Parent and Carers
Term 3 continues to roll along, traditionally this is a very busy term with sporting events supplementing the academic pursuits. The children are busy training for the faction sports carnival and I would like to thank Mrs Stanford and helpers for the early morning training opportunities that she provides the children.
SOE4 Computer Upgrade
The school is undertaking a major upgrade of the computer network to the DETWA Standard Operating Environment (SOE4) in Week 4 starting 10 August 2015. For the first 2 days, 10 -12 August 2015, no internet access will be available both into and out of the school.
However, parents are reminded that internet communication with staff may be disrupted beyond this initial time frame as the technical staff work through the process of upgrading and reconnection the staff to the new network.
Year 1 Students Curtin Screening
Curtin University has approached the school to screen our Year 1 students as part of a Masters research project. Letters and permission forms have been distributed to those students identified by their teachers as fitting the studies parameters. Links with Curtin University are important to the school as strong links enables our students to access unique opportunities. I would hope that parents would read the information provided and support this study as a way of continuing to grow the relationship between the school and University.
Individual Education Plans (IEP)
In term 1 teachers meet with some parents to discuss and sign off on documented plans. The plan identified and outlined additional learning adjustments to support a student’s overall progress.
These plans are again being reviewed and teachers will be making arrangements with parents to meet, discuss and sign off on the progress made and consider any additional adjustments required.
Yates Junior Land Care Creative Gardening Grant
Successful collaborations between the school and the parent community continue as the school has been identified as a winner of a Creative Gardening Grant of $1000 . The application for this project was coordinated by Nicole Francois, Kate Colleran and Mrs Skinner (S2).
The winning application involved funding to support the introduction of international and indigenous food plants to the garden. Congratulations on this winning this grant ladies and I am sure the community will be very interested to see how this project unfolds.
I would also ask the parents and community member to be vigilant of the school and surrounds over the weekends. I have had a number of reports of people climbing on the roof of the school and I would ask that School Security be phoned to alert them of this antisocial behaviour. I have also notified the local police and they will be increasing their observation of the grounds.
Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing damage to our school. Please report any suspicious activity immediately to;
School Watch – 1800 177 777
Police – 131 444
Supervision after school
Finally, no child is to be left unsupervised after school. A number of students are choosing to stay on the school grounds after school to play. Parents need to provide supervision of their children after school. Also, please be mindful of leaving the Preprimary yard by 3.30 pm to allow staff to complete preparations for the following day.
School Board News
The voting for new members to the School Board both from the parent community and staff has concluded. I would like to thank those who have committed their time and energy to supporting the aims of the school through their service on the Board.
Parent representatives and their term of representation are:
Belinda Moharich 2.5 years
Dale Collins 2.5 years
Susan Tremain 2.5 years
Mark Thompson 1.5 years
James Ramsay 1.5 years
Melaine Noid 1.5 years
The Staff representatives and their term of representation are:
Rhonda Skinner 2.5 years
Alicia Taylor 2.5 years
Lesley Harris 1.5 years
Terence Pestana 1.5 years
Office bearers elected at the Board meeting on August 5 2015:
Chairperson: Belinda Moharich
Vice Chairperson: Dale Collins
Secretary: Alicia Taylor
Community Representatives elected at the Board meeting on August 5 2015:
Councillor for the Moresby Ward – Cr Fiona Reid
Kent St SHS Yr 11 & 12 VET Coordinator – Ms Susan Lees
I would also like to thank the following people for their time and efforts who previously served on the Board and who did not seek re-election:
Kristie Young- Krebs, Rick Hughes, Michael Rosich, Raema Stanford, Martha Walters and Councillor Kevin Trent.
I would especially like to acknowledge the contribution of Councillor Kevin Trent . Kevin has given over 20 years of service to the Kensington School community through representation on the School Council initially and then the School Board.
Thank you and see you at the Cross Country on Friday after 11.30 am.
Creativity is expressing new ideas and inventions, new kinds of music, dance, and art. It is a way to let the light of originality within you shine out for the benefit of others. Creativity connects us with beauty. Creativity is the power of imagination. It is seeing old things in new ways, doing things in a way that has not been done before.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 29 July.
Virtue Awards 29/7/2015
Honour Certificates 29/7/2015
|1||Ella||2||Lily and Bryn|
|PP1||Arad and Marcus||PP2||Ava and Nori|
- Friday 7 August – Faction Cross Country PP-Yr 6
- Wednesday 12 August – Assembly – Eagles Rock my School
- Thursday 13 August – VPASSA Interschool Cross Country
City of South Perth Young Writers Award
Kensington Primary School strives for successful students and I would like to acknowledge a student who was over looked in the last Newsletter, budding young author, Matthew A.
Matthew A (Rm 9) was a place getter in the Annual City of South Perth Young Writers Award. Matthew wrote an entertaining mystery story titled “The Crystal under the bed.” Well done Matthew.
Swan River Trust Competition
Congratulations to Josephine B, Yr 6, who has been placed second in the Swan River Trust competition “Don’t dump that fish”. The competition aimed to engage school aged children to link technology and scientific understandings about the damage to the biodiversity that popular home aquarium fish species cause when released into the Swan River.
Josie developed a 60 second animation using the school ipads and mobile devices with the iMovie and Stop motion programs. Thank you to Mr Pestana and Mrs Millar for bringing this project to the school and the CSIRO ICT and Science in school partner Mr Hiski Kippo.
Invasive species, including those from other parts of Australia, are now identified as the greatest threat to Australia’s biodiversity after habitat loss. Once established in our waterways, feral populations of introduced fish are notoriously hard to eradicate so engaging and educating the community around this issue is a priority of the Swan River Trust.
Science program at Kent St SHS
The year 6 students have started their 9 to 10 week Science program at Kent St SHS. The students under the direction of Mr Frank Cardinia are learning the safety aspects associated with working in a high school laboratory situation including the safe handling of chemicals and bunsen burners as they explore the topic of “Chemical Sciences”.
This is also an opportunity for the students to start the process of transitioning to high school as they learn to work under the direction of a new teacher in an unfamiliar context. This is a unique collaboration between the Kent St SHS and our school, and one that we highly value as enriching the Science curriculum for the Year 6 students. The students are showing exemplary behaviour as they walk to and from Kent St SHS each Thursday morning.
At the conclusion of the Science program in either week 9 or 10 the parents of the Year 6’s will be invited to Kent St SHS to observe the children working in the laboratory and enjoy morning tea.
Datiwuy Dreaming Incursion
Datiwuy Dreaming, shared some of the music, dance and stories from Elcho Island and North East Arnhem Land at a whole school incursion on Friday 31st July. The children prepared for the visit with a number of music lessons focused on learning some dances and songs in the yolngu language.
A very special morning tea followed the performance when Mrs Dewing shared her personal family photographs with the troupe. Mrs Dewing and her families were missionaries on Elcho Island and North East Arnhem Land in the 1950’s and 1960’s and 2000’s.
Mrs Dewing is pictured with dancers Tony and Heather showing them her photo album from when she was on Elcho Island and pictured is Tony’s father receiving an award.
Cross Country Faction Carnival
The forecast for this Friday is possible showers. The cross country will go ahead unless there are thunder storms. Please make sure students have suitable shoes and clothes to run in – faction shirt and shorts/skirt. They may need extra clothes to change in to if they get wet.
To view the Faction Cross Country and Athletics timetable please click here.
West Coast Fever Cup
April Letton from the West Coast Fever attended our last assembly to present the players in our West Coast Fever Cup teams their participation certificates. April also presented the West Coast Fever Cup to our A team for winning the competition. They won all the games that they played. Well done to our netballers.
Well done Mrs White – PP1
Hats off to staff member Mrs White (PP1) and her husband Kevin for gaining first place in the Avon Descent double kayak mixed division. They paddled 50 km on the first day in 4 hours and 6 minutes and 70 km on the second day in 5 hours and 43 minutes.
This is an incredible challenge to take on and the school community congratulates you both for your courage and determination in conquering such an event.
Welcome to Miss Claire Graham (Room 3) we hope that you enjoy your teaching appointment to Kensington PS.
Welcome also to Mrs Megan Mehnert, she is providing support to various classes including providing enrichment maths opportunities for a range of classes.
Room 5 are learning about Space this term, and we have an invasion of Space Monsters in the foyer display that they have created by integrating the virtue of Creativity and Literacy. The children have certainly been creative in designing drawing and describing the aliens and their personal characteristics. Well done Miss Fowler and Room 5.
Enrichment Mathematics Yr 3 and Year 1 and 2
Mrs Mehnert has been conducting open ended investigations which allow students in the Enrichment Maths in Yr 3 and Year 1 and 2 to expand their thinking.
They have already investigated palindromic numbers; these are numbers that can be read the same forwards as backwards eg 131. The children are now applying that knowledge to create two digit addition sums that create palindromic answers. The students have also been challenged with place value investigations such as what is the largest number possible when given a set of digits.
Upcoming challenges will be based on using a calculator.
Mrs Alison Walker coordinated this year’s National Tree Planting day on Friday 24 th of July. A small but enthusiastic group of tree planters, Nicole Francois, Natacha Harrington, Taryn Jenkins, Rebecca Weston, Kylie McCarthy, Kate Colleran and Patricia Candeias came to assist with the task.
The garden areas near the bike shed, the tyre mound and the grass tunnels all were bolstered with additional plantings.
Special thanks to Helen Williams from Bunning’s East Victoria Park , Beck Moore from Bunning’s Willetton, Lana Guy from Bunning’s Cannington and the Mayor, Sue Doherty, and Julie Ophel from City of South Perth.
Mrs Tanya Steers, Ms Nicole Austin, Mrs Alana Arnold, Ms Marlene Burling, Jack Williamson came to assist with removal of the tables, chairs and computers and reconfiguring the library layout in preparation for the installation of the SOE4 (Standard Operating Systems V4) from the DETWA Technology section.
Mrs Mutton was thrilled that so many hands came to help which meant it was all completed in a short amount of time.
Workshops by Centrecare Needing Your Speedy Response
Parents/Carers (especially those of Yr 6 students who have indicated interest) keen to attend Parent Workshops on ‘Parenting Teenagers’ and ‘Personality and Communication’. Please call Centrecare asap on 9325 6644 to register. Centrecare would like to confirm the minimum number 12 parents required to go ahead with the event.
Venue: CENTRECARE, 456 Hay Street, Perth
Dates: 25 August & 8 September
Contact: 93566644 (Please call to register)
Time: 5pm for 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Centrecare will be conducting a series of Educational Workshops for Yr 6 students from Weeks 6 to 9. In order to run the program for students, the service provider needs certain information for funding purposes. A consent letter has been sent home some time ago. If you have not completed the consent form, please obtain one from the front office and complete as soon as possible. Thank you.
DUCKs ( Dads united for the Children of Kensington) Activity – September 5th ALL WELCOME
If you would like to included on the email list for DUCKs activities please send an email to DUCK_s@googlegroups.com
Dust off your bikes and bring the kids down to the river to join other DUCKs for a friendly, relaxed bike ride around the river followed by a sausage sizzle!
Scenic 10 km and 14 km loops are suggested, which include 2 ‘hidden’ playgrounds that the kids will love. For a more relaxed afternoon (and for those with training wheels), simply enjoy the paths and playgrounds of the South Perth foreshore and join us for the sausage sizzle at 4.00 pm.
When? 2.00 pm on Saturday 5 September
Where? Playground by the river at northern end of Douglas Ave .
What kit? Bike, helmet and your child(ren)! Water and a snack recommended for those doing the longer rides.
Food? Sausage sizzle near the start point from 4.00 pm.
Cost? Free – gold coin donation for the sausage sizzle.
Please RSVP with numbers for the sausage sizzle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that dads will be solely responsible for supervising their child(ren) during this ride – after all, it’s all about spending time with the kids!
We look forward to seeing you there.
If you live near the school or are just passing by, I would urge you to keep an eye out for us. Listen for unusual noises, look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and notice if groups of children or teenagers are hanging around the school. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing damage to our school. Please report any suspicious activity immediately to;
School Watch – 1800 177 777
Police – 131 444
City of South Perth – Expression of Interest – Arts & Events Programme
The City of South Perth is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) from organisations who would like to be part of the City of South Perth arts and events programme occurring from December 2015 – April 2016.
The City is seeking events and activities that are unique, inclusive, well planned and best support the 2015/16 theme of ‘A Story to Tell’.
For information on how you can be a part of this exciting programme, please see the information pack attached. Your expression of interest is to be submitted to the City of South Perth by Tuesday 1 September 2015.
*Please note: if you would like to host a stall at the Angelo Street Marketplace (Fiesta 2016), please hold off on your submission until the stallholder application form is sent out in early December.
Kensington Secondary School Open Morning – Friday 7 August 2015
Kensington Secondary School are having an open morning. To obtain more details please view the attached flyer.
Kent Street Senior High School – Enrolments for 2016
Kent Street Senior High School would like to advise all current year 6 parents that they are currently taking enrolments for year 7 (2016). Please contact them direct should you require more information or obtain an enrolment package. Phone: 9262 0503
Andy Griffiths book launch
Penrhos College and Dymocks Garden City invite you to join us for the launch of The 65-Storey Treehouse by best-selling author Andy Griffiths.
Date: Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Venue: Rixon Theatre, Penrhos College (enter and park from Throssell Street)
Tickets are $3 each – proceeds to the Discovery Book Club, run by The Department for Child Protection and Family Support (Cannington District).
Book here: www.trybooking.com/IHWY