Newsletter - 4 March 2021

Issue 5

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Principal's Report

Appreciations

With the assistance of our School Captains, Bea and Cassius and class captains, January and Alan, I was pleased to present our recently elected Junior School Council representatives (1–6) with their badges on Friday afternoon in preparation for (last) Monday’s video assembly

Congratulations to the following JSC representatives:

GradeRep GradeRep

1CW

Mai Caputo

 

4DW

Jacob Barham

1JN

Brigid Kelly

 

5HK

Maya Dao

1HP

Kyani Troedel

 

5HK

Fletcher Bodman

1LB

Jesse Collins

 

5KT

Gabby Roberts

1TN

Ari Gupta

 

5KT

Charlie Vipond

2BD

Jude Davies

 

5LC

Annamai Wells

2ES

Sylvie Bishop

 

5LC

Arthur Cowie

2JI

Afreen Kumar

 

6MK

Laaibah Rahman

2LE

Alex Pola

 

6MK

Will Denby

2LP

Zoe Mitchell Crow

 

6MP

Kashifa Ahmed Abdallah

3AC

Aisha Todd

 

6MP

Arlo Scott-Teunen

3BC

Adam Borg

 

6SM

Finn O'Donnell

3JS

Lawrence Ung

 

6SM

Mae Bettinsoli

3MK

Joshua Gregg

 

6TS

Otto Murray

4LB

Sophia Watson

 6TSSophia Camilleri

4CL

Mahiba Hossein

   


Thanks to JSC conveners Medha and Joanna for your support for our young leaders.



What’s happening?

Excursions and incursions
With a break of almost a year since we last held excursions, incursions or inter school sport, there has been a palpable excitement as the students have headed en masse to the buses under the expert management of our teaching and classroom ed support staff.

There has been some real energy around the place this week.  The grade 1 and 2 students are so excited to go swimming every day.  Their teachers have been wonderfully calm and very well organised.   A big thanks to Stratos, Linda, Heather, both teaching teams and Ed support staff.  The children have been very keen, daily informing me of what they were planning to do and later how well they did.  They haven’t taken my advice about not getting too wet, or not drinking all the water in the pool …  I don’t think I’d try this with our seniors, as I will be accused of telling ‘dads’ jokes’.

Yesterday the grade 3s headed off to ACMI in the city and they loved it.  It was the grade 4s opportunity today.  Thanks to Monica, Dan, teaching team and ES members who have supported this.

Also on Wednesday a group of interested grade 6s were able to participate in a Volleyball experience at Maribyrnong Secondary College.  Thanks Marco for organising.

Wallaby repairs
We did get to meet with representatives from our building contractor, City Living and our architect, Haskells on Tuesday.  We confirmed that the delayed timeframe is expected to be met.

On Tuesday the small canteen/Koala car park will be off limits as the temporary toilets for adults are linked to the sewerage system.  From this point we have been informed that we will no longer be able to access this area for transit.  This enclosure will also serve as the builder’s compound.

Once stage 2 (Wallaby repair project) actually begins, this area will be used regularly by trucks and digging equipment.  While the main car park will still be required for staff use and parent/carer access to Their Care (before 8 am and after 4 pm daily) we will need to share it with the work vehicles when they need to access the compound via Argyle St and the car park.

This is a further reminder that parents should not be walking their children through to TheirCare Emu Corner.  The correct path is to veer right before the boom gate and follow the path around Koala, over the new ramp/pathway and to the basketball courts side of Gecko.  This is a few metres more and whole lot safer.

School Council news
On Monday we held the final meeting (remote) with our current school council.  We were able to demonstrate our appreciation to retiring members (as detailed in last week’s newsletter) and announce representatives for the parent electorate. It was sobering to learn that there was over 50 years of combined School Council service retiring from Council! 

I am pleased to announce that when our new School Council meets on the last Monday of term (29th March), we will have the following parent/carer representatives:

New members

Returning members

Katie Berman

Suzie Bourne

Tim Solly

Andrew Charles*

Darren Stock

 

*One year position

I feel very positive that our new members will represent the parent electorate with a similar capacity and sense of shared purpose.  One that puts our students at the forefront of our decision making.

The new School staff representation is approaching finalisation.

At our final meeting we discussed in small groups, the combined effects, both perceived as positive and negative of the various iterations of remote learning from a parent and staff perspective. 

We were pleased to report of some very significant donations from new families directed to the One In, All In program for assisting families meet the costing needs of enabling their children to attend incursions, camps, excursions and uniform. We stress for all families who may be doing it tough, that it only takes one call or message to the office directed to me, Caren or Sandra, our Business Manager and we will sensitively follow up.

Prep Open sessions have been a success this week with up to five parents and carers attending sessions in either morning or afternoon for each of the five Prep classrooms.  The children have been very excited when inviting their special visitors into their classrooms.  Thanks to Karri, the Prep team and our office team for their support of this initiative.  See Page 3 for photos!

Reminders …

Sunsmart – Despite an insistence on the wearing of school broad brimmed hats outside during recess, lunchtimes and physical education and sports activities, sometimes the intensity of the sun along with a paucity of shade can be a problem.  We do encourage students to wear sunscreen and even sunglasses.  https://www.fwps.vic.edu.au/uploaded_files/media/sunsmartpolicy2019.pdf

However, it is impractical and against current practice for school and staff to provide or apply sunscreen directly.  We encourage students to apply this at home and/or bring a travel pack for at school reapplication. 

Late for school – As we transition to the next phase of our COVIDSafe plan, we expect all students to be at school by 9.10 am.  After that time, when all but the main gates are due to be closed, students will need to sign in at office.

A Message from the Art Room - Hi FWPS community! We are so excited to be back in the art room creating amazing pieces of art, but we need your help!  All students at FWPS are undertaking painting lessons in Term 1 and we are in desperate need of newspaper for our tables and containers to pour paint into - anything from yogurt containers, dip containers etc (Please make sure that these are thoroughly washed and have no food left in them) would be much appreciated!  Additionally, if your child has an art smock, please encourage them to bring it to art class! We do have lots of spares but sometimes we know students like to use their own. Thank you!
Luke & Susie

Have a great long weekend,
Cheers,
Brendan

 

Coming Events

DATE

COMING EVENTS

Mon March 1 to
Fri March 12

Grade 1 / 2 Swimming Program
9.10 – 11.30 am

Fri Mar 5


District Cross Country. Hansen Reserve
Qualifying Grade 4 - 6 - 9.30 - 12.30
Mon Mar 8

Labour Day Public Holiday
Fri Mar 12


Kanga Cricket Gala Day. Hansen Reserve Grade 5/6 9.00 - 3.00
Mon Mar 15Grade 5 / 6 Immigration Incursion with Refugee Council 
Wed Mar 17Division Swimming Carnival - Oak Park Leisure Centre 8.45 - 2.30
Wed Mar 17 &
Thur Mar 18
Grade 1 / 2 Artist drawing Incursion 
Fri Mar 19

Grade 6 Social 13:50-15:30
Mon Mar 29First Meeting for New School Council members
Thur Apr 1

LAST DAY OF TERM - 2:30 FINISH
Mon Apr 19

First day of Term 2

Prep Open Classroom Sessions

The Prep students and teachers have loved welcoming parents, carers and special grown ups into our classrooms this week.

      

They have had the opportunity to see their child's classroom and share in a play experience. The students have done an excellent job at showing their grown ups around the room and sharing their work with them. 

    







We appreciate the time that we spent together and how everyone has ensured a fair and safe opportunity for all.

   

Connector Bugs Volunteers Needed!

Connector Bugs needs volunteers!

We meet on Friday mornings from 9 am in the orchard behind the dingo building.  Our next meet up is on Friday 12th March. 

We will be working closely with the environment team to reinvigorate our litter free lunches and composting, as well as introducing some new environmentally sustainable initiatives.

We will also continue to maintain the orchard and run some fundraising stalls and cook ups across the year. This program is open to parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and community members. You will need a volunteer working with children’s check (WWCC).

Please email your name and number to the school footscray.west.ps@education.vic.gov.au if you are interested or you can contact me directly on 0450179737.

Looking forward to a great year in the orchard.

Thanks
Dianne



School Photos 2021

Our annual school photos have been taken and are now ready to order.

Arthur Reed Photos uses an online ordering system where you can view your photos prior to ordering.

On photo day all students received a flyer which includes a code unique to them.  You will require this 2021 code to register online and view your photos.

If you have already registered, you will receive an email or SMS from Arthur Reed Photos with a link to view your photos.

If you have not yet registered, please go to order.arphotos.com.au and enter your code to complete your order.

If you have misplaced your registration code, please contact the Arthur Reed Photos customer service team directly on 5243 4390 or customerservice@arphotos.com.au

Please note that you will need to register online with your 2021 photo code to gain access to this year’s images.

All photo packages are being sent to home addresses in 2021, so please ensure that you enter the correct details and nominated shipping address upon checkout.

If you require any assistance ordering your photos, please contact Arthur Reed Photos directly on 5243 4390 or email customerservice@arphotos.com.au

 

An update from the FWPS Parents Association

Hi everyone,

We hope this update finds you happy and well, and fully settled into the start of the school year! And we especially hope that all preps (and their families) have had a smooth start to the year.

One of the PA’s first initiatives this year was to support prep families to connect via the establishment of Social Connection Groups for each grade. The first email connecting people has just gone out, and for those who’ve signed up, we hope you enjoy the opportunity to connect with other parents/families in your child’s grade. If you still want to join up, it’s not too late – just follow this link: FWPS PA e-registration form.

Another key announcement is that FWPS’s annual Mother’s Day stall is coming up and we’re looking for people to help us make this year’s stall bigger and better than ever! Are you able to contribute in some way? Donate cookbooks, homemade jam, plants, handmade craft items… or help out with wrapping and packaging gifts. We’d also love some volunteers to help run the stall on the day.

If you’d like to get involved and can help out, then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! You can get in contact at: FWPSParentsAssociation@outlook.com.

The next PA Committee meeting is also coming up on Wednesday 17th of March at 7:30pm. So, find something green (in honour of St Patrick’s Day!), and come and join us for an enjoyable night out. No prior PA experience is needed to come along, and you don’t even need to be a member…. Though please do register your interest via the PA’s email address, so we can let you know the meeting location once confirmed.
RSVPs by Friday 12th of March would be appreciated.

And a couple of last updates……

  • Don’t forget about the FWPS Care Cupboard. It’s available to any family who may need a little extra support with toiletries, food, and household staples. It’s located just next to the staff car park – look right as you step into the car park – and can be accessed at almost any time.
    Please check out this FAQ for extra information about the Care Cupboard.
  • We know everyone’s curious about when the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop will re-open, and we’re working with school to identify options for how and when this can occur in a COVID-safe way. Stay tuned for further updates.

If you have any questions about the above, or in general, please email us at:  FWPSParentsAssociation@outlook.com.


Or, if you’d like to join the PA, please follow this link: FWPS PA e-registration form.

All the best, from the 2021 PA Exec
(Sharee, Kate & Tinny) & PA Committee

TheirCare

Hi parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

We are halfway through the first term and are excited by meeting more and more faces of children and families.

   

The preps will attend their first full week this week with them all coming for their first Wednesday, they have started to settle in nicely into our routines and community at TheirCare and FWPS. They will continue to be picked up and have a quieter afternoon tea in Emu Corner and will slowly begin to integrate them into the Gecko Building routine as the term comes to an end. We hope that you all have a fantastic long weekend and will see you all Tuesday! 

       

Soon we are going to host Supreme Incursions to FWPS on the 18th of March, where they are going to be providing us with an amazing Hip Hop workshop free of additional charges. If your child is interested, please book for this amazing opportunity as places will fill fast! For more information around the Hip Hop workshop or Supreme Incursions please follow this link; http://www.supremeincursions.com.au/school-incursion/hip-hop     

    

Reminder to all parents, guardians and children. As it continues to be hot throughout Term 1 we all need to be wearing our hats and putting on sunscreen. However, some children are still missing hats and they are not able to play outside at before and after school care. Also make sure to come check out the school’s and our lost property as they are both filled with a huge array of hats and other lost items! 

For all families if you have any questions about TheirCare and would like to come and have a chat, please come visit us in Emu Corner in the morning or afternoon. Alternatively you can contact us on the details provided and we will help you as best we can. 

TheirCare Team:  Luke, Nelly, Louise & Eleanor 

Contact Details: 
Service Phone: 0487004072 
Service Email: footscraywest@theircare.com.au 
Head Office: 1300 072 410 

 

The Lunchbox

You will notice a change to your Munchmonitor home page.  

Separate lunch tabs have been installed. See the attached image.

Please order your child's lunch under the service tab, either the Senior or Junior lunch.

Lunch orders will be served at the corresponding lunch service time.

The Lunchbox - We're Hiring



One of our team members has accepted a role with MCRI. Fab for them, sad for us!  We have a vacancy for an immediate start located at FWPS.

The Role
You will assist in the day-to-day operations of the canteen performing a range of tasks
in relation to its operation, including:
• preparation of hot and cold food for two lunch service times
• stock rotation
• cleaning
• cash sales
• communicating with our VIP customers-the students

You
• enjoy working in a fast-paced environment (at times it is VERY fast paced)
• understand food hygiene standards
• have good communication skills
• have a can-do attitude
• have exceptional personal hygiene
• confidentiality is a must
• punctual & reliable
• enjoy working in a team
• enjoy working with children
• hold a valid ‘Employees’ ‘Working with Children Check’
Hours of work
• Flexibility in days worked between Wednesday- Friday
• You can work 1 day/2 days/3 days per week
• Hours 10.00am-2.30pm
• The canteen is closed public holidays and school term holidays
• Casual rates are aligned with the ‘Fast Food Industry Award’

Applications for the role
If you are interested in this role, I would love to hear from you! Please apply by sending your CV to: lindybenwell@yahoo.com.au

Community Notices


Junior Basketball Players Wanted

The Footscray Hawks Basketball club has vacancies for U10, U12 & U14 girls and U12 Boys on new teams we are forming to play in the current season.
Training is on a Monday afternoon with games played on a Saturday.
No experience is needed.

To register your interest email our registrar at registrar@footscrayhawks.com.au or call the club president, Brett Miller, on 0411 886 814.