Congratulations to our Interschool Athletics Team who won the VPASSA Interschool Carnival today. Well done to all!!
Term 3 has nearly finished and the school holidays are nearly upon us again.
We have a few changes in staff heading into Term 4. Ms Lally is taking some well earned long service leave and will be absent until 2016.
As a result Mrs Palmer (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Bennett (Wednesday, Thursday , Friday) will be sharing the class (Rm 7) for the remainder of the year.
In Room 2, Mrs Both is returning to her class for 2 days per week, with Mrs Woolfitt continuing for the remaining 3 days.
We need to also say farewell and thank you to the long term Teacher practicum students that have been working along side our teachers for Term 3. This is an enriching opportunity for both the Prac students, existing staff and KPS students. Thank you to Mrs Harris who coordinates their placements.
Finally, both Mr Pestana and I will be absent for the last 2 days of term. Mrs Pestana will be enjoying some long service leave, whilst I am attending the Australian College of Educators conference in Brisbane. The conference theme is “Educators on the Edge: Big ideas in innovation and change”. I am really looking forward to listening to some of the keynote speakers exploring this topic in their presentations.
Any Administration enquiries during this time need to be directed to Mrs Stanford and Mrs Millar.
Mr Macauley continues to rest and recovery from his knee operation, be assured that all the kind words messages of good will are passed along to him.
The Board met recently; this was the first formal meeting of the Board following the recent election of new members. The Board has been working diligently through developing and finalising the “Terms of Reference “document which will assist with the good governance of the Board.
Another focus of the Board has been the business plan, which sets the strategic direction for the school for the new 3 years. This document is in its final stages of review before being made available to the school community via the website.
The Board acknowledges that there is still a vacant position for a parent representative. This is was the result of a lack of response when nominations were called for in Term 2 only 6 were received, so everyone was appointed without the need for an election.
The view of the Board is that the timing of the call for nominations may have been affected because the dates between calling for and submitting nominations straddled a school holiday period.
So, the following actions were decided upon, that this position will be held over until the start of the new school year in Term 1, 2016. Nominations will then be called from all interested parents for the position on the Board. Then, if more than 1 nomination is received a vote will be held among the school community. The term of office for the successful applicant will be 2 years concluding in February, 2018.
THE LOUDEST CRUNCH!
The school celebrated Crunch and Sip week on Wednesday with the loudest crunch competition. This program has been part of Kensington PS for a number of years, the aim of it is to help kids focus on staying healthy and happy! 391 children crunched all together with Rm 4 and S3 having the most number of students crunching at once.
Parents and carers are reminded that only fresh fruit and vegetables support the Crunch and Sip ethos. So, crunchy , non juicy fruits and vegetables such as celery, carrots, apples, pears are all ideal choices for this short snack. In fact carrots polled as the most favourite Crunch and Sip snack.
As an allergy aware school, commercially produced health food bars which may contain nuts or traces thereof are not suitable. Ideally, as it is just a small snack, nude food containers are a good way of storing the snack without the children having to unpack their whole lunch box to locate their crunch and sip.
Thank you to Miss Taylor Rm 6 for coordinating this event.
To find out more about Crunch and Sip program click here.
FAREWELL KENSINGTON PS, HELLO TIMOR LESTE
The surplus equipment left over from the furniture upgrades in Rooms 1, 2, and 4 finally left Kensington PS on Tuesday bound for Timor Leste. The furniture was collected by Trevor Canning, Rotarian, Australia World Community Service, Western Region.
Trevor’s group, Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) assists Rotary Clubs in WA to develop and manage National and World community service projects. Australian Rotarians participate in activities to improve the lives and living conditions of others and to promote international understanding and goodwill.
I was very pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile organisation with our second-hand equipment. The final shipment of goods will leave the school next week.
CENTRECARE WORKSHOP – PARENTING TEENAGERS
Last Tuesday, 8 August 2015, a group of interested parents of Year 6 students gathered in the Library to participate in an interesting and thought provoking session presented by Christian Long of Centrecare titled “Parenting Teenagers”.
The bonds between families can be tested as children transition into the teenage years and Christian shared his observations gathered from many years working in family therapy, around how to thrive not just survive these changing dynamics. Open and frank conversation was the order of the night with Christian’s talk providing a balance of light hearted humour as well as serious points to ponder.
The children have also been completing a range of workshop on themes around adolescence at school on Thursdays with Centrecare staff.
Thank you to Meng Chan, School Chaplain, for facilitating Centrecare to present both the parent and students workshops. Thank you to Mr Webb S3 for coming along and joining in the session’s Q and A format.
ARE YOU RETURNING TO KENSINGTON PS in 2016?
Families are reminded once again to let your child’s teacher or the Front Office know if you are intending for them to return to the primary school next year. We have at present approximately 60 names of children who are yet to indicate if they will be back to KPS. Under the Student Centred Funding model, every enrolment is important to the school’s financial modelling for 2016.
During the holiday period school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become the target to a small number of offenders.
If you live near the school or are just passing by, I ask you to be extra vigilant. Listen for unusual noises, look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and for groups hanging around on the school grounds. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing crime.
WA Police, Neighbourhood Watch, School Watch and the office of Crime Prevention are working together to reduce the incidence of crime on school establishments. Police and School Watch will conduct increased patrols of schools during the holidays but we need your vital assistance and participation.
I urge you to report any suspicious activity immediately by telephoning:
School Watch on 1800 177 777
Or WA Police on 131 444
The foyer display is again an example how teachers are working together to effectively integrate technology and learning. Room 7’s ICT project was based on researching mini beasts. The students completed a research sheet by scanning QR codes of various websites on their ipads to access information on their chosen mini beast. With this information, they had to address a checklist/criteria to create an information poster using the pic collage app on the ipads. The results, I am sure you will agree are innovative and interesting. Thank you to Mrs Lally, Mrs Bennett and Mrs Carpenter for assisting the students to achieve these outcomes.
Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up and quitting. Sometimes courage means recognising a danger and standing firm. It doesn’t mean taking unnecessary chances just to look brave.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 9 September.
Virtue Awards 9/9/15
Honour Certificates 9/9/15
|9||Savannah & Lucas||10||Dominic|
|S1||Sienna & Yasmin||S2||Lily & Sierrah|
|PP1||Leila & James||PP2||Xavier & Emily|
|PP3||Estelle & Sachi|
- Tuesday 22 September – Professor Maths Incursion PP-Yr 6
- Wednesday 23 September – Assembly
- Wednesday 23 September – Pizza in the Garden PP-Yr 2
- Thursday 24 September – Pizza in the Garden Yr 3-6
- Friday 25 September – Final day of Term 3
- Tuesday 13 October – First day Term 4 for students – STUDENTS MUST REMEMBER TO BRING THEIR HATS TO SCHOOL IN TERM 4
“Give Me a Hug” by Nick Vujicic
Nick was born without arms or legs, so how did this little Aussie kid do so well, become school captain, go to university, get a double degree and set himself up in a really great job?
Nick is an excellent, real life role-model for resilience and living life to the full. I am currently sharing Nick’s inspirational story with Rm 6 students.
“Give me a Hug” is an illustrated storybook based on the true story of this limbless Australian motivational speaker. We have covered two of the life lessons so far, namely “You are loved” and “Show empathy”.
Nick was interviewed a few times on the program 60 Minutes. Simply google “Nick Vujicic, 60 Minutes” to view the program. Please click on the link below for a review of the book:
FACTION CARNIVAL RESULTS
Congratulations to all competitors for their participation in the Faction Carnival. It was great to see all students trying hard for their Faction especially in the team games. Special thank you to Mrs Stanford for her exceptional organisational skills and to all the staff for their work on the day
Thanks to our parent helpers Ryan, Martine, Kath and Roxanne and to the P&C for their magnificent cake stall and the Year 6 parents for the sausage sizzle. It was also wonderful to have the DUCKs assistance with the preparation of the jumps pit and set up and pack up on the day.
The final results were:-
Tug of War: Investigator
Banksia Bear (Junior Games): Investigator
Best Organised Faction: Parmelia.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
|Year 3 Girls||Kathleen||Cygnet||Anna||Endeavour|
|Year 3 Boys||Xavier||Investigator||Charlie||Investigator|
|Year 4 Girls||Bailey||Cygnet||Indie||Endeavour|
|Year 4 Boys||Rohan||Cygnet||Ben||Investigator|
|Year 5 Girls||Jalannah||Investigator||Sammie||Endeavour|
|Year 5 Boys||Amos||Investigator||Fin||Cygnet|
|Year 6 Girls||Tayla||Cygnet||Pia||Endeavour|
|Year 6 Boys||Sean||Endeavour||Ryan||Investigator|
INTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS
Congratulations to the students who made the Inter School team. On Tuesday we started the inter school events with the 400m, Long Jump, Triple Jump and Throws. We gained 9 firsts, 5 seconds, 7 thirds and 4 fourths. The carnival continues on Thursday with the track and team games.
The progress scores are:-
Running Club is on this Friday morning, 19th Sept, and the last session will be next Tuesday 22 Sept which will be followed by a breakfast.
We will keep you posted on when running club is due to re-commence in Term 4.
TERM 4 SPORTS ACTIVITIES
Year 5 and 6’s will have Social dance lessons starting week 2 and culminating in a social week 10. Permission notes will come home before the end of term.
Year’s PP to Year 5 will have swimming lessons week 3 and 4. Permission Notes will come home early next term.
LIFE ON MARS – WOULD YOU SURVIVE ?
Rooms 1-5 (Year 1 -2) participated in a Sci tech incursion this week – you may have spotted the bright, orange truck parked at the school or the big, black igloo in the undercover area. The children looked at day/night skies in the space dome. Then the children engaged in a hands on learning challenge to design a structure that would assist an astronaut to survive in the hot winds of Mars. (Winds supplied by a hair dryer!)
As it was a ‘space mission’, all material had to be selected and then taken on board with no replacement or extra items available to the budding astronauts should they wish to modify their design mid experiment.
The incursion provided an opportunity for the children to apply their understandings developed in class from working on the theme of Space.
Thank you to Miss Fowler and Miss May for bringing this marvellous incursion to the school.
Thank you to all the families that have supported the school by participating in the Woolworths Earn and Learn loyalty program . We still have the A4 sheets for you to attach your stickers to in the Admin Office. This program closes shortly , so send your completed sticker sheets in as soon as possible.
P & C POP-UP BAR
Hi there Kensington Parents
Tickets now available online for the Kensington P&C Pop-Up Bar – the event is this Friday 18 Sept, 7pm to 11pm.
Come down to the school and enjoy a wonderful community event; 2 live bands, freshly made paella, a cash bar and much more!
$26 per ticket – includes entry to this special event and a serve of Paella from our special Paella caterers.
Tickets must be bought online prior to the event, door sales are not possible, so hop online this week to confirm your tickets http://trybooking.com/IUEA
Numbers are limited so be sure to grab your tickets whilst you can.
Kensington P&C Fundraising
(This event is adults only)
ADVANCE NOTICE – KPS 90TH ANNIVERSARY 2016 FETE
2016 is KPS’s 90th anniversary, and a Fete year. KPS P&C holds a Fete every 5 years to fundraise for major school projects. For those parents whose children were here in 2011, we are sure you remember the fun of Fete 2011, and how successful it was in fundraising (and weatherproofing the undercover area).
Traditionally, the parents of each year and class are responsible for running a stall. As we come into spring, and the annual Fete season, please keep an eye out for good ideas for stalls, or quirky products that inspire you as you visit other Fetes and Fairs. We would love to know!
The 2016 P&C will assemble a Fete Committee to be responsible for the smooth running of Fete 2016, which will be held in Term 4. If you have ideas, inspiration or questions, or would like to volunteer your expertise, please contact the P&C at firstname.lastname@example.org
DUCKs – DADS UNITED FOR THE CHILDREN OF KENSINGTON
DUCKs Bike Ride – Event Report!
The sixty-strong group of dads and kids at the first DUCKs bike ride by the river were rewarded with perfect riding conditions, some hidden playgrounds and a well-deserved sausage sizzle at the end.
Bikes were brought out of winter hibernation, and with spirits high the group embarked on a 10 km or 15 km loop of the river. The first stop, a hidden playground at point Fraser, proved tough to find, but was a real hit with the kids when they got there. Next stop, another hidden playground in John Oldham Park, was a welcome break for tired legs and a delight for the kids, with its huge slide and various spinning and swinging nets that only children can enjoy! Great camaraderie and sheer determination from some of the group saw everybody safely back to the South Perth foreshore for a well-earned BBQ.
Everyone had a great afternoon in the fresh air, with many discovering for the first time these awesome spots tucked away by the river. We hope to do another DUCKs ride in summer, which with a bit of luck will take us over the new bridge being built at Elizabeth Quay.
A big thankyou to Justin N for his super organisation and Jason P for bringing his BBQ along!
Coming DUCKs events
DUCKs camp on the Oval – 27 November – Save the date, details to follow.
DUCKs dads social night – details to follow.
To be added to the DUCKs mailing list and stay up to date with DUCKs events, email Dave on email@example.com
Summer Uniform Order Reminder
Please remember to place your summer uniform order. Orders are due back no later than Friday 18th September. Please place orders (with payment) in the P & C box in the office. Thank you, The Uniform Ladies.
Just a general reminder to parents to please check the labels in their children’s jackets / windcheaters. There have been a few missing lately with names on them. Also, there is a large amount of lost property, please come and check for your child’s belongings.
Baha’i – SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
Baha’i will be holding Day Camps during their October School holiday. For more information please click here to view the Camp Flyer.
PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY – An evening with Dr Ian Lillico
Dr Ian Lillico (father of three sons) and founder of the Boys Forward Institute, is a former Principal of City Beach High School in WA (recently retired) and international consultant in gender, boys’ education and middle schooling. He now provides professional development for teachers, parents, students and a host of other organizations throughout Australia and internationally.
Dr Lillico will be presenting a seminar at the South Perth Golf Club on Tuesday 20 October. He will deal with understanding, teaching and parenting children. Ian will outline the challenges facing educators and parents over the last twenty years in educating and raising kids. This is a special opportunity for parents, caregivers and other interested parties to access Dr Lillico’s expertise at a modest cost ($25).
For more information please click here.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS PRESEASON CRICKET CAMP
Join us on October 5th to the 7th from 9.30 till 12.30 each day and get ready for the upcoming cricket season. The camp cost is $66. To find out more go tohttp://www.cycd.com.au/preseason-cricket-camp/ , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call David Virgo – 0439091418
LEARN TO SWIM
At Trinity College Swim School in East Perth
Enjoy small classes for a more personal and tailored swimming experience.
BOOK NOW for January Holidays and Term 1 2016
For bookings and enquiries contact Nicole on
GET ACTIVE SPORTS
Get Active Sports run sports programs for 3 to 8 year olds on weekend mornings. Please click here to view the flyer and obtain more information.
UPCOMING SCHOOL HOLIDAY ARTS CLASSES AT THE VICTORIA PARK CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
Please click here to view the official flyer with the information of holiday art classes.
BREAK POINT TENNIS
Break Point Tennis South Perth offer Professional Tennis Tuition for all ages and Standards. Please click here to view their flyer with details of Holiday activity clinics and Term 4 information.
ST MARTIN’S HOUSE BAZAAR SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 9AM-12PM
St Martin;s house is holding its bi-annual bazaar. Please click here to view their flyer for more details.
CHILDEN’S SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Creative classes for kids aged 5 – 15 years, in:
Fashion, Drawing & Illustration, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Craft
ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN FOR TERM FOUR 2015
Visit us at www.csoca.net for more information
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE – YOUNG PERSON ACTORS NEEDED – DECEMBER SHORTS DAY
Please click here to view the flyer from New City Theatre.
MARSHALLS TENNIS ACADEMY
Tennis Coaching Term 4 at Kensington Primary