Clyde Primary School Newsletter

23rd November 2018

Featured | Colour Run

Clyde Primary School held our annual School Colour Fun Run for the students as a major fundraiser in Term 4 and would like to thank you for your support. The money we raised will be put towards vital school projects, in particular to improve our school grounds and equipment.

The fundraiser was all about participation! Students obtained donations from family and friends; earned exciting reward prizes according to the amount of money raised, and it all ended in a blast of colour… the School Colour Fun Run!


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

Transitioning to Another Year                         

At the end of each year some students can become anxious or worried about the new year and starting with another teacher and set of students. The school attempts to minimize these feelings by ensuring that we have a number of transition sessions where students can interact with their new teacher and students, but families can also assist at home to minimize these feelings in children.

1/ Talk about the change and new teacher in a positive light. Talk to your child about the new friendships they can make with new students and what they can look forward to next year eg: more sporting opportunities, camp etc. Say positive things in front of your child.

2/ Make sure your child is ready for the new year by establishing a good sleep routine throughout the holidays where they get enough sleep to be rested for the year.

3/ Listen to your children and their concerns but also reassure them about all the good things for the new year.

4/ Introduce yourself to the new teacher. All parents have the opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher from 3.30-4pm on Tuesday 18th December. During this time it is important to let the new teacher know if your child is anxious or concerned about anything and to come up with some strategies for the beginning of the year.

5/ Regular communication with the teacher. During the early weeks of next year, regularly communicate with the teacher about how your child is settling in and whether there are any concerns.

If your child is particularly nervous about the new year please speak to this year’s teacher to let them know as they may be able to develop some additional strategies to assist your child in transitioning to the new year.

Workforce Planning 2019

We are very excited to welcome to the Clyde team for 2019; Mr Brad Andrews, Ms Tegan Crow, Ms Katrina Smith  and Ms Jessica Bowler as classroom  teachers as well as Ms Danielle Rendall as STEM specialist teacher. In addition, I would like to welcome Ms Kate Couacard  as our new  Leading Teacher into the Leadership Team along with Ms Sue Lumley as PLT Learning Specialist and Ms Kate Brittain as English Learning Specialist. Ms Kellie Davis will continue in her role as Maths School Improvement Leader and Ms Hayley Taylor as Wellbeing School Improvement Leader. Ms Alex King will be leading the School Wide Positive Behaviours Program.

I would like to advise that Mr Ben Ahern will be leaving Clyde at the end of 2018 to take up a position in the private sector. I know you will join me in thanking Ben for his valuable contributions to our school over the last 3 years and wish him well in his career.

Our new teachers will be attending 2019 Planning days coming up, as well as Transition (particularly the whole school Transition day on the 11th December).

We are in the process of filling one further classroom position

2019 Staff Placement

Foundation PLT

Ms Kellie Davis- PLT Coordinator, Ms Naomi Lemos, Ms Alyssa Naughton, Ms Jessica Bowler and one teacher to be advised. ES: Ms Karen McBride

Junior PLT

Junior A: Ms Sharon Barker, Ms Katrina Smith, Ms Jessica Heitch

Junior B: Ms Kate Brittain/ Ms Sam Koutros (PLT Coordinators), Ms Bec Forrester, Ms Tegan Crow

ES: Ms Sherelle Browne, Ms Karen Carpenter, Mr James Kerr

Middle PLT

Middle A: Ms Jessica Hamilton, Ms Pattie Chester, Ms Allie McQueen

Middle B: Ms Ashlea Hickey – PLT Coordinator, Ms Amanda Cecil, Mr Steven Dissegna

ES: Ms Leanne Waters

Senior PLT

Ms Alex King- PLT Coordinator, Ms Bec Atkins, Mr Brad Andrews and another teacher to be announced shortly.

ES: Ms Kerri Horrocks

Specialist PLT

Mr Dom Parsons: Music, Ms Narelle Steckyj- Art, Ms Amanda Bevis- P.E., Ms Danielle Rendall- STEM, Ms Beryl Campbell/ Ms Nikki Elston- Library

Additional Support:

Ms Mel Ray (first 3 weeks of term 1)

Reminders for the remainder of Term 4

The end of the year is looming with 4 weeks of school remaining.  We have a number of events coming up and these are listed for your information to be aware of:

Tuesday, 27th and Thursday, 29th November- Foundation 2019 Information Nights

Thursday, 29th November- Parent Helper’s Morning Tea

Tuesday, 4th December- Carols and Picnic starting at 5:00pm (weather permitting-

Back up Carols nights- Thursday, 6th December and Thursday, 20th December)

Monday, 10th December- Curriculum Day- no students attend school

Tuesday, 11th December- Whole School Transition

Tuesday, 11th December: Foundation 2019 Transition 9:30-1:00pm followed by BBQ lunch

Thursday, 13th December: Junior Sports Day 12:00-1:30pm

Monday, 17th December- Swimming Carnival- payment of $10 due by 10th December

Tuesday, 18th December- Whole School Transition and meet the teacher 3:30-4:00pm

Wednesday, 18th December- Cricket Roadshow – payment of $5;00 due by 10th December

Thursday, 20th December– Class Parties and Foundation & Year 1/ 2 Disco

Friday, 21st December- Final Whole School Assembly 9:15am

Friday, 21st December– Early dismissal 1:30pm


Term 1 2019

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th January  – Curriculum Days – Student free

Thursday 31st January-  Foundation -Year 6 – start of school year for all students

Please note that Foundation Students are not required at school every Wednesday during February.  Arrangements will be made for your child to undergo assessment during this time.

Please keep a look out for further information regarding these events on Flexi Buzz.

Camp Quality Puppets

On Wednesday 21st November Camp Quality Puppets presented at Clyde Primary School. Camp Quality is a charity who support children and their families living with cancer. The puppets explained cancer in an age appropriate manner and provided children with an understanding of others who have been diagnosed with cancer, whether it is a sibling, parent, friend or person in the community. At the end of the session students were encouraged to ask questions.

Clyde Movie Festival

On the 14th and 15th November our 3/4 and 5/6 students showcased their movies that were scripted, produced and performed by each of them.  This program run by Ms Elston, Shayla and Mrs Carpenter allowed students to be empowered in their own learning, encouraging them to work productively with their peers.  Evidence shows that when students have the power to direct and take responsibility for their learning it creates independent and self regulating learners.  Our students were proud of their achievements and enjoyed sharing this learning with their families.

Police Visit

Years 3-6 students were lucky enough to have a special visit from Constable Brendan Horrocks from the police.
Brendan told us all about how we can be safe online, and how to keep all of our information safe when using social media.
The kids loved hearing his stories about being a police officer, and were lucky enough to get a look at some of the equipment on his belt.
We would like to thank Brendan for his time, and thank him for sharing some of his knowledge with us.

Remembrance Day Assembly

On Monday 12th November, Clyde Primary School held a special Assembly for Remembrance Day.  This Assembly had special significance as we had members of the Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL in attendance to officially hand over the Clyde North Honour Roll to our School Captains,  Gracie Jones and Cameron Lightowler.   We were also honoured to have some other special guests in attendance, including descendants of those brave soldiers whose names appear on this Honour Roll.  The Honour Roll has now been given pride of place on our staff room wall.

Principal’s Awards

Congratulations go to our latest Principal’s Award Recipients…

Lucas FC – For demonstrating that he can use many different CAFÉ reading strategies and making significant progress with his reading! Well done!

Egor 3/4C –  Egor has a positive attitude to his learning, always striving to achieve personal learning goals. When reading Egor has improved his inferential comprehension by thinking about what is in text and seeking clarification when unsure of meaning.  He worked hard to achieve success in solving elapsed time problems involving am and pm times. Well Done Egor!

Acacia 1/2E –  for her absolute love for learning and outstanding efforts in all areas. You’re a superstar!

Connor 1/2F –  Improving in all areas of the curriculum and taking his time to complete writing tasks and asking to complete tasks in his own time. Great attitude Connor.

Emmerson 5/6C –  for showing kindness and respect to all teachers, staff and students at Clyde Primary School and challenging herself with every learning task she undertakes.


PLT News

Middle School Report

Term 4 has been a busy and exciting term for the year 3/4 team! We have dived right into our inquiry topic of ‘digital technologies’ and have been taking full advantage of the new devices installed in the 3/4 area. As we begin the second half of the term, we commence preparations for 2019 with several transition sessions and end of year activities.

Our Inquiry focus this term has been on Digital Technologies. The students have been learning about how and why technology can solve problems. We began by engaging with the ‘dash’ and ‘dot’ robots and learning how to control them using our new iPads. The students built roads on the carpet using masking tape and coded their robots to follow the roads, to different areas of the town. We are now beginning to explore the ‘WeDo’ Kits, where students can build robots out of Lego. We have had an absolute blast exploring and learning with the robots!

Earlier in the term, the students participated in the Colour Run. Students were asked to raise sponsorship money with all proceeds going to upgrading resources across the school. After recess, the 3/4s headed out to the oval and were met with sprinklers and bright powdered colour. The students had such a fun time running around the oval, getting sprayed by their teachers. A massive thank you to Mrs. Bevis for organising the event!

As part of our information report writing unit, students have been learning about research skills and the types of questions to ask. They chose a topic to research and then had to break that topic into three subtopics. Under each subtopic, students had to come up with three questions to guide their research. We had some wonderful information reports about a range of topics including, elephants, giraffes, AFL and bull ants.

Our middle school students were involved in an engaging incursion with Senior Sargent Brendan Horrocks from the Victoria Police. Brendan came in to talk with our students are the importance of being safe on the internet. He discussed cyber bullying and explained ‘Brodie’s Law’. The number one rule Brendan taught the students was ‘if they are not your friend in real life, they are not your friend online.’ Thank you to Brendan for taking the time to talk with our students.

Thank you for your continued support,

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

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.

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