Kalinda Primary School Newsletter

09 May 2019
Issue One
Principal's Report
From the Assistant Principal 
Save the date
Spotlight on student learning
Kalinda Kids Corner
Student Achievements
Around the school
From staff and the Office
Handy Links
Fundraising and Parents and Friends
Public Announcements
Kalinda Primary School
03 9876 3289
39- 49 Kalinda Rd
Ringwood, VIC, 3134

Principal's Report

Thank you for such a warm welcome

Thank you to the entire school community for the warm welcome I have been given here at Kalinda. The students have greeted me in a confident, friendly and enthusiastic manner. The staff have demonstrated to me their high capacity and passion for delivering great educational results for all of the students. It has been fantastic to see such a highly engaged parent community at the school (having large attendance numbers for information nights and the school Assembly, volunteering in the kitchen for the Kitchen Garden program and the PFA running a great Mothers' Day Stall).


It is an honour and a privilege to lead a school community with such an outstanding culture and I am sure we will be able to build upon this solid foundation to ensure Kalinda is a truly outstanding school.

A little bit about me

As the new Principal at Kalinda, I look forward to getting to know everyone in the school community and working closely together with you to achieve great academic and well-being results for all of our students. Whilst it will take me a little while to get to know everyone, I thought this might be a great opportunity to share some things about myself in the newsletter.


Full Name: Shaun Daniel McClare

Experience in Education: I have been working as a Teacher, Leading Teacher, Assistant Principal, Acting Principal and Principal for the last 16 years. I began my teaching career at Brunswick South Primary School and most recently I was Principal at Marlborough Primary School for the last 3 years. I love being a Principal because I am so passionate about teaching. As Principal, I have the opportunity to work with teachers to improve their teaching practice, collaborative skills and their leadership capacity in order to improve learning and well-being outcomes for all students. I believe in working closely with other schools in our area and I am currently Acting Network Chair of the Maroondah Principal Network.

Educational Philosophy: I believe school improvement is best achieved through empowering teachers to work together in teams to deliver differentiated teaching and learning for every single student. High impact explicit teaching to each student at their point of need is vital in maximising student learning growth. Students also need to be empowered and have agency and leadership in what they are learning and also with whole school decision making. Well-being is central to every decision I make and is intrinsically linked with academic outcomes.

Family: I am married (to Yuko) and have two daughters (Noemi who is 9 and Miona who is 6)

Interests: cooking, travelling

Favourite Food: sushi

Favourite sports: Football, soccer, basketball, cycling

Favourite Football Team: Essendon

Favourite Quote: 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' (Maya Angelou)

Favourite Film: Gattaca

Favourite Animated Film: Kimi no nawa (Your Name)

Favourite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird



Cross Country - perseverance, team work and school spirit

Our Cross Country day on Tuesday 7th May was an incredible success. Thank you to Ms Swingler for organising an amazing event that allowed every student to be challenged and strive to do their personal best. A huge thank you must also go to all of the staff and volunteers who made the day possible.


Whilst I was incredibly impressed by the talent and athleticism of the students who placed highly in each  race, I was really blown away by the incredible perseverance shown by every student to keep on going even when their legs were telling them to stop. These students were able to keep going as they were encouraged and cheered along by their peers and this level of school spirit really sums up my initial impressions of this great school.


I encourage every student to keep striving to do their personal best in everything they do, pursuing areas of strength and interest and also showing resilience in areas that you are more challenged by.


Emailing your child's teacher

From today you will be able to email your child's teacher from within COMPASS. There will be an 'EMAIL TEACHER' button on your COMPASS home page (once you are logged in). Teachers will endeavour to reply to these emails within two school days and will not be checking emails during  class time. If the matter is of an urgent nature, you will still need to call the office as you previously would have.

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

From the Assistant Principal 

A note from Mrs Hopkins...

It is always my very great pleasure to wander the corridors and classrooms of Kalinda. Recently we have had many tours with prospective families and without question the one thing that stands out about our school is not even the beautiful grounds and wonderful teaching, but the warm smiles and respectful chatter in every corner of the school. When on a tour I am constantly passed by students who offer a chirpy 'Hi Mrs Hopkins! How are you!?', hold doors open for our visitors and even offer uninvited reviews of our great school. I can't hide my broad grin when a passing student calls out "You should come to Kalinda! It's soooo amazing!" Many of our visitors make special mention of the welcoming nature of our school and I want to thank each and every student, staff member and family who contributes to the rich tapestry of the Kalinda 'vibe'. 

Part of our studies this term in Wellbeing include exploring a healthy diet and lifestyle and it is wonderful to hear children discussing good food choices and healthy sleep patterns. This can look different in every family, but try involving your child in decisions like meal choices and planning a restful, enjoyable weekend. I don't know about you but a Wednesday night dinner table chat lead by a 7 year old inspecting his Taco dinner and classifying ingredients according to diet choice and food group is quite informative! As we head into Winter, there are lots of bugs around so please continue to be mindful of keeping children home when they are unwell. 

Happy Days Kalinda!
Lauren Hopkins

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


Student books for parent feedback

Tomorrow (Friday) all students in Grades 1-4 will be bringing their Literacy and Numeracy workbooks home to share their fantastic progress with parents. Attached to many pieces of work (not all) you will see an explanation of the Learning Intention (What we are learning) and Success Criteria (How will I know if I've got it?) Parents are encouraged to use these explanations in conjunction with your child's work on that task to gain further insight into your child's progress. The children have completed thoughtful self reflections in their book and we hope Parents and Carers will find the time over the weekend to read, discuss and respond to these reflections with your child. Children love sharing parent comments with their teacher!  Books must be returned on Monday morning please. 


5/6 Student books will be coming home in the same way next Friday 17th May. 

Information Night 22nd May


Save the date

Upcoming events to mark in your calendar: 


Day Date Event
Monday 13th May Information Evening for Foundation 2020 parents
Tuesday 14th May

Naplan testing for Years 3 and 5

Grade 6 Reunion Night

Wednesday 15th May Naplan testing for Years 3 and 5
Thursday 16th May Naplan testing for Years 3 and 5
Monday 20th May Education Week commences
Wednesday 22nd May

NEVR rehearsal for participating students

Open Night for whole school community

Monday  27th May

School Council Meeting

Tuesday 28th May

District Cross Country for participating students

Aboriginal Art Incursion for Years 1 and 2

NEVR concert for participating students

Wednesday 29th May

Performance Assembly, 9.10am

Aboriginal Art Incursion for Years 1 and 2

Thursday 30th May MSO Incursion for Years 1 and 2
Sunday 2nd June

Celtic Fever Concert for participating students

at Forest Hills College

Thursday 6 June Parent information session for Sex Ed, whole school community
Monday 10th June Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Thursday 13th June Sex Ed session for Years 5 and 6
Friday 14th June Excursion to MSO for Years 1 and 2
Saturday 15th June SCHOOL DISCO
Thursday 20th June

Jump Rope for Heart Day, all grades

Sex Ed session for Years 5 and 6

Tuesday 25th June Performance Assembly, 9.10am
Wednesday 26th June Hot Dog Special Food Day
Thursday 27th June Sex Ed session for Years 5 and 6
Friday 28th June

Final day of Term 2.

Early dismissal, 2.30pm

Looking Ahead, Key Dates


Term 3    
Tuesday 30th July House Athletics for Years 3 to 6
Monday 12th August National Science Week commences
Monday 19th August 

Book Week commences

Sunday  14th September State School Spectacular
Wednesday 18th September Footy Pie Day and Footy Maths Day
Friday 20th September Final Day of Term 3
Term 4    
Tuesday 5th November Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Monday 18th November House Athletics for Foundation to Year 2
Friday 6th December Swimming Program commences
Friday 20th December Final Day of the 2019 school year.

Special Dates for Future Foundation Students


2019 Term dates


2020 and beyond


Spotlight on student learning

This section will provide a great opportunity to share student learning or updating our community on our progress. 

Last week the Foundation Students enjoyed the RACV INCURSION.


5/6 ANZAC report 

By Ella B, Harry S, Jack C, Sophie C, Thiyara H, Charlotte O, Alex S and Cherry-May C.


ANZAC Day, a day dedicated to the many soldiers who laid down their lives for this country. The Battle Of Gallipoli may have been a tactical defeat but it sparked the start of our army. This battle was the first real battle Australia took part in.


ANZAC Day officially started in 1916, ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand army corps. This day may be a day off but it is a day of significance to remember and support the fallen and affected soldiers and families.


We gathered at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance to show recognition of the soldiers that fell for the benefits of Australian citizens. The Shrine is a place where we come together to commemorate the soldiers and animals that sacrificed their lives to make Australia a safe country for people to live in. The Shrine of Remembrance was built in 1934 to honour the men and women of Victoria that served so selflessly for us, that respect was then extended to remembering all Aussie soldiers. The Shrine is used for ceremonies and services throughout the year and is one of the biggest and most widely used Shrines in Australia.


Legacy organised our buses in order for us to go to the event. The Legacy charity started when a World War One soldier promised his dying friend that when he went back he would look after his wife and children. They now support families that are suffering after injury or death of a family member in the war.


The four Kalinda School Captains (Hudson, Jack, Olive and Thiyara) laid a wreath at Melbourne Legacy’s 88th Annual ANZAC Commemoration for Students Shrine of Remembrance, on behalf of the Kalinda community. Laying a wreath is a symbol of remembering those many ANZACS who fought and served our country. This form of remembering was done in silence.


The Shrine of Remembrance (ANZAC Museum) is located in the Melbourne City. It opened on the 11th of November 1934, which marks the day World War One ended. It has a lot of rare items from the war that usually can’t be found anywhere else, like the Gallipoli Boats, there are only two left in the world!


At the ceremony there were a lot of beautiful speeches that we sat down and listened to, paying our respects. Some of them were poems. For example, there was a Year 10 boy that read a magnificent poem that he wrote himself. Some other poems that were read were, Flanders Fields and The Ode. Everyone had to stand for the National Anthem before all the speeches were read.

Everybody stood with pride and respect. Playing the music in front of us was the one and only Melbourne High School Band. They were amazing for how remarkably well they played and should be very pleased for how they paid their respects in many ways. As the sweet sounding tunes opened up, a roaring noise came above us. We all looked up to see a v-shape of fighter planes soaring in the blue sky. Truly a day to remember!


Today, Anzac Day is more than just a day off school, it is a day of remembrance. It is a day to not only remember the fallen soldiers, but to remember Australia and New Zealand fighting together at Gallipoli, side by side. We pay respect to the soldiers who fought in this conflict by attending dawn services, participating in one minutes silence and listening to bugle calls. Anzac Day will continue to be an important date on our calendar for a long time into the future.

Kalinda Kids Corner

The Kalinda Kids Corner is a place for Student Voice. A place to showcase student ideas and reports. 

This week we have a report from our Junior School Council. 


JSC  Report  2019

By Lanna and Declan


Over the holidays we were asked to brainstorm a list of charities or causes that we would like to support as a school community and the events we could have at school to raise money.


In our first meeting we discussed the ANZAC badges and we met our JSC buddies that we will work with for the rest of the year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the ANZAC days badges. We sold lots!


In next meeting after the holidays, we shared our ideas. We all had lots of great ideas. Some of the great ideas are Crazy hair day, Disney dress up day, Rainbow Dress Up Day and Under The Sea dress up day. All to raise money for specific charities.


After our meeting, we all surveyed our classes so that everyone could have a say. In our next meeting we are going to put everybody’s opinions together and make a plan for our first event and choose our charity.


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 kalinda.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au or chat to Lauren Hopkins (Assistant Principal) because we would really like to share their achievements here! 

Zoe outshines even herself!

Zoe in Grade 3/4S  has had some major achievements in athletics  through the Ringwood Athletic club recently.


Last week she was presented  with 3 medals for PB’s  (Personal Best) in shot put, 4oo m race and 200 m race.


She also received a large award for the most PB’s  achieved by a 9- 10 year old girl for the year. This is an amazing achievement!


Well done Zoe, we are so proud of the resilience and perseverance that you have shown in your chosen field of sport! 

Around the school

Maths Update





We are very fortunate to have an Intern arriving in July to stay with our Kalinda families for 6 months.  Her name is Akina Sakurai.  She is a primary school teacher in Japan and, at present, is studying English in Melbourne.


Akina would like to teach our students about Japanese culture and language.


We ask host families to provide a room and food for our intern. It is an intern’s responsibility to organize holidays. Host families like to share their weekends with the intern though. The intern pays a small weekly fee to the host family to help cover the cost to stay. The children get exposed to Japanese culture and make a good lasting friendship. Previous interns still keep in touch with their host families.


We would appreciate your support again for our International Internship Program.



Please fill in this form and return it to the office as soon as possible


Your Name:  ________________________________________________________________


Contact Number: ___________________________


Your Child(ren)’s name(s): __________________________________________________________


Grade(s):  _________________________________


How long would you be prepared to have Akina stay? ____________________________


What time of year would suit you? ____________________________________________________


Can Akina stay with you over the holidays?_______________________________________


If you have any questions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.


Cheryl Henry-Wild

Internship Co-ordinator

Tsunami Appeal

Ice Cream Ingredients:

Ice cream…Milk, Sugar, Glucose, Syrup(from Wheat),Maltodextrin, Water, Whey Powder, Emulsifiers(471-Palm Derived, 433), Vegetable gum(410), Natural Flavour, Natural colour(160), Reduced fat ice cream contains minimum 6% milk fat

Green Tea Macchax Powder--- Green tea

Ice cream corn-----Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil (Coconut), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Wheaten Cornflour, Sugar, Salt, Mineral Salt (500), Colour (160b)



Japan Festival Drawing Competition

Many Kalinda students’ drawings are displayed at the Japan Festival Drawing Contest.

Kalinda has been winning prizes last few years!

Let’s go and enjoy Japanese cultural activities and taste yummy food!!



Earn and Learn is back on for 2019! This year we are very excited to be a part of the program and we are collecting stickers to put towards new maths equipment for our classrooms. Please encourage all your family and friends to bring their stickers into school. Sticker sheets and collection boxes are in the foyer, near the office.


You can download and print a sticker sheet from https://cdn0.woolworths.media/content/content/earn-and-learn-sticker-sheet.pdf




Congratulations to the Grade 5/6 Volleyball Team and Miss Tattersall on finishing first in the Ringwood North District competition.


Such great dedication was shown by the entire team as they trained together every week throughout the competition season. All the training really paid off as they went from one level to next, continually learning the rules of the sport and improving their skills.


We wish them all the best for later in the year when they compete at the Maroondah/Manningham division level.




The Kalinda House Cross Country was a great success. We were very blessed with great weather and the day ran very smoothly.

The Foundation students raced first. They ran two laps of the oval and were assisted by our amazing Grade 5/6 students who formed a human chain around the oval providing them with lots of encouragement.


Following on the other grades completed their cross country around the 1km course. The Grade 1/2 students completed 1 lap of the course, the 9/10 year olds completed 2 laps of the course and the 11 year olds and 12/13 year olds completed 3 laps of the course. It was really great to see so many students trying their best and supporting and encouraging one another. Well done everyone! 


A special congratulations to those students who finished in the top 12. The students who finished in the top 10 for the following age groups; 9/10 year olds, 11 year olds and 12 & 13 year olds will be invited to compete at the next level. We wish these students all the best with their preparations for the day itself.


Thank-you to all the parents who assisted on the day. Thank-you for assisting our students to run in the right direction and providing them lots of encouragement. The day would not have run so smoothly if it wasn’t for you so thank-you again and again.

Jess Swinger

PE Specialist



Kalinda Primary School is holding a Lamont Book Fair in May in the Library and we would like to invite you to join in the fun.

Every book you purchase helps us build resources for the children at Kalinda Primary School.  The theme for the Book Fair this year is “Monsters!”

The dates and times of the Book Fair are listed below:

Monday 20th to Friday 24th, May (inclusive)

            8:30 – 9:00am

            1:00 – 4:00pm

           (7:00pm on Wed 22nd May, Open Night)


If you are able to help at the “Monsters!” Book Fair, it would be greatly appreciated.  A roster will be at Reception, please place your full name and mobile number on it.

Thank you very much for your support


Mr Shaun McClare


Please welcome Milly the Therapy Dog


From staff and the Office


We have in our school some children who have a SEVERE allergic reaction (Anaphylaxis shock) to nuts and nut products.  This is an extremely serious condition and we must treat it with great care and concern.  We also are aware that there are other children in the school who have milder reactions to nuts and nut products.  All children at Kalinda must be safe at school and this is the shared responsibility of the school and its community.  Even though these children may not be in your child’s grade it is still possible for playground equipment, door handles etx to be contaminated by residue on fingers and hands.


For the safety of these children we ask all parents in the school not to send food to school that contains nuts or nut products. 





Please see below for this week and next week's Canteen Volunteers.  We have multiple days where we URGENTLY need help in order to continue to provide this excellent service.  If you can help, please go to https://www.volunteersignup.org/XJ3WF

Wednesday 15th May Elisha McP
Thursday 16th May Sue P
Friday 17th May,       9.30 to 1.30pm HELPER NEEDED PLEASE                                      
                            11.45 to 1.30pm

Jane C


24th May,      9.30 to 1.30pm

                         11.45 to 1.30pm

Andrea B


New Menu

Our new Canteen menu can now be found on the School Website.  Please remember to dispose of last term's menu as it will no longer apply.  Spare paper copies of the menu can be found at the school office.

Open Night

We will be providing samples of some of the dishes that we serve on Open Night.  Look out for us and come and try our wonderful fayre.

Birthday Cupcakes

As advertised above.  However, to avoid disappointment, please order your May/June cupcakes early and of course, don't forget to order directly at the Canteen, so that the order can be confirmed.





How we communicate with you…


Our website address is  www.kalinda.vic.edu.au

We have an interactive website that we update regularly with news and events that are going on at the school at any given time. Once you have visited the site, we ask that you please make it your homepage so you can stay up to date with what’s going on at the school on a day-to-day level. 


Our new format, fortnightly newsletters are available online.  When you visit the site, you can enter your details on the ‘Subscribe to the newsletter’ page.  Each newsletter week, we will email you an alert that tells you the newsletter is now available to read online with a link to take you there.


On the website you will also find our Event Calendar that gives you all the details of what events are coming up in the coming week/month/year.  If certain events require additional information such as a permission slip for an excursion, we upload the PDF copy to the site.


We have also uploaded many of our forms and notices to the site, such as the canteen price list, uniform order list, etc.  Details about each year level’s curriculums and programs are on the site, as is information on any special programs we run such as Before & After School Care (OSH Club).


Links to each of our Level’s own websites are also housed on our school site. These websites contain information, notices, links and resources specific to that Level. By accessing these sites you can keep informed about each week’s specific focuses in Literacy and Numeracy, as well as any special topics being investigated each term. Links to interactive resources and games that will support your child’s learning in each topic are also posted to these sites.


Another great way to become a part of the Kalinda community and to keep up to date with the everyday goings-on of the school is to ‘like’ our official Kalinda Facebook page. This is regularly updated with photos of special events, camps and excursions; as well as reminders about special days and other happenings in the school.

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. 

Fundraising and Parents and Friends




Support Kalinda Primary School!

The perfect way to celebrate Mothers' Day


Give mum the VIP treatment with Entertainment! Packed with thousands of valuable offers across dining, retail, attractions and travel, an Entertainment Membership is the gift she can enjoy all year round.

We think Mum will love it even more for supporting Kalinda Primary School and knowing it helps a good cause





Public Announcements


Net Set Go

NetSetGo Program is back - Please spread the word to family and friends 


Is your child interested in netball but still unsure if they would like to join??? The NetSetGo program is a great introduction to netball, learn some basic skills and most importantly have lots of fun.   
If you have any questions please contact Jenny on 0407 556 603 or email 


Research Request

Are You A Parent of a Child Aged 2 to 12?

The Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland is conducting research into parents’ opinions about parenting and parenting programs. If you have a child between 2 and 12 years, we would love to hear your views on parenting and the services that are available to you as a parent. You will need to complete a short survey. To find out more or to participate please visit https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parenting

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