5 July 2019| Issue 5 | Term 2
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers
Yesterday, our school was chosen to be one of three schools to train the rest of the State’s Public Schools in the provision of Academically Able students. This is a venture that Wattle Grove and ourselves (as a Team) has led the way in WA for over 9 years, now. We have developed an excellent and effective Academically Able class (MAC) and the results of that cohort each year is producing some amazing results both academically and socially/emotionally. That is a big feather in our cap and I thank our staff for leading the way across the whole school in providing a first class, quality teaching programs/strategies which incorporates the best practices into an effective and sustainable process. We do have an amazing school.
Our policy is for student mobile phones to be handed to the classroom teacher at the start of each day (if bringing it to school) and pick it up after school has finished. This ensures safety of your child’s mobile and does not allow students to misuse them during the day. Some of that misuse was evident this week when some students accessed “chat-lines” and led a potential line into the school’s network.
More importantly, students do not understand the complexity of issues raised each time any student connects to social media at school or at home. Chat lines are seldom manned by young students on the other end – usually the other party is an older person and will commence to “groom” the young students, find out where they live, get to know their routines and then anything can happen. Students need to be taught how to stay safe on-line and some tips are here for you:
· Do not allow any connections on-line unless the child is in your line of vision at home and not in their room on their own
· Limit the capability of staying on-line for long periods of time.
· Do not allow your children any time on social media – block.
· We will block certain sites at school (as we did the other day)
· Leave mobiles home – the students do not need them at school where we will ensure the student’s safety and communication needs are met.
The safety of your children is paramount to us.
Each two-week period, our teachers assess all students across the school in several learning areas. These Tests are marked, progress noted and sent home on occasions for parent comment and see the progress of your children as the year unfolds.
Thank you for being orderly around the school – it has improved tremendously in going one way in and out of the drop-off/pick up roads.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all staff and families of Caladenia
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 27 June 2019.
Honour Certificates – Senior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 4 July 2019.
Honour Certificates – Senior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 20 June 2019.
The annual ‘Cross Country Carnival’ was held on the Caladenia Primary oval again this year on Wednesday the 26th of June and it was everyone’s chance to show off the hard work they have been doing, training for the event during PE lessons. The weather was threatening and it wasn’t looking great after a heavy morning downpour but after that, the skies cleared and we were ready to go.
The students ran hard and it was pleasing to see them do so well. All students earnt points for their faction no matter where they came. In the end it was Blue faction who won the day, taking over from green who finished 2nd attempting to go back to back with cross country victories.
The very talented winners in places 1-3 were awarded with medals the morning after, and all students listed in years 3-6 will be invited to take part in the interschool cross country carnival on Friday the 2nd of August (week 2) next term where I’m sure we will do very well.
Thank you to all of the spectators who came down to support our cross country superstars!
The Winter Carnival was a big hit with our Year 5-6 students again this year with over 100 competitors in 4 sports. Our teams all competed gallantly and were excellent representatives of our school during the tournament. We came back with some great results again and even a couple of undefeated teams though the main aim of competing and having fun was achieved by all.
The next opportunity to compete for the school will be in the girls’ football tournament which has been postponed to week 1 term 3 and then the interschool athletics carnival. Well done to all who competed in the athletics carnival, you did your school proud!
What’s been happening in Visual Art – 2019
Students in Year 1 have been developing their observational drawing skills, with a focus on shape and line. They have created some beautiful still life images in both pencil and oil pastel and have developed some wonderful palette knife paintings, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Students have drawn from real flowers and have explored a range of mediums in doing so, including mark making techniques to build and present a 2D version in clay.
Our wonderful students in Year 2 have been exploring line and pattern and have been developing mark making techniques in a variety of media from pencil and fine liner to watercolour pencil and clay. They have just completed some stunning pattern fish with a focus on colour mixing, looking at warm and cool colour groups. Well done Year 2, keep up the excellent effort.
This term, Year 3 students have been learning all about collage and layering techniques to create realistic 3D images, of animals. They have been studying the work of Pete Cromer and have created their own painted papers to produce some outstanding collages that are bursting with bold colours, charming features and beautiful fine detail. Amazing work Year 3 keep up the excellent standards shown.
Students in Year 4, have been looking at the work of American pop artist, Dean Russo. They have been developing observation skills, through a variety of mediums including oil pastel, collage, print and Clay. They have thoroughly enjoyed studying dogs and have produced some outstanding final outcomes that are both highly skilful and impressive to view. Keep up the hard work. Well done Year 4.
Students in Year 5 have been exploring positive and negative space. They have created some wonderful optical illusions along with sequence patterns in black and white. Fine detail and accuracy of outlines to create symmetry, have also been explored. Year 5’s are currently exploring monochromatic colour theory in preparation for a monochromatic landscape painting. Well done Year 5.
Students in Year 6 have been looking at the work of Pablo Picasso and have created some fantastic cubist style portraits. They have exploring designs both in 2D and 3D form and have applied colour theory looking at emotions and the connection to the visual effects of colour on emotions. Lots of fun was had with the oil pastel and black ink technique used to finish the detailed clay faces. Well done on the successful outcomes Year 6.
MAC Class Visit Woodside – Robotics Lab Tour
A chilly Monday morning, on the 17th of June 2019 a class of year 4, 5 and 6 students entered the high tech realm of the Woodside Innovation and Technology Robotics Lab. There, they met Robonaut (a.k.a. R2C3 or Rick) … one of only eight Robonauts in the world, developed in collaboration with NASA!
Arriving at the Woodside Innovation and Technology Centre, we met Delene and Shawn, directors of the Robotics Lab. In the Lab, we were met with mind-blowing technology, including a Robonaut, formally known as R2C3. From our conversations with Delene and Shawn, we learnt that Robonaut’s arrival at the Perth Woodside Innovation and Technology Centre was the result of a collaboration with NASA, which started late in 2017. Both organisations realised that they were chasing after the same goal, to carry out remote operations on space and offshore mining platforms. There are eight Robonauts scattered across the world, one located in Perth, five in Houston, USA, one in Michigan, USA, and even one in the International Space Station! Delene and Shawn answered our flood of questions, and they were extremely impressed by our level of knowledge in the questions we asked! We were then lucky enough to experience the handshake of a lifetime from the one and only Rick the Robonaut. After this, Delene, programmed Rick to give each of us a fist-bump, and to follow up with a humorous comment at the end. Some of our favourites included, “Maths is cool!” and “You must work out!” Shawn also introduced us to Ripley the Robot, and Pam, one of their quadruplet robots designed to undertake offshore operations, whilst being controlled from over 2000kms away. A huge thanks to Mr Smyth, Mr McIlwraith, Mrs Ashby, and the Woodside staff for making this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity possible for the MACs.
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We have had some watches, bracelets, glasses and a pendant with a photo on it found and left in the front office. If you think these may belong to you, please see the front office.
There is also a large amount of assorted items in the lost property. If parents could please take some time to look through it as items without a name label will be discarded in the new term.