Clyde Primary School Newsletter
18th May 2018
This week our Year 3 and 5 students participated in NAPLAN testing for Language Conventions, Writing, Reading and Numeracy. We ran a free breakfast each morning of the testing period for these students, so their brains were well and truly fuelled for the tests. Well done to all students for putting in their best efforts this week, you should be very proud of yourselves. Well done to the teachers from Year 3 and Year 5 for organising the breakfast for our students.
Victorian Building Schools Authority
Funding has been allocated for the acquisition of land to expand Clyde Primary School in the recent budget. At this stage we have no further news and will of course keep our community advised as we hear updates.
Mother’s Day Picnic and Stall
Thank you to all our mums, grandmas and special friends who ventured out in the rain and cold to join us for our inside picnics on Friday, 11th May. It was so lovely to see so many sharing this experience. Your children love it. The coffee van was once again a hit. A huge thank you to Lisa Hogan, Selena Jones and Emma Lewis for running the Mother’s Day Stall.
School Review Update
On Monday, 14th May we held our Validation Day for our School Review. The day was very productive and reaffirming for us about the work we have done at Clyde over the last 3 years. As a panel we discussed goals and targets of the strategic plan and the enablers and barriers to success. We also spent some time highlighting key achievements and challenges. The panel also validated the proficiency status against the FISO Continua for School Improvement and developed three focus questions on which to base the next two fieldwork days.
Today, our reviewers completed some classroom observations, held some teacher focus groups, observed our Professional Learning Team meetings and held a parent Focus Group. A big thank you to our parents who attended. The next fieldwork day will be held on Tuesday, 22nd May. The findings from this fieldwork will be presented on our final Review Day which is on 4th June and a report will then be prepared for the school. This will be presented to staff and School Council on completion.
Education Week at Clyde PS
We are hoping that you can attend our open afternoon on Tuesday, 22nd May.
Parents and special friends are invited to our Education Week Open Afternoon which will run from 2.30-3.30pm in classrooms. The classroom activities will be focused upon the Education Week Theme – The Arts: “Learning for Life”. We welcome you to move throughout your children’s classrooms to ensure you have the opportunity to see their work.
Between 3.30-4.30pm we will be running an Arts Expo where families will be able to roam during this time between different art based activities including a mass dance class, drama games, singing and drumming. Everybody can participate, this includes mums, dads and siblings!
District Cross Country
On Monday, 21st May, 47 of our students will participate in the District Cross Country at Cranbourne Racecourse. Good luck to everyone!
Keep a look out for reports that are coming home on Wednesday, 20th June. Our Three Way conferences are scheduled for Thursday, 21st June from 3:30-7:00pm. We will once again notify you when online bookings become available close to this date.
Congratulations to our latest Principal’s Award recipients…
Nash – Foundation B – For constantly putting in his best effort to follow the Golden Rules in the classroom and outside whilst always challenging his learning.
Ella – 1/2C – for well structured recount writing that includes time connectives and adjectives. Congratulations on your great work!
Amanpreet – 1/2 A – for working hard to develop her letters and sounds knowledge and then applying this in her writing. Great effort Amanpreet!
Jay – 3/4C – Jay actively listens and follows all instructions in class. He always works hard to achieve his learning goals. In the subtraction unit he persisted until he mastered the concept of renaming.
Students who receive a Principal’s Award at our assemblies enjoy eating their lunch and chatting to Ms Pratt.
We had a busy & successful Term 1 with Years 3-6 House Athletics, District Athletics and Twilight Sports. It was great to see all students participating and having a go. Thank you to all the parents that helped at these events, it was greatly appreciated.
Term 2 is going to be a busy and fun term. We have had our House Cross Country which was a great event. Our District Cross Country Team is really looking forward to competing against other schools in our district on Monday 21st May. Unfortunately due to bad weather, we have had to postpone our Junior Sports Day to Term 4.
After successfully applying for a grant through Sporting School Victoria, this term we are lucky enough to have Tennis Australia running a tennis program for all students in Years 3/4.
We also have the Melbourne Football Club running some training sessions for our AFL Lightning Premiership Team during our 5/6 elective sessions starting at the end of May.
During PE classes this term, students will be taking part in ball games such as netball, soccer, AFL & volleyball. Students will be developing and working on skills such as throwing, catching, kicking and scoring. The aim is for maximum participation and enjoyment from all students.
We will be finishing off the term with Lightning Premiership, where all students from Years 3-6 will compete in one of five sports – Netball, AFL, Soccer, Volleyball or T-ball, against other schools in our district. This will be held on 21st June.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton.
It has been a busy start to 2018 in the art room. The students learned many new skills and developed some amazing artworks including armatures, sculptures and drawing portraits. Years 5 and 6 worked hard looking at the movement of the body and creating people out of wire, coating them in a plaster gauze and painting them to resemble Alberto Giacometti’s Sculptures. Years 3 and 4 have used the same technique to create birds showing contrasting colours. Foundation students are building their fine motor skills through cutting paper and working on collages; while Years 1 and 2 have been exploring colour theory and the work of Mondarian who used Primary colours and bold black line to create Mondarian inspired spider webs.
The highlight of the semester has been the self-portraits that some of the students at Clyde Primary School have had the opportunity to have on display at the Cranbourne Library. It has been a big hit at the Cranbourne Library showcasing the talent of our students. This exhibition of student work has been extended to the end of May due to its popularity. So if you have not had a chance to visit the exhibition, you still have time.
This term the students are continuing to develop their skills and knowledge of the elements and principles of art. Those skills will be utilised well when they learn some textile techniques and paper-craft. I hope to continue to see the amazing expression of student art through their use of colour and shape as the term continues.
Music Term 2
Students have had an exciting start to the year. The addition of the new music room space has given the program a much needed home. The space is now permanently set up with sound system, projector, TV, ukuleles, djembe drums and percussion gear. The school is purchasing more music equipment which will begin to arrive shortly. The students will love being able to play the new acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, electric drums, keyboards and xylophones.
The Foundation and Junior students have completed the construction of their own original hip-hop song “Clyde BFF”. We wrote this song after an in-depth investigation into music genre and lyric writing. The students were very proud of the piece and recently finished the filming of a music video too. Currently students are beginning a unit on the ukulele where they have learnt about the history of the ukulele, mastering the A minor chord and discovering a variety of strumming patterns.
In the Middle and Senior school, we are coming to the end of our bucket drum unit of work. Students have been working hard to move through the different drum levels and play the best drumbeat they can. Each lesson has been built around the idea of playing in time with each other and the music, and being able to play a steady and consistent beat. Students have also worked in groups and individually to compose their own drum beat, using graphic notation to document it.
In class we have played songs like Thunderstruck (AC/DC), Billie Jean (Michael Jackson), Walk This Way (Aerosmith) and Yellow (Coldplay). We are all looking forward to the next unit of work and getting our hands on the new instruments.
Currently all students are in the process of presenting their successes and learning to their class. It is fantastic to see the students’ pride in their work and their willingness to give each task a ‘red hot’ go.
The remainder of this term will see students build on their skills and confidence in communicating in Indonesian. Students will begin to develop their skills in Indonesian dialogue as well as begin to experiment with different recording and digital technologies to capture their learning progress. I look forward to seeing our students grow and expand their understanding this term.
EVERY DAY COUNTS
Going to school is usually an exciting and enjoyable event for children. However most children are occasionally reluctant to go to school or have some anxiety about activities like school camp; it is also normal that at some stage in life every individual will feel anxious when faced with a difficult situation. Anxiety becomes a problem when it is persistent and prevents a person from enjoying normal life experiences for a long period of time.
Anxiety may affect children at any age. You can help your child to cope with anxiety in effective ways and, in doing so, help them develop self-confidence and resilience.
It is important not to dismiss your child’s anxiety but to help them see that the situations they are worried about may not be as bad as they think.
- Remain calm – you will be better placed to make them feel more confident.
- Listen to your child and encourage him/her to share their feelings and fears
- Don’t dismiss your child’s feelings
- Avoid taking over or giving your child the impression you will fight their battles for them as this stops them learning how to cope for themselves.
- remind your child that everyone makes mistakes and that this is where the best learning comes from
- avoid being late when picking up or dropping off your child from school
- problem solve with your child about what is causing the anxiety. For instance, if your child has problems walking through the front gate, arrange for them to meet a friend or use another entrance. If they find socialising in the yard before school starts a source of anxiety, arrange for them to arrive just before the bell
- encourage your child to go to school even if they will be late; reassure them that you will contact the school to explain
- arrange for a visit to the GP if your child reports persistent physical complaints
- provide rewards for appropriate behaviour and avoid unintentionally rewarding school avoidance
- be involved in your child’s school through things like the school council or the canteen
If you are having any concerns with school attendance, please talk to your child’s teacher and our school staff for support.
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CHILD SAFE STANDARDS
Clyde Primary School is committed to child safety. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and members of the school community. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all students. We have a zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously. If you would like more information please see our Child Safe Policy on our website.
We acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and their Elders, as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the School stands.