2010 started with 470 children in twenty grades and a total of 41 staff. This was the first year that a Kingsville netball team was entered into an ‘outside’ competition at Altona. Paul Holleman’s Music Program continued with instruction given to individual students and there were two night-time music concerts held in the library. The school captains were Joel Adams and Alexandra Smith while the house captains were Koby Wilson-Roach and Natalia Scally (Somerville), Thomas Webster and Sophie Ellis (Bishop), James Waters and Zali Darman (Julian) and Brandon Lester and Amina Soubjaki (Cruickshank). There were the usual Easter raffle and Easter Hat Parade, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, an Italian Day featuring rainbow flavoured gelati, a Pancake Day, a Pizza Day, a Footy Pie Day, a Birthday Disco (at night) and a Sausage Sizzle. Carolyn and Blagma organized two performances of Danger Kids at the Williamstown Town Hall involving eighty-nine students. Grade 6 classes organized a Boardshorts’ Day to raise funds for their Leaving A Mark Project.
The School Council parent members for 2010 were Geoff Coates (president), Moira Junge (vice-president), Leah Young, Cathy Green, Bill Cunningham, Sharone Ciancio, Christina Evans (replaced by Karen Hickey during the year) and Kirsty Mueller. The DEECD members were Kath Ginnane, Carolyn Withers, Frances Waugh and Tony Wain.
At the Essendon District Swimming Carnival held at Vic Uni, Oscar Dart won silver in the freestyle. While in the various breaststroke events, Angus Campbell won silver, Hannah Bone won bronze and Seth Crossman won bronze. Angus Campbell went on to finish seventh in the final at the Victorian School Swimming Championships. Earlier in the year he had set a new fifty metres freestyle record of 39.78 seconds (for his age range) at the District Swimming Carnival. Brandon Lester was selected for the Primary School State Football Team. Sam Leeder was a member of the School Sport Victoria Boys’ hockey team that went to Queensland and came back with a gold medal. The school’s boys’ hockey team was beaten in the grand final by Moonee Ponds West while the boys’ cricket team won the district level competition. The school collected 66,000 Coles vouchers which enabled a large quantity of sports equipment to be gained through the Coles Sports for Schools program. Kingsville came second at the Districts Athletics Day. Caitlin Bakos and James Waters were awarded a bike each through the Free Bikes for Schools Program.
The school also received funding of $3 million from Primary Schools for the 21st Century. This money was for an extension to the hall, the building of an art room and a kitchen, and a new complex of five classrooms (known as the BER building) on Bishop Street. Building began in August and was expected to last nine months. This caused major disruptions to the playground, specialists’ programs and hall usage. As part of the development, the two shelter sheds, plus the middle Bristol building were demolished and two relocatable classrooms were delivered. The old Bubs room (the two downstairs rooms at the southern end of the main building) were being used as an art room and an extremely small staffroom.
Kath Ginnane asked all students to send her a photograph to show ‘Where in the world are Kingsville students reading?’ As principal, Kath went on a four week study tour of the United Kingdom through the Development Program for High Performing Principals. The school celebrated Kath’s 40th year in education. Vice-principal Carolyn Withers attended the IB Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore.
Two school concerts were held at Williamstown Town Hall with Mik Weir as co-ordinator. The fundraising target for the year was $25,000 and a Trivia Night raised $4,500. Other activities included a Hot March Night, casual clothes’ days, a Christmas raffle, a cake and craft stall at the Kingsville Carols held in Beever Reserve, Wales Street where the Kingsville Choir performed.
Other notable events in 2010 were the Grade 3/4 camp at Camp Oasis in Mount Evelyn, the 9am school bell changing to ring at 8.55am each morning, the “Big People’s Night Out”, an ice-skating staff function, wear a hat to school day, mini beast incursion for preps, walk to school day, ride to school day (260 bikes and scooters), Kingsville cross country in Cruickshank Park and the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
The KPS dad’s group organised a Parma night and as part of National Tree Planting Day 100 grasses, 80 trees and 100 shrubs were planted along the Julian Street fence line. The end-of-year graduation, for forty-two grade 6 students, was held in a local hall because the school hall was under-going renovation. Bulldog player Robert Murphy visited the school. The staff enjoyed a function at Shadowfax at Werribee Park that included free wine tasting and a live jazz band. A school-wide Italian Day was held.
By 2011, there were 24 classes, 46 staff and 545 children from 386 families including 117 preps and 57 Grade 6 students to begin the year. Kingsville student Ambrosia Negri and her parents made an enormous journey to Ethiopia to visit Abdletif Hamza, the school’s World Vision’s sponsored child since February 2006, taking sixty kilograms including cards, cash and presents for the local community.
The School Council parent members for 2011 were Geoff Coates (president), Giordano Gangl (vice-president), Leah Young, Cathy Green (manager of Buildings & Grounds), Sharone Ciancio, Karen Hickey, Tanya Merchant, Adam Tate, Tanya Hill, Adrien Powning and Kirsty Mueller. The DEECD members were Kath Ginnane, Clare Zagorski and Tony Wain (treasurer). School captains were James Madsen-Smith and Emma Hatty. As principal, Kath Ginnane went on a second study tour of the United Kingdom through the Development Program for High Performing Principals.
Reverend Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision, visited the school. Peter Ritchie and ten students attended the Somers Camp. After fifteen years, Jill Pearce of Merriwa Kindergarten retired. Betty Sturrock, mother of Dianne retired from making the unique Kingsville sporting shirts for many years. Hayley Merat was organizer and mentor of the Junior School Council. Grade 3/4 went to Camp Wilkin while the Grade 5/6 went to Roses Gap. Melbourne Storm players held a clinic on-site. The school production called ‘Kids in Camelot’ and was directed and produced by Carolyn Withers and Blagma Veljanoska. 102 students participated in the production and it was held at Caroline Chisholm College in Sunshine. A trivia night, at the St. Augustine’s hall, attracted 220 people and raised $6835. Two school concerts were conducted at the Williamstown Town Hall with Mik Weir as organiser.
Results at the Yarraville Districts Athletics Championships saw Kingsville come second in a tough competition. The school was runners-up to Wembley at the District Swimming Sports held at the VU Aquatic Centre. At the Regional Swimming Sports at Oak Park, Seth Crossman won bronze in the breaststroke, while Angus Campbell achieved silver in the butterfly. Oscar Dart ran 32nd in a field of 96 in the Victorian State Cross Country Championships.
During the year classes moved into the new BER building and the extension to the hall was revealed. The new Visual Arts Centre, a school kitchen, a large extended staff room and extensive storage space adjacent to the hall were also unveiled. The tables from the old art room, thought to be approximately 35 years old, did not survive long-term storage and were replaced. A Hello New Hall Disco held after school attracted 380 students.
Students were busy collecting Woolies’ Earn & Learn shopping dockets and Coles’ Sports For Schools shopping dockets. Hundreds of dollars’ worth of sporting gear and classroom equipment was purchased through these two programs. Paul’s Collect-a-caps were also collected. A new sand pit was constructed on the Julian Street boundary but it was accidentally built in the wrong spot! A new kitchen garden was installed and an art show called ‘Faces of Kingsville’ was held. Pokemon cards, which had been causing disputes in the playground, were banned.
Other events and activities 2011 included a Father’s Day stall, footy lunch, Naplan for the grade 3 and 5 students, casual clothes footy day, icy-pole day, Mother’s Day stall, walk to school day, hot cross bun drive and a ride 2 school day. Pizza day raised an amazing $1200, Grade 3/4 visited Ceres, and a pancake morning tea was held. Student led conferences or three way conferences were also held. This is where parents come into the classroom and their children hold a conference with them on what work they have been completing. Teachers are involved in the conference where necessary.
2011 also saw an Easter raffle, a prep family picnic, Book Club, Christmas Hamper Raffle and Kingsville Carols in Wales Street boasting a ‘Make & Bake’ Stall. Grade 2 had the usual sleepover at school, while the PYP Exhibition for Grade 6 was ‘Where we are in place and time’. New gates were erected and Grades 5/6 were involved in an open water beach program. Students dressed up for International Dress Day and the Paul Holleman Music Programs and concerts continued for another year.
Parents and staff enjoyed a night out at the Sun Theatre watched ‘The Tree of Life’ and the Hot August Night Hair Raiser Annual Ball was held at the Millenium Hall in Nicholson Street, Footscray. The girls’ and boys’ tee-ball teams were regional finalists, Max Le Grand won a camera for himself and another one for the school in The Age Nikon Photo Competition. Stella Pullen won two awards in the Snapshots of Seddon Photograph Competition. Students exhibited artwork in a local Man, Dog, Boat Exhibition. Jack Allison was the winner of the City of Maribyrnong Pet Expo Art Competition. By all accounts 2011 was a busy year!
By 2012 the school had 557 students (including 83 preps), 45 staff and 24 classes. We held our first ever School Spelling Bee and it was also the first year of the Walkers Trophy, with Grade 1/2F the inaugural winners. The Premier’s Reading Challenge was held for its eighth year, with a high degree of participation across the school. The school production, with two performances held at the Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Braybrook, was the ‘Little Mermaid’ involving one hundred and seven students with Blagma Veljanoska and Carolyn Withers as joint producers and directors.
Unfortunately 2012 was the last year of The Paul Holleman Music Program at the school. The program had been running since 2004 and had been extremely popular. Betty Sturrock, mother of teacher Dianne, retired from making the unique Kingsville sporting tops which she had done so for over ten years. This meant that the school had to purchase new sports tops for the basketball and football teams. In October red windcheaters were added to the school uniform. For National Tree Planting Day 100 trees were planted along the back of the neighbours’ fences that abutted the ova and were a welcome addition to the landscape of the school. Two school concerts were held at the Williamstown Town Hall, with Hilary Fairlie as concert manager and leader of the school choir.
Fundraising activities have always been an integral part of school life and they continued in 2012 with gusto. An Easter raffle, Hot Cross Bun Morning Tea, Mother’s Day stall, Pancake Morning Tea, Hot March Night, Italian Day with an Italian lunch and a mammoth school fete all managed to raise much needed funds for the school. Also that year were casual clothes’ days, Pizza Day, Art Show, Icy-pole Day and the Kingsville Trivia Night at the school. The fundraising efforts went so well during the year that we exceeded our initial budget and by the end of the year had almost doubled what we wanted to raise!
Other events during 2012 included Ride 2 School Day, Easter Hat Parade, Prep Picnic, Walk to School Day, an after school disco, Christmas raffle, the late stay for Grade one children and the school sleep-over for Grade two students. In keeping with the school’s tradition of supporting other communities a collection of old library books were sent to India and Kenya and student Joan Hodgson held a fundraiser for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and raised $1011.75, after asking each grade to collect their five cent pieces
As it was an Olympic year, the school held their own Kingsville Olympics at Newport Park. A Hockey 7s team, coached by former student Isaac Grimes, made the Regional Final. They were District champions and so were the girls’ and mixed softball teams. There were further successes at the regional level when Bella Stringfellow ran third in the 10 years 800m, Romina Vallejos came third in the eleven years long jump and Ella Taylor finished third in the 10 years high jump.
2013 began with 562 students (including 89 preps and 57 students in Grade 6), 46 staff and 23 classes. The deck area immediately to the west of the hall was extended and the shade cover was added. This was warmly welcomed by parents searching for shade at pick up time in the summer! A new hard floor surface was installed outside the library doors complete with a Kingsville logo. The old dental therapy unit, used recently as a parent centre, was demolished mainly because it was suffering from long term termite damage.
Events during the school year are always enjoyed by both the students and parents. Events in 2013 included National Ride 2 School Day, Walk and Ride to School Day, Easter Hat Parade, Hot Cross Bun Drive, Easter raffle, Mother’s Day stall, Pizza Day, a casual clothes’ days. A pyjama day, icy pole day and a Father’s Day stall were also held. The opportunity to dress up is always welcomed and the entire school celebrated Book Week this year with some fabulous costumes on show. Regular working bees and student led conferences were also held. A Bunnings sausage sizzle held at Maribyrnong raised an amazing $1,232 in profit. The well loved school fete was held and was extremely well attended by the school and the local community.
Sixty children from grades three to six participated in the Language Perfect on-line competition with several students gaining a place in the elite category. The grade 5/6 students contributed to Refugee Week 2013 through a local art competition. Kingsville’s new website was launched in 2013 and twenty-one Science loving students visited Gilmore Girls’ School in Footscray to explore the chemical sciences. Early one morning, Somerville Road just outside the school was closed down due to a protest by local residents against heavy truck traffic. This incident made the seven o’clock news and featured in the local newspapers. Merriwa Kindergarten, once a part of the school, celebrated thirty years of being a happy place.
Two school concerts were held at the Williamstown Town Hall. The finale was ‘Keep on’ and the choir performed, trained by Hilary Fairlie who was also the concert manager. One hundred and thirty children were involved in the school production called “Once Upon a Time”. Two performances were held at the Caroline Chisholm College in Braybrook. Blagma Veljanoska and Carolyn Withers were the producers and directors. Twenty-three students wrote letters in Italian to their Italian pen pals at Kew East Primary School. The school was used as a polling booth for the federal election and over $1600 was raised through a sausage sizzle and cake stall on that day. Tony Wain led a group of students called The Green Kids, which was an alternative name for the Environment Club. They met to discuss and act upon environmental and ‘green’ issues at both school and local community. During the year they planted one hundred trees in Cruickshank Park. The school choir performed at the Kingsville Carols in Beever Reserve in Wales Street. The PYP Exhibition for the Grade six students was displayed in the hall with the focus being ‘Who we are’.
It was a huge year for sport for Kingsville. The highlight was winning the Yarraville District Athletics Competition, with the final points being Kingsville 546, Wembley 528, Yarraville West 490 and Footscray City 253. Eighty-two Kingsville students competed at Newport Park on that day. It was thought that it was the first time in thirty years that another school had knocked Wembley off the winner’s dais in athletics. At the Kingsville Athletics Day, which was held previously, two hundred and sixty children had participated at the same venue. In the Kingsville Cup, Bishop (831) headed off Somerville (804), Julian (791) and then came Cruickshank (656). At the Yarraville District Winter Gala Day the sports were hockey, soccer, softball, AFL and netball.
By 2014 the school had 578 students (including 108 preps and 60 students in Grade 6), 46 staff and 24 classes. By May, student numbers had climbed to 594. A new handball wall was built by parent Dale Schumann and the students were incredibly excited to start using it. There was an adidas School Fun Run which incorporated running in the school grounds and Cruickshank Park, which raised $16,306.07 to renovate and improve the Quiet Play Area. Two school concerts were held at the Williamstown Town Hall with Hilary Fairlie the manager and also leader of the choir. The school production was Pinocchio, with two performances at the Caroline Chisholm College, Braybrook. Carolyn Withers and Blagma Veljanoska were the producers and directors with 140 children involved.
Some of the other activities throughout the year were parent/teacher meetings, regular working bees, parent information sessions, student led conferences, Ride2 School Day (where 488 students came to school other than by car) and a hockey clinic for grade 3/4 run by Hockey Victoria. Icy-pole Day was held again and was a great success. Many other events were held including donut day, a sausage sizzle, Italian Day, Mother’s Day stall, Father’s Day stall, Hot March Night, Easter Hat Parade, an Anzac Day ceremony, after school disco, end of year grade parties and a Christmas raffle. The school choir performed at the Kingsville Carols held in Beever Reserve, Wales Street. The Preps went to the Melbourne Zoo, while the grade two children had a Scienceworks sleepover. The upper grades (5/6) enjoyed a beach program at Williamstown. Bogan Bingo for adults was held in the hall as a fundraising activity and was very well attended with some brilliant bogan costumes on show!
The students got a glimpse into the past when a 1918 Rolls Royce visited the school, courtesy of the Dillon family. It was tied into the Preps’ inquiry into ‘Where we are in place and time’. As part of the idea of sending in a photograph to the principal to show everyone where you are reading, Kath Ginnane was in the Rolls with one of her favourite books, ‘School Leadership That Works’.
Teachers Sheri Seyit and Carolyn Withers both received certificates for 35 years’ service with the DEECD (formerly the Education Department). All of Mrs Seyit’s teaching career had been at Kingsville. Carolyn Withers had spent the last 21 years at Kingsville and the last 15 as vice-principal. This was to be her last as she retired at the end of the year.
The school celebrated with a reunion on a Saturday 16 August to mark 95 years of education. It was organised by Graeme Hodgart. Over two hundred people attended with the highlight being the school tours conducted by twenty grade five students who volunteered for the task. Speeches were made by Rose Weldon (school captain), Graeme Hodgart (teacher & school historian), Max Kidd (former principal) and Kath Ginnane (principal). A very large display of school memorabilia filled the hall and many grades took the opportunity to visit and explore on the following Monday.
The Grade 6’s 2014 Exhibition was based on ‘How we organise ourselves’. Following along the same lines, each grade level held Share & Connect sessions twice a year where classrooms were opened up to the community. The grade six camp was a trip to Canberra. The grade five also enjoyed a tour to Canberra the previous week. During a ‘Last Post Ceremory’ at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which was held to mark the centenary of the declaration of the First World War, Kingsville students Edith Beattie and Finn Craig laid wreaths. Their messages of thanks, hope and peace written on cards were to be kept permanently at the memorial. Only eight schools nation-wide, which included Kingsville, were invited to actively take part in this ceremony.
Volunteers at several working bees worked hard on the Bishop Street entrance renewal and in December construction work began on the KPS Indigenous Garden Walk in the same area. On the day of the student led conferences there was an unfortunate sewerage leak in the Quiet Play Area and everyone needed to tread carefully and hold their noses!
Three hundred and ten students attended the Kingsville Athletics Day at Newport Park. From that day a team of seventy-five children were selected to compete at the District Athletics Day involving Wembley, Footscray City and Yarraville West. The Yarraville Gala Day had the following sports: hockey, soccer, softball, AFL and Netball. In the Language Perfect Competition ninety-seven children answered 431,729 questions and spent 1,525 hours learning languages over ten days.
The year of 2015 began with 633 students from 437 families (which included 103 preps and 77 students in Grade 6), 44 staff and 26 classes. There were 326 boys and 307 girls. The School Council parent members for 2015 were Leah Young (president), Dale Schumann, Bruce Abernethy, Mimmalisa Trifilo, Max Grarock, Moira Junge and Andrew McArthur (treasurer). The DEECD members were Kath Ginnane (executive officer), Rhona McLeod, Gareth Dainton & Dylan Britton. Catherine Hanlon was the crossing supervisor for the crossing in Julian Street. As technology became more pervasive throughout the school, we worked towards being an eSmart school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is the norm.
During 2015, KPS lost one of its favourite sons. John Maxwell Kidd passed away aged 86. Max taught at Kingsville from 1973 until retiring in 1987 and was a very popular principal from 1977 until 1987. He was a leader in the school’s outdoor education program and is credited with the words of the school’s Monday morning oath. “We are standing with friends we care for and respect. The flag reminds us that Australia is our home. We must do what we can to make it a fair and a happy place for everyone.” Max Kidd was also a member of many community groups, especially in the Altona area.
In the Language Perfect Competition, 101 students from grades 4 to 6 answered 582,622 questions and spent 2,526 hours learning various languages during the ten days of competition. The participants celebrated with an Italian party during a lunch time. Thirty-two children entered the Australian Maths Competition with six receiving distinctions, sixteen credits and nine proficiency certificates. The school introduced Giuramento di Kingsville (the Kingsville Oath in Italian) as a part of the Monday morning assembly. The Hat and Play Policy enforced the wearing of approved school hats in terms one and four, something that had been happening for a number of years already.
The KPS girls’ soccer team were State champions defeating teams from Bendigo, Balwyn North, Sale and Ballarat North. The team had to endure extra time in the final and then a harrowing penalty shoot out. Thanh Autran represented Victoria (who won bronze) in the Australian Goalball Championships held in Queensland. Taye Ragheb competed in the Fusion Martial Arts in the Australian National Taekwondo Championships in Adelaide won all three of his fights, won a gold medal and was named Australian Champion of his division. The 12 year old girls’ 4x100m relay comprising Bella Stringfellow, Marisa Vallejos, Saskia Junge and Anaya Wenham came ninth in the state and broke the district record. Bella also ran in the 1500m event and came first in 5:06.43, only 14 seconds off the state record making her the Victorian champion. Amelie Le Grand, as part of the Victorian swim team, competed in the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. Teams were from India, China, Fiji, Macau, New Zealand and all Australian states and territories. Amelie finished first in the 50 metres girls’ 11 years breaststroke at the Regional Swimming Competition and came second at state level. Several other District Athletic records were broken by KPS students: Grace Sim in the 100 metres sprint, Marisa Vallejos in the 200 metres, triple jump and discus; Bella Stringfellow in the 200 metres and 800 metres. Other teams that were District premiers were the Grade 5/6 netball, girls’ tee ball and the girls’ hockey team.
A smaller than normal school production was initiated and directed by Greg and Mori Milholland, with a cast of sixty (from grades 5 and 6) called ‘The Adventures of a Comic Book Artist’. Performances occurred in the school hall over three nights. For the fourth year KPS students participated in the annual Big Sing and joined with half a million other students from schools around Australia and shared in the joy of singing. The song for 2015 was ‘Gold’.
Some of the school based events included a prep picnic, Book Club, information nights, student led conferences, Easter Hat Parade and a Hot Cross Bun morning tea, which saw 425 buns sold bringing in a profit of $700. The school also held Share & Connect (each grade level twice a year) where students present a project based around a theme, Mother’s Day stall and a Mother’s Day raffle, Father’s Day stall and a Father’s Day raffle, a family movie night in the hall with ‘Big Hero 6’, the Premier’s Reading Challenge, NAPLAN for grades three and five, Grade 5/6 Beach Program at Williamstown, Parent Helpers Morning Tea, Grade 3/4 had a Swim & Survive Program over two days, an intensive swimming program for Preps-Grade 2 and a Ride to School Day.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrated 70 years of Book Week and KPS asked children to dress as their favourite book character or author. The Book Week motto for the year was Books Light Up Our World. A Soiree Night was held in the hall for parents as a fund-raising event. Students’ artwork was on sale and there was also a number of silent auctions. The Principal’s Project for the year was focused on the IB – PYP attitudes and school values. Families were encouraged to write to Ms Ginnane and describe situations related to the attitudes and values. The Grade 5/6 camp was at Roses Gap in the Grampians, while the Grade 3/4 classes went to Burnside at Anglesea. Grade 2 students had a sleepover at Scienceworks, which due to the number of students was spread over three dates.
The school held an Anzac Day service to celebrate 100 years since the original Anzac soldiers stormed Gallipoli. The school choir opened the Yarraville RSL Anzac Day Commemoration Service by singing the Australian National Anthem and God Save the Queen.
They also sang in the Yarraville Village (at two locations) and at the Kingsville Christmas Carols at Beever Reserve. The Kitchen Garden was upgraded and a new boundary fence of black powder coated steel was erected. Two brick pillars at two main entrance points to the school were also installed. Considerable repairs to the carpet in the classrooms were completed. As the Williamstown Town Hall was unavailable, the school concerts were held at the Yarraville Club in Stephen Street, Yarraville. For three nights there were two sessions and for the first time tickets were bought on-line.
At the end of 2015, Kingsville saw the retirement of two of its beloved staff members, Graeme Hodgart (at KPS 1990-2015 and a former pupil 1962-1968) and Sue Hodgart (2010-2015). New KPS identification fluoro vests, complete with the KPS logo, were introduced for staff to wear on yard duty and during local walks. The PYP Exhibition was How the World Works. A major raffle was held in term three and the first prize was a holiday for four to Hamilton Island valued over $3000.
The year of 2016 began with 648 students from 442 families (which included 108 preps,and 68 students in Grade 6), 45 staff and 27 classes. The title of Preps was officially changed to Foundation in 2016. Linda Bowman, who began as school bursar in September 1986, retired as business manager in July. Sharyn Fletcher was appointed as Kingsville’s new full-time business manager. Tony Wain, who had first come to KPS in February 1995, also retired. He had spent the last two years as a regular Casual Relief Teacher and had also undertaken short term contacts. Tony continued to be employed as a CRT for most school days in the next few years.
Events at KPS included a Foundation family picnic, Parent Teacher Conferences, Share & Connect sessions, the swimming program which was held at the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre, an ANZAC Day ceremony, a Kids Movie Night in the hall after hours, an election day sausage sizzle, Donut Day, Icy Pole Day, Easter Hat Parade and Easter Raffle, Hot Cross Bun Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Stalls and Raffles, Sausage Roll Day and casual clothes days. In 2016 we introduced the Compass School Management system which revolutionised how parents interact with the school by allowing teachers to post newsletters, school reports, absences and excursions via an app.
On the 1st March, torrential rain almost saw the cancellation of our Hot March Night. However mother nature had a change of mind and the event went ahead with a successful night of entertainment provided by parents, teachers and community members. 120 families attended. Also held this year and in fact every year is the Ride and Walk to school day, with the much coveted ‘Walkies’ and ‘Golden Bicycle’ trophies awarded to the grades with the most participants. On Italian Day, students made Italian flags, constructed Leaning Towers of Pisa, cooked Pinocchio biscuits, played tombola and soccer, ate gelati and even got to draw on the underside of tables, a la Michelangelo!
The entire school participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime reading of the book, ‘I Got This Hat’. Students from grades three to six entered the City of Maribyrnong refugee poster competition. Two students were voted into the top twelve. Badges which cost $2 were sold to advertise the school fete. One hundred and forty-six KPS students entered the twelfth annual Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge. A total of 5,955 books were read and Ella Landsmann topped the list as she read 100 books.
Seventy-five students took part in the annual Australian Mathematics Competition and twelve KPS students received distinctions. In the Language Perfect World Championships, KPS children answered 526,748 questions and spent 3,168 hours learning languages over the ten days of the competition. Entertainment Books were sold as a fundraiser for the first time at KPS and raised more than $1000! The KPS musical production was Princess Whatshername produced and directed by Greg and Mori Milholland and performed over three evenings in the school hall.
Swimming trials were held at Yarraville Swim Centre in Roberts Street, thanks to the owner (and Kingsville parent) Mark Deunk. At the District Swimming Carnival, Amelie Le Grand (for the second successive year) and Lloyd Deunk both won the Championship Medals in the final events of the day. Three KPS swimmers broke District records: Stefan Holmes (50m backstroke); Lloyd Deunk (50m breaststroke); Amelie Le Grand (50m breaststroke). Ten children progressed to the Western Metropolitan Region swimming event at Geelong. Amelie won the breaststroke and competed in the State finals where she came second in the 11 year old girls’ 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 37.67 seconds. While the grade three to six children competed in the school athletics carnival at Newport Park, the younger grades were involved in a sports expo back at school which involved taekwondo, ultimate frisbee, athletics and handball.
Kingsville Concerts were again held at the Yarraville Club in Stephen Street, over three nights, with two sessions on two nights and one session on the third night. Hilary Henderson was the concert manager. The ever popular Kingsville Spring Fete featured great rides and many Kingsville students performing on the stage. The event raised a profit of $34,000! A Coding Club, using a website called Scratch, met once a week at lunch times, along with a number of other lunch time clubs.
Each year the Grade 6 students work on the ‘Leave a Mark’ project. This project is allows all Grade 6 students to vote on an activity or item that will be their way of leaving their mark or presence in the school. In 2016 the Grade 6 Leave a Mark project was a buddy bench attached to the kitchen. The school was awarded the Mobil Bright Future Grant from the Mobil Altona Refinery and Yarraville Terminal. The grant was used to support the purchase of science and maths resources for the Quiet Play Area.
2017-2019 history to come.