Things to Know

Important Dates

Reports emailed home / Staff Planning Day - Friday 24 June 2022

2022 ACT Primary Schools Chess - Thursday 30 June 2022

Dance Nation Performance - Thursday 30 June 2022

Chris Shaddock


Principal's Address

Dear Kaleen Community

It has been a very busy but productive Term 2. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued partnership with the school. Our teachers have once again gone above and beyond and they are very appreciative you have supported them by making today’s pupil free planning day possible. The Athletics Carnival last Thursday was a huge success and I would like to thank Nikki Van Huizen and the organising team for all their work in the lead up and on the day. The students had a fabulous time and it was great to see so many parents in attendance. Please read on to learn more and hear about initiatives and happenings in and around the school.

Home School Partnership

Parent involvement that makes a difference to a child’s learning. Four key things that parents can do to support their child’s learning are outlined below.

1. Having High Expectations

The research shows undeniably that high parental expectations have the greatest impact on student achievement. Studies looking at teacher's perception of the positive attitude parents have toward their child's education, teacher, and school, was significantly related to increased academic performance, measured by both a standardised achievement test and teacher ratings of the child's classroom academic performance. Further, parent involvement was significantly related to academic performance above and beyond the impact of the child's intelligence (IQ).

2. Talking about school at home

Studies have shown that parents talking to their kids about school and school activities at home, had a greater impact on learning than monitoring homework, being home after school or limiting screen time.

3. Helping students develop a positive attitude and good work habits

As students get older, the impact parents can have on their child’s academic achievement declines. Parents can’t teach their children everything they need to know (the same goes for schools), but the habits they encourage at an early age, have long-lasting benefits, through to high school. There is no need to ‘teach’ your children, teachers focus on content, and you can assist by helping your child develop a sense of personal competence, encouraging persistence, showing them how to plan and manage their time, handle distractions, and ask for help when they need it.

4. Reading with children

Parents make a major difference by reading and talking about books and stories with their kids, in any language. Reading skills can be taught at school, and parents can help build a crucial foundation for successful literacy through conversation and reading together, which develops the motivation to read, a greater level of comprehension, and strong oral language skills. Please encourage your kids to visit the school/local libraries and take advantage of classroom books and home readers.

We hope you have a wonderful break and look forward to seeing you again in Term 3.

Bye for now,

Chris Shaddock


Boost Tutors

Three weeks ago we launched our 2022 “Boost” peer tutoring program. Our Year 6 students are currently running targeted activities with our Year 1 students three mornings a week. This is a fabulous leadership opportunity for our senior students. The Year 6 Boost tutors undertook a training session so that they could deliver a structured program using reading strategies and games to engage and support our junior students. The feedback from our tutors, buddies and teachers has been incredible. It is an absolute delight to walk through our Year 1 area in the morning and hear the conversations about books, vocabulary and letters and sounds occurring between the students. The best feedback from our Year 6 Boost Tutors has been how much they love seeing their buddies each morning and how much fun their buddies are having. We definitely have some future teachers among them!

Yueijia - "I am really enjoying listening to my buddy’s ideas about the books they read."

Masaki - "I like the fact that it is one on one teaching and the buddies can pay attention and get more educated."

Lillian - "It is fun to see the Year 1 buddies progress. At first my buddy didn’t really know me, but now she is excited to see me and do the activities."

Pinipa - "I really enjoy doing Boost Tutors and learning along with my buddy. I love seeing them get better at reading and having fun."

Ollie - "The thing I love about Boost Tutors is the enjoyment my buddy has everytime I see them and the excitement they have to choose a new book."

Virtual Assemblies

Take a look below at this week's virtual assemblies!

Year 3 Virtual Assembly

Have a look at the Year 3 Virtual Assembly!

Term 2 Year 3 Assembly 2022

Year 4 Virtual Assembly

Have a look at the Year 4 Virtual Assembly!

Year 4 Assembly T2 W9 2022

ACT Cross Country Carnival

On Wednesday the 15th June, Pinipa L, Ellen M and Arianna C competed at the ACT Cross Country Carnival as a part of the Belconnen Region team. They showed great determination and should be very proud of their efforts.

Congratulations to Ellen who finished 23rd, Arianna who finished 25th and Pinipa who finished 5th in their events.

Congratulations to Pinipa who made the ACT team and will now compete in the Nationals in Adelaide later in the year.


Have you noticed our new garden bed borders? Thanks to Year 3 and Year 6 students for increasing our biodiversity in our Kaleen Primary gardens. Here we are planting agapanthus donated to our school. Another fantastic sustainable project!


Every year only two students receive the Japanese Merit Award.

The first awardees for this year is Rithysak (Ayu) Ngoun (5TA).

Ayu is an exceptionally talented and conscientious learner, but what sets him apart is his excellent reading and listening comprehension, his verbal fluency and his ability to apply his knowledge to construction of new sentences.

Ayu is also very compassionate and helpful towards other students in the class. This semester Ayu topped the Year 5 & 6 cohorts in the writing test, no small feat given the very talented students in the group.

Ayu, it has always been an absolute pleasure to teach you Japanese. Keep up your great work!

Ayu with Allen-Sensei

Notes to Families

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Book Packs

Thank you to those families that have already paid for the 2022 Book packs.

This year we are continuing our ‘Book Pack’ processes to make it more cost effective for families with multiple children and to streamline our resources management as a school. Last year we completed a stationery audit across the school and placed a bulk order for all required stationery items for 2022. ‘Book Pack’ pricing includes:

  • Stationery items

  • Digital Technology and Subscriptions

  • Educational Resources (art and craft supplies, photocopy paper, year level specific recourses)

The cost for each ‘Book Pack’ is $95.00. There is a reduced rate for families with more than one child attending Kaleen Primary School (including the preschool). Payment is required by Thursday April 1st. The prices are listed below.

If you have…

1 child the cost is $95.00

2 children the total cost is $180.00

3 or more children the total cost is $250.00 per family

Payments can be made by cash, EFTPOS, or via our website using Quickweb. If you have any questions or would like to discuss a payment plan, please contact the front office.

Last week families received an emailed summary of the requests for all contributions sent out this year. Please contact the front office if you require a payment plan.

Voluntary Contributions - Library Trust

For many years, students have benefited from the financial resources provided through voluntary contributions from parents, carers and other citizens. With these contributions, our school can purchase additional educational materials, and provide supplementary programs and activities for students. The School Board works collaboratively with the P&C to allocate these funds towards the school’s various educational programs and initiatives. Our School Board has approved the same contribution rate as previous years - $95 for one child or $150 for a family. Voluntary contributions may be made in full, in part or in instalments to our Library Trust Fund that has been established to enable parents to make tax deductible contributions of $2 or more.

Thank you to those families that have made a contribution this year.

Seeking Second Hand Uniform Donations

The school is after donations of second hand uniform to restock our uniform shop. Second hand uniforms can be dropped of at the front office during school hours. We appreciate all donations given to the school.

News Bulletin

It's not too late to enrol for 2023

If you forgot to enrol your child or young person in an ACT public school for next year, don’t panic. Enrolments remain open throughout the year. You can find out more information and apply online. Support is also available from this school or by calling the Enrolments Telephone Service weekdays on 6205 5429.

ACT Disability Strategy ‘Student Voice’ competition

Open 14 June to 22 July

Looking for a challenge these school holidays? To inform the new 10-year ACT Disability Strategy, students are invited to share ideas though a drawing, artwork, poem or piece of writing about how everyone can feel included:

· In the community

· At home

· In public places like parks and playgrounds

· In schools or places of study.

All ACT children and young people can enter. Entry forms can be downloaded from For information and questions please email

Heroes' Corner

Nina H (4CL) recently won a flag design competition run by the CFMEU and the Canberra Hospital Foundation. The flag she designed is being flown above CFMEU construction sites across Canberra as part of their fundraising campaign for the Canberra Hospital Foundation. Nina attended the official flag raising event at Canberra Hospital last week. Amazing work Nina!

If you would like to have your child's achievement acknowledged here, please email a short blurb to


The Kaleen-Giralang-Lawson area has three units meeting in Kaleen on Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7.30 pm for girls 5-10 years; and 6.00 – 8.00 pm for girls aged 10+ years. Other units meeting nearby also offer alternative nights to accommodate girls who can not attend on Wednesday nights. All girls are very welcome. Inquiries to: Bev on 0417 485737.