Message from our Principal

We start this newsletter with an enormous THANK YOU to our parents and P and C for reaching an exceptional fundraising total of $9000 which was matched by Dymocks, allowing us to purchase $18 000 worth of books to replenish our library. This is an excellent contribution to our resources and will keep the children interested in reading and able to explore new topics to broaden their interests and understanding. Thank you to everyone who supported the Read- A- Thon, outdoor movie night and any P and C event this year. Mr McClements has never been so excited to go shopping! Way to go, Challis!


The term is well and truly underway with all children settling well in to the routine. Attendance is high on our priority list this term as the teachers and Deputies monitor any child who is attending less than 95%. We have a wide array of support available at school to assist any family finding it difficult to bring their child/ren to school. Every single day away from school matters and results in fewer friendships, poorer understanding of the content taught and a feeling of not belonging.  We are here to help you to work through whatever is causing difficulty for you to bring your child to school every day.


The Ladies High Tea on Tuesday afternoon, was a special gathering of our Year 4,5,6 girls along with their special female guest. This has become a Challis tradition that can only occur through the generosity of the staff who donate baked goods, gifts for raffle prizes and their time so that we can come together to celebrate Mother’s Day.  We were treated to a song especially rehearsed for this event, by our senior Choir. Ms Campbell bravely performed a song from The Little Mermaid and captured everyone’s attention with her beautiful voice. Mrs Plunkett was our guest speaker and shared her journey of realizing her dream of becoming a teacher despite being thrown some unexpected life curveballs which threatened to spoil that dream. Our theme was “Oh, but what if you fly?” which is from a poem Erin Hansen, which invites us to face our fears and not allow worries to get in the way of reaching our potential. Mrs Taylor and Mrs Bibby did a spectacular job along with a huge team of staff to make this afternoon memorable.


A couple of important dates for your diary.....


Tuesday 14th May- NAPLAN commences for students in Years 3 and 5.


Thursday 16 May- Family picnic to celebrate National Families Week. Your teacher will send home more details.


Tuesday 18th June- School is closed for half a day for the purpose of Reporting to Parents. School will open for students at 12:00pm. The morning is used for parents and teachers to have time to discuss progress, achievement and any concerns.


Thursday 4th July- Last day of Term 2 for students.


Tuesday 23rd July- First day of Term 3 for students.


School uniforms- a reminder that with the cooler weather upon us, it is time to ensure that children are wearing a school jumper or a jumper in the school colour of navy blue. We have an excellent uniform standard and it is important to uphold this standard even in winter. The uniform shop has school jumpers in all sizes and the ladies would be very happy to help you to find the correct size jumper for your child.


I look forward to seeing you at all or any of the school events in the near future. And a reminder that our Challis Parent Choir is desperately looking for brave Mums, Dads, friends of Challis to come to practice every Wednesday at 2:15pm. Ms Campbell and Mr Blanchard and our one current brave parent are very lonely and are seeking more friends!


Warm regards,