Term 4 is under way and once again we have hit the ground running. The weather warmed up beautifully for our Junior Sports Carnival last Friday and we look forward to the Senior Carnival this Friday. A reminder that Ashley King is on Long Service Leave for the first 4 weeks of term and I will be back at the helm during this time.
We continue to take enrolments for both this year and next year. If you know of anyone of Kindy age for next year, encourage them to enrol now or there may be no space for them next year.
On Friday morning of Week 9 last term, 19 students, 12 parents and 3 staff met at Perth International Airport to start their journey to Takanodai Elementary School in Kobe, Japan. The trip was a wonderful experience for all who attended and included several nights where the Kingston students stayed in a “homestay” situation with a Japanese family. They battled the language barrier, the food barrier, the accommodation barrier and came out with a greater understanding of their place in the world and a far greater cultural awareness. The students represented Kingston brilliantly and it was a pleasure to see them show their virtues and resilience.
Thank you to Ashley King, Penny Adams and Salv Basile who gave up a lot of their own time to supervise the trip. I know they loved the experience, but were absolutely shattered on their return, dreaming of nights in their own bed when they weren’t on 24hr call. An opportunity like this has a lot of Department and Government hurdles to overcome and reams of paperwork. A huge thank you to Anne Curd who spent countless hours throughout the year organising this opportunity. It was a mammoth effort.
Congratulations to everyone who was involved.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to the students who commenced at Kingston on Tuesday. Next year’s planning is very important to us. If you know that you are leaving Kingston next year and your children will be attending another school, please let us know. If you know of people who are moving into the area and plan to enrol, please let us know. This information allows us to plan for classes, staffing and budgets to ensure that Kingston continues as a great school.
Junior Athletics Carnival
We had another fantastic carnival with lots of excited students from Years 1-3 and an appearance for specific events from the Pre-Primary students. Tents were set up on the outside of the oval from about 7.30am as parents claimed their spots to enjoy the day. Students participated with wonderful sportsmanship and commitment. As with all carnivals at Kingston, Mr Campbell organises maximum participation so that less time is spent in bays. This worked fantastically well on Friday.
Congratulations to Winton Warriors who were the winners of the Junior Carnival.
Our Senior Athletics Carnival will be this Friday. I expect to see the same level of enthusiasm, commitment and sportsmanship for our senior students.
School Arrival Time
I understand the pressures on families today and I believe that the school goes above and beyond to support families. Staff supervise children before school from 8.10am – 8.30am. We have recently had an increase in the number of students who start arriving at school between 7.30am and 8.00am. This situation is not manageable from a school perspective and I ask that parents respect the resources that are in place. The OSH Club can cater for students before school in a supervised capacity and information is available from the front office.
Please find attached a link to this survey. The survey is very important to school planning as it gives staff, admin and the school board direct feedback about how the school is going. I ask that all parents take the time to complete the survey and have a say in the future of our great school. Students in years 4-6 and staff will also be surveyed.
As we do every year, we ask parents to provide information that will assist us in making class placements. We spend an enormous amount of time trying to get the right dynamic in every classroom, with the best levels of support and the best matches with teachers. Information from parents assists us in making these decisions.
Information about which students are in a supportive peer group and which ones have been in conflict will help us. Teachers know most of this information within the school, but there are also conflicts between families outside of school that impact in school that we may not know about. Requests for individual teachers will not be taken into account and please be aware that children will not be kept with the same friends every year.
Please complete the “Request for Student Placement” form on the attached link by Friday 22 November.
Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Awards recently:
Josiah Butcher, Ebony Soerja Djanegara, Kayden Gray, Leila Patea-Kingi, Tiger Martin, Riana Humble, Shoshana Vea, Lucas Ritchies, Emily Leeder, Tyler Bridle, Savannah Birch, Sandrina Naicovi-Morunga, Zac Morris, Abby Romeo, Jaxon Cousins, Fhury Nepe, Cooper Austin, Chelsea Read, Oliver Blond, Riley Neverman, Ebony Sears, Liam Cluning, Sophie Jenkins and Jai Sawtell.
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Cooperation
Cooperation is working together for the good of everyone. It is a willingness to respect others and to follow rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Cooperation is being helpful to one another, sharing the load. It is joining others in order to do something that cannot be done alone.
I am cooperative. I work and play well with others. I respect the rules. I keep myself and others safe.
P&C is a volunteer of parents, grandparents and even friends who help fundraise for items around the school and if we can't keep doing this, we will have to shut down. At the moment, there is only a few of us who are volunteering our time and it's getting harder and harder for us to make decisions. We are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, canteen, book clubs, community events, sports days, open nights and disco nights.
Our P&C meetings are on Week 3 and Week 8 in the staff room and we do need people to come and help us make decisions. You don't have to sign up for anything to do, we just ask if you can come and help our decision process.
Congratulations to all the students who wore their helmets to school and received an ice-cream voucher.
A big thank you to our Term 3 sponsors: Rachel Macleod-Paterson from L J Hooker.
Congratulations to Abbey Hinchliffe who won the scooter and helmet.
Our Term 4 sponsors are: Fergie's Total Lawn Care.
Our next fundraising is at the Senior Sports Day (25th October).
Any donations of cakes or biscuits would be very much appreciated. Please write on the ingredients.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the sausage sizzle for the junior carnival as we had no volunteers. We are looking for volunteers to help for an hour or two this Friday to sell ice creams, cakes or even help with the lunches in the canteen. We do understand that you want to watch your children, but you can volunteer around them. We appreciate any help we can get.
We are still looking for a volunteer who would run the fundraising for the rest of the year. If you are interested, please come and see me.
** Just a reminder that the canteen is open 5 days a week
from 8.30am to 2.00pm **
The summer menu started this term and will run for this term and term one of next year. If you would like a paper copy we have spares in the canteen.
All special lunch order for the sports carnival need to be in by this Wednesday and just a reminder that they will be the only lunch available on Friday. The canteen will be open as usual for recess.
We would really appreciate some parents to help us out at the senior sports day. If you think that you could spare an hour or so please pop in.
Loose change Wednesday will be in week 3 and week 8 of this term.
A great range of food will be on offer for the students priced from 5 cents to $1.50.
Looking forward to a great term.
The Canteen Team
The uniform shop is run by volunteers and is open Monday – Thursday from 8.30 – 9.00am. Eftpos is available.
Alternatively, you can order uniforms online at www.quickcliq.com.au and they will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
Senior Sports is on this Friday 25th October. available for $10. Faction shirts and hats will be available to purchase on Friday from the oval.
Please remember to check the lost property located in the canteen area. Still a lot of lost property without names on it. The uniform shop has a fabric pen you can use to name your clothes If you buy a second hand uniform, please remember to change the name on it too. I do try to go through the lost property once a week.
Karen Davies – Uniform Coordinator
For those of you that have never attended/or heard of Chin Wag, any parents or carers who are:
- New to the area
- May feel isolated
- Have a partner who works away/shift worker
- May have some ideas on how we can extend our support to families
- Or you may just have some spare time and would love a 'cuppa and a chat'
We meet each Wednesday morning at 8.45am - 10.15am for morning tea. You will find us in the OSH Club room, T9 (Demountable building next to oval). We would love for you to come and join us in a friendly laid back environment. We look forward to meeting some new faces and catching up with the regular Chin Wag crew.
Just a reminder to all current Kindy students to return the green re-enrolment forms for 2020 to the front office as soon as possible. It is an Education Department requirement to enrol for Pre Primary. Thank you.
Jumps and Throws - Tuesday 22 October
Senior Sports Carnival - Friday 25th October
Disco - Thursday November 7th
Interschools Sports Carnival - Tuesday 12th November
Year 6 Graduation - Thursday 19th December
Last Day of the school year - Thursday 19th December