School of the Year 2019/2020
Everything comes to you in the right moment. Be patient. Be grateful.
Dear Parents/Care Givers,
Driving and Parking
Again, thank you to the many parents who are walking their children to school lately. It does make a little difference to the traffic problem but not the poor driving that is occurring. We can do much for parking but not for erratic and dangerous driving. Every day I am receiving reports from parents about dangerous incidents such as
- Driving too fast
- Driving on footpaths
- Driving on the wrong side of the road to get ahead of other cars
- Driving clockwise around the school (this is the wrong side of the road to drop or pick up children)
- Parking illegally, coming in to the car parks to drop-off and not stop – this clogs the road back out to the main roads
- Parking in the Kiss n Drive – this is a NO PARKING Zone.
The School Board has discussed these issues for many years with some work done with the Cross Walk Attendant, Kiss n Drive bays and extra parking on school site. The Board met with the City of Gosnells Mayor, Chief Engineer, Director of Infrastructure and City Ranger Manager last week. The meeting was positive and several ideas floated to alleviate the parking issues. More on this as we come closer to resolutions for our school.
Meanwhile, please follow the rules of the road and parking:
- Walk or ride to school
- KEEP CALM – do not hurry around the school anytime – children and their safety is the duty of every person in our community
- Drive anti-clockwise around the school and exit via Westray St, Bracadale Wy, Beauly Pde.
- Kiss n Drive is for quick drop-off or pick up (when your child is ready for pick up)
- Park around the school oval where there is room – the children are safe to walk across the oval
- Park a street or two away from the school and walk to the gates to pick up your children – the walk is good for us all
Do not become anxious in “getting to the school first” – a few minutes is nothing in the grand scheme of safety-first.
Thank you – I really do hope that everyone can take the time to become more aware of how dangerous it is to be in a hurry.
It was timely to note last week that COVID is not gone – it just waits for opportunities to strike. It is also timely for us to reflect on our good neighbours in India who are going through a horrendous time with COVID outbreaks and deaths – our hearts go out to them and their families here in Australia, who must be feeling anxious and helpless.
COVID is a terrible pandemic and can spread in such a small amount of time from one person. It is our intention at Caladenia to do everything we can to minimize the risk of spread – it is easy to criticize what we do for our staff and students, but please try to accommodate the following procedures for the right reasons:
- If there is no need to come into the school, please drop your children off from the car or at the gates – your children are safe within our site
- All adults please wear masks – you will not be allowed onto the site if you do not
- Don’t make classroom discussions with teachers or other staff – the 4m2 applies at present so it is too difficult to arrange meetings that do not impact on adults
- If you must see a teacher or other staff member, make an appointment through the front office
- We are limiting Assemblies to major ones only for a while, until we have rights to extend the adult contact space
Thank you for your understanding in these matters of health safety for your children and our staff.
Please remember that children should be at school by 8.15am in the mornings – teachers will let students in to class at that time. This time is used by the teachers to listen to children read, prepare for the day’s lessons and check homework.
We are commencing Clubs in school at Lunch times starting very soon. We surveyed our Student Executive and senior students and staff and found the following Clubs to be the top four to start with:
- Running Club (probably before school activity)
- Board Games Club – selected by staff (includes Chess)
- Dance Club
- LEGO Club
These Clubs will operate once per week on different days and students will not be permitted to be inside more than once or twice a week at lunch time. We believe outdoor play is developmental and necessary also.
It will give some students the opportunity to be actively involved in play in more than sporting activities.
The electronic NAPLAN Testing commences on 11 May and lasts for about two weeks.
Students in Years 3 and 5 will do the Testing in English and Mathematics. We wish the students well.
Wednesday 5 May - Friday 7 May
P&C Mothers’ Day Stalls
Tuesday 11 May - 20 May
Friday 14 May
Walk to school day
Friday 28 may
Monday 7 June
WA DAY Public Holiday
Interschool Summer Carnival
Students, staff and parents were all very pleased to see the ‘Summer Carnival’ go ahead on the last day of term after a delay due to extreme heat. We were able to enter 12 teams in 4 sports and we had a lot of success on the day. The outdoor sports went off without a hitch in much cooler conditions, in fact there was a brief shower during proceedings which they played through.
Students went home exhausted at the end of the day from all of the running around they did but with big smiles on their faces. Staff were very pleased with the efforts students put in and the sporting values they demonstrated while playing. In the end we came home with 4 shields, twice as many as our last summer carnival. Well done to all involved and thank you to Dean Rivers for helping out by taking one of the teams in cricket.
|A: Equal 2nd||A: 2nd||A: 1st||A: 2nd|
|B: 1st and 2nd||B: 2nd and 3rd||B: 1st and 3rd||B: 1st and 3rd|
We are currently taking appointments for our Kindy enrolments for 2022. If you have a child born from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, please call the front office to book your appointment. 6258 9350.
Applications close Friday 23 July
Faction Fun Hour
GOLD were the winners of the very first Faction Fun Hour for 2021! As a faction they worked hard to earn faction tickets across the school all term and earned a whole hour of fun on Friday the 26th March.
Students could choose from different activities:
Miss Tai organised games and puzzles
Mrs Curtis taught, practised and played some volleyball
Miss Beatty ran a dance party in the undercover area
Mr Smith had games of football and soccer going on the oval
Mrs Weissflog showed her moves with students joining her for Go Noodle
Mr Smyth and Mr McIlwraith played an exciting game of floorball with students
It was clear to see just how much the students (and teachers) from Year 1 to 6 loved the activities!
All the teachers will be looking to see students being the best they can be to hand out lots of faction tickets during Term 2 – will your faction be our next winners?
This issue we congratulate Yonal on ranking 10th place at the Australian Chess Federation in Australia’s Top Under 12 Juniors list.
Yonal also won several state level wins during 2020/2021 as listed below;
2020 State Junior Chess Championship – Under 10 – 2nd place
2020 State Junior Chess Championship – Under 12 – 3rd place
2020 State Junior Blitz Championship – Under 10 – 2nd place
2020 State Junior Allegro Championship – Under 10 – 2nd place
2020 State Junior Rapid play Championship – Under 10 – 2nd place
Current Australian Chess Champion GM Temur Kubokarov selected Yonal’s game with GM Temur as one of the 5 best games played at GM Simul event at 2021 Fringe Festival.
Well done Yonal.
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 address below:
Pre Primary Room 5 – Mrs Patton
Pre-Primary students returned to school for Term 2, after enjoying the school holidays. They shared the fun things they did, by writing a holiday recount. Students worked hard to remember to include capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in their sentences. They also did a fantastic job at ‘chin-walking’ to help them hear and write the sounds in each word. Look at some of the amazing work they produced.
Year 6 Room 37 – Mrs Weissflog
Room 37 have been learning about electricity. After discovering the different types of energy sources that are available, we moved on to finding out what happens when we click the switch on for light and power in our homes. We constructed some electrical circuits to make a bulb glow. Although this was fun the real fun started when we added in different items into the circuits to prove whether the items were conductors or insulators. If they were a conductor the electrons would flow through the circuit and the light bulb would still glow, if they were insulators the flow would stop and there would be no glow. In our groups we tried many different things including the door handle and the fire extinguisher. However, the most interesting item results coming from trying an iPhone and a Samsung phone. We didn’t manage to ruin either Mrs Weissflog’s or Mr Elliot’s phone but the conflicting results posed more questions for a more refined investigation needing to take place. We concluded that Scientists have the most interesting job as more questions are often posed in results of investigations than answers and sometimes there isn’t a definitive answer – yet!
At the end of Term 1, we conducted a Hands Up survey to see how students were travelling to school. The results were:
56% = Car
11% = Bike
What a great start to 2021 everyone, these numbers definitely show that we are reducing the number of cars around our school. Nice work Caladenia! Let’s see if we can continue to improve those results for the next survey. Remember that Walk Safely to School Day is on Friday 14th May.
The Your Move program has sent our school a board which is now displayed by the bike racks. We have achieved Bronze accreditation in 2020 – Do you think we can reach for Gold in 2021?
Mrs Nicolle Wall
Your Move School Champion
National Walk Safely to School Day
Friday 14 May 2021
Now in its 21st year, National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.
Until they’re ten, children must always hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road
Mothers’ Day Stalls – Wednesday 5th May to Friday 7th May
The Caladenia P&C are looking forward to bringing you our 2021 Mother’s Day Stalls.
How it works?
There will be a selection of special gifts available for $5 each gift. There will be gifts suitable for mothers, grandmothers and other role models. Please bring your money in an envelope with your name and number of gifts to be purchased, noting any change required. Each class will visit the stall and have the chance to pick their own gifts. There is a huge range of the gifts available this year including Travel Cups, Candles, Teddy Bears, Shopping Totes, Trinket Dishes, Bracelets and more!
A selection of gifts will also be available for parents to purchase after school on Friday, 7th May 2021 after school near the staff room.
Volunteers? If you have an hour or two to spare, volunteers would be welcome from 8.35am to 10am to help with the stalls on each morning. We would love to have you come down and feel part of our school community. Please email email@example.com
2021/2022 Entertainment Book App
The Entertainment Book is now out. This is a great way to support our school through fundraising as Caladenia will receive 20% commission with each membership ordered. There is a bonus Mothers’ Day Special for a limited time also.
You can order you membership through the following link Entertainment Book or see the attached flyer sent home with students yesterday.
Where: Jacaranda Block
When: Thursdays 8am -8.30am
New to banking? – just go online at
https://www.commbank.com.au/banking/school-banking.html to open an account, then bring in your deposit book and we will do the rest.
We are looking for volunteers to help process deposits, please contact either Caris or Stacey or alternatively, you can leave your details at the front office.
Book Club Issue 3 was distributed to students last week. All orders must be placed in an envelope clearly marked with the student’s name and room number, along with the order form. Alternatively, parents can order online at the following address.
Book Club closes Wednesday 5 May 2021.