Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
- Maya Angelou
Dear Parents/Care Givers,
We are officially in VERY HIGH CASE LOAD Phase of the pandemic. We have sent out a letter indicating what that really means and how it impacts you and your children in the school setting. It keeps your children at school unless the positive contact is in your family.
Masks must still 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. 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 – they understand the enormity of being at risk every day – some staff are high risk and yet still attend because they love our students. I pay homage to our wonderful staff who, every day, take time out to spend with students struggling with the pandemic – they are a wonderfully empathetic, caring and truly amazing group of people who give their best regardless of their own safety and health. They are working extra time to prepare on-line learning videos, WebEx forums, CONNECT packages as well as teach their own classrooms. Thank you for an amazing job, Team Caladenia.
Please do all you can to keep students and staff safe from COVID. Do not enter the site if possible. The State has over 17,000 in-school ISOLATIONS currently. Thank you for your generosity by being kind and gentle with all staff during this time of isolation and case-overloads.
Thank you to Michelle Morley (President P&C) and her Exec Team for handling the current COVID situation with sensitivity and positiveness. It is hard trying to carry out activities with so many restrictions, but it will get better and we will progress. Keep in there, P&C – we admire you taking on the challenge in 2022. Thank you for your commitment to our great school.
The Your Move Program is not producing the desired results we needed for our parking and traffic issues. Car travel to school for short distances is increasing, not decreasing and, although improving, riding or walking to school has increased only marginally.
From a safety perspective, we were hoping, as a community, to reduce the traffic flow issue substantially but the real issue here is safety of our children in that small morning and afternoon window of time – family cars driving dangerously on the wrong side of roads, parking in other peoples’ driveways illegally, parking on verges, travelling in the wrong direction in areas of congestion, crossing over traffic islands, double parking on the road to let children out of cars in front of moving cars, and so on. These are things I have noticed and that parents are complaining about – most people try to do the right thing but there are some that are not and that creates a critical issue of safety. Please do your best to follow traffic etiquette and remain calm and patient for a few minutes. Thanks, everyone.
The very best solutions to issues, arise from talking things through together. I am available to anyone and everyone. It may take an appointment at times due to the heavy demand on my time for over 90 staff, 950 children and over 700 families with all sorts of issues, problems and ideas. However, as always, I am here for you for any matter you may wish to discuss – you will always get a good hearing and a response.
The worst solutions occur when people discuss issues that have not been aired with the school. It has lead to confusion, wrong information and even anger and frustration. It is impossible to deal with rumours so, once again, I offer you the opportunity to talk through any issues you may have – due to COVID we can’t have a community get together to discuss issues openly and I know that this lack of connectedness with school communities, can create anxiety and frustrations.
Thank you to our Caladenia community for your confidence and trust you place in our hands to do the best job we can with your children. We are honoured and blessed with a fantastically supportive community and that is why, I believe, we have such a balanced and socially cohesive community of students and staff who really believe in our school and understand that it is so because of the people within it.
We are starting the large playground facility in front of the Library in the next few weeks. It has been partially supported by the P&C through your fund-raising and we look forward to having it use sometime in the second semester of this year. It comes with external percussion musical instruments and extensive landscaping so that it becomes an aesthetically pleasing feature as well as occupy students with many hours of playful interludes. We are trialing in-house virtual WebEx assemblies next week to endeavour to bring our school community together once more after two years.
“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” –Chinese Proverb
Monday 21 March
Tuesday 22- Thursday 24 March
Friday 25 March
Ride to School Day
Friday 1 April
P&C Movie Night
(*To be confirmed Subject to Covid)
Thursday 7 April
Last day of Term 1
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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Looking from November 2021, there has been an increase of students cycling to school and a decrease of students driving. I wonder if this is due to the new scooter racks we had installed or the cooler March weather.
However, when you compare the pair from this time last year, more students are coming by car and less actively getting to school.
The Your Move program also organised for the RAC incursion to come in and work with our Pre Primary – Year 2 students last week. We hope that they are all ready to actively get to and from school with a trusted adult and show off their new road safety skills that they learnt from the workshop.
We conducted our first Hands Up survey for 2022.
Please see the results below:
Mrs Nicolle Wall
Your Move Champion
Year 1 Room 10 – Mrs Hamilton
IT’S SO MUCH FUN IN YEAR 1!
What a wonderful few weeks we have had settling into our new Year 1 class in Room 10. We have had some extra special guests come join us in our room, our teddy bear friends. We have done so many fun activities with them, including, measuring our bears using different units of measurement and writing a Teddy Bear Profile about our bears to introduce them to our class friends. We have also read lots of different books about teddy bears during our literacy lessons. An activity we did was read and watch information texts about real life bears and then we had to write an information report about them. A very exciting activity we did was after reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks wrote our class a letter asking us to make her a new bed! It couldn’t be too high or hard, but it had to be very comfy! We worked in pairs and designed and made the bed using different recyclable materials. We tested out our beds to see which one was just right! It was a lot of fun!
Year 6 Room 11 – Mr Caldera
Room 11 spent some time this term looking at everything below the sea and up in the sky. We created detailed graphs that ranged down to 10,000 metres deep and as high as 80,000 metres. As a class, we discussed how different animals may survive at different depths, and the effects that humans have on our marine life. When we looked at the sky, we focused on the technical marvels that humans have created. We hope you enjoy taking a look at our graphs!