Clyde Primary School Newsletter

21st April 2017

Featured |Year 3 to 6 Cross Country

On Wednesday, students in Year 3-6 all competed in our school Cross Country.  The level of enthusiasm, motivation & encouragement was fantastic to see.

The course was set up around the whole school with students in Years 3-4 running 4 laps (2km) and Years 5-6 running 6 laps (3km).

The eight fastest students from each of the age groups (9/10 Boys & Girls, 11 Boys & Girls and 12/13 boys/girls) will progress onto District Cross Country, where they will compete against other schools in our district. This will be held on Thursday 4th May. More information and permission forms for those involved will be communicated early next week.


Filter Events

25novAll DayFoundation Wheels Day(All Day: wednesday)

03dec5:00 pm7:30 pmVirtual Carols Night5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

08dec9:30 pm1:00 pm4th Transition Day - Foundation 20219:30 pm - 1:00 pm

10dec5:30 pm9:00 pmGraduation Day5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

11dec9:00 am3:30 pmGrade 3 Fun Day9:00 am - 3:30 pm

14decAll DaySwimming Carnival(All Day: monday)

17decAll DayCurriculum Day(All Day: thursday)

18dec9:00 am1:30 pmLast Day of Term 49:00 am - 1:30 pm

Principals Report

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone to Term 2.  I hope everyone had a good rest and enjoyed some time with your children.  Our students have settled back into school well. Luckily, we have had some great weather to start the term.

School Camp 2017

We are pleased to announce that School Camp for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 students will be held in Term 3 at Waratah Bay this year.

YEAR 3/4s

This will be a three day/two night camp for the Year 3/4s beginning Wednesday 19th July to Friday 21st July 2017. The cost of the camp for the Year 3/4s will be $240 including all accommodation, food and transport.

YEAR 5/6s

This will be a four day/three night camp from the Year 5/6s beginning Tuesday 25th July to Friday 28th July 2017. The cost of the camp for the Year 5/6s will be $320 including all accommodation, food and transport.

Here is a link to the camp website

Could parents please pay a $50 deposit to secure their child’s place on the camp.

The balance of payment can be made over the course of the term with final payment being required strictly before the end of term.

CSEF funds can be used to pay for camp, this can be nominated in the payments option via Qkr! (Please contact the office for any questions regarding CSEF funding)

Please note: Qkr! is the preferred payment method for all parents/guardians who are paying for camp.

2017 Attitudes to Schools Survey

We want our students to tell us what they think

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training. The survey assists schools in gaining an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school.

Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child’s schooling experience.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school between Monday 22nd May to Friday 23rd June. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child’s class time.

Students from Clyde Primary School in Years 4, 5 & 6 will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.

The survey results will be reported back to the school in Term 3 through School Council and information will also be contained in the school’s Annual Report.

The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance.

Students privacy is our priority

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used by the Department to combine data for research purposes only. Your child’s privacy and the confidentiality of your child’s survey responses will be protected at all times. No identifiable personal data is included in the survey response file.

This survey is not a test and your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion.

Want to know more?

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information or see: Attitudes to School Survey

School Photos Next Thursday

Our school photos will be taken on Thursday, 27th April.

Online Orders:  To pre-order online, take your personal Order and ID Numbers found on your order form and go to  Orders can be placed online up to 2 working days after photography.  You do not need to return the order form if you order online.

Remember:  All orders placed online before midnight on photography day will receive a free 20cm x 25cm black and white portrait print.

Manual Orders:  Complete your order form and return with payment to school on photography day.

Sibling Orders:  For a special photo of your children together order online by 10am on photography day.  Alternatively collect a Sibling Order Form from the office or download it from the SchoolPix website and return it on photography day.  Only siblings that place an order will be photographed.

PO Box 5222, Hallam VIC 3803

Ph: 1300 766 055


Making Maths Meaningful

Today our staff combined with Nar Nar Goon PS for a day with Michael Ymer with a focus on ‘Making Maths meaningful to your students. Our teachers will now be using these strategies in their classrooms.

Incursion – Power of One Anti-bullying

Extracurricular Activity

The Power of One is a performing arts company that uses role-play to portray a message about bullying. The company uses a series of skits presented by actors to portray what bullying is, what can be done about it and how every child has the power to report and assist in dealing with bullying when they see it. The skit explains the role of the bully, shows examples of different types of bullying, provides solutions to bullying and emphasizes the need for action.

The incursion is divided into two different age groups, Foundation – 3 and 4-6 to target different levels and experiences.

EVENT DATE: Friday 5th May

VENUE: Clyde Primary School

COST: $3.00 per child

Payment is due by Tuesday 2nd May.

Qkr! is our preferred payment method. CSEF can be used for this incursion, select CSEF in the payment options in Qkr! If you wish to pay at the office please select 0.00 in the payment options.

A Permission slip must be completed in Qkr! Click on the link below –

qkr:// CLYDEPS

If you have any queries please contact the school office.

Clyde Q and A

Who do I talk to if there is an issue at school for my child?

If you have a concern or are worried about your child, a number of people are available to help. The first point of call should be your child’s classroom teacher. To contact them, you can ring the school and make an appointment. It is not always practicable for a teacher to be available at first due to teaching commitments and yard duty obligations. You may also be able to talk to your child’s teacher before and after school, if this isn’t going to affect them getting to their classes or after school meetings

We also have Ms Hayley Taylor who leads our student wellbeing program. Likewise, you may make an appointment to see Ms Taylor or talk to her by phone about issues with attendance, medical conditions, custody/parenting plans etc.

Our Principal Team, Ms Pratt, Mr Schneider and Ms Mackenlay, can be available for appointments for serious matters. Please contact the office to make an appointment.


Upcoming Events.

You might like to note the following events on your calendar for this term.

We are holding an ANZAC Day assembly on Monday, 24th April at 1:30pm. We welcome parents to attend.  Please note Tuesday, 25th April is ANZAC Day and public holiday.

We are looking forward to holding our Mother’s Day Picnic on Friday, 12th May. Our Mother’s Day stall will be held the day before on Thursday, 11th.

For Education Week this year, we are having a fun science evening, where parents and children participate in a range of science experiments.  Watch out for more information about this event occurring on Thursday, 25th May.

Our mid -year reports are being sent home on Monday, 26th June with Three Way Conferences scheduled for Thursday, 29th June.


PLT News

Foundation PLT

Congratulations Foundation students on a wonderful first term in school!

The children have made a fantastic start to school and settled into school life very quickly. During Term 1 the children have become familiar with classroom routines and have transitioned from part time to full time education. They have developed their relationships with the teaching staff and their fellow students and we have observed the formation of many new friendships.

Over the first 9 weeks of school the children have become familiar with the school day and have demonstrated a passion for learning in many ways. Every day the students undertake Sustained Reading and are building up their passion and love of reading. The children have been exposed to a variety of learning strategies and approaches and have enjoyed talking about things they have learnt in class. During writing lessons the children have learnt about the characters in VCOP including Penny Punctuation and Vinny Vocabulary. In Reading they have been exposed to CAFÉ Reading and are becoming familiar to the reading areas of Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary. In Maths the children have become more confident in their understanding of number and have used a variety of resources to develop their concepts of the value of numbers, number order and number formation.

One of the highlights of this term has been the introduction of our Investigative Play Based Learning area. The children have demonstrated their enthusiasm of this area by the way that they use it. We have noticed that the children have begun to take concepts learnt during lessons into the area and have begun to use the resources to develop their understanding of their learning further. We will begin to introduce new elements to this area in Term 2.

This term the children will be building upon their learning of number in a variety of ways be exploring topics such as estimation, ordinal number and recognising counting sequences. They will begin to explore length, capacity and mass and will develop their undersaning of data and how to sort information. In Writing the children will be exposed to infromation reports and procedural writng. In Reading they will build upon their knowledge of reading strategies including checking for understanding, tuning in to interesting words and using text features (titles, headings, captions, graphic features).

During Term 1 the children have begun to take home their Book Bags and change their readers daily.  Many children have reached and even surpassed 25 Nights of Reading and celebrated with a certificate presented to them in assembly. The children have been working hard to learn their Golden Words and read every night at home. It is important that the children continue to read every day and practice their Magic 100 words regularly. Keep up the fantastic work Foundation students Well done!

Middle PLT

We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and is looking forward to another exciting term. Our middle school team teachers, Mrs. Amanda Cecil 3/4A, Mr. Fraser Selby 3/4 B. Mrs. Pattie Chester 3/4C and Miss Jessica Heitch 3/4D are refreshed and ready for a smooth start to the term. Our classrooms are open at 8:45 am every morning so please come in whenever you have the opportunity to do so.

We are pleased with the helpers in our rooms but encourage others as well. So if you have a current Working With Children’s Card and would like to volunteer please see your child’s teacher to arrange a day and time. There are many areas that you can assist in such as reading, mathematics, craft, excursions, displays, sport just to name a few.

Sustained reading time has been a great way to start each day. Students enter the room quietly at 9:00 am, get out their book boxes and sit down to read “good fit” books for up to 20 minutes every morning. Students are encouraged to read at home for up to 15 minutes every night and record the books in their diaries. Diaries are signed and reading nights recorded by the class teacher once a week on a designated day.  A number of students have received their 25 and 50 nights of reading awards already.

Our Inquiry Unit once again starts with our Classroom Community, which will continue to focus on building positive relationships and social skills, as well as learning to work effectively in teams and groups to solve problems. The next theme will be Biological Science, classifying living and non-living things and studying life cycles. The later part of the term will be Chemical Science studying solids and liquids.

Our Middle school assembly is held fortnightly in the Multi Purpose room on a Monday afternoon starting at 2:45pm. Our first will be on Monday 8th May. At this assembly students give short performances, receive individual awards for reading and mathematics and class awards from the specialists. We would like to invite you to join us to celebrate all of our student’s achievements.

Thank you

Middle School Team.

Junior A PLT

It’s hard to believe our first term is over!

Junior A students had a busy time forming new friendships, establishing routines and extending their learning.

Thank you to all the parents and friends that came to support our Junior Sports Day last term. It was a great success with all students trying a range of sports and having fun developing new skills.

In term one, students enthusiastically explored personal and local history. It was wonderful to see so many students extending their learning at home by creating stunning family tree posters to share with their class.

This term students will be learning about chemical and biological science. We will identify the properties and uses of everyday materials as well as explore the characteristics of living things and their habitats. Junior A students will continue developing reading and comprehensions skills using CAFÉ strategies and individual goal setting. We will also learn to write procedures and information reports. In Mathematics, we will revisit place value and introduce the topic of measurement.

We ask that you continue to support your child’s learning by listening to him/her read each day and discussing the content of the book. This could involve retelling the story, locating information or answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Students will also continue progressing through the Magic Words.

With the colder weather approaching, donations of tissues are greatly appreciated. We are also seeking parent helpers to assist with reading, Magic Words, small group work and whole class activities. If you are interested, please see you child’s classroom teacher for more information.

We look forward to another exciting term of learning!

Junior A Team

Sophie Foden, Beth Blake, Ben Ahern, Alyssa Naughton and Caren Gibson

Junior B PLT

Welcome to Term Two and a change in weather.

A change in weather often means we can expect some children will become unwell. If your child is not well and staying home from school, please let us know via tiqbiz as this is a requirement set out by the Education Department. Also, as you know, children and puddles seem to find each other very easily, so it would be lovely if each child had a spare set of named clothes and especially socks, in their bags just in case.

You should have received information about an incursion in early May about The Power of One Anit-bullying. Please check your tiqbiz for this information. This incursion will provide important information on how to act positively with other members of our community. Late last term we sent home School Photo information also. Photo day is next Thursday so we have been practising our smiles.

Science will be our focus for this term. During the first half of term we will be looking at Chemical Reactions, so be prepared for some interesting conversations. We have already seen children’s excitement with our Language Experience activities so hopefully our chemical experiments will live up to the same expectations and encourage animated conversation at home too. We will be having a Science Night later in the term, so look out for any information about this event. The second half of term our focus will be on Biological Science.

All children change their reading books daily and have been given their Magic 300 words to revise at home – either as a spelling or a reading focus. Please remember to encourage your child to bring their reading bags to school. 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.

Junior B Team

Allie McQueen, Kate Brittain, Sharon Barker and Kerri Horrocks,

Senior PLT

In Term 1 our 5/6 inquiry topic was Australian History. All of the classes looked at Australia Day and if everyone should celebrate it. We also looked at when the convicts came and why they invaded Australia and took over the Indigenous land and why they also killed so many Aborigines.

The year six’s were super excited to get their leadership badges at the first whole school assembly of the year. Natalie and Brodie did an amazing job with assembly as it was their first time hosting it. Only some of the year six’s didn’t get a leadership role but they tried really hard to get one. They get to help the school and some of them are on the environmental team.

5/6B & C wrote a diary entry pretending that they were a convict, they also scrunched the paper up and put wet teabags on them to make them look old.

We have an amazing program called Reading Adventure, which the students choose 5 books and one of the books get picked for them to read in two weeks. They also get homework and an activity about the book.

In Math we have been learning about area and perimeter, powers of 10, decimals and many other things.

Everyone is enjoying 5/6 and loving 2017.

By Campbell and Georgia

Specialist PLT

Physical Education

We had a busy & successful Term 1 with Year 3-6 House Athletics, District Athletics and our Junior Sports Day. It was great to see all students participating and having a go. Thank you to all the parents that also attended the events to support their children.

Athletics, Minor Games, Fitness/Endurance, Relay formation games all formed part of Physical Education classes during the term. The Foundation students were also introduced to PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) which they are really enjoying.

Term 2 is also going to be a busy and fun term. This week we had House Cross Country, with the top 8 students from each age group going to District Cross Country to compete against the other schools in our district.

After successfully applying for a grant through Sporting Schools Victoria, this term we are lucky enough to have Volleyball Australia running a volleyball program for all students in Years 3-6.

During PE classes, students will be taking part in ball games such as netball, soccer & volleyball. Students will be developing and working on skills such as throwing, catching, kicking & scoring. The aim is for maximum participation and enjoyment from all students.

We will be finishing off the term with Lightning Premiership, where all students from Years 3-6 will compete in one of five sports – Netball, AFL, Soccer, Volleyball or T-ball, against other schools in our district. This will be held on 16th June.


Music – Year 3 – 6

Celebration of Term 1 work

In Term 1 Clyde Primary School was introduced to music, and lots of it. The work for the term aimed at building students’ beat keeping and rhythmic skills, which are the foundation of good music making. We used our new Djembe and Cajon drums to learn fundamental rhythm sounds. We worked in groups to combine rhythms, played circle games, recorded a vocal percussion piece and began to perform in front of an audience. In our assemblies last term we even had a drum, keyboard and choir performances.


Term 2 – What is Pitch?

This term in music we switch our focus from rhythm to pitch and melody. We will use our new Ukuleles to learn about chords, melody, notes, riffs, improvisation and the musical alphabet. We will combine this new learning with last term’s rhythmic learning to play our first proper songs using 2 – 4 chords. Outstanding student work will be celebrated and showcased in our assemblies and preparation for this year’s Clyde Show will begin. Students will complete formal assessments this term and be required to work through the composition or rehearsal process to create a final piece for assessment. Students will also analyse their own and others work. It’s going to be a great term in music.


Visual Arts Term 1 and 2

Foundation, Year One and Two

Foundation students enjoyed making a collage of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ houses using straw, sticks and coloured paper for bricks in Term One.  To complete the unit of Fairy tales the students viewed artworks of pigs, drew then painted their own artworks of a pig.  What a marvellous job they did!

This term Foundation students will be creating artworks based on our inquiry unit ‘Biological Science.’  They will continue to explore different techniques, such as mark making and printing using Visual Art practices. The students will view and respond to artworks and present their own artworks.

The Year One and Two students also enjoyed creating and making their interpretations of the beanstalk in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ with collage work.  They were thrilled to put their own photo or draw a self-portrait put on a template of a child climbing then attach it to our huge beanstalk in the art room.  They all became the ‘Jack’ or in our case, Jada or Egor and the beanstalk, and all the other Year One and Two students!

They were thrilled having themselves climbing the beanstalk to reach the giant!

In Term Two, the Year One and Year Two students will also be creating artworks using the Biological Science inquiry unit as the focus.  They will continue to explore and develop many art elements during their making and creating as well as interpreting and responding to viewed artworks based on the theme. The students will be presenting their own artworks to their class.

Looking forward to another fun filled and creative term!

Mrs Campbell


Junior Visual Arts

Year Three, Four, Five and Six

Art for Year 3-6 in Term 1 was an amazing experience. The students learned many new skills and developed some amazing artworks. Year 3 and 4 worked hard on beach paintings that incorporated overlapping, contrasting colours and using tools other than a paintbrush, while Year 5 and 6 collaboratively created sticky-tape sculptures of each other’s body parts that they combined to make into people. This term the students are continuing to develop their painting skills and knowledge of the elements and principles of art. Those skills will be utilised well when they learn the Notan and Batik art forms from Asian cultures later in the term. As famous artist, Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” I hope to continue to see the amazing expression of student art through their use of colour and shape as the term continues.

Mrs Steckyj

Senior Visual Arts


Selamat Datang Kembali!

Last term saw students throughout the school show off their new and consolidated language skills, as well as student’s cultural knowledge and awareness. Foundation have successfully completed a whole term of Indonesian learning and have grasped many new skills including identifying Indonesia on the world map, greeting the teacher and peers in Indonesian and counting to 5 or 10. The Junior School completed many group activities, which encompassed learning and extending their language skills in communicating with peers, and identifying the color or number of different items in Indonesian. The Middle and Senior school both worked collaboratively to produce presentations on the inquiry topic of world flags.

The Senior School will be delving into the Indonesian Puppetry along with creating their own role-plays for puppet shows. Second term shall see the Middle school investigate life of Indonesian students, as well as students beginning to write more formally in Indonesian with assistance. Along with the Senior School, the Junior School will begin using puppets in an age-appropriate way to help the emerging of students Indonesian communication skills. This term the Foundation students will be provided with the learning opportunities to begin communicating with peers in Indonesian, as well as interacting in the LOTE classroom.

Salam, Bu Ray

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