Room 10 students were very excited to have a visit from Mathiang Muo and Louis Timms from the Perth Wildcats.
“I loved meeting them, getting their autographs and most of all playing games and having fun. They were really nice and encouraging. Lucky us!” Ella
“We had a group photo with them. They were very tall!” Mitchell
“We all went down to the courts to playing some games like dribbling relay and shooting hoops.” Zoe
The end of Term 2 for children and staff is Friday 4th July at 3.00pm. The school will be closed until Wednesday 23rd July for all students. Students classes commence at 8.50am on Wednesday 23rd July.
Staff will be involved in two days of professional development on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd July.
Ms Van Dongen
Ms Vicki Van Dongen, our Friday Pre-primary 1 teacher, has commenced leave in preparation for the birth of her second child next term. I know the whole school community joins in with us in wishing Vicki all the best for the arrival of her new baby.
We would like to welcome back to Kensington, after a break for maternity leave, Ms Olivia Katin who will take over Ms Van Dongen’s teaching duties.
Mr Jeff Castle
As most of the school community would be aware Mr Jeff Castle has been on extended sick leave for a couple of years. Whilst still fighting his illness he has decided to formally retire at the end of this term. Mr Castle is a much loved teacher who gave his all for his students. He has maintained a strong connection to the school throughout his leave and has many friends still connect to the school.
I would like to wish Jeff the very best for the future on behalf of the Kensington community and acknowledge his very positive contributions to this school, its community and most importantly a generation of children.
Congratulations to Rohan in Yr 6 who has been informed by the Department of Education that he has been successful in securing an academic scholarship to Perth Modern in 2015. This is a fantastic achievement and a testament to Rohan’s hard work.
Congratulations to Brayden in Yr 7 who has been offered a sporting scholarship in both football and cricket at the Darling Range Sports Academy. Brayden is an outstanding athlete and I’m sure these programs will see his skill levels develop over the next five years.
Constable Care Visits
Thank you to Mrs Brown for organising the Constable Care puppet show who visited us last week. This program aims to educate students through the medium of puppetry. This year’s theme revolved around the environment and sustainability. The children and teachers were very happy to be able to access this free program and we acknowledge the great work of Constable Care.
Artist in Resident
Continuing our theme of sustainability is this year’s Artist in Residence program sponsored by the Kensington Primary School P&C Association.
Our artist this year is Joyce Tasma (http://www.bassendeanartscom.com/joyce%20tasma.html ). Joyce has been working closely with Lyn Brown to develop an exciting art program that uses recycled materials with a theme of water and in particular the Swan River.
Students will spend two weeks making an individual project and then work collaboratively for a further two weeks on creating a group installation.
The culmination of the AiR program will be this year’s art exhibition in week 10.
Mrs Brown asked families to start collecting interesting items for us to recycle in the art works – metals, plastic, cloth, ropes and nets are all items that can be collected and dropped off at school. The Swan River Trust is collecting fishing line for us to help tie in our Swan River theme. Boxes will be placed around the school for children to drop off their ‘treasures’.
Internal Bell Times
Thank you to the parents who have participated in the survey in regards to bell times at Kensington Primary School. I would especially like to acknowledge those of you who have included comments, suggestions and concerns. These will all be collated and presented to the School Council for their consideration. Whilst I acknowledge that a more robust discussion based on cases for and against hasn’t been engaged in we have responses from 30% of our families and the all staff with a clear majority recorded.
At present the result stands at;
Maintaining the current timetable:- Parents: 75.5% Staff: 100%
Returning to the 2013 timetable:- Parents: 24.5% Staff: 0%
Based on these results we will continue to work with the present timetable.
After discussion with our Kindergarten teachers these programs will use the school’s recess breaks during Semester Two. This is to transition these children for Pre-primary and to assist with recess and lunch time supervision. The Kindy teachers are very sensitive to the needs of their classes and will ensure crunch and sip breaks are offered as required.
School reports will be sent home on Tuesday, next week. If you wish to discuss the report with the class teacher please contact them to find a convenient time.
During the holiday period school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become targets to a small number of offenders. The upcoming holiday period is from July 5 to Tuesday 22 July.
If you live near the school or are just passing by, I would urge you to keep an eye out for us. Listen for unusual noises, look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and notice if groups of children or teenagers are hanging around the school. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing damage to our school. Please report any suspicious activity immediately to;
School Watch – 1800 177 777
Police – 131 444
Who are our Staff?
Meet Ms Christine Finlay – Aboriginal Islander Education Officer.
Where were you born?
Quairding – 166 km east of Perth.
Who is in your family (include pets)?
Husband (Brian), Daughter (Emily), Sons (Kyle and Jordan) and Grandson (Lachlan).
2 dogs (Foxy and Chico) and a cat (JJ).
What is your favourite sport to watch?
What is your favourite sport to play?
What is your favourite meal?
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
The community feel to this school.
Who do you think will win this year’s AFL grand final?
The Senior Block is now officially a ‘Slipper Zone’. After weeks of wet shoes, damp sock and the associated smells teachers in the Senior School declared their classrooms slipper friendly. Students are now able to take off their wet shoes and sock – after playing on the oval – and putting on a comfortable pair of slippers to work in. The work output has already soared as a result!
Winter Sports Carnival
The Winter Sports Carnival lived up to its name last Thursday. Our hardy teams (and hardier teaching staff) walked in the rain to Kent St Senior High School to participate in soccer, minkey hockey, basketball, netball and Australian Rules. No indoor venues for this competition! Students played a series of games against East Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Millen, Lathlain in a round robin format. Despite the rain and cold teachers reported that the students had a great time, ‘Played the Game’ and represented Kensington Primary School with distinction.
Kensington won the trophies for netball and Australian Rules. All of our teams had wins which just seems to make the weather seem not so bad.
Pizza in the Garden
There will be a Pizza in the Garden lunch on Thursday 3rd July for all students who have received Virtue Awards this term. Students will receive an invitation early next week to attend this reward lunch. A variety of pizzas will be shared at our lunch break (1.30 to 2.00pm). Those invited students who are not’ pizza lovers’ are most welcome to join us with their own lunch.
Congratulations to all our Virtue Award winners for Term 2.
Enrolment of Students for 2015
Applications for enrolment of students entering Kindergarten, Pre-primary or changing schools in the 2015 school year are to be completed by Friday 25 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 Kindy and Pre-primary, even if they are currently enrolled at Kensington in the Kindy program.
Practising Justice is being fair in everything you do. It is seeing with your own eyes and not judging something or someone by what other people tell you.
When you practice being just you treat each person as an individual. You don’t judge people or put them in categories. You just see them one by one.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 18 June.
Virtue Awards 18/6/14
Honour Certificates 18/6/14
|PP1||Anna & Ethan||PP2||Aleksander & Annabel|
|PP3||Noah & Tahlia|
- Friday 27 June – Yr 6/7 return from Camp
- Monday 30 June – Yr 4 PEAC testing
- Tuesday 1 July – Reports go home
- Wednesday 2 July – Assembly Rm 5
- Thursday 3 July – Maths Activity Day
- Friday 4 July – Last Day Term 2
- Friday 4 July – P&C Garden Busy Bee 3-5pm
- Wednesday 23 July – 1st day Term 3 for students
West Coast Fever Cup and Eagle Cup.
Well done to our teams who competed in football, netball and soccer in our Friday afternoon interschool sport sessions. Soccer competed as friendly matches.
To see the results for football and netball please click here.
Winter Carnival Thursday 19th June.
On a very wet and wintery day our winter sports teams made their way to Kent St High School to participate in the VPASSA Winter Carnival. We played football, soccer, minkey, basketball and netball. The teams performed well in very trying conditions. Congratulations to the Basketball and Football teams who won their competitions. KPS came 3rd in Soccer, 2nd in Minkey and 3rd in Netball. We came back wet and bedraggled but satisfied that we had had a good day.
Thanks to the parents who attended and also to the staff for their much appreciated effort on the day.
Our last running club session will be next Tuesday at 8.00am. We will have a short run followed by breakfast in the music room.
Anyone who has attended running club this term is welcome to attend.
Keep running during the holidays ready for the Cross Country week 2 Term 3.
We will recommence next term on the first Friday back at school the 25th July.
Stats for this term:-
100 different children have been to one or more session at an average of 35 per session.
Josh S, Charlie G and Jack G have attended every session.
Yr. 2’s has had 22 children attend the most of any year group.
Thanks to Martine for keeping our very accurate roll and to Ryan for helping with the training.
School holiday footy progarammes
Please see the sports noticeboard for information on school holiday programmes offered by the Demons/Eagles Footy Club and the Freo Dockers Footy club.
The Year 4’s will undertake a Statewide Testing Program for Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) on Monday 30 June at 9.15 am. The testing will take 90 minutes to complete. Some tests are timed.
The students will have a non –verbal reasoning tests of 20 minutes and the timed test will involve language and reasoning aspects of general ability.
MATHS ACTIVITY DAY
Students at Kensington will be involved in an activity day on Thursday 3rd July commencing at 11.30am and finishing at 1.30 pm. The activities will be conducted within year and class levels.
P&C GARDEN BUSY BEE
Friday 4th July 3-5pm meet at the undercover area.
MONEY FOR JAM
Hi Kensington Families,
To see the latest ‘Money For Jam’ 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 and friends 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 need to provide a description of your business, the business logo, website and contact details and what your offer is going to be. Business are either paying quarterly or half yearly by cheque or EFT to Kensington Primary School P&C.
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
Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
The Lapathon was a wonderful success. We had perfect weather and amazing school spirit was displayed. Congratulations to everyone who participated. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped on the day.
Don’t forget to get your sponsorship money into the P&C box, in the office by Tuesday 1st July AT THE LATEST. There will be certificates and prizes awarded at assembly for the students in each class who did the most laps and who raised the most money so get your forms in ASAP.
Sponsorship money and forms should be placed in an envelope or snap lock bag with your child’s name and class on the front and ‘Lapathon Money’ clearly marked and then placed in the P&C box in the office.
You may make payment by EFT to the P&C Kensington Association INC Bank: Westpac BSB: 036050 Bank Account: 540544 EFT reference: surname and lapathon. Just return form to P&C box with payment receipt.
The money raised during this event will go towards purchasing much needed educational supplies, technology for our classrooms, playground equipment and also supports school wide events.
Good luck, Kensington Primary School P&C Fundraising committee
Another update for the awesome school bankers!!!
As you may well know the Australia Wide Banking Competition to win a family trip to QLD needs our bankers to have make at least 3 deposits this term to get entered. I have just counted up how many students are already eligible and we have 65!!!! Already. That is a FANTASIC number and a wonderful effort for our dedicated bankers (and mums and dads and carers who make sure it happens)
For any of you who are still keen to enter we have 3 weeks left in this term so you can still be in with a chance if you get banking!
Fingers crossed we might see some prizes come our way this year!
And to all the very patient bankers who are still waiting on their rewards, THANK YOU for your patience. At this stage they seem to be running about 3 weeks behind in the orders and as soon as l get a parcel in we try and deliver them to the rooms as soon as possible. Since we are doing such a great job and ordering lots of rewards l think this might be the normal wait, sad to say! But don’t hesitate to ask and remind us each week just in case.
Stay warm and Happy Banking
Shannon, Taryn, Tanya and Jenny (who is yodelling from the Swiss Alps
The uniform shop is open each Thursday morning during term from 8.20 to 8.50am in the music room.
Hi every one,
I’m in Year Six and I’m trying to make a difference.
I feel very passionate about stopping the Shark Cull Program and am doing a project to petition our Government.
For my project I have:
A. Started a petition and aiming to get 2000 signatures. If you would like to sign it (all students are welcome), it is in the School Office.
B. Held a competition in the School Senior Block to create the best Anti Shark Cull Poster with a winning prize of a $20 EB Games voucher. This will be the front cover of my petition. The competition was fierce, with lots of great entries. The winner was Keely from S4 who did a wonderful poster.
I have also just done an interview with the Southern Gazette, that will be published soon to help me spread the word.
So pop by the office on your way to school if you would like to sign my petition.
Kensington Primary School
Student – Year 6, Room S4
KENT ST HIGH SCHOOL TOUR
Kent Street is holding a school tour for all interested parents/carers on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 9.30am. Principal Kath Ward will host the tour leaving the Administration building located on Rathay Street. Please contact Louise on 9262 0510 to book. Thank you.
BAHAI DAY CAMP DURING THE JULY HOLIDAYS
For more information and to enrol please click the link here.
CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Art classes for creative kids aged 5 – 15 years
Enrolments are now open for Term Three 2014
Term Theme: Let’s Get Creative
Please visit: www.csoca.net for more information ”
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PILATES WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS AND TEENS
Sense of Space – Pilates, Yoga & Wellness Centre in Subiaco
90 minute workshops ($20 each) aimed at 3 age groups : 5-8years, 9-12years and teens.
Introducing the opportunity to build flexibility, strength and coordination through the joy and challenge of Pilates movement. Provides fantastic foundations for participation and improvement in sports and lifelong activities, plus the chance to de-stress and discover mindfulness.
Taught by a fully qualified Pilates instructor with a background in Olympic gymnastics and a career in Physiotherapy. For more information visit : http://www.senseofspace.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
French club for littlies (2-5 yrs) – FREE DEMO, Friday July 4th, 3.30pm-4.15pm
LCF Fun Languages organises fun language clubs for children (2-5 yrs and 6-12 yrs) in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian and German, both afterschool and during the holidays.Our program includes a wide range of FUN activities to cover all learning styles and to keep the children engage. Our lessons include :
– lively & quiet games, music, songs, puppets, role play, drama, craft, cooking and many more fun activities.
All our teachers are native speakers with experience in teaching and have a current working with children check.
Don’t worry if your child has no knowledge of the target language. The LCF Fun methodology has been carefully designed to help your child start from scratch and make their way to proficiency at their own pace. Our clubs are also great for children who already have some knowledge of the language and wish to maintain it and expand it.
As research has shown, “exposing your child to a new world of words boosts their brainpower, vocabulary and self-esteem” (Lynne S. Dumas).
LCF Fun languages will be offering a FREE DEMO lesson French for toddlers (2-5 yrs) Friday, July 4th, 3.30pm-4.15pm Moresby Street Hall, Kensington.
Call NOW to secure your booking!
For more information about our language clubs, visit our website : lcfclubs.com.au
or call your local manager Vanessa: phone : 0468 559 598
Taking expressions of interest for other locations, new clubs are opening all the time.
WINTERLAND ICE SKATING IN THE CITY DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
For more information please click here.
GirlPower are delighted to be presenting a new parent-daughter workshop for girls in Years 1 and 2. We welcome all community members to attend this event.
The workshop will be held at Perth College in the Speech and Drama Room at the Founders Centre for Early Learning.
Saturday 16 August 2014
Fuzzies and Friends with parents: for parents and girls in Years 1 & 2
This parent and daughter session is a NEW 90 minute workshop.
2.00 – 3.30 pm
To register for these events, please visit: www.trybooking.com/DHHM
2014 Community Sessions
Language of friendship: for parents and girls in Years 3 – 7
Saturday 16 August, Saturday 20 September, Saturday 8 November
2.00 – 4.00 pm
Thursday 24 July, Thursday 4 September, Thursday 23 October
4.30 pm – 6.30 pm
To register for these events, please visit: www.trybooking.com/CIIX