Teachers put in place a buddies 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 Buddies Days where big buddies organise and create a fun and educational session for their little buddy. Throughout the year big buddies will also “look out” for their little buddy 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.
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.
STAR PROGRAM – STUDENTS TAKING ACTIVE RESPONSIBILTY
This is a program that we are developing at CCPS. Our senior students work in pairs or small groups to be responsible for particular areas around CCPS, these groups currently include:
- The Bikie Gang
- Planet Protectors
- Fire Chiefs
- Monday Munchies Masters
- CC Carers
- Garden Gurus
Every Friday students work together to research, create lessons to present to the school, email contacts (e.g. CFA, Dogs Connect), create timetables if needed, write for the newsletter and make videos when suitable. The STAR program is designed to bring literacy to life, develop team working skills and nurture a sense of responsibility and pride in our students.
CLUSTER GROUP DAYS
Clifton Creek belongs to a group of rural primary schools known as the Mitchell River Cluster. The other schools are: – Nicholson PS, Lindenow South PS, Bairnsdale Christian School and Steiner School. 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 Cluster.
Each year the whole school participates in a series of at least 20 swimming lessons over 2 terms.