Things to Know

Important Dates

  • 11 March Canberra Day
  • 15 March Senior Assembly
  • 15 March National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
  • 19 March Harmony Day
  • 19 March 100% Hope Ugandan Children's Choir Visit
  • 22 March Ride2School Day
  • 22 March Junior Assembly
  • 26 March P&C AGM

Chris Shaddock


Principal's Address

Dear Kaleen Community,

We have had a positive start to the year and have now arrived at the halfway mark of Term 1! Michelle Northey and I are very impressed with the quality of the teaching and learning programs happening across the school. At Kaleen Primary, we strive to ensure the growth and improvement of all students. I would remind parents and carers that our open door policy means that, should you have questions or concerns about your child, you can arrange a time to speak with the class teacher at any stage throughout the year. This process highlights the importance of strong communication between home and school to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for your child.

Traffic Safety & Active Streets Program

There have been reports from a few concerned parents that some vehicles are speeding in our school zones and not observing the school crossings. We have contacted the police requesting increased patrols and continue to ask our community to slow down and take care in these areas. We are currently working with external stakeholders to increase visibility of pedestrians and signage at the crossing.

Late last year, Suzanne Orr MLA, representing the Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development Yvette Berry, announced that Kaleen Primary is one of the schools selected to be a part of this fantastic research based program.

Active Streets is an infrastructure and education program that improves infrastructure around schools to support walking or riding to school. Improvements include new or upgraded footpaths, better crossing facilities and traffic calming measures.

To support the infrastructure, educational resources are provided to students, including a map highlighting safe routes to school.

Next term, Transport Canberra and City Services will work closely with the school community to deliver the program and identify potential infrastructure improvements you would like around the school.

More information is available on the Transport Canberra website.

Please read on to learn more about exciting initiatives happening in and around the school.

Bye for now,

Chris Shaddock



School Travel and Safety Survey

Transport Canberra and City Services has engaged First Person Consulting to conduct research into parents’ attitudes to their children's active travel to and from schools. Part of this is investigating the role that crossing supervisors have in improving safety around schools, and the extent to which parent’s attitudes to children travelling actively change as a result.

You may have completed a similar survey last year, this is the final survey as part of the evaluation to gauge parent perceptions about safety around schools.

To complete the survey please click here.

The survey should take about five minutes. The survey will not collect any identifiable information, and all responses will be kept confidential.

Thank you in advance for your time in completing this survey. If you have any questions please contact the TCCS Schools Program.


6287 3833

Being a parent is the hardest job we’ll ever have. All parents at some time experience difficulties and stress.

Parentline ACT

is a confidential and free telephone and face-to-face counselling and information service.

Phone Parentline if you would you like:

· To talk with someone about those parenting issues.

· Help with some ideas on raising children.

· Support in the important job you are doing.

· To know what is available for parents, teenagers and children.

· To build better relationships in your family.

· Help to understand your child or teenager’s behaviour.

· Make an appointment for a counselling session.

Parentline ACT.

Monday to Friday (except on public holidays), 9am to 5pm.

Phone: 6287 3833

Student Absences

As mentioned previously, we have now fully transitioned to the School Administration System (SAS) and we would like to clarify the morning procedures for student absences.

  • 9:00am-9:10am All teachers mark their roll on the School Administering System (SAS)
  • Any students who arrive after 9:10am need to be signed in at the front office. The student/s will receive a late slip which they will give to their class teacher upon entering their classroom.
  • Please note: It is very important to remind your children to come to the front office if they arrive to school after 9:10am.
  • After 9:30am the front office staff commence the student absence process.
  • Once known absences have been amended on rolls, front office staff will send one automated SMS alert message to the person listed as Contact 1 on our student contact list. Please contact the front office if you would like to change the person listed as contact 1 to ensure you have the best contact number listed to receive and respond to our SMS alerts.
  • If you receive an SMS message and your child is absent, it is greatly appreciated if you either reply via SMS, email or phone the school to confirm your child’s absence. This will then be marked as an explained absence on SAS. Any absence that is not explained will remain as an unexplained absence on SAS.
  • If you receive an SMS message and your child is meant to be present, please contact the school immediately. We will follow up and confirm they are in class. This can happen for a number of reasons including; the student not entering class immediately; the student being late and not collecting a pink slip from the office; casual teachers on class marking the roll too early; students being in the toilet when the roll is marked; and any number of other reasons.
  • The front office staff will call parents/carers immediately if the student cannot be located at school.

We hope that this helps to clarify our school procedures regarding student absences. Please contact the school if you have any additional questions.

日本語ニュース (Japanese News!)


Sometimes I get asked by parents and very keen students as to how to study Japanese at home. I have listed below some writing apps and YouTube videos that could help you to learn Japanese in an entertaining way.

Writing Apps

Please see below a (sample) list of writing apps that could be useful for Japanese studies. There are many more free apps of this kind available which can be identified easily by googling with search words "Japanese, writing, app". Click on the titles to follow the links.

Learn Japanese with Tako ($3.99)

Hiragana Nazori (Hiragana Tracing)-free

Kana Writing - free

YouTube videos on Japanese Studies

Some useful language videos for beginners are posted here.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.

Kitasaka Sensei

Swimming Carnival

As promised in Issue 2 of the newsletter, here are the results from this year’s swimming carnival. Students who achieved qualifying times will be eligible for the regional carnival. Once we have been notified what times will qualify, we will advise those children. The winning house on the day was Murrumbidgee. Congratulations to all houses for their exemplary behaviour and participation.

swimming results.pdf

P&C Corner

Hello Kaleen parents and carers!

The Kaleen Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) is a great place for families with students to meet others, join in a range of community activities and get support from other parents. The P&C has a friendly, community-oriented atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

As parents and carers, you’re already members of the P&C but we’d also encourage you to be an active member and join the P&C Committee which organises events throughout the year, votes to allocate funds to the school and has a closer interaction with the School Board and school executive.

Most communication relating to the P&C is run through email or at meetings. Registering with our email list is an excellent way to receive information about forthcoming events, meeting invitations and school issues. To join the mailing list, email

The P&C will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 26 March at 7pm in the school library. This is the first time the P&C will formally meet in 2019 and we would love to see lots of new faces at the meeting. We encourage you to attend even if you are only interested in finding out what it’s all about. The AGM gives you insight into how the P&C works and gives you an opportunity to contribute to our school community in 2019. Regular meetings are usually held in weeks two and seven of each term at 7pm in the school library.

At the AGM, we’re hoping to discuss, among other things, the recent development application for a new pub right next to the school.

P&C events currently planned for 2019 include a car boot sale, two discos, some coffee social catchups, entertainment book fundraising, a barbecue at the Arts Festival and a mango fundraising drive. If you have other ideas or are keen to help with any of the above, please get in contact with us or come along to the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM, hearing from you via email to or catch up with one of the current committee members in the playground.

P&C Cohort Reps

Last year, we started a P&C cohort representative group where we enlisted the help of interested parents to become P&C reps for their child’s or children’s cohorts. We are currently seeking 1-2 interested parents or carers from Preschool and Year 5.

The position requires reps to be a point of contact for all parents in that particular year level. These roles are created to enhance communication between home and school, as well as gather ideas and feedback. It is not a platform for complaints and in these circumstances reps will be asked to direct issues to the school. The reps will liaise with our communication officer Krissy McCombe via phone or email and she will take all information gathered to P&C meetings on behalf of reps. We will publish names and email addresses of the cohort reps for each year level so that families know who their point of contact will be. Please email Krissy ( if you are interested in filling one of these roles.


On Tuesday evening, we hosted the Lift Off ‘READY’ workshop for our Year 2 families. What a way to celebrate and bring together our families! It was great to see so many parents and students at the workshop. A special thanks to Marlena Basser from Uplifting Australia, and the Year 2 teachers who facilitated the program and guided us through a variety of meaningful games, challenges and activities. There were plenty of smiles, laughs and positive connections being made…especially with the skipping rope challenge! The focus for the workshop was on relationships and was a perfect opportunity for parents and children to spend some quality time together. There were lots of meaningful conversations and powerful sharing within a fun workshop. We look forward to hosting the Year 4 ‘STEADY’ workshop in Term 2 and the Year 6 ‘GO’ workshop in Term 3. Dates are still being finalised and will be announced once they are confirmed.

'Clean up Day' 2019

The Kaleen Experience

Last Friday 1 March, students across the school worked hard to make their playground and close surrounds a far better place to be.

Using gloves and bags provided by ‘Clean up Australia’ and displaying a positive attitude, all students and staff worked hard to clean a specific area over the course of the day.

This year we again held a competition to encourage students to bring their own reusable outdoor gloves from home rather than using the school’s plastic disposable gloves. The two winning classes, based on the number of gloves brought in on the day, were 1MS and 6JS. Both classes were rewarded with a refreshing ice block at the end of a very hot day.

A huge thank you to all those involved, students, staff and parents alike for showing such great community spirit on the day!

Thank you everyone!

The Sustainability Team

Mrs Lowther, Mrs Reeves, Mrs Chiles and Mrs Chapman

Heroes' Corner

This year, for the Royal Canberra Show, Oliver of 3AP submitted entries for cookery and, for the first time, for craft. Oliver placed 1st for his chocolate chip biscuits in the 12 years and under age group and 3rd for his decorated Arrowroot Biscuits in the 8-12 years age group. For Craft, Oliver excelled in his first attempt by placing 1st in the 12 years and under paper-craft category for his Origami standing crane. This entry, along with his origami water-themed mobile consisting of fish, butterflies and another crane, earned Oliver the award of Student Champion in his age group. Amelia of 1MS also placed 2nd this year for her Vegetable Sculpture. Congratulations Oliver and Amelia - what a great effort!

Ananth, 6JS has been very busy the whole of February with volunteering activities. First was the National Multicultural festival where Ananth helped by answering queries and guiding lost people and children to correct shops. The following weekend, he volunteered with his family and friends at the Royal Canberra Show. Immensely proud of your efforts Ananth. Keep it up and hope to see you and your friends at future volunteering events.

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