I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and it is great to see everyone back at school. We got off to a very smooth start last week and I must congratulate all our staff and parents for making it so great for our kids.
This year, we have about 730 students attending here at Kingston and about 114 of these students are here for the first time. It is a pleasure to have them here at Kingston and I look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks and months.
Most of our staff officially started back at work on January 30. We had a couple of days together to meet and prepare for the year before the kids started. On the Friday, we all participated in a new whole school writing strategy called “Talk for Writing”. This will be one of our curriculum focus areas this year.
The coming weeks are very important at school for your child - perhaps the most important of the year. We are working hard at our school to ensure all of our kids get the best start possible. Please be sure to support us over the next couple of weeks by making contact with your child’s teacher even just to say hello. Find out how and when you can be involved at some stage during the year in the classroom. By doing this you will demonstrate to your child that you value education and that school is an important part of their lives. Our teachers are also holding information sessions for parents. You will receive some information very soon from your child’s class teacher regarding these. Please make sure you get along to these sessions and meet the staff working with your child this year.
In the first two weeks, as all public schools do, we will be closely monitoring our class sizes to ensure we can meet the industrial requirements. I would like to keep our class sizes under the guidelines. If I need to reallocate classes, parents will be notified. Please note that at Kingston we do not enrol new students who live outside of our intake area.
Our website acts as our 24/7 newsletter and is updated as such. To produce a paper newsletter for 700 students every two weeks cost many thousands of dollars each year. We would rather spend this money on resources for our kids. You can access our information conveniently from your phone, iPad/tablet or computer. If you haven’t already, please download our free iPhone and android app and stay up to date with our school information. Simply search szapp in the app store and follow the download directions. The Kingston szapp code is 5810.
We only have a couple of changes to our teaching staff this year. We welcome Shanyn Gibbs in one of our year six classes. Miss Gibbs comes from O’Connor Primary School in Kalgoorlie. We also have Rachel Sturtecky working in LA 11 with our year fives and a warm welcome back to Samantha Gibbs and Alexis Yurisich who have returned from maternity leave and are working in T6 with our year fours. We also have a new school psychologist, Lara Lazzari. As we said last year, Mr Philp has moved over to Harvey Primary as the Deputy Principal. In his place this term is Mrs Eckersley. We will have a couple of other changes in this area later in the term when Miss Uren takes a well-deserved break on long service leave.
Finally, congratulations to all of our students and parents for ensuring that everyone is wearing the school uniform. We have 100% compliance with our uniform policy – Well done! This makes a big difference to your child’s experience at school. Thank you.
Once again thank you contributing to such a smooth start to the school year for all of our students here at Kingston.
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Respect
Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity. Respect is valuing ourselves and others. We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. When we are respectful we treat others as we want to be treated. Respect includes honouring the rules of our family or school, which make life more orderly and peaceful. It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.
I am respectful. I treat others and myself as we deserve to be treated. I show courtesy to everyone. I learn from the wisdom of my elders.
**Just a reminder that the canteen is open 5 days a week 8.30am to 2.00pm **
Welcome back. We hope all the students and parents had a wonderful festive break.
The canteen is pleased to offer birthday class cupcakes this year. The cost is $30 per classroom, includes catering for special dietary requirements for students with allergies. Orders can be done on clickquick or over the counter.
Oven baked Arancini balls with either mozzarella cheese or bolognese sauce filling are now available on Thursdays.
Ice pops available for 50c each, a healthy option to cool down in this hot weather.
Volunteers are always welcome in the canteen, we are hoping to see some new faces this year!!
The Canteen team
Thank you to my volunteers who helped me run the uniform shop before school started on the Thursday and Friday, and also Julie, Jo and Laurence for helping me in the uniform shop in the mornings.
Unfortunately we are out of Size 4, 6 and 8 School Polo shirts. Fingers crossed they are coming in week 4 or 5. School hats are in the mail and I'm hoping they will arrive next week.
We are having a P&C Meeting in the Staff Room on Wednesday, 19th February at 6pm. New members are welcome. We are all volunteers that help run the uniform shop, canteen, Father's & Mother's day stalls, WHAM,book club and more.
If we don't get volunteers we might have to shut down and we will lose all of these.
Please come and support us.
For those of you that have never attended/or heard of ChinWag, 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 every Wednesday morning at 8.45am – 10.15am for a ‘Cuppa & A ChinWag’. You will find us in the OSH Club room (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 ChinWag crew.
Welcome back to 2020! This year we have had a bit of a change already! Most of you might have seen Jayde around the school over the years. Jayde has now stepped up into her new role as Coordinator. Jayde has been at Kingston Primary OSHClub for 4 1/2 years and has loved every second here. If you see her, don't forget to say hi!
If you have any questions in regards to OSHClub or would like some information about us, please don't hesitate to ask Jayde, come and see her in T9 or give her a call on 0411 038 413.
We are looking forward to a successful 2020!