Clyde Primary School Newsletter
29th March 2019
Featured | Foundation – Year 2 Sports
1/2 Sports Day
On Tuesday 26th March, we held our 1/2 Junior Sports Day, which was a great success. Students took part in 15 different activities throughout the afternoon. They all had a fantastic time and tried their best on all activities. Many thanks to the parent helpers that helped on an activity and a big thank you to our Year 5/6 students that lead our teams of 1/2 students around to each activity, demonstrated the activities and ensured they had a great time. Thank you also to all the family and friends that came to cheer on the children.
Foundation Sports Day
On Friday 29th March, we held our Foundation Sports day, which was a great success. Students took part in 13 different activities throughout the afternoon. They all had a fantastic time and tried their best on all activities. Many thanks to the parent helpers that helped on an activity and a big thank you to our year 6 students that lead our Foundation teams around the each activity, demonstrated the activities and ensured they had a great time. Thank you also to all the family and friends that came to cheer on the children.
Teachers have been busy in Term One becoming familiar with Seesaw and posting lots of amazing student learning! Remember to download Seesaw in preparation for Term Two when you will be given your unique QR code allowing you to log into your child’s account.
- There is no advertising in Seesaw
- Seesaw does not own the content our school community adds
- Seesaw never sells data
- Seesaw uses the latest security industry best practice to protect users.
A reminder that before your child can access their Seesaw digital portfolio and be photographed or recorded for use within this platform, both the ICT and photo consent agreements need to be signed and returned to school. An additional consent form will be sent home shortly which will allow you to access Seesaw at home. Copies of these forms can be obtained from your child’s classroom teacher or at the office.
Our Student Agency Team have met for the first time with Ms King last Tuesday morning. The team worked on defining their roles and talked about how Student Agency representatives would be much more involved in having a say in their learning and how programs are run across the school. The team also discussed how a lot of their focus for the year would be on building ‘school spirit’, including a greater exposure of our House system.
Our school has been successfully accepted into the DET program, Positive School Wide Behaviours and appointed a DET Coach, Sarah LaGreca, who will be assisting our School Wide Positive Behaviours Team to begin this work. The team will be led by Alex King, who with other staff attended 2 days of initial training at the DET Regional office. The program will develop over years to come developing a broad range of strategies that will have a positive effect on learning. Progress in this work will regularly be shared with and developed with our students and families.
Our STEM program has been a hit with our students in its first term at our school. The subject is part of our specialist program, taught by Ms Rendall, covering a mixture of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. All students from Foundation to Year 6 have a session per week of STEM. Over recent lessons, a number of students have enjoyed designing a safe bilby habitat, then testing out their design using technology and coding skills. Since Ms Bu Ray has taken family leave, our Indonesian specialist program hasn’t run this year, we are looking into options for our LOTE program.
Our last week of Term 1
Next Friday is our last day of Term 1, we have a few exciting events planned for the week.
On Monday 1st April our Year 3/4 students are off to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens and then return for our Whole School Assembly on Monday at 2:45pm.
Our final day of term is the Friday 5th April, with an early dismissal at 2:30pm. On this day we will be having our Easter Parade at 9:15am, which will conclude with the drawing of our Easter Raffle. We are still accepting donations for this at the school office, and hope to see you on the day of the parade. Straight after the parade, students from Years 3-6 will participate in our School Cross Country.
Episode 2 of Clyde TV will be broadcast from classrooms on the Friday at 2pm.
We would like to congratulate all students for a positive start to their school year, particularly those who have started their year in Foundation. Students have settled well into the structures of their new classes, building new friendships and showing an eagerness to improve their learning. I wish all families a Happy Easter and a relaxing holiday break.
We will see you all back at school on Tuesday 23rd April, as Monday is a Public Holiday for Easter.
On our second day back, Wednesday 24th April, we will be having our ANZAC ceremony for the whole school at 2:45pm. Families are welcome to lay flowers at our flagpole.
First term has been a particularly busy one in the 5/6 team!
Our students have had a strong beginning, developing their classroom communities and practising their collaborative working skills across the cohort, visiting and working in other classrooms as a united team!
In Writing, we have produced some excellent narratives, ensuring they are well-developed and include rich vocabulary. We have just started writing persuasives and are learning to use persuasive devices and FAT HORSE – which is an acronym to ensure we use: Facts, Alliteration, anecdotes, Triples/triplets, Humour, Opinion, Repetition, rhetorical question, Statistics, similes, Emotive language, experts, exaggeration or examples.
In Reading, we have developed our focus groups for Literature Circles and Reciprocal Reading. We have also used CARS and STARS to develop our comprehension strategies. Each week, we focus on a particular CAFÉ skill and ensure this is embedded in our focus group activities. We have looked at recognising literary elements, (genre, plot, characters, setting) explaining cause and effect relationships, identifying and using rich vocabulary and tiered vocabulary and summarising text in our own words, just to name a few!
One of our highlights this Term, has been our Inquiry work. We have been developing our understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of the Aboriginal people of Australia and the effects of British colonisation. Students have been exploring the causes and effects of change on society and have compared the different experiences and perspectives of people in the past. We were very fortunate to secure a visit from Scott Darlow, an Aboriginal singer-songwriter. Scott has worked alongside other famous Australian artists and released a single last year to raise money for the Farmers impacted by the drought. He sang some of his hit songs but also spoke at length to the students about his Aboriginal heritage. Scott was a natural storyteller, regaling the students with tales from his childhood and his experiences as an Indigenous performer, travelling the world. Scott’s warm and engaging personality ensured his presentation positively connected with the students. They enjoyed interacting with Scott on stage and enjoyed his humourous approach, whilst further enhancing their knowledge and understanding.
After a busy term, we are all looking forward to the school holidays coming up very soon!
The classroom teachers would like to acknowledge all of the hard work completed by our students this term. We have loved your enthusiasm and positivity! We are excited for what’s ahead in Term 2.
Miss King, Mr Andrews, Miss Atkins and Miss Cox.
There are numerous students who have already had 5 or more days absent from school this term. If this pattern of absence continues, some students will have missed at least 20 days off for the whole year. Victorian state absence average is 12.5 days off per year – this is a maximum of 3 days per term. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind. Being absent means that your child may miss out on the beginning of a new writing topic, extending their learning through challenging problem solving in Mathematics, daily reading and comprehension skills, and building positive relationships with their friends and peers.
Each day missed is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading. Being away from school for one day a fortnight equals missing 1.5 years of 13 years of school. In Primary school, some students miss on average 3 weeks of school per year. That’s half a year of school by the end of year 6.
Being late for school hurts a child’s learning too, a student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of learning during the year. At Clyde Primary School, students begin every single day with Sustained Reading – this improves students reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension, whilst also allowing them to settle into a routine for the day. Being late means that your child is not only missing crucial reading time, but they are also unsettled for the morning. Please ensure your child is arriving 10 minutes before the bell (8.50am) to ensure they have plenty of time to get organised for the day, and to be in their seat Sustained Reading at 9am.
Keep up the great work!
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