Welcome back parents and families.
I would just like to inform the parent community of a number of changes to the staffing profile of the school for this term.
Mrs Cook has returned from leave and will resume her full time teaching duties in S4. I would like to thank Miss Fowler and Mrs Penglis have worked tirelessly to ensure the children in S4 had a smooth transition after Mrs Cooks’ departure in Term 1.
Miss Fowler will continue her work in S1 on Thursday and Friday so she will remain part of the teaching community. Mrs Penglis will resume her voluntary work with the P&C fundraising committee on behalf of the School community and as a valued relief teacher.
Mrs Lyn Brown is on long term sick leave for the remainder of the year. I know that the whole of the Kensington PS community joins together to wish Mrs Brown a speedy recovery and return to good health as soon as possible.
The school has been very fortunate to secure the services of Miss Kathryn Thornton to continue in her relief teaching work into a permanent position as the Monday-Wednesday teacher in Room 8 for the remainder of the year. Miss Thornton has taught for eight years in a variety of schools in Queensland. She was a nominee for the Teacher of the Year award in 2013.
Mrs Stanford is on long service leave until Week 3, her position is being filled by Mrs Sherie Jones. Finally, Mr Macauley will return from his long service leave on Monday the 3rd of November 2014.
Thank you to those parents who participated in the Open Classroom afternoon. The stand out of the afternoon for many parents was the art works produced by the children as a result of the Artist in Residence program; these were displayed in the quadrangle.
Swimming lessons have commenced at Aqualife and the children are responding well to the intensive instruction. The lessons conclude on Friday the 24th of October.
The 2014 KPS Art exhibition will be held on Week 2, this is an opportunity for parents to walk through the Art Room and view student art works from Kindergarten to Year 7.
The new Term Planner for Term 4 can be viewed here.
Parents please note a change of date for the Summer Carnival to 27th of November 2014
Meet the Staff – Librarian Mrs Audrey Mutton
Where were you born?
I was born in Perth, but grew up on a farm. I went to a one teacher school, there were only 14 students. Before school I had to milk a cow then ride to school with my brother – six miles on a very bumpy road.
Who is in your family?
I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren
What are your hobbies?
Gardening when I can .
What would be your dream holiday?
Africa or Denmark
Who is your favourite musician or what types of music do you like the best?
I like Country and Western, Elvis Presley and ABBA
What is your favourite thing about being in the Library?
I like to see students enjoying a book. I also like to make up the library displays.
What do you like best about being at Kensington PS?
Kensington has always been a friendly school and our school grounds are the best!
Commitment binds us to our ideals, to our work and to each other. It is a pledge to hold fast to our own beliefs and pursuits and to support and stick by our family and friends.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 24th September.
Virtue Awards 24/9/14
Honour Certificates 24/9/14
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|5||Emma||6||Charlotte & Nikola|
|PP1||Austin & Alicia||PP2||Hannah|
- Monday 20 Oct – Fri 24 Oct – School Art Exhibition in the Senior Block Art Room
- Tuesday 21 October – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 22 October – Assembly Rm 3
- Friday 24 October – P&C Jazz Under the Stars 5.30pm
- Wednesday 29 October – School Council Meeting
Master class in Guitar
Six lucky students participated in Master classes with classical guitarist and son of Mrs Millar (S3), Don Candy last term.
Don has been awarded a place at the Music Conservatory in Spain for 2015 so it was a privilege for KPS students Zoe D, Zoe W, Elizabeth, Kai, Toby and Ryan to be able to share his expertise and receive such expert tuition.
“I would like to say thanks to Don for doing the Master Class with me. I learnt a lot and it was fun. He helped me refine my technique and taught me some new things.” Kai – S3
Interschool Athletics Carnival.
On Thursday 18th September we travelled to East Victoria Park Primary School after having a team breakfast at school. We were heading into the day with a 7 point lead over Millen. We had a fantastic day with close competition from East Victoria Park Primary but after some blitzing relay runs we came out Champions. Well done on a great team effort. Special thanks to Mrs Harris, Mr Pestana and Miss Elliss for helping train the team and their work at the carnival.
Congratulations to our Individual Champions.
Ethan – Senior Champion Boy.
Amos – Intermediate Champion Boy and
Bailey – Runner Up Junior Champion Girl.
The final results were:
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Congratulations to Millen who won the Meritorious Shield (which is based on a handicapping system from last year’s results and you are unable to win both shields)
PP Zoo Excursion
The Pre-primary classes all participated in an excursion to the Zoo on Thursday 25th of September . This excursion was a wonderful success with support from the Pre Service teachers and parents.
Mrs Palmer’s Kindy class enjoyed an exciting science session this week, each making their own exploding volcanoes!
Tanya Steers ran the show with the help of Sara Rose and our Kindy staff. Tanya taught the children all about a base + acid reaction. We learned how to be safe scientists, and how to use some science equipment like pipettes. We got nice and messy shaping our blocks of clay into volcano shapes. We hid a film canister inside our volcano for the reaction to occur in.
Our favourite part was when the volcanoes exploded! The lids popped high into the sky when the volcanoes erupted! Some of the lids were very hard to find.
Special thanks to Tanya Steers for providing such a wonderful, interactive, exciting experience.
Spare Parts Puppet Show
On the last Thursday of Term 3 the students from Room 10 visited the Spare Parts Theatre in Fremantle to see the play “Farm” It was an amazing experience.” Farm” explored the themes of change, drought, salinity and resilience using dance, puppetry and physical theatre. The students particularly enjoyed the highly visual aspects of the story, especially the bouncing kangaroo, the lightning and rain storm and the wheat bag sheep! After the play had finished the students were able to ask the actors some very interesting questions.
Bahai Holiday Program
Thank you to Payum and the helpers from the Bahai community and children who participated in the holiday camp once again they have supported the school community through the painting of the wooden structures in the Pre-primary playground.
P&C FUNDRAISING NEWS:
Music under the Stars with a Jazz Twist
Ticket Sales extended until this Friday.
Friday the 24th of October 5.30pm to 9pm. On the lawn at Kensington Primary School.
A delightful evening of outdoor entertainment featuring: Heidi Lake, the Gumnut Stompers and our very own school band.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Note: Students playing in the band do not have to purchase a ticket.
You will be able to purchase paella, wood fired pizzas and ice-cream.
Children can have face painting for a gold coin donation courtesy of Faces by Nicola.
Raffle tickets will be sold on the night with the first prize being a gourmet hamper donated by Ben Wyatt and the second prize of movie passes donated by South Perth Travel.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets or folding chairs for seating. BYO alcohol.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another event proudly brought to you by the Kensington Primary School P&C Fundraising Committee
KPS P&C is holding a Quiz Night as the final social fundraiser of the year
This fun-packed event will be held on Friday, 7th November – tickets $10.
All the usual Quiz Night fun (questions, games, quizzes) plus Silent and Loud Auctions.
There will be a huge variety of items to bid for . . . fancy a holiday house with ocean views for the weekend, or a framed, signed Dockers guernsy?
Or maybe a Spa indulgence hamper, or a family outing, or something for the pets?
All these and more will be on offer on the night.
Why not get a table together and come dressed as your favourite movie?!
*Look out for posters around the school
*email Rebecca at email@example.com
How to book:
*Order forms are being sent home with your child this week
Parent and childrens’ Holiday projects
Many of you may have noticed that our little playground elves have been busy over the school holidays…and that we now have some fun new nature-play spaces for our lucky kids! Many parents worked tirelessly over several working bees to produce the first spaces of our nature-play vision for Kensington Primary.
The Tyre Wave is a new landscape element for running chasing jumping fun and will be progressively planted out over the coming year. Graham Tritton and Nicole Francois were team leaders for this area and were assisted by an enormous and enthusiastic pride of parents and their kids. Thankyou.
The Ampitheatre/Stage Area is also in the first stage of its rejuvenation with the addition of new limestone walling, and a screen of jarrah posts to help ‘set the stage’ for imaginative and theatrical play. The future will see the installation of outdoor musical instruments and a raised dais to this area. Marlena Burling, her father Peter Robertson, and Tanya Steers were team leaders for this area, ably assisted by so many. Tanya Steers is also in the process of creating a lovely shady entrance area next to the tennis courts.
We also wanted to express our gratitude for some of our wonderful donations – including 23 beautiful mature trees from South Perth Council; food (BBQ) to feed our hungry crew donated by Coles; and 40m of marine rope from the Fremantle Port Authority. We have also been planting up a storm around the school to create shade spaces and future habitat for our kids and the Carnaby cockatoos.
Its been such a wonderful privilege designing and creating this special playground for our children, but it is the energy, enthusiasm and hard work of our wonderful parents that is making it really happen! It is the contribution of all of us that will make this a joyful and wonderful place for our kids and our school community – and there is more to come!
The nature play committee would like to thank all those parents and their families who contributed to the first stage of this project. They are:
Graham Tritton and Robin Wells, Andrew Steers and Tanya Steers, Nicole Wilson, Melanie Bozich and Richard Warner, Trent Arnold, Shane and Jen Young, Dale Collins and Greg Carroll, Kim Law, Nicky Carey, Kate Colleran, Melanie and David Sharpham, Olivia and Mat Raison, Leanne Hill, Sarah Noske, Clare Schell, Susan and Paul Henwood, Jamie and Mel Mairiata, Martina Groom, Evelyn and Ben Greenway, Michael Stegherr, Katrina Rees, Ian and Amanda Shipton, Mark Thompson, Duncan and Tanya Cain-Abbs, Nicole Francois and Nick Churchill, Nigel Barrett, and the talented team of Marlena Burling and her father Peter Robertson, a couple of grandparents and approximately fifty children.
NEW BUSY BEE DATES
Sunday 19 October 9am – Team Tibbitts (Mel and Mat Tibbitts) maze area busy bee – day 1. Everyone welcome.
Saturday 22 November 9am – Team Arnold (Adam and Alana Arnold) obstacle course busy bee. Everyone welcome.
Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance to Programs in 2016
Applications for entry to Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 in 2016 are now open.
To apply, please go to www.det.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented and click on ‘Apply now’.
If you have applied for Gifted and Talented programs for the same child in a previous year you will need to enter your child’s name in UPPERCASE (e.g. SMITH) letters so as to allow the system to process your application.
All successfully lodged applications will receive an automatically generated email confirming the application.
Be sure to keep a record of the confirmation email as it is your proof of application.
If you do not receive a confirmation email for your application it is important you contact the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit prior to the closing date.
Applications close Monday, 9 February 2015.
Parent information evenings will be held at Gifted and Talented school sites from October 2014 through to February 2015.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 9264 4307 if you have any queries.
East Victoria Park Primary School Centenary Fair
East Victoria Park Primary School is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year with a fabulous Centenary Fair on Saturday November 8 from 3-7pm. For more information please click here.
Grasshopper Soccer Term 4!
Enrolment Special ONLY $99 for the term!!!
Grasshopper Soccer starts Monday the 20th October and will continue every Thursday over the term. If you require anymore information contact Matt Dean on 0469397207
Our Real Earth, Geology and Environment
This is an inaugural event which showcases Western Australia’s and Australia’s greatest geosciencists to inform teachers, students and parents about the latest in scientific and economic developments within the Minerals and Resources Industry; i.e. our economic drivers of our nation.To see more information please click here.