Clyde Primary School Newsletter

11th December, 2020

Featured | Year 6 Graduation

Good bye and Good Luck to our Year 6 class of 2020


On Thursday the 10th of December our Year 6 students had their graduation celebration day. During the day students shared their scrapbooks and spoke about their primary school journeys, played games, danced, watched a movie on a giant inflatable screen and even had pizza for lunch! In the afternoon, we had our COVID safe graduation ceremonies. Thankfully parents/guardians were allowed to attend and watch their child receive their graduation certificates. We also had 11 scholarship recipients. It was a fantastic day and night. We are so proud of the class of 2020.


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Principal’s Report

Last Week of Term

This is our final newsletter for the 2020 school year.
Below are a few important reminders for the last week of school.
Monday 14th December: Whole School Swimming Carnival.
There is no canteen this week, Canteen will resume 2nd February, 2021.
Recorded Whole School Assembly published on Wednesday 16th December.

Curriculum Day: Thursday 17th December, no students to attend school.

Last day of school Friday 18th December. All students will be dismissed at 1:30pm.

Principal’s Report

A very special thank you and congratulations to all of our school community.

I would like to thank our students, parents and friends and staff for another amazing year at Clyde PS, one that has required strength, courage, continued optimism, resilience and persistence. In the most difficult of circumstances for us all this year, we have stuck together and got though the most unusual of years.  I think we all deserve congratulations!

To our students, have a good rest over the holidays and be safe. In a year of being mostly at home and continuing your learning remotely, you have returned to school full of readiness and positivity. We look forward to you coming back to school in 2021 ready for another year of being your best.

To our parents, grandparents and friends, thank you for your support and contributions to our school, particularly the many messages of support and thanks to our staff. Your support is invaluable and we appreciate your time and enthusiasm.  We look forward to your continuing support in 2021.

To our amazing team of staff who are here every day with determination and kindness and nurture our students to be the best they can, thank you for your commitment and hard work. This year you have had to adapt your teaching to suit online learning and you have done this with incredible flexibility and positivity. Thank you. Make sure you have a good rest and come back ready for an amazing year in 2021.

Our 2021 Student Leaders

Over the past two weeks, many of our Year 5 students have been working hard to prepare for applications, speeches and interviews as part of our 2021 Student Leaders program. This week our 2021 Student Leaders were announced and we are very proud of all of the students who applied. Please see the list of successful applicants below. There will be a formal badge presentation ceremony in early 2021.

 Clyde Primary School – Student Leaders 2021

School Captains Yom & Saxon
School Vice Captains Ayla & Thomas
English Leader Nandini
Maths Leader Eddie
Sport Leaders Abbie, Hamish, Nevaeh & April
ICT/STEM Leader Max
Environmental Leader Shelby
Wellbeing Leader Angelina
Multicultural Leader Sharleen
Art Leader Jamie
Music Leader Esme

Student Reports

As was the case in Semester 1, 2020, student reporting in Semester 2, 2020 will look a little different to previous years. Reports will reflect the adjustments that we have made in response to the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Less curriculum content was covered than was planned, therefore the reports are simplified and focus on what progress has been made and what has been achieved by each child.

Our end of year student reports will be published on the Sentral Parent Portal by the end of day on Monday 14th December. Parents will receive a notification once they are ready to be viewed. If you wish to talk to your child’s teacher about their school report, please make an appointment for the afternoon of Thursday 17th December, (when teachers will be available) by emailing the school.

Goodbyes and Hellos

We are saying goodbye to Ms Bec Atkins who is moving to Drouin in 2021 and has picked up a position at Drouin PS. On behalf of our school community, I would like to thank Bec for her valuable contributions over the last 3 years and wish her our best. Ms Rebecca De Vincentis who has filled in for Ms Maia this term, will be taking up a position at Heathmont East PS. Thank you to Rebecca for your work at our school. We wish her well for her future.

We welcome a number of new staff to the Clyde team in 2021 as our numbers continue to grow. New to Clyde PS in 2021 are; Ms Sam Arnold, Ms Ashley Blandon and Ms Leah Sandl who are beginning their teaching careers. Also new to our team are; Ms Emily Harris who comes to us from Chelsea Heights PS and Ms Sam Morrison from Featherbrook P-9 College. Ms Sarah Mlakar also joins the Clyde team and comes to us from Berwick Chase PS. We look forward to getting to know all of our new staff.

We also welcome back Ms Caren Bode from the beginning of 2021 and Ms Amanda Bevis returns to P.E in a part time capacity in term 2.

Ms Kate Brittain will be taking family leave from 1st February, 2021. Our best wishes go with her at this exciting time.

Ms Pattie Chester will be returning early in 2021 before taking some Long Service Leave before retirement.  On behalf of the school community, I would like to congratulate Pattie on her long and successful career in the teaching profession (46 years with the Department of Education and 33 at Clyde PS) and wish her a happy and well deserved retirement.

Our numbers for 2021 are currently at 531 with 24 classes

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading challenge was completed this year in some very unusual circumstances.  However we have had a fabulous response with approximately 390 students completing the Challenge.  This was definitely a challenge through two lockdowns and Remote Learning.  We certainly found some unique ways to complete it with teachers filming Read Alouds or reading to students over live WebEx.  Thank you to all teachers and students for your dedication to the Premier’s reading Challenge and congratulations to all the students who completed it.

Certificates will be handed out by your classroom teachers.

School Structure for 2021

Our numbers for 2021 are currently at 531 with 24 classes and our staffing structure follows:

Foundation Professional Learning Team: Ms Kellie Davis (PLT Leader), Ms Jessica Bowler, Ms Elise Edwards, Ms Sam Morrison and Ms Emma Long

Year 1 Professional Learning Team: Ms Alyssa Naughton (PLT Leader), Ms Sharon Barker, Ms Jess Heitch, Ms Jessie Van Dyk and Ms Kerri Horrocks

Year 2 Professional Learning Team: Ms Ash Hickey (PLT Leader), Ms Amanda Cecil, Ms Leah Sandl, Ms Nikki Elston/ Ms Me Ray- Reiffel and Ms Karen McBride

Year 3 Professional Learning Team: Ms Tegan Crow (PLT Leader), Ms Emily Harry, Ms Robyn Harris, Ms Sarah Mlakar, Ms Sherelle Brown and Ms Karen Carpenter

Year 4 Professional Learning Team: Ms Allie McQueen (PLT Leader), Ms Katrina Smith, Ms Ashley Blandon and TBA

Senior Professional Learning Team: Ms Jess Hamilton (PLT Leader), Ms Belinda Hodges, Ms Kate Couacaud, Ms Laura Steen, Ms Sam Arnold, Ms Nazima Sahib and Ms Leanne Waters.

Specialist Team: Ms Bec Forester – STEM ( PLT Leader Term 1) Mr Dom Parsons – Music, Ms Narelle Steckyj –Art , Ms Katherine Lee – LOTE (Auslan), Mr Chris Ziebell- PE ( Term 1- Ms Amanda Bevis returns in Term 2).

Intervention Team: Ms Alexandra King and Ms Sophie Foden, Ms Beryl Campbell

Leadership Team: Ms Fiona Pratt & Ms Michelle Mackenlay (Principal Team), Ms Sue Lumley (Learning Specialist), Ms Kate Couacaud (Leading Teacher), Ms Kate Brittain (Learning Specialist), Ms Hayley Taylor (Acting Leading Teacher), Emma Grant and Mr Lee Russell

Administration: Ms Sharon Diehl (Business Manager), Ms Sue Miles, Ms Tessa Clark and Ms Caren Bode

School Banking Program

From Term 1, 2021 the Victorian Government has ceased school banking programs in Victorian government schools. As a result, the CommBank School Banking program will no longer operate at our school. If you are unsure of other methods of depositing to your child’s account, please feel free to contact the Bank’s general enquiries hotline on 13 2221 or alternatively visit your local CommBank branch.

On January 27th and 28th our teachers and Education Support Staff will be participating in professional learning at school.  We will be setting our goals and expectations for the year, planning as a whole staff as well as in professional Learning Teams and preparing for another year of learning for our students. All students from Year 1 to Year 6 start school on Friday, 29th January at 9:00am (entry into classrooms is 8:50am)  Foundation students will start school on Monday, 1st February at 9:30.

I would like to wish our Clyde School Community a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a safe and restful holiday.

PLT News

Wellbeing News

Family Wellbeing over the Holidays

As we reach the end of our most unusual year and head into holidays, student and family wellbeing are of the upmost importance. Some of our students have come back to school this term displaying significant mental distress and many families are displaying financial difficulties. There has also been an increase of family violence reports across the City of Casey area. Below are some supports that you can contact/connect with if you require assistance throughout the holidays. It is also beneficial to speak to your family GP


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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