• Newsletter – 13 April 2018


    13 April 2018    |    Issue 4  |    Term 1


    From the Principal’s Desk

    Upcoming Events

    Thurs 3 May
    Mothers’ Day Stall
    Fri 4 May
    Mothers’ Day Stall
    Mon 7 May
    P&C Meeting 6.30pm
    Fri 11 May
    Junior Assembly Yr 2 Rm 11
    Tue/ Thur 16-17 May NAPLAN
    Thur 24 May
    Senior Assembly Rm 32
    Fri 1 June
    Junior Assembly Rm 28
    Mon 4 June
    Western Australia Day PUBLIC HOLIDAY
    Thur 7 June
    Senior Assembly Rms 36 and 14
    Fri 8 June
    Fri 15 June

    Junior Assembly Rm 10

    Winter Carnival

    Tue 19 June
    Parent/Teacher Night 4.30pm Concert5-6.30pm classes open
    Thur 21 June
    Senior Assembly Rms 24 and 33
    Fri 22 June
    Thur 28 June
    Girls Football Carnival
    Fri 29 June

    Junior Assembly Rms 30 and 16

    Favourite Colour Dress Day

    Last Day of Term


    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

    I can’t believe that we have reached the end of Term One already! Thank you to all students, staff and parents for everything you have done to make this term successful. The students have settled into routines nicely and are demonstrating that they are producing their best work at all times. I’d like to thank Aimi and the P&C for all their fundraising efforts this Term, including Pyjama Day and the selling of Smoozes. It was also great to see some staff members and the Student Executive lending a hand. Thank you parents for all your donations –  all P&C fundraising goes to the school to benefit your children directly.


    The ANZAC Ceremony took place today and we welcomed our special guests The Hon. Terry Healy MLA (Member for Southern River), Mr Glen Dewhurst (Mayor of Gosnells), Councillor Julie Brown (City of Gosnells) and Mrs Jill Smyth. Thank you to everyone who was involved in supporting this important and solemn event, but special thanks to the Student Executive for the mature way they ran the ceremony, Jill Smyth for all her efforts in creating the beautiful flower arrangements, Jessons Flowers for donating the majority of the flowers and Rachael Barber for her ‘behind the scenes work’. A big thanks to Mr Smythe for making the Ceremony such a special one for all of us.


    As we move into Term Two we have NAPLAN for those students in Years 3 and 5. The NAPLAN tests take place on Tuesday 15th May, Wednesday 16th May and Thursday 17th May. All parents in Years 3 and 5 should have received the ‘Information for Parents’ brochure, however, if you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact the classroom teachers or you can visit the NAPLAN website parent section:


    We wish all students taking part the best.

    Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back in Term Two.

    Ted Nastasi

    Parliament House Visit

    On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27, the Student Executive visited Parliament House as guests of the Hon. Terry Healy, Member for Southern River.  Students were given the ‘VIP’ tour of Parliament House on the day.  They talked about leadership in Western Australia and how government has changed.  Students also enjoyed the chance to have lunch in one of the most exclusive dining rooms in Western Australia.  All the students left having enjoyed a lavish 3 course lunch with silver service.  Mr Healy challenged the students to discuss what changes they would make to the local area if they had the chance. Members of the Student Executive wish to thank Mrs Ashby, Mr Nastasi, Mr McIlwraith, Mr Smyth, Mrs Haug and Mrs Crofts for making such a special day possible.  Special thanks also to Mr Healy.  The students will never forget this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

    School  News

    Road Safety

    On Thursday 29 March, Glen Dewhurst, Mayor, City of Gosnells, and members of the Canning Vale Police attended Caladenia PS to listen to two of our Year 6 students, Denver and Ronan, talk about road safety around our school.  Both the boys talked about how all road users are responsible for road safety.  These are some of the key points they shared on the day:

    They encourage parents, students and drivers to:

    • Focus on their surroundings – be aware of all road users
    • Do the speed limit – especially in School Zones
    • Don’t use your phone when driving, unless you have a hands free setup.
    • Slow down and watch out for students.
    • Be patient during school drop off and pick up times.
    • Make sure that their children ALWAYS wear a helmet when on their bike or scooter.
    • Make sure that helmets are correctly fitted and meet Australian Standards.
    • Older children should model correct road behaviour to younger children.
    • Use the crosswalk opposite Caladenia to cross the road safely.

    We thank Denver, Ronan and their families for their encouragement and support of these young men in making a difference to student safety before and after school. 

    Summer Carnival

    24 students competed in this term’s interschool volleyball tournament against four other schools; Campbell Primary School, Ranford Primary School, Excelsior Primary School and Bletchley Primary School.The students turned up with great enthusiasm and excitement, eager to participate in the day. Both teams played with great sportsmanship and showed great skill, demonstrating what they have learnt over the school term.  It was encouraging to see our students show great maturity and respect towards their own teammates, competitors and the umpires.

    It was great to see so many parents come down and support the students in what was a fantastic day. The Volleyball B team came 2nd and Volleyball Team A came third. They learnt so much and did such a great job. Thanks to Mr Johnston for umpiring and doing a great job of coaching with Mrs Curtis. Congratulations to both A and B Sofcrosse teams who both brought home the shield.


     Class News

    Pre Primary Room 6

    In PP4 this week we are using our sound and sight word knowledge in our reading and writing. We are practising writing a sentence and sounding out our own words. In Mathematics we are learning to add and subtract small numbers as well as comparing groups of objects and in our science corner we are learning to be scientists; investigating, observing and discussing with our friends.


    MAC Class Room 19

    On Tuesday 21st of March, Caladenia celebrated Harmony Day. As part of our HASS program, we worked with Mrs Witt and Mrs Ashby to create a Harmony Day Video Interview about we believe the day represents or symbolises. Most of us thought that Harmony Day was about cooperating with one another and respecting each other’s religion and cultures. We also created Harmony Hands to represent our thinking which look great on display, and we conducted research on many different countries, learning heaps of new and interesting facts and being able to compare and contrast the Australian culture with many others around the world.

    You might recall that a unique and interesting astronomical event occurred across the Southern Hemisphere earlier this term – a Super Blue Blood Moon, which we now know is a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon combined. We learnt that a super moon occurs when the moon and the Earth get closer together than usual. A blood moon is when a total lunar eclipse occurs and a blue moon is when two full moons occur in the same month. Increasing our intrigue with this cosmic event, we found out during our research the last event of this kind occurred in 1966 and the next is not is not predicted to take place until 2037. Mrs Ashby set us a project to map our knowledge of this event, and other key related facts using mind-maps which are pictured below.




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