Clyde Primary School Newsletter
1st June 2018
Featured | Education Week at Clyde PS
Our School Councillors play a key role in our school by supporting the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
At Clyde Primary School our School Council members are responsible for the sharing of information, knowledge and ideas from members who may have vastly different but equally useful experiences and skills.
To fulfil their functions and objectives, school councils should:
- focus on improving student learning outcomes
- involve the community in conversations about key issues and challenges on education
- be actively involved in the development of the school strategic plan
- promote meaningful parent and community participation and actively seek the views of its community
- have a clear understanding of its roles and responsibilities
- include members who represent the diverse views of the school community
- have a clear and consistent process for decision making
- maintain high ethical standards
- have members with trust and respect for one another
- evaluate and communicate with the school community about its activities
- regularly review and evaluate its own performance
- trust and delegate to individuals and its own sub-committees
- devote time to its own growth and development, through induction and training.
George Booker Professional Development
At Clyde Primary School, we understand the importance of continual learning. Our staff regularly participate in professional development sessions in order to continuously enhance our practise and improve student outcomes. On Thursday 24th May, all classroom teachers participated in a workshop run by George Booker, who has been a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Griffith University and is a widely published academic, specialising in Numeracy and Problem Solving.
This full day professional development session provided a valuable learning opportunity that has reinforced the current instructional model used at Clyde Primary School. Booker shared the sequence for teaching numeration in the primary years and the importance of establishing essential concepts such as thinking in tens and place value early in education. This fundamental understanding will support our students when working with larger numbers and making links to computation. We also revisited the importance of building a connection between materials, language and symbols.
Appropriate Times to Come to School
Just a reminder to all families that staff are on duty before school from 8:45am. Recently, a number of our students have been at school unsupervised, as early as 8am.
All classrooms are open from 8:50am for students to arrive and put bags away. Class then starts at 9am sharp.
At the end of the day, students are supervised at the main gates until 3:45pm.
Attitudes to School Survey
We want our students to tell us what they think.
We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child’s schooling experience.
Students from Years 4 to 6 at our school participated in the survey. Your child completed the survey online this week using a purpose built secure online survey tool.
Your child was provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.
The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only, so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.
School Review Update
On 14th May, we held our School Review Validation Day. The panel included; Emma Richardson, our school reviewer, Roma McKinnon and Amanda Ellaby (challenge partners), Michelle Mackenlay, Tegan Williams, Emma Grant and Hayley Taylor.
The day consisted of reviewing our targets and goals from the strategic plan, including the enablers and barriers, completing some classroom observations and speaking to teachers and students in focus groups, sharing back findings and then validating our proficiency status against the FISO Continua for School Improvement.
The panel then developed some focus questions ‘Terms of reference’ to base the additional fieldwork days on:
- To what extent do current teaching and learning practices support learning growth for all students?
- How can current structures, processes and protocols be enhanced to impact on student achievement?
- How can student voice and agency be improved to impact on school improvement?
Friday, 18th May and Tuesday, 22nd May were used to further investigate these ToRs and included further classroom observations, PLT observations as well as student, teacher and parent focus groups.
The final day of review is scheduled for Monday, June 4th where the findings of all the fieldwork, data and discussions are tabled and focus areas for the next strategic plan will be considered.
The reviewer will then prepare a report that is then presented to staff and school council.
Whole School Assembly
Our Term 2 Whole School Assembly will be held on Friday, 22nd June at 9:15am on our basketball court (weather permitting).
2019 Foundation Enrolments
If you have children who are scheduled to start Foundation in 2019 we ask that you submit your enrolment forms as soon as possible. You may be aware that recently the Department of Education has implemented a new policy around designated neighbourhood boundaries. We will need to prioritise 2019 enrolments, in order to manage our current facilities.
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.
This term, our Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) are focusing on continuous Professional Development to improve practice across the school. Our PLTs have reviewed their progress towards their Professional Learning goals set at the beginning of the year. Examples of Professional Learning goals include ‘developing teacher knowledge to plan for and implement differentiated teaching practice in Writing’ and ‘developing and documenting common formative and summative assessment such as rubrics for student to use to self-assess their learning progress’. Teams have completed set Professional Learning through, presentations, reviewing and creating assessment tools, professional readings and discussion in PLTs. There will also be a strong focus on student engagement and seeking student feedback on teaching and learning. Teams, including the specialist team have been provided with examples of student voice through feedback tools such as reflections and exit tickets and have answered focus questions about what effective feedback looks like and how we can embed a culture of feedback in our classrooms.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing our School Production that was scheduled for early Term 4, until 2019. This has taken careful consideration and the decision not reached lightly. We apologise to those who will be disappointed and thank the Production Team who have been working on various elements already. However, our script is ready to go and will be ready to launch next year. We are planning on an alternative ‘Arts’ presentation on a smaller scale for our students this year.
District Cross Country
On Monday 21st May, we had 46 students participate in District Cross Country at Cranbourne Race Course. We all had a fantastic day. The students did a great job and tried their best. Depending on their age group, they had to run either 2km or 3km. Clyde had 5 students progress through to Division Cross Country, which was held on Wednesday 30th May. These students were:
All five of these students ran amazing races and we are very proud of their achievements. Both Levi and Abby will progress through to Regional Cross Country, which will be held on Thursday 21st June.
Our latest Principal’s Award recipient is Liam from Foundation D
Liam is receiving his certificate for excellence in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Well done Liam for always working hard.
He is invited to join Ms Pratt for lunch at our next Principal’s Lunch later in the month.
Term 2 has proven to be a very exciting term for the Foundation students! We have been busy exploring the topic of Science and learning all about the seasons, weather, day and night, and Earth’s resources. We have been tracking the weather daily and discovering the differences between Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring. We have also explored the concepts of day and night in relation to our daily routines. Students have enjoyed learning about Earth’s resources such as water, and how we utilise these within our school.
As part of our Science inquiry topic, the students will be visiting Taskworks for our excursion this year. Taskworks is an activity center for children, which has 6 different “Task Centers” and is designed to promote creativity, coordination and problem solving skills. The excursion will require some parent helper support. If you are interested in joining us please speak to your classroom teacher. Please refer to the Flexibuzz for more details about the excursion.
Every PLT in the school chooses a Clyde Ways goal to focus on. Our previous goal was “We will make sure that we are in line on time, facing the front without touching others”. Students worked very hard to improve how they were lining up and all classes received an award at assembly for their hard work. Our next Clyde Ways goal we will be focusing on is “We will take pride in our classroom by packing up all belongings into either bags or tubs at the end of the day.” This is a great goal for Foundation students as it will encourage them to take responsibility for their own belongings and take pride in their classroom. Congratulations to Foundation A for winning the first award at our last assembly! I wonder which class will win the next award!
The Foundation students have been very excited to take home their reader bag each night with a new book to read. Inside their reader bag, 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. Students are now also taking home a sentence book where they can practise their writing when creating a sentence about a topic given by the teacher. It has been fantastic to see how many families are completing these books each night. Please encourage your child to use these programs at home to support their learning in the classroom
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.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available mid June.