Clyde Primary School Newsletter
6th March 2020
Featured | Reading & Writing in Year Two
Our Year 2s have been off to a fantastic start in Reading and Writing this year!
Every morning at 8:50 we begin with sustained reading. This is a time for us to silently read and practise our reading goals. Please ensure that we are getting to school on time so that we do not miss this important part of our day!
In Reading, we have been focusing on asking questions throughout the reading process. This strategy helps us to actively engage with a text and remember the important details and information to help us better comprehend what the author is telling us. Some questions we can ask during the reading process include:
- What will happen next?
- I wonder how that made the character feel?
- Why did that happen?
In Writing, we have been creating a text that persuades our reader. This means that we need to convince the reader to believe an opinion or an idea. Our favourite topics to write about have been:
- Why Dogs Make The Best Pets
- Why Pizza Is Better Than Burgers
- Why Summer Is Better Than Winter
School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support Launch Day and Open Morning
Our students have been working hard at collecting tokens and showing that they can meet our school values by being Respectful, Responsible and Resilient. To help celebrate our School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) we are having an official Launch Day and Open Morning on Tuesday 17th March from 9:15-11am.
We are encouraging all of our students to dress up as their best self. Examples of this may include: a sporting outfit if you are good at sport, a vet- if you care for animals, a doctor- if you look after others, a superhero- like Captain Kindness.
The Launch Day will begin with an opening ceremony starting at 9:15 on the basketball court. This will be followed by an Open Morning where parents and community members are invited into classrooms to participate in SWPBS lessons and activities. All students will be presented with a SWPBS wristband to celebrate being Respectful, Responsible and Resilient.
As part of this event, students will participate in the following competitions:
Colouring competition (Foundation students)
Poster showing our values (Year 1 & 2 students)
Story or a narrative about our three R’s (Year 3 & 4 students)
Movie/PowerPoint about SWPBS (Year 5& 6 students)
We hope you can come along and celebrate this special event with us.
‘Clyde Primary School is a place for Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.’
At our most recent School Council meeting we have approved the remaining Curriculum Days for 2020.
These will be student free days:
Monday 2nd November
Thursday 17th December
Last Sunday was our Bunnings BBQ fundraiser. Once again this was a successful fundraising effort for our school, raising over $1500 to go toward some new playground equipment. A very BIG thank you to all of our volunteers including:
Kerri Lightowler, Natali Jonceski, Stephen Foster, Maggie Sorensen, Emma & Lee Robinson, Scott Wallace, Thimi Kohobange, Maduri Samarawickrama, Emma Long, Sohpie Foden, Tegan Crow, Tegan Cox, Kellie Davis, Jess Bowler, Pattie Chester.
Also a BIG thank you to Dave Bevis, Kerri Lightowler, Courtney Goodman, Nazima Sahib, THAT Bakery, for their donations, and for all of the families who donated soft drinks.
A very special thank you Leanne Waters for organising and helping out at this event, on behalf of our school.
Our School Council 2020/2021
I would like to congratulate our newest members of our School Council; Daniel Flitton and Jeewat Kaur Singh.
Kerri Lightowler, Nicola Power, Marianne Burgess, Loren Darras, Courtney Goodman successfully re-nominated for the next two years.
Our staff representatives are Fiona Pratt, Michelle Mackenlay, Robyn Harris and Sharon Diehl.
I would like to thank Kim Pennell and Paul Taylor for their valuable contributions to our School Council in 2019.
We will be having our Annual General Meeting on Monday 16th March, followed by the first meeting of our 2020 School Council on the same evening.
Easter Raffle and Parade
It is hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. Over the next few weeks, we will be collecting donations four our annual Easter Raffle. We would be grateful for any donations of Easter eggs, books, toys or baskets. The more donations we receive, the more raffle prizes we can put together. Please leave any donations at our school office. The raffle prizes will be drawn at our Easter Bonnet Parade on the last day of term, Friday 27th March at 9:15am.
Monday 9th March is Labour Day Public Holiday. There will be no school on this day.
Annual Implementation Plan
Our 2020 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) has been endorsed by our School Council and is now accessible on our website under ‘Our School’.
The focus of our work for 2020 is ‘Curriculum Planning and Assessment’, including auditing and improving our curriculum documentation and further building our use of effective assessment strategies.
Our other focus area for 2020 is ‘Building Leadership Teams’ specifically building leadership capacity, including distributed leadership to achieve school improvement.
We will be regularly monitoring the progress of the goals set in our AIP, to evaluate if we are achieving our intended milestones and determine our next steps.
Take A Stand Against Bullying Day
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence’. On Friday 20th March, Clyde Primary students will participate in a range of lessons about bullying and violence. Specifically, our students will learn the definition of bullying and what bullying is and isn’t. We will also discuss what it means to be a bystander and an upstander during incidents. Please discuss this with your child after this date and ask them what they have learnt about bullying and violence.
Harmony Day/Diversity Week
On the 23rd of March until the 27th of March we will be celebrating Harmony Day/Diversity Week at Clyde Primary School. Harmony Day/Diversity Week allows us to celebrate multiculturalism and cultural diversity. The week will entail opportunities for students to explore and learn about different countries and delve into the culture and traditions that people uphold around the world. Harmony Day/Diversity Week hopes to provide opportunities for students to learn about respect and develop their values as human entities in our world. We are so excited to explore Harmony Day/Diversity Week and learn about the different cultures we have around our school.
Millie FA – For working extremely hard to sound out her golden worlds and being resilient in all of her learning.
Levi 1C – For being an enthusiastic learner in all learning tasks. Especially in our investigative maths tasks. Keep up the great work, Levi!
Ayami 2A – For consistently demonstrating the 3R’s in all school settings. Ayami is a kind and respectful member of our community. Well done on an extraordinary start to year 2!
Aekam 4B – For continuously doing her best in all academic areas. Keep up the spectacular work, Aekam!
Jorja 5/6C – For approaching all learning tasks with a positive attitude and being an outstanding role model to others!
Grace 5/6D – For showing an outstanding work ethic across all subject areas and consistently being a positive role model to all students.
Year 4 News
We have been off to a great start this year with the Year 4s! Our dedication to learning has been demonstrated through the completion of homework. Students are bringing in their reading diaries and homework books to celebrate their continued learning.
This Term in Inquiry, we have investigated how the Earth’s surface changes over time. We have learnt that the Earth’s surface can change as a result of man-made and natural causes. We have conducted experiments on different materials such as soil, sand and clay, by looking at the water retention. We were looking to see which material might help absorb the most water, in the hopes to help provide ideas and information to help flood affected areas. We have been consolidating our understanding of changing surfaces by reading about numerous natural disasters. We have analysed how these events can impact humans and the environment.
Throughout our Science Inquiry Unit, we have also studied various forces such as friction, push and pull, and static electricity. We have participated in a range of experiments in order to test our hypothesis. We tried to attract balloons together by charging them to create static electricity. In addition to this, we predicted which surfaces (e.g. carpet, cloth, foil and plastic) would have the least amount of friction and which surfaces would have the greatest amount of friction. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of friction in everyday life.
We have also been working hard on improving our Narrative writing in classes. We have been learning to use a writer’s voice to describe setting and plot for a story. Some strategies in class have been to focus on writing the complication and including as many details as possible, to keep the reader captivated.
In Mathematics, we have been improving our recognition and understanding of place value, by manipulating and reading numbers into the tens of thousands. Our current focus is data and representation so please ask your child to complete corresponding Mathletics task to support in school learning.
We appreciate your support and hope to see you following our learning journey on Clyde TV and Seesaw!
The Year 4 Team,
Kate Couacaud, Robyn Harris, Allie McQueen, and Tegan Williams
Congratulations to Foundation B who has won the attendance cup for the first time this year. Enclosed is our attendance graph and how each class have gone for the first four weeks of the year.
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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