- Next week (24-28 October) – Art Exhibition (Senior Block Art Room)
- Saturday 29 October – KPS Twilight Fete 2-7pm
Term 4 – a Very Busy Term
This term is a very busy term for students and families. We have the 90th Anniversary Fete on the 29th October. We also have swimming lessons, sports carnivals, Year 5 & 6 dance lessons, a musical Christmas assembly, and Art Exhibition (running next week), to name but a few events. The year, and their primary school life, will culminate for the Year 6s with their graduation assembly. The Year 5s will also prepare to take on leadership roles in 2017, some of which will be through a voting process.
For the staff, this term will also be very busy as we review our Business Plan, develop operational plans and budgets for 2017, and recruit and selecting staff for the coming year. In addition, we will be producing student reports, transitioning students into their new grades and setting up new classes for 2017. The Year 6 graduation and the induction of new kindy students and parents will be a focus as we approach the end of the year.
We welcome new staff to our school this term too. Mrs Both is on long service leave and her role has been filled by Mrs Jess Martin. Mrs Martin has worked at the school as a relief teacher before. Please join me in welcoming her to Kensington this term.
While Mrs Dewing is also on long service leave, Mrs Stacy Lloyd will be taking Music. We thank her for taking on the Christmas Concert and all the end of year events that Mrs Dewing normally runs. While Mrs Lloyd has her own interests and skills, she is taking on most of Mrs Dewing’s usual practices in Term 4 – very little will change in that respect. This was evident in Mrs Lloyd’s letter that went out last week. Please join me in welcoming Mrs Lloyd and showing her the Kensington Way – respectful feedback is always welcomed.
These teachers will complete the end of year reports with comparable input from Mrs Dewing and Mrs Both who have both completed handovers.
Whole School Photo
There will be a whole school photo taken on Tuesday (25th October) morning. We would appreciate it if your child was dressed in school uniform and arrived on time ready for this photo taken first thing in the morning. There will be one photo of the whole school. If your child doesn’t attend kindy on Tuesday, you are still welcome to come along for the photo, if you are able.
Our newsletter is being read from the other side of the world! The Hazeldine family liked the quotes from Abraham Lincoln a few newsletters back. They sent a photo of themselves with the statue of the great man in Washington DC. We thank the Hazeldines and welcome them back to Kensington this term.
Enrol now for VacSwim summer school holiday swimming lessons
It is important for every child to learn to swim properly and develop essential water safety skills. VacSwim December/January school holiday swimming lessons are run by instructors who teach children the skills to be confident swimmers and safe in the water. To enrol or find out more visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming7.
Enrolments close on Monday 28 November for the earlier programs and Monday 5 December for the second January program.
Class Placement Requests 2017
We will be working on class placements for 2017 this term. Parents who wish to raise particular student needs are invited to write to the principal expressing their request. It should be noted that this expression must focus on legitimate educational reasons and that there are no guarantees that requests will be met. It does, however, allow for consideration of parent views regarding class placement. Parents are asked to present written requests no later than Friday 11 November 2016 (Week 5, Term 4). If requests are not in writing, they will not be taken into account when placing students.
Responsibility for the placement of students rests with the principal.
Next week we be running the annual Art Exhibition in the Art Room. Please take the time to have a look. We thank Melanie Sharpham and the P&C for the Artist in Residence program. This is a very valuable program and very much appreciated by all. A big thank you to Sue Millar and her team of helpers for setting up the exhibition. They do this in their own time and, this too, is very much appreciated by everyone. We look forward to sharing the art of the winning student with you soon.
Donations to Timor
The school is in the process of donating a number of desks to Timor. We are also collecting stationery supplies and children’s books to go with the desks – if you have any items that you would like to donate, please bring them to the front office.
Students returning to Kensington Primary School in 2017
To assist with planning for next year, just a reminder to advise the school if your child/ren will NOT be returning to Kensington Primary School in 2017.
Room 10 has produced a colourful display of spring flowers. Stop by the foyer and have a look!
Compassion is understanding and caring about someone who is in trouble or has made a mistake. It is being kind and forgiving because another person really matters to you. It is feeling sorry when someone is hurt (it might be you) and needs someone to understand. It is feeling the pain of someone who is in trouble even if you do not know that person.
Congratulations to the following award winners from the last assembly in Term 3 held on 21 September.
Virtue Awards 21/9/16
Honour Certificates 21/9/16
|1||Jonty||2||Jackson & Anna|
|5||Cooper & Felice||6||Campbell|
|S1||Hugo||S2||Hamish & Aliah|
Congratulations to the following award winners from the assembly held on 19 October.
Virtue Awards 19/10/16
Honour Certificates 19/10/16
|1||Amelie||2||Fin & Juanita|
|5||Max||6||Noah & Heath|
|S1||Davin & Bailey||S2||Matthew & Keira|
|S3||Taleisha & Billy||S4||Sean|
|PP1||Mokshada||PP3||Noah & Inari|
Inter School Athletics
During Week 9 Term 3 we competed in the VPASSA Inter School Athletics Carnival. Our team’s performance and behaviour was magnificent. Thanks to Ryan for being the Starter for the day and to Miss May, Ms Glassborow and Mr Griffiths for their assistance. Well done to our Year 6 helpers who assisted with the carnival. The final results of the outright shield were:-
Lathlain Primary School won the Meritorious Shield which is calculated on a handicap system based on last year’s results.
Congratulations to our individual medallion winners.
Running Club commenced this week, with sessions on Tuesday and Friday from 8.00am – 8.30am on the oval. New runners welcome.
In Term 3, we had 105 runners attend at an average of 44 per session with a session high of 62 one morning. Year 3 had the most runners. Thanks to Martine and Ryan for their continuing support.
Last Term in Weeks 9 and 10, we enjoyed clinics with some classes and a Girls’ cricket session from the South Perth Cricket Club and the WACA.
West Coast Fever Cup
Courtney Bruce and Kaylia Stanton from the West Coast Fever came to our last assembly in Term 3 to present our A and B Netball teams with their winning trophies and a medallion. Well done girls and Lochie!
The Year 5 and 6 students commenced their Dance Sport classes last week. The program culminates with a Social in Week 10.
For the next 5 weeks in Senior Sport we will be training for the Summer Carnival (Week 6). Some of the sessions will be conducted by parents and the WACA.
Room 8 Zoo Excursion
First Room 8 came to school and put our lunch and our water in the tub. Then we got out group number and colour sticker. After that Wes and I carried the tub to the bus. It hurt our fingers.
Next we found our seat and went to the zoo. I sat next to Wes. After the bus ride Wes and I carried the tub to the front door of the zoo.
Then we got inside and found our group leaders. After that we walked over to the penguins. They were called Fairy Penguins.
Next we walked over to our recess area. Before we had recess, we had a lesson from Rob. We had a one or two minute look at the animals inside the place. After that we sat in a circle and he gave us a covering from an animal. My partner was Xavier. I got a turtle scale and Xavier got some fish scales. We did not know what they were until Rob gave us a clue. Then we got a bucket to put the things in.
Next, he brought out this weird toy and we all had a laugh. Then he brought out a real snake. Mrs Bennett was really scared! We all got to pat it but there was a special way to pat it. You had to put two fingers together and stroke it from it’s head to tail. We all got to pat it.
My favourite animal was the lions. I really liked the roar. Then we went back onto the bus and went back to school.
Room 8’s Trip to the Zoo
On Wednesday 14th September the Year 3s went to the Perth Zoo. We had to wake up early to get on the bus in time. When I got to school I put my morning tea and my water bottle in our big basket.
We got on the bus at 10 to 9. On the bus Emily and I talked about cats and caterpillars. When we arrived there was a big sign that said Perth Zoo. First we lined up in our groups, I was in Gemma’s Mum’s group. We had parent helpers Jim, Claire and Leanne.
Secondly, we saw some monkeys. After that we put our basket on the table and continued. Then we saw the Fairy Penguins. Afterwards we went to see some amazing birds. Then we saw salt and freshwater crocodiles. We also saw a marron and lots of fish.
Next we had recess and played on the playground. Afterwards, we went inside the reptile house. We saw lizards, snakes and maybe a turtle.
Then we had some lessons with a man called Rob. He made us make animal groups. We also touched things like snake, scales, elephant hair, seahorse skeletons and other stuff. Then we touched a snake but Mrs Bennett and I did not like it.
We also had a chance of going through the African Savannah. First we saw Painted Dogs. Secondly, a cute rhinocerous. And animals like roaring lions, lying hyaenas, zebras mixed with giraffes, cutest meerkats and elephants having a bath.
We didn’t get to see everything, but we still had a fantastic, amazing time.
Build-Up Zone (BUZ) Skills in the Playground
The BUZ (Build Up Zone) program focuses 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 in the final fortnight of Term 3:
- Elizabeth in Yr 5 from S2, was spotted by BUZ Ranger Hannah A for remembering the BUZ Hopscotch for solving fights. She practised the first step of “Stop and Think”, which helped her come up with choices for solving her difficulty.
- Ozzy in Yr 6 from S4, also practised “Stop and Think” to sort out his problem when he did not get to participate in a game. BUZ Ranger Liam provided support to him when he noticed Ozzy looking down at playtime.
- Alastair in Yr 5, S2 felt caught between his friends. BUZ Ranger Neve asked him about the BUZ Hopscotch. In hindsight, he realised he used it to resolve his difficulty by deciding to take turns to play.
- Maanya in Yr 3, Rm 10 also remembered the steps in BUZ Hopscotch when BUZ Rangers Neve and Sammie approached her. Maanya even applied BUZ SNACK in making friends by showing cooperation in playing with friends.
With students gradually better understanding the roles of BUZ Rangers, some are indeed taking the initiative to approach them.
- Ella D in Yr 5, S3 approached a BUZ Ranger on duty to show she remembers what she learnt in BUZ. She answered the questions for both BUZ Hopscotch and BUZ Bully Shields.
- Bianca in Yr 3, Rm 7 was approached by a BUZ Ranger previously. She encouraged her classmate, Paria to try it too. She brought Paria to a BUZ Ranger on duty. Paria used “Agree and Fix” in BUZ Hopscotch to solve a fight. She would like to overcome her shyness to improve her use of BUZ skills.
With more students completing their BUZ lessons and growing in understanding the roles of BUZ Rangers, more may take the initiative to contact BUZ Rangers. As students take the responsibility in applying what they have learnt in BUZ, they are also creating for themselves more opportunities to develop their BUZ skills to solve their own playground challenges.
“About Hearing Loss and Ear Health” : A personal story from Mrs Lloyd
To my students:
I’m nearly 30 years old and I have been involved with music for almost all of my life. I played the clarinet at school and I was heavily involved in bands, concerts and performances. I was also your typical kid, I had a walkman and a discman AND an mp3 player, I had the electric guitar and sometimes played my favourite songs a little bit too loud, and of course went to concerts and clubs and shows and discos. You can say that my ears were used quite heavily, much more than the average person.
Unfortunately, I did not look after my ears better than the average person, either. I now have partial hearing loss in my left ear. What this means is that, when there is total silence or even very little sound, my ear starts ringing at a certain pitch. To some people, it’s a buzz or a screech; for me it sounds like crickets, which was why I didn’t think there was anything wrong, until I realised that we ripped out our pond in the backyard nearly 15 years ago.
This doesn’t mean that I’m deaf – I can understand the words coming out of your mouth, it just means that I sometimes have trouble understanding the sounds that come out. I’ve lost the ability to hear a very small part of the high end of my hearing range; I remember what the ‘ssss’ sound sounds like, but it does not sound the same as the ‘ssss’ sounds I hear today.
The ringing means that the little hairs inside your inner ear is wobbling inside its root. They are like the hairs on your head – you have one hair for every frequency in your hearing range. However, unlike the hairs on your head, they do not grow back once they wobble out. Permanent ringing means that the hair isn’t there anymore. It’s not like a bruise or a scar, which heals over time. It’s more like a ripped hole on your clothes; although you can try and sew it back, even put a patch on it (like hearing aids), the hole is still there, and you will never be able to hear in the same way again.
You can’t make your hearing loss any better, but you can always stop it from getting worse. That is why I have these earmuffs. I use them because I teach music for eight hours a day, six days a week – my ears are being used more than the average person. You, however, are coming into my class for one hour every week.
I am choosing to save what hearing I have left. If you want, you can purchase a pack of 10 earbuds for $2, or even a pair of earmuffs for $6; something is always better than nothing. But, if you choose to do nothing, that’s okay too, it’s still your choice – like choosing to go out in the sun without a hat and sunblock, or not eating healthily, or hanging out with certain sorts of people.
A good indicator of loudness is your ability to talk over the sound. If you can’t hear someone sitting next to you talking to you, or if you have to raise your voice, even just a little, to be heard by someone else, it is too loud. Imagine having to talk the entire time you hear. There are no nerves attached to the hairs in your inner ear – which is why you can’t FEEL hearing loss – but there are definitely nerves attached to your vocal chords. If your voice is sore after ten minutes of constant shouting, chances are you’ve lost a little bit of your hearing too.
Choosing to protect your ears is a personal choice, and I will not stop you from choosing either way – but I am always here to help you find out more, or, better still, talk to a doctor to learn the specifics about your ear health.”
School Banking Competition
KPS DUCKS World Championship Lawn Bowls Friday 21st October
Hopefully you’ve all been stretching the hamstrings and rolling over the bowling arm in preparation for the KPS DUCKS World Championship Lawn Bowls.
All dads, stepdads, grandads, uncles, father figures are more than welcome. This is a low stress, fun night out. No preaching to the converted! This is a DODO event (dads only day out).
Just turn up on the night and we’ll slot you into a team. If you have a team of 4 organised then that’s great as well.
Anyone who has been before will testify it’s a fun night under lights at Como bowls – within easy walking or riding distance home 🙂
Check out the website ducks.net.au for more details.
Send us in your team name and members or just RSVP if you are turning up on the night.
We’d love to get as many new people along as possible – try and drag someone along who hasn’t been to a DUCKs event before.
Friday 21st October from 5pm
Como Bowls Club
Hensman St Como
$10 / head for bowling
$10 /head for Roast lamb and Pork rolls
RSVP Dave Mundy at firstname.lastname@example.org
We realise that people will have varying commitments – just turn up when you can. Aiming to eat around 8pm.
TWILIGHT FETE 29 OCTOBER 2016 2pm – 7pm
The fete information flyer was emailed to all parents yesterday – in case you haven’t seen it yet, please click here.
Please click here to view the flyer for Sage Yoga.
“Chess Emperor” classes at KPS
Please click here to view the flyer for “Chess Emperor” classes.
“Building Online Resilience” Parents Seminar
Please click here to see the flyer for a Parent Seminar on building online resilience for children and young people.
Fun Languages French Club
Please click here to view the flyer for a free French Club demo lesson on 31 October.
Como Primary School Centenary Open Day
Como Primary School is having an Open Day on Saturday 22 October to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Please click here to view the flyer.
Como Secondary College Outdoor Movie Night : “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
Como Secondary College are holding a fundraising Outdoor Movie Night on Friday 4 November 2016. You can view the flyer here.
Junior Squash club coaching
Leisure Life Centre in Victoria Park is offering junior squash club coaching – please click here for details.