School of the Year 2021
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."
- John Dewey
Dear Parents/Care Givers,
If ever we needed reminding of where we are in the world of COVID, we only need to look as far as own backyard – NSW is going through a terrible time and it was only yesterday that they were the “Gold State”. We must not be complacent about this pandemic.
We are officially in Phase 5 of the COVID recovery.
We can now do the following at school
- We continue to wash and sanitize hands often during the day
- We have day cleaners staying on to clean equipment, doors, benches and toilets every day until further notice.
- We have no more limits to people moving around the school and meeting teachers and Admin staff –we must still observe the 1.5m rule.
- Assemblies will commence again in Term 3 of this year, albeit differently due to the restricted number of these left for 2021.
- P&C and other meetings and events will be able to progress.
- Attendance at school is still compulsory but students and adults who are experiencing flu symptoms/not feeling well, should stay away until the illness has passed.
- The 2m2 rule has been taken away but the State Govt asks that the 1.5m rule still be applied for safety and health.
In essence, we are mostly back to a normal living standard unless changed by differing circumstances in other States.
Please remember to be fair when making comments about the school – please remember that all of 2020 and some of 2021 has been very difficult for us in schools – we have been instructed by medical experts to stay in schools teaching – this has not been altogether easy at times and I thank the staff for their commitment and dedication to our students in sticking with it. We have not been able to carry out normal functions during the past year and a half and we thank you for your understanding.
We had our NAIDOC Assembly on today 30 July from 8.45am-9.30am. It was a wonderful celebration of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders history and ownership of our beautiful land, Australia. Thanks to all the families that attended and comments such as “best ever”…the Band, the singing and Artwork were extraordinary. Thanks to all Music and Arts staff. Thank you for joining us in this celebration of our First People.
Thank you to Chelsea and her team for the great ideas for events this year now that we can do things. COVID has been very restrictive and we at school appreciate the Team for hanging in there. Thank you.
We have four (4) weeks of In-Term Swimming this term. These are designed to decrease the chances of accidents in pools in WA. Everyone should be involved in them, unless through medical reasons, children cannot attend.
This is our year for sending out these Surveys. We will give parents more time to complete the Survey this year and hope that more people will become involved in the positive things we do in the school for our students.
We do genuinely love the children in our school and we work hard every day to give them the best we have to offer.
Please be involved in the Survey this year – we want a large number of returns so that we get a balanced view of parent opinions, with suggestions of what we can do better. Thank you in anticipation.
Thank you for taking the time and effort in walking and riding your children to school on bikes, scooters and such. It makes a huge difference to the safety of children travelling to and from school. Thanks to Ms Wall for championing the school’s program – it is working so well and we are receiving great comments from road safety experts.
Don’t forget to get involved in this wonderful event this year. Our children are the winners in this as we promote reading heavily for the week and the net effect is better readers who enjoy reading for entertainment and information. Thank you.
We have the following activities coming up:
- Forensic Science
- WAGSMS – both Bands playing at the Crown Theatre
- One Big Voice – our Choir performing at an outside venue
- Massed Choir – Senior Choir at UWA
- Book Fair
- Safe Roads Program
- P&C Fathers’ Day Stalls
- Interschool Cross Country
- Fairy Tale Incursion
- Parliament House visits by Student Executive
All of this takes place within three weeks – we are always this busy. This term, they are followed by four weeks of swimming.
Monday 2 August
Pre Primary Fairy Tale Incursion
Wednesday 4 August
Student Executive attend Parliament House – Girls
Thursday 5 August
Student Executive attend Parliament House – Boys
Monday 9 August
- Kindy Bunnings Incursion
- WAGSMS (Rock band and Orchestra) Rehearsal 9.30-12pm
- Forensic Science Incursion
- WAGSMS Performance 6.30pm
Tuesday 10 August
- Kindy Bunnings Incursion
- Forensic Science
Year 5 Poetry Slam
In Week Ten of Term Two, Caladenia Primary School held its inaugural Year 5 Poetry Slam. Students spent three weeks learning, reading and finally writing about poetry to prepare for this event. Students were required to present one poem to the audience and our special guest judge Mr Nastasi! Over 50 students participated, presenting many different forms of poetry such as haikus, limericks, free verse poems and many more. After a final second reading, our winner was announced as Bodhi from Room 23. However, all students were winners as they learned many new writing skills which they are looking to showcase moving into Term Three.
Year 5 Super Heros
Year 5 have created some wonderful 3D wire and plasticine Super Hero Characters this semester. They were given the task of designing a brand new unique character complete with super powers and a clear personality. Students explored a huge range of new skills through the construction stage of this project and thoroughly enjoyed working in wire. They started with a wire frame to create the skeletal shape of the character. They then bulked out the frame with tin foil to represent mussel and used plasticine for skin tones. Lots of care and thought went into the designing process to ensure the design was an original idea. Fabric and felt were the used for clothes to complete the 3D model. Every student successfully created a fun and interesting super hero that have brought a colourful cheer to the Art room. Keep an eye out for them next term in the display cabinet by the library. Well done Year 5.
Naidoc 2021- Year 5 Visual Art Collaboration Display
Year 5 worked on a collaboration project focusing on this years Naidoc theme of Heal Country. Students created some beautiful acrylic paintings of Uluru, along with two response boards that symbolising the importance of protecting Aboriginal culture and historic landmarks. In Music, students learnt the Bindi Bindi song which in Noongar translates to butterfly. Students used this as an outline shape along with hand shapes as part of their drawings to represent protection and growth of the land and people.
Quinn, Year 3, joined the gymnastics WA competition on 19th June and placed 1st in one of the categories. Well done Quinn on your outstanding achievement.
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 folling email : Justine.email@example.com
Year 2 Room 22- Miss Zakarias
Room 22, along with the other Year 2s, had the opportunity to visit the Perth Museum Boola Bardip. We all had a fantastic time learning about the world, its fascinating creatures, and important historical events. We couldn’t wipe the smile off our faces the entire time!
MAC Class Room 19 – Mrs Ashby
Just a few of the awesome, hard working students in the MAC classroom this year …
Working to produce a range of quality projects and pieces of work like these…
Welcome done Caladenia! We have worked towards the 600 points and have now been able to order the scooter rack, which will be placed in the bike rack area. This was possible due to the Caladenia families coming on board with our active walk and ride to school days.
Let’s talk about it: How were you active over the holidays? Did you use public transport?
Over the holidays, Mrs Wall caught the bus into the city. She then walked down to the jetty and caught the ferry across to the zoo where she met one of the locals. Mrs Wall attended some Professional Learning for the Your Move program with Millennium Kids to assist with planning ideas for our school.
This term, we have some more exciting things, so keep your eyes peeled.
Mrs Nicolle Wall
Your Move School Champion
Krispy Kreme Donation
There is nothing more rewarding than giving back and making a difference to the lives of the people in our wonderful community.
Our most recent Krispy Kreme fundraiser took place during Covid Lock down. Spirits were low and the experience wasn’t as fulfilling as we had planned. We as a P&C decided to create that missing joy by showing appreciation to our local essential workers. We chose to donate all of our bonus boxes of Krispy Kremes to Our Caladenia Staff, Canning Vale Police Station, Gosnells Police Station and the Armadale Emergency Department.
This was an unexpected and very welcoming gift during a tough time and we hope it lifted the spirits of those lucky to receive a box.
2021/2022 Entertainment Book App
It’s never too late to order the The Entertainment Book. It 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.
VacSwim swimming lessons
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations across WA. Not only is VacSwim a great school holiday activity, it also teaches valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.
Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
Book Club Issue 5
Book Club Issue 5 Closes Thursday August 5 2021.
The issue has been incorrectly dated as 2020, please disregard this misprint. It is Issue 5, 2021.