Newsletter 1st March 2024

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Principal's Message

I am delighted to inform you that Emma Vasilevski will be joining the Kingsville Primary School community as the Acting Principal.

Emma is currently the Assistant Principal at Spotswood Primary School and has proven herself to be an outstanding leader and educator throughout her career including as the Head of English at Westbourne Grammar School.   Spotswood Primary School, another great State primary school in the West, has a similar community to our own and, under Emma’s leadership, has been successfully nominated as a Regional Professional Learning Community Link School which supports schools throughout the Area.

Emma is looking forward to meeting the staff and students and getting to know our families and wider community.   Emma will be taking up the position on Tuesday 12th March and I know the community will make Emma feel very welcome. 

Jeff McDonald
Acting Principal



Parent/Carer Teacher Meetings

A wonderful and very worthwhile afternoon and evening of conversations between parents/carers and teachers took place on Wednesday. Thank you to all parents who booked a meeting time and came along to participate in this very important exchange of information.

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else does and this meeting gave your child’s teacher or teachers an opportunity to get to know both your child and your hopes and dreams for them from your perspective.

As a school we recognises that both parents and teachers play an important role in children’s learning, development and wellbeing, and that children generally do better when there are positive connections between the different spaces they learn in. We believe that when a strong and respectful relationship is in place with your child’s school and teachers, you’re in a good position to give them the information they need to help your child get the most out of there education.

The data shows that there were 359 bookings across the 18 classes engaging in interviews on Tuesday, indicating 83% of families made use of this timetable opportunity.

Parents, in partnership with schools, play a key role in assisting their children understand and value the roles and responsibilities schools play in society.  Parent teacher meetings provide for authentic engagement with our parent community and an opportunity to meet, share information and, build the learning partnership. The attendance on Wednesday should be seen as an indication of the level of parent engagement and interest in the learning journey of their children and the work of the school.

Well done Kingsville parents and carers and thank you for participating in such high numbers in this important experience.

The link below is an opportunity to provide feedback to the school in relation to the beginning of the year parent/carer and teacher meetings. 

https://forms.office.com/r/kWMgRDCqNW



F-10 PYP Connections

Kingsville has been a Victorian State School for over 100 years. In 2009 it become an authorized World School of the International Baccalaureate. The combination of these two significant and relevant systems creates a unique and powerful teaching and learning environment for the whole school community.

The information below attempts to explain the elements of these two systems and their interconnectedness.

The Victorian Curriculum, F - 10 specifies the skills and knowledge children and young people need for success in work and life. It is structured as a learning continuum that enables teachers to identify the student’s current levels of achievement and then deliver teaching and learning programs that support progression of learning. The Victorian Curriculum F–10 includes eight learning areas and four capabilities. The Victorian Curriculum F-10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian standards and priorities. See: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) - Victorian Curriculum F-10  https://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/

Primary Years Programme https://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/ 

The PYP is offered by many kinds of schools in over 109 countries, including state, private and international schools. As of February 2024, there were over 8,000 programmes being offered worldwide, across over 5,700 schools in 160 countries. The Primary Years Programme is an internationally recognised programme and provides the framework for implementing the Victorian Curriculum.

The transdisciplinary model extends across all three pillars of the PYP curriculum framework

  • The learner: describes the outcomes for individual students and the outcomes they seek for themselves (what is learning?)
  • Learning and teaching: articulates the distinctive features of learning and teaching (how best to support learners?)
  • The learning community: emphasizes the importance of the social outcomes of learning and the role that IB communities play in achieving these outcomes (who facilitates learning and teaching?)

An IB education is unique because of its rigorous academic and personal standards. As a result, the programme delivered at Kingsville challenges students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth, how they see others and themselves. At Kingsville we inspire our students to have a lifelong quest for learning characterised through enthusiasm and empathy. We also want our students to understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. This approach connects Kingsville to a worldwide community of schools that celebrate a common humanity and who share a belief that academic, social and emotional education can help to build a better world. At Kingsville we believe that as a community if we work together we can help to prepare students for living and working in a complex, highly interconnected world.

Teaching and learning at Kingsville celebrates the many ways people work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world. Through the process of engaging students in exploring big ideas  open and democratic classrooms of asking, doing and thinking are created. This inspires the children to strive for a lifetime of learning, independently and in collaboration with others. This approach also remind us that we are all unique and play an important role in creating this wonderfully diverse and rich school community.

The parable below was shared with me by another PYP coordinator and I believe it puts into context the important message we want to send to each student as they journey through the PYP program and traverse the learning continuum of the Victorian curriculum.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak all the way back to your house."

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. It's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for who they are and look for the good in them.

Samuel Eason
Assistant Principal



School Council News

I am pleased to announce the school council memebership for 2024.

Please note:  There is currently one (1) casual vacancy – 12 month term, in the Parent Member category which school council will work to fill by co-option. 

Council Membership 2024 – March 2025

Parent Members

Parent/carer of KPS student/s

Eligibility

Term of office end

Bryce Geyer

Lachlan 5DS and Henry 12H

KPS Parent

  March 2025

Tom Weir

Milly 12A and James FMC

KPS Parent

 March 2025

Clive Domone

Scarlett 34F and Otis FFW 

KPS Parent

 March 2025

Andrew Nichols

Zoe FFM

KPS Parent

 March 2026

Andrew Wu

Isabelle 34I and Sophie 12H

KPS Parent

 March 2026

Angus Friend

Voilet 6EH, Hazel 34I and   Henry 12M

KPS Parent

 March 2026

David Hickey

Zack 5SP and Beau 34H

KPS Parent

 March 2026

*Vacancy 1

 

Casual vacancy

 March 2025

 

School Employee Members

Eligibility

Term of office end

Jeff McDonald

Employment status

 March 2025

Emma Vasilevski (Acting Principal)

Executive Officer

 ongoing

Sam Eason

Employment status

 March 2026

Michael Carey

Employment status

 March 2025

Our new school council will meet for the first time on Monday, March 18th and will elect office bearers in line with KPS School Council Standing Orders.  Details of this election process will be provided to the school community via Compass on Tuesday March 19th 2024.

Jeff McDonald
Acting Principal



Kingsville Staff

You may have noticed a number of new faces in the school since the beginning of the year. In a climate of high demand for teachers and support staff across the state we have been very fortunate to welcome new staff to the Kingsville since the begging of the year to complete our workforce structure. In the last newsletter you met Kaye and Will, additional education support staff to the school. This week please welcome Savannah Wang, Libby Napier, Piera Marzella and Georgia Hunt who are teaching in classes across the school.

A full list of the staff at Kingsville is below:

Staff

Role

Rosemary Talbot

FRT

Mike Carey

FMC

Megan Chen

FMJ

Frances Waugh

FFW

Caitlin Hamer 

12H

Alison Michetti

12M

Jennifer Duckworth

12J /Learning Specialist

Amila Osmanagic

12A

Christie Miller

12C / High Ability Practice Leader

Susan Hosking

34H

Finnia Gray

34F

Peter Gartside (M, T, W) / Piera Marzella (Th, F)

34A

Myffy Scott Walker (M, T)/Louise Iero (W, Th, F)

34I

Stuart Koolmees

34S

Dianne Sturrock

Gareth Dainton (M, T)/ Libby Napier (W, Th, F)

5DS

Susan Phillips

5SP

Georgia Hunt

5CH

Sarah Williamson (M, T)/Lizzy Horan (W, Th, F)

6EH

Lauren Anile

6LA / Learning Specialist

Aaron Wood

6AW

Savannah Wang

Learning Specialist Support

Lucy Oates (T, W)

Tutoring

Jeanette Mejak (W, Th, F)

LOTE - Italian

Anna Terzi (M-W)

LOTE - Italian

Kate Wilson (M-Tu)

Performing Arts

Monica Gallivan

Visual Arts

Lorey Bentley

Health and P.E

Leila Sheehan

Inclusion Leader

Carla Rosi (M-W)

Mental Health & Wellbeing Leader

Carmel Cooper (M-Th)

Education Support

Trish Harris

Education Support

Kim Cassidy (T, W, Th)

Education Support

Will Shannon (M, W, Th, F)

Education Support

Kaye Miles (M, F)

Education Support

Eric Ryan

Business Manager

Betty Petrovski

Office Manager

Louise Nguyen

Office Admin 

Kath Ginnane

Principal

Emma Vasilevski

Acting Principal

Jeff McDonald

Assistant Principal

Sam Eason

Assistant Principal

Blagma Veljanoska

Leading Teacher

 



Traditional Easter Hat Parade

We are now over the hump of this 9-week term. It is therefore time to provide some information and direction regarding our Traditional Yearly Easter Hat Parade that occurs at the school on the last day of term, Thursday 28th March.

Easter is still some time away but as usual the signs are out there with ‘eggs’, ‘chickens’ and ‘rabbits’ so to speak, in the shops already. It is not too early however, for parents and children’s minds to turn to Easter Bonnets “with all the trims upon it”.

Our 2023 event was truly spectacular and has grown over the many years from a school assembly style event to a ‘Gala Occasion’. Holding our parade is a delightful way to finish the term. I am always so thrilled in the ways parents and extended families embrace this event.

Parade Details:

Date:               Thursday 28th March 

Time:              11.40am – 1pm approximately

Location:        in the Monday morning assembly area in front of the deck

Audience:      parents, grandparents, family and friends

Dress Code for audience:   

  • audience members are encouraged to wear a hat or a head wear creation or just have an Easter touch
  • some seating available on the steps of the deck

So all “old” KPS parents you have been through the Easter Hat Challenge before, new parents here are some guidelines for you.

  1. as always, I recommend don’t panic, we do not want Kingsville parents staying up creating “millinery masterpieces” into the wee small hours
  2. we do want it to be all about participation and fun for the students and creating great memories of events and traditions during their primary school life.

 So, families get together to create your headgear e.g.

  • a Kingsville creation
  • a school sun hat decorated
  • traditional Easter theme
  • PYP “Profile of the Learner” hat (and we might see):
  • balanced
  • open minded caring creative hats

or

  • other traditional Easter symbols

Yes, usually a football theme will always sneak in somewhere as well and that is fine. Teachers provide a great example and will always create and wear a hat and parade with their class.

So, glue guns to the ready yet again and, let the imagination go and see what happens. Some members of our support staff team will again form a panel of observers who will cast their eyes over all entries and acknowledge special efforts from each class. Not the best, biggest or fanciest – just a special effort award for a member of each class and yes, a parent one as well.

Remember this is a casual clothes day so take that into consideration regarding the overall practicality of hat. Also, the weather i.e. on windy days hats may need more attachment to the head. In some years there have been cases of students matching their casual clothes outfits to their Easter hat theme – extraordinary efforts.

 



Sounds Write at Kingsville Primary School

At Kingsville Primary School in 2024 we are shifting and refining our approach in the teaching of reading and spelling.

Beginning in Foundation this year, and in level 1/2 by the end of 2024, we will be using the Sounds Write program as a key component of their literacy teaching.

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling.

In 2023 a number of KPS teachers engaged in Sounds Write training. This involved significant professional learning, actively engaging with other educators across Australia, and implementing and reflecting on literacy teaching practice. By June 2024, all Foundation – Level 2 teachers will have engaged in this professional learning and will be utilising the Sounds Write instructional method - that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit.

Further information regarding Sounds Write can be found here: https://sounds-write.co.uk/what-is-sounds-write/



Sports News

What a great start to the year we have had!

Lots of sporting news from across the school including:

Foundation: the children have been looking at ‘old-fashioned’ games, and had their first ‘homework’ task as they ask the people in their family what games they used to play at school

1/2s: had been playing games that build their cooperative and listening skills, and they  had the opportunity to participate in a hockey clinic

3/4s: have been learning about Target Games, and had the opportunity to participate in not just a hockey clinic, but tennis clinics as well over several weeks

5/6s: have been learning about and playing Target Games, and they have chosen their sport for the upcoming Winter Gala Day event in Term 2


Swimming:
Last week 19 eager children headed off to Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre to represent the school at our annual District Swimming Carnival.

They were able supported by our co-captains Elli and Louie, who took them through the warm-ups and made sure that they were ready for their events.

From this event, we now have 12 children through to the Division Event, which will be held next week. Congratulations to the following children: Ava C, Elliott M, Felix C-C, Henry M, Reuben S-S, Louie L, Flynn C, Pearl P-F, Elli M, Hazel McI, Violets C-C, and Trixie S. Their events are listed on the sports door outside the hall.

Thank you also to Susan and Tracy for their help on the day as well.

We’ve had a number of sporting clinics, such as our tennis clinicc, which have been made possible through a successful grant application through the Sporting Schools program.

We would like to thank the Footscray Hockey Club for their time to work with the 1/2s and 3/4s.



Lorey Bentley
Sport & PE Coordinator

Annual Privacy Reminder for our school community

Our school collects and uses student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy and the Schools’ Privacy Collection Notice.

Our Photographing, Filming and Recording Students Policy (Click here to read the policy), describes how we collect and use photographs, video and recordings of students. The policy also explains when parent consent is required and how it can be provided and withdrawn. We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use [Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education] safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using [Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education], please contact the school. For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents.

Schools’ privacy policy: information for parents | vic.gov.au (www.vic.gov.au)

This information is also available in ten community languages:

* Amharic

* Arabic

* Dari

* Gujarati

* Mandarin

* Somali

* Sudanese

* Turkish

* Urdu

* Vietnamese

 



Kingsville Awards

Please see below the list of children who will be presented with their award at assembly on Friday 8th March:  

1/2H

Louis D

1/2C

Sabrina A

3/4S

Harvey K

3/4I

Harper W

5SP

Indy B

5CH

Beatrix L

6AW

Marley C

6LA

Zane R

 

Please see below the list of children who were presented with their award at assembly today, Friday 1st March:

1/2H

Anouk M

1/2C

Sadie M

1/2A

Harvey W

3/4S

Reese H

3/4F

Fergus M

5SP

Mitchell G

5CH

Deni S

6EH

Violet F

6LA

David G

 



Dates to Remember

MARCH 2024

    
Mon 4th MarchYear 5 Water Safety   
Tues 5th MarchYear 6 Water Safety   
Mon 11th MarchPUBLIC HOLIDAY - Labour Day - No school   
Tues 12th MarchPUPIL FREE DAY - NO STUDENTS AT SCHOOL   
Mon 18th - Wed 26th MarchF-Year 4 Water Safety   
Fri 22nd MarchNational Ride2School Day   
Thur 28th March
Easter Hat Parade - 11.40am
Last Day Term 1 - 2.30pm finish
   

APRIL 2024

    
Mon 15th AprilFirst day of Term 2   
     

2024 Student Free Days

Term 1 - Tuesday 12th March
Term 2 - Friday 7th June
Term 4 - Monday 18th November


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

Roster for Assembly Items - Term 1

8th Mar - 6LA Lauren
15th Mar - No assembly
22nd Mar - No assemlby
28th Mar - Last day of Term 1 - Easter Hat Parade

 

 



Happy Birthday - 2nd - 15th March

Happy Birthday to Abbey T, Ada-Oola H, Logan B, Jack C, Cameron M, Preetam B, Justin C, Sajid B, Harriet N, Marley C, Ivy J, Louie L, Jagger W, Sonny B, Eleanor E, Noah L, Grace T, Leo E, Kai C-T.



Camp Australia Newsletter 1st March

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