Welcome Back to School
Just like Semester One the school holidays were over before we really knew it. We now are looking ahead for Term Three and judging by the Term Planner we have attached to this newsletter you can see we are going to be very busy. With events such as the cross country, artist in residence, massed choir, art exhibition, read-a-thon, athletics, Scitech night and school photos (to name a few) the next 10 weeks are filling up fast.
Welcome to our final year pre-service teachers who will be working at Kensington Primary School during this term.
Kate Learmonth S3
Teleah Elliss Room 10
Brittany Woodfin PP3
Katy Nicholson PP2
Despite predictions to the contrary and rain the Busy Bee held on the last day of Term 2 was extremely well supported. 25 parents and their children braved the weather and managed to plant a huge number of shrubs and trees around the school.
The Mahar family through their business, Landscape Systems donated the majority of plants we planted on the day. We are very thankful for these plants as they have saved the school many dollars that we can now re-direct. The Mahar’s would be happy to assist anyone with commercial or residential landscaping needs. Call Karen on 041 242 2345 to discuss your requirements.
Thank you to the City of South Perth for their donation of a number of Albany woolly bushes that now protect the bike shed and cricket nets.
During last term Mrs Teresa Culmsee took a small group of children and introduced them to a thinking strategy known as Issues/Dialogue Mapping. This is designed to help students capture information and slowly build on it in an organised way using a specifically designed software package. It is similar to mind mapping. Thanks Teresa for volunteering your time and helping us to improve the skills of our children.
Year 6/7 Camp
During the second last week of Term 2, 45 Year 6 and 7 students participated in a four day camp at Point Peron, just south of Perth. The camp was planned and organised by Mrs Millar and Ms Fowler who made sure there was not a single minute wasted. The students participated in raft building and sailing, team building, low ropes, high ropes, rock climbing, milk crate castles, archery, mountain bike riding, ice skating, a night tour of old Fremantle Prison and numerous night activities. Together with early rises, helping set up and clean up after every meal and learning to get along with another 44 children all day and well into the night without any electronic gadgetry or Mum and Dad was a big step for many. These children all rose to the occasion and I’m very pleased to report that the attitude and behaviour displayed was first rate. The students all supported one another to push themselves to the limit and take on every challenge that was presented to them. I am sure they all slept soundly in their own beds on the weekend after.
Artist in Residence
A fantastic initiative of the P&C Association at Kensington Primary School is to sponsor an Artist or Author in Residence each year. This year Mrs Brown has worked really hard to locate a suitable artist (and draw up a scope of works) who will work with the children using recycled materials with the Swan River and water as an overarching theme. Ms Joyce Tasma will be working with the students over this term to create some individual works and a school installation. It sounds very exciting and we are sure the students will get a great deal out of the experiences.
This year’s Art Exhibition will include works from this residency as well as our normal classroom entries. The exhibition will be held in week 10 of this term.
As you would be aware Mrs Cook (S4) took medical leave during Term 2. This leave has been extended for all of Term 3 as well. We wish Mrs Cook a speedy recovery.
National Tree Day
This Friday afternoon the school’s P&C Association will host a tree planting to help celebrate National Tree Day. Parents and their children are invited to come to the school at 3.00pm to help plant out a number of trees which have been donated to the school. Bring along some afternoon tea, a shovel and gloves and start digging!
Thanks to Bunnings (Victoria Park), City of South Perth and Landscape Systems for their generous support of Kensington Primary School.
Year 1 Parent Survey
Thank you to all those parents who returned the survey regarding the Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy parent education sessions. Thirty five survey responses were received, with a blend of numerical and anecdotal data gathered. The responses provide the school with a valuable starting point for planning both for the rest of the year and moving forward into 2015.
The survey revealed that overwhelmingly parents appreciated the sessions being offered at the school and indicated that in future a small cost of between $5 -$10 dollars could be charged by the school to assist with the cost of paying the presenters.
A raffle ticket was issued to all families that returned the survey and the winners of a $25 voucher at Gooseberries Café were Paria Parand’s family from Room 1.
During the holidays the Baha’i Community ran a holiday program at Kensington Primary School. As an act of community giving the students worked on a mural that has been placed on the Pre-primary lunch shed. This looks absolutely fantastic and I would like to thank Payum and his assistants for organising it all.
The Pirate Ship that has sailed proudly in the Pre-primary yard for many years succumbed to an attack of white ants and sadly had to be removed for the safety of the students. This landmark will be missed by our youngest students.
Know Your Staff
Ms Jo Lally
Where were you born?
Perth, Western Australia.
What is your favourite sport to watch?
Tennis and the Tour de France; especially the highlights put to music.
What is your favourite sport to play
I enjoy cycling at the moment.
What is your favourite meal?
Fresh fish and salad (cooked by someone else!).
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
I think the school has always had a good vibe. Overall, the staff work together really well with the help of our enthusiastic parents and lovely children.
Who do you think will win this year’s AFL grand final?
Freo Quick Kick Competition
Congratulations to Tom C and Mitch H for being this year’s, Year 4 Quick Kick champions. The boys attended Fremantle Oval to participate in the event after winning the Kensington School competition. Mitch and Tom will display their talents at the Fremantle – Port Adelaide match at Patterson’s Stadium in a few weeks’ time.
A fantastic effort boys!
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 tomorrow, Friday 25 July 2014. Parents/carers responsible are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Justice means that people receive what they deserve. Everyone gets their fair share. It is just for people to receive a consequence or punishment when they do something wrong, so they will remember to do things differently next time. If is also just for people to be recognised when they are doing something right or making an improvement.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 2 July.
Virtue Awards 2/7/14
Honour Certificates 2/7/14
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- Friday 25 July – Planet Ark National Schools Tree Day – Tree planting at 3pm
- Tuesday 29 July – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 30 July – Assembly Rm 1
- Friday 1 August – Faction Cross Country
- Wednesday 6 August – School Council Meeting
Faction Cross Country
This year’s Faction Cross Country will be run at school on Friday 1 August. The events are times as follows;
1. Pre-primary girls
2. Pre-primary boys
3. Year 1 girls
4. Year 1 boys
1. Year 2 girls
2. Year 2 boys
3. Year 3 girls
4. Year 3 boys
5. Year 4 girls
6. Year 4 boys
7. Year 5 girls
8. Year 5 boys
1. Year 6 girls
2. Year 6 boys
3. Year 7 girls
4. Year 7 boys
Presentations in the undercover area.
All parents and friends are invited to come to the school’s oval and cheer the students along.
Cross country courses that students will be running are posted in the undercover area next to Mrs Stanford’s office.
Students are encouraged to wear their faction T shirts for the cross country and shoes must be worn.
Running club is on again this term every Tuesday and Friday morning from 8am to 8.30am. New members always welcome.
RECYCLING AIR – ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
During Term 3 our Artist – in – Residence will be working with students.
Recycling centers are being set up around the school for students and parents to place “things” in.
We need C.D.’s, plastic lids, roll-on deodorant bottles, steel bottle tops, jam jar lids, corks, ice cream containers, clothes, fabric materials, old jeans, bubble wrap, shade cloth, plastic reflectors, old pool covers, knitting wool, small broken toys, old books, magazines, ropes, twine, string, metals and strips of weaveable- anything that can be woven
If we don’t use it we will recycle it. Think before you throw it out.
Lyn Brown Year 3 Room 8
Bunnings East Victoria Park sponsored yet another workshop for our students, this time teaching children the art of worm farming. Rooms 6 & 7 now have their own worm farm to maintain & feed daily thanks to the generosity of Bunnings East Victoria Park.
Tomorrow, Friday 25th July at 3pm join Planet Ark’s School’s Tree Day Planting event at KPS.
Planet Ark’s National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day provide our children with an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and reconnect with nature. Bunnings East Victoria Park and the City of South Perth have kindly donated their time, resources and lots of lovely trees and shrubs to enhance the school grounds.
Get involved by bringing your afternoon tea, gloves, shovels, buckets and other garden equipment and have fun planting a few trees with your children. We will meet in the school assembly area after school pickup from 3PM. Stay as little or as long as you like.
The trees will be laid out in designated areas earlier in the afternoon but we need some volunteers to supervise each planting area please! Please contact Dale Collins – email@example.com if you can help supervise an area.
Thanks, we hope you can join us!
FUND RAISING NEWS……
Due to overwhelming popular demand the students from K-7 at Kensington Primary School will participate in a Winter read-a-thon from August 2nd to 22nd 2014.
We have five main goals:
1. To motivate children to read for pleasure and find more time to read.
2. To encourage parents to read to their children and to encourage children to read to each other.
3. To celebrate Children’s Book Week and to purchase the Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted books from the picture books to the young reader categories for the School Library.
4. For the children to win prizes for their classroom. The class with the most hours reading in total and most money raised will get a special prize for their classroom.
5. To raise money for our school P&C, this will fund improvements to our school.
Our Goal is 100% student participation! All students who submit their sponsorship forms will have their name entered into a prize draw. Forms have been given out in class, if the form has been misplaced please find one attached here.
The senior classrooms (4-7) and the junior classrooms (K-3) with the most money raised and most hours reading in total will get a special prize for their classroom from OfficeMax.
To help celebrate our Read-a-thon and Book week during the month of August Westbooks are happy to donate 20% of all sales by the Kensington Primary School community back to the School Library. Just nominate Kensington Primary School when you make your purchase. Westbooks 396 Mill Point Rd, Victoria Park Phone: 9361 4211
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
Have Fun Reading.
Mulch and Compost For Your Garden
Kensington Primary School P&C are having a Mulch and Manure drive.
Do you need mulch and compost that will improve your soil, as well retain water? The Kensington Primary School P&C is providing free delivery of lupin mulch, “piggypost” a lupin plant/pig manure based compost, pea mulch and a lawn maximizer (resulting in less chemical products entering our waterways). These organic mulches are some of the best materials for feeding your soil, as they break down and add organic matter improving structure and drainage. They also promote earthworm and microbial activity. They are fantastic for roses, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, garden beds and to prevent pot plants drying out. Lupin mulch is finely shredded, light and easy to apply from a bag.
Orders forms are due back in the P&C box in the office by Thursday 7 August. Forms will go out this week with your child(ren) however you can download a form here.
All you have to do is order and the mulch will be delivered free to your home on Monday 18 August, so please write on the order form where you would like the bags delivered (eg. front porch).
Scitech Family Night is on Friday the 15th of August 2014 from 5 to 8 pm.
Tickets on Sale now: – $11.00 pp, 3 years and under free. Save money as Adults at kids prices.
Forms went home with your children this week but can be downloaded here.
Food: A selection of pizzas will be available on a pre-order basis only, please see order form attached.
Drinks: A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks & water available for purchase on the night.
Desserts will be available for purchase on the night.
It is a fabulous social night and the children look forward to it all year. Scitech is open just for our school community and friends from 5pm to 8pm and is closed to the general public.
For any fundraising queries, please contact Julie via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Kensington Secondary School
Friday August 1, 2014
31 George St Kensington
For more information on the open morning please click here.
INDOOR JUNIOR TENNIS
Where: Leasurelife Recreation Centre (Cnr Kent & Gloucester St, Vic Pk)
Time: Every Wed 4-5pm, Commencing 30th July for 8 wks
Cost: $150 (8 wk course)
Enrolment enquiries : Mark Leuba 0400 470 189 or email email@example.com
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
CLAN WA will be running the 1-2-3 Magic & Emotional Coaching this September.
The courses is proudly supported by City of South Perth and will be held at the George Burnett Leisure Centre.
Please click here for more information.
The course is free to attend by you will need to rsvp.
For more information or to book please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RELATIONSHIPS AUSTRALIA (WA) INC
The following courses are being run over the next few months:
Kids and Todays Technology
Building Stronger Families
Intro to Virtues Parenting Program
For more information or to book please ring 08 9486 6322 or go to the website http://www.wa.relationships.com.au
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED IN JANUARY 2015
EXPERIENCE ANOTHER CULTURE, MAKE NEW FRIENDS
IMPROVE YOUR LANGUAGE STUDIES AT HOME
In January 2015 we will be receiving exchange students from Europe (Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland and France), South America (Argentina) and Japan. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 2 or 10 months. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student.
All students have at least basic levels of English, would attend a school in your local area and live the life of a local. Our group of students cover a wide variety of interests and hobbies. If you would like to provide your students, parents or language teachers with further information on our inbound students you can also view some student profiles on our website. Our staff members will be happy to discuss which student might be best suited to a family.
Hosting an exchange student can be a truly rewarding experience. It allows a family to experience a foreign culture first hand, be exposed to a new language and pass on a bit of our own culture. They might even make a friend for life!
Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit secondary exchange organisation which is registered with education & regulatory authorities in each State and Territory. You can find out more about our organisation by visiting www.studentexchange.org.au.
If you have any questions about hosting an exchange student or would like to view profiles of students arriving from other countries, you can either respond to this email or call our office on 1300 135 331. No obligation.