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

Room 6 News – Moving Monsters

As part of their Design Technology, Year 3 and 4 students in Room 6 enjoyed investigating how forces, and the properties of materials, affect the behaviour of objects, products and systems.

They then used their knowledge and skills to design and make Moving Monsters.

Each student developed their ideas through labelled drawings, using appropriate technical vocabulary. Following this, they selected suitable materials and made their monster, before finally evaluating both the process and product.

Watch the videos

Principal’s Update – Term 2 week 2

Welcome back!!

Term 2 has started a little bumpy but thankfully, we are all finding our groove! COVID continues to impact our school, and currently we have a few staff members out because of it. Our communication protocol will be to inform parents when a teacher has been affected by COVID and this communication will come directly from the teacher through Connect. As always, we ask parents to be aware of symptoms that their children may show. With masks no longer mandated in the school, infections may be more easily passed on. Students and staff who are close contacts may continue to attend school, however, they must be asymptomatic and testing negative daily. The wearing of masks is appreciated in this scenario.

This term, we welcome back Ms Leah Clegg into her substantive Deputy Principal position this term. Mrs Jenny Cole has returned to Room 11, Year 2, and Mrs Elena Adams has taken over Room 10, Year 2. We also welcome to the school, Mrs Felicity Wensinger who is working in Rooms 5 and 6 as a tandem teacher – on Mondays and Fridays. Our new School Chaplain, Rumbi Tsokota, has also commenced her role in our school. Rumbi works with us on Thursdays.

Assemblies

Under the new operating guidelines in Term 2, parents are invited into schools and full assemblies can go ahead. We are looking forward to resuming with these. Our first assembly this term will be Thursday May 19th, hosted by Room 10. You will find our planned assemblies on our updated Term 2 Planner.

ANZAC Commemoration

Last Thursday 28th April, we ran our ANZAC Service in a low-key way. Given that whole school assemblies were still not permitted, and that Mrs Jan Ruscoe had spent considerable time creating choir and anthem videos, we held our commemorative service with a simultaneous classroom-based service. The service was broadcast over the PA, led by the Student Leaders, and teachers and students followed along with the presentation. The feedback from teachers was positive, in that students treated the service like the real thing and showed respect through its duration.

Check out some of the amazing artwork done by our students to commemorate and recognise the ANZAC Story.

Roofing Project

We are back in the admin block, with just some flashings and fittings needing to be completed. There has been a slight delay with the junior block, with Room 18 being rehoused in the Science room last week and this week. Students returned to their classroom on Wednesday. The wet weather last week did not help! All new reverse cycle air conditioners have been installed into the junior block, however, a new electricity board has to be installed for all the new ACs to work. Hopefully, this will be completed before the cold weather really kicks in.

NAPLAN Commences

Next week, from Tuesday 10th May, our Year 3 and 5 students will be participating in NAPLAN tests. We have a two-week window to complete testing, and this allows us to catch up with any students who may be absent on the assigned test days.

NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through the school curriculum and allows parents/carers to see how their child is progressing against national standards and over time. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process. It doesn’t replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance, but it can provide teachers with additional information about students’ progress.

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. Having a calm and punctual start to the school day will benefit the students, as well as avoiding late nights.

Year 6 Winter Interschool Sport

Last Friday, our Year 6 students (with a bit of help from some Year 5s) commenced their Winter Interschool Sports. Students are involved in AFL, Football (soccer), Volleyball and Netball against primary schools in our network. You can check the fixtures on our Term 2 Planner. Parents are invited to come along and spectate, or even help if you have the time. Thank you to those parents who are already helping with training and umpiring!

2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Today, the 2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge was launched. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of our Year 4 students used similar principles to create Moving Machines, capable of moving an object on a platform up and down.

 

 

Well done Room 6!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Update – Term 1 Week 10

Term 1 – It’s a Wrap!

It has been a fast, furious, and sometimes, frustrating term. I am pleased to have survived it! It has been such a wonderful experience getting to know the students and the school community. I feel very grateful to be working with an amazing team of teachers, admin, education assistants and support staff. Next term, we welcome back Ms Leah Clegg into the Deputy Principal role, and we farewell Mrs Fabiana Walters from Room 10. Mrs Cole returns to Room 11 and Mrs Adams becomes the permanent class teacher in Room 10. Mrs Finnie remains with the Room 3 class and we welcome Mrs Felicity Wensinger as a tandem teacher, working with Rooms 5 and 6.

Assemblies Term 2

As you may be aware, public health and social measures have been eased for schools for Term 2, details at wa.gov.au. Wecontinue to follow the current health advice and I can let you know what the changes mean for our school.

We are pleased to advise that parents/carers are allowed on school sites in Term 2 for the following purposes:

  • to attend year group assemblies
  • to attend face to face parent/teacher meetings
  • to attend indoor and outdoor sporting events, infrequent special events, performances and other interschool events with masks and physical distancing
  • to attend face to face meeting e.g. P&C and school board/council meetings
  • to volunteer in roles outside of the classroom, including the canteen and uniform shop
  • drop-off/pick up outside of classrooms

Parents/carers attending school sites must wear masks on school grounds and adhere to physical distancing, where possible. Please note parents/carers are not allowed inside classrooms.

A number of school activities can resume, including infrequent special events, and we will provide more detail on these in Term 2.

Merit Certificate Winners and Students of the Month Awards

Merit Certificates 7 April 2022

Student of the Month 7 April 2022

Hero Hunter Day – Friday 1 April

Last Friday was the day we all needed – some joy and laughter as we admired each other’s costumes and recognised our heroes. Some heroes were real, and some were fictional. Check out the photos from our Hero Hunter Day. As a school, we raised over $600 for Childhood Cancer Support Groups.

Today I was very pleased to present the first “Million Word” badges for 2022. Congratulations to Krishiv and Scarlett, both in Year 5, for their amazing appetites for reading. The Million Word recognition is part of our Literacy Pro program in which students in Years 3-6 participate. This program is also supported by our P&C who fund the annual subscription.

Million Word Readers

Today I was very pleased to present the first “Million Word” badges for 2022. Congratulations to Krishiv and Scarlett, both in Year 5, for their amazing appetites for reading. The Million Word recognition is part of our Literacy Pro program in which students in Years 3-6 participate. This program is also supported by our P&C who fund the annual subscription.

Happy Holidays

We wish our students an enjoyable holiday break and we are looking forward to seeing them back for Term 2 on Tuesday 26thApril. To families who celebrate, have a beautiful Easter.

I am hoping that these holidays will be a bit of a circuit breaker for COVID and head lice (which is also making an appearance in our school, at the moment!) Please take care, stay healthy, check hair and wash hats over the holidays.

Nicole Borbas

Principal

MBA Sports Coaching – Afterschool Activity Term 2

MBA Sports Coaching commences Week 2 of Term 2, every Wednesday afternoon. Please contact them directly to register your child, at www.mbasportscoaching.com

The Dance Club – Afterschool Activity Term 2

The Dance Club are also offering afterschool activities on Tuesday  afternoons, commencing Week 2 of Term 2. Please register your child directly with them at www.thedanceclubperth.com.au

French News “Restons Branche” (Staying Connected!)

We are very lucky this year to extend our French Programme to the Year 2 students!

So far we have an enthusiastic cohort who have been very busy learning all their French greetings with our fun collection of puppets!

The Year 2 students receive one lesson a week which gently introduces them to the language.

The school also has a new learning space for French which is now located in the library.When Covid restrictions are lifted I would welcome parents to come and visit before school pour un perouse “look and see”!

We also have several new students starting French for the first time, being new students to our school.

Already Seth claims French to be his favourite subject.Bryce has made a mini sheet of useful vocab that he carries in his pocket to practise throughout the day! Olivia has asked for catch up work so that her Mum can help her with beginner French at home! Every new student is trying so hard during lessons and I know having French and English so closely linked does give the confidence and support to learn the language. Remember French is spoken in 43 countries around the world and students learn about their own English language whilst we explore French as a second or even third language for our students at Duncraig Primary.

“Un grand merci”,a big thankyou,to mainly the younger students who have made flags,cards and posters for the French Room which highlights their love of learning the language!   Vive le français!

Finally un grand merci aussi(a big thanks also) to Dioné, Demi and Anna who come along most mornings to carry out monitor jobs in the French Room on a completely volunteer basis.

Bonne semaine! Enjoy the week!

Madame Wilderspin

Principal’s Update – Term 1 Week 8 2022

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The lead up to Harmony Week is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. This day was recognised, nationally, on Friday March 18th. Many classes in the school engaged in activities that addressed this subject. Bullying is the use of force, coercion, hurtful teasing or threat, to abuse, aggressively dominate or intimidate. The behaviour is often repeated and habitual. As a school we have a zero tolerance to bullying and violence. Unfortunately, there have been a few incidents of that lately in the playground, resulting in some time in the office and chats to families. At Duncraig Primary School, it is my intention that a consistent and thorough approach to Behaviour Management and Support exists. This will be an ongoing project as staff collaborate and make decisions about the behaviour management process at our school. As always, I am happy to discuss these issues with parents. Information and resources to support children who feel they might be a victim of bullying, can be found at www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

Faction Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the Year 4-6 students who participated in the Faction Swimming Carnival on Friday March 11th. All students demonstrated amazing sportsmanship and supported their fellow teammates and competitors. Well done to Green Faction who took home the shield. Thank you to the staff, especially Mr O, for a very successful and well-organised carnival.

School Upgrades

The roofing project has commenced on the Admin Block and we are well and truly locked out. You can find us in the middle block, conference room area. Contractors have assured us that they can re-roof the Admin Block and the Junior Block, with minimal disruption to learning programs. Fingers crossed that there will be few rainy days over the up-coming school holidays!

NAPLAN 2022

Today, our Year 3 and 5 students participated in a NAPLAN practice test. This test was to check our IT network and bandwidth capabilities. The practice test is not assessed. NAPLAN commences on Tuesday 10th May for Years 3 and 5 students and assesses Numeracy, Reading, Spelling, Writing and Language Conventions. All parents should have received information about these assessments some weeks ago. Please speak to the classroom teacher if you are concerned about NAPLAN or considering withdrawing your child from the assessments.

COVID News

Apart from a little flare-up in the Pre-primary, Room 14 class this week, most COVID positive cases have occurred whilst students have already been isolating due to being household close contacts. Thank you to those parents who are dealing with it and are communicating with the school. We really appreciate it! Please continue to communicate with us if children need to isolate or if they test positive at any time.

Hero Hunter Day – Friday 1 April

Calling all superheroes! We are all dressing up as superheroes next Friday 1st April. This day is held in memory of Hunter Madden who passed away last year after his battle with Leukaemia. The day helps to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity, Kids Cancer Support Group. Please send your children in with a gold coin to be collected as a donation.

Pizza Day – Wednesday 6 April

To celebrate the end of a very busy Term 1, we will be having a pizza canteen lunch on Wednesday 6th April. Keep an eye out for ordering information.

MBA Sports Coaching – Afterschool Activity Term 2

MBA Sports Coaching commences Week 2 of Term 2, every Wednesday afternoon. Please contact them directly to register your child, at www.mbasportscoaching.com

The Dance Club – Afterschool Activity Term 2

The Dance Club are also offering after school activities on Tuesday afternoons, commencing Week 2 of Term 2. Please register your child directly with them at

Harmony Week with the Year 6s

Harmony Week is being celebrated across Australia and the continuing message is ‘Everybody Belongs’.  We celebrated Harmony Week in our Year 6 cohort today to focus on diversity, encouraging inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians.  We wore something orange, solved puzzles, worked in partnerships and teams, created and carried out surveys, and competed in an epic quiz that came right down to the wire.  Our students are as diverse as Australia’s cultural heritage and we have had a wonderful day of celebration and harmony.

Mrs Mosconi and Mrs Jones