Clyde Primary School Newsletter
11th August 2017
Featured | Foundation – Year 2 Swimming
Clyde Show 2017
Date: Thursday September 14th
The Clyde Show is almost upon us again, and for the parents who are new to the school, this is a fun day for the whole school community.
A great opportunity to view students’ artworks, see and hear performances and enjoy side show activities ran by the Year Six students.
Put the date in your calendar.
All are welcome to come and join in on this great fun event.
Clyde Q & A
What is an Individual Learning Plan?
An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is a document created by classroom teachers to set individual goals for a student. We have a number of students who have Individual Learning Plans at our school. Students who have additional needs or are above or below the expected level by 12 months are placed on an Individual Learning Plan at Clyde P.S. The plans set out goals for the students, that are regularly monitored and discussed by the teacher, student and parents. The aim of Individual Learning Plans is to closely monitor a student’s progress and intervene when needed.
Parent Opinion Survey
Each year, the school conducts an opinion survey amongst a sample of the school community. This year, a sample of approximately 30 per cent of parents has been randomly selected and invited to participate. Results will be used to inform and direct our future school planning and improvement.
This year the survey is to be completed online by simply transferring the link provided to you into your web browser.
We ask you to please take the time to complete the survey as your opinions are important to us and will contribute to the future management and organisation of our school.
Transition sessions for our 2018 Foundation students begin on Monday 14th August from 12.00-1.00pm. These sessions will continue throughout the remainder of the year.
Could any parents who have a student beginning in Foundation in 2018 but have yet to enrol please do so as soon as possible. We would love all of our future students to participate in this program before they formally begin school.
Within the next month we will be having some minor works completed in our Administration Building to develop another office space. This extra space will enable our 2 Assistant Principals to share an office with the current Administration Team.
We have just been advised that a further Mod 5 (double classroom the same as the recent additions to our school) will be located at our school and fully operational by early Term 4. This is to accommodate our growing numbers in readiness for 2018.
Over the past week our Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 students have been completing an intensive 5 day swimming program at Casey RACE. Could parents and guardians please discuss with their children all aspects of water safety particularly around backyard pools.
For more information please access the following link. https://kidsalive.com.au/
Teaching and Leaning at Clyde PS
The Term Three focus for PLTs (Professional Learning Teams) will be continuing to use a data tracking document (Data Analysis) to cater for every student’s next level of learning. During PLT meetings teachers discuss effective instructional strategies for groups of students along the learning continuum to achieve their achievement goals. The Data Analysis document is an effective way to track student learning to ensure they are always challenged.
Another two weeks have passed and we are in the last month of Winter. During this time we have had lots of learning opportunities.
Last week was Sustainability Week. We talked about ‘paper recycling’ at discussion time and lead a paper recycling activity with the children – pine cone painting, free painting on milk cartons, jars and bottles and craft work using the milk cartons. Children had the opportunity to express their creativity in their own unique and individual way…. and sometimes this can get quite messy!
Kinetic sand has been a popular sensory activity among the children, adding natural resources like seashells to the play area boosts the interest of playing with the kinetic sand.
Children were able to participate in cooking which gave them the opportunity to investigate using different numeracy topics such as counting and measurement… they enjoyed tasting their own cooked food!
This term children and staff will be working on a range of activities to support Australian Literacy and Numeracy. We will be learning about Indigenous cultures and hope to raise money and awareness for their communities. If you have any questions please speak with an onsite educator.
Music – Year 3 to 6
This term in music we will shift our focus to turning our class into a Modern Band. Modern Band is an approach to teaching and learning music that uses instruments such as ukulele, guitar, drums, voice, bass guitar, keyboard and technology. Students work together to play a popular song. This term we have started with Pink’s ‘Who Knew’ and after this students will choose their own class song to work on. We will continue working on the school’s new song Clyde Pride and work hard to have performances ready for the Clyde Show towards the end of the term.
Wanted for the music program
- Unused or old iPods, iPhones and iPads
- Unused or old keyboards and guitars in good working order
Clyde’s music program is brand new and we are in the process of building up our resources. If you could spare any of the equipment listed above we would be very grateful. Please take it to the front office and leave your contact details so that we can thank you properly at a later stage.
Clyde TV is coming
- Clyde’s first student led TV show for our students and community
- To be involved please make sure your child’s photo and video permissions are all up to date
- Watch this space…
Time is certainly flying in Term Three! We are already four weeks into our learning though dare we say it – the best is yet to come!
Students have been enjoying CAFE in their daily reading sessions with a focus on quality literature and helpful reading strategies to help us better understand and comprehend new and familiar texts. Both 1/2B and 1/2C thoroughly enjoyed exploring oral language texts when investigating Dreamtime Stories as a part of Indigenous Cultures for NAIDOC week earlier in the term.
Please remember to encourage your child to read at home with you as often as possible for at least 10 minutes. Reading at home is a fantastic opportunity for your child to practice and share with you the reading strategies we are learning in class.
As part of our inquiry this term, we have been studying local geography to get a better sense of where we are in the world. Students have been exploring the local community and discussing what sort of things you could find in most neighborhoods. Every day this week, students attended Casey RACE aquatic centre to help build their skills in the water.
We are all looking forward to the exciting endeavours planned for the coming term and can’t wait to share our learning journey with you all!
Ben Ahern, Beth Blake, Sophie Foden, Alyssa Naughton, Caren Gibson and Leanne Waters
Junior A Team
Junior B PLT
Welcome to our Learning Nest Term Three news.
The cold and wet weather is going to stay with us for a while so please ensure there are spare clothes packed in your child’s bag in case of muddy or wet clothes accidents – those muddy puddles just seem to jump up and find children all the time. Some children have brought in slippers to wear in the classroom during these cold and wet months.
Despite the weather we have started our week of swimming and children are enjoying the time in the warm water. If your child has lost underwear, a sock or two or a towel during swimming, please check the Learning Nest for any lost belongings.
It is disappointing to see so many children are forgetting to bring their reading bags, diaries and home learning books to school each day. It is important children bring these to school daily as we are busy testing Magic Words and updating their take home words. A Big Talk topic will be put regularly into their Home Learning Books also. We are beginning to introduce children to the idea of Big Talk, where children are given a topic to discuss at home and find out some information about this topic, before they are asked to write about the topic at school. This gives children the opportunity to have some prior knowledge on the topic and give them some ideas on which to base their writing. As you are aware our first task was asking children to find out information about their families ancestors and where they originated from. We will be marking this information on the world map to determine all the different places that are represented within the Learning Nest.
This term we are going to be focusing on Australia. We were surprised at the lack of knowledge children have about our country so have decided to concentrate on our own country. Children have been researching information about the Australian States and Territories and during Reading sessions. This information will then be used to write descriptive writing about our country. Children are learning about introducing interesting adjectives and describing words to make their writing more exciting to read.
Literacy and Numeracy Week is coming up soon so please keep your eye out for any information about this event at our school. Check the fortnightly newsletters for further information
Have a good week.
Allie McQueen, Kate Brittain, Sharelle Brown, Kerri Horracks and Sharon Barker,
Junior B Team.
School Attendance – Every Day Counts
Please remember that you must sign in at the front desk for late arrivals, and if your child is away you must let their teacher know the reason for their absence in writing or via FlexiBuzz.
For more information https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/archive/Pages/studentattendance.aspx
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