Thank you to our reporters, Caity and Patrick from 3/4C for this week’s interviews with two very important people at KPS.
Caity and Patrick spoke to Mr Penson –
How long have you been at Kew PS? For four years. I started in 2014.
When you first became (vice) principal, how did you feel? I was excited, energetic, a little bit nervous.
What was your most awkward, funny moment at KPS? Painting the principal. It was funny because so many children and my parents wanted to throw paint at me.
What are you going to do once you leave KPS? I’m going to be the principal at Greenhills Primary.
What is the biggest problem you have faced at KPS? We had to stop PA (Performing Arts) for a while (2.5 years.)
Why are you leaving? To be working a little bit closer to home and to try things that I have tried at KPS at other schools.
How do you feel about leaving KPS? I feel very sad, because I will miss the staff and the students. KPS is a great school and I enjoy being part of it.
What are the highlights of your time at KPS? Many inquiries are my highlight, new oval, positive play space and all the kids saying hello all the time. I also enjoy working with my staff team-they are an amazing team!
What is one word to describe KPS? Awesome!
Can you please give us an inspirational quote? “Be yourself, try your best and never give up.”
And they also spoke to Ms Grace –
When did you come to KPS? I came in July 2010.
When you first became (vice) principal, how did you feel? Very nervous, very NERVOUS, but excited as well.
What was your most awkward, funny moment at KPS? When we had an assembly and none of the sounds would work for the assembly so the kids had to sing the anthem without music.
What are you going to do once you leave KPS? Well, I’m going to travel to WA and SA. Then I am going to work with my daughter at her business.
What is the biggest problem you have faced at KPS? Sometimes the parents were upset, and I had to work through what they were upset about. And then also sorting out all the issues with the buildings, pipes, toilets and making sure the buildings were finished on time.
Why are you leaving? I think it’s time to leave and leave another vice principal in my place.
How do you feel about leaving KPS? Very Sad. I’ll cry on the last day. I love the staff and children.
What are the highlights of your time at KPS? The highlights of seeing how well the Kew kids have done with their learning, the oval being finished, having all the rooms with AC and employing new teachers.
What is one word to describe KPS? MAGNIFICENT!
Can you please give us an inspirational quote? KPS is full of awesome kids, fun-loving and fantastic teachers who try their hardest by teaching the kids really well and parents who try their best to make Kew kids better and better.