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!