- Friday 19 May – P&C Scitech Family Night 5-8pm
- Wednesday 24 May – West Coast Eagles “Rock my School” 9-10am
- Friday 26 May – School Development Day – STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND
- Wednesday 31 May – Assembly
- Monday 5 June – WA Day Public Holiday – STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND
- Wednesday 7 June – School Board AGM, 6pm in the Library
Why do we say taking risks is important for learning? Why can’t we just make sure all students feel happy all the time? Because some of our difficult struggles and challenges are what forces us to learn and grow into the resilient and strong people we hope to become, so never having to face adversity, while we have the supports and encouragement around us at home and school, would be detrimental to personal growth. The extract, below, from the book, The Power or Negative Emotion, fleshes this out a bit. However, it is important to note that I am not suggesting that we allow children to flounder on their own or wallow in adversity. We need to support them and teach them the skills they need to solve problems, make decisions and bounce back from hardships and mistakes.
“New research supports the idea that every emotion is useful. Even the ones we think of as negative, including the painful ones. Anger is a good example. Research shows that only rarely does anger turn into the kind of overwhelming rage that leads to violence. Instead, it tends to bubble up when you perceive an encroachment on your rights as a person. Anger stirs you to defend yourself and those you care about, and to maintain healthy boundaries. Similarly, embarrassment is sometimes an early warning sign of humiliation. More often it’s a signal that we’ve made a small mistake and that a small correction is required. Even guilt is not as awful as you might guess. It’s a signal that you’re violating your own moral code and therefore need to adjust either your actions or your code…
“Simply put, people who are able to use the whole range of their natural psychological gifts – those folks who are comfortable with being both positive and negative, can therefore draw from the full range of human emotions – are the healthiest and, often, the most successful.
“Wholeness does not come easily, however. We get comfortable with pursuing a certain set of emotions. They make us feel good… Other emotions, like anger and guilt, are so painful that we avoid or suppress them. It turns out that the uncertainty, frustration, and occasional dash of guilt that stem from broken hearts, missed goals in the penalty shootout, and botched interviews are the seeds of growth in knowledge and maturity. These often unwanted, negative experiences end up shaping some of the most memorable and inspiring experiences of our lives. By learning to embrace and use negative emotions as well as positive ones, we position ourselves for success.”
Something to think about!
Extract from: Kashdan, T.B. & BIswas-Diener, R. (2015). The Power of Negative Emotions. London: Oneworld Publications. p. 5-6.
AGM for School Board
The School Board will be holding an Annual General Meeting at 6pm on Wednesday 7th June in the library. We will be presenting the Annual Report, explaining the upcoming Department of Education Services review of the school and introducing everyone to the roles of, and differences between, the School Board and P&C. There will be an open forum to answer any questions you may have for the Board (not about school operational matters). Put this in your diary and come along to find out more about your children’s school. Wine and nibbles provided.
The 2016 Annual Report is now available on the school website and the Department’s Schools Online website. Please find attached a copy of this document. It was developed by the school in consultation with the School Board, who approved the final report. This document will also be included in the information presented for the Department of Education Services’ (DES) review in August this year.
Thank you to everyone whose child participated in the NAPLAN testing this year. This information is used to monitor school progress and improvement. While we understand that some students find this process stressful we have appreciated your support in normalising these tests for the students as much as possible. Results are not expected to be available till mid Term 3.
Student and Teacher Voice – Surveys
As mentioned in the last newsletter, the Year 4-6 students will be participating in some surveys so that we can gauge how they see the school and their classrooms. The What’s Happening In This School (WHITS) survey will take about 30 minutes, as will the Classroom Climate Questionnaire (CCQ). It is anonymous so that the teachers do not know who said what. In fact, I won’t know what each classroom’s responses are, but will be given overall results, while the teachers will only get the results for their own classrooms. The information will be used to identify focus areas to improve the school and classroom. The data will be stored securely at Curtin University and then the summary data and analysis will be given to the school. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please write to your class teacher. This process will be repeated eight school weeks later, to see if anything has changed after we implement some new strategies.
Recently the Churchill family donated a lovely hardcover book to the school detailing the development of the Nature Play area. It is a beautiful coffee table book which we have placed on the coffee table in the office reception area for those who would like to take a peek. We will accession it and add it to our archives later. We thank the Churchill family for their kind donation of time and this book.
Kindy and Pre-primary 2018
If your child is 4 or 5 years old by 30 June 2017, you can apply to enrol them in a public school for 2018. All children from Pre-primary to Year 12 are guaranteed a place at their local public school. To apply to enrol your child in our school for 2018, please visit the front office for an Application for Enrolment form. Applications close Friday 21 July 2017.
All current Kensington Kindy kids will have an application for Pre-primary 2018 sent home with them via the classroom. Please be aware that being enrolled for Kindergarten at Kensington does not guarantee a place in Pre-primary at Kensington, unless your child lives in our local intake area.
Kindy applications will need to be supported by the child’s birth certificate/passport, immunsation records (ACIR/Medicare summary sheet) and proof of address (most recent gas, water or electricity bill or lease agreement). Pre-primary applications must be supported by proof of address as listed above and immunisation records (ACIR/Medicare summary sheet), especially if there have been any changes/updates since the child’s Kindy enrolment.
Please contact the front office if you have any queries.
School Board Meeting Update
The School Board met last Thursday for its first meeting for Term 2. With our new Board members now on board, all leadership positions on the Board for the 2017 academic year have now been filled.
I have been appointed as Board Chair, unopposed. Jeremy Hogben has been appointed as the Deputy Board Chair. Donatella Giansante has agreed to take on the role of Secretary. A special thank you to Alicia Taylor for her excellent work in this role over the past 2 years.
The Board has been working hard to ensure that our first review as an Independent Public School runs smoothly. This has required the Board to re-assess the Business Plan, consider our current compliance with the Delivery Performance Agreement, and ensure documents such as our Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct are up to scratch.
In other news, I have been working with the Principal in relation to the Department of Education’s focus on the use of school property by third parties. The School’s plan is to ensure that all licence agreements are updated to the Department’s latest version, and that risk assessments are undertaken in respect of each of those agreements. At our meeting on Thursday, the Board passed a new set of fees for the hire of school facilities to ensure that our fees were in line with ‘market’ – that is, consistent with schools in the surrounding area. Unfortunately one of the casualties of this new licence agreement regime was the Homework Club, which I know was a useful service for some families. It has been fantastic to see the proactive approach taken by the Principal to find a long term, sustainable solution to this issue, to provide both before and after school care to our children, on-site.
Finally, on Thursday and Friday of this week, Bronwyn, Alicia Taylor and I will be attending the Department of Education’s ‘On Board – Independent Public Schools Training’. This will be a useful session to ensure that we are ready for the review in August.
Room 5 have been exploring how warm and cool colours (and patterns) can make different effects when creating artwork. Their artwork looks fabulous!
Understanding others, being sensitive to their needs and being empathetic to their sorrows is something that makes a good human being. Understanding is the power to think and learn and also to care.
Congratulations to the following award winners from today’s assembly.
Virtue Awards 17/5/17
Honour Certificates 17/5/17
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Congratulations to Amos (Head Boy 2016) – he was selected in the State Little Athletics team and competed in the National Championships in Sydney. Amos came 3rd in the 100m, 2nd in the 200m and 2nd in Triple Jump. Fantastic effort Amos! We are very proud of your achievements.
Spike Zone Volleyball Club Southern Cross has commenced at Collier Primary School. If you are interested in joining, the sessions are on Fridays from 3.45pm–4.45pm. More details are on the Sport noticeboard or see Mrs Stanford. It is a great opportunity to improve your volleyball skills.
West Coast Fever and Eagles Cup
Interschool matches commence this Friday against Victoria Park PS. We will play AFL and netball. Year 5 and 6 students have been selected to play in the teams.
Please take note of the allergy signs that are now posted outside of each classroom, indicating allergies specific to your child’s class. In order to protect those children with allergies, we would appreciate you being mindful of these allergies when packing your child’s lunchbox.
Build-Up Zone (BUZ) Skills in the Playground
Term 2, Week 4 : Virtues Story/ Game
Instead of having me tell the virtues story at assembly, this term, you are invited to tell it to your child/children. They are welcome to give me their answers in the library at second break on Wednesdays or in the playground when they see me. Have fun and may your child/children collect lots of VIPs for their factions and maybe even get picked at the raffle to win a prize.
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back off his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”
“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. Here, Dolly!” he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly; followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up….
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.
“With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself.”
“With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
“How much?” asked the little boy.
“No charge,” answered the farmer. “There’s no charge for the virtue you are showing.”
What virtue is the little boy showing? Clue: It starts with a “U”.
ED Connect is coming to KPS. ED Connect is an Australia wide organisation that connects volunteers, who want to make a difference, with young people in school who need extra help and guidance, by providing the support children need to fulfil their potential – in school and in life.
Across Australia, 6,379 students are supported by 1,300 mentors and volunteers who give up 2,600 hours per week!
Would you or someone else you know like to join us in bringing this level of support to our school?
To learn more about becoming a volunteer in the Learning Support Program, click here or contact Evelyn Greenway or Lisa Williamson.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer in the Mentor Me program, click here or contact the School Chaplain, Meng Chan, or Lisa Williamson.
Please click here to view the flyer and to order your book!
Australian Sports Camps have run camps for over 30 years in sports such as football, netball, cricket, soccer, hockey, basketball, rugby union, rugby league and tennis, and are dedicated to providing the best sports coaching for boys and girls of all standards. Specialist coaches or guest professional sports stars attend daily to run specific skills sessions. We are currently offering a 25% early booking discount which is available to all participants who book by Sunday 4 June 2017. After 4 June, siblings always receive a 15% discount and other discounts are available for groups depending on the number of participants. Further information can be found on our website https://australiansportscamps.com.au or by contacting the office on 1300 914 368. Please click here to view the winter flyer.
Our research team from the Neurocognitive Development Unit (School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia) is conducting our annual research project to further our understanding of children’s neurocognitive development. We will be running daily activity sessions for children during the first two weeks of July (3/7 to 14/7). Children will be participating in a range of computer tasks, word games and puzzles, as well as other fun activities. Our research team will be examining the neural activity of the brain while each child performs certain tasks. We are using non-invasive equipment, placed on either the scalp or the temples, to measure the electrical activity and blood flow. Based on feedback from previous years, children invariably find these activities enjoyable and stimulating. Collected data may be presented at conferences and written up for publication in scientific journals and/or theses prepared by the student trainees involved in the research project. Participants’ records will not be individually identifiable from the data and reports. Interested parents may contact me via email or telephone (detailed below) to receive their registration package. Please click here to view the information sheet
Alvin Lee, PhD Candidate
Neurocognitive Development Unit, School of Psychology, University of WA.
Email: email@example.com or phone 0424 510 001
SAGE KIDS – Yoga for Bright Young Beings
Starts Thursday 25 May at Sage Yoga Como
For more info – http://sageyoga.com.au/sage-classes/sage-kids/
Darling Range Sports College
Please find attached our latest sport flyers providing you information on our sport programs and our upcoming trials. Our school website has the enrolment packages for completion prior to trials. http://darlingrangesc.wa.edu.au/enrolments/
Trials will be held at Darling Range Sports College:
AFL/Soccer/Netball/Baseball – Thursday 15th June 8.45-11am
Swimming –Thursday 15th June 8.45-9.30am
Basketball – Friday 16th June 8am
East Victoria Park Primary School are hosting a Di Wilcox Magic Coat workshop for parents on Tuesday 23rd May starting at 5pm. Please see the attached flyer for booking details:
*The above community advertisements are for your information only and should not be taken as endorsement by Kensington Primary School.