The school parent community proved an old saying that I once heard, “We can achieve great things overnight but miracles can take a little longer.” This time the miracle took a weekend! Congratulations to everyone involved in the construction of the new playground and its surrounds. The last time I saw such happy children was when the onsite kindergarten children arrived at school to find their brand new playground (another miracle?) at the beginning of Term 2.
The efforts of Team Tritton/Francois (tyre wave), Team Marlena (amphitheatre), Team Kapica (alien crash site) and Team Arnold (obstacle course) and everyone else involved are nothing short of sensational. The transformation of the school’s playground has to be seen to be believed. If anyone has any doubts speak with the Kensington Kids who are all smiles.
Special mention to Mel Bozich who dared to dream big and was able to share her dream. Graham Tritton for the pylons from East Fremantle jetty and transport as well as Lend Lease for the tree trunks and stump. Congratulations Nicole Francois on the overall design of the playground.
End of Term Preparations
With less than four weeks to go until the end of the school year, the pace in the school has lifted a notch as organisation for end of year events is finalised. Our Year 6 and 7 Graduation ceremony will be held in the Undercover Area on Wednesday 17th December commencing at 9.15am. This will be followed by morning tea for parents and adult relatives of our graduating students in the Senior Block. Our graduating students will also participate in an end of primary school social on Tuesday 16thDecember commencing at 6.30pm. On Tuesday 9th December commencing at 7.00pm and Wednesday 10th December commencing at 9.00am will be our Christmas Assembly(s) which will be in the school’s Undercover Area. Parents are invited, please be aware that we have limited seating. A ‘Thank you’ morning tea for parent volunteers will be held in the staff room after the morning Christmas Assembly.
Semester Two Student reports will be sent home on Tuesday 16th December. We are unable to issue reports earlier than this. If you and your children will not be at school in the last week, please advise school office staff and the reports will be posted to an address of your choice.
Draft classes for 2015 will be formed over the next few weeks. Thank you to the parents who completed class placement requests or contacted me to discuss issues. We will endeavour to place children to best meet their educational needs within the structure of the school. The new Student Centred Funding model has impacted on our planning and staffing for 2015 with school funding, including staff salaries determined by student enrolments and enrolment information supplied by parents. Currently our funding is projected from anticipated enrolments. In February 2015 funding will be confirmed based on our student Census data. Even a few students less than or more than anticipated will have an effect on our funding. This means that our class structure is difficult to predict and there is a very strong chance that we may need to restructure in the first weeks of 2015. Please talk to your children about this possibility as it can be distressing to have to move class without warning.
Draft class lists will be posted on Friday, 30th January 2015 at 12:30am. Class lists will not be available until that time.
Thank You Morning Tea
The staff of Kensington Primary School invite parents and community who have volunteered at the school (in any capacity what-so-ever) to join with us for a Thank You Morning Tea. This will happen after the Christmas Assembly on Wednesday 10th December at around 10.15am in the staff room. Young children are welcome to join you, unfortunately we cannot cater for older children who may have finished school early.
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Applications for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs are now open. For children with exceptional academic ability and creative talent, these elite Academic, Arts and Languages Programs are designed to challenge them to achieve at the highest level.
If your child is going into Year 6 in 2015, applications are now open for entry into Year 7 in 2016. Limited places may also be available for children going into Years 9, 10 and 11 in 2016.
Applications close on Monday 9 February 2015. For more information and to apply visit det.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented.
In preparation for this year’s Graduation Social the Year 6 and 7 students have been participating in social dance lessons. It is great to see the level of participation of our oldest students.
Thank you to the 100 plus families who responded to this year’s school survey. Your responses will be collated and analysed over the rest of this term. Major findings will be discussed with the School Council and results published early in 2015.
Thanks to Maggie Dent who has donated two of her books to the school library for teacher and parent reference.
WordPlay Competition Results
The P&C recently ran a WordPlay competition to mark the beginning of the new school playground project. We asked the kids to tell us their words about play so these can be included in their new play environments as they are being built.
We asked: Which ideas or feelings do you get when you see the word PLAY?
Which words make the playground a more caring and friendly place?
The responses that the kids came up with were simply wonderful. The most common words they used to describe their play were ones like JOY, SMILES and FRIENDS. Words like KINDNESS, FUN and SHARING were popular too. It was also fantastic to see the importance that the children place on ideas like CURIOSITY, EXPLORATION and IMAGINATION as part of their play. This tells us, in the kids’ own words, that the state of play at Kensington Primary is active, happy, creative and friendly. This is exactly the spirit that the new playground will embody.
Miss Pedley has kindly judged the entries, and has selected the following prize winners amongst our budding wordsmiths. First place winners in each category receive a book voucher from the Millpoint Caffe Bookshop and each runner-up wins a book of word puzzles and games from the Lucky Charm Newsagency in Karawara.
WordPlay Grand Champions: Annabel F, Christopher C, Ella H., Charlotte M
Runners-up: Robbi E, Kayla K, Sophie C, Jaime H
Unfortunately is has been reported to the school that another scooter has been stolen from the bike shed at the end of the school day. Parents are asked to consider to provide their children with a chain and lock to secure their scooters and bikes.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of a black Micro scooter please let the school office know.
Meet the Staff – Mr Laurie Rowley, Gardener
Where were you born?
Who is in your family?
Wife Kate, a son and daughter,1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren
What is your dream holiday?
Trip through the Canadian Rockies
What is your favourite sport?
Tennis, Basketball & AFL
What is your favourite meal?
Seafood dishes, especially salmon and prawn
What is the best thing about Kensington Primary School?
The friendly atmosphere -staff, parents and students
Unity brings peace. Unity means you don’t try to make everyone look, think, act or talk alike. Through the power of unity you can solve conflict. You can discover a new idea or solution that meets everyone’s needs. You can find common ground. Unity is a force so powerful it can light up the world and bring an end to war. With unity you can become a peacemaker wherever you go.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 19 November.
Virtue Awards 19/11/14
|3||Emily G||4||Emily M|
Honour Certificates 19/11/14
|9||Madeline & Monique||10||Mitchell & Zoe|
|S3||Laura & Nikiera||S4||Keely|
|PP1||Lucas & Owen||PP2||William|
|PP3||Noah & Madeline|
- Friday 28 November – PP 2015 Parent Orientation 9 to 11am
- Wednesday 3 December – Assembly – Pre Primary
- Wednesday 3 December – Kindy 2015 Parent Orientation 6.30pm
- Tuesday 9 December – Christmas Evening Musical
- Wednesday 10 December – Christmas Assembly followed by Parent morning tea
Booklists and School Contributions and Charges information for 2015 have gone home today with the students. This information is also on the school web page.
Waste Wise Project Request
The project is beginning to take shape and we need some help in the form of flower pots. We require about 80 pots 140mm (height) to form the drainage base at the bottom of our planters. If anyone has any spare pots that they no longer need and would like to donate them to the project please come and see Rhonda Skinner or Cate Smith.
Thank you for your support.
Waste Wise Committee.
Friday 21st November at 2:15pm the children of Rooms 1 to 10 danced for the Kensington Community.
I would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS to the children fro their magnificent efforts and enthusiasm. The children have worked very hard and it was a joyous moment to see each of you perform.
I would also like to thank the Kensington Community. It was beautiful to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they recognised familiar faces in the audience. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to come help us celebrate our dance achievements.
I would like to say another special thank you to the Kensington staff, students and parent helpers. Your assistance leading up and on the day of the performance was greatly appreciated.
Some of our fantastic Quiz Night sponsors were inadvertently omitted from the thank-you list in the last newsletter. We apologise sincerely for the oversight:
Break Point Tennis
Bunnings East Vic Park,
Doray Minerals Ltd,
Woolworths Vic Park,
we thank you for your support!!
Only two more chances to enter!!!
Not long to go now until the draw for the 4th term competition on Wed the 3rd Dec at Assembly!
We have seen lots of old faces back this term and it has been wonderful. Last week we had 70 bankers!!! Wow.
So keep up the great work and remember, every deposit is an entry into the draw to win one of three $20 vouchers or the very cool set of dollarmite figurines.
See you outside the staffroom from 8.30 on Tues morning,
Shannon, Jenny and Taryn
End of Year Disco
It’s time for the children to get their dancing shoes on and party clothes ready to celebrate the end of the school year.
The disco is on Monday 15th December in the Quadrangle. As in previous years, there will be 2 sessions.
Kindy – Year 2 from 4 – 5.30pm
Year 3 – Year 7 from 5.30 – 7pm
The cost is $2 at the door. No need to pre-purchase tickets.
There will be icy poles for sale for $1 and lots of prizes.
Entry to the disco is via the gate near the library.
Children are to be picked up from the gate in the undercover area
All children MUST be collected by an Adult.
We will require parent help to set up, supervise and clean up on the night. For the children’s safety they will be accompanied by an adult to use the toilets. Your help will be greatly appreciated to ensure everyone has a fun and safe night. There are rosters located near the steps in the undercover area and near S2’s classroom in the Senior block.
Any enquiries please call Kim Law 0420209032.
The P&C have sourced fantastic clean skin wine just in time for the Christmas holidays. Click here to see a detailed list of whats available.
All orders are made directly through WA Cleanskin Cellars online Website. www.wacleanskincellars.com.au/Fundraising/Home
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Orders close Wednesday December 10th 2014.
Please let your friends and family know they can order too. All wine is delivered straight to your door for only $5. That is $5 Per Case for delivery anywhere in Western Australia!!
It’s a great opportunity to buy some fantastic wine at a great price while helping Kensington Primary School P&C raise some money at the same time!
Cover your kids’ school books easily and raise funds for the P&C!
The P&C has sourced some terrific book covers from Ez cover with part proceeds of all sales coming back to the P&C.
No more sticky plastic covering required.
With sizes to fit all school books and priced at $1.20 each, these book covers will save you time and money.
When ordering you need to select Kensington Primary School from the drop-down box and then enter the promo code ZFA186.
Don’t forget to quote the KPS code when ordering on-line ZFA186 so that the school receives 10c per book.
Hi Kensington Families,
The latest ‘Money for Jam’ flyer is attached here.
Money for Jam is a list of businesses that donate part proceeds of any sales from the Kensington PS community back to the Kensington Primary School P&C. We currently have 14 businesses on the list who are generously donating part proceeds to our school.
I am aware we have many Kensington families and friends who own fantastic businesses and they may also like to promote their business through ‘Money for Jam’ and in return donate part proceeds of business generated to Kensington Primary School P&C. All you need to do is provide a description of your business, the business logo, website and contact details and what your offer is going to be. Business are either paying quarterly or half yearly by cheque or EFT to Kensington Primary School P&C. You may also like to promote a special discount offer to the school community. Please note: We reserve the right to refuse listings of businesses that we deem are not consistent with our ethos and school values. Money for Jam will continue in 2015 and we will endeavour to send out a new ‘Money for Jam’ flyer to go out to the whole school each term.
To register your interest in becoming one of our sponsors please email email@example.com
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FREE SKATEBOARDING CLINICS
The City of South Perth is very happy to announce that we have teamed up with Skateboarding WA to offer free skateboarding clinics, events and competitions over summer.
The upcoming clinics will take place at Manning Skate Park in Karawara.
Skateboarding WA is run by local skateboarders who are passionate about teaching and supporting the local skateboarding scene.
All helmets and skateboards are provided. For registation forms please click here.