13 March 2020 | Issue 3 | Term 1
From the Principal’s Desk
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.
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.
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.
Honour Certificates – SeniorAssembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 5 March 2020.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 13 March 2020.
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
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
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.email@example.com)
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.
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.