Welcome back to Term 4 everyone – I hope that all families were able to have some time together. There are some staff changes for Term 4:
Mrs Both (Rm 2) has returned to school Monday and Tuesday with Mrs Woolfitt continuing on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mrs Jo Doyle (nee Warren) will be working on Thursday in a support program.
The final load of surplus school equipment left on Wednesday with the Rotary group on route to Timor. This has been a marvellous opportunity for the school to clean out some overflowing sheds whilst supporting a very worthwhile organisation.
Mr Macaulay has advised he intends to extend his sick leave until November 30th 2015. Whilst his knee operation has been successful, the rehabilitation process is taking longer than expected. I know that the school and parent community wish him all the best in his recovery.
Student Leaders 2016
Just a reminder to parents of Year 5 children, nominations for student councillor positions close on Friday, 23rd of October. The children will have an opportunity to make a presentation to their peers on why they believe they would be a suitable student leader on the 17th of November. All of the present Year 5 & 4 students will then vote on that day as well. Results will be announced at the Graduation assembly Wednesday, 16th of December. Good luck to all those students who choose to nominate.
All Staff spent Monday the 12th of October analysing the NAPLAN results. This allowed all staff to participate and understand the test and the areas of strength and weakness that have emerged. We see the results as belonging to all staff not just the Year3 and 5 teachers and as such we all take credit for the improvements and together focus on the areas of remediation.
Some of the interesting observations made by staff were:
Reading Year 3 – this data indicates that the school is equal to like schools in the top levels of reading. Girls are generally achieving more strongly than boys in reading. We have a large cohort of very capable readers in the Year 3 classes.
Numeracy Year 3– Questions involving the areas of measurement and geometry proved to be the most difficult. A misconception that was identified for students was “Where do I start counting on a number line? Is it called zero or one?”
Of if “I am measuring, is the beginning of the ruler called zero or one?”
If you are playing a board game at home with your child, this provides the perfect opportunity to support them to understand this concept.
Grammar Yr 5 – there has been some significant short term progress in our results.
Writing Yr 5 –We are not progressing as hoped, however we are maintaining steady improvement. Girls are generally better writers than boys.
Writing and Spelling – after a number of years focusing specifically on Reading and Numeracy skills, these areas now require the schools attention to bring the results up to an appropriate level. Whilst we have some individual students who are performing very well , over all the trend line for the school is not showing the improvement we would like. Students who score well in reading also generally score well in spelling.
Mrs Jo Doyle (nee Warren) is returning to the school after an extended period of maternity leave. In collaboration with the teachers, she will be working with a group of Year 2 students to develop their understandings of some common misconceptions errors that students made in the 2015 test.
Individual Education Plans Review
During the year some parents will have been working with their child’s teacher to support any additional learning needs, either in a specific learning area or in another area of development, via an Individual Education plan.
Staff have been asked to meet with parents before the end of Week 5 (13th November) to review these documents as part of planning for 2016 and the reporting cycle, Semester 2.
Next Wednesday’s assembly will include the presentation of the annual P and C art award to a very talented student. The winner was selected from a number of young artists who presented some interesting pieces, then the voting panel, including Administration team, P and C President and community artists, then ranked the paintings in winning order from 1 -8.
I would like to thank the P and C for their continued support of this initiative and Mrs Millar for her tireless work in supporting the Visual Arts program at Kensington PS.
Never Eat Soggy Weetbixs! (North, East, South & West)
Thank you to Ben and Jo Morgan, for the marvellous new addition to the school grounds, a huge compass being painted in the undercover area. This idea was suggested by Mrs Julie Barrett and will provide the staff and students a wonderful opportunity to explore directionality.
YEAR 6 PARENTS – SAVE THE DATE
Wednesday 4th November 2015, 6.30 -8.00 pm Cyber safety presentation by Paul Litherland – Surf Safe on line. Topics to be covered include:
Social Networking Trends and Pitfalls
Comprehensive advice and tools to protect students from Online Predators
Australian Crime Trends and how to minimise becoming a victim
Cyber Bullying detection, prevention and response
The Law and how it relates to us all
Mobile Phone use and technology trends
Tickets $5.00 Please place an envelope into the P and C slot in the Admin Office with your name and the number of tickets required.
Foyer Display – Pop art S1
Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950’s in Britain and the United States of America. The style is based on the use of everyday objects in fine art works. The paintings of Andy Warhol are perhaps the most famous and most recognisable of this style. S1 has been exploring this style of creating art using stylised pictures of cars and trucks and bright neon colours. Thank you S1 , Mrs Nicholas, Miss Van Aurich and Miss Bender for the interesting and eye catching art work.
Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up and quitting. Sometimes courage means recognizing a danger and standing firm. It doesn’t mean taking unnecessary chances just to look brave.
Courage is needed in trying new things, in facing difficult situations, and in picking yourself up after a mistake and trying again. It is doing what you know is right even if other people laugh at you or call you names.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 23 Sept.
Virtue Awards 23/9/15
Honour Certificates 23/9/15
|S3||Tom & Mia||S4||Lucia|
|PP1||Anna & Shiranthi||PP2||Sebastian|
|PP3||Lenny & Jackson|
- Tuesday 20 October -P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 21 October – Assembly
- Friday 23 October – Snr Choir at Como SHS from 12pm
- Monday 26 October – Swimming lessons commence for all PP to Yr 5 students
- Wednesday 28 October – School Board Meeting
Running Club commences next week.
We will run on Tuesdays and Friday from 8.00am – 8.30am. Come and join us on the oval for a fun energetic way to start the day.
“Every 5 years the Kensington Primary School holds a fete as a major fund raising event. The success of the event relies on the school community involvement and its connections with the wider community. Planning for the 2016 fete is now underway, and as such, we will be holding an initial meeting to agree the structure of the fete, the organising committee, and names of key participants. If you would like to be involved, please feel free to join us at this initial meeting:
Thursday 22nd October 7pm at Kensington Primary School Music Room.
For more information please click here.
For more information on the Homework Program which is held every afternoon after school at Kensington Primary school please click here.
Addressing Bullying Behaviour in Children
A free forum to mark Children’s Week 2015 is being held on the 27th October. For more information or to book please click here.
The following courses are being offered are:
- 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent Course.
- Parenting Information Session (Including 10 take home tips)
- Bullying – Don’t Just Stand There
- Protective Behaviours.
- Engaging Adolescents (11 to 16yo)
Please click here for more information.
To enquire/register call 9382 1182 or
KENT STREET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – AVIATION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2015
Kent Street Senior High School – Aviation September 2015 Newsletter is now available. To view please click on this link.
St Martins House Antique & Collectors Sale
For more information please click here.
Curtin University Football Club
Summer is nearly here, and we have just launch our brand new summer football program to keep everyone involved all year round. Full Details are available on each event we are offering on our website: www.curtinfootball.com
Mobile Private Swimming Lessons
Star Skills Swimming is an established and endorsed swim school with experienced teachers. For more information or to contact them please click here.
Tania Oxtoby Football Coaching
For more information and to book for term 4 please click here.