Clyde Primary School Newsletter
22nd July 2016
Featured | Breakfast Club
Last Friday Clyde Primary School held their first breakfast club. Around 30 students selected their breakfast from the menu. Items included wheatbix, toast, fruit, baked beans and porridge. It was great to see students from different year levels socialising with each other. Thank you to the staff and parent helpers for volunteering their time.
Breakfast club is on every Friday until the end of the year in the Learning Centre from 8.15am-8.45am
We would love to see you there!
School Production tickets go on sale on Monday 25th July at 10:00am through Qkr! only.
Workforce Planning for 2017
We are beginning to make plans for 2017 in terms of staffing and student numbers. If you know that you will not be returning in 2017, could you please let us know as soon as possible. Thank you.
Parent Opinion Surveys
Each year the school conducts an opinion survey of 15 per cent of the school community. Parents are randomly selected to participate and we use the information to inform and direct our future school planning and improvement. These will be coming home with 40 students on Monday, 25th July.
Responses are completely confidential. The survey is conducted anonymously and it is important to us that surveys are honestly completed as opinions are important to us and will contribute to the future management and organisation of our school. For example, feedback from parents helped to change the way we structure Parent-Teacher interviews.
Surveys are due back by Friday, 29th July. Students should return the surveys to the office to receive a prize.
Our school is participating in the Bastow Pilot PLC Project (Professional Learning Communities) and a significant grant of $59,000 over 18 months has been provided to the school by the department to support professional learning of our leadership teams at Clyde PS. This professional learning will be delivered by experts in the field of educational leadership and cultural change, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Staff members involved in this valuable learning are; Nick Schneider and myself, as well as Hayley Taylor, Doug Pumpa and Sam Koutros. We are looking forward to our first day at Bastow on Wednesday, 17th August.
Building Leadership Teams at Clyde continues this term with our next session for ‘Building Educational Leadership at Clyde and Nar Nar Goon PS’ scheduled for August 11th. We will be continuing our work in discussing the role of the Professional Team Leader and characteristics to ensure we are effective. Ms Tegan Williams has also been working with our PLT leaders; Emma Scott, Fraser Selby, Nick Graham and Beth Blake.
Our Educational consultant, Julie Shepherd will be providing further professional learning for our staff in our CAFÉ Reading program for 2 further days this term.
Events in Term 3
Our school production is being held on Tuesday 30th August at the Frankston Arts Centre. Students are beginning rehearsals this week, rehearsal time is scheduled for all homerooms on Fridays in session 3 and 4. If your child has a lead role in year 5/6 can you please assist them with practising their lines and speaking with expression.
Please remember that our first round of ticket sales will only be available for purchase on Qkr! for the first 2 weeks. Tickets go on sale on Monday 25th July at 10:00am. Allocations will be on a first in best dressed basis. For additional ticketing information can be found on school website or Tiqbiz.
Costumes were due last term, if you have not yet brought your child’s costume requirements to school can you please ensure that you do so ASAP. We need time to ensure that all students costume can be created for the night.
There will be a while school dress rehearsal/excursion on the day of the production. This cost is being covered by the school however signed permission for this will be going home shortly.
We are extremely excited about this year’s production. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help please see your child’s homeroom teacher.
BOOK WEEK INFORMATION
We are celebrating Book Week at Clyde in the week beginning Monday 1st of August.
During this week the Scholastic book fair will be open every day for students/families to make purchases. The book fair will be in the Social Skills room and will be open before school 8:30-8:50 and after school 3:30-3:50
Thursday 4th August –Book Character Parade and open classrooms.
All students to participate – come dressed as your favourite book character.
Teachers, parents and students’ younger siblings are also invited to participate dressed as their favourite book character.
The parade will begin at 9:15 on the basketball court.
After the parade classrooms will be open until 11:00 for visitors to participate in literacy activities.
Ms Mel Ray has joined the Junior Team and will be teaching 1 / 2 A on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Lynda Sinnema will continue to take 1 / 2 A on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Ms Philippa Morrison has been working with our Leadership staff in a coaching capacity over recent weeks and will be continuing to support the school until the end of the year. Her contributions to our school are highly valued.
Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) Monitoring- School Improvement Team Update
On Monday 15th August our School Improvement Team (SIT) met with Alex Greenwell our Senior Education Improvement Leader (SEAL) to review our current progress with our Annual Implementation Plan (AIP). The AIP outlines the school’s goals and targets for the year. We celebrated the work that we have achieved so far this year and we are very proud of our current progress and successes. Some of the work that we have completed includes; the implementation of Café reading approach across the school, applying our learning from working with an Educational Consultant in Reading, assessment schedules revised and created, data protocols established for team meetings, the creation of a data wall, new reporting system implemented, new planning documentation being used by staff, attendance program developed, behaviour boards introduced throughout the school and a social skills program introduced.
Some of the areas that we highlighted as a focus for semester two include; formalising intervention and extension for Reading across the school, Action Research projects in the areas of Inquiry Learning, Peer Observations and Play Based Learning (Foundation), student progress and data tracking to be recorded on Sentral, transition for our new foundation students, transition across the school and for year 6 students into secondary education, the use of our data wall to inform planning and student learning and ongoing professional learning for staff. The SIT team found this session to be valuable in highlighting all of our achievements so far and to decipher our next steps. The SIT team has meetings scheduled throughout the semester so that we can continue to review progress and ensure that we are on track to complete our AIP.
24th June 2016
- Nathan – For extending on his ideas in Writing and using his letters and sounds to help spell unknown words.
- Indie – For showing great enthusiasm and skill in her reading. During Reading lessons, Indie uses the WALT and WILF to understand the lesson’s focus and to meet the success criteria of each task. She has been using the newly learnt CAFÉ skills taught in class to read good fit books and is challenging herself with new and interesting words. Indie uses the skill ‘back up and re-read’ when she is unsure of a word. Well Done Indie.
- Hayden – For persevering to tackle challenges in his learning and his positive, determined approach to all learning tasks.
- Jed – For using his ICT and research skills to create an excellent information report project about Brazil
15th July 2016
- Brodie – For demonstrating a thorough understanding of all mathematical concepts taught throughout the year. Well done, Brodie!
- Charlie – For receiving an excellent report last semester and continuing to work as hard as ever. Charlie has worked really hard at his writing this year, and has demonstrated his ability to write well in our Big Writes. Well done Charlie!
- Porsha – For her outstanding academic achievements last semester. She should be very proud of her progress and the organization and leadership skills she has show as our Student Voice Representative.
- Olivia – For always striving to do her best and challenge herself. Olivia has worked hard in spelling, consistently obtaining high scores in her weekly spelling tests. Well done Olivia!
Welcome back for Term 3.
We are incredibly impressed with how much we achieved in the first semester and how much progress our students have made. Throughout Term 2, students continued to improve socially, emotionally and academically and made their teachers very proud.
During Term 3 in English, students will continue to learn various CAFÉ reading strategies to assist them to read unknown texts and will continue demonstrating their understanding of different texts through a variety of comprehension activities. The CAFÉ reading model has seen the introduction of student conferencing and guided reading sessions where students share their understanding with others in a small group. Our Language Experience sessions, aimed at building language and communication skills, have also been very successful. Sessions this term will include science experiments, team building, cooking, environmental, craft activities and are integrated into our English and Inquiry unit. Our writing genres for Term 3 will include Narrative writing and Procedural writing. Our Narrative unit is already well underway and students are thoroughly enjoying creating their own narrative texts.
During Maths lessons, students will continue to develop their understanding of number including place value, addition and subtraction. Students will also begin to interpret and represent data and statistics and continue to focus on understanding measurement.
At the end of Term 2, students participated in a fantastic excursion to the Moonlit Sanctuary in Pearcedale. Students had completed a unit of work for Inquiry on Australia including animals, plants and the State and Territories that make up our country. At the Moonlit Sanctuary, students participated in the ‘mammal walk’ where they were able to hand feed and pat wallabies and kangaroos, the ‘birds of a flight’ experience where they learnt all about different Australian birds and owls and the ‘It’s a frog’s life’ demonstration where they learnt about different types of frogs and their lifecycle. A big thank you to all our parent helpers who made this day possible!
This Term our Inquiry unit is the 2016 Rio Olympics. Students will be learning about the Olympics, the types of events, the countries involved, the opening ceremony and much more throughout this unit. This will also be integrated with measurement and data during our Maths lessons.
Another very exciting and huge part of this Term is our whole school production of ‘The Eternal Alchemist’, which will be performed at the Frankston Arts Centre on Tuesday 30 August, at 6.30pm. All students have commenced rehearsals for the show and everyone at Clyde is feeling energised! Some wonderful parents at our school have been very busy sowing and making costumes, however we are still missing a few. If you haven’t brought in your child’s costume, we would be grateful if you could bring it in as soon as possible. If there are any problems, please have a chat to your child’s classroom teacher.
Thank you for your continuing support and for ensuring that you are reading and revising Magic 100 words with your child each night. It is certainly making a big difference to your child’s learning and the progress each child is making is evidence of that.
We are looking forward to another happy and successful Term.
The Foundation Team
(Emma Scott, Sam Koutros, Sue Lumley and Ashlea Hickey)
Wow! What an exciting term we have coming up! If you thought that an excursion to the Melbourne Museum was exciting in Term Two – you’ve got another thing coming! This term, we are looking forward to The Olympics, Literacy Week, Father’s Day Breakfast and of course the School Production in August. Rehearsals for the school production will commence in the coming weeks and already some of the children are very excited. Don’t forget to remind your children to get their badge designs in by this Friday! Thank you to all of those families who have brought in costumes, however we are still waiting on a few costumes to come in. They need to be in ASAP as there is a lot of work that needs to go into them. As mentioned before, we are all very excited about the 2016 Rio Olympics and the students have started learning about all facets of the Olympics from the events, to famous Olympians (past and present) and some of the history of the Olympic Games. Only three weeks to go! In Reading this term, we will continue to build on the CAFÉ skills and even learn a few more this term. Students will continue to participate in Guided Reading. Don’t forget to read each night! We are also excited about Literacy Week (1st – 5th of August), where there is going to be a heap of interesting things happening at the school. Writing in Term 3 will start with Narrative. Students will be focussing on the structure of writing a narrative, with a major focus on the beginning, middle and end of a story and making interesting characters and settings. In Mathematics, we have already started looking at skip counting and we will soon move on to halving and doubling. We will be focussing on measurement and chance – which will go really well with the Olympics. We will also look at Australian money through the term. We are all looking forward to a really exciting and productive term!! If you have any questions, queries or concerns, as always, please come and see us! Junior PLT.
Welcome back to term 3! The Middle School Team teachers are Mr Nick Graham – 3/4A, Mrs Amanda Cecil – 3/4B and Mrs Pattie Chester – 3/4C. Also assisting in our area are Educational Support staff Mrs Karen McBride and Mr Chris Leboeuf. During term 2 it was fantastic to see students consistently giving their best effort throughout the NAPLAN and report testing periods. Year3/4 students were also great representatives for our school at Cross Country and at our excursion to the MCG.
During Writing sessions students have been developing their ability to write persuasive texts on a range of topics as well as creating information reports on a country of their choice. Some examples of these country projects can be seen below. This term we will be continuing to use VCOP to learn about different types of poetry.
Following our excursion to the MCG we studied the different ways that Mathematics is used in sport. We learnt about units of measurement, how to record data in tables and graphs, as well as number patterns and equivalent number sentences. This term we will begin by focusing on money and then we will be moving on to fractions.
In Reading sessions we have continued to use the CAFÉ board to improve our Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and to Expand Vocabulary. We finished off last term by looking at the features of non-fiction texts and by setting CAFÉ goals for term 3. This term we will begin by ‘identifying the author’s purpose’ and ‘asking questions throughout the reading process’. We will also be using Guided Reading and Reciprocal Reading in small group settings to gain a deeper understanding of rich texts. Throughout Term 3 we will be rehearsing for our upcoming school production – “The Eternal Alchemist”. We still require some students to bring in clothing items to create these amazing costumes and make our night as incredible as possible. Please ask your classroom teacher if you are unsure about what to bring in for your child. As always, students will need to complete at least 20 minutes of reading at home per night. Could parents please sign the students’ diaries weekly and ensure students have these with them on Mondays for the teacher to check and sign. It is also important for students to complete their spelling homework by performing a ‘look, say, name, cover, write, check’ at least 5 times a week using the worksheet provided. We look forward to a fun and productive term 3, if you have any questions at all please feel free to come and speak to us. The Year 3/4 Middle PLTFollowing our excursion to the MCG we studied the different ways that Mathematics is used in sport. We learnt about units of measurement, how to record data in tables and graphs, as well as number patterns and equivalent number sentences. This term we will begin by focusing on money and then we will be moving on to fractions.
In Reading sessions we have continued to use the CAFÉ board to improve our Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and to Expand Vocabulary. We finished off last term by looking at the features of non-fiction texts and by setting CAFÉ goals for term 3. This term we will begin by ‘identifying the author’s purpose’ and ‘asking questions throughout the reading process’. We will also be using Guided Reading and Reciprocal Reading in small group settings to gain a deeper understanding of rich texts.
Throughout Term 3 we will be rehearsing for our upcoming school production – “The Eternal Alchemist”. We still require some students to bring in clothing items to create these amazing costumes and make our night as incredible as possible. Please ask your classroom teacher if you are unsure about what to bring in for your child.
As always, students will need to complete at least 20 minutes of reading at home per night. Could parents please sign the students’ diaries weekly and ensure students have these with them on Mondays for the teacher to check and sign. It is also important for students to complete their spelling homework by performing a ‘look, say, name, cover, write, check’ at least 5 times a week using the worksheet provided.
We look forward to a fun and productive term 3, if you have any questions at all please feel free to come and speak to us.
The Year 3/4 Middle PLT
Term Three is well underway and that means…. School Play!!!
The Eternal Alchemist follows the journey of a hopeless Alchemist and his eager young Apprentice on their quest to find gold and restore hope to their King and his Kingdom. Along the way, the Alchemist schemes sneaky ways to steal gold from the people of the kingdom across the magical land, but our Apprentice finds that there might be something more important in this world than metal….
The Year 5/6s have eagerly been rehearsing their lines with their fellow thespians and everyone has been doing a fantastic job. Each child who has a speaking part has been given a script to take home. If possible, please take the time to assist your child with learning their lines and experiment with their expression. Of course, students will be given the opportunity to rehearse their part in the play while at school, but as they say – practise makes perfect!
- “I think the school play is going to be exciting to be a part of it” – Hayden
- “One of my favourite parts of the play is the badge competition, I like collecting them” – Tatium
In addition to play preparations, students have commenced investigations into our integrated topic for this term, the “Olympics”. Students have already started to immerse themselves in this topic by researching countries participating as well as completing a number of research tasks inspired by the upcoming Rio Olympics, ranging from Lebron James to the Zika Virus! Well done to all who completed their projects.
- “I can’t wait for the Olympics to start. It has been interesting learning about the Olympics in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony” – Brodie
The Year 6s are very excited to be commencing Toastmasters preparation this Friday which will help to develop their public speaking, confidence and presentation skills over the ten week program. This opportunity would not be possible without the dedication of Aileen and Wayne and their team of presenters who volunteer their time every week to help develop our Year Six students into confident public speakers who readily tackle challenges!
- “I am excited to learn about how to speak confidently in front of others, it will be a handy skill to have whenever I need to talk or present to people that I don’t know” – Kiara
Reading Adventure Texts have been allocated to each child in the senior school and they have been assigned one of our roles from Julie Shepherd’s Literature Circles, a component of our whole school CAFE approach to reading. Thank you again to our wonderful volunteers who provide us much more than just their time; their passion, enthusiasm and dedication to helping our students become highly skilled readers is also greatly appreciated!
- “I’ve enjoyed Reading Adventure because I love getting new books I’ve never heard of to find if they’re interesting to me. I get to learn new things and read new books I wouldn’t find by myself” – Trinity
To finish it off (I know it’s a little late, but some may argue that you’re meant to save the best to last), last term our students were lucky enough to participate in our excursion to Clip N’ Climb; it was truly the most fantastic way to end a term learning about all aspects of health, inside and out, by keeping active, overcoming fears and laughing with friends. We finished the day back at school watching “Inside Out” and eating healthy snacks.
- “Clip N’ Climb was one of the best experiences I’ve had at school” – Jesse
- “I had a lot of fun. I want to go there all the time” – Heath
- “It was an awesome time- my favourite part was the flying fox” – Jorden
Well done a fantastic term of hard work and new learning, here’s to another term of challenges and positive choices in our learning!
Beth Blake, Doug Pumpa, Jess Heitch, Robert Newell, Mrs Diehl and Mrs Brown
Term 3 Week 2
Why ‘It’s Not OK to Be Late to School’
Students being late to school can have an effect on the teacher, other students in their class and themselves in the following ways. They:
- miss out on talking to their class teacher before school
- miss out on playing with other children before school
- miss out on organisation time, for example getting their workbooks and pencil case from
- their tub and setting up their table for the day
- miss out on roll marking, lunch orders being sent to the canteen and taking notices to the office
- miss out on hearing what’s happening for the day
- are often unsure about what they have to do in the lesson
- can arrive at their classroom to find that their class has gone to a specialist lesson and
- they do not know where to go
Why ‘It’s Not OK to Be Away’
When students stay away from school their learning and friendships are affected. They:
- miss the introduction of new work
- fail to complete work
- miss revision
- miss maths, reading and spelling tests
- fall behind with their learning
- may lack confidence and feel embarrassed because they cannot do work the class has
- been studying
- feel left out from class discussion when they have missed a special class activity and
- cannot do the associated work
- miss specialist lessons because these lessons only occur once a week
- miss notices and newsletters
- can find it difficult to break into established friendship groups and develop good
- friendships with their peers
Here is the overall attendance graph for Term 2. Hopefully we will see a lot of improvement in Term 3!
Well done on all the effort classes have put in. Keep up the great work.
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