Thank you for the amazing response from the parent community in casting your votes to choose the last parent representative for the School Board. Over 600 voting slips were sent home and 244 votes were counted.
Congratulations to the successful applicant, Karen Mahar, I look forward to working with her and other School Board members for the improvement of the school.
Just a reminder- Department of Education, Board Training is scheduled for Thursday 25 Feb 6-8 pm in the Library. All current and prospective School Board members are invited.
Teachers held their introductory meetings for parents this week, thank you to those parents who were able to attend. Regular email newsletters from the classes have also started, which allow parents to keep up to date with what’s happening in classes. I would like to thank Staff, for providing parents with relevant information and insights into your classroom.
Engaging parents and community partners is a key strategy of the business plan.
On Entry testing has started in Pre Primary. Parents will receive an individual report for their child on the completion of the testing in a few weeks. The data gained from this testing assists teachers in planning and programing for the year ahead.
In light of a number of critical incidents both here in WA and the Eastern States, the school will participate in an Evacuation Drill next week. The purpose is to ensure the school is able to respond in a timely and appropriate manner to a range of threats.
Please discuss the importance of practising the evacuation drill to your child(ren) to ensure it doesn’t become a source of concern to them.
Whole School Assembly
Congratulations to the School leadership team who led the first whole school assembly.
Families are reminded that students who receive an Honour Certificate receive an invitation to the end of Term, Pizza in the Garden whilst our Virtue Awardees will receive the $10 voucher for Mill Point Fresh Food Market.
Remember that our assemblies are held most even week Wednesdays, commencing at 9.00am, and everyone is welcome to attend. The next whole school assembly will be Wednesday 24 February.
P&C Office Bearers of 2016
Last Tuesday the Kensington Primary School P&C Association held its AGM. Thank you to those who decided to retain their current portfolios and those who stepped forward to new positions:
This year’s office bearers are;
President Mrs Sam Thompson*
Vice President Mrs Rebecca Watson*
Secretary Ms Alison Wallace*
Treasurer Mrs Tanya Steers*
Uniform Co-ordinator Mrs Jenny Brittain*
Grounds and Facilities Ms Melanie Bozich
Fundraising Mrs Melanie Tibbitts
Memorabilia Ms Karen Mahar, Mrs Sharon Szczecinski
Music Mrs Marlena Burling
Library/Bookclub Mrs Susan Henwood
School Banking Mrs Shannon Kynaston and Ms Jennifer Safstrom
School Board Rep Ms Nicole Austin*
Fete Coordinator Mrs Rowena Mills*
DuCKs Mr Dave Mundy
Executive Member Mrs Alana Arnold*
*Denotes member of P&C Executive
The school calendar for Terms 2, 3 and 4 2016 will soon be uploaded to the website. Parents need to be mindful that these terms are in draft format and additional information will be added at the start of each term. Term 1 Calendar has been uploaded.
Term dates for 2016
Last year the School Board approved the following School Development days :
Parent Survey 2015
At the end of last year parents were asked to complete the School survey. This is the standard Federal Government survey which is designed to monitor parent’s opinions on several key areas of the school’s operation. The findings from the survey were discussed at the School Board meeting 17 Feb 2016.
The School Board also placed three questions at the end of the survey:
Do you have a concern with the current hat policy?
Yes 16% No 84%
Would you like the 2015 Term 1 Parent Interview format to be used again in 2016?
Yes 82 % No 18%
Would you like the school to hold a Dawn Service in 2016?
Yes 73% No 27%
Please note : The Dawn Service is pending final approval from the South Metro Education Office.
Upfront Charges for 2016
Once again we have had a very good response to our upfront charges. This is a great way to pay upfront for all your child(ren)’s class related charges. This includes swimming lessons, incursions/excursions, sporting competitions, cooking, dance, circus and the like.
Please note: Students who have not paid for an incursion/excursion will not be able to participate unless payment arrangements have been negotiated with our Manager Corporate Services, Ms Della Nuthall.
For your convenience the school office has EFTPOS facilities (both debit and credit card options) available. Please come in and see the ladies in the front office as soon as possible.
Students Who Arrive Early at School
We ask all students who arrive at school early (before 8.30am when the green gates open) to assemble and sit in the undercover area. At 8.15am a Deputy Principal comes to this area to supervise.
Students should not play in the school grounds before school as our ability to provide adequate duty of care is severely restricted. Parents are requested not to take children to the playgrounds, even if they are staying with them as it encourages students who do not have adult supervision to join in, with the potential for an accident greatly increased.
Senior students who are involved in Senior Block Clubs need to go straight to their class.
When you care for someone, you pay a lot of attention to them and take an interest in what is happening to them. Caring shows that something or someone really matters to you. You can care for yourself, for others, for a pet or a special thing. When you care for an animal, you watch over it and take good care of its needs. When you are careful with something you treat it gently and respectfully, making sure that you don’t hurt it. When you do a careful job, you give it your very best effort.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 10 February.
Virtue Awards 10/2/16
Honour Certificates 21/5/14
|S1||Lily & David||S2||Eliza & Keira|
|S3||Shakira & Jacob||S4||Elizabeth|
|PP1||Noah & Audrie||PP3||Laura & Harry|
- Friday 19 February – PP Welcome Breakfast
- Wednesday 24 February – Assembly
- Friday 4 March – Staff Development Day (Students do not attend)
- Monday 7 March – Labour Day Public Holiday
- Saturday 19 March – P&C Movie Night “The book of Life”
Beach Swimming Commences
The Year 6 students have joined with the students from South Perth PS to complete a week of beach swimming lessons at Cottesloe beach conducted by DOEWA swimming teachers.
The children are demonstrating a high level of participation and engagement with the lessons and it’s a lot of fun to be at the beach on a hot day.
The beach swimming classes provides the children a unique opportunity to learn and practise swimming skills in a more challenging environment.
Thank you Mrs Stanford for coordinating this event.
The football season is just around the corner and already KPS children are working hard on their footy skills as part of the PE program. Several Fremantle FC staff have been working with the Yr 1 students in a Fundamental Skills program. This is a 3 week program on Friday mornings.
On Monday Elliot Yeo and Brant Colledge, West Coast Eagles players, conducted a mini clinic for Yr 2 students. Watch the Yr 2’s (Rm 4 and 6) in action “Colledge drops by his local school’. (You tube Link)
This year the students from Pre Primary to Year 4 will participate in the circus skills program. Permission notes and money envelopes will be coming home next week. Please return to school promptly.
Year 1 – 4 will have 2 sessions in Term 1 and then 1 in Term 2, 3, and 4.
Pre Primary will have 5 sessions in Term 3.
Winter Sport Registrations
Registrations are now open for the following Sports:
Football – Soccer.
Curtin Football Club: email@example.com
Football – AFL.
South Perth Junior Football Club 2016 – Registration Day
School years – Pre Primary to Year 12
Sunday 21st February 2016 – 9am to 12 noon
Ernest Johnson Oval, South Perth
Registration Day for WASP’s Junior Hockey Club
Please click here for further information.
Brett Stanford visits Year 6 S4
Year 6 (S4) students got some amazing insights into leadership and service when past student Brett Stanford from the “How Ridiculous “ team dropped in last Friday to speak to the class. The “How Ridiculous “ team have featured on Sunday night, ESPN, Fox, CNN and have strategic alliances with both national and international companies.
Thank you Mrs Stanford for facilitating Brett’s involvement with the class.
On Friday the 12 of February Brett Stanford visited S4. He talked to us about what it meant to be a Year 6 leader and role model.
He showed us some videos of himself and his friend’s shooting amazing trick shots. They came up with the idea to post these on YouTube and named their group: ‘How Ridiculous ’.
People started viewing and liking their YouTube videos and so were the producers of Seven News. Seven News couldn’t believe they were making these shots, so they put them to the test by asking them to come to Domain Stadium and shoot a ball from the top of the grand stands into a basketball hoop; which they did on their fourth attempt. HOW RIDICULOUS IS THAT!?
Brett told us that he used his money to sponsor a child in the Philippines called Leandro. He told us that everyone can do great in the world and his motto is:
“ LIVE SELFLESSLY GIVE GENEROUSLY! “
Vista St. Kindy
We would like to give a big thanks to two of our last year Dads, David Lang and Marcus Wee who kindly came down to Kindy and dismantled an old rotten piece of play equipment for us. Your efforts have provided us with a safer play environment for the children.
The DuCKs would like to invite any fathers or father figures along to the first Dads event for 2016. ( dont worry the Dads and Kids events will follow soon!)
Friday Arvo Bowls
The tried and trusted formula is back for 2016.
Come along for a casual night of bowling, BBQ and banter.
Friday 11th March from 5pm
Como Bowls Club, Hensman St Como
$10 / head for bowling, $10 /head for food, laughs for free
Come along and meet some other Dads and have a good time in the process.
We realise that people will have varying commitments just turn up when you can. Aiming to eat around 8pm.
Please RSVP for catering purposes to Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0433095416
Gold Polo Shirts are Here
Gold polo shirts have arrived and if anyone needs shirts, especially size 8’s or 10’s, please come to the uniform shop on Thursdays between 8:20 and 9am.
Nadine and Marie are at the desk as you walk in and the other parents are Roxanne, Robin, Gemma, Donna and Jenny.
Also we have a huge number of Cygnet second hand faction shirts (only $2 – great value for swimming carnival/sports day).
Uniform Shop Changes
Changes are coming, from a parent based ordering process to a stock based system, where we will have greater stock on hand in the shop to meet demand. Keep an eye out for a new order form and changes will be outlined in the next newsletter. Any suggestions or recommendations are welcome. The best way to comment is to use the email format on the school’s website found under – Information/Uniforms.
Kidz “n SPORT
I hope everyone has had a happy and safe Christmas and New Years break, and an enjoyable Summer holidays!
KidznSport is back in full swing with Term 1 and there are plenty of spots left in all our programs. Please click here for more information on our Term 1 Programs. You can also ENROL online at www.kidznsport.com.au
or contact Jono 0418 631 343 / email@example.com
Australian Sports Camps
Australian Sports Camps have their Autumn Holiday Programs for 2016. For more information and to view the flyer, please click on the following link.
New Dance Studio in South Perth!
Dancebox Studios offers classes in Ballet/Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop for girls and boys aged 3 – 15 in a fun, safe and positive environment. We aim to provide enjoyable dance classes for kids that nurture confidence and promote positive self-expression through dance. Classes run at Collins Street Centre, Cnr Collins St and Shaftesbury St. For more information and to enroll, please visit www.danceboxstudios.com.au