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/
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!!
Caralee Community School
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
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.
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.
FIRST PLACE: ‘The Recycled Octopus’ - Richmond Primary School (Year 1)
FIRST PLACE: ‘Lantern Fish’ - Richmond Primary School (Year 3)
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!
NAME THE DRAGON (IN-HOUSE) COMPETITION
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/
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.
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.
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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.
Our Caralee students certainly have an advantage having a School Dental Service permanently on site. Different open hours may apply during school holidays.
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.
The SDS is delivered state wide through fixed and mobile dental therapy centres (DTC) co-located with some schools.
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.
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