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.
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.
Caralee Community School
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.
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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!
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.email@example.com
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!
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Louise Warren & Linda Dunn
Caralee CS joins with 'Blue Trees in the Burbs'.
View our homepage banner at https://www.caraleecs.wa.edu.au/ to see how one Caralee staff member (and students) have got involved. You can too!
The Blue Tree Project began in Western Australia and encourages people to paint a dead tree that needs a ‘blue lease on life’ as a visual reminder to encourage people to talk about mental health, check in with their loved ones and friends, and speak up when battling mental health concerns.
This Mental Health Week, the City of Melville is partnering with the Blue Tree Project and asking everyone to participate in our Blue Trees in the Burbs project by creating your own blue tree and helping to blue-up the City! For more information, visit https://www.melvillecity.com.au/our-city/connect-with-us/melville-talks/engagements/blue-trees-in-the-burbs
eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps
Join one of our webinars for parents and carers, at no cost.
Take a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube
These live webinars explore the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online. All sessions are delivered by our eSafety expert educators (all webinars are listed in AEST). https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents
Kardinya Junior Cricket Club - Open for Registrations
HAVE A BLAST. BE PART OF THE CREW!
Get into Woolworths Cricket Blast. It’s a fun and active program for kids of all abilities – whether it’s your first time with a bat or you’re a backyard cricket star! It’s easy to join a crew and make awesome new friends. Wear the colours of your Big Bash heroes. Parents warm up, you can join in too!
Outdoors, non-contact. Programs and formats for females and males of all ages. See flyer HERE or contact : Phil 0404 800 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Perth Soo Bahk Do, Kardinya Community Centre
Building character, confidence and concentration
At Perth Soo Bahk Do, we believe in building an encouraging, non-competitve and safe community, through engaging traditional Korean martial arts classes, following a world-class curriculum with passionate and certified instructors. Let us help you develop your child in a safe and family-friendly environment with a special kids program (4-7 years) or join our all-round family class. You can find us at the Kardinya Community Hall. TRY TWO CLASSES FREE. For more information, click HERE.
Willagee and Blue Gum Community Centre - Tue 29 Sep (presented by Scitech)
Willagee Community Centre will be hosting our regular School Holiday program at Blue Gum Community Centre for the Sept/Oct 2020 holidays. This is due to the closure of the WCC centre for renovations.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS PRESENTED BY SCITECH flyer available HERE.
Bookings essential: Phone 9364 0848 or email email@example.com
SCITECH Mix & Make Chemistry happens in many different places – let’s journey together and have a go mixing things together and making something new! From the kitchen to the bathroom, students explore what happens when we combine different things, both following a recipe and making up some of their own.
Element of Surprise Show and Workshop
We love learning so much that we have built tools that allow us to extend our senses and discover even more. See the world around you in a whole new light! Together, we’ll use some of the different tools to explore chemistry and reveal unseen properties.
Little Athletics, Melville Athletics Centre - Registrations now open
MLAC is a not-for-profit local sporting organisation that competes at Len Shear Reserve each Saturday morning providing an atmosphere of "Family, Fun & Fitness" for young athletes (aged 5 - to - 16) of all ability levels - to come along and try, to do their best... whilst engaging in important physical activity. “It’s like having a school athletics carnival EVERY Saturday” (quote from multiple families). For more information see flyer HERE. Interested families / parents can look us up on the website or contact the Centre via firstname.lastname@example.org
Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club - Holiday Program
The Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club will be hosting a Junior Sailing Program aimed at 7-12 year olds during the September/October School Holidays. “Tackers 1 – Having Fun” aims to provide children with a fun, safe and affordable way to get into sailing and is designed for participants who wish to have fun and learn the basics of sailing through games on and off the water. Tackers 1 will run from Tuesday, 29 September 2020 to Friday, 2 October 2020 from 8.30am to 1.30pm each day. “Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques” aims to build on the fun participants had in Tackers 1, to progress their sailing skills. Tackers 2 will run from Monday, 5 October 2020 to Friday, 9 October 2020 from 8.30am to 12.30pm each day. For more information please contact Emily on 9386 6437 or email@example.com. To register please click here.
Australian Institute of Theatre Sports, Wembley - Holiday Workshops
We provide young people with the tools to become clear communicators, creative thinkers and confident individuals through our improvisation educational workshops. We are running two school holiday workshops for students during the school holidays. These engaging sessions will give attendees the foundation skills and techniques needed in improvisation performance. For more information, click HERE.
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