October 27th 2023

Issue 11


Important Dates to Remember

2023
  
 Term 4 
 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

Across the first few weeks of term, I have observed so many little moments that reinforce why I love this community.

A parent approached me to let me know that her child’s friend was supposed to be in an after school activity that wasn’t actually on that day, I confirmed the schedule and said we could call home. The parent told me not to worry, she had the family’s number. So she called home and arranged a spontaneous playdate for the kids. The little one’s face went from disappointment to joy in an instant and I felt so grateful to be a part of that interaction.

On a rainy day before school, a parent was heading past the Bluestone, almost at the front gate as she smiled and said hello to a student running through the rain. She took a few more steps before stopping, turning around, and inviting the child under her umbrella. Together they walked through the pouring rain all the way back across the school to the child’s classroom.

A new family had enrolled at our school and were in the office completing some paperwork. One of our parents noticed they were speaking Vietnamese and jumped in to help them by interpreting between the family and office staff. Shortly after I saw the parent walking with this family to their child’s classroom. She stayed with them until they were settled and comfortable.

These moments of selfless kindness are what community is all about. Our children see these acts of generosity on display every day in our school and it epitomises the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. Thank you for partnering with us to build a strong school community for our young people to grow and thrive.

Welcome Back and Thank You

Next week, Chris Wilson returns from family leave and we are looking forward to seeing his face around the place again. Please be patient as Chris catches up with his emails and gets back on track with all of our families and the wellbeing needs of our students. An enormous thank you to Ryan Penberthy and Emily Roberts for their outstanding work stepping into Chris’ shoes over the last four weeks. Thanks also to the students of FA, FB, and 4A for managing so well while their teachers were taking on these leadership opportunities.

Staffing Update

We are in the midst of recruiting for 2024 with a number of roles currently advertised on Recruitment Online for classroom teachers, Art/Italian, and Music/Italian.

I would like to congratulate former FPS staff members, Priyanka and Luke on their permanent transfers to their current schools.
Wendy and Steph will both be taking a year of personal leave and our music teacher, Sarah, is taking leave to go on an international family adventure.
Calum has successfully picked up a fixed term contract and will temporarily transfer to a school closer to his home and to his gorgeous little family and we congratulate Dan who has gained employment at an independent school.

In 2024, we will welcome back Caitlin who will be stepping into the Science and Design specialist role while Bec steps into parenthood. Bec and Caitlin will work closely together across Term 4 to build the 2024 program and ensure the fabulous Science learning experience continues on next year.
For those of you who know her, you may have been excited to have seen Betty’s familiar face around on Thursdays and Fridays as she returned from family leave this term.

We have received this community introduction from our new 2024 Italian teacher, Ida.
Ciao a tutti! Mi chiamo Ida!
I am so very excited to join the Footscray Primary School Community. I can’t wait to meet you all!
I love drawing, reading, gardening and making things with my family. I love all things Italian, especially sharing Italian food, recipes and stories. I am really looking forward to learning and discovering new things together!
Ci vediamo l’anno prossimo!

Respect for School Staff Policy

Everyone at school, particularly staff and parents/carers, play a critical role in making school a better place for learning and work. Respectful behaviours are important in building strong, healthy and thriving school communities. 

Parents/carers can create a positive environment for learning and work by:

  • modelling positive behaviour to their child/children and to the school community
  • communicating politely and respectfully with all members of the school community
  • working with the school to achieve the best outcomes for their child/children
  • communicating constructively with the school
  • making use of the expected processes and protocols when raising concerns  
  • following the school's processes for communication with staff and making complaints
  • treating all school staff, students, and other members of the school community with respect.

Parenting and teaching are similar in many ways. They are both exhausting, challenging, rewarding, and bring about a range of big emotions. We understand that sometimes you might feel upset or frustrated with something that has happened at school or how we have managed something. It is still important that we interact with kindness and respect. Based on the department’s guidelines, we have developed a Respect for School Staff policy that can be found on our website. The following example behaviours are considered unacceptable or unreasonable;

  • being violent or threatening violence of any kind, including being physically intimidating,  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.

When our staff feel uncomfortable during an interaction, they will respectfully name and notice the behaviour that is not ok by saying something like ‘You are speaking a little too loudly, could you please lower your voice’ or ‘You are saying things about xxx that I find inappropriate, could I ask you to use language such as xxx instead’ or ‘I can see/hear that you are feeling angry/upset and I would like to make a different time to speak about this, please’. If there is no change in behaviour, we have asked our staff to end the conversation by forwarding the email to leadership, ending a phone call or ending an in-person meeting. 

We are fortunate to have incredibly hard working and dedicated staff and it is important that we work together to ensure FPS is a safe and enjoyable place to work, learn and play. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.



Devices at School

A reminder that during school hours communication between home and school must be facilitated via the office. We have had some instances of students contacting parents during the school day via smart watches. If your child is feeling unwell or needs to contact home for an urgent reason they can approach their classroom teacher or the general office. If you need to update your child about a change to plans or arrangements the office can relay that message for you. There is a Ministerial policy in place that we must follow in relation to use of communication devices in school. Our preference is to ask for your partnership in this matter, rather than put young people in situations where we have to speak to them about inappropriate use of mobiles or smart watches during the school day.

World Teachers’ Day

Today Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day.
The day has been celebrated internationally since 1994 when the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) chose to recognise the vital role of teachers in society.
Now in 2023 the contribution that teachers make to our young people, and to our future, is greater than ever before. Our teachers are not only improving student outcomes, they are doing so in an increasingly more challenging setting, with competing demands from all aspects of their work.
The teachers at Footscray PS go above and beyond for our students, for our families, for our community, and for each other - all in the midst of a teacher shortage, and a context of mental health and wellbeing needs that we haven’t seen before.
Every day we are in awe of the tireless work that our teachers do, for their long hours, their patience, their generosity and care for our young people, their boundless energy and passion to make a difference in the lives of their students.
Today we celebrated with a tasty lunch and some liquid acknowledgements after school. It barely scrapes the surface. But we hope they know just how much we appreciate these champions.
Kathy and Jen

Insights from our recent Body Safety Workshop

Thank you to all the families who attended our recent Body Safety Australia workshop, presented by Jay. This enlightening workshop was an eye-opening experience, delving into crucial aspects of child safety and online security.

The workshop began with a deep dive into harrowing statistics related to childhood sexual abuse. These facts, while unsettling, were essential to raise awareness about the critical need for body safety education. Knowing the extent of the issue is the first step in combating it, and Jay did an excellent job at presenting these facts in a sensitive yet informative way.

Jay also highlighted the potential risks our children face in the virtual world. The internet, while a valuable resource, can also be a breeding ground for inappropriate content and harmful interactions. Understanding these risks is vital for all parents in the digital age. One risk shared was that the content provided on YouTube Kids is not monitored prior to being uploaded, and then is often not removed until multiple complaints.

Another significant topic that the workshop addressed was the concept of respecting children's autonomy. Just as a child's body belongs to them, so does their image. This brought up some important questions about how we, as responsible adults, can seek consent from our children regarding their bodies and their image.

This Body Safety Australia workshop was tremendously insightful, helping to equip us with the knowledge and tools to empower and protect our children. We encourage you to continue these discussions at home and ensure that your children feel safe and supported in sharing their concerns or experiences. Child safety education is an ongoing journey, and by staying informed and engaged, we can create a safer world for our precious little ones.

Thank you for your commitment to our children's safety and well-being.

Here are the slides for our presentation Body Safety Workshop

Diversity Week

Thank you to all who contributed to our Rainbow Day last week, as part of our Diversity and Inclusion Week. We raised $268.30 to donate to Minus 18 LGBTQIA youth charity, who are leading the charge in building social inclusion, and helping to ensure all young people feel safe, empowered, and included.

Diversity Week

Seed Squad Update

Our vegetable garden is bursting with life, showcasing a colourful array of rainbow chard, beetroot, and broccoli, all ready for harvest.
In the previous week, our young garden enthusiasts from the Seed Squad engaged in a delightful cooking adventure with our freshly picked rainbow chard. With enthusiasm, they harvested, cleaned, and prepared this vibrant vegetable for a satisfying meal.

Seed Squad

                    

Seed Squad Recipe:  Rainbow Chard Frittata

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of your favourite veggies ie. Rainbow chard
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add a tiny pinch of salt, and a little pepper. Whisk it all together until it's mixed up and looks kind of bubbly.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Put the chopped veggies in the frypan and cook them for about 5-7 minutes until they're soft. You can also add other veggies such as mushrooms, spinach or some cooked bacon or ham.
  5. Pour the egg mixture on top of the veggies and cheese. Give it a gentle stir so everything is mixed up nicely.
  6. Pour the mixture into cupcake moulds or an oven proof pan.  
  7. Bake it for around 15-20 minutes. Your frittata is ready when it's firm in the middle and has a pretty golden top.
  8. Enjoy your yummy veggie frittata!


Seed Squad Cooking

The Exhibition

This term our Year Five and Six students are taking part in The Exhibition. For the Year Six students this is the culminating piece of their PYP inquiry journey through primary school. The exhibition unit takes place under any organising theme at the discretion of the school. Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. We chose this year to complete this student led inquiry under the How We Express Ourselves transdisciplinary theme with an umbrella central idea of ‘Imagining a beautiful future’. The students have identified an issue that they would like to explore and formed groups of like minded learners and thinkers, they have constructed their own central ideas and lines of inquiry and are now researching to gain a greater understanding of their issue. Once this research is complete they will then use their imaginations to design a solution to the problem that will allow them to experience their beautiful futures. They are being encouraged to think as creatively as possible and even if it doesn’t seem possible to solve their issue, to dream about a solution anyway. This researching, thinking and dreaming will then be put to use in designing an action to be shared and displayed in any way they would like to express it at an exhibition of their learning in the last week of the term. Some of the issues the students have identified are things like, sustainable food production, transport that doesn’t pollute, the purpose of modern schooling (I’m sure you can hear Andrew’s voice talking to this group…), mental health in children, disadvantaged indigenous youth and problem computer gaming addiction to name just a few. I’m sure you’ll agree our young people are ready to lead the way in solving the problems that they face in their future world. Jen, Kathy and I visited Kingsville Primary’s Exhibition last Wednesday evening and were very impressed with the way their students articulated and presented their research into a problem they had identified. We enjoyed reading the pledges they had made around changing their own behaviours as a part of the action they had chosen to undertake and this visit only increased our excitement around The Exhibition at FPS and what our wonderful students will be presenting to us in a few weeks time - Caroline

Community Information


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Children's Week Celebrations:
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Spring into Summer:
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