Principal’s Update #4 Term 3

What a wonderful few weeks it has been at KPS with the fantastic Faction Carnival, Father’s Day Breakfast, a visit from the Perth Wildcats and Book Week all being my personal highlights. It’s nice to see the weather warming up and hopefully the rain staying away so we can enjoy a well-earned break in two short weeks.

Father’s Day Breakfast and Paper Plane Competition

We had a massive turnout for our Fathering Project relaunch event. The event had such a positive community feel to it and was a great opportunity for father figures to interact with their children and school. Big thank you to Mr Grace for organising and Ashleigh Connor who managed to get a massive donation from Coles Noranda to supply the delicious breakfast. We will have more similar events coming next term.

Faction Carnival

I have been looking forward to my first faction carnival at KPS since I’ve been here and it didn’t disappoint. Students were told to go out there and give it their best no matter where they came. Well done to all the Champion Boys and Girls who demonstrated amazing athleticism. A massive thank you to Mr Donohue who organised the event. Also to Susan Smith and the rest of the P&C who spent the day selling raffle tickets and baked goods for our school. It was great to see so many parents and community cheering on their children.

Out of School Hours Care

You will receive a letter this week from the YMCA introducing the service they will provide here next year. We are looking forward to working in partnership with them to provide caring, affordable and convenient ‘out of school hours care’ for our school community.

Awesome Evening

Planning is well underway for what promises to be a fantastic night on Thursday 21 October. This will be a night to celebrate our school and officially open our new quad area. Each class will host a special stall and the P&C will be heavily involved. We will have a choir performance, smoking ceremony and then Dr Tony Buti MLA to cut the ribbon. Stay tuned for more information in the lead up to the date.

Enrolments

We have had a steady flow of enrolments for 2022 Kindergarten. If you haven’t already done so, please enrol to avoid missing out on a place.

Perth Wildcats

We were lucky enough to have NBL Basketball royalty Mr Bryce Cotton and Majok Majok come to KPS to run a basketball clinic for our students. They were even nice enough to sign autographs and take photos. A big thank you to Mr Grace for organising this wonderful opportunity for our students.

STEM in Room 4

Room 4 recently put the finishing touches to their prototype lunchboxes for their Term 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project.  The activity was a natural progression from the Waste Wise Audit and Incursion which promoted in-school recycling initiatives in Term 2. Knowledge gained from the Waste Wise Incursion inspired discussion around the minimisation of waste in student lunchboxes through the inclusion of healthier alternatives. Students were also encouraged to consider the cost advantages associated with the portion sizes of treats (e.g. treats, chips) when purchased in larger quantities, also further reducing the waste produced. Internal measurements of the students’ bags were also made during the design and planning phase, despite this, a number of students ended up with considerably large lunchboxes, possibly reflecting their appetites! Construction was left mainly to the students, with only minimal prompting and assistance from the teacher. Construction materials included foam, cardboard, bubble wrap, foam piping, pipe cleaners and other recycled pieces. On completion students were encouraged to reflect on their lunchbox design, whilst receiving feedback from their peers. The purpose of which was to consider potential improvements whilst sharing their ideas with their classmates.