January 29th 2021


Principal's Message

Hello families,  

I hope the holiday period was kind to all of you and that everyone is feeling rejuvenated and ready for a new school year.  


Our staff launched their professional learning on Wednesday by gaining a shared understanding of the actions set out in our Annual Implementation Plan. Our first focus for this year is about ensuring every child is known, engaged, and extended as a learner. We will develop and document a consistent approach to planning using data collected through informal assessments, observations, conferences, small group work and work samples.  

In Term 1, we will also be focused on developing and implementing strong routines and structures across the school that ensure a safe and engaging environment to learn and play for all children of Footscray Primary School.  

Language Assistant – CO.AS.IT

We are grateful to CO.AS.IT for approving our application for a fully subsidised Language Assistant to work within the bilingual classrooms supporting teachers and students. I would like to introduce Federica Mancusi who will be joining us full time in February.  

Ciao a tutti!  

My name is Federica Mancusi and I come from Napoli, Italy. 

In 2014, I moved to Australia, and I have been promoting the Italian language and culture since then, as a language assistant and LOTE teacher in several primary and secondary schools of Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

I am very excited to be a language assistant at Footscray Primary School this year. I am looking forward to meeting you all soon. A presto!  



I would like to share the news that our Education Support Staff member, Lisa Watson, will be leaving the FPS team and continuing with her study before relocating overseas with her family. We thank Lisa for her extraordinary work with the many students she has supported and for her dedication to our school throughout her time here. We have no doubt that Lisa will experience success in whatever challenge she takes on and will miss her greatly! All the best, Lisa.  

We officially welcome Xuhi to the specialist team. Xuhi will teach Vietnamese through the music curriculum to our Year 2-6 students. Emma and Hanh have spent time over the break working with Xuhi to design a comprehensive program for our students this year. We look forward to seeing this innovative language program in action.  


Koorie Facts

Murnong, a plant once found in abundance in parts of south-east Australia, was a reliable food source for Aboriginal people. When Europeans introduced sheep in the 19th century, the murnong disappeared. The consequence for Aboriginal people was catastrophic.


Chess Club

Chess Coaching
At Footscray Primary School
Term 1 2021

Dear Parent,

As you know, chess masters at Chess Australia Pty Ltd have been coaching students at chess lessons around Australia
The feedback from students, teachers and parents has been fantastic.
Chess Australia Pty Ltd is proud to announce that we will be running chess club lessons starting from Monday February 8, the chess club will operate under the supervision of the International Master and FIDE (International Chess Federation) accredited and registered trainer Leonid Sandler, who was also the captain of the Australian Women's Chess Olympic Team.

(For more information on Leonid Sandler, visit the web side www.chesscoaching.com.au)

Chess is a mind game that stimulates the brain development. The question that every parent will ask is:

What can chess do for my child?
Our role as educators is to prepare students with skills for life. In order for our students to become independent thinkers and self-starters, they must be equipped with the ability to analyse and reason, be quick problem solvers, strategists and good planners.
The following skills will become part of the students’ way of thinking: Problem Solving, Abstract Analysis, Spatial Aptitude, Verbal Reasoning, Logical and Critical Thinking, Intellectual Maturity, Originality, Cognitive Skill Enhancement, Concentration, Increased Memory Capacity, Organisational Skills, Decision making under pressure and much more.

When:    Commencing     Monday February 8

                  Last Lesson       Monday March 29

Times:   3-35 pm -4-30 pm (after school).

Please pick up your child on time to avoid additional fees.

Cost:      $105 Payment by cash

 Or electronic funds transfer (EFT)

BSB 013440 account number 496191321

Please apply before February 8 payments not later than February 15

Name: …………………………………………… Grade: ........... Address: ……………………………………………………………

Email: ………………………………………………………………

Phone Numbers: ..........................................................................       


PO Box 9054, South Yarra, Vic 3141, Leonid Sandler: 0412 201 891 leonidsandlerchess@gmail.com


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund applications

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

If you would like to apply for the first time, please contact the school office and ask for an application form to be sent home with your child.

You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page.

Check with the school office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.


Privacy Policy

Please follow the links to see the Privacy Policy.

The Department of Education and Training (which includes all Victorian government schools, central and regional offices) values the privacy of every person and is committed to protecting information that schools collect.

All staff including contractors, service providers and volunteers of the Department, and this Victorian government school (our school), must comply with Victorian privacy law and this policy.

In Victorian government schools the management of ‘personal information’ and ‘health information’ is governed by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (collectively, Victorian privacy law).

This policy explains how our school collects and manages personal and health information, consistent with Victorian privacy law.