Welcome to Term 3 – Principal’s Update

It has been a very calm and lovely start to the term this time, which I’m sure everyone appreciates. Saying that, it is still going to be a term full of exciting events and activities. This term we have our athletics events beginning with the NCVISSA Cross Country on Friday the 6 August, followed by the Jumps and Throws, Distance runs and Faction Athletics Carnival on the 30th and 31st August and 1st September respectively. We also have Book Week this term from the 23rd to the 27th August. This years theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Future Worlds and I’m looking forward to seeing the crazy, zany and cool ideas the students come dressed up in. Our Book Week parade will be Monday 23rd at 9:00am in the undercover area. 

Staff Changes 

We have some staff changes for this semester once again. Mr Loffler has decided that after 26 years teaching at Kalbarri DHS, and 41 years in public education, the time is right to retire and put his feet up. We will be celebrating Mr Loffler’s remarkable career later this term so keep an eye out on Facebook and the website for more information. 

Ms Rowena Fullston is rejoining us this year as Mr Loffler’s replacement. Ms Fullston comes to us with a wealth of experience as a teacher, teacher consultant and community member. 

We also have a new Deputy Principal with us for the rest of this year. Mrs Michelle Williamson has joined us from Perenjori Primary School. Mrs. Williamson is an experienced school leader, having been a Deputy Principal and Principal at other schools around WA. 

If you see Ms Fullston or Mrs Williamson in the playground or around town, stop and say Hi. 

Our primary school students have begun using Seesaw to share the learning activities that they have been doing in class, with their families. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Seesaw Families app from either the Apple App store or Google Play store, I encourage you to do so. Seesaw is not social media; it is not Facebook for schools and is definitely not about encouraging students to be on the computer screen. Seesaw is a Learning Management Platform that allows the teacher and student to share, collect and demonstrate learning, knowledge and work. It allows you as a parent, the opportunity to see exactly what your child/ren are doing in the classroom at any time. If anyone needs help connecting to their child’s account, or would like to talk about the schools use of Seesaw, please see you child’s teacher or Mr. Ostaszewskyj. 

AROUND THE SCHOOL THIS TERM 

Assembly 

Our next Assembly is on Friday 13TH August, hosted by the Year 2/3 class. We look forward to seeing you there. 

NCVISSA Cross Country 

We are fortunate to be hosting the NCVISSA Cross Country event this year. The races are being run on Friday the 6th of August starting at 10.00 am down near Sally’s Tree. Congratulations to the following students have been selected to participate; 

Year 3: Harper, Lucy, Taylor, Rylee, Ivo, Jett 

Year 4: Malia, Izabella, Josie, Noah, Jesse, Jai 

Year 5: Bay, Jessy , Rahni, Jayke, Kai, Ky 

Year 6: Ella, Edie, Stella, Khiem, Sebastian, Roy 

Voluntary Contributions and Fees & Charges 

Thank you to those parents who have already paid their school fees at the front office. Your contributions and school fees are very important. The fees, charges and contributions, per child supplement the cost of purchasing resources for our students to participate in classroom and specialist activities, such as cooking, art etc and the purchase of consumables e.g., paper, clay, timber, food for students to use in the classroom. You can come into the front office and pay via EFTPOS or in cash. 

Containers for Change 

The P&C has a group ID at the Containers for Change collection point. All you need to do is drop off your eligible recyclable containers and donate the proceeds to the Kalbarri P&C Canteen ID. C10329563 

PBS Expectation 

Our PBS expectations this term are as follows: 

Week 1 & 2: Walk on paths and verandas 

Week 3 & 4: Treat others how you want to be treated 

Week 5 & 6: Show good sportsmanship and Athletics Procedures 

Week 7 & 8: R U OK? 

Week 9 & 10: Use kind words and actions 

These expectations are taught in every classroom across the school over the term. The explicit teaching of the behaviours aims to eliminate doubt about what is expected, it shows the students what the behaviour looks and feels like and maintains consistency across the school so all students know what is expected of them and of teachers. 

Michael Ostaszewskyj