What a wonderful time we are all having at school as we near the end of Semester 1 with all things sporty taking a lead at the moment. Currently all Pre-Primary to Year 6 students are benefitting from a very exciting gymnastics program. Running and swimming squads continue training early mornings. There are encouraging results from some of our netball and basketball teams. And the upcoming Inter-School netball carnival next Friday. What trumps them all is the first ever for KCS Learn to Swim program with all our hardy Year 4, 5 and 6 students taking to the lovely warm pools at the Gosnell’s Leisure Centre each afternoon, all wrapped up to brave the elements outside (Dr. W – “Feels like Victoria”). We are so proud of their efforts, attitude, and capabilities as they take a step further in their aquatic skills.
I love that our parent community is so active and supportive of not only the school but of each other. And you know how to have fun. It looks like a full house for the community Quiz Night this Saturday with funds raised going to Kalamunda Fire Department as they do such a fine job in keeping us all safe, especially in times like those experienced earlier this year with bushfires. Then all the dad’s have the opportunity of having a great time next Wednesday evening with our first Fathering Project event for the year at the Kalamunda Bowls Club.
Last Friday was a most productive day for the staff of KCS as they undertook a series of PD sessions and strategic tasks. All staff completed the last two units of the “Open Book: A Biblical Literacy Project”, helping us all be grounded in the cause of Christian education. The rest of the day for Teachers was then spent unpacking and brainstorming toward establishing a KCS Pedagogical Framework and completing the final four online training modules in NCCD. Meanwhile our wonderful Educational Assistants primarily worked on program and resource development.
In our last Newsletter we shared with you about the development of a SCEA video related to Welcome to Country. The recent changes in wording to Australia’s National Anthem lyrics in the second line (changed from ‘young and free’ to ‘one and free’) prompted the opportunity for SCEA to showcase the school choirs singing the new and improved version in unison. So earlier this year our choir students were filmed and now the sensational video has been produced and will be used at special school events. For those of you who made it to our recent special Music Assembly you were able to experience this production for yourselves.
For the rest of the term, students will learn some special words of Christ; the love commands recorded in the gospel of Mark.
Dr. Gregg Weaver