Dale, Greg and Flynn, with help from their family members Narelle and Gerrad built this tepee on the Mothers’ Day weekend – another magnificent addition to the naturescape garden courtesy of this very supportive and generous family. Thank you to the two sisters and their families. Also a big thank you to Dale and Narelle’s father, who sourced the trees on his land and prepared the poles for the structure.
The poles of the tepee have been dug in deep and pegged through with massive pegs so it should be a strong structure for years to come. This area is now almost completely transformed from the overgrown lawn and weedy area it used to be to a fun and imaginative green play space for our children.
The Mayor of the City of South Perth, Mrs Sue Doherty visited the school on Monday morning to view first-hand the naturescape playground. The Mayor was extremely impressed, especially when informed that this was a 100% parent project that took under 12 months to complete. Our thanks to the City of South Perth for their ongoing support of Kensington Primary School.
Kindergarten and Pre-primary enrolments 2016
Applications for enrolment of students entering Kindergarten, Pre-primary or changing schools in the 2016 school year are to be completed by Friday 3 July, 2015 – last day of this term.
Parents/carers are encouraged to submit their applications before the end of the Term 2.
An ‘Application for Enrolment’ is required for all students entering Kindergarten and Pre-primary, even if your child is currently enrolled at Kensington in the Kindergarten program.
Pre-primary students using their new e-board.
Intentions to Return to Kensington Primary in 2016
Each year parents are requested to inform the school if they intend sending their child(ren) back to Kensington Primary School in the following year. This early advice is a good indicator for the school to apply for extra classroom accommodation (if needed) and start early planning of class structures and the mix of teachers needed.
This year the School Board has designed a parent survey to accompany this request for information. A major strategic priority contained in the school’s developing Business Plan is for Kensington Primary School to;
‘Become a senior school (Year 4 to 6) of choice by reversing the trend of Year 4 students exiting the school to take up positions in private schools.’
The survey asks parents of children who are leaving the school before the end of Year 6 to outline the reasons why – across a range of factors that our students move away. The information collected will enable us to direct our energies and resources in a strategic way to try to encourage parents to choose Kensington Primary School as their primary school of choice.
As such we will be sending home with each child a survey form and envelope to be filled out and returned to school as soon as possible. Comments and reasons will remain confidential, however, I am asking for student names to assist in the planning for classes into 2016.
A copy of the survey will be sent to all parents on our email list for those who wish to lodge these electronically. Remember we need a form for each child for planning purposes.
Students in the Playground after School
Kensington Primary School is proud that it is an integral part of the community. Parents have contributed to making the school grounds extremely inviting and I’m sure everyone is proud of the facilities the school has to offer.
I would ask that parents of students who remain after school to use these facilities ensure that adequate supervision is undertaken. Students who do not have a parent or carer present should leave the school grounds once they are released from class. Please ensure your child follows the same rules that the school enforces during the school day. Dangerous play cannot be tolerated even if a parent or carer is present.
It would be appreciated if the Pre-primary and Kindergarten yards are vacated by 3.30pm. The staff in our Early Childhood Centre are usually busy preparing for the next day and need some respite as they complete this work. Younger children are most welcome to join with their parents and older siblings in playing in the naturescape playground and sand pit areas.
Your cooperation in these matters is very much appreciated.
Wheelchairs for Kids
Wheelchairs for Kids is an organisation managed by Christian Brother Ollie Pickett, with the help of retiree volunteers in Australia to make and distribute wheelchairs to poor, disabled children in developing countries. They make about 300 a month; millions are needed but everyone makes a difference.
Each and every one at Kensington Primary School can contribute to this great cause by collecting aluminium cans. The money collected from the sale of these cans help fund this campaign. Mrs Teresa Culmsee has volunteered to collect the cans every second Wednesday (alternate to our Whole School Assemblies), weigh them and get them to a recycling centre as a way of helping this worthwhile group. So bring your aluminium cans in to school – the top collector will win a prize at the end of the year (prize to be confirmed).
Collection point will be in the undercover area commencing at around 8.15am to 8.45am. Our first collection day will be Wednesday 3 June.
Power of Parents – Maths Workshops
On Thursday 7 May, fifty parents of children in Kindergarten to Year 1 attended an evening of maths learning with Dr Paul Swan. This’ hands on’ session started out with Paul providing parents with a list of great maths apps and a caution about screen time. Paul was able to show us that simple objects such as dice and dominoes can be used to teach children some very complex mathematical concepts.
Our next session will be this evening commencing at 7.00pm in the music room. This evening’s target group is parents of children in years 2 and 3. Please make the effort to come along and have some fun whilst learning how to help your child succeed in maths.
Thank you to our P&C for their support of these evenings – Paul indicated that he comes to Kensington Primary School because of the proactive parent group and the attendance of so many parents.
Monday June 1 – WA Day
A reminder to all parents that Monday 1 June is a public holiday in Western Australia. The school will be closed on this day.
Go to http://www.celebratewa.com.au/ for more information and great ideas to celebrate WA Week.
This Friday afternoon will be the annual P&C Lapathon. The event is a great fundraiser for the P&C and everyone is welcome to attend on Friday to be part of this event.
It is possible to pack your child a nutritious lunch box that will actually come home at the end of the day empty and eaten.
Try these tips:
- Think about what your child likes to eat at home and try to translate that into a lunch box option.
- Vegetables are often overlooked in the lunch box. Try cutting up some carrot sticks or putting in a handful of cherry tomatoes.
- While the humble apple is a great lunch box filler (sturdy and hard to squash), consider cutting softer fruit up and putting it into a smaller container for protection. Berries and kiwi fruit survive very well this way.
- Dairy can be hard to include, particularly in hot weather. If you can’t safely get a yoghurt into the lunch box, make sure you offer dairy when she/he comes home from school.
- Last night’s leftovers in a container with a small spoon can make a welcome change to the parade of endless sandwiches.
- Try putting together a small picnic in her/his lunch box – slices of tomato, ham, grated carrot, grated cheese and some bread and butter – so she/he can build her own sandwich.
- Stick to water in the drink bottle – most juices are full of sugar and make the drink-bottle smelly. They also don’t do a very good job of quenching thirst.
- Homemade pikelets are a great snack – easy to make ahead of time, they’re filling and don’t require any extra toppings.
Allergy Awareness Week – A thank you
I am a Mum with an allergy kid. Having a child diagnosed with a severe nut allergy is scary and frightening. The risk of our child stopping breathing because of eating allergic foods is real and is lived every minute of every day. We cannot be complacent because it is a matter of life or death.
This year for Allergy Awareness Week (17-23 May) I wanted to say a special thank you to all those parents who go out of their way to make cakes/treats for class that do not contain allergic foods and that clearly communicate this to me. Not only does it give me peace of mind that you understand the danger and seriousness of food allergies but it helps make life a little easier for my child who can eat and enjoy cake with everyone else.
Don’t forget you can paint one nail this week to show your support and awareness about allergies. If you want to read more about allergies go to: http://www.foodallergyaware.com.au/awareness/
The cold weather and outdoor exercise program has seen a rise in the number of children requiring to use their puffers. Could parents please ensure their child(ren) bring their puffers to school each day so they can be used if necessary.
Could parents please take some time to discuss the following simple poem that carries such an important message with your children?
PP 3 students have produced some amazing work for this fortnight’s Foyer Display. Come and have a look at their fantastic efforts.
Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving, and being. Thankfulness is being grateful for the little things which happen around you and within you every day. To be thankful is to have a sense of wonder about the beauty of this world and to welcome all of life as a gift. Thankfulness is a path to contentment.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 13 May.
Virtue Awards 13/05/2015
Honour Certificates 13/05/2015
|S3||Ryan, Lucia, Lachlan, Jasmine, Raiyah, Josephine, Jessica & Layla|
|PP1||Bridget and Darcey||PP2||Riley and Ashlee|
|PP3||Oliver and Hannah|
Music at Anzac Day Assembly
Josephine, Joskun, Haeun, Lucia and James
- Thursday 21 May – Paul Swan – Yr 2 and Yr 3
- Friday 22 May – Circus
- Friday 22 May – Lapathon 2-3pm
- Friday 22 May – Walk to School Day
- Tuesday 26 May – P&C
- Thursday 28 May – Biggest Morning Tea
- Friday 29 May – Interschool Sport – KPS v Vic Park (home)
- Monday 1 June – Public Holiday
- Wednesday 3 June – School Council
- Thursday 4 June – Ear Health Screening
On Friday 22nd May (Lap-a –thon afternoon) there will be an opportunity to buy circus equipment from 2.30pm – 3.30pm outside the Senior block. We have been doing circus skills in our PE lesson this week. We will have 2 more sessions this year in Term 3 & 4 as well as some time in PE lessons. The students are attempting to complete a check list of skills on each piece of equipment. We also do circus skills in our All School Fitness program. Pre-primary will have their sessions in Term 3.
The prices are as follows:-
Cash sales only.
|Diablo – with CD||$30|
|Juggling Balls – 3||$15|
Any questions contact Raema Stanford in PE office.
Chaplain Activities: Badge-Making and Spotting for Virtues
Students in Senior block started making badges on the Virtues of Thankfulness and Patience. Some of their badges have already been spotted in the playground for the Badge-Spotting game being played by students in all year levels. Students have been patiently waiting for the Badge-Spotting Game Raffle which will take place next week. Those drawn at the raffle will collect their prizes at Assembly on 27 May.
It is finally time for Year 1 students to make their badges this term. They will also be making badges for the Virtues of Thankfulness and Patience. Please see the link for examples of those made by our senior students. You may want to start the conversation with your child in Year 1 as they may need some help to get started with making theirs.
Do keep encouraging your children to complete the badge-spotting sheets for these badges featured to learn and hopefully win a prize at assembly too.
LAPATHON – THIS FRIDAY 22 MAY from 2pm
Have you sponsored your kids yet? Help raise funds for the P&C by sponsoring your kids at this Friday’s lapathon. How many laps will the kids run in 30 minutes? It should be a fun afternoon, starting from 2pm. Come down to watch and enjoy seeing the kids run run run……
Lapathon sponsorship forms available at the school reception, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a form. Lapathon forms and money raised due in after the lapathon!
Thank to Aussie Farmers Direct, IGA South Perth & ICA Como for donating fruit for all the kids to enjoy after they have completed their laps.
A reminder for everyone about the upcoming Fathering Project night !
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.
We are all good and caring dads, wanting to be the best dads possible. The information night is all about reinforcing the good things we are doing and highlighting a few areas we can improve in!
The aim is then 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.
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
Walk Safely to School Day
Were taking it in our stride on Friday 22 MAY 2015
Well it’s that time of year again when our school seriously starts talking about walking!
Walk Safely to School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking all the way to school isn’t realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.
You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking more by:
– Walking with them the whole way to school
– If they get the bus or train, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop
– If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes. It also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
Remember, Active Kids are Healthy Kids so get planning your own Walk Safely to School Day journey for Friday 22 May 2015!
For more information, visit http://www.walk.com.au
Australian Sports Camps have run camps for over 30 years in sports such as Football, Netball, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Tennis, and are dedicated to providing the best sports coaching for boys and girls of all standards. Specialist coaches or guest professional sports stars attend daily to run specific skills sessions. Michael Slater attended an ASC Cricket Camp in his junior years and Mark Philippoussis attended a tennis camp whilst many other players at the highest levels in many sports have attended an ASC camp, including James Hird and Harry Taylor in AFL.
Early Booking Discount:
We are currently offering a 30% early booking discount which is available to all participants who book by Friday 29 May 2015. After 29 May, siblings always receive a 20% discount and other discounts are available for groups of between 10% – 30% depending on the size of the group. Further information can be found on our website https://australiansportscamps.com.au or by contacting the office.
ASC would be delighted to get involved with any trivia night/fete or school function in the way of prizes/donations. Please contact us at email@example.com or by calling our office on 1300 914 368. Please click here to view the latest flyer.
COMO SECONDARY COLLEGE
SPECIALIST MUSIC PROGRAM – CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
A reminder that the Specialist Music Program auditions are currently being held for enrolments for 2016 at Como Secondary College.
If you have any students interested, please ask them to contact the school or submit an application for enrolment urgently so they do not miss out a place in the program.
Thank you for your assistance
Pickering Brook Primary School – Centenary Celebrations
In December of this year the Pickering Brook Primary School will celebrate 100 years. Prior to the centenary celebration, our P&C would like to offer past and present famililes the opportunity to purchase engraved pavers which will later be laid in the school grounds.
We would like to reach as many people/families as possible who have had any attachment to our school over the past 100 years. Please contact me if you require further information. Ph: 08 9293 8256 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Park Primary School P&C
I am the Vice President of the Victoria Park Primary School P&C and we run the Vic Park Farmer’s Markets each and every Sunday morning at John MacMillan Park in Victoria Park. All profits made from the market go directly back into the school to upgrade facilities such as computers, library books and sporting equipment.
We have a community stall available free of charge each Sunday that can be used by any school, sporting or community group to either hold a fundraising sausage sizzle or to promote their wares.
If you would like to use this stall at any time, please feel free to contact me on 0404 097 970 and I can make a booking for you.