Well, what a week it has turned out to be! Kids at home again, limits on movement, masks and so on.
We acknowledge that alongside the lockdown a number of our families and staff have been affected by the bushfires. Some of our parents have been working with the fire brigades on the frontline, while others have been providing direct support to the firefighters and those affected.
I am so appreciative of the way in which the school community and especially all the staff have risen to the unexpected circumstances.
At the time of publishing this newsletter the message from the Premier is that he expects that schools will go back on Monday but so far, we have not received any details as to what conditions will go with such a return. So, the school has decided on the following course of action at this point. If it is confirmed tomorrow that students are to return to school, you will receive by the end of the day a special email containing a PDF brochure that outlines important information about the return. However, if this should change over the next 48 hours, you will instead receive by email a PDF brochure that outlines important information about the Learning@Home plan that staff have been working toward over the course of the week. Either way, it will be most important that you read carefully what comes your way tomorrow.
You should also have received yesterday via email from your child’s pastoral teacher the Term1 Learning Overview. These are intended to provide you with a clear picture of the key learning intentions being covered in line with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Western Australia Curriculum.
We appreciate the many who have reported back that they have found the contents of the Summer Home Pack most helpful as we launch into another exciting year of learning and life here at Kalamunda Christian School.
Though possibly subject to government restrictions, we are still asking you to circle Saturday 20th February on your calendars. From 3:00pm – 6:00pm we have booked a place at Kalamunda Water Park for our families to come together for a fun afternoon. Bring your bathers, sunblock, hats and snacks and get to know each other.
We are so excited as auditions commence for this year’s musical production. We know we have students with amazing talent, and stars will be born in front of us. Look out for our next newsletter (18th Feb) where we plan to announce the cast.
Our first House RAVE meetings are coming up next week. Though a little delayed by the school closure, we are anticipating that the students and yourselves will be told which House your children are members of early next week. Part of the meeting will cover preparation for the upcoming Swimming Carnival, which is still proceeding at this point.
At this stage we are still anticipating that our wonderful Year 6 students will be able to run the Assembly on Friday 19th February. We will let parents know ahead of time whether we are able to have them attend.
If you were in the school over the first week of you would have witnessed a few changes across the school. We now have safety handrails installed for the steps leading down to the covered quadrangle, a new PA system with speakers across the campus, and the new offices for the Deputy Principal and Learning Support on west side of the Junior School covered area. We are anticipating the two large bleachers (open-air stands) for the oval to arrive shortly from the manufacturers and are applying to the council for the installation of a toilet block (which we have ready on another property) beside the oval.
In each newsletter this year we are publishing the scripture that all our Year 1 to 6 students are learning and memorizing for the following fortnight. We start with the guiding scripture of our school and that of the Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA). The context of the verse is Jesus proclaiming that, as opposed to satan who is the life-thief, he is the good shepherd who loves us and is the life-giver, enabling us to flourish.
Dr Gregg Weaver