The Honourable Minster of Education, Mr Peter Collier, MLC comes to KPS!
On Friday 30th of November the Minister of Education, Mr Peter Collier MLC , visited Kensington Primary school, he was welcomed by Head boy, Joskun and Head girl Layla.
He visited a number of classrooms, Room 3 , Room 5, PP2 , PP3, the onsite Kindergarten, S2 and the garden. The Year 6 band students played 2 pieces of music for him, the Man from Snowy River and the theme from the movie Forrest Gump. Mr Collier was thrilled to hear the music from Forrest Gump as he identified this as one of his favourite movie tunes.
Dale Collins, Vice Chairperson of the School Board, Samantha Thompson, President of the P & C , and Alison Wallace, Secretary of the P & C, also met the Minister. Melanie Bozich, parent, showed him the Nature playground and explained the process behind the development of the area.
Mr Collier was very complimentary of the grounds and the school. He joined the staff for morning tea and spoke briefly to them. Thank you, to all the staff for their support of the visit and especially Mr Rowley, the school gardener, who worked tirelessly to prepare the grounds for his visit .
CLASS PLACEMENTS 2016
Parents and carers are invited to contact me by email (Lisa.Williamson1@education.wa.edu.au) if they have special requests for class placements in 2016. All requests are printed and kept on file and considered at the time of putting classes together. We endeavour to meet legitimate parent requests where possible, but do not make any guarantees. Please read our school’s policy (link below) in regards to placements when considering your requests – as stated requests for particular teachers will not be considered. Parents are asked to submit all requests by December 1st 2015.
To view the Kensington PS Class Placement Policy and Procedures please click here.
Swimming lessons have now concluded and the children, as always, have really enjoyed this part of the curriculum. Thank you to staff and Mrs Stanford for her organisation.
SCHOOL BOARD TRAINING
Unfortunately, not enough people indicated an interest in being involved in the training around the roles and responsibilities for members of the school board. This training will now be offered again early in Term 1, 2016.
Parents are reminded that a vacancy for a community member still exists on the board and this will be opened for nominations and voting early in Term 1, 2016.
TERM DATES FOR 2016
At the last School Board meeting the following School Development days were approved for 2016:
REMEMBRANCE DAY – TREE PLANTING
Remembrance Day is a significant day as Australia pauses to observe 1 minutes silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. This year marks the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War 1914-1918.
This year the school came to together for a ceremony and tree planting to recognise this special day. The school was lucky enough to be donated a Turkish red pine, (Scientific name Pinus brutia)
The tree was grown from seeds from pine cones from the trees at the Lemnos Hospital in Shenton Park. Lemnos Hospital was a place that cared for servicemen that were unwell as a result of the war when they returned to Western Australia. The Lemnos pine now planted at Kensington will remind us both of the Hospital on the Greek Island of Lemnos, a place that cared for many injured Australian serviceman, some of whom had serviced at Gallipoli and “Lone Pine” at Gallipoli, as it’s the same species of pine tree.
I would like to thank the student councillors who spoke at the ceremony and Layla and Joskun who planted the tree.
KENSINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL NATIONAL PARENT SURVEY
A new set of surveys has been developed by the Commonwealth Government for all Australian schools to use with parents, staff and students. It has been mandated by the Department of Education that these surveys be conducted in the 2015 school year.
I appreciate that many families completed our school survey last year and are being asked to once again make comment on a number of similar elements. The results of this survey will be sent by all schools in Australia to be included on the My Schools website (the Commonwealth Government’s school information site).
The school’s administration, staff and School Board will also analyse the data carefully to see where the school can make improvements and celebrate any areas seen as strengths. This information will be shared with the community through our newsletter and the My School website.
Below is the link to the survey.
The survey opens on: 13 November 2015 4.00pm
Closing date: 4 December 2015 4.00pm.
The survey is available only by electronic mail and can’t be reproduced in a paper format
Quick Call the SES! The foyer is a natural disaster area!
Room 4 have been researching the many different types of natural disasters from around the world. The children then made a picture using paper squares to mosaic their drawing and included a fact sheet about their selected disaster.
Each year the school selects a charity to support with the annual Christmas Hamper collection. Each class is given a box and families are asked to bring non-perishable items to donate to support families in need . This year we are supporting Foodbank WA and they have specifically requested that donations of tinned fish are the item they need the most of.
The hampers will be handed over to Foodbank at the Christmas assembly on the 9th of December 2015.
I would like to thank everyone in advance for their generosity , as each year I am always overwhelmed with what families so kindly donate.
- Tuesday 17 November – Student Council Elections
- Tuesday 17 November – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 18 November Assembly
- Wednesday 18 November Kindy 2016 Parent Information night 7pm Music Room
- Thursday 19 November Interschool Summer Carnival
- Friday 20 November – Pre Primary 2016 Open Morning for Parents only
- Wednesday 25 November – School Board Meeting
Congratulations to Matilda from S1 for gaining a place in the 2016 programme. This year 20,369 students were tested from Year 4 throughout the state. PEAC is intended for the most able students, and those who are identified as being in the top 2.5% are deemed to be suited.
If parents of the current year 4 students would like to information on their child’s results, please see their class teacher or contact Mr Pestana, Deputy Principal.
Well done to the Year 6 Banksia Numero team of Ryan, Oliver, Hauen and Pia. They participated in the Numero State final held at Aranmore College today. The team worked very well together but unfortunately did not gain a place.
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE COMPETITION
Four of our year 3 students participated in the First Lego League (FLL) Competition at Curtain University on Sunday, 8th November.
As a team of 7 they have worked for months perfecting some computer coding tasks set by FLL to complete on Sunday for a team of judges. It was a “waste” theme this year and the team had to design, plan, build and program a Lego “Minestorm” Robot (or a computerised Lego robot ) to complete a number of missions within a 2.5 minute time frame.
It was a full day event with 4 competition sessions:
- Robot time trial
- Robot design interview with judges
- Core values interview with judges
- A group presentation to the judges as well
The team did an amazing job on the day and were overwhelmed to win the “Mechanical Design” award, no small task considering most of the other 30 odd teams were high school students from many private colleges. It says a lot for keeping it simple and good old fashioned practice! A big congratulations to Toby, Xanthe, Aiden and Emily, and coaches Chris and Jenny Safstrom, and also a big thanks to all the other parents for their support, input and enthusiasm. Our non- Kensington kids were Nick from Poynter Primary School, Emma from John Septimus Roe Anglican School and Jasmine (absent) from Creaney Primary School.
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2016 BOOKLISTS AND SCHOOL CONTRIBUTIONS AND CHARGES
2016 Booklists and the School Contributions and Charges for 2016 have been sent home this week with the students. You can also access the booklists via this link:
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If you can help out with washing some towels from the Art Room please see Mrs Daly in the Senior Block.
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 (2016) 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.
PROJECT “PURPLE SANTA”
Hello Lovely Kensington Families,
Each year the school does an amazing job with food drives for the Christmas season.
Without wanting to overwhelm our small but generous community, I was hoping to help out my friend who is doing something a little different this year. She is collecting for the Project “Purple Santa”, items for women in refuges via the Women Law Court.
They are asking for donations of toiletry items. Basic or luxury is not important, as long as they are new they will be appreciated. I just found a collection of toothpaste from the dentist that my kids don’t like the taste of and l wondered what might be in your cupboards that you might feel good about donating? Or re-gifting as they call it these days!
I shall wrap up a purple box and have it out during school banking on a Tuesday morning for anyone who has something to donate.
To see a list of the items they are mainly after please click here, but any small thing would be just wonderful.
Thank you all for your time and l wish you all a safe and happy festive season,
CITY OF SOUTH PERTH SUMMER SPLASH
FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY
4:00 – 6:00pm
Friday 29 January 2016
In the Karawara Greenways (Walanna Drive, Karawara)
VICTORIA PARK CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 2015 PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
ST MARTINS BAZAAR 21ST NOVEMBER
For more information please click here
NGALA SERVICES FOR NEW FATHERS
Ngala is interested on expanding its services to include a group for new fathers with children 0-2 years. We want your help to tell us what issues or topics you feel should be discussed in a group focusing on becoming a father. We want to find out if you would find this sort of group useful for yourself or someone going through this experience. We are holding a series of one off 2 hour focus groups to gather this information. Our focus groups will involve a small group of fathers discussing aspects of fatherhood.
If you are interested in being involved in a focus group please click on the link below and complete a very brief survey:
If you have any queries or if you are not comfortable discussing these things in a group but are still interested in speaking about your experiences about becoming a father please contact Lloyd Fernandez or Caitlin Harwood on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 9368 9368.