Clyde Primary School Newsletter

3rd August 2018

Featured | NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC week is all about celebrating the aboriginal culture. And, each year there is a different theme for NAIDOC week. This years was “Because of Her, We Can!”. “Because of Her, we Can” is about acknowledging the Indigenous women who have made a significant impact on Australia’s history! In the Senior PLT, we learned about influential Indigenous women like Truganini, Gladys Elphick and Kristie Parker. We also researched and designed our own NAIDOC week posters. We loved celebrating NAIDOC week!


By Blake 5/6B


Filter Events

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

Workforce Planning

We are currently in the process for the recruitment of a Music Teacher to begin Term 4. We will advise our community of the successful applicant in our next newsletter.

We have also advertised a classroom teacher position to replace Ms Emma Grant who will be on Maternity Leave from Monday, 10th September. On behalf of the school community, I would like to wish Emma and Tom best wishes for this exciting time of their lives.

We are currently deciding on a PLT Leader replacement for Emma and will be able to advise of this decision in our next newsletter. Also being decided at the moment are 2 Leadership positions of Engagement/ Digi tech and School Wide Positive Behaviours/Student Agency, both of which are internal expressions of interests.

Ms Tegan Williams will be taking Maternity Leave from Monday, 27th August for her second child. Best wishes to Sean, Tegan and Mason on the new addition to their family.

Ms Sam Koutros will be returning to Clyde in Term 4 in a part time capacity. We are looking forward to welcoming Sam back to the Clyde team.

It has been a particularly bad year for staff illness this year. As much as possible we try to ensure teaching and learning programs continue in a consistent way in the classes of teachers who are absent. Our Professional Learning Teams work closely together to support any replacement teachers for absent staff.  If you have particular concerns, please raise them with the PLT leader.

Swimming Starts on Monday

A reminder that swimming begins on Monday for our Foundation – Year 2 students. They are likely to be hungry so perhaps an extra piece of fruit!

Middle School Camp

Planning is well underway for our Year 3 / 4 camp at Allambee from Monday, 17th – Wednesday, 19th September.  If you have not paid your deposit to reserve your child’s place, we ask that you do so urgently so that planning can continue.

Parent Opinion Survey


Approximately 30 per cent of parents were invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. If you have not completed the survey yet, we would love your feedback. You still have until Sunday 26th August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September.
Please speak to the office if you would like more information.

Thank you for your support.

Foundation Students – 100 Days

Congratulations Foundation students on completing your first 100 days of school. It was great to see so many fantastic dress ups on Monday celebrating 100 days of school.  Make sure you read the next newsletter to see the photos…


Please be mindful of parking before and after school. School Council have received a letter of complaint about illegal parking in Oroya Grove, particularly on the corners of Oroya Grove and across driveways of residents.  I know we all want our students and parents to be safe, and ask you to ensure you are parking in legal and safe areas.  There is plenty of parking further up Oroya Grove and in Valetta St with just a short walk to the school gate.  Can I ask also, that you use the manned school crossing if parked across the road. This models for all our children safety in crossing roads. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Foundation Transition

Our first Transition session for Foundation will be held on Monday, 13th August from 12:00 – 1:00pm. It is really important for our new students to attend all transition sessions in order to become familiar with our school and teachers and to ensure a positive start in 2019.

Transition for our 2019 Foundation students begins this term and the dates are as follows;

* Monday, 13th August at 12:00pm

* Monday, 27th August at 12:30pm

* Wednesday, 12th September at 9:30am

BYOD (Bring your own device) Program – Year 4 parents.

On Thursday, 26th July we held the first of information sessions for our Year 5, 2019 students in readiness for Year 5 in 2019. If you missed out on this session, we wish to advise that a further session will be held early in Term 4.

Principal’s Awards

Our latest Principal Award recipients are:

Ayami – Foundation C – for creating a fantastic piece of exposition writing, which followed the structure and included all of the elements such as her opinion and more than one reason. Well done, Ayami!

Aydin – 1/2D – for his huge improvements in his behaviour and work ethic, especially in writing and mathematics.Well done Aydin, keep up the great work.

Amber – 1/2E – for always working to an impressive standard in all learning areas. She always strives to do her best and takes pride in her work. She should be very proud! Well done, Amber!

Nandini – 3/4A – for pushing herself to always achieve her best. Nandini is always willing to accept feedback to make further improvements to her work. She displays a positive attitude to all learning tasks. Keep up the good work Nandini!

Congratulations and well done to these very deserving recipients of the latest Principal’s Awards…


PLT News

Junior School

Welcome to Term Three. It is so hard to believe we are over half way through the year already! Where has the time gone? As Junior School teachers we were very impressed with the improved learning outcomes all children achieved in the first semester of this year. We hope you were pleased with your child’s report also. Teachers will continue to work towards helping children continue their learning journey throughout the remainder of this year.

We came back to school rested and ready to get back into the swing of things. Term Three began with a week of NAIDOC activities, which the children enjoyed. Listening to Dreamtime stories and completing art and craft activities based on aboriginal drawings showed children we do not always need technology and expensive toys to have fun and entertain ourselves.

As it is still winter the weather is quite bitter and at times very wet. It may be a good idea to put a change of clothes in your child’s bag, especially for those budding footballers who always seem to find the mud and puddles. Although we are having a focus on school attendance and it not being okay to be away, if your child is unwell in the morning they are often better off at home. Thank you to everyone for your patience last week when we had the massive downpour. It looked like we had the whole school in the staff room at one stage but we coped. Hopefully we will not have any more storms like that.

As you are probably aware, during Week Four of this term, (next week), we are having our Foundation to Year Two Swimming Program.

This Term our theme is based on Geography. Children have been asked to find out about their ancestors – where they themselves were born, their parents were born and where their family actually came from before settling in Australia. This will help us to understand the different cultures that are found in Australia. We are hoping to find out more about the different countries families at Clyde originated from.

There are a few important events to look forward to later this Term. Early September we are having some activities to celebrate Literacy and Numeracy Week. Book Week will be incorporated into this week. This is a favourite event for children. Also, in September the school will be hosting a Father’s Day Stall. More information will be coming out as the time gets closer so keep an eye out for these events. Remember to check the website and Flexi Buzz notices as they give important information about all the dates and events that are happening at Clyde.

Hoping everyone survives the rest of the winter months and that spring visits us soon.

The Junior Team.



Attendance News

July Attendance

Congratulations to 3/4 B, Mr Dissenga’s class for having the best attendance for July. Close behind them were Foundation C, Miss Hickey’s class. Remember there are no safe number of days for missing school, each day a student misses puts them behind and can affect their educational outcomes and impact on them socially.

“Every Day Counts”

General Information


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 August.