Principal’s Update – Term 4 Week 2

We have had a wonderful start to the term with students and teachers getting busy with their last phase of learning for the year.  It has been great to see the students begin the EduDance program occurring weekly with a concert planned for the end of the term.  In addition, our year 6 students have commenced Dancesport and will be putting their skills to use at the end of year social. With lots more to come please refer to our term planner here and look out for updates on connect.


On Friday 17 and Monday 20 September, selected students from Duncraig Primary School attended the Interschool Athletics Carnival at the Joondalup Arena Oval. The best athletes from Marmion, Poynter, Glengarry, Davallia, North Beach, Carine and Sorrento Primary Schools gathered to compete in a number of events. The weather was perfect and our team was full of competitive and good sporting spirit. A sterling effort by our athletes produced an overall result of 5 place. The smiles on our athlete’s faces showed how much they enjoyed the day. Congratulations to all of those students who were chosen to represent DPS at the Interschool Athletics Carnival. A special mention must go to Ivy (rm 13) who received the runner up Year 1 Champion Girl medallion and Jake (rm 12) who received the Runner Up Year 3 Champion Boy medallion. It was so good to see the high level of participation and involvement in all of these activities.  Thank you to the teachers, education assistants, school officers and parents/carers involved in making these wonderful events run so successfully.

Planning 2022: Class Placement requests

The student class placement procedure will once again be implemented to place students into their 2022 classes. Information about how our students will be placed into their classes for next year is available on our website here. This includes an outline of the school process including information about parent communication. If you are unsure as to whether you should make a request, please speak with your child’s teacher or contact the Deputy Principals or myself directly.

All class placement requests for consideration must be submitted by Friday 12 November (Week 5). The process for placing students into their 2021 classes will then commence and late requests cannot be accepted.

It is anticipated that 2022 class lists will be finalised before the end of this term and will be uploaded onto the school website. Further information about when this will occur will be included in the final newsletter of the school year.

Buildings & Grounds Update

Roch Road playground upgrade

Recently, we received a grant from the state government to conduct minor school projects.  This has resulted in the renewal of the paths, retaining wall and additional concreted space at the Roch rd playground.  Additionally new grass has been planted. This area is now safer, more attractive and functional for the students.

School oval

The school oval is progressing and we are allowing students access back to this space for part of the week, giving more time for growth and renewal. The students are enjoying getting back to playing their games in this space.

1:1 iPad Parent Information Evening

Last week Duncraig Primary School hosted an information evening for the year 2 & 3 parents about the 1:1 iPad Program at Duncraig Primary School.  Sara Orford, Jo Watkinson and Michelle Moyes, all representative of the school’s ICT committee, presented information about about the use of iPads in the classroom, Apple classroom, security and purchasing for 2022. It was great to see so many parents engaging with their child’s learning and the use of the 1:1 iPad program. A brochure outlining further information, including purchasing will be sent out to all year2 and 3 parents in the coming weeks.

Duncraig’s Got Talent

Across this week self nominated students will be performing at the Duncraig’s Got Talent show. I am very impressed to see that so many students are displaying the courage; one of our school values, to express their creative energy in various genres.  I look forward to an entertaining display of Duncraig talent.  More to be shared in the next news update.

Car park

Please remember the staff park is not for visitors.  Additionally the laneway nearby the shopping centre is not a drop off or pick up zone as this is signed for tenants only.  Access for tenants has been compromised during the morning and afternoon periods.  The Marri rd car park can be safe alternative with the cross walk attendant available.


Representatives from our Year 4 and Senior Choirs had the exciting opportunity to perform on the Community Stage at Optus Stadium, as part of the Telethon Family Fun Day. The students performed, ‘I Was Born,’ and had a wonderful experience, walking out onto the famous ground! We saw celebrities including Fat Cat, Olaf, Belle and Darth Vader. Channel 7 will send their official footage to the school in a few weeks, for us to watch. Congratulations and thank you to these Choir singers and their families for their contribution to one of Perth’s most cherished events, which raises funds for PCH and other children’s health organisations. Thanks also to Mr Orzel and Ms Clegg for helping out on the day.

Mrs Ruscoe

2021 Merit Certificates

Host class: Room 5 Date: Thursday 21 October 2021

Year Room Teacher Recipient
PP 14 Ms Phillips Edison and Anderson
PP 16 Mrs Cowton/Mrs Edwards Tanner and Annabelle
1 17 Mrs Calton/Mrs Wass Eliska
1 18 Mrs Spiers Patrick and Amelie
1/2 13 Mrs Firman Zoe and Sadie
2 11 Miss Conway
2/3 12 Miss Collett Luka and Zak
3 8 Mrs Orford Mitchell and Jessica
3 7 Mr Miller Matthew and Flora
4 6 Mrs Watkinson/Mrs Adams Krishiv and Jeremy
4/5 5 Mr Zanatta Demi and Liam
5 4 Mrs Finnie Milah and Dean
5/6 3 Mrs Stewart Alex and Sasha
6 1 Mrs Garcia / Miss Coombes Cooper, Scott and Taylah
6 2 Mrs Jones / Miss Coombes Jessica and Mackenzie
French Madame Wilderspin Jack, Georgia and Amelie