- Tuesday 3 May – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 4 May – Assembly
- Tuesday 10 May – Yrs 3 & 5 NAPLAN (Language Conventions & Writing)
- Wednesday 11 May – Yrs 3 & 5 NAPLAN (Reading)
- Thursday 12 May – Yrs 3 & 5 NAPLAN (Numeracy)
- Saturday 14 May – P&C Naturescape and Busy Bee
- Sunday 15 May – P&C Naturescape and Busy Bee
- Wednesday 18 May – Assembly
- Wednesday 1 June – Assembly
- Friday 3 June – School Development Day (STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND)
- Monday 6 June – WA Day (STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND)
Extension of Appointment
I would like to advise the school community that I have been offered an extension to the contract of Relieving Principal until 1 June 2016.
I feel privileged to be leading the school and I would like to thank the staff and community for the support and assistance that I receive.
Friday 8th April saw the continuation of the Dawn Service tradition at KPS. Our students’ behaviour was exceptional throughout the Service and even though it was early and quite cold, they showed great maturity in being an integral part of the occasion.
I would like to thank all the staff who worked extremely hard to make the day such a success. Mrs Dewing is to be congratulated on the sound and look of our choir and band – they were sensational. She also ensured everything was set up and ready by 5.30am! Special thank yous to Ryan Sedgwick for his support in sound production and also to Marlena Burling for sourcing the poppies and white crosses from the Town of Victoria Park – they certainly added to the atmosphere on the morning.
Our student leaders conducted the Service and themselves with dignity and pride. Thank you Ella and James for your moving presentations. In this age of instant communications you reminded us of the pleasure and reassurance that a letter from home would have given the service men and women on the other of the world.
A special thank you to our guests of honour:-
- Major Greg Mawkes (Griffin and Austin’s Grandad )
- LS Nigel Barrett (RAN bugler and parent) who has played for us over many years and adds something special to each of our Services.
The overall organisation was the responsibility of Mrs Dewing, Mr Pestana and Mrs Glassborow who made sure it all ran smoothly. Many thanks to you all.
Finally to the DuCKs , who were extremely busy in the background helping us from 5.00 am onwards cooking at the BBQ. Also, to the many parents who assisted with setting up, cooking, serving and supporting their children and the school – a very big thank you!
Long Service Leave
As indicated in the first newsletter of the year, we have a number of staff who have been directed by the Department of Education to their use Long Service Leave entitlements. As a result we have a number of changes to staffing this term:
Mrs Stanford will be absent Wk 1-4. We welcome Mr Adam Clayton to Kensington PS as he steps in to cover the PE program on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Her Deputy Principal duties will be taken up by Ms Millar, who will increase her role as Deputy Principal to full time during this period. Miss Roso will be the full time teacher in S3 during this time.
Mrs Dellar will be absent on leave for the first two weeks of Term 2 and her role will be covered by Miss Row-yi Loo.
Mrs Brown has just returned from 2 weeks Long Service Leave at the end of Term 1 and will take another 2 weeks of leave at the end of Term 2. Mrs Foley will continue to provide relief for her at Vista St Kindergarten.
Mrs Nicholas, Room 9, will be taking leave for the last 4 weeks of Term 2. Her replacement will be Mrs Mehnert (Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs van Aurich will continue on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
I have asked staff to aim for consistency in their relief so that the disruption to the children is minimalised.
Use of grounds after school
I would just like to remind all parents that no child is to be on the school grounds unless accompanied by an adult. In fairness to the adults who do come and spend time with their children, absent parents cannot expect others to automatically assume duty of care for their children without a prior arrangement being made.
Also, I am noticing that families are using the Oval as a waiting point until pick up after school time. This is not encouraged because of the lack of adult supervision. Children waiting for collection by their parents need to wait at the tennis court near the drive through area.
Cold and Flu Season
With the onset of colder weather, we see a lot of children come down with colds and even influenza. Class teachers spend time teaching children about hygiene and how to prevent the spread of germs by using tissues and covering their mouths when sneezing. However, it is best for parents to keep their children at home if they are feeling unwell, have bad coughs and/or runny noses, for the sake of their classmates (some of whom may be very susceptible to these common ailments) and the staff (who we want at school every day)!
Thank you to Room 7 for their wonderful art work of the poppies of Flanders Field and their personal reflections of ANZAC Day.
Take a moment as you walk past to read the children’s comments.
Helpfulness is being of service to someone. When you are being helpful, you do useful things that make a difference. Helpfulness can be doing something that others cannot do for themselves, things they don’t have the time to do, or just little things that make life easier.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 6 April.
Virtue Awards 6/4/16
Honour Certificates 6/4/16
|S1||Leyland & Indie||S2||Michael & Jay|
|PP1||Elliot & Lucas||PP3||Chelsea & Devon|
Interschool Swimming Carnival
On the 1st of April we competed in the VPASSA Swimming Carnival against Millen, East Victoria Park and Victoria Park.
We had a great time with a huge team effort. Luis won the Year 6 Runner Up medallion.
The final results were:-
1st: Kensington – 286
2nd: Millen – 208
3rd: Victoria Park – 155
4th: East Victoria Park – 117
Thanks to our wonderful parent helpers and our Year 6 helpers who helped make the day run smoothly. Thank you Mrs Stanford.
The students from S3 were given an open ended task based on a photograph of the school in 1926. Jack designed this bird breeding nest for the Carnaby Cockatoo, which is endangered. Great lateral thinking Jack!
Thank you to the Baha’i team, Payum and his many helpers, as well as all of the students who participated in the Camp over the holidays.
The service project completed for the school was the repainting of the benches in the Quadrangle area. With a few minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint, they look as good as new.
Naturescape Build and Busy Bee : 14/15 May 2016
Our Natureplay playground was built for our children by our parent body and we are continuing this community initiative with our last build (!!) being the climbing net structure over the old sump. All parents/families are encouraged to attend – for an hour, a day, even two days, particularly those who weren’t involved last time or those who are new to the school. The only skills required are to be able to use a spade or rake, although we would appreciate some skilled tradesmen to help with concreting and securing the nets to the poles.
This is the final build using the remaining amount of P&C money. Please let Melanie Bozich know if you can attend on firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop – Winter Uniform Orders
Some of the winter uniform order has arrived and been unpacked/delivered. Faction shirts should arrive first week of Term 2. However, long sleeve polos and hats are yet to be delivered and we have been notified that there may be a wait on these (i.e delivery not available until about week 4 of Term 2). As soon as they arrive they will be unpacked/delivered to your child’s class. We have some stock in the uniform shop if you did not place an order.
The role of the KPS P&C is to promote the interests of the school by bringing parents, citizens, pupils and teaching staff closer together. This is achieved by:
– Having P&C office bearers working closely with teachers
– Holding P&C meetings twice a term (which anyone can attend)
– Holding social events to bring the community together
The P&C also works hard each year raising funds to support the school through the provision of resources, facilities and amenities as required.
Fundraising activities are completed each term, with the budgeting process taking place in October for the following year. Submissions for the budgeting process are requested from the Kensington Community in term 4, and all suggestions are considered as part of the budget allocation process.
Helping with communication is another way we assist the school. Minutes from our regular P&C meetings, including the Principal’s report, are distributed via email on an ‘opt out’ basis. They are also published on the school website once they have been accepted as a true reflection of the meeting at the following session.
Did you know the P&C has a Facebook page?
If you are on Facebook please log on and like our page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kensington-Primary-School-PC/141627912684482?sk=info We regularly post updates on school activities and upcoming events.
If you would like to know more about the P&C, or would like to get involved, please email us at email@example.com or come along to one of our meetings. P&C meetings take place in weeks 2 & 6 of each term, on Tuesday between 7:30 – 9pm (in the staff room). Hope to see you there.
Break Point Tennis
For Term 2 Tennis coaching information please click here to view their recent brochure.
Peaceful Pathways to Conflict Resolution
The Alternatives to Violence Project WA is a non-religious, not for profit organisation which has run workshops in Perth since 1994. This is an international programme based on over 40 years of experience. We conduct workshops for members of the general community to help participants discover new and creative ways of responding to conflict situations and to build community. Participants find strengths and skills within themselves that will enable them to deal with future conflict or potentially violent situations in a more positive manner.
In the Basic Workshop guided experiences and exercises focus on:
Affirmation, Communication, Co-operation, Community Building and Conflict Resolution
Those who have completed a Basic course are invited to participate in an Advanced level workshop. There is then a third course in which people can train to become facilitators to help with this valuable work in schools, prisons and the community.
For further information: avpwa.org
There is an AVP Basic workshop on 14th-15th May (9.00-5.30 each day).
Venue: Girl Guides House, Victoria Park
Contact Mark (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 0400 231151) for registration and further details.
George Burnett Leisure Centre (GBLC)
George Burnett Leisure Centre will be running a variety of after school sports programs during Term 2. Please see the programs below and for further information feel free to contact Jess the Facilities & Programs Officer on 9474 0855 or email email@example.com
Please click here for the program.
Creative Kids Art Club
Creative Kids Art Club: After School Art Classes now enrolling in East Victoria Park! Join us for our drawing and painting bonanza in term 2. Visit www.creativekidsartclub.com.au or Phone 0408 194441 for more information. Classes are suitable for children from 5 to 10yrs and are run by experienced primary school teachers.
Please click here to view the flyer.