As this is the last newsletter for 2019, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kingston Primary School staff, parents and students on another wonderful year. It has been a privilege once again to be principal of this great school. I wish everyone a very happy and relaxing Christmas holiday break and look forward to working with you again in 2020. To the year 6 students who commence their high school adventure, be kind, be resilient and aim high.
Thursday 19th December will be the final day of school for students and the day will finish at 2.45pm with students in Yr 1 - 5 forming a human tunnel for the year 6’s to walk through and be farewelled. School will then break up for 2019 on the 3.00pm siren.
Students are invited to wear Christmas celebration clothing on the last day to celebrate the end of the year. Any student attending the graduation assembly must be in school uniform.
School staff will be working on Friday 20th December. They will not be available for interviews as they will be in meetings all day, finalising class lists, compiling handover notes for next year’s teachers and moving resources to new classrooms.
On Tuesday 17th December, formal reports will be sent home with students.
2020 School Commencement
Some important dates to remember for 2020.
- The front office will be open for business on Tuesday 28th January from 9am.
- Teachers resume on Thursday 30th
- Students resume on Monday 3rd February.
2020 Class Lists
Lists will be displayed in the undercover area of the school from Thursday 30th January and Friday 1st February. Parents will be informed through the Kingston Primary School App the specific times these will be posted once the office re-opens next year. We leave posting lists as late as possible as with the unknown number of enrolments that tend to come in over the holiday period.
Taking photographs of lists is expressly forbidden and anyone seen using phones or cameras to do this will be asked to leave. It is inappropriate to post class lists on any public or social media. The lists will not be available over the weekend. They will once again be available on the first day of student attendance for 2020, Monday 3rd February, at 8.00am.
Significant amounts of time have gone into class placements and parent information that was submitted by the due date was, where possible or appropriate, acted upon. I ask that parents respect the complexity of the task. Not all requests could be acted upon due to the complexity and occasionally conflicting requests.
If, in the first weeks of school, parents wish to discuss placements they can make an appointment through the front office. Appointments for this purpose will only be made from week 2 of the school year.
2020 Student Executive
Congratulations to the following students who were elected onto the 2020 executive team. The School Captain positions for both year 6 will be announced at the graduation ceremony on Thursday morning.
Henry Millington, Lucy Rogers, Zander Basile, Yasmeen Manning, Zoe Birrell, Ashton Hicks, Peyton-Louise Murray, Jake Bajaky, Madden Smith, Harrison Grosser.
There is a long list of staff leaving us in 2020, for a variety of reasons. We thank these people for their service to the community of Kingston PS and for their genuine care for our students and commitment to their roles:
Simon Philp, Peter Clarke, Donna Spencer, Kellie Carder, Talia Beales, Charlene Rose, Julie Hill, Stacey Daou, Renae Mackay, Jessica Oates, Catherine Billi, Mandy Mead, Emily Arndt and Troy Zanella.
We wish them all the best for their future endeavours.
Just so there is no misunderstanding about use of the school premises during holiday periods and on weekends. Please take note of the following information so that you can ensure that your children are in the right areas.
Out of Bounds – Kindergarten grounds, Pre-Primary playground, inside the locked, gated area of the school.
Areas that are for public access – Oval, Basketball Courts, Senior Playground
In saying this, it is evident to all that our school oval is in considerable distress due to the heavy usage it receives over the year. We are undertaking an oval rehabilitation program over the coming holidays and ask that our community do not use it while the works are being undertaken. If possible, please stay away from it and give it a chance to repair.
If you happen to witness any vandalism, trespass or unruly behaviour in or around the school, please contact Education Security on 1800 177 777 or the Police on 13 14 44. These are 24-hour contacts and we really need the community to help us in this regard.
I hope you and your family have a relaxing and joyful break over the festive season.
Jayden Fenn participated in the WA State relay races for Little Athletics recently against 17 teams. They got a Bronze Medal and 6th place in their races.
Congratulations to Jayden and all who participated.
Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Awards recently:
Beau Rea, Imogen Schober, Bradley Wilson, Leah Hunter, Ruby Jarvis, Bob Button, Ari Ryan, Nyaire Barker, Sarah Smith, Logan Clements, Caida Carter-Spencer, Matilda Cavanah, Lucas Jury, April Schroder, Chloe Bascombe, Denica Jubb, Isla Pritchard, Tristan Duncan, Ashlyn Thursby, Hope Barasa, Jayden Evans, Brody Price, Taj Broadhurst, Kai Martin, Will Dodd, Solomon Carder, Jaylen Anderson, Jack Pratt, Jaxon Barnes and Robby Leese.
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Joyfulness
Joyfulness is being filled with happiness. It is a peaceful sense of well-being. Joy is inside us all. It comes from an appreciation for the gifts each day brings. Joy comes when you are doing what we know is right, and when we laugh and see the humor in things. Joy is the inner sense that can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling very sad.
I am thankful for the joy I feel inside. I enjoy my work and my play. I appreciate the gifts this day holds for me.
Our Term 4 sponsors have been: Fergie's Total Lawn Care.
Canteen is CLOSED this Thursday 19th of December for both recess and lunch.
Thanks to our volunteers that have helped in the canteen this year. Thank you to the parents and carers who have supported the canteen and big thanks to the students for their awesome manners.
We are looking forward to welcoming new and old volunteers into the canteen next year. All help is greatly appreciated.
We are excited to announce that we will be offering class birthday cupcakes next year.
We wish you all a wonderful and safe festive season and break, looking forward to seeing you all in 2020.
The Canteen Team
The Uniform shop is now closed for this year.
It will re-open on Thursday 30 January from 1pm - 3pm and from 9am - 3pm on Friday 31st January 2020. This will be the same times as the class lists are displayed in the undercover area.
On-line orders may still be placed during the holidays and will be filled before school begins.
Karen Davies – Uniform Coordinator
As we near the end of a busy year I would like to thank the many parents and carers that have popped in to ChinWag for a cuppa and a chat. It has been a busy year of parents/carers studying, working, new editions to their families, adjusting to new family situations and just dealing with the general ebbs and flows of life.
Reports to go home - Tuesday 17th December
Year 6 Graduation - Thursday 19th December
Last Day of the school year - Thursday 19th December
Class Lists - 1pm - 3pm Thursday 30 January and 9am - 3pm Friday 31 January 2020
Uniform Shop Open - same as above class lists
First Day of School Year 2020 - Monday 3rd February
KINGSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
2020 Year 3 – 6 iPad Information
At KPS all students from Years 3 – 6 are requested to participate in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program which allows iPads to be used at school throughout the day.
We ask our students to bring their iPad to school every day where they can log in and connect to the school's NBN. This connection allows access to apps that are regularly used by your child’s class teacher. We have a strict internet usage policy in our school.
Our contemporary learning environments offer flexibility and opportunities for collaboration, independence, and connectivity to the wider world. This anytime, anywhere learning is supported by access to technologies including iPads.
Kingston Primary School’s approach is to provide many learning opportunities for every child within our school. These devices do not replace our current ways of teaching and learning, rather, they enhance them by providing alternatives for our students. We recognise that all children learn in different ways so we want to provide those opportunities for our students.
If your child is unable to bring an iPad to school, each class will have a small number of iPads that will be used for lessons. In this scenario, your child will not miss out on key learning experiences in the classroom.