Welcome to the 2014 Academic School Year
Monday saw the school fill up with eager students (and even more eager parents) for the beginning of what should another great year at Kensington Primary School. The students looked sensational in their school uniforms and I would like to thank parents and carers for ensuring this was the case. Please ensure that your child brings a hat each day – the weather is getting warmer (as per normal) for the start of school.
Thank you to Mrs Stanford and Mrs Dewing for organising the welcome morning tea for parents on Monday morning. It was heartening to see so many parents joining in for a cuppa and scone.
I would like to acknowledge the great work that Laurie, Peter, Mary, Jan and Ben put into getting the school ready for our start this week. The school being a mixture of old and new buildings does require a lot of upkeep and these people do a great job for the school community.
I would like to congratulate Mrs Lisa Williamson on her appointment as Kensington Primary School’s new Deputy Principal. Mrs Lisa has worked extremely hard as an acting Deputy over a long period of time and won the position through a rigorous merit selection process.
Welcome to our new staff for 2014:
On Wednesday evening Maggie Dent presented to well over two hundred parents, staff and friends of Kensington Primary School at the South Perth Civic Centre. The two hour presentation focussing on building resilience in young children was extremely lively, thought provoking (with many ah-ha moments) and entertaining. Maggie’s message that there are no perfect children or parents and that we need a community to raise a child hit the mark across the board. Please visit Maggie’s web page if you would like further information from this presentation and more:
Thank you to the P&C for their sponsorship of Maggie and all the organisation that went into making it one of the best school-community events I have had the pleasure of attending.
Maggie will be presenting ‘Dare to Be Exceptional’ to the school staff on Thursday afternoon. We are certainly looking forward to being challenged by her to be the best we possibly can.
The school day commences at 8.50am with the end of the day being at 3.00pm. Parents are requested to ensure their children do not arrive at school before 8.15am when one of the deputies commences duty in the undercover area. Students are allowed to enter their rooms at 8.30am to prepare for the day’s work.
This Semester we are trialling a new timetable that creates 2 x two hour teaching blocks in the first part of the day. We are planning that the Literacy and Numeracy blocks will make the best use of active learning time and enhance concentrated effort in these two important learning areas. The morning and afternoon breaks are both 30 minutes long with a dedicated eating time at the beginning of each break.
The school day now looks like:
- 08.30 School commences
- 11.00 Morning break
- 11.30 School resumes
- 1.30 Afternoon break
- 2.00 School resumes
- 3.00 School finishes
I will survey the staff and parent body at the end of Semester 1 to see if there is support for this change.
The new transportable classroom (S4) was delivered through the summer holidays and placed adjacent to the art room in the senior block. Mrs Cook volunteered to take her class into this building for 2014. If you are looking for the Year 6/7 class they are located in the north-east corner of the school.
Unfortunately I was a little late in ordering furniture for this classroom. A whole new set of furniture should arrive during Week 3. Apparently the two refrigerated air conditioners are working perfectly!
In a break from tradition the school selected eight School Councillors for 2014. This was in recognition that we have two cohorts of students leaving for secondary school in 2015. Four Year 6 students join the traditional four Year 7’s in this transitional year. Congratulations to;
Katrina Head Girl Ethan Head Boy
Sophie Councillor Kaleb Councillor
Bellana Councillor Finn Councillor
Laura Councillor Rohan Councillor
Kensington Primary School is applying upfront charges once again this year. This has been endorsed by the School Council. The school office has the use of EFTPOS facilities (both debit and credit card options) to give parents the convenience of paying both charges and voluntary contributions in one simple payment. This means parents, teachers, office staff and ultimately students benefit from upfront charging:-
- Parents : won’t have to continually find money for incursions/excursions (sometimes there are a number of excursions being co-ordinated at the same time and it can be difficult to send the correct money).
- Teachers : upfront charging will reduce the time teachers spend collecting, recording and balancing monies which leaves them more time to teach.
- Office Staff : with the majority of parents paying upfront, little or hopefully NO cash will come through the office on a daily basis. The collection of cash takes time to count, balance and input onto DoE’s finance system. There is double handling at the classroom level, office level and then again when completing the weekly banking.
- Students : will ultimately benefit from more teaching time and less stress in having to remember to bring in money.
Parent meetings will be arranged for all classes within the first 3 weeks of this term. At these meetings the teachers will outline specific issues around their classroom policies and timetables. Individual teachers will notify parents when the meeting will be held.
We will negotiate an early close with the Regional Office to allow parents an opportunity to arrange a face to face meeting (if desired) with classroom teachers and specialists during April. Further information will be published in the newsletter once arrangements are finalised.
Year Six / Seven In-Term Swimming
Interm swimming lessons commence for all Year 6 and 7 students on Monday 10 March. These lessons will be conducted at Cottesloe Beach over 5 days. This ensures that our senior students have an opportunity to learn how to swim in an open water environment and how to read surf conditions for safe swimming. Student will receive their In-Term swimming forms in the next few weeks.
The first whole school assembly will be conducted in the undercover area at 9.00am on Wednesday 12 February. Our new School Councillors will be conducting this assembly as their first public duty. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.
Kensington Primary School launched its new website in the middle of last year. The address is http://www.kensingtonps.wa.edu.au/ The school’s newsletter is available via the website. If you click on the ‘Sign Me Up’ link on the Home Page you will be automatically reminded when new items are listed on the site.
The webpage has many links and information that parents of the school should find useful. Our sick bee on the home page is an easy way to inform the school if your child is ill and will not be attending school.
Reminder to keep all emergency contacts up to date.
Scooters and Bikes
A reminder to all parents and children that scooters and bikes should not be ridden inside the school grounds. This is a safety measure for the younger children attending the school at drop off and pick up times.
All students are reminded that it is the law to wear a helmet when riding a bike and scooter – and it makes good sense!
- Tuesday 11 February – P&C AGM
- Wednesday 12 February – Assembly
- Wednesday 19 February – School Council Meeting
- Wednesday 27 November – School Council Meeting
There will be a PARENT MEETING for parents interested in the Music Program at Kensington Primary School on Tuesday February 11th at 3.15pm. Topics will include : – choirs, concert band, guitar ensemble, classroom music, Black Belt Recorder and performances. There will be opportunity to ask questions after a brief outline of the program. All interested parents are welcome to attend. I would particularly encourage parents of students selected in the School of Instrumental Music Program to attend. The meeting will be in the Music Room near the junior playground.
Tuesday, 11 February, 2014.
School Staff Room.
The P&C AGM is to be held in the second week of first term. If you would like to contribute to the school community, please come along. If you want more information on what the P&C does, please come along. If you want to nominate for a position on a committee, or be a member, please come along! Your attendance would be appreciated as a show of support & interest in our school and the P&C.
Nomination forms for executive positions and committee co-ordinators are available at the school office, and can be returned to the P&C box in the school library, or at the AGM. If you require further information or clarification, please contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- School Banking
- Grounds & Facilities
- School Council Rep
- Bookclub & Library
Welcome back to 2014 school banking. We are excited to announce we have an “Opening New Accounts” morning at the School on Tuesday the 18 February at 8.30, outside the staffroom.
Details will come home with your children this week and we are excited to have staff from the Vic Park Branch attend and make it all happen at school!!!
So keep your eyes peeled and please let us know if you have any questions.
Regular banking still each Tuesday from 8.30 outside the staffroom.
Regards Shannon and Jenny
Registration for all 2014 Sacramental Programs at Holy Family Parish (Como-Kensington)
All Catholic children who are eligible to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2014 are requested to register for their respective Sacramental Programs by Saturday, 15 February.
Registration forms are available on request by email at the following email address: email@example.com
Information regarding the submission of the forms and fees will be emailed to parents together with the digital registration forms.
An Enrolment Ceremony for all children preparing for the Sacraments will be held at the 10 am mass on Sunday, 23 Feb 2014. Attendance at this ceremony is mandatory for all candidates.
Parents may also make inquiries by emailing the Sacramental Coordinator at the above email address.
Science Madness – A Fun, innovative, exciting, interactive Science Experience
Term 1 Program 2014
- WHEN – 11 February – 1 April 2014 (8 weeks)
- WHO – Yr 2- 4
- COST – $160.00 for 8 weeks
- WHERE – At Kensington Primary School
Places are limited so reserve your spot soon.
To enrol your child please make a credit card payment via the Register Now link on our website www.sciencemadness.com.au. Enquiries only to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ascot Kayak Club
Do you like playing in water? Are you able to swim? Would you like to paddle a slalom canoe? If the answer is ‘Yes’ then you may be interested in the free ‘Come and Try’ morning at Ascot Kayak Club on Sunday 16 February from 9.30am to 11.30am.
The energetic and enthusiastic slalom kids at Ascot Kayak Club would like to share their love of slalom and are looking for fresh talent to try out for 2014. Girls and boys aged from 10 to 16 are welcome to come and try, no experience is necessary, but all should be enthusiastic, motivated and be a competent swimmer. We may also have a few places available for parents to try paddling, but Mums & Dads will need to book their spot beforehand.
Limited Numbers – so register NOW!
Please email – email@example.com
Jenny Vogel – Slalom WA Secretary – 0427 449824
Charlie Collin (Ascot Slalom junior intake coordinator) – 0411 237 931 or 08 9272 7228
South Perth Junior Football Club 2014 Season Registration
Sunday February 23 9 am – 11 am at Earnest Johnson Oval Clubrooms
- Boys, Pre-primary to year 12.
- Girls welcome, PP-year 3 Auskick and year 4-year 7 modified rules.
- Free sausage sizzle for all registering players.
- New players year 4 and over please bring a birth certificate.
- For forms and further information visit www.spjfc.org.au
Lifestreamers Kindy and OSH 2014
Lifestreams Christian Church will be opening a Kindy for 3 yr olds and an Out of School Care (OSH) program on 10 Feb 2014 (Cnr Murray St & McNabb Loop, Como).
For more information please call 9313 1600 or go to www.lifestreamscc.com/kindyandosh.
We will be having and information/enrolment session on Tuesday 11 February from 12.30 – 2 pm. Come along and meet us!
Try Rugby 2014 – Goats Want You!!!
The Curtin Rugby Club (The Goats) is seeking junior Under 6s through Under 12s for the 2014 season. Games are held on Saturday mornings and are played at Britannia (Leederville). Training is one night a week at Curtin University on Thursday from 5pm to 6pm. Junior Rugby is for both for boys & girls. Pre-season training starts in March.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone:Travis Loveland: 0437 245 891 or Adrian Costello Tel: 0419 809 722.
SIGN-UP DAY: Saturday Feb 8th 10am – 4pm at the Curtin Rugby Clubrooms, Edinburgh Oval, Curtin Uni.
Wesley College Music Scolarships 2015
Music Scolarships for students entering into Year 7:
Applications close – Friday 28 Feb 2014
Scholarship Exam – Saturday 15 March 2014
For further information, visit wesley.wa.edu.au/view/scholarship-bursaries or email email@example.com or phone 08 9368 8179