I have had the opportunity to speak with a number of parents in regards to the implementation of the Australian Curriculum at Kensington Primary School. There may be some misunderstandings and confusion about the new curriculum and how the school will proceed to full implementation. I take this on board as I haven’t really discussed the issue with parents in this newsletter or any other forums and I apologise for this.
Phase One of the Australian Curriculum commenced with the release of electronic syllabus documents in 2012 with a timetable for awareness raising, review and final implementation in 2015. Phase One consists of four Learning Areas being English, Mathematics, Science and History. Kensington Primary School teaching staff are using these curriculum materials as part of their planning and preparing for full implementation in Semester One, 2015. The Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) and its Australian counterpart, Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) are still developing resource materials to assist teachers in this process.
Whilst Phase Two curriculum have been developed and published on the 18 February, SCASA (the Western Australian Authority) has significant work to complete in reviewing the materials before implementation of any kind in WA schools. The Minister for Education, the Hon Peter Collier MLC in a letter dated 28 January 2014 instructed schools to focus on Phase One and not to engage in any way with the Phase Two materials until 2016.
The staff have agreed that in 2014 we will use the Australian Curriculum content in Mathematics and report against this in Semester One and Two. The school used and reported against the History curriculum in 2013 and will continue to do so. Whilst encouraging staff to explore and become familiar with the new content I am reluctant to commit the school to a full implementation program before the mandated timeline. Past experience has shown me that programs can change and that the resources developed in the latter stages are the most beneficial for staff to use. Being the first in some cases doesn’t equate to being the best.
In the meantime all teachers are aware of and use the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline and students are expected to be exposed to the following Learning Areas over the course of their schooling K to 10;
- Humanities and Social Sciences (including Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography, History, Work Studies)
- The Arts (including Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts)
- Health and Physical Education
- Technologies (including Design and Technology, Digital Technologies).
Neither the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline or the Australian Curriculum mandate specified hours for learning areas. The Authority will provide guidelines in relation to specified hours for learning areas after the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority completes the development of Phase 2 and 3 learning areas.
As our curriculum increases it is often necessary to embed Learning Areas within one another. It is not possible to fit all of the above into one year of teaching and the staff work to ensure coverage over a period of a couple of years. Our Literacy Block may contain elements of English, Science and Technology for example and yet the students may only believe they have completed a reading session.
I appreciate the interest from parents in our delivery of curriculum and I’m happy to discuss this at anytime. Kensington Primary School is categorised by its close relationship to its community and how you feel about the school. Open and honest communication is the cornerstone to the school’s position in the community and I encourage constructive debate in order to see overall school improvement.
Parent take up for our upfront charges has been very popular. This is a great opportunity to pay upfront for ALL your child(ren)’s class related charges. Included is swimming lessons, incursions and excursions, sporting competitions, cooking, dance, circus, fitness classes and the like.
Please note: Students who have not paid for an excursion will not be able to participate unless payment arrangements have been negotiated with Mrs Nuthall (School Registrar).
For your convenience the school office has EFTPOS facilities (both debit and credit card options) available.
Welcome letter from the Chaplain at Kensington Primary School 2014
Hello, my name is Stephen Motteram (kids and teachers know me as Steve). I am the school chaplain at Kensington Primary School. I started at Kensington PS in Term Two of 2013 and now in 2014 I will be at the school on each Monday and Wednesday.
You may wonder what the Chaplain’s role is at the school. A chaplain represents the churches in the area, providing a positive Christian presence in the school. This is not a religious role or formal teaching role, but rather a pastoral care role that respects the rights of individuals and their belief systems.
The role within Kensington PS is to speak individually with children who self refer to the service because of something they want to talk about. Often the issues are around friendship, conflict with other students and occasionally something else.
The chaplain’s role also involves running programs in the classrooms such as BUZ (Build UP Zone). These programs involve working with the whole class around making and keeping friends, dealing with conflict and building resilience within the children. It encourages a friendly and supportive environment within the school. The class teacher is also involved in these programs and can reinforce the values at other times in the classroom.
Occasionally a parent or teacher may ask that I talk with a student. The child’s behaviour may have changed in class or something has happened such as parents separating, or an illness in the family. If necessary I will provide information about services outside the school that can assist the child and/or the family.
The role also provides pastoral support for staff and families. If an issue arises for you and you would like to discuss it, or find out about resources for yourself this is something else that the role provides.
* Important: If you do not want your child to access these services you should write a letter stating your wishes and hand it into the school office.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child during my time at the school.
Kensington Primary School (YouthCARE) Chaplain
We are hoping to run a veranda games day each Thursday where children can play noisier type games that would not be suitable in the library. Janga, Connect Four and the like will be made available under the supervision of our School Councillors. Hopefully this will provide our students who are not interested in playing on the fields an alternative activity. The P&C have set aside funding for this project.
If you have any old Janga blocks or used Connect Four type games and want to donate them we will gladly take them for this activity.
Please be aware that it is illegal to stop a vehicle on a verge with out the permission of the owner or occupier of the premises immediately adjacent to that verge. Neighbours of Kensington Primary School have indicated that they have asked the City of south Perth Ranger to enforce this. Please be considerate of our neighbours’ wishes.
Courtesy is to be polite and to have good manners. It is to be considerate of others and to have gracious ways. It is a way of acting with people which makes them feel valued, cared for and respected.
“Please”, “Thank you”, “Excuse me” and “Your welcome” are not just words. They are courteous expressions which let people know you appreciate them and care about their feelings. Being courteous by not interrupting someone while they are speaking tells them that what you are saying is just as important as what you have to say. Being polite to your family, teachers and friends is especially important. It shows them that you respect them.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 12 February.
Virtue Awards 12/2/14
Honour Certificates 12/2/14
|5||James||6||Hugo & Eliza|
|9||Mia & Kiarn||10||Lucas|
|S3||Haeun & Devon||S4||Finn|
- Friday 21 February – Pre Primary parent welcome breakfast
- Wednesday 26 February – Assembly
- Tuesday 4 March – Circus skills commence for Yrs 1-7 (notes re this will go home next week)
All School Fitness
Fitness for the Yr 1 – 7 began last Monday. The Year 6 and 7 students are responsible for setting up and running their group’s activity. The groups are Faction and gender based. Fitness takes place each Monday and Tuesday morning from 8.50am till 9.15am. Students are encouraged to wear their faction T shirts on these days. Well done to our leaders for a good start to the year.
- When: 7.45am – 8.15am
- Monday and Wednesday mornings
- Where: Kent St Senior High School Pool.
- Who: Yr 2 – 7 who have passed Stage 5.
- Why: Training for the Faction Carnival
Parents must accompany their children and bring them back to school.
Mr Macauley, Mrs Stanford and Ryan Stanford will be at the pool. Any questions see Mrs Stanford.
Winter Sport Information. (See attached table)
For more details see Mrs Stanford or the Sport notice board.
New Office Bearers
The AGM was held on Tuesday, 11th February. The following people were elected:
- President – Nicky Carey
- Vice President – Rebecca Watson
- Secretary – Alison Wallace
- Treasurer – Trevor Noske
- Executive committee – Cathrine Parker, Natalie Gallagher, Julie Barrett and Marie Short
- School Council rep – Dale Collins
- Uniforms committee – Roxanne Hannay , Gemma Spencer, Nadine Donovan, Donna Sedgwick, Deb Kelly, Robin Wells and Marie Short
- Fundraising committee – Julie Barrett & helpers
- Grounds & Facilities – Melanie Bozich, Cathrine Parker & helpers
- Music committee – Anna Lissienko & helpers
- Memorabilia – Karen Mahar, Sharon Szczecinski & Rachel Lewis
- Bookclub & Library – Natalie Gallagher & Susan Henwood
- School Banking – Shannon Kynaston & Jenny Safstrom
P&C Funding 2014
The P&C has contributed to the school’s programs and facilities already this year by funding the following items and activities:
- Shade Sail $10 000
- Cameras $3 000
- Maggie Dent $3 000
- Science Resources $2 000
- Natureplay play area development $2 000
- Assembly Seating (stackable plastic chairs) $1 750
- PP1 Café Blinds $1 500
- Vista St Kindy Playground development $1 000
- On-Site Kindy Playground development $1 000
- Year 2 Resources $1 000
- Black Curtaining for UCA performances $900
- Games Club Resources $500
- PP Tee-Pee refurbishment $150
- Artist-In-Residence $4 000
- Mathletics $2 000
- PE ribbons & medals $1 000
- Art Prize $200
P&C – Help wanted!
If you have any good quality games that your children have outgrown e.g. Uno, Jenga, Scrabble, Snakes & Ladders etc etc, the P&C and the Student Councillors are looking to start a collection for the lunch-time Games Club. Donations can be left at the school office.
The Grounds Committee is in the process of creating a blueprint for Natureplay areas at KPS. Eventually, they will be looking for people with expertise to help the vision come alive. Required skill areas will include: landscapers, tree doctors, riggers, ropers. Please contact Melanie Bozich on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help, or know of a contact to approach.
P&C Mailing List
If you wish to be included on the voluntary P&C-specific mailing list, and aren’t already, please contact the Secretary, Alison Wallace, by email: email@example.com . The list is used for updates of KPS P&C meetings and activities only.
A HUGE congratulations and thank you to all the organised and patient parents that opened new accounts on Tues the 18th at the School Banking Open an Account Day.
We were thrilled to welcome 21 new bankers into the program and with the other 8 new bankers since the start of the year that is a Stirling effort all!!!
The new awards are up and on display at school banking! We have been advised the new reward tracking system should be up and running next week. We shall be asking you all to add up your tokens and tell us your total next week so we can make sure you have the right amount of tokens when we move to the new system. Don’t worry – we shall still give out tokens but the computer is A LOT more reliable than Jenny and I.
Any question you know where we are at 8.30 every Tuesday morning and we look forward to meeting and getting to know our 30 odd new bankers for this year! Hooray!!!
Jenny and Shannon
The uniform shop is open each Thursday during term from 8.20 to 8.50 in the music room.
Ready, Set, Grow
For information regarding Ready Set Grow after hours school care please click here.
Lifestreams Christian Church out of school care and 3 yr old kindy
For information regarding out of school care offered by Lifestreams OSH please click here.
Former Students Achievements
Chris Nguyen was a student at Kensington Primary School six years ago and his artistic talent was already visible then to his Yr 4 teacher, Mrs Brown. Chris won a scholarship to Applecross S.H.S. His success and hard work has been now been recognised and the Art Gallery of WA now has on display Chris’ paintings alongside famous others such as those from the Kerry Stokes collection, including Monet, Picasso and Matisse. Well worth a visit.
Willetton Reds Hockey Club is a strong advocate for active girls and boys. We have been providing active team sport for 40 years and will soon be starting our registration for junior hockey at our club. Our club has well structured coaching programs that include the involvement of both current and ex Olympic hockey players. We also have dedicated parents and young seniors giving their time to coach and provide kids with an enjoyable and safe sporting environment.
Registration for our Junior program (Yr 5 and above) is from 11am until 2pm on either Saturday 15th February at Trevor Gribble Reserve, Cnr Karel & Parry Ave’s, Bull Creek, or Sunday 16th February at Aquinas Hockey Club Rooms, Mount Henry Road, Salter Point. Alternatively, you can register online at http://www.reds.com.au.
Minkey registration (PP – Yr 4) will be on Saturday 22nd March at Trevor Gribble Reserve from 11am until 2pm.
Australia’s #1 non-competitive soccer program for kids aged 4-12. Fun for boys and girls. Grasshopper Soccer’s mission is to teach kids ball skills in an environment that promotes participation and fun.
The 50 minute sessions include different weekly warm-up and skill-based games, followed by small sided games to finish!
Coaching sessions start every monday after school 3.10 until 4.00 on the oval.
Enrolment fees – 7 week full term = $105; 4 week half term = $65
If you have any queries please contact, Matt Dean, Manager Grasshopper Soccer: Eastern suburbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0469 397 207
Notice for Parents with a child in Year 4, 5 or 6
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 todays 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.
Again, the Australian Tax Office has now placed a deadline on claiming this offset 30 JUNE 2014 (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.
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.
If you would like any other information please do not hesitate to contact us via the following:
- Email – email@example.com
- Phone – 02 9524 2744
- Fax – 02 9545 3323
- Website – www.twelve.com.au
Perth Fesival 2014 – Paramodel joint factory
Make your own paramodelic-graffiti
Collaborate with Japanese arts duo Paramodel to create a new paramodelic-graffiti artwork.
With vivid imagination and meticulous design skills, Paramodel create wondrously immersive environments out of mass produced toys and brilliant blue plastic train tracks.
Working in a team, create your own fantastical design using vibrant blue track in the Paramodel joint factory. Your artwork will be documented and showcased in future international exhibitions.
Sessions are 1 hour long and run weekdays and weekends. Tickets are limited. Fees apply.
Ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Suitable for all ages.
John Curtin Gallery
Building 200, Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley Western Australia
For more information:
08 9266 4155