Farewell Dr and Mrs Hawkes
Following 20 years of outstanding service to The King’s School, more than 1,000 members of our School community came together to farewell Dr and Mrs Hawkes and thank them for their contribution at the end of Term 2.
During his time as Headmaster, Dr Hawkes presided over numerous creative building projects, leadership and education initiatives that revolutionised the way the School educates boys. His commitment to delivering educational excellence entwined with character development become the hallmark of his headship. Throughout, Mrs Jane Hawkes was a constant source of support, encouragement and strength to Dr Hawkes and the broader King's community.
King’s 1st XI takes out GPS Premiership and Northern District Twenty20 Cup
The 1st XI became GPS Premiers at the end of the season for the third time since 1966. Jubilant celebrations erupted on the field as the team, captained by Baxter Holt, won in a stunning turn-around from the start of the season. After losing the first two matches, the team went on to win the five remaining matches and take out the premiership and for our Year 12 boys this was the culmination of their cricket careers at The King’s School.
The boys continued the tradition of walking the fields on the last day of the season, with Baxter Holt, Dougal Hicks and Rupert Lilburne introducing the team to the Prep 1st XI and our new Year 7 boys.
In addition to taking out the GPS premiership, the 1st XI was named as joint premiers of the Northern District Twenty20 Cup.
Great work from the 1st XI and we can’t wait to see what next season has in store.
The future of technology begins at King’s
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a growing area of focus for many of the top schools in Australia and King’s is at the forefront of these developments.
The key point of difference in the STEM subjects at King’s is the practical nature of assessments and activities that enable the boys to apply their skills to real world problems.
Head of Science Roger Kennett believes that this is the reason for the exceptionally high results last year. “Last year we identified a problem at Badgery’s Creek Airport around aircraft volume so we split the boys into groups and ran a competition to try and come up with the ultimate innovation to solve this problem,” he said.
Similarly, the Industrial Arts Department, run by Simon McMahon, is constantly striving to be at the forefront of education and technology.
“Here at King’s we use a ‘slow-release’ model of teaching, which means that in Year 7 learning is teacher instructed and then over the six years of senior school we gradually encourage the boys to take responsibility for their own learning,” he said.
Extra-curricular opportunities are also an integral part of increasing results and passion for STEM subjects at King’s. Mario Ronzini, Head of Computing Studies, runs coding camps and competitions to enrich the boys who are interested in technology and software design. Similarly, the Mathematics Department headed by John Sowden provides holiday coaching for all the students, bringing in the best teachers from around NSW to explain concepts to the boys.
Class of 2016 produces exceptional HSC results
Once again our HSC students have delivered an outstanding set of results, consistently placing us among the top threshold of schools in the country.
The Class of 2016 delivered the most impressive results to date, ranking 30th in NSW – a remarkable feat considering our non-selective admissions focus and the fact that there are at least 46 selective schools in NSW that should theoretically be out-performing King’s.
The School is particularly proud of our STEM results, with boys achieving an overall ranking of 13th in the state in this area. Our renewed energy and focus on STEM has certainly paid off this year, with King’s gaining three state rankings for mathematics and technology subjects.
The Class of 2016 achieved these results while fully embracing a busy and active life here at King’s. Not only studying hard, the boys took on leadership roles, pursued sporting endeavours and did their utmost to be outstanding role models to our younger students. They also worked together as a year group to ensure that every student was able to reach his full potential.
For a non-selective boys’ school, coming 30th in the State is a marvellous achievement by Year 12. As a group, they have worked as a strong and unified team not only with each other, but also with their teachers who have given faithful and devoted service.
HSC 2016 in numbers:
- 30th in NSW for overall results
- 18 All-Rounders (score above 90 in all subjects)
- 8 state rankings
- Average ATAR of 83.20
- 13th in NSW for STEM results
Putting humanitarian skills into practice
From Year 11, boys at King’s have the choice of continuing with Cadet Corps or switching to our Community Outreach Program. Every year many boys take up the chance to work in the community, gaining experience and skills that they can put to use in later life.
This year our Community Outreach students got the entire School involved in their program, taking donations of iPods and iPads throughout the term to give to the nursing home for their residents to use. Music has proven health benefits for the elderly and the boys had a great time showing the residents how to play music through headphones.
In the final week of Term 1, the boys participated in Falls Prevention Week at Chesalon, culminating in a Walkathon and Music Morning. The boys had a great time getting to know and spend time with the residents – thank you to Anglicare Chesalon Beecroft for hosting them throughout the term.