The announcement of further restrictions have hit many families hard and I hope the sunshine is lifting you all up a little this week. Please remember that it is ok to not be ok and talking about your experiences and feelings is critical for kids and grown-ups alike.
We have two curriculum days scheduled for Term 4. The first will be on Cup Eve, Monday November 1 and we will use that day to continue our work on school-wide positive behaviours. The second will be held in the last week of Term 4, Monday December 13 and will be used to host our parent-teacher interviews.
We have some works taking place in the term break in preparation for the Capital Works in 2022. Unfortunately, I am still not permitted to discuss details of the build so I have requested a letter from the Victorian Schools Building Authority to inform the community of the upcoming works. I hope to have that communication within the week. I look forward to a time when I can share the drawings of our future buildings and grounds.
A huge thank you to all members of sub-committees and School Council over the last 12 months. We held our Annual Public Reporting Meeting on Wednesday evening and reflected on the many achievements of the past year. Thank you to all those who attended the session. The Annual Report is always available via the website for those interested and I look forward with hope to conducting the next Annual Reporting Meeting in real life in 2022.
Presidents Report this year is light on. We haven’t had any large projects or items to work through as a Council. However we have been actively engaging in our obligations as a School Council, with our requisite meetings occurring, albeit remotely for a majority of the year.
We recently sent out an expression of interest to add members to our sub-committees for this year. Action plans are being developed for the defined work of the sub-committees for the coming year, and meeting dates established. Some members of school council are actively involved in the 160 year celebrations. An incredible amount of time for the school to be open, and worthy of a Celebration. Plans are in place to continue Covid or no Covid, and we will pivot based on the situation we find ourselves in on November 20. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.
The Art show will be fabulous, Wendy does an amazing job, hopefully a lovely BBQ and cool drinks and we can have a face to face gathering. Meredith has been arranging the Mosaic which will be beautiful to see the end product. Don’t forget to purchase your tiles and be part of this great initiative. There is also a commemorative tea towel being worked on. We are asking for students to reflect on 160 years of the school and the community and create their own artwork to be submitted. Selections of artwork from across the school will be chosen and converted on a tea towel design to be kept for another 160 years!!!
Thank you to everyone on School Council for their ongoing commitment and passion for this current year, and also for all members and sub-committee members from 2020.
A special and heartfelt thank you to Jen and Sally, the FPS Leadership team and all the teaching cohort for an amazing framework and ongoing delivery of home learning this year. Also the ongoing compassion and support shown towards all students, both on-site and at home.
We all weren’t expecting to be here again, but, here we are.
These ongoing lockdowns are difficult for everyone. We hope that you are all looking after yourselves. On behalf of School Council thank you everyone in the community, we have an amazing group of people around us and everyone matters. Please continue to take care and be kind to yourselves.
School Council President.
NAPLAN is a point in time snapshot of a child’s knowledge, understanding and skill in literacy and numeracy. At a whole school level, it can assist us in identifying programming needs and can be triangulated with our existing data sets to identify learning needs at a cohort level. We are so proud of our Year 3 and 5 students for their efforts in completing NAPLAN this year between extended periods of remote learning. We have a significant proportion of our students who achieved results in the top two bands across all curriculum areas.
This week we received the individual student reports and we will be sending those home in the post. There are many factors that can influence performance on NAPLAN and this year those factors increased significantly. We trust that you will make the best decision for your child as to whether the results are something you will share, discuss, or file away. The report includes information on how to read the results and I have provided links to some frequently asked questions below.
We have had 68 responses so far to the DET Parent/Carer/Guardian Opinion Survey which is over 20% of families represented and we thank you for your time. If you haven’t found a moment to complete the survey as yet, you can do this before it closes today! You would have received your login details via email a few weeks back. We look forward to analysing the data once the survey results are released to us to inform our future work at FPS.
We don’t want to overload you with surveys so once the Parent Opinion Survey closes this week, we will share a link to a remote learning survey. We will be asking you to share productive and respectful feedback about what has been working well and what could be even better. The teachers have been working in recent weeks to introduce two small group sessions with each child each week. We are particularly interested in hearing about how that is working for you and your child.
As part of our 160th Anniversary celebrations, we are excited to announce that FPS has been awarded a Local History Grant from Public Records Office Victoria. Thanks to the hard work of one of our parents, Meredith, we have been awarded over $14 000.00 for our “Tell It Like It Was” oral history project.
During Term 4, Grade 6 students will work with professional historian team Way Back When to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of being a historian. They will then apply their skills to real life and record oral histories with a range of former FPS students spanning each decade from the 1920s to the present day. The oral history short films will feature at our 160th Anniversary & Art Show event on 20th November and be preserved in a new FPS digital archive created with Victorian Collections.
This is a great opportunity to strengthen community ties between FPS and organisations invested in local history, and we’re looking forward to hearing some great stories about what school life was like, and how it has changed over the years!
As some of you may have seen on our Facebook page, we have recently joined the Foodbank School Breakfast Club program! This initiative is run in partnership with the Department of Education and will allow us to provide the opportunity to have breakfast at school for all students. We anticipate this program will commence in early from Term 4.
We know good nutrition and a full stomach in the morning promotes increased engagement and focus with learning. The Breakfast Club will also promote social connections where students can come together and get to know peers over breakfast, as well as forming connections with staff and community volunteers.
We are in the early stages of planning our Breakfast Club program, including the days of the week and times it will run. Stay tuned for further information in early Term 4 with these updates. There will also be opportunities for community support (pending health advice), so keep an eye out for ways that you can express your interest if you would like to get involved!
We understand that managing the ups and downs of remote learning and lockdowns can be tough. The Department of Education have advised of a range of supports that are available for students and families during this time, such as:
Triple P Positive Parenting Program - free for Victorian healthcare card holders, $79.95 for others.
COVID19 Parenting Tip Sheets - https://www.covid19parenting.com/tips
Parents and carers toolkit (NSW Dept. of Education) - https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/en/home/parents-and-carers/parent-and-carers-toolkit/documents/parents_and_carers_essentials_toolkit.pdf
Smiling Mind at Home - https://www.smilingmind.com.au/at-home
Friendline Call Service (18+) - https://www.friendline.org.au/?url=/
Kinderling Kids Radio - https://www.kinderlingkids.com/
Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus ‘BOOM! The Book’ - https://online.flippingbook.com/view/939871/
Indigenous Literacy Day is on Wednesday, September 1st 2021. The FPS teachers are excited to share some First Nations stories with all the students as part of the day. This year's theme is Celebrating Stories and Language.
Indigenous Literacy Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the rich and diverse First Nations languages and cultures around the country. If you would like to learn more about the day, head to https://www.ild.org.au/aboutild . There are some wonderful virtual events and clips to get involved with.
This week the Grade 3/4s have been celebrating online Camp! We have been impressed with the resilience the year 3/4s have shown towards camp this year and have been blown away by their efforts in all the online activities. To celebrate camp we hosted whole cohort activities including a talent show, campfire stories and quizzes. Students have done an amazing job at independently exploring all the other camp activities we had on offer including making their own campfire songs, shadow puppet stories, meditation and yoga, as well as cooking up a storm baking damper! We even had students undertake virtual excursions to Melbourne Museum and the Zoo! One of the most exciting activities was Lunch Time Doodles with Mo Willems where students learnt how to draw Pigeon from the “Don’t Let the Pigeon” series! It has been an amazing week and we are all super excited to go on real camp in December!
If you have a child who will be starting Foundation at Footscray PS next year, please submit your enrolment forms as soon as possible. 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.
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!