Newsletter - 20 May 2021

Issue 14


Principal's Report

Curriculum Day – Student Free day Reporting day – A reminder that this Monday will be a Curriculum Day and therefore no students will be able to attend school unless booked into the Their Care full day program on that day.

Appreciations …

NAPLAN – The national assessment program in literacy and numeracy for students in grades 3 and 5 was completed at FWPS today.  I would like to acknowledge the positive attitude of our students who demonstrated focus and maturity while they engaged in each assessment module.  Reading and writing sections were completed last week, with conventions of language (spelling and grammar) and numeracy assessment completed this week.  I wish to extend credit to overall organiser, Anne, coordinators Kim and Monica and the members of the grade 3 and 5 teams (Lauren, Helena, Kerrie, Jane, Bre and Ashleigh) for their professional and consistent approach that ensured the students were prepared and able to demonstrate their personal best.  As the grade 3 Koala building has been the area potentially most affected by the Wallaby building repair works, the decision was made to manage both grade 3 and 5 NAPLAN assessment in the three classrooms in Dingo next to the gallery space.  This has meant that for Towela’s 6TS class and for Lauren and Kim’s grade 5 classes, there has been considerable disruption.  We are very appreciative that the teachers and their grades managed without fuss.  A big thank you to them too.

It was delightful for me to have the opportunity to visit all the grade 3 and 5 classes at the conclusion of the assessment program to directly congratulate the students and teachers for their collective efforts.

News …

Coming up … next week

Reporting day on Monday (see above) As per our usual practice, the Pupil of the Week awards and video assembly are put on pause when we have a Monday public holiday, or as in this case, a Curriculum day.  Pupils of the week will return in next week’s newsletter and be presented in the next assembly video on 31st May.

Education Week – Building Connections
Each year, in fact for 77 years, Education Week has been promoted by the Department of Education in order to focus on the positive role government schools play.  It always features a theme and this year the theme of Building Connections seems particularly apt.  Of course, schools are very busy places, so we are pleased that through the work of our Junior School Council coordinators, Joanna and Medha and the student representatives they arrived at the following suggestion: 

JSC reps had a great session at our meeting, last Friday. Reps buddied up to make plans for Education Week (Week 6 - 25th - 28th May). The theme is 'Building Connections', so what better way to demonstrate this than to mix the junior, middle and senior grades up. 

This will provide a time to meet, chat, play, support and learn. 

JSC reps, Mahiba, Mae and Lawrence presented a video to communicate the plan.  This will be shared with all classes to be viewed today or tomorrow.  You can access this at: JSC Video

I am sure we will have some great pics across the grades to share in the following week’s assembly video.

Classroom helpers sessions – Today Anne Reciszen presented the most recent iteration of our CHS for 9 parents.  Attendance at a face to face or an online CHS is considered mandatory for all parents who volunteer to participate as classroom helpers, in the Orchard to Plate program or camps and excursions. There is a final online session available next week on Thursday 27th May via WEBEX at 9:30am. Bookings can be made at Classroom Helpers Program , enter code: mnzca and hit go. 

Orchard to Plate – Everyone who observes the OTP program first hand cannot fail to be impressed.  The program is prepared and presented by Dianne MacDonald who initially as a parent volunteer set up and managed the program from its inception three years ago.  As Dianne also has qualifications as an early year’s educator, we were delighted last year to employ her to run the program on a two day a week basis.  For a few days Dianne has been absent.  We look forward to the program returning next Thursday. 

School Council business
Policy and planning and Communications sub committees will meet on Monday and Facilities will meet on 2nd June, the Wednesday prior to our Working Bee (6th June).

School policies – If you wish to check out our broad range of school specific policies they can be accessed at the following link:

Prep 2022 info sessions – The next information session and tour on Thursday 27th May is fully booked. A final opportunity will be held the following week on Thursday 3rd June. 

Details and bookings are available via our website.  Prep 2022 Enrolment

Australian Early Development Census
Please see the following link for further information regarding the Australian Early Development Census data collection for Preps, due to start at FWPS on Wednesday 2nd June.   AEDC 2022

SAVE the DATE reminders
Working bee … will be held on Sunday, 6th June. It will be the first working bee we will have held since term 4 2019.  We continue to use our resources to try and keep the school looking loved, but it is even better when we can come together on some improvement tasks.  Please look out for the return slip that will be provided next week.  At the conclusion, we look forward to sharing some food and refreshments.  While the wonderful asset that is our pizza oven is presently unavailable due to being within the builder’s compound, the gas BBQ will make a handy substitute.

Our next Facilities subcommittee meeting will be held at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, 2nd June in the staff room (first ramp, temporary buildings nearest Blandford St).  For community members who may be interested in contributing and are not currently on our distribution list, feel free to contact me, or come along on Wednesday week.

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 in next week's newsletter. 

Winter Solstice – Our inaugural Winter Lights event will be a whole school celebration of the Arts for our FWPS community on the evening of Wednesday, 23rd June, during the last week of term 2. It will be an outdoor festivity featuring our arts and specialist programs.  There will be allocated session times to best enable a large number of families to attend. Music, dance, fire, lights and food will feature. We anticipate we will all be well rugged up and prepared for (almost) any weather.  It will be held ‘despite’ the weather, but there will be no opportunity to extend or reschedule this event if extreme weather forces a cancellation.

This week families of students who are directly involved in performances on the evening were given the opportunity to book for the session that coincides with their child’s(ren’s) performance.  Bookings are now open for all families.  Please see the page 3 on how to book.  Depending on COVID restrictions, each session may be limited.  Please make sure you book early to avoid missing out.




Coming Events



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
Sun 6 JuneSchool Working Bee - 9-12pm.
Mon 7 JuneThen & Now Mrs Sargood Incursion - 2JI, 2LP, 2ES
Tue 8 JuneThen & Now Mrs Sargood Incursion - 1TN, 2BD, 2LE
Mon 14 JuneQueen's Birthday Public Holiday - School Closed
Wed 16 June Then & Now Mrs Sargood Incursion - 1CW, 1LB, 1HP, 1JN
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

Winter Solstice ‘Light up the Night’ Festival

Our Winter Solstice ‘Light up the Night’ Festival will be a whole school celebration of the Arts and will be celebrated for our whole community on the evening of Wednesday, 23rd June.  Bookings are now open.  Due to strictly limited places, a maximum of 5 people per family, may attend.

Please go to Winter Solstice Bookings and enter code byf88.  

Winter Sports Results

Scores V St Johns

Soccer  0 – 5

Tee ball 30 – 7

Netball Mixed 10 – 0

Netball Girls 11 – 0

Football – Bye



World Environment Day 2021 5th June 2021

This is our moment.

We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts.
We are the generation that can make peace with nature.
Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid. 

How Do We Celebrate?

People around the world celebrate World Environment Day with parades, concerts, clean up and re-cycling initiatives, tree planting groups and all kinds of green action initiatives that are meant to promote and inspire people in every community to work towards maintaining our beautiful planet and battling pollution. 

What Can We Do?

Re-use glass jars                            
Re-use plastic bottles
Put paper in compost bins
Re-use and Recycle plastic bags
Use cloth bags for shopping instead of plastic bags
Put your rubbish in the bin
Pick up rubbish lying on the ground
Always wash your hands after picking up rubbish
Plant a seed
Care for plants and animals
If you can’t re-use it, refuse it.

Together we can be Generation Restoration!               

From the Environment Team

2021 Attitudes to School Survey


We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing, and quality instruction, and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school.

The AtoSS is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist our school to gain an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, their learning, peer relationships, bullying and life in general.

Students from Year 4 to 6, at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any time.

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Friday 14th May to Friday 11 June. The survey takes around 20-45 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school in an aggregate form throughout the survey period. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level. Previously, we used the survey results to run focus groups to ensure students have an authentic voice in improving our school.

If you would like more information, please speak to Liz Beasley (Assistant Principal), or Carolyn Lockie (Leading Teacher), or visit




Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

Last week the theme was MSreadathon children we encouraged to try to read as much as possible. We focused on children reading and activities based around children’s stories and books. Children designed book covers, made book marks, wrote short stories and much more! We also finished the week with some amazing Karaoke performances from a lot of amazing children!


This week we have been focusing on the theme of Marvel vs DC super heroes. Children will do many arts and crafts activities around super heroes and we will be discussing what it is to be a hero in the real world and how we can help the people around us in our communities. Children have already designed their own super heroes and we will be looking at creating a TheirCare Hero! 


As mentioned in last week’s newsletter throughout the year we will be trying to focus on important dates and events within the calendar. If there are any important events that you would like us to focus on or that you believe would be great for the children to be made more aware of please contact us with your suggestions.


This week’s TheirCare Star of the week is Harrison Palombella for his helpful nature in the afternoons when cleaning the gym and for his want to develop and positive attitude he has shown in recent weeks.

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 & Callum 

Contact Details: 
Service Phone: 0487004072 
Service Email: 
Head Office: 1300 072 410