Clapham Primary School

2021 Newsletter

Term 2, Week 1

Welcome to Term 2

I hope that you have had a lovely holiday break.   I am very excited to share something that I am so proud of about our school....We have  visitors in our school regularly to support teaching and learning.  Again in Term 1 we had visitors from other schools, organisations and also relief teachers and it is very common for us to receive consistent feedback, such as:

1. Our staff are extremely welcoming and helpful

2. Our students are eager and ready to learn, have lovely manners and are a delight to teach.

3. Relief teachers stating please book them again, they want to return to Clapham - it is such a positive environment to be in.

4. Everyone supports one another. Our students are inclusive and tolerant.   We have excellent wellbeing programs (Smiling Minds, Interoception)

I wish to share some positive feedback we recently received from a recent visitor to our school.  This visitor (professional) is from an organisation that supports students in their learning and wellbeing.  She said, "I cannot speak highly enough of you all! Your skills in supporting students is amazing from the way you set up the classroom to the strategies and visual supports you have implemented is second to none! Thank you for a wonderful morning and making my heart sing. The students are so lucky to have such a wonderful, dedicated and supportive staff, I cannot thank you enough for all you do….absolutely sensational!  It's an absolute pleasure & such a privilege for me to visit your wonderful school, my heart truly sings whenever I see the amazing things going is such a joy & huge credit to you all, it's just sensational."

We are very excited about Term 2. This term is going to be a busy and productive term.  

On Tuesday we started with a Pupil Free Day for our staff to attend a professional development session about Maths Teaching and Learning.    The day focussed on:

1. Mental Routines

2. Problematised situations (what they are, why we need them and how to 'kid' watch and plan strategy lessons in response to what we notice. This also included knowing what to consider in order to create problematised situations directly targeted at individual students learning needs, knowing what to observe and being able to plan the next step.) 

3. The STAR problem solving model to structure problem solving lessons.

Please see pictures below from the training day and some student work samples from implementing the problematised situation.

Term 2 has lots of exciting events, please see below for important dates:

1. Pupil Free Day – 27th of April (Staff professional development, Maths Pedagogy)

2. Cross Country – 7th of May 3. NAPLAN 11-14th of May, Week 3 and NAPLAN catch up Week 4

4. Clapham Cafe – 18th May (can book in through School Interviews)

5. Community Action Day – 22nd of May, Week 4, 2-5pm. We would love to see lots of people to help with our school grounds

6. Camps Year 3/4 (Aldinga) and Year 5-7 (Mylor) 16 – 18th of June

7. Quiz Night (adults only) – 26th of June

8. Student Reports go home – 30th of June

9. Last day of school, early dismissal @2:10pm – 2nd of July

Jodie Kingham


Staff Professional Development (Tuesday) and student work samples

Community Action Day 22nd of May 2-5pm - All welcome

We would love to see you at our Community Action Day on the 22nd of May.  All adult helpers must check in using our school QR Code and ensure they follow social distancing guidelines. 

Thank you to Lorinda, Sophie, Nina and Mel for weeding the Japanese Garden during the school holidays - it looks fantastic!!!

NAPLAN 2021 (Year 3, 5 and 7)

Information for parents and carers about NAPLAN 2021.

Splash Jacket - NEW Uniform Item

Splash Jacket now available at Devon.  We have consulted with Devon to provide a Splash Jacket, as many parents/students have requested the opportunity to buy  a uniform item such as this.  Please see flyer for further info.

Uniform Update - Previous blue and white check dress is no longer part of the school uniform

A friendly reminder: The blue and white check school dress (previous style) phase out period has ended (end of Term 1).   From now the only dress that can be worn will be the new style dress, blue and green check dress. 

Clapham Cafe

Our next Clapham Café is on the 18th of May from 8:45am.  Please see flyer below for further details. We would love to see you there!

Clapham Cafe Flyer

Please see attached

Thank you for participating in Learning Conversations last term

Thank you to all parents who played a part in our successful learning conversations and for the positive feedback we have received. We were very impressed with how our students took ownership of their learning and future goal-setting. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to share work they were proud of and more importantly why. Thank you again for making this a terrific success.

Justine Langley,

Deputy Principal

Australian Early Development Census

This term our Reception teachers will complete the Australian Early Development Census. The AEDC helps to build a nationwide picture of our children’s health and wellbeing as they begin school.

Parents of Reception students will receive a letter with further information.

Teachers answer questions about five key areas that are important for children's development:

·   physical health and wellbeing

·   social competence

·   emotional maturity

·   language and cognitive skills (school-based)

·   communication skills and general knowledge.

Once our teachers finish collecting information for the 2021 Australian Early Development Census, the data is analysed and prepared for publication in March 2022.

The census results are presented as groups of children at local, state and national levels. This ensures children and schools remain anonymous.

Learn more here about how your children’s privacy is protected:

 You can view the interactive results from previous years here:

Term 2 Planner

Please note this can also be found in Skoolbag/Newsletters/Term Planners/Term 2 Planner 2021


Collection of students during Recess / Lunch

If your child has an appointment and is needing to be collected during recess or lunch times, please call the office if it is the morning of the appointment, or arrange prior with your child’s teacher via seesaw or email so that we can have your child waiting in the office.

Parents are not permitted in the yard during recess and lunch time.

Recess play 11.05am – 11.35am

Lunch play 1:10pm – 1:40pm

Quiz Night Tickets on sale now

Tickets can be purchase by the following payment methods until 12th June:

 Our Preferred Payment MethodDownload the easy, secure and convenient QKR! App on your phone or tablet and pay via credit card.

*Credit card – in person at the front office or over the phone 82765633.

*Direct debit to Clapham Primary School, BSB 065140 Account: 10265182.

* Cash payments in a named envelope or zip lock bag, can be placed in the payment box at the entrance to the office, or the west wing entrance at any time and receipts will be forwarded to the classroom.

 Tickets will be issued and sent home with your child once payment has been received.



Year 7 to HS Parent Update Week 10, Term 1

Please see attached Parent Update. This update was also posted and alerted in Skoolbag in Term 1 (Parent Info/High School Transition Info (inc Year 7s moving to HS).

Springbank Secondary College Primary School 3x3 basketball event

On Friday 19 March, Clapham Primary School participated in the inaugural Springbank Secondary College Primary School 3x3 basketball event. The Year 5/6 team was represented by Harrison S, Oliver F, Daly M and Max E. 

Displaying outstanding team work, strong defence and a great attitude, the boys won all five of their group matches, against quality teams from Colonel Light Gardens, Forbes, Ascot Park and St Peters Lutheran Primary schools. As a result, they finished top of their group and won through to the final where they were just beaten by a very strong Colonel Light Gardens team. 

The team displayed great sportsmanship all day and were always positive and smiling, even when things weren’t going their way. The boys, their parents, and the Clapham community should be very proud of the way the team represented the school.

Tim Saul

Auskick @ Colonel Light Gardens Football Club

Please see attached flyer for information to register.

Important Dates

7 MayCross Country (SAPSASA)
10 May

OSHC Subcommittee meeting @ 6:15pm

Governing Council @ 7pm

11 - 14 MayNAPLAN for Years 3, 5 and 7
17 - 21 MayNAPLAN catch up if required
14 May
Assembly host classes Rooms 4 and 17
18 May
Clapham Café @ 8:45am
22 May
Community Action Day 2-5pm
26 June
Quiz Night - Major fundraiser