Clyde Primary School Newsletter
24th May 2019
Featured | Starting Time at Clyde Primary School
As of Monday 27th May, Clyde PS is making some minor adjustments to the beginning of the day. At 8.50am music will now be heard along with the bell. This will signal to all students that they need to enter and stay in their classroom and begin preparing for the morning routine. Parents are still more than welcome to enter the classroom at 8.50am to chat with their child’s teacher but once the 9am bell sounds, formal lessons will begin. This is to ensure that the first learning session of the day starts on time. We want to make the most of every minute of learning for all our students, so we ask for your support in this important matter.
You can help your child prepare for this by ensuring they are at school before 9am so they can settle into the daily routine and reminding your children to go straight to their classroom each morning once it is 8.50am. If your child arrives at school after 9am please ensure you accompany them to the office to sign in.
Thank you to all of our parents that have returned their students permission form and have accessed their individual seesaw portal. It’s been great to see so many families online and actively involved in their student’s learning. We can’t wait to build upon our posts and share our future learning with our school community! So make sure you download the app to stay up to date with our regular posts. If you require any assistance in regards to Seesaw, including a replacement copy of a permission form and/ or family invitation, please don’t hesitate to ask your student’s home group teacher.
I would like to make a warm welcome to Mrs Maree Brand who is working in 3 / 4 E on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at our school for the rest of this term. Ms Nikki Elston has transferred from the library temporarily on Mondays and Tuesdays to take 3 / 4 E on those days, a big thank you to Nikki for her flexibility.
Taking enrolments for 2020
We are currently conducting school tours for new enrolments to our school in 2020. If you have a child due to start school in 2020, we encourage you to contact the office to get an enrolment form, complete and return to the office as soon as possible. We are accepting any siblings of students already enrolled at our school.
All parents will be able to identify our school’s zone using the Department’s new findmyschool.vic.gov.au website.
You may have noticed the solar panels on the roof of the Foundation building. This is part of a Greener Schools initiative by the Department of Education. School Council voted to proceed with the proposal and we connected to the grid last Friday.
‘Shared Learning’ at Clyde Primary School
Staff at Clyde PS have this term been accessing their Professional Practice Days to work on a number of areas including; preparing reports, moderating student assessment with their Professional Learning Team, planning ahead, and researching best practice based on High Impact Teaching Strategies. All teaching staff are entitled to one day per term out of the classroom to do this valuable work.
Staff are also involved in a number of Communities of Practice and learning opportunities across the Casey South Network including Reading, English as an additional language, Leading Literacy in the Network, English Network with a focus on vocabulary, as well as Student Agency. Schools have nominated their interest in working together to research best practice and share ideas and strategies. There are several days throughout the year where teachers attend these workshops and will be out of the classroom. At all times, we endeavour to maintain the teaching and learning programs for all students.
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 relisted the PLT coordinators across the school who will be able to assist you. Ms Hayley Taylor, our Wellbeing leader is also available, as is 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|
I have also include the link to our Complaints and Grievances policy for your information.
Thank you to the Clyde School Community for your generous donations to our Easter Raffle. We are pleased to report that you raised $462.32. School Council decided on Monday this money will go towards the purchase a fridge/freezer for breakfast club.
Behaviour Management Strategies used at Clyde PS
At Clyde PS we aim to build a respectful and safe environment for students, staff and parents. We have a number of strategies we use to promote positive behaviour in all and we are excited to be beginning the work around School Wide Positive Behaviours.
On Monday, 20th May staff worked on a matrix to identify consistent expectations of behaviours across different settings of our school for our students ie learning spaces, playground, toilets etc. The morning was extremely productive and our next steps are to seek input from our students and parents to complete this process. This document when completed will be highly visible for all our community. Explicit teachings of positive behaviours will be incorporated into teaching and learning 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. I have outlined some other ways we manage and promote positive behaviours in our students below:
Group is run during the first half of recess and lunch in the learning centre by a selection of teachers. Group is designed to improve social/friendship skills for selected students who are having difficulty regulating their behaviours in the yard. Throughout our sessions students participate in a range of activities in a supportive environment. Staff constantly teach and re-teach appropriate social skills to these students and expect students to be respectful to each other. Staff model to students how to interact with one another appropriately and discuss strategies to support them in the school when they become frustrated with a situation or another student.
Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim. The practice is used for student to student / teacher to student relationships at Clyde PS.
Staff use scripts to facilitate restorative conversations. Staff allow all parties to have their say in what happened and how they felt about the incident. All parties then discuss what needs to occur next depending on the issue. This may be a consequence, apology or another means of action. Students leave feeling they have had a voice throughout the restorative process and understand that next steps have been implemented.
Our school applied for and received funding for the DET Chaplaincy Program. Dan, our new Chaplain provides students and staff with support by running groups, or individual sessions with a focus on developing social and emotional skills and anger management. The Chaplain is someone to talk to about the needs that arise in our students’ daily lives, whether it is friendship issues, family break up or behavioural issues. The Chaplaincy Program is a pastoral care program only and does not have any religious focus. Access to the program is through referral by teacher or parent. Parental consent must be received for students to participate.
We have continued to receive support from staff at the Student Development Centre in Frankston, who provide outreach support to teachers, Education Support staff and School Administration by providing strategies and intervention methods to support positive participation of students within the school environment. Lee Russell, who worked with us in 2018, will continue to provide outreach support at our school this year. Lee has been fabulous at providing our staff with professional learning, which can assist teachers to develop a broader range of strategies to support students with behavior and learning concerns.
Jaime 3/4C – for being a brilliant member of the classroom and assisting her peers during group work.
Amelia FB – For continuously challenging herself in her learning, particularly when using sounds independently to spell words in her writing.
Abi 5/6C – For her outstanding work ethic displayed in all areas of the curriculum. Abi is taking pride in her work and is completing all learning tasks to an exceptionally high standard. Well done Abi and keep up the amazing work!
Deng 1/2A – Fantastic work ethic in areas of the curriculum and working on extending his writing. Great work Deng.
Term Two has been an extremely busy term for our Foundation students! We have dived straight in to our learning and have had many exciting events happening.
Our Inquiry focus this term has been on health. The students have been learning about healthy and unhealthy choices. Earlier in the term the students made cucumber sandwiches where they had to follow a procedure and create a healthy sandwich using cucumber, cheese and ham. Students have also explored what a healthy lunch box looks like and completed some writing about what they found in their own lunchboxes.
One of our most successful events this term was our Mother’s Day picnic. Due to poor weather, this was held in the Foundation building with each room holding a different activity. We had an iPad room, a colouring room, a play-based learning room and a pamper room. The pamper room was a hit, with lots of parents being treated to freshly painted nails and new hair styles. It was wonderful to see so many families come along and enjoy a wonderful day.
In Mathematics, the Foundation students have been learning how to add numbers together. We introduced this learning by using concrete materials to solve simple addition stories and moved on to use more mental strategies such as counting on. They have also been learning to continue, copy and create patterns using colours and shapes.
In Reading, the Foundation students have been learning to use our prior knowledge to make self-to-text connections. They have also been learning some different strategies to help decode tricky words and make connections between the word, the picture and the initial sound.
In Writing, the Foundation students have been continuing to write recounts about their weekend. Our goal this term has been to have a go at writing down the sounds we can hear when spelling tricky words. Other students have been working on using finger spaces between their words and sitting their writing correctly on the line.
This week, the Foundation students had an absolute blast celebrating Education Week by dressing up in different careers. We were lucky enough to have a fire truck come out and visit the students, and were given the opportunity to explore the fire truck and the different equipment.
We look forward to a wonderful second half of the term and meeting with our families during our Three-Way Conference meetings.
The Foundation Team
Congratulations to Foundation A for winning the attendance cup at our whole school assembly for the greatest attendance so far in term 2.
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS
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.
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