Clapham Primary School

2021 Newsletter

Term 4, Week 1

Welcome to Term 4!

We hope that you have had a wonderful holiday break.  Our Term has started very smoothly and we are very excited about the events planned for this term ie Sports Day, DfE Water Safety Program, ColourFunRun and Graduation to name a few.  This term will go very quickly and we are looking forward to lots of learning, excitement and fun!

Last term our students participated in the Name the Satellite Competition and submitted an entry. Recently we received a letter from the Premier of South Australia thanking our school for participating.  The winning name 'Kanyini' was submitted by students from Findon High School.  We extend our congratulations to Findon High School students and a huge thank you and congratulations to our students for writing their persuasive texts for their chosen name for the satellite. 

Class Placement 2022 Information

The class placement process begins now in readiness for 2022.   Every year we organise the following year’s class groupings to meet the learning needs of students. 

When planning classes, consideration is given to estimated enrolments, Reception intakes, class numbers and gender balance. When allocating students to classes, teachers take into account friendship groups, supportive peers, special needs, learning styles, gender and balance of class groupings. Every effort is made to place students with at least one supportive peer (of their same year level) that they work well with.  Teachers will be facilitating a process where students nominate 3 supportive peers. 

Parents/Caregivers are able to provide information that may be useful during the class placement process if they wish. While we cannot accept parents/caregivers requesting a specific teacher, we are happy to receive comments regarding your child’s:

  • specific learning needs,
  • friendship groups,
  • social and emotional needs and
  • any other information which could have an impact on your child’s future class placement.

It is important not to indicate to your child that you have provided information thereby leading her/him to assume the information provided will necessarily be the outcome. Information will only be considered if it is in writing. Please place in an envelope marked Confidential/Class Placement and leave it at the Front Office. Alternatively, you can email - information must be in by the due date Wednesday, October 20th (Week 2, Term 4) by 2pm. Please include your child’s current class teacher and their 2021 year level with the information that you provide.

You can be assured that we do spend a great deal of time and effort in placing children into appropriate class groups. Please note that it is the Principal’s responsibility to make final decisions on classes and student placement. 

Jodie Kingham


NB: This information was also included in Term 3 Week 9 Newsletter

Planning for 2022

Planning for 2022 is well underway.  If you have a child who is leaving at the end of the year or would like to start at Clapham Primary, please let the Front Office know as soon as possible. This information will be extremely helpful for us to make informed decisions about class structures and staffing requirements.

Welcome to Anna Martin (Front Office)

We warmly welcome Anna Martin to the Front Office.

Anna is replacing Alysse Kelly who has won a promotion at a R-12 school.  

Sports Day Information - Parent Letter - Tuesday, 19th October

Please see attached letter that was sent out on Skoolbag on Tuesday this week. Information for parents/care-givers to book to attend Sports Day is attached. Please book by Monday 18th of October, 3:30pm.

Sports Day Timetable

Please see attached Sports Day Timetable

World Teachers' Day 2021 - 29 October

Australia will celebrate and thank the teaching profession on World Teachers’ Day on Friday 29 October 2021.   Teachers (with support from parents and carers) have ensured education continues across the country this year, despite major challenges. It’s reinforced the significant role teachers play in the lives of children and students, their families, and communities.

On Friday 29 October, you can say a big thank you to teachers by posting a photo in your sunglasses on Twitter or Facebook, either on your own or with family or friends. Use these tags: #BrightFuture @aitsl 

Explore photos from 2020 for inspiration: From 14 October, help collect a million virtual apples to thank teachers across Australia at Other ideas for how parents/carers and students can get involved are included in this article:


What a fabulous production last term!!  Students showed their amazing performance skills. Thank you to staff, students and parents for your help in making this happen.  A huge thank you to Linda Fasoli for organising and coordinating the Production.  We have just heard from Mogg Visuals that they are putting together the final touches on the production footage. This will then be sent to the USB company to install on all USBs which then will be delivered to school by express post. As soon as we know the arrival date we will let you know.

Production Pictures - more can be seen on our Facebook page and are displayed on TV in Front Office

Facilities Upgrade - during the holidays all of our breakout spaces/water trough areas were painted (they are looking great)! Some pics below of some of the areas

Upper Primary Breakout Space - a huge thank you to Ms Toy and Ms Taylor for setting up the fantastic learning spaces for our upper primary students

Lunchtime Clubs

Did you know we have a number of Lunchtime Clubs?  Our amazing teachers offer these additional opportunities for students.  Some of the Clubs are also facilitated by students with teacher support.  Further info about our Clubs below:

1. Monday - Chess in Library, Games in Social Space and Sport in Hall

2. Tuesday - Board games in Library, Japanese in Japanese Room, Sport in Hall

3. Wednesday - Art in Library, Coding in Computer Room, Sport in Hall

4. Thursday - Choir in Art Room, Sport in Hall

5. Friday - Karaoke in Hall (Recess), Board games in Library, Garden Club in Indigenous Garden and Sport in Hall (Lunch)

Thank you to our amazing staff and students for providing these opportunities!

Pictures below of Coding Club.

Coding Club

Letter from Professor Nicola Spurrier (Chief Public Health Officer) to parents/care-givers

Please see attached

Kids Artworks Fundraiser

This term we are running a Kids Art Works Fundraiser where we turn your children’s artwork into keepsakes. With the end of the year fast approaching these gifts are perfect for busy families who are looking for Christmas gifts for friends and family members.

Your child’s art will be displayed online for you to view and to order at a time that suits you. In the coming days your child will be bringing home a Kids Art Works letter with a unique code which has been developed specifically for them. All you will need to do is go to www.kidsartworks and enter the code in the “Entrance Code” box. All orders and payments will need to be placed by Monday 25th October 9:00am, directly on the website www.kidsartworks

Options and prices

 Calendars $18.00

 Cards $14.00

 Diaries $18.00

 Mouse Mats $17.00

 Sketch Pads $16.00

NB Please note every effort was made to ensure we received art work from all students. Some students

Orangutan Fundraiser

A big thank you to the SRC who organised a wonderful Jungle Disco and Casual Day to raise money for the Orangutans. We raised a massive $1000.00 for this fantastic cause. Well done to all involved!

Uniform Update from Devon Clothing

Please see letter from Devon and price list (listed after this article - click on link)

New Uniform Price List from 1st of October

Please click on link.

M& S Levy

Our Finance Sub-Committee reviewed the M & S Levy (school fees) for 2022.  Our school fees will remain the same as 2021 at $410. Please see attached Notice of Materials and Services Levy for 2022.  We are inviting the school community to attend a Governing Council meeting where the M & S Levy for 2022 will be discussed, prior to approval being sought.  This will take place on Monday, 25th of October (Staff Room) at 7pm - Week 3, Term 4.  

Tracy Clifford-Clark—Finance Officer, on behalf of the Finance Sub-Committee



Zanshin Freestyle Karate

Kids, Teens & Adults Self Defence

Learn to defend yourself, gain confidence and have fun.

Friendly atmosphere, qualified instructors.

First two lessons FREE. 

Clapham Primary School Gym

Every Tuesday

Kids 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Teens/Adults 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Phone Shihan Ant’z on 0422 331 388 

Workshop for Parents and Carers

Please see attached flyer for a 2 day workshop. 

Women's and Children's Hospital Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service

Please see attached information. 

Important Dates

Tuesday 19th OctoberSports Day
Wednesday 10th October  

Parent Education and Communication Committee Meeting (via Zoom) - 2:15pm

25th to 29th OctoberDfE Water Safety Program R-5
Monday 25th October

OSHC Advisory Committee Meeting 6:15pm

Governing Council Meeting  7pm

Tuesday 26th October After School Sports Committee Meeting 8:15am
Friday 29th OctoberAssembly (staff and student event only)