Clyde Primary School Newsletter

1st March 2019

Featured |  School Leaders 2019

Our first whole school Assembly was held on Monday the 25th of February. We made great use of our house marquees to shade everyone from the sun in such warm conditions.

Our Year 6 Leaders and Student Agency representatives received their badges at this assembly.

We enjoyed seeing our community there!


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


Seesaw is a communication tool that gives families an immediate and personalised window into their child’s school day, and makes communication with teachers seamless. It empowers students to independently document their own learning and provides an authentic audience for their work.

Each student will get their own multimedia journal to which they can add photos, videos, drawings, etc. Families will only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher has tagged with ‘Everyone’. All communication is approved by the teacher to ensure that all users are using the platform responsibly. Clyde Primary School will be using a QR code to sign into Seesaw and this will be provided to you at the start of Term 2. This QR code is uniquely generated by Seesaw to link to only your child’s account. Go to the Seesaw website to download the app Look out for more updates about Seesaw in next week’s newsletter.

School Numbers

As you are aware, our numbers have grown significantly over the last few years as shown in the table below.  As of Thursday, 28th February, 2019, our school population now numbers 467.


Year No. of Students Growth
2014 234  
2015 256 22
2016 316 60
2017 354 38
2018 397 43
2019 467 70


This has had a particular impact on access in and out of our school as well as traffic congestion. School Council met on Monday, 25th February and discussed these issues. Firstly, access in and out of the school has been eased slightly by the Judy Clarkson after school care students now waiting inside the school grounds, allowing the footpath to be less constricted for parents collecting students.  We are planning over the next school holidays to install an additional gate along the junior playground fence line to further allow better access.

Parking along Oroya Grove continues to be difficult, and we have received concerns from local residents and parents about the safety of our school community in crossing the intersection of Oroya Grove and Valetta St. Please be mindful of where you park, avoiding resident’s driveways and nature strips, particularly on corners.

School Council has also writien a letter to Pauline Richards ( MP for Cranbourne) and Jordan Crugnale ( MP for Bass) as a follow up to conversations with both MPs voicing our concerns about the speed limit along Clyde- Fiveways Rd approaching Oroya Grove, as well as the pedestrian lights and adequate warning coming from Westernport Hwy end of Clyde- Fiveways Rd. In addition, we have raised concerns about the bus timetable that coincides with our students finishing school, making pick up at the ‘kiss and drop zone’ difficult.   We will keep you advised of progress with these issues.

Annual Implementation Plan

 Our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan has been endorsed by School Council and is now accessible on our website under ‘Shared Learning’. The focus for our work this year is in ‘‘Building Practice Excellence’, namely, building capacity for teachers to enact high impact evidence- based pedagogical practices. Our other main area of focus is in ‘Building Leadership Teams’, specifically, building leadership capacity, including distributed leadership, to achieve school improvement. We have a number of actions, outcomes and success indicators under each of these key improvement strategies that will guide our work for 2019.

Supporting some of this work includes our participation in the Teaching Partners Initiative, where two external Department of Education Leading Teachers will be supporting our staff with Reading. Our Leadership Team will also be participating in a Leadership Coaching Program.

Our staff continue to work effectively in professional learning teams, will participate in whole school professional learning sessions as well as continual learning from each other in the form of Peer Observations (beginning in Term 2) and Learning Walks.

Regularly, throughout the year, we formally meet as a School Improvement Team to monitor and evaluate the progress of the activities and milestones of our AIP and determine next steps.


 NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year in the second full week in May. 

At Clyde PS we have begun preparing our students for these tests to ensure that by the time they sit the formal assessments in May, any anxiety is reduced and they have been provided with strategies, tools and the language required to be as successful as possible. Ms Kate Couacaud, Ms Sue Lumley and Ms Kate Brittain are supporting some students on a weekly basis and class teachers are also working with groups of students to support their learning and their resilience and focus, to ensure the best for each student.


As of Monday, 4th March, our Foundation students will be attending school every day including Wednesdays.

New School Council Members 2019/2020

I would like to congratulate our new School Council representatives; Kerri Lightowler, Paul Taylor and Kylie Williams who were nominated unopposed. Our Staff representatives are Michelle Mackenlay and Robyn Harris. Membership of our School Council for the following 12 months now includes:

Kerri Lightowler, Nicola Power, Paul Taylor, Mary Burgess, Loren Darras, Glenn Travica, Courtney Goodman, Kim Pennell,  Michelle Mackenlay, Robyn Harris, Sharon Diehl and myself.

I would like to thank Marita Elvish for her support of our school and valuable contributions on School Council.

Principal’s Awards

Sofia  – 

For making an excellent start to the year in a new school.  Sofia, we are proud of the way you have settled so quickly into school routines and made some great friendship choices.  You always produce your very best work and contribute positively to our class community.  Congratulations on a great start at Clyde! 

Amelie – 

For demonstrating excellent skills across all areas of the curriculum. Your hard work and dedication is evident in all that you do.

Hunter from Foundation A – 

For demonstrating an outstanding knowledge of recognising numbers to 1,000.

Skyelah – 

For your excellent work in your Narrative writing, ensuring you are using paragraphs, time connectives and wow words to keep the reader interested. Well done!

PLT News


The junior team would like to welcome back all our year 1 and 2 students to what has been a very busy but enjoyable few weeks to the start of 2019.  All of the teachers have commented on how settled the students have been and how they have come back with a real zest for learning.  Over the past five weeks, all the junior grades have been working on setting routines and expectations and building a trusting classroom community.  The students have also been studying communities within our local area and Australia.  As part of their investigations, the junior students inquired into the history of Aboriginal Dreamtime and Traditional Aboriginal Art and the purpose and meaning behind both of these.  The students then had the opportunity to use what they had learnt about Aboriginal paintings and symbolism to create their own stories through Indigenous art.

Our students have also been working extremely hard in their differentiated reading groups where they have been consolidating their CAFÉ Accuracy skills.  The students have been enjoying an opportunity to practice their skills and understand the importance of practising these at home.

We would like to remind you that all students are expected to read to a parent every night and have a parent sign this in to their yellow diaries.  They also need to bring their reading bags to school each day, so that they can change their readers to ensure a new book is going home every night.  Home Learning books and Writer’s Notebook have also now been sent home with those students that have returned with a blue book bag.  The Home Learning books include Magic Words to practise reading and spelling, reading eggs password and mathletics password. We thank you for your support with their home learning.

If any parents are wishing to assist in the classroom, could you please present your Working With Childrens Check to the office and complete one of our Parent Helpers Workshops.  The Junior Team look forward to any assistance that our parents can offer.

Thank you for all your ongoing support

Kate Brittain, Sam Koutros, Teagan Crow, Sharon Barker, Katrina Smith, Bec Forester and Jess Heitch

Junior PLT


Attendance News

Congratulations to Foundation C, Miss Bowler’s class on winning the attendance cup for the first 4 weeks of the schooling year.

Family Holidays

A reminder that if you are taking a family holiday during the school year that it is a requirement that parents/guardians inform the classroom teacher in writing at least 2 weeks before you leave. The classroom teacher will create an ‘absence learning plan’ for your child. This will ensure that your child/ren are kept up to date with their learning whilst they are absent. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

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 – past, present and emerging.
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