Hello everyone. I hope this newsletter finds you well and that your families are managing ok with the extended lockdown. It’s hard and you are doing a fabulous job! We have enjoyed ourselves this week through the festival of fun and loved reconnecting with many of you at the various twilight events.
As I work from home today and attempt to support my children with their learning tasks around the demands of my job, I am consciously reflecting on the many skills we are all drawing on each day to guide ourselves and our families through this period. Each of you are facing challenges you never expected to face and reaching to the very bottom of your parenting toolkits to dig out one more strategy to get everyone through the day. Some days the toolkit is empty. It’s exhausting, and it’s noticed, and it’s appreciated.
I acknowledge the tireless efforts of the staff of FPS as they continue to grow and develop their practice daily. Every time we gather remotely their concern first and foremost is always firmly grounded in the needs of their students. They are doing an incredible job and we are fortunate to have them. I encourage our staff to take personal days when needed, to move away from their screen when needed, and to turn their emails off outside of hours because without our teachers we would be lost. Please ensure that any communication you may send to your child’s teacher is written with kindness and respect and an understanding that, right now, every person is bringing their best.
Between 2-6pm today, Foodbank Victoria are offering free food hampers to anyone in need. A drive through service has been set up at their Seddon warehouse. Please share this information with any families you think may benefit.
Foodbank Drive-Thru Flyer
A reminder that our Public Reporting Meeting is scheduled for September 1 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held remotely via Webex and a link will be sent closer to the date via compass. At the meeting, we will present the 2020 Annual Report and share key activities and achievements from last year. I am hopeful that one day I might be able to hold a Public Reporting Meeting in real life!!
We loved seeing all the happy faces of our students and families across the week in our Twilight Festival of Fun. I would like to thank Chris Wilson for his time and energy in organising the week of activities. A huge thanks to Julia for her fabulous yoga session and to Steph and Chris for hosting the trivia.
For those who couldn’t join us for the twilight scavenger hunt, you can still participate by hunting for the items on your daily outdoor exercise and taking photos of everything you find. If you like, you can share them on the scavenger hunt event page we created on Facebook or just look at them proudly with your family! I have shared some photos of the things families found for you to admire their work and provided the list below for those who missed it.
FPS Community Scavenger Hunt
1. Bright blue mailbox
3. An animals home
4. heart shaped rock
5. something peaceful
6. street art
7. 4 different coloured flowers
8. Emergency vehicle
9. number painted on the ground
10. Something yummy
12. Something smelly
13. An adult up a tree
14. An old building
15. Something up in the air
16. Construction site
17. Something that plays music
In our last newsletter we shared the 2021 sub-committees that support the work of our School Council. These sub-committees are:
The Policy, Inclusion and Buildings and Grounds sub-committees are seeking expressions of interest for interested community members who wish to support. As a sub-committee member, this support would connect to the action plans developed by each subcommittee and available in the recent compass post.
Expressions of Interest can be submitted through this Google Form, and are due by Friday August 20th.
Hello families of Grade 5 & 6 Students,
We look forward to hosting Family Planning Victoria who will be running an information session for parents and carers on Thursday October 14th from 6:00 - 7:00pm. The information session will be connected to the Relationships & Sexuality Education program Year 5 and 6 students will participate in during Term 4.
The information session will give you the opportunity to:
We encourage all interested families to pencil in this date. We will share further reminders closer to the session and confirm in-person or remote delivery dependent on health advice.
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training, and is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ 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 responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Friday 13th August to Friday 3rd September.
The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed 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.
You will have received a personal PIN via email from the school on Thursday. Each PIN can only be used once, and is specific to your family. Where a family has two households, both households will receive their own PIN.
We encourage you to complete the survey, to help us identify school strengths, areas for improvement and plan our focus for 2022. Please contact the office if you haven't received your PIN.
As a staff, we have been reviewing our remote teaching practices on an ongoing basis. Today we worked with our year level leaders to discuss targeted teaching and what this looks like in a remote context. Moving forward, we will be planning to have all students participate in a targeted teaching group twice each week. We will implement and monitor this model from next week. There will be times where teachers will be absent and where possible we will arrange for small groups to continue as planned with the replacement teacher.
There are many reasons why your child will sometimes have a replacement teacher and we ask for your patience and understanding when this occurs. Our teachers are involved in ongoing professional learning and many teachers lead whole school work that requires them to be away from their classrooms for brief periods of time. We have a fabulous team of specialist and generalist teachers that step in and take on classes during these times. Teaching is hard, remote teaching is harder, and remote teaching someone else’s class is a true craft. We thank the team for taking on this complex work to support our staff and students.
Just before lockdown the Year 3/4s managed to embark on an incredible excursion to the CBD. Here we noticed and discussed the differences between modern and older buildings in Melbourne such as Fed Square and Flinders St Station. We were all super brave and many of us conquered our fear of heights as we admired the amazing views from the 88th floor of the Eureka Sky Deck. It was an amazing experience and we were all exhausted by the time we got back to school!
Since we opened our doors in 1861, many nationalities, languages and perspectives have connected to make our school special. In our 160th year, we’re creating a special mosaic to celebrate our great school community.
The FPS Community Mosaic will be an outdoor artwork made up of ceramic, glass and recycled materials. Designed by students and put together with the help of parent volunteers, we’d love you to get involved in creating our masterpiece!
Whether you’re a family member, current or former student, teacher or friend of FPS, we invite you to purchase a mosaic tile here - https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=793605& to be part of the final design. Please also join us for the Big Reveal at the FPS Art Show & 160th Anniversary, on Saturday 20th November!
With 160 tiles purchased so far, our mosaic will soon be taking shape! We have room for everyone’s tile memories in the design, so don’t miss out on being part of the fun!
If you have a child who will be starting Foundation at Footscray PS next year, please submit your enrolment forms by the end of this month. With upcoming capital works and recruitment of Italian teachers to consider, it is critical that we are able to finalise enrolment numbers as early as possible to ensure we have strong structures in place for 2022.
Please see the attached Parenting in Maribyrnong Calendar for all sessions coming up in September 2021.
There are still some places available at the Raising Multilingual Children session on Friday 3 September. This session will now be delivered online (please see attachments for more information)
We ask that you advertise the sessions to your clients and families, and where possible share the information below in your newsletters.
Thank you for your assistance.
Raising Multilingual Children
When: Friday 3 September, 11am - 12.00pm
Presenter: Melbourne University
Professor John Hajek will talk about the importance of speaking to your child in your first language. He will also share practical tips and strategies to promote the use of first language with your child (0-12years). Burmese and Vietnamese interpreters will translate the information.
Centrelink Information for Families
When: Wednesday 8 September, 10 - 10.45am
Presenter: Services Australia
This session will include information on the Family Tax Benefit, Childcare Subsidy, Child Dental Scheme, Child Support and maintenance and how to estimate family income for Family Tax Benefit. Information will be shared on the Mygov and Express Plus apps, and any Centrelink updates/changes.
Raising Happy Toddlers
When: Thursday 9 September, 7.30 - 8.30pm
Presenter: Drummond Street Services
This interactive session explores why toddlers behave as they do, how to help them regulate their emotions and how to stay calm as a parent. Participants will pick up some practical strategies and useful resources to take away.
The INFANT Program
9 months Tuesday 14 September 2 - 3.00pm
6 months Wednesday 22 September 1.30 - 3.00pm
Presenter: Maternal and Child Health, cohealth
INFANT sessions will help you learn about understanding and responding to your baby’s cues/signs, when and how to introduce solid foods and a sippy cup, active play you can do together, strategies for limiting screens. There will also be an opportunity for parents to share their tips.
Promoting Resilience - Raising Confident Children
When: Thursday 16 September, 7.00 - 8.30pm
Presenter: FKA Children’s Services
This information session is for families with children 0-8 years of age, and will cover the following topics: Understanding and identifying the components of resilience, understanding developmentally appropriate behaviours and capacities, how to talk to your child to encourage confidence and resilience. Helping your child understand and negotiate the rules of friendship and conflict, guiding behaviour to promote resilience and coping with disappointment, anger and aggression. There will be time for questions as well.
Baby Makes 3
When: Wednesday 22, 29 September & 6 October, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Presenter: Baby Makes 3 Facilitators
This program provides an opportunity to talk about the changes since becoming parents, and what it means for your family. Parents are invited to attend this three-session online program.