General School Information:
Kensal Park began as a French Immersion school in 1985 and was renovated and enlarged in 1992. Five additional classrooms were added in 2007. The school offers classes from Senior Kindergarten through to Grade 8 and the students follow the same Curriculum Guidelines as English language schools except that a minimum of seventy percent of their instructional time is in French.
There are three entry points when children may begin French Immersion: in Senior Kindergarten, in Grade One, or in Grade Seven. Any child may enter the French Immersion program when beginning one of these three grades. Children wishing to begin at another point, or return to French Immersion after an absence, must pass a French competency test.
Free transportation is provided to students who reside more than two kilometers from the school and who live within the designated boundary area which presently includes residents west of Wharncliffe and south of the Thames River.
Highlights of the Kensal Park facility include:
All classrooms in grades one to eight are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards (Smartboards). The London School Age Program offers an after school program on site.
Kensal offers a wide variety of co-instructional activities both during and after school. Some of these include:
Each year, we try to incorporate as many authentic learning opportunities as possible to facilitate the learning of the French language and foster an appreciation for other cultures. Some of these experiences have included the following:
We are also active in promoting social justice and character development. We have two "Me to We" clubs (a junior club and a senior club) with the purpose of helping others. Grade 6, 7 and 8 students voluteer at the London Food Bank, collect canned goods and toys for less fortunate families, and our school has also raised money to help build a school in Haiti and support a village in Africa through "Free the Children."
The following list highlights a few of the ways in which Kensal recognizes and honours student achievement and accomplishments.
Volunteers at the School
It is our belief that the school and parents are partners in educating children and open lines of communication are important. We encourage parental involvement in many ways. Parents may be involved in organizing fund raising, participating in committee work such as Fun Fair, being part of the school council, working one-on-one with students in English and/or French, helping teachers with preparing materials, sharing expertise with classes, supervising a class during lunch, accompanying students on class trips, as well as promoting and sharing a variety of cultures and languages. Those wishing to volunteer at Kensal are encouraged to send a note to the office with their name, phone number and area of interest and someone from the school will contact them.
Measures of Student Achievement and Success
At Thames Valley, we believe that assessment and evaluation of student achievement are integral parts of the learning process. Information gathered through assessment and evaluation helps teachers to determine students' strengths and weaknesses in their achievement of the curriculum expectations. It also serves to guide teachers in adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to students' needs and in assessing the overall effectiveness of programs and classroom practices. A variety of methods are used to gauge student progress including: teacher observation, classroom tests, projects and other examples of student work. For more information on our school's provincial assessment results, visit the Education Quality and Accountability Office.