Clyde Primary School Newsletter

5th May 2017

Featured | Reading Ready with Julie Shepherd 

It was great to see so many parents attend our Reading Ready information session with Julie Shepherd on Tuesday.  Thank you to everyone who attended this valuable session.


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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

Mother’s day Picnic and Stall

On Thursday, 11th May we are holding our Mother’s Day Stall. Items are priced between $1.00 to $4.00. It would be appreciated if you could supply a plastic bag for the gifts to be brought home in.  Thank you in advance for our parent volunteers who are running the stall.

We are looking forward to our Annual Mother’s Day Picnic on Friday, 12th May from 1:00-1:40pm. We are hoping for lovely weather so that it can be held on the oval.  Please bring along your picnic rugs, fold up chairs and picnics to enjoy a special lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day.  For those mums and grandmas who are unable to attend, arrangements will be made to make sure all children are included. If the weather is not great we will hold our picnic inside.

Happy Mother’s Day in advance to all our Mums and Grandmas.

PLT Assemblies

Reminder that PLT assemblies are beginning again for term 2 next week they are held in the Hall/Multipurpose Room at 2.45.

  • Monday – Middle School Year 3 and 4
  • Wednesday this week only – Junior School Year 1 and 2
  • Thursday – Senior School Year 5 and 6
  • Friday – Foundation

Shared Learning

Our Maths consultant, Michael Ymer will be at school on Tuesday, 9th May modelling Maths in our Junior classes for teachers to observe.  The timetable for our Foundation and Junior classes will be amended slightly for the day to accommodate this professional learning for staff.

2018 Enrolments

We are now taking enrolments for 2018.  If you know of someone or you are intending to enrol please collect an enrolment form from the office.  This will greatly assist us in planning for our Foundation 2018 transition program.


Reading Ready with Julie Shepherd

We were very lucky to have had Julie Shepherd host a Parent Information Session on Reading this week.  The parents who attended thoroughly enjoyed the engaging session and learnt some different strategies and ideas on how they can help their children at home with Reading.  Julie’s presentation covered some of the following:

  • The importance of parents reading to their children to encourage their love of Reading.
  • Take home books should be easy for your child, if not, feel free to read it to them.

When students come to a word they are unsure about you can:

  • Give them a moment to pause and think
  • Prompt by asking what makes sense
  • Ask them to look at the picture
  • Ask them to read on and go back: What makes sense?
  • Ask them to look at the beginning letter/s

We look forward to working with you to encourage your children’s love of reading.  If you have any further questions about your child’s reading, please see your child’s classroom teacher.


NAPLAN testing for 2017 begins next week for our Year 3 and 5 students.

Below is an outline of the testing schedule.

Tuesday 9th May –

Language Conventions (9-11am)

Writing (11.40-1.40pm)

Wednesday 10th May – Reading (9-11am)

Thursday 11th May – Writing (9-11am)

We wish our students the best of luck during this busy week and know that everyone will put in their best effort.

Year 6 to 7 Transition

By Friday 12 May, all parents/carers must return the ‘Application for Year 7 Placement’ forms to their primary school to ensure their first preference requests are processed.

Clyde Q and A

What is the ROSE?

The ROSE is a place for students who struggle to cope in various situations can channel their frustrations in a safe and supportive space to ensure not only their safety but also the safety of others. Students who enter the ROSE are provided with the support to recognise their emotions and discuss strategies to gain control of their emotions and actions. The ROSE has three sections, an activity room, a dark room and a quiet area. Students can choose which area they require when they feel overwhelmed.

Currently there is a strict process for children being able to access the ROSE. Parents, teachers and the Wellbeing Coordinator all need to be involved in this process and various avenues will be discussed before an agreement is reached.


In the interest of safety, could parents, guardians and the wider school community please remember to follow the road safety rules when dropping off and picking up students.

A number of people have been witness to ‘double parking’ causing a significant safety risk to our students.

Parent Contribution Reminder

Thank you to those parents who have paid for their contributions this year.  Parent payments are a valuable contribution to enhancing and enriching the educational experience.  These payments allow schools to offer enhanced programs such as Reading Eggs and Mathletics and opportunities that their school communities expect them to offer.   We do understand that families can experience financial difficulty but we can help with making alternate payment arrangements. As there are a number of families that have not, as yet finalised their contributions or may have simply forgotten, we would greatly appreciate your support.

Power of One

Today The Power of One Performing Arts company presented their performance on anti-bullying. Students from across the school enjoyed the incursion and learnt about the different types of bullying, the varying roles in a bullying situation and ways to deal with bullying. Many students were involved in different skits and were provided with props to convey what role they were playing in each situation.

Throughout today students have also participated in multi-age rotations where they have been involved in activities regarding bullying. Some of the activities included reading books, creating no bullying bands, making super hero pictures and utilizing websites on computers. Make sure you ask your child about today and what they learnt!

PLT News

Foundation PLT

During the first week of Term 2 the children settled back into school by exploring the topic of Classroom Communities. We covered areas such as Resilience, Respect and discussed how to manage worries. During one lesson we talked about how the words that we use can hurt or help each other. The children created hearts and found out that negative comments can wrinkle our hearts.

This term we will be exploring chemical and biological science. Last week we investigated chemical science by making sand art. The children had to follow a procedure and worked with a partner to read the instructions to find out what would happen to salt when painted with food colouring.

We are continuing to learn about different areas of maths. This week we have been investigating data and how to handle and understand the results of data. On Monday the children made Decision Trees to help them answer yes and no questions. The children sorted robots into different categories according to their features.

We have also been working hard to develop our fine motor skills. We have given the children access to a range of resources that develop the small muscles in their fingers. This helps the children with their handwriting as they progress. Some of the activities are designed to develop strength, some to enable the children’s hands to work together while others develop hand eye coordination.

Parent Helpers

If any parent is able to come in to help during the day they are very welcome. Please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Please remember to listen to your child read every night and to practise their Magic Words regularly.

Thank you,

The Foundation Team.

Sport News

District Cross Country

On Thursday, 4th May, a selected group of Clyde Primary students from Year 3-6 competed in the Cranbourne South District Cross Country. It was a perfect day for running. The weather was perfect plus the cheering and motivation from within our team was fantastic. We had 38 competitors across the three age groups compete (9-10 girls/boys, 11 girls/boys and 12-13 girls/boys). Each student gave it their best and should be very proud of their efforts.

We had four students make it to Division, which will be held on Thursday 1st June. Well done to:

  • Levi M– 2nd in his age group (11 yr old boys)
  • Jack S – 4th in his age group (9-10 yr old boys)
  • Abbey L – 7th in her age group (9-10 yr old girls)
  • Breeanna T – 10th in her age group (11 yr old girls)

We had also had a number of students in the top 20 in their age group. Well done to:

  • Mekenzie F – 15th in her age group (9-10 yr old girls)
  • Sienna K – 11th in her age group (9-10 yr old girls)
  • Josh H – 16th in his age group ( 9-10 yr old boys)
  • Lucas T – 17th in his age group (9-10 yr old boys)
  • Payton M – 19th in her age group (9-10 yr old girls)
  • Noah K – 16th in his age group (12-13 yr old boys)
  • Brodie M – 13th in his age group (12-13 yr old boys)

Special mention goes to Georgia F, who was the only girl in the 12-13 yr old girls age group that competed for Clyde.

Overall, a great day was had by all.


Amanda Ferguson

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