Clyde Primary School Newsletter

15th March 2019

Featured | National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Today students participated in the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. This day provided all students with an opportunity to participate in activities and discussions relating to issues around bullying and violence. Each student also designed their own puzzle piece with a bullying message/slogan on it to create a whole school display to ‘Take a Stand Against Bullying’. Make sure you use this opportunity to discuss this important issue with your children.



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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

Active April

Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to getting more people active and healthy. Start small – remember every little bit counts. It’s an easy way to kick start a healthier you!

As a participant, you can log your daily activity in the mobile or web app and chart your progress throughout the month. You can also create and join teams, track the progress of team members and explore the My Local feature to discover events, offers and facilities that are available across Victoria.

Plus, this year we have the all-new Get Active Workout Program where you can follow our instructional videos to help you keep active every day. These can be done at home or in the park with no equipment required. We also have the all-new Activity Timer to make it easier than ever to track your daily workouts.

Register now for Premier’s Active April 2019. You’ll feel great!

We would love you to join our Clyde Primary School Team, as there are some great prizes we can win as a school such as sports vouchers and High profile athlete visits. They are looking for the most students registered (there are different categories e.g. size of the school) and the most Active School during April. You can find out more information about the program or download the App here

To join the Clyde Primary School Team, when you register, use the following Team ID: clyde-primary-school

In 2019, every Premier’s Active April participant will receive*:

If you have any questions, please let Mrs Bevis know

3/4 Camp RUMBUG!

The Grade 3/4s are very excited to be attending Camp RUMBUG in Term 2! Camp Rumbug is located in the hills of South Gippsland and set in 200 acres of rainforest overlooking Wilsons Promontory National Park. Students can look forward to participating in activities such as abseiling, aeroball, archery, bush craft, canoeing, flying fox, giant swing, initiative exercises, low ropes course, mud run, orienteering, raft building, orienteering, team challenges and trust exercises. Camp is a great opportunity for students to build their independence and resilience, whilst strengthening friendships and relationships with their peers. We therefore encourage every student to attend. If you have any further questions about the camp please contact your classroom teacher or visit their website: Please check flexibuzz for payment information.


5/6 Camp Waratah Bay

Our senior school camp this year will be held at Waratah Bay Beach Camp from Tuesday 25th June to Friday 28th June. Waratah Bay offers a purpose built site with ensuited bedrooms, spacious recreation rooms and huge dining halls all under one roof line. There is a saltwater swimming pool and Beach Volleyball court onsite. The students are very excited about attending Camp this year. Attending school camp offers students a multitude of experiences, often for the first time! Camp experiences allow students to become more independent, develop teamwork, positive communication skills, become active risk takers, use critical and creative thinking and develop their problem solving skills.

Child Safe Code of Conduct

As part of Clyde Primary School’s Child Safe Policy the school has developed a code of conduct that clearly spells out the professional boundaries and acceptable and unacceptable adult/child relationships and behaviours. All  of our staff members are expected to implement the do’s and don’ts at all times. Please have a read of our code of conduct below. This can also be found on our website under policies.

Communication at Clyde PS

We value positive relationships with parents.  Our staff are approachable and want to work in partnership with you in the important work of educating your child. Please chat with your child’s teacher should any issue arise.  They are your first port of call. Our staff are outside after school each day to have a quick chat to.  Please make an appointment however, for issues that will require more time. Should you require further assistance after this initial communication for particular issues, I have listed the PLT coordinators across the school who will be able to assist you. Ms Hayley Taylor, our Wellbeing leader is also available, as are Ms Kate Couacaud and Ms Sue Lumley. Finally, Ms Mackenlay is available as our Assistant Principal to help with more serious and complex issues. Our goal is to develop your child’s ability to resolve issues, build resilience and learn lifelong skills, as well as getting along with others.

Foundation Ms Kellie Davis
Junior Ms Kate Brittain and Ms Sam Koutros
Middle Ms Ashlea Hickey
Senior Ms Alex King
Specialists Ms Kate Couacaud

New Flagpoles

This week we have had three new flagpoles installed at the front of the school near the main gate. We have ordered new flags including; Australian and Torres Strait Islander flag, the Aboriginal flag as well as a newly designed Clyde PS flag and these will be flown on the new flagpoles.  A new Australian flag has also been organised and will fly from the current flagpole on the basketball court.

Reminder to Parents

 Please note that this year, we will be unable to take late payments for excursions, incursions, sporting events and camps. This is due to increasing numbers at our school and undue last minute pressure placed on staff.  Please avoid disappointment for your child and yourself by ensuring that permission forms and payments are made on time.  If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please come and chat to us.

Coming Up at Cranbourne Library

Cranbourne Library has a wide range of activities for community that you may be interested in. Each newsletter, we will bring to your attention any upcoming events. We also suggest you check them out on line.



Drop in and meet new friends.  Learn something new, have a cup of tea and chat.  All women & children welcome.

Every Wednesday (except 10 & 17 April)

10am to 12pm



Bring the family along for an evening of board games and activities.  Snacks provided.

Thursday 23 May

6.30pm to 8pm



Mindful Play is a quality program aimed at school-aged children 6-9 years old to develop their awareness through simple body movement, mindful colouring, and guided visualisations. Presented by Tori from YMCA.

Tuesday 26 March

Bookings required

4pm to 5.30pm



School Holiday Sessions at Cranbourne Library


Bring your toddler along to our fun sensory play session, with music, bubbles, playdough, and more.  Designed to stimulate all the senses and have fun at the same time!

Tuesday 9 April

1pm to 1.45pm



Zoom, zoom zoom! Join us on a trip to outer space – listen to some stories, join in some songs and make your very own blast off rocket!

Wednesday 10 April

Booking required

11am to 12pm



Come along and make some Easter Egg crafts with your child.  Please note that this event is not staff supervised and children must be accompanied by an adult.  All ages welcome.

Thursday 11 April

Bookings required

10am to 2pm



Enjoy some Easter stories and craft on a special family Saturday session.

Saturday 13 April

Bookings required

11am to 12pm



A fast-paced magic show featuring visual magic, witty comedy and lots of audience interaction!

Ages: 5-12

Bookings required

Monday 15 April

2pm to 2.45pm



Do you love science? Come and join the Cranbourne STEAM Team for some sizzle and pop with fun hands-on science experiments.  School-age only.

Tuesday 16 April

Bookings required

2pm to 3pm



Bring your baby along for a fun music session, with shakers, singing and songs.

Ages: 0-18 months

Thursday 18 April

1pm to 1.45pm


Seesaw is gradually being incorporated and developed within our classrooms as teachers and students learn and improve upon their skills and understanding of the program. Any work that has already been uploaded to your child’s platform will become available for viewing once we have produced and finalised a school wide procedure and policy to protect our students, teaching staff and the Clyde community.

We hope once Seesaw is in full swing, families will have the ability to be regularly updated in regards to their student’s day both from an academic and social point of view.  Communications and uploads will be a combined mixture from both our students and their teachers, including the specialist team. Once these posts become available in term 2 commenting on your own child’s platform will be enabled. This feature is designed to give you an opportunity to become active within their learning, by responding to their individual efforts, and words of encouragement as they grow and learn many wonderful things here at Clyde Primary school.

If you haven’t already, please ensure you have created an account and downloaded the Seesaw app ready to join our online learning forum at the beginning of Term 2. If you require assistance or help to download the app please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.

If you would like any questions answered in regards to Seesaw please ask them at the office and we will do our best to answer them all in our upcoming Seesaw updates in the school newsletter.

‘Shared Learning’ at Clyde Primary School

Professional Learning for staff continues this year with every Tuesday afternoon from 3:50-4:50pm. The term by term schedule is based on the work outlined in on our Annual Implementation Plan with a focus on embedding Instructional Models in Maths, English and Wellbeing as well as building on teacher practice in classrooms. Clyde is participating in the Teaching Partners initiative in 2019 which is designed to support our teachers further in developing teaching skills based on the High Impact Teaching Strategies. Claire Leach and Hazel Barker attend each Tuesday to coach and provide feedback to the Junior Team with a focus on Reading. On Thursday, 21st and Friday, 22nd March, Ms Kate Brittain and Ms Kate Couacaud and myself will be attending a forum to inform us further of this initiative.

Ms Philippa Morrison continues her work with Clyde this year in the role as Leadership Team coach.  Philippa attends each Friday and is working individually with members of the Leadership Team to build leadership skills and strengths.

Our teaching staff will be planning Term 2 overviews together in professional learning teams in the last 2 weeks of term.  Students may be attending the specialist areas at different times over this period.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, Ms Alex King, Ms Hayley Taylor and myself, will be attending the ‘Changing the Climate’ conference which is focusing on creating positive climates for learning in Victorian schools and communities. This will provide valuable information and research in developing our School Wide Positive Behaviours program that we are beginning this year. This work will be supported from Term 2 with Mr Lee Russell from the Social Development Centre working with our teachers in classroom settings as well as providing professional learning.

Workforce Planning

I would like to advise that I will be taking Long Service Leave for the last 2 weeks of Term 1.  Ms Michelle Mackenlay will be Acting Principal in my absence.

Ms Beryl Campbell will be continuing personal leave for the remainder of Term 1. Ms Rebecca Harris will be taking Library on Thursdays and Fridays for the remainder of term.

I would like to congratulate Ms Mel Ray (Bu Ray) and Corey on the arrival of Zoe Helena- Faye Savage on Friday, 8th March. Both doing well.

PLT News

Middle PLT

What a fantastic start to 2019 the year 3’s and 4’s have had!

In Reading, we have been focusing on different CAFÉ strategies. We began the year by learning how to Check for Understanding and Back up and Re-read if we don’t understand. We also focused on how to choose a Good Fit Book for us. Then we moved onto exploring the many different literary elements in a Narrative text, such as the plot, characters, settings, vocabulary and paragraphs.

In Writing, we have been working very hard to create engaging Narratives. We have been focusing on using descriptive language to describe characters and settings, separating our ideas into paragraphs and making sure we follow the Narrative structure to keep the reader engaged. It was inspiring to hear some of our Narratives read aloud at our assembly. In Maths, we started our year learning about place value and the base ten system. We extended our understanding of 4, 5 and even 6 digit numbers! We have also been focusing on 2D and 3D shape, we were lucky enough to be able to use our brand new 3D shape resources to help us name shape features and visualise 3D shapes in different ways.

In Inquiry, we have been exploring the history and culture of Australian Aboriginals and learning about colonisation. We are all looking forward to our excursion on the 1st of April to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens where we will Discover the importance of the environment to the Koolin people and how plants were used for fibre, medicine tools and food. We will learn more about diversity and examining sustainable land practices used by Aboriginal people. The Year 3 and 4 students should be extremely proud of how they have begun this year. Keep up the good work!

General Information


Hi Clyde Primary School,

Bellbrook Catering would like to wish all students, staff and families a safe and happy holiday and easter break. We would like to inform you that your last canteen day for term 1 (inclusive) is  Thursday 4th April  and your first canteen day for term 2 is Tuesday 30th April.

We hope the easter bunny comes your way. Thanking you Kind regards Your Bellbrook Catering Team


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.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available at the end of March.