Clyde Primary School Newsletter

27th November, 2020.

Featured | Foundation Wheels Day

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the Foundation students participated in their wheels day at school.
Students brought their bikes and scooters to learn about road safety, including traffic control, dismounting bikes and scooters safely, understanding road signs and signals and learning to ride safely with other pedestrians. Both students and teachers had a super fun day. The Foundation team would like to thank our parents for their support getting bikes and scooters to and from school on their child’s day.




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15feb6:00 pmSchool Council Meeting6:00 pm

27julAll Day302021 - Year 5/6 Camp(All Day)

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31augAll DaySchool Production - Show 1(All Day: tuesday)

03sepAll DaySchool Production - Show 2(All Day: friday)

Principal’s Report

From the Art Room

During the week our students have been participating in a very special art session during Art class that address two areas of the art curriculum – ‘Respond and Interpret’ and ‘Present and Perform’. These sessions are a special ‘Glow Experience’ showcasing fluorescent artworks that glow under a black light. Students have been working hard on these since the start of the year, in preparation for the Our Clyde Show, which was cancelled this year. Students are able to present their art with each other in a spectacular and exciting way.  Each class will attend this ‘Glow Experience’ during their normal art lesson and within their own class groups.

Whole School Transition

Our whole school transition sessions are being held on Friday 27th November and Tuesday 1st December. Our third transition session is on Tuesday 8th December, where students will spend the majority of the day with their 2021 teachers and class. There is also a final transition session in the last week of school allowing for additional ‘get to know each other’ time.

Our Year Six Graduation

Planning is well underway for our Year 6 Graduation which is on the 10th December. Our Year 6 students will participate in a full day of activities. Students will participate in a disco and watch a movie on an inflatable screen, have a special lunch and finish their day with some outside games and activities.

We are very excited happy to advise that we will now be able to offer the Graduation Ceremony for our class of 2020 inviting parents to attend and share in this significant occasion. We are currently working through the guidelines and will advise ASAP.


Our Christmas Carols virtual concert will run on Thursday, 3rd December at 6:00pm.  If your children haven’t brought their permission to participate forms back to school, could I ask that you do this on Monday, 30th November.  

Our swimming carnival is scheduled for Monday, 14th December. Permission forms and payment is due by Friday, 4th December. 

2021 Introducing Compass

Following the discontinuation of the Flexibuzz application earlier this year we have used the Sentral Parent Portal to communicate with parents during Semester 2. This has enabled staff to maintain communication during COVID-19 restrictions. During this time we have looked into a more permanent solution and next year will be transitioning from using the Sentral Parent Portal as our form of contact to the Compass Parent Portal. Compass is a school management system that allows parents and carers access to up-to-date information about their child’s school and their progress. Compass includes a number of features including the ability to:

  • Pay and provide consent for events and school fees from a phone app.
  • Monitor attendance and wellbeing and enter an explanation for absences of lateness.
  • Communicate with class and specialist teachers and update contact details.
  • View the school calendar and receive important information.
  • Monitor ongoing assessment of student progress and access school reports.
  • Book and view 3-way conferences.

Similar to Sentral, the Compass Parent Portal has a phone application and can also be accessed via a browser. Staff are currently transferring information to the new system and preparing for it to go live in January next year. Further information and login details will be provided towards the end of this term.

Easing of Restrictions

The Victorian government announced that Victoria moved to the last Step of the roadmap for reopening from 11:59pm, Sunday, 22 November 2020.  As a result of the changes announced, some important updates have been made to school operations.

From Monday, 30th November, we are happy to welcome parents back onto the external school premises at drop off and pick up times for a period of less than 15 minutes. We ask that no parents enter school buildings at this time nor congregate in groups.  Parents are asked to carry a mask at all times.

Our staggered pick up times at Clyde will remain in place until the end of 2021.

From the beginning of 2021, our parent helpers program will resume with the parent helpers course being offered and we welcome as many parents as possible to participate. Time and dates to be advised early 2021.

Bamboo Toothbrushes 

Earlier this year The Smile Squad dental van came to our school and provided free dental check ups to many of our students. Today Jordan Crugnale, our local Member of Parliament, has provided students some bamboo compostable toothbrushes too – good for teeth, great for the environment. Bamboo toothbrushes will be distributed to our students next week. 

Canteen Last Day

Bellbrook Catering would like to wish all Staff, Children and families a safe and happy Xmas break. Your last canteen day for 2020 is Thursday 10th December and your first canteen day for 2021 is Tuesday 2nd February.

Student Free Day

Thursday 17th December is a Curriculum Day, therefore no students should come to school. Teachers will be involved in 2021 planning and classroom moving.

End of Term 4 Dismissal Friday 18th December is our last day of school for 2020, therefore all students will be dismissed early. Please see below the staggered dismissal times for our last day of term.  1:00pm Foundation and Year 5/6 students 1:15pm Year 1 & Year 4 students 1:30pm Year 2 and Year 3 students

PLT News

What an exciting term it has been in the Senior School! We began our term with 2 days of ‘school camp’ at school. We got to research Phillip island on Google Street View, watch the pelicans be fed on YouTube and even watched the penguin parade online. Although it wasn’t the same as camp, it was still very fun. This term we have been completing a novel study on Storm Boy, with a specific focus on building our applied knowledge through research and connecting to the text. We have learned about Australia in the 1960’s, Indigenous Australians, South Australia, pelicans and lots of new tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary. Once we finish the novel, we will watch the movie to compare and contrast the book and the film. In Writing, we have been learning to write discussions and create for and against arguments. We have been looking at real life examples of discussion such as debates and opinion columns in a newspaper. We have been using a range of emotive language, inclusive language and facts in our discussions to make the reader feel certain emotions. In Maths we spent the first part of Term 4 learning about money and financial Maths. This meant we were able to create budgets for holidays and fun days out. We then moved into working out discounts when we are shopping. We have now moved into fractions and are currently learning how to compare, order, add and subtract fractions with related denominators by using a range of manipulatives. It has been a term filled with learning and fun, with many more exciting events coming up. Particularly our first ever Year 6 Graduation celebration day at school. We are so incredibly proud of the resilience our 5/6 students have shown in such a challenging year. They have truly demonstrated our values of respect, responsibility and resilience and are fantastic role models. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the families of our 5/6 students for your ongoing support in 2020. We couldn’t have done it without you. We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday period. Jess Hamilton, Belinda Hodges, Bec Atkins, Laura Steen and Nazima Sahib. Senior PLT.

Wellbeing News


Transitioning students from one year level to the next is extremely important. It assists students with beginning to establish a relationship with new students and their 2021 teacher before the school holidays begin. For some students, it also reduces the anxiety they have over the holiday break by knowing who their teacher is, what friends they are with and where their classroom is situated in the school. Today, our whole school transition program began with our first sessions. Students were placed into groups with the other students in the same year level and participated in two different activities with two different staff members. On Tuesday 1st December students will again participate in another transition session, similar to the first one, where they will participate in another two activities with different staff members. Our third transition session on Tuesday 8th December will go for the majority of the day. During this time, students will spend time with their classroom teacher for 2021 and the friends they will be with next year. Our last transition session for the year is on Tuesday 15th December. This will be an hour long session with their 2021 classroom teacher (where possible) and peers. It is important that students attend these sessions as it assist them in preparing for next year.

General Information


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.

We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather and pay our respects to elders – past, present and emerging.
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