MUSIC

Hand drum rhythms on African percussion instruments are one of the musical activities traditionally enjoyed by students at Clifton Creek. Drumming has many positive benefits and is renowned for its ability to enhance academic, social and emotional development.  It also improves concentration, persistence, discipline and endurance.

 

SCIENCE

Both the Senior and Junior Classes enjoys hands on science activities with John Kinniburgh on a weekly basis. Students learn about science through hands on experimental projects.

 

M.A.R.C. VAN

This is a Mobile Area Resource Centre, and is partially funded by the Department and through School Fees.      Mrs Severs, a trained Teacher Librarian, drives and runs the van. The children are instructed in library and literature on a fortnightly basis. The Marc Van box is placed in the office for the return of Marc Van books during the fortnight. Students are expected to transport their books in a protective bag.

 

KITCHEN GARDEN

In 2010 we were granted funding to enable extensions to our gardens and kitchen for the operation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program. Each student in Grades 3 to 6 spends time every week  learning about growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh seasonal produce.  With Jill in the garden and John in the kitchen, students are busily engaged in plenty of hands-on learning tasks and then the whole school samples an impressive range of delicious dishes for lunch. Follow these links to read our latest issues of the  Kitchen Garden Community newsletter  “The Dirt”.   TheDirt201501       TheDirt201502     TheDirt201503

 

MATES

Teachers put in place a mates system for students where students from senior grades are linked with younger pupils, generally for the school year. Each term there are a number of Mates Days where big mates organise and create a fun and educational session for their little mate. Throughout the year big mates will also “look out” for their little mate and help them through their challenges.  The older children have a real sense of responsibility and affection for their young charges that adds to the sense of community felt at school on a daily basis.

 

RESOURCE SMART SCHOOL

Since 2008 our school has been working towards being a waste-wise RESOURCESMART school.  Recycling is becoming a way of life here at CCPS and we are striving to look at many areas in our school where we can all reduce, recycle and re-use. Modules in waste management, energy, water and biodiversity are all “ticked off” and we continue to practise being Resource Smart.

 

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

If available, a fully approved religious education teacher delivers the prescribed Council for Christian Education in Schools program at Clifton Creek each week for 30 minutes.  A student centred program based on personal behaviour, attitudes towards others, making sensible life choices and  focusing on the development of personal and community values, such as integrity, resilience, empathy and respect.   An official SPECIAL RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION form is completed on enrolment. Although not compulsory, participation is encouraged. For those children “opting in”, it is expected participation is for the entire year to avoid disruptions to the class.  Payment for the SPI class resources is made with annual fees at the start of the year and is an Essential Educational Item for all those electing to participate ~ $10 per student.

 

BENDY ED

Bendy Ed is a holistic movement-based program developed by an occupational therapist/yoga teacher. It builds wellness, physical health, emotional intelligence, self-esteem and confidence, as well as improving cognitive function, concentration and social skills.

Inclusive and accessible to all it is adaptable to suit the child’s physical ability, strength and flexibility.  Our weekly Bendy Ed sessions started in 2013.

 

PREP ORIENTATION / TRANSITION

In Term 4 several days are set aside for “practising preps” and the Prep Steps program.  These are full days to help familiarise your child with our school.  In Term 1 preps are exempt from attending school on each Wednesday; this enables the children to have some rest time at home.

 

YEAR 6 / 7 TRANSITION

Local secondary schools conduct a series of visits, orientation days, open nights and transitions days to allow the smooth change for grade six students from our little school to the much larger schools further afield. Also our Mitchell Cluster organises a special grade six function to celebrate graduation and also foster connections between students.

 

JUNIOR ROTARY PROGRAM

The grade 6 children are encouraged to participate in the Rotary Junior Citizenship Awards each year.  This is an intensive program with a number of physical, cultural, and community challenges written up in a diary format.  Children from many local schools are presented with a certificate at a presentation ceremony at the end of the year.

 

CLUSTER GROUP DAYS

Clifton Creek belongs to a group of rural primary schools known as the Mitchell Rural Cluster. The other schools are:- Nicholson, Eagle Point, Lindenow South and the Bairnsdale Christian School. In 2013 we welcomed East Gippsland Specialist School into the Mitchell River Cluster.   Our Athletics, Cross Country, Sports, Group Days and Year 6 Transition programs are usually held with the Cluster Schools.

Group days extend the programs offered at school and are held on a semi-regular basis in a variety of locations with other schools in the Mitchell Cluster.

 

SWIMMING PROGRAM

Each year the whole school participates in a series of ten sessions of swimming lessons over the course of five weeks in term one.

 

ACTIVE AFTER SCHOOL COMMUNITIES PROGRAM

For many years we were fortunate to be part of this commonwealth-funded initiative that offered an hour program twice a week for primary school children to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. Emphasis was on fun, inclusive and safe structured physical activities.  A free afternoon tea of fruit was provided to participants. Our AASC program operated on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for seven weeks of each term. At the end of 2014 this program was discontinued and we await participation in the new Sporting Schools program. More details when available.