Newsletter - 3 June 2021

Issue 16


Principal's Report

Remote and flexible learning continues for a second week!

All parents and carers will be aware that due to the serious nature of this most recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne, there will be a continuation of remote and flexible learning for students in metropolitan schools.  While the second week of the government response has adjusted some restrictions, for instance enabling students in VCE classes to return onsite, the situation in regards to primary schools essentially remains the same for the period from tomorrow (Friday) until next Thursday. 

Please follow this link for what our learning program looks like for the next week.

For families seeking onsite supervision there is limited capacity to provide this and only for the following categories: 

  • Children whose parents and/or carers are authorised workers who cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site.
  • children experiencing vulnerability, including:
  • children in out-of-home care
  • children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
  • Children identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other mental health service).

Parents/carers who currently have not applied for onsite access but consider they meet the above criteria should complete the survey link at Onsite Supervision Remote Learning:  by 12.00 pm tomorrow (Friday) in order to be considered for student attendance next week.

Appreciations … From my perspective I am very aware of the work that staff teams have done in quick time to prepare for remote learning.  There have been many positive examples that have been shared with me and we certainly appreciate the upbeat comments from parents that have been forwarded to me.  The success of remote learning, despite all the frustration and disappointment requires a team approach from the teachers and our staff, with your child in the centre.  While we are all keen to welcome our students back onsite, ensuring at this time that we call on our personal resilience in managing the present status has a direct impact on the children and their sense of purpose.

Zowi Marshall, our wonderful school nurse will go on family leave from tomorrow, as she prepares for the birth of her second child, a sibling for Charlie.  While we are very pleased for Zowi and her partner, Richard, we have also been concerned about finding a suitable replacement for the expected leave period of 16 months, as after four years of working with Zowi we cannot imagine not having a school nurse.  Therefore, we are pleased to announce that an experienced school nurse, Naima Jumale has been selected as Zowi’s replacement.  Zowi was able to provide a handover for Naima on Wednesday and it is already obvious that she possesses the experience and disposition to be an ideal replacement.  Naima will take over the role at the beginning of term 3. 

News …

iPads – Based on our long periods of remote learning last year, we were pleased that in February we were able to permanently provide iPads for many families who loaned them from the school during 2020.  This time around, our focus has been again to loan iPads for the families of prep students who were not included in the previous roll out.  We have also been able to assist a small number of families of children in other grades whose access to devices has changed.  A very big appreciation to Anne Reciszen, a senior leader at FWPS, who has again managed this process rapidly and efficiently, along with the assistance of IT technician, Quang Ho and Education support staff member, Russell Newman.

Cancellations and postponements

Prep 2022 info sessions – Today our final planned session for this year was postponed as required under COVIDSafe requirements.  At this stage, we will wait for further information regarding public gatherings before we reschedule or commit to any further arrangements.  In the meantime, parents of prospective 2022 preps should look at the videos on our website that we created last year to assist in learning more about our school and answering some of the questions you may have. We will keep you posted on any plans for the future.  Please check our website or newsletter for further updates. Thank you for your understanding.

Working bee postponed – While Sunday had been set aside for our first working bee in many, many months, it will of course also be postponed until a time to be determined during term 3.  Despite the interruption to our plans, the Facilities subcommittee met remotely last evening for a productive meeting.

Coming up …

Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences – We can confirm that remote WebEx meetings will now be the only option for our annual mid-year Parent/Teacher interviews (Student led conferences in grade 5-6).  More details will follow when we are in a position to do so.

Winter Solstice - Further updates regading the "Light up the Night Festival" will be provided next week. 



Coming Events Term 2



Fri 4 June - Thur 10 JuneRemote Learning
Fri 4 JuneWorld Environment Day 
Sun 6 JuneSchool Working Bee - 9-12pm - Postponed
Mon 14 JuneQueen's Birthday Public Holiday - School Closed
 The following events will be subject to Covid19 Restrictions and subject to change. 
Wed 16 June Then & Now Mrs Sargood Incursion - 1CW, 1LB, 1HP, 1JN
Tue 15 June & Wed 16 June Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences (G5-6) via WEB-EX 
Mon 21 JuneCERES Excursion - 5LC, 6TS, 6SM
Wed 23 June Winter Solstice Event 
Fri 25 June LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - Early Finish 2:30pm

Pupil of the Week






Always participating in our WebEx meetings and having a positive attitude during remote learning. Keep it up!



The effort he has been putting into all his tasks during online learning.



The effort and creativity she applied to make a fabulous volcano using recyclable materials.



Being a wonderful role model for Whole Body Listening Larry.

Excellent Effort.



The effort you have applied to build on the number of letters and sounds that you know. Keep up the amazing work!



His excellent video exploring capacity. Keep up the great effort.  



Working hard every day on your remote learning tasks and offering advice to other students during WebEx meetings.



Your enthusiastic and well-thought-out contributions during class discussions. Keep up the great effort! 



Making an enthusiastic start to remote learning. He has been working hard during our figurative language writing lessons and identifying onomatopoeia in the books he is reading. Well done Otis!



Applying personal best to complete your terrific alliteration writing task. Great job Elsie!



Engaging in remote learning with a positive attitude and engaging in online discussions. 

Owen B


Applying a growth mindset, showing enthusiasm and being persistent when learning new tasks both in the classroom and during online learning. You are a great role model.  



Making a wonderful start to remote learning by being an active participant in group discussions. Well done Sylvie. 



The great video he made using the language of location and direction.



Making a video to showcase his learning on positional words.



His positive approach to learning from home. Thankyou for contributing in our Webex Meetings and having a go at all the learning tasks.



The fantastic word choice that she included in her creative writing piece. Well done, Gretel!



Showing a growth mindset when facing technical issues with remote learning. He was able to complete all tasks to a high standard.



Completing your online tasks at a high standard. You always demonstrate a positive attitude for learning, Dylan! 



Being so supportive and encouraging to others in our return to online learning. Great positive attitude Elise!

Billie S


Your great work on the probability line and enthusiasm for our online chance game.  Great work Billie!



Listening attentively and always giving her personal best - in school and during remote learning! Great attitude, Asher!



Excellent effort you have put into your work this term. 



Her thorough completion of set tasks in the return to remote learning. Well done for keeping up a growth mindset, Ada!



Following a growth mindset and for showing a positive attitude towards remote learning. Well done, Archer!



Applying your personal best effort to all tasks during remote learning.



Her positive attitude towards remote learning and wishing her classmates well each morning.

Arlo ST


Your valuable contributions to class discussions and debates throughout the semester.



Your dedicated effort to complete remote learning tasks.  A positive attitude Polly!

Dana Matthews


Her attentive listening and respect she shows to all staff and children at TheirCare. Thank you Dana.


Last week we had a pupil free day of care at TheirCare, this was a good lead in to the holidays and good practice for the staff and children attending. During this time we had a Lego masters competition where children designed, planned and built in teams Lego dream or nightmare houses out of Lego. Due to the increased interest in Lego, Nelly and Luke have bought more Lego sets to help children further their interests.  


Nelly and Luke have also been supporting the school during their prep information sessions and we have been able to use this as an amazing opportunity to meet new families that will be coming in 2022. We will continue to attend these and answer questions about the program for new families in our community. 


This week at TheirCare we have been having much lower numbers and have been using this chance to further develop relationships and to work on our program together. We will continue to develop these relationships and can’t wait to have all of the children back in the coming weeks. 


This week’s TheirCare Star of the week is Dana Matthews for her attentive listening and respect she shows to all staff and children at TheirCare. Thank you Dana. 

Bookings are now available for our Holiday Program themed around travel and labeled as ‘Full Speed Ahead’, we will be doing lots of amazing activities and incursions and excursions around the idea of travel and movement. Please book in as soon as possible as this gives us a chance to plan and organise each day for the children.  

Holiday Program

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

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