October 13th 2023

Issue 10

Important Dates to Remember

 Term 4 
 October 16 - 20Diversity and inclusion week
 October 20Rainbow Free-dress day (Gold coin donation towards Minus18)
 October 23 - 27Body safety and bullying prevention week
 Monday 6th NovemberPupil Free Professional Practice Day
 Tuesday 7th NovemberMelbourne Cup public holiday
 Tuesday 21st November2024 Foundation transition Session 1
 Tuesday 28th November2024 Foundation transition Session 2
 Friday 1st DecemberCelebrations of Learning
 Friday 1st DecemberStudent reports published via Compass
 Week beginning Monday 4th DecemberYear 3 and Year 4 parent-teacher conferences
 Tuesday 5th December2024 Foundation transition Session 3
 Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th DecemberYear 5/6 camp
 Week beginning Monday 11th DecemberFoundation - Year 2 and Year 5/6 parent-teacher conferences
 Tuesday 12th DecemberState-wide Year 6-Year 7 transition day and FPS F-6 2024  step-up day
 Tuesday 12th December2024 Foundation transition Session 4
 Wednesday 13th December - Friday   15th DecemberYear 3/4 Camp 
 Monday 18th DecemberYear 6 Exhibition and Graduation
 Wednesday 20th DecemberLast day of school for 2023 - early finish

Principal's Message

Term Four has started strong and we are looking forward to a big term of learning and play. I’d like to remind everyone that our school grounds are supervised from 8:50am each day until 3:45pm. On Monday and Tuesday after school, we meet for teacher professional learning and teachers are not available at these times for family meetings. Whilst we know that our teachers and leaders work hours far beyond those they are paid for, their daily attendance hours do not commence until 8:50am. Please be respectful of staff personal lives and arrive on time for school and work flexibly to make any appointments within their paid working hours.

On Tuesday after school, Jackie shared a presentation with all staff on our Italian Reading program. Sometimes it is hard to believe that our Italian bilingual approach has only been here for 3 years and hearing Jackie talk about the work that has been put in to get us to this point made us all reflect on the reasons we feel so exhausted! Jackie has presented this workshop at a number of conferences and has received much praise on the approach to Italian reading we have designed, along with the school-designed learning resources that accompany this work. We would love to have Jackie present the workshop for families later this term or early next year.

Baby JackI am very pleased to share some exciting news with you all. Two of our much loved educators, Katie and Bec are both expecting babies early in the new year. Bec has been entertaining us by sharing some classic kid quotes that have come from her students upon hearing her good news. My favourite was when she showed a class her ultrasound photo and a child asked why it was black and white and when Bec reminded them how dark it was in there they suggested she open her mouth to let some light in! Needless to say, Bec has used the opportunity to tackle some hilarious Biological Science misconceptions. We are sure you will join us in wishing Katie and Bec all the very best as they start their new families. We are still forcing Chris to send us daily photos of Jack and we look forward to welcoming Chris back to school in Week 5. Here is a photo of baby Jack for those who need a cupful of cuteness.

Don’t forget to come down to school on Saturday for a sausage sizzle lunch and a sweet treat from the cake stall. Thank you to School Council and the FPS Social Club for their time and efforts organising these events to raise funds for the school.

I know how busy you all are but I encourage you to take time to read the fortnightly newsletter across Term 4 as we share updates about transition, end of year events, and staffing updates.

Moving Schools in 2024

If your Foundation to Year 5 child/ren will be relocating to another school in 2024 we would appreciate you letting us know now so we can plan accordingly. If you are leaving FPS at the end of 2023, please notify us via this form - https://forms.gle/zVE5C2KYqAbpi8Uk6

Class Placement 2024

Each year we receive a large number of parent requests and we ask that you only submit a request if there is an exceptional circumstance that you feel will significantly impact on your child's learning. We are not always able to accommodate parent requests and we ask you not to submit a request for your child to be with their friends. Our teachers work hard to keep children in friendship groups where possible and your child will have a chance to list 3 friends they would like in their class. These preferences are our first priority and we suggest you make time to talk with your child about who they will write on their list. Based on our enrolment projections, we will be running with Year 1/2, Year 3/4, and Year 5/6 class structures so this is something to consider when developing friend lists.
Staff placements are not confirmed at the time of class list development and we do not accept requests for specific teachers. You can find our placement policy on our website.
Parent/carer requests must be received by the end of October and preferably via this google form - https://forms.gle/dTpXR7bF12bMZeVJ8 - If you are submitting a form for multiple children, you will need to complete a separate form for each child.

Here we go round the Mulberry Bush

If you have been at school lately you will notice the Mulberry Tree is full of fruit and beautiful green leaves. This is a much loved feature of our schoolyard and we are very happy that our young people delight in playing under, in and up the tree. We have a couple of expectations to ensure all children can enjoy the tree equitably and safely. We only take a couple of mulberries when they are dark and ripe and we stay on the bottom branch to keep ourselves safe and to keep our tree healthy. This week we have started painting blue lines on the climbing trees across the school so students know they cannot climb above these lines. We would really appreciate you talking to your children about these expectations, particularly if you know they love to play in the Mulberry Tree.

CCTV upgrade

Along with our beautiful new grounds and buildings this year, we have also had an upgrade of our CCTV across the school. CCTV cameras have been installed on the outside of all buildings and signage will be provided at school entrances in the coming weeks. There are a number of reasons why CCTV cameras are installed inside schools:

  • To ensure the school environment is safe and secure, and fulfil our duty of care to students, staff and visitors
  • To prevent and manage inappropriate behaviour on school grounds
  • To provide enhanced capability to protect our school grounds against vandalism and theft

Consistent with the above, our school may use CCTV cameras to:

  • prevent, support and verify incidents involving criminal behaviour of anyone on school grounds
  • Prevent, support and verify inappropriate behaviour of students, staff, visitors or members of the public.

This means the school may use CCTV footage of incidents to help inform decisions about student management and verify or investigate other incidents involving students, staff and visitors. The Department of Education may also be provided with visual coverage during emergencies.

The Department of Education CCTV Privacy Notice has been included in this week's newsletter for further information about access and storage of CCTV footage. 

For more information on how our school may use the CCTV system and who may access the footage, please see the Department’s CCTV Policy.

FPS CCTV Privacy Notice

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of the CCTV system in our school, please contact our front office on footscray.ps@education.vic.gov.au or 9687 1910.

Reimagining student reporting

In Term 1 this year we invited families to join us in a focus group discussion about reimagining student reporting at Footscray PS. Throughout the year a small team of teachers and leadership have conducted an inquiry into our current approach to student reporting, as well as exploring some exciting ‘what ifs’ amongst our students, teachers and families. Through partnering with families and listening to the voices of our students we intend to strengthen our reporting model so that it more accurately captures the learning experiences and progress of our students.

These focus group conversations and individual conferences have provided us with valuable themes and insights about what our young people and their teachers and families value about: 

  • Sharing evidence of student learning 
  • Student agency in showcasing learning stories  
  • Opportunities to reflect on learning in all areas of the curriculum, including social and emotional learning 

We are very excited to launch this work next year and are keen to hear from more of our families about what you value in student reporting. 

The following survey is divided into 3 separate parts: 

  • Stories of learning progress 
  • Student reports 
  • Conferences 

In 2024 we anticipate the transition from parent-teacher conferences to Student-Led Conferences for Years 2 – 6. This aligns with the voices of our young learners, their teachers and their families who expressed a keen desire for developing greater agency, reflection and co-constructed goal setting by our students. Student-Led Conferences will also allow families to connect with both their child’s English and Italian teachers.

The survey will close this coming Monday 16th October. We strongly encourage all families to complete the survey so that we can design a new student reporting model that meets the needs of our families, our teachers, and our most important stakeholders, our students

 Reimagining student reporting survey

Thank you!

Body Safety and Bullying Prevention

During Week 4 of this term, Footscray Primary School will be facilitating a Body Safety and Bullying Awareness Week. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment, and one of the key elements of this commitment is ensuring our students have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves.

In accordance with the health and physical curriculum of the Victoria Curriculum and the Resilience Rights and Respectful Relationship (RRRR) curriculum, our students will be engaging in a comprehensive program on Body Safety Education. This program aims to educate children about their bodies, personal boundaries, and the importance of consent.

Key components of this Body Safety Education program include:

  1. Understanding Their Bodies: Students will learn about the names and functions of body parts. This knowledge helps empower children by ensuring they have the language to describe their bodies accurately.
  2. Personal Boundaries: We will teach students about the concept of personal boundaries – the idea that every person has the right to decide who can touch their body and where they can be touched. This will be done in age-appropriate and sensitive ways.
  3. Recognising Safe and Unsafe Touch: We will help students differentiate between safe and unsafe touches. They will learn to recognise situations where they might feel uncomfortable and how to seek help when needed.
  4. Consent: We will introduce the concept of consent and teach students that they have the right to say "no" when they are uncomfortable with physical contact, even from someone they know.
  5. Identifying Trusted Adults: Students will be encouraged to identify trusted adults they can turn to if they ever feel unsafe or have concerns about their body safety.

We understand the sensitive nature of this topic and will ensure that the discussions and activities are conducted in an age-appropriate, respectful manner. Educating students around Body Safety equips students with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves and develop healthy relationships.

Thank you for your support in helping us create a safe and nurturing learning environment for all our students. To support and strengthen our understanding as a community, we have organised an online parent workshop facilitated by Body Safety Australia on Wednesday the 25th of October from 6:30 to 7:30pm.  See brochure for more details.

Body Safety Page 1
Body Safety Page 2

Sun Safety

As we head into Term 4, with the weather warming up and more outdoor activities on the horizon, it's crucial to emphasise the importance of sun safety. Protecting our children from the sun's harmful rays is not only about preventing sunburn but also reducing the risk of long-term skin damage. We encourage you to ensure your child comes to school with sunscreen applied, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Together, we can create a sun-safe environment for our students, allowing them to enjoy the great outdoors while safeguarding their health. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our children safe and healthy.
No Hat Play in the Shade Image

Diversity and Inclusion

We are excited to share that next week, our school will be celebrating Diversity and Inclusion through a week of special activities and education. Next Friday the 20th of October we invite all students to participate in our Rainbow Free Dress Day with a gold coin donation. To join the fun, students can wear colourful, rainbow-themed clothing and enjoy a disco during lunchtime. The money raised will be donated to Minus18, an LGBTQIA+ charity that provides valuable support to youths. More information on this wonderful charity can be found here https://www.minus18.org.au/

It's a wonderful opportunity to show our commitment to inclusivity and support a worthy cause. We thank you for your participation and look forward to a vibrant and meaningful day!
Free Dress Day

Poster Inclusion

Community Information

Kelly Sports
Kelly Sports Term 4 2023
Chess Lessons
Chess Term 4

Parenting in Maribyrnong - sessions coming up
Children's Week Celebrations:
Early Years Parenting Postcard Oct 2023
Spring into Summer:
Spring into Summer Timetable

Anglicare Victoria
Anglicare Become a Foster Carer