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
Dear Parents/Care Givers
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 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
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.
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
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
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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
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!
Everyone is welcome to come and cheer on the students!
WHAT YOU NEED:
· 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.
HOW TO RAISE FUNDS (AND EARN GREAT REWARD PRIZES IF YOU RAISE MORE THAN $10)
· 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 email@example.com if you would like to help.
Wishing you a safe and happy break.