A Swimmingly Wonderful Junior School Excursion

Thank you to Sophie Apperly for this week’s post about the Junior School excursion to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

As part of the Junior School’s Geography Inquiry Unit – “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” the Year 1 and Year 2 students ventured into the city for lunch by the Yarra at Batman Park and then to the ‘Save our Seas’ program at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Continue reading

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

And they’re racing…

At Hays Paddock on the 25th May eight schools competed at the Kew District Cross Country. It was a calm, cool day with no rain, prefect conditions for running. This event was a great celebration of endurance running and sportsmanship. All competitors shook hands at the start of the race and wished their rival runners all the best for the run.
Parents from all schools were dotted around the course at checkpoints. This ensured that the runners were safe and cross country rules are enforced. The parents cheered all the competitors along, which I am sure helped spur on a few runners through some tough moments of their race. Well done to Kerry Lomas who was on the bike for all races, leading the runners around Hays Paddock. Continue reading

The Magic of Maths – a parent perspective

This week we welcome Prep parent, Stefan Walter, to the blog.

Following the Parent Night with Michael Ymer in May, and Sophie’s recent blog about the magic of maths, Stefan and his wife were inspired to investigate more about mathematics, and in particular the potential barriers for some students and how they can be overcome. This is what they discovered –

http://www.boredpanda.com/lego-math-teaching-children-alycia-zimmerman/It appears that overcoming problems with maths has a lot to do with changing mindsets, not only for the child, but also for the parents, carers, and anyone else close to the child (something KPS teachers already 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

Blue, white and red – or should that be bleu, blanc et rouge?

french-9Many thanks to Madame Temple for this week’s post about a special day held at school last week.

On Wednesday 25th November we had a whole school French day with a puppet theatre incursion and dress-up. The school yard looked very colourful with the French colours bleu, blanc and rouge, and many students dressed as characters from Cinderella. Continue reading