Book week is my favourite event of the year! Apart from the dress-ups and extra activities that make up Book Week, it is a great opportunity to revisit our favourite books, imagine amazing worlds and be filled with the wonderment of our students’ ever-expanding ability to read and comprehend texts. I was blown away at this week’s assembly to note that so many of our merit certificate winners were receiving their awards because of their improvement in reading.
We are fortunate to use some amazing programs to promote and build reading skills at Duncraig Primary School. The Literacy Pro program is intended for independent readers, who can challenge themselves with quizzes and activities based on their chosen book.
Reading Eggs is another program the school uses to build reading skills for our Pre-primary to Year 6 students. Both programs are provided and supported by the Duncraig PS P&C. We are very lucky to have them.
Duncraig Eco Warriors
We have new bins!! Our Duncraig Eco Warriors, led by Ms Alex Collett, have been getting hands-on with the rubbish lately; conducting a rubbish audit and finding out the main rubbish culprits. This week, some of our Eco Warriors rolled out the new bins and told us how we should sort our rubbish. The main aim is to reduce the amount of land-fill rubbish. These bins have been provided due to a successful Waste Sorted Schools grant application by Ms Collett.
In addition to our Waste Sorted grant, Mrs Jackson has also been successful in a Keep Australia Beautiful Community Litter Grant, which will partly fund signage, bags, gloves, and posters for our school; reminding everyone how proud we are of our school and how we want it to be beautiful!
Well done to our staff and students!
Next week is Faction Carnival Week! It is a very exciting time for our students as they each endeavour to beat their personal best and demonstrate great teamwork and positive sporting attitudes. It is also the first time we will be competing under our new faction names – Red: Kaarak, Gold: Karda, and Green: Yonga. As voted by our students.
New faction flags are in production, although I fear that they may not be ready in time. Fingers crossed! Here is a sneak peak of our new faction flags. Thank you to our wonderful P&C who are funding these.
Jumps, throws and long-distance events take place on Wednesday, and the main carnival will be held on Friday 2nd September. Keep an eye out for event information and approximate timing for these events.
As much as I know that the Faction Athletics Carnival is an important date on the calendar, I need to put in my apologies as I will not be in the school next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I recognise that this not ideal, and being a new Principal in the school, it is disappointing for me. I look forward to hearing all about it and seeing the photos from both days.
We still have plenty of student RATs available. We have saliva and nasal RATs. Please call into the office to grab some extras!
Congratulations to our Merit Certificate and Student of the Month recipients this week.
Also, well done to Room 18 students in Year 1, for their assembly performance of their play, “Dreamland”. Everyone looked cosy and comfortable in their PJs!
We were also very lucky to present some special Literacy Pro Awards to some amazing readers. A big thank you to Scholastic for sponsoring these prizes.
VacSwim swimming lessons
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. It’s a great school holiday activity that teaches valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.
Places are limited, so get in early. Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim
Did you know..?
In 2021 we received 62% Voluntary Contributions paid. This year we are aiming for 80%. It’s not too late to pay!
Your contributions help pay for:
- Consumable Art & Craft Supplies
- Hygiene & Medical Supplies
- Extra Classroom Supplies
Contributions are $60 per student. You can pay by direct deposit:
Account Name: Duncraig Primary School, BSB: 016-495, A/C: 340948316, Ref: Family Name
Please contact the office if you would like assistance with this.