Welcome back to another year at Kensington PS, to all our new families we hope that your stay at Kensington is positive and productive. By becoming part of the Kensington community I’m sure that your experiences will be greatly enriched. To our returning families it was great to see you all on Monday and I know by the smiles that everyone is looking forward to a great year.
Families also need to remember that occasionally, it is necessary to re-form class groups where unexpected enrolments occur at the beginning or during the school year. Whilst this can be disruptive it is only done when absolutely necessary.
Thank you to Laurie our school gardener and the cleaning team of Peter, Mary, Jan and Ben who all made sure the school looked in great condition for the first day. It is a big job and they do tremendous work.
Thank you also to the parents and Uniform shop committee for ensuring that the children were all in uniform for day one, another indicator of the pride in the “best school” in WA.
Thank you to the vigilance of the school community as minimal vandalism and graffiti was reported over the break.
I have been appointed the acting Principal again this term, whilst the process around replacing Mr Macauley will be conducted by the South Metro Education Office. As the Chair of the School Board Mrs Belinda Moharich will have a role to play in the interview process and selection of the new Principal.
School Board Election
The remaining vacancy on the School Board will be open for election and voting will need to be conducted, counted and concluded before the first School board meeting in Week 3.
The time lines are as follows;
Nomination – closes Friday 5 February by 4pm – please email or hand deliver intention of nomination to Admin Office
Voting opens – Monday 8 February
Voting closes – Friday 12 February 4 pm
School Board meeting – Wednesday 17 February 5 pm
Votes can be placed into the voting box in Admin Office.
I look forward to working with the School Board again this year and welcome in advance the successful applicant.
Board training for current members or interested families will be on Thursday 25 February 7 pm in the Library. Twenty participants are required for the training to go ahead. Please register your interest at Kensington.firstname.lastname@example.org
School Development Day 28 and 29 of January
The teachers worked hard over the 2 days before school started, they reviewed two key DOEWA documents, Focus 2016 and the Strategic Plan for WA Public Schools 2016-2019, and how we can effectively address these plans at KPS. Teachers also spent time reviewing and planning for improving students outcomes with support from specialist teachers from School of Special Educational Needs.
Improving attendance continues to be a priority for Kensington PS, whilst the school achieves better than State average attendance (students attending 90% of the time) we still have areas for improvement. The Early Childhood area of the school, Kindergarten in particular, (this is a non-compulsory year of schooling) has a very low average attendance rate.
The Department of Education has improved the coding system for schools, this will enable the school to understand more clearly the reasons behind student absences. Long term absences for extended family holidays need the Principal’s authorisation.
We welcome Mrs Bennett into her own Year 3 class as she team teaches with Mrs Carpenter. The large overflow of Year 4 children has necessitated a class be placed in the lower part of the school. However, Mrs Nicholas and Mrs Van Aurich will be working hard to ensure that these students have additional roles and responsibilities.
Ms Millar will also be released from her classroom throughout the term to support the implementation of some new curriculum initiatives.
I would like to welcome Mr Ashley Griffiths to Kensington PS. Mr Griffiths will be teaching Yr 4/5 in S1. He has been part of the KPS staff for a while in a range of positions including completing his Assistant Teacher Practicum with Mrs Skinner in 2014. We also welcome back Miss Claire Graham into Room 3.
New School Officer
Welcome to Ms Janine Quill, she is the relieving School Officer. Mrs Albertini has taken a 6 month contract acting in higher duties at Rostrata PS as the Manager of Corporate Services. We wish Loretta all the best in her new position.
Long Service Leave
Kensington PS has a number of staff that will be taking Long Service Leave this year. This is under the direction of the Department of Education WA as changes have been brought in which restricts the ability of staff to bank leave for a period of longer than 2 years from the due date.
If a staff member is taking multiple lots of leave throughout the year, then consistency in the employment of the same relief staff will be a priority for the school. We will be striving to ensure consistency of classroom routines and relief staff.
We wish Miss Pedley a safe and happy Long Service Leave, she will rejoin the Year 3, Room 10 class in Term 3 after an extended break. Mrs Bushen will provide the relief in her absence.
Congratulations to our new team of school leaders. This year student councillors are:
Head boy – Amos Head Girl – Zoe W
Councillor – Liam Councillor – Ella
Councillor – Lochlan Councillor – Neve
Faction Captains and other leadership positions will be announced at the school assembly on the 9 March just before the Faction Swimming Carnival on the 16 March.
Desks to Timor
Another shipment of desks and furniture will be dispatched to Timor with the support of Rotary very soon. Room 5 and 6 now has new furniture including the adjustable desks which allows teachers to individualize for our taller students. The upgrading of classroom furniture will continue this year as we work through the Junior classrooms. Thank you, Mr Pestana for coordinating this project.
Kensington Primary School is applying charges once again this year. This has been endorsed by the School Board. The school office has the use of EFTPOS facilities (both debit and credit card options) to give parents the convenience of paying both charges and voluntary contributions in one simple payment. This means parents, teachers, office staff and ultimately students benefit from upfront charging:-
- Parents: won’t have to continually find money for incursions/excursions (sometimes there are a number of excursions being co-ordinated at the same time and can be difficult to send the correct money).
- Teachers: upfront charging will reduce the time teachers spend collecting, recording and balancing monies which leaves them more time to teach.
- Office Staff: with the majority of parents paying upfront, little or hopefully NO cash will come through the office on a daily basis. The collection of cash takes time to count, balance and input onto DoE’s finance system. There is double handling at the classroom level, office level and then again when completing the weekly banking.
- Students: will ultimately benefit from more teaching time and less stress in having to remember to bring in money.
Year 4 – 6 Clubs
Year 4-6 students will have access to a number of before school clubs. Class teachers will explain to their students the requirements to join in these activities. Numbers for some activities will be limited and the focus of some Clubs is assisting students in preparation for GATE scholarships. During second term some clubs may be extended to more than one day.
Monday – Art Club Year 5/6’s have priority
Tuesday – Djembe Drumming Circle
Wednesday – Portfolio Prep for students who have applied for a GATE scholarship Visual Art/Fashion
Thursday – Numero S 4
Gardening Club days to be confirmed.
The first whole school assembly will be conducted in the undercover area at 9.00am on Wednesday 10 February. Our new School Councillors will be conducting this assembly as their first public duty. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.
Parent meetings will be arranged for all classes in Week 3 of this term. At these meetings the teachers will outline specific issues around their classroom policies and timetables. Individual teachers will notify parents as to when the meetings will be held.
With permission from the School board an early close will be negotiated with the Regional Office to allow parents an opportunity to meet face to face (if desired) with classroom teachers and specialists towards the end of Term 1. Further information will be published in the newsletter once arrangements are finalised.
Health Care plans
Thank you to those parents who have informed and updated us with the additional health care information for their children. Should you have any new information regarding anaphylaxis, allergies, epilepsy or asthma please contact the front office to ensure the appropriate information is recorded and all staff are aware of the management plan.
The school day commences at 8.50am with the end of the day being at 3.00pm. Parents are requested to ensure their child(ren) do not arrive at school before 8.15am when one of the deputies commences duty in the undercover area. Students are allowed to enter their rooms at 8.30am to prepare for the day’s work.
School hours are;
8.50 School siren sounds for commencement of lessons
11.00 Morning break
11.30 Classes resumes
1.30 Afternoon break
2.00 Classes resume
It is important that children who are being collected from the drive through area wait in that area and not go off and play. This will prevent parents having to enter and exit multiple times.
Parents, please be mindful of the need to provide active supervision of your children should they remain on site after 3.30 pm. NO child is allowed to be on the school site unsupervised.
Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. You can show you care about someone by saying and doing things that help them. Caring about something you are doing means giving it your very best. Caring comes from within. It is a sign of love, respect, and concern. Caring people take the interests of others as their own. They do all that they can to show people that they are loved and valued.
- Tuesday 9 February – AGM P&C
- Wednesday 10 February – Assembly
- Monday 15 February – Yr 6 Beach Swimming Lessons commence
- Wednesday 17 February – School Board Meeting
Junior Choir will commence on Wednesday, 17 February at 8.15am in the Music Room. Rehearsals continue fortnightly alternating with Assemblies and are open to all students in Years 3 and 4. Students need to bring a display book for their music, and come with their best behaviour and enthusiasm to sing.
Senior Choir commenced on Wednesday, 3 February at 2.00pm and is open to all students in Years 5 and 6. Students need to bring a display book for their music. Initially we will rehearse for a special Anzac Assembly, and then work towards the WA Primary Schools Massed Choir Festival.
Our first Band Rehearsal for the year is this Friday, 5 February. Band is open to students who learn wind instruments and can play an octave of notes and readily read the music. Please see Mrs Dewing if your child meets this criteria. Students should bring their band book from last year. Our first performance will be in March.
SIM Instrumental Classes
SIM Instrumental Classes begin next week for selected students in Years 5 and 6. Loan Agreement forms for students who plan to hire an instrument will be sent out this week. Please let Mrs Dewing know ASAP if your child already has their own instrument. The hire option is only open to Year 5 beginner students. Instruments will not be issued until money is received and the Loan Agreement signed.
Physical Education Lessons – Year 1 to 6
As part of our School program students participate in one hour of physical education a week. Students are expected to wear appropriate footwear, bring a drink bottle and wear/bring a hat (Terms 1 -4) . If a student is unable to participate for medical reasons parents are requested to let their classroom teacher or Mrs Stanford know.
Students also participate in All School Fitness on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Students are encouraged to wear their Faction T Shirt on these days.
Year Six In-Term Swimming
In-term swimming lessons commence for all our Year 6 students on Monday 15 February. These lessons will be conducted at Cottesloe Beach over 5 days. This ensures that our senior students have an opportunity to learn how to swim in an open water environment and how to read surf conditions for safe swimming. Students will receive their In-Term Swimming forms very soon.
Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs: applications close Monday 8 February.
Parents and carers of students starting Year 6 are reminded that applications for Gifted and Talented programs close on Monday 8 February. Information on these programs plus links to materials to help inform parents of the application process and deadline are online. Click here for further information.
PEAC courses will now be starting in WEEK 4 NOT WEEK 3 as previously advertised. Letters advising class dates, times and location will be sent next week.
PEAC Team, Curtin PS
P&C: 2016 elections and class rep appointments
It is the time of the year when all formal volunteer positions to support Kensington Primary School need to be filled. We would appreciate any input you are able to provide during 2016.
The P&C AGM will be held in the school staff room at 7.30pm on 9 February 2016. A more detailed notice, including a list of vacant positions, can be found at the following link. Any queries, including requests for role descriptions, can be emailed to email@example.com, as can nominations for positions (link). Come along to enjoy some wine and cheese and get involved in the school community!
The list of class reps for 2016 will also be compiled at the AGM. Please put up your hand! We suggest that you first discuss your interest in the role with your child’s teacher and then let a P&C office bearer know your name, mobile, email and the room number that you will be representing. An overview of the role of class rep can be found at the following link.
Money for Jam
Dear Kensington Families,
Please see the latest Money for Jam flyer listing our sponsors attached here.
Money for Jam is a business directory that has been established to strengthen our community ties in a practical and mutually beneficial way. Many of the businesses are owned by families at our school. All of the businesses listed donate part proceeds of any profits generated by the KPS community back to the Kensington Primary School P&C. Please mention Kensington Primary School when you make your initial enquiry or nominate our school when you sign up.
I am aware we have many Kensington families and friends who own fantastic businesses and they may also like to promote their business through ‘Money For Jam’ and in return donate part proceeds of business generated to Kensington Primary School P&C.
To register your interest in becoming one of our sponsors please email firstname.lastname@example.org You need to provide a description of your business, the business logo, website and contact details and what your offer is going to be. You may also like to promote a special discount offer to the school community. Please note: We reserve the right to refuse listings of businesses that we deem are not consistent with our ethos and school values.
I hope to hear from you very soon.
Money for Jam Coordinator
Kensington Primary School P&C
What’s Happening at The Uniform Shop
- More uniform stock has been ordered. A note will be placed in the newsletter to let you know when it arrives.
- We now have kindy shirts and jumpers. There is no compulsory kindy uniform but the shirts/jumpers are colourful and school hats will be available too.
- There are second hand items for sale for $2, sport jackets are $5. Spare uniform can be really useful as children grow, get grubby and sometimes lose uniforms. Donations happily accepted.
- Volunteers are always welcome. We have some regular volunteers but would really appreciate more people. The uniform shop is organised by the P&C. Parents volunteer on a Thursday morning between 8.20am to 9am and unpack when stock arrives.
- You can volunteer to help once a week, fortnight, month or you may just want to help pack uniforms for classrooms (twice a year). Please feel free to come to the uniform shop to have a look or use the email format on the school’s website found under – Information/Uniforms if you would like to volunteer.
- This email can also be used for any queries/questions in regards to uniforms. The uniform shop is open every Thursday, it is not open in the school holidays (i.e. outside of term time).
- Also thank you for your patience when purchasing uniforms. It can get quite busy, especially at the beginning of the year, but we will always try and do our best to provide you with what is available.
Jenny Brittain (Uniform Co-ordinator)
The DuCKs (Dads united for the Children of Kensington) are the Kensington PS Dads and kids group. Through a combination of Dad’s social events and Dad & kid’s activities we aim to develop and encourage the ongoing and regular participation of Dads and Father figure’s within the school.
We had great success last year, with a couple of lawn bowls nights, WAFL footy outing, ride around the river and of course the Dads and kids camp on the school oval!
If you’re a new dad to the school we would love you to come along and get involved!
If you’re already on the list but know of a Dad who may have missed out on signing up – please feel free to forward my contact details.
Scooters and Bikes
Kensington PS encourages all students to be active and make their way to school by means other than a car. The use of a helmet when scooting or riding to and from school is strongly encouraged. Also, the provision of a bike lock which will ensure that your child’s bike or scooter remains safe is also encouraged.
On line lunch orders
School lunches on line will deliver this Friday, a reminder email has been sent to current user families. Please remember to update your children’s year level as it can cause distress to your child when the lunch is delivered to the wrong area. For information on using this lunch delivery service please log in to https://www.schoollunchonline.com.au.or click on the attached link.
NAPLAN for parents
South Perth Library will be hosting a special session for parents to help them support their child with NAPLAN. The session is on Tuesday 16th February, 6.00-7.00pm, and will be held in the South Perth Library Function Room. Bookings are essential. Book online at: naplanforparents.eventbrite.com.au. See the attached flyer for for information.
Marshalls Tennis Academy Tennis Coaching Term 1
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See brochure downloads at: marshallstennis.com.au
Meet the Homework Program Teacher
The Homework Program will continue to run at the school from 3pm to 5.30pm every afternoon Monday to Friday at the school. The class has been moved to the Junior Block Kitchen (between Rooms 3 and 4) which has been re-structured to accommodate the program. The children attending are given a healthy snack on arrival and take part in a fun activity. They complete any homework for the day and/or are given resources to improve their literacy and numeracy. Parents may collect their children anytime at or before 5.30pm.
The program is run by Mr Sean Sutcliffe, who is a primary school graduate from ECU who also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University in Illustration and Design. Sean has completed several First Aid Training courses with St John Ambulance and enjoys art, music and video game design.
To find out more or to enrol on the program, please visit www.homeworksupervision.com.au.
“I assist students with their homework as well as helping them to advance their learning. In many instances, I have access to a range of programs and can help the children individually with their reading, spelling and maths. I try to find out what the students are interested in and adapt my teaching to suit their interests and hobbies.”
“I look forward to helping your child on his or her learning journey.”
To find out more or to enrol on the program, please visit www.homeworksupervision.com.au.
Registration Day for WASP’s Junior Hockey Club
Registration will be Saturday 13th February, 2016 between 11am and 2pm at Richardson Oval. Please click here for further information.
City of South Perth – Road Repaid Works
Proposed road repaid works – George Street – Intersections with Banksia Terrace and Brandon Street – commencing 15th February. Please click here for more information.