We wish you all a lovely holiday period and hope that, on our return to school, COVID will be on the decline. Fingers crossed! Stay Safe. School will be open on Tuesday 26th for staff, but students do not return to school until Wednesday 27th April.
Noongar Season of Djeran
Have you noticed the cooler change in Perth weather? We've now entered the Noongar season of Djeran. It usually occurs around April – May. It is the season of adulthood and is symbolised by the colour green as the weather begins to cool. A key indicator of this season is the cool nights with dew in the mornings. Banksia flowers are out in bloom, giving food to small mammals, birds and insects. In preparing for the coming wet season, it was a time to waterproof and repair the shelters – the mia mias.
COVID over the Holidays
There is no need to let the school know of any cases of COVID over the holiday period unless it will impact returning to school or your child was contagious and without a mask at school just before the holidays. Please note that the email address for this is kensington.ps.IT@education.wa.edu.au However, this will not be manned between 11th - 25th April.
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
Junior Boys and Girls Toilet
Thanks to the P&C for decorating the Junior Boys and Girls toilets. The girls chose a theme of “emojis” and the boys chose “Minecraft”. Thank you to Mr Drew Dunn for organising and installing this with the help of Mrs Gill Roberts.
This morning we commemorated ANZAC day with a video made by Mrs Backhouse, which included beautiful performances by our choir and band. The choir sang: Shackleton by Paul Jarman, solo parts sung by Noah and Alice; and Brown Slouch Hat by Myree Parker, with Maya singing the solo part. The band played: Lest we Forget and Abide with Me. Our Student Councillors lead the video service and did a great job as hosts. William expertly played the Last Post and Reveille. We thank Mrs Backhouse, Mrs Dewing, the Student Councillors, band members and senior choir for their fantastic efforts in helping us commemorate this important event. Thanks also to Thomas for bringing in his grandfather’s medals and a brown slouch hat to feature in our video.
Early Close for Parent Teacher Interviews via Zoom
This afternoon we had our parent-teacher interviews via Zoom. Thanks to those parents who were able to collect their children at noon and a thanks also to all those parents who were able to meet with their child's class teacher. While Zoom is not the ideal meeting format for many people, we appreciate everyone making the effort to accommodate this. A big thank you to the staff for all their preparation and efforts.
Unfortunately, as we are not allowed to have whole school assemblies, we can’t have our planned EduDance concert at the end of the term with an audience. However, we do plan to make a video of each class’s performance and send a Vimeo link via SeeSaw to parents. Each class will also provide a small audience for a performance. These will be completed this Thursday and Friday and the links will be sent out afterwards.
The school will be getting an upgrade to its power supply over the holidays. This will mean we can use the new reverse cycle air conditioners we have in Rooms 1-10.
Next term it is hoped they will begin work on the basketball courts. Unfortunately, this will mean that we won’t have access to them for some time, though we aim to maintain the kiss n wave for as long as possible as this is only getting a minor renovation.
COVID-19 is in the community
COVID-19 vaccination is safe and available for children aged 5 to 11.
It’s the best way to protect children from COVID-19.
Did you know?
Vaccination offers all children strong protection against severe illness, hospitalisation and chronic symptoms.
Children with pre-existing medical conditions are at greater risk from COVID-19.
Vaccines give the immune system a helping hand to protect against serious illness and possible long-term effects from COVID-19.
Reducing transmission in schools means education settings will be safer, can stay open, and children can spend time face-to-face learning, play time, sporting activities, and spending time with friends.
Vaccination reduces the risk of children transmitting COVID-19 to other kids and family members.
Harmony Day Zentangle Fish
On Harmony Day, Room 2 met up with their buddies in Room 10, on Zoom. Together they did the same activity of decorating a fish using the Zentangle Method. Zentangle is a way of drawing structured and repetitive patterns. They each showed their buddies their wonderful Zentangle fish. Everyone was amazed at how beautiful each other's fish were. They were all different but all the same - just like us!
We are hoping to start Running Club again in Term 2 - check future newsletters for further details.
Please remember to take your bike or scooter home with you on Friday. There should not be anything left in the bike shed over the holidays.
Winter Sport registrations in the community are now open. Click on the following link to find details of a local sport club.
We have had a wonderful response to our first Containers for Change competition with many entries across numerous classrooms. The recycling champion classroom for Term 1 was PP3. Our individual winners are Harlem from K3 and Jacob from R6. Congratulations and enjoy your prizes when you collect them from the office!
Look out for the competition again in Term 2 and keep collecting those 10c containers for KPS P&C! 😊
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.