Principal’s Update #4 Term 2

Good Afternoon Parents/Carers,

What a term it has been so far, it seems such a long time ago since we had our ANZAC Service in Week 1. With three weeks to go, we have a lot still to come with swimming lessons, winter carnival, tree planting and Room 9’s assembly. Teachers are busy putting the finishing touches on their reports and I am preparing myself to read them, which is a privilege and a pleasure to see how well our 320 students are progressing.

Kiss and Drop

The ‘Kiss and Drop’ area seems to be a contentious issue that remains a problem. Whilst I am out by the gate most mornings and afternoons, the primary reason for doing so is to greet our children and to make sure they leave the school safely. I am NOT a parking ranger and have never professed to be one, if I see someone doing the wrong thing I will point it out and ask them to move their car. This area is under the jurisdiction of the City of Armadale who regularly send out a ranger to police the area. There have been a number of vehicles fined as a result. I just ask that everyone acts with courtesy and common sense to ensure that traffic flows smoothly. If you do have an issue or see something that requires assistance please contact the City of Armadale on 9394 5000.

Quad Resurfacing

The quad resurfacing will begin this Saturday (weather permitting) and will continue through to the end of the term and into the holidays. This will effectively turn the middle of the school into a construction site. All access to the quad area will be fenced off. Admin staff and signage will be visible next week to direct pedestrian traffic. We understand this will cause quite a significant disruption to the access of the school. However, having swimming lessons and the school holidays will ensure that we will have minimal movements across the school. This is the first of two stages for the refurbishment, the second phase will be completed in the Term 3 holidays as the weather needs to be warmer for them to lay the material during winter. Once complete, we will have two tennis courts and a multi-purpose basketball/netball court.  

Winter Carnival

Our football, hockey, netball and soccer teams have been busy preparing for the interschool winter carnival this Friday. These carnivals are amongst the best days of the school year in my opinion. To see our students representing Kelmscott Primary School with great determination and sportsmanship is a privilege and honour. Whilst we always want to win, we know the most important part of the day is having fun and enjoying time connecting with friends.

Swimming

After missing last year due to COVID it is great to see the enthusiasm our students have to be starting swimming next week. As a parent, I understand the level of organisation that happens at home to make sure your children have a dry towel and bathers each day. Inevitably there will be items that get misplaced around the classrooms and verandas so please ensure you label everything your child brings to swimming.

New Uniform Design   

At our last Board meeting the following design was endorsed for our new uniforms. The fabric will be a much lighter micromesh material. We are hoping to have the first batch delivered in Term 4. Information about ordering will be communicated soon. The current uniform will still be acceptable to wear and will phase itself out over time.