Clyde Primary School Newsletter
23rd February 2018
Foundation Q & A Session
Come along and have your questions answered on Monday, 26th February from 3:50-4:30pm
Our friendly Foundation teachers will be there to support any queries or concerns you have.
You may have noticed our new ‘Kiss and Drop’ signs directly at the front of our school on the fence. A big thank you to Emma Horbury who designed these for us. Thank you to our school community for your support in this. We are hoping this will streamline traffic flow at the busy times of before and after school. Can I remind all parents to use the school crossing located towards the staff carpark to cross the road. We are currently organising for Casey Council to come out and run some special road safety sessions with all our students, using our crossing.
School Review Update
We are now well underway with preparation for our School Review. This process has changed for schools going through the school review process from 2018 and Clyde PS will be among the first to participate in the new process. Our staff have spent some time unpacking key elements of our data, acknowledging our highlights and discussing our challenges and barriers. We will also be talking to you to gain your valuable perspective on particular elements of our school. Don’t be alarmed if a clipboard wielding staff member approaches you before or after school and asks you some questions. All of the information gathered contributes to our current status and our future direction, so thank you in advance.
Our students will play a bigger role in providing feedback and making recommendations, and this will be a significant focus for us in the next 4 year plan.
Shortly, we will be forming our Review panel, which will include our Reviewer, Emma Richardson (Valad Solutions), 2 challenge partners (Principals from other schools), Our Senior Education Improvement Leader; Anne Martin, our School Council President, Kerri Lightowler, myself, as well as students, the School Improvement Team and other community members participating at different times of the review process.
Stay tuned in the next newsletter for further updates.
School Council 2018 / 2019
It is now time to form our new school council at Clyde for the 2018/2019 year. Attached is a link that provides information about the role of School Council for your information.
We are seeking parent and teacher representatives to join our school council for the coming year. We currently have 5 parent vacancy and 1 community member vacancy. Membership is for 2 years.
If you are interested, nomination forms will be available at the office. Nominations will open on Tuesday, 27th February and close at 4:00pm on Tuesday, 6th March. Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations will be posted at the office. Should the number of nominations exceed the number of vacancies, an election will be held.
Clyde Primary School will launch its new Digital Technologies program over the course of this year. With technology use increasing both at home and at school it is important that we stop regularly to speak about the importance of Cyber Safety. Being “Cyber Safe” means we need to consider things such as:
- Your digital footprint / tattoo
- Taking and sharing pictures
- The way you interact with others online
- The way you present yourself
- The words you choose to use
Practise the following four tips to be Cyber S.A.F.E.:
S – Only share personal information about yourself with family and close friends (not with strangers)
A – Ask a trusted adult if something makes you feel uncomfortable on the internet
F – Never meet face to face with someone you don’t know
E – Practise good etiquette on the internet. Be kind and polite. Report anyone who is rude to an adult
This year we will use the newsletter to share with you a series of DET endorsed advice sheets on all areas of Cyber Safety. This week we will start with your digital tattoo or footprint.
For more information visit:
Foundation – Vinnie Stevens – for learning to read all of his Golden Words and using his sounds when writing.
Junior – Josh Turton – for always maintaining a positive attitude and growth mindset towards his work. He applies himself 100% in all aspects of his work.
Amelia Power – for her incredible recount of her weekend. Amelia wrote an outstanding introduction and used all four time connectives. Well done Amelia for all the effort you put into your learning.
Middle – Olivia Cullen – Olivia has displayed a positive and enthusiastic attitude during all areas of her learning. She displayed great persistence during our learning on addition and was able to successfully apply the split strategy.
Senior – Holly Moffat – For an outstanding attitude in all learning areas, and applying herself well during descriptive writing sessions. Well done Holly.
The Foundation students have made a fantastic start at Clyde Primary School! They have settled very well into the school routines and are enjoying our topic of Classroom Communities. The students have been finding out about our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience, and have been learning about the different staff at the school and their roles. The Foundation Team have loved meeting all of the new students and getting to know their families.
The Foundation students have been very excited to take home their reader bags each night with a new book to read. Inside their reader bags, there is also a home learning book with the new letters and sounds we are learning each week and their Magic 100 words. We encourage all students to practise these each night when they complete their reading. The students each have their log-in details for Mathletics and Reading Eggs pasted into their Home Learning Book. Please encourage students to use these programs at home to support their learning in the classroom.
The Foundation Team would like to thank all of the parents for their support with allowing students to bring items from home for their Writer’s Notebooks. We have seen such a range of photos and items brought in and it has been very motivating and engaging for the students as they are learning to write. We would like to continue this process throughout the year and encourage students to bring in something every Monday from their weekend, such as a photo, a ticket or a drawing. At the end of the year they will have an amazing Writer’s Notebook filled with memories from throughout the year, as well as showing the amazing progress they will have made with their writing.
From Monday the 5th of March the children will have completed their testing and will attend school full time. If you have any questions about your child’s reading or how you can help your child at home, please come in and chat with your child’s teacher.
The Foundation Team
This year, we are again focusing on decreasing school absences and being late. Class teachers, students and parents have been working towards this goal and as a result, we have noticed pleasing improvements! Let’s keep working hard this year to improve Clyde Primary School’s overall attendance and punctuality.
Did you know?
If a student has a day off, once a fortnight, this would add up to 20 days in a school year (approximately 4 weeks in a school year!)
20 days is the same as missing a tenth of a school year.
This would equal to missing a year of schooling up to Year 10.
For more information
Premier’s Active April is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians to join in the fun of increased physical activity.
Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.
As a participant, you can log your daily activity in the mobile or web app and chart your progress throughout the month. You can also create and join teams, track the progress of team members and explore the all-new My Local to discover events, offers and facilities that are available across Victoria.
In 2018, every Premier’s Active April participant will receive*:
- 10 free passes to a participating YMCA or local government recreation facility
- 15% off at Sportsmart in store and online
- one hour free tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve
- a 2 for 1 ticket offer to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
- a 2 for 1 ticket offer to Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
- a 2 for 1 ticket offer to Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne
- 15% discount for Rock Up Netball programs
- 20% discount for Netball Victoria school holiday clinics
- 5 free group dance lessons at a Dancesport Victoria centre
- 10% off Term 2 MyGolf Junior program
- a 2 for 1 green fee offer at Golf Victoria courses
- entry into the draw to win tickets to the 2019 Australian Open Tennis Finals^
- a chance for your school to win visits from high-profile sporting personalities
- weekly email tips on healthy eating and being active
- a range of benefits, prizes and resources for Schools and Workplaces participating in Active April.
We would love you to join our Clyde Primary School Team, as there are some great prizes we can win as a school such as sports vouchers and high profile athlete visits. They are looking for the most students registered (there are different categories e.g. size of the school) and the most Active School during April. You can find out more information about the program or download the App here https://www.activeapril.vic.gov.au/
To join the Clyde Primary School Team, when you register, use the following Team ID: clyde-primary-school
If you have any questions, please let Ms Ferguson know
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available in March.