- Next week (7-11 November) – Yr 6 Wheelchair Challenge Week
- Wednesday 9 November – (Yr 5 for Yr 6) Leadership speeches and voting
- Thursday 10 November – Synthetic Phonics Parent Workshops (more info under General Information heading)
- Friday 11 and 18 November – PP 2017 children orientation 9-11.30am
- Tuesday 15 November – PP 2017 parents open morning 9-11am
- Wednesday 16 November – Assembly
- Thursday 17 November – Summer Carnival at Kent St (Yrs 4-6 by invitation)
- Friday 18 November – School swim challenge (by invitation)
- Weeks 7 and 8 – PP to Yr 5 Swimming lessons
One of our Business Plan targets is to increase student perseverance from 66% in 2014 to 75% in 2017 in Years 1-6. Unfortunately, we still have a way to go to achieve this target. We believe that issues with goal setting and perseverance (one of the Attitude Behaviour and Effort areas in which we report each semester in student reports) are impacting our student results in Writing, particularly, as well as across the curriculum. Writing requires quite a lot of perseverance as it is often a lengthy process to write a narrative or persuasive text, for example. As Writing is also a priority in our school Business Plan, we want your help to encourage and discuss with your child the need for perseverance. This is something you can do at home through modelling perseverance to your child, discussing how perseverance impacts on success in life and valuing it when you see anyone exhibit this virtue.
Perseverance is something that an individual shows from their early life and needs to maintain throughout life. How did you learn to walk? Through perseverance and resilience. For example, as you learnt to walk you fell down – a lot, but you continued to persevere until you could walk, and even run, just like everyone else around you. Look at your role models, heroes and champions. They all have one thing in common – perseverance (and its partner – resilience). They all knew that learning and improving would involve setting goals, making mistakes and failing, but in order to be successful, they just had to persevere through these difficult times in order to achieve.
I mentioned Abraham Lincoln last term in a newsletter. Did you know that he started numerous failed businesses and was defeated many times as he ran for public office, but he finally became, arguably, the most famous and inspirational president the USA ever had? Michael Jordan, possibly the best basketball player in history, was actually cut from his high school varsity team, but he persevered and look what he achieved! Name any successful person and you will see their journey to success littered with mistakes and failures, but driven by perseverance and resilience. If you aren’t struggling and failing at least some of the time, you aren’t learning and improving. Perseverance is a key life skill and impacts every aspect of your life.
Perseverance, and this fortnight’s Virtue – Determination – are closely linked. One requires the other.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the 90th Anniversary school fete. This was my first KPS fete and it was amazing to see the involvement and response from the community to such a well organised and inclusive fete. A special thanks to Rowena Mills and her fete committee. I have an inkling of the time and effort they have all put in to organising this event, and to deliver this event on the day. It was very impressive. The attention to detail was amazing. A big thank you to all the staff that attended and helped out. I extend another special thanks to Miss Lisa and Mr Pestana for helping during the day, at the twilight event and packing up. I would also like to acknowledge Mrs Lloyd for organising the KPS music performances (band, junior choir and senior choirs) as well as staying back to help with the sounds system and making announcements. That shows real commitment. Thank you to all those students who performed and contributed to the fete. It was a great learning experience and showed a strong sense of community. A big thank you to everyone who contributed or participated on the day, especially parents and sponsors.
A reminder that it is not appropriate, or safe, to be dropping children off in the staff car park. Backing in and out of the car park before school creates a traffic hazard. The number of cars moving about also creates a risk to little pedestrians who are not as visible to cars that are parking. Please avoid this area before and after school. You will also notice that we have included, in this newsletter, a copy of the usual Kiss and Ride information sheet. Click here to view the flyer. It explains the expectations and how it is to be used in a safe and courteous manner. Please take the time to review this and ensure you are compliant. Knowing and abiding by the rules saves embarrassing conversations in front of children.
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.
Contributions & Charges and Booklists
Please click here to see the 2017 Contributions and Charges information. The booklists (personal use items) will be coming to you soon.
BRING HOME A BIG BROTHER OR SISTER AND BRING FRENCH CULTURE TO LIFE !
Why not volunteer to host an international student from France next year? We have a small group of delightful French students coming to Australia for 10 weeks to immerse in local Australian culture, experience our high schools, sports, environment and lifestyle. All the French students are around 15 years old, speak excellent English, have their own spending money, cover all school expenses, and we arrange all aspects of their program. They are looking forward to joining an Australian family for a short term. It’s fun and interesting to help these young people achieve their Australian dream. If you’d like to know more, please email your interest to Rob at Inter Cultural Management on email@example.com
ACARA Privacy Notice
National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship 2016
This notice is from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to advise you that ACARA has, or soon will be, collecting information about a sample of the Year 6 students and about their parents/guardians as part of conducting the National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship (NAP-CC) 2016 tests.
ACARA is a commonwealth statutory authority and conducts these assessments, and its other responsibilities, as directed by all Australian education ministers (www.acara.edu.au/home)
Every three (3) years, ACARA collects personal information in relation to the NAP-CC tests to enable ACARA to perform its statutory functions and purposes (primarily to create national reports on schooling).
ACARA’s collection of personal information
ACARA collects personal information under section 40 of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008 (Cth) for one or more of the following purposes:
- formulating national reports consisting of aggregated data on school performance; and
- assisting government to formulate policies in relation to education matters; and
- conducting research relating to the national school curriculum.
ACARA, through its contract with the Australian Council for Educational Research, collects information from this school or the relevant state/territory Test Administration Authority (TAA) about your child, including their name, gender and exemption categories1, to enable ACARA to generate a random sample of students. If your child is selected to participate in testing, ACARA will also collect student background information, broadly, information such as your child’s date of birth, country of birth, background language/s, whether your child identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, parental occupation and parental education.
For the first time in 2016, NAP-CC tests will be delivered online through an online national assessment platform managed by Education Services Australia Limited (ESA). ESA is a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers (www.esa.edu.au/). ESA is not collecting personal information in relation to the NAP-CC tests. If your child is selected to participate in testing, ACARA will collect information from student responses to the assessment and assessment domain survey questions. Also, ACARA will collect school level data about the device types (e.g. laptop, desktop, tablet etc.) and operating systems being used.
The NAP-CC test is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress. If ACARA cannot collect the information described in this notice, the effectiveness of the NAP-CC test as a teaching tool will be undermined. In addition, ACARA will not be able to provide feedback about your child’s skills in relation to civics and citizenship. More information on the NAP-CC tests can be found at: (www.nap.edu.au/nap-sample-assessments/civics-and-citizenship).
ACARA’s disclosures of your personal information
ACARA discloses the names of participating students together with student performance information to participating schools as part of school level reporting.
Under the Privacy Act 1988 ACARA is required to specifically advise about any overseas disclosures of personal information. ACARA will not disclose your personal information overseas.
Access and correction
In relation to these data collections, if you would like access to your personal information, or believe that any student or parent/guardian personal information is incorrect, you can contact ACARA seeking correction of the information as follows:
Telephone: 1300 895 563 (or from outside Australia +61 2 8098 3100);
Post: refer to the address on our ACARA website (www.acara.edu.au/contact-us); or
1 Students are granted exemptions for NAP-CC because of disability and/or very limited English language proficiency (less than one year of instruction in English).
Room 4 have been reading “The BFG” by Roald Dahl and have created some beautiful Dream Jars.
Determination is focusing your energy and efforts on a particular task and then sticking with it until it is done. Determination is using your willpower to do something even when it isn’t easy. When you are determined to do something, you know that it is very important. Determination means you care about doing something so much that even when it is really hard, or you are being tested, you still keep going.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our assembly held on 2 November.
Virtue Awards 2/11/16
Honour Certificates 2/11/16
|7||Grace||8||Maddison & Gemma|
|9||Ava & Griffin||10||Lucy|
|S1||Cameron & Jade||S2||—|
|S3||Ava & Flynn||S4||Zac|
|PP1||Ashur||PP3||Bronte & Alice|
The Year 6 students are taking on the Wheelchair Challenge next week. This means that each student will spend one day in a wheelchair. The aim is to educate students about some of the challenges in everyday life associated with living with a disability. If you would like to sponsor them in this endeavour, details are on the following website.
The Year 4, 5 and 6 students will participate in the Wheel Life Program where they will have a PE lesson in a wheelchair. Permission notes will be sent home this week.
Pre Primary to Year 5 swimming lessons are on in Weeks 7 and 8.
Permission notes, swimming enrolment forms and yellow envelopes have been sent home. If you have not already done so, please complete and return to the classroom teacher as soon as possible.
Sporting Schools Funding
The school has been successful in gaining funding through the Sporting Schools program. The funding is providing squash and golf lessons for the Year 6 students and basketball coaching for some classes (depending on the availability of coaches). We were also able to purchase golf equipment and basketballs.
The Summer Carnival is on the 17th November. Selected Year 4, 5 and 6 students will compete in Tee ball, Cricket (boys and girls), Volleyball and Newcombe ball.
We have completed the Circus program for the year. We have some very skilled students on diabolos, spinning plates, poi, scarves, spin sticks and juggling balls. Some talented Year 2 boys can 3-ball juggle!
Running continues on Tuesday and Friday mornings on the oval from 8.00am to 8.30am.
This week we had 70 runners. Come along and see if we can get 100 Kensington Runners.
Build-Up Zone (BUZ) Skills in the Playground
This term, Year 1 and Year 2 students started BUZ lessons. They learn some of the skills through listening to a story and a song. They are then challenged to seek BUZ Rangers in the playground during breaks to show and tell what they have learned. Many have been consistently approaching BUZ Rangers and earning VIPs.
It is very encouraging to see them proactive and enthusiastic in their learning. A parent told me that her son has even been singing the songs learned in the lesson at home! I have listed the You Tube sites of the three stories and songs played in the lessons so far. You may want to listen and find out more about what they have been learning. Feel free to give me your feedback.
Mental Health Week School Poster Design Competition
10 October marked World Mental Health Day. The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) thanks all students who entered the 2016 School Poster Competition to show how they Act-Belong-Commit to keep a mentally healthy mind. Kensington Primary School submitted three entries this year. The posters are currently on display on the library door. The posters will remain on display until 9 November before being returned to their respective designers.
Synthetic Phonics Parent Workshop
Parents and carers of children in Kindergarten, Pre-primary and Year 1:
You are invited to attend a parent workshop that will assist you to support your child’s journey into reading and writing. The session will discuss the Big 6 of reading and provide simple strategies parents can use to help their child develop strong literacy skills.
The session will be presented by Dale Weston Arnold from the School of Special Education Needs (SSEN) and will be a valuable and informative session.
Date: Thursday 10th November 2-3 pm and repeated in the evening 6.30 to 7.30 pm
RSVP to your class teacher.
Lost coin purses
2 children’s coin purses were handed in at the Fete – if you think one (or both) of them might be yours, please come to the front office.
GATE Applecross Senior High School Young Masters Workshops 2016
Applecross SHS invites current Year 5 students to participate in their Young Masters Workshops hosted by the Gifted and Talented Education – Visual Arts department. Please click here for more information.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the fete on Saturday. Despite the weather it was a successful fundraising event, raising approximately $25k! The exact amount will be confirmed over the coming weeks as expenses are finalised.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the families and friends that attended the event, had fun and shopped up a storm!
Our sponsors played an important role in enabling us to reach this target. Special thanks to Bourkes for being our 2016 KPS Fete Gold sponsor and to all our silver and bronze sponsors. Your contribution and generosity has been wonderful. For those that didn’t see our Sponsors Board on the day, please click here. If you need any products or services that these companies provide, I encourage you to consider using the companies who have supported our school.
We also had many fete friends who contributed cash, products or services to keep our event costs down or to have some wonderful items in our Silent Auction – some lots being very hotly contested on the day! All our Fete Friends are also recognised in the attached (click here) and we thank you all of you for your generous contribution.
An event this size does not happen without countless hours and energy from many volunteers. A huge thank you to our Fete Committee members who have worked together as a fantastic team for over 12 months to stage such a wonderful event. These team members are also listed in the Friends Board so if you know them, stop and say well done! Thanks to all the classroom fete representatives who worked so hard to bring the parents of their classes together to create their stalls. The products, activities and decorations were magnificent; anyone would think we were hosting a professional market place!
Thanks also to all the school staff who supported the event and attended on the day. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Finally, and most importantly, thank you to all the kids who attended – played in the band, sang in the choir, played with your friends, went on the rides, ate the food, had fun doing the activities – your laughter, smiles, excitement and joy made all the hard work worth it!
Our Facebook page is still active and has lots of pics – here are just a few from the day.
P&C ‘Wishlist’ 2017
Having just put a phenomenal amount of time and effort into the fete and raising funds for our school, it is now time to let us know how you would like to see the funds spent!
Please provide the P&C with your suggestions by the beginning of Week 7.
More information about the Wishlist can be found here.
DUCK’s DADS AND KIDS CAMP
Last year was a raging success, now’s your chance to come along to the KPS Dads and Kids camp!
Friday 25th November from 4.30pm on the KPS oval
All fathers and father figures (granddads, uncles etc.) welcome. Come along and pitch a tent or swag with your kids. Spend a night enjoying some fun Dad and kids activities. BBQ dinner and breakfast included. Burnt marshmallows will definitely be on the menu.
The kids loved this event last year, so lock it in the diary and we’ll see you there!!
$32 per family ( regardless of how many children). Includes BBQ dinner and breakfast, morning coffee for Dads, marshmallows and fun and games for the kids.
Should be a great night for both dads and kids!
Will be wrapped up by 8am Saturday morning, so the oval can be used for cricket and the kids can get off to weekend sport etc.
We’re running the bookings through Trybooking to try and keep it nice and simple. It’s a flat rate per family – the different options on the booking site are just to give us an idea of numbers.
Please use the link below to book:
Hope we’ll see you there! Any queries, let me know.
0433 095 416
Skillbuilders are running a January school holiday programme. Please click here to view the flyer.
Clan WA is offering free community courses. Please click here to view the November schedule.