27 July 2018 | Issue 1 | Term 3
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents/Care Givers,
The NAIDOC Assembly was a stirring and an unforgettable celebration of our Indigenous Cultural/historic past. The week was celebrated through classroom Aboriginal Studies according to the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. Students have been learning about the rich and historic cultural aspects of Aboriginal life through the centuries in Australia. The Assembly hosted a wonderful performance/display of Aboriginal music and the arts. Thank you to our wonderful Music and Visual Arts Depts in the school – the standard was brilliant and moving.
Book Fair and Parade
From the 2-8 August is our annual Book Fair. We encourage all of our students to read many books as this is the pathway to better literacy and understanding of written texts. Reading is under-rated these days but it is the vital link between educational success and surviving the real world of employment and future prospects. It is the building blocks for the future for all people and yet we practice it very little and we insist on it even less – except at Caladenia. We value reading at all times and we encourage our students to read every day and lots of it every day.
The Parade is on the 3 August and is a wonderful dress-up celebration of the best of books that students like. Teachers too, dress up and “play along” with the Parade – if you have never seen the spectacle, come along and be wowed by it.
School Development Day
13 August is the school’s day to make improvements to our operations – students DO NOT attend school on that day. Our Support Staff attend a Network Professional Learning EXPO on that day and teachers will develop their capacity to understand and apply relationship building to students and each other. These days are precious to staff in that they provide opportunities to better themselves in dealing with an ever-changing world of education.
This occurs from the 27-29 August and all students are reminded to wear their very best uniform for these historical prints of their days at Caladenia.
Disney Quiz Night
Watch out for this event. It is the first of its kind at Caladenia and we welcome families to form their table and enjoy a night of eats, fun questions for adults and children and be involved in the most fun you have had in a while. Don’t miss it.
Testing for 2019 is on 14 and 15 August for 2018 Year 4 students. Please place this in your diary.
We are looking for members of the Board for 2019. Give this some thought as it is a real way of being involved in the development of the school’s future directions. You do not need to have experience in leading school communities as the Principal and existing members support your development in the role in every way. We need people who are community-minded, do not represent any personal or group mentality, can cooperate with each other and be positive role models for the community and, especially students and staff of the school. The current members are eligible to re-apply for their positions as well as any new members who believe they have the time and positive attitude to continue to develop the school along its current strong academic and caring philosophy.
The School Board is the key to linking the community with the school and in so doing continue to create and maintain a well-balanced community which values strong traditions and norms of a caring and progressive educational organisation in its local community.
Manager of Corporate Services (MCS)
Caladenia MCS, Ms Donna Eley, has won a position at Head Office of the Dept of Education, training new and existing MCS’ to enhance their skills of the new system coming on line in 2019 for all schools. This is a very onerous position and we congratulate Donna for achieving this status. I am sure we all know how much of a key role Donna plays in the development of our school and I am very proud of her. The position is for Term 3 and we are hoping she will be back with us in Term 4. Meanwhile, Mrs Anne Driscoll has been elevated to the MCS position at Caladenia. We wish her the very best in the position as she learns from the experience. We will be giving her every support in carrying out the task of financially managing the operation of the school with the Principal.
Be kind to one another.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 29 June 2018.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Friday, 27 June 2018.
Year 6 Girls Football
At the end of last term, the Caladenia Girl’s AFL team participated in the annual carnival held at Canning Vale Primary School. The competition was split into two pools due to the large number of schools participating.
24 girls from Caladenia took part on the day. As you will see from the pictures coming up, our girls were ferocious in their tackling on the day, fought hard every game and ended up winning the shield.
The results were:
Game 1 Caladenia 32 – Bletchley Park Team 2 7
Game 2 Caladenia 51 – Piara Waters 19
Game 3 Caladenia 32 – Riverton 14
Semi Final Caladenia 39 – Excelsior 13
Grand Final Caladenia 24 – Bletchley Park Team 1 19
The girls would like to extend a thank you to Beau, Jackson, Lucas and Kaydn for training them and coaching them on the day. We also thank Mrs Martin and Mrs Curtis for taking some amazing photographs of the day.
Hockeyroos inspire students
Caladenia students were fortunate enough to have a visit from three members of the female Hockeyroos team on Wednesday the 13th of June. Jane Claxton, Kaitlyn Nobbs and Krissy Bates spoke to students before intermediate sport (Y3 and Y4 group sport) and then took groups through some skills and drills. They then stuck around and hosted our afterschool Hockey club for the afternoon with the students benefitting from using the proper equipment. Students were thrilled to see a silver medal from the recent commonwealth games in the gold Coast and there are plenty of stickers to go round to reward students for their great work. If you would like your child to join a hockey club please visit –hockeywa.org.au/Play-hockey
The 2018 Cross Country Carnival took place on Wednesday the 20th of June, much to the delight of all students in years 1-6. Under some threatening skies the morning kicked off with the Year 6s ferociously running their 1.2km course which has been practiced weekly during term 2. Year 5s completed the same course after which the year 4s did their 1km course during some light rain which did not deter the competitors or the cheering spectators. Many of the older students stayed on to support the remaining students in years 1-3 with the year 2 boys completing their run with plenty of time before recess. Thank you to the support of parents who came to watch the event and to everyone who helped to organise it. After lunch the results were announced as below during the medal presentations:
Students finishing in places 1-7 in years 3-6 are invited to the interschool cross country squad with 7th place as the reserve.
Pre Primary Room 5
This term we are reading different Fairytales. We are learning about the elements of a Fairytale and the beginning of narrative writing. We have discussed characters, setting, problem and solution. Over the term we hope to develop a good understanding of the elements of Fairytales and have a go and creating our own mini stories. To introduce the topic this week, we all had a go at drawing our own castles using a blank piece of paper and a lot of confidence!
Year 3 Room 29
During NAIDOC week students in Year 3, room 29, worked to develop an understanding of Australia’s indigenous culture by exploring Aboriginal Art, Language and Dreamtime stories. In Art classes they expressed their artistic flair by creating dot paintings of the Swan River based on the art of Aboriginal artist Charmaine Cole. To achieve success they worked in collaboration with students form year 2 and year 6. I’m sure you will agree that it is amazing what can be achieved when children work together!
In class, students learnt about the rich story telling heritage of Aboriginal people and studied many well know Dreamtime stories. They then used their vivid imaginations to write their own Dreamtime stories which resulted in some exceptional tales being created with titles ranging from, “How The Swan Got Its Colour” to “How the Lyre Bird Became a Mimic. ” To give their work an ‘authentic feel’ they enriched their tales by including aboriginal words for weather, colour and number. Students thoroughly enjoyed exploring indigenous culture and look forward to furthering their knowledge and understanding in the future.
School Banking is open for all students from Kindy to year 6. This is a great way to start children learning about money and how to save.
If you would like further information, please see details below where you can visit Catharine.
Location: Jacaranda Block
Please see the new canteen menu attached with this issue as prices have now changed. Also, when ordering Specials off the menu, please check to make sure you are ordering from the day they are allocated.
Forest Crescent are now accepting online ordering from Caladenia Primary School. A detailed guide on how to set up your own Flexischools account can be found at the following website:
Disney Family Quiz Night
Where: Assembly Area, Caladenia Primary School When: Friday, 24th August 2018 Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00pm Cost: $5 per person or; $40 table x 8 (Further information sent home via students)
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