Clyde Primary School Newsletter
28th July 2017
Featured | Waratah Beach Camp
I would like to welcome back all of our school community to Term 3 and hope everyone had a restful break. We have a number of events this term including our Clyde Show, please note the date is now Thursday, 21st September. Our Clyde Show team are busy organising this event and will be sending home information throughout the term.
Professional Learning Team Focus
Term 3 is a very productive term for Teaching and Learning. The Foundation and Junior PLTs integrated topic is ‘Geography’, the Middle and Senior School are focussing on Civics and Citizenship. All PLTs integrate their Inquiry topic into the Reading, Writing and Maths curriculum areas. Julie Shepherd, our Education Consultant will be attending Clyde PS twice this term to work closely with our teachers to provide personalised professional development. This term we are also introducing a Peer Observation program that will allow teachers to observe other teacher’s practice and provide constructive feedback on an agreed focus.
Foundation 2018 Transition
On Tuesday, 25th July we held an Information Night for our 2018 prospective parents. Our first Transition session for our 2018 Foundation students is scheduled for Monday, 14th August at 12:00-1:00pm.
If you know of anyone who is wanting to enrol at our wonderful school, would you please pass on this information. Our Transition sessions continue in Term 3 and 4 and dates for this are on the calendar on our school website.
We are conducting personal tours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:40am with a member of the Principal Team and appointments can be made by contacting the school office on 5998 5293.
School Council – Expression of interest for casual vacancy
Clyde Primary School Council are looking for a suitable person to fill a casual vacancy until March 2018. Any parents that are interested in the position or would like to receive further information can contact a member of the Principal Team by the end of next week.
We would like to formally acknowledge Jo Sturgeon for all of the hard work and dedication she has displayed in her role as a School Councillor and wish her well in the future.
Buildings and Grounds
Over the holiday period we have had some significant maintenance work completed across our school. Listed below is a rundown of what has been completed.
- Entrance to the school re-concreted
- Student toilet floors re-surfaced
- Rose Cottage external works
- Principal Office upgrade
- Staffroom painting and minor works
- Administration building external works including new window frames at back of building
- Canteen door replaced
The school has appointed a new handyman Stephen Davies, who will be working fortnightly at our school.
New Pedestrian Crossing and other reminders
Since the beginning of Term 3 we now have a school crossing. Can parents and guardians please remember to use the crossing at all times when crossing the road.
A friendly reminder to all members of the school community to please keep the outside of our school clean and tidy. Can we please remember to be respectful of our neighbours and obey the road rules and marked bays when parking cars.
Term 3 Upcoming Events
Week 5 (14th August – 18th August)
Week 9 (11th September – 15th September)
These assemblies are held after lunch from 2.45pm:
Monday – Middle School
Tuesday – Junior School
Thursday – Senior School
Friday – Foundation
Literacy and Numeracy Week
Week 7 – 28th August – 1st September
Our English team are busily working on some ideas that will include the Book Fair and activities on the Children’s Book Council short-listed books.
Father’s Day Stall
Week 7 – Thursday 31st August
Information will be sent via FlexiBuzz within the next couple of weeks.
Father’s Day Breakfast (Footy Day)
Week 7 – Friday 1st September from 8.00am
Information will be sent via FlexiBuzz within the next couple of weeks.
Whole School Assembly
Week 8 – Friday 8th September 2.45pm
Our whole school assembly for this term will be held on Friday 8th September at 2:45-3:15pm on the basketball court. We would love to see as many members of the Clyde community attend this event.
Week 10 – Thursday 21st September
The Clyde Show planning team are in full swing organising our show for this year. Stay tuned for further information to be released closer to the event.
Clyde Q & A
Q: What are the bell times for recess and lunch?
8.50am Before school bell – A teacher is on yard duty at the front and back gates and students can enter the classrooms to start preparing for the day.
9.00am School starts – all students should be seated in their classroom
11.40am End of Recess
1.40pm Lunch eating time
1.50pm Lunch play time
2.30pm End of Lunch
3.30pm Home time – A teacher is on yard duty at the front and back gates.
3.45pm All students that have not been picked up are brought into the office and parents contacted if required.
Parent Opinion Survey 2017
WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.
It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.
Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.
The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha) and Hindi for those who require.
Survey language guides will be provided in a range of languages including Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Dari, Filipino, Greek, Gujarati, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Malayalam, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish or Urdu.
The survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September.
For further information, please visit the link below: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyparent.aspx
Welcome back to Term 3.
Hoping everyone had a great holiday with lots of amazing adventures.
Over the last week, our children have enjoyed new resources and mini activity areas within our room. Lego has been of great interest for a number of children, they have been enjoying the challenge of creating famous landmarks.
We welcome your ideas and feedback, please do not hesitate to talk to one of our staff or write in our communication book located on the sign in table.
Camp Australia Educators
Nimali and Pam
We are holding a Cadbury Fundraiser this term.
This will consist of a Cadbury Goody box containing 50 various chocolate bars (Toblerone, Cherry Ripe, Time Out, Boost and Crunchie) at $1.00 per chocolate. Each family will be allocated one box of chocolates to sell on behalf of the school.
If you do not wish to participate you may opt out by contacting the school office by Wednesday 2nd August 2017.
As this is our major fundraiser for the year, your support would be greatly appreciated.
Woolworths Earn and Learn
This year we will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths.
From Wednesday 26th July to Tuesday 19th September or while stock lasts, we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers. You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent on grocery items. Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at the Selandra Rise Woolworths.
At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students – including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft, Sport and our Library. If you’d like to know more visit woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn
Working together at Waratah Bay!
Last week, the year 3s and 4s went on camp to Waratah Bay beach camp for a two-night stay. We left Clyde on a cold and wet Wednesday morning, but by the time we arrived at Waratah Bay the sun was shining (it was still pretty cold!). After a few instructions from the camp staff, the students set up their beds, fitted sheets were slightly tricky!
The students then embarked on their first activities where it became clear that teamwork was the only way they were all going to be able to do the activities. Everyone had to participate and work together to be successful in things like the giant swing, nitro crossing challenge and initiatives course.
When completing the low ropes course and rock climbing, the students had to have a spotter, meaning they were working together all of the time. The teachers who were there were extremely impressed by the way that the students worked together for the entire week!
Talk about resilience! There was not one complaint on our 6km walk on the beach where we walked into a blustering wind for the first half, so that we could find lots of critters and crabs. Even when it hailed on us, the students were all happy to just keep going! The students were extremely independent during the week, sorting out their bedrooms (ready for inspections) and knowing where they had to be at all times. They worked in ‘duty groups’ to set up the cutlery for meals and cleared away all of the tables at meal times.
It was really great to see the students interact with people they wouldn’t normally interact with at school and be extremely inclusive of everyone throughout the week.
The highlight was the new friendships and team work skills that have been made, and we can’t wait to see these skills in use back at school!
Thanks to our School Council president, Mrs Kerry Lightowler, who gave up her time to be on camp and even demonstrated her bravery on the giant swing!
Thanks also to Mr Doug Pumpa. Mrs Narelle Steckyj and Miss Mel Ray who were also an integral part of our 3/4 team on the camp.
3/4 Team – Mrs Chester, Mr Selby, Miss Heitch and Mrs Cecil
This term we are going to have a big focus on making sure people are at school and at school on time. We know that there is a high correlation between student attendance and the performance of both students and teachers.
Why ‘It’s Not OK to Be Late to School’
Students late to school:
- miss out on organisation time, for example getting their workbooks and pencil case from
- their tub and setting up their table for the day
- miss out on roll marking, lunch orders being sent to the canteen and taking notices to the office
- miss out on hearing what’s happening for the day
- are often unsure about what they have to do in the lesson
- miss out on talking to their class teacher before school
- miss out on playing with other children before school
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available the Middle of August.