New Newsletter Day
Due to some internal changes to working rosters our school newsletter will now be published every second Thursday instead of Wednesday.
Yesterday at around 11.00am the power at the school was cut by damage to a rotting power pole in Fourth Avenue. This lasted until just before 5.00pm. The school lost all of its communications and lighting as a result. Apologies if parents were trying to contact us. Some important emails were also not able to be sent – for instance confirmation of our Maths Evening. Please see the article below for venue and times.
Thank you to parents who indicated that they would be attending this evening’s maths workshop. Tonight Terence Pestana and Mari Dart will examining the way the school plans and delivers it maths program as well as ideas for parents to engage their children in a fun way to practice maths skills at home.
The evening will commence at 6.00pm and be held in the Library/Resource Room.
On Tuesday evening around 40 people connected to our Year One classes attended an evening with Dianna Rigg. Dianna is a highly regarded educationalist, speech pathologist/therapist and author. She has been working alongside our teaching staff over a number of years advising on a whole school approach to teaching literacy. Dianna’s company Preventing Language Difficulties has been working with children, parents and teachers for over 15 years.
Our parents who attended were able to walk away with a number of handy resources and hopefully, a better understanding of the three cornerstones that help children to develop the literacy skills of speaking and listening, reading, spelling and writing.
Thank you to Melanie Noid for her efforts in sourcing funding and organising this parent workshop. Thanks to our parents and staff who attended.
Derby Day Fundraiser
This letter was received from Mrs Tanya Elson after our Derby Day fundraiser;
A very big thank you to the Student Councillors and everyone who dressed in their team colours to support Derby Day and fundraising for Batten Disease.
It means a great deal to our family to have such wonderful support for this cause from Kensington Primary School. The money raised will help make a real difference to children with Batten disease and their families, through information and connecting people to much needed support. It will also help fund research into finding a cure for what is a rare and little-understood condition.
Would you please pass on our deepest thanks to the Student Councillors for all their great work to make Derby Day such a success? As far as we’re concerned, all the teams were winners last Friday.
The Eagles Landed
On Monday Morning the school had three very special guests – Nic Naitanui, Sharrod Wellingham and Fraser McInnes from the West Coast Football Club (AFL). I’m not sure who was more excited – the children or our band of loyal female Eagle supporters (I do know it made some of the office staffs’ day).
It is really great to note that both Sharrod and Fraser played their junior football with the South Perth Stingrays and were really keen to come back to visit a school where we have students representing that team. Who knows whose name we’ll see in future years playing AFL.
The Eagles spoke to our students about team play and the importance of setting goals that stretch you and going after them.
Mrs Marie Short has informed the School Council that due to family commitments she is no longer able to act as a parent representative on the School Council. The Council through its Chairperson, Mr Geoff Smith would like to thank Marie for all her hard work on behalf of the parents of Kensington Primary School. Marie has been active both as a Councillor and office bearer.
This resignation now leaves two vacancies for our Council. We have four nominations and it is my intention to send home ballot papers to enable each parent/carer of a child at Kensington PS to vote for their representatives over the next few days.
School Survey 2013
To view a full analysis of the results of the Term 4 2013 survey please click on the following links:
Cold and Flu Season
With the onset of colder weather we get to see a lot of children come down with colds and even influenza. Class teachers spend time teaching children about hygiene and how to prevent the spread of germs by using tissues and covering their mouths when sneezing. However, it is best for parents to keep their children at home if they are feeling unwell, have bad coughs and/or very runny noses for the sake of their classmates (some of whom may be very susceptible to these common ailments) and the staff (who we need at school every day).
Independent Public School Status
Mr Geoff Smith (School Council Chair) and I have been preparing the school’s presentation for acceptance as an Independent Public School for 2015. This year’s intake is based on an oral presentation of 30 minutes to a panel of IPS principals that will be delivered on June 5 or 6. Geoff and I are receiving expert advice from a subcommittee of the School Council and are extremely hopeful that our efforts prove successful for Kensington Primary School.
For parents who may like to read more about the Independent Public School program please follow this Department of Education link: http://www.det.wa.edu.au/independentpublicschools/detcms/portal/
A Day Made Better
Exceptional teachers do more than just teach – by going above and beyond the call of duty they inspire, nurture and encourage students to build knowledge, confidence and life-skills.
A Day Made Better rewards and recognises exceptional primary school teachers across the country. We invite parents, students, family and friends, as well as teachers, principals and school administrators to show their appreciation by giving them the recognition they deserve.
This year, ten exceptional teachers will be recognised for their inspirational work with a surprise event, $2,000 of OfficeMax arts, crafts, stationery and office supplies for their classroom, plus an Apple iPad. So if you know of a primary school teacher that goes above and beyond in their classroom, show your support now.
Go to: http://www.adaymadebetter.com.au/school/kensington-primary-school-6151 to see who has been nominated from Kensington Primary School. Perhaps, even nominating another teacher or adding a comment about a teacher already nominated.
You must take some time to visit the foyer display presented by the PP 2 children. Recycled robots and Ninjas are the topic and they are outstanding!
In the coming weeks the computer network at Kensington Primary will be upgraded. A number of classrooms will be upgraded with wireless access points. A new curriculum server will also be installed.
The network infrastructure is being upgraded to allow the use of Ipads in the classrooms. This will hopefully occur at the beginning of Semester 2 this year, with the purchase of 90 Ipads for student use across all years of the school.
Excellence is doing your best. It is giving your best to any task you do or any relationship you have. Within you are many possibilities. Maybe you are an artist. Maybe you can discover a new invention that no one has ever created before. Maybe you are the best friend anyone will ever have. Perhaps there is some difficulty in your life which you have the strength to conquer.
When you practice excellence you are not trying to be better than anyone else. You are trying to be the best that you can be.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly.
Virtue Awards 7/5/14
Honour Certificates 7/5/14
|PP1||Harper & Joseph||PP2||Andy & Ester|
|PP3||Alexander & Joseph||Music||Lucia, Sophie & Emma|
- Friday 16 May – Eagles Cup KPS vs Millen at Millen PS
- Wednesday 21 May – Assembly Rm 7
- Friday 23 May Eagles Cup netball & soccer KPS vs South Perth at Kensington PS
- Friday 23 May Eagles Cup football KPS vs South Perth at Kent St High School
- Friday 23 May – Walk to school day
Modcrosse clinics are being conducted in the PE lessons courtesy of the Subiaco Lacrosse Club. All students in Yrs 1-7 will participate in 3 sessions during this term.
If your children enjoyed the recent circus skills program at Kensington and would like to practice their skills you can now purchase circus equipment. To see an order form please click here. Orders and money to be place in the P&C box in the office.
Netball for all
For more information on the Netball for all program being run at Belmont Netball Assoc over six week commencing Thursday 22 May please click here.
Well 2014 has started with a cracker and the fireworks are still going off!!! We have had a record term 1 with 40 new bankers to the programme and about 130 active bankers.
Thank you again for all your great effort and term 2 has continued on in this positive way with 7 new bankers this morning… WOW!!!
Now please say hello to our new Banking Co-ordinator Taryn Jenkins, mother of Charlie, Max and Finn. She is already an asset and will be extra wonderful while Jenny and family are off to Europe during May/June. The always efficient Tanya Steers is also a brilliant helper and is often manning the express deposit box too!
And how exciting : Term 2 Youth Saving Competition
This term we are giving students, schools and our School Banking Co-ordinators the opportunity to win a share of sunken treasure found in the Lost City of Savings.
Students simply need to make three or more School Banking deposits during Term 2, regardless of the value, and they will automatically be entered into the competition to win some fantastic prizes including:
- Major student prize –
- Five nights’ accommodation at the Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast
- VIP Passes for two adults and three kids to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast;
- Dolphin Family Aqua Adventure; and
- A $3,000 travel gift card to get them there.
- Runner up student prizes –
- 130 Toys”R”Us Gift Cards to the value of $250 each to spend on their favourite toys.
- School and School Banking Co-ordinator prizes.
There will also be a separate draw for schools. As long as you have at least one student who is eligible for the competition, you will be in the running to win:
$1,000 cash for one school in each state/territory of Australia.
Plus the School Banking Co-ordinators of each winning school will receive a $250 Commonwealth Bank Debit Card (maximum of three per school).
We shall be sending the flyers home with the eldest children this week if we have enough leaflets…
So keep up the great work and see you on a Tuesday.
Shannon, Jenny and Taryn
Shaun Tan Award
The City of Subiaco holds a competition for the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists. (Shaun Tan is an acclaimed artist and writer who grew up in Perth). The award encourages imagination and innovation, and is a great opportunity to develop skills in visual arts.
All school students aged between five and eighteen years in Western Australia were invited to submit an original drawing, painting or other two-dimensional (2D) creation.
Year 5 students Charlotte, Kiana, Haeun, Pia, Jessica, Emika, Lucia and Year 7 student Shamika submitted entries.
Watch this space and we will let you know how these budding artists went.
Reminder for Year 7 and 8 Enrolments for 2015
If you are wanting to enrol at Como Secondary College or apply to a Specialist Program of Golf, Hockey, EMITS or Music for year 7 or 8 in 2015, please complete and return an application form by 23/5/14.
1 2 3 Magic & Emotion Coaching Parent Workshop
The Manning P&C are hosting the 1 2 3 Magic & Emotion Coaching Parent Workshop which aims to teach parents how to deal with their children’s behaviour by using an easy to learn signalling system. To see more information please click here.
Would You Like to Host an Overseas Exchange Student
Learn about another culture, learn a new language or perhaps improve your culinary skills then check out Hosting – An Experience for Life.
Student Exchange is looking for host families across New Zealand to welcome overseas students into their home
Visit www.studentexchange.org.au/host-a-student or call 1300 135 331 for more information.
Wanslea Grandcarers Support Scheme
For more information regarding the Grandcarers Support Scheme please click here.