Newsletter - 24 June 2021

Issue 19


Principal's Report

End of term arrangements

As tomorrow is the final day of term 2, school will finish at the earlier time of 2.30 pm with students being dismissed directly from their class roomsGates will be opened by 2.20 pm.  Please ensure a family member, or family friend is on site for pick up, unless your children make their own way home, or they are booked into Their Care.

Earlier an assembly for students in grades 3 – 6 will be held in the Gecko where we will present our appreciation to Caren.  She will join me visiting all the junior classes earlier on Friday.

As it is the end of a challenging term, we will supervise the yard until 2.45 pm.  By that time, we will expect the yard clear and students collected with the exception of the students booked into Their Care.


  • Again, our school community has managed to cope remarkably well when pivoting to and from lockdown. We know however there is a cost.  Loss of confidence, driven by lack of certainty.   We have sought and appreciated your feedback on the online and remote learning programs across the school.  See the summary prepared by new Assistant Principal, Liz (please follow this link)
  • I cannot finish term without acknowledging the work of our teaching, class based and administration education support staff and ancillary staff (IT, OH&S, maintenance, along with staff contracted through commercial providers, such as our canteen, Soundgarage and TheirCare for all they do to support our students socially, emotionally, academically and practically.
  • Acknowledgement to Assistant Principal, Caren Taylor - Caren joined FWPS in 1997 as a class teacher from St Albans South PS. Her talent, knowledge and drive saw her move into a Leading Teaching role and class teacher at FWPS.  Caren has had many achievements, but perhaps her championship of Tribes is her most lasting legacy.  While we were one of a cluster of local schools that began exploring Tribes 20 years ago, we are the only one that has continued to maintain Tribes as a key plank in our school wide approach.  Caren has been a highly capable leader at our school for many years and in 2008 stepped into the Assistant Principal role, approximately six months after I had been selected as Principal.  Forming a strong leadership team, along with senior staff Anne Reciszen and Lyn Wilkinson, there have been many challenges we have negotiated together.  I have always experienced loyalty and support.  But I have also been very aware where I stood. We have become colleagues who share a strong friendship, but our relationship has been a rigorous one.  We feel we have avoided suffering from ‘group think’, as my less thought through ideas have always received scant treatment!  Caren had planned to retire earlier, but did us the favour of staying on this year after the COVID challenges of 2020. It has allowed us to reset the leadership team when Liz joined us as our new Assistant Principal this term.  The opportunity for a long handover has been invaluable and with Liz now entrenched, our senior leadership team is in great shape. I am sure you will join with me in wishing Caren a long and active retirement.
  • Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences … have run successfully throughout this week. This is yet another example of staff and parents collaborating to manage necessary school business in an adjusted form.  I am sure if we flipped the switch to say 2019, we could not have imagined running offsite Parent/Teacher and Student Led Conference (5s and 6s) model over a week when for most teams the teachers and parents were both located offsite, while the children were being taught onsite.  We hope your interview experience was a positive one.
  • Congratulations … to our much-loved Prep team coordinator, Karri who will be married during the holidays to her partner, Steve. I am sure you will join the staff team and students in wishing Karri and Steve good weather and a memorable wedding day.  Karri will be taking an additional week of leave at the beginning of term. 
  • Staffing … On Wednesdays, senior teaching team member, Towela (6TS) and on Thursdays, Karri (PKS) are released from their teaching duties for leadership responsibilities. We would like to welcome back Laura Montebello who will be returning from a year of family leave to teaching duties covering 6TS and PKS on these days from the beginning of term.  We are confident that families who know Laura will be pleased to learn of with these arrangements.  We would like to acknowledge the commitment of Janeane who has taught Karri’s class on Thursdays this year.  Janeane has formed strong relationships with the students and her teaching partners and has contributed effectively to the planning and assessment within the prep team.
  • Students leaving – Every term we have some families move onto new schools and new families move in. I would like to wish the following families the very best as they move to a variety of locations.

All the best to:

Anika and Ari Gupta from 3BC and 1TN who will be moving to Northcote, Tasmiah Bulbul from 1TN will be going to Tarneit and Kinshu Yadugani from 1JN and Vihaan Mothukuri from 1HP will be moving to Shepparton in country Victoria.

  • Our canteen, The Lunchbox 3012 will not be operating tomorrow. Thanks to Lindy and the team for their work.  It has been difficult for them as well.
  • QR code for Their Care - Following advice from the Victorian Department of Health and the DET, all OSHC services including Their Care are from today required to have a QR Code on display at their services.  They are required to provide a separate QR Code despite the school already having one.  All families dropping off or picking up their children will need to register when they arrive.
  • Once again, we have been tested as a community, as have all other Victorian and particularly metropolitan communities have also been challenged. We appreciate that for so many of our families, you have focused on the positive, encouraged resilience and tried to keep things in perspective – for that we thank you. 

May everyone have some down time to relax and recuperate?  I hope for those families who are planning to travel, your plans go smoothly.

Coming up

  • School’s back … on Monday, 12th July.

We are hopeful we will return to the most normal setting with gates opening at 8.45 am and the students able to interact in the yard until line up at 9.00 am.  Any changes, or adjustments will, as always be communicated through Updat-ed if necessary.





Schools are ever changing places and the movement of teachers is just one small part of that change.   I have been a part of this school community since 1997 when I came as a Leading Teacher for the senior school, and taught a Grade 5/6 class.  I am not going to tell you how old those students are now, nor mention that perhaps their children will attend here.  I was fortunate enough to have many parent helpers in my room, they came on excursions, attended camp and made costumes for the school concert, baked me cakes and made me laugh.

The student population has more than doubled over this period, there was no air conditioning, no separate office areas for staff, and the canteen sold potato cakes and was run by parent volunteers.  Our timetables were built around hours, not 50 minutes and no separate recess and lunch breaks.

There is only one original building (Wallaby) although it too has had some cosmetic work done over time.

Throughout parents have been integral to all components of school life, you have volunteered time, effort and energy to improve the school grounds, support our school programs, to aide in the development of the strategic plan and the evaluating of it and much, much more.   I have worked with many of you on School Council developing policy and then improving our communication processes.

The Assistant Principal role has given me the opportunity to work closely with many of you as you navigate schooling and advocate for your children.  There is no doubt that some students will find schooling a bit of a challenge at times.  

Thank you for trusting me, Brendan and the staff to be able to provide a safe and caring place to be in.

It has been a privileged position. 



Coming Events



Fri 25 June  LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - Early Finish 2:30pm
Thur 15 July
Thur 22 July
Thur 29 July

AFL clinic at Shorten Reserve - Grade 5s

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

Prep Tour 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 on: 

Thursday 5th August - 9:30 – 11:00 am

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 are currently available for collection, completion and acceptance at the office from 8:30am-4:00pm on school days. 

Please also ensure you reside within our school zone at



Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

This is the last week of term and it has been a term with lots of ups and downs in regard to lockdowns and restrictions. We are hoping that Term 3 we will be able to have an uninterrupted and relaxed Term for all those at TheirCare.  


During this last week Preps have begun to walk themselves over to TheirCare as a trial for next term, they have shown great independence and responsibility. We will continue this for next term as the prep children get more resilient and confident at TheirCare.  


This week the theme has been around the themes of the greatest showman and about being confident and comfortable with ourselves. We will be focusing on building relationships and helping children to gain confidence.   


There is only one week to go before the holidays begin and spots are filling up fast, so please book in ASAP to secure your bookings. 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. 


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! This will be emptied on Friday into the school’s lost property so please come and have a look if you feel like you’re missing something. 

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 


A message from the 5 and 6 team (repeated from last week)

To Parents/Carers of Grade 5/6 students, 

Due to the recent COVID restrictions we were unable 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 for the 5 and 6 teams


On the 15th, 22nd and 29th of July the Grade 5 students will attend the AFL clinic at Shorten Reserve. These sessions will take place in the first two sessions of the day.