It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through Term 1. I want to congratulate all of your children who, despite the challenges going on in the world right now have settled into their routines and structure for 2022 so well. Being resilient is such an important life skill that is becoming more and more essential in our daily lives.
We are pleased to welcome two new teachers to our school community this week. The new Kindy Possums teacher is Ms Mia Illiano and we have Ms Catherine Ratcliffe taking Room 17 for the rest of the term. We are very excited to have these new faces in our school. I know you will join me in providing them with a big KPS welcome.
St John First Aid
We are so lucky to have St John Ambulance representatives in our school this week to run age appropriate first aid for our children. This is such a valuable service that provides students with guidance of what to do in case of an emergency and contributes to making our community a safer place.
Masks Mandates Yr 3 – Yr 6
It has just been announced that from Thursday 3 March, masks will be mandated for students from Year 3 and above. I will update you with operating guidelines as soon as more information comes to light.
As cases of COVID-19 increase within the community, the level of anxiety and uncertainty will become more prevalent in society. Over the last two weeks, there have been rumours circulating of confirmed cases at Kelmscott Primary School. I can unequivocally inform you that we have had no known positive cases of COVID-19 at our school. There have been cases of students that have tested positive in isolation, however, in all of these instances we were aware and had confirmation they tested negative after attending school.
We are prepared to manage any potential outbreak within our school. When this occurs, I will communicate the information immediately. We would never withhold this, so please do not pay attention to any communications that haven’t been directly sent out by the school.
What is the KPS Tracking Book and how is it used?
At Kelmscott Primary School (KPS). Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a vital component of creating and maintaining a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all. We encourage positive attitudes through the explicit teaching and modelling of our core values (Pride, Respect, Responsibility and Safety). Positive and negative behaviours are recorded and monitored for intervention. All classes also participate in Zones of Regulation lessons which teaches students about, and strategies to understand, emotional regulation.
The student ‘tracking book’ is used in all classes. It is a monitoring system for low level behaviours, and it is not uncommon for a student to be placed in the tracker. This is a tool used for teachers to communicate between specialist classes, and between teachers from year to year. If a student isn’t entered into the tracking book for a term they will achieve ‘advanced standing’ and get an extra reward.
Kelmtastics and the tracking books are both used to track student data and used by administration to determine areas of need.
When children eat well they behave better, are able to listen, and can concentrate for longer. Packing a healthy school lunchbox will help your child to learn and be happy at school. Don’t forget to pack a serve of cut up fruit or vegetables that your child can eat for an extra snack!
Our out of hours school care provider has started operating onsite at KPS. It is a great opportunity for your children to have a structured day care experience without having to leave the school grounds. Please contact them directly with them for more information on 9473 8402 or 9473 8407.