• Newsletter – 10 March 2017


    10 March 2017    |    Issue 3    |    Term 1


    ‘Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~ Robert Brault.’

    From the Principal’s Desk

    Upcoming Events

    Tue 14 Mar
    School finishes at 11.00
    Wed 15 Mar School finishes at 11.00
    Thu 16 Mar Senior Assembly @ 8.35am
    Year 4 Rm 32
    Tue 21 Mar
    Harmony Day
    Fri 24 Mar Junior Assembly @ 8.35am
    Year 1 Rm 22
    Fri 24 Mar Summer Carnival
    Thu 30 Mar Senior Assembly @ 8.35am
    Year 4 Room 15
    Thu 6 Apr
    Junior Assembly @ 8.35am
    Year 2 Rm 14
    Thu 6 Apr Pyjama Day
    Thu 6 Apr Last Day of Term 1
    Fri 7 Apr Staff Development Day
    Student do not attend
    Mon 24 Apr First Day of Term 2
    Mon 24 Apr ANZAC Day Service 11.00am
    Tue 25 Apr Public Holiday
    ANZAC Day

    Important Information

    Text Absences
    0417 984 196

    Caladenia App

    Uniform Shop Hours
    Tuesday 8.30am – 9.00am
    Thursday 8.30am – 9.00am

    School Banking
    Friday 8.10am – 8.30am

    Helping Hands
    0448 025 638

    Excelsior Dental Therapy
    9256 4170

    Dear Parents/Guardians

    Well Done

    Mrs Tracy Sartori is the new President of the Caladenia P&C and I wish her the very best for 2017 as she prepares her Executive for the year’s events ahead. Thank you, Tracy for caring about our students enough to take on such an onerous position of leadership in the community of Caladenia. Good luck to all the Executive Members as well – the school appreciates what you are doing for our wonderful students.

    Academic Notes

    The National My School website is now in operation. You can see how we and other schools performed in the 2016 NAPLAN Testing and some financial operational details as well.

    We are very proud of our achievements over the past few years and even more so because of the work the teachers and Admin have combined to produce in terms of strategies and Plans for Improvement at Caladenia. We have a truly successful and happy school and we are keen to maintain and develop that success in our students by working smarter than other schools. Well done, staff of Caladenia, School Board and students/parents for helping us achieve these high personal and professional standards.


    Please see the attached map of the school for parking and traffic flow.

    Please observe the plan and I am sure we will all be a lot calmer and patient with each other if we are ALL doing the right thing.

    Things will only improve if we all observe the rules strictly by

    • NOT stopping in the Kiss and Drive Bays – drop the children and drive off
    • Parking is available in the main parent car park – DO NOT park in the middle of the car park as cars cannot pass by.
    • Travel in one direction all the way around the school (anticlockwise)
    • Don’t park in the car park if you are just dropping off and leaving – use the road parking
    • Do NOT park in the staff car parks – staff need to park their cars without having to wait as they have “duty of care” for attending to children on site and need ready available parking when they arrive

    10th Anniversary of the School

    This year we celebrate our tenth year of operation and we have a Committee looking after the celebrations/events during the year. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our successes and challenges since opening in 2007. We hope to see you all joining in the events as they arise.

    School Development Day

    We have community approval through the School Board to close the school to students on the 7 April so that staff can attend to professional development/moderation of student work with another school. This is a vital part of our self-analysis of our data and review of where we are in comparison to other schools.  So, no school on 7 April.

    Thank you.

    Ted Nastasi

     School News

    Old Macdonald Farm Incursion

    Old MacDonald’s Farm came to Caladenia Kindy. First we talked about the animals that live on the farm, what they eat, what they produce & how to pat them. Then we went outside to feed & pat the animals. On the farm there was rabbits, chickens, ducks, lambs, alpacas, goats, a goose & and a piglet.

      “I liked the chicken and the pig. I feed, but I didn’t feed the chicken. Just the pig! I don’t like the big chicken, (goose)” Enzo

    “I liked patting the animals. I loved the fur on the alpaca.”

    Honour Certificates –  Senior Assembly

    Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 2 March 2017.

    Senior Honour Certificates

    Xander Ethan Licia Baidon Leah Caleb Kayiravee Adarsh
    Teon Imogen Kai Wasiq Eric Sienna Lucius Bailey
    Queshaan Yi Xuen Tristan Aarabhi Jayden Yihan Kael Brianna
    Jenna Adhvay            


    School Board News

    Getting to Know our School Board Members

    Our School Board members have been working very hard and are committed to the students of Caladenia.  The School Board sets policies in dress code, behaviour management and provides new advice and suggestions for reviewing and setting new priorities and targets for the whole school.  The Board also reviews school expenditure. 

    Members of the School Board would like to share their reasons with the school community for joining the School Board.  This newsletter John Elson, one of our parent representatives has outlined his reasons for becoming a representative of the Caladenia School Board.  Please refer to the Caladenia web-page for a current list of our School Board members.

    The School Board looks forward to working positively with our school community in 2017.

    Carole Veneris
    School Board Chair

    “Why did I get involved with the Caladenia School Board when education was not important to me as a young man? Quite simple…

    It’s not only that I am invested in my children’s future, but I also wanted insight in to the people responsible for teaching my two children, both of whom attend this wonderful school.

    I knew nothing about the education system in Australia, having been raised and educated in the UK. What I have learnt from involvement in the Board activities is how supportive, caring and forward thinking the teachers of this school are. Every decision made at the Board level is in the best interest of our children.

    I am proud and satisfied that my contribution to the school has a broader, positive impact on the school community. I encourage all parents to get involved with the school in some capacity. If being on the school board appears to be daunting, then please consider joining the P&C committee or volunteering your time to support school fund raising activities.”  ……   John Elson    3 March 2017