Newsletter - 18 March 2021

Issue 7


Principal's Report

Late to school
As communicated over recent weeks, we are trying to normalise attendance at school as we endeavour to return to a COVID safe environment.  Part of this has been an expectation that children arrive at school on time.  That is 9am.  When students arrive later, it is disruptive to the class or specialist teacher and the grade.  All gates will continue to be opened at 8.50 am with only the main office entrance on Blandford Street (see explanation below) open after 9.00 am.

Grade 6 Social
We are very pleased that we will be holding our first grade 6 social event on Monday afternoon.  This is the first time we will have held a grade 6 social since 2019, an important ‘rite of passage’ event.  Class captains, Isla and Vicki have prepared a note that is included in today’s newsletter and a reminder was shared on Updat-ed today for all grade 6 parents who are registered on our Updat-ed communications application.

Wallaby Building Repair update
Appreciations are extended to the staff and students from the grade 1 team and 4CL and 4LB for the terrific cooperation evident when moving from the Wallaby to decanted Oval classrooms on Friday and Monday. This of course topped and tailed the industrious effort by our contractors on Saturday morning, when they moved all the heavy classroom furniture and many boxes of resources before the steady rain set in (phew).

With the many tasks required, a very particular appreciation to our maintenance staff member, Taleb and IT tech, Quang. Part time in hours worked, but full time in commitment!

Change of access to school office
During the week the focus has shifted, as Administration, Student Services and Leadership, prepare to move to the oval. The heavy lifting will occur on Saturday, with an expectation that the office will be able to operate from the start of the school day on Monday.  This will be the signal for us to effectively ‘flip’ the school.  For the duration of the works, Blandford St will become the front entrance of the school.  All gates currently being used (with the addition of the single, pedestrian gate on Blandford) will be available for entry and departure daily.  After 9 am, all but the new double gate on Blandford (the new access gate to the office), will close.

There are limited spaces available for disciplines in:

  • Keyboard (4 places only)
  • SAP – Singing and Performance with Vernice (20 places)
  • Guitar & Drums with Gary (20 places combined)

If you would like your child to participate in one of the above disciplines starting in Term 2, you will need to be quick.

These places may fill fast and it will be a 1st in 1st served basis.  Once the spots are filled we cannot accept any further enrolments.  Please use this link Soundgarage Term 2 for the enrolment form.

2nd Hand Uniform Sale
A big thank you to all the volunteers from our Parents Association who conducted a very succesful 2nd Hand Uniform sale yesterday.  Over $750 was raised.  We hope to hold another sale last week of term. 

Two lunch times at Lunch Box
A reminder to parents and carers when booking lunch times, please ensure that you select the tab indicating what grade your child or children are in.  This is important, as this year we have different lunch times for the senior and junior school.  This requirement has added considerable complexity for the Lunch Box staff in preparing lunches at the right time, so it in everyone’s interest to get this right.  Hungry kids are best avoided!

I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy the last of the warm weather.




Coming Events



Fri Mar 19National Ride 2 School Day
Mon Mar 22

Grade 6 Social 13:50-15:30
Mon Mar 292nd Hand Uniform Sale 3:20pm
Mon Mar 29First Meeting for New School Council members 6.30pm
Thur Apr 1

Mon Apr 19

First day of Term 2
Thur Apr 29Grade 3/4 Excursion - Connection to Country - Royal Botanic Gardens - 10:15 - 2:15
Thur May 6Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #1
9.30 - 11am

Thur May 6Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #2
6.00 - 7.00pm (includes option for Live feed)

Thur May 27Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #3
9.30 - 11am
Thur June 3Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #4
9.30 - 11am
Mon June 7 & Mon June 21Grade 3 & 4 CERES Excursion
Tue June 15 & Wed June 16Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences (5-6).

Pupil of the Week






Approaching learning in a positive way and being thoughtful towards your classmates.



Putting effort into sounding out to write a sentence about a personal experience. True growth mindset!



Being a wonderful helper in class.



Being an attentive listener and always trying your personal best.



Using your growth mindset and knowledge of letters and sounds to have a go at writing a sentence. Amazing work!



For his attentive listening during our Artist Incursion. It was great to see you apply your Personal Best to your artwork. Well done!



The thoughtful contributions you make to class discussions and community circles.

Penelope M


Her growing confidence in participating during class discussions. Keep up the fantastic effort!



Sharing your reading strategies with the class and joining in class discussions. Well done.



Being a kind and helpful student inside and outside the classroom, and always following the Tribes Agreements. Keep it up!

Sophie T


Consistently participating and engaging in class discussions by asking questions and providing ideas. Wonderful effort. 



Always taking pride in her work and trying her personal best in all areas of learning. 



Writing a great recount about swimming which included sequenced events and voice



Applying effort to all school work.  



Always being ready to listen and learn, and for always doing her personal best.



Showing mutual respect to others within the playground and for applying her personal best when reading about hygiene. Great work, Ayantu!



Showing his personal best during homework tasks! Top effort, well done!



Effort you are putting into editing and revising your writing. Keep it up, Mare!



Settling so well into 4LB and putting so much effort into your learning. 

Welcome to 4LB Poppy!



Your effort in the TORCH assessment and being a helpful class member.



The effort he has put into his recent narrative. You've developed your idea well and use excellent word choice!



Excellent and responsible attitude in all learning areas.



Her excellent leadership skills in netball during Grade 5/6 sport. Well done, Lila!



Being a supportive classmate, who applies her personal best effort and is always willing to help others.



Always showing a positive attitude towards learning.



Showing maturity and leadership by personally thanking a guest speaker at our incursion.



Your efforts to follow mathematical criteria to design an adventure park.



Always sharing your ideas with the grade. Keep up that wonderful effort Monty!

Grade 6 Social

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Monday the 22nd of March, all of the Year 6 students will be gathering together for an afternoon of games and fun. The Social will be held in the Gecko building in the last two sessions of  the senior school day, at 1:50pm-3:30pm. Students will be dismissed at the usual time.

There will be NO food shared at the event due to COVID-19. And it is NOT a mufti-day, but students are allowed to bring casual clothes to get changed into during/after lunch. All clothing will need to be school appropriate.

We appreciate your time.
From all of the Captains of FWPS. 


Prep Teddy Bear Picnic

On Wednesday the 18th of March, the Prep students came to school with their favourite teddy or soft toy to enjoy a picnic on our school oval. We enjoyed our fruit with all of the other Prep grades, so we were able to meet up with old and new friends and were then able to have a play on the oval, playground or create some chalk art. Once we were back in our classroom we talked about the fun that we had and took the opportunity to draw and write about our experience. The Prep teachers are really excited to see students using a growth mindset to have a go at recording their ideas using pictures, letters, words and some students are even having a go at spelling words by themselves- amazing! 




Grade 1/2 Artist Incursion

On Wednesday the 17th of March and Thursday the 18th of March, the exceptional aerosol artist, AJ, came to Footscray West Primary School to teach the Grade One and Two students how to use line and shapes to convey emotions in our drawings.  


First, we looked at his amazing art work. Next, we discussed using a variety of shapes to make the different areas of our face. Then we had a go looking in the mirrors and drawing. We used lines to make our faces show different emotions. At last we had amazing artworks that we shared with our friends.  

Some comments from students:

He taught us how to use mirrors to really look at ourselves to draw a self-portrait – Maggie. 

Some of the mirrors were magnified and it made our faces look really big – Elliott. 

I liked using the different shapes to make a portrait of myself. It made it easier to draw a character – Zaida.  

I liked drawing the happy characters – Myra. 

AJ’s work was amazing. He is such a great artist. – Hugo. 

We would like to share an appreciation to AJ for sharing his idea book and expertise with us and Linda for organising the incursion.  


Classroom Helpers 2021

After such a long break from having parents/carers onsite, we were pleased that this term we could welcome our community back onto the school grounds.

While COVID is still with us there have been some lifting of restrictions by the Department of Education, which means that we can again run our FWPS Classroom Helpers program, a participatory requirement prior to helping out at our school.

Many of our parents/carers in grades 2 – 6 will have previously participated in a Classroom Helpers session.  However there was limited access last year for the 2020 prep parents before we all went in to lockdown. 

This year we have scheduled five sessions on a Thursday morning with a choice of either participating in the program face to face at the school, or online.  We are however still limited to the number of adults we can have in any space and therefore numbers for each session will be capped.

To help in the school or to attend excursions or camps, you must attend (or have attended) one of the sessions and hold a current Working with Children’s card.

Sessions are scheduled for the following Thursdays from 9.15 am – 10.45 am (face to face) and 9.30am – 11am (online)

29th April – face to face at the school

6th May – online via Webex

13th May - face to face at the school

20th May – face to face at the school

27th May – online via Webex

Details of how to book for one of these sessions will be included in next week’s newsletter

We are looking forward to meeting the parents/carers of our students.

Anne Reciszen and Kaye Cameron


Prep Tours 2022

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Preps in 2022.
Come along to find out about our school community and programs.
Parents and families are invited to visit Footscray West Primary School for
a tour and information session on the dates and times listed below.

Thursday 6th of May - 9:30 – 11:00 am and 6:00 - 7:00pm
The evening session will be held onsite, however this session will also be presented live on WebEx.

Thursday 27th of May - 9:30 – 11:00 am

Thursday 3rd of June - 9:30 – 11:00 am
Bookings will be required and will open on Thursday 29th April 2021.  Stay tuned to our website and newsletters for more information. 

Enrolment forms will be available at our first school tour on
Thursday the 6th of May and accepted at the office any time after this session.

Please check to see if you reside within our school zone at

Maribyrnong Divisional Swimming Carnival

Yesterday sixteen excited students from Footscray West Primary school represented the Footscray District at the Maribyrnong Division swimming carnival held at Oak Park Leisure Centre. All participants did a fantastic job to swim so well at this level of competition. Two of our students Bea Anders (12yr girls freestyle) and Liye Xu (9/10yr boys breaststroke) qualified for the Regional Swimming carnival to be held in Geelong. Thank you to all the parents and carers for ensuring that their child was at school prior to 8.45am for an early departure, it was very much appreciated. All results are listed below.

National Ride 2 School Day

Friday the 19th of March 2021 is National Ride to School Day.  We encourage students to participate by riding their bike, scooting, skating or walking to school. 

Active travel is a great way for students of all ages to meet their recommended daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

The purpose of National Ride2School Day is to show school communities that riding, walking, scooting and skating to school is an easy and fun activity.

Part Way is OK!

Many students live some distance from the school so having parents park a couple of blocks away and then having students ride or walk the rest of the way is an alternative to parents driving to the school gate or looking for parking. This provides students with the opportunity to ride and walk a portion of their journey to school.  It also has the added benefit of reducing congestion around the school gates.

The Environment Team

Orchard to Plate Cookbook for Sale

Community Notices