Thank you to those current board members, staff and interested parents who attended the board training last Thursday night in the music room.
A large number of participants from a range of schools attended the interesting and informative session on the roles and responsibility of the board in relation to the operation of Kensington PS as an Independent Public School.
The business plans and the delivery and performance agreement are available for the school community on the website under the School Board tab. Also, available are the profiles of the current board members.
Mrs Belinda Moharich has also been meeting with staff to get their input regarding the appointment of the new principal. No set timeline has been established for that process as yet.
Last Friday morning the whole school participated in an evacuation drill. The children were generally calm and understood the importance of the practice. The stars of the school were the Kindy kids who coped with the unexpected change in routine wonderfully.
Staff have reviewed the drill and as a result, some minor changes will be made to the current plan.
HASS Professional Learning
The teachers will spend Friday March 4 learning about and planning for the implementation of the new Western Australian Humanities and Social Science curriculum.
WA Government Schools were granted an additional school development day this year to assist them to plan for the implementation of this revised part of the Australian curriculum.
Long service leave
Mrs Dellar (Rm 2 ) and Mrs Brown (Vista St Kindergarten) are both taking some LSL this term. We have a number of long term staff who need to take leave this year to ensure compliance with DOEWA staffing directives.
Essential work on the school’s server was completed on Monday, February 29 with minimal disruption to the school. Thank you Mr Pestana, for coordinating that essential work.
School Desks to Timor
A final load of old desks from Rooms 5 and 6 were sent off last Friday. We have been partnering with the Rotary Club as part of the Rotary Australia World Community Service program to support schools in need in Timor.
Here is some feedback from Rotarian, Marg Scott, regarding the project in Timor:
Please share our blog site with the school and anyone else you think may find it of interest. Here are some Timorese students setting up some new desks and chairs that have already been sent. It’s the first time they have ever had any. Before this they sat on the floor and worked. Since 2010 the project has sent over 12,000 desks and chairs but with an estimated shortfall of 100,000 – we have a few to go!
Thank you again to the school for your help in offering the desks and chairs. They will be greatly appreciated in Timor.
If anyone at the school is interested in assisting us, we pack at Kent St SHS (just off Kent St near the oval) most Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm.
Mathletics and Reading Eggs
Mathletics and Reading Eggs are now available for students in PP to Year 6. Mathletics is offered at $14.00 per student and Reading Eggs at $14.00. Payment envelopes have now gone home to families to allow the children to access these programs.
As part of the school’s Duty of Care to its students and staff all visitors to the school (other than at drop off and pick up times) are requested to sign in and out through the front office. This ensures that we know who is on school grounds and what their business is at all times and provides a register of names in case of an emergency.
School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting schools from vandalism, theft and damage. Watch for groups “hanging around” on school grounds. This should not occur and can be one of the starting points for crime to occur.
Every year, criminal damage to schools not only costs Western Australian taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, but also inconveniences students, their families, teachers and local residents.
Most importantly, if you live near a school and see or hear suspicious behaviour immediately contact School Watch Security or the Police. Please do not approach the intruders and call immediately:
School Watch Security: 1800 177 777 Police 131 444
Parents please add these important numbers to the contact list in your phone.
A small but enthusiastic group of parents meet in the staff room on Tuesday night, March 1, at 7.30 pm to start planning for the fete. Regular information for parents around how to get involved will be posted both in the school’s newsletter and on the P and C Facebook page
Rowena Mills is the coordinator of the fete; please contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org should you have a fundraising idea or other information that will support the school.
The memorabilia committee are also seeking to be in contact with as many past students and staff as possible. If anyone has any artefacts such as old reports, uniforms, text books or anything else of interest please contact Karen Mahar or Sharon Szczecinski via the P and C email address: Kensingtonpandc@ gmail.com
Cycling to School
It has been very pleasing to see the large number of students riding and scooting to school. This helps to address traffic congestion issues around the school as well as promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
Please remember at the start of the day, all cyclists and scooter riders must dismount from their bikes/scooters on entering the school grounds. At the end of the day, please wheel your bike/scooter until you leave the school grounds.
Please be respectful of all other road and footpath users; please take note of the rules below concerning riding on the footpath. Some residents in the area have noticed that some children wearing our school uniform are not following the correct rules.
- Children under 12 may ride on any footpath unless a “No Bicycles” sign has been erected. Riders 12 years of age and over are not permitted to ride on a footpath. They may, however, ride on shared paths.
- Riders must keep left on shared paths and footpaths unless overtaking.
- Riders must give way to pedestrians at all times.
- At path intersections you must signal your intention to turn, and give way to motor vehicles entering or exiting an intersecting road.
- Riders must only travel in single file on all paths, though they can travel two abreast on a road.
- Animals must not be tied to a moving bike.
- Slow down when passing pedestrians — remember they are slower and can be unpredictable.
- When approaching pedestrians from behind, always ring your bell approximately 30 metres before reaching them. If they are aware of your presence with plenty of time to spare, they are less likely to make sudden sideways movements.
- Be particularly careful where a shared path crosses a busy road.
For more information on cycling rules : https://rsc.wa.gov.au/Topics/Cycling
Caring makes the world a better place to live in. Caring people help others feel less alone. They help people when they are hurt, or sick, or weak, not because they have to or because it is their job. They care because other people matter the them. Because they care, people can trust them. Caring people treat special things with extra concern and attention.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 24 February.
Virtue Awards 24/2/16
Honour Certificates 24/2/16
|9||Harper & Maddy||10||Leo|
|S1||Sadie & Marcus||S2||Marc|
|S3||William & Anjelique||S4||Jack|
|PP1||Mackenzie & Jaxyn||PP3||Jun & Lawson|
- Friday 4 March – Staff Development Day (Students do not attend)
- Monday 7 March – Labour Day Public Holiday
- Tuesday 8 March – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 9 March – Assembly
- Wednesday 16 March – Faction Swimming Carnival (am)
- Wednesday 16 March – School Board Meeting
- Saturday 19 March – P&C Movie Night “The book of Life”
Freo Fundamental Movement Skills.
The Year 1 classes have completed their 3 sessions on Fundamental Movement Skills sponsored by the Fremantle Football Club. They had a visit from Johnny ‘The Doc’ Docker at their final session.
The Circus Skills Program for students in Years PP to 4 will commence shortly, notes will be sent home this week. Pre Primary Circus will have five sessions in Term 3.
Year 1 – 4 will have five sessions spread across the year, two in Term 1 and one in each of the other terms.
The cost for the program is $30. Please return the permission note and money in the yellow envelope by 8 March. (It does say the 3 March on the note – please disregard.)
The Faction Swimming Carnival is on 16 March for all Year 4 – 6 students and “invited” students from Year 2 and 3 that have passed Stage 5. Notes to parents will be issued next week.
If you have any questions, please see Mrs Stanford.
Room 9 – Australian Flag Protocols
Major Greg Mawkes MBE (Griffin’s grandfather) came to Room 9 on Tuesday, February 23, to show us how to raise the flag properly because we have the responsibility of raising and lowering it each day.
Flying the Flag
- The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
- The flag should be raised no earlier than first light and lowered no later than dusk.
- When the flag is raised or lowered, everyone present should be silent and face the flag.
- The flag should never be flown if it is damaged or faded.
- The flag should not be flown upside down.
- The flag should not fall or lie on the ground or be used as a cover.
Thank you, Major Mawkes for your informative talk, demonstration and giving us the opportunity to practice the correct way to fold and raise the Australian flag.
Ever wondered what Senior Block teacher, Ms Millar, means when she talks about Djembe?
Ms Millar is running a Tuesday morning club teaching senior students to play this unusual instrument. Ms Millar spent some time living in Africa, so she brings a unique insight on drumming, African culture and the Arts to our school.
Djembe is a goblet-shaped hand drum originating in West Africa. The drum is carved from solid hardwood, with a goat skin drumhead. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose.
The children are learning the different types of sounds made by drumming with the finger and palms; while squeezing the drum with your knees to keep a part of the heavy wooden drum off the floor. Ms Millar tells tales of African women carrying drums on their heads and the reason why they are also known as Talking Drums. The Djembe Druming club will be performing at assembly later this year.
Year 4, Room 9 are the Sport monitors for the whole school, they work with Mrs Stanford to ensure a range of sports equipment is placed out and returned back each day.
Well done Year 4’s and keep up the good work.
Movie Under the Stars
Thank you to our movie night sponsors. Please click here to view details of the sponsors.
Final Naturescape Playground build: Climbing nets and Rope tangle
Location: Sump hole Save the date: Term 2 – (date to be confirmed)
- Saturday: dig holes (by hand and using mechanical hole digger) and concrete in 10 large posts. Also, build railway sleeper obstacle seats, stump steppers, general garden tidy up and some tree planting.
- Sunday: install the rope nets onto the posts, heavily mulch underfoot and some other gardening tasks.
Can you help finish the project?
We kindly encourage all families of the school to attend one or both of these build days to assemble another wonderful, new playground facility for our children.
The climbing rope tangle will be able to be used by the smallest students of the school to the senior students. We urge every single family to contribute in some way to make the load less for all of us. We would appreciate help in any form, and for as little or as long as you can provide.
Like all the builds in the past, bring the children down for some fun whilst the adults work; there are plenty of hands on board to watch over the children and they always enjoy themselves immensely.
See below, the final piece to our Naturescape design – a climbing net and rope tangle designed by Nicole Francois, with salvaged Western Power poles sourced by Graham Tritton. Graham has delivered the posts and they are currently lying on the ground near the cricket nets. We would like to thank Graham Tritton for his tireless energy in organising the logs and heavy machinery.
The nets have been manufactured according to Nicole’s design specifications.
We are looking for donations of quick set concrete if anyone has any lying around.
More information will be sent out soon; feedback and ideas about this project is always happily accepted. Contact Melanie Bozich on email@example.com
P & C Grounds and Facilities Committee
A pair of dark brown prescription sunglasses has been handed in to the office. If you have lost them, please call in to collect them. Thanks
Snug As A Bug – helping babies in need
The Snug as a Bug project is currently collecting unused and lightly loved baby clothes in sizes newborn to 2 to be donated to the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities in Perth and regional WA. We have a delivery going out to the communities in Central Australia later this month where they are desperately in need of clothing and blankets for their babies. If you have good quality baby clothes or blankets that you are no longer using and would like to donate, please bring them along to the donation box at the Vista St offsite Kindy. The box will be available each Monday. Please make sure all clothes are freshly washed and bundled in size lots. Alternatively, if you would like to find out about how you can assist with the project in some other way, please contact Camille on 0427 082 060 or visit https://www.facebook.com/snugasabugperth/
St Martin’s Anglican Parish of Kensington
St Martin’s House Op-Shop and Book Shop are looking someone to join their team. A vacancy has opened up for a Donations Coordinator for 10 hours per week. Please see poster attached or contact Libby on 9367 2798 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St Marin’s House is also holding their 2016 Bazaar on Saturday 12 March. Please click here for more information and to view their Bazaar poster.
Young Engineers Club
Perth Young Engineers Club are looking for expressions of interest for 2016. Ten children are needed for this project to run at KPS. Please contact PYE Club direct. Please click here to view their flyer.