Clapham Primary School

2020 Newsletter

Welcome to Term 4

Term 4 has started very smoothly with all students settling quickly back into school routine. We are so impressed with the skills of our students showing positive learning attitudes and challenging themselves in their learning. All teachers have been commenting on how impressed they were with everyone and how much learning we have already done in just Week One! We look forward to a very busy term coming up....

Some important dates for the first few weeks:

1.  Book Week 19-23 of October, Week 2

2.  Sports Day - 20th of October

3.  DfE Water Safety Program R-5 - 26 - 30th of October, Week 3

4.  Pupil Free Day (Staff professional development, Trauma Training) - 2nd of November.

Take care and we look forward to seeing you at Sports Day.

Jodie Kingham




What a brilliant afternoon at this year’s production “Journey to the Centre of the Germ", it was amazing. Congratulations to all involved, our talented students, creative staff and supportive parents. A special thank you goes to Mrs Linda Fasoli for her dedication co-ordinating this wonderful event and liaising with the Production Committee. Photos can be accessed on our Facebook page. 



Production 2020

Class Placement

The class placement process has begun in readiness for 2021.   Every year we organise the following year’s class groupings to meet the learning needs of students.  Please see attached information regarding the Class Placement process for 2021. 



Book Week 19 - 23 October

Please read attached document for further information

Sports Day Information

Clapham Primary Sports Day is on Tuesday October 20th. We are looking forward to a great day. If you wish to attend please refer to the Sports Day Visitor Guidelines and follow the online booking process to register your attendance. Visitors are expected to adhere to social distancing requirements at all times while on site.

This year at Sports Day “Chocolate Box” (a favourite game) will be included as well as 100m sprints for ALL ages and years. If the day is postponed for bad weather, the back-up day will be Tuesday 3rd November. We hope students dress in their team colours to show their support for their team! Reigning champions Waite are…waiting. 

Sports Day Medals

This year’s Sports Day again sees the award of two medals aimed at rewarding some of Clapham aspiring athletes of the future. The students from Year 4 through to 7s have already competed for their SAPSASA athletics recognition, winning their new Clapham SASPSASA ribbons along the way. Now is the time for a bit of sporting fun! The two medals are to be awarded at the end of Sports Day after speaking to teachers about which students have displayed the following:



*A positive attitude

*A willingness to learn and/or improve on a skill

The students’ performance on Sports Day will be considered along with their efforts in Physical Education lessons throughout the year so far. Neither award can be won by the same person twice.

The awards are named:

For Reception to Year 3 

The Clapham Primary Tania Gooley award.  

Tania finished at Clapham Primary in 1985 and went on to represent Australia at the Sydney Olympics in Beach Volleyball. Tania visited Sports Day to present the medal and talk about her Olympic experience in 2019. She remains a fantastic role model for young people wanting to develop as an athlete.

Previous winners:

2019: Ollie B

2020: Milton P

For Year 4 to Year 7s 

The Clapham Primary Laura Hodges award.  

Laura finished her schooling at Clapham Primary in the 90s and went on to represent Australia at three different Olympics, winning a silver and bronze medal. She also represented Australia for basketball at the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships! Laura says the important qualities of an athlete are 1) being a great teammate 2) making an outstanding contribution to the team and their performance 3) having a positive attitude to team members 3) being able to display unselfish play during games and 4) demonstrating a high work rate. That looks like a great list for our students to be aiming for!

Previous winners:

2019: Cassie H

2020: Kalani Mc

It will be an exciting day.


Mr L

Sports Day Timetable of Events

Please see attached for further information.


We were so happy to be able to offer the keen soccer players at Clapham free Futsal sessions over Term 2 and 3 making soccer accessible and fun at the school. Thanks to Mick, Terri and Paul for running a session each week outdoors, and for making the Saturday morning sessions work indoors as well.

The players have come on in leaps and bounds and Futsal is something I strongly support to improve the technique of all of our young players. At club level I virtually have insisted on my players playing soccer indoors as part of their development since Under 8s all the way through to U15s and beyond. Futsal means more touches on the ball, and no hiding!

This is a program I would like to see continue in 2021 at Clapham, so please get in touch if that appeals to you as a parent/coach.

Well done to the players. Just this week I could see at lunchtime how far some of them have come with their ability to run at players at speed!

Regards Mr L

Colour FUN Run

Our Clapham Colour FUN Run will take place at 1:45pm on Friday 20 November, Week 6 on the soccer oval. Please note change o date is due to late notice of High School transition days by some of our local High Schools.  Students will need to navigate obstacle courses and complete as many laps as possible within the 45 minute time frame. This year we will have ‘colour stations’ to add some fun!

Funds raised will go towards the installation of asphalt activities – rubber markings that will promote physical activity and encourage children to play together. These will be done when our new asphalt is laid.   

Prizes will be given to the top fundraiser, and each student who completes the most laps per class. Information and sponsor forms were sent home last term.

Hats on in Term 4

As the weather warms up all students must wear a hat when involved in outdoor activities. Please ensure your child has their hat at school. Information about our Sun Smart Program is also included on the App under policies.

Premier's Reading Challenge 2020

Congratulations to those students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year. The challenge is now in its 17th year, and 20 students from Clapham Primary School will be receiving the Reader for Life certificates for achieving the Challenge every year.

In early December when I have received the Premier’s Reading Challenge Awards and have organised them into class groups, I will visit each class and hand them out to the students who completed the challenge.

I wish to thank all parents and staff for their support in ensuring students participated in the challenge this year. Well done!! 

Helen Krinas


PARENT FORUM WEBINAR - Children’s Behaviour Support

Please read attached document for further information

Term 4 Planner

Please see attached for your information.

Important Dates

19 -23 OctoberBook Week
20 October Sports Day  
26-30 October
DfE Water Safety Program R-5
2 NovemberPupil Free Day - Berry Street Education (Trauma Training)