Principal’s Update Term 4 – week 8

What an amazing year it has been.  With many exciting events ahead there is still lots of fun and learning happening over the next two weeks.

We look forward to bringing you the Edudance concerts, Graduation and PP-5 Awards ceremonies.

Recently, over the past two weeks, the students PP to Year 4 have enjoyed swimming lessons at the Craigie Leisure Centre.  This has been a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn the essential skills of swimming.   Hold onto those certificates and celebrate the successes with your children.

Duncraig /Glengarry Band

Last Friday the students from the school band performed a variety of Christmas songs for the community at Glengarry Primary School. Mrs Jan Ruscoe reported the students were outstanding displaying talent and confidence whilst entertaining the crowd.  Thank you to Mrs Ruscoe for her ongoing commitment in leading the school band.

Open Board meeting

Last week the community was invited to our open Board meeting.  This was a wonderful opportunity to share with the parent attendees the processes the school has undertaken during the Out of School Hours (OSH) tenure process. Additionally, parents were able to share how the current demand for care was affecting them.  The Board Chair and I were able to illustrate the steps the school took before signing the Deed and the response to the recent high demand for out of school hours care. As part of the Deed, the school has approved the extension of the patio to occur which will allow for some extra places. The school will also explore after school clubs, an idea put forward to offer other options to meet the needs of students and community.

Thank you to the ongoing support the school Board provides in contributing to school governance.  I would like to express my appreciation for the continued commitment the Board has displayed so that community expectations and school priorities, reflect the needs of the students.


Last week was the last P&C meeting for the year.  The P&C has worked hard all year to support the needs of the school and community.

You can read the P&C presidents report here.  This report highlights the extensive range of activities and support the P&C has delivered across the school year.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Duncraig PS P&C for their ongoing partnership in promoting the interests of the school community to achieve the best possible outcomes for our students.  Their contributions in facilitating our school developments and improvements have been outstanding. Your dedication to ensure the P&C has run smoothly and successfully is very much appreciated.

Class Structure 2022

Planning for student class placement has occurred for 2022.  The class structure for 2022 is shared below for your reference. With increased enrolments in parts of the school an additional class has been created to accommodate for this growth.  Room 10 will be a year 2 classroom in 2022. The French teaching and learning program will be implemented in the Library and Music room next year.

Communication of class placement including room, teacher and peers will be published in week 10 on Wednesday 15 December as per Class Placement Process.  This will stay on the school website (no surnames) until the end of week 10.

Please be assured your children have been placed in their class for 2022 with careful planning and consideration.

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Deputy Principal

Tabitha Stewart will be moving on from Duncraig Primary School in 2022.  Tabitha has successfully been appointed as the permanent Deputy Principal at Karrinyup Primary School. We would like to thank Tabitha for her contribution to our school, after such a long and dedicated service as a teacher and Deputy Principal.  Tabitha’s has had a significant impact on the students, teachers and community and this is much appreciated. We wish her all the best in her future.

A process will commence in 2022 to appoint a Deputy Principal.

Karen Garcia

After 26 years of service to Duncraig Primary School and over 36 years with the Department of Education Karen Garcia will be retiring. Karen’s dedicated service has been extensive over the years and we would like to acknowledge her ongoing dedication to the lives of many students and parents over the years. Best wishes in her retirement and future plans.


Paul Stokes our school Chaplain will be leaving us at the end of the year.  We would like to thank Paul for his commitment to the Duncraig PS community over the past 3 years.

A process to appoint a Chaplain for two days a week next year is underway.

Covid Vaccination

Parents/carers can visit to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for their child if they:

  • haven’t yet received a COVID-19 vaccination; or
  • were unable to receive their second dose COVID-19 vaccination.

Please note that a second dose Pfizer vaccine should be delivered 3 to 6 weeks after the first dose. For further information on COVID-19 vaccination, visit Roll Up For WA.

Remote Learning Plan

All Public schools are required to have a remote learning plan ready to be implemented if required.  A copy of this plan will be posted on the school website by the end of the term.

Icy poles

Thank you to the P&C for organising the icy poles for our students in support of the Smith Family charity.  This initiative is in support of families in need, especially during the holiday period.  Your donation (gold coin) is much appreciated.

Note, this is not a compulsory donation.  The P&C have kindly organised and the funds go to the charity.

Christmas Appeal

Thank you for your support in donating food to the Christmas Appeal for the Salvation Army. Your generous contributions will be well received.  These donations will be collected on Monday 13 December.

Additionally, we will be dressing up in Christmas free dress, on Friday 10 December

Fees and Contributions 2022

A copy of the Fees and Contributions for 2022 can be found here.

Message from the Canteen

It’s been a wonderfully busy year in the canteen this year.

We’ve been lucky enough to access the school garden for fresh produce to create menu specials throughout the year.

Many new meals we have added to the menu have become favourites amongst students.

We’ve also had the support of the school to accomodate special days throughout the year like Science Day, Wellness day, school swimming lessons and the faction sports carnival.

During term 4, we have had a great response to the class roster for volunteers. All help has been greatly appreciated.

In week 10, we are excited to once again cater for the year 6 graduation morning tea, a special time for parents & teachers to celebrate our year 6 students.

We will finish the year with our ever popular ‘pizza and sushi’ day on Thursday December 16th.

Thanks for supporting your school canteen.


Canteen manager