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:
- New native animal Mascots to represent each of the Houses and House flags with the Mascots .
- A separate House Day for each of the Houses where the students from the selected House can come dressed up in their House colours
- New House songs / chants and House Assemblies where students get to sit in their Houses as a group
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:
- Modifying the entrance and adding an extra exit lane so there will be a left turn and right turn exit lane. This will allow better flow out of the car park, after drop off and at pick up.
- Extending the current line of bollards up to the front fence separating the staff area and the parent areas of the car park
- Putting in new crushed rock at the entrance and at the bottom turning point.
- Adding a more clearly defined crossing point so parents can walk their children across the loop car park.
- Asphalting the exit lanes and entrance lanes to allow easier transition from the road to the car park and vice versa (this will be done once building works are complete so trucks don’t damage the new asphalt).
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!