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