Principals Update Week 8

2020 Faction Carnival

Last Friday we held our annual Faction Carnival. The staff and students have been training all term for the big day! The students had an awesome day and each and every one of them did their best.

Here is a small snapshot of the day.

Huge congratulations to Mr Orzel for his wonderful preparation and organisation of the carnival as the day went off without a hitch! Thanks must also go to all the staff who supported him in before the creating such a fun event for the children. The faction captains below also did an outstanding job on leading by example on the day.

Winning to Green faction were the big winners on the day. Winning  faction captains  Angeles and Sam were proud leaders and made an inspiring speech thanking others.

Year 6 Graduation and End of Year Class Awards

After considerable discussion amongst staff and with the School Board it has been decided to have the Year 6 graduation ceremony a stand-alone event from 2020. This is a very special time for Year 6 students and their families and as such the event will be focused on celebrating their primary school years whilst wishing them success into their future.

That Graduation ceremony will focus on all the Year 6 students as well as those Year 6 individual students who receive awards. The ceremony itself will have the same format as in previous years. For those Year 6 parents who may want to organise time off for the ceremony it is being held on Wednesday 16 December at 9.00am

The Pre-Primary to Year 5 awards will be presented at a separate “Awards Assembly” on Thursday 10 December at 9.00am. The school councillors for 2021 will also be announced at this assembly. The change will allow the community to celebrate student’s success during a shorter ceremony.

Science Room

In 2018 the school was successful in receiving a grant to convert a classroom into a science laboratory. Over the term break work will begin on transforming the Art Room into a new science lab. Hopefully the transformation will be completed by around Week 5 in Term 4 (early November).

With approximately $40 000 being poured into this project the school, with the support of the Board, will employ a specialist Science teacher from 2021 with classroom teachers integrating Art into their teaching programs.

Term Holidays

As of Friday 18 September I will be taking LSL and returning in Term 4. Ms Leah Clegg will be in the Acting Principal role for that time. I would like to acknowledge the huge efforts that the entire staff of Duncraig have put in this term. I appreciate their efforts and support. I would also like to wish all the students and families a wonderful holiday. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 14 October.


Lyn Dawson


9 September 2020

SciTech Incursion – From the Classroom

During Week 6 this term, the Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2 students attended a Scitech incursion as part of their Physical Science program. Each class watched a show and attended a workshop where they used toys to investigate pushes and pulls.

Students sent cars down ramps, used streamers to measure, experimented with different shapes and surfaces and some even got to use a hairdryer! A fun and exciting day was had by all!

Merit Certificates 13 August

Room 7 Laila and Harper, Room 6 Wojtek and Emmeline, Room 5 Zak and Leah, Room 4 Isla and Ario, Room 3 Dylan and Cooper, Room 1 Sofia and Kai, Room 2 Leo and Erin, French Isla, Science Oscar, Matty and Ivy

Room 14 Douglas and Olivia, Room 13 Alice and Eddi, Room 16 Giles and Max, Room 11 Ella and Frankie, Room 17 Summer and Cody, Room 12 Emily and Rachael, Room 18 Maisee and Milli, Room 8  Holly, Jack and Taylor

Student of the Month “Perseverance”

Room 14 Kenzie, Room 18 Bella, Room 16 Ivy, Room 11 George, Room 17 Lottie, Room 13 Luka

Room 12 Fearne, Room 3 Luna, Room 8 Carys, Room 4 Leo, Room 7 Nesheya, Room 5 Angelina, Room 6 Audrey, Room 1 Eilidh, Room 2 Tully

Bonjour à tous – From the Classroom

During August we celebrate Languages Week!

This year the Year 6 students were given the opportunity to design a poster advertising Languages Week 2020.

Most students were amazed to learn that French is spoken in 40 countries around the world!

We read from a fact sheet about the links that Australia shares with France!

The students were given two weeks to consolidate their findings and design their posters. Below we have some great pieces of work from Krish Alice Maciek and Sundy.

Our Yr 4 twins Anna and Demi  have recently visited a very cool French Café in Wembley and brought these fun pics to share for French news in class time.

Miam miam!

Bonne semaine,

Madame Wilderspin.

Principals Update Term 3 Week 6

In my last update I paid tribute to Mrs Jenny Martin who recently retired. Mrs Martin has thanked everyone for their well wishes.

Thank you everyone for the tribute piece in the Duncraig Primary School Newsletter.  Yes, I have ‘graduated’ to a new lifestyle.  One that allows me more time with my husband, Greg, our 3 sons, their wives and our 7 grandchildren.  My years at DPS were both busy and exciting but they were also very rewarding.  I loved it all!  I wish the staff, students and parents the very best for their life’s journey.  Jenny Martin

“May all the dreams you’re dreaming soon turn into dreams come true.”

Sporting Schools Australia

This term Duncraig Primary has secured funding from Sporting Schools Australia to host coaches from the Northern Districts Gymnastics Club. They will deliver four lessons to all our Year 1 students. During the up and coming weeks the students will experience various aspects of gymnastics from basic shapes through to learning some basic skills. In addition to learning new skills from this experience, gymnastics teaches confidence, self-discipline, team-work and many other life skills.

The coaches are all fully accredited and extremely professional. Duncraig Primary School endeavours to give our students a wide range of experiences for our students. In the past, through Sporting Schools, we have had coaching in Netball, Athletics, AFL, Swimming, Tennis and Netball. Apart from providing students with a great experience, it also funds equipment and gives great ideas for our school based coaches.

Mr Orzel continues to apply for funding each term and really appreciates the opportunity given to us by Sporting Schools. The main aim is to encourage students into community sport and reap the benefits of what those organisations have to offer. Feel free to offer Mr Orzel any feedback and suggestions as to where you would like to aim future funding applications.

Busy Bee

On Saturday August 15 the school community came together to clean up garden beds around the school grounds and carry out maintenance on the nature playground. I would like to thank Mrs Stewart for the work she did prior to the day, organising everything to ensure the morning went smoothly. A very big thank you to those parents, students and staff who came along on the day. 

School Board Vacancy

The board is seeking a new member from the school community who is passionate about our school and the journey we are taking. We meet twice a term on a Monday at 4pm. Please email me ( if you would like any more information.

What’s Coming Up?

This year has been unprecedented with events being cancelled and people disappointed. Unfortunately, the decision I communicated to parents/carers a couple of weeks ago still stands. Parents/Carers will not be attending our faction carnival. As I said before it was not an easy one to make as a school, we feel it is the best one for our school community. Despite this the students and staff are so looking forward to the jumps and throws Wednesday 2 September and the carnival on Friday 4 September. It would be wonderful to see the students come to school on carnival day with their faces painted and/or hair sprayed to add to the atmosphere.

In the last two weeks of term we have Interschool Athletics scheduled for Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September and swimming lessons for students in PP – Year 4 are being held in Weeks 9 and 10. Lastly I would like to wish all the Dads of Duncraig Primary School a very happy day on Sunday 6 September.

Lyn Dawson


Triple P Seminar-Fear-Less

We are providing parents the opportunity to attend a Triple P seminar on Tuesday 15 Sept 5.30-7.30 at Duncraig Primary School Library.  Fear-Less Triple P supports parents and helps them to learn new cognitive behavioural strategies for anxiety management, encouraging them to apply these themselves for all their children.  If you would like to attend, please book via the link.  Note there are limited places.


Dedicated to Jenny Martin

My Principal update this week is dedicated to a much loved staff member of Duncraig Primary School. It is only fitting that I do so on the retirement of Mrs Jenny Martin.

Mrs Jenny Martin has dedicated her working life to the care and education of thousands of children over 34 years while working as an Education Assistant for the Department of Education. Mrs Martin commenced as an Education Assistant at Duncraig Primary School in 1986 at the now demolished Marri Road Kindy. It was here that Mrs Martin  shared her passion for developing the hearts and minds of young students. She supported students through their first year of schooling to establish the early foundations of learning that would lead many students on to become lifelong learners. She created a welcoming, fun and caring learning environment that challenged and engaged students.

Mrs Martin moved to the main school site and continued working in early childhood education. She spent many years working in Pre-primary and the junior block. Her exemplary skills in organising school resources and play equipment has been appreciated by the many staff who have worked alongside Mrs Martin (Jenny) over many years. She loved working with students one-on-one or in small groups and dedicated her working day and many hours of her personal time to ensure students had every opportunity to learn and had the support they needed to reach their potential.

Mrs Martin’s contributions to the school extended beyond the classroom.  She devoted many hours of her own time to ensure school events such as the ANZAC ceremony, graduation, open night, art show, classroom assemblies and much more were made special in every possible way. Her eye for detail and careful planning made all of these events memorable moments for those involved and her efforts made us all proud to be part of this wonderful school. For this gift, we are very grateful.

Mrs Martin’s dedication to Duncraig Primary School was all encompassing. In her early days when Duncraig Primary School became a lead school in Multi Age Grouping, she took on a lead role within the junior school. Mrs Martin broke down barriers and walls to bring staff together and promote a ‘new age’ learning environment which was seen as being ahead of its time and established Duncraig Primary School as the ‘go to’ school in this area. She wrote submissions to fund play equipment, was a long-standing member of the Finance committee and represented Education Assistants on the Executive Leadership Team. She demonstrated her committed approach to education by participating in professional learning opportunities, attending workshops and seminars, keeping abreast of curriculum documents and the latest research in education to ensure the best for all students. In more recent years, she was instrumental in creating our school’s resource reading room and supporting the Third Wave program.

Mrs Martin (Jenny) has given so much to the staff and students at Duncraig Primary School over many years. We know that her commitment to primary education has undoubtedly brought many years of joy and purpose to her life. She has nurtured and cared for each and every one of us like we were family. You have left a lasting impression in each and every one of our hearts and, while we are sad to see you go, we wish you every happiness in your future.

The time has come for Mrs Martin (Jenny) not to run a graduation ceremony but to ‘GRADUATE’ herself! On behalf of all the staff, students and families of Duncraig Primary School, best wishes in your retirement.

Happy Retirement Mrs Jenny Martin!

Tennis champs inspire school students

TENNIS champions served up their career highlights and free racquets at a northern suburbs school this month.

Matt Ebden and John Peers visited Duncraig Primary School on August 3 to hand out 50 racquets to all Pre-Primary students.

Principal Lyn Dawson said students were very excited and it was a good learning experience for older students who researched the players and asked them questions during the visit. Find out more…

Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow launched

On Monday August 3 Tennis Australia launched the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow at Duncraig Primary School. This national initiative provides a tennis racquet for every Pre-Primary aged student in the country.

Together with Tennis West staff Grand Slam champions Matt Ebden and John Peers presented all of our Pre-Primary students with a tennis racquet. Mr Rob Kennedy from Tennis West interviewed Matt and John in front of over 300 students about their tennis journey and career highlights.

Year 6 students also got the opportunity to ask the players some interesting questions. Selected students then had a hit up with the tennis stars. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students of Duncraig to learn how hard work and dedication can lead to a lifetime career.

Below is a selection of photos provided by Damo Photography. Also check out the Channel 9 news clip that aired on Tuesday night.

View the news video

Students from Year 6 presented their very own radio broadcast

Students from Year 6 presented their very own radio broadcast on Community Radio 89.7FM on the 29 July 2020. The School of Thought is a radio broadcast program that hands the microphone over to school aged students. It is a 45-minute community radio program on 89.7FM broadcast on Wednesday afternoons, starting after the 2pm news.

Students research their own topics of interest and present to a large radio audience. The format is six talk segments of 6-7 minutes each, separated by music of their choice The broadcast takes place on the ECU Campus, Joondalup.

Program founder John Logan began the show six years ago and it is one of the most popular on the station.

To listen to a recording of the broadcast please click here.