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

 

Key Dates for Term 4

Some Key Dates this Term:

Some exciting things coming up this term include…

  • Bike Ed Regional Finals Wednesday 24th October. Congratulations to those students who made the team!
  • The Year 2 Sleepover is taking place on Thursday 25th October.
  • The Prep Zoo Excursion then follows on Friday 26th October.
  • The Year 5 Melbourne Camp runs from Wednesday 7th November to Friday 9th November.
  • Year 1 and 2 will visit the Museum on the 7th November.
  • The P-2 Swimming Program starts Week 4 this term.
  • The Year 4 Bike Ed Program, the Soiree, the HPV trip to Maryborough and of course the Year 6 Graduation just to name a few!
  • Please also remember we have a Pupil Free Day coming up on Monday 5th November, before the Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday on Tuesday 6th November. Students are NOT expected at school on these days and the school will be closed.

CBCA BOOK WEEK & Scholastic Book Fair

This week,  (August 18-24) we celebrate National Book Week with the theme being “Find Your Treasure”.

Each year the Short List from the Children’s Book Council of Australia has a rich variety of inspirational books for all ages.

Our annual Book Fair will run from 29th August through to the 10th of September.

 

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. As this occurs during school holidays, KPS will celebrate NAIDOC week from the 25th of June until the 29th.

This year’s Theme – Because of Her, We Can! – we honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have played, and continue to play, active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

At KPS, Kelly Hunter and Rachel Warren have been working hard to raise the profile of Indigenous culture and welcome families from a variety of backgrounds. You may notice new pieces of student generated Aboriginal inspired art being displayed around the e

Our Koori Education Support Officer, Rachel Carter, will be joining us at assembly on Monday the 25th of June to share some cultural insights and to ensure that the cultural significance of this week is fully understood by the students and KPS community. Classroom and specialist teachers are planning a wide range of activities throughout NAIDOC Week to engage students, raise their cultural awareness and celebrate diversity in language, dance, music and art. Indigenous families are invited to meet Rachel Carter after assembly for morning tea in the Library.

Anyone interested in finding out more about NAIDOC Week and how local community events will be celebrating, additional information is available on the following website.

http://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2018-theme

 

 

 

2019 Prep Information Evening

On Wednesday 20th June at 7pm, we invite any new and current families to join us who will be having a child beginning Prep in 2019 to join us for an information evening. Staff will be available to answer questions and give an overview of what to expect in your child’s first year of Primary School.

 

 

Student Free Day

A reminder to all our families that Tuesday 12th June is a student free day. Our ES team are away at a Professional Development day and teachers will be completing assessments and writing end of semester reports.

Education Week

A reminder that next week is Education Week here at KPS! Now in its 74th year, Education Week aims to positively profile and celebrate the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s government education sector. Education Week 2018 from 21st to 25th May, is all about celebrating learning and is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools, and early childhood services to showcase the work they are doing for students.

At KPS we will be…

Monday 21st – Inviting our Prep Grandparents to join us for assembly, followed by a classroom visit and morning tea in the Library.

Tuesday 22nd – Open invitation for families to join in our Lunchtime Clubs from 2pm onwards.

Wednesday 23rd – Join us for our whole school Cross-Country from 9am onwards, followed by National Simultaneous Story Telling in the Gym at 2.30pm.

Thursday 24th – Open invitation for families to join us for Reading Club in the Library at 8.30am, followed by Action Stations at 9.00am.

Friday 25th – Join us for our annual Walking to School Day, followed by a yummy breakfast (and coffee cart available) at the Canteen and visit our open classrooms until 10.00am.

We look forward to seeing you all!

 

Early Finish on Thursday 29th March

A reminder that school will finish this Thursday 29th March. Given that it is the last day of Term 1, students will be having a shorter lunch, followed by a quick emu parade around the school to ensure there’s no litter left over the Easter Holidays, before being dismissed by their classroom teachers at 2.30pm. We hope that all students have a fantastic break and don’t eat too much chocolate (in one sitting)!