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
We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our Caralee community.
We are currently taking applications to enrol and offer two Kindy Groups for which you can select your preference.
School Tours (our office is closed during the school holiday period)
Tours of the school are available upon request via our Booking Form, or by telephoning our Administration Office on (08) 9312 4800 and asking to speak with one of our Deputy Principals. Please note: current COVID-19 practices will apply.
For more information about enrolment of your child, visit
School Office / Student Enrolments
For Parents & Guardians
+ Issued by the Department of Education, Western Australia: Early-Learning-Resources
+ 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
Master Mind Australia - January 2022 Jump-Start Program
Tuition for all students entering Year 7 including NAPLAN, transition skills, subject revision and preparation. The January Preparation Program aims to prepare students for Term 1 (2022) before the academic year begins. The classes will revise those important components from the 2021 syllabus that are vital for success in the new year. The program will also preview what students can expect in their courses in 2022. For more info, visit https://www.mastermindaustralia.com.au/
Better Health Program
The WA Department of Health is funding the Better Health Program in the Perth metropolitan region. The ten week program is available to families both face-to-face and online.
The Better Health Program is a free, healthy lifestyle program for families.The program is evidence-based and is developed and delivered by qualified health professionals to support families with making sustainable health changes. Children (and their families) are eligible to participate in the program if they are:
eSafety's Guide to Parental Controls - FREE live webinar
Register for the free webinar, eSafety's guide to parental controls, for parents and carers from the eSafety Commissioner. The webinar will look at how parents and carers can set up devices and apps to help kids and young people stay safe online.
It will cover:
This webinar will include practical tips, demonstrations and advice. To register, visit: esafety.gov.au/parents.
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)
FREE Triple P seminars give you simple, practical strategies to help you raise a happy confident child. For more information, visit https://www.education.wa.edu.au/triple-p.
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