Let’s talk ovals

Testing the track at a Doncaster primary school

Testing the track at a Doncaster primary school

Last week you would have received a notice about an open forum to discuss the ‘School Oval Redevelopment Master Plan’ on Wednesday 11th June at 7pm, at the school.

The Buildings & Grounds sub-committee (B&G) have investigated a range of options for the management of the school oval and will present research undertaken for the three most relevant options at this stage (ranging from ‘do nothing’ to new synthetic or grass surfaces). B&G are open to other options which may end up warranting a similar level of investigation and all options are being considered in relation to broader school priorities, fundraising and a long-term, holistic plan for the oval

I asked the B&G sub-committee to give us a little more information about some of the options being considered for the oval. This week, Stewart Waters, convener of the B&G sub-committee and dad to Tom in grade three and Freddy in grade two, gives us his thoughts on synthetic surfaces. Continue reading

I’ve got a new name for Voluntary Contributions and I’m sure it will catch on


Right about now, you’ll be a receiving a reminder letter about Voluntary Contributions. It’s well timed (because June 30*, people).

I’d quite like to rebrand ‘Voluntary Contributions’. Yes, they are ‘voluntary’. Yes, they ‘contribute’ to the school’s budget. But what the name doesn’t reveal is this: that State Government funding does not provide all the funds needed to run a school. That the things that make a school a comfortable and fun place to be (such as new library books, cooling in the junior school building and the whiz-bang Apple TVs) rely on Voluntary Contributions.

So I’m thinking of an alternative name for Voluntary Contributions, something along the lines of ‘A Really Important Contribution That’s Put Toward Really Good Stuff for Your Kids and Although it’s Voluntary, it Would Be Really Good if You Paid it Promptly, Please’. I think it has a nice ring to it but accept it may require some editing… Continue reading

Where in the world is Katie?

Salt Pools

Salt Pools, Bolivia

At the beginning of the year, grade one teacher, Katie Braemar, traded the classroom in Kew for hiking boots and a very big adventure. So far, Katie’s travels have taken her from Rio de Janeiro and Bolivia to Buenos Aires and Argentina and she has kindly shared some of the details of her trip with us.

Confession: as soon as Katie’s email arrived, I put my Jealous Hat on (there is such a thing!). The pictures are spectacular and it sounds as if she is having an amazing time – I’m sure the kids will be excited to hear more details when she returns.

So, hot off the press from Bolivia, this is what Katie had to say – Continue reading

Mother’s Day all wrapped up


“Curl everything!” Maria cried, as I wrestled ribbon around a tricky-to-wrap miniature watering can (I became an expert ribbon-curler after helping wrap gifts for the annual KPS Mother’s Day stall).

This year, Alex St Claire took a behind-the-scenes peek at the Mother’s Day stall, in all its ribbon-curling, cellophane-wrapped glory and offers a few gift buying tips to families new to KPS –

Watching the children of Kew Primary School enter the Junior School Hall – wide eyed at the bright and beautiful array of Mother’s Day gifts – melts my heart every year.
The determination to find the perfect gift for their mum is written all over their face as they weigh up the cost of the gift, what mum would like and their own need for lip gloss or chocolates.

If you are yet to experience the joy of the Mother’s Day gift stall, here is what you need to know. Continue reading