Principal’s Update #5 Term 4

It’s hard to believe that we have reached the end of the year already! As a school, we couldn’t be happier with what we have achieved in such a small space of time. Our overall enrolment increased by 40%, we had a highly successful review and our students adapted to our new programs with ease. We now have whole school consistency with our teaching and learning approaches and programs. Our wonderful community turned out in huge numbers to the Christmas Concert, Awesome Evening and Fathering Project events. We continued to modernise and update our school signage, classrooms and playgrounds. We believe that Kelmscott students deserve the best and that’s what we intend on delivering. 2024 is going to be a year of consolidation of our programs and approaches. We are confident that we will see continual improvements in our NAPLAN and PAT data. In Term 1, we will begin writing our Business Plan for 2024-26, which will be a fantastic opportunity to set ambitious targets.

What a great evening it was on Tuesday. The ceremony was very student centred and provided each individual with their moment to shine. I want to thank Mrs McIntosh, Mr Grace, and Mrs Aim for their organisation. I also want to acknowledge the great job that Georgia, Bayli and Charlie did in hosting the ceremony. We were lucky enough to have special dignitaries including Education Minister Dr Tony Buti MLA, City of Armadale Mayor Cr Ruth Butterfield and City of Armadale Deputy Mayor (and KPS Board member) Cr John Keogh. We will miss our Year 6 students and wish them all the very best for their secondary schooling. I can’t wait to hear about all the wonderful things they achieve.

Christmas Concert
The Christmas Concert was a huge success with a massive turnout, perfect weather and brilliant performances by all the students. The lighting, stage and new setting amongst the trees gave off a nice vibe. I want to thank Mrs Aim for her organisation of this wonderful event.

Transition Day
Last Friday, all students got to spend time in their 2024 classes and had an opportunity to meet some new friends and get to know their teachers. I had the opportunity to go into every classroom and was so impressed with how well settled the students were and how much fun they were having. Our four new teachers were released to come in and were very impressed with their new students and school. It is my intention to make this an annual event as it will hopefully alleviate any anxiety they might have prior to starting the new school year.

Pre Kindy
Our Pre-Kindy will begin operating out of the OHSC building from Term 1 2024. This program is designed to give children who will attend kindy in 2025 an opportunity to learn about school, make some friends and build some foundation skills.

It’s that sad time of year when we have to say goodbye to staff who will be leaving us. We say goodbye to the following people:

  • Ms Kate Fox (Teacher)
  • Ms Pauline Cooper (on leave)
  • Ms Bethany Hagen (Teacher)
  • Mr Liam Roennfeldt (Teacher)
  • Mr Sebastian D’Angelo (Cleaner)

From all the staff at KPS, I want to wish all our community a safe and pleasant holiday season. Our Office will be open from Thursday 25 January, with students returning on Wednesday 31 January 2024.