It is so pleasing to be back in full swing with not only restrictions lifted but parents able to assist in classes, sports competitions starting, and all the families being able to spend a great afternoon together at the Kalamunda Water Park this Saturday 20th February (3.00pm - 6.00pm).
Great news. As of today, the school has a proper PA system! The alarming part (pun is intended) is we now have regular bell times that mark start and end of the school day, each period, and provide 5-minute warnings before school and at the end of recess and lunchtime. Over the next week we will refine/review the type, length, and volume of bell tones (at present some Wagner and Beethoven), which rooms and areas that might need extra speakers, and so forth.
One of the highlights from the last fortnight was the first HOUSE RAVE. Every student from Pre-Primary through to Year 6 had a great time with new banners displayed, photos taken, mascots chosen, and plans made for the upcoming Swimming Carnival on 12 March. So good to see the House spirit already gaining momentum.
With a little fanfare perhaps than with the launch of Houses but just as much enthusiasm, the last couple of weeks has seen dozens of senior students auditioning for our musical production later in the year. I want to thank Mrs. Rimmer and Mrs. Burne for spending many hours after school in assembling what sounds like a strong and highly talented cast.
An exciting new initiative by the Early Years team is the introduction of Flourish Folders. These will trace the learning journey of each student across their first few years of pre-school and Junior Primary. Each folder will contain a cumulative record of various pieces of work and academic records that stretch across from Kick Start and Kindy and eventually through to Year 2 for each student. We will collect work/art samples from Kick Start – Pre-Primary only this year. We will begin to collate for Kindy – Pre-Primary into books this year, and store Kick Start work until next year when we know which children are continuing at KCS.
Next Friday is a Student Free Day ahead of Labour Day weekend. The staff will be undertaking a range of Professional Learning including: Written Language, Biblical Literacy and finalizing of appraisal goals and processes.
Our first charity fundraiser this year is being held on Thursday 25 February 2021, with proceeds supporting HeartKids. Students are invited to wear red clothing on the day, chocolate hearts will be available for $1 and gold coin donations will also be collected. Click here to read more about HeartKids.
Tomorrow morning the Year 6 students are leading our first Assembly for the year. All parents of Year 6 are cordially invited to attend. The next assembly, on Friday 5th March will be hosted by Year 4. The time for assemblies is from 8:45am until 9:15am.
We have decided to continue providing a school banking service with CommBank, and will commence this as soon as possible and let you know all the details. We already have one parent who has volunteered to help for the year. If you are interested in joining her, please let Deidre Chamberlain in the office know. CommBank has new security arrangements which we are satisfied with, and allows us to continue this valued service.
The students’ bible memory verse for the next fortnight is that most well-known declaration from John’s gospel, John 3:16,
Dr. Gregg Weaver