Wanted

The Student Council are looking at purchasing and installing a refrigerated water fountain in the senior block and would like a licensed plumber to quote on this. If you are such a person, or know of a reliable person who would be willing to do this, please let the office know either by phone (6436 8448) or email (kensington.ps@education.wa.edu.au).

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School Board

Our School Board – NOMINATIONS FOR A SIX-MONTH CASUAL PARENT REP VACANCY

The School Board will be meeting twice a term - on the third and ninth Monday of each term at 5:30pm.  Simon Keen is the chair of the school board.  There is a casual parent vacancy on the board this year.  It is for a six-month term only.  If you are interested in nominating yourself, please complete the nomination form linked below and return it to the school by Friday 1st July 2022.  Linked below is also an information sheet which gives potential nominees an overview of the board and how it runs.  Below is a list of functions of the board as outlined in the Department’s policy.  Please note – all Board members are now required to give consent for the Department of Education to undertake a National Police History Check into their backgrounds.

The functions of the school board are:

1 to take part in:

  1. a) establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
  2. b) the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
  3. c) evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them; and
  4. d) formulating codes of conduct for students at the school;

2 to determine in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school;

3 to promote the school in the community;

4 to approve:

  1. a) charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities;
  2. b) extra cost optional components of educational programmes;
  3. c) items to be supplied by a student for use in an educational programme; and
  4. d) any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school;

5 to provide advice to the principal of the school on:

  1. a) a general policy concerning the use in school activities of prayers, songs and material based on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a school activity as part of religious education; and
  2. b) the implementation of special religious education;

6 with the approval of the Minister, or the Minister’s delegate the Director General, or sub-delegates the Deputy Director General, Schools or Regional Executive Directors for government schools in their regions to:

  1. a) take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff.

The board cannot:

1 intervene in the educational instruction of students;
2 exercise authority over teaching staff or other persons employed at the school;
3 control or manage the school unless the intervention is by way of performing a function prescribed for incorporated councils or boards (see section 3.3- Incorporated councils or boards); or
4 intervene in the management or operation of a school fund.

The council or board must comply with any conditions imposed on it by the Minister pursuant to section 130(3)(c) of the School Education Act 1999, and any directions issued by the Minister pursuant to section 135(1) of the School Education Act.

An induction process is provided for all new members.  If you have any questions about the function of the board or what is expected, please email the principal at Kensington.ps@education.wa.edu.au

You may wish to check out our website School Board - Kensington Primary School (kensingtonps.wa.edu.au).

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Upcoming Events

Pyjama Day

For the first Wednesday back at school next term, the Student Council have organised a Pyjama Day to raise funds for Telethon Kids.  Please wear your pyjamas to school and bring a gold coin donation for this worthy cause.  Did you know that one of our students, Anisha, is a Telethon Kid?

NAIDOC

NAIDOC celebrations, as usual, will occur during the school holidays - 3rd - 10th July.  We will celebrate when we retun to school next term, in the first week back.  However, Room 10 and S1 introduced us to the picture book, Common Wealth by Gregg Dreise through a recitation of its poetic text at assembly today. "Passionate, yet peaceful, Common Wealth is a compelling plea for a future of truth, togetherness and respect for our nation's deep history".  If you missed it, ask the children from S1 and Room 10 about it or check out the book at your local library or bookstore. It was a great lead in to NAIDOC celebrations. You might like to attend some of the public events over the holidays in preparation for learning more about NAIDOC in class and when we gather as a school on the first Thursday back next term.

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Library News

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Foyer Display

Green Sea Turtles 

In PP2, we read the story ‘The Undersea Cleaning Spree’ to explore how plastic and other rubbish harm our oceans and marine life. We reflected on how this impacts the marine animals’ ability to live and play and discussed the different ways we can protect them. The children created green sea turtles and wrote messages about the different things we can do in the classroom and at home to be environmentally responsible and protect our oceans.

- Miss Dixon and Miss B

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What’s Been Going On at KPS

Author/Illustrator In Residence

Thank you to the P&C for again funding our annual artist in residence program.  This year all our students were able to work with Kylie Howarth, an author and illustrator.  We now have some very enthusiastic budding authors and illustrators.  Below is a post from Kylie about her experiences at the school.

We are, indeed, fortunate to have a wonderful teacher librarian to engage and motivate our students in their reading and writing. We are also fortunate to have a P&C willing to fund visiting authors like Kylie.  See the Library News section below for more details about this program.

Speak with Confidence

The City of South Perth Speak with Confidence competition preliminary rounds were held this morning.  Ethan and Evita represented our school - presenting outstanding speeches with expression and poise.  Ethan has progressed to the finals tonight.  Congratulations to both children for earning the right to represent our school and for doing extremely well.  Best wishes to Ethan for tonight's speech presentation.

Golfer

We are pleased to announce that Jonas, Year 3, played in the Primary Schools Golf Competition last week at Mandurah Country Club scoring a 61 in the 9-hole modified division.  With this score he finished 6th out of 11 (Year 2 and 3) and 16th out of 30 (Year 2 to Year 6). Congratulations on such a great standing, Jonas.

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Principal's Message

Last Day of Term and First Day Back

Just a reminder that Friday is the last day of Term 2.  The first day back for students in Term 3 is Tuesday 19th July.  The office is open on Monday 18th July but teaching staff and Education Assistants are not available on that day.

Lockdown Update

I understand that there have been some questions raised about why the school experienced a lockdown.  I wish to reassure you that there were no intruders in the school.  The children were sent back to class so that we could safely manage an incident involving students.  No one was hurt. 

However, it did highlight a need for additional drills and training as our responses were not all aligned.  Next semester we will have some more drills so that we can all be assured things go as planned.

Attendance SMS

Next semester we plan to automatically SMS parents if their children have not attended school that day and we have not received an explanation.  This will occur at 10am each day. See the information below for more details.

Student Semester Reports

Hopefully you have seen the letter I uploaded to SZapp regarding some changes to this semester’s reports due to COVID.  If you haven’t had a chance to take a look, please see a copy of the letter below.

A link to your child’s semester reports was been emailed out to you yesterday, Tuesday 28th June.  Please remember to download it and save it in your computer files (or print it out) as the link is only active for 4 weeks.  This might be particularly important for parents of Year 5 students who start looking at scholarships and high school enrolments for 2024.  While we can send you another link later, it is an additional impost on our busy office staff.

So, please remember to save a copy of these reports to your computer as the link will disappear after a month.

RATs

We have been given 20 RATS per student.  We still have a large number of parents who have not collected their allocation.  If you haven’t collected them yet, please make every effort to do so ASAP from the office.  As they are marked “Keep out of reach of children” we cannot give them to our students to take home.  They must be collected by an adult.  Thanks to those parents who have already collected their allocation.

Kindy 2023 applications for enrolment

If your child was born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, you can now submit an application for enrolment for Kindy 2023.  Please drop by the office to collect an application form or, alternatively, you can email kensington.ps@education.wa.edu.au and an application form can be emailed to you.  Applications close on Friday, 22 July 2022.

Pre-primary 2023 applications for enrolment

Applications for enrolment have been sent home with all current Kensington kindy kids.  

Please complete and return the application form to the office. You will need to provide two current proof of address documents – your most recent gas/water/electricity bill and a recent rates notice or lease agreement. You will also need to provide an Australian Immunisation Register History Statement showing your child’s current immunisation status (you can get a copy from your my.gov account).  Any Family Court Orders or parenting plans registered with the Family Court should also be provided.

Please be aware that being enrolled for Kindergarten at Kensington PS does not guarantee your child a place in the Pre-primary program at this school unless your child lives in our local intake area.  

Please contact the office on 6436 8448 if you have any queries.

Refund of Upfront Payments

As you are all aware, we have moved to paying for excursions online through Consent2Go and are no longer taking upfront payments.

Parents of students who had an unallocated credit remaining on their account from previous upfront payments were sent a letter last year asking them to select one of four options to disburse this credit. Thank you to all those who have returned their letter.

Can those parents who have yet to return this letter please do so ASAP, remembering to supply bank account details should you wish for this credit to be refunded to you.

Please contact the office if you would like a replacement letter or have any queries regarding this process.

Keep Our School Safe

During the holiday period, school premises are more vulnerable than usual and can become targets to a small number of offenders.

If you live near the school or are passing by, please keep an eye on our grounds for us.  Listen for unusual noises; look for suspicious vehicles 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 activities to:

SCHOOL WATCH – 1800 177 777

POLICE – 131 444

Building Works

Over the holidays the roofing will be finished off and this will make way for the basketball courts to be upgraded and extended (and the cricket nets moved to the oval).  So, while the inconvenience of the roofing works will be over (along with the need to move classes out), it will be replaced with the inconvenience of not being able to use the basketball/netball courts for a period, at some point.  I am sure you will agree, though, that the temporary inconvenience is worth it for the end result.  The roof is looking lovely now.

Lost and Found

A ladies grey winter coat was left on the chairs in the front office last week. Please come and see us to collect it if it is yours.

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Honours and Values awards

Safety

Securing and protecting everyone, including our school’s reputation and our environment.


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P & C News

 We had a great turnout of about 70 Kensington Primary kids and parents for the DUCKs family event at Rockface climbing centre.  The kids were eager to try out the bouldering wall while parents received an introduction to belaying. Thereafter most of the ropes were busy with kids (and a few dads) climbing, and smiling faces were to be seen everywhere.

 A healthy range of food was enjoyed by the group to recharge energy levels, followed by kids exploring other parts of the Rockface centre. It was great to see everyone getting in the spirit of things, with many dads and kids, in particular, making the most of this DUCKs event to spend time doing things together and getting to know each other better. We received a lot of positive feedback from participants and the Rockface staff complimented us on how well things went. Our thanks to everyone who got involved (and a special thanks to Conrad Slee, who organised this event and wrote this article for us 😊).

Keep an eye on your WhatsApp class group messages, the school newsletter and elsewhere for the next DUCKs event. PLEASE get in touch with Justin or Conrad if you have future event ideas or wish to organise an event yourself - we will provide all the help and guidance you need.

 ducks.kps@gmail.com

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Community News

Premier's Reading Challenge Festival of Words

Yagan Square will be the hub of the Premier’s Reading Challenge during the second week of the July school holidays for the Festival of Words event.

From Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July, there will be lots of free activities including immersive storytelling, a Wiggles ambulance and a photo booth connected to the giant Yagan Square screen.

Other program highlights include story time with the Lord Mayor, Basil Zempilas, a musical bus ride to Perth City Farm and drag story time at Boolar Bardip Museum Perth with Cougar Morris.

Catholic Education WA will host an autocue challenge at the State Library of WA for those who want to try their hand at being a newsreader.

For budding wizards there will be Harry Potter-inspired potions session and younger students will enjoy themed story time sessions on topics such as donuts, dinosaurs and magic.

The team from Awesome Arts will create a Story Circle in the Yagan Square Amphitheatre and you can write a love letter to your pet, a sporting hero or a family member in the festival hub.

The festival welcomes all families with students from Kindergarten to Year 10. Find event details including dates, times and locations at

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Containers for Change

We have a wheely bin and/or a wool bale in the quadrangle where you can deposit containers, help the environment and fundraise for the school all at once.  We hope, with sufficient support from everyone, to expand this program.

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Sports News

Running Club

Running Club will recommence on the first Tuesday of next term. Keep up your running over the holidays in preparation for the cross-country carnival next term.

Proposed Faction Cross Country Program Friday July 22 2022

Parents are welcome to attend. Medallions and ribbons will be presented after each event.

The Faction shield will be presented to the winning Faction in the UCA at 2.50pm.

An event will not commence before the allocated time but may be later than the set time.

Sporting Schools

This term we have had funded coaching sessions in soccer and AFL in some of the PE lessons. Thanks to the WAFC and Football West for providing coaches. Extra equipment has also been purchased with the funding. We have secured funding for next term.

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Foyer Display

The Pre-primary 1 class has been busy with a literacy and craft activity - have a look at their colourful display, "H is for hermit crab".

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What’s Been Going On at KPS

Heros for Heart Kids Day

On Wednesday 8th June the students dressed up as their hero for "Hero for Heart Kids Day", raising $515.  Thanks to everyone who made an effort to dress up and gave a donation for this worthy cause.

Colour Run Lapathon

The students all had a great time at the Colour Run held on the 3rd June.   Please start collecting your sponsorship money, if you haven't already, and get that into the P&C box located in the front office.  If you have paid your donation money online, please still submit your form to the P&C box.

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Classroom News

Room 4 started our new Talk for Writing topic which is Informational Report writing!  We are learning about emus! We had a real emu egg to look at, we watched a video on how they are blown, had a go at drawing emus, and even tried emu egg scrambled eggs!! Yum!!

Thank you to Mrs Jetta for making the scrambled eggs and to Noah's pop from S1 for supplying the egg. 

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Principal's Message

Reports

Semester reports will be emailed out on Tuesday 28th June.  If you have recently updated your email address, please ensure you have updated it with the school office.

Please also remember, as we navigate through the challenges associated with COVID-19, Semester 1 reporting will look different to what we normally provide. The report will include the A to E grades (or equivalent 5 point scale) for required learning areas. Information regarding your child’s attitude, behaviour and effort will continue to be reported. Our school will adjust the extent to which comments are provided. Only a general comment will be provided this semester (not an English or Maths comment). 

RATs

We have been given 20 RATS per student.  We still have a large number of parents who have not collected their allocation.  If you haven’t collected them yet, please make every effort to do so ASAP from the office.  As they are marked “Keep out of reach of children” we cannot give them to our students to take home.  They must be collected by an adult.  Thanks to those parents who have already collected their allocation.

Kindy 2023 applications for enrolment

If your child was born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, you can now submit an application for enrolment for Kindy 2023.  Please drop by the office to collect an application form or, alternatively, you can email kensington.ps@education.wa.edu.au and an application form can be emailed to you.  Applications close on Friday, 22 July 2022.

Pre-primary 2023 applications for enrolment

Applications for enrolment have been sent home with all current Kensington kindy kids.  

Please complete and return the application form to the office. You will need to provide two current proof of address documents – your most recent gas/water/electricity bill and a recent rates notice or lease agreement. You will also need to provide an Australian Immunisation Register History Statement showing your child’s current immunisation status (you can get a copy from your my.gov account).  Any Family Court Orders or parenting plans registered with the Family Court should also be provided.

Please be aware that being enrolled for Kindergarten at Kensington PS does not guarantee your child a place in the Pre-primary program at this school unless your child lives in our local intake area.  

Please contact the office on 6436 8448 if you have any queries.

P & C Meeting

Please note the next P & C Meeting date was changed and will now be held on the 28th June at 7.30pm.  This meeting has been rescheduled to enable the plans for the bike shed improvements to be available for feedback.

Refund of Upfront Payments

As you are all aware, we have moved to paying for excursions online through Consent2Go and are no longer taking upfront payments.

Parents of students who had an unallocated credit remaining on their account from previous upfront payments were sent a letter last year asking them to select one of four options to disburse this credit. Thank you to all those who have returned their letter.

Can those parents who have yet to return this letter please do so ASAP, remembering to supply bank account details should you wish for this credit to be refunded to you.

Please contact the office if you would like a replacement letter or have any queries regarding this process.

Our owl is back again!

For the fourth year now our Southern Boobook Owl has returned to its peppermint tree home at the school.

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Honours and Values awards

Integrity

Being honest and standing up for what you believe is right.  Doing the right thing even if it is hard.


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P & C News

DUCKs Dads and Kids Indoor Climbing Event - Saturday 25 June 2022

We have organised a DUCKs Dads and Kids event at Rockface Climbing Centre on Saturday 25 June 2022 from 2pm until about 4.30pm.  We would love to see a good turnout of dads and kids from KPS, so please lock the date in your calendar and encourage others to join.  Further details can be found in the "Register Here" link below.  Please email the DUCKs if you have any questions - DUCKS.KPS@gmail.com.

Register Here

P&C Fundraising Update

After a quiet start to the year, the Term 2 fundraising activities are almost at a close. The election bake sale was a fantastic success and a huge thank you to our wonderful bakers and volunteers. We managed to raise over $2400 on the day of the election which is an incredible effort given how many people ended up voting early due to COVID.

Friday 3rd June brought the annual Colour Run. It may not be a race that stops the nation but there is a lot of work that goes into ensuring the kids have such a wonderful day.  Thanks to Mrs Stanford for her guidance and support and to all the helpers on the day. Thankfully, the weather was good on the day and the kids had a great time - it was quite a sight to see the kids running through clouds of powder, and luckily most had dressed for the occasion! We have some very impressive athletes at the school so make sure you get them along to the running club on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8am.

Remember that both the sponsorship forms and any funds raised are due to be returned in an envelope to the P&C box in the school office by Friday 17th June. If you didn’t receive a form, please include a note with the funds detailing your child’s name, room and total raised. If you prefer to transfer the funds, we still would like the form returned. For the transfer, please include the reference “ColourRun” and your child’s first initial and surname and class e.g. colourrun A Smith Rm1. Bank details - Kensington PS P&C | BSB 036-050 | Account 540 544. There’s a prize for the child that has raised the most in each year and these will be handed out in Term 3.

As you know, these fundraising activities are important to help improve the experience of our children in the school so thanks again for your contributions. We are planning a couple more events before the end of the year (trivia night, end-of-year kids disco) so stay tuned for more information. If you would like to know more or can help in any way, then please contact us at kensingtonpsfundraising@gmail.com. We’re always looking for people who can help with prize donations or sponsorship, for example.

Environment - Containers for Change Competition

Win cool prizes for you and your class, AND help the environment and the P&C!

The Containers For Change Competition continues. Pop your collected bottles, cartons and cans into the bins at school (near the staff room) and email a photo to kpscontainersforchange@gmail.com

Collect at least 10 eligible containers, take a photo and email to the address above.

Students can also take containers to an eligible Containers for Change donation point (e.g. Manning Markets on Saturdays and Vic Park Markets on Sunday).

Scan the QR code below or quote Scheme ID C10350959 to make sure the donation goes to KPS P&C.

Submissions close 26 June, and winners will be announced at the school assembly on 29 June 2022.

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