Principal’s Update – Week 8

This term there have been many whole school events enjoyed by the school community.  With Book week, Science week, Athletics carnivals and One Big Voice, there has been a real buzz of activity for students, teachers and parents to experience.

I can share that I have been appointed as the Principal role for the rest of the year and look forward to leading the school for the remainder of 2021. Mrs Michelle Moyes has been appointed for the remainder of the school term whilst Mrs Tabitha Stewart is on leave.  Michelle is from West Leederville PS where she has been the Deputy Principal.  Mr Chris Lenferna will remain the PE teacher for the remainder of term 3 and we welcome Mr Ted Orzel back next term.

Out of School Hours Expression of Interest

I am pleased to share with you Zig Zags have been awarded the contract to continue as the Out of School Hours (OSH) provider for our school.  We look forward to a continued partnership with Zig Zags.

Duncraig’s Got Talent

The students have now nominated for the Duncraig’s Got Talent show.  This popular initiative has seen many students displaying outstanding courage to audition for this amazing event. Over the next two weeks students are auditioning with a dress rehearsal in week 2 and the main event to be held on 26 October at 1.45pm in the new undercover area.

Athletics Carnival

Recently on Friday 3 Sept, the students participated in a variety of events at our Athletics carnival.  In addition, they also engaged in jumps and throws events on 1 September.  Marri Park, being a public venue was a great facility to support the students and community to enjoy this amazing day.

The students displayed all our school values, in particular perseverance as they pushed through to do their best.  At the end of the day Green was the winning faction with gold second and red coming in third.  Congratulations to the following students who were runner up and Champion Boy and Girl

Year Champion Boy Runner Up Champion Girl Runner Up
3 Rm 12 Jake Rm 12 Noah Rm 7 Ellyse

Rm 8 Taylor

Rm 8 Marta
4 Rm 6 Dylan

Rm 6 Jeremy

Rm 6 Thomas Rm 6 Summer Rm 6 Tilly
5 Rm 4 Felix Rm 4 Connor Rm 3 Scarlett Rm 3 Nesheya
6 Rm 1 Cooper Rm 2 Cooper Rm 2 Julia Rm 2 Kate

Good luck to our students as they represent the school at the Interschool carnivals this Friday & Monday.

A huge thank you to Mr Lenferna for his leadership and organisation to ensure the running of the events.  In addition, a shout out to the commitment of the school staff who displayed excellent team work and endurance coordinating the day to support all the children.

Thank you to the P&C for their support in facilitating the fan stall, including hair spraying and the running of the cake stall.  Your commitment to raise money for the school and ensure our students make long lasting memories is appreciated.

Duncraig Netball

Congratulations to the Duncraig Primary School Year 6 netball team for successfully making it to the grand final this weekend.  Good luck.

Father’s Day Raffle

Thank you to the P&C fundraising committee and parent volunteers for running the Fathers Day stall, so that the students could buy something to give their dads on Fathers Day.

Merit Certificate Winners

Year Room Teacher Recipients
PP 14 Ms Phillips Hudson and Myra
PP 16 Mrs Cowton/Mrs Edwards Cameron and Eddie
1 17 Mrs Calton/Mrs Wass Max and Aisling
1 18 Mrs Spiers Ava and Olivia
1/2 13 Mrs Firman Daniel and Isabel
2 11 Miss Conway Zac and Lottie
2/3 12 Miss Collett Lennox and Adam
3 8 Mrs Orford George and Amalyn
3 7 Mr Miller Matthew, Joshua and Thomas
4 6 Mrs Watkinson/Mrs Adams Summer, Joao and Dylan
4/5 5 Mr Zanatta Cooper and Fearne
5 4 Mrs Finnie Owen and Amber
5/6 3 Mrs Stewart Seth and Wojtek
6 1 Mrs Garcia / Miss Coombes Issy, Tadhg and Leo
6 2 Mrs Jones / Miss Coombes Kate, Ezra and Kade
French Madame Wilderspin Kevin
Science Mrs Jackson Holly


Student of the Month

Year Room Teacher Recipient
PP 14 Ms Phillips Sawyer
PP 16 Mrs Cowton/Mrs Edwards Imogen
1 17 Mrs Calton/Mrs Wass Caris
1 18 Mrs Spiers Scarlett
1/2 13 Mrs Firman Ivy
2 11 Miss Conway Summer
2/3 12 Miss Collett Mitchell
3 8 Mrs Orford Ethan
3 7 Mr Miller Scarlett
4 6 Mrs Watkinson/Mrs Adams Alice
4/5 5 Mr Zanatta Molly
5 4 Mrs Finnie Audrey
5/6 3 Mrs Stewart Chloe
6 1 Mrs Garcia / Miss Coombes Sienna
6 2 Mrs Jones / Miss Coombes Jaxon

School of Thought

The year 6 students recently engaged in the School of Thought program.  The students attended Curtin radio (89.7FM) based in ECU Joondalup to participate in a radio program.

This opportunity allowed students to present their ideas on a collaborative project whereby they expressed their opinions to a broad audience.   Four students have been chosen to broadcast their chosen topics during a discussion format this week.


Sustainability at Duncraig

The chickens continue to be a wonderful addition to our school community providing a variety of learning opportunities for our students. The final build of the chicken coop is happening this weekend, which will provide a great space for our girls to move into when they are ready.  The grazing garden is being prepared with a bug box and sand bath also.  Thank you to Zig Zags for offering to pay for the chicken food for the year and supply automated feeders.

The students have begun collecting organic scraps for our composting and worm farm.  In future the chickens will also benefit from this sustainable practice teaching the students about sustainability.

During Spring, the team will be planting watermelons in the no dig garden to grow up an A frame to create shade for the chickens.  The watermelons will benefit from the soil rich in nitrogen from the chicken manure.

Thank you to the sustainability committee, Nadine (Science teacher), Di McKenzie and the parent volunteers for their commitment to ensure this project was able to go ahead.


A reminder that students return to school on Tuesday 12 October as Monday is our School Development Day. Another busy term ahead. View our calendar and save events to your online device.

A note from our Duncraig Eco Warriors

There’s no question Australia has a plastics problem. We use around 70 billion pieces of soft plastic each year and produce 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year. That equals 100 kg of plastic per person.

And it’s getting worse – since the start of the COVID pandemic, there has been a larger demand for plastic bags and packaging.

With plastic use on the rise, we need to create a sustainable community that reduces, re-uses and recycles plastics.

Soft plastic is plastic that you can scrunch in your hand, and it can’t go in our recycling bins. This is because it easily gets caught in the recycling conveyer belt and can shut down the whole recycling system. Disaster!

Unfortunately, this means that soft plastics are often thrown out with our general waste, going straight to landfill and ending up in our oceans, rivers, parks and roadsides.

So, what can we do? First let’s aim to stop using soft plastics whenever we can.

  • we can choose reusable material shopping bags
  • we can put our recess, crunch and lunch straight in a container not a zip lock bag or cling wrap
  • we can buy big packets of snacks and share out our portions each day instead of using lots of small bags.

Here at Duncraig, we are collecting and recycling our soft plastic waste and taking it to Coles (REDcycle) where they reuse soft plastics to make furniture like bus stops and park benches.

*We have a challenge for you!

If you’re up for it over the next month we would like you to try and stop using soft plastic in your lunch boxes. We call this a ‘nude food’ lunchbox. Nude food is not wrapped in foil, plastic or commercial packaging. If you are successful in this challenge, please send us a photo of your lunchbox along with your name and classroom number to You will receive an eco-warrior sticker and 10 dojo points for participating! *

Thank you everyone, let’s look after our planet!
(information from Clean Up Australia)