Clyde Primary School Newsletter

10th May 2019

Featured | Community Picnic to celebrate Mother’s Day



Thank you for attending our Clyde community picnic to celebrate Mother’s Day today.  Again this was a highly successful event that was enjoyed by all. The fingernail painting in the foundation area was a particular highlight. To all of our community I wish you a happy day on Sunday.

Special thanks to Lisa Hogan, Jenny Moore-Carter and Emma Lewis for manning our Mother’s Day Stall.  Also, to Mel Evans for doing such a great job in assembling our lovely raffle prizes.

Congratulations go to our Mother’s Day Raffle winners!

1st prize – Jessica Nelson and 2nd prize – Chintamanee Moneea

We hope you both enjoy your lovely hampers.


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

Mandatory Reporting

Staff are currently updating their knowledge on Mandatory Reporting as this is a Department requirement every year.  This is to ensure that staff are kept up to date with new expectations when reporting concerns of child abuse and / or neglect  If you would like to read our Mandatory Reporting Policy it is located on our school website under Parent Information.

Chaplaincy Program

Clyde PS has a new chaplain. His name is Dan Jones and he has qualifications in counselling. He will be working two days per week, assisting students in a range of areas including social, friendship and anger management. Students may be working in small groups or individually. Dan will begin building relationships with any student who is currently on our list. If you feel your child may benefit from some assistance in any of these areas please chat to your child’s classroom teacher. New forms are required to be updated and signed each year for your child to access this service.

Education week

This year Education Week is being celebrated in Week 5 (Monday the 20th of May – Friday the 24th of May). This year the theme is Careers. Throughout the week there will be a range of activities and events happening throughout the school. On Tuesday the 21st of May students are invited to dress up. The theme of the dress up day will be ‘what you would like to be when you grow up?’. On top of this, all classroom teachers will be developing a questionnaire for students to take home and interview their parents about their careers. Throughout the week, we are inviting all members of our school community to come and speak to their child’s class (or year level) about their career. This can be organised with your child’s classroom teacher.

We look forward to an amazing Education Week!

ANZAC Day Assembly

On April 24 the school had the privilege of Royal Australian Navy bugler AB Andrew Bryce play the Last Post and Reveille. Andrew has been a full time member of the Navy Band for 15 years having been based at HMAS Cerberus here in Victoria, and HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney. Andrew was the bugler for the dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance the following morning after his visit, so we were very lucky to have him play for us. Andrew has also played bugle at the ANZAC day match at the MCG, as well as at ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey. The students were most respectful during his “call” and equally so during the minute of silence, so well done to everyone.

Whole School Assembly

A reminder that our Whole School Assembly is scheduled for Monday the 13th of May.  Students will gather on the basketball court (weather permitting) at 2.45pm.  Parents and friends are welcome to attend.

‘Shared Learning’ at Clyde Primary School

Please mark Monday, 20th May as Curriculum Day. Students are not required to attend school on this day. The focus for the day will be School Wide Positive Behaviours. As a staff we will be working through a matrix to identify consistent expectations of behaviours across different settings of our school for our students ie learning spaces, playground, toilets etc.  We will also be seeking input from our students and parents to complete this process. This document when completed will be highly visible for all our community. Explicit teaching of positive behaviours will be incorporated into classroom programs at Clyde.  We aim to continue to build a positive culture where respect, responsibility and resilience are enacted every day by our entire school community.

Camping Program, 2019

 Our Middle school and Senior school camps are coming up later this term and planning is well underway.  Please keep a look out for permission, medical and dietary forms and return them by the date required. Please note also that payment is also required by the due date.  

See Our School Zone Online

 The Department has released a new website that helps parents identify their local public school online. launched on the 23rd of April and shows every school zone across the state. The new website highlights the choice of public schools available to the Victorian community.

If your child is preparing to enter Year 7 and you want to know more about the public secondary school options in our area, or you know someone who is interested in enrolling at our school, try today.

If you have a question about the website, contact the Victorian School building Authority Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email

PLT News


“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents” – Bob Ross.

It has been a busy start to 2019 in the art room. Students have been building upon their resilience in art by allowing themselves to make mistakes (otherwise known as happy accidents) and problem solve how to fix them without erasing anything. This has assisted all students to challenge their creative thinking and develop their artistic potential. The focus of art in Term One has been on the elements and principles of art which has included colour, line, pattern, overlapping and shape.

Foundation students have been learning how to use colour and recognise the order of colours with the help of the song ROY-G-BIV and they have created sculptures containing various shapes. Foundation have also completed various drawing and painting activities. Level 1/2 have been using line and pattern to create bears in jumpers, patterned turtle shells and weaving plates. Level 3/4 have focused on texture, line and pattern to create Rapunzel towers with a sculptured person in the textured 3D tower they made. They have also drawn and created foam prints of bugs. Level 5/6 have also focused on texture, line and pattern combined with paper-mache techniques to create 3D cakes inspired by the artist Wayne Thiebaud, as well as foam prints of cities.

This term, students will continue to develop their skills and knowledge of the elements and principles of art while also continually learning how to respond to artworks they make and view. Students will also be developing their understanding of the art principles ‘form, balance and texture’. I look forward to continually seeing the amazing expression in your child’s art through their use of various techniques and materials they will have the opportunity to use over the coming weeks and months.

Foundation pattern and colour painting.

Level 5/6 Paper-mache cakes.


Look what is happening in our new library!

What an exciting year 2019 will be! We are continuing to work on our beautiful new library space with the help of our staff, library leaders and dedicated parents. Currently we are stock taking all of the books in the school so that we can get our new systems up and running as soon as possible!

The students have been spending time during their library sessions immersing themselves in the amazing stories that we have available at our school as well as different forms of text such as poetry.

At Clyde Primary, we follow the CAFÉ reading system, which provides us with a way to maximize student understanding of the four key components of successful reading through the use of the CAFE Menu. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary.

During each session, we have a specific café focus that we work on through a variety of ways. Some of these include modeled reading, engaging hands on activities, storytelling, and silent reading as well as shared reading. We also have special “word watching” jobs within our library time to help identify new and interesting words to help expand our vocabulary.


We had an action packed Term 1 with lots of events taking place including Years 3-6 School Cross Country, Foundation Sports Day and Junior Sports Day. Years 3-6 also had a coach from Gymnastics Australia come and coach them in two lessons during PE. The students had a great time and certainly stepped out of their comfort zone and developed their Gymnastics and movement skills.

Term 2 is going to be just as busy! It has started with District Cross Country, which was held last Friday.  We had 46 students competing in this event against 8 other schools in our District. All our students did their best on the day which was great to see. We had 6 students progress through to Division which will be held on Wednesday 29th May. These students are Mia 3/4C, Lucas 5/6A , Jack 5/6D , Abbey  5/6B and 5/6A. Congratulations to all our District Cross Country competitors.

School Athletics for Years 3-6 will be held on Friday 7th June.  This is a great event where students get to take part in a number of activities – 100m, 200m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot put, Discus, Hurdles and Relay to name a few. Parents are invited to come and watch on the day. If anyone is interested in being a Parent Helper, please let Mrs Bevis know.  District and Division Athletics will be held in Term 3.  More information on Lightning Premiership will be coming later in the term too.

Woolworths Earn and Learn will be running this term. It started on May 1st and finishes at the end of June. If you or your family shop at Woolworths, can you please collect the Earn & Learn stickers? There will be a collection box in the office that you can put your stickers into. Every sticker that is collected will go towards equipment for our school.


So far this year all of our students have been very busy in music. Our foundation students are taking their first steps towards learning about beat, rhythm and pitch. They have been working very hard on their singing and have learnt some fantastic songs including “Inanay” and “Taba Naba”, both of which come from the Torres Strait Islands. All of foundation have made a great start to music and they especially enjoy playing our percussion instruments.

Year 1 and 2 spent term 1 playing boomwhackers! Boomwhackers are a fun way to begin playing as part of a class band, where each student gets a part to play, or a boomwhacker to whack!! Boomwackers are colourful tubes, each colour being of a different length and note. Term 2 we will be learning xylophone, and extending the skills learnt in term 1. The 12’s have also been working hard on their singing.

The year 34’s as well as the 56’s spent term 1 playing bucket drums. Students have enjoyed developing their drumming skills while at the same time improving their co-ordination and motor skills. The 34’s have moved onto ukulele this term, while the 56’s are completing a unit on beatboxing, rapping, and ostinatos. They will finish off the term with some group compositions incorporating all of these elements.


We have had a fantastic start to STEM this year!

In Term One, Foundation classes learnt about the needs of living things and grew their own grass plants. Year 1/2 classes found out about the spiny leaf insects that live in the STEM room and then designed and made their own insects. The Year 3/4s used the robot Ozobot to help the endangered bilby make its way safely around the environment. The Year 5/6 classes experimented with electrical circuits using globes, buzzers and motors and then designed and built their own switches.

This Term, Foundation students are investigating the seasons, Year 1/2 classes are making and separating mixtures, while Year 3/4 classes are exploring forces and building a contraption to attempt to protect their egg from gravity in the egg drop challenge. Year 5/6 classes are researching important inventors and scientists, choosing one of personal interest and then making a product to represent this individual’s impact on society. This will culminate in an exhibition where other classes and families will be invited to come and see the varied and amazing products created by the Year 5/6 students.

Stay tuned for further STEM updates on Seesaw.

Attendance News

Term 1 Attendance

Congratulations to Foundation D who won the attendance cup for term 1. Remember to keep coming to school each and every day on time unless you are ill. Let’s see who wins the trophy in term 2.

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.

Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available end May.