- Friday 7 April – Anzac Day Assembly 9.30am
- Friday 7 April – Last day of Term 1
- Wednesday 26 April – First day of Term 2
- Tuesday 2 May – P&C meeting (7.30pm in the staffroom)
- Wednesday 3 May – Assembly
Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”)
This is a Danish word for which there is no equivalent in English. However, it means something like “cosiness” or “cosy togetherness”. The Danes have won the title of the happiest nation on earth many times. Why? Is it because they prize and seek out “hygge”? Last month the world celebrated Happiness Day (20th March). I suspect many of us let that day pass us by, unnoticed. As these holidays approach, perhaps we can make plans to be happy and to hygge.
According to The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish way to live well by Meik Wiking, hygge requires things like: atmosphere (preferably candlelight), presence (mindfulness), pleasure (yummy, heart-warming food), equality (‘we’ over ‘me’), gratitude, harmony (not competitive, no need to brag), comfort (relaxation), truce (no drama and politics), togetherness (relationships) and shelter (place of peace and security). Hygge is heightened when you are warm and cosy inside your home with your family while it is raining and thundering outside. So, it is the opposite of fear or scariness. Danes associate hygge with things like: hot drinks, candles, fireplaces, Christmas, board games, music, holidays, sweets and cakes, cooking, books, Sundays, birthdays, TV, stormy weather, alcohol, pets etc. Hygge is the opposite of the stresses of life: things that seem unsafe and unfair, including money and social status; the tough realities of the outside world. Hygge is egalitarian as it is about relations and community; no one should feel excluded or bring attention to themselves by bragging etc; trust is present. You can smell hygge: the smell reminds you of safety and being cared for. You can feel hygge.
As Robert Kennedy wrote: “The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials… it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile”.
So why is Denmark the happiest nation? Perhaps it is to do with social support: meaningful and positive social relationships. Apparently good relationships make you happier and being happier leads to better social relationships. Feeling gratitude contributes to this. According to the experts people who feel grateful are not only more helpful, forgiving and less materialistic, but they are happier too. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasure that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen seldom”.
So, while we might have let Happiness Day pass us by, as these holidays approach, I hope you and your family take the time to hygge together. Find some time to make these holidays memorable for you and your family.
Farewell and Welcome to Staff
While some of you will be aware, Mrs Meredith Brown has recently gone on long service leave and will not be back until Term 3. We wish her a great break. We welcome Kate Dash to the school. She will be taking Mrs Brown’s class of kindy students at Vista Street.
We also wish Kailee Smith all the best as she continues her studies. She was our Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO) for the past 6 months. Mrs Smith’s replacement will be announced next term, after the employment process is complete.
Millpoint Fresh Performances
Last Sunday the school band performed at the Millpoint Fresh birthday celebrations. Trudy and Gary from Millpoint Fresh provide the vouchers received by the virtue certificate recipients at each assembly. We had a number of solo performances, both instrumental and voice, as well as whole band performances. The children were amazing, representing the school beautifully. Thank you to Trudy and Gary for their ongoing support and a big thank you to Mrs Dewing for her organisation and preparations. I know Mrs Dewing would also like to send a big thank you to her band of helpers (including her husband). Thank you to those students and parents who supported this event.
This year our ANZAC Day Service will be held at 9:30am on Friday. Major Greg Mawkes (retired) will give the commemorative address and a number of students, including the school Band and Senior Choir, will perform musical items to pay homage to those who have fought and/or died for this country. Several reflections will also be read by students, some which have been written by students for this occasion. You are welcome to attend.
Please also send a flower to your child’s/children’s class(es) to contribute to the class wreath. Volunteer parents will be assembling the wreath for laying during the service. Thank you to those who have volunteered for this role.
It is unfortunately my duty to bring you some bad news about the Homework Club. As the school was recently audited, it was discovered that the Homework Club needed to complete a deed of license in order to use the school facilities. This requires completing a risk management assessment and signing legal documents. Unfortunately the Homework Club was unable to comply with all the requirements of the deed of license and so will need to close its doors soon. We have managed to secure the Homework Club service until, and including, Friday 5th May. If you are a user of this service, I am sure Steve Dix, the licensee, will be in contact with you soon. The following groups currently operate a pick-up service from the school for before and after school care: Riverside (Ph: 0448 950 010), PCYC (Ph: 9367 1282 or 0409 116 237) and Lifestreamers (Ph: 9313 1600). While the school cannot endorse any of these groups, we provide the information for your investigation.
The good news is that our investigation is progressing into how to upgrade our facilities in order for an out of school hours care group to run a service from the school site. This would mean that there could be a before school service as well as an after school service that meets the child care requirements, as well as the possibility of a holiday program too. We will keep you updated as things progress.
Making accurate and consistent assessments of student work is vital to ensuring the right support is given to improve student learning. Over the past two weeks the staff in Years 1-6 have been working with an experienced assessor to moderate their students’ writing by using a tool called Brightpath to ensure we have comparable and reliable assessments. This will help teachers target interventions and lessons to help students to continue to improve in their writing.
Have you ever been asked an existential question by your 5 year old? If not existential, then I’m sure you’ve been asked a question for which you have no answer. Teaching philosophy in schools enables students to develop both critical and creative thinking skills and to understand how complex the world is. Tomorrow the staff will be planning how they will be incorporating philosophy into their classrooms in order to challenge their students’ thinking and to develop both skills of independence and interdependence. Next term if your child is in Years 4-6 you should start hearing about the philosophical discussions your child has been involved in at school. Perhaps you might find yourselves having some philosophical discussions around the dinner table too.
Keep KPS Safe
Recently we have had evidence that people are using the school grounds outside hours for antisocial reasons. We have had damage to property, missing items and rubbish left on the grounds.
However, during the holiday period school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become targets to a small number of offenders. The upcoming holiday period is from Saturday 8 April until Tuesday 25 April.
If you live near the school or are just passing by, I ask that you keep an eye on the grounds for us. Listen for unusual noises; look for suspicious vehicles parked at the school and notice if groups of children or teenagers are congregating around the school. Your involvement can really make a difference in preventing damage to our school. I urge you to report any suspicious activity immediately to;
SCHOOL WATCH – 1800 177 777
POLICE – 131 444
On behalf of the staff, I wish you all a happy holiday.
Room 1 have been busy creating some Easter bilby pictures – they have discovered that you can make interesting patterns and texture just by using different lines. And how about those glasses on the bilbies – they were very tricky to make!
Interschool Swimming Carnival
A team of 26 enthusiastic swimmers competed in the VPASSA interschool carnival at Aqualife on Thursday March 30. As a team, we swam extremely well – at the end of the individual events, we were only 11 points in front of Millen. After some magnificent relay swims, we won by 24 points.
Congratulations to Marc for breaking the 50m Year 5 freestyle record in a time of 35.00 seconds.
The Year 4 freestyle relay team of Liam, Annabelle, Lucy and Nick broke the record in a time of 3 minutes, 4.31 seconds. The Year 4 medley relay team of Liam, Lucy, Elizabeth and Nick also broke the record in a time of 3 minutes, 23.56 seconds.
Congratulations to our individual medal winners:-
Tai: Runner up Year 6 Champion
Marc: Runner up Year 5 Champion
Nick: Runner up Year 4 Champion
The final results were:-
Thanks to our very capable team manager Anjelique, who made sure everyone was ready for their event. Thanks to our efficient timers Ruby and Jack, who were so good they often recorded the same time.
Thanks to our fantastic parent helpers – without them, the carnival would not run so smoothly.
Thanks to Mr Griffiths and Mrs Dewing who helped manage the team, Mrs Mignacca who was the scorer and our workplace student Sophia for her assistance.
Running Club will recommence in Week 2 on Tuesday, 2 May on the oval from 8.00 – 8.00am. This term, we have averaged 80 to 90 runners. Super effort, Kensington!
Anzac Library Display
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Major Greg Mawkes (retired) for his very generous loan of a mannequin dressed in a current soldier’s uniform and various other military display items. The soldier has definitely been a great talking point and the students have engaged in a lot of discussion, comparing soldiers’ uniforms from WW1 with soldiers serving in the modern army.
Thank you Major Mawkes for your generosity in assisting the school in educating students about the meaning of ANZAC Day.
Pictured with the mannequin are Griffin and Austin – Major Mawkes’ grandsons.
School Board Update
Last week (Wednesday 29th March) the Board met for the first time with all the new members. An induction process was conducted prior to the meeting for these new members. Belinda led this process to ensure that everyone understood the purpose and procedures of the Board and its members. Bronwyn presented the draft 2016 Annual School Report for ratification by the Board. As the Board was involved in the process of analysing the data and monitoring the Business Plan, the process of writing the report was a simple extension of that. Bronwyn and Belinda explained the outcomes of a meeting with a Department representative regarding use of the school facilities before and after school etc. This included flagging the upcoming negotiation with the Homework Club. The Board will also be developing a Code of Conduct, as required by the Delivery and Performance Agreement (DPA). The new kindy shirt logo was approved and the Board will, in the future, look at some new options for updating the pants for the rest of the school. A Board dinner is planned for early next term to welcome the new members and farewell the old. A date and venue is yet to be confirmed.
Busy bee volunteers
The P&C is looking for volunteers to help distribute new mulch for the nature play area at Kensington Primary School on Sunday 23 April at 9.00am. The mulch is needed to provide soft fall for the children.
The P&C are also looking for extra wheelbarrows, shovels & rakes so please bring them down if you have them.
If you can help, please contact email@example.com and also let Chris know your mobile number if he needs to get in touch.
Our second meeting for the term took place on Tuesday 21 March. It was great to see some new faces and there was a lot to be discussed and voted on!
Highlights from the session include:
- An open discussion with our principal Miss Jones to answer some questions on notice, and to help clear up some of the recent rumours.
- An update was provided on the Homework Club and current location.
- The 2017 fundraising schedule was accepted.
- We confirmed the Grounds & Facilities Office Bearer (Chris Muir).
- We created a Year 6 sub-committee position.
- We accepted the terms of reference for the community chest so we are now open for submissions.
Detailed reports were also submitted by our wonderful office bearers – these reports and the draft minutes are now available on the school website.
Our next meeting is at 7:30pm on Tuesday 2 May, in the staff room (term 2, week 2).
Finally, a shout out to all those parents who took on the P&C rep role for their class. I am pleased to confirm we now have all classes covered.
DUCKS at the Footy
This Saturday 8th April, the annual DUCKs WAFL (footy) match is on at Lathlain Park. The WAFL, in conjunction with The Fathering Project, have organised free entry for adults as long as they have their kids and the free entry voucher below. We plan to meet at the Goddard St entry at 2pm. We will be sitting in the small grandstand at the northern end of the ground behind the goalposts.
It’s a great day for the kids to run around, have a kick on the oval and watch some footy. Come along, catch up with some dads and run the kids ragged!
DUCKS Rock Climbing
Put this date in the diary for early next term. Saturday May 13th 2.30pm we will be hitting The Hangout – Indoor Rock climbing centre in Bayswater. Fantastic opportunity for the kids to test their climbing skills, with their dad (or other father figure) on the end of the rope!
Kids from 4 years old are welcome. There are a variety of climbs to suit all ages. Cost is approximate at this stage (depends on numbers) but will be about $15. This includes harness, ropes etc. We will have a BBQ going with sausages etc. for a gold coin donation.
Please RSVP for this event as we need to know numbers ASAP.
If you’d like further news or information about the DUCKS and their activities, please head to our website www.ducks.net.au You can sign up to the mailing list or simply see what activity is on next.
Any further queries or RSVPs contact Dave Mundy on 0433 095 416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Como Secondary College enrolments for 2018 General and Specialist Programs
Just a reminder that the cut off date for our specialist programs (Hockey, Golf, Contemporary Jazz, EMITS) for 2018 is 19th May 2017.
General enrolments are due by 21st July 2017.
Information and forms are available on our website or please contact the College.
Marshalls Tennis Academy Tennis – Coaching Term 2 at Kensington Primary School
Click the link to download the Kensington Primary School form
Also see brochure downloads at: marshallstennis.com.au
Please click here to see the BLAST holiday program flyer.
Click here to view the flyer from Breakpoint Tennis regarding their school holiday and Term 2 programs.
Better Health Program
Please click here to see the Better Health program Term 2 flyer.
*The above community advertisements are for your information only and should not be taken as endorsement by Kensington Primary School.