Clyde Primary School Newsletter
17th November 2017
Featured | Casey 360° Bus
On Thursday 9th November the Casey 360° bus arrived at Clyde PS. Each of the 5/6 classes attended the bus for one session where they explored the resources available, particularly for teens. There were informative brochures available on a range of different topics, from bullying to anxiety and depression, and there were even posters advertising things such as groups for boys needing male role models. We learnt that the Casey 360° bus is a smaller, mobile version of larger centres for teens to get together and support each other, and we spoke about where the centres can be found. After that it was time to have some fun with several different activities, from iPads, computers, PlayStations, Wii and even some great board games. The students also got the opportunity to go back at lunchtime to play with the games and explore some more. We hope that some of our students take up the opportunity to visit some of the centres in the future. For more information, see https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/community-services/youth-services/youth-about
Professional Learning for our staff is occurring continuously. As we all build our skills in teaching and learning, then our students improve in their learning also. Our Professional Learning Teams are the focus for this learning with our teachers working together collaboratively to assess students and identify their next steps of learning. Teaching strategies and impact on learning are a critical aspect of our discussions.
Other recent professional learning has included Ms Brittain and I attending a Leading Literacy Induction workshop where a wealth of new resources developed by the Education Department were introduced. We have already used these resources in the development of our Annual Implementation Plan for 2018.
Our staff are also participating in Curriculum Investigations Teams where together we are developing a consistent whole school approach to Maths, Writing, Digital Technologies and a Positive Behaviours Program for our school. These will be presented to staff at our Curriculum Days on 29th and 30th January, 2018 so that our teachers will have a clear understanding of how to implement these specific learning programs into daily teaching and learning practice.
Our Coaching for Leadership Bastow program continues with our Clyde Pride team; Fraser Selby, Jess Heitch, Kate Brittain, Jerry Tzeciak and myself working with our coach to implement further improvements to the organisational climate and culture of our school. Our Curriculum Day on Monday, 4th December will focus on this work.
Next episode is scheduled for:
- Friday 1st December
- Friday 22nd December (Last day of school Christmas special farewell the year 6 students)
This term there are exciting stories from the Clyde Show, Camp, PE,Junior music, Performing Arts and our classrooms. There will also be some special interviews with staff and performances from the Clyde Show.
Each episode runs for about 20 minutes and starts promptly at 2:45pm. All are invited to view the show in the classroom with the students. See you soon for more Clyde TV.
Monday 4th December is a Curriculum Day. This will be a student free day, teachers will be attending a professional development session offsite.
2018 BYOD Year 5 and 6 Laptop Program
Our Laptop program, which has been running since 2014 is about creating a 21st century learning environment that provides students with opportunities to connect to the ever growing digital world. This will help us teach students the necessary skills to enable them to be responsible digital citizens and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.
Below is a link to JB HiFi’s education portal from which you can purchase a student laptop.
We recommend purchasing through this portal but understand that other options (e.g. purchasing a different laptop) might be more viable and feasible. If this is the case please come along on the information night and we can discuss this with you.
https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/ – link to the purchase portal
CPS18 – school code, enter this to see the purchase options
Life Education Van
For the past week the Life Education Van has been at Clyde Primary School and have delivered programs to most of our students. Life Education teach health and safe messages to our students and provide them with strategies and the ability to practice the skills required to lead a healthy lifestyle. Programs delivered to our students include:
Foundation: Our Foundation students have learnt about friendship skills, feelings and caring for others
1/2 Students: Our junior school students have learnt about how to maintain friendships, caring for each other and identifying people and places to go to for help.
3/4 students: Our middle school students have learnt how to build positive relationships with friends, strategies to deal with bullying and cyberbullying and have explored the role of the bystander.
5/6 students: Our senior students have explored the decision making process and discussed factors that influence decisions such as friends, family, media and laws.
There are still a few classes to visit the van this Monday.
Both teachers and students have enjoyed their visit to the Life Education Van, especially meeting ‘Harold’ the giraffe.
If you are planning to leave the school at the end of the year could we please ask you to notify the Office or your child’s teacher. This information is imperative as we develop our staffing for 2018.
If you are aware of family, friends or neighbours intending to enrol could you please ask them to contact the Office.
Thank you for your support.
Student Leaders 2018
Our process for selecting the School Captains, Vice Captains and Leadership positions is under way. On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Schneider and I heard the speeches from our applicants. Students have also written letters and will be shortlisted for interview to complete the selection process. We are hoping to make these decisions by Friday 24th November and let our successful applicants know.
Request for toys!
We are looking for a donation of toys for our school sandpit. Spare trucks, cars, plastic shovels etc. would be much appreciated. We are also looking for old Lego sets as well.
Please see Mrs Mackenlay in the office area if you are willing to donate any of these items to the school.
Our final School Council meeting for 2017 will be held on Monday 20th November. Sub-Committee meetings will begin at 6.00pm.
Whole School Photo
On the Wednesday 29th November our whole school photo and Year 6 Graduation photos will now be taken. Please ensure your child/ren are in full school uniform and long hair tied back.
Donations for long life fruit juice is required for our Breakfast Club, could these donations please be dropped off to our office area. Your support is much appreciated.
What’s On ……….
– 2018 Foundation Transition 12 – 1.30pm
– Meet the Principal morning tea 12 – 12.45pm
– School Council Meeting 6pm
21st November – Year 5 Visit to Lyndhurst Secondary College
23rd November – Year 3 to 6 Assembly
– 5/6 Smoothie Bar incursion
– Breakfast Club 8.15 – 8.45am
– Foundation – Year 2 Assembly
28th November – Parent Information Session 6pm
29th November – Whole School Photo and Graduation Photo
30th November – Foundation The Body Investigators Incursion
– Breakfast Club 8.15 – 8.45
– Whole School Transition 11.45 – 1.35pm
– Clyde TV 2.45pm
Bellbrook Catering would like to wish all Staff, Students and Families a safe and happy Xmas break. Your last canteen day for 2017 is Thursday 14th December and your first canteen day for 2018 is Thursday 1st February.
HO HO HO Merry Xmas
SPECIALIST PLT News
Term 4 has been a blast so far! The biggest highlight for both students and teachers was certainly the Colour Fun Run!
Each year level has been focusing on throwing, catching & striking through individual and team activities and games such as T-ball, Softball and Cricket.
In Week 6 we had Cricket Victoria come out and coach students in Years 3-6 in some fun cricket games. They all had a great time and are ready for the cricket season!
We are really excited to be finishing off the year with our Swimming Carnival on the 18th December.
Students all over the school have been very busy learning new things and consolidating previous learning this term. The Senior school are beginning to create an Indonesian board game for the whole school to use next year. Middle school students have almost finished translating their letters from Indonesian students, they have learnt so much about student life in Indonesia. The Junior school have been creating some impressive role-plays and shown great understanding whilst responding to Indonesian audio texts. Foundation students have really enjoyed learning some new Indonesian songs, and showed fantastic understanding in their first stages of reading Indonesian texts.
Music – Levels 3 – 6
Modern Band, Instrument Rotations and the Clyde Pride Song
Term 4 in music is a very exciting time as we are putting together all of the learning from the year. We have been learning chords like C, A minor, F and G on ukuleles, basic rock beats through chair drumming and a handful of the music world’s most popular rhythms. This term we take all of this learning and combine this with the addition of new instruments in the music room such as drum kit, bucket drums, keyboard, guitar and tuned percussion. Students in the middle and senior classes are finally able to experience the joy of playing instruments they have wanted to play all year with the purpose of eventually singing, playing and performing our new school song Clyde Pride. The students are loving music and the new music space at the school. As we begin to make plans for 2018 we are excited at the thought of our new music program and resources growing in 2018.
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.
‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep’ – Scott Adams
Firstly, I would like to say how excited I am to be teaching all year levels from Foundation through to Year Six for term 4. I have planned a range of fun activities that will focus on the fundamental design skills of art for all year levels.
Foundation, Year One and Year Two are doing textile art that will hone their fine motor skills, their skills on colour, symbolism, texture and form. Year 1/2 have been ‘yarn painting’ in the style of Mexican Huichol art while the Foundation students have been making their own loom and weaving yarn circles as influenced by the art of Kandinsky who was a famous Russian painter. Their little fingers have been working tirelessly to weave in an over and under technique on their looms.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are learning some perspective drawing skills. They have been looking at vanishing points and horizon lines to create their own city pictures. They have been working with the visual conventions of design to learn about space, line, movement and emphasis in artworks. Students have planned their artworks and have been inspired by other artworks they have experienced during gallery walks in the art room.
Every day students from F to 6 have made me smile with pride at the dedication, enthusiasm and imagination that they exhibit with their artworks. I hope they are sharing with you the wonderful skills they have been learning.
If your child has to take a day off because they are sick or for other important reasons, it is crucial that you submit an absence through FlexiBuzz. It is a Government requirement that all students who are away must provide why they were away in writing (FlexiBuzz).
Also, if your child is running late or leaving early, they must be signed IN/OUT at the front office.
Remember – Every day matters at school!!
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available at the start of December.