April 29th 2022

Issue 5

Principal's Message

It has been lovely to welcome everyone back to school this week and hear all the wonderful stories of holiday adventures. On Wednesday, I hosted our first tour for prospective Foundation families and as we moved through the learning spaces we observed young people engrossed in their learning. We were also warmly greeted by every staff member and student we passed – it was another proud moment for me to showcase the wonderful humans that make up our FPS community.

Whilst we will likely continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19, the term has already started much more smoothly than what we were navigating in Term 1. Our curriculum day re-energised us as we came together in real life for the first time in a long time. We reflected, collaborated and shared practice and knowledge – it was a perfect launch to our term.

Over the break, we had the floors replaced in the Greenwood toilet to remove the very unpleasant odour that the students were obviously not enjoying. We hope they will have a much nicer experience from now on! Works also commenced on refurbishing the heritage windows on the Bluestone buildings. This is a part of the Capital Works project, and we are thrilled to see our beautiful buildings being cared for appropriately. The first stage of the slab has been poured for the new general learning building and the internal works in the Bluestone buildings have continued. COVID-19 caused a delay on the installation of the much-anticipated Gaga Pit – we hope to see it coming together in the coming weeks! 

We have a few available food hampers from Food Bank that can be collected from the office and a fully stocked community pantry for any families who could benefit from some extra support.

With the eased restrictions now in place, as communicated via Compass, we look forward to the return of face-to-face fortnightly assemblies and other school events that will allow us to come together again as a community.


Enrolments 2023

If you have a child enrolling in Foundation at FPS next year, we invite you to complete the enrolment forms as soon as possible to support our workforce planning. If you have friends, family, neighbours who have children enrolling please encourage them to book into a tour and an information session. 

Please see our Enrolment page for more information, to download the 2023 enrolment forms and to register for an information session.

Curriculum Professional Learning

At our whole-school Curriculum Day on Tuesday all teachers came together to learn, create and connect as we launched our Data Inquiry Groups (DIGs) for Literacy, Mathematics and Wellbeing. These DIGs will drive our professional learning for the rest of this year through our data inquiries into curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Our first big work in our DIGs will be collaboratively developing learning continua using the Victorian Curriculum and other evidence-based resources.

The day commenced with an analysis of conversations teachers had with students about their own learning. This anchored the day’s learning in the voices of students. 

Through this process we have learnt:

After some research into learning continua and how an inclusive learning pathway can offer greater equity and agency for all learners, teachers had a go at creating their own learning continuum. These continua will form the basis of our curriculum and assessment planning and pedagogy in the classroom. 

Below are some photos from the day, and a link to an article that teachers unpacked on the day.


Precinct Partnerships

This week we welcomed 5 second-year preservice teachers (PST) from Victoria University. In an innovative partnership facilitated by our Learning Partnership Leader, Caroline, we will host the preservice teachers at FPS every Tuesday for the rest of the year, and during their regular placement blocks.

This is a pilot partnership between Victoria University and Footscray Primary School designed to provide PSTs with more time in schools as a part of their education studies. The aim of the program is to strengthen curriculum knowledge and professional practice, along with the day-to-day skills that graduate teachers often identify as a challenge when taking on their first teaching position. This includes classroom management, assessment cycles, and collaborating with a teaching team. The approach could be likened to that of an apprenticeship or internship model.

Welcome Paula, Jamie, Eilidh, Matilda and Jasmine, who will be partnered with Hannah, Bec, Andrew/Caroline, Dan, and Calum.

FPS Breakfast Club returns this term!

Breakfast Club will run every Friday morning on the basketball court in front of the office. The school will provide a grab-and-go offering, such as fruit cups, to students who wish to join.  As the yard is not supervised before 8.45am, all students must remain at Breakfast Club until 8.45am.

In the event of wet weather, Breakfast Club will take place under cover in the stage area.

Pop-Up Gallery of FPS Student Artwork

During Term 1 art lessons students in grade 3/4 used air dried clay to create dragon eyes. They were encouraged to use language such as rolling, pinching, squeezing, pulling, blending whilst creating and interacting with their peers. Some students focussed on warm and cool colours, others focussed on complimentary colours. They were so proud of their art piece and are also very excited to take them home.

You can visit the beautiful pop-up gallery Wendy has set up to showcase the work of our talented young artists. The dragon eyes will be displayed at Oculus Dexter Optometry in Spotswood (68 Hudsons Rd).


Volunteers Needed - Bunnings BBQ

FPS will be running a Bunnings BBQ on Sunday 15 May at West Footscray Bunnings.

This is an excellent fundraising opportunity for the school.

We are looking for volunteers to cover the four 2 hour shifts between 8am to 4pm.

Please register your interest to footscrayprimarysocial@gmail.com with the times you're able to cover. If you can do more than one shift that would be great.

The BBQ is a great opportunity to meet new friends from the school and support our fundraising efforts.

Time slots:

8am to 10am
10am to 12pm
12pm to 2pm
2pm to 4pm

Thank you
Footscray Primary Social Club

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!

Important Dates to Remember

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

Upcoming Community Courses and Events

Please see the flyer outlining the dates and times for Bilingual Story Times in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Vietnamese, at West Footscray Library during Term Two.