25 october 2019 | Issue 1 | Term 4
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers
Primary School of the Year Award 2019
Primary School of the Year Award 2019. The Awards Ceremony for our school, as one of the four Finalists, is on Monday 28 October 2019. The Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on the Department of Education WA YouTube Channel from about 8.00am to 9.30am. We are hopeful but there are three other worthy schools in our category.Wish Caladenia good luck.
Government Funds for Maintenance
We are receiving $52,000 for maintenance on the school. We have allocated the funds against re-painting and fixing external doors, painting all downpipes and gutters, poles, pathways and greening up the transportable areas to beautify the landscape. We are grateful for the funding as it is just about the right time for upgrading our exteriors that have been badly weathered over the years.
We have performed extremely well in Year 3 NAPLAN in 2019 with all learning areas tested achieving 2 standard deviations above the average. Year 5 students in this year’s on-line NAPLAN Testing did not do as well in Reading and Spelling. We have already started to analyze and set priorities for 2020 in these areas. Year 5 results are still above like-schools and well above National averages.
School Development Day
There is no school for students on Friday 1 November as it has been set aside by the School Board for a whole School Planning Day for 2020. This has been on the Calendar of Events all year and is one of the most important pupil free days as staff can plan for priorities and plans for improvement for 2020.
Parking and Traffic Flow
Please follow our rules of driving anti-clockwise around the school – come in from Bushy Gardens and leave via Beauly Parade – this stops congestion of two-way traffic and dropping students off across the road from the school – this is a dangerous practice crossing the road unaccompanied. PLEASE remember to do the right thing by Kiss n Drive, not parking on sidewalks or lawns or neighbor’s driveways – we do not want a serious injury because a parent did the wrong thing.
The Carnival last Friday was a fantastic event with students, teachers and parents getting into the spirit of the day. It is day when all students can have some fun while helping their Team achieve success. Thank you for the wonderful atmosphere created at the Carnival – it was a well-run event and thanks goes to the staff of the school for the hard work they do each year to make this huge event work. Well done.
Thought of the Day: – Wish us luck as a community that has a heart and a soul and striving for School of the Year on Monday.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 25 October 2019.
This year’s athletics carnival was a hit for all ages with lots of effort on the track, colour in our hair and some sore voices at the end of the day from all the cheering! The main event was on Friday but points were being recorded on Tuesday as well with selected students throwing and jumping their hearts out to get as many points as they could for their faction. Jumps and throws day finished with some long distance races and of course the staff race which involved the 100m dash in full work clothes for the participants.
With the jumps and throws out of the way, the track and team games were on the agenda for Friday and the day started with a big parade into the new set up with the students on the school side this year.After the middle distance events the year 3-6s headed over to the grid for the hotly contested team games while the 1s and 2s, joined by the pre-primaries, had their sprints on the track. Well done to all of our champions who were awarded a medal for their efforts. In the end it was the Gold Faction who were triumphant overall which is their first ever win in the history of Caladenia! Well done to everyone and thank you for coming to watch.
Riley (2019 Male Faction Captain Gold -and Mr Smith (2007 Male Faction Captain Gold – Cross Country Winners. The only 2 Male Winning Faction Captains of Gold in Caladenia’s history!
Student Achievement – Seryna (MAC Class)
Six West Australians are beaming with pride after winning three gold medals and one silver including three Canning Vale girls and one Leeming boy participating in the Val Nesbitt Trophy and under 15s Australian Championships in badminton.
Seryna from Room 19, MAC Class, competed in the WA Wasps team and came home with silver medals under the Val Nesbitt Trophy. Although Seryna won all her team games the young badminton player had higher expectations.
“I feel really glad that we won silver but slightly sad that I have not contributed much to the team,” she said. “The most challenging part was to conquer the doubt of my own ability to defeat my opponents and prove my worth to the team.”
With two teams playing for WA, the Wasps won second place and the WA Scorpions came eighth. During the qualifying group stage the Wasps dispatched Tas and NSW Lightning, defeating both with a convincing score of 8-0. The Wasps then beat the hosts Qld 7-1. Then topped the qualifier after winning a hard fought game against the defending champion 1st seed Vic Rebels with a final score of 5-3. In the semi-final the Wasps beat SA 5-3. In a nail biting finale NSW Thunder led 4-0 before the team fought back to reduce the deficit to 4-3. Unfortunately, the team was unable to continue the momentum and lost the final match with a final score of 5-3.
Year 3 Room 36
Students in Room 36 continue to work, as hard as they can, to improve their numeracy skills. This term we have been exploring the concept of probability by investigating the likelihood of events happening such as: a colour being selected using a spinner or a coin landing on heads or tails when flipped. Our work has helped us to gain a sound understanding of the mathematical concept of probability and enabled us to understand, and effectively use, the terms: certain, probable, likely, possible, unlikely and impossible. So, if you want to know the likelihood of something happening, pop along to Room 36 and we’ll try to help.
The only thing we will not be able to do is predict the weather, as even the professionals with all their gadgets don’t always get that right!
Year 4 Room 24
In Science this term, the students in Room 24 are studying the effect of forces on everything around us. The term began with games! We played various games and looked at the forces that were at play throughout those games, including pushes, pulls, friction, gravity and magnetism. We constructed annotated drawings of our games, using arrows to show the directions of the forces. As the term progresses, our collaborative teams will plan, design, create and present original games, showcasing their new knowledge of forces and movement.
If your child is in Kindy to year 5 and will not be returning to Caladenia Primary for 2020, could you please advise the front office in writing as soon as possible.
School Board & Community News
Getting to Know our School Board Members
This newsletter I have outlined my reasons for joining the School Board.
“My Name is Carole and I have been the Chair of the Caladenia School Board since 2015. I have been actively involved with Caladenia Primary since the school opened in 2007. Both of my children attended Caladenia and have now moved to secondary education/employment. However, I still remain passionate about our wonderful school. The teachers and staff of Caladenia are a professional and dedicated group of people who care about our students and the school community. The staff at Caladenia care and nurture every child and they have made a lasting impact on the lives of my children. I have found volunteering at Caladenia to be a wonderful experience. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to give something back to an outstanding school who have done so much for the education of my children. I encourage everyone to become involved in supporting our school.
We have a truly unique school which we, as parents, feel is delivering our children the best that it can offer in every way. Wishing Caladenia every success for the Education Awards 2019.”
Parents please note when ordering from the canteen, it is advised that students only order 1 amber item per order. It is the Department of Education policy that Canteens use the traffic light system to plan healthy menus. The traffic light system is available on our menu. You can use the traffic light system at home too.
Bookclub Issue 7 – Due by Wednesday 30 October 2019.