Primary: Pre-Prep to Year 6
In our Christian learning community, Christian values underpin all that we do, and students attend weekly Chapel services as well as being involved in weekly Christian Education classes. Clayfield College is a school of the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association, nevertheless we welcome students from a range of Christian denominations and other faith traditions and celebrate the richness of our community’s diversity. Chapel Services are held weekly in the Primary School and are designed to serve the needs and interests of students. The Chaplain and Assistant to the Chaplain generally plan and conduct services. House Chapel Services, held on Sunday afternoons, encourage families associated with each of the six Houses to come together once each year.
Each student from Prep to Year 6 will be allocated to one of the six Houses: Ashburn (green), Campbell (blue), Gibson (gold), Henderson (red), Radcliffe (aqua) and Youngman (purple), and remains in that House for all their schooling at the College. The placements are usually made so that the number of children in each House, at each year level, is as close as possible. Brothers and sisters are placed in the same House as their siblings.
Personal Development & Pastoral Care
Students are at all times expected to show:
- Consideration and respect for themselves, others, school and our environment.
- Integrity, honesty, tolerance, responsibility and punctuality.
- Kindness, fairness, good manners and cooperative skills appropriate to their age.
- Adherence to school rules and respect for Clayfield College by wearing the uniform correctly.
In the event that these rules are not adhered to, all teachers will guide the children through the steps of the Behaviour Pyramid so that the children can self-correct their behaviour.
As part of a KidsMatter school, the Primary School places much importance on weekly Personal Development lessons from Prep to Year 6. KidsMatter is a social, emotional and wellbeing framework for schools and has proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children (see www.kidsmatter.edu.au). For these lessons, teachers utilise a variety of resources, which include the You Can Do it and Bounce Back programs, and address topics associated with an individual’s development of self-awareness and self-respect, along with developing interpersonal relationships and building resilience. These lessons and incidental learning from everyday situations play an important role in the social and emotional education of students. In the delivery of the program, emphasis is placed on preventative measures as well as on problem-solving strategies.
Children are encouraged to use a technique known as High Five whenever they need to. It is used to help students learn to handle themselves assertively.
- Talk Friendly
Use a normal speaking voice.
Tell them what they are doing bothers you.
Tell them to stop.
- Talk Firmly
Stand up for yourself – be assertive but not aggressive.
Make sure you have the person’s attention.
Tell them again to stop bothering you.
Do not pay attention to the person – do not listen to them; do not look at them; do not speak to them.
- Walk Away
Find another place to sit or another group of friends to play with.
- Tell Someone
If they keep bothering you, tell your teacher or the teacher on duty straight away – don’t wait until you get home to tell mum or dad. By doing this your problem can be handled straight away.
In 2015, the College instigated a system for recognising long term membership of the school community. The Clayfield College star badges provide physical recognition and celebration of a student’s time at the College. Students will receive a badge after spending four years at the College, then a second badge after eight years, and a third after twelve years. Students who have attended the College for their entire schooling, that is from Pre-Prep or Prep through to Year 12, will receive a fourth star.
Student leadership encompasses a broad range of formal and informal activities beginning with daily opportunities in Pre-Prep and Prep. The aim is to give as many girls and boys as possible the opportunity to develop leadership skills and to help them learn that responsibility goes with the privilege of leading their peers.
In Years 1-6, Class Leader positions change each semester and the expectations and responsibilities increase as the students grow and mature. In the final years of Primary School, students have the opportunity to nominate and stand for House Leader selection at the beginning of each semester. Year 6 Class Leaders host weekly Assemblies and House Leaders are responsible for organising House Chapels, leading their House at Interhouse Carnivals and a variety of charitable initiatives. Chapel Monitors are also selected each semester. Students in the upper years may also be chosen as Music Group Leaders, Environmental Leaders and Library Monitors. Year 6 students may also undertake a formal application process for the eight Andrews Cup Captain positions.
A roster system for all Year 6 students to be involved in the Helping Hands program allows the Year 6 leaders, during recess and lunch, to be available to help settle any little arguments, spot out any trouble or identify any students who look like they may need some assistance. All Year 6 students receive training to help equip them with the necessary skills to assist them in this important position. The three main themes of the training are Spot it out, Sort it out and Speak it out.
Weekly Primary School Assemblies are conducted, where students’ achievements are celebrated, class items are presented, announcements for the week are communicated and College values are maintained. Special assemblies are also held to mark a number of events:
- Foundation Day, which celebrates the College's birthday on February 9.
- Harmony Day, which highlights our wonderfully diverse community and celebrates inclusiveness, respect and sense of belonging for everyone.
- Academic Awards Assembly for our high achieving students.
- Grandparents' Day, in Term 3, which also includes class visits and a morning tea in the Boarding House.
- Christmas and the end of the school year.
Peer Buddy Program
The aim of the Peer Buddy Program is to provide an opportunity for students across different year levels to develop relationships with younger or older students. Teachers plan peer learning experiences to occur for at least one interaction a term. The Year 6 students work with Pre-Preps and the Preps with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation's Better Buddies Framework. Through Better Buddies, children in their first and last year of primary school buddy up and learn the values: caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility. In addition, all children in the school learn these values through formal and informal activities, including their interactions with the mascot Buddy Bear, a giant, fun-loving and caring purple bear. For more information see www.betterbuddies.org.au
Cyber safety is taken seriously at Clayfield College, so the message of online safety starts with our Prep students. All students are taught appropriate use of technology and how to stay safe online. Older students are taught a broad range of topics, such as their rights and responsibilities when online, privacy issues and the need for strong passwords. Year 6 students complete an intensive online course of eight modules to attain their Digital Licence. These eight modules are:
- Use of Digital Devices
- Social Networking and Gaming
- Protecting Privacy
- Communicating Safely Online
- Searching and Researching
- Friends and Strangers
- Creating and Sharing
- Managing Money and Online Credits
A wonderful resource for parents who want to keep up with what their children are using online is the Australian Government website, Cyber Smart. Here you will find links to various fact sheets and well-considered guidance in how to approach your child’s use of technology, with specific reference to a variety of apps.
Clayfield College, as a member of the wider community, seeks to provide an open and friendly learning environment which, values and actively promotes and encourages, visitors to our college. As such, we welcome and encourage parents and other community members to become a part of school life, by volunteering to support a wide variety of school activities, such as:
- Participation on class excursions
- Becoming a Parent Class Coordinator
- Helping in the Early Years classrooms
- Helping at special events
- Assisting with coaching on Sport Skills afternoons
- Being a guest speaker
- Attending the Father Son Breakfast
- Attending the Father Son or Father Daughter Fishing Weekends
- Coming to House Chapel
- Visiting on Grandparents Day