10 June 2019 | Issue 3 | Term 2
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers
It has been often said to us that Caladenia is wonderful for their children because it holds all the values and ideals of their family intact while at the school.
It is true that our teachers follow a very creative jigsaw of life and its challenges are met with enthusiasm and commitment to the life of the child. It is simple when we can all remember that each issue, each problem, each decision we make in the school is preceded by “how is this affecting the child?” We always put the child front and centre of whatever we do – if it is not good for the child then it is not good enough to pursue.
Our staff care for every child in the school equally and without fear, we can honestly say that we love the children as our own and that this is what makes us extraordinarily unique. The students inherently know this to be true and respond accordingly with care and understanding for each other and adults alike.
We are very proud of our students’ ability to self-regulate their behaviours and provide, in the main, their own unique way of solving their issues/problems, with minimal supervision. That does not mean that we do not teach and monitor and re-teach some values and attitudes – we are busier running this form of behavior management than negative punitive punishments for small behavioural issues. We can honestly say that we have little to no issues each day in terms of poor choice behaviours. That is really unusual and very rare to be able to say in a school setting.
Riding to School
REMINDER – Students riding to and from school MUST, by law, wear a helmet to protect them from head injuries. Many students are not wearing any form of protective headwear any time while riding bikes, scooters or other forms of self-propelled transport.
Please instruct your children to wear the helmets as Police will be looking for people not wearing protective headwear. We really do not want our wonderful students injured and a helmet often protects against serious injury. Thank you.
Each year we are asked to support holidaying during the term. It is never okay for students to miss large chunks of time in their learning of concepts and skills. Once lost, many concepts are difficult to catch up. Students on long protracted holidays of a week or longer, can fall into the ‘at risk’ category. The Government is clear about missing lessons during term – students are expected to “attend 100% of the school’s learning programs.” Please try to have the holidays during the large expanse of time given for student holidays (12 weeks per year). We understand that it is more expensive to travel during school holidays but that is just a fact of life. Your child may be at risk through taking in-term holidays. Thank you.
Student Dress Code
Each year at about this time, we receive many complaints about students not being able to wear undergarments that keep the students warm. Each year, too, we respond with the following:
Parents insisted a few years ago when we reviewed the Dress Code, that the Jumper and the Jacket would be warm enough for our Winters and layering can take place under the uniform.
Shoes too are listed in the Dress Code as Black or White – not multi-coloured shoes.
Please familiarize yourself with the Dress Code and follow the requisites as stated. This is part of who we are and we are proud of our uniform and our standards we maintain in our school. You can find the Dress Code on our website or our APP.
2020 Kindergarten Applcations
Applications are now open for next year’s Kindy.
If you have a child born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, please call into the office to collect an application form.
Applications close 26 July 2019.
Private Piano Lessons
Is your child interested in learning Piano?
Matthew has some spaces available.
If you are interested, please contact Matthew on 0411 697 750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre Primary Room 7
Lots of exciting things have been happening in PP5. In science, we have been we have been learning all about Materials this term.
We used our 5 senses to explore and sort different materials like wood, glass, plastic, rubber, metal, paper and cloth.
We have read some interesting books and watched some informative videos about where the different materials come from.
We have learnt some great WOW words to describe their properties, like rigid and pliable.
We had fun experimenting which materials were absorbent and which were waterproof.
PP5 had a great time on their material hunt around the ECE playground, searching for different materials and looking at what they are used for.
We had some wonderful discussions about which materials are better suited for particular objects and why.
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Woolworths Earn and Learn Stickers
Caladenia Primary are participating in the Earn and Learn program again this year.
Between 1 May and 25 June 2019, collect as many stickers as you can, stick them onto the sheets (available from Woolworths or download) and drop them into the boxes located at Woolworths Harrisdale, Forest Lakes and Livingston. You can also drop your sheets in the front office or Kindy area. The more completed sheets collected, means more equipment is earned for the school.
Just in time for Winter, Caladenia P&C are selling Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts at the school gates for $2 Friday 14 June 2019.
Please ensure that if your child has any allergies (especially nuts) do not allow them to purchase the donuts as they are not guaranteed to not contain traces of other foodstuffs.
School Board News
Getting to Know our School Board Members
This week Rattan Gould (Parent Representative) has out lined her reasons for joining the School Board.
Introducing Rattan Gould
“Hi, my name is Rattan and I am a new member of the Caladenia School Board this year. I have one son at the school, Ethan who’s in year one.
I feel very grateful to be part of the Caladenia community and I am so thankful to the dedicated staff and parents for the supportive nature of the community. I hope to give back to the school that has allowed Ethan to flourish and supported him so much.
I am looking forward to learning how a school board functions and the challenges it encountered with the running of a school.
Thank you to all the staff and parents for having so much openness and transparency to share ideas and help support the school and others within the community. You are truly valued.” – Rattan Gould