Walpole Students Visit Kensington
This morning students from Walpole Primary School (Ms Christine Cook’s new school) visited Kensington Primary School and put on a performance using their Indonesian Anklungs (bamboo percussion instruments). Then our students returned the favour with the concert band performing two pieces for them. A very positive cultural exchange which our students enjoyed immensely.
Eagles Rock My School
It was a pretty exciting whole school assembly organised by S2 last week with a visit from the Eagles mascot ‘Rick the Eagle’ and Joe. Our students showed they know a lot about healthy choices and were able to interact with the show in a very positive way. With nearly 50 students attending our morning running club each Tuesday and Friday our students (and some parents) are definitely developing great habits about healthy lifestyles and choices. Thanks to the West Coast Football Club for supporting our school with this fun and educational program.
Vista Street Kindergarten
Last Saturday the staff at Vista Street Kindergarten organised a ‘busy bee’ to complete some much needed ground works, painting and general repairs. It is very heartening to hear that this was very well supported and the improvements are very noticeable. The forty children who attend this centre are lucky to have such a proactive group of parents and teachers making their play and work environment so pleasant.
Thank you to all who contributed to this project.
In order for the P&C’s Grounds Committee to progress their plans for a new nature-play style playground for our children they required a detailed field survey to be undertaken to ensure integrity of the school site. We are very pleased to be able to inform the school community that Glenn Galvin (parent of the school) and a team of surveyors from Oracle Surveys completed this work over the last few weeks and now we are in possession of new drawings to use in the planning phase. This was an expensive undertaking and the school is very grateful for Glenn’s time, expertise and generosity.
Thank you to all parents who took time to complete the ballot papers for our new Parent Representatives for the School Council.
32% of the school’s parents voted – a great result.
Kristie Young-Krebs and
Thank you to all our parents who nominated for these positions. This augers well for our School Council as we hopefully move to a Board under Independent status.
Students from P to 7 will receive their first semester school reports on Tuesday 1 July. Unfortunately we are unable to provide reports earlier than this due to printing deadlines. If you are going away during the last week of school term and would like the report posted to you please see our school officer (front office) and provide the necessary information.
Kindergarten students will receive their reports on either Tuesday 1 or Wednesday 2 July depending on your child’s session.
At the beginning of 2014 I instituted a new internal timetable to allow for literacy and numeracy blocks to be trialled by staff. This simply meant that we re-arranged the school breaks so that we could have two, 2 hour teaching blocks and finish the day with a 1 hour session.
Our times at present are; Our times were;
8.50am commence lessons 8.50am commence lessons
11.00am morning break 10.30am morning break
11.30am commence lessons 10.50am commence lessons
1.30pm afternoon break 12.15pm lunch break
2.00pm commence lessons 12.55pm commence lessons
3.00pm end of school day 3.00pm end of school day
I indicated to parents and staff that I would survey families to judge the level of support for these times at the end of Semester One.
A survey sheet has been sent home with students today for you to complete. I’m also happy for parents to respond using our email contact Kensington.email@example.com
Intentions to Return to Kensington PS in 2015
Next year our Year 6 and 7 students will be leaving Kensington Primary School to enter a high school program. This means the school will be graduating up to 50 children. We have kindergarten space for 80 children and if this year is any indication we will go close to enrolling that number. We could, therefore have an increase of up to 30 children in our overall enrolment figures, taking us up to 500+ students.
A survey sheet has been sent home with students today for you to complete and return to school at your earliest convenience. This will help us in preparation for 2015 and help determine whether a new transportable classroom will be required.
Enrolments of Students for 2015
Applications for enrolments of students entering Kindergarten, Pre-Primary or changing schools in the 2015 school year are to be completed by Friday 4 July 2014.
Parents/persons responsible are encouraged to submit their applications before the end of Term 2.
An ‘Application for Enrolment’ is required for all students entering Kindergarten and Pre-Primary, even if your child is currently enrolled at Kensington in the Kindergarten program.
WHO ARE OUR STAFF?
Meet Miss Emily Hasson – Year One classroom teacher.
Where were you born?
King Edward, Subiaco. I grew up in Ballidu, about 3 hours north east of Perth.
Who is in your family (include pets)?
Mum (Danelle), Dad (Kim), my younger brother (Sam) and Chico (the staffy).
What is your favourite sport to watch?
Basketball or AFL (go Freo!!!)
What is your favourite sport to play?
Netball, no, it is shopping really.
What is your favourite meal?
Pasta…… or anything with tomatoes.
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
All the smiling faces I see in Room 1 every day.
Who do you think will win this year’s AFL grand final?
Freo … wishful thinking! Probably Sydney.
The cold weather and outdoor exercise program has seen a rise in the number of children requiring to use their asthma puffers. Could parents please ensure their child(ren) bring their puffers to school each day so they can be used if necessary.
The P&C contributed $3,000 to the school’s budget to purchase a new digital camera, memory card and bag to each of our classes (K to 7). These have arrived in the school and are soon to be part of our IT learning program. A great big thank you to our P&C for this support!
The Ruhah Centre currently has between 400 and 500 clients coming through their doors each week seeking support across a range of issues. The temperature is dropping and the homeless numbers are unfortunately on the rise. Amanda Meyn is hoping to get some Kensington parental support to donate items that are in short supply including;
- Sleeping bags
- Raincoats and umbrellas
- Warm clothes including gloves and beanies
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Combs and brushes
Amanda will be putting a box outside the staff room as a collection point for any of the above items. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you would like any further information please contact Amanda on 0439 962 928.
Some parents have spoken to me about how impressed they have been after attending a session of Girl Power. Their introduction to parents states;
Support your daughter through the ups and downs of friendship! As young as 6 years old, when we first start to see hurt feelings between friends, GirlPower teaches girls what’s normal in a friendship and the importance of surrounding themselves with friends who make them feel good. GirlPower lays the groundwork so that your daughter will develop the foundational principles for managing conflict, standing up for herself, and making healthy choices within her friendships. GirlPower will spark a conversation between you and your daughter so you can use a common language for talking about her girl world!
Their web address is https://www.urstrong.com/ for more information and courses for parents/daughters.
Purposefulness is having a clear focus instead of being fuzzy or unsure what your doing or why your doing it. When you have a goal you are working toward you are acting on purpose. To be purposeful means to concentrate on something. You concentrate your efforts so that something good will happen as a result. You are faithful to your purpose no matter what.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 4 June.
Virtue Awards 4/6/14
Honour Certificates 4/6/14
|5||Flynn||6||Charlie & Benjamin|
|S1||Gia||S2||Denzel & Max|
|PP1||Samuel & Daniel||PP2||Bryn & Max|
|PP3||Joel & Saffron|
- Friday 13 June – P&C Lap-a-thon
- Wednesday 18 June – Assembly Rm 9
- Thursday 19 June – VPASSA Winter Carnival
- Tuesday 24 June to Fri 27 June – Yr 6/7 Camp
On Friday the 6th June we played our last Eagle Cup/West Coast Fever Cup fixture against Victoria Park. The results were as follows:-
Netball A: Kensington 13 – Victoria Park 9
Netball B: Kensington 5 – Victoria Park 16
Football: Kensington 21 – Victoria Park 16
Soccer: Kensington 4 – Victoria Park 3
Well done to all students who played, displaying some good skills and great sportsmanship.
Victoria Park Area Schools Winter Carnival
On Thursday 19th June we will walk to Kent St High School to participate in our Winter Carnival. The sports played will be Netball, Soccer, Football, Minkey and Basketball. Selected students from Year 5 to 7 will participate.
Kensington Runners (K to 7) run on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8.00 to 8.30am. New members always welcome.
Vista St Kindy Busy Bee
On Saturday 7th June Vista Street Kindy had a busy bee. We had around 20 very enthusiastic parents which was a fantastic turnout. We painted, gardened, shifted things, cemented things and did a general tidy up.
As a result our outdoor area has had a colourful facelift. Thanks to all those parents who came along with shovels, wheelbarrows and paintbrushes.
Also a big thankyou to Mel and Kiara for providing us with our morning tea. I want the recipe for those berry and white chocolate muffins! Mrs White
Friday the 13th of June is going to be great fun! We are having the lapathon!
Our School Fun Run is on Friday June 13th from 2pm to 3pm. Please help your child organise their sponsors (forms have been given out in class). Forms and money are due Thursday June 26th.
A course around the oval will be set up for the students to run around as many times as they can. K-2 will be running on a slightly smaller course. Parents are welcome to join their children doing their laps. Children will return to their classrooms before the bell at 3.00pm. Come along and watch the children run. The teachers will appreciate any offers of help.
Remember that day you can order your children’s lunch. Why not join your kids for lunch at 1.30pm too.
SCHOOL LUNCH ORDERS ARE COMING TO KENSINGTON
Launch date : Friday 13 June.
The plan is to have it every Friday thereafter.
See www.schoollunchonline.com.au for more information and to register for online ordering.
Order cut off is 8am on the day of delivery!
Any questions, please contact School Lunch Online directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
MONEY FOR JAM FUNDRAISING
Dear Kensington Primary School Community,
You should have all received the ‘Money For Jam’ flyer that was given out a few weeks ago (to view flyer click here). All of the businesses listed donate part proceeds of any profits generated to Kensington Primary School P&C.
I am aware we have many Kensington families who own fantastic businesses and they may also like to promote their business through ‘Money For Jam’ and in return donate part proceeds of business generated to Kensington Primary School P&C.
To register your interest in becoming one of our sponsors please email email@example.com
You may also like to promote a special discount offer to the school community.
Please note: We reserve the right to refuse listings of businesses that we deem are not consistent with our ethos and school values.
I hope to hear from you very soon.
We will endeavour to print up a new ‘Money for Jam’ flyer to go out to the whole school each term.
Many thanks and kindest regards,
Kensington Primary School P&C
The uniform shop is open each Thursday morning during term from 8.20 to 8.50am in the music room.
School banking is every Tuesday from 8.30am outside the staff room.
KENT ST SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ENROLMENTS FOR 2015
All Specialist Applications close Friday 20 June 2014
Local student enrolments due by Friday 1 August 2014
Any queries please contact Kent Street on 9262 0500
TRIPLE P – the Positive Parenting Program.
If you have not taken advantage of the chance to do this course before, now is the time to take action !
Registrations are now being taken for the next Triple P group – starting in the second week of next term, this world renowned program is available free of charge to parents/carers of children aged 3-8 years. An associated crèche is also available free of charge. The course runs for eight weeks on Thursday mornings at the Leisurelife Recreation Centre in East Victoria Park. To register for the program, please call Rhonda Wallman on 0478 319 391.
DON’T MISS THIS FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY ! “
Kyokushin Karate South Perth are running kids karate classes at the Lifestreams church hall on the corner of Murray Street and McNabb Loop, Como.
Give your child the help they need to build Confidence, Self Esteem, Strength, Coordination, flexibility and learn real self-defence skills in a fun, friendly and safe environment.
All our instructors are qualified through Japan Honbu (headquarters) and have a current working with children check.
The classes are for school age kids and are run on a Wednesday from 5.30pm-6.30pm during the school term.
The first class is free then the cost is just $25.00 per month.
The club also runs adult classes on Monday and Wednesday from 7.00pm-8.30pm, classes for kids and adults with special needs on a Saturday morning from 9.00am-10.00am and will run self-defence classes for Women on request.
For expressions of interest please call Derek on 0434-842-633 or Steve on 0430-156-756.
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY PROGRAM
The research team at the Neurocognitive Development Unit will be hosting the Children’s Activity Program over the July school holidays. Children attend for one day and participate in a range of computer tasks, word games and puzzles, as well as other fun activities. If your child is aged between 7 and 11 years and you would like us to send you an information pack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the address below with your preferred postal address.
Children’s Activity Program
Neurocognitive Development Unit
School of Psychology, M304
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009