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From the Principal – 8 October 2021

Hi Folks.

We hope you have enjoyed the holidays and look forward to welcoming your children back for the last term of 2021. I particularly welcome the four new families joining us from the start of term.

Ahead of us is what is set to be a most interesting and eventful term. Particular highlights will be:

Week 1:         The Year 6 camp in Albany and hosting of City of Kalamunda ‘Walk the Wall’ event
Week 2:         The House Athletics Carnival being held on our very own oval
Weeks 3-4:    The first ever ‘Learn to Swim’ program for our Juniors (PP-Y3) and Teacher Appreciation Day
Week 5:         Our first ever Year 4 camp in the Swan Valley
Week 6:         Book Fair and Grandparents & Grand-friends day
Week 8:         Christmas Spectacular
Week 9:         Awards Assembly and Graduation Evening

… and somewhere in there the Fathering Project group will be organising a special event of their own.

Athletics Carnival

All preparations are well underway for the big day, Friday  22nd October, which we are able to hold on our oval for the first time in several years. With a professionally marked track, our new bleachers, great toilet block, and plenty of room for our gazebos and visitors to set up their chairs and umbrellas. We would like to thank all the parents who have so far indicated their willingness to help in various ways on the day.

Student Achievement

We extend our congratulations to all the Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the Rise & Shine Debating Interschool competition on the evening of 21st September over in Nedlands. Our teams took away silver and gold awards for their efforts plus two students were given special commendations.  

We also congratulate our senior netball team, KCS Thunder, on their outstanding efforts in what was KCS’s first time in the under 14s competition. Though the team they played took out the match, our girls played with such tenacity and style and did everyone proud. A special thank you to all the parent coaches.

New Staffing Arrangements

We extend a warm welcome to two new staff members starting with us next week. Firstly, it is lovely to have Nicole Law-Davis return to take up the 5-day Kindergarten teaching role. Secondly, we are so happy to have Leanne Tremeer join us as she takes up her new fulltime role as Assistant Business Manager.

As noted last term, there are a few other internal staff changes with Kathy Smith becoming the assistant teacher at Year 1, Cathy Saw teaching the Kick Start class with Danielle on maternity leave, and Natalie Carter taking on extra Education Assistant duties in Kick Start. On the administration side Deidré Chamberlain starts in her fulltime position that includes enrolments and events coordination.

Launch of Playgroup Facebook

Though the numbers at playgroup have dwindled a little over the winter terms as children have graduated to Kick Start and Kindy we are still really excited to present our new brand for the Friday Playgroup, now known as “Tea and Tots”.

Click here to check it out.

Uniform

A reminder that all students are to be in correct, complete and tidy summer uniform from the start of the term. Of special note in regard to hats please refer to the notice below regards our new Sun Smart Policy. Please contact the school office if you need to arrange an appointment for fitting uniform.

Please note that the white PE Polo shirts that will no longer be part of the school uniform from 2023 are now being sold for $15 each. Great for another five terms’ wear.

Updated Uniform Policy and New Procedures

The school has recently updated its Uniform Policy. Please click here review this document. The key changes have been the Title that now reads as Uniform and Appearance, clearer formatting and clearer wording around certain expectations. PLEASE NOTE: There is no change to actual items of clothing i.e., introduction of new items.

As of the start of Term 4 the school is putting a straightforward Uniform Infringement procedure in place. This we believe will assist us in reinforcing the continuation of our high standards when it comes to the wearing of uniform and general appearance in line with the updated policy and assist in the positive partnerships between school and home. Essentially, if a student is not wearing correct uniform or is not abiding by the guidelines concerning aspects of appearance e.g., jewellery, hairstyle, parents will receive a note from their teacher that can be escalated if necessary.

Sun Protection Policy

The school has recently developed its own Sun Protection policy consistent with SCEA’s Student Health Policy. Please familiarise yourself with this new policy as it is such an important health issue and one that we need every family to fully support and assist in implementing.

Please click here to review this document.

As you will see from the policy there are some key implications from day one of this coming term.

  • Hats will be kept at school in the classrooms for storage all year round. We therefore require all students to have a regulation hat (see uniform list) that is clearly named available from the first day of term.
  • If students do not have their school hat from day one will be asked to play in the shade or a suitable area protected from the sun until they have been supplied with the regulation hat.
  • If at all possible, please supply your child with their own SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Please note that the school has its own supply.

Another Generous Sports Grant

We are so blessed to have Mr Williams and his vision for Physical Education and Sport across the school. Once again, he has secured funding, this time $1,900 for the delivery of a Softball program in Term 4.

Membership of the Swan Christian Education Association

If you are interested in further investing in your child’s education and having a voice in the direction of the Association of which our school is a vital member, please consider applying to be an Association member. If you wish to know more or make application, please be in contact with Mrs Anna Guy, Executive Assistant at SCEA.

Term’s Notice

A last reminder that if your child(ren) are/is not returning to school for 2022, excluding of course our precious Year 6 cohort, you need to provide a full term’s notice by emailing your notice of withdrawal to Dr Weaver by 4:00pm Monday 11th October.

School Improvement Plan 2021 – Term 3 Review

As part of positive partnership, I have included for all families, as I did for the last two terms, a review of actions taken toward the school’s annual improvement plan.

Please click here to review this document.

Bible Memory Verse

The final passage from the Bible that our students are learning for the year is Psalm 23, written by King David of Israel around 1,000 BCE. It’s familiar pastoral imagery and focus on provision, protection, peace,  reassurance and hope, has made it a particularly popular poem over millennia.

Because of its length students will be practicing it for the first six weeks of the term.

1. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3. he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.