Also worrying is the actions of a small group of young children who do not attend Katherine High School and are continuing to trespass on school grounds after hours, especially on weekends. This group of children is responsible for multiple break and entry events, graffiti, and destruction of property including cutting down palms and trees.
The police are working very actively to apprehend this group and a number of potential solutions have been put forward, including fencing the property and the use of CCTV cameras. Subject to approval from the School council, CCTV cameras will be installed on the property over the next few weeks.
 
In addition, the following action will occur, effective as of Monday 6th March:
·         Any students involved in violence, either threatened or actual, verbal or physical, will be suspended from school (pending investigation).
·         Those students identified as inciting violence and creating an unsafe school environment will be removed from the school to undertake an alternative educational program at an off-site campus. 10 students have been identified to start this program, effective as of Monday 6th March.
·         Any student at school but truanting from class will be identified and suspended from school for a period of 3 days. If a student repeats the same action, they will be suspended for a period of 5 days.
These actions have the full support of the Regional Education Director, of the local Police, of our School Council, of staff and the great majority of students.
 
AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Katherine High School Council will be held in the school Library on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 5:30pm.
Interested parents will be able to nominate themselves for election in positions declared vacant.
We invite and welcome all interested parents to attend the AGM.
 
Dr Peter Fairchild
 
 
 
Principal
Katherine High School