eNews # 8 (2020)

26 November 2020


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Principals Update 26 November 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.

Hello Everyone

We are now well over halfway through Term 4 with all the fun of end-of-year events to come. We have been fortunate that, due to our moderate size as a school, very few events have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. This remains the case for our end-of-year celebrations but of course some adjustments are required to ensure that we comply with the State Government’s Phase 4 social distancing requirements for adults.

Year 6 Graduation & School Awards Assembly
One of these events that require adjustment is the Year 6 Graduation & School Awards Assembly. The event is in the last week of school and will be strictly by ‘invitation only’ for two attendees per child graduating or receiving an award.  Fortunately, the Year 6 Lunch will go ahead as planned so the children will have a chance to enjoy themselves at Thompkins on Swan after the Graduation.

Staff Professional Learning
Our teachers recently participated in Talk for Writing professional learning at the beginning of Week 6.  I’d like to thank our community for working with the extra Pupil Free Day for Term 4 that was granted by the Department of Education due to COVID-19 interrupting the planned day in Term 2. Staff really enjoyed the quality professional learning provided by Dyslexia-Speld Foundation trainers. The commitment to this program is significant and I am pleased to announce Janine Wain has won a merit process to be a Deputy Principal two days a week in 2021 to lead and support teachers with the implementation of TfW strategies in classrooms.  Congratulations, Janine.

School Board
Our School Board will be meeting in Week 9 to consider many important items including our 2021 budget, progress against our Business Plan, extended lunch proposal and a proposal for a crossing guard outside the school on Winnacott St.  Our School Board Chair, Amanda Buisman, has been busy working with Police and the Melville City Council after the initial surveys by P&C parents which have been checked by Police. Things are looking promising, so hopefully some good news soon for a crossing guard.  Road safety around the school is a priority and the School Board is also seeking improvement works on the corner of Winnacott Street and Drury Street due to parking on the corner.  The school has made improvements on land considered DoE property, which includes bollards and signage to prevent parents parking in the one-way driveway to the carpark off Winnacott Street (see picture).  Please observe the rules for the safety of our children.

The ‘No Standing’ sign may be notable in the picture as is my Movember moustache. November has been a great opportunity to revisit this relic of the 70’s as I recently had a week of Defence Service and the opportunity to grow it in preparation for Movember.  It is a great cause that contributes to Men’s Health and you can donate if interested on their website https://au.movember.com.  The children certainly find it funny which has made it worth it.

Have a great remainder of the term as we head towards the end of the year.

Jason Shapcott
Caralee Community School

Updat-Ed App

A message from our app provider, Sponsor-Ed Group.

Hi Caralee Community School Families,

A few months back we upgraded our app to include more features for our users, such as an upgraded calendar and a better interface, along with a raft of upgrades for our app administrators. With the upgrade, there have been a few subscribers that have experienced some issues. To help address this and provide some genral tips on how to get the most out of the app, please see the information below - and further down, please also view the video.

If you're a first-time user, you can download the Updat-ed app:

Go to the app store and search for Updat-ed by sponsor-ed (click on images below to be directed to the relevant store)

Please watch the video at the bottom of this page for a guide on how to use the app.

If you already have Updat-ed app on your phone:
1:  If you have the Updat-ed app on your phone, please open it and ensure that you can see the school logo and cover image.  See below for what it should look like:

  If you click on ALERTS and have a series of alerts (some quite old) you can either SWIPE LEFT to delete the old events or SWIPE RIGHT to mark them as read.  When they have been marked as read or deleted, the unread message indicator will disappear.



3:  If you click on ALERTS and get the below message it just means that your school has not yet sent you a notification since the server upgrade.  This message will be replaced with the next alert that your school sends out.


4:  If you see an alert with an information symbol on the right - it means there is more information to the alert, click on the symbol to read the rest of the alert.


We have a short video explaing how to use thea app below:



If you are having issues with the update-ed app, please email helpdesk@sponsor-ed.com.au

Please include your SCHOOL NAME, DEVICE MODEL (eg. iphone 7) and SOFTWARE VERSION on your phone, as well as a brief description of the issues that you are facing.

The Sponsor-ed Group

Upcycling Art Competition - Our dragon has a name!

We are happy to announce that the winning entry for our 'Name the Dragon' Competition is ... SPIKE!  Well done to Ben Maiorana (B3) for nominating the name that won the most votes.

We were also visited by Jared Crowe, Waste Education Officer at the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council at our recent assembly.

SPIKE and its creators were presented with their First Place award prizes of SciTech gift vouchers, Recycle Right reusable bags and an indoor pot plant.

The Upcycling Art Competition was run by the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) that undertakes waste management for Melville, Fremantle and East Fremantle. ‘Recycle Right’ is the SMRC’s education arm, designed to engage and educate students about sustainability, recycling, composting and waste avoidance.

The SMRC and Recycle Right have resumed taking free tours for school groups and residents at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC), the premier recycling and composting facility in WA. The RRRC has a custom-built education centre and specially designed observation decks that enable visitors to see what happens to materials placed in the yellow-topped bin. Each tour is tailored to suit the audience and incorporates interactive activities. A variety of other educational resources are also available. To find out more information about upcoming community tours, or to book a tour of the RRRC for your group, email tours@smrc.com.au

Check out the Recycle Right website or download the Recycle Right app for the A-Z list on recycling household items:

Website: https://recycleright.wa.gov.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RecycleRightWA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recyclerightwa/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJ93M5Rqcfkd0s7OK7z2Dw

National NAIDOC Week 2020

(Source: Dept of Education)
National Aborigines' and Islanders' Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrates the histories, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Participating in NAIDOC Week activities helps us to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal histories, cultures, languages and achievements, and assist in building relationships with Aboriginal students and their local community. 

Caralee CS staff and students were involved in making bracelets, beading, listening to Perth Festival Noongar stories told by local Noongar people as well as showcasing artwork and colouring posters around their classrooms.

More information regarding NAIDOC Week can be found on their website https://www.naidoc.org.au/

Music: Count Us In

This program, now in its 14th year, is Australia’s largest free school music program. It exists to assist teachers in delivering quality classroom music, and celebrates the importance and value of music education in schools.



Where do I start? 

The last few weeks have been extremely busy in the Music department. On 5 November, the school assembled in the undercover area for a nationwide Celebration of Music, Music: Count Us In. The celebration assembly featured a heart-warming performance by the choir, instrumental students and the whole school joining in the live stream to simultaneously sing the 2020 song, You Wont Bring Us Down

Below is a video of the Caralee CS Choir performing Raining on the Rock as part of the Celebration of Music.

On 19 November, the Choir attended the Massed Choir Festival Sing Day at the Perth Concert Hall. The performance showcased all the hard work put in by the talented students and made me incredibly proud.

For the remainder of the term, students will be practising and fine-tuning a display of their skills for the benefit of fellow classmates.  Music is definitely alive at Caralee!

Mr Matthew Ryder
Music Teacher


Students from Years 3 to 6 are taking part in a school football tournament.

We have 76 students participating during recess and lunch times. The competition is played with the upmost respect for each other. All teams showing great responsibility during the games demonstrating good sportsmanship.

In upcoming weeks, we will see the Year 6's taking on an all-star staff team during lunchtime!

Melville SHS Netball Carnival

In Week 4, Miss Garrett took some Year 4's and 5's to Melville SHS to participate in a netball tournament organised, coached and umpired by the students in the Year 9 Specialist Netball Program.

Our Caralee students had a fun day playing netball against other local schools. One of our teams was undefeated and won the trophy in their division.

Well done!

Miss Tamisha Garrett
Teacher (D1)


Melville SHS Transition Day

Year 6 students who are not yet enrolled at Melville Senior High School for 2021 are encouraged to organise their enrolment as soon as possible to avoid missing out on Transition Day.
Year 6 students from Caralee CS who are enrolled at Melville Senior High School for 2021 will be attending their TRANSITION DAY on Friday, 27 November 2020 commencing at 8.30am (save this event to my calendar).

Transition Day will include:
- Welcome assembly
- Tour of the school
- Overview of the school's policies and procedures
- Sample learning area activities
- Introduction to some of the 2021 teachers
- Fun activities and opportunities

Those who are enrolled are asked to bring to:
- Hat
- Sunscreen
- Drink bottle
- Pen
- Packed recess & lunch or money to purchase from canteen if preferred
- CCS students must wear their Caralee uniform

Should you wish to discuss anything about Transition Day, or your child is unable to attend, please contact Melville SHS on (08) 6274 1300.

Proud to be a Waterwise School

Caralee Community School is proud to be a Waterwise School since 2011.

Climate change directly affects the availability of water. We all have a role to play to protect it and to adapt the way we use water.

Learn about the many ways you can save water in your home and garden along with finding waterwise plants, a range of specialists and products that can help you.

(Source: https://www.watercorporation.com.au/Waterwise)

Saving water in the garden
"We use over 40% of our water in the garden.  Find out how to reduce your water use outdoors while keeping your garden looking great".

To find out more, click on GARDENING ADVICE

P&C at Caralee

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. 

Would you like to be on the FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE in 2021?
Please contact us via email with any fundraising ideas and more information in 2021 Pandc.caraleecs@gmail.com

Gee Dads
Pack your bags and brace yourself for some serious FUN!  For more information, click HERE.

Pharmacy 777 Willagee - Join our Community Spirit Program

Create a client account at Pharmacy 777 Willagee, nominate Caralee P&C as your program recipient and for every transaction you make, part proceeds from every dollar will be given back to the Caralee P&C.  For more information, click HERE.

Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop is open every second Wednesday (assembly days) from 8.15 am  to 8.45 am or order your uniforms online using Quickcliq.  Be prepared for 2021 and get your pre-orders completed in readiness for next year!

(Click HERE to save this event to your calendar). 

Click on the link for:
P&C - LATEST NEWS and more

Gee Dads 'Race Around the School'

In the tradition of “Race Around the World”, the Gee-Dads invite Caralee dads and their kids to be part of our “Race Around the School” – our final Gee-Dads event for 2020.

Pairs of kids and their dads (4 to a team) will be given a series of fun tasks to achieve in the Caralee school grounds after school at 5.00pm, Friday 27 November 2020.  (Save this event to my calendar).

Working together, teams will be asked to answer specific questions about what exists in their school in order to determine who becomes Race Champions for 2020.

Get along, meet some other dads and their kids and maybe discover things about your school you never knew!

The Race will conclude with a social get-together on the school grounds with a sausage sizzle.

All members of the school community are more than welcome to participate!

To register your participation please contact Gee-Dads Co-convenor. Drayton Morley.
Email: thegeedads@gmail.com
Mobile: 0400 250 566


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





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