Newsletter - 5 August 2021

Issue 23

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Principal's Report

Appreciations – Thank you to the parents and carers of our Prep students who got into the spirit of our 100 Days of School celebration on Tuesday by dressing their children so wonderfully.   

Thank you to the Year Two students, their parents and the teachers for putting together some absolutely delightful Olympic themed activities for this week’s assembly video.  An appreciation to Joanna for putting the package together so professionally.

News this week …

100 Days of Prep celebration – It’s a very exciting time when our newest FWPS students reach their 100 days at school! To celebrate, the day was filled with lots of games and activities all about ‘the number 100’, across both literacy and numeracy. We have included some fabulous pictures of the ‘ancient’ boys and girls doing their best approximations in dressing (and acting) like centurions!  Thanks to the Prep staff and student team for the joy and excitement they bring to our school every day.

                         

Parent and Carer’s Survey – Our last survey on remote learning concluded last week.  We appreciate the parents and carers who responded as this feedback provides valuable information as we contingency plan for any future lockdowns.

To summarise the key insights:

  • We received 30 responses to this survey, covering 44 students. Of these 44 students, 84% engaged fully or mostly in the remote learning program.
  • The highlights shared by families included the increased engagement online with teachers, games and social activities played in groups during the morning check ins, small group live sessions for the junior students and lessons which had hands-on or real-life connections.
  • Some of the concerns shared by families included the increasing challenge it is to support and engage children at home with each lockdown, the difficulty for younger students to engage independently, the increasing work demands for families working from home (as employers are showing less flexibility to support learning from home), students missing their friends and the social connections and concerns from families about their child falling behind academically.
  • Mental health was a focus of this latest survey, and as we expected the experiences of students were mixed. 70% of families stated that their children’s mental health was similar or only slightly less than usual due to lockdown. 30% of students are experiencing mental health challenges. Families noted that not having the expectation of the Specialist program was helpful this time around, and while some families stated that the increase in live times was a challenge, most noted that this was helpful for supporting mental health.

Thank you for your time in completing these surveys and in providing parent voice to our planning.

Senior/Middle School Athletics Carnival – The students and staff from Years Four to Six are excited to be the first group to be involved in our FWPS Athletics Carnival.  Of course, being able to attend a properly set up athletics centre at Newport is a big part of the adventure. Even going on an excursion is something our kids have not done very much of for quite some time!  By now, hopefully all notes and payments have been returned by the students.  Tomorrow, it is important for the children to be on time, as the buses will be departing at 9:20am sharp. Buses will depart from both Blandford St and Argyle Street so please keep this in mind for school drop off. As mentioned last week, due to the current COVID restrictions, unfortunately the only adults permitted will be our teaching and education support staff (DET guidelines state that observers at not allowed at this time).  While the weather forecast has been dicey throughout the week, at this stage Friday looks a little more promising. We will keep our fingers crossed! Nevertheless, comfortable school uniform, runners, layers and a coat will be essential. Please ensure that a recess snack and substantial packed lunch are included, as there will be no canteen available.

Year Three and Four camp notes and deposit deadline – We are also pleased that we are able to plan with quiet confidence for the Year Three and Four camp late in this term.  So, this is a reminder that notes and the deposit are due tomorrow.  We want all students to attend, so please speak to me or Liz if we can assist your family.

Cheers,
Brendan

 

Coming Events

DATE

COMING EVENTS

FRI 6 AUG

School Athletics Carnival Grades 4, 5 & 6

THUR 12 AUG

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

THUR 19 AUG

Winter Netball Finals

FRI 20 AUG

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

WED 25 AUG

Grade 4 Wildlife Exposure Incursion - TBC subject to restrictions

MON 30 AUG

Grade 3 Wildlife Exposure Incursion - TBC subject to restrictions

FRI 3 SEPT

Grade 1 / 2 - Leigh Hobbs Author Incursion - TBC subject to restrictions

FRI 3 SEPT

Father’s Day Stall

 MON 6 SEPT

Grade 3 Camp Log Cabin Ballarat

WED 8 SEPT

Grade 4 Camp Log Cabin Ballarat

WED 15 SEPT

Spring Light up the Night Event

FRI 17 SEPT

LAST DAY OF TERM—2:30PM Finish

Pupil of the Week

NAME

GRADE

APPRECIATION FOR:

Felix Richards

5HK

Apologies to Felix for the incorrect photo used in last week's assembly

Angus

PAC

Approaching maths tasks with a positive attitude and making changes to your work after reflecting on feedback. Well done!

Zach

PAF

Being a role model of the Tribes Agreements of Mutual Respect and Personal Best. Much appreciated!

Alice

PAK

Consistently applying her best effort to all tasks and following the Tribes Agreements.  

Calvin

PHS

Continuing to build your confidence when contributing to class discussions. We love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Asha

PKS

Your eagerness to read and improve your skills. Keep up the amazing work!

Scarlett

1CW

Her improvement of decoding unfamiliar words in your reading. Keep up the great work!

Pranika

1HP

The great job you are doing as our Environment Team representative, especially remembering to count litter free lunches each week. 

Sid

1JN

The great effort you have applied towards your writing. You should be really proud of your achievements. Keep it up!

Sebastian

1LB

His growing enthusiasm and effort in reading. He is applying his knowledge of letters and sounds more effectively and is achieving great results!

Ababo

1TN

Applying personal best effort in all activities. Terrific effort!

Caleb

2BD

Making connections with your learning during word study lessons and investigating words that have a double letter.

Aryan

2JI

Showing improved attentive listening during class discussions and sharing valuable responses to his peers. Superb effort!

Henry

2ES

Being an inquisitive learner during our Inquiry lessons. Well done Henry! 

Logan

2LE

Breat participation and measuring he did on the Mini Olympics. Well done. 

Hikma

2LP

Following the Tribes Agreements consistently and always doing her Personal Best.

Teddy

3AC

Being so friendly and able to work well with all of his classmates. Well done for always having a positive attitude and showing a growth mindset, Teddy!

Tahlia S

3BC

Bringing a positive attitude to the classroom everyday. Your kindness and respect always shows. Well done, Tahlia!

Sanna

3MK

Listening attentively and always trying her personal best. You have a fantastic attitude to learning, Sanna!

Joshua

4LB

Being so attentive during learning time. Great effort!

Jack

4CL

Treating others with mutual respect and always keeping us happy with his sense of humour.

 

Rayn

4DW

Always giving his personal best. Your love for learning is so impressive, Rayn!

Leo

5HK

Consistently following the Tribes Agreements. Keep up the excellent work.

Ema

5KT

Successfully making equal groups to solve multiplication problems. Keep up the growth mindset!

Brayden

5LC

Consistently applying your personal best during maths when exploring multiplication strategies. Keep up the great work!

Mrinal

6MK

Applying your personal best effort during our maths sessions.

Juliette

6SM

Clear summaries and detailed explanations of text evidence in her Literature Circle reading reflections.

Luca

6MP

The level of effort that you have applied to your schoolwork this term.

Asha

6TS

Being a great role model for your peers and being a kind and considerate classmate. Keep up that wonderful attitude Asha!

Zoe

TheirCare

Her positive attitude and always having a smile on her face that brings others joy. Thank you Zoe.

Father's Day and Special Person's Day Donations

CANS, CANS, CANS

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 FWPSParentsAssociation@outlook.com

Enjoy the rest of your week!

 





TheirCare

Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

It was great to have a normal end to last week with having Friday be as busy as ever and we are looking forward to the rest term.  

      

Downball has made a massive resurgence at TheirCare with most children playing in the afternoon, staff have also been heavily involved all though very confused as to the new rules that have been introduced over the last 20 years. Screams of footsies, SOS, poison, and much more can be heard within the playground from the downball courts.  

       

The spring holidays is fast approaching and soon the spring holiday brochure and poster will be sent to all families. We are really looking forward to having lots of fun having incursions and excursions, and we hope to see lots of new faces. 

       

This week’s TheirCare Star of the week is Zoe Thistlethwaite, for her positive attitude and always having a smile on her face that brings others joy. Thank you Zoe. 

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; https://asrc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/asrc-food-drive-april-may-2021.pdf  

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

 

The Lunchbox

There will be no recess sales or lunch orders available THIS Friday, August 6 for Grades 4, 5 & 6 due to the senior school athletics event.

If you are not participating in the event, (staying at school) you may order lunch under the 'junior school' tab which will be served at 1.50pm.

Enjoy your Athletics carnival.

The Lunchbox team.