29 March 2018 | Issue 3 | Term 1
From the Principal’s Desk
Safety and Parking Forum
The P&C and the Principal attended this Forum, sponsored by the City of Gosnells, for the improvement of Safety Around Schools. We are doing everything we can possibly do to make it safe for our children to come and go around the school.
There were several good ideas for safer driving and parking around school zones at drop-off and pick-up times of the school day.
The City is looking seriously at one-way traffic around schools and greater focus on the more efficient use of the Kiss And Drive areas (already marked) around the school. The City has been told by the many schools, Police Dept and residents that fines MUST be imposed for parking illegally on footpaths, grassed areas, driveways and other no parking areas.
It was clear that the message has not been getting through that
In summary, the City and the community agencies such as the Police and parents are alarmed at the incidences of breaking the law around schools and much will be done to alleviate these practices. We are looking forward to that.
Last week was Harmony Week. Our students have focused on cultures of the world and the part that these cultures played in the development of our country. This celebration of cultures was celebrated by a Harmony Assembly where students and teachers wore National Costumes of their own culture. With over 57% of our student population coming to us from non-English speaking countries, we exhibit a fantastic environment of harmony, understanding and sensitivity to all people of the world.
This is truly a school in harmony with its people and cultures.
Thank you to teachers and parents for helping share the messages of peace, harmony and love of one another.
Please remember that Easter break is from Friday 30 March to Tuesday 3 April 2018, inclusive. Students do NOT attend Friday 30 March and come back to school on Wednesday 4 April.
The MySchool website is now active and it will make you proud of the work we do at Caladenia for your children. Within like-schools around the whole of Australia we performed within the top 4 in all of our NAPLAN Tests in 2017. A fantastic achievement – one that we as staff at the school are proud of as we now know that all the strategies that we have been working hard to implement and consolidate over the past few years, are now paying fantastic dividends for our students across all year levels of the school, not just in Years 3 and 5.
Well done staff – I am very proud of your application and commitment to Caladenia in implementing the several well-designed strategies and Policies developed by staff and School Board with the Executive of the school.
We are extending the bollards around the oval and grassed areas to keep traffic off the lawns to make it safer for children to walk unhindered by cars illegally parked on lawn areas and unwittingly backing onto children walking on the footpaths as they walk past these cars.
Please, drive in an anticlockwise direction around the school as this will alleviate students having to cross roads to get onto the school site and it will also allow cars to move around the school freely, back onto Boardman Rd.
Please ensure that your children who ride bikes, scooters, skateboards or other conveyances wear a helmet tide up properly – it may be the difference between injury and safety. Thank you.
Issues or Complaints
It has been my intention for the past nine years to alleviate any bad feelings or negativity by ensuring that you always have a voice in the school. I am of no use to your issues/problems if you do not talk with me about them. I can assure you of several things
I ask in return that you are reasonable in your discussions – for the students’ sake, we never raise our voices in anger or frustration and always retain our and your dignity.
I am always respectful of your opinions and issues.
We also don’t mind hearing what we do well from time to time
World’s Greatest Shave
On Monday 12 March 2018, Mr Travis Smith (Year 3) shaved his hair for Leukaemia Foundation. Please find below photos and a few words from Mr Smith about his experience.
Having recently completed the Worlds’ Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation. I would just like to send out a huge thanks to every student, parent or member of staff who supported me with either a donation or just a supportive comment as none of this would have been possible without you.
It has been a rewarding experience culminating in a brand new haircut and more importantly $1801.70 raised to support those currently suffering with blood cancer around Australia. Something which takes the lives of close to 2000 Australians each year, including members of our Caladenia family.
I hope the message that students can take away from this is that we can all make sacrifices for the greater good whether these are small sacrifices or big sacrifices they all add up to make a positive change whether it is through money or simply action.
Honour Certificates – Senior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received a Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 29 March 2018.
Year 5 Room 9
This term in Room 9 we have been challenging our ICT capabilities. We have been exploring our internet, multimedia and basic computer skills. We love practicing our typing skills and using various websites to practice our literacy and numeracy skills. We are starting our first design and technology project very soon and are looking forward to putting all our new skills into play.
The year 5s have been studying biological science and learning all about animal and plant adaptations. They have just completed their first project, where they had to create their own animal and decide on the adaptations it would need to survive in the chosen environment. The students of Room 9 loved this task and put so much time and effort into their posters.
This term we have been studying civics and citizenship and looking at democracy in Australia. We have learnt all about the three levels of government and the vital roles they play in keeping Australia running smoothly. In groups, we created these triaramas’ to represent the local, state and federal governments and just some of the things they do to help our country.
In literacy we have been looking at poetry! We created kennings, ode and shape poems! We learnt all about using poetic devices in our writing to make some awesome poems. Charli chose to make a shape poem about a volcano. We all think she did a fantastic job.
Pre Primary Room 4
This term our Pre-Primary class has been working very hard learning our letter sounds. We have been learning how to say, write and read words that start with different letters of the alphabet and to help us remember the sounds that these letters make, we have been creating all kinds of wonderful art pieces. We use different materials and techniques when creating our masterpieces including painting, drawing, cutting, gluing, tearing and colouring. All of this hard work helps us to get ready for reading and writing while it also helps our fine motor skills. Here are some of the fantastic art pieces we have created over the last few weeks.