• Newsletter – 11 May 2017


    11 May 2017    |    Issue 1    |    Term 2


    ‘The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.’James M. Barrie

    From the Principal’s Desk

    Upcoming Events

    Tue 9 May
    to Thu 11 May
    NAPLAN Testing
    Thu 18 May
    Senior Assembly @ 8.35
    Year 4 Room 25
    Wed 24 May
    National Simultaneous
    Story Time
    Thu 25 May
    Senior Assembly @ 8.35am
    Year 5 Room 12
    Thu 25 May
    7pm Board Meeting
    Fri 26 May
    Junior Assembly @ 8.35am
    Year 1 Room 10
    Mon 5 Jun
    Public Holiday
    Tue 6 Jun
    Swimming for
    Group 1 Commences

    Important Information

    Text Absences
    0417 984 196

    Caladenia App

    Uniform Shop Hours
    Monday 8.00am -10.30am
    Thursday 1.30pm – 3.45pm
    Email : caladeniaps@uc.nellgray.com.au

    School Banking
    Friday 8.10am – 8.30am

    Helping Hands
    0448 025 638

    Excelsior Dental Therapy
    9256 4170

    Dear Parents/Guardians

    NAPLAN Notes

    We try very hard in the school not to place too much stress on the NAPLAN National Testing each year. However, it is what it is and we must do them like every school in Australia. We are judged by how well or not we perform in these Tests. We have performed very well over the years as our culture and strategies of learning and student emotional/social and psychological development is maintained.

    I wish all students the very best for their results in all Tests. I know they have tried their hardest in all areas of Testing, so well done.

    Academic Notes

    The staff at Caladenia continue to work smarter to achieve the necessary results. We are a high achieving school and so we have to be smart in getting every little bit out of our students’ capacity for excellence. Our focus is on Writing this year. We are hoping for a much improved Year 3 and 5 cohort in Writing. We have a strategy in place for making that improvement this year.

    Our staff met with Wattle Grove staff on Friday 7 April 2017 to moderate our Writing results with them. This gave our teachers an opportunity, with Wattle Grove, to measure a more consistent set of results. It also gives our teachers an opportunity to discuss with Wattle Grove teachers their aspirations and strategies for all students across the school. 

    10th Anniversary of the School

    We have started planning for this event. Please let me or Tracy Sartori (P&C) know if you wish to help on the day. We are still planning the event and cannot give details as yet but we are expecting it to be family-based and not a huge event.

    In-Term Swimming

    Swimming commences on 6 June and lasts for four weeks until the end of Term 2. It is a difficult time for teachers as students are tired and lethargic after each lesson and we get very little productive learning taking place during this time.

    School Board

    The Board advises, directs and works with the school to plan for effective teaching and learning strategies, financial budgeting and controls, policy development of Dress Code and Behavioural Management. It also assists the school in promoting and providing a positive image of the school in the community – the Board is a very supportive governing body that ensures the same level of transparency and honesty as the school’s Executive.

    Thank you.

    Ted Nastasi

     School News

    ANZAC Assembly

    I wanted to extend my thanks to everyone who contributed in some way to the ANZAC Assembly on Monday. The tone of the assembly and the connection from the students was a fitting tribute to what ANZAC Day stands for. Thanks to the Student Councillors and Mr Smyth for all their efforts to ensure that this was possible. The feedback we received from all our special guests was extremely positive, many saying it was the best ANZAC Assembly they had attended.

    I hope everyone had a restful holiday (and enjoyed yesterday’s extra day) and is now looking forward to a successful Term Two.

    Craig McIlwraith
    Deputy Principal

    On Monday 24 April, the Student Executive hosted the 2017 ANZAC Service at Caladenia Primary School.  We welcomed, as special guests, Mr Len Winton, the Hon Terry Healy MLA, Member for Southern River, Councillor Julie Brown from the City of Gosnells, Members of the Caladenia School Board and P&C, officers from the Canning Vale Police Station and Mrs Jill Smyth who contributed all of the floral tributes.  The students demonstrated great respect to the meaning of ANZAC, understanding that is the responsibility of the next generation to keep the spirit of ANZAC alive.  The service was built on the message of the following quote:

    Let us therefore dedicate ourselves to taking up the burdens of the fallen and, with the same courage and steadfastness with which they went into battle, set our hands to the tasks they left unfinished.  Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of the ideals for which they died.  Let us give our utmost to make the world what they would have wished it to be, a better and happier place for all of its people.

    Rob Smyth
    Deputy Principal

    Honour Certificates –  Junior Assembly

    Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 5 May 2017.

    Junior Honour Certificates

    Logan Bunny Jackson Helen Matthew Vidhee Keira Nicholas
    Jed Akira Tamara Sanjit Adeleine Thomas Wei Yu Ivreen
    Imandiv Charlotte Lola Yelini Mina Fatima Anu Raenah
    Dragana Chuqi Ronish Urwa Ethan Kailyn Phys Ed –
    Year 2 Room 20

     Keyboard and Saxophone Lessons

    If your child is interested in learning Keyboard or Saxophone, Miss Jessica Skelton has space available.

    Please email your expression of interest to:

    School Board News

    This newsletter Chao Sun, (Parent Representative) has outlined his reasons for becoming a member of the School Board.

    Carol Veneris
    School Board Chair

    Getting to Know our School Board Members

    “Hi I’m Chao,

    I’ve been on the Caladenia School Board for about two years. My older one is in year one and my young one is only three so I will be here for a while.

    I joined it because I am deeply passionate about our kids’ education, which is becoming more and more important in this faster changing world. Like many other migrants, I had no idea about Australia’s elementary education system. The School Board enables me to learn and get involved in the decision making process. It also lets me appreciate the hard work and professionalism that the staff has put in to ensure the best education for our kids. 

    Iwould also like to take this opportunity to urge parents to contribute more to school activities, especially those coming from different cultural backgrounds like myself. We have a large Chinese population in our school’s catchment area, which has been underrepresented in many occasions. I understand this is probably because of cultural reasons but we also need to realise that we are extremely lucky to have such a well-run independent public school at our doorstep so please let’s cherish it and make it better through more active involvement.

    Chao Sun 14 April 2017”

    Community News