A is for Achievement

On Thursday 15th June Kew Primary School celebrated C.A.R.E. Day. We focused on A for Achievement.

We sat in the gym and listened to Don Elgin our guest speaker. He spoke about his achievements and even though he was born with one leg, a heart condition and fingers that were clutched and stuck, he never gave up. As a kid he loved playing footy and riding a motorcycle. Later he became a great athlete and went to many Paralympic Games. He showed his prosthetic leg. One of his greatest achievements was when he learnt to skip when others doubted he could ever do it. Continue reading

How do you kick a goal if there are no goal posts?

One of my kids is very outcome focused – less about the ‘journey’ and more about the ‘destination’. This can be a good and a bad thing – on the plus side, someone who is outcome focused simply gets on with tasks and gets things done. Mornings for this child are a breeze, as they tick off what they have to do to get out the door on time. However, the flip side is that when a task requires time for reflection, feedback and adjustment, it can be challenging.

A recent project that this child was given, required a detailed plan, testing of a design, feedback and then revisions to the plan. The usual ‘do the homework on the first night’ wasn’t going to cut it. Much to my child’s horror, the end design didn’t ‘work’ in the way that they’d anticipated and they were worried that they’d get a bad mark for the project. I explained that the point of the exercise was not to have a perfect working model but instead, to show how they had incorporated feedback and made adjustments to their design. And I knew this because of the rubric – very handy tools for students (and parents) in understanding their learning.

rubric-1024x768I asked Sally Marsh and Andrew Wood to share some more information about rubrics and how they are used at KPS. Continue reading

Are we nuts?

A friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook on the eve of school’s return for 2016 and people went nuts (not in a good way).

The picture showed a ‘Back to School’ Nutella display in the supermarket. She added a brief comment about nut allergies and the fact that school lunches and Nutella are not terribly compatible.

nutella-displayShe was absolutely shouted-down – comments about “food police”, the fact that people should be able to eat what they like, and that kids with allergies “just have to learn”, dominated. Continue reading

The Middle School introduces the FISH Philosophy

It’s a philosophy with a funny name but Elizabeth Murray tells us a little bit about how FISH is changing our middle school –

FISH philosophy-1This year, the Middle School has been looking at developing a culture based around the FISH Philosophy. There are four main principles in the FISH Philosophy. These are Play, Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day and Be There. Continue reading

Advice for Preps (you might have to ask a grown-up to read this to you)

tips-for-preps-1Hello to all the new Prep students for 2015!

It’s exciting being at school but there’s also lots of new things to learn – such as when is it lunchtime? Where do we sit at assembly? If the teacher sends me to “Run a message over to the office”, how fast should I run?

I’ve had four kids in Prep at Kew Primary School and of course, I was a Prep, many, many years ago. Here are a few tips to make your Prep year truly tops –

1 . Your parents are probably asking you about school all the time. Tiring I know, but they’re busting to hear if you’re having fun. Throw them a bone and tell them something about your day.

2. At some stage, you’ll accidentally call your teacher ‘Mum’. Don’t stress, even the grade six students sometimes make that mistake.

3. Lining up at the canteen can seem a little stressful but if you ask for something in a loud, clear voice and remember your ‘pleases’ and ‘thank-yous’, then Sally (the canteen manager), will not mind waiting while you count out two dollars worth of five cent pieces. Continue reading

Let’s take a walk

This week Martin von Wyss shares some thoughts on leaving the car at home and putting on the walking shoes (hint: it’s a good idea!).

Did you know that October is officially known to the Department of Health as Walk to School month? Kew Primary School is on board and Boroondara City Council is also willing and funded to assist us. So what is it all about?

The website, walktoschool.vic.gov.au spells out the initiative, gives tips on what’s good about walking and dispels myths that might stop parents and carers from walking to school with their children. It also touches on how important it is for older children to experience the independence of walking to school alone and learning to navigate their way through their neighbourhood. Continue reading