November 10th 2023

Issue 12

Important Dates to Remember

 Term 4 
 Tuesday 21st November2024 Foundation transition Session 1
 Tuesday 28th November2024 Foundation transition Session 2
 Friday 1st DecemberCelebrations of Learning
 Friday 1st DecemberStudent reports published via Compass
 Week beginning Monday 4th DecemberYear 3 and Year 4 parent-teacher conferences
 Tuesday 5th December2024 Foundation transition Session 3
 Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th DecemberYear 5/6 camp
 Week beginning Monday 11th DecemberFoundation - Year 2 and Year 5/6 parent-teacher conferences
 Tuesday 12th DecemberState-wide Year 6-Year 7 transition day and FPS F-6 2024  step-up day
 Tuesday 12th December2024 Foundation transition Session 4
 Wednesday 13th December - Friday   15th DecemberYear 3/4 Camp 
 Monday 18th DecemberYear 6 Exhibition and Graduation
 Wednesday 20th DecemberLast day of school for 2023 - early finish

Year 1 late stay

Last night our Year 1 students had a fun ‘camping’ experience at their Late Stay. The Year 1 Late Stay is part of the FPS camping program as students build independence towards their 3-day camp in Year 3.
After leaving school at 3.30pm the students returned at 5pm in their glittering disco/camping outfits and accessories. The evening started with a Caccia at Tesoro (Treasure Hunt) around the school grounds including hoola hooping with Katie, bubble adventures with Bec and ‘roasting’ marshmallows in the ‘fire’ with Kim. After a few games on the oval the pizzas arrived and the Year 1 gang enjoyed some early evening sunshine on the picnic rugs, followed by ice cream and waffle cones.
The evening finished with a disco and quiet games in the Year 1 classrooms. This was the chance for everyone to have a boogie, including some wicked dance moves from Kim.
It was a warm and enjoyable evening for both kids and adults. Thank you to Katie, Kim and Bec for organising the activities and running the Late Stay. All evidence pointed to a good night’s sleep for the kids – even with their sticky fingers and chocolate ice cream-coated lips…

Year 1 Late Stay 1Year 1 Late Stay 2
Year 1 Late Stay Image 6Year 1 Late Stay 3

Passport to Play Awards Night

On Thursday night Jen and I had the privilege of representing Footscray Primary at the Victorian Early Years Awards. We were finalists in the Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing category for the Passport To Play project. This project was run by a team from Maribyrnong City Council and involved a group of our students working with the council to develop a tool that encouraged incidental and equipment free play in our local area. It was wonderful to attend the awards and hear all of the brilliant things that are happening in Victoria in the early years networks. The early years are so vital to a child’s future life and successes and our youngest learners are certainly in good hands! While we didn’t win, just being one of the 3 finalists was acknowledgement of the partnerships we are building locally and the hard work and big thinking that the students involved put into the project. Well done Ari, Atticus, Priya, Jarrah, Rakeb, Pepi, Lucy, Alice, Max and Greta!


Passport to PlayPassport to Play 2

2024 Transition

With the end of the school year fast approaching, staff have begun working on the process of student transitions. In the final half of term 4, students will have a number of touchpoints that support their transition into their future class.

This week, all 2023 Foundation to Year 5 students completed their friendship preferences for next year. This ensures that students have a voice in the peers they spend their time with across a school year, with staff committing to a minimum of one friendship preference for each student. Over the next few weeks, staff will begin collating profiles for each student, including social-emotional and academic information, to ensure that balanced and equitable classes are created.

Our 2024 Foundation transition sessions will commence shortly, with us welcoming our newest students to school on Tuesday November 21. We can’t wait to meet these new faces and introduce them to our school community.

On Tuesday December 12, our Year 6 graduates will head off on their exciting new chapter visiting their high schools for Year 7 transition. On this day, all other year levels will also spend the morning meeting their new teacher and class group.

If you would like to discuss additional transition support for your child, please raise this with your child’s current classroom teacher as the first point of contact.

Start-up Planning

It’s hard to believe that planning for our 2024 Start-up program has already begun! At the beginning of term 1, all classes engage in a shared learning program that equips students with the tools and strategies for a successful year of productive learning. This Start-up program focuses on building routines, structures, expectations and also building a positive class culture.

Our School Improvement Team has spent two days reviewing previous Start-up programs and building upon these to ensure our 2024 program is strong. We look forward to sharing further updates about this work as we move towards our 2024 transition and return to school.

2023 Year 3 - 6 Camps Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to our Year 3 to 6 families that our two school camps for the year, Camp Rumbug (Year 3/4) and Portsea Camp (Year 5/6), have consent and payment due on Monday November 13. Our school camps are wonderful experiences that give students a chance to connect with friends and staff in a new setting, take risks with adventure activities, and of course, the highly anticipated time students are able to spend with friends in their cabins.

If you would like to spend some time looking at further photos and information about either camp, please follow these links here, Camp Rumbug / Portsea Camp.

We understand that the costs associated with running a camp are substantial, and are keen to assist any families requiring support to ensure all students who wish to attend the camp are able to. If you would like to discuss these support options, please drop into the school office, or email

New Italian Festa MIF23 - 26 November - Royal Exhibition Building


Community Information

School Community PantryCommunity Pantry
Did you know we have a community pantry located in the Blue Stone Building near the office area for any families to use whenever it’s needed?

If your family are able to pick up a couple extra groceries in your shop, it would make the world of difference to other families. All brands are welcome.

Your donations are so appreciated, and we are particularly looking for the following items this fortnight:

Pantry Staples

  • Rice
  • Dried Pasta
  • Noodles (Asian style)
  • Flour – all types
  • Dried lentils, beans, soup mixes
  • Long life milk (including small ones)
Thank you

Maribyrnong City Council - sessions coming up

Santa Workshops
Junior Rangers School Holiday Program
Language in Community Festival Sat 9th Dec - LanguageFestivalA5V2

St Vincent de Paul Society
Flyer - Reading Club - Maidstone CC - 2023

Anglicare Victoria