ANZAC Day this year was celebrated by our school community in three
separate ways. The School Captains and I attended the Geelong schools ANZAC Day service, we had our
own Clifton Springs Primary School service which was very well attended at Friday’s assembly and finally
the School Captains along with Mrs Elliott and other students and families, attended the Drysdale Service
yesterday. We hope that you had a respectful and reflective ANZAC Day and shared some time with your
School Nurse Visit
Each year the Department of Education provide an opportunity for students to be seen by a school nurse
via the School Nursing Program. Our school nurse Melissa White, will be attending our school this week to
see all of our Prep students who’s parents have returned the permission forms. This program is a free
service offered by the Department of Education to “promote child health and well being and to assist in
the early identification of potential health related learning difficulties” in Prep students. If you haven’t
returned your forms yet or would like to know more, please contact the office.
Lunchtime Fun times
A reminder that lunchtime activities are in full swing this week and the staff room windows carry the list of
activities being run throughout the week. Announcements are made over the PA prior to each lesson and
students are more than welcome to join the activity leaders for the range of activities and events.
School Council Meeting Tonight
A reminder that tonight will be our April meeting for School Council and I look forward to seeing our school
councillors at the meeting starting at 7pm.
Brent’s Blogs and Reading Task
As you know I have a blog which is on our website under Blogs at Brent’s Banter. Each week I upload my
Newsletter item but also some digital content to give people an insight into our school the different
people, projects and learning going on behind the scenes. Since coming to Clifton Springs Primary School,
one of my key tasks has been to build a culture of learning within our school community. This is
something which has taken big strides amongst the staff and students and something we are looking to
enhance further with our wider school community.
This week I have included a reading entitled “Towards a growth mindset” by Professor Geoff Masters AO,
CEO and board member of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). This reading is a key
element underlying our shift in thinking towards a focus on a growth mindset. I would love you to read this
article and then leave comments or indeed email in if you wish. How this reading has challenged your
thoughts around assessment, reporting and student learning?
District Cross Country
Tomorrow 24 students will be attending the District Cross-Country in Eastern Park. Our team has been
training hard with the assistance of our teachers and their parents over the past few months and we wish
them all the very best of luck as they challenge themselves and give their best. Good luck everyone and
know that we will be thinking of you. Mrs Sarah Tolley will be attending the event with the students.
Student Attitudes to School Survey
Last week our Year 5/6 students completed the Student Attitude to School Survey. This is a yearly
assessment undertaken by the Department of Education and is one of the key data sets collected. These
have been retuned to the department and the results will be released to us later in the year.
May each year sees the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy or NAPLAN testing,
conducted across Australia. These tests are conducted with all Year 3 and Year 5 students and the dates
for these tests will be as follows; Tuesday May 10th — Language Conventions and Writing, Wednesday
May 11th—Reading and Thursday May 12th—Numeracy.
We encourage all students to complete the tests so if you have any appointments etc. which may clash
with these tests, can you please contact your class teacher as the scope for catch ups tests is very limited.
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!