Remote and flexible learning ceases today
I am sure many of our parents and carers, students and staff felt relieved to hear the news delivered yesterday by the Acting Premier Mr Merlino, that all schools in metro Melbourne would revert to onsite learning from tomorrow.
Of course, we all understand by now, that such announcements come with a few exclusions and restrictions.
It is now a Victorian Government requirement that if you enter the school grounds you register via the QR Code Service for contract tracing. The QR signs can be found at all entrances and at the office.
iPads – Families who have borrowed iPads for home learning will be encouraged to return them with power cords tomorrow, or perhaps returning to uniform, packed lunches and an early start is too much of a test, then please do so on Tuesday straight after the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Cancellations and postponements (continued from last week)
School Council … met remotely on Monday having enjoyed a couple of face to face meetings this year. We did appreciate from hearing from our parent members when it came to describing the challenges of returning to supporting their children learning at home. We also heard from our three council members who are practising teachers.
Some other points of interest were:
Facilities sub-committee reported that:
Coming up …
Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences
Last week I confirmed that remote WebEx meetings would be the standard option for our annual mid-year Parent/Teacher interviews (Student led conferences in grade 5-6). These were due to be held next week, the second last week of term 2, however, due to the postponement of the Winter Solstice event, we can now return P/T interviews to our preferred timing, the last week of term. Due to the nature of online interviews, we will leverage the opportunity to spread these out over most of the final week of term. This will occur by using our planning week model, when classes receive all specialist classes during the same day, therefore provding all members of each team the chance to work on a project without the responsibility of managing their grades. This will provide each team with the opportunity to meet with parents and carers during the day and into the early evening on their designated day.
Reporting Student Progress Timeline
… will be sent home with the students addressed to parents/carers
Parent/Teacher interviews last week of term 2
Interviews may be booked from 9 am to 7 pm on:
Monday 21/6 – grade prep
Tuesday 22/6 – grade 1 and 2
Wednesday 23/6 – grade 5 and 6 (student led conferences)
Thursday 24/6 – grade 3 and 4
Specialists will conduct interviews over 2 evenings Wed 23/6 and Thurs 24/6
Bookings will open on Tuesday 15 June
Week 10, Term 2
Monday 21 to Thursday 24 June
|Mon 14 June||Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - School Closed|
|Mon 21 22 June to Thurs 24 June||Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences (G5-6) via WEB-EX|
|Fri 25 June||LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - Early Finish 2:30pm|
|Mon 12 July||FIRST DAY OF TERM 3|
Parent Teacher Interviews and Student Led Conferences will be conducted via WEBEX.
Bookings are now open! See below for how to book.
Interviews may be booked from 9 am to 7 pm. The following dates and times for each year level are:
PREPS MONDAY 21st JUNE from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
GR 1 & 2's TUESDAY 22nd JUNE from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
GR 5 & 6's WEDNESDAY 23rd JUNE from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
GR 3 & 4's THURSDAY 24th JUNE from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 23rd or THURSDAY 24th JUNE from 4:00 pm - 7:00pm
FRIDAY 25th JUNE from 9:00 am - 11:50 am Andrew’s PE classes only (2BD, 3JS,PAF, PKS, PHS& 1JN)
Please use the below links to book a time for your child/children.
These interviews are an opportunity to discuss your child/ren’s progress with class and specialist teachers.
Discussions are strictly 10 minutes only. Students are encouraged to attend these interviews and grade 5 and 6 students are expected to present at their Student Led Conferences.
The smooth running of our parent-teacher discussions relies on everyone keeping to the timetable. Please consider other parents and end your session on time.
If you need more time with a particular teacher, arrange a separate meeting or phone call. Teachers will provide one interview, for each child, for every family.
Please contact the office if you require assistance with bookings and Interpreters if requested. Phone: 9687 1535
Go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au :
Enter Code: hq4af and hit GO
Enter your details
Select the teachers you wish to see
Select the appointment times that suit your family best
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 www.schoolinterviews.com.au at any time, and change your interviews—until the bookings close on Friday 18 June @ 4:00 pm
The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and at Footscray West Primary we already have a considerable number of children 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:
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: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc
If you have any queries or want more information please see me in the library.