Things to Know

Important Dates

Tuesday 20 July - Year 5/6 Boys Basketball

Friday 30 July - School Disco - 6.30pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday 28 July - P&C Meeting - 7.30pm

Chris Shaddock


Principal's Address

Dear Kaleen Community,

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful break with your children, family and friends and are ready for an action-packed Term 3. This term, our priorities continue to focus on enhancing Literacy, Numeracy and Student Centred Learning practices, STEM, Sustainability programs and our Positive Behaviours for Learning and Cultural Integrity initiatives. All teachers are working in one of our School Improvement Teams (SITs) to create evidence based plans to improve outcomes in these areas. Please read on to hear about the happenings in and around the school.


This week we held our NAIDOC Week celebrations with this year’s theme being ‘Healing Country’. The school came together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Cultural Integrity team, staff and students organised a number of key events and learning opportunities. Classes have been exploring Aboriginal stories from a variety of authors including Kerri Hashmi, Nauru, Gregg Dreise, Fay Muir and Sue Lawson. Students have been appreciating and learning about Aboriginal art and investigating the various techniques used to create them. Classes have also been looking at traditional Australian music, how it’s produced and what messages it conveys.

Teachers have organised a number of Aboriginal games and students have loved demonstrating their athleticism and strategy while participating in Yulunga, Edor and Buroinjin. Classes across the school have been ‘walking on country’ and exploring and learning from the plants and animals in our local area. The new Yarning Circle has been in high demand and many classes have utilised this to discuss our connection to country and what we can do to heal country.

We plan to finish off our NAIDOC week with a very special performance from the Wiradjuri Echoes who demonstrate their passion for Aboriginal culture through dance, song and story telling.

A big thank you to Julie Brown (parent representative on our Cultural Integrity committee) for her contribution to our school library, ideas, input and participation in our NAIDOC Week celebrations. Thank you also to our staff and students for their high level participation.

Please enjoy the photographs and video clips that show some of our NAIDOC Week highlights.

Bye for now,

Chris Shaddock


NAIDOC Week Adventures and Artworks

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Parliament of Youth

Connection to Country

2021 Rostrum

Last term saw the welcomed return of the Rostrum Speaking contest to Kaleen Primary School. Rostrum is a competition for school aged children that aims to encourage oral language skill development, and is held annually across the ACT and most other states in Australia. Here at our school, students across Years 3 to 6 were tasked with developing and delivering a short speech chosen from a variety of interesting topics, with a finalist selected from each class. As usual, our school final was a hotly contested affair, leaving the judges with an incredibly difficult decision to make. However, unfortunately there could only be one overall winner… and that was Pinipa from Year 5. A huge congratulations to all of our school finalists!

On Monday 21 June, it was Mr Shaddock and Mr Shapowloff’s pleasure to accompany Pinipa to represent our school at the Belconnen Quarter Finals held at Giralang Primary. Again, with her amazing speech, “I Took a Big Risk”, Pinipa triumphed over her competitors and now moves on to the Semi Finals held later this term- an amazing accomplishment! As a school we congratulate Pinipa and wish her all the very best for the next round of Rostrum.

-Mr Shapowloff

2021 ICAS (Years 2-6)

ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) is an optional opportunity for students in Years 2-6.

Learn more about ICAS here:

The assessments for this year are English, Maths and Science and can be ordered and paid for via the parent payment system, using the unique login details below.

Each assessment will be conducted at school within the timeframe allocated. Specific details will be confirmed at a later date.

If you would like your child to participate, Please register them with the link below and unique school code.

Your parent page link is:

School access code: BTP467

Please note registrations and parent payment portal close Friday July 30 2021.

Have you applied for a Respite Effect and Recovery Grant yet?

Are you a person with disability, or a family carer? Have you experienced increased financial pressures, a loss of regular activities, and/or increased social isolation as a result of COVID-19?

The ACT COVID-19 Disability Strategy is offering Respite Effect and Recovery Grants that provide financial support as a one-off payment, of up to $500, to adults and children with disability and their family carers. These Grants provide the opportunity for families of people with disability to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and to assist with community recovery.

Already under this program 195 applications have been approved to a total of $96,625. This funding has supported people with disability and their families to reduce the impact of COVID-19 by providing help for things like paying bills, spending a weekend away, or purchasing technology that increases their connection to friends and family.

The Respite Effect and Recovery Grants are open right now and have just received an extra $50,000 in ACT Government funding. Applications close when funding is exhausted, and will be processed on a first-in, first served-basis so apply today!

For more information and to apply for assistance, visit a participating organisation, or see the Respite Effect and Recovery Grant Program Guidelines.

Check out our Japanese Choir Performance below!

Newsletter item-Paprika.pdf

Pe@k Clubs and Progams

P&C News

P&C Meeting - 7.30pm Wednesday 28th July, Term 3: Join us for our next P&C Meeting from the warmth of your own home. We hold our meetings via Zoom which is free for everyone to use. We always aim to be finished by 8.30pm. We would love you to join us to learn about the behind the scene happenings at the school and help us build a sense of community.

If you would like to join us please email

School disco - 6.30pm - 8:00pm Friday 30th July, Term 3: I hope that your kids practiced their dance moves over the school holidays...because the P&C will host our first disco for years 2 to 6 on Friday of Term 3. A note will come home early next week...stay tuned for the theme chosen by Student Parliament!! We will have Covid safe measures in place for volunteers, drop-offs and pick-ups, more information to come.

P&C communication - Join our mailing list if you want to hear from us first hand about meetings, events and other opportunities to be involved. Email to join the mailing list on We also have a Facebook page that we use to share information, join us at You can use these details to contact us and ask questions that you have.

Catherine McGufficke

P&C President

Heroes' Corner

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


Girl Guides – a great place to do fun things and make new friends!

Girl Guides in the ACT are part of an international organisation offering a weekly program of fun and personal development during school terms for girls aged 5 to 18 years. We provide girls with a supportive and safe environment to explore opportunities including: developing life skills, self esteem and confidence, the ability to think and act for themselves, make lifelong friends, discovering the world they live in and participating in the local community. We also go on hikes and camps; participate in community service activities; and enjoy weekend and holiday adventure days.

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.