School of the Year 2021
"After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: "What did I do right?" and
"What would I do differently?" - Brian Tracy
Dear Parents/Care Givers,
The school is doing much to highlight the safety factors of walking and riding to school with the children. The City of Gosnells is assisting us in planning for an improved network of parking and Kiss n Drive bays, as well as relocating the bus stops and signage. We are developing a good working relationship with the City and Police to come to solutions on the keeping our children safe around the school site. Today, we noted several parents doing U-Turns on Bushy Gardens in front of oncoming traffic, driving against the traffic rather than with the flow and driving dangerously around children. These types of erratic driving around children may end up in tragedy. PLEASE observe the rules the school has asked for so that safety becomes the important strategy here and this may prevent children being hurt or car accidents occurring.
We are still experiencing COVID issues and probably will for some time to come. We are lucky to be in WA but we should not become complacent – we need to remind ourselves to maintain our distance from others. Wash hands and sanitize often. Clean down benches and workspaces, and not drink from fountains or taps. At school, we are still asking parents not to enter the school if you don’t need to – it has been found that the new strains are quite virulent with children and young adults. I respectfully ask that you do not enter the school site, unless it is urgent you do so – please observe this for the children and staff of the school.
Kindy students will be screened by the School Nurse this week and next. This will assist you to understand the medical needs of your children. It is an important service provided by the State Government.
Writing – we are developing the 7 Steps to Writing approach
Mathematics – First Steps review with a view to developing our own Mathematics understandings and common strategies approach.
This year is our next Survey Year for parents to express their thoughts on the school’s progress. I would ask that all parents take the opportunity to reflect on the school’s successes and challenges. It is a good opportunity for all parents to make your opinion known on how the school is developing.
I had an opportunity to visit the Orchestra last week and was delighted to hear the progress made by them – they played beautifully. I am waiting to hear the Rock Band next as both will be performing at the Burswood Theatre for the WAGSMS. It should be a huge event and one that the children remember for ever – performing on a real stage in front of thousands is an event not to be missed. We are proud of our musicians (Choirs, instrumentalists and bands) for the time they spend practicing and performing. Thank you.
We are planning to build a new playground for Years 2 & 3 near the Library. It is a large one which will cater for this age level very well. This with the Clubs being developed should provide our students with a variety of activities to be involved with in the school. Thank you to the P&C for offering to be a part of the funding for it.
The Government will also be investing $10,000.00 towards the covered area for this playground. The Government will also be providing us with a Grant for $40,000.00 for resourcing the school’s STEM needs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – both of these should be provided this year. We thank the State Government for these grants.
THOUGHT: Develop and attitude of gratitude.
Ted Nastasi, Principal
Friday 18 June
Tuesday 22 June
School Cross Country
Thursday 24 June
Year 2 Perth Museum Excursion
Monday 28 June
Pre Primary to Year 6
Thursday 1 July
P&C Doughnut fundraiser delivery of Krispy Kremes
Friday 2 July
Last Day of Term 2
EALD Parent Morning Tea
On Tuesday 1st June, the annual EALD Parent Morning Tea was held in the staffroom. 11 parents of children in the EALD program attended. Besides coffee and biscuits, there was also a short information session.
First, there was a brief introduction to the program and parents learnt how EALD learners are identified in this school. Next, a video was screened showing an Arabic-speaking parent reading to her child in their home language. The video provided tips on how to best read to young children, making it engaging and interactive, with wh- questions asked as they read along. This was followed by a teacher reading the same book with the child, but this time in English, with the teacher showing how to make sharing a book a fun, enjoyable and meaningful experience. The bilingual reading process enriched the child’s reading experience and helped with her comprehension. Following that, a PowerPoint presentation explained the reporting process which involves the use of the EALD Progress Maps. Staff from Faith Community Services then did a presentation of the variety of programs that they offer to migrant and EALD families, some of which include exercise classes, cooking classes, tutoring services and English classes for both children and adults.
*For more information about this, please check out https://www.faithcs.org.au/
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents who attended the morning tea and to say that your partnership in the education of your children is much appreciated.
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
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:
Voluntary Contributions for the school and the P&C are now overdue. Payments can be made at the front office pay cash or EFT or by calling us on 6258 9350.
Year 1 Room – Mrs Hamilton
We’re Going to The Zoo Zoo Zoo….
Room 36 and their Year One friends took a bus ride to South Perth and got to visit the Perth Zoo. What an amazing day we had seeing all the different animals, from the lions found in the African Savannah to the kangaroos lazing about in the Australian Bushland. Our excursion to the zoo is a part of our Science unit of learning, looking at habitats. We are learning about which habitats different animals live in and why. Our trip to the zoo was a great way to build up knowledge of habitats and apply that to our upcoming learning.
Year 4 Room 31 – Miss Beatty
In Year 4, Room 31 we have been working hard on different writing structures. We have looked at report writing and created fantastic reports on Vasco da Gama and Christopher Columbus, documenting their remarkable discoveries and exploration in the 1500s. We have also written some amazing reports on some pretty scary extreme sports! We dove deep into exploring cave diving, gymnastics, skateboarding, BMX and abseiling. You have to be very brave and talented to be successful in these sports- they aren’t for the faint hearted!
We are currently looking at procedure writing. This week, we have challenged ourselves to fold a shirt in under 2 seconds using a special method. It took a while to get the hang of it, but now we’re pretty good at it! We will be writing a procedure on how to do this so we can share our knowledge with others
Congratulations Caladenia! We’ve reached ‘Silver’ accreditation with the Your Move program. Do you think we can obtain GOLD by the end of the year? Let’s keep up the good work!
A reminder as the cooler days and wet weather arrives, to still try and actively get to school a few days each week by walking, riding, or scootering. Remember, that parking the car and walking from one of the nearby parks still counts and helps to ease the number of vehicles around the school. How else can you help to actively get to and from school?
Mrs Nicolle Wall
Your Move School Champion
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are coming to Caladenia.
Delivery will be Thursday, 1st July and orders can be collected from Eucalyptus and Jacaranda blocks.
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. You can order you membership through the following link Entertainment Book or pick up a flyer from the front office.
Willetton Basketball Stadium
School Holiday Camp
Monday 5 July – Friday 9 July 9.00am to 3.30pm daily (9 years and under, min age 5 years)
Monday 12 July – Friday 16 July 9.00am to 3.30pm daily (9 years and over)
Please visit www.willettontigers.com.au and go to the Junior Holiday Camp tab for link to book your child.
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.