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Dove Tales Newsletter Duncraig Campus

18 May 2012

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From the Head of Primary

From the Head of Primary


Whole School Information Window Washing - Saturday 19 May Parent Prayer Group Food Allergies Canteen News Parenting Tips for Young Boys 35th Anniversary of the Uniting Church Relay for Life Uniform Shop Woolworths Earn and Learn Program


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s parents, we can all name those treasured moments in our children’s lives when they achieved something for the first time. It could have been when they first smiled, took their first step, spoke their first word, read their first book or even the day they started school. Many of us have our treasure boxes and all of us have our very special memories. Adults will all remember times of their own childhood, too and, perhaps reminisce about such moments. There can be no argument that a child’s early years play a vital part in what sort of a person they will become as an adult. We know that it is during the very early years that the brain develops at a phenomenal rate and that these years represent a wonderful opportunity for parents to give their child the best start in life. The importance of playing, reading and talking with a young child cannot be underestimated. Parents become role models from the moment a child is born, whether or not we recognise this. Children observe how we respond to events, listen to the tone of our voice, imitate our actions, learn to speak our words, learn about boundaries and respect, and gain an insight into what is right and wrong, to name but a few. The responsibilities we have as parents are far too numerous to mention, yet we do our best.

ELC Incursion Primary Sparkz Maths Primary Sport Running Club Primary French News

Throughout all our actions with children, we are setting up and establishing styles of communication that will stay with them well into life. Children whose parents intentionally play, read and talk with them each day will soon learn appropriate communication skills and will have the vocabulary to express themselves by the time they arrive in Kindergarten. (Experts tell us that a child who has been read to from birth will have five times the vocabulary at the age of five, in comparison to the child who has not experienced this.)


Just as reading to children is important in those early years, so is talking to children.They will learn about different voice tones and expression and will know whether you are pleased or displeased, happy or sad, angry, impatient or patient. They learn from us and then, of course, they will copy what they hear. Children are clever beings and we should never underestimate how much they will hang onto our every word. As our children grow, how many of us recognise ourselves saying exactly what they have just said? And then we wonder where they’ve heard it! Very young children need to be taught appropriate ways of communication so that when they arrive in school, they are able to use their words, rather than communicating through inappropriate behaviours such as hitting another child, pointing to everything they want or pulling on the teacher’s arm to gain attention.Talking to children is very easy. Tell them about the positive things in your life, what makes you happy and how you just love being a parent.

History’s Twisted Door - a Cabaret Performance Secondary School Exams WACE Exam Exemptions Music Notes St Stephen’s School CAS Facebook Page Congratulations

Community Information

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Wanslea Family Services - 16 June Health Brochures Self Regulation Information Session - 6 June Board Members with UnitingCare West

School Information Term Dates 2012 & 2013 Office Hours / Contact Numbers  Canteen Roster Uniform Shop Canteen

Play is what young children do best. They learn through play at home and in school. Social skills are taught incidentally through the everyday play which happens in school as are literacy and mathematics skills. Everyone enjoys playing and very young children will enthusiastically teach adults how to play the game. Through play and age appropriate fun activities, children will develop their physical coordination and control and will go on to be confident when meeting other children. Reading, talking and playing with children is not difficult and costs very little, except that of our time. In this world where we are all such busy people, I encourage all parents, whatever the age of their children, to put aside time to spend with them. They are entitled to it and they deserve it. Mrs Christine Benson Head of the Primary School DUNCRAIG

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100 Doveridge Drive Duncraig WA 6023 PO Box 68, Greenwood, WA 6924 Ph: +61 8 9243 2100 Fax: +61 8 9243 2490


50 St Stephens Crescent Tapping WA 6065 PO Box 246, Joondalup, WA 6919 Ph: +61 8 9306 7100 Fax: +61 8 9306 7101


Whole School Information Back to Menu Window Washing - Saturday 19 May Come and help make our School sparkle! A great way to utilise your Family Commitment Hours for 2012. Meet at the Duncraig campus turning circle this Saturday between 8.00 am – 12 noon, or the Early Learning Centre Hepburn Heights from 1.00 – 3.30pm. All equipment provided.

Parent Prayer Group Please feel welcome to join a prayer and care group at St Stephen’s School Duncraig Day Monday

Time 8.30 - 9.00 am

Place Contact Primary School (check in at Narelle Soet: 0421 326 990 or the Primary Office)

Thursday 8.20 - 8.45 am

Science Centre room S1 Marilette Louw at (check in at Student Services)


8.45 - 9.05 am

ELC, Interview room near Lisa Dallin: 0414 821 352 Main Administration


2.00 - 2.30 pm

Primary School (check in at Jill Carter: 0407 423 007 the Primary Office)

These groups are open to everyone in the School community. We are happy to support members of the School community with care, individual prayer and meal support, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Food Allergies With 14 to 18 May being Food Allergy Awareness Week, let’s consider that many people think they are allergic to a food when in fact they are intolerant. Unlike food allergies, intolerances do not involve the body’s immune system. Slower in onset and not life threatening, food intolerance symptoms include headaches, bloating, wind, nausea, mouth ulcers or hives.

Important Dates Friday 18 May Year 11 Drama Cabaret 7.00 pm History’s Twisted Door Saturday 19 May Window Washing 7.00 pm History’s Twisted Door Monday 21 May Ecumenical Service - Christ Church Grammar Primary Book Fair (21 to 25 May) Friday 25 May ELC Wear a Bear Day Senior Music Concert Thursday 31 May ACC Cross Country Friday 1 June School Sport WA Cross Country Below: Grandparents Day in the Early Learning Centre

Symptoms that occur several hours after a food is eaten are more often as a result of an intolerance or enzyme deficiency rather than a food allergy. A food allergy is not: • The inability to digest a food; • An aversion to a food (disliking a food); • Food poisoning; • A reaction to a food additive. For more information go to the ascia or Anaphylaxis Australia websites.

Canteen News Volunteers Congratulations to our volunteers of the month – Noeleen Stewart and Carmel Jacob. A big thanks to all our volunteers. A reminder to primary students that lunch order bags and Winter menus can be found in your room lunch baskets. Special mention A very special thank you to Lindy Luck and Natalie Naglan who came to our Canteen’s rescue when one of the freezers had been turned off. They helped clean up all the mess and made the day easier to get through. Mrs Sheryl Aubrey Canteen Manager

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Whole School Information Back to Menu EntertainmentTM Books

Relay for Life

Books are now available for collection from Student Services.

The Relay for Life event took place on the weekend of 5 and 6 May. I would like to congratulate Anneline, Jo- Anne, Debbie & Lise our super fundraising staff members. Over $3,300 was raised for the Cancer Council.

For further information please phone 9243 2410 or email It is not too late to order, please fill in the form (on the Dove Tales page on the website, or from Student Services) and return to Mrs Dianne Loan. Or simply order and pay on the internet on the EntertainmentTM Book webpage - click here to go to the St Stephen’s School online order form.

Parenting Tips for Young Boys From Michael Grose; Australian expert writer and presenter on parenting. At the end of a recent parenting presentation a mum told me of her frustration with her 12 year old son.

A big thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets, sold a whole book or just quietly donated money. What a great advertisement for our school the participating students, staff and parents were on this weekend! Our team was myself, Hollis Wilson, Anneline Neethling, Lise Legg, Louise Judge, Jo-Anne Urqhart, Debbie Davies, Leanne Shanks, Jessica Mills, Lauren Cahill, Madeleine Cross, Isabella Wilson, Zeidri Van Der Walt and Oscar Graetz (Sondra Turner’s Grandson) and Leanne Geneve (mother of Lucy in Year 8). Walkers included Nicole Crewes, Sarah Pemberton (thanks, ladies!), Mark Mills and Vida van der Walt. Mrs Dee Cunninghame

“He just can’t remember a thing I tell him! I asked him to do clean his room and tidy this stuff off the kitchen table and he told me to stop nagging!”

Uniform Shop

Another mum who was listening chimed in and said, “That’s one instruction too many for a boy of that age! Your son probably has scrambled-brain syndrome.”

Blazers have arrived, please come in and collect as soon as possible.

Ha! This mum is right. I’m not too sure about the term she used, but many boys in early puberty battle their physiology. Their brains begin a reconstruction that will finish sometime in their mid twenties. In the early teenage years simple recall can be a problem for boys. Some even have trouble finding the right words to use. It takes a little longer to find the right information in the brain until new connections are made. Motivation for some boys can be a problem. The dopamine levels (the natural feel-good chemical) swings wildly at this age meaning they experience mood swings. Similarly, early teenage boys can be a little overwhelmed by all that’s expected of them so it helps if a parent can be their brain for a time. Ideas to help boys with ‘scrambled brain syndrome’:


Year 8 students were granted an extension until the beginning of week 5, Monday 21 May. Performance Shirts Both the Girls and Boys Performance Shirts have arrived and are ready for collection. Work Shop Shirts Work Shop Shirts have arrived and are ready for collection. Opening Hours •


8.00 am to 11.20 am


1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

The Uniform Shop is a great way to fulfil your Family Commitment hours and we welcome any new volunteers. Our direct phone number is 9243 2133. Please leave a message and we will get back to you.

1. Keep it simple. Give them one instruction at a time rather than two or three instructions. Overload them with too much information and you are gunning for failure. One idea or instruction at a time is the go!

Thank you.

2. Go visual. To-do-lists and written instructions are important memory aids for kids going through changes. If there something important for your son to remember, write it on a sheet of paper and put it on the fridge, where he is sure to see it!

This program is back for 2012 and this year it is easier than ever to participate and receive valuable resources for our School.

35th Anniversary of the Uniting Church Please join us to celebrate this special event on Sunday 24 June at 9.30 am at St Stephen’s School Carramar. Dove Tales

Vivian & Annette

Woolworths Earn and Learn Program

If you shop at Woolworths, collect stickers from the checkout operator and place them on a sticker card which you can receive from the Primary and Secondary School Office. There’ll be one sticker for every $10 spent* in store. Once completed, place your sticker card in the collection box in the Primary and Secondary School Office. *No need for docket entries. The program closes 1 July 2012.

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Primary Back to Menu ELC Incursion

Primary Sport

Captain Cleanup will be visiting ELC Year 2 Students on 28 May to educate students about recycling.

Year 6 Lightning Carnival – Friday 22 June (Letters to parents shortly).

Primary Sparkz Maths

Inter House Cross Country – Wednesday 4 July.

The Primary Maths Olympiad Team Year 6: Zac Anderson Samantha Bailey Jae Barns Reece Hill Samuel Kerspien Caitlin Lewis Joel Lodwick Christain Maresse Aidan McAuley Zoe McAdam Luca Varcalin Jamie Wright

Year 5: Robbie Raftis Jeremy Pearson- Lemme Trent Hazebroek Harry Quayle Kiah Timms Josh Baldwin Luke Heathcote Jazz Sharp Alicia Harrison

Dates Term 2: •

Thursday 24 May

Thursday 21 June

Term 3: •

Thursday 25 July

Thursday 23 August

Thursday 13 September

Running Club In the lead up to Cross Country, there will be a Running Club held on Hamer Oval every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8.00 am. Students can run 500m to 2 km depending on their level of fitness and how far they feel comfortable running.The training is designed to be fun and enjoyable for all students If they are not doing Phys Ed on those days, students can bring shorts and trainers and then change back into school uniform. Parents, you are welcome to join in and run with your child.

Primary French News Our Year 5 students will be competing in the Language Perfect championships. Language Perfect ( is an online language learning program that helps students to learn their vocabulary. Students will receive their user names and passwords this week. The championships will run from 21 to 31 May and can be accessed from home. Students can access Language Perfect anytime, anywhere. No installation or special software is required to read or write in a foreign language. Please encourage our Year 5 students to participate in this valuable vocabulary learning tool and wish them Bonne Chance! for the championships. Madame Lloyd

Mrs Diana Brown Curriculum Leader


History’s Twisted Door - a Cabaret Performance Almost sold out! The Year 11 Performing Arts students have been working hard since the beginning of the year to create their own cabaret show titled History’s Twisted Door. Students from Years 7 to 12 will perform a selection of sketches, monologues, songs and dances reflecting a slightly warped take on events throughout history that is guaranteed to uplift you and leave you dancing all the way back to your car at the end of the evening. Performances will be held on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May from 7.00 to 9.30 pm in the Theatre. There are only a few seats left at each session. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Secondary Back to Menu Secondary School Exams

Performances in Term Two

Year 10, 11 and 12 students have now completed their Term 2 exams and have a solid period of time to complete their studies for this year. There are now 18 weeks of teaching and learning time for students to be able to concentrate on their subject content without disruptions. Some students have found exam time stressful and I encourage those students to seek assistance from either Mr Kernutt or their Dean. There are many things we can do to help students who feel excessively pressured during the exam period. Year 11 and 12 students will then have over 3 weeks away from learning and assessments in which to take a long and restful break.

Friday 25 May - Senior Music Concert. This will be held in the School Theatre and will involve the senior groups – Concert Band, Girls Chorale, High School Orchestra, Male Ensemble, St Stephen’s Singers, Swing Band and other smaller groups. Tickets will be available from 14 May.

The next set of exams for Year 12 students is now not until the second week of the September holidays.Year 12 exams will begin on Monday 8 October and continue until 16 October including Saturday 13 October.

International Music Tour 2013 – Tutti World Music Festival, Beijing, China.

WACE exams begin on Thursday 1 November.

Year 10 and 11 students will have normal classes for week 1 of Term 4.

Year 11 students will have period 5 and 6 on Friday 19 October as extra study time after the Year 12 Grads assembly.

Year 11 exams will begin on Monday 22 October and continue until Tuesday 30 October. Year 11 students will then return to school, Wednesday 31 October for normal classes until Thursday 6 December.

Year 10 exams will begin on Monday 22 October and finish on Friday 26 October.

Year 10 students remain at school during the exam period and attend classes as normal throughout the exam period. The planner has been adjusted to show these dates.

Sunday 24 June – 35th Anniversary of the Uniting Church – St Stephen’s Singers and Male Ensemble Friday 29 June – Junior and Middle School Concert. This concert showcases High School Choir and all of our younger ensembles not involved in the May performance.

Students have received letters and permission forms for our Tour. Forms for students who are currently eligible to tour are due back by Friday 25 May. There will be opportunities for students to audition for Concert Band, High School Orchestra, Swing Band and St Stephen’s Singers after the Senior Concert on 25 May. Students need to check the Bulletin each day for further information.

St Stephen’s School CAS Facebook Page CAS sport commenced this week and the best way for students and parents to obtain information about fixtures and results is to ‘like’ our Facebook group. Sport at St Stephen’s School has entered the world of social networking! Just go to: On your first visit to the page, you have to select “Like”. Then when new items are posted, you will be notified through your own facebook notifications. We look forward to you joining our group

Mrs Sheevaun Darby Deputy Head of Secondary - Learning & Curriculum

WACE Exam Exemptions Year 12 VET students applying for an exemption from sitting the 2012 WACE exams must collect a form from Student Services and return it by 1 June. Students requiring enrolment to sit one or more exams must indicate this on the form. These students should already have spoken to Mr Kernutt. Students who are doing six WACE subjects but want to only sit exams for five subjects also need to complete this form.

Music Notes

A big congratulations to the Male Vocal Ensemble (named Sandwich Press!) who won the inaugural school trophy at the Western Region Barbershop Competition held at Hale School recently. It was a huge event with Barbershop Quartets and Choruses from WA and SA competing against each other to win the Number One prize in their category. In addition to their win, the students were also invited to rehearse with Adult Male Barbershop groups.

Primary Chorale The Primary Chorale have been working very hard this year and have some performances coming up. The first will be at the Primary School Music Assembly on Friday 25 May 2.30 pm in the Primary Forum. The second performance will be at Primary Worship on Monday 18 June at 8.45 am in the Primary Forum. All parents are welcome to join as an audience member on these two occasions.

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Huge thanks and congratulations to Mrs Marion Jamison for enabling our young men to achieve such success and once again, congratulations to our very talented Male Vocal Ensemble Singers who represented the School proudly!

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Community News Back to Menu Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Take home a big brother or big sister by hosting a short-term exchange student! Give your children the wonderful opportunity to have an international big brother or big sister by hosting one of our exceptional international students arriving in Australia in July 2012 for a short term of only 3 months. Our international students from France, Germany, Italy, Austria Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden will live as a local, attend a local secondary school, arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive insurance cover – all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange.Visit us at, email or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our little booklets of international student profiles, and capture the spirit of family and friendship!

Self Regulation Information Session 6 June

Self Regulation – Information session for parents


Parents of children and young people are invited to hear from the 2012 Thinker in Residence, Dr Stuart Shanker. Dr Shanker will talk about the importance of self regulation for children’s learning and what parents can do to enhance the self regulation of their children. He will focus in particular on pregnancy, infancy and the early years period, where there is a significant opportunity to enhance both child and parental self regulation.

Thanks and kind regards, Robert Lindsay


Wednesday 6 June 2012 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start, to 8.30pm

Inbound Program Manager


Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School Elliott Road, Karrinyup


This is a free event, but seats are limited. Registrations are essential.


Register at by Wednesday 30 May 2012


+61 (0)3 9775 4711


+61 (0)3 9775 4971

Further Information

Toll Free: 1800 500 501 Post:

Locked Bag 1200, Mt Eliza , Victoria , 3930



Contact Robyn Shaw on 6551 8521 Mon., Wed. or Thurs. for further information about this event. Visit for further information about self regulation, Dr Shanker and the Thinker in Residence initiative.

Wanslea Family Services - 16 June Foster Now ... Ask Me How ... Do you have room in your heart and home for a child in need? If you would like to find out how you can make a difference for a night, a week, months or years, please come along to WANSLEA’s information session on Saturday 16 June from 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm at 110 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough WA 6019

Board Members with UnitingCare West

Light refreshments provided. To RSVP and for more information please call 9245 2441 or email Check us out online: If you have any further ideas about how you could help us recruit foster carers through your school please contact Jacinta at

Health Brochures WA Health has produced two free resources to assist parents to share their values and educate their children about sexuality. To order or download a copy of Talk Soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex, go to:

Put your passion into action... Are you seeking opportunities for a more personal connection to the mission of the Uniting Church? UnitingCare West is seeking Expressions of Interest for new Board Members who will help guide the strategic vision and direction of our organisation and will support the delivery of innovative and creative programs and services across Western Australia. You will need to have: A passion for social justice Governance experience A financial background A knowledge of the not for profit sector

Join our Board, serve on its sub-committees, and use your skills to help us support, serve and empower those most in need.

To express your interest (include relevant information/ background) or for further information, contact CEO Sue Ash on 9355 9002 or email anytime up to Wednesday 13th June 2012.

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School Information Back to Menu Term Dates 2012

Term Dates 2013

Term 2

Term 1

Teachers return

Monday 23 April (Staff Retreat 23 and 24 April)

Teachers return

Tuesday 29 January Commissioning Service

Students return

Thursday 26 April

Students return

Friday 1 February

Term ends

Friday 6 July

Term ends

Friday 19 April

Term 3 Teachers return

Monday 23 July (Reporting Day Tuesday 24 July)

Students return Term ends

Term 2 Staff Conference

Monday/Tuesday 6/7 May

Wednesday 25 July

Students return

Wednesday 8 May

Friday 28 September

Term ends

Friday 5 July

Term 3

Term 4 Staff return

Monday 15 October

Teachers return

Monday 22 July

Students return

Tuesday 16 October

Reporting Day

Tuesday 23 July

Students leave

Friday 7 December

Students return

Wednesday 24 July

Teaching staff leave

Thursday 13 December

Term ends

Friday 27 September

Term 4

Office Hours / Contact Numbers

Teachers return

Monday 14 October

Students return

Tuesday 15 October

9243 2102

Students leave

Friday 6 December

Student Services:

9243 2101

Teachers leave

Thursday 12 December


9243 2100

Uniform Shop


8.00 am - 4.00 pm

Early Learning Centre:

9243 2480

Primary Office:

Normal Trading Hours

(Please report absences and make enquiries via these numbers)

Canteen Roster

Date 21-May-12 22-May-12 23-May-12 24-May-12 25-May-12

8.30 - 11.30 D Scott K Newland


M Marano R Van Rooyen A Gaunt C page M Dewar M Major N Stewart

29-May-12 30-May-12 31-May-12 1-Jun-12

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L Hogben K Batty F Reed

11.00 - 2.00 V Swainston D Cardinal E Martin M Skinner I Van der Westhuizen


8.00 - 11.20 am


1.00 - 4.00 pm


9243 2133

Canteen Phone: 9243 2434 Email: (Please do not use this email to place lunch orders) Sheryn Aubrey, Canteen Manager

A Gaunt T Dennis M Gilpin D Abraham

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