Finally it is finished!
March 7th saw a wonderful coming together of the community to celebrate the opening of the Naturescape playground.
The work of co-ordinator, Melanie Bozich and architect, Nicole Francois was highlighted as well as the work of the marvellous “teams”. The focus of everyone’s efforts was making a difference to the children of the school and providing them with a wonderful place to play, rich with experiences and most importantly fun to play in.
Melanie Bozich wanted to take the challenge given to parents by Maggie Dent and try to provide to a playground that would actually help children develop and be challenged when they were in the playground. Not a steel and plastic structure but something special.
For architect Nicole Francois it was about revisiting her inner child and reflecting on the special gift that play provides to children – the opportunity to find joy, to learn through exploration and imagination. Nicole was also inspired by some the new play initiatives in Perth like the Kings Park Naturescape and the incorporating a certain amount of risk to the playground, so that children could play in a way that once was the norm – build cubbies, climb trees, find fossils, get dirty.
That balanced with the need to match the skill set of parents to materials available and so the collaborative and dynamic process began which then morphed into the amazing set of new play spaces that the children now have access to on a daily basis.
The innovative idea of creating teams allowed the project to be completed at break neck speed. These team leaders were acknowledged both on the opening night and at yesterday’s assembly. I have acknowledged the work of these teams in the Congratulations Section of the Newsletter.
To the hundreds of parents that lent a hand, donated materials, money or ideas the children of KPS sincerely thank you – present and future students as well as the community of Kensington.
Other school news
I also need to remind everyone of the early close on April 1st – this time is to allow parents and teachers to meet for a short interview.
This year we are trailing a new format of using the Music room with all teachers seated in that room and parents coming to that room.
Just an as amendment to the web site and parent calendar we have no assembly next week on the 25th March.
In other school news teachers have been busy refining and developing their skills on the new P&C purchased ipads.
A range of new and interesting lesson formats are being rolled out across the school. A fortnightly Cyber Cafe facilitated by Mr Pestana allows time and space for teachers to peer tutor as well as to learn to use new devices, all of which assist in the smooth running of the ICT program.
Thank you Mr Pestana for the wonderful behind the scenes work that you have completed at Kensington. Your persistence in working towards solving all of the technical issues involved in trying to get a 90 year old school be part of the modern era has paid off.
Teachers and Education Assistants have also participated in a range of professional learning this term, Spelling and Literacy support with Diana Rigg from Promoting Literacy Development.
New reading resources, decodeable readers have been purchased from the Dyslexia Speld organisation to support beginning and struggling readers.
IDP – individual documented plans (IDP) – teachers have been refining writing of clear learning pathway for students with additional needs. Any IDP will require a parent signature to ensure that a partnership is formed between the school and parents.
The focus of the professional learning has been designed to support of the key ideas identified in the move towards independent school status: successful students.
Ms Lisa Williamson
Patience is persevering – sticking with something for as long as it takes to finish it. When you are patient, you know that things take time, just as a seed you plant will some day grow into a flower or a fruit-bearing tree. Patience is a commitment to the future. It is doing something now so that later something good will happen. It is also tolerating all of the things necessary to make it happen. Patience is seeing the end in the beginning – doing what you can and then calmly waiting, with trust that the results will come.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 18 March 2015..
Virtue Awards 18/03/15
Honour Certificates 18/03/15
|9||Nate and Aiden||10||Jimmy|
|PP1||Frances and Milly||PP2||Lily and Caitlin|
|PP3||Amelie and Marcus|
- Wednesday 25 March – VPASSA Interschool Swimming Carnival (am)
- Tuesday 31 March – Pizza in the Garden for Term 1 Honour Certificate recipients
- Wednesday 1 April – Parent Interviews (school early close at 12pm)
- Thursday 2 April – WIRRA Club
- Thursday 2 April – Last Day of Term 1 for students
Here is an extract from Architect Nicole François speech – official opening ceremony – in which she describes the process and challenges in creating the play spaces.
1.Tyre Wave Mound: This was largely intended as a landscape insertion for running jumping bouncing play and we will be planting it out further in winter. Graham Tritton organised the salvaged tyres. Free fill and mulch came from the City of South Perth, along with our lovely mature trees.
2.Obstacle course: Adam Arnold was the team leader for this section, which was one of the hardest and biggest sections. The beautiful posts were salvaged from a demolished jetty down in Freo by Graham Tritton, Tanya got the rope was from the Fremantle port authority…and the rope from the ship that broke its moorings in the storm and crashed into the railway bridge! The tree trunks are from the Lend Lease freeway widening, and were sourced by Melanie.
3.UFO crash site: I really don’t know where the idea for this area came from! Somewhere in my weird brain. The pipes are salvaged from Humes. Jo Kapica led this section, which was a beautiful thing as her mother worked on placing the original pipe 30 years before! Thanks also to Glen, the artist, who understood exactly what I was after, and spent 8 hours meticulously painting aliens in the heat.
4.Slides: The slides were the problem child of the build – they were the first thing we bought but one of the last to go in! However Dave Mundy and team persevered, and they now look as if they always belonged there!
5.Stage area: The amphitheatre area has had several teams working on it – team Burling and team Steers. I guess with this area, I saw the potential to turn the amphitheatre into something that worked better, by making a stage to face the lawn, and building up the post screen and limestone blocks behind it. Tanya has been instrumental in organising this area.
6.Musical inspirations: The musical inspirations are Kate Colleran’s brainchild. Thankyou to Belmay Primary school for showing us their wonderful sound garden and thanks Kate for your wonderful and whimsical ideas.. including the keyboard on the footpath to nowhere!
7.Green Maze area: This area is really a landscape area. It had many ideas but no money. The team leader was Mel Tibbitts. We’ve put in new bushes and trees limestone potion bowls, a stump walk, and concrete edging. There will also be a new jarrah tepee by Dale and Greg Collins. We plan to put in further plants in winter and train them into little crawl tunnels and play areas for the kids.
8. Rocky creek bed area: Last but not least, the rocky creek bed area was finished this morning and led by Samantha Thompson. The idea for this area came from watching my daughter, Jamie and Molly Thompson, play endless games of fossicking for little rocks and pieces of gravel. I remembered the wonder at finding a fossil or a beautiful stone. So it was very appropriate that big Mark Thompson was on this team. He is responsible for the amazing and wonderful dinosaur fossils that are the centrepiece of this area…and all the incredible rocks and fossils There are several geological periods represented here from Ediacaran, Carboniferous, Devonian, Mesozoic and Pleistocene (that’s us!). This area is about wonder and discovery.
Faction Swimming Carnival
A great day was enjoyed by all swimmers at the Faction Swimming carnival.
Thanks to the many parents who volunteered their time to be time keepers. A special thanks to our starter Martine and chief timekeeper Francis.
The medallion winners were as follows:-
|3 & Under||Ava||Endeavour||124||Charlotte||Parmelia||110|
The final faction points were:-
Pink Stumps Day
Friday 20th March is Pink Stumps day. Pink Stumps day help raise funds for the McGrath Foundation to support the McGrath Breast Care Nurses in the communities both locally and nationally and to increase breast cancer awareness in young Australians. We are encouraging everyone to wear PINK on Friday and make a gold coin donation.
If you would like to make a donation online under Kensington Primary School name go to
Thank you to our PP2 class for this fantastic display of their abstract art work. Don’t forget to have a look in person.
Well Done Xavier!!
If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause please follow the link
Parents – if you have some time on Friday 27th March we have some laminating and making resources for the classes.
Please see your class teacher if you are interested in assisting. It will be in the library Friday 27th March 1pm to 3pm.
Ms Lisa Williamson
Thank you to Nicky Carey, Mel Noid and the P&C for funding the PLD Literacy sessions. These were held for Kindy to Yr 6 parents and presented by the dynamic Diana Rigg from PLD (Promoting Literacy Development).
Diana showed a range of easy but effective strategies to assist parents to partner with the teachers to increase oral language and written literacy, particularly in spelling.
Winter Uniform Orders
Order forms for the 2015 winter uniform order went out to children last week. The form can also be found on the school website. Forms with payment are due back no later than Friday 27th March. Please place completed forms in the P & C box in the library. We accept cash, cheque or credit card for payment of orders.
Thank you, the uniform ladies.
Rainbows Program: Peer Support for students experiencing Loss and Transitions
Rainbows is a helpful supportive program designed especially for children who are going through loss/ transitions arising from death and/or separation in the family.
When a loss/transition occurs in a family, the whole family is affected. Even though it appears to be a grown up problem, it does have a profound effect on the children it touches. If a family member dies, or separation/divorce occurs, not only do adults grieve, but children grieve also. Because of their age, and short life experiences, children may find it difficult to verbalise their feelings.
Children need guidance and compassion to bounce back. Rainbows offer coping tools to build the confidence and self-esteem of these children to facilitate their bouncing back.
I am exploring the possibility of commencing the program for students in Years 4 to 6 and am open to understanding the current need in other year levels too. If you feel your child would benefit from being in this program and would like him/her to participate, please invite your child to pick a registration form from their classroom. Consent of both parents is required for children who are signing up because of parental divorce/separation.
Alternatively, you can pick a registration form from the front office for your child. Parents with children from other year levels are welcome to let me know the current need level by completing the registration form placed in the front office too. Simply complete the registration form, return it to the school, in an envelope marked To: Chaplain, Confidential – Rainbows by Tuesday, 31 Mar.
School Lunch Orders
Just a reminder to parents that if you are ordering lunches online, please make sure you update your child’s class details so that lunches go to the correct classroom. To do this go to: http://www.schoollunchonline.com.au
Any questions, please contact School Lunch Online directly on: 1300 787 939
Meet the Homework/Tutoring Teachers
We are fortunate to have three talented teachers supervising homework and tutoring students from 3pm to 5.30pm every afternoon Monday to Friday at the school. The class takes place in Room 8 (LOTE room). The children attending are given a healthy snack on arrival and then take part in a fun activity. They then complete any homework for the day and/or are given online and paper resources to improve their literacy and numeracy. If the children are tired, they are given an appropriate game to play on the computer. Parents may collect their children anytime at or before 5.30pm.
To find out more and to enrol on the program, please visit http://www.homeworksupervision.com.au.
One of the teachers is being featured in each school newsletter for the term:
Ms Dianna Panzich-Sekulla (Wednesday and Friday class teacher)
Dianna is an experienced educator, having worked for more than 10 years in Western Australian public and private primary schools. She is qualified to teach Kindergarten to Year 6 and has worked in rural and metropolitan primary schools. Dianna holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in education. She attends professional development to remain informed about the evolving changes and trends in education at a State and National level.
“I feel privileged and proud to be part of the wider Kensington Primary School community as a professional teacher and tutor. Students attending these sessions after school experience a relaxed and enjoyable environment. They greatly benefit by being given an explicit learning opportunity with a qualified teacher as well as access to technology.”
I am always excited by the advances children make when offered an individualised learning opportunity such as this.”
Get Active Sports
Get Active Sports run sports programs for 3 to 8 year olds on weekend mornings in your school’s area. Click here for more information.
St Martin’s House
Vacancy: St Martin’s House Manager (20hrs wk)
An exciting and rewarding position is now available at the Anglican Op-Shop & Bookshop in Brandon Street, Kensington. This is a paid position at General Industry rates for someone who loves working in retail, with volunteers and within a worshipping community. For more details see attached flyer or call 9267 1918.
St Martin’s House Bazaar Saturday 21st March 9am-2pm
Our bi-monthly Bazaar will be held this Saturday with many great bargains for sale in our backyard and goods in our Op-Shop and Bookshop being sold at half price. For more information see attached flyer or call 9367 2798. Don’t miss the sausage sizzle, cake stall & morning tea.
Kidz ‘n Sport
Kidz ‘n Sport are running April holiday programmes in the Sourth Perth area again. They have a new flyer out with the details as well as programes for Term 2. Click here for the link.
Former School Chaplain, Stephen Motteram – Sales Representative
Stephen Motteram has recently started as a Sales Representative with the Professionals Stirling Clark in Forrestfield. He is currently creating a new client data base and would be happy to provide current property market information or to give free Competative Market appraisals to inform how your home value looks in the current property market. Whether purely for assessing your asset values, Insurance purposes, or when selling your home. For more information please contact Steve on 0402 082 178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifestreamers Childcare is running a vacation care program again these holidays. For more information, please click here.
Kent Street – Upcoming Cricket Trial Day
Kent Street Senior High School are having a trial day on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the WACA.
Please find attached Cricket Trial application for any interested year 6 students.
The Brick House
The Brick House is running LEGO workshops during the school holidays available for children ages 5 – 10. For more information please click here or telephone 9354 8515.
Check out our exciting range of courses running these April Holidays!
Please find enclosed our latest brochure, outlining the courses that we will be running in your area during the April school holidays. click here to view.
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