School Concert Band
Once again the school concert band represented Kensington Primary at the South Perth Fiesta on the shady verge outside the Mill Point Road Fresh Food Market last Sunday afternoon. It was terrific to see so many parents and siblings come along to support our students as they played a 30 minute set. The band played a number of pieces and was backed up by some fantastic soloist performances. Given that the band has lost a number of ‘seasoned’ Year Sevens from last year and the length of time they have had to rehearse for this performance their sound was fantastic. I know from the looks of the audience that they thought so too. Thank you to Mrs Dewing and Mrs Lissienko for all the effort you have put into this special group of children. Thank you to the parents who ensured our students looked so professional and to Mill Point Road Fresh Food Market for the providing the venue, food and the ice-cream treat at the end of the performance.
A reminder to parents and students that this Friday we will be celebrating Harmony Day. Mrs Brown has worked very hard to put together an extremely interesting program of international acts from our children which will commence at around 9.00am in the school’s quadrangle.
Don’t forget that students (and parents) are encouraged to come dressed as a person from another country. All welcome.
For those of you who buy The West Australian there is an article entitled Multicultural Day – A Marvellous Mix in which one of our Year 5 students, Haeun talks about being a new Australian. It is in the Ed liftout – an interesting read.
Parent Interviews – Early Close
Please be reminded that Parent Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 9th April (Week 10). Class teachers will make arrangements for a time slot on the Wednesday afternoon or negotiate a more convenient time over the next week or so. Students will be released from school to go home at 12.00 midday on Wednesday 9th April in order for staff to be released for these face to face interviews. For those families who are unable to arrange care for their children on that afternoon the school will provide supervision in the library up to our normal release time of 3.00pm. Could you please let your child’s teacher know if they are going to be remaining at school. We will contact the after-school care operators to inform them of this situation.
New Factions Captains Named for 2014
At our last whole school assembly we had pleasure in announcing the faction captains and vice captains for 2014. This year we have included Year Six students in this group in recognition of their last year at primary school.
This new leadership group for Kensington Primary School is comprised of;
Brayden & Mytika – Captains Lucas & Jamie – Vice Captains
Devon & Florence – Captains Oliver & Annalee – Vice Captains
Ethan & Milla – Captains Keely & Carmen – Vice Captains
Abinav & Emma – Captains Adam & Sarah – Vice Captains
These students will be busy as of today when we hold our Faction Swimming Carnival and they take charge of their respective factions.
Last week our Year 6 and 7 students travelled to Cottesloe Beach for their annual week’s lessons in the surf. With the Sculptures by the Sea on at the same time the beach was an extremely busy place but we managed to get everyone there and back safely. Students were extremely well behaved in their lessons and took to the water despite some cool days. Thanks to Mrs Cook, Mrs Millar and Mrs Farrow for accompanying the children on the bus and supervising them whilst at the beach.
The school’s circus program is now into its third week and students’ skill levels are steadily improving. It is a fantastic opportunity for the children to be able to learn these skills from Mr Ran Weinreb, who is an accomplished performer in his own right. Remember that you must practice, practice and then practice some more if you want to get better at anything you do – circus, tables, sports, writing, riding, reading, surfing ……………
National Young Leaders Day
Our School Councillors will be attending a Young Leaders Program at the Perth Convention Centre this Friday. Unfortunately we are going to miss the Harmony Day celebration but this was an unavoidable clash of dates. Students attending have received letters with instructions for the day. Don’t forget that you are meeting Mr Macauley at the Mends Street jetty at 8.00am for this excursion.
Room 6 needs small succulent plant cuttings for their science program. If anyone can help please see Miss D’Cruz.
The Kensington School Council will meet today at 5.00pm. Agenda items for the meeting today include;
• Parking around the school
• School satisfaction survey
• School budget review
• Position vacant
• Curtin Education Community
• Independent Public School status
During the week Mrs Cara Finch tendered her resignation from the Council as a parent representative. Cara has been an active and hard working member of our Council and we are very sorry to see her leaving us. On behalf of the Chair – Mr Geoff Smith, Councillors, parents, students, staff and myself I would like to sincerely thank Cara for her positive contributions to Kensington Primary School.
This week’s foyer display has been presented by our Pre-primary 1 class. Please take a short cut one day through the foyer and have a look at their incredible ‘slithery snakes’ and ‘interesting insects’.
PROPOSED INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY UNIONS ON TUESDAY 1 APRIL 2014
You may be aware that the State School Teachers’ Union, CPSU/CSA and United Voice have announced “a community day of action” on Tuesday 1 April 2014.
They indicate that this action is being taken in response to this year’s State Budget for public schools and to ensure further funding reductions are not made in next year’s State Budget. The Government has made it clear that it has no intention of changing the Budget.
If this day goes ahead, it will be the second time in the last six months that the unions have disrupted student learning deliberately. The Department does not endorse any form of industrial action and all public sector staff have a responsibility to implement and work within any decisions taken by the government of the day.
As we get closer to this date, I will keep you informed about any implications for your child(ren).
When someone is being honourable other people know they can be trusted to do their best and try their hardest. Their word of honour means they will do exactly what they promised. People respect and rely on someone who is honourable.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 12 March.
Virtue Awards 12/3/14
Honour Certificates 12/3/14
|5||Ashleigh||6||Cameron & Taleisha|
|S1||Francesca & George||S2||Lucas & Charlotte|
|S3||Chloe & Indiana||S4||Peter|
|PP1||Hunter||PP2||Beau & Cooper|
|PP3||Matilda & Griffin|
- Thursday 20 March – Snr block cake stall 11-11.30am
- Friday 21 March – Harmony Day parade & performance 9.15am
- Wednesday 26 March – Assembly – Rm 10
- Friday 4 April – Interschool swimming carnival
Winter Uniform Orders
Order forms for the winter uniform order will go out to children this week. The form can also be found on the school website or click here. Forms with payment are due back no later than Friday 4th April. Please place completed forms in the P & C box in the library. We accept cash, cheque or credit card for payment of orders. The Uniform Ladies.
For sale: cute headbands, hair ties and clips that are custom made in yellow and green (some with our school logo).
For a copy of order form please click here.
Orders must be in the P&C box by Friday March 28th. Part proceeds of all sales go to the P&C.
P&C Money for Jam
To see a list of businesses that donate part proceeds of any sales to the Kensington Primary School P&C please click here. Some companies require that you nominate your school when you sign up, login or pay, others require a code.
Kensington Primary School P&C Presents: Breakfast on High
Join us for breakfast on a tower, 6 tasty cute dishes, Including: Coffee or tea, orange juice, chia yoghurt, pancake and peaches stack, bacon and egg frittata in a mini roll, herb scone with smoked salmon and brie, toasted bread with harissa beans and an apricot and pear Danish.
Friday the 28th of March between 9.30am to 11.30am the Sassy Cookie 41 Duncan Street in Victoria Park
Only 20 places left so book early by emailing Julie on firstname.lastname@example.org please include your name and phone number. $35 a ticket includes breakfast, a glass of sparkling wine courtesy of Broken Hill Hotel and entry into some fabulous prize draws including:
$100 gift voucher from Ms Demeanour Boutique, books from Crow Books and a voucher for haircut and blow-dry from Yokine Stylists.
Once booking is confirmed payment is required before Friday the 21st of March. Please place $35 cash per person in envelope in the P&C box in the library or you can now pay via EFT just email for banking details.
1st cup of coffee or tea included, if you wish to have a second it is half price.
There will be a raffle for a Nosh gourmet food hamper on the morning so please bring along some spare change.
CAKE STALL – Thursday 20 March, 2014
There will be a cake stall in the undercover area of the Senior Block on Thursday, 20 March, 2014 from 11.00am – 11.30am. All funds raised will go to 10,000 Steps a Day. Prices for cakes are from 20c – $2.00.
So come along and buy something nice and yummy for morning tea!
Christian RE and Bahai instruction
Non denominational Christian Religious Education and Bahai classes are held at Kensington Primary on Thursdays for any student in PP to Yr 7. If you would like your child to attend either of these classes please see the school office to complete a consent form.
TRIPLE P- The Positive Parenting Program
Dear Mums and Dads,
Triple P is coming to a location near you in Term 2. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to take part in this fantastic and informative program. For more information and to register click here.
Kensington Secondary School Car Boot Sale
Saturday 22 March 8am to 12 noon. Sellers from 7am, Buyers from 8am. $10 per bay. For more information click here.
Kent St Senior High School
To view their latest newsletter click here.
Perth Melanoma March
This Sunday 23 March at McCallum Park. For more details please click here.
St Martins House OpShop, Bookshop and Playgroup
St Martins House is located at the cnr Brandon St and Vista St Kensington. To see more information on the services they provide please click here.