Our world relies on water

Thank you to the Junior School team for this week’s post –

Year 1 and 2 students have been working hard over the past few weeks exploring water in our world. Under the trans-disciplinary theme of ‘Sharing the Planet’ students have delved into the central idea of ‘Our world relies on water’. Continue reading

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Let’s spend a week in the Library

Libraries are evolving spaces – yes, they are home to books but they are also places for learning in all sorts of ways; they provide a sanctuary when we need some ‘quiet time’; and they are meeting spot for various other activities. I happened to listen to a fantastic podcast this week, Palaces for the People, which described libraries as ‘social infrastructure’, and stresses the importance of them in our lives. If you have time, the podcast is certainly worth a listen but if not, know that the KPS Library is doing all the things that we need from good ‘social infrastructure’. Our librarian, Ruth, gives us a snapshot of a week in the Library –

Each class has one session in the library each week. In this time the students listen to a picture story book, return and borrow books and then settle down to sustained silent reading. Continue reading

The first five weeks

Thank you to the Prep team for this week’s post.

The year is off and racing and despite a few early teething issues, we are pleased to see that our preps have settled into school life quite seamlessly.

Learning to pack and unpack their school bag, where to line up at the end of recess and lunch, stacking the chairs at the end of the day are some of the everyday aspects of school the preps are busy implementing. Continue reading

Kicking off the year with a camp!

Thank you to Olivia, Renata and Nina for their report on the Grade 4 Camp at Mt. Evelyn.

On camp we had the best time! When we got there we got to find out our cabins and our activity groups. Each of the groups was named after an animal. They were Cockatoos, Snakes, Platypus, Koalas, Wallabies and Lizards. Continue reading

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