Newsletter - 29 April 2021

Issue 11


Principal's Report

The autumn leaves are falling and they have formed a lovely backdrop as the sun appears, signalling chilly mornings and pleasant days. Many children have been playing with, arranging and even using the fallen leaves with Susie and Luke during Art lessons. Towela shared these pictures – inspiring!


Appreciations – We appreciate that our generally calm and purposeful start to term has been the result of excellent preparation.  We are delighted, as our FWPS community loves playing and learning together.  Planning week has enabled our teaching teams to be very well prepared.  Look out for the team and specialist curriculum summaries that are included in this (and last week’s) newsletter.

A big thanks to the wonderful members of Parent’s Association who have been preparing for our first Mother’s Day stall since 2019.  We are looking forward to yet another step closer to regular practice next Friday.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has provided a letter of appreciation to the school community.  Please see link: Victorian Chief Health Officer message

News …

A reminder – We feel so fortunate that school life has returned to ‘near normal’, but with that comes the reasonable expectation that students are at school by 9.00 am, ready to start their learning. With the gates now open daily at 8.45 am the children are able to play and chat before going into class.  All students arriving after that time are required to first go to the office (on the oval) and that is for many a long walk, best avoided by being on time.   When children are late and student rolls are marked it increases the likelihood of miscommunication.  It can be momentary distressing to receive an absence text when you are confident your child may have been late but has been dropped at school!

Hoodie Day - At FWPS, Hoodie Day, hosted by the Junior School Council will be held tomorrow.  Students are encouraged to wear a hoodie on this day.  They can wear their own one over their school uniform, or wear their school hoodie.  We would appreciate each child bringing along a gold coin to donate to AMAZE ( Shaping the future for Autism.  Gold coins will be collected in class and sent to the office for banking.

JSC made a promotional video and that can be accessed at: 
Hoodie Day
 Let us make this day a great success.

This week …

Classroom helpers’ sessions – Attending a Classroom Helpers session, either in the past, or this year is a requirement for all volunteers who visit classrooms to assist, attend an excursion, or attend school camp. New parents of last year’s and this year’s prep students have not yet had the opportunity due to a COVID blighted 2020.  These sessions have been advertised for weeks, but we are sure the uptake does not reflect the need.  The first session (with 2 attendees) was held today and others are coming up over the next few weeks.  In an acknowledgement of communication innovation these sessions include onsite and remote options. Please take 5 minutes to explore this opportunity.  More details are on page 8. 

The grade 3 and 4 Botanical Gardens excursion … will be held today as the grade 3 and 4 students attend this iconic location in order to support the team’s term 2 Australian geography topic. The students will explore the vital role native flora and fauna plays, as well as the importance of land and country to Aboriginal people. Students will learn about the Boonwurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and examine the sustainable land practices used by Aboriginal people.
Grade 3 will depart at 9:15 am and will return at 12:45 pm. Grade 4 will depart at 12:00 midday and will return at 3:15 pm.

Junior School Council … will meet for the first time this term with Medha during the final session on Friday. Meetings will take place fortnightly at this time, shared by the JSC conveners, Medha and Joanna.

Coming up … next week

Education Week

School Council news – We are pleased through our recent experiences to recognise the opportunity and capacity for our School Council sub committees to meet onsite or remotely. On Monday, the Policy and Planning and Communications met successfully via WebEx and next week Finance and Facilities will meet onsite.  Sub committee reports then are shared and discussed if necessary at the subsequent School Council meeting.  The next one which will be held at school on Monday, 10th

The Facilities subcommittee focuses on our school’s physical assets. It has been a busy and successful group for many years, but like so many things was affected by the pandemic.  We are pleased that Facilities will again meet onsite next Wednesday (5th May) at 6.30 pm in the new temporary staffroom (pair of buildings closest to Blandford St).  While all continuing members have received an invite, we guarantee we will warmly welcome new members.  If you are interested, chat to me in the yard, give me a call, or drop me an email at: attention: "Brendan Facilities". 

Prep 2022 info sessions – Next Thursday at 9.30 am and at 6.00 pm our first information sessions for next year’s prep intake will be hosted by Karri (K-P Transition coordinator) and me. Again, another step in our return to more regular operations. Information is available via the school website as well as in the flyer on page 10 in today’s newsletter.

Mother’s Day Stall – Next Friday our Mother’s Day stall, usually an annual event, will return after the enforced cancellation last year. There is lots of information included in today’s newsletter, but as a quick reminder, dads please set yourself a phone reminder to provide $5 (cash!) for your child next Friday.  Members of our Parent’s Association have been really busy sourcing and wrapping a terrific array of M Day gifts.  On the day each grade is rostered at a time that fits within our busy specialist program and split recess and lunch times to spend 10 -15 minutes in the gallery space of the Dingo building choosing an ideal gift.  For more information please see page 11. 

Coming up … later in term

NAPLAN assessment – Last week I informed readers that the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy for students in grades 3 and 5 will return for 2021. Assessment will occur next month.  An article prepared by senior Leading Teacher, Anne Reciszen is included in today’s newsletter on page 6.

SAVE the DATE - Parent/teacher interviews and Student led conferences (grades 5 and 6) … will be held on Tues 15th and Wed 16th June (after Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday). Booking details (both onsite and remote option) will be provided at the appropriate time.

Reminder - CSEF Eligibility - The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like, school camps, swimming and school-organised sport programs, outdoor education programs and excursions and incursions. You may be eligible if you hold a current Centrelink Health Care Card, Veterans Affairs Gold Card or Pensioner Concession card.  Please contact a member of the office team, Assistant Principal, Caren or me if you have concerns about your current capacity to meet these requirements.

If you registered your child in 2020 there is no need to re-register, however you DO need to register new Prep Students.   CSEF application form

All the best,



Coming Events



Fri 30 AprilMothers' Day Gift Wrapping 9am
Fri 30 AprilHoodie Day - Gold coin donation
Mon 3 MayRobotic Incursion - 5KT / 5HL
Thur 6 MayPrep 2022 Parent Information Session #1
9.30 - 11am
Thur 6 MayClassroom Helper Program 9:30-11:00am
Online via Webex
Thur 6 MayPrep 2022 Parent Information Session #2
6.00 - 7.00pm (includes option for Live feed)
Fri 7 MayMother's Day Stall
Fri 7 MayRobotic Incursion - 5LC / 6MK
Mon 10 MayRobotic Incursion - 6TS / 6SM
Thur 13 May Classroom Helper Program 9:15-10:45am
Face to face at FWPS
Fri 14 May Secondary School Application forms due
Mon 17 MayRobotic Incursion - 6MP
Thur 20 MayClassroom Helper Program 9:15-10:45am
Face to face at FWPS
Mon 24 May Student Free Day - Report Writing Day
Thur 27 May Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #3
9.30 - 11am
Thur 27 May Classroom Helper Program 9:30-11:00am
Online via Webex
Thur 3 June Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #4
9.30 - 11am
Mon 14 June Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - School Closed
Mon 7 June  & Mon 21 June Grade 5 & 6 CERES Excursion
Tue 15 June & Wed 16 June Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences (G5-6).
Wed 23 June Winter Solstice Event
Fri 25 June LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - Early Finish 2:30pm

Pupil of the Week






Using a growth mindset and perseverance to complete challenging tasks. Magnificent Effort! 



The effort you are putting into all tasks. I love that you use classroom resources to help your learning.



The enthusiasm and effort you apply to your learning.    Keep it up.



Being helpful and kind and applying personal best effort to all tasks.



Sharing your wonderful knowledge of numbers with PKS. Keep up the amazing work!



Her collaborative group work when working with others to make a school for our class city. 



Working hard every day to follow the Tribes Agreements and for being a great friend. 



Contributing more of his ideas during class discussions. Keep it up!



Continuing to build her resilience and apply a Growth Mindset to all aspects of school life.



Listening attentively in class and applying great effort to your integrated task. Well done Rex and keep up the wonderful effort!



Completing some work tasks independently. A great start to term 2!



His personal best effort for writing detailed reasons during a persuasive task. Sensational effort!



Retelling a familiar story with topic specific words. Keep up the great reading. 



Using a growth mindset to challenge yourself and for your positive attitude to learning.



Applying effort and showing improvements in her learning.



Her outstanding efforts in the Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition. Well done on winning such a cool award and for always doing your personal best, Edie!



Applying his personal best effort when creating rhetorical questions in writing. Well done, Niko!



For showing a growth mindset when planning your media art project. You were able to create a storyboard, a script and film an ad that conveyed a clear message on physical and mental health. Fabulous effort. 



The effort you have put into your persuasive text. You have some wonderful ideas for writing, Sylvia! 



Asking questions and reflecting on your learning in maths and being so helpful in the classroom. Well done Christian!



Putting effort into all tasks to achieve his personal best.



Participating enthusiastically in every activity. Your passion for learning is so impressive. Well done, Sinon!



Being a friendly student, contributing to class discussions, and helping others.



His growth mindset and courage when presenting his homework project to the class. You should be very proud!



Confidently presenting your migration project. Well done!



Your contributions to class discussions and for showing attentive listening.



Being an attentive listener who shows respect to the person speaking or presenting.



The effort that you put into your creative and informative migration project. Amazing work!



A terrific migrant presentation (despite the technical issues) and thanks for volunteering to go first. Fantastic effort Obi.



Her positive attitude and always helping those around her. Your leadership and kindness shown to younger children is deeply appreciated! 

Term 2 in the Prep Department

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back for Term 2! It has been wonderful to see how our preps have settled back into school and class routines after the Term 1 holidays. It has been a busy start to the term, yet our preps have adjusted superbly.

Unit Topic:

This term our unit will focus on the environment. This unit is about students learning more about our environment and how and why it is important to look after it. With a focus on reducing, reusing and recycling, we will be working with the students to think about how we all impact on our environment and the ways we can positively affect it. We will also be collecting recyclable items that you may have at home to use in our classrooms.


Our preps have started with their home readers and it has been great to hear how actively they are reading at home. Assisting your child with reading at home and exposing them to a range of words will greatly improve their reading ability. Remembering to get your child to point to each word when reading, discussing the pictures with them and helping them to sound out words are some important strategies to focus on.  Regularly practising the Oxford 100 Words is also a fun way to continue to build your child’s knowledge of high frequency words.

Students will also be focusing on writing recount texts this term.

Our Share Time timetable and topics for term 2 have been sent home and we look forward to seeing our students present their thoughts and ideas.


Our numeracy lessons will focus on place value, number bonds to 10, mass, pattern, as well as location. Students will use a range of materials and teaching aids to assist them with tasks and activities.

We will also continue to work on using a growth mindset and applying our best effort to our work this term.

We look forward to continuing to work with you and your child over the course of the year.


Karri, Amelia, Amel, Anna, Janeane and Helen. 

Term 2 in the Grade 1/2 Department


Students in years 3 and 5 will sit the NAPLAN test this year from the 11th – 20th May, with all tests, with the exception of the year 3 writing being online.

In preparation students sat a practice test in the last week of term 1, which was designed to assess the school infrastructure and department platform.  It was also an opportunity for teachers to observe how students would react with the online testing environment.

Further preparation will be undertaken over the next couple of weeks, however if you have any concerns, would like more information, or wish to discuss your child’s needs, please contact your child’s teacher or myself.

Details of when each test will be carried out will be provided in next week's newsletter.

Kind Regards
Anne Reciszen
NAPLAN Coordinator

Environment Team CERES Student Environmental Leadership Program


On Wednesday the 21st of April the Environment Team took part in a CERES Student Environmental Leadership Program. After viewing a trailer of a documentary called 2040, we discussed and drew pictures of the world we would like to live in, in 2040. We all agreed we wanted a greener world and to make our homes as sustainable as possible.


We did a timeline activity about how long it takes for rubbish to decompose. After sorting the rubbish according to how long we thought it would take certain items to decompose, we discovered that it takes 2 – 4 weeks for newspaper and cotton to decompose, 1 – 5 years for milk cartons, 15 years for cigarette butts, 20 years for soft plastics, 25 years for tin cans, 80 years for aluminium drink cans, 500 years for juice pop top plastic bottles, 1000 years for hard plastic detergent bottles and 10,000 years for glass jars!

In the afternoon we visited our school orchard and our new compost station. There we saw how our school compost is sorted into the right bins.


We discussed what waste is and we took part in an audit of our school waste, recycling and composting. Some of us looked at waste in classrooms and others collected rubbish around the yard. We found that all rooms have landfill bins. Not all rooms have recycle and compost bins. Most of the rubbish, recycle and compost bins (inside rooms and in the school grounds) were contaminated.

In our groups we sorted the rubbish we found in the yard into collections of: Landfill, Organic and Recycling. Of the rubbish in the school grounds 16 items could be composted, 134 were soft plastics, there were 39 recyclable items and 71 items for landfill. There were 27 juice cups and 8 wooden spoons. This information initiated a lengthy conversation regarding the type of rubbish found and how we can minimise landfill and recyclable rubbish at school.


Together we decided on an action plan of ideas to improve our waste problems.

We decided that we need to educate students on what should go in each bin. We can do this by speaking with our classes and labelling the bins with what is supposed to go in each bin. We will encourage everyone to have a litter free lunch box and we will continue to have litter free lunch days at school. We also need every room to have recycle and compost bins.

Later we watched a video on how to turn old T-Shirts into reusable shopping bags. You cut the sleaves off the T-Shirt to make it look like a singlet and sew the front and back hem together and voila there it is, a new shopping bag!


After lunch we played Kahoot in our groups on IPads and answered questions about all the things we learned today. Our final activity was making newspaper pots and planting a bush bean in our pots. We need to water them until the beans sprout and then we can plant them straight into our gardens because the newspaper will decompose.

All the activities were really interesting and insightful. We learnt a lot and we had a great day. Thanks to Dianne for organising the day and Justin from CERES for working with us.

From The Environment Team



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 interview.  Bookings are still open. 


Dear Parents/Carers,

It has come to my attention that we have a small outbreak of head lice at FWPS.

We all know head lice in schools can be a real problem! Footscray West Primary School would like to continue with our Nit Week initiative that we commenced in 2019. Our aim is to dramatically reduce the incidence of head lice within our school.

The purpose of Nit Week is to tackle nits as a whole school group, if we ALL check and where necessary, treat our children at the same time we will help minimise the spread of nits throughout the school. Week 3 of every term is “Nit Week”.

It’s simple really:

  • Check ALL your children – even if you don’t think they have nits.
  • Treat your child if nits are found.
  • Comb out all the nits and eggs.
  • Repeat this process in 7 days if nits are found.
  • If no nits are found great, however please continue to check your families’ hair over the next 3 weeks and treat if necessary.
If your child has long hair please ensure it is tied back when at school.
We understand that head lice remains a sensitive issue for some however if we work together as a community and remain vigilant we will achieve the best outcome.

For more info:

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the school office between the hours of 10am and 4pm. I will be more than happy to provide additional information or answer any questions.

Thanks for your assistance and cooperation,
Zowi Marshall (School Nurse)

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 ARE ESSENTIAL and are now open.

Go to Prep Tours 2022 and follow these simple instructions:

Enter Code: v97f6 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.  Please contact the school on 9687 1535 if you require assistance. 

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 also ensure you reside within our school zone at

An update from the FWPS Parents Association (PA)

The annual FWPS Mother’s Day stall is around the corner - things are rolling along well, so thank you to everyone who has helped so far! We have a few more opportunities for people to help out, including assisting on the day of the stall;

Gift Wrapping session 

We have one more session to be held on Friday the 30th of April. The session will start at 9am and will be held in the Staff Room (via Blandford street entrance).


We would greatly appreciate any food donations for the stall. Food donations can be dropped off to FWPS office on Thursday 6th May or on the morning of the stall, 7th May (by 8:50am). All food donations need to be labelled with the ingredients and a use by date. Sticky labels and swing tags will be made available at the school office if you require something to label your food. 

Volunteers on the day 

We will need 4 volunteers per time slot to help us throughout the day. We have 3 different time slots of 1 1/2 hours for helpers to book into. Or, if you’re keen to do a double shift, we won’t argue!! Please click on the link below & add your name to the time slot that suits you.


The PA is currently sorting through uniforms in the storage room – to help identify and clear out items to be recycled – and will announce a ‘next’ Pop-Up Uniform Shop date soon.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, the PA is currently only collecting two types of uniform donations:

  1. donations of branded items, and
  2. 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 new office, and clearly label any items that are to be recycled.

 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.

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

Hoodie Day 2021 - Tomorrow!


Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

We have just had an incredible holiday program which was filled with engaging activities and incursions and excursions. We were so lucky to have so many children and families in attendance. We had a record number of children, with multiple days of over 100 atendees. We want to thank all of our staff that helped to ensure this program ran smoothly throughout the holidays.


All the staff and children are excited for the term ahead, we have lots planned for this term and would love to hear what you would all like to see at TheirCare as we are always looking for new ideas and input from children and their families. Any feedback of the recent holiday program would also be deeply appreciated, and we can use this feedback to inform future holidays. 


This week's TheirCare Star of the week is Aerin Anderson, for her positive attitude and always helping those around her. Your leadership and kindness shown to younger children is deeply appreciated! 


With it getting colder we are seeing more and more jackets get left behind, please ensure you are all checking our lost property bucket near the sign in desk! We also have quiet a few items from the holidays that do not have names on them. 

As a part of our community engagement, we will be starting a food drive later in the term to donate to those in need. If you can all start to look at your pantries and follow this space to see when we will be collecting. 

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: 
Head Office: 1300 072 410 

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