He’s doing the worm!

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

On Monday 6th May, the Preps had an incursion from CERES. We learnt all about worms and ‘mini beasts’. Alice, from CERES, brought in a bunch of exciting resources including millipedes, slaters, worms, insect hotels, a toy worm called ‘Wormie’ and magnifying glasses. The preps inquired into cycles, composting, bugs in our school environment and how to attract more bugs to our school. Continue reading

Enrichment at KPS

Thank you to Natalie Ryan for this week’s post about the KPS Enrichment Program.

At Kew Primary School the Enrichment Program is designed to support students to achieve their best outcomes in key areas, such as Literacy and Numeracy. It sets a platform on which skills are built and extended upon. Selection is based on a range of relevant testing data and assessment. Some students require additional assistance to reach the expected achievement levels or may benefit from the challenges that extension activities provide. At KPS we are committed to ensuring that all KPS students achieve their very best. 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

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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Because we C.A.R.E

Thank you to Laura Ellenby, PYP Inquiry Leader and Prep Classroom Teacher, for this week’s reflections on the C.A.R.E program –

Our C.A.R.E values guide our actions, our words and our thinking. They lead us to be the best people we can be. Each term we have a C.A.R.E day which focuses on one of these values. We engage in learning experiences in mixed groups throughout the school. These are valuable learning opportunities which push us beyond our comfort zone, helping us to reflect upon ourselves as people. Continue reading

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