Well, it was definitely one of the most unusual beginnings we have all experienced but both the staff and kids at Kyilla were very eager to be back at school yesterday. There was definitely a buzz of excitement in the air as everyone enjoyed their first day back at school.
I would like to acknowledge everyone’s cooperation as we navigate the current CoVID restrictions.
I would like to welcome new staff to Kyilla, Ms Sandy Chambers (Year 5/6 Bibdjool), Mrs Sammy Walker (Year 5/6 Bibdjool), Ms Eloise Young (Year 1/2 Baan-baan), Mr Brendan Kennedy (Year 5/6 Djilaro), and Ms Elisa Waterman (PP Yongka).
Parent Information Sessions
Due to current CoVID restrictions we will be emailing out class information instead of having class parent information sessions. This information will be sent out on Friday.
The corner of Bedford and Lawler Streets is not a parking area but there are cars persistently parked there both before and after school. This is extremely dangerous for children who need to cross the roads here as they often have to step out behind parked cars and are not visible to oncoming traffic. In the interest of child safety, we will be roping this area off as it is not a parking zone.
I would like to encourage parents to use designated parking bays or park on the verge of Kyilla Park. This can mean a short walk to school but is safer than parking in the wrong place.
We have vacancies on the Kyilla School Board and are seeking parents to nominate for two and three year terms. The Kyilla School Board meets once or twice a term from 4pm to 5.30pm on Thursdays. We are seeking proactive individuals who are keen to promote the school within the community and have a strong interest in the education of students. The School Board has the school’s Business Plan as the core driver of Board activities.
The functions of the Board are as follows:
Take part in:
- establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
- planning financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
- evaluating the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions;
- formulating codes of conduct for students at the school; and
- take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff if prior approval is given by the Regional Executive Director.8
- a charge or contribution determined by the principal for the provision of materials, services and facilities;
- the costs determined by the principal to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program;
- the items determined by the principal to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the school’s educational program; and
- an agreement or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to a government school.
If you would like to nominate for the Kyilla School Board please send a two hundred word expression of interest to
[email protected] by Tuesday 23 February 2021. The expression of interest should outline your reasons for choosing to nominate to the Board and what you can offer the Board in terms of skill set. If there are more nominees than positions, there will be a school community vote.
Ms Rebecca Stuchbery and Mr Courtney Bridge will be Deputy Principals this semester. Mr Bridge will be in the office from Monday to Wednesday, Ms Stuchbery will be in the office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Parents can contact them on 9216 3300 or at [email protected] or [email protected] .
Netball is Coming
The Kyilla Comets Netball teams will be up and running soon for children in Years 2 to 6. As soon as registrations are open we will send out information on how to enrol your child
Parents/Visitors on Site
A friendly reminder that if you need to enter the school grounds during 8.45am—2.55pm to either volunteer in the canteen, drop off your child’s lunch or visit a teacher for a meeting you must enter through our Front Office and sign in.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a whole school framework which helps schools to create positive learning environments. Our school values guide the behaviour of everyone in our school; staff, students, parents and community members. This is achieved by developing proactive systems to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviour.
We show RESPECT: We promote respect for self, peers, community and the environment. Individual differences and cultural diversity are embraced.
We are RESPONSIBLE: We support students to become organised individuals who treat their own property and school resources appropriately. We have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe.
We are GOOD CITIZENS: We aim to develop mindful members of the community who are honest, trustworthy and accountable for their actions. This is in order to develop a happy and inclusive space for all.
We CHALLENGE OURSELVES: We set high expectations so everyone can achieve their potential in all areas of development. We promote active participation so everyone is engaged and working together. Whilst there is a dedicated PBS team appointed in the school which consists of administration and classroom teachers, the entire staff at Kyilla are committed and involved in the design and implementation of PBS.
Our Behaviour Matrix articulates what our behaviour expectations look like in everyday school life and this is what guides the explicit teaching of those behaviours. It also frames the language used by staff when acknowledging expected behaviour and responding to unproductive behaviour. For example:
“At Kyilla we show respect and use our manners.”
“At our school we value being a good citizen and play games fairly.”
“We need to show we are responsible and store equipment properly. That is something we value at Kyilla.”
“Remember we need to challenge ourselves and be persistent. Let’s try another way to solve this problem.”
“Don’t forget to show respect and listen thoughtfully to others. Look at the person who is speaking and be silent.”
From the School Office
* Attached with today’s newsletter is the Term 1 Planner. Please mark important dates in your diary.
* Please keep an eye out for the school photo envelopes which should be going home in the next couple of days.
* Please ensure all handouts are returned to be front office by Friday 12 February 2021.