Newsletter - 29 July 2021

Issue 22


Principal's Report

Welcome back to onsite learning – Returning from remote learning unfortunately is no longer a novelty, so our students were accustomed to moving into their classrooms, reacquainting with classmates and teachers, and transitioning back into a normal school day with a minimum of fuss.

I am sure parents and staff very much appreciated the simplified end of day arrangements (Updat-ed post Tues. 27/7).  We can now maximise our learning time and ensure a calm end to each school day. 

AppreciationsWe appreciate that many parents and carers encouraged their children to show independence by allowing them to make their own way to the classrooms in the morning.  By only coming into the grounds, if necessary, it will enable the simplified morning entry and afternoon exit procedures to work most effectively.

News …

Senior School Athletics Carnival
Friday 6th August 

We are pleased that this inaugural event, detailed in last week’s newsletter, will proceed on Friday of next week.   Unfortunately, due to the restrictions we must adhere to, this will be held without spectators.  All students from grades 4, 5 and 6 will participate.  Due of course to lockdown 5.0 we have not had the usual length of time for parents and carers to pay for the bus costs.  With notes being sent home with the students yesterday, there is only just over a school week until the event will be held.  The payment deadline will be extended until Wednesday.  This is the absolute latest time that the payment can be accepted. 

Please ensure you have returned the signed notes and made your payment by next Wednesday, 4th August.

Please note:

All students in grades 4, 5 and 6 are expected to attend

Buses will be leaving at 9.20 am – it is important not to be late

Students should bring play/lunch, sunscreen, hat/beanie, asthma, water bottle and wear comfortable school uniform and a coat

We will bring first aid and EpiPens as required

This week …

Junior School Council – An appreciation to conveners, Medha and Joanna and all the JSC representatives for maintaining their enthusiasm for JSC projects despite our recent lockdowns.  The team will meet and a report will be presented within a forthcoming assembly video.

Current COVIDSafe settings

After each return from remote learning and the setting and resetting of community restrictions, the Department of Education provides schools with an adjusted Operations Guide.  This enables us to apply the guidelines at Footscray West.  The current list is expected to be in place for a fortnight (from yesterday) and reflect the greater transmission concerns relating to the greater risk of the Delta variant of COVID-19. 

The most relevant aspects are:

  • All staff and students to attend onsite from yesterday


  • Students and staff who are unwell must stay home. A person who is displaying one or more symptoms of COVID-1 should not attend school 

Symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss or change in sense of taste or smell
  • Students who are required to isolate or undertake home based quarantine will be provided with materials to continue their learning remotely, until such time they are permitted to return to school (for any family in this situation we urge you to promptly call the office)
  • Outside School Hours Care programs can recommence for all students (Their Care was operating from Wed. morning)
  • Playgrounds remain open for school use and community use (out of hours)
  • Non-essential visitors should be excluded from school sites for this period (any visitor who enters the school building must complete QR code, sign in at the office and observe mask and social distancing requirements)
  • School tours should not be conducted on-site for prospective students and their families at this time (our final prep 2022 tour and info session, postponed last term and rescheduled until Thurs 5th August will now be held as a remote event – this information has been shared to our local kinders/childcare centres, updated on the website, and communicated directly with parents who had already booked)
  • School incursions are not permitted at this time
  • School excursions can take place with students from single schools only
  • Food should not be shared. 
  • Intraschool and interschool sports events can occur with density limits and without spectators (school athletics carnival on Fri. 6th August with grades 4, 5 and 6 at Newport will proceed with students and staff only in attendance)
  • Density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres apply to staff areas such as staff lunchrooms and areas accessed by the public, such as reception areas (our common areas have
  • School staff (all adults) must always wear a face mask at school
  • Students at primary school are not required to wear a mask when at school or at an OSHC program
  • For communication purposes, teachers and ed support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching.

Parent and Carer’s Survey – Thank you to all of our community who have taken a few minutes to complete the revised survey posted last week.  We will provide a summary next week.

AFL Clinic – We are pleased that the planned follow up AFL footy clinic for the grade 5s was able to be held today as it was designated a local excursion, held offsite at Shorten Reserve.

2022 Prep Enrolments - Could all families that will be enrolling younger siblings for Prep in 2022 please ensure that your enrolment forms and supporting documents are handed in to the main office as soon as possible

Coming up …

Prep 2022 Information session and tour - unfortunately our final prep information session that was postponed last term until Thursday 5th August will be unable to be held on site due to COVIDSafe restrictions.   An online information session will substitute on this day.  Further information will be sent to those who had booked for this session and also information on how to attend will be updated on our website. 

100 Days of School

The Prep children have been counting each day of Prep so far and are very excited to let you know that Tuesday the 3rd of August is our 100th day! Wow! We have finally hit triple digits! On Tuesday, the students will be focussing on the number 100 and take part in a variety of activities with their classroom teacher to celebrate. We would love for students to come to school dressed up to look like they are 100 years old, just for a bit of fun! The teachers are looking forward to dressing up too. Each class will have a disco in their own room and join in with their peers in other Prep grades though Webex. 


Coming Events





100 Days of Prep 


Prep information session and school tour - Online


School Athletics Carnival Grades 4, 5 & 6


Grade 5 AFL Clinic - 9.10am-10:30am at Shorten Reserve. 


Curriculum Day - no students at school unless enrolled in TheirCare program. 


Grade 4 Wildlife Exposure Incursion - TBC subject to restrictions


Grade 3 Wildlife Exposure Incursion - TBC subject to restrictions


Father’s Day Stall


Grade 3 Camp Log Cabin Ballarat


Grade 4 Camp Log Cabin Ballarat


Spring Light up the Night Event



Pupil of the Week






Applying your Personal Best effort to all remote learning tasks. Brilliant! 



The positive attitude you had to all tasks during remote learning. You displayed a true growth mindset and attempted your personal best. Sensational!



The enthusiasm and amazing effort you apply to build on your writing skills. Fantastic- keep it up!



Always applying 100% to your work and for being a supportive and caring friend.



Your sensational retell of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. I loved how you used adjectives and expression!



The resilience you have shown during remote learning. Fabulous effort.



The energy and enthusiasm that you bring to our classroom, especially since returning from remote learning.



Applying a growth mindset to her online learning tasks and participating enthusiastically during discussions. 



Working hard throughout remote learning, particular during writing lessons when exploring the morphology and letter patterns of words. Well done!



Your great participation and contribution during our small group reading session. Well done Louie!



Your continued commitment and focus towards completing your learning online. Fabulous effort!



Consistently engaging in classroom discussions both online and at school with enthusiasm, interest and by providing thoughtful responses relevant to the topic. You are a great role model.



Always having a growth mindset towards challenging tasks and for consistently sharing his thoughts and ideas with classmates. Well done! 

Alexander Rybka


Asking questions more readily and for actively participating in online learning.



Creating some wonderful rhymes as part of his literacy task.



Being independent and trying her hardest, both online and upon return to school.



Respectfully engaging with others and for responding to feedback during remote learning. Fantastic work, Zara. Keep it up!



Showing a positive attitude towards all remote learning tasks. Keep it up.



Consistently completing your online tasks and participating in class discussions during remote learning. Wonderful, Josh!



Participating so well during online learning. Great effort Eden!



Your enthusiasm and effort throughout the remote learning time. Keep up the great work.



His fantastic attitude to remote learning. You certainly make the most of the challenging situation. Well done.



The excellent effort you put into completing all remote learning activities. Well done Felix!



Her willingness to participate in class discussions on Webex. Keep up the excellent contributions!



The effort you have put into your remote learning tasks this week. Keep up the good work!



The effort that you applied to all tasks during remote learning.



Raising engaging points regarding sustainable electricity sources during our discussions about being conscious consumers.



Your positive attitude and application towards your work during remote learning.



Your terrific effort during remote learning. You always had such a positive energy in our meetings Dylan!

Aiden Hickman


His maturity and amazing attitude he showed throughout lockdown. Thank you Aiden!  

Grade 3/4 Wildlife Exposure Incursion

Dear parents/ carers,

Despite the frequent disruptions caused by lockdowns, the 3/4 Team is committed to providing the students with a normal learning experience when they are in school. In order to do this, we have booked an exciting incursion with Wildlife Xposure to support this term’s biodiversity inquiry unit. This will run across two dates: Grade 4s on the 25th and Grade 3s on 30th of August.

As it stands, incursions are not permitted to take place in schools. However, we are hopeful that some of the restrictions will ease in two weeks' time. 

For this reason, we will not be sending out the permission and payment form until restrictions ease. This may mean that the payment date is closer to the event than we would normally like. We will continue to communicate with families about the situation as it changes.

We are also mindful that the lockdowns affect families in a wide range of ways. Please contact the office if you have any concerns.


The 3/4 Team


Soundgarage Update

Dear Parents of Soundgarage Students,

We’re happy to announce a return to teaching music across our schools for Term 3!

This has been both a difficult and confusing time for parents, students, and teachers, but we would like you to know we are doing all we can this Term to make sure our students are getting the appropriate number of lessons they deserve and have paid for. We ask for patience from parents and teachers as we continue to coordinate the safest and best way to make up lost lessons.

In the meantime, we are currently uploading teaching material for each instrument, so families and students learning at home can continue with their practice.  A notice will be sent out to everyone when these “at-home” learning resources are live.

We thank you for your support and patience and look forward to continuing our love of music with you and your family.

The Soundgarage Team


Father's Day and Special Person's Day Donations


The Parents Association need to you to please save us some empty cans that would otherwise end up in your recycle bin.

We will be re-purposing them for our upcoming Father’s Day Stall.

Please ensure the cans are:

  • Not too bent, wonky or damaged
  • Have been well rinsed
  • Have had the labels removed

Cans should be dropped off in the office up until Friday 20th of August.

If you are able to contribute your time or gifts to the Father’s Day Stall, please reach out and email us at

Enjoy the rest of your week!



Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

We are thrilled to welcome back all the children back to TheirCare this Wednesday! We are looking forward to having a proper start to the term and starting to see the children and families back participating within our program.  


Last week and the beginning of this week have been much the same as past lockdowns, we were able to spend lots of time chatting and getting to know one another. We did lots of interesting things with the few children that were here, we had a paper plane competition, Mario party, card games, Cards against humanity (Children’s addition!), and lots more. On the last day of lockdown many of the girls made spectacular hats that were paraded around the room with pride.  


Although we have had a bumpy start to the term all the staff and children are excited for the term ahead. We have lots planned for this term and would love to hear what you would all like to see at TheirCare, as we are always looking for new ideas and input from children and their families. Any feedback of the recent holiday program would also be deeply appreciated, and we can use this feedback to inform the Term 3 holidays which is already in the planning stage.  More information to come. 

This week’s TheirCare Star of the week is Aiden Hickman, for his maturity and amazing attitude he showed throughout lockdown. Thank you Aiden!  

Just a reminder to all parents to make sure when we are all back that you’re checking the lost property at sign in and out! We also have quiet a few items from the holidays that do not have names on them as well as lots of drink bottles. 

As a part of our community engagement, this week we will be starting a food drive to donate to those in need through the asylum seeker resource centre. If you can all start to look at your pantries and follow this space to see when we will be collecting. They are looking for items with an extended shelf life. For a more exact list have a look at;  

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 

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