Australian @ Heart
With only seven (yes seven!!) weeks to go until we are on stage, there is a lot of production activity going on. We would like to congratulate the following students on being successful in having their titles and designs selected for our logo: Loghan 4/5D, Jordan 5/6MG, Tyla 5/6MG and Finn 3/4F. The logo will be used on t-shirts, tickets, programmes and any other advertising material we use.
Our title is Australian @ Heart – Our Never Ending Story, and this reflects beautifully the music and celebration of our unique country that makes up production this year. Students from all grades have started learning a Dance routine with Susan Lewis, a local choreographer, choir rehearsals are underway, and classes are starting to work out their individual items.
T-shirt order forms will be sent home soon, and sample sizes will be available for you to look at.
Margaret Brooks and Sam Graunke
Red Nose Day!!
Merchandise: A big thankyou to everyone for contributing to this year’s Red Nose Day Foundation by buying lots of merchandise throughout the last couple of weeks. From sales we raised $431.20 so good job everyone.
This money will all go to The Sids and Kids foundation for the research of Sudden Infant Death.
Anucha: This year we decided that on Red Nose Day we would all dress up in red and bring a gold coin donation for Anucha our sponsor child from World Vision. Thanks to you all for dressing up and bringing a donation, we raised $154.85!!!
Well done, Your Social Service Monitors, Tabitha and Jordan.
Whole School Dance Display
On Wednesday the 17th of June the whole school did lots of new and old dances on the top court of our school including the Nutbush, the Samba, Macarina and Jai Ho. Many of us enjoyed the dancing and we really got the beat and kept in time. We practised and practised until we almost knew the dance off by heart. Then one day our lessons paid off, the parents were overjoyed and some of them joined in! At the end the whole school was puffed and we could not have done it without Mrs Morris! She organised it, taught it to us and just did a cracking job and she was puffed out too! By Seth Benton-Gray and Thomas Staub.
A party seems an unlikely forum through which to learn, but that’s exactly what we did today through the prep ‘p‘ party! Our grade of young prep pupils was replaced by princes and princesses, pumpkins, pirates, punks, pandas, puppies, patriots, pixies, panthers, pink preps, power rangers, pussy cats – even Peter Pan!
Activities for the day included ‘p’ word fishing with magnets, Pin the Tail on the Pony and Pass the Parcel, followed by a ‘p’ party food feast of pikelets, potato skins, party pies, pizza, pineapple, peas, pawpaw, preserved peaches, prunes, pumpkin pancakes, pink and purple cakes and much, much more! Following lunch we settled down with a DVD, enjoying classroom-popped popcorn at the pictures.
Yesterday, in the lead-up to our ‘p’ party, the children brainstormed as many words containing the letter ‘p’ as they could and, in only 4 minutes, we recorded a best-ever 41 words! Clearly, preparations for our party have really worked in tuning us in to the letter ‘p’!
I’d like to congratulate the children on their exemplary behaviour on a day full of so much excitement, and thank the parents for their great support and creativity in providing students with costumes and plates (and extra thanks to Kateshia, Claire and Anthea for help with, respectively, party-pies, popcorn and pictures!) Your support has helped in providing a day of terrific fun and entertainment, and ensured we will never – ever – forget the letter ‘p’!
School modernisation progress
Yes, it is really happening! We have had visits from a project manager, an architect, three engineers, a surveyor and soil report has been completed. The architect has produced some preliminary drawings which have gone to DEECD for costing to see if the proposed project will fit within the $2 million budget. We are still hoping to be able to move walls inside the current building to make larger classrooms and working spaces as well as building some additional classrooms. The projects will soon go to the tender process before work commences probably in August starting with the new building.
Open Day and Kitchen Garden Week
We recently celebrated Education Week and Kitchen Garden Week with an Open Day at the School, Kinder and Community House. It was wonderful to see so many parents and community visitors enjoying looking around the school and local facilities. The sun shone and we were able to show off the school at its best. Visitors saw children participating in class activities including literacy, numeracy and integrated studies as well as specialist activities – Physical Education, Garden, Kitchen and Art.
Many visitors were taken on school tours by parents. We are expecting over 30 preps for next year so if you are considering enrolling your child for prep 2010, please contact us for further information and a school tour with the principal as soon as possible.
News from the Kitchen
Happy cooking …. Simone
AFL FOOTBALL VISIT
We were very privileged to have an AFL player from Hawthorn visit Kallista recently and speak to the children about life as a footballer. Stephen Gilham was a VERY tall 24 year old has been an AFL player for seven years which is quite exceptional considering the average playing time of an AFL player is only three years.
$2 million grant to modernise Kallista Primary School.
This is very exciting news! We have received a grant of $2,000,000 from combined state and federal funding. Our local State government member, James Merlino, has worked with us for the past 5 years to promote our cause. He said “Kallista will now have buildings that match the quality of its educational program and support its great connection to the community.” Building works are planned to start this year and there has already been a lot of action. We have been assigned a project manager and architect who have visited us and are working on concepts for our consideration. Teams of engineers and other associated professionals are also involved and have already been surveying the site.
The main priority for us is to have larger classrooms and more space to allow the children to work in a hands-on manner. We cannot rebuild our whole school for this amount of money but there are many exciting ideas to consider. To work within budget we are looking at modifying the current building by moving walls and re-arranging spaces. To maintain 7 classrooms, we will need to either extend the current building or build additional classrooms. Discussions are taking place with involvement of staff and overseen by School Council. If you would like to be involved or have some ideas to contribute, please contact me. Everything is happening very fast at the moment.
Open Day and Kitchen Garden Week: This year Kitchen Garden Week 18th – 22nd May, has been combined with Education Week. On Open Day we will be showcasing our kitchen and garden classes in action for you to come and see. You will be able to wander through the school from 9.30 am to 12 pm and our programs taking place.
Click here -Kallista-Open Day Poster
School Camps: Last week, our Grade 3 & 4 children had a great time at the Flinders Camp. This camp has an activity focus with the children doing a beach walk on the first day then a range of camp activities on the following days. The Grade 5 & 6 children went to camp at Beechworth staying at the “Old Priory”. Their camp has a “history” theme which was an extension of their class unit of work on the first gold discoveries in Australia. You will see from their reports that they keenly lapped up the history found in Beechworth.