School’s Choir Outstanding
The senior ‘Show Choir’ sang at the Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday and looked and sounded spectacular. The school was invited by Mr Kevin Trent, President of the South Perth RSL to attend and perform an appropriate song and lead the ceremony in the National Anthem. The immediate feedback from guests was extremely positive. The choir enjoyed some morning tea before returning to the school – this was their last performance for 2013 and I’m sure everyone would join with me in thanking Mrs Dewing in leading this outstanding group of Kensington children.
We are looking at our enrolment figures for 2014 and trying to figure the best model for our class set up. To do this we need accurate numbers for each of our year levels. If you are aware that your child(ren) will not be returning to Kensington Primary School in 2014, can you please let the office know.
At the end of December the staff will commence looking at classes for 2014. Staff will prepare draft class lists taking into account the following factors when placing students;
- Academic performance
- Special abilities and needs
- Social and physical maturity
- Gender balance
- Friendship groups
- Needs of children for whom English is an additional language or dialect or children from non-English speaking backgrounds
- Information supplied by parents and/or relevant support personnel
- Previous class placements
Decisions are made with a view to establishing balanced and equitable class groups that will potentially work well together. It is possible for any child to be placed in either a straight or composite year level class based on the above considerations. The school will endeavour to place children with at least one friend.
Parents are invited to contact me by using the contact form on the Contact Us page. Simply select Child(ren)’s Placement for 2014 from the subject drop down list and your request will be emailed directly to me – Bruce Macauley – or alternatively please submit a letter in writing to the office.
Please be aware that requests for particular teachers will not considered. Class lists are compiled before teachers are allocated to classes.
Year 6 and 7 2014
As you would be aware all Year 7 students will be moving to a secondary setting (in the metropolitan area) in 2015. This means that next year our Year 6 and 7 students will be in their final year of primary schooling. This one off event will see some changes to the normal practices of the school throughout 2014.
Consideration had to be given to the fact that we need to recognise two cohorts of children moving through the school. For this reason the senior school teachers and I have been discussing our plans with the School Council to ensure the needs of both groups are taken into account. Some of the changes that we are initiating in 2014 include;
- 8 Student Councillors (4 from each year group) rather than just 4.
- Cottesloe swimming lessons in Term 1 to include all Year 6 and 7 students.
- School camp in Term 2 to include all Year 6 and 7 students.
- Faction leaders to include Year 6 students.
- Learning Area prizes at our end of year awards assembly for both Year 6 and 7 students.
Student Councillor Elections
Tomorrow the Years 4 to 6 students will be listening to our senior school students present their credentials as potential school leaders for 2014. I know a lot of effort goes into the speeches and it is a very special honour to be elected a leader. Next year due to the fact that we have both Year 6 and 7 students in their last year of primary education students will be voting for four Year 7 students and four Year 6 as our leadership group. The Head Boy and Head Girl will be chosen from the Year 7 cohort.
The election that follows the speeches is conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission following procedures that are used for all Australian elections. A great learning experience for all involved.
Independent Public School Status
Last month Geoff Smith (School Council Chairperson), Della Nuthall (School Registrar) and I attended a Briefing Day on becoming an Independent Public School (IPS) in 2015. The briefing included meetings with principals of IP schools, speeches from the Minister for Education, the Director General of the Department of Education and senior Education Department officers. Whilst being a full day it was very informative.
Kensington Primary School is looking at applying for IPS status but needs the strong support of its community to be successful. I have had many discussions with parents about becoming an IPS and all of them have been extremely positive. If you have an opinion please don’t hesitate to send me an email to express your support and/or concerns. Further information can be found by following the link;
Parent meetings will be convened early next year to further explain the school’s application for independent status.
Thank you to our parent volunteers who came to the school last Wednesday to re-organise our science store room. It turned out to be a big job but the end result is fantastic. A store that is organised and highly useable. Thank you to Tanya Steers, Sarah Turner, Meaghan Cunnington, Paula Wallace, Melanie Bozich, Nicki Carey and Leanne Hill.
P&C Art Prize
Our annual P&C Art Prize has been judged, printed and framed. The winning entry will be announced at out school assembly on Wednesday December 4.
A reminder to the school community that our Farewell Assembly for our Year 7 students will be held on Wednesday 18 December commencing at 9.00am in the undercover area.
Typhoon Haiyan Fundraiser
Lucy, Elliott, Erin and Zac (Student Councillors) invite all students at Kensington Primary School to join in a Free Dress Day on Friday 22 November to help raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which recently caused massive damage and heartache in the Philippines. Please bring a gold coin donation which will be collected from your class by the Councillors on the day – and wear your favourite clothes.
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Combining our energies to work with others toward a common goal is cooperation. Through cooperation we can accomplish tasks more quickly and easily than by ourselves, with the added benefit of enjoying others company as we share in the work.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 6 November.
Virtue Awards 6/11/13
Honour Certificates 6/11/13
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|S1||Devon||S2||Dylan & Madigan|
|S3||Elliot & Angel||PP1||Jackson & Jake|
|PP2||James & Paria||PP3||Aiden & Sebastien|
- Tuesday 19 November – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 20 November – Assembly – Rm 4
- Pre Primary 2014 Parent Orientation 9-10am Art Room (Snr Block)
- Wednesday 27 November – School Council Meeting
Well done to the Kensington Falcons, a netball team made up of past and present Kensington students who won their grand final game in the Under 14s division at Belmont a few weeks ago.
Year 3, Room 6 are learning about the Olden Days.
Our class has been blessed with opportunities to interview grandparents and recount times from the past. Thank you to our Nannas, who have given their time and stories, which were highly appreciated by our children.
This week is also Seniors Week and Heritage Week, with many displays opened in the city, including a special exhibition of quaint toys at the Perth Town Hall. Apart from reflecting on Remembrance Day, we can thank our matured community for their contributions.
It is also National Recycling Week, which combined with Seniors and Heritage week gives our students many integrated learning experiences.
Lyn Brown – Teacher Year 3
The KPS P&C Car Rally/Treasure Hunt, held on Sunday 10th November, was a great success, raising over $1000 and ending our fundraising efforts for 2013 on a fun and positive note.
36 cars entered the event and a great day was had by all.
Families went to a lot of effort to decorate their cars with some very imaginative themes which added to the atmosphere on the day. Mr Macauley judged the Christmas car the best decorated car; closely followed by a jungle theme in second place; and, a whale in third. Other themes included sharks, rag-a-muffins, a swimming pool, footy colours, a cat, plus many more.
Well done to Sammie (Year 3) who helped her family take out first prize and congratulations to everyone who went home with a prize from either a raffle or lucky draw.
Thank you to the Year 3 parents who came out to support this fundraiser in force and to Julie Barrett, Tracy Paulin, Robin Wells and Tanya Cain who helped organise the rally.
Finally a big thank you to all of the businesses who generously supported our car rally. Our sponsors are listed here so please support them when you can.
South Perth Mosaics
Westbooks – Mem Fox Event
On Wednesday 20 November Westbooks is holding a Mem Fox event. For more details click here.
Kensington PCYC Out of School Care
For information on booking your 2014 out of school care with the Kensington PCYC care please click here.
Barbie and Ken dolls required
My name is Annette Thas and I am a Perth artist.
I have just been selected to produce a sculpture for the next Sculpture By The Sea in Cottesloe, March 2014. To be able to finish the artwork 4,000 Barbies and Kens are needed (which can be in any condition) and I need help to amass that amount of dolls.
Would you be able (through your school) to do a donation drive asking the children/parents if they are able to contribute dolls towards the sculpture?
I am very happy to negotiate a contribution on my behalf to your school through an artist talk on the beach during the exhibition for instance or to donate 25c per doll raised.
My sculpture ‘Wave’ needs to be completed by February 2014 at the latest, so perhaps the deadline for donation would have to be the end of the current school year in December.
Please feel free to contact me on 08/64605092, 0404871365 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to fine tune details.