March 22nd 2024

Issue 4

Important Dates to Remember

 Term 1 
 Tuesday 26th March 2024Celebrations of Learning
 Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March 2024School photos
 Thursday 28th March 2024Last day of Term 1 – Early Finish 2:30pm

 Term 2 
 Monday 15th April 2024Students resume
 Thursday 25th April 2024ANZAC Day public holiday
 Friday 26th April 2024Year 6 Interschool Sport - ROUND 1
 Friday 3rd May 2024Year 6 Interschool Sport - ROUND 2
 Monday 6th May - Friday 10th May 2024Polyglot Theatre 3- 6
 Friday 10th May 2024Year 6 Interschool Sport - ROUND 3
 Wednesday 15th MayCirriculum Day (pupil free day)
 Friday 17th May 2024Year 6 Interschool Sport - ROUND 4
 Wednesday 22nd May - Friday 24th May 2024Year 5/6 Campaspe Downs Camp
 Friday 24th May 2024Year 6 Interschool Sport - ROUND 5
 Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May 2024Reconciliation Week
 Wednesday 29th May 2024Division Cross Country - Brimbank Park
 Friday 31st May 2024Year 6 Interschool Sport - ROUND 6
 Friday 7th June 2024Year 6 Interschool Sport - ROUND 7
 Monday 10th June 2024King’s Birthday public holiday
 Friday 14th June 2024GRAND FINALS - Year 6 Interschool Sport
 Friday 28th June 2024Last day of Term 2 – Early Finish 2:30pm

 Term 3 
 Monday 15th July 2024Students resume
 Monday 12th August - Friday 16th August 2024Science Week
 Monday August 12th - Friday 23rd August 2024P-4 Intensive swimming
 Friday 16th August 2024National Day of Action Against Bullying
 Monday 19th August - Friday 23rd August 2024Book Week
 Thursday 22nd August 2024District Athletics - Essendon Little Athletics Track
 Monday 9th September - Wednesday 11th September 2024Year 3/4 Anglesea Camp
 Tuesday 10th September 2024Division Athletics - Keilor Athletics Track
 Friday 20th September 2024Last day of Term 3 – Early Finish 2:30pm

 Term 4 
 Monday 7th October 2024Students resume
 Monday 4th November Pupil Free Day (Cup Eve)
 Tuesday 5th November 2024Melbourne Cup public holiday
 Tuesday 19th November 2024Foundation Transition Session 1
 Tuesday 26th November 2024 Foundation Transition Session 2
 Tuesday 3rd December 2024Foundation Transition Session 3
 Tuesday 10th December 2024Statewide Transition Day (Step-Up Day)
 Tuesday 17th December 2024Year 6 Graduation (TBC)
 Friday 20th December 2024Last day of Term 4 – Early Finish 1:30pm

Principal's Message

We hosted our first 2025 Foundation Information Session and Tour on Monday. We had 40 families in attendance and will host an additional session in Term Two for those who were unable to join us this time around. It is always a privilege to share the work we are doing with prospective families and it provides a moment to reflect on our achievements from the past few years. Families had lots of positive feedback to share with us about what they heard and saw, but they also fed back wonderful comments that they have heard from all of you out in the community. Thank you.
Our students in Year 3 and 5 have been drawing on their strong learning behaviours to complete their NAPLAN testing in the last week. We hope to receive preliminary results earlier this year than in previous years and look forward to sharing them with the community at that time. NAPLAN is one point in time and one style of assessment - whilst we value the data and use it to inform a number of school-based decisions, we see it as one of many data sets that help us determine where our learners are and where they are heading next.
Last week I sent a Compass post out relating to Pokemon cards and I’d like to thank you all for supporting us in implementing some of the suggested practices. As a direct result of your partnership, we noticed a significant decrease in Pokemon related conflict. This is why I tell all my Principal friends that the FPS parent/carer community is the best of the best - champs!
I don’t know how we have almost landed at the end of Term 1 already, but please have a wonderful holiday full of fun and rest and we look forward to another term of learning, connecting and playing with you all next term.

Footscray High School Information Session

As shared via Compass earlier this week, we will be hosting the leadership team from Footscray High School for an information session for FPS families this coming Monday, March 25. If you would like to join the session, please reserve your seat by 9am Monday when the booking survey will close -

School uniform

We are seeing an increase in students wearing items of clothing that are not an approved part of our uniform policy. If you require support with uniform please reach out to our lovely office team. Please also remember that if you are unable to access items with the official school logo, plain clothing in the red or blue school colours is always acceptable.

Parent Payment Update

Thank you to families who made their parent payments since the last newsletter. I have provided our current contribution percentages below and encourage you to make your payments where possible. We are required to fund our program budgets at 100% to ensure all students have equitable access to education. When families make their contributions we can direct our government funding to additional programs like intervention, engagement programs, and quality resources. 

  • Foundation - 57% 
  • Year 1/2  - 27%
  • Year 3/4 - 35%
  • Year 5/6 - 37%

Thank you also to the 20-30% of families who have contributed to first aid, grounds, communication and wellbeing. We have received a number of generous donations to our library fund, building fund and All Aboard fund and a reminder to those families that contributions to these three funds are tax deductible so keep those receipts!

Footscray Learning Precinct Update - from the Western Melbourne Area Executive Director

Welcome back to school and to a new year in the Footscray Learning Precinct.
I want to provide you an update on the Footscray Learning Precinct (FLP), and some of the progress we have done on this initiative, as we continue work to achieve its aims of becoming a world-class education precinct, providing excellence in learning and teaching, building on the richness and diversity of the community, and providing opportunities across all stages of learning.
I have been fortunate to have been working with our Precinct Partners at Footscray High School, Footscray City Primary School, Footscray Primary School, Billy Button Integrated Early Learning Centre, Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council.
The focus in recent years has been on an infrastructure program of over $120 million across our learning places, and we are now turning our attention to activating the precinct, connecting our learning communities.
The most recent infrastructure projects have been the opening of La Palestra (the Covered Outdoor Learning Area) and the Palazzo (two storey learning hub) at Footscray Primary, and upgrade and modernisation works at Footscray High Kinnear Street Campus, and Footscray City Primary School.
In 2023, the FLP started a successful partnership with the New Footscray Hospital project, including the ‘Get To Know Your Hospital’ activity for Science Week delivered in our Primary Schools, and Footscray High School students accessing the opportunity to visit the hospital building site, and learn more about career opportunities.
Footscray Primary School and Maribyrnong City Council’s partnership for Passport to Play led to a nomination at the Victorian Early Years Awards in the Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Category.
We have also worked together to strengthen connections at key transition points for our learners, from early childhood, all the way through to school leavers and further education. This included embedding connections between the schools and kinders, building relationships and shared practice between educators in each sector, and finding opportunities for our learners to explore the next stop on their learning journey.
Our plan this year is to build on our successful partnerships, networks and programs, and I hope to bring you regular updates on this work throughout the year.

Silvana Sena, Executive Director, Western Melbourne Area Chair, Footscray Learning Precinct Advisory Board

Melbourne Primary Dream and Lead Conference 2024

On Tuesday the 12th of March a group of ten Year 5/6 students, Jenny and Ryan went to a leadership conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Over 1800 kids from all over Victoria were there. We learnt a lot from numerous speakers including: Will Massara, CEO of Youth Leadership Academy Australia; Trent Dennis, an ex-football player who now works in youth sport and Skye Hughes who taught us a lot about resilience and the ability to bounce forward, not back. In our breaks we were able to connect with kids from other schools via a lunchtime questionnaire. Some of the things we learnt were how to communicate well with others and making sure all voices were heard, taking a chance, the different styles of leadership and making our own story. Overall it was an amazing experience and we were very lucky to have it.
Written by Eva Jeffers and Peggy Breitkreuz  

Friendship Zone Donations

The Friendship Zone is an indoor supervised play space used at recess and lunch by students from Foundation to Year 6. Students are supported in developing new friendships and engaging in unstructured play activities. It is a safe space for all students at FPS.

To keep this space exciting and engaging we are looking for donations of any pre-loved toys, board games, lego or art supplies that you would like to donate, please bring them to the office.

Thank you in advance from all of FPS students
Friendship Zone

Year 6 Leadership

Our Year 6 students have been busily engaged in forming their leadership projects for 2024 over the past few weeks while Year 5s completed NAPLAN. As part of these sessions, students have moved through a process of identifying a leadership passion, brainstorming possible actions or projects, and then developing a project brief/pitch. As part of this brief, students were provided with the parameters of what can be facilitated within a school context, and had to think creatively to problem-solve obstacles that presented. It has been wonderful observing students work collaboratively in groups and show a strong interest in giving back to their school community in a variety of ways. We have listed some current thoughts of our students below, and look forward to capturing their voice in the newsletter with updates as these projects progress across the year.

  • Student-run newsletter / Student contributions to the School Newsletter
  • Student-run lunch clubs
  • Student office monitors
  • Community Pantry monitors
As part of our annual Year 6 leadership learning, all students will continue building their leadership skills and projects every three weeks while Foundation - Year 5 students participate in Buddies. We look forward to sharing more in this space soon!

Stay Tuned! SWPBS Family Information Session - coming soon

Over the past three years, many of you have become familiar with the acronym SWPBS, standing for School-wide Positive Behaviour Support. This framework is an evidence based model of behaviour support which is endorsed by the Department of Education. The framework supports all members of our school community understanding and celebrating a common set of behaviour expectations to ensure positive, productive and safe learning spaces. It also forms an important part of preparing students as contributing young members to our wider community and society. 

To support a strong home-school partnership in this space, Footscray Primary School will be hosting a family information session in Term 2. At this session, families will gain a greater understanding of our key SWPBS resources, such as our behaviour expectation matrix, token reward menus, and behaviour response continuums, as well as the evidence that identifies this model of behaviour support being best practice. Please keep an eye out for further information about this session in early Term 2.

Visitors and Volunteers

This newsletter, we would like to direct you to our school’s Visitors Policy and Volunteers Policy. These policies outline the important checks, balances, and processes that must be adhered to when attending the school site. This ensures that as a school we are able to monitor individuals onsite at any time, and also ensures that only appropriately cleared members of our community are engaging with students.

Visitors Policy

Footscray Primary School is not a public site during school hours, and all members of the school community attending the school must ensure they present at the front office and sign in. If required, office staff may ask for proof of identification or working with children checks. Parents and carers are asked not to attend the school site to visit their child during the school day, unless the matter is pressing. If you are required to contact your child during the school day, this must be facilitated through the school office, or by phoning 9687 1910.

Volunteers Policy

We welcome members of our school community who are interested in supporting our school. Members of the school community can volunteer in many ways, such as through being a classroom helper or arranging a lunchtime activity. Any individual who wishes to engage in child-related work in a volunteer capacity must undergo a number of suitability checks. As part of suitability checks, the school requires:

  • Proof of identification
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Evidence of any relevant qualifications
  • Provision of references where requested

Once these suitability checks have been completed, all volunteers must read, acknowledge and sign a Volunteer Induction Pack. This pack includes relevant policy information that all volunteers must understand prior to commencing volunteer duties.

We remind family members not to be deterred by obtaining a Working with Children Check, as volunteer checks are completely free!

PE Update Cross Country

PE track Number 2: You must read this report with Beyonce’s – Texas Hold Em’ song on in the background!

This is Cross Country (woo), ain’t no walking (hey)
So run around, round, round, round
Get all fired up (woo) and throw your runners on (hey)
Run two or three kays, kays, kays, kays (run the kays)
And I’ll be damned if the course isn’t long enough too
Come put some sunscreen on me, honey too
At Hansen Reserve and around all the ovals
Don’t get confused, it’s on the other side of WeFo, woo, huh
There’s a stitch coming (there’s a stitch) in your stomach (in your stomach)
Just run through it (run through it), you’re nearly there (nearly there)
Running kilometres (running kilometres) cause we’re achieving’ (cause we’re achieving)
Coloured ribbons, top six runners, you’re all finished, yeah

Ooh, how many more to go?
We headin’ through the gates, and running at the finish line
Ooh, I’m finally done
Then pass out on the grass, boy, I might throw up!

Next is Divisions (woo) at Brimbank Park (hey)
Not until 29th of May, May, May
Up all those hills (woo) and run back down them (hey)
You did your best, best, best, best (did your best)
Nadine will be damned if she can’t scream and shout for you
She’ll be there on her day off, honey too
It’s a quick drive kiddos and a day off parents
Don’t be all sleepy (woo) go take it to Regionals now (woo)
And Nadines proud of each and every one of you
You ran in the team and succeeded too
You’re Footscray Primary kids and dead set legends
Don’t be all quiet, come scream it at the rooftops (woo).


PE Update District Swimming

PE track Number 2: You must read this report with Beyonce’s – Texas Hold Em’ song on in the background!

This is PE (woo), ain’t no sitting (hey)
So dive in and swim, swim, swim
Get in your bathers (woo) and throw your goggles on (hey)
Swim around, ‘round, ‘round, ‘round (swim around)
And I’ll be damned if we can’t cheer along with you
Come put some sunscreen on me too
Its District Swimming and a real life comp
Don’t be quiet, come scream it to the sky now, woo, huh (wo)
There’s a tornado (there’s a tornado) in the pool (in the pool)
Hit the blocks (hit the blocks), don’t do a belly flop (do a belly flop)
Freestyle swimming (freestyle swimming) cause we’re achieving’ (cause we’re achieving)
Blue coloured ribbons, sweet achievement, swimming laps, yeah

Ooh, one lap of the pool
We headin’ to the dive blocks, with nerves in our tummy
Ooh, swim me to the end
Then hit the wall at the end, boy, I can’t swim no more

This is Divisions (woo) with 13 swimmers (hey)
Drive to Oak Park, park, park,
So swim your heart out (woo) and be self proud (hey)
You did your best, best, best, best (did your best)
Nadine will be damned if she can’t scream and shout for you
Quiet down in the bus, up the back too
It’s a long drive kiddos and don’t give us a headache

Don’t be tired (woo) come take it to Regionals now (woo)
And we’ll be damned if we don’t cheer for Will
And scream for Samson whose swimming too
It’s Regionals baby and a drive down the freeway
Don’t be all quiet, come scream it at the rooftops (woo).


Community Information

Maribyrnong City Council - sessions coming up
Early Years - Parenting in Maribyrnong Sessions Flyer
Reading Club Flyer
Early Years - Triple T : Tips for Toilet Training

FPS Community Pantry
Do you ever find it hard to keep your pantry stocked? Why don’t you come and take what you need from the Footscray Primary School Community Pantry? It’s near the office area and you are welcome to visit every week!

This term we are focussing on breakfast.

How to donate: Bring your food items to the office; you can pop them on the shelves of the Community Pantry yourself (located just outside the library) or hand them over to our lovely admin staff in the office.

Thank you! 

FPS Community Pantry

Flyer Young Future Shapers