ANZAC Dawn Service
Friday 24th April 2015 will be remembered by students, staff, parents and community for the school’s celebration of the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. The Dawn Service was one of the most moving and empathetic events I have attended as a school principal and teacher over a 40 year career. Congratulations to the Kensington School community for allowing this to happen by sending your children to school early and attending yourselves in big numbers.
Our students’ behaviour was exceptional throughout the Service and even though it was early and quite cold they showed great maturity in being an integral part of the occasion.
I would like to thank all my staff who worked extremely hard to make the week leading up to and the day such a success. Mrs Dewing is to be congratulated on the sound and look of our choir and band – they were sensational. She also ensured everything was set up and ready by 5.30am! Our student leaders conducted the Service and themselves with dignity and pride. Thank you Raiyah for your very moving poem.
A special thank you to our guests of honour
- Mr Alan Booker (former Deputy Principal of Kensington Primary School) – a child friendly address to the school that was very interesting and a learning experience for all.
- Mr Kevin Trent (President of the RSL South Perth) – a great supporter of Kensington Primary and always brings respect to our ANZAC Services.
- LS Nigel Barrett (RAN bugler and parent) – has played for us over many years and adds something special to each of our Services.
The overall organisation was the responsibility of Ms Lisa and her staff committee. From the World War One incursion on Wednesday to the Service, organising the students, gunfire breakfast, set up and finally pack up – they made sure it all happened when it should have. Many thanks to you all.
Finally to the parent helpers who were extremely busy in the background helping us from 4.30am onwards – sound production, setting up, cooking, serving, packing away and supporting their children and the school – a very big thank you!
Didn’t the new stage and upgraded ampitheatre look great?
West OZ Wildlife
On Tuesday the West Oz Wildlife Zoo paid a visit to the children in Room 6. Two presenters introduced the children to a range of Australian animals and talked about their habitats and life cycles. Children were invited to ask their questions and interact with the animals. The two stars of the show were the koala and dingo. Many children have never had the opportunity to be up close and cuddly to these sorts of animals and certainly enjoyed their encounters.
Dr Paul Swan (Power of Parents – Numeracy Workshops)
A late reminder to parents of students in our K to Year 1 classes that Dr Paul Swan will be conducting a parent workshop entitle ‘Getting your children off to a good start in maths and the use of apps in maths’ this evening in the music room commencing at 7.00pm.
Check the P&C FaceBook page for more information – and click ‘like’ when you are there.
Further workshops have been planned for May 21 and June 11 for parents of children in Years 2 and 3 and Years 4 to 6 respectively.
Cost is just $5.00 per person.
School Vegetable Garden Project
The school vegetable garden project which is being run in conjunction with the Waste Wise program is really beginning to take shape. A giant worm farm (old bathtub) has been set up outside S1 and S2 and Mrs Skinner’s class is learning all about these wonderful recyclers – keeping them fed and happy. Big garden pots have been set up and two raised garden beds also laid out. Soon a shed will be constructed (Mr Walters is working on this now) and a rainwater tank installed to help the garden prosper. See this week’s Southern Gazzette for a picture and story about the work the children are doing.
This is a great project and the school is very appreciative of the effort of Mrs Skinner and Mrs Smith (and their husbands) . These special activities take time and extra energy to work properly and be of benefit to the students. Thank you.
Cold and Flu Season
With the onset of colder weather we get to see a lot of children come down with colds and even influenza. Class teachers spend time teaching children about hygiene and how to prevent the spread of germs by using tissues and covering their mouths when sneezing. However, it is best for parents to keep their children at home if they are feeling unwell, have bad coughs and/or runny noses for the sake of their classmates (some of whom my be very susceptible to these common ailments) and the staff (who we want at school everyday).
A Day Made Better
Exceptional teachers do more than just teach – by going above and beyond the call of duty they inspire, nurture and encourage students to build knowledge, confidence and life-skills.
A Day Made Better rewards and recognises exceptional primary school teachers across the country. We invite parents, students, family and friends – as well as teachers, principals and school administrators to show their appreciation by giving them the recognition they deserve.
This year, ten exceptional teachers will be recognised for their inspirational work with a surprise event, $2000 of OfficeMax arts, craft, stationery and office supplies for their classroom, plus an Apple iPad.
So if you know of a primary school teacher that goes above and beyond in their classroom, show your support now.
Go to http://www.adaymadebetter.com.au/school/kensington-primary-school-kensington-wa to see who has been nominated from Kensington Primary Shool. Perhaps, even nominating another teacher or adding a comment about a teacher already nominated.
Food Allergy Week 2015
Australia has one of the highest reported incidences of food allergies in the world, and the numbers are growing at an alarming rate. In fact, one in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy.
An allergic reaction can quickly become life threatening and people can die from food allergy. While the risk cannot be removed, it can be managed.
It’s up to all of us to be allergy aware – to know how to minimise the risk of a reaction, to know what to do if a reaction happens, and to understand and support family, friends and colleagues living with food allergies.
SHOW YOU CARE
There are several ways that you can Show You Care during Food Allergy Week 2015
• Paint one nail to symbolise that one in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy
• Adopt an allergy for a day/week to better understand the challenges people with allergy face every single day
• Download a badge to use through your social media channels
• Hold your own community fundraising or awareness-raising event during the week and notify your local paper. You can download a press release template here
• Make a donation here
Parents interested in looking into protective behaviours for their children should log onto the Protective Behaviours WA webpage at http://www.protectivebehaviourswa.org.au/
Thankfulness is a way to get perspective when things don’t look good and you start to lose hope. It is a way to grow when painful things happen, by looking at the gifts which are always there, even when they seem hidden. Without thankfulness people would stay focused on negativity. They would do nothing but whine and complain. They would miss the beauty of life and the power of learning, especially during difficult times.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 29 April 2015.
Virtue Awards 29/04/2015
Honour Certificates 11/04/15
|9||Eliza and David||10||Josephine|
|PP1||Meg and Nicole||PP2||Chelsea and Matilda|
|PP3||Austin and Madeleine|
- Thursday 7 May – Jump Jam Demo (9am) Whole School UCA
- Thursday 7 May – School Council
- Thursday 7 May – Paul Swan – Kindy to Yr1
- Friday 8 May – Health Talk Year 6’s
- Friday 8 May – Senior Sport
- Wednesday 13 May – Assembly
- Friday 15 May – Senior Sport
- Monday 18 May and Wednesday 20 May – Circus
- Thursday 21 May – Paul Swan – Yr 2 and Yr 3
Running Club continues for all interested students on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8.00am – 8.30am on the oval. New runners welcome.
Senior Sport has started again on Fridays from 2.00 – 3.00pm for students in Year 4 – 7. Netball, Basketball, Football, Lacrosse and Dance are the sports we are participating in for 3 weeks.
Room 9 and S1 are fortunate to be participating in The Aussie Hoops program for 4 weeks in their PE lesson. We have been chosen to participate in this new initiative from Basketball Australia by the Perth basketball Club.
In week 5 students will be doing circus skills in their PE lesson. This is an ongoing program where students will have one week of circus skills each term.
Pre-primary will participate in the program in Term 3.
Please follow this link for updated information from the School Chaplain
KENSINGTON P&C ASSOC SCITECH NIGHT
FRIDAY 5 JUNE – 5PM TO 8PM
You are all invited to a fun packed family evening at Scitech on Friday 5 June 2015 from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are $11 per person, 3 years and under free.
A selection of beer, wine & soft drinks will be available for purchase on the night. Pizzas will be available on a pre-order basis only. Cakes & slices will also be available for purchase on the night.
All order forms and payments must be returned to the P&C Box in the office by Wednesday 20 May.
To capitalise on some of the fantastic Kensington community spirit we saw in the building of our naturescape playground, the P&C thought it would be a good idea to try and harness the great potential of the Dads within the school.
Through a combination of Dad’s social events and Dad & kid’s activities we can develop and encourage the ongoing and regular participation of Dads within the school.
As a starting point the P&C, in conjunction with the Fathering Project have organised an information evening on “ The powerful role of men in young lives” on Thursday the 28th of May at the Como Bowling Club.
Come along for a beer and listen to the important job that we have as Dads and at the same pick up plenty of tips to make sure we’re doing the right thing.
Dad’s, Father figures (uncles, granddads etc.) and Mums are welcome.
(Obviously significant brownie points to be earned by Dads attending!!)
RSVP and Tickets $5 to the P&C box in the School office by May 22nd please
7.00pm for 7.30 start 28th May 2015 – Como Bowls Club, 99 Hensman St, Como
Enquiries: Dave Mundy 0433095416
Why is it so hard for some children to listen?
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a term used to describe a range of disorders that result in a breakdown in the hearing process.
CAPD occurs when our brain can’t make sense of the sounds we hear because the auditory signal is distorted in some way. One of the biggest problems for children with CAPD is struggling to focus in noisy environments.
While CAPD affects many children, it’s often undiagnosed because some of the behavioural symptoms are identified in other learning disabilities.
To help tackle this issue, Australian Hearing offers services for teachers and parents:
- Training for CAPD: Our expert clinicians will equip teachers with knowledge and practical strategies to identify and manage CAPD in the classroom. All participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the session.
Assessing for CAPD*: Concerned parents can book a test for their child at our Australian Hearing centres. If the child is diagnosed with CAPD, our clinicians will develop an appropriate management or remediation program
About Australian Hearing
With over 67 years’ experience supporting people’s good hearing health, Australian Hearing is the nation’s leading hearing specialist, researcher and largest provider of government funded hearing services.
Australian Hearing provides subsidised hearing care for eligible people, including pensioners, most veterans, children and young adults under 26, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50 and adults with complex hearing. To find out more information on our CAPD programs, including the locations of participating centres visit http://www.hearing.com.au.
Note, this fee-for service is available for children 6 years old and above, and who do not have a hearing loss.
Willetton Senior High School
A Leading School Celebrating Achievement
Specialist Basketball Program 2016
Willetton SHS is offering current Year 6 to Year 11 students with proven basketball talent the opportunity to develop their potential through expert coaching and intensive tuition. Selection will be based on students having academic record, good personal character references, athletic talent and a commitment to basketball. The Prospectus and application forms can be found on our website: www.willettonshs.wa.edu.au
The closing date for application is Wednesday, 24 June 2015.
The program is available to any eligible student throughout Western Australia.
Willetton Senior High School Fax: 9333 4907
Pinetree Gully Road, Willetton WA 6155 Ph: 9334 7200
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Kakoda Track Fundraising Movie Night
As a Kensington parent I’d like to let you know that on 22 August I am tackling the Kokoda track to raise vital funds for Surf Life Saving Australia, an organisation who save thousands of Australian lives each year. My goal is to raise $100 for each of the 96 kilometres I trek to help purchase vital surf rescue equipment. All money raised will go to Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club.
To help me achieve this goal I have organised a Movie Night With Disney’s much anticipated new release Inside Out @ the Cygnet Cinema, Como – Friday 19 June 15 – 6pm -Tickets $18 per adult and $15 per child (0-12) years.
If you would like to come and help make a difference please email me at email@example.com.
Alternatively, if you can’t come along and still want to help please visit, and circulate, my Everyday Hero page; https://surflifesaving-kokoda2015.everydayhero.com/au/jennifer
Thank you so much for any support you can provide
Kensington Police Station will be having an OPEN DAY
Sunday 24th May 11.00am – 3.00pm. For more information, please click here to view the Flyer
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY PROGRAM
The research team at the Neurocognitive Development Unit will be hosting the Children’s Activity Program over the July 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009