- Friday 2 December – Kindy 2017 (K2 & K3) Open Morning 9-11am
- Wednesday 7 December – Christmas assembly 9am, followed by parent morning tea
- Thursday 8 December – Pizza in the Garden PP-Yr 2 (invitations will be sent home)
- Thursday 8 December – Disco (see under P&C heading for details)
- Friday 9 December – Pizza in the Garden Yr 3-Yr 6 (invitations will be sent home)
- Tuesday 13 December – Reports to be sent home
- Wednesday 14 December – Graduation assembly 9.15am in the Undercover Area
- Thursday 15 December – Last day of school!!
- Tuesday 31 January – Class lists posted at 12 noon
- Tuesday 31 January – Special opening for uniform shop 11am – 1pm
- Wednesday 1 February 2017 – First day of Term 1
Our school business plan has a couple of targets designed to improve attendance. We have recently been reviewing these targets with the school board. The reason these targets are so important is that attendance has an obvious, and rather large, impact on student achievement in school. Missing any time can have an impact on student learning, from missing the teaching of concepts leading to gaps in your child’s learning, to not completing assignments and assessments, to losing their sense of belonging and connectedness to the class teachers and students. Similarly, arriving late can affect how your child settles into the class and their work. While 90% attendance can sound good, over the eight years of schooling this can mean the loss of 150 learning days. That equates to 3/4s of a whole year of schooling. A child can’t be expected to reach their learning potential missing nearly a year of schooling. While some absences can’t be helped, such as those due to illness, some can be prevented. The Department of Education does not condone taking time off school for holidays (or birthdays, for that matter), as that is why children get 12 weeks of holidays a year. I cannot approve any vacations without a letter from the parent and the child having more than a 90% attendance rate. While I know overseas travel can be very educationally valuable, they can lead to gaps in learning that can be difficult to address with some students. It is the efforts of good teachers that make the biggest controllable impact on student learning, so the more time children spend at school, the better. Please work with us and keep us informed of any absences. Ringing the school, completing the absentee form on the website (little sick bee icon) or sending an old fashioned note is all that is required to explain any absences (and we do need the reason). Please make every effort to explain any absences and to reduce absences for the benefit of your child’s education.
Artist in Residence
Thanks to Melanie Sharpham for all her hard work and wonderful efforts in working with our students to produce wonderful pinch pot ceramic creations. If you missed the display of the students’ work, you missed a real treat. If you caught the exhibition, or if you participated in Melanie’s workshops at the fete, you will know what a wonderful artist Melanie is, and what a wonderful opportunity the children had, thanks to the financial support of the P&C.
Parent Helper Morning Tea
We wish to thank all the parents and community members who have worked with the school this year. There have been a myriad of ways that people have contributed: helping in the classrooms, on excursion, at the fete, creating the naturescape, involvement with the P&C and School Board and even just responding to our surveys. As a sign of our appreciation, the staff would like to invite you to a morning tea to follow the Christmas concert, this coming Wednesday. It takes a village to raise a child – and we have a wonderful village here at Kensington Primary School. Please come along and share this morning tea with us. All helpers are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Class Placement Requests
The window of opportunity to send in class placement requests has now closed. As the staff are now working on class placements, any changes cannot be entertained. We will endeavour to meet the requests we’ve received to date, but we cannot guarantee all requests will be met.
By now, all parents should have received a paper copy of their child’s booklist for 2017. If you have misplaced it, please access the link to Officemax via the school’s website – click on the “Teaching and Learning” tab and then click on “Booklists”.
The school password is : W4BJ9S.
Yr 6 Fundraising
The year 6’s are fundraising in the lead up to the Christmas Assembly with 3 separate raffles.
Students and families wishing to purchase raffle tickets can do so in the assembly area at recess and at the lunchtime breaks, or alternatively at the school disco on Thursday 8th December.
$1 per ticket.
What a colourful display of paintings from the Pre-Primary classes! Stop by and have a look at the work of our budding artists.
75 Year 4, 5 and 6 students participated in the VPASSA Summer Carnival on Thursday November 17. They played newcombe ball, volleyball, T ball and cricket. Our students performed well and showed excellent sportsmanship while representing Kensington.
The T ball players were successful in winning the shield, not losing a game all day. The team consisted of Anjelique, Ava, Dejan, Fin, Luis, Sean, Amos, Billy, Jack, Michael and Davin.
The carnival would not have been possible without the support of an enthusiastic group of parents who gave up their day and our coached teams. Thanks to Aira, Mel, Martine, Roxanne, Simon, Bronwyn and Ryan. Thanks also to the staff that assisted on the day with coaching, Mrs Glassborow, Mrs Van Aurich and Mr Griffiths. Thanks also to Mrs Skinner and Ms Millar back at school.
Message from the Principal : A big thank you to our head coach, Mrs Stanford!
Southside Penrhos Wesley Schools Challenge
26 Kensington swimmers represented the school in the School Challenge held at Wesley pool on the November 18.
Congratulations to Ava who won the Year 4 Champion Girl swimmer and to Flynn who won the Year 4 Runner Up Champion Boy swimmer.
Kensington came 2nd in the girls, boys and overall competitions. It was a great effort on the night. Well done swimmers!
Our last session of running will be on Tuesday December 6. We will have a short run at 8.00am followed by breakfast in the Art Room. Thanks to our wonderful parent helpers Martine and Ryan for their support throughout the year. We will miss Ryan next year as Josh moves on to high school.
It has been fantastic to see so many runners on a Tuesday and Friday morning and I look forward to seeing you next year. A commencement date will be in the newsletter early next year. Keep running over the holidays.
Year 6 Wheelchair Challenge
The Wheelchair Challenge was reported in the Southern Gazette. An e-copy is here: http://www.communitynews.com.au/southern-gazette/news/kensington-students-get-life-lesson-in-wheelchairs/ if you wish to read the article.
You can still donate to this worthy cause at the Every Day Hero website, select Kensington Primary School.
Sport Activities in the Holidays
Please see the Sport notice board for details.
If anyone would still like to purchase a circus spinning plate, I have got some available for purchase at $5 each. Please come and see me in the PE office.
On Thursday 10th November, Rooms 9, S1, S2 and S3 had the privilege of being able to view the Hopman Cup trophy. Two ladies from Tennis Australia came with Maddy, one of their young, upcoming tennis players. Maddy shared her experiences with everyone during question time and we also got to win prizes such as drink bottles. Thanks to Mrs Stanford for putting our school in the draw to win this great experience!
Year 6 students
Acknowledgements and congratulations to all of our senior students who have been awarded special placements for 2017:
Jack: South Fremantle SHS – Marine Biology scholarship
James: Kent Street SHS – Aviation scholarship and CORE scholarship, John Curtin College of the Arts – Music GATE scholarship, South Fremantle SHS – Marine Biology scholarship and Como Secondary College – Music scholarship
Elizabeth: Applecross SHS – Visual Arts scholarship, Como Secondary College – Music scholarship and EMITS scholarship
Liam: Perth Modern – Academic scholarship
Sean: Perth Modern – Academic scholarship
Makayla: Thornlie SHS – Netball scholarship
Ella: Applecross SHS – Visual Arts scholarship
Zoe: Melville SHS – Netball scholarship
Amberly: Como Secondary College – Contemporary Jazz Music scholarship and EMITS scholarship
Amos: Como Secondary College – EMITS
Neve: Penrhos College – Bursary
Evie: John Curtin College of the Arts – Music GATE scholarship and Como Secondary College – Music scholarship
Aingeal: John Curtin College of the Arts – Musical Theatre scholarship and Drama/Music scholarship
Finlay: Como Secondary College – EMITS scholarship and Kent Street SHS – CORE scholarship and Aviation scholarship
Luis: Como Secondary College – EMITS scholarship, Kent Street SHS – CORE scholarship and Ursula Frayne College – Academic scholarship
The annual Christmas concert/assembly will be held on Wednesday 7 December, starting at 9am sharp! We look forward to seeing you there.
Please note that there has been a change to the email that was sent out on Tuesday regarding wearing Christmas themed clothes/headgear. This has now been changed and all children may wear something Christmassy all day! Neat and tidy, please, and no it is not free dress – must be Christmas themed. Exception is Rooms 1-6 who have their Christmas costumes – some may wish to change out of their costumes for the rest of the day.
Christmas Hamper Appeal
Well what a busy year it has been!
We have completed the Natureplay, upgraded our library, held a book fair, celebrated a movie night, changed our uniform, welcomed a new Principal and have spent countless hours planning, organising, crafting and baking up a storm for our 90th anniversary fete!
…and those are just the ‘big’ items!!
On Tuesday 29 November, we also held the last of our P&C meetings for the year. In this session, we ratified the 2017 budget and approved a couple of last minute spends. A full summary of the budget and a draft of the minutes from our last general meeting are available on the school website under ‘About’.
Thank you to everyone for your kind donations and countless hours of effort in what has been a very busy year.
Best wishes for the holiday season!
Samantha Thompson, P&C President
DUCKs Dads and Kids Camp 2016
Another very successful dads and kids camp was held on the school oval last Friday night. Somewhere in the vicinity of 220-230 were fed dinner and breakfast and well and truly entertained in between times. It was great to have a lot of people back for a second year, plus all of the first timers.
Between water balloon fights, tug of war, giant soccer ball games and a disco complete with smoke machine, there was plenty of fun to be had.
After an early start (somewhere before 5am) the next morning and a superb bacon and egg brekky, we somehow managed to dismantle the camp and be off the oval by 8am for Saturday morning cricket!
Massive credit to Justin Nicholls for his mammoth catering effort once again. Also thanks to Marty Moloney for the fantastic sound system, lights and smoke machine!
The rest of the Ducks committee including Matt Tibbitts, Jason Parsons, Guy Ryan, Matt Schneider, Craig Grant and Philipp Schaper all deserve a big thanks for their organising skills.
Thanks to all the dads who helped out – whether it was cooking, working the coffee relay, tidying up or just wrangling kids.
Young Engineers Club
Term 1 2017 – Mondays after-school 3:15pm to 4:30pm – develop spatial & STEM skills through Lego. For Years 2-4. Registrations for next term are now open at https://trybooking.com/203835 or phone Chee on 0423 267 517. Fee applies.
Australian Sports Camps
Please click here to view the flyer for summer school holidays sports camps.
Coding for Girls
Grasshopper Creative Academy is offering 2017 summer holiday coding and digital art workshops for girls. Please click here to view the flyer.
Carols in the Park
The flyer detailing Carols in the Park on 11 December 2016 at the Burswood Park Foreshore is here.
Helping Hands Before and After School Care
Enrolments for the remainder of 2016 and for the 2017 school year are now open. Please click here for further information.
ESL English lessons
Is English your second language? Or maybe you have family or a friend who would like to improve their english skills? Please click here to view the flyer.