|October 16 - 20
|Diversity and inclusion week
|October 23 - 27
|Body safety and bullying prevention week
|Monday 6th November
|Pupil Free Professional Practice Day
|Tuesday 7th November
|Melbourne Cup public holiday
|Tuesday 21st November
|2024 Foundation transition Session 1
|Tuesday 28th November
|2024 Foundation transition Session 2
|Friday 1st December
|Celebrations of Learning
|Friday 1st December
|Student reports published via Compass
|Week beginning Monday 4th December
|Year 3 and Year 4 parent-teacher conferences
|Tuesday 5th December
|2024 Foundation transition Session 3
|Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th December
|Year 5/6 camp
|Week beginning Monday 11th December
|Foundation - Year 2 and Year 5/6 parent-teacher conferences
|Tuesday 12th December
|State-wide Year 6-Year 7 transition day and FPS F-6 2024 step-up day
|Tuesday 12th December
|2024 Foundation transition Session 4
|Wednesday 13th December - Friday 15th December
|Year 3/4 Camp
|Monday 18th December
|Year 6 Exhibition and Graduation
|Wednesday 20th December
|Last day of school for 2023 - early finish
Last week we conducted the recruitment process for two ongoing Italian positions commencing 2024, and a part time fixed term Italian contract. We congratulate Suzi, current FC classroom teacher, on her successful re-appointment to the Italian teaching team. We were also fortunate to have a large number of Italian applicants as we become known in the sector for our bilingual program. In 2024, we will welcome Ida and Sarah to our Italian teaching team. Ida comes to us with a number of years teaching experience in generalist primary teaching, as well as teaching in the Arts. Sarah joins us after many years of classroom and language teaching and has introduced herself below.
‘Ciao! Mi chiamo Sarah! I am very excited to be joining the Footscray Primary School community in 2024. I love Italian language, culture and food. In my spare time, I love baking, spending time with my family and listening to Italian music. I look forward to getting to know you all. A presto!’
In some happy-sad news, our superstar Business manager, Rowena, will be taking a year of leave to spend time working in a new field, continuing her training and enjoying some time with her family in sunny Queensland. Rowena and I work in close partnership and I am so sad to think about the year ahead without her guidance and knowledge. However, I am thrilled for her to be taking this big step and I should also share that last weekend while I was lazing about on my couch, Rowena and her team took out the win in the Half Ironman on the Sunshine Coast. What a champ!! We appointed Sharon Jones to take on the Business Manager role next year. Sharon (and her trained therapy dog, Lexi!) will be coming to us with years of school office experience and she is very excited to join the FPS community, already sinking her teeth into some professional learning to get ready!
We have had a number of staff on extended leave who will be officially leaving our FPS staff group next year.
Jessie Brown has worked for FPS for many years in a number of roles. Most of you would know Jessie from her friendly face in the office and her familiarity with your families and circumstances. She held a lot of community and technical knowledge that we will definitely miss. Jessie has spent this year starting an apprenticeship where she has been working on the new Footscray hospital. It was a very hard decision for her to leave FPS officially but she has decided to throw herself completely into her apprenticeship and we are really happy for her.
Rhiannon has been permanently transferred to the office admin team at Melton Primary. This is a sad outcome for us but a great one for Rhiannon as it is close to home and her daughter attends the school also. Janine Bell has been on long service leave since the end of 2021 and has now confirmed that she will be officially retiring from the Department of Education. Evelyn has been on extended leave working in her family juice company and dedicating time to her commitment to community service. She has now resigned from the department of education and FPS to pursue her work in these areas. With Virginia retiring last year also, we hope to invite them all back for a special farewell assembly in Term 4 to thank them for their invaluable service to our department and our school. We know many of you, like us, would like to say goodbye properly!
On Tuesday the 12th of September the 5/6s held their Market Day. This was a day to raise money for the Year 6 graduation and end of year fun day. Everything that was sold on the day was made by students or run by the students. We enjoyed using our skills and talents and working in small groups to make the day a success. It linked to our unit of inquiry about giving all people equal opportunities. We are very proud to announce that we raised $2000, this far exceeded our goal and shows what a fantastic community we are a part of. Have a great school free 2 weeks! From Ari and Josie .
Just a reminder that in term 4 all children are required to wear hats when they are outside so it’s time to dig under beds and in the back of wardrobes to find that FPS approved hat. The hat needs to be broad brimmed or Legionnaire style to ensure adequate coverage of not only your child’s face but also their ears and neck. We know that sometimes kids don’t like wearing hats because they are not seen as ‘cool’ but limiting sun damage is so important. We are hoping to partner with you in making sure your child has a hat in their bag every day and encourage you to have a conversation with them about the importance of wearing hats.