A very busy term has now finished and students and staff will be looking forward to their well-earned break. We take this opportunity to wish all our students and their parents/carers a very happy and safe Easter and end of term holiday. School finishes at 3.00pm on Thursday 2 April.
Hopefully we’ll see all our students back at school ready for another full term on Tuesday 21 April.
Thank you to staff and parents for the great response to our Parent Interviews on Wednesday. This was a chance to meet with the classroom teachers and get a general idea how things are going with your child in the class. If you need a more in-depth time please arrange this through the classroom teacher at a mutually convenient time.
Please ensure when meeting with classroom teachers that an appointment has been made. The classroom is a very busy place before school and many staff find that impromptu meetings that involve more than a casual exchange of information impacts on their daily routines and preparation. This is also true of the period after school when lessons for the following day may need prepping. Staff are always willing to discuss issues and concerns but if given the right notice can do so in a more prepared and professional manner. Having regard for teachers’ private obligations before and after school is always appreciated.
If a situation arises where more than two meeting per term are needed to discuss a child’s progress or achievement then it is probably a good idea to include Ms Lisa in ongoing meetings to ensure all the school’s resources are available to meet any needs that are identified.
It has been reported to me that a number of used syringes have been seen in the leaf litter in the underpass that connects Banksia Terrace to the western side of Canning Highway. Parents may need to warn their children about the dangers of these implements and to ensure they wear closed in shoes.
Congratulations PP 2 on a fantastic display in our school’s front foyer.
Please take the time to see this work personally.
Thank you to Ms Lisa for taking over the role of principal whilst I was absent. Ms Lisa is a conscientious administrator who puts in a lot of hard work for the children of Kensington Primary School. We are very lucky to have her at this school.
ANZAC Commemorative Service
This year our ANZAC Commemorative Service will be a special Dawn Service held in the school’s newly refurbished amphitheatre (weather permitting) commencing at 6.10am on Friday 24 April (the first Friday of Term 2).
Our ANZAC Services have traditionally been child centred and we carry on this practice for 2015 with our senior students conducting the readings, tributes and items.
To enable class wreaths to be made we would appreciate your support by sending in a flower and/or some greenery from your garden (or a friendly neighbour’s) with each child on Thursday 23 April.
Past and current serving members of the Military associated with families of the school are welcome to attend.
Service starts at 6.10am – school finish 11 am – school will take care of students who are unable to be collected.
A Program will be sent with the 22nd April newsletter.
Please bring a folding chair to sit on.
Respect for the Service – no dogs, Kindy students stay with parents or with teachers – all children to stay off the playground equipment until after the service.
Our school day is planned to be;
5.45am Students arrive – Kindy have the option of sitting with parents
6.00am Move to amphitheatre
6.10am Dawn Service
7.00-7.30am Students return to their classrooms
7.30am BBQ breakfast
7.30- 8.30am Breakfast and play
8.30- 11.00 Students in class including crunch and sip
11.00am End of school day
Students not collected at 11.00am—to be supervised from 11.00am until up to 3.00pm.
A raft of studies (search email stress ) are pointing to the excessive workload that emails can create in the workplace and the resulting stress placed on employees. Whilst I have encouraged the staff at Kensington Primary School to communicate via our email service I would also like to point out a few caveats that everyone should observe.
- Teaching staff are not available 24/7 to read and respond to emails – emails are just one part of our teachers’ workload and excessive use impinges on preparation, marking and recording.
- Out of normal school hours is teachers’ personal time and the school and Education Department does not have an expectation that staff will check inboxes during this time.
- A reasonable time for an answer would be around 24 to 48 hours, depending on the content.
- Teachers use email at their discretion – it is not a condition of their employment to be using electronic communications.
The sensible use and expectations for school/parent emails will ensure good communication is maintained whilst respecting each other’s private times and work commitments.
Contributions and Charges Reminder
A reminder that ‘Contributions and Charges’ as well as the P&C levy can still be paid at the school’s front office. These funds provide student resources across the curriculum and are very much appreciated by the school and our students.
During the holiday period school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become targets to a small number of offenders. The upcoming holiday period is from Friday 3 April until Sunday 19 April.
If you live near the school or are just passing by, I ask that you keep an eye on the grounds for us. Listen for unusual noises, look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and notice if groups of children or teenagers are congregating around the school. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing damage to our school. I urge you to report any suspicious activity immediately to;
SCHOOL WATCH – 1800 177 777
POLICE – 131 444
Pizza in the Garden
Congratulations to our Honour Certificate recipients for Term One who enjoyed a few pieces of pizza at afternoon break on Tuesday.
- Thursday 2 April – Last day of Term 1
- Friday 3 April – Good Friday (Public Holiday)
- Saturday 4 April – School Holidays Commence
- Monday 20 April – Staff Development Day (PUPIL FREE DAY)
- Tuesday 21 April – First day of Term 2 for students
- Friday 24 April – Anzac day Dawn Service 6.10am
School Concert Band
Once again the school concert band represented Kensington Primary at the South Perth Fiesta on the shady verge outside the Mill Point Road Fresh Food Market a few weeks ago. It was terrific to see so many parents and siblings come along to support our students as they played a 40 minute set. The band played a number of pieces and was backed up by some fantastic soloist performances. Given that the band has lost a number of ‘seasoned’ Year Six and Sevens from last year and the length of time they have had to rehearse for this performance their sound was fantastic. I know from the looks of the audience that they thought so too. Thank you to Mrs Dewing, Mr Barrett and Mrs Lissienko for all the effort you have put into this special group of children. Thank you to the parents who ensured our students looked so professional and to Mill Point Road Fresh Food Market for the providing the venue, food and the ice-cream treat at the end of the performance.
Inter School Swimming Carnival
Last Wednesday we competed in the VPASSA Swimming Carnival. We had a great day as a team winning many races both individual and relays. Congratulations to our individual champions.
100m Champion: Pia
Year 6: Champion: Pia
Year 5 Runner Up: Luis
Year 4 Runner Up: Kiera
Congratulations to the team for being the overall Champions. The final results were:
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Thanks to parents Martine and Sharron and to our Year 6 students Layla, Jess and Oliver for assisting at the carnival.
This term students from the Senior block have participated in sport on Fridays from 2.00pm – 3.00pm. Students have chosen from the following sports Tennis, Volleyball, Newcombe Ball, Cricket or Tee Ball. We have had 5 sessions. The emphasis has been on game play.
Parents are reminded that on Wednesday 22 April, with the financial support of the P&C, we are very privileged to have the “The Westralian Great War Living History Association “ at the school. Students from Year 1 -6 will spend time with the group.
This Association is dedicated to those who served in World War 1. They will be based at the school for the day and they will present and discuss with the children the uniform, weaponry and daily life challenges for those who served in WW1.
This group presents to schools and community groups throughout the state – check out their facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Westralian-Great-War-Living-History-Association-WAGWLHA/197394943638801
However should you feel you would prefer your child not to participate in these sessions please inform your child’s teacher at the start of Term 2
We have 26 students attending and they enjoy playing and learning how to play.
Many thanks to Mr. Pestana for your great support organising the students. At this stage we have organised groups according to chess level, such as who know how to play and who have to learn.
Any donations would be appreciated. We need more boards and chess clocks.
We look forward for next term.
Chaplain Activities: BUZ (Build Up Zone) Revision and Virtues Program
Message from the School Chaplain. To view please click on this link
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 Monday, 4 May.
Pink Stumps Day.
Thanks to everyone who dressed up in pink and made a donation to support Breast Cancer Nurses. On Friday we raised $426 and thanks to those who donated on-line to make our total $571. You can still donate on-line at: – http://pinkstumpsday2015.gofundraise.com.au/page/pinkkensington
Dear School Community,
Kensington Primary School P&C will be on a Local Matters jar at Grill’d Victoria Park this April.
So make sure you tell all your family and friends to put their bottle top in the jar at Grill’d for Kensington Primary School P&C.
Last Minute Finishes to Playground
Thanks to Team Thompson for finishing off their project on the morning of the Launch. Mark and Kelly Thompson donated an array of fossils and special pieces to the rocky creek bed. Children can fossil and explore the different areas at a relaxing pace. This area has become a favourite with the children. More information to come soon on how best to use the area.
Also, Team Kapica put the finishing touches to their alien space ship area – so beautiful and quirky
Bahai Day Camp
Bahai Day camp is on again these holidays. For more information please click here.
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY PROGRAM
The research team at the Neurocognitive Development Unit will be hosting the Children’s Activity Program over the April school holidays. Children attend for one day and participate in a range of computer tasks, word games and puzzles, as well as other fun activities. If your child is aged between 7 and 11 years and you would like us to send you an information pack, please email email@example.com or mail to the address below with your preferred postal address.
Children’s Activity Program
Neurocognitive Development Unit
School of Psychology, M304
The University of Western Australia
Better Health Program
More information also available from Mrs Stanford
GirlPower are delighted to announce our 2015 schedule for community parent-daughter workshops. Fuzzies and Friends is for girls in Years 1 and 2 with their parents and the highly acclaimed Language of Friendship workshop is for girls in Years 3 – 6 with their parents. We welcome all community members to attend these events held in the Founders Centre for Early Learning at Perth College.
For more information please click here
Break Point Tennis
Break Point Tennis in South Perth and holding Activity Clinics during the School Holiday and for Term 2, 2015. For more information, please follow this link
Kent Street Senior High School Aviation Newsletter – March 2015
To view Kent Street Senior High Aviation Newsletter please click here
Piano & Singing Lessons.
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