Clyde Primary School Newsletter

18th October 2016

Featured | Staff v Year 6 Sport

On Thursday 13th October the annual Staff V Year 6 competition took place. This year the year 6 students chose Battle-ball as their game of choice. During lunch the Year 6 students prepared the battlefield while the rest of the school began to crowd the arena in eager anticipation of the half time lunch bell which would signal the start of the game.

The majority of the staff took part, their chair being well guarded by a mix of solid defence and cowardly screams. The sea of dark blue on the opposing side showed their experience by taking the more orthodox approach of trying to catch the ball. Great sportsmanship was exhibited by both sides (well the Year 6 students anyway…) throughout and the 4 games were closely fought battles.

Despite the overwhelming support of the crowd being behind the Year 6 students and their superior numbers, some ad-hoc clever manipulation of the rules throughout the game meant that the staff ran out victorious and soaked up the rapturous applause of the crowd.

Until next year, choose your sport wisely year 5’s.

“It was really fun and most of the Year 5 are looking forward to it next year.” – Pete, Year 6

“ We had a lot of fun playing with the teachers because all of the kids were able to throw the ball at them.” – Lachlan, Year 6.

“It was fun because we finally got to do it, despite the fact we didn’t win.” – Taylah, Year 6.

“Overall it was fun because I caught Mr Ahern and Mr Selby. The Year 5s are looking forward to next year.” – Ricky, Year 6.

“It was fun because we got to throw balls at the teachers.” – Jack, Year 6.


Filter Events

05oct9:00 am3:30 pmTerm 4 Begins9:00 am - 3:30 pm

12octAll DayFoundation to Year 2 Return to School(All Day: monday)

19oct12:00 pm1:30 pmVirtual 1st Transition Day - Foundation 202112:00 pm - 1:30 pm

19oct6:00 pmSchool Council Meeting6:00 pm

26octAll Day28Year 5/6 Camp - Phillip Island Adventure Resort - Cancelled(All Day)

28octAll Day30Year 3/4 Camp - Phillip Island Adventure Resort - Cancelled(All Day)

02novAll DayCurriculum Day(All Day: monday)

05novAll DayCamp Quality Puppets - Cancelled(All Day: thursday)

Principals Report


I would like to welcome our Clyde PS community back for Term 4 including our students, staff and parents. We have a busy term of learning, and of course planning ahead, for a growing school in 2017. If you know that you are intending to change schools at the end of the year, could we request that you let us know as soon as possible as this has an impact on staffing for our school.

Mrs Barker has returned and is taking Social Skills as well as supporting the Junior Team with Reading and Writing. We are very glad to have Sharon back. Welcome Sharon.  You may have met our new Assistant Principal, Ms Michelle Mackenlay at the gate. Michelle joins our Principal Team at Clyde PS and brings valuable experience and knowledge of Curriculum and Student Wellbeing. Welcome Michelle.  We are very pleased to have you at Clyde PS.


New Classrooms

Our 2016 Junior classrooms (Year 1 /2) will be replaced with brand new Mod 5 classrooms (these are the double classrooms) at the end of the year. They are bigger and of course much more modern and will be terrific learning spaces. To enable these buildings to be ready for the start of the 2017 year, we will need to relocate our Junior classes ( 1 / 2 A, B, C and D) to other areas of the school for the month of December.  These areas include the LOTE and Science/Art room, the Social Skills room and an area of the Learning Centre.  As soon as arrangements have been confirmed, parents will be advised as to where each class is to be situated.  This is a temporary inconvenience and I would like to thank you for your support in advance.  Our Specialists will be taking Science, LOTE and Social Skills in home rooms for this time.

We will also be getting an additional Mod 5 to cater for our growing numbers, to be located on the boundary of the school adjacent to the LOTE and Science/ Art Room. This building will be fitted out at the same time and all things going well, be ready also for the beginning of the 2017 school year.  You may have noticed the large pine tree has been removed in this area. This is to allow access for these buildings.

Parent Helper’s Morning Tea

In recognition of all the wonderful support we receive from our Parent Helpers we are again holding a special morning tea.

The time will be from 11.00am – 11.30am on Wednesday 16th November.

Students will be sending invitations out to our helpers in the next few weeks.


Road Update

Over the school holiday period significant progress has been made in relation to the roadworks surrounding our school.

Once the works are finished and the line marking has been completed, marked bays for parallel parking will become available on both sides of the road on Oroya Grove and Valetta Street.

There may be some confusion around the fact that Oroya Grove is not a one-way street and that road users can actually travel both ways in their vehicles.

This will be a permanent road rule moving forward into the future.

Please remember to drive slowly and safely, particularly during drop off and pick up periods.

Parents/guardians parking on the opposite side of Oroya Grove are reminded to walk their children across the road at all times.

Thanks again for your patience.

 Years 3-6 Camp and F-2 Swimming

Information for both Years 3-6 Camp and F-2 Swimming has been sent out to the school community via Tiqbiz.

Payment options have been made available and parents are reminded to please indicate their child’s participation via the forms provided, payment or contacting their child’s classroom teacher.

School Camp does not require any parental support but we are certainly looking for volunteers to help with swimming.

Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you can be of assistance in the Foundation to Year 2 area.

Principal’s Awards

  • Alex – for showing great enthusiasm during writing lessons and always creating wonderfully imaginative stories. Well done Alex!
  • Josh – for demonstrating a passionate approach to all Mathematics tasks. Josh has understood the strategies required to solve addition and subtraction problems. Well done Josh!
  • Lachlan – for outstanding progress in his reading and spelling of the Magic Words, as well as his reading and attitude towards work. Well Done Lachlan!
  • Tameeka – for her positive attitude to all learning tasks. Tameeka has been working hard to  improve her writing by consistently editing and up leveling her work. Well done Tameeka.
  • Bailey – for his positive attitude toward his learning and determination to succeed and also to challenge himself, whether it be Toastmasters, our school production, his sporting achievements or in the classroom, particularly in his Mathematics. Well done, Bailey.

PLT News

Foundation PLT

A very warm welcome back to all our students and families for Term 4. Term 4 promises to be a productive and exciting Term. As our students prepare to transition to Year 1. Students will participate in a whole school transition day later in the Term where they will meet their new teacher and classmates.

Students will also take part in the Foundation to Year 2 swimming program at Paul Sadler Swimland in Narre Warren. This program runs for one week from 12 December and includes a 45 minute swimming lesson everyday.With Christmas around the corner, students will begin preparing their Christmas carol for our Christmas carols evening later in the Term. It is a wonderful night for all families.Please continue to read and revise your child’s Magic 100 Words every night to ensure your child is getting as much practice as possible.

We are looking forward to a very exciting term and we thank you for your support.

Junior PLT

Term Four presents a great number of opportunities for learning both in the classroom and with some other things happening throughout the school. Swimming Lessons are going to be held towards the end of the term for a week from the 12th – 16th of December. We will also be preparing for and holding our annual Christmas Concert toward the end of the year as well. Look out for information on Tiqbiz!

We have also got some changes in the school coming up – our portables in the one two area will be removed and we are receiving brand new ones. This means that in mid-late November, the Junior School will be relocated to some other areas in the school. Once the details have been finalised, we will release further information about where the new classes will be so that you have plenty of time to prepare your kids for the move.

This term, we will be looking at Water and students will be exploring why it is important and how it impacts on our every day lives. Listen out for hearing them talk about rain cycles and different Oceans around the world!

If you have any inquiries about anything that is going on this term, please, as always, see your child’s classroom teacher!

Have a great term!

Middle PLT

This term the Year 3/4s are going to be participating in Reading Adventure. During Reading Adventure students will be split into small groups and discuss a book they have been reading for the previous two weeks. This term we will also be learning about Explanatory Writing which explains how something works, how it was made or how it came to be. In Maths, we will begin the term by looking at Division. Our inquiry topic for this term is Sustainability; were we will be learning about things like recycling and not using up all the Earth’s resources.

The Year 3/4s have their camp this term and will be going to Allambee from Monday the 5th of December to Wednesday the 7th of December. We will also have our Swimming Carnival where everyone races against each other and students cheer on their Houses. A little later we might even have some free time in the pools near the swimming lanes. Near the end of term we will host our Christmas Carols where each class sings a different song that they have been practicing.” – By Ebony Zerafa and Yah Bradley

Senior PLT

Welcome to our last and final term in the LAIR!

This term our Year 5 & 6 students was bound to be a big as camp will soon be on the horizon. The Year 5/6s will be attending Allambee Camp on the 7th, 8th and 9th of December. This camp offers a variety of activities to appeal to all interests and Mr Pumpa is working tirelessly to ensure everything is prepared so if you haven’t paid your deposit and indicated your child’s attendance, please do so ASAP.

Camp is just one of the many events coming up for students to look forward to, with Year 6 graduation also fast approaching as the year disappears quicker than we’d like it to! Before students in Year 6 can celebrate the end of their primary school years, they will also be participating in a number of transition activities to help with the process of easing into secondary college. More information regarding this will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Term four is also an exciting time for the Year 5 students as it means that our school community are preparing to decide on our Leadership Positions for 2017. The Year 5 students had a discussion with Mr Pumpa early last week about the different leadership positions that will be available next year. More information regarding the application process for Leadership Positions for 2017 will be sent home to the Year 5s in the next few weeks, so have a chat with your child about whether this is something that they might be interested in.

All in all, another exciting term ahead to end what has been an already action packed year!

Our Specialist PLTs


Term 4 is already off and running with some interesting and exciting investigations.

Year Five and Six students are immersed in cooperative teams to assemble and construct renewable energy models. The students have been introduced to a Toolbox of Higher Order Thinking Skills and will be using many strategies from the Toolbox to construct their models.

Investigating the movement and sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon and how the rotation of Earth causes changes, in particular night and day will be the focus for the Year Three and Year Four students.

Foundation, Year One and Year Two students will be kept busy discovering how everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes and how food can be mixed to form different products.

A CAFÉ for Science menu has been developed with Julie Shepherd in Term 3 and strategies will be incorporated into science sessions to support our whole school focus of the CAFÉ Reading program. 

Lots of fun and discoveries!


Selamat dating di Term 4 semuanya!

Looking forward to a fun-packed term as we consolidate our Indonesian learning. There will be lots going on and students are very much looking forward to what this term has to offer. The students and myself are excited for the upcoming presentations next week for the Middle and Senior school fantastic projects.

The Foundation students have enjoyed learning how to express their likes and dislikes this week. They will begin to ask others whether or not they like certain foods or hobbies. I am excited to start letting them have a go at Role plays this term and experiment with the language skills they have developed thus far.

The shop unit for the Junior school has all the students engaged and engrossed in the learning of what life and markets are really like in Indonesia. They have learnt about the Rupiah and are excited to begin running shops and purchasing things at their classes mini market stalls using their Indonesian language skills and currency knowledge.

Next week the Middle school students will be showcasing their Indonesian weather reports. All students should be proud of the effort and teamwork they have committed so far in this assessment task. The following 9 weeks’ students will be delving into the life as an average Indonesian student. This unit will help students to understand Indonesia as a culture, distinguish the similarities and differences between their life and an Indonesian child’s life, as well as, hopefully encourage an appreciation of their life in Australia.

The Senior school will be presenting their research and creative projects next week. I was so very impressed with the year 5/6’s work ethic and creativity during this assessment task. It will be great to see what every student learnt and captured within their own projects.

 Social Skills

Thank you to everyone for the fantastic welcome back even though it was hard after three terms to return to the school routine. This term in Foundation and Years One and Two we will continue to work on our resilience – bouncing back when things do not go our way, looking at emotions and dealing with our feelings. In Years Three and Four resilience is also a focus. We will also learn to continue to work in teams co-operatively. Leadership skills and coping with change are going to be focus areas for Years Five and Six taking into account that children will be moving into leadership roles next year or moving to unfamiliar environments.

Physical Education

This term in Physical Education there will be a heavy focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and resilience. Students will be developing these by playing a variety of games throughout PE sessions.

3-6 sport has also started off with a lot of enthusiasm and we have had plenty of great feedback. The students have enjoyed being split into mixed teams and have so far played Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, Battle ball and Skittles. Teachers will be looking for Players of the game and those teams that show fantastic sportsmanship and team work.

We have had a number of students represent Clyde Primary School, this term in the Division Athletics competition held on October 6th. Congratulation to the following students for their efforts; Porsha M, Levi M, Damon C, Lachlan C, Emily T, Courtney D, Bailey F, Ricky M, Brandon T, Cooper H and Brodie M. We want to congratulate Courtney D who qualified for the Regional competition where she was placed 4th in the 100m Hurdles.

With the weather improving and our schools ‘Sun Smart’ policy it is essential all students are wearing a hat out in the yard. This also applies to physical education lessons.

Attendance News

Anxiety about going to school

It is normal that, in some stage in life, that every individual will feel anxious when faced with a difficult situation. Each individual will cope with anxiety in different ways. Anxiety may affect children at any age. If your child is having anxiety about coming to school, you can:

  • Act early – it is important not to dismiss your child’s anxiety, but to help them see that the situations they are worried about may not be as bad as they think
  • Talk to your child’s teacher and school staff as we can provide scaffolding and support
  • Listen to your child and encourage them to tell you about their feelings and fears


Further links: or phone 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days

Parentline – phone 13 22 89 8.00am to midnight seven days a week

Nude Food

Beginning Friday 21st October Clyde Primary School is introducing Nude Food. Nude Food is food without excess packaging. This reduces the amount of ‘stuff’ that needs to go in bins to be sent to landfill. Durable, reusable containers are a great way to bring food.
The homeroom with the least amount of rubbish on each Nude Food day will receive the Nude Food Trophy.

Making food nude is just one of the many ways we can make a difference to the environment.

When – Nude Food every Friday

Pack waste free food!

We appreciate your support!

Environmental Leaders- Arwen, Hayden, Jaykob, Kiara; Science Team-Mrs Campbell, Ms Waters, Mrs Lumley, Mrs Cecil, Miss Ray-Reiffel & Miss Heitch

Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available at the end of October.