Clyde Primary School Newsletter

6th December 2019

Featured | Christmas Carols 



What a wonderful sight it was at our Carols Night on Thursday, 5th December. It was terrific to see so many families having picnics on the oval and watching the excitement on children’s faces as they performed their carols.

A big thank you to Maurie Richardson for lending us the stage and to the Clyde CFA for bringing Santa to visit.


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

Principal’s Report


What a wonderful sight it was at our Carols Night on Thursday, 5th December. It was terrific to see so many families having picnics on the oval and watch the excitement on children’s faces as they performed their carols. A big thank you to Maurie Richardson again for lending us the stage and to the Clyde CFA for bringing Santa to visit. I would like to thank our staff for their commitment and enthusiasm, a special mention to Mr Parsons for his organisation of the event and to our wonderful students who put on a wonderful show.  

Parent Helper’s Morning Tea

Next Thursday, 12th December we are holding our annual Parent Helper’s morning tea as a token of our appreciation for support to our school throughout the year.  We would love to see you if you are available to come from 11:00-11:40am.

Last Whole School Assembly

A reminder that our final whole school assembly will be held on Thursday, 19th December at 9:15am. Our Year 6 students will be our VIPs for this special occasion.  We would love to see you there.

Whole School Transition


The past few weeks, students have participated in two transition sessions. They have stepped up into their next year level and moved around in groups, engaging in variety activities. Many of the students have met the teachers who will be working in their year level in 2020. Next Tuesday, students will participate in a whole day transition session, where students will met with the other students in their 202 class and most classes will have their new teacher. On this day our information packs will also come home and these will include a variety of information eg: consent forms, fee structure.

Our last transition session for 2020 is on Tuesday 17th December from 2.30-3.30. From 3.30-4.00pm, parents are encouraged to come into the school to meet their child’s teacher for next year.



As the school year comes to an end it is beneficial to reflect with your child on the year that has been and what have been the highlights and the successes this year. Let them celebrate the highs and acknowledge the challenges from the year. Then allow them to enjoy their holidays as a time to relax and enjoy, ready to start fresh next year.

Holidays are also a time to be vigilant about safety, not only around the road and water but also cyber safety. When it comes to online safety here are some tips to assist in keeping children safe:

*Talk to your children regularly about what online sites they are accessing and ensure they ask you if they are unsure of anything. It is beneficial to make a household rule about using technology in main living areas only.

*Check the laws of each site your child is accessing before allowing them to continue. Many sites require children to be 13+ before registering an account (Facebook, You Tube, Instagram, Snapchat)

*Ensure children are keeping their personal information private and not giving out this information to others online

*Don’t publish anything online that you wouldn’t want friends, family, teachers or future employees to see. Once it is online for all to see it can still be accessed, even if you delete it.

*Be polite and respectful online just as you would in real life. Treat others how you want to be treated.

*Place time limits on technology. Encourage students to go outdoors, to the park and explore. This will give them experiences to talk about when they come back to school.

Remember to stay safe and relax over these holidays so you are rejuvenated and ready for 2020.

Last week of School


Monday 16th of December  – Swimming Carnival (Whole School). Reports go home.

Tuesday 17th of December  – Whole School Transition Session 4 – 2020 classes 2:30-3:30pm. Meet the teacher 3:30-4:00pm. NO CANTEEN.

Wednesday 18th of December  – AFL Inflatables (Whole School).

Thursday 19th of December  – Whole School Assembly 9:15-10:00am. Class Parties & Foundation – 2 DISCO.  NO CANTEEN.

Friday 20th of December  – Last School Day, Early Dismissal – 1:30pm. Clyde TV – 1:00pm

Our last abbreviated newsletter will be sent home on Friday, 20th December

Buildings and Facilities


Our new portable building is currently being readied for the 2020 school year and we are expecting to be able to move in before the end of term.  We have also recently undergone tree audit for our school, a regular DET requirement and are in need of removing some trees from the yard which have been determined unsafe.  We have removed the tree in the front garden area on Thursday and seeking quotes to remove some from the corner of the oval at the nearest opportunity. 

Our fortnightly meetings in preparation for the new school build are continuing with the planning group and we are expecting to have a design by early next year.  We will keep you advised as this progresses.

School Leaders 2020


We are currently determining who will be our School Captains and Vice Captains for 2020. Ms Mackenlay and I have received written applications from the Year 5 interested students and we have yesterday heard their presentations which they did in front of the Senior staff, our 2019 School captains, Ershad and Preethica and the Principal Team. Our next steps are to shortlist and hold interviews next Thursday for these valued and responsible positions.

School Fees for 2020


2020 Parent Contributions / Essential Educational Items

School Council have carefully considered all aspects of the Student Resource Package from DET when developing the Parent Contributions for 2020.

Next year we have decided to put your $30.00 family voluntary contributions towards student ICT equipment to assist us in keeping up-to-date with current technology. Your support in this area is greatly appreciated.

School fees in 2020 will be 250.00, which includes the $30 family voluntary contribution.  It also includes all stationery requirements for the year, Seesaw and consumables for specialist classes (eg.ART and STEM).  Reading Eggs and Mathletics are part of the curriculum for Foundation to Year 4 and can be accessed at home or school, Education Perfect will be introduced to Year 5 and 6 (instead of Mathletics and Reading Eggs) which is also accessible at home or school.

We offer various methods of payments for your convenience – Eftpos, QKR! Direct Debit, Cheque, Cash and we have recently added Centrepay.

This year we are offering a $20.00 discount on all accounts paid in full on or before the 30th January 2020.

Families experiencing difficulties in meeting the cost of Parent Contributions are asked to contact the Business Manager to discuss alternative arrangements. Confidentiality will be respected in all cases.

Parents with a current Healthcare or Centrelink Pension Card are invited to apply for the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund in 2020.  This is a payment of $125.00 per child, per year and is to help parents meet the cost of camps and excursions. It may not be used for payment of Parent Contributions.  Please see the office for an application form.

A letter regarding 2020 Parent Contributions will be included in your information pack at the end of the year.

Staffing at Clyde


I would like to welcome our new staff to the Clyde team for 2020. Ms Jessie Van Dyke will be taking Year 3, Ms Elise Edwards taking Foundation and Ms Belinda Hodges joining the Senior team. Ms Katherine Lee will be joining Clyde as the new LOTE teacher.  Ms Emma Long will be joining the ES team and we make special welcome to her also. We also welcome Mr Lee Russell as Wellbeing Instructional Coach.  Ms Alex King is taking Long Service Leave for Term 1 and Ms Katrina Smith is stepping in to take this class while she is away.

I would like to take this opportunity also to thank Ms Caren Bode for her valuable contributions to Clyde both as Integration support as well as most recently Administration Support in the office.  We will certainly miss Caren and will be glad to welcome her back when she is ready to return.  We wish her and Simon all the best for the upcoming arrival of their baby boy. Ms Natalya Malygina has begun transitioning into Caren’s role and we make special welcome to her.

We have other exciting baby news at Clyde.  Ms Amanda Bevis and husband David are also expecting a new arrival in May next year.  Amanda will be with us until the end of Term 1.  

We are looking forward to another great year at Clyde.  Our students are currently participating in Transition and will be working with their 2020 teacher for the day on Tuesday, 10th December. A reminder that at the end of our last Transition session on Tuesday, 17th December, we invite you to come up and meet the teacher from 3:30-4:00pm.

School Structure for 2020


Foundation Professional Learning Team: Ms Kellie Davis, Ms Alyssa Naughton, Ms Jessica Bowler, Ms Jess Heitch and Ms Elise Edwards

Year 1 Professional Learning Team: Ms Naomi Maia (PLT Coordinator), Ms Kate Brittain/ Ms Sam Koutros, Ms Pattie Chester, Ms Nikki Elston/ Ms Beryl Campbell

Year 2 Professional Learning Team: Ms Tegan Crow (PLT coordinator), Ms Sharon Barker, Ms Emma Grant/ Ms Mel Ray, Ms Alex King (Ms Katrina Smith- Term 1)

Year 3 Professional Learning Team: Ms Ashlea Hickey (PLT Coordinator), Ms Amanda Cecil, Ms Jessie Van Dyke

Year 4 Professional Learning Team: Ms Allie McQueen (PLT coordinator), Ms Kate Couacaud/ Ms Tegan Williams, Ms Robyn Harris

Year 5 / 6 (Senior) Professional Learning Team: Ms Jess Hamilton (PLT Coordinator), Ms Belinda Hodges, Ms Bec Atkins, Mr Brad Andrews

Specialist Team: Mr Dom Parsons -Music Ms Amanda Bevis -P.E (PLT Coordinator), Ms Narelle Steckyj – Art, Ms Bec Forester- STEM, Ms Katherine Lee- LOTE (Auslan)

Principal Team: Ms Fiona Pratt & Ms Michelle Mackenlay

Leadership Team: Ms Sue Lumley (PLT/ Curriculum Pedagogy Learning Specialist), Ms Kate Couacaud (Curriculum Leading Teacher), Ms Kate Brittain (Pedagogy Learning Specialist), Ms Hayley Taylor (Wellbeing Acting Leading Teacher), Mr Lee Russell ( Instructional Coach Wellbeing), Ms Tegan Williams ( Instructional Coach 3-6 Pedagogy), Ms Sam Koutros ( Instructional Coach F-2 Pedagogy) Ms Sophie Foden ( Intervention Leader)

ES Professional Learning Team: Ms Leanne Waters (ES Coordinator) Ms Karen Carpenter, Ms Sherelle Browne, Ms Karen McBride, Ms Kerri Horrocks, Mr James Kerr, Ms Nazima Sahib and Ms Emma Long.

Administration: Ms Sharon Diehl (Business Manager), Ms Sue Miles, Ms Natalya Malygina

Final staffing arrangements will be provided in out  last newsletter for the year.

2020- A new year


On January 28th and 29th, 2020 our teachers and Education Support Staff will be participating in professional learning at school. These are student free days. Our Clyde staff will be setting our goals and expectations for the year, planning as a whole staff as well as in Professional Learning Teams and preparing for another year of learning for our students.

All students from Foundation to Year 6 start school on Thursday, 30th January, with students required at school by 8:50am when the music starts so that they can be ready to start their learning at 9:00am. Our Foundation students will have a staggered start time for their first day of 10:00am.

Christmas Spirit


Students at Clyde Primary School have been getting into the Christmas Spirit with a range of activities. One of which included saving their food wrappers for a very special project for Bunnings in Clyde North. The challenge was to create a Christmas tree using recycled materials and it was decided that it would be great to use the materials most available at school to recycle – Food wrappers. Our main designer was Caylob Trace from 34A with his wonderful idea of sticking these wrappers onto stacked cardboard boxes. Thanks for the great idea, Caylob!  We are now in the running to win a $100 Bunnings gift voucher for the school.

If you want us to win, make sure you pop in to Bunnings in Clyde North over the next 2 weeks and cast your VOTE! The tree with the most votes wins.

School-wide Positive Behaviour Support

‘Clyde Primary School is a place for Respect, Responsibility and Resilience’


School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is in full swing at Clyde. Students are being explicitly taught behavioural lessons each week and are being acknowledged for showing positive behaviour from our Matrix of Expectations. The Matrix of Expectations states the behaviour we want to see in our community. This matrix is displayed in the classroom and around the school. Please talk to your child/children about the lessons that are occurring and the great behaviours your child/children has shown to receive tokens.

STAR (Student Token Achievement Room) has been extremely busy, we have seen 268 students go to STAR to select a reward for their positive behaviour. We have even had 14 students received Gold Behaviour Status and have many more that are extremely close. From the students that have gone to STAR there has been a total of 3608 respect tokens, 2267 responsibility and 786 resilience tokens earnt. Staff and students have embraced SWPBS alike. 

We want to say a huge thank you to all of the parent helpers that have and are still continuing to put countless hours into creating tokens and boards, we greatly appreciate your help!

We are looking forward to continuing to work with you to support your child in being respectful, responsible and resilient learners. 

Mobile Phones 2020


From the beginning of Term 1 2020 there will be a new mobile phone policy for all government schools in Victoria.  The policy means all phones brought to school by students must be switched off and stored securely during the school day. A secure cabinet will be used to store the phones in the administration building and students will be able to collect them from the office at the end of the school day.

A small number of exceptions may be granted upon approval by the Principal following consultation with teachers and parents. These exceptions will only be available if a mobile phone is essential for a student in managing a health condition or classroom learning.

These exceptions will need to meet specific criteria and will require appropriate documentation prior to approval.

Watch out for our next Clyde TV episode which will provide information on the benefits of this new policy.

For more information please access the link below.

Principal’s Awards

Congratulations to our latest Principal Award recipients, who will enjoy a special lunch with the Principal.

Daisy FE – For always striving to complete her work to her highest possible standard and for showing great resilience in changing situations. Well done Daisy!

Maryia 1/2B – For consistently challenging herself across all learning areas throughout the year, particularly writing. Maryia’s positive attitude is demonstrated each day as she strives to improve the quality of her work and be a helpful member of our class. I am proud of you and keep up the fantastic effort next year.

Nandini 3/4D – For her effort and academic results this semester in literacy.

PLT News

The Year 3/4 students have been busy learning about Narratives and Poetry this term. They have been focusing on using descriptive language such as metaphors, similes, personification and Teir 2 adjectives. Each student has worked hard to create engaging Narratives and Poems that are interesting and detailed for their audience. Please enjoy reading some amazing examples of their writing!

General Information


An invitation to Celebrate with Bunjil Place Gallery


Bunjil Place Gallery would like to invite you for an afternoon with international artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan to celebrate the opening of Home/Land: Project Another Country.

Your school has helped to create hundreds of houses for a major exhibition at Bunjil Place Gallery. Designed by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, this exhibition has been inspired by the Casey community and considers the meaning of home and belonging.

The celebration of the exhibition will take place on Saturday 14 December, 1 – 4pm. The afternoon will include a chance to meet the artists, spoken word performances, refreshments and music.

Please RSVP for the community celebration by Tuesday 10 December 2019 to as spaces are limited.


Exhibition details:

Home/Land: Project Another Country – Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan

14 Dec 2019 – 8 Mar 2020

10.00am – 5.00pm

Tuesday – Sunday


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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