During last year Shannon May (Year 2 Room 4), won special recognition in the ‘A Day Made Better’ awards sponsored by Office Max. As part of the competition a number of videos have been created highlighting why the ten teachers across Australia were selected.
If you are interested in seeing Miss May’s video please click on the link below (and get a box of tissues). Thanks to everyone who made the video such a positive advertisement for Kensington Primary School.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data – Information for Parent/Carers
All Australian governments have agreed to implement a new national data collection on school students with disability. From 2015 this data collection will occur in every school year.
It is a requirement for us as a school to contribute to this collection so as to assist Governments and the Department of Education to make better policies and to understand the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all of our students.
Further information is available about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with a Disability at http://education.gov.au/nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability
The term disability for the purposes of this data collection is quite varied. It includes individuals needing assistance including those of the following nature;
Medical e.g. diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy etc.
Learning e.g. significant speech delay, dyslexia, ADHD
Physical e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy
Sensory e.g. significant hearing and/or vision impairment
The identifying data will be collected at the school and the Department of Education WA with no individual student identified at the national level of reporting data.
If you DO NOT want your child(ren) to be included please use this form and send the reply slip back to the school office by Friday 6th March.
Dogs Around the School
I would ask parents who walk their dogs to school to be mindful about where their pets are left whist the children are being picked up. We have at least one child who is severely allergic to dog hair and as such can go into anaphylactic shock if she comes into contact with a dog. With dogs being tied up inside the school around gates (including the pre-primary gate) it is sometimes difficult for this child to leave the school without coming into close contact with a dog.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
As you may be aware, a number of berry products have been linked to cases of hepatitis A across Australia. The Department of Health has advised that the following products should not be consumed:
- Nanna’s Mixed Berries, frozen in 1 kilogram plastic bags with best before dates up to and including 22/11/2016
- Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries in 300 gram (best before 10/12/2017) or 500 gram (best before 6/10/2017) packs
- Nanna’s Raspberries (frozen) in 1 kilogram plastic bags with best before dates up to and including 15/09/2016.
We had a class make muffins last week but they did not use any of the products listed above. The class teacher has kept a close eye on the products recalled and has confirmed with the supplier that the raspberries used by the class were not linked to the contaminated fruit.
Parents will be kept informed with any further information if this situation changes.
Whole School Assembly
This year staff have requested that school assemblies are conducted under a new format. One class will have responsibility for the comparing and another class will be performing the class item.
Our assembly recognition awards (Honour Certificates and Virtues Awards) have been looked at as well. Students who receive an Honour Certificate will now receive an invitation to the end of Term, Pizza in the Garden whilst our Virtue Awardees will receive the $10 voucher for Mill Point Fresh Food Market.
Remember that our assemblies are held most even week Wednesdays, commencing at 9.00am, and everyone is welcome to attend. The next whole school assembly will be Wednesday 25 February.
P&C Office Bearers of 2015
Last Tuesday the Kensington Primary School P&C Association held its AGM. With over twenty people in attendance the new office bearers were elected in quick order. Thank you to everyone who supports our P&C and especially to our outgoing committee who did a fantastic job throughout 2014 and the years’ preceding.
This year’s office bearers are;
President Ms Sam Thompson*
Vice President Ms Rebecca Watson*
Secretary Ms Alison Wallace*
Treasurer Ms Tanya Steers*
Uniform Co-ordinator Ms Jenny Brittain
Grounds and Facilities Ms Melanie Bozich*
Fundraising Ms Melanie Tibbitts*
Memorabillia Ms Karen Mahar
Music Ms Julie Barrett*
Library/Bookclub Ms Susan Henwood
School Banking Ms Shannon Kynaston and Ms Jennifer Safstrom
School Board Rep Ms Kathryn Shortland-Jones
Executive Member Ms Catherine Parker*
*Denotes member of P&C Executive
ANZAC Memorial Service – Parent Survey
Last week the school emailed a survey to all families requesting feedback on the possibility of conducting a Dawn Service on Friday 24th April. This would require families to have their children at school by 5.50am for a 6.00 o’clock start. Students would be given a BBQ breakfast and then return to classes up until 11.00am. At this time they would be dismissed for the long weekend. Students who were not able to be picked up would remain at school under the supervision of the Administration Team.
We would need a clear indication from the survey results before committing the school to the Dawn Service.
Kindergarten and Pre-Primary Literacy Session – Workshop 1
On Tuesday evening parents and community were invited to a Literacy session with Diana Rigg. With over 50 parents attending the evening was very informative and well presented.
Thank you to Nicky Carey, Melanie Noid and Ms Lisa for organising the event and ensuring the presentation ran smoothly. Special thanks to our K and P parents who attended – I’m sure everyone left with some worthwhile information to help their children prepare for their Literacy journeys.
Workshop 2: Year 1 and 2 parents Wednesday 4 March
Support early reading, spelling and writing.
Workshop 3: Year 3 to 6 parents Tuesday 17 March
Flyers and sign up forms available from the front office.
Upfront Charges for 2015
Once again we have had a very good response to our upfront charges. This is a great way to pay upfront for all your child(ren)’s class related charges. This includes swimming lessons, incursions/excursions, sporting competitions, cooking, dance, circus and the like.
Please note: Students who have not paid for an incursion/excursion will not be able to participate unless payment arrangements have been negotiated with our Registrar, Ms Della Nuthall.
For your convenience the school office has EFTPOS facilities (both debit and credit card options) available. Please come in and see the ladies in the front office as soon as possible.
Students Who Arrive Early at School
We ask all students who arrive at school early (before 8.30am when the gates open) to assemble and sit in the undercover area. At 8.15am a Deputy Principal comes to this area to supervise. Students should not play in the school grounds before school as our ability to provide adequate duty of care is severely restricted. Parents are requested not to take children to the playgrounds, even if they are staying with them as it encourages students who do not have adult supervision to join in, with the potential for an accident greatly increased.
Protective Behaviour Resources
At the request of the School Board I have placed the link below for parents who may be looking for Child Protective Behaviour resources.
No matter what you are doing excellence means you are giving it the best you have. Excellence is what leads to success. It takes courage to practice excellence. When you practice excellence you can break new ground and try new things that have never been thought of before. Doing your best helps you find out who you really are.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 11 February
Virtue Awards 11/2/15
Honour Certificates 11/2/15
- Mon 23 Feb – Fri 27 Feb – Swimming Lessons Year 6 at Cottesloe Beach
- Wednesday 25 February – Assembly – Chaplains Group
- Monday 2 March – Public Holiday
- Wednesday 4 March Year 1-2 Parent info Literacy session 7-8pm
Faction Swimming Carnival Wednesday 11th March 2015.
Permission notes will be sent home next week to all Year 4 -6’s and some invited Year 2’s and 3’s for the Faction Swimming Carnival. You must have passed stage 5 to swim in the events at the carnival. If your child is in Year 2 or 3 and has passed Stage 5 and they want to swim in the carnival let Mrs Stanford know. Stage 1 -4 swimmers from Year 4 – 6 will take part in supervised water activities with Ms Fowler. All Year 4 – 6 students will attend the carnival.
The Carnival is at Aqualife from 9.15am – 12.00noon.
Parent volunteers are required for timing – no experience necessary. Please let Raema Stanford know if you can assist.
The Interschool team will be chosen from times recorded at the carnival.
Swim Training Commences
Swimming training commenced on Monday morning at 7.45am with five hardy swimmers ready to brave the water a Kent Street Senior High School’s pool. Training is conducted by Ryan Stamford each Monday and Wednesday. A parent needs to be on hand to help with their child’s supervision. Training finishes at 8.15am in plenty of time to get to school. The last three training sessions will be on Mon 23rd Feb, Tues 24th Feb and Wed 4th March.
Year 6 Swimming
Year 6 swimming at Cottesloe commences on Monday. Students in this cohort need to bring their swimming gear (bathers, rashie, towel, hat, bottle of water and sunscreen) every day next week. Students at this age are expected to take responsibility for ensuring they are well protected from the sun and maintain their hydration throughout the lessons.
24 creative year 5’s and 6’s have become the art club for 2015. This term we are doing a number of things, tie-dye tee shirts, clay sculptures, recycled bags and canvas painting. Art club started in week 2 and is on Tuesday morning at 8am for the children who have written a note. Thanks to Mrs. Sharpham who is doing the clay sculptures with us and thanks to Mrs. Millar who has given us the opportunity to do extra art out of class.
-by Sophie Year 6
This term a group of year 5’s and 6’s in art club are going to be making their very own tie-dye t-shirts. Tie-dyeing is a method of colouring fabrics such as bags or t-shirts using dye. We have been researching different colours and deigns so that our t-shirts are just how we like them.
-by Raiyah Year 6
This term a group of year 5’s and 6’s in art club are making dragon sculptures out of clay with Mrs. Sharpham. Clay takes a while to process so we haven’t done much yet.
-by Mia Year 6
Kensington Primary School P & C Facebook Page
The P&C is open to all parents and guardians as well as community members. The P&C aims to promote the interests of the school through cooperation & partnership between parents, teachers, students and members of the local community. This is achieved by assisting with the provision of resources, facilities and amenities for the school and fostering community interest in educational matters.
The Kensington Primary School P&C has a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kensington-Primary-School-PC/141627912684482
We provide information and reminders on upcoming events, fundraisers and other relevant information via our Facebook page. We encourage you to view and like our page.
There are some exciting activities happening at school this year and our Facebook page is a key way to stay informed.
Como PS and South Perth PS are hosting Maggie Dent, presenting her seminar on “Nurturing Kids Hearts and Souls”, as part of the City of South Perth’s Fiesta! 2015 program at the South Perth Civic Centre.
Wednesday 11 March
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Tickets are available through http://www.eventbrite.com.au/Nurturing-Kids-Hearts-&-Souls. ($25pp + booking fee) For more information please contact Claire on 0439 966 194
St Martin’s House
St Martin’s House is inviting everyone interested in Home Décor & Art to their Op-Shop from 24th to 28th February.
This will be the first of a series of ‘Theme Weeks’ planned for 2015. A special selection of paintings, frames, ornaments, vases etc. will be on display as well as the usual range of top quality used clothing and home wares. We sell quality used goods at bargain basement prices; all proceeds support the work and ministries of the Anglican Parish of Kensington.
The shop opening hours are Tuesday to Friday between 9am & 2pm
For more information visit our website on www.kensington.perth.anglican.org.
For Junior triathlon information click here
For Women’s triathlon information click here