Kalinda Primary School Newsletter

15 August 2019
Issue Seven
Principal's Report
From the Assistant Principal 
Save the date
School Counsellor
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

リリーベール小学校のみなさま ようこそ
(Welcome to the staff and students from Lilyvale Primary School)

It has been an extremely exciting week at Kalinda as we welcome 13 students and 3 staff members from our sister school Lilyvale Primary School from Mito, Japan. At our welcome assembly, there was a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium as you could sense how excited our students were to meet our visiting students.


So far this week, students from Lilyvale have joined our students in regular class activities, played Japanese games with our students and presented to classes across the school about Japan and how their school life differs from ours. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to make cross-cultural connections and develop an interest in the rest of the world.


Today we will be having a Japanese and Australian sports day with many of our students and the Lilyvale students. We will have a chance to teach some Australian games and learn some Japanese games whilst having a lot of fun together.


I would like to give a huge thank you to all of our Host Families. Without you this Sister School relationship would not be possible and the experience you provide for our visiting students is amazing. It was fantastic to see the rapport and relationships that were quickly built between the children from our Host Families and the student they were hosting. These friendships and memories can last a lifetime.


I would also like to thank Hiromi, Jess and Cheryl for the huge amount of work they have put into preparing for the visit from Lilyvale. It has been an absolute success so far and I am very excited to continue the reciprocal visits for many years to come.



Parent Opinion Survey

Thank you so much to everyone from our random sample of families who have responded to the Parent Opinion Survey. With 61 families responding already, we have a great sample size and this will give us accurate data that we can work with to continue improving the school. For those who were invited to complete the survey, it will remain open until Sunday 18th August.

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

From the Assistant Principal 

From Mrs Hopkins' office....

During the last fortnight we have been excited to welcome 'Roxie' to our community. Roxie will eventually become a regular school dog, visiting most if not every day. For now she is coming for part days several times a week so that she can become comfortable with the noises, smells and ever-changing environment that is a school. She has already convinced her 600 new best friends that an ear scratch and a tummy rub is the way to her heart, not to mention lots of smiles and stories!


It has already been so lovely to notice that whenever Roxie is around, students and staff just can't help but smile. A dog is a calming and reassuring presence for many people and she has already earned her title as Roxie the Wonderdog by helping students transition into school; providing company when students are feeling a bit upset; and even helping some teachers tackle their planning by snuggling up for some company and goodwill! I try not to take it too personally that staff and students are very disappointed when I arrive at school without Roxie these days! 



Road Safety

Recently we have had some very 'near misses' as children and families have crossed Kalinda Road between traffic. One such 'near miss' was caught on dash cam and passed on to the school by a concerned driver. We are concerned for the safety of our students and families and ask that you are please mindful of using the School Crossing. Our amazing crossing guard Pete is a patient and thorough guard - it is worth the extra 10 second wait to ensure your family's safety. A high five or g'day from Pete is just the added bonus!

Mud mud everywhere and no clean shoes in sight!

Despite their very best efforts (and sometimes not so 'best'!) our students are having trouble avoiding the copious amounts of mud in our beautiful grounds. Please make sure that your child's school bag has a spare pair of named pants, socks and even shoes. 


Lauren Hopkins

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

Save the date

Events to mark in your calendar: 



Day Date Event
Tonight 15th August Big Night Out, Year 2
Friday 16th August Year 1/2 Tabloid Sports
Saturday 17th August Working Bee - all welcome
Monday 19th August RSPCA incursion for Years 1 and 2
Wednesday 21st August State School Spec. offsite rehearsal #2


Wednesday 28th August

Fathers' Day Stall

Basketball Hooptime Round Robin, Years 3 and 4

Friday 30th August Book Day and Parade

Working Bees

Saturday August 17

Sunday September 15

Sunday November 24

Looking Ahead, Key Dates

Monday  2nd September

Dental Van arrives


10th September Market Day for Years 5 and 6


11th September

Hoop Time for Years 5 and 6

Musical Soiree

Thursday 12th September State School Spec. offsite rehearsal
Friday 13th September State School Spec. offsite rehearsal
Saturday  14th September State School Spectacular


to Friday

11th September to 13th September Responsible Pet Ownership
Wednesday 18th September Canteen Special Pie Lunch 
Thursday 19th September Footy Maths Day
Friday 20th September Final Day of Term 3
Term 4    
  7th October to 14th October Waste Education, all years
  14th October to 7th November Yoganaughts Yoga for Foundation
  16th October to 6th November Yoga for Years 1 and 2
Thursday 17th October Waterways incursion, for Years 4 and 6
Wednesday 30th October Colour Run
Friday 1st November Curriculum Day (Students do not attend)
Tuesday 5th November Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Monday 11th November Remembrance Day
Wednesday 13th November Excursion for Foundations students  - Ceres
Friday 15th November Cricket Gala Day for Years 5 and 6
Monday 18th November House Athletics for Foundation to Year 2
Tuesday 26th November Ice Cream Special Food Day
Thursday 28th November Performance Assembly
Thursday 5th December Carols and Market Night
Friday 6th December Swimming Program commences
Wednesday 18th December Graduation Ceremony, Year 6
Friday 20th December Final Day of the 2019 school year.

Special Dates for Future Foundation Students


2020 and beyond


School Counsellor

Hello Kalinda parents and carers!

This fortnight I am attaching some more local parenting support groups and information sessions. I will continue to keep my eyes peeled for great opportunities in our community.


Please be in touch if you would like any referral support or information about parenting and raising your child. You are not alone in the MANY challenges that parenting presents.


I work with directly with students, in consultation with parents and teachers about any concerns there may be around your child’s wellbeing. Issues might include:

  • Stressful changes for children: separation, new baby, bereavement, family illness
  • Anxiety, making friends and socialising
  • Low self-esteem or needing to develop resilience
  • Managing and understanding big emotions

As the school counsellor, I will ALWAYS work with families, students and teachers to create a supportive and welcoming learning environment.

If you do not wish you child to be referred to the counselling program, please contact the office.


Emily Bieber: ebieber@kalinda.vic.edu.au or 9876 3289, Mondays and Fridays.

Local parenting support:


Spotlight on student learning

Would you rather be a grown up or a child?

The Foundation students have been learning about persuasive writing and have formulated some pretty serious arguments for and against being a grown up or a child! Foundation S were pretty keen to grow up so that they can get married and stay up late sitting on the couch eating lollies (they are onto you parents!)....but Foundation K are pretty concerned about paying bills. Very convincing reasons both ways!  Click the arrow to scroll across. 



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?

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! 

Dancing their way to the top. 


Submitted by Claire H. 


Cherry-May C, Ayda H and Evie L all attended Albury Wodonga Eisteddford last weekend where along with their fellow highland dancers they represented Madderty Highland Dancing and competed against other dancers from around Victoria and New South Wales. They all danced beautifully and challenged themselves dancing against competitors they have not faced before. 


Cherry-May came first in Highland Laddie and Sailors Hornpipe, second in Swords, Lilt and Jig, third in Flora, and also got the pre-premier judges choice award! Ayda danced six dances against competitors who were between 14 and 25 years old, dancing beautifully. Evie danced in her third competition ever and competed against five other girls starting their highland dancing careers.  


All girls did beautifully and showed support and encouragement to the other Madderty dancers. 



Around the school

Yokoso Lilyvale Primary School from Japan



Maroondah Region Girls AFL Day


On the 1st of August a selected group of Grade 5/6 girls represented Kalinda Primary School at the Maroondah Region Girls AFL Day.


They played five games, competing against Holy Spirit, Marlborough, Antonio Park, Yarra Road and Croydon Hills. The girls won two out of the five games played, which is a great effort.


They should be really proud of themselves, their improvement in skill performance and game sense was sensational. They worked really well together as a team, as they continually encouraged one another. The girls really enjoyed the experience, and had a great day together.


A special thank-you to Nick who assisted with coaching the team, and thank-you to all the parents who attended and showed their support on the day.


House Athletics Carnival


Just last week we announced the winning house from the House Athletics Carnival and presented ribbons to the students who finished either 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall in an event respective of age and gender.    


The house results were as follows;

1st Place Chisholm

2nd Place McCubbin

3rd Place Melba

4th Place Parkes


A very big congratulations to Chisholm, for taking out the win for two consecutive years. Well done!


Congratulations to the students who were selected to represent Kalinda Primary School at the upcoming Ringwood North District Athletics Carnival. These students were selected based upon their results obtained from the House Athletics Carnival. They will have the opportunity to compete in specific events against students of the same gender and age from other schools in the Ringwood North District. We wish them all the best of luck as they progress to the next level.


A special congratulations to the new Kalinda recorder holders. Since 2015, we have been keeping records of our students athletic achievements. Well done to;

  • Ben Qi achieving a time of 33.01 in the 200m sprint.
  • Alex Senyard achieving a time of 3:09.07 in the 800m run.
  • Callum Settle achieving a time of 2:47.35 in the 800m run.


Jessica Swingler

Physical Education Teacher



We will be setting up a knitting club to be operated every Wednesday, it will be specifically for the Years 3 and 4 students, boys and girls. 


Any donations of wool would be greatly appreciated.

Japan Disaster Relief Fund - Thank you for your help

please see the note of appreciation for all your wonderful assistance.


From staff and the Office



The Canteen will be closed on Monday 2nd September



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 August and September.


Pie Day

There will be a special Pie Day on Wednesday 18th September. Notes will be sent home shortly. 

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


Looking Ahead - End of Term

The last day that 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)


Thank You

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who assisted with Branch Out Day lunch.  

Thank you all, for supporting the School Canteen.



Helpers needed this term please 

Pie Day forms have been sent out.  These are due back by Tuesday 3rd September, no later than 3pm.

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  19th   August        Helper Needed please

Wednesday 21st August    Susanne H

Thursday,   22nd August     Helper Needed please

Friday 23rd August                9.30am to 1.30pm,    Helper Needed please

                                                      11.30am to 1.30pm, Helper Needed please


Week 7

Monday 26th August ,         Helper Needed please

Wednesday  28th August , Helper Needed please

Thursday  29th August,       Helper Needed please

Friday  30th August,          9.30am to 1.30pm,   Helper Needed please

                                                  11.30am to 1.30pm, Helper Needed please




There is currently an astronomical amount of lost property around the school at the moment.

locations are at the Stadium, Oshclub and in the main building near the Canteen. WE CAN'T KEEP UP!

We are requesting a person to be willing to volunteer their time once per week to help sort it and distribute named items back to their owners. Please contact the School Office if you can spare us some time each week to do this.



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. there is only a short timeline to apply for these.

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





The end date for this was originally 11th August.   If you haven't been able to complete the survey in time, don't lose heart! We have been advised that the survey is now extended to Friday 23rd August.

We genuinely want to know what our parents think and request that, if you have been invited and have not yet done so, please complete your survey as soon as possible. Many thanks.


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

Current Events on Compass Are:

Tabloid Sports                                           

Friday August 16th                                                              - Years 1 and 2 

RSPCA Pet Incursion

Monday August 19                                                               - Years 1 and 2                   

State School Spectacular rehearsal #2         

Wednesday August 21                                                        - participating students

Basketball/Hooptime Round Robin 3/4                

Wednesday August 28                                                       - Years 3 and 4

Ringwood North District Athletics

Tuesday September 3                                                         - participating students

Basketball/Hooptime Round Robin 5/6

Wednesday September 11                                              - Years 5 and 6

CERES Excursion  3/4                                                                 

Thursday October 10                                                        - Years 3 and 4

Yoganauts 3/4                                                                  

Starts Friday October 18                                                 - Years 3 and 4

CERES Excursion, Foundation                                     

Wednesday November 13                                               -  Foundation students



We have organised a school dentist to visit the school starting next Monday, 26th August. Forms have now been collected by the dentists.

Fundraising and Parents and Friends



Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 28th August -notices will be coming home soon

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

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: Jamie Quinn

Program Assistant: Sarah Taroza

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


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. 


This week's news:

Does your child love drama and craft? Beginning this week at OSHClub, we will be hosting a weekly drama and craft incursion each Friday afternoon until 13th Sept. All children booked in to attend After School Care on Fridays can participate. There are no extra charges applicable. For more information, please see the article below. 

Our focus this fortnight is teamwork and cooperation. Children have been involved in plenty of negotiation regarding the establishment of rules, fair play and turn-taking around the table tennis table, which has become a popular resource during our cold mornings. Fort making using our movable furniture and noticeboards continues to be one of the most popular games children engage in regularly. Group games like these encourage children to practice inclusivity by playing with children they otherwise would not have a chance to play with. 


What we have been doing and making:



Please discourage your children from bringing small collectable toys to OSHClub. If they bring these types of toys to school, it is best that they keep them in their bags and out of sight while at before or after school care. 

Ooshies in particular are very popular at the moment and children are very keen to trade. There have been some issues regarding permission, with children's collectibles being played with or getting lost altogether. Recently, there have been two incidents where entire collections of these types of toys have gone missing. 



  • One bag of 40 Lion King and super hero Ooshie's
  • Seven small Hatchimal collectibles. 

If found, please drop them into OSHClub. Their owners would love them back! 




With spring just around the corner (and hopefully some spring weather!), children will need to wear a sun hat outdoors when the UV rating is at 3 or higher. 


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



Thank you to all who donated to the Mondo fundraiser. We collected almost a full mini van's worth of used textiles, soft toys and shoes!

We look forward to finding out how much we have raised for the school. 

Vacation Care

Our recent Vacation Care program involved a whole range of activities, theme days, excursions and incursions. We enjoyed a fantastic day animal-watching at the Melbourne Zoo. We journeyed to Melbourne Museum on another big day out, where children had the opportunity to explore their favourite parts of the museum. We also had a fantastic drama incursion with Drama Co, travelling on a magic carpet to exciting global destinations. There was plenty of role play and dressing up involved!


Below are photos from our excursions and from some of our favourite activities during Vacation Care: Making fluffy slime; painting pet rocks; and dressing up during our drama incursion!  




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 who is booked into our care. Your cooperation in letting us know in advance if a booking is no longer required is hugely appreciated. 

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. 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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