19 May 2017 | Issue 2 | Term 2
From the Principal’s Desk
Caladenia has sent five staff members to Melbourne to pick up some of the latest strategies in Explicit Instruction from Haileybury College. The teachers have returned bristling with new innovative and improvement ideas in this strategy that we have been using for a few years now. We are keen to see these strategies in use in their classrooms as the rest of the staff pick it up from these teachers and apply them to their classes, in turn. This type of professional learning/engagement is our main mode of learning as adults – we believe that most effective learning occurs when we practice it in our own classrooms and can evidence it every day.
Thank you to these teachers (Ms Ashby, Ms Harris, Ms Wall, Ms Duffill, Ms Asplin) who have taken the time and effort to connect to quality teaching strategies and on-teaching these to the rest of the staff.
‘Relationships are Us’
Caladenia’s focus has been on building strong and lasting relationships for some years now. These relationships are between students and teachers, staff and staff and our community stakeholders. It is vital that we are able to talk with each other about real things, in real time each and every day. We minimize the risk of poor behaviour choices if we can develop meaningful relationships with our teachers and students. The need for a written behaviour management policy is therefore lessened with each strengthening of relationships in every classroom across the school. This is the key to our success in behaviour management in the school.
This single word is the key to unlocking the mystery of life. We all need love but afraid to give it unconditionally because we may be hurt in doing so. However, this is the core value that we at Caladenia use every day in caring for, nurturing and growing our students as decent, socially in- tune citizens of the world. Love to us in school is characterised by understanding, acceptance, respect and protecting the dignity of each person in ourcommunity. We try very hard each day to live by these standards we set for ourselves and our students. We also accept that there are certain things we do at school
We ask that you let me know if the above is not in effect at any time for your child. We are never afraid of the truth, only of not knowing – we can’t fix what we are not aware of.
I have had cause over the past few weeks to talk with senior students about using very foul language in school. These have been few so far but it seems that more students are aware of poor language that is both dirty/smutty and demeaning of our female students.
Please support us in developing great citizens for the future – we have far too many problems in this world and it is nice to allow our students to be children for as long as we can. They will grow up quickly enough so let us give them the best start to a good life. Don’t accept second best. Set your standards high.
Our students know to “be the best that they can be”.
Honour Certificates – Senior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday , 18 May 2017.
EAL/D Morning Tea
The EAL/D (English as an Additional Language/Dialect) parent morning tea was held on Thursday 11th May in the staffroom. 44 parents of EAL/D children turned up to get to know other parents and to meet with staff over some coffee and biscuits.
The event began with an address from our principal, Mr Ted Nastasi. He spoke of the importance of parents spending time with their children and partnering with the school for their children’s educational benefit. Next, there was a brief explanation about how children are identified as EAL/D learners and a description of the EAL/D program at this school. The parents were then reminded of some of the things that they can do to help their children learn English at home. These include:
Following that, there was a Power point presentation of the EAL/D Progress Maps which is used by teachers as a planning, monitoring & assessing tool for EALD learners. Parents were shown the different phases of language learning & the 8 levels of English language proficiency that EAL/D students go through.
Reference was also made to the importance of differentiating between BICS (Basic Inter-Personal Communication Skills) and CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency). Research has shown that children often learn social language, that is, language used at the playground and with their friends and family, within 2 years of exposure to the new language. However, academic language which they need for classroom learning can take between 5 and 10 years to master. It is important that teachers and parents of EAL/D learners bear this in mind.
Finally, members of Touchpoint Community Services gave a presentation regarding their free adult & children’s English tutoring classes, playgroups, cooking classes and other services. Their programs have been a great support to many families in the community and we thank them for coming out to us to offer these services to our school families.
We would like to thank all parents who attended the tea and we trust that our strong partnership will result in the best outcomes for your children.
WAAPA Winter School 2017
These July school holidays WAAPA is offering exciting programs for students in years 4 to 12. The Winter School includes classes in acting, drama, dance, screen acting and music theatre. For information about the many courses on offer please visit WAAPA Winter School Holiday Programs or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9370 6775.
Caladenia Primary’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations
The Sub-Committee met on 4 May 2017 to discuss the types of celebrations for Caladenia Primary’s 10th anniversary celebrations. After consultation with the teaching staff, P&C and school community it was decided that the following celebrations include:-
The Sub-Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the school community for all the amazing suggestions received to mark this important milestone. Further meetings will be held to plan our celebrations. The Sub-Committee will be meeting regularly throughout the year and updates will be available in forthcoming school newsletters.
Getting to Know our School Board Members
This newsletter Scott Bringans, (Parent Representative) has outlined his reasons for becoming a member of the School Board.
“Hi I’m Scott
I have been a member of the school community since its foundation with one child having gone through from Pre-primary to graduating from Year 7 with another child currently in Year 6. I am a scientist who works for a biotech company in Perth and have been a board member for the last couple of years. It has become clear to me from the Board meetings how well run the school is and how deeply both the non-teaching and teaching staff care about the well-being and development of our children. The overriding aspect of all decisions is what is best for the kids. Much of the hard work that goes on in the background is unacknowledged and most of the school would have little idea of what is involved in all aspects of the schools running. This is why being a board member has been so interesting and rewarding. Looking forward to the 10 year anniversary celebrations! Scott Bringans 16th May 2017.”
School Board Chair