31 July 2020 | Issue 1 | Term 3
School of the Year 2019/2020
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/ Care Givers,
We are so fortunate to be Caladenia. We have great intentions that are translating into great people and the result are children and adults who believe in us being a family in a wonderful partnership.
Although it appears that things are back to “normal”, it is a bleak reminder to us all that Victoria was, not long ago, like WA. COVID-19 is a pandemic – it is world-wide and we can’t ignore the possibility that it can strike anyone at any time. We must continue to be personally careful about hygiene and social distancing of at least 1.5m from one another. This continues to be the rule in WA. So, it has been disappointing to note parents/adults not social distancing while dropping off/waiting for children in the afternoons in the school grounds. This has the potential to negatively affect students, staff or other adults. It is not a good idea to assume that “it won’t happen” to us – that is how outbreaks occur. I would ask all parents to consider
I am concerned that the way adults are congregating inside and outside school, that the possibility of infection remains high for staff and students. I cannot restrict entry but I would ask you to reconsider your drop-off and pick-ups of your children for their sake. I thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Our Multi-Purpose Room will be handed over sometime next week. This is very exciting for us as we can then have a little space to move, especially with Clubs and activities. We are progressing the new walkways between the transportable classrooms and making the area more aesthetically attractive. Bag Racks have been restyled to accommodate student/school needs for heat and wet weather and should be completed in the next few weeks.
Public School Review
Anyone wishing to view this exemplary Report on our school, is free to do so on https://www.det.wa.edu.au/schoolsonline/home.do
Type Caladenia in the Search by School and then go to REPORTS drop-down menu and select Public School Accountability for the Caladenia Report. This Report outlines Improvements (the school allocates these for itself – they are not from the Public School Review Panel). The significant sections are the statements under each Heading and the Effectiveness statements from the Panel. This Review is carried out every three years following the Business Plan for that triennium. Board, P&C, staff and students were involved in the Review of our Standards and Effectiveness.
It indicates an exemplary school in every area of its operations and provides parents with the confidence that the school is indeed following excellent practices in teaching and learning and whole student development. We are proud of our achievements together as a whole school community.
Teaching and Learning
We are in the process of planning for staffing for 2021 in line with what is needed in order to achieve improvement in student learning and growth of each individual in social/emotional areas. Staffing is an emotional time when we lose and gain staff due to growth of the school as well as staff returning from Leave. While we understand parental opinions of staff, we make decisions based on what is best for our students and school ethos/principles. Although this year has been educationally disruptive, we are confident that we will not have lost much by the end of this year. That is a tall order but, we believe, achievable.
Meanwhile, we continue to provide our best teaching and learning whole school strategies that have provided success over the past few years. You may be aware, that every year in Term 4, the staff come together to plan for the following year and make decisions based on reviews and tests to present to the Board for approval. The Board’s positive and professional judgement is valued by the school and the partnership of community and school has become an enviable one. It deserves to be said that the Staff and Board work well together to provide the best for our wonderful students.
Thought: “Love more. Worry Less”
The classic fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, was brought to life on Monday for all our Pre Primary classes! Our students were captivated by a rich learning experience, produced by our special guest Rebecca Flannagan. The children participated in the storytelling experience, which included delightful props and an array of storytelling skills. ‘Goldilocks’ had us all up singing and dancing together! The children enjoyed sharing their experience by writing a recount when they got back to class. It was a very exciting day!
Pre Primary Room 5
This term Pre-Primary students are learning about Fairy tales, as part of our Literacy program. As an introduction to Fairy tales, students attended an Incursion about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We had so much fun singing and dancing to the ‘Teddy Bear Hockey Pockey’ song and danced with scarves for the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’. We then got to pretend we were the ‘spooky woods’ as Goldilocks walked through the forest. We had such an amazing time! After the incursion, we got to write about what happened at the incursion and sequenced and retold the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Look at some of our fantastic work!
Year 2 Room 26
This term, Year 2 are learning all about symmetry. We can identify the line of symmetry and draw reflection symmetry objects, which are a lot of fun. This is what Room 26 knows about symmetry.
The line of symmetry is a line that separates the parts. Reflection- flip, translation- slide, rotation- turn. Lily
Symmetry is the same thing on both sides, you can turn it. You use a broken line. Yevin
The line of symmetry is a broken line to show that this (shape) is being reflected. There are 3 kinds of symmetry: rotate, translate and reflect. It has to be the same on both sides. Aarav
Symmetry is something that is the same. You can flip, slide and turn sy6mmetry. Gurnoor
Symmetry is like you cut it in half. DuoDuo
Symmetry is a mirror image. The line of symmetry is in the middle of the object. Lucas L
Symmetry is the same amount on each half. Also there are words you use when you do symmetry like slide and reflect. They are the same thing. Jing
Symmetry is the same shape. It is the same as the other side. Reem
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