Welcome back to the new school year and a special welcome to the 46 new children and their families who have recently joined our Kallista community. We have 37 Preps this year.This year we have welcomed a new teacher, Chris Dockery who will be working part-time in Grade 5/6MD with Gail MacIntyre. We are delighted that Sam Graunke is now working full-time with our Grade 4/5 children. We love the enthusiasm of our other two new teachers—Jake Laurie (Prep/1) and Stafanie Acatos (Gr 1/2A). Both Jake and Stef have recently completed their Primary teaching qualification and we are delighted that they have joined our teaching staff.
Our new Kitchen
This is now being fitted out and is not far from completion. We will be calling a working bee for painting the interior soon.
Twilight Picnic Sports:
Once again we have organised a whole school tabloid sports activity for everyone to get together on Friday 19th Feb. The school day will be from 11.30 am to 6 pm.The day is always a great opportunity to get to know others and to speak to new families.
We are very fortunate to have one of the safest refuges (General Purpose room) built in a school. It has a lot of safety equipment which is regularly maintained and tested eg generator, air system, emergency lighting, separate water supply, satellite phone connection etc. We hold practice evacuations so that the children know the procedures.
This is an absolutely fantastic literacy course for our parents run by Marg Brooks who is our trained literacy support teacher. We require parents who are going to be hearing children read at school to do this course first. It gives you an understanding of the different aspects of literacy and how to assist children. Even if you can’t hear reading at school, this course will show you how to help your own child with literacy development. I can highly recommend this course for all parents so that we are all speaking the same language to the children and using the same approaches.
We are very much excited to be Kallista Primary School’s new school captains and we are looking forward to performing our duties as school captains. We welcome all the new preps, students and teachers and hope they all have a great time here at Kallista. Thanks to the teachers and Mrs. Rose for believing in us and electing us as the school captains of 2010.
from Emmalee and Seth