Things to Know

Important Dates

  • 11 April Years 5 & 6 Touch Football
  • 12 April Last day of Term 1
  • 29 April First day of Term 2
  • 29 April Whole School ANZAC Assembly

Notes Home:

  • Arts Festival program
  • UCKHS Rich Task Day
  • Naplan Online Testing (years 3 & 5)

Chris Shaddock


Principal's Address

Dear Kaleen Community,

Thank you to all members of the school community for their contributions to a fabulous first term. It was lovely to catch up with so many of you at our spectacular Arts festival last night. Congratulations to Kelly Turner and Bec Hadfield for leading this initiative and to James Shapowloff, Jordan Austin, Matt Stretton, Karina Adams and Holly Trindall for their work on the organising committee. Thank you to all our staff and students for all their hard work and creativity preparing for this event. We are also very appreciative of Photo Access, The National Gallery and the Smyth Family for their generous donations and Brian From Toast AV for providing the staging. Thank you to our community for showing up in numbers and valuing our school programs. Please read on to hear more about other initiatives and events happening in and around the school.

School Board

Our School Board plays a very important role in the strategic direction and running of our school. This year, we farewell Heather Rea (Parent Representative and Deputy Board Chair) and Sarah Paterson (Teacher Representative) from the School Board and thank them for their service over the past two years. Kaleen Primary School is in an amazing place right now and this is only possible because of their valuable contributions. I would like to welcome Rochelle(Shell) Wood (Parent Representative) and Bec Hadfield (Teacher Representative) to the 2019 School Board. They will join our Parent Representatives Emma Snowden and Bruce Whitby and Teacher Representative Danielle O’Connor. I would like to congratulate Bruce on his reappointment as Board Chair and Emma Snowden on her appointment as Deputy Board Chair. We are very lucky as a school to have such high calibre representatives and I look forward to working with the new Board to get the best outcomes for our students.

Playground News

Our students have voted and playground option 2 was the clear winner. Demolition of the existing playground will commence in the school holidays and construction of the new playground should begin shortly after. Fingers crossed, we will have our playground up and running again by early Term 2. Our fabulous P&C and Student Parliament are planning to join forces to raise money towards our school contribution to the playground. Information will be provided in the coming weeks to highlight what families can do to support this collaborative venture.

Canteen News

Empire catering will be taking over the school canteen Wednesday-Friday Term 2. Empire have come to us highly recommended and have a healthy mouth watering menu which you can view below.

Information about how to order via flexischools and a copy of the menu is provided on our website and can be accessed HERE.

New Building at Kaleen Primary School

As announced in the last newsletter, the Directorate has approved the construction of a new multipurpose building at Kaleen Primary School. The construction of the building is scheduled to be complete in Term 4. Between the beginning of Term 2 and the end of Term 4, access to the gym for our hirers and before and after school care programs will be restricted. The YMCA and school will send out relevant procedures to affected families in the near future.

Learning Progress Statements

Your child’s Learning Progress Statements were sent home earlier this week. If your child’s teacher has requested an interview, or you would like to meet with them, please contact the teacher directly via the email listed on at the bottom of the Learning Progress Statement. If at any time throughout the year you would like to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s learning please email or contact the school on 6142 1750.

Have a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you in Term 2.

Bye for now,

Chris Shaddock



Voluntary Contributions – Library Trust Fund

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 resources for students. Our P&C have 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. A note was sent home this week and will be available on the website and on Seesaw.

Newsletter Distribution Survey

We are looking to streamline the avenues in which we distribute our newsletter. We currently deliver the newsletter via SeeSaw, email and on the school website. Please take a moment to fill out our short surevy to tell us how you view the newsletter. Click HERE to complete the survey.

Enrolling for Preschool in 2020

Online enrolments for our Preschool 2020 opens Monday 29 April 2019. Please visit the enrolments portal HERE on the Education Directorate’s website to submit your enrolment application. In 2020, we are offering three preschool sessions with a maximum of 22 students in each session. Priority is given to residents of Kaleen.

ICAS 2019 Update-

UNSW have made some changes to the way ICAS is administered in schools. In 2019, the assessments will be conducted in Term 3 over 3 consecutive weeks (Weeks 7,8 and 9) and they will now be completed online (except for the writing task for Years 3 and 4). To ensure minimal disruption to core learning and resources, we will be conducting these assessments at 8:15 am on the designated days. Once the program details have been confirmed, permission notes will be sent home.

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, or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

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.

Lost Property

Please remind your children to check lost property regularly. Lost property bins are stored in front of the canteen and are emptied out weekly. Please check the bins for any missing items.

Kaleen’s Circle of Sustainability Expertise

Kaleen has immersed itself in the past twelve months in a new and exciting chapter of its Sustainability involvement. In the past, Sustainability experiences were only offered through the Green Team. Since 2018, Kaleen students have all been given the experience of a dedicated 45-minute lesson every week in Sustainability understandings which stem from the subjects of Science, Geography and Technology. Students are also involved in maintaining school gardens which are all currently thriving and producing large amounts of fresh produce.

We believe that in every school community there lies a wealth of information and expertise which our students can benefit from. We also know our students love to involve their parents in their daily school life. In which case, we are fielding any possible parents who have backgrounds and/or a passion for the environment, sustainability, conservation, protection or gardening who may like to come in and share this knowledge and expertise with our students.

We would also be extremely grateful to receive any donations of plants or seedlings which we could add to our school gardens.

Our whole school Sustainable events for the remainder of the year are:

World Environment Day – Term 2

National Trees Day – Term 3

Nude Food Day – Term 4

These dates may assist you in joining in with us on one of these special and significant days.

If you would like to assist, share or donate with us in our Sustainability journey this year, please feel free to contact us at:

Many thanks

The Sustainability Team

Junk into Art

This sculpture was created by the PE@K Sustainability Team who gave up their lunch times to turn junk into art. We collected household waste, studied building design and came up with this diorama. We hope it inspires you to question why you buy the things you buy and challenges you to reduce the amount of plastic you throw away. Our aim is to encourage everyone to make thoughtful changes that will support the future of our beautiful city, Canberra.

P&C Corner

Dear Kaleen Parents and Carers

The P&C held its AGM on 26 March which was well attended. The newly elected P&C Council is a nice mix of experience and enthusiasm and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.

There was a good discussion at the AGM about the possible development of a pub next door. As we understand it, the development is being considered by the Bears football club and we’d like to invite the club’s president to come to the next P&C meeting to hear about what’s being proposed and give feedback from the school community. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 7pm, on 7 May (term 2, week 2) and will be held in the library. Please bring your questions.

The next P&C event will be on election day (no date yet) where we’ll run a stall selling food. Worst case it’ll be a plain sausage sizzle but we’re hoping there’s interest from the school community in cooking something more exciting. If you’re interested in getting involved, either cooking before the day or staffing the stall for a bit, please email

It’s also the time of year when the school sends out a notice about voluntary contributions. The fees are steady at 2015 rates and I encourage all families who can afford it, to make a voluntary contribution. The money we contribute gets spent directly on our kids who are, for the most part, good value.

On a related note, There have been a couple of news articles recently about the cost to families of public schools. While I don’t think those articles reflect the typical Kaleen experience, it’d be naive to think there aren’t some families in our community who are struggling financially.

While the P&C is interested in hearing how we can better support families feeling the pressure of school fees, excursion and incursion costs, uniforms, lunches etc, we understand that people probably don’t want to talk about their personal circumstance. If you find yourself making the impossible choice of sending your kid on an excursion, when you really can’t afford it, or risking your kid missing out or being ostracised in the playground then please reach out to the school directly. There are mechanisms in place to make sure no student has to miss out because of financial reasons – that no student has to miss lunch and go hungry. The school is well equipped to help you out in a confidential way. Please seek help if you need it.

If you want contact the P&C, please email or my number is 0466 386 377.

Ben Peters Jones

P&C President

P&C Cohort Reps

The school has enlisted the help of parents to become P&C reps for their child’s or children’s cohort/s. The Rep’s will be a point of contact for all parents in that particular year level. This aims to give families another line of communication in which they can offer feedback to the school. The Rep’s will be liaising with our school community liaison officer who will report the feedback at P&C meetings. Please find the names and contacts of your cohort’s representative below. Please use these contacts to share feedback, ask questions or express concerns. This new initiative aims to enhance our communication between home and school and should not be used as an avenue for complaints. Please direct your immediate concerns to the school front office, School Board or the most appropriate staff member (class teacher, executive team or school principal).

2019 P&C Comittee Members

Ben Peters Jones - Returning President

Jen Rose - Vice President

Aler Locus - Returning Secretary

Scott Emme - Treasurer

Liz McGregor - Vice Treasurer (Public Officer)

General members

Siaan Ansori

Catherine McGufficke

Nicole Cortese

Mark Poretti

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 7th May at 7:00 pm

Contact Us

If you would like to raise any issues or propose any ideas to the P&C please email or have a chat with one of the executive committee. You can also request to be included on the P&C email list to receive meeting reminders, minutes and agendas.

Arts Festival

Thanks to all of our families and community members who came out to support our fabulous Arts Festival last night.

From amazing song and dance performances, choirs and bands to stunning artworks, sculptures and photographs. Well done everyone!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Photography Competition:

Junior- Zahra (KJB)

Middle- Sanul (3LC) & Open- Vidarashika (Sanul's Mum)

Senior- Lavinia (6JS)

Congratulations to the Winners of the Sculpture Competition:

Junior- Nayan (KCB) & Zahra (KJb)

Open- Masaki (3AP) & Tomoki (1JA)

Senior- Bayden (5LL) & Skyla (3IS)

Belconnen Region Swimming Carnival 2019

Congratulations to the 17 members of the Kaleen Primary swimming team that competed in the Belconnen Region Swimming Carnival held at the AIS pool on Thursday 28 March. What brilliant ambassadors our students were for Kaleen Primary. A number of swimmers swam in multiple events; some swam in only one or two. Some won or placed in their events, but all gave it their best effort! Our team members supported and encouraged one another, working cooperatively and responsively with teachers, officials and assisting parents. Thanks to the many parents that supported our swimmers throughout the day. Our swimmers certainly appreciated your support and encouragement. Kaleen finished 2nd out of 25 schools overall in the combined school teams event. Congratulations once again KPS swimming representatives. You were amazing!

Congratulations to following swimmers who qualified for the ACT Swimming Carnival to be held at the AIS pool on the Monday 6 May 2019.

Anna 6JS


Lola 5AC

Bayden 5LL

Mikayla 4TC

Elliette 4TC

We hope you do well and enjoy your day. Good luck!

Nikki Van Huizen and Alison Peebles

Kaleen Primary School 2019 Cross Country Carnival Information

All students from years 2-6 are participating in the Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday 8 May 2019 (Term 2) starting at 11.30-1.00 on the school oval.

All students in Year 2 will participate, however only those who turn 8 this year (born in 2011) are eligible to continue onto the Belconnen regional carnival.

The events will run in the following order on the day. Allocated times for the events will be confirmed next term.

Parents are most welcome to attend.

Any questions please contact Nikki Van Huizen at

Heroes' Corner

Hunter joined the ACTJCL hosted annual Autumn Junior Weekender at Campbell High School on 23/03 and 24/03. Over two days, 24 participants battled it out over the board for 6 long games. Hunter got the best rating in group B. Hunter is looking forward to fight for Kaleen Primary at the Canberra School Chess Competition next term.

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

Lake Ginninderra College Water Rocket Competition

During this term, a team of Year 5 students have been creating water rockets out of plastic water bottles. They created, tested, modified and tested again in order to get their water rockets to shoot the furthest distance. We used an aqua launcher and a bike pump to shoot our rockets into the air. It was a great experience and heaps of fun.

“On Thursday 28 March, we went to Lake Ginninderra College to compete in a water rocket competition. We have been creating our rockets and testing the amount of water we put in. We had a lot of fun at the competition. There were four teams competing. The other teams were from Latham Primary School. We were battling with fourth graders. One of our teams came first and the other team came third. The aim was to get the best average distance.” Sai, Elfin, Alice – The Adventurous Avocados team

Michael and Andrew – Science Invasion team

Awards Assembly


Zoe, Leo, Imogen, Lennon, Scarlett. Jordan

Year 1-

Levi, Emily, Yiyi, Sofia, Shulin, Cate

Year 2-

Anya, Antonious, Beatrix, Marlowe, Precious, Hugh

Year 3-

Sofia, Ishi, Pinipa, Yohaan, Adinathreddy, Joel

Year 4-

Kai, Locky, Daniel, Jiya, Liyana, Charvi

Year 5-

Mehar, Charith, Samira, Angus, Rayan, Ani

Year 6-

Kandice, Darren, Pippa, Kayde, Lincoln, Christina