Newsletter - Ceduna Area School

8th April, 2015
Friday 10 April
Last Day of Term 1
Monday 27 April
Wednesday 6 to
Friday 8 May
Monday 11 May to
Friday 15 May
Monday 25 May to
Friday 29 May
Friday 5 June
Monday 8 June
Term 2 Begins
Year 3 Williams Class Camp to
Streaky Bay
NAPLAN Tests Yr 3,5,7,9
We thank Ms Comas for all her work, over many years, in the
Junior School and we wish her all the best for her
SAPSASA Netball & Football in
Local Day of Significance
Queen’s Birthday
Thursday 25 June
School Photographs
Reminder CAS is a ‘NUT AWARE’ site. We ask
that no Nut Products be brought on site. We
have students who are highly allergic to nuts
and can suffer an anaphylactic reaction.
2015 Term Dates
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Reception or Year One classroom teacher. She will leave
behind her a great legacy of providing a solid foundation for
learning in the early years.
27th April – 3rd July
20th July – 25th September
12th October – 11th December
Smoked Barra $35.00kg
Available in approx. 100-250gm packs
Contact Ceduna Area School on 86252030 to place an
order today. Can also be purchased at Ceduna Meat
Principal’s Report
Farewell Ms Jan Comas
This week Ms Jan Comas has her
final few days as teacher here in
Ceduna. She will be leaving us to
move to Port Lincoln after first
coming to Ceduna as a teacher in
1975. Over the last 40 years she has
taught many in our community as a
Mrs Comas’s Year 1 class - Jack Nielsen, Mia Klitscher,
Saffire Duffield, Mrs Jan Comas, Tameika Wilson, Marcus
Cooke, Lily Faklis, Indi Jacobsen, Royden Miller, Mali
Halbert, Kyeisha Wilson, Sophia Dunn & Latrell Weetra
The R-5 ACEO role vacated by Ms Sarah Lindsay recently has
been advertised and we hope to make an announcement
soon for her replacement. We also farewell Ms Jodie Wilkins
and Ms Karen Cotton who have provided great service to
our school as SSOs and we wish them well in their new
We hope to announce our new Special Class teacher
sometime this week. However we anticipate Mr Dean
Pennington will continue for a couple of weeks next term to
ensure an effective handover of programmes in the best
interests of these students.
Congratulations to Mr Michael Scheffler for winning the
Student Support Co-ordinator position for the next 3 terms
whilst Ms Amanda Michalanney is in the Special Educator
role supporting sites within the Far West region. As well as
having some teaching in the Special Class he will overview
and support the Special Class staff and manage issues
associated with Students with Disabilities including all those
with special needs.
Chaplaincy Position Vacant
Currently we are advertising the vacant Chaplaincy position
here at Ceduna Area School. The Schools Ministry Group and
the Ceduna Minsters Association are seeking applications
for this 13.5 hour per week position commencing in Term
2, 2015.
Junior School’s Report
Dear Parents/Caregivers,
Last Wednesday teachers from
schools in our district spent the day
with Professor Martin Westwell, who
worked through the prerequisites for
effective teaching and learning.
Martin is the inaugural Director of the
Flinders Centre for Science Education
The position exists to offer support to students, staff and
the school community.
A Job and Person Specification and details on “How to
apply” is available from SMG on 8378 6800
or [email protected]. The closing date: Friday May 8th at
If you think that this position might suit you please do
not hesitate to seek further information from the school
or the contact details above.
in the 21 Century that supports
quality teaching and innovation. He is
employed by our Department of
Education and Child Development to
support schools develop effective
teaching and learning programmes.
Martin’s focus was on the functions
of the brain necessary for real
Busy end of Term
SAPSASA Football and Netball - recently tryouts for a
representative Football and Netball team to be selected
from the Far West SAPSASA was held in Streaky Bay. A
number of our boys and girls have been selected to
represent the Far West in Week 5 Term 2 – 23 to 29
May next term where they will compete against both
country and city teams.
Mr Green will accompany 16 of our students,
representing the Eyre Peninsula, at the SSSSA Athletics
meet in Adelaide today . Good luck to all these athletes.
Well done to Ms Elise Shakes and our Far West SAPSASA
Softball team for doing so well recently.
Congratulations to all students who have been selected
in each of these representative teams as it will be a
wonderful experience for all involved. Exemplary
behaviour is always a requirement of any who wish to be
joining these teams.
Year 6 and 8 Aquatic Camps have been held these last
two weeks up at Blue Lake and have been very
End of Term Arrangements
School will conclude for this term tomorrow Friday 10
April at 2.15pm. This will follow a whole school final
assembly in the school gym at 2.00pm.
We wish to thank all in the school community for their
continued support and well done to staff and students
for managing so well in what was, at times, a frantic first
I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday
period with your family and we look forward to Term 2
beginning on Monday 27 April.
Jim Michalanney
Below I have provided you with a brief outline of his
Executive Functions
These are the processes required for planning, organising,
prioritising, memorising, shifting (eg moving from one idea
to another), self-regulation and self-monitoring. They are
like the brain’s “CEO”. A well-organised, structured
environment with clear routine, rules and procedures,
minimal distractions, allocated seating arrangements, visual
aids, frequent feedback and checklists are effective
strategies for maintaining external control. Students will
work more effectively in an environment where there is
variety, choice, regular feedback, praise and rewards. When
structures are in place and students have strategies to
manage self-regulation inhibitions (such as frustration,
anxiety and intolerance), they are more able to access their
cognitive resources (brain power).
Self-Regulation is the ability to monitor and manage your
thoughts, feelings and behaviours and these are the
foundations for all other learning. Developing the ability to
self- regulate so that you can cope well with stress and stay
focussed on a task is one of the big jobs of early childhood.
Research has proved that self-regulation is vital to being
successful. Children develop self-regulation from:
• adults who role model self-regulation
• playing and exercising
• being in nature
• eating healthy foods
• getting plenty of sleep
What can parents/caregivers do?
Teach your child to recognise the signs of stress and take
positive and preventative action to self-regulate. eg deep
breathing, movement, doing something pleasant that
settles the body and calms the mind.
Working Memory
The term ‘working memory’ is used to describe the
ability we have to hold in mind and mentally manipulate
information over short periods of time. Working memory
is often thought of as a mental workspace that we can
use to store important information in the course of our
mental activities. An example of working memory is
mental arithmetic eg attempting to multiply 43 and 27
together, given orally and not being able to use a pen
and paper or a calculator.
When do we use working memory?
Everyday life examples of working memory include:
• remembering a new telephone number, a PIN number,
web address or a vehicle registration number while we
are trying to find a pen and paper to write it down or to
use it in some other way
• following spoken directions such as ‘Go straight over at
the roundabout, take the second left and the building is
on the right opposite the church’
• calculating how much the bill will be at the
supermarket checkout for the items we have in our
• remembering the unfamiliar foreign name of a person
who has just been introduced to you for long enough to
enable you to introduce them to someone else
We typically use working memory as a sort of mental
jotting pad in situations when there is no other external
record such as written notes or a calculator.
Understanding Working Memory
Many of the learning activities that children are engaged
with in the classroom, whether related to reading,
mathematics, science, or other areas of the curriculum,
impose quite considerable burdens on working memory.
Activities often require students to hold in mind some
information (for example, a sentence to be written
down) while doing something that for them is mentally
challenging (such as spelling the individual words in the
sentence). These are the kinds of activities on which
students with poor working memory struggle, and often
fail to complete properly, because they have lost the
crucial information needed to guide their actions. As a
result, the student may not get the learning benefit and
their rate of learning slows down.
Cognitive Flexibility
Cognitive flexibility is the ability to spontaneously
restructure knowledge, in many ways, in adaptive
response to changing situational demands. It is
concerned with the transfer of knowledge and skills
beyond the initial learning situation. Emphasis is placed
on the presentation of information from multiple
perspectives and the use of many sources that present
diverse examples. The theory of Cognitive Flexibility
asserts that effective learning is context-dependent, so
instruction needs to be very specific, and it stresses the
importance of constructed knowledge ie learners must
be given an opportunity to develop their own
representations of information in order to properly learn.
All of these functions are needed to be a successful learner.
Martin’s thought provoking presentation has given us an
insight into the functions of the brain and their important
role in the teaching and learning cycle.
As this is my last Newsletter for the term, I would like to take
this opportunity to wish you all a safe and relaxing break, on
behalf of the Junior School Staff. We look forward to seeing
you all on 27 April – the first day of Term 2.
Cheryl Bawden
Senior Leader R-5
# Counsellor’s Corner #
Why Children Need Chores
Doing household chores has many benefits—academically,
emotionally and even professionally.
“Parents today want their kids spending time on things that
can bring them success, but ironically, we’ve stopped doing
one thing that’s actually been a proven predictor of
success—and that’s household chores,” says Richard Rende,
a developmental psychologist in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and
co-author of the forthcoming book. “Raising Can-Do Kids.”
Giving children household chores at an early age helps to
build a lasting sense of mastery, responsibility and selfreliance, according to research by Marty Rossmann,
professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota. She
found that young adults who began chores at ages 3 and 4
were more likely to have good relationships with family and
friends, to achieve academic and early career success and to
be self-sufficient, as compared with those who didn’t have
chores or who started them as teens. Chores also teach
children how to be empathetic and responsive to others’
needs, notes psychologist Richard Weissbourd of the
Harvard Graduate School of Education. A good way to start
readjusting priorities, he suggests, is by learning to be kind
and helpful at home.
Here are some of the best ways to get your children properly
motivated to do chores:
Schedule chore time. Write chores into the calendar, right
next to the piano lesson and soccer practice, to maintain
Game it. Like a videogame, start small and have young
children earn new “levels” of responsibilities, like going from
sorting clothes to earning the right to use the washing
Keep allowances and chores separate. Research
suggests that external rewards can actually lower
intrinsic motivation and performance. With chores,
psychologists say that money can lessen a child’s
motivation to help, turning an altruistic act into a
business transaction.
Types of tasks matter. To build prosocial behavior like
empathy, chores should be routine and focused on
taking care of the family (like dusting the living room or
doing everyone’s laundry), not self-care (tidying one’s
bedroom or doing personal laundry). Psychologists add
that involving children in choosing the tasks makes them
more likely to buy in.
Talk about chores differently. For better cooperation,
instead of saying, “Do your chores,” Dr. Rende suggests
saying, “Let’s do our chores.” This underscores that
chores are not just a duty but a way of taking care of
each other.
Give chores a PR boost. Don’t tie chores to punishments.
Keep any talk about chores, including your own, positive
or at least neutral. If you complain about doing the
dishes, so will your children.
Ella Evans (Streaky Bay) 11year girls
Breaststroke 7 Time 49.92
Bayln Thompson (Ceduna) 12 year boys
Breastroke 8 Time 50.85
Summa Trowbridge (Ceduna) 13 year girls
Freestyle 7 Time 34.80
Breastroke 7 Time 46.99
All of the students should be proud of their efforts & the
way they represented WEP. Hopefully lots will be keen
to return next year & improve on their times.
A big thank you to the parents & grandparents, for
getting the students to Adelaide & their help on the day.
Also thank you to Danielle Evans who assisted as
Nyree Trowbridge
By Jennifer Wallace a freelance writer in New York and
contributing editor to
Special Class is looking for any preloved suitcases
(Preferably smaller ones), a clam shell and a
tricycle. If you have any of these items you are
happy to donate or sell to the Special Class,
please contact Ceduna Area School front office
Back: Bayln Thompson, Summa Trowbridge, Abbie
Front: Danni Green & Kari Schwarz
Ceduna Area School Team Sailing
Ceduna School Dental Clinic
Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May 2015
Please call mobile 0434601394 between 8.30am4.30pm
During this week only for enquiries and appointments
Thank you
This year the school team sailing has been training every
Wednesday and some Sundays, coached by Nigel Rogers.
When the weather has been too windy to go out sailing
we have been focusing on the rules and tactics for state
level competition, at our local Sailing Club. A few of the
more senior members from last year have moved on,
which has made room for some younger team members
to step up.
The team this year consists of Tara Rogers, Chad
Duregon, Emma-Leah Page, Angus Bubner, Riley Prince,
Kasey Palmer, Danny Duregon, Grace Bubner and Shaun
Page. The team went down to Port Lincoln on Sat 21st
March together by bus. When we got there the sailors
had a chance to have some free time before heading to
the Port Lincoln Sailing Club, which put on a dinner for
us. This was a great chance for new team members to
meet St Joseph’s saliors and for those that have been to
states before to catch up with friends they knew from
previous competitions.
Friday 27 March, saw a small but enthusiastic
group of 11 swimmers represent Western Eyre
Peninsula in Adelaide for SAPSASA.
Some found the 50 metre pool & large venue a little
overwhelming (and the long walk up the stairs!), but
all tried their very best, supported their team mates
& displayed great sportsmanship in both the
individual events & relays.
3 swimmers made finals (top 8), which is a fantastic
effort considering most events had 20 – 30
competitors, many of which train regularly and in 25
to 50m pools.
After dinner we went and slept at Port Lincoln High
School gym. We were up early Sunday morning getting
breakfast and then down at the Sailing Club at 8.30am
setting up boats. We then had a briefing ready for the
days sailing. The teams had a massive day of sailing, also
mixing crews and skippers with the St Joseph team.
At the end of the days sailing, we had the debrief on
the rules and questions on the day.
It was a great learning experience for the team, as the
St Joseph’s team has been very successful at many
state competitions and have also represented Australia
in team sailing for many years. We have been training
every Wednesday since and had a team sailing race
day on Sunday. We head to Meningie on the 15th to
sail on the 16th, 17th & 18th of April for the state team
sailing competition. At this stage there are 22 teams
Year 9’s held a War
Memorial Talk
Darren Bennett & Lorraine Retsas
Reyner Clarke
On Tuesday 31st March 2015, Peter Codrington, Stuart
McIlwraith, Lorraine Retsas and Darren Bennett and
two Year 11 students, Brooke McArthur and Chloe Sleep
formed a panel to speak individually to the Year 9 cohort
about the significance of Anzac Day and its importance to
them personally and to Australians both past and present.
Each member of the panel shared personal stories and
family connections with past global conflicts including
the atrocity that was Gallipoli. Their personal accounts
gave the students a deep insight in to the devastating and
Year 9 Students
everlasting effects of war on the individual as well as
the repercussions for their families. Jess Rowson, Jo
Blackham and the year 9s would like to thank each panel
member for sharing their experiences, memories and
Wednesday Assembly
1st April 2015
stories of those who served and sacrificed their lives for
our freedom.
Peter Codrington & Stuart McIlw
Hamayel Abaid & Angel Betts
Betts- Cooke read the Welcome
to Country
During the season a number of Club Records were broken
including; U9 Boys Jack Michalanney High Jump, U12 Girls
Nikia Skinner Triple Jump and Javelin, U13 Boys Tommy
Michalanney 1500 Walk, U14 Girls Hayley Penna Javelin and
Long Jump and U15 Girls Demi Elliott 800m, 1500m, Triple
Jump and Javelin.
Eyre Regional's was held in Whyalla on 1st and 2nd of March
a small number of our athletes attended with Demi Elliot
breaking 4 records including Long Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin
and 100m and Max Michalanney broke the 100m record.
Holly Robinson sang the National Anthem
Stacey Breede & Telene Ettridge present Maxine
Ettridge with flowers for her retirement from bus
This Season we also had five athletes compete in the 2015
Be Active State Individual Championships held in Adelaide.
Jordan Price made the final for the 200 and 100m, Nikia
Skinner made the final for the 200m and 100m, Max
Michalanney received silver for the 200m, made the final for
the 100m and come 6th in the 1500m, Jack Michalanney
made the final in the 60m hurdles and come 4th in the high
jump and Tommy Michalanney received gold in the 1500m
walk and come in 8th place in the 1500m.
Our Season begins in Term 4 catering for children 3 years
through to Under 17's with opportunities to complete across
Eyre Peninsula and at State Level in Adelaide. The Centre is
looking forward to another successful season in 2015/2016.
Far West Athletics Participants in the 2014/2015 season
Back Left: Holly Woods, Eddie Vaughan, Ai-Li Kargas, Max
Michalanney, Ty Mullan,
Abbie Thomas, Nikia Skinner,
Danni-Ella Maddigan, Alicia Crisp-Trowbridge
Maxine Ettridge
Community Notices
Far West Little Athletics Season Winds Up
Another Successful season has finished for the Far West
Little Athletics Centre. The season was finished off with
a fun night on the oval and BBQ tea along with
presentation of awards. Two Trophies were awarded on
the night to the Most Consistent Athletes throughout the
season, the Junior trophy was won by Mylee Bilney and
the Senior was won by Kira Mahar.
This year we had 83 registered athletes in the club and
have great support from all parents and caregivers.
Second Row: Olivia Masierowski, Zara Harding, Bridie Hicks,
Marley Hicks, Mylee Bilney, Kira Mahar, Shayla Harding,
Mason Spry, Luke Welshman, Koby Nicholls, Kade Maddigan,
Jett Shannon, Lara Skinner, Jesicca Crisp-Trowbridge
Third Row: Dylan Weaver, Jonty Thompson Laken
Thompson, Sam Woods, Parker Fawcett, Jack Michalanney,
Lachy Meeke, Jett Fawcett, Hayley Penna, Demi Elliott,
Dayna Halls, Meg Duffield
Forth Row: Bayln Thompson, Nate Mullan, Kayla Reid, Poppy
Fawcett, London Ross, Toby Meeke, Archie Nicholls
Fifth Row: Saffire Duffield, Scarlett Miers, Zeth Duffield,
Kobie Bowden, Jake Mahar, Zaide Thomas, Heather Mullan,
Halle Miller and Jakayla Colbung-Bilney.
Ceduna OSHC offers runs a Vacation Care
Program during school holidays for children
aged 5 -12 years.
Vacation Care is open Monday to Friday’s each
school holiday period from 8am-6pm. The
Service offers full day care or half day care
sessions. Parent/Caregivers may be entitled to
Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate to
help reduce costs.
Please phone Possum Corner on 86252863 for
more information or bookings.
We have magazines available online!
You are invited to come and find
out how to download FREE
magazines onto your own device. Be
prepared and download Zinio for Libraries app
Thursday 9th April 7pm in Ceduna School
Community Library.
Cost: $20 for 30 minutes.
Ages: 7 – 14 years old
Each student is required to have a stand
and a flute. Will travel to homes for
lessons. Contact for more information. Kaila De
Lisen: 0406 617 784.
Far West Netball Association
Far West Netball Association are seeking
coaches for the following Association teams Under 17, Under 15 x 2 and Under 13 x 2.
Applications can be forwarded to the Far West
Netball Association or to a club delegate. It would
be appreciated for applications to be submitted as
soon as possible.