Principal’s Update – welcome back

Welcome back to all our students who returned this week.

Student attendance in public schools became compulsory again as of Monday this week unless a student has a relevant medical condition. We have had an average attendance of 95% which has been fantastic. The students are full of enthusiasm and have shown great independence arriving at school. The staggered start and finish times to the school day continue to run smoothly. This is in part due to our wonderful parents who have been so supportive and also the fantastic support of our school staff. This system will continue to run until further advice has been received from the Department of Education.

Term 2 usually sees a lot of action in the physical education arena with lightning carnivals and interschool events. However, these have all had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. School photos were also scheduled for Term 2. These have now been rescheduled for Term 4.

We are unable to confirm as yet whether the events normally scheduled for Term 3 will go ahead. It will all depend on what COVID-19 restrictions are issued at the time.

Whilst our assemblies are not going ahead we are still presenting our merit award winners with their certificates. Last week Mrs Stewart and I were lucky to visit classes and present them. As you can see in the photos below they are very happy students.

Towards the end of Term 2 parent interviews are normally held to coincide with Semester 1 reporting. These have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Direction from the Department of Education is that Semester 1 reporting will indicate student progress. This means there will be no grades allocated. Teachers will report on how each student is progressing towards the end of year achievement standard.

Please be aware that we are now calling for Kindergarten enrolments for 2021. I would encourage the school community to remind those who have Kindergarten aged children to enrol by 24 July 2020.

Lyn Dawson

Principal

Principal Update – A new video

Dear Parents/Carers

A video has been produced entitled Building On Strength in Uncertain Times: In this together, that we have been encouraged to share with our school communities. The video provides relatable and culturally responsive information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, parents and community members about these challenging times from both a system-level and Aboriginal perspective.

You can view the video here.

I have viewed the video and found that the messages are relevant to all school communities and highlight the 2020 National Reconciliation Week theme In This Together which resonates at this time, as it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all “in this together”.

Regards

Lyn Dawson

Principal

 

Principal Update 6 May 2020

I would like to begin by thanking the entire Duncraig Primary School community for such a wonderful start to Term 2, despite all the uncertainties that surround us at the moment.

The best laid plans can go awry, but we managed to cope extraordinarily well with the few little hiccups we encountered at the staggered pick up times. Parents/carers you have done an amazing job with the social distancing rule of not coming onto the school grounds! Thank you!

The teachers and education assistants have welcomed their students back to school with open arms and were so excited to see them back in the classroom. The students were also very excited to be back.

I would like to also acknowledge the outstanding work that all staff have put in to ensure our learning from home/online was a success. Their dedication to detail and hard work has ensured your children are receiving the education they deserve. Below are some photos of some of our Kindy students learning from home.

The cleaners in our school Wendy, Alison and Ghan also play an important role in our school. They also are doing an amazing job looking after our school during these unusual times. During the school holidays the Department of education allocated extra funding to schools so that we could ensure a high level of cleaning which included disinfecting high use areas during the day and playground equipment three times a day. Alan has joined our cleaning staff to assist with this extra work load and is doing a fabulous job.

Just a reminder to our families that Friday 29 May is a school development day. 

Students do not attend school on this day.

Have a great fortnight everyone! I can’t wait to be able to speak to you all in person.

Kind regards
Lyn Dawson – Principal

A huge THANK YOU to all

Dear Parents/Carers

I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your cooperation regarding staying off the school grounds and our staggered start and drop off procedures put in place this morning.

It couldn’t have gone smoother! The teachers were so excited to see our beautiful students return this morning and they did an outstanding job at making the students feel at ease returning to school.

I would like to clarify a couple of things for you.

1. The staggered times are only for those students who require drop off and pick up. Students who walk or ride to school are to follow the same procedure as normal. If they are on school grounds prior to 8.40am they go to the old undercover area where they are supervised between 8.20-8.40am. They then go their classroom. They will be dismissed from class at 3.00pm.

2. Students who require supervised pick up in the afternoons are to be collected from the Virgilia Street entrance to the school at their designated time. Students who walk or ride to school or whose parents have asked them to walk to the Marri, Kurrajong and Roche Road entrances to the school will be released at 3.00pm

3. The nature play space, oval, basketball court, undercover areas, some junior playground equipment and the cube have been re-opened for students to play on. The playground equipment is being cleaned before school, as well as after recess and lunch.

I am also aware that the Connect notices are taking their time to reach some parents. I have been informed that if you download the App onto your phone you get them much quicker. Once again thank you so much for a brilliant start to the term. We have welcomed 76% of our students back to school and they have settled in really well.

Look out for my weekly update on the website next week!

Regards

Lyn Dawson

Principal

29 April 2020

Read more updates in the COVID-19 section of the website.

What a Term!

That would have to be one of the most interesting and challenging starts I have ever had to school year, both personally and professionally!

The human race is an amazing thing. At times of sorrow, despair, and worry,  people raise to the fore and show their true character. I have to say that the whole Duncraig Primary School community has displayed characteristics and traits that, as a staff we are try to instil and teach your children. These are the core values of our school – honesty and integrity, leadership, kindness and consideration, respect, and perseverance. I have witnessed them over and over again from staff, students, parents and wider school community members. Staff and myself have been humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown towards us. So out of this horrible pandemic that we are dealing with comes a closer knit community!

I would like to thank Lisa and Paul from Work Shed Mosaics who supported our early years students to create the mosaic flowers for our values tree. They have done a magnificent job working with the students. The tree now takes centre stage as you walk into our school. Thanks to Ms Clegg and the SEL committee for organising such a fantastic addition to our school.

Before COVID-19 I had begun to acknowledge staff/community members of Duncraig Primary School for their exceptional efforts around the school. To end the term off I am acknowledging our canteen manager Amelia Koski. Amelia has gone above and beyond in her efforts not only in her role in managing the canteen this term but also during the onset of COVID-19. She managed to keep the canteen going for student orders until the end of Week 8 and during Week 9. Thanks to the generosity of the P&C for providing staff with some tasty morning teach and lunch. Amelia has done an amazing job cleaning and sterilising the canteen for a smooth return, hopefully some time in Term 2.

So on behalf of the whole Duncraig Primary School community a very big THANK YOU Amelia!

THANK YOU AMELIA

 

 

Kindergarten 2021 Enrolments

Kindergarten 2021 enrolment information

Students born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 are eligible to enrol for Kindergarten in 2021. We will accept enrolments via email to Duncraig.PS@education.wa.edu.au.

Download a copy of our Enrolment Pack Part A – July 2020.

Further information about enrolment can be viewed in the enrolment section of the website.

Download a copy of our local intake area map.

Download a copy of our List of streets in Duncraig Primary Catchment

Further information can be viewed on the Department of Education website about enrolling your child.

From the Principal – How things can change in two weeks!

How things can change in two weeks! We are currently living in a world of uncertainty. However, the one thing that is certain is that families and communities need to stick together and be there for one another. The families of Duncraig are doing just that! You have the support of myself and staff in the decisions that you have all made over the past two weeks. We are educators and as such are working hard to do everything we can to support you and your children in the upcoming weeks. My update this week is all about spirit. Personally I want to firstly acknowledge the outstanding job all of my staff are doing. They too have families and personal lives that they are concerned about as well as you children. I am so very proud of them. Obviously the Duncraig school community is as well. We have been inundated with words of support and kindness. Acts of kindness have included donations of chocolates and food and drink from the local cafes from anonymous community members and the P&C,

The health and wellbeing of our school community is vital and the support shown in the comments below is how you have demonstrated how much you care.  On behalf of all the staff at Duncraig Primary School I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Lyn Dawson

Principal

25 March 2020

Good morning Lyn,

I wish to advise that with much hesitation, we’ve decided to keep ……… home from school.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank yourself and ALL of your wonderful, committed staff during this uncertain time. My children are feeling reluctant to stay at home, as they very much enjoy school and feel safe, secure and supported at Duncraig Primary. This really is a credit to yourself and your teaching staff.

Hi ladies

I just wanted to extend our thanks and best wishes to you. I imagine it’s been a challenging time for you all. I hope that you and your loved ones remain well.

We’ve decided to keep the boys home from today in the hope that we can do our part in containing transmission.

……… would much rather come to school which is a testament to how much he enjoys the Duncraig primary environment.

Good morning wonderful Duncraig Primary,

Please be advised that we have chosen to keep ………… home at this time, and will not be attending school for the remainder of the term. We are so grateful for the love and support you show our children, and we cannot wait to return.

If there is anything you need from us, please let me know.

Thank you for always keeping us updated

We would like to provide you and your staff with a platter or two of canteen menu items to share at lunch time on Friday. You are all carrying a lot of uncertainty and stress at the moment, and we thought this is something small we can do to say thank you.

Thanks again Lyn for your support.

I hope the teachers know they are loved and cherished by so many parents. They are not expendable, they are not replaceable and what they are doing at the moment is heroic. Maintaining calm in the face of a storm for our children. It’s a huge ask. Love and strength to all!

Thinking of you and all the staff who I know will be doing a fabulous job under very stressful circumstances.

And finally a letter from a local resident….

I am a senior citizen and I’ve lived in Duncraig for 50 years.  There was no school when I first moved into the area in 1970.

I live close to the school in a lovely street with wonderful neighbours and many of their young children attend Duncraig Primary School.  Many years ago one my youngest daughter was a pupil and I was involved with the P & C.  I have fond memories of the school from those days too.  Amy became a journalist and now lives in the US with her husband.

Nowadays I walk past the school frequently and watch the interaction of teachers with the children in the playground and on the oval.  It’s a lovely environment and the grounds have been improved considerably since I was involved – a very long time ago!

I’m writing to thank you and your team of committed teachers, on behalf of this local community, for their commitment during these difficult times.  Another of my daughters is an early childhood teacher in a school in the Midland area so I’m cognisant of the pressure you are all under.

 It’s been very tough managing the kids and parents and I know teachers are feeling very undervalued.  They are rightly annoyed at being treated as glorified babysitters by MPs, the media and parents who are sending sick kids to school.  They deserve recognition for their experience and professional work as highly qualified teachers working on the front line.

Also I’ve been meaning to you and congratulate you on the excellent behaviour of your young pupils who ride bikes to school.  I walk along the cycle/pedestrian path and they are so polite to me and ring their bells or shout “bike coming”. 

So thank you very much for your commitment.  I hope you all keep well.

Kind regards

C-A W

 

From the Principal – School Business Plan

Over the past 6 months the Duncraig Primary School Board and staff have been working together to create our new school business plan. It has been a process of reflection on what the school has achieved over the past three years, what has worked, what hasn’t and what areas we need to improve. The new 2020-2022 business plan encompasses six focus areas as part of our commitment to continuous improvement. They are:

Area 1: Teaching

Area 2: Learning Environment

Area 3: Resources

Area 4: Leadership

Area 5: Relationships

Area 6: Successful Students

Collectively the school staff and school board are in the process of reading the final draft and look forward to sharing the new plan with you at the beginning of Term 2.

Mr Ted Orze
Mr Ted Orzel

The School Board in particular played an important role in developing the priority area of Relationships. The Board recognise that staff need to be acknowledged for their contributions to the school. At last week’s assembly I spoke to the school community about this and so began the process of recognising a staff member during the assembly. Our first recipient was Mr Ted Orzel.

Ted, more commonly known by the students as “Mr O” was recognised for the support he gives  the school community especially during extra-curricular events. Ted assists the P&C with their morning running club, swimming carnivals, graduation events and other special events. He was a prominent figure at the recent Welcome BBQ where he could be found cooking the sausages on the BBQ or running skipping activities with the children. Ted goes way above and beyond what is expected of him. It is very much appreciated by everyone. Congraulations Ted!

I would like to welcome the executive group of the P&C for 2020. They are:

Karol Jones- President
Jaq Hutchinson- Vice President
Nicole Denny – Secretary

Thank you ladies for your commitment. It is much appreciated by the whole school community. The P&C are still looking for a treasurer. If you think you are able to help please contact the school.