It’s on again! KidsFest 2016

The countdown is on to our second annual KPS KidsFest! This week, Mr Penson provides all the answers to your burning KidsFest questions so that you’ll be well and truly ready to maximise your fun on the big day!

kids-fest-2WHAT IS KIDSFEST?

KidsFest is a special mini fair fundraising event with a focus on our kids! Essentially it is a fun afternoon that is run by our students and for our students. All monies raised will be directed towards projects and equipment that the students decide on. So if you have any ideas please let me know. Continue reading

The Peppercorn – not just a tree

The Peppercorn tree, that dominates the centre of the playground, is not ‘just a tree’. It’s an outdoor learning space (you’ll often see classes enjoying the shade while hard at work); it’s a meeting place (all KPS kids know that ‘under the tree’ refers to our beautiful Peppercorn); it’s play equipment (is there any greater joy for kids than conquering the branches of a big tree?); and it’s symbolic for the school, lending naming rights to both a writing competition and a biannual BBQ.

Alex St.Claire gives the lowdown on the upcoming Peppercorn BBQ, to be held on Friday, February 19th, from 5-7pm.

peppercorn-bbq-4What is the Peppercorn BBQ? Continue reading

The Middle School introduces the FISH Philosophy

It’s a philosophy with a funny name but Elizabeth Murray tells us a little bit about how FISH is changing our middle school –

FISH philosophy-1This year, the Middle School has been looking at developing a culture based around the FISH Philosophy. There are four main principles in the FISH Philosophy. These are Play, Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day and Be There. Continue reading

Our Kewmunity buzz

CT1I love helping out at school swimming because it’s an opportunity for a solid half hour of chatting to other parents – it’s great to catch-up but as Alex St.Claire reveals, there are more ‘formal’ (and informal) social events for parents at KPS – and they’re all good fun.

There’s no doubting our passion for community at Kew Primary School. We even have our own brand for it – Kewmunity. Continue reading

Tom – tearing it up in the playground!

Tom's first School PicHave you seen a little Preppie tearing around the playground on legs and wheels? That’s Tom.

Like his friends, Tom has his favourite classroom and playground activities (the sandpit and ball games rate highly, as does reading) and he’s settled into school life wonderfully (remember, it’s a big jump from kinder to school). But Tom had a very different start to life compared to his classmates. His mum and dad, Jen and Andrew, have shared Tom’s story to help people understand more about him. Continue reading

Community at Kew

My three ‘stand-outs’ for KPS

Claire Tanner has two daughters at KPS, Elise (grade 3), and Tara (grade 1). She loves spending time with family and friends, and regularly enjoys a latte or two at Kew Nursery Cafe, which sometimes doubles as an office. She thinks it’s great to be married to John Mifsud. She enjoys doing voluntary work, working in the Church and as a Relationship Consultant.P1060540

When James asked us to name three positive things about KPS in the recent parent/carer survey the first one came to mind immediately: the great sense of community, followed by the amazing diversity, and the talent – tapped and untapped – of our teacher/parent/student community.

Community vibe or “sense of community” – as one grade five student wrote in her student survey – is, I believe, special to our school. There is a strong sense of community among the teachers/leaders and among parents and students which fosters a willingness to work together to make our school great.

It’s certainly been challenging over the past three years to maintain and nurture our community. We have discovered that community doesn’t mean that we all think the same way, but is based on respect for our diversity. It involves trust, honesty and forgiveness.

This sense of community is demonstrated in lots of practical way throughout the school year. The families who do a great job at our working bees, the parents who organise and support our Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ day events, and the many parents who volunteer in all sorts of different ways. (You can book for our Mothers’ Day lunch here).

This year we have a new Fathers’ Association (kpsfass@gmail.com) and will be launching our very own Art Show (http://www.splashart.com.au) as well. Continue reading