Welcome to the first Newsletter of year. Firstly, I would love to welcome our thirteen new families to our Cloverdale family. It has been wonderful to get to know all our new students, their Mums and Dads and extended family.
It’s has been a very hectic start to the year with losing the first week of term, but I want to congratulate all the classes and the students for settling in so quickly. It has been lovely to see all the ‘learning’ that has been happening.
We now have nine classes, our new one being Gold, which is the new demountable classroom. Having an additional room has also meant we have welcomed quite a few new faces on staff. We have three new Teachers; Ms Sophie Tan, in Silver Room, Ms Elysse Hislop, in Blue and Ms Emily Kayser, in Green Room. Our new Education Assistants are Ms Amanda House, Ms Tammi Short, Ms Carmen Bond, Ms Sharmi John Earnest, Ms Lara Blacker, Ms Hansa Satasiya and Ms Rabecca Saindwazi.
This week I have met with the P&C and our School Board, both of which had their AGM. I would like to welcome Bianca Landis, Mason's mum, back to being our School Board Chair, Angelo Forte, Amber's Dad, as Vice President. Your parent representatives on the School Board are Michelle Gabo (Joachim’s Mum), Philippa McNeish (Genesis’ Mum), Chantelle McCarthy (Sam’s mum).
The P&C voted in Jo Davies as the new President, Annemarie Fox has stepped back into the Vice Presidents role.
This year we have started our new Strategic Plan 2021-2023. This is based on the Values that were developed over the last two years in consultation with the community. One of our Values is Reach Out and Come in, this is all about building community relationships. This Semester we have two new initiatives we would like to get started; the first one is to set up Parent Representatives for each classroom. A flyer with more information will be coming out next week outlining what this would involve and asking for volunteers. It will be to try and get parents and families to meet up after school, as well as making sure that school and P&C events are publicised. The first of these events will be a picnic in either Volcano Park or Tomato Lake Park. The other initiative is the Fathering Project, this is a program run for Dads by Dads, more details of this will also be coming out very soon. These are two very exciting initiatives and I hope you will all want to get involved.
I know there has been a lot of issues with getting school uniforms. Thank you all for making sure that our students are wearing the correct uniform. It is particularly important in the senior classes: Silver, Purple and Yellow as students in these classes are often involved in combined schools’ activities. We are going to introduce an award system for all students wearing their school uniform.
Finally, have a lovely long weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Blue Room has been very busy these last few weeks! We have done so many exciting activities and had so much fun.
During week 1 we focused on what it looks like to be a good friend. We read the book ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ and completed multiple activities to represent the different ways we can fill up someone’s bucket. There was such a positive energy being displayed from each child after this learning sequence and is something we continually refer to.
Week 2 was a little busier as we started our literacy rotations for our letters and sounds program. We have been learning in small groups which has meant that the skills we are learning are targeted at our own level. Our whole class Reading and Writing has had a central focus on seasons. We have read a few different books that have had great illustrations of seasons and we have learnt the difference between what the weather in one season looks like compared to another. We practise these skills every day during our morning calendar where we ‘put on our weather goggles’ and identify the weather.
In Maths, we have been looking at the different ways we can represent numbers by using objects such as counters, blocks and dice. We have been practising these skills through games which has not only taught us about numbers but how to take turns and be a team player. We have also been working with ‘big’ numbers to 100 to challenge ourselves. We have found that pegs you use on the washing line are very helpful when counting forwards and backwards along a number line! It has made it a lot easier for us to understand the concept of counting forwards or backwards from any number.
Finally, in Science we have been looking and living and non-living things. We have been using our current knowledge of what characteristics living and non-living things have so that we can identify elements within our school that are living or non-living. We have been able to link this to one of the books we read called ‘Little Acorns’ as the life cycle of trees was explained through the seasons.
Blue Room is such a friendly and happy classroom to be learning in this year and we cannot wait to see what we will be learning about over the next few terms.
The green room has had a great start to the year. Over the last three weeks we have done a lot of exploring.
In Literacy, we revised our sounds ‘s’ and ‘a’ and even made some amazing artwork (S is for Snakes and A is for Apple Stamping). In Maths, we worked on ordering our numbers from 1 – 20. Finally, in our fine motor skills lesson we worked on our cutting skills.
In Science we have been exploring our five senses. So the Green Room went on a nature walk to explore our senses of sight, touch, smell and hearing. In Maths, we explored our 2D shapes and sorted them into correct groups. Finally, we worked on our writing by having some fun with spelling our names in chalk outside our room.
In Literacy, we have been working on sounding out all the sounds in particular words (such as, sat, mat, pin, tin etc.) by using picture cards and writing mats. In Maths, we have been working on connecting number names to the number and our one-to-one correspondence. Lastly, we had a special treat during our exploration in Science, we decorated biscuits and explored the feeling of the icing, sprinkles and biscuits, discussed what the ingredients looked like and, at the very end, we were really lucky and got to explore our sense of taste by getting to eat them and discussing whether it was sweet or sour, yummy or yucky.
Cloverdale School Dental Clinic information
Cloverdale Dental Clinic is open from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday.
We are a free service and cater for school age children/teens from Kindy & Pre-Primary from the year they turn 5 to the end of year 11 or their 17th Birthday, whichever occurs first.
We are a Bachelor of Oral Health Final year placement clinic during university semesters. An experienced tutor oversees all check-ups and procedures.
It is not compulsory to enrol with the School Dental Service, if your children are having regular dental check-ups and treatment with their private family dentist, consider withdrawing from the school service. This will enable us to service those that are unable to access private dentistry. If circumstances change, you are welcome to re-enrol at any time.
If your address has changed/changes, please call us, as we send appointments to your home address, we also require current mobile phone numbers to send out text message reminders.
If your child has a toothache, please phone us on 9479 7222 between 8am-4pm, if you have an emergency outside of work hours, please contact your family dentist or the Emergency Service on 1800 098 818.
Cloverdale Dental Therapy Centre Staff
180 Fisher St (Clinic access through Gate 5 off Hendra St)
Ph: 9479 7222