- Tuesday 20 September – WIRRA excursion
- Wed 21 September – Pizza in the Garden PP-Yr 2 (invitations will be sent home)
- Thurs 22 September – Pizza in the Garden Yr 3-Yr 6 (invitations will be sent home)
- Friday 23 September – Last day of Term 3!!
- Tuesday 11 October – Students return for first day of Term 4 🙂
- Thursday 13 October – Year 5 camp
- Week of 17-21 October – Art Exhibition
Kensington PS have won the Interschool Athletics Carnival shield. More details to follow in the next newsletter.
As I indicated in the last newsletter, the school appreciates feedback as we are a learning organisation. This week we are seeking formal feedback from the parent community. This feedback will help us meet our goals of:
- Successful students
- Excellence in teaching and learning; and
- Engaging parents and community partners.
We sincerely believe it is together that we achieve.
The aim is to increase our response rate so that we know we are getting more than the views of the vocal few, and that the survey truly represents the whole community. To this end, we are running a class competition. The class that achieves the greatest return rate will win a class prize. As the survey is online, we just require that you print out the thank you page at the end of the survey and record your child’s name and room number on it. Then return it to your child’s class teacher. If you have more than one child, please print out additional pages. If you don’t have access to the internet, please come to the office so that we can provide access for you.
Please complete these surveys before the start of next term. However, the school can only arrange internet access this term. The class winners will be announced in Term 4.
Here is the link to the parent survey for 2016.
The last day of term is Friday 23rd September. School does not start again for students until Tuesday 11th October. We hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday. We look forward to your child’s return for our final term. Next term will be just as busy as this term, so have a great break. I know that is what the staff intend to do too.
Parents of Year 3 and Year 5 students should have received NAPLAN reports for their children on Monday. If you haven’t received these, please check your child’s bag and call the school if it is not there. NAPLAN is a great tool for the school to monitor how it is doing in literacy and numeracy instruction. Please be aware that data on groups is more reliable than data on individuals. “When students take an assessment with a small number of questions, such as the NAPLAN writing test, how well an individual student does depends on whether the particular selection of questions suited them” (Wiliam, 2015). Furthermore, when comparing a child’s NAPLAN in Year 3 and Year 5 you would expect to see progress. However, the standard error of measurement can be greater than the expected progress, meaning that a child’s true score may not be accurately reported by the test and so their progress too cannot be accurately measured. These issues are generally evened out by looking at the score of a group of students, so the NAPLAN results as a whole are most useful to the school. While NAPLAN is a one off test on a day, teachers can provide you with more evidence taken over a period of time and in a variety of situations, covering more of the curriculum. So, if you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s teacher.
As writing is one of our priorities, it is important to mention that the writing test, for the first time in a very long time, was not persuasive writing but narrative (writing a story). So it is difficult to compare results from persuasive writing in previous years, to the result this year in a narrative. There are many generic skills but the writing for this genre is quite different to an informational text. So these results are of great interest to the school.
Staff and the School Board will be analysing the school results next term in order to identify targets for improvement (we can always improve) and strategies to support improvement. The school results will be published in the Annual Report presented to the community in Term 1, 2017.
Interschool Athletics Carnival
Thank you to all those parents who supported our team at East Victoria Park Primary School on Tuesday and Thursday. I wish to show the school’s appreciation to the staff and parents who accompanied and trained the students for the carnival. The school has high expectations of behaviour and sportsmanship for our students. We are so pleased that the team met those expectations; doing their best; showing respect for all; playing the game with pride – win, lose or draw. Of note were some incidences whereby our students remained calm and respectful even when others did not. We also noticed our students applauding all place getters, not just our own competitors. Some of our students also broke interschool records with their results! So, we say, congratulations to all the competitors, and particularly to our team: we are all proud of them for representing our schools so admirably.
For more information on the faction and interschool athletics carnivals see Mrs Stanford’s report below.
Cleanliness can be in your mind as well as your body. A clean mind means that you keep your thoughts on things which are good for you. You can “clean up your act” by deciding to change when you have done something you aren’t proud of or when you have made a mistake. It is “wiping the slate clean” and starting over when you want to improve yourself. “Staying clean” also means keeping your body free of harmful drugs.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 7 September.
Virtue Awards 7/9/16
Honour Certificates 7/9/16
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Faction Athletics Carnival
We had a wonderful Faction Athletics Week. Thanks to our great competitors and helpers for the week.
A special thank you to our Year 6 students who assisted with the Junior Games and the Faction Captains for their leadership in the faction bays on the Friday.
Congratulations to our medallion winners.
Kensington Faction Athletics Shield 2016
Best Organised Faction: Parmelia
Tug – of – War: Investigator
Banksia Bear (PP, Yr.1, 2 games): Investigator
The Inter School team competed in the 400m, jumps and throws on Tuesday. We had some fantastic individual efforts with several of our competitors breaking records. Well done to all who competed.
The progressive scores are:-
East Victoria Park: 85
Victoria Park: 76
The running and team games are today (Thursday).
Our last running session will be next Tuesday. We will have a light run followed by breakfast in the Music Room.
Running Club will recommence next term on Tuesday 18 October (Week 2).
Summer Sport Registrations
Details are on the Sport notice board for opportunities to register for Tee Ball, Cricket and Swimming.
Most registrations can be completed online.
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 Yr 6 students are on BUZ Rangers duty in the playground at break times to:
- Remind, support, encourage and guide students in applying BUZ Skills where appropriate.
- Spot and reward students practising BUZ Skills and doing the right thing.
- Refer students needing further assistance to staff members when necessary.
The following are some students spotted by BUZ Rangers and rewarded with VIPs this fortnight:
- Lucy from Rm 10, Yr 3 was spotted by BUZ Ranger James for remembering the BUZ SNACK way for making friends. She rates herself 4 out of 5 for practising ‘K’ that is ‘keeping’ her friendship. She makes it a point to sit with her friend at break times and play with her. She believes she can continue to improve by remembering to keep focusing on peace in order to manage fights.
- Luka from S2, Yr 4 and Jamie from S3, Yr 4 and were spotted for knowing and practising BUZ Circle Skills. Luka knew he was doing well in practising LISTENING in class because he knew what he had to do. Jamie remembered all five BUZ Circle Skills and would like to improve on LISTENING.
- Monique from S3, Yr 5 was spotted by BUZ Ranger Aingeal. She knew the steps of BUZ Hopscotch way of solving fights. She even included BUZ Feelings Creed to manage her own emotions during a fight. As the people she had difficulty with were not from a school that teaches BUZ program, she hoped she modelled the skills and wished they learnt it too.
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.
Cars being broken into
A parent’s car was again broken into this week and their handbag stolen. Please do not leave any valuables in your car any time of the day, especially drop off and pick up times.
Students returning to Kensington Primary School in 2017
To assist with planning for next year, just a reminder to advise the school if you will be returning to Kensington Primary School in 2017.
Parent Survey 2016
Here is the link to the parent survey for 2016. There will be a whole class reward for the room that has the highest return rate. The instructions on how to be in the class draw is on the survey questionnaire.
The survey closes on Tuesday 11 October. Please copy and paste the link in your chosen browser.
All dads, father figures and kids at KPS are invited along to the DUCKS Mini Olympics this Saturday the 17th September at Morris Mundy Reserve. Come along from 1.30pm, games start at 2pm. More info available about this and upcoming events at ducks.net.au
Como Secondary College – Open Day Program
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Como Secondary College is holding an Open Day (morning) and we invite you to attend if you would like the opportunity to see our grounds and facilities, and to speak to some of our staff. The agenda is as follows:
9.00am Welcome and Introduction
9.15am School Tour
10.20am Thank you and questions
If you would like to attend please RSVP Gaye.Murphy@education.wa.edu.au or phone
Marshalls Tennis Academy Tennis Coaching Term 4
Kensington Primary Coaching
Click the link to download the Kensington Primary School form
Also see brochure downloads at: marshallstennis.com.au
Baha’i Holiday Camps
Please click here to view the flyer for the Baha’i holiday camps.
Get Active Sports
Tennis for Juniors – Only $65- Earlybird for 6 classes in Term 4 2016. Please click here for details and to view their flyer.
Break Point Tennis Academy
Professional Tennis Tuition for ALL ages and Standards. Please click here for more information and to view their school holiday activity clinics.