Welcome back to 2021

Welcome to the 2021 school year. We started the year with some uncertainty and the realisation that COVID-19 is still impacting on our lives and society. Whilst parts of Western Australia were in lockdown, we were able to open and were so pleased that we were able to welcome both students and parents back into our classrooms.

We have started the year with approximately 200 students, with some new enrolments in both the primary and secondary schools. It gives me great pleasure to welcome these families either too, or back to, the Kalbarri DHS community.

The start to the school year has been smooth with excited, happy children ready to get back into their classrooms.

STAFFING UPDATE

Welcome to our new staff:

Mr Michael James – High School Science teacher Ms Molly Ferrier – Kindy teacher
Mrs Yvonne McKenzie – Year 2/3 teacher
Ms Kirstin White – School Chaplain

Welcome back to some returning staff:

Mr Stuart Teasdale Mrs Narelle Cahill Mrs Natasha Freeman Mrs Lisa Nash Mrs Jill Leck

SCHOOL TIMES

We have made some small changes to our school timetable. The school day hours have not changed, just the way we have structured our class times.

Primary

Secondary

8:40 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:30
10:30 – 10:50 Recess
10:50 – 11:50
11:50 – 12:50
12:50 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:50

8:30 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:30
10:30 – 10:50 Recess
10:50 – 11:50
11:50 – 12:50
12:50 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:50

ATTENDANCE

Every day at school counts and this year we will be having a big focus on student attendance. Helping your child to achieve academically is critical and as attendance data closely correlates to academic achievement, we remind families of the important role they play in helping students develop regular attendance habits. Our attendance data for 2020 was low with students attending regularly; that is attending school over 90% of the time, sitting at 31.4% for Semester 2 2020. Whilst Semester 1 was severely affected by COVID-19, school was open every day and every week of Semester 2, and we must improve our attendance rates for 2021.

DRESS CODE AND SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Along with a focus on attendance, our other focus initially is on the school uniform and dress code. It is our belief that the wearing of a school uniform fosters and enhances the public image of the school. It builds school pride, as well as unity and team spirit within the student body. Our school uniform consists of the following:

Primary:

Wide brimmed navy blue hat, bucket hat or baseball cap
Plain navy blue or black shorts, skirts or skorts of an appropriate length
Plain navy blue or black bottoms, including track pants
Red polo shirt with small white printed/embroidered logo on upper left or faction sports shirt Navy blue hooded jumper with small white printed/embroidered logo

Secondary:

Wide brimmed navy blue hat, bucket hat or baseball cap
Plain navy blue or black shorts, skirts or skorts of an appropriate length
Plain navy blue or black bottoms, including trackpants
Navy blue polo shirt with white thin stripes on collar and sleeves and small white printed/embroidered logo on upper left or faction sports shirt. DOE or school related polo shirts/track suits (i.e. Country W eek, SIDE,

Yr 12 Leavers, Bushrangers) may be worn

Navy blue hooded jumper with small white printed/embroidered logo

For safety reasons we ask that all students wear closed in shoes, minimal jewellery and that all long hair is tied back or up. As a reminder, denim must not be worn to school either.

NEWSLETTER

The School newsletter will now be scheduled for only 3 times during a Term. The school will increase communication through Facebook, the Website and through our School Star App.

SECONDARY ASSISTANCE

The West Australian Department of Education provides an allowance to assist eligible families with secondary schooling costs. Parents/guardians must apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme each school year. To be eligible for the allowance the parent/guardian must hold a Department of Human Services (Centrelink) or Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card or Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card.

The allowance consists of two components:

$115 Clothing allowance paid directly to the parent/guardian or the school

$235 Education program Allowance paid directly to the school

Application are made by the parent or guardian for the student/s enrolled in Year 7 to 12 studying full time secondary course in a Western Australian public school.

Application forms are available from the school office, please bring you health care/concession card with you and your bank account details with you. Applications close 1 April 2021

CONTRIBUTION AND CHARGES

Voluntary contributions relate to the monies requested from parents towards the cost of materials, services and facilities used by K-12 students in the educational program. These fees play a significant role in providing resources that extend the school’s capacity to add value to the learning experiences of students. The continuing partnership between our school and parents is vital to ensuring that all students receive a level of education sufficient to carry them forward in today’s society. These fees can be paid in cash/EFTPOS at the School Office or by Direct Deposit into our bank account.

Our account details are;
Account Name: Kalbarri District High School BSB: 016 650
A/C No. 340900021
Please put student name in Reference.

SCHOOL CHAPLAIN

My name is Kristin White, and I grew up in Perth. I moved to Geraldton a year ago and have loved living near the beach. I still live in Geraldton and each week travel up here for two days.

I have spent some time living in Tanzania, Africa and traveling around Asia and Europe. After school you will find me walking my puppy, Charlie, at the beach or park., or at footy training. I started playing last year, I’m not very good, but I’m learning a lot and have heaps of fun.

I’m excited to be part of the Kalbarri community and to be able to support the school community wherever I can. Thanks, Kristin White – Chaplain.