|Friday 23rd June
|2.30pm Finish - Last day of Term 2
|Monday 10th July
|First Day of Term 3
|Monday 24th July - Friday 4th August
|Foundation - Year 4 Intensive Swimming Program (Daily for 2 weeks)
|Friday 28th July
|Assembly - 3pm
|Wednesday 16th August
|Year F-3 Music Concert - 2.30pm
|Friday 18th August
|Year 4-6 Music Concert - 2pm
Assembly - 3pm
|Wednesday 23rd August
|Book Week Celebrations
|Friday 8th September
|Assembly - 3pm
|Tuesday 12th September
|Celebration of Learning - 3pm
|Friday 15th September
|Footy Colours Day
2.30pm Finish - Last day of Term 3
|Monday 6th November
|Pupil Free Professional Practice Day
|Tuesday 7th November
|Wednesday 6th December - Friday 8th December
|Year 5/6 Portsea Camp
(Wednesday to Friday)
|Wednesday 13th December - Friday 15th December
|Year 3/4 Camp Rumbug
(Wednesday to Friday)
|Wednesday 20th December
|1.30pm Finish - Last day of Term 4
As shared in our previous newsletter, we worked across the first semester to build our collective capacity to deliver a strong writing curriculum where our learners write for purpose with powerful language and author craft. A small group of staff will continue to capture this learning and build resources and teams will continue to strengthen and apply their learning through collaborative team planning. Last week, we launched our new professional inquiry focussed on the Big Ideas in Number. Many of you already know that prior to my role here I spent many years working in maths leadership and I am so excited to share and build upon my knowledge with this extraordinary bunch of educators. If you would like to hear a little about the Big Ideas in Number you can watch this short video - https://youtu.be/nPLWAzK0QSQ
As shared through the Principal’s message, results for the 2023 National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test were released this week. Some families may already be aware of the changes to the NAPLAN reporting system which have been introduced nationally by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
So what’s new?
The most significant difference to the NAPLAN reports are that each learning area is assessed and represented according to the following 4 proficiency levels. These will replace the previous 10 numerical bands and national minimum standard used in previous years’ reporting:
So what’s the same?
The NAPLAN assessment continues to measure student achievement in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar and punctuation, and will continue to represent students' achievement against their peers. The results will provide an indication of students' skill levels against the national averages and the expected level for their year, and also provide valuable information to their teachers about how we can continue to support your child's growth.
If you are interested to know more about the new reporting format you may be interested in viewing this short informative clip about how to interpret the new features of the individual student report.
We have also attached an information sheet about the new proficiency levels for our Year 3 and Year 5 families.
NAPLAN Information for parents and carers 2023
Should you have any questions about the new NAPLAN reports please contact Kathy Winton on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9687 1910.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week our classroom teachers and specialist teachers met with families to share and celebrate their child/ren’s achievements and areas for growth as identified in their Semester 1 reports. The evenings went very smoothly and we would like to thank our teachers for staying back late to meet with families on Monday night.
Some families chose to meet on Webex while others preferred to attend in-person. We will continue a similar format to this for our Semester 2 conferences as many families enjoyed the opportunity to select which communication method worked best for them.
Over the course of term 3, we will be transitioning to the primary use of the Compass platform for school communication, event permissions and logging student absences. Families can use this platform via internet browser or the Compass app. Hard copy information regarding this transition was sent home with the eldest child of all families late last week.
We will be offering a number of supports to families who may experience any difficulties using the Compass platform. One of these supports will be a weekly drop-in session on Thursdays between 3pm and 3:30pm in the library. A staff member will be available to help families navigate any elements of Compass that you are unsure of, or any other technical support needs.
Please find the following parent resources from Compass:
Across the term, we will continue to identify families with exceptional circumstances that prevent the use of Compass and in these cases provide alternate means of communication.
If you have any Compass related questions, please contact email@example.com or visit our school office.
Many of you will have seen Grace Nguyen’s crochet creations as she gets about the schoolyard making, carrying and wearing her products. They are always impressive and we are so proud to share that Grace’s talents have been acknowledged in the wider community. Grace was recently announced as the winner of the Young Artists Prize - primary aged category in the biennial Footscray Arts Prize. What an accomplishment - Congratulations Grace!
Well done to all our Footscray Primary students who entered: Lu Holzer-Vowles; Alex Vy and Abigail Mitchell.
Please feel free to share achievements with us so we can acknowledge all the great things that our students get up to outside of school.
Big thank you to West Footscray Bunnings, for their generous donation to our Student Engagement Program. Using these resources, our students have been learning to take care of our gardens. They have learnt how to identify certain weeds, plant vegetable and flower seedlings and learning more about how to grow different plants.
We are loving our new gloves! Thanks Bunnings!
Last week, Jen, Chris, Kathy, Emily, Calum, Ryan, and Rowena completed two days of Mental Health First Aid training. It was a powerful experience and all the participants felt more confident by the end of the two days to identify someone experiencing some mental health challenges and how to approach the person and help them to seek further support. Caroline, Jackie, Jenny, Nick, Sarah and Katie will complete the training later in the year so that each member of our leadership team has the skills required to best support our staff and our young people.
This July Footscray Primary School is participating in Plastic Free July. Classes are being challenged to reduce their plastic waste, through bring ‘nude’ foods to school and recycling all waste properly.
Starting next week we are also asking classes to collect plastic bottles and cans as part of Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme. Your returned container will then be given a new lease on life. The material is recycled and remanufactured into a new product, saving it from landfill or littering the environment. Any money raised will be put back into the school gardening program.
The Footscray Primary Social Club has a new treasurer (Danni Flanagan), secretary (Sally Walshe) and president (Pippa Chandler). Thanks to everyone who came on Wednesday to our informal catch-up at West Footscray Wines. We are getting excited about some events in Term 3 and 4 - watch this space. If you have ideas or want to get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Early Years - Getting help if you have concerns about your childs development
MacKillop Family Services
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Western Organic Collective
WOC Information Flyer
Maidstone Community Centre
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