What happened to 2013? It doesn’t seem possible that 11 months ago the school year commenced with so much anticipation and now we are beginning to draw down the shutters on what I consider to be a most successful academic year. It has been a pleasure getting to know such a special group of children, the teachers, education assistants, office staff, cleaners and gardener and I thank each and everyone of them for their positive efforts over the year.
To our parents, who make up such an important facet to this community driven school, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and honest feedback. This year’s Parents and Citizens Association and School Council have worked tirelessly in the name of the children and I would be remiss not to thank publicly Mrs Kristie Young-Krebbs and Mr Geoff Smith for their advice, support and leadership. The volunteers who have helped with these school bodies have ensured ongoing support for the children of Kensington despite the tough times that are predicted to lie ahead.
Special thanks to my Deputy Principals for 2013. Mrs Christine Cook, Mr Alan Booker, Mrs Sandy Cook, Mrs Lisa Williamson and Mr Terence Pestana (my that was a lot – wasn’t it?) – all of these special people have had a positive impact on the school culture and progress and deserve recognition.
To our students who may be leaving the school for a variety of reasons we wish you good luck and I know the school will miss you all greatly. Remember that you are ‘Kensington Kids’ and you know how to play the game.
Kensington Primary School wishes all students and their families a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back at school for the start of Term on Monday 3 February.
Our Year 7 students will be holding their Farewell Assembly on Wednesday 18 December – please come along to join with us in giving these children a fantastic send off.
In our school newsletter posted on November 13, 2013 I outlined the process that this school undertakes to form its classes for the following year. This included;
- Academic performance
- Special abilities and needs
- Social and physical maturity
- Gender balance
- Friendship groups
- Need 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
I invited parents to put into writing any requests that they may have (excluding requesting specific teachers) as part of the deliberation process above. The school has received a number of requests and been provided with information from parents and I thank everyone for their correspondence. Please be aware that whilst these requests are considered they are only part of the process and given tight class numbers and enrolment trends not all requests will be able to be met. In the end it is the responsibility of the Principal to place children upon the advice of the this year’s teaching and administrative staff.
I’m sure I don’t have to remind the children but for the parents who may have missed it, Thursday 19 December is the last day for students for 2013. School will recommence for students on Monday 3 February. The office will be open from Tuesday 28 January. Teachers will be participating in School Development on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 January.
During the holiday period school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become the target to a small number of offenders. The upcoming holiday period is from Friday 20 December to Monday 27 January.
If you live near the school or are just passing by, I ask you to be extra vigilant. Listen for unusual noises, look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and for groups hanging around on the school grounds. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing crime.
WA Police, Neighbourhood Watch, School Watch and the Office of Crime Prevention are working together to reduce the incidence of crime on school establishments. Police and School Watch will conduct increased patrols of schools during the holidays but we need your vital assistance and participation.
I urge you to report any suspicious activity immediately by telephoning:
- School Watch on 1800 177 777
- Or WA Police on 131 444
Old School Chairs
Thanks to a very generous grant from our P&C Association the school now owns 70 lightweight, stackable chairs for performances and assemblies. We now have a number of chairs that are surplus to our needs. These are stacked along the back wall of the library. If your family or club would like one or more please help yourselves and save us having to get a skip bin to dump them.
Being honest means you don’t make false promises. You do what you said you would do. Your actions match your words. This is also called integrity.
Honesty keeps you from deceiving or fooling other people just to get what you want. Honesty helps you not fool yourself either. When you are honest with yourself you have a chance to correct your mistakes. When you are honest with others they know they can believe you.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 4th December.
Virtue Awards 4/12/13
Honour Certificates 4/12/13
|1||Logan & Zak||2||Dominic|
|3||Tyra||4||Elani & Sashana|
|5||Henry , Anjelique & Michael||6||Arianne|
|7||Zamantha & Evie||8||Ben|
|9||Alexandra & Lachlan||10||Sophie|
|S1||Oliver, Indiana & Jackson||S2||Kaleb, Sophie & Elly|
|S3||Cameron, Madison & Tayah|
Pizza in the Garden will held on Wednesday 18 December for all students who have received a Virtue Award this term. Students will receive an invitation from Mr Macauley at the beginning of next week. A variety of pizzas will be shared at lunchtime. Those invited students who are not pizza lovers are most welcome to join us with a lunch prepared from home. Congratulations to all our award winners.
- Wednesday 11 December P&C Disco
- Friday 13 December – Yr 5/6 Cricket open day at Kent St SHS
- Tuesday 17 December – Reports go home
- Wednesday 18 December – Yr 7 Graduation Assembly
- Wednesday 18 December – Pizza in the garden
- Thursday 19 December – Students last day for 2013
- Friday 31January – class lists go up after lunch
- Monday 3 February – first day for students 2014
On Thursday 28 November our senior students walked to Kent Street Senior High School to participate in the annual Summer Carnival. Students participated in cricket, volleyball, newcombe ball and t-ball. The student behaviour and sportsmanship displayed was of a very high standard. Special thanks to Mr Michael Rosich who gave up a day’s work to manage our t-ball team. Apparently he has a few converts to the sport. Thanks also to staff who spent the day in sunshine looking after the various teams and Mrs Stanford for organising the whole event.
Schools Swimming Challenge
28 swimmers from Year 3 to 6 braved the cool weather and participated in the Southside Penrhos Wesley Schools swimming Challenge on Friday 29 November.
The girls finished 3rd, the boys 5th and overall the team placed 4th. Well done to all the swimmers who participated.
On Monday we had our final running club for the year and enjoyed breakfast together. We have been running twice a week during term 2, 3 and 4. Over the year we have had over 125 children from Kindy to Year 7 participate.
Thanks to Ryan Sedgwick for his help with the running sessions on Wednesday and to Martine O’Connell for taking the attendance each morning.
I look forward to seeing everyone back running Term 2 next year.
Christmas Post Box
The Christmas post box will be available outside the library each day for you to post Christmas cards to your friends.
- The box will be available from Wednesday 4 December until Tuesday 17 December.
- Make sure your card has the person’s full name and room number clearly printed on the envelope.
- Please make sure that you only write positive messages in your cards.
Cards will be delivered to classes after lunch each day. It is always nice if you can make cards yourself.
KPS P&C – Call for Donations!
If you are having an upgrade or clean-out this summer, please consider if your unwanted items might be useful to KPS!
At present, we are particularly looking for:
- A sturdy boat / dinghy for the on-site kindy playground (like the Vista St Kindy has, not the ocean-going variety)
- A reliable washing machine
- A sewing machine that is easy to operate!
- Board games and card games in good condition
- Scrap paper (nothing business-sensitive or personal, of course) for junior classes to use for free drawing etc.
If you have any of these, or other items that you think KPS might like, please contact the school office via the contact us page on the school’s website or drop a note in the P&C box in the library.
School Banking News
Congratulations to all our GOLD certificate winners from the last assembly. We gave out 12 certificates, but we have a few Kindy kids who did not attend.
So well done Riley, Aiden and Daniel, Joshua and Tayla, Sophie and Harry, Haeun and Davin, Aingeal, Noah and Jackson, and Emily and Jessica. And a special mention to Samantha, Olivia and Madeline and Jade who just need to bank 2 more times this year to reach the GOLD status!!!
As we have been mentioning the system to redeem rewards will be computerised next year. We shall still give out tokens but the computer will let us (the banking co-ordinators) know when you have reached your 10th deposit and to order your next reward. So anyone with 10 or more tokens at the end of the year need to see or contact us to order your rewards before the end of 2013. They may not arrive until next year. You will only be able to credit a maximum of 9 rewards at the start of 2014 into the new online system.
Any questions please see Jenny or myself at banking on a Tuesday from 8.30 outside the staff room , or email us using the contact us form on the school banking page.
Jenny and l get thanked for our efforts all through the year for running the school banking programme, but without the help of our fellow school mums and lovely friends it would not be possible. Between us we have 5 children and every week we get help to look after them so we can concentrate on the banking and we would love to publicly acknowledge a few key helpers for 2013. So a huge and heartfelt thank you to Anna Gee, Claire Trotter, Samantha Thompson, Tanya Steers, Kelly Penglis, Alana Arnold and Nicole Austin… and every other mum who has helped entertain our kids on a Tuesday morning over the year.
See you all next year on Tuesday the 4th of February 2014 with all your Summer Holidays pocket money.
Have a Safe and Happy Christmas,
Jenny and Shannon
Breaking News – Save the Date – Wednesday 5 February
MAGGIE DENT is coming to KPS in 2014 !!!
Maggie is one of Australia’s leading parenting experts. She is an author, educator and mother of four and her workshops share her impressive wealth of experience in dealing with childhood and families in our complex world.
Maggie is in huge demand across the country and we are extremely lucky to have secured her services to engage with the KPS community. Along with the serious messages Maggie brings, she is highly entertaining and very practical. We love Maggie and hope you will too!
The first session is for Parents & Carers and will be held during the first week of term on Wed 5 Feb 2014 at 7.30pm
- Ticket forms are available from the school office – Don’t miss out, we expect the event will sell out fast!
More info on Maggie Dent can be found on her website – www.maggiedent.com
School Council Acknowledges Former Student
On the 5 December, Ethan Davis, a former student from Kensington Primary School attended the 2013 South Perth Junior Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The vital role volunteers’ play in the community and the need to recognise and celebrate their efforts are acknowledged by the City of South Perth at the Volunteer of the Year Awards. The annual awards are presented to people in the community who have contributed to the community in a voluntary or honorary capacity.
Ethan’s name was put forward by the Kensington School Council in recognition of the work that he’s done with the EPiCA project. A project which was created in 2011 by eight year six students as part of the Community Problem Solving Program. These students were determined to make a difference and help people less fortunate than themselves, especially children. Ethan along with the team set about to help an orphanage, in the Philippine Islands, called Rehoboth Sampaloc Ministries (RSM) with an Aquaponics System. They decided to provide them with this self-sustaining food supply to supplement their food requirements so that the nutritional needs of the Home were improved.
Over the past two years Ethan has been involved in the student committee, KPS AID, as treasurer and vice president. He became the knowledge base for Aquaponics and worked closely with the volunteer Aquaponics Advisor, to select a suitable system. He has helped organise and run fundraising events. He has written letters to organisations for financial assistance, has presented the project to community organisations such as Rotary and the City of South Perth. Ethan worked with the team to gain the 2011 Junior National title for the Community Problem Solving competition and attended the International competition to help the team gain 4th placing. As the only member remaining Ethan has taken on the role of Project Team Leader making sure that the project goals were met. Ethan worked with the people in Perth and in the Philippines, making decisions to ensure that the Aquaponics system was transported and commissioned, at the Rehoboth Childrens Home, on 30th October 2013.
Ethan was one of six nominees invited to a breakfast where he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, by Mayor Sue Doherty.
Willetton Senior High School Specialist Basketball Studies Year 7 – 2015
Applications close at Willetton Senior High School at 3.00pm on Monday 19th May 2014. (The application form lodged at the school entitles you to attend trials. You will be notified by email of our receipt of your application.)
Students will be required to attend the Willetton Basketball Stadium as follows:
Friday 23 May
- 8.00am – 11.00am GIRLS trialling for Year 7 in 2015
- 12.00pm – 3.00pm BOYS trialling for Year 7 in 2015
Specialist Basketball Studies Year 8 to 12 – 2015
Applications close at Willetton Senior High School at 3.00pm on Monday 5th May 2014. (The application form lodged at the school entitles you to attend trials. You will be notified by email of our receipt of your application.)
Students will be required to attend the Willetton Basketball Stadium as follows:
Monday 12 May 2014
- 8.00am – 11.00am GIRLS trialling for Year 8 in 2015
- 12.00pm – 3.00pm BOYS trialling for Year 8 in 2015
Monday 19 May 2014
- 8.00am – 10.00am ALL students trialling for Years 9 to 11 in 2015
Wheelie Good Day – Family Fun Day
Come along for a Family fun day and Wheelie Good Day at Tomato Lake on Sunday 15th December. For more details click here.
Learn to swim in a state-of-the-art swimming facility at Trinity College Swim School in East Perth
Enjoy small classes for a more personal and tailored swimming experience. Book now for January Holidays and Term 1 2014. For bookings and enquiries, contact Nicole on mobile 0407 771 967 as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Children’s School of Contemporary Art
Art classes for creative kids aged 4 – 15 years. Enrolments are now open for 2014 Term One. Visit: www.csoca.net for more information.