Independent Public School Status
As you would be aware from previous newsletters Kensington Primary School has applied to become an Independent Public School in 2015. During our training and presentation all schools were told that a decision would be made by July 21, 2014. Unfortunately at this point in time no decisions have been forthcoming and I have been advised that an announcement date is unknown.
I will keep the school community up-to-date with any information that comes to hand through this publication and our email system.
Mrs Sandra Cook has reluctantly tendered her resignation as a staff representative of the Kensington School Council after serving many years in this role. The Council Chair, Council members and I would like to thank Sandra for her ongoing support of the Council, the Kensington children, their families and staff. Mr Terence Pestana has volunteered to fill in this position for the remainder of the year
The pre-primary children enjoyed a visit from an Aboriginal community group last term as part of their NAIDOC. The work displayed in the foyer is the result of this wonderful visit.
Know Your Staff
Mrs Della Nuthall – School Registrar
Where were you born?
Rangoon – Myanmar (Burma)
Who is in your family (including pets)?
My son Jake who is 18, my daughter Katie who is 16 and our pet bunny, Charlie
What is your favourite sport to watch?
AFL and tennis
What is your favourite sport to play?
Netball when I was younger but now it’s RPM at the gym
What is your favourite meal?
Tapas and all types of curries
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
The wonderful community spirit
Who do you think will win this year’s AFL grand final?
Working on a task until the end.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 30 July
Virtue Awards 30/7/14
Honour Certificates 30/7/14
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- Tuesday 12 August – Senior Choir Cluster Rehearsal
- Wednesday 13 August – Assembly S3
- Thursday 14 August – VPASSA Interschool Cross Country
- Friday 15 August – P&C Scitech family night
Congratulations to the following students who have just recently been offered special secondary placements for 2015.
Emma P EMITS Como Secondary College
Tom A Music Como Secondary College
Zoe S Music Como Secondary College
Tayah V Hockey Como Secondary College
Linda J Music Como Secondary College
Holly L Music Como Secondary College
Carmen Y Music Como Secondary College
Nikera A-L Fashion and Design Kent Street Senior High School
South Perth Young Writers Award
Congratulations to Sophie (Year 5) for being awarded second place in her age group at this year’s South Perth Young Writers Awards. Sophie received her award at a special ceremony held in the Council Chambers last Thursday evening.
S4 students commenced a science transition program at Kent Street Senior High this week. This annual program, organised by the science staff at Kent Street, allows our older students an opportunity to experience science in a secondary context in preparation for next year.
Next term we expect our Year 6 students in S3 to attend a similar program.
Faction Cross Country
The Faction Cross Country was held last Friday the 1st of August. Well done to all students from Pre Primary to Year 7 who competed. The Pre Primary course this year was double the length it was last year and the students did a great job in completing the course.
Thanks to the School Leaders and the students in S4 for their assistance on the day, they were very efficient which made the day run very smoothly.
Congratulations to our individual winners and the winning team, Endeavour.
Cross Country Medallion Winners 2014
Faction Scores 2014.
The Interschool Team will compete on Thursday 14th August in the VPASSA Carnival at Harold Rossiter Reserve. This will be for students from Years 4 -7.
In Term Swimming Lessons
Swimming for all Kensington students from PP to Year 5 will be held in the first two weeks of Term 4. Monday being a Professional Development Day, there will be 9 lessons from the 14th October till the 24 of October.
Information regarding your child’s sessions times will be available in week 7.
Terence Pestana, Deputy Principal
Well done to the Kensington Netball A Team for winning the West Coast Fever Cup in Term 2. They were undefeated.
Artist in Residence
Next week Joyce Tasma, this year’s artist in residence (sponsored by the Kensington P&C) will commence classes across the primary School. Please keep sending in your recycled materials.
Parents are invited to participate with their child(ren)’s class(es).
Please put into your diaries our Annual Art Exhibition which will happen in week 10 along with our open classrooms afternoon.
National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC)
Kensington Primary School will celebrate NAIDOC this year with activities for all class groups on Friday 8 August. We have guests at the school for the day who will help us to recognise the importance of Aboriginal culture and heritage – plus have some fun.
World Tree Day
Thank you to the parents, students and community members who came out in force to help continue the tree planting program organised by our P&C Grounds Committee in recognition of World Tree Day. The school grounds have had a major boost with hundreds of native shrubs, bushes and trees planted this year.
School Rose Garden
A special thank you to Jenny Brittain for helping out the school by pruning our roses. Mr Rowley (our school gardener) is on two week’s long service leave and the extra help is certainly appreciated.
Whilst in the garden Jenny spread some lupin mulch and “piggy post” around the roses so parents can see the quality of the product that is being offered for sale through the P&C as a fundraiser. Don’t forget that delivery is free and all profits are ploughed (good pun) back into the school for the benefit of all children.
Re-marking of Playground Lines
A special ‘thank you’ to Helen from Bunnings, East Victoria Park for her community work repainting the lines on the old netball courts. Helen has been a great supporter of our school taking time out of her busy schedule to work with classes building interesting woodwork items and now some much needed refurbishment work.
Special thanks to Martine O’Connell who saw Helen in the morning and came back to help out.
Thank you to Bunnings – East Victoria Park for supplying the materials and Helen.
P&C update & contacts
I’d like to extend a big thanks to the many people who have been very busy on behalf of the P&C this year. The list seems to be endless – from fundraising, running the uniform shop, getting Friday lunch orders up and running, to organising school banking and busy bees, as well as submitting numerous grant applications. The P&C’s thanks also goes to everyone who has taken the time to support a fundraising activity or just helped out at an event. Help comes in all sizes – it is all equally valuable and appreciated.
We’ve had amazing support from a great many businesses with donations of time, expertise and goods. While each will be acknowledged in due course, the companies are all recognised on the KPS P&C Facebook page. Please check who they are and support them in turn where you can.
Of course all this work is to support the school and the kids. At the beginning of term 4, the whole school community (Staff & Parents) is asked to put ideas/projects forward for funding consideration. However, as I know that day will arrive sooner than I am expecting – I thought I’d give some notice to start thinking now. All ideas – big or small – are considered.
If you would like to contact the P&C or keep up with news and events, you can either email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on facebook at
KPS P&C President
Future Naturescape Garden at KPS
The Grounds Committee have had a great start to the year, with several busy bees already under their belt (or shovel) the grounds are looking great and there are more ideas being put into action. Now that Glenn Galvin, of Oracle Surveys, has completed a site survey of the school, our talented architect mothers, Nicole Churchill and Melissa Lindegger, assisted by Tanya Steers, are in the planning stages of our children’s new playground area. We are most appreciative of their efforts and incredible talent. The plans will hopefully be available to the parent body by the end of the term.
We will then kindly ask the school community for assistance with two things –
1. Resources/money and
2. Man power (labour) to build the playground. We are hoping that every family can assist with this project in some way……..to give our children a wonderful play space to enjoy and be creative.
Dear Kensington Community,
Please see the latest Money for Jam flyer listing our wonderful sponsors attached here. Each of the businesses listed donate part proceeds of any sales from the Kensington Community back to the Kensington Primary School P&C.
Some companies require that you mention Kensington Primary School when you make your initial inquiry, nominate your school when you sign up or login before you pay, others require a code. Please follow the instructions provided.
To register your interest in becoming one of our sponsors please email email@example.com
Westbooks August fundraiser for Kensington Primary School’s Library
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.
Every person who buys a book during the month of August from Westbooks will go into a draw to win a fantastic book and toy hamper from Westbooks valued at over $100.
Kensington Primary School Fundraising Committee
Dear KPS Facebook fans,
If you are on Facebook please log on and like our P&C Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kensington-Primary-School-PC/141627912684482?sk=info We regularly post updates on upcoming events.
The role of the KPS P&C is to promote the interests of the school by bringing parents, citizens, pupils and teaching staff into close cooperation. The P&C also works hard each year to raise funds to ensure that KPS is the best it can be.
Kensington Primary School P&C
Dogs on the School Grounds
It has come to the school’s attention that dog owners are bringing their pets onto the school grounds (after school hours) and not cleaning up if the animal defecates. This causes issues for our students and poses a health problem. The School Council is very aware of Kensington Primary School’s special place in this community and knows that the oval and grassed areas are used extensively by the public outside of school hours. We encourage this usage but ask dog owners to take responsibility for their pets’ droppings.
Please also be aware that golf is a prohibited activity in the school grounds at any time. School Watch neighbours have been asked to report this type of activity to police and City Rangers.
Helping in the Community
Uniting Aid provides emergency relief for those in need or suffering a crisis. If you can spare a few hours a week to assist with cleaning of the premises, then please contact Ana Broadbent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9368 2028.
Raising Children Network
Children are as individual and as different as their parents and making decisions about what’s best for raising children is very personal.
The Raising Children website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety.
It covers grown-ups, newborns (0-3 months), babies (3-12 months), toddlers (1-3 years), preschoolers (3-5 years), school-age children (5-9 years), pre-teens (9-11 years), and early teens (12-15 years).
There are tips, videos and other useful resources.
The Raising Children Network provides information that can help parents with the day-to-day decisions of raising children. It also provides information to help parents and carers look after their own needs. The information is based on the best science in parenting, child health and development, presented in language we can all understand.
This is a website for Australian mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children. www.raisingchildren.com.au
Bentley Youth Centre
To view the current term calendar of events and programs at the Bentley Youth centre please click here.
Remember when you believed in anything and everything?
Researchers from the University of Western Australia are investigating children’s tendencies to being tricked, fooled and misled by their peers. We are looking to see how this develops in children, and when children outgrow this.
We are looking for parents of Kindergarten – Year 6 children across Australia to complete an online survey (15 – 20 minutes). Participants will go into a draw to win one of 10 $50 gift certificates to Coles/Myers. To participate go to:
Or for more information please contact Rebecca Seward at (08) 6488 4652 or email@example.com