Newsletter Term 2 Week 4

Dear Duncraig Primary School Families,

We are week 4 already and we are speeding through the term. I have really enjoyed getting into classrooms over the past weeks and seeing first-hand how well the students engage with the learning opportunities.  I have also enjoyed getting to know the students in the playground and watching our senior sport teams show skill and work together as a team to represent Duncraig Primary School.

Sunday is Mother’s Day. This special day acknowledges mothers, grandmothers, aunties, significant maternal figures in our lives. For most, this is a day of celebration but for many in our community this day can also be challenging and becomes a day of remembering and celebrating the memory of a mum, grandmother or significant maternal figure.

Big thanks to all the P&C volunteers who ran the Mother’s Day stall over the week for all of our classes.  By the looks of it mums, grandmothers and special people are getting some fabulous   gifts on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To all the amazing mums and maternal figures in our lives we offer gratitude and thanks for all you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Behaviour Strategy

We have been focussing on Listening with your whole body over the past two weeks. The benefits of Whole Body Listening are numerous. It not only improves active listening skills but also enhances communication and social interactions. Additionally, it fosters self-regulation and self-awareness, allowing individuals to better understand and manage their emotions during social interactions.

Our Positive Behaviour Strategy also involves reflection – this is integral to restorative practices and supports students to develop reflect on a behaviour issue and work through strategies that they can use in the future. Students are encouraged to complete a student reflection sheet when necessary to capture: what happened from their perspective, how they are feeling and what they think should happen next.

We have been focussing on Listening with your whole body over the past two weeks. The benefits of Whole Body Listening are numerous. It not only improves active listening skills but also enhances communication and social interactions. Additionally, it fosters self-regulation and self-awareness, allowing individuals to better understand and manage their emotions during social interactions.

Take care everyone
Dr Melinda Harris

Principal

Assembly Super Stars

Room 3 held their assembly on Thursday 9th May.  It is always great to see the link between what is happening in the classroom with the assembly

Congratulations to our Merit Certificate and Literacy Pro readers. You have all made a great start to term 2 and your teachers are very pleased with you.

Merit Certificate winners:
Mason S, Archie S, Elsie D, Chiara T, Lincoln M, Grayson W, Lilly W, Isabella S, Niamh M, Evan B, Vedi G, Grace C, Niamh M-P, Harvey S, Hudson R, Zoe V, Lily L, Miguel U,          Kassandra I, Maddison W, Lily H, Quinn C, Zak O, Bodhi J, Sophia B, Ryan T, George F, Noah M, Cameron G, Harry L and Caleb S.

 

 

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The students at Duncraig Primary School are exceptional readers and could easily take on the challenge of reading 12 books, or 12 short stories, or 12 comics or 12 graphic novels or 12 poems, Or a mix!

That’s all you need to do to complete the 2024 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Did we mention there would be prizes?

Expand your vocabulary, learn new facts, and impress your friends with fancy new words that you’ve learned.

It’s your chance to explore new worlds, meet fascinating characters, and discover the joy of reading!

At the end of your quest, you’ll receive a special certificate signed by the Premier. Hang it proudly on your bedroom wall; it’s like winning a gold medal in reading!

Get ready to explore, grab your reading lights, or bookmarks, get comfortable and set sail on your next reading adventure.

Your next great story awaits. For more information visit www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au

Uniform Update

A reminder that we have not yet rolled out our new uniform. As communicated last year to parents, we are unable to implement a new school uniform without reducing the current stock of the existing uniform at Nell Gray, our uniform supplier. I am hopeful that our stocks will be low enough during the year to be able to start introducing the new uniform in late 2024, or at least for the start of 2025.  A long lead in is expected to transition to the new uniform.

 Department of Education’s Student Mobile Phone Policy – “Off and Away all day”

A reminder to parents; the Department of Education’s Student Mobile Phones in Schools policy states:

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are not permitted to have mobile phones in their possession during the school day.”

“For the purposes of this policy, ‘mobile phones’ includes smart watches, other electronic communication devices, and associated listening accessories, such as, but not limited to, headphones and ear buds.”

“All communication between parents and students, during school hours, should occur via the school’s administration.”

This means that students are not permitted to send or receive messages to/from parents during school hours, using the iPads or smart watches.  Students are required to hand in mobile phones for safe storage before school.

Staff Parking Area

Please refrain from entering the staff carpark.  There have been a number of incidents with children running in the staff car park and parents dropping off or picking up children from Zig Zags or school.  This area is for staff parking only.