Welcome back to what should be a fantastic year at Kensington Primary School – An Independent Public School. To all our new families we hope your stay at Kensington is both positive and productive. By becoming part of the Kensington Community I’m sure your experiences will be greatly enriched. To our returning families it was great to see you all on Monday and I know by the smiles that everyone is looking forward to a great year.
Thank you to all parents (and our uniform ladies) for ensuring the children were all in uniform and showing us that they a proud to be part of the ‘best’ school anywhere.
Thank you to Laurie, Peter, Mary, Jan and Ben who all made sure the school looked in great condition for the first day. It is a big job and they do tremendous work.
Outstanding Parent Support
Thank you to another group of parent volunteers who came down to the school to mulch and weed our grounds around the amphitheatre and obstacle course. It looks splendid. In two hours, we made a big difference to the area.
In February, our final major natureplay playground works will be happening –
1. Double slides installation (Team Dave Mundy and Galvin)
2. Wooden decking to amphitheatre (Team Steers)
3. Rocky creek bed area (Team Thompson).
If anyone would like to assist, in relation to resources or labour and join a team, please contact Melanie on 0400006411 or email@example.com
Dates to be confirmed soon, but at this stage it looks like 21/22 February and 28/1 March as the work weekends for our last Team builds, so if you haven’t contributed within a team as yet, please make some time to do so if at all possible.
Team Thompson made a start to the rocky creek bed area. The convict area limestone blocks from the Fremantle Jail sourced by Luke and placed on to the ground to resemble a dry creek bed, will soon host an amazing dinosaur fossil fossicking area created and donated by the dinosaur hunting Thompson family. This area has potential massive educational outcomes and processes; extremely exciting.
Team Tibbitts worked tirelessly for a couple of days before Christmas, weeding, planting trees, mulching and making play spaces for our younger children at the school. The bushes will be progressively undercut to make small crawling tunnel areas for the children to have some quiet and imaginative play time and there are plenty of imaginative tools in the area to do whatever they like.
Unfortunately, this is the section where vandals ripped out and snapped all of the new trees.
Also during the holidays, the grass and natureplay area was fully reticulated much to Mr Rowley’s pleasure. Thus we have extremely green grass for the commencement of school.
Kate and Julie are also working on a piano keyboard for the entrance of the music room.
New World Map
If you happen to be passing Mr Rowley’s shed you may notice a fantastic new World Map Mural. Thanks to Mr and Mrs York from Roadrunner Graphics and Signs who spent a very hot Wednesday afternoon installing the map which they created at their business premises. Thanks to the P&C for funding this project and Mrs Barrett who made sure it happened by getting her whole family (Nigel, Josie and Lochlan) involved in moving 6 tons of bricks and slabs. Thanks also to Mr Law for the great paint job that sets the mural off wonderfully. Mr York has informed us that the mural is graffiti resistant and teachers can use markers on it as part of their lessons with the children.
New Classroom Teacher
Welcome to Kensington Primary School Mrs Louise Glassborow. Mrs Glassborow is teaching Year 5/6 in S4.
- Support in Difficult Times
Providing pastoral care in difficult situations (such as during times of grief or when facing relational or emotional challenges).
Pastoral care is about listening and being with someone as they work on finding hope and resources to take charge of the challenges they face.
- Exploring and Supporting Activities / Programs that Promote Values and Life-skills
Running BUZ (Build Up Zone) which involves working with the whole class and the class teacher, to address topics such as making and keeping friends, dealing with conflict and building resilience among others.
Being relatively new to Kensington PS, I will be spending my first term establishing relationships with students, parents and staff as well as building resources to meet the needs of the school community.
You are welcome to catch me in the playground or leave a message at the front office on days I am not around. I will respond as soon as I am able when I am next in school.
Long Service Leave
At present 3 of our staff are on long service leave.
Mrs Sandra Cook will see out her long service leave entitlements into February and then retire formally from the Department.
Mrs Lyn Brown is on Long service leave until the middle of May and intends to retire at this stage.
Mrs Delia Carter is on long service leave for Semester One. She will resume duties in Room 10 in Semester Two in a share arrangement with Mrs Joanne Palmer.
After 5 years at Kensington Primary School Mrs Lorraine Brown (Pre-primary Education Assistant) has decided to use her incredible skill set in private industry. She leave us on Friday and I know the community joins with the staff and children in wishing her all the very best into the future.
Mr Steve Motteram, our School Chaplain has decided to take up full time employment in the Real Estate industry and has also handed in his resignation. We have all grown very fond of Steve and will miss him around the school. We hope that this change in direction will bring happiness and reward.
Congratulations to our new team of Student Councillors. This year the Councillors are;
Josh Head Boy Layla Head Girl
Sean Councillor Josie Councillor
Oliver Councillor Jasmine Councillor
I’m looking forward to working with these young leaders and we hope that all students will benefit from their input to the school.
Community Survey – ANZAC SERVICE
It is important that children today understand the history of the ANZAC story and of its significance to the Australian lifestyle and values today.
Our annual School ANZAC service is always an important event on our school calendar. This year it will have even more significance as it is the Centenary of the ANZAC’s landing at Gallipoli.
We would like to commemorate the Centenary in a special way and are seeking community ideas and opinions. These will be discussed at with our School Board. A survey will be emailed to families next week. We want your ideas and feedback. A dawn service has been proposed. This would involve a change to school hours. It is anticipated that our service would occur in Term 2 on Friday, 24th April.
Please take time to complete the survey.
The senior block students will have access to a number of before school clubs. Students will be required to write to the teachers requesting acceptance into the club. Numbers for some activities will be limited so a choice may be dependent on the letter.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Art portfolio preparation. Students in S3 and S4.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Period 0. Year Six students at present.
Tuesday – Art club – Years 5 and 6 at present.
Thursday – Djembe Drumming Circle – Year 6 students at present.
Thursday – Numero Club – Year 4 to 6 students.
Class teachers will explain to their students the requirements to join in these activities.
The first whole school assembly will be conducted in the undercover area at 9.00am on Wednesday 11 February. Our new School Councillors will be conducting this assembly as their first public duty. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.
Parent meetings will be arranged for all classes within the first 3 weeks of this term. At these meetings the teachers will outline specific issues around their classroom policies and timetables. Individual teachers will notify when the meetings will be held.
With permission from the School board an early close will be negotiated with the Regional Office to allow parents an opportunity to meet face to face (if desired) with classroom teachers and specialists towards the end of Term 1. Further information will be published in the newsletter once arrangements are finalised.
The Power of Parents – Literacy Workshops 2015 with Diana Rigg
Due to the positive feedback and interest last year, Kensington Primary School and the P&C are offering a full series of Literacy (in Term 1) and Numeracy (in Term 2) workshops for parents of all year groups.
|Literacy Workshops||Date, Time & Venue|
|Workshop 1: Kindy and Pre-primary parents The Pre-Reading Phase: What are the key skills that need to be developed before reading occurs? How can home and school prepare children for reading? What are these key pre-literacy skills and why are they important? The better prepared children are for reading, the easier they make the transition into early reading, spelling and writing.Key topics: motor skills, oral language development, PS/sounding out ability, alphabet sounds etc.||Tue, 17 Feb 2015 7:00 – 8:00pmFollowed by Q&AFinishing @ 8:30pmMusic Room, KPS|
|Workshop 2: Year 1 and 2 parents Supporting Early Reading, Spelling and WritingHow can home and school work support reading, spelling and writing? How to facilitate spelling homework so that learning is maximised? How to support writing in the home? Early reading, spelling and writing is “hard” and exhausting and initially non-automatic. With this in mind, there is a range of reading, spelling and writing tasks and strategies for parents to support their child and boost skills in their child’s weak areas.||Wed, 4 March 2015 7:00 – 8:00pmFollowed by Q&AFinishing @ 8:30pmVenue: TBC|
|Workshop 3: Year 3 – 6 parents Improving Spelling and Writing and Reading ComprehensionHow can home and school work to support spelling, not oral reading but reading comprehension and written work? The session will aim to be very practical providing parents with simple but powerful ideas to integrate with homework, the school routine and home life.||Tue, 17 March 2015 7:00 – 8:00pmFollowed by Q&AFinishing @ 8:30pmVenue: TBC|
Ticket Cost: $5 per ticket to the P&C
Registrations: Registration forms are being sent home to Kindy and Pre-primary parents this week for the first workshop. Forms are also available in the front office.
Kensington Primary School is applying charges once again this year. This has been endorsed by the School Board. The school office has the use of EFTPOS facilities (both debit and credit card options) to give parents the convenience of paying both charges and voluntary contributions in one simple payment. This means parents, teachers, office staff and ultimately students benefit from upfront charging:-
- Parents : won’t have to continually find money for incursions/excursions (sometimes there are a number of excursions being co-ordinated at the same time and can be difficult to send the correct money).
- Teachers : upfront charging will reduce the time teachers spend collecting, recording and balancing monies which leaves them more time to teach.
- Office Staff : with the majority of parents paying upfront, little or hopefully NO cash will come through the office on a daily basis. The collection of cash takes time to count, balance and input onto DoE’s finance system. There is double handling at the classroom level, office level and then again when completing the weekly banking.
- Students : will ultimately benefit from more teaching time and less stress in having to remember to bring in money.
The school day commences at 8.50am with the end of the day being at 3.00pm. Parents are requested to ensure their child(ren) do not arrive at school before 8.15am when one of the deputies commences duty in the undercover area. Students are allowed to enter their rooms at 8.30am to prepare for the day’s work.
School hours are;
8.50 School siren sounds for commencement of lessons
11.00 Morning break
11.30 Classes resumes
1.30 Afternoon break
2.00 Classes resume
3.00 End of school day
Scooters and Bikes
Unfortunately we had a spate of scooter thefts towards the end of last year. Parents are advised to supply their child(ren) with a bike lock to ensure full security. Scooters were stolen between the time the bike shed was unlocked in the afternoon and students came out of class.
- Wednesday 11 February – Assembly – Student Councillors
Junior Choir will commence on Wednesday 18th February at 8.15am in the Music Room. Rehearsals continue fortnightly alternating with Assemblies and are open to all students in Years 3 and 4. Students need to bring a display book for their music, and come with their best behaviour and enthusiasm to sing.
Senior Choir will commence on Wednesday 11th February at 2.00pm and is open to all students in Years 5 and 6. Students need to bring a display book for their music. Initially we will rehearse for a special Anzac Assembly, and then work towards the WA Primary Schools Massed Choir Festival.
Our first Band Rehearsal for the year is this Friday 6th February. Band is open to students who learn wind instruments and can play an octave of notes and readily read the music. Please see Mrs Dewing if your child meets this criteria. Students should bring their band book from last year.
SIM Instrumental Classes
SIM Instrumental Classes begin next week for selected students in Years 5 and 6. Loan Agreement forms for students who plan to hire an instrument will be sent out this week. Please let Mrs Dewing know ASAP if your child already has their own instrument. The hire option is only open to Year 5 beginner students. Instruments will not be issued until money is received and the Loan Agreement signed.
Physical Education Lessons – Year 1 to 6
As part of our School program students participate in one hour of physical education a week. Students are expected to wear appropriate footwear, bring a drink bottle and wear a hat (Terms 1 and 3). If a student is unable to participate for medical reasons parents are requested to let their classroom teacher or Mrs Stanford know.
Students also participate in All School Fitness on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Students are encouraged to wear their Faction T Shirt on these days.
Winter Sport Registrations
The notice board near the steps in the Undercover Area has information about registration for Winter Sport competitions. For more information see Mrs Stanford.
Year Six In-Term Swimming
Interm swimming lessons commence for all our Year 6 students on Monday 23 February. These lessons will be conducted at Cottesloe Beach over 5 days. This ensures that our senior students have an opportunity to learn how to swim in an open water environment and how to read surf conditions for safe swimming. Students will receive their In-Term Swimming forms in the next few weeks.
Swimming training is expected to start in Week 3 in preparation for the Faction Carnival on the 11th March. Please check the notice board next week for more details. Training is for swimmers in Year 2 to 6 who have passed Stage 5 and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesday, 10 February, 2015
School Staff Room
The P&C AGM is to be held in the second week of first term. If you would like to contribute to the school community, whether you wish to nominate for a position, be on a committee or just want to be a member for 2015, please come along! Your attendance would be appreciated as a show of support & interest in our school and in the great work the P&C do each year.
All positions are available each year, however two very important roles need to be filled in 2015 – the Treasurer and the Uniforms Coordinator.
Roxanne Hannay has done a fantastic job as uniform coordinator for a number of years however a replacement is needed as Roxanne’s youngest child won’t be at KPS much longer. The uniform shop is not a solo job, there is a great team of helpers. Roxanne will also be available all this year to help/train the new coordinator. This is an important role for the school; due to the fact that the uniform shop is run by volunteers, the P&C can keep the prices at almost cost price. To find out more about the role of Uniform Coordinator contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All other positions are:
- School Banking
- Grounds & Facilities
- School Council Rep
- Bookclub & Library
- School Banking
Nomination forms for executive positions and committee co-ordinators are available at the school office, and can be returned to the P&C box in the school library, or at the AGM. If you require further information or clarification, please contact Alison at email@example.com
Dates for the next playground project build:
21/22 February 2015 –
Team Mundy/Galvin – slides and wooden sleepers project Team Steers – Wooden flooring construction on amphitheatre Team Henwood – painting of the sea container Thank you to all the team leaders and members who are supporting these projects. The school is going to look sensational with a new amphitheatre decking, two double slides and a newly painted sea container after that weekend.
Extra help is alway appreciated – so please place this February 21/22 weekend into your diary and come down to the school and help everyone out. It’s going to have a real community feel with everyone working on building something amazing for our children; in particular, we encourage those who haven’t contributed yet to come down and assist. Thank you so much to the 109 parents so far that have contributed to our naturescape playground in their own way – it’s looking amazing so far and is further proof of what a community is capable of when it works together.
Team Thompson – rocky creek bed and dinosaur fossicking area – date to be confirmed
Lunch Orders Continuing
Remember that you can order a lunch for your children on a Friday via School Lunch Online (www.schoollunchonline.com.au) Easy online ordering and you can order up to 8am on the Friday of delivery.
Save the Date – Saturday 7th March
The movies are coming to Kensington! Plus the grand opening of our fantastic Naturescape Playground
Saturday 7th March sees Kensington Primary’s first outdoor movie night celebrated alongside the grand opening of the Naturescape playground. Save the date for a fun filled afternoon and evening – Saturday 7th March from 5pm. More details to follow soon. Keep an eye out for posters!
Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs: applications close Monday
Parents and carers of students starting Year 6 are reminded that applications for Gifted and Talented programs close on Monday 9 February. Information on these programs plus links to materials to help inform parents of the application process and deadline are online.
Kidz ‘n’ Sportz Term Program 2015
For More information on this term’s programs in the South Perth/Como area please click here.
Kensington Soccer School Skills Program
A before school soccer skills program is being offered for Term 1. For more information and to enrol please click here.
South Perth Junior Football Club Announces 2015 Registration
The South Perth Junior Football Club is ready for its 2015 season with registration day set for Sunday, 22 February from 9-11 am at the Ernest Johnson Oval Clubhouse. The South Perth Club organises teams for children from pre-primary through to Year 12 which includes an Auskick program for pre-primary to Year 3 footy enthusiasts as well as a modified rules program for students in Years 4-7. Please note that girls are welcome for participation in all programs and that new players (Years 4 and above) are required to bring a birth certificate to registration. For more information or to download forms, please visit the club website www.spjfc.org.au.
Try Rugby 2015 – Goats Wants You!
The Curtin Rugby Club (The Goats) is seeking junior Under 6s through Under 13s for the 2015 season.
Games are held on Saturday mornings and are played at Britannia (Leederville).
Training is one night a week at Curtin University on Thursday from 5 to 6 pm. Junior Rugby is for both for boys & girls
Pre-season starts in March. Go online to register or contacts below for more information
Travis Loveland: 0437 245 891 or Adrian Costello 0419 809 722
International Goju Karate Schools
For more information and to register 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 Sunday, 8 Feb 2015.
Registration forms can now be obtained by sending an email to the Sacramental Coordinator at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms are also available in the Holy Family Church foyer. Completed forms can also be placed in a designated box in the church foyer by the above deadline.
Acting Up Drama Classes
For more information on Drama Classes in your area please click here.
Children’s School of Contemporary Art
Offers creative classes for kids aged 3.5 – 15 years, in:
Drawing & Illustration, Painting, Sculpture, Fashion & Textiles
Enrollments now open for term one 2015
Visit us at www.csoca.net for more information
Johnny Moran Karate teaches karate classes to children and adults in the local area.
A special offer for the school’s students – 4 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!
Classes are held in the area after school and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment and for adults to get fit.
Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.
Call now to take advantage of this 4 week trial.
0402 830 402