Things to Know

Important Dates

  • 2 Nov Wheels Day
  • 2 Nov Junior Assembly Hosted by Year 2
  • 6 Nov Year 6 Excursion to the National Museum
  • 8 Nov Year 6 Lift Off! Program (Please return notes ASAP)
  • 9 Nov Senior Assembly Hosted by Year 4
  • 13 Nov Kindergarten 2019 Information Session 5-6pm
  • 14 Nov Kindergarten 2019 Information Session 5-6pm
  • 15 Nov Kindergarten 2019 Information Session 5-6pm
  • 16 Nov Junior Assembly Hosted by Year 1

Chris Shaddock


Principal's Address

Dear Kaleen Community,

It has been a whirlwind start to Term 4 and much has been achieved over the past few weeks. Students are currently completing their final assessments and will soon be celebrating their 2018 personal growth and achievements. The whole school is very excited about 'Wheels Day' tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting outside and enjoying some time with the children. Please read on to hear about some current initiatives in and around the school.

P&C and School Partnership

Our fabulous P&C work in partnership with the school with the aim of developing creative, collaborative students who love to learn. Our P&C recently donated $13,500 to Kaleen Primary School to help resource our Response To Intervention (RTI) program. This money will provide us with an additional 20 iPads and 10 Chromebooks which will be used to support students with additional needs, and our PE@K extension and enrichment programs. Teachers have been engaging in ongoing professional learning in Digital Technologies (and iPad specific training) to help them work collaboratively with the RTI team to meet their students’ needs. These resources are very much appreciated and will enhance our ability to teach and engage all students.

Last Friday, we celebrated World Teachers’ Day and thanked the incredible teachers at Kaleen Primary School. Our P&C provided our teachers with a delicious lunch and Siaan Ansori (P&C Vice President) addressed our staff and (on behalf of our P&C) thanked them for their commitment to our children. The message and special lunch were very well received by teachers and I would like to thank the P&C on behalf of the staff for their ongoing support.

The P&C have been extremely busy and also led a very successful school disco last Friday night. Thank you to the parents, teachers and OSHC YMCA staff who volunteered their time to make it happen. The children were, as always, exceptionally well behaved and had a magnificent time showing off their moves on the dance floor. Congratulations all on another outstanding community event.



It was great to see so many parents attend our first community yoga class last Thursday 4:30-5:15pm at the preschool. Allie Mokany did an outstanding job leading the group and the feedback after the class was extremely positive. The sessions are continuing on at the same time each Thursday and are open to all parents and staff. Please feel free to bring your own yoga mats, however, a number of mats are also available to loan free of charge. Please click here to register for the program and read the terms and conditions.

Road Safety

We have had feedback from the community that there have been a few near misses at the pedestrian crossing adjacent to the school. Last week, the police attended our school to observe driver and pedestrian behaviours. The police noted that the vast majority of our students on bikes failed to stop at the crossing and continued to ride across the crossing (rather than walking their bikes). I spoke about this issue with all senior classes at our last school assembly and we will continue to educate students about road safety through a variety of programs. We would appreciate if parents could reinforce our messages about road safety by speaking to their children.

Kaleen's Movember Team

The Movember Foundation is a leading charity that raises money in the fight against men’s health issues. Ryan Lindsay, Tom Camilleri and Jamal Sabet are representing the more follically challenged members of the Kaleen Team by growing their moustaches over the course of November. Families are able to financially support the team by clicking here but it is also a great opportunity to have some honest conversations with the men in your life about their views on men’s health issues.

Tips on Managing Stress and Staying Healthy

I may have shared these tips with some of you already, but I feel it’s a timely message at this busy stage of the year.

Simplify and Prioritise - Cut your to-do list in half. How? Ask yourself what’s most important and neglect the things that matter least.

Exercise - relieves stress in several ways. First, cardiovascular workouts stimulate brain chemicals that foster growth of nerve cells. Second, exercise increases the activity of serotonin and/or nor-epinephrine. Third, a raised heart rate releases endorphins and a hormone known as ANP, which reduces pain, induces euphoria, and helps control the brain’s response to stress and anxiety.

Laugh - Just as chronic and severe stress can damage organic systems in our body, humour can heal.

Sleep - Everything breaks down when you don’t sleep well. Any sleep disturbance will diminish mental performance.

Learn how to recharge - Know your rechargers and do them routinely.

Bye for now,

Chris Shaddock



Class Planning - Preschool to Year 5 Families

In preparation for our class planning and enrolment projections for 2019 we would like to know your intentions regarding your child/ren’s schooling for next year. If your child/ren are currently enrolled in our school, including Preschool, you are automatically enrolled in our school for 2019.

Please click here to complete if you are not intending on returning to Kaleen Primary School in 2019.

Thank you for your continued support.

Absence Notifications

As mentioned last term, we are transitioning to a new system for absence notifications. Please continue to notify the school of all absences, whether planned or unplanned. In the event that your child is absent and we have not been notified, the Front Office staff will send an SMS message to your preferred mobile phone. Please respond to this SMS message to notify us of the reason for the absence. For the first couple of weeks, to aid with the adjustment, Front Office staff will continue to call if a response has not been received. However, once the adjustment period has ended we will no longer call parents regarding student absences.

Otherwise the student's absence will be listed as unexplained

Phone: (02) 6142 1750


2019 Stationery Packs

Everything seems to be going up……not our 2019 stationery packs!

Each year, the school organises the supply of book packs to provide the necessary stationery to support student learning and engagement throughout the year. We are very much aware of the cost that the stationery packs place on families. We are pleased to let you know we have been able to keep the cost for 2019 at the same amount as 2018. We have been able to achieve this by implementing sustainable practices of reusing items and ordering bulk resources that are delivered directly to the school.

For a one-off amount, the stationery pack provides all the resources your child will need for the entire 2019 school year. Resources will be delivered directly to school where your child’s teacher will ensure your child has what they need to commence school and throughout the year. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks so families can go online and place orders for 2019 student stationery packs.

If you require any assistance, please come and see our front office staff, phone 6142 1750 or email 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.

Nude Food Day at KPS

Last Wednesday, students across the school made an amazing effort to bring ‘Nude Food’ lunches to school. Nude Foods are items which have their own packaging such as some fruits and vegetables, or foods packed in reusable containers.

A competition was held to see which classes had the most lunch boxes with the least amount of packaging. It was a tightly contested competition and the winning classes earned themselves a serve of popcorn.

We hope the students enjoyed taking part in the day. Thank you to all our parents and staff for their encouragement. We hope these environmentally sustainable days promote lifelong positive behaviours among our students, and we look forward to the 2019 school year when we will be holding regular ‘Waste Free Wednesdays’.

P & C Corner

The Kaleen Primary Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association has so much to celebrate this fortnight.

We are delighted to announce the P&C has donated $13,500 worth of iPads to the school. The iPads will likely be used as learning aids for students with additional needs. The donation is another way the Kaleen community supports and complements the positive learning programs at Kaleen Primary.

Last Friday, we provided a special lunch to Kaleen teachers on International Teacher Appreciation Day. Kaleen has a fabulous teaching team who regularly go above and beyond what is required to ensure our children access the richest education possible. This is evidenced by the high number of nominations for the 2018 ACT Public Education Awards. Best of luck Kaleen teachers!

Our children recently had an amazing time at the school disco and we enjoyed meeting new friends in the ‘parents retreat’. Special thanks to all volunteers including the teachers and YMCA staff. Make sure you checkout your child’s crazy photos with props created by the YMCA afterschool care team.

The canteen has been recognised by ACT Nutrition and the ACT Government for successfully implementing the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines which make your child’s lunch orders both convenient and nutritionally nourishing.

The canteen will be running two special lunches over the coming weeks. The first special lunch is a wheely good deal. The second special lunch will be for Japanese day on Friday 30 November. Your support for the canteen is exciting for kids and helps us to raise funds for our school.

Through the ACT Council of P&C Associations, we have been working with ACT Policing to make our school safer. ACT Policing are targeting speeding and dangerous driving around the school, particularly along Maribyrnong Avenue during school drop off and pick up hours.

And finally, the P&C has arranged for a coffee cart to be available at school from 2.45pm on Thursday 29 November. This is immediately following the final junior school assembly and we encourage you to stay at school after pick up, to meet and mingle with other parents and carers, and to celebrate the end of 2018. More information will follow but please put this date in your diary. The final P&C Meeting for 2018 will also be held on this afternoon at the school if you’d like to come along and help drive the future of the P&C.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch via

P&C Executive


As a part of the ACT schools caring for frogs initiative, students from Kindergarten to Year 2 have been given the task to help care for our growing tadpoles. Our tadpoles will grow into Spotted Grass Frogs and will be released into the Ginninderra catchment area by the Frogwatch program.

Throughout all of Term 4, students will be able to observe and learn about the life cycle of a frog, and be an active part of feeding, counting and caring for our tadpoles.

Japanese News

Performance at Canberra Airport

Kaleen Primary School Japanese Choir was honoured to play a part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the sister city arrangement between Canberra and Nara. Twenty five years ago, Canberra children learning Japanese came out to the Airport to greet the Nara mayoral delegation and welcomed them with songs. The KPS Japanese Choir replicated that heartwarming event in this commemorative year.

On Thursday 25 October, the Japanese Choir performed five songs beautifully at Canberra Airport to the delight of the mayor of Nara and his delegation. The performance included two Japanese songs which are the theme song of a Japanese animation film “Totoro” and “Zui Zui Zukkorobashi (a Japanese equivalent to Eeny Meeny Miny Moe)”. The Choir also sang three bilingual songs, ie. “Kookaburra Song”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, and “I still call Australia Home”.

Canberra’s local digital news media CityNews published an article on our performance. Follow this link to read more.


Performance at Canberra Nara Candle Festival

Just a few days after, on Saturday 27 October the busy Japanese Choir performed in Canberra Nara Candle Festival as a part of the ACT Primary School Japanese Choir alongside with Fadden Primary and St. Monica’s. The three schools performed three songs together, “Genkotsu Yama No Tanuki San (a raccoon living in the Fist Mountain)”, “Amehuri (Raining)” and “Shabondama (Bubbles)”. Then, Fadden Primary and Kaleen Primary sung “Tokyo Bon 2020” together. The crowd was easily the BIGGEST we have seen in the Festival in the three years we have been performing there. Many festival goers watched the Choir and appreciated their music making. Our special thanks go to Hongkai (6LL), a very talented guitarist who was our accompanist for this performance. I would also like to thank all the parents and carers who kindly brought the children to the Festival to perform. As always, our activities are only made possible by your kind support.

PE@K Creative Kids Art Club

PE@K Creative Kids Art Club runs every Tuesday during lunch time. We are currently looking for donations of items that you may have around your home.

We are looking for:

  • Cleaned aluminium tins – the tins that spaghetti, corn, beetroot etc come in, approx. 400ml size
  • Buttons – all shapes and sizes
  • Ribbon – all shapes and sizes
  • Wool – any colour and thickness
  • Magnets – small ones
  • Craft paper – any colour and pattern
  • Embellishments of any type

If you are looking for a reason to have a spring clean out, then you just found it! If you’re able to help with any of the above items please send them into the front office or with your child.

Thank you

National Children's Week

19-28 October

To celebrate National Children’s Week, Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 came together to enjoy a range of healthy fruits and vegetables, which were kindly donated by Kaleen Express. The children enjoyed the opportunity to try different fruits and vegetables and it was wonderful to see entire platters get devoured so quickly!

Student Wellbeing

Heroes' Corner

Zach (6JS) recently completed the 35km Bloody Long Walk to raise funds and awareness for the Mito Foundation supporting research to fund better treatment and a cure for mitochondrial disease. What an achievement!!

What is mitochondrial disease?

Mitochondrial disease (mito) affects 1 in 5000 people, making it the second most commonly diagnosed, serious genetic disease after cystic fibrosis. In fact, one in 200 people, or more than 120,000 Australians, may carry genetic mutations that put them at risk for developing mito or other related symptoms such as diabetes, deafness or seizures during their lifetimes. Many of these people are symptomatic but undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, some are not yet symptomatic, and others are unknowingly at risk of passing the disease on to their children. This is why The Bloody Long Walk is so important, not only does the event raise vital funds, it also raises awareness of this debilitating disease.

There are many forms of mitochondrial disease; it is highly complex and can affect anyone of any age.

The Mito Foundation supports sufferers and their families, funds essential research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders, and increases awareness and education about this devastating disease.

35km is a Bloody Long way as it turns out! It was a really tough day and Zach's team considered opting out at the 20km mark but after a short break, Zach got up and said "let's do this!" Good on you Zach!

The course details and map are here.

Zach helped to raise nearly $350 for this charity and achieved an amazing physical challenge!

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

The Paper Plane Challenge

Last Friday, Year Two students participated in the Paper Plane Challenge run by the Code Read Network for Dyslexia Awareness Week. The symbolism of this event represents hope and encouragement for those with dyslexia and their families. It is a symbol representing the safety that comes with receiving accurate information; access to a quality education; equitable access to opportunity and the knowledge that they are not alone. The airline symbolises the education system and the workplace. It is far better to navigate a stormy sky with the right support: teachers that are specifically trained for their needs, adequately resourced schools and work places that are dyslexia friendly.

ACT Secondary Bursary Scheme 2019