24 May 2019 | Issue 2 | Term 2
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers
The Caladenia Business Plan 2018-2020 outlines the directions the community is taking in the school for the 3 years. The School Board, made up with a majority of parents, is responsible for the quality of educational provision in its community school, Caladenia.
As part of the setting of direction for the school, the Board follows the Vision and Objectives of the school community – both of which are specified in the Business Plan 2018-2020, namely
“Our aim is to provide all students and adults with ongoing quality opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve their potential.”
We are achieving our objectives, evidenced by our results over the past few years and highlighted by the growing number of families who are choosing to live in our catchment area for the benefits of what Caladenia offers to all children in its care.
We are proud of our successes but we also understand that perfection is impossible and so we, instead, focus on continuous improvement each and every year.
Please read through the Business Plan 2018-2020 – it is more than a statement about objectives – it outlines Targets, improvements, non-academic targets and community. Every stakeholder should know what is in our Business Plan – it is about the future of your children and your investment in our care and skill in education.
Riding to School
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.
NAPLAN is over for 2019. We have had an interesting few weeks with problems and issues with the accessing of media for these Tests – you will have seen these issues in the News. We are hopeful that nothing has affected student performance during these Tests.
Thank you to our Year 3 and 5 students who did the Tests and all with positivity and enthusiasm for doing well – well done to all of you.
We have had a few staff members on extended leave for various reasons and we plan for these events to the best of our ability, based on prior knowledge of the absence or not. However, we do cover for those events very successfully. Parents are not privy to why or how long or other personal leave information of the staff member – that confidentiality is respected and protected, without creating any negative effect on student learning or development.
On Monday 27 May, our Years 1-6 students will celebrate Children’s Day in the school through an integration of activities between Music, Japanese Language and Visual Arts. It should be a wonderful day, which is being organized by the Specialist Teaching Team. Thank you, Team.
Extra Play Areas
The new areas and facilities for play in the school are being well utilized by students and has provided them with more structured play areas and creates far less anxiety for students trying to play various sporting or recreational games. I thank the Executive Team for their work in making these facilities available for students – they worked hard to ensure student wishes were met and applied. Thank you, Team.
We have a simple philosophy in our school when it comes to effective communication – give yourself quality time to talk through issues regarding your children with your class teacher. Make an appointment so that both teacher and parent have adequate time to address the issues properly and ensure that both have prior knowledge of what the issue is so that you as the parent can prepare and the teacher may also prepare relevant information for you.
This is good communication – trying to deal with talks before or after school while dropping off or picking up, is not an effective way or getting satisfaction – the teacher is distracted and does not have the time to give total attention to your issue.
Thank you – we want nothing but good experiences for you.
2020 Kindergarten Applications
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.
We have had a wedding ring handed in to the front office which has engraving on the inside. If it is yours, please see the front office for further details.
Pre Primary Room 5
This term Pre-Primary has been learning about Objects and Materials in Science. We have got to explore different objects made out of materials such as plastic, metal, wood, cloth and glass. We have sorted and grouped materials based on their characteristics of colour, texture and flexibility. We have learnt vocabulary such as pliable and rigid to describe an object. Take a look at us sorting different objects and the words we came up with to describe each of the materials.
Year 4 Room 20
The students in Room 20, Year 4 have been designing and building their own insulated boxes. All students have had time to prepare a drawn model, then construct this model using materials that the students thought appropriate.
They look amazing!
Year 6 Room 37
During Chemical Science in Room 37, Year 6, we are learning about the effect of mixing materials. We observed what happened when we mixed Diet Coke with Mentos. Because the mentos are heavy and have tiny pits on their surface, when gas is released from the Diet Coke bottle it pushes all of the liquid up and out of the bottle in an incredible explosion!
2019/2020 Entertainment Book
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Woolworth 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.
Please remember to place stickers onto the sheets before dropping into any box.
Just in time for Winter, Caladenia P&C are selling Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts at the school gates for $2 each Friday Afternoons 31 May, 7 June and 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
Volunteers are needed to help in selling the donuts between 2.15pm and 2.45pm. If you are able to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother’s Day Stall
Term 2 has started with a bang! There were lots of happy customers at the P&C Mothers’ Day Stalls. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out with the planning and running of the stalls! We hope everyone had a very happy Mothers’ Day.
Election Day Sausage Sizzle
The P&C Election Day Sausage Sizzle was also a great success, with more than 400 sausage sizzles sold. A big thanks to everyone who gave up their Saturday and braved the cold morning to help out. Special thanks to Phil for setting up the BBQ and Anne for opening up the school.
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