Clyde Primary School Newsletter
6th March 2017
Featured | Year 3 – 6 Athletics
Clyde Q & A
Q) Why is my child put into another classroom, when the teacher is away?
A) There are a number of reasons we choose to do this.
Firstly, our class sizes are very small, particularly in the F-4 area (we have 18 students on average across this area) so having an extra few students won’t affect the learning or teaching in that classroom. Our teachers plan across a team and have a collective responsibility for all students, therefore all teachers have similar programs or teaching and learning tasks, and know how to cater for your child. Our students are familiar with and know the teachers at our school. We are able to continue their learning by providing a safe and secure learning environment for them with staff they already know.
We may also use our current staff who do not have a class when they are available to relieve absent staff. Mr Schneider, Ms Mackenlay, Ms Taylor, Ms Koutros and Ms Steckyj will cover classes when required. This will occur if we know that staff will be absent for a number of days or in the senior school where our classes number on average 25.
At all times, our focus is on our students and ensuring that their learning continues based on the planning we do to cater for their needs.
Picking up and dropping off students
From today, if parents need to pick up children during school hours for appointments etc, we ask that you sign them out at the office. Our office staff will arrange for your child to come to the office with their bag for you to take home. Thank you for your support.
Thursday, 9th March is our Three Way Conference evening, if you are available between 5:25 until 6:00pm, come and have a chat and a sausage on the basketball court.
Our Junior Tabloid Sports day will be held on Friday, 17th March 9am on the oval.
On Thursday, 30th March from 4:00-6:00pm is our Twilight Sports day. Come along and join in some fun games and races with your children.
Fruit Breaks are set times in our school for students to ‘refuel’ on vegetables, salad and fruit and ‘rehydrate’ with water. Students who are not hungry and are well hydrated perform better in the classroom, show increased concentration, and are less likely to be irritable and disruptive.
We currently implement 2 Fruit Breaks in the school day, one around 10am and the other around 12:30pm, when they best fit into each class’ schedule. Teachers may implement Fruit Breaks while students continue on with their work, or stop work and hold a Fruit Break specific activity inside or outside of the classroom.
Annual Implementation Plan
Our Annual Implementation Plan has been endorsed by School Council and will be posted on our website by the end of this week. This plan outlines the work that we are undertaking to improve our school. If you have any questions regarding this, please place them in the Clyde Q & A box located in the office.
On Friday our student leadership team and student voice received their badges at an official whole school assembly.
School Captains – Natalie S and Brodie J
School Vice Captains – Paris N and Harley F
House Captains –
- Ridgway – Brodie M
- Ballarto – Noah K
- Beechers – Liam T
- Yallambee – Liam W
ICT – Ryan M and Josh
Environment/Science – Rosey and Trinity
English – Olivia S
Mathematics – Campbell
Welfare – Ryan D
Arts – Jessica S and Taitum
Student Voice – Cam L, Hudson S, Savannah S, Izzie S, Macey M, Isabelle M, Darcy F, Abbey W, Amy A, Eddie L, Hamish B, Egor O, Levi H, Peyton Z.
Student Voice representatives for Foundation will be selected in the second half of the year.
Our 5/6 students are well and truly settled into school now and are having a fantastic time! All students are doing a fantastic job at displaying our 3 R’s: respect, responsibility and resilience.
We have started our first Maths unit of work on Place Value and it is wonderful to see all students challenging themselves! In Reading we are working on re-telling a text, and in Writing we are moving on to Narrative writing. We are looking forward to seeing the great work that the students are going to produce!
Last week we had our Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival and what a great day it was! There were lots of different events, such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, hurdles, running and relay! It was great to see everyone participating, having fun and cheering each other on.
The next few weeks are going to be very busy in the senior school; students will be moving on from place value and will begin learning about measurement in Maths. In Literacy we will be having a strong focus on expanding our vocabulary and using WOW words in our writing. We are also delving deeper into our Australian History topic to explore settlement and put ourselves in the shoes of those who migrated to Australia.
The laptops program will be up and running shortly, a friendly reminder to please return all ‘Responsible Use of ICT’ forms to the office as soon as possible.
As a part of our Home Learning Policy, it is expected that all students read for at least 20 minutes each night. Students now have Lexile books to bring home and are required to log their reading in their student diary and have it signed by a parent/caregiver.
Please feel free to come and speak to us with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your child. We are already having a fantastic year and are looking forward to celebrating more achievements and further challenging ourselves!
Miss Forester, Miss Hamilton, Mr Pumpa, Ms Taylor, Mrs Browne and Mrs Carpenter
School Council Elections 2017 – Information for Parents
What is a school council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on the school council?
For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category – more than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
(DEECD) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
- A mandated elected DEECD employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DEECD employees are not eligible to be Community members.
Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Why is Parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
How can you become involved?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year.However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there arepositions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider
- standing for election as a member of the school council
- encouraging another person to stand for election.
Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
What do you need to do to stand for election?
The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.
If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category. DEECD employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination. Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
- Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
- Consider standing for election to council this year
- Be sure to vote in the elections if necessary
School Council Members with a remaining year are as follows:
4 parent positions up for election
2 staff positions up for election
Self-nomination forms and nomination forms for the parent category are available from the office on Thursday 9th March 2017.The nomination forms must be lodged in the ballot box in the office by 4pm on the 16th of March 2017. You will receive a nomination receipt when you hand in your nomination form. If an election is required, a ballot will be held and this will close on 23rd March, 2017. All parents can vote for the parent vacancies if a ballot is required.
Contact Nick Schneider (Assistant Principal) for further information.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available in the middle of March.