Welcome to the last blog of 2013.
First up, a big welcome to our new Principal, James Penson. We’ve had a few ups and downs on the Principal front in recent years so it’s great to finally have someone permanently in the role. I know staff and parents alike are very enthusiastic about James’ appointment and are looking forward to working with him next year.
A big thank-you to Robin Grace for steering us through some very troubled waters during that time, and to Steven Donohue, our current acting Assistant Principal who’s been a breath of fresh air; we wish we could keep you.
Yesterday I checked in with James and asked if I could interview him for the KPS blog next year, so now’s your chance. If you have any questions you’d like to ask him, email me. Nothing too scary though; we’d really like to keep this one.
No pressure or anything, James…
Fees and Funding
And Big Ups too for Julie Coleman, Chair, Funding, Communication and Marketing sub-committee for her awesome efforts in procuring grants for the school this year. KPS received a $11,000 grant from the Bendigo Bank towards the running track, $1000 from the Local Leader for the kitchen garden, $1,200 from the Telstra Foundation for lighting the CARE Chairs and $1,500 from IBM for apple TVs.
And great job on the Lap-a-thon which raised $7,300, and Nikki McConnon who’s raised $3,500 from the second-hand uniform shop.
You may recall I wrote two blogs earlier in the year about fees. I was pretty shocked to learn that the government only provide 33% of our operational budget and that the rest has to be made up by our voluntary fees. At the time I wrote that blog we had collected 36% of the fees. I checked this week and our total for the year is 55%, so no Outstanding Award for us. Effectively this means the school is operating on just over half its required budget. Let’s hope we can do better next year.
A farewell: Emma Rush
By the time you read this Emma Rush will be heading back home to New Zealand after four years with us and there will be an empty space in the shelter sheds. Emma has made a huge contribution to the school in that time. She’s been on School Council and worked as PTA liaison and been a class rep. She’s been a permanent feature of the second-hand uniform shop and a regular helper in the canteen. She’s helped out with reading and literacy in classes, been on numerous excursions and helped with cross country, bike ed. and athletics carnivals, and been a guest blogger.
But more than that, Emma has made many, many friends in her time at KPS and will be greatly missed. Chin-up, Emma. No tears. We’ll see you in February. It’s been lovely having you around.
The Stats of Prep
Now to finish I am going to pass you over to Katrina Whelan who provided the blog’s funniest joke for the year (Make sure your kid can put on undies standing up…Prep Swimming)
1. Number of lunches made: 192
2. Number of days that kids didn’t have time to eat fruit but did have time to eat biscuits: 191
3. Number of kilograms of sand brought home from sandpit in school shoes: 54
4. Number of times preppies accidentally called their teacher ‘mum’: 782
5. Number of preppies that, at the beginning of the year, couldn’t do any maths but could count out the exact money for a slushy at the canteen: 61
6. Number of blisters on little hands after intense sessions on the monkey-bars: eleventy billion
7. Number of nit notices: eleventy billion
8. Number of lunchtimes spent in the shelter shed because hat was forgotten: 1 (you don’t make that mistake twice)
9. Number of days that preppies told their parents that they were ‘allowed’ to take football cards/ jewellery/ toys/ Lego to school because their teacher had said it was okay: 192
10. Number of days teachers said to preppies it was a good idea to bring football cards/ jewellery/ toys/ Lego to school: zero.
And one final note: since our humble beginnings twelve months ago, the KPS blog has had close to 10,000 views. Thanks for checking in each week.
See you all tomorrow night at the World Food and Music Peppercorn BBQ.
Have a great holiday.
Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world. Vale Nelson Mandela.