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.

What is the Speech Therapy Assistant (STA) program at KPS? Continue reading

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Mindfulness Stones

Is it too early in the year to declare my favourite school project for 2017? Because this is it. Kerry Lomas tells us more –

We live in a fast paced world and there is an enormous need for children to develop the skills they require to cope with these changes and the speed at which they are happening. This includes learning how to manage attention and developing skills in stress management, compassion and resilience. This was a strong focus in Kick Start Kew this year. 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

Healthy and thriving: Our KPS Canteen

This week, Alex St Claire shares some thoughts on the school canteen (and how lucky Kew Primary is to have one).

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Despite many Australian schools shutting down canteens – and even outsourcing to local fast food outlets – due to a lack of volunteers, Kew Primary’s canteen is a thriving hub of parent helpers.

Current government policy sets nutritional standards for school canteens, which have proven too expensive for many schools to maintain without parent support. At KPS, we are lucky enough to have the parent support to offer a range of healthy and wholesome food Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Continue reading

You know the saying ‘Bigger than Ben Hur’? That.

bike-ed-1Ben Hur, the Royal Wedding, a Broadway production of The Lion King… putting on those shows is a cinch compared to the annual Kew Primary School Bike Education Celebration Ride. It’s a day of epic proportions – huge achievements, big hills, a massive barbeque lunch and loads of helpers – a lot of sweat, peddle-power, high-vis vests and sausages goes into making the day a success. 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