Clyde Primary School Newsletter

30th August 2019

Featured | Book Week



Once again, Book Week was a huge success for Clyde Primary School with our students enjoying and responding to a wide range of texts that were shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year. Each year, our Book Parades are filled with amazing Book Character costumes, and we wonder how we could ever beat it, yet every year, we seem to outdo the last! This year, was no exception!  We thank all of our Clyde community who dedicated their time to sourcing or creating such fabulous costumes to make our Parade the success it is.

We thoroughly look forward to seeing what next year’s Book week will bring!


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

Common Sense Media

Helping your child to protect themselves online

This article talks about protecting students online identify and assisting your child to create strong passwords to ensure people are not able to access their accounts and use their information. Have a look at the tips and speak to your children about the importance of creating strong passwords.

I would like to introduce myself my name is Trevor Hodsdon and I’m lucky to be part of the Clyde Primary School community until the end of this term. I am currently an assistant principal at Eastern Ranges School in Ferntree Gully but previously I have worked in both primary and specialist settings. I’m here as an intern as part of a principal preparation program. I’ve really enjoyed my first week here getting to know the staff and students. I am looking forward to learning from your vibrant school. If you see me around, please say ‘Hi’ and introduce yourself, as I am keen to get to know the school and its community.

School-wide Positive Behaviour Support

Clyde Primary School has a School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) team that are working towards implementing the framework in our school. SWPBS is a framework that brings together school communities to develop positive, safe, supportive learning cultures. SWPBS assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for students. We are currently creating a matrix of expectations that focus on behaviours that we want to see. This positively stated matrix is based around the expectations of respect, responsibility and resilience. We have created our purpose statement ‘Clyde Primary School is a place for respect, responsibility and resilience’. This statement underpins all of the work that our team is completing and has been approved by Student Agency. We are in the process of creating a system to acknowledge positive behaviour in the school, this is also being developed with input from Student Agency. We are creating video models to show behaviour expected in our school to use for explicit teaching. Clyde Primary is launching SWPBS in term 4 and will be holding a launch day celebration.

If you have any questions regarding SWPBS please speak to Mrs Williams and she will be happy to chat with you.

BYOD Information Evening – Year 4 and 5 parents only

On Wednesday 18th September at 6pm, Clyde Primary School will be hosting an information evening for the parents of current Year 4 and Year 5 students regarding our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program that operates in Year 5 and 6. This will be held in the 5/6C and 5/6D classrooms.

Topics covered at the information evening include costing for laptops, how to use the portal to order a laptop, warranties and how the laptops are used at school. We highly recommend all parents attend in order to receive the latest information.

Students in Year 5 and Year 6 are highly encouraged to have their own laptops as this allows our Year 5/6 teachers to run a thorough curriculum program that allows students opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills. This sets our students up with skills that they can use in high school, when they join the work force and in their own personal lives.

In Year 5 and 6, the curriculum set by the Department of Education requires students to use digital technologies in Reading, Writing and Maths as well as learning how digital technologies work. This is why our program runs best when all students have their own laptops. We will explain more about the curriculum links in detail at our information evening.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Billy Slater Cup Girls Rugby

On Thursday 29th August, selected girls in year 5/6 participated in the Billy Slater Cup Tag event. When Year 5/6 girls found out there was a rugby event coming up, they organised amongst themselves to put together a list of girls that would be interested in playing in the carnival. Mrs Bevis held try-outs and selected 12 students to take part in the day. With less than 3 weeks to prepare for the event and not a lot of knowledge about the game, we had Mark Smith (a 56 parent) offer to help coach the girls (and boys teams). The girls trained well and they built up their skills and knowledge and were ready for the big day. There were 3 schools that participated. We lost the first game, but we used the break to practise the skills and set up of play. We smashed the second game with 3 tries. It all game together in the end and the team work and game play was amazing to watch. The girls all did a fantastic job and we were 2nd overall which is a great achievement. Well done girls! Thank you to Mark Smith for all our help in coaching the team, we all really appreciated it.

3/4 Hooptime

On Wednesday 28th August, we had 77 students from Year 3/4 take part in Hooptime at Casey Stadium against other schools in our district. We had 11 teams which was fantastic participation.

All the students had a fantastic day, played their best, lots of goals were scored and we even had quite a few wins! One of our Future Star teams (Clyde Capitals) won the Grand Final on the day which was an amazing achievement. Those team members were presented with a Basketball.

I would like to thank our parent helpers – Courtney Goodman, Loren Darras and Lisa Hogan – for coaching a team each on the day. It was really appreciated, thank you.

Thank You

Mrs Bevis

Foundation 2020 Transition Sessions

Our Foundation 2020 transition sessions have begun. We have had so many excited children participate in our first two sessions. It is great to meet our future students and their families for the first time.

Our first session’s focus was on play based activities and getting to know other children who are attending the school next year. The focus for our second session was on fine motor skills, where students were able to colour, cut and create their own snail to take home. After each session the children were given a home activity to complete.

Our next session is on Wednesday 11th September at 9.30am. If you have a child starting next year please make sure you enroll your child ASAP and bring them to our transition sessions so we can begin to build a relationship with them.

Whole school production update!

We have been incredibly busy delving into the story of “Time Flies”. Our students have been busy analysing their roles, as well as discussing what is happening in the story line of their scenes.

Our students have been rehearsing their roles and dances every chance they get, we’ve even had them organising their own groups to practise at lunch time, the dedication to our production is shining through as it is starting to all come together.

Next week you will receive a Flexibuzz about the costumes that are required per student. Within your notice will be the era and type of costume that is required with examples for you, laid out on your poster.

On the poster is a variety of ways in which you could construct your costume. Please feel free to make your costume as simple or as elaborate as you would like. Our aim in getting costumes created at home is to bring the theatre experience into your home and get your child excited about the role they have in telling the amazing tale of “Time Flies”.

Once you have created your costume please label it, put it in a labeled bag, and give it to your child’s classroom teacher. These costumes can be handed in as of now with the last date being Thursday the 19th of September. If you have any questions please ask your child’s teacher, happy creating!

Lombards Costumes and Party Supplies are giving our Clyde community a 10% discount if you mention our school name when you purchase your costume there, if you choose to do so.

Ticketing information:

As previously noted our production will be held over two nights on the 15th and 16th of October.

We are aware that our school community is growing and therefore this year there will be no limit on tickets available for each family. We recommend purchasing tickets shortly after the opening date to avoid disappointment if the event sells out.

Things to note:

Tickets prices are $20 each. Children under two years old that can sit on your lap (no seat will be allocated to them) are free.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday the 16 th of September at 10:00 am via a link that will be sent to you via flexibuzz to access ticket purchases before the day.

We are running a special deal for bulk tickets; if you buy 5 tickets you will receive the 6th ticket free. You are able to spread your bundle out over the two nights if required. For example you can allocate three tickets for night one and the remaining three tickets for the second night if you wish.


District Athletics

On Wednesday 21st August, we had 44 Clyde students take part in our District Athletics carnival. These students made it through to list level after our School Athletics carnival in Term 2. The day was a big success, all students trying their best and having fun.

From this event, we have 10 Students going through to Division Athletics on Wednesday 18th September.

Well done to the following who have made it through to Division:

12/13 Boys 800m


12/13 Girls Relay

Emmerson, Ebony K, Hailey B, Akur

12/13 Girls long jump

12/13 Boys Long Jump


11 Girls discus


12/13 Girls 100m


9/10 Boys Discus


9/10 Girls Discus


11 Girls Long jump


11 Girls shot put


Well done to all the students that participated, you all did an amazing job.

PLT News

Middle School

It has been a busy Term in the middle school, full of learning, laughter and fun! At the beginning of Term 3 we welcomed Mrs Collard to the Middle PLT who is teaching 34E for the remainder of 2019. Mrs Collard has been an incredibly valuable addition to our team and has been enjoying her time with 34E.

In Reading we have been working on the CAFÉ skills expand vocabulary, cause and effect and summarising to ensure we have a deep understanding of what we are reading. To further develop our comprehension levels, we have started reciprocal reading as a class and in small reading groups. In reciprocal reading there are 5 roles:

  • The predictor
  • The summariser
  • The connector
  • The clarifier
  • The questioner

Reciprocal reading increases student discussion during reading, allows students to analyse texts from different perspectives and in different ways and increases overall comprehension and accuracy of challenging texts.

In Writing we have been focusing on two text types, discussion and response. In our discussion writing unit students were able to apply their understanding of persuasive writing to look at the for and against side of a range of arguments. Students were able to use persuasive devices such as exaggeration, rhetorical questions, facts and emotive language to discuss different topics whilst ensuring they create a balanced argument. This allowed students to think critically and understand different opinions and perspectives. Half way through term 3 we moved on to response writing. Response writing is like writing a book review – students have been enjoying learning the structure of a new text type and how to create critical summaries that analyse and critique written and multi-modal texts. As always, we have a strong focus on boundary punctuation, sentence structure and rich vocabulary to ensure our writing flows and keeps the reader engaged.

In Maths we have had a strong focus on our automatic recall of multiplication facts, all students have an individual multiplication goal that they are working hard to meet. We have also been learning about division and how multiplication and division are related and that the problem solving strategies that we learned in multiplication work for division too! Students have enjoyed solving problems during the ‘discovery’ phase at the beginning of each Maths lesson, it has been wonderful to see students tackling problems with a growth mindset, and supporting each other when they are stuck.

Overall, it has been another incredibly successful term in the Middle School. The dedication and persistence from each student has been outstanding to watch and is to be commended. We are looking forward to another busy, but fun-filled Term 4!

Miss Hickey, Mrs Collard, Miss Hamilton, Mrs Couacaud, Miss McQueen and Mr Dissegna.

Middle PLT.

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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