- Friday 28 June – Faction cross country (weather depending – parents will be notified if it does NOT take place)
- Wednesday 2 August – School Board meeting, 5pm in the Library
- Thursday 3 August – Year 4 PEAC testing
- Thursday 3 August – Uniform shop open 8.20-8.50am (please see new Uniform shop opening hours for Term 3, under the P&C header)
- Thursday 10 August – Interschool cross country (by invitation)
Last term we said goodbye to Ms Lindsey Webb, one of our school officers. We now welcome Mrs Amanda Downing who has won a position at our school as a school officer. She will work in the school office on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Mignacca will remain in her position in the office, working Mondays – Wednesdays. Please make Mrs Downing welcome. We have also welcomed Ms Loren Roso back. She has replaced Rielle Fowler. Mrs White and Mrs Brown are also returning. We thank Ms Kristen Bulfer and Mrs Kate Dash for their work in Mrs White’s (P3) and Mrs Brown’s (K3) classrooms while they were away. We are very grateful for their wonderful work.
As you are aware, we will be having our Independent Public School Review this term. We have two reviewers visiting the school on 14th and 15th August. The reviewers will speak with staff, students and community members. We have already sent our self-review data and documents in for them to assess. They will then put together a report, which I will then be able to validate before it is presented formally to the Chair of the School Board and the school. School Board members and selected community members will be invited to speak with the reviewers, along with selected staff and students.
Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) Testing
The Year 4 cohort will be undertaking PEAC testing next week on Thursday 3rd August. Those students who achieve in the top 2.5% may be offered a place in Year 5 and 6 in this extension program, run outside the school by the regional office, for students who are deemed gifted and talented. If you do not wish your child in Year 4 to participate in this testing, please inform the school no later than Tuesday 1st August. Mr Pestana will be running the testing program and a letter explaining this in more detail will be sent home with Year 4 students.
NAIDOC Week celebrations
On Friday Ms May and Mrs Jetta, along with their team of colleagues, organised a full day of events to celebrate NAIDOC week at the school. NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week was actually celebrated during the first week of the school holidays so we delayed our celebrations until our return to school. Hopefully some of you might have been involved in the state events during the actual week. Our students participated in activities such as art and craft, games, sport and bush tucker, and they learnt about the aboriginal flag, art and stories. We thank our special guests and volunteers for their work with our students: Noongar Sports, Urban Indigenous and Clontarf College. We also thank Ms May and Mrs Jetta, along with their team, for their efforts in developing such a great schedule of activities.
School App and Website
We have purchased an app for communication between home and school. It is called SmartLink. We will also be migrating our website across to this designer so that the app and website work together. We encourage everyone to download the app so that the school can communicate with parents quickly and easily. This will also be useful for getting messages to you on short notice – such as cancelling/rescheduling an event due to inclement weather, reminding you about events etc. You won’t need to open your email but will be able to see at a glance if any new messages have arrived. To download the app, please follow the instructions on the fact sheet attached. Please ensure you allow push notifications and subscribe to your child/ren’s class/classes. We thank the P&C for financing this initiative.
Enclosing the Undercover Area & OSHClub
We have contracted to commence enclosing the undercover area with two additional roller doors. This will enable the undercover area to be used for out of school care next year, along with our own school events. We thank Melisa Lindegger for her help organising the specifications and liaison for this. OSHClub will be the provider for onsite before and after school care in 2018. Please keep an eye out for upcoming information sessions for this, if you are interested in out of school care for your child(ren) in 2018. There will be at least two events before the end of the year.
During the school holidays Cora (Year 6) competed in the Under-15 EPEE fencing nationals, despite it only being her second year in fencing. There were two events she competed in, individual fencing and team fencing. In individual fencing, two fencers face off on a special, bouncy mat that elevates them off the ground, and aim to score points with their sword on the other person’s body. The fencers wear padding that have hidden technology that records points. Cora faced 15 year olds and came off pretty well. Her ranking in the finals was 13th, and she won a bronze medal. Cora afterwards said that she would’ve done even better if she was used to this. ‘’I’m usually more self-confident.’’
Reported by Matilda and Lizzy
We have had a request from a community member to warn people dropping off students on Fifth Ave that opening doors on both sides of the car is risky, considering the bend in the road near the footpath. We suggest students exit the car on the footpath side of the road in order to give themselves some protection from passing traffic.
Tolerance is being able to accept things that you wish were different. If you are practising tolerance and someone annoys you, you just go on and don’t pay too much attention. When you practice tolerance, you don’t expect others to think, look or act just like you. You accept differences. When you are practising tolerance, you are able to sort out what is important from what is not. You show patience and forgiveness when people make mistakes.
Congratulations to the following award winners from today’s assembly.
Virtue Awards 26/7/17
Honour Certificates 26/7/17
|P1||Lincoln & Clover||P2||Clara|
|S2||Nikola & Keira||S3||—|
|S4||Hamish||Music||Ruby & Lily|
Faction cross country
The faction cross country is on this Friday. Parents will be notified by email on Friday morning if we make a decision to cancel due to extreme weather conditions. Students should bring a change of clothes and shoes in case they get wet.
The first event is at 11.30am and we conclude with presentations in the undercover area at 2.45pm.
AFL Multicultural Round
This Sunday, 10 of our students are playing Auskick at the Eagles vs. Brisbane AFL game for Multicultural Round.
Trent from Little Athletics came out to the school last week and provided expert coaching for some classes. This term, we are very busy running, jumping, throwing and learning the team games ready for our faction carnival
Running Club continues on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8.00 – 8.30 on the oval. New runners welcome.
Mr Griffiths and Miss May are going to continue to run junior and senior soccer sessions after school on Mondays this term. The two junior (PP to Year 2) sessions will run on two consecutive Mondays in Weeks 3 and 4 (Monday 31 July and Monday 7 August) and the two senior (Year 3 to Year 6) sessions will run on consecutive Mondays in Weeks 6 and 7 (21 August and 28 August). All sessions will run from 3.15-4pm. Please click here for the full information sheet and permission slip, which must be returned to either Mr Griffiths in S1, Miss May in Room 4 or the front office. If you have more than one child attending, please fill out a separate consent form for each child.
Congratulations to Ava in S3, whose entry into the 2017 Shaun Tan Award Exhibition has been selected as one of the top 10 artworks in the upper primary category. Artworks, including Ava’s entry “Emotional”, will be displayed at the Subiaco library until Sunday 6 August 2017. Well done Ava!
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data – Information for Parent/Carers
All Australian governments have agreed to implement a new national data collection on school students with disability. From 2015, this data collection will occur in every school year.
It is a requirement for us as a school to contribute to this collection so as to assist Governments and the Department of Education to make better policies and to understand the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all of our students.
Further information is available about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with a Disability can be found at http://education.gov.au/nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability
The term disability for the purposes of this data collection is quite varied. It includes individuals needing assistance including those of the following nature;
Medical e.g. diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy etc.
Learning e.g. significant speech delay, dyslexia, ADHD
Physical e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy
Sensory e.g. significant hearing and/or vision impairment
The identifying data will be collected at the school and the Department of Education WA with no individual student identified at the national level of reporting data.
If you DO NOT want your child(ren) to be included please download the use the form linked here and send the reply slip back to the school office by Wednesday 2 August 2017.
Kensington Primary School will once again be participating in the Woolworth’s Earn and Learn promotion.
Starting on Wednesday 26 July, when anyone from our community – staff, parents and friends – shop at Woolworths, they can collect stickers to place on the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheets provided. Once your sticker sheet is completed, place them in the collection box that will be located outside the staffroom.
Thank you for your support!
Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is a must for all families.
Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons conducted at pools and open water venues across the State. VacSwim is for all children – from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.
Your children can learn to swim for just:
- $7.00 per child for a five day short program
- $13.00 per child for all other programs.
It’s even cheaper if you have three or more children:
- $18.00 a family for a five day short program
- $35.00 a family for all other programs.
To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming
UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS
The uniform shop will be opening every second week during Term 3 – this means that the opening days for the remainder of Term 3 will be Thursday 3 August, Thursday 17 August, Thursday 31 August and Thursday 14 September. These opening dates for Term 3 are listed on the Term Planner on the website.
Although the uniform shop is closed this week, if your child/ren needs a faction shirt or other uniform items, please place an order via the website (under the Uniforms tab) or fill out an order form and place it in the P&C box in the front office. For this week, orders will be collected on Thursday and delivered to classrooms on Thursday.
DUCKS EVENTS TERM 3
The DUCKs are getting the second half of the year off to a flying start with a couple of events in August.
If you’re a regular or someone who’d like to come and down and see what the DUCKs are all about, here’s a couple of great opportunities.
Thursday 24th August – Como Bowls Club 6.30pm
Ducks Dads Q&A with ABC radio’s Mornings presenter Geoff Hutchison. Geoff is well known for his radio talkback show, his in depth “Who are you” interviews and his unfortunate support of the Freo Dockers. He is also a long-term supporter of The Fathering Project through his regular segment with its founder, Professor Bruce Robinson.
Geoff has kindly volunteered to come and host a Q&A session for the DUCKs at Como Bowls Club. As the father of two kids, Geoff will no doubt have some insight into the good and bad of being a dad.
This is a great chance for first timers and regulars to come down and find out what the DUCKs and The Fathering Project are all about. We welcome any fathering figure – dads, granddads, uncles and brothers to come along.
Come and find out why dads (and fathering figures) are so important in kids’ lives. Have a laugh and a chat and maybe pick up some tips. Most of all, help build the DUCKs and the Kensington community.
Saturday 26th August – Kalamunda bush walk 2.00pm
Join us for a bush walk in the Perth Hills near Kalamunda on Saturday 26 August. We’ll follow a good trail to Rocky Pool, which is a very scenic spot in the Piesse Brook valley. Returning, we’ll have the option of the Bibbulmun Track for those keen to tackle some steeper trails. The overall distance will be 3.5 or 4.5 km, easily manageable by most kids.
The start point will be the car park on Schipp Road, near the junction with Hummerston Road, by Kalamunda. Please share transport as parking is limited, and be ready to walk at 2 pm.
Please RSVP to Justin (email@example.com) so we have an idea of numbers.
Look out for the reminder and further details of both events by email, and on the DUCKs website: ducks.net.au
Perth Goju Karate teaches karate classes in your local area.
A special offer for the school’s students – 4 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 4 week trial.
Sensei Johnny Moran – 0402 830 402
Let’s Run Perth
Let our coach, podium winner of HBF Run & City to Surf, teach your kids in a sprints and relay program in Term 3. Please click here to view the flyer.
Please click here for details of various Term 3 workshops for parents and carers. Please note that bookings are essential to secure a place and all workshops/groups are free of charge.
*The above community advertisements are for your information only and should not be taken as endorsement by Kensington Primary School.