- Thursday 15 December – School finishes at 3pm
- Tuesday 31 January – Class lists posted at 12 noon
- Tuesday 31 January – Special opening for uniform shop 11am – 1pm
- Wednesday 1 February – First day of Term 1
- Wednesday 8 February – Assembly
- Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February – Year 6 beach swimming lessons
Class Structures for 2017
The following structure for classes is planned for 2017. If enrolments change, this too can be subject to change.
|Class Structure||Number of classes|
|Kindergarten||2 onsite and 1 class at the Vista Street centre|
The Student Centred Funding model impacts our planning and staffing as school funding, including staff salaries, is determined by student enrolments. Currently our funding is projected from anticipated enrolments identified through enrolment information supplied by parents. In February 2017 funding will be confirmed based on our student census data. Even a few students less than or more than anticipated will have an effect on our funding. This means that our class structure is difficult to predict and there is a chance that we may need to restructure in the first weeks of 2017. Please talk to your children about this possibility as it can be distressing to have to move class with limited warning.
While some schools have made it school policy to have all classes as split classes (for educational and philosophical reasons) this is not the case at Kensington. The reasoning behind the split classes here is due to student numbers, equity, functionality and the need for the school to work within industrial and financial constraints.
Research, the experience of teachers and school administrators as well as data about student performance, suggests that there is no significant difference when it comes to analysing the outcomes of student learning between being placed in a ‘straight’ class or a multi-aged class. Whichever way a school is organised, the most important factor in ensuring successful learning is a focus on identifying and addressing the individual needs of each student.
Studies here and overseas show that children in split classes are often more confident, cooperate better, work better in team situations, are assertive, show more initiative, are more independent learners and better problem solvers. They tend to more easily make friends outside their peer group.
The school must cater for any student within the school boundaries who wishes to enrol. While the school numbers and cohort sizes vary from year to year, class structures will vary from year to year, to meet those needs. The school will do its best for all students, while working within the realities of population variance, finances and industrial agreement.
Creating equitable classes, where students requiring specialised academic, social, emotional and / or behavioural plans are distributed fairly amongst all staff members is a priority, as it enables staff to best cater for individual student needs in the most manageable and effective manner.
So, we aim to ensure a mix of abilities and needs rather than to create homogenous groups of students as we feel that this creates a good balance and enables students to learn from each other and continue to strive to achieve their best. Research on streaming children into like ability groups shows that this reduces the overall average achievement of the group and is particularly detrimental to those students in the lower range of achievement.
Research also supports the current emphasis on ensuring staff work collaboratively in order to improve the whole school and for all individuals to continue to improve their performance. Our business plan includes a clear focus on teachers working together in professional learning communities. Having a number of teachers teaching the same phase of development enables the staff to work effectively together to support each other and all the students within the school. We have, therefore, deliberately structured the school to enable staff to work together to provide the best learning program they can, utilising each other’s talents and abilities.
We have endeavoured to meet parent requests where possible and practical. Teachers’ opinions have also been used to ensure that equitable and functional classes have been created. As they know the students within the school context, their knowledge has been paramount in structuring classes.
We aim to provide the best learning program for your children that we can and so we have structured the school to make the most of strategies that are known to make a difference to student achievement.
Please note: Responding to concerns raised last year, the draft class lists will no longer be posted at the top of the undercover area stairs. Instead, draft class lists will be published in two places: at the gate between the library and the courtyard and on the front office window on Tuesday 31st January 2017.
Farewell to Graduates
On Wednesday we farewelled our graduands at the Graduation Assembly. We wish them all the best in their schooling and their lives in general. We know that they will take many of their lessons from KPS with them. The following awards were announced during this assembly.
English : Elizabeth
English Academic Excellence acknowledgements : Ella and Aingeal
Music : James
Visual Arts : Elizabeth
Humanities and Social Sciences : Sean
Practical Science : Luis
General Science (Woodside/Scitech) : Jack and Liam
Mathematics : Amberly and Joshua
Mathematics Academic Excellence acknowledgements : Sean, Amos and Luis
Technology and Enterprise : Amos
Sport : Amos
LOTE : Zoe
Most Improved : Fin
Endeavour : Evie
Kent Street Aspire award : Jake
Dux and Curtin Education Community Medal : Amberly
Citizenship : Ella
Congratulations to all award recipients.
A big thank you to Mrs Glassborow and her team of parents and staff helpers for organising this event. It was a mammoth effort. A special thanks to Mrs Marlena Burling who coordinated and organised all the fundraising efforts for the Year 6s.
Year 6 students’ gift to the school
The Year 6 students, through their fundraising efforts, have given the school four wonderful gifts – we are grateful to have received two bird baths, a large planter box for the front garden and soccer nets! Thank you, Year 6 students!
2017 Student Leaders
Also at the graduation assembly yesterday, the following students were announced as the elected Student Leaders for 2017.
Head Boy : Jack
Head Girl : Ruby
Student Councillors : Bailey, Moreno, Ava, Alastair, Summer and Rory
Cygnet Captains : Eli and Billy
Cygnet Vice-Captains : Mary and Ezra
Endeavour Captains : Lily and Davin
Endeavour Vice-Captains : Keira and Samuel
Investigator Captains : Monique and Ben
Investigator Vice-Captains : Cora and Taichi
Parmelia Captains : Kiarn and Marcus
Parmelia Vice-Captains : Anjelique and Mahan
Farewell to Students Leaving
Farewell to those students moving on to new locations – new homes, schools and even countries. We wish them all the best.
Farewell to Staff
Unfortunately we must also say goodbye to some of our wonderful staff. We wish them all the best for their futures too and we thank them for all their hard work and the contributions they have made to our school over their time here. It has been very much appreciated. Our paths may cross in the future, but for now we say thank you to:
- Mrs Wendy White
- Miss Emily Hasson
- Ms Loren Roso
- Mrs Louise Glassborow
- Mrs Stacy Lloyd
- Mrs Jessica Martin
- Mrs Nicole Lomma
Thank you to all those students who performed at the Christmas Concert this year. A big thanks to all the staff and parents who worked tirelessly with the students to prepare them for their performances. A big thank you to Mrs Stacy Lloyd (Music Teacher) and Mrs Burling (Parent Music Rep) for their extra efforts. We acknowledge the big shoes Mrs Lloyd had to fill and feel the concert was a wonderful achievement. We also acknowledge Mrs Lloyd’s efforts in preparing the graduation performances too. Thank you so much, Mrs Lloyd.
On Wednesday 7th December, after the Christmas Concert, the staff put on a morning tea to thank all those parents and community members who have helped out at the school this year. We really appreciate all that the parent community does for the school.
Personally, I wish to thank everyone for their warm welcome and support in my first six months at the school. It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated staff, engaged community and lovely children.
We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and hope to see all those we haven’t farewelled back at the school in the New Year.
Are your children returning late back from school holidays?
Is your family returning late back from holidays at the start of the 2017 school year? Any student who has not attended in the first 2 weeks of 2017 will not be counted in our student census numbers, which will impact on the funding and staffing of the school. Please inform the school if your child will be late in starting the school year.
Kent Street Senior High School Teacher Awarded
Kent Street Senior High School teacher and geoscientist, Suzy Urbaniak, has taken out an award of the highest honour – 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science.
Happy running over the holidays and see you all next year.
Sporting Schools Funding
The school was successful in gaining funding from the Federal Government and we ran three sport programs: golf, basketball and squash. We will apply for funding next year.
The Year 5/6 students competed nine weeks of social dance, culminating in the Social on Tuesday night.
During the holiday period, schools premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become targets for a small number of offenders. The upcoming holiday period is from Friday 15 December 2016 to Tuesday 31 January 2017.
If you live near a school or are just passing by, I ask you to be extra vigilant. Listen for unusual noises, look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and for groups hanging around on school grounds. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing crime.
WA Police, Neighbourhood Watch, School Watch and the Office of Crime Prevention are working together to reduce the incidence of crime on school establishments. Police and School Watch will conduct increased patrols of schools during the holidays but we need your vital assistance and participation.
I urge you to please report suspicious activity immediately by telephoning School Watch on 1800 177 777 or Police on 131 444.
Scholastic Book Club
Due to the fantastic support of the families at Kensington this year, we have been able to purchase 190 books worth $1980 for the library and teachers resources through Scholastic Book Club rewards. In addition, another $1010 worth of books were obtained for the library after our Westbooks book fair in August.
Thanks very much to everyone who supported Scholastic and the Westbooks book fair.
In 2017 we will be changing over to the LOOP payment system for credit card purchases of Scholastic books. This will be a positive change that will make ordering and paying simpler when paying by credit card. Cash and cheque payments will still be available through the P & C box as usual. More information will be provided in Term 1 next year.
Have a great holiday and don’t forget to keep reading!
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