December 18th 2020

Final issue for 2020

Principal's Message

We have come to the end of the 2020 school year and it is a year we will never forget…no matter how much we try J I thank every member of our school community, the students and all of our incredible staff for their dedication and ongoing resilience throughout the year.

Our 2021 teaching teams have been planning this week and are ready to go in Week 1, Term 1 with a strong start-up program focussed on establishing safe and engaging learning environments for all students to grow and thrive.

We are busy finalising our Annual Implementation Plan which will carry us through the first six months of 2021 as we undertake our school review and develop our next School Strategic Plan. Our major pieces of work in 2021 will be

  • Developing and implementing a school-wide instructional model to guide consistent teaching and learning across the school,
  • Developing and implementing a data-centred approach to transdisciplinary planning to inform differentiated teaching and learning
  • Establishing a strong language program for all students
  • Designing and implementing strong routines and structures that create safe and engaging learning environments for all learners.

We look forward to sharing this work with our community as we progress towards our goals. I wish each of you a safe and happy summer break with your families.


Koorie Facts

Aboriginal people are the world's oldest astronomers, holding knowledge about stars, planets, comets and galaxies since time immemorial. Aboriginal astronomy contains important information about the universe and its relationship to the earth's ecosystems and allows for navigation across land and waters. The stars also represent important stories about Lore and spirituality.

Emu in the Sky

For some Aboriginal people, an important astronomical figures is the Emu in the Sky. The dark space between stars in the Milky Way constellation forms the shape of an emu whose position changes as the earth orbits and rotates. The position of the emu in the sky tells people when emu eggs will be available to collect.

3/4 Writing Group

3/4 Writing group.

As promised, here are a few more persuasive texts from the 3/4 writing group. I'm sure you will agree that the student's passions shine through in their engaging and informative writing. Enjoy as a little light summer reading!

Earth’s Enemies
By Rocio Bourges

You like Earth, right? It’s the only planet we’ve got! Of course, we like it!

So how about we prove that…IT”S EASY! All you have to do is stop using too much plastic, air pollution, and climate change!

Well let’s start with using too much plastic.

Plastic usually ends up in our oceans which leads to sea creatures eating then dying! Plus, if we had no sea creatures in the oceans, the oceans as we know them may cease to exist! And NO FISH in the ocean can also led to the disappearance of a major food source! Say goodbye to fish and chips!

So, instead of using plastic try using Tupperware containers, keep cups, reusable drink bottles, and you’re already making a difference!

Now that we’ve done plastic let’s move on to air pollution.

Air pollution usually is caused by oil-based cars, coal-based energy plants, and big industries.
You like breathing right? Well, if we keep polluting the air, breathing isn’t going to be so much fun…
According to the World Heath Organisation 4.2 MILLION people die each year due to air pollution! Oof that’s a lot of people!
So, try using your Bike more often, try to use solar powered energy, and finally use less Vampire appliances (electronics that suck power even when they’re turned off) such as game consoles, TVs, printers and computers.

Now, let’s move on to the last one…CLIMATE CHANGE!

Climate change is caused by green house gasses released into the atmosphere. This is resulting in glaciers and ice sheets melting, stronger storms, oceans rising, places are getting drier, even the seas are becoming warmer!

Methane is also a BIG part of climate change. Methane is actually 8x more dangerous than CO2! That’s DANGEROUS!
Because of all this, the world is getting hotter and hotter and hotter until there is no earth at all.
So, to help stop climate change, try planting more trees, try to eat less meat, and finally as in my previous paragraph, use solar powered energy.

So, I hope you’re now more interested in stopping using too much plastic, air pollution, Climate change, and saving Mother Earth.


Plastic and why it needs to stop!
By Will Windeyer

Did you know that only 10% of plastics are recycled? My name is Wil and I passionately believe that needs to be fixed. You may not believe me now, but you will when I tell you about how much plastic you actually use and its impact on the environment.
One average Australian uses about 130kg of plastic each year and only 14kg of that is recycled! To put that into perspective, 190 plastic grocery bags weigh about 1kg and a lot of these bags are used for a short time. On average, a plastic bag is used for around 12 minutes. Even if that’s not bad enough, 2 million plastic bags ae used around the world every minute.

Making plastics uses oil and oil needs to be taken from the ground. Making all of your plastics are bad for the environment , you just use fossils fuels and this destroys animal’s habitats. There are many steps in making plastic and each uses fossil fuels. To make fossil fuel into a material that creates global warming is not good for the world. Also, beach litter is covering up a lot of nice beaches you want to swim in, agree? Well, 73% of beach litter is plastic!

One million seabirds and 100 000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastics in our oceans. Forty-four percent of all sea bird species, 22 percent of whales and dolphins, all sea turtle species, and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. All of these animals, dead…because of plastic! Plastic is a killer, and we still produce it! We use so much plastic, and we know about its impacts on the environment, how can we ignore it?!
You now know about the impacts so I sincerely hope you are not ignoring it. There are small things you could do to help fix this big crisis.

Why Chocolate Is Not All Good
by Carl Beaumont

Have you ever thought about the process of making chocolate? It includes child labour, a lot of sugar and clearing trees. Do you really think this is good? Personally, I am appalled by what chocolate could do.

Imagine if you were a 10-year-old kid who couldn’t go to school because they have to pick cocoa beans every day. Seriously, would you not want an education? Chocolate companies buy from suppliers that have cheap cocoa beans and they may have used child slave labour.

Did you know that 57% of some leading chocolate brand’s chocolate is actually sugar! That is about 30 teaspoons of sugar in 200g of chocolate. Too much sugar can cause diabetes. Are you sure that you are fine having the potential to get diabetes? They say that their chocolate contains 1 ½ cups of full cream milk, obviously they don’t mention the sugar.

Chocolate is bad for the environment because, as you know, chocolate factories around the world need space, and you can’t just rock up and say “This land is mine” so people clear trees to make space to build factories, which causes air pollution, which causes global warming.

I’m not saying that you should never eat chocolate again, but just keep in mind the process of making some delicious chocolate, which may include child labour tree clearing and too much sugar.



Year 6 Graduation Farewell

For those who were unable to attend, I have shared my speech for this year’s Graduation below.


Well, class of 2020, what a crazy ride you have all experienced in your final year of primary school!

This year has been a challenge for all of us. I want to acknowledge the efforts of all of our students, our teachers and our incredible families. Remote learning was a new and unexpected experience and whilst every one of us tried our personal best, it wasn’t easy or enjoyable for every student, or every family, or indeed, every teacher. However, as always, the Footscray Primary School community came together and stuck to it and wrote an awesome song and showed 2020 that nothing would knock us down.

I want to thank the incredible Year 6 team, Andrew, Luke and Jo, for their dedication to the school and to these wonderful learners in front of us.

To our families - Well, we said we wanted to partner with our parents but I am pretty sure this wasn’t what we all had in mind! I am all too aware of the challenges of working and parenting and home schooling simultaneously and I offer my sincere gratitude for your ongoing support of your children and of our school through this difficult time.

For some of you, this marks the end of your time at Footscray Primary School with your youngest child graduating and moving on to high school. Well done! You’ve made it. Each of you have contributed much of yourselves and your time and your money to this school and I want to say thank you and farewell to the 46 families who leave us this year.

To our graduating students - In our lives, we all experience times where we thrive, times when we survive, and hard times where we dive.  This year, I have watched as each of you have navigated the challenges of this year and burst through the other side - not just surviving, but thriving.

The behaviours and dispositions you have shown have exemplified our school values and I thank you sincerely for your leadership throughout the year.

Whilst 2020 has provided you with challenges, it has also provided you with powerful life lessons to take with you in your next stage of schooling. It has provided newfound independence and resilience and, along with that, you can all now put Webex and House Party – level expert, on your resume.

Every experience is a learning experience and every person and every place you encounter becomes your teacher. Take every opportunity you can to better yourself and others and drive social change to create a world that you deserve.

I wish you all the very best with your high school education and your life beyond that. I hope you take with you the curiosity and drive that you’ve shown throughout your time here at Footscray Primary School.

Language Program Planning



Last Friday, we held a planning day for the Italian Bilingual Program. Kathy Winton (EdPartnerships and FPS staff member – on leave) facilitated the day and guided us from big picture thinking down to the day-to-day structures and routines of the program. Our teaching teams were joined by Ruth Moodie (Literacy Consultant), Elena Pirovano (Italian Language Consultant), and Anne Beruldsen (Former FPS staff member and PYP expert).

Kathy collated all the responses from the various activities throughout the day and we popped them into a word cloud. The larger the word the more prevalent it was in the conversation. I think the image reflects a strong vision for what we want all of our students to know, understand, do and be when they come to the end of their time with us at Footscray Primary School.

I received news from VIT this week that we should be receiving our final approval for Xuhi Nguyen to teach Music through Vietnamese language at Footscray Primary School next year. Xuhi attended our induction for new staff last week. Xuhi plays Violin and his band performs at many events and festivals in our local area so he may be a familiar face for some of you. Emma, Hanh and Xuhi had time to meet and talk about programming for next year and we can’t wait to see all student engaged in one hour a week of music for the full school year in 2021 and beyond. 

All our teams had their planning days this week and are ready to go for Week 1, 2021! We are so grateful for the ongoing support of our community and look forward to seeing our new language programs in action next year.


Parent as Partners

I would like to thank each of you for your enormous role in the education of your children this year. Thank you to all those parents who went above and beyond to take on extra roles in our school including;

  • Photographs for our website
  • Creation of take-home packs
  • Fabulous art installations
  • Newsletter design 
  • Second-hand uniform opportunities
  • Family support group
  • Sourcing and covering books
  • Managing and donating to the cake stall
  • Eating treats from the cake stall
  • Contributing to the community pantry
  • School Council
  • Sub-committees
  • Reconciliation Action Group
  • Grant applications
  • Garden club
  • FPS Social Club
  • Graduation songs
  • Graduation videos
  • Remote Learning Song
  • Art Show (coming in 2021)
  • And so much more!

Parent Support Group

We are excited to launch the Parent Support Group (PSG) in 2021.  This group has been formed for Parents and Carers of children who have additional support needs at school.  It does not matter how big or small your child’s support needs are, there is a place in this group for you.

The aim of the PSG is to provide a space where parents and carers can meet and share their high’s, low’s, and practical insights with other families who might be navigating similar daily experiences.  As the PSG grows, we are sure there will be parents and carers who are able to share fabulous recommendations and useful tips/coping strategies, or just be a supportive ear at a time when maybe you just need to talk to people who understand.

Initially, we will be meeting a couple of times each term in a casual setting to get together and chat. Notifications will be sent via Compass and the school newsletter.  If you think this group is of interest, we would love to hear from you.  Please email and we will get back to you with further details.

“Parenting a child with additional support needs can be a lonely journey.  It can sometimes feel like there are two worlds: the one that other parents at school inhabit, and the isolated and sometimes frustrating one you live in.  The parent support group has introduced me to a community of families who, like me, are grappling with how to help their children thrive socially and at school”.
- Quote from an article written by a parent who joined her school’s support group

2021 School Captains & House Captains

We would like to congratulate the following students on becoming the 2021 School Captains and House Captains School Captains for 2021

Sunny Lockwood 
Poppy Mitchell
Jimmy Watt
Jackson Zurawiecki

House Captains for 2021

Esma Yucel 
Lenny Cummings 

Octavia Forsythe
Tilly Stephenson 

Danielle Galloway 
Jack Geraedts 

Prathyush Thakur
Hugo White

Sports and P.E News

Dear Parents and Friends,

As we head into our Summer holidays it is important to rest but we should aim to find a way to keep active. We should aim for 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise.  It is even more important since we have had a year of inactivity and a break from our normal lifestyle and routines. We want every Australian adult to commit to at least 30 minutes of activity each day. The Department of Health says adults aged 18-64 should accumulate 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous activity each week.  Children should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. This is backed up by advice from the Heart FoundationBetterhealth, the Australian Medical Association and more. Why should I Find My 30? Finding your 30 minutes of physical activity a day can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle for you and your family.

Here’s why:

Brain Health
Exercise training can increase brain size and improve memory - reducing the risk of dementia.

Heart and Lung Health
Physical activity strengthens your heart and improves lung function – reducing your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack.

Mental Health
Regular physical activity reduces the risk of depression and has a range of benefits for mental health.

Bone Health
Physical activity increases bone mineral density – important for bone strength; reducing risk of fractures and osteoporosis.

Social benefits
Organised physical activity creates opportunities for meeting new people and socialising.

Environmental benefits
Physical activity, as a form of active transport, reduces our carbon foot print.

You can find out more at

Vic Health and two local Soccer clubs are running free soccer clinics. Just register via the links and go and learn a new skill and have fun.

Have a great break and I can’t wait to be with you all again in the new year. Thanks everyone and Happy Holidays. Chris R PE

Rubbish around the school

Dear FPS Community,

The Year 2's spent an hour picking up rubbish from around the school grounds this morning. We picked up 4 full large bin bags! We have attached a photo, and we are sure you will agree that this amount of rubbish is not a good thing to be happening in our beautiful school. We would like to start a conversation next year around ways to significantly reduce the rubbish our school produces. Something to think about over summer.

Have a safe break
From the Year 2 team.

Important dates to remember

Term 1 2021

Year 1-6 return to school Thursday 28th January 2021
Foundation start school Friday 29th January 2021

Public Hoildays for term 1 are:

Monday 8th March 2021 No School 

Term 1 ends Friday 2nd April 2021

Student of the Week 10

Please see below for student of the week for week 10
Class Student Name 
34E Anna R
5ANayton s
5BTy M, Dameo N, Minh T, Sophia 
6ALucy R
6BHamidha, Oscar, Tyler, Jynice, Maggie
6COliver R, Summer V
PE Nicole W 5A
Vietnamese Mai, Akira 3/4A