From the Principal – 1 December 2022

Hi Folks

This will be my last newsletter to the KCS community. After 41 years in schools across Australia and New Zealand, 29 of those in principalship, with the final 9 terms at this wonderful school, I look forward to serving in a new capacity as the Chief Education Officer for SCEA. To be part of an association of approximately 800 staff providing quality Christian education to now over 4,500 students from hundreds of families across the Perth region is a distinct privilege. While I will be maintaining a close relationship with the school and visiting on a regular basis, I know I will greatly miss the close camaraderie of my colleagues, the very positive relationships with parents and grandparents, and of course the delightful children. Thank you to all who have made my time here such a delight. This is indeed a very special place and community!

Welcome to Captain Kalamunda – Our Very Own School Mascot

Last week, on the occasion of our final Awards Assembly for Pre-Primary to Year 5, we introduced a very special visitor, CAPTAIN KALAMUNDA, to our students and staff and parents in attendance.

During 2021 the KCS Advancement Team and Executive, along with the then marketing officer, came up with a concept of having a school mascot character. A local pastor/artist helped with the design, and then this year a costume company was employed to turn the idea into reality.

Into the future the character of Captain Kalamunda will appear and be used in a variety of creative ways in classes, programs and school events.

Parent Volunteers

We greatly value and appreciate the extensive work undertaken by so many of our parent community along with grandparents and other friends of the school in volunteering time, expertise and passion in making our school such a wonderful place to be part of. It was wonderful to have a good number of our volunteers able to attend a special afternoon tea yesterday in recognition of their sterling efforts.

School Reports

We look forward to providing you with the Semester 2 student progress and achievement reports next week. Keep an eye out for the email that will enable you to access your child(ren)’s report(s) through our parent portal. As with all such summative reports we try and capture as accurately as we can the extent to which each student has engaged with and met learning goals in terms of the WA curriculum standards. A big thank you to all the teachers who have once again spent many hours in writing these reports.

Book Fair Sales

What a wonderful Book Fair was held this year with an awesome team of people bringing everything together under the leadership of our dear Mrs M It looks like plenty of books are going under Christmas trees as the total of commission for 2022 was $2,864. Thank you to all who supported this important annual event.

2022 Yearbook

The 2022 KCS Yearbook is due to be printed over the holiday period. Rather than being posted out as it was at the start of this year, we will instead be handing out copies to the oldest in each family to take home over the course of the first week of school. For the students/ families who are leaving at the end of the year, primarily our graduating class, copies will be available to pick up from the office or we can arrange for a posted copy.

Dr Gregg Weaver

From the Principal – 17 November 2022

Hi Folks.

With less than a month of school to go KCS is a hive of activity. Last week’s highlights included the Year 5 assembly and Early Years Orientation morning, both with a great parent turn out, our Remembrance Day Service and the Interschool Athletics Track competition. The annual Book Fair and Grandparents Day with its Antiques Roadshow focus has been a great success this week. Then we really count down with the End of Year Awards Assembly next week with a very special guest appearance, the Year 4 – 6 Learn to Swim program, Christmas Concerts, Leave Your Legacy and Year 6 Graduation, and all capped off by the Last Day Celebrations.

Please note that Dr Weaver has been absent this week due to having to return to New Zealand to attend to some important family matters. He will be back with us this coming week.

NAPLAN Moving to Term 1

NAPLAN is moving to mid-March in Term 1 from next year. Currently NAPLAN is held in May in Term 2, and parents get the results of the tests in September. As a result of the move, you as parents/carers are expected to get your child’s results in a single individual student report after the writing results are available, probably at the end of Term 2.

Thank you to the SCEA ICT Team who are working behind the scenes in ensuring KCS is ready for this new roll out.

2023 Budget

We would like to acknowledge the outstanding strategic and detailed work that has been undertaken by our new Business Manager, Ian Ludlow, and the Assistant Business Manager, David Wolfenden, in ensuring that the 2023 budget processes have come together well with final version being submitted at the end of last week.  

2023 School Improvement Plan

The staff and executive are currently reviewing progress made against this year’s planning with a view to having in place a draft SIP ready to hand to Mr Hunter when he takes over the reins as Principal in January. The key Learning and Teaching priorities will remain the roll out of our KCS Pedagogical Framework, the focus on Written Language, and introducing the SCEA Proficient standards for teachers.

Memory Verses

For the remainder of the year students are learning some final important sayings of Jesus, from his ‘Sermon on the Mount’ which has been the focus for three terms.

Our Generous God – Matthew 7: 7-8

    Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 

8        For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

The Best Foundations – Matthew 7: 24-25

24      Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 

25      The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Kind regards
Dr Gregg Weaver