- Friday 18 November – PP 2017 children orientation 9-11.30am
- Friday 18 November – School swim challenge (by invitation)
- Weeks 7 and 8 – PP to Yr 5 Swimming lessons
- Friday 25 November – Kindy 2017 (K1) Open Morning 9-11am
- Friday 25 November – DuCKS camp on oval
- Wednesday 30 November – NO ASSEMBLY
- Friday 2 December – Kindy 2017 (K2 & K3) Open Morning 9-11am
- Wednesday 7 December – Christmas assembly
- Wednesday 14 December – Graduation assembly
Last week I wrote about perseverance (and determination). This week I wish to speak about goal setting as it goes hand in hand with perseverance, logically as well as in our student reports. One of the Attitude Behaviour and Effort (ABE) grading areas for Years 3-6 is “Sets goals and works towards them with perseverance”. This is a key area for Kensington PS as it is one in which we feel we need to help the students improve, as targeted in our Business Plan. It is also one that is vital for learning. So, as mentioned last week, it is a target we need your support in developing at the school.
Goal setting is a skill in itself. Setting the wrong goal, or a goal that is not well conceived, can be detrimental to learning. Setting a goal that is unachievable can be disastrous. Many of you will have heard of SMART goals. SMART is the mnemonic used to remind us what a well-developed goal looks like.
So, for example, setting a goal of improving reading is not specific, measurable, or time-bound. However, setting a goal of learning five sight words a week is SMARTer. It is specific, if you have a list of sight words; it is measurable as you have set five as your target; it is (presumably) achievable (however, knowing if it is achievable or challenging enough is specific to the person involved); it is relevant to the long term goal of reading (as is learning phonics, vocabulary, comprehension strategies… etc); and it is time-bound.
There is, however, no point in setting a SMART goal if we never think about it again. We have to be careful to not just set long term goals, but to break those down into short term goals too. Long term goals can seem unachievable without short term goals. These help us stay on track and experience the motivation of achieving these short term goals as we work toward longer term goals.
Your child’s teachers can help your child set these goals and will give you an indication of these longer-term/mid-range goals in the end of year reports. However, sharing goals with family members and friends can help keep us stay on track. So, getting involved with your child’s goal setting and helping them monitor their progress is vital to their success and to them seeing the significance of these goals. This encourages the perseverance needed to succeed.
Visitors on the School Site (including Parents)
All visitors to the school, including parents and guardians, should go through the school office unless they are dropping students off before the start of school or collecting students after the school day has finished. If you wish to collect your child before the finish of the school day you should collect a leave pass (the ‘yellow slip’) from the school office to present to the class teacher. Teachers will not release students from their classrooms without this pass. The reason for this measure is to ensure the safety of all students. The office checks that people collecting students have legal guardianship and are on the contact list for that student. People who are visiting the school for other reasons will be given a visitors badge to ensure that all people have the right to be on school grounds and are accounted for in case of an evacuation.
Bicycling to School
It has come to our attention that some of our students have had some near misses while riding to school. Some community reports are regarding students not looking where they are going; some are regarding students not sharing the footpath safely (speeding past pedestrians without ringing their bell to warn them of a bicycle coming); and some are about children not wearing their helmets properly, or at all. As we approach the holidays, it is a good time to discuss the road rules and how to ride a bicycle safely with your child. It is also a good opportunity to watch how your child rides their bike and to make sure their bike is roadworthy (tyres are pumped up and the bell is working, etc).
The school has a number of padded laptop carry cases that are surplus to our needs. Please come to the front office if you would like one – a gold coin donation is requested, with all proceeds going towards the Year 6 graduation.
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 16 November.
Virtue Awards 16/11/16
|S1||Leyland||S2||Eli & Michael|
Honour Certificates 16/11/16
|PP1||Sasha||PP3||Malaika & Leah|
|3||Milena & Sebastian||4||Ella & Rachel|
|5||Alexander||6||Beau & Samuel|
|7||Bianca & Nelson||8||Gabrielle|
|9||Eve & Xavier||10||Eva|
|S1||Rory & Elliot||S2||Jack, Charlotte & Kayla|
|S3||Soham, Moreno & Lily||S4||Evie & Liam|
Running continues on Tuesday and Friday mornings on the oval from 8.00am to 8.30am.
On Wednesday the 2nd of November 5 schools participated in the Numero Challenge, at Collier Primary School.
There were 16 teams participating from: Wattle Grove, St Benedict, St Columbia, Collier Primary and Kensington Primary.
There were three teams from Kensington: Wattle, Bottlebrush and Banksia.
Team Banksia included Elliot, Angelique, William and Davin, Team Wattle included Amberly, Amos, Sean and Luis and Team Bottlebrush included Evie, James, Joshua and Zoe.
There were 4 Numero games: the individual games, the individual top take, team top take and the scramble.
Overall the teams did very well.
- Banksia came 9th
- Bottlebrush came 7th
- Wattle came 2nd
Even though we didn’t qualify for the grand finals we were all still really proud of what we had accomplished and we had loads of fun.
By Evie and Amberly
Many of you are aware that last Monday S4 started a new challenge which involved us spending one day of our lives in a wheelchair at school. Amber from Wheelchair Sports WA came to our school to talk about her experiences and asked us to take up the challenge. This challenge gave us all an opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a wheelchair and how difficult it was to get in and out of our classroom, move around the school, do turns and go up hills – something we all take for granted.
This is the first time for KPS to take on the challenge and we do hope that it continues at KPS and that it promotes a better understanding to the wider community. So far we have already raised over $300 and our aim is to raise $1500. As this charity receives very little funding from the government, it would be great if you could donate to this worthy cause:
If you have already donated, thank you for helping to make a difference for Wheelchair Sports WA and the children and adults it helps.
Transition to High School
Year 6 students are in transition to high school and to adolescence. In order to support this transition, Mrs Glassborow and I have arranged for the high school chaplains of Como Secondary College and Kent Street Senior High School to meet our Year 6 students. The students have written their curiosities and concerns to the high school chaplains, who will address them at the meeting.
Aussie Optimism has a brilliant resource for this transition. It is a self-directed Parents and Families program, designed for families with a developing adolescent who is making the transition to high school. It helps parents and families work together to navigate the sometimes tricky path of parenting an adolescent. The program covers issues such as searching for identity, pushing the limits, working together as a family, thinking optimistically, friendships and the move to high school. It includes information, cartoons, tips and activities.
I have attached their newsletter on “Some Helpful Tips for Parents” for your perusal – please click here to view it. The booklet for parents costs $15. You can order it at: http://healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2016/08/aussie-optimism-order-form_2016_020816-1.pdf
Transition to Primary School
I get to meet our pre-primary students at assemblies. Most know me as someone who tells stories at assemblies. It is a delight to see them greet me whenever our paths cross in the playground.
Hopefully by the time these students join Year 1, most will be able to recognise me as a familiar face in the playground in the big school. Should they require more support during their first few weeks of transition next year, a familiar, friendly face can help smooth the process.
KidsMatter provides a vast collection of resources for parents regarding this topic of transition to primary school. A good article on “Thinking About Transition to School” can be easily downloaded at: https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KM_StartingSchool_InformationSheets_All.pdf
The PP shed has undergone a cheery and colourful facelift thanks to Mia Betjeman, who has kindly donated supplies, her sewing/craft expertise and her time. The children will love their new play area!
Artist in Residence 2016
Melanie Sharpham, a ceramic artist from Eucalypt Homewares (and mum to Eve & Tessa), has spent the last term and a half working with all the children at Kensington Primary. This project was funded by the P&C as part of the annual Artist in Residence Program.
The program has been a fantastic opportunity for the children from Kindy to Year 6 to experience working with the tactile medium of clay. Each year group was assigned a different mini project, with the overall skill learning theme “clay pinch pots”. For example, the Year 1s made chooks and the Year 4s and 5s, a tea cup and saucer.
Week 7 (next week), will be an opportunity for parents and other family members to view all the ceramic works in an exhibition. Hopefully you can make it to the art room to have a look at your child’s creation.
Melanie is asking for parent help to set up and take down the exhibition (Monday 21st November and Friday 25th November). If you are available to help, please email Melanie directly at email@example.com.
If you are curious as to the work Melanie makes in clay or are interested in the classes she runs, please visit her website www.eucalypthomewares.com.au.
Artist in Residence Exhibition
Kensington PS Art Room
Tuesday -Thursday (22nd-24th November)
DUCK’s DADS AND KIDS CAMP
It’s not too late 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) are 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.
Mums : lock in a free night in the diary by sending dads and kids off to the camp!
$32 per family ( regardless of how many children). This includes BBQ dinner and breakfast, morning coffee for dads, marshmallows and fun and games for the kids.
It should be great night for both dads and kids and we 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 following link to book: https://www.trybooking.com/NSLK
Hope we’ll see you there!
Any queries, let me know.
0433 095 416
P&C ‘Wishlist’ 2017 – call for last minute suggestions!
It is great to see parents getting behind KPS and providing suggestions on where P&C funds should be allocated during 2017. Did you know that the P&C has approximately $60,000 to spend?!
The P&C executive meets next week to allocate 2017 expenditure, so please send through your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Monday the 21st of November.
You can check out the list of ideas compiled so far by clicking here.
Curtin University Football Club
Curtin University Football Club invites you to come along to the 2017 season tryouts. Please click here for full details.
City of South Perth VISION 2027 survey
Have your say in the future of the City of South Perth. Click here to complete the survey.
St Martin’s House Bazaar
All are welcome to come along to the St Martin’s House Bazaar on Saturday 19 November. Further details are available to view here.
Pines Christmas Festival
Markets, amusement rides and Carols by Candlelight will all be part of the Pines Christmas Festival on Saturday 3 December 2016. Click here to see the flyer.
Christmas crafts at the George Burnett Leisure Centre
Join us for a fun filled afternoon of Christmas art and craft activities as we get ready to celebrate Christmas!
During the class, children will get the chance to design, create and decorate a variety of Christmas decorations and edible treats that they can take home.
Date: Friday 9th December
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Ages: 6 – 12 years
WAAPA Summer School Drama Programs
This Summer WAAPA/ECU is offering drama classes for children in years 4 to 12. The program of courses is attached here.
Registration for all 2017 Sacramental Programs at Holy Family Parish (Como-Kensington)
All Catholic children who are eligible to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2017 are requested to register for their respective Sacramental Programs by Sunday, 5 Feb 2017.
Registration forms can now be obtained by sending an email to the Sacramental Program Coordinator at the following address: email@example.com
Registration forms are also available in the Holy Family Church foyer. Completed forms can also be placed in a designated box in the church foyer by: Sunday, 5 Feb 2017.