November 6th 2020

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Acknowledgement of Country


Footscray Primary School acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which we live, work and learn, the Wurundjeri and Woi wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, recognising their continuing cultural connections to their land, waters and communities.
 

Always Was, Always Will be

The theme of NAIDOC week this year recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65 000 years.

NAIDOC week is a time where we share and celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is important that we continue to educate ourselves and the generations to come to embrace the true history of this country.

Our teachers will be facilitating learning experiences across the week for all students of Footscray Primary School and the classes have been contributing to an art installation that will be displayed on the Geelong Rd fence.

We each have a role to play in sharing the true history of this country and learning can start from any place. If you would like to further your own understanding, you can visit the NAIDOC week website here www.naidoc.org.au

Recruitment in Schools

I would like to share an overview of school recruitment to offer some transparency about how the process works. Teachers can be employed with ongoing status or on a short-term contract.

Ongoing status offers job security for teachers and is highly sought after by contract staff. Principals need to balance the mix of ongoing and contract staff alongside changing enrolment numbers to avoid a situation where there are more ongoing staff members than there are positions.

Ongoing staff are entitled to take leave without pay to take on a short-term contract in another school and then return to their ongoing position. When an ongoing staff member is on leave, they are replaced with contract staff.

In Term 3 and 4 each year, schools begin any necessary recruitment. This process often continues into the new year as enrolment numbers increase, current staff gain employment elsewhere, or staff who were returning from leave change their plans.

The recruitment process for advertised vacancies is a merit-based, confidential process undertaken by a panel of staff. Positions are advertised on the department’s recruitment platform with applicants addressing key selection criteria in a 5-6 page written response. The panel members read the applications, shortlist and interview. The whole process can take 3-4 weeks for one recruitment cycle and is time consuming for the applicants and for the panel who read 50 or more applications.

Term 3 & 4 can be a stressful time for contract staff who are often applying for many positions and attending numerous interviews. There will frequently be more contract staff at a school than there are vacancies which can be emotionally challenging for the staff members applying for the positions and their colleagues supporting them and participating in panels. We support our contract staff by providing professional learning about application writing and interview skills and many members of staff and leadership offer coaching and feedback in these areas also.

Whilst we will always be as transparent as we can be when sharing staffing updates, we ask that all members of the community respect that employment in schools is complex and confidential.

 

Library Mural

We would like to give a shout out to Francine Sculli who spends every Monday working on the mural in our library. The piece is a collaboration that reflects the love of reading that is shared within our school community. We can’t wait to see the finished artwork – thanks Francine and Wendy!

Parent Opinion Survey

The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst all parents.

It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

All parents were invited to participate in this year’s survey through unique codes sent home via email. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the closing date set by the Department of Education and Training is Friday 13th November.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

 

School Review

As part of our school review process in 2021, we complete a Pre-Review Self-Evaluation (PRSE) against the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).

This is an intensive process where we seek input from our families, staff and students to identify and review the highlights, enablers and barriers to success, and general performance towards the goals and actions set out in the 2018 – 2021 School Strategic Plan. Throughout the coming weeks we will conduct online surveys and small group online forums to seek your feedback and gather evidence on the school’s performance against the FISO continua of practice.

Foundation Friends initiative

Foundation Friends - Gli amici della scuola elementare
The FPS Social Club is excited to launch Foundation Friends – Gli amici della scuola elementare

A network for FPS Foundation Families 

What’s involved?
Interested Foundation families joining the FPS Community in 2021 will be matched with families of a Foundation child who already have an older child/ren at the School. 

The connection will start with the exchange of email addresses. This will give our newest families someone to ask all those little, day-to-day questions, like ‘Where is lost property?!’, Or ‘How does the canteen work?’
While our existing families will get to create new friends within the 2021 Foundation cohort. 

Families can decide exactly how the connection works for their unique circumstances. We will just provide the introduction.

We are hopeful that we will be able to organise a Covid-safe event early next year where we can all meet face-to-face, so stay tuned for updates!

This is an opt-in initiative 

If you are an existing FPS Family with a child coming into Foundation in 2021, please let us know if you’d like to be involved by emailing
footscrayprimarysocial@gmail.com by Friday 4 December. 

Please include your full name, mobile number, email address, Foundation child’s name and details of any other children already enrolled at FPS. 

If you know a new family joining FPS with a 2021 Foundation child, please let them know about this exciting new initiative - we'd love them to be a part of it.

Any Questions?
Email the FPS Social Club on footscrayprimarysocial@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to answer any questions, or call you to have a chat.

Everyone is welcome! Tutti sono benvenuti!

Lamont Book Fair

Lamont Book Week 

This year we will be holding our Book fair online. Dates to access our virtual fair will be the 25th Novemeber to the 2nd December. Keep an eye out in your child's school bag for more information.

Koorie Facts

Aboriginal people have been in Australia since the beginning of time – the Creation Stories tell us this.  Even if you don't believe Aboriginal Creation Stories, there is scientific evidence of at least 60,000 years of occupation.