- Thursday 1 September – Junior games & tug of war
- Friday 2 September – Faction Athletics Carnival
- Monday 5 September to 9 September – School Photos
- Wednesday 7 September – Assembly
- Wednesday 7 September – School Board Meeting
- Tuesday 13 September – Interschool Athletics
- Thursday 15 September – Interschool Athletics
- Tuesday 20 September – WIRRA
I was recently reminded of the movie, Lincoln, and something I had once read about Abraham Lincoln (by D. Carnegie). Apparently when he was upset with someone he would write them a strongly worded letter but then put it in his desk draw and not send it until he had a chance to cool down and think clearly. There is one famous example which occurred after General Meade had not pursued General Lee as Lincoln had ordered. Lincoln was furious as he believed that this action would prolong the war indefinitely. However, as Lincoln had no better generals, he decided not to send his strongly worded letter for fear Meade would resign. They still have these letters in the archives of the Library of Congress, USA. Lincoln obviously wrote these kinds of letters to blow off steam but realised that words written (or said) in anger could be not only hurtful, but self-defeating. A good lesson, I think. I’ve taken this advice myself once or twice.
In our day and age it is also a lesson some internet trolls could benefit from. Children in particular, often don’t realise how they are damaging their own reputations as well as those of their family/community, not to mention their victim. These reputations can follow a person/child for life as internet postings can’t be controlled.
I’ve scattered some pearls of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln throughout the newsletter. I hope you find them as interesting and thought-provoking as I have.
Good feedback is a very important part of improving anything, including learning. I’ve mentioned John Hattie’s research before. He found that effective feedback can have an effect size of 0.75 (nearly twice the expected effect) on student learning. Unfortunately not all feedback is effective. Some can be quite detrimental to student progress (and to relationships). It can lead to students (especially low achieving students) feeling they are hopelessly stupid, and high achieving students feeling that they can’t take a risk because people will think they are a failure if they make a mistake. So what is effective feedback? Feedback that targets the behaviours or learning rather than the person, for example, “You read with terrific expression” targets the desired behaviour; while “You are so clever” targets the person.
For feedback to be effective for students, they need the following:
- an understanding of the desired goal
- evidence about their present position in relation to that goal
- guidance on the way to close the gap between the two
Then, they need the opportunity to use that feedback.
If you wish to give the school some feedback, please feel free to email the school at Kensington.PS@education.wa.edu.au, call me on 6436 8448 or arrange an appointment.
The Kensington Way
A few parents have spoken to me about the Kensington Way. I have witnessed the Kensington Way at several events, including the P&C Meeting and the School Board (and a social gathering of parents after that board meeting). I appreciated the ability of the community to have robust but respectful discussion, focusing on the issue at hand without trying to force others to accept their opinion. This sort of culture empowers all, without disempowering or seeking to dominate or dictate to another person or group. A culture, such as that expressed by the term the Kensington Way, need not be described, but should be experienced, so I wish to thank the School Board and the P&C for that experience. I have also experienced this with the staff at the school too, and wish to recognise the positive culture developed by the staff at the school. In the end, the children benefit from learning in such a positive, disciplined and caring environment.
No Ball Games After-School Rule Explained
I have been asked to explain the thinking behind the no ball rule. When I initially arrived at the school I asked what the rules about before and after school activities were and was informed of the rules that I then published in the newsletter. These were not, therefore, in my understanding, new rules, but rather some rules that perhaps had not been reinforced for some time. The reasoning behind the rules is, in short, to ensure everyone’s safety. This means I must ensure staff carry out their duty of care requirements which is to supervise all children not in the care of their parents and to ensure that hazards are minimized for everyone using the site.
The staff must, therefore, ensure that children leave the site safely and I must ensure that neither the staff nor I am put in a position where we could be considered negligent in our duties. For that reason the decision must be made by me using my best judgement and what I am happy to justify in a court of law, if called on to do so. So I must act as my conscience dictates.
However, we have reviewed this rule and decided to modify it to enable parents who are supervising their children to use their own balls on the grassed area near the nature play area and in front of the memorial area, after school. When the last basketball court (nearest the grassed area) is not in use by training groups, that basketball court may also be used by students, supervised by their own parents after school, using their own ball. Even when children are being supervised by a parent, balls should not be ‘bombed’ and students should not engage in jostling (soccer’s equivalent of tackling) which, considering past injuries and incidences at school, still remains a safety concern.
In addition, parents supervising play should not be disciplining other people’s children. This puts the parent and the school in a difficult situation as the parent really has no legal right to take over the care for that child, so the duty of care still remains with their own parent. Furthermore, a parent who disciplines another person’s children can also be subject to very negative ramifications and department policy expressly prohibits this as it can be seen as bullying, intimidation or harassment.
The specific reasons for the no ball rule (other than the situation outlined above) are as follows:
- Balls being kicked are particularly hazardous as the inaccuracy and the force by which they are propelled means that, should another person be hit by it, there could be considerable damage. But the bouncy balls also have a habit of regularly getting away and getting in pedestrians’ and drivers’ way.
- As the school also has cars driving onto the school site, which is relatively unusual for a school, this is a very busy area and so we are trying to reduce all hazards; to vehicles, people and property. Just recently, a football ended up under a car on the school grounds and a child, trying to retrieve it, unhesitatingly thrust his hand under the vehicle without checking whether the driver was aware of this or whether they were about to move the vehicle. This was not an isolated incident as other balls have also gone under cars recently.
- Most, although not all, soccer/footballs have been the schools, which means that they are not being returned to the storage area and could be left out and lost or damaged.
- There have been several issues with intruders and injuries during soccer games on the oval after school and no one was supervising this area, so this area must be prohibited as we cannot supervise the whole school site.
- The final concern is that, while we are endeavouring to get compliance with the other rules mentioned in previous newsletters, balls are just an added hazard that staff are being asked to contend with. It is unfortunate that there is a lot going on in this area. Currently there is three staff on duty every afternoon and two every morning. This takes up many hours of our time which could better be directed to focusing on school improvement. Once we reduce the incidences we can reduce the supervision requirements.
While I, personally, love to see the grounds being used and was very happy to see the lovely nature play area being fully utilised, I must ensure the grounds are being used in a way that keeps everyone safe, including from litigation.
Massed Choir Festival
Congratulations to all those students who participated in the Massed Choir Festival concert last night. It was a wonderful performance and our students represented our school beautifully. Their focus on the conductor and following her instructions was very clear to all. Our choir was one of the biggest, especially taking into account the size of the school population, the participation rate for choir is very high. A big thank you to Mrs Dewing for preparing the students so well. Her organisation and music teaching skills were evident. Thank you also to the staff that attended and supported the choir – Mrs Millar, Mrs Glassborow, Mrs Skinner, Mr Griffiths, and Mr Pestana. I am sure the students and staff also join me in thanking all the parents who supported the choir and this event.
Over this week we have had the jumps, throws, 400m and games. These events have been wonderful to witness as the children have shown great sportsmanship, persistence and endeavour to “play the game” in the Kensington Way. I wish to thank Mrs Stanford for her hard work, along with the staff and parents who’ve supported her. However, I wish to acknowledge the terrific work of the Year 6 students who have been showing great leadership and enthusiasm supporting their fellow students, especially the little one. The Year 6 group had experience of this role last year when they stepped in to cover for the Year 6s who were committed to another event on Thursday. So, this is their second opportunity to show their leadership, organisational skills and school pride. They have outdone themselves. Several parents and staff have made particular comment about the Year 6 group so I wish to publically acknowledge them too.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at tomorrow’s whole school event.
Foyer Display – Twilight Night
We all arrived at the Year 4 Twilight Night and quickly started a game of soccer. There was a bit of boys versus girls. Then the teachers and parents called us in for dinner. We had sausages in buns with fruit juice boxes and quickly scoffed it all down and just as we stood up we were called in for dessert.
After dinner we were split into two groups and Group 1 started in the Art Room with Mrs van Aurich, Miss Rosso and Miss Jones while Group 2 was in S1 and S2 with Mr Griffiths and Mrs Skinner. We learnt all the things that the Forensic Science Police do like pen analysis, DNA tests, foot print tests, hair analysis and fingerprint tests. Then we swapped groups. In the end we all joined together and the teachers told us who the culprits were for both groups. In the Art Room Miss Jones stole the guinea pigs (to play a joke of course!). In S1 and S2 Mr Griffiths said, “Kiarn was mad that she was banned from the Year 5 Cross Country so she messed it up.” But after all that we said goodbye and wished for another night like this!
Cleanliness means washing often, keeping your body clean, and wearing clean clothes. When you practice cleanliness you feel (and smell) fresh. Cleanliness means keeping your room neat and clean. It means doing your share to help your family keep your home in order.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 24 August.
Virtue Awards 24/8/16
Honour Certificates 24/8/16
|S1||Xanthe||S2||Jimmy & Elliot|
|S3||Dieda, Jamie & Georgia||S4||Michael|
This week we have been busy with our Faction Carnival events. Well done to our competitors, we had some amazing jumps and throws and very competitive 400m events. Thanks to the many parents who came to watch and/or help.
After the jumps, throws and 400m events the progressive scores are:-
Today we had the Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2 games, along with the Kensington Tug of War.
The junior results of were:-
Tomorrow we have the running events and team games. Attached is a program of the day’s events. Lunch will be from 12.30 -1.00pm
Five students from SEDA (Year 11 and 12 Sports development program) came to Kensington last week and ran an obstacle course with our Year 4, Room 9 students. They had seen our Nature Playground on a previous visit and wanted to use it as part of one of their assessment activities.
Summer Sport Registrations.
Now is the time to register for summer sport. There are information flyers on the Sport notice board.
Canning Cougars Tee Ball Club registrations details are on their web site.
South Perth Junior Cricket Club registrations details are on their web site.
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.
James B from S4, Yr 6, one of our BUZ Rangers himself, was spotted encouraging younger students to use BUZ Skills to stop two fights in the playground. He demonstrated the BUZ Ranger duty to:
- Remind, support, encourage and guide students in applying BUZ Skills where appropriate.
BUZ Rangers also:
- Spot and reward students practising BUZ Skills and doing the right thing.
- Refer students needing further assistance to staff members when necessary.
- Bianca from Rm 7, Yr 3 was spotted for remembering all the steps to BUZ Hopscotch way of solving fights. She even tried to teach the steps to younger students with another classmate.
- Flynn from S3, Yr 4 was spotted by BUZ Rangers Jack and James for practising BUZ Hopscotch too. He used it to resolve a conflict with a classmate and found the step for ideas most helpful.
- Keira from S2, Yr 5 was spotted by BUZ Ranger Amberly for practising the BUZ Feelings Creed. She also remembered the actions that go with the Creed. She scored herself 3 out of 5 for applying it and believes that she can improve by adding a dose of confidence to how she does it in future.
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.
BUZ Nurture Works Presents……
Treasures Camp October 4 – 7
A 4 day camp where kids learn to treasure themselves and others, through teamwork, adventure and community building.
Senior Choir and Bank Photos
Just a reminder that Senior Choir need to be lined up in the undercover area at 8.15am on Thursday 8 September ready for their photo. The concert band photo will be taken immediately after the choir. Students need to bring in their instruments for the photo. Please make sure that all students are dressed in their formal music uniform.
P & C Book Fair
The P and C book fair was visited by many families who browsed and bought books provided by Westbooks. Over 140 books were sold including those pictured below which were donated to the library. As a result of these sales the library has earned approx $500 worth of credit to spend at Westbooks.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this great result. Special thanks to Lara, Alison, Rebecca, Sheila and Nicole for their assistance.
P & C Uniform Shop – Ordering
Order forms will be given to your child to bring home in Week 8. If you do not receive a form please collect one from the front office (counter) or you can find the order form at https://kensingtonps.wa.edu.au/uniforms.
This is the last uniform order for 2016, the next order will not be until April 2017. For new parents or those who are not aware, we do a parent order based on forms submitted and a stock order so that we have some uniforms in the shop. Due to a limited budget the P&C do not have large numbers of sizes on the shelves. We are currently reviewing this for next year. If you want to ensure you get the uniform your child requires, please place an order.
The school polo has changed and no more gold polos will be ordered. The uniform shop will still accept and sell second hand gold polos ($2) that are in good condition. There are no longer any long sleeved polos. Children may wear a white long sleeved top under the new polo instead.
Samples of new polos will be available from Thursday 8th until 22nd of September at the uniform shop between 8.15am and 8.50am so parents are able to check sizing as the new polo is a slightly smaller fit. Please come and have a look as this helps our volunteers with ordering new polos. Other new lines of uniform (e.g. skorts, fleece jackets, etc) will be introduced after we have sold the current uniform stock.
Information about changes to the school uniform is on our school website. Please read this so you are aware of what is happening. Should you have any queries about uniforms you can submit them via the online form. As, during any period of change or transition, please be patient, we are trying to do what we can.
Australian Sports Camps
About ASC: Australian Sports Camps have run camps for over 30 years in sports such as Football, Netball, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Tennis, and are dedicated to providing the best sports coaching for boys and girls of all standards. Specialist coaches or guest professional sports stars attend daily to run specific skills sessions.
We are currently offering a 30% early booking discount which is available to all participants who book by Sunday 28 August 2016. After 28 August, siblings always receive a 20% discount and other discounts are available for groups depending on the number of participants. Further information can be found on our website https://australiansportscamps.com.au , viewing the attached flyer or by contacting the office.
ASC would be delighted to get involved with any trivia night/fete or school function in the way of prizes/donations. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our office on 1300 914 368.
Baha’i Holiday Camps
Please click here to view the flyer for the Baha’i holiday camps.
St Martin’s House
St Martin’s House will be holding their Bazaar on 17 September. Please click here for more information and to view their flyer.