Things to Know

Important Dates

  • 29 Nov Junior Assembly
  • 29 Nov Farewell Coffee Cart 2:45 pm
  • 29 Nov Final P&C Meeting for 2018
  • 30 Nov Japanese Day
  • 30 Nov Sushi Lunch
  • 3 Dec Christmas at Parliament House
  • 7 Dec Year 6 Thank You Lunch
  • 7 Dec Senior Assembly (Year 3)
  • 8 Dec Gingerbread House Workshops
  • 10 Dec National Gallery Excursion Year 5
  • 12 Dec Teddy Bear's Picnic
  • 13 Dec Year 6 Graduation
  • 14 Dec Golden Letter and Kaleen Spirit Awards Assembly
  • 14 Dec Volunteer Thank You Morning Tea

Chris Shaddock


Principal's Address

Dear Kaleen Community,

Week 7 has flown by and I can’t believe we’re in the final few weeks of the 2018 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 undeniably busy, but it is worthwhile to take a moment and reflect on all that your child has achieved this year. Our annual Japanese Day is on tomorrow and the students are, as always, extremely excited. I would like to thank Mari Kitasaka and her team of parent, 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.


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 outstanding, and also to Kelly Turner who conducted up a storm 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.

Every Chance 2 Dance 2.0 Launch

Last Friday we were excited to have Franco, the Every Chance to Dance (EC2D) Crew and our extra special guest Timomatic at our school to launch EC2D version 2.0. Kaleen Primary School has been a part of the EC2D program for over five years, and we now have a very strong dance culture at our school. Congratulations to the students from KSP and Years 5 and 6 who performed as part of the EC2D launch. They were rewarded at the end of the launch by participating in a freestyle dance off with our special visitors. Thanks again to Kelly Turner for working with the EC2D team to put this event together.

Market Day

Year 6 Market Day was a huge success last Thursday! The rain came towards the end, but this didn’t dampen our students’ spirits! 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. Thank you to the fabulous staff and parent volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the BBQ to ensure every child had access to a tasty sausage sandwich.

Parent-Helper Thank You Afternoon 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 14 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 the canteen. 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.

Bye for now,

Chris Shaddock


Children's Safety Around Roads

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LIFT OFF - End of Year Evaluation


We are coming up to the end of our Lift Off! program for 2018.

Many of our families have participated with…

Lift Off! Ready for Year 2

Lift Off! Steady for Year 4

Lift Off! Go for Year 6

We have also sent home Family Connect Conversation Cards focusing on Listening + Appreciation + Feelings + Self Responsibility. On top of that we have been publishing parent tips in our school newsletter. We hope you and your family have been able to participate and get positive benefits from these programs. Now we would like your feedback so we can keep making our program better.

Marlena from Uplifting Australia will be sending emails to all the parents who attended Lift Off! Ready/ Steady/ Go asking you to complete an online survey. Survey link. It will only take 5 – 10 mins to fill it out. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback.

Thanks for being a part of Lift Off! at Kaleen Primary School


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 will open 11.00am on Monday 4 February 2019. Any parents wishing to nominate can contact the school for more information.

Diana Wallace

Assistant Returning Officer – School Board

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 a form if you are not intending on returning to Kaleen Primary School in 2019.

Thank you for your continued support.

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. Stationery pack lists were sent home with your child last week.

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.

Learning about the Indigenous Peoples’

Connection to the Land

Year 2 students have been exploring the Indigenous peoples’ connection to the land and some of the possible reasons for this strong relationship.

As part of this study, the students have learned about the Acknowledgement of Country which is both an important means of paying respect to the traditional owners, and again acknowledging the connection that exists between the Indigenous people and the land. They also explored significant sites and places throughout Australia including Uluru and Kakadu and examined the ancient rock art and artefacts found at these places. The students also investigated the ways these places have been impacted by mankind and how they can be looked after to ensure they remain for future generations to enjoy and marvel at.

The artwork below was inspired by ‘Shapes of Australia’ written by Bronwyn Bancroft. (Bronwyn Bancroft is a descendant of the Djanbun clan of the Bundjalung nation.) Each artwork captures a different landform within Australia, which as Bronwyn notes in her dedication, has a unique beauty of its own.

Mrs Chiles and Mrs Reeves

Chief Minister’s Canberra Gold Awards

Have you lived in Canberra for 50 years or more?

If you or someone you know has lived in Canberra for 50 years or more, then nominate now for a Chief Minister’s Canberra Gold Award. The Awards recognise long-term residents, businesses and groups that have made an important contribution to shaping our city and community through their long-term commitment to the ACT.

Nominations close in 8 February 2019 and can be made online at

Canberra Citizen of the Year Award

Do you know someone who acts for the good of our community? Someone doing great things in their field, who is making a difference to the lives of Canberrans? Then nominate them for the 2019 Canberra Citizen of the Year Award.

The Canberra Citizen of the Year is someone who makes an outstanding contribution to our community without expectation of remuneration or reward. They could be a researcher, a business leader, a journalist, artist, educator, an advocate for others in our community, or a leader in their field. Nominations close on Friday 11 January 2019 and can be made online at

P&C Corner

It was great to see so many community members at the coffee cart on Thursday afternoon. Nothing like coffee to bring a community together! We look forward to further coffee cart catch-ups in 2019.

Following the coffee cart, the P&C held its final meeting for 2019. We discussed, and formally approved, the transition of the canteen and uniform shop away from the P&C to the school. The school will negotiate directly with canteen providers, with support from the Education Directorate. The school is confident that a new contract for this services will commence in Term 1 2019. For the uniform shop, we’re currently looking at a hybrid model, where the school organises distribution of uniforms on the P&C’s behalf. The transition away from the P&C as a business manager will allow us to focus more on community engagement and less on business management.

Parents also advocated more involvement in everyday activities in the classroom, particularly in the junior school. Suggestions included class reading, organising child readers, crafting activities, cleaning up, etc. The school agreed to investigate ways for parents and carers to feel more welcome and useful during class activities.

We are also discussing further cooperation with the P&Cs of Maribyrnong and Giralang primary schools. We are looking to share best practice and for opportunities to build the broader Kaleen/Giralang/Lawson community. Watch this space for more exciting activities!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered this year in your P&C. This opportunity is what we make it. If you have any questions or would like to be more involved in 2019 please email

Uniform Shop Donations

Thank you very much for your donations of second hand clothes. It is wonderful being able to facilitate the distribution of second hand uniforms back into the community. We are running very low on shirts of all sizes, so if you are able, please donate any out-grown uniforms. Donations can be brought to the Uniform Shop on a Wednesday morning, or left at the Front Office for collection.

Library News

Student Wellbeing

Little Athletics Indigenous Scholarships

Would you like your children to learn how to run, jump and throw in a fun and safe environment? Thanks to the support of the ACT Government Little Athletics ACT, have a number of Indigenous scholarships available for the 2018/2019 season.

The mission of Little Athletics is to develop children of all abilities by promoting positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletic activities. Our centres provide opportunities for children aged between five and sixteen to make friends outside of school in a positive environment. Parents and carers can make new friends at Little A’s too. Volunteering to help rake the long jump pit or time-keep running events is a great ice-breaker that can help create long lasting friendships for you and your family.

Scholarships are available for those who live in the ACT, Braidwood, Cooma, Queanbeyan, Murrumbateman and Yass. For further details please contact Malcolm Lavender on (02) 6247 1296- Option 3 or

Heroes' Corner

2018 Australian Allstar Cheerleading Championships

Last weekend Year 5 Kaleen Primary students Christina and Piper converged on the Gold Coast along with 12,000 other cheer leaders for the Australian Allstar Cheerleading Championships. Christina competed in Junior Level 2 and her team finished a very creditable third in a big division. Piper competed in a Senior Level 3 and her team won their division coming away as 2018 National Champions. Well done girls!

ICAS Achievement

Congratulations Andrew on your outstanding achievement! Andrew won a medal for his efforts in the Year 4 ICAS Science test. Students with the top score in each subject in each year level for this test are awarded a medal. This year, only 514 students from Australia were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement.

2.5 Km Kid's Dash

As part of the Stromlo Running Festival, Aiden (2LO) participated in the 2.5 Km Kid's Dash. Well done on your efforts Aiden!

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

Support Our Community

ACT Women's Ivor Burge Basketball

There are currently positions available to join the ACT Women’s Ivor Burge Basketball Team in 2019. Ivor Burge is the National Championships for people with an intellectual disability.

When: Tuesdays 6:00 - 7.30pm

Where: Belconnen Basketball Stadium: 42 Oatley Court Belconnen

Cost: $5

Who: Anyone with an intellectual disability

Giralang Family Day Care

OzCode Holiday Programs