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
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
Friendly – have ‘good’ friends
Treated like other people
Be involved and be included in games Respect
Comforted and care
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.
*** 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