Clapham Primary School

2020 Newsletter

Term 1, Week 9

Governing Council News—The following is a brief update of each sub-committee:

Facilities: Our first Community Action Day has been planned for 16th of May 2-5pm.  The committee discussed the 2020 Accelerated Projects funds, upgrades (air-conditioners works soon to progress, disability access and pathways – development and planning underway, nature play improvements – last year’s fundraising has been targeted to spend on nature play resources, drinking fountains - one installed and one soon to be installed by hall, security – swipe cards for entry and other features, and wifi and network – completed). 

After School Sports: We fielded a Kanga Cricket Team this term but unfortunately didn’t have numbers to nominate another team. Basketball has taken off at Clapham Primary with three teams being entered into the competition. Preparation for the Netball and Soccer season (Terms 2 and 3) have been nearly finalised (on hold due to Covid-19 uncertainty). We have ordered another set of netball dresses so both Senior teams will be outfitted this year.

OSHC Advisory Sub-Committee:  Happy Haven have communicated Vacation Care program for this holidays.  Staff have attended a number of professional development sessions.   The After school care and before school care numbers are increasing.  On a few days a week after school care is almost at capacity, the school and Happy Haven are negotiating additional spaces for Happy Haven to access in the need for catering for higher numbers.

Carpet, vinyl and pinboard upgrades were completed last year. Happy Haven and OSHC to both contribute to the costs of installation of blinds in the room.  Investigation in the future to replace air-conditioners.

Events (Fundraising): Please note this sub-committee has undergone a name change! We would really like more people to volunteer to be a part of this sub-committee as so far we have only had two parents offer their support. More hands make light work. J We had planned an Easter Hot-cross bun lunch special but unfortunately this had to be cancelled. In Term 2 we are proposing a Wine Order, Movie Night and After School Sports Home Game BBQs.

Education and Communication Committee:  Yet to meet.

FinanceThe 2020 Budget was approved. The school is in a good financial position and in the 2020 budget spending is targeted towards improving resources to support teaching and learning programs and facilities (continual upgrades/improvements) eg the library. 

2020 Governing Council Poster

Welcome to Cassie Kopias (Literacy Coordinator Term 2 onwards)

Dear Clapham Community,

Hello! My name is Cassie Kopias and I will be starting at Clapham Primary School in Term 2 as the Literacy/Wellbeing Coordinator. I am so excited to be spending the rest of the year with you all. I have been in close contact with the school throughout Term 1 to ensure a smooth transition for everyone.

I have worked in the field of education for the past 23 years. During my time I have had a wide variety of roles. These roles include classroom and special options teacher, Director of Student Support, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and Principal. A real highlight for my career was the 5 years I spent out at Roxby Downs Area School. I am currently working as the Principal at Lobethal Lutheran School. I am over the moon to be heading back down the hill and can’t wait to get to know you all.

My family live in the Mitcham area. I have a 6-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. I have been with my husband for 28 years and we have been married for 23 of those. I love all things retro/vintage and enjoy all things food! However, gourmet aside I love a good chicken schnitzel, chips and gravy! I love watching the football and enjoy nights at Adelaide Oval watching the Adelaide Crows. We have a pet turtle called Goggles and are hoping to upgrade to a furry pet in the not so distant future.  My heroes include the Queen and Audrey Hepburn. I love all forms of art and especially enjoy the works of Frida Kahlo.

Education is my passion. The relationships I build with my students, families and the wider community is an absolute priority for me. My favourite saying is that, “it takes a village to raise a child, but a community to raise a school’’. My most important goal for the remainder of the year is to keep the lines of communication open with you. I promise to treat everyone of your children as if they were my own. Each child is unique and comes to us with all sorts of gifts and talents. I can’t wait to discover them all.

I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with you all to make the rest of this year amazing! Have a fabulous holiday break, stay safe and see you all at the beginning of Term 2.

Warmest regards

Cassie Kopias

Crazy Hair Day 3rd of April (Shaving will be completed at home on the weekend)

Premiers Reading Challenge

Dear Parents/Students

The Premier's Reading Challenge plays an important role in promoting the love of reading and this year more than any other, students will find joy, continuity and comfort in books! With your continued support, our students will keep reading and participating in the Challenge!

In order to make the Premier's Reading Challenge achievable for all in this extraordinary year, we will be doing the following:

  • Rules – students will still need to read 12 books by September. However, they can be ALL FREE CHOICE. We understand that it may be difficult to get to libraries so any book students choose to read will be accepted – whether on the Premier's Reading Challenge booklist or not.

  • Collecting reading records – students will still need to submit their records. We will accept a scanned copy via email to this address (eg teacher email address).

    Awards – we have been informed that awards will be sent to our school in November as in previous years.

    If you are in search of reading materials, our school will support reading via our library by doing the following…

    Please consider SA public libraries are free to join and they provide access to the OverDrive service, where there are thousands of eBook titles (and Audiobook titles) using the very user-friendly libby App. This collection has more than 4,000 different children and young people’s titles and includes many Premier’s Reading Challenge books. There are other free services for younger readers such as Brightly Storytime on YouTube and online story reading at Story Time from Space and The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities.

    Good luck with the Premier's Reading Challenge this year and please contact us should you need any support.


    Premier's Reading Challenge Coordinator, Helen

    Premier's Reading Challenge Record 2020

    Please complete the Reading Record and return.

    Goal Post Protection Pads

    Thank you Mr L for ogranising our new goal post protection pads, they look fabulous.

    Important Dates

    3 April

    Term 1 finishes. Dismissal 3:10pm

    6 - 9 AprilPupil Free Days, please see flyer to book OSHC (Happy Haven)
    10 April
    Public Holiday - Good Friday
    27 April
    Pupil Free Day
    28 April
    Term 2 begins

    Dental Clinic SA

    Learning at Home Parent Information

    Please see for further information about Learning at Home
    For further advice for families about setting up learning at home please access the Our Learning SA website created by the Department for Education SA.