It is great to be back at school after a seven week break. Thank you to everyone in the Kensington School community who have welcomed me back and passed on their good wishes. I must admit that I enjoyed my break, but I’m ready for the hectic pace that the next seven and half weeks will bring. My job has been so much easier thanks to the commitment and hard work of Ms Lisa and Mr T who shared the principal’s role in my absence. Also thanks to Mrs Harris who acted as our deputy at the end of Term 3 and did a great job also. It is a pleasure to work with such committed professionals.
Mr Pestana reported that In-Term swimming went extremely well for our children in the Pre-primary through to Year 5. Student behaviour was once again excellent and reflected well on the school’s standing in the community. Thanks to staff who helped ensure the success of the program and especially to Mr Pestana for his organisation of this massive undertaking.
Music Under the Stars with a Jazz Twist
Once again, another fantastic event organised by the P&C Fundraising Committee was held last Friday evening at the school. Our talented concert band kicked off an evening of music, food and fun in the best way possible. Heidi Lake was sensational and her bracket of solo Jazz was a highlight. The Gumnut Stompers brought the whole evening together and presented an amazing repertoire of old time music.
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the evening and to the organising committee for their hard work – especially Julie Barrett.
Class Placements 2015
Parents and carers are invited to contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they have special requests for class placements in 2015. All requests are printed and kept on file and considered at the time of putting classes together. We endeavour to meet legitimate parent requests where possible, but do not make any guarantees. Please read our school’s policy (below) in regards to placements when considering your requests – as stated requests for particular teachers will not be considered.
Class Placement Policy and Procedures.
Classes are to be formed in such a way as to best meet the needs of the students within the constraints of the resources available to the school.
Individual class placements can have significant effects on a student’s attainments and must be based on professional judgements about the student’s educational needs, circumstances and interests. The nature of Kensington Primary School’s student population, together with the Department of Education’s teaching staff formula, often necessitates the inevitability of forming both composite (different year levels working within the one classroom) and non-composite classes.
POLICY AND PROCEDURES
The Principal, Deputy Principals and staff make decisions about the number and structures of classes for the forthcoming year. All classes are made up of students of mixed learning abilities. Staff prepare draft class lists taking into consideration the following factors when placing students;
- Academic performance
- Special abilities and needs
- Social and physical maturity
- Gender balance
- Friendship groups
- Needs of children for whom English is an additional language or dialect or children from non-English-speaking backgrounds
- Information supplied by parents and/or relevant support personnel
- Previous class placements
Decisions are made with a view to establishing balanced and equitable class groups that will potentially work well together. It is possible for any child to be placed in either a straight or composite year level class based on the above considerations.
Where possible, students will not be placed in composite classes for two years in a row, however in some circumstances student numbers or individual circumstances make this impossible. The school will endeavour to place children with at least one friend.
In Term 4 parents are invited, via a notice in the newsletter, to supply relevant information regarding the special needs of their children during the placement process by writing a letter to the Principal. These letters will be dated upon receipt.
Where relevant information is supplied, this will be considered when looking at draft lists. If issues or information supplied is of an ongoing nature, requests need to be made on an annual basis.
Requests for particular teachers will not be considered.
In consideration with staff, final lists are established and teachers allocated to classes after the classes have been formed and teacher appointments to the school finalised. The ultimate decision for student and teacher placement rests with the Principal and Deputy Principals.
Class lists will be posted within the school on the week day immediately prior to students commencing Term 1. Occasionally, it is necessary to re-form class groups where unexpected enrolments occur at the beginning or during the school year. Whilst this can be disruptive it is only done when absolutely necessary.
Where students enrol after classes have been established, they will be allocated to a class based on class numbers and availability. The Principal is responsible for placing students in classes in this instance.
Students Not Returning to Kensington Primary School
Earlier in the year many parents filled out a form letting us know their intention for enrolment at Kensington Primary School in 2015. If your situation has changed and you are certain that your child/children will not be returning to Kensington PS in 2015, it would be appreciated if you would notify the Front Office as soon as possible. This information will greatly assist the school staff in planning for the 2015 school year. The Front Office can be contacted on 6436 8448.
Last night the School Council met and voted in a new committee for 2015. Congratulations to the following Councillors on their election to;
Chairperson Mrs Belinda Moharich
Deputy Chairperson Ms Dale Collins
Secretary Mr Michael Rosich
I would like to thank our outgoing Council Chairperson, Mr Geoff Smith for his tireless work on behalf of the school over the last 5 years. Geoff was instrumental in the school achieving Independent Public School status as well as advocating for Kensington students and parents across a wide range of issues such a traffic management, parking, marketing and our new web page (to name a few). Geoff will be missed but I’m sure the calibre of our Council will ensure all this great work will continue as we moved towards Board status.
Kensington Primary School – An Independent Public School – Update
“We want to be a community school of choice that delivers a continuously high level of education and outcomes for our students”
After returning to school in term four with the wonderful news already announced that Kensington Primary School had been selected as an Independent Public School for 2015 it is now time to start the process of this transition.
Courses have been arranged by the Education Department throughout October and November to help the School, Administration Staff and School Council understand what tasks are required to be undertaken in readiness for 2015.
Some of the topics addressed at the courses include:
- 27/10/2014 Workforce Management
- 29/10/2014 New Authorities, New Relationships
- 31/10/2014 School Board
- 4/11/2014 Governance, Quality Assurance and Review
It is an exciting time for the school and the community, and in order to keep everyone informed of the school’s progress, re the Independent School path, a regular update will be placed in the school newsletter.
As many parents may have questions on this topic, the school website has been updated to include a series of Q&A type documents from the Education Department. These will give some further understanding of what being an Independent School actually means and will answer common questions parents may have.
To access this information simply click on the Independent Schools Information tab located under the School Council tab within the About menu. This page will be updated as new information comes to hand.
Independent Public School is about school and community so the new journey now begins together in readiness for 2015. KPS has IPS!
Kensington Primary School National Parent Survey
A new set of surveys has been developed by the Commonwealth Government for all Australian schools to use with parents, staff and students. It has been mandated by the Department of Education that these surveys be conducted in the 2014 school year.
I appreciate that many families completed our school survey last year and are being asked to once again make comment on a number of similar elements. The results of this survey will be sent by all schools in Australia to be included on the My Schools website (the Commonwealth Government’s school information site).
The school’s administration, staff and School Council will also analyse the data carefully to see where the school can make improvements and celebrate any areas seen as strengths. This information will be shared with the community through our newsletter and the My School website.
Below is the link to the survey.
The survey is opens on: 30 October 2014 4.00pm
Closing date: 13 November 2014 4.14 pm.
The survey is available only by electronic mail and can’t be reproduced in a paper format.
Meet the Staff – Terence Pestana, Deputy Principal
Where were you born?
Who is in your family (including pets)?
Two daughters married.
2 grandaughters and 1 grandson
1 Cocker Spaniel 14 years old
What are your hobbies?
Gardening, in particular growing bird attracting trees and vegetables.
What is your dream holiday?
Travelling down the Great rivers of the world.
What is your favourite sport?
I play for Fremantle Hockey Club and the Ystriders running club
What is your favourite meal?
Chai kway tow a Penang island food
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
The fantastic community of parents , students and teachers all working together.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 22 October
Virtue Awards 22/10/14
Honour Certificates 22/10/14
|3||Annabelle||4||Aliah & Lachlan|
|S3||Sarah & Sophie||S4||Mytika|
|PP1||Maxim & Cooper||PP2||Campbell|
- Wednesday 5 November – Assembly Senior Block
- Friday 7 November – P&C Quiz Night
Congratulations to the following students who have been offered a place in the PEAC programme for 2015.
Lochlan B,Elizabeth, Sean, Zoe, Kate, Gia & Joshua S.
A great effort!
A team of 13 students went to Beckenham Primary to participate in the AFG Interschool Numero Challenge. The team spent a number of their second breaks in the library practicing for the competition. These children are to be congratulated for their efforts and dedication . A thank you go to the following :
Haeun ,Ryan K, Jackson, Oliver, Ethan, Katrina, Sophie, Abhinav, Devon, Michael, Rohan & Carmen
The final placings for the three teams were.
Kensington Kooyar 7
Kensington Birok 8
Kensington Mumung 16
Attention all Kensington Runners
Running club commences this week. We will run on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8am to 8.30am. All runners welcome.
Don’t forget that we are encouraging all our students (and their parents) to join in Our Walking Wednesday initiative. Students who walk to school on Wednesday 5th Nov, 19th Nov and 3rd Dec will earn points for their faction as well as getting a little fitter.
Room 10 & S1 Kings Park Excursion
On Tuesday 28th October Room 10 and S1 went on an all day excursion to Kings Park. We split into 2 groups. One group participated in an historical and nature journey and learnt why Indigenous, European and contemporary society value Kings Park. The other group had lots of fun at Naturescape, climbing towers, building cubbies, rope climbing, potion making and creek exploring.
Then the groups swapped over. It was the best place to go for an excursion.
Clara & Kate, Rm 10
Dance Concert Friday 21st November 2014
The performance will commence at 2:15pm and run for approximately forty minutes.
Our concert theme is WATER, Rooms 1 – 7 have a dance based around this area. Rooms 8, 9 & 10 will be performing to a classic piece of music “Thriller”.
The children are getting very excited about the performance and looking forward to the opportunity to share with you their achievements.
I have requested that the children have a look at home and see what they have in their wardrobes that could compliment their class theme rather than go to the expense of purchasing costumes for a one off occasion. Some ideas for costumes include:
Room 1: Penguins: anything black, white or grey ( leggings, pants, shorts, t-shirt )
Room 2: Pirates: shirt, blouse, pants, boots or sneakers, waist coat, bandana
Room 3: Sea Life: any clothing that is colourful ( leggings, shorts, tops )
Room 4: Hawaiian : colour top / skirt (girls) colourful top / board shorts (boys)
Room 5: Singing in the rain: boots / sneakers, pants / top ( I have raincoats )
Room 6: Wipeout: beach wear / shorts / t-shirts / skirt / wet suit / zinc
Room 7: Summer Holiday: Beach wear: shorts / t-shirts / summer skirt or dress / zinc
Room 8, 9 & 10: Thriller: leggings / jeans / t-shirt / cape or cloak / animal prints
These will take place during class time. I am asking for parent help. I would appreciate the help of one parent in each class who would be willing to come to your child’s dance class Weeks 4 – Week 6 to be my assistant. This would enable the parent to become familiar with the dance and assist me on the day to ensure that the children remember their dance entrance and exit.
My email is Catherine.Handley-Smith@education.wa.edu.au I will use a first reply basis for my allocation of a parent for each room.
Thank you for your support
Cate Smith, Dance Teacher
QUIZ NIGHT! – KPS P&C final social fundraiser of the year – QUIZ NIGHT!
This fun-packed, movie-themed, event will be held on Friday, 7th November – tickets $10.
Roll up from 7p.m (proceedings commence at 7.30) to the South Perth Civic Centre Hall. All over by 10p.m!
BYO Drinks, Nibbles,Glassware, Loose Change
Choose a movie theme for your table, and come along dressed up . . . if you are game!
Lots of wonderful prizes and auction items to consider . . . . For the full list of auction items, please check the P&C noticeboard, or Facebook!
*email Rebecca at email@example.com
*Extra order forms will be sent home via email this week or click here.
*You can reserve a table (8 seats) or purchase single tickets.
*Order forms are due in to the P&C Box THIS Friday, 31st October
*Tickets will also be available for sale at school from the undercover area on MONDAY 3rd November (8.25 – 8.55a.m. and 2.50 –3.20p.m., cash / cheque only)
*Tickets will be sent home with your child from Monday 3rd November
*Alternatively, you can collect your pre-booked tickets from the Quiz Night sales table in the undercover area before / after school on Monday 3rd November.
Welcome back to the last and MOST EXCITING term for school banking.
I am sure you have all seen the flyers by now about BOTH the awesome competitions running this term. A National one with GoPro Video Cameras and Slip”n”Slides to be won. And the KPS comp that you have an excellent chance to win one of three $20 vouchers and a fabulous set of figurines that will be on display at Banking. So dust off the bank books for those who we have not seen for a while and see you from 8.30 outside the staffroom every Tuesday. Prizes shall be drawn at the Assembly Wed the 3rd Dec. Every deposit is an entry to win!
Shannon, Jenny and Taryn
Next Busy Bee date:
Saturday 22 November 9am – Team Arnold (Adam and Alana Arnold) obstacle course busy bee. Everyone welcome.