Kalinda Primary School Newsletter

12 September 2019
Issue Nine

We are kind. We are resilient. We are respectful. 

Principal's Report
From the Assistant Principal 
Save the date
School Counsellor
Kalinda Kids Corner
Student Achievements
Around the school
From staff and the Office
Fundraising and Parents and Friends
Health and First Aid
Handy Links
Public Announcements
Kalinda Primary School
03 9876 3289
39- 49 Kalinda Rd
Ringwood, VIC, 3134

Principal's Report

Mr McClare is unwell this week so instead our Principal Report page is given over to a very special announcement from our Junior School Council, and a celebration and congratulations to Harry S!


Congratulations to Harry S (Grade 6) for being selected to represent Victoria in the Team Vic boys 12 years and under cricket team. Harry will represent School Sport Victoria at the School Sport Australia Championships, SA from 17 November to 24 November. 


These championships offer gifted and talented students the opportunity to participate in higher levels of sporting competition against students from other Australian States and Territories.  

This a massive sporting achievement, and we are all very proud of Harry. We wish him all the best with his preparations in the lead up to the championships.


A message from JSC:



A food drive is a way that we can make a difference for families that live in our area. It is when a group of people work together to collect food items for people who really need it. An organisation called Wesley Uniting help people in the Ringwood area who are sometimes homeless or in desperate need for basic food and personal items. In that past year 11,000 people have used the Wesley Uniting service.


As a JSC we decided we could do something to help. So, on Footy Dress Up Day on Thursday September the 19th as well as wearing your team colours and a number on your back we would like to encourage you to donate and bring in a non-perishable food item or personal item to donate to the Wesley Uniting pantry. 


As Christmas approaches they need to stock up their supplies. You could bring food that lasts a long time like….

  • Pasta, pasta sauce, tinned vegetables, baked beans, spaghetti, salt or pepper, cereal and cup noodles are great.
  • Tooth brushes, toothpaste and deodorant would also be great.

Let’s try and fill as many of these purple boxes as possible. The purple boxes are in the office foyer area ready to be filled up. If you would like to bring your donation in before footy day you can, otherwise please bring something along on Footy Day. If we all contribute something little we will be able to make a big difference.


Thank you,

JSC Team


We are kind. We are resilient. We are respectful.

From the Assistant Principal 

From Mrs Hopkins' office....

Recently we have published several new policies. 2 of these may interest you and are attached below. The Food Sharing Policy and the Dogs at School Policy. Please take a read and note how these may affect your family, particularly in terms of bringing pets to school and also sharing food on birthdays and special occasions. 


Head Lice

'Tis the season to be itchy! Please see attached some information regarding the treatment and control of head lice. It is important that if you do find head lice that you check all family members (with comb and conditioner) and that pillow cases are washed on a hot cycle. 


Footy Maths Day

On Thursday 19th of September we will be holding our annual Footy Maths Day. It will be a day filled with really fantastic maths activities and games planned by teachers. Students (and staff!) are invited to come along dressed in their favourite team colours. As part of your outfit, please include a number (like a players number) somewhere on your outfit. The number should be between 1-99. 


This year our Junior School Council have added a charity drive to our Footy Day. Instead of a gold coin, students are asked to bring a non-perishable food or toiletry item. The Kalinda collection will be donated to the Food for Families campaign. Thank you to the students of the JSC for selecting this worthy local cause. 


We are kind. We are resilient. We are respectful. 

Save the date


Friday 13th September

State School Spectacular rehearsal - Participating students

Responsible Pet Ownership program for Years 1 and 2

Saturday 14th September

State School Spectacular main event - Participating students

Sunday 15th September

Working Bee - all welcome

Wednesday, 18th September

ICAS Maths Testing - Participating students

Canteen Special Pie Lunch

Thursday 19th September

Footy Maths Day

Ivans Pies delivery, 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Friday 20th September 

Final day of Term 3.  Reminder - Early Dismissal - 2.30pm


Term 4 begins Monday October  7th


Starting Monday October 7th (to 14th October)

Waste Education Incursion, all years

Tuesday October 8th

Maroondah/Manningham Division Athletics

Thursday October 10th 

CERES Excursion  3/4  - Years 3 and 4                                                             

Starting Monday October 14th (to 7 November)

Yoganauts, F, 1 and 2 - Foundation, Years 1 and 2

Thursday October 17th

Waterways Incursion for Years 5 and 6

Starting  Friday October 18 

Yoganauts 3/4  - Years 3 and 4

 Wednesday October 23th

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - selected students

Wednesday October 30th

Colour Run, including BBQ after school

Friday November 1st

Curriculum Day - Student do not attend

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday - Students do not attend

Wednesday November 13th

CERES Excursion, Foundation -  Foundation students

Friday November 15th

Cricket Gala Day - Years 5 and 6

Monday November 18th

House Athletics for Foundation, Years 1 and 2

Tuesday November 26th

Ice Cream Special Food Day

Thursday December 5th

Carols and Market Night

Friday December 6th

Junior Swimming Week 1 - Foundation, Years 1 and 2

Friday December 13th 

Junior Swimming Week 2 - Foundation, Years 1 and 2

Wednesday December 18th

Graduation Ceremony - all Year 6 students

Friday December 20th

Final Day of  Term 4 and 2019 school year.  Reminder - Early Dismissal - 1.30pm

Working Bees

Sunday, September 15

Sunday, November 24

Special Dates for Future Foundation Students


2020 and beyond


Special Date for Term 1, 2020:

School Photo Day, Tuesday, March 17

Grade 5/6 Camp 15-17 April

School Counsellor

Hello Parents and Carers!

What a busy and fun term it has been for me at Kalinda Primary!

This fortnight I am attaching an article about children’s anxiety: http://spokesmanreview.wa.app.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=0220555e4

There are LOTS of articles and resources online about anxiety, which manifests in many different ways: sore tummies, avoiding events, trouble getting to sleep and so on.


Anxiety is tricky to recognise when it has so many disguises. We all have anxiety from time to time, throughout childhood and adulthood.


Chances are, as adults, you have lots of healthy strategies and ideas to manage your anxiety and you can share these with your kids if you see that they are struggling with a bad case of nerves.


I hope you all enjoy the break over the Spring holidays. I will be having a look at my garden and try to get onto the weeding – my favourite mindfulness activity!


Next term, I hope to be talking with lots of different children about how they nurture their mental health through self-care, mindfulness and brain breaks. There are lots of ways to take care of yourself….pat your dog slowly, bake a new cake recipe, jump on the trampoline, lie in the grass…it doesn’t feel like it but all these activities are food for your soul.


Until next time,

Emily Bieber, School Counsellor.

Local parenting support:


Kalinda Kids Corner

3/4 Poetry

The grade 3/4s have been exploring poetry over the last couple of weeks. Come and visit the ‘Authors Walk’ just outside the library entrance to see some of the fine work they have been producing. The following, are just two fine examples.


Oscar, a keen history buff, has used the style of Rhyming Couplet and combined it with the style of using the senses, as an anchor to express his thoughts.


A senses poem, by Oscar Grade 4.


Hear the guns start to attack

Bullets whizzing by with flak 

& the bombs exploding in the sky 

As German planes start flying by


See the medics run across the plains

Rushing to men who need the aid

No one needs to see what’s done

Except for those whom did what’s won


Smell the gunpowder in the air 

As bullets fly everywhere

The only person who knows is you 

On how your dear platoon is doomed


Taste the dirt from the explosion

Only you can withstand the quick motion

Feel the ground shake beneath them 

As trucks come round the bend



Secondly, Stephanie has used her experience of Athletics Day to create a Haiku.



Student Achievements

Student Achievements

The children of Kalinda have many wonderful talents, achievements and hobbies. If your child has recently celebrated an achievement of some sort we would love to hear about it! Maybe they have broken a record at Little Athletics, earned a new belt in Karate, been selected for a choir or dance group, or been awarded a special badge in Cubs, Scouts or Guides. Whatever the accomplishment, please send details (and photos if possible) to hopkins.lauren.d@edumail.vic.gov.au or chat to Lauren Hopkins (Assistant Principal) because we would really like to share their achievements here! 


Congratulations Jason!

Jason's proud Mum shared his magnificent achievement in his recent AMEB exams. 



Jimmy's Best and Fairest in the EFL!

Submitted by proud mum Donna 


Jimmy played his first year of competitive football this season for the Basin Football Club. He has always been passionate about the game, playing his very first season at the age of 6. This year, Jimmy was lucky enough to participate in the EFL Under 11B grand final and his team came through with a win. Additionally, Jimmy’s hard work and dedication lead him to be invited to the EFL Best and Fairest awards night on Monday 9th September. Jimmy won this award, achieving 22 votes from the umpires for the season.


As a result of this, Jimmy also received an award from The Basin Football Club for equalling the most EFL votes out of everyone at his junior club this season.  Well done Jimmy, such an accomplishment at a young age.



Kalinda footy superstars!

Submitted by Sarah F


Last week the Norwood Junior Football Club had their presentation night and from the U11 team (Grade 5 boys) we had a number of fantastic achievements.


50 game players: Ben E and Kai F


And the main awards for the team







Awesome work boys!

Around the school


Please see the two articles attached


WELFARE - Kids Hope

The Kids Hope Program began in the last week of August at Kalinda. Seven students have been nominated by the staff and are having a wonderful time participating. The students spend one hour a week with a volunteer mentor.

The students enjoyed a lovely morning tea put on by the mentors, where they met their mentor for the first time.   

We would like to welcome the volunteer mentors to Kalinda. We very much appreciate the time they are giving to spend with our students.

Jo Ross 

(Classroom teacher)



Ringwood North District Athletics

The students who performed very well at the Kalinda House Athletics Carnival were provided a special invitation to compete in the Ringwood North District Athletics. This competition was held last Tuesday, on the 3rd of September.

Our athletics team were AMAZING, they all tried their absolute best, with some even achieving their personal best records for particular athletic events. Not only did our athletes perform really well, they also continually supported and cheered each other on across the day. Kalinda Primary School finished in sixth place out of nine schools for both track and field which is a great effort.  

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Harry C for finishing 1st in Shot Put
  • Ava J for finishing 2nd in 1500m
  • Callum S for finishing 1st in 1500m
  • Jemma W for finishing 1st in high jump and shot put
  • Elise M for finishing 1st in discus
  • Chelsea Q for finishing 1st in 100m and 200m

These students now progress through to the next level, in which they will compete against the best athletes in the Maroondah/Manningham Division. GOOD LUCK!

Thank-you to Lyn W, Sharron N and Maddy S who coordinated the girls shot put on the day. Also thank-you to Karen K and Lochie A for assisting on the day and thank-you to the parents who attended and showed their support.




Grade 3/4 HOOP TIME

Congratulations to the Grade 3/4 students who were selected to represent Kalinda Primary School at the recent Hoop Time competition. 

It was great a day, filled with great skill and excellent team work. The competition was at a really high level, including many highly competitive teams. All our teams were pushed to their limits, and did really well to stay positive and try their absolute hardest.

A special congratulations to the All Star Boys team who progressed through to regionals, which will be held next term. We wish them all the best moving forward.

Thank-you to all teachers and parents who assisted on the day with supervision, coaching and scoring.

Please note if your child missed out on the Hoop Time experience they will be provided a special invitation to participate in a 2 hour basketball clinic run by Warrick Giddey from Melbourne United. This will be held at school on Friday the 13th of September.



Grade 5/6 HOOP TIME

Selected Grade 5/6 students participated in the Bulla Hoop Time Competition on Wednesday the 11th of September.

All teams played really well together on the day, their skills and their ability to work together effectively as a team really improved from their first match to their last match played. The students showed really great sportsmanship, as they cheered each other on and showed great respect towards their opposition and referees. The students also showed great leadership skills, in which they assisted with coaching, providing their peers with valuable advice on ways to be more successful on court.

A very big thank-you to all the parents and Kalinda staff who assisted on the day with either student supervision, scoring and coaching. Your help is very much appreciated by the staff and students alike.

Jessica Swingler

Physical Education Teacher


From staff and the Office

End of Term Arrangements

:- A reminder that the end of each term concludes earlier than a normal day.

This term students will be dismissed at 2.30pm.


:- OSHclub commence the afternoon club early on this day.  


:- Please see the Canteen article for exact days when the canteen is CLOSED during the end of term and beginning of term period.


:-Remember to collect your Ivan's pie orders on Thursday, 19th September.


:- No payments can be accepted at the Office after 10 am on Thursday, 19th September.


:- the Final Assembly of Term 3 will commence early on Friday 20th September, starting at 1.50pm


:- A message from Maroondah Council regarding Crossing supervisors.....

"the flag operated school crossing at Yarra Valley Grammar (YVG) on Kalinda Rd will not be supervised from Monday 16 September to Friday 20 September 2019 and to use the flag operated school crossing outside of Kalinda Primary School.


The flag operated school crossing on Plymouth Rd at the side of YVG will still be in operation.

AM SHIFTS - 7.45am to 8.45am.

PM SHIFTS – 3.00pm to 4.00pm except Fri 20/9 which will be 2pm to 3pm.


The flag operated school crossing at YVG on Kalinda Rd will resume Mon 7 Oct  2019."




We, of course, have many activities throughout the school, most permissions and payments can be granted via Compass. 


Current Events on Compass Are:

State School Spectacular main event                     

Saturday, September 14 - Participating students

Maroondah/Manningham Division Athletics

Tuesday, October 8

CERES Excursion  3/4                                                                 

Thursday, October 10 - Years 3 and 4

Yoganauts, F, 1 and 2

Starts Monday, October 14 - Foundation, Years 1 and 2

Yoganauts 3/4                                                                  

Starts Friday, October 18 - Years 3 and 4

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Wednesday, October 23 - selected students

CERES Excursion, Foundation                                     

Wednesday, November 13 -  Foundation students

Junior Swimming Week 1

Friday, December 6 - Foundation, Years 1 and 2

Junior Swimming Week 2

Friday, December 13 - Foundation, Years 1 and 2


Canteen News


A reminder that the Pie Day will be next Wednesday, 18th September 

This day will also be the final day for children to purchase Icy Poles.

WE ARE REQUESTING 20 VOLUNTEERS ON THE DAY, 12.15PM TO 1.15 PM ONLY - please follow the link below to sign up.



A reminder that the Ivans Pie orders are to be collected from the Canteen on Thursday 19th September, 2.30pm to 3.15pm.



Early to mid Term 4, we are hoping to offer the option of online ordering.  Watch this space as more information becomes available!


New Menu

A new menu for Term 4 will be out, Monday, 7th October.



Surprise your child and order them a birthday cupcake for $2.50 with raspberry or lemonade icing on top.  Orders are now being taken for October, November and December. You must order at the Canteen only.


Ivan's Pie Drive

Ivan's Pie Drive can be picked up from school on Thursday, 19th September. Please note: this is different from the Special Food  Pie Day.


End of Term

The last day that the Canteen will operate this term will be Monday, 16th September.

There will be NO CANTEEN on Thursday and Friday, 19th and 20th September (and no 'normal' Canteen operating on Wednesday, 18th September, Pie Day food only)



Helpers needed this term please 


If you can help, please go to https://www.volunteersignup.org/XJ3WF

The roster is available for the whole year, including Special Food Days.


Next Week - Final Week

Monday, 17th September - Final day for normal Canteen services, helpers still required please.

Wednesday, 18th September - Special Pie Day  - 5 Helpers needed please, 9am to 10am

                                                                                                 - 20 Helpers needed please, 12.15pm to 1pm

Thursday, 19th September - Canteen Closed (Ivan's Pie Drive can be collected from 2.30pm to 3.15pm)

Friday, 20th September - Canteen Closed

End of Term

Term 4

A reminder that in the first week of Term 4, being Monday to Thursday, 7th to 10th October,  the Canteen will also be closed.


Fundraising and Parents and Friends




Colour Run followed by a BBQ after school - Wednesday 30th October.

Mega Christmas Raffle – tickets to go home in November to be drawn at Carols night.

Christmas Market & Carols Night - Thursday 5th December.

We love having the opportunity to provide these events and opportunities for our Kalinda students and families, but we can’t do it all on our own and need some support to share the load and just like the disco we encourage you to get involved where you can either by volunteering at an event or behind the scenes in the planning.  Rosters will be sent prior to each event and we are seeking support and encourage families to volunteer where you can and if you would like to get involved behind the scenes in any of our events or just come along to our planning meetings please touch base with one of the team.

Thank you from all of us,

Parents & Friends & Fundraising Teams

Christmas Market


Athlete's Foot Offer




Health and First Aid



Welcome to another instalment of Heath and First Aid at Kalinda Primary School!

This week’s focus is on food allergy awareness and a reminder about Student Health Support Plans.


Student Health Support Plans

Student Health Support Plans were sent out in the first week back to school. This is a reminder that the Student Health Support Plan and all required forms are now overdue. Please return them to the office at your earliest convenience

Food Allergy Awareness

A reminder that no food is to be shared between students at school. There are a number of students at Kalinda with severe anaphylaxis or allergic reactions resulting from the following foods:

  • Eggs
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Sesame
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • All tree nuts – including hazelnuts and by-products, eg. Nutella.

This is an extremely serious condition and we must treat it with great care and concern.


Our school canteen will not be selling products containing these allergens EXCEPT cooked egg in baked products, and mayonnaise. These items are always identified on the canteen menu and prepared separately. Families with allergies should make sure that any canteen order is clearly marked as a child with an allergy.


In addition to this, all children with dietary restrictions, allergies or anaphylaxis should make this known on their Student Health Support Plan and supplementary documentation.


All children at Kalinda must be safe at school and it is the responsibility of the school and its community to make sure that happens. Even though these children may not be in your child’s class it is still possible for playground equipment to be contaminated by residue on fingers, etc.

Please communicate this message to the rest of your family if they are making lunches for your children.


Anna Diacos EEN

First Aid Officer

Kalinda Primary School



Articles and Information from OshClub

Ongoing Information

Phone: OshClub on 0439 992 434   Email: kalinda@oshclub.com.au

Head Office: 1300 395 735   


Coordinator: Jane Evans

Assistant coordinator: Jeon (Angie) Jin

Program Assistant: Sarah Taroza

OshClub Casual Staff: Leonie Keilor, Claire Zolich, Loressa Mancuso, Giang Nguyen and Maddy Plant


IMPORTANT - Please message the program phone ASAP if your child/ren are booked in for an After School Care session, but will not be attending. 

We need to account for every child booked into our care.  If a child does not arrive to After School Care in a timely manner our process is as follows:

  1. Check school attendance with the school office
  2. Call and text parents
  3. Call and text emergency contacts
  4. Escalate to a missing child incident and contact police

Your cooperation in letting us know in advance if a booking is no longer required is hugely appreciated. 



Bookings are now open for the Spring School Holidays at Kalinda OSHClub 

This school holidays we will be running two exciting incursions and one excursion each week. 

 During the first week we will be visiting Chesterfield Farm in Scoresby, and the following week we will be attending an OSHClub Carnival Day at Laburnum Primary School, which will involve fun games, sporting challenges and another chance to meet some farm animals.  

Incursions running these holidays are:

  • Cooking with Jamie Oliver's Learn Your Fruit & Veg Program
  • All Creatures Great and Small with Wild Action – learn about invertebrates, marine creatures, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Terrarium building with Lots a Scents – create a living plant terrarium
  • Fun Fit circus skills workshop – juggling, clowning and much more. 

Bookings can be made online via the iParent Portal or by contacting us at OSHClub.  


Please see the attached Vacation Care flyer for details or come in and pick up a copy from the sign-in/sign-out desk.  


This week's news:


Activities planned for this week and next:

Balloon Stress Balls

Magnet Construction

Build a Board Game

Make Your Own Paper Beads

Drama – Pirate Island

Table Tennis

Dodge Ball

Crossover Tiggy

Around the World Basketball

Giants Treasure

What we have been doing and making:


In Other News

This week we welcome our new Assistant Coordinator, Jin (Angie) Jeon. Jin has worked as an English language teacher in her native South Korea before migrating to Australia. She has completed just completed a Master of Social Work at Monash University and is mum to a 14-month old daughter.

Next week we farewell Sarah Taroza who is moving into a community education role, but we will also welcome Isabel Bonicci who is taking on the role of Program Assistant. Isabel is currently studying towards a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin University.


EARLY SCHOOL FINISH - Friday 20th Sept 

Kalinda OSHClub will be offering an extended After School Care session on Friday 20th of September. 

The session will run from 2.30pm to 6.00pm at the cost of $39.00 (before any applicable Child Care Subsidy). Many families are eligible for Child Care Subsidy, which reduces the out of pocket cost of outside school hours care. To establish what level of CCS you may be entitled to please contact the Centrelink Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50. 

Please note that the pre-existing After School Care bookings have been automatically transferred to the associated Early Finish Time. 


How to book 

Please log in to your account online at www.oshclub.com.au to access the iParent Portal. 

  1. Select the bookings tab 
  2. Select the date in which you would like to book (press the ‘+ Booking’ button) 
  3. Select the child/ren that you would like to book into the session 
  4. Underneath the Room select the After School Care - Early Finish  
  5. Acknowledge the terms and conditions 



With Term 4  just around the corner, children will need to wear a sunhat outdoors when the UV rating is at 3 or higher.  

As school hats are often stored in children's classroom tubs, please pop a spare sunhat into your child's bag for OSHClub. They are welcome to leave their hat at OSHClub or keep it with them in in their bags. 



Our weekly drama workshops with Drama Co. are now nearing their end. We have one more workshop running this Friday from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. It is a standalone workshop that includes both a drama and a craft component. 

Friday 13th Sept - Pirate Island 
If this sounds like something your child would love to participate in, they can do so if booked into OSHClub on Friday afternoon. There is no extra cost involved. For more information, please contact OSHClub.



Please note:  

Online bookings for each session close 24 hours in advance. If online bookings have closed and you would like to make or cancel a booking, please SMS the program phone on 0439 992 434.  

Alternatively, bookings can be cancelled using the KidSoft app. This will automatically mark your child as absent on our system.  

Any other queries, please feel free to call, SMS or email us at kalinda@oshclub.com.au. 

Handy Links

Instructions for accessing student sites: 

1. Click on the link above

2. Ensure (by checking in the top right hand corner of your screen) that you are not logged into any other google account other than your child's Google account. If you are currently logged into a personal or work Google account, you will not be able to access the student site

3. Select the Year level of your child. 

4. Enter the username and password that was issued via your child's diary. 

5. Please contact your class teacher or the school office if you are having issues. 

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