East is East
Who said the senior block and junior school don’t get together. Mrs Millar organised for her students to bring buckets of water to the junior playground and help the younger students engage in some ‘cool’ wet sand activities.
Judging by the photos I think everyone had a good time.
I’m really please to report that our School Councillors are doing a superb job so far this year. Katrina, Ethan, Kaleb, Sophie, Finn, Rohan, Laura and Bellana have been ‘on duty’ in the junior undercover area every day this term. They assist the staff in keeping the lunch area clean, releasing students to play and providing support to our younger students.
Their work at whole school assemblies has been first rate and it is great to see that they are taking their responsibilities very seriously.
Swimming at Cottesloe
By now parents and carers of students in Year 6 and 7 will have received their swimming forms for next week’s lessons at Cottesloe Beach. Please ensure that the forms and money due is forwarded to the school as soon as possible.
Each year our senior students are able to access lessons at a surf beach to enhance their awareness of open water safety and reading the conditions. I’m sure this year’s group will enjoy the lessons as much as previous years. We also may get a chance to have a look at the Sculptures by the Sea.
Senior Block Activities
The senior block teachers are working hard to ensure that our students have the opportunity to make the most of their final years in the primary education sector. Four mornings a week students are being exposed to a number of activities that cater for a range of needs.
Portfolio Preparation (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday)
Mrs Millar works with students to help them prepare their art portfolios for application into specialist art programs at high school.
Mrs Skinner and Mrs Millar work with students on the Drum Beat program.
Maths Club (Tuesday)
Mrs Cook gives students the opportunity to hone their maths skills and to practice for the Numero competitions later in the year.
Art Club (Wednesday)
Students are taken by Mrs Millar to practice their art skills.
Period Zero (Thursday)
The class teachers are available for students to catch up on any missed work and/or concepts.
This fortnight’s foyer display has been sponsored by Year 2 Room 6. Come into school through the foyer and see some works inspired by Van Gough.
Circus classes started on Tuesday this week. It’s great to have Ran Weinreb back in the school building on the skills he taught our students last year.
Early Close Reporting Afternoon
The School Council at its last meeting endorsed the school’s request to have an early close on Wednesday 9 April (Week 10). This is the day when parents are able to schedule a brief meeting with their child(ren)’s class teachers to discuss achievement and progress in the first term.
We intend to close the school at midday. Students who are not able to be collected will be supervised by the Deputy Principals in the school’s library.
More information will be provided in this newsletter closer to the day.
I would like to get rid of some old furniture at the school and am wondering if any families might have a City of South Perth Tip Card that they don’t intend to use and are prepared to let the school have? Please let me know as I think I have a couple of ute loads at least!
What Would Maggie Say ? Boys and their Fathers
Boys need from their Dad
- Ridiculousness, fun, laughter, jokes, surprise and warmth create safety for boys
- A “you have what it takes approach.”
- 5. Love and affirmation
Being honorable is living with a sense of respect for what you believe is right. When you are honorable you are worthy of the respect of others. You set a good example.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 26 February.
Virtue Awards 26/2/14
Honour Certificates 26/2/14
|S1||Sammie & Amos||S2||Sean & Pia|
|S3||Tom & Mackinley||S4||Sophie|
- Monday 10 March to Friday 14 March – Yrs 6 & 7 swimming lessons at Cottesloe beach
- Tuesday 11 March – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 12 March – Assembly S1
- Wednesday 19 March – Yrs 4-7 Faction Swimming Carnival 9am -12pm
- Wednesday 19 March – School Council meeting
Circus began this week for Years 1 – 7 (PP in Term 3). It will be a great opportunity to build on the skills we learnt last year.
Please make sure the permission note and money have been returned to your classroom teacher.
Faction Swimming Carnival
The Faction swimming carnival is on the Wednesday the 19th March from 9.00am – 12.00 noon. All Years 4 – 7 will participate in the events or fun relays.
Children in Year 2 or 3 who have passed Stage 5 will be invited to attend. Children in Yr 2 or 3 that did not get a note but have passed Stage 5 please see Mrs Stanford.
Notes will be sent home this week for nomination of events, parent permission and payment.
We will require parents to volunteer to time keep. No experience necessary. Please see Mrs Stanford if you can help.
Swimming training continues on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7.45 am – 8.15 am at Kent St Senior High School pool. Children from Yr 2 – 7 who have passed Stage 5 are welcome to attend.
If you are interested in participating in the Weetbix Kids Tryathalon on Sunday 30th March please see Mrs Stanford for details.
Harmony Day will be celebrated on Friday March 21st 9.15am, in the Junior Quadrangle, around the dragon.
We have a wide diversity of cultures here at Kensington Primary School.
Classes will assemble around the quadrangle, to view our children as they parade, dressed in International costume.
Our dance teacher Mrs Smith has rehearsed a special toe tapping performance from Bulgaria, Mrs Dewing will conduct a drumming team to beat out African rhythms and the Junior choir will sing the emotional song “I Am Children of the World”
Parents, grandparents and friends are most welcome to attend and view this spectacular from the verandah balcony.
Please encourage your child to dress up for the day.
Mrs Brown, Rm 8
P&C Movie Fundraiser 8.00pm Tuesday 18th March – The Monuments Men
The Kindy parents are organising the annual KPS P&C Movie night at the Cygnet theatre. This is a great night out raising much needed funds for the school.
This year’s movie is “The Monuments Men” – a star studded line-up including Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, the film is an action drama of an unlikely World War II platoon that is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
A cast and plot that is bound to appeal to Mums and Dads alike! So C’mon Dads come along, support the school, get brownie points with your wife and a free action movie thrown in!!
Tickets are $20 each and include the movie, entry into a gourmet hamper door prize and popcorn. Raffle tickets will be also be for sale on the night.
Hopefully the kids will have bought home a flyer with a tear off ticket order on the bottom. Please return this with your cash payment to the P&C box in the school library by Wednesday 12th March. Vista St Kindy parents can return theirs to the box provided at Vista St.
For a copy of the flyer sent home please click here.
Tickets will be available for collection at the door on the night. The date is approaching fast and it would be fantastic to get as much support as possible!
Just think of it as a date night with a hundred or so of your closest friends in the school community!
Any parents interested in giving us a hand on Tuesday mornings? Due to the wonderful increase we are going to set up 2 stations now and Jenny and l would love a few helpers to help us.
It would be each Tuesday morning from 8.20 till 9am. We would still do the banking, but we need help with taking reward orders and checking the express banking as it comes through. And especially this term while we are checking all the token numbers while the rewards system moves to being automated.
If you are free and keen please approach us on a Tuesday morning and let us know, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for money (don’t worry – not yours personally)!
This year the P&C Grants Team is hoping to secure some extra funds for our school for some very worthwhile projects. If you work for an organisation that provides grants or any type of philanthropy, then we’d love you to contact us via https://kensingtonps.wa.edu.au/contact-us/ or email email@example.com
Calling all Telstra employees!
At the moment the P&C Grants Team are looking for Telstra Group employees as they are eligible to apply for a Telstra’s Kids Fund grant of $1,200 to support a project or activity run by a non-profit organisation involving a child, 18 years or under, in their immediate family. Full-time or part-time employees of Telstra and any wholly owned subsidiaries of Telstra Corporation Ltd are eligible to apply. The first round of funding closes 14 March 2014 so we’re keen to move forward with this application ASAP! If you think you can help, please contact us via https://kensingtonps.wa.edu.au/contact-us/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get in touch.
Former student congratulations
Congratulations to former KPS student Kitman Yeung who took out the top award at Applecross Senior High School for Yr 8 Art and Science for 2013. Another student excelling after a great start at Kensington Primary School.
Lunch box tips
Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. It is important to offer healthy lunchbox choices. Tips include fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables and a combination of protein, dairy and carbohydrate foods.
Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. However, healthy eating changes are not always easy to make. Try to set a good example with your own lunches. Encourage children to help choose and prepare their own lunch. They might like to make a list of the foods they enjoy. Praise your child when they choose healthy foods for their lunch box.
There are limited times for children to eat during the day, especially at school. Children may prefer to play with friends instead of eating. Encourage your child to sit and eat before heading out to play. As a school we reinforce this message with all of our students.
Suggested foods to put in a lunch box
- Fresh fruit
- Crunchy vegetables
- A meat or protein food such as slices of lean meat or hardboiled egg
- Dairy food such as a cheese stick or slice, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt
- Starchy food such as bread, a roll, pita or flat bread, fruit bread or crackers
There are lots of food choices available for lunch boxes. However, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which foods are healthy choices. Suggestions include:
- Fruit – best choices include fresh or tinned fruit. Dried fruit is sticky and high in sugar, so have it occasionally. Best left out of the lunch box are dried fruit bars and ‘straps’, which are very high in sugar, low in fibre and stick to children’s teeth causing tooth decay.
- Vegetables – try vegetable sticks with dip or a small container with mixed vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, capsicum and cucumber. Chips and packets of crisps are best left for parties and special occasions.
- Milk, yoghurt and custard – include a small drink of milk (freeze overnight) wrapped in a cloth in the lunch box. Fruit yoghurts should be kept cool in an insulated lunch box. Best left out of the lunch box are ‘dairy desserts’ and flavoured milks, which are high in sugar.
- Dips, cheese and biscuits – pre-packaged or your own homemade versions of cheese and crackers are fine. Children enjoy mini packaged cheeses. Avoid sweet dips such as chocolate spreads. ‘Oven-baked’ savoury biscuits are just as high in salt and fat as chips and are best avoided.
- Different breads add interest – include a variety of bread, especially if children begin to lose interest in sandwiches. Try bread rolls, pita bread, flat bread, bagels, fruit loaf or buns, foccacias, scones, pikelets, muffins, crumpets, crispbreads, rice cakes or corn thins.
- Vary the fillings – fillings can include vegemite or other yeast extract, cheese (try different types), tuna, egg, sliced cold meats, baked beans, grated carrot and lettuce, chopped roast meat with pickles or chutney, and avocado. Dips like caviar(taramosalata), eggplant, chickpea (hommus), cucumber, yoghurt (tzatziki) or spinach also make good spreads. Avoid chocolate spreads, jams and honey, and fatty meats like salami and strasbourg.
- Muffins and cakes – try making your own muffins and cakes as a great way to include more fruit and vegetables. Examples include sultana, carrot, zucchini, banana or pumpkin.
- Donuts and creamy cakes are best offered at birthdays and special occasions instead of in lunch boxes.
- Muesli and ‘breakfast’ bars – almost all ‘bars’ are too high in sugar to include regularly, but cereal bars may be better for teeth than chewy sticky muesli bars. Try to avoid muesli bars and chocolate bars in lunch boxes. These are expensive and usually stuck together with fats and sugars.
Mathematics years 5-7
Parents if you wish your child to be involved in a Curtin Mathematics Enrichment Classes please go and view this web link – http://maths.curtin.edu.au/enrichment.cfm.
This site has all the details and the cost associated with the programme.
Yrs 6 and 7 2015 Specialist Programs
South Fremantle Senior High School are offering the following Specialist Programs for Yrs 6 and 7 in 2015:
- Music, Marine Studies and Baseball
For more information please contact South Fremantle SHS on 9337 0500 or visit their website at www.southfremantleshs.wa.edu.au.
St Martins House Opshop and Bookshop
St Martins House is located at the cnr Brandon St and Vista St Kensington. For more information on their services please click here.
The Founder of GirlPower Dana Kerford will be returning to Western Australia in May 2014 to work with our girls and parents.
Dana will be running a number of workshops while she is in Perth. We would love to welcome your girls to Perth College for these workshops. All events will be held in the Judith Cottier Theatre. Please click here for further information about these events.