• Newsletter – 19 May 2017


    19 May 2017    |    Issue 2    |    Term 2


    We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.  – Anne Frank

    From the Principal’s Desk

    Upcoming Events

    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
    Thu 1 Jun Winter Carnival
    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

    Academic Notes

    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 do not yell or speak in loud tones to each other or students or parents
    • We do not argue the point – no one ever wins arguments – we talk things through to get compromises or agreements
    • Our students and staff respect and talk with one another
    • We always let parents know immediately there is a problem so that no one is left out of the loop

    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.

     Student Talk

    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”.

    Thank you

    Ted Nastasi

     School News

    Honour Certificates –  Senior Assembly

    Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday , 18 May 2017.

    Senior Honour Certificates

    Brendan Jorja Kade Makayla Anuji Tian Elizabeth Reed
    Tyler Kaitlyn Diya Dyuthi Diana Kulanija Aarav Her-Shiuan
    Max Michelle Sunishka Yijia Gary Hunter Emma Ashton
    Rajindra Jayson Kenneth Yahya Jamal Music – Yr 6 Rm 34 Japanese Yr 6 Rm 23  Art – Yr 4 Rm 15


    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:

    • Putting on children’s educational programs from the ABC 3 channel for their viewing
    • Using English language iPad apps & games
    • Going on websites that have English learning activities & story-telling
    • Modelling speech that is rich in vocabulary & syntax both in English and in the home language
    • Encouraging their children to join after-school clubs and activities to allow for more opportunities for practising English

    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.

    Yu-Seong Kong

    EAL/D teacher


    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 g.metcalf@ecu.edu.au or 9370 6775.


    School Board News

    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:-

    • Time capsule.
    • Aerial photograph of staff and students.
    • Mosaic tree with a plaque (made by the students).
    • Photo wall celebrating our 10 years.
    • Keepsake to mark the occasion for the students.
    • Celebratory event with students and families to be held in term 4.

    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.”


    Carole Veneris

    School Board Chair