13 September 2019 | Issue 4 | Term 3
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers
Parent Open Night was well attended by parents this week. Thank you to all the families that attended to see how and what the students are doing during class each day. The students “walked parents through” their learning journeys with such clarity of detail and information. Thanks to all the teachers for the preparation of their classrooms for Open Night – I visited several during the evening and was impressed with the standard and level of work being done in classrooms. Thank you to the P&C (more particularly the Watts Family) for the steady supply of Sausage Sizzles on the night. They were delicious, thank you.
Each year, we make application for classrooms to manage our growing enrolment throughout the school. We have been approved for a new classroom and the School Board is placing an additional new facility to accommodate extra space for activities for students, computer lab space and a place where community meetings and education sessions can take place. It will be 100% used for in-house student usage and for much needed storage. I thank the School Board for its deliberations on the scope and need for the project. It will a very much needed facility for teaching/learning.
In-house Testing has been completed this week and we will be using the progress information from 2018-2019 to assess our priorities and Targets for 2020. Thank you to all students for taking the Tests seriously and trying their very best for them. Thank you to the teachers for carrying them out and for marking/recording. Well done, Team – very impressive, thank you.
What a wonderful day – everyone tried their hardest to raise as much as they could for the school and have some fun doing it along the way. Thanks to the Deputy Principals for their organization/assistance and the P&C for the support of this annual event for our school. Great effort, students.
Parking and Traffic Flow
We have received some complaints from parents regarding traffic flow and parking. The complaints are specifically about the length of stay in the Kiss n Drive bays (before School ends each afternoon) – I am awaiting a response from the Mayor about this issue and what the Rangers do about them.
Additionally, several parents are complaining that vehicles are beginning to drive in a clockwise direction around the school, causing severe blockages and danger to students as they have to cross the road to get to the school or into the cars. This is a potential for a child being severely injured s some cars are not proceeding slowly around the school. The reason for anticlockwise movement around the school is that the cars are on the school side of the roads and therefore smaller danger of accidents to children.
Furthermore, some drivers are still parking on verges and footpaths – this is a very dangerous practice as little children walk and ride on footpaths and verges where it is “safer”.
Please do not get too upset and please do not break the law – it would be terrible to lose one of our children to unsafe practices of a few people who are not thinking clearly about safety of children.
It is an ongoing issue around schools and it could be alleviated if students were able to ride to school or walk with you instead of over 600 car-trips each morning. It is a very healthy option to walk or ride to school and students can get great enjoyment from doing so. If you can, get your child to walk or ride with someone else for safety.
Thank you for your cooperation and for being calm and collected when you need to wait a little longer for a parking spot or drop-off bay.
Have a joyful weekend
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.
Ready, Set, Go! Students prepare for the Athletics Carnival
Students in years 1-6 have been taking part in faction athletics training since the end of term 2 and are well versed in their various events for the Athletics Carnival!
The 2019 Caladenia Athletics Carnival will take place on Friday the 18th of October (term 4 week 1) for all students PP-Y6 and we would love to see as many parents as possible come down to support! Please keep a look out for a letter with more information. The program for both days will be available on the school app closer to the time. However generally the days will progress as follows:
Jumps and Throws Tuesday 15th
Y4-6 Long Distance Events
Main Carnival Friday 18th
Beginning of Day
Y1-2 Track Events
Y1-2 Team Games
If any parents are able to help with set up in the morning, please let Mr. Hunt know. Many hands make light work! We look forward to see you on the big day.
Honour Certificates – Senior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 5 September 2019.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 13 September 2019.
Year 1 Room 16
This term in Room 16, we have been busy authors and illustrators. The students were required to write their own narrative. They included sizzling sentence starters, setting, character description, complication, resolution and conclusion. After the writing process, students then went to the computer room to type up their narratives. We had some extra help to finish from our friends in Year 6. Our narratives were printed out and turned into a book, where we did illustrations to go with our stories. We shared the narratives with our parents during our open classroom evening.
Year 2 Room 25
To celebrate Science Week, each student brought in or discussed a cool Science Investigation that they completed. We had many interesting experiments including Mentos in a Coke bottle, lava lamps, mining for gems and more. Here is what some of our students think of Science:
“I love Science because it is so fascinating!” – Ranvitha
“It is so great when we get to mix things.” – Sifat
“Science is really cool when we get to mix colours.” – Swarsinh
“Science is great because I love doing experiments and seeing what happens!” -Cruz
“I love learning new things and going outside to investigate.” – Princess
School Board & Community News
School Board News
Getting to Know our School Board Members. This week Andrea Harris (Teacher Representative) has outlined her reasons for joining the School Board.
Introducing Andrea Harris
“A school board member focuses on what is best for the students in a school, so having this is mind, I welcomed the opportunity to continue to help the students, staff and parents continue to further develop Caladenia Primary School into the beautiful school that is has become.
This is my first year on the Caladenia Primary School Board. Professionally, I am one of the Year 4 teachers in the school as well as the Curriculum team leader for Mathematics, and I appreciate the trust my community has put in me to look after the best interests of our children and contribute to our community and school. Personally, I believe in the importance of a well-run school that delivers the best educational experiences, and to equip children to take advantage of the opportunities that Caladenia Primary School offers them.” Andrea Harris
Purchase tickets to the Perth Royal Show through Caladenia Primary School P&C Assoc Inc, and you will save 25% on your tickets! Plus, we receive a portion of the proceeds towards our fundraising.
To order tickets, simply go online to: www.perthroyalshow.com.au/fundraiser and enter your unique online code: Royalshow20239 to receive the offer!
Caladenia P&C are selling fresh Subway Original Choc Chip Cookies at the school gates for
(Today and weeks 8 and 9)