Dear parents, caregivers and community,
Welcome back everyone to an exciting term 2. I have enjoyed the start to the term as I embrace the leadership position as Principal. A big thank you to staff and community for their support as I transition to the role. I’m hopeful school operations will not be interrupted by COVID this term however, am aware there is always potential disruption that could occur at any time. I will continue to deliver any important messages through Connect as our main platform of communication. Next week, we continue with the post lockdown guidelines continuing to wear masks inside and outside and, practice social distancing. Parents entering classrooms will need to wear a mask. Parent help can go ahead next week complying with these recent directions.
I can confirm Mrs Elena Adams will be the classroom teacher for room 18, as Mrs Spiers is on leave for term 2. The teacher for room 6 to replace Mrs Adams, is being determined.
Colour Splash and Dash
At the end of last term the whole school community came together for our Colour, Splash and Dash. This was such an enjoyable event celebrated by students, staff and the community. The P&C worked tirelessly to orchestrate such a successful day, with everyone being splashed with colour and some of us even got slimed. I would like to thank the community for supporting the event with a special acknowledgement to the P&C and all the parent volunteers for their time and organisation. A huge thank you to the school community for your support in raising a mammoth amount of money to go towards your children’s learning. More information to follow from the P&C about this.
A huge thank you to Nigel and the team at IGA Duncraig, for their ongoing support and generous contributions for our community events. Their recent support during the Election day sausage sizzle and the Fathering Project Splashtastic was much appreciated.
We acknowledged ANZAC day at the beginning of the term by holding a service attended by our staff, students and some visitors. This is an important part of our calendar to pay respect to returned and serving servicemen and women. Thank you to our special guests Mr Rob Sweet, North Beach RSL, Board Chair, Dr Nicole Becker, and Board members Chris Paton and Emma Vincent. A special mention to Dion Gliddon, former service personnel and parent for her moving speech about the ANZAC spirit. Our school choir was exceptional as they performed Lest We Forget and the National Anthems of New Zealand and Australia. The year 6 student leaders proudly hosted the service to share the ANZAC message.
On Monday 3 May and Tuesday 4 May the students will have the opportunity to buy a gift for their mum from the Mothers Day stall. Gifts range from $2-$5 per item. There will also be a Mother’s Day raffle with tickets $1 each or 3 for $2. The raffle will be drawn at the next assembly on Thursday 6 May. A big thank you to parent volunteers who have been busy organizing this event to support families and raise funds for the school.
Duncraig Primary School is now taking enrolments for Kindergarten for 2022. If you are a parent or know of a parent, with a child born between July 1 2017 and June 30 2018, please be aware that they are eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2022.
Application for Enrolment forms can be obtained from our school’s website or the School Office. When submitting your kindy application, you will need to present your child’s birth certificate and any visa documentation. Please enrol your child as soon as you can. Applications close on 23 July 2021 (the first Friday of Term 3). Enrolment packs will be sent to successful families before the end of Term 3. Please note that families are only permitted to apply to one WA government primary school.
Pre Primary enrolments
All students who are already attending our 2021 Kindy are required to re-apply for a place in Pre-primary 2022. Applications for Enrolment forms for Pre-primary 2022 will soon be distributed to all our current Kindergarten students.
AUSTRALIAN EARLY DEVELOPMENT CENSUS (AEDC) DATA COLLECTIONCOMMENCING 3 MAY, 2021
In term 2 2021, our school, along with thousands of others conduct the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). The AEDC occurs every three years and gives us a national picture of the development, health and wellbeing of children in their first year of full-time school. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and develop better policies to target support for children and families. Children don’t miss any class time, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information for the census. The AEDC gives us data at a school and community level -it isn’t an assessment of individual children. Some teachers have also noticed that completing the assessment makes them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole and that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and developing class programs. Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census. To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website: www.aedc.gov.au. If you have any questions, you can contact me at Leah.Clegg@education.wa.edu.au.
We are planning a whole school Wellness Day on 25 June. This will include both parents and students learning together. You may wish to put aside this date in your calendar to come and join in the fun. I will share more information about this in the coming weeks.