Newsletter - 1 April 2020

Issue 9


Principal's Report

Conclusion of term 1
Today is of course the final day of a challenging … and successful first term.  With the collaboration of our staff, students, parents and carers, we have ensured that the term has been productive and more or less ‘normal’.  We have negotiated changes that included a snap three day lock down and the gradual return to a school environment that is more attuned to what we had in place (and took for granted) pre-pandemic.  We take pride in how our FWPS community continues to manage in such a positive way, despite underlying concerns.  I will continue to stress that for families dealing with the economic effects of the pandemic, we are available to listen and assist if this uncertainty is affecting your family.  A very practical way is by ensuring every child affected by this fall out is still able to attend school events, such as excursions and school camps.  Together with the Parents’ Association we are keen to assist.  Please contact me, or Caren, directly if this is a matter you would appreciate having a chat about.

School Council 
We were pleased to meet as a new School Council on Monday.  Apart from spending time enjoying a light supper, we also had the opportunity to learn a little about who we are and how we are connected to FWPS.  It was exciting to reflect on the array of talents, personalities and professions that will now work together for the benefit of our school community,

I am very pleased to announce that continuing council member, Andrew Newman (Hugo 6MK, Harriette 4LB and Otis 1LB), has been elected to the position of School Council President. Andrew was our treasurer within our last council and brings a wealth of State public service experience and a great commitment to our community.  Suzie Bourne will continue in the Vice President's role.  Having just seen her twins, Emma and Jackson off to secondary school, Susie still has Harry in 5HK at FWPS.  Susie with a background in communications and change management has had a long and positive involvement in Council. We were also pleased that new council member, Damian Stock (Ethan 2BD) and Sully PKS) agreed to a nomination for the vacated Treasurer’s role, Damian works in legal services as the CEO for a non-profit community agency.  

We approved a pared down version of the Annual Report to the School Community for 2020.  The report is necessarily an abbreviated version, as due to COVID-19, subsequent lockdowns and consequent extended periods of remote and flexible learning at home, data that is usually included was not available.  This included the NAPLAN student assessment, Attitude to School survey for students in years 4-6 and the Parent Opinion survey, all cancelled in 2020.  Once attested by our new School Council President, the report will be uploaded to the school website.

Emergency management 
This morning just prior to senior school recess we managed to fit in an emergency management drill on our reduced sized oval.  Due to the major dislocation for seven classes, the reduced size of the playing space and the requirement to reconfigure our PA system, we felt it was important to complete this exercise prior to the end of term.  We made that goal – just!

Next term …

8.45 gates opening – At the beginning of term 2 and subject to COVIDSafe advice, gates will open at 8.45 am and students will have the opportunity to play in the yard until lining up for class a couple of minutes before 9.00 am.  This final step will herald the return to normalisation of school operations.

Term 2 begins at 9:00am on Monday 19th April.

I do hope many families will have the opportunity for some time together and perhaps even a holiday that may have not been possible over the last 12 months.  For families remaining at home, parents working from home, or onsite, TheirCare will continue to operate with a holiday program over the next fortnight.  As always, your children will be well care for at FWPS.

Please, stay safe whether it be at home or on the roads,





Coming Events



Thur Apr 1

Mon Apr 19

First day of Term 2
Wed Apr 21Environment Team Incursion CERES 9.00 - 3.00pm
Thur Apr 29Grade 3/4 Excursion - Connection to Country - Royal Botanic Gardens - 10:15 - 2:15
Thur Apr 29Classroom Helper Program 9:15-10:45am
Face to face at FWPS
Thur May 6Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #1
9.30 - 11am
Thur May 6Classroom Helper Program 9:30-11:00am
Online via Webex
Thur May 6Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #2
6.00 - 7.00pm (includes option for Live feed)
Fri May 7Mother's Day Stall
Thur May 13Classroom Helper Program 9:15-10:45am
Face to face at FWPS
Thur May 20Classroom Helper Program 9:15-10:45am
Face to face at FWPS
Thur May 27Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #3
9.30 - 11am
Thur May 27Classroom Helper Program 9:30-11:00am
Online via Webex
Thur June 3Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #4
9.30 - 11am
Mon June 7 & Mon June 21Grade 5 & 6 CERES Excursion
Tue June 15 & Wed June 16Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences (G5-6).

Classroom Helpers Program 2021

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

While COVID is still with us there have been some lifting of restrictions by the department, which means that we can again run our FWPS classroom helpers program which is necessary to complete before helping out at the school.

Many of our parents/carers in grades 2 – 6 would have participated in the program, while 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.  Book early to avoid missing out.

To help in the school you must attend one of these sessions and have a current working with children’s check (WWCC).

Sessions are scheduled for the following dates.  You will be able to choose from a face to face session at the school or an online session via WEBEX. 

  • Thursday 29th April face to face at school 9:15  - 10:45am
  • Thursday 6th May online via WEBEX 9:30 -  11:00am
  • Thursday 13th May face to face at school 9:15 - 10:45am
  • Thursday 20th May face to face at school 9:15 - 10:45am
  • Thursday 27th May online via WEBEX 9:30 - 11:00am

Go to Classroom Helpers Program and follow these simple instructions:

Enter Code: mnzca and hit GO
Enter your details
Select the date and session that you wish to attend. 

When you click FINISH, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically.  

If you do not receive your email immediately, check your junk mail folder AND make sure you have spelled your email address correctly.

You can return to School Interviews at any time, and change your interviews—until the bookings close on 28th April @ 4:00 pm

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

Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2021

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Footscray West Primary is excited to be participating.

The challenge is open to all students from Prep to Year 6. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 1 September 2021.

If you are a student Prep – Year 2 you will be automatically registered and will complete the challenge at school.

If you are a student Year 3-6 you need to:

  • Register as a challenger to get a login and keep a record of your reading on the challenge website
  • Read 15 books during the challenge with at least 10 from the official booklist

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

If your child is keen to join the Reading Challenge please let me know in the library so they can be entered on the database and assigned a username and password to access the website.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

If you have any queries  or want more information please see me in the library.



Parents Association

Hi everyone,

A few updates from the PA…

A BIG THANKS for another successful UNIFORM POP UP SHOP. 

Thank you again to our delightful school community for supporting another Parents Association's 2nd Hand Uniform Pop-Up Shop this week!  Many parents came along to grab a bargain and help clear out some surplus stock, raising over $350.00.  A huge thanks also goes to the volunteers who helped set up and run the Pop Up shop.  Thank you to Sarah, Adele, and Andita.  The PA also wish to thank the lovely ladies in the school office for accepting all the uniform donations as they come in, and for helping behind the scenes with the Pop-Up shop.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the PA is only collecting two types of uniform donations at this stage, donations of branded items, an donations of items which are too worn for sale (or even destroyed), which we’ll be donating to sustainability champions “UPPAREL” who will ethically upcycle or recycle all donations.

If you have items to donate, please drop them at the office, and clearly label any items that are to be recycled.


The annual Mother’s Day stall is coming up on Friday the 7th of May (i.e. the Friday immediately before Mother’s Day) 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 run the stall on the day.

If you would like to get involved and can help out, then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you! 

You can get in contact at:

The other way to get involved is to come along and help with gift-wrapping on either (or both of):

  • 9am Friday 23 April
  • 9am Friday 30 April

See the flyer for more information!


Now that the minutes from the last PA Committee meeting have been signed off by School Council, these will soon be sent out to all PA members.

If you have any questions about the above or in general, please email us at:

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

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Easter break and school holidays. See you in Term 2!

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


Hi parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

We are almost there for the term and we hope you’re all looking forward to the up coming holidays. 

This week is the last week of term and we have had lots of fun doing different Easter craft and playing outside, and have an Easter egg hunt planned for Thursday afternoon! 


This has been an amazing term and we are so glad to have somewhat normal numbers at TheirCare. We are so lucky to have met lots of new children and families and the prep children are settling into the program beautifully. We have been able to receive lots of new resources and reset our room and program in a really positive manner, we are feeling like the room is much warmer and welcoming to both families and children attending! So thank you for supporting us and making this term fantastic! 

With it getting colder we are seeing more and more jackets get left behind, please ensure you’re all checking our lost property bucket near the sign in desk!


Holiday program is next week for our autumn holiday program, we have lots of fun filled activities, incursions, excursions, and lots more. The theme for these holidays will be ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, and booking now is essential for you to have a spot so please book ASAP. The flyer for the program is available at the TheirCare website and in the newsletter. 

During the holiday program we will be between both spaces (Emu Corner and Gecko Building), so if we are not in one please check the other at pick ups and drop offs, we will try to begin and end the day in Emu corner however. 

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: 

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