Kings Meadows High School has a proud history of ensuring that young people have a smooth transition into high school.
We are a member of the Connect 6 network of schools which includes Longford, Perth, Evandale, Youngtown and Glen Dhu Primary Schools. School leaders from across our network regularly collaborate and attend meetings where the focus includes transition events and importantly, the development of common approaches to teaching and learning.
You are encouraged to enrol your child at their local school. In situations where you wish to enrol your child in a school other than your local school, the school’s out-of-area enrolment procedure will apply. Contact the school or your Learning Service for more information.
How do I enrol my child?
Parents have a right to enrol their children in their local school. To find out which school is your local school, see the school home area maps.
Contact the school office on 6343100 to enrol your child.
If you are enrolling your child in a Tasmanian Government school for the first time you will need to complete an enrolment form and provide:
- details of any needs your child may have to help their school better support and protect your child, including medical information such as any allergies and your child’s immunisation history
- evidence of identity for you and your child (e.g. birth certificates or other prescribed identification)
- a document showing your child’s current residential address.
Schools use this information to provide positive, safe and equitable learning environments for all children and support students’ progress through their education.
The school has developed a levy structure in line with the Department of Education’s Levy Policy, this is reviewed annually.
School levies and charges form an essential proportion of school income. All parents and guardians, other than those approved under the Student Assistance Scheme are expected to contribute towards the cost of their child’s education.
The student levy contributes towards the cost of your child’s educational program studied across years 7 – 10. The activities and materials are a necessary part of the curriculum. All parents or guardians, other than those approved for Student Assistance (STAS) are required to contribute towards the cost of their child’s education through levies.
Kings Meadows High School endeavors to include all student learning requirements within the Student Levy. However, to maintain the quality and broad flexible learning opportunities the school requires payment for students choosing optional activities due to the costs associated with running these.
- Financial assistance:
Families on low incomes who meet the eligibility conditions of the Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) will not be required to pay school levies. Grandparents raising grandchildren may also be eligible for STAS.
- Families who are not eligible for STAS, but who may experience financial hardship should talk to the school about payment arrangements and other financial assistance which may help.
- School staff understand that financial matters are highly sensitive, so your questions will remain completely confidential.
Kings Meadows High School, along with all other high schools in Tasmania, has an official school uniform.
The school is very proud of its uniform and the way parents, staff and students have co-operated in designing it and providing it for their children.
We hope that you understand and support our strong commitment to school uniform. Kings Meadows High School is a proud school with strong traditions and uniform is one of those traditions. We ask that you encourage your child to wear their uniform every day with pride.
UNIFORM – Please find below descriptions of the accepted Kings Meadows High School uniform.
School jumper or rugby top
Light blue school shirt
Grey shorts or trousers
Sturdy black shoes
School jumper or rugby top
Light blue school shirt
School dress, winter skirt
Navy or black stockings
Sturdy black shoes
If the school is not within walking distance, a bus service may be available. Kings Meadows High School is serviced by Metro and a number of country area bus services. Please contact the school for further information on these.
If your child will be using fare-charging bus services, they may be eligible for a concession and/or a bus pass. Information and application forms are available from Service Tasmania offices or apply online at the Department of State Growth Transport website.
For information on metropolitan bus services, including timetables and fares contact:
Metro Tasmania (Hobart, Launceston, Burnie)
Phone 13 22 01
Click here for the Metro Tasmania website
Buses arrive and leave from the bus turning circle in front of the Administration building or the Gym turning area. These areas are designated as no parking area for parents.
All travelers are expected to behave in a responsible manner showing concern for the welfare and safety of others. All students travelling to and from school by bus or on school excursions are expected to follow the Code of Behavior for Bus Travelers.
Grade 7 Transition
At Kings Meadows High School we are in continuous conversations with our Primary Schools through: the Connect 6 program of meetings; strategic planning and Middle Years Literacy project. This work coupled with our targeted transition program supports a smooth transition into year 7 where students have a core team of teachers for English, HaSS, Maths. Science, Health and Physical Education.
Our year 7 students remain in their class teacher group for their core and option lessons in Design Technologies, Drama, Food Technology, LOTE, Music and Visual Arts. The building that is home to year 7 is separate from other year groups providing security and comfort while students are gradually exposed to the school environment. Class teachers are responsible for the welfare and pastoral care of students in their class teacher group.
In addition, students choose four enrichment courses that they study with year 8 students. Studying enrichment courses with students from across year 7 and 8 classes supports everyone to increase their circle of friendships, confidence, resilience and motivation to succeed.
We provide flexible groupings of students in literacy and numeracy lessons to foster academic support and extension. Students join one of our Houses for the purpose of representing their House at intra-school competitions.
Every year group has access to leadership opportunities a particular highlight is the opportunity to be a Transition Leader. In this role year 7 students act as mentors to year 6 students, sharing information about High School and offering friendship and support as they transition from Primary school to Kings Meadows.
The department provides us with data describing academic achievement of our students. Across the Connect 6 schools we engage with a range of survey tools to gather answers about how are students are feeling about school and their learning. We gain valuable information that informs our carefully phased, yearlong transition program that responds to the social and emotional needs of adolescents. We use our Department values of Respect, Growth, Courage and Aspiration to create a safe learning environment that responds to the needs of individuals in order to motivate and engage students to be the best version of themselves.
We have a Peer Support program, designed to build successful peer relationships and leadership skills. Peer Support leaders work with the year 7 team to support students to develop personal organisation, time management skills and a greater understanding of high school life.
Our teachers have high expectations for teaching and learning. They understand they need to prepare students for an ever changing world. Our transition program provides collaboratively developed experiences for all our students. We work closely with students and their families, year 6 teachers, learning support teachers, social workers and psychologists to develop our transition program.
Some of the ways we work to create a shared successful transition experience include:
- Challenge Day
- Parent information Evening
- In school Observations
- Online community and digital platforms for increased communication of information
- Flexible programs
- Enrichment courses
- Learning support visits
- Course Selection Evening
- Social Work groups; and
- Orientation Day
Grade 10-11 Transition
Throughout the Grade 10 year, students at Kings Meadows High School are involved in a number of meetings, presentations and transition events with our local colleges. This allows students to develop a sound understanding of college expectations, structures, Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), ATARs (University entrance scores), course offerings and information regarding their future pathways.
Regardless of their entry point, our colleges have courses designed to cater for all ability levels and to prepare students for the world of work or further study after their completion of Year 12. These subject and courses include:
- Level 2 subjects - these can be taken as preparation for Level 3 subjects or to develop skills or knowledge in a subject area.
- Level 3 and 4 subjects- these are the highest level at which students can study and provide the points required for University entrance.
- UTAS subjects are written by the University of Tasmania and often give students credit points towards first year university degrees.
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are nationally accredited and students can undertake Certificate I or II programs in a variety of areas.
- Students with disabilities are also well supported at college and there are a range of subject offerings to suit their needs, interests and abilities.
Students will usually enrol in 4-5 subjects at college depending on their pathways and how many Level 3 subjects they are enrolled in. To qualify for University entrance, students need to complete at least four Level 3 or 4 subjects, but to maximise their chances of being accepted into their chosen degree, it is recommended that at least five Level 3 or 4 subjects are studied over their two years at college.
All college students should be aiming to achieve their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) by the end of Year 12. This certificate has been developed by a diverse group including representatives from business, industry, education and training providers, parent and community members and schools. Gaining the TCE allows potential employees to see that college graduates have been actively engaged in education and are proficient in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
When students have decided on which college they will be attending, experienced course counsellors will work with them to assist them in making their course selections. The counsellors will ensure that these selections cater for the individual student’s interests, skills and ability. They will also ensure that the student is enrolled in courses that will allow them to achieve their TCE and an ATAR score if they are on a University pathway.
Our local colleges also provide parent information evenings throughout the Grade 10 year and welcome parents to enrolment meetings with students if they are available and wish to attend. Parents can contact either Launceston College or Newstead College at any time throughout the year with questions or queries or speak to our Grade 10 Leaders or 9/10 Assistant Principal for further information.
Year 11/ 12 Extension
In 2019, Kings Meadows High School will become a Year 11/12 Extension School. Initially, we will be providing a TASC subject Agricultural Enterprise Level 2 (AGR215117), specialising in the area of Viticulture (the scientific study and production of grapes). This will provide students with 15 credit points towards their TCE. For students who would like to continue their studies in this growth industry, it is our intention to introduce the Agricultural Systems 3 (AGR315117) or a VET course in Viticulture from 2020.
Along with our beautifully redesigned and renovated teaching and learning spaces, we are very lucky to own a vineyard, situated at the back of the school which will provide hands on experience for students interested in entering this industry. Students who enrol in this subject will attend their Agricultural Enterprise classes at the Kings Meadows High School campus and undertake the rest of their studies at their chosen college campus.
Our Agricultural Enterprises classes will run for a full day each Monday in 2019.
Agricultural Enterprises, specializing in viticulture, is a great option for students who have an interest in the area of Agriculture. In recent years, Australia has seen significant growth in the wine industry and been internationally recognised for their high standard of wine production, product development and marketing. Agricultural Enterprises and viticulture can provide a range of future pathways in a large array of areas from grape pickers and vineyard workers, through to agricultural scientists and viticulturists. Further study in the area of viticulture can be completed at both TAFE and University level. Viticulture also offers pathways for students interested in Horticulture, Tourism or Business.
For further information, please contact:
- Tom Hartley (Yr 11-12 Teacher) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jake Chamberlain (AST) – email@example.com
- Kate Blaubaum (Assistant Principal) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maree Pinnington (Principal) – email@example.com