Independent Public School
As from the beginning of 2015 Kensington Primary School will be able to identify itself as an Independent Public School. This was confirmed last week by the Director General of Education when another 178 schools were granted this status.
Since arriving at Kensington at the beginning of 2013 I have been made aware by our parent body that they wanted the school to move in this way. With a tremendous amount of help from Geoff Smith, School Council Chair, members of the School Council, staff and the wider community we were able to clearly demonstrate to the Department of Education that this school was ready to accept greater responsibility for its future.
Training is being organised for the remainder of this year and by 2015 we should be ready to proceed into, hopefully a new era for Kensington Primary School.
Long Service Leave
I will be on leave from Wednesday 3 September until Friday 24 October. During this time Ms Lisa will act as the school’s principal from 3 September to Friday 26 September. After the holidays Mr Pestana will act as the principal until 24 October.
Mrs Harris will be our acting deputy principal for the remainder of this term. During swimming lessons (first two weeks of Term 4) the school will employ a male relief teacher to help oversee our students at Aqualife.
All enquiries should be directed to Ms Lisa and Mr Pestana whilst I’m on leave.
Year 5 Sleepover
What a great evening was had by our Year 5 students last Thursday evening and on the following Friday. These students had their first school sleep-over in preparation for school camp in 2015. The students were extremely excited to be able to experience their own minicamp where they helped prepare meals, clean up after themselves, sleep in dorms (classrooms) and engage in a host of fun activities.
The camp concert was truly outstanding.
Special thanks to Troy York, Shane Skinner, Don and Rob Candy and Kate Learmonth who were terrific helpers right through the long night!
A very big thank you to Mrs Skinner and Mrs Millar who proposed the camp, organised funding and made it such a successful event.
A Day Made Better
What a great assembly we had last week. The highlight was Andrew Embly arriving to announce that Ms Shannon May had won one of 10 awards presented nationally by Officemax in their ‘A Day Made Better’ promotion. Ms May was presented with flowers, an Ipad and a giant box of stationery and thoroughly deserved this recognition.
Kensington parents saw fit to nominate 6 teachers this year being Shannon May, Alicia Taylor, Audrey D’Cruz, Sistha Halim, Rielle Fowler and Sue Millar. It was very satisfying to see Miss May and Miss Taylor being nominated as state finalists.
We are a very lucky school to have great teachers working in all of our classes and as specialist teachers. I asked the children at the end of my address, “Which school has the best teachers in Australia?” and I agree with them when they enthusiastically replied “KENSINGTON!!!”
Congratulations to all my staff!
Last night the Kensington choir joined with Nedlands, Merriwa, Lathlain, Forrestfield, Atwell, Brentwood and Kingsley Primary Schools to perform at the WA Primary Schools’ Massed Choir Festival at Winthrop Hall. With the Minister for Education, the Hon Peter Collier and Director General of Education, Ms Sharon O’Neill in attendance this was the premier evening of the week.
Congratulations to soloist Joskun A and co-host Sophie R for their outstanding efforts. The combined choir sounded terrific and our students’ behaviour was exemplary.
Thanks to our parents who ensured everyone was turned out in proper uniform, on time and ready to sing. The school community is indebted to Mrs Dewing for her outstanding work with our music students and the time she spends in preparation for these events.
A reminder that our school photos will be taken during next week. Please ensure your child has a clean uniform for their photo day.
Know Your Staff – Mrs Lyn Brown, Room 8
Where were you born?
King Edward Hospital – Subiaco WA.
Who is in your family (including pets)?
Stephanie #1 daughter,
Jason second in charge son-in-law,
Beautiful Billie-Rose (grandie),
Gorgeous Amethyst (grandie),
Sparkles the Budgie.
What is your favourite sport to watch?
I don’t watch sport. I do running stitch, couching, painting with swift brush strokes and ribbing a yarn.
What is your favourite sport to play?
On second thoughts I get pins and needles when I move and I’m Secretary of the Duckers and Weavers club!
What is your favourite meal?
Italian and anything with lots of flavour – especially chocolate.
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
Virtues program and Playing the Game but especially children running to the classroom with big smiles ready to learn.
I also like seeing new Pre-primary children starting school and 8 years later leaving with those big smiles and ready for life long learning.
Who do you think will win this year’s AFL grand final?
The team with the highest statistics and the most points.
At the last P&C meeting a concept plan for the school’s proposed Naturescape Playground was discussed. This is an ambitious project which when completed will be a highlight of the school and an asset which the whole Kensington community will be able to share. Using the detailed survey of the school’s playground area, undertaken by Oracle Surveys , Nicole Francois has taken the ideas of many and transposed these into an exciting concept plan. This plan can be viewed on the Kensington Primary School P&C Facebook page and in our foyer. It will also be prominently displayed at our Athletics Carnival on Friday.
Thank you to Adam Arnold (obstacle course), Nicole Francois (tyre wave mound), Kate Colleran (music wall), Gareth and Mel Lindegger (stick insect climb in sump), Tanya Steers (sandpit), Mark and Sam Thompson (rocky creek bed), Jo and Grant Kapica (pipe tunnel stack), Dave Mundy (horizontal tangle and rope walk), Glenn Galvin (slides and steps), Marlena Burling and Alison Wallace (amphitheatre extension) and Mel and Matt Tibbits (green maze) for volunteering to coordinate the areas of the new Naturescape Playground.
These generous parents will all be searching for many other parents now to help them achieve a finished result. In a perfect world, we envisage this playground to be complete for the start of school 2015. We ask every family at the school to contribute in some way – either by helping with labour which we desperately require, donating resources or if you can afford it, a cash donation for an item in the playground would be greatly appreciated. If you can help, please see one of these parents, or Melanie Bozich or Tanya Steers.
We are now particularly interested in hearing from parents or friends who have skills in;
- Structural engineering
- Concreting and
- Sheet metal working
to help us with specific sections of the proposed playground.
Congratulation to Room 9 on their display of missing posters for’ Bernard the Bikie’. Some very creative work is there for all to enjoy.
Enthusiasm is being cheerful and happy. Enthusiasm is doing something whoeheartedly with zeal and eagerness. It is giving a hundred percent to what you do, holding nothing back. Being enthusiastic is being excited about something, looking forward to it.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 27 August
Virtue Awards 27/8/14
Honour Certificates 27/8/14
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- Friday 5 Sept – Faction Carnival
- Monday 8 Sept to Friday 12 Sept – School Photos
- Wednesday 10 Sept – Assembly Rm 2
- Wednesday 10 Sept – School Council meeting
- Tuesday 16 Sept – VPASSA Interschool Jumps, Throws & 400 m
- Thursday 19 Sept – VPASSA Interschool Track & Team games
Music Photos will be next Thursday 8.15am in the undercover area. Senior Choir and Band/Instrumental students are to wear their music uniform and bring their instruments for the photos.
The scores so far….
Progressive scores for the Faction Carnival.
Includes Jumps, Throws and 400m events.
Cygnet – 169
Endeavour – 177
Investigator – 176
Parmelia – 127
Throws and Jumps
Throws, jumps, tug of war and the 400 metre have been conducted during the week. Student participation has been outstanding with school records being challenged by a number of students.
Don’t forget that tomorrow is our Athletics Carnival and all parents, relatives and friends are invited to join us on the oval for what should be a great day of competition and fun. For a copy of the Carnival Program please click here.
Look out for the new finishing gates that Mrs Stanford has organised for the day – no more missed calls.
Tug of War.
The annual Kensington Tug of War was a great success.
The final results were:-
Swimming Lessons Term 4
Swimming for all Kensington Students from PP to Year 5 will be held in the first two weeks of term 4. If you have not already done so, please return the swimming permission slip to your child’s teacher along with payment if you have not paid upfront fees.
The students in Pre-primary were treated to a special session with woodworking gurus Greg Miller and Thom Scott on Thursday 21 Aug . The students were able to be extremely creative with hammers, nails saws and the like to make ‘creations in wood’. This incursion was made possible through a kind donation by Mrs Annie McAvoy and we thank her sincerely for this generous gesture.
The read-a-thon is now officially over but we hope all the students keep up their outstanding reading efforts. I have had some wonderful feedback on how the read-a-thon has motivated many children to do some amazing reading.
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 donated by OfficeMax and Aussie Farmers Direct.
All sponsorship money should be collected and returned to the Kensington Primary School P&C box in the office by Monday the 8th of September. All participants who submit their forms by the closing date will have their name entered into a prize draw. The sponsor sheet attached here can be printed if original has been lost.
Please ensure you have correct money as change cannot be given. Please make cheques payable to Kensington Primary School P&C Association Inc or pay by EFT (details on form).
All prizes and a special presentation to the library will be presented at assembly on Wednesday the 10th of September.
Music under the Stars with a Jazz Twist
A delightful evening of outdoor entertainment featuring: The very talented Heidi Lake, who will be delivering beautiful jazz songs with heart, the Gumnut Stompers who will be entertaining us with their own brand of fun loving music and our very own school band.
Friday the 24th of October 5.30pm to 9pm. On the lawn at Kensington Primary School.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Delicious paella and wood fired pizzas can be purchased on the night cooked by The Two Queens. Mr Super Whipp will be serving ice-cream.
Children can have their faces painted for a gold coin donation courtesy of Faces by Nicola. A gourmet hamper generously donated by Ben Wyatt will be raffled on the night.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets or folding chairs for seating. BYO alcohol.
Flyers will be sent home soon.
Another event proudly brought to you by the Kensington Primary School P&C Fundraising Committee
Summer Uniform Orders
Children will receive an order form for the summer uniform order this week. The form can also be found on the school website. Forms with payment are due back no later than Friday 19th September. Please place completed forms in the P & C box in the front office. We accept cash, cheque or credit card for payment of orders. Thank you, The Uniform Ladies.
Better Health Program
Do you have children 7-13yrs old? Are you worries about their weight? The better health program runds for 10 weeks during school term at various locations across Perth. For more information please see Mrs Stanford or click here.
Kent Street 2015 Year 7 and 8 Parent information Night
For more information on the Kent St SHS upcoming Parent Information Night please click here.
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
The Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment aims to create in young adults an awareness of their place in society through a weekend live in seminar. The program focuses on increased motivation and improved life skills, better self image and more pride in self, an understanding of how to set and achieve goals, the confidence to overcome failure and take control of the one’s future as well as an opportunity to challenge personal boundaries. South Perth-Burswood Rotary Club hosts two RYPEN Programs a year for local high schools.
Applicants must have turned 14yrs and not yet 18yrs at the time of the seminar.
For more info go to:
Applications can be submitted to Sharron Linton-Davis, Youth Director, Rotary Club South Perth-Burswood PO Box 102 SOUTH PERTH WA 6951.
Victoria Park Community Garden Open Day
Where: Read Park, cnr Salford and Albany Highway
When: Sunday 21st September 10.00am – 2.00pm
Come along and join in the fun – raffle prizes, sausage sizzle, entertainment, craft and gardening activities, cakes stall and more.
To see their September 2014 Calendar please click here