6 September 2017 | Issue 3 | Term 3
From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Parents and Care Givers,
Senior Student Executive 2018
The 2018 Senior Executive Student Council has been elected by the students of the school and the Head Girl and Boy selected by the Principal from that group of students.
These students will be shadowing the existing 2017 Senior Councillors for the rest of this year in transitioning towards 2018. The new Councillors will be responsible for running the Graduation Ceremony this year, as is our tradition at Caladenia.
Once again, well done Years 3 and 5 students for our best ever results in NAPLAN – the changes to our processes and strategies we adopted through teacher collaboration a few years back and reviewed each year since, have proven to be super effective in our delivery and improvement planning each year. I am so proud of our teachers who have worked so smartly in delivering such quality teaching strategies based on our philosophy of common understandings producing common best practice teaching equating to improved common assessment practices, have led us towards producing results which can easily be measured each year as they are common across the whole school and, therefore, trackable in terms of tweaking and improving each and every year. Thank you to our wonderful staff for attending to their professional learning and class visitations with such professional aplomb that it gladdens my heart. Our students are the recipients of a quality team of professional educators committed to providing the best in strategies and assessment and reviews. Well done, Staff Team. I am proud of our successes together as students/teachers/parents Team.
Our Book Week has been characterized by students not only buying new books and helping our Library to stock new selections, but also in lots of student- reading taking place. It is so good to see our students engaging in the best practice of all – extending their minds and imaginations and understandings of multi-faceted genres of written texts. Thank you, parents, for your generous and helpful development of your children’s reading abilities through Book Week. Hopefully this reading will continue on throughout their lives. Reading is the chief source for improvement in all areas at primary school.
Social Development of Students
Our aim is to progress each and every child in the school to the best achievement possible. We believe that every student is capable of improvement and we strive very hard to ensure that this is the case. We teach our students to socialize and develop their interpersonal skills with each other and with adults.
We do this through classroom connections of building relationships and maintaining them through proper and descriptive communication – that is, we teach students to speak with each other and adults in long sentences, adopting a good social sense in maintaining conversation beyond simple yes and no answers.
We also teach our students to use good manners with all people they come in contact with at school. Again, simple things like “thank you, excuse me, please, you are welcome” and so on, teach our students to be mindful of each other and how each of us feels when we are treated with dignity and respect. Every child in our school is respected and cared for and nurtured each and every day and that is what constitutes the culture of our school. We do not allow yelling at one another (adults or students), keeping a quiet and calm manner. We work at this every day and our students understand and live this culture while at school – our students are truly amazing and do their best to “be the best they can be”.
Our school is a wonderful place where students feel safe, protected, loved and nurtured to grow up as decent social citizens. Your help in this process is much appreciated and recognized by staff at Caladenia. Thank you staff and parents and, most of all, thank you students for holding onto our ideals of being the best.
Top Secret Kindy News – Bunnings News
On Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th August, Bunnings came to Caladenia Kindy to make a secret gift for Daddy. The children learnt how to safely use real hammers and nails and were all able to carefully follow instructions to make something very special for Father’s day.
Interschool Cross Country
On the 18th August, nearly 50 students from Caladenia participated in the 2017 Interschool Cross Country held at Homestead Park in Thornlie. The course was made even more challenging by the large amount of rain that had fallen days prior to the event. In saying this, I think the students actually enjoyed running through the squelching mud patches and small pools of water. In summary, the team participated with enthusiasm and determination. The success we experienced on the day was not measured by medals, but the effort of students who gave everything they had to make sure they finished the race. A very big thank you to Mr Pham for being the chief motivator On the day!
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Senior Assembly on Thursday, 24 August 2017.
Honour Certificates – Junior Assembly
Congratulations to the following students who received an Honour Certificate at the Junior Assembly on Thursday, 1 September 2017.
|Tracy Sartori||President||Mel Watts||Vice President|
|Caris Morris||Member||Judy Mekisic||Member|
|Angie Wittber||Member||Dawn Rivers||Member|
|Sylvain Lyonnet||Member||Michelle Morley||Member|
|Rupa Kishore||Member||Mikayla Reynolds||Member|
As an Independent Public School Caladenia operates as a collaborative team with a School Board comprising of the Principal, staff, parents, community members and representation from a member of the P&C. The School Board in partnership with the P&C work hard to help build a strong school community that responds to student needs.
It is the responsibility of the School Board to monitor school performance and to support and assist Caladenia Primary in reviewing budgets, policies, developing strategic targets including the Business Plan. Our members are:-
|Mrs Carole Veneris||Chair|
|Mr Edward Nastasi||Principal|
|Mrs Kate McCallum||Vice Chair|
|Mrs Cindy Booth||P&C Representative|
|Mr Chao Sun||Parent Representative|
|Mrs Sumathi Rajkumar||Parent Representative|
|Mr Scott Bringans||Parent Representative|
|Mr John Elson||Parent Representative|
|Mrs Veronica Weissflog||Teacher Representative|
School Board members wear their badges whilst in the school community and would welcome the opportunity to introduce themselves and chat to you about the functions of the School Board. We look forward to meeting with you and working as a community for the benefit of our students. For further information in relation to the School Board, please refer to Caladenia’s web-page https://caladeniaps.wa.edu.au/parents/school-board/.