Things to Know
- 11 - 13 Feb Year 5 Camp
- 14 Feb Senior Swimming Carnival
- 15 Feb Senior assembly (Hosted by Year 6)
- 19 Feb Meet and Mingle Community Event
- 1 March Clean Up Australia Day
Dear Kaleen Community,
I would like to welcome back our returning families and extend a very special welcome to those who are new to Kaleen Primary School. I hope you have had an enjoyable and restful break with family and friends and are ready for a fabulous 2019. It has been a busy week with lots of smiling faces and challenging learning experiences happening across the school. Please read on to hear about some key events and initiatives.
W@K (Wellbeing At Kaleen)
Our Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) program continues to flourish and the community is working hard to maintain and enhance our positive culture. The school is certainly buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm as our children have been receiving W@K tokens for displaying Safe, Respectful, Responsible and Learner behaviours. In 2019, students are still striving to achieve our whole school team target of 8000 tokens, but this year we will be working towards individual PBL achievements. This year when students receive 20 tokens in any of the four expectations, they will receive a W@K Band with a corresponding bronze medallion. Students will be awarded a silver medallion when they accumulate 40 tokens and a gold medallion when they achieve their 60 token milestone. If students achieve all four gold medallions they will be awarded a platinum PBL medallion. Please click here to view a short video that explains the new system.
Unfortunately, the softfall and some of the equipment in our middle playground failed a safety check in early January. We have had to fence it off for the start of the school year and I am working with the School Board, P&C and Directorate to organise either a repair or upgrade of the softfall and equipment. The student parliament recently surveyed children across the school to determine the types of play equipment that our kids would find most appealing. We are now looking at a number of possible upgrade options based on this feedback and will let families know more when we hear the outcome of our funding application. In the meantime, we have reopened and begun to restock our junior creative play shipping container.
Previous generations spent much of their free time engaged in outdoor activities that enabled ‘free-play’. In contrast, today’s children spend much of their time playing indoors and time spent outdoors is often characterised by structured activities such as organised sports. Benefits of free play have been found to have positive effects on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. It ensures that children are active, rather than passive, recipients in opportunities for free play and for managing the uncertainties in everyday life.
We are seeking donations from parents to further restock our junior creative play resources with materials that have ‘no obvious play purpose’. This principle encourages use of everyday items and enables children to use their imaginations. Items that look like or are predetermined to be used in a particular way are generally used in only one way – for example, footballs are most often only used as footballs and toy cars as cars. Loose-item materials with no obvious purpose encourage cooperation with others and the opportunity to have play that adapts and evolves. We would love any donations of plastic barrels, PVC pipes, clean bedsheets, coil reels, milk and bread crates, hessian sacks, buckets, tubs and containers, cardboard boxes, fabric reams, foam noodles, pots and pans and wooden spoons. Please see the front office to deliver your donations.
Creative and Critical Thinking
We, as educators, never stop learning. Before the students returned to begin the school year, our teachers engaged in a full day workshop on ‘critical and creative thinking’ run by Minds Wide Open. Critical and creative thinking are integral to activities that require students to think broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school. Whereas creative thinking tries to create something new, critical thinking seeks to assess the worth or validity in something that already exists. Recent research indicates that creativity and critical thinking are learned skills that can be taught (and measured). These skills will be vital for our students to have in the future as they enter the workforce. Many of the jobs we hold today will no longer exist in the future due to automated technology, but machines are still a long way behind us humans when it comes thinking creatively and critically to solve problems. Please click here to watch a short video that highlights why we have chosen these skills as a whole school focus.
Kaleen’s 2019 Teams
Meet and Mingle Community BBQ
We will be hosting a community event for all of our Kaleen families on Tuesday 19 February (week 3) 4:00pm - 6:00pm. This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher(s) and hear about some of the classroom learning and routines. Each session begins with a teacher welcome, followed by an allocated time for you to mingle and ask questions. The barbecue will be available from 4:15-5:45pm and you are welcome to gather near the basketball court at any time that fits in with the allocated sessions outlined in the timetable below. If you have children in consecutive years and need to attend back-to-back sessions, the initial ‘Teacher welcome’ sessions do not overlap, so you will be able attend all of the ones relevant to you, no matter how many children you have at KPS! If you happen to miss the ‘Mingle and Question’ time for your child’s year level, teachers will be available for questions or a chat during the barbecue. Please note that these sessions will begin on time, so please be prompt to avoid missing any information. Preschool families have already attended information sessions prior to commencement of Preschool, however they are most welcome to come to the community barbecue as well. We look forward to seeing you there!
New Building at Kaleen Primary School
Exciting news! The Directorate has approved the construction of a new multipurpose building at Kaleen Primary School which will be located between the Gym and Kitchen Garden. Construction is set to commence in March and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The building will house our STEM and Sustainability Specialists program and students across the school will have access to this facility on a weekly basis. The space will be approximately 120 square metres (equivalent to two classrooms) and will be made available for community projects and initiatives outside of school hours. I would like to thank our School Board and P&C for all their work towards making this project come to fruition. We are all absolutely thrilled about this news!
I look forward to seeing you in and around the school.
Bye for now,
School Board Vacancies 2019
Membership of the Kaleen Primary School Board is a wonderful opportunity to a participant in the management process of the school and to contribute to the determination of the school’s future directions. In 2019, our School Board will have two Parent and Citizens Members vacancies and one General Staff Vacancy for the period of 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2021.
Nominations opened on Monday 4 February 2019. Nominations will close on Monday 18 February at 11 am Any parents wishing to nominate can contact the school for more information.
Assistant Returning Officer – School Board
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December
Please label all your child’s clothing and school items such as lunchboxes, drink bottles and bags. If your child loses an item and it is labeled we are able to return it. Any unlabeled lost items are sent to lost property, located at the front of the canteen.
2019 Stationery Packs
Thank you to all families that have already ordered the 2019 stationery packs. These packs provide the necessary stationery to support student learning and engagement throughout the year.
If you are yet to pay for your child's book pack and require any assistance, please come and see our front office staff, phone 6142 1750 or email email@example.com. Our front office staff will be able to set up payment plans to enable you to pay in instalments, take payment (cash, cheque or card) or assist with internet access if you do not have this at home.
Medical Conditions and Medication
Earlier in the week, medical forms were sent home to all families. We ask that you please fill out and return all relevant sections. Attachment A is required for all students so that we are able to update and check the information already listed for your child. This information is required by the ACT Education Directorate
Please ensure any medication is labelled with the child’s name, dosage and time of administration. We are unable to administer any medication unless it has been prescribed by a medical practitioner.
If you require new forms, they are available from the Front Office.
If your child/ren are absent for any reason from school, you must notify the school before 9:00am on the day of the absence. We have three ways you could let us know.
- Direct communication with the teacher via Seesaw
- Telephone the school on 6142 1750, or
- Email the school at KaleenPS.Absences@ed.act.edu.au
Please include the date, student's name and class. It is a legal requirement that all absences are recorded with an explanation. If we have not been informed, the absence will be marked as unexplained and you will be sent a notification via SMS.
Learning Session Times
Preschool: 8:45am - 2:45pm
Kindergarten - Year 6: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Session 1: 9:00am - 11:00am
Morning Break: 11:00am - 11:30am
Session 2: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch Break : 1.00pm - 2:00pm
Session 3: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Our friends at Access Canberra have provided the following information for you to consider when dropping off and picking up your children from school.
Think before you park…and keep our kids safe!
With school now back for the year we are encouraging all parents to make parking safety a priority! This means:
- keep clear of ‘no stopping’ and ‘no parking’ zones
- don’t park in bus zones, on school crossings, across footpaths or driveways; and
- don’t double (or triple) park!
Remember - it’s okay to park a little further away from the school and walk the rest of the way! Consider - having a pre-determined meeting spot agreed with your kids. That way if you are a little late, they know where to wait. Think – visibility around schools and if your car may be blocking the view of crossings for other motorists. Also be mindful when entering or leaving parking spots – look twice! Be kind – to other road users and pedestrians and also if you see any parking officers in the area – they are doing their job and working to keep our kids safe! Note - Licence Plate Recognition (or electronic chalking) vans are now actively monitoring schools. Penalties range from $114 upwards to $600. Details at www.act.gov.au/accessCBR
Late Arrivals and Early Leavers
All students entering or leaving school during school time must be signed in/out by their parent/carer. All parents wishing to collect or drop off students outside of normal hours must enter the school via the front office. Parents/carers are not permitted to go directly to their child’s classrooms without KPS front office staff support. Under no circumstances are students to leave the school without being signed out from the front office.
Students Arriving Before School
All students who arrive before 8:45am without parental supervision are required to wait at the back of the school on the basketball courts. No students are permitted to play on the playground equipment before school commences.
日本語ニュース (Japanese News!)
A Happy New Year!
2019 is the year of wild pig (いのしし) in Chinese/Japanese zodiac.
Our lovely Japanese assistant, Narumi, arrived back in her hometown, Kagoshima, safe and sound after spending a fabulous year at Kaleen Primary. Thank you very much for your warm support for her throughout last year, especially her host families who looked after her so well. Here is a message from Narumi.
Hello! This is Narumi.
First of all, thank you so much everyone at KPS. I had a great time and I’ll cherish the lovely memories there forever. My experience at KPS will help me so much in the future. I’d like to go back to Canberra and meet you all again someday! This year I’ll resume studying Education, English, Japanese and International affairs at University of Kagoshima. I hope you have a great year!
Narumi kindly attached a photo to her message. In the background you can see Sakura-Jima (Cherry Blossom Island), one of the most active volcanoes in Japan. She is standing next to the figures from Kagoshima who played a significant role in Meiji Restoration 150 years ago when the control of the country was shifted from Tokugawa Shogun to the Imperial Family.
Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open!
Naomi Osaka is a 21 year old female tennis player, representing Japan. She was born in Japan with a Haitian father and a Japanese mother and has lived in the US since she was three. Naomi won last year’s US Open beating Serena Williams in the final and she won this year’s Australian Open beating Petra Kvitova in the final. Enjoy viewing this video with highlights of her in the Australian Open.
Sachin represented the ACT team in the SSACT U12 National Cricket Carnival in Perth last December. The team competed against all other states and lost the grand final against VIC in tough conditions. This is the first time in the history of the competition that a team from ACT had been at a grand final level. Sachin made the Kaleen Primary school proud by representing the school and its values. He is one of only a handful of kids who had been picked from the public school system.