Clyde Primary School Newsletter
29th May 2020
It has been delightful to see our Foundation to Year 2 students back at school this week. I am not sure who has been more excited, the staff or the students. This week has been about reconnecting relationships between students and with staff. Our students are quickly settling into classroom and school routines. I know that many of our students did extremely well learning from home and enjoyed posting their work on Seesaw and participating in Webex conferences with their teachers. This experience has certainly provided ‘food for thought’ on how we can continue some elements of remote and flexible learning that have been successful, once we return fully to school.
We are looking forward to welcoming our Year 3-6 students back to school on Tuesday, 9th June and encourage all students to keep working hard in the interim on the tasks that are set for them each day. Please refer to the guidelines set out in the Parent and Carer’s Return to School Handbook. Our split finish times and location points seem to be working smoothly and we thank all parents for waiting patiently outside the school grounds. Please contact your child/children’s teachers if you need to review pick up times.
Further to the advice around changes to traffic in Oroya Grove based on the housing development directly opposite, I have spoken to VSBA (Victorian School Buildings Authority) who are supporting us to ensure that no machinery or heavy transport is in use during drop off or pick up times. There will be some changes to the availability of car parking spaces due to the works being carried out. You may need to allow additional time to arrive and depart from school.
Due to these changes, can I please ask parents to model safety for our students and use the school crossing to cross the road. It has been alarming to witness a significant number of parents walking their children across the road and not using the crossing.
Next week our staff will be completing a reflective survey and holding professional discussions about Remote Teaching and learning in Term 2 with implications for the future. Feedback from staff will also inform our AIP (Annual Implementation Plan) monitoring meeting which will take place early in Term 2 with our SEIL, Anne Martin. As students return to the classes, we will be completing a range of assessments to measure their academic achievements and inform our next steps in teaching and learning. We will continue to provide targeted and differentiated learning tasks to meet the needs of all our students. The data we collect will also be used to identify students that would benefit from additional support through participation in small group intervention which runs in flexible groups throughout the year. This will assist students to consolidate their knowledge and skills as well as aid students to bridge any gaps in learning.
Professional Practice days for Year 3 to 6
The Professional Practice days for Year 3, 4 and 5/6 PLTs have now been set as follows: Monday, 1st June- Year 4 Wednesday, 3rd June- Year 3 Thursday, 4th June- Year 5/6.
Please be reminded that teachers will not be providing feedback on Seesaw, nor communicating with parents on Flexibuzz or by phone on these days. They will be providing activities for students and these will be posted in the usual way.
We are excited to announce that Ms Naomi Maia is expecting her first child in November. Naomi will be with us until part way through Term 4. On behalf of the school community, I would like to congratulate Naomi and Dario on this lovely news.
SWPBS (School Wide Positive Program)
The SWPBS program uses tokens for students to support expectations of school wide positive behaviour. During the time of COVID-19 guidelines have been put in place to support students in receiving tokens. We are currently implementing this valuable program now we are returning to school.
Mid Semester Reports
Due to the disruption of learning, a revised Semester One report will be sent home via Sentral in June. No progression point will be provided in the June report, however, assessment collected will support teacher’s decision making in end of year reports. The Leadership Team have made the following decisions in relation to the Term 2 report format; Clyde PS has modified the Semester One report format to inform parents about learning in Term 1 and there will be a section dedicated to remote learning in Term 2, Semester One reports will be open to parents and carers on Thursday, 25th June via Sentral. Prior to this date on Monday, 15th June, students will bringing home log in details that allow parents access to the Parent Portal on Sentral.
Three Way Conferences
Three-Way Conferences have been scheduled in Week 2, Term 3. Parents and carers will not attend on-site at school. Instead, parents and carers will video conference with their child’s classroom teacher using WEBEX TEAMS or via a phone call if you do not have the option of a virtual capability. More information will be sent home regarding our Three-Way Conferences in the coming weeks.
New Build Update
The Schematic Design stage for our new school buildings is almost complete. School Council have been invited to a meeting next Wednesday, 3rd June with Tectura, as well as the new Project Managers (who have just been appointed), and members of the VSBA and regional office to present the design of the new school. Last week, we received a letter from Jordan Crugnale (State Member for Bass) announcing that the funding for our school has been allocated which is great news. Once this stage has been approved, we will be able to share this with the school community.
Foundation: Think boards!
During remote learning, the Foundation students had been exploring how to represent amounts in different ways. Students created a think board which showed different amounts in four different ways. Students chose a number between 1 and 20, and then chose some things from their environments to represent different amounts. As you can see from the photos, our students got very creative!
Learning Intention: We are learning to represent (show amounts) numbers.
Success Criteria: I can show amounts in different ways.
During this term our school chaplain, Sharon, has been busy working with students and parents via remote learning. Sharon has been making phone calls, checking in with students/parents and having conversations to support mental health and wellbeing. We welcome Sharon back this term and she is looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces again at Clyde Primary School.
If you have any enquiries about our Chaplaincy program please contact Lee Russell at school.
School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support
Hello everyone and welcome back to Clyde Primary School. This term we still continue to use SWPBS to help support staff and students return from remote learning.
How does SWPBS do this?
SWPBS assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people. It does this by establishing a common philosophy and purpose: Staff and students use a common language to discuss behaviour. School philosophy emphasises the need to teach appropriate behaviour much like academic learning. At Clyde Primary we use our school values to help support school learning. They are Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Because of the return to remote learning, for the rest of the term we will be focusing on the following lessons.
Weeks 7-9 Responsibility – We wash our hands
Week 10 Resilience – We ask for help
Week 11 Resilience – We try again if not correct the first time
‘Clyde Primary School is a place for Respect, Responsibility and Resilience’
Secondary Education 2021
To assist your decision making in relation to your child’s secondary education for 2021 and beyond, please find below a link to a useful digital resource tool for the 2020 edition of the Government Secondary School guide.
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.