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

And they’re racing!

We could not have asked for a better day for last week’s House Cross Country meet. While Mr Penson and Kerry limbered up ahead of their participation in every race, Clare made sure the competitors were physically and psychologically ready to run. I took careful note of her words of wisdom at the start of the U11 Boys race – “I want you to push out of your comfort zone. I’m not asking you to vomit but work hard.” (Excellent advice – I’ll remember this next time I go out for yum cha).

Over to Clare Connor for the results –

cross-country-2016-1What a sensational sunny day for our Cross Country at Hays Paddock on Tuesday 19th April. As the year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students entered the main entrance, the oval was soon filled with colour and excited cheers. Continue reading

The Peppercorn – not just a tree

The Peppercorn tree, that dominates the centre of the playground, is not ‘just a tree’. It’s an outdoor learning space (you’ll often see classes enjoying the shade while hard at work); it’s a meeting place (all KPS kids know that ‘under the tree’ refers to our beautiful Peppercorn); it’s play equipment (is there any greater joy for kids than conquering the branches of a big tree?); and it’s symbolic for the school, lending naming rights to both a writing competition and a biannual BBQ.

Alex St.Claire gives the lowdown on the upcoming Peppercorn BBQ, to be held on Friday, February 19th, from 5-7pm.

peppercorn-bbq-4What is the Peppercorn BBQ? Continue reading

Words Worth Listening To

Last week, the Grade fives and sixes did something that can make many adults break out in a nervous sweat – public speaking. We shouldn’t underestimate how challenging this task can be for kids but at the same time, public speaking is a skill that, if learnt early, will serve you well for life.

words-worth-listening-to-4Seeing and hearing our accomplished senior school students made me think about my own public speaking experience and how it very much shaped my teens and what I did at university. When I was 15, I went on school exchange to Germany. One of the conditions of the exchange program was that I complete a Toastmasters public speaking course. I loathed it (and only kept going because of the promise of lederhosen and strudel in my future). Continue reading

A SPECTACULAR end to term three

Thanks to Shelley Ware for this week’s post on Kew Primary’s part in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.

VSSS-4It was so exciting for Kew PS students from year 5 and 6 to be involved in the 20th anniversary State Schools Spectacular. The theme, What’s Your Story?, paid tribute to the wonder of story telling and the power of the imagination. Continue reading