Tomorrow is a very special day for Kensington PS: the Honourable Minister of Education, Mr Peter Collier, MLC is coming to visit the school.
He will meet with the executive of the P & C and the School Board. Several teachers have indicated that they would like to host the Minister in their classroom. The Minister will also view the school garden and the Naturescape playground.
I have been in contact with Mr Macauley this week and he has asked me to pass along this message to the parents:
Dear Parents and Carers
It is with mixed feelings that I am informing the school community that I have decided to commence the process towards retirement. At present I’m still on sick leave for my knee reconstruction and once this comes to an end I will access my Long Service Leave entitlements – these should take me through to the end of Term One next year. Therefore I won’t be returning to the school in my capacity of Principal.
I have some ongoing health issues which are being addressed at the same time as my knee recovers and as such don’t exactly know what the medium to long term outlook is going to look like. The school needs certainty in its leadership and by taking the option to retire this will be able to be achieved in a shorter time frame. I am disappointed with myself in the number of days I have been absent from the school and don’t want to see this trend continue.
Thank you to the whole school community for the tremendous support that I have received since my arrival in 2013. I could not have asked for a better school to see out my 40 year career with the Department of Education. To be appointed Principal of Kensington Primary School was a career highlight and I’m glad that I had to opportunity to work in such a great school.
To the students of Kensington Primary School I wish you all the very best in your educational and social lives. Your school is an extremely special place and the main reason it is so is because of each and everyone of you. Remember KENSINGTON is the BEST SCHOOL ANYWHERE because you always PLAY THE GAME, follow the rules and do the right thing!
Good luck to students, parents, staff and everyone else connected to this great school – I will miss you all.
Upon formal receipt of Mr Macauley’s resignation the process for the selection of Principal of Kensington Primary School will be initiated and managed by the Department of Education. The School Board Chair will be invited to be a member of the selection panel.
At last night’s meeting, two key documents relevant to the successful operation of the School and the Board were ratified. The Business Plan (2015-2017) and the Terms of Reference will be available for the school community to review on the website. I would like to thank all Board members for generously giving their time and expertise to assist in the effective running of the school.
I would like to offer current and prospective board members the opportunity to learn about the operation of School Boards with a 2 hour training session on Wednesday 11 November 2015, 6-8pm. We need 20 participants for the course to run so please email your interest in attending to Kensington.PS@education.wa.edu.au. Insufficient numbers will result in this being rescheduled for Term 1 2016.
Finally, the contributions and charges for 2016 were viewed and passed by the Board. The P & C recently voted to increase the voluntary fee to $ 60.00. The P&C reviewed voluntary fees of other schools in the area and this rise will assist in the P&C meeting its objective of supporting the school. The school contribution fee will remain at $ 60.00.
Booklists, fees and charges will be distributed to parents shortly.
The school values the opinions of the parent community, as collected by the annual survey of parents. Analysis of the data gained from the survey forms part of the evaluation of the Business Plan. I strongly urge you to take the time to complete the survey. A link to access the survey will be emailed to all parent contacts early next week.
Specialist High School Placements
Just a reminder to parents of current Year 5 students, the key events and scheduled dates for placements at Specialist High School programs are as follows.
October 2015 – Applications Open
Applications open for entry into Secondary Selective Entrance Academic, Arts and Languages Programs in Year 7, 2017.
October 2015 to February 2016 – Parent information sessions
Information presentations for parents of children applying for Gifted and Talented Programs for Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 in 2017 run through until February 2016. All sessions will commence at 6pm.
February 8 2016 – Applications Close
Applications close for entry into Secondary Selective Entrance Academic, Arts and Languages programs in Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 in 2017.
Kensington PS has very good record of Year 6 students gaining scholarships to a range of high school offering innovative programs. For further information please visit: http://www.det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/giftedandtalented/detcms/school-support-programs/gifted-and-talented/application-information/key-dates.
Artist in Residence Program
Indigenous author, Josie Boyle, is this year’s Author in Residence. Josie has written a number of children’s book including Bubbay: A Christmas Adventure and Spotty Dotty Lady.
Students from Kindergarten to Yr 6 will have the opportunity to participate in sessions with Josie starting Week 8 of this Term.
I would like to thank the P & C for their ongoing support of enrichment Art and Literature opportunities for the students.
The preparations for the 90th Anniversary fete on 29th of October 2016 are underway. A group of interested parents met last Thursday night in the Music room. I would like to thank all those who attended and especially to Rowena Mills who is the coordinator of the fete committee.
The PP- Year 6 disco is scheduled to be held on the 14th of December; however, the P & C are still looking for interested parents to help run this event. Please contact Samantha Thompson or send a message via the P & C Facebook page.
Purposefulness is having a clear focus instead of being fuzzy or unsure about what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. When you have a goal you are working toward you are acting on purpose. To be purposeful means to concentrate on something. You concentrate your mind so that you can keep your goal before you. You concentrate your efforts so that something good will happen as a result.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 21 October.
Virtue Awards 21/10/15
Honour Certificates 21/10/15
|S1||Jacob||S2||Clara & Indie|
|S3||Jasmine, Sean, Oliver, Layla & Josephine||S4||Lachlan & Joskun|
|PP1||Owen & Max||PP2||Poppy|
- Wednesday 4 November – no assembly due to swimming lessons
- Wednesday 4 November – Y6 Parent Cybersafety talk 6.30-8pm Library
- Wednesday 11 November – Remembrance Day tree planting 11am
P&C Art Award
The winner of the 2015 P and C Art award was announced at the last assembly, Congratulations Ella from S4.
Ella has now been invited to participate in the Young Master’s extension program at Applecross SHS. This program supports a Gifted and Talented placement for the Visual Arts at any Government high school that runs a Visual Art program.
Congratulations to our Banksia Team (Year 6 – Ryan, Oliver, Hauen and Pia) for coming first in the South East Heat. They will now participate in the Grand Final on Thursday, November the 12th. The two other teams, Bottlebrush (YR 5 & 4 -Amberley, Rohan, Sean and Evie) came third, while Grevillea came eleventh (YR 5 & – 4 Angelique, Luis, Davin and Elliot).
Our students were a credit to Kensington Primary School with their excellent behaviour and great team skills.
YouthCARE Christmas Card Competition 2015
Students were invited to design a Christmas card to spread the message of love and joy to everyone by joining the YouthCARE Christmas Card Competition. Winners will receive a pack of their own designed cards and a special YouthCARE prize pack.
A number came to the library at second break to design their Christmas card the past two Wednesdays and more took them home.
When I submitted their work, YouthCARE responded with, “These are FANTASTIC!” All the best to Kensington Primary School, I hope to bring good news when YouthCARE decides the winners.
Keep an eye out for the results in this column.
The Senior Choir attended a workshop at the Como Secondary College on Friday 23rd October. The children performed brilliantly at the concert presented to parents and friends following the workshop. The Kensington Senior Choir formed a massed choir along with schools from the Curtin Education Community – Como, South Perth, Collier, Millen, Wilson Victoria Park and Lathlain.
Due to a technical error these results missed the publication deadline last newsletter – our apologies to those students.
What a fantastic day we had last term for the Inter School Athletics Carnival.
We started the day with breakfast together (thanks to the parents for their assistance) and then went to East Victoria Park Primary School for a big day of competition. The team competed extremely well, as individuals and in the team games.
Well done to our individual Champions:-
Year 3 Champion Girl: Kathleen
Year 3 Champion Boy: Xavier
Year 4 Champion Girl: Bailey.
Year 5 Champion Boy: Amos.
Overall results were:
1st Kensington 675
2nd East Vic Park 627
3rd Victoria Pk 459
4th Millen 342
5th Lathlain 254
6th Bentley 157
Thanks to Ryan for being the Starter for the morning. He did a great job.
Swimming has started and the children are settling into the routines of swimming. The school elected for the children to change only at school this year and that decision is working well.
Social dance is swinging along, with the Year 5 and 6 students learning the basic protocols of formal dancing as well as a number of dances such as the cha cha, rumba and jive.
The lessons culminate in the Yr 5 and 6 dance night on Tuesday the 15th of December. This is always a lovely occasion and we hope to see all our parents involved.
The last chance to buy circus equipment will be this Friday. Prices are below. Cash sales only. Please see Mrs Stanford in the PE office.
|Diablo – with CD||$30|
|Juggling Balls – 3||$15|
|Scarves – 3||$10|
What a great way to start the day!
Running Club continues on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8.00am – 8.30am. We will run until Week 9 when we will have our final breakfast for the year. At our first session this term we had 40 enthusiastic runners from Kindy to Year 6. Research shows there is a positive link between children being active and their ability to achieve better marks at school.
Year 5 Sleepover 2015
On Thursday the 15th of October, the Year 5’s had a sleepover at the school. The purpose of the sleepover was to help us get ready for the Year 6 camp, learn leadership skills, to cooperate with different people and most importantly to have fun!
We played team building games to learn how to interact with each other and work as a team. We also played many big board games, such as: jenga, snakes and ladders, connect 4, checkers, Chinese checkers, ludo, pick-up sticks and twister. We also enjoyed a talent show and the acts were very entertaining!
We got the opportunity to prepare the food, which was nutritious and delicious.
We would like to thank our amazing Year 6 leaders: Layla, Joskun, Sean, Josie, Ollie and Jasmine. We would also like to thank: Mrs Stanford, Ms Miller, Mrs Glassborow, Mrs Skinner, Ms Lisa, Mr Pestana and Raan for the use of the big games.
P&C WISHLIST 2016
The 2016 “P&C Wishlist” is currently being compiled and we are seeking suggestions from all members of the community (parents, students and staff).
The P&C Executive will select P&C expenditure items for 2016 from items on the Wishlist.
If you have suggestions for items or programs you would like to see funded by the P&C in 2016, please let us know! Every suggestion is considered!
* email your idea to the P&C at firstname.lastname@example.org
* let your class teacher know – they can add it to the staffroom list
* write it down and submit it to the P&C Box in the staffroom
All submissions (including the proposed item, the basis for the proposal and preferably some details of expected cost) should be received by the end of Week 3, Term 4 (30.10.15).
The P&C Executive will meet in Week 4 to decide the 2016 budget allocations.
DuCK’s DADS AND KIDS CAMP
Come along to the first KPS Dads and Kids camp!
Friday 27th November from 4.30pm on the KPS oval
All Fathers and father figures (granddads, uncles etc.) welcome. Come along and pitch a tent or swag with your kids. Spend a night enjoying some fun Dad and kids activities such as Tug of war, team games, Spotlight/Stalk the lantern. We will have a BBQ dinner and breakfast. With a bit of luck we’ll even burn some marshmallows!
The cost is $32 per family ( regardless of how many children) which Includes BBQ dinner and breakfast, morning coffee for Dads, marshmallows and fun and games for the kids.
It should be a great night for both Dads and Kids!
We’re Aiming to wrap up by 8am Saturday morning, so kids can get off to weekend sport etc
We’re running the bookings through Trybooking to try and keep it nice and simple. It’s a flat rate per family – the different options on the booking site are just to give us an idea of numbers.
Please use the link below to book
Hope we’ll see you there!
any queries let me know
Como Secondary College Quiz Night 27th November
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Walk Together Day 31st October at McCallum Park
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