Clyde Primary School Newsletter
31st July 2020
We Miss You!
I hope that this newsletter finds you well, as we adjust again to Remote Learning. I thank you all for your continued messages of support and resilience during such challenging times. While our staff continue to work on delivering our Remote Learning program to your children, we miss them with each day that passes. We look forward to nothing more, than the safe return to our regular schooling and seeing all of those faces we miss.
We continue to follow the advice from the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Government in relation to managing our school through the impacts of COVID-19. Our staff are continuing to work both on-site at school and from home to deliver an engaging learning program to your children. We are continually reviewing and updating our skills to make enhancements to teaching and learning during this time, and a number of enhancements will be rolled out in coming weeks. We will continue to notify you of updates through the Sentral Parent Portal, and we urge you to contact the school via email or phone with any queries.
Information Regarding Stage 3 Restrictions in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire
From 9th July, if you live in one of these locations, there are only four reasons that you can leave home:
- Shopping for food or other essential items
- To provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
- For exercise or outdoor recreation (outdoors, with only one other person or members of your household)
- Work or education, if you cannot work or study from home
From 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July if you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you must wear a face covering when leaving home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
- Wearing a face covering protects you and your community by providing an additional physical barrier to coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others and washing your hands are still the best defences against coronavirus (COVID-19).
- There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face covering including if you have a medical condition or other condition that impairs your ability to wear a face covering, doing strenuous exercise or if you are unable to do your job while wearing a face covering.
- People who do not wear face coverings and do not have a lawful excuse can be fined $200.
Children who are under the age of 12 years old do not need to wear a face covering. Children who are two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk
Remote Teaching and Learning at Clyde Primary School
Last term, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we began to implement a remote teaching and learning program that built upon our existing use of a range of online platforms such as Seesaw, Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Education Perfect. Over the weeks that students were required to learn at home, staff at CPS built their knowledge and skills to create an interactive online program to cover a range of curriculum areas.
Towards the end of the remote learning period we began to introduce a new platform to enable face to face conferences with students and parents utilising WebEx Meetings.
This term we will be developing our remote teaching and learning program further by moving towards online interactive working groups in virtual classes. This will utilise the existing platforms of Seesaw and WebEx and hopefully add another dimension to our current remote teaching and learning approach. Our staff are currently developing their knowledge and skills in the use of these platforms in order to utilise functions such as online whiteboards, screen sharing, annotation and polling. We have also purchased a number of OSMO bases and mirrors to enable teachers and support staff to use interactive materials in their virtual classes.
We are looking forward to these next steps in our remote teaching and learning program and are excited about the opportunity for our students and teachers to interact with each other in our virtual classrooms.
We are aware that moving to virtual classrooms may be challenging for students and families. If you are interested in finding out more on how to support your child in online classrooms we have attached a blog by Caroline Knorr from Common Sense Media. To access the blog please click the link below
Professional Learning Teams work at Clyde Primary in collaboration to improve Teaching and Learning. Teachers share resources and expertise with a focus on outcomes and shared responsibility.
Each week PLTs will notify parents of a ‘Spotlight’ Assessment activity on the Seesaw platform. We ask that families and students look for this activity and treat it with high priority.
Students are asked to complete the activity independently as much as possible. The teachers will be using ‘Spotlight’ activities for assessment of student learning and for student learning through ‘Formative Assessments’ and ‘Summative Assessments’.
Formative Assessments help guide what we will teach your child. We seek information about what your child knows and understands so that we can help with misconceptions and the next stage of learning.
Summative Assessments informs the teacher what your child has learnt and was able to demonstrate.
Teachers will provide feedback to the student with what they were able to demonstrate and achieve and also the next step for their learning.
PLTs will discuss the Assessments in a collaborative team to discuss the impact of Teaching and Learning.
Please look for the Spotlight Image on Seesaw Activities.
School Support for Families
During these unprecedented times, families are finding that they are dealing with different challenges depending on their individual circumstances. Some families are coping well, however other families are struggling with the added pressures regarding mental health, remote learning and being confined to their houses. If your family is struggling please reach out to your child’s teacher to discuss your concerns. We also have our school Wellbeing Team Leaders, Lee Russell and Hayley Taylor, that are happy to assist you with strategies or link you to services including our school Chaplain who is still able to assist the school remotely.
We also currently have food boxes being delivered to the school on a fortnightly basis. If you would like to be considered for a food box please ring the office and so we can put your name on the list.
Starting School in 2021?
New student enrolment enquiries for 2021 are being taken now. This is for students starting school in 2021, or families who are transferring from other schools. If you have a child beginning school in 2021 or know of a family who has, please contact the school office on 5998 5293. Clyde Primary School is working with our local Casey South schools to ensure children are attending their local school. Please find attached a letter from the Casey South Principals and the enrolment process booklet.
Online Courses for Parents and Educators
Yarra Me Online Training have some free online courses for parents and educators who want to learn more about Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They also have a parent helpdesk for parents and carers to assist in supporting children with complex needs who are learning from home. If you would like to know more please open the attached flyers.
The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge is still on, and has been extended by two weeks, now closing on Friday 18th September, 2020.
As we are spending another long period of time learning remotely, you child’s teacher will be sending home students’ individual usernames and passwords for the Challenge. We are asking all families for their support in logging into the Challenge and entering all of the books being read.
To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:
The Challenge rules state that students from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books (with at least 20 of those from the Challenge list of books) with their parents and teachers. Students from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books (with at least 10 of those from the Challenge list of books).
If you are experiencing difficulties in locating some of the books on the Challenge list, you can find many books now on youtube, you just need to search for them on the youtube website.
Year levels will be supporting this reading by sharing some of the texts in upcoming Reading activities on Seesaw.
If you have any questions regarding the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge, please contact either Mrs Beryl Campbell, or Miss Alexandra
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.