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20 September 2023


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Principal's Update 09 September 2023

Caralee CS acknowledges the Bibbulmun 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.

By Mr Jason Shapcott, Principal

As many of you are aware, I’ve been at another school for the majority of the term. It was a great professional experience to step away from Caralee and experience another school and community.

We have benefited from some ideas and staff from the other school visited Caralee to look at our Shaping Minds instructional program. My thanks to Mr Moir who was Acting Principal and Ms Longley as Acting Deputy.

Term 3
As we finish another term at Caralee, I want to take a moment to reflect on the various events and activities that have unfolded over the past 10 weeks. While it's been a busy term, it's also important to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of our students, staff, and parents.

P&C Maths Challenge
I want to express my thanks to families who supported the P&C Maths Challenge. Your contributions have helped raise much needed funds for our school through the P&C via a fun challenge that supported our maths program. Thanks, Ms Longley, for putting it all together.

Interschool Cross Country
The Interschool Cross Country event showcased the determination of our students. I commend all participants for their efforts and perseverance and look forward to having a run with everyone over at Winnacott for training in 2024.

Book Week Parade
The Book Week Parade was a delightful celebration of reading and costume. By all reports it was a big success, made all the more fun by our older children joining in. Older still, our teachers and staff always deliver by getting into the Book Week spirit dressed in various themes and costumes.

Massed Choir at the Concert Hall
Attending the Massed Choir performance at the Concert Hall was again a proud moment for me on Wednesday night. Our students performed admirably, and I extend my thanks to Mr Ryder, our dedicated music teacher, for his guidance. Our choir’s reputation, and that of Mr Ryder as a music teacher leader is spreading throughout the community!!

Athletics Carnival
Mr Moir's coordination of the Athletics Carnival was appreciated, and it provided a platform for students to showcase their teamwork and being good sports. It was fantastic to have so many parents enjoy the day and a full wrap is later on in the newsletter.

Term 4
As we prepare for Term 4, it's important to be aware of up and coming events, some of which include:

  • P&C Cyber Safety Workshop Wednesday 11 October- A crucial workshop for parents and guardians to ensure the safety of our students in the digital age.
  • Meerilinga Children’s Week Event Wednesday 24 October – Families and children of Kindy and PP children will be invited to a morning of fun hosted by Meerilinga on our oval.
  • Interschool Athletics Friday 27 October - We'll continue to participate in interschool athletics events, emphasizing the values of sportsmanship and determination.
  • Caralee's Got Talent Friday, 3 November - An opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and creativity.
  • Year 6 End of Year Activities – Year 6’s will head off to camp in Week 7 and we will celebrate the achievements of our graduating students in week 10.

Check out the term planner ONLINE which will be confirmed on the last day of term and children will bring home a paper copy for the fridge.

Have a great break everyone and I look forward to seeing everyone back for the first day of Term 4, Monday 9 October 2023.

Siobhan Micale, Yard Property Real Estate

Siobhan Micale is delighted to be involved with Caralee Community School with a relationship between her and the school that began in 2009. Throughout this time Siobhan has sponsored many school fundraising events over these years including: Caralee’s Got Talent, Cup Race Night, Caralee Colour Run, Caralee Book week, Willagee Christmas Lights Competition, Fundraising for the Nature Playground, Caralee’s Annual Fete, Caralee Quiz Nights and so much more. 

Caralee $500 Referral Program

As Willagee’s longstanding and most active agent, Siobhan Micale works with the wider Willagee community to help support Caralee Community School through her referral program, offering a $500 payment direct to Caralee Community School, to be utilised by the school as they need. For every property listed, and referred by any parent or grandparent who’s child/children or staff currently attend Caralee Community School, and who exclusively use Siobhan to sell their property, a contribution of $500 is donated back to the school after settlement of the property.

Parents of Caralee Community School students may refer friends and relatives, who don’t have children who attend Caralee,  to sell their property with Siobhan Micale and will also receive the $500 referral back to the school, as long as they have referred Siobhan Micale and make her aware of the referral program prior to listing their property with her.

If you would like to help Siobhan to contribute to the $500 Referral Program, please contact her today 0410 085 174.


Enrolments are Due NOW

A NEW Enrolment Form for your child is required when applying for:

  • Kindergarten
  • Pre-Primary
  • Year 7
  • Changing schools
To secure your child's place, make sure that you enrol now - don't delay!

More information is available on the Caralee CS website at https://www.caraleecs.wa.edu.au/page/256

From the Class of B7

By Mrs Dawn Kidd, Pre-Primary Teacher

This week, the Pre-Primary students from B7 have been talking about being helpful.

Everyone came up with ideas about ways to help.  Each child then painted a picture and wrote about being helpful.

Caralee Faction Athletics Carnival

Another wonderful faction carnival season at Caralee!

While we were forced to postpone the Jumps, Throws & Distance Events Day to Thursday, we were able to get through all events on the big schedule over the three days of competition which started with the 800m in the previous week.

Our students were brilliant competitors throughout the days of competition, displaying great levels of competitiveness and sportsmanship. It was fantastic to see such a massive turn out of parents and community members in attendance at the Athletics Carnival on Friday, which only added to the great atmosphere throughout the day.  

I would personally like to acknowledge the staff for their effort and participation, both in the lead up to and during at the carnival. A big thank you must also go to all the parent helpers that assisted on the Thursday and Friday: Brooke Lassig, Carmen Williams, Les Fong, Bianca Bates, Cheralee Lewis, Daryl Hunt, Nicola Lamb, Maha White, Jo Elatam, Leonie Fabbris and Ellen Gulin.

A big congratulations to Gold faction for taking out BOTH the Team Games and Overall Shields this year!

Some of our students will be advised of their selection in to the CDSSA inter-school athletics team over the next couple of weeks. The CDSSA carnivals will be held in Week 3, Term 4 at Santich Park, Lake Coogee on the following dates:

  • CDSSA Jumps, Throws & Distance Events– Tuesday, 24th October (pm)
  • CDSSA Track, Relay & Team Events – Friday, 27th October

Caralee Choir & Band

By Mr Matt Ryder, Music Teacher

It is with great pride that I write my Term 3 wrap.

Caralee Choir
The Choir closed out Term 3 with a bang!

After weeks of dedicated practice and rehearsing, the Choir put on a spectacular performance at the Perth Concert Hall with their Massed Choir Festival performance.

Caralee shone with numerous individual accolades;

  • Anna Cousins and April Vernon had their artwork featured as the cover artwork on the programs and teacher music books;
  • Emma Leon had her artwork featured as part of the display in the song 'Nothing Could Stop It';
  • Delilah Austen sang an outstanding solo in the song ‘To Be Kind’.

The entire Massed Choir Festival concert was an outstanding spectacle and one our students, parents and staff will remember for many years to come. All members of the Choir were marvellous representatives of Caralee, putting on an excellent performance.

One highlight from the concert was the Choir’s rendition of the song, 'Flashdance', where all of the students put on neon headbands and stunned the audience with their syncronised choreography.

Well done to the exceptional Choir students for all their efforts!

Caralee Band
Congratulations to the band who have been working hard in the background, rehearsing fortnightly on a Wednesday morning. They all put on a fantastic performance for the Caralee community at our annual Open Night. Well done to all of those fantastic musicians involved.

I am so impressed with the hard work and dedication coming out of the music department at Caralee!

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about instrumental music at our school next year.

Dates to Note

  • Friday, 3 October 2023 - Caralee's Got Talent
  • Wednesday, 29 November 2023 - Music Assembly
  • Wednesday, 6 December 2023 - Melville Senior High School Performance
  • Friday, 1 December 2023

Book Week 2023

By Ms Callie Hagdorn, Librarian

The Children's Book Council of Australia runs a competition annually to encourage young authors and illustrators' creativity. 

This year, I am so proud to say that two of our Caralee students, Anna Brown and Matilda Hall, together wrote a short story called 'Scout's Journey' that was read and considered by the judges!

What an incredible initiative by these two creatives. The book, with its surprising twist, will be available for borrowing from our new Local Authors shelf in Term 4.

Matilda and I (Anna) made a book called 'Scouts Journey' for the Make Your Own Storybook Competition.

Matilda did the illustrations, and I wrote the story.  Our book is about a thirteen-year-old boy called Kyle, who loves playing video games.  When his Mum enrols him into Boy Scouts, he goes on an overnight survival trip where danger strikes.

Anna Brown (Year 5, D4)

P&C Update

Cyber Talk - Date Correction - WEDNESDAY 11 October


The Cyber Talk with Paul Litherland from Surf Online Safe is on this Wednesday in the Staff Room from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm. 


If you have not attended it is VERY enlightening and a MUST for anyone who's kids are playing online games or getting ready for highschool.


To register your attendance, please send an e-mail to caralee.pandc@gmail.com and let us know how many people will be attending.


Referendum Day Sausage Sizzle


The P&C will be hosting a sausage sizzle on Saturday 14 October at the school for Referendum Day. We are seeking volunteers to help out on the day. The shifts are for only for an hour. If you can assist, head to volunteersignup.org/4JHH7 to choose your time.


Remember to let family & friends know to head to Caralee to vote and grab their sausage sizzle or egg & bacon roll.


The FLDC will also have a cake stall so you can pick up some morning or afternoon tea!




There have been a couple of changes to the Canteen Menu for Term 4 which is attached for you.


NEW Recess item: 1/2 Jaffle - choose from baked beans or apple & cinnamon - $2.50 - easy to grab and go!


Super Tuesday Special 10th October: Nachos

Caralee Dental Therapy Centre

Our Caralee students certainly have an advantage having a School Dental Therapy Clinic (DTC) permanently on site.  

Different open hours apply during school holidays.  Emergency Dental Treatment is still available within our region.

Caralee Dental Therapy Centre


After Hours Emergency
The School Dental Service does not provide after hours emergency treatment.

Please contact your local private dental practitioner or, if eligible, the after hours emergency service on 1800 098 818.

Parents/Carers are reminded that they must accompany their child when attending an appointment at the Caralee DTC; the exemption being if prior arrangements have already been made with the clinic.

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


Dental Therapy Centre Hours
Monday to Friday
Open 8:00am to 12:30pm, 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

For more information, visit https://www.dental.wa.gov.au/



Community e-Noticeboard

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.

City of Melville - What's On Around Town
Check out things to do with the whole family around Willagee and around your city at https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/events/whats-on
You can also keep up-to-date on topics that interest you city-wide by subsribing to our eNews HERE.

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

Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre (PLEEC)
We offer a number of school excursion programs and school holiday programs to help teach about environmental issues and sustainable living. We also provide a variety of workshops, events and resources to encourage environmental education outside of the classroom. To find out more, visit Things to do at Piney Lakes

Things to do at your local Willagee Community Centre
Willagee Community Centre hosts several ongoing programs and groups where you can meet others in your community and learn new skills.  For more, visit https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/community-centres/willagee-community-centre

The Common Church - Christmas Lunch - All Welcome
Please join us for fun, food and connection at the Willagee Community Christmas Lunch at the Willagee Community Centre Monday, 25 December 2023, 12pm to 3pm. Sponsored by Project Robin Hood. Please RSVP hello@thecommon.church

Art Box - Birak 2023/24 edition
Get creative at home with a new ART BOX delivered just in time for the December school holidays! Unlock your imagination as you and your little art lover unpack a new box of fun and engaging activities created by WA artists. Delivered to street addresses within the City of Melville and the City of Cockburn. For more info, visit ART BOX - BIRAK 2023/24 edition Tickets | Eventbrite

Creative Kids Art Club
Come and join us for exciting art classes! Kids after school art classes are taught by qualified and experienced specialist art teachers for children 5-14 years, available at Willagee, Mount Pleasant & Riverton. Visit the website for more details and to book Creative Kids Art Club

Fremantle College - Gifted & Talented Applications NOW OPEN
Applications for the Year 7 2025 Gifted and Talented intake are now open.  Fremantle College offer an engaging and intellectually stimulating Gifted and Talented program. To find out more and/or apply, go to: https://fremantlecollege.wa.edu.au/programs/gifted-talented-program/ or call us on 9338 8900 and speak with Ms Susan Fahey, our Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

Penrhos College - Scholarship Opportunities for 2025
Whether students possess academic prowess, musical or creative talent, or are facing financial barriers, a range of scholarships to study at Penrhos College in 2025 are now available, including a NEW Red Dragon Impact Scholarship that offers an incredible 95% remission of tuition. Applications close on Friday, 26 January 2024. For more information, visit https://www.penrhos.wa.edu.au/

Seton Catholic College - 2024 Tour Dates
As Seton Catholic College processes enrolments two years prior to entry in Year 7, the 2024 College Tours will be of most interest to families with students who will be in Year 4 and 5 next year. If these families submit enrolment applications later that 2024, it may significantly disadvantage their enrolment prospects. Please note we have reached capacity for students entering Year 7 in 2024 and 2025 already. Any further applications for these years will be placed in a wait pool and admission will be dependent on availability and processed, as all applications are, according to the Catholic Education Western Australia Enrolment Policy

MathsOnline - Your Online Maths Tutor
MathsOnline is the perfect online maths program for families. Covering Kindergarten though to Year 12, MathsOnline consists of over 1,400 video tutorials and 50,000 interactive questions. MathsOnline helps guide your children lesson by lesson allowing them to pause, rewind and repeat all or part of any video tutorial until they fully understand it. Start your MathsOnline FREE trial today at https://www.mathsonline.com.au/free-trial

Master Mind Australia - Tuition for all students entering Year 7
The January Jump Start Program aims to prepare students for Term 1 (2024) before the academic year begins (15 to 20 January 2024). The classes will revise those important components from the 2023 syllabus that are vital for success in the new year. The program will also preview what students can expect in their courses in 2024. For more info: https://www.mastermindaustralia.com.au/

Calming Minds - Changing one mind at a time!
Addressing children’s wellbeing through Movement | Mindfulness | Meditation with our Calming Minds: ‘8 Week Movement, Mindfulness & Meditation Programme’ - a creative & fun way to empower your child to manage their stress, anxiety and everyday life. 1 HOUR per week for 8 WEEKS, starting Week 2 of Term 4. Venue: Meerilinga Hilton, 85 Rennie Crescent, South Hilton Cost: $25 per session. For more info, visit 8-Week Mindful Meditation Programme (calmingminds.com.au)

Kardinya Netball Club - 2024 Registrations Open January
OPEN DAY - Sat, 3 February 2024 (includes registration assistance, payment plans & uniform ordering). Morris Buzzacott Netball Courts: 9.00am-11.30am. Tuesday night training & Saturday competition: SET, GO & Junior Teams available (players turning 7 in 2024 & above) + Tuesday night NET Program (players turning 5 or 6 in 2024). For further information, please visit Kardinya Netball Club - Home or email: kardinyanetballclub@gmail.com

Grasshopper Soccer (Ages 2-12) 

We are a community-based Australian soccer organisation that aims to teach children aged 2-12 the basics of playing soccer in a fun, social and non-competitive environment. For more info, visit https://grasshoppersoccer.com.au/#about

Palmyra-Bicton Little Athletics Club 
Professional help to improve running style, abilities and athletics skills * Gain confidence for school and Interschool sporting events * It's fun for all levels of abilities focusing on personal performance * Meet new friends from other local schools * Opportunities to compete in state competitions if they wish to * For kids aged between 6-17 years old. Want to find out more? Give it a go with 2 FREE Training Sessions. Select 'Clubs' PB at Melville Roar Athletics Club - Home of Melville Athletics Club & Melville Little Athletics Centre

The Dance Collective (TDC) 
Opposite the school on Winnacott Street is The Dance Collective Dance Studio offering dance classes for kids, teens & adults in hip hop, jazz, ballet, comtemporary, lyrical, acro dance and breaking.  To find out more, call 0448 788 346 or visit https://www.thedancecollective.com.au/

Nuline Dance - Fremantle
Nuline Dance has run daytime classes for adults at the Hilton Community Centre in Paget Street since 2015. We are running a Term 3 promotion for mums and dads who have children at local primary schools including Pop, Celtic, Latin, Country & more! Dance in Lines - No Partners. For more info, contact Sue M: 0448 404 009, sueh@nulinedance.com or visit Nuline Dance - Fremantle | Hilton (nulinefreo.org)

Violin Lessons in Willagee
Experienced violin teacher offering private lessons for all ages & levels at her Willagee home studio and only a couple of minutes away from the school! To find out more, visit www.marlenecrone.com

Adult & Children's Creative Sewing Classes 
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. Bookings now open! Home - Louise Marie Back Sewing Classes

Creative Kids Art Club
Come join us and have fun creating! After school art classes, 8 week term, all materials proivded. Holiday Workshops and Art Parties for kids from 4 to 14 years. Ph 0476 149 696 or visit the website for more infomraiton or to book! https://creativekidsartclub.com.au/

Perth Goju Karate - Beginners program starting now
Build self-confidence, karate skill, respect and self-defence with an emphasis on fun and friendship.  New classes near you - four weeks free! all classes run after school https://perthgojukarate.wordpress.com/ or phone 0402 830 402.

Heroes Academy
Heroes Academy is hosting a FREE no strings attached Mega Play Date for Primary School Aged children with additional needs (and their siblings) from within the community on Saturday 7th October, Nations Church, Myaree.  We offer 1:1 support to students from a team of skilled volunteers. Families can apply at www.heroesacademy.com.au

South West Metropolitan Parenting Service 
Courses, workshops and community network for parents & carers of children aged pre-birth to 18 years old.  Term 3 2023 program HERE.

Better Health Program
Encourage your child and family to establish healthy eating and physical activity habits, for free!  Better Health Program provides you with guidance, resources and solutions to help your family lead a healthier lifestyle.  For more, visit Home - 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 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.