Karingal News 23/02/24


Principal News - 23rd February, 2024

Dear KPS Families

Tay Tay fever is over and it is now back to realilty. I hope those students/parents/families who were able to secure tickets to her show had an amazing time.

It is now back to reality and realise we are heading towards the end of February...how time flies when we are having fun!

New Building
It is official...we have received the keys to move into the new building. YAY!! As of this week, students will have participated in classes in the new building. Art and Science will be taken in the new building as well as assembly next week.

Halogen Young Leaders Conference
It was a privilege to accompany our Year 6 student leaders into the city last Friday for the Halogen Young Leaders Conference. They got to listen to four speakers (Jane Bunn, Anastasia Woolmer, Bryson Klein and Melissa Barbieri). Each speaker spoke about their leadership journey and what was important to them.

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 Tuesday 5th 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.

Take care and stay safe
Samantha Cooke

School Awards #2

Congratulations to the following students who received an award at assembly.


Classroom Awards
Congratulations to the following students who received a classroom award at assembly:

  • Gemma, Skylar and Nathanael (12A); 
  • Addy and Gemma (12B);
  • Byron (34B)
  • Rosa and Locklyn (56A)
  • Powrel and Stella (56B)
Congratulations to Memphis (56A) for receiving the RIPRR award and demonstrating our RIPRR values.

Good Deed Box
Thank you to Charlie, Tamika and Gurneet for helping around the school. Congratulations for being selected from the Good Deed Box. 


Congratulations to M3A for being the class with the best attendance for the second week in a row.

School Council Update

Hello KPS Families,

Welcome back for 2024!

Exciting news – our new building is finally complete, and both students and staff can now enjoy it. The new playground was finished over the summer break, and work on the new basketball court has begun, with new hoops already installed. Unfortunately, due to the weather, the court couldn't be ready for the start of the school year, but it's very close to completion. A huge thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to our successful fundraising last year, making the basketball court resurfacing possible.

This year, we have a lineup of fun activities planned for students and a special night for parents/carers. Stay tuned for more details as the year progresses. Our first event is the Family Fun Afternoon, packed with exciting activities for families to enjoy together.

We are currently accepting nominations for new members to join our school council, with 3 positions available for parents/carers. No special skills are required, just a willingness to contribute to the school community. If you have any questions about the role, feel free to contact me via email at rachael.franks@education.vic.gov.au.

A big thank you to the parents/carers who have expressed interest in volunteering for various activities. Information packs will be sent out to those who are keen to dedicate their time.

had the privilege of presenting badges to our 2024 Student Leaders during the recent assembly. Chrissy, a former School Captain, also joined me for the occasion. I extend my best wishes to our 2024 School Captains, Adele and Reilly, along with the house leaders, RIPRR leaders, and Chess Captains, in their new roles.

I am looking forward to another fantastic year ahead.

Warm regards,

Rachael Franks

School Council President


New Building is open

It is official. We have received the keys to the new building. Students have been having their specialist classes of Art and Science in the new space and enjoyed it very much.

We look forward to having our next assembly (Friday 1st March) in the new hall space.

Young Leaders Conference

Year 6 student leaders took the opportunity to attend the Halogen Young Leaders Conference in the city on Friday 16th February.
They had the privilege to listen to four speakers (Anastastia Woolmer, Bryson Klein, Jane Bunn and Melissa Barbieri).

The Halogen Australia Young Leaders Conference exists to inspire & influence a generation of young people to lead themselves and others well.

What does it mean to lead well? 

We have been asking leaders this question for some time now. How we lead ourselves and others in any kind of situation reveals a large part of who we are as people. Who our leaders are as people (whether they be prime ministers, parents or prefects), determines the size and shape of the home, school, country and world we live in. Questions about HOW and WHY we influence the people around us are what drives Halogen.

Leaderhsip  is about you making your contribution and together we can shine brightly.


There have been numerous outbreaks of headlice recently at school...

What are head lice?

Head lice are small, wingless insects that live, breed and feed on the human scalp. They do not generally carry or transmit disease. Head lice have existed for millions of years and, in fact, predate human evolution.

Direct contact is required for transmission from person to person. Lice will crawl from head to head without discrimination.

Head lice and exclusion from school
According to the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019, children with untreated head lice are not permitted to attend school. However, once treatment has started, they may attend, even if there are still some eggs present.

How to find head lice?

The easiest and most effective way to find head lice is to use the conditioner and comb treatment weekly.
This includes:

  • Step 1. Comb hair conditioner onto dry, brushed (detangled) hair. This makes it difficult for lice to grip the hair or run around.
  • Step 2. Thoroughly comb sections of the hair with a fine tooth head lice comb.
  • Step 3. Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.
  • Step 4. Look on the tissue and on the comb for lice and eggs.
  • Step 5. Repeat the combing for every part of the head at least 4 or 5 times.
  • Step 6. If lice or eggs are found, the person should be treated.

Using Insecticide Products

Any head lice treatment product you choose should carry an Australian Registered (AUST R) or Australian Listed (AUST L) number on the outer packaging. These numbers show that the product is accepted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for supply in Australia.

If you use a lotion, apply the product to dry hair. For shampoo products, wet the hair, but use as little water as possible.

Head lice live in the hair and go to the scalp to feed. Therefore, head lice products must be applied to all parts of the hair.

Once the treatment has been done according to the instructions on the packet, comb through the hair again with the fine tooth head lice comb. This will help to remove the dead eggs and lice, and possibly any eggs still living.

This is also a good time to check whether the removed lice have been killed by the treatment or are still alive. (If they are still alive this probably means that they are resistant to the insecticide.)

Care should be taken when using head lice treatment products:

All products can cause reactions. If you are unsure, check with your pharmacist or doctor.

No topical insecticide treatment kills 100% of the eggs, so treatment must involve 2 applications, 7 days apart. (This kills the lice that hatched from the eggs that didn’t die the first time around.)

If you choose not to use an insecticide, the comb and conditioner method described above can be used every second day until no live lice have been found for 10 days.

Insecticide Resistence

Insecticide resistance is common, so you need to check that the lice you comb out are dead. If the insecticide has worked, the lice will be dead within 20 minutes. If the lice are not dead, the treatment has not worked and the lice are resistant to the product and all products containing the same active compound.

The active compounds in head lice products are:

  • pyrethrins
  • synthetic pyrethroids (permethrin, bioallethrin)
  • organophosphates (maldison or malathion)
  • herbal, with or without natural (non-chemical) pyrethrins.

If a product with one of these active compounds has not worked for you, you can try another, or speak to your pharmacist or doctor.

Preventing head lice

There is no product available that prevents head lice. However, tying long hair back and checking weekly for lice, using the conditioner and comb method, can help prevent the spread.

Container Deposit Scheme

We have enrolled as a donation partner in the Container Deposit Scheme.

This allows you to select Karingal Primary School as the recipient of your refund when you return qualifying containers.

Please encourage your family members to support our fantastic school by choosing Karingal Primary School as the receipient of their refund

Our unique donation code is: C2000009959 

or you can use the following barcode:

Picture Product Fundraiser

Our first fundraiser for 2024 is Picture Products. Your child can create a unique plate, clock, drink bottle, mug or other item. 

Orders and payments are due by next Thursday, February 29th. Payment is online at the below link. ALL order forms need to be returned to the office.

Students will do their drawings at school during the week beginning Monday March 4th.

Term 1 Calendar 2024