- Friday 24 March – Wear BLUE for Autism awareness! Gold coin donation.
- Sunday 26 March – Year 6 Fundraising for camp – “Beauty and the Beast” movie session at Reading Cinema in Belmont.
- Thursday 30 March – Interschool swimming carnival (invited participants only)
- Last day of Term 1 – Friday 7 April and ANZAC Day 9.30am Service
- First day of Term 2 – Wednesday 26 April
Year 6 Leadership Conference
Our Year 6 students are the leaders of our school. Regardless of whether they have been elected to a position or not, we rely upon all of them to assist us with the running of the school, and particularly to provide guidance and care to our younger students.
As part of building effective young leaders, for the first time at Kensington, last Friday all the Year 6 students attended the Halogen Leadership Conference at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. We were very fortunate to have funding from the P&C to allow this to occur.
The conference theme was IMAGINATION. The day was broken into sessions with each session having one or two speakers, question times, short videos, learning exercises, student involvement, music and student interaction. For feedback from our young leaders, check out the examples below. Each child will be now be given a leadership opportunity and their status will be signified by a gold pin worn on their uniforms. These will be presented in the near future – stay tuned!
For feedback from our young leaders, check out the examples below.
- It was entertaining. We danced, watched movie clips and more.
- The speakers’ stories were entertaining and emotional.
- The conference was lots of fun.
- When Peter Sharp threw a dance PARTY!
- The party was awesome.
- We all got to dance.
- At the breaks there were fun things to do.
- The toilets were clean.
- The conference was lots of fun.
- It’s good, we got breaks.
- Good that they had activities during the breaks.
- It was very long.
- Sometimes they [speakers] went off topic.
- They never got questions from Kensington.
- There were lots of people and kids there.
- It took a long time to get from the bus and off.
- There weren’t many activities.
- There was lots of dancing.
- They should have speakers that young kids know.
- The hug challenge and the train dance in Perth.
- Tracy Vo was interesting and she had fun stories.
- We got to learn about leadership.
- The speakers all came from different places.
- All the stalls during breaks 1 and 2.
- Peter Sharp started a dance party on the train in Perth.
- Tracy Vo: her parents had to give their wedding rings away to get a little bit of food for the family.
- There were many things I didn’t know before.
- How they managed to make the sections of activities at breaks.
Philosophy in Schools
Is it ever okay to fight back against a bully? Should we ban lollies? These are questions that can spark philosophical and ethical debate.
Tomorrow, our Years 4-6 teachers will be participating in a professional development workshop delivered by the Australian Philosophy in Schools program, as a precursor to teaching philosophy and ethics in the classroom.
Our aim is to challenge our students’ thinking, both critically and creatively. Along with introducing aspects of the Future Problem Solving program, we will be building students’ thinking skills, and their ability to work both independently and in team environments. These are great skills to learn at any age, but particularly as our students’ move towards their roles as Year 6 leaders.
Your children may have come home over the past couple of weeks describing the long tests that they are doing in class. Just to let you know, these tests have a purpose!
This term teachers have been collecting evidence of student understandings and skills in literacy and numeracy. The purpose of all of this testing is to get a better understanding of your child’s ability, and to form a ‘baseline’ from which to work. It allows us to better target areas of learning, and provide a more individualised approach for students or groups of students. It provides a more immediate and more accurate view than the biennial NAPLAN assessments.
I am really looking forward to seeing how we can use this information to inform the way we teach. I shall be providing you with regular updates on this topic as the year progresses.
You may have heard that the DUCKS campout was in jeopardy as a result of departmental policy. The school has been working hard with both the Department of Education and the Working with Children Screening Unit to ensure that the processes and procedures to run this camp are workable. Last week, after several weeks of negotiation, it appears that we have found a way forward. While we are still awaiting the official policy documents on this, we believe that the DUCKS campout is no longer in danger. This is as a direct result of the school’s advocacy over a period of several weeks. Most gratifying is that these efforts have assisted not only Kensington, but other public schools throughout the State. If you have any queries about this, please speak to me or Dave. We will be working closely together to ensure the continuation of this wonderful tradition.
I’ve just experienced my first Kensington Faction Swimming Carnival – what fun! Fantastic war cries, some very fast times, and amazing displays of perseverance in the water. I suspect there were some very tired children last Wednesday evening.
Feedback from everyone has been unequivocally positive. We thank all the staff, parents and students for their efforts to make this such a lovely community event. The school wishes to particularly thank Mrs Raema Stanford and her team of volunteers and staff who worked to make sure this event ran smoothly. Mrs Stanford’s ability to organise these events and to work collaboratively with everyone is a testament to her skills as well as commitment. More on the carnival in the sport section of this newsletter.
Thank you to all those parents who have attended parent teacher interviews both on the early close day as well as prior to, or after. These meetings help us ensure everyone is kept informed about their child’s progress so we can all work together to provide the very best educational opportunities and supports for every child. Thanks also to those parents who were able to make alternative arrangements for their children during the early close meeting times. It made this process much easier for the school to manage, given the reduced staff available for supervision.
Change of Day for the Newsletter
As a result of staff roster changes, we need to change the day that the newsletter is sent out. Instead of Thursdays, from the next newsletter onward, we will be sending out the newsletter on Wednesdays. This means that all items for the newsletter must be given to Sharon by Tuesday morning. We hope this is not inconvenient for anyone.
ANZAC Commemorative Service
This year our ANZAC Commemorative Service will be held in the school’s undercover area commencing at 9.30 am on Friday 7 April (the last Friday of Term 1).
Our ANZAC Services have traditionally been child centred and we carry on this practice for 2017 with our senior students conducting the readings, tributes and items.
To enable class wreaths to be made we would appreciate your support by sending in a flower and/or some greenery from your garden (or a friendly neighbour’s) with each child on Thursday 6 April.
The students from Vista Kindy have been busy drawing self portraits – we have some very talented artists!
Everyone makes mistakes. Being forgiving is overlooking the mistakes that others make. Forgiving does not mean that all of a sudden you do not feel hurt – it means that you find it in your heart to give the person another chance. You can even forgive yourself. You sometimes do things that you are sorry for and wish you hadn’t done. Forgiving yourself means to move ahead, ready to do things differently, with compassion for yourself.
Congratulations to the following award winners from our last assembly on 22 March 2017.
Virtue Awards 22/3/17
Honour Certificates 22/3/17
|S2||Billy||S3||Phoebe, Bailey & Anjelique|
Faction swimming carnival
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the swimming carnival, the competitive events and the fun activities. It was fantastic to see so many of our students swimming. Well done to the Year 2 and 3 swimmers who were invited to swim at the carnival. Swimming looks great for the next few years. Congratulations to our medallion winners who swam exceptionally well.
Shakira – Yr 6 50m Breaststroke – 50.53 seconds.
Marc – Yr 5 50m Freestyle – 36.06 seconds, 50m Breaststroke – 50.97 seconds, 50m Backstroke – 44.21seconds.
Beau – Yr 3 and Under 50m Backstroke – 59.03 seconds.
Well done, Investigator, for being the winning faction!
The Interschool carnival is for Year 4 to 6 swimmers and is on the morning of Thursday March 30 at Aqualife. We will begin the day with breakfast in the music room. The team will wear the new interschool shirts. Thank you to the parent who kindly paid for the printing on the shirts. The shirts will be used for interschool competitions and also for music related events.
We have completed two weeks of our circus skills program. Students are showing amazing talent in mastering difficult skills on different equipment.
Sporting Schools funding
Next week we begin tennis. We will have a tennis coach assisting with some lessons over the next two weeks funded from the Sporting Schools program.
We only have two sessions left this term. The last session will be next Tuesday 28 March, followed by a light snack of fruit. We have been amazed at the number of participants this term and are excited to see our club growing. New members are welcome on Tuesday and Friday mornings on the oval from 8.00am – 8.30am.
We will recommence Week 2 next term on Tuesday May 2.
Winter sport registration
South Perth Stingrays Football Club is still accepting registrations for this season. After the success of the AFL Women’s league, girls are encouraged to play. More details on their website.
Year 6 Camp Fundraising
In Week 9 we will be starting the five cent coin challenge to raise money for the Year 6 camp. Each class will get given a jar and whoever has the most five cent coins in their jar will get a $50 voucher for their class to spend on anything they like eg; art supplies, sport supplies or even cooking supplies. So make sure to bring five cent coins into your class!
Understanding Autism—for Parents and Carers
Sunday 2 April 2017 is World Autism Awareness Day. This presents a significant time for us to pause and reflect on what we know about Autism, gain new information and promote the concept of embracing differences.
Please click here for a detailed information sheet.
Give Autism WA a call if you would like further information; phone (08) 9489 8900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop – Winter Order
The winter order has been placed. If we have stock in the uniform shop, you may have already received your order. We are awaiting size 8/10 polos, the new fleece jackets, some skorts, sports jackets and track pants. Once these have been delivered by the suppliers, they will be packaged and delivered to your child’s classroom. Delivery will take around four weeks and new uniforms will most likely be available at the beginning of Term 2. Should you have any queries, please use the email link on the website under “Information – Uniforms”.
Baha’i Holiday Camps
Please click here to view the flyer for the Baha’i holiday camps.
Hensman Street Kindy is running a “Little Scientist” school holiday programme. Please click here to view the flyer.
The George Burnett Leisure Centre is running several school holiday programs. Click here for the School Holiday Sports Clinic flyer, click here for the Chocolates, Chickens & Craft flyer and click here to view the flyer for the Safe4Kids Protective Behaviour Education Workshop. The registration form for the Junior programs is available by clicking here.
Carnaby Kids Sports Program is running a holiday program at Curtin University. A free half day pass is available – please click here to view the flyer.
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