Principal’s Update – Week 4 Term 1 2024

Hot Weather Play Adjustments

Over the past few weeks, we have been ‘blessed’ with some extreme temperatures. In a bid to keep our students safe and healthy we have had to adjust our play-time practices. When the expected temperature is over 39 degrees, we have made the following changes:

  • Lunchboxes inside (this could be an ongoing option during Terms 1 and 4).
  • Shaded play areas only – undercover areas and shaded play equipment behind the Pre-primary.
  • Classrooms open.
  • Library open.
  • Minecraft Club at recess and lunch.
  • Chill-ville room open.
  • Lunch and recess eating in classrooms.
  • Oval and Nature Play area closed.

I am certain that we have not seen the end of these hot days. Please assist us by ensuring that students bring a water bottle and their hats to school. You may like to apply sunscreen to your child at the start of the day and send them to school with additional sunscreen to reapply. Please be aware that teachers should not be expected to apply sunscreen to students and the school is not obligated to provide sunscreen due to allergy issues. There may be some spare sunscreen in learning area blocks available for staff.

NAPLAN Preparation

NAPLAN is for all Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students. ACARA supports inclusive testing, so all students have the opportunity to participate in the National Assessment Program.

Adjustments are available for students with disability who have diverse functional abilities and needs.

Schools work with parents/carers and students to identify, on a case-by-case basis, reasonable adjustments required for individual students with disability to access NAPLAN. Adjustments should reflect the support normally provided for classroom assessments.

Students are not expected to study for NAPLAN. You can support your child by reassuring them that NAPLAN is a part of their school program and reminding them to simply do their best. Some explanation of NAPLAN is useful to help students understand and be comfortable with the format of the tests; however, it is not necessary for parents/carers to do this. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the types of questions in the tests and will provide appropriate support and guidance.

ACARA does not recommend excessive preparation for NAPLAN or the use of services by coaching providers.

You can see the types of questions and tools available in the online NAPLAN assessments at the public demonstration site.

Assembly Super Stars

Our first Assembly of 2024 was hosted by Mr Miller’s Year 3 students in Room 7. They took us for a trip to Magic Beach and shared with us some of their favourite jokes. Thanks, Room 7, for being our first assembly hosts.

Congratulations to our first Merit Certificate and Student of the Month recipients. You have all made a great start to the school year and your teachers are very pleased with you.

Class Representatives

By now, most parents would have been involved in Parent Information Meetings with class teachers. Your class teacher may have indicated the need for a Parent Representative for the classroom.

At the start of each school year, the classroom teacher will ask for a parent to nominate as the class rep for the year. This can be shared between two people. As a means of communicating with parents, the school will provide class reps with a list of parent’s emails at the start of the year. This is so the school can ensure parent permission has been obtained prior to sharing contact details. When new parents arrive or existing parents leave the school, the school’s administration staff can inform you of any changes.

If you are interested in becoming a parent rep, please indicate your interest with the class teacher. More information about the role can be found here: Roles and Responsibilities of Parents

School Board Nominations

We have one vacancy to be filled as a Parent Representative on our School Board. Nominations are open and you can ask any parent at Duncraig Primary School to second your nomination. Our School Board is a positive, proactive group who work together to ensure that Duncraig Primary School is a dynamic learning environment. Board tenure is for three years. If you are interested in joining the board, or would like more information, please contact Nicole.Borbas@education.wa.edu

P&C 2024

As you may have heard, the P&C AGM on Tuesday night did not result in a president. Without a president, the P&C cannot operate and contribute to the success of our school. If you are unsure about the role, but you may be interested, please come along to the Family Welcome Night on Friday evening and chat to existing P&C members. There is plenty of support available for a new president – you won’t be left floundering on your own!

Home Reading Program

A new initiative this year is our whole school home reading program, which supports and promotes reading at home. Please sign your child’s home reading logbook for every day they read. After 25 nights of home reading, your child can come to the undercover area before school to receive a certificate. Student home reading will be recognised in this way at 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 nights of reading. Our Literacy Leaders are looking forward to signing your child’s book and celebrating their achievements.

Watching your child become a confident reader and sharing the journey with them is a wonderful experience. A large part of our everyday life depends on reading, and helping your child to read will open their minds to a whole range of topics. There are many ways you can help your child build their confidence and develop strong reading skills every day. Please chat to class teachers if you have concerns about your child’s reading ability and motivation to read.

Upcoming Events

Monday March 4th – Labour Day Public Holiday

Thursday March 7th – Assembly Room 8

Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th March – Year 6 Camp

13th – 25th March – NAPLAN Years 3 and 5

Kind regards,
Nicole Borbas
Principal
E: Nicole.Borbas@education.wa.edu.au