25 May 2018 | Issue 2 | Term 2
From the Principal’s Desk
We have so much going on in our wonderful school these days – from after-school private music lessons to instrumental lessons during school for Years 1 and 2, sporting activities after school, Art activities outside of our school, arranging for students from Japan to visit our great school, students running most events in the school, a whole school Student Council operating effective and meaningful meetings, teachers spending countless hours in professional learning to improve student learning, to mention a few, make it a busy place on any given day.
Much is said about NAPLAN each year and by people who have opinions on its success or otherwise. It is something that the Government controls along with the National Curriculum through ACARA. It is not an issue for us at Caladenia as we treat all information/data on the progress of students with careful scrutiny and due diligence in terms of how we use the data and what it says for us so that we can better prepare our students for increased success in the learning across the school in all year levels – we never simply concentrate on Years 3 and 5 but how this information is used across all year levels. NAPLAN has been wrapped up for 2018 and that is the end of it – we do not dwell on its effect but we do learn where our differences are across English and Maths.Thank you for your support in NAPLAN – I am sure you, like us, do not place undue emphasis on it – it is simply a tool for improvement for us.
As a well-developed partnership between parents and school, it is vital that we are giving the same messages to our children. As students grow older in primary schools there is a tendency to “mature too quickly” and forget that these are just kids (11 year olds when they leave our school). We want them to have a full and enviable upbringing that exudes the best of children’s play as well as develop into strong minded good citizens, capable of making good decisions about themselves into the future – they need to be resilient but unwavering in their righteousness for doing good.
Our work with our students reflects what you keep telling us about what your expectations are for your children and what you expect of the school. We know we make promises about growing good kids and nothing is truer – our students are self-regulating in good behaviours, manners and outlook with one another – this happens at sporting and social functions as well as in the playground. We are growing good kids – we do have high expectations for them – we do love them as our own and will do all it takes to ensure their safe and comfortable development in an environment of high academic successes.
What a difference. Thank you to the P&C members who are giving their time and efforts to help our children be safe in the mornings and afternoons. Traffic issues look like they are improving – keep to the one way rule around the school – it works. Thank you all.
Our Curriculum Teams work hard each year to allow you into our teaching world at various times – one such event is coming up next Tuesday evening, run by the Maths Team. Thank you to the teachers involved in preparing to showcase their teaching of Mathematics for you. Don’t miss it. More on this later. Additionally, I need to point out to you that we are fortunate to have such good teachers following such sound common practices and strategies. It is obvious from our successes just how far we have come over a short journey in becoming a highly respected and sought-after school. Real estate agents, parents and other schools are taking notice of our quiet and unassuming approach to excellence and quality in terms of academics but also as a school with a real “heart and soul” in the way our students are treated, nurtured and loved as individual and important, each and every one of them. I am blessed with such a great team to work with – from our teachers, support staff and first class Executive team. Thank you all for the total commitment to our wonderful school.
Thank you for the support and assistance you, as parents, give us at Caladenia.
We are fortunate in trusting us with your children’s futures.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 11 May 2018.
Honour Certificates – Senior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 24 May 2018.
Pre Primary Room 1
This week in Pre-Primary Room One we had a visit from the Oz Wildlife Farm. We were able to learn more about Australian Animals and interact with them. During the incursion we were able to meet a very sleepy koala called Keira, two friendly snakes named Hero and Rosie and a hungry joey who was named Luna. Here are some of the things we enjoyed about the visit.
“I loved holding the snake around my neck” Grace
“I liked the Koala because it is lazy and it sleeps all day” Brody
“I liked when the kangaroo ate the food” Farida
“I liked when I got the surprise Koala gift” Muhammad
We had an amazing time learning new facts about the animals!
Year 5 Room 22
Photo 1 -We were making 3D structures using small coloured 3D cubes. We were allowed to use a maximum of 16 cubes to make our structure and then required to calculate the volume. (Yi Xuen)
Photo 2 – We designed posters of a country of our choice and decorated it with researched facts about their government system and compared it to Australia’s Government system.(Kai, Ayden and Koby)
Photo 3 – We created posters advertising poppies for SALE. Mrs Curtis had asked us to use Persuasive language to sell our poppies and we coloured in and put the posters together. (Diana)
Phone 4 – We came up with individual sets of goals for the Term 2 and wrote them on a brightly coloured poster. (Claire & Sienna)
Photo 5 – We conducted interviews with our grandparents and parents over the holidays. We had to ask specific questions to them about their life and they asked us the same questions in return. Then we got to create a poster of our grandparents and our life. (Warith & Jasleen)
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