Newsletter - 17 June 2021

Issue 18

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Principal's Report

Appreciations

Our long-term Assistant Principal Caren Taylor will retire from her role next Friday.  Caren has been a wonderful colleague to work side by side with for the last 13 (plus) years.  Knowledge, commitment and integrity have been her hallmark. She has shaped and supported the lives of many children and their families and has been a great support and confidant to many, many staff members.  We will appropriately acknowledge Caren next week. 

Welcome back - Our grade 6 captains, accompanied in some instances by their younger siblings, formed a very enthusiastic welcome party at all the entrance gates when the children returned to school last Friday.  This idea grew from the remote Captain’s meeting held by grade 6 teacher Shannon last Thursday and was fully in action the next morning.  This was captured in a short Welcome Back video: Welcome Back FWPS!

          

News …

School arrival and departure update – Thank you to our FWPS community for again getting on board with us from last Friday as we rapidly switched back to onsite learning. While we do understand that restrictions on parent/carer access may seem rigid, we are of course trying to manage health requirements, as well as trying to ensure the school day is as normal as we can make it for the students.  This week we dialled back on our expectation of arrival times by keeping all entrance gates open until 9.10 am and marking the student attendance rolls after that time. 

After a week of practice, we will return to our usual arrangements whereby all but the administration gate will close at 9.00 am.  We will return to marking attendance rolls from that time.  If you are planning to use any of the Argyle St entrances, but are running late for a 9.00 am arrival, it will be best to head straight for our temporary administration entrance on Blandford St.

Health reminders – The symptoms that constitute health reasons to remain at home and in many cases seek a COVID test, remain consistent with the expectations that were put in place last year.  We understand this is sometimes difficult and usually inconvenient.  We find this is also the case when it comes to our staff and is a major reason this year for the high number of relief teachers being employed and in some cases the requirement to ‘split’ classes.  Your support in not sending your child to school who has a cough, sore throat, heightened temperature, or other flu like symptoms is deeply appreciated.

Zowi’s news – It only seems a moment ago that our school nurse Zowi started her family leave.  Therefore it was delightful to learn that on Sunday she gave birth to a healthy boy.  Here is Thomas Shae pictured with big brother, Charlie.  Zowi is doing well.  I am sure you will join me in wishing Zowi and her partner, Richard our congratulations.

Zowi plans to remain on family leave for the next year.  We will welcome her replacement Naima straight after the holidays.

Student reports … were due to be sent home with each child on Wednesday.  I did have a couple of teachers apologise that with the busy end of the day arrangements currently in place, they forgot.  I am sure they will be a priority for today!

Student reports inform the discussions that are held during our Parent/Teacher interviews and thus it is valuable to read them with your child prior to interviews being held next week.

Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences (for grade 5 and 6 students) opened for booking on Tuesday. 

They will be held during the day and into the evening for each grade group with provision to speak with specialist teachers on two afternoons.  Grade levels have dedicated interview days set aside (see below).

Please note that students will be required at school each day.  We are arranging all the grades’ specialist lessons on their designated P/T interview day, to ensure classroom teacher availability for interviews.

All interviews (and Student Led Conferences) will be held remotely using WebEx.

While our usual position is to encourage students to attend mid-year interviews with their parents, this will not be practical for interviews being conducted during the school day.  An important exception will be made for the grade 5 and 6 students, who will conduct their conferences with their teacher during the school day.   After school the roles will reverse with the senior students presenting in their parents’ company, remotely to their teachers.

Interviews may be booked from 9 am to 7 pm. 

The following dates and times for each year level are:

Grade

Date

Times

All Preps         

Monday, 21st June

from 9:00 am-7:00 pm     

All 1s and 2s

Tuesday, 22nd June

from 9:00 am-7:00 pm   

5s and 6s

Wednesday, 23rd June

from 9:00 am-7:00pm    

3s and 4s

(all except for 3MK)

Thursday, 24th June

from 9:00 am-7:00 pm

3MK

Wednesday, 23rd June

Thursday, 24th June

from 4.00 to 7.00 pm

from 9.00am to 3.50 pm

Specialists

Wednesday, 23rd or Thursday 24th June

from 4.00 to 7.00 pm

Andrew’s PE classes

2BD, 3JS, PAF, PKS, PHS, 1JN

Friday, 25th June

From 9.00 – 11.50 am


Please hit this link for booking details:

https://www.fwps.vic.edu.au/articles/289

Please contact the office if you require assistance with bookings and Interpreters.  Bookings close on Friday 18 June @ 4:00 pm.

Family feedback – We have received lots of informal feedback on the most recent experience of remote learning at home.  We would love to hear directly.  If you have five minutes, please select the link: https://www.fwps.vic.edu.au/page/274/Updat-ed and complete the quick survey.


iPads – An appreciation to all the families who having borrowed iPads for home learning quickly returned them in good working order within a day or two of our return to face to face learning.  If you have borrowed an iPad from school over the last few weeks, please return it to the office (or your child’s classroom) as a priority.

Next week is the final week of term 2.  A reminder that school finishes at 2.30 pm on Friday, 25th June.  This is the case at the end of Term 1, 2 and 3.  Please set this early pick up time in your phone to remind you.  We will plan to hold an outdoor assembly on Friday afternoon ready for dismissal by 2.30 pm.  We are at this stage planning around an expectation that parents will still remain offsite.

The TheirCare afterschool program will operate from this earlier time.

Cheers,
Brendan

 

Coming Events

DATE

COMING EVENTS

Mon 21 June to Fri 25 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 JulyFIRST DAY OF TERM 3
Mon 26 July

CERES Excursion 6MP, 6MK, 5HK, 5KT - 9:00 - 2:45pm

Monday 2 August

CERES Excursion 6SM, 6TS, 5LC - 9:00 - 2:45pm

Thursday 5 August

Prep information session and school tour

Pupil of the Week

NAME

GRADE

APPRECIATION FOR:

Zachary

PAC

Having a growth mindset and perseverance to complete challenging tasks. Brilliant! 

Louis

PAF

Putting in a glowing effort to show your understanding of place value using a variety of maths materials. You achieved your personal best!

Oliver

PAK

Applying his best effort to all tasks. Keep up the wonderful work. 

Michael

PHS

Always following the Tribes Agreements. Well done!

King

PKS

Your ability to show teen numbers in a range of ways. Fabulous work!

Zaida

1CW

Her excellent growth mindset when solving missing addends in subtraction number stories. Well done!

Leni

1HP

Always putting 100% into your work and for being a supportive and caring friend.

Abi

1JN

Contributing more during class discussions and applying her personal best effort when completing tasks. Well done! 

Jayden

1LB

Continuing to build his confidence when contributing to class discussions. He is beginning to share his thoughts and ideas more consistently, and should be proud of his efforts! Well done!

Micaela

1TN

Your willingness to always share your ideas and to contribute to class discussions. Terrific Micaela!

Samuel

2BD

The outstanding effort towards your remote learning task and your engagement and contributions during WebEx sessions.

Divyanga

2JI

Applying your personal best effort when completing the online coding task. The presentation of your work was truly impressive. Keep it up!

Parker

2ES

Doing his personal best when completing tasks during remote learning and presenting his work in creative ways.  Well done Parker. 

Ewan

2LE

The fabulous effort he put into coding lessons.

Eva

2LP

Showing a growth mindset and tackling all tasks.

Amelya

3AC

Constantly doing her personal best with a smile on her face. Your positivity does not go unnoticed – keep it up, Amelya!

Anika

3BC

Consistently bringing a positive attitude to the classroom and for spreading joy to those around her. All the best at your new school Anika!

Olivia

3JS

Being so supportive and encouraging to others in our return back to school. Great positive attitude.

Bakos

3MK

Using the 5 senses to create a vivid description of the African savanna in your writing. Fantastic, Bakos!

Harrison

4LB

Participating with great positivity throughout remote learning and contributing so well.

Morgan

4CL

Always demonstrating attentive listening in class.

Sinon

4DW

Always giving his personal best and for being a great classmate

Sebastian

5HK

Always having a positive attitude and helping others. Well done!

Anneliese

5KT

Diligently applying feedback to improve her writing pieces. Excellent effort, Anneliese!

Sage

5LC

Being a helpful and dedicated student, who always strives to do her personal best.

Isla

6MK

Always following the Tribes Agreements.

Clara

6SM

Sharing excellent suggestions for managing strong emotions and developing respectful relationships

Bea

6MP

The effort that you put into all of the tasks during our two weeks of remote learning.

Aysha

6TS

Your fantastic effort during remote learning. Top job Aysha!

James Gowlett

Theircare

His resilience and joy he brought to TheirCare during this recent lockdown period. Thank you James for your positivity! 

Grade 5/6 Excursion postponement update

To Parents/Carers of Grade 5/6 students, 

Due to the recent COVID restrictions we were not able to attend the previously planned excursions to CERES this term. We have luckily been able to reschedule our excursions so that students don't miss out on this fabulous learning opportunity.

Students in 6MP, 6MK, 5HK, 5KT will attend Monday 26th July (Week 3)

Leaving at 9am - returning 2.45pm 

Students in 6SM, 6TS, 5LC will attend Monday 2nd August (Week 4) 

Leaving at 9am - returning 2.45pm 

Parent Helpers are required: 

Please contact your student's teacher if you have a Working With Children's Check, have attended the FWPS Parent Helper Information Session and would like to volunteer to come on our excursion. 

Shannon Mason
On behalf of the 5 and 6 teams

Prep Update

Can we please ask that all students in the Junior classes to return all take home readers by the end of week 9, June 18th.

We encourage our students to still practise their reading skills over the holidays utilising books from home, local libraries and Get Epic. Remember to talk about what happened in the story and have fun!

TheirCare

Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

These past few weeks have been difficult for a lot of families and we hope that everyone has been able to stay positive during this time.  

During lockdown although we of course had lower numbers we still were fortunate enough to have children in each and every session. This has been a fantastic opportunity to further develop relationships with children and parents of those that came along.  

It was sad to see Kane leave for his new school, however, we were able to have a small pizza party where we also got to play Nintendo Switch and give Kane a proper send off. All the children, staff and community will miss Kane greatly, but we wish the best for him at his new school. 

      

There are only two weeks left of the term and this means that holiday program is fast approaching and places are filling up. The theme of these holidays is ‘Full Speed Ahead’, we hope to see many of you during this time, these holidays will be filled with many incursions, excursions as well as lots of arts and crafts and in house days. 

        

This weeks TheirCare star of the week is James Gowlett for his resilience and joy he brought to TheirCare during this recent lockdown period. Thank you James for your positivity! 

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: footscraywest@theircare.com.au 
Head Office: 1300 072 410