April 8th 2022

Issue 4

Principal's Message

Year 3/4 Camp
It was wonderful to see our Year 3/4 students head off to camp last week and our thoughts were with those disappointed students and staff who were unable to attend due to COVID. We offer a sincere thank you to staff from other year levels who stepped in to ensure camp could go ahead. A huge thank you also to our parent volunteers, Miranda and Amanda, for their attendance and invaluable support. I would also like to acknowledge our staff and students back at school for managing the impacts of so many teachers being in isolation or attending camp.

Professional Learning
This week we continued our professional learning on inclusive classrooms with an engaging session presented by the oh so wonderful and inspirational Dr Loz. We extended our thinking about the sensory systems and added strategies to our teaching toolkits that will help us to fill sensory cups to just the right level. If you’d like to learn more about sensory cups you can watch this short video.

Lockdown Drill
On Tuesday this week we had our first emergency lockdown drill. In preparation for the drill teachers talked with their students about the importance of these practice drills so that we don’t feel alarmed in the future. If you’d like to chat with your child further, lock downs occur for many reasons including when construction is happening in the school grounds, if there has been a chemical spill or industrial fire. We anticipate that with construction happening in our school grounds this year there will be times when we will need to remain indoors.

During the drill all students remained inside their classrooms until the drill was complete. Upon following up with classroom teachers we were informed that students were calm and responsible and remained inside their classrooms with their teachers. We are in the process of gathering students’ questions about our emergency management drills and we will share these as a Q&A to families next term. 

Staffing Update
We wish Chris Robinson all the very best at his new school in Barwon Heads and we welcome Nadine Halpin as our new PE teacher. Nadine has been working with Chris this week to learn the ropes and get to know our staff, students and community. Our language assistant, Kylie Doust, will be reducing her hours to work casually throughout this year. Kylie is currently studying to be a teacher and we are very happy to support the development of fabulous new bilingual educators!

The impacts of COVID continue to throw challenges our way when it comes to the daily operation of our school. There have been days this week where up to 12 staff have been absent and only two or three were able to be replaced. I thank the leadership team for the time they have spent covering classes, and our Education Improvement Leader, Julian, who put her own role at DET on hold to cover 3/4 Bec on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Building Works Update
Works have commenced this week on the internal demolition of the Bluestone classrooms and art space. Along with this, restoration works will also be commencing on the Bluestone roof and windows. Exciting stuff!!!

From Term 2 we will be publishing our newsletter every three weeks in week 1, 4, 7 and 10 each term. Remember you can access previous newsletters via our website.

I hope you are all able to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday period with friends and family and we look forward to another term of learning and engagement when we welcome back our young people on Wednesday, 27 April.

School Council Update

Hi FPS Community

I am the most recent member to join the FPS School Council and am looking forward to contributing to the great work that Council is already doing throughout 2022. Before I provide an update from our most recent meeting, I wanted to share a little about myself. 

I have worked for the Department of Education and Training in policy and project management roles for over 15 years, most recently as Project Manager of the Footscray Learning Precinct. You can find out more about the work of the Precinct on the FPS website. 

My daughter Josie is in grade 5 and since joining the FPS community in 2017, I have been a member of the Reconciliation Action Group working with staff, parents, and community to support our journey towards reconciliation, as a classroom parent representative and helper, and as a member of the Social Club. I have found these roles to be a great way to meet and connect with FPS teachers and other families at FPS. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Parent Rep or joining to the FPS Social Club, please send an email to footscrayprimarysocial@gmail.com

At our March School Council meeting we confirmed the roles and sub-committees for the coming year. I am pleased to report that in 2022 Raylene Varone will continue as School Council President, Anson Le has been appointed as Vice President, Leah Supple will continue as Treasurer, and Emily Roberts as Secretary. 

We will also continue with the sub-committees and working groups from 2022 which include Buildings and Grounds, Finance, Inclusion and Policy sub-committees as well as the Reconciliation Action Group and Social Club. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please email footscray.ps@education.vic.gov.au. Meetings occur approximately six times per year.

In exciting news, we have signed off on the construction of the gaga pit and new shade sail which will provide our kids with further opportunities to learn and have fun outside. Construction on the gaga pit will occur over the school holidays and we hope to have the shade sail installed late Term 2.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the FPS leadership team of Jen, Kathy, Chris, Caroline and Jackie and all the teachers for all their amazing work during Term 1. COVID continues to make getting back to the ‘new normal’ far more difficult than we had hoped but the FPS crew have continued to support our kids, our families and each other through this challenging time in exceptional ways.

Have a great break!

Clare Green 

Respect for School Staff Policy

We have an inclusive and engaged school community at FPS and we enjoy productive and respectful partnerships between staff, students and families. All staff have a right to a safe and supportive work environment, and we expect that parents/carers and visitors behave in an appropriate and respectful manner at all times. 

The Department of Education and Training has outlined expectations on parent/carer behaviour within Victorian government school communities and the Respect for School Staff policy will be on our website soon for your reference.

Unacceptable behaviours include, but are not limited to: 

  • being violent or threatening violence of any kind, including physically intimidating behaviour such as aggressive hand gestures or invading another person’s personal space 
  • speaking or behaving in a rude, aggressive or threatening way, either in person, via email, social media, or over the telephone 
  • sending demanding, rude, confronting or threatening letters, emails or text messages 
  • discriminatory or derogatory comments 
  • the use of social media or public forums to make inappropriate or threatening remarks about the school, staff or students. 

As adults, we have a responsibility to model productive, respectful interactions and problem solving for our young people and we feel very fortunate to work in such a supportive school. Thank you. 

Enrolments Open for 2023

We are now inviting families to submit their enrolment forms for children starting school at Footscray PS next year. The enrolment forms are available via our website or you can contact the office to have them sent to you. We have a number of tours and information sessions scheduled and you can book your place via this google form

With the current teacher shortage, it is critical that we confirm our enrolment numbers as early as possible to be able to recruit accordingly and put the very best teachers in our classrooms.

Curriculum Day Tuesday 26 April 

Next term our whole staff will be meeting for a pupil-free day on Tuesday 26 April to launch our school-wide Data Inquiry Groups. In preparation for this day, staff have been having learning conversations with students across the school so that we can start our learning with the voices of our young people. Our three Data Inquiry Groups (DIGs) focus on three learning areas – Literacy (English/Italian), Mathematics and Wellbeing. The DIGs will form the majority of our professional learning across Term 2 as we develop learning continua drawn from the Victorian Curriculum and additional evidence-based resources. 

We are very excited to launch this work as it will strengthen our current approaches to learning design and assessment, as well as build teacher capacity in curriculum knowledge and pedagogy. Sharing the learning continua with students and families will also build agency for our students as they develop a stronger understanding of themselves as learners, what they have achieved, and what they need to progress themselves further along the learning continuum.

TheirCare will be running a whole day service. To book, please contact TheirCare directly at www.theircare.com.au.

The FPS Breakfast Club will return in Term 2!

Our club will run on Friday mornings from 8:30am offering a healthy snack and a place to have a chat before the school day begins. We look forward to seeing you down there! Location to be confirmed early next term.

FPS Family Get-Together!

After two long years, we are very excited to invite you to a family-friendly afternoon to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends!
Sunday 15 May, 2–5pm
Footscray Park Bowling Club, 1 Hoadley Ct, Footscray
Free entry
BYO food
Soft drinks, tea, coffee, full bar available
Optional Barefoot Bowling: $10 adults / $5 kids (pay on the day)
Please RSVP:
Everyone is welcome!

Ride2School Footscray Park Picnic Lunch

Congratulations to 1/2C, the class with the most students that used alternative transport methods on Ride2School Day (28 March). 1/2C will be celebrating by having a class lunch at Footscray Park. 

Years 3-6 Monash University Survey

Hello lovely year 3-6 families! Just a reminder about completing the survey for Monash University if you have the time. I sent out the details in a Compass post last month and thank you to those who have already completed it, the university is incredibly grateful. Many thanks, Caroline.

Happy holidays from FPS

Happy holidays to our wonderful FPS community! Enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing everyone again when Term 2 commences at 9am on Wednesday 27 April. 


Grade 5 students have drawn very bold and striking interpretations of Pablo Picasso's 'Le coq', a pastel drawing created in 1938. They have maintained the cubist style by breaking up the form into separate coloured sections and have retained the cubist style eyes. A family art project for the holidays, perhaps? Enjoy!

Important Dates to Remember

Friday 8 April: Last day of Term 1

Monday 25 April: ANZAC Day Public Holiday - no students at school

Tuesday 26 April: Curriculum Day - no students at school

Wednesday 27 April: First day of Term 2

Wednesday 27 April: Foundation 2023 School Tour - 9.30-10.30am

Tuesday 3 May: Eid ul-Fitr celebration

Tuesday 10 - Friday 13 May: NAPLAN

Sunday 15 May: FPS Social Club Family Get-Together - 2.00-5.00pm

Monday 16 May: Foundation 2023 School Tour - 9.30-10.30am

Monday 16 May: Foundation 2023 Information Session - 6.00-7.00pm

Monday 23 May: Foundation 2023 School Tour - 9.30-10.30am

Thursday 26 May: National Sorry Day

Friday 27 May - Friday 3 June: Reconciliation Week

Wednesday 1 June - Friday 3 June: Year 5/6 Camp

Monday 6 June: Foundation 2023 Information Session - 6.00-7.00pm (repeated)

Friday 10 June: Pride Day celebration

Monday 13 June: Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 20 June: World Refugee Day

Friday 24 June: Last day of Term 2

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