Karingal News 24/02/23


Principal (Acting) News - Friday 24th February

Dear Karingal Families

Another month has just flown by. February has delivered cold days as well as extreme heat and we are all still surviving!

I would like to thank our families, students and staff for the patience everybody is showing in regard to all our building works happening at the moment. The new building is definitely coming along in leaps and bounds, and the ramps being built will also create easier access to buildings for everyone.

House T-Shirts
The much-awaited house t-shirts have arrived. Students will be asked to wear their house top every Friday and for all house events. It is very exciting! A big thank you to Miss Holmes and Mrs Davies for their organisation and commitment to the house t-shirts.

House Athletics

Year 3-6 students had a wonderful day at Ballam Park yesterday competing in their House Athletics. We were very proud of all our students for giving their best efforts.
The students looked AMAZING in their new house tops.
Thank you to Miss Holmes for organising the day and event and to the staff for their support.

School Council Elections
School Council plays a key role in Victorian Government Schools. Participating in School Council is a rewarding and challenging experience. The role of the School Council is to support the Principal to provide the best possible outcomes for all students in the school. Notification of School Council elections was sent home this week. The closing date for nominations is Monday 6th March at 4pm. Nomination forms are available from the school office.

Camp, Sport and Excursion Fund (CSEF) Applications
A reminder to parents who hold a current Health Care Card as of 28th January 2023, that applications for the Camp, Sport and Excursion Fund (CSEF) are now open. Forms have been sent home with the eldest child in the family in the school pack. Please complete the application form and attach a copy of your Health Care Card or Pensioner Card.

Child safety and wellbeing at Karingal Primary School: information for families and the school community
The Victorian Government has announced new Child Safe Standards to further strengthen child safety across organisations, including schools. The new standards recognise the critical importance of families and the broader school community in maintaining and promoting child safety and wellbeing.

Karingal Primary School has reviewed and updated our child safety policies and procedures to ensure they meet the requirements of the new standards. These are available to view on the school’s website and at the front office. 

We are committed to continuous improvement in our approach to child safety and wellbeing and welcome feedback from families and members of our school community on ways we can further strengthen our child safety policies, procedures and practices.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please contact myself, and/or Jacquie Schneider.

Have a wonderful weekend and take care.

Samantha Cooke
Principal (Acting)

Acting ABee Feb 23rd

I love our hive; our students, teachers and families. Our buzz for teaching and learning is clearly visible when we receive a lovely report from Elastik Education after attending a teacher professional development.

All the students have settled in beautifully to their new classrooms and the focus on targeted teaching is evident. When talking to your children at home you might come across the new language of “I Do, We Do, You Do.” I Do is the teacher showing the students the explicit teaching for the lesson and their learning intention. The We Do is a shared experience between the teacher and students to build their new knowledge and check for understanding. The You Do is when students learn at their point of need to practise their new learning. The new Elastik program which staff have learnt about has made this process quicker and easier for teachers to target the gaps in students learning. 

Q: What do you call a bee that misses its target?

A: Fumble bee.

Don’t you worry colony, with our new program and focus on targeted teaching with “I Do, We Do, You Do, The colony will continue to THRIVE.

Buzzing Off for now

Jacquie Schneider

Acting ABee.

School Awards - February 10th, 2023

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at Assembly on Friday 10th February. Classroom Awards
  • Aubrey (PA)
  • Addy (12A)
  • Elyah (12A)
  • Juliana Mae (12A)
  • Brock (34A)
  • Ruby (34A)
  • Dylan (56A)
  • Locky (56A)
  • Zara (56A)
  • Powrel (56B)
  • Tommy (56B)
The RIPRR award was presented to Adele T (M3A) for taking pride in our school, helping the Preps and being a good role model.

Good Deed Box Award
Congratulations to Marcus (PA), Noah (12A) and Juliana Mae (12A) for being selected from the Good Deed Box.

Attendance Award
Congratulations to Theo and Fletcher for attending school each day this week.

Thank you to all award recipients for the contributions you are making to our school.

School Council News

Hello KPS Families

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday break and that your student/s have settled back into school and their new classrooms. 

Welcome to our new families in Prep and across the other grades. 

We have a lot of exciting events planned for the students this year including a disco, Christmas Lunch and the Colour Splatacular Fun Run.

You should all have received the nomination information for the school council. Last year was an exciting time for us as we came out of covid lockdowns and were able to resume all our usual activities. We would love to see some new faces on the school council with some new ideas. If you would like some more information about what being on the school council will involve, I will be at the school admin/office area next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 pm to answer any questions. 

I look forward to another fun and exciting year.

Rachael Franks
School Council President

Smile Squad Returns to KPS

Wednesday 15th March

Smile Squad six month fluoride varnish visit 

The Peninsula Health Smile Squad team are heading back to our school to complete six-monthly fluoride varnish applications for those students who have provided consent. Fluoride varnish applications help make sure students have the best chance of preventing tooth decay, so we’re excited Smile Squad are coming back.  

Consent for this fluoride varnish application was provided when students’ initial consent forms were returned. However, if anyone has changed their mind and do not wish to receive a fluoride varnish application, they can contact Peninsula Health directly to let them know. Please contact the Smile Squad team via: 

Phone: 9784 8184

Email: dentalfrankston@phcn.vic.gov.au

The Smile Squad team look forward to visiting soon. 

Nairm Marr Djambana – Gathering by the bay

Nairm Marr Djambana - Gathering by the bay. 

We welcome all cultures and appreciate and respect everyone’s journey and connection to the world. 

Every Thursday at 12.00pm Nairm Marr Djambana - Gathering by the bay welcomes everyone to join them in a community lunch. I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people within the community and make some strong connections that enable our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to stay connected with their culture. 

Above all, Aunty Marice (pictured below) has donated two of her inspirational and beautiful paintings to Karingal Primary School.

Please take the time to admire and appreciate these paintings and understand the story behind them.

It is truly inspirational!

I would like to thank Aunty Marice again for her beautiful paintings and Aunty Kazza (pictured below with our Principal Samantha Cooke), one of our amazing parents that just keeps giving to our KPS community.

Lastly, better late than never....2022 Nairm Marr Djambana - Gathering by the bay, Community Christmas Lunch!

Many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students form KPS attended the Community Christmas lunch. There was an amazing hamper on display, which was raffled off. Fortunately, I had the winning ticket, and it was a pleasure seeing our students that attended the lunch share the hamper among themselves.

Lunchtime Club

Lunchtime Clubs at Karingal Primary School are a great opportunity for our students to stay connected and be part of a community that shares the same interests.

We have an array of activities designed to create an environment that is fun, safe, and challenging at times. Each day is something different Activities include and are not limited to, cards, board games, creative art, chess, and our amazing student-led program. 

Our student-led program encourages students to share their talents, become strong leaders, and develop their social and emotional skills while doing something they love.

As you can see in the photos below, we have two amazing students, Eliana and Aurora running our student-led program: Calligraphy and Origami.

We have so much talent at our school!


Anxious Kids Parent Seminar

You are invited to hear Dr Jodi Richardson present on anxiety to resilience.

HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters)

HIPPY Frankston North is currently enrolling families who have children aged 3 HIPPY is a FREE program for families who have a child aged 3: families start HIPPY in March two years before their child starts full-time formal schooling. To find out more go to: https://hippyaustralia.bsl.org.au Or contact Melissa Sims on 0491 696 327


Community Notices

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