A word from the principal

Hello Everyone!

Thank you! Thank you!

I have been really touched by the over- whelming support from students, staff and parents all this term, and last week in particular, as my appointment was announced.

I am thrilled to be working with such a great staff and am looking forward to getting to know the children on a more personal basis as I visit classrooms and the playground. I certainly feel very lucky to be part of the wonderful Kallista Primary School community and especially to be Principal. Thank you so very much!

The Power of One

Last Wednesday afternoon, all students attended a performance called ‘The Power of One!’ The message of the show was that we should all say ‘No!’ to bullying behavior. This means prom- ising to treat others with respect, care and kindness. It also means not being silent when there is bullying going on around you. If someone you know is

being bullied they need your help. Oth- ers respect you if you stand up for someone who is being bullied.

Speak up and report it to teachers, our education support staff, or to myself if you see bullying at school. We can make a difference together

‘Make a stand. Lend a Hand.’ Visit the Department of Education’s website to find out more about bullying. An ex- cerpt from the website follows my letter to you all.

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/ about/programs/bullystoppers/ Pages/students.aspx

Peer Leaders

Last week, I spent some time with Year 5 students discussing how they want to be treated and how we can make play safer at Kallista.

Here are some of the things they said about how they would like to be treat- ed

 Happy and joyfully

 Nice

 Friendly – have ‘good’ friends

 Treated like other people
 Be involved and be included in games  Respect
 Kindness
 Honesty
 Comforted and care
 Safe
 Fun
 Equally
 Fair

I am very pleased to announce that the Year 5’s have volunteered to become Play- ground Peer Leaders, helping our Prep to Year 2 students at lunch play from the be- ginning of next term. I will be training the Year 5 students over the last three weeks of the term. Thanks Peer Leaders!

Step Into Prep! Enrolling NOW!

The kindies had a fantastic morning at Step Into Prep, thanks to our exceptional Prep teachers, Kate and Amy.

Thanks to the mums who came and shared morning tea with me in the staffroom. It was good to discuss the chil- dren’s learning needs and the benefits of the inquiry learning approach offered at Kallista Primary.

Please be aware that it is now time to en- rol your child to ensure their place in Prep for 2015.

Autumn Leaves & General Emergencies
Have you noticed that the autumn leaves have been kept under control over the term? This is thanks to Peter Grimes who comes in the early hours of the morning to blow them all away! Thank you Peter for helping make our paths less slippery and our sports courts ready for action!

Another great dad at our school who is a wonderful support in our many hours of need is Michael Mietzcke. Thanks Michael for all the help you give us in so many ways.

Drumming and Chess are underway!
Don’t forget to come to Tuesday lunchtime chess in the library.

Also sadly, due to illness, Lisa will not be here on Wednesday 11th June. Hopefully Lisa will be back next week. I know she is looking forward to her Drumming Circle in the GP Room as soon as she can. Get well soon.

Help needed!

*** Table coverings… You may have no- ticed that the tablecloths in the entrance and hallway are looking a little sad. I am wondering if there is someone who likes to sew who would make us some new coverings. This includes the two bench tops used to display students’ artworks on either side of the hallway.

*** Pressure hosing needed… We need someone with a couple of hours to pres- sure hose a few slippery areas of the grounds, such as steps and the driveway into the school. Equipment provided, please contact the office if you can help!

*** EMERGENCY! We need the roof gutters cleared of leaves again. This is quite urgent, can anyone help please?

Have a great week everyone!

Chris Finighan Principal


A word from the Acting Principal

A word from the Acting Principal…..

Welcome to Week Six!

We’ve had a full program of events over the last fortnight, with a well-attended school working bee, Year 3 and 5 children participating in NAPLAN , and a variety of engaging learning activities during Education Week.

Kallista Primary School Stu-dent Leadership Training

We are pleased to invite all Year 5 and 6 students to participate in the Kallista Primary School Student Leadership Training Afternoon. The K.P.A. Student Leadership Training will be held on Wednesday 18 June, 2014 from 1.50pm to 3.30pm in the G.P. room.

The training will be facilitated by the highly experienced and inspirational trainer and consultant Kate Wilde, from The Workshop. This program will pro-

vide an excellent educational experi-ence where our Year Five and Six stu-dents learn what it means to be a car-ing, confident leader and a good citi-zen.

Students will be accompanied by Sam Graunke and Christine Finighan.

Leadership is really not about having a title or a ‘position’, so much as leading through demonstrating attitudes and behaviours that inspire others. Great leaders demonstrate through their ac-tions and words positive attributes, such as care, honesty, trustworthiness, respect, enthusiasm and responsibility.

There are so many more positive attrib-utes that you could think of I am sure!

Can you learn to be a leader? Yes you can!! Kate will come to talk about how to get the best out of yourself, out of your relationships and out of your life as young people in the senior years of primary school. ( Free of charge.)

Chess Club

Term 2  CHESS at Kallista PS!

 Lunchtime Chess Club in Term 2!

Year 1 to Year 6 students are invited to join Tuesday lunchtime Chess Club!

When-            Starting Tuesday 3rd June.

Cost-               $40.00 per student for the four weeks

Bring your best Kallista P.S. manners, listening ears, watching eyes and a smile…and of course switch on your mighty powerful thinking brain!

Please note: Eat lunch before you arrive as no food or drink will be permitted.

Be ready to learn and play!

Every Day Counts – School Attendance

url.jpgWe all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with the students coming to school each and every day.

Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year.  By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.  Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school you should speak with your child’s classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to complete to ensure they don’t fall behind.

Remember, every day counts.  From 1st March 2014, new laws will mean that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason.  

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Sausage Sizzle Coordinator Wanted!

imgres.jpg We are seeking a new coordinator of the monthly Saturday morning Kallista Market Sausage Sizzle.  The school coordinator orders the food then collects it from Maxi the Bills in Belgrave then assists in setting up the barbeque.  We need to arrange the roster of assistants and can have a second coordinator for this if preferred.  We need one person one market day then two the following one.  This is a joint Kinder and School fundraiser and the Kinder coordinator is responsible for their volunteers and arranging gas and non-perishables etc.  The next market is on Saturday 1st March.  We have all the procedures for you to follow.  Can you help please?

From the Principal….. Feb 19th

Welcome new preps: Our 30 Preps have now started school and settled happily into one of two classes of 15 children. What a great start to school!

Easter Village Fair—Saturday 22nd March: The Village Fair will have an Easter theme this year being prior to Easter. We are looking at ways that the school children can all be involved in some way either before or during the Fair. The Village Fair team are meeting weekly on Fridays at 9 in the staffroom – so come along and  give us your ideas. We are seeking some coordinators for activities and will be asking for assistance on the day in a future letter. (see PFA news later in Miniscope)

A few extra Curricular activities this year:

  • Grade 5 & 6 Camp to Lake Nillahcootie— 1st to 4th April (last week of Term 1)
  • Grade 3 & 4 Camp to Phillip Island—30th April to 2nd May (second week of term 2)
  • Grade 1 & 2 Melbourne Zoo experience—Monday 14th March
  • School Production at Burrinja -2nd and 3rd September


Getting to know you interviews: Last week’s parent teacher interviews were a great opportunity for teachers and parents to share information and aspirations about each child. We received very positive feedback about the smooth start to the year and have hopefully strengthened our home school relationships. We also gained information from parents about what they would like to find out more about. We are now arranging parent information sessions around these needs. Watch out for more information. If you missed these interviews, please arrange another time to catch up with your child’s teacher. Please talk to us especially if you have concerns.


Picnic Sports: Friday 28th February: Our whole school tabloid picnic sports day is Friday of next week from 9.30 am to 12.30 on the school oval followed by a picnic lunch. If you can arrange it, this is a great fun day to spend with your children. A notice has gone home with details about this. You will not be required to return a payment or permission form this year as the $4 cost for this activity was included in the parent contributions you have paid this year. (There was $20 in total which covers 4 core activities this year: $4 Picnic Sports, $4 visiting author activity, $4 bus to school production rehearsal and $8 for Athletics Sports)

School Photos: Monday 24th March: We have changed our school photograph providers this year to Aussie School Photos as we feel they have better options for parents and they come highly recommended. More details about ordering photos to follow.


Playtime with the Principal

For our term 1 incentive, I have organized a “Playtime with the Principal”. This will give all successful children an extra 20 minutes of lunch playtime with the Playpod open in the last week of term. Every child who is at school, in the classroom at 9am ready for learning every day this term will be eligible for this reward. All preps will automatically be included this term.  Don’t forget that we can provide a “pink slip” which excuses a lateness. Just talk to the office staff when you arrive late with your child. These pink slips are provided for unavoidable delays eg trees down, traffic problems, appointments etc. We are pleased that the majority of children realise the importance of being on time for school.