Clyde Primary School Newsletter

12th October 2018

Featured | Super Hero Day!

On the last day of term the students were invited to participate in our Super Hero dress up day. Students were encouraged to come as a Super Hero of their choice or wear free dress for a gold coin donation.

Throughout the day, students participated in Super Hero themed activities including creating masks, Super Hero themed writing and circle time activities.

The money raised through the gold coin donations was used to support “Cody’s Paws For His Cause” which is a fundraiser to help raise money for a seizure alert dog for Cody Wallace. The Wallace family have been one of our Clyde families for many years and we were excited to be able to help out with our dress up day.

We all enjoyed a SUPER last day of term!


Filter Events

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)

06novAll DayColour Run(All Day: friday)

13nov12:00 pm1:30 pm2nd Transition Day - Foundation 202112:00 pm - 1:30 pm

23nov12:00 pm1:30 pm3rd Transition Day - Foundation 202112:00 pm - 1:30 pm

23nov6:00 pmSchool Council Meeting6:00 pm

Principals Report

Workforce Planning

Welcome back Ms Samantha Koutros. Sam will be working every Thursday and Friday as well as alternate Tuesdays. She will be supporting Ms Sue Lumley in driving teaching and learning across the school, supporting teachers in their professional learning as well as providing targeted teaching for groups of students. We are very pleased to have Sam back.

Congratulations to Amanda Ferguson and Dave who were married over the holidays.  Welcome back Mrs Amanda Bevis!

Mr Dominic Parsons has commenced at Clyde PS and has been spending time this week setting up the Music Room and getting to know students. We would like to warmly welcome Dom and his musical expertise. Dominic comes to us with a wealth of musical experience. He has just completed an 8 year career with the Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne, where he was Solo Clarinettist and Section Leader. As well as the clarinet, Dom plays the saxophone and flute, as well as a bit of ukulele, guitar and keyboard. As a performer Dominic has travelled all over the world with the Navy, as well as on board the cruise ship QE2 where he was a member of the showband for 2 years. He holds a Bachelor of Education (music) from the University of Melbourne, and has taught previously at Blackburn High School, The South Gippsland Schools Music Programme, and a variety of other primary and secondary schools. Dom is extremely excited to be our new music teacher and is looking forward to getting to know our students, parents and the wider school community. Dom is married to Wendy, and they have two young sons, Lochlan and Cameron.

Ms Lauren Kirk will continue to take Foundation D for Term 4.

Term 3 Celebrations

Towards the end of Term 3, we held a number of events at Clyde PS, all with huge success and attendance. I would like to thank Mr Luke Abdallah for stepping in as Acting Principal whilst I was on leave. Thank you also to our Clyde school community for making him feel welcome.  Luke commented when I met with him that we have a wonderful, hardworking and enthusiastic staff and fantastic students.  He certainly enjoyed his time at Clyde.

Teaching and Learning

This term students across the school will undertake an integrated unit investigating and learning about digital technologies and design technologies. They will begin a process of analysing, designing, developing and evaluating to create solutions to different problems. The investigations will cover different areas such as designing solutions for environmental problems to creating a tasty fruit salad. Learning from the integrated unit will be linked throughout the curriculum to enable the students to make connections and develop their understanding of the world and how technology is influencing it. The students will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of coding to build and program a range of devices including our new robots Dash and Dot and Lego WeDo 2.0 kits.

Colour Run

Clyde Primary School will be holding our annual school Colour Fun Run on Friday 9th November. This is a major fundraiser for our school and we would greatly appreciate your support. The more money we raise the more we can provide for the students through vital school projects.

The fundraiser is all about participation! Students obtain donations from family and friends; earn exciting reward prizes according to the amount of money raised, which ends in a blast of colour… the School Colour Fun Run! Family support is key to our fundraising success and we encourage all students to participate.

More information will be going out next week via Flexibuzz and your child will also be bringing home a sponsorship form.

We encourage family and friends to come and support your child as they Run/Walk through a blast of colour! On the day we ask that your child brings a change of clothes to school, most importantly a plain white t-shirt. Students will be running for approx. 20-30mins.

Approx. times on the day:

Foundation – 9.20-10am
1/2s – 10.10-10.50am
3/4s – 12-12.45pm
5/6s – 12.50 – 1.30pm

If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Bevis or your classroom teacher.doc3-page-001

Term 4 – A Busy Term

Planning for 2019 is well underway. Our school is growing and predicted numbers for next year are estimated at around 470, with 21 classes, an increase from 18 classes this year.

Some alterations to current class spaces will be made throughout this term to accommodate our increased numbers.

To ensure we have the correct information regarding numbers, could I ask that if you are planning on transferring your children to other schools, to let us know as soon as possible. Staffing depends critically on this information.

Thank You!

Many, many thanks to the Berwick District Woodworkers Club Inc. for constructing a new Jaffa Smasha for our future Clyde PS Shows.  Our school community is excited and looking forward to using this fine piece of craftsmanship in due course.

Events for Term 4

Foundation Transition

Our Foundation sessions for Term 4 are scheduled for the following dates:

Monday, 22nd October- 12:00-1:30pm

Friday, 9th November: 12:00-1:30pm

Monday, 19th November-12:00-1:30pm Principal Morning Tea: 12:00- 12:45pm

Tuesday, 27th November: Foundation Information Session- 6:00-7:00pm

Tuesday, 11th December: 9:30-1:00pm followed by BBQ lunch

We look forward to seeing all of our 2019 Foundation students attending all transition sessions in order to become familiar with our school and teachers and to ensure a positive start in 2019.

Whole School Transition

We are again implementing our whole school transition program, to ensure our students have an opportunity to get to know their classmates and teacher for 2019. The dates for these sessions are listed below. Over the first two sessions, our students will be rotating through a range of tasks. On Tuesday, 11th December, they will spend the day with their 2019 teachers and classmates, and on Tuesday, 18th December, there is an opportunity to meet and greet the teacher after school.

Friday, 23rd November- 12:00-1:30pm
Monday, 3rd December- 12:00-1:30pm
Tuesday, 11th December- 9:00-3:30pm
Tuesday, 18th December: 2:30-3:30pm. Parent Meet and Greet- 3:30-4:00pm

Other Events to put on the calendar:

Carols Night
Tuesday, 4th December 5:00pm Picnic, Carols begin at 6:00pm

Year 6 Graduation
Tuesday, 18th December 6:00pm

Curriculum Day
Monday, 10th December- Student Free Day

Last week of Term 4

Monday, 17th December- Swimming Carnival

Tuesday, 18th December- Transition and Graduation

Wednesday, 19th December- Cricket Roadshow

Thursday, 20th December- Class parties and Foundation – 2 Disco

Friday, 21st December- Early Dismissal- 1:30pm

Other Events:

Friday, 19th October- NRL Billy Slater Shield- Senior

Wednesday, 24th October- Junior Legoland excursion

Wednesday, 31st October- AFL 9’s District Comp- Senior School

Friday, 9th November- Colour Run

Wednesday, 14th November- Middle School Movie Festival

Thursday, 15th November- Senior Movie Festival

Tuesday, 20th November- Whole School and Graduation Photo Day

Thursday, 29th November- Thank you Morning Tea for parent helpers.

Tuesday, 11th December – Whole School Transition and Year 6 Secondary Transition Day

PLT News

Middle School Report – Camp

Welcome to another busy and exciting term! Only 10 weeks of the school year to go! We hope all of our families had a wonderful and relaxing break.

The 3/4s finished off Term Three with a fantastic trip away to Allambee Camp. We had a great time away learning about teamwork, cooperation, facing our fears, persistence, resilience and confidence.

When we arrived, we excitedly headed to our cabins and unpacked our bags. We chose the top or bottom bunk and made our beds. Suddenly we could hear the thumping sound of the drum and raced to meet everyone at the decking area to begin our first activity. There were 7 different activities to participate in and they were located all over camp. Unfortunately, not all groups got to participate in all activities due to some bad weather on the second day.


The focus of the giant swing was ‘stepping out of your comfort zone.’ This was definitely true as the giant swing was really high! First, we had to put on some safety gear – a helmet, a harness and some clear glasses. Then we stepped into the giant swing diamond and the camp instructor connected our harness and checked our safety gear. Next was the fun part! Our activity group pulled on the rope and we rose high up, into the air. When we were at the top, we pulled the green rope and quickly dropped into a swinging motion. It was definitely a step out of our comfort zone but so much fun!


The focus of the flying fox was ‘conquering your fears’ and ‘developing a positive attitude towards challenges.’ The flying fox stretched across one area of the camp and down a hill. We needed to wear a harness and a helmet to go on this activity. The harness was a bit different to the giant swing as it was a full body harness that went over our shoulders. When we were ready to go, the camp instructor positioned herself on the platform with the rider and the rest of the group were in the middle of the zip line with their teacher. After we were harnessed in the camp instructor pushed us off the platform and we went soaring along the zip line, with the warm breeze blowing through our hair. It felt like you were flying through the sky!


We learnt a new game on camp and it quickly became our favourite! You stand in this round pit with the other players around you and a soccer ball. The aim of the game is to push the ball through the other player’s legs, while avoiding the same thing happening to you. If the ball is pushed through your legs then you are out. The last person left is the winner!


Before camp we had been working hard on our talent acts in preparation for the last night of camp. Clyde’s Got Talent had a variety of performances from comedy acts to dancing and gymnastics, even balloon animals! It was wonderful to see all of the amazing talent of our 3/4 students and all of the hard work they had put into their performances. A big congratulations to all of our talented participants!

While camp is now over, we take away the amazing friendships we made, the new skills we learnt and the independence we developed.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs. Elston, Mr. Kerr, Mrs. Lightowler and Mr. Keppel for taking the time away from their families to come and support our camp. Another thank you to all of the office staff for their hard work in the preparation for camp.

Looking forward to an excellent term,

Miss Davis, Mrs Cecil, Mrs Chester, Mr Dissegna and Ms Leanne

Attendance News

Numeracy Tips to Help Your Child Year 3 To 6

Family participation in learning is one of the most accurate predictors of a child’s success in school and beyond.

Here are some ideas you can do at home to help explore maths with your child. When participating in these activities, avoid associating them with speed. Expecting your child to work quickly on maths can cause anxiety. Try to focus on the process and not the outcome.

Watching the weather

  • Visit the website
  • Ask your child the difference between each day’s minimum and maximum temperatures. Look for patterns and trends.
  • Find a seven-day forecast, then record the actual temperature for each day and compare.
  • Use the information on the weather website between your area and other areas. Ask your child to identify differences and similarities in rainfall, temperature etc.

Sharing recipes

  • Collect and read recipes and discuss the use of fractions, millilitres and grams. Encourage your child to make accurate measurements using cups and spoons.
  • Discuss how you would double or halve a recipe. Discuss why and when you might need to do this.
  • Identify the temperature and cooking time on the recipe. Discuss why different recipes have different temperatures and cooking times.
  • Estimate the cost to buy all of the ingredients to make the recipe. Work out if it is cheaper to make dinner or buy takeaway.
  • Investigate the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables available in supermarkets compared with market vendors.

Browsing catalogues

  • Discussing catalogues can be a great way to improve your child’s maths knowledge of money and percentages.
  • Select items from the catalogue, then calculate what the cost would be if there was a 50% sale.
  • You could ask your child to spend $40 from a catalogue.
  • Compare the cost of a product across different stores using different catalogues.

]Travel timetables

  • Ask your child to identify starting points on the timetable.
  • What is the earliest and latest time to travel on this route?
  • How long does it take to travel the entire route?
  • How many stops are there on this route?

Handling money

  • Encourage your child to work out how much change you will get after buying something.
  • Investigate costs for family trips together. For example, a visit to a theme park may include the cost of transport, entry and food.
  • Discuss saving money for presents or something your child may want to buy. Work out how long it will take to save this much if they get a small amount each week.
  • Negotiate increases in pocket money as percentages. For example, a 5% increase would be how much money per week?


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 late October.