- Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February – Year 6 beach swimming lessons
- Wednesday 22 February – Assembly
- Monday 6 March – Labour Day public holiday – students do not attend
I wish to welcome back all those returning students and their families. We are so pleased to have you back. I welcome all of our new students and their families. Kensington Primary School is proud to service a strong and engaged community. We also welcome new staff this year: Mrs Ramsay (working in the Vista St kindy and onsite in P2); Ms Kennedy (working in Year 1, Room 2); Mrs Filmer (working in Year 4, Room 10) and Miss Learmonth (working in Year 5/6, S4). In addition, we welcome back from long service leave Mrs Dewing (our music teacher), Mrs Both (our support teacher) and Mrs Beazley (one of our special needs education assistants). We farewelled some staff last year but we now must farewell, thank and wish all the best to Mrs Partridge who has reduced her hours and so will no longer be working at KPS one day a week.
Bottom left: Mrs Filmer, Bottom right: Ms Learmonth
If you missed the P&C meeting on Tuesday evening, there will be plenty more meetings for you to attend. The P&C meet twice a term on the second and 8th week of each term on a Tuesday night at 7:30pm. Thank you to all those office bearers who willingly took on the roles this year. See P&C News for the results of the election.
Our School Board – NOMINATIONS OPEN
The School Board will be meeting twice a term too, on the third and ninth Wednesday of each term at 5pm. Belinda Moharich is the chair of the school board. There are 4 parent representative vacancies on the board this year (three with a 2 year term and one with a 1 year term). If you are interested in nominating yourself, please complete the attached (click here) nomination form and return it to the school by Thursday 2nd March. Attached (click here) is also an information sheet prepared by Belinda to give potential nominees an overview of the board and how it runs. Below is a list of functions of the board as outlined in the Department’s policy.
This year is an important year for the KPS School Board. This is the final year of our current Business Plan. The Department of Education Services will visit our school to review our performance against our targets. Currently we are reviewing these targets in light of the outcomes identified through our self-review process last year.
The functions of the school board are:
1 to take part in:
- a) establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
- b) the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
- c) evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them; and
- d) formulating codes of conduct for students at the school;
2 to determine in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school;
3 to promote the school in the community;
4 to approve:
- a) charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities;
- b) extra cost optional components of educational programmes;
- c) items to be supplied by a student for use in an educational programme; and
- d) any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school;
5 to provide advice to the principal of the school on:
- a) a general policy concerning the use in school activities of prayers, songs and material based on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a school activity as part of religious education; and
- b) the implementation of special religious education;
6 with the approval of the Minister, or the Minister’s delegate the Director General, or sub-delegates the Deputy Director General, Schools or Regional Executive Directors for government schools in their regions to:
- a) take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff.
The board cannot:
1 intervene in the educational instruction of students;
2 exercise authority over teaching staff or other persons employed at the school;
3 control or manage the school unless the intervention is by way of performing a function prescribed for incorporated councils or boards (see section 3.3- Incorporated councils or boards); or
4 intervene in the management or operation of a school fund.
The council or board must comply with any conditions imposed on it by the Minister pursuant to section 130(3)(c) of the School Education Act 1999, and any directions issued by the Minister pursuant to section 135(1) of the School Education Act.
An induction process is provided for all new members. If you have any questions about the function of the board or what is expected, please email the principal Kensington.email@example.com or the School Board firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may wish to check out our website https://kensingtonps.wa.edu.au/school-board/ or see the profiles of the current board members: https://kensingtonps.wa.edu.au/school-board-profiles/
At the end of next week all public schools complete a census. The size and composition of the population of our school on this day dictates our funding. The school will not receive any funding for students who are on holidays, for example, for the whole term or who enrol after the census. All students who are enrolled but have not started school and have not supplied a reason for their absence will also not be funded for the year, even if they arrive the day after the census. We are pleased that many parents notify the school of extended holidays so that we can count their children in our census.
KPS ROUTINE PROCEDURES
A reminder that all student absences must be explained either in writing or by phoning the school or speaking to the class teacher (who will record the explanation in writing). All families taking vacation leave outside of school holidays must also write to the principal seeking authorisation. In the absence of this request, these absences will be recorded as unauthorised. It is important to note that authorisation for absence due to vacations is also dependent on past attendance, length of absence and plans for maintaining your child’s education. Australia has mandatory school attendance, so authorisation is important.
Arrival Before School
Students should not arrive at school before 8:15am as supervision cannot be guaranteed. If your child arrives before 8:30am they must wait in the undercover area, whether they are accompanied by a parent or not. Staff members are preparing for the school day and should not be interrupted by early arrivals. The gates will be opened by staff at 8:30am to allow students to enter their classrooms and prepare for the school day. Please do not access the quadrangle through the corridor between the office and Room 8. This is for staff access. Senior Block students must also wait in the undercover area and should not access the senior block, for the same reasons as outlined above, until 8:30am. Before school clubs will not commence til Week 4, except for the art club which has started already. Choir will start in Week 3.
Kiss and Wave Area & Departure After School
If you intend to pick up your child, but don’t wish to park, you may use the kiss and wave drive through process on the netball courts before and after school. Enter off Fourth Ave and exit off Banksia Tce. If your child has not arrived after school by the time you drive onto the netball courts, please do not stop and wait as this will cause a traffic jam. Instead, please circle around and join the queue again. All children waiting to be collected should wait with the principal in the designated area. Children not collected by 3.15pm will be taken to the office.
Pedestrians should not use the driveway gates to enter and exit as this is a hazard. Please use the pedestrian gates nearby and stay behind the blue line. Bicycles and scooters should not be ridden on school grounds, and ball games or use of the playground equipment before school is prohibited. After school, please keep all ball games away from the kiss and wave area (no closer than the basketball courts).
It has been school policy for some time for the early childhood area (enclosed area where the kindy and pre-primary classes are located) to be vacated by 3:30pm.
Just a reminder that nail polish and jewellery are not part of the school uniform and so should not be worn at school. However, during Term 1 and Term 4 it is the school policy to wear a sun safe hat when outside under the sun. No hat, no play. Please see the school uniform information on the school website if you are unsure what hats are permitted (https://kensingtonps.wa.edu.au/uniforms/). If you wish to visit the uniform shop it is open before school on Thursdays. For more information please see the website too.
Voluntary Contributions and Upfront Charges
If you have not yet paid your voluntary contributions or the upfront charges for excursions etc, the front office is ready to take your payments now. If you are unable to come to the office, please ring 6436 8448 and we can let you know the amount/s payable.
Being responsible means that others can depend on you. Being responsible means to do something well and to the best of your ability. When you are responsible, you keep your agreements. When you make a mistake, you take responsibility for it. When you take responsibility, you are telling others that they can count on you. Being responsible is a sign of growing up.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 8 February 2017 and a big thank you to our Student Councillors for leading this assembly. They did a great job.
Virtue Awards 8/2/17
Honour Certificates 8/2/17
|P1||Malaika & James||P2||Lexie|
|S2||Jordan||S3||Shakirah & Charlie|
|S4||Molly & Ezra|
School Lunches Online
Just a reminder that if you order your child’s lunch from School Lunches Online, please ensure that you update his/her classroom details on their website, so that their lunch will be in the correct class box.
FOUND : House key on an orange lanyard. If this is yours, please come to the office to collect.
Welcome back to a new year at Kensington Primary School. With a new year comes a new P&C committee, and following our AGM held on Tuesday 7 February, I am very pleased to advise that most of our positions have been filled. Our 2017 Office Bearers are as follows:
President – Samantha Thompson
Vice President – Rebecca Watson
Secretary – Nicole Austin
Treasurer – Tanya Steers
Uniforms Coordinator – Jenny Brittain
Fundraising Coordinator – Melanie Tibbitts
Memorabilia – Karen Mahar & Sharon Szczecinski
Music Coordinator – Marlena Burling
Library & Bookclub – Susan Henwood
School Banking – Shannon Kynaston, Jenny Safstrom & Kelly Lang
School Board Representative – Lara Parsons
DuCKS – David Mundy
Sport (new position) – Leanne Hill
Grounds & Facilities – TBC
If you missed the AGM and still want to be involved, our Grounds & Facilities role is still open, we will also be looking for a representative from each class to help support our teachers. Further information on either of these roles is available by emailing email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who put their name forward, and a special thank you to those people who are leaving our committee this year, your contribution to our school is appreciated.
Kensington P&C Outdoor Movie Night – “Minions”
Tickets $11 each
More information to follow very soon – keep an eye out for posters, flyers and Facebook posts.
Scholastic Bookclub News
We now have a new system for making credit card payments to Scholastic. From now on, if you are paying for purchases by credit card, you will need to use the Scholastic LOOP app. This enables parents to order and pay electronically. Scholastic will send the orders after the closing date and the books will be delivered to your child’s classroom as usual. There is no need to complete the paper order form.
If you wish to pay with cash or cheque, complete the order form and enclose it with your payment in an envelope and place the envelope (marked Scholastic Bookclub) in the P&C box at the school office.
As a thank you from Scholastic for making the change to LOOP, we will be earning double rewards on our purchases this term, which means extra teacher resources and books for the library!
If you have any queries regarding Scholastic or LOOP, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0414 915 169.
Thanks for supporting bookclub!
School Banking Information Session
Kensington PS is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.
School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.
- Cyber Handball
- Colour Change Markers
- 3D Chalk Set
- Tablet Case
- Smiley Emoji Keyring
- Volt Handball
- Pencil + Tech Case
- Epic Earphones
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives $5 when a student makes their first ever School Banking deposit and 5% on every deposit made through the school (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit).
School Banking day is TUESDAY. Each week you need to bring your banking deposit book to outside the staff room between 8.30am and 8.50am. Ask us about express banking too!!!!
We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at our school:
Date: Tuesday 14th Feb
Location: Outside the Staffroom
Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved.
If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child you can visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to show you how you can do this. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need your driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate, but if you don’t have these with you on the day, you can complete verification online at home.
Telethon Speech and Hearing Public Seminar Series
Renowned parenting expert Maggie Dent is holding a Q&A session on 30 March 2017. You can view the flyer by clicking here.
Marshalls Tennis Academy Tennis Coaching Term 1
Kensington Primary Coaching
Click the link to download the Kensington Primary School form
Also see brochure downloads at: marshallstennis.com.au
Kidz n Sport
Please click here to view the Term 1 flyer.
Curtin University Football Club
New and current players, bring your shin pads and boots and join in our open day try out sessions. Please click here for details.
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy for Kids
KIDS LOVE DRAMA PARENTS LOVE THE RESULTS!
Why drama? Drama helps develop so many important life skills for our children, such as social skills, confidence, self-esteem, verbal communication skills, self-expression and lots more! Classes include speech, creative movement, improvisations, dance dramas, dressing up, dialogue development, stage skills and so much more! ACT NOW and reserve a place today! Click here to view the flyer. Contact Justin Lowson on 9402 5849 or Justin.Lowson@helenogrady.net.au
Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe
Performers from the renowned Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe celebrate the Chinese New Year at Penrhos College. Please click here to view the poster.
European Soccer School
We want to teach your child the world game, the European way. Fun, interactive, skills based soccer training sessions for children aged 7-12. You can get more information by clicking here.
Fun Languages Spanish Club
Please click here to see the flyer for a free demo lesson at the Spanish Club.
Drama for Kids
Drama for Kids WA workshops are for children aged 9-12 years. Please click here to view the flyer. For further information about Alan and his drama classes, please visit his website www.dramaforkidswa.com which includes references and testimonials. The first lesson is always completely obligation free and Term Fees are extremely reasonable. Family discounts apply.
*The above community advertisements are for your information only and should not be taken as endorsement by Kensington Primary School.