This is the last newsletter for 2015 – another hectic year has come and is all but gone. Just eleven sleeps until the big guy is due. This year would have to be categorised as ‘The Year of the Community’ at Kensington Primary School. With strong community support the school was successful in its application to become an Independent Public School (thank you Geoff Smith and School Council) and saw the construction of a number of new playground facilities. The on-site kindergarten had a new playground constructed at the end of Term One (thank you Tania Steers and parents). The pre-primary had major works around the slide and talking pit (thank you Gareth Lindegger, David Mundy and parents). Then work commenced on the new naturescape playground and continues as you read this newsletter (thank you to everyone for this work, it has been truly outstanding). Added to this the P&C Fundraising Committee raised a fantastic amount of money that will be distributed into the school during 2015 (thank you to Julie Barrett and everyone who has taken on a fundraising or supported a project).
I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Mr Geoff Smith, School Council Chair and Mrs Nicky Carey, P&C President for their support of the school and words of wisdom to me over the year. It has been a pleasure to work with two such professional and dedicated parents. I would also like to acknowledge the great work of Natalie Gallagher – retiring Book Club Co-ordinator. Nat has given outstanding service to the school over many years. Thank you.
Congratulations to the staff at Kensington Primary School. Over the year the work put in by all staff has led to improved student outcomes across a number of curriculum and social contexts. The day to day work is supplemented by many extras which largely go un-noticed but do make a difference in the lives of your children. Special thanks to my deputies – Mr Pestana and Mrs Lisa (Williamson) – they are amazing people who have worked hard to make this school the best anywhere!
To our students who may be leaving Kensington Primary School for a variety of reasons we wish you the very best and we will miss all of you. Remember that you are ‘Kensington Kids’ and you know how to ‘play the game’.
Kensington Primary School wishes all students and their families a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back at school for the start of Term on Monday 2 February.
Loss of Chaplaincy Funding 2015-2016
It is with much disappointment that I inform you that Kensington Primary School was one of the 95 public schools in WA to lose Federal funding for our much valued Chaplaincy Program. Our Chaplain, Mr Steve Motteram is an integral part of our Student Services team and provides much needed support to our students and families. We will be seeking every avenue of support to find funding sources so that we can continue to provide Steve’s much needed pastoral care service to our school community.
Team Kapica’s Tunnel section is now near completion. Last weekend a large group of parents worked hard at tunnelling, wood stepping, mulching and planting to give the playground another new play area for our children.
Thank you again to our third Team for completing their section of the new naturescape playground. It looks fabulous and allows our children to hide away in their tunnels, clamber up the log steps and climb the trunk, aka alien ship.
Can you help?????
Next busy bee – Team Tibbitts – Maze Area – Saturday 20 December 8:30am (placement of stepping logs and digging of a trench)
And Sunday 21 December 8:30am (removal of concrete edging around flying fox and soon to be slide area and relocating as edging in maze area).
This isn’t a massive area, however, we would like as many hands on a shovel as possible to get this done as a morning activity on both days. If you haven’t already joined a team and you are free on any of these days, please come down and help out. We understand it’s close to Christmas time, but we would like to finish Team Tibbitts area this year. In 2015, this maze area will be our National Tree Day planting area where we plan to plant some green maze type bushes.
In January, Team Lindegger, Team Galvin, Team Thompson and Team Steers are the only areas left to complete in the Christmas holidays so the children will return to school in 2015 with arguably WA’s best school nature playground.
Thank you to the 96 parents of the school that have committed and assisted in this natureplay project this year – what an amazing playground you have completed so far as a community team.
2015 Class Placements
In our school newsletter posted on October 30, 2014 I outlined the process that this school undertakes to form its classes for the following year. This included;
- Academic performance
- Special abilities and needs
- Social and physical maturity
- Gender balance
- Friendship groups
- Need 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
I invited parents to put into writing any requests that they may have (excluding requesting specific teachers) as part of the deliberation process above. The school has received a large number of requests and been provided with information from parents and I thank everyone for their correspondence. Please be aware that whilst these requests are considered they are only part of the process and given tight class numbers and enrolment trends not all requests will be able to be met. In the end it is the responsibility of the Principal to place children upon the advice of this year’s teaching and administrative staff.
As stated in our last newsletter the probability of classes having to change within the first few weeks of 2015 is high. This is an unfortunate outcome of the new funding model being introduced in 2015.
Children Returning Late Back From School Holidays
Is your family returning late back from holidays at the start of the 2015 school year? Any student who has not attended in the first 2 weeks of 2015 will not be counted in our student census numbers, which will impact on funding and staffing of the school. Please inform the school if your child will not be attending Kensington Primary School in 2015 by emailing to email@example.com. Thank you to parents who have already responded to this request.
This year’s end of year disco will be held in the school’s quadrangle area this Monday 15 December.
Pre-primary to Year 3 4.00 to 5.30pm
Year 4 to 7 5.30 to 7.00pm
$2.00 entry to be paid at the gate. Icy poles on sale for $1.00.
What a show! The Christmas Concert was another very successful production pulled together by Mrs Dewing and the talented students of Kensington Primary School. Thank you to all the parents who found time in busy schedules to come to the school to support our performers.
Apologies from Mr Pestana and Mr Macauley for lowering the tone!
Parent Thank You Morning Tea
Thank you to the parents who accepted our invitation to morning tea. Without our parent and community support this would be a far lesser school. Thank you to everyone who has supported the school over the year(s). Hope to see you all back in the harness in 2015!
Faith Community Services
Mrs Susan Chong, Education Assistant in PP3, is working with a charity group who provide educational services to the poor and needy young people in Cambodia. These holidays Susan is flying across to Cambodia to work with the mission and would be interested to hear from any families who may have old laptop computers she can take with her.
Please contact the front office at school on 6436 8448 and we will connect you with Susan.
During the holiday period school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become the target to a small number of offenders.
If you live near the school or are just passing by, I ask you to be extra vigilant. Listen for unusual noises, look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and for groups hanging around on the school grounds. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing crime.
WA Police, Neighbourhood Watch, School Watch and the Office of Crime Prevention are working together to reduce the incidence of crime on school establishments. Police and School Watch will conduct increased patrols of schools during the holidays but we need your vital assistance and participation.
I urge you to report any suspicious activity immediately by telephoning:
School Watch on 1800 177 777
Or WA Police on 131 444
I’m sure I don’t have to remind the children but for the parents who may have missed it, Thursday 18 December is the last day for students for 2014. School will recommence for students on Monday 2 February. The office will be open from Tuesday 27 January. Teachers will be participating in School Development on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 January.
Lost property will be on display in the school’s quadrangle over the next few days. Please check to see if anything there belongs to your family.
Reports will be handed to children in Pre-primary to Year 7 on Tuesday 16 December.
Literacy Workshops with Diana Rigg in Term 1 2015
Diana Rigg is a specialist literacy educator who helps both parents and teachers to maximise the literacy potential in children. Diana has a master’s degree in speech pathology and is also a classroom teacher, specialist literacy teacher and speech pathologist. In conjunction with a professional development session for the teachers in January, the P&C have funded three parent workshops to be held in Term 1.
Workshop 1 in week 3 for K-1 parents
Workshop 2 in week 5 for Years 2-4 parents
Workshop 2 in week 7 for Years 5 & 6 parents
There will be a nominal cost of $5 per ticket to cover some cost. Dates, venue and ticketing information will be available from the start of Feb 2015.
Perth Glory – Women
This Sunday the Perth Glory girls (including our own Shannon May) are playing a home final at NIB Stadium- they are currently top of the ladder and it’s a big game for the Perth based women’s soccer team and at a great facility. The women’s team don’t often get to play at NIB because they don’t get the spectator or financial support they deserve- they are actually fantastic to watch- much more interesting than men’s soccer- and it would be great if we could try and rally the school down to the game.
The game will be played at NIB Stadium on Sunday 14th Dec at 12pm with tickets costing $10 for adults, kids under 16 free so it’s very reasonable and gates open at 11am.
If you would like to support Ms May don’t forget to wear purple and white and be there on Sunday.
Unity exists in a family when they help each other, listen to each other and enjoy their different ways of being. Others feel warm and safe being around them. Unity is very powerful because its contagious. When one family practices unity it can spread through the whole world.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 3rd December.
Virtue Awards 3/12/14
Honour Certificates 3/12/14
|5||Harper & Ashleigh||6||Jeremiah & Hugo|
|7||Tyde & Leyland||8||Jennifer|
|9||Regan, Indie & Elizabeth||10||Beau|
|S1||Ryan & Amelie||S2||Mia|
|S3||Victoria & Li-Anne||S4||Jaime|
|PP3||Aidan & Viraj|
- Monday 15 December – P&C Disco
- Monday 15 December – Pizza in the Garden for Virtue award recipients
- Tuesday 16 December – Reports go home
- Tuesday 16 December – WIRRA excursion
- Tuesday 16 December – Yr 6/7 Social
- Wednesday 17 December – Yr 6/7 Graduation Assembly
- Thursday 18 December – Students last day for Term 4 2014
- Monday 2 February 2015 – First day for students Term 1 2015
Pizza in the Garden
Pizza in the Garden will held on Monday 15 December for all students who have received a Virtue Award this term. Students will receive an invitation from Mr Macauley at the end of the week. A variety of pizzas will be shared at lunchtime. Those invited students who are not pizza lovers are most welcome to join us with a lunch prepared at home. Congratulations to all our award winners.
On Thursday 27th November we participated in the VPASSA Summer carnival. We played Tee Ball, Volleyball, Newcombe Ball, Boys Cricket and Girls Cricket against Bentley, Millen, Lathlain, East Victoria Park and Victoria Park. We had a lot of fun and won a few games. One comment from another school about our Tee Ball team was that we were the nicest and fairest school they had played against.
Thanks to our parent coaches Michael Rosich, Adrian Singor and Bronwyn York for their coaching at the carnival and to Ms Fowler, Mrs Skinner and Mr Pestana for their assistance at the carnival.
Thanks also to Jake from the WACA and the Kent St students for running the cricket competition.
Thanks also to 4 Girls from the Rossmoyne Volleyball Club who umpired Volleyball and Tee Ball.
Despite the threatening weather and a few showers of rain we had a fantastic day.
Southside Penrhos Wesley Schools Swimming Challenge
A group of 20 swimmers from Year 4 to 6 braved the cool conditions and competed in the Schools Swimming Challenge. We had a fun night with many competitors swimming good times.
The girls came 7th in their competition and the Boys came 4th. Overall the team came 6th.
Other schools competing were Applecross Primary School, Mt Pleasant Primary School, South Perth Primary School, Como Primary School, St Pius X Primary School, St Columbas Primary School, Wesley College and Penrhos College.
Congratulations to Sophie H-L who was Runner Up Year 5 Girl.
Last Tuesday we had our last running session for the year. We had a short run and then enjoyed breakfast together. This term we averaged 30 runners. It was great to have 2 of the senior students Linda and Sarah take a leadership role and run several of the sessions. Thanks to the parents that assisted. Special thanks to parents Martine for keeping a very accurate attendance record and to Ryan for taking the warm-up and running the group when I was away.
Keep running on the holidays and see you all in Term 2 when Kensington Runners recommences.
The booklists for 2015 were sent home with students last week. If you lose your copy they can be accessed via the web at www.officemaxschools.com.au or via the link on our school website.
Use the password W5245BTS
Attention Year 6 Parents 2015
Applications for Gifted and Talented programmes for 2016 close on 9th February 2015. Please use the link below to register your child and keep up to date.
Farewell to Kensington Primary
Dear Parents and Families,
As many of you know, I’ll be retiring at the end of this term. I have been at Kensington for 8 years and it has been a wonderful experience. All the students, I have taught, have touched my life in positive and rewarding ways.
It has been my pleasure getting to know, not only your children, but you as well. Having parental support is an essential part of any successful school and I want to express my sincere gratitude for the support, help and kindness you have offered over the years. Your support made working at Kensington Primary a rewarding experience.
I leave with many memories to cherish for the rest of my life.
As happy as I am to be moving onto the next chapter of my life, I can’t help knowing that I will feel a little sad as I drive out the gates next week.
I thank you all for making my time here so fulfilling and memorable.
End of Year P&C Disco
Don’t forget 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 this 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 and juice boxes 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.
Better Health Program
Do you have children 7-13yrs of age? Are you worried about their weight? The better health program runs for 10 wks during school term at various locations across Perth. For more information please see Mrs Stanford or click here.
EUCALYPT CLAY CLASSES 2015
@ The Eucalypt Studio, Kensington WA
Monday or Tuesday nights
7 weeks 7.30-9.30pm
Start Monday 2nd Feb or Tuesday 3rd Feb
$350 includes all materials and firings
Participants will design and make a set of four small bowls, plates and spoons in coloured porcelain.
No experience with clay is need. This class is suitable for beginners, novices and PD for teachers.
To enrol or enquire about classes please email Melanie.