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From the Principal – 20 November 2020

Hi Folks

What a wonderful Term it has so far been for all our students with substantial learning in classrooms and exciting learning opportunities at camps, on trips, sports carnivals, and other special events. We are seeing so many positive developments taking place including an increase in enrolments over the last few months of nearly 5%. It is our families sharing about the school that is making this positive difference, and it is greatly appreciated.

Community Liaison and Celebration

At the point of writing this latest newsletter I have had introductory meeting with over 50 of our school families. I so appreciate those who have taken out time from work and family to prioritise such meetings – a testimony to the underlying strength of our community. It has been so interesting and helpful listening to your various journeys with KCS, to hear of the substantive list of positives, and to understand areas of concern and how these may be addressed over time.

Two of our parents represented the school community at a special morning tea at Parliament House with Matthew Hughes MP celebrating and showing appreciation for the many involved in our School Association and Parents in Partnership groups.

Staff News

It is my intention to inform the school community of teacher placements for next year in a special notice at the end of next week (27 November). We appreciate that having some certainty of who your child will have as their teacher(s) is most helpful for a smooth transition. The notice will also afford an opportunity for me to explain any changes and some future developments in the staffing of our great school.

However, I can confirm that at this evening’s Early Learning Community Picnic that it will be announced that the teachers for our Kindergarten years in 2021 will be as follows:

Kick Start:

Danielle Slaney

Kindergarten:

Tenae Brockhoff (3 days) and Kathy Smith (2 days)

Pauline Kon is taking a year’s break for her young family but will be in and around the school, doing some teaching from time to time.

After many significant years of service in teaching, and in particular a positive influence on many students at KCS, Marilyn Burcham is retiring at the end of this year. We wish her God’s blessing as she pursues new adventures.

Also, I write to confirm that our Chaplain, Nikki Westbrook, has finished in her role. We would like to recognise the fine work she has done in supporting students and families over the course of this year and wish her God’s richest blessing as she and her family move shortly to Bunbury. We are currently reviewing the nature of this important position and will advertise shortly.