Dear Parents and Carers,
Sadly it is that time of the year where we farewell some of our staff. Each staff member leaving has spoken with me about their future aspirations, accepting positions that allow them to have more family time, expand their teaching skills, to earn consistency in your employment or have the chance to begin to shape the future of a brand new school. We thank Mrs Johnston (Beatty), Mr Elliott, Mr Smith, Mr Garrett, Miss Zakarias, Mrs Yorke, Miss Reese and Mrs Oversby for their time and service at this school. I have had the honour of teaching alongside you, to share great ideas, to see the investment each of you has made to students and this community. You are not only fine educators, but people I am proud to call my friends. I know each of you are leaving, not because you are unhappy, but because you are ready to begin the next chapter in your lives. One school is very lucky to have three of our exceptional staff join them in 2024 – take the best of Caladenia and share the sunshine (how the Principal of that school described Caladenia when she visited) into that school. Remember, each of you will always be a part of the Caladenia family. I know each of you will always hold this school, your colleagues and the students in your hearts.
Year 6 students departed Caladenia on Sunday 19th November with excitement and enthusiasm, returning on Wednesday the 22nd running on far less gas. A combination of extremely hot weather, a few later nights and lots of challenging tasks left our classrooms a little bare on Thursday. I want to thank Mrs Ashby, Mr Johnson, Mrs Weissflog, Mrs Lincoln, Miss Jansen, Mrs Hardy and Mr Mcilwraith for their investment in the Year 6 students, for providing them with life-long memories. We have some students in this group who should be very proud of how they stepped up at camp to help others without needing to be asked. This camp was particularly challenging with the campsite being unable to staff many of the planned activities, meaning Caladenia staff roles changed significantly only weeks before departure. I want to thank Perth Bubble Soccer for accommodating us at the last minute – some great science lessons were taught by Mr Johnson to one of the camp groups – mass and velocity = laying down on the job. We were able to thank the following people who made camp possible using graduation gift donations from families who chose to be involved: Camp Manager and camp staff, Jessica from Cicerellos, The Fremantle Jail staff and volunteers, the camp chef and kitchen staff, the camp cleaners and the expert instructors provided by the Department of Sport and Recreation. Thanks also to the staff who came down to visit the students at camp.
The IMSS Concert will take place on Monday 4 December, commencing at 9am. The Year 6 Graduation will take place on Friday 8 December, with the ceremony commencing at 6.30pm. The end of Year Book Awards will be held on Tuesday 12 December and the Christmas Assembly on December 14.
As this will be the last newsletter for 2023, I want to thank the staff and Caladenia community for their ongoing support of the school. We need to remind ourselves how lucky we are to be part of one of the highest performing schools in Australia, something that has been achieved through the efforts of everyone on staff at the school. I want to thank the School Board and P&C for their commitment to excellence in the community. To our departing Year 6 students, we wish you every success in whatever you choose to do in life. We hope that you always feel a connection to this place and that you come often to share your stories with us. To families who are leaving Caladenia this year, we wish you the best as you start a new chapter in your lives. To the Caladenia community, have a safe holiday and may the new year bring you much happiness.
Term 1 commences Wednesday 31st January 2024
Kindy Assembly 2023
On Wednesday 29th November, the Kindy 2B, 3B and 1C classes celebrated their year in Kindergarten with an assembly, and on Thursday 20th November the Kindy 2A and 3A classes had theirs.
The children sang the ‘SANTA song’ to their parents and families and were then presented with a book as a memento from their time in Kindergarten at Caladenia PS. The children all sang beautifully, and their families were so proud!
Special thanks go to the Teachers, Education Assistants and Staff who have practised with them to prepare them for the assembly. We also pass on our gratitude to the Teachers and Education Assistants for all their support that they have given the Kindy children to prepare them for Pre-Primary next year.
We have included some photos from the assemblies below. We hope you all enjoy them!
Cherilyn in Year 2 has had a remarkable achievement in music. She received a distinction result for her piano offline exam practical performance (face to face) with a ABRSM syllabus grade 5 examiner. Cherilyn’s online result is below. Congratulation Cherilyn on a wonderful achievement.
Year 1 Room 41 – Mrs Bartlett
There is always an exciting and interesting topic to learn about in Room 41. This term, we have been covering a unit of work on Habitats across Science, Geography and English. We have read and completed writing tasks related to books about wetlands, bushlands, deserts, oceans, and rainforests. We have also looked at weather in Science and HASS. Our class has looked at a variety of native animals that inhabit at these different areas. The students have thoroughly enjoyed researching interesting information about marsupials, specifically Ringtail possums. They have documented their findings by means of an information report. We have even written some convincing arguments about how to conserve these environments that are so essential to sustaining the habitat for these marsupials. All the Year One students will be visiting the Perth Zoo in week 8, and we will be well equipped with the knowledge to identify specific creatures and their habitats. Did you know that koalas are the only marsupials with backward facing pouches? This is so that they can protect their young when climbing trees.
Year 3 Room 16 – Miss Sheed
On Wednesday the 29th of November, students in Room 16 went on an excursion to Kalamunda History Village. Students got to experience what life was like in the 1800s and were immersed in the daily activities of some of the first Pioneers in Perth. The students had lots of fun washing and ironing clothes, making flour, sorting apples and going to school with wooden desks and slate boards! It really was a blast from the past!
Year 2 Room 26 – Mrs Duracis and Mrs Hemelaar
In room 26 we have been learning about the dreamtime as part of our Literacy and HASS program. We have been focusing on a new dreamtime story every day and looking at the moral of each of the stories. One of our favourite stories covered has been ‘The Rainbow Serpent’. We created our very own serpent using materials found in nature. We loved wondering around our school finding so many different leaves, flowers, grasses to include in our artwork!
P&C and Community News
4pm to 7pm, Caladenia Primary School
FOOD TRUCKS! CHRISTMAS STALLS! FREE ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES! ANIMAL FARM! AND MORE!
Willetton Basketball Holiday Program
December holiday camp
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd December 2023
7-12 year olds
[ 9.00am – 3.30pm daily ]
January 2024 Summer holiday camp
Monday 15th – Friday 19th January 2024
9 years and under [ eg minimum 6 yrs ]
[ 9.00am – 3.30pm daily ]
Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th January 2024
9 years and over
[ 9.00am – 3.30pm daily ]
Please visit www.willettonbasketball.com.au and go to the
Programs menu , then Holiday Camp .
Our December /January Holiday programs are now out, and enrolments are open for Term 1.
All of our art classes are taught by qualified and experienced specialist art teachers. For more information, please visit our website www.creativekidsartclub.com.au
School Board Annual Report 2023
It is with great pleasure that I present the 2023 Annual Report for the Caladenia School Board. This report provides an overview of the year’s activities and achievements, but firstly I would like to acknowledge the outgoing Board Members for 2023:-
· Ms Jen Wilson (parent representative)
· Ms Sarah Cecchi (parent representative).
Thank you for being champions of the school and for your commitment, dedication and individual expertise that you brought to each meeting.
I would also like to welcome our newest Board Members for 2023 as follows:-
· Mukta Vig
· Steven Andreazza.
· Monique Stellenberg
Thank you for taking on this important role and we look forward to your commitment and positivity and working with you for the benefit of all students and the Caladenia community.
As an Independent Public School, Caladenia operates as a collaborative team with a School Board comprising of the Principal, staff, parents and community members. 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. As part of this, Mr Nastasi has been training our newest Board members at each and every meeting. Thank you Ted for your transparency, openness and giving the members of the Board the opportunity to make informed decisions which benefit the students of Caladenia. Our achievements this year are as follows:-
On 21 February the School Board held its first meeting for 2023 and what a wonderful start for the school year with Caladenia heading the front page of The West Australian Newspaper on 22 February 2023 with Caladenia being recognised by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority as one of WA’s best performing schools! What an outstanding achievement.
In addition, The Principal of Perth Modern School contacted the Principal of Caladenia congratulating the school on having 18 successful students enter Perth Modern in 2023. The Principal also stated:-
“Your school must be doing some extraordinary teaching for 18 Caladenia students to be successful in getting into Perth Mod for 2023. That just does not happen from any primary school in the State. Please pass on my sincere congratulations to your staff for preparing students so well for high school and for the excellent standards and quality you expect from your students.”
Caladenia has also been recognised as a leader for the Centre of Excellence Schools by the A/Director General of the Department of Education which is a strategy being implemented to improving outcomes for all students.
On Wednesday, 10 May 2023, the School Board took part in the PSR Review for Caladenia Primary School. Special thanks to our Board members who were in attendance and provided an overview of Caladenia Primary School. Thank you to my fellow board members who gave up their time to come along and speak with passion about Caladenia to the PSR team:-
· Mr John Elson
· Ms Cindy Booth
· Ms Sarah Cecchi
· Ms Jen Wilson
· Ms Yuchao Sun.
The Panel was glowing about the high standards, high achievement and high expectations of the school towards student learning and student personal growth. We should all feel extremely proud of our successes with our children. The Caladenia Public School Review is currently available on the website for Caladenia Primary School and can be located by the following link and suggest that you take the time to read this most important document:-
PLANS & REPORTS CALADENIA PRIMARY SCHOOL. (caladeniaps.wa.edu.au)
The School Board also received a copy of correspondence from Ms Melesha Sands, Deputy Director General, Schools dated 31 May 2023 regarding the Public School Review of Caladenia acknowledging the efforts of the Principal and staff in optimising the conditions for successful students.
On Friday, 4 August 2023, Caladenia celebrated World Principal’s Day. It was a time when the School Board and school community can celebrate how we can benefit from strong leadership, and it was a time to acknowledge the contribution that our Principal and Deputy Principals have made to Caladenia Primary School. It was a time as a community and School Board where we can reflect on some of the significant milestones that have been accomplished under their leadership. The School Board presented a gift to the Principal and Deputy Principals with a note of appreciation from the Caladenia School Board.
On 29 November 2023, the School Board will hold its annual Planning Day. The Board will review the recommendations from the Leadership Team, discuss the Quality, Teaching and Learning Handbook, the Whole School Improvement Plan and the Business Plan. The School Board will also review in detail the data provided from NAPLAN. The Board will also discuss target setting for the year and how we progressed and prioritised our goals. We will also review existing policies and budgets.
I would like to thank fellow Board Members and P&C Members for their commitment and support during 2023 and also to my fellow Board Members for your time, your individual expertise that you bring to every meeting. The School Board in partnership with the P&C work hard to help build a strong school community that responds to student needs. Also thank you to the Parent Development Team who are also working together for the benefit of Caladenia.
As the school year draws to close, I thought it was an opportunity to stop and reflect why we as parents choose to send our Children to Caladenia. It is quality teaching, an education for our children that is second to none, it is the commitment from all staff from the Principal, Deputy Principals, Leadership Teams, Administrative Staff, Teachers, Education Assistants, Librarians, Cleaners and Gardener. They are people who work tirelessly for our students and go above and beyond and care for the students of Caladenia. For this, we are truly grateful and say thank you for all that you do.
I would like to express to my gratitude to Mr Smyth over many years for your exceptional work in organising the camp and graduation ceremony for our year six students at Caladenia. Your tireless efforts behind the scenes have not gone unnoticed and you deserve recognition for your unwavering dedication to our students. Thank you for going above and beyond to make a difference in their lives.
Finally, I am sure I can speak of behalf of my fellow Board members, that Caladenia is a place that is truly special and we hold dear to our hearts. As I have said to the panel of Judges, Caladenia is more than just a school and we are truly proud to be volunteering somewhere very special and give back to a school that has given us all so much.