16 August 2019 | Issue 2 | Term 3
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers
“School of the Year Finalist 2019” sits well with us as our school is the sum of all its parts – parents, students and staff. The partnerships we develop and the collaboration we undertake with all stakeholders in our wonderful community of Caladenia, are quality driven and the result is that our school is recognized as a top four school in WA in terms of academic and non-academic achievements across the whole school.
The old adage that “it takes a whole village to raise a child” is alive in our Caladenia community – parents are the first educators of children and schools become the next step in their journey through life – along the way, the children will experience growth and experiences from sporting, social and community facilities as well as from their peers. At Caladenia, we endeavor to raise our students with the capacity to be strong thinkers and value-driven individuals that will add value to our world community as they transition into high school and adulthood.
And so, it is with pride that we revel for a short time in the glory of being chosen as a Finalist for School of the Year. Well done, everyone. We are proud of our association with you and the wonderful outcomes that brings with it – we are blessed. Thank you to the two families (Troy and Needle) who came along to talk with the Panel of Judges this week – your frank and heart-felt candor with the Panel was fantastic.
Kindy enrolments are always a contentious issue each year. The facts are these:
Bikes must be locked while in our bike compound – it is not vandal-proof and bikes can be taken with some effort – this was the case yesterday as a bike was left at the school overnight – the fence was cut and the bike removed – this is the responsibility of families. No one is on site during the night hours. Ensure that any other personal items are not brought to school as we are not responsible for their loss. Phones and other valuable items should not be brought to school.
The Book Parade is on Friday 23 August. This is an opportunity for students and staff to join together to celebrate their favorite Book and enjoy the Assembly having a bit of fun – the kids love staff dressing up and the staff have a lot of fun with their classes. Love to see you there at 8.35am.
Our Senior Choir will be performing at the Concert Hall on 21 September 2019. This is a fantastic performance event for many schools in the State. If you have never attended one, do yourself a favour and see this one – it is very special and very professionally developed by Public Education experts. Get a ticket online – make sure you don’t miss out on this one as tickets sell out very quickly – seriously, they do!
Thought of the Day: –
“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay
Have a wonderful weekend.
Girls Football Carnival
On Thursday the 25th of July the Year 5 and 6 girls’ football team took to the field at Canning Vale Primary School for their much anticipated tournament after a rain delay from last term. Four teams competed meaning everyone played each other twice in a very even competition. Caladenia had a huge team of 27 girls but managed to get everyone on each half and rotated positions so everyone could experience the different areas of the oval.
There were many highlights and all girls did very well but to name a few successes:
Jasmine had some fantastic straight long kicks and goals,
Siena B did not stop running all day and was our player of the day,
Ayshah, Lia, Salenia and Krina were amazing on the ball and,
Maddie, Ella and Jayda had a strong presence in the forward line.
In the end we came away with one win, which happened to be against the top team! All other games were close losses and we were unlucky not to have a few more wins but we all had fun and improved a great deal over the course of the day. We have some great photos courtesy of Angie Martin who was the assistant coach for the day so if any parents are interested to see them and get a copy of some please contact Mr. Hunt.
Well done to our girls football team and good luck to the Year 5s who will play again next year!
Interschool Cross Country
On Friday the 2nd of August, 48 of Caladenia’s most talented cross country runners in years 3-6 spent the day at Homestead park in Thornlie to compete against 4 other schools. The course was a lot drier than previous years and the weather was great making for ideal conditions.
All students ran their hearts out and it was terrific to see their hard work in PE lessons and a couple of extra morning training sessions pay off. There were some fantastic individual performances but the race of the day was in the boy’s Y6 race where the top four runners had a blanket finish across the line with Stephen and Jordan receiving podium places.
In the end we were very happy to finish third overall and have two age groups finish in first place. Well done to all, good luck for athletics coming up and a big thank you to the parents who volunteered to help with being course marshals.
WAGSMS Junior Choir
On Wednesday 31st July, the Junior choir had a performance at Crown Theatre. We sang two songs on stage – ‘Green and the Gold’, ‘I like to teach the world to sing’. We enjoyed being backstage and seeing dressing rooms. We were able to sit and watch the other performances of the night. We really enjoyed watching them sing and perform. We were very proud of Caladenia Junior choir as we performance extremely well.
Eliza and Olivia Junior Choir members
Year 2 Room 12
We have been learning all about area and perimeter. We made area robots! Room 12 worked hard to calculate the area of each body part and the total area of the entire robot!
Year 3 Room 28
This term Caladenia is celebrating Book Week with the theme of ‘Reading Is My Superpower’. Year 3 Room 28 have been working on their persuasive posters about their favourite book, for the competition to try and win a voucher to spend at the book fair. We have enjoyed providing evidence of our creative superpower by creating some outstanding posters. We remembered that it was not only the words that make something persuasive to the reader but the colourful, eye catching things that we include, to draw their attention. Room 28 think the judges are going to have a very difficult time judging this competition.
School Board, P&C & Community News
VAC Swim 2019
You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays. With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water. Programs are available for children from five to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming
School Board News
Getting to Know our School Board Members
This week Kunal Malhotra (Parent Representative) has outlined his reasons for joining the School Board.
Introducing Kunal Malhotra
“As for reason why I joined the board – I have a passion for volunteering and a strong belief in quality public/independent education for our children. I am eager to share my business and life experiences to benefit our community and support the great work being done by the staff and teachers at Caladenia.” Kunal Malhotra.
School Board Chair