Clyde Primary School Newsletter

22nd September 2017

Featured | Clyde Show 

What a great day we all had at the Clyde Show on Thursday! A huge thank you to all of our parents, students and staff.


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05oct9:00 am3:30 pmTerm 4 Begins9:00 am - 3:30 pm

12octAll DayFoundation to Year 2 Return to School(All Day: monday)

19oct12:00 pm1:30 pmVirtual 1st Transition Day - Foundation 202112:00 pm - 1:30 pm

19oct6:00 pmSchool Council Meeting6:00 pm

26octAll Day28Year 5/6 Camp - Phillip Island Adventure Resort - Cancelled(All Day)

28octAll Day30Year 3/4 Camp - Phillip Island Adventure Resort - Cancelled(All Day)

02novAll DayCurriculum Day(All Day: monday)

05novAll DayCamp Quality Puppets - Cancelled(All Day: thursday)

Principals Report

Clyde Show

The sun certainly shone down on us for our 2018 Clyde Show this year.  It was lovely to see so many parents and visitors joining in on this very special day. The day would not have been a success without a great deal of work behind the scenes organising the Art Show silent auction, the Clyde Show home activities, the musical entertainment, the logistics and , organisation, the supervision timetables and communication to staff, parent community and students.

Congratulations to our Senior students who ran the side shows and to our many helpers who supported the day. Well done to our Talent Quest participants.  A special thank you to Sue Burhop for donating all the ingredients and baking for the cake stall.  Thank you Denise Coupar for helping out at the stall on the day. Thank you to Wendyanne Moon and Lynda Sinnema who helped with setup of the art show and Carmel Perrins for assisting the year 1/2s with supplying and decorating their biscuits.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Clyde Show Team; Jerry Tzeciak, Doug Pumpa, Leanne Waters, Beryl Campbell, Mel Ray, Narelle Steckyj and Sharon Diehl for months of planning and putting it all together.

This event required the support of the whole Clyde PS staff and I would like to thank them for their commitment, enthusiasm and support.

I hope that as a community you enjoyed the 2018 Clyde Show.


On Wednesday we had two Clyde Primary students compete in Division Athletics. A huge congratulations to Levi Matheson who came 5th in 800m and 6th in 1500m and Nick Green who came 1st in Shot Put. Nick will now progress to Regional Athletics which will be held next month. Well done Nick & Levi, we are very proud of your efforts.

Tim Cahill Soccer Academy

On Friday 8th September the Foundation students were very lucky to take part in the Tim Cahill Soccer Academy. Robbie Anderson (Tim Cahill’s long term coach) took each Foundation class for 50 minutes of soccer skills. We worked on fundamental movement skills, co-ordination, agility, speed and more. The students had a great time and even took home a t-shirt. Clyde Primary School was presented with a certificate of participation that we can proudly hang in our school.

Clyde Pride Rock Garden and New Blackboards

Throughout this term, our Environmental team have been working on ways to enhance our school community to “Beautify Clyde with our Pride”.

All students have been busily working together to create something amazing for our school community. With the help of Mrs Campbell and our specialist team, they have been working to create a personalised rock to contribute to our garden pathway out the front of the school.

Each rock is a unique representation of what is important and special to the student who made it with love, care and pride for our school. Students were asked to think of things that inspire them and make them proud to be a part of this school community. Every student and every staff member has collaborated to create a unique rock to contribute to our Clyde Pride Pathway.

Our path has been completed.  Last Sunday, 17th September a band of helpers; Ms Leanne, Ms Diehl, Ms Blake and Gus, Ms McQueen and Ms Gibson, spent a number of hours laying the rocks on the path.  Thank you for giving up your Sunday. It certainly looks fabulous. We had a band of helpers working on the path prior to Sunday and digging out the shape.  A big thank you to Kerri Lightowler, Ms Leanne, and Dustin Peebles.

You may also have noticed the new chalkboards that have been placed in the front area of our school. A big thank you to Ms Scott, Tom and Ms Leanne for cutting these out and painting. Our students now have a number of chalkboards to use at play times.

Buildings and Grounds

This week has seen the arrival of our new relocatable portable Mod 5 classroom which has been positioned next to Ms Hamilton and Ms Forrester’s classrooms. This classroom will be operational early Term 4.

We have also now completed an additional office behind the staffroom to be utilised as the Business Manager’s office. Ms Steckyj’s current office will be converted to the Assistant Principal’s Office early Term 4.

Farewell. Thank you.  Good luck!

On behalf of the Clyde School Community, I would like to congratulate Ms Lynda Sinnema on a wonderful career in Education.  Lynda has now officially retired from teaching, however we will see her still at Clyde as a grandparent helper. I know that Lynda has impacted on the lives of many students over the years.  She has also been an integral member of staff at Clyde. Lynda’s contributions to our school will always be remembered and valued.  We wish Lynda the best in retirement and the next phase of her life.

Ms Sam Koutros is taking Family Leave from the beginning of Term 4, to have her baby.  I would like to congratulate her and Petros on their upcoming addition to their family and wish them well. We will miss Ms Koutros and her outstanding leadership of our Professional Learning Teams.  Ms Tegan Williams and Ms Michelle Mackenlay will step in to the PLT Leader role for the remainder of 2017.

On the 9th October, we welcome back Mrs Pattie Chester to the Middle School. I would like to thank Ms Lauren Kirk for standing in for Mrs Chester and doing such a great job with our students. Thank you Lauren.

Ms Beryl Campbell will be on leave in Term 4 and Ms Narelle Steckyj will be taking Visual Arts for all classes throughout the school. Ms Campbell will return to Clyde PS in 2018.  Enjoy your time away Beryl.

Celebrating Term 3 and Getting Ready for term 4.

PLT’s have lots to celebrate this term with all teams successfully using the data tracking document (Data Analysis) to cater for every student’s next level of learning.  PLT’s are focussing on numerous High Impact Teaching strategies to increase student learning and these are discussed in depth during PLT meetings.

Over the last 2 weeks, our teachers have been planning for Term 4 in their teams on allocated days. The focus for Term 4 is Health. PLTs have thoroughly investigated the Victorian Curriculum and integrated the Personal, Social and Community Health strand through all areas of the curriculum, including Circle Time.

Term 4 is a busy term at Clyde PS. Checking the newsletter fortnightly, our website and Facebook page will keep you informed of upcoming events.  We always endeavour to provide you with as much notice as possible for happenings at our school.  If you are in any doubt, a phone call to the office is a good way to clarify anything you are not sure about.



On behalf of the School community I would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing our students return refreshed for another term of learning.

PLT News

Senior PLT

During Term 3, the 5/6 students have been learning about different things throughout all our subjects. Our teachers have been very busy planning all our sessions and putting a lot of effort into them.

In Maths the Year 5 and 6 students have been learning about statistics and fractions. For our Statistics unit we created a class census by asking questions such as ‘What month were you born in?’ or ‘What is your favourite colour?’ We tallied the responses and created graphs and then made some observations about what we noticed from the data. We have been learning about equivalent fractions and how to find equivalent fractions. We have been working out how to put them on a number line.

In Reading, we have been looking at Bias and Contradictions. It has been really interesting looking at why everyone has bias and how bias is shown in the media. It was really obvious when looking at articles about asylum seekers. We loved talking about paradoxes – it made our brains hurt trying to figure out how they contradicted themselves!

In Writing, we have been looking at two text types in detail – Discussion and Description. A discussion looks at both sides of an issue so we investigated the issues of asylum seekers and getting Australian citizenship and wrote reasons for and against. A description uses lots of adjectives and adverbs to describe either a character or a setting, so we looked at descriptive language and up-levelled words using a thesaurus.

The Year 6’s had an exciting term participating in the Toastmasters’ program every Friday. They learnt how to speak with vocal variety and add pauses to their speeches, use gestures, and move the lectern out of the way to use the stage. On Wednesday evening last week, the Year 6’s had their Toastmasters’ graduation in the Learning Centre and gave some great speeches! While the Year 6’s were participating in Toastmasters, the Year 5’s were working on their debating skills. We were each given a topic and had to develop our persuasive devices and rebuttals to make our arguments really good. Last Friday we showed the Year 6’s our debates and they were really impressed.

Highlights for the term included Book Week, Book Fair, Book Week parade, using our laptops for our work, preparing for Clyde Show, Father’s Day breakfast, rock painting, Camp, Hoop Time, Footy parade, Auction pieces for Clyde Show and Father’s Day stall. We had so much fun at camp – the Rockpool Ramble and the Giant Swing were definitely highlights. Watching the teachers go on the Giant Swing was so funny.

Next term we are looking forward to learning all about Health. We will have the Life Ed Van coming to visit as well as the Casey 360 bus to tell us about the great programs available in Casey Shire. The Year 6’s will be visiting their new high schools and then graduating at the end of the year.

Senior PLT
Mrs Forester, Ms Hamilton, Mr Pumpa, Mrs Carpenter and Mrs Browne

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