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.
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!
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.
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