From The Principal’s Desk – Term 4 2017

It is sobering to acknowledge that this is the penultimate Newsletter er of 2017; a er what has been an enormously industrious and busy school year. While I will wrap up some of the key achievements in the final edition, I hope you will indulge me in taking a li le me to re ect upon and share some recent and notable achievements. 

Kenwick School is the West Australian Education Support Principal and Administrator’s Association’s (WAESPAA)- Education Support Centre/School of the year 

I am so proud and pleased to advise that this prestigious industry Award was bestowed on Kenwick School at the glittering WAESPAA Awards last Friday evening, 10 November. This Award is both a humbling and gratifying honour; particularly given the quality and great dis nc on of the other ten Schools and Centres nominated. This award recognises some of the great programs and achievements that our school has priori sed and worked towards over several years. It is also an acknowledgment of the expertise, commitment and contribution of each and every staff member; from our cleaners, gardener, teachers, education assistants, office staff and Admin. Notwithstanding this, the true heroes deserving of recognition here, are our students and their families. Please be assured that the School will never consider its work done, in fact this gong, will galvanise all of us to double our efforts to work even harder to get things right for every current and future student. Accepting the Award on behalf of the Kenwick School community is the greatest honour ever conferred on me in my many years at the school. 

Simon Connell – a People’s Pick as part of the WA Education Awards 2017 

Simon, on World Teachers’ Day, was acknowledged by a parent for his commitment to her child’s education. The parent stated:
“Because of you, (my son) loves going to school every day with a smile on his face. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job as his teacher. It gives us peace of mind knowing that his needs physically, emotionally and mentally are met. Thank you for being such an effective communicator and always sharing with us how his day was. Thank you for preparing him for the future in terms of his education, life skills and skills required in the workplace. (My son) might not be able to say much (due to his Autism) but the way he jumps out of bed every morning with a smile on his face (on a school day) says it all!!!” 

Lachie Frewer-awarded the Lansdale Farm School Scholarship 2017 

I want to congratulate Lachie for being one of two teachers named as recipients of this Award, at the WAESPAA Conference earlier this year. Lachie will utilise the $5,000 prize to further his highly effective work in the use of collaborative strategies to develop and shape the social competencies of our students, particularly those with complex and challenging behaviours. As part of his work, Lachie will develop and share a professional development program with colleagues from this and other schools. 

In closing, I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming Graduation and End of Year Concert events. Until then take good care. 

Kind regards,
Mark Watson