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From the Principal – 22 April 2022

Hi Folks.

I do hope that you have had a wonderful Easter and are enjoying the break with your kids. We are looking forward to having them all back next week for what is set to be another great term of learning and an opening up of community participation.

Newsletter publishing dates for Term 2

This term newsletters are once again being issued Thursday afternoons on a fortnightly basis.

Week 2: 5th May
Week 4: 19th May
Week 6: 2nd June
Week 8: 16th June
Week 10: 30th June

KCS School Improvement Plan – Term 1 Review

Please Click Here for a review of how the school is progressing against its 2022 School Improvement Plan. Though the advent of COVID-19 has required the school to rethink and reschedule some of the goals and actions, we are confident that we are still on track to accomplish the majority of what we have set out to do.

Uniform

A reminder that all students are to be in correct and tidy winter uniform from the start of the term. Please contact the school office if you need to arrange an appointment for fitting uniform.

All students being in complete and correct uniform will be particularly important for school photographs in the second week of term – Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th May.

Moving back toward normality

You will have all received at the end of last term the school’s COVID-19 Update Notice, Issue 12 (Thursday 7th April) in which we outlined the changes to school operations heading into Term 2 announced by the Minister of Education at the end of March. Since then, we are all aware of modifications to the definition of a close contact, the dropping of requirements for school reporting of class contacts, and greater freedoms of congregating in public spaces.

As a result, we can confirm the following:

  • Mother’ Day Celebrations are proceeding in Week 2. The details have already been sent to all families. Kick-Start and Kindy are holding an event on Thursday afternoon, 5th May, while the Pre-Primary to Year 6 levels are holding a Mum’s and Muffins event before school on Friday 6th May.
  • RAVE/Assemblies. At this stage for Term 2 we have planned to deliver a hybrid model between RAVE and an Assembly, with greater student interaction and responsibility.
    • ANZAC Day Services will be held in Week 1 on the morning of 28th April to which all parents are warmly invited. It is being held in the Junior Quad area with the Year 4-6 group at 8:40am and the Year 1-3 group at 9:10am.
    • From Week 5 all parents of children receiving awards will be invited to join the RAVEs with each class ‘taking the lead’
    • As COVID restrictions ease we intend returning to normal assemblies in Semester 2, with full items and parent participation.
  • Quiz Night. We invite you to save the date for a night of fun on Saturday 18 June. Start planning your team of up to 10 adults and we will let you know when tickets go on sale.

Parents in Partnership

As soon as the Term commences there will be a special community notice out regards some key changes to SCEAs constitution that will see some positive moves regards the make-up of the Parents in Partnership group and a new group to be known as the Christian Life Committee.

NAPLAN

Students in Years 3 and 5 will be participating in NAPLAN testing in Week 3 (9-13 May). The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a national, consistent measure to determine whether or not students are meeting important educational outcomes. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are tested on the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that every child needs to succeed in school and beyond. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program:

  • Encourage your child to simply do the best they can on the day.
  • Avoid excessive cramming or coaching in the lead-up to NAPLAN
  • Speak to your child’s teacher if you have questions about how you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN.

Robotics for Junior School

After careful deliberations the school has now purchased some valuable resources to provide teachers and students in the Junior levels with the latest in robotics and coding as part of delivering the Technologies curriculum. Included are a full set of ‘WeDo Lego’, and a range of different kits such as ‘Robotics maze’, ‘KUBO coding’, ‘Sammy the First Coding Robot’, ‘Bee-Bots’, and ‘Dash Robots’.

Sports Grant

Well done Mr Williams on your successful funding application to Sporting Schools for Term 2. The $2,200 granted to the school for the delivery of Jump Rope and Orienteering programs.

Jump Rope for Heart – Over the next term, we will be taking part in the Jump rope for heart program. All students will learn a range of skipping skills during their sport lessons and a variety of ropes will be available during recess and lunch times. This involves the students skipping to raise money for the Heart Foundation. More info can be found about the program here: https://www.jumprope.org.au/

Property Developments

As mentioned in the Newsletter of 3rd March, two major property developments were due for construction this year. We are thrilled to report that both the Senior School Quad and the new Flagpole Corner were able to be installed over this Term 1 break. While there is a bit of work still to fully complete each project, both areas will be able to be used from the start of term. Our ANZAC services will be held outside with the flagpoles being a centrepiece of the service.

We are also pleased to report that the company we have employed to work with Council for rezoning of our school precinct have successfully negotiated the first stage. This was to amalgamate our two properties – school and house.

Bibles For Bubs

Did you have a baby in 2021 or earlier this year or know someone who did? The applications are now open for this wonderful offer from the Australian Bible Society. Each registered baby is gifted a toddler Bible at the start of the program, sent birthday cards each year for 5 years, and on their 5th birthday, is gifted a full children’s Bible. While some terms and conditions apply (see below), this program is completely free of charge. https://www.biblesociety.org.au/bubs/

Bible Memory Verses

There are two focuses for this year when it comes to our Bible Memory Verses, run as part of our Christian Living program and posted in each newsletter. Term 1 was a reinforcement of what we consider key scriptures associated with our mission and values.

For the rest of this year the focus is on some important parts of The Sermon on the Mount. Recorded in Chapters 5-7 of the gospel of Matthew, this passage is very special to Christianity being the most comprehensive single message of Jesus’ teaching on life and ethics for those who chose to follow him. So many sayings from this sermon have become common in our language – “Salt of the earth”, “Love your enemy”, “Turn the other cheek”, “Don’t cast your pearl before swine”, “Do not judge”, “Ask, and it will be given you”, the golden rule “Do to others as you would have them do to you”, and of course what is known as the Lord’s Prayer, which the children learnt last year.

Term 2, Weeks 1 – 6   The Eight Beatitudes

God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Matthew 5:3-10