Clyde Primary School Newsletter

19th May 2017

Featured | Mother’s Day Picnic 

Our Mother’s Day picnic was a success! It was so lovely to see all of our mothers and grandmothers being acknowledged at our annual Mother’s Day picnic. The sun was out, picnic rugs were laid and there was yummy food to be had. The looks on our students’ faces said it all, they were proud and thankful to have such special people in their lives. We hope you all were spoilt and enjoyed our picnic.


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

Transition 2018

Is your child starting school in 2018?

We are offering school tours at 11.30am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, please book by calling the school on 5998 5293.

Our transition to school program for all 2018 Foundation Students begins in Term 3.  Please mark the dates below in your calendar.

Introduction to Clyde and Tour:  Tuesday 25th July 6pm – 7.30pm – Tour at 6pm, Introduction session starts at 6.30pm

Foundation Transition Days-

  • Monday 14th August 2.15pm – 3.15pm
  • Monday 28th August 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 13th September 9.30am – 10.30 am
  • Monday 23rd October 2.15pm – 3.15pm
  • Friday 10th November 12pm – 1.30pm
  • Monday 20th November 12pm – 1.30pm

Meet the Principal Morning Tea – Monday 20th November 12pm – 12.45pm

Parent Information Session – Tuesday 28th November 6pm – 7pm

Foundation Orientation Morning – Tuesday 12th December 9.30am – 1pm


Education Week and Science Night

What is Education Week?

21st – 27th May.

Education Week is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools and early childhood services to showcase the work they are doing for students to help ensure healthy minds and bodies.

Science Night

As part of our Education Week celebrations, Science Night will be being held on Thursday 25th of May from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Teachers will be pairing up with a buddy teacher to conduct a science experiment for students and their families to participate in.

These experiments will be conducted throughout the Learning Centre and Learning Nest areas.

We looking forward to seeing as many members of our community come and help celebrate Education Week at our Science Night.

Michael Ymer Maths Coaching

Michael Ymer (Maths Consultant) came to Clyde Primary on 9th May and spent the day working with our Foundation to Year 2 teachers on ways in which we can make Maths meaningful and engaging in our classrooms. Michael modelled 3 x 100 minute sessions with different classes and provided teaching teams with a wide range of differentiated rich learning tasks and formative assessment tools to use in their classrooms.

This coaching session was an extension of our PD with Nar Nar Goon Primary and Michael on 21st April. A further coaching session by Michael for Years 3 to 6 teachers will be held on the 14th of June.DSC_0071


Clyde Q & A

My son keeps losing things at school, what should we do?

There are a number of clever strategies you can try. Firstly, label all items, lunchboxes, drink bottles and uniform items with a permanent marker. This should be regularly re-applied around twice a term, as the writing can fade. When writing on jumpers, write inside the material, for example the hood, rather than on the tags, which could be easily removed. Iron on labelling is also a good idea, but once again, these need re-applying as they often fade in the wash, or come loose. With over 350 students, it is important that you put your child’s full name and class, rather than initials. Check lost property regularly, we have two locations, one in the Administration building and one in the Learning Centre. If items are labelled clearly, they will generally be returned in a day or two.

With Winter and wet weather not far away, it is also a good idea to pack extra clothing at the bottom of the school bag, in case your child gets muddy while playing outside. The school has very few replacement clothes, so in many cases we will ring parents to bring extra clothing to the school, when this happens.

Attitudes to School Survey 2017


We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are 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 to assist 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.

The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures that are known to influence student engagement and performance. Students from Years 4, 5 and 6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

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.

The survey results will be reported back to the school in Term 3. No student can be identified in the results reported to schools or in any other report of the data.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Friday 26th May to Friday 16th June. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child’s class time.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information or visit the Department of Education and Training website:

Principal Awards

Farshad for his enthusiasm and effort in practicing addition, subtraction and problem solving strategies.

Ollie S for practicing his writing technique at home and at school which has resulted in great handwriting.

Jimmy for his convincing use of persuasive language over a range of arguments.  Jimmy has worked hard in persuasive writing to ensure that he clearly states his opinion and provide relevant well thought reason and evidence to support his argument.  Well done Jimmy!

Aydin for showing a sound understanding of all topics taught so far in reading and for completing his Magic 100 Words. Well done Aydin, keep it up!

Hailie for her fantastic effort and enthusiasm in Reading and Writing this term. Keep up the great work!



PLT News

Junior B PLT

Welcome to our Learning Nest news.

The time has come around again that we, the teachers, are busy getting ready for report writing. Reports will be coming out towards the end of term and we will again be having our Three Way or Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences after this. So look out for more information on this as we get closer to the date.

We are sure you have heard about our chemical reaction experiments over the past few weeks. So far the icecream making has proved to be the most satisfying to our taste buds but it has been hard to judge which other reactions have had the best impact on student’s enthusiasm. There have been many “aahs and ohhs” throughout the first few weeks of term. Please look out for information about our Science Evening which is coming up quickly. You will be invited to come to school and see science at work in the classrooms. Children will love the opportunity to share their learning with you all.

We again ask that you continue to listen to your child read each day and go through their reading or spelling words with them to help improve their skills to complement what we are doing at school. We need to work together to help each child reach their full potential.

Melbourne weather is very confusing so please do not to forget to pack a spare set of clothes in your child’s bag in case of muddy accidents. Children can bring slippers to leave at school during these months to wear within the Learning Nest so we do not have cold feet. Also, please look for an old shirt your child can leave at school when we are working on messy tasks. This will protect their clothes when we are involved in our Language Experience sessions.

Have a good week.

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

Junior B Team.

Junior A PLT

Junior A students have been very productive during Term Two. We were given the opportunity to participate in “The Power of One” anti-bullying incursion, and Clyde Primary Anti-Bullying day. We were able to share and discuss strategies for dealing with bullying, and learnt about the importance of not being a bystander, and upholding our 3 R’s both inside and outside the classroom.

This term we will be exploring chemical and biological science. Last week we investigated chemical science by making ice cream. The children had to follow a procedure and work as a group to transform ordinary cream into a tasty treat using snaplock bags, ice and sugar!

We have been enjoying lots of language experience activities to assist us with our procedural writing. So far we have made rainbow patterns with skittles and water, made butter and some fairy bread! We are enjoying using VCOP strategies to make our procedures truly outstanding!

We are continuing to learn about different areas of mathematics. We have been investigating capacity, and using things such as water, rice and blocks to estimate and record how much containers will hold. We also enjoyed having Michael Ymer come and teach a math lesson with 1/2 D, and were lucky enough to have him share some ideas and resources with us.

We are also continuing to explore the CAFÉ Reading Menu in our daily reading sessions with a focus on literature and meaningful texts. We have particularly enjoyed exploring a range of picture books to practice different reading strategies.
In addition to this, we have been working on our sustained reading, and are now reading for 10-12 minutes every morning!

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,

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

Junior A Team

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