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From the Principal – 1 September 2022

Hi Folks.

This coming Sunday marks a very special day in most families’ calendars where fathers and fatherhood is celebrated in Australia. As with Mother’s Day in May, we as a school take this opportunity to particularly show honour to those who love, provide, protect, educate, encourage, discipline, and guide their children or those they have been entrusted to care for and raise. This morning we held a special Dads and Donuts that doubled as this term’s Fathering Project activity with a great turnout by Dads, Grandfathers and other father figures.  

Thank you to all who are actively promoting our school, for the first time since I have been here, there have been five enrollment tours and conversations in one week.

Appreciation for Educational Assistants and Administration staff

This week marks Australia Teacher Aide appreciation week. Here at KCS, this provides us with the opportunity to include our administration team, thanking them all for the sterling work they all do across the school. We are truly blessed to have such skilled people on the team. Special gifts were given out during the week.

Book Week

What an amazing week, chocka full of activities promoting the value of books and the love of reading. Highlights were the “Poetry Out Loud” competition, the special pyjama dress-up, and the special “Meet the Authors” with the students from our REACH Writing (Gifted and Talented Program) sharing about their own writing/book production. Student achievement included:

The Bake a Book Comp – Heidi G (Y4), Josiah G (Y2) and Samuel G (PP)
Dreaming With Eyes Open Art Comp – Heidi W (PP), Lacey W (Y2), Zack L (Y3) and Elsa W (Y5)
Lexile Gold Certificate Holders (Y6 – 350 points earned), Amy B and Nicholas L

Inter-School Cross Country Results

Last Friday our school fielded a healthy contingent of Year 1 to 6 students in the annual WACSA Cross Country Competition held at Kwinana. Our students did very well, making everyone proud, as they competed against 18 other schools in either the 1.5km or 2.0km runs. Of special note are the following achievements. These students placed in the top 10 in their races:

  • Year 3:  Anna M (7th)
  • Year 4:  Eloise C (6th)
  • Year 5:  Mia W (6th)

Tournament of the Minds

The school had two teams participate in this special inter-school competition held at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, over the course of Saturday 27th August. This included the presentation of their Long-Term Challenge and a Spontaneous Challenge. In their first ever year of the tournament, the teams were commended by the judges for their teamwork and innovative answers within the spontaneous challenge.

STEM Excursion at SCC

Following on from the wonderful STEM Showcase a couple of weeks ago, 10 students from KCS participated in a SCEA-wide STEM event held at Swan Christian College on Monday of this week. It was a wonderful day of creative and critical thinking, of teamwork and getting to know other students across SCEA.

Oz Rocks Times Tables Competition

We are incredibly excited to announce that we came 11th place in Oz Rocks – a times tables competition run by the internationally renowned, award-winning app and learning platform, Times Tables Rock Stars. The competition was fierce with 4,789,428 questions answered collectively by 6,501 pupils from more than 60 schools and 535 classes around the country! On average our top class answered 1,152 questions correctly per pupil, with the best performing pupil answering an amazing 7,377 questions correctly in total. Our top three students were Lucas M (Year 4), Jasper G (Year 3) and Sven N (Year 4).

Special Visit

This week, two of our ex-students from last year’s Year 6 cohort, Ruby Taylor and Charles Westran, came to speak to and participate in a Q&A session with the Year 6 group as part of their Student Leadership program. It was so good hearing of their secondary experiences and how they continue to exemplify our KCS flourishing attributes.

Parent Community Survey

We would like to thank all the parents who took time to complete the recent community survey. Once the school is in receipt of the data there will be a thorough analysis and a summary provided in an upcoming issue of the Newsletter.

Health and Safety Focus

Air Health Monitor Installation. We are pleased to advise our School has been selected to host an Air Health Sensor as part of RAC’s Air Health Monitor Network. The sensor was installed by Metrowest on Monday and will be another building block in being a school who puts a premium on sustainability and the renewal of God’s good creation. The RAC Air Health Monitor Network will be used to engage and educate the community about the pollutants that can be harmful to air quality, our health, and the environment, and encourage positive action to reduce harmful vehicle emissions for cleaner, healthier air.

Working With Children Checks (WWCC). The WWCC is a screening process for people undertaking paid or unpaid child-related work and is a key strategy to increase child safety in WA. WWC checks are an important part of life here at KCS, helping us all ensure we are providing a safe environment for all our students. The McGowan Government has introduced laws to the Parliament of Western Australia that will strengthen WWC checks. Under the proposed changes to the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004, criminal offences that trigger an automatic Negative Notice will be expanded.

True Treasure

The Bible verses that we are covering in class for the remainder of the term are what Jesus teaches us about true treasure. As for most scriptures this year they are taken from what is commonly called Jesus’ sermon on the mount and found in Matthew 6:19-21.

19   Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20   But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
20   For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Important Reminder – Term’s Notice

As we head toward the end of Term 3, we would remind families that if it looks likely that they might be moving away from the area that the school needs to be notified in writing. This enables the school to plan and budget well, having quality staff delivering quality programs to our growing school community.

NOTE: In keeping with the enrolment agreement and SCEA’s Parent Code of Conduct, the school needs to receive a full One Term’s notice of withdrawal (nine weeks of instruction time – holidays not included).

Dr Gregg Weaver