eNews # 4 (2020)

30 Jul 2020


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Principals Update 30 July 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.

Semester 1
It is great to be back safe and sound in the great state of Western Australia after 6 months overseas. I have been very humbled with a warm ‘welcome back’ from staff, children and families. I am most grateful to Mr Dane Franklin doing an outstanding job as Acting Principal for the semester, particularly under COVID-19 conditions.

School Board
Our parent representative bodies have been working hard to ensure our students have the best opportunity to learn at Caralee. Our hard won Independent Public School (IPS) status, thanks to hard work of the School Board, ensured that we were able to recruit Mr Franklin during my absence (this opportunity is not available to non-IPS schools). Similarly, due to increasing student numbers, I am pleased to see many new staff members settling in well.  Again, under IPS staffing conditions, these staff were selected for their expertise that best suits our wonderful context. Our School Board will be looking to engage the school community further in Semester 2.

The P&C is now meeting again and the first meeting set in train some fantastic and exciting fundraising events for the remainder of the year. I look forward to the P&C announcing these and many more exciting initiatives in the near future.

Capital Works
It was very pleasing to see all the major capital works, that we made a bid for and were successful in obtaining, complete or near completion during my absence. These included a transportable classroom, complete resurface of the netball courts, Big Air Fan in the undercover area, paving outside the music/art rooms and new linoleum for all of our early years classes currently being laid.

My thanks to Mr Franklin and Mrs Semple for project managing these significant improvements. Off his own bat, our talented Sam Atkins took it upon himself to engage his student groups to help rejuvenate the tech shed and 0-4 classroom in a fantastic ‘Dreamtime’ ochre colour scheme which looks great. We look forward to future nature play works and improvements with Defence Reserve Support Council providing over $20,000 to Caralee as thanks for letting me go away for 6 months to serve overseas with the Australian Defence Force.

Term 3
At this stage, Phase 4 allows the sports carnival to go ahead on Thursday, 3 September. Given the fluid nature of planning around COVID-19, parents are encouraged to check the term planner online as events return or move dates.
Check out the planner as it stands at https://www.caraleecs.wa.edu.au/page/184/Term-Planner.

Jason Shapcott
Caralee Community School

In Term Swimming (Pre-Primary to Year 6) - Reminder

In Term Swimming is part of Caralee CS's Physical Education program and we encourage every child to attend the full ten lessons.

A reminder that Permission Slips and full amount of $44 is to be paid by Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

In-Term Swimming for Caralee students will be conducted in Weeks 9 & 10 (Monday, 14th September to Friday, 25th September 2020) at LeisureFit Booragoon (City of Melville).

To download a copy of the Swimming Enrolment Form, click here.

Please ensure that your child has all their swimming gear ready - this includes bathers, towel, carry bag (all labelled, please) and goggles if required.

Mr Ryder's Music Class

Caralee students certainly have great opportunities to develop and refine their skills in Mr Ryder's class, and have alot of fun to boot!

Want to see inside the classroom and get a glimpse of the Caralee Community School Band performing 'Steppin' Stone' by The Monkees?

Click on the link below:


2020 Sports Carnival

Please ensure you have access to the Parent CONNECT portal to help stay up to date.  Important information has been issued via CONNECT with regards to the Carnival.

Schedule of races - to assist in planning your attendance, the following races will not run before the times allocated below. 

Year Level : Event Time
Pre-Primary : 9.00 – 9.15
Year 1 : 9.15 – 9.30
Year 2 : 9.30 – 9.45
Year 3 : 9.45 – 10.00
Year 4 : 10.00 – 10.10
Year 5 : 10.10 – 10.20
Year 6 : 10.20 – 10.30
Tabloids : 10.30 onwards

Caralee's Kitchen - Sports Carnival Lunch Order Form




In Art, we have been very busy completing our projects.  

B1 and B2 have taken inspiration from Australian artist, Pete Cromer, and have produced some of their own fabulous watercolour animals. 

B3 and B5 have enjoyed looking at the art work from Australian artist, Anya Brock, and have produced their own style of 'budgie art'. 

C1 have been working on some fabulous folk art and designing their own necklaces. 

C2 are putting their final touches on their Grotti Lotti inspired native flower paintings. 

In D block we are finishing off some fabulous peacock paintings designed on boards...

D1 and D2 are working on a fantastic collage piece inspired by another great Australian artist, Donna Sharam, and D3 and D4 are completing their fabulous portraits inspired by Rebecca Cool

Artists of the Month
Congratulations to the following students who have had their art work selected to be displayed in the office:–
Chanella (D4)
Olivia  A (D4)
Alex N (D3) 

We look forward to showcasing more art work around the school and in upcoming newsletters.



In STEAMEC (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Maths Extension Class), we have been working on coding our new Lego Mindstorm Ev3 robots. 

We are also designing a dance for our robots and were planning to enter into the ROBOCUP.  With COVID-19, however, the future of the competition is not certain, so we are now focusing on producing a 'robotics dance show' to showcase our skills to the school. 

   with Mrs Wain


If you have any unwanted keys and padlocks, latches, old door handles that you no longer need, we would love to take them off your hands. 

Please drop them into the front office or get your child to drop them to the Art room. 

Thank you


Our Kindergarten team welcomes Mrs Pestana back after a year’s leave and we also welcome Mrs Wain to Kindy 1’s Wednesdays.

It is wonderful to see enthusiastic Kindy students back at school after the holidays, displaying their independence and showing us that they are ready to continue to learn at school.

Our indoor and outdoor environment continue to encourage sharing, co-operation, turn-taking, building resilience and problem-solving.

This term, we look forward to exploring the language of fiction and non-fiction texts and will discover that some books have stories inside that give us a lot of pleasure, some books have information and help us when we need to learn facts. Some books help us understand how to follow instructions to make food to eat or art and crafts to create.  We continue to develop our phonological awareness skills through the Cracking the Code program. We are enjoying playing games that are getting us ready to read.

This week we read 'Where Is the Green Sheep?'. Our classroom 'Green Sheep' went missing and we had to use words to describe where he might be hiding, practising our positional language vocabulary. We talked about our favourite colours and revisited sorting items into their colours. We will continue to explore number lines and learn number names, and practise counting and comparing groups of items.

We look forward to another term of awe and wonder.

The Kindy Team

Year 6 Leavers (D2)

We have had an interesting term based on the theme of Cartooning. A student article is included to inform you of what activities we covered.

This term we have focused on Cartooning and have been doing a range of activities and projects. We’ve been writing stories, typing reports but the most magical and fun project has been creating our very own cartoon characters and bringing them to life with modelling clay.

The first step we took was to design an original and creative character. The brief was to make sure it wasn’t similar to other cartoon characters. It also couldn’t be something you can find in everyday life. For instance, if I wanted to create a rabbit, there would have to be an underlying feature to make it unrealistic, so I could make it pink or give it wings.

Your cartoon character could be an object. Everyone made amazing, creative designs that looked awesome. Once we had finished the design we didn’t need Mr. Rajecki to check it, as he would only tell you to restart whilst you were making it or once you had finished it if it didn’t fit the brief. This was called quality control.

The next stage was to start moulding it with the clay. There were lots of colours to choose from. This was the fun but difficult part. It took a while to master the technique but in the end it was easy. After this you could make a second one if you had time. Otherwise you made a name tag using coloured paper.

The final stage was to take a photo. They turned out amazing and you could see the effort in the detail. It was fun to create our own characters and bring them to life.

Marguerite Liddy – Morrow
(Year 6 student, D2)

Re-useday Tuesday Collection Hub

As we begin to slowly recommence our recycling program at Caralee, we will be able to take the following items whilst maintaining COVID safe practices. Re-useday Tuesday Collection Hub
With effect from : Tuesday, 28 July 2020 
Prior to school start : 8.30 to 8.45am

Please queue and maintain physical distancing at each station.  These stations will no longer be manned by student volunteers but simply require you to drop off your pre-sorted items at each point.  Thank you for your patience and support.

- Batteries - drop box provided.

- Bread tags - drop box provided.

- Used pens, markers, empty correction fluid pots - drop box provided.

- Aluminium Coffee Pods (no plastic pods, please; the aluminium is recycled) - drop box provided.

- Colgate Community Garden Challenge 2020 (any brand of used toothpaste tubes, non-electric toothbrushes, floss containers, interdental brushes, electric toothbrush heads) - drop box provided in conjunction with the Caralee Dental Therapy Centre.

L.O.L. Surprise! Recycling Program (all L.O.L Surprise! accessories, display cases and their outer and inner packaging) - drop box provided.

- Plastic drink bottle lids (please see below). Plastic lids on their own are too small for current recycling technology to sort so do not place them loose in the recycling bin but instead bring them to Caralee's collection hub and help us keep plastic recycling in Western Australia.  

 1. Only plastic drink bottle lids (less than 5cm diameter) can be accepted 
 2. Please wash/rinse any liquid or residue from the lid 
 3. Please remove foam insert (foam cannot be recycled with the plastic) 
 4. Please deposit in specific colours 
 5. Any lids not complying will be returned 

These items will be accepted via drop boxes near the Caralee Adminstration Office before school every Tuesday. We ask that you still adhere to physical distancing recommendations when depositing, and thank you for playing your part in reducing our ecological footprint.

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, click on Issue 7, 2021

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 Kitchen Banana Split Day - volunteers needed

Q: Where do bananas go to learn?  
A: Sundae school.

With hundreds and hundreds of orders taken in support of our P&C's latest event, it will be all hands on deck to meet the demands of making so many banana splits.

Please note: Orders have now closed for Banana Split Day.

If you have time to spare, bring a fellow parent and join in the fun of volunteering for this lunchtime special.  You'll be part of a happy 'bunch' in Caralee's Kitchen!

To register your interest, please email Caralee.CS@education.wa.edu.au

The 'Gee Dads' Fathering Project

Caralee CS enjoys many activities with our school family. We have some dedicated dads that have formed their very own special group of CHAMPION DADS!

The Gee-Dads have had a terrific time this year with our Paper Plane Project and Race Around the School 2020 events. Big attendances and fun filled events provided Caralee Dads and their kids great times to share together in the COVID-free latter half of 2020. Here’s to many more!

Thanks to all the Gee-Dads and students who attended our events this year. You made these get-togethers such great successes.

Also, a huge thank you to our Gee-Dads organisers, Grant White and Peter Lochore. Without these guys we would never have got the events off the ground. Sadly, Pete has decided to step away from being one of the Gee-Dads organisers at the end of 2020. For the last two years Pete has been a huge contributor to the Gee-Dads. We will miss him but will see him at Gee-Dads events no doubt. Thanks guys!

Happily, the equally talented Stuart Harrison has stepped up to the mark and will take over Pete’s position as co-organiser. Welcome Stu!

And so…we are planning big for 2021!

Pack your bags and brace yourselves for some serious FUN!

The GEE DADS are heading south in 2021 for their NANGA BUSH CAMP 2021 - for more details, see FLYER.



In 2017, our Champion Dads of Caralee formed a group (renamed the "Gee Dads"), and commenced a program of activities with fellow male parents and father figures within our school.

For more information regarding the program, how it can help you, your child, our school and the wider community, visit https://www.caraleecs.wa.edu.au/page/217/P&C-The-Fathering-Project-(Gee-Dads)-



The Fathering Project





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

Caralee Dental Therapy Centre

Our Caralee students certainly have an advantage having a School Dental Service permanently on site.  Different open hours may apply during school holidays.

Caralee Dental Therapy Centre
This centre will be closed from:
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 to Thu, 27 Jan 2022.

Emergency dental treatment is available at:
Mt Henry Dental Therapy Centre
43 Mt Henry Road, Salter Point
PHONE: (08) 9313 0555

Hours: 8.15am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Caralee Dental Therapy Centre
Dental Health Services
24 Winnacott St, Willagee 6156
Ph: 08 9337 6818

Dental Therapy Centre Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Open 8:00am to 12:30pm, and then 1:00pm to 4:00pm

If the centre is unattended during these hours,
Emergency Dental Treatment is available at
Coolbellup Dental Therapy Centre
15 Waverley Road, Coolbellup 6163
Ph: 08 9337 7256

School Dental Service (SDS)

The School Dental Service (SDS) is a public health programme and provides free general dental care to students who attend a Western Australian Department of Education for recognised school aged children 5 to 16 years, or until the end of Year 11.
he SDS is delivered state wide through fixed and mobile dental therapy centres (DTC) co-located with some schools.

Source: http://www.dental.wa.gov.au/quick-guide-dental-health-services-dhs



Triple P - FREE Positive Parenting Program

A FREE program that teaches practical and effective ways to enhance family relationships and manage common child behaviour issues.

Triple P
gives all parents simple, practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage children's behaviour and prevent problems developing.

Triple P is free for schools and parents.

There are also different groups that parents can attend to support them through various stages of their child’s development. These include introducing solids to babies, strategies to help babies sleep, as well as programs to help support parents to have healthy relationships with children. Click on the following link for more information https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups


Triple P gives parents simple tips to help you manage the big and small problems of family life and build stronger relationships. https://www.triplep-parenting.net.au/au-uken/find-help/triple-p-parenting-in-western-australia/

Community eNoticeboard

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.

Willagee Carols at Carawatha, Sun 19 Dec 2021
4-6pm at Carawatha Park, cnr of Stacey St and Archibald St Willagee.  For more information, visit the Common Church, Perth https://www.thecommonperth.com.au/churchmission

Bottle Top Hill, Sat 8 Jan 2022 (anytime between 8am & 10am)
100% volunteer-run community project aimed at helping raise community awareness on waste avoidance and reclaiming clean/dry plastic drink bottle lids to support schools, artists and industry for a more circular economy. Public drop-off also for bread tags, batteries & printer cartridges. More info https://www.facebook.com/BottleTopHill/

January School Holiday Sewing Classes & Term 1
Come and experience the joy of creative sewing in a relaxed and fun environment.  Explore colour and design while becoming skilled in machine and hand sewing techniques.  For more information, visit Home - Louise Marie Back Sewing Classes

Kardinya Netball Club
Registrations for the 2022 season open in January.  Tuesday night training and Saturday competition: SET, GO & Junior Teams available (players turning 7yo in 2022 and above).  Tuesday night NET Program (players turning 5-6yo in 2022).  For further information, please visit Kardinya Netball Club - Home or email kardinyanetballclub@gmail.com

Kardinya Junior Cricket Club
For girls and boys 5 to 12 years, Alan Edwards Reserve, Kardinya.  Join with friends and play together in an inclusive program for all abilities.  For more information, visit https://www.kardinyajcc.com/

Kardinya Red Sox Ball Club
We are a community based, not for profit club, who are family focused and dedicated to the development of diamond sports in children.  We are based in Kardinya at Morris Buzacott Reserve, but we welcome players from all areas. We might already have some players from your school! For more information, visit https://www.kardinyaredsox.org.au/

Murdoch University After School Program
Murdoch University After School Program in Mathematics and Physical Sciences provides classes three times each week 4:30 – 6:30 pm. We provide classes with physical distancing in place, and our classes begin in the second week of each school term for Physics (Mon), Chemistry (Thu) and Maths (Fri).  Please email Afterschoolprogram@murdoch.edu.au for more information.  

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:

  • Aged 7-13 years
  • Above a healthy weight

To find out more, click HERE or visit their website Better Health Program

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:

  • the benefits and limitations of parental controls
  • how to set up iOS and Android devices for safety
  • how to set up popular games and apps like YouTube and Roblox for safety
  • using family tech agreements and other parenting strategies to manage online risks
  • how eSafety can help when things go wrong.

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