Clapham Primary School

2021 Newsletter

Term 2, Week 5

Clapham Cafe - InitiaLit presentation

On Tuesday 18th May we welcomed another group of parents to our Clapham Cafe. Our Reception/Year 1 teachers, Annika and Jenna, delivered a presentation about InitiaLit, a literacy program for all children in their first year of school to ensure that all children get off to the best possible start. This program, as well as our current MiniLit and MultiLit Reading Intervention programs, is a research-based initiative of Macquarie University.

Many thanks to Annika and Jenna for sharing their expertise and knowledge. We really enjoyed the conversations we had with parents and encourage everyone to drop in for a cuppa at our next Clapham Cafe on 

Justine Langley

Deputy Principal


Well done to all of our Year 3, 5 and 7 students who completed this year's NAPLAN tests. You embraced the challenge and showed good self-management skills, resilience, persistence and determination. Thank you Mrs Howat, Miss Klemse and Miss Toy for taking on the role of Test Administrators and Mr Tucker, Mr Hillier and Miss Taylor for supervising students in other year levels not participating. Thank you to Mrs Langley for whole school organisation of NAPLAN administration!

Governing Council News/Information

 The following is a brief update from our last Governing Council meeting and of each sub-committee:

  • Facilities: See article below
  • Nature Play Project - We have engaged Betterland to design a nature play area in the R-2 Playground. The redevelopment of this space will include: a log and stump climber, balance beams, log seating, and a rock climbing area with scramble net. This will value add to our teepee building area, mud kitchens, bamboo pods/huts and loose parts play. Due to company commitments this project is scheduled for the latter part of this year. The funding for this project has come from multiple sources: fundraising, grant from SA Government and school funds.
  • After School Sports - Our 2/3 Netball team had their first win last Saturday. Karen, coach, shared that she is very impressed with the girls enthusiasm and that they are a delightful group to work with. Our Under 10 Soccer team also had a win! 
  • OSHC - Happy Haven have welcomed some new and returning staff members this term. Please see article further on in the newsletter to find out a little more about each educator. 
  • Finance:  The 2021 budget is tracking well.  Reminder M&S Levy (School Fees) letters were approved to send to families.  The school's annual audit was conducted and a highly successful report on the school's management of finances was received (waiting on formal written report). 

Community Action Day

We held our first Community Action Day on Saturday 22nd May. The weather was glorious and we managed to tick off a few big jobs including: removal of the non-compliant metal play equipment, painting of Japanese Garden fence and handrails, tidy up/trimming of grassy banks, installation of new outdoor table tennis table, moving (and clean out) of garden shed for relocation of bike rack, tidy up Nature Play area, general weeding. Many thanks to Mrs Francou and the families who contributed their time: Baron, Goh, Buckwell, Schultz, Ikeda, Backhouse, Flint, Lashchuk, Kahn, and Salmon. The afternoon finished with the children enjoying marshmallows around the fire pit. 

Learning in Room 4

Room 4 has been incorporating Auslan into our daily routine. We know that Auslan is a really important language and is a way we can communicate to all people in the community. Auslan has been designed for people who are deaf or hard or hearing, however lots of people learn Auslan. In our classroom, we began learning the signs for drink, eat, recess, toilet, line up, recess and fruit. Our friend Grace from Kilparrin Services visited our class and helped us learn how to sign how we were feeling in Auslan. Now we know over twenty signs and can't wait to learn more! We were very proud of learning Five Cheeky Monkeys in Auslan to share with Room 17 at assembly. We hope you enjoyed it! 

Nature Play and Loose Parts

It is precisely because of their open-endedness that loose parts engage the highest forms of thinking and interaction such as creativity, problem solving, social skills and emotional intelligence

Currently we have a group of students involved in a 'mining project'. While we have had to set some ground rules as to the depth of the hole they are digging we are impressed with how they have negotiated roles and assigned jobs, made tools, and resolved conflict when it has arisen. The language/vocab and imagination these students are using is a delight to witness.

Mrs Langley

Room 7 & 8 Excursion

Both Room 7 and 8 went on an excursion to Old Taliem Town Pioneer Village as part of their HASS unit focusing on past, present, future. Students got to experience what school was like in the 1800s and explore the town. Students then wrote a review, here are some snippets.

'I liked the old car because I got to pretend I was driving around in it.' - Abigail 

'I liked the church because I got to read a church book.' - Jack L

'I liked the toy shop because it had a big paddle steame.r' - Edison

 'My favourite part was the butcher shop because there was a pretend pig which was roasted.' - Gon 

' I liked the church because I liked the patterns on the windows and the sun shone through the windows and it was so colourful.' - Eva 

' I liked the creepy statues because I liked them surprising me.' - Henry 

Magic Beach Excursion

On Wednesday 26th May, Room 1 went on an excursion to watch a live performance of Alison Lester’s ‘Magic Beach’. We caught the train from Lynton Station into the city to view the performance, then had Recess by the Torrens River. We had an amazing time and when we came back to school we wrote about our favourite part of the performance. Here are some responses:

“My favourite part was the brother and sister fighting, because it was funny.” Ismael

“My favourite part was when the family sat around the fire. The colours of the fire were amazing.” Charlie M

“My favourite part was when they used the words from the story book.” Ryan

On Monday the 24th of May, Room 4 and 17 travelled to Dunstan Playhouse to watch the 'Magic Beach' performance as part of the Dream Big Festival. For some of our students, this was their first time on a train! Thank you to Monia, Jasmine, Rosary and Miss Kim who helped our students have a safe and happy excursion.

Table Tennis has arrived at Clapham!

It's amazing to see the new outdoor, all-weather Table Tennis table at Clapham and the students are very excited about its arrival! This term sees Table Tennis coaches at Clapham for our older cohorts and table tennis sessions for our younger cohorts with Mr L.

The table should be around for a long time if we can all look after it together and treat it with respect. Many thanks go out to all who have played a role in planning for it to be added to the school’s sporting offering. It will be a great way of raising hand-eye coordination at the school and offering more fun options at recess and lunch.

Regards, Mr L 

SAPSASA Netball Knockout Competition

The Year 7 Knockout Netball Carnival was held on the 26th of May at Clapham Primary School. We hosted two schools Happy Valley Primary School and Calvary Lutheran Primary School. 

It was a very successful day for our Year 7 team who won both games (Happy Valley v Clapham 43-17, Calvary v Clapham 69-3). All players demonstrated team work skills and showed encouragement both on and off the court. Clapham girls are excited for the challenge ahead at the next knockout carnival.

Joanna Richardson 

Year 7 Knockout Netball team coach 


Congratulations Archer on making it into the U13 West Adelaide Development Squad.

60th Celebrations and Quiz Night

This year our school is turning 60! We are looking forward to celebrating with  everyone at our our 60s themed Quiz Night on Saturday 26th June from 6:30pm.  It'll be a fantastic, fun night!

Many thanks to Trish, Mel, Jess, Cassie, Jasmine, Catherine and Alli who have worked tirelessly sourcing fabulous prizes and silent auction items. Their time and efforts organising this fundraising event is greatly appreciated by our school community. 

Quiz Night Tickets on sale now

There is still time to purchase Quiz Night tickets from the front office. Cost $30.00 each. Tables of 8-10. (Please let us know if you would like to be placed onto a table). Tickets can be purchased via the following payment methods: QKR, credit card or direct debit to Clapham Primary School, BSN 065140 ACC 10265182 or cash payments in a named or zip lock bag. These can be placed at the entrance to the office, or the West Wing entrance at anytime. Alternatively, call school on 82765633. Please see flyer attached 

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

This year we are continuing to collect bread tags for wheelchairs. All students can drop the tags off to the collection container outside Ms Cassie’s Office.

Change of Details form

Please see attached, also available for collection from the front office

First Aid in Schools Day

Year 7 to high school parent update

Please find Week 5, Term 2 information attached 

Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) 27/1/21 – 3/9/21

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a literacy program in South Australian schools.  It is designed to encourage children to enjoy reading and to build on their literacy skills. 

The Premier’s Reading Challenge Booklist is in three sections.

  • Reception to Year 2 – RED label
  • Year 3 – Year 5 – GREEN label
  • Year 6 – Year 9 – YELLOW label

 Students may choose any book from the booklist as long as the book is at their level and challenging for them to read.

 The Challenge is to read, or share in reading, 12 books before the 9th September 2021. Eight books need to be from the Premier's Reading Challenge booklists (available from the website). The other 4 books can be your own choice or you can choose all 12 books from the list.

 Each student needs a Student Reading Record sheet where each book read must be entered, together with the Title, Author and then initialled by the parent or teacher.  Once a student has finished their first sheet they have completed the Challenge and will receive a P.R.C. award towards the end of the year.

 To support student’s independence and their self managing skills, the Year 3 to 7 students will be responsible for documenting their own Reading Record Sheet. The process is explained in the beginning of the year to all students.

 You may choose to fill in your own sheet at home and send it in once it is completed.

Happy Haven Clapham OSHC - Introducing our new educators

Below is a little more about each educator who will be working at Happy Haven Clapham OSHC. 

Isabelle Augur

I'm a Student Based Trainee at Clapham OSHC. I am currently in Year 12 at Blackwood High School and completing a Certificate IV in School Aged Education and Care. One of my favourite activities to do with the children at OSHC is craft. In the future, I hope to study Primary Education at University, and become a teacher, OSHC worker, or SSO.

Jessica Rokkas

I’m currently studying Exercise Science and Nutrition at Flinders Uni. I enjoy swimming, reading and playing footy. As well as working at OSCH I work at a swimming pool as a lifeguard and a swimming instructor. I enjoy being at OSHC and am excited to spend more time with all of you! A fun fact about me is that I worked at a summer camp in America for 3 months.

Ellie Buchanan

I’m currently studying a Masters of Teaching at Flinders University. I’m very excited to start teaching once I graduate this year. I like to play volleyball, read and play the piano.

Kerrie Stewart

I’m in my last year of Speech Pathology at Flinders. When I’m not at Uni or OSHC, you’d find me at the gym or with my dog, Alfie, at the beach. I love CrossFit, pizza and anything outdoors. My favourite place in Adelaide is Bottega Gelateria in Henley Beach!

Joel Logan

I have been an educator at Happy Haven since July 2020. I love being active and engage with the kids by playing a variety of games like soccer and chasey. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Science at Flinders University, to one day teach high school science and PE. Outside of OSHC I love watching sport, especially AFL, and I also enjoy fishing.

We hope to see our OSHC families soon.

Apple Slinky Day

Monday 31st May is Apple Slinky Day! Gold coin donation 

Kenilworth Football Club Free Footy Clinic

Clapham Primary School will be hosting a FREE Footy Clinic on Monday 7th June. All welcome RSVP Mitch 0402641729

Important Dates

Friday 4th JuneAssembly Room 3 
Monday 14th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Wednesday 16th - Friday 18th JuneYr 3/4 Camp: Aldinga; Yr 5/6/7 Camp: Mylor

Monday 21st June

Governing Council 
Friday 25th June
Assembly Room 7/Science
Saturday 26th JuneQuiz Night