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From the Principal – 24 June 2021

Hi Folks

It’s hard to believe we are past the winter solstice and near completion of Semester 1. It has been a packed term with many highlights from the Mum’s Week activities to Music Week, from NAPLAN to swimming lessons, and it is not over yet. Our last week will see the release of Semester 1 reports on Monday, Parent-Teacher interviews on Wednesday, and an amazing Art Week with plenty of in-class activities and the special exhibition on Friday 2nd July between 2-4pm, which I am sure no one will want to miss.

We’ve Passed with Flying Colours

We are thrilled to announce that because of the outstanding work of the staff over 2020 and the start of this year, that the Director General of Education, Lisa Rodgers, has awarded the school a full renewal of registration with no requirements or recommendations. I especially acknowledge the significant work undertaken by Dr Thelma Perso, SCEA’s Chief Education Officer, along with Tabatha Grubb and Rachel Pendal in bringing about this outcome. As our CEO, Dr Cross, has kindly shared, “It was clearly evident on the day of the registration that the panel was impressed with all that they observed.” A great excuse for a celebratory morning tea for staff next week!

A Great School Community

The recent Quiz night was a roaring success! Everyone had a sensational time with plenty of laughs, and we are proud to announce that we raised a total of $2,011 which we are donating to the Kalamunda Fire Department for the superb work they do in protecting and supporting our hills community.

It was also encouraging seeing the turnout to the relaunch of the Fathering project. Thanks especially to Dan Collet and Craig Clark for their coordination of the event. Look out for the Term 3 event in conjunction with Father’s Day/week activities.

More Sporting Success

Our netball teams did themselves and the school proud last week in the inter-school netball carnival held in Fremantle. Their teamwork was superb, and they played with passion. The Year 6 team won 2 games and came 4th place in A division while the Year 5 team took out 4th place in B division.

Mr Williams has once again gained a substantial grant from Sporting Schools; this time $2,500! Following on from the financing of the successful gymnastics coaching this term, this new grant will fund coaching clinics in AFL for Term 3 and provide resources and an online training package for our Athletics program.

Nothing Like a Good Debate

Kalamunda Christian School and Rise & Shine Debating are excited to invite staff, parents, and family members to our Term 2 In-house Debate Night. The children who have been part of this exciting new addition to the school’s extra-curricular programs have worked very hard this term and we can’t wait to see them put their skills to the test. Being held 5:00pm - 7:00pm next Tuesday 29th June in Room 14 (Year 6), the evening will consist of three debates followed by feedback and awards from the adjudicator.

WOW Week of Writing

To fit in with the school’s focus on written language as part of the School Improvement Plan, Mrs Pendal has enrolled all Year 1-6 classes in a Mini Writer's Festival in the first week back next term. This live interactive mini-writing event is for schools across all of Australia and New Zealand. Your children will be involved in many of the 15 live workshops with authors and illustrators with plenty of writing being done by all. Thanks Mrs Pendal.

Dr Gregg Weaver