Congratulations to our Interschool Athletics Team who won the VPASSA Interschool Carnival today. Well done to all!!
Welcome to second last week of Term 3, and what a busy term it has been! Across the school various children have been involved in the Massed Choir Festival, the faction carnival and tug of war, interschool athletics events, a sleep over, an excursion to a WASO cushion concert , an excursion to Tranby House, an excursion to Ramida, Funky Fitness dance classes, circus skills classes, school photos and the Artist in Residence project.
I think everyone, teachers and students, will need a restful holiday.
The final event for Term 3, apart from the combined Pre-primary Assembly next Wednesday, is the Open Classroom afternoon on Thursday the 25 th of September between 2-3 pm. Families are invited to visit classrooms and view the children’s workbooks and the art installations developed in the Artist in Residence project.
Looking forward to Term 4: swimming lessons will start day one, Tuesday 14th of October, and continue for the next 9 days.
Also, the Annual Art Exhibition, scheduled for Week 10 Term 3, has been pushed back to Week 2 Term 4. The Art Room has been used heavily this term and this has not allowed for adequate preparation time to ensure all of the students artworks are displayed in a professional manner.
The children will need to be wearing their hats every day next term, the Uniform Shop is open in Thursday mornings should purchases need to be made.
Mr Macauley is continuing to have a restful break and is looking forward to returning in Term 4.
GOODBYE MRS SPENCER
Recently Mrs Spencer informed the school that she would be retiring after 46 years working in the Early Childhood sector of the school.
Mrs Spencer started work originally at Vista Street Kindergarten in February 1968 and then in 1989 she moved up to the onsite Pre Primary at the school with Meredith Brown as the inaugural teacher and Education Assistant in PP1.
Mrs Spencer has seen many changes in preschool education and no doubt also in the suburb of Kensington.
The staff are joining together to celebrate this achievement with a morning tea. We all wish Mrs Spencer many happy years of retirement together with her husband Mal and her family.
KNOW YOUR STAFF – MRS SPENCER
Where were you born?
I was born in Victoria Park, so I have not moved far.
Who is in your family (including pets)?
My husband Mal, son Jeff, daughter Suzanne and 4 grandkids: Stratton, Duran, Debeson and Lakeisha.
What is your favourite sport to watch?
I like watching tennis, Wimbledon in particular.
What is your favourite pastime?
I love reading, doing crosswords and swimming in the pool. I don’t like Ocean swimming, too many sharks!
What is your favourite meal?
My spaghetti bolognaise – everyone loves eating my spaghetti bolognaise.
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
It’s a nice looking school, the yard and gardens are always in good order.
What will you miss about the school?
The kids – I love working with the kids, I have always loved working with the kids. They are always saying and doing funny things. They come up and tell you funny little stories all the time.
A favourite memory from the classroom?
A particular student a while ago always called me – “Mrs Spensive” (Mrs Expensive) because he could not say Mrs Spencer! It still makes me smile to think of it.
DOGS ON THE OVAL
There has been an upsurge in the discovery of, and it’s not a very nice discovery either, of dog faeces on the school oval and grounds.
Everyone is reminded that the school oval is not to be used for exercising dogs.
The children sit, stand, lie, run, walk, cartwheel and eat their lunch on the oval.
I would ask that all Kensington PS community members be aware of dogs on the oval and in the school grounds on the weekends and encourage their owners to clean up after their pet.
Dogs need to be secured outside of the grounds to the external fence or bike shed whilst children are being dropped or collected from class.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (AiR) PROJECT
The Artist is Residence project has concluded and the school grounds have been enlivened with an array for sculptures reflecting both an individual reflection and our community’s interaction with the natural world and water. The children from Year 1-7 have worked on a range of art projects all based around the natural world using found and recycled objects.
The hessian based pieces are the children’s birds’ eye of view of their world and how it connects to the river. Some children added additional pieces to reflect the suburbs in which they live. These pieces will criss cross the quadrangle next week.
The mandalas represent the sun/fire and the planets, reminding all of us that we are just a part of a bigger picture the Solar System. These were completed both individually and jointly using recycled fabrics. They remind children that as individuals we can still make a difference to the bigger picture. Mandalas are hanging on the green gates at the entry to the quadrangle.
In trees throughout the quadrangle are the water droplets, signifying sadness at the state of natural environment and celebrating the life force of water. These were constructed weaving materials though wire pot plant baskets. They link to the Waterway piece that is on the Early Childhood yard fence.
Finally, in the quadrangle is a large sculpture on loan from Joyce Tasma called “Drop in the Ocean”. This piece was recently on display on the Rockingham foreshore as part of the Castaways 2014 beach art exhibition. The drop took Joyce four months to construct and is made entirely from found objects collected from Western Australian beaches and then sown into a frame.
Unfortunately the up – cycling project using old clothes was not completed due to time constraints and the clothing that children brought to school will be returned home.
A big thank you is extended to Joyce for her work with the children and for exposing them to art making on a large scale! Thanks also the P&C for their financial support of the Artist in Resident project and to the many parent volunteers who have assisted with helping the classes to completed their projects.
NAPLAN results have arrived at the school and the data will be fully interrogated by staff on the School Development day 13th of October 2014.
Mr Pestana, Mrs Harris and myself have completed some additional training on understanding the data and linking our results to targeted school improvement planning.
Initial results indicate a clear improvement in Year 3 and 5 reading data, which is an acknowledgement of the hard work completed by our Early Childhood teachers and assistants.
The end of Term 3 for children and staff is Friday 26th Sept at 3.00pm. The school will be closed until Tuesday 14 October for all students. Students classes commence at 8.50am on Tuesday 14 October.
Staff will be involved in a day of professional development on Monday 13th October.
During the holiday period school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become targets to a small number of offenders.
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
Enthusiasm is catching. When you are enthusiastic other people get caught up in your excitement. Even the dullest job goes quickly. You find it easier to do your best because you are putting everything that you have into what you are doing. People like to be around you and to have you near them. Enthusiasm makes everyone’s life more enjoyable.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 21 May.
Virtue Awards 10/9/14
Honour Certificates 10/9/14
- Tuesday 23 Sept – WIRRA Excursion
- Wednesday 24 Sept – Assembly Pre Primary
- Thurs 25 Sept – Air Project display & class open day 2-3pm
- Thurs 25 Sept – Pizza in the garden
- Friday 26 Sept – Last Day term 3
- Tuesday 14 October – First day Term 4 for students
READ A THON WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Read-a-thon culminated in Week 8 and winners were announced at assembly on Wednesday 10th of September. The main goal of this P&C organised event was to motivate students to read for pleasure.
An astonishing amount of reading minutes were recorded across the school from Pre Primary to Year 7 with a total of 110,571 minutes recorded in 21 days. This is over 1,842 hours of reading. Thank you to parents who supported our younger student’s participation in this event.
The sponsors proved to be very generous, with a total of $ 2,700.15 being raised for the P&C.
The winning class, S1, managed to read for an incredible 29,085 minutes. They had 100% participation which is an amazing effort.
The runner up class, S2, had an impressive 19,685 minutes read and they raised the most money
Followed closely Room 10, who read for 19,635 minutes
The fourth highest reading time was Room 9 with 10,769 minutes
Two other classes who did impressive reading and fundraising were PP3 and Room 1.
Six individual prize winners were drawn from children who submitted their sponsorship forms:
Zoe P Rm 10
Zoe W Rm 10
Shakirah Rm 8
The range of prizes both for individuals and for classes were kindly donated by OfficeMax and Aussie Farmers Direct.
Westbooks also ran a competition for Kensington PS Community members who made a purchase at their store during the month of August. These families’ names went into a draw for a basket of Walker Publishing books and toys and this was won by Kelly Thompson.
The total of the books sales was $2150.00 with 20% proceeds of the sales being donated to the school in form of a voucher for $430.00. Westbooks also kindly donated the Library 25 books and these are also on display in the Library.
Also, presented to the school library from the Kensington Primary School P&C with money raised from the P&C Winter Read-a-thon were all the shortlisted books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia book of the year awards. These are currently on display in the Library and families are welcome to visit and view them.
A huge thank you from the School community must go to Julie Barrett from the P&C fundraising committee for coordinating and running this event. Also, thanks to the families and extended families that supported the children to read and supported the school with sponsorship.
FACTION SPORTS CARNIVAL
Faction Sports Carnival Day was a wonderful opportunity for the whole school and the community to come together in a relaxed and informal setting to have some fun.
The children’s behaviour and level of participation was tremendous. The oval and general surrounds looked a picture and the weather was perfect. Some excellent individual and team performances were recorded on the day along with everyone ‘having a go’.
Many hours of hard work goes into preparing and presenting an event such as this.
A huge thank you to: Mr Laurie Rowley for his preparation of the oval and the marking of the running lines and markers for the games.
The P&C for the delicious cake stall and coordination of the lunch orders.
Teachers for assisting with the trials, team game practice and their tireless efforts on the day.
Faction Captains – for their organisation and cheer squad efforts.
Last but defiinately not least, thanks to Mrs Stanford for her exemplary organisation skills and her commitment to continuing to innovate and improve the Carnival each year. Mrs Stanford has a band of trusty helpers assisting with early morning running club and jumps training. Thanks to Martine Groom and Cath Parker who laughed and talked their way through a day of line marking only to have their efforts washed away by the rain!
Faction Carnival Results
Champion and Runner Up Medallions.
|Winner||Faction||Pts||Runner – Up||Faction||Pts|
|Year 3 Girl||Sienna||P||21||Bailey||C||18|
|Year 3 Boy||Marcus||P||21||Ben||I||19|
|Year 4 Girl||Sammie||E||31||Ella||I||29|
|Year 4 Boy||Amos||I||45||Finn||C||18|
|Year 5 Girl||Sophie||P||40||Pia||E||23|
|Year 5 Boy||Sean||E||35||Max||I||25|
|Year 6 Girl||Sarah||E||42||Isabella||E||31|
|Year 6 Boy||Greg||P||32||Oliver||P||26|
|Year 7 Girl||Shamika||C||40||Tayah||C||22|
|Year 7 Boy||Ethan||I||35||Kaleb||C||28|
Kensington Faction Athletics Shield 2014
Best Organised Faction: Endeavour
Tug – of – War: Cygnet.
(Junior Games) Investigator
Interschool Jumps, Throws and 400m
On Tuesday was the first part of our Interschool athletics. The competitors were well behaved and we did very well competitively gaining:-
7 – 1st places
6 – 2nd places
2 – 3rd places
3 – 4th places.
The progressive scores are as follows:-
Kensington : 95
Vic Pk: 63
Today we complete the Carnival with the track and team games.
The final running club session will be held on Friday 19th of September followed by breakfast in the Music room.
School holiday programmes
Please see the sports noticeboard outside the staffroom for information on school holiday programmes being run locally.
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 charges.
Room 6/7 Peninsula Farm History Excursion
On Monday 15th of September Year 2 classes, Rooms 6 and 7 went to visit Peninsula Farm as part of the History Curriculum. The children learnt about the Hardey family who immigrated to Australia from England in 1830. The children dressed up in Pioneer Day clothing for the excursion. They toured the house which was built in 1839 and played old fashioned games like skipping, quoits and spinning tops on the excursion.
The children got to view some actual objects from the Hardey family which arrived with them in 1830. These included a 4 poster bed, a medicine box, a cross stitch machine, a tea chest, and the diary of the youngest son, Edward.
Thank you to parent volunteers Mia Betjeman, Marie Short, Jason Semenow, Nicole Wilson, Sara Rose, Cesira Ryan and Sheila Dickson who assisted on the day.
The ipads have been slowly rolled out to classes. The students have been trialing the connectivity and some of the apps. Students over the next few weeks will be undergoing a familiarisation process with the ipads.
Teachers have been involved in before and after school PD, and are becoming familiar with the ipads as a teaching tool. A number of staff from across the school have also spent an after school session placing screen protectors on the new ipads.
The school will spend term 4, conducting further trials , planning and further familiarisation of the apps for their teaching and learning programmes.
This month we welcome Landscape Systems and Ford House to our Money For Jam sponsorship list. Updated list 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.
To register your interest in becoming one of our sponsors please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Barrett and the Kensington Primary School P&C Fundraising Committee
Summer Uniform Order Reminder
Please remember to place your summer uniform order. Orders are due back no later than Friday 19th September. Please place orders (with payment) in the P & C box in the office. Thank you, The Uniform Ladies.
Another great term – thank you bankers…. BUT look out bankers for an IN-SCHOOL completion for term 4, and a NATIONAL one as well!!!!!
So get banking as of the first week back and every week you bank puts you in the draw to win a cash voucher or a banking figurine set!
Details to come soon.
And just a note for the parents, please have a quick check of the kids who are doing the banking themselves. We are getting a lot of foreign coins which the bank won’t accept and we are having to make up the difference ourselves. So please – no foreign currency!
Have a safe and happy term break and see you all back on Tuesday the 14th Oct!
BAHAI School Holiday Camp
For more information and to book please click here.
School holiday Cricket and Football Fun day.
For more information of this FREE event please clock here.
Professional Tennis Tuition with a Team of Passionate Coaches
OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY CLINICS: All ages above 4 years old are welcome. Tue 30th Sept – Fri 3rd Oct & Mon 6th Oct – Thur 9th Oct. 9am – 12pm daily. Food provided daily with a BBQ on the last day!
SUPERSTARS TENNIS: 18 Months to 3 Years Old
HOT SHOTS TENNIS: 4-12 Year Old
ADULT CARDIO TENNIS SESSIONS
LOCATIONS: Applecross Tennis Club (The Strand, Applecross)
South Perth Tennis Club (Murray Street, South Perth)
http://www.breakpoint.net.au or 0412 922 212
TRIPLE P – the Positive Parenting Program
This is the last chance in 2014 to enrol in a group Triple P course. Starting on the 15th of October, the course runs over eight weeks on WEDNESDAY mornings at the Leisurelife Recreation Centre in East Victoria Park. The program is available free of charge to parents/carers of children aged 3-8 years, and there is an associated crèche which is also free of charge. To register for the program, please call Rhonda Wallman or Gayle Pitcher on 0478 319 391.
Girls & Adolescence – Free parenting Workshop 25 Sept 2014
Support your girls through the tasks of adolescence
Free parenting workshop for community members
Parents can find it challenging to adjust to raising adolescent girls and may be puzzled or aggravated by certain behaviours.
This introductory workshop helps parents understand what is going on in their girl’s world, identify areas of concern and how to manage them.
Skills aimed to assist with age groups 6 – 12 years old.
Thursday 25th September 2014
Falcon eLibrary & Community Centre
Corner Flavia & Cobblers Streets
Refreshments & handouts provided
To view the flyer click here
For bookings and/or enquiries please email email@example.com
FUN TENNIS COACHING FOR KIDS….4-12yrs
@ Belmont Tennis Club – Robinson Ave, Cloverdale
TERM 4 – HotShots Program Red/Orange/Green Balls
Monday’s 4-5pm 20th October to 8th December
Friday’s 4-5pm 24th October to 12th December
Saturday’s 9-10am 25th October to 13th December
COST: just $130 for 8 week program (incl. FREE cap)
School Holiday Tennis Clinic – all ages & standards
Monday 6th October to Friday 10th October
9-11am daily – equipment & morning tea provided
COST: just $150 per child
Call Lisa: 0412 313 823 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org