June 24th 2024

Issue 9

Important Dates to Remember


 Term 2 
 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

100 Club Afternoon Tea
It’s the end of Term 2, already!?! With most of our school leaders stepping into classrooms to cover staff absence, I had the unique privilege of seeing snippets of the student-led conferences in all rooms across the school. With a concrete experience in our minds and feedback from families, staff and students, we can see some really practical next steps to continue climbing up this learning mountain.

This year, more than others, I have noticed an increase in multi-age friendships and play in our yard during breaks, and before and after school. I want to commend our senior students in particular for creating such a warm and welcoming environment for our younger students. There are many times where I see Foundation students go straight past a staff member to ask for help from a Year 5/6 student and those older students are always happy to oblige. It really is beautiful to see such kindness and inclusion.

100 Club Afternoon TeaLast week we held our first 100 club afternoon tea for students who have collected 100 tokens this year. The 100 clubbers were excited to visit the staff only areas of the Palazzo and join myself, Kathy and Jenny for a delicious afternoon tea with home-made treats, cookies dipped in warm, frothy milk, and some fresh berries. We are looking forward to hosting the next group of 100 club members as our students continue to demonstrate positive behaviours and watch their token tallies increase.

Teaching and Learning Respectful Behaviours

Across the last month, our Year 4-6 students completed the annual Attitudes to School Survey. We have access to some initial data sets and were concerned to see quite low positive endorsement in relation to the way our students feel that they show respect. In the area of classroom behaviour, 91% of students agree or strongly agree that their teacher sets clear rules and 87% agree/strongly agree that their teacher expects students to listen and pay attention. However, when rating their own behaviour, 47% agree/strongly agree that students treat their teacher with respect and 39% agree/strongly agree that students treat each other with respect. This data will inform an intense focus in Term Three on explicitly teaching respectful behaviours, positively reinforcing expected behaviours, and following up with logical consequences when repeated disrespectful behaviours are demonstrated. All students deserve a respectful learning environment and all staff deserve respect in their workplace. We know our community values respect as much as we do and we are confident you will support this message at home.

Staffing Update & Specialist Offerings

We are pleased to welcome Emilia Lazzarotto to the FPS specialist team. We would normally welcome new staff to the family, however, Emilia is an FPS parent so she’s already well and truly entrenched! Emilia will collaborate with Bryce to continue delivering music to our Foundation to Year 2 students and will expand into Performing Arts for our Year 3-6 students. We were unable to engage a qualified music teacher and felt the need for a consistent teacher required a flexible approach to the role, hence, the expansion into a wider umbrella of Performing Arts. Emilia will start in Term 3 and has been working each Friday to shadow and collaborate with Bryce. Thank you Bryce for always being so helpful and welcome Emilia!

Student-Led Conferences

Thank you to all of our families who partnered with us through our first cycle of Student-Led Conferences this semester. The introduction of our new reporting model was developed through feedback from staff, families and our young people, and as a result of our professional learning on ‘reimagining student reporting’. It is our first attempt at this new model and we know we won’t be nailing it just yet. We ask for your kindness, understanding, and partnership as we work towards a new approach that keeps the student firmly at the centre of their own learning.

Our new approach to ‘reporting’ invites you into the story of your child’s learning and it involves three major pieces of work; learning portfolios (Seesaw), Student-Led Conferences, and Semester Snapshots. All three aspects of this work have been new in Semester One and we are looking forward to watching this work evolve across Semester Two and beyond.
As our reimagination of reporting continues, we will gradually develop a shared language within our classrooms that spreads into your homes as our young people learn to be metacognitive, to think about their own thinking, and drive their own learning.
Student Led Conferences Term 2 2024 Image 1
Thank you also to those families who completed our survey about your experience of the Student-Led Conferences. We have included some of your responses below, as well as survey responses from our staff:

Quotes from teachers
‘I found the element of voice and choice about presenting led to very high engagement from our students. There were some delightful surprises, for example a reluctant writer choosing to write long stories of his development as a learner over his time - his mum was very surprised and impressed.’
‘Students were particularly proud of sharing their learning to their families. It was an important moment to help us build a stronger bridge between home and school.’
‘We loved seeing parents actively participating in the sessions, asking questions and providing feedback to their children. They were particularly interested in the backpack and the learning mountain.’
‘Students are beginning to articulate who they are as learners! It was great having families using the thought provoking prompts in supporting deeper thinking/reflection in their children’.
‘One of our students led their family around the whole room and practically exploded with excitement!’
Student Led Conferences Image 2‘The kids loved showing their parents how they read in Italian and explaining the use of colourful semantics to help with grammar.’
‘Parents’ jaws dropped and there were stunned looks when their Foundation kids counted and read words in Italian. So many smiles and claps of joy from proud parents! We loved seeing the kids telling their parents what they did to learn the Italian words, then correcting their parents on their pronunciation!’

Quotes from families
Student Led Conferences Image 3‘Kids enthusiastically shared their learning. It was enjoyable to be part of their learning journey. A much more comprehensive version of the celebration of learning.’
‘Great way for students to practise their presentation skills. Can see how this model will assist with students taking ownership of their learning and developing a growth mindset.’
‘I liked the structure of the learning journal pages showing the learning progression, and the prompts on the tables for students & parents. There was clearly a lot of thought put into this concept & ways to bring the conversations to life.’
‘It was educational. It is good to know the progress of student learning as spoken by themselves’.

Areas for improvement from families
Student Led Conferences Image 4
‘I honestly prefer parent-teacher conferences but it is good to teach kids confidence in showing their work and being aware of how they are doing it.’
‘I would still have liked to get constructive feedback from the teacher about challenges and the next steps.’
‘Please provide more guidance on how you want these conferences to be run. I listened to the podcast and read all the compass messages but felt very underprepared and uncertain of what was required of parents and students.’
‘Practically, the times available to schedule the conferences, and the time we had in the conferences themselves, were also very limited.’

Thank you for your comments. We will keep families informed across Semester 2 of how the collective feedback will be used to improve the next cycle. This will be a continual process as we build on and strengthen our processes.

If you have not yet provided your feedback, you can do so through this link:


Or this QR code:
Student Led Conferences Feedback QR Code
Thank you for partnering with us, as the co-authors of this new learning story.

FLP Update

An update on the Footscray Learning Precinct from the Western Melbourne Area Executive Director.
I’m proud to update you on the STEAM initiatives in our Footscray Learning Precinct schools, which continue to develop curious citizens of the world, preparing them for the careers of the future.
The Footscray Learning Precinct’s Vision is to become 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.

Footscray High School and STEAM
As the year 7 to 9 students reach the halfway point for the year, in the area of Community STEAM, there is a lot to celebrate.
The year 7s are wrapping up their projects and reflecting on their experience in using Design Thinking for problem solving in the community. This will be showcased at their Celebration Day on 26 June. Invitations to families will be included for the first time.
Students will share the highs and lows of their hard work and reflections on their collaborations with one another, and the community. It is an exciting and colourful event, and the students always have a great time showcasing their work.
The three year 8 classes have focussed on a single local community site this year - the old Footscray Hospital Site and have developed ideas on opportunities for its future use.
Focussing the students on the one site, rather than multiple sites, has also provided teachers the opportunity to coordinate shared professional learning and deeper pedagogical understandings. The year 8s will be presenting their proposals to representatives from the Department of Transport and Planning, to give them a taste of community feedback and input in action.
The year 8s from the Pilgrim Street Campus have also been using spaces at Victoria University for this program to give them a real insight into future pathways into Higher Education.
The year 9 cohort are finishing up their work, developing proposals for Melbourne City Council to increase accessibility in Melbourne City – including everything from wheelchair accessibility for trams, to animal and greenspace access for nature. This is while the tech and engineering stream complete individual projects, including upgrades to the Design, Arts and Tech Sciences Building at Barkly Street Campus.

Science and Design – Footscray Primary School
Footscray Primary School celebrated Education Week’s Spotlight on STEAM by running recess and lunchtime clubs all focussed on STEM. Their extraordinary Science and Design specialist, Caitlin Wood, worked with volunteers from the school community to run sessions on cardboard creations, volcano eruptions, and spend some relaxing time hanging with the stick insects. This builds on the work Footscray Primary initiated in 2023 to embed an inquiry-based, Science and Design curriculum into the school from Foundation to year 6.

Footscray City Primary School and STEAM
Footscray City Primary School has introduced STEAM in 2024 as a specialist subject which is taught by James Jardine. James is one of the school’s Learning Specialists and an experienced
teacher of science and digital technology. All students from Foundation to year 6 participate in STEAM weekly.
This is in addition to the Science and Technology Units taught in classrooms throughout the year. James also extends this work into instructional coaching, supporting teachers in their Professional Learning Teams to embed digital technology and science inquiry skills.
Footscray City Primary has been collaborating and learning with Footscray Primary School and Footscray High School as part of the development of their program, strengthening continuity of learning across the precinct.
The connection between STEAM Leaders for all three schools is creating continual opportunities to collaborate and deepen professional learning that will benefit educators and students alike.
Many of these partnerships both between schools, and with external organisations, have been made possible by the Footscray Learning Precinct, and the collaborative approach of our Precinct Schools. I am very much looking forward to what can be achieved in 2025.

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Give us a follow and a like or two, and we look forward to engaging with you online soon!

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
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