- Friday 22 July – Kindy 2017 and Pre-Primary 2017 applications closing date
- Tuesday 26 July – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 27 July – Assembly
- Friday 29 July – Faction Cross Country
- Friday 29 July – National Schools Tree Day 3.00pm-4.00pm
- Monday 1 August – Excursion Room 1
- Wednesday 3 August – PEAC Testing – Yr 4
- Wednesday 3 August – School Board Meeting
- Thursday 11 August – Interschool Cross Country
As the new principal I have been encouraged by the wonderful, warm welcome I have received from students, staff and parents. I am very excited to be working at Kensington and pleased to see how proud everyone is of the school. It is an honour to lead Kensington Primary into the future. I intend to be here for a long time.
My focus – Learning
As you will probably have received a bio from the School Board Chair, Belinda Moharich, I will not go over my qualifications or experience. However, I thought I would share with you my focus as an educator and leader. My primary focus is, as you might expect, on the students and their learning, as well as their wellbeing. I believe an educator needs to focus on the learning rather than just their teaching. By this I mean we should be focusing on engaging students and responding to their needs. These pedagogies of engagement and responsiveness mean we must employ strategies to ensure every child is actively engaged in the lessons and that we are seeking feedback from them, minute by minute, lesson by lesson, day by day in order to modify our teaching to meet their educational needs. Assessment and reporting has become a reality in modern education. It is my firm view that data can assist not only to assess what has been learnt, but to identify how we as educators need to tailor our teaching to ensure that learning occurs. I look forward to working with the teaching staff to further develop methods by which we can collect and use data to improve our classroom skills, and learning outcomes for our students. Likewise, I am very interested in engaging the community and responding to feedback from the community. This doesn’t mean I can always meet everyone’s demands as we must work within budgetary, legal and industrial constraints. With regard to staff, I feel, as educators, it is vital that we are all committed to lifelong learning. If we are not enthusiastic about learning, how can we hope to encourage enthusiasm for it in our students?
As I mentioned during my first address to the students on Tuesday, relationships are also key to learning. Learning in schools is a social activity. A positive relationship between the teachers and students is vital for attaining positive educational outcomes. You may have heard about John Hattie’s work in measuring what works in education. (If you watched the three-part series on the ABC called Revolution School he was featured in this). He has found that the effect size of positive student-teacher relationships is 0.72 (you aim for at least 0.4 in a school year so 0.72 is very significant). Likewise, positive relationships between peers are also vital. Students learn from each other as well as the adults in their lives. The effect size of peer tutoring, for example, is 0.54! Collaboration between staff is also vital. The job is too complex today to do it on your own. We also have the skills, talents and experience within the school to learn from each other and to challenge each other to continually improve our practice. We have great teachers at Kensington, but even the best of us can continue to get better. That is one thing about teaching; you never get done with learning! The key to all successful relationships, I believe, is respect. Respect is not something I think you need to earn; it is something that every human being deserves, just because they are human.
This coming week I am meeting with staff individually. I have also met with the School Board Chair, Belinda Moharich. While I have visited every classroom on my first day, I will also be making plans to get into the classrooms on a regular basis to speak with, and get to know, the students – their interests, concerns, what they are learning, their educational goals and how they plan to achieve them. I also plan to meet with groups of parents: P&C, School Board and other focus groups to seek feedback and to understand the community’s needs. Later this year we will be sending out a survey to staff, students and parents. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to provide the school with feedback that can guide our planning into the future.
Last Chance for Enrolment
Tomorrow is the last chance to enrol for 2017. All students who are intending to enter kindergarten and pre-primary in 2017 must enrol, even our current kindergarten students.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability.
The Commonwealth Government wants to plan better for the needs of students with disability which include Medical, Social and Emotional and Physical conditions and/or leaning difficulties across Australia. To do this the government needs to collect information about the number of children who have a disability, what programs are currently being provided for them and what this will mean for resourcing in the future.
The first step for Kensington PS will be to collect information about the number of students in the our school with learning needs and the programs and resources we use to support them. This information is confidential and no-child’s name will be provided to the Commonwealth.
We think that it’s important for everyone to contribute to this project so it helps the government and the Department of Education to better provide for all students in Western Australia.
If you would like to learn more about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability you can visit this website:
Consideration is thoughtfulness. It is paying attention to what other people like and don’t like, then doing things that give them happiness. Without consideration people get into arguments, because they feel their needs are being ignored. When you are considerate, things are more peaceful.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 29 June.
Virtue Awards 29/6/16
Honour Certificates 29/6/16
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On the last Tuesday of Term 2 we went on a Wirra Excursion to Ten Pin Bowling. We had a fun time with several bowlers scoring strikes, Michael scoring the most. Well done to Deida who was the top scorer for the day. We came back to school for a delicious afternoon tea. Thanks to Kailee for coming with us.
Faction Cross Country
The Faction Cross Country will be held on Friday 29th July. The course maps are on the wall outside the Staff Room.
The Program for the day is:-
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm
- Year 6 Girls -(Run outside school)
- Year 6 Boys. (Run outside school)
- Year 5 Girls (Run outside school)
- Year 5 Boys. (Run outside school)
- Year 4 Girls (Run outside school)
- Year 4 Boys (Run outside school)
- Year 1 Girls
- Year 1 Boys
- Pre Primary Girls
- Pre Primary Boys
Time: 2.00pm – 2.40pm
- Year 2 Girls
- Year 2 Boys.
- Year 3 Girls
- Year 3 Boys
Presentation Assembly: Undercover area 2.45pm
Running club begins tomorrow – Friday and continues each Tuesday and Friday on the oval from 8.00am – 8.30am.
Come and join us for a great way to start the day.
The testing for year 4 students for the Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) programme in 2017 will take place on the 3 August 2016. The testing will take place in the senior block commencing at 9.30 am. Mr Pestana will be attending an information session on Friday 22nd July regarding the new format of test. Parents and caregivers in year four will receive further information once details are clearer. For further information please contact Mr Pestana.
The PEAC programme provides part time extension and enrichment for exceptionally able students in years 5 and 6. These courses provide the most able students with work that is intellectually challenging. There are some students in year 4 whose potential is not easily recognised. Together, we can ensure that that all students who have the potential for high academic performance are identified.
The Senior Choir have been working on songs for the 2016 WA Primary Schools’ Massed Choir Festival. It is a fantastic night of entertainment and a great experience for our students. The festival is the largest choral festival held in Western Australia due to its popularity with all schools involved and is a magnificent showcase of excellence in Primary School choral music. Our concert night is Wednesday 31 August.
Thanks to the hard work of Miss Lisa and Mrs Mutton, our library has had a makeover with new shelving and reading areas. It is looking fantastic and to celebrate the P&C is holding a Bookfair in conjunction with Westbooks. Students and parents can purchase books on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 22, 23 and 24 August before and after school. Come and stock up on quality reads for your young reader or purchase a gift for the library! 20% of all sales will be donated in books to help stock our new shelves.
For those parents who have always wanted to work in a bookshop we will be needing some volunteers to work at the bookfair. If you are able to spare an hour or two please contact Susan Henwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0414 915169.
Huge thanks to Supa IGA Waterford for their generous donation of $750 to Kensington Primary P&C as part of their “Community Chest program”. How lucky we are to have such generous businesses willing to support our fantastic school. Thanks Supa IGA Waterford.
The 2016 Census of Population & Housing takes place on Tuesday 9 August, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) needs your help to ensure everybody across Western Australia participates in the nationwide count. For further information on census please click here.
Free Positive Parenting Program
Loftus Recreation Centre is hosting a Free Positive Parenting Program. Please click here for more information and to view their flyer.
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy offers drama classes for children aged 3 – 17. Please click here for more information and to view their flyer.
Wyalkatchem District High School – Centenary Invite
Please click here to view the invitation from Wyalkatchem District High School to attend their Centenary event on Saturday 10 September 2016.
Please click here to view the 3 month calendar for Anglicare’s Relationship Education programmes.
George Burnett Leisure Centre – Junior Programs
The George Burnett Leisure Centre in Karawara have new after school junior programs available. All programs start Week 2 of Term 3 and there are still spaces available. Please click here for Bush Inventors’ Club registration form and click here for a general registration form.
For more information or to register please contact the George Burnett Leisure Centre on (08) 9474 0855.
Poetry Competition and Poetry Slam @ South Perth Library
South Perth Libraries are having a focus on poetry over the next few months and we would like to encourage the participation of local young people in these two events:
Perth Poetry Slam Heat @ South Perth Library – Thus Aug 4th 5.30 -7.30pm
Join us for an Australian Poetry Slam heat; a night of fast, fun poetry performance.
Everyone is invited to participate as a poet, judge or vocal audience member!
Hosted by Jakob aka Laundry Man.
Poetry Haiku Competition entries close September 9
Write your own love-themed Haiku to win a book voucher & a double pass to attend Poetry d’Amour at the Japanese Gardens, Perth Zoo on the 19 November 2016
We will also be holding an adult event: Poetry by Lamplight on Wed 7 Sept 6.30 -7.30pm
An open mic night for established and aspiring poets to share their original work by the gentle glow of lamps.