Book Week Parade (advance warning!)

*to be read in the voice of a Junior School student*

Dear Mum and Dad,

You know the Book Week Parade* is coming up, right? Well, I really have to get my costume sorted out.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for weeks. Did you know that there are loads of great costume ideas on Pinterest? I’ve made a shortlist of thirty and I’ll probably have narrowed it down to ten by next week. I can hear you saying that there’s not much time to make an elaborate costume but rest assured that I will have picked my favourite by the night before the Parade. At the latest. Continue reading

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Junior school students go back to the future

When my eldest child was in Prep, his class was learning about the ‘olden days’. Deciding to show his classmates a true artefact from the olden days, my son took my typewriter to school. After answering questions about how old I was and whether there was electricity when I was growing up (!), the kids all had a turn on the typewriter. Needless to say, the satisfaction of typewriter keys hitting the paper, the ‘ding’ of the return, and rolling a fresh page in to the machine, is timeless. 

Thank you to the Junior School team for this week’s look at what our youngest students are learning about technology.

This term the Junior School students and teachers have been having lots of fun looking into old, current and new technologies. This is all part of our new Inquiry unit, ‘Back to the Future’, exploring the central idea that technology gives us clues into the past and future. This unit will culminate in a ‘Shark Tank’ style of presentation, whereby students will be tasked to design a piece of technology for the future and present their idea to a panel of teachers, parents and their peers for assessment. Continue reading

What does TASK stand for?

Thank you to TASK teacher, Bit McLean, for this week’s post about the KPS literacy support program, TASK..

The Literacy Support contingent of Targeted Additional Support at Kew (TASK) encourages children in the areas of reading and writing. Small, differentiated groups are targeted at their point of need to help to ensure that individual needs are addressed. TASK is based on appropriate testing data and assessment and involves teaching strategies to help students to improve their literacy skills in view of achieving the best that they can. Continue reading

KPS Athletics Day

Thank you to Theodore and Elika from 5AB for their delightful report on Athletics Day.

Every year, many children at Kew PS tend to get excited when they hear the words Athletics Day and this year was no different! There was much fear that the weather would interfere but luckily for us, the sun shone for most of the day. Continue reading

Meet Karen, our Acting Principal

Thank you to middle school students Annabel and Tilly for interviewing Karen Overall, our Acting Principal (spoiler alert: regarding footy, there’s yellow and black in the answers!).

Where were you before you came to Kew Primary School? I was the Principal at Belmore School. This is a school for children who have physical disabilities and health impairments. Continue reading

Eye spy the Tour de France

It would be reasonable to call the term two holidays a ‘sports break’, with the soccer and cycling dominating television screens and resulting in some very late nights! Carla Temple tells us a bit about the Tour de France, including a game to get kids engaged in the race.

On 1 July 1903, sixty pioneers set out on their bicycles for the first ever Tour de France. After six mammoth stages (Nantes – Paris, 471 km!), only 21 “routiers”, led by Maurice Garin, arrived at the end of this first epic. Having provoked a mixture of astonishment and admiration, le Tour soon won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds swelled. The French people took to their hearts this unusual event which placed their towns and their countryside in the global spotlight. Continue reading