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25 Jun 2020


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Principals Update 25 June 2020

Caralee CS acknowledges the Beeliar people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the school stands today, and pays its respects to the Noongar people and elders past, present and emerging.

Welcome to the final E-newsletter for Semester 1, 2020.

Phase 4 Restrictions
On 22 June, the WA Government announced further easing of restrictions. As a school we will be removing the barriers and signage at the gates from Monday, 29 June, and parents and caregivers are welcome to drop off and pick up your children at their classroom.

Parents are encouraged to continue, if they wish, with dropping children at the gate. As a school, and it has been widely reported across the State, we have noticed the increased independence and morning engagement levels of our students this Term. To assist this to continue, we are giving parents the option to keep existing arrangements if they work for your children. Gates will still have a staff member present next week.

If you would like to speak with your child’s teacher, we would encourage you to make an appointment at an agreed time after school. This will also assist with the smooth morning transitions.

Gate entries to the school will remain the same and these will be open for 8:30am in the morning and by 2:45pm in the afternoon (2:20pm on Tuesdays).

Parents and community members are reminded that physical distancing requirements of 2 square metres apply while on school grounds.

Canteen orders will continue to be taken from the Front Office for the remainder of the term, with on-line orders via Quickcliq proving to be increasingly popular.

Our last assembly will be a virtual assembly for students and we will welcome back parents (along with class items) next term.

Reporting to Parents
Reports will be distributed via Connect on Wednesday, 1 July. If you need to update your details so that you receive reports, please contact the school office. 

More information regarding Connect is available on the school website at https://www.caraleecs.wa.edu.au/page/218/Connect-DET---Step-by-step-guide-for-parents

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
It has proven to be an interesting school semester with regards to COVID-19 and reporting.  Teachers are working hard to ensure student information is up to date in our record keeping system and that students are best supported at school.

Staffing Term 3
In Term 3 we welcome back Mrs Kaye Pestana who had taken leave for the beginning of the year. Mrs Pestana will be taking the Thursday, Friday (and alternate Wednesday) Kindergarten group.

As we welcome back Mrs Pestana, we say good bye to Mrs Nichola Jennings who has been filling this role since the beginning of the year. We thank her for the terrific job she has done in ensuring our learning program in Kindergarten has been an enjoyable experience for our students.

Happiness Appears Community Art Trail
This weekend (Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 of June), the City of Melville will become a walking art gallery with ex-Caralee CS students Mya Hathaway (photography on the Caralee fence, corner Drury Road & Winnacott street) and Nathan Burnby (creating the monsters on the football club rooms) represented.

Please vote on the online map which is open from 8.00 am on Friday, 26 June to 5.00 pm on Sunday 5 July 2020.

Last Newsletter
With Mr Shapcott retuning next term from his overseas service, this will be my last newsletter as Principal of Caralee CS. I would like to thank the entire Caralee CS community for your support and hard work.

It has been a very interesting semester and I 
thank you for welcoming me into your community. Caralee Community School is a terrific school and this is a credit to all of you. Thank you.

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

School Photo Day

Kapture Photography will be visiting Caralee CS soon.  The timetable is as follows.


TIMETABLE - Please ensure all students are in full uniform

Monday 29 June

  • Kindy - B6 (Monday / Tuesday)
  • Kindy - B7
  • PP – B8
  • Sibling photographs will be taken during recess and lunch breaks.
  • D4
  • D3
  • D2
  • Choir - students who are in the choir are required to bring their choir shirt with them to school so that they can change for the photograph session.
  • Faction captains and graduation photos taken.

Thursday 2 July

  • Kindy - B6 (Thursday / Friday)
  • B5
  • B4
  • B3
  • D1
  • C2
  • B1
  • C1
  • B2
  • Sibling photographs will be taken during recess and lunch breaks.

Kindergarten Enrolments 2021

If your child is fours years old by 30 June 2021, you can apply to enrol them in Kindergarten for 2021.

Should you wish to have a tour of the school, please email us at Caralee.CS@education.wa.edu.au, or telephone our Administration Office on (08) 9312 4800 and ask speak to one of our Deputies.  Current Covid-19 procedures will apply.

For more information visit 

On our website, we also provide links to Early Learning Resources issued by the Department of Education, Western Australia

What to expect when your child starts Kindergarten. Hello Kindergarten!

Pre-primary 2021

Is your child turning five years old by 30 June 2021? Every child of Pre-primary age is required to attend school next year and will need to be registered.
You can register your child for Pre-primary 2021 by completing an "Application for Enrolment". 

If your child is currently enrolled in Kindergarten at Caralee, and you plan to continue at this school for Pre-primary, you still need to complete an application to re-enrol.

You can apply for re-enrolment by:
- completing our editable application electronically below, or
- printing and completing this enrolment application by hand

(Editable) Application for Enrolment

If your child is new to Caralee Community School, you can apply by completing a WA Public School Student Enrolment Form available HERE. You can also request a printed copy by calling our office on (08) 9312 4800.

Your completed enrolment application can be emailed to caralee.cs@education.wa.edu.au or returned to our Administration Office in person.

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.

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

Happiness Appears Community Art Trail

'Creative expressions in public space have been lifting spirits world-wide during the COVID-19 pandemic.'  

Happiness Appears is a pop-up community art trail, made by the Melville community, and ex-Caralee students are represented.  Vote for your favourite artwork now!

The Happiness Appears community art trail is happening 27-28 June, providing the opportunity for up to 20 community members, artist/s and groups to be funded with a $500 fee to bring their creative idea into reality within Melville’s neighbourhoods and spread happiness! The community votes for their favourites and the winners receive cash prizes.

We are pleased that ex-Caralee CS students, Mya Hathaway and Nathan Burnby are represented.

Vote for your favourite artwork

Voting is open from 8.00 am on Friday, 26 June to 5.00 pm on Sunday 5 July 2020.

Find your favourite artwork and share it on Instagram #creativemelville #happinessappearsmelville 

The winning artists will receive a first prize of $1,000, second prize of $500 and third prize of $250. Winners announced Tuesday, 7 July 2020.

For more information visit:https://www.melvillecity.com.au/our-city/connect-with-us/melville-talks/engagements/happiness-appears

Through this project, we recognise the importance of connecting with our local spaces, places and each other in creative ways. We are encouraging everyone with ideas to apply, from family teams, friends, community groups, school groups, individuals or groups of artists from hobbyist to professionals.


This term fairy tale characters have been up to mischief in our Kindergarten classrooms. The Old Woman left our kitchen in quite a mess as she chased after the Gingerbread Man she had baked. One week we discovered that someone had eaten porridge, knocked over a chair and slept in a small bed in our Home Corner. Another week, Three Little Pigs took over our Construction Area and attempted to build themselves houses. Recently we made our own bridges to help the Three Billy Goats Gruff cross a river safely and have planted beans to see if we can grow beanstalks as big as Jack’s.

Engaging in fairy tales has introduced us to characters, settings and new vocabulary. We have had opportunities to develop our counting skills and practise writing numbers. We have learned about measurement and the science of cooking, baking and growing plants. Most of all, we have had lots of fun this term.

The Kindy Team

Pre-primary (B4)

This term in English, B4 has been focusing on recounting fairytales. We have also been working hard on the Letters and Sounds program, with many of us starting to write phonetically.

In Mathematics, we have been learning to compare quantities. We are currently learning about Celebrations in HASS. 

Pre-primary (B8)

We have been very busy in Pre–Primary B8 this Term.

We practised daily all letters of the alphabet naming the most common sounds that each letter represents and extending our bank of sight words. We continue to practise writing short sentences and reading decodable texts by using our phonic knowledge. 

In our shared reading sessions, we have enjoyed various stories, such as ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘The Gruffalo’. We practised oral and written recounts. Just recently, we have read ‘How The Birds Got Their Colours’ by Mary Albert and Pamela Lofts. We have written a recount of the story and drawn pictures. We displayed our artistic skills by creating colourful birds using our footprints and decorating our art work with leaves, which we have collected on our school ground.

One of the areas we are practising in mathematics is to count to 20. We had fun creating our very own ‘counting echidnas’, glueing the exact number of matchsticks to make our echidnas complete.

Years 1 / 2 (B5)

As we are nearing the holiday break, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support over the last semester. 

Here’s a brief overview at what we’ve been learning in class.

Writing – our main focus has been narratives and more recently persuasive text. This term I have been encouraging the children to extend their sentences and revise and edit their writing.

Reading – our main focus is decoding words. We also look at comprehension strategies such as making connections, predicting, questioning, monitoring, visualising and summarising.

Phonics – continuing with our Letters and Sounds program.

Number & Algebra - skip counting by 2s, using the commutative property of addition, using the count-on strategy to add one and two digit numbers, subitising quantities.

Measurement & Geometry - using length to measure informal units.

Society and Environment
History – we’ve been learning about toys over time and how toys from the children’s parent’s and grandparent’s childhood have changed from our daily lives.

In class we’ve also been learning about our fortnightly virtue and linking it to our Positive Behaviour Schools matrix.

Digital Technology
We’ve been using various coding sites such as Kodable and Studio Code.

Due to Covid19, assemblies are presented by our admin staff and the children watch them on the interactive white board in the classroom, therefore B5’s assembly will not be held on 1st July.

Wishing you all a safe and happy break.

Warm regards,

Louise Warren & Linda Dunn

Community Noticeboard

We love our community school and feel very privileged to be an integral part of our Willagee community too.  Here you will find links for you and your family to enjoy activities and events close by.

Adult & Children's Creative Sewing Classes - Term 3, 2020
Come and experience the joy of creative sewing. Learn to sew, explore colour and design while becoming skilled in machine and hand sewing techniques in a relaxed and supportive environment. Why not give yourself or your child the life-long gift of learning to sew at Louise Marie Back Sewing Classes http://louisemarieback.com.au/ . For term classes, READ MORE

Free Parenting Seminar - Triple P

The Child and Adolescent Health Service - Community Health, is offering free Triple P Seminar Series in Term 3.  The program is offered to all parents with children between the ages of 3 and 8.  The program will be delivered by experienced child health and school health nurses. READ MORE

Anglicare WA Relationship Education Online
Bringing Up Great Kids.  Join us for an interactive four week program to take some time out to reflect on the very important job of parenting. READ MORE

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-Off - 1 Aug 2020
There are a number of hazardous items in your home which must not go in your waste or recycling bin. Safely dispose of your unwanted household chemicals and hazardous materials for FREE at the Household Hazardous Waste Temporary Collection Day.  READ MORE

E-Waste and Recycling Drop-Off - 6 Sep 2020
City of Melville residents can dispose of their unwanted electronic goods and bulk recyclable items. Recycle unwanted electronic goods, such as computers, printers, T.V's, mobile phones, cardboard, paper, bottles, plastic containers, cans, car and household batteries, and empty aerosols. Residents can also now drop-off their recyclables at the same time.  READ MORE

Why Fathering Matters - 7 Sep 2020
Calling all fathers and father-figures – this session’s for you.
The Fathering Project is here to raise up the role of fathering and inspire men to be the best dads they can be. We’re here to bring dads together in mutual support and mateship.  READ MORE
Don't forget to sign up with our own set of champions - The Gee Dads.  For more information, click HERE.

Piano Lessons in Willagee

Qualified Tutor with WWC clearance.  After school vacancies for piano lessons for leisure and/or exam-based.  Email Rosanne at piano.lessons@aussiebb.com.au.

Get back in the swim with State Swim
At State Swim we offer three different programs; the “Swim and Play” program (Waterbabies and Kindergarten), the “400 Gold” program (4 years and above) and the “Health and Sport” program (squad training) all offer its swimmers unique, quality, innovative lessons delivered by our fully qualified and experienced team members. At State Swim we are constantly striving to ensure our swimming classes cater for how children best learn the skills required to make them stronger, safer swimmers. Small class sizes, hands on instructors who are in the water with swimmers, clear verbal explanations of skills, demonstration of skills either by the instructor or by short skills videos on tablets, and manipulation of swimmers so they can feel the correct way to do a skill, grouped together, maximise a swimmers ability to learn the skills required in their lessons. https://www.stateswim.com.au/

Winnacott Kats Junior Football Club
Registrations are still open for new and returning players kats.org.au

Onelife Martial Arts, Willagee Community Centre
New students welcome. Classes develop focus, drive and discipline promoting fitness and flexibility, confidence and courage. FREE trial!! http://www.perthtkd.com/

RSPCA Animal Welfare Awards - Nominations close 28 Aug 2020
We are looking for your help to find young people, under the age of 18, who have made an outstanding contribution to improving the lives of animals.  It might be through fundraising, volunteering or any number of ways.  There’s also a category for animals that have made a significant impact on their owners or the community. There are 5 categories open for nomination – Animal Award, Humane Award, Youth Award, Community Action Award, Volunteer of the Year Award. https://www.rspcawa.asn.au/about/rspca-awards-program.php

City of Melville - Activities and Events for Children
The City of Melville offers many children's activities and events at a variety of venues.  Find out more at https://www.melvillecity.com.au/our-community/families-children-and-youth/activities-and-events-for-children

City of Melville - What's On
For things to do and events around town, click https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/events/whats-on