Affirmation ∼ “Well done is better than well said” Benjamin Franklin
Dear Parents and Carers,
I want to start by welcoming the students, parents and staff back to what is going to be a very busy Term 4. Week One was no exception. We held jumps and throws on Tuesday and concluded the carnival with running events and team games on Friday. I want to extend a very big thank you to our community, that once again got behind the students, cheering on all competitors throughout the day. Special thanks to Mr Papineau and Mrs Holmes for the work they have done, both in preparing students for events and managing the carnival on the day. Successful events like ours do not just happen, they are the result of many hours of work behind the scenes. Once again the Caladenia staff were amazing in supporting students to do their best on the day, both in their personal achievement and in the cheering for all athletes. Special thanks to our new school gardener, Nick Wheatley, who has already made such a positive contribution to this school community, especially on Friday at the carnival. A big thank you to the Caladenia P&C who provided the new sound system for the carnival. Finally, a massive shout out to the students of Caladenia. I believe we are so lucky to have the calibre of students we have at this school. They continue to astound me with their generosity towards each other and their ability to strive for their best. Interschool teams will be posted shortly.
I was fortunate enough to join our amazing new Music teacher, Belle Connolly, on the MACA 200 bike ride. This wonderful event, organised by the Harry Perkin’s Cancer Research Centre, involves 1800 cyclists riding from Optus Stadium to Mandurah on Saturday, returning to Optus on Sunday, a total of 209km. It was humbling to hear the stories of many riders whose lives have been changed as a result of a personal diagnosis of cancer, the loss of a family member or friend. We rode to honour those who have lost their battle for cancer, those battling cancer now and to work towards a cure for this disease that affects so many. We had the privilege of riding for The Blue Tree Riding Team.
The 1800 riders raised a collective amount of $8 654 875!
Our Student Executive have been invited to present a cheque for $2664.55 to Telethon this Sunday from the Caladenia community, proceeds from a PJ Day, Team Colour Day and Loud T Shirt Day. Thank you to the community for once again stepping up to help this charity where kids get the chance to support kids.
Caladenia Primary School Athletics Carnival
The sun was shining, the air was filled with excitement, and the colours of our school factions were on full display. It was a day of laughter, competition, and camaraderie as Caladenia Primary School hosted its annual Athletics Carnival. The event was a resounding success, bringing together students, teachers, parents, and the entire school community for a day of fun and sportsmanship.
At the heart of the carnival was the friendly faction competition. Students were grouped into their respective factions (Red, Blue, Green and Gold) and decked out in their faction colours. The carnival ground was a sea of colour and cheers as each faction vied for the coveted title of champions. The students showcased their skills in sprints, relays and team games, and it was a joy to witness their enthusiasm and determination as they gave their best in every event. One of the most heart-warming aspects of the carnival was the sportsmanship displayed by the students. They cheered for their friends, celebrated victories with humility, and offered encouragement to those who faced setbacks.
The Caladenia Primary School Athletics Carnival was more than just a day of athletics competitions; it was a celebration of unity, achievement, and the spirit of sportsmanship. It reminded us all that, beyond the scores and the races, what truly mattered was the camaraderie and the lessons learned. We look forward to next year’s carnival with great anticipation, hoping to create more wonderful memories and inspire the young athletes of our school.
Please see the carnival photos at the end of the newsletter.
On October 8, April in Year 4 competed in The Western Australian Ice Skating Association (WAISA) organized Spring Challenge. April was in the preliminary level and won the first place. Congratulations April.
WA Chess League Finals
Last Monday 4th September representatives from Caladenia competed in the WA school chess league finals. The winning school is to represent WA in the 2023 Australian School Teams Finals.
During the year, leading up to finals, 4 zonal tournaments are held at various locations around the city. Caladenia had representatives at each of these tournaments and during the year had the following placings:
North zone – 2nd place
Central zone – 2nd place
South zone – 3rd place
West zone – no placing
The children who participated are: Jineth (year 5), Leo (year 3), Nethumli (year 3), Ryan (year 6), Samantha (year 4), Sebastian (year 6), Senudi (year 4) and Yevin (year 5).
Based on the accumulation of points from the above zonals, we were invited to participate in the final against 5 other primary schools. Schools selected 4 students and a reserve based on the previous results to represent on the day. As such, Senudi, Ryan, Sebastian, Jineth and Leo were chosen to represent Caladenia.
The students had some difficult games throughout the day and in the end the places came down to the last round. Caladenia had 3 draws, 1 win and 1 loss. Oberthur PS played a strong 4 boards and in the end took out the title. 2nd place came to countback of games won and Caladenia PS managed to secure 2nd place for the second year in a row. Well done to all the students that gave up their day and played to the best of their ability to get a brilliant result for our school. We are proud of each and every one of you. Special mention to Ryan who also received the prize for top second board by winning all 5 of his games.
At Caladenia, we love showcasing our students’ sporting achievements and events, as well as any other interests that they would like to share with our Caladenia Community.
If you have something your child would like to share, please email along with photos to the email address below:
Melville Senior High School
On Thursday 19th October, Ms Alanna Sherwood, Deputy Principal of Middle School at Melville Senior High School, attended Caladenia Primary School to acknowledge student achievement amongst our Year 6’s. Congratulations to the following students for their success and achievement in receiving the following scholarships and awards as they begin their high school journey at Melville SHS in 2024:
– Gursmaira who received admission into the Netball, Music in Focus and Academic Extension Programs.
– Vidhee who received admission into the Graphic Design / Media and Academic Extension Programs.
– Sebastian who received at GATE Scholarship and admission into the Aviation and Music in Focus Programs.
– Tara who received who received admission into the Graphic Design / Media and Academic Extension Programs, as well as a $500 scholarship for outstanding results.
We wish these students all the very best for high school!
2024 Badge Presentation
Caladenia is known for its development of authentic student leadership, with opportunities for students as young as 6 to be heard, to see their ideas for school improvement enacted. On Wednesday, 18th October we held a special assembly to recognise and celebrate our 2024 student leaders: Our Student Executive, Faction Captains, Vice Captains and Music Captains. It was lovely to have proud families join us in celebrating our student leaders for 2024.
MAC Excursion to WA Parliament House
On Thursday 12th October MAC visited the Constitution Centre, WA Parliament and the Electoral Education Centre in order to extend understanding of Westminster Parliament and the process in which laws are created. MAC listened to debates in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council and had a special visit from Terry Healy; the member for Southern River. It was an amazing learning experience.
Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped with the excursion.
Mr Kaempf – MAC Teacher
Athletics Carnival Photos
Green Green the winning team!
Caladenia Senior Choir and the Massed Choir Festival
On Friday evening on the 22nd of September, Caladenia Senior Choir performed on stage at the prestigious Perth Concert Hall in this years Massed Choir Festival. They were a part of a choir made up of over 450 students from 12 metropolitan and regional Western Australian Primary schools. Our students attended rehearsals every Monday and to put in individual practise time to learn their parts and choreography for eleven professionally arranged songs. The result was stunning! Beautiful voices sang together and created a wonderful, uplifting musical experience for the audience and an unforgettable performing experience for each student involved. Once again our students were outstanding in their attitude and the way they presented themselves. Congratulations and thanks to the Massed Choir Festival organisers for giving our students the chance to shine.
P&C News and Community News
The P&C are holding a book sale after school on Tuesday 24th October and Wednesday 25th October outside the undercover area from 2.15 -3pm. Books will be on sale for a gold coin donation. If you have any books you would like to donate, please drop them into the box lo
cated at the front office. Volunteers are needed to help in setting up and selling books on each day. If you are able to help, please message 0411 033 960 or email CaladeniaPandC@outlook.com
CALADENIA P&C CHRISTMAS MARKET
1 DECEMBER 2023
4pm to 7pm, Caladenia School Oval
FOOD TRUCKS! CHRISTMAS STALLS! FREE ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES! ANIMAL FARM! AND MORE!
Facebook – Caladenia P&C Christmas Market Event for more details
Issue 7 of Book Club is out and orders are due in by October 27th. Please place your orders online via The Loop.
Congratulations Chloe Ainsworth
As a community we acknowledge the amazing achievement of Chloe Ainsworth (Mrs Ainsworth’s daughter) who has been given a contract with the Perth Scorchers for 2023/2024. What an amazing achievement – so if you go to the games, please give her an extra big shout from Caladenia!