Last week was the official launch of the Fathering Project at Duncraig Primary School. This initiative has been driven by Jarrod Holloway with the full support of the P&C. A big thank you to Jarrod for organising the oustanding event with over 30 Dad’s attending. I spoke to the group briefly before leaving them to carry out the rest of the night’s proceedings. The Fathering Project is a great opportunity for Dads to connect and engage in a positive community for the benefit of our children. There is a partnership between the group, the P&C, the School Board and the school where we can all work together to support families. The school also has access to the Family Partnerships Planning Tool which will allow us to:
identify, celebrate and promote what we are doing well, in addition to identifying areas for improvement.
link to evidence-based strategies and comprehensive toolkits to support family relationship-building activities.
provide valuable data and content for the school’s annual reporting.
review the school’s current actions, identify strengths and needs and plan for improvement to strengthen family partnerships with an additional emphasis on fathers
Rory from the Fathering Project facilitated the night along with Jarrod. The group has a couple of leaders committed to the group but Jarrod is looking for more volunteers to assist with leading the group. As the saying goes – “many hands make light work”! A notice will be sent out in the next couple of weeks regarding the group’s first event.
Every Thursday morning you can walk around the school and see our wonderful Buddy Classes initiative in action. Last week Room 2 and 18 were making nature art as part of their NAIDOC Week activities, whilst Rooms 1 and 13 were very intent on improving their mathematical skills through playing games.
This time of the year sees the school administration planning for class structures for 2021 and placement of students into classes. Parents who wish to make a specific request need to email these to me by Friday 20 November. It is extremely important that if your child is NOT returning to Duncraig Primary School in 2021 that the office is notified immediately to assist us in our planning for 2021.
Year 6 STEM classes at Duncraig Senior High School
In Term 4, our Year 6 students have had the opportunity to attend Duncraig Senior High School for STEM classes as a part of their transition to high school. For 4 weeks every Tuesday afternoon the students are exposed to a range of activities in the curriculum areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This has also allowed our students to get accustomed to high school surroundings whilst being engaged in this learning area. They will be attending a full transition to high school day on Tuesday 1 December. I would like to recognise the collaborative relationship we have with the high school that has allowed our students positive experiences and opportunities.
Edu Dance Concerts
These fabulous concerts are happening in Week 9. A Connect notice went out last week with the days and times classes are performing. There will be some cones setting out on the grassed area in front of the netball court for students. I look forward to seeing lots of parents/carers set up their chairs/blanket on the oval for our Edu-Dance concerts.
On Monday we had a wonderful group of students in Years 4- 6 participate in the State Numero Competition held at Mercy College in Girrawheen. Three teams participated in the competition. They were:
Duncraig Dynamos: Luka L, Kade M, Hayley F and James G who finished in 7th position
Duncraig Dragons: Kai S, Jackson B, Campbell S and Sasha A who finished in 6th position
Duncraig Destroyers: Alexis M, Chaise A, Una D and Alex T who finished in 3rd position
Reserves who came along were Christopher M and Mitchell B.
Congratulations to all of you for doing such a fabulous job in representing Duncraig Primary School.
Australian Mathematics Competition
Congratulations to Christopher from Year 4 who was achieved the best result in the school and received a certificate of distinction.
Other students who received certificates of distinction were Alice and Maciek from Year 6 and Sasha and James from Year 4. Well done to all students who participated in this competition. Certificates will be sent home this week.
In the remaining weeks of Term 4 there will be a number of events in the school where we would love to have parents/carers attend. As a school we have had to make decisions about the running of events based on Phase 4 restrictions that are still in place. We have had to make adjustments to the usual plans in order to be able to involve the school community. We have focussed on ensuring events go ahead whilst adhering to the mandated requirements of the Department of Education. Below are the adjustments that have been made for the Edu Dance concerts, Year 6 graduation and PP-Year 5 Awards Assembly. The playgroup has been allowed to resume this term as the number of adults and children who attend meet the 2sq metre restrictions outlined in Phase 4.
This year the Edu Dance concerts will take place on the netball court next to the new undercover area. They will be happening on Monday and Wednesday of Week 9. Details of what classes are performing on what day will be sent out on Connect early next week. The students will be sitting in the undercover area. Parents are invited to attend to watch from the grassed area/oval. Please bring your own fold up chair/rug and find a spot remembering to social distance.
Year 6 Graduation
This year the ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16 December at 9.00am. Invited guests and two members from each Year 6 student’s family will be invited to attend. Due to the 2 square metre restrictions, only the siblings of the Year 6 students from the school will be attending. Parents and students will be attending the parent organised dance social in the evening.
End of Year Class Awards
The Pre-Primary to Year 5 awards will be presented at a separate “Awards Assembly” on Thursday 10 December at 9.00am. The school councillors for 2021 will also be announced at this assembly. Due to the 2 square metre restrictions, only the parents of the 2021 councillors and students receiving awards will be invited to attend.
Kindergarten and Pre-Primary 2021 Orientations
At these events the parents will be invited to attend with socially distancing measures in place.
Public Speaking Showcase
Parents of the selected students will be invited to attend this event adhering to social distancing along with the students from Pre-primary to Year 6. Please contact me should you require any further details about this information.
World Teachers Day
Last Friday we celebrated World Teachers Day. As I say on many occasions the staff at Duncraig Primary School do an outstanding job. We all support one another and appreciate one another’s efforts. The teachers provided the students with some extra fun at the end of the day with a teacher/student dodge ball game. All the teachers and students participating and playing had a great time! Check out the you tube video on the school’s website to see the action!
Finally, a reminder about the Fathering Project launch. We look forward to a great turnout!
Welcome back to school for the final term of 2020.
I would like to thank the school community for their support in what has been such a challenging year so far. Parents/carers are welcome onto the school grounds remembering to adhere to the social distancing rules. Parents/carers are only able to enter the classrooms if they have an organised meeting.
Term 4 is an extremely busy one for our students and teachers with National Quality Standards Verification of our Early Years Program, Edu Dance, Dance Sport, Numero Competition, 1:1 iPad program parent information evening, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary orientation, Year 6 visits to Duncraig SHS, Public Speaking showcase, Year 6 Camp, Year 6 Graduation and PP-Year 5 presentations assembly.
It will be so much more pleasant hosting a lot of these events this year with the installation of our new fan in the undercover area. On behalf of the staff and students I would like to thank the P&C for their generous contribution that has allowed us to make this purchase.
2021 Kindergarten Orientation Meeting
Kindergarten orientation for 2021 Kindy students is being held at Duncraig Primary School on Friday 27 November.The focus of this session is to enable the children to
meet one another and familiarise themselves with the Kindy environment. This will also be an opportunity for teachers to meet parents. Parents will be provided with an orientation pack that provides information about Kindy. Representatives from the Duncraig Primary School P&C will be available to sell uniform stock at a reduced price. This includes shorts and skorts. We look forward to meeting you and your children before the start of an exciting Kindy year.
Term 4 School Development Day
On the first two days of Term 4 all teachers and education assistants participated in professional learning in the Talk for Writing program. Having seen the huge effects this program has on children’s writing and with the analysis of previous years writing data this program will be the whole school approach to the teaching of writing. Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage. Brooke Purdy from Dyslexia SPELD facilitated the two-day learning.
The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
Talk for Writing has had an outstanding impact on schools. Typically, schools have found that children initially double their rate of progress and, where the approach has been applied systematically across a setting, many schools have moved from dire results to outstanding success. Schools already performing well have not only increased attainment, but also enjoyment and engagement.
This approach requires teachers to teach explicitly and will take time for them to perfect the craft but we are looking forward to seeing the “fruits of our labour”. You can access the link below for more information on the program. https://www.talk4writing.com/about/
The Fathering Project
The Fathering Project is a well-established program in many schools that allows for the Dad/father figures in our students lives to get together. It assists dads to form groups that organise fun activities at schools, providing a safe and inclusive environment where fathers can engage with their kids and learn, share and connect with each other. It also provides schools with tools to identify strengths and needs in order to plan improvements in family partnerships. This ties in perfectly with our schools focus on social and emotional wellbeing. Our school is now a member of the Fathering Project. Many thanks to Jarrod Holloway who has taken the lead and organised this through the P&C. With the help of the P&C Jarrod is currently organising the launch of this group at an event (Sausage Sizzle) to be held on Thursday 12 November. Please keep your eye out for notifications via Connect or on the website regarding this upcoming events as well as other events that will take place across the school year to build relationships in our community.
Food Bank Donations
This term in the lead up to Christmas the P&C are organising a food drive for Foodbank WA. A box will be placed near the Canteen to collect non-perishable food donations. The most wanted food items are UHT custard, Christmas pudding, spreads such as jam, vegemite and honey, tea, coffee, canned fish, canned fruit and canned vegetables. Thank you so much in anticipation of your support.
Last term students from years 3 to 6 were given the opportunity to sign up to Duncraig Primary School’s ECO Team. There were many interested students ready to join the team, which was very pleasing. The ECO team’s mission is to minimise waste and work towards a more sustainable future. Some of the jobs the eco team students have signed up for are Kitchen Garden maintenance, soft plastic recycling, compost and worm farm care, educating others and lunchtime clean ups.
The Kitchen Garden has produced some delicious snow peas, and the garden is looking better than ever. The students have collected 6 large bags of soft plastics saved from landfill and this has been recycled with Woolworths and REDcycle. In addition, the team has begun collecting coffee pods, plastic lids, batteries and used stationary. Please bring any of these items in on a Tuesday and Thursday as the ECO team will be collecting these items in the old undercover area in the morning before school. The coffee pods will be taken to and recycled at local Nespresso stores, the plastic lids will be used for teaching and learning programs, batteries will be collected and disposed of by the local council and used stationery will be sent to TerraCycle.
Containers for Change started on the 1st of October and if community members would like to donate the proceeds of their recycling to our school there is a Containers for Change bin in the old undercover area or you can by providing our name ‘DUNCRAIG PRIMARY SCHOOL P&C’ or using our Scheme Code C10295049, at the recycling depot @ 238 Balcatta Road Balcatta or search other locations via https://www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/wa/where-to-return.
During Term 3 Ms Collett reinvigorated the Environmental Program with the implementation of the “ECO Team”. Students have been working in the garden before school and teachers have been using the garden to assist with student learning. The ECO team has begun a new recycling program around the school. Mrs Stewart began her Friday “gardening club” last Friday. With the assistance of Ms Clegg and the team they were very successful in beginning the beautification of the school’s gardens.
During Term 3, we have been studying the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’.
We have learnt the sequence of the story by adding actions and giving an oral recount.
We studied the parts of the narrative including characters, setting and problem, to then make a story map.
We investigated what happens when gingerbread gets wet. It goes soggy and dissolves. The children could then realise this is why the gingerbread man did not want to get wet.
We brainstormed ways that the gingerbread man could cross the river without getting eaten by the wolf or wet in the water. The children came up with the idea of building a raft to solve the problem.
In pairs, they worked to build rafts by planning what materials they would use, drew a design and built a raft collaboratively. Next, they tested it out to see if it would float, then put their gingerbread man in the raft observing if he stayed dry. The children were then able to assess their raft, redesign if needed to make sure their rafts were sea worthy.
As we head into the holidays, it’s hard to believe we have come to the end of another term. The students have been busily engaged in learning throughout the term, involved in a range of activities and events.
Last week 115 Duncraig Primary School competitors had an enjoyable time competing at the Carine District School Sports Association Athletics Carnival. The overall result was outstanding, with Duncraig Primary School finishing second and Poynter Primary School coming in first. What an outstanding achievement for our school.
There were a number of students who won their events with many successful team event places. The teams demonstrated great perseverance as they practised considerably leading up to the event. Of the sixteen events Duncraig won six, finished second in three, third in three and fourth in one. Passball and Leaderball events were a stand out, with some very good relay results also to give Duncraig a fabulous overall result.
Special thanks to the teachers support in training and assisting students leading up to the event and on the day. In addition, thank you to the parents and families who came to support their children and our school. Finally, a great effort by all our enthusiastic competitors who embraced the competition whilst enjoying the day.
Next term, the school will be celebrating Book Week during week two. This will include the Book Fair, open in the library over the week and a dress up day on Thursday 22 October. The theme this year is curious creatures, wild minds. Your child can come dressed in their own creative interpretation of this theme.
Last week a group of parents attended a seminar presented by our school psychologist Alannah Paris and her colleague. Parents learnt key anxiety management skills that they can teach their children. This opportunity was offered following response to parent requests for how to support their children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Further information for parents can be found on the Triple P or Be You link.
Public Speaking Showcase
Next term students from year one to six will have the opportunity to present their speaking and listening skills. We would love your support to assist your child in developing or reciting a poem. Your child’s classroom teacher will share some examples of poems that could be recited or alternatively they may wish to write their own. Further details will be shared via your classroom teacher early next term. Two students per class will be asked to present their poems during the Public Speaking Showcase on 26 Nov.
Term 4 Calendar
Next term will be very busy with many activities and events. Please see our term 4 calendar for some important dates for the diary. A reminder that the first two days are School Development Days where no students are to attend.
I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays and we look forward to seeing your children back on Wednesday 14 October.
On Friday 28 August, Rosie from Waste Wise Schools joined the year 3 students from room 12 and year 6 ECO team members to complete a waste audit. The purpose of this visit was to determine the quality and type of waste that our school produces. In addition, the students learnt about ways we could reduce and reuse waste. We conducted the audit after recess and organised the rubbish from our bins into categories. We then weighed how much rubbish we had in each category and recorded our results. The students noticed that there was a reasonable amount of paper in the bin, but this was mostly made of lunch bags, which shows our efforts to recycle paper is paying off. There were large amounts of food waste including whole pieces of fruit and unopened sandwiches and snacks. The students were amazed that people would throw away their unopened Twisties packets! We discussed how the high amounts of fruit and vegetable scraps can be saved from landfill by using compost or worm bins and our Eco Team are very excited to get working on making that happen. We also recorded a large number of snack wrappers in the bins. The students came up with an idea to reduce this amount by asking their parents to buy snacks in bulk and bringing food in reusable containers. Overall it was a fantastic learning experience and the students who attended have shared their results and ideas with the student Eco Team.
Last Friday we held our annual Faction Carnival. The staff and students have been training all term for the big day! The students had an awesome day and each and every one of them did their best.
Here is a small snapshot of the day.
Huge congratulations to Mr Orzel for his wonderful preparation and organisation of the carnival as the day went off without a hitch! Thanks must also go to all the staff who supported him in before the creating such a fun event for the children. The faction captains below also did an outstanding job on leading by example on the day.
Winning to Green faction were the big winners on the day. Winning faction captains Angeles and Sam were proud leaders and made an inspiring speech thanking others.
Year 6 Graduation and End of Year Class Awards
After considerable discussion amongst staff and with the School Board it has been decided to have the Year 6 graduation ceremony a stand-alone event from 2020. This is a very special time for Year 6 students and their families and as such the event will be focused on celebrating their primary school years whilst wishing them success into their future.
That Graduation ceremony will focus on all the Year 6 students as well as those Year 6 individual students who receive awards. The ceremony itself will have the same format as in previous years. For those Year 6 parents who may want to organise time off for the ceremony it is being held on Wednesday 16 December at 9.00am
The Pre-Primary to Year 5 awards will be presented at a separate “Awards Assembly” on Thursday 10 December at 9.00am. The school councillors for 2021 will also be announced at this assembly. The change will allow the community to celebrate student’s success during a shorter ceremony.
In 2018 the school was successful in receiving a grant to convert a classroom into a science laboratory. Over the term break work will begin on transforming the Art Room into a new science lab. Hopefully the transformation will be completed by around Week 5 in Term 4 (early November).
With approximately $40 000 being poured into this project the school, with the support of the Board, will employ a specialist Science teacher from 2021 with classroom teachers integrating Art into their teaching programs.
As of Friday 18 September I will be taking LSL and returning in Term 4. Ms Leah Clegg will be in the Acting Principal role for that time. I would like to acknowledge the huge efforts that the entire staff of Duncraig have put in this term. I appreciate their efforts and support. I would also like to wish all the students and families a wonderful holiday. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 14 October.
During Week 6 this term, the Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2 students attended a Scitech incursion as part of their Physical Science program. Each class watched a show and attended a workshop where they used toys to investigate pushes and pulls.
Students sent cars down ramps, used streamers to measure, experimented with different shapes and surfaces and some even got to use a hairdryer! A fun and exciting day was had by all!
Room 7 Laila and Harper, Room 6 Wojtek and Emmeline, Room 5 Zak and Leah, Room 4 Isla and Ario, Room 3 Dylan and Cooper, Room 1 Sofia and Kai, Room 2 Leo and Erin, French Isla, Science Oscar, Matty and Ivy
Room 14 Douglas and Olivia, Room 13 Alice and Eddi, Room 16 Giles and Max, Room 11 Ella and Frankie, Room 17 Summer and Cody, Room 12 Emily and Rachael, Room 18 Maisee and Milli, Room 8 Holly, Jack and Taylor