I am still being amazed by the community support Kensington Primary School enjoys. Last Friday evening’s Quiz Night was another very successful event organised by parents for the school community. The big turnout, slick organisation, fantastic prizes, brilliant quiz master and questions meant the evening was always going to be a highlight. The students attending this school are indeed very fortunate to have such supportive parents and local community.
Year 6 and 7 Graduation
This year we will farewell two cohorts of children as they move into secondary school. The larger number of graduands has brought about some changes to the way we will conduct the ceremony. Students from Years 4 and 5 will be invited to attend with their classes. Normally we would have students from Years 1 to 6. However, the growing school and larger than normal graduating cohort means we won’t have the space to accommodate all the school. Siblings in years 1 to 3 of graduands will be able to attend the ceremony with their parents. Please let your class teachers know if you intend having your child accompany you.
The graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday 17 December at 9.15am. This will be followed by a morning tea.
Some junior school students have been extremely busy over the last few weeks building a very substantial cubby house at the edge of the oval. This is just what we want to see our children being engaged in and is part of the philosophy of the new ‘naturescape’ playground and Maggie Dent’s way of encouraging children to grow using natural materials and unlimited imagination.
Trees for Playground
Parents will have seen some large logs placed in Fourth Avenue, just outside the school fence on Wednesday afternoon. The Grounds Committee have contracted an arborist to cut these logs over the next few days readying them to be placed in the school grounds as part of our new playground. Apologies for taking car parking but this area was deemed the safest for the work to be undertaken.
P&C Wish List
The Executive Committee of the P&C met on Tuesday evening to decide on the funding of projects that have been submitted by parents and staff. The results of these deliberations will be discussed at the next P&C meeting scheduled of Tuesday 18 November at 7.30pm in the school’s staff room.
Thank you to all parents who took time to complete the National Schools’ Survey. At the time of printing this newsletter we had around 100 responses.
Student Councillor Elections
On Thursday 20 November Year 4 and 5 students will be listening to our senior students present their credentials as potential leaders for 2015. Students go to a lot of effort to write and practice their speeches and understand that it is a very special honour to be elected as a leader.
The School Council approved that with a cohort of Year 6 students above 30 we will have 6 councillor positions (current numbers indicate this to be the case).
Don’t forget that this Wednesday is ‘Walking Wednesday’. Students can earn a point for their faction if they choose to walk, ride or scooter to school.
Thank you to Aussie Farmers Direct for their kind donation of fruit last week. This was appreciated by all our students.
Students in Mrs Smith’s dance classes will be presenting a Dance Concert on Friday 21 November commencing at 2:00pm in the school’s undercover area. All parents and friends are invited to attend and see what outstanding performers we have in the area of dance.
Meet the Staff – Mrs Sandra Cook, Yr 6/7 Teacher
Where were you born?
Who is in your family?
Two beautiful sons, 4 brothers and some outlaws
What are your hobbies?
Reading, Gardening, Photography
What is your dream holiday?
Anywhere – Flying 1st class
Who are your favourite sporting teams?
West Coast Eagles and Holden Racing Team
What is your favourite meal?
I like all food especially if it is cooked by someone else
Unity brings harmony, like the music made by the different instruments in an orchestra. Unity doesnt mean to be the same. A flute would never try to sound like a drum. When they are played together they make beautiful music. When you practice unity you value what each part brings to the whole. With unity you can strive for harmony with your family and friends around you.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 5 November.
Virtue Awards 05/11/14
Honour Certificates 05/11/14
|1||Connor & Tyler||2||Mia|
|5||Lielle||6||Aria & Nikola|
|7||Zoe||8||Samuel & Ruby|
|S3||Oliver & Linda||S4||Florence & Michael|
|PP3||Jessie & Olivia|
- Tuesday 18 November – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 19 November – Assembly Rm 8
- Wednesday 19 November – Walking Wednesday
- Thursday 20 November – Student councillor elections
- Friday 21 November – Dance Concert 2-3pm
- Wednesday 26 November – School Council Meeting
- Thursday 27 November – VPASSA Summer Carnival
Well Done Jade
On Wednesday evening Jade Warner was presented with first prize in the Lower Primary section of the Talking ‘Bout My Generation writing contest hosted by the City of South Perth. Jade received a certificate and special gift from the Mayor, Sue Doherty. Well done Jade, a great effort.
Rohan Williams has achieved a fantastic result in the Australian Mathematics Competition by being placed in the top 2% of competitors from across Australia. Rohan has shown a love of maths all through his schooling and this recognition is just reward for all his hard work in the subject.
S3 and S4 have the opportunity to participate in some free sessions of Fencing provided by Fencing WA this term.
S4 had their first session on Monday and were able to learn a few of the basic skills like on guard, advance, retreat, lunge and recover. Each class will have 2 sessions.
The classes have already enjoyed golf sessions this term provided by Golf WA.
Just a reminder to parents that there is just over 2 weeks of borrowing left for his term. If you have any overdue books please return them to the library.
If you have taken photos throughout the year of P&C events we would love a copy to put in the newsletter at the end of the year. These events include the Sassy Cookie Breakfast, Movie Night, Easter Raffle, Lap-a-thon, Scitech, Read-A-thon, Cake stalls, Mother’s day raffle, Music Under the Stars and Quiz Night. We also want to keep a record of the building of the playground.
Please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
P&C Fundraising Co-ordinator
KPS P&C QUIZ NIGHT
The glamour! The fun! The excitement! The frocks! The food! The Quiz!
Our final social and fundraising event was held last Friday night at the South Perth Civic Centre Hall, and the happy crowd of over 200 KPS parents and friends had a blast! The “themed” tables proved popular, with plenty of pirates, Gatsby flappers, Bond girls and villains, and Rydell High and Hogwarts staff and students adding colour and lustre to the evening. The silent and loud auctions were hotly contested, and “spot” prizes flowed freely.
The Quiz Master Garry Wilson carried the night in a smooth, suave, professional manner, and Derek Baston was the most entertaining and vibrant auctioneer ever.
Thank-you to all who supported this event, which raised $6000 towards P&C projects such as the Naturescape playground. An especially big thank-you goes to all the Year 2 parents who were responsible for such a well-organised and resourced evening.
Finally, thank-you to all our fantastic sponsors, for their generous support:
A Garden Affair, Adventure World, All in Tennis,
Angelo Street Optical, Aussie Farmers Direct, Balmoral Hotel
Baston & Co Property, Best Psychology Services, Councillor Fiona Reid
Community Pharmacy South Perth, Domain 100, Dux Café
Eucalypt Homewares, Falcon Bayview Beach House ,Flint Moharich
Felicitations Wedding Stationery, Flipside Burgers, Ford House Bridgetown
Fremantle Dockers, Higher Events, Hoopla Espresso
Infinite Energy , John Hughes , Kidz Paradise
Labels Boutique South Perth, Lake Brockman Tourist Park, Landscape Systems
Millpoint Book Café , Morley Rollerdrome , Oracle Surveying
Pagoda Resort and Spa, Perth Wildcats, Richard Warner Legal
Robin Wells Jewellery ,Science Madness, SNK Design
Soco Realty ,South Perth Doggy Day Spa, South Perth Travel
Sports Power Belmont, Success Veterinary Clinic ,Surf Cats South Perth
Tennis West ,The Creative Mummy , The Windsor
The Hangout Rock Climbing Centre, Two Queens Woodfired Pizza,Toys in the Park
Vivid International ,WA Trees and Gardens, WASO, Watkins Southside Swimming
Wesley Sports Club, West Coast Fever, West Coast Waves
Maggie Dent arrived at the school this morning for an impromptu visit. She had heard from some parents about Nicole Francois’ design for our naturescape playground and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Delighted with the tyre wave and the amphitheatre extension she will return late November for another visit – after Team Arnold builds the obstacle course and Team Kapica build the alien space ship area and progressive work is made with Team Tibbitts on the maze section this month of November.
Maggie says we are missing one vital piece in our playground – she would like us to acknowledge and recognise the aboriginal people as being the original inhabitants of the Kensington area and place a tribute to them within the playground. She suggested the entrance points are ideal positions for this – any ideas from parents will be appreciated.
Busy Bee Days for November 2014 – parents,please come down on one of these days and join a Team if you haven’t already:
- Team Arnold:
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23rd November – Obstacle course : including monkey bars, wobble planks, notched posts, balance beams and rope walk. All welcome but particularly those who can use a drill or circular saw. Contact Adam Arnold email@example.com
2. Team Kapica:
Saturday 29 November – alien space ship – concrete tunnels, tree trunk placement and shovelling of dirt.
We urge all parents of the school to join a team, come down and help and make this playground a reality for our children.
P & C Grounds Committee
Uniform Shop News
The uniform shop had a surprise visitor on Thursday. The 1967 Dux of the school, Susan Elliot, popped in to say hello and purchase a couple of hats for herself and her family. Susan was in Kensington visiting her mother, who still lives in the family home in Hovia Terrace. Susan moved to the USA to attend university and has lived there ever since.
Uniform Shop is open every Thursday morning 8.20am to 8.50am in the music room.
When can my child sit in the front seat of a car?
The back seat of the car is the safest place for all children to sit. Until your child turns four, he must be in an appropriate car seat in the back seat of the car, if your car has two or more rows of seats.
Between the ages of four and seven years, your child must not sit in the front seat unless all the other seating positions in the car are taken by children under seven years old in suitable child restraints or booster seats (CCS 2014a, NRA et al).
Lifestreamers Childcare (formerly Lifestreamers Kindy and OSH)
Lifestreamers Kindy and OSH are changing their name to Lifestreamers Childcare and extending their services next year to include Long Day Care for children aged 2-12 years. For more information please click here.
DIVE & TRY SWIM MEET
Western Sprint Swimming Club is holding a Dive & Try Swim Meet. This is a
novice meet for children wanting to have a go at racing in a fun
environment. it is open to children ages 6 – 14 years, you do not have to
be a member of a club to enter. Details of the meet are below, all
entries are done online.
When: Saturday 29th November (warm-up from 3pm for a 4pm start)
Where: Trinity College Trinity Avenue, East Perth
Registrations: online at www.westernsprint.org.au (go to Uncoming Event, then Dive and Try)
Enquiries: Frances Mepham 0408150031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please click here.
Registration for all 2015 Sacramental Programs at Holy Family Parish (Como-Kensington)
All Catholic children who are eligible to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2015 are requested to register for their respective Sacramental Programs by Saturday, 7 Feb 2015.
Registration forms will be available on request by email from 1 Jan 2015 at the following email address: email@example.com
Information regarding the submission of the forms and fees will be emailed to parents together with the digital registration forms. Parents may also make inquiries by emailing the Sacramental Coordinator at the above email address.