- Monday 5 June – WA Day Public Holiday – STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND
- Wednesday 7 June – School Board AGM, 6pm in the Library
- Tuesday 13 June – P&C Meeting
- Wednesday 14 June – Assembly 9am
- Thursday 15 June – Winter Carnival (Yrs 5-6 students by invitation, Kent Street SHS)
- Tuesday 20 June to Friday 23 June – Yr 6 camp
A Day Made Better Teaching Awards – Nominate a teacher
Let your child’s teacher know how much their genuine passion and commitment means to you and your child by nominating them for a teacher award. We often forget to tell people when they are doing a great job – here’s your chance to address this.
Here is the link to nominate a teacher:
NOMINATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017
Assessment for Learning (formative assessment)
Well I bet most people wouldn’t get too excited about assessment – certainly marking isn’t top of a teacher’s favourite activities. But when you realise how big an impact using minute by minute and day by day assessment strategies to guide your teaching can have on student learning – it does get your attention (and it doesn’t mean marking either – which might have something to do with why teachers are so enthusiastic!) Having an internationally recognised presenter and expert in this field present the compelling evidence and strategies on how to change your practice for the better does help too. Because of the support of the School Board and community, our teaching staff had the amazing experience of working with Dr Dylan Wiliam to support our learning. On Thursday, some of the teachers attended a full day institute on leadership for teacher learning and then on Friday, all of the teachers attended a full day institute on embedding formative assessment in the classroom. Dylan made sure we focused on the evidence and he made sure we learnt something because we were constantly held accountable by having to respond to his questions. His ideas were practical and supported by resources. Our staff has been working on this all year, but this full day institute was really beneficial … there is still a buzz in the staffroom!
By the way, Dylan Wiliam made a two hour BBC documentary called The Classroom Experiment which took place in an English high school. One class of pupils and their teachers implemented these strategies so you can check that out on YouTube if you are interested – or just search under his name – there are loads of great clips online.
One of the things we learnt about ties in with the article I wrote last newsletter – struggling is important for learning. Dylan talked about the hyper-correction effect. Counter-intuitively, we are far more likely to remember a corrected mistake if we were confident that our initial response was correct. So, if you were sure you knew the answer and then found out later you were wrong then you are more likely to remember the correct information than if you weren’t sure in the first place. That is, we remember these errors because they are surprising. So, it is important that we are invested in our learning, that we are willing to think through our answers to tricky questions and to make a mistake. Dylan asked the teachers questions that they didn’t know the answer to, made them commit to an answer, then drew out the time between feedback so that we could convince ourselves we were right. Then he gave us feedback that usually showed we were wrong. So there is nothing wrong in being powerfully wrong, as we will be more likely to remember the right answer later. However, when studying, it is important to reinforce the new correct answer so that we don’t forget and revert back to our previous misconception. As Dylan would say, “If you aren’t struggling – the work is too easy – so you’re not learning”.
Growth Mindsets – Learning Like a Jungle Tiger
Another field of research which also supports the finding that struggling is important to learning is that of Carol Dweck’s working on Growth Mindsets. Some of the senior classes have been working on strengths but also on understanding the importance of having a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) when it comes to learning. Ms Millar recently shared this wonderful YouTube clip with her class and with me. So I thought you might like to view it too, especially in light of the recent escape of the orangutan from the zoo – check it out and you will see what I mean!
The senior classes have also been undertaking a series of lessons about bullying. We have a section of our Positive Behaviour Plan (Behaviour Management Plan) which focuses on how we intend to deal with bullying. Please check out our plan on our website. The bullying section is on page 21. See the link below and some extracts.
Recently, as part of a philosophy lesson on friendships one of the teachers reported that some of the students believed that it was right for their parents to stick up for them and to even lie for them if they got into trouble for misbehaving at school. When children have to face up to their errors and mistakes, they are then able to learn from them. If we as parents or teachers take that responsibility away from them, we rob them of their opportunity to learn and to develop their citizenship skills and emotional intelligence. It would be worth discussing this with your child.
We are also focusing on being good buddies and not letting others get away with bullying people. We discussed the need to disclose issues to parents and teachers and to support classmates when they have been mistreated. Even if they can’t do anything to stop the bullying, letting the bullied child know they understood and supported them was important. The best way to disarm a bully or to support a victim is to not hide the bullying. It is an opportunity for the bully to learn more appropriate behaviours and for the victim to feel they are heard and shown that they are not to blame.
Bullying is when one or more people repetitively intend to, or cause, fear, distress and/or harm. Examples of bullying include name calling, telling nasty stories, hitting, kicking, pushing or being ignored or left out on purpose. Bullying occurs between people of unequal power, where one individual is unable to effectively resist.
Bullying is not fighting between two students of equal power or teasing that is done mutually in fun.
Students who are bullied will be supported by being:
protected from harm
encouraged to seek support
taught skills in assertiveness/ self-esteem if necessary
included in positive interactions by identified peers
Students who bully will be:
informed of the behaviour that is inappropriate
asked to take responsibility to help improve the situation
Bystanders who witness bullying are encouraged to:
take appropriate action
Parents are requested to cooperate with and support the teacher in any behaviour management process. Parents are not to contact other students or parents regarding incidents that occur at school.
Staff car park
The staff car park is not available for dropping off students in the mornings or picking up students at the end of the day. It is a small car park and our staff can’t all park there because it is so small. It is also difficult getting out during peak times (especially if other are trying to get in) so please do not use the car park. While I realise that often people think that when they do it there is no harm, but if everyone did it there would be chaos. It is also not safe for children to be in this area as backing cars don’t always see small children and children can move quickly and unpredictably. Thanks for your support on this.
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. Put this in your diary and come along to find out more about your children’s school.
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.
Year 4 (Room 10) Art + Maths = AWESOME
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 31/5/17
Honour Certificates 31/5/17
|P1||Elsie & Monique||P2||Kenzie|
Interschool vs Victoria Park Primary School
Last Friday we played Eagle Cup and West Coast Fever Cup against Victoria Park Primary School.
The football team, ably coached by Mr Griffiths, won 16.24.120 to 1.0.6.
Netball A won 18 – 3 and Netball B won 19 – 2.
Thanks to Martine, Mel and our student helpers Sophia and Jordan for coaching and umpiring. This week we play East Victoria Park Primary School.
Eagle visits Kensington
As part of the Eagles Rock My School program, Room 9 enjoyed a football clinic conducted by Nathan Vardy from the West Coast Eagles. Nathan answered many questions from the class and also signed autographs. Can you remember what R.O.C.K stands for?
We will continue Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8.00 – 8.30am on the oval, new runners welcome.
Volleyball continues on Friday from 3.45 – 4.45pm at Collier P S.
Cost is $20 upfront for insurance and $5.00 per session. Details on the PE notice board or see Mrs Stanford.
About Constable Care
Through puppet theatre and live interactive performances, the Constable Care team of professional actors address a range of personal safety, community safety and citizenship themes to excite, engage, challenge and educate children from two to twelve years of age.
Constable Care’s theatre in education themes have been derived from an expressed community need and developed in consultation with experts in education, child safety and harm prevention. Every performance is supported by a teacher resource pack and evaluation kit. Constable Care also actively supports major and community events, fairs and fetes through performances and appearances that extend and reinforce our key safety messages.
Wednesday 7 June 2017
Vista St Offsite Kindy
- Kindy watching ‘Fun Scary’ performance
Thursday 15 June 2017
- Kindy, P1 Split and Year 1s watching ‘Fun Scary’ performance
- Year 2s watching ‘Making the Right Call’ performance
- Year 3s watching ‘Fair Play’ performance
- Year 4s watching ‘Frenemies’ performance
Further information about the performances can be found through the following links:
This is a free incursion. If you do not want your child to attend the Constable Care Puppet Show Performance, please contact your classroom teacher prior to the incursion date.
Build-Up Zone (BUZ) Skills in the Playground
Yr 5 students completed their BUZ revision. Some important topics covered in the program include friendship building, feelings management and conflict management. Some of their reflections after their revision are listed below:
- Jack, S2: It’s probably harder to hold back (show self-discipline over anger) than fight.
- Elliot, S3: I learnt how to be a friend and not be a bystander.
- Tyde, S2: Little things make a big difference, don’t wait to unmake a bully.
- Griffin, S4: Anger creates problems, not solutions. Think.
- Eliza, S4: When you get angry, you can calm down by being alone, talking to someone and do deep breathing.
- Maddy, S4: Make the right choice! If you see a problem, do something to help.
- Sadie, S2: Being strong is not just physically but mentally; not just fighting but walking away and staying calm.
- Savannah, S2: You are stronger if you don’t fight. Think about the consequences. You need to improve, not prove yourself.
Yr 6 students will be completing BUZ Rangers training in two weeks. Those who sign up as BUZ Rangers will help reinforce the BUZ lessons in the playground, starting with helping to organise the Virtues/BUZ spotting game.
Yr 4 to Yr 6 students have started playing the game by spotting schoolmates doing the right thing in the playground. They write what they spotted in the spotting cards provided outside their classrooms and mail it to Meng. Those who have been spotted will receive cards from BUZ Rangers, telling them what they have been spotted for. They are invited to guess the person who wrote the cards to them. (The spotter provides two other schoolmates’ names for guessing when completing the spotting cards to Meng.)
BUZ Rangers get to play the game as well as to help younger students complete their spotting cards.
Their duties also include delivering cards to those spotted and ensuring all letters get mailed to Meng via the Chaplain Mailbox in the library.
Students in Rm 9, 10 and S1 have completed the first round of the game. Below are examples of what they have spotted:
- You showed kindness in playing cards with a classmate though you may prefer to play something else.
- You listened to your classmate’s options for games to play.
- You let everyone play in the footy game.
- You helped your classmate with quilling Mother’s Day cards.
- You showed agreement when playing handball.
- You made sure your friend was ok when she had a sore ankle and you played with her.
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.
Many thanks to Dana Longton for leading the support staff through a yoga session on Friday 26 May – for a number of them, it was an introduction to yoga. Dana demonstrated some basic moves and explained the many benefits. Please see a timetable for Sage Yoga in the Community News section below.
POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM – PPP
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY – DON’T MISS OUT!
This renowned parenting program is available FREE OF CHARGE to parents with children aged from 3 to 8 years old.
Triple P is designed for EVERY parent, not just those experiencing difficulty in managing their child’s behaviour. It provides practical, well researched ideas for improving relationships and making life easier for everyone in the family. All that is required is your TIME and ACTIVE PARTICIPATION.
The program runs over an eight week period that fits in with school terms. Day and night time groups are available in a variety of venues. A free crèche is available for all day time groups.
The next group starts at Leisurelife Victoria Park on Thursday 27 July 2017 and runs for 8 weeks. Times to be confirmed.
For further information or to REGISTER for a group, please contact Rhonda Wallman, Key Contact, Positive Parenting Program, Department of Education on 0478 319 391.
Friday 21 July is an important date in your child’s education
Families need to apply to enrol their children in a public school for 2018 if they are:
- starting Kindergarten – 4 years old by 30 June 2018
- starting Pre-primary (first year of compulsory school) – 5 years old by 30 June 2018
- starting Year 7 (first year of secondary school)
- changing schools.
All children from Pre-primary to Year 12 are guaranteed a place at their local public school.
To apply to enrol your child, visit your local school by Friday 21 July 2017.
For more information or to find your local school, visit education.wa.edu.au.
Did you know yoga can help you breathe better, feel better, sleep better? Yoga will improve your fitness and endurance. Our studio is located at 51c Monash & Murray Street, Como, ph: 0404 102 830. Please click here to view the class timetable.
Perth Goju Karate teaches karate classes in your local area.
A special offer for the school’s students – 2 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!
Classes are held after school and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment. We also teach classes for teens and adults in the local area at night and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense. Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.
Call now to take advantage of this 2 week trial.
Sensei Johnny Moran – 0402 830 402
WAAPA Winter School 2017
These July school holidays, WAAPA is offering exciting programs for students in Years 4 to 12. The Winter School includes classes in acting, drama, dance, screen acting and music theatre. For information about the many courses on offer, please visit WAAPA Winter School Holiday Programs or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at email@example.com or 9370 6775.
Kensington Secondary School
We will soon be commencing a transition program for eligible students currently in Year 6 who will be seeking a secondary placement in 2018. This will involve staff from this school liaising with our staff to identify eligible students, arrange contact with interested families and plan a suitable transition program to meet the needs of the families and students. This process will include information sessions for families, direct teacher liaison opportunities for staff of both schools and a comprehensive visiting program for students who are transitioning.
Leanne Salas has been appointed as the Year 6/7 transition teacher and will be contacting our school in the near future with the intention of assisting with any potential transitions.
Parent visits to Kensington Secondary School are an important part of this process and we will be providing parent tours on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of June at 9.30am. A morning tea will follow each tour where parents can meet and ask further questions. An invite will be extended to parents soon. Parents of younger children are welcome to attend on these days.
12 Buckets – High Tea Guy Tea
12 Buckets currently offers one-to-one mentoring in four local primary schools and our goal is to follow these children into high schools where new challenges will appear. With no government funding, it is up to us to raise funds so we can provide these vital programs; holding events is just one of these ways. Community support is vital.
We are very excited to announce the High Tea Guy Tea, a unique event at Domain Stadium on the 11th June with all proceeds raised going to support the One-to-One Mentoring Program in our first high school in 2017. See the attached flyer for more information.
What is a High Tea Guy Tea? It’s an afternoon of Petite Treats or Blokey Bites (two exquisite menus), lots of raffles, auctions and giveaways. It promises to be a first-class event with 300 plus in attendance where we can also acknowledge your generous support.
Hensman Street Kindy
Please click on the attached flyer for details and bookings for the school holiday program at Hensman Street Kindy.
*The above community advertisements are for your information only and should not be taken as endorsement by Kensington Primary School.