Kiama High School

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Kiama High School
Kiama High School (logo).png
Kiama High School logo
Ad Altiora
Location
Kiama, NSW
Australia Australia
Coordinates 34°40′53″S 150°50′46″E / 34.68139°S 150.84611°E / -34.68139; 150.84611Coordinates: 34°40′53″S 150°50′46″E / 34.68139°S 150.84611°E / -34.68139; 150.84611
Information
Type Coeducational comprehensive state school
Established 1960
Principal Darrel Shepherd
Grades 7-12
Enrolment 1282
Colour(s) Blue, White and Gold
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Kiama High School (also KHS) is a New South Wales Government co-educational secondary school located in the town of Kiama, New South Wales, Australia.[1]

Natural environment[edit]

Geologically, Kiama High School is located in a unique region of NSW. The school sits beneath Saddleback Mountain and is surrounded by three plutonic flows. The school itself is built on a rock layer named Kiama Tuff. The sedimentary rocks nearby contain excellent examples of sedimentary fossils.

The new Multi Purpose (M) block enjoys a 180 degree ocean view from which the Kiama lighthouse is visible. During high seas the surge from the Kiama Blowhole is sometimes visible from the M block balcony. The annual whale migrations are also visible from this spot.

Rebuilding program[edit]

In 2003, the Government of New South Wales provided A$3.5 million in a rebuilding program which saw several timber buildings dating back to the 1960s demolished and replaced with modern multi storey brick and corrugated iron structures with ample modern natural lighting.[citation needed] The school sits on an easterly sloping block bounded to the east by the South Coast Railway Line, south of Kiama Station.

The two storey L block replaced B block. This new building, completed in 2004, includes 4 modern computer labs equipped with ergonomic furnishings. Also housed are 8 general purpose class rooms and a large common study area on each level.

Adjacent to block L is the new three-storey block M. This three-storey building was built to replace the former block D, block C and an increasing number of demountable buildings on the southern oval. The block D foundations were sinking and unstable. Building commenced in 2006 and was officially completed in February 2007 ready for the 2007 school year. The building consists of three storeys which house the new combined staffroom on the upper level and Music, Art, and PDHPE below.

The new block M lift provides wheelchair access to buildings M, L and existing buildings via a new multi storey ramp which services both buildings from the A block pathway to provide level access to buildings on the otherwise steeply sloped site. Students and staff now enjoy beach, ocean and lighthouse views from the newly completed three storey high ramp.


Student life[edit]

Music and Performing Arts[edit]

Kiama High School has developed many performing ensembles including the Vocal Group, Junior Band, Senior Concert Band and the well known Stage Band.

The Stage band is known for their annual Jazz Festival, Rotary Club, Leaders Induction and Graduation performances and are asked to perform many more times at such events as Wollongong Steelers Club and religious events.

The senior concert band as also traveled on tours over the past few years including Melbourne, New Zealand and Queensland and recently Tasmania.

Sport[edit]

Kiama High School has done very well in Combined High Schools (CHS - includes all High Schools in NSW - Public, Grammar, Catholic and other Private) sporting events, including reaching the national rugby league finals, as well as having former students as national representatives. .

House Competition[edit]

All students are involved in the annual house competition. Staff and students are assigned to the houses Dunstan, Kendall, Bass and Flinders. Roll groups and year 7 sporting rolls are divided into houses.

School Community[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Matt Brown, NSW Labor Member for Kiama.
  • Kim Dalton (27 April 1981 – 1 November 2005), Kiama's first international Taekwondo representative, multiple NSW, Victorian and Australian champion, fifth dan blackbelt and Illawarra's highest ranked female blackbelt. Author of The Real Fight and KHS school captain. Winner of Kiama Junior Sports Award, inductee in the inaugural Kiama Sporting Hall of Fame 2008. Life saver Kiama SLSC.
  • Sally Fitzgibbons, the current U18's Girls Junior World Surfing Champion.
  • Donna Kosta, a national Taekwondo champion.
  • Robbie Maddison, world record for the longest motorcycle ramp jump at 322 feet 7½.
  • Josh Morris and Brett Morris are rugby league players for the Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Ashton Sims, Korbin Sims and Tariq Sims, professional rugby league players.
  • Rod Wishart, Australian and NSW Rugby League representative.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kiama High School". Kiama High School. Retrieved 22 January 2013.