STA @ KPS

Did you know we have a speech therapy program at Kew Primary? Speech therapy assistant, Natalie Grummitt, tells us more about the program.

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Reading, coding and our favourite books in the Library

It’s been a big year for Library – thousands of books borrowed (with some clear favourites on high rotation); Book Week and the Premier’s Reading Challenge. But that’s not all that happened in the Library – Ruth Woolven reports.

This term we have celebrated our reading achievements across the school. All students completed the Premiers’ Reading Challenge and received a certificate.  Books are logged that students read at home, read in class and read in library. Sometimes the students complete the reading and logging themselves and sometimes the reading is shared and the books are logged by staff.  The end result is that all students have experienced many, many stories. In fact a total of 20807 books were read between March and September – this is a huge achievement. One benefit in participating in the challenge is that students are required to read a certain number of books from the challenge list – these books are recognised as being quality literature. Continue reading

Playing in the big league!

Thank you to Moritz of 5AB for this comprehensive softball report!

After the Kew Primary softball mixed team easily won the district competition, we had to wait a long time for the next stage which was division. After some last minute practice sessions before school, on Tuesday the 16th of October we finally went to division at Myrtle Park. We went up against three other schools, Ashburton Primary, Greythorn Primary and Balwyn Primary for a place at Regionals. Division was a bit more difficult because there were more rules that we weren’t used to playing by, for example, stealing bases. Continue reading

Time for pedal power!

I have a friend who doesn’t know how to ride a bike. It might not seem like a big deal – when you’ve reached 50-years-old and got by without riding, you could safely assume that you’ll manage to bypass bike-riding events for the next few decades. However, as my friend occasionally says, learning to ride represents more – it’s a childhood rite-of-passage, it’s about conquering fear, it’s feeling the wind in your hair.

I’ve encouraged my friend to learn to ride as an adult – perhaps some secret lessons at Macleay Park while the kids are at school?!. She cites the prospect of wobbling along, falling off, feeling out of control, and awkward dismounts as a middle-age-broken-bone-waiting-to-happen but I reckon that given she talks about, she’s psyching herself up – after all, we never stop learning.

The Kew Primary bike education program caters for riders of all skill levels – some kids learn to ride over the five-week program, while others fine-tune their skills. Diamanto Pantazis tells us more about the program.

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Making models

Thank you to the Junior School Team for this week’s post.

This term the Junior School had the opportunity to take part in a technology inquiry incursion run by Mini BOSS. During the 3-hour session students worked in groups to design and construct a model that served a purpose. Continue reading

Junior school students go back to the future

When my eldest child was in Prep, his class was learning about the ‘olden days’. Deciding to show his classmates a true artefact from the olden days, my son took my typewriter to school. After answering questions about how old I was and whether there was electricity when I was growing up (!), the kids all had a turn on the typewriter. Needless to say, the satisfaction of typewriter keys hitting the paper, the ‘ding’ of the return, and rolling a fresh page in to the machine, is timeless. 

Thank you to the Junior School team for this week’s look at what our youngest students are learning about technology.

This term the Junior School students and teachers have been having lots of fun looking into old, current and new technologies. This is all part of our new Inquiry unit, ‘Back to the Future’, exploring the central idea that technology gives us clues into the past and future. This unit will culminate in a ‘Shark Tank’ style of presentation, whereby students will be tasked to design a piece of technology for the future and present their idea to a panel of teachers, parents and their peers for assessment. Continue reading

Special Places Mapping

Maths and geography combine! Thank you to the Year 1 students for this week’s post about their mapping project.

Have you ever found yourself lost at Sorrento or Falls Creek?

Have you ever wondered what would be the best way to get around Hays Paddock, Eglinton Park or even Venus Bay?

Well…the Year 1 students would certainly be able to help you and steer you in the right direction. Continue reading