Clyde Primary School Newsletter
12th December 2016
Featured | 3/4 and 5/6 Camp
The best part about camp were the activities, my favourite was the giant swing because I like the suspense of not knowing when you are going to drop. – Brodie 5/6
The best thing about camp was that most of the activities were about teamwork and trying new things. My favourite activity was hut building, because it included everyone and it was one of the activities that required a lot of teamwork. – Emily 3/4
Everything was amazing at camp, but the one thing that blew my mind was the Giant Swing! It really pushed your limits and gave you a great view of the camp. – Riley 3/4
It appears the students had an absolute ball at Allambee Camp. They conquered the Giant Swing, Flying Fox and Vertical Challenge. The meals were great and provided much needed energy to get them through all the exciting activities, like billy carting, geocaching, the ropes course and the initiative tasks.
In the last newsletter, we posted the structure of our classes and teachers for 2017. You may have noticed that Mrs Sam Koutros, Mrs Lynda Sinnema, Mr Nick Graham and Mrs Alex Matson were not included in our team for 2017. On behalf of the school community I would like to wish Mrs Sinnema all the best for her Long Service Leave which she is taking for the first 2 terms; Mr Graham, who is heading overseas to teach for 12 months and Mrs Matson who will be spending some time with her young family for next year. Mrs Sam Koutros will be taking on the role of Instructional Leader for Teaching and Learning and will be leading our Professional Learning Team planning meetings as well as supporting teachers in classrooms. Our other Instructional Leaders for 2017 are Mr Doug Pumpa who will be leading our Assessment and Data area and Mrs Hayley Taylor who will be Wellbeing coordinator as well as implementing feedback initiatives across the school.
Our new staff for 2017 numbers 11 with 9 teaching staff and 2 Education Support Staff. We have completed our Education Support staff selection process and would like to warmly welcome Mrs Sherelle Brown and Mrs Karen Carpenter, both faces very well known at our school.
Buildings and Construction work at Clyde
Work on our school commences Monday, 12th December as follows;
- 12/12/16 -Setup site compounds bin, toilet, fences- The basketball area will be mostly fenced off for the remainder of the year. Our students will playing on the oval, as well as front and back playgrounds.
- 13/12/16- Remove 2x buildings- these are the Junior classrooms
- 14/12/16- Install 2x new buildings – back into the same location
- 16/12/16- Install third new building,- this will be located adjacent to the current Art and LOTE room
- 18/01/17- Expected hand over date. Staff will have an opportunity to prepare classroom spaces for 2017
We are also on the waiting list for additional portable classrooms which will house our specialist areas for 2017. We are expecting these early in 2017 and will keep the school community updated as we hear from the department.
Currently, Facebook is available as an information page only. Our other forms of communication to the school community include TIQBIZ and our website, including the newsletter. Alternatively, we welcome any questions directly to the office.
Events to finish the year
Foundation – Year 2 Swimming commences Monday, 12th December and finishes on Friday, 16th December
Tuesday, 13th December is our Year 6 Graduation. This is being held in The Champion’s Room at Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne starting at 6:30pm.
On Tuesday, 13th December, Our Year 2 students are having a Transition into Middle School afternoon with the Middle School Teachers. A TIQBIZ message regarding this has been sent home to parents of Year 2 students.
Tuesday, 13th December, will be our last day for student banking. If anyone has a prize to redeem please do so on Tuesday.
There is no canteen; Thursday, 15th December
On Monday, 19th December, we are holding our annual Carols Night. The evening starts at 5:00pm with a picnic. We invite you to pack a picnic rug and chairs, a picnic or takeaway and enjoy some family time before our carols start at 6:00pm. Thank you for supporting this alcohol free event.
Our final whole school Transition session will be held from 2:30-3:30pm on Monday, 19th December.
On Tuesday, 20th December, our final assembly will be held at 12:00pm. We welcome all parents to our final assembly to celebrate and send off our Year 6 students to secondary school. We will advise where our assembly will be held prior to the day.
Our students will be dismissed for the year at 1:30pm on Tuesday, 20th December.
Senior School Update
Time is ticking as the term marches on and it has been a very busy few weeks down in the Senior School. Our Year Six students are madly preparing for graduation, making their scrapbooks and preparing their speeches. All of our Year Six students have participated in transition programs for their new school but it was our Year Five students who I think were more nervous about their high school visit! On Wednesday the 30th of November, the Year 5 students attended Cranbourne Secondary College to experience what a usual day at Secondary College is like. The students enjoyed a music lesson, a crash course in Humanities involving hieroglyphics, and a mathematics lesson using tangrams.
“The teachers seemed really nice” – Jesse
“It was a nice experience of what happens when you grow up. I had fun” – Trinity
“I like doing the PE session because we played Dodgeball with a twist” – Ryan M
“I liked having fun with my friends and the free sausages and food at lunch” – Paige
Yes, you read that right- we were even treated to a free BBQ lunch! In the afternoon, the students from Clyde then met up in the gym to play some games. We played dodgeball and tug of war. Sadly, despite the surplus of willpower and sheer strength of Miss Heitch and Miss Blake, the girls struggled to complete their victory and the boys snuck in with the win! Let the record state, however, that it was very, very, VERY, very close… Just ask Miss Blake or Miss Heitch!
Overall, it was a fantastic day and an excellent opportunity to have a look around a Secondary College environment to see that it’s not really that different to our own little community here at Clyde.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available at the End of Term 4