The Kangaroo

Kangaroo Valley Public School Newsletter Term 2 Week 9, 21 June 2022

Principal's Report

Communication Systems

At KVPS we use various communication systems including SkoolBag, Facebook and Class Dojo. For parents, our main communication platform is Skoolbag to keep upto date with our newsletter, events and regular updates through SkoolBag posts. Facebook is used to promote our school within the community and the information posted is limited as this can be viewed by any member of the public. 

Some teachers also use Class Dojo which provides a class specific platform for teachers to communicate with parents. Please keep in mind though, if you have a time sensitive message, for example, a going home message, please phone the school office to ensure this message reaches your child before home time. While every effort is made by our teachers to monitor Class Dojo regularly, there will be times when a message will be missed by the class teacher as they won't monitor these messages while teaching students or during playground duty supervision. There will also be days when your child's teacher is away and a casual teacher may not have access to Class Dojo or be as familiar as their normal class teacher with this platform. 

Our school email address is monitored regularly by our office staff and is another way that you can communicate with the school. Email us:

Project Platypus 2022

During my recent visit to the 4/5/6 classroom, students asked me about a previous camp called the 'Platypus Project' which many students expressed an interest in. 

I am currently working with the Illawarra Environmental Education Centre along with Berry, Terara and Cambewarra PS Principals to set a date for this exciting overnight opportunity which will happen in either Term 3 or 4 of this year! More details to come very soon... 

Fundraising Efforts

Our parents are working incredibly hard to fundraise to purchase resources for our school to make more available to our students. These fundraising efforts are very much appreciated. We have just had many parents and community members involved in the much anticipated Golf Day which raises money for the school. We also have another Family Flicks afternoon coming up in the holidays and the winter dance. I would like to thank our parents who are working behind the scenes to make these events happen, not just for the financial support these events incur, but the social aspect these events provide for our families and community. 

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is open to all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 10, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. 

Students can log books read using their DoE username and password.

Challenge closes for student entries, Friday 19 August 2022

Enrolments for Kindergarten 2023 

It is that time already to be looking ahead into 2023 and enrolments for Kindergarten are open! If you are seeking a placement for your child, use the Kangaroo Valley Public School Website "Enrolment" to enrol your child.

If your child attends Kangaroo Valley Pre School or you have enrolled on line a Prospectus and Information Package will be sent to you at the commencement of Term 4.

If you know of anyone who resides within our local zone and is not currently connected to our school, please encourage them to make contact with us. 

We also ask that any families leaving our school, let us know as soon as possible as this will assist with planning for class structures for the 2023 school year. 

New School Counsellor 

We welcome back Melinda Bolton to the KVPS team who will now be fulfilling the role of school counsellor every second Wednesday, replacing Yvonne Ferguson. Christina Barrett will provide additional counselling support to our school on the alternate Wednesday. Both Mel and Chris are Senior Psychologists Education working across a number of schools in the Shoalhaven.

Their role as Senior Psychologist Education involves coordinating and supervising a team of school counsellors and school psychologists in the Shoalhaven to deliver high quality psychological services to schools. They work closely with schools, other members of educational services teams and agencies to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes. They provide professional leadership in the delivery of psychological services to school communities.

We are receiving this additional counselling time after expressing the need to support our KVPS students and families who have faced a number of unique complexities over the last few years.

I have spoken to Chris and Mel about the specific needs of the school and we would love to invite parents to an information session to find out what supports they can offer. Please keep an eye on the newsletter as we will provide further details about this information session. 

Cool Kids

One of the programs that we hope to offer families at KVPS is The Cool Kids Anxiety Program, which has been running at Macquarie University since 1993. It is a structured 10 session program run over a minimum of 10 weeks that teaches children (ages 7-17 years) and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program can be run with individuals or in a group, in a clinical or school setting and involves participation of child and parent.

The Cool Kids Anxiety Program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with a focus on teaching practical skills. The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment. Current results indicate that most young people who complete our programs show significant improvement. Following treatment, there are marked increases in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.


Another program that Mel and Chris have identified that would be beneficial for selected students is called Stormbirds. Stormbirds provides an opportunity for children and young people who have experienced a natural disaster to share their experiences of change and loss in safe and creative ways, understand and attend to their feelings, and learn skills for adapting and recovering. This takes place in an atmosphere of like-to-like peer support.

The Stormbirds Program was developed in 2009 by Good Grief’s founders, the Sisters of St Joseph following the Black Saturday fires In Victoria. It Is based on the highly successful and evidence-based program, Seasons for Growth, which has been delivered by local community facilitators to over 300,000 children and young people in Australia and internationally to support their wellbeing following loss and grief experiences, including natural disasters.  Stormbirds provides a safe space for children and young people to give a voice to their experiences and learn appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and manage the changes bought about by a natural disaster. Essentially, the program allows them to connect, communicate and understand they are not alone. 

Since 2009, Stormbirds has supported many communities following natural disasters - bushfires in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia; floods in Queensland; bushfires and drought in New South Wales and the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand.  The program continues to be implemented throughout those fire affected communities in NSW and Victoria. 

The Stormbirds program supports children and young people  and covers the topics of change; feelings and responses; memories and support and reconnecting. 

"After participating in the Stormbirds program the children have become less anxious and more open to expressing their feelings. The program has helped relieve the trauma of this devastating event."  John Collis, Principal, Yarloop Primary School. 

Stormbirds is delivered over four sessions in which children learn about:

Session 1  -  Change, a natural part of life

Session 2  -  Feelings and responses

Session 3  -  Memories and support

Session 4  -  Reconnecting

I have attached a fact sheet for more information about both programs. If you think your child would benefit from this either Cool Kids or Stormbirds, please let me know by sending an email to There will be limited places available. 

Miss Arnott - Relieving Principal

More information about Cool Kids


More information about Stormbirds


Sporting News

Todd Woodbridge Cup

Kate Hole will be holding trials this Friday morning at the tennis courts for any player in year 3/4 who would like the opportunity to play in the school team. The games will be in Kiama on 11/8. If your tennis player would like to try out, please let Mrs Robinson know by Thursday


Qualifying Track Events for District Carnival

Students aged 8 years and over who wish to qualify for District Carnival in a track event, please return the permission note sent home today if your child would like to compete this Friday 24th June. 


The school has second hand used clothing for sale.  This will be placed out the back on a table in the outdoor area.  The sale will continue until the end of Term 2.

Uniforms will be itemised into boxes and marked with "cheap" prices.

You are welcome to pick out anything you want and come to the office with cash to pay for the them.

Globe Mobile Dental Visits 15-19th August

Globe Mobile Dental Services provides a free mobile dental service under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme for children aged 2-17 years. They provide children with essential dental treatment & education using the latest technology in portable dental units. The program involves:

  • Dental education about oral hygiene and the importance of maintaining great oral health
  • Comprehensive oral examination
  • Scale, polish and clean
  • Tooth mousse (topical application for prevention of decay)
  • Fissure Sealant (if required)

Parents don’t always have the time to bring their children to a dentist, so our aim is to bring the dentist to them in a fun and relaxing environment.

No Out of Pocket Costs – GMD will provide a FREE Dental Check-up for non-eligible school students.

To be eligible for CDBS:

  • Children must be aged between 2 to 17 years old
  • Must be enrolled in Medicare
  • Their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A

Please complete the online consent form below if you would like your child to access this dental visit:

What's Happening in Week 9


K/1, 4/5/6 Library lessons with Mrs Gripper

4/5/6, 2/3 Art Lessons with Mrs Delmenico


Soccer skills sessions with Mark 

1/2, 2/3 Library lessons with Mrs Gripper

K/1, 1/2 Art Lessons with Miss Delmenico


Canteen Day



Music for 2/3 and 4/5/6


Dairy Farm Excursion notes due for 1/2 students

Choir 2.15-2.45 


24/06/22Qualifying Track Events for District Carnival
27/06/22Dairy Farm Excursion 1/2TA
16/07/22KV Family Flicks - Encanto
18/07/22Staff Development Day
19/07/22Students Return for Term 3
21&22/07/22District Athletics Carnival
30/0722Rock 'n' Roll Winter Dance
15-19/08/22Mobile Dental Visits
26/08/22KV Social
03/09/22150th Celebrations
18/10/22Edward the Emu Excursion Years K-1

P&C Report

A huge thank you to all those who helped make the area around the new playground look so great. The P&C would especially like to thank Brad Hawthorne for organising and leading the project, it's a most welcome addition and a hint of what we can do to improve the rest of the school grounds in future.

Another big thank you Christie Boxhall for successfully obtaining a grant from council of $1750 to cover the operating costs of KV Family Flicks. This grant will be a huge help in covering the operating costs of future KV Family Flicks events meaning more money goes direct to the school. 

The 150th Committee is calling for volunteers to help with the 150th Celebration Party to be held at the school on September 3rd 2022, 10am – 1pm. It will be the school community that makes this event a success so please join us to make this a fabulous party!

  • 150th Set Up
  • BBQ  
  • Games – led by Kate
  • Raffle – led by Emma
  • School Memorabilia display
  • Buy a paver stall
  • Sweet Treat Stand (ideas most welcome, noting that we are having an 150th cake)
  • 150th Pack down
  • Other

We are also looking for recommendations or for people to organise the following:

  • Coffee/Tea Cart
  • Huge 150th Birthday Cake

Any other ideas are also very welcome.

Please contact Trudie in person, via FB or at

Trudie Jarnason

P&C President

Winter Dance

 Tickets now on sale for the Kangaroo Valley Winter Dance

This is a community event. Bring a plate of your favourite 50's cuisine to share with all. The evening will feature all the great rock and roll hits from DJ Tino. There will be a bar available on the night.

Tickets are $35 and all profits raised on the night will go to the Kangaroo Valley Primary School & Pre School. You can also use your DINE & DISCOVER VOUCHERS!

We have everything crossed this might end up a 'the roads open' party. Dress in your rock and roll finest for a night of fun, dance and music together.

School holiday movie afternoon by KV Family Flicks!

Please join us for our school holiday family movie afternoon in Kangaroo Valley, raising money for Kangaroo Valley Public School.

When: Saturday 16 July

Where: Kangaroo Valley Hall

Movie: Encanto. The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift -- every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.

Running Time: 109 minutes

Rating: PG

Doors open: 3pm

Movie starts: 3.30pm

Tickets: Cash sales at the door. $10 each, or $40 for a family of 4 or more

Snacks: Available for purchase at the Candy Bar

Profits will be donated to Kangaroo Valley Public School, so support your local community and have a fun school holiday afternoon!


Shoalhaven Netball Association NSG School Holiday Clinic (5-10 year old’s)

Netball NSW is running a NetSetGo Clinic for all 5-10 year old’s during the July School Holidays at the Shoalhaven Netball Association Netball Courts on the 14th July from 10am-12noon.

Register here 

Children's Festival - The Arty Farty Party

Saturday 2nd July 10am - 3pm

At the start of July, a very special event for young people and families is happening in the Shoalhaven. Spend a day at the ultimate Arty Farty Party Children’s Festival! It’s a day to celebrate all things arty and will include world class theatre shows, eye-popping street performances, live music, visual arts activities, mobile library with a storytelling corner, local food trucks and much, much more.

Co-presented by the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Shoalhaven Libraries and Festivals Australia this interactive day-long festival is proud to present Circa’s production, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus and Asking for Trouble's FoRT.

Staged in and around the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and stretching via a unique digital scavenger hunt all the way to the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, visitors will have the chance to create their own art, listen to stories and play lawn games. Add to this musicians from Live & Local Shoalhaven, yummy food and you have an art filled day to remember.Come and get arty with us!

School Holiday Ideas - Science Space

With the July school holidays fast approaching Science Space ever-popular school holiday programs are on offer again! From lava monsters, volcanoes and fire fighting to icebergs, avalanches and snow creatures – explore all things FIRE AND ICE!

We’ve got loads in store in addition to our popular LIVE science shows, show stopping planetarium showings, sell out school holiday STEM camp and much more. You will find our show schedule below and booking links for our popular SELL-OUT STEM school holiday camps this July.

AND don’t forget you can use your Discover & Parents NSW vouchers at Science Space.

PCYC Shoalhaven Holiday Program

Looking for things to do in the upcoming school holidays?

PCYC NSW runs a variety of safe, fun, creative and inclusive school holiday activities for primary and high school aged youth. Our structured programs have a selection of sport and creative based activities to ensure we offer something for everyone!

From multi-sport, gymnastics and boxing to painting, dance and crafts. From pirate days and graffiti, to coding classes and skateboarding, we have lots on offer!

PCYC Shoalhaven school holiday activities are run by qualified coaches that have a passion for working with young people in a sport and recreation environment. Our programs are designed to be affordable for the local communities that surround our clubs ensuring a cost effective school holiday option for all families. We also accept Creative Kids vouchers at all of our clubs.

Check out our timetable of upcoming school holidays activities.