Welcome back to Term Two
What a great surprise our on-site kindergarten children had on their return to school this week – a brand new playground! During the holidays a group of extremely dedicated parents worked extremely hard to create something magical in what was once a very bare and boring yard. Ably led by Mrs Tanya Steers, the transformation has to be seen to be believed – and all at minimal cost. Thanks to Bank West, WA Tree Guys and Bunnings for helping the kindergarten parents make this happen.
The Dragon lives – special thanks also to Jo Kapica, her mother (the original designer of the Dragon) and a group of Year One parents for making sure this icon of Kensington Primary School got back some of its missing parts and received a freshen up.
Term Two commenced with a staff development day at the school on Monday. Teaching staff were introduced to the Department of Education’s new policies focusing on children who are English as an Additional Language or Dialect speakers. We looked at identifying these learners, understanding how a second language is acquired, progress maps and their use in assessing language proficiency. The second part of the day was devoted to performance management processes.
Our education assistants were lucky enough to be able to work with local speech pathologist and parent, Mrs Leanne Rowe on using blank questions when listening to young children read. This was a great session and the feedback from the staff was extremely positive.
I would like to apologise for any confusion that occurred about the status of the first day. On our web site we posted the Department of Education’s Term Dates which do not detail the professional development days that are taken throughout the year. Please keep abreast of the latest news by reading this fortnightly newsletter.
At the end of Term One Mrs Coghlan (Room 9) moved to Albany with her family to take up a new life in the south coastal town. Mrs Coghlan has been at the school for over 15 years and it was very sad to see her leave. Everyone will miss her smile, professionalism and easy going approach to life. Mrs Coghlan’s position will be covered by Mrs Bushen who will be working in both Room 9 and 8.
Mrs Cook (S4) has had to take sudden leave for personal reasons. Her classroom duties will be covered by Ms Fowler and a yet to be identified teacher. Ms Fowler will continue her two days a week in S1 as well.
Mr Pestana is on two weeks long service leave for the beginning of this term and Mrs Harris has stepped up to act as the deputy principal during this time. Mrs Van Aurich is filling in for Mrs Harris.
On the last day of Term One the school held its commemorative ANZAC Service in the undercover area. The Service was conducted by our school leaders and attended by students, staff, parents, friends and special guests. Once again our school leaders did a fantastic job with a very dignified service that was appropriate for all who attended. The school’s choir and concert band added to the distinguished feel of the service.
Special thanks to our guests, Mr Kevin Trent – representing the RSL, Leading Seaman Nigel Barrett – RAN bugler, also Mrs Cook, Mrs Dewing and Mr Pestana for the work they put into the event. Thank you to all the parents who sent in a flower for our floral wreaths.
School Council – Parent Representative
With the resignation of Mrs Cara Finch from the School Council a vacancy has arisen for the remainder of 2014. If you are interested in nominating for this position please see the ladies in the front office for a nomination form. In the event of more than one parent nominating we will conduct a ballot of all parents for the position.
Parent Maths Workshop
Mr Pestana has organised a parent workshop that will look at the way we teach maths at Kensington Primary School. In order to tailor the course to an appropriate level we would appreciate it if you could register your intention to attend and the year level(s) of your child(ren).
The evening is planned for Thursday 15 May commencing at 6.00pm at Kensington Primary School. The venue will be decided once we have numbers. Could you please email your intention to attend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To celebrate the first Western Derby of 2014 (AFL) the Student Councillors will be holding a Derby Day – Dress in Your Favourite Team Colours (any code). Students will be asked to donate a gold coin for the Derby Day. The charity we are supporting is Batten Disease Support and Research Association ( http://www.battens.org.au ). Please take some time to look at the web page with your child(ren) to learn more about this childhood disease and the work of this worthy association.
Scream for your team and support Batten disease research
The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for 2014 will take place in week three commencing Tuesday 13 May. All Year 3, 5 and 7 students will be involved in testing on Tuesday (Language Conventions and Writing), Wednesday (Reading) and Thursday (Numeracy). Friday is reserved as a catch up day for absent students. Parents should have received an information pamphlet during Term One informing them of the testing program and its importance to the system.
It is important that student information records are kept up to date throughout the year. Parents and carers are requested to ensure the school is kept informed of any changes to student details as they occur. Please check that your home address and telephone number(s) reflect the current situation for your child(ren). Failure to inform the school of change of address details can, in some circumstances, be cause for a child to be removed from the school.
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- Friday 2 May – Footy Jumper Day – gold coin donation
- Tuesday 6 May – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 7 May – Assembly Rm 6
- Tuesday 13 May to Thursday 15 May – Naplan Testing
- Wednesday 14 May – School Council Meeting
Congratulations to our Year 7 PEAC students ~ Jamie, Abhinav, Kaleb and Katrina~ who presented their Term One assignments at Curtin Primary School on Tuesday evening. Each student chose a profession they were interested in, wrote up an information board and spoke to parents about the findings of their research. A great effort from these talented students.
Interschool Swimming Carnival Friday 4th April
35 swimmers travelled to Aqualife to compete in the VPASSA swimming carnival. Our team was successful in winning the A Division Schools Carnival. The final scores were:-
- Kensington 169
- Millen 134
- Victoria Park 80
Well done to our individual champions, they were:-
- Tom – Year 4 Champion.
- Angus – Year 4 Runner Up Champion.
- Sophie – Year 5 Champion.
- Oliver and Finn – Equal Year 6 Champions.
The team swam extremely well with our relay teams winning most of the relays.
Thanks to Abhinav for being our Team Manager and to Kevin White for his assistance as 1st place judge.
Running club commences this week. We will run on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8.00am to 8.30am. All runners welcome. Mrs Stanford.
Bikes and scooters
A bike and some scooters were left in the bike shed at the end of last term these are now in the dungeon. If you think these may be yours please see Mrs Stanford.
Due to the P&C box being stolen from the Library in Term 1, it is now located in the School Office. The new safe-deposit “box” is accessed via a slot in the front desk directly opposite the front door.
To make our new system work smoothly, I just have a few house-keeping reminders for all to help the P&C volunteers and the staff in the office.
- Place all money and relevant form/tickets in a sealed envelope with the description of activity on the front, i.e. book order, Mother’s day raffle.
- Please bring your own envelope as the school supply cannot keep up.
- If paying for an item in cash, include the exact money as the office doesn’t keep change.
- Be mindful of the staff working in the office regarding noise level and traffic activity.
Two primary targets for our fundraising efforts this year are Naturescape play environments and classroom technology; along with our annual support of many other worthwhile activities and teaching aids. In addition to the goodwill, efforts and support of our parent community and fundraisers, there is also a team of mums persistently submitting grant applications – with some success already this year. If you would like know more about the P&C and how the funds raised last year are being spent this year, please go to P&C page on school website for the AGM minutes or click here.
Many thanks to everyone for their support of the P&C so far.
Nicky Carey – P&C President, on behalf of many great volunteers.
Circus equipment can be ordered via the order form here. Spin/Flower sticks will not be available until later in the year. Please put your orders in the P&C box in the office.
Many thanks to all families, who generously supported the Easter raffle. For more information and to know who our our winners are click here.
A fun, innovative, exciting, interactive Science Experience
TERM 2, 2014 – AFTERSCHOOL GROUPS REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Places still available at Kensington Primary
- WHEN: Tuesday 3.30pm till 4.30pm
Starting the 6th May till 24th June 2014
- AGES: Pre-Primary to Year 3 group and Year 4 to Year 7 group
Both groups can come on the same day and time. However we will split them into an older and younger group to assist them to get the most out of their Science Madness experience.
To enrol your child please make a credit card payment via the Register Now link on our website http://www.sciencemadness.com.au or use the link –
Enquiries only – email@example.com
Bentley Youth Centre Open Day
Will be on Friday the 2nd of May outside the Youth Centre from 4pm-7pm. The event is a free family event with a number of attractions including the game vault bus, bouncy castles, food, skate ramps and other fun stuff. For more information click here.
Johnny Moran Karate teaches karate classes to children and adults in the local area.
A special offer for the school’s students – 4 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!
Classes are held in the area after school and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment and for adults to get fit.
Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.
Call now on 0402 830 402 to take advantage of this 4 week trial.
Take Home a Big Brother or Big Sister
Give your children the wonderful opportunity to have an international big brother or big sister by volunteering to host one of our exceptional international students arriving in Australia in July 2014 for their 3, 5, or 10 month programs. Our international students from France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Colombia will live as a local, attend a local secondary school, arrive with their own spending money, and comprehensive insurance cover, all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. You choose the nationality, the gender, the duration and the interests of the student that you feel is the best match for your family. Visit us at www.scce.com.au, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our international student profiles, and capture the spirit of family and friendship!