eNews # 6 (2020)

17 Sep 2020


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Principals Update 17 September 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 Whadjuk Noongar people and elders past, present and emerging.

Welcome to the last newsletter of Term 3
We are starting to get back to ‘near normal’ as 2020 continues to present some challenges. As usual, there is a lot happening at Caralee including the following:

Family Picnic Days
Thanks to all the parents who attended our Family Picnic on Wednesday, 19 August. The School Board has decided to rotate the days in future to help spread the days that are available. This may help parents with work commitments and allows both Kindy groups to participate. The Term 4 Family Picnic Day will be Week 5, Friday 13 November.

Open Classroom Night Cancelled for 2020
The School Board considered the matter of an Open Night for 2020 which normally occurs in Term 3. Although the carnival went ahead in a ‘COVID Safe’ manner, it was decided to not hold an Open Night for 2020 due to the restrictions involved. Please see the notice on about this on Connect https://connect.det.wa.edu.au/redirect/spc/837529384/announcements?viewNotice=2679602487

As mentioned, the event went ahead with limited restrictions that ensured everyone had a safe and enjoyable day. My sincere thanks to the parents and families that took note of those restrictions and were supportive of the decisions made to reduce the size of gatherings at the start and end of the event. Congratulations to the individual medallion winners and to Red faction as overall winners of the event. We turn our attention to the Cockburn District Interschool Athletics Carnival to be held in Term 4 with training already underway.

Parents and Citizens Association
It was a pleasure to attend the second P&C meeting for the term last week. We are so privileged to have such a great group of parents working hard to provide support to the school and great events for families and children that build such a great community spirit in our school. Check out the Caralee P&C Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Caralee-Community-School-PC-111402403839637/

Capital Works
As part of the West Australian State Government maintenance blitz we continue to see improvements being made around the school. A number of classes, including the music room and library, have been recarpeted. Most, if not all, of the softfall areas in playgrounds around the school will be replaced by the end of Term 4 and work will start soon on the ‘Commando Course’ as I call it given that it was paid for by the Department of Defence for my time away semester one as thanks to the school. In truth, it will be a great nature play extension of our existing area on the oval.

Upcycled Dragon Winner
Finally, great news!  As many parents would know, if they passed the office and saw a large red dragon, that we participated in this year’s Recycle Right ‘Upcycling Art competition’.  Congratulations to our Year 5 students who entered the ‘Upcycled Dragon’ and won the Upper Primary competition.  Many thanks to Janine Wain and Sam Atkins for their support and efforts with the entry.  Well done!!

Jason Shapcott
Caralee Community School

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Last Friday, every student from Year 1 to 6 attended the PBS mid-term reward, which was an excursion to Melville Senior High School’s brand new Performing Arts Centre. We had 100% of students maintain their ‘good standing’ status and 100% of students return their parent permission note.

Walking up the hill together, there was a real sense of excitement and enjoyment from the staff and students and a real sense of community among us all. I personally felt a sense of pride taking the photo below of us all together!

Mr Darron Acott
Deputy Principal

Mr Ryder's Music Class

On Friday, 28  August, Years 1 to 6 from Caralee CS walked up to Melville Senior High School for an afternoon of musical entertainment in the brand new Performing Arts building.

The afternoon began with a performance from our very own Caralee Choir and then proceeded with a number of bands from Melville SHS treating us to some musical delights. It was great to hear so many different styles of music being covered and see a range of different instruments being played. 

I hope everyone had a fantastic time and enjoyed the music.

Next up is the Music: Count Us In Celebration Day and WA Massed Choir Festival Sing Day in Term 4.


Sports Carnival 2020

There was lots of colour and excitement at our recent faction carnival!

Upcycling Art Competition - Winners Announced

Staff and students at Caralee Community School were excited to participate in this year's Recycle Right “2020 Upcycling Art Competition”.

A message from the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council:
The panel of judges were given the difficult task of evaluating a total of 24 amazing art sculpture entries that were sent in from different primary schools in our waste catchment region.

All the entries were judged on their creativity, uniqueness, maximum use of recycled products and ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ message.

The winners of the 2020 Recycle Right ‘Upcycling Art Competition’ have now been announced. 

Lower Primary
FIRST PLACE: ‘The Recycled Octopus’ - Richmond Primary School (Year 1)

Middle Primary
FIRST PLACE: ‘Lantern Fish’ - Richmond Primary School (Year 3)

Upper Primary
FIRST PLACE: ‘Upcycled Dragon’ - Caralee PS (Year 5)

Prizes for the winning groups
- SciTech gift voucher
- Recycle Right reusable bags
- Indoor pot plant

Congratulations to all participants and a very big thank you to MR SAM ATKINS and MRS JANINE WAIN for their award winning efforts in inspiring and co-ordinating this FIRST PRIZE entry!

We had such an amazing response to naming our dragon that we are still reviewing and short-listing all the entries!!  We look forward to revealing its name in Term 4.

For more information to help you recycle in WA, visit https://recycleright.wa.gov.au/

School Photo Day - Special Photos

Following our recent school photography by Kapture, you can now view and order any special photos taken this year.

When visiting https://www.kapture.com.au/event.asp, you will need to enter our school code under the Sports & Event tab to access the gallery – Code: PBFPM2


A quote by author, Mem Fox: “The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.”

We have had enormous fun exploring Mem Fox’s story, The Magic Hat. What sort of animal would YOU turn into if a magic hat landed on YOUR head? We looked at an assortment of hats and talked about what they were made of and when we would wear them. We used the props in the home corner and magically turned our friends into pets. We made wands and decorated magic hats by looking at numbers and putting the correct number of spots onto each hat.

In our Cracking the Code program, we continued to develop our listening skills and learn about sounds in words, linking sounds to the letters we are learning.

We also exercised the small muscles in our hands by cutting pictures, rolling, and cutting playdough, making pictures using our Tap-Taps and squeezing pipettes to suck up water in our water play area.

Our small world area encouraged us to play co-operatively and imaginatively together while coming up with some lovely stories about sharks, mermaids, unicorns, and tea parties (see 'UNICORN by Darcie' below).

Another quote by author, Mem Fox: “You’re not lonely when you’re teaching, you’re not quiet, you’re laughing most of the time, you’re having a wonderful time interacting with young people. It’s the best fun in the world”.

The Kindergarten Team

UNICORN (by Darcie) 01/09/2020
Once upon a time there was a happy unicorn. One magical night the unicorn decided to go on an adventure. She walked and she walked and she walked. Unfortunately, the wind blew in – it blew and it blew and it blew. It blew the unicorn’s horn right off. Luckily, the horn landed behind a tree, so the unicorn picked it up and put it back on her head. The end.

2021 Kindergarten : Welcome to our school community!

We know lives can get very busy and we hope that the following can assist (especially when you simply want to know which are your child's Kindy days!).

KINDY 2021 TERM PLANNERS are readily available via the school app, or from our Caralee website homepage or by clicking HERE.  

CARALEE COMMUNITY incorporates many elements within and outside of the school and includes our P&C-driven Canteen, Uniform Shop and The Gee Dads Fathering Project. 

To find out more, access the relevant tab in our school app or visit our website homepage and search under the dropdown menu - COMMUNITY

Our P&C also administrates the only social media site ('Facebook') associated with the school, and you can follow them to stay in touch with school fund-raising, activities and wider community events HERE

IMMUNISATION laws are now applicable to those starting Kindergarten to better protect your child and the wider community. 

When your child receives their four year vaccinations, please ensure you submit a copy of their Australian Immunisation History Statement to our administration office as soon as possible to be recorded.

OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE.  For more information regarding the school's OSHC provider, follow the link HERE.

COMMUNICATION PORTALS are key elements that help you to stay informed and prepared for upcoming events involving your child. 

It is vital that a clear communication network be established prior to commencing at Caralee. 

Please ensure that you advise our administration staff of any changes to your contact details.  Communication from the school can be conducted via email, CONNECT, UPDAT-ED SCHOOL APP, text, notes home or through our website.

Other resouces to help you prepare for the commencement of your child's school career are available below:

This seven-minute video can support and encourage parents to provide healthy choices for their children.

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!

Still stuck for activity ideas?
Click on the following links for: 
City of Melville
Discover some early reading fun. Free for all City of Melville library members at: melvillecity.com.au/eresources


Caralee CS has been a WA Certified Crunch&Sip school since March 2008.  

Participating in a daily Crunch&Sip break is a great way for children to drink water and eat an extra serve of vegetables or fruit to support good health and to help learning.

For more ideas and inspiration, healthy tips and information to help prepare your child's food and drink requirements each day, click HERE.

 A message from the Western Australian School Canteen Assoc Inc

'Parents and carers are often called the ‘nutritional gatekeepers’ in the home, meaning that they hold the biggest food influence on the lives of their children and also their partners'.

For some, food preparation can be an onerous task that seems never ending. For useful tips and general ideas that can make the task easier and help you to ensure all the members of your household are receiving the best possible nutrition, click HERE.



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

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





The Landscape Yard

Thank you to The Landscape Yard from Caralee CS in recognition of your generous donation of landscaping materials to our school.

Your contribution is appreciated by staff and students, especially those participating and caring for our school vegetable garden.

(Good to see 'Lochy' keeping a short lead on the Landscape Yard crew ensuring that they stay top dog in the business).

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



Willagee Community Centre & Willagee Library Events

Caralee CS considers itself very lucky to have such a range of community events and facilities close by. The Willagee Community Centre and Willagee Library have some great activities for families during the school term too.

NAIDOC Week Artist Talk
First Nations Artist’s Danni Arnold and Melissa Spillman have their artworks now on display on City of Melville's new fleet of waste trucks.

Image courtesy of Karen Wheatland, SEAGAL MEDIA


"Beacon" Cyber Safety app for Parents

The cyber safety smartphone app for parents called “Beacon” has been developed locally by the Telethon Kids Institute.  Beacon provides trusted and up-to-date information for families to safely navigate the ever-changing online world with their children.

Telethon Kids Institute and Bankwest are proud to deliver Beacon - a cyber safety educational app designed to keep parents and carers up to date with trusted, tailored information, to help keep their kids safe online.

Beacon is designed specifically for parents as a personalised, one-stop-shop for reliable information about the online world. It arms parents and carers with the knowledge they need to confidently help navigate their children’s digital behaviour and reduce harms we know are associated with being online.

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