The Magic of Maths – a parent perspective

This week we welcome Prep parent, Stefan Walter, to the blog.

Following the Parent Night with Michael Ymer in May, and Sophie’s recent blog about the magic of maths, Stefan and his wife were inspired to investigate more about mathematics, and in particular the potential barriers for some students and how they can be overcome. This is what they discovered –

http://www.boredpanda.com/lego-math-teaching-children-alycia-zimmerman/It appears that overcoming problems with maths has a lot to do with changing mindsets, not only for the child, but also for the parents, carers, and anyone else close to the child (something KPS teachers already know). Continue reading

100 Days of Prep – That’s 100 Days of Wonderful

One minute you’re packing the bag for their first day of school and the next they’ve clocked up one hundred days!  Prep teacher, Sophie Apperly, shares the 100 Days of Prep celebration.

100 days 5On the 28th July, the Preps celebrated 100 days of school with a number of fun craft and maths activities – focusing on the number 100, of course! Continue reading

Never Eat Soggy Weetbix

Thank you to Katie Braemar for this week’s post –

nesw-4Never Eat Soggy Weetbix. Naughty Elephants squirt water.There are many ways to remember the order of directions North South East West which the Middle School had fun sharing as part of an orienteering incursion last Tuesday. Continue reading

The Magic of Maths

Maths magician, Michael Ymer, has spent lots of time at KPS, running sessions for teachers, parents and kids about strategies for learning maths. This week, Sophie Apperly shares the details of one of Michael’s classroom sessions –

Ymer Maths 1Michael Ymer brought humourous stories to our Maths, along with magic tricks and big words such as STATISTICIAN and PROFESSOR. Continue reading

It’s on again! KidsFest 2016

The countdown is on to our second annual KPS KidsFest! This week, Mr Penson provides all the answers to your burning KidsFest questions so that you’ll be well and truly ready to maximise your fun on the big day!

kids-fest-2WHAT IS KIDSFEST?

KidsFest is a special mini fair fundraising event with a focus on our kids! Essentially it is a fun afternoon that is run by our students and for our students. All monies raised will be directed towards projects and equipment that the students decide on. So if you have any ideas please let me know. Continue reading

Fostering secure attachment in children

One of the greatest worries for parents whose child is beginning school is the separation – will their child be crying at the classroom door or clutching their legs in a desperate attempt to have them stay? Or will they be tearing through the gate without a backward glance? This week, Penny Gibson, who is a child and family therapeutic specialist with Capacity Consulting and Coaching, and also part of the KPS community, provides some insight into how to promote healthy ‘attachment’ in primary-school-aged children

circle-of-securityAttachment is the affectional bond between a child and their caregiver and it cultivates from birth, when a baby uses signals to activate their caregiver to care tor them and meet their needs. Being attached to others is a matter of safety and certainty in a world full of perceived threats and dangers. Continue reading

You make me feel like dancing!

kids-dancing-1You make me feel like dancing… wanna dance the afternoon away….”

Okay, that’s not quite how the song goes but when you’re six-years-old, you’re not exactly hitting the tiles at 2am. Instead, KPS students converged on the hall last Friday night for the annual school disco.

A lot may have changed over the years but school dances stay the same – the excitement, the energy (brought about by loud music and red cordial) and kids showing off the moves they’ve been practicing in the privacy of their bedroom.

My earliest memories of dancing begin when I was in Prep – my carefully planned sixth birthday party was destroyed when I came down with the mumps. I was devastated but cheered up when I was presented with a copy of ABBA’s Arrival. While I may have lost points on the Prep social scene by cancelling my party, I made up ground by inviting people over after school to listen to Arrival. Within weeks, we had carefully choreographed routines to Money, Money, Money; Knowing Me Knowing You; and, of course, Dancing Queen. Continue reading