Things to Know

Important Dates

Thursday April 1st - End of Term

Monday April 19th - Term 2 Commences

Monday May 3rd - Year 3 National Museum of Australia Excursion

Chris Shaddock


Principal's Address

Dear Kaleen Community,

It is hard to believe we are at the end of what has been a very productive and positive Term 1. These last nine weeks have flown by and we are already busy planning for Term 2. I hope you are all able to enjoy the Easter break and spend some time connecting with your families. Please read on to hear more about initiatives and events happening in and around the school.

Outdoor Learning Environment Master Plan

Over the past few years, students, parents, and school staff have worked collaboratively to design a positive outdoor learning environment at Kaleen Primary that aims to promote positive play and learning. This innovative plan is designed to meet the sensory needs, interests and learning of all students and is being implemented in three stages over a 5-year period (2018-2022). The P&C and School Board are working in partnership to continue to fund and progress these projects.

The Master Plan’s Stage 1 & 2 initiatives were completed in recent years. The highlighted information below are the Stage 3 initiatives that we are planning to progress in 2021-2022.

1. Carbon Forest and Frog Pond (Stage 2) Yarning Circle (Stage 3)

2. STEM & Sustainability Area – Recycling Hub, Worm Farm, Garden Beds (Stage 2) Greenhouse, Water Tank, Garden Shed, Additional Garden Beds, Community Garden, Solar Panels, Orchard (Stage 3)

3. Active Play Area – include Senior Playground Equipment, Ninja Warrior Playground, Junior Fitness Playground, Junior Playground Equipment, School Oval and Netball and Basketball Courts. (Stage 1)

4. Senior Free Play Area – grass and tree spaces between the gym and netball court and gym and Year 6 building (Stage 1)

5. Community Sensory Garden (Stage 3)

6. Designated Digging Areas (Stage 2)

7. Party Play Area (Stage 3)

8.Junior Free Play – Grass and trees spaces on the Junior Playground (Stage 1)

9. Creative Play (Play Pod) and Junior Sustainability Garden (Stage 2)

10. ANZAC Garden and Lone Pine (Stage 2).

Junior Free Play is for years K-2 students and Senior Free Play is for years 3-6 students. In these areas, students can sit and chat, relax or play less structured sports and games. In the Creative Play area, junior students can access the Play Pod and borrow a range of equipment to support imaginative play. Students in K-6 can also access the Digging Areas to also engage in Creative Play. Active Play will offer students more structured sports and teachers will be promoting ‘playing to have fun’ and being a ‘good sport’ in these areas. Party Play will soon be happening each day in the junior playground. Students in this area can listen and dance to music and play a variety of Senior student led party style games. Structured Play will continue in the indoor classroom for students who prefer a quiet environment to engage in structured activities. The library will be open during lunch breaks for silent and shared reading. In addition, PE@K clubs will also run at lunchtime to engage students in play and learning in their specific areas of interest.

These structures are designed to create a school environment that meets the needs of all our students.

Community Sensory Garden

Sustainability - Solar Panels & Orchard

Sustainability - Water Tank & Greenhouse

Sustainability - Carbon Forest and Yarning Circle

Road Safety

We have had feedback from the community that there have been several near misses at the pedestrian crossings adjacent to the school during pick up time in the afternoons. We encourage parents to continue to report incidents to the police. We will continue to educate the students about road safety through a variety of programs. We would also appreciate it if parents could reinforce our messages about road safety by speaking to their children.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Enjoy the break!

Bye for now,

Chris Shaddock


P&C News

We have been a little quiet in the newsletter this term but we have been focused behind the scenes, working closely with the school to identify where we can make the most difference through our support. The combination of hard work by previous P&C's to raise money and having a quiet year last year means that the P&C started 2021 in the fortunate position of having funds to donate across the school. We have been working to understand the priorities for the school for 2021 that are in line with their strategic plan, and we are excited about the projects that we will be supporting throughout the year. The projects that we are lending our financial support to are:

Additional School Resources

· PBL student prizes

· Additional quality literature

· Maths kits for parents

Preschool Infrastructure

· Preschool Cubbyhouse

· Preschool Xylophone

· Preschool Bike Track

· Preschool teacher resources

Sustainability Program

1. Greenhouse Garden Beds

2. Water Tank

3. Orchard

4. Solar Panels/Renewable Energy

5. Community Garden

6. Greenhouse

By supporting these projects we are proud to be donating over $23,000 to the school.

We have other initiatives that we continue to discuss and plan, however it was important to prioritise these so that teachers and students could plan how they make these projects happen.

P&C Coffees - Are back in 2021! Parents and community members are invited to come along and join the P&C for a coffee on Friday 23rd April to mark the beginning of Term 2. We look forward to seeing you there!

Next P&C Meeting - We will hold our next P&C meeting on the Wednesday of Week 2, Term 2. It was great to have some new faces join our Zoom at our last meeting, we would love to see other parents join us as well. At our next meeting we will be discussing the 'fun' raising events that we want to hold this year, which could include anything from Disco's, market days, BBQ's, Obstacool. We would love to hear your ideas either before by emailing us at or by coming along to the meeting.

I hope that you have a relaxing Easter and school holidays, I look forward to keeping you updated about the P&C next term!

Catherine McGufficke

P&C President

Uniform Shop

The Kaleen Primary School second hand uniform shop will be open again next term on Wednesday mornings 8:30am - 9:00am on the following dates.

  • Week 1 - 21/4

  • Week 3 - 5/5

  • Week 5 - 19/5

  • Week 7 - 2/6

  • Week 9 - 16/6

Year 4 Virtual Assembly

Take a look at this Weeks Year 4 Virtual Assembly!

Medical Information Consent Forms

Thank you to those families that have already filled out and returned the Medical Information Consent form.

In early March we sent home a Medical Information and Consent form. The Medical Information and Consent Form provides general medical information and consent for first aid and the administration of authorised medications; salbutamol (Ventolin) and adrenaline in the event of a life threatening asthma or anaphylaxis emergency. This needs to be completed for all students in 2021.

The Known Medical Condition Response Plan is required only for students with a known medical condition. It provides instruction for the management of an identified medical condition and should be completed in consultation with the treating health professional. Without this form, in an emergency situation first aid can only be given in accordance with a publicly available generalised action plan related to the condition. If you have already provided a completed known medical response for 2021, you do not need to complete it again.

If medication is required to be administered at school a Medication Authorisation and Administration Record must also be completed and returned to the school. An individual Medication Authorisation and Administration Record must be completed for each medication. Please see the front office if your chid requires medication to be administered during the school day. If you are in need of a Medical Information and Consent form or a Medication Authorisation form they are available from the front office.

Please complete and promptly return the form to assist staff to provide appropriate first aid support for your child.


NAPLAN Online will occur in our school between 11 and 21 May 2021.

NAPLAN Online is a more engaging assessment that adjusts questions to each student’s achievement level. It also delivers more precise results to schools and parents more quickly.

NAPLAN provides valuable information to schools and parents about literacy and numeracy achievement. It supports school improvement processes by enabling teachers to monitor student progress over time and to identify areas of strength and development.

All eligible students are encouraged and supported to participate in NAPLAN testing. Visit to see interactive versions of the test and for more information.

Pe@k Clubs and Progams



If anyone has flower bulbs from their garden that they are willing to donate to our school please bring them into the front office and we will find a lovely home across our school for them. Please put a little note with them telling us what bulbs they are.

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.

Looking for an extra caffeine fix? Join Al Cachino's Cappuccinos on Tuesday mornings outside the front office until 9 am.