The Kerry Street Community includes all students, staff and families and we welcome the involvement of each and every individual. When you join Kerry Street Community School, you become a member of our association. We are all responsible for the well-being and growth of the school and as such we participate, contribute and support each other.
Our whole school goes on camp every year and all family members, young and old, are encouraged to attend. Camp is an ideal place for families to get to know each other and feel part of the wider school community. Our camps are organised by both parents and teachers and provide many educational and social and emotional benefits.
As we know it can be financially challenging to participate in camps, each year we reach out to local businesses who kindly assist us with food donations. We thank and acknowledge IGA Hamilton Hill, Woolworths Melville, Kakulas Sister, Scarvaci’s IGA, The Galati Family, Coles Beeliar Village, Wild Bakery, Tony Ale, Peaches Fresh Food and Hamilton Fresh Fruit and Veg for their generous contributions in previous years.
In 2018, our school community travelled to Dwellingup and stayed for three nights at the Dwellingup Chalets and Caravan Park, run by Rosemary and Ross Bryant. On check out, we received feedback from Rosemary and Ross that our school group was a pleasure to host, and our students exceptionally well behaved. We had a wonderful time in Dwellingup, and highly recommend considering Rosemary and Ross’ caravan park as an accommodation option, the next time you’re in the area.
In 2019, we travelled up to Camp Leschenaultia and spent four action-packed days learning Bush Wisdom survival skills including how to make damper, courtesy of Vanessa Paget, and whittling and flag making courtesy of our friends Daniel and Trudi from Educated by Nature.
This year, we went to Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) by ferry and stayed four days at the Caroline Thomson cabins. We began our journey to Wadjemup with a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. We enjoyed art activities, a group bike ride, swimming and star gazing. It was great to spend time together: building new connections; establishing friendships; finding space to rest and relax; and exploring, investigating and learning.
Parents as Volunteers
Kerry Street Community School could not operate without the support and practical help of our families. Parents contribute to the success of our school in a number of ways: through classroom support; offering specialist workshops and projects; community jobs; participating in Busy Bees; cooking lunch; cleaning; fundraising; organising social events; admin help; marketing and joining the School Council.
We understand that families can be under a lot of pressure balancing work, family, school and social commitments so it is very important you are aware of what is expected of you before joining Kerry Street. If you would like to learn more about community jobs, and parents as volunteers, please download our Parent Handbook.
Our links with the wider community
Kerry Street Community School has forged strong links with a number of local community organisations and we extend our students’ experiences beyond the classroom by, for example, participating in local art exhibitions, visiting community gardens and developing relationships with the Hamilton Hill Community Group. In 2018, the Year 4/5/6 class made a connection with local Silverchain residents. The students and residents regularly work together on a variety of activities.
Our school also participates in larger community events such as the Samson Park Children’s Fiesta, Fremantle Festival, Cockburn Rotary Spring Fair and our local Garage Sale Trail.
Having strong relationships with the wider community means that we are not only able to offer our students broad and meaningful experiences, but they can also develop a sense of their place in their community and how they can contribute positively to the world around them.