• 2020 – Issue 5 Term 2


    3 July 2020   |    Issue 5   |    Term 2


    ” Please all, and you will please none.” – Aesop 

    School of the Year

    Important Dates

    Fri 3 Jul Last day of Term 2
    Mon 20 Jul Staff Development Day – Students do not attend
    Tue 21 Jul Term 3 commences for students

    Important Information

                    School Phone Number

                            6258 9350

    Text Absences
    0417 984 196

    Caladenia App

    Uniform Shop
    30 Kembla Way Willetton  
    9270 4669

    Helping Hands
    0448 025 638

    Excelsior Dental Therapy
    9256 4170

    From the Principal’s Desk

    Dear Parents/Care Givers,

    Thank you for your continuing support of our school during COVID-19.


    Our Multi-Purpose Room has commenced construction this week. We have a new completion date of 10 August 2020. It is exciting to see it developing from the ground up. This building will assist the school in developing far more activities for students and having an extra space to operate parent development sessions as well as several in-school teaching sessions. We are still progressing the covered walkways and bag racks for the transportable classrooms.

    Drop-Off and Pick-Up

    As a school, one of our objectives is to develop students’ emotional and physical well-being – part of this is to work with students in being far more resilient so that by the time they move on to high school, they are able to think and do for themselves. What we have found over the course of this COVID time, is that all students have coped extremely well with

    Walking to class on their own (even Kindy and PP students) and getting to gates on their own in the afternoon
    Carrying their own school bags
    Preparing for class to start on their own
    Happiness to come to school and be responsible for themselves on their own
    Minimal directions and assistance from adults

    Additionally, what we have found is that parent traffic in the mornings and afternoons is made much easier when cars are not parked and move off quickly. The traffic volume and frustrations appeared to be less than normal.

    So, as a school staff, asking for four things

    • Walk or ride bikes/etc to school instead of being driven (See “Your Move” in this Newsletter)
    • If you must drive (wet days or other), please use the quick drop (Kiss n Drive) or normal street parking spots all around the school to drop students off and not park there.
    • If you must drive in the afternoon, arrange for your children to come to your car parked/Kiss n Drive and wait for you to be there – we will have a staff member wait with the students at the Kiss n Drive areas.
    • If you wish to visit Admin, try to arrange a time after the “rush” (after 8.30am and after 2.45pm.)

    We cannot and would not seek to force this on you in any way nor would we want to make you feel uncomfortable in not following these wishes, so please make your own mind up about your entry to the school. What I can assure you is that we will ensure the safety and well-being of your children at all times.

    Teaching and Learning  

    Reports are due today to your families. Please remember that due to the lack of face-to-face teaching and assessment this year, we have been unable to guess at where your children are in the development of their learning – we are informing you that we are developing the year’s learning so that we can be where we should be at the end of the school year’s targets. The Reports show Effort, Attitude and Behaviour as well as the student’s overall development of learning strategies and achievements.

    Term 3

    There are some new innovations due to COVID 2m2 rules for Term 3.

    • There will be only three assemblies the term and will be general ones, run by the Student Executive – this is so we can apply reasonable adult restrictions of the rule for attendance at these as well as continue to split Junior and Senior Assemblies without being unfair to classes who would not get a turn at Awards for the rest of the year.
    • We will not be participating in In-Term Swimming Lessons
    • Library and computer lab will be open for business
    • We are re-arranging play areas to minimise the risks of accidents during play
    • We will have the MP Room for extra games and activities for student play during recess and lunch
    • We will continue with parent/teacher meetings in the Conference Room for the term to alleviate the need to be too confined in space.
    • Try to drop students off or walk as opposed to parents walking students in to the school site.
    • RE-commence Board Meetings and P&C Meetings (dependent on 2m2 Rule

    THOUGHT:        “Life is a one-time offer, use it well.”

    Happy Holidays. We hope your time with your children, this time, is a happy and joyful one doing some wonderful and exciting things in our own State.

    Kind regards,

    Ted Nastasi

    School  News

    Pyjama Day

    Last week we held our first fundraiser for 2020 with a pyjama day. Students and staff came dressed in their pjs to help raise funds for Perth Zoo, GOSAC and other charities that look after animals.

    An outstanding amount of $1,032.00 was raised. Thank you to everyone who supported this special event. The Year 6’s have been in contact with the Animal Protection Society and have donated the funds to help feed and support 4 cages of animals in need. Well done everyone on this amazing effort.

    Kindy & Pre Primary Enrolments 2021

    Enrolments for Kindy and Pre Primary 2021 are well underway. We are taking the enrolments by appointments only. Please call the office on 6258 9350 to book in your appointment. Please note you will need all original documentation stipulated on pages 4 & 5 of our application form. This can be downloaded from our website.

    Applications close Term 2, Friday 24 July 2020.

    Your Move

    Your Move is a program to help encourage families to walk or ride to school. Caladenia Primary School recently signed up as a Your Move school and we are supported by our P&C committee.

    This project is to encourage parents and students to walk or ride to school. A survey we conducted on Friday 26 June 2020, showed that 65% of students travel to school by car.


    Benefits of walking with your child are:

    • Children who walk to school have been found to have higher academic performance in terms of attention/alertness, verbal, numeric, and reasoning abilities; higher degree of pleasantness and lower levels of stress during the school day; and higher levels of happiness, excitement and relaxation on the journey to school.
    • Walking with their friends can improve sociability and communication skills. Exercise makes students feel calmer and happier. It improves concentration, making it easier to focus in school. Many children who walk and cycle to school are more alert and ready to learn than those who arrive by car.
    • Where peak hour traffic, finding parking and keeping to a family schedule can make for stressful interactions, a relaxed walk produces positive connections and skills to overcome the very dangers that make parents anxious.
    • Gives students a chance to prepare for the day or unwind at the other end of the day, as well as time to connect with their parents.
    • Most of all, walking and riding to school will ease the traffic congestion on Beauly Parade, Boardman Road and Bushy Gardens as well as making our school safer for children as it will ease the traffic around the school and the carparks.

    Class  News

    Year 1 Room 32

    In science the students in Room 32 have been learning all about living and non-living things. We have been exploring plants and what they need to survive. We planted some Cress and observed how they grew. This week we explored parts of a plant and what each part does to help the plant survive. We also loved coming to school in our pyjamas!

    Year 5 Room 23

    The Year 5 students in Room 23 have been learning about the Apollo 11 Space Mission and using this information to help them write engaging newspaper articles. We spent time researching interesting information about the Apollo 11 Moonwalk including some mind blowing facts and iconic quotes. We then spent two weeks using all of the information we recorded to summarise the famous event as if we were writing at the time. Here are a few examples of our hot off the press, front page articles!


    P&C and Community News

    Entertainment Book

    The new Entertainment Book membership is still available for families to purchase. This has many discounts for restaurants, shopping, activities, take-away and travel and is perfect for the school holidays. To order and activate your membership please visit: 2020/2021 Membership

    Canteen News

    The canteen will be back in Term 3 operating with online orders only. Orders can be placed through Flexi schools ordering system. Please see link. Flexischools online ordering

    Wishing all our families safe, fun and happy school holidays.



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