Principal’s Update #5 Term 3

Today marks my first full school year at KPS and what a ride it has been! I have sincerely enjoyed getting to know my staff, students and community. Upon reflection, it is amazing how much we’ve achieved together, but this is only the beginning of the journey and there is so much more to do.

Massed Choir

Last night was the best way to cap off a busy term and would have to be my highlight as KPS Principal so far. To see our students centre stage at the Perth Concert Hall, performing so beautifully was such a proud moment. I want to thank Mr Vandermeer for his organisation and effort to get our students prepared. The choir performed a range of local and international hits and our own Hannah Tjerkstra was chosen to perform two soloist acts that were absolutely sensational. I want to thank Mr Campbell, Mr Payne, Ms Ferguson, Mr Hart and his two children Xavier and Eliza who made the trip up to support our students. I’d also like to thank all the parents who were in attendance, I’m sure you were so proud of your children. 

Staffing Update 

As you would be aware, Ms M will be leaving us this term for the birth of her first child. Whilst we will be sad to see her leave us, we are very excited for this next chapter in her life. Over the last term we have been running a selection process to find a new deputy principal. I’m pleased to announce that Sarah Thomason is the successful candidate. Sarah’s educational journey has taken her across the Pilbara and Perth Metropolitan Area. Most recently as deputy principal at South Halls Head Primary School. We are really excited about what she will bring to our school and community. I know you will make her feel welcome when students return from holidays on Tuesday 12 October. Sadly we say goodbye to our music teacher Mr Vandermeer and our kindy education assistant Ms Thompson. I would like to thank them and acknowledge their dedication to our students over their time here. Next term, we welcome back Mr Simon Campbell who will be teaching performing arts and science. I know many students and staff are excited to see him back. 

Footy Fun Day

The festival of footy arrived at KPS yesterday with everyone wearing their favourite colours and having a lot of fun with all the activities being run by myself and Mr Donohue. The P&C were heavily involved over the whole day which was very much appreciated. All the wonderful prizes were kindly donated by Kelmscott Football Club, McDonalds Kelmscott and 7/11 Kelmscott. If you’re a footy fan I hope your team wins today. Go the Dees!

Awesome Evening/Quad Works

We are still in full preparation to hold this great community open night on Thursday 21 October from 5-7pm. As with any big event we always need a ‘Plan B’. The weather forecast for next week couldn’t be any worse to finish off the quad works. If in the event that we get so much rain that the works can’t be completed then we have reserved the following Thursday night (28 October) as a backup. 

I hope this two week break provides you with many opportunities to spend valuable quality time together with your children. We look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 12 October.