Scaddan Primary School

Newsletter Week 2, Term 4 2021


Principals Welcome Week 2, Term 4 2021

Welcome back to school. I hope you all had a well-deserved and relaxing holiday.


The staff and students had a massive week leading into the holidays. Thank you to all staff who provided supervision and activities over Mallee Swim Week. The students all showed the Scaddan Primary School values of Pride, Excellence, Respect and Nurturing over the week. Some of the activities enjoyed included visits to the Esperance Museum, Library, Cannery Arts Centre, Stonehenge, CBH and Wildflower Festival. Congratulations to Marley who won a prize at the Wildflower Festival for her beautiful artwork. Thank you to our P&C for providing morning tea and lunch during the week.


We are pleased to advise that Scaddan Primary School is implementing messageyou™Schools, a mobile phone messaging system to communicate student unexplained absences to parents/guardians. SMS will also be used to provide information to parents such as school community notices and emergency/unplanned events such as school closures.

When you receive an SMS about an absence, reply to the number and make sure that the text includes the student name, date of absence and reason for absence. Do not call the number as it is an automated system, using a virtual number which is not manned by a person.


While the students were enjoying the Esperance Show, staff were busy at school engaging in professional learning and operational planning for 2022. Mr Paterson and Miss Hatton shared information from their Term 3 school visits from Harrisdale Primary School, Esperance Primary School and Nulsen Primary School.

Thank you to Miss Hatton and Mr Paterson for setting up the Show display. It is always a highlight to see all the beautiful student work on display.


Ms Harry has resigned from her position as Education Assistant at Scaddan Primary School to pursue her role as a High School Education Assistant. We wish her well in her new school and sincerely thank her for her dedicated service at Scaddan Primary School. The students and staff will miss you.

We congratulate Mrs Guerini who has accepted the permanent Education Assistant position in the Early Childhood classroom.


We will continue to ensure that we are implementing ongoing COVID-19 safety measures, and are reminded that under Phase 5 Guidelines:

  • good hygiene practices are promoted and maintained;
  • physical distancing of 1.5 metres between adults are to be maintained, where possible;
  • maintain ventilation by opening windows, doors and using airconditioning; and
  • visitors, parents and students will be encouraged not to attend school if they are unwell.

Schools are reminded, under Phase 5 Operating Guidelines, there is no current Health advice that prevents parents/families from entering school grounds including classrooms. Families are welcome in our school and classrooms.

Recent News Week 2, Term 4 2021


Thank you to Mrs Berry for your organisation of the 3 Way conference times via Microsoft Forms. 3 Way Conferences are a valuable opportunity to celebrate student achievements. Thank you to all families for your prompt responses. It was a busy day with students having the opportunity to reflect and share their progress and learning over the semester. Students are now busy setting their targets.

Professor Hattie, the Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne identifies “student self-reporting as the most significant indicator linked to raised student achievement.”

Award Winners Week 2, Term 4 2021

Values Star


During swim week, Aidan was caring and inclusive of all students.

Term 3 - Assembly

Merit Certificate Winners

Aussie of the Month


30 Reads

60 Reads
Charlie A.

90 Reads

120 Reads

150 Reads

Junior & Senior Room Week 2, Term 4 2021

Senior students’ reflections on Swim Week.

On Swim Week, I really liked the Bunnings activity where we re-potted a native plant and got a soccer ball. I also really liked the fun run which I finished in 12 minutes and 10 seconds! – Hunter

My favourite part about Swim Week was the swimming lessons. I learnt how to take a breath when I am doing freestyle. I also passed my current stage which I am really happy about. – Lucas

On Swim Week, I enjoyed the pottery class at the Cannery Arts Centre. We made a mug and used all sorts of different nuts and tools to make the patterns. I can’t wait to see how they turned out! – Caitlyn


My favourite part about Swim Week was catching up with my friends from other schools and making some new ones. I really enjoyed doing all the different activities with them. - Charlie


Junior Room

Swim Week was a blast. We loved going to the Esperance Stonehenge and exploring all those magnificant rocks.





Upcoming Events and Information Week 2, Term 4 2021


On Thursday 21st October, Year 3-5 students at Scaddan Primary School will be given the opportunity to participate in a session being run by Adam Przytula from Armed for Life and NBL player, Justin King.

‘Armed for Life is a social enterprise driven by the goal of helping children, teenagers and adults develop resilience and increase their wellbeing and mental health.’ (

The session will run from 11am – 1:30pm. Cascade PS, Salmon Gums PS and Munglinup PS senior students will be attending.

Thank you to Corrina Rawlinson for organising this event in Esperance and thank you to the Mt Burdett Foundation and the Rotary Club of Esperance for funding this session.

Parent Session – there will be a parent session run by a local community group on Tuesday 19th October at 6.30 – 8.30 pm at the Civic Centre. All parents are invited to attend this session with Adam to support the young people in your life. Please ensure you reserve your place by securing a ticket at


On Friday we will be attending the Wongutha CAPS NAIDOC celebration along with the other Mallee Schools. Activities include spear throwing, bush tucker train ride, Aboriginal art and braiding, face painting, storytelling, drumming and wall climbing.

Students will need to bring their own morning tea, lunch, and water bottles. There will be some food tasting and damper provided during two activities. BBQ snags and ice cream will be provided too.


During week 2 - 4 of Term 4 Miss Hatton will be assessing students on the Department of Education’s On-entry Assessment Program.

This assessment will provide us with additional information regarding the progress of students from Pre-Primary – Year 2. Further information about the On-Entry Assessment can be found at the following link -


The P&C meeting will be held next Tuesday 26th October @ 1:30pm in the library. A huge thank you to Mr Vermeersch for bracing the school entrance structure and completing the sea container foundations during the school holidays. It is much appreciated.


The Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students will be having a Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Arboretum on Thursday 28th October and will also be visiting the Esperance Bird and Animal Park. Notes have been sent home today with students.


World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated across Australia on Friday 29th October 2021, a bit later than the international day due to our school holidays. It’s a chance to celebrate teaching and for communities to thank teachers.


Due to Kindergarten students not attending Mallee Swim Week. There are 3 additional days this term that students can attend. The dates are
Monday 1st November, Monday 8th November and Monday 13th December.


Monday 8th November will be the Book Fair and the Book Fair parade. Students are encouraged to choose their favourite book and dress up as a character from the book. The Book Fair will be open from 9am – 12pm for families to purchase their books. Preferred payment is by credit card.

Birthday Wishes Week 2, Term 4 2021

Birthday Wishes


Lucas - 7th
Charlie V. - 8th
Jessine - 12th
Ryder - 13th
Jim - 15th
Marley - 21st

Community Events Week 2, Term 4 2021

Term Dates 2021

Scaddan Primary School 




Term 1

 Monday February 1st- Thursday April 1st

 Students (9 Weeks)


Thurs January 28th

Staff Development Day


Fri January 29th

Staff Development Day


Monday February 1st

Students First day of Term 1


Monday March 5th

Labour Day


Thurs April 1st

Last day of school - students


Fri April 2nd

Good Friday

Term 2

 Mon April 19th- Fri July 2nd

 Students (11 Weeks)


Monday April 19th

Students First day of Term 2


Monday April 26th

ANZAC Day Public Holiday


Friday June 4th

Staff Development Day
No Students


Monday June 7th

W.A. Day Public Holiday


Friday July 2nd

Last day of school - students

Term 3

 Tuesday July 20th- Friday September 24th

Students (10 Weeks)


Monday July 19th

Staff Development Day
No Students


Tuesday July 20th

Students First day of Term 3


Friday September 24th

Last day of school - students

Term 4

 Monday October 11th- Thursday December 16th

 Students (10 Weeks)


Monday October 11th

Students First day of Term 4


Friday October 15th

Staff Development Day- No Students
Esperance Show Day


Thursday 16th December

Last day of school - students


Friday December 17th

Staff Development Day

Attendance Matters

As a school, we are required to work towards improving the attendance of our students.

There are a so many important reasons why your child needs to attend school regularly.  By regularly, we mean above 90% of the time (no more than five absent days per term). The Esperance Region is working hard to ensure that our students attend school.  If as a school, we can aspire to reach 92 - 93%, then we will be really helping our students to reach their full potential.

Of course there are always exceptions to this when children need to take time off school for perfectly acceptable reasons.

What should I do if my child is away from school?

  • Please let the school know at the earliest convenience, either by phone or email.
  • If your child is going to be away for more than three days, please let the school know by phone or email.
  • Send a note with your child to explain why your child was away.

Updat-ed school app

Our school has implemented a phone app called Updat-ed that will make connecting with you so much more convenient.

To download the app just visit the App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android’s. Search for Updat-ed and from the menu select our school. We’ll receive your registration request and will need to approve you before your app is up and running.



So what will the app do?


The app’s great for sending out alerts and reminders with one of its best features being the ability to save events directly into your phone’s calendar.


We hope you enjoy being Updat-ed.