Clyde Primary School Newsletter
19th June 2017
Featured | Sensory Garden
Throughout the years Clyde Primary School has been lucky enough to have had the support and friendship of the Cranbourne Bunnings Team.
On Wednesday the 7th of June Bunnings started the construction on The ROSE Sensory Garden, we had at least 20 happy Bunnings staff working hard to complete this project.
We would like to thank these wonderful people for their dedication and acknowledge the contribution they have made to Clyde Primary.
Parents and friends please feel free to take a look as we are extremely proud of our garden.
Attitudes to School Survey
On Tuesday 13th June, the Year 4, 5 & 6 students completed the Attitude to School’s Survey. This was the first year that the survey has been completed online and also the first year that Year 4 students have been included in the survey.
The overall objective of the annual Attitudes to School Survey is to collect data about the opinions of students from Years 4 to 12 to assist schools with planning, developing curriculum and improving student outcomes.
The survey assists schools to gain an understanding of students’ perceptions and their experience of school. It provides schools with valuable data on students’ views of their wellbeing, teaching, learning and school in general.
Enrolling at Clyde PS.
We are conducting personal tours of our school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:45am with a member of the Principal Team and appointments can be made by calling the school office on 5998 5293.
An evening session will be held on Tuesday 25th July 6pm – 7.30pm with a tour starting at 6pm, followed by an introduction session starting at 6.30pm.
Clyde Q & A
Q: What are the Lunchtime Groups I have heard about?
A: Our teachers volunteer to run extra-curricular activities throughout the week. These activities run each day of the week at lunchtimes. These activities are open to all students to participate, with a varied range of activities designed to cater for different students’ interests. The activities run for the duration of a term and then new activities will be planned for the next term. We have had a successful program in place for Term 2, with many students choosing to participate in activities such as Mindful Colouring, an ICT group, outdoor games, a choir, meditation, mosaicking and indoor games such as chess and cards. The groups are designed to provide students with stimulating activities where our students are supervised. Many of the participants end up making new friends during these activities, from different year levels or classrooms. The Lunchtime Groups run at various locations around the school. Teachers regularly remind students that these options are available.
Special ‘Burger’ Lunch Day – Monday 26th June
Last Canteen day for Term 2 – Thursday 29th June
First Canteen day for Term 3 – Thursday 20th July
3/4 and 5/6 Waratah Beach Camps
Reminder – Camp payments must be finialised by 30th June.
Three Way Conferences
Three Way Conferences are being held on Thursday 29th June starting from 3.45pm. Parents can now book Three Way Conferences online using the link below and the event code x7rjk. Students are expected to attend. Bookings can also be made with Specialist teachers, these conferences will be held in the Learning Centre.
Specialist Teachers and Classes
- Mrs Campbell – Visual Arts Foundation – Year 2
- Mrs Steckyj – Visual Arts Year 3 – Year 6
- Mr Trzeciak – Music Year 3 – Year 6
- Mrs Elston – Music Foundation – Year 2
- Ms Ferguson – P.E
- Ms Bu Ray – LOTE Indonesian
If you are experiencing difficulties making an online booking please see your classroom teacher.
Online bookings will close on Tuesday 27th June so get in fast to secure a preferred time.
Whole School Assemblies
There will be no PLT (Year level) Assemblies this week. We are holding our Whole School Assembly on Thursday 22nd June from 2.45pm – 3.15pm. Weather permitting, Assembly will be held on the basketball courts. Our students and staff would love to see you.
Friendships and Social Skills
Over recent weeks there have been a few incidents with some of our senior students in the school yard. These incidents have involved children who have not been following our whole school values or whom are having friendship or social issues with their peers. The school is dealing with a number of these incidents, by being as proactive as we can and addressing issues as quickly as we are notified.
A number of strategies we are employing at the moment are:
- Teachers in the senior school running a Social Skills program in their classrooms
- Mr Schneider and Ms Mackenlay are running some student forums, where students will be able to discuss their concerns
- Students and teachers worked together to establish modified rules and expectations for playing football at our school
- Additional staff are on yard duty, so students can report incidents promptly
- Consequences are put in place for students who do not follow our expectations
- Student feedback has been gathered through a range of surveys, which will inform the school’s leadership team and class teachers to potential concerns, as well as highlighting what is working well.
- Yard duty teachers carry folders to record incidents outside and these are entered into the school’s computer program Sentral, and teachers are notified.
- We have Lunchtime Groups running every day at lunchtimes.
Parents can help to support us with ensuring all of our students are safe and happy at school, by enacting a number of important strategies. Firstly, talk to your children openly about values such as respect, resilience, honesty, fairness and empathy. Model these values everyday to your children, they learn so much from what they see at home. Encourage your child to report incidents to a yard duty teacher promptly, or their class teacher if they would prefer. Don’t approach other parents about issues at school, come and see the school to discuss your concerns, the classroom teacher is the best person to speak to in regards to your child.
Mrs Pratt, Mr Schneider and Ms Mackenlay will all be spending time in the schoolyard at recesses and lunch times, promoting and looking for the values we expect from our students here at Clyde Primary School.
Principal Forum- Nick, Michelle and Fiona
On Thursday, 15th and Friday, 16th June, Michelle, Nick and I attended the 2017 Regional Principal Forum at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Over 600 Principals and Assistant Principals attended across South Eastern Victoria Region. We heard from some inspirational international speakers about well researched best practice and stories of implementation from London, Ontario and America. There were many affirmations for us as a school in the work we are doing and some challenging ideas to bring back for further discussion.
Kate Brittain, Beth Blake, Amanda Cecil, Michelle Mackenlay and Sam Koutros attended the Bastow Leading Literacy session on Writing. The English Team have chosen to undertake a School Based Initiative on ‘What is an effective Writing program at Clyde PS?’ The team will continue to investigate this at the next session held in Term 3.
Michael Ymer (Maths Consultant) came to Clyde Primary on 14th June and spent the day working with our Year 3- 6 students and 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.
Planning Days- Weeks 10 and 11
Our Professional Learning Teams are again undertaking a day of valuable planning in readiness for Term 3 over the next two weeks. Sam Koutros is leading these professional learning days with a very structured program so that at the end of the day, our PLTs would have; reviewed the Term 2 curriculum and achievements of our students, discussed and planned the Term 3 overview, including Community Classrooms ( week 1) and a weekly overview, completing the Integrated Planner flowchart and PLT Schedule, looked at Data Analysis and then begun weekly planners, including planning for the first 2 weeks of Term 3. This day is quite intense for our teachers and the time extremely valuable for building on the knowledge of the Victorian Curriculum and discussing high impact teaching strategies for our students.
Georgia for always having a positive attitude towards learning, accepting challenges and working hard to achieve her individual learning goals in Literacy.
Abbie for writing a fantastic information report on Lions and using her VCOP skills to highlight her punctuation and connectives
Ebony for an exemplary attitude towards all her learning resulting in some outstanding results. Ebony has achieved some great results in her maths by challenging herself and taking responsibility for her own learning; even taking the time at home to extend her knowledge of multiplying decimals.
Eddie for his excellent understanding and effort in all areas of the curriculum!
Ayla for her outstanding improvement in reading and writing! Well done, Ayla!
Term 2 has been extremely busy for the middle school children as we near the end of term it is good to reflect on the learning that has taken place. The teachers have been assessing the children and writing reports on their achievements. Three Way or Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held at the end of term so we will look forward to discussing future goals for the children.
Our Inquiry focus this term has been on biological and chemical science. The students have been engaged in a variety of experiments. Watching those little ducklings grow was a great introduction to living things in Mr Selby’s room. The egg drop experiment was received with enthusiasm and very few eggs were scrambled. The bi-carb and vinegar volcanic eruption was also a very popular experiment. It was great to see so many parents and students experimenting on Science Night.
As part of our biological science theme we took the students to the Edithvale Wetlands where they learnt about the species that live there. The number of different birds that were observed from the bird hide was amazing. The students were able to collect shells from the 7000 year old beach in the middle of the wetlands. We were fortunate with the weather and the students had a wonderful day exploring the wetlands.
Our middle school students have been involved in sporting events again this term. The cross country was held and again it was pleasing to see the students competing for their house. We sent a small number of students to district and then onto regional competition.
We are continuing to start each day with our literacy block. The students start each day reading their “ good fit” books in our sustained reading time between 9 am and 9:20 am. After that we have reading and writing sessions that focus on the CAFÉ strategies for reading and the VCOP elements for writing. Also in this block we have been focusing on joined handwriting. The students are eager to get their pen licences. It has also been pleasing to see that students are reading at home. Some students have been presented with their 100 night reading certificates.
We look forward to meeting with you at our Three Way Conferences.
Mrs Chester, Mrs Cecil, Mr Selby, Miss Heitch and Mrs McBride
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available at the end of July.