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.

Buddy Book Club

Room 4 have been so delighted to join Room 12 for Buddy Book Club (BBC). BBC is a fabulous whole school incentive to promote the love for reading. It allows everyone an opportunity to practice their reading skills in a safe environment with their buddy. Room 4 selected a variety of engaging stories from an app called EPIC and the younger buddies enjoyed reading them! Room 12 chose interesting books to bring along with them too. Each buddy got a turn to read and an opportunity to discuss what they read. Room 4 and 12 loved reading together and are already counting down the days until the next Buddy Book Club!

Mismatch Day Video

Mismatch Day – Fundraiser for Australian Childhood Foundation

Many thanks to our amazing school community for their support in raising much needed funds for the Australian Childhood Foundation. The school raised $1096 to support children affected by trauma.


Principal’s Update – Welcome back

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable break. Term 3 has begun very smoothly with 6 new students starting at our school. On behalf of the Duncraig Primary School I welcome those families to our wonderful community. I look forward to a very successful term.

Schools have just been notified that based on the latest health advice, Phase 5 due to be implemented on Saturday 18 July, has been pushed back. The new tentative date will now be Saturday 1 August. So for now, Term 3 will continue with the same procedures we had in place last term. I will provide an update through Connect after the Premier makes his next announcement and the Department of Education update their expectations of schools.

The P&C are holding their first meeting for the term on Thursday 30 July at 7pm in the staffroom. The school board’s first meeting for the term is Monday 3 August at 4pm.

The faction cross country is being held this Friday 31 July. Parents are welcome to attend but must remain on the Marri Road side of the oval and maintain social distancing of 2 sq. metres.

A Connect notice was put out last Thursday with the times each year level are running.

Parents are welcome to attend but you must remember to remain on the perimeter of the school oval and maintain social distancing at all times.

Tomorrow Wednesday 29 July selected students from Year 6 will be presenting their very own radio broadcast on Community Radio 89.7FM after the 2pm news next Wednesday 29 July. 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 have researched their own topics of interest and will present to a large radio audience their thoughts and discussion points. 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. It encourages students to research the subject they are passionate about and present their ideas in a fun way. I am sure our students are going to do Duncraig Primary School proud! I have added the link to the radio station below so that you can listen live from a device if you can’t get to a radio. This program cannot be streamed in Internet Explorer 11. Please use an alternate browser such as Edge, Chrome or Firefox.

On Monday 3 August Tennis West and Tennis Australia are launching a promotion and racquet give away at our school. Apart from Matthew Ebden (Davis Cup) and Astra Sharma (Federation Cup), there is the possibility there will be a number of Media Outlets involved as well as officials. There will be a talk, followed up with Q and A, racquet presentation to the school and a tennis hit up with the stars for a short while after for selected students. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. Be on the lookout for photos on the website after the event.

Finally, I would like to highlight some fabulous learning happening in our Kindy classroom. The children have been immersed in learning about Aboriginal art and culture. One activity involved painting split seed pods to make the Dreamtime Rainbow Serpent (after reading the story), creating a map of Australia using nature plus sand and shells from the Kimberley (after looking at different parts of our country and what the landscape is like), creating “rock art” inside our very own cave and we dip dyed calico in our homemade vegetable/fruit dyes to make a class bunting. They also explored Aboriginal symbols and used the block corner to create habitats for Australian animals.

One example of the school’s vision “every day in every classroom, every child is learning and achieving”.

Principal Update – Week 10

Dear Parents/Carers

With the dedication of my staff and the wonderful support of the Duncraig Primary School community we have continued to provide a high standard of teaching and learning for your children who have continued to demonstrate excellent learning and independence during Term 2. Semester 1 reports were emailed to parents/carers via Connect on Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday 1 July some of our Year 5’s as well as our Year 5 and 6 students participated in a Lightning Carnival against Davallia, Glengarry, Poynter, Carine, Marmion and North Beach primary schools across several venues. Sports played in the carnival included football, soccer, volleyball and hockey. Congratulations to our students who demonstrated wonderful commitment and sportsmanship throughout the day at all venues. Check out highlights of the day on our school website.

Recently we commenced the Buddy Book Club initiative across the school.  Every fortnight all students have been meeting up with their buddy class to enjoy reading.  This has been a positive way to start the day and a great opportunity for older students and younger students to read to each other.

Merit Certificates

Merit Certificates were awarded to students recently. Year 3- 6 students assembled together first and then the PP-Year 2 assembled afterwards.

At both assemblies Mrs Ruscoe led two of our students who played the national anthem and then led the school band who accompanied the students in singing the community song. Thank you Mrs Ruscoe they were fabulous! Huge congratulations to our merit award winners and in particular our Student of the Month recipients. These students received their award for the way they demonstrated our value of “Honesty and Integrity”

At this point in time, Term 3 will see a continuance of the same procedures that are currently in place. Phase 5 roadmap easing of restrictions is due to be announced the weekend before school returns for Term 3. If there are any significant changes that will affect the day to day running of the school, then I will let the community know via Connect. The Term 3 planner will be uploaded on the website including some important dates for your diary by the end of this week. At this stage we have placed all events onto the planner. Confirmation of these events occurring will be communicated via Connect.

Also in Term 3 we welcome back Mr Zanatta to Year 4 Room 5. Ms Beedie will be working with the Year 6 students and teaching Music to the Pre-Primary and Year 1 students. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Ms Pratt in the Year 6 class and as Music teacher to the Pre-Primary and Year 1 students.

Finally, I would like to remind parents/carers that there is no pupil free day at the beginning of Term 3. School returns on Monday July 20.

My warmest wishes to all staff, students and their families a safe and happy holiday.


Lyn Dawson

1 July 2020

From The French Room – Week 10

Restons Branchées (Staying Connected).

Salut à tous!

We have a wonderful addition to our French Room,a beautiful banner of Paris has recently been purchased.

The students are very proud of our new piece of realia and we are currently benefiting from cultural talks arising from this fabulous resource.

Merci mille fois to M. Holmes for successfully attaching it to our French walls!

There is a lovely bookcase on show in the school library with all our new French Books which have been recently purchased. They are ready for our students to enjoy and borrow. Thank you to Madame Keys for making such a delightful display.

Enfin our Year 3 students are now so experienced with their French they are starting to read from our newly acquired French Readers! C’est Fantastique!

Year 1 Activities

Mrs Calton and Mrs Spiers were so happy all students came back to school healthy and safe this term.  The year one students have been working hard and enjoying lots of activities.  They have had some opportunities to collaborate with their big buddies.  This includes buddy reading every second Thursday.  The year ones have been focussing on subtraction and they have been making amazing progress with their Maths Factor results.

Last week the students created their own magic tree and this week they will be writing a narrative about their tree as a common assessment task.  The students have also been learning about digital technology in preparation for Semester Two.  This includes creating presentations on ipads and learning to logon to laptops.

Mrs Calton and Mrs Spiers cannot wait to continue to work with the year ones again next semester!


Lightning Carnival 2020

All students from Year 6 and some from year 4 and 5 competed in our annual winter sports lightning carnival in the last week of this term.

As always the competitors, teachers and parents really enjoyed the kind weather conditions and display of talent on show.

Duncraig Primary School had some very encouraging results and most importantly the players enjoyed the experience and learnt a great deal from the day.

The Netball A girls won their event and Netball B filled the runners-up position in their tournament. Soccer finished 6th from the eight schools and Football finished mid-table. Volleyball A were runners-up and Volleyball B 4th.

Netball A continues a run of regular premierships. Much of this can be attributed to the great contribution of the parents in maintaining such a strong netball club with quality coaching. Keep up the great work ladies.

Special thanks to all our staff for preparing the students and their efforts on the day. Also to our parent volunteers and spectators your attendance is greatly appreciated.