Clyde Primary School Newsletter
17th March 2017
Featured | District Athletics 9th March
We had 45 students from Clyde compete in the District Athletics last week. All the students did a fabulous job. We have 3 students that have progressed through to Division Athletics in September. They are Paris, Nick G & Levi M. Congratulations to everyone that took part. Many thanks to all our parents for their support and Justin Keppel for the fantastic photos.
Our teachers and Education Support staff are participating in a number of professional learning initiatives at our school. As a school we are committed to ongoing new learning to ensure we are providing the best learning opportunities for all our students.
Leading Literacy – Ms Kate Brittain and Ms Sam Koutros are participating in this Bastow course. As well as developing their leadership skills to lead whole school programs, they will be implementing an Action Research project this year in Spelling, investigating best practice and making recommendations for 2018.
CAFE – Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanding Vocab
Julie Shepherd, is in on Monday for additional learning in English for our staff. The day will involve her continuing a modelling program in Reading (CAFÉ) to our teachers across the school. On Tuesday, 2nd May Julie will be holding an information session for parents from 9:00-9:30am on how to best support your child with their reading. Please register your interest at the office, we would love to see you there. In addition, Ms Koutros will be running further sessions for parents on how we teach your child to read. Dates will be released next term.
Coaching for Leadership Teams
Ms Michelle Mackenlay, Mr Nick Schneider and myself attended a two day workshop this week. The focus for this course is on organisational culture and climate of our school. We will be participating in an Induction coaching session on the 20th April and will determine our next steps for this initiative.
Curriculum Day – Friday, 21st April
Our staff will be combining with Nar Nar Goon PS for a day with Michael Ymer with a focus on ‘Making Maths Meaningful’ to your students- How would this look in the classroom? This is a student free day.
Next week our professional Learning Teams across the school will be planning for Term 2 and our specialist teachers will be taking classes for the day. Each PLT will be spending a day in targeted planning based on the Victorian Curriculum. Teachers will be bringing student feedback information to this meeting to provide a student voice on their interests and ways they like to learn. Ms Koutros and our educational consultant Ms Philippa Morrison will be supporting the planning.
We are looking forward to this fun afternoon with parents and our children joining in some games and races. If you can come along from 4:00-6:00pm on Thursday, 30th March, we would love to see you at this Clyde PS community event.
School Council Elections
We recently asked for nominations for 4 parent positions on Clyde Primary’s School Council. We have received 4 nominations for these positions therefore a ballot was not necessary. I am extremely happy to announce the following parents as new or returning members to our School Council for 2017.
Kerri Lightowler (returning)
Paul Taylor (returning)
Lisa Hogan (new)
Marita Elvish (new)
There were also 2 staff member positions available which were filled by Michelle Mackenlay and Emma Scott.
I would like to formally acknowledge our outgoing members Julie Ledbury and Denise Coupar for all of the hard work and dedication they have displayed at School Council over a number of years. We thank them for their commitment to our school.
Assemblies next week
It is assembly week next week. All assemblies are at 2.45pm in the Multipurpose Room. Your children would love to see you there if you are available.
Monday 20th – Middle School (3/4)
Tuesday 21st – Junior School (1/2)
Thursday 23rd – Senior School (5/6)
Friday 24th – Foundation
Last day of Term 1
Friday, 31st March. Dismissal time is 2:30pm
Amelie for making a smooth transition to school and accepting challenges during learning time.
Presley for a fantastic piece of Recount Writing, including lots of details and full stops.
Layella for her fantastic work in making connections as she reads with Words Their Way. Well done Layella.
Noah for a fantastic effort in incorporating historical ’Wow’ Words into his Convict Diary.
Junior PLT A
Junior A students have made a wonderful start in Term One. Through circle time, collaborative tasks and role play students have formed many new friendships and explored strategies to resolve simple conflicts. We are also enjoying our spacious learning areas and are excited to use the new projectors to enhance learning opportunities throughout the year.
In Mathematics, we began the year by practising counting and building our understanding of place value. Using concrete materials and hundreds charts we counted forwards and backwards from different starting points. Students also ordered numbers by size and explained their thinking. Later this term we begin learning about time. We will look at days of the week, months of the year and reading and representing time on analogue and digital clocks.
This term the students have been thoroughly enjoying CAFÉ in their daily reading sessions with a focus on literature and meaningful texts. We have particularly enjoyed exploring a range of picture books to practise different reading strategies. Below are some quick quotes from students who enjoyed our learning task on “Where the Forest Meets the Sea” by Jeanie Baker as we explored the strategy “make a mental image or picture of what I am reading”:
“I drew the man cooking the fish on the fire. It was fun to guess the drawings” – Tahlia
“I liked drawing the pictures from the story because we didn’t see them first and we had to guess” – Paige
“I drew the crocodile from the forest” – Alasdair
“I drew some animals I heard from the story” – Lucas
During writing we have been looking at the structure of a recount. We learned how to give information to the reader in an introduction, using the 5 W’s (who, What, When, Where and Why); as well as making paragraphs using topic sentences and adding details using adjectives. The students have all created wonderful writing pieces this term, about weekend events and school activities. We have also been looking at using exciting opening sentences to grab the reader’s attention and working on letter formation and placement.
The Junior A students have been investigating our family and local history over the course of this term. We explored family trees, and how we can use them to trace back our family history and heritage. We also created our own personal emblems, which represented four things that were unique and special about our families. We have also been discovering how our schools and local area have changed over time. We were fascinated to learn about the use of chalk boards instead of iPads, and how posture, cooking and metal work was taught in primary school.
Sophie Foden, Ben Ahern, Beth Blake, Alyssa Naughton and Caren Gisbson
Junior A Team
Junior PLT B
Hello from everyone in the Learning Nest. Can you believe Term One has nearly finished?. Where has the time gone!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Three Way Conferences. It was great to hear the children discuss how they think they are going in their learning. Children have begun to consider their goals for Term Two to help in this learning journey. At these conferences we were able to give out ICT and required school forms to be completed by parents and carers. If you have not returned these forms please do so as soon as possible as we are hoping to begin our Reading Eggs and Mathletics programs now we have access to i-pads in our area. We ask that you explain the ICT agreement to your child and then ask them to sign this as well so they understand the school’s expectations in regards to ICT in our classrooms. Thank you to everyone who has completed these forms. Information and forms have been available on Tiqbiz, copies are also available at the office if you need.
Our focus for the remainder of this term is comparing today to the past – which will include looking at school and family life. By now you would have received your child’s Family Tree Project. We are hoping to display these around the Learning Nest. Children love sharing their work and information about their family with others and get quite excited to see their work up for others to see.
As you are probably aware by now we have a Language Experience activity most weeks – which at times becomes much messier than we thought possible! To help reduce this we are asking that children bring in an art smock, which will be stored in our classrooms for these experiences. It can be an old shirt that is about to be thrown out – just as long as it has long sleeves, can be buttoned up and named. Everyone thoroughly enjoys these sessions and the look of surprise and delight on the children’s faces is worth the mess.
All children have received their Reading Diaries and Magic 300 words to revise at home – either as a spelling or a reading focus. We ask that these, along with the reading bags come to school daily. We are attempting to encourage children to become responsible for their own learning by remembering to change their books and place bags, diaries and all their belongings in their correct place.
Have a good week.
Allie McQueen, Kate Brittain, Sharon Barker, Kerri Horrocks and Sherelle Browne
Junior B Team
OSHC Camp Australia
At OSHC we are focussing on sustainability practices. We are growing plants in the recycled containers and using natural materials in our craft activities. We have already grown grass, corn, mint and marigold seeds and the children are so excited to see their plants growing. Next week we will be extending our sustainability practice to grow more plants and by focussing on craft activities based on recycled materials.
We are collecting books for our book area, if you have any ‘children books’ that you no longer use please donate to OSHC.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available at the end of April.