Message from our Principal

Monday, started the week with a PBS assembly focusing on the behaviour expectation that “We persevere even when we are challenged.” The staff role played a skit which demonstrated the importance of never giving up (when running, working out a Maths problem, trying to read etc).

 Book Week celebrations commenced with a story being read aloud over the PA ensuring it’s reach to every classroom. The library was unveiled as a  treasure chest with lots of treasure on every shelf. We had a Maths Maths incursion which received mixed reviews.


On Tuesday, we were under attack from pirates and sea creatures and swashbuckling rogues as we all dressed up for the W3/4 Book Week Assembly. Parents did an amazingly creative job in ensuring every student was in costume, impressive! Two staff pirates, one with a questionable accent, read stories and piqued our interest in finding treasure in the library.


Wednesday brought about Mrs Warwick’s Book Drive and every child in school was able to select not one, but two books to take home and keep.


On Thursday, the stories being read aloud over the PA continued. 50 Dads and Lads attended the Shed event after school with Wildcats players. The children in the Just Brass band continued to practice at the Salvation Army.


Friday saw 8 teachers attend the STEAM Conference at Cecil Andrews College. Our Pre Kindy classes went exploring in the bush with their parents and finalized their Father’s Day surprises.

The Performance Choir represented our school at DALEFEST with rave reviews and a group of staff headed to Busselton after school for a PBS summit for the weekend.


Throughout the week, athletics training continued in preparation for the sports carnivals in week 9, after school clubs and classes continued, progress was made in the creation of the vegetable garden in the Outdoor Retreat and the Challis Angels continued to volunteer their time to help teachers prepare resources for the children to use.


Looking ahead to Week 8......


On Tuesday, we keep the classroom doors and school gates open until 6pm for our annual Learning Journey. This is an opportunity for parents to come in to the classroom and let their children show them examples of what and how they are learning. The Learning Journey focuses on progress as well as achievement. Children love their parents coming to school and learning about what they are learning. The specialists will have fantastic stalls set up in the old assembly area with lots of hands on activities available to keep everyone interested and the Choir and Just Brass band will be performing.

At 7pm the P and C meeting opens in the Board room and parents are encouraged to stay and join in this meeting to learn more about how these parent volunteers work hard to benefit all children at Challis. You don’t need to commit to anything and you are welcome to come along and learn or voice an opinion.


2019 Kindy parents have until this Friday (7th September) to accept their Kindy placement before we start offering places to children on the waitlist.

2019 PP parents letters of offer were sent home last week. If you currently have a child in Kindy and you haven’t yet completed an application for PP, time is running out as we have already filled 131 places for PP for 2019. Please make sure you visit the office early this week to fill in an application.


On Thursday, we are being visited by Mark Church from the Harvard Gaprdauate School of Education. Mark will spend the day working with the Inquiry teachers plus teachers currently teaching in other classes to further their knowledge of the Thinking Routines and Skills which are used in all Inquiry classes. Mark is the co-author of Visible Thinking and is in much demand around the world so we are pleased that we have secured him to further our learning on Thursday.


Important dates for Week’s all things sport..


Wed 12th Sept- Jumps and Throws

Thur 13th Sept- K-2 Sports Carnival

Fri 14th Sept- Yr3-6 Sports Carnival


Further ahead.....


Monday 8th October (Term 4) is a School Development day and children do not attend school on that day.


We are looking forward to seeing lots of parents, friends and grandparents at the Learning Journey on Tuesday afternoon and at all of the school events that are scheduled in the following weeks.


Warm regards.