It is hard to believe that we are into August already. The term at Kingston has started nicely and our classes are well settled and working hard. Thank you to our entire community for settling into a new normal so quickly.
$2.5m Stimulus Grant for Kingston Primary School
As you may have heard, the State Government is providing stimulus in many areas of our economy to help us “kick start” after COVID. On Monday, the State Government announced a $492 million package for 62 government schools in Western Australia.
Today our Murray Wellington MLA, Robyn Clarke announced at our assembly that Kingston Primary School was one of these lucky schools. Kingston Primary School as a result will be receiving a new classroom block to replace some of our many transportable classrooms. The value of this project is estimated at $2.5 million. At the time of writing this newsletter, we have not received a lot of detail about this project but we sure have a lot of ideas. As we receive further information I will keep the community and school board well informed of the details.
School Development Day (pupil free day)
Who wants a long weekend (with kids)????
This is a reminder that we have a Pupil Free day on Monday 17 August. The school will be closed to students on this day. Of course our staff will be using the time to attend professional learning sessions. This might be a great opportunity to organise an RDO and plan a long weekend with the family.
As you are probably aware we are able to hold our school assemblies again (almost as normal) under the stage 4 COVID guidelines. That is, back to normal for staff and students. The difference is mainly for parents. At this time parents are invited and welcome to attend our assembly if their child is receiving an award or performing/ speaking at the assembly. In both of these circumstances we will notify the family.
When you arrive at the assembly we ask that you remain outside of the undercover area. That is, stay under the veranda area but do not enter the actual assembly area. We will have signs up to remind you.
We are currently reviewing our technology resources in our school in relation to future budgets to ensure that we are getting the best possible use of our resources for our kids. It is also good practise to regularly review and assess our strategies and planning on a cyclic basis. Like many schools, our budget is tightly constrained.
Over the past months and coming days/weeks, I have asked our leadership team to engage in an evaluation related to our use of technologies in the curriculum, our BYOD program, the estimated requirements to replace infrastructure (the stuff we can’t see) when it is due, the pros and cons of buying verses leasing equipment, the changing nature of online student assessment, what we need to accommodate this as well as aligning our expenditure in specific areas with individual student and whole school improvement.
Our Digital Technologies committee along with English, Maths and others have done an excellent job over many years to enhance an innovative and forward thinking school culture at Kingston, and I commend this innovation and look for ways to continue the excellent work.
I had the unfortunate experience of supporting some school-leader colleague’s through the recent road tragedy in a Mandurah school community that resulted in the loss of life of one of their young students. I cannot stress enough, the importance of vigilant, very slow driving in our community. We regularly remind our students to take extreme care on the roads and footpaths. Sadly, we receive phone calls or reports of near misses before or after school. We all need to play our part to keep our roads safe. Please talk with your children regularly about road safety. Take them for walks, rides, scoots, and skates and show them, demonstrate and teach them how to be safe on the roads and paths.
Kingston PS - Centre of Excellence in Literacy
You may not be aware that Kingston Primary School is formally recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Literacy by our Education Department and Curtin University. We are one of five primary schools in Western Australia that is recognised and funded to coach and assist other schools in WA to improve their explicit teaching in Literacy. This week, we are hosting over 40 Teachers and Principals from around the state. They are visiting our classrooms to observe how we work, share our ideas and take away best practise strategies to apply in their schools. Thank you to our staff and students for your participation this week. – Well done.
Pupil Free Day - Monday 17th August
Year 6 Winter Carnival - Friday 21st August
School Photos - Tuesday 15th September, Wednesday 16th September and Thursday 17th September
Book Week dress up day - Wednesday 23rd September
Last day of Term 3 - Friday 25th September
This fortnight our Core Virtue is : Self-Discipline
Self-discipline means self-control. It is getting yourself to do what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You don't lose control of yourself when you feel hurt or angry, but decide how you are going to talk and what you are going to do. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.
I have self-discipline. I use my time well and get things done. I choose my actions with detachment.
Congratulations to all the below students who received merit awards:
Jayden Davidson, Lisa McMahon, Harry Thompson, Christopher Rankin, Tom Hinchcliffe, Indi Wallis, Lucas Marchese, Lilly Gray, Mayen Cannon, Emmie Proctor, Hayden Allen, Skyler Culhane, Britney Stanley, Levi Holden, Joelle Winiata, Isobelle Crisp, Avery Luscombe, Levi Radford, Hazel Gualter, Benjamin Holdway, Ari Ryan, Lachlan Spencer, Jack Meyer, Marley Vince, Rhys Freeman, Flynn Whiffen, Grace Parsons, Jonathon Hewton, Luke Reid, Oliver Birch, Ava De Vries, Martin O'Halloran, Jack Pratt, Henry Millington, Billie Challinger, Seth Eyre-Campbell, Kaley Hartnup, Amelia Cherrington, Georgia Thuel, The 'Amazing' LA5, Quinn-Rose Blond, Larah Black, Shelby Briggs, Eva Anderson, Kodee Russell, Duncan Hughes, Manaiya Wells, Zyon Brown, Alicia Mackay, Mason Meester, Marliee Gregorgy-Paterson, Arabella Bilston, Chloe McKeaig, Zekaia Koro, Zac De Graaf, Jake Bajaky, Heath Zannella, Mackenzie Harnett, Braedyn Whinney, Jacinta McMahon, Ayla Haskayne amd Deegan Clarke
We will have our Book Week in Week 10 this term. The theme for this year is: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds however we are happy to accept children in costumes from all book genres. Dress up day will be on Wednesday 23rd September.
Thank you for your continued support. Volunteers are much needed and very welcome in the canteen. If you have anytime spare please pop in and see us. We make a wonderful cuppa.
Roz and Meegan
The Canteen team
The uniform shop is open again - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30 - 9am.
We are having a sale on Sports Shirts, Child and Adult sizes. Limited stock in same sizes. Our Sale price is $18. Get in fast for your sports shirts. Sports days this year are the first and second Friday of term 4, so not that far away.
School Photos are coming up in September, we are fully stocked in Polo Shirts if you are wanting a new shirt for that special day.
Just a reminder, please write full names on your child's items so I can return lost property to your child. Some lost property only have first names and we do have a lot of children with the same first name in the school.
If you have school items that you don’t fit anymore, why not donate them back into our uniform shop. We do sell second hand clothes for $5 and proceeds go back to the school.
We are open Monday to Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30am to 9am. Or you can order online at quickcliq.com.au
Karen Davies – Uniform Coordinator
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