The video will introduce the tool explain how to use it so that students and staff from across the school can watch it and learn how to use the SWIVL.
Stay tuned for more...
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If any of you follow Youtube trends you will know that one of the biggest things on Youtube is the "unboxing" video. This week the technology leaders, Chris and I will make our first Unboxing video which will introduce one of our latest tech learning tools called SWIVL. The team and I caught up today and we showed them an unboxing video and we then started to plan our own video which we will film and edit next week. The students were all very eager to be in the video but decided the fairest way to see who got the hosting, filming and acting/extras gigs was to pull some names out of a hat. Which they have now done and they are eagerly preparing for next weeks sessions.
The video will introduce the tool explain how to use it so that students and staff from across the school can watch it and learn how to use the SWIVL.
Stay tuned for more...
Clifton Springs Primary School Baby Boom
This term has been a very busy one for the arrival of new bouncing baby boys and girls within the Clifton Springs Primary School Community, and this week the baby boom spread to our staff with Mr Pidd and his wife Ange, welcoming baby Evelyn into their family. A huge congratulations to both Jack and Ange and we wish them all the very best of luck as baby Evelyn settles in at home with Mum, Dad and Jarvis. Mr Pidd is currently on Paternity leave and being replaced by Ms O’Brien.
School Council Meeting Last week
Last week’s School Council meeting was a productive affair with some of our House Captains attending to give councillors an insight into some of the ideas they have to make our House system even better than it is already. Some of these ideas included:
The swimming program was discussed and passed by the School Council and it will once again be taking place next term. The staff gave School Council an insight into the maths program at CSPS and taught them a few different activities with a focus on differentiation. The OSHC program and the holiday program were discussed and some funding was approved for the purchase of new equipment.
Environment Committee Meeting-Wednesday June 1st
Tomorrow night we have an Environment subcommittee meeting so I look forward to seeing the committee in attendance.
The Environment committee has been looking at making some changes to improve the car parking in the paddock car park. These changes include:
District Soccer Tomorrow
This Wednesday we will have two teams competing in the District soccer competition in Ocean Grove. Last year this was hotly contested in some very cold and windy conditions, so students are advised to bring suitable clothes so they can rug up and keep warm in between games. Thanks to Mrs Hales and Mrs Tolley for coordinating this and we wish our teams good luck in their games!
Attendance and arriving on time
All students should arrive at school some time between 8:45am and 9:00am to give them the best opportunity to start the day. The first bell goes at 8:50am and this is done to specifically give students the time to unpack their bags and prepare for the day.
Please ensure students are here on time so they can participate in fitness and Kids Matter sessions on a Friday. Students can find it quite stressful to find their classes once they are all out and about in the yard which is the exact opposite of what we are trying to achieve.
Attendance is very important as it gives your child the very best opportunity to get the most out of their learning and the best chance to reach their potential. Every student should aim for as close to 100% attendance as they can manage. If you have had a sleep in and are late, still get the students to school so they can make the rest of their sessions. For students who have an appointment, consider dropping them at school and picking them up prior to the appointment or dropping them back after their appointment. They should only be staying away from school if they are sick.
Next week we will be sending home information about the 8 day swimming program for 2016. Essentially due to the large number of students, the swimming program will be split into two separate two week sessions. Program 1 will run from July 19th -28th and program 2, September 6th – 15th. The cost of the program has gone up slightly but the value for money is very high with 8 X 45 minute sessions (360 min total) with up to 6 students per class. A general 10-week program will give you 10X25 min (250min) of instruction at a higher price. The number of children drowning has gone up rapidly in recent years and in a bay side town with creeks, lakes and damns surrounding us, swimming is an essential skill.
Digital Content for Brent’s Banter blog posts
In my next blog I will be looking at posting an “unboxing” video on one of our new learning tools called Swivl. Stay tuned for this session with myself and some of our technology leaders.
Inspire Local Leadership Program
As an experienced Principal I have been asked to deliver a new leadership development program in conjunction with the Bastow Institute and the South Western Victoria Region. I will be attending the Bastow this Thursday and Friday for facilitator training and will then be delivering the program to some young leaders within our Region and Network.
Until next week I wish everyone a wonderful week and remind all families that maximising attendance is a critical factor in your child achieving their potential so, remember it’s not OK to be away unless you’re sick!
Finishing out Education Week 2016
Education week 2016 was a wonderful week at Clifton Springs Primary
School and we finished the week with .......
The Book Fair.
Mrs Elliott’s amazing work with the book fair this year again got lots of wonderful books and
products into the hands of students. As a result of the sales generated by the book fair, the school was
able to purchase books to the value of $633 for the library and the class libraries.
Inter House Athletics. The inter House Athletics was a great day for our Years 3 – 6 students who spent
the day at Landy Field. Mrs Hales and Mrs Tolley did a wonderful job of organising the events and despite
a few challenges from the weather, the atmosphere was great. I was lucky enough to speak to many
students on the day and they all had wonderful stories to tell.
All through Education week we had a number of tours either during school or after hours,
which was an excellent opportunity to get to know prospective students and parents for 2017. At this
stage, we are predicting a capacity for around 50 Preps in 2017 and we will be following our enrolment
protocols, meaning the majority of these places will be filled by people within our zone but capacity can
then be taken up as per the process on our website. We encourage families to get enrolments in as soon
This year’s Open Day was exceptionally well attended with over 100 visitors through our classes
and school on the day. We loved the input and feedback from parents, friends and community members.
It was great to see this level of engagement within our school and I know from talking to the students, that
they were absolutely chuffed to have so many visitors in class with them. This year was certainly the
biggest turn out for an Open Day I have seen since being here.
Coast Care day
To round out Education Week, our Year 3/4 students joined Matt from Coast Care and Doug and the
volunteers from the Drysdale Clifton Springs Community Association, to undertake some environmental
activities near the Clifton Springs Boat Ramp. This environment day is a great way for our students to get
out and about and make a positive impact on our environment and we look forward to joining in again next
Student Leadership and Voice
Last week Mr McCredden, Steph Towse and myself met with our House Captains to talk about some ideas
to take our House system to the next level. As always, the students produced some outstanding ideas
which Mr McCredden has captured and posted on his Blog. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet,
please check out Ben’s Blog and look at the bright ideas! A group of House Captains will be presenting
their thoughts, opinions and ideas to our School Council at their meeting tonight.
Visiting Teachers on student leadership and voice
Today we had a visit from a number of staff from Epping Views Primary School who are keen to learn more
about our student leadership and development program and the ways we tap into our student voice here
at Clifton Springs Primary.
Building works and facilities update
I am very pleased to announce that BDH constructions has now been formally appointed as the chief
contractor for our building and facilities upgrade which is wonderful news. BDH are an experienced
commercial builder and local company with a number of projects under their belt. Yesterday I had a
meeting with representatives from BDH, the Department and 3iD Studios our architects, and we look
forward to the works getting under way in the near future. One of first key challenges is to organise the
works in such a way so as to minimise the impact on classes.
Mrs Garland on leave
While Mrs Garland is jet setting around the globe on her way to visit her daughter and Europe, the
students of 5/6 G will be in the very capable hands of Catriona Doherty. If parents have any questions or
queries please contact Mrs Doherty via the student diaries or call the school office on 5251 3581.
Mrs Elliott is also on leave for two weeks.
Until next week I wish everyone a wonderful week and remind all families that maximising attendance is a
critical factor in your child achieving their potential so, remember it’s not OK to be away unless you’re sick!
Welcome to Education Week 2016
Education week is a great time for schools to connect with their communities and celebrate some of the
many wonderful things happening in Education across Victoria. As a school, we have a whole range of
activities packed into this week which started yesterday with:
Monday: May 16th
Kids Matter Day: With Stoofa Steven’s
As you will know, ‘Kids Matter’ is all about promoting positive mental health and wellbeing throughout our
school community. This year we had an inspirational guest speaker, Stoofa, who came to CSPS and
delivered sessions from Prep to Year 6. Stoofa has worked with elite sports people and has a wealth of
knowledge on fitness along with developing a healthy mind and body. The sessions were focused on
‘giving things a go’, the importance of persistence e.g. FAIL = is your first attempt in learning, so if you get
it wrong you dust yourself or learn from it and have another go.
Another important message was around goal setting and not accepting a fixed trajectory in life. What you
put in is what you get back out and with the right attitude and application, you can achieve success.
Setting yourself minimum standards and giving yourself permission to play (get in and have a go). He
further customised our sessions by linking into our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Empathy,
Innovation and Excellence.
The students responded well during these high-energy sessions and the cheers and clapping could be
heard right down the hall.
Whacky Hair Day and parade. Yesterday was whacky hair day and students came to school with all
manner of amazing creations from upside down ice-cream cones, cupcakes, donuts, pointy heads, soft
drinks pouring, spiders crawling and every colour in the rainbow. At recess the students all got to share
the fun and celebrate the hard work by them and their parents, by taking part in the whacky hair day
parade. It was amazing to see so many wonderful hairdos.
Prep – Year 4 students then took part in a disco at recess and got to shake their groove thing
to the beats supplied by Kellie and Amanda who were our DJ’s for the day.
Teachers vs Year 6’s Bootball
Lunchtime saw a return of Year 6’s versus the staff in an epic battle of skill and courage. Luckily with the
assistance of some Year 5’s, the staff once again finished on top but it was a close thing and the positive
participation and friendly banter were a highlight.
The Book Fair. After School the CSPS Book Fair kicked off thanks to Mrs Elliott who always does an
amazing job of this each year. The Book Fair is open every day this week before and after school until
Friday afternoon. All books purchased in the Book Fair earn commission which the school is then able to
use to purchase books for the Library and the class libraries.
Tuesday May 17th
Inter House Athletics. Years 3 – 6 Students travelled to Landy Field to take part in the Clifton Springs
Primary School Inter House Athletics Sports. The sports were a tremendous success today, with the
students doing an amazing job all day giving their best and encouraging each other as they went. The
relays as always were a highlight with the crowd cheering on the teams. Many thanks for those parents
who were able to join us at Landy Field to lend their support. Well done to Mrs Hales and Mrs Tolley who
did a wonderful job of organising all of the events and the day. Special thanks to the three volunteers
from Bellarine Secondary College and the Deakin Students who assisted in running the events.
Twilight School Tour.
Tonight we have a twilight tour from 5:30 – 6:30pm for some prospective 2017 Prep
parents who aren’t able to make it to our daytime sessions. While schools are always at their best wit
the children actually in them, it has been good to provide this opportunity to meet with more families.
Wednesday May 17th
On Wednesday we have a group tour from 2 – 3pm for prospective 2017 Prep enrolments.
Thursday May 18th
On Thursday we have our 3rd and final group tour from 9:15 – 10:15am. I welcome more of our
prospective 2017 Prep enrolments and look forward to touring our wonderful school with them.
Open Day. Following the final tour we open up our school to our families and community and invite you to
visit and spend some time in our classes with students and teachers.
Friday May 20th
To complete the week, our Year 3/4 students will be working with the Drysdale Clifton Springs Community
Association and Coast Care for an environment day at the Clifton Springs Jetty. Parents are more than
welcome to come along from 9:30-12pm and share in the learning with the students.
NAPLAN testing has once again been completed for the year and over some months this will be
examined by ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority) who will then eventually
return individual reports to the school to be forwarded to parents. I wanted to commend the students for
their efforts in completing the NAPLAN tests and parents for supporting them.
Year 5/6 Lightning Premiership
Last Friday after an initial problem with our bussing, our Year 5/6 students had a great day out as they
played Volley Catch, Netball, Football and Tee Ball across a number of venues. All of the teams had a
good day but our Volley Catch team once again dominated, winning every game and were very convincing
winners in the final. The spirit of competition was great with students from all sides cheering each other
on. Many thanks to the teachers, student and parents who all made the day possible. Well done one
Until next week I wish everyone a wonderful week and remind all families that maximising attendance is
a critical factor in your child achieving their potential so, remember it’s not OK to be away unless you’re
As discussed, this week will see the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy or NAPLAN testing conducted with all Year 3 and Year 5 students. The students will sit a range of assessments; Language Conventions and Writing today, Reading tomorrow and Numeracy on Thursday. We encourage all students to complete the tests. If your child will be away for some reason please contact us so arrangements can be made to resit the test in the limited time available.
Year 5/6 Lightning Premiership
This Friday our Year 5/6 students will be taking part in our Bellarine Lightning Premiership. The sports for this year include: Volley Catch, Netball, Football and Tee Ball. Thanks to our senior team and PE staff for training and coordinating this. Good luck and Go Springs! Prep Reading Helper Training It was wonderful to see so many parents and friends joining our Prep team yesterday afternoon for the
Prep Reading Helper training.
Volunteers are an essential part of our school and assisting with the important work of listening to our junior school students read is hugely valuable. There is another training session next Monday morning at 8:20am in Prep H classroom.
Healthy Snacks and Nude Food
At Clifton Springs Primary School we encourage students to bring healthy snacks and to keep their food nude whenever possible. Keeping kids fuelled up through the day with healthy, low GI nutritious snacks helps kids stay focused, feel less grumpy and helps them keep hunger at bay. Keeping food nude means that we are not adding to land fill or providing litter that will blow around our yard or unnecessarily fill up our bins. At CSPS we have “juicy fruit” time during the day at changeover in the morning sessions. This is a great time for nude food and health snacks so please avoid high sugar, high fat or high salt snacks during school times and give your kids the right fuel to get them through the day.
Education Week May 16th – 21st
Education week is next week and we have a whole list of activities throughout the week. We’d love to have you join us for the Open Day on Thursday or visit Landy Field in Geelong for our Inter-House Athletics next Tuesday. Education week is all about celebrating state education and it runs from May 16th – 21st . Prospective parents are encouraged to book in for our school tours and talk to our staff and students about what Clifton Springs Primary School has to offer. Feedback on
Growth mindset reading.
As discussed last week I have posted a reading entitled “Towards a growth mindset” by Professor Geoff Masters on my blog and also posted a follow on with a bit of a summary to ease you into the reading. I would love to hear your thoughts or questions relating to the reading so feel free to post a comment on the blog or send in an email to the school email@example.com Year 5/6 Sustainability Inquiry Expo I was delighted to be invited to the Year 5/6 Science Inquiry session last Friday. I, along with a number of parents and students from across the school, got to talk to the Year 5/6 students about their sustainability investigations and we were able to see some of the wonderful dioramas and artefacts the students had produced. Check out some of the photos in this newsletter.
Federal Election and Education
Obviously the calling of an election for July the 2nd has not come as surprise to most people, and while I don’t want to get involved in any political discussions, I would encourage all parents to closely examine the Education Policies of all of the Parties when considering their vote. A high quality State Education system is essential to our success as a Nation and prioritising funding in the area of Education benefits us all.
Aid Bus Tour
Yesterday, Mr McCredden took our Integration Aide team on a study tour to Manor Lakes P-12 in Werribee and then to Williamstown North Primary School. Both of these schools are known for their work on inclusion and the team had a terrific day of learning, speaking to key people at these schools and having tours to see learning in action. Every school has a wide range of students from various backgrounds and learning abilities. It is our job to be inclusive to all and provide the best possible education for everyone. From all reports from the study tour, the things we are doing at CSPS stack up very well, but there were some key learnings to take away which will improve our practices even further. We would like to acknowledge both of the schools mentioned above for welcoming us in and sharing resources and ideas with us.
I am exceptionally proud to be the Principal of Clifton Springs Primary School and each week I try to give our school community an update on the happenings within our school. My Banter is seen each week in our newsletter and will also be posted on this Blog page. In addition I am aiming to upload some digital content onto the blog page to give you further insights into various topics of interest. As the newsletter is a little limited in space this blog will give me an opportunity to talk about some of the wonderful projects and initiatives we have in the pipeline.