Principal’s Update Week 9, Term 3 2022

Kindy News

This term Kindy C worked together to build a scarecrow for our Kindy veggie patch. We were all so excited to stuff him with hay (thank you for sharing Duncraig PS chooks!) and stand him proudly amongst our beautiful vegetables. We would like to say a big special thank you to Mrs Garie’s partner, Ron, who assisted us by building the frame and donating the jeans!

It has been wonderful to receive positive feedback and comments from the school community as they walk past the Kindy. And, we are pleased to share a noticeable absence of crows in the Kindy area!

Spare Parts Puppets Performance

During Week 7, students from Room 3, 4, 5 and 6 attended a performance and art incursion by Spare Parts Puppet theatre.  The students witnessed a creative and moving mixed-form puppet show called ‘Hachiko’. This performance told the true story of the famous Hachiko, a dog that waited at a train station in Tokyo, Japan every day for 9 years for his master to return.  From there, the students applied their critical and creative thinking skills, as well as their inspiration from the show, to participate in an upcycling puppet making workshop.  This was a rich learning experience for all students who can now apply their newly acquired experience and knowledge to their current studies in art when designing and making 3D figures.

Assembly Superstars

We have had two assemblies in two weeks!

In Week 8, the Year 6 students presented their “Asia Getaway” program, showcasing all their learning from the Asia units in HaSS. Congratulations to all students (and teachers) for persevering with the trials of technology.

This week, Week 9, we were treated by our students at the other end of the school. Congratulations to the Pre-primary students in Room 14, who treated us by showing off their dancing skills and ability to tell the time.

Our Week 9 Students of the Month

Week 8 Merit Certificate winners

Our Week 9 Students of the Month

Science Expo 2022

On Wednesday 14th September, we hosted our inaugural Science Expo. Students from Years 3-6 were invited to enter the expo, researching and celebrating a science invention or a person of science. I was so impressed with all the exhibits. Students had made models, generated QR codes, created online Kahoot quizzes, created timelines and presented their own student-based learning in engaging ways.

Special mention goes to the following students who were awarded a $30 Apple voucher:

  • Year 3 – Emmie Lanoelle: The Elevator
  • Year 4 – Amalyn Dingley: Ocean Clean-up System
  • Year 5 – Georgie Vincent: The History of the Clock
  • Year 6 – Chris Marns & Mitchell Bennett: The Light Bulb

National Public Holiday – Thursday 22 September

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced a public holiday as a national day of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 22 September.

This means that Duncraig Primary School will be closed on this day.

It is important to note that the school term officially ends on Friday 23 September and students are expected to attend school on this day. All previous arrangements for the 23rd remain in place and it will be ‘business as usual.’

I appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience but given the circumstances I appreciate your understanding.

I look forward to welcoming students back in Term 4.

VacSwim swimming lessons

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.

VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. It’s a great school holiday activity that teaches valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Your children can start as young as five years old.

Places are limited, so get in early. Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

Voluntary Contributions

Did you know..?

In 2021 we received 62% Voluntary Contributions paid. This year we are aiming for 80%. It’s not too late to pay!

Your contributions help pay for:

  • Consumable Art & Craft Supplies
  • Hygiene & Medical Supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Classroom Supplies

Contributions are $60 per student. You can pay by direct deposit:

Account Name: Duncraig Primary School, BSB: 016-495, A/C: 340948316, Ref: Family Name

Please contact the office if you would like assistance with this.

Kind regards,

Nicole Borbas

Principal

French News “Restons Branchées”

Languages Week is celebrated in August!

This year Année 6 learnt about the Francophone World, becoming aware that French is spoken in 40+ countries, such a great reason and benefit for our school to be learning French!

The students learnt about the location of these countries, territories and departments.

The students then spent time writing a précis about the French Australian connection that exists between the two countries. French can be a useful asset in such fields as cultural exchanges, scientific collaboration and the promotion of trade ties between France and Australia. Parents were given the opportunity to read their children’s work giving highly favourable feedback about our unique connection with France.

The Year 2 to 5 students had fun learning about the shape of France (it’s a hexagon!) and they were very interested to learn about some fun facts regarding the icons of France. Currently we are just putting finishing touches to our maps designed in class.

We have also had some lovely story books added to our Library Book collection which will be ready for borrowing very soon.

Below you can see some great dialogues and surveys taking place by some Year 3 and 4 students. These were written by the children and here they are exchanging information called “All About Me”.

Happy Book Week, Bonne Fêtes!

Madame Wilderspin.

Principal’s Update Week 6 Term 3 2022

Book Week

Book week is my favourite event of the year! Apart from the dress-ups and extra activities that make up Book Week, it is a great opportunity to revisit our favourite books, imagine amazing worlds and be filled with the wonderment of our students’ ever-expanding ability to read and comprehend texts. I was blown away at this week’s assembly to note that so many of our merit certificate winners were receiving their awards because of their improvement in reading.

We are fortunate to use some amazing programs to promote and build reading skills at Duncraig Primary School. The Literacy Pro program is intended for independent readers, who can challenge themselves with quizzes and activities based on their chosen book.

Reading Eggs is another program the school uses to build reading skills for our Pre-primary to Year 6 students. Both programs are provided and supported by the Duncraig PS P&C. We are very lucky to have them.

Duncraig Eco Warriors

We have new bins!! Our Duncraig Eco Warriors, led by Ms Alex Collett, have been getting hands-on with the rubbish lately; conducting a rubbish audit and finding out the main rubbish culprits. This week, some of our Eco Warriors rolled out the new bins and told us how we should sort our rubbish. The main aim is to reduce the amount of land-fill rubbish. These bins have been provided due to a successful Waste Sorted Schools grant application by Ms Collett.

In addition to our Waste Sorted grant, Mrs Jackson has also been successful in a Keep Australia Beautiful Community Litter Grant, which will partly fund signage, bags, gloves, and posters for our school; reminding everyone how proud we are of our school and how we want it to be beautiful!

Well done to our staff and students!

Faction Carnivals

Next week is Faction Carnival Week! It is a very exciting time for our students as they each endeavour to beat their personal best and demonstrate great teamwork and positive sporting attitudes. It is also the first time we will be competing under our new faction names – Red: Kaarak, Gold: Karda, and Green: Yonga. As voted by our students.

New faction flags are in production, although I fear that they may not be ready in time. Fingers crossed! Here is a sneak peak of our new faction flags. Thank you to our wonderful P&C who are funding these.

Jumps, throws and long-distance events take place on Wednesday, and the main carnival will be held on Friday 2nd September. Keep an eye out for event information and approximate timing for these events.

Apologies!

As much as I know that the Faction Athletics Carnival is an important date on the calendar, I need to put in my apologies as I will not be in the school next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I recognise that this not ideal, and being a new Principal in the school, it is disappointing for me. I look forward to hearing all about it and seeing the photos from both days.

Student RATs

We still have plenty of student RATs available. We have saliva and nasal RATs.  Please call into the office to grab some extras!

Assembly Superstars

Congratulations to our Merit Certificate and Student of the Month recipients this week.

Also, well done to Room 18 students in Year 1, for their assembly performance of their play, “Dreamland”. Everyone looked cosy and comfortable in their PJs!

Merit Certificates 25 AUG 2022

Student of the Month 25 AUG 2022

We were also very lucky to present some special Literacy Pro Awards to some amazing readers. A big thank you to Scholastic for sponsoring these prizes.

VacSwim swimming lessons

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.

VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. It’s a great school holiday activity that teaches valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Your children can start as young as five years old.

Places are limited, so get in early. Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

Voluntary Contributions

Did you know..?

In 2021 we received 62% Voluntary Contributions paid. This year we are aiming for 80%. It’s not too late to pay!

Your contributions help pay for:

  • Consumable Art & Craft Supplies
  • Hygiene & Medical Supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Classroom Supplies

Contributions are $60 per student. You can pay by direct deposit:

Account Name: Duncraig Primary School, BSB: 016-495, A/C: 340948316, Ref: Family Name

Please contact the office if you would like assistance with this.

Kind regards,

Nicole Borbas

Principal

Principal’s Update Week 4 Term 3 2022

Wanjoo Workshop

We kicked off this week with an amazing performance from Gina and Guy. They shared Noongar language, culture and songs with us. It was so heart-warming to hear our children belt out the Wanjoo (Welcome) song with them. Thanks to the parents who came along and shared this experience with us.

 

Interschool Cross Country

Due to the terrible weather over the past week, the interschool cross country event was postponed this Tuesday until next Tuesday 16thAugust. This event is for top finishers from the Faction event in Years 3-6, held in Week 2.

Congratulations to all our students who persevered and put in their personal best in the Faction Cross Country event. There were some impressive finishes and great stamina demonstrated.

The students continue to train with Mr Orzel each morning before school.

Book Week Incursion

Next Wednesday 17th August, we will be participating in a Book Week Incursion. The cost of this is $10 per student. Please ensure your money is paid before this event. It would be great to see every student participating. Of course, National Book Week is actually held the following week from 22nd August. Our English committee is planning a range of activities for the students during this week. Our dress up day is Thursday 25th August, which also correlates with our next assembly, which will be presented by Room 18. The theme for our dress up day is Pyjama Day! This is to match the national theme of Book Week: Dreaming with Eyes Open.

Assembly Superstars

Congratulations to our Merit Certificate recipients this week.
Host class: Room   17 Date: 11 August 2022

Year Room Teacher Recipient
PP 14 Ms Phillips Noah and Juliette
PP 16 Mrs Cowton/Mrs Wass Ella and Layla
1 17 Mrs Calton/Mrs Wass Jack and Charlie
1 18 Mrs Spiers Ethan and Liam
2 13 Mrs Firman Dyllan and Luka
2 10 Mrs Adams Jake and Alisi
2 11 Mrs Cole Reagan and Douglas
2 12 Miss Collett Thomas, Giles and Zavier
3 8 Mrs Orford Max and Zoe
3 7 Mr Miller Maisee and Brianna
3/4 6 Mrs Watkinson/Mrs Wensinger Cameron and Lebron
4 5 Miss Coombes/Mrs Wensinger Matthew and Jessica
4/5 4 Mr Zanatta Charlotte and Levi
5 3 Ms Finnie/Miss Oldroyd Scarlett and Cooper
6 1 Mrs Mosconi Kirra and Milla
6 2 Mrs Jones James and Xanthe
French Madame Wilderspin Joshua and Christopher

Also, well done to Room 17 students in Pre-primary and Year 1, for their assembly performance of Space Jam, and Aliens Love Underpants, a text that they learned in their Talk 4 Writing Program.

A special mention also to Room 13 Year 1 students, who presented their amazing assembly item in Week 2. They were the Animals of the Northern Forest of Duncraig!

School Times

A reminder to all parents that our school start times are:

8.40am – First Bell

8.50am – Commence Learning

On my early morning walks, I have noticed a number of students arriving right on, or just after that second morning bell. I know these cold mornings create a challenge to get out of the house nice and early, however, we like to start our learning straight away – usually the English block of learning. Late arrivals can cause a disruption or delay to learning during this valuable start of the day.

Voluntary Contributions

Did you know..? In 2021 we received 62% Voluntary Contributions paid. This year we are aiming for 80%. It’s not too late to pay!

Your contributions help pay for:

  • Consumable Art & Craft Supplies
  • Hygiene & Medical Supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Classroom Supplies

Contributions are $60 per student. You can pay by direct deposit:

Account Name: Duncraig Primary School

BSB: 016-495

A/C: 340948316

Ref: Family Name

Please contact the office if you would like assistance with this.

Kind regards,

Nicole Borbas
Principal

Principal’s Update – Week 2 Term 3

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope everyone had a great break, or at least enjoyed a break from the daily school morning organisation! We started off the school term with a student free day where staff were involved in data analysis in the morning, followed by parent interviews in the afternoon and into the evening. Thank you to those parents who were able to meet with teachers. If you were unable to meet with your child’s class teacher, please contact them to arrange an alternative time. As always, your feedback on the process is invited.

Kindy Enrolments 2023

Kindy enrolments for 2023 are now closed. We are aiming to send out enrolment confirmation letters from next Tuesday 2ndAugust. In the later half of this term, we will be offering a Transition to Kindy Program for our future, enrolled kindy students.

A reminder to all current Kindy parents; a renewed enrolment needs to be completed for a 2023 Pre-primary placement.

2023 School Structure

It may seem early, however, school structure planning for 2023 is already underway. This planning allows us to determine student numbers, class organisations and the school budget. If you are planning to move away from Duncraig Primary School, please let us know so that we are best placed to predict our student numbers. Likewise, if you are aware of a new family coming to the area or know of others who are considering enrolling at our school, please encourage them to contact us so that we can factor in new enrolments.

Later in the year, once class organisations are final, we will invite parents to submit placement requests based on students’ educational needs.

Minecraft Club

This term, we have commenced a Minecraft Club for students, on Tuesday and Thursday recess times. This club is very popular with the students and they know lots about Minecraft! They are going to teach me a great deal!

Obviously, on those wet days we get quite a few students coming in armed with their iPads and their recess snacks.

Wanjoo Workshop

Our Wanjoo Workshop is now being held on Monday 8th August. Once again, we would like to invite our school community to come along at 9.45am to enjoy this concert. This is a free event, thanks to our wonderful P&C who are covering the cost of this performance.

Faction Cross Country Event

Friday 29th July is our Faction Cross Country event. The event kicks off at 1.40pm and parents are invited to come along and cheer on the students. PP-Year 2 students are encouraged to participate in the event and Years 3-6 students are expected to participate. It has been fabulous seeing so many students training in the mornings. Thank you to Mr O who has been organising the training each Monday-Thursday mornings on the oval.

Assembly Superstars

View the full list of ‘Students of the Month’ recipients

View the full list of Merit Certificates Recipients

Students of the Month
Merit Certificate Recipients

Voluntary Contributions

Did you know..?
In 2021 we received 62% Voluntary Contributions paid. This year we are aiming for 80%. It’s not too late to pay!
Your contributions help pay for:

  • Consumable Art & Craft Supplies
  • Hygiene & Medical Supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Classroom Supplies

Contributions are $60 per student. You can pay by direct deposit:
Account Name: Duncraig Primary School, BSB: 016-495, A/C: 340948316, Ref: Family Name

Please contact the office if you would like assistance with this.

Kind regards,
Nicole Borbas
Principal

Principal’s Update – Term 2 Week10

NAIDOC Week

It has been fabulous seeing the amount of learning students have been engaged in this week, focusing on Aboriginal perspectives as we celebrate NAIDOC Week. It was a shame to cancel our Wanjoo Workshop, scheduled for Monday, however, we will be rescheduling this performance for later in Term 3. More information to follow.

Book Swap Shop

The very successful Book Swap Shop raised over $500 for the Aboriginal Literacy Fund. Thank you to all our wonderful students who donated and bought books last week. Thank you also to Mrs Key, in the library, for instigating this fabulous event.

Assembly Super-stars

At our last assembly of Term 2, Room 3 gave us a lesson in Resilience. Congratulations to the Year 5 students for some well-delivered words about being resilient. Congratulations also to our Merit certificate winners, and Literacy Pro Award winners.

Merit Certificates – Host class: Room 3 Date: Thursday 23 June 2022

Year Room Teacher Recipient
PP 14 Ms Phillips Aria, Anna and Kye
PP 16 Mrs Cowton/Mrs Wass Grace and Emily
1 17 Mrs Calton/Mrs Wass Zola and Rumi
1 18 Mrs Bastock Kyle and Anderson
2 13 Mrs Firman Miguel and Zac
2 10 Mrs Adams Zoe and Alisi
2 11 Mrs Cole Toby and Nevaeh
2 12 Miss Collett Phoebe and Jack
3 8 Mrs Orford Lottie and Kade
3 7 Mr Miller Daniel and Sophia
3/4 6 Mrs Watkinson/Mrs Wensinger Max and Ethan
4 5 Miss Coombes/Mrs Wensinger Scarlett, Noah and Bailey
4/5 4 Mr Zanatta Jack and Maddy
5 3 Ms Finnie Laura and Jack
6 1 Mrs Mosconi Kevin and Anja
6 2 Mrs Jones Alex
French Madame Wilderspin Luis and Matthew

Winter Lightning Carnival

Our Year 6 students, and some Year 5s, spent the day representing our school at the Winter Lightning Carnival today. Congratulations to all students for your sportsmanship and doing your best in Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Netball. Thank you to Mr O for his great sports organisation and to our super coaches on staff – Mrs Jones, Mrs Mosconi and Mrs Moyes; as well as our fabulous parents who volunteered their services to coach, umpire and support our students.

Staffing Semester 2

There are a few minor changes to staffing, commencing next term. We are pleased to welcome back Ms Louise Oldroyd from her Parenting Leave. Ms Oldroyd will be working in Room 3 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Ms Finnie will be remaining in Room 5 for the remainder of the week.

In the Pre-primary area, Mrs Calton will be taking her Long Service Leave on Wednesdays in Semester 2, and Mrs Cowton has changed her day off to Fridays. Mrs Wass will remain with both classes for those changed days.

Mrs Orford will be continuing with a four-day week work fraction, for Semester 2, in Room 8. Mrs Danielle Martin will remain with Room 8, on Fridays, for the remainder of the year.

Finally, we welcome back Mrs Helen Spiers who has been away on sick leave this term. Mrs Spiers is very keen to come back to her Room 18 students. Thank you to Mrs Belinda Bastock, who has been a life saver this term, and has cared for and supported the Room 18 students in Mrs Spiers’ absence.

Student RAT Kits

We still have some boxes of RATs available for students, as we did not have to return them to the Department. Please pop in to collect an extra box if you would like some. These can be collected from the front office.

Voluntary Contributions

Did you know..?

In 2021 we received 62% Voluntary Contributions paid. This year we are aiming for 80%. It’s not too late to pay!

Your contributions help pay for:

  • Consumable Art & Craft Supplies
  • Hygiene & Medical Supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Classroom Supplies

Contributions are $60 per student. You can pay by direct deposit:

Account Name: Duncraig Primary School, BSB: 016-495, A/C: 340948316, Ref: Family Name

Please contact the office if you would like assistance with this.

Finally, Holidays!

Once again, it has been a very busy term. Obvious highlights were the resumption of whole school assemblies and the removal of the mask mandate. However, COVID has continued to make its mark on our school, with many student and staff absences. Thank you to our Duncraig PS families who have supported us and shown understanding during these times. For those parents who get to take holidays, enjoy!! For those who will be continuing on with work, please enjoy the lack of organisation required for the daily uniform, lunches and wake-ups!

If you get a chance, check out the Van Gogh Alive Exhibition at the Supreme Court Gardens. Zoe from Room 10 checked it out the other week on Madame Wilderspin’s recommendation.

From the French Room “Restons Branchées”

Bonjour!

Thankyou to all the parents who have recently viewed and responded to their children’s work samples that we sent home from Yr 2 and Yr 3. It was very rewarding to receive such appreciative and enthusiastic comments.

Currently in the school office entrance there are some great pieces of Yr 6 and Yr 5 French are on display, it’s a shame I could not display everyone’s work, they are very pleasing work samples!

Please remember the amazing “Van Gogh Alive” Exhibit at the Supreme Court Gardens if you able to go along. It is an experience not to miss!

During his time in France, Vincent van Gogh lived in Paris, Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence and finally in Auvers-sur-Oise just outside Paris, where he died in 1890. The fact that he spent much of his working life in France leads many to wonder whether he was French. He was in fact Dutch, born in Zundert in the Netherlands in 1853. In 1888, after spending a few years living in Paris, van Gogh decided to move to the South of France. The unique light in Provence fascinated him and the quality of life there suited him.

We will enjoy exploring Van Gogh’s artistic contributions to the world in lesson time.

Bonne semaine,

Madame Wilderspin

Principal’s Update – Term 2 Week 8

Come and Join Us!

We are looking forward to having Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse at our school on Monday 27th June, to kick off our NAIDOC Week at Duncraig Primary School. Parents and community members are cordially invited to attend. The mini-concert will be from 9.45-10.30 am. As Monday is a Kindy A day, we are including our Kindy students in our morning concert. Parents of Kindy B & C students may like to bring them along as well. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Assembly Superstars

Congratulations to our Assembly Superstars last Thursday! Thank you to the Year 3 and 4 students from Rooms 6 and 7 who taught us all about Conflict Resolution.

Our last Assembly for Term 2 will take place next Thursday, 23rd June, hosted by the Year 5 students of Room 3.

School Jackets

Last week I reminded students about wearing the appropriate school jacket to school. I would really appreciate parents supporting me with this request. School uniform jackets or Leavers’ jackets are the only outerwear we would like to see our students in. Club jackets and hoodies (Netball) or free dress jackets are not part of our school uniform. Thank you for your assistance with this.

Reports and Interviews

Semester 1 Reports will be emailed out on Monday 27th June. Please ensure that we have your current email address on our records. Further information about student progress will be gleaned from Parent Interviews, to be held on Monday 18th July. You can book here: www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code/t63yu

Mrs Janet Wilderspin will be available for Parent Interviews regarding French achievement, on this day also.

School Holiday Activities

Information about School Holiday Programs being run by Zig Zags and MBA Sports. Please contact these organisations directly to take advantage of these vacation programs. In Term 3, Zig Zags will continue to run after school care from Monday to Friday afternoons. The Dance Club will continue their Dance Program on Tuesday and MBA will continue their Sports Program on Wednesday afternoons.

Zig Zags OSHC Duncraig Winter July 2022 Vacation Care Programme

Nicole Borbas

Principal

Principal’s Update – Term 2 Week 6

Parent Teacher Interviews

www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code/t63yu

Our Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place on Monday 18th July. This is a School Development Day and pupil-free. Staff will be available from 12.45pm for meetings. Parents are encouraged to book online using the above link. This link will open from Week 7.  There may not be enough time slots for all families in some classes, so it is a first in-best dressed scenario. If there are no available time slots, then an alternative time may be arranged by contacting the class teacher directly.

School Culture Self-Assessment Community Survey 2022

Parents are invited to complete a quick survey. This survey is the School Culture Self-Assessment Survey, and your responses will help us prioritise programs and targets for our new Business Plan 2023-2025. Also, as the new principal at Duncraig Primary School, it is very important for me to get a picture about the needs and values of the school community.  I would really appreciate your feedback!! You can find the school survey here:

https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/sCPYTJD2

Musica Viva Incursion

Last Thursday, Thea and Michael from Musica Viva took us on a musical ‘Walk with the Wilderness’. We were delighted by music which represented the ecosystem, such as the relationship between birds, trees, insects and fungi. In Music class, students have been responding to the different ways the music is created, and Indigenous perspectives on music and the natural world.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Last week we celebrated National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS). The book chosen this year was Family Tree, authored by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh. NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association and the same story is read to students all around Australia. During the students’ library time, our wonderful librarian, Mrs Key, read Family Tree to the class. By facilitating NSS we aim to promote the value and importance of reading and literacy, by engaging with an Australian children’s book.

Great Book Swap

While we are in the library… the students at Duncraig Primary school are involved in the Great Book Swap. The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, learn more about Indigenous Languages and culture, while raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Students are encouraged to donate a book that they are finished with from home. During our NAIDOC Week celebrations (Week 10) we will be holding the book swap event, where for a gold coin donation, children can pick up a book. Donations are coming in, but we would love some more!

Semester 1 Reports

As you are aware, COVID-19 continues to impact our school community and has presented us with challenges in managing both student and staff attendance. I am pleased that together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s continued learning.

As we navigate through these challenges, we will need to do some things differently to ensure our focus remains on students’ daily learning programs. For this reason, Semester 1 reporting will look different to what we have previously provided.

The report will include the A to E grades (or equivalent 5-point scale) for required learning areas. Information regarding your child’s attitude, behaviour and effort will continue to be reported. Our school has adjusted the extent to which comments are provided, with only a general comment included in the report. Should you wish for additional information on your child’s progress, you will have the opportunity to discuss at the parent/teacher meetings, Monday 18th July 2022.

School Development Day

Just a reminder to parents that this Friday 3rd June, will be a pupil free day as staff are involved in school development activities at the school. I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend!

Nicole Borbas – Principal

Principal’s Update – Term 2 Week 4

Our First Whole School Assembly

It was fabulous to see a huge parent turn out to our first whole school assembly for 2022, led by the Year 2 students from Room 10. Congratulations to our host class and to the students who achieved awards.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH CERTIFICATE  RECIPIENTS 2022

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022 Virtue: Leadership

Yr Rm

Teacher

Recipient

PP 14 Miss Phillips Stella
PP 16 Mrs Cowton/Mrs Wass Kristen
PP/1 17 Mrs Calton/Mrs Wass Benjamin
1 18 Mrs Spiers Parker
1 13 Mrs Firman Toby
2 10 Mrs Adams Mitchell
2 11 Mrs Cole Kassandra
2/3 12 Miss Collett Amelie
3 8 Mrs Orford Olivia
3 7 Mr Miller Maria
4 6 Mrs Watkinson/Mrs Wensinger Willow
4 5 Miss Coombes/Mrs Wensinger Joshua
4/5 4 Mr Zanatta Edward
5 3 Mrs Finnie Abby
6 1 Mrs Mosconi Emelia
6 2 Mrs Jones Amber
French Madame Sophie

2022 Merit Certificates

Host class: Room  10 Date: Thursday 19 May 2022

Year Room Teacher Recipient
PP 14 Ms Phillips Lucy and Anabelle
PP 16 Mrs Cowton/Mrs Wass Evan
PP/1 17 Mrs Calton/Mrs Wass Quinn and Zac
1 18 Mrs Bastock Sophie and Arlen
1 13 Mrs Firman Sam and Myra
2 10 Mrs Adams Indi and Kenzie
2 11 Mrs Cole Thomas
2 12 Miss Collett Monty and Tahlia
3 8 Mrs Orford Deacon and Sophia
3 7 Mr Miller Bella and Jacob
3/4 6 Mrs Watkinson/Mrs Wensinger Thomas and Ivy
4 5 Miss Coombes/Mrs Wensinger Keira and Raphael
4/5 4 Mr Zanatta Harlem and Olivia
5 3 Mrs Finnie Georgie and Mia
6 1 Mrs Mosconi Isaac and Lachy
6 2 Mrs Jones Logan, Dean and Milah
French Madame Wilderspin Angie and Lottie

School Photos

School Photos are scheduled for Week 8, 1st and 2nd June. All students should have brought home an order form that is specific to them. Orders are placed online at www.kapture.com.au Sibling photos can be ordered also and will be taken at recess and lunchtime.

Parent Teacher Interviews

www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code/t63yu

Our Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place on Monday 18th July. This is a School Development Day and pupil-free. Staff will be available from 12.45pm for meetings. Parents are encouraged to book online using the above link. This link will be open from Week 7.  There may not be enough time slots for all families in some classes, so it is a first in-best dressed scenario. If there are no available time slots, then an alternative time may be arranged by contacting the class teacher directly.

Six Seasons Artwork

You may have noticed that our Six Seasons Artwork has been installed in the old undercover area. This artwork was completed by Year 6 students in 2021, as part of a NAIDOC grant and coordinated by Mrs Coombes and Mrs Jones. They look fabulous! They are depicting Duncraig and the coastline during the six Noongar seasons. Currently, we are in Djeran – the season we refer to as Autumn, as our days and nights become cooler and wetter. Thank you to Mr Holmes for installing these artworks for us.

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

NAIDOC Week traditionally falls during the July holidays. At Duncraig Primary School, we will be recognising and acknowledging the traditional owners of the land during Week 10 of this term. We are very excited to welcome Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse to our school on Monday, 27th June. They will be entertaining us with some stories, music and teaching us about Noongar words and culture, in their Wanjoo Workshop. The school will be funding most of this incursion, however, we will ask a small co-payment from families. Parents are invited to attend this musical incursion and are welcome to stay on and help out with ongoing NAIDOC Activities in the classrooms. Put it in your diaries. More information to follow!

After School Activities

In addition to the Zig Zags After School Care that is available to families, we are also offering MBA sports sessions and The Dance Club, for all Duncraig PS students. The Dance Club takes place on Tuesday afternoons and MBA takes place on Wednesday afternoons. If you are participating in these after school activities, I would be very interested to receive your feedback.

COVID – Learning from Home

While students are away sick with COVID, we will record their absence as such and assume that they are unwell and not able to participate in learning from home. If you find that your children could engage with some schoolwork as they near the end of their time at home, please contact your class teacher to arrange some simple activities that your children can complete. Class teachers will assume students are sick and not needing schoolwork, unless you notify them otherwise.

E-Safety and the Responsible Use of Technology

When students are using technology at school, there are certain protocols and filters in place to ensure their safety and the responsible use of technology. Unfortunately, we have had reports from parents that whilst at home some students may have “carte blanche” when it comes to technology use, particularly the use of messaging apps. Some students are receiving messages from others well into the night-time – quite late. Please ensure that your children are using technology responsibly, and at an appropriate time.

2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 are invited to uncover great mysteries through the world of books and to sign up for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The challenge is to log 12 or more book titles from May to 9th September 2022, and readers will go into the draw to win prizes. You can sign up on this website: Home – Premier’s Reading Challenge (premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au)

Nicole Borbas

Principal

Introducing Rumbi  – Our New Chaplain

My name is Rumbi. I am so excited to be the new chaplain at Duncraig Primary School. Since the beginning of Term 2, I have been getting to know the students and staff around the school. I am thrilled to continue to meet lots more people, including the wider Duncraig Community. So, please don’t be hesitant to introduce yourselves to me if you see me around the school. I will be working at Duncraig every Thursday. During my time at Duncraig, my work will focus on doing The GRIT program, classroom visits, lunchtime social programs for students and pastoral chats with students. If you’re not familiar with what a chaplain does, please see the attached information on the role of a YouthCare Chaplain.

Thank you,

Rumbi