Clyde Primary School Newsletter

7th June 2019

Featured | School Athletics Day Yrs 3-6



Years 3-6 House Athletics was held today. All students in Years 3-6 were able to take part in a number of Track and Field events. Students wore their house colours on the day.


Filter Events

25mayAll DayCurriculum Day(All Day: monday)

26mayAll DayFoundation, Year 1 & 2 start back(All Day: tuesday)

03junAll DayDivision Cross Country - postponed(All Day: wednesday)

08junAll DayQueens Birthday Public Holiday(All Day: monday)

09junAll DayYear 3 to 6 start back(All Day: tuesday)

15jun6:30 pmSchool Council Meeting6:30 pm

23junAll DayLightning Premiership - postponed(All Day: tuesday)

25jun3:50 pm7:30 pmThree Way Conferences3:50 pm - 7:30 pm

Principals Report

Camp Rumbug

Excitement is building as the 3/4 students prepare to go to Camp RUMBUG next Wednesday, the 12th of July. They will be staying for two nights and returning on Friday the 14th of July. Students will need to be at school by 8.30am on Wednesday at the latest and will need to meet in their classrooms. The buses are on a strict schedule and cannot wait for late arriving students. We will be returning on Friday between 2.30 and 3.30pm. A Flexibuzz will be sent out on Friday when we are leaving camp RUMBUG with an estimated time of when we will be back at school. 

On the morning, please line your child’s bag up along the fence at the front of the school. If it is wet or raining, please bring their bag to the child’s classroom.

Students will need to bring a school appropriate lunch and snack with them on the first day. If you have lost your list of what to bring on camp, please see your child’s classroom teacher and they will provide you with another copy. If your child would like to bring lollies to camp they need to be given to the classroom teacher who will share them with everyone.

The students are very excited for the Red Faces talent show that will be running as one of our night time activities. It has been great to see some students practicing their items during recess and lunchtime. All music requests need to be given to your child’s classroom teacher before the Wednesday of camp so that the songs can be organised. No songs will be downloaded on the morning of camp. Students are also expected to bring their own props and costumes for the talent show.

If you have any further questions about camp please speak to your classroom teacher.

Bell Times

We have now started playing the music at 8.50am instead of 8.57am with great success. This is to signal to students that they must head to class and begin getting organised for the day. The music now plays for 10 minutes, allowing students to begin their day feeling calm and prepared. We have already seen improvements in the amount of students arriving to school before 9am which has allowed all students to settle and be ready to learn before the bell rings. A reminder that learning starts at 9am and finishes at 3.30pm, it is crucial to your child’s education that they are at school on time and are not leaving until 3.30pm.

Three Way Conferences

Our Three Way Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, 20th June from 3:50 – 7:30pm. Bookings will again be available online from 4:00pm on Tuesday, 11th June.  This is an opportunity for you and your child to speak to the teacher about their progress to date and goals for the next 6 months.  We do need to adhere to a strict 10 minute time for these interviews so if you require a longer time, please contact your child’s teacher for an alternative time to meet with them. 

Senior Camp

The senior camp is fast approaching and permission forms have been sent home yesterday.  Please complete and get back as soon as possible.  Flexi buzz messages will continue to come home with further information.

Workforce Planning

Ms Michelle Mackenlay will be Acting Principal while I am on Long Service Leave for the last 2 weeks of Term 2.  Ms Pattie Chester is returning to work on Tuesday, 11th June after a very enjoyable holiday overseas.  She will be taking Ms Barker’s class while she on leave for the rest of the term.  Ms Couacaud will remain in 3 / 4 D. 

68 weeks

Last week we received our official letter confirming fund $2,280,000 has been allocated to our school for capital funding to enable us to complete planning of our new school (This represents 10% of the total funding, 90% will be released in the 2020 state budget).  I have attached the letter.

This is an exciting phase for Clyde Primary School and I am looking forward to working with the school community to ensure we have the best possible learning spaces for the best possible learning outcomes for all our students, including the next generation.

The 68 weeks symbolised at the top in red indicates how long between now and the ‘turn of the sod’ on Monday, 17th August, 2020.

On Friday, Sharon Diehl, Sue Lumley and myself attended the ‘Bricks and Mortar’ training session with the department which has outlined the timeline and expectations required to adhere to the process. The first phase documentation (The Asset Management Plan) is due to be submitted to region by Monday, 15th July (first day of Term 3) so we are working within a short timeframe.  We have a VSBA ( Victorian School Building Authority) coach/ mentor who will be working closely with us throughout this process as well as support from the manager, provision and planning from the regional office.

Much of the initial work has been done with the recent development of our School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan which guide us in our vision and direction over the next 4 years. The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model, which brings FISO into the classroom and connects a whole school improvement approach with classroom practice is at the core. This will form the basis for our work within this first phase.

In this plan, we will outline our School Context Challenges, School Vision, Key Improvement Strategies, provide further context for the architect in an ‘Our School’ section, and provide a completed matrix of an Education specification.

During this first process, we will be seeking input from staff, parents and students around the following prompts;

  • What does learning and teaching look like at our school?
  • How do we as leaders support improved teaching and learning practices?
  • Next steps to align our current practices with the future educational direction of the school, and
  • What type of learning spaces would best support next steps and the future direction of the school?

There are also some other activities we can work through together, to gain further clarity about what we need to include.

We have planned for 2 sessions with staff ( Tuesday, 11th June and Tuesday, 25th June), sessions with students  and the following times for parents have been provided for parents to have valuable input;

  • Thursday, 13th June at 3:00pm and
  • Monday, 17th at 9:15am.

This information, along with other input, will provide the architect with a snapshot of how we do things at Clyde and form the context for the design of learning spaces that will best suit our needs.

What an opportunity to be part of creating a fantastic learning environment for all of the school community. We have known for some time that a new school is coming our way.  That time is now!  We can celebrate!

PLT News

Junior School

To celebrate Education Week, Mark Brittain, the Grandfather of Izabellah and Senior Constable Jesse Pulkka, the father of Sienna and Cruz  visited some classes in our Junior School.

Mark and Jesse shared with us what they do each day as a Plumber and a Police Officer. They told some very interesting stories about their careers and we were lucky enough to ask lots of questions.  We even had the opportunity to try on some parts of a police uniform!

The Junior School would like to say a big thank you to both Mark and Jesse for their visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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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