Parent Seminars – Literacy and Numeracy
This semester has seen the school’s Parents and Citizens Association host 6 parent evenings involving Diana Rigg and Paul Swan demonstrating ways to engage young children in positive home learning experiences. Thank you to all the parents who attended these sessions – each was fully subscribed. To the P&C who organised and funded the seminars a very special thank you – especially Tanya Steers, Nicky Carey and Melanie Noid.
The P&C has also agreed to fund mathematic materials that Dr Swan demonstrated and were requested by class teachers who were in attendance. This will help our priority push into mathematics over the next few years as they also use his ideas.
Most students have by now brought home a parent survey in regards to intentions for 2016 and students leaving the school before the end of Year Six. If your child has not given you a copy there are spares in the front office. If you prefer to complete this survey electronically it can be accessed at https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/KPSretention15
Please remember that we need a response in regards to children returning in 2016 for every child. This will enable planning to commence. Family responses as to students leaving will be fine.
Please return (or complete electronically) the surveys by 2 July 2015. All responses will be treated confidentially.
Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Awards
In history this term Rooms 1 to 5 have been looking at the story of Kensington Primary School. Starting with photos of our school when it was first opened in 1926, students explored what the school was like in the past and how it has grown and changed over the years. Students went on to produce a written and illustrated piece of work based on what they had learned.
This topic coincided with the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Awards run annually by the South Perth Historical Society. This annual event requests entries (written and photographic) from students about a local site of historical interest, such as Kensington Primary School. A number of students produced work of such a high standard we were very proud to submit them to the competition. To our delight 2 students have been selected as finalists, Kayla Kong (Room 4) and Eliza Harris (Room 3), with award winners to be announced at the opening of their Annual Heritage Exhibition Thursday 18 June.
Good luck girls.
Saturday afternoon saw a dedicated group of 35 fathers meet at the Como Bowling Club to discuss the Kensie Dads group becoming a strong feature of the school community. A social bowls competition was also organised and played in great spirit. Congratulations to Team Mundy who won the inaugural trophy (which will be displayed in the school library). Thanks to Matt who organised the competition so efficiently, Gareth BBQ boss and Craig (food). Special thanks to the Como Bowling club for the use of their facilities and Dave for getting this event up and going.
Kensie Dads and Kids afternoon at the WAFL
After the very successful Dads only activity last weekend, it’s time to get the kids involved!
Come along to an afternoon of WAFL footy. Sit up on the grass at Lathlain Park, bring chairs or a blanket , something to eat, a footy and definitely the kids. Boys and girls will enjoy the chance to play with their friends and run on the ground at ¼, ½ and ¾ time. Dads will definitely enjoy a bit of kick to kick and rough and tumble with the kids.
No knowledge or interest in footy required. Just come along enjoy the day out, meet a few more Kensington Dads and spend some time with the kids.
Saturday 20th June – Perth vs Swan Districts at Lathlain Park – Game starts 2.15pm. Adults $15, Kids free.
Plan is to meet in the car park off McCartney Crescent at 2pm.
(if you’re coming later – I’m sure you’ll find us somewhere on the grass on the Eastern side of the oval)
Congratulations to a very determined group of young journalists who have written the first edition of the Kensington Student Newspaper. A project initiated by Zoe W with the help of fellow students Makayla G, Billy W, Ella H, Rory W, Luis U, Lily N, Keira W, Matlida O, Zoe D, Amelie T, Finn T and Josh A, the paper has been kindly sponsored Clockwork Printing. I’m sure the first edition will become a collectors’ item and we are keenly awaiting the next run.
Thanks to Mrs Glassborow and Mr Walters for the adult assistance.
Mounted Police Drop By Kensington
The Mounted Police whilst on patrol around the Kensington community dropped by to say hello to the children and introduce themselves and their horses. For many students this was the first opportunity they had had to touch a horse and speak with a mounted officer.
Thanks to Snr Sgt Goy from Kensington Police who organised this impromptu visit.
Pizza in the Garden
We have a large number of students who have received Honour Certificates this term and have decided to split the Pizza in the Garden lunch over two days. Pre-primary to Year 3 award winners will be invited to have a pizza lunch on Wednesday July 1st whilst Year 4 to 6 winners will be invited on Thursday July 2nd. We hold this event at the second break. Students who don’t eat pizza are invited to bring their own meal and join in with this group.
Congratulations to all students who received an Honour Certificate this term.
School reports are being completed during this week. As per the instructions of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority we are now using the following letter grades and achievement descriptors for students in Pre-primary to Year 6;
A Excellent The student demonstrates excellent achievement of what is expected of this year level.
B High The student demonstrates high achievement of what is expected of this year level.
C Satisfactory The student demonstrates satisfactory achievement of what is expected of this level.
D Limited The student demonstrated limited achievement of what is expected of this year level.
E Very low The student demonstrates very low achievement of what is expected of this year level.
We would expect that the vast majority of our students would be performing at the expected or satisfactory (C grade) level – typically within the normal curve.
Australian Curriculum achievement standards describe the expected achievement for students who have been taught the curriculum content for the full year of schooling. Therefore, in mid-year reports, teachers will be making a professional judgment regarding the level of achievement that the student is demonstrating relative to the achievement standard, taking into account the curriculum that has been taught and assessed to that point in time. Thus, students demonstrating excellent achievement at that point in time would be allocated an A grade or excellent achievement, students demonstrating satisfactory achievement would be allocated a C grade or satisfactory achievement.
Grades may fluctuate over the period of the school year as more content and understandings are introduced throughout second semester.
Further information on school reporting in Western Australia can be accessed by going to School Curriculum and Standards Authority at http://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/reporting
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 can be found 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 download the use the form linked here and send the reply slip back to the school office by Friday 3 July.
Joyfulness is being filled with happiness, peace, love, and a sense of well being. Joy is inside us all. It comes from a sense of being loved. It comes from an appreciation for the gift of life. It comes when we are doing what we know is right. Joy is related to fun but is not exactly the same thing. Fun comes from what is happening outside – having a good time. Joy comes from what is happening inside.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 10 June.
Virtue Awards 10/06/15
Honour Certificates 10/06/15
|9||Tobi & Sashana||10||Jade|
|S3||Ryan & Oliver||S4||Charlotte & Amberly|
|PP1||Isla||PP2||Luke & Tamsin|
|PP3||Sophia & Juanita|
- Friday 19 June – Mining Challenge K1/K01
- Friday 19 June – Senior Sport
- Tuesday 23 June – Friday 26 June – Y6 Camp (Pt Peron)
- Wednesday 24 June – Assembly
- Friday 26 June – Senior Sport
- Friday 26 June – PEAC Testing
- Wednesday 1 July & Thursday 2 July – Pizza in the Garden
Choir and Band
Please note that there will be no Junior Choir, Senior Choir and Band practice in week 11 of this term as Mrs Dewing will be away.
Term 2 Class Talent Quests
Class Talent Quests will be held in Term 3. Details will be posted outside the classrooms next term.
On Thursday 18th June we will participate in the VPASSA Winter carnival. We will play Minkey, Soccer, Football, Basketball and Netball. We will be competing against Millen, Bentley, Lathlain, Victoria Park and East Victoria Park.
West Coast Fever Cup and Eagle Cup
We played our final fixture against Lathlain last Friday. All teams were successful in winning.
Overall the Netball A team won the competition. Netball B came 2nd and Football came 2nd. Basketball played in a ‘friendly” competition. Well done to all teams for representing Kensington and showing great sportsmanship.
Thanks to Jack and Andrew, the football coaches. Thanks to Nadine for coaching netball and thanks to our umpires Bronwyn, Martine, and Kim. Thanks to Kelly for assisting with the basketball.
Jump Jam has taken over our early morning fitness on Tuesdays. Thanks to Ms Fowler and Ms May for leading our Jamming.
Circus Equipment is still available to be purchased from Mrs Stanford in the PE office.
Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC)
The PEAC Program provides part time extension and enrichment for exceptionally able students in Years 5 and 6.
The testing will take place on Friday the 26 of June in S1 and S2. The testing will take 90 minutes with a series of tests.
If you do not wish for your child to participate in this test please inform your child’s teacher in writing.
If you require any information please contact Mr Pestana.
Chaplaincy Fundraiser by Como- Kent Street YouthCARE Council
Chaplaincy film night
“Far from the Madding Crowd”, the classic Thomas Hardy novel – brought to The Cygnet. Good reviews (PG13). A lovely way to spend an evening and support our Chaplains!
- 27 Jun, Sat, 6.15pm
- Cygnet Theatre, (Preston St, Como)
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
2nd hand book stall to be held on Friday 28 August, to celebrate National Book Week. Please donate any old books for the stall. All suitable donations taken – please put in box in the staff room labeled BOOK STALL DONATIONS.
Thanks. From P&C Fundraising
Protective Behaviours Parent Workshop – a must for all parents and carers!
Presented by Hensman Street Kindy, in partnership with Kensington Primary School. This comprehensive workshop by Protective Behaviours WA, has been designed to teach parents the content of the internationally acclaimed Protective Behaviours Child Safety Program, to increase their children’s personal safety.
Protective Behaviours provides children with strategies to keep themselves safe and cope with situations that threaten their well being such as bullying, child abuse and domestic violence.
Understand Protective Behaviours. Teach your children how to keep safe. Empower your children as they grow.
When: Wednesday 5th of August, 2015
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: South Perth Community Hall, next to the library
Cost: $20/ticket with part proceeds to the P&C
Places are limited, so book now! Click on http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/protective-behaviours-parent-workshop-hosted-by-hensman-street-kindy-tickets-17220832975?aff=eac2 or visit eventbrite.com.au and search Protective Behaviours Parent Workshop.
SAVE THE DATE
Planet Ark National Tree Day for schools is on Friday 24th July, week 1 of Term 3. Save the date in your calendar to come down and help out with planting, weeding and light pruning after school. Look out for posters and more information in the next newsletter.
BAHA’I DAY CAMP
We are excited to announce that we will be holding another Baha’i day camp during the second week of these upcoming July holidays.
Much like previous camps the aim is to use this space to reinforce some of the concepts that the children have been learning in their Baha’i classes at school. This is done through the use of music, service to the neighbourhood including a nursing home visit, arts, games, drama and sport.
Ultimately, we would love for this space to be owned by the neighbourhood and those participating in the camps so please share any ideas that you may have which could help enhance the vibrancy of the camps, whether it be service opportunities we could take part in, activities or games that help strengthen bonds of friendship.
The camp is open to all children irrespective of whether or not they attend the Baha’i classes at school.
To register your child or for further details please feel free to contact Dana on 0401132683 or Payum on 0405702723 or email us email@example.com
Triple P” – The Positive Parenting Program.
This world-renowned program is available free of charge to parents/carers of children aged 3-8 years. Groups will be running in Term 3, at the Leisurelife Recreation Centre in East Victoria Park. A day-time group will run on THURSDAY mornings, and an evening group will run on WEDNESDAYS. The courses run over eight weeks in total, and a free crèche is available for the day-time group. There are a few places still available in each of these groups – if you haven’t taken up this opportunity before, now is the time to act ! Many parents who do the course tell us it has a very positive effect on their lives, and that of their children.
For further information, and to register for one of these groups, please call Rhonda Wallman (Triple P Key Contact, South Metropolitan Education Region) on 0478 319 391.
Get Active Sports
Get Active Sports run sports programs for 3 to 8 year olds on weekend mornings in the school’s area. Please click on the following link for more information
Want to host a friendly and enthusiastic young Japanese student?
Como Secondary College is hosting a group of 20 Japanese female high school students in Term 3 (from Aug 2 – Aug 13), and we would like to extend the opportunity to host a student to families in the local community.
Host families receive a generous payment and have the rewarding opportunity to learn about another culture and build life-long friendships. For more information please contact Sarah Burrows from Gold Intercultural Learning (www.goldil.com.au) at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on this link to express your interest.
Lifestreamers Childcare is running the BLAST vacation care program for primary school children again these school holidays.
For more information on our services, please click here www.lifestreamers.com.au
Lifestreams Christian Church PO Box 1075 Bentley DC 6983
p: 08 9313 1600 www.lifestreamscc.com
The City of South Perth’s Multisports program
The City of South Perth’s Multisports program is an inclusive initiative that provides children aged 6 and 7 years with access to a range of sports and other structured physical activity programs. Held indoors at the George Burnett Leisure Centre after school on Tuesday’s, the program runs for eight weeks, commencing in week two of every school term.
As a result of participating in a variety of sports, children develop skills to transition to a club based sport within the City of South Perth and have fun enjoying the different challenges.
There is also a Fundamental Motor Skills Program, tailored for 5 year olds, where children can develop a wide range of skills including throwing, catching and running.
If you child is interested in joining the program please contact our Facilities and Programs Officer Jess on 9474 0855 or click on the the attached link to view their flyer.