We have had a really positive start to Term 4 at Footscray Primary School and it has been so lovely to see you all again in real life!
In some ways, the return to school is a little like the first year of school where you may see your child cognitively and physically exhausted for the first few weeks of term. For some children, being back with friends is so great, and for other children, navigating the complexities of social relationships and school expectations can be really hard. Our teachers are doing a great job of finding the balance between structured learning and a focus on wellbeing and reconnection. Making time to chat and unwind before an early dinner and bed is a great approach to supporting your children, and yourselves!
Each year all government schools conduct a number of surveys of staff, students and parents. Normally, schools select a random sample of their school community.
This year, we will be asking all families to participate in the survey. The results will be used to inform our future planning and this is particularly important as we approach our school review in Term One next year. The survey invitation will be sent next week to the primary email address held on school file so please let the office know if you have changed your contact details recently. Last year, we only had 19 responses to our Parent Opinion Survey and this year we would love to hear from as many of you as possible. The survey will close on November 13.
Every four years, government schools participate in a school review. This is a collaborative undertaking with a panel comprising myself, our School Council President, members of leadership, DET representatives, two challenge partners (generally other principals) and an independent reviewer.This is a great opportunity to take a deep dive into the way we do things around here to pinpoint our strengths and areas of need and prioritise our work for the next four years. We are fortunate to have our reviews in the same time as the other Footscray Learning Precinct schools. Frank, Jessie and myself will be involved as collaborators for each of the school reviews so we can learn together and use the individual strengths of each school to contribute to the shared vision of the Footscray Learning Precinct. We will be asking for your input into the pre-review self-assessment which will take place in the coming week and there will be more opportunities to share your ideas during the review in Term One.
As you are aware, Footscray Primary School has received 2.429 million dollars to fund the design and planning stage of significant upgrades to our school and to provide the required infrastructure to increase our capacity to accommodate the predicted growth in our local area.
Yesterday, I attended a training session to learn more about this exciting project. The timeline starts now and the first phase involves us working together as a community. We will put aside our architect and builder hats and put on our educational hats to consider our strengths and our goals as an educational facility. This will feed into our asset management plan and help us to identify the purpose of any new buildings and how they will serve our vision for the school. We will be reaching out soon via a google survey to hear all of your thoughts.
Please make sure you are obeying road rules and parking restrictions during drop off and pick up times.
We have witnessed a number of unsafe practices during these times and remind everyone that convenience is never as important as the safety of our community members. If you are asking someone to move on or pointing out a traffic issue, we appreciate your support and ask you to please remember to do so respectfully.
If we reach 64 enrolments we will add an additional class. To ensure we can finalise recruitment early please make sure you get your enrolment forms completed and returned to our office next week. If you know of anyone who is inside of our zone and planning to enrol their child for Foundation next year, please remind them to return their enrolment form. We will be having a Italian Bilingual information session online next Wednesday at 6pm and WebEx details have been sent to all families enrolled in Foundation or Year 1 next year. If you have a child in these year levels in 2021 and have not received your email please contact the office on 9687 1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The buildings and grounds committee are finalising plans for the first stage of the nature playground, and look forward to sharing this with the community shortlyWe have incorporated the most popular ideas from the students to design an interactive and engaging play area. We hope to begin getting quotes on our design in the next three weeks.
We have been monitoring how the students play and who they play with, and have listened to feedback from the students about how the play zones are working for them. We are pleased to let you know that we have lifted the play zones, and students are now able to access all areas of the yard at lunch and recess. To comply with COVID safe operational guidelines, teachers will continue to have designated yard duty zones and physically distanced change-overs to minimise the contact between adults and reduce mixing of teachers between staff ‘bubbles’.
For book week, students made a strong connection with the Literacy program. Grade 3/4 students read a Vietnamese story of 100 eggs and learnt about Vietnamese costumes and the structure of Vietnamese houses. Students then illustrated the story.Here are some photos of students’ work that reflect the story.
The grade 6 students have been working hard to create an instruction poster for their chosen origami piece in Vietnamese. They drafted their work and then published their poster. Students are engaged and enjoyed presenting their work in Vietnamese.
Thanks for your on-going support. Keep positive and stay healthy!
Welcome Back TheirCare Families
Just a reminder that it is Term 4 and it is a requirement that your child/ren have their own hat and water bottle to bring to the service. We are SUNSMART 😊
TheirCare Toy Library- Extra-curricular activity from TheirCare, where Coordinators can hire out particular equipment or resources to include into the service. Please see image below:
After School Care Tennis- As requested by the children, we had Tennis at ASC throughout the week. Our Area Manager (Sarah Flemming) visited the service and dropped off the Hart sport resources for Tennis. We stated off by practising Tennis skills and drills then extended on this by having a variety of group games and concluding the week with a Tennis match.
Upcoming Weekly Themes at TheirCare (Term 4, 2020)
On behalf of the team here at Theircare – Footscray Primary School, we would like to offer our sincerest Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our service. Our feedback from families and the school community has been fantastic and has given myself and my team, an opportunity to further grow and develop as passionate Educators. – Vanessa Attard
Who wish to buy, sell or swap second-hand school uniform items to reduce waste, ensure uniforms continue their useful life after children have finished with them and provide low cost or free uniform options to families.
The site will be hosted on Facebook and will operate in a similar way to the very popular Inner West Buy, Sell and Swap by providing a simple tool to connect people looking to donate or sell school uniform items with people looking to purchase them. Once a purchase or donation agreement is made on the site, it will be up to individuals to communicate and make arrangements to collect or deliver and make any necessary payments.
The site will provide further information and guidelines. It will be a closed group, so you will need to request to become a member, which you can do here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/fpssecondhanduniform
Anyone who would like to be involved in the program or represent their year level as an administrator on the site can contact Cat Harding via the group on Facebook.
Footscray Primary School lends its endorsement to the initiative and its facilitation of second-hand uniform sales and trades, however it is a community led initiative and the school will not enter into any discussions regarding transactions and respectfully request the FPS office is not utilised as a drop off or collection zone and that parents and carers manage any financial transactions between themselves and do not send cash to school with children. We would expect all FPS families to operate within the guidelines of the platform and in keeping with our school values of respect, responsibility and cooperation.
We believe with your support, this initiative will be a fantastic way for people to rehome and reuse uniform items once they have finished with them as well as provide low cost options to those who need them.