Clyde Primary School Newsletter
15th May 2020
Featured | Presentation of Leadership Badges
This week, the Year 6 leaders were presented with their leadership badges! Due to remote learning, they received their badges in an online ceremony, which was viewed by the school community on Seesaw! The leaders were very excited to receive their badges and will wear them with pride each day.
Clyde Primary School is very proud of this leadership group. These students demonstrate the values of respect, responsibility and resilience each day and consistently inspire their peers to succeed. They have been working very hard to promote learning for all during remote learning and have created a number of Brain Breaks, which will be given to the school community in the coming weeks.
We are very excited to be soon welcoming our students back to school and for all of us to get back to some routine. Our Foundation to Year 2 students will be starting back on Tuesday, 26th May.
During this two week period, remote and flexible learning will continue for students in Year 3-6. The existing model of on-site schooling for students in Year 3-6 who cannot be supervised at home will remain in place.
From Tuesday, 9th June our Year 3 to 6 students will also return to face to face teaching.
Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.
This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.
This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.
To support all school staff to prepare for the transition, Monday, 25th May will be a student-free day. This is important to enable the planning necessary to ensure the successful transition back to school can be completed. Please note that on this day, teachers will not be able to supervise any student.
On Monday 25th of May, Camp Australia will be offering a full day of care from 7:00am to 6:30pm. If you would like to access the program for the day, you can make the booking via your parent account with Camp Australia. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register for free at: https://www.campaustralia.com.au/schools/details/A79E Bookings open Monday 18th May.
To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.
If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.
While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice to all schools that is available. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail as this is finalised but it is important to note that changes will include:
- adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times; detailed advise to be provided asap
- restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students – parents will continue to drop off and pick up from outside the front gate. When picking up or dropping off, parents are reminded to practise physical distancing.
- the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews- we now have the option of using Webex to conference remotely.
Enhanced cleaning in schools will be implemented for the remainder of Term 2 and 3. This will provide progressive cleaning of high- touch points and other surfaces throughout the day.
Students must come to school with their own water bottle as school drinking fountains will not be available.
All of the staff at Clyde thank you for your support during this term. We have all had to be flexible and adaptable and together we have managed this well. We look forward to your ongoing patience and support as we transition back to face to face teaching.
Before and After School Care for Monday, 25th May
On Monday 25th of May, Camp Australia will be offering a full day of care from 7am – 6:30pm. If you would like to access the program for the day, you can make the booking via your parent account with Camp Australia. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register for free at: https://www.campaustralia.com.au/schools/details/A79E
Bookings open Monday 18th May.
WebEx On-Line Conferencing
Last week teachers began to use Webex Online Meetings to conference with students face-to-face. Over the next few weeks all students will be offered the opportunity to engage in on-line conferences. This new method of student/ teacher communication is part of our planned approach to Remote Teaching and Learning. Over the past few weeks our teachers have been working very hard to develop their knowledge of this new platform prior to its roll out. So far feedback from students and teachers who have used this method for conferences has been very positive.
The initial purpose of the on-line meetings is to get families comfortable with using the platform and to provide students and teachers with an opportunity to connect with each other. In the first meeting families will log on and speak to their teacher about how they are going with remote learning and the platforms they are using. Meetings in future weeks will allow students and teachers the opportunity to provide feedback and support on learning tasks that have been posted online and to undertake assessment of student progress prior to writing Semester One reports.
Professional Practice Days for Teachers: Term 2
From Term 1, 2018, all teachers in Victorian Government schools are entitled to a professional practice day where they are released from their scheduled duties, including teaching, to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning. The work undertaken on these days will be consistent with Departmental and school priorities and selected from the following areas: planning, preparation, assessment of student learning, collaboration, curriculum development, relevant professional development and peer observation including feedback and reflection. Teachers will have one professional practice day per term (pro rata for a teacher employed part time). These days are in addition to existing pupil free days.
Through our consultative process at Clyde, we have determined that these days in Term 2 will be held prior to students returning to school to avoid any further disruption to face to face teaching.
On this day, teachers will not be providing feedback on Seesaw, nor communicating with parents on Flexibuzz or by phone. They will be providing activities for students and these will be posted in the usual way.
Thursday, 21st May has been scheduled for Specialist teachers
Friday, 22nd May has been scheduled for Foundation to Year 2 teachers
Year 3-6 Teachers will be scheduled in for the week beginning Monday, 1st June, each year level will be rostered on a different day. As soon as this is finalised, we will advise you.
At Clyde Primary School, staff use brain breaks throughout the day and even throughout a lesson. These mini breaks assist students to have a quick mental break from their activity before re-focusing on the task.
What are Brain Breaks?
Brain breaks are mental breaks designed to help students stay focused and attend to the task they are completing. Brain breaks get students moving to carry blood and oxygen to the brain. These breaks energize or relax students. Brain breaks provide processing time for students to solidify their learning.
Why use Brain Breaks?
Short brain breaks during work time have been shown to have real benefits. They reduce stress and frustration and increase attention and productivity. The key is to take them before fatigue, distraction or lack of focus set in.
Some examples of brain breaks that you can use at home include:
- A game of rock, paper, scissors
- Simon Says
- Dance off
- Design a new hand shake
- Find it fast eg: ask child to find something red, something round, something spiky
- Walk around the room and talk like robots
- Walk around with a book on your head.
- Mini exercises eg: star jumps, tuck jumps
There are many different examples of brain breaks if you google ‘brain breaks for children’.
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.