On Monday our Pre-primary to Year 6 students commenced their In-Term Swimming lessons at Aqualife Swimming Centre. Thankfully the weather has been kind to us and there is a bit of warmth in the sun. As normal the children have been very well behaved and ‘Playing the Game’ as expected. Could parents please make sure that ALL items of clothing, bathers,goggles, thongs and towels are clearly labelled. There is already a growing pile of unclaimed items outside the staff room from just two days of swimming, if you are missing anything please check this table asap.
Last week a parent survey was sent home to each family. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to fill these in and return them. I would like to commence collation of the results and ask that the survey is completed and returned by this Friday.
The Carnival was finally held on the 17th October at East Victoria Park.
The Kensington team started off the day with a team breakfast and then proceeded to EVP to compete. We had a successful day and won the Meritorious Shield which is based on a handicapping system from the previous year’s results.
Congratulations to all our competitors and in particular the following students:
- Ella – Junior Champion Girl
- Amos – Junior Champion Boy
- Zoe – Intermediate Runner Up Champion Girl
- Lucas – Intermediate Champion Boy.
The Final results were:-
|1st||East Victoria Park||730|
Watch out East Victoria Park with the fantastic effort from our juniors this year I am sure we will be challenging them next year.
Remembrance Day – 11 November
This year our ‘Show Choir’ has been asked to perform at the South of Perth Sub-Branch of the RSL’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony to be held at the City of South Perth Council Offices on the 11 November. Mrs Dewing is busy getting the choir up to speed with their songs. All members of the public are welcome to attend this ceremony.
Our senior students have commenced social dance lessons in preparation for their end of year social. The majority of students have been involved in social dance lessons in previous years and have taken off, impressing their dance teacher with their maturity and skill.
Congratulations to the following award winners from last terms assembly on the 23rd October.
Virtue Awards 23/10/13
Honour Certificates 23/10/13
|1||Taleisha & Aiden||2||Ava|
|9||Amelie||10||Aingeal & Denise|
|S1||Rachel & Adam||S2||Mytika & Michael|
|S3||Amy & Alex||PP1||Luke & Connor|
|PP2||Skyla, Lawson & Charlie||PP3||Ruby & Alexander|
- Wednesday 30 Oct – School Council
- Wednesday 6 November – Assembly Pre Primary
- Friday 8 November – Final Day swimming lessons PP to Yr 6
- Wednesday 13 November – Newsletter
VacSwim December/January school holiday programs
Enrolments are now open. Swimming pools and beaches are part of our Western Australian lifestyle. It is important for every child to learn to swim and develop essential water safety skills. VacSwim’s December/January school holiday swimming programs are conducted by qualified instructors who teach children the skills to be confident swimmers and safe in the water.
For information and to enrol, visit det.wa.edu.au/swimming or contact VacSwim on 9345 4007.
Year 7 student, Taylah, successfully gained a $4000 Growers Green Sustainability scholarship/grant for South Fremantle Senior High School. This scholarship was sponsored by the Growers Green Market which is held at the front of the school every Sunday morning. Applicants had to present an assignment describing their thoughts on sustainability.
The final four winners had to present themselves for an interview in front of the Vice Principal and 2 representatives of the sponsors.
Taylah’s application proved successful.
Numero Mathematics Competition
The Analytical Article By Lucy
The Brainiac Squad
Have Sum Fun Online (or HSFOL) is an online competition where really smart people have a battle to the death! As you can probably tell from the grammatically incorrect title, it is a math competition. It is not every year we get a winner, but this year we were lucky. The Year 4 team, consisting of Toby, Alex, Ryan, Oliver and Bailey beat 65 groups from teams all over Australia.
Teams from Years 5, 6 and 7 also competed.
HSFOL is conducted by the Mathematical Association of Western Australia (MAWA) and is endorsed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). It is a maths quiz of NAPLAN-type problems for year-level teams of four students. HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia.
The competition consists of three rounds of 10 questions, where student teams have one hour to complete each round of questions.
The Mathematical Challenge
Yesterday, the 29th October, 11 students from Year 5, 6 and 7 travelled to Beckenham Primary School to participate in the Interschool Numero Challenge. There were three types of competitions: the written challenge, the game itself and the ‘Scramble’. The written challenge was just a theoretical form of Numero. We played six times, three times individually, three in a team. Then we played two rounds of ten-minute games. After the games, we played the Scramble, which was the written challenge with a wicked twist! Unfortunately, none of our three teams won, though, many of us won our individual games. Congratulations to Parkwood Primary for getting their team into the Grand Final.
Lucy, Head Girl
Wanted for the Art Room
Empty shoe boxes with lids, if you can help please see Mrs Daly in the Senior Block. Thank you.
For Sale by Tender
We have a library double-sided display bookcase to sell. If you are interested please see Miss Lisa and make an offer. Cupboard dimensions are 184cm width, 110cm height & 61cm depth.
The uniform shop is open each Thursday during term from 8.20 to 8.50am in the music room.
School Banking is every Tuesday from 8.30am outside the staff room.
Notice for Parents With a Child in Year 4, 5 or 6
This information has been sent to the school from Twelve Chartered Accountants.
In brief, the government In 2001 introduced the “First Child Tax Offset”. This was one of the first types of baby bonuses introduced, but unlike today’s Baby Bonus Schemes it was not given much media exposure and was confusing. As a result many parents have missed out on claiming this entitlement.
The offset was introduced to compensate parents for reduced income that followed the arrival of a child born between 1 July 2001 and 30 June 2004. There is information on the ATO website, but like many entitlements it is difficult to understand.
Unfortunately, the Australian Tax Office has now placed a deadline on claiming this offset (and, again, this deadline has not been widely promoted). With so many parents still unaware that they are eligible for this payment, we are attempting to advise as many as possible before the cut-off date.
Parents who believe they are eligible and contact us will be given further information on what their entitlements may be and how they can claim it. This information is provided by us FREE of charge.
We understand that financially it is hard for parents with the continuous costs of raising children (uniform expense, school expense, outside sport activity costs, medical expenses etc.) and if parents are entitled to this money we believe they should receive it.