Things to Know
Dear Kaleen Community,
Week 7 has flown by and I can’t believe we’re in the final few weeks of the school year. We have seen such amazing growth from our students, and classes are now taking the opportunity to celebrate their achievements against their learning goals. The rest of this term is super busy, but it’s worthwhile to take a moment and reflect on all that your child has achieved this year. Last Wednesday, I accompanied our talented Sustainability Specialist team to the ACTSMART sustainability awards. Our school was nominated for the Sustainability School of the Year Award, and although we didn’t come away with the win, this nomination highlights the outstanding progress we have made these past few years. Our annual Japanese Day was held today and once again it was a huge success. I would like to thank Mari Kitasaka and her team of parents, staff and volunteer helpers for all their work in preparing for this event. Please read on to hear more about events and happenings in and around the school.
Parent-Helper Thank You Morning Tea
If you have volunteered in any capacity at the school during the year, you are cordially invited to a morning tea in our school library, hosted by teaching staff on Friday 13 December (Week 9) from 11am to thank you for your generous support. Without your assistance, our lives at school would be that much more onerous, and it is appreciated that you have spent time volunteering on the P&C, covering books, listening to children read or working in classrooms. It doesn’t matter how much time you were able to spend helping out, we would love to see you there to have a chat, a cuppa and some refreshments.
Last Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of watching our Year 6 Band perform with a number of other schools at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. Congratulations to all of our students, who sounded absolutely amazing, and also to Kelly Turner who conducted beautifully in front of a very large audience. It was great to see so many parents attending the performance and showing their support for our strong music program. Thank you also to Michael Hatswell and Bec Hadfield for supporting our students on the night.
Year 6 Market Day was a huge success last Friday! It was a perfect morning in terms of the weather and the safe, respectful and responsible behaviours of our students! I was so impressed with the Year 6 student leaders for creating a carnival-like atmosphere and supporting the younger students to enjoy the various stalls. Congratulations to the Year 6 teachers, students and parents for their donations, stall creations and work on the day.
Class Planning - Kindergarten to Year 5 Families
Thank you to the families who have already notified us about their enrolment intentions for 2020. In preparation for our class planning and enrolment projections for next year we would like to know your intentions regarding your child/ren’s schooling for next year. If your child/ren (Kindergarten to Year 5) are currently enrolled in our school, you are automatically enrolled in our school for 2020. Please click here to complete a form if your child/ren (Kindergarten to Year 5) are not intending on returning to Kaleen Primary School in 2020.
Yesterday we held a dress up day to celebrate our students reaching their 4000 W@K token target. I took on our school captain’s challenge and dressed up as a chicken for the day. The students had a fabulous day and I congratulate them on all their PBL achievements this year.
Deputy Principal Announcement
Finally, I would like to congratulate Michelle Northey for winning Kaleen’s Deputy Principal position substantively. As you all know, Michelle has done an outstanding job acting in the role these past two years and we are all so excited that she has accepted this permanent appointment. Please join me in congratulating Michelle on this fabulous achievement.
I look forward to seeing you in and around the school.
Bye for now,
We’re nearly at the end of the school year and there’s a sense of anticipation around the school. Christmas and school holidays are coming up and the kids seem to be already excited about next year. There’s potentially some anxiety about which classes your kids are in next year and who their teacher will be. If anyone has any systemic issues, I’m happy to talk to the school leadership if you’d like.
We didn’t get seven parents to Tuesday’s meeting so we didn’t make quorum and have a formal meeting. We saw the new multipurpose learning space which looks great. We also had a lively chat about the school and its direction which was excellent. One of topics of discussion was how this year panned out with having a new pub next door to the school. We all agreed that it’d been a much better outcome than most of us anticipated and I’m really grateful to the school community and to the Bears for making it all work without any real incidents.
I also wanted to thank the parents who have put up a lot of money in the last couple of months for the school. We’ve had a mini market day, Caz’s mango fundraiser (thanks Caz), the Obstacool day and the year six mini market. Particularly in the lead up to Christmas, these events can really put pressure on family budgets. It matters to the kids and the future of the school but it’s tough sometimes. In that regard I want to remind parents that good quality second-hand uniforms are available from the uniform shop. If you talk to the front office staff, they can help you out.
I also want to congratulate Michelle Northey and Michael Hatswell on their respective appointments. We’re very lucky to have such high-calibre staff at the school and these two new deputies are no exception. Well done to both.
Ben Peters Jones
0466 386 377
The P&C has set up a bottle recycling account so that any family wishing to donate their 10c per bottle to the school can do so. The account is linked to the P&C bank account and email address but to my personal mobile number. Sometimes the account number is best and sometimes you just need a mobile number.
Account number: E010182 (zeros not Os)
Mobile number: 0466 386 377
Library year end closures-
Please note that the library must close for the last 2 weeks of the school year to organise for next year and perform a stock take. We ask that all students return all of their library books by Thursday 5 December. The library will officially close from Friday 6 December.
If your child/ren have lost their book we ask that you pay a replacement fee. If you require a picture of he book to help locate it and/or the replacement cost, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your cooperation.
Indigenous Literacy Foundation- Great Book Swap
This week we received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) for our participation in the Great Book Swap event that we held in Term 3. Thank you to all of the families who donated and bought books at this event.
This year was the biggest year yet. Through all of the Book Swap events across Australia, the ILF received pledges of over $300 000 which will allow them to gift 30 000 new, culturally relevant books to remote communities across Australia.
What an achievement! We are proud to be a part of this wonderful campaign and look forward to the next Book Swap in 2020.
Market Day 2019
Friday the 22nd of November was Year 6’s annual Market Day. We had stalls for all kinds of amazing things, such as: Waffles, Ice cream, Lollies, Glitter Tattoos, Hairspray, Sumo Wrestling and much more! All the year groups of the school had a chance to participate in this event, including Preschool to Year 5. Many stores sold out of their product since they were so popular, which raised a lot of money. Year 6 spent many hours including lunch times organising and preparing for this exciting event in order to get our stalls ready for business. Currently, Year 6 are learning about economics and how businesses are run, and Market Day was a great learning opportunity to help us get a feel of how to manage a business. All the money raised on market day (as well as Year 6 fundraisers earlier in the year) goes towards Year 6’s end of year graduation. This year’s Market Day raised a total of $2543. Overall this year’s Market Day was a great success and everyone enjoyed it, whether students were purchasing items or selling them. A big thank you to the whole school community for helping make Market Day 2019 such a huge success!
-Abbey and Lila
Today we celebrated Japanese day at KPS. Students participated in a variety of traditional Japanese activities such as Oni mask painting, making origari ninja stars, samurai helmets and paper swords, cooking and eating okonomiyaki, Japanese sports games and the best of all the hands on Tyke-Oh Japanese Drumming workshop.
The Giving Tree
Student Parliament are proud to be coordinating the Giving Tree this year. The Giving Tree is an opportunity for Kaleen Primary to donate Christmas gifts and treats to those in the Belconnen community who may be experiencing hardship and can not afford it themselves.
The items donated to our KPS Giving Tree will be used by Belconnen Community Services to create Christmas hampers for those in need. The two buckets under the Giving Tree in the foyer are for anything that you can donate to this cause. Ideas for gifts you can donate include:
Movie and store vouchers, children’s clothes and toys, delicious christmas treats, sport equipment, homewares, books and board games, stationary packs, personal care gift packs.
The Belconnen Community Services will be making hampers for individual families, so we are asking that the gifts are not wrapped and are brand new. The gifts are not to be everyday items and should be appropriate for all ages. Please consider donating and helping out a family in your community.
We will be handing over all items to the Belconnen Community Service on Tuesday 3 December. If you wish to donate, please bring items in by Tuesday afternoon.
By Lydia and Sachin on behalf of Student Parliament
As the weather is unpredictable this time of year it is common for students to wear layers and take them off as needed throughout the day. This being said, lost property seems to be filling up at an alarming rate!
Please remind your child/ren to bring their items home each day. If they forget, suggest they check lost property.
We recommend putting your child/ren's names on articles of clothing and lunch boxes so they can be returned if found.
School Sports U12 Australian Cricket Championship
Aarush P and Sachin W represented the ACT at the School Sports U12 Australian Cricket Championship in Adelaide last week. Aarush took 7 wickets with best bowling performance of 5 for 12 while Sachin returning from last year's championship, had all round performance with bowling taking 5 wickets, batting and fielding. They both were true ambassadors of Kaleen Primary and we are very proud of their achievements. Congratulations boys.
2019 School Sports Softball Championships
AJ attended the 2019 School Sports Softball Championships during November. The championships were held at the 2000 Olympics Softball Complex in Blacktown, NSW. The team was made up students from schools across the ACT who trialled for selection onto the team in term two. This was AJ’s second year of selection for the ACT team. This year the competition was impacted by the catastrophic fire conditions in NSW. The team faced strong competition from the other States and Territories and was placed 5th overall at the tournament. Well done AJ.
If you would like to have your child’s achievements acknowledged here, please email a short blurb to KaleenPSAdmin@ed.act.edu.au.
Are you looking for original, Australian- made gifts for your loved ones this Christmas? There is a public facebook group, where farmers/farmers' wives and other crafty people in drought affected areas are offering their handmade items for sale. You can support them during this time of hardship and find some truly unique items in the process.
Check out the facebook page HERE