For Parents

75th Birthday

If you are keen to be involved in any way in the celebration of Kyilla’s 75th Anniversary on Saturday 24 October please email me at [email protected] We have started a Facebook page to begin getting the word out there. You can find this at Kyilla Primary School - 75th Birthday on Facebook.

Lunch Changes

“Play First, Eat Second” at lunchtime has started the term off on a positive note. Children have been a lot more settled when eating their lunches and return to class after lunch in a calm and positive manner.

Book Week 

Kyilla will be celebrating Book Week in Week 9, from 14 – 19 September. Our Book Week Dress Up Day will be on Thursday 17 September. The theme for the week is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”. There will be loads of fun literacy activities throughout the week including a visiting author.

We will have a Book Market at the Kyilla Community Farmers’ Market on Saturday 19 September, we will be selling pre-loved books to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

We have planned our Parent-Teacher Interviews for Tuesday 11August. School will close at 12.30pm and interviews will be scheduled during the afternoon. Attached with today’s newsletter is information on how to book your interview time slots through the School Interviews website.  This will go live as of this afternoon.

Protective Behaviours

This Term, students from Pre-primary to Year 3 will be learning about Protective Behaviours with

Ali Fisher from Keeping Us Safe. Protective Behaviours is a preventative program that teaches safety and empowerment, children will be taught to pay attention to Early Warning Signs and to develop a network of people they can turn to if they do not feel safe. The program teaches children two key messages: “We all have the right to feel safe” and “We can talk with someone about anything, no matter what it is”. Each week, Ali will send home information about what has been covered in her lessons so that you can continue the learning at home.

MS Readathon

This year, Kyilla students are participating in the MS Readathon which kicks off on August 1st. Students will be participating as a class and each class is hoping to raise $200: the money raised goes toward vital support services such as the MS Family Camps. These camps are for children whose parents are living with Multiple Sclerosis and provide a valuable opportunity for them to learn more about MS and bond with other children who are sharing a similar journey. Our school page can be found at https://www.msreadathon.org.au/fundraisers/KyillaPrimarySchool and classes will be sending links to their individual fundraising page via seesaw. 

NCCD

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school, about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information collected assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

Children will not be involved in any testing process and the school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au). 

Environmental Grant

 A group of year 6 students has successfully applied for an environmental grant from the City of Vincent. The money from this grant will be used to improve the way in which our students sort their rubbish and to ensure that our school is contributing to a more sustainable environment. These students will be leading the initiative and, with the help of their fellow year 6 peers, are aiming to educate students on how to sort their rubbish into organic, recycling and landfill. We have been impressed with the leadership skills displayed by this group of students in researching our school’s needs, setting an action plan in place and preparing the grant for submission.

New Lunch Time Routine

This term we have changed our lunch time routine. We now play for the first part of the lunch break and eat afterwards. By playing first, students are not focussed on rushing through the eating time so they can go and play. Instead, eating lunch becomes a more social time and students engage in better conversation with their peers. It also allows students time to calm before returning to class and engaging in their learning. This new routine has been working well and we can see positive changes already.

We are also wanting to diversify the play options for our students and we are looking at putting dress ups out to encourage our student’s creativity and imaginative play. We are seeking donations of decent quality children’s dress up items. So if you have been meaning to have a clean out of your child’s dress up box, please think about donating them to the school. Donations can be dropped to the front office.

Upcoming Sporting Events

Term 3:

Friday, 11th September: Faction Athletics Carnival

Tuesday, 22nd September: Interschool Athletics Carnival

Unfortunately, the interschool cross country will not be going ahead this year.

From the Classroom

In Year one Purple this Year we have planted a vegetable garden. During the warmer months we had two garden monitors who watered the garden every day until nature took over with all of the wet weather. They started off as small plants and grew so BIG we could harvest and eat the produce. The carrots were the most delicious carrots we had ever tasted. As well as carrots we had broccoli, capsicum and tomatoes. Unfortunately our cucumbers didn't survive but we will try again in spring. We hope you enjoy our pictures as much as we have enjoyed vege gardening. 

From the Chaplain

Filling up your child’s emotional piggy bank. Dr John Gottman recommends that healthy relationships maintain a 5:1 ratio – five positive interactions for every one negative interaction. Here are 3 easy things you try fill your child’s emotional needs:

1. Show Appreciation: Value their contributions and shine a light on their strengths.

2. Positive Reflection: Highlight the positives by asking them what went well in their day

3. Gratitude: Cherish the moment and show your child how grateful you are for them.

For more information: https://urstrong.com/resource/your-childs-emotional-piggy-bank/

From the School Office  

  • The following classes still require Class Representatives:

             Year 1 Orange               Year 4 Ruby                   Year 5/6 Navy                  

             Year 5/6 Magenta

  • We have a number of school jumpers in the “lost property” bin which is located in the undercover area.  Numerous items have no names on them.  Whatever is not collected by the end of the week will be washed and donated to the second hand stall.
  • A friendly reminder if your child is unwell or will be late, please advise the school office by submitting an absentee via the website, email to [email protected] or SMS 0438 931 503 before 10am.
  • Attached with today’s newsletter is the Term 3 Planner & instructions for School Interviews.

School Banking is back in Term 3

Our friendly banking volunteers are ready to see you each Friday morning as school banking is back in action.

Also if you're interested in opening up a savings account for your child, please feel free to pop into the library on Fridays from 8.15 to 9.00am and we'll let you know how you can set one up.

Calling all Graphic Designers

Are you a graphic designer looking for some creative and flexible work and an opportunity to contribute to your school community? 

The graduating class of 2020 is seeking a graphic designer to design their Leavers’ Yearbook. We’re looking for someone who knows their way around InDesign, has a talent for making things look good, and can work with a small group of parents to create a yearbook that our kids will treasure well after they’ve left school. 

This is a paid role and you’ll be supported by an enthusiastic yearbook committee.   

If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Cherie Hardingham-Braid on 0407 478 081 by 30 July.

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