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
TIMETABLE - Please ensure all students are in full uniform
Monday 29 June
Thursday 2 July
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.
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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