Welcome back to the start of the 2019 school year

Welcome back to the start of the 2019 school year. I hope you all had an enjoyable relaxing summer break. We had an excellent start to the school year, with the children settling into their new classes very well. The Prep children arrived wide eyed and raring to go. They have settled in very quickly. I am sure this is as a result of the excellent Kinder to School transition program last year. Thanks to all the parents, the Kindergarten staff and our KPS staff that were involved.

We would like to give a special thank you to Sharon Mitchell for doing such a fabulous job replacing me as principal in 2018. Sharon loved working here at KPS and I really appreciated hearing all the positive feedback from both her and the staff.

. I hope you all had an enjoyable relaxing summer break. We had an excellent start to the school year, with the children settling into their new classes very well. The Prep children arrived wide eyed and raring to go. They have settled in very quickly. I am sure this is as a result of the excellent Kinder to School transition program last year. Thanks to all the parents, the Kindergarten staff and our KPS staff that were involved.

We would like to give a special thank you to Sharon Mitchell for doing such a fabulous job replacing me as principal in 2018. Sharon loved working here at KPS and I really appreciated hearing all the positive feedback from both her and the staff.

Nathan Pirouet

Principal

 

Upcoming Events for the End of the 2016 School Year

  • Upcoming Events

There are many events coming up to put in your diaries so please take note of these:

Junior Aquatic Program: Friday 18th November & 2nd & 9th December.

Year 4 Bike Ed Program begins: Tuesday 22nd November.

Christmas Tree Orders: last day is Tuesday 29th November.

Statewide Transition Day: Tuesday 6th December (Year 6’s to their secondary college, 2017 Preps visit, Year 1 – 5 students walk up to their new year level for part of this day).

Parent Volunteers’ Morning Tea: Wednesday 7th December.

Christmas Raffle Drawn at Assembly: Monday 12th December at 2:30 pm.

Year 6 Graduation Evening: Wednesday 14th December 7:00 pm.

Class Parties & Year 4 Bike Hike: Thursday 15th December.

Portfolio Presentations / Open Classrooms: Thursday 15th December 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Final Assembly: Friday 16th December at 9:00 am.

Last Day of Term 4: Monday 19th December (we finish at 3.30pm).

Pupil Free Day: Tuesday 20th December.

 

KPS celebrating its 125th Birthday – save the date – the afternoon of Saturday the 15th October

Many people would be aware that 2016 marks the 125th year that our great school has been in existence. I am pleased to announce that a working party has been planning an event for our school community to celebrate this significant milestone. As part of the celebration the school will also acknowledge this with the raising of a time capsule that was placed into the ground way back in 1991 when we celebrated the centenary of the school. We would like to invite all members of our school community to attend, both past and present. Please spread the word if you know ex-students, staff, and parents that may wish to attend. The day will begin with registra-tion and school tours at 1pm, the formalities will start at 2:00pm. At 2:30 we will be offering photo opportunities, catching up with old friends and col-leagues and potentially some games for the children in attendance.

In the coming weeks you will receive further details of this event. We will also ensure that we advertise in local papers, The Burra Flyer and possibly more broadly in the Herald Sun.

 

Korumburra Community Comedy Night Fundraiser – save the date – the evening of Saturday the 17th September

The Karmai Community Children’s Centre (KCCC), St Joseph’s Primary School and Korumburra Primary School have teamed up to organise a combined fundraiser. We are planning to hold a comedy night at the Italian Club on the first Saturday night of the school holidays – Saturday 17th September. Our aim is to have approximately 180 people in attendance. KPS will be looking to fill 6 tables of 10 people. If you would like to reserve a seat, or a table for that matter, please call the School office.

Further details such as the cost and the start and finish time will be sent out at a later date. This notification is essentially to ask our interested parents to save the date. This combined fundraiser is a great opportunity for our school communities to come together, have some fun and raise some money for our children at the same time. A huge thank you to KCCC for initiating this event.

 

Breakfast Club

Next Monday 8th August will see KPS kick off our Breakfast Club. This is set to take place from 8:15 – 8:50 from the Canteen on a Monday and Wednesday morning. It will be staffed by some of our ES staff, Mr Pirouet and myself, some parent volunteers as well as a number of our Year 6 students. The Breakfast Club is aimed at providing breakfast to those many students who for whatever reason do not come to school having eaten. We are all aware of the importance of a healthy breakfast to kick-start us into our busy days but for some families, this is simply not possible. Unlike our Walking School Bus Mornings where we all get together for a Big Breakfast after our walks, Breakfast Club isn’t meant to be an opportunity for students to have a second breakfast!

The menu for Monday will consist of cereal and tinned fruit, followed by toast and spreads and then hot Milo or a glass of water. The menu will change from day to day with some days having porridge or baked beans on the menu.

If any parents would like to assist please contact me and we can provide you with more details. We hope Monday will see lots of hungry mouths fed, ready for the day ahead.

 

Curriculum Day (Pupil Free) – Monday 22nd August

On Wednesday night’s School Council Meeting (3/8), approval was given for a Pupil-Free Curriculum Day to be held on Monday 22nd August. On Monday 22nd August, the staff will take part in a number of activities relating to the new Victorian Curriculum, Learning Tasks as part of teacher assessment of students and reporting of each child’s achievement on Compass as well as doing some further professional development relating to Dyslexia. Children are not expected at school on this Curriculum Day – Monday 22nd August. Please do not hesitate to contact Nathan or myself if you wish to discuss this further.

Soiree Night

Instrumental students are being given the opportunity to perform at the Soiree Night for Term 2 2016. It is going to be held on Tuesday the 21st of June in the lovely Senior building. Students will be showcasing a song of their choice that they have been learning in their lessons with their Instrumental Teacher.

The details of the evening are as follows:

Venue – Senior building

Times – Starting promptly at 5pm & concluding around 7pm

BYO Dinner party food – for your family group to eat during the performance as part of the celebration of the musical feast.

Tanya Jackson
Music Teacher

 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Don’t forget that we have our Parent Teacher Interviews scheduled for Tuesday 14th June. This day will see no classes for students as parents have the opportunity to meet with and discuss their child’s progress with the child’s class teacher. Arrangements for the booking of interview times are available on our Compass website. Alternatively, bookings can be made by contacting our School Office.

House Cross Country Run

Next Wednesday 25th May, we have our annual House Cross Country run which will see all our students compete in various age groups as they make their way around the tricky course that Mrs Snooks has prepared. This year, we have a new addition with the creation of a footpath that runs down beside our school boundary fence on Princes Street. This will only add to the many other different surfaces that the students will run on. It really will be across country! Good luck to all our students as it is another way that our students can show their support for their House team-mates.

National Simultaneous Story-time

On Wednesday 25th May, our school will take part in National Simultaneous Story-time where one story is read at the same time all around Australia. This year, the story is titled ‘I Got This Hat’ and will be read by our guest story-teller, Mrs Jacqui Rotthier. We look forward to seeing lots of students in the Library at Lunchtime to hear this year’s story. Thank you to Mrs Helen Cripps for co-ordinating this.