May 24th 2024

Issue 7


Important Dates to Remember

2024
 

 Term 2 
 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
 Wednesday 12th June 2024Public Reporting Meeting 3.45pm
 Friday 14th June 2024GRAND FINALS - Year 6 Interschool Sport
 Monday 17th June - Tuesday 18th June 2024Student-Led Conferences
 Friday 28th June 2024Last day of Term 2 – Early Finish 2:30pm


 Term 3 
 Monday 15th July 2024Curriculum Day (Student free day)
 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

It’s a short one for me this week as I prepare to head off with the campers!
A huge shout out to the fabulous Caitlin for her work organising and facilitating workshops every recess and lunch for Education Week’s Spotlight on STEM last week. We have hundreds of photos of little scientists playing, making, questioning, experimenting, searching, and thinking as they engaged in the clubs and we will work out a way to share them with you all. It was messy and delightful - Thank you!!!!
Thank you to our parent volunteers for attending camp this week. With the introduction of Time in Lieu in the Victorian Government Schools Agreement, our staff are finally paid accordingly for their time on camp. This also comes with challenges for the school budget and we are committed to maintaining our high quality camping program. Parent volunteers play a huge role in allowing us to do this. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Enrolments 2025

We have almost three times the amount
of enrolment applications as we had Term 2 2024 Foundation Tours this time last year! We encourage all those interested in Foundation at FPS next year to submit their application forms as soon as possible. We have a growing network of Italian educators and it helps our workforce planning and recruitment processes to have a rough idea of our projected enrolments early in the year. We have had multiple requests for additional tours and have new times and dates available. Feel free to share this with families who are interested in touring FPS for Foundation 2025. Places can be booked via the QR code or this link - https://forms.gle/FcfwaJ5gfC8keqQv9

Thank you also to our families who speak so positively about us on social media. Whilst I am not in the community groups personally, we have lots of people on our tours that say they asked questions about our school and bilingual on Facebook and always get a bunch of our families replying with positive reflections on their child’s experience. It is noticed and it is always appreciated.
There’s a reason our community is known to be such a great one, good job team FPS!

Building Student Agency

Over the last couple of weeks, our Learning Stories Lead Group have been working on a model that we will be using school wide as a metaphor for learning. The metaphor is a Mountain/Montagna. Many teams have already introduced the concept. Some people talk about a learning pit, but we liked the idea of always moving upwards, even if we have to stop for a rest or set up camp on the side of the mountain for a while. To productively struggle up the learning mountain, we need a backpack full of tools and survival gear. For the learning mountain, our metaphorical backpack holds our learning tools; peers, teachers, enabling and extending prompts, concrete materials, classroom displays and so on. When you are meeting with your child for their student-led conference we will have some prompts that you can offer to help them think about the ways they climbed up the learning mountain. We will continue to share this work as it develops over the coming years. We are at the bottom of the mountain right now, looking up with our backpacks full and ready! This piece of work on student agency begins here and the summit will see our young people become the writers and narrators of their own learning story. We are excited to partner with you and your child on this expedition!!!

Follow us on your social media platforms!

To keep your finger on the pulse of all the exciting learning and events taking place at Footscray Primary School, make sure you are following us on Facebook and now on Instagram too! We update these platforms regularly with snapshots of classroom learning programs, teacher professional learning, and other tidbits that make every day at school different and fun.
Give us a follow and a like or two, and we look forward to engaging with you online soon!
www.facebook.com/footscrayps
www.instagram.com/footscrayps

School Policies

Did you know that all current Footscray Primary School policies can be found on our website? School policies are a helpful communication tool that provide information and guidance regarding many elements of school operations. Click this link to find our current school policies, or visit www.footscrayps.vic.edu.au, click the ‘About’ button and select ‘Policies’.

Mobile Phones in Schools

This is a friendly reminder that all students bringing a mobile phone to school must sign this in at the school office each day. This is in line with mobile phone policy and guidance introduced by the Victorian Government in 2020. Students are not to store mobile phones or other devices in their bags and are not to use these devices across the day. Any contact you need to make with your child across the school day can be directed through our friendly administration team by calling 9687 1910. Once mobile phones are presented at the office, these are stored securely.

Attendance - Every Day Counts

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.
We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.
There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.
Attendance patterns are established early – a child regularly missing days in kindergarten or in the early years of school will often continue to miss classes in the later years, and receive lower test scores than their classmates.
It’s vital that students go to school every day – even in the early years of primary school.
In Victoria school is compulsory for children and young people aged 6 -17 years.
If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

Bell Times


 
 8:50amStaff yard supervision commences
 9:00 - 11:00 amSession 1 and 2 learning blocks
 11:00 - 11:15 amEating time in classrooms
 11:15 - 12:00 pmLunch play
 12:00 - 2:00 pmSession 3 and 4 learning blocks
 2:00 - 2:30 pmRecess play
 2:30 - 3:30 pmSession 5 learning block
 3:30 pmEnd of day dismissal
 3:45 pmStaff yard supervision concludes


Community Information

Chess Lessons Term 3
Chess Flyer Term 3 2024
Kelly Sports Term 3

Kelly Sports Flyer Term 3 2024

FPS Community Pantry
This term in Community Pantry we are focussing on Lunch! 
If you are able to donate to our pantry this term, here are some pantry lunch item ideas. Remember that we accept shelf stable products only (nothing that goes in the fridge!)
√ Wholegrain or wholemeal crispbread or crackers
√ Plain rice cakes
√ Nutritious spreads (such as peanut butter)
√ Rice
√ Flour – all types
√ Muesli bars (low sugar, no chocolate!)

Anglicare Victoria
Anglicare Foster Carer Flyer