1 November 2018 | Issue 2 | Term 4
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers
I thank all the teachers and students who performed extremely well on the day both in organising and in competing to make it a successful Carnival. The performance of the students was remarkable – so much intensity and really trying to win for their team. Thanks to Mr Hunt for his expert organisation of the day and the organisation that goes on before and after the event. We wish our Interschool Team the very best of success for the Inters on Friday 2 November at Ranford Primary School. We expect that our students will try hard but also have the best sportsmanship attitudes amongst all the schools – go Caladenia!
Open Board Meeting
7.00pm Thursday 1 November 2018 is the Open Board Meeting in the Staff Room at school – it is an opportunity to see the Board in action and to decide if you wish to become involved on the Board for 2019. You may ask questions and we will provide information after the meeting. Please come along and see what your parent representatives are doing to provide the quality education facility that is Caladenia.
Our Board will be meeting for a Planning Day for 2019 on 15 November – the Board reviews and sets priorities and Targets for 2019 and beyond, and assesses those Targets each year to see if we are achieving our goals and aspirations we set as a community.
The lessons start on 19 November and go through to 30 November. These two weeks are a stressful time for our teachers as they prepare to complete the year’s work by the 13 December 2018. The lessons tire the students and we do not get a lot achieved during this time.
Melbourne Cup Day
6 November – This day is a special day for Australians -we all attach to the spirit of the sport and get involved in the atmosphere of the Race – our staff wear special “fascinators” (hats) which epitomises the Cup Day. We also enjoy a little morning tea together at morning recess – we do not talk about betting or the like with students and we do not bring it up in any way other than to say to us all the is the “Race that stops Australia”, briefly.
The P&C have provided reverse cycle air-conditioning to the Undercover Area for the comfort of our students, staff and parents. Events such as ANZAC, Graduation, Christmas Assemblies and other Assemblies will now be far more comfortably done. We thank the P&C for their hard work in supplying us with this much-needed facility. Well done Aimi Richards and Team.
Be gentle with one another – don’t hurt the ones you love.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 19 October 2018.
Honour Certificates – Senior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 25 October 2018.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 2 November 2018.
The 2018 Athletics Carnival was a big success for the students at Caladenia with over 800 students taking part. The day began with a grand entrance by each faction on to the oval including a lot of cheering and excitement. Students in Years 1-6 then went straight into middle distance events having completed jumps and throws on the Tuesday while their pre-primary counterparts took place in a range of games in their area of the school.
The pre-primary students soon marched onto the oval as well while the Y3-6 team games were completed at a frantic pace with points being awarded left right and centre. The track was occupied by the younger students at this point before each group swapped over and the younger students were on the grid for team games and the Y3-6s battled it out on the track. The day finished with relays as always which proved to be the deciding factor as Green made it back to back Athletics wins, closely followed by Red, who were edged out on the line.
Congratulations to all the 2018 Champions listed below:
Austin, Shahil, Thisath, Sifat, Sai, Mischa, Charles, Ethan, Bodhi, Claire, Sierra, Lola, Zane, Logan, Lucas, Tamati, Vivian, Natasha, Grace, Kade, Lewis, Luke, Sharni, Elysha, Krina, Koby, Jordan, Stephen, Chloe, Selenia, Diana, Sienna, Beau, Ronan, Caleb, Madison, Imogen and Alicia.
Year 2 Room 28
Room 28 has been working hard to produce wonderful narratives all about magic. The Year 2’s have been using lots of figurative language to make their writing pop! We started by brainstorming some ideas and planning our narratives. The students developed interesting characters and described the setting of their stories. “I love writing because it is really fun.” Trish Tan.
Writing is the best thing in Year 2 – Oliver
If you write you get a smarter brain – Olivia
Writing is my favourite subject because it is fun – Yonal
When you write you can make up stories and that makes me feel good – Wan Ying
Year 4 Room 17
This term in Science the Year 4’s are learning all about forces. We have explored some common games that require forces to play. From this we created scientific diagrams showing the pushes and pulls needed in games such as Marbles, Slinkys, and Bouncy Balls. We have explored Friction whilst playing games of tug of war to demonstrate how the amount of Friction can advantage or disadvantage teams! The variable which we changed was the surface of our hands. During the tug of war games- teams had bare hands, gloved hands and gloves with dishwashing liquid. The results were very interesting.
ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Nominee – Mrs Deb Skelton
Don’t forget to keep voting for Mrs Skelton for the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award. You can do this once a day on as many different devices as you have.
To vote: www.ariamusicteacheraward.com.au.Voting closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018.
Magpies are notorious for swooping, which is done to protect the bird’s territory when it feels its nest is threatened during nesting season. Nesting season tends to last around 4 – 6 weeks. In previous years we have had magpies who nest around the school so coming into swooping season it is important to take precautions against the possibility of being swooped by managing our own behaviour, rather than that of the magpies.
Be vigilant – pay attention and know nesting areas in and around our neighbourhood.
Inform others – let others know where the magpies are swooping.
Never harass magpies – don’t throw rocks or sticks. A magpie who has experienced harassment will cease to trust humans.
Take evasive action – Keep calm, walk quickly but don’t run. Try to keep your eye on the magpie as they usually attack from behind, but don’t look up. As you walk away try to maintain eye contact.
Try to use a different path if you do get swooped – magpies have an incredible memory and will attack the same people again and again.
Generally, the magpies on school grounds have not been swooping as yet so being aware that they could start soon and taking the above precautions, we should be able to get through the swooping season.
School Board and Community News
Open Board Meeting
The School Board is holding an open meeting on Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 7pm in the Staff Room. We are looking for new members of the School Board for 2019 and the open Board meeting will be a great opportunity for members of the Caladenia community to come along, meet Board members and observe the functions of the School Board. Questions and comments would be most welcomed at the conclusion of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.
School Board Chair
VAC Swim 2018/2019
With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential. You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim programs are held at pools and beaches all across Western Australia. No matter where you are planning to spend these summer holidays, your children can take part in VacSwim. VacSwim is for all children – from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation. Your children can start as young as five years old.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming.
Ukelele and Guitar lessons
Mr Rivett has a few spaces available for guitar or ukulele. If you have a child/ren with an interest please contact Mr Dave Rivett on 0408 929 186