We are getting very close to the end of term and I know that everyone is looking forward to taking some kind of break. Things have been very different here at Kingston this year and it has taken much adjustment from all of our students, parents and staff. Thank you to everyone for their cooperation as we adjust to a new normal in both our school and wider community.
Arrival time for students – Gates Open at 8.30am
Our school opens for students at 8.30am each day. Students should plan to arrive at school between 8.30 and 8.45 am. Students must not arrive at school before 8.30am. Parents who need drop their children off earlier than 8.30am should contact the school office to discuss a supervision arrangement. Students arriving via the school bus service before 8.30am will be supervised inside the school gates. Please discuss with your child an appropriate time to leave home each morning to ensure they do not arrive at school too early.
In times of wet weather, our gates will be opened earlier and closed later to allow more time for students to “dodge” the rain.
Well done to all of our students for becoming far more independent at school drop off time each morning. As I have mentioned previously, our morning routine has created a very smooth start in each classroom. One of the main reasons the morning routine is so smooth is due to minimal interruptions to our teachers at the start of the day. Our teachers are able to prepare and focus on the first impressions of each day for their students. “Door stop” interviews in the morning with teachers interrupt the start of the day and we would prefer that lengthy conversations with the teacher are saved until after school or a specific time to meet is arranged. Of course you can always use the class app.
Day One Term Three for Students
Student return to school on Monday July 20 for the start of term three. The pupil free day in term three is on Monday August 17. This is week 5 of term.
We are just putting the finishing touches on our student reports for term one. Due to the obvious interruptions to schools, reports will be a little different. This semester’s reports will not contain an assessment grade for any of the learning areas we cover. Our teachers will write comments of progress in the areas of English and Maths as well as a general comment. Our other learning areas will indicate the topics that were planned for the semester, but in many cases we were unable to get very far into carrying the learning plans forward.
As the wet weather slowly creeps in, we (staff and parents) have noticed a few issues arising on our roads around pick and drop off times. We have had a few near misses! Teachers regularly talk with their students about road safety and we will continue to do this. Please also have these discussions at home with your child, especially if they are riding scooters or bikes. Importantly we to ask motorists to be extra alert and vigilant around our school. Please do not stop to drop children off in the bus lanes.
School Board Elections
We have four parent nominations for our school board vacancies. There are two positions to fill so we will be having school board election to determine who will fill these vacancies. More information on voting will be sent via our school app this week.
Students who are unwell.
Please do not send your child to school when they are displaying signs and symptoms of an illness. Please keep them home. Parents will be asked to take their child home if the student presents symptoms of illness at school.
We thought it would be handy to know a couple of things about what we are doing in relation to the COVID restrictions and what is just around the corner next term:
- We are permitting birthday cupcakes and the like again.
- Incursions and excursions are now permitted (with restricted numbers).
- We can meet again as a whole staff.
- P&C and school board can meet in person.
- Sport carnivals can be held for students.
- We expect half-school assemblies to return in term three.
- We are still giving out Merit Certificates weekly.
- Hand washing and sanitiser remains a high priority.
- 1.5m physical distancing for adults is still essential.
- Additional cleaning remains in place
Thank you for reading this edition of our newsletter. Have a great week and stay safe.
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Excellence
Excellence is doing your best. It is giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed come in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition.
I give my best to the work I do. I give my best to others. I dare to set noble goals. I choose excellence in all things.
We are still continuing the Family Meals for the Kingston Community, so if you find yourself needing a home cooked meal keep us in mind.
During these current times, we are asking that the reusable lunch order bags be NOT used for your childs lunch. We hope that you understand the hygiene reasons for this request.
We have postponed rainbow day until next term but will be sending order forms home for Pancake Day for lunch on the last day of term.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Canteen team
With the colder weather starting, it's a great time to get those winter jackets or jumpers out. We have full stock for our blue zip jumper.
We only have size 16 black rain jackets, and unfortunately I still haven't been able to find another supplier yet in our price range.
The uniform shop is open again - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30 - 9am.
If the gates are already shut you may enter through the front office, sign in and then sign out on your way out,
or you can order uniforms online at www.quickcliq.com.au and they will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
Please also check that all clothing items especially hats are clearly labelled with your child’s first and last name as this makes it much easier to return items to your child if they end up in lost property.
We have a rack of Second hand clothing, if you are looking for something maybe check our rack. If you have clothes which are too small and you don’t know what to do, maybe donate them back to the uniform shop. The money from these goes back into the school.
Karen Davies – Uniform Coordinator
Congratulations to all the below students who received merit awards:
Layden Evans, Georgia Holden, Forest Pasian, Zoe Plumb, Tej Patel, Maddison Cole, Sienna Tomkinson, Fletcher McNoon, Larissa West, Talia Millington, Jesse Griggs, Joel Wilson, Alex Dow, Mitchell Ward, Peyton Mann, Ayumi Pasian, Jasmine Redmond, Sienna Pratt, Zara Jackson,Makayla Done, Alexis Holdway, Lila Johnston, Levi Ludlam, Grace Rush, Lucy Templeton, Olivia Headlam, Zac Shaw, Scarlet Baker, Zenya Basile, Ciara Johnston, Haylet Elliott, Katie Jones, Evalyn Patten, Anesha Cherrington, Zitong Gao, Lacee Rudd, Mikaylah Stuart, Ashlyn Thursby, Asher Tonihi, Zander Basile, Bailey Hermosilla, Erikca Phillips-Mitchell, Isla Pritchard, Xanthe Nobbs, Cienna McAllay, Declan Baker, Lucy Rogers, Jayce Cusack, Charlotte Ward, Madden Smith, Austin Chennel, Addison Tanner, Imogen Bubb, Hannah Machin, Blake Valli, Layla Edmunds, Indiana Birch, Zekira Koro, Adante Wanto, Eloise Cavanagh, Kaelys Bishop, Freya Smith, Hayley Daulby, Ronon Williams, Mackenzie Denham, Himaksh Patel, Trey Hallett, Zoe Winfield, Lucy Hill, Riley Marfia, Charlotte Ward, Bailey Johnstone, Alex Sommerville, Luke Newport, Mischa Francis, Joel Williams, Declan Van den Berg, Josiah Gibb, Logan Clements, Cooper Glover and Annabelle Robson.
We are now taking Kindy enrolments for 2021. Please either come into the front office to collect an application form or download it from the school website. We require a Birth Certificate, Immunisation records, (from MyGov). We also require proof of address e.g. utility bill, unless you have other children enrolled in our school.
Please note: Applications close on Friday 24th July 2020.
On Wednesday 3rd June, the students participated in the annual cross country competition. While it was a little different not having the parents supporting on the start – finish line, it was awesome to see the support around the outside of the school. After asking some students what they thought “It made me want to run faster” one student said.
In the end we had an overall winning House and this year it was “Winton Warriors”, followed by Stanley Strikers, Cowan crusaders and lastly Charlesworth Chargers.
Unfortunately, there will be no interschool cross country race. Fingers crossed we will have an interschool athletics carnival.
A big thank you goes to my house captains who helped me run the carnival so smoothly.
Our 2020 P & C Committee Members are:
President: Tara Brown
Vice President: Matt Marchese
Secretary: Linda Jubb
Fundraising Executive: Julie Marchese
Fundraising coordinator: Kaesy Tomkinson
WHAM: Julie Marchese and Hollie Norman
Uniform Executive: Tanya Meyer
Uniform Coordinator: Karen Davies
Canteen Executive: Hollie Norman
Canteen Coordinator: Shandi Blechynden