June 11th 2021

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Principal's Message

Hello families,

We are so pleased to be back on site and look forward to reconnecting with all of the children and supporting their return to the regular classroom. Thank you to all those who completed our survey last week to evaluate the improvements we made to our remote learning approach. We have shared a snapshot of the results with you. Our staff and students have also been completing surveys and the results aligned with our family feedback. We feel we are now well placed for any future transitions to remote learning if needed. Let’s hope we never get to experience that though!!

A huge thank you to our staff for their ongoing commitment to providing the best learning experience possible for our students through remote learning and the on-site program.

SWPBS News

SWPBS is a term some of you may have heard before, which stands for School-wide Positive Behaviour Support. Earlier this year, we were excited to find out we had been accepted into the 2021 intake of the SWPBS initiative, which is run by the Department of Education.

SWPBS is a whole-school framework centred around creating positive, safe, and supportive learning environments. It is an evidence-based instructional model used to explicitly teach and acknowledge positive behaviours, while providing multiple tiers of support to ensure all students experience success.

There will be many opportunities for students and families to contribute to making SWPBS unique to ‘the way we do things’ at Footscray Primary School, and we look forward to partnering with you on this work. Keep an eye out for some initial surveys that will be shared soon and will enable us to capture your views and priorities in this area.

If you are interested in looking at how SWPBS works in other Victorian schools, we recommend searching ‘SWPBS’ on Google. You’ll find information about many schools who are also embedding SWPBS within their school structure.

2022 Enrolments and Information Session

Our 2022 Foundation Information Session is taking place on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00pm and will now be held remotely via Webex. Please register for the event via our website or by contacting the office on 9687 1910 or at Footscray.ps@education.vic.gov.au. We ask that all enrolment forms are submitted by June 30.

Tax-deductible Donations

As we approach the end of the financial year, we’d like to provide a cheeky reminder that any financial contributions made to our Library or Building Funds are tax deductible. Family contributions support us to fill our library with high quality, diverse literature and to maintain our beautiful heritage buildings and the surrounding grounds.

160th Anniversary and Art Show – November 20 - Help Needed Please!!

We have scheduled our 160th Anniversary and Art Show to take place on Saturday, November 20. We are hopeful that COVID restrictions will allow us to celebrate the day by welcoming back past students and members of the local community to reminisce and forward think about the past, present and future of Footscray Primary School.  

We have a number of staff and parents who have come together to oversee the event and we are now calling for community members to form some focussed working parties to coordinate particular aspects of the day. We are not planning a fete-scale event, however, we would like some food, entertainment and a welcoming environment for those who attend. If you have time and a skill set or interest in the following areas and would be able to help coordinate these components, please email Footscray.ps@education.vic.gov.au.  

  • PR/Sponsorship – Communication, Promotion, Support 
  • Catering – Bar, Sausage Sizzle, Cake Stall 
  • Organisation – Set-up, Pack-up 
  • Entertainment - student performances, MC, community group performances 
  • Activity Coordination – Art workshops/activities, history-based activities games,  
  • Fundraising Activities – raffles, cake stall, community art project 
  • Photography  
  • Local Business – Do you have a business that could set up a bar/coffee cart/art activity etc? 

 Thank you in advance!!!  

Attendance

Thank you
Our remote learning attendance has been phenomenal, and we want to pass on our thanks and congratulations to all of you for making it happen. Combining our live lesson attendance via WebEx and onsite provision, we have engagement and attendance averaging 96% each day. The academic and social benefits of this continued daily connection and engagement in learning should not be underestimated and will set students up for a successful transition as we return to face-to-face learning.

Reminder
All schools are required to monitor the daily attendance of students and clarify unexplained absences to ensure our students and families are safe and well. Attendance notes can be added through Compass to notify us of any explained absences you know your child will have.

Social Work Update

Farewell
We would like to say goodbye and a big thank you to Chelsea, one of our wonderful Social Work placement student from Victoria University. Chelsea has been with us at Footscray Primary for most of this year, and in that time developed great relationships with students, staff, and families. We wish Chelsea all the very best as she prepares for the arrival of her baby and the next exciting chapter of family life. We look forward to welcoming her back later in the year for a visit.

Program Update
We are fortunate to have Anthony continuing to work with many our students through small group interventions. These small groups allow him to apply the theory of his Social Work studies in a practical setting, while also giving students the chance to connect and express themselves in a more intimate setting. Anthony has also been busily preparing wellbeing resources for staff, students, and the community during our remote learning period, and supporting our onsite program. Thanks for all your hard work, Anthony!

News from class 2A

2A have been inquiring into how local places all have stories that can reveal their history. We discovered why our local community was special and learnt about the First Nations' people of Footscray and Melbourne, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. 

As part of our action, we created our own Acknowledgement of Country to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land around us for Reconciliation Week. We worked as a team to write and publish our acknowledgement and have been reflecting on it throughout remote learning. 

Important dates to remember

Important dates to remember