Karingal News 24/11/23


Principal News - 24th November, 2023

Dear Families

November has continued to be a busy month and December is just around the corner....31 days until Christmas! 

Colour Splatacular - Friday 17th November

Last Friday we finished the day with our Splatacular Fun Run. I certainly was a lot more prepared this year to be slimed! The students had an awesome afternoon and definately got a lot of colour (as well as slimed). A big thank you to Breigh, Helen and Louise for being at school and setting up all day. Further thank you's to the many parents who helped and supported the P&F committee by volunteering their time in the afternoon. It is always appreciated.

2024 Planning

Staff are in the planning process for grades next year. If there is a request, please put in writing to myself or Jacquie Schneider. We will do our best to accommodate (provided it is a fair and reasonable request).
If your child is leaving our school, can you please notify the office asap. If you know of any children who have not yet enrolled, please encourage parents/carers to do so.

Year 56 Beach Days

Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December our Year 5 and 6 students will be enjoying learning about beach safety through activities on the beach. Please make sure all students have appropriate beach wear, plenty of sunscreen and wear their hats.

School Up Days - Tuesday 5th December and 12th December

We have two 'Up Days' in December whereby students get to meet their potential classmates and teachers for 2024. It is a time for teachers to observe students in new environments and make class placements for the best outcomes. 

Christmas Carols - Wednesday 6th December

I look forward to our annual Christmas Carols on the school oval. The children have been working hard with Mary and Miss Holmes on their class Christmas songs. Please keep this afternoon free and join in the festivities.

Take care and stay safe
Samantha Cooke

Colour Splatacular

Colour Splatacular Fun Runs are designed to have fun, raise money, and make lasting memories. ❤️?????

That was definitely the case at ours on Friday November 17th!???‍♀️

We couldn’t stop smiling and our KPS community raised over $4,000! ?

Thank you to all our supporters on the day, particularly the P & F who organised it all!

Congratulations to the below students who were our top money raisers and had the excitement of sliming Miss Cooke, Mrs Schneider and Fiona.

Top Student Raisers:
1. Finn F (PA)- $425
1. Pippa F (34A)- $425
2. Lachie (P1A) & Louis W (34B) - $330
3. Rory T (M12) - $305
4. DeWolf Family - $290
5. Lachie (34A) & Max S (34B) - $240
6. Eliana W (34A) - $230
7. Stella (34B) & Hazel J (12A) - $140
8. Lucy F (12A) - $130
9. Tara M (56B) - $120
10. Terence M (56B) - $115

Total raised = $4,295

Christmas Carols Wednesday 6th December

Pack a rug and grab your picnic baskets! It’s time for our annual KPS school Christmas Carols and Family Picnic! 

Join us on the school oval from 4:00pm onwards. Carols will commence at 5:00pm sharp. 

Sausages in bread + cold soft drinks and juice boxes available to purchase. This year we will also have a local ice-cream van + glitter hair braiding and colour $10 (BYO hair brush!).

Money raised from the sausage sizzle and hair braiding will be donated back to the school.

We encourage all KPS families to attend. Each class will be performing a song on the night.

Please note this is an alcohol free event.

Thank you to The Mornington Peninsula Community Choral Festival

Our Glee Club, The Parrwangs, would lilke to say thank you to The Mornington Peninsula Community Choral Festival for providing them with a $500 grant.

With this grant, Mary purchased music stands for the Parrwangs to use.

The students had a fantastic time unboxing the stands.

Message from School Council

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all KPS families who contributed to our school this year; whether it was through fundraising, volunteering your time and/or financially contributing by paying your voluntary school fees. Your contributions have made a huge difference to our school and the programs we can offer, ensuring the best possible education and support for our students.

With your support and financial contributions, our school has been able to organise the best possible classroom structure for students (including smaller class sizes), offer a wide range of subjects and special curriculum experiences, enhance digital learning opportunities, upkeep our school grounds and book in the resurfacing of our basketball court which will be ready for the children to utilise when they come back from Summer holidays!

Your financial support has also allowed us to purchase art supplies, music items, physical education equipment, and library resources (yes, the school must fund these items themselves!). It has also allowed us to plan for the opening of our new building which will be home to additional digital learning, science and cooking equipment, as well as new art supplies.

Looking forward to 2024, it has been agreed upon at School Council that your voluntary student school fees + student book lists will be split into two separate payments. This will make the payment process more streamlined for families and allow for us to continue our resource planning. Your school fees, as always, are a much needed voluntary payment, however, book list payments must be made prior to 30th January, 2024 so that your child's classroom supplies can be waiting for them with their new teacher on the first day of Term 1.

Payment plans can be arranged for both the booklist and the voluntary school fee contribution. Our lovely office staff will be more than happy to help set this up for you. Payments can also be made via cash, credit card or BPay (did you know each student at KPS has their own BPAY reference number!)

It goes without saying that your unwavering support for our school is greatly appreciated. Not only does it allow us to plan, prepare and purchase the very best educational resources for your child, it also assists us to inspire, nurture and extend your child's learning giving them the very best start on their educational journey.


Congratulations Alex

Alex represented Karingal at the State Athletics Carnival Alex has again shown how determination and drive can get you amazing results.

He placed 1st in both his Shot put and 100m events.

Alex runs in a multiclass division but has shown through his scores in events that he could match it with anyone his age.

This is the last time Alex will represent our school in Athletics but we will all be hearing his name in the future, we are sure of that.

Well Done Alex!!

Indigenous Mural

The mural outside the staff room is starting to take shape.

Led by Aunty Karen Gibbs, a small team of parents have been working on making the corridor outside the staff room look a little more appealing. 

Once it is completed Aunty Kaz will share with us the meaning behind each part of the mural. 

Thank you to Aunty Kaz and her team.

Women’s Boomerang Project

Two of our wonderful parents, Aunty Kaz and Jade, joined the women's group at Nairm Marr Djambana to created a beautiful piece of art with boomerangs.

They also worked with our students to decorate boomerangs for our own project which will be proudly displayed in our new building. 

District Cricket Premiership

Our Grade 5 and 6 students participated in the District Cricket Premiership on Friday 17th November

Our teams took to the pitch with great spirits.

After a day of play our boys team came away in 3rd place and our girls team were undefeated winning the day of competition.

Well Done teams!!!

Indigenous Market Stall

Indigenous students Tamikah and Nathan participated in a market stall on November 18th.

Tamikah (Grade 1) and Nathan (Grade 5) manned a market stall at the local gathering place, Nairm Marr Djambana selling paintings and crafts they had made including clips, beaded hanging keys, Christmas Cards and Christmas Decorations. 

Tamikah will also be participating in Activist week and will be holding her second market stall alongside Aunty Karen Gibbs and Nathan on December 2nd at Springers Leisure Centre in Keysborough from 1pm-4pm. 

Well done Tamikah and Nathan. You are both very talented and should be proud of yourselves.

Fundraising Update - 24th November 2023

TOTAL RAISED THIS YEAR: $14,409.42 (to date)
FundraiserMonies Raised
Easter Raffle$885.95
Mother's Day Raffle$630
Mother's Day Stall$668.91
Crazy Hair Day$120
Icypoles Week 1$105.10
Icypoles Week 2$137
Icypoles Week 3$81
Icypoles Week 4$168.70
Icypoles Week 5$123.10
Icypoles Week 6$99.95
Harmony Day Pizza$155
Concert Raffle$512
Icypoles Week 7$116
Father's Day Raffle$491
Father's Day Stall$56.41
Icypoles Week 8$70.90
Icypoles Week 9$78.90
Adele's Concert$3800
Silver Coin Challenge$1166.15
Icy Poles Week 10$123.10
Cookie Dough$1296
Icy Poles Week 1$62.25
Icy Poles Week 2$5
Icy Poles Week 3$11
Icy Poles Week 4$105.00
Icy Poles Week 5$93.80
Icy Poles Week 6$93.80
Colour Splatacular$2,677.00
**NOTE: Expenses have been taken out of FINAL totals**

This is what we are aiming for...


  • Christmas Raffle

Covid 19 News

Dear parents and carers

There is at present an increase in community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria.

You can help us keep our school as safe as possible by taking 2 important steps:

1. Ensure your COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date. Information on how and where to get vaccinated is available on the Get vaccinated webpage.

2. If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19, please ensure they stay home and get tested. The easiest way to test is to use a rapid antigen test (RAT). Free RATs are available from your local council where you can collect 2 packs of 5 RATs and an extra 2 packs for each person in your household. People with disability and their carers can get 4 packs of 5 RATs. You are not required to have a Medicare card and you can collect RATs as many times as you need. You can also buy RATs at supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers.

If your child has symptoms but tests negative, please ensure they stay home until they no longer have symptoms.

If the RAT test result is positive, please ensure they say home for at least 5 days and until there are no more symptoms.

Thank you for your support – these steps will help us all stay well.

Samantha Cooke

Build Update - 24th November 2023

The building works are progressing however very slowly.

As yet we, unfortunately, don't have a date for completion. 

Term 4 Calendar - 24th November

Term 4
27th November

28th November

29th November

30th November
56 Beach Day

1st December
56 Beach Day
NO Assembly
4th December

5th December
Whole School Up Day #1
6th December
Schools Christmas Carols Picnic
7th December

8th December
3pm - Assembly

11th December

12th December
Whole School Up Day #2/Year 6 transition

13th December
Grade 6 Graduation

14th December
Year 56 Ballam Park excursion

15th December
Whole School Christmas lunch
Reports go home
NO Assembly

18th December
P-2 Village cinema

19th December

20th December
1pm - Final Assembly
Last day 1.30pm finish