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From the Principal – 27 May 2021

Hi Folks

It is our inaugural Music Week and what a time we have had so far, under the leadership of Mrs Anne Wheat. The three evening recitals, with performances by over 60 of our students, have been sensational. We so appreciate the work of all our tutors: Anne Wheat, Julie Harrison, Karyn James, Hayley Ferris and Stephen McGuire.

Wednesday morning all the Pre-Primary to Year 6 students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, experiencing Indonesian music presented by Mrs Tri O’Neil from Northshore Christian Grammar. Do not miss the finale with our choir, bands, string ensemble and Year 6 students all performing at the special Music Assembly tomorrow at 8.40am. You will need to be early for a seat.

Successful grants are enhancing student learning

  • Science - Our school is one of 266 schools in Australia to receive a grant from the Australian Science Teachers Association to hold an event during the 2021 National Science Week (14-22 August). The $500 funding means we can hold our inaugural Fantastic Flight Festival, where students in Years 4-6 will be involved in a range of STEM challenges around the topic of flight.
  • Aboriginal Craft - We are thrilled to be receiving $1000 from PALS, an initiative of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture, toward a special cultural basket weaving workshop. The program will be delivered by our Art teacher, Mrs. Burne, along with a member of the local aboriginal community.
  • Gymnastics - As announced a few weeks back, we have received $2,000 for the delivery of the “LaunchPad Gymnastics” program across Pre-Primary to Year 6. The program runs from next week through to the end of the term with Huia from Forefront Gymnastics working with Mr Williams in teaching this exciting new addition to our Physical Education syllabus.

Learning Support

Our Deputy Principal, Tabatha Grubb, is really stamping her mark on her second role as Learning Support Coordinator, working to see that all students receive the support needed to fully access the curriculum. There is now close liaison with families and with support agencies such as AISWA Education Psychology services. After securing inclusive education funding for some of our students last term, she is now overseeing the effective implementation and monitoring of NCCD (Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability). Last week she undertook two days of PD on effective approaches for students with autism.

National Reconciliation Week

Today marks the start of a very special time in our nation - National Reconciliation Week - which runs from the 27th May through to 3rd June bookended by two key anniversaries: the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision. Kalamunda Christian School is fully committed to not only reconciliation between peoples, a fundamental aspect of the Christian gospel, but to the honouring, valuing, and learning from and about our first nation peoples. We are working closely with Mrs Naomi Wheat, Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Southern Hills Christian College, in developing culturally appropriate protocols and programs beneficial for not only our wonderful Aboriginal students and their families, but all our students and community.

Running Club

Running Club started up again two weeks ago, on Tuesday mornings before school. It has been fantastic seeing the children involved really loving it. This is the perfect opportunity for students to train for the Cross Country to be held on Friday 6th August.

If the weather is rainy, Running Club will be held in the school gym.

Bible Memory Verse

Well done to all our students in their efforts in learning The Lord’s Prayer for the last month.

Our next verse comes from the Jewish Prophet Micah, known for predicting that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem 800 years before it occurred.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Dr Gregg Weaver