We are now moving quickly towards the end of term four, and the end of 2023 as a school year. In fact there are now only 23 school days left between now and the summer holidays. At this time of the year schools become particularly intent as a great deal of planning work in action is required to ensure a successful end into one year and a positive, productive and smooth start to the next.
However even as we begin preparing the 2024, there's still a number of key events, activities and experiences for our 489 Kingsville students to enjoy and celebrate in 2023. For our Year Six students, this includes step up day, where students will visit their high schools for 2024 and beyond, Graduation, and excitingly, for our Year 6 students, celebrating the end of their time at KPS with a fun-filled day at Adventure Park
At the other end of the school, our 2024 foundation students visit and experience primary school for the first time across the three day transition programme. For all the levels in between events such as assemblies, KPS play day, and the other internal transition and step-up activities and programmes support all students in celebrating the end of a fantastic school year and prepare them for stepping into a new space for 2024.
During this time, I strongly encourage parents and families to engage with their child and KPS as possible as we spend these last 23 days together. In this way we are all able to celebrate and contribute towards a positive, engaging, and safe end to 2023.
Today we saw the first transitional foundation 2024 session held. These sessions are always landmark moments in the lives of Kingsville Primary School students and a celebration as we welcome into our school community the newest members of the Kingsville Primary School student cohort. 71 foundation students are enrolled for next year, an increase of over 10% from 2023.
As Acting Principal, I along with Assistant Principal Sam Eason, and Leading Teacher Blagma Veljanoska, welcomed parents and carers of new students in the school community in the first of three sessions held in the library. I am excited to say there were many current KPS parents who attended, along with those new to the KPS community. The information session was very well received, and provided an opportunity for questions and answers for members of the community.
A huge thank you to our Year 6 leaders who supported this session both by helping families find their way to the library, and by supporting our 2024 foundation students in the classroom. Our current Foundation teacher Rosemary, Frances and Mike, along with Megan, Jeanette and Monica ran a foundation experience for the students. Reports from the teachers commented on the readiness of the group to step up to the primary school experience.
We look forward to continuing our transition program over the next two Fridays and having our 2024 foundation students meet the classroom teacher and the class, during the final transition session on 1st December 2023.
Thank you to everyone involved in this program. We value this opportunity to support our next year’s foundation students and help to prepare them and their families for the transition to primary school.
Each year schools receive 4 student-free days (when student instruction does not occur) for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development and student assessment and reporting.
These days offer an opportunity to professionally collaborate as a staff, engaging in focused reflection, learning and development.
On Monday 20th of November, Kingsville staff will engage in semester two report writing. This allotted day for report writing is a day all school in Victoria have in the allocated four pupil free days provided by the Department of Education (D.E). All schools within D.E are required to plan for four Pupil free Days and have the dates recommended by the school approved by School Council. Out of the last Agreement, one of these days must be allocated to report writing for teachers.
At the Friday morning assembly on Friday 10th November, the competition winners were announced. Three prizes were awarded.
All three students were incredibly humble and proud of their achievement, but also surprised due to the high level of diversity and quality of portraits entered in the competition. What was also evident in the hall when the awards were announced, was the acknowledgment of the courage taken by those students who took on the challenge of entering the Young Dargie competition and put their creatively on display for all to see!
On the 11th November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. In the four years of the war, more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades.
Each year on the 11th of November at 11am, the school stops to observe one minute’s silence. As this fell on a Saturday this year, on Friday 10th November the school paused to reflect on this major event, giving the community an opportunity to contemplate on the sacrifice of our nation's servicemen/women and the war whose enduring legacy shaped our world.
A huge thank you to Michael Carey (FMC) and the grade 6 school leaders – Levi G, Gauri G, Ben M and Amelia T for organising and presenting our 11am service last week.
Thank you for all the uniform donations so far and thank you to all the parent helpers at today's stall!
On Thursday, 7th December, students will have the opportunity to purchase a gift for a family member or friend at the Holiday Stall at school. Items are varied and prices will range from $3 to $8.
We are very lucky that both MYER and the Richardsons, who own tidy.af, have donated many gifts to our stall this year & the options are looking better than ever! Each child will attend the stall with their grade to buy their present/s. Once all grades have had their turn, students will be invited back to purchase additional gifts at lunchtime if they wish. Money should be kept safe in a purse, wallet or labelled envelope. Please do not send money to school prior to the day of the stall.
Hi, MEG Global Ambassadors here,
So far, we have taken 8 classes on walks around Cruickshank Park, paying special attention to things that may affect the water quality such as rubbish bins, stormwater drains, and dog poop.
We have had amazing feedback from KPS students and teachers. Classes have also been using the walks in their other classroom activities such as data collection and writing!
Kingsville Primary School – School Council 2024
Are you interested?
School Councils play a key role in Victorian Government schools.
At Kingsville Primary School we have a long history of very successful and active governance teams who have helped establish the broad direction and vision for the school.
Successive councils have carried out their key roles effectively and in doing so enhanced the Educational opportunities of our students over a long period of time.
The School Council election process in government schools begin straight away in Term 1 (see timeline below)
School Council Election Schedule 2024
|Now until the first week of 2024 school year|
· raising community awareness regarding school council membership opportunities
· providing details of school council vacancies – role of parent members, and expectation of members
· setting up questions and answer opportunities
via email and placing information on Compass
Wednesday 31st January
|Call for nominations|
|Wednesday 7th February|
· Nominations close 4pm
· Display list of candidates, nominator & seconder
· Declare new School Council if nominations accepted equal the number of vacancies
· If the nominations are less than the number of vacancies in either category, call again for nominations for a 3 day period
|Wednesday 14th February||If election / ballot required – distribute ballot papers by this date|
|Wednesday 14th February|
· If no election / ballot required plan to hold the first School Council meeting of new School Council i.e. first special meeting to elect office bearers followed by first full normal meeting
· If election / ballot required – current School Council meets for the last time on this day
|Wednesday 21st February||Close of ballot for election (if required)|
|Thursday 22nd February||Count votes & declare poll (if required)|
|Friday 23rd February||New School Council able to meet from this date|
11th March not available due to Public Holiday
|· First meeting of new school council if election / ballot required - to elect office bearers – followed by first full meeting of new school council|
|Thursday 28th March||Government compliance attained by due date -being March 31st|
The School Disco will be held on Friday 24 November, as an incursion during school hours, beginning at 10.15am in the school hall, where kids' entertainers Bop Till You Drop will fill the space with lively tunes and engaging activities.
This event is open to all KPS students, with 4 x 45min-1hr dance sessions scheduled for Foundation, Grade 1-2, Grade 3-4 and Grade 5-6.
For students who prefer a more relaxed environment, a designated wellbeing/quiet area will be made available. Students are also welcome to bring in their own noise cancelling headphones.
Students may wear ‘casual clothes’ on this day and are encouraged to wear neon clothing for the disco, however it is optional.
Parents/carers can provide consent to attend and payment via Compass. Please keep a look out for this event post
Includes in the $3 cost of attending is the option of a zooper dooper and a temporary tattoo. If you do not want your child to have one or both of these items, please email your child teacher by Wednesday the 22nd November. For these students not able to have one or both of these items an alternative ‘treat’ will be available.
Decoration & Temporary Tattoo Donations: We invite families to contribute to the event by donating any colourful party decorations (new or lightly used only please) or any unused temporary tattoos you may have at home. Please drop these off at the front office in the clearly marked ‘Disco’ tub by Wednesday 22nd November.
Volunteers: Additionally, we need a minimum of 2 parent volunteers per class on the day. Volunteers must have a Working with Children Check (WWCC) and completed the school’s volunteer induction.
The parent volunteer sign-up sheet link can be found here: https://volunteersignup.org/YQACQ
The FOKPS subcommittee and the School Disco Working Party appreciate the communities support in making this event memorable for our students. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to bringing this disco to life!
FOKPS and the School Disco Working Party
Our sporting successes continue, both our boys and girls T20 blast teams represented KPS at the Western Metropolitan Regional finals a few weeks back, ably coached by Abbas. Throughout the tournament they played as teams with focus and commitment, and at all times showing the Kingsville spirit of fairness and being great sports. Both teams made it to the grand final where close games saw the girls’ team finish runners up and the boys winning and moving on to the State final to be played on Friday the 1st of December.
As with many events KPS runs, we wanted to also thank the many parent volunteers who support us through their time in these sports. Without this we wouldn’t be able to have so many students representing KPS in the multitude of ways they are currently able to.
Please see below the list of children who will be presented with their award at assembly on Friday 24th November:
Ivy L & Julian M
Reese H & Jack Y
Mia E & Molly C
Please see below the list of children who were presented with their award at assembly today, Friday 17th November:
Sadie P & Jayden Q
Matilda R, Georgia S & Benji S
Tali T & Rees P
Flynn B & Seb M
Happy Birthday to Deni S, Ted L, Anouk H, Marlon M, Sage K, Indy B, Rosemary T, Cristina T, Ayla M-N, Jessica E, Jack W, Khanh M, Eleanor H, Zachary B, Noah A, Robert D, Claudia N, David G, Luiza P, Matilda R.
|Mon 20th November|
Student Free Day
|Fri 24th Nov|
2024 Foundation Transition - Session 2
KPS School Disco
Second Hand uniform Sale 8.30am to 9.30am
|Fri 1st December 2023||2024 Foundation Transition - Session 3|
Second Hand Uniform Sale 8.30am to 9.30am
|Mon 4th December|
|Fri 8th December||Foundation Breakfast|
|Tue 12th December|
Year 6 to Year 7 Transition
KPS Step-Up Day
|Fri 15th December|
Semester 2 Student Reports shared with Community
|Mon 18th December||Year 6 Graduation|
|Tue 19th December|
Year 6 Adventure Park
Whole School Play Day
Casual Clothes Day
|Wed 20th December|
Last Day Term 4 - 1.30pm Dismissal
Casual Clothes Day
Term 4 Friday Assembly Roster
24th November - No Assembly Item (Mon 20th Nov - Student Free Day)
1st December - 1/2E
8th December - FMC
15th December - No Assembly Item
2023 Term Dates
Term 4 Monday 2 October to Wednesday 20 December
2024 Term Dates
Term 1 Tuesday 30th January to Thursday 28th March
Term 2 Monday 15th April to Friday 28th June
Term 3 Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September
Term 4 Monday 7th October to Friday 20th December