School of the Year 2021
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi
Dear Parents/Care Givers,
We will be recommencing Assemblies (albeit in a different format) this term. Due to COVID restrictions we still MUST observe the 1.5m distancing rule and this places some pressures on the school to observe these rules. When attending the Assemblies, we will set out chairs 1.5m apart – please do not shift these to gain better vantage points. These rules are in place to protect our students and staff and parents from the deadly variant Delta Strain.
Children can catch this variant strain easily and quickly – it is nothing like the COVID-19. This one is deadly as seen in the NSW spread of that virus strain.
We will not be taking chances with our children and staff so
· We will not be in the Undercover Area for too long each time
· Merit Certificates will be given out in class by the Deputies
· No classes will be doing items – music and special events will be the focus of Assemblies for 2021 – we don’t have the capacity to do all classes in 2021 so the Student Exec will run these – we will inform parents in good time when these Assemblies will be taking place
· We will be doing a 30min Senior Assembly on Friday Years 3-6 (8.35-9.00am)
· The Junior Assembly (PP-Yr 2) will be 30min from 9.05-9.35am
THE Parade today was fantastic – it was wonderful to see so many children representing their favourite book character. Reading is a fantastic way for children to expand their creativity and imagination – this in turn, allows the brain the capacity to build its complex development of rationality. Reading a book cannot be replaced by reading a computer screen – it has a very different developmental function.
Next week, the children will be buying new books from the Library (through a supplier) and the proceeds will go towards the school to but more books for our children’s education.
Thank you for helping us and your children enjoy reading as a special activity every day – it is the single-most important thing we can do for our children.
Please DO NOT park or drop off in the Staff Parking areas of the school – staff must get into their rooms ready for the children to start and under their duty of care, must be there at all times when children are present. If you hold them up and they must find a free parking bay, this could jeopardize their timely start to the day.
We have In-Term Swimming from 30 August to the end of term. We appreciate that it is not an ideal time of the year but next year we have even smaller chances of getting what dates we want. We don’t enjoy swimming times as they disrupt a huge part of student learning but we understand why they are important to us in WA to protect our children from water accidents.
Burswood Music Festival
Our Rock Band and our Orchestra performed at the Burswood Theatre last Monday night – 5,000 people audience. Their performance was extraordinary and I loved every moment of it – it was so polished and for this, I thank Ms Skelton, Ms Rivett and Mr Frost for putting so much extra time into the development of the bands this year- it has been a wonderful but tiring experience in getting the students ready for their performance. Thank you also to the staff who attended to the students’ care and organization on the night. We do have a wonderful staff.
Also, the solo performance of Grace He was simply sublime on the piano. She is a gifted and very capable musician and we are lucky to have her in our student body. Thank you, Grace.
The Choirs will be getting their chances to perform in front of large audiences at the Massed Choirs and the One Big Voice. We look forward to their performances.
We do have a wonderful school here and one that students are very proud of and one that we should all be grateful for in our community.
Thank you all for your contribution to the support and encouragement you give us in preparing your children for the future – we are privileged and thankful to have the responsibility of educating your children.
Friday 13 August
Interschool Cross Country
Monday 16 August
Tuesday 17 August
Wednesday 18 August
Book Fair – Morning only
Tuesday 24 August
Massed Choir Rehearsal 9.45am – 1pm
Wednesday 25-Friday 27 August
P&C Father’s Day Stalls
Thursday 26 August
Year 5 Scitech Excursion
World Principal’s Day 6 August 2021
On Friday, 6 August 2021, Caladenia celebrated World Principal’s Day. It is a time when the School Board and school community can celebrate how we can benefit from strong leadership, and it is a time to acknowledge the contribution that our Principal and Deputy Principals have made to Caladenia Primary School. It is a time as a community and School Board where we can reflect on some of the significant milestones that have been accomplished under their leadership.
On World Principal’s Day, the School Board, on behalf of the Caladenia community presented our Principal with a letter of appreciation. A copy of this letter is included in this edition of the Caladenia newsletter.
Thank you, Mr Nastasi, Mrs Asplin, Mr Smyth and Mcilwraith for your dedication, commitment and positivity you bring each and every day to our amazing school.
Please see the letter of appreciation presented to Mr Nastasi below.
Mr Edward Nastasi Principal
Caladenia Primary School
LETTER OF APPRECIATION FROM THE CALADENIA SCHOOL BOARD
On Friday, 6 August 2021 is a very special day. It is a day that celebrates principals throughout Australia. This day celebrates how our school, staff members, students and families can benefit from strong leadership, and it is a time to acknowledge the contribution you have made to Caladenia Primary School. It is also a time as a community and School Board where we can reflect on some of the significant milestones that have been accomplished under your leadership. Caladenia is recognised as a high performing school and is valued by the local community. The level of excellence our school achieves is directly related to your vision for Caladenia. You are a Principal who goes far beyond the day-to-day demands of your position to create an exceptional educational environment at Caladenia Primary School. You place a high priority on the wellbeing of staff and students and the importance of family. Your vision of creating a government school that is sought after by families as an alternative to private school education, both in the quality of education offered and the values that are held dear by the community. You provide our children with an exceptional learning environment and provide the building blocks for our students to grow and thrive. You care and nurture every child and for this we are truly grateful. You make a lasting impact on the lives of our students in which they graduate with emotional intelligence and academic ability to make a difference in this world. As a School Board and as a community we have celebrated your achievements at Caladenia which include Finalist, Principal of the Year 2016, Winner, Primary School of the Year 2019/2020, publications in Hansard and exceptional school reviews. These are just some of your key milestones and we are so fortunate to have someone as dedicated as yourself, leading our school into the future. We have also shared together celebrating the 10th anniversary of Caladenia Primary School in which we have reflected many milestones that have been accomplished and the impact you have made on teachers and students of Caladenia. We can be proud that Caladenia is ‘School of the Year’ and this is directly attributed your professionalism, commitment and dedication. On behalf of the Caladenia community and School Board, we wanted to thank you and express our appreciation for your hard work, commitment and positivity. You have our heartfelt support and gratitude. Our school has a “heart and soul, it is more than just a school”, thank you.
CALADENIA SCHOOL BOARD
6 August 2021
A group of students of Caladenia Primary School participated in 2021 WA School Chess League Zonal tournaments and qualified to play the State Finals which will be held in August 2021. This was the first time a group of students from our school participated in these tournaments.
Chess Association of Western Australia organized 4 zonal tournaments to select best schools in WA to play for the finals. Students from 47 primary schools in WA participated in the zonal tournaments out of which only 9 schools were qualified to play the State Finals.
7 Students participated in the Southern Zonal Tournament which was held on 30th May 2021. Caladenia Primary School tied for the 4th place with Rosalie Primary School. At the end of the tournament, school ended up with 6 total points needing 4 more points to get selected to the Finals.
Participants: Yongwen, Thisath, Yonal, Tharul, Sebastian, Jineth and Senudi
4 Students participated in the Western Zonal Tournament which was held on 27th June 2021. Caladenia Primary School placed 5th in the tournament and earned the required 4 points to qualify for the Finals.
Participants: Senudi, Yongwen, Sebastian and Yonal
Congratulations to these students and we wish them all the best for finals.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre Primary Room 6 – Mrs Haug
This term in Pre-Primary we are learning about narratives. We are reading lots of traditional tales and were lucky enough to have the wonderful ‘Becky Buckaroo’ come and visit. She dramatized the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ using puppets and role play and involved the children with music and dance. We had a wonderful time and are enjoying dramatizing and retelling the stories in the classroom using, puppets, oral language, reading and writing
Year 5 Room 23 – Mr Smith
In Room 23, We have been looking above us at the many constellations which light up the sky. We have created Planispheres to locate the many stars and constellations which occur at different dates and times. We have particularly enjoyed learning the origin of many aboriginal astronomy stories such as The Seven Sisters, The Three Brothers and The Emu in The Sky.
Don’t let the freezing, cold, wet weather get you down and stop you from actively getting to and from school! Did you know that you can be active even with the wet weather? Take a look at these facts!
Did you know, bike riding in the cold helps burn more kilojoules? When the temperatures fall, the metabolism rises to keep the body warm, leading to a greater calorie burn.
Bike riding and walking are great ways to keep happy because the exercise releases natural antidepressants in the brain. Getting out and about can help to reduce isolation, and support fitness and wellness goals.
Can your family set a goal about actively getting to school? Tell your friends and encourage each other to reach your goal of actively getting to school each week.
We will be holding a Park(ing) and Walk to School Day on Monday 20th September. Pop the date in your diary now! More information will follow closer to the date.
Remember! When walking to school, always travel in a group and walk on the right hand side of the road to face oncoming traffic
Mrs Wall – Your Move School Champion
Save the Dates……
Fathers Day Stalls Wednesday 25th -Friday 27th August
Disco – Friday 24th September
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