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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KPS Athletics Day

Thank you to Theodore and Elika from 5AB for their delightful report on Athletics Day.

Every year, many children at Kew PS tend to get excited when they hear the words Athletics Day and this year was no different! There was much fear that the weather would interfere but luckily for us, the sun shone for most of the day. Continue reading

Swimming Sports 2018

House Swimming

The first major sporting event at Kew PS in 2018 was the annual House Swimming Carnival. It was fantastic to see everyone in their house colours whilst cheering, chanting and supporting each other. Throughout the day the performances in the pool accurately reflected the schools motto ‘Be Worthy’ as everyone put 100% into every event they were competing in. Continue reading

What a term it was!

It has been another big sporting term at Kew Primary School. I was so proud of all our sporting accomplishments but in particular the highlight was our House Cross Country. Also the gymnastics program across the school has been a success, especially using the new equipment in lessons. I also really enjoyed hearing from our students about their exciting experiences in sport. Below are just three of our main events this term, thank-you Feargus, Amelie and Joanne for sharing your thoughts.

Clare Pentreath

Year 6 Hooptime
by Feargus 6CA

As soon as the Grade 6’s heard that Hoop Time Basketball was coming up, it was all that everyone was talking about. Questions rushed through our minds. What team were we going to get in? Would we have our friends in our team? Would we get to division? 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

You’ve just got to give it a try…

I have another confession to make; it’s not quite as big as not paying my voluntary fees, but it’s up there. It leaves me and the kids with time on our hands at the weekends and at a bit of a loss when the conversation takes a particular turn. But to be honest, I don’t lose much sleep over it and secretly I’m quite please – but I don’t say that out loud very often.

We don’t like sport in our family, watching it or playing it. There you go; I said it! It’s not that I’ve got anything against it particularly – I think it’s actually a good thing, especially for the kids – it’s just not our thing.

So it came as a surprise recently when I was watching my kids in the back yard to discover that they had some sporting skills! They could throw – in a number of different ways – and catch and bowl and bat and even dribble and pass a soccer ball. Aah, I thought, that must be Erin’s fault! And as it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about a member of staff I thought I’d catch up with our very own PE teacher, Erin Willett.

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How did you end up with us at Kew Primary, Erin?

Many people don’t remember but I started at Kew Primary School as an emergency teacher in 2009. I’d just moved to Melbourne after living in Geelong for eight years where I’d studied and gone on to teach at Leopold Primary School. I’d been a Year 5 and Year 3 teacher, as well as Year Level Coordinator and Whole School Events Coordinator.

I started doing some emergency teaching while I found my feet in Melbourne and Kew PS was a nearby school. I got many days as Kew as well as other local schools. I found I was really starting to think about switching my teaching focus from the classroom to my other passion and major at university, Health and Physical Education. A part time PE role at Richmond West Primary School was followed by my current job, PE teacher at Kew PS.


Can you tell us a little about what your job entails?

There are many parts to the job of a PE teacher. There is the day to day teaching and planning of classes across all the year levels (just as well I’m good at remembering names!), planning clinics and excursions, maintaining the school equipment, organising Interschool Sport for the senior students, overseeing the Bike Ed program and running our major carnivals, Athletics and Cross Country. It is exhausting and very fulfilling! Skills that are very important are organisation, patience and remaining calm when things don’t always go to plan. I’ve got the first two sorted and continue to work on the third!

So what’s the most important part of your job?

Encouraging participation and sportsmanship are the main focuses of my role. There are many different approaches to being a PE teacher; I choose to work hard on encouraging everyone to give their best effort always, no matter what their best is and support one another to do so.

Students need to feel emotionally safe when playing sport as well as physically. My feedback is important, but just as important is the feedback students give one another. These can both affect their self-esteem and belief about their capabilities for years to come. Adapting lessons to ensure everyone participates and experiences success is key to a meaningful physical education program.


Do you think male and female PE teachers can approach things quite differently?

I remember my PE teachers throughout my schooling and I remember having a few female high school PE teachers, but overall they were predominantly men. I don’t think there are any advantages or disadvantages either way, however I think it can be very powerful for our girls to see female roles models in positions that require a real ‘have-a-go’ approach and stepping outside the square.

I love shooting a basketball or whacking a cricket ball just as much as anyone, and often get my hands dirty! I believe if the students see that it helps show them they can do anything they want; you’ve just got to give it a try.

If you spend all day, all week, doing sport do you ever actually feel like doing any yourself?

I need to know a little bit about a lot of sports and skills, but I’m not a professional at any of them! I played tennis right through primary and high school, took up basketball at uni and then triathlon when I started teaching. I now run regularly and enjoy going to the gym when I have some energy left at the end of a school day! I’m not the best at controlling a soccer ball, and I definitely can’t always kick a footy straight, but I have a go at everything.

At school I’m not afraid to make mistakes or show the kids I’m not perfect. I hope this encourages them to try everything and not be scared if it doesn’t work the first, second or third time. Winning is one thing, but to have a healthy attitude and understanding for life is far more important in my book!

Thanks Erin, and thanks for teaching my girls how to throw and catch properly!

Jacqui Tomlins