Clapham Primary School

2021 Newsletter

Term 3, Week 5

Professional Development Review

Expert teaching has the greatest impact on student achievement. Our teacher's engage in professional development to build their pedagogical knowledge and constantly reflect on their own and other's practice to improve their teaching skills. Recently we conducted a review of the Professional Development attended over the last two years which included: Trauma informed practice - Berry Street Education Model, Smiling Minds, Seven Steps Writing, Brightpath Writing Assessment, SMART Spelling, InitiaLit, Thinking Maths, STEM 500, Phonics Differentiation and High Impact Teaching Strategies, Interception, Creating Clever Classrooms - meeting the sensory needs of students, and Behaviour Support. Teachers considered our next steps and provided feedback to inform School Improvement Planning for 2022 and beyond.

Support Staff Week

This week we celebrated our amazing SSOs during Support Staff Week, 16 - 20 August. Thank you for your contributions Fiona, Rosary, Mara, Helen, Karen, Marie, Tracy, Harrie, Di and Alysse. Clapham Primary could not function without you we're thankful for all of the big and small things that you do each day.

SAPSASA Knockout Netball

The Year 7 Knockout Netball Carnival was held on the 18th of August at Clapham Primary School. We hosted two schools, Gilles Street Primary School and West Beach Primary School.

It was a very successful day for our Year 7 team who won both games (Gilles Street v Clapham 53-11, West Beach v Clapham 46-36). All players demonstrated great teamwork skills and showed encouragement for their fellow players both on and off the court. Clapham girls are excited for the challenge ahead at the final carnival to be held at Priceline Stadium.

 Joanna Richardson 

Year 7 Knockout Netball Team Coach 

Science Week

This week students celebrated Science Week. This year's theme was 'Food - Different by design'. Friday saw the Launch of Nude Food Friday Frenzy. We are looking for zero waste on Friday.

Mrs Francou and Mr Tucker opened the STEM Room on Wednesday and Thursday lunch for experiments with food. Students rotated through activities, including making their own Whizz Fizz (Sherbet). When they put the Whizz Fizz on their tongue, the saliva in their mouth caused the citric acid crystals to dissolve. The citric acid reacted with the bicarbonate of soda and produced carbon dioxide gas. The bubbles of carbon dioxide made the fizzy feeling on their tongue. Students engaged in discussions around sweet and sour, and there were some big smiles as they recognised the tastes and sensations.

On Friday in Gardening Club students cooked up a salad from the garden using spinach, parsley and beetroot!

Governing Council News/Information

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

  • Facilities: Due to the lockdown and wet weather Betterland has had to revise the commencement date of the works in the R-2 Playground which is now due to begin on 6th September.
  • After School Sports - Games have recommenced! A big thank you to our families for following Covid restrictions. Trophy presentations will occur after the last soccer and netball matches. Families will be notified of arrangements.
  • OSHC - Due to redevelopment of Mitcham Primary's OSHC building children using this Happy Haven service will be able to attend vacation care at Clapham In the next school holidays (27th September - 8th October). Happy Haven’s regional manager, Wayne Copley, and Kathryn Nielson, Happy Haven’s OSHC director at Mitcham, are coordinating the program’s move.
  • Finance:  The 2021 budget is tracking well.  Planning for 2022 budget is soon to begin. 

Olympics Unleashed - Claire Arthur

Today we were very fortunate to have Claire Arthur, Olympic athlete, attend our school as part of the Olympics Unleashed Program.  We learnt a lot about Claire and her sport, Trampolining. 


Production Cast

It has been wonderful to see the classes well underway with their dances over the past couple of weeks.

We had a very successful turn out on Tuesday for our Year 6/7 auditions for the production cast. I was extremely impressed with the level of confidence and enthusiasm the students showed towards their auditions and it made the process of deciding on the cast very difficult! I would like to congratulate the following students who have been successful in winning a role as either cast or extras: Sophie, Banjo, Lucie, Bethany, Ella R, Harrison, Claudia, Sehajbir, Alice, Dante, Olivia D, Jasmine, Elyce, Annabelle, Lyana, Emma I and Joel.

Please keep an eye out for costume and USB order information that will be coming home soon.

Thank you,

Linda Fasoli

The Arts Specialist teacher 

Mini assembly to announce production cast

This short video provides an overview of our strategic direction and how our reform agenda comes together to achieve growth for every child and student in every preschool and school.

To ensure our public education system is truly world-class we are focusing on 6 key levers that will help us achieve growth for every child and student, in every preschool and school. These levers are evidence-based and are common across all of the best performing education systems globally.

They are:

  • expert teaching
  • quality leadership
  • engaged parents and communities
  • stronger services
  • resourcing and investment
  • accountability and support.

The Strategic Plan - Towards 2028 on a page


Congratulations Alfie

Congratulations Alfie on being a finalist in the Little Legend Campaign.  The Little Legend Campaign celebrates determination, grit and sportsmanship. 

Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT)

All  students in Years 3 to 7 are required to undertake PAT Reading Comprehension (PAT-R) and Maths (PAT-M) annually. In 2021, students will complete PAT-R and PAT-M in Weeks 7 and 8 of Term 3. Annual PAT provides teachers with timely information for learning design for Term 4 and the following year.

Preparing for 2022

We have commenced planning for 2022. If you have a child who is leaving at the end of the year please let the Front Office know as soon as possible.

If you know of other families intending to enrol at Clapham Primary School please encourage them to collect an enrolment pack from the Front Office, call 8276 5633 or email us at We are getting many enrolments for Reception for next year and wish to share that we do not have a ‘cap/cut-off’ for reception enrolments for 2022!

This information will be extremely helpful for us to make informed decisions about class structures and staffing requirements.

Change of Details form

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

Instilling Hope In Uncertain Times

Although life is always filled with uncertainty, the levels we are currently experiencing are unprecedented and it is becoming evident that this is taking a toll on our young people. The most recent research from Mission Australia makes clear the breadth and depth the pandemic is having on our youth across the nation. It appears that lockdowns and tighter restrictions will be with us for some time, but it is important in such times of uncertainty to instil hope and remain optimistic. Adult carers can play a vital role in helping young people reframe their worries, encouraging them to see life as it is and getting them to focus more on the things they can control, rather than those they can’t. It’s important young people remain connected with their social networks during these times as often their natural response to uncertainty is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety. With the continued disruptions, mental health concerns are on the rise and it is evident that many students may need some extra support to achieve their goals. Parents can help their kids focus more on the good things in their life, rather than fill in the blanks with catastrophic narratives. This Special Report outlines how adult carers can help instil hope and offer support in such times of uncertainty. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this Special Report raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help. Here is the link to your special report

Important Dates

Friday 27th August

Book Week Parade & Assembly (Staff and Students only) 

Monday 6th SeptemberGoverning Council
Tuesday 7th September
Japanese Spring Festival (Staff and Students only)
Thursday 23rd SeptemberProduction (Staff and Students only)
Friday 24th SeptemberSchool Closure Day

Year 7 to High School Information

Please see attached Week 3 Term 3 parent update. 

Parent Survey

Dear Parents, you would have received a link (via email) to complete the Parent Survey.  We encourage parents to complete this survey.  

Your feedback will help us understand: 

• what we are doing well

• where we can improve

• what is really important to you as a parent. 

You can find more information at