November 24th 2023

Issue 13


Important Dates to Remember

2023
 
 Term 4 
 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 - 1.30pm finish


Principal's Message

It has been a big few weeks of recruitment, reporting, planning for the end of 2023, and for the year ahead. The end of the year is always busy in schools but it also delivers opportunities for us to reflect on the achievements of our teachers, support staff, leaders, and students. 2023 has been full of deep learning across the school with further development and enactment of the FPS Learning Model to ensure we are engaging all students in regular ‘productive struggle’.

FPS Learning Model

We have had a whole school focus on building leadership capacity. With relatively new team leaders this year, Kathy (Assistant Principal), has led the group in the development of Collaborative Inquiry Cycles focussing on targeted teaching cycles for small focus groups of students with similar learning needs/gaps. Through this work, we have strengthened our use of formative assessment to know our learners’ next steps and to design and document targeted learning experiences. Our learning has all been placed in the authentic context of our professional learning in Mathematics and Writing.

It has been an enormous year for inclusion and engagement also. Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader, Jenny, has connected our past learning on School Wide Positive Behaviours (SWPB) to strengthen our consistent approach to teaching and positively reinforcing behaviours. Our tokens have been well embraced by students and staff and explicit teaching of our expected behaviours happens weekly across the school. Jenny has made strong connections with many families, supporting with individualised plans and referral pathways where needed. Jenny and Kate (Education Support) established our engagement group where a number of our students work collaboratively in the last hour of the day on specialised projects around the school - including our beautiful new community garden!

Chris (Inclusion Leader) has built our capacity in Disability Inclusion, a new funding model for children with specialised learning needs. He has worked with department staff, families and teaching teams to successfully complete our first funding profile meetings. Disability Inclusion is significantly different to the previous funding model, Program for Students with a Disability. The major difference is a shift from deficit based funding to a strength based model where we discuss the adjustments in place to enable learning success. This has been an enormous undertaking and will continue to be a focus as we move further into the new model.

There is so much more and I will update you all in the next newsletter!

2024 Teaching Teams

We have finalised our year level teams for 2024 and are happy to share them with you below. We are still working on our class lists and have not yet allocated teachers to classes. A reminder that we do not take requests for specific teachers and it is helpful to talk positively with your young people about all of our teaching staff. All students will step up to their new classes on the morning of Tuesday, December 12. Whilst we work hard to ensure all students are partnered with one of their friend preferences, it is not possible to keep all friendship groups together. Whilst this can be upsetting for young people, making new friendships and managing change are also critical life skills and it is important to reinforce these messages at home.

Foundation - Palazzo - Ground Floor
Emily - Team Leader/English
Ida - Italian - new to FPS
Gab - English
Candice (4 days)/Jackie (1 day) - Italian

Year 1/2 - Greenwood
Hannah - Team Leader (4 days)/Caitlin (1 day)
Nick - Italian
Cat - English
Kim - Italian

Year 3/4 - Palazzo Ground Floor
Carmen - Team Leader/English
El (3 days)/Rachel (3 days) - Italian
Caroline (4 days)/Jenny (1 day) - English
Sarah - Italian - new to FPS

Year 5/6 - Palazzo Penthouse
Ryan - Team Leader
Andrew (most of the time :)/Chris (3-4 hours pw)
Gillian
Joslyn (3 days)/Betty (2 days)

Specialists
PE - Nadine
Science & Design - Caitlin
Art/Italian - Anna. Z - New to FPS
Music/Italian - TBC
Italian - Y5/6 - Anna. I
Tutor - Joslyn (2 days)

Education Support
Carol - Class Support
Joyce - Class Support
Christine - Class Support
Pina - Class Support
Kate - Class Support
Nick - Class Support - new to FPS
Cristian - Class and Language Support
Laura - Language Assistant

Office Administration
Sharon - Business Manager -new to FPS
Katrina - Finance/Admin
Nellie - Admin
Katrina - Library

Semester 2 reports and Parent-teacher conferences

Our Semester 2 reports will be published via Compass next Friday 1st December. Our teachers have been moderating work samples and collaborating over shared data sets from the last two terms, ready to share as written reports and parent-teacher conferences.

This term parent-teacher conferences will be taking place across two weeks as they coincide with 3/4 and 5/6 camp, and teachers’ Time in Lieu for these events.
Term 4 parent-teacher conferences are an opportunity for families who wish to talk further about their child’s report with their teacher. Please make sure you have read the report before attending the conference.

Families can choose whether to conduct the conference in person or on Webex. As the conferences are for 10 minutes only, we are running to a tight schedule. Please make sure you arrive on time and, if on Webex, log in and wait in the lobby 5 minutes before your booking. Classes will run as normal on these days.

Booking times are below:

Monday 4th December
Year 4: Commencing 2.40pm – 5.40pm
Specialists: Commencing 3.40pm – 5.40pm

Tuesday 5th December
Year 3: Commencing 3.40pm – 5.40pm
Year 4: Commencing 3.40pm – 4.40pm
Specialists: Commencing 3.40pm – 4.40pm

Wednesday 6th December
Year 3A: Commencing 3.10pm – 4.40pm
Year 3B: Commencing 3.40pm – 4.40pm

Monday 11th December
Foundation: Commencing 3.40pm – 5.40pm
Year 1: Commencing 3.40pm – 5.40pm
Year 2: Commencing 2.40pm – 5.40pm
Year 5/6: Commencing 2.40pm – 5.40pm
Specialists: Commencing 3.40pm – 5.40pm

Tuesday 12th December
Foundation: Commencing 3.10pm – 4.40pm
Year 1A: Commencing 3.10pm – 4.40pm
Year 1B: Commencing 3.40pm – 4.40pm
Year 2: Commencing 3.10pm – 4.40pm
Year 5/6: Commencing 3.10pm – 4.40pm
Specialists: Commencing 3.40pm – 4.40pm

If families specifically want to meet with a specialist, and miss out, please contact the office to arrange for a phone conversation with one of the specialist teachers.

For our F-3 families, as we are unable to accommodate both English and Italian teachers meeting with families, you will meet with your child’s homeroom teacher only.

All families will be notified via Compass next Monday once the booking portal is open. Webex addresses will also be provided on Monday.

If you have any questions about parent-teacher conferences please contact the office on footscray.ps@education.vic.gov.au or 9687 1910.

School Uniform

It’s that time of the year where many families are purchasing new school uniforms and we wanted to remind you that where possible t-shirts and jumpers will have our school logo and other items can be purchased at low cost from major department stores or second hand clothing stores. Our office staff can also support families to access financial assistance from State Schools Relief and we have our second hand uniform available from the FB group or our termly stall. Where you are unable to access the official uniform, we request that your child attends school in plain garments with the red and blue colouring of the uniform. We are seeing an increase in casual clothes and we are requesting your support in meeting our dress code policy. School Council is undertaking a full review of this policy in the coming months and will reach out to the community to seek input.

2024 Foundation transition session

We had our first Foundation 2024 transition session this week and we want to thank our teachers and leaders involved in the planning and delivery of a really successful first visit to school for our newest cohort of FPS students. A number of our Year 6 leaders helped to greet families and supported in the classrooms to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in their new environment.

We look forward to our second session next Tuesday. We sent an open invite out to the Foundation 2024 families to come along for the regular canteen BBQ and informal play date that takes place each Friday after school so if you see some new folks around the place, please make them feel welcome!

SWPBS Proud to Kind

Our SWPBS journey so far…
SWPBS stands for School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support. It is an evidence-based approach to creating a positive school environment that supports the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of all students. SWPBS aims to improve overall school culture and reduce behavioural problems through a combination of evidence-based practices, data-driven decision-making, and collaboration among school staff, students, and families.
Last year we introduced our behaviour matrix and rewards system which uses tokens to reinforce positive student behaviour based on our school expectations. Since its introduction our SWPBS team have been continuing to reflect on what is working and how we can continue to improve. The need to refine our behaviour matrix to meet our bilingual setting became our first goal. Last term our SWPBS team introduced a new draft to our staff and students for feedback. This new matrix will be ready for the start of 2024.
One big change we are gaining feedback on is the change from our school’s overall expectation of ‘Proud’ to ‘Kind’. Utilising our current behaviour matrix over the last year has shown us how difficult it has been to reward the behaviour of ‘Proud’. Behaviour expectations must be observable, measurable and very clear for all staff in order to be successful. Rewarding behaviours of ‘Proud’ has been challenging. As ‘Proud’ is more an internal feeling it is difficult for teachers to observe and reward. Staff shared that the goal of being ‘Kind’ is clearer and more evident for our students to demonstrate, and thus be rewarded. We have determined that instilling a sense of pride in our students in our overarching vision, and that we hope by creating Respectful, Responsible and Kind students, that they will be proud members of our FPS community.

Seed Squad Update

Seed Squad 1 NovemberOur school garden has been buzzing with excitement as our students have been busy cultivating carrots, cauliflowers, potatoes, and rainbow chard. This hands-on experience has not only taught them about gardening but also the joy of patience and dedication. The real fun began when our young chefs turned these harvests into a delicious veggie soup, learning about nutrition and flavours along the way. All members of our Seed Squad were invited to come together to share a meal and taste our wonderful vegetable soup.

Our school garden is more than just plants; it's a living lesson in education, collaboration, and the satisfaction of seeing something grow from seed to table. Stay tuned for more updates on our garden adventures, and thank you for being part of this vibrant journey!

Here is our Seed Squad Vegetable Soup Recipe for you to enjoy at home.

Vegetable Soup

Ingredients for Vegetable Soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oilSeed Squad 2 November
  • 3 carrots chopped into pieces (from the garden)
  • 1 cup cauliflower pieces (from the garden)
  • 1 big potato or lots of small potatoes peeled and cut into small pieces (from the garden)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (from the garden)
  • 1 teaspoon dried (from the garden)
  • Salt and pepper (as needed)
  • 2 cups chopped rainbow chard (from the garden)

Steps:

1. Wash all the vegetablesSeed Squad 3 November
2. Cut up all the vegetables
3. Heat olive oil in a big pot.
4. Add the vegetables into the pot
5. Add water with the vegetable stock and the tinned tomatoes
6. Add thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
7. Make it boil, then reduce heat. Cover and let it cook for 15-20 minutes until veggies are soft.
8.Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed. Take it off the heat.
9. Blast with a stick blender
10. Serve the soup hot, and put fresh parsley on top.

Enjoy your easy and tasty vegetable soup! Great with some bread.

Bilingual Networking

Last week, the Year 3 teaching team (English and Italian), Carmen, El and Jackie, attended a Bilingual Schools’ Network meeting, hosted by Bayswater South Primary School.
Bilingual Schools’ Network meetings are held each term and are a fabulous opportunity for our teachers to meet/connect with other bilingual teachers, share experiences and expertise and see another bilingual school in action. Several schools were represented at the network including schools who teach in – Japanese, French, German, Italian and Chinese.
Bayswater South Primary School is a German Bilingual School and they have been teaching using German for more than 40 years, so it was really interesting to see teaching and learning in their setting and to hear about some of their recent challenges and successes.
Earlier this term, we hosted another language teaching event –The Modern Language Teachers Association (MLTAV) held a training workshop for primary and secondary school language teachers at FPS. The training focused on an approach we use in our classrooms, Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and participants got to see our classrooms in action. It was a lovely opportunity to showcase our bilingual program and the participants were full of praise for our teachers and students.

We really appreciated the opportunity to observe some of your Italian Maths classes as it really brought to life for the participants the concepts of CLIL and how this can support quality learning for students in so many ways.
It was so great to see the quality CLIL practices evident in your team and also to have many of your teachers involved in the workshop and sharing their experiences”.
Kylie Farmer, MLTAV

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


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