• Issue 3 Term 1


    13 March 2020    |    Issue 3   |    Term 1


    “Do not take me for granted, being nice is not a matter of weakness, it is a matter of choice”. – Abhishek Tiwari

    From the Principal’s Desk

    Upcoming Events

    Tue 17- Thur 19 Mar School Photos
    Thur 19 Mar  Parliament House – Student Executives
    Mon 23 Nov Harmony Day Assembly 1.35pm
    Thu 26 Mar Old MacDonald’s Farm – Kindy
    Fri 27  Mar Old MacDonald’s Farm – Kindy
    Mon 30 & Tue 31 Mar 1/2 Day Close – Students to be collected at 11am
    Thu 2 Apr Summer Carnival
    Fri 3 Apr Junior Assembly 8.45am
    Fri 3 Apr P&C Smooze Ice creams $2 at the gates

    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

    The greatest gifts in life are our children. Especially today, when we are surrounded by bad news about pandemics (it is now official as of 12 March 2020) and other awful incidents around the world, we need to be sensitive to what we say and do around our children. It is obvious that some are feeling a little concerned about these issues – they do not know how to express their feelings about what is happening in our world. Talk with your children often and let them know you understand how they might be feeling and that all is OK – your calmness and lack of panic will help your children get through these times with less stress and emotional turmoil.

    Please know that we are doing everything possible at school to lessen the likelihood of the COVID-19 spread – we have purchased extra hand sanitizers for every classroom, cleaning down workspaces and equipment, educated children on proper ways to keep germ free, educating our cleaners on better methods of disinfecting/cleaning and being aware of children/adults who may be experiencing sniffs, coughs, runny noses, etc…

    One of the ways we are trying to keep your children safe is by addressing the wellness of them.

    If unwell, avoid contact with others. We understand the inconvenience of these measures but it is better to be safe than sorry.

    Thank you for your assistance at this time – remaining calm enables us to be concerned without panic clouding our judgement.    

    Smooze Sales

    The P&C are once again selling Smooze after school at the gates of the school. Don’t miss out on your take-home treat. They are very popular and will sell out fast. Thank you, P&C for all the work you do for our children at Caladenia.

    Approved School Development Days

    The School Board has approved the last day of school this term (Thursday 9 April) as a pupil-free day when our staff will work with Wattle Grove staff on assessment of Writing. This is an annual event designed to allow us information about how we are going in our marking of student work.

    Also, on Monday and Tuesday 30 and 31 March, the school will be conducting Interviews with parents about the progress of your children so far this year. It allows us to inform and promote your child’s goals for the next few terms and what the teacher will be doing to address these challenges.

    On 30 and 31 March, we ask that you pick up your children by 11.00am each day so that teachers can prepare for an 11.30am start to the Interviews.

    ANZAC Day

    This year we will be celebrating ANZAC Day on Wednesday 8 April 2020, as the actual day falls within the holidays. Please place it in your diary – it is special at Caladenia.

    Service to Students

    Four days a week, our gardener/maintenance officer directs traffic flow around the school. He does this out the goodness of his heart – he is not directed to do so, he does it because he cares about our students’ safety during the busy, chaotic times before and after school. I thank Mr Crofts for his service to our students – the thing he does not enjoy is the verbal abuse he often receives from some angry parents. It would be wonderful if parents/carers and children could walk or ride to school rather than be driven every day.

    We are actively pursuing safety on the roads/footpaths with the Police to keep our students safer still.

    THOUGHT:     If you stay in a state of gratitude and are thankful for each moment, then you will be in a state where you can attract better things in your life. – Anon.

    Best wishes.

    Ted Nastasi

    School  News

    Honour Certificates – SeniorAssembly

    Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 5 March 2020.

    Frank Varshaa Maryam Tara Nate Abigail Jasmeh Alexia
    Ivan Zaria Josephine Darsh Esme Saheb Elizabeth Rathin
    Emma Aditya Evie Abuzar Makayla Harley Eva Tharul
    Akyshan Farhan Licia Romaric Jorja Nimsith Lucas Brody
    Japanese Room 28 Music Room 37 Phys Ed Room 23          

    Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly

    Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 13 March 2020.

    Loujayn Mia Saim Summer Shimon Joshua Kyanne Ishaan
    Shanaya Maida Olivia Braxton Josh Samantha Sachleen Yug
    Isabella Shay Muhammad Isabella Alasdair Areeba Elijah Aarav
    Osas Krithika Farida Ayaan Bella Angel Ethan Saisha


    Music Room 21 Phys Ed Room 26        


    We would like to extend a massive thank you to the Caladenia families that supported this year’s Read A Thon.  The money raised will go towards our new Multi-Purpose Room, allowing us to establish lunch time clubs, to have a place for students to meet and provide additional equipment for the school. 

    Congratulations to the following students who all received raffle prizes: Shayla (K3A), Chase (PP4), Cassie (Year 1-Room 32), Amanda (Year 2-Room 12), Simeon (Year 2-Room 33), Sebastian (Year 3-Room 9), Ben (Year 4-Room 20), James (Year 4-Room 31) and Amber (Year 5-Room 19




    Class  News

    Pre Primary Room 4

    We have been very busy in PP2 settling in and exploring our new class together. The students have been cooperating well in groups for literacy and numeracy rotations. We have been sharing our clever ideas during think, pair and share. Literacy rotations have been fun. We are enjoying learning our sounds, blending words and showing our creativity.






    Year 5 Room 35

    Lighting Up Room 35! This term in Science, Room 35 has been learning all about light. The students have been experimenting with torches amd mirrors to see how light works, how it travels and what it can travel through. In this lesson, students were categorising objects by whether they were transparent (able to be seen through), translucent (can partially see through) and opaque (unable to be seen through).





    A message from Canning Vale College re: Parent Information Event

    Canning Vale College had planned to hold College Tours and an Information Session for prospective students for 2021 on 16th of March 2020 at the College. Due to the current climate and the risk associated with large gatherings of people, the College has made the decision to postpone this event. This decision is made in the best interests of our community as a whole and we apologise for any inconvenience this decision may have caused.

    All of the information that was due to be presented on Monday evening has been made available on our website:

    Information Evening for Parents of Year 6 students PowerPoint presentation – https://cvc.wa.edu.au/images//Publications/2020_CVC_Year_6_Parent_Night.pdf
    Canning Vale College 2019 Learning Area Highlights – https://cvc.wa.edu.au/images/Publications/CVC_Learning_Areas_Highlights_2019.pdf
     After checking this information, if you have any questions regarding enrolment at the College, or any of the Specialist Programs please do not hesitate to contact us. The event will be rescheduled in due course.

    Contact details for each of the Specialist Program Coordinators are listed on the presentation slides and testing for these programs will still, at this stage, go ahead in mid-June 2020. We will however continue to update our community in this regard.

    Should you wish to speak with us regarding any of this information please contact:

    Jane McCaffrey, Associate Principal Curriculum and Student Performance (Jane.mccaffrey@education.wa.edu.au)
    Kyle Quirk, Associate Principal Student Engagement and Support (Kyle.quirk@education.wa.edu.au)
    Jacquie Bogunovich, Associate Principal College Development (Jacquie.bogunovich@education.wa.edu.au)
    Paul Bottcher, Principal (Paul.bottcher@education.wa.edu.au)
     If you wish to hand in an enrolment pack or pick one up please visit our enrolment Officer Shaun Holker in the Administration Office.

    School  Board & Community News


    The P&C are still in need of donations for the Easter raffle. Please donate any Easter egg or Easter item of any kind to help the P&C. Donations can be dropped in the blue tubs located in the front office until Wednesday, April 1.


    Smooze ice creams are back. The P&C will be selling Smooze at the gates from 2.30pm every Friday in weeks 6, 7, 8 and 9. $2 Each



    School Banking

    School banking operates every Friday at 8.15am in the Jacaranda block.

    This is a great incentive for students to save their pocket money and watch it grow.







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