This is the last newsletter for 2015 –
I would like to take time to reflect on the last 6 months, it has been an incredible privilege to lead the school and this has not been possible without the support of many.
I would like to say a sincere thank you to all of the staff at Kensington Primary School:
Deputy Principals – Mr Terence Pestana and Mrs Raema Stanford
Front office staff – Corporate Services Manager, Ms Della Nuthall
Administration staff- Mrs Loretta Albertini and Mrs Sharon Mignacca.
To all of the teaching staff and educational assistants, thank you for your focus on improving student outcomes for all of our students, a key pillar of the KPS business plan.
The year ahead will see planning to consolidate the gains made in NAPLAN and a renewed and relentless focus on the implementation of the best possible teaching practices.
I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Mrs Belinda Moharich, School Board Chair and Mrs Samantha Clayton, P&C President. Their support of the school and myself over the last 6 months has been greatly appreciated. It has been a pleasure to work with two such professional and dedicated parents.
To our students who may be leaving Kensington Primary School for a variety of reasons we wish you the very best and we will miss all of you. Remember that you are ‘Kensington Kids’ and you know how to ‘play the game’.
Congratulations to four past students of Kensington PS who were recently voted on to the secondary school leadership team at Penrhos College for 2016 – Alisha Mc Mullen –School Captain, Alexandra Parker – Athens House Captain, Maddie Hughes – Athens House Vice Captain and Lee Bing Tan – Community Service Captain.
I am sure Kensington Primary School wishes all students and their families a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back at school for the start of Term on Monday 1 of February, 2016.
2016 Class Placements
In our school newsletter posted on 12 November, I outlined the process that this school undertakes to form its classes for the following year. This included;
- Academic performance
- Special abilities and needs
- Social and physical maturity
- Gender balance
- Friendship groups
- Need of children for whom English is an additional language or dialect or children from non-English speaking backgrounds
- Information supplied by parents and/or relevant support personnel
- Previous class placements
I invited parents to put into writing any requests that they may have (excluding requesting specific teachers) as part of the deliberation process above. The school has received a large number of requests and been provided with information from parents and I thank everyone for their correspondence. Please be aware that whilst these requests are considered they are only part of the process and given tight class numbers and enrolment trends not all requests will be able to be met. In the end it is the responsibility of the Principal to place children upon the advice of this year’s teaching and administrative staff.
As stated in our last newsletter there is a possibility that classes may have to change within the first few weeks of 2016.
Are your children returning late back from school holidays?
Is your family returning late back from holidays at the start of the 2016 school year? Any student who has not attended in the first 2 weeks of 2016 will not be counted in our student census numbers, which will impact on the funding and staffing of the school. Please inform the school if your child will be late in starting the school year.
This year’s end of year disco will be held in the school’s quadrangle area this Monday 14 December.
Kindy to Year 2 4.00 to 5.00 pm
Year 3 to 6 5.15 to 6.30 pm
$2.00 entry to be paid at the gate. A variety of goods will be on sale, including icy poles and glow sticks for $1.00.
Parent Thank You Morning Tea
Thank you to the parents who accepted our invitation to morning tea. Without our parent and community support this would be a far lesser school. Thank you to everyone who has supported the school over the year(s). Hope to see you all back in the harness in 2016!
It was my privilege at the Christmas assembly to acknowledge 2 very special parent volunteers, Kath Parker and Natalie Gallagher, who efforts have been acknowledged by the school and the Western Australian Council of State School organisation (WACSSO).
For many years these ladies supported the school in so many different ways and this year is the last year that they have children at KPS, so thank again for all of your time, effort and dedication to making our school a better place.
Pizza in the Garden
Pizza in the Garden will held on Monday 14 December for Yr 3-6 and Tuesday 15 December for PP –Yr 2. All students who have received an Award this term will receive an invitation from Miss Lisa. A variety of pizzas will be shared at lunchtime. Those invited students who are not pizza lovers are most welcome to join us with a lunch prepared at home. Congratulations to all our award winners.
If these dates clash with their class party, students will be invited to attend on the alternate day so as not to miss out on class celebrations, class teachers will coordinate this.
During the holiday period, schools premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become targets to a small number of offenders. The upcoming holiday period is from Thursday 17 December to Sunday 31 January.
If you live near a 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 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 please report suspicious activity immediately by telephoning:
School Watch on 1800 177 777 or Police on 131 444
I’m sure I don’t have to remind the children but for the parents who may have missed it, Thursday 17 December is the last day for students for 2015. School will recommence for students on Monday 1 of February. The office will be open from Monday 25 January. Teachers will be participating in School Development on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January, 2016.
Class lists will be available from 12.30 pm on Friday 29 January in the Under cover area.
Lost property will be on display in the school’s quadrangle over the next few days. Please check to see if anything there belongs to your family.
Reports will be handed to children in Pre-primary to Year 6 on Tuesday 15 December.
The booklists for 2016 have already been sent home with students last week. If you lose your copy they can be accessed via the web at www.officemaxschools.com.au
Use the password W4BJ9S
Thank you to Luis (S4) and his family for their support of the Chess Club at KPS. Recently, Luis’ grandfather Orlando, a former world chess champion, came and instructed the students in some of the more advanced skills of chess.
Kindness is being concerned about the welfare of others. You can be kind to people, to animals and to the environment. Kindness is shown in small gestures that brighten people’s lives, times you care for an animal, daily ways you show concern for the earth. Kindness is showing love to someone who is sad or needs your help.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 2 December..
Virtue Awards 2/12/15
Honour Certificates 2/12/15
|5||Beatrice & Wesley||6||Ava|
|S1||Meg||S2||Regan & Kiarn|
|S3||Emika & Jessica||S4||Joskun|
|PP1||Xaysanna||PP2||Cameron, Naomi & Emily|
|PP3||Estelle & Leon|
- Mon 14 Dec – School Disco PP to Yr 6
- Mon 14 Dec – Pizza in the Garden Yrs 3-6 Honour Award recipients for Term 4
- Tues 15 Dec – Pizza in the Garden PP – Yr 2 Honour Award recipients for Term 4
- Tues 15 Dec – Reports sent home
- Wed 16 Dec – Yr 6 Graduation assembly
- Thurs 17 Dec – Last day term 4 for students
- Monday 1 February 2016 – First Day Term 1 2016 for students
Year 6 Students
I would like to acknowledge and congratulate all our senior students who have been awarded special placements for 2016:
EMITS Scholarship Como Secondary College: Raiyah, Tom, Jessica, Michael, Ryan, Oliver
Music Scholarship Como Secondary college – Tom, Ryan, Oliver, Raiyah, Hauen,
Music Scholarship Wesley College – Toby and James
Aviation Scholarship Kent St SHS -Michael
GATE scholarship Perth Modern School – Joskun and Ryan
GATE Drama scholarship John Curtin College of the Arts – Layla
Tennis Scholarship John Forrest Senior High School – Tijana
Marine Sciences South Fremantle College of the Arts – Alexandra
Fashion and Design Scholarship Kent Street SHS- Alexandra and Taylah
Golf Scholarship Como Secondary College – Ryan
Congratulation to all of these students and their families.
What a show! The Christmas assembly was another very successful production pulled together by Mrs Dewing and the talented students of Kensington Primary School. Thank you to all the parents who found time in busy schedules to come to the school to support our performers.
We had such positive feedback from parents – including 1 parent who gave us 10 out of 10!
Schools Swim Challenge
On the Friday night the 27 November 27 Kensington swimmers competed in the Schools Swim Challenge at Wesley College Pool.
The Girls team came 3rd, the Boys team 4th and overall we came 4th. The final individual results are on the Sport notice board outside the staffroom.
Thanks to all swimmers who competed. A special thanks to Sashana and William who swam in the Year 5 races.
To read Chaplain Meng’s newsletter please click here.
Thank you to the Jasmine (S3) and her family for bring to the community’s attention awareness of Diabetes and ways to stay healthy. The whole school dressed in blue to raise nearly $500 for this worthy cause on Friday 27 November.
We even had three special celebrities pop in for the morning– Elsa from the movie Frozen, Anthony the Blue Wiggle and Madeline!
To the school community for your generosity in donating to the Christmas Hamper appeal, you may ask, where does the food go?
Alicia Burgess , Distribution Centre Manager say:
Foodbank supports over 500 charities and welfare agencies who provide food relief to people and families in times of need. Food donated through Food Drives like the Festive Appeal will go to struggling families, singles, seniors, unemployed and homeless people as food parcels or prepared meals across Perth and into our regional centres in Peel, Bunbury, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.
Last December, Foodbank WA provided enough food for more than 575,000 meals.
Every can makes a difference!
DUCKS camp report
To read about the DUCKS camp wrap up please click here.
Subject: Expected delivery date for gold polo shirt orders
Families who are waiting for gold polo orders can pick them up from the uniform shop on Friday 29th January from 12 noon – 1 pm. Any orders not able to be picked up will be delivered to the child’s classroom on the first day of school.
Permapleat (our gold polo shirt supplier) has informed us they have polo stock arriving in the last week of December. This includes our currently ordered items from September.
Apologies for the late arrival of the gold polo orders.
The Uniform Ladies
Online Lunch orders
The last day for lunch orders will be Friday 11 December.
Helping Hands Out of School Care
For more information and to enrol please click here.
Hensman Street Kindy
Hensman Street Kindy – places available for 2016!
– Independent, community pre-Kindy for 3-4 year olds
Break Point Tennis South Perth
For more information on school holiday activities and tennis coaching clinics please click here.
Creative Kids Art Classes
For more information of after school classes in 2016 please click here.
Are you looking for vacation care for your children over the school holidays or for next year? Lifestreamers Childcare runs a Long Day Care and Kindy program as well as BLAST for primary aged children during school holidays. For more information click here.