- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- SPORTS CARNIVALS
- MERIT AWARDS
- Class Placements 2020 - Parent Requests
- School/Community Survey
- WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN
- CANTEEN NEWS
- UNIFORM NEWS
- CHIN WAG
- IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 4
- OSHCLUB NEWS
- NINA'S WOMEN'S TRIATHLON
- AUSTRALIND FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Schools get government funding to help them operate effectively. However, really good schools thrive on strong parent and community support. Recently I read the following message and it struck a chord with me – I don’t know the original author and have edited it for brevity.
Someone else has left.
Recently we were all saddened to learn that one of our communities most valuable members has left …Someone Else.
Someone’s moving on leaves a great void that will be difficult to fill as Else has been with us for many years. Else did far more than the normal person’s share of the work. Someone Else would willingly work with any group needing assistance. Whenever there was a group to coach, a meeting to attend, a hole to dig, a cake to make or raffle tickets to sell, one name was on everybody’s lips. They would all say “Somebody Else will do it.”
It was common knowledge that Someone Else was the hardest worker in our community. Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super-human: but a person can only do so much – we all expected too much of Someone Else.
Now Someone Else has gone. What are we going to do? Who is going to do all the things that Someone Else did? Remember, from now on, we cannot rely on Someone Else to do the job.
The reason this struck such a chord with me is that over the years I have worked closely with our Parents and Citizens (P&C) group. Their team of volunteers manage the canteen, run the uniform shop, organise Mother’s / Father’s Day stalls, raffles, assist with discos, run Book Club, organise community events and so on. Each year the team of volunteers seem to get smaller and the work is left to…. You guessed it Someone Else.
Research from the University of Sydney showed that Volunteering has at least the following benefits:
- It opens a door to personal satisfaction.
- It makes you feel happier.
- It makes you feel healthier.
- It gives you a ‘Helpers High’.
- It gives you a sense of belonging.
- You catch ‘feel-good’ emotions.
It doesn’t have to be a really big thing that you do for others. I know how busy families are, but so too are the volunteers from our P&C. If more people were willing to help just a little bit i.e. volunteer in the canteen, come to a P&C meeting, assist at a fundraising event, then the time and effort would be more evenly spread. – so too are the benefits.
Senior Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to Mr Matt Campbell, our staff and our senior students who participated in the Senior Sports carnival. The day was a great success due to the many hours of planning, organisation and training leading up to it. Cowan Crusaders were the winner on the day – congratulations!! For the first time, Cowan Crusaders also won the combined shield were the results of our Junior and Senior carnivals are added together. A lot of great sportsmanship, inclusion and having a go, was demonstrated throughout the day.
What a great couple of days! I would like to start this article with a BIG congratulation to Kyra and Eb Bajaky for their amazing sporting efforts put in on last Friday. For those who witnessed it, we saw true grit and determination.
We had some awesome weather for both Fridays carnivals. On the 18th Oct the Juniors battled it out and set the standard for the seniors, with Winton Warriors winning the Junior Shield.
The following week we started with our pre-carnival events on the Tuesday. With such events as Vortex, shotput, Long/Triple and High jump. This continued on Wednesday and Thursday with the 800m and 400m.
We had many Champions over the course of the week, with some individual results being determined by only 1 point!
In the end it was Cowan Crusaders that were the winning House for both the Middle/Senior shield and Overall combined.
Again, thank you to the school community for all of your support. I look forward to seeing more of it by those who have children in the interschool events in week 5 of term 4. More information to follow.
Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Awards recently:
Addisyn Kingsley, Lucy Wells, Lexi Culhane, Harry McLeod, Liam Cullinan, Kodee Russell, Marliee Gregory-Paterson, Mayen Cannon, Pippa De Graaf, Baylee Walsh, Lachlan Bancroft, Linkyn-Reid Paito, Riley Walton, Jono Hewton, Luke Reid, Jordan Gomersall, Damon Russell, Grace Greenwood, Raeann McAulay, Isabel Thuel, Indee Norman, Radi Zahnatu, Ashton Morris, Chloe Warren, Peyton-Louise Murray, Maggeh Tran Nguyen and Max Campbell.
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Friendliness
Friendliness is being a friend. It is taking an interest in other people. It is going out of your way to make others feel welcolme or to make a stranger feel at home. When you are friendly, you happily share your belongings, time, ideas and feelings. You share the good times and the bad times together. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.
I am friendly. I smile and greet people. I show an interest in others. I like myself and know that my friendshhip is worth a lot.
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.
We have extended the deadline for completing the Parent Survey to Friday 8th November. The survey is very quick to complete, and can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
This survey is very important to school planning as it gives staff, admin and the school board direct feedback about how the school is going. We would appreciate it if all parents/carers could 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.
Thank you to those families who have already completed the survey.
Years 1-3 5:00-6:00pm Cost: $3 – disco entry and drink.
Hotdogs ($4) and sausage rolls ($3) will be available to purchase at 6pm.
Years 4-6 6.30-8:00pm Cost: $5 – disco entry, drink and hot dog.
(Please note: ticket prices are fixed – there is no reduction for students who do not wish to have a hot dog or drink).
Where: Kingston Primary School Undercover Area
Student executives are selling tickets in the passive play area before school, during recess, and at lunch time .
Children need to be accompanied by an adult at drop off and pick up time. Please enter through the gates on Macquarie Drive near the bike racks and canteen.
Students will be able to purchase popcorn for 50c, glow sticks for 50c and also water for $1 on the night, at both discos. Children will be responsible for their own coins at the disco – please do not provide more money than is required.
Parents are welcome to stay but we request that they remain outside the undercover area to ensure that there is room for the students to enjoy themselves! The canteen will be selling hot and cold drinks and a variety of cakes to parents at the Y1-3 disco.
Firstly a big thank you goes to Tammy Davidson and the ladies at the front office for being the organisers of this at Kingston PS. Kingston managed to get thousands of the stickers and this year we focused on supporting our creative teachers who have been exploring various different media types to help get students to learn. Therefore the majority of our equipment picked was to help support this. This included a full green screen setup, RODE lav mics, cables and Ipad camera holders. We also managed to get some more bean bags, balls and tennis equipment.
Thank you to all the people that dropped off their stickers to the school.
I would like to say a big thank you for the volunteers who helped me with the Cakes and Ice Cream Van at the two sports carnivals. Thank you so much. We sold 531 Ice Creams over the two days and heaps of delicious cakes.
We haven’t got anything else planned for the rest of the year but we do need you. If you are interested in being the Fundraising Coordinator, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or come and see Karen in the uniform shop for details.
What we have been fundraising for this year is a New Nature Playground for the Year 1 – 3 play area and we are almost at our total fundraising tally for this year.
** 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.
Thank you to everyone who helped at the sports carnivals. Don't forget to buy your tickets for the disco happening on the 7th November.
Hotdog Meal Deal on Thursday 14th November. More information coming soon via App and Facebook.
Volunteers always welcome in the canteen, even if you can only spare half an hour, we would love to see you.
The next "Loose Change Wednesday" will be in week 8 of this term.
A great range of food will be on offer for the students priced from 5 cents to $1.50.
The Canteen Team
Please note change of Uniform Shop hours.
For the rest of this term the uniform shop will be open Monday and Thursday from 8.00am – 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 on a Monday and Thursday.
The Uniform Shop is run by volunteers and to keep this going we need you. If you are interested in helping run the Uniform Shop or just help the day to day running of the Uniform Shop. Please send an email to email@example.com or stop by the canteen and leave your details and I will get back to you, or stop by the uniform shop when it’s open.
We are still getting lots of jumpers and hats in the lost property without any names on it. I go through the lost property once a week and try to send back as much as I can. If you are missing clothes, please come and double check the lost property.
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.
Disco - Thursday November 7th
Interschools Sports Carnival - Tuesday 12th November and Friday 15th November
Year 6 Graduation - Thursday 19th December
Last Day of the school year - Thursday 19th December