• Issue 5 27 September


    27 September 2019   |    Issue 5   |    Term 3


    “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.” – Katie Couric”


    From the Principal’s Desk

    Upcoming Events

    Mon 14 Oct Term 4 commences – students return
    Tue 15 Oct Jumps and Throws
    Fri 18 Oct Athletics Carnival
    Mon 21 Oct Student Leadership and badge assembly
    Tue 22 Oct- Thurs 24 Oct Kindy Readiness Sessions
    Fri 24 Oct Junior Assembly
    Mon 28 Oct  

    Important Information

    Text Absences
    0417 984 196

    Caladenia App

    Uniform Shop
    30 Kembla Way Willetton  
    9270 4669

    School Banking
    Friday 8.10am – 8.30am

    Helping Hands
    0448 025 638

    Excelsior Dental Therapy
    9256 4170

    Dear Parents/Care Givers

    Our School 

    Lap-a-Thon was a big success with over $1,500.00 raised. Thank you to Mel Watts and her P&C Team and school staff who assisted in making this a wonderful event. Thanks also to Terry Healy, our local member for Southern River for his fantastic contribution of a two bikes (worth over $150 each) for the event – one for the ECE students and one for the senior school.

    2020 Update

    2020 planning commences in Term 4 (although staff have been collecting data and best practices all year) – the staff will be working all day on the 1 November to analyse data, set priorities and plans for Leadership Team and Board approvals. These plans will be translated (with the community’s 2018 Parent/Carer Survey results) into the Strategic Plan 2020.

    We are expecting an enrolment of around 930 students in 2020.   


    As the Principal, I am available to you if you require urgent or complex issues resolved for your child or for your family needs. You only need make an appointment with the front office. These days the role of the Principal has changed enormously (especially in our case as an Independent Public School). The roles encompass full controls over

    • around $7.5million budget (HR, cash budgets, salaries, LSL, etc…)
    • full responsibility for staffing the school (and managing over 90 staff members)
    • educating students at the highest standards possible
    • developing students in their social, emotional and psychological growth to be excellent social citizens of the world

    Each of these roles have many layers to them and the complexity is raised with over 65% of our school population being of non-English speaking backgrounds. We are richer for these cultures in our school and we have achieved some great successes in the way our students learn and play together without reference ever to cultural differences. We are proud of our students and our wonderful community.

    Thought of the Day: We wish you a joyous and healthy holiday break with the family.


    Kind regards,

    Ted Nastasi

    Class  News

    Year 3 Room 9

    We have been extremely lucky in Room 9 this term as we practised our coding skills during Technology rotations. Two of the rotations included ROBOTS! Each week we would set up 4 rotations in the classroom.

    1.            Coding with Dot

    2.            Coding with Dash

    3.            Code.org on the laptops

    4.            Strawbees

    As a class our favourite rotations were getting to use our knowledge of coding to make Dash and Dot do some incredible things like make noises, light up, move around the room and even dance!

    “We can make Dot and Dash make weird noises, they help us to experience coding.” – Jen Jay Lee

    “Code.org improved some of my computer skills.” Yonal De Vas

    “Strawbees helped me practise my building skills.” Sophia Aly

    “Ta-Da!” Dash

    School Board, P&C and Community News

    School Board News

    Getting to Know our School Board Members

    This week Natasha Duracic (Teacher Representative) has outlined her reasons for joining the School Board.

    Carole Veneris, School Board Chair

    Introducing Natasha Duracic

    “My name is Natasha Duracic and I am a proud member of the Caladenia Primary School Board in 2019. I feel very lucky to be given the opportunity to help support the school that I have seen grow over the past 8 years. During my time working in the Early Childhood Education area, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of working collaboratively with the school community to create an enriched learning environment. I am extremely passionate Early Childhood Education, and look forward to working with parents to help Caladenia continue to develop as a school.”  Natasha Duracic

    P&C News

    Colour Run

    The P&C is very excited to hold Caladenia Primary School 2019 “Colour Explosion Run”.  This year’s “Colour Explosion Run” will also include new water sections, where runners have the options of running through a water section. The day’s focus is on fun and fitness with the added benefit of raising funds for our school, particularly funding a new Lego club!

    School Oval
    Friday 25 october 2019
    1.30 to 2.30pm

    Everyone is welcome to come and cheer on the students!


    ·                     School uniform should be worn during the morning.

    ·                     Each student should bring a white t-shirt (or old T-Shirt, light colours are better at showing up the colour explosion) and washable shorts/skirt to change into after lunch.


    ·         Each student will be given a sponsorship booklet that provides all necessary details.  Students who raise as little as $10 or more will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. But why not aim higher? You have the option to choose up to five (5) prizes.

    ·         ONLINE FUNDRAISING. Create a Student Profile Page at www.myprofilepage.com.au which is unique to each student. There are also some great features like recording your sponsorships and selecting your prize goals.

    ·         CASH FUNDRAISING.  Students can complete the back page of the sponsorship booklet and return with the fundraising money to the P&C box in the office.

    ·         Sponsorship forms and monies should be returned or finalised by 1 NOVEMBER 2019.

    Volunteers would be very welcome to help run this event.  We would love to have you come down help our school community.  Please email caladenia_pc@hotmail.com if you would like to help.

    Wishing you a safe and happy break. 





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