This is Harmony Week across Australia when we get a chance to appreciate, understand and celebrate our nation’s cultural diversity. The message that 'Everyone Belongs' resonates strongly with all we are about here at KCS where our first core value is Honour. Children have been involved in a variety of activities related to the theme during the week and Rev Sam is going to make it a focus at RAVE next week.
Talking of our school values, the third of our Aiming HIGH values, Generosity, has been so evident over the last couple of weeks. From the generous time and efforts given by parents at the swimming carnival, at the working bee constructing the oval bleachers, and in the classrooms through to the raising of $520 for the HeartKids organisation, $100 more than last year. And tomorrow is Crazy Sock Day where we support children with Down Syndrome, because ‘Everyone Belongs’.
As mentioned above, last week’s Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival was a roaring success. At tomorrow morning’s assembly, ably led by our Year 5 students, we are presenting all individual awards as well as the winning house. Our swimming champions will be acknowledged in our next newsletter. Our inter-school swimming team has now been selected and families notified. We wish our team all the best for the inter-school carnival being held next Friday, 26th March at HBF Stadium.
We are very excited to announce that KCS has reintroduced a ‘Learn to Swim’ program, compulsory for all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 as part of the Physical Education curriculum. Next term all Year 4 – 6 students will have 9 lessons across Weeks 8 and 9 of term (8 – 18 June) at Gosnells Leisure Centre. The lesson time will be 1:25pm – 2:05pm. Then in Term 4, Weeks 3-4 (25 October – 5 November) all Pre-Primary to Year 3 students will be down at Aquatots Maida Vale. Due to numbers, they will attend one of the lesson times (11:30am – 12:10pm or 12:15pm – 12:55pm). The school is paying all costs including transportation.
Following on from last newsletter focus on mathematics, 25 of our high achieving Year 3 to 6 students today participated in the Kangourou sans Frontières (Kangaroo without borders). It is now one of the largest international mathematics competitions in the world, with more than 6 million participants annually. We look forward to hearing how well they performed.
All our Year 3 to 6 students are taking part in ‘The Prime Ministers Spelling Bee’. It allows students to complete 30 spelling words in a fun format where they must aim for accuracy, to beat the clock and finish ahead of their fellow students right across Australia. Permission forms are due back by tomorrow.
Our Year 6 students are participating in a wonderful initiative by The City of Kalamunda Health Services team in an exciting conservation project. The projects aim is to increase the population of Microbats by creating roosting opportunities in their natural habitat, by countering mosquito borne disease through installation of bat boxes. The Foothills Men’s Shed have constructed bat boxes and our students will decorate a few of these and then have one box installed within school grounds. The students will then monitor any microbat activity.
The students’ bible memory verse for the next fortnight is the very first words of the Bible, affirming that God is the instigator, intelligent designer, and creator of what exists in the universe.
Dr. Gregg Weaver