eNews # 1 (2020)

15 May 2020


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eNews - Welcome to your new Newsletter

Welcome to our first attempt at an e-newsletter. We will continue to refine this as we progress throughout the Term and we appreciate any feedback from our newsletter subscribers.

Dear parents and caregivers,

We hope you enjoy our first edition of Caralee's eNews.  This has been made possible due to the latest updates to our school communication platform, and it will allow parents and carers to move easily between articles, save calendar dates onto your mobile device, and increase engagement within our school community.  

Term 2
Hopefully, you would have read the Premier’s announcement and update on Thursday regarding what teaching and learning will look like for the rest of Term 2. If you have any questions about this and what it means for your children, please get in contact with the school. I would like to reflect on what school has been like and acknowledge some efforts that may have gone unnoticed over recent times. Although it has been said before, school wasn’t the same without students and we, as a school, have greatly appreciated your support over the past weeks. 

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge our students whom have settled extremely well back into routines. Their resilience, independence and commitment to learning are, and continue to be, truly remarkable. 

Thanks also to our wonderful parents and community members who have supported the school throughout this time. Hopefully you have felt informed and connected to school as much as possible.

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the amazing staff at Caralee CS. Behind the scenes, with a smile on their faces, they have adapted and adopted new processes seamlessly. The Department of Education Director General, Lisa Rodgers has used the expression ‘Don’t let a good crisis go to waste’ and staff will continue to reflect on what has worked well and what we could have done differently from an operational perspective over the coming weeks.

Dane Franklin
Caralee Community School

Principals Update 15 May 2020

Dear parents and caregivers,

I want to thank you all for your support in what was one of the most unusual starts to a school term we have ever seen. Together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.

Today, the State Government announced changes to education based on a review of current arrangements and updated health advice. 

As of Monday, 18 May 2020 all students are expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home.

This means students are either:
·         at school;
·         have a medical referral to learn from home; or
·         recorded as absent if they do not attend.

Over the last three weeks we have seen 84% of our students across the state return to school, which has been fantastic. At Caralee Community School we have recorded very close to this with more students returning every day. It has been great to see so many smiling faces. 

Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should remain open.  We want to make sure all children get the best education possible, which is why attending school is so important.  We are here to make sure all children are learning and there’s no doubt, schools are the best place for them to learn.

For parents with medical advice that their child should not attend school, we will work with you in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health to support your child’s learning from home. If you feel your child is in this category, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will work together on next steps. 

If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as 'absent' and will not be provided a learning program.

The extra cleaning and hygiene practices implemented at the start of Term 2 will continue and, as part of the physical distancing measures, we will continue to ask parents and caregivers to drop children at the school gate and not enter the school grounds. 

The State Government, in partnership with the Department of Education, will continue to make decisions based on the best health advice. Thank you for your continued support as we move forward. 

If you have any questions please contact the school on 9312 4800.

Kind regards,

Dane Franklin
Caralee Community School

Caralee School App - important notice

Trying to access Caralee's school app?

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER : you must delete the old app before installing the new

The app has moved to a more robust, futureproof platform and will present some new features.

To get access to the new version of Updat-ed you will need to delete your current version of Updat-ed and then download the new. This will ensure that you gain easy access to all the features available to our Caralee families (term planners, absentee line, alerts, eNews, P&C, sport/music/art events, etc - all from the palm of your hand and without the login requests each time).

Please go to the 
App Store or Google Play and search for Updat-ed to download the new app.

If you need assistance, please follow the instructions at https://www.sponsor-ed.com.au/articles/187
Kind regards,
The friendly team at sponsor-ed

P&C at Caralee

The School P&C is a great place for families with students to meet others, and join in a range of community activities. We aim to keep it a friendly, community-oriented atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

Accountant and Auditor required
We are currently seeking an accountant and auditor to oversee and verify our books.  If you can assist with this, please contact our treasurer Meredith Hathaway for more information at Pandc.caraleecs@gmail.com

Uniform shop
The uniform shop is open again – every second Wednesday (assembly days) from 8.15 am  to 8.45 am or order your uniforms online using Quickcliq

Gee Dads Fathering Project
Thank you to all those who came along to our recent event.  We look forward to seeing you all again in Term 4, and welcome newcomers too!

Click on the link for:
P&C - LATEST NEWS and more

Entertainment Book (P&C)

Buy your Membership now and activate it by the end of the year!
Save on your family favourites & support us with 20% of the membership sale coming back to the school.

Have you experienced an Entertainment Membership? 

Purchase your Membership today and support us to reach our fundraising goal for 2020.

Simply order online through our school's order page: www.entbook.com.au/835u08

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Samara Gleed on 0402330138.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  

For more details: click on https://www.entbook.com.au/835u08

Scholastic Book Club

Did you know that just 10 minutes of reading a day will change your child's life?  Grow your child's love of reading with the Scholastic Book Club.  Login to browse the catalogue online.
How Book Club Works

1. Book Club catalogues arrive at school up to twice a term and can usually be found hiding in your child's backpack. 

The latest catalogue is now open - to view, visit https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx

2. Discuss and help your child pick the books they would like to read, then order online via our LOOP website or app.  LOOP orders are linked to your school in an easy, secure online process.  To order, click on Book Club LOOP Login

3. Our school's Book Club Organiser will take care of the rest!  Every order you place earns your school FREE books and learning resources.

4. Your child's order is then delivered to their class, ready to take home and be eagerly read.


Caralee's Virtual Assembly

Our first school assembly for Term 2 was a virtual experience. Thank you to all our students and staff that participated with our first Virtual Assembly from their individual classrooms.

Caralee Choir - Massed Choir Festival

The Caralee Choir is enrolled in the prestigious Massed Choir Festival!  This usually features a large scale performance at the Perth Concert Hall. 
This year the festival has other plans to create a special and memorable performance.

Please find the details to access the Massed Choir Festival website below where you will find our songs to practise at home.


The Password has been provided to students and a note sent home.

For further information, please contact Music Teacher, Mr Matthew Ryder.

Media Statement

WA roadmap for easing Covid-19 restrictions https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-wa-roadmap

The McGowan Government has released a roadmap to carefully ease COVID-19 restrictions.

To find out more, click on the following link https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/05/The-WA-roadmap-for-easing-COVID-19-restrictions.aspx

Melville SHS News

It is time to enrol your child at high school.

All Year 6 students must be enrolled at high school by 3 July 2020. Melville SHS would like your enrolment as soon as possible to help with planning.

Below is a link to and online Application for Admission. Please submit this and the documents needed by the end of this term. You can submit the forms online or fill it out and send the required documents in the mail. High School enrolments are due by the last week of this term. 

The Application for Enrolment is HERE

Specialist Programs
The exam and applications for Specialist Programs have been delayed. Students in Years 5 and 6 are welcome to apply now. Applications close on 17 June and the test will be on Saturday 20 June.

Programs are: Aviation | Graphic Design Media | Netball | Academic Extension Program | Music in Focus

More information on and an application for programs are HERE

School Tours
There are school tours if families would like to see what high school is all about. Please ring Administration on 6274 1300.

Tour Dates:       9am Wednesday June 10

                        9am Wednesday June 17

                        9am Wednesday August 12

                        9am Wednesday September 9


MSHS logoFor more information, contact Kate Main at Melville Senior High School
Tel: 6274 1360 or visit their websitehttp://www.melville.wa.edu.au/




Building on Strength in Uncertain Times: In this Together

These messages are relevant to all school communities and highlight the 2020 National Reconciliation Week theme which resonates at this time as it reminds us - whether in a crisis or in reconciliation - we are all "in this together".


RECONCILIATION is about a way to come together as one people.

This is a time to look at history in Australia of the indigenous peoples, and acknowledge what was done to them and the wrongs that were made.

It is also a time to make positive changes so that the indigenous children can see that we are acknowleging the history and are also moving forward on this to make it better for them and all in Australia.

Caralee Community School, together with the Fremantle Language Development Centre, acknowledge both Sorry Day (26 May) and Reconciliation Week (27 May to 03 Jun).

Resources and activity packs for small children will be available from our Administration Office.

We also encourage you to view the video link below.

Titled Building On Strength in Uncertain Times: In this together, the video provides relatable and culturally responsive information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, parents and community members about these challenging times from both a system-level and Aboriginal perspective.  

The video is narrated by the Department’s Elders in Residence and senior Aboriginal staff.  You can view the video HERE.

 National Reconciliation Week 2020: 27 May – 3 June

The theme for #NRW2020 – In this together – is now resonating in ways we could not have foreseen when we announced it last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether. https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/


eSafety for Parents

Resources to help you and your child have safe experiences online. The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety.

You will find a wide range of resources and guides to assist you and your family by visiting their site at https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents