Principal’s Update – Week 10 Term 2 2023

Assembly Super Stars!

Room 12 hosted the Week 9 assembly. They did an amazing job at memorising their speaking parts, speaking clearly into the microphone, and presenting their Talk 4 Writing text, ‘How the Birds Got Their Colours’.

Also doing amazing work, were the Year 5 Leaders, who stepped up to read the merit certificate recipients, while the Year 6 Leaders were away on camp. It is wonderful to see budding leadership throughout the school.

Congratulations to our Merit Certificate recipients, and Students of the Month!

NAIDOC Week at Duncraig Primary School

This week we have been celebrating NAIDOC Week. Nationally, NAIDOC Week is recognised on the 2nd – 9th July. Our week got off to a great start with an opening assembly, where Mr Borbas taught us how to sing Advance Australia Fair in Noongar. All primary classes had the opportunity to work on this during the day, with Mr Borbas, and learn some other songs that incorporate the Noongar language. Ms Burke also taught us the Auslan signing for Wanjoo and I am Australian.

Throughout the week, students will be engaging in learning that centres around the recognition of our Nation’s First People.



Interschool Lightning Carnival

Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the Interschool Lightning Carnival this week. The carnival was a culmination of training and matches throughout Term 2, involving football, netball, soccer and volleyball. Special thanks to Mr O for organising our students and dedicating before-school time to training. Thank you also to our wonderful Year 5 and 6 teachers who assisted in coaching, and to the parents who supported students and helped with coaching and umpiring.

A special shout-out to our netball team who brought home the flag!

Bush Tucker Garden in the making!

Watch this space! Ms Jackson and Mr Phillips have been working together to get this blank space ready for a bush tucker/medicine garden. Both the reticulation infrastructure and the plants have been kindly donated by Bunnings Balcatta. We are looking forward to involving our students in the planting, maintenance and learning in this garden, next term.

Year 6 Camp

Our Year 6 students enjoyed three days of fun and activities at Ern Halliday last week. Thank you to Mrs Mosconi, Mrs Jones and Mr O for planning an action-packed camp for our students.  They returned to school this week, still exhausted, but filled with stories from a very successful Year 6 Camp.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy:

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal:

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

Students at IGA

I recently received a phone call from Nigel at our local Foodies, IGA. Nigel and his team are great supporters of our school and our P&C, often donating produce to help with functions and fundraising. It was with disappointment that I heard that, on a few occasions, students from Duncraig Primary School have been caught shoplifting. As a school, some of our behaviour expectations are, ‘We make positive choices’, and ‘We represent our school with pride.’ Parents are encouraged to express these sentiments at home so that we are all on the same page and we are working together to develop wonderful future citizens.

Student Numbers, 2024

We are already planning for 2024. To get an accurate idea of student numbers, we request that parents let the office know if they are planning on enrolling their children at another school. Please call the office on 6224 2150 and inform us of your intentions if you know that your children will not be attending Duncraig Primary School in 2024.

School Board Update

The Duncraig Primary School Board recently held its fourth meeting of the year on Monday 12 June 2023.
The following items were covered:

  • A further update was provided on voluntary contributions, noting that the increased percentage of family payments has now exceeded budget which is an excellent outcome.
  • We heard from the Principal, Ms Nicole Borbas, in relation to the successful lockdown drill and received an update on the new school logo which is now in its final stages following feedback from staff and the community.  We were provided with an update on the recent success of the ELM Club and Mini Lit in improving lower school reading and writing, which is now planned to be expanded to Year 3-6 students in need next term.  We were also provided an overview of the upcoming school events including various excursions, the Week 10 Lightning Carnival, and the NAIDOC activities in final weeks of term.
  • An update was provided by staff on the building and grounds maintenance undertaken and planned to occur shortly, including upgrading of verge carpark surface, updating Marri Road school sign, painting of the middle room of senior block, oval treatment and the 2023 building assessment which has now been undertaken.  It was also fantastic to hear the good work being undertaken by new gardener in addressing flooding in some areas of the school and reticulation improvement.
  • The Board received a presentation on the new logo with adjustments as requested following the feedback process.  The story for each part of the new logo was outlined and examples were provided demonstrating the integration of the logo into uniforms, website, badges, and documentation. The Board also discussed the need for a School Uniform committee to assist with coordinating the finalisation of uniform colours based on feedback from the community consultation process.
  • The Board continued its review of the draft Duncraig Primary School Homework Policy, with a final compiled draft to be reviewed by the Board prior to the policy being circulated to staff for feedback.

Thank you for those who participated in the meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Term 3 on Monday 24 July 2023.

Current Payments Available through Qkr!

  • Kaboom Music Incursion – PP to Year 6
  • Swimming Lessons – PP to Year 4

If you have a credit with the school, please use the credit against the swimming lessons and split the payment, if necessary, by doing a direct deposit. Unfortunately, we can not do split payments with Qkr! The cost for swimming lessons will be $56, and we will need physical forms to be returned for this activity.

A reminder to parents that we have changed bank accounts. Unfortunately, some parents are still making deposits to our old account, which is making it increasingly difficult to close. Please use this account for all direct deposits:

BSB – 066192

Account – 10659523

Upcoming Events

End of Term 2 – Friday 30 June

Students return – Tuesday 18 July

Kaboom Incursion PP-Year 6 – Monday 24 July

Room 18 Assembly – Thursday 27 July

Faction Cross Country – Friday 28 July

Swimming Lessons commence PP-Year 4 – Monday 31 July

Kind regards,
Nicole Borbas,