Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.
- Jim Rohn
Dear Parents/Care Givers,
This has been an interesting start with an even more complex and all-consuming COVID process for schools to handle. We do so with great care and respect to you and your children as we try to keep staff and children healthy so that our school remains fully functional. Much has changed over the course of the past few weeks and may change once again. Caladenia believes that the WA Health is trying to keep us safe and direct us with sound and timely information for us to maintain this safety. Parents must not meet with teachers in the classroom and are not allowed in classrooms at all – after school phone connections are best to avoid COVID spread. Masks must always be worn on site as distancing is impossible with such large numbers of staff, students and parents. We are very busy chasing down close contacts – it is an ongoing, massive task each and every day. With so many schools becoming positive cases, it is obvious that we are doing the best we can to minimize risk of infection. Our staff are impacted greatly in their classroom/school functioning. I thank them for not being able to meet with their colleagues for morning tea/lunch and meetings. We do most things by WebEx these days due to COVID – this is handy to have but is limiting. We are almost ready for the Remote Teaching and Learning Program (WebEx and CONNECT) – more on this very soon.
While we appreciate that you want to come onto the school site, we are strongly asking that you leave your children at the gates (they are full supervised until the gates are locked – your child is safe). After four weeks at school, the children know their way to their classroom and where to meet you after school. please observe this request as we try to keep our staff and children free of COVID – there are over 120 schools affected at this point in time since Week One of this school year. Thank you for your kindness and understanding in these unfortunate times.
Thank you to Brian Tan, Lourdes Tsekos, Rattan Gould, Travis Elliott, Andrea Harris for their commitment of time and energies to the School Board over the past few years. These members have contributed to some exciting and sustainable developments in the school’s directions over those years. Thank you, again for your positiveness and support of the children in this school. The new Board is mentioned further in this Newsletter. Following an expression of interest in the Board, the new people were interviewed and appointed. These members do not represent any group or individuals on the Board and, as such, are free to speak their own mind. I wish them a joyful and rewarding time on the School Board and look forward to working with them over the course of 2022.
We are looking towards following other schools in their processing of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), where students can bring their own device to work at home and school during the day. We will be communicating to you later in the year about this new initiative which has the advantages of
It has been mentioned that it is unfair that students from out of boundary are attending the school. There are variables of law in the Public School System which allows for these students – however, you need to understand that at the time of enrolling and for some six months or more after enrolling, these families met the requirements for enrolment according to the State System. The school would never break the law of State Government legislature – we can’t, so we check with the Dept regularly about enrolment queries. We cannot do what we are not allowed to do by law.
We have a bottleneck each morning at the Bushy Gardens entrances. It would be great if the children could be dropped off anywhere around the school, even at the back of the oval. The children know how to walk from the oval into school gates (the gates are supervised before and after school). Please drive in an anticlockwise direction, entering form Bushy Gardens and exiting in the streets off it. If you do this, children are always on the school side of the road and therefore are safe – they don’t cross any road. Use the Kiss n Drive areas as 15-30 seconds drop-offs – please do not leave your car or stay any longer than your children need to get out of the car safely.
We have had many conversations with the City of Gosnells and the Dept of Education about our situation and, during these last holidays, I met with them again and we have come up with some signage and parking ideas to assist us. We will inform you specifically when these changes have been made. This should be occurring in the near future. We have a teacher Champion for the Your Move Program (designed to get parents to park in streets around the school further than the front gate) and to allow children to walk or ride to school. This is not proving to be successful as more parents continue to drive children to school rather than walk or ide the short distances to school. Please rethink student movement to school if comfortable to do so.
We won’t be successful in obtaining another crosswalk attendant and we can’t move the bus stops. Earlier/later starting times do not work for parents unless the time differences are substantially different to avoid the same situation from arising. This would be extremely disruptive when families have two and three or more children in different year levels and these are not a minority in our school. We have had and continue to get in RAC Safety/Police Talks and classroom teacher safety programs operating across the school. You may think we are doing little to remedy the situation but, in fact, we are very active every day in trying to maintain safety and common sense with our parking and traffic flow.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our children healthy and safe.
We are currently awaiting the completion of painting and fencing and landscaping around the recently added transportable classrooms.
We are unable to carry out excursions and incursions, assemblies and mingling. We follow strict guidelines from the Dept as a High Caseload School. The things we do for COVID are State Government approved/mandated.
“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain
Friday 25 February
P&C Icy Poles on sale at the gates at 2.30pm
Thursday 3 March
Pre Primary to Year 2 RAC Incursion
Friday 4 March
Pre Primary to Year 2 RAC Incursion
P&C Icy poles on sale at the gates at 2.30pm
Monday 7 March
Labour Day Public Holiday
Friday 11 March
P&C Icy poles on sale at the gates at 2.30pm
Friday 18 March
Interschool Summer Carnival
P&C Icy poles on sale at the gates at 2.30pm
Monday 21 March
Harmony Day ‘Everyone Belongs’
Avaneesh and his team (20188B -Team Imposters) have qualified for National Vex Robotics Championship 2022 which will be taking place in Adelaide on 05th & 06th March 2022. Avaneesh will be competing with the contestants from all over Australia for place in Vex Robotics World Championship 2022. Avaneesh has won the Excellence Award -Elementary School i.e. highest award (which exemplifies overall excellence in Driving Skill, Team Challenge & Autonomous) and 2nd place in Robotics Skill in VEX Robotics WA State Championship 2021 which was held on 12th December 2021 at Murdoch University. Avaneesh is a Team leader who is driving his team Infront for this ongoing Robotics Competitions.
Congratulations on your achievement Avaneesh.
At Caladenia we love showcasing our students sporting achievements and events as well as any other interests that they would like to share with our Caladenia Community.If you have something your child would like to share please email along with photos to the following email : Justine.email@example.com
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Next week, the RAC will be conducting workshops on road safety for our PP – Year 2 students. Students will be engaged in learning about how to cross the road safety and being a safe pedestrian whilst actively getting around our community.
We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to our families who responded to the Your Move Parent survey. We had 50% of families respond. It is noted that students are either being driven, actively coming to school or doing a combination of both – depending on parent commitments and/or the weather.
Some comments received from families about trying to reduce the amount of traffic at our school include:
· Dangerous for families/ students who are walking due to number of drivers
· Out of bounds students still attending
· Having more parking areas or time limits in the parking bays
· Extend the current Kiss ’n Drop or have another area
· Another cross walk attendant
· Move the bus stops
· Have more footprints painted along the paths
· Increase the width of the footpaths so families can walk/ ride and scooter with enough room
· Different finishing times for K/PP
· A walking school bus
· Having the ranger/ council coming to assess traffic
· Education for families and students about safely riding bikes and scooters
The Your Move program is trying to work alongside families to make our community a safe place for our students and whilst we value all comments, some ideas are out of the school control as we are unable to implement them. We will pass along the suggestions to the council and Department of Education. Let’s continue to try to actively come to school when possible – even if you park and walk a little further.
Mrs Nicolle Wall
Your Move Champion
Year 2 Room 12 – Miss Manuel
For the past fortnight, the students of Room 12 have been working hard to learn their new narrative structure. We have been learning about similes, onomatopoeia and alliteration and how they are used to strengthen our writing. Our current focus is on making sure our stories have strong links and that we mention details for a purpose. So far, we have covered the Sizzling Start and Characterisation elements of the structure. Our sizzling start aims to catch our readers attention, we’ve been working on including a little clue as to what the problem might be later in the story. The characterisation paragraph aims to give our reader more information on the character and describe details that are relevant to our storyline.
Here are some of our wonderful examples.
Boom! SSSsssss! Ollie the Owl was hiding behind the rocks. The most scared owl of the woods was always on the lookout for a place to hide. Little did he know that something was coming for him. By Aaryan
Bang, Crash! At the stroke of midnight, Olivia the Owl hid in the rocks to protect her owlets. The most kind owl of Coral Cove was always on the lookout for a nice hole in a tree trunk along the coastline. Little did she know that she might just find one. By Alex
Splat! At one o’clock in the morning, Julie the owl was hiding in the rocks. She was always shy but was on the lookout for a blue shiny diamond. Little did she know that someone was coming. By Nevaeh
Evil Edna has a fiery mouth and clothes as dark as a thousand midnights. She was never seen without her secret pocket of bomb blueberries. By Elliot
Drove the baby dragon had a yellow bell and scales as orange as a sunset. He was never seen without his super bag of candy. By Naman
Made Master has green watery skin and cavities in his teeth. He nose was as pointy as a spike. He was never seen without his old clothes with holes in them. By Sukhreet
Polly Pick has crooked teeth and her smile was as big as the ocean. She was never seen without her magical broom. By Hasya
Pyjama Day 2021 – Animal Protection Society
Last year we held a pyjama day to raise money for the Animal Protection Society. We, we raised an amazing total of $1268.50. The certificates we received in appreciation are attached to the email.
Pyjama Day 2022 – Telethon Event
On Friday the 18th February and Monday the 21st February we held Pyjama Day to raise money for Telethon 2022. Thank you to everyone who joined in and donated a gold coin.
Caladenia raised an awesome $1269.35.
Meet the 2022 School Board
Caladenia would like to welcome our new 2022 Board Members.
The following parents have been appointed to the Board:
· Dr. Quan (Sam) Xie
· Mrs Cindy Booth
· Mrs Sarah Cecchi
· Mrs Jen Wilson
Our other Board members constituting the Board for 2022 are:
Mrs Carole Veneris – Chair
Mr John Elson – Vice Chair
Mr Kunal Malhotra
Mr Yuchao Sun
Ted Nastasi – Principal
Mr Travis Smith – teacher
Miss Lauren Manuel – teacher
Mrs Anne Driscoll – Finance MCS
Thank you and we wish you a wonderful year ahead of planning and collaborating.
Our 2022 P&C Committee
The P&C AGM meeting was held via zoom on Monday 7 February 2022.
We can proudly present the new 2022 committee below.
President- Michelle Morley
Vice President- Kelli Ritchie
Treasurer- Stacey Walker
Secretary- Tia Mellon
Book Club – Kelly Baynes
Wishing you all a wonderful year in coordinating our fundraisers and events. We would like to thank all past members for all their hard work and dedication.