Kalinda Primary School Newsletter

18 July 2019
Issue Five
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
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

An exciting Term 3 ahead

Welcome back to school for Term 3. I hope that all the families in our Kalinda community were able to spend some quality family time together during the school holidays.


We have a very exciting term ahead with some of the major events including:

  • School Athletics Carnival
  • Visit from Lilyvale Primary School (Japanese sister school)
  • Book Week
  • State School Spectacular

There are also many other exciting things going on at individual year levels and on a daily basis within each class. I am sure that it will be a great term for learning and I wish every student good luck as they strive to meet their learning goals.

Well-being at Kalinda

At Kalinda, student well-being is given the same level of priority as academic success. In fact the two areas are intrinsically intertwined. Building the capacity of each student to manage their personal well being and thrive in life enhances academic performance. Teaching students in a highly effective way, with learning that is highly individualised at appropriately challenging levels also improves student well being as well as academic results.


I was fortunate over the break to be able to attend a 4 day conference on Positive Education at Geelong Grammar. The conference was highly inspiring and it further reinforced within me the need to embed strong well-being practices through all areas of our school and curriculum.


In week 3 of this term, I will be spending the day with our two HOPE Leaders (Head of Positive Education) Bron Steele and Mel Tattersall to develop an 18-24 month plan for well-being at Kalinda. I will share these plans with you in upcoming newsletters.


We have also employed a Counsellor from the beginning of this term. Emily Bieber is our new counsellor and is a great addition to our team. We will send further communication soon about how the counsellor will work with students and what our referal/consent system will be.

Welcome to Akina sensei

I would like to give a big welcome to Akina, our new Japanese intern. She will be spending second semester here at Kalinda and will be a great asset to our Japanese program.


A big thank you also to the families that are hosting Akina.

Parent Opinion Survey

Over the next few weeks, a link to the Parent Opinion Survey will be sent out to 170 randomly generated families from the school. If you are selected, we really appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey as it gives us great feedback on the parent perspective of how we are going as a school.

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

From the Assistant Principal 

From Mrs Hopkins' office....

Welcome back to Term 3 everybody! Our families have been very busy over the holidays based on some of the wonderful stories I have heard. Holidays to warmer climates, camping, movie visits (I think Kalinda PS must have shares in Toy Story 4!!!), OSH club fun, renovations, snow trips and some all important rest days full of lazy mornings, indoor cubby houses, television, Lego, books, games, gaming... even just 'not much but it was nice' (I think the last one is my favourite!)


Please take a look to browse through the other sections of our newsletter. There are some wonderful student achievements to celebrate as well as an exciting request from Olive on our Kalinda Kids Corner page. 


Check out the "Around the School" page to find out about our Book Day dress-up plans this year!!!!!!


Parent Teacher Interviews

Next week we will hold our Parent Teacher Interviews. Please make sure that you have logged on to Compass and booked a time to speak with your classroom teacher. If you have any issues please contact the office. Based on feedback from our community last year, our interviews this time will be a 10 minute chat between Parent and Teacher only. This is a wonderful opportunity to touch base with the teacher on your child's progress since their Academic Report was written.


Please make sure that you have already read your child's report so that you can get the most out of this opportunity. This interview will be like a review of the goals set in that report and a discussion about your child's next learning goals - not necessarily  time to revisit what is written in the report.


When you come to your interview, some of the following question prompts might help you to guide the conversation: 

* What will it look like when my child has reached this goal?

* In the classroom, what are my child's strengths?

* How can I help my child at home? 

* If something goes wrong how does my child react? 

* Who does my child work well with?

* When my child needs assistance do they ask for help?

* What sort of social/emotional skills or work habits can I work on with my child?


Lauren Hopkins

We are kind.     

We are resilient.                                                   

We are respectful. 

Save the date

Upcoming events to mark in your calendar: 



Day Date Event
Monday and Tuesday 22nd and 23rd July Parent Teacher interviews
Wednesday 24th July State School Spectacular rehearsal
Thursday 25th July Apple orders delivered to Office
Tuesday 30 July House Athletics for Years 3 to 6
Tuesday 6th August Branch Out Special food order forms, final day
Thursday  15th August Branch Out Special Food Day
Tuesday to Monday 13th to 19th August Lilyvale Primary (our sister school) will visit as part of the Branch Out Exchange program with Japan
Friday 30th August Book Day

Working Bees

Saturday August 17

Sunday September 15

Sunday November 24

Looking Ahead, Key Dates

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

Kalinda Author's Walk

Have you visited the Author's Walk outside the library yet? Teachers periodically select a writing sample from their class that demonstrates achievement or developing skill. Writing Samples are displayed for a period of time on the wall as a way of celebrating great persistence and creativity in developing the craft of writing. Thank you Miss Tattersall and Mrs Pratt who curate our Author's Walk. 



Kalinda Kids Corner

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

What do our students have to say this week?

Olive's Garden - which you can now see in our new outdoor learning space near 5/6M and T!



My name is Olive and as part of my leadership role this year I have come up with an idea for our new Kalinda garden beds where we will grow fruit and vegetables to sell at our school assemblies to our Kalinda families with all money raised from the sales going to charities chosen by our students.


To make this happen I have had some support from local businesses which I am very grateful for  but I am also looking for some support from our generous Kalinda community as we are still in need of the following 


- Garden tools

- Watering cans

- Spades

- Seeds to plant/Plants ( Fruit and Vegetable)

- Vouchers or cash donations to purchase garden products or plants


All donations will be very appreciated and support us in creating this great new garden for our school and any donations can be dropped off at the office.







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! 

Archie's brave shave!

We are incredibly proud of Archie in 3/4H who recently decided to lose his locks for a fantastic cause. 


Shortly after Archie was born, his Grandad Joe Tront sadly lost his life to Brain Cancer. In his honour, after growing his hair for 5 long years, Archie decided to donate it to a charity that makes wigs for people suffering the effect of Cancer treatment.


Your kind and selfless act has brought joy to many people Archie and we are very proud of you. 



Kalinda Netball Stars


Submitted by Janine Methven.


On Saturday 22nd June 2019, we had many children from Kalinda PS (representing Park Orchards Netball Club) participate in the MELBOURNE EAST NETBALL ASSOCIATION "Grand Final" at the new Maroondah Nets Stadium, at HE Parker Reserve in Heathmont. It was a fantastic day, starting with a Round Robin for the Under 9 Net Set Go players and then following on with the Grand Final games for each age group. There were a lot of nerves and excitement on the day, with many girls playing in their first Grand Final. 


Park Orchards Netball Club had 5 teams playing in the Grand Final on the day and the results were as follows:

U11 JADE TEAM - Section 1 "Premiers" 

Score 21 - 5

U11 TEAL TEAM - Section 4 "Runners Up"

Score 5 - 8

U11 TURQUOISE TEAM - Section 5 "Premiers"

Score 19 - 6

U13 TURQUOISE TEAM - Section 5 "Runners Up"

Score 8 - 16 

OPEN JADE TEAM - Open Section "Premiers"

Score 35 - 29

In both the Under 11 and Under 13 teams, many Kalinda girls were playing in the Grand Final. You may recognise some of their friendly faces in the photo. 


We would like to congratulate them all on their achievements, efforts and great sportsmanship shown throughout the day. They really did Kalinda proud!  


Well done to all!   


Around the school



Japanese Intern

My name is Sakurai Akina and I am a Japanese teaching assistant at Kalinda PS from term 3 .

I’m a primary school teacher in Japan. My purpose of visit is to learn about Australia's education system and to learn English.

It’ll be a great opportunity for me to improve my teaching ability.

I like driving, photographing and playing basketball.

Thank you for inviting me. I’m looking forward to spending a nice time with you.


Akina Sakurai 

BiG DREAMS - Book Day




From staff and the Office




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



We have multiple days where we URGENTLY need help in order to continue to provide this excellent service this term;

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

Monday 22nd July           Helper Needed please

Wednesday 24th July     Helper Needed please

Thursday,  25th July;      Kaylene H

Friday , 26th July;           9.30am to 1.30pm, Helper Needed please

                                                11.30am to 1.30pm, Lyn K


Week 3

Monday 29th July,          Helper Needed please

Wednesday 31st July,   Helper Needed please

Thursday 1st August,    Jeanette I

Friday 2nd August,            9.30am to 1.30pm, Helper Needed please

                                              11.30am to 1.30pm, Helper Needed please


Branch Out Special Food Day Forms

These have already been distributed; a reminder that the final day to place an order is Tuesday 6th August. Spare copies can be found in the racks at the Office and on the school website.  Please complete one form per child.


Looking Ahead

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



If you are a family with a Foundation child this year and you are eligible for CSEF,  you may also be eligible for the special Winter Warmer package offered by State School Relief.  This usually entails a warm jacket, shoes and trousers/dress etc.

Please contact Adele Woolard or the school office for further information.





Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 22nd July to Sunday 11th August.


The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete and, can be accessed at any convenient time within the period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September.  
Please speak to Sarah Attwood at the Office if you would like more information.



We are also sending out paper forms via every eldest child today for completion, with regard to family occupations.   The reason why this is important to us, is that it can affect our funding. The Government uses this as one of several markers to calculate the amount of funding each school receives.  It collects the data from our half yearly Census, which takes place in August (and February) via the School

Office.  Please try to be accurate when completing this information.


We would be grateful for forms to be returned as soon as possible, so the process can begin.


Many thanks

Sarah Attwood



Early in the week, we sent out Health Data forms.  Thank you to those families who have already returned them.  Even if your child has no health needs, please also respond.  

If these forms can be returned promptly as well, it would be a great help.


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

Recent Additions are:

State School Spectacular rehearsal, July 24  - selected students

Netball Victoria Championships, July 29         - selected students

Hip Hop Dance Incursion, July 29                       -  Years 5 and 6

House Athletics Carnival (there are two groupings, sorted by year level) - all students

Girls AFL Gala Day                                                      - selected students   



We have organised a school dentist to visit the school soon. Please watch this space for further information.


Fundraising and Parents and Friends



We would also like to share with you the exciting events planned for the second half of the year, some of these are annual events for Kalinda and some new to add to the mix and with all money we raise going back into our school to provide a number of resources, graduation pennants for our Grade 6 students and Stickybeak bags for our Foundation students just to name a few.


Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 28th August

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

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Health and First Aid

Keep an eye on this spot, we will post valuable information here regarding your child's health and regularly provide reports with what is happening in First Aid.


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: Jamie Quinn

Program Assistant: Sarah Taroza

OshClub Casual Staff: Wendy Reid, Lauren Hilston, Kaitlyn Robertson, Wiki Tut and Loressa Mancuso







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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