- Monday 22 August – Book Week commences
- Tuesday 23 August – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 24 August – Assembly
- Wednesday 24 August – Yr 6 Science – Kent Street
- Thursday 25 August – PP Circus
- Thursday 25 August – Yr 4 Twilight
- Monday 29 August – Athletics jumps, throws & 400m
- Tuesday 30 August – Athletics jumps and throws
- Tuesday 30 August – Yr 5/6 Massed Choir Rehearsal
- Wednesday 31 August – Athletics jumps and throws
- Wednesday 31 August – Yr 5/6 Massed Choir Performance
- Thursday 1 September – Junior games & tug of war
- Friday 2 September – Faction Athletics Carnival
As I am sure you know from my previous newsletters and assembly presentations, relationships are key to a good school. And the key to relationships is respect. I cannot overstate the importance I place on respectful relationships. I do not subscribe to the view that respect has to be earned. Respect is something you show to all living things, especially human beings. This means that we treat each other as we would like to be treated – the Golden Rule. This rule is accepted by all cultures and religions – it is a universal rule. Respect includes honouring ourselves, our peers, our elders, our children and those in authority as well as the rules of the community. It is a mutual obligation, but even when others are not willing to reciprocate, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard and continue to show respect to all. Mutual respect creates an orderly, peaceful environment in which we are all able to live, work and learn together. This means developing self-discipline, integrity, caring, compassion, consideration, courtesy, forgiveness, helpfulness, honesty, justice, kindness, orderliness, tact, thankfulness, tolerance, truthfulness and peacefulness etc. In fact, just about any of the universal virtues you can name are, in some way, related to respect. This is why I say it is key to a good school. And so it will be continue to be a big focus for staff, student councillors and all students.
Before and After school Activities
Further to last week’s note on the use of the playgrounds I would like to make the expectations clear for reasons of safety and supervision.
- Only students with parental supervision can play on the playground equipment after school.
- Those students who are waiting to be collected after school must wait with the staff member on duty next to the kiss and wave area between the blue line and the blue dots.
- Please be aware that any students remaining at the pickup point after 3:20pm will be taken to the office for collection.
- No ball games should be played before or after school, unless you are part of the supervised netball practice sessions.
- Before 8:30am students are required to be in the undercover area where supervision is available.
- Students should not use the playground equipment before school hours, regardless of parent supervision.
We want to ensure the school is a safe and harmonious school where everyone understands, respects and abides by the rules: “plays the game”. The student councillors and the staff will be monitoring the implementation of these rules and working with students to help them successfully follow them and make our school a safe place to be as we come and go. We can then celebrate our improvements, just as we did when addressing the rule about walking scooters and bikes on the school grounds. As I said in the last newsletter, thank you to everyone who is following this school rule. We have seen a big improvement in this area.
Just so that you are aware, on Wednesday, one of the parent cars was broken into after school. Please be vigilant and do not leave valuables in your unattended car.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – Message from the Department of Education WA
Who makes a difference at our school?
As part of the WA Education Awards 2016 we’re asking students and parents to vote for staff who make a difference in our school and give them a chance to win $1000.
The People’s Choice Award recognises dedicated and talented staff in WA public schools.
The staff member who receives the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award at the WA Education Awards 2016 presentation event on Monday 28 November.
All school staff who receive a vote will be acknowledged in The West Australian on World Teachers’ Day on Friday 28 October. You can vote for more than one staff member.
To vote, visit education.wa.edu.au [link to: http://www.education.wa.edu.au/home/detcms/navigation/about-us/programs-and-initiatives/wa-education-awards/people-s-choice-award/
Voting closes at 5.00pm on Friday 23 September.
For more information about the WA Education Awards, visit education.wa.edu.au.
Interschool Cross Country Thank You and Congratulations
Last Thursday 48 of our top cross country runners competed at the interschool cross country event. Not only did they show good sportsmanship (respect) but they also won many ribbons and medals. As a result Kensington PS took home the trophy. We congratulate the whole team for representing our school so admirably. I also wish to thank the staff and parents who attended. Mrs Stanford organised the school’s participation and Mr Griffiths supervised the students. A special thanks to Ryan, a parent volunteer, who helped to coach the team.
Information For Kensington Kindergarten Parents 2017 RE: a change to session times.
Early Childhood educators at Kensington Primary School strive to provide relevant learning opportunities to cater to a diverse range of children, families and community members through quality teaching and learning.
One of our key guiding documents, The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), is Australia’s first framework for early childhood educators. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
The following five Principles from the EYLF underpin our Practice at Kensington:
Principle 1: Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
Principle 2: Partnerships
Principle 3: High expectations and equity
Principle 4: Respect for diversity
Principle 5: Ongoing learning and reflective practice
Reflective practice helps us to become increasingly thoughtful about our work and motivates us to explore new ideas and approaches as a Team. Through this reflection, and in response to the interests and abilities of each child, we are mindful that providing continuity and flexibility in our programmes will promote engagement in learning.
To this end we believe that having the children attend Kindy on consecutive days will make a positive difference to the children’s learning and will assist in building respectful relationships.
The continuity of the teaching programme also offers stability of routine and expectations and will assist in the transition between Kindy and Pre-Primary.
In 2017 the Kindergarten session times will be:
Group 1 – Monday and Tuesday (each week) and Wednesday (odd weeks only)
Group 2 – Thursday and Friday (each week) and Wednesday (even weeks only)
The above change to session times also reflects Priority 1 (Successful students) in our school Business Plan, to provide quality and engaging learning experiences.
We look forward to beginning your child’s learning journey with you.
The Early Childhood Team
P.S. This is a trial for 2017 and will be re-evaluated at the end of the year.
When you are practicing truthfulness, you don’t try to believe something you know isn’t true. You don’t lie to others, and you don’t lie to yourself. Truthfulness is knowing the difference between what is real and what is fantasy. You can have them both, but you do not mix them up. Being true to yourself is living by your true nature, being your true self.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 10 August.
Virtue Awards 10/8/16
Honour Certificates 10/8/16
|S1||Phoebe||S2||Logan & Eli|
|S3||Riley & Flynn||S4||Zoe|
Thanks to everyone who signed up for the free tennis racquet or shirt. The school now has $96 to buy new tennis equipment.
Kensington will be on Eagle Vision on 28th August at 11.30am. Be sure to check out our school receiving the Eagle Cup from Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown.
Inter School Cross Country
What an amazing team we have! The Year 3 to 6 students, as a team, ran brilliantly at the VPASSA Cross Country last Thursday to win the event. 28 of our runners placed in the top 10 in their race.
Congratulations to our medallion and place winners:
Year 3: Hannah 1st, Harriet 2nd, Annabelle 3rd, Baxter 1st, Liam 3rd.
Year 4: Kathleen 1st, Xavier 2nd.
Year 5: Bailey 1st, Ben 1st, Jack 3rd, Billy 4th.
Year 6: Elizabeth 4th, Amos 2nd, Luis 4th.
The final scores were:-
East Victoria Park: 368
Victoria Park: 243
Thanks to Ryan for helping to coach the team and for giving expert advice on ‘how to run the race’.
Thanks to the Mums who helped make our pre-race breakfast.
Faction Athletics Carnival
The program for the Faction Week (Week 7) is attached. (Weather permitting).
The P&C will be organising a sausage sizzle for Friday September 2. Lunch will be from 12.30 – 1.00pm. There will be no online lunch orders.
Build-Up Zone (BUZ) Skills in the Playground
BUZ (Build Up Zone) programs focus on enabling children to develop important life skills such as communication and listening skills, conflict resolution skills, empathy and feelings management, group cooperation and team work, friendship making and building resilience.
Our Year 6 BUZ Rangers, started their duties in the playground this week. Their role is to:
- Spot and reward students practising BUZ Skills and doing the right thing.
- Remind, support, encourage and guide students in applying BUZ Skills where appropriate.
- Refer students needing further assistance to staff members when necessary.
A number of children have already been spotted practising their skills within two days of duty. The following are some examples:
- Laylah from Rm 7, Yr 3 was spotted by BUZ Ranger Hannah C for practising LISTENING in class so as not to be distracted.
- Mia from Rm 7, Yr 3 was spotted by BUZ Ranger Joshua for practising FOCUS in class and knew she did well because she was not told off.
- Sadie from S1, Yr 4 was spotted by BUZ Ranger Liam for practising BUZ Feelings Creed to manage her angry feelings with a friend. She scored herself 3.5 out of 5, showing an awareness of room for improvement with constant practice.
BUZ Rangers rewarded them with VIPs.
Others who received VIPs from BUZ Rangers at the time of writing this Newsletter include:
Students are encouraged to take the initiative in approaching BUZ Rangers on duty. The BUZ Rangers have a set of questions in their kit. Answering the questions will help students increase their awareness of when they applied or could apply BUZ Skills. BUZ Rangers will reward them with VIPs on the spot for sharing and being proactive in their learning.
The WAFL and The Fathering Project are holding a special Dads and Kids round of football on Saturday August 27th. After our successful footy visit last year the DUCKS are again heading to Lathlain oval to watch Perth take on South Fremantle. Whether you’re a footy fan or not it’s a great event for boys or girls – the footy is very much a sideshow. As well as being able to have a kick and a run around on the oval, before during and after the match, there will be other kids activities organized.
To get free entry to the footy email Dave on firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming DUCKs events
Saturday 17th September 2pm – Dads and Kids Mini Olympics
Friday 21st October – Annual Crackerjack Cup – compete for the title of KPS Lawn Bowls Champ!
Friday 25th November – School Camp Out
DUCKs events are open to any dads, father figures, brothers, uncles, grandads and their kids. Anyone can come along! If you’re interested/unsure/or just don’t know, please feel free to contact Dave Mundy on 0433095416 or email email@example.com to be added to the DUCKs email list.
P&C Book Fair – HELP NEEDED!
The P&C together with Westbooks are holding a book fair in the school library next week. It will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 22nd, 23rd and 24th August before and after school (8.30-9.30am and 2.30-3.30pm).
There will be hundreds of quality fiction and nonfiction books on display ranging in price from $10 -$40. Most books will be in the $15 – $30 range. Cash sales and EFTPOS available.
It’s a chance to stock up on some fresh titles for your children or support the library by donating a book. Westbooks will also donate a percentage of sales back to the library in books.
We are still looking for parent volunteers to help during the book fair. If you are interested please contact Susan Henwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0414915169.
Fundraising – Kensington Lapathon – 1 July 2016
We are pleased to announce that the Lapathon on July 1st raised a total of
Fantastic effort, Kensington!
Special mention to Luis U in S4 for raising $401 and Isabel M in PP1 for raising $245
Thanks to EVERYONE for their great contributions.
Watkins Southside Swimming
Watkins Southside Swimming runs Swimming Lessons and Squads at the Wesley Pool. Lessons are available from 4 years of age and we run up to squad training level that operates year round. Please e-mail email@example.com to register your interest for Term 4 2016. January Vacation Lesson enrolments are also now open – online enrolment forms are on the website.
For more information visit the website www.watkinssouthsideswimming.com.au or phone 9368 1470.
Cloverdale Comets Tee-ball
Are you looking for an AWESOME team sport over summer for children? A sport to learn new skills, develop hand-eye coordination and make new friends? Register boys and girls, from 4 – 12 years old, into tee-ball.
Cloverdale Comets tee-ball registrations for the 2016/17 season (October – March) are now open!
There is a $20 discount on fees for all players for registrations made by 12 September and a special tee-ball pack for new 4-5 year old players, who play a modified format. Fees include uniforms, coaching, insurance, team photos, in-season events and fun-filled end of season wind up.
For further information please click here to view the flyer, or to register, please visit our website: www.cloverdalecomets.com.au (for online registration or to download the registration form) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Committee will be available at the following registration events to take registrations or answer any questions:
- Saturday 13 August, Belmont Forum Shopping Centre, 9.00am – 4.30pm
- Redcliffe Park Clubrooms (cnr Morgan Rd & Field Ave, Redcliffe) on 10 and 11 September, 11.00am – 1.00pm.
SAGE KIDS – Yoga for bright young beings…
Sage Yoga is on Monash Ave in Como, our kids classes (suitable for 8-12 year olds) will run on Thursdays from 3.45pm – 4.30pm for 8 weeks beginning August 4. Bookings are essential.
Our classes will help children build more body awareness, resilience, strength and flexibility and give them the tools to help quiet their minds and come to rest. Most of all they will have fun in a supportive environment where they can feel comfortable being themselves.