A Word From The Principal

Hello everyone!

Production Fever as Beat the Heat begins!

There has been so much excitement at school over the last fortnight! Rehearsals for Beat the Heat are  in full swing and it is all coming together thanks to the brilliant direction of Margaret Brooks. We are so privileged to have the talented and charismatic  Valanga lead us in the songs, dance movement and to give us many chuckles along the way! Of course the production cannot go ahead without the support of all our fantastic teachers and the marvellous enthusiasm and energy of our wonderful Kallista kids. Children all over the school are smiling, laughing and singing. Others who are providing special musical expertise are Lisa Baird, Mitch Graunke and Yahiro, our Japanese-Music teacher. Thanks to everyone for the parts you are playing in this exciting performance extravaganza. I can’t wait for the show to open!

Beat the heat








Working Bee  Sunday 24th August

Working Bee this Sunday…come and join us in improvements to our beautiful school.

Come along to the working bee this Sunday and enjoy time with friends and families beautifying our school. We start at 9am and finish at 1pm, with roast lamb sandwiches at 11am. Vegetarian options available. See details on Tiqbiz. Please advise office if you will be attending to assist with catering.

Transition Morning at Monbulk College

Thanks to Monbulk College for providing our Year 5 students with an enjoyable and educational experience on Tuesday morning this week. Our senior students visited Monbulk College in the morning, taking part in subject lessons such as Science and enjoying some time in the grounds. These excursions to secondary colleges give students a taste of the secondary college environment and are most beneficial to preparing them for the next stage of schooling.


Peacemakers are our Year 5 students who have volunteered to help our Year Prep, 1 and 2 students in the playground at lunchtime. Thanks Peacemakers for helping our school increase our friendliness rating once again!

Playground Development News

We are really happy to have developments underway for our playground. Our playground working party has been meeting to plan and design the exciting new improvements. Thanks to parents Bec Bos, Karen Koolstra, Jenny Abraham, Julie Konda and Sonja Wittman-Lines for meeting with our teacher Kirsten, and getting started with planning.

We have a question for our school community: Does anyone have any knowledge about the history of the pine that is located next to the rocky, river bed – near the back gate. Removing this pine, from this native garden bed is being considered, because in the future, as it becomes very large, it will shed needles that will impact on the native garden beneath. Please see me in the office should you have concerns or objections.

School Council

I just wanted to acknowledge our school councillors Emma Miller, Judi Porter, Ian Bland, Jenny Abraham, Craig Tennant, Rebecca Bos, Helen Whitelaw, Peter Grimes, Karen Koolstra, Julie Konda, Raelene Schafer Evans, Anne Vear, Sonja Winkler and Kirsten Belloni who are working across many fronts through committees and working parties in areas such as fundraising, policy review, facilities, and finance.

Our monthly meetings are always informative, with respectful and thoughtful discussions on matters of importance. Thank you for your dedication to our school and I look forward to working with you in the years to come.

 Facilities Update

Beautifying the breezeway

Julie Konda is going to begin beautifying our breezeway by painting it brick by brick in bright colours.  If anyone has any tins of good quality acrylic paints in pretty, bright, happy colours, we would love to have your left overs.  Please drop them at the office and thank you.

The fence around our school.

We will be having an upgrade to our school fencing. Thanks to Parks Victoria for supporting us with half the cost for our back fence. The works should take place over the holidays.

Tony Twining

You may see a tradesman Tony Twining around our school sometimes over the next few weeks. Tony is working hard around our grounds, assisting with small to medium jobs and general school maintenance. In a past life, Tony was principal of Marlborough P.S. and has a very special understanding of the OHS issues and maintenance concerns in schools, so I am delighted to have him on our Kallista team!

‘Thank yous’

Thank you to Karen Koolstra and her arbourist team for clearing dangerous branches last week from our lower playground, to Hugh Abrahams for plumbing advice and help, and to Guido and Karen K for clearing the old canteen portable of lots of unwanted goods! Wow! I cannot believe the help and enthusiasm we have in our community for so many aspects of school improvement. Many thanks for helping Kallista Primary School ‘shine’!

All the best everyone.

Have a great week of learning!

See you on Sunday !




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