Newsletter - 16 September 2021

Issue 29


Principal's Report

Appreciations – While the holidays will not be like we would have planned for, we hope that the term break, at least for the children, may dial down the expectation and demands at your place.  We have an understanding that currently whatever we do to best meet the learning needs of our students, remote learning continues to bring lots of challenges for us all.  Thanks once again to our staff, students and parents for continuing to manage in a manner that reflects positively on our wonderful Footscray West community.

Footy Colours Day – Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Footy (sporting) Colours Day assembly on Wednesday morning.  It was lovely to have some volunteers from our Captains’ Crew onsite, along with pre-service teacher, Elise Gamble, who is also a regular for the Western Bulldogs' WAFL team.  We also appreciated that Josh Dunkley from the men’s team provided us with a message of support.  Thanks, Joanne Innes, for your assistance on that matter.  As an ardent Dogs’ fan, I, like many in our community, reveled in the spirit our team has shown in recent weeks as they traversed the country, spending time in quarantine hotels followed by outstanding, team first football.  We love their growth mindset in action.

An appreciation for all who have taken the opportunity to donate generously to the States’ School Relief charity, as a substitute for the gold coin donations we would usually receive on Footy (sporting) Colours Day.  While I was confident we would reach the $500 initial benchmark I set for me to be the subject of the head shave, I could not have imagined that a figure of $3355 would be raised. I hope this is a small demonstration that even in difficult times we can choose to remain positive and not take ourselves too seriously. We will upload and share the video of the ‘event’ tomorrow morning.

Thank you for the lovely cards and messages I have received from parents, colleagues and even the kids following the recent bereavements of my mother and father. 

School Council news …

School Council met on Monday.  I’ll take a moment to share some of the discussions below:

  • Compass – Recently, following recommendations from senior staff, our admin team and our Finance committee, Council ratified the recommendation to introduce a new school digital management system.  Many families will already be aware of the Compass program, as all our local secondary schools have been using Compass in recent years.  In a nutshell, Compass will be the one communication, payments and planning tool that will enable the management of parent payments, visitor and contractor records, communications to staff and parents, assessment and reporting to parents, sick bay records, event bookings etc.  As Compass was designed to work with the Department of Educations CASES' data base, on investigation, it really was the best option for us to transition to.  While our admin and leadership team will begin learning the system from the beginning of next term, initial changes and access will be for internal use.  We will plan to roll out the elements to families from the beginning of term 1 2022. 
  • Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships – Assistant Principal, Liz and Leading Teacher, Carolyn shared with Council a comprehensive summary of our roll out of the mandatory Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships curriculum at FWPS.  While we had initiated elements previously, COVID-19 interrupted and slowed this process.  Staff have embraced the learning and online meetings have been really very effective.  A comprehensive staff team has volunteered to ensure that the program will be applied with fidelity.  We will continue to provide specific program information in future newsletters.
  • NAPLAN –  In a correction from last week’s newsletter, a summary report will now be provided following our next School Council meeting (to be held on 25th October). Unfortunately, with lots of business to cover and not assisted due to a technical hitch, the summary report was not discussed. As it is appropriate that Council first has the opportunity to discuss such matters before more broad dissemination, we will agenda this item for when we next meet.
  • Please note that student NAPLAN results were posted this year to families.  We are hopeful you will have received your child’s report by the end of term.

Wallaby building repairs update – I have reported earlier that the project was to be extended throughout term 4 due to the requirement to replace the existing, damaged stormwater system at the front of the school.  We have confidence that this will ensure that the building repairs will not be compromised by continued water seepage under the footings, the now established reason for the building movement.  Additional work is now required to the upstairs corridor, after further investigation noted that the building’s movement had the potential to destabilise floor supports.  We are very pleased with our contractors, City Living and Haskell Architects, for the level of communication and thorough and professional engagement throughout this challenging project.

Tomorrow is the final day of term.  School will return on Monday, 4th October. What we don’t know yet is when students will return to onsite learning.  Any relevant information will be shared via Up-dated, prior to the conclusion of the holidays.




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Support for families

Hi to all parents and carers!

Here are some tips for supporting your children during Covid.

1.Encourage children to seek help/talk to someone if needed. This may include contacting Phone Counselling Service 1800 55 180

2. Maintain a good routine of eating, sleeping and daily exercise

3. Commit to one-on-one time with your children to listen carefully to their concerns

4. Encourage hope and forward thinking by scheduling 'events' at home, e.g. Special food, a movie night, games, picnic, sleep in a tent etc. Have a calendar of upcoming 'events' for children to see as a visual reminder.

5. Try to be honest with children about Covid but reduce the amount of media coverage in the household.

6. Check if your children are safe online.

7. As a parent/carer be kind to yourself and seek support when you need it.

Staff and the Wellbeing team at FWPS are keen to support all students and families so please contact us if we can help.

For more info go to

Stay safe and well,

Kaye Cameron
Social Worker


Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

This week we have had Luke back from paternity leave and he is really looking forward to the upcoming holiday program. Last week we had a fun filled week of lots of group games in the gym and this week will try to use the beautiful weather and be outside. The children at TheirCare have been loving using the Hama beads to make amazing creations as well video game characters. Children have also been very into Monopoly and have played many had fought games throughout the mornings and afternoons, and Nelly has been working out with some of the children on Just Dance, with Logan burning 400 calories in the morning! 


Unfortunately, we have now been advised that we will still be in lockdown for at least the first week of the upcoming school holidays. This means that current restrictions for attendance will roll over to school holidays and permits will be required. We will be running in line with the schools' requirements for attendance, which means that there must be no alternative arrangements for care and no parent/carer working from home in order for children to attend. As a result, we have also had to cancel incursions and excursions. As soon as we are made aware what the second week will look like, TheirCare will be in touch via email.

This week’s TheirCare Star of the week is Mason Betts, for his inclusiveness and positivity he has shown throughout each session here at TheirCare. Thank you for all your effort! 

Just a reminder to all parents and children to make sure when we are all back that you are checking the lost property at sign in and out! We still have quite a few items from the previous holidays that do not have names on them but have had to pack these away for the meantime as the pile was getting too big. So if you are missing anything in particular from last holidays please ask Nelly or Luke. Unfortunately if they are not collected by the upcoming holidays we will need to donate or dispose of them to make room. 


As always, if you have any queries during lockdown please do not hesitate to email or give us a phone call ๐Ÿ˜Š 

We really hope we will be seeing you all again soon! Until then stay safe and look after one another. 

TheirCare Team:
Luke, Nelly, Louise, Callum & Eleanor 

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

Community Notices

Grants and opportunities...

The Victorian Small Business COVID Hardship Fund is offering grants of $14,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses. To assess your eligibility and to apply, visit

The COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate is available for small and medium-sized businesses, where anyone suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on the premises or worksite when they may have been infectious. For more information and to apply, visit

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program provides $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools. For more information and to apply, visit

The Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme has been reintroduced by the Victorian Government to alleviate the financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out more about the scheme and to apply, visit

Applications are now open for the Significant Sporting Events Program, Sports Victoria is offering grants of $20,000 and $150,000 to local sporting organisations to help deliver significant events for their community. For more information about the program and to apply, visit

Robogals Melbourne Free Virtual Python Workshop

Robogals Melbourne is holding a free virtual coding workshop during the holidays on Saturday, 2 October 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. In the workshop, students will be introduced to the different types of engineering and their impacts on our daily lives through interactive Kahoot! quiz. Students will then take part in a series of coding activities that will introduce them to the Python language and develop their problem-solving skills, while exploring sophisticated coding concepts through several challenges.

We will also be providing new challenges for students who have participated in one of our previous Python workshops, or for those who have previous coding experience in general, so we highly encourage them to register for this extended workshop!

Students of all experience levels from Year 3 to 9 are welcome. We hope to see your students participate in this event!  

Date: Saturday, 2nd October 2021

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Online (Zoom link to be provided upon registration)

Cost: FREE

Registration Link

For any questions regarding this event, please contact We hope to see you there!

STEM School Holiday Workshops

Girl Geek Academy have teamed up with Sunsilk to help ‘Rethink Pink’ with FREE school holiday workshops to equip mums and girls to support each other in learning more about STEM careers.

Why do we need to Rethink Pink and help girls learn more about STEM careers?
Learn new things together with other families across Australia. You’re invited to learn practical STEM skills together through a series of FREE fun & interactive online workshops.

Week 1
 (NSW, VIC & ACT school holidays)
Science: Tuesday 21 September
Technology: Thursday 23 September

Sunsilk's Rethink Pink study uncovered that young girls feel a career in STEM is not achievable for them, while mums feel they need more knowledge and understanding to support their daughters career ambitions in STEM.

Key Insights from the 2021 Sunsilk Rethink Pink Study

๐Ÿงก New research reveals 50% drop off in girls studying STEM beyond high school (43% Year 7-10, 36% Year 12, 18% Tertiary). Only 18% of women currently go on to study STEM at a tertiary level, and 4% at a postgraduate level

๐Ÿ’› While 64% of women rank their mothers as the most influential woman in their lives, one-in-seven Australian mums admit to lacking the knowledge to guide their daughters towards a career in STEM.

๐Ÿ’š Nearly one in 10 girls (9.5%) feel under pressure by society to choose a career considered more fitting for a girl/woman.

๐Ÿ’™ Despite 81% of women believing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are critical to the future, four in five young women and girls hesitate in choosing STEM study.

โค๏ธ More than half of Australian women believe there is a gender imbalance in STEM (56%), significantly higher in younger girls aged 16-25 (64.7), with 2 in 3 believing there is a gender imbalance.

๐Ÿงก There is a strong belief that the gender imbalance is limiting progress & innovation (47%), as well as causing bias in technology development and innovation (43%).

๐Ÿ’› 48% of Australian women believe a career in STEM is important to further Australia’s technology innovations.

๐Ÿ’š The majority of Australian mothers and young girls alike believe:

education and training (70%),
women's empowerment (55.4%) and
nurturing self-confidence and self-belief (53.6%)

are the top three most important qualities to get more women into the STEM industry.

Mothers are an untapped superpower to get daughters into STEM careers. We need more women unlocking the potential of a career in STEM, so let’s make that change together!   MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, WOMEN AND GIRLS: LET'S LEARN TOGETHER

These fun and friendly workshops are for women and girls to learn together as a team. Running throughout the September/October school holidays these online workshops will feature 4 different modules.

We all know the importance of washing our hands but why do we clean our hair and how does it work? How strong is our hair? Do different products affect our hair in different ways? Let’s explore the surprises of science in something as simple as our hair.

Give “Pink” a new perspective by creating your own two-player videogame, snazzed up with a fantastic pink colour pallet (that we’ll be choosing!). Together, we’ll learn how to create the code, and draw how the game will actually look. This beginner friendly workshop is the perfect way for mums and girls to learn tech together.

In this workshop we’ll be teaching you how to create a shampoo bottle using 3D modelling. From the initial design concept through to the physical product development, you’ll walk away with a ‘Rethink Pink’ shampoo bottle engineered solely by you!

Maths is used for LOTS of different things, but often at school it can feel a bit like we only ever use it in the classroom. In this session, we’ll be learning how you use maths in the real world! We’ll teach you how to create a plan and we can all use maths to bring our ideas to life.

Our shared goal to increase the number of women and girls in STEM
Sunsilk is on a mission to inspire women and girls alike. Our research shows young girls are feeling a career in STEM is not achievable for them. Through our partnership with Girl Geek Academy and Sunsilk’s Rethink Pink campaign, we aim to bring mums and daughters together to better understand the career pathways available to them in STEM industries.

What is the 2021 Sunsilk Rethink Pink Study?

New, independent research commissioned by Sunsilk, surveyed 1,000 Australian and 400 New Zealand women, to uncover the issues currently facing women related to STEM and the limiting beliefs of which may be holding them back in understanding the possibilities for a career and future in STEM. An online quantitative survey was conducted during March 2021 with controlled interlocking quotas set on age, gender and state, to ensure a nationally representative sample of the women in Australia & New Zealand, aged 16-60+. The research was conducted by Pure Profile.