From the Principal


At Kallista Primary School we take pride in being a small growing school with a strong sense of community and commitment to caring for the environmental. Both parents and teachers want the best for the children and it is our priority to ensure that all the children are happy and successfully engaged in our high quality education program. We focus on educating the whole child and offer a curriculum that caters for all types of learners. Our program incorporates new information and communication technologies including an extensive computer network, classroom interactive white boards and digital cameras.


The children have many school responsibilities and enjoy knowing all the other children in the school. I am delighted to be the leader of such a great school! I particularly love the way that everyone cares for each other:


  •  Older children look after and play with the younger ones,
  •  Teachers respect children and take time to understand and value each as an individual
  •  Parents are genuinely involved in various aspects of the school program as well as supporting each other.


Kallista children are responsible learners. You will see them engaged in exciting hands-on activities and projects evolving from a child centered approach to learning. Kallista’s curriculum is influenced by the children’s interests and talents. A wide range of English and Maths skills are taught in purposeful contexts in the integrated curriculum as well as during focussed teaching sessions. Our students consistently head off to secondary school very well prepared and achieving higher than expected academic standards.


As a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School, we promote lifelong pleasurable eating habits through the children’s involvement in growing, harvesting preparing and sharing produce from the kitchen garden program.


Surrounded by forest on three sides, our physical environment is truly respected. The school incorporates environmental sustainable strategies which is encouraging the students to be active contributors to emerging environmental solutions. We demonstrate a positive approach to climate change through features such as solar panels (PVP’s) and water tanks.


I welcome you and encourage you to become part of our school community. With 215 children we have the advantage of being like one big family as well as being able to provide all the resources and programs that you will find in a larger school.


You can visit other sections of our school blogsite to keep you up to date with what is happening at the school. Please contact me for enquiries or further information about the school.

Christine Finighan

finighan.christine.w@ edumail.vic.gov.au

Phone: (03) 9755 2633



Our School Vision

At Kallista we value our shared community and our history. We strive to engage students in inspiring challenging opportunities where peers are learning together and sustained shared thinking is evident. We aim to develop attitudes of curiosity, perseverance and responsibility through rich teacher-child interactions and a caring environment. We want our students to acquire a love of life-long learning, creating optimistic, contributing members of our local and global communities.

Our School Values

The following core values reflect the beliefs we hold about how children learn, how our school will operate and how we relate to one another. Our staff and the school community have collaboratively determined these values.

Courage        Respect       Responsibility        Honesty

Classes in 2015

This year we have 10 classes consisting of one Prep, one Prep/1, three Grade 1/2s, two Grade 3/4s and two Grade 5/6.  We value the opportunity of having children learning together in multi-age groups such as these. Children are often involved in open-ended activities as well as focussed skill learning based on their developmental ability level.

2015 Specialist Subjects

  1. Art
  2. Japanese
  3. Physical Education
  4. Kitchen and Garden classes for Grades Prep through to 6

School Programs

Branching Out

“To nurture and enrich literacy development”

1.Twigs and Branches:

a.Reading Partners – Grade 5/6 students are paired with Grade 2/3 reading partners. The Grade 2/3 child reads to their partner for 15 minutes and the Grade 5/6 partner reads a chapter book chosen by the pair for 15 minutes. This occurs for two half hour sessions per week. This program develops the reading skills of both children.

 2.Trunks and Branches:

a.Reading Recovery – Year 1 students who are “at risk” in reading receive an intensive individual daily program with the trained Reading Recovery teacher to bring them up to the reading level of the other Year 1 children.

b.Junior Bridges – Trained Literacy Assistants (parents, grandparents etc) undertake a Junior Bridges program two or three days per week with:

 i. Year 1 students who do not receive Reading Recovery but need some literacy support.

 ii.Year 2 students not achieving state benchmarks.

iii.Students leaving the Reading Recovery program are supported by a Junior Bridges program (If thought necessary)

c.Middle Years Bridges – Trained literacy assistants work 2 or 3 sessions per week with students in grade 5/6 following the Middle Years Bridges program.

d.In-class support – The Literacy Support Teacher supports identified children with literacy needs to participate in the classroom literacy program.

Kitchen Garden

“Growing, harvesting, Preparing, Sharing”

Kallista Primary School is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. This involves an intensive kitchen/garden week once or twice a term for classes from Grades 3 to 6. This week includes a 100 minute session with the garden specialist in which the garden is surveyed to identify available produce that can be used in their cooking later in the week. Another 50 session with the kitchen specialist is used for students to plan suitable recipes that include the available produce a from the garden and from their own family gardens. After such detailed preparation and knowledge of produce students spend a day in the kitchen cooking an extensive range of recipes.

The children really love all aspects of this food education program which is part of our holistic approach to healthy living. Through hands on garden and kitchen experiences, the program aims at encouraging children to make healthy food choices which will last a lifetime. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to be involved as the program relies on assistance from volunteers.Read more about our Kitchen garden Program on the kitchen garden page here.

Student Wellbeing

At Kallista Primary School we believe that students will achieve their full potential in an atmosphere of co-operation and shared values developed through supported learning experiences:

  • Students rights and responsibilities – resulting in a safe and secure environment and development of mutual respect and kindness. Children are taught to work, play and learn without interference in an atmosphere of cooperation and order where talents, interests and ambitions are fostered. Children acquire a range of appropriate and respectful interactions in the school community which set a positive foundation for their interactions in their life. Teachers, children and parents share mutual respect.
  • Shared concern – as part of an anti-bullying program, students learn to understand the impact of their actions on others. Restorative Practices are used to further restore relationships damaged in incidents. Bystanders are empowered to take action to support their peers and all children are taught to make sensible choices and to be responsible for their own behaviour.
  • Positive interpersonal relationships – through programs including whole school family grouping activities (Twilight Picnic Sports), circle time, buddy system, Kallista Kids Council, School captains and House captains, camping program and excursions and incursions opportunities for the development and ongoing nurturing experiences are possible.
  • Intentional experiences to nurture students optimism – all students embracing many school leadership roles through assemblies, recognition of student’s achievements both inside and outside of the school environment.
  • Cyber bullying – information about cyber bullying is included for older children as an extension to the school anti-bullying program. Children need to be made aware of impact of possible actions they may be involved in outside school through mobile phones, text messaging and a variety of social networking sites. Due to strong internet filters, these sites are not accessible through school, however the use of these technologies from home can strongly impact on student’s relationships and emotional states at school.

Camps, Excusions and Incursions

Children participate in school excursions or incursions which enhancement the learning programs. School camps are held each year for students in Grades 3 & 4 (two nights – Flinders or Phillip Island) and Grades 5 & 6 (three nights – Beechworth or Nilahcootie).

Environmental Sustainability

Caring for our environment underpins everything that happens in the school. Kallista Primary School has always been very environmentally conscious with a permaculture garden being established in 1999.

Our aim is to educate the whole child; equip the new generation with not only literacy and numeracy skills but with an understanding of the fragility of the earth in which they live and a desire to care not only for themselves but for our environment.

For the past 10 years the school has recycled its paper and collected food scraps for composting for the garden. A worm farm and 10 chooks now add to the program.

The first set of photo voltaic cells (Solar Panels) has been installed on the school roof and we have a second grant approved for additional cells. An energy and lighting audit has been carried out and is forming the basis for an attempt at making the school carbon neutral or even positive. Our school building has been modified to allow natural lighting in the corridor. Recycled goods are used where possible eg – recycled rubber surface on the ball courts, purchasing/acquiring second hand items, Reverse Garbage incorporated in the Art program.

To save water, the school installed 6 water tanks to catch rain water which is used for flushing toilets, watering the produce garden and as a community fire water tank. Low water flush toilets and taps have been installed.

Before and After School Care  (see separate page)

The Before School Care operates in the General Purpose room from 7.30 am to 8.45 am each morning. The After School Care

program is also run on site daily form 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm. Permanent and casual bookings are available, however, the program has a limited number of places so bookings are essential.

Term Dates for 2015

Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March *

Term 2: 13 April to 26 June

Term 3: 13 July to 18 September

Term 4: 5 October to 18 December


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