Clyde Primary School Newsletter
1st May 2020
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Welcome to our first newsletter of Term 2 and what a different term this has been for our students, their families and our staff at Clyde Primary School. We congratulate you all on your outstanding efforts in embracing remote learning during such difficult times.
We understand that for many families, remote learning can be challenging, and we have tried to make the learning tasks as engaging and purposeful as we can for our students. We have seen an outstanding response from our students, in fact in the past week we have seen over 8000 posts to Seesaw. Students are posting pictures of the work they are completing, uploading videos, doing home workouts, recording themselves reading or explaining their learning, as well as completing activities on other platforms such as Reading Eggs or Education Perfect (Years 5&6). We are well and truly overwhelmed by all of these responses and want to congratulate our parents on the fabulous job you are all doing to assist your children. Well done!
Over the next few weeks, our remote learning program will continue to evolve. We will be trialling some individual online face-to-face conferencing with students as well as making some improvements to our program based on feedback gathered in our recent parent survey. We will be communicating these improvements in coming weeks. In the meantime, continue what you are doing, you are not expected to be experts at this. Don’t be hard on yourself or your families, if learning doesn’t go exactly as planned.
We would also like to acknowledge our amazing teaching, administration, leadership and support staff who have been working tirelessly to learn new skills, adapt to changes and support the members of the Clyde Primary School community. Our staff too are juggling with this new way of working while managing their families during these difficult times, as well as the many staff who are volunteering to work on site.
It is for these reasons,that I ask for your understanding that our teachers are unable to respond to parents, or provide feedback to students at certain times. Our staff are not expected to be working on the weekends, they also cannot be at school supervising students and responding immediately to parents or students. They will however, when able, provide your child with feedback about some of their learning through Seesaw. I remind all parents that they can contact their child’s teacher through Flexibuzz chats or emailing the school email, which will then be forwarded onto the relevant staff member.
Thank you to the many families who completed the recent survey to provide feedback to us. We are very appreciative of the many positive comments. One suggestion that will be put in place for next week, is for teachers to post the next day’s work the afternoon before so that families can be prepared prior to 9:00am. As from next week, specialists will be posting tasks on Seesaw at 3:45pm for the following day. Classroom teachers will post tasks at 4:00pm. We hope that this will support families who need to be organised for the day prior to 9:00am.
Baby News at Clyde
We are very excited to announce that Sam and Petros Koutros will be expecting their second child later this year. Congratulations from all of us and our very best wishes. Sam will be taking Family Leave beginning Term 4.
Over the school holidays Narelle Steckyj has painted our SWPBS characters on the walls in the student toilets. They look amazing, serve as a reminder about our SWPBS focus while brightening up this area. A big thank you to Narelle for her artistic flair and spending her time in the holidays to do this.
We have been fortunate enough to re-schedule our school camps for later this year. Our camps were originally booked for this Term. We have been in contact with the Philip Island Adventure Resort who assisted us with re-booking both the Year 3 /4 camp and Year 5/6 camps for later this year.
The new dates are:
3/4 Camp – 3rd-5th August
5/6 Camp – 26th-28th August
The first stage of the design for Clyde Primary School has now been approved and we have begun planning for next stage – the schematic design. Our specialists have been participating in discussions with regard to these areas and the plans are coming together well. With these areas of the school almost finalised we will move onto the other buildings in the design of our new school. This is a very exciting phase for our school.
Student Wellbeing During Remote Learning
In this current time, maintaining our wellbeing and mental health is most important, especially whilst we are learning remotely. It is important to maintain routines in the day, making sure we are waking up and are ready for learning each morning and are going to bed at a regular time each night. Getting enough rest will mean that we are fresh and ready for the day’s challenges.
Throughout each day it is beneficial for your children to take regular breaks in their learning. At school we provide students small brain breaks during and after each lesson. At home these could include getting a drink, collecting something from their room, doing some star jumps or going to collect the mail. Longer breaks are also important (like a recess and lunchtime break) and this could entail going outside for a walk or bike ride. It is important to continue regular exercise.
Participation in mindfulness activities each day is also important for our students, especially if situations are becoming stressful. (see mindfulness section)
If you require wellbeing support during remote learning please ensure you contact/email the school and ask to speak to Hayley Taylor or Lee Russell. We are not always onsite but can make contact with you remotely. Our school chaplain, Sharon O’Brien, is continuing to support students by phone. If you or your children would like to speak to her, this can also be arranged by contacting Hayley or Lee.
When students are at school, staff often provide them with the opportunity to practise mindfulness to assist them to remain calm and present or for when students are feeling unsettled. It assists them to regulate their emotions.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ability to be calm and present at any given moment. We practise this through slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time. Mindfulness can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress and anxiety. It can help us focus our attention, as well as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgement. We can practise mindfulness by breathing, completing a colouring sheet, or noticing noises that we hear.
Some activities you could use at home to practise mindfulness include:
- Colouring in or creating your own mindfulness colouring page
- For younger students, sitting down and blowing bubbles
- Laying down in the back yard and listening to all the noises you can hear.
- Going for a walk and looking for objects you haven’t noticed before and then coming home and drawing them.
- Listening to calming music
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.