Newsletter - 21 October 2021

Issue 32


Principal's Report

Our plan for a smooth and organised return to onsite learning, starting with the preps on Monday, was unfortunately impacted by a challenging few days for every child, parent and staff member involved in onsite learning and by cascading effect, all prep students and their families.

We appreciate that in these difficult times courtesy and respect has never been more important.  As a Tribes school we really do appreciate the dozens of parents and staff members that we communicated with, who while frustrated, respected that our leadership team were in the unenviable position of stepping in to assist the process for a clearly overwhelmed Department of Health system.

I know all who are waiting to hear from the Department of Health team, will be feeling frustrated. We will continue to communicate and support families during this additional period of remote learning whilst this group of students are dealing with the double disappointment of isolation and missing out of returning to class with friends and their teachers.

We currently have our Assistant Principal, Liz, all our Specialist teaching teams and all our classroom based Educational Support staff members in isolation.  As our staff team has embraced the opportunity to be double vaccinated, we are very hopeful that they will be able to return following the result of a second CV-19 test on the 6th day of isolation.  This is unfortunately trickier for students who are unable to be vaccinated and consequently are subject to a (second) negative test on day 13 prior to being eligible to return to school.

Return to onsite learning - Hooray Day!

On Tuesday (after the long day of cancelled onsite schooling ) we were doubly delighted to welcome back our preps on Tuesday.  They walked in tall (well taller than I could remember them) and without a tear.  Within the well ventilated classrooms, they were playing and learning, chatting and creating.  Their teachers were so pleased to be together with their grades in person again.

Today all our grade 1 and 2 students (who are not required to isolate as an effect of our recent COVID cases) were welcomed back to school for the first time since early term 3.  They too stepped in with confidence and keenness.   

Tomorrow, Friday 22nd October (the amended return to school roadmap) sees grade 5s and 6s return to onsite learning, unfortunately for only one day at this time (they return to school on Thursday and Friday of next week). 

Grade 3s and 4s return to school next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Remember – it is a requirement for students in grades 3 to 6 to wear a mask when indoors.

For the Preps …

It’s back to remote learning for the last couple of days of this week and then we look forward to them returning to school next Monday to Wednesday.  This pattern continues (with the exception of Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday, 2nd November) until all students are due back on Friday, 5th November.

All grades will return to remote learning arrangements when not at school.

These reminders might be handy:

  • Gates will be open at the front and back of the school at 8.50 am.  Parents and carers may accompany their children to the door of the classroom or building, but there will not be an opportunity for a conversation with your child’s teacher at this time.
  • Adults will need to wear masks within the school grounds.  This includes our staff members.  It is recommended that students wear a mask indoors (junior school).  Students in grades 3 – 6 are required to wear a mask indoors.
  • Remember, 4 seasons in one day!  Rooms will be well ventilated - ensure your child is dressed for all types of weather. 
  • It is time to bring your hats, as it is Sunsmart time.
  • Of course don’t forget to pack recess snack and lunch – canteen returns to service on Friday 5th November.

Leaving FWPS?

If your family is planning to move to another school for the 2022 school year we require to hear from you as soon as possible in writing.  The complex task of forming class lists is a priority for us over the next few weeks and the earlier we can factor in student changes, the more accurate those lists will be. This does not apply to Grade 6 leavers. Please complete in the following link : Leaving FWPS in 2021

Class Placement for 2022
Please note, particularly for some parents who have already responded, that it has been clearly stated that specific requests for friends will not be accommodated. 

During Term 4, the teaching teams will spend many hours preparing grades for next year. Throughout this process, the needs of all students are considered from a social, academic and behavioural perspective. 

In limited situations, we may consider requests from families regarding their child's 2022 grade placement.

If you believe that the following listed considerations are relevant to your child's needs, we advise that this form must be completed by the due date. This is the formal communication for this process, so we will not be accepting phone calls or emails on these matters.

All matters will be dealt with sensitively; however, we must stress that requests for specific teachers, classes or friends will not be accommodated. Throughout this process, teachers look for compatible learning partners and encourage the development of new friendships. Requests related to learning, behavioural or social requirements will be considered on merit and in consultation with key staff members.

If after consideration of the above stipulations, you believe your child’s class placement requires special consideration enter your request at:  Grade Placement 2022

If you have made such a request in the past, please note that any previous accommodation or agreement will have been made for that year only.  If the concern is still relevant, a request will again need to be made.

Please note that all communication on this matter will need to be received via this form, no later than Friday 29th October.

You will receive an automatically generated email acknowledgement after submission. We may seek further discussions or clarification with families.

Considerations for grade placements

Class placement requires the collective efforts of all staff throughout a considerable process. Initially, the teachers meet to consider the relative academic and social abilities of the children and then begin to place them in grades, considering their current friendship groups. Please note that this is based on teachers’ knowledge of the children. The most important consideration however, will always relate to placement with compatible learners.

A range of factors are considered based on some simple principles:-

·         classes need to have a gender balance

·         classes need an academically compatible balance

·         classes need a “social behaviour” balance

·         children need to be placed with familiar faces while at the same time acknowledging that some children work better with certain students than others irrespective of friendships

As a Tribes school we strongly believe it is essential for children to be challenged to make new friends as these opportunities often lead to wonderful new friendships and relationships never before imagined. Additionally, it is unrealistic to expect that we will travel through life with only one set of friends.

Students need opportunities to work through social challenges with care, support and understanding from the adults in their life. Please do not expect that a student with whom a child had an issue with one year will never be in the same grouping with them again. We need to help children learn to adapt and skill themselves up to deal with all kinds of people and most importantly, give relationships a second opportunity to flourish.




Coming Events

Return to School 
Week 3 
Thurs 21 Oct - Fri 22 OctGrade 1 & 2 
Fri 22 OctGrade 5 & 6
Week 4  
Mon 25 Oct - Wed 27 OctPrep
Tue 26 Oct - Wed 27 OctGrade 3 & 4
Thurs 28 Oct - Fri 29 OctGrade 1 & 2
Thurs 28 Oct - Fri 29 OctGrade 5 & 6
Week 5 - Tue 2 is a Public Holiday 
Mon 1 Nov & Wed 3 Nov & Fri 5 NovPrep
Wed 3 Nov & Fri 5 NovGrade 3 & 4
Thurs 4 Nov & Fri 5 NovGrade 1 & 2
Thurs 4 Nov & Fri 5 NovGrade 5 & 6
Friday 5 November All classes return to school

Pupil of the Week






Applying your personal best effort to completing more work tasks. Well done for having a Growth Mindset!



Remembering the Tribes Agreement of Attentive Listening. Such a great role model!



Being a helpful member of our class who uses a growth mindset to complete challenging tasks. 



Always applying your personal best to all online tasks.

Well done Issy.



The kindness and care that you show towards others. You are a thoughtful member of our class thank you!



His fabulous skip counting starting from any number. Awesome work Hugo! 



Amazing effort you have put into completing EVERY online learning task. What an achievement Elijah, we’re proud of you!



The effort he has applied to his maths tasks. Your skip counting skills are very impressive. Keep it up!



Making a significant improvement with his reading and writing. Otis is continuing to apply a growth mindset. Great work Otis!



Your terrific notes about minibeasts and applying personal best effort in all your writing tasks. 



The creative effort you applied to draw a diagram of a bee and using your learning to label the body parts. Wonderful job!



Being a great role model within her small group WebEx learning about and information reports. You were diligent, engaged and applied your personal best effort. Fantastic!



Always taking on feedback and making changes to her work. Great positive attitude Siena! Keep it up! 



The great writing she did from an ant's perspective and also for the wonderful shape poem she wrote about a cat.



Continued and consistent effort with all remote learning tasks. Well done.



Coming to every Webex and consistently trying his personal best throughout the online learning experience.



Consistently contributing to our class WebEx and for applying effort during remote learning. Your engagement and effort with learning is one to be celebrated. Well done, Eva!



Showing a growth mindset when facing technical issues with remote learning and giving tasks a go.



Asking questions and sharing your ideas during our Webex lessons. Keep up the fantastic effort, Gaby!



For putting in so much effort with your poetry this week.  Great effort Onnee!!



Making accurate and detailed inferences in your reading work.

Keep up your great effort level and enthusiasm.



Communicating clearly and for always giving her personal best. Your poetry work is fantastic!



Your effort and engagement during remote learning. Thank you for sharing your creations with our class.



The effort he put into his business investigation on Grill'd. 



Effectively using a variety of literary devices in your poetry writing. Fantastic work, Annamai!



Using a growth mindset and applying your personal best effort to all tasks.



The thoughtful responses you added to your Wellbeing Box task. Well done!



Consistent approach to online learning and sharing his ideas during community circles.



Your positive attitude, always, especially throughout remote learning. Keep up that fantastic effort Meleuc!

Eadie Anderson


The laughter and joy you bring to everyone at TheirCare. Please never stop being your funny self!  



Dear parents, guardians, staff and friends! 

What a strange start to week 3! However, we are so happy to have all the preps onsite, and it was amazing to hear the playground thriving with laughter and joy.  


Last week was a lovely and quiet week like many have been in lockdown and we were able to do lots of different things during the week. We have been really enjoying Just Dance with some stars of the game being Eddie and Eliot as well as Clem from Prep. Luke and Nelly will have to pick up their game if they want to compete with these guys! 


On Friday the four girls that were here planned a play, Luke and Nelly dressed up as trees and were glad to have some moral support from the parents as the audience when they came to pick up the children. Can’t wait to have more and more of you back onsite in the coming weeks so we can end the year with a bang! 


This week’s TheirCare Star of the week is Eadie Anderson from 3ES for the laughter and joy you bring to everyone at TheirCare. Please never stop being your funny self!  

As some of you may have seen in the newsletters and assembly, TheirCare will be beginning their food drive for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray next week. If you can all start to look at your pantries and follow this space to see when we will be collecting. There will be a collection box at the front of the office and in the TheirCare room. They are looking for items with an extended shelf life. Currently the key items they are looking for are Tuna, Honey, Tomato paste, pickled vegetables, peanut butter, sweet and savoury biscuits, laundry power, toothbrushes, disposable razors. 

For other things and a more exact list have a look at;

Food Drive for the ASRC Foodbank Thank you for making a difference to people seeking asylum by providing one of the most basic human rights: food.

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 


PSW Uniform Shop

PSW have confirmed that their ‘Click & Collect’ service is still available, for anyone requiring urgent uniform items.  Please order online and refer pick-up on Tuesdays or Thursdays until full retail operation recommences.