Newsletter Term 3 Week 6 2019

Students participate in a variety of learning experiences

Newsletter Week 6 26 September 2019

In the last two weeks, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the staff from Duncraig Primary School, students have participated in a variety of learning experiences. Mr Orzel has put in the extra effort to ensure our students have the opportunity to experience sport at different levels. On Friday 9 August, DPS put in an awesome effort to come second (after a count back!) at the  interschool cross country. Congratulations to Grace from Year 6 who broke the record for her age group!

Last Wednesday the DPS senior netball team had the opportunity to compete against 17 other schools at the State Netball Centre in Jolimont. They won three out of their four games and then went down by one goal in their first final. An awesome effort girls. Special thanks to Mrs Mollett (who also coached the team) and Mrs Denny for transporting the girls to the venue and to the other parents who cheered the girls on. 

Last Monday and Tuesday all students from PP- Year 6 participated in our Scitech incursion. From all accounts it was a big hit! This coming Friday night our school choir will be performing at the One Big Voice concert at Perth RAC Arena. I would like to acknowledge the hard work Mrs Ruscoe has been doing with the school choir in preparation for the One Big Voice concert on Friday night. I had a sneak preview last Thursday and they sounded brilliant!

Last week the Board and P&C both held meetings. Cr Russell Fishwick, Councillor with the City of Joondalup has kindly agreed to join our board to replace Mrs Sophie Dwyer whose term had come to an end. On behalf of the school board and Duncraig community I would like to thank you Sophie for your contributions to our school and welcome Russell onto our board.

May I remind parents and carers, that in the interests of the welfare and safety of our students, the staff car park is not to be used for the dropping off or picking up of students. Thank you for your cooperation with this.          

I look forward to seeing you all at the faction athletics carnival on Friday 6 September. 

Finally, a huge congratulations to Ariana from Year 5 who won 1st prize in the Year 5 category of the WA Geography Association Competition. Pictured below is her entry on “Surburbanisation” and Ariana pictured with the sponsor of the association, Alan May. Looks like we might have a future town planner on our hands!

Have a great fortnight everyone!

Lyn Dawson

Newsletter Term 3 Week 4 2019

Appointed Principal of Duncraig Primary School

Newsletter Term 3 Week 4 2019

I consider it to be a great privilege to have been appointed Principal of Duncraig Primary School.

From the moment I stepped foot in the school I knew that I had made the correct choice in applying for the position. Thank you to the wonderful staff who have welcomed me so warmly into the school.
To those parents I have met out and about before and after school, thank you for your warm welcome too.   I hope to meet a lot more of you in the coming weeks at upcoming school events such as the Room 13 and Room 15 assemblies, Book Fair, Fathers Day Stall, One Big Voice not to mention the Faction and Interschool Athletics Carnivals. 

New Staff

Last week we farewelled Mr Zanatta who went to teach in Milan for two years and Mrs Wylde who is enjoying long service leave for the rest of 2019.  We welcome to Duncraig PS Miss Alice Beedie who will be teaching Year 4 and Mr Regan Marchant who will be teaching Year 5.

Kindergarten 2020

Enrolments for our Kindergarten classes have been finalised. Families are being notified by mail this week.   It would be appreciated if you could return all enrolment papers back to the school  by   Friday 30 August

School Planning

Planning is well underway for the 2020 school year. It would be very much appreciated if you could let the front office know as soon as possible if you DO NOT intend to return to Duncraig Primary School in 2020. 
Families who leave without notifiying the school can have a huge effect on funding (which is based on student numbers) and class structures.

Board and P&C Meetings 

Both the School Board and P&C meetings are being held next Tuesday 20 August. The Board meeting is being held at 7.30am and the P&C meeting at 7.00pm. I look forward to working with both groups to promote Duncraig Primary School

Finally I would just like to let parents/carers know that my door is always open if you need to speak to me about anything. Have a great fortnight everyone.


Lyn Dawson

Every day in every classroom, every child is learning and achieving


Newsletter Term 3 Week 2 2019

Kindergarten Enrolment commencing week 3

Newsletter Term 3 Week 2 Monday 29 July 2019 

Please note Playgroup is on Tuesday and the Kindergarten 2020 transition group is on Wednesday.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Term 3. This term will be a busy one with a variety of events such as the Faction Athletics, Cross Country, Scitech incursion, One Big Voice and much more. To keep you up to date here is a copy of the term planner. 

Staffing changes

We welcome Mrs Lyn Dawson as the new Principal commencing in Week 3. Lyn leaves her role as Principal at  East Hamersley PS where she has been for several years. I will be in the acting Principal position until the commencement of this new appointment and Jenny Cole has stepped into the acting Deputy Principal position.
We also say goodbye to Mathew Zanatta whilst he has won a teaching position in Milan. Miss Alice Beedie will be teaching Room 5 during his absence in 2019. In addition, Mrs Jenny Wylde will be taking long service leave for the remainder of 2019 and we welcome Mr Regan Merchant to Room 6.

Kindy Enrolments

Kindy applications for 2020 are now closed. Eligible students must be turning four years of age between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. All parents will be notified of their enrollment status in the coming weeks.

Kindergarten Transition Program

This week we commence the 3 year old program occurring on Tuesdays.  This will support children and families in their transition to the Duncraig PS community. This program is now in its third year of implementation, something we are very proud of.


We are excited to start the Duncraig PS Playgroup this Wednesday, open to children aged 0-4.  This will provide an exciting opportunity for families and their children to build strong partnerships within the community.


In the last newsletter the process the school followed regarding the inclusion of the school creed was outlined.  Thank you to those community members who offered their feedback about this as requested by the School Board.

The School Creed will be recited for the first time at the next school assembly on Thursday 1 August.

Kind regards
Leah Clegg