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Kyilla Singing Super Stars

Last Thursday night, months of practice culminated in a fantastic performance by the Kyilla School Choir at the Massed School Choir event at the Perth Concert Hall. Our choir performed a selection of songs along with other several other schools from around Perth. Kyilla students poured their hearts into the performance and looked terrific in their new choir uniforms. A highlight of the evening was when Adel D (Year 5) performed a solo as part of the repertoire from “The Boy from Oz’. It was a great experience for our students to sing in a group that contained nearly 500 students. Congratulations to Mrs Christine Brandon, our wonderful music teacher, for preparing our students so well for the evening. Thanks also to Ms Livesey and Mrs Gaske for assisting during rehearsals. It was great to see so many parents and teachers supporting our students on the evening.

Amazing Artists on Show

Mrs Paula Mammone showcased the terrific art work that her students have completed on the evening of Friday 8th September. Children and their families enjoyed viewing a range of art pieces and were excited by the UV lights used to show off certain art works. Congratulations to Mrs Mammone and our talented students for producing such a range of outstanding work. Thank you to Mrs Angela Taylor for assisting Mrs Mammone.

Staffing Changes

Ms Rebecca Stuchbery and Miss Polly Milton will be returning from maternity leave to team teach in Year 2 Aqua in Term 4. Sadly, this means that we will be saying farewell to Miss Tereza Podloucka. Miss Podloucka has done a wonderful job teaching our Year 2 students and I am amazed at the responsible global citizens they have become under the guidance of Miss Podloucka. I don’t think any of us will forget the powerful messages about saving our planet in their recent assembly item. Miss Podloucka has been an asset to our school and we wish her all the best in the future.

URStrong

Our school was able to host, Dana Kerford, the founder of URStrong and the creator of the Friendology Curriculum. Dana worked with staff on the foundations of Friendology, how best to teach the curriculum and was able to answer questions about the program. This program has been very powerful in teaching children at Kyilla how to manage friendship issues or ‘Friendship Fires” as Dana calls them. As teachers we are better equipped to assist students when they are having issues and rather than solve the problem for them, teach children the skills to manage their ‘Friendship Fires’.

Please take the time to check out Dana’s blog at https://urstrong.com/blog/. Her advice is invaluable in helping parents navigate the tricky world of children and their friendships.

Your Move

The school has joined Your Move which is a Department of Transport initiative on getting students to walk or ride to school to get them more active and create healthy habits for life. As a result we have completed a survey of how students get to school and applied for a grant to run Bike Education courses with the Year 4 and 5 students.

Bike Education Year 4 and 5 Students

Next Term the Year 4 and 5 students will be participating in 4 week Bike Education course. There is no cost to students for this course.

The course begins on the first Tuesday of the Term so students will need to bring their bikes and helmets if they have them. (Bikes will be provided for students if they do not have a bike)

A safety presentation will happen this Wednesday at 2:20pm and parents are invited to attend.

Please Note: If students are unable to ride, assistance will be given to them but we encourage you to use the time during the holidays to teach your child to ride.

Mt Hawthorn Area Band

The Mt Hawthorn Area Band will be performing at the school this Thursday afternoon. There are approximately 20 Kyilla students who play in the band and we look forward to listening to their performance

Good for your Sole” Fundraiser

During weeks 1 to 4 of Term 4 each classroom will have an empty shoe in their classroom to collect donations for an Aboriginal Education Foundation. 

Children will be encouraged to spread kindness with each step and bring in spare loose change to fill their classroom shoe. 

All proceeds will be passed on at the end of week 4.

READING IN THE HOLIDAYS

The school siren may have stopped ringing but the holidays can be the perfect time to enjoy fun and meaningful family activities based around books and reading. Here are some holiday ideas to keep the magic of reading alive at home.

Day-Trip/Excursion Research - before you visit a museum, landmark or special exhibition, google the website to read with your child to help plan your trip.

Holiday Diary - Collect items of interest from the visits and glue them into a diary and then ask your child to write about the excursion.  This will create a book full of happy family memories that your child can read again and again.

Visit your local library - Children love choosing books to read.  If the book your child chooses to read is of interest to them, but too tricky for them to read independently, then read it to them or share the reading.  Mix things up with joke books and comic books.  Encouraging your child to read a variety of texts is great for setting them up to be lifelong readers and these types of texts offer their own unique benefits to young readers.

Sharing – If your child is reading a chapter book, consider reading the same book at the same time.  This gives you the chance to compare your impressions of the book with your child and to ask them questions about the plot and characters and to check for understanding.

Introduce family ‘DEAR’ time - DEAR stands for ‘Drop Everything and Read’, where everybody in the house must drop what they’re doing and read a book. Make it spontaneous and exciting, similar to announcing a special treat!

Hideout Reading - Build a hideout with your child out of blankets or sheets and allow your child to read their favourite book by torch light!

Signs out and about - When you are out and about in the car, on the bus or out for a walk, see how many signs you can spot - road signs, street signs, shop signs etc.  Read them together with your child.

Cooking – If your child likes to cook, encourage them to read the instructions in the recipe and then plan for what is needed.  Then shop for the ingredients before cooking together.