Clyde Primary School Newsletter

December 2018

Featured | Carols Night

What a wonderful sight it was at our Carols Night on Tuesday, 4th December. It was terrific to see so many families having picnics on the oval and watching the excitement on children’s faces as they performed their carols. A big thank you to Kerri Lightowler for the hay bales, Maurie Richardson for lending us the stage and to the Clyde CFA for bringing Santa to visit.


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

Positive School-Wide Behaviours at Clyde

Whist we eagerly await the full implementation of the Positive School-Wide Behaviours Program in 2019, here are some ways for us all to help our children to practise kindness and gratitude – two attributes that help promote positivity, every time we use them!

Ways to practise kindness: 

  1. Send kind thoughts
  2. Share stories of kindness
  3. Smile more often
  4. Play the compliment game – throw a ball around to different people and give each person a compliment, they then throw to someone else and do the same, as the game continues.
  5. Practise Random Acts of Kindness
  6. Try Empathy Charades – putting yourself in someone else’s shoes
  7. Volunteer – or lend a helping hand

More ideas can be found on the Random Acts of Kindness website.

Ways to show gratitude:

  1. Create a gratitude journal or a gratitude jar – where you write one thing you’re grateful for each day and add to the journal/jar.
  2. Gratitude Photos: Have each student write what he or she is thankful for on a large piece of paper and then take a picture of the child holding up his or her paper. Frame the photo and display in your home.
  3. Gratitude Paper Chain: Have children write what they’re thankful for on strips of paper and use the strips to make a gratitude chain to hang up in their bedroom.
  4. Gratitude Letters for the Community. Write letters of gratitude and deliver them to people in the greater school community, e.g., shop owner, food staff, school administration. You can expand this task to include the local community – such as police, fire station, bank, grocery store, hospital, tradespeople, etc.
  5. Gratitude Surprise Sticky Notes. Give out one or more sticky notes to your child to write something they’re grateful for and add them these to the bathroom mirror or the fridge for everyone in the family to see.
  6. Take five minutes at the end of the day to ask your child what she/he is thankful for that day.
  7. Always look for the positive: Find something positive in frustrating situations and discuss it.

More ideas can be found at



Legacy Wall

Thank you to our Year 6 students and Ms Steckyj who have created a wonderful piece of art on the end wall of the Learning Centre as a legacy to the class of 2018.  This will be erected next week in time for our Year 6 students to see their tiles on display before their last day.


As the school year comes to an end it is beneficial to reflect with your child on the year that has been and what have been the highlights and the successes this year. Let them celebrate the highs and acknowledge the challenges from the year. Then allow them to enjoy their holidays as a time to relax and enjoy, ready to start fresh next year.

Holidays are also a time to be vigilant about safety, not only around the road and water but also cyber safety. When it comes to online safety here are some tips to assist in keeping children safe:

*Talk to your children regularly about what online sites they are accessing and ensure they ask you if they are unsure of anything. It is beneficial to make a household rule about using technology in main living areas only.

*Check the laws of each site your child is accessing before allowing them to continue. Many sites require children to be 13+ before registering an account (Facebook, You Tube, Instagram, Snapchat)

*Ensure children are keeping their personal information private and not giving out this information to others online

*Don’t publish anything online that you wouldn’t want friends, family, teachers or future employees to see. Once it is online for all to see it can still be accessed, even if you delete it.

*Be polite and respectful online just as you would in real life. Treat others how you want to be treated.

*Place time limits on technology. Encourage students to go outdoors, to the park and explore. This will give them experiences to talk about when they come back to school.

Remember to stay safe and relax over these holidays so you are rejuvenated and ready for 2018.

Buildings and Facilities

There have been a number of areas of the school being readied for the 2019 school year. We now have two additional classroom spaces in the wider end of the Learning Centre that will house our new Foundation class as well as the Library.  Two new class spaces have also been created in the main building to accommodate the two extra 3 / 4 classes.

Over the holidays, we are having the main building painted, the decks rejuvenated and some concrete areas outside ground down to alleviate tripping hazards.

Goodbyes and Hellos

As advised, Mr Ben Ahern has taken up an opportunity to teach at another school next year.  It is beneficial for staff to experience different schools over their career building on their knowledge and developing further best practice in teaching. I would like to congratulate and thank Mr Ahern for his valuable contributions to the Clyde School community over the last three years and wish him well in his new school. You will be missed.

We welcome a number of new staff to Clyde PS in 2019 as our numbers continue to grow. New to Clyde PS in 2019 are; Ms Jessica Bowler, Ms Robyn Harris, Ms Katrina Smith, Ms Tegan Crow, Mr Brad Andrews, Ms Keshni Singh and Ms Danielle Rendall. Our Leadership Team is also growing with Ms Kate Couacard joining Clyde as Leading Teacher. Ms Sue Lumley and Ms Kate Brittain have been appointed as Learning Specialists for 2019.

School Structure for 2019

Foundation Professional Learning Team: Ms Kellie Davis (PLT Coordinator), Ms Naomi Lemos, Ms Alyssa Naughton, Ms Jessica Bowler and Ms Robyn Harris

Junior Team Professional Learning Team: Ms Kate Brittain/Ms Sam Koutros (PLT Coordinators), Ms Tegan Crow, M Katrina Smith, Ms Sharon Barker, Ms Jessica Heitch and Ms Bec Forrester

Middle Professional Learning Team: Ms Ashlea Hickey (PLT Coordinator), Ms Pattie Chester, Mr Steven Dissegna, Ms Amanda Cecil, M Jessica Hamilton and Mr Steven Dissegna

Senior Professional Learning Team: Ms Alexandra King (PLT Coordinator), Ms Keshni Singh, Mr Brad Andrews and Ms Bec Atkins

Specialist Team: Mr Dom Parsons (Music)), Ms Nikki Elston and Ms Beryl Campbell (Library). Ms Amanda Bevis (P.E), Ms Narelle Steckyj (Art) and Ms Danielle Rendall (STEM).

Teaching and Learning: Ms Sue Lumley (PLT Learning Specialist), Ms Kate Couacard (Leading Teacher).

Wellbeing: Ms Hayley Taylor (Wellbeing School Improvement Leader)

ES Professional Learning Team: Ms Leanne Waters (ES Coordinator) Ms Karen Carpenter, Ms Sherelle Browne, Ms Karen McBride, Ms Kerri Horrocks, Mr James Kerr and one ES currently in process.

Administration: Ms Sharon Diehl (Business Manager), Ms Sue Miles, Ms Caren Bode

Assistant Principal: Ms Michelle Mackenlay

Principal: Ms Fiona Pratt

2019- A new year

On January 29th and 30th  our teachers and Education Support Staff will be participating in professional learning at school.  We will be setting our goals and expectations for the year, planning as a whole staff as well as in professional Learning Teams and preparing for another year of learning for our students. All students from Foundation to Year 6 start school on Thursday, 31st January.

Last week of School

Monday, 17th December- Swimming Carnival

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

Wednesday, 18th December- Cricket Roadshow

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.

Principal’s Awards

Congratulations to our latest Principal Award Recipients…

Oscar – FA – for showing great creativity in his Narrative writing.

Alex – 34A – for always striving to improve in his learning. Alex is respectful to all teachers, staff and students at Clyde Primary School and challenges himself with every learning task he undertakes.

Oli – 12F – Fantastic work ethic and willingness to attempt writing and reading tasks which has resulted in great results this term. Well done Oli.

PLT News

Senior PLT

With the end of the year fast approaching, the 5/6 team have been flat out organising graduation, preparing ourselves for high school, and selecting the 2019 student leaders. Amongst all this, we have been focusing on our learning, and ensuring that our high standard of work is continuing all the way to the end.

The Grade 6 students have been meeting once a week with their teachers to plan our graduation ceremony. Graduation is a time to celebrate and reflect on all of the wonderful experiences and memories Clyde Primary School has offered them, and is a time to share with parents and families. The students have been busy creating their own scrapbooks full of pictures and certificates, and have been writing speeches about each other to share on the night. Graduation takes place on the 18th of December and we are all very excited.

Meanwhile, the Grade 5 students are busy applying for the 2019 leadership positions. We had a pleasing amount of students put their hands up for the School and Vice Captaincy positions.  All applicants presented a speech in front of the 5/6 cohort as well as special guest Ms Pratt. We are very proud of every student who put their name forward for a position and it is certainly a very difficult process deciding who will get the position.

In the classroom the students have been enjoying researching and writing information reports on an animal of their choice. We were lucky enough to watch some David Attenborough clips to get an insight into the rich language that can be used to describe an animals appearance and hunting techniques. Completed reports have been published on posters, powerpoints, and even some presentations using Prezi.
In Math the students have been learning all about volume and capacity, investigating how to find the volume of a prism and convert between units of measurement.

We are very excited to be nearing the end of the school year and we look forward to the swimming carnival, cricket roadshow and the class party in the last week of term.

Once again we thank the parents for their continued support over the course of this year,

Yours sincerely,
The Senior Team
Ben Ahern. Jess Hamilton, Alex Kind, Bec Atkins, Karen Carpenter and Kerrie Berry-Horrocks

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 would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather and pay our respects to elders, both past and present.

Thank you for reading our newsletter.   Our last abbreviated newsletter will be sent home next Friday.