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From the Principal – 13 May 2021

Hi Folks

As you all know, we developed and adopted a new purpose statement for our school at the end of last year.

To cultivate character and competencies foundational to flourishing lives and community through holistic Christian Education.

For some organisations such a statement is simply a clever marketing byline, the header in an annual report or a forgotten sign in the boss’s office. But for us it is our vital reference point that shapes our strategic thinking and actions, spurring us toward excellence. Every day is marked by intentional cultivation, establishing nurturing and enriching environments, sowing faith and hope, seeing things taking root, training and disciplining, fostering enquiry, growing talent, and celebrating progress and achievement.

I want to thank all the staff for their dedication, passion, professionalism and deep care in making Kalamunda Christian school such a special place for every student, parent and colleagues, where things are thriving, and God is being glorified.

School Registration Visit

Next Thursday, 20th May, we have a panel of three from the Department of Education visiting our school for the whole day as part of our School Registration. They will be meeting with a variety of people covering everything from governance, curriculum, behaviour management, enrolment and attendance, child abuse prevention, and overall standards of education being provided by the school. Joining us from SCEA will be our CEO Dr Graeme Cross and Chief Education Officer, Dr Thelma Perso. Two of the sessions will include some of our senior school students and a small group representing a cross section of our parent community. Please be in prayer for this time to go well and be a positive time for all.

SCEA now 4000+

The SCEA schools have reached a new milestone of over 4000 students across its eight campuses. 2020 saw an increase of over 10.5% in enrolments and it appears the trend is continuing. The brand is strong and the student outcomes are notable.

Viva la Volunteers

Next week marks National Volunteers Week, a great reminder that enterprises such as our school could not run without the amazing voluntary input, participation and support of parents, grandparents and other friends of the school. We especially would like to thank those who volunteer for events, in classes, on trips, in the library, coaching teams, and on the Parents in Partnership group. Please know that you are greatly valued and all your efforts are appreciated!

Staffing

We are pleased to announce that we have found a wonderful, experienced piano and keyboards tutor, Mrs. Hayley Ferris. Hayley also works at Ellenbrook Christian College and was the successful candidate from five shortlisted.

Master Planning

In keeping with Benjamin Franklin’s adage ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!’ all the SCEA Schools are now looking to architectural teams to create a ‘master plan’ for their school site. We at Kalamunda have now commenced this important and exciting work with Brad Quartermaine, Director of T&Z Architects with the aim of having plans in place by the end of Term 3. What is at the forefront of all we are undertaking is, “How can we best develop long-term conceptual layouts that can guide and facilitate future growth and development?”

Audit Success

Behind the scenes we have two key people with responsibility for the financial health and prospects of our school, our Business Manager, Mrs. Sarah Wiggill, and our Finance Officer, Mrs. Jacquie Mackay. They deserve congratulations for ensuring we got a ‘clean bill of health’ from SCEA’s auditors for the 2020 financials. Given the complexities around 2020’s COVID-19 scenario and the changes experienced over the year, this is an excellent result.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Next Wednesday all of our Kindy to Year 6 students will once again be participating in this great initiative by the Australian Library and Information Association. The wonderful activities will be occurring during Periods 4 and 5. The theme for this year is about outer space, specially featuring the reading by a professional astronaut of “Give me some Space” by Philip Bunting.

Bible memory verse

We continue to have students learn the Lord’s Prayer.

This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13

Dr. Gregg Weaver
Principal