A new year (for parents as well as students)

helloIt was strange walking through the gates on the first day of school this year. For the first time in all the years my kids have been at Kew Primary, it seemed there were more new faces than familiar ones. And babies – lots of babies in prams and toddlers tearing around the playground, no doubt wondering when it’s their turn to go to school.

It’s a natural changing-of-the-guard. At one point, I had kids in the junior, middle and senior school – over their four classes and eight years (my first child started at KPS in 2008), I got to meet lots of families – chatting at pick-up time, helping with classroom activities and at school social events. Continue reading

Mad About Science comes to our senses

Things got noisy and tasty (what?!) at a recent Prep incursion. Sophie Apperly tells us more –

prep-1The Preps explored the five senses of hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste when Matt from Mad About Science visited Kew Primary for a Biological Science incursion. The Junior School Hall was abuzz with activity and excitement as the Preps completed a number of experiments and tests using their ears, eyes, hands, nose and tongue. 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

100 Days of Prep – That’s 100 Days of Wonderful

One minute you’re packing the bag for their first day of school and the next they’ve clocked up one hundred days!  Prep teacher, Sophie Apperly, shares the 100 Days of Prep celebration.

100 days 5On the 28th July, the Preps celebrated 100 days of school with a number of fun craft and maths activities – focusing on the number 100, of course! Continue reading

The Magic of Maths

Maths magician, Michael Ymer, has spent lots of time at KPS, running sessions for teachers, parents and kids about strategies for learning maths. This week, Sophie Apperly shares the details of one of Michael’s classroom sessions –

Ymer Maths 1Michael Ymer brought humourous stories to our Maths, along with magic tricks and big words such as STATISTICIAN and PROFESSOR. Continue reading

When the BIG RED TRUCK came to Kew

I arrived at school pick-up last week to the sound of delighted shrieks, jets of water and flashing lights. Exactly what was going on?! Sophie Apperly and the Prep team tells us –

prep-4When the BIG RED TRUCK (otherwise known as a Fire Engine) visited the Preps at Kew Primary School, there was wide-eyed excitement and happiness from ALL…not just the students! Continue reading