Clyde Primary School Newsletter
28th August, 2020
Featured | Remote Learning Matrix
Remote Learning Matrix
While transitioning to remote online learning it can be helpful to remember that the practices used in a physical classroom can work just as well in the virtual classroom. Over the last few weeks, the staff have been working on developing a Remote Learning Matrix to help support your child/ren while engaging in online learning. Clyde Primary School’s Remote Learning Matrix encompasses language used in our SWPBS model and reminds students that Clyde Primary School is a place for Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. Although students may find remote learning daunting, it is comforting to know that the same practices used in physical classrooms can be used to create safe, predictable, and positive online learning environments. It is important to stress that online interactions are just like real-life interactions, with the same positive and negative social consequences for behaviour.
Here are some tips to help you with using the matrix. You will find a copy of this Matrix in the Wellbeing section of this newsletter.
- Before an online lesson begins, remind your child of the Remote Learning Matrix and decide on an area of focus for the today.
- If you feel that your child needs promoting during a lesson, use the matrix to support you to demonstrate our school expectations. This could be done by pointing to the matrix or reminding them of the expectations they agreed to focus on.
- Ask your child “Can you show me what that looks like?” This will support your child in showing respect, resilience and responsibility during remote learning.
- Use positive praise after a lesson by using our matrix “It was great to see you being respectful to your teacher by waiting your turn”, “Well done”.
Professional Practice Days
As part of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017, teachers will receive one day per term when they are out of the classroom to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning.
What this means for your child?
Your child’s teacher will spend four days per year further developing their skills in areas that are aligned to the school priorities. Your child will directly benefit from these improvements in their daily learning.
During Professional Practice Days our teachers will be unable to respond to any student or parent queries. Students should still participate in activities that have been set, however please be aware that although work will be approved, no feedback will be given.
We are scheduling the professional practice days ahead of time so there is minimal impact to students. Please see below the upcoming Professional Practice Days for Term 3.
Monday 7th September – Year 2 teachers
Tuesday 8th September – Specialist teachers (Art, Music, P.E, Auslan and S.T.E.M)
Wednesday 9th September – Foundation teachers and Year 5/6 teachers
Thursday 10th September – Years 3 & 4 teachers
Friday 11th September – Year 1 teachers
Student Agency Update
Last week, students from our Student Agency Team met online to discuss some ideas around whole school events for this term. This group of students spoke about how many of our usual school events and activities had been cancelled or postponed due to remote learning. Our students came up with some great ideas of events and activities we could hold in upcoming weeks that could create a sense of fun across our whole school. Our Student Agency are now taking these ideas back to their classmates for their feedback, before final decisions are announced.
Our Student Leaders are working hard on planning some upcoming House Sport activities as well as some whole school activities (with a touch of yellow!) for the upcoming R U OK?Day on Thursday 10th September.
Whole School Assembly
Our previous whole school assembly was our first digital assembly. We have lots of feedback from our families, that their children enjoyed watching it in their homes. Our final assembly will be uploaded in the last week of Term 3 and a link will be sent to families via the Sentral Portal and Seesaw.
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 or complete an Enrolment Enquiry Form, which is available on the school website. Likewise, if your family is moving please let our office know, as we are soon to begin our 2021 planning.
Casey Creations Youth Arts Competition 2020 – entries are now open!
City of Casey Youth Services is pleased to invite our Year 5 & 6 students to participate in the Casey Creations Youth Arts Competition 2020. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the talent of students and to showcase their ability to the broader community.
Students are able to submit their artwork via an online entry form at www.casey.vic.gov.au/youth-events in the categories of Visual Arts and Photography. Entry is FREE and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs as well as an opportunity for students to have their work displayed in the Casey Creations Youth Arts Exhibition 2020.
Entries close Friday 16 October 2020.
Let Us Know Your Thoughts!
Early next week, we will be sending out a short survey to our parents to gather some feedback about our Remote Teaching and Learning program. We encourage all families to share their opinions and suggestions, so that we can continue to improve the learning experiences for your children. A link will be sent to families via the Sentral Parent Portal early next week.
Parents: Taking Care of Yourself
Looking after your own wellbeing and mental and physical health is important. Sometimes it can be hard to do, but as much as possible try to:
- remind yourself that no one is perfect and that you are doing the best you can
- eat well and drink plenty of water
- get enough sleep
- make time every day to do something that you enjoy
- ask for help from family, friends, your GP or a counsellor.
If looking after yourself is challenging and you have concerns about how you are coping, support is available. Talk to someone you trust, contact your general practitioner (GP), a counsellor or psychologist or visit a hospital emergency department.
There are a range of services you can access for advice and support:
- Parentline– a phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old. Offers confidential and anonymous counselling and support for parenting issues.
- Raising Children’s Network: parent mental health – offers advice and support on looking after yourself, healthy relationships, conflict management, dealing with stress and anxiety, anger management and helping children adjust to family breakdown.
- Better Health Channel’s Self-Care– provides self-care strategies, connecting with others, being kind to yourself, relationship support, seeking mental health support.
- Lifeline– a national organisation providing all Australian’s experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention strategies.
- Beyond Blue– offers confidential one on one calls and chats with a trained mental health professional and tools and resources to look after your mental health.
- Black Dog Institute– provides self-tools and apps, advice on when and where to seek help, information on mental health conditions and support groups.
There are also support services available to support your whole family. For more information, visit:
- Beyond Blue: Healthy families– offers information to support the young people in your life – whether you’re a parent or carer or another family member.
- Reach Out: Parents coaching– offers free online coaching to parents and carers of teenagers. If you’re worried about your relationship with your teenage child, or worried about your child’s wellbeing or behaviour, coaching can give you strategies to help.
- Reach Out: Relationships for families– information on how to deal with conflict and resolve family issues.
- Raising Children Network: Building good parent-child relationships– offers information on why good parent-child relationships are important and guidance on building positive and caring parent-child relationships.
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.